Grey's Anatomy

Season 2 Episode 24

Damage Case

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 07, 2006 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: "Mama" comes into the ER secured to the gurney - her head is taped down until they can clear her spine and neck. But when Alex tries to examine her she sits up freely and her hair is perfectly styled.

  • Quotes

    • Callie: I washed my hands. I went down to the kitchen and washed my hands. I didn't wash them in the bathroom because those girls were staring at me like I was a rodent or something. Like I was in high school having the naked dream only it was actually happening. I didn't even know they were home. I washed my hands. You have to stand up for me. You have to say I washed my hands.
      George: I'm sorry.

    • Addison: Karev, where are you going?
      Alex: What? She's in ICU. There's nothing I can do.
      Addison: You can sit there with her and watch that fetal monitor.
      Alex: You can't be serious, she's circling the drain.
      Addison: You know how long a baby can survive inside its dead mother? 4 to 5 minutes! Minutes not seconds Karev. Look at Melanie. Look at her. (Alex looks through the window) Now look around her, see all the doctors and nurses, even her parents? Their soul job is to take care of Melanie. My job is to care for that baby! Now I've got a surgery schedule so when I step foot on that elevator and leave, you are going to be the only person on this entire floor responsible for that baby! Do not let me down Karev.

    • (talking about Jim, Betty, Noah and Melanie)
      Bailey: It's a hill-billy picnic.

    • Izzie: Smell. Smell. (smiles) Chocolate and not the crappy, processed, waxy kind but the really good Swiss chocolate (she breaks off a bit) you get at the gift shop that costs way too much money but is totally worth it. (she puts a bit in his mouth but Denny doesn't look too happy) Try it. (she moves back to her collection of things and picks up some mags while Denny removes the chocolate piece from his mouth) And exhibit B. Tabloids. (she nods smiling) Good old fashioned trashy celebrity gossip rags-
      Denny: Damn it Izzie, stop it! Just stop it. You think I'm feeling sorry for myself, right? Poor sad sack Denny just needs a little perspective.
      Izzie: You do need a little perspective.
      Denny: You have no idea what it is to lose what I have lost.
      Izzie: I know loss, Denny.
      Denny: No you don't! I'm a man. I'm a strong, virile, horse of a man stuck in the body of some weak, sick bastard that I don't know, like, or recognise. Now if you knew what that feels like, you would have never convinced me to let a battery run my heart. If you knew what it feels like Izzie…you would have let me go.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): We're all damaged, it seems. Some of us, more than others. We carry the damage with us from childhood, then as grownups, we give as good as we get. Ultimately, we all do damage. And then, we set about the business of fixing whatever we can.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): We all go through life like bulls in a china shop. A chip here, a crack there. Doing damage to ourselves, to other people. The problem is trying to figure out how to control the damage we've done, or that's been done to us. Sometimes the damage catches us by surprise. Sometimes we think we can fix the damage. And sometimes the damage is something we can't even see.

    • Betty (Alex is trying to check her legs): Whoa, whoa, whoa! What do you think you're doing young man? (Betty pushes Alex's hands away)
      Alex: I'm just trying to examine you.
      Betty: I don't think so. I don't have any panties on and I do not know you well enough to let you see my good girl. Get me a lady doctor.
      Alex (shouts): I need a chick over here.

    • George: The father, Big Jim- I don't call him Big Jim. The family, they call him Big Jim.
      Alex: Stupid hicks.
      George: Really? Being Southern makes you stupid? Do you know he owns half Alabama.
      Izzie: Yeah and I bet he even washes his hands after he pees.
      George: That's uncalled for.
      Bailey: Hey this a place of business. Uh discharge the mother. Discharge the father.
      George: Yes, Dr. Bailey.
      Bailey: Karev, get the husband to the O.R for surgery.
      Addison (walks in): Dr. Karev, they you are. You're supposed to be up on OBG-YN rounding on my patients.
      Alex: Oh yeah, I got paged. 911. Pregnant mom. Car accident. Very serious.
      Addison: Really? I've got three surgeries on the board. I was going to ask you to scrub in but guess you should stay beside that pregnant lady's side all day. You see to it Dr. Bailey? (smiles smugly at Alex and leaves)
      Bailey: Karev, go find your patient. Stevens go scrub in on Noah's patella fracture.
      Alex: The She-Shepard just walks in here and pulls me off surgery?
      Bailey: You burn the She-Shepard, she burns back. Go.

    • (After Finn asked her about the last guy she had sex with)
      Izzie: What did you say to him?
      Meredith: Nothing, I fled the scene.
      Izzie: You didn't tell him about George or Derek?
      Meredith: Nope.
      Izzie: Hmm. You like him.
      Meredith: I could like him.
      Izzie: Is the sex any good?
      Meredith: I don't know.
      Izzie: Four dates and two sleepovers at his place and no sex?
      Meredith: Not even a kiss good night.
      Izzie (hick voice): Oh I am proud. I am like a proud mama.
      Meredith: Shut up. (Izzie laughs)
      Callie (walks in and goes to the bathroom naked): Mornin'. (flushes and walks out. Meredith and Izzie look shocked. Izzie tries not to laugh)
      Meredith: Oh my god, did that just happen?
      Izzie: I'm having a seizure. I am clearly mid-seizure. I am seizing.
      Meredith: Oh my god.
      Izzie: She didn't wash her hands.
      Meredith (smiles): Oh. My. God! (Izzie laughs)

    • Meredith: I never should have told you about George.
      Derek: No, its fine, I'm glad I know about him, and the vet. You really get around.
      Meredith (teary eyed): What did you just say to me?
      Derek: It's unforgivable.
      Meredith: I don't remember ever asking you to forgive me.
      Derek: So was the knitting a phase? Who's next? Alex? 'Cause I hear he likes to sleep around. You two have that in common.
      Meredith (she grabs him as he turns to walk off): You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done. So all the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cared, because I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore.
      Derek: This thing with us is finished. It's over.
      Meredith: Finally.
      Derek: Yeah, it's done.
      Meredith: It is done.

    • Melanie: I was having a shower today. A baby shower. (laughs) That's why momma and daddy are in town. Cause I'm having a baby. How nice is that?
      Cristina: Nice.
      Melanie: Innit?
      Cristina: Mmhmm. (Ales enters) What are you doing here?
      Alex: Captain of the Vagina Squad.
      Cristina (to Melanie): This nice man is going to take care of you now and he really likes to talk, so chat away. (Cristina leaves)
      Melanie (to Cristina): It was nice meeting you.
      Alex (low voice): Not cool, Yang.
      Melanie: What she mean captain? And what kinda squad you on?

    • Izzie (about Melanie): Her organs are bleeding, damaged, exposed and covered in plastic wrap.
      Meredith: Oh, poor Marshall. I mean one minute you're a surgeon, the next you've destroyed an entire family.
      Izzie: Last month I fell asleep in the parking lot on a bench. I literally couldn't even make it to the car.
      Meredith: I fell asleep at a restaurant. At a table. While I was on a date.
      Cristina: Yeah, well I fell asleep during sex.
      George: Izzie. (walks over and whispers in her ear) Callie's looking for you. You blew off her surgery?
      Izzie: No, I-I had a patient, Denny, I had to go.
      George: Are you hanging out with Denny?
      Izzie: Oh, please. Do not even talk to me about standards. The girl can't even wash her hands. (the girls laugh, George looks at Meredith who instantly stops laughing then George walks away)
      Cristina: Don't worry about Bambi. If Burke can forgive me for falling asleep during sex then George can forgive you for crying.
      Meredith: But Burke hasn't forgiven you. (Cristina looks like she never thought of that)

    • Izzie: All I'm saying George, is that if she needs to pee she can at least wear a bra. Or maybe wait until she's alone. And for the love of everything sanitary, could she just wash her hands? She's a surgeon!
      George: You said yourself you guys were blocking the sink. Anyways, I think you're exaggerating.
      Izzie: She peed! Naked peeing! Ask Meredith, Meredith? (Meredith glaces at George, George shakes his head) Oh that's right, I forgot, you're not talking to her. If you were, she would tell you that Callie crosses the line. So crossed the line. So freaking crossed.
      Alex: Ooh. We're still pretending that you're not seeing a patient, right? (Izzie throws the apple she was eating at Alex)
      Cristina: People, what is with all the evil misery, huh? Live and let live. (Cristina puts one arm on Izzie's shoulder and the other on Alex's)
      George (gently touches her face): You're cheerful.
      Cristina (moves his hand away): Oh, come on.
      Izzie: You are. How's that possible?
      Cristina: I scrubbed in on a 4 hour paraesophageal hernia last night. And then I got laid. And now three ambulances are coming in full with bloody broken car crash victims all who need to be (snaps glove) cut open. (starts singing "I'm cheerful, I'm Cheery" and dancing around and bumps into Derek) Ooh, um sorry sir, sorry.

    • Cristina: Hey! Daisy duke's case was boring me to tears. So um you got any good hearts I can cut open? Or you know bad hearts that we can make good? (Burke just walks away, she follows) Burke. Use words.
      Burke (stops walking): You fell asleep.
      Cristina: When?
      Burke: This morning, in the on-call room.
      Cristina: I fell asleep after we... you know.
      Burke: Not after. Not after.
      Cristina: Oh. (smirks) I'm sorry, I--was really tired, seriously. Seriously my bad. I'm really sorry. Don't let this threaten your manhood or anything.
      Burke: This is not about--- I am very confident in my manhood thank you very much.
      Cristina: Well, good, you should be because I fell asleep because I had already finished. (smiles) Twice.
      Burke: I hadn't finished.
      Cristina: I was tired. It's not like I did this on purpose.
      Burke: Oh did you stay in the hospital last night on purpose? Cause you weren't even on call?
      Cristina: It was a paraesophageal hernia. I never seen one- you know what? I'm a surgeon first, just like you.
      Burke: No, no! Not just like me. I'm a person first!

    • Finn: You're driving me crazy with the hovering.
      Meredith (sighs): This could be a mistake. This. Us. You, you, you're a really nice guy and well, you're, you don't want to get involved with me. If you knew me.
      Finn: Scary.
      Meredith: Finn.
      Finn: And damaged. See, I told you.
      Meredith: If you knew me. If you knew my family. If I told you the guys that I've slept with lately. The scary and damaged may actually be more than you can handle.
      Finn: My mother's dead. She got cancer when I was ten and she suffered for a really long time and then she died. And my father never recovered. Its kind of like he died with her, except that his body's above ground and permanently placed in front of a TV with a bottle of scotch in his lap. And the last woman I slept with was my wife, but she died too. It was a car crash so it was quick. She didn't suffer, which I appreciated. Don't worry, I'm thinking that my luck is beginning to change, because I met you. And you like dogs, and you enjoy pony births, and have the ability to save lives. I never said I wasn't scary and damaged too. (she kisses him)

    • Meredith: So, ah, I don't cook.
      Finn: Nobody asked you to cook.
      Meredith: I know. I'm just saying that, you know, I don't cook. So, you don't have to cook. I don't expect you to cook for me.
      Finn: Okay. You, sit there. Sit down. (pouring her a cup of coffee) I want you to drink this (handing her the cup) and try really hard to act as if you weren't scary and damaged.
      Meredith: I am not scary and damaged.
      Finn: Yeah, you are.
      Meredith: No. I'm not scary...or damaged.
      Finn: Hm-m. Alright. So, why don't you tell me about your family?
      Meredith: Okay, me not wanting to talk about my family does not make me scary or damaged.
      Finn: Okay, tell me about the last guy you slept with.

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Bulgaria: July 27, 2006 on bTV
      Australia: October 9, 2006 on 7
      The Netherlands: November 21, 2006 on Net 5
      UK: January 12, 2007 on Living TV
      Norway: January 23, 2007 on TV2
      Sweden: January 23, 2007 on Kanal 5
      Germany: March 6, 2007 on Pro7
      Croatia: April 16, 2007 on NOVA TV
      Finland: April 18, 2007 on Nelonen
      Italy: May 05, 2007 on Italia 1
      Ireland: July 10, 2007 on RTE2
      Romania: August 21, 2007 on TVR1

    • Music featured In This Episode:
      1. Tragedy by Brandi Carlile plays when Melanie is having the second surgery,
      2. Nowhere Warm by Kate Havnevik plays while Marshall apologizes with Jim for causing the accident,
      3. Oh My Love by Inara George plays when Bailey and Addison explain Melanie's mother her daughter's condition,
      4. Iguana by Sergio Belem
      5. On The Radio by Regina Spektor plays at the end of this episode

  • Allusions

    • Episode Title: Damage Case

      This episode's title could be a reference to the 1979 Motörhead song (covered later by Metallica) of the same title.