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Grey's Anatomy: Hope For The Hopeless

Richard performs his 10,000th surgery on a pair of bickering sisters who come into the hospital for a liver transplant; Derek and Lexie take on a neuroblastoma case that has been previously deemed inoperable; Teddy and Cristina cross the line when they go against Owen's orders and try to steal a case from Alex and Dr. McQueen; Ellis Grey's shadow looms as Meredith searches for a specialty; meanwhile Adele is brought into the hospital after she is found wandering the streets.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x12
Airdate: Thursday January 19th, 2012

Director: Mark Jackson
Writer: Peter Nowalk

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Mar 07, 2012
AU (Seven) May 10, 2012


Guest Stars
Holley FainHolley Fain
As Dr. Julia Canner (Girlfriend of Dr. Mark Sloan)
Loretta DevineLoretta Devine
As Adele Webber (Wife of Dr. Richard Webber)
Cheryl WhiteCheryl White
As Mrs. Connors (Mother of Wes Connors: Neuroblastoma Patient)
Nia VardalosNia Vardalos
As Karen (Patient: Receiving Liver Transplant from Marcy)
Peri GilpinPeri Gilpin
As Marcy (Patient: Donating a Piece of Her Liver to Karen)
Ryan WynottRyan Wynott
As Wes Connors (Patient: Neuroblastoma)

Co-Guest Stars
Leith M. BurkeLeith M. Burke
As Dr. McQueen (Argues with Teddy Over Who Should Treat Patient)
Rachel AndersenRachel Andersen
As Nurse Carol (Stops Dr. Teddy Altman to Give Her Lasagna)
Ray SinghRay Singh
As Nurse Howard (Stops Dr. Teddy Altman to Give Her a Spinach Pie)
Jes MacallanJes Macallan
As Hillary (Overnight Guest of Dr. Alex Karev)
Kathy JensenKathy Jensen
As Shannon (Neighbour of Richard and Adele Webber)
Stacie GreenwellStacie Greenwell
As Mrs. Vanderburg (Wife of Patient: Man Impaled by Wrought Iron Fence)
Main Cast
Ellen PompeoEllen Pompeo
As Dr. Meredith Grey
Justin ChambersJustin Chambers
As Dr. Alex Karev
Patrick DempseyPatrick Dempsey
As Dr. Derek Shepherd
Chandra WilsonChandra Wilson
As Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens, Jr.James Pickens, Jr.
As Dr. Richard Webber
Sara RamirezSara Ramirez
As Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres
Kevin McKiddKevin McKidd
As Dr. Owen Hunt
Jessica CapshawJessica Capshaw
As Dr. Arizona Robbins
Sarah DrewSarah Drew
As Dr. April Kepner
Jesse Williams (2)Jesse Williams (2)
As Dr. Jackson Avery
Kim RaverKim Raver
As Dr. Teddy Altman
Chyler LeighChyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric DaneEric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
Sandra OhSandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang


The scene opens with Webber's big day, with his equal-parts happy and sad storyline. He launched the episode with the revelation of his 10,000th surgery, asking Bailey about whether the hospital would be commemorating the event in any way. "I mean, you'll do something?" he asked, seeming jovial and grinning. "I mean, it is my 10,000th surgery. That's a lot of surgery." Thankfully, Bailey had planned a conference room party, complete with red velvet cake, speeches, a banner, and sparkling cider. For his 10,000th Webber got a pair of surly sisters, one of which was giving the other a part of her liver. Marcy wouldn't give her sister a break about having to give her a slice of her liver. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 9.42 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Gin WigmoreBlack SheepPatient Smiles at Lexie, Lunch Scene in Lounge
James Pickens Jr. and Loretta DevineMy Funny ValentineWebber Singing to Adele in the O.R., Adele Joins
The JezabelsEasy to LoveDerek and Lexie Flip a Coin, Closing Scenes
KimbraGood IntentAlex Brags About Patient, Cristina and Teddy Plot
Little RedRock ItOpening Scenes, Seattle, Derek Looks at X-Rays
Youth LagoonAfternoonCristina Exits, Seattle, Meredith Brings Out Zola

Episode Quotes
Meredith (opening voiceover): There's nothing else we can do for you. These are the last words a surgeon wants to tell a patient. Giving up doesn't come easy to us, so we do everything in our power not to. For surgeons lost cause just mean... try a little harder.

Lexie: Eight surgeons have said this is inoperable. Even the tumour board at Cleveland Clinic.
Derek: Well, I can see why. Catch. (throws a coin at Lexie)
Lexie: What's this for?
Derek: Heads, we do it. Tails, we don't.
Lexie: You're insane.
Derek: It's a gut check. I get a feeling when it's in the air of what I want it to land on. Flip it. (Lexie flips the coin)

Richard: Dr. Bailey.
Bailey: Congratulations, sir. Big day today.
Richard: Yes, it is. But I don't want everyone making a big deal out of it.
Bailey: We won't.
Richard: Oh, good. I-I-I mean, you'll-- you'll do something?
Bailey: Yes.
Richard: I-I mean, it is my 10,000th surgery. That's a lot of surgeries.
Bailey: I've reserved the main conference room. There will be a photographer from the hospital newsletter. The cake is your favourite-- Red velvet and cream cheese. It is huge- The size of four cakes. There will be several speeches from admiring colleagues and a toast with sparkling cider. We will also hang a banner that says 'Congratulations, Dr Webber on your 10,000th surgery!!!' There will be three exclamation points after the word 'surgery.' We also have confetti. Happy now?
Richard: Yes. ... Oh, e-except for the confetti. Might get in the cake.

Owen: How long's it been since you sleep?
Cristina: I've had a huge nap. Whatever. I've done, like, eight surgeries in the past 72 hours. Teddy's boundless grief is, you know, one of the best things that's ever happened to me. (Owens pager goes off) What is that-- Is that trauma or administrative crap?
Owen: No, none of your business. Go home and get some sleep.
Cristina: Oh, trauma! (rushes off)

Callie (imitating Mark): Hello, Julia.
Mark: What is this?
Arizona: She's you, you're Julia. Go with it.
Callie (imitating Mark): Y'know, I've been thinking, it's been a really great few months, and I just want you to know that I love you.
Mark: Get out of my relationship.
Arizona (laughs): Funny coming from you. What's your problem? She's smart and pretty and funny and--
Callie: And she's not annoying.
Arizona: Mmhmm.
Callie: Come on, it's awesome. We can all vacation together. We can buy houses next door to each other. Yay.
Arizona: Yeah, and Sofia can have a village. Don't you want your daughter to have a village?
Callie: Come on, you know you love her. Now you just need to tell her.

Owen: Cristina. What are you still doing here?
Cristina: I'm uh... gonna watching a surgery. Derek's, um, tumour thing.
Owen: You need sleep.
Cristina: Yeah, I'm watching neurosurgery. It's a lot like sleeping.
Owen: You're not mad that I gave the case to McQueen?
Cristina: Uh, I didn't say that.
Owen: And, Teddy, she--
Cristina (sighs): Owen...
Owen: I know, I know. You don't want to talk about it. What do I do? How do I... Get past this with her?
Cristina: Her husband's dead. She's taking it out on you. You just gotta deal with it.
Owen: I know, I know. But I just wish that... You know what? Never mind. I'm talking to you when I should just try talking to her.

April: I need 800 bucks.
Alex: I told you, if you're dumb enough to buy groceries, I'm gonna eat 'em.
April: No, not for groceries. For a security deposit. We'll lose out on a really great 3-bedroom if we don't get it to the landlord today.
Alex: Now you wanna live with me?
April: No, you're gross. And a pig and a skank magnet and you leave your dirty boy socks everywhere. Keep going this way, and you'll wind up old and alone, wandering the streets with some ancient form of syphilis.
Jackson (walks up): Alright, I think what she's trying to say is, yes, she would be happy if you'd be our room-mate.
Alex: Cool. (walks off)
Jackson: So, we couldn't afford the nice apartment, just the two of us, right?
April: Hardwood floors and a washer/dryer. What can I say? I want what I want.

Cristina (in a baby voice, to Zola): You want to know what Auntie Cristina did today? I operated on a heart this big. (picks up a toy) No, bigger. (grabs a big teddy bear) It was as big a bear.

Cristina: I know you're mad, I'm sorry.
Owen: Sorry that you did it or you're sorry that I'm mad? (sighs) Teddy never came to find me after surgery.
Cristina: Yeah, well, she's tired.
Owen: I bet. I'm taking you off of her service permanently. I'm not sure what she's gonna do without you as her security blanket--
Cristina: Absolutely not.
Owen: Well, this is the downside--
Cristina: Did you hear what I just said? Absolutely not.
Owen: I think 'thank you' is what you were looking for, because frankly, I could've fired you both.
Cristina: You have no idea what's going on here, do you?
Owen: I have a very good idea.
Cristina: You let me operate on her husband, and now he's dead. She gets whatever she wants. Do you understand? Anything she wants from me, ever.

Meredith (closing voiceover): When do you throw in the towel? Admit that a lost cause it's sometimes just that? There comes a point when it all becomes to much. When we get to tired to fight any more. So we give up. That's when the real work begins. To find hope where there seems to be absolutely none at all.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Hope For The Hopeless

Hope For The Hopeless is the title of a song originally sung by A Fine Frenzy.

Mary Poppins: Alex refer's to April as "Mary Poppins" when trying to convince Jackson not to live with her.

Episode References
Season 8, Episode 9: People keep giving Dr. Teddy Altman food and condolences because of the death of her husband Henry during surgery in 8x09 "Dark Was The Night".

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerBetsy Beers  |  Mark Gordon (4)  |  Mark Wilding  |  Rob Corn  |  Tony Phelan  |  Joan Rater  |  Shonda Rhimes
Co-Executive ProducerJeannine Renshaw  |  Stacy McKee  |  Zoanne Clack
Supervising ProducerTammy Ann Casper
ProducerWilliam Harper  |  Jeff Rafner  |  Linda Klein  |  Peter Nowalk
Consulting ProducerDebora Cahn  |  Jenna Bans
Production DesignerDonald Lee Harris (1)
EditorJoe Mitacek
Director of PhotographyHerbert Davis
Series DirectorMark Jackson
WriterPeter Nowalk
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