Grey's Anatomy

Season 2 Episode 15

Break on Through

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 29, 2006 on ABC
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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

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  • Darn! This episode was awsome! (like every episode) I loved it!

    All the nurses goes to strike. That makes big problems fot the interns and doctors. Meredith saves a old woman, but have to plug out the 'breathing machine', because the old woman wanted to die. She cries a lot after that. Derek see Meredith run into a room, crying. He follows her. He helps her. Meredith cries on Dereks shoulder. They almost kiss...

    After Baily left, the interns got a stand-in: Dr. Cindy Aaron, the complete opposite of Dr. Baily. Christina and Dr. Aaron have a fight. Dr. Aaron wants Christina to be more like Alex. The hole situation ends out to be a little bit imberising...

    Izzie tells her patient a secret: when she was 16, she got a daughter to.....moreless
  • Another great episode

    George deciding to join the strike was stupid. I think it was obnoxious of the picketers to throw food at the doctors for actually going to the hospital. Do they just expect the interns to leave the hospital even more short-staffed at the cost of people’s lives?!

    The old ladies were funny.

    Sydney was just irritating. How could she not see through Alex’s fake sympathy for the patient?!

    It is not at all fair to Addison that he still has feelings for Meredith. I really wanted Addison to walk in when Derek was consoling Meredith, because the longer the marriage is dragged out, the more painful it will be for Addison in the end.moreless
  • 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.moreless

    A really great episode. Had everything I love about Grey's, humor, tearjerker scenes and drama! Always gets me in the scene where Meredith is crying in the supply closet and Derek comes to comfort her, really sad. Also another insight into Izzy's former life before she was a doctor.

    Loved the three old ladies, Grace's friends. Hilarious when they were flirting with the chief. Also enjoyed Georges determination not to cross the picket line, and the overly perky Dr Herron, the anti Bailey!

    Also laughed during Burke's speech to Cristina at the end "I AM PRESTON BURKE!"

    Another great installment of Grey's, as per usual!moreless
  • Union !

    Nurses go on strike and line shound't be crossed. They are having substitute for Bailey and it is Sydney Heron a complete opposite to Bailey.

    Claire had a honeymoon and she stepped on some oyster and rash is spreading extremly fast on her leg and it is actually flesh eating bacteria. Sydney saved her and Alex but Cristina had a massive fight with both of them.

    Grace was DNR and Meredith didn't know that and she saved her but she reminded of her mother and when she finally died she started crying.

    Cheyenne is pregnant teenage girl from place where Izzie grew up and Izzie tells her one of the darkest secrets.

    Amazing and heartbreaking episode !moreless
  • Icry everytime I watch it.

    I love this episode so much. I cry everytime I watch Grace die. My grandfather died a couple of months ago that way, so everytime i see the way that they are around her and comforting her, I just cant help but cry. The way that they did the camera angle, made the scene that much greater And the way that Mer is in the closet with Derick, and how she says that she doesn\'t want her mother to die alone, is a very touching and emotional scene. The whole episode is just so good, and i cant help but watch it.moreless
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

June Lockhart

June Lockhart


Guest Star

Betty Garrett

Betty Garrett


Guest Star

Rae Allen

Rae Allen


Guest Star

Kate Burton

Kate Burton

Ellis Grey

Recurring Role

Steven W. Bailey

Steven W. Bailey


Recurring Role

Robin Pearson Rose

Robin Pearson Rose


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

  • 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?

    • Cristina: If the infection moves to her bloodstream she'll die.
      Alex: If she wakes up without her leg she might wish she had.
      Sydney: Yeah, Dr. Karev's right. She's young, she's heathly, she's a newlywed.
      Cristina: And your treatment plan is based on? Cuteness? If she were an 80 year old man, you'd amputate in a heartbeat.
      Sydney: She's not 80. Where's your compassion?
      Cristina: My, my compassion? Trying to save a patient from death is pretty compassionate.
      Sydney: I must say I'm disappointed in you. Why can't you be more like Alex?
      Cristina: Excuse me?
      Sydney: Yeah this guy, he's compassionate. He's warm. He's fighting with me to save Claire's leg.
      Alex: And we're going to win that fight.
      Sydney: Yes. (Alex laughs silently at Cristina. Sydney doesn't notice)

    • Richard: O'Malley, I need you to round all--
      George: I'm not here.
      Richard: Excuse me?
      George: I'm here but I'm not here.
      Richard: You won't be anywhere in about thirty seconds if you don't--
      George: Sir, all do respect, no offence intended. Ah, but I won't cross the picket line.
      Richard: And yet, somehow you're standing in front of me.
      George: Uh, yep well because some of the nurses want me to check on their patients and so I am but then I'm going right back out there to join them.
      Richard: You're a doctor!
      George: Yes, sir ... but I'm also a union man. ... All do respect, no offence intended.
      Richard: Fine. (starts to walk off)
      George (running after him): Sir, while I have you here I'm supposed to tell you that ah Mrs. O'Brien in twenty-four twelve is allergic to chocolate but she pulls the allergy sticker off her chart every chance she gets.
      Richard: Wonderful.
      George: And ah, that ah, you're supposed to watch Mr. Roberts in Twenty-One Nineteen take and swallow his diuretics. Apparently he likes to hoard them under his mattress.
      Richard (angry): Is that it?
      George: 40 to 50 hours of mandatory overtime is extremely--
      Richard: O'Malley!
      George (runs off): Yes, sir. I'm very sorry. No offence intended!

    • Derek: Your dog's fine.
      Meredith: He's your dog now.
      Derek: Mmm.
      Meredith: I miss him. (Derek nods an is about to say something, Addison walks up and interrupts)
      Addison: He misses you too. You should come visit. (Meredith looks uncomfortable. Addison chuckles) The dog, I mean.
      Meredith: I'm walking away now. (leaves)
      Addison: So um I'm looking for a neurosurgeon to consult on a fetal spinal tumor. You know anybody good? (Derek laughs)

    • Olivia: You can go, George. We won't throw donuts.
      George: Oh, I can take the donuts.
      Olivia: Then what are you still doing here?
      George: Teacher strike of '03 mom walked the line for 48 days. I can't … just, I can't cross.
      Olivia: So then go home.
      George: I can't go home! You just don't go home. Yeah and get kicked out of the program. Lose my place as a resident. I'm a doctor, no way. No. ... No. I'm a union guy.
      Olivia (smiles): So that means...
      George: Give me that sign! (George takes the sign from her and walks down the picket line. The sign reads 'Proud to be a Nurse'. The nurses applaud him)

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): In general, lines are there for a reason: for security, for clarity. If you choose to cross the line, you pretty much do so at your own risk. So why is it, that the bigger the line, the greater the temptation to cross it?

    • George: Can't. Can't, can't cross the picket line. I can't.
      Izzie: I don't like it either George, but what choice to we have? Okay you took an oath to heal. You're a healer.
      George: Dad's a truck driver. Mom's a teacher. The evening news shows me crossing the picket line ... they'll outlive me just to pee on my grave. (Izzie gives him a weird look)
      Cristina (walks up): Has there been any blood yet? I bet they brought in scab nurses.
      Izzie: I think the nurses know we're on their side. (someone shouts 'Don't cross that line') Don't they?
      Cristina: Well we're doctors. We have sick patients inside. We have surgeries.
      Izzie: Okay... then you go first.
      Cristina: Screw it. (she heads through the line and has food thrown at her which she attempts to fend off) Yeah doing my job! Doing my job! Ha ha! (she makes it into the hospital)
      Izzie: They threw food at her! (George nods) That is just wrong! Fine. I'm goin' in! (shes also goes threw the line and has food thrown at her, which she deflects with her purse)
      Olivia (yells): Change your own bedpans, Stevens!
      Izzie: Yeah, enjoy your syphilis, Olivia. (she makes it to the front of the hospital and yelps when the last piece of fruit is throw at her) George, are you coming?
      George: No, I'm good here.

    • Izzie: She can have more than a trailer park and a graveyard shift at a truck-stop diner. Don't you want that for her? I mean, if you can get past the fact that I'm superior, and that I'm judging you, and telling you what's best for your family...if you can just get past all of that, isn't it possible that I'm also right?

    • Burke: Hey! I need sutures in twenty six o two!
      George: Sorry, can't help you!
      Burke: What?
      George: Fair hours! Fair wages! Fair hours! Fair... No offense.
      Burke: None taken.

    • Izzie: This my daughter. In the picture she's 6 but she's 11 now. She lived in Santa Barbara but they moved. I don't know where. But I know her name is Hannah and she likes pigs.
      Cheyenne (chuckles): Pigs?
      Izzie (smiles): Yep, she collects them. Like figurines or stuffed animals, you know. I think it's because her mom probably read her 'Charlotte's Web'.
      Cheyenne: I thought you were her mom.
      Izzie (teary eyed): I'm her mother but I'm not her mom. ... Look um I know that where we come from this kind of thing doesn't get talked about but I wanted you to know that there's more than one way to be a good mother. I wanted, I wanted better for her than I could do at sixteen.
      Cheyenne (teary eyed): I love my baby.
      Izzie: Of course you do. But you're reading her Shakespeare. When you're working twelve hours at the diner, like our moms, you won't be coming home and reading her Shakespeare.

    • (Izzie comes in George's room and lays in his bed)
      George: Are you okay?
      Izzie: Yeah. Yeah I am. (George returns back to playing his PSP. Meredith now enters his room and lays on the other side, next to him)
      George: Are you okay?
      Meredith: Yeah.
      George: What happened today?
      Meredith: Nothing.
      Izzie: Nothing.
      George: Okay. (he turns back to his PSP)
      Izzie: We don't know everything about each other George.
      Meredith: Yeah.
      George: True. (Meredith shuts off the bedside light)
      George: Anybody wanna have sex? (Meredith laughs)
      Izzie: George!

    • Cristina: She called me 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 is keeping her alive.
      Cristina: Izzie.
      Joe: This is the part where you say what is wrong with you.
      Meredith: I have to kill a woman tomorrow.
      Cristina: And that's 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.

    • Burke: Never have I questioned a fellow surgeon in their O.R. I never understood what the problem was, an intern dating an attending...until today.

    • Sydney: Anyone care to probe the wound?
      Cristina and Alex: I do.
      Alex: I'd really like to try your method of healing with love.
      Sydney: I like the way you think Alex. You do the honors. (Cristina looks annoyed, Sydney notices) Cristina, looks like someone needs to learn how to share.

    • Sydney: Here you are! I was looking for you guys in the locker room but you weren't there and then I thought well maybe my interns are looking for me too and then I come out her and here you are. (she chuckles) Yeah. (Cristina looks horrified) You guys look like a great group. (Meredith looks like she wants to laugh) Which is awesome. Because my horoscope said it's going to be a very challenging day and I was a little worried but no you guys ... yeah, you look like a good group. Which is great! Because we're going to have so much fun! Hi! (she holds out her arms and hugs Cristina) Hi, First of all hi! Hi.
      Cristina: Ow. Ow. Ow.
      Sydney (backs away): Am I hurting you?
      Cristina: No, you're touching me.
      Sydney: I'm Sydney Heron. 4th Year and my philosophy just so you know is um is heal with love. (Alex and Izzie raise their eyebrows) Okay, so wonderful. So, Alex, Izzie, Meredith, Cristina and our little group is just missing-
      Cristina: O'Malley. Yeah he's cowering behind the strike line like a little girl.
      Sydney: Standing up for what he believes in, that's my kind of little girl! Am I right? So ... The E.R needs somebody down there for a consult, does anybody ... who wants to ...
      Meredith: We get to pick?
      Cristina: Oh me. I'll-- I'm in on it.
      Alex: I'll help. (they both leave quickly)
      Meredith: I have patients that I need to check on. (she leaves quickly too)
      Sydney: So it looks like it's just you and me, Izzie Mcgee!
      Izzie (forces a laugh): It's-- It's ah, it's Stevens. Izzie Stevens.
      Sydney: Oh no, I knew. I was just rhyming. (awkward pause)
      Izzie: Oh right. Rhyming. That's -- That's neat.

    • Derek: This place is going to hell.
      Burke: We need to find a way to compromise.
      Derek: We need the real nurses back.
      Richard: We need an additional 40 nurses to relieve the overtime that they're striking about. That's 2 million dollars a year we don't have.
      Derek: Have you checked under the couch? I always find spare change under the cushions.

    • Izzie: Way to get your strike on.
      George: Do you know? Did you realize how rarely doctors say thank you and please to nurses? How few surgeons even know the names of them? ... (he suddenly looks up) I shouldn't be seen talking to you.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): We can't help ourselves. We see a line, we want to cross it. Maybe it's the thrill of trading the familiar for the unfamiliar. A sort of personal dare. Only problem is, once you've crossed it's almost impossible to go back. But if you do manage to make it back across that line you find safety in numbers.

  • 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.


    • 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.