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Season 6, episode 17
Lexie works together with Arizona on a boy with a cyst.
Episode Information

March 11, 2010

Written by

Debora Cahn

Directed by

Chandra Wilson

Episode Guide

Perfect Little Accident


Suicide is Painless

Surgeons aren’t complacent people. We don’t put our feet up. We don’t sit still. Whatever the game is, we like to win. And once we win, we get a new game. We push ourselves; residents, attending. It doesn’t matter how much we achieve. If you’re a climber there’s always another mountain. They take pictures of mountain climbers at the top of a mountain. They’re smiling, ecstatic, triumphant. They don’t take pictures along the way cause who wants to remember the rest of it. We push ourselves because we have to, not because we like it. The relentless climb, the pain and anguish of taking it to the next level. Nobody takes pictures of that. Nobody wants to remember. We just wanna remember the view from the top. The breathtaking moment at the edge of the world. That’s what keeps us climbing. And it’s worth the pain. That’s the crazy part. It’s worth anything.

Push is the seventeenth episode of the sixth season and the 119th overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short SummaryEdit

A patient who needs an extremely difficult surgery comes to Seattle Grace, and it's Richard and Owen who vie for the opportunity to tackle it. But the decision lies in the hands of Derek, who deems that Owen should take on the surgery, leaving Richard bitter. Meanwhile, Bailey deals with her own personal struggles when she nervously prepares for another date with Ben.

Full SummaryEdit

Mark is working out and trying to get some breakfast, but nothing appears to work out. Callie comes in enthusiastically, because she feels like today she's finally gonna manage to grow cartilage in a bottle. She notices he's miserable, which he claims is due to the lack of sex. She suggests he find a grown up who wants what he wants, and date. Mark has no experience with that.

Owen is in the room with his cancer patient, waiting for the scans to come back so they can discuss further options. As Richard listens from the door, Audrey says she already knows that her tumor is the size of a football, and trying to resect it will kill her. 

Outside the room, Richard is taking a look at the scans. He tells Owen it's a giant tumor, which also sparks Cristina's interest. Owen thinks there's nothing they can do, but Richard asks if he can take a stab at it, playing his age card to convince Owen. Richard takes the chart with him. Cristina says she can't believe that Owen fell Richard's trick, making Owen go after a smiling Richard.

Owen wants his case back, because it's a monster case and even in the best case scenario, they'll only able to do some damage control. Richard has a different approach, which Owen calls old school. Richard thinks he's referring to his age, but Owen says he wasn't and asks not to make this personal. "You just did, ginger," Richard says. As they continue bickering, Meredith and Derek come over. Cristina shows them the scans. To stop the bickering, Derek tells them to both come up with plans and present them, so he can choose who gets to operate. Meredith and Cristina will assist. Surprisingly, Cristina decides to side with Webber.

She follows Owen and confesses that she only sided with Richard to spy on him for Owen. He smiles as she tells him and concludes she has a dark mind.

Ben asks Bailey if she's working tonight. She's not, she's going to a yoga class a neighbour gave her as a Christmas present. He says she's not going there, because she's going to have dinner with him. However, Bailey wants to go to keep her neighbour happy. Ben gives her a prase she can use to act as if she went, and makes her repeat it.

Jackson leaves a patient room and tells Alex he can't find his patient's heart beat, even though the guy is sitting up and talking. Alex says Jackson's lucky to have a famous last name and goes to check on the patient. Todd's right lung was removed when he was a kid. Molly, his pissed girlfriend, thinks he's having a panic attack because she just asked him to move in with her. Alex can't find Todd's heart either as Todd passes out.

Teddy is taking a listen and finds Todd's heart near his kidney. She explains his heart kind of drifted away after the lung removal. The shifting caused some bronchial compression, which explains the difficulties he has breathing. Molly apologizes and Teddy says they're gonna use salene implants to put and keep his heart in its rightful place. It's what they use for boob jobs, and even though you won't be able to see them, Todd refuses as it mean he can longer... "What? Pick up women?" Molly asks. She angrily grabs her stuff and leaves. Todd asks if he has a choice. "Do you like to breathe?" Teddy says to answer his question.

Owen and Richard tell Audrey that there is a surgical option, but they're still figuring out the best approach. Owen confesses that the risks are great. Audrey says she only wants to live one more month, which is when their daughter is getting married. She would like to live to see that, and she's not willing to risk not living to that day. Owen carefully says that she might not even make it without the surgery. In that case, Audrey looks forward to hearing what they come up with.

In the ER, Lexie starts examining a kid who's in a lot of pain. His mother is really worried as she has no idea what could be wrong. Lexie has Arizona paged.

Teddy approaches Mark for a question about breast implants. He thinks she's asking for herself and says it crossed his mind too, but he didn't think she was the type to go for it. Teddy sets the record straight. Callie noticed the awkward situation from a distance and asks to steal Mark for a quick consult. 

She tells Mark that Teddy's what he's looking for and suggests he asks her out, but he's doubtful she'll accept. He returns to Teddy and compliments her breasts. Teddy tells him about her patient and leaves him the chart. As she walks off, he asks if it would be a bad idea to ask her out tonight. "Ya think?" Teddy replies.

Teddy ends up in an elevator with Arizona and tells her that Mark asked her out. Arizona thinks it's nice. Mark is like candy, eat it and forget about it, so Teddy could just him for some fun. 

While coming up with a plan, Cristina asks if he's going to resect a part of the diaphragm. He might, or he'll let her do it. Either that or kick her off the case. That depends on how much she's leaked to Owen. He explains he's been in the game long enough to know how it works. There is an other option though if she realligns her allegiances. In that case, they can look for more resections for her to do. He tells her to take her time to think. 

Bailey enters Callie's reseach lab. Callie asks her if her interns can rotate through her service today, because their questions keep distracting her from making cartilage. Callie notices there's something up with Bailey and finds out it's about a guy. Bailey tells her he's cooking her dinner and Callie asks if she's sex. The third date is the sex date, Callie thinks, especially now that he's cooking for her at his home. Bailey objects that she barely knows the man, but Callie jokes that she'll know him a lot better tomorrow. Bailey thinks it's entirely possible for her to survive the third date without having sex. However, she asks if she's supposed to sleep over if the date does head in the sexual direction. Callie gives her clear instructions, including prepping the "surgical field". She gives Bailey a paper with info about a Ukrainian woman who works at the manicure place across the street, who'll take care of Bailey. Bailey takes the paper, but she doesn't seem on planning to go there.

To be continued


  • Meredith Grey
  • Cristina Yang
  • Alex Karev
  • Miranda Bailey
  • Richard Webber
  • Callie Torres
  • Mark Sloan
  • Lexie Grey
  • Owen Hunt
  • Arizona Robbins
  • Derek Shepherd
  • Teddy Altman
  • Audrey Taylor
  • Don Taylor
  • Ben Warren
  • Jackson Avery
  • Jim
  • Kelly
  • Todd Holmes
  • Molly
  • Noah
  • Kim Taylor

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit


Song Performer Scene
"Serve Them Well" Swimming in Speakers
"L-O-V-E" SugaRush Beat Company
"Tonight" Emy Reynolds
"Worrisome Heart" Melody Gardot
"Cold Summer" Seabear

Notes and TriviaEdit

Grey's Anatomy 6x1700:31

Grey's Anatomy 6x17

  • This episode's title originated from the song Push, originally sung by The Cure.
  • This episode scored 10.94 million viewers.
  • The computer Richard used while convincing Cristina to switch sides uses the Windows 7 operating system.
  • Chandra Wilson originally wasn't supposed to be directing this episode, but was asked to do it when the director fell out. This made it a very busy time for her, as there were a lot of Bailey scenes in the episode. Therefore, schedules were rearranged so she could do the acting parts in the morning and be directing for the rest of the day.


Episode StillsEdit


Callie: Find a grown up who wants what you want, and date, like a grown up.
Mark: I don't know what that means.

Richard: A tumor like this Calls for a methodical analysis of the scans, a careful plan...
Owen: Old-school, which...
Richard: Old? Wow. I didn't see that coming.
Owen: I did not mean your age, I meant the approach. Let's not make this personal.
Richard: You just did, Ginger.

Owen: Wait. You're gonna spy on him? That's... that's cheating.
Cristina: You're adorable when you're slow.
Owen: You have a dark, dark mind.

Todd: Do I have a choice?
Teddy: Do you like to breathe?

Teddy: I wanted to talk to you about breast implants.
Mark: Really? Good for you. You know, it crossed my mind the first time I saw you, but I didn'think you were the type to go for it.
Teddy: No. Not for me. For my patient.
Mark: Oh. Oh.

Mark: Uh, so asking you out tonight... Probably a bad idea?
Teddy: Ya think?

Arizona (to Callie): Oh. Can we have dogs, and chickens. I have this weird thing for chickens.

See AlsoEdit

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

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