Grey's Anatomy (Season 8)

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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.

Season 8[edit]

Free Falling [8.1][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] Even good marriages fail. One minute you're standing on solid ground, the next minute- you're not. And there're always two versions. Yours, and theirs. The both versions start the same way though. The both start with two people falling in love. You think yours is the one that's gonna make it. So it always comes as a shock. The moment you realize it's over. One minute you're standing on solid ground, the next minute, you're not.

Teddy: Hey, you guys going to that breakfast thing?
Arizona: Uh, yeah after we drop her off at day care.
Teddy: Oh my, God. Look at her she is so beautiful. [in baby voice to Sofia] Hey, hey. You are beautiful. And you got the best mommies, did you know that? Yes, you do. Oh, you so do. [Sofia coos] Hello, hello, hello.
Callie: What's wrong with her?
Arizona: She's getting laid, she's unnaturally cheerful. [Lexie walks by with a group of interns]
Callie: Oh, new interns. I hate new interns.
Teddy: Seriously? I love new interns. They're the future, the next generation, filled with hope and promise, innovation.
Arizona: Wow. The sex with Henry must be really good.
Teddy: Earth-shattering. [Arizona covers Sofia's ears] Not even Yang is gonna get me down.

Meredith: Owen. She didn't have the abortion. She wants to but she can't do it because of you. Because she loves you and instead of loving her, you're punishing her. And for what? For being the woman that you fell in love with?
Owen: This isn't any of your business.
Meredith: Okay, do you know what will happen to Cristina if she has a kid that she doesn't want? It will almost kill her. Trying to pretend that she loves a kid as much as she loves surgery will almost kill her, and it'll almost kill your kid. Do you know what it's like to be raised by someone who didn't want you? I do. To know you stood in the way of your mother's career? I do. I was raised by a Cristina. My mother was a Cristina. And as the child she didn't want, I am telling you, don't do this to her, because she's kind and she cares and she won't make it. The guilt of resenting her own kid will eat her alive.

Meredith: I have a plan. I'm gonna be a mom.
Cristina: Okay. Mer, there's a giant sinkhole. Teddy is all over me. Don't page me unless you have a serious--
Meredith: Maybe getting fired was a good thing. What do cheerful people say when something crappy happens and they make it sound like it wasn't crappy?
Cristina: A blessing in disguise.
Meredith: Yeah. Maybe that's what this is. This is that. And I can make jam and drive carpool and have playgroups. And maybe that's enough. And maybe I'll be a great mom.
Cristina: Okay, okay. I'm gonna vomit call me when Meredith comes back.
Meredith: And maybe you wanna be a mom, too and that's why you can't go through with it.
Cristina: I wish I wanted a kid. I wish I wanted one so bad because then this would be easy. I would be happy. I'd have Owen and my life wouldn't be a mess, but I don't. I don't want a kid. I don't wanna make jam, I don't wanna carpool, and I really, really, don't wanna be a mother. I wanna be a surgeon. And please, get it. I need someone to get it. And I wish that person was Owen and that any minute he'd get it and show up for me. But that's not gonna happen. And you're my person, and I need you to be there at six o'clock tonight to hold my hand because I am scared, Mer, and sad because my husband doesn't get that. So, I need you to.

Meredith: [voiceover] Do you have what it takes? If your marriage is in trouble, can you weather the storm? When the ground gives way and your world collapses, maybe you just need to have faith. And trust that you can survive this together. Maybe you just need to hold on tight. And no matter what, don't let go.

She's Gone [8.2][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] When my mother left my father, she didn't tell him she was leaving him and taking me with her until we landed on the other side of the country. And those days, it was called family troubles. Today, it'd be called kidnapping.

Janet: A lot of questions came up today, about your relationship, your employment...
Derek: [about Meredith] Well, she got her job back. That was a misunderstanding.
Janet: She disappeared.
Derek: Well, that was a miscommunication.
Janet: And the part about you two living in separate houses, that's miscommunication, too? Look, I get it. It's not easy bringing a child into a relationship, you're allowed to have some bumps in the road. But, this afternoon when it looked like you two had split up, your wife got fired, she lied to me and left with the baby. It set off some alarms. Now, I'm trying to dial them all back but it's not that easy to do. Once a system has been set in motion, there's protocol that needs to be followed once the agency believes there's questions about Meredith...
Derek: Janet. Meredith is the best mother a child could have. She loves Zola and she loves me, and if she has any flaws, it's that she loves people so much she will do anything for them.
Janet: Derek, please. I hear you. But no matter what I say social services still needs to re-evaluate the placement and when that happens, Zola can't be in your home. I'll give you a minute to say good-bye.

Derek: I still don't understand what you possibly could've been thinking.
Meredith: They fired me. Janet basically told me that they were gonna take Zola away. I mean, possibly send her back to Malawi. You and me... I just needed some time. I just needed to hold her and look at her and just think about how everything, everything got so screwed up. You should take Zola. Janet has a problem with me, not with you and we need to do everything that we can to make sure they don't take her away and if that means that you have custody of her and I don't... then that's what we need to do.
Derek: You're not fired. Richard's gonna take the fall for you.
Meredith: What? He can't do that. I'm not gonna let him do that.
Derek: Yes, you will. If you wanna keep this baby you will let him protect you.

Meredith: I think I stole a baby.
Cristina: Okay, first of all, you didn't steal the baby, she's your baby. What you did is... You took her for a nap... in a very odd location and you failed to answer your phone. But y'know, many people find all the technology in our lives to be intrusive, so you're not the first person who didn't answer your phone or your pager. You know, all we have to do is- is find a reason why you were AWOL for an hour.
Meredith: Four... hours. [Cristina glares] Janet was gonna take the baby so I took off.
Cristina: Okay, okay. You know, people make mistakes. I mean, I almost killed Alex in the OR today, so we'll just figure it out.
Meredith: How?
Cristina: I don't know.
Meredith: No, how'd you almost kill Alex?
Cristina: With a cc of epi. [Meredith looks shocked] Ah, y'know, whatever. He'll be fine. Just uh-- stay here. I'll fix this.
Meredith: What are you gonna do?
Cristina: I'm gonna fix it.

Meredith: [voiceover] You think that true love is the only thing that crush your heart. The thing that will take your life and light it out. Or destroy it. Then, you become a mother.

Take the Lead [8.3][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] Sometimes, it happens in an instant. We step up. We become a leader. We see a path, and we take it. Even when we have no idea where we are going.

Derek: You did it again today in the OR.
Meredith: What? I had a successful surgery today.
Derek: You refused to listen to me.
Meredith: I didn't listen to you because I didn't need to listen to you. I knew what I was doing and I was right. You just couldn’t trust me.
Derek: Why should I ever trust you? Why should I trust you? You ended my trial, you set back my career, you nearly ended your own, you destroyed Richard’s. I have no reason to trust you!
Meredith: Well, then, why are you with me?
Derek: [points to its post-it] Because of that! Because I meant that! I promised I wouldn’t run. I promised I would love you.
Meredith: Even when you hate me.
Derek: Even when I hate you. I’m trying, Meredith. I’m trying, but you make it so damn hard.
Meredith: I understand, and I don’t want you to keep the promise, not if you don’t want to, and not if you can’t trust me with our daughter.
Derek: I do, I trust you with Zola.
Meredith: Well, you just said—
Derek: That’s not what I said. I know that you took her to protect her, I know you altered the trial for Adele and for Richard. You stood in front of a bullet for me. I know why you do all of it. It’s what I love about you.
Meredith: And what you hate about me.
Derek: Yeah!

Arizona: You know, you have a kid and your worry a lot about screwing them up. Like something you do or say, or something you don't say will change 'em forever.
Jackson: Yes ma'am.
Arizona: I was just thinking, you're totally determining the course of this kid's life. You will determine whether or not this kid gets made fun of for his looks or if he cries when he looks at his school picture every year. And today you will decide who goes to prom with, and who he will marry, I mean if he gets married at all. If he dies all alone, unattractive and unloved. Did you want me to call Sloan?

April: You know Sam's wife took care of him after his last two surgeries, she died of a stroke last year. His son Jason dropped out of college one semester before graduating and he was--
Alex: What the hell, Kepner. Why are you telling me this?
April: Talking to patients is your job, Alex. Because they're more than just... an easy A or something that you can win. It's your job.
Alex: No, it's not. Not anymore. My job is to open him up and to fix him. And if I can't do it, no one's gonna do it for me. It's on me. So I can spend time talking to him or I can use that time figuring out what I'm gonna do after I open him up. Which one do you want me to do?
April: You're really nervous. That's why you didn't wanna work on a kid today. Look, you'll be fine. You're ready. I mean, you feel ready, right? [Alex nods]
Chief: I am thoroughly enjoying this book, Karev.
Alex: That's great.
Chief: Hopefully I'll finish it in there. Because as long as I'm reading it means that you're not screwing up. Will I finish this book today?
Alex: Yes, sir.

Meredith: [voiceover] Sometimes it happens in an instance. We step up, we see a path forward. We see a path and we take it. Even when we have no idea where we're going.

What Is It About Men [8.4][edit]

Derek: [voiceover] There are distinct differences, between male and female brains.
Chief: [voiceover] Female brains have a larger hippocampus...which usually makes them better at retention and memory.
Alex: [voiceover] Male brains have a bigger parietal cortex, which helps when fending off an attack.
Jackson: [voiceover] Male brains confront challenges differently than female brains.
Mark: [voiceover] Women are hardwired to communicate with language. Detail. Empathy. Men, not so much.
Owen: [voiceover] It doesn't mean we're any less capable of emotion.
Derek: [voiceover] We can talk about our feelings. It's just that, most of the time, we'd really rather not.

Mark: Derek! You're trying to steal my guy. He's my guy. Avery go get in the car.
Jackson: What? No.
Derek: Mark.
Mark: You've been moving in on him all week. You weren't even interested in him until you saw how much he meant to me. I don't take the time to teach anyone if I can help it.
Derek: Mark.
Mark: But I'm takin' the time with Avery because he's a quick learner and he can do a c-plasty better than I could at his level.
Jackson: I can? [Mark turns to walk away]
Derek: Hey, hey. Don't do that. Don't just yell at me then walk away.
Mark: I'm not. It's just that Sofia likes it if I'm moving.
Owen: You guys talk. I'll take the baby.
Mark: Okay, careful. We had a scare this week. [hands Sofia to Owen] Thank you. Now, Avery go get in the car. Friends don't steal from each other.
Derek: It's not stealing if he asks to scrub in on my surgeries.
Mark: Oh, don't be a jackass.
Jackson: Okay, look. I appreciate this, I do. But if I have to choose, I choose plastics. I mean, I really appreciate being able to take the lead on your neuro surgeries but I feel like--
Mark: [to Jackson] You usin' my boy here? To get more surgery? Nobody uses my boy. [Derek smiles, Jackson looks confused]

April: Okay, I get that you like to put your dirty clothes in my laundry because, frankly, if you didn't you'd never have any clean clothes. Fine. I will wash your dirty underpants. But you know what? I am not okay with washing your "skank of the week's" dirty underpants.
Alex: [voiceover] Male brains have a bigger parietal cortex, which helps when fending off an attack.
Jackson: Actually those are Lexie's, thank you.
April: Oh, she w...
Jackson: Oh yeah.
April: Okay, never mind. [Leaves]
Jackson: Not Lexie's.
Alex: Nope. Lauren, third floor, radiology.
Jackson: Oh, nice. [voiceover] Male brains confront challenges differently than female brains.

Mark: It's three days. We're gonna be fine. Bye mommies. Have fun at the conference mommies.
Arizona: Bye-bye, baby boo...
Mark: Go.
Arizona: Just one more kiss.
Mark: Go. Come on.
Callie: I'm gonna miss you so much.
Mark: Bye. See ya.
Arizona: Bye.
Mark: [voiceover] Women are hardwired to communicate with language. It's just you and me kid. High five. [voiceover continues] Detail. High five. Dap. Blow it up. [voiceover continues] Empathy. Men, not so much.
Owen: [voiceover] It doesn't mean we're any less capable of emotion.
Derek: [voiceover] We can talk about our feelings. It's just that, most of the time, we'd really rather not.

Alex: [voiceover] People say 'be a man.' People say it all the time.
'Owen: [voiceover] But what does that even mean?
Chief: [voiceover] Is it about strength?
Owen: [voiceover] Is it about sacrifice?
Jackson: [voiceover] Is it about winning?
Mark: [voiceover] Maybe it's simpler than that.
Derek: [voiceover] You have to know when not to man up. Sometimes it takes a real man to set his ego aside, admit defeat, and simply start all over again.

Love, Loss, and Legancy [8.5][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] The human body is designed to compensate for loss. It adapts, so it no longer needs the thing it can't have. But sometimes the loss is too great, and the body can't compensate on its own. That's when surgeons get involved.

Meredith: [voiceover] We're so hopeful at the beginning of things. It seems like there's only a world to be gained not lost. They say the inability to accept loss is a form of insanity, it's probably true. But sometimes, it's the only way to stay alive.

Poker Face [8.6][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] As babies, we were easy. One cry meant you were hungry, another you were tired. It's only as adults that we become difficult. They start to hire feelings, put up walls. It gets to the point where we don't really know what anyone thinks or feels. Without meaning to, we become masters of disguise.

Teddy: The only thing worse than a bad surgeon is a scared one.

Lexie: [to Meredith - about Derek]: Can you go have sex with him so he'll be nicer?

Meredith: Are you two talking yet or just having sex?
Cristina: Not just sex. Hot, dirty, stand on my head sex.

Arizona: Hey! You bought pizza?
Mark: No! Pizza? I made a coq au vin!
Callie: [dumps pan into the trash; Arizona and Mark protest] Mark, I love you. I love how great you are with our daughter. I love that you and Arizona are friends, but you, you need to leave 'cause tonight I'm gonna eat pizza and drink beer in bed with my wife and tell her all about the neck I just built and then we're gonna have lots and lots of sex. Okay? We're great parents, but, we're more than just mommies and daddies. We are hot and we are sexy, and your new hobby? The hollandaise and the short ribs and the [mockingly] coq au vin? It's getting in the way of our sex lives. So, please. Start having sex again. Okay? But, not tonight. Cause tonight? You're babysitting.

Meredith: [voiceover] It's not always easy to speak your mind, sometimes you need to be forced to do it. Sometimes, it's better to just keep things to yourself, play dumb, even when your whole body is aching to come clean. So you shut your mouth, keep your secret, and find other ways to keep yourself happy.

Heart-Shaped Box [8.8][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] It's a little bit horrifying just how quickly everything can fall to crap. Sometimes it takes a huge loss to remind you of who you care about the most. Sometimes you find yourself becoming stronger as a result; wiser, better equipped to deal with the next disaster that comes along. Sometimes, but not always.

Dark Was The Night [8.9][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] "I had a terrible day." We say it all the time. A fight with the boss, the stomach flu, traffic... That's what we describe as terrible when nothing terrible is happening...

Meredith:[Voiceover] These are the things we beg for: a root canal, an IRS audit, coffee spilled on our clothes... When the really terrible things happen, we start begging a God we don't believe in to bring back the little horrors and take away this. It seems quaint now, doesn't it? The flood in the kitchen, the poison oak, the fight that leaves you shaking with rage... Would it have helped if we could see what else was coming? Would we have known that those were the best moments of our lives?

Suddenly [8.10][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] Victims of a sudden impact are some of the hardest to treat. It's not just the collision that injures them. It's everything after. The centrifugal force keeps them moving, tossing them from vehicles, throwing them through windshields, slamming their internal organs into the skeleton. Their bodies are injured over and over again. So there's no way to know how much damage has actually been done. Until they stop.

Meredith:[Voiceover]You can't prepare for a sudden impact. You can't brace yourself. It just hits you. Out of nowhere. And suddenly, the life you knew before is over. Forever.

This Magic Moment [8.11][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] Have you ever had the starring role on a play? The solo in a recital? All eyes on you, waiting for you to do what they came to see. Feeling the incredible pressure to perform. There was a time when they used to call operating rooms an operating theater. It still feels like one. Score of people get ready for the show. The sets are arranged, there are costumes, masks, props, everything has to be rehearsed, coreographed, all leading to the moment when the curtain goes up. You know what they say about the Carnegie Hall, there's only one way to get there...

Meredith: [voiceover] If only life was just a dress rehearsal and we had time to do-overs. We'd be able to practice and practice every moment until we got it right. Unfortunately everyday of our lives is its own performace. It seems like even when we get the chance to rehearse, and prepare, and practice... We've still not quite ready for life's grand moments.

Hope For The Hopeless [8.12][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] There's nothing else we can do for you. These are the last words a surgeon wants to tell a patient. Giving up doesn't come easy to us, so we do everything in our power not to. For surgeons lost cause just mean... try a little harder.

Meredith: [voiceover] When do you throw in the towel? Admit that a lost cause it's sometimes just that? There comes a point when it all becomes too much. When we get too tired to fight anymore. So we give up. That's when the real work begins. To find hope where there seems to be absolutely none at all.

If/Then [8.13][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] The baby you have is the baby you were destined to have. It was meant to be. That's what all the adoption people tell you. Anyway... I like to think it's true, but everything else in the world seems so completly random. What if one little thing I said or did could have made it all fall apart? What if I've choosen another life for myself? Or another person? We might have never found each other. What if I've been raised differently? What if my mother had never been sick? What if I've actually had a good father? What if...? What if...? What if...?

Meredith: [voiceover] Your life is a gift. Accept it. No matter how screwed up or how painful it seems to be. Somethings are going to work out as if they were destined to happen... As if they were just meant to be.

All You Need Is Love [8.14][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] There are times in our lives when love really does conquer all: exhaustion, sleep deprivation, anything. And then there are those times when it seems like love brings us nothing but pain.

Meredith: [voiceover] We are always looking for ways to ease the pain. Sometimes we ease the pain by making the best of what we have. Sometimes is by losing ourselves in the moment and sometimes all we need to do to ease pain is... call a simple truce.

Have You Seen Me Lately? [8.15][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] When you've tried everything but that headache don't go away, you can't stop coughing, the swelling don't go down. That's when you turn into a professional. As surgeon we spend years developing skills of perception that allow us to see exactly what the problem is. Trouble is sometimes all that time spent developing those skills of perception can leave a person with an extremly narrow point of view... And how are you supposed to argue with someone who has science on their side?

Meredith: [voiceover] We may not like it but it really is important to stop every once in a while, get out of your own head and see the bigger picture. Actually find out that you were looking things all wrong can be sort of liberating. And suddenly you see new potential, new posibilities we've never seen it before and that's all fine when a hopeless situation suddenly looks good. Unfortunately sometimes it goes the other way.

If Only You Were Lonely [8.16][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] As surgeons we are trained to consult with each other to get opposing views. We even encourage patients to seek second opinions. But why seek a second opinion when you know that you are right? Cause if we are honest with ourselves, surgeons are more like cowboys. We are more likely to go it alone.

Meredith: [voiceover] You can seek the advice of others, surround yourself with trusted advisers, but in the end, the decision is always yours and yours alone. And when it's time to act and you are all alone with your back against the wall, the only voice that matters is the one in your head, the one telling you what you already probably knew. The one that's almost always right.

One Step Too Far [8.17][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] We're trained to be vigilant, to chase down the problem, to ask all the right questions. To find the root of cause until we know exactly what it's and we can confront it. It takes an extremly amount of caution or we can overstep ourselves. We can create problems where none exist.

Meredith: [voiceover] Our intentions are always pure, we always want to do what's right, but we also have the drive to push boundaries. So we are in danger of taking things too far. We're told to do no harm while we're trained to cut you open with a knife. So we do things when we should have left well enough alone. Because it's hard to admit when there's no problem to treat, to let it alone. Before we make it so much worse. Before we cause such a terrible damage.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight [8.18][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] We have a phrase in the operating room "Don't pet the lion". It means no matter how nice a tumor looks. How small it is. How perfect the margins may be. It's still a tumor and it's still dangerous and it can bite.

Meredith: [voiceover] We all have heard the warnings and we've ignored them. We push our luck. We roll the dice. We play with fire. It's human nature when we've been told not to touch something we usually do, even if we know better. May be because deep down we are just asking for trouble.

Support System [8.19][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] Every little kid knows the words to the song. "The foot bone is connected to the leg bone. The leg bone is connected to the knee bone. In med school you learn it's a bitter more complicated than that, but still the song not wrong. Everything is connected. "The foot bone is connected to the leg bone, the leg bone is connected to the knee bone. And if you take one piece out, the rest just falls apart.

Meredith: [voiceover] The human body is made of systems that keep it alive. There's the one that keeps you breathing and the one that keeps you standing. The one that makes you hungry and the one that makes you happy. They are all connected, take that piece out and everything else falls apart. And it's only when our support system look like they might fail us, that we realize how much we've depended on all along.

The Girl with No Name [8.20][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] When you are a kid you always want things to stay the same. The same teachers, the same house, the same friends... Being a surgeon is no different. You get used to the same attendings, the same scrub nurses, the same hospital. Of course that all changes the minute fifth year comes around and you have to find a new job.

Meredith: [voiceover] It's one of those things people say. You can move on until you let go of with the past. Letting go is the easy part, it's the moving on that's painful. So sometimes we fight it, trying to keep things the same. Things can't stay the same though. At some point you just have to let it go. Move on. Because no matter how painful it is. It's the only way we grow.

Moment of Truth [8.21][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] Picture this, you've spent the past five years of your residency training to become a surgeon. But those five years, suddenly don't matter. The only thing that matters, the only thing between you and your career is a test. In a random hotel, in a random place with a random examiner asking you random questions. Nervous? You should be.

Callie: They hate each other.
Bailey: They are professionals, they'll be fine...
Callie: No, it's awful, it's tense and it's cold and it's dangerous. It feels like diffusing a bomb...in a haunted house...that's built on a mine field, and there are bears...EVERYWHERE...and, the bears have knives!

Cristina: Owen slept with someone.
Meredith: Yeah.
Cristina: Did you know it?
Meredith: Yeah.
Cristina: Does everyone know?
Meredith: No. He thought you've told me, so he told me. Anyway that's how I know.
Cristina: OK.
Meredith: He is a pig and you deserve better. Are you still there?
Cristina: Yeah. I'm still here

Cristina: Well he is my husband. This is a marriage.
Meredith: OK
Cristina: Oh I wanna leave him.
Meredith: OK.
Cristina: So that means I'm gone.
Meredith: So you are gonna take the job at Stanford?
Cristina: Or Columbia.
Meredith: You'll be leaving me too.
Cristina: You might go to the Bringham.
Meredith: Probably not.
Cristina: Maybe. Yeah I'll leave you too... There're phones you know.
Meredith: Oh, you hate the phone.
Cristina: I know I do. But I mean I don't have to like it.
Meredith: Put your hand under the door.
Cristina: What?
Meredith: Just do it.

Meredith: [voiceover] Kindergarten. High school. College. Med School. Residency. That all leads to this moment. Some people can crack under the pressure others thrive. Either way there's nothing left to do. No more studying no more preparing. Like it or not the moment has arrived. The only thing left you to do is show up.

Let the Bad Times Roll [8.22][edit]

Meredith: [voiceover] Carpe diem. How annoying is carpe diem? How are you supposed to plan a life? A career? A family? If you're always "carpe"-ing the "diem"? If we all seized every moment of every day, there wouldn't be doctors. Who'd sit through med school? We'd all be too busy living in the now, whatever that means.

Arizona: What the hell were you thinking?
Nick: Dude...
Arizona: You're an idiot. You should have called me. I mean, w-why didn't you call me?! I'm a doctor what do you think I do all day long?! Instead you go to some quack in Tibet? I mean, you should have freaking called me!
Nick: Naturopathy works too, Flagstaff.
Arizona: Woah! It's not Flagstaff! And it's not Phoenix and it's not Tempe it is Arizona Robbins, M.D. do you know what that means?
Nick: How do you spell it?
Arizona: It's not funny Nick! Nothing is funny you're dying! And you know what hell it was when Tim died because you were there, and-and you and I barely made it through that so to do nothing for six years and then come when it's too late I-I-
Nick: Why do you think I didn't come to you sooner? Honestly after Tim died, I could...You think I don't know how this must feel for you?
Arizona: You're an idiot! I couldn't have helped him! But I could have helped you! [storms out]

Lexie: [to Mark] I love you. Oh God... Oh, my God, that just came flying out of my face. I love you. I just...I did it again. I love you. I do. I just, I love you. And I have been trying not to say it. I have been trying so hard to just mash it down and ignore it and not say it and… Jackson is a great guy. He is. He’s gorgeous and he’s younger than you, he doesn’t have any grandkids, or babies with his lesbian BFFs, and he’s an Avery, and he liked me, you know? He really liked me. But it was never gonna work out, because I love you. I am so in love with you. You’re in me. You’re like— it’s like you’re a disease. It’s like I am infected by Mark Sloan and I just can’t think about anything or anybody and I can’t sleep. I can’t breathe. I can’t eat. And I love you. I love you all the time. Every minute of every day. I love you. God, that feels good to just say that. I feel so much better. I love you.

Examiner: You seem awfully sure of yourself
Cristina: I'm sorry. Is that a question?
Examiner: You feel threaten?
Cristina: Oh. Have we move into psychology?
Examiner: I find your hostility curious
Cristina: I'm curious as to why you think me hostile
Examiner: You know. if you don't agree with my approach I wish you'd voice your issues
Cristina: I don't disagree
Examiner: I don't believe you
Cristina: Are you calling me a liar Sir.? Fine. You know what? Earlier when I said I was OK with that open procedure I wasn't. That might have been OK when Hawkeye and BJ did it on MASH. But being the new century and all, I would have, as I said earlier, treated endoscopically.
Examiner: Then you lied earlier.
Cristina: You know. Oh God. I can answer these questions anyway you want using medical techniques from any era. So how about if we just... You know pick a decade you are comfortable with and go from there.
Examiner: Well then. It's been a pleasure being witness to such a genius. I can now finally retired knowing that such advanced and creative minds work in the surgical field.
Cristina: That's it?
Examiner: Oh I think we've had enough of an education today Dr. Yang.
Cristina: But... There still twenty minutes.
Examiner: No need. Oh... the best of luck

Meredith: [voiceover]: I'll admit the Romans had a point. You gotta to live life. And living means that every morning when you wake up you have to chose between seizing what life offers in the moment and forging ahead, no matter the weather or closing the curtains and shutting out the day.

Migration [8.23][edit]

Meredith:[voiceover]: So there is this bird, some sort of swallow I think. Every September thousand of them ditch rainy Seattle to winter in Mexico. These birds aren't dumb. And every year crowds of people gather around to drink beer and watch the flocks take off. They call it the Great Migration.

Alex: Hopkins!
Cristina: Uh, Hopkins is not in the running.
Alex: Not for you, for me! Hopkins! Hopkins wants me, HOPKINS WANTS ME!
Cristina: Johns Hopkins? The hospital? Not Hopkins Refrigeration School?
Meredith: [at the same time] Alex, how?
Alex: I kind of bitched out their Chief of Surgery at my boards and I-I guess he was impressed.
Cristina: So they know you're a jerk.
Alex: They totally know, And they want me. Hopkins wants me!
Meredith: [smiling] I am not surprised at all.
Cristina: I am one-hundred percent surprised.
[Alex looks at Cristina and turns around preparing to leave]
Cristina: Hey.
[Alex turns back]
Cristina: [gives Karev a hug] Nice work, Evil Spawn.
Alex: [Smiles and turns and walks away happily] Yes! Hopkins!

Derek: How's Julia? You impregnate her yet?
Mark: I was all ready to, but then Lexie... she told me she was in love with me.
Derek: Oh... What did you say?
Mark: I said "Thank you for your candor."
Derek: "Thank you for your candor"?
Mark: What was I supposed to do?
Derek: Well, I don't know, kiss her?
Mark: Julia's away on a conference, I'm not a cheater. (Derek gives him a look) Usually.

Callie: Aww, that's cute. Must be nice in here with all these cute little babies.
Arizona: [sighs happily] Yeah.
Callie: Is she dying? Like, right now? Cause Nick is. Remember Nick? Your brother's best friend? Your rock? Who is right now packing up, and bailing on a surgery that he needs to live because you can't get your stubborn head out of your ass and let go of the fact that he didn't come to you sooner. [Arizona begins to protest] No! I, I-I don't get it! You watch babies die every day. When things looked bad for me you didn't leave my side! But now, your best friend's asking for you. Look, you need to get your crap together before he leaves. Because if he goes now, he is gone. [about the baby they're standing over] She's not actually dying, is she?
Arizona: No.
Callie: Okay, good.

Patient: Jake could die, or be in a wheelchair the rest of his life. I'm the one that insisted we go to Thailand. I keep trying to turn him into somebody else. Maybe we made a mistake.
Mark: What do you mean, exactly?
Jackson: How do you know it was a mistake?
Patient: I don't know why we keep coming back to each other. We're the same people, but we keep expecting a different outcome. Isn't that the definition of insanity?
Mark: Or love. If there's a spark, there's a spark.
Jackson: Or maybe you think there's a spark, but it just happened once so you can't really tell and there's no time to actually figure that out because you're probably moving halfway across the country.

Chief: Hopkins didn't pull the offer, did they?
Alex: They, uh, gave me the international rotation and the moving expenses, and they took care of, uh, all my loans-- college, med school.
Chief: Yes.
Alex: They're even throwing in a mortgage allowance. I could buy a house.
Chief: Good.
Alex: They gave me everything I asked for. So did Hunt.
Chief: Then... why the hell aren't you celebrating?
Alex: No one's ever wanted me like this.
Chief: You just don't recognize the view, Karev...The crowd going wild, people taking pictures, the snap of the tape as you break it.
Alex: What are you talking about?
Chief: What it looks like when you finish first.

Callie: Hey. I just checked in on him. His vitals are stable, and he's sleeping.
Arizona: [turns around, crying] Don't ever leave.
Callie: What?
Arizona: Don't. Ever leave. Promise me that right now.
Callie: I'm not going anywhere, I promise.
Arizona: After my brother, I thought, "I can't do this ever again. I won't do this again." And now? Here I am.
Callie: Okay. Whatever you can't do, I will. I'm here. And that's how this works. Okay? Okay. [they hug, Arizona begins sobbing]

Meredith: [voiceover]: I don't know how those birds do it. Travel thousand of miles without getting lost. Banging into windows, being eaten by cats. But every spring they are always here. I guess they come back to what they know. People say it's pretty cool watching them go. They say you can actually see the moment when at some mysterious signal, all at once, the birds decide to leave. So maybe I've been missing out. Whatever. There's always next year.

Flight [8.24][edit]

Cristina: If there's one thing that I've learned with all the-the bombs, and the guns to my head, and-and the buses running down my friends is that I am not interested in dying! I want to get out of here! And I want to go home! And everyone has to help.

Mark: [ to Lexie] I love you. I do. I love you. I've always been in love with you. I will always be in love with you. We can get married. And you're gonna be an amazing surgeon. We're gonna have 2 or 3 kids. We're gonna be happy, Lex. You and me. We're gonna have the best life, Lexie. You and me. You can't die, because we're supposed to end up together. We are meant to be. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you.

Callie: Oh, boohoo, poor April didn't pass her test. Big whoop, okay? I got fired from chief resident, and then I got fired from this hospital, oh, my husband cheated on me-
April: Wh-you were married? To a man? [Alex nods]
Callie: [seriously] And then he died. So I didn't think I was ever gonna be happy again. But now? My life is pretty damn great. So, you're having a rough time. It's, nothing! It's a blip! And in the meantime, you're missing your moment! You survived residency! Stop, and celebrate that. Cause life? Changes in an instant. Turns on a dime. One minute you're miserable, and then the next, you've met the most amazing woman in the world, and are in love. This moment, your moment, it only happens once. [turns to walk away] Oh, and the duck is freakin' amazing. [slaps Alex's chips to the floor]

Meredith: [voiceover] The years we spend as surgical residents will be the best and worst of our lives. We will be pushed to our breaking point. This is the starting line. This is our arena. How well we play? That's up to us.

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