Grey's Anatomy

Season 8 Episode 12

Hope for the Hopeless

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 19, 2012 on ABC
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Richard performs his 10,000th surgery on a pair of bickering sisters who come into the hospital for a liver transplant; Derek and Lexie take on a neuroblastoma case that has been previously deemed inoperable; Teddy and Cristina cross the line when they go against Owen's orders and try to steal a case from Alex and Dr. McQueen; Ellis Grey's shadow looms as Meredith searches for a specialty; meanwhile Adele is brought into the hospital after she is found wandering the streets.

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  • Did anyone else shed a tear?..

    9.0
    For me the most touching scenes in this episode were by the young boy with the tumour and his mother and I am surprised that noone else has mentioned this. You could feel their love for each other and when she hugged him after he said he was going to be with daddy in heaven my eyes welled up! Maybe it's my hormones and having 2 very young children of my own that does it but even so, it was very emotional. I really enjoy Grey's Anatomy. They have a fantastic cast and some great supporting actors. Love it.moreless
  • Emotional Episode

    9.0
    There were two serious moments that made this episode for me. First, was the Chief's 10,000th surgery being interrupted by Adele's breakdown. It had to tug at your heartstrings a bit to hear her beg Richard not to leave here when he operated with Meridith. I loved how Richard say their wedding song with her to calm her down. Their marriage has been so rocky, it is truly sad to see them losing each other. The second moment was Owen and Cristina's inevitable blowout. I'm glad they came back to the issue of Cristina aborting their baby because I thought it had been solved far too easily. Cristina gave up so much of herself with Burke, I think it has made her very selfish out of fear. I'm glad Owen finally let her have it for getting the abortion without any concern for his opinion. I know a lot of people think that Burke and Owen should respect her desire not to have kids, and to some extent I agree, but one can't help but wonder why she hasn't explored a more permanent form of birth control if she is so dead set against it?moreless
  • Two passionate scenes make this a great episode

    10
    One of the reasons I have watched this show since it first began is for the character developments and the ever changing relationships of the characters. This episode had two especially riveting moments full of passion. The first was during former chief Richard Weber's 10,000th surgery when his unstable wife Adele entered the gallery in a psychotic state. Her acting was magnificent! Richard calmed her by singing 'Funny Valentine' while he continued his surgery. Adele joined in the singing with a truly gorgeous, professional voice and her chaos passed. It was a beautiful moment. The second powerful scene was at Zola's birthday party when Owen exploded. He had kept his disdain for Christina's abortion hidden until he could no longer conceal it. It erupted like a mighty volcano. Christina seemed to have no idea Owen harbored such pain. Superb acting and writing made this a great episode.moreless
  • Owen and Christina

    8.5
    I'm not surprised about Owen's blow-up. It's not like he has a close friend he can confide in and stuff like will reach a boiling point if you have no one to talk to. He could have picked a better time but I thought she kinda had it coming. Hope they can work through it though. I like them together!
  • emotional...

    9.5
    I feel for Owen.. It's not his fault that Henry died and he had to lie to Teddy about it.. She was operating on somebody else that time.. But I guess his fault was he didn't trust Teddy enough to be professional about it.. And like what Christina said, it's a consequence of his decisions.. In a way, it's good that finally Owen and Christina had the shouting match.. Finally, it's out in the open. Owen is not okay that Christina aborted their child.. Interesting, how the story will unfold for this couple.

    Another emotional moment's when the Chief and Adelle sang their wedding song... They both have good voices!

    It's nice to see some light moments with Merideth Grey and her attempt to shush the liver transplant sisters.moreless
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    • Callie: Hey, that dress you guys got Zola? She loved it.
      Arizona: Sofia loved it, too. Did you love it, Mark?
      Mark: It was adorable.
      Julia: What can I say? I have great taste. Oh, I'm gonna get a refill. Anyone?
      Callie: Oh, I would love a glass of red. (Julia walks off)
      Mark: Enough of that.
      Callie (laughs): Oh, Mark.
      Mark: You two are the ones that love her. It's like you want to take her behind a mini mart, knock her up, and have all her babies.
      Callie: Oh, my God. You guys would have such beautiful babies.
      Arizona: Well, then Sofia would have a sibling.
      Mark: Except I'm not there yet. She's great. And I'm happy you all get along, but I'm not rushing this. I rushed it with Addison. I tried to force Lexie to be a grandmother, for God sakes. I'm not doing that again.
      Callie: Wow. That is so adult.

    • Cristina: I know you're mad, I'm sorry.
      Owen: Sorry that you did it or you're sorry that I'm mad? (sighs) Teddy never came to find me after surgery.
      Cristina: Yeah, well, she's tired.
      Owen: I bet. I'm taking you off of her service permanenlty. I'm not sure what she's gonna do without you as her security blanket--
      Cristina: Absolutley not.
      Owen: Well, this is the downside--
      Cristina: Did you hear what I just said? Absolutley not.
      Owen: I think 'thank you' is what you were looking for, because frankly, I could've fired you both.
      Cristina: You have no idea what's going on here, do you?
      Owen: I have a very good idea.
      Cristina: You let me operate on her husband, and now he's dead. She gets whatever she wants. Do you understand? Anything she wants from me, ever.

    • Owen: It was an impossible situation.
      Cristina: Yes, and it was your call. You put Henry on my table. And then you had me lie to Teddy just like you did. Those were your decisions. Yeah, you wanna be chief? These are the consequences.
      Owen: Don't talk to me about consequences. You can't even accept a simple punishment for what you did today.
      Cristina: You don't get to punish me. Okay? It- It's not my fault Teddy hates you. But don't take your guilt out on me.
      Owen: Guilt? (scoffs) I do-- I have nothing to be guilty about. This is all about you. It's always been about you. It's what you want. That's always been your position. I mean, we live like you want and how you want. You get whatever you want, all of the time!
      Cristina: This isn't about me!
      Owen: It is! It's about how you constantly ignore me! Constantly! You do what works for you. You don't care who you crush in the process... or who gets hurts!
      Cristina: It was one surgery, okay? It was one surgery.
      Owen: It was not one surgery! Do you hear me?! This was every choice that we've made in the last-- It was-- It was a life that I envisioned for myself, okay? This is not one surgery.
      Cristina: It all comes back to this?
      Owen: Yeah. Yeah. Crazy, right? That I would ever bring it up again.
      Cristina: Okay. Yes, okay? Yes. Yes! (voice breaking) Okay, it was a horrible situation, but it's over. Is it too much to ask that we just try and forget it?
      Owen: You killed our baby! You don't ever forget that!

    • Richard: I heard the good news. Bailey says that you're declaring general.
      Meredith: Actually, I'm not so sure anymore.
      Richard: Oh, oh. I... thought it was a done deal. I mean, it makes sense since you're--
      Meredith: Because of my mother, I know. Don't you mention her, too. That's all anyone ever says-- It's in my blood. It's my legacy. That's why I don't want to do it. I don't want to be like my mother.
      Richard: Meredith, look at everything that you did today-- This party for you daughter, what you did for me in that O.R. ... You don't ever have to worry about being anything like your mother. I knew her, and you're nothing like your mother. You have a gift. Don't waste it.

    • Derek: They're not called lost causes because they're fun.
      Lexie: I don't need 'em to be fun. I just need them to not be like today.
      Derek: Mm. Okay. Let's flip. Heads, you keep doing lost causes. Tails, you can do the fun stuff. (Derek flips the coin, Lexie catches it in mid-air)
      Lexie: I'm in. Of course I'm in.

    • Cristina (in a baby voice, to Zola): You want to know what Auntie Cristina did today? I operated on a heart this big. (picks up a toy) No, bigger. (grabs a big teddy bear) It was as big a bear.

    • Meredith (about Zola): She'll forgive us, right?
      Derek: Well, she won't remember anything. (Mer wipes Zola's name off the cake and gives the cake to Richard)

    • April: I need 800 bucks.
      Alex: I told you, if you're dumb enough to buy groceries, I'm gonna eat 'em.
      April: No, not for groceries. For a security deposit. We'll lose out on a really great 3-bedroom if we don't get it to the landlord today.
      Alex: Now you wanna live with me?
      April: No, you're gross. And a pig and a skank magnet and you leave your dirty boy socks everywhere. Keep going this way, and you'll wind up old and alone, wandering the streets with some ancient form of syphillis.
      Jackson (walks up): Alright, I think what she's trying to say is, yes, she would be happy if you'd be our roommate.
      Alex: Cool. (walks off)
      Jackson: So, we couldn't afford the nice apartment, just the two of us, right?
      April: Hardwood floors and a washer/dryer. What can I say? I want what I want.

    • (April brings Adele to the gallery so she can see Richard)
      Adele: He left me. He left me. I don't want to see him working. He's always working.
      April: No, no, he didn't leave you. He's right there. See?
      Adele (seeing Mer working with Richard): Oh, he's with that woman? You tell that woman to go away. That's my husband. Not hers. Richard!
      April (turns on the speaker): Dr. Webber...
      Adele: Richard, why are you doing this to me, to us?
      Richard: Adele?
      Adele: You lied. You said that you weren't working with her anymore.
      April: Dr. Webber, I-I'm sorry, I- I didn't know what to do.
      Adele: Ellis! You let him go.
      April: Um, Dr. Webber, do you want me to--
      Richard: No, no. Keep the line open. Adele... That's not Ellis, Adele.
      Adele: What kind of woman would break up a marriage? Huh? Ellis Grey, what kind of woman are you?
      Richard (to Mer): I'm sorry.
      Meredith: Well, I-I should just scrub out.
      Richard: No, I need the extra hands.
      Adele: I will not have you down there with my husband! Do you hear me? I will not have it! Richard, you just send her away.
      Richard: Adele... I'm right here. I'm not leaving you.
      Meredith (to Richard): Tell her something that'll ground her-- A happy memory. A happy memory, it worked for my mom. (Richard starts singing 'My Funny Valentine' and after a minute Adele calms down and sings it along with him)
      Richard: It's our wedding day. You were the most beautiful bride I'd ever seen.
      Adele: Oh, Richard.
      Richard: And for our first dance they played 'My Funny Valentine.'
      Adele: Because we're getting married on Valentine's day.
      Richard: Happy Valentine's day, baby. I love you.
      Adele: I love you, too.

    • Owen: What are you doing?
      Teddy: McQueen wasn't qualified.
      Owen: Yeah, I think I was clear in the E.R.
      Teddy: Yeah, I'm head of the department. I made the call.
      Owen: You should've informed me.
      Teddy: There wasn't time.
      Owen (scoffs): Dr. Yang stopped and had a nice little chat with me a couple of hours ago on her way to what I believe is this procedure. And then I spoke to you and you--
      Teddy: Well, we didn't know that we were doing the surgery then.
      Owen: I think you're lying to me. Both of you--
      Cristina: You know, this is a fairly complicated procedure. Can we get into this when the surgery is over?
      Owen: Find me when you're finished, doctor.
      Teddy: Mmhmm. (Owen leaves)
      Cristina: Did you see that throbbing vain in his forehead? )Teddy laughs) I have the hardest time keeping a straight face when it pops up.

    • Lexie: You have to tell him.
      Derek: Well, I thought that he already knew.
      Lexie: No, about the tumor. Not that we didn't do his surgery. His-- His mom's not gonna tell him, and he's gonna wake up, and she's gonna tell him that it all went great, and he's gonna go home thinking that we did the surgery, not that he's gonna die in three months. You need to tell him.
      Derek: She's the parent. It's not our call. I'm sorry, no. We can't tell him anything.

    • Owen: Cristina. What are you still doing here?
      Cristina: I'm uh... gonna watching a surgery. Derek's, um, tumor thing.
      Owen: You need sleep.
      Cristina: Yeah, I'm watching neurosurgery. It's a lot like sleeping.
      Owen: You're not mad that I gave the case to McQueen?
      Cristina: Uh, I didn't say that.
      Owen: And, Teddy, she--
      Cristina (sighs): Owen...
      Owen: I know, I know. You don't want to talk about it. What do I do? How do I... Get past this with her?
      Cristina: Her husband's dead. She's taking it out on you. You just gotta deal with it.
      Owen: I know, I know. But I just wish that... You know what? Never mind. I'm talking to you when I should just try talking to her.

    • Bailey: Nice. Nice technique. Well, you've certainly got your mother's hands.
      Meredith: Don't get too excited. I haven't declared anything yet.
      Bailey: Well, what else are you gonna do-- Neuro, cardio? Pfft. You wanna waste your talent playing with one little predictable organ for the rest of your life? Nah, I'd gather spend my days leaping from the liver to the pancreas to the stomach to the bowel, and any one could go wrong at anytime. Okay, sure. There's nothing wrong with knowing one organ and knowing it well, just like there's nothing wrong with being a fifth chair viola in the back of the orchestra. But it's a hell of a lot more fun being the conductor.

    • (They are in Owen's office)
      April: Oh, Mrs. Webber, there you are.
      Adele: I don't understand. What's going on? Where are Richard's things?
      April: Yeah, I-I know this must be very confusing be-- This used to be Richard's office, but now he's--
      Adele: He-- He's gone? He left me?
      April: No, no, no, no. He's just-- He's in surgery right now. It's-- It's his 10,000th surgery.
      Adele: He-- He's always wanted to leave me for her. (crying) He finally did. He never loved me. Never! It was always her. And now he's gone? And he just left? He didn't even tell me where. He's just gone.
      April: No, okay, Mrs. Webber, I ju-- I need you to please, try-- Just try and calm down...
      Adele: I can't do it alone. I can't. I can't do it alone. Please, Richard, don't leave me. Richard, I can't do it alone. I can't

    • April: Alright, sir, are you smiling?
      Richard: I'm wearing a mask. I'm not sure that it matters.
      April: Oh, yeah. You can see the smile in the eyes.
      Richard: Oh, for the love of God, take the damn picture.

    • Callie (imitating Mark): Hello, Julia.
      Mark: What is this?
      Arizona: She's you, you're Julia. Go with it.
      Callie (imitating Mark): Y'know, I've been thinking, it's been a really great few months, and I just want you to know that I love you.
      Mark: Get out of my relationship.
      Arizona (laughs): Funny coming from you. What's your problem? She's smart and pretty and funny and--
      Callie: And she's not annoying.
      Arizona: Mmhmm.
      Callie: Come on, it's awesome. We can all vacation together. We can buy houses next door to each other. Yay.
      Arizona: Yeah, and Sofia can have a village. Don't you want your daughter to have a village?
      Callie: Come on, you know you love her. Now you just need to tell her.

    • April: Well, this one has a patio and a garage, but this one has hardware floors and a washer/dryer.
      Jackson: Are you sure you wanna move?
      April: Uh, Meredith and Derek have a baby and you're living with your ex. We're moving.
      Alex (walks in): I'll move. Zola's killin' my game. Every girl I bring home wants a baby the minute they see her.
      April (laughs): No. I am not living with you. I'm trying to get away from you.
      Alex (to Jackson): Alright, then. You and me. You don't want to live with Mary Poppins.
      Jackson: No, she cooks, she cleans--
      April: I'm also your friend. (Mer walks in and takes what Alex is eating)
      Alex: What the hell?
      Meredith: I need food for Zola's party. I thought I was gonna have time to go to the store, but Richard's 10,000th surgery is gonna take forever. You think Teddy's gonna care if I take some of her widow casseroles?
      Cristina (walking in): No. Go for it. You know what? Take this one, too. It's turkey tetrazzini.
      Meredith: Ooh, yum.
      Cristina (to Alex): You and um, McQueen finally find a patient who's willing to let you operate on them?
      Alex: Bite my ass. (April laughs)
      Cristina: Oh, Mer, proctology. There's your specality. Explore the mysteries of the butt.
      April: Why aren't you just doing general like your mom? It's a no brainer.
      Alex: And good marketing. I mean, when people hear the name 'Grey', they know they're getting quality.
      Jackson: No, you can't win following in the footsteps of a phenom.
      Cristina: Said the lame, mediocre grandson of Harper Avery.

    • Teddy: You don't have to do this, y'know?
      Cristina: I want to.
      Teddy: He's the chief of surgery.
      Cristina: And that heart is the size of a football. (watching Alex in the patient's room) Oh, oh. He's leaving.
      Teddy: Alright, go. Go now.
      Cristina (walks into the Mr. Vanderburg's room): Mrs. Vanderburg, I'm Dr. Yang, and-- and I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's accident.
      Mrs. Vanderburg: Are you one of his doctors?
      Cristina: Oh, I'm not, but I'm familiar with his case, and I just wanted to assure you that everyone here is doing everything that they can for him.
      Mrs. Vanderburg (voice breaking): That's so nice.
      Cristina: I'm sure they've assembled a wonderful group of surgeons. Dr. Altman really is the best there is.
      Mrs. Vanderburg: W-Wait. No. I don't think that they mention an Altman. No, they said something about a Dr. McQueen. Is that right? Is he good, too?
      Cristina: Dr. McQueen? Oh, uh, sure. He's-- He's fine.
      Mrs. Vanderburg: Fine?
      Cristina: Well, he's-- he's an experienced surgeon. But he's not the head of the department. Dr. Altman is the head of the department. You know, I-- With the extent of your husband's injuries, I... I just assumed that she was on the case. But... I'm sure there's nothing to worry about. Dr. Altman probably wasn't available anyways, she's very busy these days... saving lives.

    • Cristina: What about Ortho? Callie would be a great mentor.
      Meredith (makes a face): Bones?
      Cristina: Oncology.
      Meredith: Depressing.
      Cristina: Trauma.
      Meredith: I've had enough trauma for one lifetime.
      Cristina: Well, just pick something. This decision is important.
      Alex (walks up, holding an x-ray): Check it. Fence guy-- heart's the size of a football.
      Meredith: From hitting a fence?
      Cristina: From being impaled on a fence.
      Alex: Don't worry, Yang. I'll send you pics from the surgery. (laughs and walks off)
      Meredith: Hey, is it too late for me to pick cardio?
      Cristina: Yes, cardio's mine.

    • Meredith: Hey, Dr. Bailey. Chief Hunt says that I need to declare a specality. He suggested general.
      Bailey: Good for you. Mini Ellis Grey.
      Meredith: No. I'm still on the fence about it because there are a lot of specialties out there--
      Bailey: Don't be an idiot. It's in your genes, Grey. It makes perfect sense.

    • Owen: How long's it been since you sleep?
      Cristina: I've had a huge nap. Whatever. I've done, like, eight surgeries in the past 72 hours. Teddy's boundless grief is, you know, one of the best things that's ever happened to me. (Owens pager goes off) What is that-- Is that trauma or administrative crap?
      Owen: No, none of your business. Go home and get some sleep.
      Cristina: Oh, trauma! (rushes off)

    • Julia: Love you.
      Mark: See ya. (Julia leaves)
      Arizona: 'See ya'?
      Callie: Yeah. 'I love you, too' is the appropriate response to 'I love you.'
      Arizona: Yeah.
      Callie: Why wouldn't you--
      Mark: We've been dating three months. It's way too early for that.
      Callie (gasps): Oh, no. (waving her finger at him) No, no, no, no. (to Arizona) This is classic Mark. He found out Lexie and Jackson broke up, and now he's suddenly getting cold feet about Julia. (to Mark) You and Lexie are over, okay? That ship has sailed... and sank.
      Mark: This has nothing to do with Lexie.
      Callie: Uh huh.
      Arizona: Okay, I'm gonna take Sofia to day care. Come here, honey. (to Sofia) Hello, my little baby girl. (kisses Callie) I love you.
      Callie: Bye. (loudly) I love you, too.

    • (After two nurses give Teddy food)
      Teddy: More widow casserole. 'Your husband's dead, have some food.' What is that?
      Cristina: I'll put it with the others.

    • Owen: You still haven't declared a specality.
      Mereith: I know, uh, it's a really big decision, and I have been uh, thinking about it.
      Owen: You ditched neuro, you've wasted time in O.B., you're my only fifth year who doesn't know where they're going. You're drowning, Grey.
      Meredith: Drowning is a strong word.
      Owen: How about general? You've been helping Bailey with the diabetes trial, and Webber's always been a mentor, and not to mention your mother. She's was one of the best general surgeons this country's ever seen. With that legacy, you could be a natural.

    • Richard: Dr. Bailey.
      Bailey: Congratulations, sir. Big day today.
      Richard: Yes, it is. But I don't want everyone making a big deal out of it.
      Bailey: We won't.
      Richard: Oh, good. I-I-I mean, you'll-- you'll do something?
      Bailey: Yes.
      Richard: I-I mean, it is my 10,000th surgery. That's a lot of surgeries.
      Bailey: I've reserved the main confernence room. There will be a photographer from the hospital newsletter. The cake is your favorite-- Red velvet and cream cheese. It is huge- The size of four cakes. There will be several speeches from admiring colleagues and a toast with sparkling cider. We will also hang a banner that says 'Congratulations, Dr Webber on your 10,000th surgery!!!' There will be three exclamation points after the word 'surgery.' We also have confetti. Happy now?
      Richard: Yes. ... Oh, e-except for the confetti. Might get in the cake.

    • (Mer is decorating a cake for Zola)
      Meredith: Oh, damn it. I screwed it up.
      Jackson (looking at the cake): 'Gag Zola', really?
      Meredith: Those aren't G's, those are Y's for 'Yay.' 'Yay Zola.'
      Jackson: See, a normal person would've just written 'Happy Birthday.'
      Meredith: Well, I couldn't fit all those letters on the cake.
      April (walks in): Okay, who used the last of my deodorent?
      Girl: Oh, that might've been me. I kinda had a workout last night.
      Jackson (to April): Not mine. (Mer laughs)
      Alex (walks in): Coffee.
      Jackson (drinking coffee): Fresh out, chief.
      April: What? No, that's impossible. I just bought some three days ago.
      Girl: You're out of O.J, too.
      Alex: Hey, you're still here?
      Girl: Oh, yeah. I was on my way out and then I saw these cheeks. So cute. (goes to touch Zola)
      Meredith (picking up Zola): Oh! We don't touch the baby because we don't know where those hands have been.
      April (laughs): Alex, does.
      Meredith: Okay, so, um, I have a meeting with Owen, then I'm off. Party is at 8:00. Don't be late.
      Alex (to Girl): I got 20 minutes before work, you wanna, y'know? (Girl nods) Good, come on. (they leave)
      Jackson: Round two.
      April: Ugh, we need to move.

    • Lexie: Eight surgeons have said this is inoperable. Even the tumor board at Cleveland Clinic.
      Derek: Well, I can see why. Catch. (throws a coin at Lexie)
      Lexie: What's this for?
      Derek: Heads, we do it. Tails, we don't.
      Lexie: You're insane.
      Derek: It's a gut check. I get a feeling when it's in the air of what I want it to land on. Flip it. (Lexie flips the coin)

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): There's nothing else we can do for you. These are the last words a surgeon wants to tell a patient. Giving up doesn't come easy to us, so we do everthing in our power not to. For surgeons lost cause just mean... try a little harder.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): When do you throw in the towel? Admit that a lost cause it's sometimes just that? There comes a point when it all becomes to much. When we get to tired to fight anymore. So we give up. That's when the real work begins. To find hope where there seems to be absolutly none at all.

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    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 19, 2012 on CTV
      Norway: July 10, 2012 on TV2
      Germany: October 10, 2012 on ProSieben

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