Meredith: My college campus has a magic statue. It's a long standing tradition for students to rub its nose for good luck. My freshman room mate really believed in the statue's power and insisted on visiting it to rub its nose before every exam. Studying might have been a better idea; she flunked out her sophomore year. The fact is, we all have little superstitious things we do. If it's not believing in magic statues, it's avoiding side walk cracks or always putting our left shoe on first. Knock on wood. Step on a crack, break your mother's back. The last thing we want to do is offend the gods.
Bailey: What's this?
Addison: Hot cocoa. It's a little ritual we had in New York. Four surgeries, four deaths. I figure we can all use a little good juju.
Bailey: And cocoa equals juju how?
Addison: Hey, hey, hey! Don't question the cocoa.
Meredith: I got hot-chocolated. The she-Shepherd hot-chocolated me.
Cristina: You're a pervy little boy, George. And you're not finding the cap.
George: I'll do your dishes for a month.
Cristina: I don't do dishes.
George: I'll do your laundry for...
Cristina: I don't do laundry.
George: Maybe that's why Burke likes having me around so much.
Cristina: Interesting, interesting. Are you having sex with him?
Cristina: Then he likes having me around more.
Meredith: I'm getting the feeling that she's a little bit of a stalker.
Bailey: Do we need to call the police?
Meredith: I don't think so. I think she's more of a gentle stalker than a kill-you-with-a-knife stalker.
Bailey: Right. Well, let's hope she lives to gently stalk another day.
Izzie: George says you have Burke's scrub cap.
Izzie: Give it to him.
Izzie: Give it to him, Christina!
Cristina: What is with you?
Izzie: He needs it to operate.
Cristina: No he doesn't.
Izzie: But it isn't your decision to make. Not when he's going in on Denny. Now are you going to give it to him, or am I going to have to physically take it from you?
Cristina: (laughing) Are you threatening me?
Izzie: I swear to god, Christina. I like you, I really do. But I grew up in a trailer park, and I am not above kicking your pampered little Beverly-Hills ass. And I do mean physically kicking. Your ass.
Izzie: This is over.
Alex: What, you're breaking up with me over a corpse?
Izzie: No, no. I am breaking up with you because on your very best day, that corpse is twice the man you will ever be. You're not good enough for me, Alex. You're not good enough for anyone.
Alex: O'Malley, you're a sad excuse for a man.
George: Excuse me?
Alex: I know you heard me. You're like a whiny little girl.
Alex: Oh, I know why he's not speaking to you. Because he's not over you. (to George) Man, you got laid. It went badly. A man would move on. But you, you mope around this place like a dog that likes to get kicked. You make me sick. And if it wouldn't get me thrown out of the program, I'd smash your pathethic little face right into that locker.
Meredith: Superstition lies in the space between what we can control and what we can't. Find a penny, pick it up; all day long you'll have good luck. No one wants to pass the chance of good luck, but does saying it 33 times really help? Is anyone really listening? And if no one's listening, why do we bother doing those strange things at all? We rely on superstitions because we're smart enough to know we don't have all the answers, and that life works in mysterious ways. Don't dis the juju from wherever it comes.
George: Hey doctor Torres.
Torres: Doctor O'Malley.. you're aware that this is the woman's restroom?
George: Yes mam.
(after Torres has left the room)
Cristina: Dude, you called her "ma'am". She's never going to sleep with you now.
In the final scene of the episode, George takes his coat off twice.
When you first see Izzie looking at the OR board after she's been thrown out of Burke's operation, there are some sections of one of the operations rubbed out. When you next see her looking at the OR board (after Alex has bet that "Burke's guy went down"), the row is magically filled up. Meredith and Bailey come along and Meredith rubs out the same sections again.
Bailey does not put on any gause or cream on the defibrillator paddles when she is trying to revive the lightning patient.
Derek's patient who died in the OR can be seen moving his eyelids.
Izzie took Denny into surgery with Burke. A scene later, when Izzie and George are talking at the nurses station, you can see Denny being prepared for surgery in the background.
Episode Title: Superstition
"Superstition" is the title of a hit song by Stevie Wonder.
Warner Bentley: Meredith says in the opening voiceover "My college campus has a magic statue. It's a long standing tradition for students to rub its nose for good luck."
This is a reference to a tradition at Dartmouth, where Meredith (and Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes) went to college. Students rub the nose of a statue of Warner Bentley for good luck.
Macbeth: Izzie says that saying it is quiet in the OR is like saying Macbeth in the theatre.