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Grey's Anatomy: Stairway to Heaven

Bailey becomes desperate as her patient's condition rapidly worsens, causing everyone to work to find the boy an organ donor before it's too late. Meanwhile, Mark finds himself in a compromising position and Crisitina avoids Owen.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x13
Production Number: 513
Airdate: Thursday January 22nd, 2009

Director: Allison Liddi
Writer: Mark Wilding

Alternate Airdates:

FI (Nelonen) Mar 25, 2009
UK (sky LIVING) Apr 16, 2009
NL (Net 5) Apr 27, 2009

  • Currently 7.8/10
7.8/10 (33 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Brandon Scott (2)
As Intern Ryan
Eric Stoltz
As William Dunn (Patient: Spinal Injury, Death Row Inmate)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
As Denny Duquette
Jessica Capshaw
As Dr. Arizona Robbins (Pediatric Surgeon)
Kevin McKidd
As Dr. Owen Hunt (New Trauma Surgeon)
Melissa George
As Sadie Harris (New Intern, Old Friend of Meredith's)
Samantha Mathis
As Melinda Prescott (Mother to Patient Jackson Prescott)
Amy Sloan
As Kelly (Wife of Brain Dead Patient)

Co-Guest Stars
Aaron Refvem
As Jackson Prescott (Patient: Organ Transplants)
Amrapali Ambegaokar
As Intern Dani
Candice Afia
As Intern Laura
Gloria Garayua
As Intern Graciella
Joseph Williamson
As Intern Pierce
Mark Saul
As Intern Steve
Moe Irvin
As Nurse Tyler Christian
Molly Kidder
As Intern Megan
Tymberlee Hill
As Intern Claire
Winston Story
As Intern Leo
Main Cast
Ellen Pompeo
As Dr. Meredith Grey
Justin Chambers
As Dr. Alex Karev
Patrick Dempsey
As Dr. Derek Shepherd
Chandra Wilson
As Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens, Jr.
As Dr. Richard Webber
Sara Ramirez
As Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres
Chyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
T.R. Knight
As Dr. George O'Malley
Sandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang
Katherine Heigl
As Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens
Episode Notes
Ratings: 14.25 Million Viewers

Trivia: Instead of the typical opening narration by Meredith, the voiceovers are provided by Denny.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bon IverBlindsidedYoung Patient in Surgery, Izzie Talks to "Denny"
Emiliana TorriniBirdsPatient's Mother Hysterical, Izzie Pulls Her Back
PowderfingerDrifting Further AwayBailey Breaks Down, Begins Crying, Closing Scenes

Episode Quotes
Denny: (opening voiceover) I believe in heaven. I also believe in hell. I've never seen either but I believe they exist. They have to exist. Because without a heaven, without a hell, we're all just headed for limbo.

Bailey: Page Shepherd!
Meredith: The patient doesn't want that.
Bailey: Oh really, he tell you that?
William: Yes, don't page him. He's terribly unpleasant.

Bailey: Dr. Shepherd?
Derek: Dr. Bailey.
Bailey: I need you to stop. I need you to put down the scalpel. This man is trying to kill himself and, God forgive me, I need you to let him.

Mark: Little Grey.
Lexie: It's not Little Grey. It's Lexie. And I'm sorry that I broke ... that I hurt you. And I'm sorry that you're humiliated. But I'm not going anywhere. I've got a friend who is guarding the door. A good friend. And since no-one is going to be coming in, I'm now going to climb into bed with you and stroke your hair. Because that's what I like to have done for me, when I'm hurt.

Owen: I planned the whole evening, last night. A real date. It was a clear night, one of the five Seattle gets all year. I was going to take you to the West Point Lighthouse and we were going to watch the Northern Lights together. I'd like another chance. I want you to give me another chance.
Cristina: You've got some problems. You've got some big problems.
Owen: Yeah. Yeah, I do. Will, you go out with me anyway?
Cristina: Yes.

Owen: I want to apologize for last night. It was not my intention to arrive in that state.
Cristina: You don't have to say anything.
Owen: As a rule, if I'm showering with a woman, I do it without my clothes. And if I get in her bed naked, I don't pass out. And if I --
Cristina: It's okay.
Owen: It's not.
Cristina: It's not, but you don't have to talk about it.

Lexie: Oh my God! Are you okay?
Mark: No!
Lexie: It's bent in the middle. I think you broke it.
Mark: Get Torres! Go!

Bailey: Karev, go and get the machine.
Alex: What if it's already hooked up to somebody?
Arizona: If that somebody has more than sixteen hours to live, then we'll unhook him.

Meredith: (to Derek) I know you don't understamd me. I don't understand me. I wanted to show him compassion. That's why I went. That's the reason. And it was horrible.

Denny: (closing voiceover) Heaven. Hell. Limbo. No one even knows where we're going. Or what's waiting for us when we get there. But the one thing we can say, with absolute certainty, is that there are moments that take us to another place. Moments of Heaven on Earth. And maybe for now, that's all we need to know.

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: Stairway to Heaven

"Stairway to Heaven" is the title of a song by Led Zeppelin.

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".

Season 2, Episode 6: Denny asks Izzie if she believes in Heaven. In 2x06, "Into You Like a Train", Bonnie asked the same question of Tom (the two patients impaled on a metal pole). Also, in the season 3 episode "Some Kind of Miracle", Denny and Bonnie know each other in Meredith's afterlife.

Season 5, Episode 8: Denny tells Izzie that he's "Here for her," in episode 5x08 "These Ties That Bind". Izzie finally figures out what he means by that in this episode. He also says it in a couple of other episodes leading up to this one.

Other Episode Crew

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