Grey's Anatomy

Season 6 Episode 21

How Insensitive

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 06, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Bailey preps the team with mandatory sensitivity training prior to admitting a 700-pound patient with compounded medical issues, and the case proves to be challenging in every sense of the word. Meanwhile, Derek has to come face-to-face with a former patient's husband in a wrongful death deposition, and spending time with a heart patient's daughter opens up some old wounds for Cristina. Also, Callie and Arizona must determine the future of their relationship.moreless
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    A plethora of fat jokes, and not very good ones, throughout this show.

    The episode focused on an overweight patient's struggle to do the right thing and Derek facing possible charges over how he handled a case a while back. Webber needs to be the Chief again, it's just the role James Pickens was meant to play. Derek is better as the surgeon full-time.

    The episode was not bad, but nothing really stood out for me, and that has been the problem with a lot of recent installments of this show. No "OMG" moments, as Gossip Girl calls them, and just nothing to get people to talk about the program at the water coolers.moreless
  • Powerful, Emotional and Gross!

    In this episode of Greys Anatomy, the following happens. When a 700-pound patient is brought into the hospital, we learn that he has a flesh eating bug and needs surgery. By some miracle he survives the surgery although it was a close call. Cristina has to deal with a patients little girl, whilst the mother goes in for surgery. Cristina seems to form a bond with the little girl. But the mother dies. And so Cristina breaks down in the arms of Owen, confessing that she misses her father. Derek has a wrongful death deposition, which seems to really get to him. A patient flirts with Callie and when she goes home she tells Arizona about it. And so they decide to end their relationship. Alex signs the divorce papers that Izzie sent to him, and celebrates moving on by kissing Lexie. Overall a really interesting episode. The little girl in it was amazing; she had me in tears a few times. But proving that this show is more real than most, is the fact that they let the mother with a little girl die and yet saved the 700-pound man who we all thought was going to die.moreless

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    • Arizona: Hey, we scored! My cousin said we can use their timeshare. So Fiji. We can either go at the end of this month or we could save up three weeks of time, rearrange our surgical schedules and go at the end of next month. ( Callie holds up her hand with the number the girl wrote on it) What's that?
      Callie: This cute girl's number. And I can't get it off. And I'm not gonna use it. I don't wanna use it. But I can't stop wondering if maybe she wants a baby one day. (Arizona sighs, Callie gets teary eyed) I love you. Everything about you. But there's this one thing that I need. And I can't change it, I can't ask you to change, I don't want you to change...
      Arizona: I can't be the one that keeps you from having a baby. (pause) I love you, too. And we can keep going.
      Callie: But I don't know where we're going.
      Arizona: Come here. (they kiss)
      Callie: God, what are we gonna do?
      Arizona: Well, I'm gonna get my stuff together. (they hug)
      Callie: And what? We'll just...
      Arizona: We'll see each other at work.
      Callie (crying): I'm so sorry. I love you.
      Arizona: Me too, me too.

    • Lexie: Did you find out Bobby Corso's weight?
      Alex: 678.
      Lexie: So who won your stupid pool?
      Alex: Bailey.
      Lexie: Bailey? She bet in your pool? After all of that. Are you kidding me? My god, the hypocrisy!

    • Meredith: Hey, how's the deposition going?
      Derek: Apparently, I can't tell you.
      Meredith: Why?
      Derek: Why did you tell Hunt what I told you?
      Meredith: I didn't, I told him nothing.
      Derek He came to me and said you knew.
      Meredith: I didn't, I told him nothing, I just looked at--
      Derek: You looked at him. Meredit, when you're pissed, your face says everything. So now I have a staff that can't trust me.
      Meredith: So, what am I supposed to do? Control my face?
      Derek: Yes. Control your face.
      Meredith: Maybe you shouldn't tell me things you don't want me to know. Control that!
      Derek: Then I can't tell you anything. Then 80 percent of my day is off limits to you, and I don't want that.
      Meredith: I don't want that either. I'm sorry.
      Derek: I know, it's just...
      Meredith: But I have to tell Cristina.
      Derek: No. Damn it! What are we talking about?
      Meredith: Owen lied to her. And he must have done that because he still wants Teddy.
      Derek: Doesn't matter.
      Meredith: Doesn't matter to you. Cristina is my best friend. I get that you're the Chief now, but she's still the person that she's always been. So am I supposed to stand around and watch her get hurt? What am I supposed to do?
      Derek: Nothing. You do nothing.

    • Little Girl: Can I see my mom now?
      Cristina: I'm trying to find out.
      Little Girl: Is she gonna be okay?
      Cristina: You want an honest answer?
      Little Girl: Yes.
      Cristina: I don't know.
      Little Girl: Do you know anything?
      Cristina: I hear that you're scared. It's scary when your mom or dad gets hurt and you feel alone.
      Little Girl: How do you know?
      Cristina: 'Cause when I was your age, my dad and I were in a car accident and he was hurt and I was really scared. So I know.
      Little Girl: Was your dad okay?
      Cristina: Yep, he was fine. Now let's go see about your mom.

    • Charles: Wow. Should we have left you two alone?
      Callie: What?
      Charles: Getting a little steamy in there.
      Callie (laughs): Oh, gimme a break. I'm in a committed relationship. That was chit-chat.
      Lexie: Yeah, there was steam. It was steamy chit-chat.
      Charles: With hand holding.
      Callie: Yeah, physical contact is an improtant part of establishing a patient's trust. Bailey did patient sensitivy this morning. Did she teach you nothing?
      Charles: So there was no flirting going on. I was just imagining that.
      Callie: Yeah, sure. She was kinda flirty, and I was flirty back, because I'm trying to put her at ease. Talking to the patient, the way the patient talks to you, makes them feel understood. And safe. And... you're morons. Oh, and a little pervy, jeez.

    • Cristina: Hey, what are you doing?
      Meredith: Um... Bobby Corso's labs.
      Cristina: You're still on fatty-fatty two by four? Not fair!

    • Melissa: Well, we're gonna have a baby, I'm pregnant.
      Lexie: H-how? (stammering) I-I mean... Wow! Congratulations. That's-- That's joyous news.
      Bailey (mouthing to Lexie): You're off the case.

    • Meredith: Now I understand the sensitivty training.
      Cristina: Yeah, no fat jokes.
      Bailey: Yang, you're off the case.
      Cristina: I said no fat jo--
      Bailey: Goodbye

    • Charles: I'm terrible at coming up with metaphors. I can never come up with them. Cristina: Why? Because you're as dumb as a box of hammers? Charles: See, that's a good one. You're an ass, but that was a good one.

    • Bailey (reading from the sensitivy training book): Okay. 'Use reflective listening. Repeat the patients feelings back to them.' Um... 'I hear that you're concerned about the surgery. Let me explain the risks.'
      Alex (to Cristina): 'I can see you like vegetables. After surgery, you might become one.' (everyone laughs)

    • Alex (about Lexie): What's her problem?
      Meredith: She cares, that's her problem. She cares about you.
      Alex: She doesn't. It's not like we're a thing.
      Meredith: Well, you should make it a thing or put a stop to it.

    • Bailey: Jokes. Don't make jokes about patients. Not in front of them, not even in private. Yang?
      Cristina: What if the joke is really funny?
      Bailey: It's not. Neither was that one.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): No matter how thick-skinned we try to be, there's millions of electrifying nerve endings in there. Open and exposed and feeling way too much. Try as we might from feeling pain. Sometimes it's just unavoidable. Sometimes, that's the only thing left: just feeling.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): The skin is the largest organ in the body. It protects us. Holds us together. Literally lets us know how we're feeling. The skin can be soft and vulnerable. Highly sensitive. Easy to break. Skin doesn't matter to a surgeon, we'll cut right through it, go inside, find out the secrets underneath. It takes delicacy and sensitivity.

    • Jackson: Where's the little girl?
      Cristina: Uh, Social Services came. We put her to bed in a patient room. Her dad should be here by the time she wakes up.
      Jackson: Good. You were great with her today.
      Cristina: Thanks.
      Jackson: So, when did your mom die?
      Cristina: She didn't.
      Jackson: Your dad, then? (long silence) I'm sorry if that's, like, too personal. It was just really clear from the way you were talking to her today. It's been a long day. I just thought you might want to talk about it.
      Cristina: That's very insightful of you. You're a super, super sensitive man. You know, let me tell you what you saw today. I reflectively listened to a patient's concerns. I spoke to her in a language she could understand. I clearly stated the possible complications and probable outcomes. That's all you saw today... me kicking patient sensitivity's ass, so go be someone else's dish rag. (walks away)

    • Little Girl: So, there's a hole in the wall?
      Cristina: Right, and the blood is supposed to go from one room to another except it's just rushing outside through the hole.
      Little Girl: And it can't get to the brain? (takes cards) Got it!
      Cristina: Yes. Or to her lungs.
      Little Girl: So they're gonna sew up the hole?
      Cristina: They'll try to. But the heart has to be strong, like, um... like nylon. Like your shoes. Your mom's heart is weak, like paper.
      Little Girl: What happens if she dies?
      Cristina: Well, we'll talk about that if it happens. (slaps down on the cards for the card game they're playing) Gotcha! Mine. (sees Jackson, who shakes his head, long pause) If your mom dies, you'll feel a lot of things. First, you'll feel like, uh, you could have done more to help her, but it's not true. You did everything you could. You won't feel that way, but remember me telling you this. You did everything you could. And it'll hurt every time you think of her. But over time, it will hurt less and less, and eventually, you'll remember her,'ll only hurt a little.

    • Alex: I'm making a pool on Bobby's Corso's actual weight. Twenty bucks. Closest without going over wins the pot. You want in?
      Lexie: How are you still on that case?
      Meredith: Articfial insemination. It had to be.
      Lexie: Wait. What are we talking about?
      Meredith: Bobby Corso. How did they make a baby?
      Cristina: He hasn't left the house in five years. It took a truck to get him here. How's he supposed to go to a fertility clinic to fill up a cup?
      Alex: How does he find it to fill up a cup?
      Lexie: They can still do it. The regular way. Right?
      Alex: Have you seen the guy move? 'Cause he can't really, at all.
      Lexie: Well, maybe he doesn't have to. Maybe she does all the work.
      Little Girl: (brings her lunch tray to Cristina) I'm finished.
      Cristina: Oh. Um...(throws some money on her tray) Go get yourself some ice cream.
      Little Girl: But I'm not allowed to have that much sugar. (Mer laughs)
      Cristina: Well, get some roast beef, then.
      Meredith: She can sit.
      Cristina: No, she can't. We're talking about S-E-X.
      Little Girl: I'm nine, and you just spelled sex. (walks away)
      Cristina: Okay, let's say (holds up a french fry) this is the wife. And this... (holds up a sandwich) is him. (laughs)
      Alex: I guess I won't be eating that now.
      Cristina: Well, she's gotta be on top.
      Alex: She might get altitude sickness. (they all laugh)
      Lexie (sees Bobby's wife): Guys. (clears throat)
      Cristina: Sorry, um...
      Melissa (walks over): It's okay, I get it. You're trying to figure out how my husband and I managed to get a baby in here. There are some logistics involved. You want me to tell you? But first, how about you tell me how you like to do it with your husband. Or your girlfriend? Any favorite positions? Or kinks! Let's talk about that! Because I know you all must have a freakshow of your own goin' on. Who wants to go first? No? Nobody? Okay. Well, it's probably none of my damn business anyway.

    • Bailey: (trying to convince a 700-pound man to have surgery) You have a baby on the way. Think about that.
      Bobby: Who do you think I'm thinking about? When dream of having a kid, you picture yourself playing ball with him. You picture her standing on your feet while you dance around with them, you know? You don't picture them bringing you food you up. I can't walk four steps to go to the bathroom! You tell me, who deserves that guy as a father? I just...want to be gone before the kid has a chance to know who I am. Don't tell my wife about this, okay? Let's just tell her it's too risky. Let me go home.

    • Bobby: You bringing my fork lift around?
      Alex: I thought we'd just open up the loading dock and roll you out.
      Bobby: (laughs) That's good. Right into Puget Sound. Just float me home like a barge.
      Alex: I got a good one.
      Bobby: Yeah?
      Alex: What do they call the guy who was so fat that he couldn't get out of the house?
      Bobby: What?
      Alex: Dead. And selfish. (Bobby's smile disappears) Yeah, 'cause, uh, you left a 700-pound mess for your wife to clean up.
      Bobby: (not smiling) That's a good one.
      Alex: Look, I'm sorry that we've been tiptoeing around you all day, trying not to make jokes, but you're the one who's gotta stop. Stop calling yourself the fat guy. You have a wife who loves you, who stuck by you through all this. I mean, you did something right to deserve that. Look, I know what it's like to have life hand you so much crap, you just want to sit on the couch and die, but you've gotta look at what's in front of you. You can't just walk out on her now. She deserves better. Chances are, you're gonna die on that table. Then you get what you want. But at least your wife will think you tried. She'll tell your kids you tried. Give them that, at least.

    • Alex: Mrs. Corso, I'm sorry about the thing in the cafeteria--
      Melissa: It's easy to make jokes about him. You didn't know him before. You don't know that inside all that is the same man I've always known, to make me laugh when I can't breathe. He's been trying to make you guys laugh all day, but you're too disgusted to even smile, or joke with him, make him feel like a person. I brought him here because I thought you would help him, but you're only making him feel worse. So unless you want to tell me the next step to getting him out of here and home, I don't need to hear anything from you.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Velmi vážený pacient (Highly Respected Patient)

    • Music Featured in this episode:
      1. Make It Without You by Andrew Belle
      2. One Day Soon by Luluc
      3. Devil Tears by Angus and Julia Stone
      4. Wonder by Jack Savoretti
      5. Bless The Waves by The Deer Tracks
      6. Be My Thrill by The Weepies

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 6, 2010 on CTV
      Latin America: May 17, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Sweden: May 26, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Australia: June 8, 2010 on Channel 7
      United Kingdom: June 17, 2010 on Living TV
      Germany: September 22, 2010 on ProSieben
      Norway: January 11, 2011 on TV2
      Czech Republic: November 7, 2011 on Prima LOVE