Grey's Anatomy (2005– )
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If Tomorrow Never Comes 

A woman with a massive tumor is admitted, with all the surgeons required to scrub in. In their absence, Meredith is assigned a patient with Parkinson's and, because Alex's pager is not working, Izzie is left in charge of the floor herself.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Richard Webber (credit only)
Edward Levangie
Alex Alexander ...
Annie Connors (as Alex S. Alexander)
Jane Galloway Heitz ...
Annie's Mom
Mary Levangie


All of the interns are in awe when a woman comes in with a record-breaking tumor, but it is so far advanced that the woman's prognosis is not good. Now that Bailey knows about Meredith and Derek's affair, their jobs are in jeopardy and she strongly advises Meredith to end it. Meanwhile, Cristina and Burke's secret relationship gets more complicated and, when no one else can be reached, Izzie has to perform a major procedure on her own. Written by Alex

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Drama | Romance






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1 May 2005 (USA)  »

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While the surgeons are operating on Annie, the tumor patient, and she starts bleeding out, the camera goes to a male scrub nurse who says "pressure's dropping." If you look closely at him, he's played by the same guy who plays Joe the bartender. See more »


In the scene when the patient with the large tumor is crashing in the OR, one of the men who is part of the surgical team also plays "Joe the Bartender" later on. He says the the line "pressures dropping". See more »


Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: [to a patient after he throws up on Alex] You are so my favorite person today!
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Complications arise
21 July 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

At last, it seems like the show is actually getting somewhere, the ending of the previous episode having introduced enough new elements to spice up the plot and give the supporting characters the limelight they deserve.

After Izzie and (to lesser extent) Cristina, it's time for Dr. Bailey (Chandra Wilson), aka The Nazi, to shine. In case one should need a reminder, she caught Meredith and Derek doing it in a car and spends most of her time giving both of them hell. George and Izzie aren't that happy either, as they believe Dr. McDreamy (that would be Derek's nickname) is favoring Meredith. Meanwhile, Cristina is eager to keep her affair with Burke a secret, which turns out to be very easy when every intern's attention is diverted onto a woman with a huge tumor. Plus, Izzie gets to perform major surgery all by herself when no one else is around.

Not that the last two plot strands really matter, right? Unlike ER or House, Grey's Anatomy doesn't care too much about its hospital setting (at least in the first season). After all, the premise - the ethical questionability of sleeping with your boss - could work in a lot of contexts. Thankfully, the fiery Wilson, who has always had a great sense of comedic acting (see her one-scene cameo in the fifth season of Sex and the City, for example), gives a riotous performance that make most other shortcomings forgivable. In fact, her vitality is quite contagious: Patrick Dempsey, who has the ungrateful task of sharing most of his scenes with Ellen Pompeo (not a bad actress, but she does play an uninteresting role), becomes a completely different person when he has the chance to measure himself with the Nazi's acerbic remarks, and that is truly worth watching.

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