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Grey's Anatomy Episode: "Song Beneath the Song"

Season 7, Episode 18
Episode Synopsis: As a momentous event hits Seattle Grace-Mercy West, Callie (who's about to undergo something big herself) imagines the hospital in a new way. Songs performed by the cast include "Chasing Cars," "How to Save a Life" and "The Story."
Original Air Date: Mar 31, 2011
Guest Cast Scott Foley: Henry Rachael Taylor: Lucy Fields Daniel Sunjata: Eli
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Season 7, Episode 18
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Length: 44:30
Aired: 3/31/2011
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Grey's Anatomy Episode Recap: "Song Beneath the Song" Season 7, Episode 18

In Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy, things get musical when Callie has an out-of-body experience following a horrific car accident that sent her through the windshield of Arizona's car. As each doctor of Seattle Grace tries to save their colleague, they sing the music made famous by the ABC medical drama.

The episode opens seconds after the fade-to-white of last week's hour. Callie, who was not wearing a seatbelt, has flown through the windshield of Arizona's car. Arizona, who was safely buckled up, sees her possible fiancée and freaks out, calling for help. The injured Callie, on the other hand, sees an out-of-body version of herself, who sings the first few lines of Psapp's "Cosy in the Rocket." For those who don't remember, this was the song featured in the original opening titles in the early seasons.

Back at Seattle Grace, Meredith is sent to find Mark to break the news. Nearly every doctor at the hospital is waiting at the ambulance bay for Callie's arrival, but the Chief insists that Mark can't work on this case because Callie is carrying his child. As soon as they pull Callie out the ambulance, she says "it means music," before the out-of-body Callie (which we'll refer to as OOB Callie) begins to sing Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars."

As the doctors are rushing to save her, Callie sees Owen begin to sing, which clearly frightens her. Bailey joins in on the song as she tries to find sanity in this insane situation. Arizona and Mark try to get information on the baby, but the Chief holds them back. Just as Lucy finds a fetal heartbeat, Callie crashes, but is revived in time for her to be rushed to the OR.

"I asked her to marry me and a truck came out of nowhere," Arizona says breathlessly, as she watches the elevator door close.

The OR room is just as crowded as each doctor wants to get their portion of the surgery finished. As Lexie tells Callie, who is going under anesthesia, to breathe, the younger Grey begins to sing Anna Nalick's "Breathe (2 AM)," before heading off to find Mark to comfort him. Meanwhile, Alex leaves the surgery to comfort Arizona.

Not much can be done for Callie until she recuperates, so she'll have to spend 24 hours in the ICU with a doctor by her side at all times. The Chief questions whether Lucy has a plan, but she admits this is all over her head. Enter Addison, who is flown in to help save the baby. Addison snaps at Lucy, who hasn't taken the necessary precautions to protect the baby.

As the attendings fight over which surgeries need to be performed on Callie first, Owen begins to sing "How We Operate," by Gomez to calm them down. As the residents await their orders, Meredith now tells Cristina that she can be Callie's baby's godmother. "If there's a baby to godmother," Alex says, pointing out that what they need to do to save Callie may actually kill the baby. The ladies take this opportunity (nice timing!) to point out that he has a hickey on his neck, but he insists that he doesn't want get serious with Lucy because it could fall apart like his past relationships. (See: Izzie and Rebecca.)

Bailey explains that delivering the baby may give Callie a better shot at surviving. Arizona worries that the baby is too premature, while Mark doesn't care about the baby and just wants Callie to live. As they argue, Bailey sings Get Set Go's "Wait," along with April and Lexie, who has a discussion with Jackson about Callie's injuries. He understands that she wants to spend the night at the hospital.

Derek and Meredith, who are also staying the night, worry that Callie may have permanent brain damage, and Derek doesn't want to reveal that to Mark yet.

Arizona and Mark's argument escalates as he yells that Arizona never wanted any of this in the first place. Arizona retorts that she and Callie are together, so she should get a say in what happens. But he says that he's the father and she's nothing in this family.

From Callie's perspective, she sees the post-crash events in reverse until she reaches the minutes before the car accident. Instead of Arizona throwing the phone in the backseat, as had originally happened, Callie tosses it there to give them some distance from Mark. Callie then realizes she's lived this moment before and notes to Arizona that she's about to propose and then they'll get into a major car accident.

Callie says that she had waited so long to answer Arizona's proposal because she was unsure, but she now realizes she really does love Arizona and begins to sing Jesus Jackson's "Running on Sunshine." They are joined by the rest of the couples at Seattle Grace, including Bailey and Eli, Cristina and Owen, Henry and Teddy, Alex and Lucy, and Meredith and Derek, as they spend time with their loved ones, either dancing suggestively with them, or being there to comfort them. Lexie also sings — but not to Jackson. It's Mark who is laying across her lap during the tune.

Derek and Meredith test Callie's reflexes, and while it seems as though she can hear them, she doesn't show any signs of response. Cristina tells Teddy and Owen that they need to work on Callie simultaneously, but Teddy says no. Cristina retorts that she's done the operation with Dr. Burke before and goes over Teddy's head to Owen, but he also denies her request.

Arizona talks to a comatose Callie, expressing her doubts that she's not legally anyone in Callie's life. "Can you live?" she cries, as the OOB Callie beings to sing KT Tunstall's "Universe & U" with Arizona. When Callie's pressure drops, the doctors rush in and take her to the OR.

As the OOB Callie rides atop the gurney that is bringing her to the OR, she sings Kate Havnevik's "Grace." In slow motion, Mark and Arizona are left outside, as the doctors scrub in. The duo watches from the gallery as Callie is being prepped. Arizona suggests they pray, because that's what Callie would want, but Mark says he's been doing that since the accident.

During the surgery, Cristina again suggests her method, and Owen finally agrees as the Chief tells Teddy to step back from the table. As Cristina begins her work, the doctors sing The Fray's "How to Save a Life." Teddy seemingly rejected the procedure because she didn't know how to do it. OOB Callie joins in on the song as Callie crashes on the table.

The baby is delivered, but Addison is busy saving Callie, so Lucy and Alex are tasked with keeping the baby alive. Mark gives Arizona an unspoken go-ahead to jump in and save the baby. She finds a heartbeat as the Chief says that Callie's heart is also strong.

Following the surgery, Derek says they just have to wait for Callie to wake up. He admits that her earlier lack of response could mean she might never wake. Mark takes this opportunity tell Arizona that she is part of the family. "You're a mom, I'm a dad. I'm sorry," he says.

In the elevator, Meredith admits to Derek that she was jealous of Callie because she got pregnant without trying. They've been trying everything and they still can't get pregnant. "The universe says 'Screw you, Meredith,' and gives Callie a kid and then puts Callie through a windshield," she says through tears. "I mean, what the hell is going on?" Derek comforts her, saying that he will make sure they will have a baby, one way or another.

Arizona describes their child to the comatose Callie, explaining that while the baby can't open her eyes yet, Arizona knows she's looking for Callie. OOB Callie begins to sing Brandi Carlile's "The Story."

The song is highlighted by Jackson telling Lexie he is not the kind of guy who waits around for a girl who is in love with someone else. She takes his hand and says they should go home, cementing their relationship. Elsewhere, Teddy tells Cristina that she can no longer be her mentor.

The song comes to a climax as OOB shakes Callie's hospital bed in an attempt to wake her up. She grabs Callie's legs, which prompts her to open her eyes and OOB dissipates. The first thing she says to Arizona is: "Yes, I'll marry you."

What did you think of the musical episode? Which song was your favorite? Sound off in the comments below.

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In Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy, things get musical when Callie has an out-of-body experience following a horrific car accident that sent her through the windshield of Arizona's car. As each doctor of Seattle Grace tries to save their colleague, they sing the music made famous by the ABC medical drama.

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