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Tainted Obligation
Season 6, episode 4
Lexie sitting by her father's side.
Episode Information

October 8, 2009

Written by

Jenna Bans

Directed by

Tom Verica

Episode Guide

I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watchin' Me



We begin life with few obligations. We pledge allegiance to the flag. We swear to return our library books. But as we get older we take vows, we make promises, we get burden by commitments, to do no harm, to tell the truth and nothing but, to love and cherish till death do us part. So we just keep running up the tap until we owe everything to everybody and suddenly think … what the. The thing about being a surgeon, everybody wants a piece of you. We take one little oath, and suddenly we’re drowning in obligations. To our patients, to our colleagues, to medicine itself. So we do what any sane person would do. We run like hell from our promises, hoping they’ll be forgotten. But sooner or later, they always catch up. And sometimes you find the obligation you dread the most isn’t worth running from at all.

Tainted Obligation is the fourth episode of the sixth season and the 106th overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short SummaryEdit

When Meredith and Lexie's father, Thatcher, returns to the hospital with a failed liver, it's up to Meredith to save his life as Lexie is not a match for him. Meanwhile, Izzie empathizes with a patient riddled with tumors, as Mark, annoyed with Cristina's competitive zeal, tricks her into assisting on an unusual surgery.

Full Summary Edit

Episode in detail.

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
  • Thatcher Grey
  • Irving Waller
  • Charlie Waller
  • Irene Waller
  • Randy
  • Angela
  • Steve Mostow
  • Jim Nelson
  • Owen Hunt. Dr. Knox and Izzie Stevens
  • Angry Attending #1

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Music Edit

Song Performer Scene
"Trading Things In" Butler Scheme
"Come On Be Good" Dragonette
"Long Time Gone" Bachelorette
"Wish You Well" Katie Herzig
"Morning Mist" Sébastian Schuller

Notes and Trivia Edit

Grey's Anatomy 6x04 Promo00:31

Grey's Anatomy 6x04 Promo

  • This episode's title originated from the song Tainted Obligation, originally sung by REM.
  • This episode scored 14.13 million viewers.
  • One day has passed since the previous episode, as Arizona mentioned she had lost her favorite scrub nurse the previous day. At the end of the previous episode, several people were fired as part of the first set of cutbacks.

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Episode StillsEdit

Quotes Edit

Bailey: I had five interns. Four of you have been on this table. One of you has cancer, one of you died. You better not pull anything funny on me, Grey.

Lexie (to Meredith): I didn’t want to do this, I didn’t want to have to come to you for anything, ever. So I thought if I looked up your blood type, and it was the wrong one, then that would be it. Then I could just stop thinking about it. But I cant, because you have his blood. And I know that he’s not your dad, I know that he was never there for you and I would never ask you to give him anything he doesn’t deserve a thing from you, he doesn’t. But he’s, he’s going to die Meredith. And so I’m asking you to give something to me. I’m asking, I am asking you to give me my dad, because as crappy as he was to you, god, he was wonderful to me. He never missed a single dance recital, he was there at my 5th grade graduation, What is that? That’s not even real. I know he’s not your dad, I know that. But somehow you have his blood, and I don’t. So I’m asking you, give me my dad.

(Lexie just walked into the ER with Thatcher)
Lexie: I don't know what's wrong with him!
Meredith: Did you pick him up off the floor in a bar, Leixe? That might be a clue.

Cristina: Sir.
Richard: Now is not the time, Yang.
Cristina: I have good hands. They're fast, they're dextrous, they were made to throw ties and do complex procedures. These hands were made for surgery. Today, they should have been deep inside a heart, saving a life. Instead they removed a thick and pumped a penis.
Richard: What's your point?
Cristina: My point? You know what, you should cut me.
Richard: What?
Cristina: From the program. You have to make more cuts and I should go, 'cause if you can't give me a brilliant cardiothoracic attending who's willing to teach me, then I can't get what I need from this hospital. Everyone is scared of losing their job and so am I, but if I can't learn, if I can't use my gift, then... I... Well, I guess that scares me more. That's my point, Sir.

Thatcher: The Chief always pays such close attention to his patients - or is it just the ones whose wives he's had an affair with?

See AlsoEdit

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

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