Grey's Anatomy

Season 4 Episode 16

Freedom (2)

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 22, 2008 on ABC
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Bailey hands over the running of the clinic to Izzie, as she finds herself to busy too cope with its demands. Meredith and Derek make progress with their clinical trial as its last patient is cured. While Alex struggles to deal with Rebecca's suicide attempt, Lexie is in shock over a revelation about George. Cristina's spirits are finally boosted as she takes charge of the coveted sparkle pager.

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      • (After they put the files back)
        George: I don't think this looks right.
        Lexie: Cristina is dyslexic, but she got straight A's all through med school and she had a PhD, it's pretty amazing. Eight letters of recommendation in her file.
        George: Does this look right? Is this how it was when you found 'em?
        Lexie: Izzie went to college at night. It took her six years to graduate and she volunteered as a candy striper. Patient's wrote her letters of rec.
        George: We have to get outta here before someone catches us.
        Lexie: And, Alex, he wrote this essay to get in, this moving beautiful essay about how his grades weren't that good during med school because he was suffering from testicular cancer.
        George: What?
        Lexie: He said he lost a ball. But I've seen him naked. He has two mangerines, George, two pouch potatoes. He lied. He's a liar.
        George: Stop telling me information that I don't want to know.
        Lexie: One point. Just one point. How can they keep you back for one point?
        George: Just forget about it.
        Lexie: Photographic memory! I can't.

      • (Meredith has created the outline of a house out of candles)
        Meredith (to herself): Stupid, corny, idiotic, I cannot believe I did this. Stupid, loser, son of a ... I could be at home instead of ... stupid brain man...
        Derek: Meredith.
        Meredith: Where have you been?! I've been waiting and waiting for you! And I did this stupid, embarrassing, humiliating, corny thing. And I was just gonna tell you that, this over here is our kitchen and this is our living room, and over there that's the room where our kids could play. I had this whole thing about I was gonna build us a house, but I don't build houses because I'm a surgeon! And now I'm here feeling like a lame ass loser. I got all whole and healed and you don't show up. And now it's all ruined because you took so long to come home! And I couldn't even find that bottle of champagne
        Derek (holds up the bottle, shows it to her and smiles): This the kitchen? Living room? A little small. I think the views much better from here. And that's where the kids are going to play? Hmm. Where's our bedroom?
        Meredith: I'm still mad at you and I don't know if I trust you, I wanna trust you, but I don't know if I do. So I'm just gonna try, I'm gonna try and trust you. Because I believe that, we can be extraordinary together rather than ordinary apart and I wanna be … (they kiss)
        Derek: I have to go.
        Meredith: What?
        Derek: In order to kiss you the way I wanna kiss you and in order to do more than kiss you I need to speak to Rose. I want my conscience clear so I can do more than kiss you. Stay here, don't move, wait for me.

      • Izzie: I'm sorry.
        Alex: Whatever.
        Izzie (sits on the bed next to him): Not whatever. I'm sorry. ... About Rebecca. About your mom. I'm sorry. (Alex kisses her) Alex...
        Alex: Please. Just this once. Just for this one night. (sobs) Please. (starts crying)

      • Adele: Richard.
        Richard: I want to come home.
        Adele: Richard--
        Richard: Look, I am a good man. I'm a good man. Look, I spend my days being a good man for the hospital, for my residents, for my patients. I'm a good man who made one mistake with a woman 20 years ago. I'm a good man for everybody but you. I know that. Don't you think I know that? But I am a good man and I am your husband... and I love you. Now I am not asking you to come home. I am telling you that I am your husband and I want to come home to my wife.
        Adele: Well… It's about time.

      • Callie: So you want to finish what we started yesterday?
        Mark: Or you can finish what you started. (looks over toward Erica) I'm growing. Go get outta here. (walks off and Callie walks over to Erica)
        Callie: Hey, I wanted to see if you wanted to grab a drink.
        Erica: I can't find my keys.
        Callie: Maybe we could, um... I had something that I wanted to talk to you about.
        Erica: I had the damn keys this morning. I put them in my bag but I can't remember-- This whole thing with Yang has got me so messed up.
        Callie: Erica.
        Erica: What?
        Callie: I'm saying something. ... I just-- I just wanted to say... I just wanted to say... (kisses her)

      • Richard (to Meredith): I'm not a bad man. I know that I'm the villain in your story, but I'm not a bad man.

      • Bailey: Okay, these are for you.
        Izzie: Why are you giving me your keys to the clinic?
        Bailey: I am not giving you my keys to the clinic. I am giving you the clinic.
        Izzie: What?
        Bailey: I've seen the bigger picture. I love the clinic. I love what it means. I love what it is. But I don't love it as much as I love surgery. I don't love it as much as I love being chief resident. I don't love it as much as I love my husband and my child. So... I've seen the bigger picture. And I can't do everything and still have everything. So, I have to let some pieces go... This piece. This is your piece. I've watched you earn this piece, the hard way, the awful way. Knowing that I can give the clinic to someone like you ... you have grown ... into fine doctor, Izzie Stevens.
        Izzie: Thank you.
        Bailey: The Denny Duquette memory clinic is in your hands. Make me proud.

      • Lexie: Hey, you paged, Dr. Yang?
        Cristina: Yeah. Grab that banana from my cubby.
        Lexie (holding the banana): You want me to peel it for you?
        Cristina: No. I want you to learn the running whip stitch. I'm gonna teach it to you. Take the needle.

      • Meredith: Hey.
        Cristina: Hey. You gotta take this sparkle pager back, I am drunk on the power. I think it may actually be mystical.
        Meredith: Have you see Derek?
        Cristina: Nope.

      • Meredith (looking at Beth's CTs): The tumor is shrinking the virus is working.
        Rose: Oh, my God.
        Meredith: You have to go tell Derek.
        Rose: No. You have to go tell Derek. It's the kind of news that he'd want to hear from you.
        Meredith: Rose...
        Rose: Congratulations on your major medical breakthrough. It's the stuff of legends.

      • Dr. Wyatt: Tell me.
        Meredith: She was a surgeon. She was an excellent surgeon. If she was really trying to kill herself she wouldn't have slit her wrists. She knew better. She would've taken the scalpel and cut her carotid artery. It would've taken seconds to die. She didn't really want to die. She was an excellent, gifted, extraordinary surgeon. She didn't want to die.
        Dr. Wyatt: What did she want?
        Meredith: She wanted Richard to come back to her.
        Dr. Wyatt: And why didn't he come back?
        Meredith: Well, because he never knew about it and she was too stubborn to ask.
        Dr. Wyatt: What does that mean?
        Meredith: Well... That part I don't know. Could you just tell me that part for once?
        Dr. Wyatt: I can. It means that you are a gifted, talented, extraordinary surgeon, exactly like your mother. But the difference is, you get to learn from her mistakes.
        Meredith: Be extraordinary. ... She wasn't talking about surgery.
        Dr. Wyatt: No, she wasn't.
        Meredith: She wasn't talking about surgery at all.

      • Richard: So you convinced Shepherd to do the second surgery without my approval?
        Meredith: So?
        Richard: So? That's how you speak to the chief, 'so'?
        Meredith: My mother tried to kill herself after you left. Did you know that? Did you know that?
        Richard: I didn't know that. I'm sorry I didn't--
        Meredith : She was a brilliant surgeon. How could you do that to her? She was a talented, gifted, extraordinary surgeon.

      • Richard: Good job, O'Malley.
        George: It's not a good job for me.
        Richard: O'Malley?
        George: It's not a good job for me. Sitting by his bed all night recording urine output, and giving anti-anxiety meds all night... It's not a good job for me. Running labs for Meredith Grey, that's not a good job for me. It's not a good job for me because I'm better than that and you know I'm better than that. Maybe if I wasn't good at my job or maybe if I had struggled and was lagging behind... My personality... I'm not Karev, I'm not Yang, I'm not Meredith, I'm not hardened. I get that. I get it. I don't have the personality of a surgeon. Maybe that's why you made the mistake of not thinking that I deserve a second chance when everyone else around here has gotten one. But sir, it is a mistake because I'm excellent. I'm excellent at my job and I did fail my test but I deserve a second chance.
        Richard: Okay.
        George: Okay?
        Richard: Okay, you can retake the test.

      • Alex: What did I tell you?
        Izzie: She's my patient. I decide her treatment plan. I am not releasing her without a consult. If you try and take her out of this hospital without my consent, I will call the police and have you arrested.
        Alex: You can't have me arrested.
        Izzie: Try me.
        Alex: Look, Izz. You're worried, I see that, and I understand. But you're being a little unreasonable. I got this.
        Izzie: No. You don't have it. I have it.
        Alex: I'm taking her home.
        Izzie: No. (grabs his arm) No!
        Alex: What are you gonna bodily restrain me?
        Izzie: I will if I have to. Are you gonna hit a woman?
        Alex: I will if I have to.
        Izzie: Alex, she's sick. She needs help you cannot possibly give her.
        Alex: I can take care of her.
        Izzie: No, you can't. You have no idea what you're doing. You can do more damage by taking her home.
        Alex: Look, I can take care of her. I've done this before. She's just going through a bad patch. People go through a bad patch, alright? I-I-I can feed her and I can change her and I can bathe her and I can watch her. Until the bad patch is over, I can take care of her. Look, I took care of my mom and I can take care of her.
        Izzie: You've done this before.
        Alex: I've done this before. I have done this before, Izzie. But I was a kid then and I'm a man now, so I'll be better at it. I have done this before.
        Izzie: Alex... You don't have to say anymore.

      • Richard (to Erica): Yang flew solo and you should be celebrating because that means what you're doing your job-- teaching her how to save a life. Residents are like... puppies. Eager and enthusiastic, and you need to learn how to teach without crushing their spirit. Now you wanna work here, with my residents, then you need to do better. You need to be a better teacher. (Erica gets up and walks away, he looks to Cristina) Don't make me regret backing you up.
        Cristina: No, sir. Absolutely not, sir. Thank you, sir.
        Richard (to himself): Puppies.

      • Rose: I liked it better when you were saying boring science stuff.
        Derek: I'm never good enough... No matter what I say or what I do. I never wanted to this. This clinical trial is making me a failure. I fail her over... and over... and over.
        Rose: You mean 'them.' (Derek turns to face her) When you say 'fail her', you mean 'fail them' ... The patients.

      • Izzie: Alex brought Rebecca in, she tried to hurt herself. And now he's talking about taking her back home.
        Bailey: And?
        Izzie: She needs to be admitted. She needs a psych consult.
        Bailey: And?
        Izzie: Can you just do your job?
        Bailey (scoffs): I am doing my job. I'm helping a 19 year old man, who I promised would get to live, get to live. That's my job as a surgeon. I took my son to day care when I came in. That's my job as a mother. And I'm standing here, asking you, what are you going to do about your patient? That's my job as chief resident. Now how about you do your job?
        Izzie: I can't. I don't know what to do.
        Bailey: Stevens. She's your patient. He's... Her loved one. Come on, you know what to do. It's just hard to do it.
        Izzie: Okay, I'll try.
        Bailey: No, you don't have to try. You're a doctor trained by me, with all the skills that God gave you. You have everything you need. (Izzie walks off) Each one, teach one.

      • Lexie (to George): You had fourteen letters of recommendation. Cristina had eight, Meredith had four, Izzie had ten. But you had fourteen. And the words that they used to describe you… Nobody had recommendations like yours. People said that the others were smart, they said that they were hard workers, they said that they were good. But your letters? They said that you were great. They spoke of your kindness, your attention to detail. They talked about how hard you try and that you never give up. They painted a picture of the kind of doctor that I hope to become. It was an honor to read those letters because now I know that what separates you from the others isn't one stupid point. What separates you from the others is greatness, so don't you dare let one point hold you back.

      • Mark: You're supposed to be sitting down. That's what the breaks are for. We've been on our feet for over nine hours. Rest your legs.
        Callie: My legs are good.
        Mark: It's inappropriate, don't you think? Thinking about sex during surgery? I'm just saying what I've been witnessing all day.
        Callie: This poor kid's entire body was encased in cement. His legs are crushed, his vessels and nerves nearly cut off completely, and still… I was turned on. This entire time I've been turned on because of you and your dirty talk.
        Mark: It wasn't my dirty talk. It's what I was dirty talking about.
        Callie: What?
        Mark: Erica. You and Erica.
        Callie (scoffs): No. That's… No.
        Mark: Callie…
        Callie: What?
        Mark: It's okay. I wish I was all someone thought about.

      • Lexie: My head is exploding.
        George: Make it unexplode.
        Lexie: Are... Are you mad at me?
        George: No.
        Lexie: Well, then why are you talking to me in that voice?
        George: There's no voice.
        Lexie: There's a voice... And I did you a favor.
        George: You didn't do me a favor. You just made it clear that I'm still me... The almost guy. All that separates me from the rest of my class is one point, one point? I mean, I would've been okay if it was 50 points or even 10 points, but one? That means it was right there, it was in my hand, and I let it slip away. I didn't want to know that. Do you get that? That knowing if I just checked A instead of B , that... One point separates me from freedom... I have been running my tail off, busting my ass, to make up for one, lousy point, proving ... You didn't do me a favor. Don't kid yourself.
        Lexie: Well, at least... Now you know you have what it takes.
        George: Yeah.

      • Meredith: What do you mean? I don't know what you mean when you say she didn't want to die.
        Dr. Wyatt: When you were sitting on the floor with your mother, what did she say to you?
        Meredith: She told me to be extraordinary. She said that she had failed, but I should be extraordinary. That I shouldn't depend on anyone. 'Be an extraordinary woman, Meredith,' is what she said.
        Dr. Wyatt: So you became a surgeon. Just like her.
        Meredith: Yes!
        Dr. Wyatt: Which means you have all the tools to figure this out yourself.
        Meredith: But I just--
        Dr. Wyatt: You need to work this through, Meredith. I promise you that when you do, you're gonna be glad.

      • Meredith: We'll get it right with Beth.
        Derek: She just lost the love of her life. How could you encourage her to do the surgery?
        Meredith: How could you encourage her not to?
        Derek: You know, it's not me with the big ego, it's you. You backed me into a corner there. What was I supposed to do, say no?
        Meredith: Derek--
        Derek: I can't. She's a kid.
        Meredith: She's a kid who's gonna die without the surgery.
        Derek: She'll die with the surgery. That's what you and I do together, we kill things, over and over and over again. We've killed twelve people and now because of you, I will kill a thirteenth. When this surgery's over, we're done. I don't want to work with you, I don't want to see you, I don't want to talk to you. We're done.

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