Meredith (opening voiceover): It's an urban myth that suicide rates spike during the holidays. Turns out they actually go down. Experts think it's because people are less inclined to off themselves when surrounded by family. Ironically, that same family togetherness is thought to be the reason why depression rates actually do spike at the holidays. (seeing Izzie decorated the living room for Christmas) Yeah, okay. Izzie doesn't count.
Bailey: Do not kick me!
George: Excuse me?
Bailey: Are you kicking me under the table, O'Malley?
Bailey: Then clearly I wasn't talking to you! (sighs, to her stomach) You cannot kick me while I'm doing my job. (deep breath) Thank you.
Alex: Why would you wanna help me after what I did?
Izzie: Because, it's what Jesus would freakin' do!
Nurse: Chief, Adelle just called.
Chief: Tell her I'm ---
Nurse: She knows you're not in surgery and she said to tell you, quote: We are going to our niece's school pageant this morning. You have known about it for months. And after what you pulled on Thanksgiving, than she started using a great many word that I don't feel comfortable repeating.
Chief: Look - I have 7 surgeons on vacation.
Nurse: There was something about divorce.
(At the beginning of the episode)
Meredith: Hey! You okay? You seem ...
Derek: Yeah. You know ... holidays.
Meredith: Oh. Yeah. I do know.
(At the end of the episode)
Derek: You okay?
Meredith: Yeah, yeah. You know, holidays.
Derek: Yeah. I do know.
George: It looks like Santa threw up in here.
Derek: (to Addison) I'm not saying this to hurt you or because I want to leave you, because I don't. Meredith wasn't a fling. She wasn't revenge. I fell in love with her. That doesn't go away because I decided to stay with you.
Christina: I'm a 55 year old man. I'm nauseous and I can't stop throwing up.
Alex: Forget it alright. I didn't ask for anybody's help.
Christina: Look evil spawn, you can nurse your pride, key word being nurse. Or you can pass your test and be a doctor. Up to you.
Alex: (pauses) Any abdominal pain.
Christina: Yes, from my giant fat belly all the way to my back. Oh and I'm drunk. Hiccup. Hiccup.
Cristina: You know I don't believe in Santa either Justin or God. (Justin looks over at her slowly) I believe in medicine. And it's a medical miracle you're alive. With that you heart you had, you should've, you should've died after two weeks after you were born. Except some surgeon figured out a way to give you someone else's heart which is, is so much cooler than Santa. ... So I'm just saying ... I think you should decide to live. ... Live so you can become a doctor and you can find a way to do heart transplants without someone having to die. Or live so you can grow up so you can have kids and you know what raise them not to believe in Santa. And that, that would piss your mom off. (Justin smiles) Just decide to live because in your case dying really isn't the best revenge.
Meredith (closing voiceover): There's an old proverb that says you can't choose your family. You take what the fates hand you. And like them or not, love them or not, understand them or not, you cope. Then there's the school of thought that says the family you're born into is simply a starting point. They feed you, and clothe you, and take care of you until you're ready to go out into the world and find your tribe.
Episode Title: Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
"Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" is the title of a popular Christmas song that has been recorded by The Beatles, Randy Brooks, and Elmo & Patsy.
American Psycho: Cristina says "Oh but when Tiny Tim goes all Norman Bates on us I am blaming you."
Norman Bates is the main character of the 2000 film "American Psycho".