Grey's Anatomy

Season 2 Episode 21


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 19, 2006 on ABC
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Episode Summary

After a series of deaths at the hospital some of the staff become very superstitious. Izzie worries about Denny and gets confronted by Alex. A patient with OCD drives Cristina crazy. Derek and Addison discuss their relationships with Meredith. Richard treats a friend from 17 years ago who reveals a secret about a dark time in his past that involves Ellis. George gets an earful about the women he's not talking to. Burke and Cristina argue about kicking George out.moreless

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  • I hate Alex, Izzie let go, George grow up, Yeah for the Fat love interest!

    I hate Alex so much right now. I was feeling the Alex/Izzie thing till he had to go all psycho jealous. He only told Denny he was going to die because he was jealous and though George needed to be told, Alex was just upset about being dumped and took it out on George 'cause he knew he wouldn't go anything about it. Though I was hoping George would have punched him good. He's just mean and such a jerk. Props to Izzie for dumping sorry butt.

    Loved the trailer park speech, but Izzie needs to let go. I see why she likes Denny (imagine how charming he'd be if he were well), but he is her patient and what she's doing is just wrong. She needs to give the case to someone else and walk away.

    I love that Bailey is back, but what women goes back to such a stressful job less than a month after giving birth and her husband must be still recovering from brain surgery. She should be at home.

    I'm liking Addison and McDreamy more and more every week. I really hope things work out for them.

    Christina and Burke were cute as always. I love them.

    The chief was interesting, they need to go into his past a bit more. We need more Chief!

    I really like George's knew love interest, many people don't 'cause she's fat. But I like the idea of George hooking up with a large woman of color, maybe she'll make him grow up a bit.

    None of the medical cases really stuck out tonight, there was nothing that interesting.

    Anyway, overall, it was an ok episode.moreless
  • Better than the last; still not great

    I definitely did not expect Richard to be an alcoholic.

    The awkwardness between Meredith, Derek, and Addison was just irritating. As much as I love Addison, I just want Derek to end it already and stop putting them and us through all this pain.

    As much as I don’t like Denny and do like Alex, I think the way Alex is trying to push Denny away from Izzie is disgusting. I get that he’s jealous, and he has every right to be, but to be so insensitive to a dying man is just unforgivable.

    I love Sara Ramirez (Callie)! I hope she is on the show for a while. I think she might be the perfect solution to George’s problems!moreless
  • much to talk about!!!

    The show opens with a very sad note as there are 4 deaths in the OR. What scares the surgeons the most is that all of them were the 1st operations of the morning and the story around the hospital is that deaths come in 3s and 7s. So all the surgeons are panicking as they do not want anyone else dying in there OR. All the doctors reach for there good luck charms. Also there patients admitted that are very superstitious. One refuses to have surgery because her horoscope told her to stay home, and the other has serious OCD. George finally calls Dr. Torres, and Dr. Burke puts him on a mission to find his lucky cap. Alex (that S.O.B.) is jealous of Danny and starts to tell him that it would be best if he does not lead Izzie on and this lead to a huge fight between Izzie and Alex. Finally the most interesting thing we learn in this episode is that Dr. Richard Webber is an ex alcoholic when an old friend of his is admitted into the hospital when she her liver is failing. I have to mention I love Addison, in my opinion Dr. Shepard is a total idiot to even consider Meredith as a friend, and I have to say I still have not forgiven Meredith for what she did to George. On the whole this episode was a good one and will certainly be the building block for many episodes of the future.moreless
  • Refer to the actual summary of the episode, why should I write it again?

    This show is obviously running out of steam. Week to week the quality decreases in proportion to the extremely outlandish story lines. It just seems to get more ridiculous with each "revelation" of a character, such as the Chief of Surgery\'s now apparent alcoholism and Meredith’s annoying dilemma of relationships, not to mention the crass behavior of Alex (who acts like that?) The dialogue needs a serious adjustment; I just cringe each time they refer to coffee as "ju-ju."moreless
  • Music from Superstition...

    In response to ferfey's post, ABC has the music, artists, and labels listed on their episode guide. For "Superstition", here's the link:

    I was looking for a song from the episode too, and came across your post. I'm not sure what the title was and who it was by, but I'll try all of the ones listed... Good luck to you...
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

Mary Kay Place

Mary Kay Place

Olive Warner

Guest Star

Michelle Watkins

Michelle Watkins

Nikki Ratlin

Guest Star

Anjul Nigam

Anjul Nigam

Dr. Raj Sen

Guest Star

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Denny Duquette

Recurring Role

Sara Ramirez

Sara Ramirez

Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres

Recurring Role

Kate Anthony

Kate Anthony

Nurse Kate

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Last episode Izzie told Alex that the thing between them was over. Everything was done, but in this episode Alex asks her about sneaking out as if they were still together.

    • Goof: When you first see Izzie looking at the OR board, after she's been thrown out of Burke's operation, there are some sections of one of the operations rubbed out. When you next see her looking at the OR board, the row is magically filled up. Meredith and Bailey come along and Meredith rubs out the same sections again.

    • Goof: At the end of the episode, when Derek leaves his dead patient at the operation table and is followed by Cristina, the dead patient can be seen moving his eyelids.

    • Goof: At the end of the episode Miranda and Meredith are trying to revive their lightning patient. Miranda gets the difibrillater paddles from the nurse. Miranda forgets to put on the gause or cream on the paddles before shocking the patient.

    • Goof: At the end of the episode you see George take off his jacket, then in the next shot he's taking it off again.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • George: Hey. I didn't call. I should've called. I just- (Callie walks away) Oh. (George shakes his head and grabs out his cell phone. He starts dialing. He watches as Callie's phone starts ringing. She opens it up and sees it George calling. She shakes her head but answers it anyway) Hi, this is George O'Malley calling. You gave me your phone number. I know I should've called you sooner but I'm calling now and I just wanna know maybe you wanna go out with me sometime … because I love to watch you set bones and I oh I rarely spend that much time in a women's rest room. (Callie starts to smile) and I really like you. (Callie smiles broadly) So, is that a yes? (Callie nods and smiles)

    • Alex: Izzie paints a pretty picture because she likes you, you know.
      Denny: Okay.
      Alex: I'm just saying that she likes you. Which is going to be hard on her.
      Denny: You mean, when I die. Come on, I'm asking you man-to-man.
      Alex: With the clot in your pulmonary artery, it'll cut of the oxygen to your lungs. You'll die of hypoxia. If the hypoxia doesn't kill you, the strain on your heart will.
      Denny: And the surgery?
      Alex: It's not a routine procedure. You're at a serious risk for bleeding because of the anti-coagulants already in your system. (Denny is silent) What I'm saying is that Izzie likes you and she's not going to be the one to pull away.

    • Meredith: Uh, I'm getting the feeling she's a little bit of a stalker.
      Bailey: Do we need to call the police?
      Meredith: I don't think so. I think she's more of a gentle stalker than kill you with a knife stalker.
      Bailey: Right. Well let's hope she lives to gently stalk another day.

    • Richard: Ellis Grey's daughter is working at the hospital. Ellis is in a nursing home with Alzheimer's. I try to go see her every chance I get.
      Ollie (scoffs): You're having an affair with the woman that drove you to your alcoholic bottom?
      Richard: Ollie, we're not having an affair. She's sick.
      Ollie: You're lyin' to your wife?
      Richard: I'm not lying.
      Ollie: You're lying by omission! You're having an emotional affair and now you're lying to your sponsor about it.
      Richard: You haven't been my sponser in years.
      Ollie: I still have the right to bust your ass if I see you slipping.
      Richard: I'm not slipping!
      Ollie: Not yet. But you're making a pretty big mess. (she just stares at him) How many years you had now?
      Richard: Just passed 17.
      Ollie: I'm proud of you. ... I'm scared, too.
      Richard: You got me sober, Ollie. You walked me through it. And I'm gonna walk you through this.

    • Callie: You missed the boat George.
      George: You mean on this case or--
      Callie: Or a hot chick gives you her number, you're supposed to call. (she looks at Nikki for confirmation)
      Nikki: Yeah.
      George (whispers): I, I was, I mean I am goi-
      Callie: Too late.
      Nikki: Ouch. Don't give up. I mean if you really like her. (George looks taken aback. Meredith comes into the room and he gets more flustered)
      George: Uh, 'kay! (he leaves quickly)
      Nikki: Okay, the plot thickens.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): Superstition lies in the space between what we can control and what we can't. Find a penny pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck. No one's wants to pass the chance of good luck but does saying it 33 times really help? Is anyone really listenning? And if no one's listenning, why do we bother doing those strange things at all? We relay on Superstitions because we're smart enough to know we don't have all the answers, and that life works in mysterious ways. Don't dis the juju form wherever it comes.

    • Cristina: You want me to pee in front of you? Is that what you want?
      George: You have it on you.
      Cristina: Oh, really? You want to go there?
      George: I want to go there.
      Cristina: So what are you going to do, Bambi? Take it from me.
      George: Burke said to do whatever I have to do and I am going to do whatever I have to do.

    • Denny: So, I wasn't one of the seven?
      Izzie: It's past midnight. There were only six.
      Denny: Then why are you crying?
      Izzie: I'm not crying.
      Denny: You are too.
      Izzie: Oh, damn it. ... I cannot fall for a patient.
      Denny (smiling): Oh. Okay... Good luck with that. (she laughs and kisses him)

    • Intern 1: I heard they're dying left and right.
      Intern 2: See? I told you there would be seven.
      Izzie: Who? Who died?
      Intern 1: Don't know. I bet it was that spleen chick. You heard she wouldn't let them operate?
      Intern 2: My money's on the chief's shunt.
      Alex: I have twenty says Burke's guy went down. Dude's a walking time bomb.
      Intern 2: Bet.

    • Meredith: How's your guy?
      Cristina: Brain's bleeding. Needs surgery. You wanna know why? 'Cause he couldn't move his car until he stopped counting.
      Meredith: My girl--ruptured spleen--won't have surgery because of her horoscope.
      Cristina: Oh, well, we should introduce them. They'd make a nice crazy couple. (George comes in and sits really close to Cristina) Oh you know what? I'm sitting next to Meredith. Have some self-respect.
      George: Dr. Burke's orders trump any personal issues I might have. (Cristina moves her chair away. George does the same to be close to her again)
      Meredith: Is the craziness rubbing off?
      Cristina: He's trying to stalk Burke's lucky cap from me.
      Meredith: Burke has hat juju?
      Cristina: Apparently.
      Meredith: And you're using it against him?
      Cristina: Well, they're forcing me to because of the clarinet playing, the running and all the breakfast food.
      Izzie: You guys, this whole death cluster thing is just ridiculous, right? I mean just because 4 died today doesn't necessarily mean there's going to be 3 more before midnight.
      Cristina: It doesn't, Tinkerbell? For real?
      Meredith: Are you worried about Denny?
      Izzie: Yeah. Of course I am. He's my patient. But if you're asking me if I'm "worried" about Denny, no. I'm sleeping with Alex, so... It's just...
      Cristina: Well, it's your case.
      Izzie: Yeah. I know. I'm just asking. You know as your boyfriend did he-
      Cristina: Well I don't know why you care. You're sleeping with Alex right?
      Izzie: Yeah.
      Cristina: Yeah.
      Izzie: Right, no whatever. I'm just saying, there's no such thing as a death cluster. It's just stupid, right?

    • Derek: Ah! Juju.
      Addison: Yep.
      Derek: You juju'ed Meredith.
      Addison: I did. In the spirit of friendship.
      Derek: Hmmm.
      Addison: What, are we not being friends with Meredith anymore?
      Derek: No, no, we are. Meredith and I are friends.
      Addison: And you and I are married. So by proxy, Meredith and I are friends.
      Derek: That's very big of you.
      Addison: Yeah.
      Derek: You don't have to do that. It's not like I'm going to be friends with...let's say... Mark.
      Addison: Yeah, well, neither am I. Now finish your juju before somebody else dies.

    • George: Can I have a bite of that?
      Cristina: No. You're in my apartment, you don't get to be in my food.
      George: Dr. Burke gave me a protein bar this morning.
      Cristina (to Meredith): He packs his lunch for him, did I mention?
      Izzie: I talked to the morgue guy this morning.
      Meredith: The one with the unibrow?
      Izzie: The one with the, like, teeth thing. And he said that surgical fatalities come in threes and sevens; says there'll be three more before midnight.
      Cristina: Ooh, okay then, since dead tooth morgue guy said so.
      Izzie: He's the morgue guy. He knows things about death.
      Meredith (she picks up something and hands it to George): You dropped this. (George walks away) He's still ignoring me.
      Cristina: Ignore him back.
      Meredith: Derek says I should apologize until he listens.
      Cristina: Derek says?
      Meredith: Its good advice, he's my friend. That's good friend advice.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): My college campus has a magic statue. It's a longstanding tradition for students to rub its nose for good luck. My freshman roommate really believed in the statue's power and insisted on visiting it to rub its nose before every exam. Studying might have been a better idea, she flunked out her sophomore year. The fact is, we all have little superstitious things we do. If it's not believing in magic statues, it's avoiding sidewalk cracks or always putting our left shoe on first. Knock on wood. Step on a crack, break your mothers back. The last thing we want to do is offend the gods.

    • Cristina (to Izzie): You don't have to follow me. (walks up to Burke and hands him the cap)
      Burke: Thank you. How long have you had this? It's one of my favorites.
      Cristina: You know, you don't need it. I keep that cap in my locker because every morning I look at it and I'm reminded of what I'm here for and what I want to be. A great surgeon. A surgeon who is decisive, and who executes, and who doesn't need a piece of clothing to give him an edge in surgery. You don't need it.
      Burke: I know. You're right.
      Cristina: I know I'm right. (Burke walks off putting the cap on)

    • Addison: Ah, Dr. Bailey. Here you go. (she hands her a cup)
      Bailey: What's this?
      Addison: Hot cocoa. It's a little ritual we had in New York. Four surgeries, four deaths, I figured we could all use a little good juju.
      Bailey: And cocoa equals juju how?
      Addison: Hey, hey, hey don't question the cocoa.

    • Cristina: The guy didn't die because you weren't wearing one of your caps.
      Burke: Well, I know that. I just prefer wearing one of my one, it's a comfort thing.
      Cristina: Oh well…I prefer having George out of the apartment so I guess we both have comfort things.
      Burke: Yang, what are you saying?
      Cristina: Uh, you know, um, I have one of your caps in my locker.
      Burke: Why do you have one of my caps?
      Cristina: You know, that's not the point, the point is um…I think I'm going to keep it hostage. So you kick baby out, and you'll get your cap back.
      Burke: Oh, I don't do well with ultimatums.
      Cristina: Maybe you should think of it more as a trade.

    • (Cristina catches him going through her locker and he finds her bra and underwear)
      Cristina: You're a pervy little boy, George. And you're not finding the cap.
      George: I'll do your dishes for a month.
      Cristina: I don't do dishes.
      George: I'll do your laundry.
      Cristina: I don't do laundry.
      George: Maybe that's why Burke likes having me around so much.
      Cristina: Interesting. Interesting. Are you having sex with him?
      George: No.
      Cristina: Then he likes having me around more.
      George: Why does it always have to be a competition? (Cristina glares) What do you want for the cap?
      Cristina: You out of the apartment.
      George: I'm not leaving until Burke says I have to leave.
      Cristina: Then you're not getting the cap. (she throws the bra he pulled out of the locker in his face) Now, clean up my crap.

    • (Izzie walks up behind Cristina, grabs Cristina's arm and pulls her in a room)
      Cristina: Ow! Ow, you're touching me.
      Izzie: George says you have Burke's scrub cap.
      Cristina: So?
      Izzie: Give it to him.
      Cristina: No.
      Izzie: Give it to him, Cristina!
      Cristina: What is with you?
      Izzie: He needs it to operate.
      Cristina: No, he doesn't. (she moves to walk away, and Izzie pushes her back)
      Izzie: That isn't your decision to make. Not when he's going in on Denny. Now are you gonna give it to him or am I gonna to physically take it from you?
      Cristina (shocked, laughs): Are you threatening me?
      Izzie (moving closer to her): I swear to god, Cristina, I like you. I really do. But I grew up in a trailer park and I'm not above kicking your pampered Beverly Hills ass. And I do mean, physically kicking your ass. (Cristina looks scared)

    • George (after Callie sees him in the women's bathroom on top of Cristina, trying to get Burke's cap from her): Dr. Torres.
      Callie: Dr. O'Malley, you're aware that this is the women's bathroom.
      George: Yes, ma'am. (Callie walks out of the bathroom)
      Cristina: Dude, you called her ma'am she's never gonna sleep with you now.

    • George: Hey, have you seen Burke?
      Izzie: He's on the phone with the laundry, they still can't find his scrub caps.
      George: That's what I gotta tell him, Cristina won't give hers back. Unless I'm ready to hit a woman. And even though it's Cristina I'm not ready to cross that line. (starts walking away)
      Izzie: Wait! (she grabs his arm roughly) Cristina, has one of Burke's scrub caps?
      George: She's holding it hostage. Why do you think I'm stalking her?

    • Meredith: I got hot chocolated. She-Shepherd hot chocolated me. It's her juju.
      Cristina: I don't like people who say juju.

    • (They are all standing in the ER and there are no patients around)
      Cristina: Great. No blood, no guts, no lives to save. It's dead quiet.
      Bailey: Did you really just say that?
      Izzie: Cristina!
      Cristina: What?
      George: You said the "Q" word.
      Izzie: It's like saying "MacBeth" in the theatre.
      Cristina: Please. You think that when someone says it's quiet that'll mean--- (a person rushes in asking for help, and is followed by all of them being paged) Can anyone spell coincidence?

    • Izzie: What did you say to him?
      Alex: Who?
      Izzie: You know who. What the hell, why does Denny think he's dying?
      Alex: Well, maybe because there is a good chance that he is.
      Izzie: Just so we're clear, we're over, Alex. This isn't working.
      Alex: You're breaking up with me over a corpse.
      Izzie: No! No, I'm breaking up with you because on your very best day…that corpse is twice the man that you will ever be. You're not good enough for me, Alex. You're not good enough for any woman.

    • Alex: O'Malley, you are a sad excuse for a man.
      George: Excuse me?
      Alex: I know you heard me. You're like a whiney little girl.
      Meredith: Alex!
      Alex: You know why he's not speaking to you because he's not over you. (turns to George) Man, you got laid, it went badly, a man would move on but you, you mope around this place like a dog that likes to get kicked. You make me sick! And if it wouldn't get me kicked out of the program I'd smash your pathetic little face right (hits locker) into that locker!

    • Bailey (about Nikki, to Meredith): Poor girl's going to kill herself trying not to die.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Bulgaria: July 24, 2006 on bTV
      Spain: September 19, 2006 on Cuatro
      Australia: September 18, on Channel 7
      Switzerland: October 23, on SF 2
      The Netherlands: October 31, on Net 5
      UK: December 14, 2006 on Living TV.
      Sweden: January 2, 2007 on Kanal 5
      Germany: Feburary 13, 2007 on Pro7
      Croatia: March 26, 2007 on NOVA TV
      Finland: March 28, 2007 on Nelonen
      Italy: April 27, 2007 on Italia 1
      Ireland: July 3, 2007 on RTE Two
      Romania: July 31, 2007 on TVR1

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. You Don't Know Me by Greenskeepers plays at the start of the episode/ Meredith's beginning voiceover
      2. Catalyst (Acoustic) by Anna Nalick plays when Ollie asks Richard why he hasn't been to any meetings
      3. Free by Luke Doucet plays when Meredith, Izzie, George and Cristina are having lunch
      4. How To Save A Life by The Fray plays during Burke, Webber and Derek's surgeries
      5. Gabriel And The Vagabond by Foy Vance plays when victims of the "7", 5 and 6, die
      6. Multiply by Jamie Lidell plays when Burke and Cristina are leaving the hospital/George is asking Callie out


    • Meredith: My college campus has a magic statue. It's a longstanding tradition for students to rub its nose for good luck.

      This is a reference to a tradition at Dartmouth, where Meredith (and Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes) went to college. Students rub the nose of a statue of Warner Bentley for good luck.

    • Izzie: It's like saying 'Macbeth' in a theater. This is a reference to the widely believed superstition that saying the name of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth inside a theater brings bad luck to the production and cast.

    • Episode Title: Superstition

      The title of this episode could be a reference to the hit song Superstition by Stevie Wonder.