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Grey's Anatomy Episode: "These Arms of Mine"

Season 7, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: As a TV crew records hospital life six months after the shooting, the patient Mary (Mandy Moore) returns for the surgery she was to have that day; Derek, Owen, Mark and Callie perform an arm transplant; and Alex treats a girl with a blocked trachea. Meanwhile, Cristina has difficulty expressing herself to the crew; and Lexie can't get the hang of the hospital's new security system.
Original Air Date: Oct 28, 2010
Guest Cast Ryan Devlin: Bill John Lacy: Zack Amanda Foreman: Nora Vanessa Martinez: Gretchen Audrey Wasilewski: Nicole Paola Andino: Lily Mandy Moore: Mary
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Season 7, Episode 6
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Length: 43:30
Aired: 10/28/2010
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Grey's Anatomy Episode Recap: "These Arms of Mine" Season 7, Episode 6

In this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy, the doctors of Seattle Grace are followed by a documentary crew capturing how they've each responded to the shooting. Mary (Mandy Moore) also returns with her husband to get the surgery she missed during the shooting. Meanwhile, Arizona receives good news that may shake up her relationship with Callie.

The episode opens on Meredith and Cristina explaining to the documentary crew about being on trauma rotation. Their first case is a motorcycle victim, but before Derek is even able to consult on the victim — who has half his brain on the floor, Cristina notes — Owen pronounces him brain dead. The good news, though, is that he's a perfect match for their other patient, who has been waiting for a double arm transplant for a very long time.

And so the documentary really kicks off, with quick cuts of the doctors in and around Seattle Grace. The voiceover commences: "Seattle Grace-Mercy West Hospital, home to some of the finest, most influential doctors in the country. Six months ago, a gunman roamed these halls, leaving 11 people dead and even more injured. Today we visit the survivors, their patients, their triumphs and their disappointments."

LEXIE and JACKSON and TEDDY

Following the shooting, and probably only because there is a camera crew in the hospital, the Chief has had new security installed at the hospital. Which is unfortunate for Lexie, whose ID still has her as a blonde, making it nearly impossible for her to get into the hospital.

Later, Lexie gets stopped once again, but decides just to run for it, causing a lockdown on the hospital. Because of this, Jackson gets trapped in a closed-off midsection of the surgery wing. As his patient is coding, Jackson freaks out while doing CPR.

Teddy tries to calm him down, and curses out a security guard to get the alarm systems shut down. Once Jackson is released, he finally succumbs to his stress from the shooting. "I lost some friends that day," he says. You sometimes forget that he had whole relationships with Percy and Reed before coming to Seattle Grace.

ALEX

Alex explains that he's dealing OK following the shooting, and, of course, shows off his bullet wound scar. Alex and Arizona's patient is a young girl who has a growth in her throat that is obstructing her breathing. Her mother lives far away, so the girl spends most of her time alone in the hospital. Despite Alex saying he's just focused on pediatric medicine, he shows signs of caring about the kids. Alex even sings to his patient when she can't bring her iPod into the CT machine.

Showing how much Alex has grown through his residency, and realizing that he could've died during the shooting, Alex puts his full heart into this little girl's case. He and Arizona use the patient's cells to grow her a new trachea, which will take several addition months of dedication, including Alex basically living at the hospital. 

MARY and BAILEY

Mary returns to the hospital to get the surgery she should've had the day of the shooting. She hasn't been at the hospital since the shooting, and greets Bailey with a huge hug. In the aftermath of the shooting, Mary and her husband have traveled all around the world, knowing that life is too short not to enjoy it.

Bailey explains that the colostomy reversal surgery is quite common and easy, though whenever a doctor says this, you know something is going to go wrong. Though the surgery is successful, check the flash-forward section below for the month-later outcome. 

MARK, CALLIE, DEREK and OWEN

The four doctors take on the arm transplant case. During this time, we learn that Derek's gunshot wound really affected Mark. For once, he gets emotional, and there's not even a girl around for him to impress.

The docs are slightly showing off for the camera, calling themselves "Medical Titans." Callie, however, is later the quiet hero in this case.

There's a slight snag with the surgery, though. The donor has a tattoo of the name "Nicole" on his arm, which could detour the surgery. However, the patient and his wife are totally fine with the marking, and the surgery is able to proceed.

During the surgery, Callie successfully attaches the first arm to the patient, but Mark and Derek have trouble with the second. Callie, being the hero, is able to attach it, giving the arm both "picture and sound."

CALLIE and ARIZONA

Arizona is the winner of the Carter Madison Grant, for which she applied when she first arrived at Seattle Grace, long before she was with Callie. The downside to getting the grant? Moving to Africa. Callie is quite upset that her girlfriend is going to leave.

"If the situation were reversed ... actually no, you know what? If the situation were reversed, I would turn the thing down. I wouldn't even consider moving to another continent right now," Callie says.

MEREDITH and CRISTINA

While treating a trauma patient, Cris is nervous with a scalpel in her hand, so Mer jumps in and takes over. Later, when one of their patients needs surgery, Cris explains to the crew that she's going to wait for the other incoming trauma, but the camera spies her going into an empty room and taking a nap on a spare bed.

At the close of the episode, Cristina rambles on during the confessional, explaining that she's no hero. You see Meredith begin to worry about her friend, and she cuts her off. When Meredith tries to explain she really is a hero, Cris in turn cuts her off, defeated.

FLASH-FORWARD

When the documentary jumps ahead a month, we see that the Chief has ordered the removal of the extra security measures at the hospital. The transplant recipient already has feelings in new arms, Alex's young patient is preparing to get her new trachea sewn into her stomach lining so it can incubate before being implanted in her throat. She notes that she always thought she'd be a rock star, but now she wants to be a doctor, like Alex.

Mary, however, wasn't so lucky. She hasn't woken up from her surgery. Bailey has to explain to her husband, Bill, that it's time to let her go because her organs are failing. It's oddly fitting that Bailey has to tell Bill to pull the plug on Mary, since Derek pulling the plug on another man's wife is the exact reason that caused the shooting in the first place. Hmm.

Meanwhile, a happy Callie explains that she and Arizona have sorted out their differences. "We worked it out even with Arizona going to Africa. The fix was pretty simple, actually; I'm going with her."

Cristina closes the episode by saying that everyone is blessed to be alive and at the hospital following the shooting. "We're healed, so we can continue healing others," she says. When asked if there's anything she's taken away from this, she responds, "Being a hero has its price."

What did you think of "These Arms of Mine?" Are you worried about Cristina's stability? How'd you feel about Callie and Arizona's news? Discuss in the comments below.

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In this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy, the doctors of Seattle Grace are followed by a documentary crew capturing how they've each responded to the shooting. Mary (Mandy Moore) also returns with her husband to get the surgery she missed during the shooting. Meanwhile, Arizona receives good news that may shake up her relationship with Callie.

The episode opens on Meredith and Cristina explaining to the documentary crew about being on trauma rotation. Their first case is a motorcycle victim, but before Derek is even able to consult on the victim — who has half his brain on the floor, Cristina notes — Owen pronounces him brain dead. The good news, though, is that he's a perfect match for their other patient, who has been waiting for a double arm transplant for a very long time.

And so the documentary really kicks off, with quick cuts of the doctors in and around Seattle Grace. The voiceover commences: "Seattle Grace-Mercy West Hospital, home to some of the finest, most influential doctors in the country. Six months ago... read more

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