Grey's Anatomy

Season 2 Episode 11

Owner of a Lonely Heart

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 04, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Cristina Yang has little sympathy for Constance Ferguson (special guest star Rosanna Arquette), a prison inmate who jeopardizes her health just to get out of solitary confinement. Meanwhile the interns all keep careful watch on the family of premature quintuplets with a variety of serious health challenges, Izzie's anger at Alex reaches boiling point, and Dr. Addison Shepherd decides to teach Izzie a very painful lesson.moreless

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  • great episode.. as usual

    When Addison decided to show Izzy a lesson it was such a great thing. Izzy needed a lesson at that time. Though the way Addison dealt out the lesson was a bit harsh it was what was needed by Izzy at that time. As far as Derek and Meredith go they belong together and there is a bit of hope thrown in at the end of the episode but was false hope. It was a teaser to wring the audience in and keep them hoping that Derek and Meredith will get together again. The writers I feel made a mistake the only one I have seen in the show by bringing Addison in. Or rather having Derek choose her instead of Meredith.moreless
  • It was great.

    Dory and her quintuplets are still in the hospital (it's actually the next day following last week's episode), and only one of them is doing well. Dory, understandably, gets hit with a five-time whammy of hormones and depression, and feels like her babies' health problems are all her fault. Izzie does her best to juggle: 1) taking care of the babies, 2) being real mad at Alex, and 3) getting in a fight with Meredith for talking to Alex. She finally loses her ***** when Addison teaches her a "lesson," which is not so much a lesson as leaving her alone all night to "save" a baby who is totally going to die. Thanks, Addie! Fortunately, Meredith takes Izzie to buy a dog, and the dog is adorable, so everything is all better.

    Cristina gets assigned to a prisoner, played with much gnawing of scenery by Rosanna Arquette, who has swallowed several razor blades in an attempt to get out of solitary for a while. When that doesn't work, she swallows a broken light bulb, and wins Cristina's heart in the process. It's really weird. Even weirder? George, poor George, who spends the entire episode putting leeches on an old man's nose and fighting with Nurse Olivia of the Syph.moreless
  • That's what friends are for

    I really like the way they reveal a piece of the characters in every episode.

    Unfortunally for Alex, we saw his bad side this episode.

    I understand that Alex blames himself for the (plausible) death of a patient, and I understand that he needs some support because everything seems to fall down on him but guess what: That's what (girl)friends are for. Instead of that, he screws Izzie by having sex with Olivia.

    Izzie had a really hard time too in this episode. Alex cheated on her and she felt really lonely when nobody seemed to care. On top of that, Addison made her watch after a baby who was gonna die anyway. I guess Addison is right to give Izzie the lesson that she did because Izzie does care to much every now and then but the timing was really bad.

    I really liked Cristina in this episode. She opens up more in every show and slowly, she and Burke look like a real couple! It was great to see her get some toast at the end. A small step for men, but a giant step for Cristina!

    Bailey became more human in this episode, again! I liked it when she was talking to one of the quintuplets about her son. She is a strikt person, but she shows she has a big heart.

    I also liked the end when Izzie and Meredith brought a dog home. Izzie really enjoyed having a dog, I\'m glad that something could make her happy at the end of the day!moreless
  • another great episode

    When Addison decided to show Izzy a lesson it was such a great thing. Izzy needed a lesson at that time. Though the way Addison dealt out the lesson was a bit harsh it was what was needed by Izzy at that time. As far as Derek and Meredith go they belong together and there is a bit of hope thrown in at the end of the episode but was false hope. It was a teaser to wring the audience in and keep them hoping that Derek and Meredith will get together again. The writers I feel made a mistake the only one I have seen in the show by bringing Addison in. Or rather having Derek choose her instead of Meredith.moreless
  • Group of interns trying to fight their way in the medical world

    Well, what can I say about this episode? First off, I did like the way Dr. Sheppard taught Izzy the lesson. It did look like one of these days when she would get too close to a patient that it was going to overwhelm her judgement as a doctor. I felt bad the way it was done, but it was necessary. Meredith showed what a good doctor she is by putting the babies together and making them better. I also saw at the end of the show a glimmer of hope for Mcdreamy and Meredith. She should be spending Christmas with the people she loves (which should be him, imho). I look forward to every episode and the dynamics between the characters. This was just another great show.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

Rosanna Arquette

Rosanna Arquette

Constance Ferguson

Guest Star

Margaret Welsh

Margaret Welsh

Dorie Russell

Guest Star

Pat Healy

Pat Healy

Tom Russell

Guest Star

Sarah Utterback

Sarah Utterback

Nurse Olivia Harper

Recurring Role

Patricia Bethune

Patricia Bethune

Nurse Ginger

Recurring Role

Brooke Blanchard

Brooke Blanchard

Jill the Paramedic

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In the scene where Meredith and Addison tend to Charlotte, who is no longer breathing, Addison lifts Charlotte slightly by the head as she tries to get a better angle for her hands, and it is very obvious that it's a doll.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Addison: It wasn't your fault.
      Izzie: You put me in charge. I fell asleep. I killed that baby.
      Addison: No, you didn't. She was going to die anyway. She had a restricted atrial septum and virtually no aorta. As soon as Dr. Burke opened up her chest we knew she didn't have a chance.
      Izzie (shakes her head, upset): I don't get it. You order me to stay the night to take care of her. I worked my ass off doing CPR, pumping her full of every drug on the planet and, and ... I mean god, do you have any idea how scared I was? It was all for nothing?!
      Addison: Hardly. If the situation ever comes up again I know you'll be able to handle the pressure.
      Izzie: You lied to me!
      Addison: You have to learn distances Stevens. You'll be a better doctor for it.
      Izzie (disbelievingly): A better, a better doctor? (she shakes her head, angry at Addison and walks away. Addison looks unhappy and sighs)

    • Meredith: I can't believe you would consider moving out of your trailer. The view alone.
      Derek (nods): See the mist rising off the lake.
      Meredith: Yeah.
      Derek: Yeah. (pauses) I'm not moving.
      Meredith: You're still you?
      Derek: I'm still me.
      Meredith: Good.

    • Meredith: Hey, Iz.
      Izzie: Okay, really? You think I'm talking to you?
      Meredith: Well, I just wanted to say I'm sorry.
      Izzie: What are you sorry for? (Meredith is silent) When Derek broke up with you I never once said you're better off without him. It's not supportive, it's condescending. I was there. All I ever am is there for you guys and the one time I need you ... Just go away Meredith.

    • Addison: Remember what you did to me? When I was an intern?
      Richard: How could I forget? You didn't speak to me for almost a year. (Addison is silent looking away) But you learned.
      Addison: Yeah, well, I think I gotta do that to Izzie Stevens.
      Richard: Well she's smart, hard working. (gives Addison a look) Gets a little too involved with her patients. A lot like you.
      Addison: I know. Took me a long time to recover from that, Richard.
      Richard: But it made you a better surgeon, Addison. (Addison nods) The question is, is she talented enough a surgeon to make the lesson worth it?
      Addison: She's the best I've seen in years. I was hoping that we'd ...
      Richard (interrupts): You're not here to make friends Addison. You're here to make surgeons. (Addison nods looking down) Being a teacher can be a lonely business.

    • Meredith: You've been lyin' low.
      Alex: Well nobody's talking to me so it makes it kind of easier, right?
      Meredith (pulls up a chair and sits next to him): I'm talking to you. In short mono-syllabic sentences laced with disdain and contempt.
      Alex: So according to girl rules, now you all hate me?
      Meredith: I don't hate you. If my mother hadn't gotten Alzheimer's I'd probably be you.
      Alex: Well, really?
      Meredith: Really. Before she got sick, I mean, I finished college but I was partying way too much and staying out way too late to keep a job. I was the one at family reunions everybody was embarrassed to talk about.
      Alex: So, that's what you think of me?
      Meredith: Are you okay?
      Alex: I almost killed a guy yesterday.
      Meredith: Mr. Martin.
      Alex: So I'm just trying to find anything I can to help him.
      Meredith (grabs the book from him): Well, okay, what're we looking for?
      Alex: Ah anything on central pontine mitral license. (they start going through the books. Izzie walks by them, they look up at her. She turns around, and glares at Meredith as if to say 'How could you')
      Izzie: Unbelievable. (Alex half chuckles at the situation. Meredith gives him the books back and sighs. Alex sighs looking low. Meredith follows Izzie)
      Meredith: Izzie, come on!
      Izzie (angry): Come on, Come on?! You're fraternizing with the enemy and you tell me to come on?
      Meredith: Alex and I are sort of friends.
      Izzie (stops walking and faces her): Since when? Since when are you and Alex friends? You tell me to cut my losses. That I'm better off without him and as soon as I turn my back ... (turns and walks away again, Meredith follows)
      Meredith: Izzie, you're making way too big a deal out of it.
      Izzie: Right of course, since I'm the unreasonable one. You know what Meredith do whatever you want. Sleep with the guy for all I care.
      Meredith: Well obviously I'm not going to sleep with him Izzie.
      Izzie: Well, why not? You've slept with everyone else. (Meredith stops following her, gets a look on her face and walks the other way)

    • Olivia: You had no right to speak to me that way in front of a patient.
      George: Yeah, well you hurt my friend.
      Olivia: I had no idea Alex was seeing Izzie. That's not what you're upset about.
      George: You have no idea why I'm upset. Besides you know what I don't understand is why Alex? (he turns to face her) And why again?
      Olivia: People get lonely, George.

    • Bailey (to one of the quints): How you doing', you? You know I'm having' a baby too. (put on a baby voice) Yes I am! A little boy! Maybe you could meet him someday! How's that sound, does that sound good? (Cristina walks in and stares) Pregnancy has not made me soft. I haven't gone soft. I don't do soft.
      Cristina: Of course not. Just talking to a patient.

    • Cristina: Oh, does anyone have any decent food?
      George: You should really eat breakfast.
      Cristina: God, you sound like Burke. You know sometimes I think we would be better off with dogs.
      Meredith: Preaching to the choir! I'm over men.
      George: Real nice. You know a dog is not a replacement for a human being.

    • George: I have the best quint. Lucy, she just smiled at me.
      Izzie: She's nine hours old, George.
      George: I'm saying there are 5 babies here and clearly mine is the best one.
      Meredith: Charlotte's smart. She's got wrinkles on her forehead, very serious.
      Izzie: Okay, A. This is not a competition and B. my quint kicks your quints' asses. Emily is strong, she won't let go of my finger.
      Cristina: Ah, hey! Julie has her organs on the outside of her body and she's still alive thank you.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): Forty years ago, the Beatles asked the world a simple question: they wanted to know where all the lonely people came from. My latest theory is that a great many of the lonely people come from hospitals. More precisely, the surgical wing of hospitals. As surgeons, we ignore our own needs so we can meet our patients' needs. We ignore our friends and families so we can save other people's friends and families. Which means that, at the end of the day, all we really have is ourselves. And nothing in this world can make you feel more alone than that.

    • Cristina: Unbelievable, who would do this to themselves?
      Bailey: The woman wasn't just in prison, Yang, she was in solitary.
      Cristina: She's seriously deranged.
      Bailey: You try spending a month locked in a room with no windows, no one to talk to, 23 hours a day, see how deranged she is then.
      Cristina: Dr. Bailey, she's a murderer.
      Bailey: I didn't say she wasn't. 1, 2, 3. I said try to having no one to make your snarky comments to for a solid month. My guess is you'd swallow the entire razor.

    • Olivia: I still get a little squeamish around leeches.
      George (straight-faced): That's not what I heard

    • Meredith: So you're giving up the trailer?
      Derek: I'm not giving up the trailer, is Addison telling people that I'm giving up the trailer?
      Meredith: It's just funny, I just would never have pegged you for "that guy".
      Derek: What guy?
      Meredith: You know, the "marble bath, private pool, gated community" guy.
      Derek: Don't peg me, I'm not peggable.
      Meredith: You're pegged, deal with it.
      Derek: I'm not giving up the trailer.
      Meredith (smiling): Whatever you say, Dr. Shepherd.

    • Izzie (about Alex): I'm telling you, Meredith was all over him.
      Cristina: Seriously, she was all over him? What, like mounting him, with all the babies watching? Seriously?
      Izzie: Well, she would have been if I hadn't interrupted.
      George: She was talking to him.
      Izzie: You don't talk to bastards who cheat on their girlfriends, George. That's the rule.
      George: You weren't officially his girlfriend.
      Izzie: That's not the point.
      George: It is kind of the point. You don't see me getting all emotional over people I'm not dating.
      Izzie: Really?! You want to go there?! (ominous looks all around)
      George: No.
      Izzie: I'm having a moment here. Don't mess with me.
      Cristina: You're not gonna have a nervous breakdown and kill yourself are you?
      Izzie: No.
      Cristina: So there's no chance you'll kill us? (Izzie storms off)
      George: Oh, that was wrong on so many levels.
      Cristina: And so good.
      George: That was. That was good. (Cristina laughs)

    • Cristina: Why'd you kill three people?
      Constance: Start off with a little small talk why don't ya.

    • (Cristina kicks Izzie so she wakes up)
      Cristina: Hell hath no fury like a girl whose non-boyfriend screws a nurse.
      Izzie: Bitch.
      Cristina (smiles): I like you bitter and pissed off, you're almost like a normal person now.

    • Addison: You live in a glorified camper.
      Derek: It's 40 acres of some of the most beautiful land in Seattle.
      Addison: I don't give up a Cental Park brownstone to come and live in the forest.
      Derek: Addy, our house in the Hamptons had trees, you didn't mind those trees, did you?
      Addison: They were the Hamptons!
      Derek: Why are you pointing at me like that?

    • Izzie (about Alex): He is unbelievable! I'm so glad I never slept with him. Which is his loss, because I'm really good in bed. Mind blowing, mind blowingly good in bed.
      Cristina: Are you trying to seduce us?
      Izzie: And he sleeps with Olivia, instead of me. Olivia?!
      George: Hey, I slept with Olivia.
      Izzie: Well, then you both have bad taste.
      George: You know, you can't say that you weren't warned. Alex has always been Alex.
      Meredith: You dodged a bullet, Iz. You're better off without him.
      Cristina: Why are you even surprised? You sleep with a snake, you get bit.
      Izzie (upset): Thanks, guys... for the support.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): Four hundred years ago, another well-known English guy had an opinion on being alone. John Donne. He thought we were never alone. Of course it it was fancier when he said it. "No man is an island entire unto himself." Boil down that island talk, and he just meant that all anyone needs is someone to step in and let us know we're not alone. And who's to say that someone can't have four legs. Someone to play with, or run around with, or just hang out.

    • Constance (to Cristina): Dont worry, I only killed three people and none of them were doctors.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Sweden: June 13, 2006 on Kanal 5
      Bulgaria: July 5, 2006 on bTV
      Australia: July 10th, 2006 on channel seven
      Switzerland: August 7 2006, on SF 2
      Norway: October 23 2006, on TV2
      Germany: November 28, 2006 on PRO7
      Finland: January 17, 2007 on Nelonen
      Italy: March 23, 2007 on Italia 1
      Portugal: April 22, 2007 on RTP1
      Romania: May 22, 2007 on TVR1
      Ireland: May 29, 2007 on RTE Two

    • This episode was originally named Little Creatures.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. I Me You by Jim Noir plays when the interns are with the quints,
      2. Two Step by Gemma Hayes plays when George and Olivia talk about Alex,
      3. Tears and Rain by James Blunt plays when Meredith tries to apologize to Izzie,
      4. Sunny Road by Emiliana Torrini plays when Meredith and Derek talk about his trailer,
      5. War on Sound by Moonbabies plays when Derek tells Alex about the first patient he killed.


    • Former Episode Title: Little Creatures

      The original title of the episode, Little Creatures, is the title of a Talking Heads album from 1985.

    • Meredith: (voiceover): Forty years ago The Beatles asked the world a simple question. They wanted to know where all the lonely people came from.

      This refers to the song Eleanor Rigby from The Beatles 1966 album "Revolver." The lyrics Meredith's referring to are:
      "All the lonely people
      Where do they all come from?"

    • Episode Title: Owner of a Lonely Heart

      This is the title of a 1980s song performed by the group Yes, recently remixed by Max Graham.