Grey's Anatomy

Season 6 Episode 6

I Saw What I Saw

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 22, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

After a burn victim unexpectedly dies in the midst of a chaotic ER, the Chief and board member Jennings interrogate the residents to find the culprit, as all the Mercy West and Seattle Grace resident defends their actions in an effort to save their jobs.

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  • Season classic...

    Look what some good writing that doesn't for once focus on stupid relationship troubles or childish bickering can do. This is easily the best medical drama you can ever ask for, and no wonder something like 15 million people tuned in to watch this.

    Writing aside, I was wowed by the way the story was told; the back and forth shifts in the scene between interrogation and the actual ER mayhem, the same story told from different points of view. And perhaps looking over the last 2 or 3 episodes, this was actually an amazing storyline to cease the war between Mercy West and Seattle Grace, and to start the bonding process between the docs. Although there isn't a single scene which I cant say I didn't enjoy, the last scene was actually the deal breaker. Cristina made an interesting point, which actually means a lot that what it conveys. While most doctors were blaming April for nearly costing their jobs, Cristina remarks that it could have been any one of them. They've all made mistakes, and unfortunately April's mistake triggered a chain of events that led to the death of the burn victim. The fact that none of their patients died was reason enough for them to keep their jobs, and not because they are better doctors than April.

    Seriously, an awesome episode.moreless
  • One of the best episodes ON TV!!!

    This episode focused on a burn victim who came in with treatable burns and who died under the watch of many doctors, who were interrogated by the chief and 2 others. The shifting scenes between the time of the event and the interrogation and different camera angles depending on the point of view of the characters were absolutely amazing. It definitely took them many many hours to shoot those scenes for more than 1 person and the outcome deserves a big fat applaud. The darkness of the merger seems to fade a bit by this incredible storyline and Derek's talk to the chief at the end of the episode kind of foreshadows that it will be resolved shortly. The dilemmas of the characters were reflected very professionally. Alex had been trying to reach Izzie for a week now and he had to hang up the phone when he saw that the patient couldn't be intubated and that his help was needed. Also, Lexie had to pull it together and be with his patient in stead of walking away. The numerous mistakes that the hospital made in the past year makes us question the ability of the chief to run Seattle Grace. He made some bad decisions and Derek finally stepped up and confronted him with the results of his poor decision-making. I like him very much and I'd hate to see him go away but he needs to make smarter decisions. The Mercy West doctor who got fired was like a scapegoat and she will have to live with the consequence of 1 mistake that she did. A mistake that resulted from all the chaos and the hostility of the two sides. Poor thing. Well, maybe her departure is another foreshadow that the Mercy West people will be leaving. I have to admit, I miss Izzie. She's exceptionally good in times of crisis (remember when she drilled a hole in the guys head on season 3 when the big ferry accident happened). So I hope she'll be back on the show soon. So, overall, this was one of the best episodes in the history of TV and I'm very glad to see that the writers leave out romantic story lines out every once in a while. An exceptional example of a good drama series and congratulations to all...moreless
  • Once again, Grey's makes it interesting just at the right time! A great episode... one that was much needed!

    This episode took a break from the normal routine followed in the show and offered a breath of fresh air with an interrogation based flashback narrative that almost resembled the classic whoddunit murder scenario!

    The episode startsoff with shots of blood in a trauma room and quickly cuts to all the main characters sitting tensely in a corridor. The pace picks up right from there, when Karev loses his nerve and tries to knuckle down Avery. Soon as the Chief comes out and calls in Hunt, we get to know that an inquiry is in place to investigate the death of a burn patient. And all that follows is just so well done, with the inquiry revealing all the different perspectives and stories recounted by each doctor appearing before the committee, until we find out what actually went wrong that caused the poor woman to die.

    All in all, great episode with a very good story. This is the spice Grey's really needed at this time!moreless
  • Innovative episode.

    Grey's Anatomy utilized the flashback method of storytelling for tonight's episode and the results were good. The episode felt fresh and exciting, despite the fact that the actual medical cases were anything but that. I still do not like these Mercy Westers anymore than Yang does, but it looks like they are here to stick around after tonight.

    As much as I enjoy Katherine Heigl's work, having her and Ellen Pompeo out of the picture (she was barely seen this week) could give the show a much needed boost. They have been dominating the scenes for six years so having some other people get a chance to shine might produce good results.moreless
  • incredible episode

    AMAZING! yet another incredible episode of grey's anatomy. it was one of their very first, if not THE first, episode of the show that was not told in that traditional way. the switching back and forth and showing all the events from each character's point of view was genius and fascinating to watch. very innovative and very cool. sad that april had to get the boot cause of it, but oh well lol great performances from everyone all around. no doubt jackson fits in well with the normal grey's crew. and with april gone, the other two can go also.moreless
Robert Baker

Robert Baker

Charles Percy

Guest Star

Sarah Drew

Sarah Drew

April Kepner

Guest Star

Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke


Guest Star

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Larry Jennings

Recurring Role

Jesse Williams (II)

Jesse Williams (II)

Jackson Avery

Recurring Role

Nora Zehetner

Nora Zehetner

Reed Adamson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Charles: So April missed the airway, huh? That's so stupid.
      Lexie: Airway first.
      Jackson: It's like med school 101, right?
      Alex: It's pretty basic.
      Reed: It was one second! She got distracted for one second and she made a mistake.
      Charles: That we all nearly got fired for.
      Jackson: Nose dive's got a point.
      Charles: Thank you. ... What?!
      Alex: We nearly got fired for trying to fix what she screwed up in the first place.
      Cristina: Yeah, 'cause that's our job. (to Lexie) What you didn't make any mistakes today? (to Alex) You've been distracted for the entire week. (to Jackson) And who knows what you screwed up. But our patients didn't die and that's why we didn't get caught. It could've happened to any one of us.

    • Arizona: You left him alone? What were you thinking?!
      Lexie: I'm-- I'm sorry, I- I feel like--
      Arizona: No, you don't get to feel anything! Because he's feeling everything, his every nerve is exposed and raw and we have to make him feel worse before he's gonna feel better. So, if you're having feelings, then you need to shut them down. You need to shut them down and talk to him about his future and remind him that he has one, past all of this pain. And if you can't do that, if you can't do your job, then you find someone who can and you send them to me.

    • Alex: I never even seen that patient. I was stitching up nose dive.
      Richard: Nose dive?
      Alex: What's his name? The dude th--that fainted?
      HR Woman: Dr. Percy.
      Jennings (laughs): Nose dive. That's gonna stick.

    • Jackson: These Seattle Grace people are kinda douchey.
      Charles: Shh. (nods over to Alex) Case and point.
      Jackson: Douche.

    • Bailey (about Charles): He fainted.
      Richard: He fainted?
      Bailey: He fainted.
      Jennings: From what?
      Bailey: He better have a brain tumor or somethin' 'cause that's just unacceptable.

    • Reed: They hate us, April. It doesn't matter how good we are, we're gonna fail. Because they were here first and they rule the school, and they hate us.
      April: I'm not gonna let them turn me into someone they hate, I'm easy to like.
      Reed: Actually, it takes a while. I hated you at first.

    • Cristina: I'm not goin' down for this.
      Owen: Someone is.

    • Alex: How long is this gonna take?
      Jackson: Why you need to make a phone call?

    • Cristina: I'm putting myself in a time out before I kill someone.
      Meredith: Have you seen Bailey? She was supposed to sign my discharge papers after her appy?
      Cristina: Oh, good, go home, get better and then come back, 'cause I need you.
      Meredith: Are the Mercy West people that bad?
      Cristina: They're everywhere and there are more of them than us, and they're kicking our asses. God, I miss Izzie. We need more 'uses', so get back here.
      Meredith: I have to be discharged first. You want to forge Bailey's signature?
      Cristina: No, that'll get me fired. Ooh, ask one of the new ones to do it. Get them fired.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): When we're heading towards an outcome that's too horrible to face, that's when we go looking for a second opinion. Sometimes, the answer we get just confirms our worst fears but sometimes, it can shed new light on the problem. Make you see it in a whole new way. After all the opinions have been heard and every point of view has been considered, you finally find what you were after, the truth. But the truth isn't where it ends , that's just where you begin again with a whole new set of questions.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): In order to get a good diagnosis, doctors have to constantly change their perspective. We start by getting the patients point of view, though they don't often have a clue what's going on. So we look at the patient from every possible angle. We rule things out. We uncover new information trying to get to what's actually wrong. We're asking for second opinions hoping we'll see something others might have missed. For the patient, a fresh perspective can mean the difference between living and dying. For the doctor, it can mean your picking a fight with everyone who got there before you.

    • Derek: It's not the doctors, Richard. They're all good doctors.
      Richard: I know that. Who do you think this was for? For Jennings it was about legal. But this was for me. I needed to know who was finally was responsible. At least I was about to do that. (Derek sighs) Say it, Derek.
      Derek: Maybe it's not one doctor. Maybe it's too many doctors who don't know each other and who don't trust each other. When I got to that room, it was chaos, because that's the system now, chaos. That has been the system that has been in place since this merger. Your system. I'm saying you should look again at who's responsible.

    • Jackson (to Cristina): How long do I have to work here before they insert a bug up my ass? You guys are all so cranky.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Ellen Pompeo was currently pregnant with her first child when the start of season 6 began filming. This is the reason for her lack of screen time she received for the first quarter of the season. This is also the first episode she recorded after giving birth.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Co jsem viděl, to jsem viděl (I Saw What I Saw)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: December 8, 2009 on Sony Entertainement Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony)
      Finland: December 9, 2009 on Nelonen
      Australia: February 16, 2010 on Channel 7
      The Netherlands: March 8, 2010 on Net5
      Germany: April 28, 2010 on ProSieben
      Norway: September 14, 2010 on TV2
      Czech Republic: July 25, 2011 on Prima LOVE

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Blindness by Metric
      2. We Will Be Dust by All Thieves
      3. Polaroid Solution by Faded Paper Figures
      4. Songs From Different Times by Jack Savoretti
      5. Out Of the Dark by Matt Hires

    • Although credited, Katherine Heigl ("Izzie") didn't appear in this episode. This was the first episode without her.