We learn that Mark Sloan is 36-37 years old
Mark (comes in with Sloan, while Arizona, Callie, and Lexie are preparing their Thanksgiving feast, with Lexie chopping the celery) Hey, everybody... uh, well the results are in, it turns out Sloan was right about her parentage, I am her dad. Uhm heres another thing to be... thankful for, Lexie, Sloan here is gonna move in with us for a little while. (slice sound and we see that Lexie accidentally cut off half of her pinky)
Callie: Oh, my God!
William: I tucked you in every night of your childhood.
William: I tucked you in, and kissed you good night and I checked under the bed for bad guys. And you went and grew up and got yourself a divorce and didn't bother to tell me.
Bailey: Dad, I-- I didn't know how to explain. I didn't want to disappoint you. I didn't want to be judged.
William: I'm your father. Can you imagine if Little Tuck grew up and got a divorce and didn't tell you?
Bailey (nods, and looks down): Then I'm sorry, Dad. I'm... I'm so sorry.
William: I'm never judging you. I'm worrying about you. Your mother and I worry about you. That's all.
Cristina: I'm insensitive sometimes. Uhm, but I'm not oblivious. And I don't want you to be with me because you feel like you owe me something. Because you two went through war-- (Owen kisses her hard, and pushes her against the wall)
Owen: I want you. I'm with you. I'm with you because I want to be, I'm with you because I love you.
Cristina: Are you sure? (they kiss again)
Teddy: What is wrong with you?
Owen: Yeah, you. You come over here... Why did you tell me this now?!
Teddy: Why do you even care?
Owen: You didn't say a thing. All those times, all those years. So, why now?
Teddy: I don't know.
Owen: You don't know?!
Teddy: I don't know, I don't-- What does it matter to you, you never felt the same way--
Owen: Of course I did! Of course I did, I had all those feelings for you Teddy for years, but you never gave me anything.
Teddy: You were engaged, you were engaged, you were engaged you idiot!
Owen (talking over her): You never gave for years! You never gave me one damn hint!
Teddy: You idiot. I have loved you... forever. I have loved you when I was coupled up. I have loved you when I was single. I have loved you every second of every day... (Owen rests his forehead on hers)
Teddy: I love you. I'm in love with you.
Owen (teary-eyed): I'm in love with Cristina.
Arizona (about their prototype): How's it handling?
Derek: It could bend a little more gently.
Mark: Hey, don't be all critical. That thing cost me a fortune.
Teddy: How did Kelsey do?
Cristina: Uh, well.
Derek: Who's Kelsey?
Bailey: The girl with no heart. I had to do a laparoscopic bowel repair while the poor thing was awake on the table.
William: Mirada, mind your manners. Even if surgery is your whole life it doesn't mean you have to talk about bowels at the dinner table.
Bailey: My child is healthy.
William: Excuse me?
Bailey: He maybe not be with me tonight, but he's healthy and he's well--
William: I didn't say--
Bailey: He's a well-loved boy and he's a happy boy and staying in an unhappy marriage...
William: Now is not the time or place--
Bailey: A marriage that I've out grown, a marriage full of ultimatums and numbness and resentment.
Bailey: That is not the kind of life I want to model for my child. That is not what I want him to believe married love is. And I know what's possible, I know what's out there for me because you taught me well. You and mom showed me what true love looks like, so I chose not to settle, and I'm happier for it. Even if I'm alone at Christmas. My child is healthy, and I'm happy. ... You know, part of my happiness is the fact that I got to repair a woman's bowel and save her life today. And that's God's work, which makes this an appropriate Christmas dinner conversation. (gets teary-eyed) I'm happy, and my child is healthy, and that's enoughh for me today, Dad. That's enough.
Thatcher: He's drinking. Isn't he? Richard? He's off the wagon.
Meredith: Well, he's drinking egg nog. Everybody drinks egg nog at Christmas.
Thatcher: Some people do. Recovering alcohlics don't.
Meredith: He's not an alcoholic. That was a misdiagnosis.
Thatcher: Is that what he's telling you? Meredith, he is a surgeron and he is drinking, and he is an alcohlic. That could quickly become catastrophic.
Meredith: Were you drinking when I was a kid? When you left me with my mother and got another family and never looked back?
Thatcher: No. No, I didn't start drinking until much later.
Meredith: Well then, we can't blame the world's evils on alcohol, can we?
Derek (to Mark, about Lexie & Sloan): Your kids are bickering.
Derek: We want our bonuses this year to go to finishing the prototype for Nicholas Jacobsen.
Richard: Sorry, you can't do that.
Arizona: It'll be like a donation.
Mark: They're our bonuses.
Derek: There are no bonuses, that's what he's trying to say.
Richard: There are no bonuses this year. I'm sorry.
Arizona (disappointed): Merry Christmas.
Derek: I'll write a check. How much?
Arizona: I'll split it with you.
Mark: I have a teenager, what if she wants to go to college?
Arizona: Have you met her?
Mark: Fine, I'm in.
Bailey: I would like an invitation to your home for Christmas dinner. I know it's very late for me to be asking for such an ivitation give that it is, in fact, Christmas day. However, I have a very worried father, and if I don't look like I have some sort of life, he'll never leave. I have a bowel obstruction to repair and then I'll be free to come to your home.
Derek: Sounds fine.
Meredith (smiles): Oh, absolutley.
Mark: I wanna bolt, I wanna quit, I wanna go back to New York, or I don't know, Arkansas. Somewhere where no one will come lookin' for me. I don't know how to talk to her. I don't know what she wants from me.It's the guilt, you know? It's like every time I look at her... I just... The guilt is like a punch in the gut. Everyday.
Derek: Well, you shouldn't feel guilty, you didn't know.
Mark: I did know. I knew it when her mom got pregnant. She told me. I gave her a couple hundred bucks and I left town and I never saw her again. I figured she got an abortion. Hoped. But I did know.
Derek: Well, you're a different guy now. You're not 18 anymore, you've grown up, and you're capable of better.
Mark: Have you... I mean, do you think you could ask her how long she's planning to stay?
Lexie: Mark, it's been a month. And you've exchanged 3 sentences with her. Two of them have been 'Pass the cereal'. In the spirit of the holiday, maybe you can ask her yourself. She's pretty easy to like once you get to know her.
Lexie: No. She's a vapid, vapid girl. Okay? But she's your daughter. So Try. Okay? Try to be her dad.
Cristina: This is the best Thanksgiving ever. No obnoxious relatives, no stupid traditions. No going around the table and saying what you're grateful for.
Alex: I think we should do the opposite, and say what we're not grateful for.
Cristina: The merger.
Meredith: The Mercy Westers.
Alex: They're like the plague. I mean, stealing all of our surgeries, eating all that pie in the nurses station.
Mark: I have a daughter, Derek. I have an 18-year-old daughter. I am too young to have an 18-year-old. It's a nail in my coffin. It's like death has come to call.
Derek: Okay, can we put a pin in your existential crisis for a minute?
Mark: No, that's why they call it a crisis.
Lexie: She's 18. That's not very much younger than me.
Derek: Well, it's not that shocking, actually. The way Mark got around before he met you? There could be a gaggle of Sloans. Sloan Jones, Sloan Smith, Sloan Sloan.
Callie: You didn't tell your parents about the divorce? (Bailey gives her a look) How long are you gonna keep that secret?
Bailey: When you started dating women, how long did you keep that secret from your family?
Richard: I had a problem, a long time ago. I was diagnosed with alcohlism, or I diagnosed myself, and I didn't take a drink for almost 20 years. And I think it was a misdianoses. I'm not sayin' my drinking wasn't bad, because it was. But there is such a thing as... situational depression and I think that's what I was suffering from and it escalated my drinking.
Meredith: Situational depression?
Richard: Your mother.
Meredith: Yeah, well, she escalated my drinking, too.
Meredith (opening voiceover): The best gift I ever got was for Christmas when I was ten – my very first suture kit. I used it until my fingers bled, and then I tried to use it to stitch up my fingers. It put me on the path to becoming a surgeon. My point is sometimes the best gifts come in really surprising packages.
Kelsey: I'm getting tired. Really tired.
Teddy: I know.
Cristina: You know what? You just need to hang on 'til New Year's Eve. There's a lot of drunk drivers, a lot of brain death. It's an organ-palooza.
Cristina: Private lessons with the Chief. Man, those daddy issues are working for you.
Meredith: I don't have daddy issues. He's teaching me.
Alex: You're his bitch.
Meredith: Well, in that case, you're Teddy's bitch.
Alex: Maybe that's my problem. I'm nobody's bitch.
Cristina: Oh, well, you were Izzie's bitch.
Alex: You're the bitch.
William (to Bailey): I have been a proud father. Your whole life, I have been a proud father. Your mother and I sat in the front row of every dance class, every oboe recital, and we cheered. We sat in the front row of every graduation, I was always the first one on my feet, and the loudest one in the crowd. I have been a proud father. And today, Miranda, I sat in the gallery, and I watched you repair some fat man's hernia. And for the first time in my life, I felt ashamed of you. This is what you do on Christmas? For this you traded your husband? For this, you traded your child's family? So you can work all day, and go home alone, on Christmas, to an empty house, without even a tree? I have been a proud father, Miranda, but I would be a bad father today if I didn't look you in the eye and tell you that you have made a terrible mistake. You broke your family, you set your son up to fail. And the child that I raised, she was raised better than that.
Meredith (closing voiceover): Every day, we get to give the gift of life. It can be painful. It can be terrifying. But in the end, it's worth it... every time. We all have the opportunity to give. Maybe the gifts are not as dramatic as what happens in the operating room. Maybe the gift is to try and make a simple apology. Maybe it's to understand another person's point of view. Maybe it's to hold a secret for a friend. The joy, supposedly, is in the giving. So when the joy is gone... when the giving starts to feel more like a burden, that's when you stop. But if you're like most people I know... you give 'til it hurts. And then you give some more.
International Episode Titles:
Czech Republic: Horečka svátečních nocí (Fever of Festive Nights)
Leven Rambin makes her first appearance as Sloan Riley.
Original International Air Dates:
Latin America: January 25, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony)
Finland: January 27, 2010 on Nelonen
Australia: March 16, 2010 on Channel 7
The Netherlands: April 5, 2010 on Net5
Germany: May 26, 2010 on ProSieben
Norway: October 12, 2010 on TV2
Czech Republic: August 22, 2011 on Prima LOVE
Music Featured In This Episode:
1. Christmas Time Is Here by Vince Guaraldi Trio
2. A Magical Season by Tim Myers
3. Joy to the World by Seabird
4. All That I Want for Christmas (Is to Give My Love Away) by The Rescues
5. Baby It's Cold Outside by Kevin McKidd, James Pickens Jr., and Jessica Capshaw
6. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! by Chandra Wilson, Nathan West, Sandra Oh and Justin Chambers
7. Silent Night by Sara Ramirez
8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Coldplay
9. Little Drummer Boy by Jars of Clay
10. Awakening by Sébastien Schuller
11. Snowfall by Ingrid Michaelson
Although credited, Katherine Heigl ("Izzie") didn't appear in this episode.