Last year’s airing of “Holidaze” was a memorable combination of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve in one. As it was originally conceived, “Holidaze” was exclusively a Thanksgiving episode. A number of the primary characters come together at Dr. Webber’s house, then are stranded in a snow storm. Drama ensues. The storyboard appears below:
Dr. Richard Webber, in street clothes, exits the hospital, passes Drs Derek Shepherd and Preston Burke, headed in. Webber addresses the pair, saying, “..we’re not going to hold dinner for you.”
Shepherd flashes money-making smile, and says, “No problem. I’ve just gotta blow off work.”
As these two pass within sight of Dr. Meredith Grey, Burke catches Shepherd looking at her and remarks, “I guess I’ll find my own ride.”
The two become silent as they pass Dr. Miranda Bailey, revealing she is clearly not invited.
Teddy Altman pulls up outside Webber residence. Her headlights shine into a car in the drive where Owen Hunt and Cristina Yang are sharing an intimate moment. Hunt and Yang attempt to pull themselves together, while Altman, passing, pretends not to notice, though they all clearly see one another. (Dramatic foreshadowing)
Drs Mark Sloan and Lexie Grey arrive separately, though arrive at the same time and share a brief, awkward, though friendly exchange on the doorstep. Callie Torres opens the door on the two, saying, “Look who showed up.” She is standing with Sloan Riley, introduced for the first time as Dr Sloan’s daughter. Lexie drops a casserole. (Dramatic release)
Back at Seattle Grace Hospital, Dr. Bailey is, predictably, overwhelmed. As the only resident, and with every attending physician and surgeon and most of the residents at Dr. Webbers, Bailey becomes distraught. It is not the frequency of patients and subsequent unavoidable deaths, but because she knows she has been excluded from the Thanksgiving party. (Dramatic blowout)
At the table, while carving turkey Webber is maligned for being too slow. When Hunt steps in Shepherd accuses him of being careless, and Burke makes an uncomfortable reference to Iraq. Harsh words are exchanged. Yang flees from the table in tears. Hunt and Burke both move to comfort her but stop short. Altman and Lexie, distraught, part in separate directions. Riley makes her own scathing reference to the military. Sloan Sr stabs the turkey in the trachea, departs angry. Riley departs, also angry in apposite direction. When Shepherd reacts to Riley’s departure, Grey becomes angry, departs. Webber gives Shepherd disapproving glare, both exit. Torres, alone at table, and not currently upset with anyone, fixes herself a plate.
Hunt finds Yang in living room. Words are exchanged, tears are shed, they kiss and make up, then more words and tears.
Sloan runs into Grey in upstairs bathroom. The two have words. There are tears, more words, then kissing and some yelling.
Meanwhile, Dr. Bailey saves several patients, loses a couple others, convinces a wounded child’s parents to let her remove a Lego Darth Vader that he swallowed despite a religious contradiction. Bailey gets in a good cry subsequent to each event.
Shepherd finds Grey in the garage, crying. Words, tears, Shepherd tries his heart-stopping smile. Fails, more tears.
Webber sees Altman in the kitchen, she is furious. Webber offers conciliatory words of wisdom. Altman tells him to mind his own business, stroms from house.
Webber then moves to Rumpus room where he encounters Riley, crying. He delivers some of the most insightful words ever spoken. Riley, nonplussed, leaves house angry, but not before insulting Webber. Webber stares at the door that has just been slammed in his face with that look that says, ‘why do I bother?’
Voiceover Meredith muses about being thankful for such close friends and loved ones.
The producers of Grey’s Anatomy scrapped this version of the Thanksgiving episode claiming it did not contain enough drama or interpersonal tension. The version of “Holidaze” that eventually aired contained fully seven additional minutes of tearful argument, and a Lexie/Sloan love scene.