Grey's Anatomy

Break on Through

Season 2, Ep 15, Aired 1/29/06
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  • Episode Description
  • All the nurses at Seattle Grace Hospital go on strike, leaving the doctors to fend for themselves. George refuses to cross the picket line and finally joins the nurses on their strike while Alex, Cristina, Izzie and Meredith meet Bailey's stand-in: Dr. Sydney Heron, the complete opposite of Miranda Bailey. Izzie agrees to work on a difficult pregnancy case with Addison, while Cristina and Alex are in the pit attending to a young married woman with a real bad case of rash. Meredith happens on an old woman that she needs to intubate and then learns she was DNR.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 (20)
  • Darn! This episode was awsome! (like every episode) I loved it!

    By sunnekra, Nov 22, 2006

  • Another great episode

    By attilasd, Jun 28, 2006

  • With the nurses on strike, the doctors of Seattle Grace are left to fend for themselves. The interns new resident is the anti Baily, something that concerns Cristina. Meredith intubates a patient who is DNR, much to the disgust of her patient's friends.

    By Steph__x, Jun 19, 2007

  • Union !

    By vukcevic, Mar 14, 2007

  • Icry everytime I watch it.

    By charmedn06, Jan 11, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Cheyenne: If I give up my baby, do I still get to name her? Izzie: You can name her for yourself. Cheyenne: Did you name yours? Izzie: Yeah. (pauses) Sarah. Cheyenne: (smiles) That's a pretty name. Izzie: Yeah.

    • Richard: So where do I find the spare change? It's not like whatever's hiding underneath the couch cushions is gonna do it. Patrica: Well I seemed to remember pushing through paperwork for a multi-million dollar surgery robot. Richard: There was a two-year waiting list for that. It will bring a huge business. Patrica: And could you and the robot handle that business without nurses?

    • Cristina: She’s with Alex. I can’t do this in front of Alex. Burke: Well, you can and you will. Cristina: Uh, excuse me, why aren't you apologizing? Burke: I’m, I’m an attending. I don’t apologize to residents. You on the other hand are an intern. Cristina (walks up to Sydney): Sydney I just wanted to ... (she glances briefly at Alex who looks very smug and straining to hear what she has to say) ah Just wanted to ah to ... (very quietly) apologize for you know overstepping, I’m sorry. Sydney: Now that’s the compassion I was looking for. Apology accepted. Okay, you wanna hug it out? (she holds out her arms) Cristina: Oh. Alex: Go. Go hug.

    • Cristina: She called me unkind. Unkind and lacking in compassion. In front of my boyfriend! I am not unkind. Meredith: I think I have to kill a woman tomorrow. I have to take out the tube that’s keeping her alive. Cristina: Izzie. Joe: This is the part where you get to say what's wrong with you. (Izzie stays silent) Meredith: I have to kill a woman tomorrow. Cristina: And that is a problem, why? I mean if it’s what she wants, it’s what she wants! And that is not unkind or lacking in compassion. I’m a very compassionate person! I have more compassion than you Alex! Alex: Shut your pie-hole, Yang. George: Hey Joe, can we have another round please? Alex: Yeah, give Nurse O'Malley a drink on me. George: Heh, what’d you say? (George turns to his nurse pals) Hey uh Karev just called me a nurse. (to Alex) That’s the worst you could come up with. Or wait is that an insult? Or a was I supposed to be- (George is interrupted by a nurse who walks by Cristina and spills a drink on her) Nurse: Whoopsies. Cristina: Are you kidding me? I will kill you, you know that? Nurse: Bring it on! Cristina: Oh, she, oh Bring it on! Okay Mama. Let’s bring it on! Oh look at her spry! What you wanna cheer it out soccer mom? Nurse: Oh, soccer mom! (they both start yelling at each other. Joe interrupts) Joe: Hey! Hey! Hey! Beating each other up and there’s not gonna be anybody left to set your broken bones. (they continue to yell, ignoring him) Hey! Meredith (grabs Cristina's arm): We were just leaving. Cristina: Yeah because I gotta go save lives! Nurse: Bye. (Alex is smirking at all of this. George is pushing his way threw the crowd of nurses) George: Excuse me. Excuse me, they're my ride.

    • Burke: I um I heard you had a case of necrotizing fasciitis and we don’t see a lot of those around here. Sydney: Hmm. Yeah well being a cardiothoracic surgeon I wouldn’t think you saw any. Burke: Right ... well I was just curious about what protocol you were following here. Sydney: You were curious or Cristina was concerned? Burke: I’ll hope you’ll forgive the intrusion. It’s nothing personal. It’s just that we haven’t worked with you before and Dr. Yang wanted to be sure- Sydney (stops doing the surgery, turns around and interrupts): Dr. Yang wanted to be sure that perky little bimbo cheerleader wasn’t in here trying to kill a patient. Am I right? Now with all do respect Dr. Burke I know you don’t know me very well but I’m pretty good at what I do. And my patient is a 25 year old marathoner and I told her husband I’m going to try and save her leg. So my plan is to stand here for as many hours as it takes to scrape away every last cell of necrotic flesh. Now when I’m done, if it’s still spreading, then we’ll take the leg. And if we do then our eager young intern here can hold the saw. Now unlike Dr. Karev, kindness and compassion aren’t very high on her list of priorities but a little bone-saw action well maybe that will earn me some respect. (she turns back to the surgery) Am I right? Now Dr. Yang, you ready to scrub back in?

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    Notes (3)

    • Original International Air Dates: Bulgaria: July 12, 2006 on bTV Australia: August 7, 2006 on Channel 7 UK: November 2, 2006 on Living TV. Sweden: November 14, 2006 on Kanal 5 Germany: January 2, 2007 on PRO7 Croatia: February 12, 2007 on Nova TV Finland: February 14, 2007 on Nelonen Italy: April 6, 2007 on Italia 1 Ireland: June 12, 2007 on RTE Two Romania: June 19, 2007 on TVR1

    • Music Featured In This Episode: 1. Big Big World (TNT Big Phat Mix) by Emilia - crossing the picket line. 2. Just In Case by Leeroy Stagger 3. Sailed On by Landon Pigg 4. Scratch by Kendall Payne 5. Someone to Love by Kate Earl - when Dr. Burke tells Cristina he now knows why attendings don't date interns. 6. The Suggestion Box by Aqueduct 7. Wanna Fly by Vassy - when Meredith is talking to Dr. Webber about visitng her mother. 8. Second Chance by shinedown - when Meredith is calling time of death.

    • Although credited, Chandra Wilson (Dr. Bailey) didn't appear. Not only it's the first time she doesn't appear in an episode. It's also the first time a regular actor doesn't.

    Trivia (3)

    • Izzie reveals that she is a mother to Hannah (Sarah as Izzie likes her). Hannah is 11 and Izzie says that she knew she needed more than she could give at 16 - that makes Izzie 27.

    • Goof: Izzie reveals that her hometown is Chehalis, Washington. She pronounces it "Cheh-hay-less" and it is actually pronounced "Sheh-hay-less".

    • Goof: When Derek is in the closet with Meredith, he gives her a bag to breathe into. The bag has an orange sticker on one side. In one shot, you see the sticker on her right, and in the next shot it disappears. Then it reappears on the her left side.

    Allusions (2)

    • Cheyenne (reading aloud from a book): Sir, fare you well. Hereafter, in a better world than this, I shall desire more love and knowledge of you. Cheyenne is reading from Shakespeare's play As You Like It.

    • Episode Title: Break On Through This is also the title of the song by The Doors released in 1967 on their first album The Doors.

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