Grey's Anatomy (2005– )
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Stand by Me 

Sloane's facial transplant fades to the background as the interns begin squabbling, Bailey's attempts to reach Derek unexpectedly clear surgeons from the hospital, and Cristina juggles her first solo surgery with treating a resistant Izzie.


Jessica Yu


Shonda Rhimes (created by), Zoanne Clack | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Pompeo ... Dr. Meredith Grey
Sandra Oh ... Dr. Cristina Yang
Katherine Heigl ... Dr. Izzie Stevens
Justin Chambers ... Dr. Alex Karev
T.R. Knight ... Dr. George O'Malley
Chandra Wilson ... Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens Jr. ... Dr. Richard Webber
Sara Ramirez ... Dr. Callie Torres
Eric Dane ... Dr. Mark Sloan
Chyler Leigh ... Dr. Lexie Grey
Kevin McKidd ... Dr. Owen Hunt
Patrick Dempsey ... Dr. Derek Shepherd
Larry Sullivan ... Dave Young
Emily Kuroda ... Kendall Sully
Brandon Scott ... Dr. Ryan Spalding


As Derek continues his hiding in the woods, all hands are on deck in an effort to get him back. Izzie insists that Cristina keep her secret about her cancer, while snickers abound about Lexi's relationship with Mark, who undertakes the task of performing a facial transplant. Written by Moviedude1

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

19 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Every episode of the show is named after a famous song. "Stand By Me" is a song by Ben E. King. See more »


The interns incorrectly instruct Dave to blow into the incentive spirometer. Correct use of the device is to breath in slowly through the tubing, hold your breath for a few seconds, and then breath out. See more »


Dr. Richard Webber: [to Derek] Nothing we do can stop death. We can hold it at bay every now and then, but everyone dies and that's not on us.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I took a pregnant woman in for a simple surgery and I botched it. That is on me. I should feel badly about that and you should feel badly while I was out here, you sent Meredith out here expectation a ring. Why would you do that? Why in God's name would you do that?
Dr. Richard Webber: I was trying to help. She didn't want to come. She wanted to leave you out here alone. I was trying to help, ...
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Beautiful, Touching and Wonderful.
28 March 2009 | by cleverton_bezerraSee all my reviews

I just don't have enough words to describe this amazing episode.

All the sadness, hopefulness, truth and beauty... I just spent the whole episode amazed with was surging on the screen.

The story of the patient with a deformed face was important and at the same time hopeful (besides the make-up is incredible) and the actor who plays the character is great as well.

The Derek plot(necessary for a long time) gets to a moving edge and will probably continue until this season finale.

But what's most wonderful in this episode is Izzie. Who'd say that such a supporting character would become the fifth season's dramatic factor? Katherine Heigl, Sandra Oh and Patrick Dempsey are perfect and I hope that the three of them get Emmy nominations.

And finally it's so great to see that Grey's Anatomy's writers found the inspiration to (hopefully) turn this season finale into the best one ever.

Just perfect.

Rating: 10 out of 10.

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