Grey's Anatomy

Season 1 Episode 4

No Man's Land

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 17, 2005 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Goof (editing continuity): When Izzie is talking to her patient, her bangs are on the right side of her face. In the next shot, her bangs switch sides and are on the left side of her face.

    • Goof: In the scene where Cristina's talking to Nurse Fallon while Dr. Burke is listening in (about 24 minutes in), watch the heart monitor in the corner. You can see the computer they used to simulate it crash a couple times and bump into Windows.

  • Quotes

    • Izzie (to Alex after he posted copies of her magazine ad all over the locker room): You wanna see it? You really wanna see it? Fine! Let's look at that tattoo up close and personal, shall we? (she rips off her shirt and throws it at Alex) What are these? Oh, my God! Breasts! How does anybody practice medicine hauling these things around? And what have we got back here? Let's see if I remember my anatomy. (takes off her pants) Gluts, right? Lets study them, shall we? Gather around and check out the booty that put Izzie Stevens through med school! You wanna call me Dr. Model? That's fine. Just remember that while you're still sitting on two hundred grand of student loans, I'm out of debt.

    • Liz: They were never gonna operate.
      Cristina: You could have told me.
      Liz: What fun would that have been? Think of it as a hazing ritual.

    • Meredith: I told my mother about you. She remembers you very well.
      Liz: Of course she would. Ellis Grey never forgot a thing.
      Meredith (chuckling): Mmm. Oh…. I'm sorry. It's not really funny. It's not funny, but...
      Liz: What's her diagnosis?
      Meredith: Alzheimer's, early onset.
      Liz: And she doesn't want anyone to know.
      Meredith: No. She's in a nursing home and I'm the only person she'll allow to see her.
      Liz: But if I know Ellis Grey, she made the nursing home sign a contract to that effect.
      Meredith: You know my mother well.
      Liz: What a bitch. (they both laugh)

    • Liz: You don't wake a patient like that. What do I have to do to get through to you?
      Cristina: Cut me some slack. I was on call last night. I didn't get much sleep.
      Liz: Oh, stop whining. You'd rather be here, and you know it. What you got waiting for you at home? Boyfriend?
      Cristina: Nope.
      Liz: A girlfriend?
      Cristina: Nope.
      Liz: A pet? Family?
      Cristina: A bed.
      Liz: We got plenty of beds here. I don't feel sorry for you. This is who we are. This is our lives.

    • Meredith: Meredith Grey. She wanted me to send her regards.
      Liz: That doesn't sound like her.
      Meredith: Excuse me?
      Liz: Well, the Ellis Grey I know didn't have regards for anyone except Ellis Grey. But you know that already, don't you? Where is she now?
      Meredith: Traveling.
      Liz: Traveling?
      Meredith: Yeah.
      Liz: Huh. Is she practicing?
      Meredith: Not so much.
      Liz: Oh. Doesn't sound like her, either. She was all work, just like me. She never left the hospital. But you know that, too, don't you? Is she well?
      Meredith: She's fine.
      Liz: Good.
      Meredith: Just wanted to send her regards. Take care.

    • Cristina: And you have abdominal mass consistent with pancreatic cancer.
      Liz: Oh, and you are hoping they're gonna give me a Whipple. Pancreatic duodectomy. This hospital sees those...maybe once every six months. That's why you got here at 4:30, huh?
      Cristina: 4:00
      Liz: Grabbed my chart before anybody else could see it. Impress Dr. Burke with your pre-round exam so you'd be the logical intern for him to ask to scrub in. Ha-Ha! I know all the tricks, doctor.
      Cristina: Yang. Cristina Yang.
      Liz: I'll call you Cristina. You call me Nurse Fallon.

    • Derek: I thought I might buy your breakfast before your rounds.
      Meredith: I've already eaten.
      Derek: What'd you have?
      Meredith: None of your business.
      Derek: You a cereal person? Straight out of the box? Or all fruit and fiber-y? (laughs) Pancakes? Do you like pancakes?
      Meredith: Fine, leftover grilled cheese. Curiosity satisfied?
      Derek: That's sad. It's pathetic. A good day starts with a good breakfast.
      Meredith: Look, I'm not being seen with you in this hospital. Learn it, live it. It's unprofessional.
      Derek: I'm just an attending getting to know one of his interns.
      Meredith: He slept with the intern.
      Derek: Barely knew her.
      Meredith: And it should stay that way.
      Derek: You want me to be professional? I'll be professional.
      Meredith: That's what I want.
      Derek: Then that's what you get.
      Meredith: You're gonna be late for your chordotomy.
      Derek: Nice talking to you, Dr. Grey.

    • Bailey (to interns): You are the first person they see in the morning. You say please. You say thank you. You apologize for waking them up. You make them feel good about you. Why is that important? Cause then they'll talk to you and tell you what's wrong. Why is that important? Because then you can tell you're attending what they need to know during rounds. And why is that important? Because if you make your resident look bad, she'll torture you until you beg for your mama. Now get out there. I want pre-rounds done by 5:30 am.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): I wish there were a rulebook for intimacy. Some kind of guide to tell you when you've crossed the line. It would be nice if you could see it coming, and I don't know how you fit it on a map. You take it where you can get it, and keep it as long as you can. And as for rules, maybe there are none. Maybe the rules of intimacy are something you have to define for yourself.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): Intimacy is a four syllable word for, 'Here is my heart and soul, please grind them into hamburger and enjoy.' It's both desired, and feared. Difficult to live with, and impossible to live without. Intimacy also comes attached to the three R's... relatives, romance, and roommates. There are some things you can't escape. And other things you just don't want to know.

    • (Izzie is walking around with a pair of Hello, Kitty underwear on)
      Izzie: Coffee?
      Meredith: Hello, Kitty.

    • Izzie (standing in the bathroom, outside the shower, where George is, looking for tampons): Tampons, tampons. I reminded you before you went.
      George: I forgot when I got there.
      Izzie: No. (she opens the shower door) No, you were so passive aggressive!
      George: Naked! I am naked in the shower!
      Izzie (closes the shower door): Just tampons, George! I really needed tampons. God! (Meredith enters the bathroom) I'm not riding in the same car as him.
      Meredith (looks at Izzie, who is standing in her underwear): If you're going like that, you're not riding with me either. Where are the tampons?
      Izzie: He didn't buy them.
      Meredith (to George): You didn't buy them?
      George: Men don't buy tampons!
      Izzie (opens the shower door again, and George falls over): You know what? You're gonna have to get over the whole man thing, George! We're women! We have vaginas! Get used to it! (she walks out of the bathroom, leaving George lying on the floor of the shower)
      George: I am not your sister! (he slams the shower door)

    • George: There needs to be some rules.
      Meredith: So, what we can walk around in our underwear on alternate Tuesdays? Or you could see bras, but not panties? Or are you talking Amish rules? Because if you think you're gonna get Izzie to cover herself...
      George: The amount of flesh exposed is not the point. You have to do something, it's your house.
      Meredith: It's my mother's house.
      George: Meredith!
      Meredith: Do you like Izzie? Is that was this is about? You have a crush on Izzie?
      George: Izzie? No! I don't like Izzie. Izzie? No! She's not the one I'm attracted to.
      Meredith: Not the one. So there's a one?
      George: This is not... Look, there just have to be some rules.

    • Izzie: You said, 'I am not your sister'. Do you feel like I was emasculating you?
      George: No. I'm too masculine to be emasculated.
      Izzie: I'm sorry.
      George: Guess you put Dr. Model to rest.
      Izzie: Guess I did.

    • Cristina: You are eight feet tall. Your boobs are perfect. Your hair is down to there. If I were you I'd walk around naked all the time. I wouldn't have a job, I wouldn't have any skills, I wouldn't even know how to read. I would just be... naked.
      Izzie: It's makeup. It's retouching.
      Cristina: You get that we hate you, right?

    • Alex: So, Grey and Stevens really walk around in their underwear?
      George: Um... Not all the time. I mean, some of the time. But not all the time.
      Alex: Sexy underwear?
      George: Yeah...
      Alex: And they just let you look at them?
      George: Well, uh... yeah.
      Alex: Like sisters?
      George: No! Not like sisters. Uh... no! I don't think of them like sisters.
      Alex: But they're no coming on to you?
      George: Not exactly.
      Alex: They don't expect you to do anything.
      George: No, but...
      Alex: Like sisters. Just like sisters.

    • Izzie: Here, my share of the grocery money. When are you going?
      George: Tonight.
      Izzie: Okay. Seriously, George. Please don't...
      George: Yeah, could we not talk about it here?
      Izzie: What? Tampons?
      George: Did you not hear a word I said?
      Izzie: You're a man, we know. (everyone in the room starts to laugh)
      Alex: Talk about shrinking the salamander.

    • George: You don't understand. Me - gonads! You - ovaries!
      Izzie: Oh, that reminds me. We are out of tampons.
      George: You're parading through the bathroom in your underwear, when I'm naked in the shower!
      Izzie: Can you add it to your list, please?
      George: What?
      Izzie: Tampons!
      Meredith: To the list. It's your turn.
      George I am a man! I don't buy girl products. I don't want you walking in while I'm in the shower. And I don't wanna see you in your underwear!
      Izzie: It doesn't bother me, okay? Look at me in my underwear, George. Take your time, it's no big deal.

    • Alex: Morning, Dr. Model.
      Izzie: Dr. Evil Spawn.
      Alex (he sees a tattoo on her lower stomach): Ooooh, nice tat. Do they airbrush that out for the catalogs?
      Izzie: I don't know. What do they do for the 666 on your skull?

    • Alex (about patient with nails in head): BWA HA HA! It's Hellraiser!

    • Bailey (to Izzie, about Mr. Humphery): Of course, now you know every time he gets a rise, he'll be thinking of you.

  • Notes

    • In the scene where Izzie strips, Katherine Heigl (the actress that plays her) asked that part of the crew would take their clothes off too.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: August 29th, 2005 on Channel 7
      Sweden: December 13th, 2005 on Kanal 5
      Netherlands: January 24th, 2006 on Net 5
      Germany: April 4th, 2006 on ProSieben
      India: May 3rd, 2006 on Star World
      France: July 10th, 2006 on TF1
      Norway: July 18th, 2006 on TV2
      Croatia: September 25th, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Portugal: November 26th, 2006 on RTP1
      Romania: January 30th, 2007 on TVR1

    • Orginally ABC planned for this episode to be the last to air before its hiatus, so that Boston Legal could return. But on Friday, April 8th, 2005 ABC changed things and pulled Boston Legal until the fall, due to Grey's Anatomy having good ratings.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. The song at the end of this episode is Where Does the Good Go by Tegan and Sara.
      2. Break Your Heart by Get Set Go plays when Izzie and George argue while he is taking a shower.
      3. Could Be Anything by The Eames Era plays at the beginning of the episode.
      4. Let Myself Fall by Rosie Thomas plays when Meredith is viewing a photo album with her mom.
      5. Sunday by Sia plays when Cristina calls code blue on her patient who is DNR.
      6. Truth by Vaughan Penn plays when Derek and Meredith are cheking a patient after surgery.

  • Allusions

    • Meredith: Hello, Kitty.

      Hello, Kitty, was the brand of underwear that Izzie was wearing when Meredith was talking to her. Hello, Kitty is a anime character, produced for young children.

    • Episode Title: No Man's Land

      The title of this episode is a reference to a song but which one is unclear. Songs with the same title have been released by Syd Barret, John Michael Montgomery, Souls of Mischief, Winger, Billy Joel, Alice Cooper, U2 and Sufjan Stevens.