Winning A Battle, Losing The War

April 10, 2005
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"Winning A Battle, Losing The War" is the third episode of the first season of Grey's Anatomy and the 3rd produced episode of the series. It is also the 3rd produced episode of the Grey's Anaromy franchise. It was broadcast on April 10, 2005.

When a bike race leaves one pedestrian brain dead, interns Cristina and Izzie face an emotional crisis of conscience: how long does one wait before they start harvesting his organs? Cristina is all detached professionalism, but ever-hopeful Izzie prays for a miracle. Meanwhile, George avoids a flirtatious patient while Meredith copes with living with roommates and tries to dodge Derek's ever-increasing advances.



"We live out our lives on the surgical unit, seven days a week, fourteen hours a day. We're together more than we're apart. After a while the ways of residency become the ways of life. Number one: always keep score. Number two: do whatever you can to outsmart the other guy. Number three: don't make friends with the enemy. Oh and yeah, number four: everything, everything, is a competiton. Whoever said winning wasn't everything never held a scalpel."
"There's another way to survive this competition, a way no one ever seems to tell you about, one you have to learn yourself. Number five: it's not about the race at all. There are no winners or losers. Victories are counted by the number of lives saved. And once in a while, if you smart, the life you save could be your own."
- Meredith Grey


  • "There's a Girl" - The Ditty Bops
  • "I Won't Be Left" - Tegan and Sara
  • "Wishful Thinking" - The Ditty Bops
  • "You Are My Joy" - Reindeer Section
  • "Fools Like Me" - Lisa Loeb

Title ReferenceEdit

This episodes' title references the song Winning A Battle, Losing The War, originally sung by Kings Of Convenience