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Grey's Anatomy: Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

While off from work, Meredith and Cristina discuss their mutual man problems and are interrupted when Joe, the bartender, collapses. While Webber recovers from his surgery, he appoints one of the surgeons as interim chief, but has George report to him all the happenings at the hospital. While Meredith learns more about Derek and Addison's past relationship, Cristina tries to decide what to do in her relationship with Burke.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 110
Airdate: Sunday September 25th, 2005

Director: Peter Horton
Writer: Stacy McKee

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TF1) Jul 31, 2006
DE (Pro7) Sep 12, 2006
FI (Nelonen) Nov 08, 2006

Special Guest Stars
Kate WalshKate Walsh
As Addison Montgomery-Shepherd (Dr. Derek Shepherd's Wife)

Guest Stars
Steven W. BaileySteven W. Bailey
As Joe (Bartender Getting Standstill Operation)
Wendy GazelleWendy Gazelle
As Julie Phillips (Patient: Pregnant With Conjoined Fetal Twins)

Co-Guest Stars
Jeremy RabbJeremy Rabb
As Resident
Linda KleinLinda Klein
As Nurse Linda
Noelle McCutchenNoelle McCutchen
As Nurse Vivian
Robin Pearson RoseRobin Pearson Rose
As Patricia (Dr. Richard Webber's Assistant)

Tracey EvansTracey Evans
As Donor Woman
Main Cast
Ellen PompeoEllen Pompeo
As Dr. Meredith Grey
Justin ChambersJustin Chambers
As Dr. Alex Karev
Patrick DempseyPatrick Dempsey
As Dr. Derek Shepherd
Chandra WilsonChandra Wilson
As Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens, Jr.James Pickens, Jr.
As Dr. Richard Webber
T.R. KnightT.R. Knight
As Dr. George O'Malley
Sandra OhSandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang
Isaiah WashingtonIsaiah Washington
As Dr. Preston Burke
Katherine HeiglKatherine Heigl
As Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens
Episode Notes
Ratings: 19.5 million viewers

Trivia: Throughout this season, ABC started a website which ran segments explaining the science behind each patient's cases in layman's terms.

Timeline: This episode and the next three episodes were originally a part of the first season.

Casting: Kate Walsh (Dr. Addison Shepherd) and Sandra Oh (Dr. Cristina Yang) previously worked together in the 2003 film Under the Tuscan Sun.

Rankings: This season ranked #5 overall in the 2005-06 TV season Nielsen ranking and averaged 19.44 million viewers. This average is an increase in 2 million viewers from the previous season and the overall ranking increased by 5 as compared to the first season.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Blue-eyed SonStep Away from the CliffOpening Scenes, Meredith Drinking, Talking to Joe
Bow Wow WowI Want CandyHighlights from Season 1 of Grey's Anatomy
EstheroEveryday is a Holiday (featuring Sean Lennon)Burke Leaves, Meredith and George Look at Babies
FirstcomAll I NeedMeredith and Cristina Make Joe Go to the Hospital
IvyFeel So FreeDerek and Burke Start Performing Surgery on Joe
Joe PurdyThe CityMeredith Leaves Derek's Trailer, Closing Scenes
Mike DoughtyLooking At the World From the Bottom of a WellDerek Tries to Explain Himself to Meredith

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): To be a good surgeon you have to think like a surgeon. Emotions are messy. Tuck them neatly away and step into a clean sterile room where the procedure is simple. Cut, suture, and close. But sometimes you're faced with a cut that won't heal. A cut that rips its stitches wide open.

George: Oh, so you and Joe?
Bailey: All you people ever think about is how to get into somebody's pants. You nasty. That's why you got syphilis.

Meredith: And you met me.
Derek: And I met you.
Meredith: What was I to you? The girl you screwed to get over being screwed?
Derek: You were like coming up for fresh air. It's like I was drowning and you saved me. That's all I know.
Meredith: It's not enough.

Cristina: You realize this constitutes hugging?
Meredith: Shut up...I'm your person.

Meredith: You're sleeping with someone?
George: What? Who?
Cristina: Why is that such a shock? Even George managed to get some action.
George: Correction, George got some syph.

Cristina: You know what happens to pregnant interns. I'm not switching to vagina squad or spending my life popping zits. I'm too talented, surgery's my life.

Meredith: Let's play a game of whose life sucks the most. I'll win. I always win.

Christina: We weren't in a relationship!
Meredith: So you were in -
Christina: Switzerland. It's very nice there and they make great watches.

Meredith: I am this close to getting in my car and running you down in the parking lot.

Meredith: Derek is married, as in pig-headed adulterous liar married.

Alex: Oh, sure, I'm the guy with the heart of stone, and you brought snacks.
Izzie: It's a working lunch.
Alex: Snacks to watch Joe die.
Izzie: He's not gonna die die, they're gonna bring him back.
Alex: He's gonna die die, no pulse pulse, he is gonna be dead dead.

Burke: What do you want?
Cristina: What?
Burke: You don't want to go out to dinner, you don't want to meet me in the on-call room and you sure as hell don't want to talk to me. I could pretend I know, but hey, I don't even have your home phone number. So tell me - what do you want?
Cristina: Don't yell at me. (Burke walks away) Wait. Hey, we're havin' a conversation here.
Burke: Well, what do you want?
Cristina: I don't know. (he grabs her and kiss her, hard)
Burke: Well, figure it out.

Meredith (closing voiceover): They say that practice makes perfect. Theory is– the more you think like a surgeon, the more you become like one, the better you get at remaining neutral, clinical, cut, suture, close - the harder it becomes to turn it off. To stop thinking like a surgeon, and remember what it means to think like a human being.

Episode Goofs

When Meredith is talking to Derek by the car she is standing outside in the rain. When she gets in the car, her hair is dry, which is impossible if she was just outside in the rain.


When Burke is about to revive Joe in the stand-still operation he is wearing a scarf/double scrub around his neck. In the next shot his clothing is not up around his neck and he is wearing the regular scrubs and operating suit.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

"Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" is the title of a song that has been recorded by BJ Thomas, Hal David, Manic Street Preachers, and The Ben Folds Five.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 9: Meredith found out that Derek is still married in the season 1 finale, 1x09 "Who's Zoomin' Who?"

Season 1, Episode 9: Alex has a black eye after George punched him in 1x09 "Who's Zoomin' Who?" when he found out he gave him syphilis.

Season 1, Episode 8: Cristina tells Meredith that she is pregnant. She found out in 1x08 "Save Me."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Co-ProducerTammy Ann Casper
Production DesignerLaurence Bennett
EditorEdward Ornelas
CastingJohn Brace (1)  |  Linda Lowy
Unit Production ManagerCarla Corwin
First Assistant DirectorAnnette Sutera
Second Assistant DirectorJim Goldthwait
MusicDanny Lux
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerLinda Bass
HairstylistSean Flanigan
Set DecoratorLinda Sutton-Doll
Location ManagerCarlyn Couch
Transportation CoordinatorBuster Kohlhoff
Property MasterRyan Blank
Production Sound MixerVeda Campbell
Script SupervisorNicole Cummins
Production CoordinatorSue Jennings
Director of PhotographyTim Suhrstedt
Story EditorZoanne Clack
Costume SupervisorGail Just
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Production StaffJohn Haddad  |  Eric Fieland  |  Pamela Brown  |  Karin Gleason  |  Joe Mitacek
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Medical ProducerLinda Klein
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