Grey's Anatomy: Season 1, Episode 4

No Man's Land (17 Apr. 2005)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Romance
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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.

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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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When Izzie Stevens had to rip off her clothes in the locker room, Katherine Heigl said, "If I have to take off all my clothes, then some of the crew should have to take off their clothes." The episode's director, the director of photography, and the show's producer all stripped down to their skivvies. See more »

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In the scene where Cristina is examining Fallon and you can see the monitor behind her, the screen goes from a Windows desktop screen with an error message, to a patient monitor screen, to a patient monitor screen with a Windows error message. See more »

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Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: [to Alex, after he made photocopies of the picture of her posing in the magazine and put them all over the locker room] You wanna see it? You really wanna see it? Fine! Let's look at that tattoo up close and personal, shall we?
[she rips off her shirt and throws it at Alex]
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: What are these? Oh, my God! Breasts! How does anybody practice medicine hauling these things around? And what have we got back here? Let's see if I remember my anatomy.
[takes off her pants]
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Gluts, right? Let's study them, ...
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Dr. Model
20 March 2008 | by (Italy) – See 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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