If Tomorrow Never Comes

May 1, 2005
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"If Tomorrow Never Comes" is the sixth episode of the first season of Grey's Anatomy and the 6th produced episode of the series. It is also the 6th produced episode of the Grey's Anaromy franchise. It was broadcast on May 1, 2005.

All of the interns are in awe when a woman comes in with a record breaking tumor and when Alex seems to show her genuine compassion. Now that Bailey knows about Meredith and Derek's affair, their jobs are in jeopardy, and she advises Meredith to end it. Meanwhile, Cristina and Burke's secret relationship is also getting more complicated and Izzie tries to get George to find the courage to ask Meredith out.



"A couple of hundred years ago Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his sucsess. 'Never leave that tomorrow' he said 'which you can do today'. This is the man who discovered electricity. You'd think more of us would listen to what he had to say. I don't know why we put things off, but if I had to guess I'd say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of pain, fear of rejection. Sometimes the fear is the just of making a decision because what if you're wrong, what if you're making a mistake you can't undo. Whatever it is we're afraid of, one thing holds true, that by the time the pain of not doing a thing gets worse than the fear of doing it, it can feel like we're carrying around a huge tumour. And you thought I was speaking metaphorically."
"The early bird catches the worm. A stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates if lost. We can't pretend we havn't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still, sometimes, we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes, we have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore. Until we finally found out for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin meant. That knowing is better of wondering. That waking is better than sleeping. And even the worst failure, even the worst, most unretractable mistake, beats the hell out of never trying."
- Meredith Grey


  • "Save Me" - Jem
  • "Chapter" - Psapp
  • "Walk or Ride" - The Ditty Bops
  • "Never Leave Your Heart Alone" - Butterfly Boucher

Title ReferenceEdit

This episodes' title references the song If Tomorrow Never Comes, originally sung by Garth Brooks


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