As We Know It

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"As We Know It"
Grey's Anatomy episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 17
Directed by Peter Horton
Written by Shonda Rhimes
Production code 212
Original air date February 12, 2006 (2006-02-12) (ABC)
Guest appearance(s)

Christina Ricci as Hannah Davies.
Kyle Chandler as Dylan Young.
Loretta Devine as Adele Webber.
Jillian Armenante as Mindy Carlson.
Cress Williams as Tucker Jones.

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"As We Know It" is the seventeenth episode of the second season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy. The episode was written by Shonda Rhimes and was directed by Peter Horton. It originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), on February 12, 2006, running for 43:06 min. This episode is the second of a two-part story.

The episode (along with its first part, "It's the end of the world") secured writer Shonda Rhimes a 2006 Emmy Award nomination in the "Writing for a drama series" category.[1]


Dr. Bailey is in labor, and without her husband Tucker Jones by her side, she refuses to push so she can give birth. George works with Addison to convince Bailey to have the baby. He finally gets through to Bailey by giving her the motivation that she needs, and ultimately he holds her while she delivers the baby. Izzie and Alex have sex again. Chief Richard Webber is under a lot of stress from everything that's been going on, and it is believed that he is having a heart attack, which lures his wife Adele to the hospita[anxiety attack]]. Dr. Bailey's husband goes into cardiac arrest. Meredith finally removes the explosive from the patient, and Dylan, the leader of the bomb squad, carries it away. Meredith steps out of the operating room into the hallway, curiously watching Dylan walk away with the explosive, and at that moment, the bomb explodes, killing Dylan and a second bomb squad member. Meredith is knocked unconscious by the explosion. There is a revival of the "shower scene" from the first part, but with a more serious tone: the fully clothed Izzie and Cristina wash blood off of a stunned Meredith as George looks on. Dr. Bailey's husband and the man who had the explosive embedded in his body both survive. At the end of the episode, Preston and Derek become friends, overcoming their initial rivalry in the series beginning, and call each other by their first names. Cristina says "I love you, too" to a sleeping Preston. Derek comes to visit Meredith and says, "You almost died today," and Meredith tells him that she can't remember their last kiss. Derek recalls the kiss for her, telling her that she "smelled like some kind of flower," which Meredith says was lavender, and then he leaves.

Title reference[edit]

The episode's title refers to "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M..



Dave Anderson of TV Guide liked the use of Anna Nalick's song in three key scenes. He called the scene where O'Malley convinces Bailey to go through with the birth "Knight's turn for Emmy consideration."[2] Wetpaint named it in December 2011 one of the 5 best episodes of Grey's Anatomy along with the first part "It's the End of the World".[3] Variety listed the episode in its top 10 most bizarre medical maladies encountered in the series.[4]


  1. ^ "'24,' 'Grey's Anatomy' top Emmy noms". Quad City Times. Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Dave (February 13, 2006). "Grey's Anatomy Let me get this..." TV Guide. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Clarendon, Dan (December 12, 2011). "The 5 Best Episodes of Grey's Anatomy". Wetpaint. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ Angulo Chen, Sandie (May 6, 2009). "'Grey's' most bizzarre medical maladies". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 

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