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Grey's Anatomy: Life During Wartime

The Chief gives Bailey new responsibility in order to help her to be one of the best surgeons at Seattle Grace. Meanwhile, Owen Hunt, the new head of trauma, clashes with the current staff's methods and abilities.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x6
Production Number: 506
Airdate: Thursday October 30th, 2008

Director: James Frawley
Writer: Mark Wilding

Alternate Airdates:

FI (Nelonen) Feb 04, 2009
UK (sky LIVING) Feb 26, 2009
NL (Net 5) Mar 09, 2009


Guest Stars
Kevin McKiddKevin McKidd
As Dr. Owen Hunt (New Trauma Surgeon)
Scott HavenScott Haven
As Randy Begler (Relative of Patient Tori Begler)

Co-Guest Stars
Amrapali AmbegaokarAmrapali Ambegaokar
As Intern Dani
Brandon ScottBrandon Scott
As Intern Ryan
Brooke BlanchardBrooke Blanchard
As Jill the Paramedic
Candice AfiaCandice Afia
As Intern Laura
Gloria GarayuaGloria Garayua
As Intern Graciella
Janina GavankarJanina Gavankar
As Intern Lisa
Joseph WilliamsonJoseph Williamson
As Intern Pierce
Mark SaulMark Saul
As Intern Steve
Molly KidderMolly Kidder
As Intern Megan
Tymberlee HillTymberlee Hill
As Intern Claire
Winston StoryWinston Story
As Intern Leo
Adair TishlerAdair Tishler
As Tori Begler (Patient: Has Inoperable Tumor)
Chet GrissomChet Grissom
As Uncle Pat (Uncle to Patient Tori Begler)
Lauri JohnsonLauri Johnson
As Grandma Ruth (Grandmother to Patient Tori Begler)
Michael HagiwaraMichael Hagiwara
As Charles Hyatt (Patient: Treated by Izzie in Trauma Centre)
Sheila ShawSheila Shaw
As Michelle Begler (Relative of Patient Tori Begler)
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
Sara RamirezSara Ramirez
As Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres
Brooke SmithBrooke Smith
As Dr. Erica Hahn
Chyler LeighChyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric DaneEric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
T.R. KnightT.R. Knight
As Dr. George O'Malley
Sandra OhSandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang
Katherine HeiglKatherine Heigl
As Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens
Episode Notes
Ratings: 15.05 Million Viewers

Trivia: The 'Anatomy Jane' doll that Meredith finds and carries around throughout the episode actually exists. The doll is now very rare, and expensive, to buy.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
El Perro Del MarFrom the Valley to the StarsWebber Talks to Meredith About Anatomy Jane
Greg LaswellDays Go OnWebber Talks to Patient's Dad, Owen Talks to Izzie
Raining JanePreludeAlex and Izzie Talking and Kissing, Closing Scenes
Vampire WeekendWalcottOpening Scenes, Seattle, Meredith Finds Jane Doll

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) For a surgeon, every patient is a battlefield. They're our terrain. Where we advance, retreat, try to remove all the landmines. And just when you think you've won the battle, made the world safe again. Along comes another landmine.

Owen: Quick and dirty, Cristine!
Cristina: Aah, Cristina! Cristin-a.

Izzie: Are you done beating me up for the day? Because I'd like to go home.
Owen: I was just trying to teach you.
Izzie: You wanna teach us? Take us to the sim lab with the plastic guys who have heart rates, and blood pressure and croupe when you nick an artery.
Owen: Until you apply scalpel to skin, Stevens, you're just going through the motions.
Izzie: That attitude - that's from before. We have the technology now, we don't have to torture live creatures.
Owen: No, you don't get to accuse me of torture. Those animals felt no pain.
Izzie: You don't know that. You don't know that. You don't know what they felt, you don't know how scared they were. Animals are sensitive and intelligent creatures. And that is not me being emotional, that is simply the truth. You want me to learn from your methods? You want me to learn anything from you, then don't stab pigs in front of me and tell me that the sky isn't blue! You are torturing God's creatures in an age where we have the technology that no longer requires us to. If you wanna do that, go ahead - but don't tell me I'm less of a doctor for walking away.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) Some wars result in complete and total victory. Some wars end with a peace offering. And some wars end in hope. But all these wars are nothing compared to the most frightening war of all. The one you have yet to fight.

Episode Goofs
Izzie mentions she's been sleeping with Alex for only a week, yet they started sleeping together during "There's No 'I' in Team," which is said to have taken place the day before this episode.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Life During Wartime

"Life During Wartime" is the title of a song by Talking Heads.

Popular Culture:

Babe: Lexie names one of the pigs in the skills lab 'Babe'.

First Blood: Derek Shepherd calls Dr. Owen Hunt 'Rambo' because of the way he runs trauma.

Doctor Dolittle: Christina references the movie because of the animals brought into the skills lab.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Shonda Rhimes  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Allan Heinberg  |  Mark Wilding  |  Rob Corn  |  Krista Vernoff
ProducerTammy Ann Casper  |  Jeff Rafner  |  Linda Klein
Series DirectorKevin McKidd
WriterMark Wilding
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