Grey's Anatomy

Season 2 Episode 20

Band Aid Covers the Bullet Hole

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 12, 2006 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • The shot of Addison twisting her ring was taken from the episode Deny, Deny, Deny (2.04). The intern in the shot is Meredith.

    • Goof: When Natalie Cole (Mrs. Booker) stands up from her wheelchair, Meredith doesn't do anything to place the IV bottle higher than Mrs. Booker's hand. In reality, blood would have backflowed from the IV line inserted in her hand since they were talking for quite a time and the IV was still on the wheelchair's IV stand.

  • Quotes

    • (Cristina is lying asleep holding Tuck who is also asleep on the bottom bunk-bed. Bailey comes in and gently removes Cristina's arm holding Tuck and leans in to take him. Cristina wakes groggy)
      Cristina: I fed him. Oh, god, there's poop everywhere.
      Bailey (takes Tuck): Go back to sleep, Cristina.
      Cristina: I know you're the boss of me and you could destroy my career and make my life a living hell and torture and pain and all that but just in the future I don't babysit!

    • Addison: I had a lunch date with my patient's husband today. He paid attention to me Miranda. For a whole half hour.
      Bailey (gives her a look): Addison, not gonna fix the problem with your husband by having meals with someone else's.
      Addison: Mmm.
      Bailey: I mean it!

    • Meredith: They have no right to be mad at me! It's none of their business.
      Derek: I agree.
      Meredith: You can't agree. You don't even know what I'm talking about.
      Derek: You're talking about being mad at your friends for being mad at you.
      Meredith: I hate them. I do.
      Derek (leans closer to her): What the hell did you do?
      Meredith: Not telling you.
      Derek: Oh you know, as a friend, you suck.

    • Alex: Always happy to get this page. (starts to take off his shirt)
      Izzie: Stop. That's not why I paged you.
      Alex: What you paged me to the on-call room to talk?
      Izzie: No I paged you to the on-call room to yell. Why the hell did you talk to Denny about us? You had no right!
      Alex: Oh right because you never talk to Denny about personal-
      Izzie: I don't talk to him about our sex life, Alex! That is between us!
      Alex: Oh, got it! So none of your friends know that we're sleeping together?
      Izzie: I'm sorry, are you saying that you and Denny are friends now?
      Alex: No, I don't become friends with my patients Iz!
      Izzie: You're an ass! You feel threatened by him! That is why you did that! There is no other reason!
      Alex: You're his doctor Izzie! And he's your half-dead, possibly soon to be all-dead patient! How can I possibly be threatened by that guy?
      Izzie: I cannot believe you just said that.
      Alex: Someone's got to.

    • Denny: Look man I'm sure you're, I'm sure you're a fine doctor just, just not as much my type. No offence.
      Alex: Yeah, well, I'll just have to settle on being Izzie's type.

    • Sylvia: Um, do you know what you're doing? I mean have you ever done this before?
      Meredith (smiles): Have I ever pulled out a fork from somebody's neck? (Kyle chuckles)

    • Heath: After hockey practice this morning. Didn't have my glove on cause I was getting a drink from the goalie's water bottle and the next thing I know this ass-head crashes into the net, my hand gets tangled in the mesh and I start hearing pops. Big pops.
      Callie: Dr. O'Malley, what do you see? (George goes over to look at the x-ray)
      George: Oh dislocation of the P.I.P joint and multiple fractures. (he moves back to Heath) That must really hurt.
      Heath: It's just a finger. Last season I took a puck to the face; broke two teeth. (he smiles)
      George: Oh, yeah.
      Callie: Ortho's love hockey season. It's like Christmas everyday.
      Heath: Can we just like put it on a splint or something? I've got a really big game this afternoon. (Callie and George exchange looks)

    • Kyle: Sylvia was giving me some special attention. Under the table.
      Sylvia (embarrassed): Oh dear lord.
      Derek: Oh! Okay! (Meredith tries not to laugh, but smiles broadly)
      Kyle: Sweetie, they're doctors. They've heard it all.
      Derek: Yes.
      Meredith: Absolutely. (Derek grins at Meredith. Meredith shoots him a look trying to smile)
      Sylvia: While I was down there something happened. It was like a shock went through my body.
      Kyle: And she clenched.
      Derek: Clenched.
      Sylvia (nods): My jaw. It just shut.
      Derek: Oh, yeah. (Derek makes a look of pain to Meredith who just nods back)
      Kyle: And I grabbed a fork off the table and it was just instinctual.
      Sylvia: It doesn't hurt that much. We just didn't want to pull it out cause it's in there pretty good.
      Meredith: No you did the right thing. Pulling it out could cause more damage.

    • Addison: Are you taking him to the nursery?
      Bailey: Ah, it's full and Tucker's out of town until tomorrow.
      Richard (walks up): You brought your baby to work? (Addison takes Tuck from Bailey, he's still crying)
      Bailey: Uh, yes, Chief.
      Richard: You're not going to take him into surgery with you?
      Bailey: Uh, uh, I don't have anything scheduled for today.
      Richard: Yet.
      Bailey: Okay, I can't solve a problem until there's a problem solver. Are you saying there's a problem?
      Addison: Is there a problem, Richard?
      Richard: No.

    • Mr. Gibson: Wow, you bear a striking resemblance to a young Catherine Deneuve. (Addison looks a little surprised) Oh you've, you've never heard that before?
      Addison: Uh, eh no. Sorry I, I have to say it's a first.
      Bailey (quietly): Been told I look like Halle Berry.

    • Cristina: What's wrong with your hair?
      Burke: Leave the man alone. He's got issues. And if he wants to cut his hair to get over those issues then that's his business. His thing.
      George: It's my thing.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): As doctors, patients are always telling us how they'd do our jobs. Just stitch me up, slap a band-aid on it and send me home. It's easy to suggest a quick solution, when you don't know much about the problem or you don't understand the underlying cause or just how deep the wound is. The first step toward a real cure is to know exactly what the disease is to begin with. But that's not what people want to hear. We're supposed to forget the past that led us here, ignore the future complications that might arise and go for the quick fix.

    • Meredith (to George, after she trapped him in the elevator): You're trapped. And you don't have to talk I'll do the talking. (George is looking at the ceiling) George, I am truly very deeply, sorry. And I'm not going to make excuses (George is still looking at the ceiling) I'm just sorry. Look, I know you're going to get off the elevator and walk away and not look back, I know that. But George, we're friends. Real friends, and that means no matter how long (George is still looking up at the ceiling) it takes when you finally do decide to look back I'll still be here. (pause, George is still looking at the ceiling, the elevator stops, he gets off of it and leaves and doesn't look back)

    • Cristina: Oh, please eat. Eat, I'm begging you to eat. Yummy food. Yummy. Bailey. Breast... milk food. Come on. (the baby keeps crying)
      Burke (walks up): Well, look at you.
      Cristina: You find this amusing?
      Burke: And you don't?
      Cristina (to baby): Come on. You know what? I can't help you! I can't help you! I cannot help you if you don't wanna eat if you're gonna keep on crying! (George walks up and takes the baby from her and he gets the baby to eat)

    • (Still taking care of Bailey's baby)
      Cristina: Take him. Take him.
      Izzie: No! Bailey gave him to you.
      Cristina: She's only going to be in surgery for another half hour, hour tops. Take him. Take him.
      Izzie: You're a liar and you also smell like vomit.
      George: Really? Because I think it just smells like poo.
      Cristina: Okay, this is why some species eat their young.
      Izzie: Have you talked to Meredith yet?
      George: Tomorrow I'm gonna buy a t-shirt that says, "Stop asking me about Meredith," and I'm gonna wear it everyday until people stop asking me about Meredith.
      Cristina (sees Meredith coming): Shhh! At least they won't be asking you about your hair. (Meredith sits at the table. George leaves immediately)
      Izzie: Uh! Come on. Meredith, stop him!
      Meredith: What should I do? Knock him down?
      Cristina: Do you know that he cut his hair over my bathroom sink this morning?
      Meredith: George is a good roommate. If you tell him what's annoying you, he will stop.
      Cristina: No he's not my roommat- he's not my- See this is why I shouldn't have given up my place.
      Izzie: He would still be our roommate if Meredith would just apologize.
      Meredith: I have apologized. I've apologized sincerely. And you know what? It takes two, to make a stupid sexual decision. So, whatever. (she gets up and leaves)
      Izzie: Oh. I just miss when we all got along. Can't we just go back to that? (Alex comes up to the table, and Izzie gets up and leaves immediately) Excuse me; I have to check on a patient. (she walks away. Alex slams his tray on the table. The baby starts to cry)
      Cristina: Awesome. Awesome! Thanks Alex. Thank you! Oh yeah. Okay. (rocking the baby) Shut it. Shut it. Shut it.

    • (Playing Scrabble)
      Izzie: Screw. S-C-R-E-W. That's 25 points thank you very much.
      Denny: Wait a second, now you didn't tell me we were playing naughty word scrabble.
      Izzie (laughs): We're not playing naughty word scrabble you just have a dirty mind.
      Denny: Oh, it's filthy but you're the one who put down screw.
      Izzie: I was referring to hardware, not sex.

    • Izzie: What happened to George's hair? Is he having a nervous break down?
      Cristina: Burke says he's got "issues". You should see them together, like, doing things like running and... cooking and talking, they're like bonding.
      Izzie: And you're afraid that Burke will realize he makes a better girlfriend than you? (Cristina ignores this)
      Cristina: You know Meredith just go and apologize to him.
      Meredith: I've tried!
      Izzie: Try again. Things can't stay like this. They suck like this.
      Alex (walks up): What's up with O'Malley's hair? He looks like a hobbit.
      Izzie: He's trying a new look.
      Alex: You never called me back last night. You avoiding me?
      Izzie: Why would I be avoiding you?

    • Callie: You didn't call me.
      George: I did--- I did, a few times. I just hung up every time.
      Callie: Nice. Very stalker like. Goes with the hair.
      George: It doesn't hurt that much. We just didn't want to pull it out cause it's in there pretty good.
      Callie (smiles): It is shorter. ... I make you nervous don't I?
      George: Yeah, a litte.
      Callie: That's good.
      George: Yeah, that's what? (Callie laughs)

    • Derek: So your friends are they still mad about this very bad horrible thing you did?
      Meredith (smiles): You mean the very horrible bad thing I won't tell you about? Yes, they're still upset.
      Derek: Well, whatever it is, I don't wanna know. Even if I beg. Don't tell me.
      Meredith: Okay, I won't.
      Derek: Good. Okay. Although, we are friends.
      Meredith: True, we are friends.
      Derek: Technically you tell friends stuff. You come to me with a problem, I give you the answer. After maybe we celebrate the moments of our lives. (Derek takes a sip of water. Meredith takes the bottle from him and takes a sip)
      Meredith: I will keep that in my mind next time I do a horrible thing. What about you, don't you have any problems you want to tell me about?
      Derek: Truthfully, at this moment in time I don't have any problems. Not a single one.

    • (Changing Bailey's baby's diaper)
      Cristina (singing): A, b, c, d. (stops singing) Oh, gross. (starts singing again) E, f, g, this really couldn't suck any worse.
      Richard (appearing in the door way): Dr. Yang.
      Cristina: Oh, uh, Dr. Webber.
      Richard: What's that smell?
      Cristina: Uh... it's feces, it's baby feces. We had an incident, sir.
      Richard: Are you having trouble with the diaper, Yang?
      Cristina: Sir. No, sir.
      Richard: Because it looks like you're having trouble with the diaper.
      Cristina: No, sir, I've got a... I've got a MD from Stanford and a PhD from Berkley, I can handle this diaper. Unless you want to?
      Richard: Uh... n-no, no. It's alright, it's alright, you carry on.

    • Callie (to George): So I scheduled the Mercer kid's surgery for tomorrow afternoon. I assume you want it.
      Cristina: Oh no, I want in. On a surgery, any surgery. I'll do it.
      Callie: Who are you?

    • (after Callie comes on to George)
      Cristina: Seriously?
      George: Seriously.
      Cristina: Nice... think she has a couch you can sleep on?

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): As doctors, as friends, as human beings, we all try to do the best we can. But the world is full of unexpected twists and turns. And just when you've gotten the lay of the land, the ground underneath you shifts. And knocks you off your feet. If you're lucky, you'll end up with nothing more than a flesh wound, something a band-aid will cover. But, some wounds are deeper than they first appear and require more than just a quick fix. With some wounds, you have to rip off the band-aid, let them breathe, and give them time to heal.

    • (Derek lays on the bed and looks at Addison)
      Addison: What?
      Derek: I was indifferent. You know, in New York before Mark, I was just indifferent toward you.
      Addison: Yes.
      Derek: And I was absent.
      Addison: Yes.
      Derek: I'm partly to blame for what's happened to our marriage
      Addison: Yeah.
      Derek: I'm sorry. I'm working on it.
      Addison (smiles): Okay.

    • Derek: Meredith. You know I was kidding this morning. (smiles) I mean you can tell me about this horrible thing. Come on, you can talk to me.
      Meredith: As a friend?
      Derek: As a friend.
      Meredith: There's a line between friends and not-friends and if I tell you this, if I tell you this whole horrible thing then you have to react as my friend. Not my not-friend.
      Derek: I can do that. Alright, tell me what's wrong, I'll tell you how to fix it.
      Meredith: Okay, are you ready?
      Derek: I'm ready.
      Meredith (groans): I slept with George. (Derek loses his smile) And it was a horrible mistake and now everything has changed and I don't know how to repair it. I don't even know where to start, but I just know that I have to and... Say something friendly.
      Derek: You tell him that. You find George and you apologize.
      Meredith: That's what everyone's saying, but he won't listen.
      Derek: Tell him again. You tell him you're sorry. Just tell him again and again and again until he listens.
      Meredith: How do I do that?
      Derek: You do what I do. Use the elevator.

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Bulgaria: July 20, 2006 on bTV
      The Netherlands: October 24, 2006 on Net 5
      Sweden: December 19, 2006 on Kanal 5
      Croatia: March 19, 2007 on NOVA TV
      Italy: April 20, 2007 on Italia 1
      Ireland: June 26, 2007 on RTE Two
      Romania: July 24, 2007 on TVR1

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Come Sing Me A Song by Sing Sing plays when George cuts his hair
      2. Modern Love by The Last Town Chorus plays when Izzie and Denny playing Scrabble
      3. So Weit by The Urbs
      4. One by Tina Dico plays during Denny's surgery
      5. Flying High by Jem plays when Meredith says sorry to Geroge

  • Allusions

    • Alex (seeing George’s new hair cut): What’s up with O’Malley’s hair? He looks like a hobbit.

      A reference to The Lord of the Rings characters, hobbits.

    • Episode Title: Band Aid Covers The Bullet Hole

      This is also the title of a Scarling song. The song was their first single and released on CD in December 2003. The lyrics of the song suggest that some of the characters don't do quite enough to patch up emotional wounds that lie too deep to just cover with a band aid.

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