Grey's Anatomy

All By Myself

Season 5, Ep 10, Aired 12/4/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Cristina is awarded the first solo surgery among the residents, but she has to relinquish it and choose her replacement; Mark performs a cutting-edge procedure to restore a patient's speech, impressing Lexie in the process; and Callie can't figure out if Sadie (Melissa George) is flirting with her or just being friendly.

  • 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 (17)
  • I wonder if the writers are thinking of ending the show all together ?! This is getting worse and worse and even worser !

    By ladyladybird, Jan 12, 2009

  • A boring episode.

    By igor_is_god, Dec 13, 2008

  • GA really needs a break (spoilers).

    By sylviasd, Dec 12, 2008

  • Character development to tie the first half of the season together, and a personal favorite even if it wasn't the best Grey's ever

    By CConway1982, Dec 06, 2008

  • Some good, some bad.

    By thefanof, Dec 06, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Meredith: Hey, you paged? Alex: I need you to scrub in. Meredith: Where's Izzie? Alex: I'm freakin' out. I told her that I love her. I told her that I love her before a solo surgery. I can't believe that. Who does that? And now she's not gonna show up and I'm freakin' out. Meredith: Stop freaking out. If you screw this up, and kill this guy, I'm gonna be pissed. Then I'll know I should've won it. You have to kick ass in there, Alex. You have no choice. Richard (walks in): Big night in there, you ready Karev? ... You ready? Izzie (walks in): He's ready.

    • Meredith: We're fighting and I don't want to be. Let's just put this past us. What happened with the Chief, and the interns, it doesn't matter. I know that's why you didn't choose me, and I know that's why you made it personal, so... let's just move on. Cristina: You made it personal. This right here is you making it personal. You told me to do what I had to do. So, I choose Alex, he was the most prepared. That's why I didn't choose you. Not because we're fighting, but because unlike you, I can seperate my personal life from my job. You made it personal. (stands up, angry) ... None of you said anything. Those were all of our interns. But I won this, they picked me! ... If I don't deserve this solo surgery, then none of us do.

    • Meredith: So you were right, Cristina and I are fighting. Derek: You should go, talk to her. She's your best friend. It's important. Meredith: Derek... Derek: They don't tell you when you become a doctor it's gonna be like this. They don't tell you that you lose more patients than you save. 16... I'm sick of the death. Meredith: I'm sorry.

    • Alex: Izz... I won! Izzie: Hey. What time is it? Alex: Yang. She picked me for the solo surgery. Izzie: She did? That's amazing. Alex: I love you! Izzie: What? Alex: I love you! I frickin' love you. I just got the solo surgery and the first thing I did was look for you. And you weren't there. You're never there anymore. And I was thinking about it and I think it might be because you love me too. And because you're scared of that. And because I... I screwed it up last time, and because... Denny died, and- Izzie: Alex... Alex: Look, just listen. You had that heart patient and it reminded you of Denny and how bad you felt when you were lying on that bathroom floor. I get that! I get that you're scared. But you're not going to have to feel like that again. Because I'm not going to die, Izz. And I'm not gonna cheat on you, and I'm not gonna go anywhere! 'Cause, I think you're my best shot at... I think that with you... you make me better. You make me wanna be better. You make me want to be good. And I think I can. With you. I think I can. So I'm not going anywhere, and you can stop hiding. And if you wanna be scared that's okay just be scared with me. Be scared while you scrub in with me on my first solo surgery. Okay? Izzie: You love me. Alex: Shut up. (kisses her then leaves) Solo surgery. Denny (to Izzie): I'm really starting to not like that guy.

    • Sadie: It was my fault. Richard: Excuse me? Sadie: What happened... The appy. It was my fault. I knew what I was doing, so if you wanna punish someone, punish me not Dr. Yang. Richard: You know who your father is, and you know he's the reason that you're still here. So, if I were you I'd stop worryin' who's fault the appy was and start figuring out what I was gonna do to make up for it. Sadie: Yes, sir. Thank you, sir.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Slovakia: Odkázaný sám na seba (Self-reliant) Czech Republic: Já, jenom já (Me, only Me)

    • Original International Air Dates: Italy: March 30, 2009 on Fox Life Australia: April 2, 2009 on channel 7 The Netherlands: April 6, 2009 on Net 5 Latin America: April 6, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (aka Canal Sony) Germany: June 10, 2009 on ProSieben Norway: October 20, 2009 on TV2 Slovakia: November 23, 2009 on STV1 Czech Republic: April 22, 2010 on Prima

    • Music Featured In This Episode: 1. They Said I Said by Sugarush Beat Company 2. Winter Birds by Ray LaMontagne 3. Secret by Max Morgan 4. Street Lights by Kanye West

    Trivia (1)

    • Goof: During the scene where Cristina choose Alex for the solo surgery, she writes "Karev, A" on the OR board in the middle of the box. But later on in the scene when Meredith walks up next to Derek, the board says only "Karev" and it is higher up in the box.

    Allusions (3)

    • George: I operated on a heart in an elevator. George is referring to the episode Bring The Pain (S2 Ep5) in which he and Alex get stuck in an elevator with a patient who crashes, and George performs the emergency surgery on the patient.

    • In this episode, Meredith says "That's one of us down there, show some respect" which is an allusion to when she said the same thing on the first episode about George during his surgery.

    • Episode Title: All By Myself The title of this episode is an allusion to the song All By Myself by Eric Carmen.

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