Grey's Anatomy

Season 3 Episode 22

The Other Side of This Life (1)

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 03, 2007 on ABC
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Meredith works on her relationship with Susan and Thatcher. Cristina has to deal with her mother and Burke's. Alex continues to tend to Jane Doe/Ava. Meredith and Derek's relationship has a problem that needs resolution quick. Addison sees her god-daughter which leads to a job offer outside of Seattle. Derek has to perform surgery. Burke has a reservation about marrying Cristina. Many new people guest star in the course of Addison's road trip to California. Addison considers moving to be closer to her old med school friends until she discovers that drama she wishes to leave behind isn't exclusive to Seattle. Her friends who she thought had it all, are divorced. A pregnant woman must discover who the father of her child is.moreless

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  • Awful...just awful...

    5.5
    This episode and the one following it were- i have to say- terrible, it was quite obvious just a ploy to publicise the new spin-off series and it couldn't have been much worse. We were introduced to characters and situations that you knew you'd only really come to care about if you made the effort to go and see the other series. The one saving grace of the episode are when we get the few, extremely brief, glimpses into what is happening back in seattle. They shouldn't have included such pivotal moments in those scenes either, those of us tempted to turn off due to the non-seattle goings-on would have missed some pretty important plot twists had we succumbed to the temptation. If you're going to take a risk with an episode like this, you shouldn't let it effect the show as a whole, Addison is nice, but not good enough a character to be forced to carry a whole show on her own. Bad BAD mistake.moreless
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  • Addison Montgomery goes to LA to visit a 'clinic' which specializes in fertility, psychiatry, et al.

    6.0
    This seems like a rather lame attempt to set up a spin-off; but features nothing but cardboard characters, lame plot development and rather limp character investment back in Seattle. I think it's rather telling that no series managed to bloom from this multi-episode money sink.



    The contrived 'personal relationships' of the Oceanside Wellness Clinic are gimmick-ridden pseudo-medical tripe and Southern California's poor excuse for 'culture'. Frankly, I consider the whole first episode a waste of time.



    I am glad that the end result would seem to be the producers coming to their senses and seeing that this new project - whatever they would have called it - would be a ratings tank.moreless
  • Probably the worst episode ever. It's so not like Grey's Anatomy to create such a bad episode. However, I really liked 03x23 (part 2). I felt bored, and I may have tuned another chanel or something (or not?).moreless

    3.0
    It was everything but Grey's Anatomy. The first 5 minutes were just okay. But all Private Practice? Everybody's gonna hate GA without Addison; I think Private Practice is a dreadful idea.

    I didn't like anything about the episode. The parts of GA were really lame, boring and uninteresting. Not even enough to create any tension environment. And Private Practice? I thought I was watching another show. I do not care about Addison's friends. I don't care about Taye Diggs and company. I don't care about the diseases or problems of LA's people. I do not care about...pretty much anything.

    I only have to admit that Addison's decision was shocking and unexpected! It was good planed and I think that the last scenes were great. Poor Addison!

    Still, she has a lot of boring friends. And the way they made the pilot, it made me think"it seems like is the 6th episode of PP, but oh no!, it's the pilot". It seemed they took for granted that we liked them, or that we knew them or had known forever(even if we didn't at all). OMG! Who are they? Creepy!

    I don't know those guys! And certainly, I don't like them!

    The worst episode ever. I hope they don't do this ever again. I really hope that PP suck badly. It's just not a good idea to take Addison away from GA!

    But I have to say, part 2 was good.



    NOTE: I saw both episodes in separated weeks; 03x22 in one week and 03x23 in another week., unlike USA (03x22 and 03x23 all togheter)moreless
  • It was kind of boring, I know they have to establish the new characters and tie the two shows together but it wasn't that great.

    8.3
    With the new show I'm not sure how long that will last because the characters seem alright but it just seems like the same show with new people except Dr. Montgomery, instead of being about her and a new life or whatever she is hoping to do after leaving Seattle Grace. The current characters didn't have much going on either except with Yangs wedding, it seemed like they were just put in there so people would have some familiar people to watch in between the whole development of the new show and development of the new characters. It was still kind of funny but it wasn't as good as it usually is.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

Tsai Chin

Tsai Chin

Helen Rubenstein

Guest Star

David Anders

David Anders

Jim

Guest Star

Bellamy Young

Bellamy Young

Kathy

Guest Star

Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll

Jane Burke

Recurring Role

Elizabeth Reaser

Elizabeth Reaser

Jane Doe

Recurring Role

Jeff Perry

Jeff Perry

Thatcher Grey

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When George gets on the elevator, Izzie is waiting to get off at the 4th floor and George presses the button for the 5th floor; however, when the door opens (on the 4th floor) he gets off and she stays on.

    • This episode is the first part of the "enhanced Grey's Anatomy episode with a potential for afterlife", meaning the backdoor pilot to what could become the Grey's spinoff if picked up by ABC called "Private Practice". It was picked up.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Ava: So what happened with you and red, I thought that was on? What happened?
      Alex: You called it. She was too serious about the whole thing.
      Ava: And Alex is a rolling stone?
      Alex: I was being thoughtful.
      Ava: Right, and dumping red after one night is sensitive? Did she just take off? What did you say to her? Did she cry?

    • Naomi: Addison, I did everything exactly the way I was supposed to. After college, I didn't date anyone but Sam because I knew he was the one. I never had sex with anyone but Sam because cheating is wrong. I had a baby because that's what you do why you get married. I never made a single mistake. I did everything right. And then Sam comes home and says that he wants a divorce. So, all those photos that you're busy admiring, all those are reminders of all the stuff I didn't do. I'm 38 years old and I don't know how to have fun. That's not lucky. That's sad. (breaks the dish she is drying) So, just shut up about lucky.
      Addison: Poor, sad, dried up, Naomi.
      Naomi: Shut up.
      Addison: Poor, little special, talented doctor-girl. (Naomi laughs) Let's make a made for TV movie, about the poor little, dried up, special girl who has no fun.
      Naomi: I could put you out. You'd have to sleep in the car. (sighs) I just wish that I could be a little more like you.
      Addison: What? An adulterous bitch, who forgot to have kids?

    • Naomi: Addison, I'm sorry. I did all the tests. There is no fertility potential here.
      Addison (laughs sarcastically): Ahh. Okay, this is good. This is ahm, this is just...perfect.
      Naomi: Addison.
      Addison: I have a great guy, I don't have a baby, because I'm focusing on my career. Then I have the other guy and I don't have his baby because he's not the great guy. And now I don't have the great guy or the other guy and I'm finally ready to have a baby but I can't. That is so... exactly what my life is.
      Naomi: Addie, there are other options.
      Addison: Yeah, I know about the options.
      Naomi: I´m so sorry. I know how much you wanted this.
      Addison: It's okay. I just ahm...I just didn't realize that I was out of time.

    • Izzie: I switched my hours at the clinic so I can go to the bridal shop. Yay!
      Cristina: Did she cheer? She just cheered.
      Izzie: Someone's not being very bridey.
      Cristina: I am not a bride. I am a surgeon.
      Meredith: Don't tease the caged animal.
      Izzie: You're not excited? I'm excited. I love weddings. Weddings are all about hope and the future.
      Callie: Okay. I rescheduled an A.C.L. repair, but I wanna be clear: I will not be wearing pink or baby blue. I do not do flowers in my hair. And I will never be seen with a bow on my ass, okay?
      Cristina: See? She's got the right attitude.

    • Cristina: I need you over here.
      Burke: For what? So, I can see you in your dress... before the wedding?
      Cristina: Do you think that I'm wearing this? (Burke looks at the dress, which has a lot of ruffles)
      Burke: It's very feminine.
      Cristina: Exactly. Do you know that your mother booked a church that sits 200 people? And how do you like the bridesmaids? Huh? Friggin' stupid, cotton candy-colored, bridesmaids. (Callie, Izzie and Meredith all turn to stare at her) No offense.

    • Sam: What was the name again?
      Cooper: Sexyboobs316.
      Pete: Are you... Dude, are you crying?
      Cooper: No.
      Sam: You better be crying about that car and not over Sexyboobs315.
      Cooper: 316. 316.
      Pete: I can't. I can't. I'm gonna hurt him.
      Sam: Let's just say he's crying over the car and the woman.

    • Mark: Go ahead. I would love to have an excuse to lay you out.
      Alex: I didn't do anything.
      Mark: Whatever you didn't do sent Addison running for the hills.

    • Izzie: Any news about Mercy West?
      George: Uh, there's a spot. There's a lot of takers but they said it looks good.
      Izzie: So, after the intern exam--
      George: I'm not an unfaithful guy. I'm not a cheater.
      Izzie: You think that'll happen again if you stay here ---
      George: No.
      Izzie: -- With me?
      George: I don't know.

    • Pete: You should be celebrating.
      Sam: Celebrating? I just got a divorce.
      Pete: You got a tiny little dog, and you cook it chicken and you talk to it. That's not normal.
      Sam: Hey, take it easy. I'm alone 'cause I chose to be. It's, it's -- it's a choice.

    • Cooper: Have you ever thought about plying your trade in sunnier climes, Addison?
      Violet: Sunnier climes? Now we see why he has to type to pick up women.

    • Addison: So, other than project baby. I'm here strictly on vacation. I'm here to read trashy novels and go to the beach.
      Naomi: Okay, nobody over 30 goes to the beach. You should stay here at the practice, hang out. See how we work. It's more fun than a stuffy hospital. And we have an empty office.
      Addison: Nay, are you trying to lure me?
      Naomi: Look, maybe. We do have sunshine and cute boys.
      Addison: Speaking of which, cute boy behind the desk is tracking you with his eyes.
      Naomi: No, he's not.
      Addison: Oooh, cute boy wants Naomi.

    • Addison: And I'm not getting any younger, you know. And I always planned to have one it's just--- Well, now clearly a man is not in the cards for me. I mean this is Addison, post-McDreamy, post-McSteamy and I just have to --
      Naomi: Wait, what?
      Addison: Forget it. Let's just never 'Mc' anything. A baby, that is my answer. Find a sperm donor have a baby. That's my new dream, a baby.
      Naomi: A baby's not really an answer, it's more like a crying puking, non-answer.

    • Addison: You work with your ex-husband in a shrine for your ex-husband.
      Naomi: It's actually a good book. And we're friends. And we stayed friends after we divorced. It's very healthy. We're healthy.
      Addison: What happened between you and Sam?
      Naomi: Addison, you and I were close in med school, but it was a long time ago.
      Addison: Oh, Naomi. Come on, you can't stay mad at me forever. I know you.
      Naomi: You got fat.
      Addison: I did not!
      Naomi: Your hair is hideous.
      Addison: It is not!
      Naomi: And you're getting really, really ugly.
      Addison: Aww, I missed you too.
      Naomi: So why are you really here?
      Addison: You're a fertility specialist, one of the best.
      Naomi: You wanna have a baby?
      Addison: I wanna have a baby.

    • Pete: Who is that red head with your ex-wife? She's hot. Possibly insane, but hot.
      Sam: Don't even think about it.

    • Violet: I have to go rescue Cooper.
      Sam: What did Cooper do now?
      Violet: What does Cooper always do?
      Sam and Naomi: A woman.
      Violet: I can't believe this. I'm his colleague, not his chauffeur.

    • Naomi: Addison.
      Addison: Naomi. Surprise! (hugs her) I got lost like, eight times. I smell like someone who's been driving in a car for two days and I think I just had some sort of psychotic break in your elevator, but um... surprise!
      Naomi: So what do you want, Addison?
      Addison: I miss you.
      Naomi: Really? Because I haven't heard from you in over a year, unless you count the Christmas card which was... nice.
      Addison: I know, I know. I'm sorry about that.
      Naomi: I left you messages on your pager, I emailed you. I had some really special conversations with your voicemail.
      Addison: Can we just let this go? I've been having some really rough times lately, okay? I got divorced.
      Naomi: So did I.
      Addison: Oh, my god. You and Sam?
      Sam: Addison. (they hug)
      Addison: Hey, it's so good to see you. But your face is everywhere. (picks up his book) Body Language. Hmm.
      Sam: Yeah, it's just that I-- I had a few thoughts and wrote 'em down and ---
      Addison: And now you're the common man's medical guru.

    • Callie: Oh, hi.
      Cristina: Hello.
      Callie: Some one have bones that need resetting? (Cristina mumbles something) Excuse me?
      Cristina (forced): Bridesmaids... my mother and Burke's mother have been talking on the phone and now, they are here, with me.
      Cristina's Mom: To plan the wedding.
      Burke's Mom: Cristina led us to believe that you´re friends. (Callie laughs but quickly realizes that they are serious)
      Callie: ...Okay, I guess. (Cristina's mom goes to measure under Callie's arms with a tape measure) Oh, wow...wait (Cristina laughs) What are you-- are you? You're actually asking me...
      Cristina: To be my bridesmaid, yeah. (Cristina mouths to her 'I'm so sorry." and Callie mouths back 'I'm gonna kill you.')

    • Cristina: Good morning, Mom. Good Morning, Mrs... Momma. What's everybody doing here so early?
      Burke's Mom: Early? Darling, by the looks of the calendar, we should've been here six months ago.
      Cristina's Mom: She doesn't understand what goes into planning a wedding.
      Burke (walks over to Cristina): Breathe. (hands her a cup of coffee) Sip and breathe.

    • Richard: The police haven´t found anything on our Jane Doe.
      Derek: Oh, I believe she calls herself Ava now.
      Richard: Yes, well, she doesn´t seem to be getting her memory back.
      Derek: Now that the rest of her medical problems are taken care of, I´ll see what I can do.
      Richard
      : That´d be great, thanks.
      Mark
      (walks by): Anybody seen Addison?
      Richard
      : Oh, she´s gone.
      Mark
      : Gone?
      Richard: She took a leave of absence.
      Mark
      : Why? I mean, did she tell you why?
      Derek
      (looks at Mark in a suspicious way): What did you do to her, Mark?
      Richard: She didn´t give me a reason.
      Mark
      : Did she tell you where she was going?
      Richard
      : All she said was she needed some time to be happy and free, if I recall correctly. Excuse me. (Richard leaves, Derek looks at Mark again and leaves also, and Mark just stays there)

    • Mark: What's in L.A.?
      Derek: What?
      Mark: For Addison. Any idea...what she might be doing there?
      Derek: Naomi and Sam are down there, I guess. I don't know. You all right?
      Mark: We were gonna try. We were gonna make a go of it... as a couple. She bet me I couldn't go 60 days without having sex.
      Derek: Oh, let me guess. You couldn't do it.
      Mark: No, she couldn't. She didn't want to be with me. I thought she did. I thought she might. But she didn't. And I caught her... you know...
      Derek: Sleeping with somebody else? (fights back a laugh, but smiles broadly) Oh...that must have been so hard for you! Not that I can't relate.
      Mark: So I told her I did it.
      Derek: You told her you did it?
      Mark: I told her I lost the bet. I told her I slept with someone. I figured if she didn't want to be with me, she shouldn't have to feel guilty about it.
      Derek: Selfless. That's...out of character.
      Mark: Yeah. Anyway, uh... I was just wondering if you knew what was in L.A.

    • Meredith: You know there's nothing to worry about?
      Thatcher: What I... what I worry about is… Molly living in a new city alone with a baby most of the day. That's hard. And Lexie who's...about to start her residency. She's a really good student, but it's grueling.
      Meredith: I know.
      Thatcher: You know. Right. I worry about you, too. How you're getting on, your mom… none of that was... simple.
      Meredith: Susan's really on you to talk to me, huh?
      Thatcher: I got to admit, I'm envious… that she's getting to know you, and I'm not. Yet. I think she may be faking these hiccups.
      Meredith: To get... us in the same place? (they both laugh)

    • (During Susan's surgery)
      George: I can't wait to tell Meredith her step-mom hiccupped through the whole thing. She should be here for this.
      Bailey: Susan asked her to be with her father. She said he's having a lot of anxiety.
      George: And... Meredith is supposed to help with that?

    • Meredith: Did you get any sleep?
      Derek: I did actually. After I evicted a raccoon who chewed his way into the luggage compartment.
      Meredith: The trailer.
      Derek: Yes.
      Meredith: So while you were sleeping... when I drowned, it was different for you than it was for me. Something happened to me. And I really don't know how to explain it without sounding like... I just-I feel different. I wanna be better… at everything, and I wanna let you in. I swear.
      Derek: Did you practice that? (they both laugh)
      Meredith: With hand gestures, but I dropped those. Just, now is not the time to give up on me, okay? That's what I'm saying.
      Derek: Okay.
      Meredith: Okay?
      Derek: Yep.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): The dream is this: That we'll finally be happy when we reach our goals. Find the guy, finish our internship; that's the dream. Then we get there. And if we are human, we immediately start dreaming of something else. Because if this is the dream, then we'd like to wake up. Now, please.

    • Cooper: Have you been crying?
      Violet: Where's your car?
      Cooper: You've been crying.
      Violet: Where's your car?
      Cooper: You've been crying!
      Violet: You wanna walk?!
      Cooper: I met a girl at a bar. (Violet laughs) Okay, on the internet. And she borrowed my car. (they laugh)
      Violet: Cooper, did you file a police report?
      Cooper: Hey, she might bring the car back. She was gorgeous and hot.
      Violet: Alright, Cooper. So you meet a strange woman on the internet again. You bring her back to your place to have sex with her again. And she steals from you again. What does that suggest to you, about you?
      Cooper: That I'm an optimist. That I beieve in magic. That there is a soulmate out there waiting for me. (Violet starts crying again)

    • (Pete enters the elevator with Addison, she starts laughing)
      Addison: I'm sorry. It's just, where I come from elevators tend to be this kind of aphrodisiac, you know? People get on them and they just get all horny. (smiles, Pete looks weirded out) Oh, no, no. Not that I'm talking about you and I. No. I'm just saying that it's a relief to be on a not horny elevator, you know? You just get on and ride, without the sex. (Pete gets off the elevator) Oh my god. I'm becoming a crazy freak. I'm becoming a crazy, inappropriately, chatty freak.
      Elevator Voice: Becoming? Seems like you're already there.

    • (Addison hits Sam)
      Sam: Ow.
      Addison: Idiot! You divorced Naomi?
      Sam: Look, just mind your own business. (she hits him again) Ouch.
      Addison: Moron. She's my best friend.
      Sam: Stop hitting me on top of my head.
      Addison: Did you cheat? (she tries to hit him a third time. He catches her hand before she can)
      Sam: Okay. Two things I learned way back in kindergarden. One: Keep your hands to yourself. Two: He who smelt it, dealt it.
      Addison: That makes no sense.
      Sam: Yeah. (beat) You cheated! You cheated on your husband with his best friend. There, smelt it, dealt it - it works.
      Addison: You're using fart logic!
      Sam: Hey...you want details, go see Naomi.
      Addison: She won't talk about it.
      Sam: Ah... Then you get no details.
      Addison: I'm on her side, you know that?
      Sam: That's why you get no details.
      Addison (puts her fists on the desk) Details!
      Sam: Woman, be quiet... (they both grin)
      Addison: I missed you.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Titles:
      Czech Republic: Odvrácená strana života (Turned Away Side of Life)

    • Chris Lowell (Dell) was a regular in Life As We Know It, the show that was replaced by Grey's Anatomy.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Sealion by Feist, song plays as the interns are wakeful at night, and Cristina awakes to Burkes mother.
      2. Lost by The Mary Onettes, plays as Addison drives along the coast and enters the Wellness Clinic.
      3. Down In The Valley by The Broken West plays over shots of Los Angeles as Addison enters the Wellness Clinic and finds Naomi.
      4. Message From Yuz by The Switches plays after Naomi tells Addison they have an opening and as the men are fighting over custody rights.
      5. Los Angeles by The Rosewood Thieves plays during couples therapy at the Wellness Center and while Sam and Pete walk in the park.
      6. California Sun by Jem plays as Naomi and Addison talk and Violet runs into her ex.
      7. Not Having It by The Adored plays as Cooper cries over his stripped vehicle.
      8. Turpentine by Brandi Carlile plays as Addison yells at the elevator to stop talking.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: June 4, 2007 on Net 5
      Italy: July 2, 2007 on Foxlife
      Latin America: July 9, 2007 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Australia: July 29, 2007 on Channel 7
      Israel: August 6, 2007 on Yes Stars 1
      Ireland: October 16, 2007 on RTE Two
      Sweden: November 14, 2007 on channel 5
      Germany: November 14th, 2007 on PRO7
      Norway: January 15, 2008 on TV 2
      Finland: January 30, 2008 on Nelonen
      Croatia: February 18, 2008 on NOVA TV
      Czech Republic: April 13, 2008 on Prima
      Romania: July 15, 2008 on TVR1

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Episode Title: The Other Side of This Life

      This episode's title refers to songs by The Youngbloods, David Byrne and Jefferson Airplane.

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