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Grey's Anatomy: Wish You Were Here

Bailey pairs up with Dr. Arizona Robbins, Seattle Grace's new pediatric surgeon, to help save the life of a young patient. Derek is furious when a death row inmate is checked in to the hospital; Cristina and Meredith's friendship continues to erode; Callie and Sloan work through their attractions to Sadie and Lexie; and Izzie confesses to Alex that she has been seeing Denny.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x11
Production Number: 511
Airdate: Thursday January 08th, 2009

Director: Rob Corn
Writer: Debora Cahn

Alternate Airdates:

FI (Nelonen) Mar 11, 2009
UK (sky LIVING) Apr 02, 2009
NL (Net 5) Apr 13, 2009


Special Guest Stars
Jeffrey Dean MorganJeffrey Dean Morgan
As Denny Duquette

Guest Stars
Eric StoltzEric Stoltz
As William Dunn (Patient: Death Row Inmate)
Jessica CapshawJessica Capshaw
As Dr. Arizona Robbins (Pediatric Suregeon, Takes Over for Dr. Kinley)
Kevin McKiddKevin McKidd
As Dr. Owen Hunt (New Trauma Surgeon)
Melissa GeorgeMelissa George
As Sadie Harris (New Intern, Old Friend of Meredith's)
Robin Pearson RoseRobin Pearson Rose
As Patricia (Richard Webber's Secretary)
Samantha MathisSamantha Mathis
As Melinda Prescott (Mother of Patient Jackson Prescott)
Steven W. BaileySteven W. Bailey
As Joe (The Bartender at Emerald City Bar)
Perrey ReevesPerrey Reeves
As Margaret (Patient: Benign Tumor, Breaks Bones Easily)

Co-Guest Stars
Aaron RefvemAaron Refvem
As Jackson Prescott (Patient: Child, Bowel and Liver Failure)
Amrapali AmbegaokarAmrapali Ambegaokar
As Intern Dani
Candice AfiaCandice Afia
As Intern Laura
Gloria GarayuaGloria Garayua
As Intern Graciella
Kevin ClarkeKevin Clarke
As Paramedic
Molly KidderMolly Kidder
As Intern Megan
John SlomanJohn Sloman
As Dr. Jordan Kinley (Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Dies of Heart Attack)
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
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: 13.71 Million Viewers

Casting: The first appearance of Jessica Capshaw as pediatric surgeon Arizona Robbins.

Trivia: It was Izzie's birthday in this episode, which suggests that her birthday is on January 8th.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ben FoldsYou Don't Know Me (featuring Regina Spektor)Callie and Mark Discuss Their "Program", Lunch
The Coral SeaAh, Ah, AhArizona Fed Up With Bailey, Cristina Washing Hands
Daniel PowterAm I Still the One (featuring Linda Perry)Opening Scenes, Cristina in the Boiler Room
DidoThe Day Before the DaySadie Talks to Meredith About Cristina
SantogoldLights OutPatient Reveals Her Decision, Seattle, Bar Scene
TandyHomeDerek Turns on the Music, Closing Scenes

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) We all get at least one good wish a year over the candles on our birthday. Some of us throw in more. On eyelashes, fountains, lucky stars, and every now and then, one of those wishes comes true. So what then? Is it is as good as we'd hoped? Do we bask in the warm glow of our happiness? Or, do we just notice we've got a long list of other wishes waiting to be wished?

Owen: You okay? Want to get a drink or something?
Cristina: Oh. Oh now we're on again because the mood suits you? Because I'm the sad little girl with no friends and I tripped your savior complex into action? Usually I can deal with the hot and cold thing, but not today. Just leave me the hell alone.

Lexie: From the lab, Dr. Sloan. (pauses) Did you need something else?
Mark: (to Callie) This is toture.
Callie: Focus!

Mark: I'm telling you, these interns are out of control.
Callie: Stalkers.
Mark: Sexed-up stalkers.

Mark: We did good work today.
Callie: If we stay strong --
Mark: Don't get drunk --
Callie: Keep staring at Joe; we'll be fine.

Callie: (about Lexie) You slept with her?
Mark: Absolutely not. Only once. She came to my hotel room, took off all her clothes and said "teach me." It was like I had no control. She violated me with her nakedness. Derek's gonna kill me.
Callie: Well, you shouldn't have been alone with her.
Mark: Never gonna happen again, mind-blowingly fantastic as it was.
Callie: Hey, you are a professional, all right? (Sadie walks over them)
Sadie: Hey. Oh. Hold on. Hold tight. Just a bit of lint. Um, ultrasound's backed up, but they said they'll have results in half an hour.
Callie: All right. Uh .. well ... tell, uh, tell Grey. Uh, and ... uh ... let ... uh, let, uh George -- Dr. George -- Dr. O'Malley -- know when, uh, let him know... let him know when you know, okay?
Mark: You were saying something about professionalism?

Chief: (to Derek) I'm worried about my hospital dying. I made some calls to replace Kinley. No one wants to come here. I can't keep a cardiac surgeon on staff. Burke quit. Hahn quit. Dixon's autistic. My OR roof collapsed, the whole place flooded. The interns are literally chopping each other into little pieces. No wonder we're number twelve. Twelve!

Meredith: All crimes are crimes of passion. There's always a reason. People don't do stuff like that because they forget it's illegal.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) We don't wish for the easy stuff. We wish for big things. Things that are ambitious, out of reach. We wish because we need help and we're scared and we know we may be asking too much. We still wish, though, because sometimes they come true.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

The interns would not have asked what "PDR" (used in this episode to stand for "Prisoner, Death Row") meant. Instead, they would have been confused by that acronym, since to them, "PDR" would surely stand for "Physician's Desk Reference", one of the most common reference books for physicians.

Factual Error:

The state of Washington does not have the death penalty and, therefore, has no death row prisoners.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Wish You Were Here

"Wish You Were Here" is the title of both a song and album by Pink Floyd.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 27: Denny Duquette was Izzie's fiance from season two of Grey's Anatomy. She repeatedly seems his walking throughout the hospital and has conversations with him, even though he passed away in 2x27 "Losing My Religion".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorShonda Rhimes
Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Allan Heinberg  |  Mark Wilding  |  Rob Corn  |  Shonda Rhimes  |  Krista Vernoff
ProducerTammy Ann Casper  |  Zoanne Clack  |  Stacy McKee  |  Linda Klein  |  Jeff Rafner
Series DirectorRob Corn
WriterDebora Cahn  |  Shonda Rhimes
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