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Grey's Anatomy: Sympathy for the Devil

Derek's mother, Carolyn, makes a surprise visit and meets Meredith for the first time. Meanwhile, Mark tries to hide his relationship with Lexie; William, the death row inmate, asks to donate his organs to Bailey's patient; and Owen and Cristina go on their first date.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x12
Production Number: 512
Airdate: Thursday January 15th, 2009

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Writer: Jenna Bans

Alternate Airdates:

FI (Nelonen) Mar 18, 2009
UK (sky LIVING) Apr 09, 2009
NL (Net 5) Apr 20, 2009


Special Guest Stars
Jeffrey Dean MorganJeffrey Dean Morgan
As Denny Duquette
Tyne DalyTyne Daly
As Carolyn Shepherd (Dr. Derek Shepherd's Mother)

Guest Stars
Brandon ScottBrandon Scott
As Intern Ryan
Eric StoltzEric Stoltz
As William Dunn (Patient: Spinal Trauma, Death Row Inmate)
Ernie GrunwaldErnie Grunwald
As Gary Rubin (Brother of Patient Chuck Rubin)
Jason KravitsJason Kravits
As Chuck Rubin (Patient: Bone Infection from Botched Leg Surgery)
Jessica CapshawJessica Capshaw
As Dr. Arizona Robbins (Pediatric Surgeon)
Kevin McKiddKevin McKidd
As Dr. Owen Hunt (New Trauma Surgeon)
Melissa GeorgeMelissa George
As Sadie Harris (New Intern, Old Friend of Meredith's)
Samantha MathisSamantha Mathis
As Melinda Prescott (Mother of Patient Jackson Prescott)

Co-Guest Stars
Aaron RefvemAaron Refvem
As Jackson Prescott (Patient: Child, Bowel and Liver Failure)
Candice AfiaCandice Afia
As Intern Laura
Gloria GarayuaGloria Garayua
As Intern Graciella
Mark SaulMark Saul
As Intern Steve
Molly KidderMolly Kidder
As Intern Megan
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: 12.95 Million Viewers

Trivia: In this episode it's revealed that Lexie is 24 years old.

Casting: Guest-star Tyne Daly's step-brother, Tim Daly, is cast-member of the Grey's Anatomy spin-off Private Practice.

Episode Title: 'Sympathy for the Devil' shares its name with an episode of the CW show 'Supernatural'. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who appears as Denny Duquette in this episode, plays a leading role in "Supernatural".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Anya MarinaAll the Same to MeArizona Says "Okay", Lunch Scene, Meredith Anxious
Glass PearLast Day of Your LifeDerek's Mom Leaves Meredith, Izzie Looks at Her
Johnathan RiceThe AcrobatOwen Drunk and in the Shower, Plays Almost to End
Right Away, Great Captain!What a PityCristina Walks in and Sees Meredith
WinterpillsTake Away the WordsOpening Scenes, Bailey Watches Young Patient Sleep

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) My mother used to say this about residency: "It takes a year to learn to cut. It takes a lifetime to learn not to." Of all of the tools on the surgical tray, sound judgement is the trickiest one to master. And without it, we are all just toddlers running around with ten-blades.

Arizona: (to Alex) You don't think that I know that they just pulled the plug on the kid? You don't think that I get that? You don't think I know about the tiny, tiny coffin that they're going to stick him in? I know about the tiny coffins. I see them all the time. In my sleep. So if you don't mind, I'm going to keep talking relationships and rainbows and crap. And I'm going to make plans for tomorrow. Because that's what you do, Karev, you make plans. You have to. You turn your back on the tiny coffins and you face forward until the next kid.

Mark: Why do you have to live in Meredith's attic? How am I supposed to sneak out of here with a frat party going on downstairs? Don't you kids ever sleep?
Lexie: They're cleaning the house for Dr. Shepherd's mom.
Mark: Mrs. Shepherd's coming to Seattle?
Lexie: So?
Mark: So that woman practically raised me, taught me right from wrong. If she found that I was with you ... that we were ... you're Meredith Grey's little sister. You are forbidden fruit. You are twenty-five. You're a fetus.
Lexie: Twenty-four. I skipped third grade.
Mark: I feel dirty.

Derek: You are wearing an alarmingly high ponytail.
Meredith: Your mother is coming!

Izzie: (to Cristina) I think it's nice. Your date. I think you and the pig-murderer make a really good couple.

Mark: Pain and agony for a little bit of pleasure? I get it.
Callie: If it's that bad, why don't you stop sl -- ... doing what you're doing.
Mark: Because it doesn't feel bad when I'm ... doing it. It's good. It's great. And maybe if you weren't so scared of getting burned, you'd feel the same.

Carolyn: You've been avoidng me.
Mark: What? No.
Carolyn: You've got that same look on your face as you did when you were ten years old. You put Derek's favorite frog into the microwave.

Carolyn: How many sexual partners have you had? I won't judge.
Lexie: Six. No, seven. Kind of six. Kind of seven.
Carolyn: Criminal record?
Lexie: Speeding ticket.
Carolyn: How fast?
Lexie: Twelve miles over.
Carolyn: That's fast.
Lexie: It wasn't too ... it was way too fast, but I was downhill. I was coasting, ma'am.
Carolyn: Now I don't suppose you can tell me ... where the gift shop is?

Meredith: (closing voiceover) We're human. We make mistakes. We mis-estimate. We call it wrong. But when a surgeon makes a bad judgement call, it's not as simple. People get hurt. They bleed. So we struggle, over every stich. We agonize over every suture. Because the snap-judgements, the ones that come to us quickly and easily, without hesitation, they're the ones that haunt us forever.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

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

Cultural References
Episode Title: Sympathy for the Devil

"Sympathy for the Devil" is the title of a song by the Rolling Stones.

Episode References
Season 5, Episode 6 Izzie says to Christina "I think it's nice. Your date. I think you and the pig-murderer make a really good couple." In 5x06 "Life During Wartime ," Owen simulates a trauma situation by stabbing pigs and having the residents try to save their lives.

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  |  Jeff Rafner  |  Linda Klein  |  Zoanne Clack  |  Stacy McKee
Series DirectorJeannot Szwarc
WriterJenna Bans
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