Grey's Anatomy

Free Falling (1)

Season 8, Ep 1, Aired 9/22/11
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  • Episode Description
  • The residents are starting their fifth and final year. April struggles with her new role as Chief Resident. Meredith must face the aftermath of her choices. This is the first hour of a 2-hour season premiere. Two episode entries have been created. The 10pm EST marker will mark to beginning of the second episode.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tony Phelan


  • Joan Rater


  • Rob Corn


  • Shonda Rhimes

  • Kim Raver

    Dr. Teddy Altman

  • Photos (1)
  • Fan Reviews (3)
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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Alex: Wait, Bailey paged you too? Any idea why? Cristina: Who cares? As long as it gets me away from Altman. April: She's gonna fire us, isn't she? Alex: Why would she fire us? Jackson: There was that patient mix-up in the OR. Cristina: Oh, you should be fired. April: Me? You guys didn't update the board. Alex: That's why she looks so pissed off.

    • Richard: Not now, Karev. I'm in no mood. Alex: You need to get Meredith her job back. Richard: What do you think I'm doing? I've spent the whole morning trying to get her a job. Alex: Meredith doesn't need a job, she needs this job. Richard: It's not gonna happen, the board's already made their decision. Alex: Let me talk to them. I- I mean, maybe I don't know what I saw, maybe I-I lied to get the chief residency. Richard: I can't let you say that. Alex: Oh the hell you can't. Richard: Karev, this is not on you. Alex: Yeah it is. It's all on me.

    • Teddy: How deep are you placing the tube? Cristina: 21 cenimeters, exactly. Oh, what do you know. I'm in. Teddy: Great. Now explain why chose that size intertrachal tube. Cristina: Because I'm in my fifth year of residency and I know what size tube to use for a basic intibation. Why are you treating me like a first year? Teddy: Because no one ever did. I bet your first year you could do things better than most third years. Cristina: Well, yes, I could. Why are you punishing me for this? Teddy: I'm happy. That makes me see you differently. Your arrogence is not your fault, your arrogent because you're so good. People let you slide by, skip steps, they gave you the hard stuff but let you skip the easy stuff. I have no doubt you can tell me how to do a cornary artery bypass but I'm not sure you could tell me why you chose that size intertrachal tube.

    • Meredith: Owen. She didn't have the abortion. She wants to but she can't do it because of you. Because she loves you and instead of loving her, you're punishing her. And for what? For being the woman that you fell in love with? Owen: This isn't any of your business. Meredith: Okay, do you know what will happen to Cristina if she has a kid that she doesn't want? It will almost kill her. Trying to pretend that she loves a kid as much as she loves surgery will almost kill her, and it'll almost kill your kid. Do you know what it's like to be raised by someone who didn't want you? I do. To know you stood in the way of your mother's career? I do. I was raised by a Cristina. My mother was a Cristina. And as the child she didn't want, I am telling you, don't do this to her, because she's kind and she cares and she won't make it. The guilt of resenting her own kid will eat her alive.

    • Owen: Grey, I got a guy with severe crush injuries and Callie's coming in with an in field amputation. Let's move, we gotta-- Meredith: I got fired, okay? I got fired. Owen: I'm sorry, I didn't know. Meredith: Yeah, well, now you know.

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    Notes (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 22, 2011 on CTV
      Sweden: October 5, 2011 on Kanal 5
      United Kingdom: November 9, 2011 on Sky Living
      Germany: March 28, 2012 on ProSieben
      Norway: April 10, 2012 on TV2

    Trivia (1)

    • Mark says about making a patient looking like Frankenstein but Frankenstein is not the name of the monster that he was alluding to. Frankenstein is instead the name of the scientist who created the monster.

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