Grey's Anatomy

Season 1 Episode 7

The Self-Destruct Button

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 08, 2005 on ABC

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  • Drinking on the job; not a good idea.

    This episode had a story line in it that really bothered me. When George thinks that he smells alcohol on the anesthesiologist he becomes unsure of what to do next. I love the fact that he stood up for the patient (a little girl) and asked the anesthesiologist if he'd been drinking, even though he got in trouble by Derek. The sad thing, unfortunately, is that George is correct about the guy being drunk. He actually fell asleep during the operation and the little girl started waking up, which really upset Derek. If that had been my daughter, I would have been furious. The idea of waking up during surgery freaks me out.
  • This episode was really good and funny.

    This show just keeps getting better and better with every new episode. In this episode Izzy and George find out who Meredith is going out with. Izzy is a little bit jealous and think Meredith is getting special treatment. George is a bit disappointed because he thinks Derek is playing with Meredith. Alex gets to connect with a patient who likes pain, but the patient ends up dying and it does kind of hit hard with Alex. I really like how Derek handled the little girl's surgery and thought it was very nice of him to tell George that he was sorry and that he wasn't playing with Meredith. And Bailey really doesn't want these two together. So is Cristina pregnant?! It sure seemed like she is.
  • It's another great installment with unforgetable storylines and scenes.

    The episode is so amazing because all of the storylines are connected and make another perfect episode that is worth watching and remembering.
    Meredith and Derek have sex in Meredith's apartmen but even trying to hide it,everyone realizes and hears them.That causes Izzie to tell Meredith that she thinks taht she is the best intern because of her relationship with Derek.
    George suspects a doctor drinking on the job and has difficulties with revealing it to the others.
    Alex treats a former schoolmate who finds honor in self-mutilation.
    Izzie has to deal with a patient who won't let his girlfriend go, literally.
    Cristina seems to be battling a case of the flu which reveals its true nature with a couple of positive pregnancy tests.
    A great episode with scene that i will enever forget such as the fight between Meredith and Izzie,the first time Alex showing his heart and soul and the dramatic side of his character-a truly character development for him and the pregnancy of Cristina.
  • She's falling for him

    George and Izzy see Shepherd as he lives their house in the morning, after a great night with Meredith, so they have a grudge on her. A girl comes in the hospital that's got something with her brain and Shepherd has to cut half of it. While getting ready for surgery, George asks the anaisthetist if he'd been drinking causing him to lose the opportunity to take part in the surgery, but later on while still in surgery that guy falls asleep and the girl almost woke up. Shepherd apologises to George and tells him that he's not using or favoring Meredith.
    Alex treats a guy that is a mazochist veteran wresler, like him, who likes to put bullets in his arm. He finally dies from an infection from a recent tattoo on his leg.
    A freshman in college comes in that stapled her stomach in order to get fit so Bailey and Meredith undid it and her mother (who is a b**ch) was visited by social services.
  • Izzie and George find out about Derick & Meredith. How will they take it?

    So how do they take it... not very well. Derick sneeks out of the house afer a night of very loud sex with Meredith, but George and Izzie see him leaving. Izzie thinks Meredith is trying to win over Derick because he has an influence on how the interns get ranked. George want's to give Meredith a little bit of doubt, but not much.

    Dr Bailey has a go at Dr Shepard for favouring Meredith, letting her scrub in with him for plenty of surgery's. Derick takes a backflip and goes off at Meredith in front of Bailey for no reason and takes her off the surgery. George picks up the crumbs and he gets the surgery.

    Alex gets a gunshot victim in the hospital and it turns out he is a pain junky who got his buddy to shoot him so he could get some cool scars. They have something in common as they were both wrestlers from Ohio.

    Izzie gets a very annoying couple to deal with. The guy has swallowed his girlfriends car keys so she can't leave him. Meanwhile Cristina is having a tough time feeling ill.

    During Geroge's surgery he swears he smells alcohol on Dr. Taylor's breath but doesn't say anything. George and Shepard work on a small girl who needs brain surgery and get half of her brain removed. Dr. Taylor is apart of the surgery again and when he brings up the fact that he thinks Taylor has been drinking, he gets kicked out and Cristina is brought in.

    Meanwhile Izzie kicks up a stink with Meredith about her and Dr Shepard. Dr Bailey tells Meredith she needs to end the relationship.

    During the surgery on the young girl Dr. Taylor falls asleep at a crucial moment. Dr Shepard kicks his out of the Operating Room.

    Later Shepard apologizes to George for kicking him out of tehe surgory and congratulates him for being right.

    Alex loses his gun shot patient and Izzie removes the keys from the crazy boyfriend. The episode ends with Cristina in the bathroom with a pregnancy test that shows she is pregnant.

    A great episode all together. Loved that George standed up for what he believed in. The conflict with Izzie and Meredith was great and what a shock from Cristina. Is it Burke, it has to be. Can't wait to find out.

  • Why do we keep hitting ourselves with the hammer...?

    A tattooed masochist is brought to the hospital. He got himself shot again as a favor because he likes scars. A normal teenage girl is brought to the hopistal and they find out that she had an illegal surgery in Mexico, she had her stomach stapled so it will help her to reduce weight. Izzie and George find out about Derek and Meredith and they and Izzie is pissed at her while George is pissed at him. Meredith has to find her own way out of that and Miranda and Izzie are now hard on her. Another great episode the second best in whole Season one.
  • "Really exciting episode, but some parts were kinda boring."

    * * * This may contain spoilers * * * "Really exciting episode, but some parts were kinda boring."

    Well, I'm really sorry the cut out Meredith's mother from this episode, I just love the moments when Meredith is trying to help her remembering some of the stuff.

    Aw... it was so sad seeing that little girl, and it was... so shocking and exciting when the doctor... I can't remember his name, fell asleep during the surgery. But, the I didn't like of course, they put the commercials between those scenes...

    But then again, some parts were really boring, like the ones where Izzie is arguing with Meredith.
  • Derek and Meredith try to keep their relationship a secret. Cristina doesn't feel good and a lot happens...

    Derek and Meredith try (unsuccessfully) to be discreet as they spend the night together at Meredith's house, but their haggard appearance speaks volumes to everyone - including Bailey, who warns Meredith to end the relationship. Meanwhile George suspects an anesthesiologist of drinking on the job but is reluctant to speak up about it, Alex treats a former competitor who now finds honor in self-mutilation, Izzie has to deal with a patient who won't let go of his girlfriend - literally, and Cristina seems to be battling a case of the flu.


    a very interesting episode IMO... I love the whole sneaking part of Meredith and Derek... Especially how suspicious Izzie and George get when they hear somebody walk out of the house in the morning. Funny!

    All the cases in this episode are interesting and why does Bailey make such a big deal of the Ferryboat relationship? Of course the rules may not allow it but it's their problem right?! Though I don't see the problem :P

    Anyway, I like the episode and Cristina pregnant?! Not what I expected but a very interesting take on her character :D
  • Good one..

    So.. Meredith's relationship is coming more and more out now as her roommates know about it. And it just takes more tension at the hospital as it is not only Bailey but Izzie too who has problems with Meredith.

    If Izzie takes it out on Meredith, George has secret hate towards Shepard and when they work together on case of a little girl who will lose half of her brain, it's not easy.. And George crosses the line suggesting that one doctor has been drinking while working.. and in the end it is true and Shepard ask for forgiveness.. And that is hard thing from George to accept..

    And it looks not all goes well for Cristina too.