Grey's Anatomy

Season 2 Episode 9

Thanks for the Memories

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 20, 2005 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: There are inconsistencies with the rain falling in the scene with Derek and Addison at the end. In one shot, the rain seems to be falling behind Addison, in front of the trailer, but in all others, it does not.

    • Goof: At the end when Derek finally confronts Addison his hair is wet and theres a large strand in his face. The camera goes to Addison and than back to him and there is no hair in his face!

  • Quotes

    • (On the phone)
      George: I'm in hell.
      Cristina: I'm the one in hell. Burke's going all Iron Chef in your kitchen. Get your ass back here and save me.
      George: I'm in the woods with shotguns and liquor and car talk. It's like deliverance out here.
      Cristina: Well, at least you've got liquor. Where does Meredith keep the booze?
      George: Um... I don't think she has any.
      Cristina: How's that possible? She's a W.A.S.P. Liquor is like oxygen to a W.A.S.P.
      George: Which is why we're out of liquor. Listen, can you come and get me?
      Cristina: Okay, how am I supposed to get through the holidays without liquor, George?! (hangs up)
      George: Just come and get me! Cris ... hello? (snaps his phone shut) Selfish!

    • Bailey: Thank you for volunterring to come in, saves me from choosing an intern to torture.
      Meredith: Happy to be tortured.
      Bailey: Not a fan of Thanksgiving?
      Meredith Not a whole hell of a lot to be thankful for.
      Bailey: I like Thanksgiving. Day people spend with their families. Too much family time triggers depression, repressed childhood rage, bitter disputes over the remotes and way too much alcohol. People get stupid. People get violent. People get hurt.
      Meredith: And that's good because?
      Bailey: Surgeries Grey! Lots and lots of surgeries.
      Meredith: I never thought of that.
      Bailey: The stupidity of the human race Grey. Be thankful for that.

    • Cristina (to Izzie after invited Burke to Thanksgiving dinner): What was I supposed to do? Blow off my boyfriend for Thanksgiving? (pause) I tried to. He wouldn't blow. He's like something sticky that won't blow off.
      Izzie: Okay, he's gonna ruin Thanksgiving. Now what am I supposed to talk to Dr. Burke about?
      Burke (walks up to them): People who are shocked when I show up uninvited to their homes call me Preston.
      Cristina: Nobody calls you Preston.
      Burke: You don't call me Preston. (to Izzie) Nice house. (walks off, looking at the house)
      Izzie: Yeah.
      Cristina: Izzie, why's it so quiet in here?
      Izzie: Uh, Meredith went to the hospital and George is off shooting things with his family.
      Cristina (mortified): So, it's just me you and (whispers) Preston?

    • Jerry: Come on Georgie. Pick a car.
      Ronny: I told you he doesn't know jack about cars.
      Jerry: He doesn't know jack about jack.
      George: Jerry. First you say the GTO. Ronny counters with the Bel Air which never fails to make Dad say the GT 500. The cobra, the Chieftan. Then someone names a German car which invariably starts the American versus foreign debate that usually ends when one of you brings up the DeVille. And that always, always leads to the unbelievably long discussion on the merits of the '57 thunderbird. (starts yelling) So how about I just jump to the end and name the thunderbird now so that once in our lives we can stop picking cars! And my name is George!

    • Mr. O'Malley: You didn't have fun today.
      George: It's not that ... No. No I didn't have fun.
      Mr. O'Malley: You hurt your brothers' feelings.
      George: Dad!
      Mr. O'Malley: You did.
      George: They talk to me like I'm stupid. They call me Georgie. They've never treated me like I'm one of them.
      Mr. O'Malley: George, Jerry is a dry cleaner. Ronny works in a post office. I drive a truck. You're a surgeon. You're not one of us. I know it and they know it. You make sure we know it.
      George: Dad.
      Mr. O'Malley: I'm... I'm not blaming you. It makes me proud that you're so smart. Like I did something right. It's just ... we try! We try to include you but, you don't like the stuff that we like. And we don't know how to talk about the stuff that you want to talk about. You're not one of us but, damn it we don't treat you like you're stupid. You treat us like we're stupid. And maybe we are but we're your family. Give us an inch, Georgie. Every once in a while, pick a car. (there's a silence)
      George: I saved a guy's life on an elevator last month. I performed open heart surgery on him right there.
      Mr. O'Malley: By yourself?
      George: By myself. Just like a real doctor.
      Mr. O'Malley: Hmm. (amazed) Hm! That's something. That's really something.

    • Burke: Hey what's the problem?
      Cristina: You're operating on a turkey and ... and, and you're making friends with my friends.
      Burke: Shh. You told me to be nice.

    • Burke: I was nice.
      Cristina (smiles): Yeah. I noticed.
      Burke: You don't ask a lot of personal questions and you're very hard to get to know.
      Cristina: Yes.
      Burke: My mother owns a restaurant in Alabama.
      Cristina: I scrubbed in on a foreign body removal this afternoon. A guy swallowed a wishbone whole. (Burke laughs)

    • Addison: Hey, you. I saw you from the window and... looked like you could use a wake up call.
      Derek: I thought you moved to a hotel closer to the hospital. You still at the Inn at Bainbridge? (she hands him a coffee) Thank You.
      Addison: Mm-hmm. Yeah, I had a thing for ferryboats.
      Derek: Always, you know, what the mocking.
      Addison: So, um ... I was thinking that we could ... have sex tonight. (Derek half chuckles) Look I know we're both gonna feel weird about it. It's the first time ...
      Derek: Since Mark.
      Addison: And Meredith. ... I have the day off. Do you have the day off?
      Derek: Just stop by the hospital. I have patients I need to check on. You have the day off what are you doing here?
      Addison (shrugs): Was thinking we could have sex tonight. Come on I made a reservation at noon. I figured we could do the Thanksgiving thing you know and then ... I dunno, just rip the stitches. Get it over with.
      Derek: No anesthesia?
      Addison: Right. ... What do you think?
      Derek: Remember med school? We spent Thanksgiving studying for exams and eating really bad Chinese food instead of turkey.
      Addison: Yeah, too busy and too tired to even think about cooking.
      Derek: We never had to schedule sex. Not once.
      Addison: Derek, I wanna get through this. I do. I want things to be normal again, like it used to be. So will you meet me at noon?
      Derek: Yeah, okay. I'll see you at noon.

    • Addison: You didn't show. (Derek nods) So, um...I bought Chinese food. And I waited. It was good. Now it's luke warm and old. Which makes it just like the food we used to have in medical school. So...Derek, are you done? Hurting me back? I mean cause I need to know. Cause if not ... I gotta special order a thicker skin or something.
      Derek (sits next to her): No anesthesia in sight. (Addison leans in to kiss him) Here we go. (kisses her)

    • Meredith: Do you love her?
      Derek: I don't know.
      Meredith: It's good that you're trying. You wouldn't be you if you weren't the kind of person that was trying to make it work.
      Derek: You think so?
      Meredith: Yeah. (smiles) Means I wasn't wrong about you.
      Derek: Thanks.
      Meredith: Goodbye, Derek.
      Derek: Goodbye, Meredith.

    • George: Today I committed bird murder and I was forced to touch my Dad's ass. I get extra points for showing up at all.
      Cristina (sets some bottles down): I brought booze.
      Izzie: Let's just eat.

    • Cristina: Dr. Bailey, why are you working on Thanksgiving?
      Bailey: Work the extra shifts and get the extra practice. Trying to get in all the practice I can … before the baby comes (Cristina looks up at this) and I have to take time off. Husband isn't thrilled I'm working Thanksgiving but he isn't a surgeon so he doesn't get it.
      Cristina: Oh.
      Bailey: You and Dr. Burke?
      Cristina: Yeah.
      Bailey: He would've have made a good father.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): Gratitude, appreciation, giving thanks. No matter what words you use, they all mean the same thing. Happy. We're supposed to be happy. Grateful for friends, family. Happy just to be alive. Whether we like it or not.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): Maybe we're not supposed to be happy. Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is. Appreciating small victories. Admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human. Maybe we're thankful for the familiar things we know. And maybe we're thankful for the things we'll never know. At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate.

    • Alex: Why aren't you at Thanksgiving?
      Meredith: Why aren't you at Thanksgiving?
      Alex: I tell you something, you tell me something.
      Meredith: Okay. I feel like one of those people who's so freakin' miserable, they can't be around normal people. Like I'll infected the happy people. Like I'm some miserable, diseased, dirty ex-mistress. Your turn.
      Alex: I failed the medical boards. If I tell Izzie she'll be nice about it and all supportive and optimistic. She might as well rip my nads off and turn 'em into earrings.
      Meredith: Alex, you should go to Thanksgiving. I mean don't tell her if you don't want to, but you should go. Otherwise you're just ... me.
      Alex: A miserable diseased dirty ex-mistress. (Meredith smiles, and Alex whistles) It's hot. (Meredith laughs) It's really hot. I feel better already.
      Meredith (still smiling): See?
      Alex (he ruffles her hair and stands up): Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Burke: Why did you plan a big dinner if you knew you couldn't cook?
      Izzie: I just like Thanksgiving, Dr. Burke.
      Burke: Preston.
      Izzie (smiles): Preston.
      Burke: You just like Thanksgiving?
      Izzie: We work 18 hours a day, 6 days a week, 50 weeks a year. We don't really have any time for our families. We don't have friends that aren't doctors, but we have this one day, one day where we get to be like everybody else. One day to be normal. One day where nobody lives and nobody dies on our watch. It's like a gift. So I just thought we should appreciate it. That's all. (she grabs the plates and shrugs) Gotta set the table. (walks away)
      Burke (nods): A day without surgery.

    • Izzie: Dr. Burke, where'd you learn to cook like that?
      Burke: My mother owns a restaurant in Alabama.
      Izzie: Seriously?
      Burke: Seriously.
      Izzie: Does Cristina know that?
      Burke: No, actually she doesn't.
      Izzie: She doesn't ask a lot of personal questions. She's kinda hard to get to know.
      Burke (smiles): Yes, she is. ... Karev didn't show?
      Izzie: No, he didn't.
      Burke: Is that okay?
      Izzie: No, it's not.

    • Bailey: Your wife know you're workin' today?
      Richard: I'm going home. I just wanted to watch a little bit.
      Bailey: Yeah well don't stay here to long. Could end up like him. (looks pointedly the patient) Wife stabbed him. Said she didn't like the way he was carving the turkey.
      Richard: Ouch.

    • Burke: You've never made a Thanksgiving dinner before?
      Cristina: You can't cook? Izzie!
      Izzie: Well I'm a baker! I bake. But I've seen my grandmother cook a million times.
      Cristina: Okay, that's it. If there's no food, I'm going home.

    • George: Do you realize that you can buy a turkey? At the market? They've got hundreds of them. You know all wrapped. They're ready to go. No ammo required.
      Mr. O'Malley: You'll be the one to shoot the turkey today. I can feel it.
      George: See, that's the thing. I don't wanna shoot a turkey.
      Jerry: You say that every year!
      George: Yeah, and every year I don't shoot a turkey.

    • (Outside Meredith's)
      Cristina: Don't mention Shepherd. Or Montgomery-Shepherd.
      Burke: Okay.
      Cristina: Or the fact that Shepherd is with Montgomery-Shepherd.
      Burke: Okay.
      Crisitna: Or anything ever to do with syphilis.
      Burke (laughs and rings the doorbell): I've been in social situations before.
      Cristina: Yeah, well, not with me.
      Burke: Well, why are we here?
      Cristina: Just be nice or something.

    • Joe: Happy Thanksgiving.
      Cristina: Joe, thank god.
      Joe: Hey, my boyfriend. Walter.
      Cristina: Whatever. Tell me you brought liquor.
      Joe: I brought pie, pumpkin.
      Cristina: You're a bartender.
      Joe: Did you bring scalpels?

    • Izzie: Hey, where are you going?
      George: Every year, my father, my brothers and I hunt, shoot and kill a helpless slow moving turkey. (sarcasticly) Isn't that great?
      Mr. O'Malley, Ronnie and Jerry: O'Malley! (they head out the door and drag George with)
      Izzie: Okay, but what about dinner?
      Jerry: Oh we'll have him back as soon as he kills his first bird. Right this year Georgie becomes a man, right Georgie?
      George: It's George. Come on.
      Izzie: Okay, wait, wait! I can't make dinner by myself. Who's going to help me?
      George: Who's gonna help me?

    • (After Burke starts helping Izzie cook)
      Cristina: I'm gonna need liquor, lots and lots of liquor.

    • Derek: You're supposed to be at home.
      Richard: So are you.
      Burke (walks up): Ah, best mazed procedure I've ever done. Under an hour.
      Derek: I thought you had the day off.
      Burke: I did. I do. I'm leaving. I simply like to start my day cutting. Gives me a rush.
      Derek: Yeah, admit it you can't function 10 feet away from the hospital.
      Burke: Uh, I noticed that you're both here.
      Derek: Well, I'm here for an hour.
      Richard: I'm on my way home.
      Burke: Ah, say it like you mean it.

    • (Wtaching Izzie and Burke cook)
      Joe: 10 says she dries out the turkey.
      Walter: 20 says she pulls it off.
      Cristina: 75 says I don't care.

    • Bailey: Dr. Kent.
      Dr. Kent: Yes.
      Bailey: I'm the surgical resident assisting you today. I know you're subbing in from Mercy West, so if there's anything I can do to help you --
      Dr. Kent: Look I'm only here for one day and I don't need my ass kissed. All I need is to tell you what to do and you do it. And I don't like mistakes.
      Bailey: I don't make mistakes.
      Dr. Kent: Whatever, there's only one resident I want in my OR; a guy they call The Nazi. Do you know him?
      Bailey: The Nazi?
      Dr. Kent: He gets a great word of mouth, stellar rep, balls the size of Texas?
      Bailey: That big? (Meredith is trying not to smile) Sounds like an impressively talented man, this 'Nazi.'
      Dr. Kent: Do you know him or not?
      Bailey: Never heard of him. (Meredith smiles at that) But I'll be sure to keep an eye out.
      Dr. Kent: For now you can work on smaller cases. A guy just came in to curtain 3. Page me if you get confused.
      Bailey: I'll be sure to do that. (to Meredith, as Dr. Kent walks away) Like I said the stupidity of the human race.

    • Dr. Kent: Anything good? (Bailey gestures quietly to the E.R docs to hide the patient from Dr. Kent's view)
      Bailey: Uh nothing you want to waste time on. There are ah 13 patients that need sutures.
      Dr. Kent (points to Meredith): She's the intern. She can do the sutures. (Meredith gives him a look but he doesn't see)
      Bailey: Uh actually she's on her way to CT with a VIP patient on orders from the Nazi.
      Dr. Kent: Tell him I'm looking for him.

    • Dr. Kent: What are you doing up here? Get down to the pit. We're backed up.
      Bailey: No can do, sir. The Nazi has me on this surgery.
      Dr. Kent: We've got a line out the door for sutures. Everybody's an amateur chef until they get a knife in their hands.
      Bailey (shrugs, making her way towards an O.R): Knives can be tricky.

    • Bailey: You're a surgical junkie! Go home!
      Richard: Adele's already mad. I'm in trouble no matter what. And there's a whipple happening in O.R 2.
      Bailey: Go home now!
      Richard (shouting to Bailey as she gets in the elevator): This kind of treatment is why they call you the Nazi! (Dr. Kent hears that and turns to look at Bailey in the elevator as it is closing and realizes that she is the Nazi)
      Bailey: Happy Thanksgiving.

    • George (to his brother): You shot Dad in the ass! Are you happy now?

  • Notes

    • Goof: In the turkey hunting scene you can see an orange strip on the front of George's gun, marking it as a prop gun and not a real one.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Sweden: May 30, 2006 on Kanal 5
      Bulgaria: July 3, 2006 on bTV
      UK: September 21, 2006 on Living TV
      Norway: October 10, 2006 on TV2
      Germany: November 14, 2006 on PRO7
      Croatia: January 1, 2007 on NOVA TV
      Finland: January 3, 2007 on Nelonen
      Italy: March 16, 2007 on Italia 1
      Portugal: April 8, 2007 on RTP1
      Romania: May 8, 2007 on TVR1
      Ireland: May 15, 2007 on RTE Two

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Nu Nu (Yeah Yeah) by Fannypack plays when Izzie is preparing for Thanksgiving dinner,
      2. New Song (From Me To You) by Dressy Bessy plays when Cristina calls George to ask where they keep the liquor,
      3. Too Hard by Mark McAdam plays when Alex tells Meredith he failed the medical boards,
      4. Dance by The O.A.O.T.'s* plays when Burke and Izzie perform surgery on the turkey and Joe and his boyfriend are taking bets,
      5. Serenade by Emiliana Torrini plays when Bailey and Cristina perform the surgery on the patient that swallowed the wishbone,
      6. Not Going Anywhere by Keren Ann plays when George tells his dad about how he saved the man's life in the elevator,
      7. Sad Eyes by Josh Rouse plays when Meredith says "Goodbye Derek."

      *For the first time ever the show uses a song it has already used in previous episode. In the show's pilot A Hard's Day Night the song Dance by The O.A.O.T.'s is played during George's 007 surgery with Burke.

  • Allusions

    • George: I'm in the woods with shotguns, and liquor and car talk. It's like Deliverance out here.

      This is a reference to the 1972 movie Deliverance in which four businessmen plan to enjoy a weekend canoeing trip down a river in the Georgia back country. However, their trip will soon become scary and threatening.

    • Episode Title: Thanks for the Memories

      This is a song by Frank Sinatra and also Fall Out Boy have a song with the same title. The title is also a variation on Bob Hope's trademark song Thanks for the Memory, first sung by Hope and Shirley Ross in the movie The Big Broadcast of 1938.