Grey's Anatomy

Season 3 Episode 3

Sometimes a Fantasy

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 2006 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: Near the end of the episode, when Alex talks to Izzie outside of the hospital, there are discontinuities between shots with the directions Izzie is looking in.

    • This scene opens with a threesome and ends with a threesome, similar to the Superbowl episodes in season 2, "It's the End of the World" and "As We Know It". This episode opens with Meredith's dream of a threesome between her, McDreamy (Derek) and McVet (Finn). It ends with a more realistic scene of her in bed with Izzie and George. This of course is non- sexual, as we have often seen these 3 in bed with each other in a sibling sort of way. In the superbowl episodes, George has a dream that he is taking a shower with Izzie, Meredith, and Cristina. The episode closes with Izzie and Cristina showering Meredith after she has been through the trauma of seeing the bomb squad leader blown to bits, ala pink mist.

    • Goof: During Megan's surgery, you can see Abigail Breslin's eyes almost about to open.

    • Goof:
      Addison: It's a cloudless sky that happens, like, twice a year in Seattle.
      Mark: Yeah, but there's a typhoon in New York.

      In reality, typhoons happen in the Pacific region west of the dateline. Everywhere else, it's called a hurricane or a cyclone. Mark probably just said this to be a joke. He probably knows there's no such thing as a typhoon in New York, he just wanted to make something up so he could stay with Addison.

  • Quotes

    • Bailey: Haven't seen you since you were sucking down Martini's at Joe's.
      Addison: Uh, yeah, that was just... I'm over him now.
      Bailey: Good.
      Addison: We talked about...
      Bailey: A lot of things.
      Addison: I remember...
      Bailey: None of them.
      Addison: Is that for the best?
      Bailey: I think so.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): The fantasy is simple. Pleasure is good, and twice as much pleasure is better. That pain is bad, and no pain is better. But the reality is different. The reality is that pain is there to tell us something, and there's only so much pleasure we can take without getting a stomach ache. And maybe that's okay. Maybe some fantasies are only supposed to live in our dreams.

    • George: Callie just called my house home. Where does she get that? It's not her home.
      Cristina: Shh!
      George: It's not her home! (seeing the pile of money laying on the table) What're you doing?
      Alex: Meredith and Finn. (camera pulls back to show Meredith and Finn sitting a few tables away)
      Cristina: We're betting on whether or not Shepherd shows up to challenge Finn to a duel.
      George: Ooh. Can I be in with five?
      Alex: Dude, that's not a bet. That's milk money.
      Cristina: Oh look, she's laughing. Because he made a joke, which probably wasn't funny. Ooh, you funny vet! (Meredith hears her and gives her a look)
      George: I left the rest of my cash at home, which I can call it because I live there. I'm not a visitor.
      Alex: Hey, you're a loser. You like comic books, right?
      George (guiltily): No…
      Alex: I got this kid, this patient. She thinks she's a superhero. What's up with that?
      George: Superhero? Well, superheroes look like anyone, like you or me. Maybe they're not someone that people necessarily notice as extraordinary. Maybe in their daily life they get walked on. But then, there's a moment they get hit by a cosmic ray or bitten by a radioactive spider, and then suddenly something that has been inside them all this times comes raging out -
      Alex: Dude, forget I asked.
      Cristina: Oh, here we go. (Derek walks right by the table and gets coffee) Oh, come on, come on.
      Alex (grabbing the money): Ah, takes it like a man and walks away.
      George: He's coming back.
      Cristina: Oh. Oh! Yes, he is. (shows Derek smiling and walking over toward Meredith and Finn) Mm. Gimme my money. (Cristina takes it from him) Told you.

    • Addison: Here's the thing: We both really enjoy each other. Before...and now again and I think that's a healthy release and I...I think it's healthy (Mark starts stroking Addison's shoulder) for everyone involved but I do think just because I made what can only be considered a transcontinental booty call, doesn't mean we should be trying to make something out of this and we...Stop doing that! (slaps his hand away)
      Mark: Why?
      Addison: Because I can't think.
      Mark: We're good together.
      Addison: We aren't. You need to go home.
      Mark: Come back with me. (Mark moves closer to her)
      Addison: You're insane. I'm not going--- I'm not going back to New York.
      Mark: 'Cause it was just about the sex? (they almost kiss then Addison slaps him and he smiles)
      Addison: Oh! (stands up) Um...okay, uh, well goodbye.
      Mark: Goodbye. (Addison walks out of the bar, but looks back at Mark)

    • (during Meredith's dream, Derek, Finn and her are all in bed together)
      Derek: Good morning.
      Meredith: Good morning. (kisses Derek)
      Derek (to Finn): Good morning.
      Finn: It is a good morning. (Meredith turns to face Finn) Hi.
      Meredith: Hi. (kisses Finn)
      Finn: Did you get any sleep last night?
      Meredith: Not really.
      Derek: Do you want to get some now?
      Meredith: Not really.

    • Richard: I didn't ask you to convince her to come in.
      Bailey: But I did. I did convince her.
      Richard: There is a whole series of disciplinary and rehabilitated steps that Izzie Stevens will have to take before---
      Bailey: You can explain them to her.
      Richard: I never agreed to that.
      Bailey: She didn't commit a crime. She's an intern. My intern. If you wanna blame someone, blame me. Look, but that girl is coming in here today and you are going to talk to her and you're going to remember all the other surgeons that you've known who've had a lapse in judgment that lead to someone dying or---or someone's arm falling off. Most importantly you're going to remember all the mistakes that you've made when you were young and stupid, and you're going to be filled with patience and compassion.

    • Izzie: I'll see you guys in there.
      Meredith: Everything is gonna be fine. Bailey is on your side. And the chief is---well, he's going to put on his angry face but he's on your side too.
      George: Everybody wants you back in that building.

    • Meredith: Well, do I get to scrub in on that too? Or do I have to be in on a date with somebody else.
      Derek: I wouldn't consider lunch in the cafeteria a date.
      Meredith: Don't downgrade the competition.
      Derek: I have nothing but respect for Dr. Dandridge. It shows courage to woo a woman with a tuna salad.

    • (After Derek got her to leave her date with Finn)
      Meredith: That was brilliant. Really.
      Derek: I thought so, yes.
      Meredith: But it wasn't because now I owe Finn another date.
      Derek: That's okay, he needs all the help he can get. This isn't going to be easy for him.
      Meredith: Oh, you think he can't take the heat?
      Derek: I think he's out of his league. But you gotta hand it to the guy for trying.

    • Meredith: Oh, God. I'm so sorry about this.
      Finn: What?
      Derek: Hi. You havin' lunch?
      Meredith: In fact we are.
      Derek: Look, I'm sorry to interrupt but I'm doing a corpus-callosotomy and I thought that you might like to scrub in.
      Meredith: Are you serious?
      Derek: Mmhmm.
      Meredith: When?
      Finn: I'm gonna guess now.
      Derek: Look, if you're busy, don't bother, but it's not something that happens every day.
      Meredith (to Finn): He's cutting a man's brain in half. I'm sorry, I'm and intern and I have a lot to learn.
      Finn: Apparently, so do I. It's okay.
      Meredith (whispering to Finn): I'll call you tonight.
      Derek: Oh, you're busy tonight. (to Finn) She has a date.

    • Alex: Izzie's back, that's good. Ooh, coffee cake.
      Meredith: It comes with dating.
      Cristina (to Alex): Eat that piece and you'll loose a hand.
      Bailey (walks up): Morning people. Grey, we're clearing the decks. I need you writing discharge forms. Yang, you're with Doctor Shepherd. Karev, as usual, you're with Doctor Montgomery Shepherd in OBGYN. O'Malley, Doctor Torres has requested you today in Ortho. (walks away)
      Cristina: Was she smiling?
      Alex: Izzie's back. (they both walk away)
      George: 'Doctor Torres has requested you'?
      Meredith: Just tell her George. Tell her you're not ready to move in together. And then try dating. Dating is fun.

    • George: I'm not ready to move in together.
      Callie: Well, if you weren't such a toddler and you used your words then you would have said that the first 4 times that I asked. Then I would say "Oh, that's funny, me neither. I'm looking for a place, I'll be out in a week."
      George: Really? Because you--
      Callie: George save it, I'll be out in an hour.

    • Richard: What're you doing in Seattle?
      Mark: I don't know. (Richard gives him a look) I have a thing for ferry boats.

    • (Cristina is putting raw chickens on the counter)
      Burke: Are you cooking for me?
      Cristina: No, I am not. You can take a leave of absence if you want to. But you're not gonna sit on your ass all day. You're gonna work hard. You're gonna get every bit of your strength and dexterity back.

    • Cristina: I'm on my knees in a puddle of coffee, and he's laying on the sofa playing with himself, you know? And not in a good way.
      Meredith: But he's recovering from surgery and you've read the studies on recovery and depression in surgical patients.
      Cristina: Well, he's not a patient, he's Preston Burke. He's just milking it. You know, he's got me fetching his food and the paper, like I'm a dog.
      Derek (walks up): Hey.
      Meredith: Hi. I had a dream about you last night.
      Derek (handing her a cup of coffee): You did? What was I doing, bringing you coffee?
      Meredith: You were definitely not bringing me coffee. But coffee is good.
      Derek: I'm told that dating starts with a casual invitation over a cup of coffee.
      Meredith: Does it?
      Derek: So, Meredith, would you like to go out to dinner with me tonight? How was that? Was that good? Casual enough? (Cristina shakes her as if to say "not too good, but not bad")
      Meredith: So we're dating.
      Derek: We're dating. Pick you up at 8. (Derek leaves and Finn appears)
      Meredith (surprised): Hey.
      Finn: I was in the neighborhood. Actually, I wasn't, but you are worth the detour.
      Meredith: I had a dream about you last night.
      Finn: You did? Was it a good dream?
      Meredith: It was.
      Finn: What was I doing?
      Cristina: Yeah Mer, what was he doing?
      Meredith: Uh... What's that?
      Finn: It's for you. It's coffee cake, best in the Northwest. I thought I would soften you up. So when I'm asking you for dinner tonight you have to say yes.
      Cristina: Dinner? Tonight? How about that. Are you free tonight? Are you?
      Meredith: Actually, I'm not free tonight.
      Finn: Well, how about lunch? I'll come here.
      Meredith: You're volunteering to eat hospital food?
      Finn: I love crappy food.
      Meredith: One o'clock?
      Finn: I'll be here. (leaves)
      Cristina: You had a dream about the both of them. Threesome? Nice. Just when I think you're boring, you rise.
      Meredith: I'm dating. And, it comes with snacks.

    • Cristina: A recovery's hell on a spouse. It's gonna be harder for you then for him.
      Leanna: My mom's staying with us for a week, maybe she should stay longer.
      Cristina: No, it's brutal being a caretaker. Fetching the paper, and then cleaning the carpet. And oh, oh he wants ice in a cup, not a mug. It never stops. (coming to a realization) It's the caretakers that are the silent victims. You know, and what do you ever hear about them? Nothing, I never hear anything about them. And it's always, the patient this, the patient that. The silent victims.

    • Meredith (seeing Izzie standing outside the hospital): Hey, Izzie. You done with the chief?
      Izzie: Not yet.
      Meredith: Are you okay?
      Izzie: I'm fine. What are you guys doin'?
      Cristina: Uh, she's dating everyone with a pulse and I'm trying to get Burke out of the bell jar.
      Meredith: Crap. I'm late for Finn. Gotta go. You sure you're okay?
      Izzie: Yeah. (Meredith leaves)
      Cristina (scoffs): She's playin' the field and I have a wife.

    • Burke (outside the hospital): Coming or going?
      Izzie: I don't know.
      Burke: Me either.

    • George: You've been standing out here for a while.
      Izzie: For a while I stood over there.
      George: Maybe you should sit down.
      Izzie: I don't wanna sit down.
      George: Maybe you should sit down anyway.
      Izzie: Go inside, George.
      George: Izzie, seriously…
      Izzie: I hate the bride thing. I hate the pictures in the magazines with the girl with the veil and the flowers that she's sniffing. Like it never occurred to stick her nose in there until there was a camera pointed at her. I hate the idea of bridesmaids. And the colors. And does the bustle make my ass look bigger or smaller. I hate the whole thing. And I never wanted to be that girl, that girl is stupid. And shallow. Why the hell is that girl still running through my head?
      George: Izzie…
      Izzie: I'm going to do it, George. I'm going to walk through those doors. I just need to make sure that when I'm standing in front of the chief of surgery, I am not thinking about my wedding dress. And that's gonna take a minute.

    • Bailey (operating on Megan): Look at this. Everybody wants a life without pain. What does it get you? She needs to be on a poster somewhere, to remind people pain's there for a reason.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): Surgeons usually fantasize about wild and improbable surgeries. Someone collapses in a restaurant, slice them open with a butter knife, replace a valve with a hollowed-out stick of carrot. But every now and then, another kind of fantasy slips in. Most of our fantasies dissolve when we wake up, banished to the back of our mind. But sometimes we're sure, if we try hard enough, we can live the dream.

    • Alex: We need to run a CT on this kid's abdomen. This superhero stuff's way outta hand.
      Bailey: So what if she thinks she's a superhero? I believed in Santa Claus 'til I was 11.
      Alex: Really? Did Santa ever hit you in the gut with a baseball bat?

    • Addison: Karev, you ready?
      Alex: Isn't this getting old for you?
      Addison: Nope. Makes my whole day, actually.

    • Callie: You were weird this morning.
      George: I wasn't weird, anymore than I usually am in the morning. (Callie gives him a strange look) It's a weird time of the day for a lot of people. It's bright, and crowded in our house. Just a lotta people runnin' around.

    • Mark: You know, I don't have to leave today. I could change my flight.
      Addison: No. No, you can't. 'Cause I'm sober now and there's work to get to and planes to be caught and real lives to be led. Thank you, truly, Mark, for all of the sex. Really, I feel much better now. I do. And I'm, um... well, now I have to go. And so do you. So, uh, do you want me to call you a cab to the airport? (Mark pulls her onto the bed)

    • Meredith: I was having a really good dream and you ruined it.
      George: Sorry. There's, ah, these boxes. All these boxes. Callie said she's bringing her stuff over, and ah... it's all here.
      Meredith: It's okay George, I don't mind.
      George: I don't mind either. Nah. I don't mind a bit... kick her out.
      Meredith: What? I can't kick her out. You said she could move in.
      George: I said she could stay for a couple of days, a couple of days. It's been over a week! Now there are boxes and she's using my computer and she's here all the time! Would you kick her out? Kick her out now.
      Callie (comes out of the bathroom): Hey you guys might wanna wait a little while, there's no more hot water.
      George (whispering to Meredith): Do it.

    • Alex: Megan, these bruises and these cuts all over you? This isn't normal.
      Megan: I get in fights a lot, ok? 'Cause I'm stronger than some of the other kids, and I end up defending the ones who are whimpy or small or whatever.
      Alex: You know you're scrawny, right? You're not one of the big kids.
      Megan: Yeah, but I can take them in a fight.

    • Addison: You missed your plane.
      Mark: Grounded on account of bad weather.
      Addison: It's a cloudless sky, that happens, like, twice a year in Seattle.
      Mark: Yeah, but there's a typhoon in New York.

    • Meredith (opening supply closet door): Megan? (sees Addison) Oh. Hi.
      Addison: Weren't you just on 3?
      Meredith: I was. We lost a patient, a little girl and I was just-
      Addison: Look, why don't you pick a floor and stay on it, and I'll pick a floor and stay on that. Because I really need a moment or two without you. Your face shows up in my head, your panties show up in my husband's pocket. Really, you're everywhere, and I need a moment or two without you.
      Meredith: I get that.
      Addison (sarcastically): Thanks.

    • Alex: We got half the hospital lookin' for you. Your powers of invisibility are well intact. Get up.
      Megan: You're a hosebag, you know that?
      Alex: And you have a potty mouth.
      Megan: Nobody's cutting me open.
      Alex: It's surgery, we do it all the time. In fact, it's all we do.
      Megan: You can't keep telling my foster parents I'm defective. They can't afford surgery. It's too expensive.
      Alex: They can handle it.
      Megan: They'll send me back!
      Alex: Dude, that's stupid. They got their own personal superhero. Nobody sends back a superhero.
      Megan: I thought you said I didn't have superpowers?
      Alex: Yeah, well, you don't. But take away Green Lantern's ring, guy's still a superhero, right?

    • Finn: Strawberry ice cream. A patient of mine made it.
      Derek: Patient's owner.
      Finn: It's made from scratch with real strawberries.
      Meredith: I love strawberry ice cream.
      Derek: And he remembered.
      Finn: I did. I was gonna leave it by the door.
      Derek: You didn't think it would melt?
      Finn: Well, you take your chances.
      Derek: Worked out for 'ya.
      Meredith: What exactly is going on here?
      Derek: He's crashing our date.
      Finn: Well, where do you think I got that idea?
      Derek: I didn't crash your date, it was professional.
      Finn: You can't operate without her?
      Derek: I certainly operate well with her.
      Meredith: Enough! This is not dating. I want moonlight, and flowers, and candy and people trying to feel me up. Nobody is trying to feel me up. Nobody is even looking at me. I'm an intern, do the two of you have any idea how much effort it takes to do all this? I am waxed and plucked and I have a clean top on. And the two of you are looking at each other---
      Derek: Meredith---
      Meredith: No, my fantasy is not two men looking at each other.
      Finn: We didn't---
      Meredith: No. No talking until one of you figures out how to put on a date. I want heat! I want romance! Damn it, I want to feel like a freaking lady! (she goes inside and shuts the door, but quickly turns around, opens up the door and grabs the ice cream from Finn then slams the door again)

    • Alex: Does it hurt?
      Izzie: Yeah.
      Alex: Where does it hurt?
      Izzie: Everywhere.
      Alex: Maybe it hurts for a reason.

  • Notes

    • The doctors never say exactly what disease Megan has but it is most likely CIPA, (Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis) a rare disorder which prevents the sensation of pain, heat, and cold. The odds of being born with this condition are 1 in 125 million.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: January 22, 2007 on Net 5
      Brazil: February 19, 2007 on Sony Entertainment Television
      New Zealand: February 22, 2007 on TV3
      Belgium: March 1, 2007 on VijfTV
      Australia: March 4, 2007 on 7
      Switzerland: March 26, 2007 on SF 2
      Italy: February 19, 2007 on Foxlife
      Germany: April 17, 2007 on Pro 7
      Israel: March 26, 2007 on Yes Stars 1
      U.K.: March 24, 2007 on Living TV
      South Africa: July 2, 2007 on Mnet
      Ireland: July 31, 2007 on RTE2
      Croatia: September 24, 2007, on NOVA TV
      Norway: August 28, 2007 on TV2
      Romania: February 5th, 2008, on TVR1

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Idlewild Blues by Outkast plays during Meredith's threesome fantasy
      2. Take What You Take by Lily Allen plays when Alex is doing the ice water test
      3. Dirty Mind by The Pipettes plays when Cristina is leaving Izzie standing in front of the hospital
      4. Step It Up by The Bamboos
      5. Ballad of a Bitter End by The Poems plays when Izzie talks about her wedding dress
      6. Can't Get It Right Today by Joe Purdy plays when Mark, Webber, Callie and Addison are checking into the hotel
      7. How Much It Hurts by Just Off Turner

  • Allusions

    • George: Well, superheroes look like anyone, like you or me. Maybe they're not someone that people necessarily notice as extraordinary. Maybe in their daily life they get walked on. But then, there's a moment they get hit by a cosmic ray or bitten by a radioactive spider, and then suddenly something that has been inside them all this times comes raging out.

      George is alluding to the origin stories of the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, respectively. The Fantastic Four were hit by cosmic rays during an experimental space flight in Fantastic Four #1 (1961). Spider-Man was bitten by a radioactive spider in Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962).

    • George: You take away Green Lantern's ring, Hal Jordan is still a hero.

      DC comics superhero Green Lantern had a special ring that could turn his will power into tangible forms. His alter ego was daring test pilot Hal Jordan.

    • Cristina: Uh, she's dating everyone with a pulse and I'm trying to get Burke out of the bell jar.

      This is a reference to the 1963 novel "The Bell Jar", written by Sylvia Plath.

    • Episode Title: Sometimes a Fantasy

      Sometimes a Fantasy is a song by Billy Joel on his album, Glass Houses.

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