||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 Is that Dr. Shepherd we see walking down the hospital halls? It certainly is. But this Dr. Shepherd happens to be Dr. Amelia Shepherd. This shouldnâ€™t come as a huge surprise. Addison has been pushing Amelia to leave the land of Private Practice to go see her big brother, whoâ€™s been ignoring her calls forever. She even brought him a present: a guy with a brain tumor. Think thereâ€™s a gift receipt? As for Derek, he asks that Cristina be put on his rotation even though nobody thinks sheâ€™s ready to get back in the surgical gameâ€”including Cristina! Nevertheless, Cristina assists Derek as they operate on the tumor guy Amelia so generously provided. Complications arise and Cristina canâ€™t handle it. Amelia steps in to help save the patient. But when she starts criticizing Cristinaâ€™s abilities, Derek boots her out of the OR. Later, Derek says he wouldnâ€™t have picked Cristina to be a part of his life. She probably wouldnâ€™t have picked him either. But things happen and now they are family. That means he worries about her. Derek tells Cristina sheâ€™s flaming out and thatâ€™s not okay. He helps her practice surgery on a cadaver. They work together so that Cristina can get her surgical mojo back, one incision at a time. Derek meets up with Amelia outside the hospital. He gives her the details of what happened the night their dad died. She was five at the time. Amelia tried to lunge forward to reach her dad after the robberâ€™s shot him. But she couldnâ€™t move. Thatâ€™s because Derek was holding her so tight. He was protecting her. Heâ€™s still trying to protect her by not telling her about his pain from getting shot. And thatâ€™s why big brother never returned little sisterâ€™s calls.