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Adrift and at Peace
Season 7, episode 10
Adrift
Meredith rushes her patient into the ER.
Episode Information
Airdate

December 2, 2010

Written by

Tony Phelan & Joan Rater

Directed by

Allison Liddi-Brown

Episode Guide
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The first 24h after surgery are critical. Every breath you take, every fluid you make is meticulously recorded and analyzed. Celebrated or mourned. But what about the next 24 hours? What happens when that first day turns to two and weeks turn into months? What happens when the immediate danger has passed, when the machines are disconnected and the teams of doctors and nurses are gone? Surgery is when you get saved. But post-op, after surgery, is when you heal. But what if you don't? The goal of any surgery is total recovery, to come out better than you were before. Some patients heal quickly and feel immediate relief. For others the healing happens gradually. And it's not until months or even years later that you realize you don't hurt anymore. So the challenge after any surgery is to be patient. But if you can make it through the first weeks and months, if you believe that healing is possible, then you can get your life back. But that's a big if.

Adrift and at Peace is the tenth episode and mid-season finale of the seventh season and the 136th overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short SummaryEdit

Despite Meredith's objections to the idea, a concerned Derek takes Cristina on a fishing trip in order to get away from it all, while Teddy, feeling directionless without Cristina, directs all of her efforts and compassion towards a dying patient who lacks the proper insurance to seek medical treatment.

Full Summary Edit

Episode in detail.

Cast Edit

  • Meredith Grey
  • Cristina Yang
  • Alex Karev
  • Miranda Bailey
  • Richard Webber
  • Callie Torres
  • Mark Sloan
  • Lexie Grey
  • Owen Hunt
  • Arizona Robbins
  • Teddy Altman
  • April Kepner
  • Jackson Avery
  • Derek Shepherd
  • Henry Burton
  • Eli Lloyd
  • Trina Paiz
  • Sheila Turkovsky
  • Ron Turkovsky
  • Adriana Kay and Jackson Avery
  • Marina Worker
  • Wayne Sheehan
  • Paramedic Nicole
  • Paramedic #1
  • Dr. Knox
  • OR Nurse
  • ER Nurse (right)
  • Fisherman #1 and #2 (in the back)

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit

Co-StarringEdit

Medical Notes Edit

Music Edit

Song Performer Scene
"It's Christmas Time" Jules Larson
"Merry Xmas" Basement Apartment
"Nun Gimmel Heh Shin" The Lee Vees
"O Come All Ye Faithful" Ashton Allen
"The First Snowflake" Boy Least Likely To
"Silent Night" Low

Notes and Trivia Edit

Grey's Anatomy 7x10 - Adrift and at Peace - Promo00:31

Grey's Anatomy 7x10 - Adrift and at Peace - Promo

  • This episode's title originated from the song Adrift And At Peace, originally sung by Nine Inch Nails.
  • This episode scored 11.02 million viewers.
  • The scenes of Derek and Cristina fishing were filmed at the Big Bear Lake in California.

Gallery Edit

Episode StillsEdit

Quotes Edit

Callie: I am stubbornly choosing to believe that not all people are evil and bad and leave me at airports.

Owen: Do you want to know what I think? I think you are reckless. I think you are reckless with your own life and today you were reckless with a patient's life. I don't care who you are. I don't want that in my OR, and I don't want that around my wife who is struggling just to hold on.
Meredith: Your wife is struggling just to hold on because you married her and let it be OK for her to completely fall apart.
Owen: You are fearless, and I don't mean that in a good way. Most people don't tell the guy with the gun to shoot them. Most people are like Cristina. Most people are afraid. So what she needs isn't what you need. She isn't you, Meredith.

Meredith: I knew what I was doing. I knew I could do that second stitch, you knew I could do that second stitch and it were anyone else, you would have let them do it. But because I question how you handle Cristina, you chose to slap me down and let everyone know who's boss.
Owen: Do you want to know what I think? I think you are reckless. I think you are reckless with your own life and today you were reckless with a patient's life. I don't care who you are. I don't want that in my OR and I don't want that around my wife who is struggling just to hold on.
Meredith: Your wife is struggling just to hold on because you married her and let it be okay for her to completely fall apart. What is Cristina gonna do when she gets back from her fishing trip tonight? Tomorrow? Next week? Next month? Next year? Because we'll all be here working, and Cristina will be... Where?
Owen: I don't know. I don't know, but she has the right to figure that out.
Meredith: You don't know. Well, I know. Because I know Cristina Yang and she needs to work because surgery is who we are.
Owen: You told the guy with the gun to shoot you. That is who you are.
Meredith: What the hell does that have to do …?
Owen: You are fearless, and I don't mean that in a good way. Most people don't tell the guy with the gun to shoot them. Most people are like Cristina. Most people are afraid. So what she needs isn't what you need. … She isn't you, Meredith.

See AlsoEdit

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