Isobel "Izzie" Stevens
Izzie: George... (he is about to kiss her but she is trying really hard not to cry and starts sobbing) I'm exhausted. Every bone and every muscle in my body aches. And I don't think that I can do this. It's not that I don't want to, because I do. I really, really do. It's just that I just spent 6 and a half hours on my feet in surgery and I can barely hold myself up. And I'm just so tired. And... And this is like a rare bird, George. George, you know. It's the first time since... Since we were together. And it's a once in a lifetime expiernce, and I-- I don't wanna waste it on a night that I'm too exhausted to enjoy it. Because I wanna enjoy our rare bird, George. I need to enjoy our rare bird. And-- (continues to sob)
George: Me too. And-- and oh, my hand... It's just killin' me from holding the dress. So, maybe tonight is not the perfect night. Maybe the perfect night is another night.
George: Yeah. Yeah. (pauses) Do you wanna maybe go to sleep?
Izzie: Yeah. (they lay down in bed, spooning up against each other) Thanks.
George: Did you only shave one of your legs?
Izzie (starts sobbing again): I know. I'm sorry.
George: No, it's cool. It's alright. Shh.
Lexie: Hey, what are you doing tonight?
Alex: As in...
Lexie: What are you doing... tonight.
Alex: Look, uh, I'm not a nice guy. I don't date. I don't call the next day. I'm not looking for a relationship cause I'm never good at ´em. And honestly I'm kinda hung up on somebody else. So...the only thing you're ever going to get from me is sex... That's it. And that's never usually enough for girls like you.
Mark: He doesn't have any secret fetishes does he? He doesn't strike me a fetish kinda guy.
Derek: Hey, Richard. You've gotta tell us what this evening's about. You've been obtuse, it's been fun, but we're gettin' a little freaked out now. What's a gentlemen's evening?
Richard: It's an evening with no ladies. Just gentlemen.
Mark: That's it?
Richard: Well, yeah.
Erica (walks up): Pretty boys living in the woods. This is very charming. Or sad. I'm not sure which.
Mark: What happened to no ladies?
Erica: Plans change.
Rick: You know, I gotta tell 'ya, I survived a 12,000 foot freefall, and this is my only scar.
Meredith: It goes away.
Rick: The scar?
Meredith: It goes away. The feeling. That feeling that you have right now... today... that feeling like you can do anything. That clarity... It goes away. And you go right back to being the coward who can't tell the person you love how you feel. I saw your video.
Rick: You -- you saw-- Oh, okay. You're not gonna let Sally see it, you're not gonna let her know what I said--
Meredith: Like I said, it goes away. It's going away right now. You have to tell her how you feel, right now. While you still can.
Rick: She's just so incredible, in everything that she does, she's just... So outta my league, you don't understand.
Meredith: Well, if she doesn't feel the same way, then you move on. But, if you never find out how she feels then that won't be your only scar.
Helena: Guess I lost anyway, huh?
George: No, actually I let go first.
Helena: You did?
George: Well, someone had to catch you.
Callie: Hey, uh, how's your bride? She pull through okay?
Callie: Please tell me that you let go first because I absolutley cannot handle my bride winning that way. (George smiles) What?
George: Oh, nothin', I just didn't know if we'd ever be able to talk again.
Callie: I'm letting go. I have to... Let go.
Izzie: Mr. Arnold, look at me. Look at me. Good. Now, I want you to focus on the observation deck, and pretend that it's a treeline or a shoreline, or... something with birds. Those aren't people up there watching you, those are birds, your birds and you're watching them. So, tell me Mr. Arnold, tell me about the birds. Tell me.
Mr. Arnold: I-- I can't, I can't.
Izzie: You can! How about her? The woman to the far left, what kinda bird would she be?
Mr. Arnold: Ah... Okay, she- she has a long neck, so she would be an Ibis. Some kind of Ibis.
Izzie: Okay. Okay, good. Who's next?
Mr. Arnold (talking about Cristina): Uh... That one, doing the little dance with her fingers, she's -- she's the Purple Sandpiper. Uh, those are tough little birds, those are survivors. (talking about Derek now) And um, and him, with the sad eyes, he would be, he's uh... He's a Thrush. He's a Black-Headed Knightengal Thrush. And uh, (talking about the Chief now) the tall one, standing there watching over everything, over everyone. He doesn't miss a thing. (Izzie smiles) He's a... Great Blue Heron. No question.
Jackie: Yeah, but who won?
Alex: Helena collasped. She's, she's in surgery.
Jackie: So, so... I won? She collasped which, which means I won, right? Where's the judge?
Callie: The woman that you stood next to for two days almost died, okay? And you've just woken up from surgery and all that you can think about is if you've won a stupid contest. Don't you get it? You shouldn't have to fight this hard for a wedding. You fight for a marriage. And sometimes that even is a lost cause. Sometimes, you just have to let go. So, just let go already. Just friggin' let go. (walks out)
Jackie: Yeah, but-- but did I win? (Alex walks out)
Bailey: He jumped outta that plane. No one forced him to do it. Fell 12,000 feet. People chasin' death down, then tryin' to cheat it. Doesn't make any kinda sense to me.
Meredith: There's a clarity thing when you cross over the edge. There's a moment when everything just melts away and you're fearless. I get it. I understand wanting to feel like that.
George: Yeah, holdin' on to that dress, that wasn't easy for her. It was humilating, but... someone's trying to break you... It gives you drive, it gives you streagth, holdin' on to that dress... for hours, I mean, days, you know? In public, just refusing to buckle, refusing to bend, that's hardcore. I mean, in some ways that's seriously hardcore.
Richard: Rumor has it that Sloan was busy hazing one of his interns today. ... And I take it that you didn't buckle.
George: No, sir.
Richard: Good man, O'Malley.
George: I don't know how you guys did this for two days.
Helena: Believe me, I would be at city hall tomorrow if that were an option.
George: It is. You could just let go.
Helena: You let go.
George: You let go, and no big deal it's a wedding. I let go and I have to face the wrath of Dr. Sloan.
Helena: My mom manages a grocery store. And ever since I got engaged she's been putting herself in some serious debt. Over hand engraved place cards and chocolate fountains. It's her dream. My wedding is her dream. This is so important for her. This is so important for her, this is what she's been living for since I can remember, since... My dad left. My perfect night. So, I can do this. I can do this for her... because she's done a lot for me.
Meredith: Remember when I was dead? Before I went in that water everything was so ... complicated. Hard. And then you pulled me out of the water ... and I came back to life. For a moment everything was so clear. As if the water had washed everything clean. Do you remember that?
Derek: I do.
Meredith: Me too.
Richard: You had the nerve to tell a patient that you would perform awake open heart surgery before even running it pass me first?
Erica: Did Burke run every surgery past you?
Richard: Look, I know you're new here--
Erica: I just wanna know what the rules are. Every surgery that Burke booked, he ran it up the flagpole first? And what about pretty and prettier? They run every surgery past you?
Richard: What? You talkin' about Shepherd and Sloan?
Erica: I am talking about your male attendings, you now, the one's that you invited to your gentlemen's evening. Guess you don't know a guy until you work for him, I mean who knew that you're running an old boys club.
Richard: Erica that is not it--
Erica: You realize an evening to which the male attendings are invited and women are not, you realize that's like when law firms used to have country club weekends and failed to invite the black associates. (Richard is silent) Good talk, I gotta prep for my surgery.
Izzie: George, you got a minute?
George: Seriously? (motions to the dress he is holding, and he moves his hands around so his other hand is on it, and turns to face her) Hey.
Izzie: Hey. We're gonna have to push back our perfect evening tonight. Not by much. A few hours, I think.
George: Sure. Okay.
Izzie: Okay. I'm about to scrub in on a awake open heart surgery.
George: A what?
Izzie: Awake. The patient is gonna be wide awake while we operate on his heart.
Helena: That is intense.
Izzie (excited): It is! It is intense. It's-- (sighs) Uh, you know Cristina would be all over this. She would be studying and quizzing herself and all I could think about is the poor guy, he's-- he's really nervous already and... I'm not hardcore. I'm not hardcore enough for this.
George: Yes, you are. What? You're-- you're just not like Cristina. You're hardcore. You're hardcore like... Izzie. (pauses) Did that just sound dirty? 'Cause that's not how I meant it.
Mike: Mean, that man. (Izzie laughs)
George: Go kick ass in the surgery and then we'll have our night and it will be perfect.
Izzie: Oh, I haven't shaven my legs yet.
George: Go. Go be hardcore Izzie. Go.
Izzie: Okay, got it. I'm going. Thank you. (leaves)
Mike: She's hot, man.
Helena: Is she your wife?
George (smiles): I don't know you well enough to have this conversation.
Mark: Dr. Hahn, I heard a crazy rumor about you.
Erica: That I'm performing open heart surgery on a man who's wide awake.
Mark: That's the rumor.
Erica: That's the truth.
Derek: I perform awake brain surgery all the time.
Erica and Mark: Not the same thing.
Mark: You ever hear of a gentlemen's evening?
Erica: I'm sorry?
Derek: The Chief is hosting a gentleman's evening.
Mark: We're pretty sure it doesn't involve porn, but... I wanna be sure.
Derek: Hmm. Right.
Erica: Are you two a couple? (they laugh)
Derek and Mark: No.
Erica: Okay, just checking. (walks off)
Derek: Why-- Why would she ask that?
Mark: I- I don't know. I'm worried about this gentlemen's thing.
Meredith: I drowned. I was sinking. I died. And you know what I realized? I realized how stupid all of my issues are.
Cristina: I'm waiting for how this applies to me.
Meredith: It doesn't.
Cristina: Of course not.
Meredith: When that man fell, and all he wanted was one last chance to tell sally how he felt about her. And I got one last chance. I got my chance. And what have I done with it?
Cristina: You know, being aware of your crap and actually overcoming your crap are two very different things.
Meredith: I know.
Izzie: What are you we doing?
Alex: Video from the helmet of a skydiver without a chute.
Izzie: You guys are sick.
Cristina: Oh, come on. It's not like a snuff film, the guy survives. (she plays the video) Ooh.
Izzie: Oh, wow!
Cristina: Oooh, he's going for the chute. Oh! And it doesn't open.
Meredith: And he's flailing.
Alex: Ah, he's going for his second chute.
Cristina: Oh! And it also doesn't open!
Izzie: You'd think there'd be more screaming.
Meredith (cringes): Oh, look how close the ground is getting.
Alex: What, what he's doin' now?
Cristina: Peeing his pants?
Meredith: Is he saying something? Turn it up? (you can hear him on the tv saying he loves someone, and wishes he would have told them. Alex tries not to laugh, Izzie cringes as he's about to hit the ground and does and the video stops)
Alex: Oooh! Oh! (laughs)
Izzie: Wait, who's Sally?
Meredith: The skydiving instructor.
Cristina (to Meredith and Alex, who are watching George): So, what? He just stands there and holds the dress?
Meredith: I know. I thought it was gonna be more excited too.
Cristina: A monkey could hold a dress.
George: Actually... It's a lot harder than it looks.
Helena: Don't let them get to you. Tune 'em out. All of them. It's the only way to get through it.
Jason: Sweetie, he's your competition, don't help him.
Dress Judge: Do you ever give morphine to people who aren't patients?
Cristina: This kinda blows.
Alex: It's more fun when you heckle.
Meredith: Don't heckle George.
Cristina: Ah, you know, whatever. I got something way better than this. (starts to walk off)
Alex: Something that tops O'Malley playing bride?
Cristina (holds up disc): Skydiver video. (Meredith and Alex get up quickly and follow her)
Jackie: Whoa, hey. No. I gotta get back to my dress, just wrap some bandages around it or something.
Callie: You would rather hold on to a dress, with a dislocated shoulder, then letting repair it for you in surgery right now?
Jackie: I can have surgery anytime. I can only win this wedding once.
Helena: I know you all think that this is stupid, if I were you, I'd think that this is really stupid.
Mark: Well, I've never been married myself, so I'm not one to judge, but George here knows all about what it takes. Don't you, O'Malley?
Helena: You're married? For how long?
George: Not very long.
Helena: Newlyweds? Congratulations.
Callie: It's the only solution if neither of you will let go of the dress.
Mark: It's very simple. Dr. Torres needs to treat Jackie's shoulder and legs, so Jackie, you need a proxy.
Mike: Think about it, babe. This gives you an advantage. You get to rest your hand and come back refreshed. Gimme the dress, I'll be the proxy.
Jason: No way. This isn't fair. You think this is fair?
Mark: Dr. O'Malley's the proxy.
Mark: He'll hold on to the dress. (Callie is trying not to smile)
George: Hold the dress? You just want me to stand here and hold the dress?
Mark: No one ever said that internship was easy. (George snaps off his gloves, and holds out his hand and takes the dress)
Jason: Dude, you're job kinda sucks, huh?
Alex (walks in): Dude, check it out, Bambi's a bridesmaid. (chuckles)
Callie (to Mark, smiling): You're right, this did kinda cheer me up.
Alex: You're charting in a closet.
Lexie: I get a lot of work done in here. It's quiet and nice.
Alex: And a closet.
Lexie: Look, when I am out there, roaming the floors, I am the other Grey that Dr. Yang likes to humiliate and kick around. And in here, I'm not. It's just-- It's just --- It's my place, okay? It's a closet.
Alex: You know, every intern class has a runt of the litter, you keep this up, this year it's gonna be you. Get up.
Lexie: Oh, sorry. You probably need to get in here.
Alex: No, grab a sling from the box and come with me.
Lexie: With you?
Alex: Well, if you rather sit like a loser in a closet doing charts all day, you can. Or you can come help me on ortho today.
Izzie: Why are you hovering?
Cristina: Guess what came into the pit. No, don't guess. I'll tell you. Skydiver. Skydiver who's chute didn't open, who fell 12,000 feet and landed in some scrubbery.
Izzie: Whoa, poor guy. He probably broke every bone in his body.
Cristina: No, the point is not poor guy, the point is amazing surgery and it could be yours for the low, low price of everyday hum-drum cardic repair.
Izzie: Forget it. I'm not giving up Hahn's service.
Cristina: Hey, hey, cardio is my thing.
Izzie: No. I like this patient, and I like Hahn, and I like cardio.
Cristina : No, you know what, you are flirting with cardio. I am married to cardio. You will marry….general surgery. Or you know, okay, perhaps neuro. But you, you are nowhere near hardcore enough to commit to cardio.
Izzie: So you are telling me to... stop flirting with your husband. I get it. That's cute. But if you're going to ask me a favor... insulting my personal life is probably not a great tactic.
Cristina: No, no, wait I am not talking about your sex life. I could not care less about your sex life. It's a skydiver. Izzie. A skydiver.
Izzie: Oh yeah, sounds real cool. Enjoy.
Mark: Well, this is cozy.
Callie: This is hell. I assigned O'Malley to you, so you could keep him away from me. And now our patients are connected to each other.
Mark: You're not looking at this like the opportunity that it is.
Mark: Meaning he's an intern, and it's like half my job torturing interns.
Callie: Thanks. That's almost sweet, but torturing George is not gonna make any of this any better. (Callie stares at George for a moment) Torture him, how exactly?
Richard: I hear we have a skydiver who fell 12,000 feet.
Rick: That'd be me.
Richard: Uh... He's talking?
Bailey: Clearly he's in shock. Can't feel the extent of his injuries.
Derek: Okay, let's get a CT.
Meredith: Cristina where you going?
Cristina: Multiple injuries means multiple surgeries. I'm goin' to get me some cardio.
Cristina: Please let this be good, something cardio good. Pleaseeee.
Paramedic (ambulance doors open): 33 year-old male, discovered unconcious, after suffering a 12,000 foot freefall.
Meredith: A what?
Paramedic: His parachute didn't open.
Cristina: What he fell 12,000 feet without a parachute? (they roll him into the hospital, Cristina looks up) Thank you.
Cristina: Heads up. Mr. Incredible, tweleve o'clock.
Derek (walks by): Hey.
Cristina: What the hell was that about?
Meredith: That was about the date that we have later in the on-call room. It's nothing.
Cristina: You sure seem to busy, to lose sleep for a whole lotta nothing.
Mark: What exactly is a gentlemen's evening?
Derek: I don't know. It's an evening, with gentlemen.
Mark: And strippers?
Derek: Nah, I don't think the Chief meant strippers.
Mark: Sure sounds like strippers. (to Bailey who is walking by) Dr. Bailey? What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say a gentlemen's evening?
Bailey: Tassels. Sequin tassels and one dollar bills. (walks off)
Mark: See? Strippers.
Derek: There will be no strippers. I'm almost positive.
Mark: So, you don't know what this thing is either?
Derek: No. But you're in?
Mark: Why not? I like to be suprised.
Richard: Derek Shepherd, you know Erica Hahn.
Derek: You're the new Burke.
Richard: And this is Mark Sloan, the head of plastics, Erica Hahn.
Mark: Ah, the new Burke.
Derek: Mmm. Welcome. Excuse us. (they walk away)
Erica: Interesting guys. And by interesting I mean ridiculously attractive. (Richard chuckles) Do you hire on looks alone or is skill actually a factor?
Richard: Good to have you here, Erica.
Erica: Good to be here, Richard.
Izzie: This is absurd.
George (sleepy): Hey.
Izzie: You shouldn't be sleeping in the on-call room.
George (mumbles): It's not always the on-call room. Sometimes it's the gurnies in the tunnel and the...
Izzie: That's absurd. When I have a perfectly good bed, and I know that we said that we would wait and be respectful, and we have been very respectful. (whispers) But now I want sex.
George (gets up off the bed): Right now?
Izzie: No. Tonight. (George flops back down on the bed) Tonight. We will have hot, perfect sex. Are you in?
George: I'm obviously in. (moves to kiss her)
Izzie: I gotta go. I got patients to check on. Erica Hahn to impress. I'm gonna go kick some cardio ass. Oh, god! I gotta shave my legs.
George: It's okay if you don't have a chance to shave your legs.
Izzie: No, it's not. It's not okay, George. I will be shaving my legs. Our perfect sex requires shaved legs.
Richard: Good morning. Trout, for breakfast... again.
Derek: Don't start. I let you live on my land. Don't start.
Richard: I am older than you. I've just seen life from both sides now.
Derek: Are you gonna start singing?
Richard: Just saying that a man who is up fishing at 3am every morning is a man in pain over a woman.
Derek: Oh, good. It's a country western song.
Richard I'm pointing out that it's a thing that we have in common, Derek. You know, what we need is something to take our mind off of everything. What we need is a gentleman's evening.
Derek: A what?
Richard: A good old fashioned gentleman's evening. Tonight.
Cristina: Okay, what are your other symptoms?
Meredith: Okay ... There's the father thing. The mother thing. The sister thing... ummm ... the dying and coming back to life thing.
Cristina: You have too many things.
Meredith: I can't sleep. I can't sleep without the dreaming.
Cristina: And the panic attacks.
Meredith: One, one panic attack.
Cristina: But still--
Meredith: What's wrong with me?
Cristina: As far as a I can tell... severe abandonment issues.
Meredith: That's crap. Psych is crap. Issues?
Cristina: It's in the book. The book said it not me. Have you consider maybe you and Derek should stop having break-up sex? (Meredith gives her a look) Okay...
Meredith: The more available he gets... The more I pull away.
Cristina: What do you mean?
Meredith: Nothing. It's a Derek thing.
Meredith: Maybe I should just take a sleeping pill.
Cristina (yawns): Oh, no. Don't do that. You'll just get strung out and turn into a bad after school special. We'll just sleep, and then you'll sleep.
Meredith: I can't stop, Cristina, I can't stop seeing Derek. It's not about the sex. It's not about the sex, it's about that moment afterward. The world stops, just feels so safe... So safe. I'm not ready to give that up. Does that make me sad, weak, and pathetic?
Cristina: A little bit.
Meredith: What do I do?
Cristina: I don't know. (Meredith hears laughing and giggling outside of the door, and opens it to find Lexie and Alex standing there half naked. She glares at them and shuts the door)
Lexie: Alex, please tell me that you don't live with Meredith Grey.
Derek: She doesn't let me take care of her. That's not my job anymore. She won't let me.
Cristina: I'm taking care of her.
Meredith (closing voiceover): Deep down, everyone wants to believe they can be hardcore. But being hardcore isn't just about being tough. It's about acceptance. Sometimes you have to give yourself permission to not be hardcore for once. You don't have to be tough every minute of every day. It's okay to let down your guard. In fact there are moments when it's the best thing you can possibly do… as long as you choose your moments wisely.
Meredith (opening voiceover): There's this thing about being a surgeon. Maybe it's pride or maybe it's just about being tough. But a true surgeon never admits they need help, unless absolutely necessary. Surgeons don't need to ask for help because they are tougher than that. Surgeons are cowboys, rough around the edges, hardcore... at least that's what they want you to think.
The runtime for this episode, without commercials, is about 47 minutes, which is 4 minutes longer than usual.
International Episode Titles:
Czech Republic: Večírek džentlmenů (Party of Gentlemen)
Slovakia: Umenie Kung fu (The Art of Kung Fu)
Original International Air Dates:
Italy: January 21, 2008 on Foxlife
Saudi Arabia: February 5, 2008 on ShowSeries
Latin America: March 17, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
Sweden: March 19, 2008 on Kanal 5
Australia: March 30, 2008 on Channel 7
Finland: April 2, 2008 on Nelonen
The Netherlands: April 14, 2008 on Net 5
Croatia: April 17, 2008 on RTL TV
Israel: April 21, 2008 on YES Stars 1
Norway: September 30, 2008 on TV2
United Kingdom: October 16, 2008 on Living TV
Romania: November 11, 2008 on TVR1
Czech Republic: February 12, 2009 on Prima
Music Featured In This Episode:
1. Raindrops From The Sun by Imani Coppola
2. Don't Try To Fool Me by Miss Li
3. Say A Lot by Buddy
4. Cheer Me Up Thank You by New Buffalo
5. Let Somebody In by Magic Numbers
6. Merry Happy by Kate Nash
Episode Title: Kung Fu Fighting
This is a song by Carl Douglas, released in 1974.
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