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

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Original Air Date:
17 April 2005 (Season 1, Episode 4)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Adam Davidson 
Writing credits
Shonda Rhimes (created by)

James D. Parriott (written by) (as James Parriott)

Produced by
Betsy Beers .... executive producer
Tammy Ann Casper .... co-producer
Rob Corn .... producer
Mark Gordon .... executive producer
Ann Lewis Hamilton .... consulting producer (as Ann Hamilton)
Peter Horton .... co-executive producer
Ann Kindberg .... co-producer
Kip Koenig .... consulting producer
Ben Neumann .... consulting producer
James D. Parriott .... executive producer (as James Parriott)
Shonda Rhimes .... executive producer
Mimi Schmir .... producer
Gabrielle G. Stanton .... producer (as Gabrielle Stanton)
Krista Vernoff .... supervising producer
Harry Werksman .... producer
Original Music by
Danny Lux 
Cinematography by
Adam Kane 
Film Editing by
Briana London 
Casting by
John Brace 
Linda Lowy 
Production Design by
Laurence Bennett 
Set Decoration by
Linda Lee Sutton  (as Linda Sutton-Doll)
Costume Design by
Linda M. Bass  (as Linda Bass)
Makeup Department
Brigitte Bugayong .... key makeup artist
Sean Flanigan .... hair stylist
Norman T. Leavitt .... makeup artist (as Norman Leavitt)
Production Management
Ann Kindberg .... unit production manager
Persis Koch .... post-production supervisor
Brenda K. Kyle .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Clark .... first assistant director
Chris Hayden .... second assistant director
Laura Petticord .... assistant director
Nicholas Wolfert .... second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Ryan Blank .... property master
Ryan D. Compton .... propmaker gang boss
Stacy Doran .... set dresser
Greg Gootsan .... first assistant prop master
Joseph W. Grafmuller .... leadman
Verne Hammond .... labor foreman
Curt Jones .... construction coordinator
Bruce Purcell .... set dresser
Elizabeth R. Rosenbaum .... assistant property master
Tom Talley .... location foreman
Alexx Thompson .... paint foreman (as Alex Thompson)
Angela Trujillo .... art department coordinator
Cary Conway .... paint supervisor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Brydon Baker III .... sound mixer (as Beau Baker)
Veda Campbell .... sound mixer
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
David S. DiPietro .... sound recordist
Todd Langner .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark McBryde .... additional foley artist
Stacey Michaels .... foley mixer
Matthew Pavolaitis .... extra effects mixer: Technicolor Glendale (as Matt Pavolaitis)
Vic Radulich .... dialogue editor
Anthony Torretto .... sound effects editor
Noel Vought .... foley artist
Mark Weingarten .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Anthony Julio .... special effects makeup
Dan Ossello .... on-set special effects technician
Ken Rudell .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Richard Alonso .... computer graphics
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Baldwin .... b camera operator
Ron Baldwin .... steadicam operator
David Berryman .... assistant camera
David Berryman .... second assistant camera (a camera)
Kelly Cummins .... film loader
Greg Dellerson .... second assistant camera
Eric Felland .... lighting technician
Keith A. Hascher .... rigging gaffer
Frederick Lawrence .... key grip: second unit
Heather Lea .... first assistant camera
Richard Maxey .... dolly grip
W. Ted Mayer .... grip
Paul McIlvaine .... gaffer
Greg Morris .... first assistant camera
Collen Newberry .... best boy grip: on location
Peter Ozarowski .... second assistant camera
William Pavlu .... rigger
Mark Vollmer .... grip
Casting Department
Jeff Olan .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gail Just .... costume supervisor
Kresta Lins .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Randy Beveridge .... senior colorist
Chris Boyer .... colorist
Persis Koch .... post-production coordinator
Revis Meeks .... assistant editor
Music Department
Andrew Gowan .... music coordinator
Alexandra Patsavas .... music supervisor
Psapp .... composer: theme tune
Andrea von Foerster .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Buster Kohloff .... transportation coordinator (as Buster Kohlhoff)
Other crew
Pamela I. Brown .... production staff
Katherine R. Campbell .... production assistant
Zoanne Clack .... story editor
Jon Cohoe .... key production accountant
Karin Gleason .... production staff
Michelle Hall .... production staff
Seth Harris .... first assistant accountant
Zee Hatley .... production staff
Sue Jennings .... production coordinator
Gary Kesell .... location manager
Linda Klein .... medical technical advisor
Ariel Margo .... production staff
Dauv McNeely .... computer playback supervisor
Joe Mitacek .... production staff
Joseph Nava .... production staff (as Joe Nava)
Andre Panossian .... technical advisor
Karen Lisa Pike .... medical consultant (as Karen Lisa Pike M.D.)
Nicole Rubio .... script supervisor (as Nicole Cummins-Rubio)
Courtenay Williams .... production staff
Holly Marie Wilson .... 2nd Assistant Accountant
Candy Carstensen .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
David Quandt .... writers office intern (uncredited)

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shonda Rhimes  created by

Jim Vickers .... stunt coordinator (2006)
Other crew
Omar McClinton .... post-production finance: Touchstone Television
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Dr. Miranda Bailey:[to Izzie] An ass who deals in asses. We call him "Lymph Harry", never spares the nerves...See more »
Movie Connections:
References Hellraiser (1987)See more »
Where Does the Good GoSee more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Dr. Model, 20 March 2008
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

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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