||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 Cristina is thrilled when Teddy assigns her her first solo cardio surgery, a heart-valve replacement. « I am a living, breathing cardio-thoracic surgeon as of now, » sheÂ boasts. TheÂ patient throws Cristina for a loop, however, when she decides against the mechanical valve for one from a pig, which is an entirely different surgery. Cristina preps for the new surgery, and then the patient decides she wants a cow valve instead. Cristina presents her with both valves and forces her to choose. But there’s a problem during surgery when the patient starts to bleed out. Cristina is faced with two choices of how to solve the problem and can’t decide which to do. We get more than a little alarmed when Teddy refuses to step in, and also dissuades Owen, who’s just entered the O.R., to take over. « She’s not going to let her die. She’s going to save this patient, » Teddy insists, and we’re relieved to see that she’s right. Cristina makes the right call and the patient is fine, but Owen asks Teddy, « So nothing else was going on in that room? » When an ultrasound reveals that amniotic bands are wrapped around the legs of Sloan’s baby, Mark summons Addison to perform the surgery. During surgery, Addison estimates that a complication means there’s a 5 percent chance that the procedure can kill Sloan, so Mark orders Addison to stop. Sloan insists that she can’t take care of a baby with no legs and Mark tells her he won’t let that happen. With a worried-looking Lexie over his shoulder, he tells Sloan to move in with them permanently. We can’t blame Lexie for balking at becoming an instant grandmother, but we also understand why Mark chooses his daughter over Lexie.Â « I think this relationship just ended, » Lexie says as she kisses Mark goodbye.