Grey's Anatomy (2005– )
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No Man's Land 

Alex uses Izzie's modeling against her, and her last ad causes a patient to reject her care. Meredith finds parallels between a patient and her mother, and Christina must deal with a hospital-savvy patient.

Director:

Adam Davidson

Writers:

Shonda Rhimes (created by), James D. Parriott (as James Parriott)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Pompeo ... Dr. Meredith Grey
Sandra Oh ... Dr. Cristina Yang
Katherine Heigl ... Dr. Izzie Stevens
Justin Chambers ... Dr. Alex Karev
T.R. Knight ... Dr. George O'Malley
Chandra Wilson ... Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens Jr. ... Dr. Richard Webber
Isaiah Washington ... Dr. Preston Burke
Patrick Dempsey ... Dr. Derek Shepherd
Anna Maria Horsford ... Elizabeth Fallon
F.J. Rio ... Jorge Cruz
Valerie Cruz ... Zona Cruz
Taylor Nichols ... Rick Humphrey
Kate Burton ... Dr. Ellis Grey
Tom Choi ... Fluoroscope Tech
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Storyline

George feels less masculine when Izzie and Meredith treat him like a sister. When Izzie's last modeling shoot is published Alex decides to play a cruel joke on her, and a patient recognizes her. Meanwhile, Derek treats a patient who has several nails stuck in his head, and a woman who knew Meredith's mother arrives in the hospital. Written by Alex

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Drama | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. Shepard and Meredith Grey have a patient with a tumor in his hypothalamus and they state he will loose his memory if they remove the tumor. However, the hypothalamus is not responsibile for memory; that is primarily the hippocampus. See more »

Goofs

When Izzie is talking to her patient, her bangs are on the right side of her face. In the next shot, her bangs switch sides and are on the left side of her face. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Cristina Yang: You are eight feet tall. Your boobs are perfect. Your hair is down to there. If I was you I would just walk around naked all the time. I wouldn't have a job, I wouldn't have any skills, I wouldn't even know how to read. I would just be... naked.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: It's makeup. It's retouching.
Dr. Cristina Yang: You get that we hate you, right?
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References Hellraiser (1987) See more »

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Could Be Anything
Performed by The Eames Era
C Student Records
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Dr. Model
20 March 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Of all the characters introduced in the Grey's Anatomy pilot, model-turned-doctor Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) looked like the one with the poorest dramatic construction (aside from Alex Karev, but textbook jerks can afford to be a little shallowly developed at first): naive, blonde and sickeningly optimistic, she wouldn't have lasted very long. Fortunately, the fourth episode digs a little deeper into her psychology, and permits Heigl to build the foundations of one of the show's most rounded, compelling performances (as the Emmy for her work in Season Three confirms).

Right at the start, she is shown in a more three-dimensional light than usual, as she playfully embarrasses George by using the bathroom while he is in the shower. This adds to his frustration and makes him exclaim: "I'm not your sister!", although the real irritation will come at work: Izzie's last modeling job is published, prompting Alex to make her the laughing stock of the entire hospital. In addition, a patient recognizes her from a magazine photo and consequently refuses to be treated by her. As for the other more interesting intern, Cristina experiences a bad day of her own when she is forced to take care of a former nurse instead of helping Dr. Shepherd remove a set of nails from a guy's head (yep, you read correctly: nails in the head).

That Cristina is the most fully rounded of the characters was obvious from the pilot episode (however, George and Derek are more fun to watch), while everyone else starts developing a realistic personality as the seasons pass. The briefest and most successful evolution is Izzie's, a transformation that reaches its peak when she tells off her judgmental patient and argues to perfection that a few shots of her in sexy lingerie do not necessarily reduce her medical skills. The anger and true humanity shown by Heigl in that scene are astounding, even touching, to the point that she gets away with another tough scene (the now infamous locker-room strip) without once looking ridiculous.

With such gifted supporting players, the series can justify the overall daftness of its protagonist. This concession doesn't apply to other shows, though: can you imagine The Sopranos with Tony being the least compelling character?


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