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Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)

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Doctors practice deception all the time. We give vague answers to hard questions. We don't talk about post-op pain. We say, "you'll experience some discomfort". If you didn't die, we tell you, "the surgery went well". But the placebo has to be the doctor's greatest deception. Half of our patients, we tell the truth. The other half, we pray that the placebo effect's real. And we tell ourselves that they'll feel better anyhow, believing help's on the way, when, in fact, we're leaving them to die. Doctors practice deception every day on our patients, on their families. But the worst deception we practice is on ourselves. Which is why sometimes, it takes us a while to realize that the truth has been in front of us the whole time.

Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go) is the thirteenth episode of the seventh season and the 139th overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short SummaryEdit

Derek breaks ground on his Alzheimer's clinical trial and Meredith can't help but feel left out; Bailey's attempt to take the hospital into the age of new media with live tweets from the OR does not go over well with the Chief; and Callie, Mark and Arizona must learn to navigate through the pregnancy together, which starts off with Callie driving her new obstetrician crazy.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • Meredith Grey
  • Cristina Yang
  • Alex Karev
  • Miranda Bailey
  • Richard Webber
  • Callie Torres
  • Mark Sloan
  • Lexie Grey
  • Richard Webber and Owen Hunt
  • Arizona Robbins
  • Teddy Altman
  • April Kepner
  • Jackson Avery
  • Derek Shepherd
  • Lucy Fields
  • Martha Elkin
  • Allison Cobb
  • Daniel Cobb
  • Dr. Knox
  • Daniel Cobb and Victoria
  • John Driscoll
  • Ben
  • Orderly (in the back)

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

John DriscollEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Treatment:
    • NGF surgical trial

John, 62, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's eight months prior. He was patient one in Derek's Alzheimer's trial. He received the placebo injection.

Richard's PatientEdit

  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Richard and Lexie were operating together on a patient.

Bailey's PatientEdit

  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Toupet procedure

Bailey operated and live-tweeted the procedure.

Martha ElkinEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Multi-vessel coronary disease
  • Treatment:
    • Off-pump coronary artery bypass graft

Martha, 75, was in for a CABG for coronary disease. When she became worried about the surgery, Cristina reassured her and she allowed them to operate.

Daniel CobbEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Treatment:
    • Residential care
    • NGF surgical trial

Daniel was a patient in Derek's clinical trial. He received the placebo injection. He woke up after surgery and his wife was upset that he wasn't lucid. Alex reassured her that that didn't mean the drug didn't work.

Callie TorresEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
  • Treatment:

Callie was in for her first ultrasound and was concerned that she would miscarry or that something was wrong because she was bleeding. Lucy reassured her that nothing was wrong. When Callie refused to leave the exam table until she ruled out everything, Lucy brought in an extra sensitive machine so that she, Arizona, and Mark could hear the heartbeat.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Vascular dementia
  • Doctors:
  • Treatment:
    • Residential care

Victoria was in the same residential facility as Daniel Cobb. She had vascular dementia.

Anthony WindsorEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pseudoaneurysm in the splenic artery
  • Treatment:
    • Left hemicolectomy
    • Pancreatectomy
    • Islet cell autotransplantation

Mr. Windsor was in the hospital for his third operation. Breaking the rules, Bailey allowed Lexie to live-tweet the operation. While she operated, she explained why she had to do a left hemicolectomy. Then he developed a pseudoanyeurym in his splenic artery. Webber stepped in to help. He said they'd have to remove Mr. Windsor's entire pancreas. Someone from Walter Reed suggested an islet cell autotransplant. Webber initially rejected that idea, but Bailey suggested they try it. They didn't have the equipment at the hospital, but Lexie used Twitter to find a hospital that did have it that was close enough. Webber monitored the patient while Bailey went to retrieve the equipment. She was able to get 300,000 cells. She later told Webber the the cells had started to produce insulin.

Meredith's PatientEdit

  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Stitches

Meredith spoke to Alex while stitching up a patient.

Bailey's Other PatientEdit

  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Robotic subtotal gastrectomy

Bailey asked for permission to keep live-tweeting surgeries as she was doing a robotic subtotal gastrectomy the next day.


Song Performer Scene
"Get Some" Lykke Li
"Fresh Pair of Eyes" Brook Waggoner
"Hero's Welcome" Archangel
"Both Sides Are Even" The Boxer Rebellion

Notes and TriviaEdit

Grey's Anatomy 7x13 Promo00:31

Grey's Anatomy 7x13 Promo

  • This episode's title originated from the song Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go), originally sung by James Brown.
  • This episode scored 11.18 million viewers.
  • If you look carefully at the phone Lexie holds during scene where the chief gets a message from an older student, you can see that it is actually her lines.
  • It's the first episode to be directed by Kevin McKidd, the actor who portrays Owen.


Episode StillsEdit


Arizona: (to Callie) Shut up. Just shut up. You don't get to tell me that we're not together. We are together. Because I love you and you love me, and none of the rest of it matters. We are together. And if you ever sleep with anyone else again, man or woman, I will kick the crap out of you. Now you sit your ass back down there because that's my baby in there. I don't want anything happening to my baby.

Mark: I saw the heartbeat today. It's my kid in there. It's part of me. Is there any way we can - please -
Lexie: How the hell did you get me into this position twice? It's-it's-it's unbelievable! You are UNBELIEVABLE! storms out and slams door

Alex: (to Derek) You need to get over this thing where you're just thinking of her as your wife, because your wife is the only person twisted enough to handle this crap.

Callie: You have to say something. Words. Make words.
Mark: Holy crap.
Callie: Yep.
Mark: A baby?
Callie: Yep, growing like a weed in my uterus.
Mark: Not like a weed, like a mighty oak. (Callie looks confused) We're gonna make great parents.
Callie: Mark, you don't have to do...
Mark: (puts a hand on her stomach) Are you kidding? That's my kid in there, I'm a dad. (Callie laughs) We're parents. Of a baby!
Callie: (smiling) Okay, you're in.
Mark: Should we get married?
Callie: (smile fades) Oh, no. I mean, I'm all for raising a baby with you, but there's a line.
Mark: You're right, that's good 'cause I'm in love with Lexie... Oh my God, Lexie. What am I gonna tell Lexie?
Callie: Okay, you think about that.

Mark: Well, what did Arizona say?
Callie: She said she's in.
Mark: Well that's good, right?.
Callie: Eh, I'm still hedging my bets. I'm not gonna move back in with her until I know for sure she's not gonnna bail again.
Lexie: Hey, you got dinner plans tonight?
Mark: No.
Lexie: I'm cooking for you tonight, your place. I rocked the lab coli.
Callie: So when you gonna tell her?
Mark: Not until after my home cooked meal.
Callie: Mark, you do not have to do this. I'm giving you a get out of jail free card, no hard feelings, you can be the cool uncle who hangs out on Sundays.
Mark: I'm not the cool uncle. I'm the dad.
Callie: You love Lexie. And the last time a Sloan kid appeared in Seattle she dumped you. Now, if you were the cool uncle...-
Mark: I'm not the cool uncle! Don't ever say that again. This is my kid. I want this kid. (mutters) Cool uncle.
Callie: Well, so then tell her. Do not wait until this kid comes out looking all Sloan-y.

Owen: Can I help you there, Chief?
Webber: I'm trying to look at Bailey's teats on the internet.
Owen: I think you mean Tweets, sir.
Webber: Yeah, whatever.
Owen: No, no, not whatever. It's important you get that one right.

See AlsoEdit

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

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