Grey's Anatomy

Season 6 Episode 22

Shiny Happy People

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 13, 2010 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

An elderly patient is admitted into the E.R. for a heart condition and sees a familiar face, a long lost love who happens to be in the E.R. as well for a fractured arm, and the staff find themselves caught up in their love story. Meanwhile, Karev treats a troubled teenage patient Hayley (guest star Demi Lovato), whose parents brought her in for schizophrenia, and Meredith can't help but tell Cristina about her suspicions of Owen -- which inevitably messes with Cristina's head.moreless

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  • Meredith addresses her concerns for Cristina about her relationship with Owen; Bailey fears that Ben might be cheating on her; The hospital staff is caught up in a love story; Alex assists a teenager who thinks she might be a schizophrenic.moreless

    Good episode. It probably doesn't deserve a ten but for Season 6, it was a great installment. Next week looks extremely intense. I hope Bailey doesn't die! And they said "Viewer discretion advised". They never say that for previews. EVER. I don't think. SO that should be some good stuff for finale.

    I hope Owen leaves. I really can't stand him. Like, seriously. They killed his character for me. I hope Cristina dumps him for good because she deserves way better. And I cant believe she cried either! I hope Teddy and Cristina both ditch Owen.

    Those two old people annoyed me. I really did not care for their storyline at all. However I do appreciate that the show is linking cases to the current storylines, unlike most of season 6. That blonde's quote about romcom's was hilarious! Anyway, this was a great episode and I loved the amount of out-of-hospital scenes. Too bad when the show tries to make episodes like those (6x01, 6x02, 6x10) they turn out to be disasters.moreless
  • shiny happy people

    I was certainly not a shiny happy person after watching this episode tonight.

    Where do I begin?

    Sonny with a Chance, and real life wrist slitter, Demi Lovato, guest starred and certainly did not live up to the hype this appearance was garnering. She came off as scripted and phony. Lovato should have realized that just because you are a fan of the show doesn't mean you will do well on it.

    Does anyone really care about the Yang/Hunt relationship at this point? They could stand on the boiler room floor as long as they want for all I care.

    Just get Lexie and Sloan back together. It was the one good relationship the show has had in a long time.moreless
  • Everything's getting ready for the season finale!

    I thought this was a very good one. Mer is torn between Mer-Cris and Mer-Der relationships and it's good to see her to find a way to deal with both issues without doing any harm. That's all grown up Mer.

    Although I find it hard to like Owen in the last episodes I think it's more about his "triggers". And teddy is one of them. They have that special bond that most people develop after going through something hard and heavy, and he did had some feelings for her before. PTSD is heavy stuff and personally I know a few of them with same situation. maybe that's the main reason I can relate to his problems.

    The story of the old couple wasn't meant to be the important one, IMHO. I think they did it because it started all those thoughts within each character to made them reflect on their own problems and relationships. Good pick on that one!

    Absolutely loved the scene in the elevator with Mark and Derek going: Go, Bailey! Indeed! :)

    And the romcom comment was a great one, so was the "here's your room" with Mer and Cris.

    I gave it a 9, simply because I'm trying to save (hoping to) 10 for the finale which looks great!moreless
  • A love story .......

    In this episode of Greys Anatomy, the following happens. When an elderly woman comes into the ER after a fender-bender, she is unexpectedly reunited with her long lost love. Everyone learns of their story and as the episode ends, we see that they are now going to start a life together. Demi Lovato guest starred in this episode, and she wasn't as bad as I thought she was going to be. Mark finally realises that he loves Lexie and so he tells her. Only it's too late as she and Alex are now in a relationship. Cristina and Meredith have trouble over Owen. As the episode ends we see that in the new house, Derek and Meredith have added a special bedroom for Cristina.moreless
  • Great episode with GREAT acting!!

    This was really one of my favorite episodes!! For the first time in a looong time I actually really liked all of the patient/staff story lines! First of all, hats off to Demi Lovato! I don't know anything else she's in that's not related to the Disney channel, but she really put on a superb and very believable performance in this episode. I also enjoyed the elderly couple and the two best friends storyline, both were interesting and not as "cliche-ey" as some of the other episodes. the good stuff! Christina frickin' Yang did her thang in this episode (acting-wise, that is). I am a movie/tv show junkie and I think I have a pretty distinguished eye for acting since it can really make or break a movie/tv show, well at least for me. With that said, Sandra Oh did a phenomenal job in this episode. Her acting is always great but I think her scene with Owen in the staircase and the wedding dress scene with Meredith back in season 2 or 3 (I forget!) are two of her most memorable scenes for me. Her reactions are a bit subtle but very powerful and believable! I could go on for like 3 more paragraphs about her but I don't have the time so NEXT!

    I also loved the Lexie/Sloan/Karev love triangle! I really don't care too much for Karev so I'm rooting for Sloan's sexy self to ease back into Lexie's life. That scene at the end with them really made me melt, partially due to Sloan's indirect proposal and partially due to Chyler Leigh's (Lexie) acting. She's really talented and this was a great scene for her. Karev is too harsh and condescending towards her he takes credit for her diagnoses, which really pisses me off! Lastly, Callie and Arizona! I was very anxious to see the aftermath of their breakup and it was portrayed very well. That elevator scene just left me speechless wanting more Grey's! I really hope that they somehow compromise on their different desires and stay together. If you're like me and you're too lazy to read reviews longer than a paragraph, here's your summation: Great episode with superb acting and enjoyable storylines...WATCH IT!moreless
Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo

Dr. Meredith Grey

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh

Dr. Cristina Yang

Justin Chambers

Justin Chambers

Dr. Alex Karev

Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey

Derek Shepherd

Chandra Wilson

Chandra Wilson

Dr. Miranda Bailey

James Pickens Jr.

James Pickens Jr.

Dr. Richard Webber

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato

Hayley May

Guest Star

Emily Bergl

Emily Bergl


Guest Star

Marion Ross

Marion Ross

Betty Donahue

Guest Star

Jason Winston George

Jason Winston George

Dr. Ben Warren

Recurring Role

Sarah Drew

Sarah Drew

Dr. April Kepner

Recurring Role

Jesse Williams (II)

Jesse Williams (II)

Dr. Jackson Avery

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (29)

    • Cristina: Well, I'm not moving in with Owen.
      Meredith (holds up the blueprint): See this? Right here? That's your room. You have a room in the new house.
      Cristina: My own room?
      Meredith: Yeah.
      Cristina: Thank you.

    • Mark: Lex... I'm still in love with you. I tried not be, but it didn't work. And Sloan's gone, there is no baby, and I don't want to sleep around. I want another chance. I'm in love with you.
      Lexie: Karev... He's... Mark, I-I have a boyfriend.
      Mark: I know. All I'm saying is that you could have a husband.

    • Cristina: Owen, what's going on with you and Teddy?
      Owen: Nothing. Nothing is. You want me to get better, I want me to get better and I have been working. I have been working with Dr. Wyatt to eliminate my triggers.
      Cristina: Okay, so... so Teddy's a trigger?
      Owen: Teddy... I don't know what Teddy is. Teddy, she triggers me. She confuses me. I- I don't know.
      Cristina; Okay, you know what, 'I don't know', is not working for me right now.
      Owen: 'I don't know' is all I've got! I shouldn't have to explain myself.
      Cristina: Oh?
      Owen: Cristina... I don't know what I feel for Teddy. I don't know, because she's all wrapped up with everything else, with men being blown apart in front of me, with Beth. So it's complicated and it is screwing with my head. That's the truth! I don't know what I feel for her. But I do know what I feel for you. So, yes, I told Shepherd to hire the other guy. And I shouldn't have to explain myself so I can get myself better. I shouldn't have to explain myself to you. And I damn well do not have to explain myself to Meredith Grey!

    • Mark: Look, Teddy. I wanted to say...
      Teddy: I should've knocked. It's that simple. It's that over. (walks out)
      Callie (walks in): Talk to her.
      Mark: I just did. She doesn't want to.
      Callie: No. I'm not talking about Teddy, I'm talking about Lexie. You still love Lexie. And sleeping around isn't gonna fix that. And the reasons that you broke up, Little Sloan, the baby, they're not reasons anymore.
      Mark: She's with Karev.
      Callie: Yeah, well Betty married Mike and she never got over Henry.
      Mark: What?
      Callie: Look, you don't want 50 years to go by and then realize you let the love of your life get away. So go, try.
      Mark: You gonna try again with Robbins? (Callie sighs) Why not?
      Callie: Because my reasons are still reasons.

    • Meredith (to Owen): Cristina loves you, and I want to but I can't. Because I want to punch you in the face right now. I know you tried to have Teddy fired and I believe it's because you love her. And if you care about Cristina, at all, you will tell her. If you're actually the good guy she thinks you are, you will tell her. And if you don't, then I'll know and you'll know that you are not that guy.

    • Lexie: I do not care about Mark and/or who he sleeps with.
      Callie: That's the same thing I keep telling myself about Arizona, that I don't care. And you know what? Soemtimes it works, for the most part. But the a patient gets asked to move across the country for a man she barely knows and all I can think is how stupid they were to let each other go in the first place. All I want is for her to change her mind and say yes. I wanna believe.

    • Meredith: I hate your job.
      Derek: I love you.
      Meredith: Stop trying to make me happy. ... Do you think he loves her? Owen and Teddy? I mean, do you think that that's why... I'm saying, when he threw her under the bus, what read did you get? Do you think he loves her?
      Derek: You can't tell Cristina.
      Meredith: I know that. That's why I hate your job.
      Derek: Do you want a hug?
      Meredith: Yeah.

    • Cristina: Do you think your mom ever got over the chief? Do you think she still loved him, after all those years?
      Meredith: My mom loved Richard until the day she died.
      Cristina: What were you trying to tell me this morning? About Teddy and Owen. Is there something I'm not seeing?
      Meredith: Cristina...
      Cristina: Meredith, please, just tell me what you know. Just... Why?
      Meredith: You have to understand that it's been just you and me for a long time, now its me and Derek. And it's you and me. I told you what I said this morning because it's you and me, but I can't tell you anymore because it's me and Derek.
      Cristina: Fine, you know, I get it, but I need you to understand that I need there to be a me and Owen.

    • Bailey: Was the sex with Altman... was it lousy? Did she disappoint you?
      Mark: What? No. No!
      Bailey: Is one woman never enough for some men? I really want to know. I mean, I think I'm a good judge of character. I am good judge of character and I- I think Altman is a good judge of character and the she trusted you. She trusted you, and then you go... I just wanna know.
      Mark: Teddy and I were never exclusive. Were you and your guy exclusive?
      Bailey: We're not talking about me.

    • Cristina: Do you think I'm Thatcher? Is that what you were trying to tell me this morning? That I'm Thatcher?
      Meredith: What?
      Cristina: Owen is Ellis and Teddy's Dr. Webber and somehow I'm Thatcher in the situation?
      Meredith: I don't know. I don't know.

    • Alex: I need Lexopedia to diagnois my patient.
      Meredith: She's not a book you can flip though.
      Lexie: I kinda am. Go.

    • (Cristina sits down at a different lunch table)
      Alex: What's up with that?
      Meredith: She's mad at me because I planted seeds of doubt about her moving in with Owen.
      Cristina: Don't talk to him about me.
      Meredith: Why don't you come over here so I can talk to you about you.
      Cristina: I'll talk to you when you actually talk.

    • Meredith: So, you and Lexie...
      Alex: What?
      Meredith: I mean, I'm just sayin', you and Lexie, it's not just a sex thing any more? It's uh...
      Alex: I'm acting like a duck.
      Meredith: What?
      Alex: I figure if you walk like a duck and quack like a duck, eventually you start to feel like a duck. Lexie is nice and normal and healthy. And I'm acting like a guy who can stick with nice and normal and healthy.
      Meredith: You're becoming a duck.
      Alex: I am becoming a duck.

    • Alex: You think she's schiophrenic?
      Arizona: I think she threatened to stab a syringe into her own heart. So, I'm leaning toward crazy, yeah.

    • Derek: We tried, Karev. All the tests are negative. Let's go inform the parents and turf her up to Psych.
      Alex: Look, this isn't right. I know crazy. I grew up with crazy, I dated crazy, and I don't think this girl is crazy. Just gimme some time.
      Derek: Do you have a specfic diagnosis in mind?
      Alex: No, but...
      Arizona: She's suicidal, Alex. What you did in the ER, you saved her life. But these parents have been through hell.
      Alex: Look, you say it's our job to advocate for the patient. The patient, not the parents. So, whatever hell they've gone through, her's is worse.
      Arizona: I do say that. Advocate for the patient.
      Derek: You've got until my board meeting is over. Four hours. Go dig.

    • Lexie: Are we a couple?
      Alex: What?
      Lexie: I need to know what we are. Because people ask, and I don't know what to say. I'm over Mark. And I- I don't know if you're over Izzie, but I am over Mark Sloan. For real. And I-- I know that we said that this wasn't gonna be a thing, but I like you. The point is, I wanna know what we are. What this is.
      Alex (kisses her): We're a thing. Yeah, we're together, we're... we're a thing. Whatever.

    • (They are each telling the story to different people the scene cuts from one to another)
      Henry: She was my wife's roommate, her best friend.
      Richard: And you haven't seen one another since?
      Henry: She was supposed to be in our wedding, my wife's maid of honor, but she disappered.
      Betty: I figured that I would write her eventually and try to explain. But how do you say 'I couldn't stand up in your wedding because I fell in love with your fiancee?'
      Henry: There was a party. I remember the sky was so clear that night. I went outside to look at the stars and there was Betty.
      Betty: It just... happened. I felt terrible. It was wonderful. He was my first.
      Henry: She was my first. Irene and I were waiting for our wedding night.
      Betty: For the first time in my life, I felt complete. Being with Henry, I felt complete.
      Henry: I wanted to tell Irene. I wanted to call of the engagement. It would have been a terrible scandal.
      Betty: And it would've ruined my friendship with Irene. But, of course, the friendship was ruined anyway.
      Henry: She just left. She went to grad school across the country. And... And I... I married Irene. Well, I loved Irene. But she wasn't... She wasn't Betty.
      Betty: I told myself there'd be plenty of Henrys in my life.
      Callie: And were there?
      Betty: My husband was a good man. Kind, funny, smart. But he was no Henry. There was never another Henry.

    • Richard: Nearly 50 years late, and still all those feelings. It's saying something, isn't it?
      Cristina: Is that a good idea? I mean, he just had a heart ablation. He should be resting.
      Richard: A happy patient is a healthy patient, Yang.

    • (Bailey is humming)
      Derek: What song is that? I know that song.
      Bailey: Oh... Just a little something stuck in my head. You know how it is. (elevator dings) Oh. You both have a great day. (walks off)
      Derek: Bailey in a good mood.
      Mark: She is. Really good.
      Derek: Teddy was right for you. Appropriate.
      Mark: Appropriate is boring.
      Derek: That sums up your entire problem. (elevator dings and Ben gets on)
      Ben: Morning. (starts humming same tune as Bailey, Derek and Mark share a look, elevator dings and Ben gets off) Gentlemen.
      Mark: Go Bailey.
      Derek: Indeed.

    • Cristina: Maybe we should keep this area clear for emergencies?
      Henry: We haven't seen each other in half a century.
      Cristina: All the more reason to wait a little longer for your reunion.

    • Teddy: And when Mark proposed a threesome, she looked at me. (laughs) Like she was thinking about it.
      Arizona (laughs): Well, she is cute. Like a brunette surgical Tinker Bell.
      Owen (walks up): Who's that?
      Teddy: Nothing. I walked in on Mark and Reed Adamson last night.
      Owen: So he cheated on you.
      Teddy: No, he didn't cheat on me. We're dating non-exclusively. He's not my boyfriend.
      Owen: Listen, if you want me to say something to him, I will say something.
      Teddy: Owen, I do not need you to defend my honor. You can stand down now.

    • Meredith: Are you and Owen thinking of moving in together?
      Cristina: Not thinking. Doing. (Mer rolls her eyes) Mer. Frickin' speak.
      Meredith: Okay. I think there might be something going on between Owen and Teddy.
      Cristina: Oh, wow. Okay. There's nothing going on between Owen and Teddy.
      Meredith: I'm saying pretty sure.
      Cristina: Okay. How? How are you sure?
      Meredith: I can't say. And I don't really know, I'm just saying think before you do. That's all.

    • Bailey: Okay, look, I-- I just wanna tell you that I will not have my personal business all over the hospital like every other little resident ho there. So therefore, okay, you will not flirt with me at work... (Ben kisses her) Listen, listen, you will not kiss me at work, you will not... (Ben takes off his shirt) look at me with the 'I've seen you naked' eyes at work. What we do in the bedroom, stays in the bedroom. Look, I'm a professional woman with a stellar reputation. And more importantly... (Ben starts to take off his pants) I'm a lady. And a lady does not show her drawers at the office. (Ben takes off his boxers)
      Ben: Now, woman, I am naked and I look good. Now, are you going to sit there and lecture me or are you going to let me take you into my bedroom and have my way with you?

    • Cristina: Oh, I'm getting first dibs on the finger food before it all gets sucked down by the masses.
      Owen: Lets move in together. (Cristina chokes on her food) Good, you cant answer. That's good I don't want you to, I ran it past my shrink and she thinks it's a good idea. So think about it. Me, you, our own place.
      Cristina: Yes.
      Owen: What...? Yes?
      Cristina: Yes, but I need to warn you that this is my fourth martini and my judgment is severely impaired. Also, I'm a real easy lay right now.
      Owen: Works for me. (kisses her)

    • Mark: You're staring again.
      Callie: I am not.
      Mark: Wanna go to my place and do it in the shower? Teddy's in surgery tonight.
      Callie: You know, I'm not in the mood for your jokes right now, okay? (walks off)

    • Meredith: You know, at my parties, we drink beer and dance on tables.
      Derek: Are you insulting my party?
      Meredith: It's gettin' kinda lame out there.

    • Lexie: Stop fidgeting. Smile.
      Alex: I hate ties. You're the one who's figeting.
      Lexie: I'm wearing a thing that sucks in my fat.
      Alex: You don't have any fat.
      Lexie: I couldn't zip the dress without it. I have fat.
      Alex: That's just your ass. I like it fat.
      Lexie: Thank you. That's disturbing, but kind of awesome.
      Alex: Wanna go upstairs and make-out?
      Lexie: We're supporting Derek.
      Alex: Why? This party blows.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): Ask most people what they want out of life and the answer is simple, to be happy. Maybe it's this expectation though of wanting to be happy that just keeps us from ever getting there. Maybe the more we try to will ourselves to states of bliss, the more confused we get - to the point where we don't recognize ourselves. Instead we just keep smiling - trying to be the happy people we wish we were. Until it eventually hits us, it's been there all along. Not in our dreams or our hopes but in the known, the comfortable, the familiar.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): It's a common belief that positive thinking leads to a happier healthier life. As children we are told to smile, be cheerful, and put on a happy face. As adults we are told to look on the bright side, to make lemonade, and see glasses as half full. Sometimes reality can get in the way of our ability to act the happy part though. Your health can fail, boyfriends can cheat, friends can disappoint. It's in these moments, when you just want to get real, drop the act, and be your true scared unhappy self.

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    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Hledání stavu blaženosti (Searching for State of Bliss)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 13, 2010 on CTV
      Latin America: May 24, 2010 on Canal FX
      Sweden: June 2, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Australia: June 15, 2010 on Channel 7
      United Kingdom: June 24, 2010 on Living TV
      Germany: September 29, 2010 on ProSieben
      Norway: January 18, 2011 on TV2
      Czech Republic: November 14, 2011 on Prima LOVE