Grey's Anatomy

Season 6 Episode 15

The Time Warp

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 2010 on ABC
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Derek reinstates hospital lectures, leading the doctors to recount stories of their past - Bailey tells of her days as a timid young resident, Callie reflects on a polio case, and Richard recalls an AIDS patient he treated with Ellis.

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  • Horrible.

    Absolutely terrible episode of Grey's Anatomy tonight. The flashbacks had me bored out of mind (were medical dramas in the 80's like this? If so I feel bad for people who grew up at that time) and there was nothing remotely worth watching about this hour of TV.

    Due to being busy I put off watching this for a few days and now I just wish that I had skipped it altogether and put that hour to better use. No funny scenes, no good scenes, I really am ashamed with Shonda Rimes for putting us threw this tormenting, horrible endeavor.`moreless
  • You finally got why Richard was the only one Ellis remembered through Alzheimers and why he hadn't let go either, more than twenty years later. SPOILERS

    I had never once thought that there might be more to Richard and Ellis' relationship than two great surgeons recognizing the other's excellence. In one swift stroke (episode) I was proven sooo wrong.

    It was wonderfully and subtly done. It was almost like the Chief switched his speeches and told in the auditorium what he should have said in AA and vice versa. And his peers recognized him for it.

    The Bailey and Callie story were interesting enough though I preferred the scenes with Bayley passing out candy, just being herself and capturing everyone's attention. But the power in this episode lay in Richard and Ellis' relationship and how easily we could relate to it.

    Craving surgeries, meeting in the on-call room, evil attendings... not much difference from our normal cast's everyday life. Except Richard and Ellis also found each other cause they're both underdogs, suffering alienation and scorn. Their case was so poignant and fit their own situation dead on.

    But the icing on the cake was the Chief's guilt over Meredith and I even understood Ellis' point of view, she may just have been a bit ahead of her time. And Richard taking that first drink at the end is so fitting. Walking away from Ellis was too hard and so was leaving Adele. Into his drink he went...

    I really hope they do more of these.moreless
  • Grey's Anatomy is back on track.

    This has been the best episode Grey's has had ever since season 3. The writing, acting, editing and pace of the entire episode was absolutely top notch.

    Shonda wrote an emotionally appealing episode which kept me enticed and interested until the very end. It was wonderful to see Seattle Grace portrayed in the early 80's, and the prejudices of that period were wonderfully brought to life as well.

    Seeing a young bailey was absolutely hilarious, Mandy hating Dr. Baylo was absolutely wonderful as well. Young Ellis Grey was also acted superbly, though I still think it might have been dramatic to imply Ellis was responsible for Richard taking up drinking, suggesting even further that she was "bad" all along inside, and corrupted Richard along with her.

    All-in-all a 10/10 episode.

    Here's hoping for more like this one!moreless
  • A lecture illustrates the past of many who work at Seattle Grace: Bailey's no-nonsense attitude's origin is discovered, Callie's humble beginnings as an orthopedic surgeon is unraveled, and The Chief's relationship with Ellis is thoroughly explained.moreless

    This was like, the best episode ever. I loved how good it was. Like, even though there were minor details that didn't add up (eye color), it was really good. I got annoyed though with how they decided to spread each flashback out within the episode, because it was confusing as they kept switching back and forth. The ending was very amazing and it was such an original way to illustrate flashbacks. I am extremely impressed and I hope the next episode (March 4) is just as good as this one. Grey's Anatomy, you did a SUPERB job tonight. I really wish there were more episodes like these.moreless
Jessica Capshaw

Jessica Capshaw

Dr. Arizona Robbins

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

Chandra Wilson

Chandra Wilson

Dr. Miranda Bailey

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson

Young Ellis Grey

Guest Star

J. August Richards

J. August Richards

Young Richard Webber

Guest Star

Missi Pyle

Missi Pyle

Dr. Nicole Baylow

Guest Star

Jason Winston George

Jason Winston George

Dr. Ben Warren

Recurring Role

Jesse Williams (II)

Jesse Williams (II)

Dr. Jackson Avery

Recurring Role

Steven W. Bailey

Steven W. Bailey


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: Kate Burton, who has played Ellis Grey in previous episodes, has blue eyes, while Sarah Paulson, who plays young Ellis Grey in this episode, has Brown eyes.

    • Goof:Callie's lecture was about a case that she worked on with Alex when he was an intern. In the storyshe says "In my 3rd year as a resident." but actually that would have been her 4th year. Because in the past episodes it was stated that Chief Resident is a spot for a 5th year resident. So how would she have gotten Chief Resident if she was only 4th year.

    • Ellis: You can't toast a dead Irishman with a soda pop, Richard. Get this man a vodka, Frankie.
      Richard: You know I can't stand the taste of that stuff.

      It seems as though this is when Richard started drinking, and that he still, as Ellis suggests to him drinks vodka. The same way. Straight, with a lime.

    • In episode 1 of season 2, Bailey comments that she was the only female intern of her year, but it's there were other female interns in the room when Webber was doing rounds.

    • Goof: At the end of the episode where younger Ellis Grey and younger Richard were having a drink in the pub, Ellis ordered a vodka for Richard, the vodka came with the lime at the bottom of the glass. In the next scene where the camera angle switch, the lime was at the top with the ice. Throughout the next minute, the lime's position kept switching.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • (Flashback)
      Ellis: To Phillip.
      Richard: May he rest in peace.
      Ellis: You can't toast a dead Irishman with a soda pop, Richard. Get this man a vodka, Frankie.
      Richard: You know I can't stand the taste of that stuff.
      Ellie: It's time to learn. You're a grown-up, Richard. It's time to act like it.
      Richard: I can't leave her, Ellis. I can't.
      Ellis: We'll see.

    • (Flashback)
      Bailey (to Dr. Baylow): And if you'd looked further and, I don't know, talked to your patient, you would have discovered that along with abdominal pain she also had weakness, palpitations, numbness, skin changes, and her urine is intermittenly dark. Ringing any bells yet? Your patient who's been sliced nine ways to Sunday has porphyria. If you had diagnosed it earlier, she could have avoided getting her ovaries taken out. And her gallbladder. And yes, yes, I took out her appendix, and I, too, am at fault for not looking at the whole person. But you know the difference between you and me? I learned something from it. I learned not to cut. I learned to listen to my patient. How could you have no learned in three years what it took me three months to learn.
      Richard: Dr. Bailey...
      Bailey: And the reason I had her chart was because you ignored my pages and she needs to get started on hemin right away. You put it in her IV. You give it to her daily for four days...
      Richard: Dr. Bailey...
      Bailey: The patient gets better. The patient doesn't get prodded, probed, scoped or cut open like a Thanksgiving turkey, you supercilious fool!
      Richard: Dr. Bailey! My office. Now.

    • (Flashback)
      Richard: It is my job to make sure that my residents are supported and treated with respect.
      Bailey: Of course, and I am so sorry...
      Richard: You have said enough for one day.
      Bailey: Sorry.
      Richard: It's my job. So we're gonna sit here with you wearing that terrified look on your face for a respectable amount of time so Dr. Baylow and her friends can assume that you've had your behind handed to you on a platter. ... You're gonna make a hell of a surgeon, Dr. Bailey. (Bailey starts to smile) Lose the smile!

    • Lexie: So you canceled your resident's surgery. Isn't that a little bold?
      Cristina: She was worried about adhersions, right? Gimme candy!
      Bailey: No adhesions. No candy. And it wasn't bold, Grey, it was stupid. But in this case, it was also necessary.

    • (Flashback)
      Richard: Dr. Grey, looking beautiful as usual.
      Ellis: Flattery will get you into an on-call room in 5 minutes or less.

    • Bailey: Successes or failures, which teach you more?
      Jackson: Failures.
      Bailey: Yeah, but that was a gimme. Don't get too cocky.

    • (Flashback)
      Richard: You told him that he could walk?
      Callie: Yes. I was in the Peace Corps! I've seen polio, I've studied the procedures.
      Richard: You're priviledged.
      Callie: Sir?
      Richard: Your application, I remember it. I'm saying you grew up privileged and that privilege made you arrogant. And arrogance in an unseasoned surgeon is a very dangerous thing.
      Callie: Sir, I didn't make this promise lightly. I can do this.
      Richard: Did you promise him you'll try, or did you promise him he'll walk? (Callie is silent) Arrogant. ... Arrogant. Alright, Dr. Torres. You'll live and die on this. This is your career at Seattle Grace.

    • Richard: Once upon a time, long before I was Chief of Surgery, even before I was an attending, I was a resident right here at Seattle Grace, just like you. You learn from everything in your residency. The patients, the nurses, the attendings. But you don't realize how you laern from each other. 1982, you were all in diapers. (goes to a flashback) Dr. Ellis Grey. Two-time-Harper-Avery award winner and my colleague on this case. A case that changed my life. Look around. The biggest influences in your life, are sitting next to you, right now.
      Cristina (whispers to Mer): This is gonna get more interesting.
      Meredith: Yeah.

    • Bailey: Single most important step in the exam process. Anyone?
      Jackson: Physical exam.
      Bailey: No. No chocolate for you.
      Cristina; Lab and radiology evaluation.
      Bailey: Oh! Come on, people now you're embarassing me.
      Lexie: Patient history.
      Bailey: Thank you! (throws a chocolate to her) Catch.

    • (Flashback)
      Callie: Hey, I'm from ortho, I was paged?
      Alex: Oh, you were paged by me. Alex Karev, you have to put me on this case.
      Callie: Um, here's a news flash, overly enthusiatic intern guy, I don't have to do anything.
      Alex: Oh, come on, you seem like a cool person.
      Callie: You don't know me.
      Alex: You look like a cool person. I need some cool cases. Ever since the elevator thing, and the heart guy...
      Callie: Wait, that was you? You're the heart in the elevator guy?
      Alex: Sure, let's go with that.
      Callie: You're not at all how I pictured you.
      Alex: What's that supposed to mean?
      Callie: I heard the story. The heart in the elevator. It was basically Rudy, you know? Dorky guy makes good. But you're not dorky, you're hot.

    • (As Callie is about to give her lecture)
      Meredith: Is she shaking?
      Cristina: Hmm?
      Meredith: She's definitely shaking.
      Cristina: Oh, she's doing her pee dance. She does that when she has to pee.

    • Callie: I can't do it. (gags)
      Arizona: Of course you can.
      Callie: Oh my God, I'm gonna hurl again.
      Arizona: Okay, please don't, 'cause I just got the last of the puke outta your hair.
      Callie: God, why do I have to do this? I'm not a public speaker. It's not my thing. Ugh, I hate Derek Shepherd.
      Arizona: All you have to do is talk about being a great surgeon.
      Callie: To a giant room full of people. From a giant stage. Oh, God, with a microphone.

    • Richard: (about an AIDS patient that he treated with Ellis Grey many years ago/closing voiceover) Well, the patient survived the surgery, but eight months later, he came back with PCP pneumonia. He died a week later. Dr. Grey and I were...well, um...I won't speak for her, but I lost a sense that I was a superhero, and I really started to think of how dangerous it all was. It changes you, this work. Your patients, your colleagues. You change each other. You don't ever think you'll lose your way, but what happens in this hospital...just remember why you came here. You said it the day you graduated from med school. You took the physician's oath. Remember it. Tape it to your locker, to your bathroom mirror, 'cause it is too easy to lose your way. (raises his right hand) "I solemnly swear to consecrate my life to the service of humanity. I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude that is their due. I will practice my profession with conscience, dignity. The health of my patients will be my number one consideration. I will respect the secrets that are confided in me, even after my patient has died. I will maintain, by all the means in my power, the honor and the noble traditions of the medical profession. My colleagues will be my sisters and brothers. I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, greed, ethnic origin, gender, race, political affiliation, nationality, sexual orientation, social standing, or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient. I will maintain the utmost respect for human life. I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat. I make these promises solemnly, freely, and upon my honor.

    • (Flashback)
      Richard: We're living a lie, too.
      Ellis: What?
      Richard: We shouldn't be doing what we're doing. We have to stop.
      Ellis: No. We're not the lie. Our marriages are the lie. This. Us. This is what's right. We should leave them, Richard. You leave Adele, and I'll leave Thatcher.
      Richard: I can't! You have a daughter. I can't. And neither can you. (preparing to perform a surgery) You don't have to go in there. I can do this alone. You have Meredith to think about.
      Ellis: You're just like the rest of them. You have a different skin color, but it turns out you're just like them.
      Richard: Ellis--
      Ellis: I gave birth to a child, Richard! That makes me a mother. It doesn't make me inept. It doesn't make me less of a woman. It doesn't make me less of a surgeon, no matter how much everyone wants it to.

    • Bailey: (in flashback from her intern days) I was raised to be polite, you know? Don't raise your voice. Have respect for people higher on the pecking order. Be generous to those below you. I was not raised to be a shark! Does that make me a minnow? Am I a minnow?
      Joe: I really don't know.
      Bailey: Now, because of my height, I'm a minnow on the inside! I'm in a sad state of affairs, Joe.

    • Richard (opening voiceover): I've seen a lot of surgery residents come and go in my time, and they're all addicted - to surgery. It comes before food, before sleep. It becomes the most important thing. The only thing. What they don't know is that living on that high can eat them alive. Some make it through. They come out on the other side. They survive with their sanity intact. They become better doctors and stronger people. I didn't. I broke. I didn't kill anybody, and I give thanks for that every day, but I hurt people and scared the hell out of myself. I am 45 days sober today. I am Richard, and I am a grateful and recovering alcoholic.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Alex: You look like a cool person. I need some cool cases. Ever since the elevator thing, and the heart guy...

      This is a reference to the episode Bring the Pain (S2, Ep5) in which Alex and George get stuck in an elevator with a patient and are forced to perform emergency surgery on him. Alex chokes, and George single-handedly saves the patient.