Grey's Anatomy

Season 4 Episode 14

The Becoming

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 08, 2008 on ABC
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The clinical trial continues to make progress. The anti-McSteamy club creates new initiatives but that isn't enough to stop one woman from spending time with him. Cristina is affected by Burke's career developments.

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  • He's with Rose. He's with Rose. He's with Rose.

    I learned a lot from this episode. I, like Meredith, tend to have an extremely hard time moving on from relationships that are either intense, passionate, or serious, or all of them. I think having a constant reminder to myself in these situations would help. "He's with Rose. He's with Rose. He's with Rose." I never thought about it. "He doesn't love you anymore. He doesn't love you anymore. He doesn't love you anymore." Let's see how I do with my self-reminders.

    This episode also makes me wonder what my therapist would say to me if I were to get therapy. I don't think I am a coward. I am not frightened to take chances, open up, and love. I am not sure why I somehow just seem unworthy and undeserving of love. Therapy might help. I think Meredith's shrink is pretty good.moreless
  • Wow, something good at last. It encoureges us to end with represion and break all those nonsensical rules that would make us get closer to each other and to understand each other.moreless

    This episode was an absolute surprise. It had a lot of interesting issues.

    -Finally, someone says what we all think, and what we all know about Mer. She was in denial world that prevented to see her what was right in her face. Sometimes we tend to do that and we need someone to tell us when we're not being totally rational about someting.

    -We really get to know how Cristina feels. It's kinda sad that her issues make her so depressive and weak, instead of getting over them in other ways.

    -Mark learns that all actions have consequences, in a very painful way. -I liked that walled-up girl case. That's the biggest metaphor of being repressed and she talked out loud how she was feeling. BUt what's important here is that Alex broke the rules to save her, and shows us that sometimes you have to take risks to help people. After all, some rigid rules prevent us from knowing and loving each other.

    -With that exact argument I want to talk about that gay love story. Basically those two guys were repressing each other from one of their parent (drawing parallels with society...) and they're caught. We get to see a clear contrast between conservative thinking and new concepts, and how they act. Being specific, our two lovers fail to be free, since they are controlled by the judging eye. But it's too late when one of them realises that he shouldn't hide from anyone and that "he's there". That story was great but I hated that one of them had to die and that the other kept on the repressive mechanism. We should remember that we have to fight for what we want, without caring in society's judging eye, which function is to avoid change and have power all over us.

    -That sex police plot line was the other side of this episode and marks one of the contradictions of this episode. The gay story stands for "do what you want if you want it and without stupid boundaries", but this one reenforces the exact opposite idea, by having control over sexual encounters. Everybody accepts this obsessive control without even thinking about it, and nobody opposes to this idea. Miranda doesn't make any opposition to this control, but instead she denouces how sexist it was.

    -Mer's narration was absolute empty, and what she said only was her denial discurse.

    I have to say for myself that we should not repress ourselves, we should to step up and solve all that stressful situations that take our freedom away. We should ignore all that rules that had no sense, to be closer to each other. They tried to say this with episode. Save for all those little contradictions, it was a really good episode.moreless
  • Finally someone to call Meredith on all her c*ap!

    I love Doctor Wyatt and the scenes she's had with Meredith are outstanding.

    I have been saying since she started going drunken one night stand crazy in S2 that Meredith needs therapy, and after the bomb thing, then the drowning thing, she should have had to have manditory sessions with a shrink. Assuming that she had those sessions but they weren't shown (though that doesn't seem to have been the case) Meredith probably did what most professionals (cops, firefighters, doctors, et cetera) do when forced to do manditary shrink sessions, which is sit there, answer with non-descript responses that satisfy the requirements of the therapy and offering up nothing more; it's dangerously common.

    Finally Meredith's getting help. I love that she's doing that, and Doctor Wyatt is yet another amazingly strong female presence on this show.

    The fairytale romance was a bit of a red herring -- it was real for the patient but she was a transient character; she was never going to come back, so why not make her love story be perfect until her death? But Derek started applying it to Meredith and Rose because, like Denny said in "Some Kind of Miracle", Derek is a romantic who believes in soulmates, so of course he'd believe in the fairytale romance, and because everything got screwed up this season with Derek and Meredith he's all screwed up about Meredith and Rose and everything else. He thinks he'll get his 'happily ever after' with Rose, because he believes he's idealizing what he and Meredith had in some subconscious attempt at justifying the final demise of his marriage and all the other changes that have happened in his life since he met Meredith at Joes that first night.

    All in all it was a good episode. Seeing Hahn freaking out was good because it showed another side of her, one that wasn't so stoney and **** and cold. The Chief's messages to his wife were just disturbing, but at least he's trying to get Adele back.moreless
  • Interesting storylines.

    I enjoyed multiple aspects of this episode, but the one thing I surely didn't enjoy was Derek and Meredith getting closer again. I just can't stress enough how much I want them to either stay together or just break it off, it gets very annoying seeing them break up and get back together over and over again. It gives Meredith more reason to be so dramatic with her life and constantly whine about how hard her life is. The Sloan strike was hilarious, I mean, it was somewhat filler, but it was funny. Bailey is back and tough as ever in my opinion. The Chief is being annoying again and Alex is starting to get on my nerves.moreless
  • Greys is finaly back :)

    I loved this episode. Im in this show mostly for Alex and Izzie but this episode was wonderful from the beginning to the end. and everyone was at their top game. I especially enjoyed Sandra Oh and Eric Dane. and big applaus to the guys playing the Marines. the story was both sweet and sad, to feel that you have to choose between your father and the love of your life. and not being able to say a proper good bye, it just tore my heart apart. Alex was wonderful too. but it was hard to watch him trying to do the right thing, be responsible, being excited for the wrong reason and knowing he will get hurt eventually. Im so glad Greys is back to what made the show so wonderful.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

John M. Jackson

John M. Jackson

Kevin Covington

Guest Star

Benjamin Ciaramello

Benjamin Ciaramello

Darren Covington

Guest Star

Zilah Mendoza

Zilah Mendoza

Kyra Marshall

Guest Star

Lauren Stamile

Lauren Stamile

Nurse Rose

Recurring Role

Loretta Devine

Loretta Devine

Adele Webber

Recurring Role

Amy Madigan

Amy Madigan

Dr. Katharine Wyatt

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (31)

    • Mark: The most refined, professional, and ladylike doctor in this hospital came to my defense tonight. The best that she could come up with was "He's a whore." I'm a whore.
      Derek: I slept with her. And the whole time I was thinking about Meredith. Who's the bigger whore?

    • Callie (to Erica): Okay, so I know I've been avoiding you. I know it's stupid and based on nothing, but when she was here, Addison said... Well, she implied that-- that we were... that I was... that um... you and I might be lesbians. (they start laughing)

    • Lexie: I just called three of my ex-boyfriends to find out how unforgetable I am. I left messages, I'm sure they'll came me back.
      George: So you made a mistake and slept with Alex. No one has made more mistakes, or slept with more inapporiate people, or been more publicy humiliated than me. Let me be an inspiration, I am the Chief's intern. I am the man at the right hand of the man.

    • Bailey: Did you ever get in touch with that patient?
      Izzie: No.
      Bailey: Did you tell her friend?
      Izzie: No. Even though it killed me, I didn't tell him.
      Bailey: You're growing, Stevens.
      Izzie: Yeah, but I wish it would stop.
      Bailey: My husband is out on a date. Right now. On a date.

    • Bailey (passes Mark who is sitting there looking pensive): Pathetic. ... Well, are you comin'?
      Mark: To an on-call room?
      Bailey (slaps his head): Now, I'm going to save you. Do you want to be saved? Or don't you? (next scene with them is Bailey talking to the nurses) This boycott has gone on long enough. Now, okay, I have no authority here, but I would like to offer my thoughts on Dr. Sloan.
      Mark (whispers to Bailey): You're doin' great.
      Bailey: Okay, this man is a whore, (Mark stops smiling) has always been a whore, will probably always be a whore. But I mean, that's not a secret. He's not keepin' it hidden. You all knew who he was before you got involved with him, and now you all wanna be all, "Woe is me, he doesn't call me back, he's datin' other women." He's nasty! And that's not just you. He's sleeping with other doctors, and orderlies and cafeteria workers. But he's a doctor here, and a pretty good one. So, uh, let us all close our knees, and get back to our jobs, so he can get back to his job and help that really need it. (she nods to Mark) Disperce! (all the nurses leave)

    • Callie: Sex. Let's go. (walks off, but Mark doesn't move from the chair and continues to play with the paperclip, Callie walks back) Are... you coming?
      Mark: I'm just... I'm not in the mood.
      Callie: What? You're always in the mood.
      Mark (sighs): I know. But I'm just... All my surgeries got canceled today. You wanna go grab a cup of coffee and talk?
      Callie: You're useless.

    • George: I gave up a major surgery today and all my friends think that I'm a brown nosing perv. But I... It was worth it because I thought that you saw me. But, with all due respect, sir, you're just using me to get back together with your wife.
      Richard: O'Malley...
      George: I don't know if it's possible to quit a thing that isn't even a real thing but I do. I quit.
      Richard: O'Malley, wait. The truth is, I do see you, O'Malley. I see how hard you work. The Chief's intern is not a real job, but I'd like it to be.

    • Bailey: Chief, is it true you have everyone in this hospital fillin' out this form listing their personal and sexual relations?
      Richard: That's right. (looks at Adele) We are taking this very seriously.
      Bailey: But I'm exempt from this? Me. Just me. I'm not even asked if I need to fill out a form?
      Richard: You're Bailey. I don't even want to see you holding the form.
      Bailey: Okay then. (storms off)
      Adele: What you don't know about women... (shakes her head and walks off)

    • Meredith: Stop singing. (Cristina stops for a moment, then continues. Meredith talks over her) You're going to win your own Harper Avery award. Burke wouldn't have a career if it hadn't been for you. You saved him when he had his tremor. The Harper Avery board may not know it but he does. (Cristina still continues to sing) I'm in therapy. (Cristina stops singing) Because he's with Rose. I'm way more screwed up than you are.
      Cristina: Thank you. That makes me feel a little better.
      Meredith: You're welcome.

    • George (to Alex): I need your form. Lexie, I'm gonna need you to fill out this form.
      Lexie: What's this?
      Alex: The sex police.
      George: Meredith, I'm gonna need your form.
      Meredith: Don't ask, don't tell, George. Forms are stupid.
      George: Yeah. I'm still gonna need it though.
      Rose (walks up and whispers to George): I think I'll take one of those after all.
      George: What? Why? (Rose laughs) Oh! (he quietly slips Rose a form and walks away)
      Lexie: Oh, God. I'm so sorry. (Meredith has this huge fake smile on her face)
      George: Do you want to get Cristina?
      Meredith: Derek is with Rose, and I am okay that Derek is with Rose.
      George: Get Cristina. Get her form.
      Lexie: You don't wanna go near Cristina right now.
      Meredith: Is she crying?
      Lexie: Uh, no.
      Meredith: She's staring straight ahead being super scary quiet?
      Lexie: She's singing. (Meredith looks worried, and immediatly gets up, and leaves)
      George: I still need your form.
      Alex (handing his form to him): Here perv boy, enjoy.
      George: This isn't complete.
      Alex: It's fine. What? (George rolls his eyes and motions toward Lexie who looks horrified) Oh, right. Sorry. I forgot. (walks off)
      Lexie: He forgot he had sex with me?
      George: I just collect the forms.
      Lexie: He forgot he had sex with me?!

    • Rose: No.
      Mark: I haven't even said anything.
      Rose: I'm not talking to the nurses for you.
      Mark: You're dating my best friend. Helping me is one of your main duties, as his girl.
      Rose: No.
      Mark: C'mon, Rose, you're one of them. Tell them that I'm a good guy. A good guy who's just happens to be mind-blowingly good at sex.
      Rose: Yeah, but see that, all the talk about sex, that's not what I think of as good guy behavior.
      Mark: You know what you are? You're a tease. You string guys along acting like sex is some prize, this thing that they have to earn. When really you're just afraid that once you give it up, he'll lose interest. Oh, by the way, I am a good guy.

    • Mark: Uh, hey can you talk to the nurses? I need someone to stand up to them, tell them to call off the boycott, tell 'em that I'm a good guy.
      Erica: Here's the problem... We don't think you are a good guy.
      Mark: Dr. Torres thinks I'm a good guy. (slaps her ass) Don't you, Callie?
      Callie: Umm.... (akward silence, and Erica then walks away) On-call room. Now!
      Mark: Whoa. You think I'm a very good guy.

    • Erica: It's because I don't have a penis, isn't it?
      Callie: Um...
      Erica: I publish more, I do double the research. I deserve this more than Burke. It's a big men's club, and it's not fair.
      Callie: Huh. I didn't even realize you were being considered.
      Erica: I wasn't going to mention it until I won. Then I was going to be all nonchalant like awards don't matter to me. (they chuckle) It was going to be very impressive and humble. Now Burke's gone and ruined my whole act.

    • Derek: Now, let's see, what's goin' on at Seattle Grace today? Well, one of our former surgeons won the Harper Avery award, another is leading a clinical trial that wil the change the course of neurosurgery, and last but not least, one of our surgeons has screwed so many nurses, that now everyone has to document their sexual histories. Walk tall, my friend, walk tall.
      Mark: Are you putting Rose on one of those forms?
      Derek: That's none of your business.
      Mark: That's a 'no', which means she still hasn't let you sleep with her. (Derek sighs and goes to leave) What's she got a treasure up there?

    • (George is handing on the forms to register the sexual relationships)
      Rose: Uh, what do they mean by 'sexual relations'?
      George: Yes, they mean relations that are uh, sexual in nature.
      Rose: Yeah, I got that, but there are levels. (Izzie smirks at George who looks uncomfortable) ... Of intamicy.
      George: Oh! Uh... Well, they don't need to know the.... They just wanna know the... Highest level...
      Rose: Okay, then I won't be needing one of these. (hands the form back to him and walks off)
      George: I'm sure I don't know how to turn this back.
      Izzie: Freak.
      George: I am not a... (Izzie raises her eyebrows) I am the Chief's intern.
      Izzie: Uh huh. Again, that's not a real job.
      George: I just need the form by the end of the day.

    • Izzie: Dr. Bailey, if I can't get ahold of my patient, is it okay to give her test results to her friend?
      Bailey: No!
      Izzie: What if her friend is a really good friend of mine, and he's changing his whole life for her because he thinks she's pregnant and she's not?
      Bailey: Stevens, you wanna win yourself a Harper Avery, you need to master basics of privacy.

    • Richard: What would you think about being my intern? The Chief's intern.
      George: The Chief's intern?
      Richard: George O'Malley, intern to the Chief.
      George: George O'Malley, intern to the Chief. Is that even a real thing?
      Richard: It is if I say it is.

    • Mark: Wait, your wife's the union goon?
      Adele: Nurse mediator, Dr. Sloan. And you know Wayne Sheehan from human resourse.
      Mark: But how did you...?
      Richard: Adele used to be a nurse. Apparentaly she's gotten back into the field.
      Adele: That's right, Richard. I'm not just a housewife anymore. There have been some complaints about Dr. Sloan, complaints of a sexual nature, complaints which this hospital has, up until now, ignored.
      Mark: Hey, everything that I did was consensual. In fact, some of them even begged for it.
      Richard (warningly): Dr. Sloan...
      Wayne: No formal complaints have been filed. However, the board has decided to aggressively protect itself from possible future litigations. So, as of today, if a hospital employee is having a sexual relationship with another employee they have got to register it.

    • Mark: You paged me, Chief?
      Richard: Human resources called. As of this morning, the nurses are boycotting your surgeries.
      Mark: I haven't done done anything to the nurses. ... Well, nothin' that can get us sued.
      Richard: Well, whatever you did, they felt strongly enough about it that they sent their union rep.

    • (Bailey is standing outside the on-call room where Mark and Callie are having sex)
      Bailey (knocks on the door): Dr. Sloan? (Callie and Mark giggle) Hey, I've got a baby out that needs to get to daycare.
      Mark (cracks the door open): Dr. Bailey. (closes the door a little) Dr. Bailey's baby.
      Bailey: It appears Nurse Tanya is no longer available for your liposuction at ten. Shall I cancel the procedure?
      Mark: No, no, no. Don't cancel. Gimme a another nurse. Give me Kate. Yeah. (shuts the door)
      Bailey (knocks on the door again): Dr. Torres? Dr. Sloan would like to use Kate for his surgery at 10, currently she's scheduled for your arthroplasty, but if you're willing to move it back an hour, perhaps she could do both. (Mark groans, Callie giggles, Bailey knocks on the door again) Dr. Torres, I know you're in there.
      Callie (opens the door with a huge smile): Yeah, fine. Just an hour later, an hour earlier, whatever. Hey, Tuck. ... Don't judge me, Bailey. (shuts the door)

    • (The are all huddled around the Burke article)
      Meredith: Has Cristina seen it?
      Izzie: Not yet. She's gonna freak. Let's take it down.
      Meredith: You can't take it down.
      Izzie (hits George): Take it down. Take it down. She never has to know.
      Meredith: She's gonna hear about it.
      Cristina (walks up): Who's gonna hear about what? (they all turn to face her, and cover up the bulletin board behind them) What is going on?
      Meredith & Izzie: Nothing.
      Cristina: Izzie, move your hand. Come on. Move it. (Izzie moves it, Cristina stares at the article) Hmm. Good for him.

    • Rose: There's something that I wanted to say to you last night. But the time I thought of it, you were gone. It's not my intention to torture you. It's just not a thing I take lightly. The sex, with a new guy.
      Derek: Rose, it's okay. It's like I said last night. I respect that.
      Rose: No, that's not the thing I wanted to say. The thing that I wanted to say is... I'm worth the wait.

    • Meredith: Every time Derek walks into a room, all I can think about is his tongue. In my mouth.
      Dr. Wyatt: So you think about kissing Derek?
      Meredith: It's making surgery very difficult. So, I need some tools to help me stop. I need some therapy tools so that I can move on.
      Dr. Wyatt: You sure you wanna move on?
      Meredith: Well, we have our first clinical trial patient today. And the first four? We've learned a lot, but we haven't saved one. And I really wanna save one. So, I can't be distracted by things like tongues, so I need to tools. Now.
      Dr. Wyatt: You're having fantasies about Derek. The only way to get rid of them is to remind yourself of the reality.
      Meredith: Which is?
      Dr. Wyatt: You tell me.
      Meredith: The kissing stuff isn't gonna happen now since he's with Rose.
      Dr. Wyatt: Powerful stuff, reality.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): There's this person. In my head. She is brillant. Capable. She can do chest tubes and craniotomies. She can run a code without freaking out. She's a really good surgeon. Maybe even a great surgeon. She's me. Only so much better. (we see Meredith sitting on a couch talking to Dr. Wyatt) And I'm afraid I'll never become this person in my head because something keeps getting in my way.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): It was a good day. Maybe even a great day. I was a good doctor, even when it was hard, I was the me in my head. There was a moment when I thought I can't do this, I can't do this alone. I close my eyes and imagine myself doing it, and I did, I blocked out the fear, and I did it.

    • Meredith: It was a really good day.
      Dr. Wyatt: Look, I'm just going to say this because your insurance only covers 20 sessions and I feel we should get right to the point. That was a load of crap. It was not a good day, your patient died alone unable to tell the love of his life how he felt.
      Meredith: Yeah, but he did it for his boyfriend. I mean, I actually think it was kind of heroic.
      Dr. Wyatt: It's a load of crap.
      Meredith: Stop saying that!
      Dr. Wyatt: Look, let me draw the parallels for you. The tragic patient dies alone while the love of his life is literally in the next room. That's you.
      Meredith: What are you talking about? I'm not dying alone.
      Dr. Wyatt: Oh. But I think you are, and you're telling yourself you're a hero, when in reality all you are is alone.
      Meredith: That is a load of crap!
      Dr. Wyatt: He's with Rose.
      Meredith (sighs, and stands up): You know what, I'm not going to do this.
      Dr. Wyatt: He's with Rose.
      Meredith: Why do you keep saying that?!
      Dr. Wyatt: Because if you can't see what is wrong with that sentence, 'He's with Rose', we're never going to get anywhere, he's with Rose.
      Meredith: Okay! So he's with Rose. So What?!
      Dr. Wyatt: And if he's with Rose that means he's not with you. And do you know why he's not with you? (pause) You're scared.
      Meredith: Are you calling me a coward?
      Dr. Wyatt: I think you are very frightened, Dr. Grey.
      Meredith: Are you calling me a coward?
      Dr. Wyatt: What do you think? (Meridith leaves)

    • Richard: Going through all the forms I noticed you didn't hand yours in.
      Cristina: No, sir.
      Richard: I need you to. The hospital is still liable even though Dr. Burke isn't here. (he holds out the form to her, Cristina walks to the table and fills out the form)
      Cristina: There, my sexual relationship. Preston Burke. On paper. Satisfied?
      Richard: I know this is difficult for you.
      Cristina: It is not difficult, sir. It is simple. Burke is not here. He's gone and he's the better for it. He's winning the Harper Avery award and being celebrated all over the world. That is not difficult. He's out there and I'm here where everything is the same. I still live in his apartment, I walk the same halls of this hospital, I wear the same scrubs. And even that is not difficult. This is where I chose to be. But sir, when his hand was shaking I performed the surgeries, I kept his secrets, I nursed his pride. You know it and I know it, and he knows it. He knows it, and yet nowhere in that newspaper article does my name appear. I am the unseen hand to his brilliance. (turns away to wipe away her tears) Excuse me. And yet while everything is... the same it is very, very, different. Now I'm lucky if I get to hold a clamp. Hahn treats me like... I was his hand and now I'm a ghost. That is not difficult. It's unbearable. I know everybody is proud of him. But I'm not. I do not wish him well. (leaves the room)

    • Erica: So are we on for tonight or what?
      Callie: Um... I don't know. I told you I had a thing.
      Erica: I don't ah... make friends easily. I'm awkward and am bad at small talk and generally don't like people I don't know. But I made friends with you and now you have this thing and that thing is Sloan.
      Callie: Are you mad that I'm sleeping with Mark Sloan?
      Erica: I'm not mad that you're sleeping with Sloan. I'm mad that you didn't tell me that you're sleeping with Sloan. I'm mad at you. Because instead of telling me and admitting that you're one of those girls who goes all poofy when she gets a boyfriend... you disappear with your thing. Mark Sloan. (she begins to walk away but stops) I don't make friends easily.

    • Bailey: Just wanted to drop off the form myself, answer any questions you might have.
      Richard: There are interns on this form.
      Bailey: Mmhmm, I require the energy of youth. Dr. Shepherd was just moment of weakness for both of us.
      Richard: Dr. Sloan?
      Bailey: Oh, that was many moments. In on-call rooms, it was... very hot.
      Adele: Mmhmm, McSteamy.
      Richard: I'm surprised you haven't listed me.
      Bailey: You're not my type.
      Richard: Alright, Dr. Bailey I get the joke, okay?
      Bailey: See, this is a joke to you. I am a single woman. I've been a single woman for some time now, but the very idea that I could have a sexual encounter... (glares at the Adele and the other board member across the table) ... a consensual sexual encounter, is a joke to you!
      Richard: Dr. Bailey, I--
      Bailey: So much so that you would single me out of this entire hospital as the one person who couldn't interest a person of the opposite sex? ... It's, it's, it's just...
      Adele: It's harassment.
      Richard: A-Adele!
      Bailey (slaps Richard's shoulder hard): Just shame on you sir! (Richard rubs his shoulder with a look of shock on his face) Just shame on you! (Bailey grabs the form from Wayne) I made it all up, Wayne. (storms out)

    • Erica: I can't imagine how you must feel about Burke's award. You helped him with all that research and he didn't even mention you in the article. Well, I guess it's no surprise, his arrogance is legendary... (Cristina is silent) Oh well, I thought we finally had some common ground... (Cristina is still silent) Good for you... refusing to trash him, rising above, it's very impressive. I'm going to follow your example Yang. (Cristina silently acknowledges her comment) Congratulations Preston, I wish you well.

    • Meredith (after the clinic trial patient is still alive): Oh, that was great. Totally in synch, like we were one person.
      Derek: Yeah, it was great. You did great.
      Meredith: Uh, obviously his intracranial pressure's going to need to be monitored overnight. So, if you could just tell me the parameters.
      Derek: I'll stay. I-I-I mean... We can stay together.
      Rose (walks up): How'd it go?
      Derek: Great. It went really, really well. Dr. Grey had one of the... She one of the injections.
      Rose: I was heading home, I didn't know if you wanted to...
      Derek: Yeah, right. I need to stay here tonight.
      Rose: Oh, okay. I'll just... (starts walking away)
      Meredith: Rose, wait. (to Derek) I... I can page you if there are any problems.
      Derek (quietly to Meredith): I'll stay. If you want me to stay, I'll stay.
      Meredith: No, you should go be with Rose.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Doktor v hlavě (Doctor in the Head)
      Slovakia: Premena (Conversion)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: May 25, 2008 on Network 7
      Sweden: June 4, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Latin America: June 9, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Croatia: June 12, 2008 on RTL TV
      Italy: July 21, 2008 on Foxlife
      Ireland: August 26, 2008 RTE2
      Germany: September 24, 2008 on ProSieben
      Belgium: October 23, 2008 on VijfTV
      The Netherlands: October 27, 2008 on Net 5
      Finland: November 19, 2008 on Nelonen
      Norway: November 25, 2008 on TV2
      Romania: January 13, 2009 on TVR1
      Czech Republic: April 9, 2009 on Prima

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. Carmella (Four Tet Remix) by Beth Orton plays at the beginning of the episode as Bailey walks down the hall with Tuck. Meredith talks with Dr. Wyatt.
      2. Like A Virgin by Sandra Oh. Cristina sings the song as she operates on the cadavers.
      3. Mansard Roof by Vampire Weekend plays as George begins passing out the forms. Lexie and Meredith are hesitant to fill them out. Rose tells George she will be needing one after all. Meredith goes to find Cristina. Alex turns in an incomplete form.
      4. Know When To Walk Away by Jay Clifford plays as Alex has his temperature taken prior to Mrs. Marshall's surgery. Meredith wheels Darren into surgery and notices Todd still waiting in the hall.
      5. Brightest Hour by The Submarines plays as Meredith tells Derek she can watch Darren on her own. Callie wants to have sex, but Mark is not in the mood.
      6. Only Yesterday by Taken By Trees plays as Meredith monitors Darren. Bailey passes Mark sitting pensively in the hallway, Todd demands an answer from Meredith and Darren's father, and Erica tells Mrs. Marshall that she's still at the top of the list for a new heart.
      7. Good Arms vs. Bad Arms by Frightened Rabbit plays as the episode comes to an end. Bailey asks Izzie how she handled her dilemma, George comforts Lexie, Callie confesses why she's been avoiding Erica, and Derek talks with Mark in the elevator.


    • While discussing Rebecca's current status Alex says to Izzie "She's pregnant, she's knocked up." referring to the 2007 movie Knocked Up, starring Kathering Heigl, in which Heigl's character becomes pregnant unexpectedly.

    • Episode's Title: "The Becoming"

      "The Becoming" is a song by Nine Inch Nails, off the album The Downward Spiral.