Isobel "Izzie" Stevens
Goof: At the end of the episode, when Richard comes out of the elevator, you can see one memeber of the crew standing on the left operating the door mechanism.
Near the end of the episode, when Richard comes out of the elevator to meet Cristina, a tall man with spiked hair walks out. That is actor/screenwriter James Hall.
Laurie Metcalf (Beatrice Carver) guest starred in this episode as did Jeff Perry (Thatcher Gray). Laurie and Jeff were once married and are now divorced. Laurie's current husband Matt Roth also guest starred on Grey's Anatomy in Season 2.
Richard: Nice work today, Yang. Hopefully your fellow interns will be as adept on this scope as you.
Cristina: Thank you, sir. But, um... you weren't looking. You actually had your eyes closed so how- I was watching you and you didn't even need the ... you didn't even need the screen to help you guide the needle holder.
Richard (smiles): Old school, Yang. Muscle memory. You wanna win? Always go back to the basics.
(Cristina walks in naked into the kitchen. George looks up and immediately covers his eyes with his hands. Burke looks too and is shocked)
Burke: Cristina, what the hell are you doing?!
Cristina: Oh, uh being comfortable in my apartment. (Burke looks at George who still has his eyes closed)
George: I didn't see anything. I did not see anything.
Burke: Get out. (George scrambles up fast to leave but ends up falling onto the floor. Cristina smiles walking back into her room)
Cristina: Basics. (George runs out the door, Burke gives Cristina a look)
Denny: You made me a sweater. Today. In one day, you made me a sweater.
Izzie: Yeah, well, you know, I had some time so...
Denny: Well that vow of celibacy must really be something.
Izzie: You know what, just accept your gift and say thank you.
Denny: Oh, does this mean I don't get any sexual favors? Sweater instead of sex.
Izzie: Smell it. (Denny gives her a look) Go on. Smell it.
Denny (smells it and smiles): It smells like Izzie.
Izzie (smiles): Yeah I wore it for 3 hours so that is the closest you're going to be getting to this body mister. You wanna play some scrabble or are you too tired?
Denny: Scrabble, please. (she starts to it out) Just show me one boob. (Izzie laughs)
Derek: Hey, still knitting?
Meredith (laughs): Oh yeah. I'm getting so good at it.
Derek: Hmm. Did a craniotomy on kid today while he was awake.
Meredith: I met a sister I never knew I had and I saw my father which was uh ... (she shakes her head) I don't know what it was.
Derek: You okay?
Meredith (half laughs and smiles): I have my knitting.
Susan: I saw a picture once from a long time ago. (Meredith stops walking) You look just like her. (Meredith turns around) Your mother. You look a lot like my girls. Especially Molly. You were talking to her?
Meredith: I didn't say anything about anything.
Susan: Oh she knows about you. Or that she knows that her father was married before and had another daughter. Has another daughter.
Meredith: No had is right.
Susan: Your father thinks about you. He thinks about you a lot. He just ... your mother ... your mother (she shakes her head) she broke him.
Meredith (really uncomfortable): Uh, uh excuse me. I- I have to work. (walks off)
Alex: So, this whole lying thing, is it working out for you?
Beatrice: Excuse me?
Alex: You're going to die and soon. You get that right? There's no rosy picture to paint here.
Beatrice: You're not a mother. You don't know what it's like to hold your new born baby in your arms and smell the top of her head and know that your only job in the world is to protect her.
Alex: You think you're protecting her?
Beatrice: I am protecting her.
Alex: Well I guess you can call it what you want but you should just know that you're leaving behind a kid that will probably hate you the rest of her life. (Beatrice just gapes him, you can hear Burke clear his throat from the doorway. He looks at Alex coldy. Cut to them in the hallway)
Burke: Dr. Karev.
Alex: No, I'm talking this time.
Burke: Excuse me?
Alex: I tell the truth. It's what I do. It doesn't make me a bad doctor. Everyone walks around this place lying! Like we tell the patient that's dying that there's hope when there is no hope. Maybe I'm pig, maybe I'm an ass, maybe I'm a vermin like everybody says but I tell them the truth! It's the one thing that I've got going for me! And you don't get to take that away from me and call it a lesson! Sir. (walks off)
Meredith: That's a pretty ring.
Molly: Oh, thanks. It was my grandma's and then my mom's. (Meredith nods looking slightly uncomfortable which Molly notices) You think I'm too young to be married.
Molly: That's okay. Everybody thinks I'm too young. If I saw me I'd think I was too young.
Meredith: Um, how old are you?
Molly: 22. (Meredith nods slightly teary eyed) Eric's 23 and he's in the army and he was getting shipped out and I just love him so much you know? Anyway, I proposed.
Meredith: Oh. And, ah your parents, they approve?
Molly: Oh my parents are amazing. You know how Dad's can be. Mine's pretty over-protective. But you know at my wedding when he gave me away, my dad cried. Which was ... I've never seen my dad cry before. (Meredith nods again teary eyed) But, I think it was also kind of weird for him because I'm his little girl. You know because I'm the youngest (Meredith looks startled at this) and my sister is nowhere near ready for marriage. But it was good crying, like he was proud of me, you know? (she smiles and Meredith just nods) I'm sorry, I just- I'm nervous so I'm talking. I-
Meredith: No that's okay. You have a sister?
Molly: Yeah, Lexie. She's in medical school. Harvard. She's the smart one. You should see how my dad is about her. He's like crazy proud. (Meredith just nods, biting her lip)
Addison: Do you have Molly's MRI results?
George: No I haven't. I- Not yet.
Addison: What the hell have you been doing then?
George: I was just going--
Addison: When I assign you to a case of mine I accept you to give it your full and undivided attention. (George nods) Give me one good reason I shouldn't take you off this case.
George: Molly Thompson's maiden name is Grey. Her father is Thatcher Grey. Thatcher Grey is also Meredith's father. (Addison looks a little disturbed) Which means that Molly and Meredith are sisters but I don't think Meredith even knows Molly exists. And that- (shrugs) I don't care. I don't. Except I'm on this case and (whispers) apparently God hates me.
George: Okay, thanks. (walks away)
Izzie: Cristina told me that George had a date with ortho chick. Okay, games night. She didn't even take him home afterwards. She hinted that she wanted to and said that she couldn't. That's weird, right?
Meredith: George made it perfectly clear that I'm not in his life anymore.
Izzie: I think ortho chick is hiding something. (Callie appears behind them) She could be hiding something.
Callie: Stevens. (they both turn around) Hold this. (she throws a piece of equipment at Izzie who barely catches it) George mentioned that you're not big on ortho. Grey, take the osteotome and the mallet. Follow me.
Addison: Doc's sick? What are his symptoms?
Derek: Ah dyspepsia, lethargy and vomiting.
Addison: Any fever or sign of dehydration?
Derek: Ah, it's unclear. I was considering a course IV antibiotics and saline drip.
Derek: No Addison, he's a dog. I dropped him off at the vet, run some tests and observe him overnight. Meredith will check on him later.
Meredith (opening voiceover): A good basketball game can have us all on the edge of our seats. Games are all about the glory, pain and the play by play. And then there are the more solitary games. The games we play all by ourselves. The social games, the mind games. We use them to pass the time to make life more interesting... to distract us from what's really going on. There are those of us who love to play games, any games. And there are those of us who love to play a little too much.
Meredith (closing voiceover): Life is not a spectator sport. Win, lose, or draw, the game is on. So go ahead... argue with the ref, change the rules, cheat a little, take a break and tend to your wounds. But play. Play. Play hard, play fast... play loose and free. Play as if there's no tomorrow. Okay, so it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game... right?
(While trying to realign a patients hip, Meredith and Izzie are holding the patient's arms)
Izzie: So, Dr. Torres…
Callie: Hold it steady, Grey.
Izzie: Did you always know you wanted to specialize in orthopedics?
Callie: Did you always know you wanted to model?
Izzie: Oh, okay.
Callie: Grey, I mean it, watch your grip.
Izzie: And your husband, is he a doctor too?
Callie: What are you trying to ask me Dr. Stevens? My history? My marital status? My deep, dark little secrets?
Izzie: I'm George's best friend.
Callie: Oh, I see. Well its just funny cause from what I understand, as his best friend you haven't been the best matchmaker in the past. (looks towards Meredith)
(Cristina is mad at Burke because during their game yesterday he couldn't guess Madonna)
Cristina: Who doesn't know Madonna?
Izzie (sneezes, and muffles what she said): Sore loser.
Cristina: I am not a sore loser. You know, and so what if I am? The whole point of games is that there is a winner, a first place. You want a second best surgeon operating on you? (Meredith and Izzie shake their heads in agreement, but keep knitting) No, you want the very best. (Meredith and Izzie nod in agreement but still keep knitting) And second best is mediocre and to settle for mediocrity is--- is frankly a sign self-loathing and sub-standard work ethics. (she sits down and sighs) I've got to get George out of my apartment.
Meredith: You know, you could sleep with him and then right in the middle start crying and that's painful and humiliating and unbelievably cruel but apparently it works.
Izzie: Would you just keep knitting? (to Cristina) Kick him out so he can come back home to us.
Cristina: I-- I can't kick him out, he's Burke's puppy it's gotta be Burke's idea. I just gotta figure out a way to make him do it.
Derek: Ah, Doctor Bailey, do you have an extra intern?
Bailey: I'm available.
Derek: No, no, no, no. I said "intern".
Bailey: Shepherd, look at the board.
Derek (looking at the board): Okay, what am I looking at?
Bailey: My name isn't up there. It wasn't up there yesterday and won't be tomorrow.
Derek: What'd you do piss off the Chief?
Bailey: Yeah I pissed off the Chief. I went and had a baby, I gave birth, I created a human life. I'm a surgeon, we don't do that. He's mommy tracking me.
Derek: He's just going easy on you.
Bailey: No, I change diapers, I-- I clean up spit up. I sing the ABC's. I am covered in mommy. But that does not mean I will be mommy tracked.
Derek: You're freaking out.
Bailey: I just need a surgery, I need a surgery now. So for today I am your intern. (Derek shakes his head) I have not begun to freak out.
Derek: Alright, come on.
Izzie: So what are the sister and the father like?
Cristina: Like? They're like people who Meredith is related to and never met.
George: They're nice.
Izzie: Could you imagine? A sister and a whole family you know nothing about? You think she's gonna freak out?
George: It's not my responsibility to care. (Izzie is about to say something but Cristina sees Richard walking towards them and motions for her to stop) Hey, chief.
Richard: Seems like I'm a little rusty on my B-transfer and rote pass. Dr. Yang here has been kicking my ass all day. (sits down)
Izzie: Oh, I can't imagine that.
George (same time as Izzie): Oh, no.
Richard: No, really. She has. (Cristina is trying not to smirk and remains silent) Of course, speed and precision aren't the most important skills, Dr. Yang. Basics are the key. You need a solid foundation before anything else. (Cristina remains silent. An akward silence falls over the table) Well okay uh, I'll see you back in the lab.
Richard: Enjoy your lunch.
George: You, too.
Izzie: Have a nice day, sir. (Richard walks off)
Cristina: Okay, I really am kicking the Chief's ass! (Meredith comes in)
George: It's not my responsibility. (walks off)
Meredith: That's okay, I can accept rejection. I've got my knitting...
Meredith: ... The weird thing is I just saw my father.
Izzie (slams her hand against the table and looks at Cristina): Oh, that's good. That's so good.
Cristina: Did you meet your sister, too? (Meredith gives her a confused look, where as Izzie gives her a shocked "I can't believe you said that" look)
Lola: You're getting the hang of it.
Meredith: Not really.
Lola: You give up men?
Meredith: No…yes. You know, I don't need to actually see the vet, I just really wanna sit with Doc. I just wanna spend time with my dog.
Finn (comes down the stairs): Hi. I'm Finn Dandridge you must be Dr. Grey, Doc's other owner. We finally meet. Hello. (Meredith starts knitting faster)
(They are playing scrabble, and she is knitting)
Izzie: He's just not George anymore. He's broken George. First he cuts off his hair and then he starts hanging out with this Callie. Wha-is that is not a name, Callie. Who is she anyway? I'm his best friend. Not that he talks to me anymore.
Denny: Triple word score. Sixty-nine points. Woman, I'm beating that pants off of you. Pay attention. What the hell you doin'?
Izzie: I'm making a sweater. Actually, Meredith, that's my friend. The friend that broke George, she is knitting a sweater, she is not really knitting a sweater because she can not knit. But I want her to think she is knitting a sweater because she and I took a celibacy vow. So she is replacing sex with knitting and so I am knitting pieces of Meredith's sweater so, I can switch them out with hers so she can really believe that she is knitting. Because If anybody needs to be celibate it's Meredith because she broke George, you know?
Denny: You took a vow of celibacy?
Denny: How am I supposed to get into your pants if you took a vow of celibacy?
Izzie: That is a very inappropriate thing to say to your doctor.
Denny: You know what's inappropriate? Promising sexual favors to a patient to get him to live and then backing out. (Izzie makes a shocked sound)
Izzie: Denny Douqette I so never, ever promised---
Denny: In my head 'ya did and in my head you delivered. Don't worry you weren't very good.
Izzie (scoffs): Okay, you know what? I was being nice. I was letting you win because you're Mr. Sick-Needs-a-New-Organ guy. But just for that comment I'm gonna kick your ass. (notices the Scrabble board) You put down 'mount', Denny? (he smiles)
(After beating Burke and Cristina at a game)
Callie (to George): Apparently we think alike.
Cristina: Wow, I can't believe you're proud of that.
Beatrice: Study hard. Keep your grades up. Starting next year you're gonna wanna take two AP classes a semester, if you want to get into a decent college.
Amelia: Mom, this is really morbid.
Beatrice: And your Aunt Sue is kinda lazy when it comes to personal hygiene. So, you may have to be the one to remind her when it's time to get your eyebrows waxed or get your hair cut but, eventually, she'll get the routine down.
Amelia: Can we not have this conversation?
Beatrice: Oh, this might sound random but wear underwear with pantyhose. I know it might feel a little bulky but honestly it's a little slutty not to and also that's how you get yeast infections.
Amelia: Mom, this is totally gross.
Beatrice: And marry a kind man. One who's nice to his mother. Now, if he lives with his mother, you run the opposite way.
Amelia: Mom, I'm not getting married.
Beatrice: You will someday, and when that day comes just have one glass of champagne, and then you drink water for the rest of the night because there's nothing tackier than a drunken bride.
Amelia: Mom, I don't… (starts crying) Why are you telling me all this?
Beatrice: Honey, I've been sick for a long time and the doctors don't think that I'm gonna get better.
Amelia (sobbing): No.
Beatrice: Amelia... listen to me, look at me. Amelia. This is important, this one is really the important one. Some day you're gonna have a baby and you're gonna feel overwhelmed by this little life that you're responsible for and you're gonna think and worry that everything you do is wrong, and that's normal. You're gonna obsess about what to feed it, and where to send it to school, and whether it should take violin or piano. But, I'm gonna let you in on a little old secret, it doesn't matter. Whether your kid is a concert pianist or a math genius, it just doesn't matter because at the end of the day all that matters is if your kid is happy. So you're going to feel sad for a little while, and that's okay, that's fine. But don't feel sad forever, okay? You can promise me that? You promise me that you won't feel sad for too long?
Amelia (crying): I promise.
Beatrice (crying): Okay. (they hug) Thank you. That should make me feel much better.
Izzie: Your hair is growing out, which is nice. I still think you should cut it. I could cut it for you ... If we still lived together. Or we could just hang out and talk about stuff ... like your new friend, Callie. She's uh... she's very um…you know, if you like her, I will like her ... eventually.
George: I can't escape her.
George: All I wanna do is forget her, all I wanna do is just escape her. And you know, I can't.
Izzie: You wanna escape Callie? (breathes a sigh of relief) Thank god 'cause she is like a total freak and I'm starting to get really worried about you. (she stops laughing when she sees George's face) Sorry. Who? Oh, Meredith again.
George: Let me tell you something. The minute I tell you what I'm about to tell you this officially becomes your problem. Not mine.
Izzie (confused): Okay?
George: Meredith has a sister.
Thatcher: I spent years studying this board, holding a crying baby. Trying to get an idea of when my wife would be out of surgery. "Appy" takes about an hour. Anything with the word "Cardio" in it and I knew not to plan on seeing her at all that day.
Richard: Thatcher, are you aware of what's going on with Ellis?
Thatcher: You have no right, no right to talk to me about Ellis.
Richard: I'm sorry but I was trying to talk to you about Meredith. ... Thatcher, Ellis has early-onset Alzheimer's. It's advanced. And it's hard on Meredith as you can imagine and I thought you'd want to know.
Thatcher: Oh, hey Doctor O'Malley.
Thatcher: I was looking for you. You were-- (he tries to take a step forward, and George steps in his way blocking him from seeing Meredith who is listening right behind a door) before any one of us starts asking about Meredith you know her... you're her friend?
George: I used to be her roommate.
Thatcher: Oh wow. You know her really well.
George: Uh, yeah pretty well. (shows Meredith listening)
Thatcher: Um... she came to see me a couple of weeks ago and--
George: A couple weeks ago?
Thatcher: Yeah. And I-- I didn't know what to say to her. She looks so-- so much like her mother. Ellis was cold. I mean, I was a coward. I was, I-- I left. But her mother would never let me know her and now I don't know how to know her.
George (pauses): Well, Meredith is anything but cold. She smiles… not that often but when she does, you know, because she's... going through a lot. But... it's-- it's like you feel warm. She's kind. I mean she can be a little selfish, you know, she can be---she's flawed but she's kind. (shows Meredith still listening) She cares about people and uh... she cares about her patients. I think she's going to be a brilliant surgeon you know, and around here she's known as the one to beat. (Thatcher smiles) So I-- I guess she has that in common with her mom but I think the rest of her, I think-- I think the rest of that, she gets from you.
Thatcher: Do-- do you know where she is?
George: I think she left already, but I can tell her you were here if you want me to.
Thatcher: Yeah, okay. Thank you. (they laugh awkwardly)
George: All right. Bye.
Thatcher: Okay. (both walk away)
Meredith (softly): Thank you, George.
Joe: Dude, is she knitting?
Derek: You know, as a friend, I gotta tell ya. You look a little weird.
Meredith: I am making a sweater.
Joe: You're knitting, in a bar. You can't knit in a bar. You're scaring the customers.
Derek: Come on, have a drink.
Meredith: I can't have a drink, I'm celibate.
Joe: You mean sober? She means sober.
Meredith: No, celibate. I'm practicing celibacy and drinking does not go well with celibacy, because it makes everything and everyone seem kinda porny. And then my head gets cloudy and the next thing you know, I'm naked. And my point is that I'm celibate and knitting is good for surgical dexterity. So I'm making a sweater.
Derek: You celibate? I just don't buy it.
Meredith: No more men.
Addison (walks up): No more men? Really? You? (Derek gives her a look) I'm--I'm asking we're friends.
Meredith: Every guy I meet turns out to be married.
Derek (makes face): Ooh! Ouch. (Addison laughs)
Meredith: Sorry. Or Mark.
Addison: Okay, I'm gonna go over there now. (walks away)
Meredith: Sorry. Or remember the horrible thing I did? Remember George?
Derek: You're making a sweater.
Meredith: I am making a sweater.
Meredith: I need some bones to break.
Meredith: Some bones to break, something to smash, can you help me with that, please?
Callie: Um... you can clean up this cast crap if you want. (Meredith starts smashing it up, pounding it while Izzie and Callie stare) Is she freaking out?
Izzie: No, uh-uh. She's fine. (Meredith starts hitting the cast harder) She's great. So, George, he's really, really your type, huh?
Callie: You don't see him. Either of you, you don't see him. He's just George to you. He's just O'Malley, he's your roommate. (Meredith continues to smash)
Izzie: You don't have to get all up---
Callie: He makes my world stop. George O'Malley is sweet and kind and smart and strong. And he makes my world stop so you shut up about him. (Meredith stops smashing) Don't forget to clean it up, when you're done smashing. (Callie leaves)
Izzie: Holy crap, George is her McDreamy.
Original International Air Dates:
Bulgaria: July 25, 2006 on bTV
Spain: September 19, 2006 on Cuatro
Australia: September 25, 2006 on Channel 7
The Netherlands: November 7, 2006 on Net 5
UK: December 21 2006 on Living TV.
Norway: January, 9 2007 on TV2
Sweden: January 9, 2007 on Kanal 5
Croatia: April 2, 2007 on NOVA TV
Finland: April 4, 2007 on Nelonen
Italy: April 27, 2007 on Italia 1
Ireland: July 3, 2007 on RTE2
Romania: August 7, 2007 on TVR1
Music Featured In This Episode:
1. Girl, You Shout! by Dressy Bessy plays when Meredith is knitting in the bar
2. Crazy by Gnarls Barkley plays when George, Cristina and Izzie are eating lunch, talking about George's patient's "family"
3. C'mon Yeah by The Sunshine plays when Chief beating Cristina
4. Wreck Of The Day (Acoustic) by Anna Nalick plays when Thatcher stares at the OR Board
5. The Fear You Won't Fall by Joshua Radin plays when George finds out where Callie lives
Webber: They call me Doctor Webber!
This is a play on the famous line, "They call me Mister Tibbs!" from the 1967 movie In the Heat of the Night. It stars Sidney Poitier.
Episode Title: Name of the Game
This episode is named after the song title by the band Abba.
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