Miranda Bailey: I have five rules. Memorize them. Rule number one: Don't bother sucking up. I hate you. That's not gonna change. Trauma protocol, phone list, pagers, nurses will page you. You will answer every page at a run. A run! That's rule number two. Your first shift starts now and lasts 48 hours. You're interns, grunts, nobodies, bottom of the surgical food chain. You run labs, write orders, work every second night until you drop, and don't complain. On-call rooms. Attendings hog them. Sleep when you can where you can, which brings me to rule number three. If I'm sleeping, don't wake me unless your patient is dying. Rule four: The dying patient better not be dead when I get there. Not only will you have killed someone, you woke me for no reason. We clear? (Meredith raises her hand) Yes?
Meredith Grey: You said five rules. That was only four.
Miranda Bailey: Rule number five: When I move, you move.
Richard Webber: Each of you comes here today hopeful, wanting in on the game. A month ago, you were in med school being taught by doctors. Today... you are the doctors. The seven years you spend here as a surgical resident will be the best and worst of your life. You will be pushed to the breaking point. Look around you. Say hello to your competition. Eight of you will switch to an easier specialty. Five will crack under the pressure. Two of you will be asked to leave. This is your starting line. This is your arena. How well you play, that's up to you.
Meredith Grey (narration): The game. They say a person either has what it takes to play, or they don't. My mother was one of the greats. Me on the other hand, I'm kinda screwed. Like I said, I'm screwed. I can't think of any one reason why I want to be a surgeon. But I can think of a thousand reasons why I should quit. They make it hard on purpose. There are lives in our hands. There comes a moment when it's more than just a game. And you either take that step forward or turn around and walk away. I could quit, but here's the thing. I love the playing field.
Meredith Grey: For the longest time, ferry boats made me sad. But from now on, I will look at them the way my husband did. I will see the beauty. I will see the wind, the air, the sea, the motion. I will see the possibility because of the two of you. I have never seen two people bring out better in each other. And if the two of you can take this day and turn it into lemonade, then you can do anything. So, Alex Karev, do you want to marry Jo Wilson?
Alex Karev: I do.
Minister: Do you, Matthew, take April as your wife?
Matthew Taylor: I do.
Meredith Grey: Jo Wilson, do you want to marry Alex Karev?
Jo Wilson: I super do.
Minister: And do you, April, take Matthew as your husband?
April Kepner: I do.
Meredith Grey: By the power vested in me by the Internet...
Minister: And by the power vested in me and with God's abundant blessings, I pronounce you husband and wife.
Meredith Grey: I now pronounce you married. You may kiss the bride.
Minister: You may kiss the bride.
Meredith Grey: What do you want to do now? You want to borrow my Post-it notes?
Alex Karev: You know, even if I have to leave, I'm never leaving you. You know that.
Meredith Grey: I know that.
Alex Karev: And, uh, Maggie showed me something. If you click that button right there, you can become an ordained minister instantly. (Meredith clicks the button)
April Kepner: Well, this didn't go according to plan.
Matthew Taylor: Let's try again.
April Kepner: I don't think Alex or Jo would have any interest in having me attempt for a second time.
Matthew Taylor: I wasn't talking about them. April, I love you. All day, I've watched you plan an entire wedding for other people, and I love that you're the only one who cares that it all went to crap. I love... I love how much you trust God. I love how you sing to Harriet... and how you hold her little hands when you pray with her. And I love the way you talk to Ruby. You saved her. You saved me. And I know that this is fast and crazy, but I... I don't care... because I love... I loved who you were five years ago, and I love you even more today. I don't ever want to be without you again, and I almost had to be. So I don't want to waste any more time. April, will you marry me?
April Kepner: Yes. Yes.
Meredith Grey: Andrew, you're young, and you have that face. You're gonna fall in love again, and you're gonna get your heart broken again. And that's life. And it's beautiful, and it's messy. It's a beautiful mess, but you can't cling to what was. You have to look to what might be... (Andrew kisses her) Andrew...
Andrew DeLuca: What?
Meredith Grey: That is not what I meant.
Andrew DeLuca: It's not?
Meredith Grey: No, this is not a seduction.
Andrew DeLuca: Oh, God. I'm so sorry. Am I fired?
Meredith Grey: No, I'm flattered.
Alex Karev: Oh! Hey, I thought we weren't supposed to see each other today.
Arizona Robbins: You aren't. You're not. What are you doing?
Jo Wilson: I got it... Mass Gen. I got the fellowship at Mass Gen.
Alex Karev: What?
Meredith Grey: You are not supposed to see each other today.
Alex Karev: Ah, you got married on a post-it.
Arizona Robbins: You're not gonna talk me out of moving, and it's just gonna make us sad, and that's not what today is about, so just shut up and eat your cereal.
Alex Karev: Today is about that. You're leaving today.
Arizona Robbins: Not till after you get married. And Alex Karev married? That's, like, my work here is done.
Alex Karev: Well, at least can I say "thank you"?
Arizona Robbins: Not unless you want to make me cry.
Zola Shepherd: Are you ever gonna get married again?
Meredith Grey: I don't think so, Zozo. I... You know, I-I already had one great love in my life. I don't want to be too greedy.
Zola Shepherd: Mom, I don't think love is like candy. I don't think you could be too greedy for it, and I don't think you could fill up on it.
Meredith Grey: When did you turn 40?
Meredith Grey (narration): A recent study found that marriage actually has health benefits. Married people live longer, have fewer strokes, and fewer heart attacks than people who are single. Scientific or not, I find that study incredibly irritating. Happily, there are other studies that tell us the real truth about the health benefits of marriage, which is that the benefits have nothing to do with marriage at all. Because those studies have shown that staying in an unhappy marriage is the worst thing you can do for your health and your children. So better health is a direct result of healthy relationships. You don't need a spouse, you just need someone you can trust. You need someone you can talk to. You need someone who will celebrate your wins and grieve your losses. You need someone who can forgive you. You need someone who will show up, no questions asked, and walk with you through every unexpected twist and turn life throws your way.
April Kepner: Arizona, I'm fine.
Arizona Robbins: I know. I know.
Alex Karev: No white light? No pearly gates?
Ben Warren: Nothing?
April Kepner: No, because I didn't die, you guys. I was hypothermic. My vessels vasoconstricted to preserve my heat, my heart stopped, my brain shut down, but the cold kept it from dying, and then you all thawed me out and rebooted my body. I didn't die and come back to life. There's one guy that does that... that's Jesus, and I know I didn't die, because if I had, I would've met him. I know that for sure.