Grey's Anatomy

Season 1 Episode 6

If Tomorrow Never Comes

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 01, 2005 on ABC
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Izzie tries to get George to find the courage to ask Meredith out. All of the interns are in awe when a woman comes in with a record breaking tumor, but it is so far advanced that the woman's prognosis is not good. Now that Bailey knows about Meredith and Derek's affair, their jobs are in jeopardy, and she advises Meredith to end it. Meanwhile, Cristina and Burke's secret relationship is also getting more complicated...moreless

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  • Awesome episode!

    I really like how the show starts off with quotes and along keeps going with the story. I liked that for the first time we see that Alex actually cares. We also see more of him interacting with the other interns. Bailey's reaction to Meredith and Derek having a fling was surprising to me, but I understand where she's coming from. I really liked the interaction between Meredith and the Parkinson's patient I thought it was very sweet. Felt kinda bad for George but he did take too long. And the case of Annie and the tumor was sad. Wonder how Cristina's and Burke's relationship is going to work out. Loved the ending. Loved how Mer remembered that McDreamy had a thing with ferry boats. Really liking thi show!moreless
  • Nothing was worth more than the look on George's face when he didn't find Meredith

    In this episode George tries to find the courage to ask Meredith out, but when he has the chance he screws up saying something like: "If you are available, em.., we could go somewhere later, em..., for some alcohol". That was so pathetic and anybody would feel sorry for George at that time.

    A woman comes in the hospital with an enormous tumor in her belly. When i saw it i first thought: "wtf is that". She finally dies but that's life(just kidding).

    Another old man who has Parkinson in a excess form that he can't ever speak right, agrees to have a brain surgery for his doughter's wedding.

    At the end of the episode, George goes into Meredith's room, determined to ask her out but when he gets there he finds the room empty and realises that she is seeing someone else.moreless
  • Best episode of the series so far.

    A really brilliant episode, it's full of great drama, a few very humerous moments and some great life lessons.

    The relationship between Meredith and Derick gets complicated when Bailey stars to put pressure on Derick for favouring Meredith.

    The medical staff are in awe when a lady called Anne comes in with a recording breaking size tumor. Anne takes a shine to Alex and it appears he has turned over a new leaf. But the jerk within comes out and Anne over hears Alex making fun of her. Anne decides to have the surgery to remove the tumor just as long as Alex isn't apart of it.

    Meredith convinces a man that he should have the spinal surgery done, not for himself but for his daughter. Shepard and Meredith work on this patient while meanwhile everyone else except for Alex and Izzie are with Anne the tumor lady.

    Alex takes off to get changed and things get a little hectic on the floor. Alex is unreachable as the battery for his pager is dead. Izzie has to step up big time and open up a man's chest to get out a clot because there isn't enough time to get someone else.

    George spends most of the episode trying to convince everyone that he doesn't have feelings for Meredith. And the rest of it trying to get the words out but just plain failing.

    The guys can't get rid of the tumor and they lose the patient. Alex rushes in right after they call the time of death with the extra blood they needed. We see that he actually did care for Anne after all.

    George seems like he is ready to make something happen with Meredith but she isn't home. Instead the episode ends with her driving off to enjoy a bottle of wine with Derick.

    Just a great episode. Funny moments include someone throwing up on Alex. And George asking failing to tell Meredith and making an idiot of himself infront of everyone else.

    This episode was very well written and I loved the tumor lady. I definetly felt a bit upset when they couldn't save her. And that's the true mark of a good drama, iyt actually makes you feel something.

    Im really interested to see which way Alex will go (jerk or okay guy) and how Meredith & Derick will handle there relationship. Im sure it's rocky times ahead.

  • "Exciting and funny episode."

    This episode was really great, like all the episodes before this one. I really like Bailey, hahahaha, she is funny. And I think it is good that she knows about Shepard and Meredith.

    And I totally agree what Meredith said, don't leave anything for tomorrow if you can do it today, but rare are ones who do that! ;)

    It was really sad to see that the surgery didn't go well and that the woman died.

    And also, when is George really going to ask Meredith out????

    Oh, Cristina and Burke... I wish that neither Meredith-Shepard and Cristina-Burke relationship didn't exist. I think that will get boring after a while.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

Alex S. Alexander

Alex S. Alexander

Annie Connors

Guest Star

Bruce Weitz

Bruce Weitz

Mr. Levangie

Guest Star

Steven W. Bailey

Steven W. Bailey


Guest Star

Moe Irvin

Moe Irvin


Recurring Role

Patricia Bethune

Patricia Bethune

Older Nurse

Recurring Role

Noelle McCutchen

Noelle McCutchen

Cardiac Nurse

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: When Alex leaves the scrub room to go get blood he grabs a mask and is wearing scrubs, then you see him running down the hall also wearing a gown.

    • Goof: When Alex walks into the gallery, he talks to another intern, who mentions that George and Cristina have been retracting the tumor for eight hours. This-- and the next shot, where they are shown in the rigid retraction positions-- indicates that they haven't moved freely in hours. However, while Alex is talking to the other intern, George can be seen moving around clearly in the OR below.

    • Goof (editing continuity): When Izzie has to open Mr. Harper's sternotomy bedside, they show her for a split second on the left side of the bed wearing a yellow gown, then they show her on the right side of the bed wearing her scrubs and lab coat.

    • Goof (editing continuity): When Dr. Burke and Dr. Shepherd are scrubbing in for the tumor surgery, Dr. Shepherd has his hands behind his head tying his mask, when Meredith walks in to talk to him about the brain surgery, the strings are hanging down again.

    • Goof (editing continuity): When the vein bursts during the operation on the tumor, there is a large blood splatter on the mask George is wearing. His mask is clean in the following shots.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Alex (sitting down): Is it true you get to scrub in on that tumor?
      Cristina: Don't sit here.
      Izzie: You get to scrub in? How psyched are you?
      Cristina: On a scale of one to ecstatic, ecstatic.
      Alex: It's unbelievable. You know what I think? I think Burke wants to get into your scrubs.
      Cristina: Why are you sitting here?
      Alex: He kicked me off that surgery for the same crap you pull every day.
      Cristina: You know what. If I stuck this fork into his thigh, would I get in trouble?
      Meredith: Not if you make it look like an accident.

    • Burke: Look, I'm just...What is this...that we're doing here? What is it?
      Cristina: You need a definition? You... really want to be that guy?
      Burke: Lock the door.

    • Meredith: Dr. Bailey. I didn't know...that he was my boss, when I met him. I didn't know.
      Bailey: I don't care.
      Meredith: Really? Oh, well, you sort of seemed to not be talking to me, so I ...
      Bailey: You see this, what's happening right here? This is the problem with you sleeping with my boss. Not whether or not you know him before, but how it affects my day. And me standing here talking to you about your sex life affects my day. And the longer this little fling goes on, the more favors you get over the others, who are fighting tooth and nail just to make it through this program without any assistance. When those people start finding out what's going on and they don't want to work with you and talk to you or look at you, and they start bitching and moaning at me, the more it affects my day. So, no, Dr. Grey, I don't care what you know, or when you know it. Are we understood?
      Meredith: Yes.
      Bailey: Good.

    • Meredith: Shepherd's a jackass.
      Izzie: Really? I think he's kind of great.
      Cristina: He reamed her out in front of Bailey.
      Izzie: Why?
      Meredith: 'Cause he's a jackass.

    • Meredith (about Derek): It's just that he blatantly favors me in front of her and then blatantly dismisses me.
      Cristina: How do you know he was favoring you? Look, you've got a brain. You got into this program. Just because Shepherd wants to munch your cookies doesn't mean you didn't deserve what you worked for.
      Meredith: But he's making me look bad. I have to end it.
      Cristina: Right.
      Meredith: It's over.
      Cristina: Uh, huh.

    • Meredith: You're late.
      Cristina: So are you.
      Meredith: I know, and I can't afford to piss off Bailey any more. Do you think she told anyone?
      Cristina: About you and McDreamy?
      Meredith: Yeah.
      Cristina: No, he's her boss too.
      Meredith: If they find out, what can they...? Can they kick me out, or...?
      Cristina: No... Not officially. You'll just get edged out, blacklisted, banned from his surgeries, passed over for chief resident. (sighs) It'll be humiliating, but you'll live.
      Meredith: I have to end it. I definitely have to end it. I have to end it, right?
      Cristina: Meredith, shut up.
      Meredith: What? (Meredith and Cristina are rushing upstairs and through hallway) Did you seriously just tell me to shut up?
      Cristina: Oh, please. You got a hot doctor who likes to make you open up, and say "ahh." It's the American dream, stop whining about it.
      Meredith: No. No good can come from sleeping with your boss.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): He who hesitates is lost. We can't pretend we haven't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still, sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore, until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin meant. That knowing is better than wondering. That waking is better than sleeping. And that even the biggest failure, even the worst, most intractable mistake beats the hell out of never trying.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): A couple hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. "Never leave that till tomorrow," he said, "which you can do today." This is the man who discovered electricity. You'd think more of us would listen to what he had to say. I don't know why we put things off, but if I had to guess, I'd say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of pain, fear of rejection. Sometimes, the fear is just of making a decision. Because, what if you're wrong? What if you're making a mistake you can't undo?

    • Derek: Bailey was on the warpath. I was trying to protect you.
      Meredith: You trying to protect me is why she's on the warpath. You can't do me favors. You can't ask me to scrub in when I haven't earned it.
      Derek: Okay, okay.
      Meredith: And you can't treat me like crap when I haven't earned that either.
      Derek: Okay.
      Meredith: I can take care of myself. I got myself into this mess, and I...
      Derek: And you'll get yourself out?!
      Meredith: I don't... know that yet. (Derek's pager goes off, they arrive at the elevator) Don't let me keep you.
      Derek: You did great work here today.
      Meredith: Dr. Shepherd?
      Derek: Yeah?
      Meredith: Sorry I called you a jackass.
      Derek: You didn't.
      Meredith: I did. Twice.

    • Derek: Miranda.
      Bailey: Excuse me?
      Derek: Well, that's your name right? It's on your jacket. All right, fine, I'll just call you Bailey then.
      Bailey: You think you charming, in that talented, neurotic, overly moussed hair sorta way. Good for ya. But if you think I'm gonna stand back and watch while you favor her...
      Derek: I don't favor her. She's good.
      Bailey: I'm sure she is.
      (the elevator opens and Bailey gets out)
      Derek: You know, can I point out, that technically, I'm your boss.
      Bailey: You don't scare me. Look, I'm not gonna advertise your extracurricular activities with my intern. However, the next time I see you favorin' Meredith Grey in any way I'll make sure she doesn't see the inside of an O.R. for a month. (turns and walks away) Just for the sake of balance!

    • Cristina (to Burke after sleeping with him): That was definitely worth being late.
      Burke: Thanks.

    • Meredith (upon seeing Derek): Crap!
      Derek: Crap!?
      Meredith: Hi. I'm late.
      Derek: You're avoiding me.
      Meredith: Yes, but also late.
      Derek: Are we gonna talk about this?
      Meredith: No.
      Derek: About us, and Bailey, and what she saw.
      Meredith: I don't need to talk about it. I experienced it - naked.
      Derek: This is getting complicated.
      Meredith: Complicated, for me. I'm the intern sleeping with the attending. Bailey isn't speaking to me anymore.
      Derek: Mmh, not that that's a bad thing. If I was a better guy, I'd walk away.
      Meredith: Yes, you would.
      Derek: Do you want me to be a better guy?
      Meredith: Yes. (he pushes elevator button) No. Crap! I'm late. (she walks away)

    • Meredith: Are you really as shallow and callous as you seem?
      Alex: Oh, do you want to go out for a drink later, and hear about my secret pain?
      Meredith: Does that line ever work for you?
      Alex: Sometimes.
      Meredith: Oh. Must be because you look like that.
      Alex: Like what? (she gives him a look and he laughs) So is that a yes?
      Meredith: No. I can't, I'm seeing someone.
      Alex: Look, if you don't wanna go out with me just say so, you don't need to lie.
      Meredith: Oh, okay. Well, I don't want to go out with you... but I think I really might be seeing someone.

    • Izzie (regarding Meredith): Life is short, George. Do you really want to die before you ever ask her out?
      George: I do not want to ask her out.
      Izzie: Do you really want to die a liar?
      George: I'm not a... I'm not dying!

    • Alex (yelling): You opened a heart bedside and you couldn't even page me? What needed all the glory for yourself, right?
      Izzie (yelling): I paged you 50 times. Do you have any idea what I have been through? (Alex looks at his pager)
      Alex: Oh, man. The battery. I forgot to change it.
      Izzie: You forgot? You forgot?! (she throws his pager on the floor, braking it, and starts jumping up and down on it) You are hateful! You are a hateful, hateful, lazy, arrogant, hateful man! Hateful! (leaves scrub room)
      Derek (in the OR overhearing): Never a dull moment at Seattle Grace.

    • Derek: You know, they call you the Nazi.
      Bailey: So I've heard.

    • Annie (to George): Seriously? You're equating your pathetic love life with my record-breaking tumor? Seriously?

    • Alex: This sucks.
      Izzie: Yeah well, I'm not a real fan of yours, either.
      Alex: Not you. This. Everyone is scrubbed in somewhere.
      Izzie: Bright side, we have the run of the floor.
      Alex: Great! Want to do it in the stairwell? I'm just saying you never know what could happen. (a patient leans over his bed and pukes all over Alex) I'm changing.
      Izzie: I'll page you if I need you.
      Alex: You do that.
      Izzie (to the patient): You are so my favorite person today!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Although credited, James Pickens, Jr. (Richard Webber) is absent from this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: September 12th, 2005 on Channel 7
      Sweden: December 27th, 2005 on Kanal 5
      Netherlands: February 7th, 2006 on Net 5
      Germany: April 18th, 2006 on ProSieben
      India: May 17th, 2006 on Star World
      Norway: July 25th, 2006 on TV2
      Croatia: October 9th, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Finland: October 11th, 2006 on Nelonen
      Portugal: December 10th, 2006 on RTP1
      Romania: February 13th, 2007 on TVR1

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Never Leave Your Heart Alone from Butterfly Boucher's first album, Flutterby, in a montage, and it is played at the end of the episode.
      2. Save Me by Jem plays at the beginning of this episode.
      3. Chapter by Psapp plays when Cristina and Burke are in the closet after having sex.
      4. Walk or Ride by The Ditty Bops plays when the interns are having lunch and George tries to take Meredith out on a date but fails because he mumbled a lot.


    • Episode Title: If Tomorrow Never Comes

      The title of this episode is a reference to a song. Song with this title have been released by Garth Brooks, Ronan Keating, Westlife.