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Grey's Anatomy: Thanks for the Memories

Thanksgiving proves to be a difficult holiday for both the interns and residents. Izzie plans a big dinner, but it doesn't look like all the invited guests will show up. Meanwhile, George participates in the O'Malley turkey hunting tradition, which abruptly ends after a shooting accident and Meredith treats a comatose patient whose condition might be better than it appears.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x9
Production Number: 205
Airdate: Sunday November 20th, 2005

Director: Michael Dinner
Writer: Shonda Rhimes

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TF1) Aug 21, 2006
DE (Pro7) Nov 14, 2006
FI (Nelonen) Jan 03, 2007


Special Guest Stars
Brian KerwinBrian Kerwin
As Holden McKee (Patient: Minimally Conscious For 16 Years)

Guest Stars
Greg Pitts (1)Greg Pitts (1)
As Jerry O'Malley (Brother of George O'Malley)
Sarah UtterbackSarah Utterback
As Nurse Olivia Harper
Steven W. BaileySteven W. Bailey
As Joe (Bartender)
Tim GriffinTim Griffin
As Ronny O'Malley (Brother of George O'Malley)

Co-Guest Stars
Jack YangJack Yang
As Walter (Boyfriend of Joe The Bartender)
Andrew James AllenAndrew James Allen
As Coby McKee (Son of Patient Holden McKee)
Dee NelsonDee Nelson
As Cheryl Leonard (Wife of Patient Holden McKee)
Gregor Manns (1)Gregor Manns (1)
As Levi Johnson (Patient: Swallowed Wishbone)
Michael MatthysMichael Matthys
As Dr. Kent (Temp Attending From Mercy West)
Mike FaiolaMike Faiola
As Guy (Buy's Meredith A Drink)
Peter Howard (1)Peter Howard (1)
As Hal Leonard (Husband of Cheryl Leonard)

George DzundzaGeorge Dzundza
As Harold O'Malley (Father of George O'Malley)
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
Kate WalshKate Walsh
As Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd
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: 20.33 Million Viewers

DVD: This episode is presented in an 'uncut and extended' version on the second season DVD.

Trivia: This is the first Grey's episode to begin with a rap song.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Dressy BessyNew Song (From Me to You)Derek Has Hope, Alex Listens to Izzie's Voicemail
Emiliana TorriniSerenadeIzzie Just Told Burke Why Her Thanksgiving Matters
FannypackNu Nu (Yeah Yeah)Opening Scenes, Izzie Preparing for Thanksgiving
Josh RouseSad EyesMeredith Says "Good-Bye" to Derek, Closing Scenes
Keren AnnNot Going AnywhereGeorge Tells His Dad About His Solo Surgery
Mark McAdam (musician)Too HardAlex Talks to Meredith, Who's Watching Her Patient
O.A.O.T'sDanceBurke Teaches Izzie How to Cook, Joe Makes a Bet

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): Gratitude, appreciation, giving thanks. No matter what words you use, they all mean the same thing. Happy. We're supposed to be happy. Grateful for friends, family. Happy just to be alive. Whether we like it or not.

Addison: Derek, are you done hurting me back? If not, I need to special order a thicker skin.

Bailey: Dr. Kent.
Dr. Kent: Yes.
Bailey: I'm the surgical resident assisting you today. I know you're subbing in from Mercy West, so if there's anything I can do to help you --
Dr. Kent: Look I'm only here for one day and I don't need my ass kissed. All I need is to tell you what to do and you do it. And I don't like mistakes.
Bailey: I don't make mistakes.
Dr. Kent: Whatever, there's only one resident I want in my OR; a guy they call the Nazi. Do you know him?
Bailey: The Nazi?
Dr. Kent: He gets a great word of mouth, stellar rep, balls the size of Texas?
Bailey: That big. Sounds like an impressively talented man, this 'Nazi.'
Dr. Kent: Do you know him or not.
Bailey: Never heard of "him" but I'll be sure to keep an eye out.
Dr. Kent: For now you can work on smaller cases. A guy just came in to curtain 3. Page me if you get confused.
Bailey: I'll be sure to do that. (to Meredith, as Dr. Kent walks away) Like I said the stupidity of the human race.

Bailey: You are a surgical junkie. Go home!
Richard: Adell is already mad. I'm in trouble no matter what ... and there's a wipple happening in OR2.
Bailey: Go home, right now!
Richard: You know this kind of treatment is the reason they call you the NAZI!
(Dr. Kent's eyes open wide and he spins around to look at the Nazi he has been looking for all day and sees Bailey)
Bailey: Happy Thanksgiving.

Cristina: Joe thank God!
Joe: Hey this is my boyfriend Walter.
Cristina: Whatever. Tell me you brought liquor.
Joe: I brought pie. Pumpkin.
Cristina: You’re a bartender!
Joe: Did you bring scalpels?

Cristina: Dr. Bailey, why are you working on Thanksgiving?
Bailey: Work the extra shifts and get the extra practice. Trying to get in all the practice I can … before the baby comes (Cristina looks up at this) and I have to take time off. Husband isn't thrilled I'm working Thanksgiving but he isn't a surgeon so he doesn't get it.
Cristina: Oh.
Bailey: You and Dr. Burke?
Cristina: Yeah.
Bailey: He would've have made a good father.

George: Today I committed bird murder and I was forced to touch my Dad's ass. I get extra points for showing up at all.
Cristina (sets some bottles down): I brought booze.
Izzie: Let's just eat.

Meredith: Do you love her?
Derek: I don't know.
Meredith: It's good that you're trying. You wouldn't be you if you weren't the kind of person that was trying to make it work.
Derek: You think so?
Meredith: Yeah. (smiles) Means I wasn't wrong about you.
Derek: Thanks.
Meredith: Goodbye, Derek.
Derek: Goodbye, Meredith.

Jerry: Come on Georgie. Pick a car.
Ronny: I told you he doesn't know jack about cars.
Jerry: He doesn't know jack about jack.
George: Jerry. First you say the GTO. Ronny counters with the Bel Air which never fails to make Dad say the GT 500. The cobra, the Chieftan. Then someone names a German car which invariably starts the American versus foreign debate that usually ends when one of you brings up the DeVille. And that always, always leads to the unbelievably long discussion on the merits of the '57 thunderbird. (starts yelling) So how about I just jump to the end and name the thunderbird now so that once in our lives we can stop picking cars! And my name is George!

Meredith (closing voiceover): Maybe we're not supposed to be happy. Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is. Appreciating small victories. Admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human. Maybe we're thankful for the familiar things we know. And maybe we're thankful for the things we'll never know. At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate.

Episode Goofs

At the end of the episode when Derek and Addison are arguing he has large strand of hair in his face. The camera switches to Addison, and when it switches back, the hair is gone.


At the end of the episode when the rain is falling it looks like it is coming from behind Addison, in front of the trailer, but in all of the other scenes it does not.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Thanks For The Memories

"Thanks For The Memories" is a song by Frank Sinatra.

Iron Chef: Cristina says (on the phone with George) "Burke is going all "Iron Chef" in the kitchen."

The Iron Chef is a Japanese television program made by FujiTV. It became a cult favorite in the United States when it was picked up by the Food Network and was the basis for the show Iron Chef America.

Deliverance: George says "I’m in the woods with shotguns, liquor and car talk. It’s like deliverance out here."

Deliverance is a 1972 motion picture drama starring Burt Reynolds. It tells the story of four business men on an ill-fated canoe trip in the deep backwoods of America. When two men of the team get kidnapped by two mountain men, one wielding a shotgun, the trip takes a turn for the worse.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 1: The attending from Mercy West wants to meet "The Nazi". This is the nick name that was introduced for Bailey in 1x01 "A Long Day's Night".

Season 1, Episode 1: The scene where Burke is teaching Izzie how to cook a turkey is based on the scene in 1x01 "A Long Day's Night" where George performs his first surgery.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Co-ProducerTammy Ann Casper  |  Lisa Taylor (1)
Production DesignerBrandee Dell'aringa
EditorSusan Vaill
CastingLinda Lowy  |  John Brace (1)
Unit Production ManagerCarla Corwin
First Assistant DirectorChris Hayden
Second Assistant DirectorShawn Hanley
MusicDanny Lux
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerLinda Bass
HairstylistSean Flanigan
Set DecoratorLinda Sutton-Doll
Location ManagerCarlyn Couch
Transportation CoordinatorTom Gilhooley
Property MasterAngela Whiting
Production Sound MixerBeau Baker
Script SupervisorNicole Cummins
Production CoordinatorSue Jennings
Post Production SupervisorJoy Ramos
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Story EditorStacy McKee
Executive Story EditorZoanne Clack
Costume SupervisorGail Just
Department Head Make-upNorman Leavitt (1)
Production StaffSascha Ciezata  |  Winter Zemans  |  Thomas Barg  |  Sean P. Galvin  |  Karin Gleason
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike
Medical ProducerLinda Klein
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