Before And After

February 12, 2009
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"Before And After" is the fifteenth episode of the fifth season of Grey's Anatomy and the 93rd produced episode of the series. It is also the 117th produced episode of the Grey's Anatomy franchise. It was broadcast on February 12, 2009.

Addison, Naomi and Sam rush an ailing Archer to Seattle Grace and find themselves reunited with old friends Derek and Mark, while Derek finds Archer's life in his hands. Izzie employs her fellow doctors in a medical game designed to help teach the interns while Owen becomes haunted by the arrival of a face from his past in the hospital. Meredith and Cristina both face seeing a different side to the men in their life when they get a glimpse into their pasts.



"Every patient's story starts the same way, it starts with them being fine, it starts in the before. They cling to this moment, this memory of being fine, this before as though talking about it may somehow bring it back. But what they don't realize is that the fact that they're talking about it to us, their doctors, means there's no going back. By the time they see us they're already in the after. And while every patients story starts the same way how the story ends depends on us, on how well we diagnose and treat, we know the story hinges on us and we all want to be the hero."
- Meredith Grey


  • "Emily" - Keri Noble
  • "Gather To The Chapel" - Liam Flynn
  • "Roll It" - Shontelle
  • "Winter Song" - Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
  • "Happy Ending" - Slow Runner

Title ReferenceEdit

This episodes' title references the song Before And After, originally sung by Rush


  • This episode features no closing voiceover.
  • This episode is the third part of the February 2009 Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice crossover, with the episode "Acceptance" preceding this one and the episode "Ex-Life" following on continously.

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