Meredith (opening voiceover): As doctors, we're trained to be sceptical, because patients lie to us all the time. The rule is, the patient is lying until proven honest. Lying is bad, and so we're told, constantly. Honesty is the best policy. The truth will set you free. I chopped down the cherry tree, whatever. The fact is, lying is a necessity. We lie to ourselves, because the truth...the truth freakin' hurts.
George: (to Meredith) I'm putting my foot down. Either the dog moves out or I do. Foot. Down. Now. Me or the dog, which is it?
(Meredith stares at the dog)
George: You hesitated. She hesitated!
Izzie: You hesitated?!
Patient's daughter: The nursing home says she never showed up. How exactly is that possible?
Nurse: She wouldn't leave.
Patient's daughter: My mother is old and infirm. You couldn't make her leave?
Nurse: Have you met your mother?
Bailey: (as she leaves in the elevator) I may be 47 months pregnant, I may be on bed rest, I may not be able to see my own feet, but I am Dr. Bailey. I hear everything. I know everything. I'm watching each and every one of you. And I will return.
Cristina: Fine, if you want me to tell Burke I didn't move in I'll tell him.
Meredith: No, don't.
Meredith: Don't tell him. At least not right now or tonight. (Cristina sighs in relief) I just mean wait. It can wait. I lied about Derek. We're not just friends. I mean I'm not. He's still McDreamy.
Cristina: I know.
Izzie: You want me to open it?
Alex: Yeah, yeah you know it's just, I can't.
Izzie: I shouldn't-- I mean--
Alex: Look you already think I'm an idiot. It won't be anything shocking.
Izzie (opens his test results): Congratulations. You are not an idiot. Except when you're being an idiot.
Burke: Next time you forge my signature, let me know. Save me a trip.
Meredith: That's it? You're not going to yell and say 'Dammit Grey' and storm out?
Burke (smiles): I will if you want me to.
(A little later)
Meredith: Thank you for not chewing me out for forging your signature.
Burke: Thank you. (Meredith looks confused) I know it was probably you who convinced Cristina. She's very strong but she listens to you. If you told her to move in ... (he smiles briefly) Anyway, thank you. (he walks away leaving Meredith looking uncomfortable)
Meredith: No problem.
Patricia (reading a note): 'The surgical floor has become a dumping ground for patients who aren't even surgical. We are overworked and exhausted. This makes for un...'
Richard: The nurses again? Can't you do something about this? You used to be one of them. Don't you speak nurse?
Patricia (stops reading the note): That's why you don't get any respect from the nurses; surgical arrogance.
Richard: I'm not arrogant.
Patricia: You're killing them with that workload. Look at the board!
Richard: What? That's a beautiful board.
Patricia: That's a crowded board. (she hands him the note she's reading) We need more nurses!
Cristina: McDreamy's being McDouchey.
Izzie: You're not moving out, George.
George: Oh yes I am. I gave an ultimatum. Threw down the gauntlet. I drew my line in the sand.
Izzie: Well, un-give, un-throw, un-draw.
George: A man does not give an ultimatum and then back down. Meredith had a choice and she chose the dog.
Meredith (closing voiceover): No matter how hard we try to ignore or deny it, eventually the lies fall away, whether we like it or not. But here's the truth about the truth: It hurts. So we lie.