Grey's Anatomy

Season 3 Episode 11

Six Days (1)

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 11, 2007 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Meredith discovers that Derek has a problem sleeping while her father comes to visit the hospital. George's father is moving from one surgery to another. A patient named Heather checks into the hospital. Heather is 17 and has a nasty attitude that results from her medical condition and all the surgeries it has required her to have. Izzie has an emotional breakdown when she tries to hand over something very important to her. George's family comes to visit to celebrate his father's surgery. Cristina and Burke are playing Uncle.moreless

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  • It was not that great compared to other fantastic episodes this season

    This episode was not that good. I absolutely love Grey's no matter what, but this episode was a bit of a disappointment by the standards set by this show.

    The Addison and Alex relationship would be very interesting. They're both cocky and proud, I think they'd be good together.

    This episode also seems predictable. It was somewhat obvious that Izzie was going to use her money to pay for Heather's surgery, even though she's not cleared for surgery yet. I felt bad when she cashed the check though, because she really loved Denny, and she obviously didn't want to cash it in.moreless
  • I personally thought was not very great but still is better than any other show!

    I thought callie was great with the staring... and george and her were pretty good in the episode.

    I loved dr. bailey description of Derek " Lots of hair, too many women, likes elevators and log walks on the beach"

    and the 130cc of shiny yellow urine ending up with a dance a a kiss.

    Meredith running away from his father is getting old.

    we need a close up for this 2, i don't need a happy ending, just a end.

    George is very good, he's not just the loud complainer anymore, he's more receptive.

    When I knew that there was going to have a 2 part episode I imagine a more deep in your heart episode

    but the episode ended up opening a lot of histories and a closing up some old stories.moreless
  • Funny, touching, romantic...It's a complete episode!

    Well, this was a great episode. Again, Thatcher or daddy issues arrive. Addison was in a strange mood, and Mark too. But I liked Addison and Alex almost hooking up. Other things that I liked: that finally Izzie found a good thing to do, reason enough to deposit the check. Again, Izzie is getting involved emotionally. Cristina and Burke not talking to each other was really funny to watch.

    But that was the first part of the episode, the first half an hour, then the show had a change of pace, with the surgery, and got serious and touching at the same time. Poor George, really.

    The best was this combination between those two elements.

    It's the beginnig of a series of episodes getting better and better, let's say 8 great episodes.moreless
  • Izzie still struggles with whether or not to deposit the money, while Derek reveals a secret to Meredith about his sleeping. George's father has surgery to remove a tumor. Cristina and Burke aren't speaking, Addison and Alex get closer. Grey's dad visits.moreless

    In the beginning of this episode i was highly annoyed with Izzie. I thought she was stupid for still not having deposited her money yet, as did Bailey. So Bailey basically tells Izzie that she won't be scrubbing in until she meets the stipulations set by her psychiatrist, one condition being to deposite the money. Izzie finally takes it to the bank in tears...I thought this scene was hilarious, especially when she snapped at the bank teller. So the hospital gets a case of a seventeen year old girl with Vader syndrome, which has her back twisted in ways i couldn't even imagine. I thought my back was bad, but i feel sorry for this girl. When her mother was yelling at the insurance company on the phone, i thought it was funny when she called them "son of a b**ch ba**ards" and told them they were going to burn in hell. I have a very strong feeling that Izzie will pay for the girl's surgery, hospital stay and rehab. I could tell just by the way she was looking at her. Grey is shook up about having to see her father wandering around the hospital. About Grey...I thought it was hilarious when she found out Derek can't sleep because of her snoring. The reason i think it's so funny (which really it isn't when you can't sleep), is because i had an ex that snored horrendously. It was so loud that i actually wanted to smother her with a pillow. I got up and went in the other room to sleep before, and could still hear her plain as day, it was horrible. That was not the reason we broke up either lol. I thought Grey's retaliation about Derek's morning breath was funny. Although at the end of the episode, apparently her nose strips are not helping her snoring. You know, that can actually be a sign of sleep apnea also. So George's father's cancer is worse than i thought. However, he still insists that they take the tumor out. I thought it was hilarious when George was dancing around with Callie about his father's urine...Then he kissed her. I wonder what this means for those two? Personally i'd like to see them back together. Well Alex basically gave up his future in plastics because he didn't like the fact that Mark was rude to Addison. I thought Alex was partial to Addison because of her department and his soft spot for it, but after seeing this episode and those two almost kissing, i guess they have a little more of a bond than i thought. I wonder what will happen with those two in the future.moreless
  • First three days.

    First three days of six days. We actually see how our doctors spend the week. Cristinas and Burkes relationship goes to the new dimension. They care about each other but they are not talking to each other. Harlod makes a decision that will probably kill him but he is a fighter. A girl with VATER comes to the hospital. Her life is a mess and Izzie deposits the check. Laura Molly's baby causes trouble to Meredith because her father is now at the hospital and she simply can't function with him around.

    Mark and Addison have something this week . . .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

Mae Whitman

Mae Whitman

Heather Douglas

Guest Star

Judith Hoag

Judith Hoag

Rhada Douglas

Guest Star

Rhomeyn Johnson

Rhomeyn Johnson


Guest Star

George Dzundza

George Dzundza

Harold O'Malley

Recurring Role

Jeff Perry

Jeff Perry

Thatcher Grey

Recurring Role

Debra Monk

Debra Monk

Louise O'Malley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Cristina: My step-father, he's nice, I see him for Yom Kippur.

      Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of repentance, considered to be one of the holiest and most solemn days of the year.

    • After two years of her on-and-off relationship with Derek, Meredith finally realizes, in this episode, that due to her snoring, Derek has been slipping out of bed right after she falls asleep, sleeping somewhere else all night, and setting an alarm to get back into bed with her right before she wakes up, so she'll never know he was gone. The audience is expected to believe, then, that Meredith has never woken up in the middle of the night for two years and, as a result, has never noticed that Derek wasn't there. That is a bit of a stretch. Even the deepest sleepers wake up sometimes.

    • Goof: When Meredith first finds Derek in George's bed, the blankets are covering his legs. In the next shot, however, a few seconds later, his feet and lower legs are completely visible.

    • Goof: The outfit Izzie wears when she goes into the bank to deposit the check is the same as the one she was wearing the day before. She wears it in the morning, then an entire day passes, she's shown in her pajamas again the next morning, and then she is wearing it at the bank.

    • Goof: When Addison stops by Burke's room (24:53 into the episode) she takes off her glasses twice: Once as she's stopping and once more after he talks and the camera moves back to her.

    • Goof: In the kitchen, George throws an orange at Izzie's newspaper to emphasize his point. Look closely. In the wide camera shot Izzie is scowling at George as he throws the orange and even after it hits her newspaper. The camera then cuts to George close up and Izzie can be seen trying not to giggle in the very bottom right corner of the screen. A split second later when the shot widens out and faces Izzie again she is back scowling again.

    • "Six days" was originally a one hour that they had to either cut down or stretch out for a two-parter. They opted for the latter and due to the added scenes couldn't pull it all by the original Jan. 4th airdate...thus pushing back the date to Jan. 11th.

      Some of the last added scenes actually seem to be some of the most memorable scenes (i.e. George and Callie's morning in the kitchen scene & Callie staring George down scene).

      Jan 11 was going to be a repeat but thanks to the decision to lengthen the episode into two parts instead of shortening we get 7 straight weeks of new episodes to take us out of the rest of Season 3.

    • The scene with Addison in the elevator in the montage at the end of the episode (music by Travis) was the exact same clip recycled from Season Two's - "Yesterday" (2x18). Apparently they have recycled clips in a lot of the other episodes too and seems to be a common cutting room practice that most never even catch.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Izzie: I would really like to scrub in.
      Bailey: Did you deposit the check?
      Izzie: It's my money. I should get to do what I want with it.
      Bailey: You get a 5% return on the 6 month c.d.? And the time we've been standing here, you could have just made 400 hundred dollars.

    • Heather: What are you all staring at? Really, if you're expecting me to be the brave and heartwarming differently-abled girl, that isn't going to be happen so go ahead and do your thing.
      Bailey: Stevens.
      Izzie: Heather Douglas, 17. Past medical history of VATER syndrome.
      Bailey: Which is?
      Izzie: VATER syndrome is a genetic condition that affects the vertebrae, anus, trachea, esophagus and renal system.
      Heather: Wow, give this girl a medal. She memorized the whole acronym, which I assure you is a hell of a lot easier than living with it.

    • Addison: But, if you wanna go back to plastics...
      Alex: Nah. That vanilla latte, that was on purpose.
      Addison: Why?
      Alex: Because he was rude to you. (they lean in and are about to kiss, but someone walks in)

    • Addison: Mark. (pause) I'm sorry you're hurting.
      Mark: You're sorry I'm hurting or you're sorry?

    • Izzie (to bank accountant while crying hysterically): Just deposit the damn thing already!

    • Jerry: Georgie is obsessed with our dad's pee.
      Ronnie: Yeah, this is weird, even for Georgie.
      Louise: Boys, be nice.
      George: It's his kidney function! I'm obsessed with his kidney function, not his pee! And I'm not obsessed, I'm excited.
      Ronnie: You're not gonna drink that? Are you, Georgie?
      George (holding up bag): 130 C.C.'s! 130 C.C.'s of shiny, yellow urine!
      Callie: 130 C.C.'s in how long?
      George: Four hours.
      Callie: No way! That is fantastic! (George and Callie start dancing and celebrating, then George kisses her)

    • Addison (to Alex during surgery): This is Meredith Grey's niece. If I lost her, people might think I did it on purpose.

    • Meredith: Where do you sleep at the trailer?
      Derek: What?
      Meredith: When we sleep at the trailer, where do you sleep?
      Derek: You know the hammock outside? Sorry.
      Meredith: I'm a girl with abandonment issues. You have to sleep with me from now on.
      Derek: Okay.

    • (Meredith has found Derek asleep in George's bed)
      Meredith: So you're telling me that my snoring is so bad -- How did you deal with all those nights before I found out about your wife? (Izzie walks past on her way to the bathroom)
      Izzie: He usually sleeps on the couch, sets an alarm, gets back into bed before you wake up.
      Derek: Yeah, I didn't want to hurt your feelings.
      Meredith: I'm going to do more than hurt your feelings. (Meredith starts to hit him with a pillow, he puts his arms around her)
      Derek: I'm gonna hurt your feelings cause -- (Derek breathes his bad morning breath into Meredith's face, they laugh)

    • Callie: It's okay to be scared.
      George: I'm not scared.
      Callie: I'm just saying if you are, you can talk to me.
      George: I'm not scared.
      Callie: You sure about that? (Callie stares down Geroge)
      George: Okay, now I'm scared of you.
      Callie: Damn it. I was staring you down.
      George: Staring me down?
      Callie: Yeah, it worked on Shepherd.
      George: Seriously?
      Callie: Wait, let me try it again. (Callie stares George down again)
      George: No, it's not -- I'm still scared.

    • Heather: Mom, I know you still think death is the worst thing that can happen to a person. Death is not the worst thing.

    • Alex: Bone-dry cappicino.
      Mark (takes it from him): Great, at least somethin's dry here. Does it ever stop raining in this hell-hole?
      Alex: No, not really.
      Mark: Great, good to know. (takes a sip of the cappicino and chokes) What the hell is this Karev? Vanilla? Are you trying to poison me, or are you just trying to make my day a little bit worse?
      Addison: Mark.
      Alex: Coffee cart must've screwed up.
      Mark: Y'know, if you can't handle coffee, you can't handle plastics, maybe you ought to head back to the gynie squad where everything is squishy and pink!

    • Izzie: Surgery's today?
      George: Yeah, I'm okay.
      Izzie: Yeah, I have a really good feeling. I didn't even bake anything for you.
      George (happily): Thank you.

    • (Derek is watching Meredith snore, she wakes up)
      Meredith: You're watching me sleep again?
      Derek: You're cute when you sleep. What can I say?
      Meredith: Yeah, but don't you sleep? Why are you always up before the alarm?
      Derek: I'm a light sleeper. It's no big deal.
      Meredith: So something woke you up?
      Derek: It's no big deal. It's just that you snore a little.
      Meredith: What? I do not!
      Derek: Yes, you do. I love it. I find it charming that such a big noise can come from such a little person.
      Meredith: Do you know what's not charming? Your morning breath.
      Derek: I'm sorry. What? (Derek puts his hand to his mouth and smells his breath)
      Meredith: I'm just saying since you're always up before me you might consider brushing your teeth.

    • Heather: Well, there goes my theory that life doesn't suck for pretty people. I'm sorry I was such a bitch to you.
      Izzie: Well, you're in pain. Sometimes I'm a bitch for no good reason at all.

    • Callie: You know Shepherd pretty well, yeah?
      Bailey: Lots of hair, too many women, likes elevators and long walks on the beach.
      Callie: So, um, what's the best way to get him to do something?
      Bailey: What kind of something?
      Callie: A consult that the patient hasn't requested but that the friendly neighborhood ortho resident thinks is worth pursuing.
      Bailey: Shepherd thinks he's busier and a maybe little bit more important than everyone else.
      Callie: Standard neuro surgeon breed.
      Bailey: Exactly.
      Callie: Okay so...?
      Bailey: So, he'll say no until you stare him down.
      Callie: Stare him down?
      Bailey (intensely): Stare. Him. Down. (Bailey stares down Callie, she laughs then walks away scared)

    • Mark: What did I tell you about how I like my charts? I like to round on pre-op before post-op. Do you like wasting my time? Is it fun for you?
      Alex: No, sir.
      Mark: Then get it right.
      Addison (over hearing): Do you like abusing the interns? Is it fun for you?
      Mark: Yes, it is, and in case you've forgotten, you don't get the high horse this week, Addison. Not this week.
      Alex: He's an ass.
      Addison: Not this week.

    • Cristina: Hey, are you okay?
      Meredith: Why wouldn't I be?
      Cristina: Your father, freezing up on rounds. Oh, God, that was mortifying.
      Meredith: Thank you. Thanks.
      Cristina: Oh, okay, it wasn't mortifying?
      Meredith: I just wish the baby would get well and go home and Thatcher would go with her. Is that wrong?
      Cristina: Wrong would be if you wished the baby wouldn't get well.

    • Cristina: I need these labs ASAP.
      Lab Tech: Everybody needs everything "ASAP".
      Cristina: Oh, yes, and all throughout this hospital people are dying while you give me crap about "ASAP".

    • Izzie: I am ready.
      Bailey: Your psychiatrist has not given you an all clear.
      Izzie: He's -- I have done everything he has asked me to do. Everything except deposit my inheritance check, which --
      Bailey: Wait, you have not deposited a nearly 9 million dollar check?
      Izzie: He is being unreasonable. That check has nothing to do with any--
      Bailey: What's unreasonable is that you're losing thousands of dollars a day in interest. That's unreasonable. You clearly are not reasonable yet, which, I think, is the point your psychiatrist is trying to make.

    • Izzie: Removing the kidney stones may seem minor but it will really improve your quality of life.
      Heather: Really? So this surgery is gonna get me laid?
      Rhada: Heather, stop it.
      Heather: Mom, I'm sorry but she's talking about improving my quality of life and I don't think doctors should make promises they can't keep.

    • Richard: Who is presenting?
      Mr. O'Malley: Can Georgie do it? He's real good. (O'Malley family cheers George on)
      George: Harold O'Malley, 63, status post aortic valve replacement. Morning chest X-ray showed no atelectasis after agressive C.P.T. for the last 2 days. Scheduled for a transhiatal esophagectomy tomorrow morning at 9. (the O'Malley family looks at George confused) That's it. (O'Malley's cheer)

    • George: I just dropped 8.7 million dollars on the floor.
      Izzie: And?
      George: I shouldn't be able to drop 8.7 million dollars on the floor. (George throws orange at Izzie's newspaper) You need to deposit that check!
      Izzie: George, your father's surgery is tomorrow. Any chance you are misplacing your anxiety on me and my check?
      George: No, there is no chance. That check ruins my morning every morning. It belongs in a bank. Would you just please, as a favor to me, would you just put it in the bank, please?
      Izzie: Hmm. No, but if you're nice to me for the next seven minutes I will give you a ride to work. (George picks up the check from the floor)
      George: You don't deserve 8.7 million dollars!
      Izzie: Mmm. So true.

    • (Derek watches Meredith snoring, she wakes up)
      Meredith: Are you watching me sleep?
      Derek: Maybe.
      Meredith: Are you some kind of weirdo who watches women sleep?
      Derek: Maybe.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is the first episode to feature a "To Be Continued" frame instead of the normal end title card, and also the second one to feature no opening and closing voiceover.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: March 19, 2007 on Net 5
      Italy: April 16, 2007 on Foxlife
      Brazil: April 16, 2007 on Sony Entertainment Television
      New Zealand: April 19th, 2007 on TV2
      Australia: May 13th, 2007 on Channel 7
      Switzerland: May 21st, 2007 on SF 2
      Israel: May 21st, 2007 on Yes Stars 1
      Germany: June 19th, 2007 on Pro Sieben
      Great Britain: August 2nd, 2007 on Livingtv
      Ireland: September 4th, 2007 on RTÉ Two
      Norway: October 23, 2007 on TV2
      Finland: November 7, 2007 on Nelonen
      Croatia: November 19, 2007 on NOVA TV
      Romania: April 1st, 2008 on TVR1

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Lonely Hearts Still Beat The Same by The Research plays when George yells at Izzie about the check
      2. Passion Play by Passion Play plays when
      George's dad tells him about his dog
      3. Beggar's Prayer by Emiliana Torrini plays when George's family sees him after surgery
      4. Rest Of My Life by Michelle Featherstone plays when Izzie breaks down at the bank
      5. Love Will Come Through by Travis plays when Addison and Karev almost kiss


    • Episode Title: Six Days

      Six Days is a DJ Shadow song from Private Press (2002).

      This episode was named Six Days because as the two episodes progress, six days pass.