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Grey's Anatomy: Sweet Surrender

As she endures aggressive treatment for her cancer, Izzie throws herself into planning Derek and Meredith's wedding.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x20
Production Number: 520
Airdate: Thursday April 23rd, 2009

Director: Tony Phelan
Writer: Sonay Washington

Alternate Airdates:

FI (Nelonen) May 13, 2009
UK (sky LIVING) Jun 04, 2009
NL (Net 5) Oct 19, 2009


Guest Stars
Amy MadiganAmy Madigan
As Dr. Katharine Wyatt (Psychiatric Doctor)
Hector ElizondoHector Elizondo
As Mr. Carlos Torres (Dr. Callie Torres' Father)
Jessica CapshawJessica Capshaw
As Dr. Arizona Robbins (Pediatric Surgeon)
Kimberly EliseKimberly Elise
As Dr. Swender (Surgical Oncologist on Izzie's Case)
Elden HensonElden Henson
As Matt Smithson (Father of Patient Jessica Smithson)
José ZúñigaJosé Zúñiga
As Anthony Meloy (Patient: Hit By A Car)
Obba BabatundéObba Babatundé
As David Gates (Patient: Car Accident)

Co-Guest Stars
Mac BrandtMac Brandt
As Paramedic #2
Moe IrvinMoe Irvin
As Nurse Tyler Christian
Nicole CumminsNicole Cummins
As Paramedic #1
Regi DavisRegi Davis
As Dr. Kevin Fisher (Doctor George Called For Psych Consult)
Carlease BurkeCarlease Burke
As Mrs. Gates (Wife of Patient David Gates)
Mary-Charles JonesMary-Charles Jones
As Jessica Smithson (Patient: Young Girl With Tay-Sachs)
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
Kevin McKiddKevin McKidd
As Dr. Owen Hunt
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: 13.55 Million Viewers

Trivia: The character of Lexie Grey eats so much in this episode as a joke because the actress who portrays her, Chyler Leigh, was pregnant at the time.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
JontSweetheartCallie's Dad Talks to Webber, Patient's Dad Panics
The Mostar Diving ClubVagabonds and ClownsOpening Scenes, Meredith Inspecting Ring
The RescuesBreak Me OutBailey Exits, Wiping Izzie's Brow, Closing Scenes
Shady BardSummer Came When We Were Falling OutOwen Talking to His Therapist Again

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): Defeat isn't an option. Not for surgeons. We don't back away from the table till the last breaths long gone. Terminal's a challenge. Life threatening's what gets us out of bed in the morning. We're not easily intimidated. We don't flinch, we don't back down, and we certainly don't surrender. Not at work anyway.

Arizona: Meeting Callie's dad was so not on the agenda for today. I mean, he seems like the kinda man who needs a little preperation before meeting his daughter's girlfriend. (laughs) You should've seen the look on his face, when I--
Bailey: Can you stop doing 'the thing'?
Arizona: What thing?
Bailey: The tellin' me your business thing. It's my day off. I'm just here to watch you do the fundoplication.
Arizona: You know what? I checked your schedule, you worked a 90 hour week, you should be at home sleeping or playing with your kid.
Bailey: Okay, you could stop doing that thing, too.
Arizona: It's just peds can be tough. And it can be hard on a family.
Bailey: Not mine. (scoffs) My husband is very supportive. He is... He can't wait for me to start my fellowship.
Arizona: He doesn't know, does he?
Bailey: No.

George: I need to order a psych consult for Mr. Malloy. He said he was walking when the car hit him, but the pattern of his injuries aren't consistant with it. Plus, he's acting a little agitated.
Alex: Maybe because he was just hit by a car or 'cause he has you as a doctor. Either way, you need to discharge him because we have a lot more patients, with worse injuries.
George: If he leaves and hurts himself, it's on you.
Alex: Fine. Get your consult. But if someone in that waiting room dies because we don't have a bed, that's on you.

Owen: I don't feel anything
Dr. Wyatt: Nothing? No anger? Happiness? Unhappiness? Guilt? Survivor's guilt? You know it's very common with veterans.
Owen: It's not about my platoon.
Dr. Wyatt: You have shoved your feelings aside for so long. I'm asking you to claim them. And Owen... this is about your platoon.
Owen: It's about the fact that I tried to choke my girlfriend to death. What? Are you saying the way I feel about my platoon and the way I feel about what happened with Cristina are the same? They're not the same.
Dr. Wyatt: Well, how will you know if you can't name those feelings?
Owen: It's not what it's... It's... I don't know.

Meredith (closing voiceover): To do our jobs we have to believe defeat is not an option. That no matter how sick our patients get, there's hope for them. But, even when our hopes give way to reality and we finally have to surrender to the truth, it just means we've lost today battle. Not tomorrows war. Here's the thing about surrender, once you do it, actually give in, you forget why you were even fighting in the first place.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Sweet Surrender

"Sweet Surrender" is the title of a song by Diana Ross.

Episode References
Season 3: Mr. Torres, Callie's father, threatens to kill George and pushes him against the wall because he cheated on Callie when they were married during season 3.

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 DirectorKevin McKidd
WriterSonay Washington
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