Grey's Anatomy

Season 8 Episode 7

Put Me in, Coach

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 2011 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Patrick Dempsey, who plays Derek Shepherd is wearing a Bowdoin College sweatshirt at the game at beginning of episode: Bowdoin is a small college in Maine where Patrick is from

  • Quotes

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): Surgeons can't be lazy, the risks are too great. The second we stop pushing ourselves, something terrible happens. Something we never see coming.

    • Meredith: (closing voiceover): So we may no always be winners, but we're not lazy, we take chances, we go for broke, we swing for the fences, and sometimes, yeah, we struck out. But sometimes... you get a home run.

    • (Laying on the ground looking at clouds)
      Meredith: That one looks like an islet cell.
      Cristina: Which one?
      Meredith: That one. It's all puffy and insulin producing.
      Cristina: It looks like a cloud.
      Meredith: It looks like an islet cell or maybe a buffalo.
      Cristina: I have no imagination, Mer. Teddy's sucked it out of me.
      Meredith: Oh, let's not go there. We're just gonna believe that everything's gonna be okay. We're keeping the faith.
      Cristina: Yeah. She did say that she has something great for me today. What are you on?
      Meredith: Cabbage patch.
      Cristina: O.B still? You gotta get out of those pink scrubs.
      Meredith: Why? Bailey's got me blackballed from every surgery. Besides, it's quiet. I get to work on the trial stuff.
      Cristina: I thought Bailey told you to stay away from the trial stuff.
      Meredith: I know but I just can't help it because I feel like I'm this close to the-- (a softball comes flying in)
      Cristina: Hey!
      Meredith: That could've hit us.
      Alex (runs by and gets the ball): Nice hustle.
      Cristina: You know, I think this is more you just avoiding thinking about Zola.
      Alex: Did you hear somethin'?
      Meredith: No. I keep asking Janet so she's sick of us and she doesn't really know anything. We're just waiting for the court to give us a hearing date, so we're just...
      Cristina: Keeping the faith.
      Meredith: Keeping the faith.

    • Owen: So why did I just have an irrate mother say you refused to save the life of her teenage daughter?
      Derek: It was a consult for an HH tumor. I told her with a transcolasal approach I think I could get it all. She didn't want to take the risk. It's a free country.
      Owen: So do it the old fashioned way.
      Derek: There are plenty of surgeons in San Francisco as qualified as I am to do that.
      Owen: They want you. They got on a plane.
      Derek: I won't do it. It'll grow back.
      Owen: Maybe it won't.
      Derek: Maybe. Maybe we should just wait and see and hope for the best.
      Owen: Yes.
      Derek: No. No, I'm not gonna do that anymore. I had a kid in a crib in my bedroom for a while and social services took her away and the only thing they're gonna say to me now is that you've got to wait and see and hope for the best.
      Owen: It's frustrating--
      Derek: I am sick of half measures. Not in my O.R. Not today. I can't.
      Owen: I think you can. I think her best shot is in your hands and so does that mother. We don't send people home, Derek. It's not who we are, it's not who you are.
      Derek: You're right. Don't send her back.
      Owen: So then you'll do it?
      Derek: No. I'm gonna prove to her that my way will work.

    • Cristina: Hey. Teddy gave me a marathon angeoplasty. Her 'great thing' was a plumbing job.
      Meredith: They subpoenaed Zola's medical records.
      Cristina: Well, that's good. It's movement. (Mer pulls out her phone) What are you doing?
      Meredith: I gotta email Janet and see if she knows anything.
      Cristina: We're keeping the faith, right?
      Meredith: Yeah. Did I mention I can't crack this islet cell thing either. I've been researching responses all day through insulin challenge. There's just nothing.
      Cristina (looking at the monitor): You see that? That right there, oh yeah. That used to be a curly fry. (sighs) And I used to be a surgeon.
      Meredith (her phone beeps, reads the message): 'You're right, keep the faith. I will be out of the office all week.' I am picturing her making calls, fighting the good fight to get my kid back, not sitting on a beach somewhere.
      Cristina: I know. (Mer goes to leave) Mer.
      Meredith: Zola's probably forgotten us by now.

    • Cristina: I give up. I have no idea what you're trying to do. I'm in trouble if I cut, I'm in trouble if I don't cut. I'm a fifth year who does the work of an intern. What do you want?
      Teddy: I want you to make a list.
      Cristina (laughs): Where? On a blackboard? 'I will not do any surgeries without a safety helmet.' Hmm.
      Teddy: I want you to make a list of every surgery that you have ever dreamed of performing. Shoot for the moon and I will try to get you some. (Cristina stays silent) Because we're done. You've graduated, this is your present.
      Cristina: You're messing with me.
      Teddy: Okay, you know, at the beginning of this year, you nearly killed Alex Karev in that O.R because you just had to get in there. You had to be the best and you had to be first. But today? Today I saw a different surgeon. Every bit as good, every bit as advanced, but you were willing to work on a team. Today you put the patient before yourself and that is who I wanted to see. So... you're done. Make a list.

    • Derek (as Alex tries to hand him the flask): I'm good. (holds it out to Mer) You're fine, too.
      Alex: That was a massacre. (Mer laughs)
      Meredith: I don't think we did that bad.
      Derek: Oh, yeah.
      Meredith: Where were you yesterday?
      Alex: I was doin' stuff.
      Meredith: Why do you look so sad? Don't be sad. (hands him the flask)
      Derek: I just got a message from Janet, I guess the judge got in touch with her. He's looking at Zola's files, we're gonna get a court date.
      Meredith: We're getting a hearing! We're getting a hearing. (Derek hugs her) We're getting a hearing. (hugs Alex, Alex smiles)

    • April: Sshh. I think I hear my heart singing. Do you hear that? 'Laaaaa.'
      Bailey: Are you drunk? (April laughs) C'mon, I'll give you a ride home.

    • Arizona: Come on, we got Mark as a sitter so, I'm taking you home.
      Callie: Mmm.
      Lexie: His girlfriend's going to be okay, right?
      Callie: Ah, it's her boob. She's in good hands. (laughs, walks off)
      Jackson: Are you gonna tell me what that was about or...?
      Lexie: Yeah, I thought she was stealing second.
      Jackson: No, you didn't.

    • Henry: Well, thank you guys for letting me be your wringer. Although I didn't really wring much, it was more like a thunk. (they laugh)

    • Julia: No arm. No arm. This is your relief pitcher? Hey, my grandma's not busy, she can pitch better than that. (Lexie throws the ball at her)
      Callie: Oh, right in the boob!
      Derek: Lexie.
      Lexie: What? I thought she was stealing second.

    • Owen: I just want to say how proud I am of all of you. You are an incredible team.
      Cristina (to Bailey): Now who's drunk?
      Owen: I've watched you work together, solve problems together, I've watched you teach each other and learn from each other. You step up when you need to and you... you do more than anyone asks you to. You're the finest team I've ever been a part of.
      Mark: Oh, my God.
      Alex: Sad.
      Richard: Beautiful.
      Callie: You don't think we have a shot at winning this.
      Owen: What this? This. No, no, we're screwed. You are all horrible at softball but... (they all laugh) As doctors, you're pretty great and I'm proud to just to get to lead you. And you're all here so I just... I just wanted to tell you. But, now, we're going down. But what do you say we go down fighting? (they all cheer)

    • Henry: Uh, that's gonna make it tweleve nothing.
      Derek: How long are we gonna let this go on for?
      Henry: Uh, she's a good pitcher, you just have to let her drive off the mound.
      Owen: She's terrible.
      Henry: Yeah, she sucks.
      Owen: Alright, we're pulling the pitcher. Shepherd, get your glove.
      Derek: No, no, not me. Lexie, get your glove. (Henry and Owen go walk over to Teddy)
      Henry: Great job, hun. You threw a really good game. Come on, let's go ice your shoulder, huh?
      Teddy: Oh, no, no. I'm just warming up. Get outta here.
      Henry: Come on. Hey, there's beer.
      Teddy: Oh, come on. Lemme try again.
      Henry: We're running out of time.
      Teddy: We got like five more innings.
      Henry: No, I'm running out of time. Is this really how you wanna spend our last few moments together? Give me the ball. I can feel my device failing. Come on.
      Teddy (hands him the ball): I hate you so much.
      Henry: I know.

    • Meredith: What is your problem with me?
      Bailey: I beg your pardon?
      Meredith: I don't want on your stupid trial, I just need to get it out of my head.
      Bailey: Are you drunk?
      Cristina: She is. We are.
      Meredith: So what is your problem?
      Bailey: What is my problem? Alright, I'll tell you my problem. My problem is you. (Owen and Henry are watching them from home plate)
      Henry: What's goin' on out there?
      Owen: I'm not sure.
      Richard: Time out. I got this, Hunt.
      Henry: Can he do that?
      Owen: He seems to think he can.

    • Bailey: You are reckless and irresponsible, and--
      Meredith: But it was between me and the Chief and my husband! So, mind your own damn business. You are not the boss of me!
      Bailey: Oh, thank god for that. I mean, we're lucky to even be able to have a trial--
      Richard: Shut up! The both of you. You. You have a lot of nerve rubbing Meredith's nose in her mistakes when you can't fix your own. Your trial is failing. Now like it or not, you need her. And you, even your mom, the great Ellis Grey made a mistake. You fixed hers, now fix your own. Get out of those ridculous pink scrubs and get back to the work you were born to do. Now, the two of you are gonna figure out a way to work together. But you're not gonna do it on this field. You'll do it Monday morning in the lab. Is that clear?
      Meredith: Yes. (Bailey nods)
      Richard: Play ball!

    • (Julia and Mark kiss)
      Lexie: God get a room. It's disgusting.
      Jackson: Give the guy a break.
      Lexie: She's on the opposing team.
      Jackson: So what? He seems happy, if he's happy, I'm happy. And you and me, we're happy, right?
      Lexie: Ugh! What is with the friggin' hold up? Let's play ball!

    • (Cristina and Mer are in the outfield during the softball game, passing a flask back and forth)
      Cristina: Mm. Off pump quintuple cabbage. Do you have a pen?
      Meredith: What are you doimg?
      Cristina: I'm makin' a list. Teddy told me to make a bucket list of surgeries. I kept the faith, Mer. Who thought that would pay off?
      Meredith: It's not payin' off for me. My faith is currently out of the office. I think I cured diabetes, though.
      Cristina: Your mom would have been proud. (they break out in laughter)

    • Bailey (walks into her mouse lab to find Mer in there): Wha-- What the hell are you doing in here?
      Meredith: One second.
      Bailey: In a second I'm gonna kick you in your sorry--
      Meredith: I just need to see if the cell survived. Yes, yes. The cell survived.
      Bailey: What are you talking about?
      Meredith: My mom was wrong. It's oxygen. The cells aren't gettng enough oxygen. She extraplated the amount delievered based on tests with mice, but the internal structure of an islet cell of a mouse is completely different than that of a human. Her hypothesis was wrong. That's why the cells in your device are dying. I marked the page for you. (runs out of the lab)

    • Teddy: Why didn't you just start the graft yourself? Why did you wait?
      Cristina: Is this a trick question?
      Teddy: No, I'm asking.
      Cristina: Oh, come on. Now, I'm in trouble for waiting for you? You would've ripped me a new one if I did it myself.
      Teddy: Two months ago you would've body checked Kepner in order to get into this guy's chest. And now you just let her do the surgery? And you don't even like Kepner.
      April: This is true.
      Cristina: Yes, I could've done it myself but she had it.
      Teddy (smiling): Exactly.
      Cristina: I'm done here.
      Callie: Well, then could you girls take it outside? Some of us have a long way to go.

    • Meredith (after she accidentally bumps into Bailey): Sorry.
      Bailey: What is that?
      Meredith: Uh, it's my mom's journal.
      Bailey: No, I know what it is. Why do you have it?
      Meredith: Because it's my mom's journal.

    • April: What the chief doesn't realize is that a lot of the work I do makes it possible for these surgeries to take place. I mean all the staffing and scheduling, I mean, so maybe, okay, maybe I'm not in the O.R. all the time but I--
      Callie: April do you want to be an adminstrative assistant? Is that what makes your heart sing?
      April: No, of course not.
      Callie: Then stop being a whiner. Stop hiding behind paperwork. If you love it, do it. Just get into the O.R, okay? Don't sleep, don't eat, just... do this. (hands her the drill) Here.
      April: You want me to place the k-wire?
      Callie: Will it make your heart sing?
      April: Yes, yes.

    • Lexie (about the jerseys): I need a small.
      Henry: They're all larges.
      April: What? No. We can't be out of smalls already. I told them I needed an assortment of sizes. I-I was very clear on the phone. (Owen tosses Mark a jersey)
      Mark: Sweet. I'll look fantastic in this. And when you look good, you'll play good. Am I right, Avery?
      Jackson: You know it. (they high five, walks over to Lexie)
      Lexie: What the hell was that?
      Jackson: What?
      Lexie: What are you guys pledging Delta Kai together?
      Jackson: No, Sloan's pretty cool, actually. He's been in such a good mood lately he's letting me do half of his procedures. He let me run the burn center last night. (walks out)
      Lexie: Neat.

    • Owen: Sloan, you're on first. (Bailey walks in) Oh, Bailey you're in centerfield.
      Henry: We're doing some shuffling.
      Bailey: What are you doing here?
      Henry: I work here.
      Bailey: Uh, I may not even make the game. I have fourty nine trial patients left to call. I gotta give them the same bad news I gave you.
      Henry: Ouch. That's rough. We need a sub for centerfield.
      Owen: Yeah. Shepherd, pitcher.
      Mark: Shepherd's out. He told me his brain surgery could be a marathon.
      Teddy: Oh! Me! Let me pitch!
      Owen: Okay, Altman, pitcher. Sloan, first.
      Henry: Shepherd can be a pinch hitter.
      Owen: Torres, you're--
      Callie: I need you to sign for this.
      Owen: Bone plates and titanium rods, that's a lot of hardware. I thought you said this guy's hand wasn't salvagable.
      Callie: Yeah, well, I'm gonna try to save it and it's gonna be really cool.

    • (Owen is throwing balls to Derek who is hitting them into a net)
      Lexie: Uh, the patient and her mother were wondering if you're still doing surgery today. Should I tell them that you're still 'working'?
      Owen: We are working. Sometimes the body thinks better than the brian. (phone rings) Grey, toss him a ball.
      Lexie (tosses Derek a ball, he misses it): Your swing is too high.
      Derek: Did you play ball?
      Lexie: Yeah, I was pitcher.
      Derek: Really?
      Lexie: Yeah. (tosses him a ball, he hits it) Mark's in love.
      Derek: Oh with the eye doctor? That should last fourty eight hours.
      Lexie: Yeah, well, I should be happy for him. (tosses Derek a ball, he misses it)
      Owen: Don't worry, just shake it off, or shake it out, or shake something.
      Derek: It's his new coaching persona.
      Owen: I'm still working on it.
      Lexie (tosses Derek another ball): You're still coming at it wrong. You're-- You're approaching the ball wrong.
      Derek: I'm holding the bat wrong?
      Lexie: No, no. It's not the bat. It's your body. You need to adjust your head, drop your shoulder, I mean, you're not connecting.
      Derek (realizing): Her head's at the wrong angle. I've been adjusting the probe.
      Owen: You have to adjust the angle of her head.

    • Meredith: I've been looking for you. I need my mother's journals.
      Richard: Why? What's up?
      Meredith: Well, I need to her original hypothesis if I'm gonna figure out what's going on, then I need to start where she started.
      Richard: Ah! I knew once you picked it up you couldn't put it down.
      Meredith: Don't gloat. Where are they?

    • Henry: Alright so move Avery to shortstop and put Bailey in centerfield.
      Owen: Bailey? Why Bailey?
      Henry: Well, because Bailey's a leader. She'll know who to get the ball to. She's not your cut off man, Avery, he's your cut off man. (Mer walks by) She's tall. Where do you have her?
      Owen: Uh... Left field.
      Henry: Can she catch?
      Owen: Let's find out. Grey, catch. (throws a softball at her, Richard catches it)
      Richard: Hunt, what the hell?
      Henry: Now, he's your cut off man.

    • Meredith: Hey, Dr. Altman why is Cristina doing an angeoplasty?
      Teddy: Excuse me?
      Meredith: I was just wondering and I know she was, too. Is- Is this all going somewhere? I mean, I know it's none of my business.
      Teddy: You're right. ... As a first year, you do an angeo to learn a technical skill but an angeo as a fifth year is about learning respect. Respect for the heart disease that Cristina will see for the rest of her career. It all starts there, in the artery. You have to go back to the beginning to understand the end.

    • Arizona: Uh, have you talked to Karev?
      Meredith: About?
      Arizona: Well, the court asked for Zola's medical records.
      Meredith: Why?
      Arizona: Well, it's probably nothing. I mean, don't read anything into it. I just... I thought you should know.
      Meredith: Thanks.
      Arizona (looking at the computer Mer's working at): Hmm. 'Interactive properties of islet cells.' Is that Bailey's thing?
      Meredith: I'm working with Bailey on this.
      Arizona: I thought Bailey was pissed at you.
      Meredith: No, no. We're good.
      Arizona: Oh, okay. Good then.

    • Owen: I may have just lost my pitcher to brian surgery.
      Teddy: I-I'm telling you I can pitch. Come on, honey, you were a pro ball player, tell him. Tell him I can pitch.
      Henry: I've never see her pitch.
      Owen: You're a pro ball player?
      Henry: Well, former. Pro shipping clerk now.
      Owen: Can you play tomorrow?
      Teddy: Doesn't he have to work here?
      Owen: I-I will hire you now and fire you after the game. You are now my adminstrative assistant.
      Henry: Can't I be something cooler? Like a vascular surgeon or...
      Owen: You can be whatever you want if you help us beat Seattle Pres.
      Teddy: I can help you beat Seattle Pres. I'm telling you I can pitch.

    • Teddy: So what you're saying is the device that you put in him is defective.
      Bailey: What I'm saying is you got one of the original devices and there are some kinks to work out.
      Henry: So, it's a collectable. When I die, you should just put it on eBay.
      Bailey: For now, the only issue is that you have to resume daily testing and--
      Teddy: Because he could become diabetic again, is that right? Because the device is basically a huge failure.
      Bailey: It's got some problems.
      Henry: Which she is trying to fix. That's why they call it a trial.
      Bailey: Hey, the good news is, we figured out what was wrong and we're trying hard to fix it.
      Henry: Alright. Hey, I knew the risks when they put this thing in me. Plus, all the check-up mean I get to see you more. (to Bailey) Don't worry, you'll figure it out.

    • Arizona: Karev, I need you to sign these.
      Alex: What is it?
      Arizona: A subpena for Zola's medical records. They're transferring her to Seattle Pres..
      Alex: What? Why? We're her doctors.
      Arizona: We're a conflict of interest because her perspective parents work here.
      Alex: It's genius. First they want to take her away from Shepherd and Grey and now they want to take her away from her doctors?
      Arizona: We're you going with the file--? You have to sign!
      Alex (walking away): Don't worry, I got this.

    • April: So, I typed it up for you. Batting order, fielding positions, it's all right here.
      Owen: You're a good adminstrative assistant.
      April: Thank you, sir.
      Owen: It's not a compliment. I think being chief resident has set you back. I'd like to see you getting off the sidelines more.

    • Cristina: You said 'great'. Is it a transplant? Oh, is it a hetrotopic transplant?
      Teddy: Nope.
      Cristina: But you said great. Is it big?
      Teddy: Well, it'll probably take you all morning. (opens door, they walk in) Mr. Felker, this is Dr. Yang and she will be performing your angeoplasty this morning.
      Mr. Felker: Nice to meet 'ya.
      Cristina (to Teddy): Any first year can do this. I thought I was going to be working on a heart.
      Teddy: You're going to working on preventing Mr. Felker from having a heart attack.
      Cristina: I meant that I thought I was going to be working on a heart in the O.R.
      Mr. Felker: Hey, is someone gonna roto-router my veins out? (Teddy smiles at Cristina who looks annoyed)

    • Brad: Lookin' good, Chief Hunt.
      Owen: Chief McDougal.
      Brad: Make it Brad. I'm surprised to see you out here, Hunt. We've had this field every morning. Is this your first practice?
      Owen: Oh, no, no, we've been...
      Brad: Oh. I would've thought it was. Kudos for even putting a team together at all this year, with all the upheaval over at Seattle Grace.
      Owen: Yeah, well, we got a lot of good players.
      Brad: Webber being ousted and all that nasty business with the Alzheimer's trial being shut down. No wonder they put a trauma guy in charge. You must feel like you're just scrambling to stop the hemorraging over there. (laughs)
      Owen: We got about another half hour out here or so and then we'll be ready to kick your asses tomorrow.

    • Owen: Come on, everyone. Look alive! Yang, Grey you could at least stand up. (Mer laughs)
      Cristina (still sitting in the outfield): Hi, honey!

    • Callie: Hey, Webber, why don't you come down here and show us how it's done?
      Richard: Uh, let me finish this chapter. I'm saving my energy for the game. In my experience, we'll need it.

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 27, 2011 on CTV
      Sweden: November 16, 2011 on Kanal 5
      Germany: May 9, 2012 on ProSieben
      Norway: May 15, 2012 on TV2

  • Allusions