Grey's Anatomy (2005-) is a primetime television medical drama, airing on ABC, that follows Meredith Grey, a first-year surgical intern at the beginning of the drama, and her fellow interns as they struggle to become doctors.
Going, Going, Gone [9.1]Edit
- Meredith (voice over): Dying changes everything. There’s the emotional fallout, sure. But there’s also the practical stuff. Who’s going to do your job? Who’s going to take care of your family? The only good thing for you is you don’t have to worry about it. People you never knew will be living in your house, working your job. The world just keeps on going… without you.
- Bailey: Does my nickname command respect? [Jackson and Alex turn towards her]
- Webber: No.
- Bailey: Strike fear in the hearts of residents?
- Webber: No.
- Bailey: Well, what is it?
- Webber: You've been... happy. And the interns noticed that your happiness often coincides with the arrival of... of Dr. Warren. And that's all I'm saying!
- Bailey: Oh! Oh! Come on now! You have to tell me!
- Webber: No. I can't! I'm a gentleman. And also... I don't wanna! [Jackson laughs. Bailey looks at both of them quickly]
- Bailey: Wh... wh... oh, come on! [Alex turns towards her]
- Alex: OK, I'm gonna tell you this because I'm literally about to walk out of this hospital forever. [Webber keeps shaking his head towards him] Your nickname is B.C.B.
- Bailey: B.C.B.?
- Alex: Booty Call Bailey. [Bailey looks at him shocked] That's what they call you.
- Webber: If you think you're prepared for what's about to happen, you're not.
- Meredith: [voice over] They say death is hardest on the living. It’s tough to actually say goodbye. Sometimes it’s impossible. You never really stop feeling the loss. It’s what makes things so bittersweet. We leave little bits of ourselves behind, little reminders, a lifetime of memories, photos, trinkets, things to remember us by… even when we’re gone.
Remember the Time [9.2]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] I had this memory game when I was a kid. A bunch of cards faced down in rows. Each card has a picture. You turn one over, look at it, then turn it back over. Then you have to try to remember where its matching card was. Sometimes you have no idea, and other times you chose exactly what you need to see. The cards seem completely out of order and random but you keep turning them over and the more cards you see.. you get the sense of how everything fits together.
- Mark: [to Avery] It's actually why we are people but somehow we forget that all that matters is people.And whether we walk away leaving them better or worse for having met us. We control that Avery. I want you to promise me something. if you love someone, tell 'em. Even if you're scared that it's not the right thing, even if you are scared that it'll cause problems, even if you are scared that it will burn your life to the ground, you say it, and say it out loud. And then you go from there.
- Meredith: [voice over] You were right, about all of it. You were right. This is a place where horrible things happen. You were right to go - you're probably escaping disaster. Look at me, I practically grew up here. And you're right, it's hurt me in ways I'll probably never get over. I have a lot of memories of people, people I've lost forever, but I have a lot of other memories too. This is the place where I fell in love. The place where I found my family. This is where I learned to be a doctor, where I learned to take responsibility for someone else's life. And it's the place I met you so I figure this place has given me as much as it has taken from me. I've lived here as much as I've survived here, it just depends on how I look at it. I'm gonna choose to look at it that way and remember you that way.
- Christina: [over phone to Meredith] You are my person, you will always be my person.
Love the One You're With [9.3]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] Surgeons don't compromise. We defy death, we exceed perfection. We operate for seventeen hours straight if we have to. We aren't built to settle, but that doesn't mean we won't.
- Meredith: [voice over] When we follow our hearts, when we choose not to settle, it's funny. Isn't it? A weight lifts, the sun shines a little brighter, and for a brief moment, we find a little peace.
I Saw Her Standing There [9.4]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] The clothes a surgeon wears help to present an image. The lab coats and badges and scrubs all work together to indicate a person of authority, someone you can trust. When the clothes come off, that's a different story. We're sensitive, lonely, human.
- Meredith: [voice over] It might be hard for a surgeon to admit, but there's no shame in simply being human. It can be a relief to stop hiding, to accept who you really are. A little self awareness never hurt anyone. Because when you know who you are, it's easier to know what you're about, what you really need.
Beautiful Doom [9.5]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] Sometimes, things are simply out of your control. You can't change them. You can't bend them to your will. It doesn't matter if you're already forty-five minutes late, your hair isn't brushed, you haven't fixed breakfast and you're hemorrhaging brain cells by the second while you sit here. Dying, dying inside.
- Dr. Thomas: [voice over] Breathe, Dr. Yang. Don't be crass. You're skulking. Women of your generation are graceless. It's an affront to nature. Mediocre surgeons will see you and feel themselves wilting in your shadow. Do not shrink to console them. Do not look for friends here. You won't find them. None of these people has the capacity to understand you. They never will. If you're lucky, one day when you're old and shriveled like me, you'll find a young surgeon with little regard for anything but their craft, and you'll train them like I trained you. Until then, read a good book. You have greatness in you, Yang. Don't disappoint.
Second Opinion [9.6]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] Doctors have never had all the answers. There was a time when you were sick, we'd just drain your blood like you were getting an oil change. We're constantly having to rethink what we thought was true and redefine it.
- Meredith: [voice over] It can be scary to find out you've been wrong about something but we can't be afraid to change our minds, to accept that things are different, that they'll never be the same, for better or for worse. We have to be willing to give up what we used to believe. The more we're willing to accept what is and not what we thought, we'll find ourselves exactly where we belong.
I Was Made for Lovin' You [9.7]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] Can two people really be meant to be? MFEO. Soulmates. It would be nice if it's true. That we all have someone out there waiting for us. Us waiting for them. I'm just not sure I believe it.
- Derek: [walking into the house, sees Meredith] Oh, Hi!
- Meredith: Hi!
- Derek: So... talked to Clemens, he'll refer the tumor patient to someone over at Seattle Pres.
- Meredith: Great! Uh, take a look at the shirt I bought Zola. It... it's... it's in the bag on the counter.
- Derek: Oh, Meredith. Guys don't get all goo-hoo over baby clothes.
- Meredith: Just look!
- Derek: What is this? [He stares at the t-shirt, surprised. Meredith gets up and he shows her the writing on the t-shirt, which says: 'World's best big sister]
- Meredith: It's only 3 weeks, so I shouldn't even be telling you. I mean... I still have a hostile uterus and terrible things are constantly happening to us, which is why I haven't told anyone, I haven't even told Christina, so... if you tell anyone, I... I swear I will kick you out of this house that you built.
- Derek: Don't worry! And good things happen to us. We're gonna have another baby!
- Meredith: We are gonna have another baby!
- Meredith: [voice over] Maybe I do believe it, all this "meant to be" stuff. Why not believe it, really? Who doesn't want more romance in their life? Maybe it's just up to us to make it happen. To show up and be meant for each other. At least that way you'll find out for sure. If you're meant to be or not.
Love Turns You Upside Down [9.8]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] Most people hate hospitals. But not the interns. For them, a hospital is a magical place. It's poetic, the rhythm of the machines, the crackle on the trauma gown, it's a place full of promise, excitement, surprises. It's a place where dreams can come true.
- Meredith: [voice over] There don't have to be harps playing, or birds singing, or rose petals falling from the sky. And there are definitely days when the romance is dead… but if you look around, things are pretty amazing. So stop for a second, enjoy the beauty, feel the magic, drink it in because it won't last forever. The romance will fade, things will happen, people will change, love will die but maybe not today.
Run, Baby, Run [9.9]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] The adrenal system reacts to stress by releasing hormones that make us alert and reactive. The problem is, the adrenal system can't tell what's a regular case of nerves, and what's real impending disaster.
- Meredith: [voice over] The body doesn't know the difference between nerves and excitement, panic and doubt, the beginning and the end. The body just tells you to get the hell out. Sometimes you ignore it… That's the reasonable thing to do. But sometimes you listen; you're supposed to trust your gut. Right? When the body says run… Run!
Things We Said Today [9.10]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] In order to properly treat a problem, a surgeon needs as much information as she can get. So we ask questions. Things like when did the pain begin? Have you experienced these symptoms before? Do you have a family history? Are you currently sexually active? Have you recently undergone surgery? If you’re unwilling or unable to answer these and other questions, we’re forced to rely on tests for insight. Until those test results come back, there’s nothing we can do but wait.
- Meredith: [voice over] The next time you’re in your doctor's office, remember she’s not asking all those questions for her health. She’s asking them for yours. Tell her everything. The small details aren’t trivial. They actually make the story. There’s no rush, take all the time you need, start at the beginning.
The End is The Beginning is the End [9.11]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] The big day is here. The day you’re gonna hear the news, the test result. Is the biopsy malignant or benign? Am I gonna live or die? You just want to know even if the news is scary because then you can move on. Whatever that means.
- Meredith: [voice over] They say ignorance is bliss because once you know about the tumor or the prognosis, you can’t go back. Will you be strong or will you fall apart? It’s hard to predict so don’t worry about it. Enjoy the time you have before the news comes. Yep, ignorance is bliss.
Walking on a Dream [9.12]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] Patients who undergo an amputation often feel a sensation where the missing limb was as if it’s still there. The syndrome is called phantom limb. It’s as if the body can’t accept that a terrible trauma has occurred. The mind is trying to make the body complete again. Patients who experience phantom limb report many different sensations but by far the most common is pain.
- Meredith: [voice over] The body can be stubborn when it comes to accepting change. The mind holds out hope that the body can be whole again and the mind will always fight for hope, tooth and nail. Until it finds a way of understanding its new reality and accepts that what is gone is gone forever.
Bad Blood [9.13]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] We’ve all heard the buzz words, streamline, optimize integrate, adapt. Every day someone comes up with a new strategy or tool or technology to increase our efficiency. The idea is to make our lives easier but the question is, does it?
- Meredith: [voice over] To really be efficient, you have to eliminate what doesn’t work. You have to figure out what is important and hold on tight to the things that matter most.
- Alana Cahill: If you need to blame instead of thank me, I'm fine with that, because I will know who saved it [the hospital]. I've saved a dozen before just like this one and no one thanked me for those either.
The Face of Change [9.14]Edit
- Alex: [voice over] I'm not big into change. In oncology, when a normal cell changes into something malignant, it's called cellular transformation. The damn cells turn toxic right in front of your eyes. So as far as I'm concerned transformation sucks.
- Alex: [voice over] Your whole world has transformed. You realize the ground beneath you has shifted. Things are uncertain. And there's no turning back. The world around you is different now. Unrecognizable and there's nothing you can do about it. You're stuck. The future's staring you in the face. And you're not sure you like what you see. Like I said, I'm not big into change.
Hard Bargain [9.15]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] They say there's one sure sign of a successful negotiation. It's that when the parties leave the table, they both feel like they've been screwed. The goal is a compromise. A situation where everybody wins.
- Meredith: [voice over] They say that negotiation is an art form. Yet, when we negotiate, we have a strategy, we use tactics. Strategies and tactics aren't words we use for seeking a compromise. These are words for going to war.
This Is Why We Fight [9.16]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] There is a procedure to treat epilepsy that involves surgically severing the connection between the left and right brain. The goal is to block signals that cause seizures. The problem is this also cuts off the brain's ability to communicate with itself. The left side has no idea what the right side is up to. A patient may experience problems with coordination, memory, speech. It's a drastic solution that's only considered when all other options have failed because once a surgeon makes that cut, there's no going back.
- Catherine Avery: Now give your mama a kiss Jackson, she just bought you a hospital.
- Meredith: [voice over] There's a reason surgeons are willing to roll the dice on a risky, go-for-broke, point-of-no-return surgery with potentially devastating consequences. Sometimes, it works.
Transplant Wasteland [9.17]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] To a critically ill patients, an organ transplant means a new start, a second chance. But the body is designed to fight off any outside invader, even the one that is trying to save it. Because the transplant doesn’t guarantee that’s an easier life, there’s the threat that the body will reject the organ outright.
- Meredith: [voice over] The transplant process is very scary. The patient goes from worrying about getting an organ, to worrying if the organ will be rejected. The anxiety continues, until they can finally open their eyes after surgery, and see that their gift has been accepted.
Idle Hands [9.18]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] Work keeps our minds active, it keeps us out of trouble. When we're not working, our hands are idle and the devil will find work for idle hands to do. And when you have an idle mind, well, that's the devil's playground too.
- Meredith: [voice over] At first, idleness can seem like a welcome distraction. The troublemaking and the fun. Everyone needs some idle time to focus on something other than work, even if it means focusing on something that's a little bit scary. Stepping back from work is the only way to change perspective. And it's only after we had everything in perspective that we remember where our hands truly belong.
Can't Fight This Feeling [9.19]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] Let's say you're standing in an OR, staring at an aneurysm that's embedded deep into a patient's frontal lobe. There are three things you'll need to remove it. You'll need confidence, you'll need an eleven blade and some really good instincts.
- Meredith: [voice over] There are some feelings that refuse to go away, they're little distractions whispering in your ear. Some things just get under your skin. Try as you might, you can't ignore your instincts. It's like they say, always follow your intuitions.
She's Killing Me [9.20]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] Patients say it all the time, "Tell me straight up, I just want to know what's going on. Tell me, I can handle it." We don't dodge your questions because we're mean. We do it because when you say you want the truth, you have no idea what you are talking about.
- Meredith: [voice over] They say the truth will set you free. What the hell do they know? The truth is horrible, frightening. The truth is more than you can bear. We're supposed to be straight with you, so be careful what you ask for when you walk into a hospital because when you find out what's really going on, you may never recover.
Sleeping Monster [9.21]Edit
- Bailey: [voice over] Infections are like sleeping monsters. You can't see them, you can't feel them. But you must do everything in your power to contain them. Because when the monsters wake up, they're out of control.
- Alex: [To Cristina] I'm such an idiot. I love her!
- Bailey: [voice over] All that time you spent convincing yourself the sleeping monster wasn't real, it was gathering strength. The infection was spreading. The monster's awake now and there's nothing you can do about it.
Do You Believe in Magic? [9.22]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] There's no such thing as magic, as far as we know. And while as surgeons, we study the secrets behind the human body's intricate network of cells, tissues and organs. When things go wrong, horribly, horribly wrong, there are only so many tricks we have up our sleeves to put a body back together. But there is a kind of power, more of a spell really, and when we get it right, it can be pretty damn magical.
- Meredith: [voice over] As surgeons we are no stranger to the breaks and tears in the human body, in fact we sacrifice the better part of our twenties learning every possible way to make it a whole again. But there are some wounds a surgeon can't repair. Not on their own. It takes a kind of power we just don't have. There's no such thing as magic, not in the traditional 'abracadabra, genie in a bottle' kind of way. But there is magic in knowing that while not everything can be repaired, most everything can be survived.
Readiness Is All [9.23]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] They hit you out of nowhere. When bad things come, they come suddenly, without warning. We rarely get to see the catastrophe coming, no matter how well we try to prepare for it.
- Meredith: [to Alex] People change, but they don't change.
- Meredith: [voice over] We do our very best, but sometimes it's just not good enough. We buckle our seatbelts, we wear a helmet, we stick to the lighted paths, we try to be safe. We try so hard to protect ourselves, but it doesn't make a damn bit of difference. Cause when the bad things come, they come out of nowhere. The bad things come suddenly, with no warning. But we forget that sometimes that's how the good things come too.
Perfect Storm [9.24]Edit
- Meredith: [voice over] I had this bad ass professor in med school. She seemed invincible. Then, one day, she needed her gall bladder out and the surgery killed her. Her platelets stopped clotting, she bled out on the table. Everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong. Surgeons have a name for it. We call it a perfect storm. Funny, never thought it would happen to me.
- Arizona: Ahh, you weren't on the plane Callie! You weren't in the woods, and you did not hear Meredith crying for Lexie, or Mark moaning in pain, or hearing me scream in pain, you weren't there, and you keep acting like you were, but you weren't, and it wasn't your experience.
- Callie: [crying] I lost Mark; you almost died.
- Arizona: "I lost Mark; you almost died." You weren't on the fricking plane! You wanted the street cred, the badge of honor, the warrior wounds, Great! Stick out your leg and I'll grab a bone saw and let's even the score! [crying] Ohh...
- Callie: [crying] It always comes back to the leg..
- Arizona: [crying] I trusted you more than anything... more than anyone in my life. And you decided to cut off..
- Callie: To save your life!
- Arizona: You didn't lose anything! I did, I did!
- Callie: Apparently I lost you...
- Meredith: [voice over] There's an end to every storm. Once all the trees have been uprooted. Once all the houses have been ripped apart. The wind will hush, the clouds will part, the rain will stop, the sky will clear in an instant. But only then, in those quiet moments after the storm, do we learn who was strong enough to survive it.
- Ellen Pompeo - Meredith Grey
- Justin Chambers - Alex Karev
- Sandra Oh - Cristina Yang
- Chandra Wilson - Miranda Bailey
- James Pickens - Richard Webber
- Patrick Dempsey - Derek Shepherd
- Eric Dane - Mark Sloan
- Sara Ramírez - Callie Torres
- Chyler Leigh - Lexie Grey
- Kevin McKidd - Owen Hunt
- Jessica Capshaw - Arizona Robbins
- Kim Raver - Teddy Altman
- Jesse Williams - Jackson Avery
- Sarah Drew - April Kepner