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Fresh starts thanks to the calendar they happen every year- just set your watch to January, our reward for surviving the holiday season is a new year. Bringing on the great tradition of new years resolutions, put your past behind you and start over. It’s hard to resist the chance of a new beginning, a chance to put the problems of last year to bed. Who gets to determine when the old ends and the new begins? It’s not a day on a calendar, not a birthday, it’s not a new year, it’s an event— big or small, something that changes us, ideally it gives us hope, a new way of living and looking at the world, letting go of old habits, old memories. What's important is that we never stop believing we can have a new beginning, but it's also important to remember that amid all the crap are a few things really worth holding on to.

Begin the Begin is the thirteenth episode and mid-season premiere of the second season and the 22nd overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short SummaryEdit

The Chief enforces the 80 hour work limit with an iron fist so Meredith has free-time, and so does Cristina, but she chooses to go to Palm Springs with Bailey for a heart retrieval while the Chief asks Derek for a favor regarding Ellis Grey. George has a teenager who is actually different while Alex treats a man who has a bezoar and Izzie works on Denny Duquette.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.

CastEdit

  • Meredith Grey
  • Cristina Yang
  • Izzie Stevens
  • Alex Karev
  • George O'Malley
  • Miranda Bailey
  • Richard Webber
  • Addison Montgomery-Shepherd
  • Preston Burke
  • Derek Shepherd
  • Malar Pascowitz
  • Denny Duquette
  • Audrey
  • Mr. Singleton
  • Bex Singleton
  • Mary Singleton
  • Ellis Grey
  • Administrator
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Nurse Linda
  • Raj Sen

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit

Co-StarringEdit

FeaturingEdit

UncreditedEdit

Medical NotesEdit

Ellis GreyEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Alzheimer's disease
  • Treatment:
    • Residential care

Ellis was shown at Roseridge Home for Extended Care. Derek came to visit her to see if she was eligible for a trial.

Burke's PatientEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Mesothelioma
  • Treatment:
    • Surgery

Burke and Cristina were seen preparing to operate together on a patient with mesothelioma.

Denny Duquette, Jr.Edit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Viral cardiomyopathy
  • Treatment:

Denny, 36, was told to come into the hospital when a heart became available for him, which he needed due to cardiomyopathy. However, the donor showed signs of coronary artery disease, so the heart was not suitable for transplant and he was sent home.

Rebecca SingletonEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Elevated hormone levels
    • Tumor
  • Treatment:
    • Tumor resection
    • Oral medication

Bex, 14, was in the hospital for a biopsy on an enlargement of a pelvic lymph node. Bex was found to have elevated hormone levels which were caused by the consumption of birth control pills, but that could be controlled by oral medication. The ultrasound showed a tumor, which was compressing what they believed to be an ovary. However, further testing identified it as a testes, meaning Bex is intersex. The tumor was benign, but because of her condition, they recommended therapy for the family. Ben's parents asked Addison to remove the testicle, but she refused to do so without Bex's consent.

Malar PascowitzEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Bezoar
    • Mercury poisoning
  • Treatment:
    • Laxatives
    • Surgery
    • British anti-Lewisite

Malar was in the hospital to be treated for abdominal pain, caused by a bezoar. He had eaten a novel he'd written. Before his surgery, he was sweating profusely and babbling incoherently. The bezoar was removed successfully, but was diagnosed with mercury poisoning.

Heart DonorEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Coronary artery disease
  • Doctors:
  • Treatment:

While attempting to retrieve a heart for Denny Duquette, Bailey saw signs of coronary artery disease, so the heart was deemed too damaged to be transplanted.

MusicEdit

Song Performer Scene
"Break Your Momma's Back" Slow Runner
"Hide Another Mistake" The 88
"One of These Days" Kraak and Smaak
"Ride" Cary Brothers

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • This episode's title originated from Begin the Begin originally sung by R.E.M.
  • This episode scored 18.97 million viewers.

GalleryEdit

QuotesEdit

Meredith: Such a good dog! Who's Mommy's good boy? (turns and looks at Izzie and George) C'mon, what are you doing, we're gonna be late.
George: Uh— We need to talk about the dog.
Izzie: That's not a dog, it's a hyena that escaped from the zoo, dressed in dog clothing.
George: Whatever. I don't chew up his clothes. I don't urinate on his bed. I don't try to mount him from behind.
Meredith: People, he's our dog. We love our dog. He loves us.
Izzie: Mount you from behind?
George: He tries to.

See AlsoEdit

A complete overview of this episode's crew can be found here.

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