Grey's Anatomy

Season 2 Episode 6

Into You Like A Train

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Train wreck victims come to Seattle Grace and all staff gets called in. Derek okays Webber for surgery. Addison and Izzie work with a woman who is pregnant and badly burned. Izzie must make a decision that is the equivalent of choosing between her friendship with Meredith and her career's future. Cristina searches for a patient's leg and Alex gets annoyed and wonders if he should be a doctor. Two people are caught in a coin flip situation when they get impaled by the same pole. Finally, a slightly buzzed Meredith waits on Derek's decision.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Favorite Episode

    I couldn't love this episode more. Whenever I get frustrated with Grey's and how things are going I put this episode and watch. I love how Bonny and Meredith are intertwined and it ends with her in the operating room yelling that they just can't give up on her and you're not sure if she's talking about Bonny or herself because Derek has just said he's going back to his marriage to make it work. Ellen Pompeo is fabulous and her counterpart, Patrick Dempsey is equally as fabulous particularly when he tells Bonny's boyfriend "if love were enough that she'd be with you" because if love were enough, he'd still be with Meredith.moreless
  • Derek finally makes his decision - Addison over Meredith, responsibility over love. An engaged young woman and an older married man are both impaled by the same pole and one of them must die to save the other. Meredith is the intern on the case.moreless

    Just about every episode of Season 2 manages to break my heart because of the subtle references it makes to the situation between Meredith and Derek. My heart was absolutely crushed when he said "If love was enough, she'd be with you". My God. I love the way Patrick Dempsey plays this out. The tone sounds like "Oh God, I love Meredith so much... Oh God". It feels to me like he's trying to let out a little bit of the agony he's feeling on the inside. I sobbed so hard because it was just so... beautiful... I think that love between him and Meredith was enough to make their relationship work but when he looked at the whole picture he had to take into account his marital responsibilities because, of course, that is the kind of personality a McDreamy has. My God I loved it but it crushed me at the same time. It was an awesome episode.

    That's my two cents.moreless
  • One of the best episodes of the entire show: a turning point for Meredith and Derek, and a train accident brings to Seattle Grace many interesting and touching stories. Watch it, and you wont regret it.moreless

    Without a doubt my favorite episode of "Grey's Anatomy" so far. Everything about it is perfect: the touching story of the couple impaled, Meredith's growing anxiety during the episode as she waits for Derek to tell her what he decided, and, of course, Derek himself. This episode does wonders for Patrick Dempsey's character; his attitude as he treats Bonny and Tom (the impaled couple) is moving, his ambiguous behavior towards Meredith is both sweet and distant, and, in the end, his decision might upset the most passionate fans or Mer and Der, but, even then, I dont think anyone will be able to dislike Derek. The whole episode is bitter-sweet, but never too dramatic, and the other stories are also interesting to watch. So, if you're a fan of "Grey's Anatomy", this episode is a memorable one; and, if you're not a fan, be sure that "Into You Like Train" will turn you into one.moreless
  • The first i've seen of Grey's Anatomy but an awesome one at that..!

    The whole train crash added a whole new dilema to the or with two people having been impaled by the same pole it was emotional to see the pair of them towards the end and the realisation that the girl's chances were slim.. i think the writers handled the whole emotional side well with meredith distraut at the fact the girl never really had a chance.

    Meredith with the bannana bag was hilarious and when derek asked what happened to her and she replied witth tequila that made me lauf.In the end i think it was inevitable that he would choose his wife but you can't help feeling sorry for meredith she obviously had her hopes up and the rejection on her face was horrible to watch.moreless
  • This episode is amazing! The best way to start season 2 in England! one of my favourites.

    I totally loved this episode! This episode was the season premier in England and 'Bring the Pain', in my opinion, was the best way to end a series. Season 1 finale; Derek has to make a choice between Addison and Meredith and season 2 finale; Meredith has to make a choice between Derek and Finn! (McDreamy all the way!!!) I just love drunk Meredith and the tension between her and Derek. The banana bag bit is hysterical and the two people impaled together by the pole just emphasises how hard it is to choose. From this episode you can only see the season getting better and better!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

Monica Keena

Monica Keena


Guest Star

Bruce A. Young

Bruce A. Young


Guest Star

Cynthia Ettinger

Cynthia Ettinger


Guest Star

Steven W. Bailey

Steven W. Bailey


Recurring Role

Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh

Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd

Recurring Role

Robin Pearson Rose

Robin Pearson Rose


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When the interns arrive back at the hospital to deal with the train wreck, Tyler (the nurse) tells Meredith that Joe said McSteamy stopped by looking for her. At this point, "McSteamy", or Mark Sloan, was not yet on the show and McSteamy was actually referring to McDreamy, or Derek.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • (Meredith is still drunk)
      Meredith: Ow. Ow. Ow.
      Izzie (pulls back curtain): What are you doing?
      Meredith: Trying to insert my banana bag which sounds vaguely dirty, but it isn't.
      Izzie (pulls the curtain shut): I'll do it.
      Meredith: So, how's going with Addison? Bad mood? Good mood? Yay my husband picked me mood?
      Izzie: Ah I think it's the more of the 'I hate the smell of charred flesh mood'.
      Meredith: Before you judge me. I know there was a train accident. People are very badly hurt. And that I'm a vapid narcissist when you mix me with alcohol. (Izzie smiles) Incase you were wondering. I know that.
      Izzie: For what it's worth, I take issue with her salmon colored scrubs. I mean what self respecting surgeon wears salmon colored scrubs?
      Meredith: This is what I'm saying.

    • Meredith: I actually said "pick me". Right? I did? "Pick me"?
      Joe: I think it's romantic.
      Meredith: It's not romantic, Joe. It's horrifying. Horror-movie horrifying. Carrie at the prom with the pig's blood, horrifying!
      Joe: Okay, fine, it's horrifying. But Carrie took out an entire senior class as revenge. I gotta say, I like that in a girl.
      Meredith: I said pick me! (Cristina, Izzie and George are at a table playing darts, they keep glacing over at Meredith)
      Cristina: You tell someone, "I'll meet you later at a bar tonight", how long exactly does that mean you're supposed to wait?
      George: Do you think he's really not coming?
      Izzie: It is getting a little hard to watch.
      Cristina: It was hard to watch an hour ago, now it's just pathetic.
      Meredith: Who's pathetic?
      Cristina: What?
      Meredith: You, who pretend to be my friends, are calling me pathetic. Behind my back. In front of my face! (George points to Cristina) Why don't you just dump the pig's blood on me now and get it over with. (to herself) He's really not coming.

    • Meredith: Addison yelling at you in front of a patient?
      Alex: She didn't exactly yell. (pause) Fine, she's Satan's whore.
      Meredith: Thank you. So, did you yell back?
      Alex: No.
      Meredith: Dude, you lost your mojo.
      Alex: Excuse you?
      Meredith: I was trying to talk boy.
      Alex: O'Malley plugs a hole with his finger and everyone walks around like he's some kind of hero. I have one off day...
      Meredith: You chickened out.
      Alex: I hesitated briefly.
      Meredith: Why didn't you kiss Izzie?
      Alex: And now I'm leaving.
      Meredith: I hope you find your mojo Alex, I find you disturbing without it.
      Alex: Me too.

    • (Cristina enters the OR with a leg)
      Cristina: Uh, Dr. Webber. Sir?
      Richard: Notice anything else about that leg? Anything other than that very clean cut? Did you happen to notice, for example, that it was shaved recently? And manicured? Take a look at my patient, Dr. Yang! Does he look like a man who woke up and shaved one of his legs this morning?
      Cristina: No. I'll go find the um right ... the right, right leg. The right, right ...

    • Meredith: Ow. Shh.
      George: Sorry.
      Meredith: So, you operated on a heart earlier George. You think you could draw a little blood.
      George: I rocked that heart.
      Meredith: Yeah, you did.
      George: I think I'm strung out on the scalpel.
      Meredith (smiling): Nothing wrong with that.
      George: So any news? About ...
      Meredith: No. I can't read him.
      George: You know, I think, I think it's pretty amazing you even gave him the choice. And I think for what it's worth I think he's crazy if he doesn't pick you.

    • Bailey: Alex, cover the ER. You can do sutures while you get over your new found fear of scalpels.
      Meredith: That was mean. Even for you.
      Bailey: You are drunk. Go get yourself a banana bag IV, put it in your arm and then find me. Do not speak to anymore patients, do not practice any medicine.
      Meredith: Well should I just go home?
      Bailey: Well, unless you drank the whole liquor bottle, you'll be sober in a few hours. And the IV fluids will head off your hangover. Then you can assist with the many mangled victims you see spread out before you. Besides, if I'm not going home, nobody's going home. (walks away, muttering) 10 years of marriage; I didn't even get to finish my damn lobster.

    • (Cristina is looking through the ambulance for the severed leg)
      Paramedic: What are you doing in here?
      Cristina: Uh the leg you brought in with the amputee...
      Paramedic: I didn't bring in an amputee.
      Cristina: Okay, well, uh... one of you did and it's ah...
      Paramedic (chuckles interrupting): Because all paramedics look alike to you, right ... Doctor?
      Cristina: Okay, really, ah, um... I can not straddle another giant ego right now. I'm already doing the splits so I need a right leg, right now, or the chief of surgery is going to take away my pretty blue scrubs.
      Paramedic: When the train de-railed it hit an overpass. The roof of the dining car was sheared off and it sliced through a passenger car. There were multiple decapitations. Your guy can live without his leg.
      Cristina: This is so not about the leg. Or the guy. But thank you. (starts walking back into the hospital but turns around sarcastic) For all that you do. Really. Thanks.

    • George: Is there anyway to operate without separating them?
      Derek: No.
      George: But if we move the pole ...
      Bailey: They'll both bleed out.
      Burke: What if we don't move the pole? What if we move one of the patients off the pole to get the saw in there? Then we can hold the pole steady in the other one. Move it very slowly and repair the damage as we go.
      George: Who? Which would you move?
      Burke: With her aortic injuries, her chances of survival are extremely slim no matter what we do. But if we move her, we have a real shot of saving him.
      Derek: Well I could argue since her injuries are so extensive we should move him. Give her the best shot we can.
      Meredith: So basically whoever you move doesn't stand a chance? So how do you choose? How do you decide who gets to live?

    • Alex: Hey. Thought you weren't talking to me.
      Izzie: Thought you could use a friend, so I'm rising above.
      Alex: Why would you think that?
      Izzie: Um, because you freaked out in the elevator.
      Alex: I didn't freak out.
      Izzie: And missed your chance to perform open heart surgery.
      Alex: O'Malley plugged the hole with his finger.
      Izzie (sighs): I thought you could use someone to talk to.
      Alex: Well, I don't.

    • Bonnie: Dr. Shepherd, I don't know about Tom here, but I didn't expect to be walking out of here anytime soon, so if there's something you need to say, please just say it.
      Derek: Okay, Bonnie. (pauses) In order to operate on Mr. Maynard, we have to separate you two. In order to do that, we have to move you backwards off the pole.
      Tom: Can't you just pull the pole out of both of us?
      Burke: No. If we did that, both of you would start bleeding very quickly. Too quickly. Right now, the pole is blocking your injuries. Once removed, your organs will shift.
      Bonnie: So if you move me off the pole... I'll die?
      Derek: We're going to do everything we can--
      Tom: No! No, if anyone has to go, it should be me, so you just move me--
      Burke: Mr. Maynard... your injuries are less extensive than Miss Crasnoff's. If we operate around the pole, you have a better chance of surviving.
      Tom: It's not right. It's not fair!
      Bonnie (eyes filled with tears): Tom... it's not fair either way.

    • Bonnie (knowing that she is about to die): Do you believe in Heaven?
      Tom: Yes. Do you?
      Bonnie (crying): I want to.

    • Derek (running a test on a patient): Can you feel that, Miss Crasnoff?
      Bonnie: You're a cute doctor. Cute doctors get to call me by my first name.
      Derek (smiles): Okay, Bonnie.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): As surgeons, there are so many things we have to know. We have to know we have what it takes. We have to know how to take care of our patients... and how to take care of each other. Eventually, we even have to figure out how to take care of ourselves. As surgeons we have to be in the know. But as human beings, sometimes it's better to stay in the dark, because in the dark there may be fear, but there's also hope.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): In general, people can be categorized in one of two ways -- those who love surprises and those who don't. I don't. I've never met a surgeon that enjoys a surprise, because as surgeons, we like to be in the know. We have to be in the know, because when we aren't, people die and lawsuits happen. Am I rambling? I think I'm rambling. Okay, so my point, actually, and I do have one, has nothing to do with surprises or death or lawsuits, or even surgeons. My point is this: whoever said "What you don't know can't hurt you", was a complete and total moron. Because for most people I know, not knowing is the worst feeling in the world. (sees two people with a pole cutting through them) Okay, fine. Maybe it's the second worst.

    • Derek (regarding Bonnie, to her finacee): She asked me to tell you... She wanted you to know, that if love were enough... that if love were enough, that she'd still be here with you.

    • (Derek walks in and nods towards Meredith)
      George: Does that mean he picked her?
      Cristina: If it does I just lost 50 bucks.

    • Addison: Have you made a decision yet Dr. Stevens?
      Izzie: I'm sorry?
      Addison: Whether or not you hate me. You're Meredith's friend and I'm the wicked witch that came in and ruined her life and cheat on Dr. Mc--- Wait. What is it that you guys call him?
      Izzie: McDreamy.
      Addison: Right. God, doesn't that embarass him?
      Izzie: Yeah. I think it does.
      Addison: Yeah, by all rights you should hate me.
      Izzie: Yes.
      Addison: Except I'm going to be staying in town for awhile.
      Izzie: You are?
      Addison: Yes. And you show a real gift with my specialty. And I have a lot to teach, if you wanna learn. So...
      Izzie: So...?
      Addison: So...when you decide how important it is for you to hate me, let me know.

    • Derek: Dr. Grey.
      Bailey: Dr. Grey needs to get herself a blood alcohol test before practicing any medicine tonight.
      Meredith: What? No, I'm totally fine. Look, (touches her finger to her nose, a few times) Totally fine. (Bailey gives Derek a look)
      Derek: Right, okay. (he walks away)
      Meredith: I'm fine!
      Bailey: Regretting that last shot about now aren't you?

    • Derek (seeing Meredith with the banana bag): What happened?
      Meredith: Tequila.

    • Cristina: There you are. I've been looking everywhere for you.
      Burke: What is it?
      Cristina: I need to find this man's leg. The chief is going to kick me out of the program if I don't. I cannot go back to Los Angeles. It's sunny there. Everyday. (Burke smiles) You're my boyfriend! I mean, I know I don't have much experience with this kind of thing but, aren't boyfriends supposed to help in situations like this?
      Burke: Cristina, when we're on duty I can't be your boyfriend.
      Cristina: Okay, so when we're on duty, I can have sex with someone else?
      Burke: Dr. Yang, I'm walking away now.

    • Meredith: You operated on a heart earlier, George. You'd think you could draw a little blood.
      George: I rocked that heart.
      Meredith: Yeah, you did!
      George: I think I'm strung out on the scalpel.

    • George (about Bonnie): She's cracking jokes. How do you tell somebody that she's gonna be dead in a few minutes when she's sitting up cracking jokes?

    • (Derek gives Meredith a nod)
      George: Was that a nod?
      Meredith: Yes.
      George: Do we know what it meant?
      Meredith: No.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Awards and Nominations:
      This episode was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Sweden: May 9, 2006 on Kanal 5
      Bulgaria: June 27, 2006 on bTV
      UK: August 31, 2006 on Living TV
      Croatia: December 11, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Finland: December 13, 2006 on Nelonen
      Italy: February 23, 2007 on Italia 1
      Romania: April 17, 2007 on TVR1

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Blood and Peanut Butter by B.C. Camplight plays as Meredith is continuing to wait for Derek at Joe's bar,
      2. Back Where I Was by The Hereafter plays when Bonnie and Tom (pole victims) are talking to each other about heaven before their surgery,
      3. The City Lights by Umbrellas plays when surgery is being performed on Bonnie and Tom (pole victims),
      4. Today Has Been Okay by Emiliana Torrini plays when Derek is talking to Bonnie's boyfriend Danny.


    • Bailey: Go get yourself a banana bag IV...

      The treatment Bailey refers to is primarily used for chronic alcoholics, who are often malnourished from replacing food with drink. The IV form is a bag of fluids (D5W or lactated ringers) infused with a vitamin solution, thiamine, folic acid, and sodium chloride. The name comes from the yellow tinge the fluid gets from the B-complex vitamins

    • Meredith: Why don't you just dump the pigs' blood on me now... ?

      This is a reference to the big scene in Brian De Palma's 1976 horror movie Carrie where the lead character, played by Sissy Spacek, has pigs' blood dropped on her to humiliate her

    • Episode Title: Into You Like a Train

      This is a song by Jawbreaker and The Psychedelic Furs. The track was also covered by the band Jawbreaker.