Grey's Anatomy

Season 1 Episode 2

The First Cut Is the Deepest

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 03, 2005 on ABC
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The surgical staff tries to be optimistic as a young woman clings to life after a brutal attack. Meanwhile, Meredith puts her career on the line to save a newborn in the hospital nursery, while taking on the responsibility of an object that she wished she never had to look after. The other interns learn that it takes more than just medical knowledge to be good at their jobs.moreless

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  • Rape doesn't pay.

    I really enjoyed the main story line for this episode. A woman is raped, but while fighting back she bites the tip of the guy's dick off. Meredith has to keep it in her custody until the police come for it. Suddenly a man collapses in front of the hospital. When he is turned over, you can see that his pants are soaked with blood; the rapist has arrived. The rape victim finally wakes up. Derek informs the rapist that they saved his life, but he'll never have sex again. I hope that teaches him not to mess with women.moreless
  • A rape victim arrives at Seattle Grace, causing an interesting connection between her and Meredith. Meredith and Derek share a kiss in an elevator and Meredith spends the day carting around a severed penismoreless

    This was a great episode. It was funny and heartfelt. I loved how Meredith makes a connection to the rape victim through her shoes. I also loved how Derek spent every minute next to the rape victim because she had no one. The elevator kiss was amazing. I loved how she was determined not to get involved with him again and then makes out with him in the elevator. It was great when Burke pulls out the severed penis and asks what it is only to have Meredith gasp "That's a penis His reaction was hilarious!

    Alex and Cristina's rounds of having patients hug them and them trying to get out of it was great to. This episode was very funny and sentimantal. One of the best.moreless
  • There are some lines that can not be crossed !

    Meredith had a rape victim Allison a young woman who just moved to Seattle. She bit of the penis of her rapist. Meredith is all in shock because Allison was wearing the same shoes that Meredith is wearing. She normally never wear them because they are uncomfortable.

    Rapist stumbles right back into the hospital. The whole surgical staff tries to be optimistic but Allison is getting worse.

    Meanwhile she puts her career on a line because she wants to save a newborn in the nursery who had turned blue ! She asks for help and she will receive it. Meanwhile Izzie is having a hard time with Chinese woman.

    Another great episode and fantastic character development.moreless
  • A young woman clings to life after being brutally attacked, Meredith risks her career to help a newborn baby in the nursery and the interns continue to learn that it isn't just medical knowledge that makes a person a good doctor.moreless

    This episode was an excellent episode. There were some funny parts, some serious parts and some emotional parts. That is what makes a great show. When the woman is brought into the hospital after being brutally attacked you can see how bad a sexual attack can be. While in surgery Dr. Burke extracts something from the woman's body. Not knowing what it is he asks and when Meredith informs him that it is the attacker's penis the look on the male doctor's face is just too funny. The story line involving the newborn was touching and sweet even though the baby actually had a major problem. As a viewer you are so relieved when at the end of the episode the attacked girl finally wakes up and looks at Dr. Shepherd and he says hi. It was just a really great moment in an episode with many good and touching moments.moreless
  • Perfect.

    Can this show get any better?

    the acting is first class.

    It should sweep every single award show there is.

    T. R. Knight is excellent. There is no-one who can play a better George O'Malley.

    He seems nervous and also he has a feminine side to him as well.

    I love the bit in episode 1 where he performs appendectomy and kind of fails.

    Where would Grey's anatomy be without Patrick Dempsey?

    He is very good at trying to flirt with Meredith.

    he tries to seduce Meredith and I think that is very funny.

    I can see that they will get together but the things is how it happens is the funnier part...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

Gary Kraus

Gary Kraus

Louis Cardon

Guest Star

Stephen Blackehart

Stephen Blackehart


Guest Star

Kylie Dragna

Kylie Dragna

Ellen Parkins

Guest Star

Kerry Carney

Kerry Carney

Intern 1

Recurring Role

Robin Pearson Rose

Robin Pearson Rose


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • The flyer Meredith posts for roommates says: "Two nice rooms with shared bath available immediately, close to Seattle Grace. Near coffee shop, public transportation, shopping, and convenient to almost everything. Non-smokers only please, no pets and absolutely no Bush supporters need apply. All applicants will need to have a credit check completed. First and last month's rent plus a deposit is required to move in."

    • Goof: Throughout the episode, Izzie has her hair in a long, straightened ponytail. However, in the scene where she and the other interns are sitting down together and complaining about work, you will notice that Izzie's ponytail is suddenly wavy. Just seconds later, when Bailey shows up and the interns all quickly stand up, Izzie's hair is straightened again, and it remains that way until she goes outside in the rain in a later scene.

    • The Cantonese translation:

      (scene where they first meet)
      Izzie: Alright Mrs Lu, I am Dr. Stevens. I am going to sew up your wound. You are going to need... yeah about six stitches. Are you allergic to any medication?
      Mrs Lu.: Do you know how to speak Chinese? Please help me.
      Izzie: Oh I'm sorry, I don't um... do you speak English?
      Mrs Lu.: My daughter is outside. She is more hurt than I am. I'm only hurt in the arm, she is... why don't you understand what I'm saying?

      (scene where Cristina gets called in for help)
      Mrs Lu.: My daughter is outside her head is bleeding, I want to stop the bleeding but I can't.

    • Goof (editing continuity): At the end of the episode as Meredith is leaving the hospital, she stands by the elevator by Derek and her hair is up in a bun, but as she exits the door her hair is down.

    • Goof: In the pilot episode you see that the hospital is very close to the Space Needle. But in this episode when Meredith is waiting for the elevator you can see the Pike Place Market right behind it. In actuality the Market and the Space Needle are a couple miles apart and there is no way (if the crew were to look at Seattle's geography) that a hospital could be placed that close to Pike Place.

    • Goof: At the beginning, Derek and Meredith get in the elevator and have this huge conversation but the elevator only starts to move when they're making out.

    • Goof (medically incorrect): The code team responds to asystole with a 200 J defib. They should be using TCP instead.

    • Goof (editing continuity): In the locker room, George is brushing his teeth and complaining about losing patients while on the code team. Cristina tells him it's common, and he turns to ask why she didn't tell him. He has a large smear of toothpaste on his cheek. The camera cuts to Cristina, then back to George, and his face is clean although he hasn't changed position at all.

    • Goof (editing continuity): At the end when Derek and Meredith are standing by the elevator, he closes his cellphone, and the next shot it's open and he closes it again and puts it in his pocket.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Derek (working on a rape victim in the OR): What is she, 5"2? 100 pounds? She's still alive after what this guy did to her?
      Burke: See how shredded her hands are? She tried to fight back.
      Derek: Tried to? The rape kit came back negative. She kicked his ass!
      Burke: Well, then, we have a warrior among us!

    • Meredith (about Derek's rape victim patient): How is she?
      Derek: No change.
      Meredith: Have you been here all night?
      Derek: Mm-hmm. (pauses) You know, I have four sisters. Very girly. Tons of kids. If I were in a coma, they'd all be here. I'd want them here. But to have no one... I can't imagine that.
      Meredith: I can.

    • Burke: Shepherd, you should know that Richard promised Chief to both of us. (Derek just smiles slightly. Burke slightly huffs) But you knew that already?
      Derek: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
      Burke: You're not the enemy. You're just the competition.

    • (George, Izzie & Cristina are there looking at the babies as well)
      Meredith: Okay, fine. George and Izzie you can move into the house.
      George: Yes. Yes!
      Izzie: I can't believe she caved.
      George: Thank you.
      Meredith (to Cristina): I can't believe I caved.
      Cristina: I blame the babies. They make you toxic.

    • George: Lost 5 patients on the code team today. I feel like the Angel of Death.
      Cristina: George, 95% of all code patients can't be revived. Most of them are seriously dead before you get there.
      George: What? Why didn't you tell me that when I was going on and on about how great it was going to be?
      Cristina: 'Cause you're George and I'm Cristina.

    • Meredith: So the police say they can't send the crap crime scene guy down for hours. So I have to spend the night with the penis. (Alex smirks and is about to say something) Alex... Don't say it.
      Alex: Aw, it was too easy anyway.

    • Cristina: Why do I have to be the one that gets hugged?
      Alex: Because I don't do that. Besides you're the ovarian sister here.
      Cristina: Did you just call me an ovarian sis... (Alex nods and walks off) ... an ovarian sis? Since when does a possession of ovaries become an insult?
      George: Meredith is carrying a penis around in a jar.
      Cristina: Oh from the rape surgery? (Cristina peeks inside the cooler)
      Meredith: Yeah. And it's not a jar, it's a cooler.
      Cristina: Talk about taking a bite out of crime.

    • George: Do you know what the code team does? Saves lives. I shock a heart and someone lives to see another day. That's upbeat. It's, ah, glass half full.
      Cristina: Bambi, don't say another word until after the hunter shoots your mother.
      George: I don't like you.
      Cristina: I have a BA from Smith, a pHD from Berkeley and a MD from Stanford and I'm delivering lab results. It'll take me all day to get through these.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): It's all about lines. The finish line at the end of residency, waiting in line for a chance at the operating table, and then there's the most important line, the line separating you from the people you work with. It doesn't help to get too familiar to make friends. You need boundaries, between you and the rest of the world. Other people are far too messy. It's all about lines. Drawing lines in the sand and praying like hell no one crosses them.

    • (Meredith is walking towards the elevator, where Derek is standing. She stops in front of him)
      Derek: So... it's intense... this thing I have... for, uh... ferry boats, I mean.
      Meredith: I am so taking the stairs this time. (she continues walking)
      Derek: No self control. It's sad. Really. (he nods and gets into the elevator)

    • Cristina: What are you doing down here?
      Meredith: Just sitting here with my penis. What about you?
      Cristina: Hiding from Alex.
      Meredith: I kissed Derek.
      Cristina: You kissed Derek?
      Meredith: In the elevator.
      Cristina: Oh, you kissed him in the elevator?
      Meredith: I was having a bad day. I am having a bad day.
      Cristina: So what you do on your bad days, make out with Dr. McDreamy?
      Meredith: Well, you know that and carrying around a penis just makes everything seem so shiny and happy.

    • Peds Intern: Are you? ... I mean being an intern do you feel...
      Meredith: ...terrified? One hundred percent of the time.
      Peds Intern: Good. It's not just me.

    • Cristina: I need a drink, a man or a massage. Or a drunken massage by a man.

    • Burke: Chief! So you asked Shepherd to come to Grace.
      Richard: He's an old student of mine.
      Burke (sarcastic): Ah, well he left ol' Manhattan and a private practice because you asked?
      Richard (stops walking): Yes.
      Burke: No other reason? Just a favor for an old professor?
      Richard: It'll be years before I retire.
      Burke (stiff): Chief of Surgery is mine. Chief of Surgery is mine.
      Richard: It was yours. Now I'm not so sure.
      Burke (angry): No I'm the best surgeon at Grace with the lowest mortality rate. You can't just bring some guy...
      Richard (interrupts loudly): Ask me why I'm not so sure about you. (pause) Ask me why? (Burke walks away)

    • Burke: Why?
      Richard: You really wanna know?
      Burke: I want to know why you stopped thinking of me as your number one. (pause) Richard I do more in this hospital than any other surgeon...
      Richard (interrupts): You do only exactly as much as is necessary. You never take an extra step. You never give an extra minute. You're comfortable and arrogant. And it doesn't impress me. You wanna be Chief. Earn it.

    • George: What's that?
      Meredith: Don't ask. You don't want to know.
      George: I do wanna know. Really.
      Meredith: You really wanna know? (George nods smiling) It's a severed penis. (George looks slightly ill at this)
      George: Okay. I didn't really wanna know.

    • Burke: You know we should get a drink later. You can tell me the long story of what makes a hot shot doc leave the Big Apple for Seattle.
      Derek: A short story actually. You're ah Chief of Surgery made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
      Burke (confused): Richard asked you to come?
      Derek: Yeah. Why?
      Burke (shrugs it off): Oh nothing.

    • Izzie: I wouldn't have called you but I can't get hold of a translator. Can you just ask her what's wrong?
      Cristina: No.
      Izzie: Why not?
      Cristina: I grew up in Beverly Hills. The only Chinese I know is from a Mr. Chow's menu. Besides, I'm Korean.

    • Burke: Do you think I'm too confident?
      Bailey: No.
      Burke: Don't lie.
      Bailey (sighs): You're my boss.
      Burke: Anything you say in the next 30 seconds is free starting now.
      Bailey (pause): I think you're cocky. Arrogant. Bossy and pushy. You also have a God complex and don't think of anybody but your damn self.
      Burke: But I--
      Bailey: But what? I still have 22 seconds. I'm not done.

    • George: You know what you need? (Raises his eyebrows at her)
      Meredith: No. It's sick and twisted. We said last time was the last time. (George makes a guilty face) You've been doing it without me?
      George: Nancy Reagan lied. You can't just say no. C'mon.
      Meredith: You know what would happen if anyone knew?
      George: I'm doing it. You can come with me or you can stay here and be miserable. (Scene goes to newborn babies and George is baby talking at the babies) Look at you! You're so cute with your little yellow hat--
      Meredith (laughs): You are such a woman.

    • George: Who here feels like they have no idea what they're doing? (in order, George, Izzie, Cristina, and Meredith raise their hands) I mean are we supposed to learning something because I don't feel like I'm learing anything.
      Izzie: Except how not to sleep.
      Cristina: You know, it's like there's a wall. The attendings and the residents are over there being surgeons, and we're over here being...
      Meredith: ...suturing, code-running lab-delivering penis minders.
      Alex: I hate being an intern.

    • Alex: My head hurts.
      Cristina: Maybe it's a tumor.
      Alex: Yeah, you wish I had a tumor.
      Cristina: Look, I'd rip your face off if it meant I get to scrub in.

    • (During surgery with the rapist who had his penis bitten off by the girl he raped)
      Bailey: Why are we not attempting to re-attach the severed penis?
      Cristina: Teeth don't slice. They tear. You can only re-attach with a clean cut. If she wanted to slice him off with a knife...
      Meredith: Besides the digestive juices didn't leave much of the flesh to work with.
      Bailey: Right. So what do we do?
      Cristina: Sew him up missing a large part of the family jewels.
      Bailey: And his outlook?
      Meredith: He'll be urinating out of a bag for a very, very long time.
      Cristina: Not to mention he'll never be able to have sex again.
      Meredith: Oh, too bad.
      Cristina: Shame.
      Bailey: Let's all take a moment to grieve. (quickly) Clamp.

    • Richard: Chain of custody rules. All medical matter under reign must stay with the person who collected it until it's placed into police custody.
      Patrica: You collected the specimen, so you have custody. (leaves)
      Meredith: Custody of a penis?
      Richard: Yes. Until the cops come for it.
      Meredith: Okay, well what am I supposed to do with the penis?

    • Bailey (to Cristina): An intern was reassigned so he's mine now. Have him shadow you for the day, show him how I do things.
      Alex: Alex Karev, nice to meet you.
      Cristina: The pig who called Meredith a nurse. I hate you on principle.
      Alex: And you're the pushy, overbearing kiss ass. I hate you too.
      Cristina: Oh, this should be fun then.

    • Bailey (to Interns): Every intern wants to perform their first surgery. That's not your job. Do you know what your job is? To make your resident happy. Do I look happy? No! Why? Because my interns are whiny. You know what will make me look happy? Having the code team staffed, having the trauma pages answered, having the weekend labs delivered and having someone down in the pit doing the sutures. No one holds a scalpel until I'm so happy I'm Mary Freaking Poppins.

    • Burke: What is this? Does anyone know what this is? (Meredith looks at it in shock)
      Meredith: Oh my god.
      Burke (holding up body part): What? Spit it out Grey.
      Meredith: She bit it off.
      Burke: Bit off what?
      Meredith: That's... his... penis. (a lot of the male doctors groan) She bit off his, his penis.
      Burke (half groans): Oh. (Burke quickly dumps the 'penis' into a surgical pan)

    • Derek (to a patient and rapist whose victim bit off his penis): I have good news and bad news. The good news is Dr. Bailey stopped your bleeding. The bad news is we've given your penis to the cops. Have a nice life.

    • Derek: Seattle has ferry boats.
      Meredith: Yes.
      Derek: I didn't know that. I've been living here six weeks, I didn't know there were ferry boats.
      Meredith: Seattle is surrounded by water on three sides.
      Derek: Hence the ferryboats. Now I have to like it here. I wasn't planning on liking it here. I'm from New York. I'm genetically engineered to dislike everywhere. Except Manhattan. (everyone exits the elevator and they both enter) I have a thing for ferry boats.
      Meredith: I'm not going out with you.
      Derek: Did I ask you to go out with me? Do you want to go out with me?
      Meredith: I'm not dating you and I'm definitely not sleeping with you again. You're my boss.
      Derek: I'm your boss' boss.
      Meredith: You're my teacher and my teacher's teacher. And you're my teacher.
      Derek: I'm your sister. I'm your daughter.
      Meredith: You're sexually harassing me.
      Derek: I'm riding in an elevator.
      Meredith: Look, I'm drawing a line. The line is drawn. There's a big line.
      Derek: So this line, is it imaginary or do I need to get you a marker? (he turns around to face her. Meredith drops her folders and pushes Derek against the wall of the elevator and kisses him. They start making out as the elevator goes up the floors. The elevator bings and they break apart. Meredith picks up her folders and gets off the elevator, walking past people. He calls after her) We'll talk later?

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): At some point you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy, that's how we're made. So you can waste your life drawing lines...or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines that are way too dangerous to cross. Here's what I know. If you're willing to take a chance...the view from the other spectacular.

    • Derek: So we're kissing but we're not dating?
      Meredith: I knew that was going to come up.
      Derek: Don't get me wrong: I like the kissing. I'm all for the kissing. More kissing, I say.
      Meredith: I have no idea what that was about.
      Derek: Is it going to happen again? Because if it is I'm gonna need to bring breath mints. (he lowers his voice) Put a condom in my wallet.
      Meredith (whispers back): Shut up now.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Somewhere Only We Know by Keane, plays at the end of the episode.
      2. Live and Learn by The Cardigans plays when Izzie takes some medical stuff from the hospital to help the Chinese girl outside.
      3. Sister Kate by The Ditty Bops plays when Cristina and Alex are delivering lab results.
      4. Wait by Get Set Go plays when the Chinese girl and woman leave.
      5. You Wouldn't Like Me by Tegan and Sara plays at the beginning of the episode, during the voiceover.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 2nd, 2005 on CTV
      Australia: August 15th, 2005 on Channel 7
      UK: September 5th, 2005 on LIVINGtv
      Sweden: November 29th, 2005 on Kanal 5
      Singapore: January 2nd, on Channel 5
      Netherlands: January 10th, 2006 on Net 5
      Germany: March 21st, 2006 on ProSieben
      Ireland: June 11th, 2006 on RTE One
      France: July 3rd, 2006 on TF1
      Norway: July 11th, 2006 on TV2
      Croatia: September 11th, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Finland: September 13th, 2006 on Nelonen
      Romania: January 16th, 2007 on TVR1


    • Episode Title: The First Cut is the Deepest

      The title is a reference to the song by Cat Stevens (also recorded by Rod Stewart and Sheryl Crow).