At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it's usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them. The people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need.

Don't Stand So Close to Me is the tenth episode and mid-season finale of the third season and the 46th overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short SummaryEdit

Miranda tries to make sure that Burke and Cristina are punished, but Richard feels otherwise. Meredith is spooked when her half-sister is admitted and George gets too involved in his father's case as the rest of the staff attempt to separate adult conjoined twins.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • Meredith Grey
  • Cristina Yang
  • Izzie Stevens
  • Alex Karev
  • George O'Malley
  • Miranda Bailey
  • Richard Webber
  • Addison Montgomery
  • Callie Torres
  • Mark Sloan
  • Preston Burke
  • Derek Shepherd
  • Harold O'Malley
  • Erica Hahn
  • Louise O'Malley
  • Elena
  • Jerry O'Malley
  • Ronny O'Malley
  • Molly Thompson
  • Jake Weitzman
  • Pete Weitzman
  • Susan Grey
  • Ellis Grey
  • Really Old Guy
  • Nurse Linda

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Ellis GreyEdit

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

Harold O'MalleyEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Stage III metastatic esophageal cancer
    • Aortic regurgitation
  • Treatment:
    • Porcine valve replacement

Harold, 63, was still awaiting his valve replacement. Callie checked on the progress of the healing of his broken clavicle. He became unstable before his surgery, but they were able to stabilize him and get him into surgery.

Preston BurkeEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Tremor
    • Compressive hematoma to brachial plexus
  • Treatment:

Webber told Burke that he wanted Derek to check out his hand, find the cause of the tremor. Burke eventually agreed to let Derek do it after attempting to find another neurosurgeon.

Molly ThompsonEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
  • Treatment:
    • Emergency c-section

Molly was admitted to the hospital for an emergency c-section at 36 weeks. When the baby was delivered, she wasn't breathing and had to be rushed into emergency surgery.

Jake and Peter WeitzmanEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Conjoined twinship
  • Treatment:
    • Separation surgery

Jake and Pete, 35, conjoined twins, decided to have surgery to be separated as adults. They'd considered it six months prior, but opted out because of the risks. However, they reconsidered and were back to have the surgery. It was a complicated surgery, but the team of 22 surgeons successfully separated them.

Laura Grey-ThompsonEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Jejunal atresia
  • Treatment:
    • Surgery

When Laura was born, she wasn't breathing, so she was rushed into emergency surgery for jejunal atresia. The surgery was successful and she was taken to the NICU from there.


Song Performer Scene
"Sociopath" Anya Marina
  • The interns eat in Really Old Guy's room and talk about Cristina's situation with Burke.
  • Meredith defends Cristina from the others.
"Show Me" John Legend
  • The doctors separate the beds with the twins on them so they can have separate surgeries.
  • Meredith updates Susan about the baby. Susan says the baby's her niece, but Meredith says they're not her family.
  • Erica is still working on Harold with Cristina, who reminds Erica of herself.
  • Harold starts coding.
"World Waits for You" Son Volt
  • Elena talks to Pete after the surgery and he says it's been a long day, so she leaves for the night.
  • Jake is brought into the room with Pete and they hold hands.
  • Susan asks Meredith if she wants to see Laura and Meredith declines.
  • Susan says they could be her family if she wants.
  • Meredith tells the others to give Cristina a break.
  • She tells Cristina that she's her family.
  • Callie asks George about his dad.
  • Derek is going to check on Burke's shoulder and Cristina gets on the elevator to go with them.

Notes and TriviaEdit

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Greys Anatomy 310 Don't Stand So Close to Me Promo

  • This episode's title originated from the song Don't Stand So Close to Me, originally sung by The Police.
  • This episode scored 24.01 million viewers.
  • This episode only features the closing voiceover and does not feature the opening voiceover.


Episode StillsEdit


Richard: Burke, you and Shepherd need to come together on this tremor as soon as possible.
Derek: He doesn't want my help.
Richard: Derek...
Burke: I don't want his help.
Richard: That hand is worth 2 million dollars. I want it fixed and I want it fixed yesterday. Figure it out!

Bailey: I start to think I shouldn't be operating after the Duquette M&M, all the whispers and talk. I let that in and started to question myself, I believe it when I was told that I was no longer of use in the OR.
Derek: Oh, so when you said you wanted justice you were talking about...
Bailey: I'm a surgeon, there are lives in my hands and to make me question that—well that's like putting a life at stake every time that I hold a scalpel.
Derek: I told Burke I could fix his hand and...
Bailey: Well, you did. I mean, he is not paralyzed or- or disabled in anyway. He has a tremor and if he had been honest about that well, then there's no telling what you could've done to prevent it.

(about the case with the conjoined twins)
Alex: I'm calling it. It's mine.
George: I have two brothers. I feel their pain.
Izzie: I would be great at watching this.
Bailey: Zip it. All of you.
Alex: We're all on the case, right?
Bailey: (reluctantly) Right.
George: Yes!
Alex: Awesome.
Bailey: Stevens. You are to---
Izzie: Look and not touch or speak or breathe. I got it.
Mark: So this is the crack team, huh?
Bailey: Feel free to take one.
Mark: How about I take the one who doesn't touch, or speak or breathe?
Izzie: (under her breath) Great.

Hahn: You remind me of myself when I was an intern.
Cristina: I do?
Hahn: Focused, intense, cold, and I don't mean that as a bad thing, cold is good. The dating, the friends and the family, if you ask me, it's all overrated.

See AlsoEdit

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

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