Mar. 27, 2005
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Grey's Anatomy is a highly acclaimed medical drama that focuses on Meredith Grey as she struggles to maintain relationships while staying sharp at her new job. At Seattle Grace Hospital, she and her fellow doctors make new friends, new enemies and new lovers. The series follows through the hospital, finding personal and professional decisions are not black and white, only shades of grey.

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Dr. Miranda Bailey

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Miranda Bailey, a graduate of Wellesley College, is currently an attending general surgeon at Seattle Grace Hospital. Previous positions include Chief Resident and also the resident in charge of the five new surgical interns (now third-year surgical residents). Her colleagues refer to her as "The Nazi" because of her tough personality and blunt attitude. Although often harsh with her interns, she has been shown to provide both support and advice when they need it; some might say she practices "tough love." She married Tucker Jones circa 1995 but their marriage encountered difficulties in 2007 due to her commitments as both a parent to son "Tuck" and to her career as a surgeon. As of 2009 they have divorced.

Her son, William George Bailey Tucker Jones, was born during a bomb scare at Seattle Grace while her husband was in surgery with Dr. Derek Shepherd, having crashed his car on the way to the hospital (It's The End Of The World/As We Know It, a two-part episode). George O'Malley helped her through labor, and she thanked him by naming her son William George Bailey Jones (although he is nicknamed "Tuck" for his father).

Dr. Bailey is known for being a compassionate doctor; Bailey stayed by Cristina during her pregnancy scare and her initial recovery and also held Izzie's hand when Izzie was giving bone marrow for her daughter. She cares about her patients and is a committed surgeon.

Through the rest of season 2 into season 3, Bailey was seen adjusting to becoming a parent and reconciling this with her desire to continue her career as a surgeon. Her professional confidence was shaken when Izzie Stevens cut Denny Duquette's LVAD wire and Denny subsequently died after his heart transplant; Bailey felt that she wasn't in control of her interns, and that the incident was ultimately her fault. She was criticised for the events at a Morbidity and Mortality conference in Oh, The Guilt, with one colleague questioning outright her competence at juggling career and motherhood. While her confidence has been somewhat restored since then, she still feels bad about not spending enough time with her son, once making a late-night call to sing "God Bless the Child" to him.

Disillusioned by how little she can help patients as a surgeon, Bailey decided to open a free clinic at Seattle Grace in the middle of season 3. She faced initial difficulties getting support from the attendings, but after talking with the Chief, managed to get their agreement to work there. The Denny Duquette Memorial Clinic has since opened, paid for using part of the $8.7 million bequeathed to Izzie by Denny Duquette, and Bailey is satisfied that the clinic will change people's lives for the better. She competed for the post of Chief Resident, but in the final episode of Season Three, she found out she lost to Callie Torres. Dr. Richard Webber indicated that she could become Chief of Surgery in a few years' time.

In season four, Miranda decided to be Callie's "number two," as Torres was lacking of competence as Chief Resident. The Chief saw Bailey pick up the slack, and delegate exceptionally well, and eventually realized that Miranda was covering for Callie. He terminated Torres from the position, and told Bailey that he made a mistake in not giving her the job in the first place. He also apologized for taking Dr. Bailey for granted. At this Miranda broke down in tears hugged the Chief. This is an example of the emotional baggage the "Nazi" carries, and shows one of her very rare emotional moments. During season four Miranda helped save the life of a white supremacist paramedic despite his racist treatment of her. When closing his stomach after the surgery, she comments to George that the incision will need to be aligned better, thus ruining the paramedic's large swastika tattoo on his stomach. During the surgery she declared that she "will not be called the Nazi ever again." Following severe injuries to her son in late season four and several arguments over the state of their marriage, Doctor Bailey and her husband separated because her husband believed that she placed her job at the hospital before her family and that it led to Tucker's injuries. In the finale, she realises that if she wants to continue with her surgical career, she will not be able to remain in control of the clinic, and so hands over the reins to Izzie Stevens, telling her she has earned it.

In season 5, Christina confessed to Bailey and Alex Karev that Izzie had skin cancer, was refusing treatment and begged them to help. Bailey, like all the other residents and interns, was devastated to learn of this and set about helping Izzie recover. Bailey supported Izzie through her first surgery, while her friends failed to adequately do so, and through her cancer treatments. Throughout season 5, Dr. Bailey expressed discontentment with the General Surgery programme and soon found herself drawn to Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Arizona Robbins, a Pediatric surgeon, eagerly encouraged Dr. Bailey to work in Pediatrics, having her work with her on a number of cases, many of which had the opposite effect than was intended and actively discouraged Bailey, as she grew attached to terminally ill children who later died. Chief Webber is unhappy with his mentee Dr. Bailey's decision to leave General Surgery, and discouraged her at every opportunity, giving her an uninspiring letter of recommendation and purchasing a surgical robot to lure her back to General Surgery. Dr. Robbins, however, vows to fight back and shows Dr. Bailey the positive side of Pediatrics, what Dr. Robbins calls "the joy" - when a child lives. This deeply moves Bailey, but she tells both the Chief (who has finally accepted Dr. Bailey's choice to move into Pediatrics) and Dr. Robbins that she cannot accept the fellowship in Pediatrics. Although both are shocked and do not understand why she would refuse such an opportunity, she later confides to the Chief the her husband has given her an ultimatum - either refuse the fellowship in Pediatrics or he will divorce her. Dr. Bailey decides that she will leave her husband herself, but as she will now be a single mother, she will be unable to make the commitment to Pediatrics Surgery and so will be remaining in the General Surgery program.

In Season 6, Bailey starts as an Attending in General Surgery.

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02x15 - Break on Through
Season 2, Episode 15
07x21 - I Will Survive
Season 7, Episode 21
11x21 - How to Save a Life
Season 11, Episode 21
12x10 - All I Want Is You
Season 12, Episode 10
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