In the OR, time loses all meaning. In the midst of sutures and saving lives, the clock ceases to matter. 15 minutes, 15 hours – Inside the OR, the best surgeons make time fly. Outside the OR, however, time takes pleasure in kicking our asses. For even the strongest of us it seems to play tricks. Slowing down. Hovering. Until it freezes. Leaving us stuck in a moment, unable to move in one direction or the other. Time flies. Time waits for no man. Time heals all wounds. All any of us wants is more time. Time to stand up. Time to grow up. Time to let go. Time.

Time Has Come Today is the first episode of the third season and the 37th overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short SummaryEdit

Addison and Alex treat an abandoned baby, George and Derek are sealed off from the rest of the hospital (possibly with plague), Izzie mourns for Denny, Meredith tries to choose between Derek and Finn, Callie and Cristina try to help Izzie, Bailey helps a distressed patient and many of the doctors have flashbacks from their past.

Full SummaryEdit

While Meredith's voice over talks about time, surgeries are shown, as well as Addison pressed against a door during a storm while clothes are lying on the stairs behind her.

Still in her prom dress, Meredith runs out of the hospital.

As the sun rises, Richard's sitting in the space where the prom happened.

Addison's sitting on the bed in the trailer, holding black panties.

Izzie's lying on the bathroom floor in her prom dress. The other interns are outside in the hallway. They decide it's time for them to do something, and look at Meredith. Meredith's all dark and twisty inside and now Izzie is as well.

As she's lying on the floor, Izzie thinks back to Richard's speech on the first day of her internship. She turns around towards the door as it opens.

Flashback. Izzie and Alex shake hands at the mixer organized by the hospital to welcome new interns. He's surprised to hear that she's a surgical intern, figuring she'd be in gyne or peds. She assures him she's hardcore. He thinks she won't last the first year.

George's lying down next to Izzie. He suggests she change into something more comfortable, but she tells him to shut up. There's nothing to discuss here. He's really sorry for her. So is she.

At the hospital morgu, Bailey is sitting with a guy from the funeral home. She needs to ID the body before he can take it. Someone comes over with a gurney with the body and unzips the body bags. Bailey confirms it's Denny Duquette. She signs the paper and asks when the funeral is. The guy replies that the family requested the body be sent to Memphis, so no funeral. Before the body's taken away, Bailey leans in and tells Denny that she's sorry.

Meredith's making sandwiches while Cristina's reading a magazine. Cooking is what Cristina knows to do when someone dies. It's called shiva, and even though it's jewish, she deems it's also appropriate for Denny. However, she thinks they should order in. Cristina sees Meredith attacking a comfort food sandwich and asks what she did. Meredith reminds her to put it in perspective and then says she lost her panties last night. Cristina is speechless.

Meanwhile, Addison takes the panties out of the dryer, folds them, and puts them in a ziploc bag. She leaves the trailer with the panties in her handbag.

Richard meets with Derek, who never left the hospital because of a craniotomy. Richard also stayed all night for the autopsy on Denny. Derek asks Richard if he's seen Meredith. Richard asks why, but Derek just needs him to get someone to cover for him. He wants to go take care of some stuff, but Bailey comes over to request his help on a head trauma. The pit's overcrowded with early flu season.

In a trauma room, ER doctors are working on Giselle Toussant. She was in a car accident. While Derek takes a look at the scans, Giselle's husband tells George that they were on their way to the ER with this flu thing they couldn't shake. Giselle regains consciousness, but she's disoriented. Derek says she's leaking spinal fluid and he wants an OR. Omar starts coughing and George leaves with him to get him a bed.

Two paramedics rush into the ER with a newborn that was found in a trash can. The umbilical cord's still attached. Alex takes the case and immediately sees that baby's dehydrated. He wants to start an IV and asks for a neonatal intubation, which he asks nurse Olivia to get. She says they pulled her from her floor to help down here with the flu overflow. Alex looks around and sees all the sick people. He decides to take the premature baby straight to the NICU and asks Olivia to page Addison.

Addison joins Alex in the NICU. The baby's platelet count is 17,000 and a platelet transfusion didn't help. Addison asks about the mother. Alex then tells her the baby was found in a trash can at a high school. Addison asks for an ultrasound to assess the baby's abdominal bleed. Afterwards, Alex has to find the mother because they need to test for maternal platelet antibodies. A surgery would kill the baby. Addison wonders who'd do this as Olivia comes in to inform them that there are some people here, about the baby.

Patricia has bad news for Richard. A new appointment came up and he better not miss it.

After having evacuated the clot, Derek's making sure that there are no remaining bone fragments. He asks George about Izzie. George replies she's doing as well as can be expected. Derek says losing a patient never gets easier. George then reveals that Izzie was in love with Denny.

Meredith's told Cristina the whole story about last night. Cristina tries to wrap her mind around it, since both Meredith and Derek are with other people. Meredith says Derek asked her what it meant. Cristina mocks him for that, but then admits she has the same question. Meredith doesn't know the answer.

Flashback. Meredith remembers sitting on a carousel as a child, while her mother was arguing with Richard. They agreed he'd tell Adele, but he couldn't do it. As the carousel keeps turning, young Meredith watches her mother beg Richard not to leave her, but to no avail, leaving a crying Ellis calling out his name.

In his office, Adele tells Richard that making an appointment seemed like the best way to get his undivided attention. She orders him to sit down when Bailey comes in to inform him that the ICD arrived, because they have a couple that apparently came in contact with the plague. Richard apologizes to Adele, but he has to deal with this.

Addison approaches a bunch of bickering parents in the waiting area. 

Summary to be continued


  • Meredith Grey
  • Cristina Yang
  • Izzie Stevens
  • Alex Karev
  • George O'Malley
  • Miranda Bailey
  • Richard Webber
  • Addison Montgomery-Shepherd
  • Callie Torres
  • Preston Burke
  • Derek Shepherd
  • Finn Dandridge
  • Adele Webber
  • Shannon's Mom
  • Nurse Olivia Harper
  • Lisa's Dad
  • Sara's Mom
  • Karen's Mom
  • Joe
  • Patricia
  • Ellis Grey
  • ER Doctor (Center)
  • Shannon
  • Sara
  • Paramedic
  • Funeral Home Guy
  • Hazmat Guy
  • Giselle Toussant
  • IDC Dude
  • Karen
  • Lisa
  • Young Meredith
  • Omar Toussant

Main CastEdit

Special Guest StarEdit

Guest StarsEdit



Medical NotesEdit

Derek's PatientEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Ruptured saccular aneurysm
  • Treatment:
    • Craniotomy

Derek told Richard he did a craniotomy on a ruptured saccular aneurysm.

Giselle ToussantEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Car accident injuries
    • Plague
    • Dural laceration
  • Treatment:
    • Surgery

Giselle, 42, was in a car accident while driving to the ER for what she thought was flu symptoms. She was taken directly to the OR for a brain injury. After surgery, she was still unstable because of the plague symptoms and she ultimately died.

Omar ToussantEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Plague
  • Treatment:
    • Isolation

Omar and his wife, Giselle, were in a car accident on the way to the hospital after being exposed to the plague. He was okay other than the plague symptoms, so he was placed in an isolation room while they waited for test results.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Possible match for maternal platelet antibodies for preemie
  • Treatment:
    • Blood typing

After paramedics brought the preemie in, it was discovered that one of four girls gave birth to him. The preemie has an emergency blood condition that required maternal platelet antibodies from the mother. Test confirm that she was not the mother and was discharged.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Possible match for maternal platelet antibodies for preemie
  • Treatment:
    • Blood typing

After paramedics brought the preemie in, it was discovered that one of four girls gave birth to him. The preemie has an emergency blood condition that required maternal platelet antibodies from the mother. Test confirm that she was not the mother and was discharged.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Possible match for maternal platelet antibodies for preemie
  • Treatment:
    • Blood typing

After paramedics brought the preemie in, it was discovered that one of four girls gave birth to him. The preemie has an emergency blood condition that required maternal platelet antibodies from the mother. Test confirm that she was a possible match, but was discharged as she was not the mother.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Match for maternal platelet antibodies for preemie
  • Treatment:
    • Blood typing
    • Maternal platelet transfusion

After paramedics brought the preemie in, it was discovered that one of four girls gave birth to him. The preemie has an emergency blood condition that required maternal platelet antibodies from the mother. Test confirm that she was a possible match, but after confessing that she was the mother, treatment began to transfuse her platelets to her baby.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Prematurity
    • Abdominal bleeding
    • Emergent blood condition
  • Treatment:
    • NICU Care
    • IVIG
    • Surgery

Paramedics brought in a premature newborn found in a trash can at a high school. He was taken directly to the NICU, where his platelet count was low. Transfusion didn't help and he had abdominal bleeding. He had an emergent blood condition, which meant they needed to figure out which of the four possible girls was his mother. Once they identified her, they took him into surgery to be transfused with maternal platelet antibodies.

ER PatientsEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Influenza
  • Doctors:
  • Treatment:

The ER was overrun with patients being treated for influenza.


Song Performer Scene
"Lullaby" The Dixie Chicks
"Take Me Anywhere" Tegan and Sara
"Quicksand" Sleeping at Last
"Nothing Brings Me Down" Emilíana Torrini
"Gone Daddy Gone" Gnarls Barkley
"Under the Milky Way" Grant Lee Philips
"All I Need" Mat Kearney

Notes and TriviaEdit

Grey's Anatomy Promo 3x0100:15

Grey's Anatomy Promo 3x01

  • This episode's title originated from the song Time Has Come Today, originally sung by The Chambers Brothers.
  • This episode scored 25.41 million viewers, making it the most watched season premiere in the series' history.
  • This is the first episode Meredith has not been in the hospital. This is also the first episode for Izzie and Callie.
  • This is the first flashback episode.
  • As of this episode, Sara Ramírez joins the main cast as Callie Torres.
  • The season 3 extended DVD-box includes an audio commentary on an extended version of the episode by Kate Walsh and Chandra Wilson.
    • Kate revealed that in some OR scenes, the crew would tape Justin's lines to her scrubs when he couldn't remember the medical dialogue.
    • During her first season, Kate had fake "lady nails" that Patrick Dempsey used to tease her about. She got rid of them over hiatus.


Episode StillsEdit


Cristina: You and McDreamy did the Nasty Nasty?
(Meredith glares at her)
Meredith: Cristina!
Cristina: I'm not judging! I'm just trying to wrap my mind around it. I mean, you are with Finn and he's with Addison.
Meredith: He's married to Addison.
Cristina: YEAH! Well what did Derek say?
Meredith: He said "Meredith what does this mean?"
Cristina: Ugh! Ok! He has sex with you and he's standing there all McGuilty and all he can say is "Oh, What does this mean?" What does this mean?

Meredith: Why are you all looking at me?
Cristina: Well, this is familiar territory for you.
Meredith: There is nothing familiar abut this! Unfamiliar! Denny died. The man she loves, died.
Cristina: Yeah, but you're all dark and twisty inside.
Meredith: I am not dark and twisty!
Cristina: What, with the Alzheimers thing and the father you don't talk to.
Alex: And the tequila thing and the inappropriate men thing.
George: You are dark and twisty inside, Meredith, and now Izzie is dark and twisty inside.
Meredith: So all of a sudden I'm the president of people with crappy lives?

Addison: If that baby isn't treated, he's going to die. Now, I can do vaginal exams on each of the girls.
Karen's Mom: My daughter is 14 years old! She's not sexually active, and I won't have you violating her body!
Lisa's Dad: You won't have it because you know it's your kid! Tell you what. You have my consent. Do whatever it takes to prove that my Lisa is innocent.
Karen's Mom: You are a sick bastard. Do you know that?
Addison: A child's life is in jeopardy here! Now, it's not your consent that I need. (looks at the girls)
Sara: We didn't do anything wrong.
Lisa: Yeah, just because we were in there doesn't mean it's our baby.
Shannon: Do we look like the kind of girls who get pregnant and throw their kids in the trash?

Addison: (when she brings Shannon and Sara over to see the baby) There he is. That's your son. I want you both to look at him, because it's not true that you did nothing wrong. You both are wrong. You're wrong for covering this up, you're wrong for lying about it, and you're wrong for letting this little baby. This sweet, innocent, beautiful little boy suffer like this. He's dying, and it's your fault. It's both of your faults, and the thing is, the truth will come out. In time, it will come out. It always does. It just... it just does. And when it does, this baby will be dead.
Sara: (long pause) Shannon...
Shannon: (near tears) Don't tell my mom, okay?
Addison: (heaves a sigh of relief and gives Shannon a hug) Thank you. Thank you for telling the truth.

Shannon's Mom: (about Shannon) Well, it's obvious, then. The baby can't possibly be Shannon's. Look at her! Nobody can stay a size two and be pregnant. Trust me, I've tried it.
Sara's Mom: What are you saying?
Shannon's Mom: Just that Sara is a little pudgy.
Sara's Mom: At least she's not sleeping around!
Addison: Girls, I am a little short on time here...
Shannon's Mom: Shannon didn't even think about boys until she started hanging out with Sara.
Sara's Mom: You've got some nerve!
Addison: Do I need to remind you two who the teenagers are here?
Sara's Mom: She started it!
Addison: Enough!

Addison: (while operating on a baby boy) Poor little guy. As soon as he's better, he's getting turned over to a mother who's going to juvie and grandparents who are so clueless, they didn't even realize their own kid was pregnant. Imagine the kind of life he's going to have.
Alex: You can get over a bad childhood. I mean, you can have the worst crap in the world happen to you. You can get over it. All you gotta do is survive.

Alex: How do you not know your kid's pregnant?
Addison: You love your kids, you want to see the best in them.
Alex: Okay, then how do you have a baby and throw it in a trash can?
Addison: Something happens, and you panic. You freeze, and you wanna hide it and pretend like it didn't happen... I get that.
Alex: You get that?
Addison: I do. I just don't get what happens afterward. I don't get how you go back to class and pretend like everything's fine, everything's not fine.

See AlsoEdit

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

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