Grey's Anatomy

Season 3 Episode 7

Where the Boys Are

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 2006 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: The boy who swallows the Monopoly pieces says that he swallowed mostly houses and hotels, but he also swallowed the thimble, the race car, and the shoe. However, when Izzie is digging through his stool, she finds the dog piece. He never said he swallow the dog, so why does she find it?

  • Quotes

    • Meredith: You came back.
      Nikki Gibson: I came back. Did the surgery go well?
      Meredith: Slaon did a great job.
      Nikki Gibson: I was heading home. I was on my way to the airport. And then, you no you asked before why I came back the first time? You know I tried not to? I went on dates. I had alot of great first dates with guys who were planning to stay guys.(laughs) But you know you have a great date and you want to go home and tell your best friend about it. well my best friend is Daniel. Donna. And then you have a few bad dates and. Shes my best friend, She knows me, She loves me, Shes my husband. I know it sounds crazy. My family thinks I'm crazy. But you don't abandon someone just because there's baggage. You know?
      Meredith: Yeah.
      Nikki Gibson: At the end of the the day it's Donna even when she hurts me. Even when I hate her.
      Meredith: She's who you want to talk to.

    • Meredith: You are a complete and total whore.
      Mark: Maybe, but I'm more fun than Derek!

    • Sydney: I lost a kid, my first year. It was my fault, and I just couldn't- So I had a break down, they gave me time off and when I came back I put a smile on my face and everybody thought I was fine. I lost a kid. It comes in waves Izzie. There's a lull and then another wave hits you. I wasn't trying to pry. I just wanted you to know that it's okay not to be fine sometimes.
      Izzie: I miss him. All the time I miss him. It's not waves, it's constant. All the time. And I walk through the doors of this hospital and I want to be here, I do, but I... I don't know if I can be a surgeon again and I can't talk about it because it scares me too much.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): As surgeons, we are trained to look for disease. Sometimes the problem is easily detected, most of the time we need to go step by step. First, probing the surface looking for any sign of trouble. Most of the time, we can't tell what's wrong with somebody by just looking at them. After all, they can look perfectly fine on the outside, while their insides tell a whole other story.

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): Not all wounds are superficial. Most wounds run deeper than you can imagine. You can't see them with the naked eye. And then there are the wounds that take us by surprise. The trick with any kind of wound or disease is to dig down and find the real source of the pain - and once you've found it, try like hell to heal that sucker.

    • Alex: So are you getting back with Callie?
      George: Yes.
      Alex: Trust me, man, I really don't think you wanna do that.
      George: Really?
      Alex: Really.
      George: I guess when I get back I'm gonna tell her that we shouldn't see each other anymore and when she asks "why" I'm just gonna say: "Well, Alex Karev thinks that our relationship isn't such a good idea." You think that'll do the trick?

    • Meredith: Guess what I'm doing today: Removing a man's penis.
      Cristina: What? An SRS? (Meredith nods) Seriously?
      Meredith: He's uh… she, she's one of Sloan's patients.
      Cristina: Ugh. I should be the one turning a penis into a vagina. That should be my penis.
      Izzie (walks up): I have to hide! Sydney. She's my peer counsellor. (Meredith and Cristina look puzzled) 'Heal with Love' Sydney.
      Meredith and Cristina: Oh. (they make disgusted faces) Eewww.

    • Derek: This was my camping trip. I was going to come alone.
      Burke: So, then why did you invite me?
      Derek: Because. It's a guy trip. You know, mountain men.
      Burke: You don't have any friends, do you?
      Derek: Of course I have friends.
      Burke: Guy friends?
      Derek: Yes! (pause) I just need peace.. space. I have a right to space. And you go and invite half the hospital.
      Burke: That's because I have guy friends.

    • Richard: I don't condone fighting. I don't like fighting. I think it is pointless and foolish. But you two idiots seem content to beat the hell out of each other. So, if you're gonna do it, you're gonna do it by my rules.
      George: Rules?!
      Richard: Yes, O'Malley, rules. To help protect your hands so you don't do irreparable damage to them. Damage that could end your careers before they've even started. Now, keeping that in mind, we're gonna do open handed combat.
      George & Alex: A slap fight?! (shows Derek and Burke sitting on a rock watching)
      Derek: This is ridiculous. Karev's gonna kill 'em.
      Burke: Not necessarily (cuts back to the Richard explaining the rules)
      Richard: Open handed combat. There will be no scratching, no punching, no kicking, no wrestling moves of any kind. Now any questions?
      George: That doesn't leave us with much. (cuts back to Derek and Burke watching Alex and George slap fight)
      Burke: O'Malley's a scrapper.
      Derek: A scrapper? He's going to destroy him.
      Burke: He's tougher than he looks. Silent but deadly.
      Derek: This is immature and stupid. I'd think you'd agree with me.
      Burke: Then lay off some steam. This is why you don't have any guy friends.
      Derek: This is why I should've come alone.

    • Meredith: Derek's camping. Taking time. Getting space.
      Cristina: Prestons do not go into the woods. A guy named Preston is gonna get his ass kicked by a squirrel.
      Izzie: It's basically a slumber party, they do it outside, we do it inside. That's really the only difference.
      Mark (walking up): You seen what's-his-face?
      Izzie: Alex Karev.
      Mark: Poor bastard seems to get a thrill out of tagging along after me. (laughs)
      Meredith: He's camping.
      Mark: In that case, how would you like to get a thrill out of tagging along after me?

    • Mark: So this could be just a drink or this could be more than just a drink.
      Meredith: I cannot start something with you.
      Mark: You could. (pauses) Start over, Meredith. Start fresh.

    • Addison: So, you're sleeping with Sloan?
      Callie (sighs): Was.
      Addison: Me too, was. Was it just a hail storm of self loathing and misery?
      Callie (laughs): Yeah.

    • Cristina: So basically, you're getting paid to look at penises all day.
      Meredith: I'm studying for Sloan's reassignment surgery.
      Cristina: You like McSteamy?
      Meredith: Yes. I mean, no... no, not like that. Just--- you know, he thinks I'm better off without Derek's baggage he thinks that there's too much history there. But maybe in his own sick twisted way, he's just trying to protect me.
      Cristina: Protect you? Maybe. (pauses) Hey, um…uh, when your mother was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's, why didn't you tell anyone?
      Meredith: Oh, she asked me not to. Why?
      Cristina: So you think it was right to keep her secret?
      Meredith: Yes, why?
      Cristina: Even if it meant that you had to fish crap out of a toilet all day and probably for years to come?
      Meredith: Okay, rewind, start from the beginning. Whose secret are you keeping? (Cristina gets paged)

    • Burke: So-- that Mark Sloan, he's bad news, huh?
      Derek: Like a cancer: He affects everybody. We're three hours away from Seattle and still he affects everything. You know, I thought if I'd just get away by myself, I'd get some answers. A fresh start.
      Richard: Fresh starts? No such thing.
      Derek: Any other words of wisdom there, Chief?
      Richard: I'm living in a hotel. I buy most of my clothes from the hotel gift store and my wife won't speak to me.
      Burke: Oh, don't look at me. I came out here for the same reason you did. I have no wisdom. There is no wisdom here.
      Derek: So in other words, we're all a bunch of idiots.

    • Alex: I just came out here to have some fun. Then the guy gets all over me about what I'm wearing. Just rubs me the wrong way.
      Richard: You're on a camping trip. You're supposed to be enjoying the great outdoors.
      Alex (sighs): You know I grew up in a bar? Literally in a bar. The guy was always doing one or two things in there. Playing music or drinking. Dude never even took me to the park. I just figured this was my chance to get out with the guys but the one time I try---
      Richard: You wanted to be a different person.

    • Eric: Man, I thought my brother and I had problems. But you two are morons.
      Cristina: Okay, well, swallowing Monopoly pieces wasn't exactly a genius move. You could've really hurt yourself.
      Eric: Well, I didn't did I? Now my mom's gonna make my brother let me play Monopoly all I want.
      Cristina: And that makes you smart?
      Eric: You're fishing through my poop. How smart does that make you?

    • George: Have you ever been camping before?
      Alex: What?
      George: T-shirt and sneakers? Ha, you'll freeze your ass off.
      Alex: So? I'm wearing a jacket.
      George: Just do me a favor. Don't come crawling to me in the middle of the night and huddle for warmth.

    • George: What are you doing? You don't use bait when you're casting. It's gonna fall off before it hits the water. (picks up fishing box) Here -- what are you? Here, here, here….
      Alex: She's sleeping with Sloan, dude.
      George: What?
      Alex: Callie. She's sleeping with Sloan.
      George: No, she's not.
      Alex: Yes. Torres is doing Sloan.
      George (drops fishing case loudly): You better take that back.

    • Bailey: Izzie, you're spending the day with a peer counselor.
      Izzie: Isn't that like a shrink? The hospital is already making me see a shrink.
      Bailey: Go. See your peer, get counseled.

    • Meredith: So, what happens with Donna now?
      Mark: She goes back to being an unhappy man who's stuck with a penis. There are millions of us out there.
      Meredith: You're unhappy with you penis?
      Mark: I could be a lot less unhappy. Maybe it's good that he's taking some space…maybe you two aren't meant to be together. Look, Derek, on the outside he holds it all together but ---he's damaged goods, Meredith. It's my fault, I damaged him, maybe forever. Do you really wanna drink from a poisoned well, Meredith?

    • Burke: How are you and uh, Dr. Torres doing these days?
      George: Good. She doesn't know it yet, but we are. Excellent really. For a while uh, she wanted uh, a certain level of commitment, and I just didn't feel that way. I was rea-- Now I am though.
      Burke: So you're stepping up.
      George: I am stepping up. You knew right? It was the right time with you and Cristina?
      Burke: Right.

    • (Examining Jamie, who fell and broke her wrist)
      Callie: She isn't on any meds for the pain?
      Addison: She refused. She's toughin' it out.
      Callie (to Jamie): Oh, don't do that. Don't tough it out, just say "yes."

    • Izzie (flushes toilet and examines stool): Couple of houses and the dog. That's nine pieces so far. I love the dog. I'm always the dog when I play Monopoly.

    • Mark: So you and Derek, you guys together or -- Just answer the question and I'll stop asking.
      Meredith: Derek and I are taking some space.
      Mark: You're taking some space from each other, or he's takin' some space from you?
      Meredith: Derek and I-- there's just a lotta water under the thing or whatever.

    • George: I just said that we needed an extra tent, maybe Joe misunderstood--
      Joe: Hey, you wanna follow us? Or should we follow you?
      Derek (mutters): This is unbelievable.
      Alex (walks in): Hey, guys.
      George (to Derek): That wasn't me, I swear.

    • (Picking up everyone before they go camping)
      Richard: You know this is my first camping trip?
      Derek: Oh, you don't say. (Richard walks away) So Preston, any more little surprises?

    • (Bailey assigns Cristina to monitor the boy who ate the Monopoly pieces and sift through his stool)
      Cristina: Dr Bailey, isn't this more of a nurse's job?
      Bailey: Are you too good to help that boy?
      Cristina (scoffs): Yes... No. Definitely not. I just thought I'd be of more help if I was assisting you in a surgery.
      Bailey: No surgeries for you.
      Cristina: I'm sorry, I don't understand.
      Bailey: I don't understand why you erased my name from the OR board.
      Cristina: No, I, uh, don't know what you're talking about.
      Bailey: Don't do that. Don't give me that fake, confused look. It irritates me. You know exactly what I'm talking about. You erased my name from Burke's Humpty-Dumpty surgery. I know it and you know it. What I don't know is why.
      Cristina: I... have no comment.
      Bailey: No surgeries, Yang.

    • Richard: It's a good looking tent, Joe... um, you and Walter got room for one more?
      Joe: I thought you would be sleeping with one of the doctors.
      Richard: Preston's already got O'Malley for a roommate, and... um... just between you and me, those others tents are pretty puny.
      Joe: Well, Walter and I sort of wanted to share this one, just the two of us... (pause)... but I guess if you really want to.
      Alex: Chief, I don't think you really...
      Richard: They've offered, Karev.
      George: Chief, they want to be... alone.
      Richard: Oooh! So you are, um... That's wonderful! Man love! It's beautiful, it's beautiful. My cousin is gay, so um... I'm hip. Brokeback Mountain, all of that.
      Burke: Who's ready to go fishing?
      Richard: Uh, me!

    • Derek (extends his hand): Hi, I'm Derek Shepherd.
      Meredith (laughs): What are you doing?
      Derek: We met at this bar, you remember? We met and we, well you said I'm just a girl. I said I'm just a guy, and we started this thing. We started this thing. You didn't know anything about me. The good, the bad, wife. You didn't even know my name. You didn't know me. I want you to know me. I want to start over from the beginning. So, hi. Derek Shepherd.
      Meredith: You walked away, and now it's too late. There's too much water under the thing or whatever-
      Derek (interupting): Meredith. Please.
      Meredith: Hi, I'm Meredith Grey.
      Derek: Very nice to meet you, Meredith.
      Meredith: It's nice to meet you.

    • Addison: Happy people should have happy things happen to them.

    • Mark: People don't come to me to fix what's on the outside. They come to me to fix what's on the inside. So if that means giving someone a straighter nose, or bigger breasts, or if that helps a person get by. I don't run. I don't hide. I don't take space.

    • Izzie (to Sydney): I would rather sift through feces than talk to you.

    • (Addison is crying in the bathroom)
      Callie: Don't make me climb over this stall. I'll do it but I'll be really pissed cause I don't know you that well.

    • Meredith: Okay, before you start, there are rules to this friendship thing or whatever.
      Mark: The dirty mistresses club has rules? Gosh, you'd think a bunch of dirty mistresses would be a little less uptight about things like rules.
      Meredith: Number one, no flirting. Second, no talking about Derek. And C, no giving me the face.
      Mark: The face?
      Meredith: The McSteamy face. It doesn't work on me. I'm immune.
      Mark: You know if I'd gone off to the woods I would have invited you to keep me warm.
      Meredith: Breaking rules one, two, and three.

    • Derek: Getting away, getting out of the city. Men being men. Mountain men in the wild.

    • Richard: Joe and Walter got tired of not catching any fish. They went for a hike. What do you make of that?
      Burke: Joe and Walter?
      Richard: Oh! No, no, no. Joe and Walter are great. I mean that we've not caught any fish. Any theories?
      Derek: Just one: Fish generally don't like to go where there's a lot of noise.

    • Izzie: You have sun screen? Insect repellant? Oh, and you're going to need a shovel to bury your poop.
      George: Izzie, I'm not five. Zip me up? (Izzie zips up his jacket) And if Callie calls, would you tell her--- (realizes Burke, Derek and the Chief looking on) Tell her I'm a mountain man. I'm a man of mountain. Right, Dr. Burke?
      Burke (to Derek): Okay, him I invited.
      George: Izzie baked us treats. (everyone leaves except Derek)
      Meredith: Have fun with your space... or whatever.

    • Cristina: You're going camping?
      Burke: Uh, with Shepherd, yes.
      Cristina: With the sleeping on the ground and everyone peeing behind the same bush?
      Burke: Fresh air.
      Cristina: You have back to back passages, I booked the OR's.
      Burke: I cancelled the OR's.
      Cristina: Why?
      Burke: Because I'm going camping with Shepherd.
      Cristina: But, why?

  • Notes

    • The run-time for this episode is about 45 minutes without commercials, while most episodes are around 43 minutes long.

    • Awards and Nominations:
      This episode won the Outstanding Individual Episode Award at the 2007 GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) awards.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: February 19, 2007 on Net 5
      Spain: March 8, 2007 on Cuatro
      Brazil: March 19, 2007 on Sony Entertainment Television
      New Zealand: March 22, 2007 on TV2.
      Italy: March 19, 2007 on Foxlife
      Australia: April 15th 2007 on Channel 7
      Israel: April 23, 2007 on Yes Stars 1
      Switzerland: April 23, 2007 on SF 2
      Sweden: April 25, 2007 on Kanal 5
      France: June 5, 2007 on TF1
      Great Britain: July 5, 2007 on Livingtv
      Ireland: August 14, 2007 on RTE Two
      Norway: September 25, 2007 on TV2
      Finland: October 10, 2007 on Nelonen
      Croatia: October 22, 2007 on NOVA TV
      Romania: March 4th, 2008 on TVR1
      India: April 27, 2008 on Star World

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. There Is So Much More by Brett Dennen plays when Burke's packing
      2. Think I'm In Love by Beck plays at the beginning of the episode
      3. Tell Me What To Do by Jim Noir plays when Callie and Addison are making eyes at Mark
      4. Make Right With You by Luke Temple plays when the guys are fishing
      5. Greedy by Inara George plays when Donna's finding out she can't have surgery
      6. Something In The Water by The Jealous
      Girlfriends plays at the start of open-handed combat
      7. It's Time by Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys plays during open-handed comabt
      8. 12:59 Lullaby by Bedouin Soundclash plays when Alex is talking to Webber about life and Burke's telling George his standards are too high
      9. A Cold Wind Will Blow Through Your Door by Bill Ricchini plays when Derek, Webber and Burke are fishing
      10. Vikingman by Roderigo Y Gabriela plays when Sloan and Meredith are having a drink

  • Allusions

    • Chief: the Brokeback Mountain thing...

      The movie Brokeback Mountain, directed by Ang Lee, talks about the tragic story about two men who love each other.

    • Joe: You're doing some kind of crazy MacGyver surgery in the middle of the woods I want what's best for my guy.

      A reference to the television show MacGyver that aired from 1985-1992. MacGyver was able to use ingenuity to fix or remedy a problem using only the tools available at hand.

    • Episode Title: Where the Boys Are

      Where the Boys Are is a song by Connie Francis.