Grey's Anatomy

Season 8 Episode 18

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 05, 2012 on ABC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): We have a phrase in the operating room: "Don't pet the lion". It means, no matter how nice a tumor looks, how small it is, how perfect its margins may be...It's still a tumor. It's still dangerous and it can bite.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): We've all heard the warnings...and we've ignored them. We push our luck. We roll the dice. We play with fire. It's human nature... when we're told not to touch something... we usually do, even if we know better. Maybe because, deep down, we're just asking for trouble.

    • Derek: Oh, well. Roar.
      Meredith: Don't do that.
      Derek: Well, you think it's cute when Zola does it. What is it?
      Meredith: If you ever cheat on me, I'll kill you.
      Derek: Okay.
      Meredith: I mean it.
      Derek: Okay.
      Meredith: Say it.
      Derek: I will never cheat on you. You want to talk about it?
      Meredith: No.
      Derek: Okay. (they hug)

    • Arizona: Okay, hey, here's the thing-- I do know about your exes, and frankly, sometimes it sucks.
      Callie: Okay.
      Arizona: And you know, I mean, I don't-- (Callie starts walking towards Arizona and Arizona keeps backing up) I don't like knowing, and sometimes, you know, it-- it drives me crazy.
      Callie (taking off her jacket): I know.
      Arizona: So maybe there's a reason, you know, there's a-- there's a very good reason that I was-- I wasn't telling you about my exes.
      Callie: Mmmhmm. (takes off her shirt)
      Arizona: You know, I was trying to spare you.
      Callie: Yeah, I understand.
      Arizona: You do?
      Callie (unbottoning Arizona's shirt): Yeah, I do.
      Arizona: Oh, okay. 'Cause I thought we were fighting.
      Callie: Oh, we totally are. (kisses Arizona)

    • Richard: Each and every one of these items was removed from a patient.
      Jackson (picks up a jar): Christmas lights? Come on. Where would you--
      Richard: You don't wanna know.
      Jackson: How did you--
      Richard: Very, very carefully. It's pretty great, right?
      Jackson: Actually... yeah.
      Richard: Well, sometimes we have geniuses on our table and sometimes we have idiots. I for one am partial to the idiot. (puts the lion tooth in a jar) You don't get a lion's tooth from a genius.

    • Owen: Uh, Bailey. I'm sorry about before. You... didn't need to see that.
      Bailey: Oh, I didn't see anything.
      Owen: We both know that you did. Now you and I are scheduled for a whipple tomorrow. I know that Cristina is one of your own, so I understand if you prefer that I not scrub in with you.
      Bailey: Um... I won't pretend to understand the thing you and Cristina have going on, but I do know that, uh, affairs don't happen in a vacuum. You're human and you made a human mistake. (Owen looks down) You did a terrible thing. It doesn't mean you're a terrible person.

    • Mark: What are you doing?
      Callie: Trying to figure out how many dermatology fellows my wife's banged. (points) For sure her. Ooh, yeah, that one, probably, too. (reading under the fellow's picture) Ooh. 'Specialies in complete body rejuvenation.' Yeah, I bet you do, Cheryl.
      Mark: You gotta get over it. Everybody's got a past.
      Callie: Look, I'm fine with her having a past. It's just, I- I didn't know I was working with it and operating with it, seeing it in the cafeteria.
      Mark: That woman wakes up every day, sees my face in her kitchen holding her kid, the kid that you and I... made together.
      Callie: Yeah, I guess... I guess that can't be easy for her.
      Mark: Easy? Knowing you've been with the golden boy of this hospital? Woman's in hell, Torres.
      Callie (tries not to laugh): Okay.
      Mark: I'm a God. It's killing her.

    • Arizona: Hey. We're doing the surgery. But she doesn't want you involved.
      Alex: Yeah. Yeah. Let me know how it goes.
      Arizona: Hey. You were a great doctor today. He's gonna need a really tough mom. And if hating you helps make her tough...
      Alex: Yeah.

    • Meredith: Hey.
      Cristina: Hey.
      Meredith: I brought you a treat. (hands Cristina the ice cream) Whatch'a doin'?
      Cristina: Uh... Whole organ decellurization. I wash the hearts with a solvent for the next 12 hours and then... it drains them of their cells so Teddy and I can reseed them.
      Meredith: So you're making new hearts from scratch.
      Cristina: Yeah. Kinda.
      Meredith: Cool.

    • Morgan: You're not even a little interested in why I know about A.N.D? It's because I have to decide today if I make Robbins operate on Tommy's fistula or I just let him die.
      Alex: I didn't know you were there already.
      Morgan: Yeah, 'cause you vaporized.
      Alex: I'm sorry, I-I was in surgery.
      Morgan: He... He had such a good day yesterday. I actually went online last night and found a used crib, and then this morning, it's like... Why can't just have a few good days in a row? I don't know what to do. What-- What am I supposed to do?
      Alex: I think it's time for you to-- to consider the quality of life that you want to offer Tommy--
      Morgan: I don't need you to give me the friggin' party line, Alex. I have Robbins for that. I need you to tell me what to do.
      Alex: It's not my decision.
      Morgan: Hey. Hey. Don't get all objective on me now. It's not the time.
      Alex: No, it is the time. Look, I'm not his dad, I'm-- I'm not your boyfriend, and you can't rely on me to help you make this decision.
      Morgan: Wow. Really? Now? In the worst moment of my life, you want to make sure that I understand we're not a couple?
      Alex: Yeah, 'cause you know what? This isn't the worst moment of your life. The worst moment of your life is gonna be when Tommy dies, or when he doesn't die and he's in pain and frustrated because his body won't do what he wants it do, or his brain doesn't work like the other kids' brains work, and you're spending half your life going to the doctors office.
      Morgan: So what if he's not perfect? Why do all you people that just because he's blind... or impaired or-- or not a freakin' doctor, he's not worth something?
      Alex: The point is it doesn't matter what the rest of us think. At the end of the day, all that matters is what you think. So decide--
      Morgan: That's what I'm trying to do.
      Alex: No, you're not. Look, you're standing at the nursery bawling, looking at all the healthy babies, feelin' sorry for yourself. Stop it. Look, no one's saying that you didn't get dealt a crappy hand. You did. But now you gotta deal with it. You. Not me and you. You.

    • Paul: I see it in those eyes. Those eyes said 'you are meat.' And in that moment, I believed him.
      Richard: What happened then?
      Paul: And then he lunged. And I just reacted. I shoved my arm right into his mouth. I mean, who the hell does that? Who the hell feeds himself to a lion?
      Jackson: I'm kinda wondering the same thing. (laughs)
      Mark: What do we got?
      Richard: Deep animal claw lacerations extending down the left side of the body.
      Jackson: And there's your arm. (lifts up bandages)
      Callie: Yeah. That's what you expect when you hear 'lion.'
      Paul: I bet it's nice to know what to expect instead of showing up at your girlfriend's house for the first time and being greeted at the door by the freakin' king of the jungle.
      Callie: She never bothered to mention she had a pet lion?
      Mark: Seems like something that ought to come up on the first date.
      Paul: Right? She told me she had a cat-- a big cat-- and I'm allergic, so I took an antihistamine before I left the house.
      Callie: Oh, yeah. You shoulda brought a bull whip.

    • Mark: Just so you know, she's tweaking about Colleen and all the others.
      Arizona: Excuse me?
      Mark: I tried to talk her down but it could get ugly-- mauled by a lion ugly. (walks away)
      Arizona (sits down at Callie's table): You talked to your ex about my exes?
      Callie: Yeah. I wanted some input.
      Arizona: No. No, no, no. He does not get to have that input on our love life.
      Callie: Okay, excuse me. Colleen was an ortho nurse. I worked with her every day for two years, and I had no idea that the two of you... (sighs) She's seen you naked.
      Arizona: Okay, fine. What do you want to know?
      Callie: I want names.
      Arizona (laughs): Mmm. (points of someone) Her. (points to someone else) And her. Mm. And her, over by the soda machine. Yeah, twice.
      Callie (laughs): Okay, that's Noelle. She's not even gay.
      Arizona: Well, she was that night. (laughs) Uh, also Nancy in path, uh, Meg in dermo, nurse Tia and her sister, but you know, not at the same time.

    • Owen: Meredith--
      Meredith: Hey, just don't talk to me, okay? She knew I would hate you but she didn't want me to hate you. Do you know what that means? It means she's planning to forgive you or she's desperately trying to find a way to forgive you. And it doesn't matter if it was just sex. She didn't want me to know, okay? And now I do, so don't.

    • Derek: I'm not gonna tell Mark what to do.
      Lexie: You're not?
      Derek: They're gonna move in together either way. The man has always been easy to read. And the only thing that could change that is if he knew he still had a shot with you.
      Lexie: Really?
      Derek: He's happy with the eyeball doctor. So make sure you want him back because you want him not because he's with somebody else.

    • Richard: Imagine the power it takes to cause injuries like these. A flick of your wrist and whoosh.
      Jackson: Nope. You know these injuries are? This was natural selection at work. I mean, the guy was an idiot. I don't care how desperate you are for sex, if a chick tells you she wants you to meet her cat, you run... fast.
      Callie: He was blindsided by someone he trusted. You never know how you're gonna react when that happens.
      Mark: What did you say to Robbins?
      Callie: Hmm? Oh, nothing. I just asked her how many other exes she has in the hospital. She said one or two. I can live with one or two, right? (Richard coughs) What was that? Why did he cough?
      Mark (to Richard): Don't say anything. We're not in this.
      Callie: Webber, why'd you cough?
      Richard: Oh, um, well, it-- it's a little like when a patient tells you they have one or two drinks a- a week. We all round that number up because patients tend to tell us what we want to hear. If they'll admit to two drinks...
      Callie: They're having so many more.

    • Jackson: We came to see the hearts.
      Alex: Oh, this blows. Yang's growing organs and I'm stuk patchin' up grandpa. (gets paged)
      Jackson: Is that Morgan again? Why don't you just answer her already?
      Alex: I've got to be a dead freakin' mouse. Cold and dead, okay? I mean, that's what she needs. All day I'm trying to back off, and all she does is-- (pager beeps) See?
      Jackson: Hey, you can do this. Alright? You are good at being a douche, and that's just what, one step away from being cold and dead? I mean, right, Yang? (Cristina ignores him) See what's she's doing? That's what you need to do. Do that. Do what she's doing.
      Lexie (walks in): Hey, did you guys hear about a lion lady?
      Jackson: Yeah, her boyfriend was the appetizer, and he wanted mommy for dinner.
      Lexie: I feel bad for her. Okay, she's just a girl with a pet. You know, she probably had some nice friends once, and maybe even a nice guy. And then those friends moved away, the guy started living with somebody else, and then her family probably abandoned her... leaving her alone to rot in an attic somewhere with her cat, her big jungle cat, who was sitting in the corner, ju-just licking his paws just wanting to eat her stupid face off.
      Cristina: Look, this is a scientific lab, not a lunch room so everyone out right now.
      Jackson: Cold and dead. (they all leave)

    • Derek: What is wrong with you?
      Lexie: I- I know-- I know that we don't... We don't talk about this stuff. Okay? But I- I kinda need to talk about this stuff, because what if I don't and then I miss an opportunity to appeal to my big brother about, you know, what-- What if Mark is my soulmate?
      Derek: I am not your best friend right now, Lexie. I am not your big brother. I am your attending. And what I need is my resident.
      Lexie: You're right. I'm sorry. I... I am your resident.
      Derek: Good. Make sure our patient is prepped. You have an anuryism to clip.

    • Bailey: Maybe she should've gotten a dog. I mean a dog fetches balls. Maybe, you know, a rascally dog, he chews shoes. But he doesn't eviserate your spleen. Yeah, and don't say it's because you love lions so much. If you love lions, you wouldn't want it to live in your home. You would want that lion to roam freely, in the jungle with other lions where they can eviscerate the spleens of... gazelles. That's what lions eat, gazelles? I think I saw that on a show where they were chasing a herd of gazelles. (Mer & Owen are silent) Have I offended someone? 'Cause it's awfully quiet in here. Well, don't tell me you own an exotic pet that I don't know about. Grey, you livin' with a monkey? Please don't tell me you're livin' with a monkey.
      Meredith: No. No monkeys.
      Bailey: Uh, Hunt?
      Owen: Uh, no. Cristina doesn't believe in pets.
      Meredith: Cristina doesn't believe in a lot of things.
      Bailey: O-Kay then.

    • Callie: Hey. So that was a little awkward. Don't you think, that thing with Colleen? How she was-- She got so emotional. Almost seems like you guys were a thing.
      Arizona: Yeah, she gets like that.
      Callie: Oh, really? She gets like that, like you know how she gets, like you were a thing?
      Arizona: Callie.
      Callie: What? It's not-- What? I'm just asking. It's not a big deal.
      Arizona: Oh, we were. We were a li-- a little bit of a thing. A very long time ago.
      Callie: Oh, wow. Wow. It seems like something you would've mentioned.
      Arizona: Well, it didn't even occur to me.
      Callie: Oh. Have you dated other people in the hospital it hasn't occured to you to tell me about?
      Arizona: Okay, you know what? We're not doing this.
      Callie: No, it's totally fine. (laughs) I mean, I'll tell you about my exes.
      Arizona (sighs): I know about your exes.
      Callie: Not all of them. You don't know about Karev.
      Arizona: Karev. I know about Karev.
      Callie: Look, just give me a number. Ballpark. What, five? Ten? A hundred?
      Arizona (gets paged): Okay, that's the NICU. I have to go.
      Callie: Oh, no, no, no. You can't just go.
      Arizona: I'm sorry but the babies, they need me, so...
      Callie: Arizona--
      Arizona: Oh, I'm sorry. Wait. Wait. (imitates crying) 'Dr. Robbins, please help us.'
      Callie: Just-- Just gimme a number. (Arizona imitates crying again) Just give me a number.
      Arizona: One or two, okay? That's-- That's it.
      Callie (to herself): One or two. That's not bad.

    • Lexie: Are you gonna tell Mark to move in with Julia? I mean, what do they even really talk about? You know, she sews eyeballs for a living. It's gross. I mean, plus, she has really thin hair, which can be a- a sign of early menopause. (Derek shakes his head) We don't talk about stuff like this.
      Derek: We don't talk about stuff like this.

    • Teddy: We are scrubbing away cells of hearts, Cristina. Actual hearts. We are wiping them clean 'til they're blank. And then, in theory when we inject them with stem cells...
      Cristina: They'll live again.
      Teddy: Let's grow us some hearts.

    • Callie: Do you know anything about Arizona and that nurse Colleen? Were they a thing before she met me?
      Mark: Ortho nurse Colleen?
      Callie: Yeah. There was a good-bye hug that lingered too long.
      Mark: That would explain it. I've been trying to get her naked for three years.
      Callie: Anyway, she never said anything, and I- I work with Colleen every day. Do you think she has other exes here in the hospital?
      Mark: Probably.
      Callie: Ugh.
      Mark: Oh, quit it. Stop thinking about the hot ortho nurse.
      Callie: Wait. You... You think she's hot?

    • Owen: I know you know.
      Meredith: Is this about Cristina again?
      Owen: She walks away every time I try to talk to her, so just let her know how sorry I am. I wish I could take it back. If I could-- It-- It was just sex.
      Meredith: Just stop.
      Owen: I would love to stop. I mean, I don't relish in discussing my own personal failings with you, but--
      Meredith: We're going to pretend this conversation never happened. Okay?
      Owen: Meredith--
      Meredith: No, I mean it.

    • Bailey: The patient's belly is ripped opened. Spleen and intestinges are exposed.
      Owen: What happened?
      Bailey: She has a lion for a pet is what happened. It tried to eat her and then it got away and probably tried to eat other people because it is a lion. Who has a lion living in their house? I'll tell you who has a lion living in their house-- A crazy person does. Now because she's crazy doesn't mean she doesn't deserve excellent care. In fact, we're going to save that crazy lady's life just so I can tell her she's crazy. Got it?
      Meredith: Told you I saw a lion.

    • Alex: I need off this case. Put Kepner on it or something.
      Arizona: This is about the lion, isn't it? You want to go see the victims. I don't blame you. Alright, go on. Go get a look and then come back. Oh, and take pictures while you're there.
      Alex: This isn't about the lion. This is about Morgan. She's in-into me.
      Arizona: Karev, we work with sick kids and then we develop close relationship with their parents, it's normal. You just need to deal with it. And you-- you put up boundaries.
      Alex: I'm trying, but she acts like we're, you know... I- I can't be this kid's doctor, okay?
      Arizona: Okay. If you want off my service, you can be off my service. But, Alex, you better mean it.
      Alex: I mean it.

    • Arizona: So, what it-- it escaped from like, the zoo?
      Callie: No, someone's house. The thing was a pet.
      Arizona: What?
      Callie: Yeah.
      Teddy (walks up): I went to a grief group.
      Callie (scrunches her face): Ew. You went to a grief group?
      Arizona: Callie. (to Teddy) You went to a grief group. Yay. That's gr--
      Teddy: No, not 'yay.' Bad.
      Cristina (walks up): Dr. Altman, I'm ready to get started on your stem cell project.
      Teddy: See? I mean, who needs a grief group? I am doing cutting-edge stem cell research. I-I'm looking toward the future, not dwelling on the past. Right?

    • Jackson: Dr. Webber. Don't you have a gallbladder scheduled for this morning?
      Richard: Hendricks is doing it.
      Jackson: You heard about the lion mauling. Came down here to claim it before anybody else could get their hands on it.
      Richard: I am down here for those in need, Avery. I am here to be of service to human kind.
      Jackson: Yeah, well, you could be of service to human kind in O.R three with that gallbladder.
      Richard: Try it, son. Try and challenge me.

    • Derek: It walked across the road right in front of us.
      Mark: I feel like Julia and I are at a crossroads. It's been five months. Maybe it's time to take the next step and ask her to move in.
      Derek: Did you hear what I said? It was a lion.

    • Cristina: A lion? An actual lion?
      Meredith: Looking at me like I was lunch.
      Cristina: Are you sure it wasn't a mountain lion or... maybe a well fed cat?
      Meredith: I was staring at Simba.
      Owen (walks up): Grey, you're on my service. (to Cristina) Hey. (Cristina doesn't say anything and walks off)
      Meredith: I saw a lion today walking across the street, Derek and I were coming back from the house, and it was just standing there in the street.
      Owen: Cristina is not talking to me.
      Meredith: Okay, how come no one is concerned about the fact that I saw a lion walking around Seattle?
      Owen: Sorry. I was just, uh--
      Meredith: You can't force Cristina to open up. You have to just let her come to you. In the meantime, look at this. (shows Owen a picture on her phone) Animal control came, one dart and he was down.

    • Therapist: It'll be weird at first, believe me you'll feel like an idiot. But the words can give you closure and strength. So I want you each later to find a private moment and just say the words aloud-- I am a widow. Gretchen?
      Gretchen: It was just so sudden. Jason was fine, and then one day they said he had some blockages, minor congestive heart failure and then he died, and I--
      Teddy (laughing): I'm-- I'm sorry. But blockages with congestive heart failure? I mean, do you want to know what that really means? Your husband's arteries were clogged. I mean, he probably was lucky he lasted as long as he did, because his heart was working overtime to pump enough blood to his brain, let alone the rest of his body, which ate away the heart muscle til the ventricular wall was paper thin and barely contracting. Because just to be clear, there is no such thing as minor congestive heart failure. A patient with symptoms that severe? They're-- They're a dead man walking.

    • Derek: You liked the tile and the master bedroom suite? And you liked the way the french doors open out to the deck?
      Meredith: Yes, I love everything so far. I especially love that I didn't have to do anything. Honestly, when the house is done just bring me out for the big reveal.
      Derek: You want a big reveal?
      Meredith: I want a big reveal.

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 5, 2012 on CTV
      Norway: August 21, 2012 on TV2
      Germany: November 21, 2012 on ProSieben

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