Meredith: (opening voiceover) Patients who undergo an amputation often feel sensation where the missing limb was, as if it's still there. The syndrome is called phantom limb. It's as if the body can't accept that a terrible trauma has occurred. The mind is trying to make the body complete again. Patients who experience phantom limb report many different sensations. But by far, the most common is pain.
Cristina: African babies are a godsend.
Meredith: You don't have to tell me.
Cristina: Oh, not Zola. Not the cute ones. The sick ones. They're exotically diseased, beautiful little train wrecks. I just found a case of E.M.F., and I get to do an endocardial stripping of the left ventricle. Do you know how many other people have done that?
Cristina: Me neither. (cheery) It's unheard of.
Matthew: Ah, sorry to interrupt.
April: Do you need something?
Matthew: Kinda. I've been watching you for two days. You don't seem to slow down. I thought you might need a break. Maybe grab a cup of coffee? Probably shouldn't have started with the whole "watching you" thing, huh? Now you think I'm some sort of creeper. I'm not. Unless you're inclined to have coffee with creepers, in which case, I totally creep, like, all the time.
Alana Cahill: Well, I'll see you in the OR tomorrow.
Derek: Typically, you need to be invited.
Alana Cahill: If things were running typically, I wouldn't be here, now would I?
Derek: (To Alana) This is ridiculous. You can't close the E.R. You went to med school. You have to ask yourself--
Bailey: Do you have a better idea? Because the way I see it, this woman is trying to keep the hospital from closing, in-in which case there'd be no patients, we'd have no jobs, and some of us don't have a few million to fall back on. So unless you have a better idea, why don't you just sit there and listen to what she has to say?
Alana Cahill: Look, I know these cuts are going to be painful, but understand that I am trying to keep your hospital doors open.
Derek: This is ridiculous. You can't close the ER. You went to med school, you have to ask yourself...
Bailey: Do you have a better idea? Because, the way I see it, this woman is trying to keep the hospital from closing, in which case there'd be no patients, we'd have no jobs, and... Some of don't have a few million to fall back on, so, unless you have a better idea, why don't you just sit there and listen to what she has to say?
Meredith: Hey, can I get a minute? It's urgent.
(in the on-call room)
Derek: This was urgent?
Meredith: Yeah, this is stupid, pregnancy hormones make me wanna have sex all the time! Urgently!
Derek: Umm, I like the stupid hormones!
Meredith: Oh no! Oh, I have a consult!
Meredith: I have a consult.
Derek: Are you crying?
Meredith: No. Yes. I cry every time I get mad.
Derek: Are you mad?
Meredith: Yes I'm mad! Because I can't have sex, because I have a stupid consult!
Meredith: Bailey had no business calling you out like that!
Derek: She's nervous. Everybody is nervous. Everybody should be nervous.
Meredith: It's not our fault! Is it?
Derek: It feels like it is.
Meredith: Hey, congratulations!
Derek: For what?
Meredith: Your acoustic neuroma. You got your hand back. You're you again! We can be happy about that… I flew on a plane today.
Derek: You did?
Meredith: I did.
Meredith: (closing voiceover) The body can be stubborn when it comes to accepting change. The mind holds out hope that the body can be whole again. And the mind will always fight for hope, tooth and nail, until it finds a way of understanding this new reality and accepts that what is gone is gone forever.