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Not Responsible
Season 7, episode 16
Bailey examines Adele Webber.
Episode Information

February 24, 2011

Written by

Debora Cahn

Directed by

Debbie Allen

Episode Guide

Golden Hour


This is How We Do It

Everyone figures doctors are the most responsible people they know. They hold lives in their hands. They're not flakes. They don't lose track of important details or make stunningly bad judgment calls. 'Cause that would be bad, right? We are responsible with our patients. The problem is we blow it all out at work. In our own lives, we can't think things through. We don't make the sound choice. We did that all day at the hospital. When it comes to ourselves, we've got nothing left. And is it worth it—being responsible? 'Cause if take your vitamins and pay your taxes and never cut the line, the universe still gives you people to love and then lets them slip through your fingers like water. And then what have you got? Vitamins... and nothing.

Not Responsible is the sixteenth episode of the seventh season and the 142nd overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short SummaryEdit

Meredith must choose between her fertility treatments and her eyesight when she begins having trouble seeing, Mark makes it clear to Callie and Arizona that he takes his role as father-to-be very seriously, and April discovers there's more to Dr. Stark than first appears.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • 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
  • Adele Webber
  • Lucy Fields
  • Robert Stark
  • Allison Baker
  • Mr. Baker
  • Julia
  • Ricky
  • Kyle

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Meredith GreyEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Blurred vision
  • Doctors:
  • Treatment:

Meredith experienced blurred vision as a side effect of her fertility drugs. It later developed into a large black spot when she tried to operate. Lucy said that Dr. Metzger could come in to check on her after he got out of surgery and that she needed to stop the fertility drugs.

Callie TorresEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
  • Treatment:
    • Pre-natal care
    • Amniocentesis

Callie had an ultrasound and scheduled an amniocentesis.

Allison BakerEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Alzheimer's disease
  • Treatment:
    • NGF Surgical trial
    • Medications

Allison was a patient in Derek's clinical trial. She got dry mouth from one of her medications. She received the active agent.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Cystic fibrosis
  • Treatment:
    • Oral medications
    • Lung transplant

Ricky was in the hospital for a lung transplant to treat his cystic fibrosis. When Altman found out that he was dating another person with cystic fibrosis, she said she wouldn't do the transplant unless they ended the relationship, so they agreed to break it off.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Cystic fibrosis
  • Doctors:
  • Treatment:
    • Dornase
    • Inhaled medication

Julia had cystic fibrosis like her boyfriend Ricky. When Altman found that out, she said she wouldn't give Ricky his new lungs unless they agreed to break up.

Adele WebberEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Facial laceration
  • Treatment:
    • Stitches

Adele, whose wrist was still casted, fell again and hit her head. She had a cut on her forehead, which Mark stitched up for her. Webber then had Bailey test her for reasons why she might have fallen. Webber then asked Derek to check up on Adele.

Kyle BakerEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Cystic hygroma
  • Treatment:
    • Surgery

Kyle, 10, had a cystic hygroma that was starting to close the trachea. Arizona operated to remove the growth.

Bailey's PatientEdit

  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • S.M.A. Embolectomy

Bailey was set to perform an embolectomy, but Webber took over so that she could check on Webber's wife.

Arizona's PatientEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Diverticulitis
  • Treatment:
    • Diverticulectomy

Arizona was set to perform a diverticulectomy, but Stark took it over so that she could operate on Kyle Baker.


Song Performer Scene
"Julian Darling" Elizabeth & The Catapult
"Come With Me" CEO
"I Walk the Line"

Sage Ryan

(originally by Johnny Cash)

  • Kyle sings this song to calm down his mother, as Johnny Cash always calm her down.
"Riverside" Agnes Obel
  • Lexie tells her patient that his girlfriend walked away, with Jackson watching from outside the room.
  • Bailey tells Richard all tests were negative, but she's convinced something is off.
  • She suggests he ask the very fancy neurosurgeon, who happens to be studying Alzheimer, to check out Adele.
"Forget It All Again" Rich McCulley
"Plans" The Submarines

Notes and TriviaEdit

Grey's Anatomy 7x16 promo00:31

Grey's Anatomy 7x16 promo

  • This episode's title originated from the song Not Responsible, originally sung by Deep Purple.
  • This episode scored 9.13 million viewers.
  • This episode starts the relationship between Lexie and Jackson.


Episode StillsEdit


Callie: The fate of my vagina is in her hands.

Lexie: It always feels like there is just one person in this world to love. And then you find somebody else, and it just seems crazy you ever worried in the first place.

See AlsoEdit

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

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