Grey's Anatomy

Season 1 Episode 9

Who's Zoomin' Who?

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 22, 2005 on ABC
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A sexually transmitted disease breaks out and affects several members of the hospital staff. Chief Webber promptly calls a meeting. Meanwhile, the chief reluctantly tells Dr. Derek Shepherd about his own medical concerns. Izzie and Cristina worry about a patient's wife and daughter who can't agree on his care. Burke treats his college buddy Bill, whose medical diagnosis raises some questions regarding his wife's actions. Then just as Meredith and Derek grow more intimate, a surprise is revealed.moreless

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  • OMG!

    OMG! This episode was a really good season finale! I can't believe the events that happened in this episode. First of all I think that Derek and Meredith are super cute together and I just love them. I can't believe George got Syphilis and that it was because of Alex he can be such an ahole. I felt bad for Webber that he was having problems but it was good that everything turn out ok. I felt so bad for Burke's friend Bill that his wife was cheating on him. What Izzy and Cristina did was a nice thing, for a moment I thought they had killed the patient. But what most surprised me is the ending. I'm glad Meredith told Derek about her mother. And I can't believe Derek has a wife!! I am in shock!moreless
  • Just as it was starting to look good...

    Many hospital staff get siphiles(not sure how it's written) and George isn't excluded. Chief Webber calls a meeting with the staff member about sexual protection while at the same time he had an MRI because of a problem he had with his eyes. An old man who was an alcoholic, gets into the hospital because he had a breathing problem. He dies suddenly and Christina and Izzy, go against the laws and the family's will and run an autopsis on the dead body. They discover that the man died of a disease in his blood which is genetic, saving in this way the dead man's daughter's life.

    A friend of Burke's gets into the hospital and after some tests the doctors discover that he has an ovary and he can't reproduce, while at the same time his wife is pregnant.

    Meredith and Shpherd bump onto a woman that gets to be Shepherd's wife. Can't wait for the next season!!!moreless
  • A great episode with an exciting end!!!

    I loved almost all parts of this episode, but the last minutes were the best, when we and Meredith discover that Derek is (or was) married, especially because of what Addison says, it was really, really funny!

    But, in my opinion, the most important point in this episode is the curiosity that everybody felt when it ended. Everybody wanted to know what would happen now that Derek is married, could he explain that?

    Oh, but we can not forget about that thing that happened with chief Webber, anybody knew if he would be able to operate again!!!

    I really liked this episode, but of course it is not my favorite one! There are a lot of great episodes in this amazing serie!!!moreless
  • Poor meredith!

    Aww i feel so sorry for meredith, her and derek are just getting to be so close and loving and then Addison has to come! i admit when she first came into it i hated her but i think they wrote her in as a nicer person now! i love greys the writing is incredible and so is the acting i cry every episode lol! its a great show and has such an emotional touch of real life its amazing! cant wait for season 2 to come out on DVD in the UK woo i hope meredith and derek stay together now!moreless
  • Secrets... are revealed.

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    This was a great episode with a great plot. I can't believe George got a syphilis. And Bailey was so funny... she and her voice, ha ha ha ha!

    The funniest thing... to me is when she attacks Izzie and Cristina and they show her the heart and she responds like: "Haaa, it's huge!" , but then never mind she attacks them again.

    And now, just when Meredith thinks it couldn't be better for her, Addison breaks her imaginations.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

Lauren Bowles

Lauren Bowles

Alice Franklin

Guest Star

Catherine Dao

Catherine Dao

Dr. Knox

Guest Star

Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis

Holly Adams

Guest Star

Sarah Utterback

Sarah Utterback

Nurse Olivia

Recurring Role

Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh

Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd

Recurring Role

Robin Pearson Rose

Robin Pearson Rose


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof (medically incorrect): Bailey takes down her mask in the middle of a sterile O.R. No surgeon would do that.

    • Goof (editing continuity): After George comes out of the bathroom and is talking to Izzie and Meredith, he is seen wearing gray sweatpants and black shoes. The camera shot then switches to Izzie and Meredith talking, and when it goes back to George storming away, he is still wearing the gray sweatpants, but he is now barefoot.

    • Goof (editing continuity): When Meredith is administering the shot of penicillin to George, you can see that she has no gloves on, then she does, and then she is gloveless again.

    • Goof (medically incorrect): When Dr. Bailey, Dr. Yang and Dr. Stevens are trying to get consent for the autopsy they already performed (without the family's permission) Dr. Yang tells the wife that they know what killed her husband. Dr. Yang explains that he has a genetic blood condition that causes too much iron to build up in the body. She calls it Hematomachrosis. The correct name of the condition is Hemochromatosis, otherwise known as Iron Overload Disease.

    • Goof: In the season one DVD, the episode summary says that Meredith and Derek go on their first real date and get a suprise at the restaurant. The suprise is that Derek is married. However, they did not make it to dinner, and when Derek's wife is revealed, they are still in the hospital.

    • Goof (editing continuity): At the beginning of this episode, when George comes out of the bathroom, he is wearing dark high shoes, this is used so that when they have a closeup shot with T.R. Knight (George) and Katherine Heigl (Izzie), he does not look short, because Katherine Heigl is very tall. When George walks to his room, (the front view) he is still wearing the shoes, but after that, (the back view) he is not wearing shoes anymore.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Meredith: You guys want to perform an unauthorized autopsy?
      Izzie: I know you, Cristina. You do not want to be known as the new 007. An autopsy clears your name.
      Meredith: Cristina, no.
      Izzie: What about Franklin's wife? You saw the way she was looking at me. She wants the autopsy. She just didn't want to fight with her daughter. She looked so sad. Okay, Cristina Yang, license to kill.
      Cristina: Okay, I'm in.
      Meredith: I am so not involved in this.
      Cristina: Meredith, this is Fight Club. Nobody talks about it.
      Meredith: Fine.
      Cristina: We have to do it when Bailey's not around.
      Izzie: Bailey's always around. She's everywhere and knows everything.
      Cristina: Well, we have to take our chances.
      Meredith: Bailey's got something tonight from 7 to 11. You two will be the last thing she's worried about.
      Cristina: How do you know that?
      Izzie: What kind of something?
      Meredith: Oh, I can't tell you that. It's Fight Club, too. (leaves)
      Cristina: If I am missing out on a real patient because of this. They are going to call me 007 because I killed you.

    • Cristina: Hey, Syph-boy!
      George: You told her?
      Izzie: Just Cristina.
      Alex: Syph-boy - it's got a nice ring to it. Kinda like Superboy, only diseased.
      Cristina: Izzie didn't have to say a word. Around here, the only thing that spreads faster than disease is gossip.
      George: That's not true. Just cause Izzie can't keep her mouth shut doesn't mean everyone knows.
      Meredith (walks in): Hey, George. How are you feeling? Sorry about the syphilis.
      George: Everyone in this hospital knows?
      Alex: Knows you're a player.
      George: You're disturbed.
      Alex: True. Everybody's got a secret. Just be glad yours is out in the open.
      Cristina: Oh, yeah, Alex? What's yours?
      Alex: You show me yours, and I'll show you mine. (Cristina looks at Burke as he walks by) I bet you've got some seriously kinky skeletons in your closet.
      Cristina: What's in my closet is none of your business.
      Izzie: Well, I don't have any secrets. My life is boring.
      Meredith: Everybody's got something to hide. (they all stare at her)

    • (During the safe-sex seminar)
      Meredith (whispering): Poor George.
      Cristina: Yeah. You know, I think he really likes Typhoid Mary.
      Meredith: Well, not many budding relationships survive a good dose of VD.

    • (After George and her make out in the stairwell)
      Olivia: About time I got you alone today. (they make out again)
      George: Olivia...
      Olivia: What time is your shift done?
      George: Olivia...
      Olivia: Because mine's over at 8, and I thought maybe you could come over.
      George: Olivia! I need to tell you something.
      Olivia: What's wrong? Are you breaking up with me?
      George: What? No. Oh, no. Really, no. It's just... Okay, you're the only person that I've been with in a long time. I mean, not unusually long or anything, you know? Just a normal amount of long time. But it wouldn't matter to me if you've been with someone else. Maybe you have? I'm not accusing you of anything or, you know, judging you or handing out scarlet letters or anything, you know? It's... you're a woman, you know? A very attractive woman. Of course you've been with other men. Not that you've been with a lot of men, it's not like you're a prostitute...
      Olivia: A prostitute?
      George: No! Not a... not a prostitute. What...? No, the opposite of a prostitute, a lady. You're very ladylike. I mean, you're very bendy, but...
      Olivia: George, breathe.
      George: Okay. It's just... okay, here's the thing. I really like you, Olivia. I like you a lot.
      Olivia: Well, I like you, too. (they make out again, George pushes her away)
      George: I have syphilis. (Olivia looks at him and then without saying anything runs off) That could have gone better.

    • Alex: I gotta say, George, I didn't think you had it in you. It's always the quiet ones. So who's the woman?
      George: None of your business.
      Alex: Oh, come on. Who gave you the cooties on the playground?
      George: You must have had something like this before, right?
      Alex: I never talk about my penis with other men. (X-Ray Tech looks at George)
      George: I don't n... either, normally.

    • (Alex is trimming his nose hairs, George walks in and hovers by him)
      George: Um...
      Alex: I know I'm pretty to look at and all, George, but back up.
      George: I need to ask you something.
      Alex: I'm waiting.
      George: I seem to be having this skin thing going on, like a rash, really. And I think I know what it is, but I can't get close enough to tell for sure.
      Alex: Let's see it.
      George: It's kinda located in an, um, you know, private...
      Alex: You're a doctor, George. It's called a penis. You have a rash on your penis?
      George: I think I can describe it. Um, it's
      Alex: Look, just come on. Just show me your junk so we can get this over with. (George unties his scrubs and opens his pants, Alex looks then grimances)
      George: So?
      Alex: Dude, you've got syphilis.

    • Olivia: I had a really good time the other night.
      George: Yeah, me too. Are you, uh, feeling ok and everything?
      Olivia: I'm good. Great, now that I got to see you. Why?
      George: Oh, no reason. I'm good too, you know? Really good. You know. But, um, a little itchy.
      Izzie (walks up): Hi, George.
      George: Hey.
      Izzie: Olivia.
      Olivia: Hi, Dr. Stevens. I'll see you later. (walks off)
      George: Okay. Bye. Yeah. She's into me.
      Izzie: Way to go, George. She's cute. So this morning you really weren't...
      George: Anytime you want to apologize...
      Izzie: Then what were you doing in the bathroom for so long?
      George: I have to go.

    • Richard: Meredith? He's an attending. You're an intern.
      Meredith: You saw us? You can see.
      Richard: I'm gonna tell you what your mother would say if she were here. You're making a mistake, a big one.
      Meredith: And I would tell my mother that it's not a mistake.

    • (Cristina and Izzie are performing the autopsy when Bailey enters)
      Bailey: Don't even tell me you're doing what I think you're doing!
      Cristina: Um...
      Bailey: Not only did you disregard the family's wishes, you broke the law! You could be arrested for assault! Do you like jail? The hospital could be sued! I could lose my license, my job! I like my job! Did you think about any of this before you started cutting open a poor man's body? I could seriously kick both of your asses right now. Do you have anything to say?
      Izzie (picks up Mr. Franklin's heart): Look at his heart.
      Bailey: It's huge!
      Izzie: It's over 600 grams, and there's some kind of grainy material in it.
      Cristina: We want to run some tests.
      Bailey: Oh, now you want to run tests?
      Cristina: At this point, what could it hurt?
      Bailey: I hate both of you right now.

    • Bailey: Page Stevens and Yang. Tell them I want them covering your patients. I need you to stay and monitor the chief.
      Meredith: Cristina and Izzie, um...I think they're already swamped.
      Bailey: With what?
      Meredith: Labs. They had to check on some labs.
      Bailey: Oh, you are lying. I know you're lying. You know how I know? Cause you're a bad liar! I hate a bad liar.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): Secrets can't hide in science. Medicine has a way of exposing lies. Within the walls of the hospital, the truth is stripped bare. How we keep our secrets outside the hospital – well, that's a little different. One thing is certain, whatever it is we're trying to hide; we're never ready for that moment when the truth gets naked. That's the problem with secrets – like misery, they love company. They pile up and up until they take over everything, until you don't have room for anything else, until you're so full of secrets you feel like you're going to burst.

    • Burke: Why are you in this line?
      Cristina: It's the syphilis line.
      Burke: You don't need to be in this line.
      Cristina: I don't?
      Burke: There's no one else. That surprises you?
      Cristina: Nothing surprises me.
      Burke: Do I need to be in this line?
      Cristina: No.
      Burke: Okay, then.
      Cristina: Okay.

    • Derek: Long day.
      Meredith: Yeah.
      Derek: Somewhere out there is a steak with your name on it and maybe a bottle of wine.
      Meredith: This is why I keep you around.
      Derek: So, we need to talk.
      Meredith: Wine first, talk later.
      Derek: You trying to, uh, get me drunk so you can take advantage of me?
      Meredith: (laughing): I think I like this rules thing.
      Derek: Me too. (Derek helps her fix her coat and they turn to leave. A stunning red headed woman is standing there and Derek is wide eyed) Meredith, I am so sorry. Addison... What're you doing here?
      Addison: Well, you'd know if you'd bothered to return any one of my phone calls. (to Meredith) Hi. I'm Addison Shepherd. (they shake hands)
      Meredith: Shepherd?
      Addison: And you must be the woman who's been screwing my husband.

    • Richard: Just what I need, a syphilis outbreak and a tumor.
      Derek: They're probably unrelated.

    • Derek: How goes our special super secret silent sunset surgery? I've been practicing that.
      Bailey: You have too much time on your hands.

    • Meredith: So just for the record...
      Derek: Mm-hmm.
      Meredith:'d tell me if I need to get tested, right?
      Derek: You think I have syphilis?
      Meredith: No, I don't. It's just we never made any rules or anything. We never said "we have rules" and I wouldn't hold it against you.
      Derek: When would I have time to go out and get syphilis? You're a handful enough as it is. And besides, we're like, practically a condom ad.
      Meredith: But no more glow-in-the-dark ones.
      Derek: You see? There's nothing to worry about. Maybe we should, you know, make some rules, I mean.
      Meredith: We should.
      Derek: Okay.
      Meredith: Okay.
      Derek: Just for the record…I like the glow-in-the-dark ones.
      Meredith (laughs): I bet you do.

    • Izzie: You have syphilis?
      George: Shh! (George closes all the blinds and the door) I don't know how this happened.
      Izzie: Of course you do. God, Olivia must really be getting around.
      George: Olivia, she's not like that.
      Izzie: It's the new millennium, George. The only people who aren't like that are the Amish. And apparently you.
      George: You don't know. Maybe I've been sleeping around. Maybe I got ladies. (Izzie smirks) Shut up! What am I gonna do?
      Izzie: It's no biggie, couple doses of penicillin will knock it right out.
      George: What am I gonna do about Olivia?
      Izzie: Well, for starters, stop sleeping with her. Unless, you want that thing to fall off. (laughs)
      George: Okay, that is twice that you trash talked the girl I could one day potentially-... well not love but like a whole lot.
      Izzie: She gave it to you, you have to tell her.
      George: Three.
      Izzie: Fine! She didn't give it to you. She was a virgin when you met. You still have to tell her so she can get tested.
      George: Oh, yeah? How am I gonna tell her? "Hey Olivia, how ya doing? Oh, by the way I got the syph, how about you?"
      Izzie: Well, maybe not quite like that.
      George: No, no! It's good advice, really good advice, thank you very much.

    • (After he comes out of the bathroom)
      Izzie: There's no reason to be ashamed. It's normal, healthy even.
      George: I am not ashamed. 'Cause I wasn't doing anything. I don't have to. I have a girlfriend.
      Izzie: An imaginary girlfriend?
      George: An actual girlfriend.
      Izzie: You know what? It's no big deal, you don't have to lie. I get it. You have needs. (Meredith opens the door Izzie was leaning against)
      Meredith: What is going on out here?
      Izzie & George: Nothing. (George walks away)
      Izzie (to Meredith): He's freaked out because I caught him playing with little Jimmy and the twins.
      George (turns around): I have a girlfriend. (walks away)
      Izzie: Okay. (laughs)
      Derek (appearing from Meredith's bedroom): It sounds like fun out here.

    • (George is in the bathroom, locked in and Izzie wants to take a shower)
      Izzie (knocking on the door): George. You locked the door I need to take a shower.
      George: Uh... uh, I'll be out in a minute.
      Izzie: What are you doing in there?
      George: It's private!
      Izzie: Oh! Oh, god, I'm sorry. I get it. (smirks) I didn't mean to interrupt.
      George: No, it's not that.
      Izzie: It's okay. Take your time.
      George: I am not doing what you think I'm doing.
      Izzie (laughs softly): You know what, there's really no need to explain. I'll wait, you just... finish.
      George: No... I'm-I'm coming. I'm coming out! (Izzie laughs)

    • George: God, an ovary.
      Alex: Kinda gives new meaning to the term metrosexual.

    • Patricia (holding a "protected" banana): With every fresh banana, always use a fresh condom.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): The thing people forget is how good it can feel when you finally set secrets free. Whether good or bad, at least they're out in the open, like it or not. And once your secrets are out in the open, you don't have to hide behind them anymore. The problem with secrets is even when you think you're in control... you're not.

    • George: Are you sure you know what you're doing?
      Alex: It's a shot of penicillin George. Be grateful I'm even doing this. I've already seen more of you than I ever wanted to. I'll be fighting nightmares for a week.
      George: Okay. You know what? Forget this.
      Alex: Do you want to get rid of the syph or not? Then shut up and drop 'em.
      George (whispers) I cannot believe this. (Meredith pulls back curtain) Meredith! Go away!
      Meredith: Oh George. I thought you could use some moral support.
      George: No. No moral support. I'm indisposed here!
      Meredith: George. It's not a big deal. And you have a cute butt.
      Alex: I have a cute butt too. Wanna see?
      Meredith: Oh get out, you're doing it wrong.
      Alex (hands her the syringe): Be my guest.
      George: Wha- Alex. Alex! Wha-? (Alex leaves) Hey!
      Izzie (pulls back curtain): Oh. What are we doing here?
      George: Breaking George's spirit.
      Meredith: Curing George's syph.
      George: I don't like needles.
      Meredith: Good thing you became a doctor. Other side.
      Cristina: Izzie?
      Izzie: Yeah.
      Cristina: Mr. Franklin's procedure's been scheduled for after lunch--(pulls back curtain)
      George: No. No!
      Cristina: Oh what are we doing?
      Izzie: We are saving George from a future of festering sores and insanity.
      Cristina: Oh, Cute butt.
      Meredith: Told ya!
      Izzie: It is cute... like a baby's.
      George: You know, I have spent hours, days,... years imagining myself half naked in a room with three women. The reality is so much better.
      Cristina: I think he's gonna cry!

    • (at the hospital's safe sex demonstration)
      Patricia (demonstrator): When the time is right, and, gentlemen, you'll all know when that time is, carefully open the condom packet and roll it onto the banana.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Sandra Oh (Cristina) and Kate Walsh (Addison) also worked together in the 2003 movie Under The Tuscan Sun.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Italy: January 4th, 2006 on Italia 1
      Sweden: January 17th, 2006 on Kanal 5
      Netherlands: February 28th, 2006 on Net 5
      Germany: May 9th, 2006 on ProSieben
      Norway: August 8th, 2006 on TV2
      Croatia: October 30th, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Finland: November 1st, 2006 on Nelonen
      Portugal: January 7th, 2007 on RTP1
      Romania: March 6th, 2007 on TVR1
      Serbia: February 16th,2008 on B92

    • Awards and Nominations:
      At the 2005 Emmy Awards Grey's Anatomy received a nomination for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series. In addition, Sandra Oh received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performances in Save Me & No Man's Land.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Big As the Sky by A.M. Sixty plays at the beginning of this episode,
      2. End of the World Party by Medeski Martin & Wood plays when Cristina, Izzie and Meredith injected George penicillin because of the syphilis,
      3. Naked As We Came by Iron & Wine plays when Meredith, Izzie and Cristina are arguing whether or not perform the autopsy,
      4. The Dog Song by Nellie McKay plays while Cristina is waiting in line to get injected,
      5. Whatever Gets You Through Today by The Radio plays at the end of this episode.


    • Cristina: Meredith, this is Fight Club! Nobody talks about it!

      Fight Club is a film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. It was directed by David Fincher and starred Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. This particular line alludes to the first and second rule of Fight Club, that no one talks about it.

    • Episode Title: Who's Zoomin' Who?

      The title of this episode is an allusion to an Aretha Franklin song titled Who's Zoomin' Who?.