Surgeons are detail-oriented. We like statistics and checklists and operating procedures. Our patients live because we enjoy following the steps but as much as we love to always rely on the numbers, the plan we also know that some of the greatest medical discoveries have happened by accident. Mold: Penicilin. Poisonous tree bark: a cure for Malaria, a little blue pill for high blood pressure, impotence be damned. It’s hard for us to accept that it’s not always the hard work or attention to detail that will get us the answers we are looking for. Sometimes we just have to sit back, relax and wait for happy accident. No matter how many plans we make or steps we follow, we never know how our day is going to end up. We’d prefer to know, of course, what curveballs will be thrown our way. It’s the accidents that always turn out to be the most interesting parts of our day, of life. The people we never expected to show up, the turn of events we never would have chose for ourselves. All of a sudden you find yourself somewhere you never expected to be and it's nice, or it takes some getting used to. Still, you know you’ll find yourself appreciating it somewhere down the line. So you go to sleep each night thinking about tomorrow, going over your plans, preparing the lists, and hoping that whatever accidents come your way will be happy ones.
When famous surgeon Dr. Harper Avery is rushed to Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital, the staff is surprised to discover that one of their own is related to this legend, and his unorthodox request for his surgery causes tensions between Derek and Richard. Meanwhile, Callie and Arizona try to help Teddy and Sloan move on from their pasts and find greener pastures.
This episode's title originated from the song Perfect Little Accident, originally sung by Saturday Morning Soundtrack.
This episode scored 11.83 million viewers.
Cristina misdiagnoses Harper Avery in front of Harper Avery and she believes this ruined the chances of her one day winning the Harper Avery Award. Four years later, she will be the first doctor of the hospital in Seattle to be nominated for the Award ever since Erica Hahn and Burke were.