Meredith Grey: Just for the record... you'd tell me if I need to get tested, right?
Derek Shepherd: You think I have syphilis?
Meredith Grey: No, I don't. It's just... We never made any rules or anything. I mean, we never said, "We have rules," and I wouldn't hold it against you.
Derek Shepherd: When would I have time to go out and get syphilis? You're a handful enough as it is, and besides, we're practically a condom ad.
Meredith Grey: But no more glow-in-the-dark ones.
Derek Shepherd: You see? There's nothing to worry about. Maybe we should, you know, make some rules, I mean.
Meredith Grey: We should.
Derek Shepherd: Just for the record... I like the glow-in-the-dark ones.
Meredith Grey (narration): Secrets can't hide in science. Medicine has a way of exposing the lies. Within the walls of the hospital, the truth is stripped bare. How we keep our secrets outside the hospital – well, that’s a little different. One thing is certain, whatever it is we're trying to hide; we're never ready for that moment when the truth gets naked. That's the problem with secrets – like misery, they love company. They pile up and up until they take over everything, until you don't have room for anything else, until you're so full of secrets you feel like you're going to burst. The thing people forget is how good it can feel when you finally set secrets free. Whether good or bad, at least they're out in the open, like it or not. And once your secrets are out in the open, you don't have to hide behind them anymore. The problem with secrets is even when you think you're in control, you're not.
Derek Shepherd (to Meredith): All right. My mother's maiden name, Maloney. I have four sisters. I have nine nieces. Five nephews. I like coffee ice cream, single-malt scotch, occasionally a good cigar. I like to fly-fish. I cheat when I do the crossword puzzle on Sunday. And I never dance in public. Favourite novel, The Sun Also Rises. Favourite band, The Clash. Favourite colour is blue. I don't like light blue. Indigo. The scar here on my forehead, that's why I don't ride motorcycles anymore. And I live in that trailer. All this land is mine. I have no idea what I'm gonna do with it. So that's it. That's all you've earned for now. The rest you're just... just gonna have to take on faith.
Meredith Grey (narration): You know how when you were a kid and you believed in fairy tales? That fantasy of what your life would be – white dress, prince charming who’d carry you away to a castle on a hill. You’d lie in your bed at night and close your eyes and you had complete and utter faith. Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, prince charming –they were so close you could taste them. But eventually you grow up and one day you open your eyes and the fairy tale disappears. Most people turn to the things and people they can trust. But the thing is, it’s hard to let go of that fairy tale entirely because almost everyone has that smallest bit of hope and faith that one day they would open their eyes and it would all come true. At the end of the day, faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don't really expect it. Its like one day you realize that the fairy tale may be slightly different than you dreamed. The castle, well, it may not be a castle. And it's not so important that it's happy ever after. Just that it's happy right now. See once in a while, once in a blue moon, people will surprise you, and once in a while people may even take your breath away.
Meredith Grey (narration): OK. Anyone who says you can sleep when you die, tell them to come talk to me after a few months as an intern. Of course, it's not just the job that keeps us up all night. I mean, if life's so hard already, why do we bring more trouble down on ourselves? What's up with the need to hit the self-destruct button? Maybe we like the pain. Maybe we're wired that way. Because without it, I don't know, maybe we just wouldn't feel real. What's that saying? Why do I keep hitting myself with a hammer? Because it feels so good when I stop.
Meredith Grey (narration): A couple of hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. “Never leave that till tomorrow,” he said, “Which you can do today.” This is the man who discovered electricity. You’d think more of us would listen to what he had to say. I don’t know why we put things off, but if I had to guess, I’d say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure. Fear of pain. Fear of rejection. Sometimes the fear is just of making a decision, because what if you’re wrong? What if you make a mistake you can’t undo? Whatever it is we're afraid of, one thing holds true: that by the time the pain of not doing the thing gets worse than the fear of doing it, it can feel like we're carrying around a giant tumor. And you thought I was speaking metaphorically. The early bird catches the worm; a stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates is lost. We can't pretend we haven't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to ‘seize the day'. Still sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore, until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin meant. That knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping. And that even the biggest failure, even the worst most intractable mistake beats the hell out of never trying.
Meredith Grey (narration): Remember when you were a kid and your biggest worry was, like, if you'd get a bike for your birthday or if you'd get to eat cookies for breakfast. Being an adult? Totally overrated. I mean seriously, don't be fooled by all the hot shoes and the great sex and the no parents anywhere telling you what to do. Adulthood is responsibility. Responsibility, it really does suck. Really, really sucks. Adults have to be places and do things and earn a living and pay the rent. And if you're training to be a surgeon, holding a human heart in your hands, hello? Talk about responsibility. Kind of makes bikes and cookies look really, really good, doesn't it? The scariest part about responsibility? When you screw up and let it slip right through your fingers. Responsibility. It really does suck. Unfortunately, once you get past the age of braces and training bras, responsibility doesn't go away. It can't be avoided. Either someone makes us face it or we suffer the consequences. And still adulthood has it perks. I mean the shoes, the sex, the no parents anywhere telling you what to do. That's, pretty damn good.
Alex Karev: We have Bethany Whisper in our locker room. Oh, boy, I guess they do airbrush out the tattoo, don't they?
Izzie Stevens: You want to see it? You really want to see it? Fine. Let's look at that tattoo up close and personal, shall we?! And what are these? Oh, my god! Breasts! How does anybody practice medicine hauling these things around?! And what do we got back here? Let's see if I remember my anatomy. Glutes, right? Let's study them, shall we? Gather around and check out the booty that put Izzie Stevens through med school. Have you had enough or should I continue? Because I have a few more very interesting tattoos. You want to call me Dr. Model? That's fine. Just remember that while you're sitting on 200 grand of student loans... I'm out of debt.
Meredith Grey (narration): Intimacy is a four syllable word for "Here is my heart and soul, please grind them into hamburger, and enjoy." It's both desired, and feared. Difficult to live with, and impossible to live without. Intimacy also comes attached to life's three R's: relatives, romance, and roommates. There are some things you can't escape. And other things you just don't want to know. I wish there were a rulebook for intimacy. Some kind of guide to tell you when you've crossed the line. It would be nice if you could see it coming, and I don't know how you fit it on a map. You take it where you can get it, and keep it as long as you can. And as for rules, maybe there are none. Maybe the rules of intimacy are something you have to define for yourself.
Cristina Yang: Kills you, doesn't it?
Alex Karev: What?
Cristina Yang: That two women caught the harvest.
Alex Karev: No, it kills me that anybody got the harvest but me. Boobs do not factor into this equation. Unless, uh, you want to show me yours.
Meredith Grey: I'm gonna become a lesbian.
Cristina Yang: Me too.
Meredith Grey: They're everywhere. All the time. Izzie's all perky, and George does this thing where he's helpful and considerate. They share food, and they say things, and they move things and they breathe. Ugh. They're, like, happy.
Cristina Yang: Kick them out.
Meredith Grey: I can't kick them out. They just moved in. I asked them to move in.
Cristina Yang: So what? You're just gonna repress everything in a deep, dark, twisted place until, one day, you snap and kill them?
Meredith Grey: Yep.
Cristina Yang: This is why we are friends.
|Release Date:||27 March 2005|
A Medical-Based drama centered around Meredith Grey, an aspiring surgeon and daughter of one of the best surgeons, Dr. Ellis Grey. Throughout the series, Meredith goes through professional and personal challenges along with fellow surgeons at Seattle Grace Hospital. (IMDb)
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A-Z List of Characters
|Addison Montgomery||Kate Walsh|
|Alex Karev||Justin Chambers|
|Amelia Shepherd||Caterina Scorsone|
|Andrew DeLuca||Giacomo Gianniotti|
|April Kepner||Sarah Drew|
|Arizona Robbins||Jessica Capshaw|
|Ben Warren||Jason George|
|Carina DeLuca||Stefania Spampinato|
|Casey Parker||Alex Blue Davis|
|Catherine Avery||Debbie Allen|
|Cristina Yang||Sandra Oh|
|Derek Shepherd||Patrick Dempsey|
|George O’Malley||T.R. Knight|
|Izzie Stevens||Katherine Heigl|
|Jackson Avery||Jesse Williams|
|Jo Wilson||Camilla Luddington|
|Maggie Pierce||Kelly McCreary|
|Megan Hunt||Abigail Spencer|
|Meredith Grey||Ellen Pompeo|
|Miranda Bailey||Chandra Wilson|
|Nathan Riggs||Martin Henderson|
|Owen Hunt||Kevin McKidd|
|Preston Burke||Isaiah Washington|
|Richard Webber||James Pickens Jr.|
|Stephanie Edwards||Jerrika Hinton|
|Teddy Altman||Kim Raver|