Grey's Anatomy

Season 2 Episode 10

Much Too Much

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 27, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Dorie Russell is waiting for quintuplets, all 5 girls. Her husband seems more concerned than she is but she is set to bring her babies to their term of 36 weeks. All the departments are on call for the quintuplets as three of them have developed problems of different kinds. Meredith last night's stand shows up at the hospital with priapism and they need to call Derek Shepherd for a consult which puts Meredith in a very embarrassing position. Alex and Derek must take care of a patient who has a tumor inducing thirst as a side effect. On the love side, Alex and Izzie are having some slight sexual problems, while Meredith goes on adding one night stands and Cristina is thrown off course by being "keyed".moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • "Great writing and foreshadowing"

    One of my favorite scenes from the series is in this episode. Izzie and George discuss Alex's sexual dysfunction when she clutches George's shirt telling him she needs sex. Althought they are best friends at that point in time, they already had sizzle. George responds that no matter how much she begs,he will not "do" her, followed by nodding and mouthing, Yes I am. These two are too delicious together. Other scenes I enjoyed are Cristina showing Burke her apartment, saying I hired a maid once, but she ran away.

    I was less that enamoured with the Meredith/broken penis storyline, but it did serve it's purpose.moreless
  • Nice

    Meredith's attempts to get over McDreamy end horribly when her latest one-night stand shows up at the hospital with a case of priapism -- or, for those of you who are blessedly unaware, when the little general refuses to stop standing at attention. As if that weren't bad enough, the problem appears to be neurological, so McDreamy is called in to consult on the case, and to make fun of Meredith. She is absolutely mortified, but also secretly happy that McDreamy has a hard time with her moving on. A lady who is pregnant with quintuplets is admitted at 32 weeks, and every single hospital employee ever is recruited to assist with the delivery, as three of the babies have significant health problems. Thoroughly Judgmental Izzie, of course, has a problem with the woman's fertility decisions, and says so. It is just as helpful as you might have imagined. The babies are delivered and all whisked away to their respective surgeries. Meanwhile, Cristina tries to get Burke to change his mind about their moving in together by showing him her incredibly messy apartment, and Alex gets it on at work with Nurse Olivia of the Syph, setting his stupid self up for Izzie to walk in on them. Which she does. Oopsie!moreless
  • Funny episode, but there was someone I missed in this episode - Bailey - she was in the episode, but she didn't really make fun of the interns as usually - that's what I missed.moreless

    Exactly. You know, Bailey usually makes fun of the interns, she teases them in some way, and that's what I missed in this episode. But, the episode was funny even without her. Uh, poor Izzie, I wonder what will happen between her and Alex now. And, Meredith got what she deserved - it's boring seeing her as she is only talking about Derek and Addison and how he didn't choose her, I wish they focused on her other side of life more - like her mother. And George didn't really appear in this episode so much, but OK, he was like a main subject in previous episode.moreless
  • Poor Izzy...

    Poor Izzy, she can't get a break. Not only is her boy having 'technical difficulties' he is perfectly capable of getting it up for another woman.

    I found the storyline between Meredith, her one-night stand and Derek to be highly-self absorbed; will Meredith and Derek get over it already? I kinda feel sorry for Addison, she's trying really hard to make her marriage work, and Derek's busy guilt-tripping her and moping over Meredith.

    Poor George, he just get over Meredeith. I don't see what's so special about her, anyway.

    Nice story between Christina and Burke. I love her cynicism and complete cluelessness when it comes to being in a relationship. I'm really interested in how this works out, I hope she doesn't lose too much of that self-determination and cynicism.moreless
  • “I hired a maid once. She ran away crying.”

    Still hating Meredith. She was so rude to Steve. If a guy said to a girl he just slept with that he was going to take a shower and when he gets out, she won’t be there, it would be unbelievably chauvinistic. Yet Meredith doesn’t have a problem with it.

    The guy with the tumor that made him want water was disgusting. He had a horrible personality, and then he goes and drinks out of the toilet?! Ew!

    Cristina actually showing Burke her apartment was a huge step for her. And hilarious, too. I can totally relate to her cleaning habits. :)

    I can’t believe Alex actually slept with Olivia. That made me really angry.

    Why DID they need so many doctors for the quints? It seemed like so many were just standing around.moreless
Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo

Dr. Meredith Grey

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh

Dr. Cristina Yang

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens

Justin Chambers

Justin Chambers

Dr. Alex Karev

T.R. Knight

T.R. Knight

Dr. George O'Malley

Chandra Wilson

Chandra Wilson

Dr. Miranda Bailey

Curtis Armstrong

Curtis Armstrong

Robert Martin

Guest Star

Jon Hershfield

Jon Hershfield


Guest Star

Pat Healy

Pat Healy

Tom Russell

Guest Star

Sarah Utterback

Sarah Utterback

Nurse Olivia Harper

Recurring Role

Robin Pearson Rose

Robin Pearson Rose


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The speech that Meredith gives Steve in the morning is almost exactly the same speech she gave Derek the morning after their first hook-up.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Dorie (puts her hand on her belly): It's Kate. She kicks me so hard. It's like a belly burn every time.
      Izzie: You've named them already?
      Dorie: I know you think I'm crazy, or maybe just a little bit stupid.
      Izzie: Mrs. Russell, I'm sorry if I've done something to offend you.
      Dorie: The only thing that will offend me is if you pretend you haven't been judging me since the minute we met. We're going to be spending a lot of time together, so we may as well be honest, right?
      Izzie (pauses): If you had reduced the fetuses even by two, the other three could have been carried longer, been more developed, and born healthier.
      Dorie: You're about the sixteenth doctor who's told me that. (takes Izzie's hand and puts it on her belly) This one up here, this is Charlotte. She's the stubborn one. Lodged under my rib cage, won't budge. (moves Izzie's hand) And over here, Lucy. She's a badass. She gets kicked, she kicks back. (moves Izzie's hand) Emily. She has the hiccups almost every day. (moves Izzie's hand) And over here is Julie. She's pretty mellow. Every once in a while, she just turns over, which brings us back to... (moves Izzie's hand) Kate.
      Izzie (smiles): Who gives you belly burn.
      Dorie: Every time she kicks.

    • Dorie (pregnant with quintuplets): We have four-year-old boys at home: Adam, Oliver, and Graham.
      Izzie: Triplets? You already have triplets? (chuckles) I guess when you take those fertility pills, you should read the fine print.
      Addison: Dr. Stevens!
      Izzie (embarrassed): Oh, I'm sorry, I just meant--
      Dorie: No, that's okay, I'm used to it. I just really wanted a girl.
      Husband: Yeah, we just didn't bank on five girls.
      Dorie: But think of all the cute clothes, and all the pink cuteness!

    • Steve: So, I just wanna thank you for being there for me. I mean, normally you don't expect your one night stand to stick by you through a tumor. (Meredith smiles) Maybe when I get outta her we can...
      Meredith: I don't think so.
      Steve: Sure about that?
      Meredith: Yeah. You know when I saw you at Joe's I was just … looking for a replacement. Looking for something to make me feel better. You deserve better than that.

    • (Operating on Steve)
      Derek: Hmm. Doesn't look like there's any nerve damage. There shouldn't be any long term effect. I'd wait a few weeks before I tested it out though.
      Meredith: Funny. You're a funny man.
      Derek: I just didn't know you two were dating.
      Meredith: Well, you knew it would happen eventually.
      Derek: Eventually feels a lot different than actually.
      Meredith: Yeah, I guess it does.
      Derek (sighs): Yeah, well it's surprisingly painful.
      Meredith: It gets better.
      Derek: Does it?
      Meredith: I dunno but I'm determined to be optimistic.

    • Alex: I was studying. What's your excuse?
      Meredith: I was staring at the ceiling in abject horror. My one night stand is a neurosurgical case.
      Alex (nodding, he grins): Heard you broke his penis. Nice.
      Meredith: So I'm having a lot of sex. What's wrong with that?
      Alex: Nothing wrong with that at all.
      Meredith: It only gets problematic when you start to care. When you let your emotions get in the way. (Alex looks at Izzie) You know?
      Alex: Yeah, right. (walks towards Izzie but his pager beeps) Damn it.

    • Derek: When did you two start seeing each other?
      Meredith (quickly): We're not. Seeing each other.
      Steve: We met at Joe's last night.
      Derek: Joe's bar? (he chuckles) Mmmhmm. I met a girl there once myself. (he looks at Meredith) A very long time ago.

    • Cristina: What makes you … What makes you think we can live together? You don't know anything about me.
      Burke: I know you prefer an 11 blade for your LNDs. I know you prefer to say pickups instead of forceps. I know you like your coffee from the cart by the front entrance better than the coffee in the cafeteria. I know you.
      Cristina: Those are just little things. Details.
      Burke: I know you. ... You don't wanna move but I can't always be the one that takes the step. Any more steps and I'm walking away.

    • (They are draining the blood out of Steve's penis)
      Cristina: What if I just gave him the key back?
      Meredith: He'll be hurt.
      Cristina: What if I don't use it?
      Meredith: Well then if you had no intention of using it then you shouldn't have taken it in the first place.
      Cristina: Oh come on. Fishing a key out of a coffee cup isn't like some binding legal contract.
      Steve: Your boyfriend gave you a key to his place?
      Cristina (to Meredith): Why's he talking?
      Steve: I'm just saying the guy put himself out there. He's taken the next step. You can't not use it.
      Crisitna: Do you think you might be not in the best position right now to be handing out relationship advice?

    • George: So, how do you break a guy's penis?
      Meredith: You know about Steve. Why does every guy I meet come with his own unique set of nightmarish humiliations?
      George: Maybe it's a, a matter of v-volume?
      Meredith: Volume? What's that supposed to mean?
      George: Just, you know there's quality then there's quantity.
      Meredith: So you think I'm sleeping with too many guys? You think I'm a slut?
      George: I think you're taking some risks. I think you'll find yourself in a hole in some guys basement being ordered to put the lotion on the skin or you'll get the hose again.
      Meredith: Oh come on--
      George: Excuse me, I'm talking. So you want to be with Derek. You want to be, but you're not. So you try to find some replacement, some temporary way to feel better. But it's not working, and it's not going to work, because the future of meaningless one night stands and problematic penises is not what you want. You want better and you deserve better. And not every guy's a nightmare.

    • Izzie: Okay Alex, was it me? Because we seem to actually be having a normal time. A good time.
      Alex: Yeah, we were having a good time.
      Izzie: Well then was it me? Was it something I did or ...
      Alex: It wasn't you. (shrugs) I just ... just didn't feel like doing it. I was tired, you know?
      Izzie (smiles): Well do you feel like doing it tonight?
      Alex (looks uncomfortable): I'm on call, so ...
      Izzie: Okay, well do you feel like doing it now?
      Alex (intrigued): What right now?
      Izzie: People have sex in this hospital all the time.

    • Alex: So, you're still not taking to me?
      Olivia: You gave me syphilis. And I am talking to you; I just don't have anything to say. (pause) How's George?
      Alex: O'Malley's a fetus. It's all whiny and frail and light. So you didn't tell him you were doing me, big deal. Minimal disclosure. It's my policy.

    • Addison: Dorie, this is Dr. Shepherd he's our head of neurosurgery.
      Derek: Hi.
      Dorie: Oh, another Dr. Shepherd.
      Addison: He's my husband, actually.
      Dorie: Serisouly?
      Derek (smiles): Mmhmm.
      Dorie: Wow. Look at you two. Everybody must hate you.
      Addison & Derek (both smiling): Oh, you have no idea.

    • (On the phone)
      Meredith: There's a boy in my bed.
      Cristina: What's his name?
      Meredith: Um... Steve.
      Cristina: Where'd you find him?
      Meredith: Joe's.
      Cristina: Hmm. Guess where I am?
      Meredith: Where?
      Cristina: Burke's apartment. He went to the hospital. He left me alone here.
      Meredith: You're going through his stuff, aren't you?
      Cristina: There's no stuff to go through. It's a freak show. I mean, you can do surgery in here. Oh, he arranged his books using the Dewey Decimal system! Mer, I'm scared.
      Meredith: Get out. Get out of the house now.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): When you were a kid, it was Halloween candy. You hid it from your parents and you ate it until you got sick. In college, it was the heavy combo of youth, tequila and well, you know. As a surgeon, you take as much of the good as you can get because it doesn't come around nearly as often as it should. 'Cause good things aren't always what they seem. Too much of anything, even love, is not always a good thing.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): How do you know when how much is too much? Too much too soon. Too much information. Too much fun. Too much love. Too much to ask... And when is it all just too much to bear?

    • Meredith: They always look so sad when I kick them out. (Cristina laughs) Seriously, why do guys not understand that when you pick them up in a bar and take them home for sex that there are no picket fences or kids in your future? (Cristina pulls a key out of her pocket) Burke keyed you?
      Cristina: I got freakin' keyed before coffee.
      Meredith: What is wrong with them?
      Cristina: They're like these 1950's debutants... one dance and there's a shotgun to your head.
      (Steve walks up, Meredith's one night stand)
      Steve: Meredith. (she looks stunned) You work here?
      Meredith: What are you doing here? Steve.
      Steve: I'm having a little problem.
      Cristina (whispering): Steve, Steve?
      Steve: Actually, I'm having a big problem. (he moves his jacket from his waist. Meredith is looking at his face still, but Cristina sees it)
      Meredith: What?
      Cristina: Steve, hi. Cristina.
      Steve: Ever since you and I... it won't go away. (Meredith sees what he's talking about now, Cristina keeps staring)
      Meredith: Cristina!
      Cristina: What? It's right there looking at me. (Steve looks embarrassed) Oh, there are so many things I could say right now. (pats Meredith's shoulder) Champ.

    • (Showing Burke her apartment, which is a total mess)
      Cristina: where I live. My mother decorated it. I don't do laundry, I buy new underwear. See, and uh, under the table? Six months of magazines I know I'll never read, but I won't throw out. I don't wash dishes, vacuum, or put the toilet paper on the holder. I hired a maid once, she ran away crying. Uh..the only things in my fridge are water, vodka, and diet soda. And I don't care, but you do. Still think living together is a good idea?

    • Meredith: Don't tell me...
      Cristina: The flag is flying once again.
      Steve: Hey, nothing I did.
      Bailey: Well, we've tried everything so it must be neural.
      Meredith: Neural?
      Cristina: She already called for a consult.
      Meredith: A consult? You called neuro for a consult?!
      Bailey: Hey, it's not my fault you broke the boy's penis.
      Derek (coming in the room): Hello everybody. What's up? (cuts to Derek lifting up the sheets looking at Steve's never ending erection)
      Derek: Hmm, so when did this... um, problem, begin?
      Steve: Well, I had an erection last night. (Meredith cringes, Cristina smirks) And woke up with one this morning.
      Bailey: Dr. Shepherd if you don't need me, the other Dr. Shepherd needs a consult on one of the quints.
      Derek: Yeah, no, we're fine. So when did you last ejaculate? (Meredith cringes some more)
      Steve: I'm not sure. (turns to Meredith, Meredith cringes, Cristina holds in her laughter) Meredith?
      Cristina: Oh, I'm--I'm gonna go with Dr. Bailey.
      Steve: Meredith, what time did we---sort of-- uh, uh-- ?
      Derek: Yes, Meredith. What time did you two... ?

    • Meredith: Steve's labs came back clean.
      Cristina: So?
      Meredith: So, someone needs to induce vasocontriction.
      Cristina: Oh, nice try with the fancy word. He needs an enema and the answer is "no".
      Meredith: I can't do it.
      Cristina: Oh, come on. You let a guy you pick up in a bar see you naked, and you can't give him an enema?
      Meredith: Totally uncalled for.
      Cristina: Well I am keyed up and cranky.
      Meredith: I would do it for you.
      Cristina: Ooh! Oh, really. You would give Burke an enema?
      Meredith: Yes.
      Cristina: Uh-huh.
      Meredith: Maybe.
      Cristina: Mmm-hmm.
      Meredith: No. But that's not the point.
      Cristina: Oh, yeah. Okay, here's how it goes. I do this for you and you do every enema I'm assigned to for an entire month.
      Meredith: Deal.
      Cristina: Wow, you really don't wanna do this.

    • George: Well, another sleepless night in Seattle.
      Izzie: Who was it this time? Hairy back guy?
      George: You know who I miss? Inappropriate facial hair guy. You know he did his own dishes.
      Izzie: Huh, tattooed ass guy made coffee.
      George: Yeah. He's a keeper. (Izzie looks at him) What? What? Meredith? I'm over her.
      Izzie: Okay.
      George: I am.
      Izzie: Yeah, I can see that.
      George: But, is she trying to set some kind of record?
      Izzie: At least she has a goal.
      (They watch the guy leave)
      George: Oh, he's new.
      Izzie: And I shall name him running guy.
      George: You know who I heard Alex come home with last night? You.
      Izzie: I don't wanna talk about it. (George laughs) Actually, I really do wanna talk about it. But he doesn't wanna talk about it because there were... technical difficulties.
      George: What?
      Izzie: You know he didn't-- (makes motion with her hand) He didn't--
      George (laughs): Oh no---
      Izzie: Stop it. (he keeps laughing) You can't say anything. (he laughs harder) George, stop it.
      George: I-I'm gonna at least think about making fun of him next time I see him.
      Izzie: He said it never happened before.
      George: That's what we all say. And I mean they. That's what they all say.
      Izzie: I don't know, maybe this relationship just isn't meant to be. I mean I just... just need some sex, George, you know? I just (she grabs his shirt hard and angry) I need sex now! You know what I mean?
      George (shaking his head): No matter how hard you beg... (begins nodding head and mouths 'yes I am') I'm not doing you. (they laugh)

    • (After Meredith's one night stand comes back to the hospital, as a patient)
      Steve: Do you think it's serious? It hurts like it's serious.
      Cristina: Do you realize this is completely insane?
      Meredith: Well, we have to stash him somewhere until we figure out what's wrong with him. I can't have the whole hospital finding out.
      Cristina: I am not going down for this. It's not my fault you broke this guy's penis.
      Bailey (overhearing): Broke his what? (Cristina and Meredith keep walking) Come - Hey, hey! Don't make me chase you down. I'm growing a person here!

    • Cristina: What the hell is this?
      Burke: It's a key.
      Cristina: Why?
      Burke: Why is it a key? Are we feeling existential this morning?
      Cristina: Well, if the key turns in a lock, and no one asked for the key or even wanted the key, does it make a sound?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Sweden: June 6, 2006 on Kanal 5
      Australia: July 3, 2006 on Seven.
      Bulgaria: July 4, 2006 on bTV
      Switzerland: July 31, 2006 on SF 2
      France: August 8, 2006 on TF1
      UK: September 28, 2006 on Living TV.
      Norway: October 17, 2006 on TV2
      Germany: November 21, 2006 on PRO7
      Hungary: November 28, 2006
      Croatia: January 8, 2007 on Nova TV
      Finland: January 10, 2007 on Nelonen
      Italy: March 16, 2007 on Italia 1
      Romania: May 15, 2007 on TVR1
      Ireland: May 22, 2007 on RTE Two

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Night Of The Dancing Flame by Roisin Murphy plays as everyone makes their way home,
      2. Lotion by Greens Keepers plays when Cristina performs an enema on Steve,
      3. Crying Shame by Get Set Go plays when Cristina shows Burke her apartment,
      4. You and Me by Lifehouse plays when Olivia goes to talk to Alex in the on-call room,
      5. High by James Blunt plays when the quints are born.


    • George: Well, another sleepless night in Seattle.

      This is an allusion to the 1993 film by Nora Ephron Sleepless in Seattle starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.

    • George: I think you'll find yourself in a hole in some guy's basement being ordered to put the lotion on the skin or else you'll get the hose again.

      This is an allusion to the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs in which the serial killer treats his victims in this manner. This is the second reference George has made to this movie, the first was in Episode 12 (Season 2, Episode 3), Make Me Lose Control.

    • Episode Title: Much Too Much

      The title of this episode is a reference to the name of a song sung by The Who.