Meredith (opening voiceover): It's a common belief that positive thinking leads to a happier healthier life. As children we are told to smile, be cheerful, and put on a happy face. As adults we are told to look on the bright side, to make lemonade, and see glasses as half full. Sometimes reality can get in the way of our ability to act the happy part though. Your health can fail, boyfriends can cheat, friends can disappoint. It's in these moments, when you just want to get real, drop the act, and be your true scared unhappy self.
Cristina: Well, I'm not moving in with Owen.
Meredith (holds up the blueprint): See this? Right here? That's your room. You have a room in the new house.
Cristina: My own room?
Cristina: Thank you.
Mark: Lex... I'm still in love with you. I tried not be, but it didn't work. And Sloan's gone, there is no baby, and I don't want to sleep around. I want another chance. I'm in love with you.
Lexie: Karev... He's... Mark, I-I have a boyfriend.
Mark: I know. All I'm saying is that you could have a husband.
Meredith (to Owen): Cristina loves you, and I want to but I can't. Because I want to punch you in the face right now. I know you tried to have Teddy fired and I believe it's because you love her. And if you care about Cristina, at all, you will tell her. If you're actually the good guy she thinks you are, you will tell her. And if you don't, then I'll know and you'll know that you are not that guy.
Alex: I need Lexopedia to diagnois my patient.
Meredith: She's not a book you can flip though.
Lexie: I kinda am. Go
Lexie: Are we a couple?
Lexie: I need to know what we are. Because people ask, and I don't know what to say. I'm over Mark. And I- I don't know if you're over Izzie, but I am over Mark Sloan. For real. And I-- I know that we said that this wasn't gonna be a thing, but I like you. The point is, I wanna know what we are. What this is.
Alex (kisses her): We're a thing. Yeah, we're together, we're... we're a thing. Whatever.
Meredith (closing voiceover): Ask most people what they want out of life and the answer is simple, to be happy. Maybe it's this expectation though of wanting to be happy that just keeps us from ever getting there. Maybe the more we try to will ourselves to states of bliss, the more confused we get - to the point where we don't recognize ourselves. Instead we just keep smiling - trying to be the happy people we wish we were. Until it eventually hits us, it's been there all along. Not in our dreams or our hopes but in the known, the comfortable, the familiar.