Grey's Anatomy: Season 6, Episode 4

Tainted Obligation (8 Oct. 2009)

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Thatcher is hospitalized with liver failure, and Meredith fights anger and guilt while deciding her responsibility. Sloan treats an octogenarian who wants an implant. Izzie's interference in Hunt's cancer case may have deadly consequences.



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Meredith & Lexi's father, Thatcher, walks into Seattle Grace with a need for a transplant that can not happen from outside his family due to his recent bout with alcoholism. A patient turns to Mark with a problem that his family feels is not exactly a problem. Written by Moviedude1

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8 October 2009 (USA)  »

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Every episode of the show is named after a famous song. "Tainted Obligation" is a song by R.E.M.. See more »


[Discussing a penile implant with his son and daughter-in-law]
Charlie Waller: They cut you open, dad, you could bleed or... You wanna die, huh? Over an erection?
Irving Waller: Wars have been fought over an erection, son.
Irene Waller: I-Irving, I'm sure that a-a... thing like this isn't covered by Medicare. And I know you don't want to use your savings, 'cause you're gonna want to help Janey pay for college.
Irving Waller: Sweetheart, I love Janey, but let's stop pretending she's going to college. She's pretty, but she's not too sharp.
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References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »


Come On Be Good
Performed by Dragonette
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