Into You Like a Train

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"Into You Like a Train"
Grey's Anatomy episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 6
Directed by Jeff Melman
Written by Krista Vernoff
Production code 201
Original air date October 30, 2005 (2005-10-30) (ABC)
Running time 43 minutes
Guest appearance(s)

Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery
Monica Keena as Bonnie Crasnoff
Bruce A. Young as Tom Maynard
Kym Whitley as Yvonne
Cynthia Ettinger as Jana
Juliette Jeffers as Mary
Michelle Arthur as Brooke
Steven W. Bailey as Joe

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"Into You Like a Train" is the sixth episode of the second season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, and the show's fifteenth episode overall. The episode, which would have originally served as the season two premiere, was written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Jeff Melman. The episode was originally broadcast on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the United States on October 30, 2005. Vernoff received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. The episode's title refers to a song by The Psychedelic Furs from their Talk Talk Talk album. The track was also covered by the band Jawbreaker as bonus track for their Dear You album 2004 reissue.


As Meredith nervously awaits a final decision from Derek, her fear is interrupted when a train crash brings several seriously injured patients to the hospital, including Bonnie and Tom, a pair of passengers who’ve been impaled on a metal pole. The only way to remove the pole from these two is a very risky surgery where one of the two must be slid back on the pole, more than likely causing them to die. Tom, an older man in his 50s, offers to give his life to save Bonnie because he is older and has had a shot at living. Bonnie, an attractive woman in her late 20s, is engaged to be married and waiting for her fiancé to arrive at the hospital. Since Bonnie's injuries are determined to be worse than Tom's, she is the one chosen to be moved on the pole. All the doctors involved in the surgery promise they will do everything they can to try and save both Bonnie and Tom. In surgery, after being removed from the pole, Bonnie begins to crash. Doctors work on her only for a short time before they deem her "unsavable" and turn to help Tom, who has a greater chance of living. As the doctors move to Tom, Meredith stays by the dying Bonnie saying "What about her? We can't just abandon her!"This particular situation parallels Meredith's situation with Derek. She feels that she has just been dropped when Derek returns to his unfaithful wife. At the emergency department, Alex is doing sutures but eventually fails to notice a woman bleeding internally which leads to her death. In the mean time, Addison Shepherd sees great potential in Izzie, who must decide whether her loyalty as Meredith’s friend outweighs professional gain.



The episode received universal acclaim at its initial airing and critics have referred to it as the best episode of the show at numerous occasions. The A.V. Club included in November 2009 "Into You Like a Train" on its list of the best TV episodes of the decade, noting that in this episode "the show turned melodramatic excess into great, goofy fun."[1] Variety listed the episode in its top 10 most bizarre medical maladies encountered in the series.[2]

Outside US the episode also received huge praise Indielondon wrote, "What makes Into You Like A Train such a compelling episode is the way it manipulates your emotions – you’ll laugh, cry and feel like screaming at the TV." and added that, "There’s no denying the brilliance of the episode. It’s provocative viewing that forces you to have an opinion whilse becoming emotionally involved with its characters. You’ll love and hate it in equal measure – and that can only be a good thing!"[3]

The reviews remained largely positive with time and the episode has been referred to as one of the best of the show numerous times. Later in 2013, The A.V. Club again reaffirmed the episode as "the best single episode the show ever produced"[4]


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