If Tomorrow Never Comes (Grey's Anatomy)

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"If Tomorrow Never Comes"
Grey's Anatomy episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 6
Directed by Scott Brazil
Written by Krista Vernoff
Production code 106
Original air date May 1, 2005
Guest appearance(s)
  • Alex Alexander as Annie Connors
  • Bruce Weitz as Mr. Levangie
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"If Tomorrow Never Comes" is the sixth episode of the first season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, which first aired on American Broadcasting Company (ABC) on Sunday May 1, 2005. The episode was written by Krista Vernoff and was directed by Scott Brazil.

Plot and production[edit]

The interns are speechless when a woman comes in with a large, record-breaking tumor, but unfortunately for the woman, her outlook isn't good. Derek and Meredith's jobs are at risk now that Bailey knows about their relationship, and Dr. Bailey makes it clear that Derek better not give Meredith special treatment. Meanwhile, Izzie urges George to ask Meredith out, and Cristina and Burke's relationship continues to progress.[1][2][3][4] This was the first episode written by Krista Vernoff.[5][6] Vernoff has stated that in the original storyline, the woman with the tumor was supposed to live, but when she wrote the script she decided that the character had to die. As the theme of the episode was procrastination, Vernoff stated "the message I wanted to give was not, "Hey it’s okay to put off going to see a doctor for two years cause it all turns out alright in the end".[7]


The episode debuted on Sunday, May 1, 2005, winning its time slot in the ratings with 18.54 million viewers, an 8.5 average share, and a record high for the show among young adult viewers.[8][9][10] It ranked sixth overall among programs airing that week.[11] Building on the good ratings of the first five episodes of the show, a few days later, it was announced that the show would be renewed for a second season.[12] In 2006, the Ottawa Citizen described this early episode as "not among Grey's best, but the signs of future greatness are there."[13] In 2009, Variety called the tumor storyline one of the 10 "most bizarre medical maladies" in the first 100 episodes of the show.[14]


  1. ^ Episode Title: (#106) "If Tomorrow Never Comes" (Repeat), thefutoncritic.com (reprinting official episode synopsis from ABC)
  2. ^ Grey's Anatomy Episode: "If Tomorrow Never Comes", TV Guide (episode synopsis, retrieved 10 February 2012)
  3. ^ S1 Ep 6: If Tomorrow Never Comes (Recap), Television New Zealand (extended synopsis) (Retrieved 10 February 2012)
  4. ^ (1 May 2005). If Tomorrow Never Knows, truthaboutnursing.org (extended review studying portrayal of nursing care)
  5. ^ Wilson, Leah. Grey's Anatomy 101: Seattle Grace, Unauthorized, p. 59 (2007)
  6. ^ (15 June 2006). New Contract For Grey's Anatomy Writer, tvfanatic ("She has written five Grey's Anatomy episodes exclusively, including some of the young series' best-known: "Make Me Lose Control," "Into You Like A Train," "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer," "Yesterday" and "If Tomorrow Never Comes."")
  7. ^ Vernoff, Katie (27 July 2006). Krista Vernoff on writing her first episode..., Greywriters.com
  8. ^ Aurthur, Kate (3 May 2005). Arts, Briefly; A Sweeping Weekend, The New York Times
  9. ^ (2 May 2005). Super welcome back for 'Family Guy' Sunday, Media Life
  10. ^ Levin Gary (3 May 2005). 'Guy' fares better than 'Dad', USA Today
  11. ^ "Weekly Program Rankings". ABC Medianet. May 3, 2005. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  12. ^ (4 May 2005). Thumbs Up for Grey's Anatomy, Broadcasting & Cable
  13. ^ (27 July 2006). Grey's Anatomy shows there's hope for TV yet, Ottawa Citizen
  14. ^ Chen, Sandie Angulo (6 May 2009). 'Grey's' most bizzarre medical maladies, Variety (magazine)

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