Grey's Anatomy

Season 6 Episode 16

Perfect Little Accident

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 04, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When Dr Harper Avery, the namesake of the Avery award, is rushed to the hospital, his unusual request for surgery heightens tension between Derek and Richard. The doctors are surprised to learn that Jackson is the medical legend's grandson. Meanwhile, Callie and Arizona help Mark and Teddy move on from their rocky past relationships.moreless

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  • Superb...spoilers!

    I've already said this about previous episodes of this season, but seriously, I do believe it's one of the best. I thought it was great how positive the medical cases were (I admit I enjoy some drama, but sometimes it's to much, especially when it envolves kids, old people and happy couples with one of them dying).

    And personally, this week, I needed some drama with happy endings, comedy...all the things I love about Grey's.

    Cristina, once again, blew my mind. She always surprises me, because she can be tough and hardcore, but that final scene where she takes the picture with Dr Avary, that's just adorable and goofy. Didn't see that coming and I laughed, pretty loud.

    I don't miss Izzie at all, I confirmed it tonight. I know she's coming back soon, anyway, I hope she leaves the show once and for all. The Alex we saw in season 5 and the first episodes of this season was mature, responsible, and I like him as a grown man, so it's time to give him a woman he can keep. He deserves that.

    Of course, the ending with the girl's night out was lovely. And the music! It reminded me of season 1 and 2, I don't know why, but the songs couldn't have been better.

    Can't wait for the next episode!moreless
  • Perfect Little Accident

    Wow, I'm starting to like Lexie with blonde hair...a lot. The opening scene with Derek walking in on her was a bit generic, but was still kind of funny. I just worry that somebody is going to get lost in the shuffle because of it as just about every woman has blonde hair on the show. I think at one point every doctor on a certain case had blonde hair.

    This episode, while good, relied a bit too much on the soapy relationship and not enough on the medical stuff. In fact I probably have a hard time calling this a medical drama nowadays.moreless
  • The arrival of a famous surgeon, Harper Avery, namesake of the Harper Avery award, stirs up tons of attention - especially when Jackson is his grandson; Lexie and Sloan continue to keep their distance, and Teddy and Arizona befriend one another.moreless

    Good episode! If Season 6 is like this for the remainder of the season, it should remain bearable. It still wasn't great, but it really wasn't bad! I liked the Jackson/Meredith interaction, but I'm really glad they scrapped the plot with him being the lovechild of Ellis and the Chief.

    I thought they were going to make a big deal out of the Teddy/Arizona interaction, but it was only seen in like the beginning and end of the episode. I liked the sharp directing style throughout the course of the episode, and it felt like old Grey's again with the Seattle shots.moreless
Jessica Capshaw

Jessica Capshaw

Dr. Arizona Robbins

Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo

Dr. Meredith Grey

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh

Dr. Cristina Yang

Justin Chambers

Justin Chambers

Dr. Alex Karev

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens

Chandra Wilson

Chandra Wilson

Dr. Miranda Bailey

Blake Bashoff

Blake Bashoff

Elliott Meyer

Guest Star

Tess Harper

Tess Harper

Mrs. Nelson

Guest Star

Chelcie Ross

Chelcie Ross

Dr. Harper Avery

Guest Star

Kim Raver

Kim Raver

Dr. Teddy Altman

Recurring Role

Robert Baker

Robert Baker

Dr. Charles Percy

Recurring Role

Jesse Williams (II)

Jesse Williams (II)

Dr. Jackson Avery

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (23)

    • Cristina: You know, I'm in love with Teddy. I love her.
      Meredith: You're like Lexie with the inappropriate feelings for inappropriate people.
      Cristina: What can I say? My heart lives in my scalpel.

    • Alex: Did you tell Sloan that we were together?
      Lexie: What?
      Alex: Look, I like you. You're a great time in bed. But don't go telling your ex we're together so you can make him jealous.
      Lexie: I did not tell Mark that we were together. And I am not trying to make him jealous.
      Alex: Yeah, right. I'm getting kicked outta ORs for a reason.
      Lexie: For once in my life, for once, I am doing something that is only for me. And it nothing do with me having feelings for you. Or for Mark. Or anyone, really. This is about not feeling. You make me not feel. And if you can't handle that, if you can't handle being used for sex, then please just tell me so that I can find a guy who can.
      Alex: I'm all about not feeling.
      Lexie: You've been through a lot, I...
      Alex: Don't get all mushy on me. I'm just saying we're on the same page. And I got a free 20 minutes. You wanna go not have feelings somewhere?

    • Meredith (to Jackson): I get it. The famous grandfather. The legacy he's trying to force on you. You didn't ask for any of it. Trust me, I get it. You're putting up walls and avoiding him and you don't want to introduce him to your friends. It was the same with my mother. But if she were here right now, in a room upstairs, I would wanna go see her and make things right with her. And I definitely would want to go learn from her. And you still can.

    • Mark: What the hell are you lookin' at?
      Alex: Nothing, I was just--
      Mark: Get the hell outta my OR, Karev.
      Callie: Mark, you're way outta line here.
      Alex: It's fine. I'll go. He's got serial-killer eyes. I'm almost done here anyway.
      Callie: You're sure? (Alex nods and leaves) That is enough!
      Mark: What? It's funny. Did you see the guy's face?
      Callie: It is sad and pathetic. And you have a choice here. Sloan and her baby leaving you can either be the worst or best thing that happened to you. You can grow up, find a woman to love and have a baby, or you can be the ass attending who abuses the residents and screws whatever walks into this hospital. So just pick one.

    • Teddy: You stole lungs, Cristina!
      Lexie: Which they were about to throw out. She was being green.
      Teddy: Oh, great. Well, I don't have to worry about the thousands of dollars you spent and the fact that no one in this hospital has ever tried this before. Oh my God, this is about Harper Avery, isn't it? That's why you did this?
      Cristina: Why is that such a bad thing? Okay, the point is that we can... You can pull this surgery off!
      Teddy: Oh, wow, thank you. I mean, who needs a Harper Avery when they've got the Cristina Yang seal of approval?
      Cristina: That's not what I was saying.
      Teddy: All this ambition of yours and this desperate need to win prizes, it means your priorities are off!
      Cristina: Prizes push us to be better.
      Teddy: They push us to be monsters!

    • Lexie: You paged? Oh, my God, are you doing an ex vivo lung repair?
      Cristina: My daredevil turned out to be a match.
      Lexie: You stole his lungs?
      Cristina: No, I did not steal them. The transplant team rejected them and they were gonna send them to medical waste so I just redirected them to medical research. Now, does Lexipedia wanna be bad-ass and help on this thing or not?
      Lexie: Oh, God. Yeah!

    • Alex: Hey, you wanna go grab a bite?
      Lexie: No. Acutally, I am... full.
      Alex: Really? 'Cause you didn't seem full last night.
      Lexie: I said no! Okay? I- I'm-- I'm not hungry. At all. So just go eat alone.

    • Lexie: I don't get it. Why does he get to scrub in on his own grandfather's awake surgery?
      Cristina: For the same reason Harper Avery personally requested Meredith Grey to be his resident.
      Alex: Nepotism sucks.

    • Derek (after Mark yelled at Alex): What was that?
      Mark: I don't like that guy.
      Callie: Oh, he slept with Lexie once Mark, you two were broken up.
      Derek (mutters): Actually, he's... nevermind.
      Mark: You don't sleep with another man's girl. I learned that the hard way.
      Derek: Oh, well played.
      Callie: Oh, don't buy that. He's acting out because he can't deal with the real human emotions he's having. Ask him how many nurses he slept with today?
      Derek: You're sleeping with nurses now?
      Mark: You said no drug reps. And I'm a grown man! I can screw whoever I want!
      Derek: Not in my hospital.
      Mark: What are you gonna do? Fire me?
      Derek: Maybe I will.
      Callie: Alright, enough with the testosterone.

    • Callie: Oh, lemme guess, still no call from Little Sloan?
      Mark: Nothing. But it's okay, I've moved on.
      Callie: Yeah, okay, getting out of bed and not wearing sweats around the apartment all day is a sign of progress. Sleeping with the nurses? Not so much.
      Mark: Well, I wouldn't have to sleep with nurses if you'd put out.
      Callie: I'm in a committed, loving, adult relationship.
      Mark: Hmm. Tried that. Didn't work.
      Callie: Okay, whatever.

    • Jackson: Oh, here we go. He's givin' them the speech.
      Meredith: What speech?
      Jackson: About the wonders of medicine. About how, as surgeons, we're meant to push boundaries, and do what no one has ever done.
      Meredith: Sounds motivating.
      Jackson: It's cheesey, is what it is. And you hear it enough times at your grandparents' dinner table, you can't help but wanna be a surgeon when you grow up.
      Meredith: You had a dinner table? I didn't know world-class surgeons had dinner tables. I feel gypped.
      Jackson: Well, that's 'cause you haven't heard the speech yet.

    • Teddy: Lemme guess. You want on my service to make up for the fact that you humilated yourself in front of Harper Avery.
      Cristina: How'd you hear about that?
      Lexie: You made fun of me.
      Cristina: Okay. Fine, yes, I humiliated myself in front of Harper Avery. And my daredevil gorked before we could operate on him. So I am available for your ex vivo lung case.
      Teddy: I don't have an ex vivo lung case because it's only been done in Switzerland and in Canada on patients in much better shape than our patient.
      Cristina: Yes, but... performing a procedure as hardcore as this while Harper Avery is in the hospital, well, he could hear about it and like it. And he's a God who hands out awards.
      Teddy: I don't care about awards.
      Cristina: Oh, come on, only people who never win awards say that.

    • Harper Avery: Was it a student Webber? A board members wife?
      Richard: What?
      Harper Avery: No one gives up a chief of surgery gig. And uh, they don't oust you unless it's for something juicy. So who were you slippin' it to?
      Jackson: Grandpa! I'm sorry, Dr. Webber.
      Harper Avery: It was a joke. He doesn't get me. So, Webber?
      Derek: Dr. Webber decided to focus on his research.
      Harper Avery: Oh, the 'research' line.

    • Harper Avery: You brought me a neurosurgeon for some abdominal cramps?
      Bailey: No, I-- Dr. Shepherd is our Chief of Surgery, sir.
      Harper Avery: I don't need a cruise director. I need an experienced surgeon. Page Dr. Grey. Meredith: I'm Dr. Grey.
      Harper Avery: Hmm. Either the world's most talented plastic surgeon works here, or you're not Ellis Grey.
      Meredith: She was my mother. She passed away.
      Harper Avery: Oh. I'm sorry. I didn't know. My condolances.

    • Derek: Yang, I heard you met Harper Avery.
      Cristina: Did you know pretty boy's grandfather is God?
      Derek: I didn't know. It's kind of cool though.
      Cristina: No, it's not cool. He's an entitled brat with no skills, except a really good bloodline.
      Meredith: It is not Jackson's fault that he's related to Harper Avery.
      Cristina: Oh, whatever, Ellis Grey's daughter. (walks off)
      Derek: How do I look? Chiefly?
      Meredith: What are you nervous?
      Derek: He's one of the most powerful surgeons in the country.
      Meredith: He's just a guy who happens to have an award named after him.
      Derek: Oh, whatever, Ellis Grey's daughter. Admit it, you wanna meet him, too.
      Meredith: Hell yeah.

    • Cristina: I misdiagnosed Harper Avery. In front of Harper Avery. You know what that does to my chances of one day winning a Harper Avery?
      Meredith: Well, he could die before then. He could die today even.
      Cristina: Ugh, whatever. I just need to operate on my motorcycle daredevil guy and I'll be fine.
      Lexie: Is it true Harper Avery's here?
      Meredith: So Derek walked in on her naked this morning in Alex's bed. (Cristina laughs)
      Lexie: Meredith!
      Meredith: What? I'm just cheering her up. She's having a bad day. Be generous.
      Cristina: You know what? You can't be having feelings for Karev. He's like Meredith three years ago.
      Meredith: I said that!
      Lexie: I don't have feelings for Alex.
      Cristina: Yes, you do. Your heart's like in your vagina.
      Meredith: I said that!
      Lexie: You are both monsters.

    • Cristina: You're a doctor?
      Harper Avery: Apparently a much better one than you. Dr. Harper Avery. And your name, doctor?
      Cristina: Harper Avery?
      Harper Avery: Uh, no, that's my name.
      Cristina: As in the Harper Avery award?
      Harper Avery: Bingo.

    • Derek: I get it, you're upset Little Sloan is gone. But screwing drug reps isn't gonna make you feel better.
      Mark: Yeah, it is.
      Derek: No screwing drugs reps in my hospital, are we clear?
      Mark: You were much more fun when you weren't chief, you know that?

    • Alex: Oh, hey! I'm down with a lung transplant.
      Arizona: Oh, no, you slept with my girlfriend and I find that when I look at you, I want to hit you with a brick.
      Alex: That was, like, years ago.
      Arizona (laughs): Maybe. But jealousy is a green-eyed monster, and if you ask any one of my kids, they'll tell 'ya that there's no reasoning with a monster. Dude, run away before I find a brick. (to Teddy) As my new friend, don't judge me for that.

    • Arizona: Teddy, hey, I have an old patient up in oncology and I know that you're really busy with surgeries and... staring at Owen Hunt.
      Teddy: What?
      Arizona: I've tried to ignore it, the staring, but ever since Christmas with the guitar and singing and the stolen looks. Well, I noticed it, and I can't un-notice it. It's just... I like to fix things. People. I like to fix people.
      Teddy: Oh, no, no. Dr. Hunt and I...
      Arizona: Ooh, don't. 'Cause then you're just lying, and that's no good. My point is, you're staring and you're sad and I think you need friends that aren't Owen. And that's where I come in, with the fixing. You're going to be friends with me.
      Teddy: I am?
      Arizona: Yeah, mmhmm. I'm an awesome friennd. So tonight you come out with Callie and me. Girls night. Oh, ooh, maybe Bailey'll come too! Say yes to girls night.
      Teddy: Yes to girls night.
      Arizona: Yay!

    • Meredith (after Derek sees Lexie naked in Alex's bed): Why-- Why are you naked?
      Derek: I should go. (leaves)
      Lexie: Oh, please don't be mad. Derek was supposed to be Alex.
      Meredith: Okay, well, Alex left 10 minutes ago. And since when are you two still...?
      Lexie: Since you caught us the first time.
      Meredith: Mmhmm. Lexie, this is like Alex we're talking about here. Emotionally, he's like me three years ago. You can't be having feelings for him, you realize that?
      Lexie: Of course not. No, it's-- it's just sex. Okay? There's no feelings involved.
      Meredith: Right, because you're a no-feelings type of girl. You heart lives in your vagina.
      Lexie: It-- It does not. ... Not this time... I swear!
      Meredith: Oh, okay. Sure.
      Lexie: My heart does not live in my... vagina!

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): No matter how many plans we make or steps we follow, we never know how our day is going to end up. We'd prefer to know, of course, what curveballs will be thrown our way. It's the accidents that always turn out to be the most interesting parts of our day, the people we never expected to show up, a turn of events we never would have chose for ourselves. All of a sudden you find yourself somewhere you never expected to be and its nice, or it takes some getting used to. Still, maybe you'll find yourself appreciating it somewhere down the line. So you go to sleep each night thinking about tomorrow, going over your plans, preparing for them, and hoping that whatever accidents come your way will be happy ones.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): Surgeons are detail-oriented. We like statistics and checklists and operating procedures. Our patients live because we enjoy following the steps but as much as we love to always rely on the numbers, the plan we also know that some of the greatest medical discoveries have happened by accident. Mold: Penicilin. Poisonous tree bark: a cure for Malaria, a little blue pill for high blood pressure, impotence be damned. It's hard for us to accept that it's not always the hard work or attention to detail that will get us the answers we are looking for. Sometimes we just have to sit back, relax and wait for happy accident.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Dokonalá náhoda (Perfect Coincidence)

    • Although credited, Katherine Heigl ("Izzie") didn't appear in this episode.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Trick Pony by Charlotte Gainsbourg
      2. Slippin by Quadron
      3. You Can Keep 'em by Ali Harter
      4. From The Woods!! by James Vincent McMorrow
      5. Die Young by The Sweet Serenades
      6. Untitled No. 3 by Ali Harter
      7. Diane by Mike Doughty

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: March 4, 2010 on CTV
      Latin America: March 22, 2010 on Sony Entertianment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony)
      Australia: May 4, 2010 on Channel 7
      United Kingdom: May 13, 2010 on Living TV
      The Netherlands: May 17, 2010 on Net5
      Germany: August 18, 2010 on ProSieben
      Norway: November 23, 2010 on TV2
      Czech Republic: October 3, 2011 on Prima LOVE