No Man's Land

April 17, 2005
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"No Man's Land" is the fourth episode of the first season of Grey's Anatomy and the 4th produced episode of the series. It is also the 4th produced episode of the Grey's Anatomy franchise. It was broadcast on April 17, 2005.

When a retired nurse at Seattle Grace is admitted, Cristina takes on her case and is forced to confront her competitive spirit. A patient who recognizes Izzie from a modeling photo does not want her to treat him while Alex humiliates Izzie in front of everyone. Meredith and Derek treat a construction worker who surprisingly survived his injuries, but have bad news for his wife about his future and George feels emasculated by his roommates.



"Intimacy is a four letter syllable for here is my heart and soul, please grind them into hamburger and enjoy. It's both desired and feared, difficult to live with and impossibe to live without. Intimacy also comes attached to live's three R's: relatives, roomates and roomates. There are some things you can't escape and some things you just don't want to know."
"I wish there were a rulebook for intimacy, some kind of a guide that could tell you when you've crossed the line. It would be nice if you could see it coming but I don't know how you'd fit it on a map. You take it where you can get it and keep it as long as you can. And as for rules, maybe there are none. Maybe the rules of intimacy are something you have to define for yourself."
- Meredith Grey


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  • "Sunday" - Sia
  • "Where Does The Good Go?" - Tegan and Sara

Title ReferenceEdit

This episodes' title references the song No Man's Land, originally sung by Billy Joel