Grey's Anatomy

Heart-Shaped Box

Season 8, Ep 8, Aired 11/3/11
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  • Episode Description
  • The doctors become nostalgic when George O'Malley's mother, Louise, returns to Seattle Grace for medical help after a botched surgery at a neighboring hospital; the residents are inspired by a medical miracle when they witness a harvested heart that continues to beat outside the body; a new pediatric fellow excites Arizona and makes Alex feel threatened; Jackson lets his suspicions about Mark and Lexie interfere with his work; and Henry and Teddy have their first marital fight when he expresses interest in pursuing medical school.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shonda Rhimes

  • Jessica Yu

  • Austin Guzman

  • Ellen Pompeo

    Dr. Meredith Grey

  • Patrick Dempsey

    Dr. Derek Shepherd

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  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • heart in a box

    By greysncis2010, Nov 05, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (35)

    • Alex (to Mer & Cristina): O'Malley wasn't a creep, okay? If he were here right now, he'd be kicking all of our asses. He would've slapped chief resident right out Kepner's hand. I just don't like thinking about him because then I have to think about Izzie and then I get all sad and sappy and then I totally miss the chance to nail hot drunk chicks who spent the day hearing about how I'm awesome. Which I should be all about. George is dead and Izzie is gone and we're all different. We're different.

    • Derek: A man just booked a flight from Witchta. You want to tell him no, I'll give you his number and you can tell him yourself. Owen: I'm not worried about the hospital's mortality rates, Derek. I'm worried about you. You've had a lot of losses this year and I'm concerned that you're lining yourself up for more. Derek: You're worried about my reputation. Owen: Well, there is-- Derek: I don't have a reputation anymore. I was gonna be the guy who cured Alzheimer's, now I'm blacklisted by the FDA so, I don't have to worry about that anymore. I get to choose what I worry about. And I choose them. I feel that I can change their story. I owe it to them to at least try. Owen: That's-- That's pretty damn arrogant, don't you think? Derek: Well, I have a reputation for arrogance.

    • Louise: Callie. Callie: Hey. Meredith said that the surgery went great. ... I like girls, uh, as in, romantically. It... It turns out that I like girls. Uh, women. And I met the most amazing woman. Uh, d-do you remember Dr. Robbins from this morning? Yeah, we got married. Oh, but before that we got into an accident, a car accident, a really bad accident and I almost died. But I didn't and Sofia-- Neither did Sofia our baby. Our perfect, beautiful, baby. And I'm uh... I'm... Screwing all this up. (sighs) Look, I know this is a lot and I understand, and if this is too much for you to handle, believe me, my own mother practically disowned me, so... I understand. Oh, God, I'm making you cry. Please don't cry. Louise (teary-eyed, smiles): You have a baby? Callie: I- I do. Louise: Do you have any pictures? Callie: You wanna see 'em? Louise: Are you kidding? (they both laugh, and get teary eyed, Callie pulls out her phone and shows her pictures)

    • Richard: I heard a helicopter touched down on the roof. Cristina: Let them come. You were right. She was the key. (hands him her list) Richard (looks the list over): Now this is a fine list. Cristina: Thank you, sir. (Richard reaches into his pocket and hands her his own list) You made a list, too? Richard: I was inspried. Cristina (looking at the list): Oh, I wanna put this on my list, too. Richard: If one of those comes in, we'll have to see who gets to it first. Cristina: Okay. Doctor: Hi, we're the precurment team from Columbia. Richard: She's all yours. ... Heart in a box. Cristina: Hot diggidy.

    • Lexie: Hey, you paged? I can't get out of here yet, I gotta follow up with my patient and make sure she's in the right frame of mind. ... You okay? Jackson: Yeah. I-I just missed a surgery today. Th-That's not true. I avoided a surgery today, one that I wanted to do for weeks because of this thing with you and Mark. Lexie: There is nothing between me and Mark. Jackson: Yeah, I've been trying really, really hard to believe that. But there is a thing and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. And this new thing with me and plastics, that's not going away either. Something's gotta budge. So, I have to walk away from you, for me. Lexie: So... You're picking Mark. Jackson: I've spent way too much time sabotagging my own career, Lex. So, yeah, I'm picking Mark. ... Can you-- Can you tell me that I shouldn't? (Lexie is silent, Jackson nods and walks out)

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    Notes (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 3, 2011 on CTV
      Sweden: November 23, 2011 on Kanal 5
      Germany: May 16, 2012 on ProSieben
      Norway: May 29, 2012 on TV2

    Trivia (2)

    • This episode is named like Nirvana's song, "Heart-Shaped Box"

    • A woman in New England was really saved by having a heart transplant in which the organ, in fact, was preserved in a box.

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