Grey's Anatomy

These Ties That Bind

Season 5, Ep 8, Aired 11/13/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Meredith's old friend Sadie (Melissa George) becomes an intern at Seattle Grace, but Meredith's other friends aren't exactly welcoming; new surgeon Virginia Dixon (Mary McDonnell) brings rules and order to the OR; and Lexie leads the interns in secretive, unorthodox surgical-training sessions.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ellen Pompeo

    Dr. Meredith Grey

  • Sandra Oh

    Dr. Cristina Yang

  • Justin Chambers

    Dr. Alex Karev

  • Katherine Heigl

    Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens

  • T.R. Knight

    Dr. George O'Malley

  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • This show is freaking awesome!!!!!!!!

    By GlamStar12, Jan 02, 2013

  • I can even tell you how much I hate the writers right now

    By carly-hope, Nov 16, 2008

  • Should have been the show to get things back in order but no the Denny's ghost is still with us!

    By 196nlp, Nov 18, 2008

  • does anybody know which song was playing during the last scenes? I love this song and would like to know the name of it :-) many thanks in advance!!

    By DestinysCows, May 28, 2009

  • OMG! Grey's Anatomy is yet to disappoint. This was yet another great episode; it is exactly why I watch this show! Although I must say I'm not a big fan of Mellissa George.

    By Abakahn, Nov 19, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (25)

    • Cristina: Hey. Petey's julienning her skinny little chicken arms. Still no word on what made H hitch a ride with the flying monkeys. Later! Derek: Translate that for me. Meredith: Lexie may be a secret cutter, and there's still no word on why Hahn quit.

    • Derek: Tell me the stories. Meredith: What stories? Derek: The ones that you won't let Sadie tell me. Meredith (laughs): They are ancient history, humilating, and ridiculous. Derek: Ridiculous is telling another grown man to stay out of Little-- Meredith: You did it? Derek: I did. Those exact words. I did it because it was nice to see you sticking up for your sister. I did it for you. So, now you owe me a story. Meredith: Okay, fine. But you can never tell anyone, ever.

    • Izzie: I love you. I will always love you. You own a piece of me. So, although you will be gone. You won't be forgotten. Not by me. I'm sorry we never got our chance. I'm sorry that we never... got to get married or have children, or grow old together, I wanted that so much. ... I wanted to be your wife more than anything. Denny: Why are you telling me this? Izzie: I'm trying to let you go so that your soul can be at peace. Denny: But I have peace, Izzie. I'm here for you. Izzie: Goodbye, Denny. I love you, but goodbye.

    • Mark: Boy, that Lexie Grey sure does know how to wrap herself around a suture. Derek: Mark, Meredith has some concerns. Mark: Well, that's not news. Derek: About Lexie. Apparentally, Lexie is fragile. And getting involved with a superior might make her more fragile. Mark: I was talkin' about her sutures. Derek: Keep Little Sloan out of Little Grey is my point. Mark: What? Derek: Little Sloan does not enter Little Grey. Are we clear? Mark: Did you just say? ... Okay, that's just creepy. And inaccurate. Big Sloan!

    • Bailey: Excellent job today, Dr. Dixon. Excellent... rule following. Virginia: I only have one real intereset. The human heart. I love it. I like it's regularity. I know everything that there is to know about it. I like it's predictablity, it has rules, every chamber has a function, every function has movement, I like the color. It's comforting. Are you familiar with Asperger's syndrome, Dr. Bailey? Bailey: I... Of course. ... Significant impairment during social situations. Virginia: I'm not good at cues like sarcasm or condensension, but I do know when I'm being manipulated, and I know when I'm being made fun of. I don't think that I like this hospital very much. ... I don't think I like this hospital at all.

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    Notes (4)

    • International Episode Titles: Slovakia: Putá, které spájajú (The Ties that Bind) Czech Republic: Vzájemně spjati (Mutually Bound)

    • Original International Air Dates: Italy: March 16, 2009 on Fox Life Australia: March 19, 2009 on Channel 7 The Netherlands: March 23, 2009 on Net 5 Latin America: March 23, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (aka Canal Sony) Germany: May 27, 2009 on ProSieben Norway: October 6, 2009 on TV2 Slovakia: November 9, 2009 on STV1 Czech Republic: April 8, 2010 on Prima

    • Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith) is no longer listed in the opening credtis.

    • Music Featured In This Episode: 1. The Uniform by The Flying 2. Ah, Ah, Ah by The Coral Sea 3. It's A Funny Thing by Jets Overhead 4. Falling for You by Seabird 5. Trouble Is a Friend by Lenka

    Trivia (1)

    • Goof: Dr. Virginia Dixon tells Bailey that the first successful heart transplant was performed in 1896 by Dr. Ludwig Rehn, which is a very serious mistake - in 1896 Dr. Ludwig Rehn actually performed a very first successful heart surgery in recorded history, but not a heart transplant. First cardiac transplantation was performed only in 1967 by Dr. Christiaan Barnard in South Africa. It's hard to believe that Dr. Dixon would make such a mistake in her area of expertise.

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title: These Ties That Bind A song by Rj Cowdery from the album One More Door.

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