Meredith Grey (narration): We live out our lives on the surgical unit. Seven days a week, fourteen hours a day. We're together more than we're apart. After a while - the ways of residency - become the ways of life. Number one: always keep score. Number two: do whatever you can to outsmart the other guy. Number three: Don't make friends with the enemy. Oh, and yeah, number four: everything, everything is a competition. Whoever said that winning wasn't everything never held a scalpel. There's another way to survive this competition. A way no one ever seems to tells you about. One you have to learn for yourself. Number five: it's not about the race at all. There are no winners or losers. Victories are counted by the number of lives saved. And once in a while, if you're smart, the life you save could be your own.
George O'Malley: You know what you need?
Meredith Grey: No. It's sick and twisted. We said last time was the last time. You've been doing it without me?
George O'Malley: Nancy Reagan lied. You can't just say no. Come on.
Meredith Grey: Do you know what would happen if anyone knew?
George O'Malley: I'm doing it. You can come with me, or you can stay here and be miserable.
(In next scene George and Meredith are looking at the newborn babies and George is babbling at them...)
Meredith Grey: You are such a woman.
Miranda Bailey: Every intern wants to perform their first surgery. That's not your job. Do you know what your job is? To make your resident happy. Do I look happy? No. Why? Because my interns are whiny. You know what will make me look happy? Having code team staffed, having the trauma pages answered, having the weekend labs delivered and having someone down in the pit doing the sutures. No one holds a scalpel till I'm so happy I'm Mary-freakin'-Poppins.
Meredith Grey (narration): It's all about lines. The finish line at the end of residency, waiting in line for a chance at the operating table, and then, there's the most important line. The line separating you from the people you work with. It doesn't help to get too familiar. To make friends. You need boundaries between you and the rest of the world. Other people are far too messy. It's all about lines. Drawing lines in the sand, and praying like hell no one crosses them. At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out. They fence you in. Life is messy. That's how we're made. So, you can waste your life, drawing lines, Or, you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines... that are way too dangerous to cross. But here's what I know. If you're willing to take the chance... the view from the other side is spectacular.
George O'Malley: You know, my parents tell everyone they meet that their son's a surgeon, as if it's a big accomplishment. Superhero or something. If they could see me now.
Meredith Grey: When I told my mother I wanted to go to medical school, she tried to talk me out of it. Said I didn't have what it takes to be a surgeon, that I'd never make it. So the way I see it, superhero sounds pretty damn good.
George O'Malley: We're gonna survive this, right?
Derek Shepherd: Dr. Shepherd? This morning, it was Derek. Now it's Dr. Shepherd.
Meredith Grey: Dr. Shepherd, we should pretend it never happened.
Derek Shepherd: What never happened? You sleeping with me, or you throwing me out this morning? Because both are fond memories I'd like to hold onto.
Meredith Grey: No, there will be no memories. I'm not the girl in the bar anymore, and you're not the guy. This can't exist. You get that, right?