Remember when you were a kid and your biggest worry was, like, if you'd get a bike for your birthday or if you'd get to eat cookies for breakfast. Being an adult? Totally overrated. I mean seriously, don't be fooled by all the hot shoes and the great sex and the no parents anywhere telling you what to do. Adulthood is responsibility. Responsibility, it really does suck. Really, really sucks. Adults have to be places and do things and earn a living and pay the rent. And if you're training to be a surgeon, holding a human heart in your hands, hello? Talk about responsibility. Kind of makes bikes and cookies look really, really good, doesn't it? The scariest part about responsibility? When you screw up and let it slip right through your fingers. Responsibility. It really does suck. Unfortunately, once you get past the age of braces and training bras, responsibility doesn't go away. It can't be avoided. Either someone makes us face it or we suffer the consequences. And still adulthood has it perks. I mean the shoes, the sex, the no parents anywhere telling you what to do. That's, pretty damn good.

Shake Your Groove Thing is the fifth episode of the first season and the fifth overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Short SummaryEdit

Meredith realizes she could be sued for making a mistake on a surgery. Her life gets more hectic hiding her mother's secret. George finds a towel in a patient, Izzie throws a party and Bailey catches Meredith having sex with Derek.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • Meredith Grey
  • Cristina Yang
  • Izzie Stevens
  • Alex Karev
  • George O'Malley
  • Miranda Bailey
  • Richard Webber
  • Preston Burke
  • Derek Shepherd
  • Jerry Frost
  • Hank
  • Stephanie Drake
  • Mr. Patterson
  • Ellis Grey
  • Warren Sterman
  • Anesthesiologist Jeremy
  • Jane Richie
  • Tyler
  • Ms. Goff
  • Perfusionist

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Ellis GreyEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Doctors:
  • Treatment:

Ellis's Alzheimer's had progressed to the point where the lawyer who was controlling her estate said it was time for her to sign things over to Meredith while she was still lucid enough.

Mrs. PattersonEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Angina
    • Tear in the ventricular wall
    • Anorexia
  • Treatment:
    • Coronary artery bypass graft
    • Surgery

Mrs. Patterson was having surgery. While they were operating, Meredith nodded off and squeezed her heart and her fingernail popped through the glove she was wearing. When they tried to take her off bypass, she flatlined. They were able to stabilize her and close. Post-op, Meredith checked on her and she was doing okay. When she started bleeding from her incision, they took her back into surgery. Meredith then confessed that she popped the glove and that she suspected that she nicked her heart. They discovered a large tear in her heart, much larger than a fingernail. Her heart walls were very thin to start with it. Her husband said that she recently lost 100 pounds and was in the best shape of her life. The doctors concluded that the enormous weight loss caused some of the heart muscle to disappear along with the fat, but because Mrs. Patterson still weighed 200 pounds, she was never diagnosed as anorexic.

Stephanie DrakeEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Hyperinflated lungs
    • Foreign object in lung
  • Treatment:
    • Bullectomy
    • Foreign body removal

Stephanie came into the hospital with difficulty breathing. A chest x-ray revealed hyper inflated lungs and bullae, so they planned a bullectomy. They also noted that she'd had surgery at the hospital years prior. She says that she quit smoking, but she never felt like the first surgery helped. When they took her into surgery, they discovered not bullae, but a cloth, left from her prior surgery. They removed the cloth.

Jerry FrostEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Chronic back pain
    • Drug addiction
    • Spinal fusion
    • Subdural bleed with midline shift
  • Treatment:
    • Central line
    • Brain surgery

Jerry came into the hospital with severe back pain due to three-lumbar fusion. He had track marks on his arm and that, among other things, led Alex to suspect that he was a drug seeker. Derek told him to give him medicine and then refer him to a drug rehab and discharge him. Despite those instructions, Alex didn't start the central line. Derek found out and immediately told him to go start it. After he was given the drugs, he was much happier. Derek came in to have him discharged and told him to get some help. As they tried to discharge him, he fell on the ground and hit his head, causing a bleed. They took him into surgery. Post-op, he was referred to rehab.

Warren StermanEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Bowel obstruction
  • Treatment:
    • Surgery

Izzie checked on Warren Sterman, who had had surgery for a bowel obstruction. He had neither pooped nor passed gas, so he had to stay another night. Eventually, he did poop.


Song Performer Scene
"Wake Up" The Ditty Bops
  • Meredith is exhausted and takes a shower.
  • Meredith is told she needs to have her mother sign her estate over to Meredith.
"Tiger, My Friend" Psapp
  • Burke gives Cristina coffee and watches her as she walks away.
  • Meredith washes her face.
"She's Expensive" Dee
  • Meredith arrives home, surprised at the size of the party.
  • Cristina asks Bailey about the towel thing, but Bailey tells her it's been taken care of.
"Evil" Interpol
  • Meredith is mad because the party is really big.
  • Meredith joins in on the party and starts drinking.
"Edge of the Ocean" Ivy
  • Hank leaves Izzie.
  • Burke struggles with what he's done.
  • Meredith dances in the front yard with a bottle of tequila.
  • Derek watches her.
  • They talk and end up having sex in his car.
  • Bailey catches them.
"Sparkle Me" Buffseeds
  • Cristina and Burke watch each other.
  • Ellis signs everything over to Meredith.
  • Alex brings in a consultant to talk to Jerry about rehab.
  • Burke apologizes to Mrs. Drake.
  • Derek meets Bailey on the stairs and they share a meaningful look.
  • Sterman tells Izzie he pooped.
  • Cristina and Burke have sex.
  • Meredith, Cristina, Izzie, and George clean up the house.

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • This episode's title originated from the song Shake Your Groove Thing, originally sung by Peaches and Herb.
  • This episode scored 17.90 million viewers.
  • Meredith is hoarse throughout the episode.
  • Goof: Richard mentions that Mrs. Drake underwent this surgery before in '99. But when Cristina is looking at the paperwork from the original surgery, it says the surgery date was 10-18-2000.
  • Goof: Richard and Bailey who are general surgeons are performing a laparascopic surgery on Mrs. Drake's lungs; this would normally have been done by cardiothoracic surgeons as they specialize in organs within the thorax (e.g. heart, lungs).


Episode StillsEdit


George: Who else did you invite?
Cristina: Izzie, we said the list was jocks only. Surgery, Trauma, Plastics. Who else?
Izzie: Just some people from peds.
Cristina: You invited the preschoolers to Meredith’s house? The next thing you’ll say is you invited the shrinks.
(Izzie looks away)
Cristina: She invited mental defects. This party’s DOA.

George: Is that a towel?
Miranda: Get a pan.
George: Where did that come from?
Richard: Best guess, her surgery five years ago.
Miranda: Something careless this way comes.

Izzie: Hank just needs to realize that doctors can have fun. We're not all workaholics with God complexes.
Cristina: We are workaholics with God complexes.

Meredith: We're adults. When did that happen? And how do we make it stop?

Cristina: Baby! You made it! Woo!

Alex: My father was into smack pretty heavy. He was a musician. It's tolerated in his line of work, not good for the family at home.

George: Full house!
Cristina: Royal flush. Get naked, baby boy. Sexy!

Hank: Izzie said she was going to be at home. She didn't say there was going to be a party.
Meredith: Which pisses both of us off. Would you like some tequila? It helps.
Hank: When do you think she's gonna get here?
Meredith: Don't know. But we're low on ice, Hank.
Hank: I'm serious.
Meredith: So am I.

Hank: There was a party at your house.
Izzie: Yeah, did you get a chance to hang out? I wanted you to meet some of the people I work with.
Hank: I don't care about the people you work with. I just want to see you.
Izzie: Hmm, well you didn't mind meeting the people I worked with when they were models.
Hank: Yeah, well, when they were models, you actually showed up to your own parties.
Izzie: Yeah. This is my life now, Hank. I work 100 hour weeks. I can't always show up to my own parties on time. My patients have to come first.
Hank: Yeah, I just flew across the entire country and there's 100 people at your house.
Izzie: Yeah, 100 people who understand what I do all day. I shouldn't have to apologize for that.

Derek: So you blew me off for a bottle of tequila. Tequila's no good for ya. It doesn't call. It doesn't write. It isn't nearly as much fun to wake up to.

Derek: You know, it sounds like the party's winding down. Listen to me. We should probably sneak inside, though.
Meredith: We've done enough sneaking for the night. It was good sneaking, but enough sneaking.
Derek: Yeah, I'd say we're pretty good sneakers.
Miranda: You mind moving this tail wagon? You're blocking me in.
Derek: Apparently not good enough.

Izzie: Holy mother of destruction.
Meredith: You missed Doctor-palooza.
Izzie: Apparently, you didn't.

Preston: Five years ago, as a CT fellow, I had a nagging feeling that I didn't check the body cavity of a lung patient closely enough before I closed. The patient seemed fine post-op and I was in a hurry. And yesterday, you and Dr. Bailey pulled a towel out from under that patient's lung. Why didn't I report it at the appropriate time? Maybe because I was afraid that I would be called into a meeting where some hospital lawyer's fear of liability could end my career. Even great doctors make mistakes. And when we do, we've got to have a chance to be able to speak up without fear of retribution. Or everyone suffers. Dr. Grey spoke up.

Bailey: Information is power.

Alex: Missed your party?
Izzie: Life as a surgeon.
Alex: And loving every minute of it.

See AlsoEdit

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