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Suicide is Painless
Season 6, episode 18
Teddy and Owen in Iraq in the past.
Episode Information

March 25, 2010

Written by

Tony Phelan & Joan Rater

Directed by

Jeannot Szwarc

Episode Guide



Sympathy for the Parents

Dying isn’t easy. The body was designed to stay alive; thick skull, strong heart, keen senses. When the body starts to fail, medicine takes over. Surgeons are arrogant enough to think there's no one they can’t save. Like I said dying isn’t easy. Living is better than dying... until it's not. But even if letting a person die is the right thing to do, it's not what surgeons are built for. We are arrogant and competitive. We don’t like to lose and death feels like a loss even when we know it’s not. We know it’s time. We know it’s right. We know we did everything we could. It is hard to shake that feeling that you could've done more.

Suicide is Painless is the eighteenth episode of the sixth season and the 120th overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short SummaryEdit

When Teddy's patient seeks to end treatment and her life, she turns to Hunt for help. The situation triggers Hunt's memories of his life at war and his past relationship with Teddy. Meanwhile, Callie and Arizona have a difference in opinion on what their future holds, and Richard tries to adjust to his role as a surgeon.

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
  • Derek Shepherd
  • Teddy Altman
  • Captain Dan
  • Kim Allen
  • Charles Percy
  • April Kepner
  • Jackson Avery
  • Sean Allen
  • Phil
  • Nick Kelsey
  • Tommy
  • Jim Nelson
  • Nurse Tyler Christian
  • Paramedic Nicole
  • Gekko
  • Billy Linneman
  • Corporal Burnett
  • Sgt. Rebecca Cohen

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit


Song Performer Scene
"Holding Out For Love" Ashtar Command
"Hold On" Angus and Julia Stone
"Static Waves" Andrew Belle feat. Katie Herzig
"Draw Your Swords" Angus and Julia Stone
"Heaven" Brett Dennen
"Abandon Ship" Sorry Kisses

Notes and TriviaEdit

Grey's Anatomy 6x1800:31

Grey's Anatomy 6x18

  • This episode's title originated from the song Suicide is Painless, originally sung by Johnny Mandel.
  • This episode scored 11.57 million viewers.
  • This episode focuses heavily on Owen and his time in Iraq.
  • Arizona says the phrase "pulls the trigger", which could also foreshadow the events in the season finale.
  • This episode marks the last one in which Katherine Heigl is credited, although she didn't appear in it.


Episode StillsEdit


Richard: If I wasn't happily married - I'd hit her, I'd hit her hard.
Alex: Sir, I think you wanted to say is - I'd hit that.
Miranda: I don't think you wanted to say that - at all.

See AlsoEdit

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

Start a Discussion Discussions about Suicide is Painless

  • 6.18 and 7.11 connection

    2 messages
    • Another thing I remember is that in 7.11, Teddy mentions to Jackson that she had to operate on soldiers that blew up their own military uni...
    • It's possible, but I think she just meant in general, not in any specific instance.

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