Grey's Anatomy

Season 7 Episode 6

These Arms of Mine

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 28, 2010 on ABC
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A documentary crew visits the hospital six months after the shooting to document the road to recovery for doctors and patients. Meredith helps Cristina put on a brave face for the cameras. Meanwhile, Mary Portman (guest star Mandy Moore), a former patient and survivor of the shooting, returns for a surgery she was supposed to undergo on that day. Alex works around the clock to help a little girl in need of a new trachea, and Arizona has a difficult choice to make when a professional opportunity requires her to move to Africa.moreless

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  • Not good at all. Even morbid (the title choice?), this format didn't convince me at all.

    The second fail of the season, so far. It felt like a filler episode. The new format was incredibly morbid, as I will describe in these lines.

    A) Format. I have to say that it was original and felt real for only a few moments (blurring faces), but could not fill my expectations. We lost the focus of the cases that were being treated. And it had some morbid moments (anouncing that the "arms" case could be having unexpected inconveniencies, and the incredibly morbid "IF SHE DOES NOT GET OXIGEN IN 2 MINUTES SHE WILL DIE" (sorta?) that was too much for me. And the rest was very artificial... Alex singing? Alarms going off and off?

    B) Mary. Her not waking up was unexpected, and it was one of the dark twists that SR throws on us that makes our episodes so great. It was the only story that resembled Grey's Anatomy at all.

    C) Avery. His reaction was unexpected, and it was a good performance, although writers should have taken this chance to make him shine a little bit, since almost every viewer thinks he's only a pretty face. In almost three seasons, all we see is potential, but nothing more than that. And that's a shame.

    D) Lexie. A strong performance. I liked how she reacted to the crisis that was ocurring.

    E) Arizona's new oportunity. Interesting turn of event for the romance. Even if this story had not much time to be treated, it will bring some difficulties to the relationship and will absolutely bring some unseen consequences (7x09+7x12).

    F) Arms transplant. The most morbid case I've ever seen in Grey's Anatomy, and I'm a hardcore fan and incredibly tolerant. But it was not the case itself, but how it was treated. I don't think it was material to be displayed in a documentary format. It was more like a clich, and the tattoo problem/solution was all over the top. And this episode's title made it more morbid.

    G) Alex. His case was also treated morbidly, but he made a solid performance (except for the singing part). Now we see his peds potential being used at it's finest level.

    So all in all, a painful episode to watch, and even morbid. Let's hope this will never be seen again in GA for a while. Probably the weakest episode of the season.moreless
  • Somebody shoot me(no pun intended)

    OK I'm gonna start with the bad and work my way up. My first problem: The Chief. I mean, my god how annoying can you get? I'm surprised someone didn't pull him aside and tell him to shut up. We get it's a great hospital but there's no need to rub it in. You're staff's prowess is evident and we don't need some obsequious loser in the background providing commentary. I just wanted to punch him, trying to put a good front on everything. Reminds me of episode 3 of season 5 with the guy who kept getting injuries in the hospital cos of the flood damage. In short, the chief sucks.

    My second problem: THEY KILLED MARY!?! What the hell? I mean how unnecessary can you get? Is Shonda trying to make Bailey suicidal or something? I loved Mary. I think it was a massive mistake to kill her. Anyone who survived the shooting should be immortal for at least 2 seasons. I think Mary should have been immortal full stop. Her death detracts from the quality and meaning of Bailey's storyline in season 6 finale. A massive faux pas on Shonda's part.

    My Third Problem: The departure (however temporary) of Callie and Arizona. I love them. They're not my favorite characters but I'll miss them so much.

    Anyway onto the good stuff. I loved everyone else. Avery and Christina are so heartbreaking. I feel there's a certain symmetry there. All the curse words were so funny. They were so unexpected. They made it feel so real. They need to put Christina back in the drivers seat again. I miss her. Bailey was stunning as usual. Karev was too. Its so good to see him mellow out. I'm so glad he's gotten over the whole arrogant thing. He was really annoying me in this season's pilot. Not a lot of April this episode. They need to have a big storyline for her. I love her. Lexie was just hilarious again. My fav character by a mile.

    I know I've already mentioned it but I can't help but feel really sorry for Avery. He's George's replacement and getting stuck in that little hall draws an immediate parallel to when George got stuck in the elevator and had to do open heart surgery by himself. Avery's performance was less than stellar by comparison and you can't help but pity him for it.

    This episode had some pain-stakingly bad points but the good points more than made up for them, thank god. I give a 9/10(barely. More of an 8.9 if I'm honest as the chief really annoys me here)moreless
  • It seems that people either hate this episode or love it. For me it was good but one documentary style episode is enough:)

    This episode was something new for Grey's Anatomy. Usually we see doctors interact with each other or with their patients. We know what they think or feel, we see them at their homes. This time we could see only as much as they wanted to show in front of a camera.

    All these "hidden camera" parts were very intense. Cristina still is not able to cope with her post-traumatic stress. Avery (who for me seemed not affected by the shooting so much) looses control of his emotions when trapped with a dying patient and admits he still grieves for his dead friends. Always strong Bailey cries over Mary's death.

    I'm not sure what to think about Lexie's behavior. Didn't she know that activation of the security system can put someone's live at risk? Because of her stupidity Avery was unable to help this dying guy. Shouldn't she be punished for that?

    The big surgery performed by Callie, Mark, Owen and Derek wasn't so exciting. For me Alex stole this whole episode. He was great. Contrary to what he said about not liking children he proved to be very compassionate and dedicated. He even slept in his little patient room and went to her school. Not to mention the singing:)

    The only thing that bothers me is that Arizona and Callie are leaving. I hope they will change this decision.

    All in all good, refreshing episode. But one is enough.moreless
  • episode 7.05

    This episode was amazing and I real like the documentary form. Ok we can say that they are doing like the ER live episode but for me it was different. I think at this point it was a good idea to present that kind of episode because it's what the media a are doing right now: there is a big event and then they shoot a documentary to show the aftermaths. So everyone is telling it's bad that Arizona and Callie are living but in fact the writers haven't had much choice considering that Jessica Capshaw is pregnant. And I think they didn't want for the characters to split up so that's why.

    I really like how Karev is getting involved with kids and even if he wouldn't admit this he likes it. And I think it's good to see him like this because he's completely different from who he was in the pilot. The Christina story was well done and we can see that she is starting to cope but for her it's hard to be 'the hero'. The arm transplant part had nothing special but it fit well in this episode for the spectacular part of the documentary.

    And then we have Dr Bayley and Mary who was the emotional part especially in the end. it was good because at this point we were expecting an "happily ever after" and that everything is gonna be OK but it's not always like this they are stuff we can't predict and that we can't fix. I really think this part brought a lot to this episode because we have two points of view of people who've lived the exact same tragedy together.

    Avery having a break down was not really a surprise I always thought that behind his unflinching image there is something more dramatic.

    The Lexie part was fun but I think that we are over the crazy Lexie.moreless
  • beautiful. sad. raw.

    The documentary crew was out to discover how this hospital that had undergone a major trauma (a mass shooting) was healing. Clearly Cristina isn't and I love that this storyline is continuing for this long instead of being resolved in two episodes like most series would try to do. I loved the dynamic between her and Meredith because they are the main relationship of the show. Meredith is trying to cover for her, steps in for her in traumas, and takes care of her in the interview which leads to Cristina shutting down completely and is only speaks to the cameras again 4 weeks later when she has formulated exactly what she wants to say and nothing more. It was beautiful, sad, and moving. The doctors actually explained medical procedures and they seemed legitimate; something that has been severely lacking as of late. I am loving Alex as the new Peds rockstar and he is adorable interacting with the kids and pretending he doesn't like them. I'm pretty upset that Arizona and Callie are going to Africa and hope we don't have to watch them there (ER couldn't even pull of their Africa storylines). I'm sure this was just done because Jessica Capshaw (Arizona) is clearly pregnant and they needed to give her time off for maternity leave, but don't take Callie too!!moreless
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Ellen Pompeo

Dr. Meredith Grey

Chandra Wilson

Chandra Wilson

Dr. Miranda Bailey

Chyler Leigh

Chyler Leigh

Dr. Lexie Grey

Eric Dane

Eric Dane

Dr. Mark Sloan

James Pickens Jr.

James Pickens Jr.

Dr. Richard Webber

Jessica Capshaw

Jessica Capshaw

Dr. Arizona Robbins

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In many television episodes with documentary story lines, most of the episode consists of showing the crew walking around and filming, with little attention paid to the final product. In this episode, however, the camera crew is rarely shown and the whole episode is the final documentary on the show Seattle Medical- Road to Recovery.

    • Goof: During the operation, when Dr. Torres is waiting for the arms to pink up, the tattoo "Nicole" is visible the two times, that would mean that she reconnected twice the same arm. They used the same shot for both arms

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Cristina: Well, we went through the scariest thing a person can go through and we survived. So now everyday's just a gift. And now we're all blessed. Blessed to be here, blessed to be doing what we do best, which is saving lives. Every day. One life at a time. We're healed so that we can continue healing others.
      Cameraman: Is there any one thing you'll take away from this?
      Cristina: Being a hero has it's price.

    • Cristina: Do people treat me differenly now, after the shooting? Uh, well, um... I mean, uh yeah, you're here filming me. I mean, people like to say what I did was heroic, but I wasn't. It was just a thing that I had to do. I think people like to have a hero and it makes them feel better to think that they're in the middle of that horror that there's someone special working medical miracles. I don't have super special medical powers. I mean, I did...
      Meredith: Cristina is a hero, especially to me. The truth is most surgeons could not have done what she did that day.

    • Owen: We gave a man arm's today.
      Mark: Think of it more like, I gave a man arm's today, the rest of you just helped.
      Derek: Another round for everybody but my friend here.
      Callie (to Mark): That's a really nice shirt, by the way. Where'd you get that? The special titan's store?
      Mark: You saw the way she saved that arm today, you wanna know somethin' funny? She hooked up my TV and I'm still only getting sound out of one speaker. (they all laugh)

    • Lexie (to security guard): Come on, we go through this every morning. It's me, I swear. I just changed my hair color, that's all. Chief! Chief, would you come tell them that I'm me, please?

    • Lexie (to security guard): You don't understand, I was sent to get coffee for Dr. Sloan because he needs his caffeine right now. To get through the most amazing surgery that is happening, right now in OR 2. So, I'm pretty sure it's not okay to be late for the making of medicial history so you need to let me through, okay? To get to that surgery, to get Dr. Sloan his caffeine, to witness medicial history being made! I... I my ID is valid, I promise! (the security guards look at her ID, she runs through the door, causing the alarm system to go off)

    • Alex: The other thing that's changed for me most since the shooting, now I feel like there's always something we can do. 'Cause I should have died, you know? I was shot point blank. So, uh... there's always something that we can do.

    • Arizona: No, I didn't apply for the grant because of the shooting. There are major gaps in the care of children in developing countries. Global health innitives exist for things like maleria, infectous diseases, immunizations, but not for pedatric surgery. With this grant, I could start to change that. Well, I applied for this thing two years ago. I was a completely different person, you know, I was new here. A surgicial fellow, single, but now I have people here, important people. It complicates things. But... this is bigger than me, this is an opportunity of a lifetime, so yeah, of course I'm accepting the grant. That just means I'm moving to Africa.

    • Callie: Well, it's her decision, obviously. It's an incredible opportunity. You don't just uh... turn down a Carter Madison grant. Nobody turns down a Carter Madison grant. I mean, I... I know that. I understand that. I do. I mean, if the situation were reversed.... Actually no, you know what? No. If the situation were reversed I... would turn the thing down. I wouldn't even consider moving to another continent right now. But I'm not here. So, uh, like I said, it's an incredible opportunity.

    • Alex: I don't even like kids. Pediatric surgery has nothing to do with liking kids. You go into peds because it's elite. The best of the best. Did you know that are only 38 pediatric surgery fellowship spots in the country? The country. I mean, to compare cardiothoracic is 120. Pedatric surgery is the elite of the elite so, yeah, I consider specializing in pedatric surgery, for sure. But not because of the kids, definatley not because of the kids.

    • Mark: You're thinking like a nerve guy.
      Derek: I am a nerve guy.

    • Alex: Lily, I told you already, turn it down or put on your headphones. The rest of us don't have Bieber fever or whatever it is.

    • Zack: You're making me nervous. Is there a problem with the arms?
      Nora: Oh, god, there's a problem with the arms.
      Callie: Well, maybe.
      Mark: There's a tattoo on one of the arms of the name Nicole.
      Zack: I love the name Nicole.
      Nora: Me, too. Love it. Couldn't love it more.
      Zack: I say we rename our dog Nicole.
      Nora: I'm gonna name myself Nicole.
      Zack: If it means that I can still get those arms, Nicole's my new favorite name.

    • Mark: You know, there's only been one successful bilateral arm transplant in the country.
      Owen: In the world.
      Mark: In the world.
      Derek: Yeah, I wouldn't go so far as calling us medicial titans but...
      Owen: We are.
      Mark: Not the first time I've been called a titan.

    • Mark (to cameracrew): Derek and I? We go way back. We grew up together, went to med school together. He's kinda like my better half. Not the better looking half, mind you. So when I heard he got shot... (pauses, looks down) Everyday we give bad news to patients, we tell them their loved ones are hurt or dying, or dead. And for the first time in my life I understood what that felt like.

    • Cristina: Uh, sure going through something like that has brought us closer.
      Meredith: Not that we weren't close before, I mean, ask anyone. We're close. (cut to Derek talking to the cameraman)
      Derek: Dr. Yang and my wife sometimes have sleepovers in my bed, with me in it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: V mém náruí (In my Arms)
      Finland: Tatuoitu lahja (A Tattooed Present)

    • There are no voiceovers this episode.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1.All My Life by Calahan
      2.You Know The Way (Acoustic) by Right The Stars

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 28, 2010 on CTV
      Sweden: November 10, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Finland: November 24, 2010 on Nelonen
      United Kingdom: February 9, 2011 on Sky Living
      Australia: March 10, 2011 on channel 7
      Germany: April 27, 2011 on ProSieben
      Norway: August 23, 2011 on TV2
      Czech Republic: January 9, 2012 on Prima LOVE