Grey's Anatomy: Season 5, Episode 13

Stairway to Heaven (22 Jan. 2009)

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Meredith and Miranda each cross a line, William Dunn regrets his decision and Izzie finally confronts what Denny's appearance means.


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Derek's death row patient attempts suicide and Meredith looks the other way while everybody scrambles for an organ donor. Lexie keeps stumbling into walls after putting Mark in a compromising position. Denny intensifies his time with Izzie and Cristina doesn't know what to think of her Army doctor with problems. Written by Moviedude1

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Drama | Romance


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Every episode of the show is named after a famous song. "Stairway to Heaven" is a song by Led Zeppelin. See more »


Denny Duquette: I believe in heaven. I also believe in hell. I've never seen either, but... I believe they exist. They have to exist... because without a heaven... without a hell... we're all just headed for limbo.
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Performed by Emiliana Torrini
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Hands down, one of the best series episodes I've seen in my life
24 June 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

You know, it takes a lot to impress me and even more to touch me so deep that I break down and cry. And this episode touched me so deep that I don't think it could go any deeper. I won't lose one word about the plot because I wouldn't want to spoil it for anybody who will see it. But be assured: It will be an overwhelming experience that makes you realize so many things about yourself that you will probably want to laugh and cry at the same time. Although there is nothing remotely funny about this episode.

There are not many times that television creates magical moments. This episode is definitely one of them.

10 stars!

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