Grey's Anatomy

A Hard Day's Night

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 3/27/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Meet Meredith Grey. Daughter of famous surgeon Ellis Grey and currently recovering from a one-night stand. She shoos away her evening's companion, saying she'll be late for her first day of work. She is a first year intern at Seattle Grace Hospital and is working alongside some colorful characters. Cristina Yang is a highly competitive Stanford graduate who befriends Meredith. George O'Malley is a quirky warm hearted man who learns a lesson or two on his first day. Izzie Stevens is a former model who doesn't get any special treatment on her first day. And Alex Karev is an arrogant jerk who misdiagnoses a patient on his first shift. Overseeing them is Miranda Bailey, (not-so-) affectionately dubbed 'The Nazi'. Meredith also gets a surprise when she realizes that her friend from the night before is a co-worker, and even worse, her boss.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ellen Pompeo

    Dr. Meredith Grey

  • Sandra Oh

    Dr. Cristina Yang

  • Katherine Heigl

    Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens

  • Justin Chambers

    Dr. Alex Karev

  • T.R. Knight

    Dr. George O'Malley

  • Fan Reviews (59)
  • Did anyone rewatch it on ABC on 4/8/2015?

    By antdude, Apr 10, 2015

  • First day of work for the interns at Seattle Grace Hospital.

    By Valentine_76, Feb 20, 2011

  • The beginning of the Grey's Anatomy era

    By RoadToJoy, Jul 05, 2011

  • Meredith is sleeping with her boss. Interns start working at a hospital under "the nazi the famous Ellis Grey is ill.

    By LetsGetCrazy23, Mar 17, 2007

  • Move over E.R. From the network that redefined America's housewives, and made castaway television popular again, comes Grey's Anatomy; a medical story that focuses on the moment by moment lives of five new young doctors who were students only yesterday.

    By Adelette, Mar 23, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (27)

    • Meredith: I wish I wanted to be a chef. Or a ski instructor. Or a kindergarten teacher. George: You know, I would've been a really good postal worker. I'm dependable. (Meredith chuckles) You know, my parents tell everyone they meet that their son's a surgeon. As if it's a big accomplishment. Superhero or something... If they could see me now. Meredith: When I told my mother I wanted to go to medical school, she tried to talk me out of it. Said I didn't have what it takes to be a surgeon. That I'd never make it. So, the way I see it, superhero sounds pretty damn good. George: We're gonna survive this, right? (Meredith just smiles)

    • (About Katie Bryce's surgery) Meredith: I'll tell him I changed my mind... Cristina (interrupts): You know don't give... don't do me any favors. It's fine. Meredith: Cristina. Cristina (coldly): You know what you did a cut throat thing. Deal with it. Don't come to me for absolution. You wanna be a shark, be a shark. Meredith: I'm not. I'm... Cristina (interrupts): Oh yes you are. Only it makes you feel bad in all your warm gooey places. (she's getting angry) You know screw you. I don't get picked for surgeries because I slept with my boss and (Meredith looks shocked) I didn't get into med school because I have a famous mother! You know some of us have to earn what we get. (Meredith walks away, upset)

    • Meredith: What are you doing? Cristina: I'm suturing a banana with the vain hope that it wakes up my brain. (George laughs) What are you smiling at 007? (George stops laughing almost immediatly) I'm sorry, I get mean when I'm tired.

    • Alex (after he just got into a fight with a nurse over a patient): God, I hate nurses. I’m Alex. I’m with Jeremy. You’re with the Nazi right? Meredith: She may not have pneumonia you know? She could be splinting or have a PE. Alex: Like I said, I hate nurses. Meredith: What did you just say? Did you just call me a nurse? Alex: Ah, if the white cap fits. (Meredith pager goes off, she walks away. George comes up to the desk) She seein' anybody? Intern: I don't know. Alex (whistles): She's hot. George: I’m friends with her. (they look at him) I’m mean not as friends. I mean not you know actually friends. I’m mean not exactly. But we’re tight. We hang out. (the other intern walks off) I mean really like only just today. Alex: Dude. (shakes his head) Dude, stop talking.

    • (Bailey is sleeping, and Izzie needs help with something) Izzie: Dr. Bailey, I don't mean to bother you... Bailey (interrupts, but keeps her eyes closed): Then don't. Izzie: It's Mr. Jones. Bailey: Is he dying? Izzie: No. Bailey: Then stop talking to me. (Izzie stands up, Bailey gets up, really annoyed) What is it? (cut to Mr. Jones' room where Dr. Bailey has just finished inserting a central line. Izzie is watching) Next time you wake me he better be so close to dead there's a tag on his toe.

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    Notes (12)

    • International Show Titles: Czech Republic: Chirurgové (Surgeons) Slovakia: Klinika Grace (Clinic Grace)

    • The show's theme song is Cosy In The Rocket. It was written by Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant and performed by Psapp.

    • Sandra Oh was initially looking to audition for the part of Bailey. Also, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Isaiah Washington said that he had auditioned to play the role of Dr. Shepherd.

    • Fisher Plaza, which houses Seattle's ABC affiliate KOMO-TV, is used for some exterior shots of Seattle Grace Hospital. When a patient is flown in via helicopter, you can see the KOMO 4 logo on the side of the building and their satellite dishes on the roof. However, the hospital used for most other exterior and many interior shots is not in Seattle. These scenes are shot at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center in North Hills, California.

    • James Pickens Jr. (the Chief) and Isaiah Washington (Burke) also worked together in the 1995 movie Dead Presidents, and, in the 1998 movie Bulworth.

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    Trivia (18)

    • Goof:During the scene where O'Malley is performing surgery, Karevappears inmedium shots at the door of the gallery, but when a wide shot of the gallery is shown, Karev is not standing at the door.

    • Taking the first letter of each of the original interns' first name, the word magic can be spelt.

    • Goof: When Meredith first sees Derek for the first time in the hospital, while she is speaking to Bailey, you can see the legs of the cameraman in the glass next to the door.

    • Goof: The scene of the sun rising in fast motion is actually a shot of the sun setting in Norfolk, Virginia, that is played in reverse to make it look like a sunrise. Look closely and you can see the cars are going backwards.

    • Goof: When Izzie and George are talking, Izzie proceeds to stretch. She puts her hands in front of her then lifts them above her head. In the next shot, her hands are back in front of her, and she is shown lifting them over her head again.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Meredith: If I hadn't taken the Hippocratic Oath, I would Kevorkian her with my bare hands. The Hippocratic Oath is a oath that serves as a set of guidelines for physicians and is something they usually say or vow when they receive their license to practice medicine. It is usually summarized with the word "do no harm" but those words were not in the original version. Dr. Jack Kevorkian was the most famous advocate in the United States for physician-assisted suicide. He served eight years in prison in Michigan for helping more than 100 people to commit suicide. He was charged with several counts of second-degree murder. His conviction lead to the legalization of assisted suicide in Oregon. In Oregon, it is named the Death with Dignity Act. Jack Kevorkian died in 2011, four years after being paroled from prison.

    • Izzie: What does '007 mean? Meredith: Licensed to kill. These are references to the series of books and movies about a fictional spy named James Bond. His agent number was '007 (pronounced "double-oh-seven") and he was a covert spy with the catchphase "Licensed to Kill" since he had been by his government.

    • The Show Title: Grey's Anatomy Gray's Anatomy is a famous anatomy textbook published over a century ago. People still use it today. The show's title is a play on the book. Yahoo! has it for free online.

    • Episode Title: A Hard Day's Night A Hard Day's Night is a reference to the title of a Beatles song.

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