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These Arms of Mine is the sixth episode of the seventh season and the 132nd overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short SummaryEdit

A documentary film crew visits the hospital six months after the shooting to document the road to recovery for doctors and patients. The camera lenses follow Derek, Owen, Mark, and Callie as they ambitiously perform a rare arm transplant surgery, Meredith helps Cristina put on a brave face for the cameras, and Bailey's patient, Mary, returns for her surgery -- which marks the first time they've all seen of each other since that fateful day.

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
  • Nora
  • Bill Portman
  • Nicole Waldman
  • Zack
  • Gretchen Price
  • Lily Price
  • Mary Portman

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Sam WaldmanEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Head trauma
  • Treatment:

Sam, 37, was riding his motorcycle when a car jumped the rail and hit him. There was obvious head trauma and brain matter on the scene. He was pronounced brain dead in the ER. As he was a donor, they asked his wife for special consent to donate his arms to a patient who had lost his arms.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Amputated arms
  • Treatment:
    • Arm transplant

Zack and his wife were called in because an arm donor became available for Zack, who had lost both of his arms four years previously in a logging accident. While they were attaching the second arm, there was a problem. However, Callie stepped in and she was able to figure out what was wrong and the arm turned pink. After surgery, Zack started to have feeling in his new arms and was able to move them at the shoulder.

Lily PriceEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Tracheal tumor
  • Treatment:
    • Percutaneous tracheotomy
    • Mechanical ventilation
    • Stent
    • Grown trachea

Lily stopped breathing when the tumor in her trachea blocked her airway. She had had surgery in the past to have the growth removed, but it kept coming back and each surgery left her with more scar tissue, making it harder to operate. They placed a stent to help Lily breathe. In the same surgery, part of one of her ribs was removed to harvest the cartilage because Arizona had the idea to grow a trachea from Lily's own cells so they could remove her whole trachea, along with the growth, and not have to operate on her again. The trachea grew in a lab for a while and then was implanted into her belly to finish growing.

Mary PortmanEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Colostomy
  • Treatment:
    • Colostomy reversal

Mary was back at the hospital for a colostomy reversal, the surgery she was supposed to have the day of the shooting. The surgery went well, but Mary never woke up after the surgery. When her organs began to fail, her husband decided to take her off life support and allow her to die.

Trauma PatientsEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Various
  • Treatment:

Meredith and Cristina treated multiple trauma patients in the ER.

Cardio PatientEdit

  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Resuscitation

Jackson was trapped between two doors while transporting a patient when a lockdown was in effect. When the patient coded, Jackson had to do chest compressions until the doors could be opened.


Song Performer Scene
"All My Life" Calahan
  • Derek, Mark, Owen, and Callie celebrate a successful surgery.

"You Know The Way" (Acoustic)

Right the Stars
  • Lily shows photos of her trachea.
  • Alex lectures on Lily.
  • Callie and Arizona pack.
  • Bill brings flowers to an unconscious Mary.
  • Bailey and Richard talk to the camera about taking the patient off life support.
  • Cristina talks to the camera.
  • A montage of the doctors in various parts of the hospital.

Notes and TriviaEdit

Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 600:31

Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 6

  • This episode's title originated from the song These Arms of Mine, originally sung by Otis Redding.
  • This episode scored 10.70 million viewers.
  • Mary Portman comes back to the hospital. Dr. Bailey finally performs the surgery she should have performed six months ago, but that was postponed due to the shooting.
  • Goof: Derek Shepherd can be seen wearing his "Chief of Surgery" lab coat in several scenes, despite no longer holding the position.
  • The song playing when Alex is walking past Lily's room at the beginning of the episode is "Wouldn't Change a Thing" by Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas. Demi Lovato guest stared in a previous episode, Shiny Happy People, as a misdiagnosed teenage patient.
  • This episode spans a month, from somewhere around September 13 to mid-October 2010. The documentary also gives supplemental information about events from the week following the last images shown.


Episode StillsEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit


Derek: Doctor Yang and my wife sometimes have sleepovers, in my bed, with me in it.

Cristina: Being a hero has its price.

Arizona: No, I didn't apply for the grant because of the shooting. There are major gaps in the care of children in developing countries. Global health innitives exist for things like malaria, infectious diseases, immunizations, but not for pedatric surgery. With this grant, I could start to change that. Well, I applied for this thing two years ago. I was a completely different person, you know. I was new here. A surgicial fellow, single, but now I have people here, important people. It complicates things. But … this is bigger than me. This is an opportunity of a lifetime, so yeah, of course I'm accepting the grant. That just means I'm moving to Africa.

Alex: I don't even like kids. Pediatric surgery has nothing to do with liking kids. You go into peds because it's elite. The best of the best. Did you know that are only 38 pediatric surgery fellowship spots in the country? The country. I mean, to compare cardiothoracic has 120. Pedatric surgery is the elite of the elite so, yeah, I consider specializing in pedatric surgery, for sure. But not because of the kids, definitely not because of the kids.

Alex: Lily, I told you already, turn it down or put on your headphones. The rest of us don't have Bieber fever or whatever it is.

Mark: (to the camera crew) Derek and I? We go way back. We grew up together, went to med school together. He's kinda like my better half. Not the better looking half, mind you. So when I heard he got shot … (pauses, looks down) Every day, we give bad news to patients. We tell them their loved ones are hurt or dying, or dead. And for the first time in my life I understood what that felt like.

Cristina: Well we went through the scariest thing a person can go through and we survived. So now everyday's just a gift. And now we're all blessed. Blessed to be here, blessed to be doing what we do best, which is saving lives. Every day. One life at a time. We're healed so that we can continue healing others.

Cristina: People like to say what I did was heroic, but I wasn't. It was just a thing that I had to do. I think people like to have a hero and it makes them feel better to think that they're in the middle of that horror that there's someone special working medical miracles. I don't have super special medical powers.
Meredith: Cristina is a hero, especially to me. The truth is most surgeons could not have done what she did that day.

Miranda: I generally don't make it a habit to hug my patients.

Meredith: It's pretty impossible to work this closely and not be close friends.

See AlsoEdit

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

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