- ABC.com Recap
showDerek finds Meredith in her tub, completely under the water, and pulls her out. She tells him she doesn’t need rescuing. But he knows she’s melancholy after the hurtful things her mother said to her when she was lucid and is afraid she was trying to drown herself. Meredith asks Izzie why she can’t just believe in “happily ever after” and Izzie says she doesn’t know what to believe in herself anymore.
Burke, Mark and Derek are amused to see that the Chief has dyed his hair now that he’s single again. Addison comes to his defense and tells them all to leave him be, then confesses that she dyed her hair blonde after Derek left her the first time
Burke wonders why Cristina hasn’t told her friends yet about their engagement and she says she’ll do it today. But she makes him promise to let her tell Meredith first. Meredith is no mood to hear any good news, however, so Cristina doesn’t say anything.
Derek confides his frustration with Meredith’s depression to Burke, so Burke tells him about his engagement. He doesn’t plan on Mark overhearing their conversation. Mark immediately tells the Chief, who congratulates Cristina. She is upset with Burke, but he tells her she had ample time to tell Meredith, so why didn’t she?
Meanwhile, Callie feels that George isn’t respecting her position as his boss now that they’re married and reminds him that at work she’s his boss, not his wife.
The residents are doing triage drills — led by the annoyingly perky resident Sydney — when the Chief announces that he needs all hands on deck: There’s been a multiple-victim accident. Alex, Izzie, George, Meredith and Miranda head out to the scene, a ferry that ran into a container ship because of fog. There are bodies everywhere and the ferry itself is on fire. Miranda tells the interns they’re on their own, and sends them into the fray.
George helps a woman with a serious stomach injury who makes him promise to find her 7-year-old son before she lets him take her to Seattle Grace. He’s unable to locate her son before she has to go into surgery but even though she begs them to wait, they can’t wait any longer.
Alex rescues a pregnant woman who was crushed under a huge pylon. Her face is hideously swollen but, miraculously, her baby is still alive. He wants to continue with the case at the hospital and make sure the baby will be okay, but the Chief hands the case off to Cristina.
Cristina is not happy when Burke doesn’t want her to scrub in on the pregnant woman from the accident, but instead asks her to check on his existing patients. So neither Cristina or Alex end up doing the surgery, but Alex goes to reassure the woman that she’s survived so far and he expects her to still be alive after the surgery. Addison finds him and tells him he did good today. He goes to the waiting room to tell the victim’s families their status, but is overwhelmed by their desperate demands for updates on their loved ones.
At the accident site, a man begs Izzie to come help his friend, who is trapped under a car on the ferry. When she gets there, she realizes she can’t do much to help the man, whose injuries are massive, and that they need Search and Rescue to get him out. But she stays and tends to him as best she can and sends one of his friends to get the Search and Rescue team. After a long delay, the friend comes back alone. Search and Rescue isn’t coming — they have 15 more cases they need to get to first. The man goes limp and then starts to seize violently. His friends tell Cristina she has to save him.
A lost little girl attaches herself to Meredith, refusing to go with anyone else. Meredith is working on a man with a bad leg injury who’s lying at the edge of the dock, away from everyone else. She calls for help, but no one will come to her aid, so she has to ask the girl to help her get some equipment out of her bag. The girl won’t talk and Meredith says when bad things happen she doesn’t talk either.
The man suddenly says he can’t stand the pain and starts to flail wildly, knocking Meredith into the water! No one else sees what’s happened and the girl just walks quietly away. In the water, there is no sign of Meredith.
- Adam’s Immediate Reaction
showOH. MY. FREAKIN. GOD. They did it again. Meredith is DROWNING. D-R-O-W-N-I-N-G. As in, she could die. She won’t, obviously, because this is (no matter what you say), her show, but once again, Shonda has outsmarted us and put Meredith’s life in peril once again. I’m so freaking scared. For everything and everyone. Scared for Izzie and what that annoying guy who doesn’t understand that she’s doing everything she can to save his friend will do to Izzie if that man dies. Scared for the little girl who is attached to Meredith, but won’t speak, and honestly seems a little demonic. Scared for Alex and how he’s going to deal with the patients that look like they might run him down at any moment. Scared for George & Callie’s marriage, as it looks as if its already on the rocks. But most of all, I’m scared for Meredith. I don’t care what you say, I’m f***ing scared for her. I love Meredith. I love Ellen Pompeo, and right now, I’m scared. Because she is drowning and the little demon girl isn’t doing anything to save her. I’ve officially decided that Shonda needs to write every single episode from now on. Which won’t happen, but it’s wishful thinking. The foreshadowing came back (Mer almost drowning herself in the tub). “Seriously” came back. Derek’s “thing for ferryboats” came back. And even Mark – yes, Mark - was entertaining and funny. Halfway through the episode, I thought, “how will this last three weeks?” “How will this episode end?” And now I see it. And, I’m scared. I’m also scared for the end of next week’s episode, Drowning on Dry Land. How will Shonda one-up us at the end of that episode? Will someone die? Is that when Denny and other dead people return? Will there be a huge twist? Or will Mer almost die again? Nonetheless, I am so intrigued by this three-parter and I’m pretty sure I will die waiting another seven days to see what happens. The bottom line is: I’m scared.
- Blanca’s Immediate Reaction
showMeredith can “Walk on Water.” Right? She has to, because if she doesn’t then Meredith is going to drown. D-R-O-W-N. Okay yeah I’m freaking out now. I mean Shonda would never kill off our dear MerBear™ right? She can’t. It’s her show, well technically it’s Shonda’s show and she can do whatever she wants, but to go and actually kill off Meredith…I can’t even think about it without crying. Meredith is the soul of the show. The most relatable person, the bright & shiny and dark & twisty person. She’s my MerBear™ and if she dies…I don’t know. I might cry and cry and then go jump off a bridge. Kidding. Just kidding. But I will go a little psycho. I bet she won’t die. Derek will be her knight in shining whatever and save her. Dive in bring her up, let her catch some air then kiss her. Alot of kissing…wonderful kisses filled with love. Sorry. That was inapproriate and completely off topic. I blame the lack of MerDer. I just want everything to be bright & shiny, but I can’t say I don’t enjoy the drama. And that little girl, creepy. She’s like weird. I mean I know she’s afraid and lost and all but seriously she just looks…evil. And according to Shonda she is like a reincarnation of Meredith. I can tell you one thing, she has the whole dark & twisty thing down. Oh and then that pregnant lady. She looked like that chick from “The Exorcist,” when I saw her I literally fell off my bed. Then screamed and then laughed. Don’t ask me why I laughed…I just did. It amused me for some reason *shrugs shoulders* Speaking of things amusing me, Addison. Oh dear Addison. How I dislike you so much. “And you’re dating a perfect 12 year old.” Hahahahaha so funny. NOT. How about you go screw somebody to deal with your “pain.” Pain my @ss. Sorry I just reallydon’t like her. Unlike Izzie, I love Izzie. And how determined and hard-working she was last night. Even with all that pressure, she managed to do the best she could. To do everything she could, and that deserves a gold star :] And another gold star for putting up with those jerks. GRR! Georgie…so adorable. But Callie wasn’t. She seemed annoyed at him. At everything he did. She treated him like he was 5, and don’t get me wrong I like Callie, but the way she acted towards her husband *giggle* last night. Not cool. Just like Burke telling people he was engaged when Cristina asked him not to. I don’t hate him for doing it, and actually I think he had a good point, but still he shouldn’t have done it. He should have listened to Cristina and not said anything. But one day he will learn, and one day he will listen, but today just wasn’t the day. Even as I write this and talk about the other characters, I still can’t help but worry imensely about Meredith. I know she is human and people are saying she can’t die, but seriously Grey’s Anatomy is different. And they have and possibly will surprise us once again. That’s why I love this show. It never stops surprising me. Making me lose my breath. Scream until I get sick…which I am by the way…And fall in love with fictional characters. This show isn’t a show. It’s my life. And I swear if Meredith dies…let’s just say things will not be good. I hate not knowing what will happen, so this week is hell. And I want to get out of it soooo bad :[ Shonda save me! And Meredith. Save us all! I believe in you, I know you won’t kill her. And that the promo is misleading. And that Izzie hugging a crying Cristina doesn’t mean Meredith died. Or George crying or Cristina asking “Where the hell is Meredith?” Or even a what looks like unconscious Meredith drowning in the water…NOOOOOOOOOOO! It doesn’t mean she’s going to die right? right? RIGHT?!
- Music Guide
show“The Hop,” Radio Citizen
Meredith sits in the bathtub alone, Derek tells Meredith he is concerned about her, Izzie misses George, Cristina tells Burke not to tell anyone they are engaged.
“Opposite Direction,” Union of Knives
Bailey tells interns to get out there and help people, Meredith tends to the wounded.
Izzie tells Vince to find search and rescue, Derek asks Meredith if she is upset, Addison and Richard talk, Cristina confronts Burke.
“Make This Go On Forever,” Snow Patrol
Alex checks on Jane Doe, Mrs. Heit waits for word on her son, Rick starts to seize, A corwd of family members yells at Alex, Meredith gets knocked over the pier.
- Writer’s Blog, by Shonda Rhimes on 02.09.07
showHoly crap, am I glad it is my turn to blog again! I have missed it, let me tell you! How is everyone? You still out there? Still good?
Or are you yelling and screaming at your TV sets and cursing my name for throwing Meredith into the water and then rolling the credits on you?
I don’t blame you for the cursing. But please remember that next week, things get even more interesting and then the week after that, they get REALLY interesting. I don’t want to talk about it. Or give anything away….
Which means there’s not much I can blog about. Damn it. I can tell you that this episode (as well as the next) was directed by the famous Bossy McBossy Rob Corn. And that before he had a script, he kept coming into my office to say in that quiet, calm voice of his: “YOU. ARE. KILLING. ME.”
See, it’s that time of year again. That time of year when I get all sick and flu-y and my brain goes stupid and so I start to lie face down on the carpet in my office threatening to flee the country because my ability to write has clearly leaked out of my ear while I was sleeping. Every year, like clockwork, it happens. And every year, like clockwork, it takes me by surprise. You’d think I’d learn. But I don’t. I don’t learn.
So Bossy McBossy is waiting for pages and I’m gathering my passport and calling the airports and Betsy (who sits in the office next to mine and keeps me sane) very kindly keeps coming in to remind me that I have pitched the entire 3 episode arc to her eight or nine times in vivid detail over the past five months. All I have to do, she says (using, I might add, the exact same voice one uses with a three year old who won’t give you the sharp objects in her mouth), all I have to do is WRITE DOWN the things I have pitched her. All I have to do PUT THEM ON PAPER.
Everyone knows the key component of serious, rampant procrastination is the inability to put anything on paper.
Okay, I am actually procrastinating by writing about procrastinating. On to the point, which is this: Rob Corn worked his behind off shooting this episode with pages being fed to him as he shot and for that, I will no longer be referring to him as Bossy McBossy. Instead from this moment on, I will call him by his new tribal name: Shoots With No Script.
Now, Shoots With No Script will tell you that I had very definite ideas about this episode. And I did. But they were all character-based. They were all about Meredith’s attitude and the little girl and Izzie and her tub of butter and Cristina and the notion that, in choosing to marry, she fears that she is LITERALLY being left behind in more ways than having to stay at the hospital while everyone goes to the accident site. They were all about Derek and Burke and their conversation about “these women” and Richard and his badly dyed hair. My thoughts were all about disappearing.
They were not about things that Shoots With A Script needed to know. They were not, for instance, about what the ferry should look like when we first see it. Because, if you know anything about me, you know I don’t want to think about hurting a ferry boat. I, like McDreamy, have a thing for ferry boats. Ferry boats are awesome and, in fact, very safe. Ferry boats are amazing.
Ferry boats are a metaphor for Meredith, you know.
What I was interested in was Meredith and how she was doing after being hurt by her mother. And the devastation of the ferry boat was the best way to physicalize Meredith’s pain.
The little girl? She’s also a metaphor for Mer. A motherless lost girl who can’t speak for herself and disappears? Okay, that’s too obvious. But you all know Meredith’s been doing a dance with death for some time. Y’all know that if you’ve been watching. She’s dark, our girl. She’s dark and twisty. And I worry about her.
Now, I’m really worried about her because she’s in the water and I want to be clear with you: I don’t put people in the water for no reason. Meredith’s got issues, she’s got serious Mommy issues and she’s broken and she’s in the water.
I killed Denny. I blew up Dylan.
I’m not entirely playing by the rules of TV here.
There’s a point. And it’s coming. Shoots With A Script and I have our fingers and toes crossed that it works.
Because what happens next…well, just wait and see…
Okay, I rambled and I procrastinated and I should just stop writing and let you go ahead and yell at me now…
Grey’s Anatomy Season Three, Episode Fifteen: Walk on Water | February 8, 2007 | Shonda Rhimes
- ABC.com Recap
- Adam’s Immediate Reaction
- Blanca’s Immediate Reaction
- Music Guide
- Writer’s Blog, by Shonda Rhimes on 02.09.07