Grey's Anatomy

Season 2 Episode 4

Deny, Deny, Deny

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 16, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

As Cristina tries to recover, she proves to be a very difficult patient, and a visit from her mother doesn't improve her demeanor any. And Meredith's mother, Dr. Ellis Grey, has the hospital staff running in circles. Jeremiah, a cystic fibrosis patient, could benefit from Dr. Addison Shepherd's medical knowledge, but her involvement in his surgery could delay her highly anticipated departure from Seattle Grace Hospital, leaving Meredith and Derek's relationship hanging in the balance.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Derek just sign the papers dude...

    Christina, who is a patient at the gospital since she lost her baby, doesn't want to be kept in a bed and just wondrs around the corridors stealing patients and doing the doctor. A woman who says she's a missionary takes pills to create symptoms to herself for no reason, and when Chrstina realizes that and tells Burke she's moved in the psych. A guy, Jeremaiya, suffers from cystic fibrosis and he's Bailey's patient for 5 years. He realizes his stete but he's in denial and hasn't told his parents about his illness. The only doctor that can operate on him is Addisson. He has to take the operation or he dies. He died in surgery and Bailey got really personal on him that she took his parents to inform them herself.

    A man with a bullet in his head says that he shot himself while he was cleaning his gun, but Shepherd heard him having a fight with his wife beause he was having an affair and she shot him.

    Addisson gives Derek the divorce papers but he hesitates in signing them.

    Ellis Gray makes George's life a hell since she wants to operate and later we learn that she was having an affair with Chief Webber when she kisses him.

    Alex gets Izzy to a date but when she tries to kiss him he refuses.moreless
  • Overall, this was a wonderful episode with many highlights.

    I love this episode due to the following highlights:

    5. Addison 'Have you ever considered that even if I am Satan and an adulterous b**** that I still may be the love of your life. Fantastic quote, gotta love her.

    4. Bailey and her patient, who else wanted to cry?

    3. George as the babysitter. You gotta love ellis. Even if she did give birth to meredith. (just kidding ... kinda)

    2. Meredith finding the divorce papers, way to go McDreamy.

    1. Cristina crying nonstop and Burke finally coming around (a little overdue in my opinion but whatever) and getting into bed with her. priceless.

    My review is brought down due to:

    3. Cristina\'s mother, she was had good lines but I can see why cristina hates her guts!

    2. Kalpanah needs an acting lesson.

    1. Meredith pushing Derek way too hard. No wonder she lost him.

    Overall, I think the positives completely cancel down the negatives and the following acted extremely well:

    3. Chandra Wilson

    2. Kate Walsh

    1. Sandra Oh

    My favorite quotes are:

    George: You have a better patient than me and you don\'t even have a patient.

    Cristina: I'm trying to work out what's going on with the crazy woman on four.

    George: You are the crazy woman on four.

    Meredith: Denial. Its not just a river in egypt. Its a freaking ocean.

    Cristina: I distinctively remember you breaking things off with me and you didn\'t seem so upset about it so what\'s up with the big fake display of hurt and drama.

    Bailey: McDreamy go and sit by someone who cares.

    Nurse Tyler: I\'m telling your intern on you.

    Cristina: Meredith? Ohhh, I\'m so scared.

    Addison: Derek, have you ever considered that even if I am Satan and an adulterous b**** that I still may be the love of your life.moreless
  • :-D

    Meredith's mom is still in the hospital.. and dr. MeDreamy seems to be in doubt on whether he should sign the divorce papers or not

    good episode :)

    Cristina is funny as the patient.. It's a whole new side of her and I find it hilarious. Also this whole mom thing who keeps bothering Cristina who doesn't like that at all!

    Derek and Meredith... Love them... Addison, i don't hate her but I don't want her to end up with Dr. McDreamy! Derek needs to make that decision and leave Addison.. Though I love the chemistry between Derek and Meredith!! :D

    Alex and Izzie... there seems to be little tension between those two... I'm interested to see where this is heading at.

    Overal a good episode which I enjoyed a lot

  • christina is recuperating with her mom in her room driving her crazy, meredith is dealing with the derek thingy...

    i love addison's character...i love grey's anatomy but i love it even more because of her...i want derek and addison to get back together, i like to watch them together! bailey as always is great and i like it that this episode showed her emotional side...she's human after all! christina's crying episode was funny, i guess it could happen to some people. at some point whether we like it or not we gotta let loose sometime or another...burke hugging and comforting christina was sweet!

  • I love this series!

    Cristina showing up for rounds in her hospital gown was priceless! Doing anything to get out of bed was very typical of her. At the end, it was nice to see her finally just cry. And her mom cracks me up. Definitely not your average Asian mother. I wonder from where Cristina got her drive.

    Why is Meredith so damn sensitive about her mother not ever wanting her in the room? She has Alzheimer’s. It’s not a personal attack on her. It’s just her mom’s disease! Then, she’s giving Derek a hard time again. After SHE was the one who kissed HIM. Addison is so much more tolerable!

    The confrontations between Bailey and Derek and the fact that George simply cannot keep track of Dr. Grey are also great. Dr. Grey’s and Richard’s romantic involvement was pretty predictable.

    The storyline with Bailey and her patient was touching. It was sad to see how persistent she was to save his life, to see her reaction when he died, and to hear her tell his parents.

    An excellent episode!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

Don McManus

Don McManus

Samuel Linden

Guest Star

Lee Garlington

Lee Garlington

Farah Linden

Guest Star

Tsai Chin

Tsai Chin

Helen Rubenstein

Guest Star

Kate Burton

Kate Burton

Ellis Grey

Recurring Role

Steven W. Bailey

Steven W. Bailey


Recurring Role

Kathleen M. Darcy

Kathleen M. Darcy


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof (editing continuity): When Dr. Burke is talking to Cristina about her not telling him she was pregnant, Cristina's mother walks in and shuts the door behind her. During the conversation, Dr. Burke excuses himself because Cristina and her mother are arguing and the door is wide open.

      Correction: Her mother closes the bathroom door, not the door to the hallway.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Nurse Tyler: Where's your IV?
      Cristina: I've taken solids. I HEP-locked it.
      Nurse Tyler: On whose orders?
      Cristina: Mine.
      Nurse Tyler: Okay. (looking at her chart) Yang. How about this order: "Bed rest, out of bed to chair, bathroom privileges." Nothing about stealing charts at the nurses station.
      Cristina: Okay, you know what, (signals to man pushing a wheelchair) Hey, hey! Give me that. (sits down in wheelchair) There, satisfied? I'm "out of bed to chair."
      Nurse Tyler: I'm telling your intern on you.
      Cristina: Meredith?
      Nurse Tyler: Yeah.
      Cristina (mockingly): Ooh, I'm so scared.

    • Meredith: Cristina Yang. Post op day three from a unilateral salpingectomy.
      Cristina: And ready to get back to work.
      Helen: Is she?
      Cristina: I'm taking solids and my pain is controlled with oral meds. I'm ready.
      Helen: Didn't the nurse this morning say you had a fever?
      Cristina: Mother!
      Bailey: Cristina did you have a fever?
      Cristina: Temp spiked to 101 last night. Big deal.
      George: She worked two shifts last month with a 102 degree flu.
      Cristina: Yes, exactly, George. Thank you.
      Bailey: And we appreciate your dedication but you're staying in bed until it normalizes.
      Helen: I keep telling her there's more to life than surgery and career.
      Cristina: Mother, go upholster something.
      Bailey: Look I need you to relax. Shut up and get better. You're a patient this week so you can be a doctor next week. Understand? (they all leave the room, Cristina pulls Meredith back)
      Cristina: Mer. Mer. You cannot leave me alone with her. I'm flying over the cuckoo's nest. You have to save me.
      Meredith: You need time to heal.
      Cristina: I'm healed. (Meredith leaves the room) I'm healed! (Cristina looks over to her mother, then looks away) Oh, god.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): The key to surviving a surgical internship is denial. We deny that we're tired, we deny that we're scared, we deny how badly we want to succeed. And most importantly, we deny that we're in denial. We only see what we want to see and believe what we want to believe, and it works. We lie to ourselves so much that after a while the lies start to seem like the truth. We deny so much that we can't recognize the truth right in front of our faces.

    • Meredith: Addison gave Derek divorce papers which is good. I mean she's still here being Addison but it's not like I'm jealous or anything.
      Cristina: That's odd.
      Meredith: That's odd I'm not jealous?
      Cristina: No you have every right to be jealous. It's your territory and she's peeing all over it. (looking at chart) What's odd is Burke's patient. She's been in 4 other hospitals this year. You know something's not right.
      Meredith: You seem awfully interested in Burke's patient.
      Cristina: This has nothing to do with Burke.
      Meredith: Cristina you lost a fallopian tube, a baby and a boyfriend all in one day. You have the right to be upset.
      Cristina: And you're losing McDreamy to his perfect wife. You have a right to be jealous.
      Meredith: I did not lose Mc Dreamy. Divorce papers, remember? And I'm not jealous.
      Cristina: And I'm not upset.
      Meredith: You really should be in your room.
      Cristina: Okay if the situation was reversed would you wanna spend time with your mother in a confined room with one window?
      Meredith: Do you really think we're like them? Our mothers? (Cristina gives her a look)

    • Derek: Just because she offered her services doesn't mean she intends to stay.
      Meredith: Well, what does it mean? Because it seems to me--
      Derek: It means that she's a good doctor.
      Meredith (laughs, sarcastically): Oh ho ho. Why are you suddenly defending her?
      Derek: I'm not. Meredith ... she gave me divorce papers. She filed.
      Meredith: Oh ... well, that's good.
      Derek: All I have to do is sign and I'm free ... We're free.
      Meredith: Is there anything to think about?
      Derek: No of course not. I have to read through them. Sign them and then Addison is on the next plane out of here.

    • Izzie: Okay I was thinking that maybe we might wanna ... you might ... we both have tonight off, so...
      Alex: You are so into me.
      Izzie: Oh, shut up.
      Alex: It's sad the wash up. The adoration. Ah, I'm so handsome. I intoxicate you.
      Izzie: Okay you know what? Forget it.
      Alex: Izzie would you like to go out with me tonight? On a date? You wear something gorgeous. I pay for food.
      Izzie: Are you making fun of me?
      Alex: I'm not making fun of you.
      Izzie: Okay then.
      Alex: Good.
      Izzie: Good.

    • Burke: Dr. Preston Burke. Nice to meet you Mrs. Yang.
      Helen: Actually it's Rubenstein. Dr. Saul Rubenstein, Beverley Hills? (Burke smiles and nods in understanding) The oral surgeon. I remarried. I've been remarried since Cristina was what about three?
      Cristina: Mom. That's too, too much information. He has other things to do.
      Helen: You're good looking. He's good looking. Why don't you ever bring home a man as good looking as him?
      Cristina (quiet): Stop.
      Helen (laughs): What?
      Cristina (quiet): Stop talking.
      Helen: Cristina! (to Burke) Forgive her. I don't know what I ever did to raise such an unpleasant girl.
      Cristina (now loud): Oh me un-- I'm unpleasant?
      Burke: Excuse me. (leaves the room quickly)
      Cristina: Do you know who that was? That was ... that was my boss!
      Helen: I only said nice things.
      Cristina: Why'd you have to call me unpleasant in front of my boss?
      Helen: Lighten up, please!

    • Bailey: I want everyone focused today. With Cristina out we're short an intern and I have a feeling it's gonna be one of those days. And Karev see the chief by the end of the day.
      Alex: What for?
      Bailey: Do I look psychic to you? He is the chief. He asked. You go.
      Meredith (whispers to George): What did he do now?
      George: Maybe he gave the chief syphilis.

    • Addison: Look, I don't want someone, who doesn't want me, Meredith, but if there is the slightest chance that he does...I'm not leaving Seattle.

    • Derek: You accepted a consult from Addison Shepherd?
      Bailey: Montgomery Shepherd, isn't it?
      Derek: The point is she should be on her way home, you're trying to drive me crazy aren't you? (Bailey stops the elevator)
      Derek (in a whiny voice): Hey, now don't do this...ugh...
      Bailey: You think this has something to do with you? You think I'm even thinking about you and your romantic problems? I'm thinking about a patient, very near and dear to my heart. And a consult with your wife, your ex, mistress whatever it is that she becomes if that's what I have to do to save my patient then I'm damn well gonna do it.
      Derek: I understand that. I deserved that. It's just that--come on--
      Bailey: Look, you have put yourself between two very fine women and you're lookin' for an easy way out. And you wanna use me, the hospital, somebody to make the decision for ya and it's not gonna happen! (she starts the elevator)
      Derek: Could I-- Could-- I just say a couple things?
      Bailey: Just just--- (waves hand by his face)

    • George: I don't know why I'm worried, Cristina says she's fine.
      Izzie: Nobody goes through what she went through and is totally over it by now.
      George: Cristina can.
      Meredith: She's fine.
      Izzie: Too fine, she's cold.
      George: No she's hardcore. She's got ice in her veins. She does what she has to do to get through it.
      Izzie: She lost a baby. She lost a fallopian tube and she's acting like she doesn't even care. She's all hello, I'm totally fine person. I mean she's my friend too but she's acting like she has no emotions or warmth, like she's missing a soul.
      George: God she's gonna make a great surgeon.
      Izzie: George!
      George: It's true. You show no weakness, you make it to the top.
      Meredith: Some people just keep their feelings to themselves.

    • Helen (painting Cristina's toe nails): I'm redoing the living room in beige silks I'm thinking. And modern. Very mid-century. And the dining room...
      Cristina: Mother, give me back my toes.
      Helen (closes the nail polish bottle): Okay, I change the subject. Who's the father?
      Cristina: Mid-century did you say?
      Helen: Someone you work with right? Was it just for sex? You made such a point of not forming attachments.
      Cristina: 20 minutes. Just give ... All I want is 20 minutes of peace and quiet.
      Helen: The daughter I raised would appreciate her mother's help.
      Cristina: The daughter you raised is begging for you to go. Now!
      Helen: I didn't have to come here. You know I'm very busy.
      Cristina: Yeah. I know, I know. Redecorating your house. (pause) Well, can you get me a mocha latte, please?
      Helen: A non fat one.
      Cristina: No, a fat one!

    • Cristina: What?
      Bailey: Out!
      Cristina: I'm fine.
      Bailey: Out! You better be in your room by the time we round on you.
      Cristina: And when will that be?
      Bailey: In 15 secs. 14, 13, 12, 11. (Cristina turns around to leave. Her butt is hanging out of her gown. Meredith, George and Izzie laugh)
      Alex: Nice panties, Yang. (Cristina grabs the back of her gown and holds it closed)
      Cristina: In your dreams, evil spawn!

    • Derek: Meredith kissed me, Addison kissed me. My wife and my girlfriend kissed me, on the same day.
      Bailey: Joe, do I look friendly to you?
      Joe: Oh, you're a tiny little kitten of joy and love. (she gives him a look) What? You saved my life.
      Bailey: First mistake. McDreamy, go sit by someone who cares.
      Derek: Everything's gonna be fine. Addison'll go back to New York, me and Meredith will start over. Everything's gonna be fine, right?
      Bailey: You so damn stupid.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): Sometimes reality has a way of sneaking up and biting us in the ass. And when the dam bursts, all you can do is swim. The world of pretend is a cage, not a cocoon. We can only lie to ourselves for so long. We are tired, we are scared, denying it doesn't change the truth. Sooner or later we have to put aside our denial and face the world. Head on, guns blazing. De Nile. It's not just a river in Egypt, it's a freakin' ocean. So how do you keep from drowning in it?

    • Meredith: You've got a wife.
      Derek: Yes.
      Meredith: You're life is complicated.
      Derek: Yes.
      Meredith: I don't need complicated. I have complicated all on my own.
      Derek: Yes.
      Meredith: Stop saying yes.
      Derek (smiles): Try not to make any sudden movements.
      Meredith: You think this is funny.
      Derek: Addison's leaving. She doesn't have any more patients in this hospital. There's no reason for her to be here.
      Meredith: No reason?
      Derek: None what so ever. (Derek caresses her cheek)
      Addison (walks up): Well, isn't this cozy. Can I join in or are you not in to threesomes?
      Meredith: I have to go. (walks away)
      Derek: Meredith... (to Addison) You really are Satan, you realize that, right? If Satan were to take physical form, he'd be you, everywhere all the time.
      Addison: I am so not Satan.
      Derek: How come you haven't gotten on your broomstick and gone back to New York where you belong?
      Addison: Stop being petty.
      Derek: Stop being an adulterous bitch.
      Addison: You know, you are gonna forgive me, right? I mean you can't just-- I mean there was a time where you thought of me as your best friend.
      Derek: There was a time where I thought of you as the love of my life. Things change. (Addison pulls out papers) Divorce papers.
      Addison: Your lawyer said that they were okay. I haven't signed them. The ball's in your court. If you sign 'em, I'll sign. Sign and be on the first plane outta here.
      Derek: I'll sign 'em immediately. I want you outta here as soon as possible.
      Addison: Derek, have you ever thought that even if I am an adulterous bitch and Satan, that I still might be the love of your life?

    • Meredith (panicked): What's going on?
      Cristina (sobbing): I can't stop. I can't. I can't stop... (sobs)
      Izzie: She can't stop crying.
      Meredith: I can see that! What did you guys do to her?
      Izzie: Nothing!
      George: She's going to dehydrate. Cristina do you want some water? (Cristina shakes her head 'no', still sobbing. Meredith moves to hug her)
      George and Izzie: No! (they pull her back)
      Izzie: I already tried that. It just made it worse.
      Helen: I knew she'd break sooner or later. Just a matter of time.
      Cristina: I will kill her!
      Helen: But I am her mother.
      Meredith (escorting Helen out of the room): We don't do well with mothers here. Why don't you leave and come back later. (George tentatively hands Cristina a tissue, Meredith walks back in) Cristina...
      Cristina (sobbing): Make, make it stop. Make it sto-opp. (George tries handing her another tissue) Somebody sedate me!

    • George: You're officially AWOL you know.
      Cristina: I'm working. I'm trying to figure out what's going on with the crazy woman on four.
      George: You are the crazy woman on four.
      Cristina: I made a break for freedom.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode was formerly known under the title Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Sweden: April 25, 2006 on Kanal 5
      Mexico: March 9, 2006 on Channel 29
      Bulgaria: June 22, 2006 on bTV
      Croatia: November 27, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Finland: November 29, 2006 on Nelonen
      Italy: February 09, 2007 on Italia 1
      Romania: April 3rd, 2007 on TVR1

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Catch My Disease by Ben Lee* plays when Meredith, George, and Izzie are at the bar,
      2. Ramalama (Bang Bang) by Roisin Murphy plays when Derek and Alex call the police,
      3. I Fought the Angels by The Delgados plays when surgery is being performed on Jeremiah,
      4. Infinity by Merrick plays when Dr. Webber and George check on Ellis Grey.

    • This episode was originally part of Season One. It was supposed to be the Season One finale.


    • George (to Cristina): She worked 2 shifts last month with a 102 degree flu.

      Refers to episode 107 The Self-Destruct Button in which Cristina works while she has the flu.

    • Former Episode Title: Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing

      This episode was also known under the title Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing. It was changed. That title could possibly be referring to one of the versions of the song by The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Barry Manilow, or The Four Tops.

    • Episode Title: Deny, Deny, Deny,

      The title of this episode is a reference to a song by the band Hood. It could also by a reference to a song by the country music duo Brooks and Dunn.

    • Meredith (voiceover): Denial, it's not just a river in Egypt, it's a fricken' ocean.

      "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt" is a famous quote by Mark Twain.

    • Cristina: I'm flying over the cuckoo's nest...

      A reference to the 1975 Jack Nicholson film, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, which was set in a psychiatric hospital. The movie was based on the original book One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey.