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These Ties That Bind
Season 5, episode 8
Ties that bind
An old friend of Meredith is now an intern at Seattle Grace.
Episode Information

November 13, 2008

Written by

Stacy McKee

Directed by

Eric Stoltz

Episode Guide

Rise Up


In the Midnight Hour

It's intense, what happens in the O.R. when lives are on the line. And you're poking at brains like they're silly putty. You form a bond with the surgeons right next to you. An unbreakable, indescribable bond. It's intimate, being tied together like that. Whether you like it or not, whether you like them or not, you become family. The ties that binds us are sometimes impossible to explain. They connect us even after it seems like the ties should be broken. Some bonds defy distance and time and logic; Because some ties are simply... meant to be.

These Ties That Bind is the eighth episode of the fifth season and the 86th overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short SummaryEdit

An old friend of Meredith by the name of Sadie appears and causes some tension with Cristina. Bailey attempts to woo a cardiothorasic surgeon Virginia Dixon, Callie breaks down crying. Izzie confides in a patient about Denny and Cristina become suspicious about some of the interns.

Full Summary Edit

Episode in detail.

Cast Edit

  • Meredith Grey
  • Cristina Yang
  • Izzie Stevens
  • Alex Karev
  • George O'Malley
  • Miranda Bailey
  • Richard Webber
  • Callie Torres
  • Mark Sloan
  • Lexie Grey
  • Derek Shepherd
  • Denny Duquette
  • Owen Hunt
  • Sadie Harris
  • Clay Bedonie
  • Timothy Miller
  • Ryan Spalding
  • Virginia Dixon
  • Intern Graciella
  • Intern Steve
  • Intern Leo Byrider
  • Jill the Paramedic

Main CastEdit

Special Guest StarEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Music Edit

Song Performer Scene
"The Uniform" The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra
"Ah, Ah, Ah" The Coral Sea
"It's a Funny Thing" Jets Overhead
"Falling for You" Seabird
"Trouble is a Friend" Lenka
  • Callie, Mark, and Cristina at Joe's
  • Cristina and Owen kiss outside the bar

Notes and Trivia Edit



  • This episode's title originated from the song These Ties That Bind, originally sung by RJ Cowdery.
  • This episode scored 15.59 million viewers.


Episode StillsEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

Quotes Edit

Izzie: I said goodbye. I burned the sweater!
Denny: Yeah, thanks for that, by the way. I loved that sweater. You made me that sweater. Izzie... stop freaking out.
Izzie: You're not real. You're not real.
Denny: Hey, I told you.
Izzie: You're not real! You're not real! You're not real!
Denny: Look at me. Touch me. (Izzie touches Denny's chest) See? Told you I was real.

See AlsoEdit

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

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