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Grey's Anatomy: Bring The Pain

Meredith and Derek have to use more than their medical knowledge when a woman's strictly religious father forbids her from having an operation that would save her life. Meanwhile, George and Alex are forced to perform a surgery in scarce conditions, and Derek is forced to decide between Addison and Meredith.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: 201
Airdate: Sunday October 23rd, 2005

Director: Mark Tinker
Writer: Shonda Rhimes

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TF1) Aug 14, 2006
DE (Pro7) Oct 17, 2006
FI (Nelonen) Dec 06, 2006


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

Guest Stars
Kate BurtonKate Burton
As Ellis Grey (Mother of Dr. Meredith Grey)
Steven W. BaileySteven W. Bailey
As Joe (Bartender)
Brent BriscoeBrent Briscoe
As Henry Lamott (Patient: Allergic To Pain Medication, Watched Porn)
Daniel BessDaniel Bess
As Pete Willoughby (Patient: Gun Shot Wound)
François ChaoFrançois Chao
As Mr. Chue (Father of Patient Anna Chue)
Michelle KrusiecMichelle Krusiec
As Anna Chue (Patient: Tumour In Spinal Canal)
Mimi KennedyMimi Kennedy
As Verna Bradley (Patient: Stress Cardiomyopathy)

Co-Guest Stars
Jeremy RabbJeremy Rabb
As ER Resident
Sally Ann BrooksSally Ann Brooks
As Marie Lamott (Wife of Patient Henry Lamott)
Bashir SalahuddinBashir Salahuddin
As Bailey's Husband
Sean MoranSean Moran
As Lou Bradley (Husband of Patient Verna Bradley)
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: 18 million viewers

Timeline: This episode was originally planned to be the second season premiere.

Trivia: The helicopter that flies the shaman to the helipad is an Agusta A109/Mark II.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Blue-eyed SonWhen I Come HomeOpening Scenes, Girls Come Home Angry, Join George
Cowboy RacerYellow HorseDerek Storms Out, Burke Talks to Addison
Mike DoughtyI Hear The BellsIzzie's Patient Looks Down, George Starts Surgery
Roisin MurphyLove In The MakingAlex and George Stuck in the Elevator with Patient
Tegan & SaraNot TonightMeredith Waits at Bar for Derek, Closing Scenes
Way Out WestDon't Forget MeThe Shaman Starts the Ritual to Retrieve Her Soul

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): Pain, it comes in all forms. The small twinge, a bit of soreness, the random pain that we live with everyday. Then there is the kind of pain you just can't ignore, a level of pain so great that it blocks out everything else, makes the rest of your world fade away until all we can think about is how much we hurt, how we manage our pain is up to us. We anaesthetize, ride it out, embrace it, ignore it, and for some of us the best way to manage pain is to just push through it.

Cristina: "Oh yes, I'm so very very naughty!" Bianca said as she dropped her stethoscope. "Me too!" said Crystal as she snapped on her surgical glove, and then there was Marta.
(Bailey walks past room and stares, Cristina shrugs)
Cristina: Where was I?
Henry: Marta.
Cristina: Oh yes, Marta. She was the naughtiest nurse of all because she knew how...

(Alex, George and the patient are in the elevator when it stops)
Alex: Dude, we’re not moving.
George: Really, ya think?

(Izzie and Meredith jump into George’s bed while he is sleeping)
George: This is a very small bed.
Meredith: He is a brain surgeon.
Izzie: I look fantastic. I shaved my legs.
Meredith: He’s a brain surgeon how can he be so brainless?
Izzie: Seriously.
Meredith: Seriously.
George: Shhhh. (pats them both on the shoulder) Go to sleep.

Cristina: Don't tell anyone I did this for you. You tell anyone I did this for you, Not only will I kill you, I will sell your body parts for cash! (Henry Lamont nods) OK. So. There were these women. Nurses. Three nurses. And they were...naughty. They were really really naughty. They were three naughty nurses. Saucy, even. Saucy and bad and naughty. Three saucy bad naughty nurses. They were taking a shower. Together. Soaping each other up. And then this doctor walks in and he sees these three naughty bad nurses with these great big...

(Reading the emergency sign on the elevator out loud after it stopped)
George: "If elevator should stop do not become alarmed. Press the button marked alarm to summon assistance." If they don’t want us to be alarmed why do they call the button 'alarm'?

Meredith: You should take something.
Cristina: Drugs are for babies.
Izzie: I hate Alex.
Cristina: And the non sequitur award goes to...
Izzie: I’m sorry, but I hate Alex.
Meredith: I broke up with Derek.
Cristina: Burke wants to have a relationship.
Izzie: Boys are stupid.
Cristina: Yep.

(Meredith, Izzie and Cristina all turn their heads sideways to view the porn better)
Cristina: That does not look comfortable.
Meredith: Trust me, it’s not.

Meredith: You didn’t sign the divorce papers. Fine, I get it. End of discussion.
Derek: Meredith.
Meredith: What!
Derek: Oh... I usually just say “Meredith” and then you yell at me. I haven’t thought past that point. I actually didn’t have anything planned.

Alex: So, dude. What’s the deal with Izzie?
George: She shaved her legs for you.
Alex: And?
George: And you didn’t kiss her goodnight.
Patient: She shaved her legs for you and you didn’t follow through?
Alex: Hey I followed through, I always follow through.
George: You didn’t last night.
Alex: Mind your own business.
George: Mind... She had expectations, women have expectations and you didn’t meet them. Hey I live with these women and every time you guys don’t meet their expectations I have to hear about it. So it is my business.

Izzie: I had a good time, thank you. It was the perfect evening, best date ever, ever.
Alex: Izzie...
Izzie: I especially liked the part where you treated me like crap the entire evening, That was fun.
Alex: I had a good time.
Izzie: Really?
Alex: Yeah.

George: (to Cristina) Plus I touched a heart today, Porny.

Meredith: Okay ... here it is. Your choice, it's simple her or me. And I'm sure she's really great. But, Derek, I love you ... in a really, really big ... pretend to like your taste in music love you ... let you eat the last piece of cheesecake love you, hold a radio over my head outside your window love you, unfortunate way that makes me hate you love you. So pick me. Choose me. Love me. I'll be at Joe's tonight, so if you do decide to sign the papers ... meet me there.

Derek: Look I was married for 11 years. Addison is my family. That is 11 Thanksgivings, birthdays, and 11 Christmases and in one day I am supposed to sign a piece of paper and end my family? A person doesn’t do that, not without a little hesitation. I’m entitled to a little uncertainty here. Just a moment to understand the magnitude of what it means to cut somebody out of my life. I am entitled to at least one moment of painful doubt and a little understanding from you would be nice.

Bailey: Porn for pain management?

Meredith (closing voiceover): Pain, you just have to ride it out, hope it goes away on its own, hope the wound that caused it heals. There are no solutions, no easy answers. You just breathe deep and wait for it to subside. Most of the time pain can be managed, but sometimes the pain gets you when you least expect it, hits way below the belt and doesn't let up. Pain you just have to fight through, because the truth is you can't outrun it, and life always makes more.

Episode Goofs

When George and Alex are stuck in the elevator they both put on surgical gowns and gloves. When George removes the bandage from the wound, Alex look up at George and Alex is suddenly not wearing either the gown or the gloves. The next time we see Alex, he is once again in a surgical gown and wearing gloves.


When Alex and George are waiting for Burke to come back, the opening to the lift dressed with the blue paper and two nurses in the background. When the camera pans back up when Burke returns the papered up opening is no longer there.


When Meredith talks to Derek after the surgery, and asks him to choose her over Addison, he is taking off his mask. In the next shot, she is taking it off again.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Bring The Pain

"Bring The Pain" is the title of a song by Method Man.

Song Lyrics: Bailey says "Hey, life is short, times are hard, the road is long, with many a winding turn."

This is the first line of the song "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" by Cher, Neil Diamond, and Glen Campbell.

The Wizard of Oz: George says "We're not in Kansas any more."

This is a reference to the movie The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy says this line after she arrives in Oz.

Say Anything: Meredith says "... hold a radio over my head outside your window ..."

This is a reference to the movie Say Anything where John Cusack did the same thing to proclaim his love.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 4: Izzie and Alex had their first date at the end of 2x04 "Deny, Deny, Deny" and Alex found out he has to retake his exams.

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 DirectorChris Hayden
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 StaffEric Buchman  |  Elizabeth Klaviter  |  Darren Preston Lane  |  Stacy McKee  |  Michelle Hall  |  Blythe Robe  |  Chris Van Dusen  |  Dj Jacobs
Theme Song Written And Performed ByPsapp
Medical ConsultantKaren Lisa Pike
Medical ProducerLinda Klein
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