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"From A Whisper to a Scream"

Episode Number: 09

Season: 3

Original Air Date: November 23, 2006

: Kip Koenig

Director: Julie Ann Robinson

Special Guests: Brooke Smith, George Dzundza, Debra Monk, Emy Coligado, Kate Anthony, Linda Klein
From a Whisper to a Scream, Grey's Anatomy

The ER is kept hopping by a spectacular traffic accident, which the wife of the driver blames on an "insane" car. Meanwhile, the burden of keeping Burke's hand tremors a secret is taking its toll on Cristina. Despite being on probation, Izzie cannot help but meddle in the matter of George's heart-patient/father. George has gotten on Burke's bad side by calling in Dr. Erica Hahn as surgical consultant - Erica Hahn, who made life miserable for Burke in Med School, and who seems poised to do the same all over again at Seattle Grace.

Recap of Events:

(Narrated by Cristina): The episode opens with Cristina running down the ER hallway with blood on her scrubs, having internal dialogue that wrestles with the burden of keeping Burke's secret about the tremors in his hand. Even though as doctors they're required to keep people's secrets, she's questioning if there are some secrets that should not be kept. . .

Cut to Meredith and Derek in bed, doing the crossword and trying very hard not to have sex. Cristina stops by after jogging to Meredith's house to try and get advice, but couldn't quite tell her secret. She runs into George on the way out, and realizes that George knows about Preston--who is scheduled to operate on George's dad that day.

The tension between Preston and Cristina is growing; the stress of trying to keep the secret, but also having to arrange so they're always paired together in surgery so she can cover for him. He emphasizes that he's fine, he was in surgery for 14 hours with no tremors, but still Cristina was by his side the whole time.

Beepers go off, and everyone rushes to take on patients from a car crash at Pike Place Market, caused by an elderly man, Mr. Dickerson, who plowed into a crowd of people. Patient "Janel" arrives with glass all over her body, and a shard piercing her heart. She's also 10 weeks pregnant. This will take the collective skills of Mark Sloane (plastic surgery), Addison (OBGYN), and Burke to patch her up.

Dr. Torres and George continue to not communicate, despite her best efforts. He maliciously throws her night with McSteamy back in her face. George's parents tell him that they're sticking with Dr. Burke, and George yells at Izzy for influencing the change of their minds. Callie runs into him in the hallway and tries to apologize for Sloane, but George won't listen since he's still upset about his father's surgery.

The chief announces to Burke that he's recommending to the board that Burke should become chief of surgery after he retires, and Dr. Hahn will replace Burke as chief of cardio thorassic surgery. Cristina tries to convince Burke to keep his secret safe until he becomes chief, then no one will have to know. Preston doesn't want to be chief under those circumstances; it's something he's worked for his entire life and it would be tainted. They fight and end up not talking--but interestingly, he still asks her to scrub in on the heart surgery later that day.

Burke pulls off an amazing double surgery; while waiting for the heart to come off bypass he jumps over to another OR to help Derek Shepherd and Dr. Hahn operate on the driver responsible for the crash. In the process, Meredith learns Burke's secret and realizes that Burke can't operate without Cristina. Of course, he proceeds to do wonders with both patients, proving that maybe he is okay, after all. He puts Cristina in her place, and sends her out of the OR--and she heads straight to the chief to finally get it all out in the open.

The betrayal is complete. Burke closes the door--literally--on their relationship.

Best Moments
Best Quotes

  • To Meredith: "Dude, she went all 'cage fighter' on you!" -- Izzie, , after Callie picks a fight with Meredith in the locker room.

Opening Statement/Quote:

Cristina: As doctors, we know everybody's secrets. Their medical histories. Sexual histories. Confidential information that is as essential to a surgeon as a ten-blade, and every bit as dangerous. We keep secrets, we have to, but not all secrets can be kept.

Ending Statement/Quote:

Cristina: In some ways betrayal is inevitable. When our bodies betray us surgery is often the key to recovery. When we betray each other? When we betray each other the path to recovery is less clear. We do whatever it takes to rebuild the trust that was lost. And then there are some wounds and some betrayals that are so deep, so profound that there's no way to repair what was lost. And when that happens there's nothing left to do but wait.

Title Reference:
This episode's title refers to songs by Elvis Costello, Robert Palmer, Starsailor, and Icicle Works.

Aha! Moments

- When Cristina runs out of the OR covered in blood, the blood is suddenly not on her face and neck anymore and the pattern of blood on her mask is different than when the splatter first occurred.
  • A little moment happens between Addison and Karev as they look at each other a little differently.
  • Callie reveals that the panties on the bulletin board were Meredith's, and that she walked in on them having sex.

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