Grey's Anatomy

Season 3 Episode 19

My Favorite Mistake

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 22, 2007 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Alex's favorite pie is Banana cream.

    • Goof: When George is having lunch with Callie and her father and he remembers having sex with Izzie, he is wearing civilian clothing. But when he walks up to Izzie in the hospital right after, he is scrubs. It's unlikely that in the middle of an emotional crisis he took the time to change.

    • When Cristina and Preston were lying on the bed, Preston was reading Dreaming of Bird.

    • Goof: Alex said before that Jane Doe had very distinctive brown eyes, but in the scene where Alex helps her choose her new face, her eyes look blue.

  • Quotes

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): The thing about plans is they don't take into account the unexpected, so when we're thrown a curve ball, whether its in the OR or in life, we have to improvise. Of course, some of us are better at it than others. Some of us just have to move on to plan B and make the best of it. And sometimes what we want is exactly what we need. But sometimes, sometimes what we need is a new plan.

    • Addison: Wow, I'm impressed, Karev. You spent the whole day watching a fetal monitor and never complained.
      Alex: Well, I do what I'm told.
      Addison: Since when?
      Alex: Depends on who's doing the telling.

    • (While Mark is in his board meeting)
      Addison: Wait, now they're laughing.
      Burke: Laughing?
      Derek: Well, they can't be laughing with him. They have to be laughing at him.
      Bailey (walks up): I'm suprised you don't have a shot glass pressed up against that window.

    • Callie (about her dad): You stood up to him. Nobody does that. I was all proud. (kisses him, he doesn't kiss her back) So, listen about last night, I don't know about you but personally I would like to take back about 90 percent of it.
      George: Me too.

    • Derek: You can come up with all the plans that you want, things just happen. People just...
      Richard: Drown?
      Derek: Yeah. You know when I pulled her out of the water, she was like ice. She can swim, Richard. She's... She gave up. I close my eyes for a moment and it's like she's back in the water. A moment, that I just listen to her breathe and then she just... stops.

    • Izzie: Talk to me about black outs. Are they real? Do you really not remember anything afterwards?
      Meredith: Iz, I'm fine. I'm not drinking. I'm not drowning my sorrows. I'm fine. Everybody needs to stop trying to protect me.
      Izzie: Um, this isn't really about you. I'm asking back when you had a best friend named 'tequila.' Did you actually ever black out?
      Meredith: Once. Or twice.
      Alex: But the stuff you don't remember is usually the stuff that you don't wanna remember.
      Izzie: Right. Great. Thanks.

    • Mark: Can I help you with those, Dr. Bailey?
      Bailey: What do you want?
      Mark: See, that's what I like about you, Dr. Bailey, you always get right to the point.
      Bailey: Make it quick, I'm headed over to the clinic.
      Mark: Okay, what would you change about this hospital if you could?
      Bailey: Is this for your board interview? You want me to do your homework for you because I'm not busy enough is that it?
      Mark: All the other attendings are putting together ten year plans I was just looking for some input.
      Bailey: Input, you want-- I have patients in need of medicial attention, right now. This guy, here, he's about to have one less appendage, I don't have a ten year plan for him. I have a here and now plan for him. Cut off his foot to save his life. So you need to get out of my way right now so I can do my job.
      Mark: Right now?
      Bailey: Right now!

    • Derek: When has Mark Sloan allowed his interns to do anything, let alone harvest a bone graft?
      Meredith: He's in the race for Chief. He's trying to prove that he can teach.
      Derek: By teaching you. Your mother died and the Chief is going to be watching you very closely. Mark is trying to gain points by...
      Meredith: Using me.
      Derek: If it goes well, then he gets the credit but if it goes poorly, then he gets the save.
      Meredith: So this is about you one upping Mark?
      Derek: He's using you. I'm just trying to protect you.
      Meredith: You don't have to. Close the door on your way out.

    • Addison: Is that a doll house?
      Izzie: Yeah, the lights work and everything. The perfect little home.
      Addison: Oh, did you have a doll house growing up?
      Izzie: I had sex last night, with the wrong person. But the thing is, it didn't feel wrong at the time, it felt like something was falling into place. So, what do I do?
      Addison: What am I? The go-to person for adultery?
      Izzie: No, I- I just don't know what to do.
      Addison: You stop. That's what you do.
      Izzie: Are you sure? I mean, how do you know that it didn't feel so right because it's God's plan?
      Addison: God wants you to be an adulter?
      Izzie: God got a virgin pregnant by magic, God isn't playing by the rules.

    • Meredith: You're hovering.
      Derek: I'm breathing you in.
      Meredith: You're hovering.
      Derek: Fine, I'm hovering. But if Cristina would sleep in her own bed, I wouldn't have to hover at work. (Meredith laughs) I would hover in bed, a different type of hovering, perhaps.

    • (Callie sniffs George and makes a face)
      George: I showered, twice.
      Callie: It's coming out of your pores, George. You reek and you're trembling and there's no way that I'm letting you near my patient right now.

    • Izzie: Can I work in the clinic today?
      Alex: You don't want the F.O.P case?
      Cristina: Clinic? Why, what's going on in the clinic?
      Izzie: Nothing. I just feel clinicy.
      Cristina: That's not a word. I'll take the clinic.
      Izzie: Cristina!

    • Callie: Ooh, oh, wait, wait. I need to talk to you.
      Izzie (quickly and defensive): Why?
      Callie: Uh, to prepare you guys for what you're about to see.
      Izzie: You meant, 'you' like us, (motions to the other interns) you don't wanna talk to me, you -- you wanna talk to us. About-- about a patient.
      Callie: That's what I just said.

    • Richard (about Colin Marlow): He has a ten year plan.
      Burke: What?
      Richard: He's presenting the board with a ten year plan for the surgical wing.
      Derek: He's only been here for a day.
      Richard: Did you see that folder? It's full of plans... tweaks, to my hospital.

    • Burke: What is this?
      Cristina: We're giving each other coffee, this is what we do.
      Burke: This is what we used to do. Before you moved in and we started making coffee at home. You know, I'm not really interested in going back to the way it used to be so unless you have something else to say to me... I've already had my coffee.

    • Callie: As of this moment you and I are the perfect couple, okay? We are the perfect, happily married couple, who-- who never fight. Because, uh, my dad's in town.
      George: What?
      Callie (sighs): Uh, yeah. My dad's in town and he wants to meet my husband.
      Izzie (walks in): Oh, hey. The O'Malleys... (laughs nervously) Carry on. Do your stuff. Your married stuff. Yay! (walks out)
      Callie: You told her about our fight?
      George: Just when exactly is he coming?
      Callie: Today. Lunch. Cafeteria. (George groans) You know what? I think I might change it to Joe's so he might not be able to tell that, that stink is coming from you.
      George: No, no. It's okay. It's gonna be okay. I'm good with parents. Parents love me.
      Callie (laughs nervously): Ooh, yeah. Funny, funny little man. Funny smelly, little man. Get in the shower.
      George: It's gonna be okay --
      Callie: Just get in the shower, okay?

    • (After Izzie discovers that she just slept with George)
      Meredith: Wow, you and George were really going at it last night.
      Izzie (chokes on the water that she's drinking): What?
      Cristina: Well, all the laughing and the drinking... the music -- okay, you know what? Nobody, meaning me wants to hear George's rendition of 'SexyBack' at 3 in the morning.
      Izzie (laughs, relieved): Ohh, yeah, you-- you should've just said something, or, or like banged on the wall, you know?
      Cristina: It's like living in a youth hostel.
      Meredith: Well, the important thing is that she and George made up. (looks at Izzie) You did, right?
      Alex: I need to use your bathroom.
      Meredith: Why?
      Alex: Because O'Malley's puking in mine.
      Cristina: Okay, youth hostel.
      Meredith: George is still here?
      Izzie (nervously): Yes, yes. But only because he was too drunk to drive home, you know, like, totally impaired. Like no heavy machinery drunk.
      Alex: What's her problem?
      Cristina: Still drunk.
      Alex: What's she doing here?
      Meredith: She's afraid that she's ruining her engagement to Burke, so she's hiding from him.
      Cristina: Not anymore. I have a plan. (in the background Izzie pops a mouthful of asprin) Burke doesn't want me to marry him just to appease him--
      Meredith: Which you are.
      Cristina: Sooo, we don't get married. It's simple. We go back to the way it was. Be kind, rewind. My plan has a name.

    • Izzie: Okay, it happened. It was a mistake and it happened. People make mistakes. We need to figure out were we go from here, we need to figure out how to tell Callie.
      George: I'm not gonna tell Callie. Do you know how much this would hurt her? I'm not gonna clear my conscious at her expense, she's done nothing but support me, encourage me and believe me, and this is how I pay her back? No, I'd have to live with what I did. This is our secret, okay?
      Izzie: Okay.

    • Cristina: Got your board thing now? The Chief picked you. Originally you were always supposed to be the next chief. That was the plan.
      Burke: That was a long time ago. A lot has happened since that.
      Cristina: But you're still that guy. You are the guy the Chief chose.
      Burke: No, I'm not. I'm not that guy Cristina and I wouldn't wanna be. I wanna be better than that. I'd like to believe that I've grown. I wanna move forward, I'm not interested in going back.

    • Mark: You've been practising? You know the Chief will be watching you.
      Meredith: The Chief? Right, of course.
      Mark: Of course what?
      Meredith: Derek was right about you. You're using the memory of my dead mother to win points with the chief. It's despicable and I'm not gonna play.
      Mark: The Chief, the way he was looking at you this morning was like you were some beaten down puppy picked up of the side of the road. You do this procedure and you do it well and he'll start looking at you like a surgeon again. But you know... you wanna think at me as despicable, you wanna pass up the shot, that's up to you.

    • Jane Doe: You're here to keep my baby alive?
      Alex: I am.
      Jane Doe: Good.
      Alex: So?
      Jane Doe: So… call me "Ava".

    • Derek: Why did you ask Meredith to do a bone growth on your Jane Doe?
      Mark: Because I'm her teacher and that's my job.
      Derek: You're doing it to impress the Chief. You're setting her up and she can't fail right now.
      Mark: Why don't you let your girlfriend decide what she can or can't do?
      Derek: I will hurt you if this goes wrong for her.

    • George: It's just your daughter the way she-- she's sorta undenyable. After I lost my father, I-I realized that, you know, life is short... and it's long too. It's short and long. It'
      Mr. Torres: He talks a lot.
      Callie: No, no. He talks. Like a, like-- like a person who talks, Dad, please.
      Mr. Torres: Do you have any idea what you've done to your mother? You make this decision, the most important day of your life... and we didn't even know she was seeing someone. Are you pregnant? (looks at George) Did you get my daughter pregnant?
      George: No.
      Callie: No. No, daddy, no. Okay? This is George. He's not like the other guys that I've been with.
      George: Clean as a whistle and a mathlete.
      Mr. Torres: He has no money. And you have money.
      George: Oh, come on. I didn't know that Callie was well off, she just told me.
      Mr. Torres: Really? Really, well, then you won't mind that the house, the car and everything else we'll provide will be in Calliope's name.
      Callie: Uh, what house?
      Mr. Torres: You're a married woman now. I'll find something suitable. It's all here in the post-nuptials. (he accidentally knocks his drink on George)
      Callie: Uh, Dad!
      Mr. Torres: Sorry.
      George: It's okay. (George flashs back to last night and what happened with Izzie and then flashes back)
      Mr. Torres: ---Raise a family and...
      George: No. It's not gonna happen. There's no way that I'm gonna let you pay for anything. We can't-- Callie-- I'm so sorry. Mr. Torres, I'm sorry but the answer is 'no'. (leaves)

    • Mark (to Jane Doe): No one will even be able to tell you had surgery. I'm that good.
      Addison: He is. It's annoying.

    • Mark: What do you consider your weaknesses?
      Addison: Weaknesses? I don't have any. I'm that good. What are yours?
      Mark: I'm an easy mark for evil redheads.
      Addison: Oh, trust me, you have more weaknesses than that. Obviously, you are a manwhore.
      Mark: Correction: Was a manwhore.
      Addison: Right. Well, while you're bragging about that to the board, Colin Marlow is presenting them his ten year plan.
      Mark: Ten year plan? Is that a requirement?
      Addison (pauses): It is now.

    • George (speaking through the intercom): We are going to need you to lay very still Mrs. Rogerson.
      Mrs. Rogerson: Think I can do that Dr.O'Malley.
      George: Sorry about that Mrs. Rogerson.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): Surgeons always have a plan... Where to cut, where to clamp, where to stich-. But even with the best plans, complications can arise, things can go wrong. And suddenly, you're caught with your pants down.

    • Izzie: Messing's what makes a person. It's how we learn. Where we find joy. And the things you don't plan for...are the things you never see coming.

    • George: Izzie.
      Izzie: George.
      George: What the hell happened last night? Callie is going to kill me. Did I at least call her before I passed out?
      Izzie: No. (George groans) You -- you don't remember?
      George: I remember the bourbon and the-- (shakes his head and groans) Where did you sleep?

    • (Meredith and Derek are in bed)
      Meredith: I let Mark use the memory of my mother to win points with the chief you were right.
      Derek: Sorry.
      Meredith: Know what's weird?
      Derek: What's weird?
      Meredith: It's exactly what she would have wanted.
      Derek: Dead mommy's proud.
      Meredith: Dead mommy's proud. (pause) How was your interview?
      Derek (sighs): Not great. Wasn't great. I was distracted. (Derek and Meredith turn over to face each other)
      Meredith: By what?
      Derek: Nothing. I don't know.
      Meredith: On a scale of one to ten how bad is it?
      Derek: Eight.
      Meredith (kisses him): How about now?
      Derek: Seven. (they kiss again)
      Meredith (gets on top of Derek): How about now?
      Derek: Six. (they continue kissing and then he rolls Meredith onto her back) Five, four, three...

    • George: Ugh. I am never drinking again. I can't believe that I have to be presentable for Callie's dad at lunch. Ugh.
      Izzie (sighs): Hours, hours of our lives. Many hours there are all I can think about and you...seriously don't remember?! How can you not remember those many, many hours?
      George: Look Izzie, eh...Whatever I did, whatever I said... I was drunk, I'm sure I didn't mean it.
      Izzie: George, I promise you, you meant it... You meant it a lot, you meant it more than once.

  • Notes

    • International Titles:
      Czech Republic: Plán "Teď hned" (Plan "Right Now")
      Germany: Alles nach Plan (Everything according to plan)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: May 14, 2007 on Net 5
      Italy: June 11, 2007 on Foxlife
      New Zealand, June 14th, 2007 on TV2
      Australia: July 8th, 2007 on Channel 7
      Israel: July 16th, 2007 on Yes Stars 1
      Ireland: October 9th, 2007 on RTE Two
      Norway: December 18, 2007 on TV2
      Finland: January 9, 2008 on Nelonen
      Croatia: January 21, 2008 on NOVA TV
      Czech Republic: March 23, 2008 on Prima
      Romania: June 3rd, 2008 on TVR1

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. La Familia (Remix by Guy Sigsworth) by Mirah plays at the beginning during the voiceover when Izzie sneaks out of the bedroom.
      2. Black Cat John Brown by Alamo Race Track plays at lunch when Izzie asks Meredith out about blacking out.
      3. Still Alright by Adam Merrin plays when George remembers his night with Izzie and goes after her.
      4. All I Want From You Is Love by Let's Go Sailing plays when Meredith and Cristina help operating their cases.
      5. Sideways by Let's Go Sailing plays in the end of the episode, you see Alex with Jane Doe, Cristina with Burke and Meredith with Derek.

  • Allusions

    • Cristina: Nobody, meaning me, needs to hear George's rendition of SexyBack at three in the morning.

      SexyBack is a song by Justin Timberlake from his album Futuresex/Lovesounds.

    • Episode Title: My Favorite Mistake

      This episode's title refers to a song by Sheryl Crow My Favorite Mistake, the first single from her third album The Globe Sessions. The song is about a relationship with a man who proves to be unfaithful. Is widely believed to have been written about Eric Clapton.