Grey's Anatomy

Season 3 Episode 16

Drowning on Dry Land

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 15, 2007 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Almost everyone searches for Meredith while they ponder her place in the world. Addison considers pursuing Alex. Izzie takes desperate measures to manage the situation she is in. Someone ends up on the brink of death. Cristina and Burke have a blow-up fight about their announcement.

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  • Not really why I watch it, cause it was such a sad episode, still it was a great one!

    I assumed from the moment Meredith was thrown into the water that Derek would be the one finding her. It was kind of a predictable episode, all scenes you could feel what was next to come, still I wasn't disappointed at all by any of it...I found it really well done, all shows need from time to time an episode like this.

    Izzy...I think she was the 'hero' (like she was calling herself) of the episode...positively and negatively. She escaped from the probation-period due to the surgery she made by drilling holes into the brain of that guy under the car, in front of his friends...that was heart-stopping scene. But she blew it off with her speeach, that began really supporting for all and ended with being a bit cruel to George with regard to his marriage (she deffinately is gealous on the fact that George didn't announced 'his best friend' about his intentions, and she doesn't like Callie at all.

    As for sad and crying, and seeing Mark supporting and being there for him made me just cry like a baby! I just couldn't stop, it was too emotional. I'm sure Meredith won't die, they would do a big mistake by 'letting' her die...I liked so much how they showed all her friends being noticed through pagers about Meredith and how their faces were!!! I wonder who will save her, I hope it will be Addison, cause she seemed shocked about all this, she seemed really sorry for him, she must save Meredith in my oppinion.

    Meredith can't die, won't die...she has to survive, they have to let her must be a happy ending show!!!

    I just cant' wait for the next episode...please, let her live!!! No other show was capable, in my oppinion, to express the love between two people, like they did with Meredith and her McDreamy!moreless
  • Part 2 of the Ferry accident where Meredith has already fallen in the sea and noone really noticed till it was almost too late. Derek saved Meredith but she seems to be dying... Can't wait for the next episode to find out.moreless

    I know and everyone else knows Meredith will not die... But seeing McDreamy's looks when he saves Meredith, tries to revive her and tearing, make me cry too. He makes me think, I want a man like him too... Also, the look on Addison's face when she saw Meredith on the table and McDreamy squatting outside with tears in his eyes... Simply classic... This episode reminds why I love Grey's Anatomy, may not be the best doctors' show ever but definitely the one with the coolest people who will put you to tears with their emotions, love and relationships...moreless
  • Would we miss her?

    The second part of this three parter about a ferry disaster begins with the hospital dramas title character in the water. An injured man has shoved Meredith off the dock and the only witness to her plight is a traumatised girl who is struck dumb with fright. So we’re left to worry whether Meredith will live or die as her colleagues go about the business of saving lives at the scene of a large-scale emergency. Watching Izzy struggling with her insecurities while trying to help a man trapped under a car, George searching for a missing boy and Alex Karev battling his natural brusqueness to deal with grief stricken relatives searching for their loved ones, the thought surfaced that whiny Meredith is the character that could be missed the least, should she fail to emerge from the icy water. This episode is absorbing because of where it takes characters such as Izzie George and Alex, each rising to the occasion by demonstrating different qualities of grace under pressure.moreless
  • Great episode. As good as the the previous. The team goes emotional when they see Meredith with hipotermia and close to death.

    The good stuff was almost everything: Izzie out of probation and rocking that drill was a prove of Izzie being able to be back in the game. The little girl scenes were just fine. Derek freaking out was something hard to watch, but it was fine.

    I like how they can connect histories in this series: from Alex quest for the pregnant chick, going to George's search, going to Callie's storie, and then to Mer's drama . I liked how the crew treated each other and supported themselves in the middle of this disaster. The interns being a team was an excelent card. Little things that I didn't like about the epidode: Burke acting hysterically, Sidney (of course) and Cristina's heart made of ice. But I think that the worst thing of the episode was to hear Izzie's speach and then attacking George with no good reason. She should have waited a little more or said nothing at all. And then, Meredith without wishes of survival or whatever was just lame. She's not a fighter anymore and the show is gonna go really down if this doesn't change soon.

    A lot of emotions are shown in this episode! I hope the third part is as great as the previous episodes.moreless
  • NO!

    Meredith was so blue in the face, almost scary. And at the end she is dead, but I don't think so. In some miracules way I think she'll get a heartbeat again. The shows name is Grey's they just can't kill her, that will be too stupid will I say. And Izzie is totally living after The Secret, maybe Oprah had some influence when she crashed the set a while ago. All her talk about believing in the good, and that Meredith will survive, they will all survive. Just by thinking it, she is convinced it will happen in some way.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

Madison Leisle

Madison Leisle

Lisa the little girl

Guest Star

Jeffrey Markle

Jeffrey Markle


Guest Star

Billy Mayo

Billy Mayo


Guest Star

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Denny Duquette

Recurring Role

Kyle Chandler

Kyle Chandler

Dylan Young

Recurring Role

Elizabeth Reaser

Elizabeth Reaser

Jane Doe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: In the scene where they bring Meredith to the trauma room, Derek is forced to leave. When he exits, Bailey says "Ok, she has a new 18-gauge in her left A.C. Push 1 of epi through it". And then we see one of the nurses, pushing something (my guess is the epi) through a line in the right side of Meredith's body. Shouldn't it be reversed?

    • Goof: In the scene where interns gather in front of the door (when they all find out what happened to Meredith) watch Cristina's left arm and her watch. In the beginning, she has it, which can be seen when she lifts her arms towards her head. In the scene after Izzie's speech, she doesn't have it. Then, when Izzie comes to hug her, the watch is part of her outfit again. There was no way for her to remove it and then put it back on...

    • Goof: Notice the scene where Alex goes in to see his "Jane Doe" (the pregnant girl), when he tells her that he expects to find her still alive after her surgery. In the close-up shots of Jane Doe, her face is entirely black and blue, but look again at her when the camera zooms out. It could just be a lighting issue, or an angle change that makes it look different, but in any case, her face doesn't look the slightest bit bruised then.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • George (entering Callie's surgery room): Callie.
      Callie: O'Malley, I'm working. What do you want?
      George: I read on the board you're doing an internal fixation of the lumbar spine. On a John Doe from the ferry crash, age 7.
      Callie: That's right.
      George: Can I see his face?
      Callie: I'm in the middle of surgery.
      George: I know. I... (showing her a picture of the boy) Is this boy your patient? I-I know the picture's half smeared and hard to see, but... Please tell me it's him. Tell me he has been right here under my nose, open on your table all day and not... Drifting along the bottom of the ocean. Just... Please tell me that.
      Callie: Hold the photo under the light so I can get a better look. (smiling) Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah, that's my kid. I could spot those goofy ears anywhere.
      George: Really?
      Callie (nodding): Really.
      George (before leaving the room, smiling at the door): Callie O'Malley... I can't kiss you right now because you're scrubbed in, but tonight... When you get home, I am going to...
      Callie: Okay.
      George: Okay. All right.
      Callie (to the nurses scrubbing in): You know what, people? Let's focus here. (to George) George, I'm working. Yeah. I'm... I'm working. So... Yeah. Bye.

    • Addison: Come on, Meredith, don't do this.

    • Dylan: Hey.
      Meredith: Hey. Am I dead?
      Denny: Damn right you are.
      Meredith: Holy...

    • Burke: The Chief is working on her.
      Derek (crying): He threw me out.
      Burke: What do you need?
      Derek: I need you to go in there. (Burke nods and walks to the room)

    • Burke: What is your problem?
      Cristina: You know everyone's back. Everyone's back except her. And I listen to her. Everyday, about her McLove life, her McDreamy, her McCrap. And the one day, the one day I have a thing she disappears.
      Burke: Meredith, this is about Meredith.
      Cristina: She doesn't know yet.
      Burke: Meredith?
      Cristina: She's my person.
      Burke: Right. And if Meredith doesn't approve, then what?
      Cristina: No, no. This, This is not about getting her approval, its about…
      Burke: What?
      Cristina: Telling her makes it, makes it... If I murdered someone she's the person I'd call to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor.
      Burke: Okay, now, you're likening someone here to a corpse. I'm done.
      Cristina: She's my person.

    • George: He's lost. Or... or...
      Bailey: He's in the water. So when she wakes up, I get to inform her that she is not going to die... she's just going to want to die.
      George: I'm sorry, I can... keep looking.
      Bailey: Yes, you do that.

    • Izzie: Oh, my god. Cristina, you will not believe what I just did -- I'm gonna tell you, but you're not gonna believe it--you're gonna think I made the whole thing up.
      Cristina: You're back? Is Meredith back?
      Izzie: I drilled a hole into this guy's skull. Several holes, actually. With a drill that I borrowed from a guy named Vince, packed the whole with freakin' tissue then brought him back here. And now I get to scrub in on his craniotomy.
      Cristina: So you haven't seen Meredith?
      Izzie: It was like a ride. This crazy roller coaster ride with adrenaline shooting out of my ears. You would think that my hands would have been shaking, but they weren't. There was no shaking. (sighs) Did I mention the drill?
      Cristina: Okay, Izzie. I get it. You are a hero, I am jealous. (Izzie smiles) But I need to know where the hell Meredith is.
      Izzie (smile fades): Okay...I don't know where the hell Meredith is. But she should be back here. I didn't see her at the scene. (smiles) The scene where I was a rock star by the way. Did I mention that I'm off probation? (Cristina glares) Rock star.

    • Izzie (rambling): I'm sorry, I ran out of sterile drapes. I had to use some guys t-shirt. He wasn't sweaty or anything, he was a clean guy but...
      Richard: Okay, call the OR tell them we're comin' up.
      Izzie: I also dropped a scalpel in the field and by that time I had used all the alcohol swabs on the drill bits so, I think we should load him up on antibiotics, lots and lots of antibotics.
      Richard: Stevens, you put a drill through a man's skull and didn't hit his brain. You saved his life. (Izzie sighs) Get cleaned up and get to the OR you got work to do.
      Izzie: The OR?
      Richard: Yes, the OR. You're officially off of probation.

    • (Izzie is about to drill a hole in the guy's skull and one of his friend's makes a noise)
      Izzie: Okay, that can't happen. Do you understand me? Sounds can't happen. Freaking out can't happen. Because if you freak out, I'm gonna freak out and I'm the one who's holding a power drill to your friend's brain. So if you're gonna vomit, if you're gonna make sounds, step away. If you're gonna stay here, you're gonna have to pull it together. Okay?

    • Addison: I gotta tell you. This group of interns...
      Burke: Emotional.
      Addison: Headstrong.
      Burke: Hot-headed, stubborn. They think they know everything. You can only give them so much rope before they hang themselves with it. They lose all rationality, they won't listen to reason.
      Addison: Jeez, Preston. Don't hold back.

    • Cristina: Hey, did you just get back?
      George: Yeah. I'm lookin'--have you, uh, seen any lost children down here?
      Cristina: Is--is Meredith back too? Because I need here. It's really important.
      George: Yeah, this is important. This kid's missing and his mom's in surgery.
      Cristina: Ooh, what kinda surgery?
      George: This kid's lost! (leans closer to her) You did not see it today, Cristina. You were not there.
      Cristina (angry): I know.
      George: Have you seen any lost kids around here, or not?
      Cristina: Not. (George walks away) Do you know where Meredith is?
      George: I'm leavin'.
      Cristina: Yeah, I know.

    • Izzie: I'm gonna need a drill.
      Guy: I got one in my trunk.
      Guy 2: What do you need a drill for?
      Izzie: I've got to drill holes in your friend's head.

    • Richard (on the phone with Izzie): What's your ETA to the hospital?
      Izzie: That's what I'm saying, we can't get him out. He's stuck under a car, we can't get him out.
      Richard: Okay, first you need to stay calm.
      Izzie: I can't stay calm. Calm was over minutes ago. Calm is gone. Calm is an impossibility. I got his best friends out here and I can't let him die, so please, just tell me what I need to do.

    • Bailey: What happens when the happy mother in there wakes up after surgery and her son isn't there to greet her? What then? How are you gonna explain that, O'Malley?
      George: If she wakes up after surgery because my lie helped to save her life. I'm okay with that, Dr. Bailey.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): Like I said, disappearances happen, pains go phantom, blood stops running, and people, people fade away. There's more I have to say, so much more, but, I disappeared.

    • Cristina: It's Meredith?
      Alex: Yeah.
      Cristina: Are you sure, did you see her, because it could be any...
      Alex: It's Meredith.
      Cristina (in shock): Oh. Oh. Oh.
      Izzie: She will come through this.
      George (with teary eyes): You don't know that.
      Izzie: She will come through this.
      George: People die.
      Izzie: I know people die. People die in front of us everyday but I believe Meredith will survive this. I believe, I believe, I...I believe in the good. I believe that it's been a hell of a year and I believe that in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary that we will be okay. I believe a lot of things. I believe that...I believe that Denny is always with me. And I believe that if I eat a tub of butter and no one sees that the calories don't count. And I believe that surgeons who prefer staples over stitches are just lazy. And I believe that you are a man that made a terrible mistake marrying Callie and I believe that because I'm your best friend I can tell you this and we can be okay. I believe that even though you made this mistake you will be okay. I believe we survive, George. I believe that believing we survive is what makes us survive.

    • George: Do you know how massive this hospital is? How people -- not just sick people -- not to mention if I'm a little kid, how places can I hide? He's little. He's--A little kid can hide anywhere.
      Alex: You're lookin' for a kid?
      George: Yeah. His mom's in surgery and if I don't find this kid Bailey is going to change her son's middle name to Elvis or Tupperware, anything will be better than George.
      Alex: I know where a kid might be.
      George: Really? (after discovering they're in morgue) You coulda warned me.
      Alex: Well, you didn't check down here, right?
      George: No.
      Alex: (starting to uncover some of the bodies): So stop whining and tell me if you find a pregnant chick. You know, you're not the only one with a detail that sucks. You know, I'm supposed to deal with these freaked-out families. I'm not good with people. They should just let me stick to patients.
      George: Patients are people, especially kids.
      Alex: You know what I mean.

    • Bailey: What do we got?
      Paramedic: Jane Doe. She's hypothermic and dropping.
      Derek (doing repeated CPR): She's not a Jane Doe. It's Meredith Grey. It's Meredith.
      Bailey: Derek! Derek! How long has she been down?
      Derek: I don't know. She's alive. She's alive.

    • Alex: I'd notice
      Addison: What?
      Alex: If you went missing, I'd notice.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Titles:
      Czech Republic: Topení na souši (Drowning on Dry Land)
      Germany: Verschwunden (Lost)

    • This episode did not have a closing voiceover.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: April 23, 2007 on Net 5
      Italy: May 21, 2007 on Foxlife
      New Zealand: May 24th, 2007 on TV2
      Australia: June 10, 2007 on Channel 7
      Switzerland: June 25, 2007 on SF 2
      Israel: June 25, 2007 on Yes Stars 1
      Ireland: September 25, 2007 on RTE Two
      Germany: September 26, 2007 on Pro 7
      Norway: November 27, 2007 on TV2
      Finland: December 19, 2007 on Nelonen
      Croatia: January 7, 2008 on NOVA TV
      Czech Republic: March 2, 2008 on Prima
      Romania: May 6th, 2008 on TVR1

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. The Great Escape by Patrick Watson
      2. A Bitter Song by Butterfly Boucher
      3. Timeless by Kate Havnevik
      4. Fidelity by Regina Spektor