||Rating:Â 7,7/10 (128,944 votes)
Stars:Â Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson,Â James Pickens Jr,Â Patrick Dempsey
Runtime: 60 min
Genre:Â Drama, Romance
Released:Â MarchÂ 27,Â 2005
|Pilot:Â Bailey is bringing Seattle Grace back into headlines with a huge â€œdomino surgery,â€ — 12 kidney transplants in six O.R.s at the same time! Thatâ€™s a lot of surgeries, and it all depends on every patient, so when one wife finds out her husbandâ€™s donor is his mistress and threatens to pull out, everyone scrambles. After a whole lot of convincing, she agrees, but things get even more complicated when Izzie finds out that a father is giving his estranged son $10,000 to donate his kidney. But despite all of that, the surgeries go ahead. Our guy Derek has made headlines of his own, landing the cover of a medical journal for the experimental treatment that he and Meredith developed in their clinical trial, which theyâ€™re calling the â€œShepherd Method.â€ But things get tenser when itâ€™s only Derekâ€™s handsome face on the magazineâ€™s cover and he doesnâ€™t even mention Meredith in the interview. Meredithâ€™s upset, but Derek claims that, as â€œonlyâ€ a second-year resident, Meredith doesnâ€™t deserve any credit. Uh, what? Thatâ€™s an unusually jerk-y move for Derek. Bailey sets him straight, though, and he presents Meredith with a kidney jar from the domino surgery, apologizes and tells her he couldnâ€™t have done it without her. Now thatâ€™s the McDreamy we love. The gift? That we could live without. Erica and Callie finally get physical, but the next day Callie is sure she was terrible. Sheâ€™s surprised to find out that Erica was really into it, but Callie realizes she doesnâ€™t feel prepared, so she goes to Mark for some special tutoring in the on-call room, during which he shows her the â€œSloan Method.â€ Itâ€™s exactly what youâ€™re thinking, he performs a little oral action on Callie, in hopes (purely out of the kindness of his heart, right?) that sheâ€™ll be able to translate the action once alone again with Erica. With as much confidence as she can muster, she tells Erica sheâ€™s ready to have another go.