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These Ties That Bind
Season 5, episode 8
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

Clay BedonieEdit

  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Surgery

Clay was in the hospital for a heterotopic heart transplant. He'd had a transplant six years prior, but that heart needed to be replaced again. However, Clay believed he was haunted by his first heart and said he didn't want the surgery. In surgery, they removed the previously piggybacked heart and were shocked when his heart started beating on its own. They believed the six years of rest provided by the other heart gave his own heart time to repair itself.

Timothy MillerEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Crush injuries
    • Open fractures
    • Open femur fracture
    • Posterior hip dislocation
  • Treatment:
    • Surgery

Timothy came into the ER after being crushed in a garbage truck. He was impaled upon himself due to his open femur fracture. Since they couldn't proceed without freeing his leg, they did that first, which caused him to wake up. Callie didn't believe his leg could be saved, but when he insisted that he needed it, Callie developed a plan to replace his bones with titanium rods. He agreed to the surgery and they took him in, but they were unable to keep him alive long enough for Callie to replace his leg bones and he was pronounced dead in the OR.

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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