Grey's Anatomy

I Am a Tree

Season 3, Ep 2, Aired 9/28/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Cristina meets Burke's parents, the interns try to get Izzie's job back, and Addison takes a day off, a surgical patient may be living her last day. Some of the interns want to know why Bailey won't talk to Izzie. Meredith tries to decide between Derek and Finn and comes to a decision somewhat. Webber finds out that Callie has been living in the hosiptal and he confronts her about it.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 (37)
  • A solid episode

    By iluvbuford23, Sep 29, 2006

  • Great show once again!

    By JPPT1974, Sep 29, 2006

  • Awesome

    By sweet_em, Sep 29, 2006

  • I get all warm and fuzzy inside watching this.....

    By pocahotass131, Sep 29, 2006

  • I loved this episode just as much as the opener!

    By drashee, Sep 29, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (31)

    • Dena (to Alex): I'm gonna go into the bathroom, and if I find myself alone in there after two minutes, I'll just touch up my makeup and come back out. But should you have any interest in fulfilling the wish of a potentially dying woman, you know where I'll be. (Alex watches her leave, takes a swig of his beer, and quickly follows her out)

    • Benjamin: Do you have a boyfriend? (Cristina remains silent ignoring him and checking his heart beat) Do you have a boyfriend? Do you have a boyfriend? Ruthie: He's gonna keep asking you 'til you answer. Cristina: Yes, I have a boyfriend. Benjamin: If I had a boyfriend I would definitely not be as angry as you. Why are you so angry? Is it because you’re frigid? Or he’s frigid? Or- Cristina: Nobody's frigid. My boyfriend’s mother called me selfish, okay? Benjamin: Are you selfish? Because you do seem kinda self-obsessed to me. Ruthie: Ben! Cristina: I’m a surgeon. In order to be a surgeon a certain amount of self-obsession is necessary. My boyfriend gets that. His mother doesn’t. It’s her problem. Benjamin: I used to have a boyfriend and when I got the tumor he understood. He tried to understand. He loved me but his mother didn’t. (Cristina looks up at this) My offending everyone, offended her. And he said he didn’t care what his mother thought. But in the end, he did care. Cause now it’s 2 years later and I’m having brain surgery and only my fat sister Ruth is with me. Cristina: Benjamin! That was kinda rude. Benjamin: Sorry.

    • Meredith: George! George: What? Meredith: You're flirting with that nurse. George: I’m young. I’m healthy. I got a life to live. Meredith: Is this about the panties? Are you still jealous? George: I'm not jealous. I'm just living my life.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): The body is a slave to its impulses. But the thing that makes us human is what we can control. After the storm, after the rush, after the heat of the moment has passed, we can cool off and clean up the messes we made. We can try to let go of what was. Then again...

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): At any given moment the brain has 14 billion neurons firing at a speed of 450 miles per hour. We don't have control over most of them: when we get a chill, goose bumps, when we get excited, adrenaline. The body naturally follows its impulses, which I think is part of what makes it so hard for us to control ours. Of course, sometimes we have impulses we would rather not control, that we later wish we had.

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    Notes (2)

    • Original International Air Dates: Canada: September 22, 2006 on CTV The Netherlands: January 15, 2007 on Net 5 Brazil: February 12, 2007 on Sony Entertainment Television Belgium: February 22, 2007 on VijfTV Australia: February 25, 2007 on Channel 7 Switzerland: March 19, 2007 on SF 2 Italy: February 12, 2007 on Foxlife Germany: April 10, 2007 on Pro 7 Israel: March 19, 2007 on Yes Stars 1 South Africa: June 25, 2007 on DSTV Go Ireland: July 31, 2007 on RTE2 Finland: September 5, 2007 on Nelonen Croatia: September 17, 2007 on NOVA TV Norway: August 21, 2007 on TV2 Romania: January 29, 2008 on TVR1 Serbia: September 8, 2008 on B92 On the Canadian television channel CTV, on September 22, 2006, instead of showing the recap episode "Complications of the Heart", this episode was mistakenly aired at 8PM right before Episode One of Season Three "Time Has Come Today", leaving many viewers confused to the plot line as the error in episodes was not readily apparent to channel operators and viewers.

    • Music Featured In This Episode: 1. The Time Is Now by Moloko plays when Izzie making too many muffins 2. Crashing Down by Mat Kearney plays when Benjamin's surgery 3. Theme From Chalets by The Chalets plays when Addison talking to Bailey at the bar 4. The Mating Game by Bittersweet plays when Callie dancing in her underwear 5. Running On Sunshine by Jesus Jackson plays when Finn and Derek walking into the bar 6. Open Your Eyes by Snow Patrol plays when Callie and George on the bench

    Trivia (4)

    • Goof: Mrs. Burke says Burke went to Tulane. However, in other episodes Burke has claimed to have attended John Hopkins.

    • The sweater Izzie wears to Joe's in the episode (and in the next few episodes) is the same sweater she knitted for Denny at the end of season 2.

    • Diahann Carroll and Richard Roundtree, who play Dr. Preston Burke's parents, are both breast cancer survivors and advocates.

    • Goof: When George is trying to talk Dana Seabury out of leaving the hospital, Dana opens her luggage and starts putting stuff in it, in the next scene, she opens the luggage again and puts more stuff in.

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title: I Am A Tree The title of this episode is a reference to a song by Guided By Voices.

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