Grey's Anatomy

Season 3 Episode 17

Some Kind of Miracle

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 22, 2007 on ABC
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Everyone is pushing for Meredith to survive, or in this case to be revived. People are still dealing with the fallout from the ferry disaster. Someone else dies.

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  • Just so, so awful.... who likes this garbage?

    I'm shocked to see how many fans liked this episode... hasn't anyone watched the previous two seasons? If you were at all familiar with how truly amazing the show was in its first two seasons, I don't understand how really any episode from this season, but especially this one, could even come close to it.

    This whole episode was ridiculous, stupid, unbelievably, overly melodramatic, and completely pointless. Not just the fact that Meredith survived, in perfect condition with absolutely no brain damage, which is more than bad enough.... but the fact that EVERY DOCTOR in the hospital was either working on her or too upset to move... what about the rest of the ferry boat patients? No one needed to care for them?

    The afterlife Meredith experienced was also revolting... her dramatic shrieking over trying to save Bonnie even though clearly she couldn't was annoying and grating... I imagine the writers were trying to echo back to 2.6 when Meredith was distraught trying to save Bonnie... now that episode was powerful and tear jerking. This one was just lame. I don't understand how anyone could have gotten moved by it... did anyone really think for a second they were going to kill Meredith? Meaning that the whole thing was pointless from the start, unbelievably, nauseating, and so badly and thoughtlessly done. The scene with Meredith's mother in the afterlife was the perfect rotten cherry... I could barely avoid puking seeing it.

    I watched the first two seasons and adored them.... some of the best TV I've ever seen... then all the magic went away. This disgusting episode was the final nail in the show's coffin....moreless
  • An incredibly well-written and thought-provoking episode that keeps you in its grip and reminds you why you love "Grey's Anatomy!"

    I picked up Seasons 1-3 of "Grey's Anatomy" on DVD at my local public library, and it only took a few days for me to be absolutely hooked. Even though I had never seen any of the episodes, I quickly reached Season 3, and this one really packs a punch with me. Strong, dramatic, and extremely well-written, it provides even more depth for the characters and is intriguing all the way through.

    With all the trauma that Meredith has experienced with her Alzheimer's-stricken mother, her estranged father, and her atypical relationship with former married man Derek, it actually makes a lot of sense why she's not clinging to life as hard as she should be. As the surgeons of Seattle Grace work around the clock to revive her, Meredith--who is all but officially declared dead--slips into some kind of afterlife, a place that does not want her and is actively working to get her back to Earth. Now, of course, it is only natural that depicting "Heaven" or "limbo" is risky for any television show. There are many writers who have attempted it, and some have done it well, while others haven't. I think that this episode kept it realistic without taking it too far, and I have to say that it was nice revisiting three key patients from Season 2: Bonnie from the train wreck, Dylan from the "code black," and of course, Izzie's fiance Denny. I liked the connection that they made with having regrets about leaving your life behind when you die. All three had untimely deaths, but while Bonnie and Denny are still bitter about what they have lost, Dylan can at least relax and find peace in knowing that he had a good life and did what he could to help others. You have to admit that this is a powerful message for audiences to take away with them.

    Another reason I love this episode is because of the wonderful acting by Patrick Dempsey as Derek. You can see that he is barely holding it together as Meredith looms near death, and it is clear as day that she is his true soul mate--the only person he ever wants to be with. That has to be hard to portray the right way on screen, but Dempsey really nailed it, and it's obvious that he's more than just "McDreamy"; he's a guy with some truly impressive acting chops. The events of this episode bring out Derek's love for Meredith more than perhaps any other episode, and if there are any viewers out there who believe that Derek's feelings for her are nothing more than selfish and misguided lust, they may think differently after this episode. Make no mistake, folks--he is head over heels in love. And of course, Cristina, Izzie, Alex, and George must also deal with the reality of what is happening, all while doing their best to stay focused on the many patients that have entered the hospital after a fateful ferry boat accident. It was nice to see Cristina step up and be there for Meredith after everything that Meredith has done for her, and I'm glad that George had the courage to call Izzie out on her rude behavior recently. Just because Izzie has her own opinion about George and Callie's rough marriage doesn't give her the right to act like a high school "mean girl," which is exactly what she's been doing. Actually, I think most 16-year-olds would be a little more mature than she's been. Then there's Alex, who grows closer to his Jane Doe patient from the ferry disaster, and this episode is just the beginning of many interesting things to come for the two of them. There are so many times when I wish Alex could just realize that he has so much potential to be a good, compassionate surgeon, but he just wastes it by being such a jerk all the time.

    Well, I could go on forever, but in short, this is an amazing episode with a lot of character development, and you may have a tear or two in your eye by the time you reach the end, which is a good, solid mixture of happy and sad. Obviously, you know they're not going to take the "Grey" out of "Grey's Anatomy," but the whole story is very gripping, and the way the Chief and Dr. Bailey battled endlessly for Meredith's life is a real tearjerker. There was a lot of potentially difficult plot material that was handled just right, and for all those Meredith/Derek fans out there (I know I'm one of them), a lot of good things are revealed here about how much love is there. 10/10 for sure!moreless
  • Everyone is pushing for Meredith to survive, or in this case to be revived. People are still dealing with the fallout from the ferry disaster.

    I don't really watch this show, but this episode looked good, so I watched it. I am very glad I did. It was so well written and it was very cleverly plotted. Ellis unfortunately died. Meredith also died, but was revived. It was so sad when they met each other and Ellis told Meredith that she was anything but ordinary. I loved this episode and I am glad I watched it. It was so unexpected that Meredith died. The ending with Izzie was also so sad but such a good ending. This episode was so amazing. The ferry boat fire storyline was such a great storyline and would be able to get the show a fourth season all by itself.moreless
  • Finally, an end to the silliness...

    Glad Meredith lived. Maybe this was Shonda's attempt to "create" a new character in Meredith. Something tells me we (hopefully) won't be seeing anymore of the "woe is me" Meredith or the "woe is me for Meredith's sake" Derek. Especially with Ellis all Mer has are Derek and Cristina...and Izzie, I guess (as long as Mer doesn't tell her she "talked" to Denny).

    ... Poor Izzie. George has a point with the whole "lay off for now, because I'll need you later, one way or another"...but he really needs to stop holding grudges. I don't know how he keeps friends.moreless
  • amazingness happened

    So this episode was incredibly wonderful in my opinion, but yes, a little cheesy. I was however, delighted to see Denny and Dylan again. I liked watching everyone's reactions to Meredith's condition. Like Izzie walking in and to tell Burke that Cristina left and just looking at meredith and saying "Oh my god." you can tell she was really worried. and Bailey yelling at Meredith to not give up was priceless. Denny helping meredith open up about drowning was sweet too, although i really didn't understand why there was all of a sudden water in the hallway.......odd. anyways, very touching episode.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

Anna Maria Horsford

Anna Maria Horsford

Nurse Liz Fallon

Guest Star

David Downs

David Downs


Guest Star

Billy Wood

Billy Wood


Guest Star

Kyle Chandler

Kyle Chandler

Dylan Young

Recurring Role

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Denny Duquette

Recurring Role

Kate Burton

Kate Burton

Ellis Grey

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the scene where Meredith's heart starts beating on its own again, we can see a poster of a doctor on the wall next to the door. But, in the following scene, when Addison enters the room, the poster is gone.

    • Goof: When Derek visits Meredith in her hospital room, she is hooked to two parallel wires, one red and one white. In one shot, the white wire is on the left but, in the next, it is crossed over the red one. In the very last shot of the scene, both wires are gone.

    • Goof: During Meredith's resuscitation, an endotracheal tube is shown extending what appears to be six to eight inches past her lips. This would be incorrect placement in an adult; the end of the tube should be only one to two inches past her lips.

    • Goof: During the scene where Meredith is mostly-dead she encounters several important people from her past, and previous episodes. She is seen with Denny and Dylan, and her dog Doc, as well as Bonnie who dies in episode 206 after a tragic train wreck. Meridith also meets up with Liz Fallon again, the woman who was her mother's scrub nurse for 18 years and the first confidante to know that Ellis Grey had Alzheimer's. When Liz asks Meredith if she remembers her Meredith says yes, and that Liz died of Liver Cancer. This is inconsistent with the information from episode 104- No Man's Land- when Dr. Yang steals Nurse Fallon's chart to try and get in on a good surgery. In that episode Liz dies of Pancreatic Cancer, not Liver Cancer.

    • Goof: Right after the shot from Ellis Grey to Meredith Grey, you can clearly see an artery moving by Meredith (around 25.00 minutes).

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): At the end of a day like this, a day when so many prayers are answered and so many aren't, we take our miracles where we find them. We reach across the gap and sometimes, against all odds, against all logic, we touch...

    • Dylan (to Meredith): I had a good life. I helped when I could, and when that shell went off in my hands, I completed my mission. I saved you.

    • Meredith: You know, when you came into the ER that night, you were so brave, so strong.
      Bonnie: I was in shock, and you guys doped me up! And you know what? In retrospect, what happened to me really sucked! I was young and beautiful and in love. I was getting married in four months, and then I was dying! And here you are, all happy and perky to be dead!

    • Richard (to Ellis): You've been gone a long time. And I know you think you died when the Alzheimer's started. I know it's a relief to you. I know. but it doesn't feel like a relief to me. I'm not relieved. I miss the sound of your voice. I miss talking to you. I miss you. I dyed my hair. For the ladies.

    • Cristina: Did you just say something, did you just speak? (Meredith mumbles something) Ooh, okay, Mer. I -- I don't understand you. Try -- try again for me okay? (goes to commercial) What? I can't -- please, please don't be -- Your brain works, okay, so all you need to do is form a word. Please. (a tear rolls down her cheek)
      Meredith: Ouch. (slowly opens her eyes)
      Cristina (over joyed): Oh, god. Oh. Hi. I'm getting married to Burke. Not that that should be anywhere on your list of thoughts right now but just in case you slip in the hallway or -- You are the one person that I wanted to tell. Thank you for not dying.

    • Bailey (to Meredith): You cannot give up. Do you understand me? Do you know how much time, effort, energy, and -- and resources, and -- and drugs... you cannot give up!

    • Richard: So she's warm...
      Burke: Yes.
      Richard: ...and dead.

    • Bailey: It's been over an hour... We should prepare for the possiblity that---
      Richard: Look, she is young, she is healthy. Her temp is going up and it's going to keep going up. And her heart will start again, that's the only possiblity that I'm prepared for.

    • Cristina: Prepare ourselves? That's what we tell the families before we call time of death.
      Izzie: She's gonna be okay.
      George: Sometimes you're wrong.
      Cristina: Uh-uh. No.
      Izzie: Cristina.
      Cristina: I'm not doing this. (walks away)
      Izzie: Cristina. She's gonna survive this. She's gonna survive this. She's gonna survive this. She's gonna survive this...

    • Bailey: Chief, I know the hypothermia is protected to her vital organs but... How much longer do you think we can go on like this?
      Chief: I've seen people last up to four hours.
      Bailey: Yeah, but...
      Chief: No, this is not-- This is Ellis Grey's little girl. This is my--
      Burke: We're all on the same side here, Chief.
      Chief: Her body temp is at 86 degrees she is not dead until she is warm and dead. We need to warm her up to 98.6 and start her heart.

    • Meredith: Well, I don't wanna be here. I wanna go back.
      Bonnie: We were told there wasn't a lot of time.
      Meredith: I'm out of time?!
      Liz: Well, we're not sure, baby.
      Meredith: Oh! I can't -- I want - I - I had - I had intimacy issues.
      Denny: Yeah.
      Meredith: Do you know how stupid that seems now? (starting to cry harder)
      Denny: Yeah, I do.
      Meredith (still crying heavily): It's not enough, it's not enough - just a whiff of Derek, or just - or Cristina. I need to go back! Please! I can't - I can't - (breathes and cries so hysterically she can no longer speak)

    • Derek: It´s my fault.
      Addison: Don't ...
      Derek: See I knew what was going on and I wasn't there for her.
      Addison: You were human.
      Derek: She was pulling away from me and I was just ... and I was ... I (shakes head) it´s just ...
      Addison: You think she went in the water on purpose?
      Derek: She knows how to swim. She's a good swimmer. (fighting back tears)
      Addison: Derek. You don´t know that she's ... (puts hands on Derek's face) you do not get to break down. You do not get to fall apart. Not when there's still a chance and there is still a chance Derek. Okay?
      Derek: Okay.
      Addison (gets paged): Okay. (walks away)

    • (Addison looking in at Meredith and Derek)
      Mark: So, she's okay?
      Addison: Yeah. We never had that. He never felt that way about me.
      Mark: I did.
      Addison (starts walking away): You know, sometimes I think what a waste it is to throw away all that history.
      Mark: I'm flawed and I'm a... a wreck, but you, it wasn't a game.
      Addison: 60 days. Go 60 days with no sex, no other women. 60 days cold turkey and maybe I'll believe you.
      Mark: So I only have sex with you?
      Addison: No. No sex with anyone. Grow up, Mark. Find another way to scratch the itch.
      Mark: Say I do, you'll give us another try? A real try, the couple thing, no sneaking around, no booty calls.
      Addison: If you make it. Yes.
      Mark: Okay. We're on. Oh, and Addison, if I'm not having sex, neither are you.
      Addison: Who would I possibly be having sex with? (shows Alex)

    • Izzie: Any Change?
      George: No...
      Izzie: George, come on. We can't do this today. Not today!
      George: What the hell did you say to my wife?
      Izzie: I didn't say anything. We both...
      George: I saw her face. I saw her face. She didn't say anything, but why, why would you pick now to throw down?
      Izzie: I didn't. I can't lie about how I feel.
      George: Actually you can! You can! People lie all the time. They hold their tongues and they wait. You should hold your tongue because if I'm not making a mistake you're gonna look like a jerk. And if I am, I'm going to need you. I need you and you keep taking that away. (George walks away)

    • Denny: Meredith... (aside to Dylan) She's freaking out.
      Dylan: She's not freaking out.
      Denny: People tend to freak out.
      Dylan: Trust me, she's fine.
      Denny: Oh, okay Mr. I've-Been-Dead-Longer-and-Knows-Every-Thing.
      Dylan: You know that's why I don't like to be here with you because you don't assess the situation, you just dive right in.
      Denny: Oh, I'm not the one who got himself all blown up.
      Dylan: Alright, you wanna do this now or do you wanna do this later?
      Denny: Oh, I.. I wanna do this -
      Dylan: You wanna do this now?
      Denny: I will kick your ass any time. I'm the one with the fresh heart.
      Dylan: Oh, you're gonna kick my ass?

    • Denny: What happened in that water?
      Meredith: I swam, I fought.
      Denny: No, you didn't, and you can't stay here, Meredith.
      Meredith: I don't want to!
      Denny: Yeah, you do. It's easier, but you can't. Because George's Dad died, because Izzie lost me, and Cristina, when she was nine she was in a car accident with her Father and he bled out right in front of her while they waited for an ambulance to arrive, and Alex...
      Meredith: Stop!
      Denny: They are barely breathing, this will break them, and none of them deserves that. And this, this is the big one, so you pay attention. Do you know what kind of miracle it is that Derek is who he is? Do you know how rare it is that someone like him even exists? He's still an optimist. He still believes in true love and magic and soul mates. He's waiting for you, and if you don't come back from this ... you will change who he is.

    • Burke: There's no change. Thought you should know.
      Cristina: No kidding.
      Burke: You know, some do come back from this.
      Cristina: You know what? I'm not a civilian. I know the science here. It's drinking time.
      Burke: Not yet. You have a responsibility to Meredith.
      Cristina: No. Uh Uh. I don't do this stuff. You should know. I don't go great lengths.
      Burke: Well, you were there for me.
      Cristina: After. After I knew you were going to make it. Hey, I'm not proud. Okay, I just... I can't. I can't go back there. I can't. I can't go back there and watch her.
      Burke: Listen to me. This is about you and the woman you call your person. And you do know the science here. And if she dies, and you are sitting here when that happens, I can't see you coming back from that. Come and say goodbye to your friend.

    • Derek (to Ellis): You broke her. You called her ordinary. You told her time and time again that nothing she does ever is good enough. Every good thing Meredith is, happened despite you. She may not survive this. Thats on you. That is on you!

    • Callie: What are those for?
      Izzie: Meredith is AB.
      Callie: She's been down a long time, but she's strong, we shouldn't give up.
      Izzie: I wasn't planning to... but thanks.
      Callie: Okay. Is this stress related or am I doing something specific to piss you off cause believe me we need to pull together.
      Izzie: Not we.
      Callie: What?
      Izzie: You keep going on like we need to do this for Meredith and how strong Meredith is like you know her.
      Callie: I do know her.
      Izzie: No, George, Cristina, and me... we know her. We're her family, we were here long before you and George started fooling around.
      Callie: Hey, he is my husband.
      Izzie: Stop saying that like it means something, it's a piece of paper you act like it gives you history or...
      Callie: Okay, enough, enough. I will not be run off. I am here, George wants me here. If you can accept that, that I love him too. Then maybe, I don't know, we could be friends. Or you can keep on the way you are and be that person that George used to know.
      Izzie: You don't get to decide that, George decides.
      Callie: Oh, I know what George will decide and if I were you I would think long and hard because you can't afford to loose another friend especially when the people around you keep...
      Izzie: Keep dropping like flies? Is that what you were about to say? (walks away)

    • Jane Doe: Is it really bad? You look... am I gonna...?
      Alex: No, no, no. It's just, uh, a friend, she was in the accident too.
      Jane Doe: I'm sorry.
      Alex: Yeah, yeah. Things are tough all over.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): There are medical miracles. Being worshipers at the alter of silence we don't like to believe miracles exist, but they do. Things happen, we can't explain them, we can't control them, but they do happen. Miracles do happen in medicine. They happen everyday, just not always when we need them to happen.

    • Alex: Meredith always makes me think, I don't know, screwed-up people have a chance.

    • Meredith: You think that I wanna be here? I swam. I fought, hard. The water was cold.
      Denny: Alright, but that thing in the tub, what was that?
      Meredith: That wasn't anything. It -- You seen me in the tub?
      Denny: I don't watch women in the tub... I wish I could watch women -- (sighs) We know things, okay?
      Liz: You had to think about, no daughter of Ellis Grey --
      Meredith: This is so not an Ellis Grey thing.
      Denny: Ah. This is a Derek thing.
      Meredith: I would never...
      Bonnie: You would. I know that crappy things have happened to you but how can you be a surgeon and have so little respect for life?

    • Meredith: I was swimming. I was fighting. And then I thought, just for a second, I thought 'What's the point?' And then I let go. I stopped fighting. Don't tell anybody.
      Denny: Okay.

    • Cristina (drunk): Do you use moisturizer? Here, take this. (hands Joe moisturizer) Keep it behind the bar. (Joe smells it)
      Joe: Woah, what is this? It smells like something burning.
      Cristina: It's gingerbread.
      Joe: Yeah...
      Cristina: You're not getting this, are you? Okay, this is 99 cents. You can buy anything for 99 cents. Oh. (leans down and picks up plastic chair) It's small, it's tiny size, it has cat type picture on it but it is a chair. For 99 cents you can buy furniture. That is America, man.
      Joe: That's Taiwan man. You know, this ferry thing's pretty bad. Don't you think you should be...
      Cristina: I am coping. Okay. I'm coping. So uh, shut up, and look at all my crap!

    • Izzie: I let you down. And I get it if you don't trust me right now. But please George, it's me, it's us. Please.

    • Denny: Izzie.
      Meredith: You see her?
      Denny: No. Sometimes we'll be in the same place at exactly the same time and I can almost hear her voice, until I come touching her. I like to believe she knows I'm there. That's all you get. That's it. Moments with the people you love. And they'll move on, and you want them to move on. And still, Meredith, that's all you get--moments.
      Meredith: Is this really happening?
      Denny: I don't know, this is your after life, not mine.

    • Cristina: Try again. (screams) Try again!
      Bailey (sighs): One more round of ACLS drugs.
      Richard: One more.

    • Dylan: Meredith. This is not your brain on drugs. This is death. You are dead. You are really freaking dead. You're dirt nap dead. No more 'you' dead.
      Denny: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Way too harsh. Remember, we were gonna take it easy? That was not easy. (pauses) Meredith, you drowned in Elliot Bay, you remember that?
      Meredith: Yeah. That sucked. (Meredith continues to play with Doc)
      Dylan: Oh, this is gonna take awhile.
      Denny: We don't have awhile. She's runnin' outta time.

    • Ellis: You shouldn't be here.
      Meredith: Neither should you.
      Ellis: Just keep going. Don't be a dam. (hugs Meredith) You are -- You are anything but ordinary, Meredith.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Titles:
      Czech Republic: Zázrak (Miracle)
      Germany: Tot (Dead)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: April 30, 2007 on Net Italy: May 28, 2007 on Foxlife
      Brazil: May 28, 2007 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Argentina: May 29, 2007 on Sony Entertainment Television
      New Zealand, May 31st, 2007 on TV2
      France: June 26, 2007 on TF1
      Switzerland: July 2, 2007 on SF 2
      Israel: July 2, 2007 on Yes Stars 1
      Great Britain: September 6, 2007 on Livingtv
      Ireland: September 25, on RTE Two
      Germany: October 10, 2007 on Pro7
      Norway: December 4, 2007 on TV2 Finland: December 26, 2007 on Nelonen
      Croatia: January 14, 2008 on NOVA TV
      Poland: January 22, 2008 on Polsat
      Czech Republic: March 9, 2008 on Prima
      Romania: May 13, 2008 on TVR1

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Timeless by Kate Havnevik
      2. Sleep Don't Weep by Damien Rice
      3. Swans by Unkle Bob
      4. The Lake by Aqualung
      5. By My Side by Ben Harper
      6. World Waits for You by Son Volt


    • Episode Title: Some Kind of Miracle

      The episode's title is a reference to the song Some Kind of Miracle by Terry Oldfield. It is also a song by Kelly Clarkson.