Grey's Anatomy

Season 2 Episode 13

Begin the Begin

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 15, 2006 on ABC
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Cristina is bothered by a new year's mandatory work limit. Izzie patient, Denny Duquette, wants two things: 1. a heart transplant, 2. Izzie. Addison detests Derek's trailer, Derek visits Meredith's mom, George treats a young teen hermaphrodite frustrated by her pre-pubescence. Other news includes patients doing uncanny things and relationship havoc being wrecked between the doctors, as per usual.moreless

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  • This episode was very good. I liked it very much!

    Izzie started to get strong feelings for a patient, Danny Duqette. She has started to forget the relationship with Alex. Dr. Bailey and Christina traveled to find a heart to Danny, but failed. Derek and Meredit had a akward time in the elevator. Addison and Derek had a fight about Derek's trailer. The staff was shocked about a new work-rule. They could only work eighty hours a week. Christina didn't really have premission to travel with Bailey. Dr. Burke was a little bit angry at Christina because of that. George had a patient with hemafroditt. She was a fourteen year old girl. She decided to become a boy.moreless
  • whao is denny hot or what?!not more than 80 hour a week roaster,how will christina survive? the elevator scene between mer/der is so not interesting anymore if all they're gonna do is banter back and forth with no declaration of some sort.moreless

    whao was that alex showing a self less emotion like jealousy? denny duqutte is so hot? i hope he lasts long.the bex was really cool in his/her scenes, i like the way she accepted her state atleast now she had an insight as to why her life has been so weird. i love the way george stood his ground to dr addison montgomery sheperd, he was really passinonate. it was really amazining of her parents to accept the situation. it was a weird medical case really. the mer/derek in the elevator again, they shpuld get together already! they're wearing me out.really addison's charater is really belittling herself over the der/mer issue.moreless
  • Not the greatest episode.

    The guy who ate his novel was bizarre. They certainly know how to create off-beat characters! Although I did not think that he added anything to the episode.

    I can’t believe they pulled the “Addison catching Meredith and Derek together in the elevator” thing AGAIN. It’s a crutch the writers really need to stop using. Every time they want to create an awkward moment, they just shove people into an elevator. It’s ridiculous!

    The plot line with Becks was great. I was so relieved that the mother ended up accepting the news and even offered to cut the hair.moreless
  • There is a land called Passive Agressiva, and I'm Their Queen!!!!

    I really liked this episode. Things I like to remember:

    1. I have always found Izzie empathy with the patients one of her best things. Even she thinks of it as a handicap.

    2. George is the most caring doctor, always trying to give his patients the best of himself.

    3. Deny (a.k.a. Papa Winchester) is a great person trying to deal with his fate with hope. And he made Izzie happy.

    4. The Dog is destroying the entire house. And Meredith is in denial.

    5. Cristina as always, competitive and scare of Burke finding the truth about her trip with Baylie. But even cold hearted Cristina showed concern about her unborn baby and Burke’s reaction to her decision of not keeping the baby.

    6. I really like Burke’s character, always supportive and honest.

    7. There is a land called Passive Agressiva and I am their queen.moreless
  • Mandatory 80 hour week limits frustrate Christina, George, Izzie and Alex all have unique patients, Meredith and Derek again meet in the elevator.

    With Seattle Grace now enforcing the 80 hour week for Doctors, Christina finds herself lost, after being told to leave the hospital, she ends up on plane to Iowa to pick up a heart for a transplant patient. Christina running not only from the 80 hour limits but also from Burke, until Bailey gives her the confirmation she needs, that she did the right thing for herself at the time regarding her terminated pregnancy.

    During this time Izzie tends to the transplant patient Denny at Seattle Grace, some harmless flirting ensues.

    George treats Bex (Rebecca) and young patient in for the removal of a tumour pressing on what they thought was an ovary, but turns out to be a testes. George shines in this episode, making Bex feel a little more at ease, when she feels like an outsider, by telling her that he was a mathlete and the secretary and president of the Dungeons and Dragons club during highschool and that you just have to ride it out. Slowly, George is showing his strength and depth of charactor.

    Meredith and Derek again meet in the elevator, and despite Derek reconciling with Addison, we see a Mer/Der moment, the flirtacious banter that I'm sure we've all missed. However, this doesn't last, when Meredith finds Derek at the nursing home visiting Ellis, Meredith is hurt and shocked, but after hearing some sage advice from Richard Webber she learns that sometimes a favour is just a favour.

    Derek and Addison are having they're own problems, with not much said initially about Derek's confession about falling in love with Meredith, Addison is clearly not happy, and with the trout and the trailer things dont seem to be looking up. Ultimately things seem to resolve themselves with Addison resiging herself to waiting for Derek's feelings for Meredith to go away, atleast for now anyway.

    Alex treats a patient who tries to put his past behind him and start a fresh, literally, by eating his own book. Alex recognises some similarities between himself and the patient, being so determined to be only one thing, not having a plan B, seems to scare Alex at first, but he soon realises that it isn't neccessarily a bad thing. After routine surgery to remove the remnants of the novel, Alex notices that the petient still seems to be a little under the weather, and quickly realises that he is suffering from mercury poisoning, displaying a thorough and less cocky Alex.

Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo

Dr. Meredith Grey

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh

Dr. Cristina Yang

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens

Justin Chambers

Justin Chambers

Dr. Alex Karev

T.R. Knight

T.R. Knight

Dr. George O'Malley

Chandra Wilson

Chandra Wilson

Dr. Miranda Bailey

Becca Gardner

Becca Gardner

Bex Singleton

Guest Star

Joyce Guy

Joyce Guy


Guest Star

Rob Narita

Rob Narita


Guest Star

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Denny Duquette

Recurring Role

Kate Burton

Kate Burton

Ellis Grey

Recurring Role

Linda Klein

Linda Klein

Nurse Linda

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Bailey: Yang?
      Cristina: You know what's wrong with having an 80 hour limit? It protects the weak. It levels the playing field. Which not only sucks. It's, it's dangerous.
      Bailey: 80 hour work week. That's what's on your mind? (Cristina looks down) I thought about it. Not keeping it.
      Cristina: You did?
      Bailey: My husband and I ... we tried for years but still when that stick turned blue ... Well you can't work the way we work, you can't want the kind of careers that we want and not take pause. I took pause.
      Cristina: You paused?
      Bailey: I paused. I paused for a very long time.
      Cristina: So why did...
      Bailey: I sat up one night. Middle of the night ... and I knew I could do this... I still don't know how I'm gonna do this but ... I knew I could do it. You just have to know and when you don't know then no one can fault you for it. You do what you can when you can, while you can. And when you can't, you can't.

    • Bailey: Cristina, call Burke. I'm feeling some fairly extensive damage from coronary artery disease.
      Cristina: Um...
      Bailey: Yang? (Cristina walks over to the phone, scene switches to Burke answering the phone)
      Burke: Talk to me, Bailey.
      Cristina: It's me.
      Burke: I can't talk, I'm waiting for a call from Bailey.
      Cristina: I'm with Bailey.
      Burke: You're in Idaho? (scene switches to Cristina)
      Cristina: Yeah.
      Burke: You're breaking the rules?
      Cristina: Yes. (scene now switches to Burke. Richard is walking up to him)
      Richard: Preston. What's happening with our heart?
      Burke: Hello, Dr. Webber. Tell me what I need to know about Denny's heart, Dr. Bailey. (shows Cristina who has an 'oh, no' look on her face)

    • Cristina: Uh, hi. I heard that you were going to Twin Falls, Idaho. I've never been.
      Bailey: You reach 80 hours?
      Cristina: Technically.
      Bailey: You're off work Cristina. Go enjoy your day.
      Cristina: I'll enjoy my day if I can help retrieve a heart. Promise.

    • Burke: So in the name of the new year...
      Cristina: Oh, I don't do resolutions.
      Burke: In the name of the New Year I thought you could give me an answer to my question.
      Cristina: Your question?
      Burke: About you ... moving in.
      Cristina (sighs): I don't have an answer.
      Burke: Cristina.
      Cristina: I'm not being Cristina. I just ... I don't have an answer.
      Burke: Then answer me this. What were you planning to do?
      Cristina: About what?
      Burke: The baby. (the scrub nurse interrupts them, Cristina leaves and Burke looks upset)

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): Who gets to determine when the old ends and the new begins? It's not on the calendar, it's not a birthday, it's not a new year, it's an event --big or small, something that changes us, ideally it gives us hope, a new way of living and looking at the world, letting go of old habits, old memories. What's important is that we never stop believing we can have a new beginning, but it's also important to remember amid all the crap are a few things really worth holding on to.

    • Denny: You're stalking me. You're a stalker.
      Izzie: Well, can you blame me?
      Denny: So, it's bad.
      Izzie: You have time.
      Denny: Liar.
      Izzie: Fine, there's no time.
      Denny: Now that's just spiteful. I didn't get the heart?
      Izzie: You didn't get the heart.

    • George: Hey, aren't you supposed to be having free time?
      Meredith: Oh, I did 5 loads of laundry. Cut my split ends, studied, cleaned out the fridge. Free time sucks.
      George: When would have been the best time to hear about your boyfriend's wife?
      Meredith (gives him a look): Okay, are you mad at me or something?
      George: No! No. Sorry. It's just I have this patient and I get that there's a right and a wrong time to hear big news but wouldn't you rather no sooner than later? I mean just so you could move forward one way or the other. It's a fresh start, right?

    • Bex: It's just a comic book. It's about me and my best friend Jen, when we were kids. Satisfied?
      George: Did she write it with you?
      Bex: Jen has a boyfriend like everyone else. I get to be a freak all by myself.
      George: Oh, freak. That's not the easiest thing to be in high school is it?
      Bex: You sound like my shrink.
      George: Hey, I wasn't always a doctor. In high school, I was ... secretary and treasurer ... of the dungeons and dragons club.
      Bex (chuckles): Oh, man!
      George: Yeah. I was also a mathling and I won the blue ribbon in biology club. Best fetal pig dissection. Yeah, I mean I can tell you that had the girls knocking down my door. You just have to get through high school, because high school sucks for anyone who is the least bit different. But then there's college and out in the real world, you will find where you fit in.
      Bex: You think so?
      George: Yeah, I know so.

    • Bailey: I hope seeing you here means that they finally found you a heart.
      Denny: No offence doctor but I'm not a big fan of hospitals. It takes something pretty special to get me in here.
      Bailey (to Izzie): What do we know about Mr Duquette?
      Denny: Capricorn, single, loves to travel and cook.
      Bailey: Denny be quiet. Let her show off.

    • Meredith: What are you doing here?
      Derek: There is a clinical trial to slow the progression of early onset Alzheimer's.
      Meredith: Okay me you can screw with. My mother, no. Not acceptable.
      Derek: Well there has been some really promising results from similar studies in Europe. Your mother is a prime candidate.
      Meredith: My mother is very sick and has very few good days. And I don't want her to be poked and prodded for some experimental program.
      Derek: I'm just trying to help.
      Meredith: Well, see this? What you're doing, being dreamy? It doesn't help. It hurts me. It messes with my head.
      Derek: I know the feeling.
      Meredith: I don't doubt that. But you, you have a wife to go home to and I'm guessing she has no idea where you are right now.
      Derek: No, she doesn't.
      Meredith: That's what I thought.

    • Izzie: Denny, I thought you were asleep.
      Denny: Nah, I don't sleep in hospitals. I'm scared I'll never wake up. (Izzie checks his heart beat) Can I ask you something personal?
      Izzie: If I say no?
      Denny: I'll hold my breath, which will stop my heart, killing me. You're right here, you'll be charged with murder. Lifetime in prison loved by a big old girl named Hildy.
      Izzie: So my choices are homicide charges or inappropriate personal questions from a patient.
      Denny: I know, kind of sucks.
      Izzie: You know what? Hold your breath. I'll take my chances with Hildy. I can do girl-on-girl.
      Denny: Oh, you're bringing up girl-on-girl? How can I blackmail you if you bring up girl-on-girl?
      Izzie: What do you want to know?
      Denny: That guy Alex. You with him?
      Izzie: No, not anymore and never, ever again.
      Denny: Good, that means I won't have to fight him for you.
      Izzie: What makes you think I want you to fight him for me?
      Denny: You're in love with me. I'm well-off, but not into money; I'm smart, but not a know-it-all; I'm funny, I'm really nice, I love animals-- and I'm hot. I'm a catch, if you can wrap your head around the enlarged failing heart and dependency to IV meds.
      Izzie: You're right. I am so in love with you. It's a shame, really, since I'm with Hildy and all.

    • Cristina: I wasn't gonna have it. The baby. And you don't get to be mad about that. We barely knew each other. I was an intern, and there was no way that I could have even...
      Burke: I'm not mad.
      Cristina: You're not?
      Burke: No. I just wanted to know. I want to know things.

    • Derek: Cooking the trout outside.
      Addison: Thank you. (she sits down on the chair next to Derek) Ah. (relaxes) There is a land called Passive Agressiva, and I am their queen.
      Derek: That's all I'm saying.
      Addison (she takes the beer from him and takes a sip): So, what with Meredith? Am I just supposed to wait it out? Wait until it passes?
      Derek: That'd be good.
      Addison: I still hate the trailer. (she hands him back his beer)
      Derek: As is your right.

    • George: Your lab work...showed...have you been taking birth control pills?
      Bex: If you tell my mom and dad they'll-
      George: I won't! I won't--I just need to know...why? Do you have a boyfriend?
      Bex: Like anyone would want to have sex with me--
      George: Well...then...why?
      Bex: I'm as flat as a board. I took like five of those pills a day and nothing's different. Boobs, dude.
      George: You...were trying to make your breasts grow.
      Bex: I wanted to be normal for once in my life.

    • George (running from the dog): Izzie! Incoming! (Izzie opens the bathroom door to let him in the shuts it)
      Izzie: So, I'm thinking of coloring my hair. Maybe red.
      George (breathlessly): Yeah. -- Red's good. Thinking about cutting mine.
      Izzie: Oh yeah? It'd look good shorter.
      George: You think? (they both peak out of the door looking for the dog, and they see Meredith petting the dog)
      Meredith: Such a good dog! Who's Mommy's good boy? (turns and looks at Izzie and George) C'mon, what are you doing? We're gonna be late.
      George: Uh-- we need to talk about the dog.
      Izzie: That's not a dog, it's a hyena that escaped from the zoo, dressed in dog clothing.
      George: Whatever. I don't chew up his clothes. I don't urinate on his bed. I don't try to mount him from behind.
      Meredith: People, he's our dog. We love our dog. He loves us.
      Izzie: Mount you from behind?
      George: He tries to.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): Fresh starts thanks to the calendar they happen every year --just set your watch to January, our reward for surviving the holiday season is a new year. Bringing on the great tradition of new years resolutions, put your past behind you and start over. It's hard to resist the chance of a new beginning, a chance to put the problems of last year to bed.

    • Meredith: I've moved on. So don't give me that look.
      Derek: What look?
      Meredith: That look. Our look. I'm over you.
      Derek: I'm over you too.
      Meredith: You are?
      Derek: No.
      Meredith: Well, I am... Over you.
      Derek: I'm over you too.
      Meredith: You just said-- shut up.

    • Derek: I got a trout. (she sees it and jumps) Rainbow trout.
      Addison: Why-- Why did you bring a trout into the house?
      Derek: Trailer.
      Addison: Why did you bring a rainbow trout into the trailer?
      Derek: Breakfast.
      Addison: Breakfast?
      Derek: Yeah. You hungry?
      Addison: For trout?
      Derek: Yeah.
      Addison: I hate this, Derek. Ugh! I hate this, hate, hate! I hate this trailer!
      Derek: So no trout for you, then.

    • Richard: Listen up people. New year, new rules or should I say new year and we will be enforcing the rules mandated by the residency review committee. There were too many mistakes made last year. Fatigue played too big a role. Exceeding 80 hours per week will not be tolerated.
      George (whispers to Izzie): Does that mean we actually get to have a life?
      Izzie: I think so.
      Richard: Sullivan, you were on-call for 28 hours, leave when you hit 30. Grey you were here to 2am last night, see you at noon.
      Meredith (to Alex): I get to go? Free time?
      Alex: Run before he changes his mind. (Meredith leaves)
      Richard: Oh, and people our nurses are gonna have to work extra hours to compensate so treat them well. Cranky nurses don't do us any good.
      Izzie (to Alex): Oh, well, maybe you can cheer them up. (George laughs) You know what? My new year's resolution was to let it go, and I am and I have let it go. I apologize.
      George (shocked): You do?
      Izzie: I do. How'd your test go?
      Alex: I feel pretty good about it but I won't know for a few days.
      Izzie: Well, we're pulling for you.
      George: We are?
      Izzie: We are.

    • Derek: There is a land called Passive Agressiva and you are their Queen.
      Addison: I am fine.
      Derek: Except your shrieking about trout.
      Addison: I was not shrieking about trout.
      Derek: Right, you weren't. You were shrieking about Meredith.
      Addison: No, I was shrieking about the trailer. I hate the trailer.
      Derek: Oh okay, so the past three weeks have been about the trailer?
      Addison: Yes.
      Derek: Not the fact that I said I love Meredith.
      Addison: Loved.
      Derek: What?
      Addison: You said you loved her. Past tense.
      Derek (looks down): Right, yes, past tense.
      Addison: Well, then I have been shrieking about the trailer.
      Derek: Mmhmm.

    • Bailey: Nobody enforced an 80 hour work week when I was an intern. 110, 120 hours suited me just fine. I learned more because I worked more.
      George: Well at least this way you get a rest before you have the baby. I mean being that pregnant, keeping up this pace.
      Bailey: Are you saying I look tired, O'Malley?
      George: No, not tired, no. You look fresh, spry. You glow. What... (looking at his watch) is the time now?
      Bailey: O'Malley, go do an intake on Addison Shepherd's patient!
      Izzie: You do glow!
      Alex: Like the moon.
      Bailey: And you can spend the day in the pit Karev.

    • Bailey: Yang, why are you looking at my fat pregnant belly?

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is the last episode the opening credits sequence appear in.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Bulgaria: July 10, 2006 on bTV
      Australia: July 24th, 2006 on Channel 7.
      United Kingdom: October 18th 2006 on LivingTV
      Norway: November 7th 2006 on TV2
      Sweden: November 7th, 2006 on Kanal 5
      Germany: December 12, 2006 on PRO7
      Croatia: January 29th, 2007 on NOVA TV
      Finland: February 1st, 2007 on Nelonen
      Italy: March 30, 2007 on Italia 1
      Romania: June 5, 2007 on TVR1
      Ireland: June 5, 2007 on RTE Two

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Hide Another Mistake by The 88s play when George and Izzie talk in the bathroom,
      2. One of These Days by Kraak & Smaak plays when Meredith and Derek talk in the elevator,
      3. Ride by Cary Brothers plays when Addison and George talk to Mr. and Mrs. Singleton about Bex's surgery,
      4. Break Your Momma's Back by Slow Runner plays as Meredith asks Derek to tell her about the Alzheimer's program.