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Grey's Anatomy

Episode 3.16 : Drowning on Dry Land

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

February 15, 2007

Distributor

ABC

Genre

Drama, Comedy, Romance

Show Period

2005 - now

Production Company

Mark Gordon Co., Touchstone TV, ShondaLand

Cast and Crew


Director

Rob Corn

Screenwriter

Shonda Rhimes

Main Cast


Additional Cast

  • Shenita Moore
  • Yvans Jourdain
  • Jonah Bay
  • Liza de Weerd
  • Mac Brandt
  • Tim Chiou

Synopsis


At the disaster scene, other rescue workers find the man with the injured leg at the edge of the dock. He's got Meredith's tag on him, but she's nowhere to be found. Derek assumes she finished with him and moved on.

George lies to the mother whose son is missing that he's found him so that she'll consent to go into surgery. Miranda insists he really find the boy by the time the mother wakes up.At the disaster scene, other rescue workers find the man with the injured leg at the edge of the dock. He's got Meredith's tag on him, but she's nowhere to be found. Derek assumes she finished with him and moved on.

Izzie is running out of options in dealing with the man who's pinned under a car on the ferry, so she calls the Chief and asks him what to do. He and Mark talk her through drilling holes in the man's skull to relieve cranial pressure. She does such a good job of it that not only does the man survive, the Chief tells her she's officially off probation and invites her in on the surgery.

Alex is busy dealing with the frantic families who are anxious to know the fate of their loved ones who were on the ferry. There's no identification on most of the accident victims in the hospital, so no way of knowing who's who. Alex comes up with an idea: he takes Polaroids of all the patients and posts their photos on the board so their families can identify them.

A man asks Alex if he's seen his pregnant wife and Alex assumes it must be the woman he rescued. But Addison insists he can't be sure until he's checked the morgue. An introspective Addison says that Jane Doe could easily be her, because if she went missing, she'd have no one looking for her. Alex says he would notice if she disappeared.

George tells Alex he's looked everywhere for the missing boy and Alex suggests one place he hasn't yet looked: The morgue. They go together and there's no small boy but there is a pregnant woman. Alex takes her photo, but first he shows the photo of the woman in surgery to the man in the waiting room. Her face is grossly swollen, so he can't recognize her. But her hair and eyes are the wrong color, so Alex reluctantly shows him the photo of the woman in the morgue. The man collapses in tears and identifies her as his wife.

George checks the O.R. boards and sees that Callie has a 7 year old boy in surgery. He brings in the photo and asks if it's him, and Callie confirms that it is. He, inappropriate as always, announces he's going to kiss her silly when they get home that night.

Cristina, who's been stuck monitoring Burke's cases and suturing wounds all day, is getting antsy for Meredith to come back so she call tell her about the engagement. She sees all the other interns return from the accident scene, but none of them can tell her where Meredith is.

Derek finds the little girl whom he saw with Meredith earlier and asks her where Meredith is. The girl silently points out into the cold waters.

Derek dives in and comes up with Meredith, who's pale and cold and not breathing. He works on her feverishly in the ambulance until they arrive at the hospital and the Chief orders him out of the room.

All the interns are paged about Meredith's condition and rush to the trauma room where Miranda and the Chief are working on her. Outside, Derek sits on the floor, grief stricken and Mark sits next to him in wordless support.

Izzie stops a distraught Cristina from going in, telling her she's certain Meredith will survive this. George is more pessimistic, saying "People die." Izzie makes a speech about how she knows people die, but she believes in the good, including believing that Denny is with her always. And she tells George that she thinks his marrying Callie was a huge mistake.

Meredith is severely hypothermic and isn't responding to efforts to revive her. The Chief announces, "We're losing her." Just then we see Meredith sit up and gasp. She's alone in the room, except for the demolition expert who was blown up at the hospital. "Am I dead?" she asks him. But it's someone else who answers. "Damn right you are," says Denny, who's smiling at her.

Izzie is running out of options in dealing with the man who's pinned under a car on the ferry, so she calls the Chief and asks him what to do. He and Mark talk her through drilling holes in the man's skull to relieve cranial pressure. She does such a good job of it that not only does the man survive, the Chief tells her she's officially off probation and invites her in on the surgery.

Alex is busy dealing with the frantic families who are anxious to know the fate of their loved ones who were on the ferry. There's no identification on most of the accident victims in the hospital, so no way of knowing who's who. Alex comes up with an idea: he takes Polaroids of all the patients and posts their photos on the board so their families can identify them.

A man asks Alex if he's seen his pregnant wife and Alex assumes it must be the woman he rescued. But Addison insists he can't be sure until he's checked the morgue. An introspective Addison says that Jane Doe could easily be her, because if she went missing, she'd have no one looking for her. Alex says he would notice if she disappeared.

George tells Alex he's looked everywhere for the missing boy and Alex suggests one place he hasn't yet looked: The morgue. They go together and there's no small boy but there is a pregnant woman. Alex takes her photo, but first he shows the photo of the woman in surgery to the man in the waiting room. Her face is grossly swollen, so he can't recognize her. But her hair and eyes are the wrong color, so Alex reluctantly shows him the photo of the woman in the morgue. The man collapses in tears and identifies her as his wife.

George checks the O.R. boards and sees that Callie has a 7 year old boy in surgery. He brings in the photo and asks if it's him, and Callie confirms that it is. He, inappropriate as always, announces he's going to kiss her silly when they get home that night.

Cristina, who's been stuck monitoring Burke's cases and suturing wounds all day, is getting antsy for Meredith to come back so she call tell her about the engagement. She sees all the other interns return from the accident scene, but none of them can tell her where Meredith is.

Derek finds the little girl whom he saw with Meredith earlier and asks her where Meredith is. The girl silently points out into the cold waters.

Derek dives in and comes up with Meredith, who's pale and cold and not breathing. He works on her feverishly in the ambulance until they arrive at the hospital and the Chief orders him out of the room.

All the interns are paged about Meredith's condition and rush to the trauma room where Miranda and the Chief are working on her. Outside, Derek sits on the floor, grief stricken and Mark sits next to him in wordless support.

Izzie stops a distraught Cristina from going in, telling her she's certain Meredith will survive this. George is more pessimistic, saying "People die." Izzie makes a speech about how she knows people die, but she believes in the good, including believing that Denny is with her always. And she tells George that she thinks his marrying Callie was a huge mistake.

Meredith is severely hypothermic and isn't responding to efforts to revive her. The Chief announces, "We're losing her." Just then we see Meredith sit up and gasp. She's alone in the room, except for the demolition expert who was blown up at the hospital. "Am I dead?" she asks him. But it's someone else who answers. "Damn right you are," says Denny, who's smiling at her.

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