Grey's Anatomy

Season 3 Episode 8

Staring at the Sun

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 16, 2006 on ABC
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Episode Summary

George's father has a serious heart problem that requires surgery and George chooses Burke to do the procedure. Burke doubts himself because he knows the pressure this kind of surgery will put on him, but Cristina believes the team can handle it. Derek works with Meredith on being a couple again and tries work with Addison on more civil terms. A patient has had mutiple plastic surgeries so that his girlfriend will like him more. A mom wants her daughter's babysitter fired, after she is brought in with multiple injuries, but the girl likes the babysitter more than her mother.moreless

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  • It really didn't catch my eye. Good stuff, but just not enough.

    Well, it had good stuff, but it just wasn't enough. Here the tension starts to ache, and Cristina is really getting in trouble.

    I didn't like that Alex wasn't able to stand up for himself when Mark demanded him to go pick up his clothes. But really anthitetic was the fact that Alex said, when he let Izzie replace the tube and she asked "What if Sloan finds out?", "screw Sloan"; it pissed me off. Why didn't he just say that episodes before, or when Mark blew the wistle in front of Izzie? It was humilliating, and Izzie realized. I really hate in what Alex turned into, he is really weeker, and he's lost his mojo (again), I'd like to see the hardcore and strong Alex I saw in season two, he really went soft.

    And Mer, why is she rejecting sex with Derek? Come on, that was the fiftieth time someone plays that card! If you want some, why should you hide it?

    And Callie is starting to like me a lot more than before. I like the way she's gettin close to George's family. By the way, George, depressed, mmm, I didn't like that, cause his strong, and he should have told Callie about Sloan in this episode, not in the next one. He's acting like a 15-year-old-girl with Callie.

    Music was just fine.

    And I really think that Alex and Izzie can make a relationship work, but not right now: Izzie did right in rejecting him, she's still coping with Denny's death, they should wait a little more, Alex should have waited a little more.

    Well, nice episode, but I'm not trhrilled about it. 8moreless
  • Derek and Meredith work on their relationship. George and Callie have mixed feelings about each other. Addison tries to decide what to do about her wedding band and letting go. Alex tries to step up to the plate and take a shot with Izzie.moreless

    So apparently Miranda didn't care too much for Meredith's comment in the O.R. Although Meredith didn't direct her comment toward Dr. Bailey, it seemed that way to Bailey. Meanwhile on a brighter note, Derek and Meredith seem to be on a pretty positive road as far as their relationship goes. Which is more than what i can say about George and Callie. Personally i'd like to see them wind up back together. It's also not great to hear about George's father, that's a real downer. I hope he doesn't die, but if he does i hope he and his brothers can come to some sort of terms where they could all be closer, or at least try to get to know one another a little better. Addison seems to be having a difficult time figuring out what to do about her wedding ring. She feels if she gets rid of them then it's really a sign of her letting go and having to move on, that this is real, that things are not going back to the way they were before. George is pressuring Cristina to tell him the truth about Burke (which he already knows). I think someone should tell somebody. It's very dangerous for a heart surgeon to be performing procedures on patients when he has a hand tremor, especially since the patients, interns (most of them), nurses and other surgeons don't know that anything is wrong. I have a feeling someone is going to catch on fairly soon. Dr. Bailey overheard something, and Cristina won't be able to pull off professional Cardio surgeries for much longer without someone catching on. So Mark is still marching around like a pompus windbag, ordering his inturns to run his errands, and just being plain out arrogant. I'm glad Addison at least said something to him. The chief is depressed because he wants to make his marriage work, but he doesn't want to step down as chief and give up the least, that's how it seems. However i wonder if that's the entire truth as to why he's depressed, or if the real reason is that he has to stop seeing Meredith's mother. After experiencing a patient who was willing to have plastic surgery to alter his body for his girlfriend, Alex takes some advice and steps up to the plate to take another shot at Izzie. Izzie is caught off guard and tells Alex that she can't do "that" with him. Later on Alex proceeds to be understanding about the situation. All in all i enjoyed yet another episode.moreless
  • Bright and shiny.

    Mia comes to the hospital. Her nanny accidentally run her over by a SUV and the girl has massive injuries. She went into the first surgery and survived and Derek operated on her again the same day and again she survived the surgery. Frenk had some kind of plastic surgery for better male breasts...stronger and he did that all because of the girls. Izzie is shadowing Alex today and he tries something with her again but she can't get over Denny yet.

    George's dad has esophagus cancer and George is completely out of his mind because of that. Antoher great episode.moreless
  • it was fantastic from beginning to the end!

    it was fantastic from beginning to the end! mer/der have a little peace no matter how long it lasts, theey\'re bright and shiny. ellis and chief, the man should make up his mind to either be bright and shiny or dark and twisted cos seriously, running back and forth between ellis and adele, i like when ellis said he was afraid to be happy. he\'s ass. you live this life only once and like mer said in season two, i dont want to make hate tapes on my death bed. i feel so soory for george but all the same in this season everyone is coming into their own, i fell sorry for callie, i hope george can forgive her the lapse. chris tina have a burst of conscience whao thats a first. the story is spreading to the other cast members now and taking focus most importantantly on anything bad happening to mer/der.

    a wonderful episode loved it.moreless
  • WHAO! in the tub! me and dreamy hmmmmmmmmmm what a sight!

    it was fantastic from beginning to the end! mer/der have a little peace no matter how long it lasts, theey're bright and shiny. ellis and chief, the man should make up his mind to either be bright and shiny or dark and twisted cos seriously, running back and forth between ellis and adele, i like when ellis said he was afraid to be happy. he's ass. you live this life only once and like mer said in season two, i dont want to make hate tapes on my death bed. i feel so soory for george but all the same in this season everyone is coming into their own, i fell sorry for callie, i hope george can forgive her the lapse. chris tina have a burst of conscience whao thats a first. the story is spreading to the other cast members now and taking focus most importantantly on anything bad happening to mer/der.

    a wonderful episode loved it.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

Myndy Crist

Myndy Crist

Diane Hanson

Guest Star

Annie Campbell

Annie Campbell


Guest Star

Matt Winston

Matt Winston

Frank Jeffries

Guest Star

George Dzundza

George Dzundza

Harold O'Malley

Recurring Role

Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin

Ronny O'Malley

Recurring Role

Greg Pitts

Greg Pitts

Jerry O'Malley

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: George says his father was diagnosed with Stage III metastatic cancer. Metastatic cancer is by definition Stage IV.

    • Goof: When Meredith and Derek are in the bathtub, Derek has nothing on his face. The next shot of him he has foam on his forehead. In the shot after that, his face is bare again.

  • QUOTES (34)

    • Mrs. Hanson: So Mia's okay?
      Meredith: Oh, she is. Yeah. She, um... she keeps asking for Anna.
      Mrs. Hanson: We fired Anna.
      Meredith: Oh. (pauses) She just seems very attached to her.
      Mrs. Hanson: That's my fault, according to my husband, because I'm a working mom. He's a working dad, but apparently, that's not the issue. I love my job. I love Mia more. She's my baby. She's... I love my job, and I love my daughter. I'm not good with the mom stuff, but I'm good at my job.

    • Anna (dropping injured five-year-old off at ER): I'm so sorry, Mia. I'm so sorry, baby!
      Meredith: Did she have anything to eat today?
      Anna (crying): Um, cereal this morning, at about 6:30.
      Meredith: Okay. Mrs. Hanson, we're gonna take care of your daughter.
      Mrs. Hanson (runs over): I'm Mrs. Hanson. I'm Mia's mother. Anna's just the nanny who ran over my daughter!

    • Mark: There you are! What, did you go all the way to New York for my pastrami?
      Alex: Extra spicy, extra lettuce, light on the mayo.
      Addison: Mark, what are you doing?
      Mark: Lunch. Want my pickle?
      Addison: Seattle Grace is a teaching hospital, part of your job is to teach, your interns aren't your slaves.
      Mark: Fine, no pickle for you!

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): When it comes to our blind spots, maybe our brains aren't compensating. Maybe they're protecting us.

    • (Meredith and Derek are together in a bathtub)
      Meredith: What did I say?
      Derek: Seriously?
      Meredith: Seriously.
      Derek: Seriously?
      Meredith: Seriously. We're taking it slow.
      Derek: Mmm, I can take it slow. I can take it incredibly slow.
      Meredith: We're taking slower than that! We're starting fresh.
      Derek: And starting fresh means no sex because?
      Meredith: Because we started with sex last time and it didn't go very well. Plus, the waiting is fun. And we need fun. And, I wanna be bright and shiny.
      Derek: Bright and shiny, huh?

    • Izzie: I didn't know you still felt that way about me.
      Alex: Me neither.
      Izzie: I can't. I'm sorry.
      Alex: Alex gets it. Alex is sorry he's such an idiot.
      Izzie: Can Izzie buy Alex a drink?
      Alex: Alex would like that. Izzie can.

    • Izzie: Thank you, Alex. I can't believe you let me help. Alex is cool. You know that? Alex is the coolest!
      Alex: Oh, Alex knows it. Izzie's not so bad herself.
      Izzie: Oh, Izzie's rockin! Izzie is back in the game! (Alex suddenly kisses her and she pulls away) I can't. Alex, I'm sorry, I can't.

    • Alex: We got it from here. Yo! Okay Frank, time to take the tube out. (Alex pulls the curtain) Izzie, put on some gloves.
      Izzie: Alex what are you doing?
      Alex: You ready to take out Frank's boob tube?
      Izzie: What about the rules, what if Sloan finds out?
      Alex: Screw Sloan.
      Frank: She knows what she's doing, right?
      Alex: I promise you Frank, the twins are in excellent hands. (Izzie grins)
      Frank: Ah, "grand gesture". Frank gets it.
      Izzie: What's he talking about?
      Alex: Nothing!
      Izzie: You sure about this?
      Frank: Oh yeah, he's sure.

    • Bailey: Has anybody seen-- (sees George with his father's chart)
      George (hands the chart to Bailey): Just looking at it.
      Bailey: Don't you think that me reading it is more important than you reading it?
      George: Sure, sure. It's gonna be fine.
      Bailey: You're on SCUT today, you'll be distracted.
      George: No I won't--
      Bailey: Family members don't treat family members, SCUT.
      Cristina: I'm scrubbing in on a surgery with Dr. Burke this morning.
      Bailey: Of course you are. (sighs) Karev, Sloan. Grey, pit. Stevens, shadow Karev. And let me remind you again of the rules of your probation.
      Alex: I think she knows the rules, Dr. Bailey.
      Bailey: No touching patients, no talking to patients, no rolling your eyes at patients, (Izzie rolls her eyes) or your superiors.

    • Bailey: Did you ever think about having kids?
      Addison: Derek and I talked about it but I wasn't ready.
      Callie: I love kids. I'd have a dozen.
      Bailey: Believe me, one's enough. Unless you plan to put away your scalpel.
      Callie: That's why God invented nannies. (Bailey and Addison chuckle)
      Bailey: I wish it were that easy.
      Addison (holding up her wedding rings): What do I do with these? Hock 'em, keep 'em...
      Callie: My mom said divorce wedding rings are bad juju.
      Addison: Your mom does juju?
      Callie: She does.
      Addison: So... well, what would your mom do?
      Callie: Burn 'em. Bury 'em.
      Addison: Do you want 'em?
      Callie (laughing): I want some rings, just not bad juju rings. Then again, my mom's kinda insane.
      Bailey: Hey, don't talk smack about your mom.
      Addison: Miranda.
      Bailey: Yesterday, I left for work early, and Tuck's favorite food was strained peas. Nasty green gunk, but he loved 'em, ate 'em for breakfast. I got home after a 15 hour shift and he doesn't like strained peas anymore, he only wants carrots.
      Addison: Life moves so fast. Everybody moves on.
      Bailey: Yup. (Callie gets up)
      Addison: Where are you going?
      Callie: I'm not ready to move on.

    • Ronnie: I just don't understand why we are operating on his heart, when the cancer is in his gut.
      George: Yeah, It's complicated. Um--
      Jerry: Hey, you know what I was thinking? Maybe the tests are wrong, okay? Maybe it's not cancer. Because cancer runs in the family, right? And no one else in the family has cancer.
      George: It is cancer, okay? It's stage 3 metastatic esophageal cancer.
      Ronnie: Medi-what-ic?
      George: Metastatic. It when the cancer cells have migrated from their point of origin--
      Ronnie: You're talking doctor now, George, just talk English!
      George: I am talking English, you're just not listening!
      Jerry: No, you're just not saying anything we understand!
      Mr. O'Malley: Boys!
      Callie (walks in): Imagine your Dad's like a vintage car.
      George: Callie--
      Callie: And his blood's like gas flowing through the fuel lines. The cancer cells are like the gunk that builds up in there.
      Jerry: Phosoperplex.
      Callie: Exactly. Once the gunk starts circulating, and can do a lot of damage to the whole engine, the carburetor, everything! It's like the engine had already blown a gasket, even before all the other damage started.

    • Bailey (on the phone with her husband): I know what time it is. I don't care if he's sleeping, just wake him up. He can sleep later-- Wake him up! Okay. Now put the phone to his ear. (talking to baby Tucker) Hey! Hey, Tuck! It's Mommy! (starts singing to him) Them that God's shall get, them that's not shall lose, So the Bible says, and it still is news, Mama made him, Papa made him, (cut to Addison, crying on a Ferry Boat with her wedding rings) but God bless the child that's got his own, (Addison tosses them in the water, and starts crying) That's got his own. Oh the strong get more, while the weak ones fade. (cut to Cristina and Burke laying in bed)
      Cristina: George knows. (Preston looks alarmed)
      Bailey: And the pockets don't ever make the grade, (cut to George tossing and turning in bed) Mama may have, Papa he may have, (cut to Derek and Meredith in the bathtub, facing each other at opposite ends of the tub) But God bless the child that's got his own, that's got his own.
      Meredith: I may not be cut out for bright and shiny.
      Derek: I'm not either. We can be dull and lifeless together.
      Meredith: I'm glad you're in my bathtub. (cuts back to Bailey, singing)
      Bailey: But don't take to much, Mama may have, Papa may have, but God bless the child that's got his own, that's got his own.

    • Bailey: We're gonna have to do a partial oophorectomy.
      Meredith: Do you think we can save Mia's kidneys?
      Bailey: Well if we can control the bleeders, her cardizers are go. This poor baby, It's not gonna be an easy recovery.
      Meredith: Well, with parents like that she didn't have it easy to begin with.
      Bailey: People do the best they can, Dr. Grey.
      Meredith: They don't know their kid's blood type. They don't know her favorite song. People want high power careers, I get that. But they should think twice before having kids. (Bailey shoots her an offended glare) Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean that--
      Bailey: What, that I should be home with my baby, instead of here with this little girl and a surgical intern who can't cauterize the bleeders?
      Meredith: Dr. Bailey, I--
      Bailey: If I were you, Dr. Grey. I would keep my eye on the surgical area, and my mouth shut.

    • Ellis: I'm glad you came to visit. But you can't stay, I'm expecting someone.
      Meredith: Actually, Mom, he's not coming.
      Ellis: What?
      Meredith: The Chief, Richard, he's not coming tonight. In fact, it's just gonna be me for a while.
      Ellis: He's gone back to Adele.
      Meredith: Yes.
      Ellis: Of course he has. He's afraid. Afraid to be happy. And now I'm all alone. Now I have to raise my daughter alone. How am I expected to do that?
      Meredith: Mom, You did the best you could. You did the best you could, that's all anybody can do.

    • Meredith (knocks on the door): You wanted to see me Chief?
      Richard: Um... it's about your mother. (Meredith sits down) Um... I know your relationship with her is... complicated. And I know that you know that she and I wer--
      Meredith: Chief? It's okay. What really matters is that you make her happy. And my father couldn't. And I couldn't. So--
      Richard: Meredith, I...I can't see your mother anymore. I need to make...I need to try to make my marriage work. And if I'm gonna do that, I have to stop seeing your mother.
      Meredith: I see.
      Richard: She... She's an extraordinary woman. She works so hard, she sacrificed so much, and to see it... end like this... take good care of her for me.

    • Mr. O'Malley: I thought the cancer was in my gut, what are we looking at my heart for?
      Cristina: Your EKG showed some abnormalities, so we just wanna make sure your heart's healthy enough to support you through the surgery.
      Mr. O'Malley: Hmm...You're a smart girl.
      Cristina: Yes.
      Mr. O'Malley: George told me you were the best intern I could have on my case.
      Cristina: He said that?
      Mr. O'Malley: Yeah. He said you were the best intern in the hospital. Said you keep everyone on their toes, even him.

    • Izzie: So you got fake pecs because you're jealous of a guy with a fake name?
      Frank: Well, uh, my last girlfriend, Veena, left me for a guy with hair, so I got plugs, too late. This time around Frank's not taking any chances. Frank sees the signs of discontent, Frank's fighting back. Oh yeah!
      Izzie: I don't know. I just don't get the whole fake boob thing, no offense.
      Frank: Oh, these are top of the line! I mean, they look real, they feel natural. Go ahead, feel 'em. (Izzie looks at Alex. Alex indicates for Izzie to go ahead)
      Izzie (pokes Frank's chest): Ooh. Very solid.
      Frank: And real!
      Izzie: I don't know about that.
      Frank: Well compare them to his. (points to Alex)
      Alex: I am not involved with this.
      Frank: C'mon!
      Izzie: Don't be such a baby. (Alex groans, but reluctantly walks over to Izzie's side Alex lifts up his ; Izzie places one hand on Frank's chest, the other on Alex's, groping both in comparison. Mark walks in)
      Mark: This, (they look up and see him) this is why I don't work with interns.

    • Alex: Dude, I still can't believe you went through all of this for a chick.
      Frank: What, you never did anything crazy for love?
      Alex: Not like this.
      Frank: You have a girlfriend?
      Alex: No.
      Frank: Dr. Stevens? Frank can sense the vibes.
      Alex: I'm not talking about this with you.
      Frank: What, she left you for another guy? (Alex glares at him) Ooh, Frank's hit a nerve.
      Alex: It's more complicated than that.
      Frank: Un-complicate it, then, man! Grand gesture is what I'm talking about. Be like Frank, just figure out what she wants and make it happen. She'll forget all about the other guy. Trust Frank. Frank knows.

    • George: That was an amazing surgery this morning, they way you let Cristina decanulate that heart.
      Burke: She shows tremendous promise in cardiothosic surgery.
      George: She says she didn't do it.
      Burke: Probably didn't wanna rub it in. Didn't wanna make anyone jealous.
      George: We're talkin' about Cristina. (pause) Everything alright with you?
      Burke: Sure, yeah, it's fine.
      George: Because you know if anything ever wasn't, you know you could talk to me, right? You've been through a lot lately, getting shot and all that--it can't be easy.
      Burke: No.
      George: Has it not been easy?
      Burke: It's fine.

    • Callie: And so then I just, I just popped his shoulder right back in! He didn't even flinch! Your brother is hard core. (O'Malley brothers laugh and scoff as George walks in)
      George: Callie?
      Bailey (walks in): Looks like you've got a full house, Mr. O'Malley.
      Mr. O'Malley: Just waiting on the wife! She's in DC, chaperoning a field trip.
      Callie: His clavicle is still hurting, so I put him on morphine, every 4 hours.
      Bailey: We have scheduled your endoscopies for this afternoon.
      Ronnie: An endo what?
      George: Scope, it's like a camera.
      Ronnie: That sounds dangerous, is that dangerous?
      George: No, it's not dangerous.
      Ronnie: Look, I didn't ask you, I asked the doctor.
      Jerry: Yeah, let the doctors speak, Georgey.
      George: White coat, let's look at the white coat.
      Jerry: What about an X-Ray? Because I had one of those once and I feel like--
      George: Shut up! Both of you, just shut up!
      Bailey: O'Malley!
      George, Ronnie, Jerry, and Mr. O'Malley: What? (Bailey indicates that she meant George. Ronnie, Jerry, and Mr. O'Malley laugh)
      Jerry: You didn't say doctor!

    • Meredith: Why bother even having a kid if you're only going to see it on weekends and holidays? You might as well just get a cat.
      George: I talked to Dr. Burke, I think he's fine.
      Cristina: You did what?!
      Meredith: What's wrong with Burke?
      Cristina: Nothing's wrong with anybody.
      George: You know he let her decanulate a heart this morning?
      Meredith: You decanulated a heart this morning? By yourself? Bitch!
      Cristina: No, not by myself.
      George: Now she's lying about it.
      Alex: Yang decanulated a heart. Why is Alex not surprised?
      Izzie: Izzie isn't either. Last week, Izzie was digging through crap, this week she's fondling man boobs. No decanulating hearts for Izzie!
      George: Why aren't you bragging about decanulating the heart?
      Cristina: I didn't decanulate the heart.
      Izzie: Izzie and Alex do not believe you.
      Meredith: Okay, what are you two doing?
      Izzie (giggles): Izzie and Alex have a patient who speaks about himself in the third person.
      Alex: They thought it was annoying at first, but now they kinda like it.
      Meredith: Good, is it gonna stop soon?
      Cristina: What happened? This morning you were all bright and shiny, asking to be kicked in the face.
      Meredith: I am. I'm bright. I'm shiny.
      Cristina: Yeah.
      Izzie: Izzie thinks that this whole "Bright and Shiny" thing is getting old.
      Alex: Alex agrees.

    • Addison: This civil and mature thing, how far does it go?
      Derek: Mmmm... meaning what?
      Addison: Meaning, is it pleasantries in the hallway, or do we actually interact?
      Derek: Hmm...I don't know. That sounds drastic.
      Addison: I'm worried about Richard, he seems down to me.
      Derek: Well he's separated from his wife, that doesn't usually make a person giddy. Except in my case.
      Addison (fakes a laugh): I think he could use somebody to talk to.
      Derek: So... talk to him.
      Addison: No, I think we both should, you know. So it's clear that he has people to turn to.
      Derek: Because he's a little depressed.
      Addison: Well, because I don't think he's spoken to Adele in weeks, and because he's always been there for us.
      Derek: When you get divorced, doesn't that mean your wife is supposed to stop nagging you? (Addison sighs) I think if you took the rings off it would help.
      Addison: Are you gonna come with me to see the chief or not?
      Derek: Fine, yes, I'll go.
      Addison: Thank you.
      Derek: You're welcome.
      Addison: And I will try the soap. For the rings, I mean.

    • George (to Cristina): Do you know why I picked you to be my dad's intern? Because you are a robot. You're a frickin' robot in a white coat who never makes a mistake and most of the time I appreciate that. Most of the time I really feel like I have something to learn from you but right now…right now I need you to try, just for a minute. I need you to try to be a human being.

    • Mark: Ah, excellent. My invaluable intern. Is it "Bring-a-Hot-Blonde-to-Work-Day?" No one told me.
      Izzie (laughs): (cough) Sexual harassment. (cough)
      Alex: Dr. Stevens is shadowing me today, so--
      Izzie: Which one of these cases do you need us on?
      Mark: It's a really tragic one. I found out just this morning that I have over two weeks worth of dry cleaning that needs to be picked up. Stat.
      Alex: Cool, that's it?
      Mark: See, we're like a well oiled machine, you and me. I also need you two to get me a sandwich from that pathetic excuse for a deli, you know the one I like, Karev. Oh, and go easy on the mayo this time. I think you're trying to kill me. (winks at Izzie who shoots Alex a questioning glare)

    • Cristina (after being assigned to George's dad's case): Your dad better get something interesting wrong with him real soon.
      George: You're a sick, sick, horrible person.

    • George: I can't believe you just decanulated a heart all by yourself.
      Cristina: I didn't decanulate a heart by myself. I assisted Dr. Burke who decanulated a heart.
      George: Why are you being modest? Modest looks weird on you.

    • George (Meredith sits down next to Izzie and George on the stairs): They're gonna try to operate soon. This week I think. It's stage three metastatic cancer, so, uh---and my brothers are... and uh... Callie slept with Sloan. I just can't... I can't deal with it, with any of it. I spent the entire day worrying about Burke, like there was something wrong with him. There's nothing wrong with Burke! My dad has cancer, I can't even look him in the face. Cristina had to tell him...what was wrong with...Cristina.
      Izzie: Nobody gets it right with their own family.
      Meredith: I certainly don't.
      George: Yeah.
      Meredith: Yeah.
      Izzie: Callie slept with Sloan?
      George: I don't get you people.
      Meredith: Us, with the boobs? We make a lot of bad decisions.

    • George: Thank you for trying to help out with my family, but it's really not necessary.
      Callie: George, I'm kidding about your brothers, come on.
      George: Callie! I'm serious. I can handle my family on my own. You broke up with me, remember?

    • Mr. O'Malley: How am I looking?
      Cristina: Good... you're ready for a surgery.
      Mr. O'Malley: That's good, I guess. I don't know how am I going to tell my wife all about this. Forty years we've been married and now cancer... and the heart condition! She was always telling me how should I eat better, take better care of myself... Guess, I should've listened.
      Cristina (looks at him, walks towards the doors of the room and then stops): George is the best.
      Mr. O'Malley: What?
      Cristina: He's the best intern. He's a good doctor and he's a good person and whatever happened I just thought you should know that you raised a good person.
      Mr. O'Malley: Thank you, Dr. Yang.

    • Meredith: Mom! The nurses tell me you haven't been eating.
      Ellis: No time. I've been on the OR all morning, I've got to go back surgeries rest of the day, so...
      Meredith: Look, I'm sorry that I haven't been visiting, it's just that I've been...
      Ellis: I don't have time to cuddle you right now, I'm trying to save lifes here. Do you understand, do you?
      Richard: Dr Grey--
      Meredith: Chief!
      Ellis (jumps up to see him): Richard! (hugs him; he hands her a box of fudge) For me? (Ellis goes and sits back down)
      Richard: The nurse says she hasn't been eating.
      Ellis (eating the fudge): Mmm! You wonderful man!
      Richard: I'm interrupting. I'll go---
      Meredith: No, Chief, You stay and I'll go.

    • Derek: We think you're depressed.
      Richard: Both of you?
      Derek & Addison: Yes.
      Richard: Well, for the two of you to agree on something I must damn well near be suicidal.
      Addison: We agree on things.
      Derek: We agree on this.
      Addison: So, start talking.
      Richard: Adele and I... she wants me to step down as chief. Retire.
      Derek: You retire, that's crazy. What would you do?
      Addison: Spend a little more time with his wife perhaps.
      Derek: She's being unreasonable.
      Addison: She needs to know that his marriage is a priority to him.
      Derek: She's using his work as an excuse.
      Addison: Well he is! Some men use work, some use other women--
      Derek: Some women use other men!
      Richard: I've been visiting Ellis Grey... (Derek and Addison continue to fight in the background, they're not even listening to Richard)
      Addison: I was lonely and you had checked out when I was lonely.
      Richard (Addison and Derek still are not listening): I work I visit Ellis, that's my day.
      Derek: You gave up on us first. I was there.
      Richard (Addison and Derek still are not listening): I make time for Ellis, I don't make time for Adele.
      Addison: There's something driving a wedge between Richard and Adele, now maybe you don't see it but I do. And so does Adele.
      Derek: Or maybe he sees it and doesn't do anything about it. (Richard realizes they haven't even noticed what he said)
      Addison: He's gotta do something about it. That's what marriage is built on. Change. Change is what keeps marriage going.
      Derek: The man has a right to do whatever he wants to do.
      Richard: Stop...
      Addison: Sorry. (they both shut up very quickly)
      Richard: ...helping me. Look, I miss my wife. I want her back. I don't want my marriage to be over.
      Addison: Richard, your marriage isn't over until you decide it is. Until you decide that the sacrifice just isn't worth it.

    • Derek (walks down the hallway into a room with Addison, cheerful, whistling): Hey! Good morning Addison!
      Addison: What's that supposed to mean?
      Derek: It's a greeting. Used in civilized cultures by their civilized inhabitants. (grins)
      Addison: You're smiling.
      Derek: Yeah, it's called happiness. I understand why you wouldn't recognize it.
      Addison: Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait, wait wait. We're, uh, being mature about this.
      Derek: Yes, we are going to peacefully coexist in this hospital. Unless you've reconsidered moving back to New York. (Addison half-laughs and rolls her eyes) Okay then, we will peacefully coexist.
      Addison: Interesting.
      Derek: Yes, we're adults, we're educated. I think we're capable of many, many things. C'mon, let's shake on it. (he takes her hand and notices that she's still wearing her wedding rings)
      Addison: So, I'm still wearing your rings. I think they're stuck.
      Derek: Have you tried soap, I hear it's good and slippery. (laughs)
      Addison: You are a very strange person, Derek.
      Derek: I'm just bright and shiny, Addison. Bright and shiny!

    • Meredith: Today is the day, people. Today is the day when dark-and-twisty-Meredith disappears forever and bright-and-shiny-Meredith takes her place. You're probably not gonna want to be friends with me anymore because the sheer intensity of my happiness is going to make your teeth hurt. But that's okay because life is good. Life is good.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): Many people don't know that the human eye has a blind spot in it's field of vision. There's a part of the world we are literally blind to. The problem is, sometimes our blind spots shield us from things that really shouldn't be ignored. Sometimes our blind spots keep our lives bright and shiny.

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    • Original International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: February 26, 2007 on Net 5
      Spain: March 15, 2007 on Cuatro
      Italy: March 26, 2007 on Foxlife
      Brazil: March 26, 2007 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Australia: April 22, 2007 on Channel 7
      Switzerland: April 30, 2007 on SF 2
      Sweden: May 2, 2007 on Channel 5
      Israel: April 30, 2007 on Yes Stars 1
      Germany: May 29, 2007 on Pro 7
      France: June 5, 2007 on TF1
      Great Britain: July 12, 2007 on Livingtv
      Ireland: August 21, 2007 on RTE Two
      Norway: October 2, 2007 on TV2
      Finland: October 17, 2007 on Nelonen
      Croatia: October 29, 2007 on NOVA TV
      Romania: March 11, 2008 on TVR1

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Not Big by Lily Allen plays when Meredith is in the bath with Derek
      2. Everybody Get Movin' by Get Set Go plays when the interns are having lunch, Izzie and Alex talking in 3rd person
      3. Time Of My Life by The Watson Twins plays when George getting his father's test results
      4. Where We Gonna Go From Here by Mat Kearney plays during Alex's "grand gesture"
      5. Breakable by Ingrid Michaelson plays when Cristina is telling George's dad that George is the best intern
      6. God Bless The Child by Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, Miranda singing to her son


    • Episode Title: Staring at the Sun

      The title of this episode is a reference to a song. There is a song by this name by U2. Also, this song is by a British rock band, Rooster, as well as TV On The Radio, a song by The Offspring off the album Americana and a song by Wendy and Lisa.