Grey's Anatomy

Season 4 Episode 12

Where The Wild Things Are

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 24, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Time, specifically six weeks, has passed but sexual angst still runs rampant in the halls of Seattle Grace. Derek and Rose have been dating. Meredith has noticed the activities of her current off-again ex-boyfriend. George and Lexie are getting used to their new apartment. The doctors are in the midst of a competition when a man arrives at the hospital after having survived an attack by a bear. Erica Hahn makes a friend.moreless

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  • It SUCKED and it was confusing, but somehow it reminded me of the (good ol') general background of season 2.

    The episode started and I couldn't understand anything. They were going to fast and it was all confusing. They kept on taking everything for granted...leaving the audience in a maze.

    Two things worthy of this episode: Lexie stealing everything. I don't condome stealing, but in this case Lexie's situation was tender and funny. Then, the fact that Meredith decided to take on therapy was great, and a sign of wanting a change.

    The rest... ouch.

    I don't condome experiments on humans! Patients in this episode were like lab rats, one being given any test existing on the planet, for what? A couple of points? Is that more important than a patient's welfare? Then you have the other case, in wich Mer says "tumor!" as if she had won the lottery.

    We are all animals, but in this episode they forgot about the humanity. Our interests should not harm the rest; this episode teached us the exact opposite.moreless
  • Derek and Meredith should be together at last!!!

    Derek and Meredith should be together at last!!!I can´t see Derek and Meredith apart anymore. I´m very tired of that. They supposed to be together by now, she loves him and he loves her, they are perfect to eich other...Derek and Meredith should be together at last!!!That´s all i have to say. I really don´t like Rose woman, she´s grrrrr. Anyway, Derek and Meredith should be together at last!!!Derek and Meredith should be together at last!!!Derek and Meredith should be together at last!!!Derek and Meredith should be together at last!!!Derek and Meredith should be together at last!!!Derek and Meredith should be together at last!!!Derek and Meredith should be together at last!!!Derek and Meredith should be together at last!!!Derek and Meredith should be together at last!!!Derek and Meredith should be together at last!!!Derek and Meredith should be together at last!!!moreless
  • very good episode. do

    this episode started off really funny. with merideth christina and izzie running around amuck for the cntest they are having. they have been in the hospital non stop for days and will do anyhting to win. they fight over patients to win points. izzie takes this guy who fainted and tries to solve this medical mystery, but ends up putting him through hell for nothing. which may i add was a pretty funny scene. christina gives up winning the contest to help hahn in surgery, which was a bold move. derek and rose are dating, but GASP, they arent having sex. and sloane doesnt like it. and meredith wont even go near derek. and finally lexie does some decorating, with hospital supplies, that whole scenario was so funny. and in the end it looked really good. overall, this was a really good episode.moreless
  • It was a good episode, but it had room for improvement.

    Izzie: She gets a patient who has a sprained ankle, sounds like a sprained ankle right? Well, Izzie sees, medical mystery and it causes this man a whole lot of money on medical tests and worst of all, fear. Competition can do a lot to people can't it? Izzie was entertaining in this episode mainly because she wasn't whining a lot.

    Christina: She continues to make sacrifices so that she can get more involved with Dr. Hahn and cardio. It may have caused her a lot of problems, but she's starting to gain from giving up. Christina is great, I have always loved Christina, but I think this episode failed to portray her very well, it showed her, but it was lacking.

    Meredith: She's still copping over the fact that Derek is seeing Rose, which just sickens me. She's just really boring when she is talking about Derek and all of that, in fact, I wonder if she would even be less boring if she didn't do all those things.

    Derek and Rose: They get closer and closer as the days pass, but someone isn't in approval of them seeing each other (other than Meredith of course, her opinion doesn't matter), it is no other than Mark Sloan. Uhmmm... all of Derek's relationships bore me. More Christina and Bailey please!moreless
  • awesome!!!!! this is why we watch the show!!!

    i think this eppisode was awesome considering it was right after that painful writers strike. it was exiting, but i only rated it a nine because after i saw this eppisode, i saw the preview of next week and think its going to be way better. derek and meredith should be together, everybody knows that but it may take some time (and maybe some jelp from mark) for derek to relize hes got the wrong girl. i also think christina is funny in this one because she is obsessing over the fact that callie and Hohn are friends! this is a really good eppisode.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

Jason O'Mara

Jason O'Mara

Phillip Robinson

Guest Star

Cheech Marin

Cheech Marin

Otis Sharon

Guest Star

Clea DuVall

Clea DuVall

Jennifer Robinson

Guest Star

Lauren Stamile

Lauren Stamile

Nurse Rose

Recurring Role

Amy Madigan

Amy Madigan

Dr. Katharine Wyatt

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (32)

    • Cristina (about Rose): She's wretched and mean.
      Meredith: No, she's not.
      Izzie: You know, I heard one of the nurses sayng they've only been on five dates.
      Cristina: Yeah 'cause Derek knows she's wretched and mean.
      George (walks up, to Izzie): What did you do to your hair?
      Meredith: You guys, I know you're trying to make me feel better but I have to tell you, this pausing to talk about Rose and Derek just means...
      Cristina: Yeah?
      Meredith (starts running): I'm gonna win! (laughs)
      Izzie: You bitch. (Cristina and Izzie chase after Mereidth. To George) Keeping it clean was getting in the way of the contest so I chopped it off last night. It makes me faster and sleeker like a cheetah.
      George: You chopped off all your hot hair for a stupid contest?
      Izzie: It's not stupid. Rock star contest. Best contest ever. You should try living in the hospital for two straight weeks, George, it's amazing.
      Cristina: This contest is for residents only.
      George: Yes, I know that.
      Izzie: It doesn't mean that he still can't live here. I feel juiced and alive and my brain is clicking. I have never been more on my game.
      Meredith: I'm kinda sad the contest ends tonight.
      Cristina: I'm not. I want that prize.
      George: What prize?
      Izzie: Bailey won't tell us. But I want it, I want it. I want it bad.
      Meredith: Too bad you're never gonna get it.
      Izzie: So on my game!

    • Bailey: What Stevens is the only one working today?
      Cristina: No, we're all workin' we got paged.
      Bailey: For the ankle, it's gone. Now you're trollin' for traumas?
      Meredith: Somebody could come in any minute with a critical injury. We're being proactive.
      Alex: We're helping people.
      Bailey: You're trolling. You're trolling and I got no one on post-op and pre-op. Move!

    • Bailey: Why did we do a spinal tap on an ankle fracture?
      Izzie: He's getting the full work up.
      Bailey: How many points?
      Izzie: What?
      Bailey: Look me in the eyes and tell me you are not putting this man through painful and unnecessary procedures because you're trying to win a contest.

    • Meredith: You could take care of the wife's scalp. She needs lots of complex sutures. You could get lots of complex practice.
      George: Isn't that like a point a suture? You don't want that?
      Meredith: This is bigger than a broken hand. He provoked a bear and then drove himself to the hospital.
      George: He was in shock.
      Meredith: He married his rebound girl.
      George: What?
      Meredith: He married his rebound girl. After only knowing her for ten days. Nobody does that. Who does that? I'm thinkin' brain tumor.
      George: I got married in the spur of the moment and I don't have a brain tumor.
      Meredith: That you know of.
      George: I'll do the scalp.
      Meredith: You will?
      George: Am I gonna watch you try to turn a broken hand into a neuro problem just to uh... get some extra points? Nope.
      Meredith: It's not about the points.
      George: Am I gonna watch you try to turn a broken hand into a neuro problem just so that you can talk to Shepherd? (laughs) Nope.

    • Izzie: What am I missing? What am I missing?
      George: Oh.
      Izzie: What?
      George (points at the book): Right there.
      Izzie: Where?
      George: See?
      Izzie: No.
      George: Well, the fact that you're doing unnecessary medical procedures to win a contest. No! Oh my God, the fact that you and Meredith are both doing unnecessary medical procedures to win a contest.
      Izzie: Meredith has a medical mystery?
      George: No, she doesn't.
      Izzie: Something is wrong. You wanna know how I know that?
      George: No.
      Izzie: Great doctors have that extra instinct, George. They just know.
      George: Great doctors, they know when to stop.
      Izzie: I have to have that instinct, George. Because my instincts lately? Very bad. Really bad. They told me to go for cardio. They told me to have sex with a married man.
      George: Ow.
      Izzie: They are not serving me well. I am in danger of going extinct if this keeps up. I am going to win this contest. If for no other reason than I have to win it.

    • Izzie: I need a butterfly needle, a vacutainer and maybe an LP kit. I'm 26 points behind so I need it fast.
      Lexie: Why? What do you got, somethin' good?
      Izzie: A sprained ankle.
      George (scoffs): You get 26 points for a sprained ankle?
      Izzie: Last time, Callie treated what we thought was a sprained ankle, it turned out that the patient was malnourishe, had a perforated ulcer and died on the table.
      George: That's the best case scenario.
      Izzie: Not the death part, George. The medical mystery part. It's 80 points for solving a medical mystery. The holy grail of the competition.

    • Richard: There's a contest going on.
      Bailey: Sir?
      Richard: Your residents. They've been living in the hospital around-the-clock for the last 14 days. Engaged in a surgical contest, with a points system.
      Bailey: I don't know what you're talking about. (they see Izzie, Cristina and Meredith run by) They're committed. It's commitment.
      Richard: It's a lion fight.
      Bailey: Okay, I have one baby to get to daycare. I have 50 residents on my watch. Four surgeries on my schedule. The lions can fight all they want. I'm not a zookeeper.
      Richard: Keep your animals under control.
      Bailey: Yes, sir.

    • Bailey: Did you just yell at the Chief?
      Alex: S-Sorry, sir.
      Bailey: Oh, I should just end this competition right now.
      Alex, Cristina and Richard: No!
      Richard: I mean, uh-- it's fine. Actually they're doing some nice work. 23, she's beating the pants off of you, Karev.
      Alex: Don't you have to update to deliever?
      Cristina: Hahn can wait a couple minutes.
      Bailey: Yang. (Cristina leaves, to Richard) I thought you told me to keep the animals under control.
      Richard: From time to time, I like to go to the zoo.

    • Richard: I'm sorry to say that one of you have several hundred stitches ahead of you.
      Alex & Cristina: I'll do it.
      Cristina: I need the practice.
      Alex: Your stitches are flawless, I need the work.
      Cristina: They are flawless because I practice.
      Bailey: Karev, it's yours.
      Alex: Yes!
      Cristina: Come on.
      Bailey: You need update Hahn on the condition of the patient hourly.
      Cristina: That is a minute an hour. I can suture for the other 59.
      Bailey: Fine, you both do it.
      Alex: That's not fair.
      Bailey: This man was a chew toy for a grizzley bear, they'll be plenty to go around.
      Richard: A lot of enthusiasm for an afternoon of stitching.
      Cristina: Some people find it boring. I value the fundamentals.
      Bailey (to Richard): It's a point a suture. (to Cristina) Kiss ass.

    • Cristina: You came in with Dr. Hahn?
      Callie: Erica? Yeah. We went out last night and then it got kind of late with the dancing and the... Anyway, we never made it home, so we hitched a ride here.
      Cristina: You're hangin' out with Dr. Hahn?
      Callie: Erica. Yes.
      Cristina: So, you and Hahn are friends?
      Callie: Erica. Yeah.
      Cristina (to Izzie): See, this is the downside to the contest. I'm stuck here all the time and Callie's living in my apartment and hanging out with Hahn.
      Izzie: I bet that they're trying to pick up guys. I'm past that. I'm so glad that I don't need guys. I don't need sex. Cause this competition is my orgasm.
      Cristina: You know, maybe I could be hanging out with Hahn.
      Izzie: Cristina, would you focus? It is so much more fun kicking your ass when you focus.

    • Callie: Whoa. Where's the fire?
      Cristina: Can't talk now, gotta kick Karev's ass suturing. (stops running) Since when are you friends with my mentor?
      Callie: A: She's not your mentor because she treats you like crap and B: If you weren't living in the hospital like a dog, you would've noticed that Erica and I have been friends for a while.
      Cristina: You put in a good word for me, right?
      Callie: We don't talk about you.
      Cristina: I let you live with me.
      Callie: He's in the elevator.
      Cristina: Who?
      Callie: Alex. (Cristina runs to get on the elevator with Alex)

    • Erica: Can you make sure that I'm getting hourly updates?
      Cristina: I'd be more than happy to update you on his condition.
      Erica: Fine. (leaves)
      Alex: You don't get points for sucking up to an attending, Yang.

    • Erica: Dr. Yang, what are you racing around for?
      Cristina: Uh, no reason.
      Erica: No reason? Not because you're running towards the finish line of this surgical contest?
      Cristina: Oh, that. Yes.
      Erica: Are you winning?
      Cristina: Yes, once I finish my sutures on Mr. Robinson.
      Erica: Oh, that's too bad. I was going to let you watch me put Mrs. Witkowsky's new valve in. But if a contest is more important than a cardiac surgery, so be it.
      Cristina: I'd be happy to watch, Dr. Hahn.

    • Richard: You're an underdog, aren't you, Karev?
      Alex: Sir?
      Richard: It's not that you don't have the skills, you have the skills. But you're scrappy, you're a fighter. I like that. I always root for the underdog.
      Alex: I'm a fighter, but I'm no underdog. Like this guy here. He didn't provoke that bear, his brother did it. Now he's here fighting for his life, paying for someone else's mistakes. It doesn't make him an underdog. It just.. Well, it makes him hve to work harder to overcome the cards he got dealt.

    • Meredith (after winning): Some how I thought I'd enjoy this more.
      Izzie: Oh, well, give it to me then.
      Alex: Don't give it to her. Give it to me.
      Cristina: Oh, shut up. It's hers. She's the winner. She's not going to give it to you. (whispers to Meredith) Give it to me.

    • Derek (seeing Rose with flowers): What is this? Is this a hint? I should be getting you more gifts.
      Rose: A grateful patient gave them to me. But since you're asking, I do like a nice box of chocolates.
      Derek: You're gonna die of a diabetic coma and I don't wanna be a part of it.
      Rose: Cheapskate.

    • Mark (about Rose): What do you see in her? Is it the hot sex? Is she an animal? Is she a bobcat?
      Derek: Mark.
      Mark: Come on. Lady on the streets, tramp in the sheets, am I right?
      Derek: Oh, yeah. She's amazing. Hot. Sweaty. Very, very, hot, dirty, sweaty sex.
      Mark: You haven't slept with her yet, have you?
      Derek: She's waiting until we're serious. She has morals, she's a lady. Besides, you know what's better than sex?
      Mark: What?
      Derek: Anticipation.

    • Lexie: It's not that bad. Once we get rid of the roaches, the apartment...
      George: Ah, the crap-partment.
      Lexie: George, this is our home. We'll fix it up.
      George: With what money?
      Lexie: We'll figure it out. But I like it here. I would like it here so much more if you would like it here, too.

    • Mr. Robinson (after he was mulled by a bear): You're going to put me under?
      Erica: Sir, trust me, it'll be the best thing that's happened to you all day.

    • Lexie: I could do a lot with these.
      George: It's an underpad. It soaks up urine.
      Lexie: Or it could be a place-mat.

    • Mark (to Meredith): Don't worry. He and Rose won't last.

    • Alex: What are you doing here? You spent three hours watching surgery. That's three points.
      Cristina: Well, I'm trusting that you guys screwed up enough that it won't matter.
      Izzie: I could still win. I could. I did get a lot of points today.
      Alex (to Meredith): What's the matter with you? Where's the trash talk, Charles Barkley?
      Cristina: She knows that I'm the best. (Bailey walks up)
      Izzie: Who won?
      Bailey: Congratulations...
      Izzie: Who won?
      Bailey: Dr. Grey. The guy from the bear attack had a brain tumor, Grey caught it. 80 points for solving a medical mystery put her over the top.
      Cristina: I could've found a tumor.
      Bailey: But 'ya didn't. You chose to scrub in with Hahn and watch for three points. Now congratulate Dr. Grey. (they all mutter it, Meredith turns to leave) Hey, don't you want your prize?
      Izzie: Ooh. A shiny pager.
      Bailey: A sparkle pager.
      Cristina: What's so great about a glitter pager?
      Bailey: A sparkle pager. It is special. It is surgery's holy grail. Passed down from resident to resident, now it belongs to Dr. Grey. For the next three months whenever you all get a surgery, you have to page this pager, and if Grey wants your surgery, she has the right to take it from you. (hands her the pager) Enjoy the power, Dr. Grey. Now may I recommend you all go home? You smell, you're greasy, you need to bathe and I'm sick of lookin' at you.

    • Cristina: Intestines in the hands! Intestines in the hands!
      Bailey: Did you just say-
      Cristina: Intestines in the hands!

    • Izzie: I'm just catching up on some paper work.
      Richard: I guess it piled up on you during the contest.
      Izzie: You know about that?
      Richard: I know about Otis Sharon and the 120,000 dollars worth of unnecessary tests you ordered.
      Izzie: Yeah. Well... I lost. And I put that man through hell for absolutly no reason at all. I was a bad doctor today with bad instincts and I deserved to lose. I don't even know why I bothered competing in this stupid contest.
      Richard: So, I don't need to yell?
      Izzie: You should. You can. But you don't need to.
      Richard: Okay. (turns to leave, but doesn't) Stevens?
      Izzie: Yes, sir?
      Richard: My year? I lost by two points.
      Izzie: You...
      Richard: You didn't invent the contest. Chin up. Put your shoulders back, walk proud, strut a little. Don't lick your wounds: celebrate them. The scars you bear are the signs of a competitor. You're in a lion fight, Stevens. Just because you didn't win doesn't mean you don't know how to roar.

    • Lexie: Before you say anything, before you say a word, just hear me out. I know it's not much and I know it's all stolen. It's all stolen and hospital-y and stolen. You can turn me in if you want to, report me for stealing, 'cause obviously now I'm a thief. I've never shoplifted a piece of gum before and now I'm a thief. Except I'm not. I'm a nester. I'm nesting. This is me nesting. For you. Because you hate it here. You want to be at that big house with Meredith and Izzie, where things are warm and you have your friends, and there aren't any roaches. But this can be warm, and I put out traps for the roaches, and I- I can be your friend. I can be your friend. I ... don't have any friends here. Not really, except you And I don't have a home to go to anyore, except here. I just... I can be your friend.
      George: I complain a lot, don't I?
      Lexie: It- It's okay.
      George: No. No you know what? I'm going to stop. I'm just going to stop right now. I'm going to focus on what's good, y'know? Like this crap-partment. Like this apartment. You should have tried to steal a T.V.
      Lexie: I did, they were bolted to the wall.
      George: Still...

    • Meredith (closing voiceover): There's a little animal in all of us and maybe that's something to celebrate. Our animal instinct is what makes us seek comfort, warmth, a pack to run with. We may feel caged, we may feel trapped, but still as humans we can find ways to feel free. We are each other's keepers, we are the guardians of our own humanity and even though there's a beast inside all of us, what sets us apart from the animals is that we can think, feel, dream and love. And against all odds, against all instinct, we evolve.

    • Meredith (opening voiceover): We like to think that we are rational beings... humane, conscientious, civilized, thoughtful... but when things fall apart, even just a little, it becomes clear. We're no better than animals. We have opposable thumbs. We think. We walk erect. We speak. We dream. But deep down, we're all still rolling around in the primordial ooze, biting, gnawing, scratching out an existence.

    • Izzie: I'm 26 points behind. That's not right, count again. What about all those surgeries?
      Cristina: Only three points for watching. You gotta do.
      Izzie: I do do.

    • Mark: (about Rose) I don't like her. I'm sorry, but as your friend it's my job to say I don't like Rose.
      Derek: Why?
      Mark: You're not even sleeping with her.
      Derek: You don't like her 'cause she's not sleeping with me? That's a little weird.
      Mark: It's not weird.
      Derek: It's a little weird.
      Mark: Hey, if you were sleeping with Rose I could understand why you're spending time with her, but you're not. And it's, it's just I thought that uh, you know. I thought it was just gonna be you and me!
      Derek: Having sex?
      Mark: After! After Addison, after Meredith. I have been patient. I have waited when you partnered up with these chicks, but now they're over. And it's supposed to be just us! You and me; two guys on the prowl, on the hunt.
      Derek: You're having trouble getting laid. And you need my help.
      Mark: I can get laid. I can get laid whenever I want. I do get laid whenever I want. That's the point. Women are everywhere. (pause) I only have one person I can talk to.
      Derek: That's sweet.
      Mark: Shut up!
      Derek: No, it's really warm and fuzzy.

    • Mark: I'm thinking we ought to have a little contest of our own.
      Derek: You wanna live in the hospital like a roach?
      Mark: Different kind of contest. You and Rose, you're not exclusive right? So I'm thinking.
      Derek: You are not serious.
      Mark: One woman 10 points, two women same time 20 points. You get out in the morning before anybody wakes up; 5 point bonus.

    • Meredith: What's with the flowers?
      Lexie: Uh, are you asking as a resident or a sister?
      Meredith: Sister.
      Lexie: I'm stealing stuff.
      Meredith: Okay.
      Lexie: Are you okay?
      Meredith: Resident again now. Stop stealing crap from the hospital.

    • Rose: (talking about Derek) Have you seen him?
      Lexie: I have.
      Rose: Have you seen his eyes?
      Lexie: I, yeah.
      Rose: I'm trying to play it cool. I am playing it so so cool. I love him! (pause) Oh my God. I don't know you. I (pause) didn't say that.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Člověk je tvor divoký (Man Is a Wild Creature)
      Slovakia: Niečo divé je v nás (Something Wild Is in Us)

    • The events of this episode takes place 6 weeks after the previous one.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: May 11, 2008 on Channel 7
      Latin America: May 26, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Croatia: May 29, 2008 on RTL TV
      Israel: June 2, 2008 on YES Stars 1
      Italy: July 14, 2008 on Foxlife
      Germany: September 3, 2008 on Pro 7
      The Netherlands: October 13, 2008 on Net 5
      Belgium: October 16, 2008 on VijfTV
      Finland: November 5, 2008 on Nelonen
      Norway: November 11, 2008 on TV2
      Romania: December 30, 2008 on TVR1
      Czech Republic: March 26, 2009 on Prima

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      1. I'm Good, I'm Gone by Lykke Li plays during the opening scenes
      2. Some People by Goldfrapp plays when Alex stitches up Phillip's brother, who was mauled by the bear George shows Derek the results of Phillip's brain scan while the doctors try to save his brother as he codes. Meredith and the chief give the bad news to Phillip, about the tumor and the death of his brother
      3. What a Day by Greg Laswell plays during the closing scenes

    • This will be the first episode to air after the 100 day writers' strike.


    • Episode Title: Where The Wild Things Are

      Where The Wild Things Are is a song by Metallica, off the album Reload. It's also the title of a children's book by Maurice Sendak about a boy named Max who becomes king of the monsters.