Meredith (opening voiceover): The first 24 hours after surgery are critical. Every breath you take, every fluid you make, is meticulously reported and analyzed. Celebrated or mourned. But what about the next 24 hours? What happens with that first day turns to two and weeks turn into months? What happens when the immediate danger has passed, when the machines are disconnected and the teams of doctors and nurses are gone? Surgery is when you get saved, but post-op, after surgery, is when you heal. But, what if you don't?
Meredith: So you and Cristina are going fishing? Who's idea was that?
Derek: Owen's concerned about leaving Cristina alone, so when I told him I was going fishing...
Meredith: Right. But you haven't actually spoken to Cristina.
Derek: Actually, I have.
Meredith: You spoke to her? When?
Derek: I called her last night.
Meredith: Well, she must've been drunk or something because she doesn't do the wilderness. I mean, there aren't even any bathrooms in the wilderness.
Derek: Look, I know you're concerned about her, but I also know that there's nothing else we can do right now.
Meredith: But you can? Because if fishing is your big plan to get her back to work...
Derek: We're not trying to get her back to work. We're just trying to make sure that she's okay.
Meredith: Well, she's not okay. And she's not going to be okay until she gets back to work. I know Cristina and she needs to work.
Teddy: How's Christina?
Owen: She's Fine.
Meredith: She's fishing.
Teddy: She's fishing?! Why?
Meredith: Ask him.
Owen: Have you got any better ideas?
Henry: How do I look? I'm about to propose to my girlfriend, so besides the gown and the IV and the ghostly pallor from being in the hospital for the past week... what do you think... do I have a shot?
Teddy: She'd be a fool to say no. Good luck.
Cristina: Can I make a suggestion?
Cristina: If you mount the rod-holders mid-ship, we can both reach the rods from either end of the boat. (Derek looks at her surprised) After you called last night, I did some research. I didn't want to be any less than sea worthy.
Derek: It's a lake.
Derek: Actually, it's ... it's a great idea.
Cristina: You may need clip-on mounts to clear the gunnels.
Derek: Are you gonna be like this all day?
Cristina: I can't help it.
Jackson: Anybody want my soup? It's reminding me of pancreatic fluid.
Lexie: Oh, then I definitely want it.
April: Sparkle. ... That was the name of my pony.
Meredith (on the phone with Derek): No, I just got kicked out of the OR. Because I'm just so sick all of this. I'm sick of her not talking to me. I'm sick of you two pretending to be friends, so put her on the phone.
Derek (into phone): Well, thank you Dr. Keller, I think you did the right thing recoiling the aneurysm rather than clipping it. Thank you for the update and I will check in with you later. (hangs up)
Cristina: Was that Meredith?
Derek: No. ... Yes.
Teddy: I have great medical insurance.
Henry: Way to kick a guy when he's down.
Teddy: I'm... I'm saying... I'm saying that I'll marry you.
Henry: Uh, that's a really generous offer, but I can't.
Teddy: I'm a doctor. I took an oath, and I can't leave you now anymore than I could leave you bleeding out in the street.
Henry: This is absurd. You're aware of that, right? And you're gonna regret it deeply in the morning.
Teddy: You're dying, Henry, you're dying and you don't have to because I can help. I mean it, I'll marry you.
Meredith (closing voiceover): The goal of any surgery is total recovery, to come out better than you were before. Some patients heal quickly and feel immediate relief. For others the healing happens gradually, and it's not until months or even years later that you realize you don't hurt anymore. So the challenge after any surgery is to be patient. But if you can make it through the first weeks and months, if you believe that healing is possible, then you can get your life back. But that's a big if.