Grey's Anatomy

Season 1 Episode 5

Shake Your Groove Thing

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 24, 2005 on ABC
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Meredith realizes that she must take on a lot more responsibility when she is told that her mother needs to sign over all of her assets to her. As Izzie prepares to have a party for her boyfriend Hank (the scale of which is unknown to Meredith), Meredith participates in her first heart surgery. During the surgery, she fears that she has damaged the patient's heart and is unsure of whether or not she should speak up, because she could get kicked out of the program. Meanwhile, Cristina and Burke share some comments over coffee. At the party, Meredith and Derek do some sneaking.moreless

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  • Really good episode, with some unexpected turns.

    This episode was really good. As a teenager I can identify with what Meridith said throughout the episode. As you grow up responsibility hits you harder than ever. The episode is really good feel bad for Meredith when she thinks she may have punctured the patient's heart. As the episode progresses we see a little bit more of Izzy and her boyfriend. Loved the party seen with Cristina, Meredith, and George. Really fun and you see their relationship develop. Love that Derek showed up at the party really funny when he and Meredith get caught by Dr. Bailey. I thought it was really nice of Dr. Burke when they were in the Chief's office. Loved that Derek asked Mer what had happened and he was glad that it was just probation. Also the end for me was not expected at all. I wonder what will happen with Cristina and Burke.moreless
  • Responsibility sucks...

    Wow, what an episode! I felt sorry for Meredith when she discovered that something went wrong with the surgery. For the record, Meredith loses her sleep because of responsibility(yeah i know) and she needs her mother to sign some contracts when she's 'consious', thing that she usually isn't. She attends in her first heart surgery but fructures the heart because of lack of sleep. Dr. Webber surges a woman that's got a lung problem, diagnosed that it was due to smoking, but when he opens her up he finds a clothe that was left there in a surgery 5 years before. It's only discovered that the responsible was Burke when Meredith went through an interview with a hospital lawyer and Burke's point to let Meredith continue her career was that great doctors also make mistakes.

    Also, Izzy's boyfriend's in town and she's having a party for him that at the end didn't go that well for her....moreless
  • Meredith feels the weight of responsiblity.

    An excellent episode, the best since the pilot. Meredith is in a open heart surgery but could she have caused a cmplication? A nail pierced her glove while she was holding the heart and she suspects that perhaps she has caused a problem.

    Meanwhile Izzie is planning a party at Merediths for her boyfriend that is coming to town. It seems like the entire hospital staff will be attending and Meredith has no idea of how big it will be.

    George has a patient who has been experiencing chest pain every since a surgery 5 years ago. When she gets opened up everyone is shocked to find a towel inside. Cristina looks over the records and finds out that Dr Burke was the one who did the initial surgery.

    Izzie has a patint who just can't seem to poop and Alex has to deal with an addict who he thinks is just waisting his time.

    Complications arise with the heart surgery patient and Meredith admits to Burke that it might have been her fault, right in front of the woman's husband.

    Meredith arrives home to find a massive party in her house. She decides to just go with it, forget responsiblity for awhile and get drunk. Derick shows up at the party and he and Meredith sneak off for a little fun. But wait Dr Bailey catches them in the act.

    Burke and Meredith have to face the Chief over the heart patient and Burke stands up and admits to leaving the towel in the other patient. He claims Meredith should'nt be punished because she actually spoke up.

    Izzie's boyfreind realizes that he isn't her number one priority anymore and Cristina and Burke share a moment in one of the change rooms. And Alex doesn't act like a complete dick toward's Izzie for once.

    Very interesting episode. What's going to happen now with Meredith & Derick, Cristina and Burke, is George just going to watch Meredith and Derick get together and can Alex continue to not be a jerk?

    I can't wait to find out.

  • Responsibility !

    Izzie is preparing a huge party for her boyfiredn Hank and Meredith is the only persone who doesn't know the size of the party.

    Meredith had a first heart sugery and she thinks that she damaged the heart. A junkiee comes to Seattle Grace complaining about back pain and he has a self perscription and Alex doesn't want to treat him.

    Mrs.Drake comes to the hospital for yet another lung surgery and they find a towel inside of her that was left 5 years ago from her first lung surgery. Burke messe up.

    On party Bailey sees Meredith and Shepherd. They will have a hard time now...

    The best episode so far.moreless
  • Izzie's party planning at Meredith's house began to stir things up, later on when Izzie couldn't make it home because of a surgery it got even better. Meredith and Derek's romance started to heat up which made the end of the episode very exciting.moreless

    This episode had a great story line to it!!!! When the news about Izzie's party began to spread I knew that it was going to get interesting. In the very end of the episode it was extremely exciting when Derek and Meredith were together in the car. This was a great way to end the episode when Bailey saw them together, you automatically knew that there was going to be some struggles between the three of them. Once you get to the very end of the episode there is a very strange but very exciting cliff hanger!!! This was one of the best episodes in the first season.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

Barry Shabaka Henley

Barry Shabaka Henley

Mr. Patterson

Guest Star

Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Mrs. Drake

Guest Star

Jonathan Scarfe

Jonathan Scarfe


Guest Star

Kate Burton

Kate Burton

Ellis Grey

Recurring Role

Moe Irvin

Moe Irvin


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof (storyline continuity): Richard mentions that Mrs. Drake underwent this surgery before in '99. But when Cristina is looking at the paperwork for the original surgery, it says the surgery date was 10-18-2000.

    • Goof: The interns complain they work 100-hours a week when regulations governing residency programs only allow 80-hour weeks for all residents/interns and they cannot work more than 24-hours straight, even though in the pilot, they were working 48-hours.

      Possible Explantion: They probably weren't working 48 hours, they were just on call for 48 hours.

      Another Possible Explantion: Later in the series Chief Webber states that interns are not allowed to work more than 80 hour weeks and enforces that, because, he states, some interns have been working 110 hours a week. This leads to Cristina being called off in the middle of surgery and being angry that she has to be at home, which she isn't used to (Meredith also isn't used to it and gets bored after she does 5 loads of laundry). This will also later lead to the nurses strike.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): Responsibility, it really does suck. Unfortunately, once you get past the age of braces and training bras, responsibility doesn't go away. It can't be avoided. Either someone makes us face it or we suffer the consequences. And still adulthood has it perks. I mean the shoes, the sex, the no parents anywhere telling you what to do. That's, pretty damn good.

    • (Cristina is at the food table. She reaches for something. Bailey takes it instead)
      Bailey: You could touch that, but I'd have to kill you.
      Cristina (quietly): So about that towel thing?
      Bailey: It's been taken care of.
      Cristina: Okay.
      Bailey: You don't need to concern yourself with it.
      Cristina: So what's going to happen?
      Bailey: We're not gonna talk about it anymore is what's gonna happen. Are we clear? Or have you had too much alcohol to understand me?
      Cristina: We're very clear.
      Bailey: Good. You have any bourbon? (Cristina walks away)

    • Izzie (to George): Do you think you could get home to sign for the beer?
      Alex: Why don't you have your boyfriend sign for it?
      Izzie: You have a very annoying way of sneaking up on people. Maybe if you were a little less creepy.
      Alex: I wouldn't come anyway. I hate big parties.
      George: Is Meredith the only person in the hospital who doesn't know the size of this thing?
      Izzie: I'm telling her.
      Cristina: You can't. She's gone already.
      Izzie: What? Already?
      Cristina I think she had, excuse me, an errand to run. (walks away)
      Izzie: You don't think Meredith's really going to mind about the party, right?
      George: I want you to make it very clear to her that I had nothing to do with this party. Nothing.

    • Izzie: George, I need more ice and chips.
      George: Who else did you invite?
      Cristina: Izzie, we said the list was jocks only. Surgery, Trauma, Plastics. Who else?
      Izzie: Just some people from Peds.
      Cristina: You invited the preschoolers to Meredith's house. The next thing you'll say is you invited the shrinks. (Izzie looks away) She invited mental defects. This party's D.O.A.
      George: You know, Meredith thinks this is just going to be a little, small, meet-your-boyfriend cocktail thing. Did you clear this with her?
      Izzie: No, but I will. (George and Cristina give her a look) I promise.
      Cristina: Why are you wasting the only weekend your boyfriend is in town on a big party? Is he bad in bed?
      Izzie (chuckles): No. I just want him to meet some of my friends.
      Cristina: Right. Sixty geeks in scrubs are your friends. (her beeper goes off. She gets up to leave) Bad sex, sucks for you.

    • Izzie: So the beer's coming at 7:00 and some of the floor nurses are bringing wine.
      Cristina: You invited nurses? Ugh.
      George: Did you clear this with Meredith?
      Izzie: A few more people isn't going to make a difference. Okay? A party's a party.
      Cristina: The bigger the party, the less time for bad sex with the hockey player.
      Izzie: Would you stop saying that?
      Cristina: Okay.
      Izzie: Hank and I have great sex.
      Cristina: Mmhmmm.
      Izzie: All the time.
      Cristina: Mmhmm.
      Izzie: In fact, we'll probably have sex after the party. Or during the party.
      George: As long as you clear it with Meredith.
      Izzie: Hank just needs to realize that doctors can have fun. We're not all workaholics with God complexes.
      Cristina: We are workaholics with God complexes.

    • Derek: See it?
      Alex: It's hard to miss.
      Derek: A little more than he bargained for.
      Alex: Maybe he's lucky. Maybe this is his way out of the hole.
      Derek: The hole? Interesting expression. (Izzie looks on)
      Alex: My father was into smack pretty heavy. He was a musician. It's tolerated in his line of work. Not good for the family at home.

    • Lawyer: Dr. Grey made a huge error.
      Burke: And she reported it.
      Lawyer: Too late. And in front of the patient's husband.
      Burke: But she reported it. She spoke up. Five years ago, as a CT fellow, I had a nagging feeling that I didn't check the body cavity of a lung patient closely enough before I closed. The patient seemed fine post-op and I was in a hurry. And yesterday, you and Dr. Bailey pulled a towel out from under that patient's lung. Why didn't I report it at the appropriate time? Maybe because I was afraid that I would be called into a meeting where some hospital lawyer's fear of liability could end my career. Even great doctors make mistakes. And when we do, we've got to have a chance to be able to speak up without fear of retribution. Or everyone suffers. Dr. Grey spoke up.

    • Derek: Well, let me take you out to dinner tonight. You can tell me all about it. Real food, waiters, big chunks of carbs in a basket.
      Meredith: I can't.
      Derek: Forget about the party.
      Meredith: You know about the party?
      Derek: Your friends will be at the party. You and I can be alone somewhere else.
      Meredith: How do you know about the party?
      Derek: Thanks for not inviting me, by the way. That felt good. Dinner, think about dinner, perfect opportunity.

    • (Meredith and Derek are making out in the passenger seat of his car)
      Derek: You know, it sounds like the party's winding down. Yeah... Listen to me!
      Meredith (laughing): What?
      Derek: We should probably sneak inside now.
      Meredith: We've done enough sneaking for tonight. It was good sneaking, but enough sneaking.
      Derek (pulling his shirt back up her shoulders): Yeah, I'd say we're pretty good sneakers.
      Bailey (as they are about to kiss she knocks on the window): You mind moving this tail wagon? You blocking me in.
      Derek: Apparently not good enough.

    • Meredith (Meredith, George and Cristina are drinking and playing cards): Why do we want to be surgeons anyway?
      George: Surgery is a very serious business. (Cristina burps loudly. She has two cards stuck to her face) Full House.
      Cristina (laughs): Royal flush. Get naked. Baby boy! (Cristina throws down her cards. George reluctantly begins to take off his shirt and drunkenly falls over) Sexy! You're so sexy!
      Meredith (holding a bottle of tequila): Surgery is stupid. It's stupid. It's stupid!
      Cristina (taking the bottle from Meredith; Cristina is also drunk): Give me that, you're drunk.
      Meredith: I'm not driving. I'm not on call. I'm in my own house. My life is crap. And it's my party and I'll get drunk if I want to.
      Hank (appearing in the doorway): Is, um, Izzie Stevens...?
      Cristina: Oh, you must be Hank. (She laughs and stands up) He's very large and hockey-like. No, Izzie's not here right now. (Cristina leaves the room)
      George: You and Izzie will give birth to very tall, blond people. Kinda like Barbies.
      Hank: Izzie said she was going to be at home, she didn't say there was gonna be a party.
      Meredith: Which pisses both of us off. Would you like some tequila? It helps.
      Hank: When do you think she's gonna get here?
      Meredith: Don't know. But we're low on ice, Hank.
      Hank: I'm serious.
      Meredith: So am I. We're interns, Hank. Hospital owns us. It's what we do. (Hank shakes his head, smiles and leaves)
      George: Bye.
      Meredith: Nice to meet ya.

    • Meredith (coming home to see the huge party going on): Izzie I'm going to kill you.

    • Derek (arrives at Meredith's house and finds her drinking tequila and dancing on her front lawn): You know, in some states you get arrested for that. (she sees him and smiles they walk over toward each other) So you blew me off for a bottle of tequila. Tequila's no good for you. Doesn't call, doesn't write. It's not nearly as much fun to wake up to. (she grabs him and they kiss)
      Meredith: Take me for a ride, Derek.

    • (George walks through the mess of snacks and bottles over to the couch. He hands Meredith, who is lying on the floor, a mug)
      George: When's your meeting with the chief? (sits down, throws something off to the side)
      Meredith: In an hour.
      Izzie (coming in the door, she looks around shocked): Holy mother of destruction.
      Meredith: You missed Doctor-palooza.
      Izzie: Apparently, you didn't.
      Meredith: I should probably never speak to you again.
      Izzie: Ugh, I'm so sorry, Meredith. I had no idea it was gonna get so...
      Meredith: It's okay. Really, I don't care. What would I be doing anyway?
      George: Preparing for your career-altering meeting? Sorry.
      Meredith: That heart wall shouldn't have torn.
      Izzie (picks up a beer): Anything in the patient's history?
      Meredith: Husband says she was in the best shape of her life. She lost 100 pounds last year.
      Izzie: 100 pounds in a year, how's her muscle mass? (drinks from the beer she picked up)
      George: Do you even know whose that was?
      Izzie: I was hoping it was yours.
      George (looks disgusted): No.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): Remember when you were a kid and your biggest worry was, like, if you'd get a bike for your birthday or if you'd get to eat cookies for breakfast? Being an adult? Totally overrated. I mean, seriously, don't be fooled by all the hot shoes and the great sex and the no parents anywhere telling you what to do. Adulthood is responsibility.

    • Meredith (on the phone): And the notary can be there at 6:30 too? And the home's physician will be there attest to her mental competency. Okay, is there anything else I need to bring besides my license? My checkbook. 6:30, I'll be there. (she hangs up. Derek walks up to her, leans on the railing)
      Derek: I heard.
      Meredith: It's a notary thing. A thing to get notarized.
      Derek: I'm talking about the heart thing. Do you want to talk about it?
      Meredith: We're adults. When did that happen?! And how do we make it stop?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: September 5th, 2005 on Channel 7
      Sweden: December 20th, 2005 on Kanal 5
      Netherlands: January 31st, 2006 on Net 5
      Germany: April 11th, 2006 on ProSieben
      France: July 10th, 2006 on TF1
      Norway: July 25th, 2006 on TV2
      Croatia: October 2nd, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Finland: October 4th, 2006 on Nelonen
      Portugal: December 3rd, 2006 on RTP1
      Romania: February 6th, 2007 on TVR1

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Edge of the Ocean by Ivy plays when Izzie's boyfriend leaves her.
      2. Evil by Interpol plays when Meredith, Cristina and George are drinking and dancing at the party.
      3. Money Girl by Dee plays when Meredith arrives to her house and finds the huge party.
      4. Sparkle Me by Buffseeds plays at the end of the episode.
      5. Tiger, My Friend by Psapp plays when Burke gives Cristina a coffee.
      6. Wake Up by The Ditty Bops plays at the beginning of the episode.


    • Meredith: It's my party and I'll get drunk if I want to.

      This might allude to Lesley Gore's 1963 hit It's My Party (And I'll Cry If I Want To).

    • Bailey: Something careless this way comes.

      This is a variation on a line from Shakespeare's Macbeth. The line from the play is: "by the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."

    • Episode Title: Shake Your Groove Thing

      The title of this episode is a reference to a song by Peaches and Herb.