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I had this memory game when I was a kid. A bunch of cards, face down, in rows. Each card has a picture. You turn one over, look at it, then you turn it back over. Then you have to try and remember where its matching card was. Sometimes you have no idea. And other times it shows us exactly what we need to see. The cards seem completely out of order and random. But you keep turning them over... and the more cards you see, you get a sense of how everything fits together. This is a place where horrible things happen. You were right to go. You're probably escaping disaster. Look at me. I practically grew up here, and you're right, it's hurt me in ways I'll probably never get over. I have a lot of memories of people. People I've lost forever. But I have a lot of other memories too. This is the place where I fell in love. The place where I found my family. This is where I learned to be a doctor. Where I learned how to take responsibility for someone else's life. And it's the place I met you. So I figure this place has given me as much as it's taken from me. I've lived here as much as I've survived here. It just depends on how I look at it. I'm gonna choose to look at it that way, and remember you that way. Hope you're good. Bye.

Remember the Time is the second episode of the ninth season and the 174th overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short Summary[]

In this flashback episode, return to the site of the plane crash and watch as each doctor tries to cope with the heartache and injuries caused by the crash. Meanwhile, back at Seattle Grace, everyone struggles to find a bit of normalcy amidst the chaos.

Full Summary[]


The light of the rescue helicopter shines on Meredith's face, who's lying on the ground in the woods at the crash site. She shields her eyes from the light.

In a hospital in Boise, Meredith is on a gurney being examined by a doctor. Meredith mumbles that she needs to get on a plane, but the doctor tells her that she was in a plane crash. When the doctor says this, there are flashbacks of the plane crash. Meredith wants to get off the gurney, asking about her sister and husband, but the doctor tells her to sit back. Outside the room in the hallway, Webber and Bailey, carrying Zola, want to enter the room. A nurse tries to stop them, but they ignore her and they come in, while Meredith is still mumbling about the others that were with her. Bailey comes in and gives Zola to Meredith. This calms Meredith down. Bailey and Richard look at each other, clearly worried. 

Meredith, who is receiving IV therapy, enters Cristina's room. Cristina is lying in a hospital without talking or moving at all. Meredith climbs into the bed. She tells Cristina that they'll be taking them home the next day on a plane. Meredith says that she initially refused to go on a plane again, but there was no choice because of Mark and Arizona. Meredith then says that she told Bailey to sedate them. She tries to get Cristina to respond, but it doesn't work.

Meredith, Derek, Cristina, Mark, and Arizona are sedated in the back of the plane, while being watched by Richard and Bailey. Lexie's body (in a body bag) is also on the plane. There's turbulence and Bailey makes a reference to Lost, the TV series, but Richard doesn't get it.

Back at home, Meredith is completely healed from her minor injuries, and she's discussing whether or not she should take Harvard's offer. Meredith doesn't want to move to Boston, mentioning Mark and Cristina and the condition that they're in and saying that Derek still needs two or three surgeries on his hand. Derek says there may be doctors in Harvard who can help him too. He adds that the people from Harvard don't want them to leave the next day, but that they're just looking for a time frame. Meredith says that she gets that he really wants to go, but that she can't even think about leaving. Derek says that it's about her career, but Meredith replies that they actually want him. Derek says he's not so sure about that, as he's not the same man that they hired anymore: he mentions his hand may only get to back to 80% function.

In the next scene, Meredith, Alex, and April (who's wearing light blue scrubs) are eating lunch in Cristina's room at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital. Alex finds it strange that Meredith turned down the offer from Harvard, and she makes a comment about him turning down Hopkins. He says he's only postponing Hopkins till Robbins is better, adding Avery did the same for Sloan. April says that she stayed too, but Alex says that's only because she had no place to go. He gets comfortable in the sofa, telling Meredith and April to wake him up at 10 for chunky stew. April says he just ate, to which he replies it's a nickname for one of his patients, saying Robbins hated it. Meredith then asks him if Arizona's infection is getting any better. Alex says he doesn't know as he hasn't seen her. Meredith questions this as he is running her service. Alex says that she probably doesn't want to talk to him because she previously was so angry at him for leaving Seattle which caused her to take his place on plane, and thereby got in the plane crash. Jackson walks in, asking how Cristina's doing. Meredith doesn't answer but asks him if he's talking to Sloan. While checking out Cristina toes (which apparently got frozen in the woods), he says that he does but not about work stuff, saying that Mark doesn't need that kind of pressure. Meredith says to Alex and Jackson that Arizona and Mark will both be fine. Meredith then looks at Cristina and repeats that they're all going to be fine. Cristina still doesn't respond to anything. Alex questions if that's okay, and April gives her the opportunity to insult her, but Cristina only turns her head to the other side.

Later in time, Meredith is standing in the doorway of Cristina's room, watching two workmen take away the broken window of the room. Cristina is restrained in her bed. Another doctor is screaming at Owen and Bailey that Cristina doesn't belong on the floor, adding that she's a danger, violent and uncommunicative. Bailey points at the broken window and says the she communicated but just hasn't talked yet. The other doctor says she needs to be admitted to psych, but Owen walks away. The other doctor follows him. Bailey walks away too. Meredith then enters Cristina's room, urging her to talk, but it has no effect.


When the light of the rescue helicopter shines on him while he's lying on the ground in the woods, Derek remembers things that previously happened in the woods.

At the hospital in Boise, he's taken to the OR, where a surgeon assures him that he will be just fine. Before he's put under, he sees a scan of his hand's broken bones. He tries to say that he's a surgeon, but the surgeons don't get what he's saying. He's then put under.

In a conference room at SGMWH, Callie explains to Dr. Schacter what she did to Derek's hand after he came to Seattle from Boise while Meredith and Derek are listening. Dr. Schacter tells Derek that he'll concern himself with the nerve damage in his hand. When asked about this, Schacter says that he'll get him back to 80% function. Callie, Meredith, and Derek look at each other.

In the kitchen at Meredith's house, Derek says he can do consults and teach, but that he just won't do another surgery. Meredith tells him not to talk like that. Derek says that it's enough that he's still alive and Zola still has both of her parents, and they kiss and hug.

In a room at the hospital, Derek, Owen, and Dr. Ramsey are watching a patient's scans. Derek gives her the perfect fix for the patient's tumor. Without thinking about it, Ramsey says she'll be happy to have him join her in the OR, creating an awkward silence as Derek can't operate anymore. She then quickly leaves. Owen says he's invaluable (for all his knowledge). Derek smiles and leaves too.

Later, Derek goes to observe Ramsey's surgery from the gallery. Shane informs him on the patient's condition, but Derek already knows everything because he did a consult, so he brushes him off. When there's a complication, Ramsey handles it wrong, so Derek rushes down and corrects the mistake. He continues giving advice, but she doesn't take it. The patient starts crashing.

In Mark's room, Mark assures Derek that it's not his fault that she couldn't pull off his approach. Derek says that he could've pulled it off if he had been in there. Mark says Derek will be back in the OR, but Derek reminds him of the 80%. Mark simply tells him to get back to 100%. Derek tells him he's glad Mark's doing better, and Marks replies that Derek will be doing better soon too.

In a revalidation room at the hospital, Callie is taking a look at Derek's hand. She says that she took a look at Schacter's plan. Derek notices that she's up to something and urges her to tell him. She then says that a nerve graft would be better. Callie then starts doubting herself and says that Schacter had probably thought of it as he's the best and that it's much riskier than Schacter's plan. She then suddenly says that it may get him back to 100% function, to which Derek replies that he may end up with less function than he has at the moment if the plan doesn't work. Callie then says that he's right and that that's probably the reason that Schacter isn't doing it. Derek then tells her to do it. She declines.

However, in the next scene, Callie is operating on Derek with Meredith watching from the gallery. In the middle of the surgery, Alex comes in, saying there's a problem with Arizona. 


The light of the rescue helicopter is shining on and around the crashed plane. Suddenly, Cristina steps into the light and starts waving. 

In the ER of Boise hospital, Cristina starts fighting the doctors there, who are trying to keep her on the gurney. They decide to sedate her.

While walking in the hallway to Cristina's room, the Boise chief tells Owen and Richard that she seems to be in a state. While she tells them she thinks it's reactive psychosis. The Boise chief tells them that Cristina gets violent when they try to examine her. Nevertheless, Owen walks over to Cristina and unties one of her arms. Cristina starts fighting off Owen with her arm, but Owen holds her tightly and says that he'll help her. 

In Seattle, we see everything from Cristina's eyes, though everything is blurry and the sounds are muted. Bailey is talking to her (though it's unclear what she's saying). We then see the lunch scene that was previously shown again, but now from Cristina's point of view.

Later, outside her room, several interns are staring at her through the window. Shane says she just stares and breathes. When Shane makes a mean comment, Cristina grabs a vase and throws it at the window. 

In the firehouse, Cristina is sitting in the tub and Owen is washing her. He assures her that she'll feel stronger and that they have all time in the world. When he asks her to come out, she says she can't. She then starts telling about what happened in the woods: "I stayed awake for four days. I remember every single minute of those four days. The fire went out, it was really, really dark. There were so many stars. I remember getting the bugs out of Arizona's leg. I put leaves on it, trying to keep them out. And Mark... Mark just kept dying, it was so annoying. I kept trying to help him but he just kept trying to die on me. I just wanted to lie down and sleep on him, 'cause he was warm. And I wanted to sleep. Meredith was asleep. Everyone was asleep. Arizona got the last of the water, I remember drinking something bad. It might have been the fuel from the plane. I drank my pee. The noises, the animal noises, fighting and growling right next to us, right there. I kept waiting for them to come and kill me but they didn't. And then I realized they were fighting over Lexie. I tried to keep them off of her, I tried, but I couldn't get out." She then repeats that she can't get out. Owen tells her that she's out now and that he got her. Cristina says she'll never get out.

Cristina leaves the firehouse with one of her boxes. Meredith is waiting next to her car and opens a car door. Meredith asks her if she's sure about leaving, saying she's worried that Cristina is just running away. Cristina admits that she's fleeing. She says Meredith should flee too as horrible things happen in Seattle. Meredith says that that's life and that they should stick together. Cristina then lists a couple of horrible things that happened, trying to get Meredith to leave too. Meredith then gets angry and tells Cristina that neither she nor Owen is Cristina's person but that Cristina is her own person. She then leaves Cristina, who drives off to Minnesota. 


In the rescue helicopter, the flight nurse looks at Mark's chest and asks himself what they did to Mark out there. Mark opens his eyes and sees the body bag in which Lexie's body lies. We then see a flashback of Lexie in the woods, crushed under the back of the plane. Mark then crashes.

At the hospital in Boise, the doctors are resuscitating him.

The next thing we see is Mark lying in bed in a room in Seattle Grace Mercy West, with Julia by his side. She tells him that she flew to Boise but that they didn't allow her to visit him, as she wasn't his family. Julia assures him that she'd stay with him and that she loves him. Mark then confesses that he loves Lexie.

In the next scene, Derek wakes up Callie, who's asleep next to Mark's bed. Mark is in a coma, and Derek says that she should go home, as she's been bouncing between Mark and Arizona's room for the past two nights. Derek says he'll stay with Mark all night. Callie confesses that she feels like they're losing him and that she's scared that she'll get a phone call that he's dead as soon as she leaves the hospital. Derek assures her that that's not gonna happen tonight, which convinces Callie to go home. Derek then starts talking to Mark.

Callie is running down the hallway in her pajamas, saying she shouldn't have gone home. Jackson is waiting for her and asks her to come see. Callie is asking where Derek is, when she enters Mark's room and sees him sitting up. He greets her and Callie is relieved.

Richard, Heather, Callie, Jackson, and Derek are watching Mark from outside his room, commenting that he has a pretty good recovery. Callie walks into his room. Derek notices Richard's face. "You think it's a surge," Derek says. Richard says that it might be, but Derek doesn't agree. Richard explains to Heather that a surge is when terminally ill patients have a final surge of energy, getting better before they get worse. Jackson agrees with Derek that this is not that. Richard then continues, saying that he'll do what all surge patients do: starting to tell what really matters in life and having epiphanies. Derek and Jackson still think it's not a surge as Mark is telling dirty jokes.

Jackson is informing Mark on a patient, who's in for a breast augmentation. Mark tells him that he has to say that her breasts are beautiful the way they are, to save her an unnecessary surgical procedure if she believes him. Mark then tells him that being a doctor allows them to help take worries away from patients and that if he loves someone, that he should say it, loud, even if he's scared of it. Jackson seems a bit worried as it clearly is an epiphany. Mark suddenly asks to see Sofia. Jackson initially refuses as babies aren't allowed in the ICU, but Mark convinces him. When he leaves, Mark seems to be in pain. Richard walks by, and Mark asks if this is what he thinks it is. Richard says there's no way to know, but seems to be worried himself. 

Jackson is pushing the elevator button when April comes over, asking to talk. Jackson says he can't as he needs to go pick up Sofia in day care, but that he'll call her later. April then says that she's leaving for home. April says that her contract ended a few days ago and that she stuck around waiting for Sloan to get better. Jackson gets in the elevator and says that he really needs to go get Sofia, but asks her to wait for him at Joe's.

In his room, Mark asks Richard not to tell anything to Callie, as she is about to operate on Derek and that that surgery is very important as it'll get him back in the OR. He says that Callie doesn't even know how good she is and that he sometimes wishes that people saw themselves the way Richard sees them. Mark is afraid that it's the surge talking, but Richard assures him that it's all him talking. Richard says he'll stay with him.


Arizona is lying in the scanner at the hospital in Boise. 

The Boise chief looks at the scans with Owen and says that she officially recommends amputation. Arizona overhears them talking and asks the chief to show her the scans. Arizona says to Owen that she gives no one permission to cut off her leg, certainly not over there in Boise, and asks him to take her home to Callie. She says that Callie will know what to do.

At Seattle Grace Mercy West, Callie is taking care of Arizona's leg. Arizona asks her if the infection is getting better or worse, but Callie tells her not to worry about that. Alex suddenly comes in, informing her on "Chunky Stu's" case. He then starts talking to her about the plane crash, saying he'd trade places with her if he could. Arizona says she'd let him. She then admits that she had the same thought too, a lot. She says that she only took his place on the plane because he was so selfish and thoughtless. She says she tried to make him better, but that he's still a horrible person. She says that she keeps wondering why this would happen to someone like her, who has a family, instead of someone like him, who's all alone. She says she's still angry at him. 

Bailey is visiting Arizona with Sofia when Callie comes into the room. Bailey leaves with Sofia to bring her back to day care. When they're alone, Arizona starts questioning her future. She thinks she'll have to have her leg amputated and urges Callie to come up with something to save it. "Promise me you won't let them take my leg!" Arizona says. "I promise," Callie assures her. Arizona starts crying and Callie comforts her. 

Callie is talking to Owen about her plan to save Arizona's leg. Owen says that a prosthetic will give Arizona a better quality of life than Callie's plan. He forbids her to do the surgery, as she is her wife. Callie suddenly starts crying and says that she doesn't know who Arizona is anymore, as she's just an empty shell. She asks if the same has happened to Cristina. Callie says she wants Arizona back and she feels like she can't get her back if she cuts off the leg. She tells Owen to get on board with her plan and that she'll help him to get Cristina back. Owen says he doesn't think he'll ever get Cristina back. He then decides to take another look at the plan. 

Callie is taking Arizona's temperature and tells her that she'll have the surgery tomorrow at noon. Dr. Carlson will perform it. Callie gets paged for the surgery on Derek's hand, and Arizona gives her a little more self-confidence.

Alex comes to Arizona's room with a piece of Chunky Stu's pizza. He then tells her that the patient is out of the woods, meaning that he's leaving for Hopkins. He says he did his best to make her department run smoothly and says goodbye. He apologizes once again, and when he's about to leave, Arizona starts crashing.

In Derek's surgery, Alex tells Callie that there's a problem with Arizona. Alex tells her she's dying because of the infection, and Callie then sees no other option. She tells him to cut off the leg and urges him to do his best. Meredith comes into the OR, asking if she can do anything, but Callie assures her that she's fine. Meredith leaves and Callie continues operating on Derek's hand.

All together

In Mark's room, Richard is asking about Mark's will if he crashes or goes into a coma again. Mark is signing the papers, including the one saying that life sustaining shall be withdrawn if there are no signs of recovery after a period of 30 days.

In the gallery, while Callie is performing the surgery on Derek's hand, Meredith calls Cristina and leaves her a message. The message is heard while the following events occur:

"This is a place where horrible things happen. You were right to go. You're probably escaping disaster."

In Mark's room, Mark is having difficulty breathing, when he suddenly crashes. Richard asks for a crash cart. Jackson finally arrives at Mark's room with Sofia while Richard is doing his best to resuscitate Mark. Jackson covers Sofia's eyes and asks a nurse to take her.

"Look at me. I practically grew up here, and you're right, it's hurt me in ways I'll probably never get over."

Alex cuts off Arizona's leg.

"I have a lot of memories of people. People I've lost forever."

April is on the plane, when Jackson is at Joe's bar looking for her.

"But I have a lot of other memories too. This is the place where I fell in love."

Derek wakes up after surgery, looking at his hand, and he seems to be happy.

"The place where I found my family."

Meredith wakes up in bed with Zola lying next to her.

"This is where I learned to be a doctor."

Jackson talking to a comatose Mark.

"Where I learned how to take responsibility for someone else's life."

Callie is holding Arizona's hand up after the amputation surgery. When Arizona starts waking up, Callie looks afraid.

"And it's the place I met you. So I figure this place has given me as much as it's taken from me. I've lived here as much as I've survived here. It just depends on how I look at it. I'm gonna choose to look at it that way, and remember you that way. Hope you're good. Bye."

Cristina is sitting in Minnesota, listening to Meredith's message and calls her back, saying she'll always be her person.


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]



Medical Notes[]

Meredith Grey[]

  • Diagnosis:
    • Scalp laceration
  • Treatment:
    • Stitches

Dr. Krieger evaluated Meredith after she was brought to Boise following the plane crash. She was sedated along with the others to be transported back to Seattle.

Cristina Yang[]

  • Diagnosis:
    • Dislocated shoulder
    • Reactive psychosis
    • Extreme exhaustion
    • Dehydration
    • Exposure
  • Treatment:
    • Lorazepam

Cristina was non-communicative after the crash. A doctor at the hospital recommended that she be moved to psych, but Owen wouldn't allow him to move her.

Derek Shepherd[]

  • Diagnosis:
    • Hand injury
    • Crushed joint
    • Broken bones
    • Nerve damage
  • Treatment:
    • External fixator
    • Internal fixator
    • Nerve graft

Derek's hand was injured from when he smashed it with a rock to free himself. At the hospital in Boise, they put in an external fixator, which Callie later revised to an internal fixator. Dr. Schacter came up with a plan to get him 80% of his hand function back, an end-to-end repair, but Callie suggested a nerve graft instead. Derek asked her to perform the surgery, which she agreed to.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Short bowel syndrome
  • Treatment:
    • Intestinal transplant

Alex performed an intestinal transplant on Stuart, who had short bowel syndrome. It was successful and for his first solid meal after surgery, Stuart had Hawaiian pizza.

Arizona Robbins[]

  • Diagnosis:
    • Broken femur
    • Soft-Tissue Infection
    • Sepsis
  • Treatment:
    • Vancomycin
    • Above knee amputation
    • IV Fluids
    • Intubation
    • Pressors
    • Hydrocortisone

Arizona developed an infection in her leg. Dr. Krieger immediately recommended amputation. However, Arizona forced Owen to show her the scans and withheld consent for the amputation. She asked Owen to take her home to Callie because Callie would know what to do. Callie developed a plan to save her leg. The infection worsened despite antibiotic treatment and she went into sepsis on the day before the surgery to save her leg was planned, necessitating above-knee amputation of her left leg.

Mark Sloan[]

  • Diagnosis:
    • Cardiac tamponade
    • Coma
  • Treatment:
    • Pressors

Mark was temporarily stabilized at the hospital. When he woke up suddenly and was doing well, Richard suspected that it was a last surge of energy before he would die. When he started to get worse, he sent Jackson to get Sofia and had Richard come in so he could fill out a medical directive, instructing them to give him 30 days to come out of the coma before turning off the machines. Shortly after he signed the papers, he became unstable and despite Richard's best efforts, Mark was left in a coma.

Neuro Patient[]

  • Diagnosis:
    • Meningioma
    • Air embolus
  • Treatment:
    • Resection

Dr. Ramsey consulted with Derek on the case of a 44-year old female with a meningioma. It was pressed against her sagittal sinus. He said he'd cut it out, no radiosurgery. When the patient became unstable, Dr. Ramsey went to elevate her head, but Derek burst in and said to lower her head instead. He diagnosed an air embolus. He recommended how to fix the hole in the sagittal sinus. She decided to use a clip instead. It worked for a moment, before the patient became unstable again.


Song Performer Scene
"All I Want" Kodaline
  • Richard writes up DNR papers for Mark to sign.
  • Meredith leaves Cristina a message.
  • Jackson brings Sofia to visit Mark as doctors are trying to recussitate him.
  • Alex works on Arizona's leg.
  • April flies home.
  • Jackson shows up at Joe's bar looking for April.
  • Clips of Seattle.
  • Cristina tells Meredith she will always be her person.

Notes and Trivia[]

  • This episode's title originated from the song Remember the Time, originally sung by Michael Jackson.
  • This episode scored 10.84 million viewers.
  • This episode is a flashback episode that shows what happened to each survivor of the plane crash between the season eight finale and the season nine premiere.
    • Part of the flashback scenes are featured with a saturation of blue and sepia colors.
  • This episode marks the final appearance of Eric Dane as Mark Sloan.
  • Alex is the one to amputate Arizona's leg. This is unusual as he is a pediatric surgeon, so he normally only operates on kids.
  • The episode chronologically tells what happened to Meredith first, then Derek, then Cristina, followed by Mark and finally Arizona. In the last five minutes of the episode, all their stories come together.
  • While on the plane, Dr. Bailey says to Dr. Webber, "All I keep thinking is that, we're gonna crash on some tropical island and get attacked by a polar bear", this is an obvious reference to the former ABC TV show Lost. Dr. Webber misses this reference and Dr. Bailey, a sci-fi lover, tells him he should watch more TV.


Episode Stills[]

Behind the Scenes[]


Derek: I just may never do another surgery.
Meredith: Oh, don't talk like that.
Derek: Meredith, I'm alive. We survived. Zola has both her parents. That's enough.

Julia: I'm here. I'm not going anywhere, Mark. I love you.
Mark: I love Lexie... loved. I'm sorry.

Mark: God, the things we worry about, so pointless. And we get to help take that worry away. It's why we're doctors. It's actually why we're people. But somehow we forget that all that matters is people, and whether we walk away leaving them better or worse for having met us. We control that, Avery. And I want you to promise me something. If you love someone, you tell 'em. Even if you're scared that it's not the right thing. Even if you're scared that it'll cause problems. Even if you're scared that it'll burn your life to the ground, you say it. And you say it loud. And then you go from there.

Mark: Don't tell Callie. She's about to operate on Derek.
Webber: Okay.
Mark: Derek doesn't need to go into surgery worried, so don't say anything to him.
Webber: They can reschedule the surgery, Mark. I'm sure they'd want to.
Mark: No. That surgery's gonna get Derek back into the O.R. where he belongs. Nobody's got better hands than him, except maybe Callie. Have you looked at her hands? They're beautiful. Sofia has her hands. Callie ... really doesn't even know how how good she is. Sometimes you wish people would just see themselves the way you do. Listen to me. This the surge talking?
Webber: No, this is you. This is all you. So keep going 'cause I'm not going anywhere.

Dr. Krieger: The extensive bone injury along with the degree of soft-tissue infection is ... troubling. No matter what we do, it's ...
Owen: If the infection goes to the bone, it'll be hard to treat.
Dr. Krieger: And eventually you're looking at bone loss. I'm gonna have to say officially, I'm recommending amputation.
(Arizona pushes back the curtain)
Arizona: Show me those. Show them to me.
(Owen hands Arizona the scan)
Arizona: I withhold consent. I withhold consent. Before you drug me or sedate me. I give nobody permission to cut off my leg and certainly not some yahoo in Dump Truck, Idaho. I want to go home to Callie. She'll know what to do. Just take me home.

See Also[]

A complete overview of this episode's crew can be found here.