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New History
Season 6, episode 9
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Mark talks to Teddy Altman, the new cardiothoracic surgeon at the hospital.
Episode Information
Airdate

November 12, 2009

Written by

Allan Heinberg

Directed by

Rob Corn

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Doctors live in a world of constant progress and forward motion. Stand still for a second, and you'll be left behind. But as hard as we try to move forward, as tempting as it is to never look back, the past always comes back to bite us in the ass. And as history shows us again and again, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Sometimes the past is something you just can't let go of. And sometimes the past is something we'll do anything to forget. And sometimes we learn something new about the past that changes everything we know about the present.

New History is the ninth episode of the sixth season and the 111th overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short SummaryEdit

When Owen recruits his fellow Iraqi War vet, Dr. Teddy Altman, as the new cardiothoracic surgeon, Cristina questions Teddy's abilities in the OR and the nature of their past relationship. Meanwhile, Izzie returns to Seattle Grace with her high school mentor seeking treatment for his dementia, and the stress of Richard's responsibilities, post-merger, are taking their toll.

Full Summary Edit

Meredith is waiting in the tunnels. Izzie arrives, pushing Dr. Singer in a wheelchair. She informs Meredith she's been with her mom and introduces her to Singer, her high school science teacher who really fought for her. She became a surgeon because of him. Singer acts as if he's still Izzie's teacher. Izzie explains he got diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He's been falling a lot lately, so she suspects he may have a bleed. Meredith sees Singer is wearing pajamas and an overcoat, so she asks if Izzie snuck him out of the nursing home in the middle of the night. No, Izzie says. Early this morning, Singer adds. Izzie just wants Meredith to sneak Singer in and put him on Derek's schedule. Meredith punches her because the only reason she came back is for Singer. Meredith says they were all worried about her. Izzie simply tells Singer she'll be back later. Meredith wants Izzie to let Alex know she's okay, but Izzie refuses to go in there. Singer, thiningg Izzie's still 15 years old, says he wants Izzie to go back in there an show these cheerleaders that she has nothing to be afraid of, even though she's pregnant.

Jackson approaches Cristina and he starts about the kiss, but she firmly says she has no idea what he's talking about, hinting she wants him to forget about it. He asks if she has a boyfriend. "Never gonna happen," she replies.

Cristina meets up with Owen. He says he understands her surgical depression, so he got her a present. He shows her to a trauma room, where a woman is working on a cardio case. Cristina is over the moon that he got a cardiac trauma, but it's not just that. He got a cardio goddess. Cristina stares at the woman, who's doing her best to keep the patient alive.

Jackson and Cristina introduce themselves to Teddy Altman, the cardio goddess. Cristina says she's never heard of her, but Teddy's never heard of Cristina Yang either, so she guesses that makes them even. Owen explained he and Teddy worked together in Iraq and that she'll be joining them for a little while. Owen says he'll show her to the Chief. As they walk off, Teddy says he looks good, although he did put on a little weight.

Bailey is instructing Reed on the post-op care of their patient. At the nurse's station, Bailey gets called by Adele, who informs her Richard didn't come home last night and that he didn't call her. Last time Bailey saw him, he was in his office working on the budget. Adele wonders why he didn't answer his pager or cell phone then. As Bailey uses a phone to call him, Lexie comes over, asking if she's seen the Chief, as one of his patients needs an emergency cole. Bailey tells her to prep the patient and she tells Adele to get a cup of decaf coffee while she'll find the Chief.

Derek is examining Singer with Izzie by his side. Singer talks about his life and how good a student Izzie was. He says she'll become a doctor some day, if she doesn't get too distracted. Derek says the initial exam looks good, but they'll draw some blood and run tests. He takes Izzie aside and asks her more about Singer's case. As he has no family, no one would notice if he fell and had a bleed. "Where the hell have you been?" Cristina asks, suddenly appearing behind Izzie with Meredith and Charles, who's on Derek's service today. Charles says he didn't get her fired; she did that all by herself. Derek tells him Singer needs a full dementia work-up, and that Stevens will tell him all the details. "I wish Dr. Stevens would give me the details, but I'm just the person who saved her life," Cristina says, angry that she missed her IL-2 treatment. Izzie explains she got her treatment at Seattle Pres. She may not be a doctor here anymore, but she's not an idiot. Alex appears at the other side of the room. He sees Izzie, drops off his chart, and walks off again.

Jackson, Cristina, Teddy, and Owen are waiting for an ambulance. Cristina's been trying to Google Teddy, but according to Google, she doesn't exist, so Teddy tells her about her education herself. Suddenly it starts raining, which has Teddy cheer as the rain falls down on her. Owen explains she's been living in a the desert for a long time. Cristina walks up to Owen says that that is not a cardio god. Owen says she's an excellent surgeon, but Cristina wants to exchange this present for a real cardio god. Owen wants Cristina to give her a chance. The ambulance arrives. "Guess you do have a boyfriend," Jackson before running up to the ambulance.

Izzie takes Singer's test results, but they're all normal. Izzie wants to do a spinal tab. Charles jokes she won't get her job back if she makes a big neuro save, but she says that's not why she's here. Good, Charles says, as it's not gonna happen. Dr. Singer is panicking. Izzie walks up to him. He says he has a class to get to and tries to run off, but Izzie tries he stop him. He fights her off, but ends up falling doing so. "What's happening to me?" he asks from the floor.

Bailey found Richard sleeping in an on-call room. His pager goss off, but he keeps on sleeping. She wakes him up and tells him there's a new cardio attending, an emergency cole, and his wife looking for him. "You're in trouble," Bailey says as she hands him a latte.

Izzie approaches Charles, bringing up the spinal tab again, as it may show bleeders that didn't show up on CT. He thinks she's just doing all this because she doesn't know what to do with her life now that she's fired. Izzie says he got her fired, so he owes her this. Unless he wants her to find Reed and tell her how much he loves her, cause Izzie will do that.

In the trauma room, Cristina says the patient needs a temporary ansvenous pacemaker. Teddy says Cristina can take this case, as she hasn't done one in ten years. Cristina is shocked to hear that. Jackson says he can do it, so he gets to do it. Teddy explains she's primarily worked with soldiers, who don't need pacemakers. Cristina excuses herself to go talk to the Chief.

Meredith meets up with Alex and informs him Izzie's been with her mom and that she's kept up with her IL-2. That's all she knows. Alex doesn't reply, so Meredith silently walks off.

Bailey and Richard are working on what to tell Adele. Cristina walks up to them, but Bailey says it's not the time as the Chief has an emergency cole. Cristina says it's about the new cardio attending. Bailey tells Richard she'll handle this. She says that Cristina ran off cardio attending after cardio attending, so Bailey suggests maybe Cristina is the problem. She also suggests she go torture the cardio attending instead of Richard. Bailey touches his arm and says he now has surgery to get to. As he leaves, Mark and Callie come over to talk to her about a patient, but Adele interferes. She thinks Bailey is having an affair with her husband.

Bailey denies this, but Adele saw the way Bailey handled him just now. She knows how close they are, saying Bailey is more married to the man than she is. Callie jumps in and says that that's because they're husband and work-wife, like her and Sloan. They both have girlfriends, but there's nothing going on between them. "There was at one point," Mark says, not helping. Bailey promises Adele there is nothing going on. Adele says something is wrong, because Richard hasn't slept in his bed all week. The last time he acted like this, he was with Ellis. He may not be having an affair with Bailey, but wife-wife to work-wife, someone in this hospital is sleeping with their husband.

Cristina is in the cath lab, ready to perform an angioplasty. Teddy wants Cristina to talk her through the procedure. Not because she doesn't remember how, but to create a teaching moment. However, Cristina's already way ahead of her. Cristina informs her they have more modern equipment than Teddy's used to. Teddy happily admits she's the one who learns something today. Cristina still does not like her.

Bailey meets up with Richard. She understand the pressure on his shoulders and that a man in his position has certain needs, which may easily be met at the hospital by a man as powerful and attractive as he is. He interrupts her and asks if she's hitting on him. She informs him Adele suspected them of having an affair. She doesn't want to know what's going on with him, but she did want him to know that.

Charles finishes up the spinal tab on Singer. He asks Izzie about Alex, as they are all everyone at the hospital talks about. Izzie doesn't reply, so Charles just leaves. Singer asks her if Alex is the one who got her in trouble. She says he didn't help matters. He asks if he proposes. She nods yes, but he advises her not to marry him, as she'll never manage to become a surgeon when she has his child. If she does marry him, she'll end up angry and frustrated and alone. She has to do what's good for her, and if this boy really cares for her, he'll understand.

Meredith is in an empty OR, practising on a dummy. She didn't know what else to do. When she left, there were 5 people to compare with, but now there are 20. Meredith remembers a 5-second moment right after they did their post-it, when Izzie had just come out of surgery and hit-by-a-bus guy wasn't George yet, where everybody was happy. She wants to get back to that moment. He tells her to close her eyes and gives her 5 kisses. That was almost perfect, she says. She can always call him if she wants 5 more.

Charles brings Izzie the results of the spinal tab. They're normal. She apologises for having wasted his time. As they get back to Singer, a nurse is helping him get back. He's gone lucid. He's surprised to see Izzie all grown up. She tells Charles to go page Shepherd.

Reed asks Bailey if she minds if she were to scrub in on the Chief's ileostomy. Bailey does, as the man's old enough to be her father. Lexie comes over, asking about the Chief too. There's something wrong with the Chief's emergency cole patient. He's yellow.

Bailey, Reed, and Lexie are examining the patient. They overthink the matter and the only thing that could've caused this color is if the Chief accidentally clipped the common bile duct. Lexie didn't actually see him do that, so Bailey tells them not to make this accusation lightly, as it's one of the worst mistakes a general surgeon can make. Bailey wants them to get an E.R.C.P. to find the exact cause of the discoloration, and warns them that if any of them talks to anyone about this, she will make sure they are the ones who require emergency surgery.

Charles, Derek, and Izzie explain to Singer that has a coditionn called N.P.H., a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. The spinal tab relieved some of that pressure caused by fluid, and thus resolving the symptoms. Shepherd wants to insert a permanent shunt, which will drain the excess fluid to the abdomen. Singer says that sounds like major surgery, but Derek says it's only a 45 minute procedure that he does all the time. Singer doesn't think he can afford it, as all of his money went to his late wife's medical care.

Izzie follows Derek. She hates to ask him this after all he's already done for her, but she wants to know if Singer's surgery could possibly be pro bono. If she gets the Chief to sign off, he'd be happy to donate his time.

Callie and Mark sit down with Arizona in the cafetaria, gossiping about Bailey and the Chief. Teddy and Owen join them too. Teddy is impressed with the hospital. Cristina may even be the best resident she's ever seen, although she thinks Cristina does not like her. Mark says she's probably right, as she drove off the last 3 cardio attending. Owen defends her and says Cristina needs and deserves a strong cardio attending. By the way he talks about her, Teddy puzzles together they're together. Mark tells her what happened to Owen and Beth, but Arizona kicks him to stop talking. Teddy figures out he just brought her out here as a present for his girlfriend. He says it really is a great job with great people. She's not mad at him, she's just gonna enjoy all the ways he's gonna have to make it up to her.

Cristina, Alex, and Meredith are having lunch too. Cristina tells them that Teddy doesn't know how to do surgery. Alex defends her, so Cristina asks him where his wife is. Meredith changes the subject by asking about Owen. Cristina says that she needs someone to take her to the next level, and if Owen thinks Teddy can do that, she has to break up with him. Cristina asks if anyone's talked to Izzie. Alex says no one is allowed to talk about Izzie while he eats, but Cristina doesn't let go, so Alex takes off. Meredith wanted a nice, normal lunch together on her first day back, but Cristina points out that nothing is normal anymore.

Izzie is in Richard's office, trying to get the free surgery, but he says she's not a surgeon here anymore, so she doesn't have the right to come in there and demand a free surgery. She reminds him that she gave him 8 millions dollars to build the clinic, which he happily accepted at the time. So she has no problem going to the board or the press to tell them that, in order to get Singer the surgery that he needs. From the bridge, Bailey is watching them talk closely.

Arizona and Teddy are talking as they enter the ER for a consult on kid who has difficulty breathing. While Arizona takes a look at the scans, Teddy listens to his heart and concentrates as Cristina tells her about Casey's medical history. After asking only a few to-the-point questions, Teddy orders Cristina to book an OR. Cristina doesn't understand why, as the kid has asthma. Cardiac asthma, Teddy corrects her. The seizure Casey had wasn't a seizure, it was a heart attack and he's having one now. So Teddy firmly repeats her question to book an OR, not allowing Cristina to doubt her anymore. As Teddy walks off, Arizona says she likes her.

Bailey has taken Richard into a private room. She suspects he has an affair with Izzie Stevens. He laughs at this, but she's serious. She said it wasn't her business, but it's now affecting patients' lives. She gives him the E.R.C.P. results of his emergency cole patient. It seems that he indeed may have clipped the common bile duct. Richard is shocked and asks about the patient. He's stable for now and being prepped for a repair, which she is happy to do if he doesn't feel like doing. They caught it early enough so that if they can repair the duct, there won't be any long-term damage. She says no one's going to know about this, but whatever or whoever it is that's distracting him, she hopes he gets a handle on it soon.

Teddy, Arizona, Cristina, and Jackson are in the OR, operating on Casey. Looking at the anatomy, they see that what presented as asthma actually alcapa. Teddy informs Cristina on how she diagnosed Casey as quickly as she did. Next time, she says, Yang will know too, and after today, she'll also know to fix it. Teddy asks Arizona to swtich with Cristina, so that she can first assist. She gives Cristina a surgical instrument and says that maybe she'll learn something today.

Meredith finds Alex and tells him that Derek is operating on Singer. She snuck Izzie into the gallery so that she can watch, so if Alex wanted to go talk to her, he'll know where to find her. Alex wants Meredith to explain Izzie to him, as he doesn't get her. Neither does Meredith. Izzie's all bright and shiny, even after everything she's been through, but Alex is the one who married her, so he's the one who has to figure it out. If he wants an explanation, he has to go talk to Izzie.

Casey is taken off bypass. There's a bleeding and Cristina wonders what she did wrong. Teddy says that does not matter now. The only thing that matters now is how she's gonna fix it. Cristina says Teddy can feel free to jump in, but Teddy is confident that she can do it. She calmly asks what Cristina wants to do. Cristina decides she wants to defibrillate. Then defibrillate, Teddy says. So she does, which fixes the V-fib. Now, Teddy wants Cristina to keep her eyes on the field and do exactly as she says, so they can fix the anastomosis without rearresting the heart. Cristina seems to have found appreciation for Teddy and follows her instruction.

Izzie is in the gallery, watching Singer's surgery. Alex comes in and sits down with her. He asks if she's back. She asks if he wants her to be back, as he went behind her back and told the Chief he had serious doubts about her abilities to be here. Alex says he was protecting her as the Chief was making cuts, but she says that he interfered and got her fired, while her job was the one thing she had left. She's forgiven him for a lot, but she can't forgive him for this. He says she made an assumption, decided he did something, while not asking him about it. She didn't hang around to talk. He's her husband and she didn't give him the benefit of the doubt. So, he can't forgive her either. He angrily leaves.

Richard is watching his emergency cole patient. Bailey, who did the repair, asks if he's all right. They're hopeful for a full recovery, and nobody knows about what happened. Richard says he's not having an affair. She asks what's going on then, because Adele was right: there is something going on. He says he decided to take a step back from surgery for a while. He's got enough on his plate as Chief and he can't afford another mistake. He'd like her to take over his service for the time being. She doesn't know what to say.

Izzie sits down with Singer, who's feeling better. It's like somebody just switched the lights on in his head. Izzie says then go back to Chehalis and get him out of that nursing home. He doesn't know what he's going to do with his life, but thanks to her, he's got a few more mental faculties to figure it out with. He asks what she's going to do. She doesn't know either. He laughs and says she's still his best student. She smiles. "Let's get you home," she says.

Cristina enthusiactically enters the residents' lounge. She tells Meredith about the surgery she performed. Meredith says Teddy maybe is a cardio god after all, which Cristina thinks too.

Richard gives Bailey the charts for his tomorrow's surgeries. They can talk about it tomorrow. As he walks towards the elevator, Callie approaches Bailey. She infroms Callie that Richard is taking a step back from surgery for a while. Callie asks if he did it for an affair, but Bailey says he's not having an affair. He made that decision following the merger. He's exhausted. Bailey says she's now lost her work-husband and her husband-husband. She and Callie joke around about who can replace Richard as her work-husband.

Teddy sits down with Owen on a bench outside the hospital. Teddy brings up Cristina. Owen says he should've told her, but he didn't want to bias her and he wanted Cristina to stand on her own talent. She asked when he broke up with Beth, but he can't remember exactly. She thought he would've called her when he and Beth split up. By his reaction, she says that it really all must've been in her head. She's embarrassed, but she always thought he would call her when he and Beth broke up. They share an intense look and Teddy says she might up an entire story in her head about the two of them, but now she knows it's not going to happen and she can let that story go. She wishes him a good night and walks off. He stares after her until a happy Cristina comes over and kisses him. She thanks him for the present, and she'll even try to get over the birds on Teddy's scrub cap. Owen explains Teddy's best friend was a bird person, and she died in the second tower of 9/11. That's why Teddy gave up her attending position in Columbia and joined the army. Owen told Cristina Teddy would surprise her. He was right. She again thanks him.

Alex and Meredith are having a drink at Joe's. Meredith thinks Izzie will come back. He doesn't reply. She figures he wants to keep drinking, so she goes to get more drinks.

At the bar, Richard orders another club soda. Joe asks him if he's going home after this drink, or back to the hospital. After another club soda, he's going home. Joe silently asks him for his keys. Richard immediately gives them so that Joe can give him another drink. He'll call Richard a cab when he's ready.

As he drinks, there are flashbacks to earlier drinks, his fights with Derek, the stress the merger put on him, telling Thatcher that alcoholism is a disease, Izzie begging him not to fire her, and the mistake he made today.

At the other end of the bar, Meredith is watching him and the drink in his hand. He takes off, but Meredith seems to realize he's drinking again.

Cast Edit

  • Meredith Grey
  • Cristina Yang
  • Izzie Stevens
  • Alex Karev
  • Miranda Bailey
  • Richard Webber
  • Callie Torres
  • Mark Sloan
  • Lexie Grey
  • Owen Hunt
  • Arizona Robbins
  • Derek Shepherd
  • Teddy Altman
  • Dr. Singer
  • Charles Percy
  • Jackson Avery
  • Reed Adamson
  • Joe
  • Adele Webber
  • Sheldon Morris
  • Casey's Mom
  • Casey

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit

Co-StarringEdit

Medical NotesEdit

Music Edit

Song Performer Scene
"Sunny Day" Joy Williams
"Vertical Rhythm" Gossip
"End of All Time" Stars of Track and Field
"In Spite of Me" Greg Laswell
"Poison & Wine" The Civil Wars
  • Meredith consoles Alex.
  • Richard asks for another drink.
  • Joe takes his car keys.
  • Meredith is shocked to see Richard drinking.

Notes and Trivia Edit

Grey's Anatomy 6x09 Promo00:31

Grey's Anatomy 6x09 Promo

  • This episode's title originated from the song New History, originally sung by Andy Davis.
  • This episode scored 14.87 million viewers.
  • At the beginning, Meredith is shown to know that Izzie had a teen pregnancy. However, the last time that subject was mentioned in the show was in the 3rd season and only George & Bailey knew about it.
  • When Cristina is doing the angioplasty and showing off her skills, her patient is Gary Clark and presents with ST Elevation and a blockage in the LAD (Left Anterior Descending). This may be the Gary Clark from Sanctuary, who shoots various doctors and in the end kills himself after losing his wife.

Gallery Edit

Episode StillsEdit

Quotes Edit

Cristina: Teddy Altman. I... I've never heard of you.
Teddy: Cristina Yang? I... I've never heard of you either. So I guess that makes us even.

Owen: Um, I know you think that I don't understand you. So, I got you a present. (they walk into an exam room)
Cristina: You got me a cardiac trauma!
Owen: I didn't just get you a cardiac trauma. I got you a cardio God, or Goddess.

Bailey: Everything all right?
Adele: Richard didn't come home last night and he didn't call. Tell me he's not lying somewhere in a ditch, dead.
Bailey: Okay, the last time I saw him was... last night, in his office, he was working on the budget.
Adele: So, why didn't he answer his pager or his cell phone? And why doesn't anybody in this hospital know where the Chief of Surgery is?
Lexie: (walks up) Dr. Bailey, have you seen the Chief? One of his patients needs an emergency chole.
Bailey: Okay, I'm on it. (to Lexie) You go ahead and prep the patient for surgery. (to Adele) You get yourself a cup of coffee, decaf. I will find the Chief.

Bailey: Chief!
Richard: (wakes up) What've we got?
Bailey: An emergency chole, a new cardio attending and your wife is here to see you.
Richard: What?
Bailey: You in trouble. Drink your latte.

Bailey: Okay, I understand that you're under a tremendous amount of pressure right now, and that you haven't been able to spend time at home, and that a man, in your position has certain... needs, and that, when a man is as powerful and as attractive as you are, those needs might easily be met by...
Richard: Dr. Bailey?
Bailey: Yes, sir?
Richard: Are you hitting on me?
Bailey: Your wife just showed up here asking me if you and I were having an affair. (The Chief goes to say something) No, no! I don't want to know anything about anything. What you do with your business, is your business. And I was not hitting on you.

Reed: Dr. Bailey? Do you mind if I scrub in on the Chief's ileostomy?
Bailey: Yes, I do mind. That man is old enough to be your father.
Lexie: Dr. Bailey, have you seen the Chief?
Bailey: No, uh-uh. You don't need to be seeing the Chief, either one of you. And doctors? If I find out that either one of you has said a word about this to anyone, I will make sure that you are the ones that require emergency surgery.

Izzie: (to Charles) You are the one that got me fired. You owe me this, you little bitch. Unless of course you want me to find that snotty Reed, what's her name? Tell her how much you love her, 'cause I will.

Callie: Mark, you are a terrible gossip.
Mark: I am an excellent gossip.

Meredith: (about Teddy) So how do you like your present?
Cristina: Oh, private Benjamin over there? Owen said she would surprise me. Well, guess what. Surprise! She doesn't know how to do surgery.
Alex: Leave her alone. It's her first day.
Cristina: Why are you defending her? She went to state school.
Alex: So did I.
Cristina: Well, she's skinny and blonde.
Alex: So's Mer.
Cristina: Well, she's annoying.
Alex: So are you.
Cristina: Where is your wife, by the way?
Meredith: I... What did you say to Owen?
Cristina: Oh, that she's gotta go. I mean, he knows how important this is to me. I need someone who is gonna take me to the next level, and he brings me like this Desert Storm Barbie who hasn't seen the inside of an OR in like 10years? I mean, if this is what he thinks of my talent, I gotta break up with him.

Meredith: It's my first day back. I just wanted to have a normal lunch.
Cristina: Yeah, well take a look around. Nothing's normal.

Callie: What's going on?
Bailey: The Chief's takin' some time off from surgery for a while.
Callie: Because he's having an affair?
Bailey: Because of the merger. He's not having an affair. He's exhausted. Now, I've lost my work-husband and my husband-husband.
Callie: So, I'll be your work husband.
Bailey: You already have Sloan.
Callie: Oh, yeah, that's true. What about Shepherd?
Bailey: Pssh. Are you kiddin'? All that hair? I can't be lookin' at that all day.

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