Grey's Anatomy

Season 4 Episode 8

Forever Young

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 2007 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • The sign on the notice board announcing that Callie is Chief Resident lists the names of "Arriving interns/General surgery" underneath. These names are all of members of the show's crew.

    • We get to know that Bailey and Derek played in the marching band in high school. Miranda played the oboe and Derek played the saxophone.

    • Lexie is 24 years old.

  • Quotes

    • Derek: Apparentally, I'm not good at meeting needs.
      Meredith: And I'm akward and freaky.

    • Sydney: Derek, I'm a lot of woman. I bring home the bacon, and fry it in a pan, serve it with eggs, or on a sandwich, or crumpled up in a cobb salad.
      Derek: Oh, you do a lot with bacon.
      Sydney: Not just bacon. But Derek, I bring a lot of things to the table and I'm looking for a man who can do the same, who can meet my needs. All my needs. And I just don't think you're ready.
      Derek: I think your right.
      Sydney: I won't let this affect our work unless you don't.
      Derek: I won't.

    • Alex: I don't do secrets. I don't do any of that 15 year old girl, ooh, I'm gonna tell you but don't tell anybody else.
      Lexie: We're not just talking about who made out with who at the Halloween dance, okay? This is a private family issue.
      Alex: You're dad is a drunk. I had to start cleaning up my dad when I was seven, okay? That's why I turned into the grown up of the family, okay, so you got to wait until you were twenty-four. Good for you.

    • Molly: I am never gonna be captain again!
      Callie: You know, I was... I was fired from a job recently-
      Molly: You were fired from being a doctor and they let you cut open my ass?!
      Callie: Okay, shut your trap for eight seconds and let me finish. I didn't get fired from being a doctor, I got fired from being being like, well our version of squad captain. Which is mostly about organizing crap... not about surgery.
      Molly: So?
      Callie: So, I got to go back to the part that I like... which is kind of a gift.

    • Meredith: Hey. I am getting two cups of coffee, two. One for me and one for my dad. He's here. What's wrong with you?
      Cristina: At this exact moment, in O.R 2 Dr. Hahn is performing a pulminary embilectmy. A pulminary embilectmy, Meredith!
      Meredith: So what's the problem? You're on her service, just go.
      Cristina: No, I can't! Because that would make me a brown-noser, and everybody hates brown-nosers. I cannot be a brown-noser.
      Meredith: Okay, so... there will be other embilectmies, you can let this one slide...
      Cristina: No, no, no! I can't I don't know how to just let a pulminary embilectmy just slide.
      Meredith: Sure, you can. It's just like cutting a class. (Cristina is silent) You've never cut a class?
      Cristina: Never. Not once.

    • Izzie: Can I have the key back to my house?
      George: Hey. What?
      Izzie: The key. To my house. I heard that we broke up, so I want it back. Can I have it please?
      George: Uh, you know, right now that I have no idea what you're talking about.
      Izzie: Really? Apparentally everybody's talking about the fact that we broke up. Who have you been talking to, George?
      George: Nobody. I mean, I talked to Meredith.
      Izzie: See? I knew it!
      George: What do you mean you knew it? You been talking to her?
      Izzie: Yeah, but only after you've been talking to her.
      George: Yeah, but I'm not the only one who talked to her then.
      Izzie: You talked to her first!

    • Meredith: My dad's in the ER.
      Derek: Really?
      Meredith: Mm. He cut himself, he's not bad company, actually. He's quite funny, and charming ... and drunk. Is it weird that I like my drunk dad better than my real dad?
      Derek: A little.

    • Thatcher: I'm sorry that I didn't know you when you were in high school. I've regretted it everyday, not knowing you. Sometimes I worry about you, then others I think maybe that's what made you so strong. It's not an excuse, not at all. Gosh, you are so strong, you are. You're stronger than Lexie.
      Meredith: I don't know her that well.
      Thatcher: True. You're a very impressive person, Meredith. I'm so proud of you. In a lifetime, lifetime's worth of proud.

    • Alex: You think she'll recover full function of her knee?
      Callie: I hope so because if she doesn't get back on the pom-pom brigade, her life is completely over. You think the way that they treat her she'd be ready to ditch the whole thing, but nooo.
      Mark: Of course she's not gonna walk away. It's her life, it's her identity, it's the only way that she understands herself in the world.
      Callie: Mmhmm. I heard one of the sweet young things, told Mark that he looked like her dad today. (Alex and Callie laugh)
      Mark: What does that have to do with anything?
      Callie: Well, you just seem really empathetic to her. You know? 'Loss of identity, shattered self-image.'
      Alex: You seem pretty happy about what happened to her.
      Mark: Or she's just happy because Stevens and O'Malley hit the skits.

    • Thatcher: I'm sorry. I really, really am.
      Meredith: I'm sure that you are.
      Thatcher: The last time I was here, I said some terrible things to you. Telling you not to come to Susan's funeral, it wasn't your fault. I know, you did everything that you could, what I said to you, I regret it to the day I die. And the drinking, it's unacceptable, but today is Susan's birthday and I -- I (chokes up)
      Meredith: Should I go get Lexie?
      Thatcher: Just you. I just want you.

    • Meredith: Hey, you paged?
      Alex: Yeah. Your dad's here.
      Meredith: What?
      Alex: Yeah. He's drunk, he's noisy, and you need to take him off of my hands. I have a broken ass that I need to get back to.
      Meredith: Call Lexie.
      Alex: I called Lexie, she's not coming. And the next call I'm gonna make is to the cops, because the guy's ready to get outta here and there's no way that he can drive.

    • Meredith: You need to cut Izzie some slack, her and George are having problems.
      Cristina: Already? It's only been a week. At that point you don't even talk, all you do is have sex.
      Meredith: Doesn't mean that you still can't have problems. Me and Derek are having all kinds of sex and he's dating other people.

    • Molly: It's still bleeding, my face is still bleeding.
      Callie: Alright, we'll get to that in a minute.
      Molly: We? No. Try the head of plastic surgery, no one is touching my face until I've spoken to the head of plastic surgery. No one.

    • Bailey: Alright, now listen up, I have nothin' but respect for the job done by Dr. Torres, but things are gonna be different from here on in.
      Izzie (whispering to Meredith): Things are totally weird between George and me. We can't even hold a normal conversation.
      Bailey: This will be a professional environment. So your love lives, your hopes and dreams, the little joys and tradgies that make you who you are, have no place in my hospital.
      Izzie (whispering to Meredith): He's acting like a total stranger. Like I don't even know him.
      Bailey: The locker room is for changing, not for crying. The on-call room is for napping, and not for anything that requires a locked door.
      Izzie (whispering to Meredith): And oh god, don't let me get started on the sex. It is just tradgic, it is--
      Bailey: Stevens! Did you hear a word that I just said? (Izzie looks blankly back at her) Grow up, I believe is my point.

    • George (after not getting on the elevator that Izzie and Derek are on): We're avoiding them now, it's come to that.
      Meredith: Why are you avoiding Izzie?
      George: It's like we're not us anymore, everything used to be so easy. Talking used to be so easy, now we can't even talk anymore.
      Meredith: Ah, Derek went on a date with Sdyney Harin yesterday. It's probably just a fake date to make me think he's healthy and moving on.
      George: And do you think he's healthy and moving on?
      Meredith: Can we just take the stairs?
      George: Okay.

    • (Watching Derek on a date with Sydney)
      Meredith: I think that their on a date. That's definatly a date, right?
      Cristina: Maybe she's dying. (Mark gets up from his seat at the bar and goes, and sits by Derek, after Sydney left for a minute)
      Mark: Is she dying? Is that why?
      Derek: Oh, grow up. She's nice and she asked me out.
      Mark: You want me to fake a heart attack? I can do a great fake heart attack.
      Derek: Here she comes.
      Mark (gets up and goes back to the bar): Carry on. (camera goes back to Meredith and Cristina looking on)
      Cristina: It's Sydney.
      Meredith: In the movies were the handsome, but sensitive football player kisses the akward and freaky girl in front of the whole school. That girl is her.
      Cristina: You are very akward and freaky.

    • Sydney: So why the brain? Why biology's crown jewel?
      Derek: You mean why did I go into neuro surgery?
      Sydney: Come on, share. Share with Sydney.
      Derek: It was the head-set with the magnifying glasses that tipped the scale for me.

    • Blonde Girl: This is so sad. I used to walk by his house everyday.
      Brunette Girl: He was in my algebra class... I think.
      Izzie: Marissa, I know that this seems impossible right now, but you will get through this. Danny would have wanted you to.
      Marissa: You don't know what he would have wanted. You're just like them. You're a prom queen and you're trying to act like you know what it's like for me. Lady, you have no idea what it's like.
      Izzie: I wasn't a prom queen. I was the girl in the cheap clothes from the trailer park who got pregnant. I got thrown in the pregnant girls class. None of the mothers would let their kids hang out with me. But I got through it. You will get through this.
      Brunette Girl: I'm gonna write a letter to his mom and dad.
      Blonde Girl: That's really beautiful.
      Brunette Girl: Yeah.
      Izzie: Get out.
      Brunette Girl: What?
      Izzie: Get out. You're not even supposed to be in here.
      Brunette Girl: She's here. (pointing to Marissa)
      Izzie: She's his friend. His best friend. Go away. Go!
      Marissa: I'm sorry. I didn't mean to...
      Izzie: It's okay. You just lost your best friend. It's... it's the worst thing in the world.

    • George: It's just is that I can't talk to you, and that's why I talk to Meredith, and I don't know why.
      Izzie: It used to be-- It used to be that I was the only person that I could talk to. And you were the only person that I could talk to.
      George: I know.
      Izzie: I'm in love with this incredible guy and we're having problems. And my best friend, he would know what to say to me about it. I need to be able to talk to my best friend. I cannot get through this without my best friend.
      George: Why isn't this easier?
      Izzie: I don't know.
      George: Well, I want my best friend back.
      Izzie: Me too.

    • Meredith: Your dad was in the ER today.
      Lexie: I know.
      Meredith: So, you know he was drunk and he put his hand through a window?
      Lexie: Yeah, anything else?
      Meredith: I know it was Susan's birthday and I'm sure it was a very hard day for the both of you. And he wasn't actually a problem, he was kinda charming. But, he seemed very sad and I'd hate to see it happen again so maybe you should think about keeping a better eye on him.
      Lexie: Everyday is my mother's birthday. My mother was born in March. He lied. He's a liar. And I'm glad. Really, I'm glad that you found him charming. I'm sure he was delightful. He's a blast after five drinks, not so much after nine though; he gets a little weepy and mean. He's a drunk, Meredith. He probably came in and told you how wonderful you are. How sad he is he doesn't get to spend more time with you. You know, yesterday he told me I was his favorite daughter. The day before, I was an ungrateful bitch. The week before, he wrote me a check for twenty-thousand dollars because he said I deserved everything life had to offer because he was so proud of me, a lifetimes worth of proud. So thank you for letting me know that I need to keep a better eye on him. Thanks. (Lexie storms away. Meredith, teary-eyed slumps against the wall to catch her breath)
      Richard: Meredith, you want to come in for a minute and sit down? (Meredith is in a daze) Meredith?

    • Meredith: I'm sorry about all of this.
      Richard: Meredith, please. You have nothing to apologize for. Nothing it all.
      Meredith: I'm keeping you from doing your job.
      Richard: This is my job, at least part of it. Think of it as... the principal's office, only I'm the nice principal. Anyways, I promised your mom I would take care of you.
      Meredith: I told you you don't have to do that.
      Richard: I know. I know I don't, but I do.

    • Lexie: I never knew what to say to them. In high school. Kids like him. They were always so... separate from the rest of us, you know, alone. It wasn't like that for me. I was prom queen and class valedictorian.
      Izzie: Yeah, I wouldn't broadcast that.
      Lexie: I had a great group of friends, you know?
      Izzie: No.

    • Molly: You better be able to fix my face. I have pom statewides in a month.
      Alex: You're a cheerleader?
      Molly: I'm a pom.
      Mark: Cheerleaders just jump around. Poms are dancers. (Alex and Callie look at him) I was on the football team.
      Callie: Yeah, I'm not sure you're gonna be doing any dancing in the next month.
      Molly: You better be lying.
      Callie: Not lying. You have very serious knee and leg fractures, not to mention a cracked coccyx.
      Molly: What the hell is that?
      Alex: That's the bone at the bottom of your spine.
      Molly: Uh?
      Callie: The bottom of your bottom.
      Molly: My ass? I broke my ass?
      Alex: That's one way to look at it.
      Mark: Don't look at it!
      Callie: Okay, you're gonna need surgery, but the good news is that we're gonna put you under, so then we can fix the bones and Dr. Sloan can fix your face all at the same time.
      Molly: You better be good.
      Mark: Baby, you're not gonna find anyone better than me. (gets up and whispers to Alex, as he's leaving) Oh my God, hot cheerleader ass. (Callie glares at them)

    • Derek: Night, Bailey.
      Bailey: Sit down.
      Derek: What?
      Bailey: Sit down!
      Derek: You okay?
      Bailey: What do you care? With your hair products and your perfect little face, perfect little life. What do you care how I am?
      Derek: My perfect little life. Have you been paying attention at all?
      Bailey: Yeah, I pay attention. I pay attention! I pay attention to people in all walks of life, all types. I notice people. I see people. It's guys like you who don't see people like me.
      Derek: I don't see you?
      Bailey: I'm not talking about you, Shepherd. Just guys like you. Who don't see girls like me. We don't exist for you. We exist to do your homework! We exist to build your ego up... I am a successful married mother. I am chief resident, I am chief resident of a major metropolitan hospital! I am a surgeon, who saved his life today! And he still doesn't see me... I may as well still be that high school girl with the mushroom haircut and the coke bottle glasses and the band uniform. The girl who didn't get to go to homecoming dance cause it didn't even occur to him to ask me. All those late nights tutoring him, and it didn't even occur to him to ask?
      Derek: Mmm. Band uniform. Really?
      Bailey: Do I look like I wanna be mocked by you right now?
      Derek: No, you don't. I'm just gonna say one thing. In high school, I was 110 pounds, and I hadn't yet figured out hair product, so I had a big afro. And, um, I had acne... and I too, wore a band uniform. Sax.
      Bailey: Oboe.
      Derek: I would have been honored to take a girl like you to homecoming.

    • Derek (to Mark): Hey, Dad! Want to get a drink? (they both laugh)

    • Derek: Hey Rose! Rose!
      Rose: You know my name!
      Derek: I had to ask around but now I know.
      Rose (smiles): Oh good for you. Good night.
      Derek: Hang on, I should have recognized you form the OR today. We worked together for three hours, it was thoughtless.
      Rose: I've worked on 36 of your surgeries and today was the first time we made eye contact. Like I said, hospital is no better than high school. Good night, Dr. Sheperd.

    • (Mark, Erica and Richard are in the cafeteria)
      Erica (to Mark): Is it me or there are teeny boppers staring at you? (the girls laugh)
      Mark: I get that a lot. It started when I was their age, never really went away.
      Richard: Is that so? (Mark calls them over)
      Brunette Girl: Let's go over there. Come on!
      Blonde Girl: No! (they walk over)
      Mark: What can I do for you ladies?
      Brunette Girl: Tell him!
      Blonde Girl: No! It's, it's embarassing.
      Mark: You can tell me.
      Brunette Girl: You look exactly like her dad! (the other girl nods, Erica and Richard laugh, Mark can't believe it)
      Richard: Swing and miss.

    • (Derek is taking something over a boy's eye, there is a pencil in his eye)
      Alex: Man, high school does suck.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): In some ways we grow up; we have families… we get married, divorced… but for the most part we still have the same problems that we did when we were fifteen. No matter how much we grow taller, grow older, we are still forever stumbling… forever wondering, forever… young.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): There comes a point in your life, when you're officially an adult. Suddenly, you're old enough to vote, drink and engage in other adult activities. Suddenly, people expect you to be responsible, serious, a grown-up. We get taller, we get older. But do we ever really grow up?

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Věčně mladí (Forever Young)
      Slovakia: Navždy mladí (Forever Young)

    • Awards and Nominations:
      2008 Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Norman Leavitt, Brigitte Bugayong, Thomas Burman, Bari Dreiband Burman)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Italy: February 4, 2008 on Foxlife
      Latin America: March 31, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Sweden: April 2, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Germany: April 9, 2008 on ProSieben
      Australia: April 13, 2008 on Channel 7
      Finland: April 16, 2008 on Nelonen
      The Netherlands: April 28, 2008 on Net 5
      Croatia: May 1, 2008 on RTL TV
      Israel: May 5, 2008 on YES Stars 1
      Norway: October 14, 2008 on TV2
      Romania: November 25, 2008 on TVR1
      Serbia: February 6, 2009 on B92
      Czech Republic: February 26, 2009 on Prima

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. What Would Jay-Z Do? by Ben Lee plays at the beginning as Derek has a drink with Sydney.
      2. The Last One by Cary Brothers plays when Mark, Hahn, and the Chief sit in the cafeteria.
      3. Call It Off by Tegan and Sara plays when Izzie throws Emma and Janie out of Danny's room.
      4. Black & Blue by Chris Garneau plays when Dr. Bailey talks to her highschool friend.
      5. Breakin' Up by Rilo Kiley plays at the end.

  • Allusions

    • Episode Title: Forever Young

      Forever Young is a song by Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alphaville, and many other artists.