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Grey's Anatomy

Season 1 Episode 3

Winning a Battle, Losing the War

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 10, 2005 on ABC
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When a bike race leaves one pedestrian brain dead, interns Cristina and Izzie face an emotional crisis of conscience: how long does one wait before they start harvesting his organs? Cristina is all detached professionalism, but ever-hopeful Izzie prays for a miracle. Meanwhile, George avoids a flirtatious patient while Meredith copes with living with roommates and tries to dodge Derek's ever-increasing advances.moreless

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  • Well Writen

    There is a lot of compitations in this episode. We see the struggle between the residents about harvasting organs and we see that it effects some of them more then others. Merediths's kiss was funny and sweet. Derek's reaction was priceless. Throughout this whole episode the compitation between them all grows and it is evident that their friendships don'y play a part in this compititions. Another great installment on the series. We learn a little more about how how the character's inner beings work next episode, which shall take place next week. I'm gonna be really, really lookin foward to the next ep.moreless
  • Dead Baby Bike Race

    One of my favorite episodes actually.

    Meredith tried to avoid her growing attraction to Derek and regrets inviting George and Izzie to live with her. Cristina and Izzie operate on an organ harves patient and George deals with a special friend of the Chief's. The interns go over Burke's head to get in on surgeries and Alex benefits from their sneaking.

    Cristina and Meredith bond over being dark and twisty while George and Izzie are happy and shiny. Alex displays more chauvinism and Bailey calls him on being a patient hog.

    Meredith gets kissed by one of the Dead Baby Bike Race contestants and Derek gets jealous.

    This is the third good episode in a row for this show, something rare and it shows that this show has great promise.moreless
  • Another good episode

    So far each episode ive seen is pretty much as good as the one before it. I like how this show keeps it self at such a high standard and im starting to realise why it's so damn popular and im just catching on like 2 years after it started.

    An annual death defying bike race brings in a host of patients to the hospital and the main patient of the episode, a brain dead man caused by a crash with the race.

    George gets assigned to one of The Cheif's VIP patients who is in need of a liver and appears to be hitting on George. George soon realises that most people think he is gay.

    Izzie and Cristina decide they can make the brain dead man's life mean something and harvest his organs. They pull in Meredith & then Georg as they go over Dr Burkes head straight to the Cheif and get him to help save the brain dead man so they can then take his organs.

    Geroge organises that a liver be given to his VIP and the brain dead man is harvested after his wife is contacted. The VIP recieves the liver and gets through surgeory without complications.

    Meredith has an interesting patient called Viper who plants a big wet one on her while Dr Shepard is watching on. (very ammusing). Meredith tell's Derick that he is only in it for the hunt but he later makes it clear that he actually likes her. He still wont go out ith him but.

    Overall a really good episode. Had alot of intresting stories and some great character dvelopment. Im looking forward to seeing how Shepard & Meredith progress, and how Izzie, George & Meredith handle being around each other like 24/7

  • Brilliant

    This show is so tense

    Preston Burke is an amazing cardio-thorastic surgeon.

    He is such a good actor (despite his homophobis slurs) Isaiah Washington is a great actor

    But out of everyone, Chandra Wilson is the BEST

    she is so good at playing the Nazi and she seems like the kind of person who seems very tough but hides her true feelings inside. Chief Webber is very funny.

    I think he makes a fine character in playing the chief

    Not only do the surgeries make this show so exciting but also the love stories within the hospital

    Also, the serious competition between Burke and Shepherd for the place of the chief of surgery is very good.moreless
  • Natural selection. Everything is a competition.

    Bike race is in the Seattle and there are a lot of people injured in the hospital. Meredith heals Viper and he kisses her. Derek is so jealous. They have a hard time with one brain dead patient and they want to harvest his organs for transpalntation surgery. Izzie is too emotionally involved and Cristina is having a hard time talking about organ donations. Finally Viper will return with a lot of damage and Bailey will yell at all those bike racers and that scene is hilarious. Finally Meredith will have to try to live together with Izzie and George who are living completely different way then she is.

    An awesome episode.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

Kelsy Kemper

Kelsy Kemper

Shelley's Daughter

Guest Star

Dinah Lee

Dinah Lee

Grungy Chick

Guest Star

Callum Blue

Callum Blue


Guest Star

Kathleen M. Darcy

Kathleen M. Darcy


Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: Notice the scene after one of the patients has died, and Cristina is talking with his wife and daughter about organ donation. When the wife starts crying and getting upset, Cristina gets up to leave, and the woman has her arm around her daughter. In the very next shot, though, a second later, the daughter is suddenly hugging her mother.

    • Goof: The door of the bathroom that Meredith and Cristina find Dr. Burke in has the handle on the wrong side of the door. There is no way for the bathroom occupant to pull the door open.

    • Goof (editing continuity): Viper's head bandage is there when he signs the AMA, and disappears when he stands up and turns back to kiss Meredith.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • (Surgical team prepping, for Viper's surgery, this is including Dr. Bailey. Meredith is still straddling Viper)
      Bailey: Well, this is a new one. Somebody get her off my patient. (Meredith climbs down) Ah Meredith, go get cleaned up and scrub in. Alex, get back downstairs.
      Alex: Yeah, but I helped.
      Bailey: Helped? Yeah they tell me down in the Pit that you only want to take the hot cases. In every pack of interns there's always one fool that's running around trying to show off and Alex, this time that fool is you. Get out. (Alex storms out) Somebody get me something to stand on, lower this table. The mountain's going to have to come to me.

    • Derek (amused): You're askin' my advice?
      Meredith: Yes.
      Derek: Now, who's chasing?
      Meredith: Not funny. This is important.
      Derek: Okay. You want to get around Burke? You gotta find a way to get the Chief involved.

    • Meredith: The Dead Baby Bar.
      George: Every year, they hold this underground bike race.
      Izzie: Don't you wonder why someone would name a bar something so disgusting?
      Cristina: Keep your panties on, Nancy Drew.
      George: The race is completely illegal and--
      Meredith: Crazy, a bunch of bike messengers racing against traffic trying to beat each other for free shots of tequila.
      Alex: All-out, no holds barred competition. Sounds like fun.
      Izzie: Yeah, you would think that.
      George: The race, the race doesn't even have any rules. Except eye gouging. No eye gouging. (Izzie laughs)
      Cristina: Oh great, we're going to be trapped in the Pit bandaging up idiots when we could be up in the O.R.?
      George: What kind of people engage in a race that has, as its only rule, that you can't rip out the eyeballs of another human being?
      Alex: Men, Georgie, Men.

    • Derek: Mornin', Dr. Bailey.
      Bailey (holds up her hand, preoccupied): Shut up.
      Derek: You realize that I'm an attending and you're only a resident? That you work for me, right?

    • (Meredith wakes up scared to find Izzie hovering over her bed with a cup of coffee)
      Izzie: George's room is bigger than mine. (Meredith sighs and gets up. She trips and falls flat on her face. Scene switches to Meredith moving hurriedly down the hall with Izzie following her) I have more clothes. I should have the bigger room. (they walk pass George, who is guarding his door)
      George: I got here first.
      Izzie: It's Meredith's house, she should decide. (George runs after them. Cut to Meredith walking down the stairs, Izzie and George are following her)
      George: My room is like, two inches bigger than yours.
      Izzie: You have a bigger closet!
      George: So? Why is everything always a competition? I – (Izzie and George argue in the background. Meredith enters her laundry room and rummages for some clean clothes) -- you could put your clothes somewhere else!
      Izzie: Everywhere else is filled with Meredith's mom's boxes.
      George: Meredith? When is your mom coming back to town anyway? (Meredith grabs her clothes and starts making her way back up the stairs) Because maybe we can put her boxes in storage.
      Izzie: Or unpack a few things, make this place a little more homey. Some throw pillows, some lamps, a few paintings.
      George: Oh, paintings would be nice.
      Izzie: Yeah. You have all this amazing stuff just packed away. In the back hall, I found this box with like a hundred tapes of your mother performing these amazing medical procedures. (Meredith walks down the hallway quickly and enters her bathroom)
      George: Really? We should watch them. Meredith do you want to watch –- (Meredith slams the door in their faces. A moment later she opens it again and takes Izzie's coffee from her and shuts the door again) Meredith, do you want some privacy?

    • George: I don't know if you've listened to the surgeon-general lately, say in the past twenty years, but smoking is bad. Smoking will kill you.
      Lloyd Mackie: Liver cancer will kill me. Smoking will just speed up the process.
      George: You're at the top of the donor list for a new liver. There's hope.
      Lloyd Mackie: Sweetheart, I've been at the top of the list for... eight months. I'm not in a batter's cage. I'm in a dugout, about to be traded.
      George: You like baseball?
      Lloyd Mackie: No!

    • Alex: God! I smell good! You know what it is? (looks at Meredith) It's the smell of open heart surgery. (Meredith shoots him a look and he takes in a deep breath) It's awesome. It is awesome. You gotta smell me. (he walks up behind Meredith and wraps his arms around her)
      Meredith: I don't want to smell you.
      Alex (nuzzles her hair): Oh, yes you do. (Meredith turns around and grabs Alex by his shirt and slams him against the lockers)
      Meredith: You have got to be kidding me! Okay. I have more important things to deal with than you. I have roommates, and boy problems, and family problems. (Alex yawns acts bored by her) You want to act like a little frat boy bitch? That's fine. You want to take credit for your saves, and everybody else's? That's fine, too. Just stay out of my face. (the door opens revealing Derek who watches. Meredith grabs Alex's chin so he looks at her directly) And for the record, you smell like crap! (she turns to go back to her locker and they both see Derek looking at them. Derek walks in a little and motions to Alex as if to say what just happened)
      Alex: She attacked me. (Meredith rushes to really attack him now)
      Derek: Meredith, Meredith, Meredith! (he grabs her arms before she reaches Alex and she lets him push her back. He turns back to Alex) You know you might want to leave. Before I change my mind and let her beat you to a pulp with her tiny ineffectual fists.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): There's another way to survive this competition, a way no one ever seems to tell you about, when you have to learn through yourself. No. 5, it's not about the race at all, there are no winners or losers. Victories are counted by the number of lives saved.

    • Derek: It's not the chase.
      Meredith: What?
      Derek: You and me. It is not the thrill of the chase. It's not a game. It's...it's your tiny ineffectual fists. And your hair.
      Meredith: My hair?
      Derek: It smells good. And you're very, very bossy. It keeps me in line.
      Meredith: I'm still not going out with you.
      Derek: You say that now.

    • George: You underestimate me. I'm not a baby, I'm your colleague. You don't have to manipulate me. If you want something all you have to do is ask.
      Izzie: We want you to go over Burke's head to the chief.
      George: Ask me something easier.

    • (After Derek sees Viper kiss Meredith)
      Meredith: What do you want?
      Derek: You make out with patients now?
      Meredith: What, are you jealous?
      Derek: I don't get jealous.
      Meredith: We had sex - once.
      Derek: And we kissed in an elevator.
      Meredith: And we kissed in an elevator - once.
      Derek: No seriously. C'mon, go out with me.
      Meredith: No.
      Derek: You know, I almost died today. Yeah, I came like this close. How would you feel if I died and you didn't get a chance to go out with me?
      Meredith: Get over yourself already.
      Derek: C'mon!
      Meredith: It's the chase, isn't it?
      Derek: What?
      Meredith: The thrill of the chase. I've been wondering to myself, why are you so hell-bent on getting me to go out with you? You know you're my boss. You know it's against the rules. You know I keep saying no. It's the chase.
      Derek: Well it's fun, isn't it?
      Meredith: You see! This is a game to you, but not to me. Because, unlike you, I still have something to prove.

    • Meredith (about her new roommates, George and Izzie): They're everywhere. All the time. Izzie's all perky and George does this thing where he's helpful and considerate. They share food, and they say things, and they move things, and they breathe. Ugh, they're, like, happy.
      Cristina: Kick them out.
      Meredith: I can't kick them out, they just moved in. I asked them to move in.
      Cristina: So what, you're just going to repress everything in some deep, dark, twisted place until one day you snap and you kill them?
      Meredith: Yep.
      Cristina: This is why we are friends.

    • Cristina: It kills you, doesn't it?
      Alex: What?
      Cristina: That two women caught the harvest.
      Alex: No, it kills me that anybody got the harvest but me. Boobs do not factor into this equation. Unless, uh, you want to show me yours.
      (Meredith and Cristina look at each other)
      Meredith: I'm going to become a lesbian.
      Cristina: Me too.

    • Izzie: George, you did good.
      George: I'm going to have to dodge Burke for the rest of my career. He could kill me and make it look like an accident.

    • Meredith (after getting the Chief to talk to Burke into a surgery, on a patient who is brain dead): We are so going to hell. Burke's sending us straight to hell.
      Cristina: On an express train.

    • Burke (to Cristina and Meredith): This is the men's room, either whip one out, or close the door.

    • Viper (talking about Alex): The frat guy said I could go.
      Meredith: The frat guy's an ass. Okay, well, you have to sign an AMA form.
      Viper: Darlin', I will do anything you want me to.
      Meredith: What is it with you guys and your need to dirty everything up?
      Viper: I don't know. Maybe it's just testosterone, eh?
      Meredith: Maybe. You might want to see a doctor about that, too.
      Viper: Come here. (takes the form and signs it) There. (he gets up and takes a few steps towards the door but turns back abruptly. He grabs Meredith and kisses her who just holds her hands up in protest) That was for good luck. Don't worry, darling, you'll see me again.
      Meredith: For your sake, I hope not!

    • (watching multiple gurneys of injured bicyclists being wheeled into the ER)
      Cristina: Oh, it's like candy, but with blood. Which is so much better.
      Izzie: Oh my, God...
      Cristina (eyeing a patient): Mine.
      Izzie (running after her): I saw him first!

    • Alex: What are you doing?
      George: Hiding. There's this VIP patient - he likes me.
      Alex: That's good, right?
      George: He likes me, likes me.
      Alex: Go for it man, get yours. I'm down with the rainbow. (George gives him a strange look) Oh, are you not gay?
      George: No.
      Alex: Really? Dude, sorry. (he walks away as Cristina walks up)
      George: Uh, Cristina? Do you... do you think... does Meredith think I'm gay?
      Cristina: Are you?
      George: No!
      Cristina: Really?

    • Cristina (to Meredith about Izzie): She's the Vice President of Fantasyland.

    • Bailey: Fools on bikes killing themselves. Natural selection is what it is.

    • Meredith (to Alex): How do you manage to make everything dirty?

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): We live out our lives on the surgical unit. Seven Days a week, fourteen hours a day, we're together more than we are apart. After a while, the ways of residency becomes the ways of life. Number one : Always keep score. Number two: do whatever you can to outsmart the other guy. Number three: Don't make friends with the enemy. Oh, yeah, Number four: Everything, everything is a competition. Whoever said winning wasn't everything ... Never held a scalpel.

    • Meredith: Are those my mother's surgical tapes?
      George: We should watch the skin grafting one first.
      Meredith: Where did all this stuff come from?
      Izzie: Oh, I unpacked some of your mother's things. I was upset, and when I'm upset I like to nest. (Meredith stares, then starts taking down pictures that have placed around the room. Izzie finds another tape) Ooh, Hemipelvectomy.
      George (grabs the tape from Izzie): I think we should watch this one first.
      Meredith: No. No. We're not watching my mother's surgery tapes! We're not unpacking boxes! We're not having long conversations where we celebrate the moments of our lives. (she grabs a beer of the table and hands it to George) And use a coaster!
      George: I ordered Chinese food. (Meredith storms off up the stairs)
      Meredith: I hate Chinese food! (Izzie and George try not to laugh but they can't help it)

    • Mackie: Richard... you're a good friend. The best.
      Richard: Shut up and count backwards already, Mack.

  • NOTES (4)

    • It is ironic that T.R. Knight (George) is so afraid the Meredith might think he is gay because in real life, he actually is openly gay.

    • Patrick Dempsey (Derek) and Steven W. Bailey (Jeremy) also worked together in the 2001 TV movie Chestnut Hill.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: August 22nd, 2005 on Channel 7
      Sweden: December 6th, 2005 on Kanal 5
      Netherlands: January 17th, 2006 on Net 5
      Germany: March 28th, 2006 on ProSieben
      Ireland: June 18th, 2006 on RTE One
      France: July 3rd, 2006 on TF1
      Norway: July 18th, 2006 on TV2
      Croatia: September 18th, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Finland: September 20th, 2006 on Nelonen
      Portugal: November 26th, 2006 on RTP1
      Romania: January 23rd, 2007 on TVR1

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Fools Like Me by Lisa Loeb plays at the end of the episode.
      2. I Won't Be Left by Tegan and Sara plays when Meredith fights Alex in the locker-room.
      3. There's A Girl by The Ditty Bops plays at the beginning of the episode.
      4. Wishful Thinking by The Ditty Bops plays when Meredith and Cristina are talking in the parking lot and Alex joins them.
      5. You Are My Joy by Reindeer Section plays when Cristina convinces Izzie to scrub in to the harvest.