The episode begins, with Owen and the rest of the team are going over the list of residents and trying to figure out who's staying and who's leaving Seattle Grace Mercy West. Derek tells Owen that Meredith is still weighing Boston and Seattle, and Owen tells Derek that if he's going to one of his talented resident and his top neurosurgeon he'd love a decision sooner rather than later. Cristina is getting offers from Stanford and Columbia, but Teddy thinks Seattle is still in the mix. Richard tells Owen he should be proud, and Owen returns the compliment, saying Richard "trained them well." Cut to all the residents partying, including April, who is wasted and rocking out. Cristina gets a call in the middle of the party from the Mayo Clinic, who wants to give her a research lab. ..Read the full recap
Meredith: (opening voiceover) So there is this bird, some sort of swallow I think. Every September thousand of them ditch rainy Seattle to winter in Mexico. These birds aren't dumb. And every year crowds of people gather around to drink beer and watch the flocks take off. They call it the Great Migration.
Cristina: Uh, Hopkins is not in the running.
Alex: Not for you, for me! Hopkins! Hopkins wants me, HOPKINS WANTS ME!
Cristina: Johns Hopkins? The hospital? Not Hopkins Refrigeration School?
Meredith: (at the same time) Alex, how?
Alex: I kind of bitched out their Chief of Surgery at my boards and I-I guess he was impressed.
Cristina: So they know you're a jerk.
Alex: They totally know, And they want me. Hopkins wants me!
Meredith: (smiling) I am not surprised at all.
Cristina: I am one-hundred percent surprised.
(Alex looks at Cristina and turns around preparing to leave)
(Alex turns back)
Cristina: (gives Karev a hug) Nice work, Evil Spawn.
Alex: (Smiles and turns and walks away happily) Yes! Hopkins!
Derek: Hunt needs to know where we are on Boston and I'm gonna let Harvard know what I'm doing by the end of the day.
Meredith: We're not going. Anything else you need to know?
Derek: I may have told you I have family on the East Coast.
Meredith: A couple of times. And I may have replied that my sister lives here. And if Cristina chooses Stanford, it's a two hour plane ride.
Derek: If she chooses Columbia, it's only a two hour train ride.
Meredith: We're not going.
Derek: They want me to run the entire Neurosurgery department at Harvard.
Meredith: Webber loves me. Bailey loves me.
Derek: I'd be teaching the best fellows in the world!
Meredith: We are staying!
Derek: We're leaving!
Alex: Hopkins is the dream.
Chief Webber: I know!
Alex: It's really not cool to screw with somebody's head like this, you know that.
Chief Webber: I know!
Callie: Aww, that's cute. Must be nice in here with all these cute little babies.
Arizona: (sighs happily) Yeah.
Callie: Is she dying? Like, right now? Cause Nick is. Remember Nick? Your brother's best friend? Your rock? Who is right now packing up, and bailing on a surgery that he needs to live because you can't get your stubborn head out of your ass and let go of the fact that he didn't come to you sooner. (Arizona begins to protest) No! I, I-I don't get it! You watch babies die every day. When things looked bad for me you didn't leave my side! But now, your best friend's asking for you. Look, you need to get your crap together before he leaves. Because if he goes now, he is gone. (about the baby they're standing over) She's not actually dying, is she?
Callie: Okay, good.
Meredith: I love the fireplace. I love the stonework.
Derek: You hated it a month ago.
Meredith: And the windows! These views are amazing. You are a genius!
Derek: I would build you a dream house in Boston.
Meredith: What would we do with this one?
Derek: Mark could buy it. His dreams have always been my dreams.
Derek: Harvard is offering me a ten million dollar endowment. They are setting me up with an entire research team. I'm gonna cure Alzheimer's, Meredith. That's my dream. Not this house. You're making this choice with Cristina.
Meredith: She's not the only factor.
Derek: I'm your husband. You should make it with me.
Callie: Hey. I just checked in on him. His vitals are stable, and he's sleeping.
Arizona: (turns around, crying) Don't ever leave.
Arizona: Don't. Ever leave. Promise me that right now.
Callie: I'm not going anywhere, I promise.
Arizona: After my brother, I thought, "I can't do this ever again. I won't do this again." And now? Here I am.
Callie: Okay. Whatever you can't do, I will. I'm here. And that's how this works. Okay? Okay. (they hug, Arizona begins sobbing)
Meredith: (closing voiceover) I don't know how those birds do it. Travel thousands of miles without getting lost. Banging into windows, being eaten by cats. But every spring, they're always here. I guess they come back to what they know. People say it's pretty cool, watching them go. They say you can actually see the moment when, at some mysterious signal, all at once the birds decide to leave. Whatever... there's always next year.