Meredith (opening voiceover): Surgeons usually fantasize about wild and improbable surgeries. Someone collapses in a restaurant, slice them open with a butter knife, replace a valve with a hollowed-out stick of carrot. But every now and then, another kind of fantasy slips in. Most of our fantasies dissolve when we wake up, banished to the back of our mind. But sometimes we're sure, if we try hard enough, we can live the dream.
Burke: Coming or going?
Izzie: I don’t know.
Burke: Me either.
Cristina: You had a dream about the both of them. Threesome? Nice. Just when I think you’re boring, you rise.
Meredith: I’m dating. And, it comes with snacks.
Meredith: Enough, this is not dating. I want moonlight, and flowers, and candy, and people trying to feel me up. Nobody is trying to feel me up. Nobody is even looking at me. I'm an intern. Do you the two of you have any idea how much effort it takes to do all this. I'm waxed, I'm plucked and I have a clean top on; and the two of you are looking at each other. No, my fantasy is not two men looking at each other. No talking until one of you figures out how to put on a date. I want heat. I want romance. Damnit I want to feel like a freaking lady.
Addison: Weren’t you just on 3?
Meredith: I was. We lost a patient, a little girl and I was just --
Addison: Look, why don’t you pick a floor and stay on it, and I’ll pick a floor and stay on that. Because I really need a moment or two without you. Your face shows up in my head, your panties show up in my husband’s pocket. Really, you’re everywhere, and I need a moment or two without you.
Meredith: I get that.
Addison: You missed your plane.
Mark: Grounded on account of bad weather.
Addison: It’s a cloudless sky, that happens, like, twice a year in Seattle.
Mark: Yeah, but there’s a typhoon in New York.
Alex: We need to run a CT on this kid’s abdomen. This superhero stuff’s way outta hand.
Bailey: So what if she thinks she’s a superhero? I believed in Santa Claus ‘til I was 11.
Alex: Really? Did Santa ever hit you in the gut with a baseball bat?
Meredith (closing voiceover): The fantasy is simple. Pleasure is good, and twice as much pleasure is better. That pain is bad, and no pain is better. But the reality is different. The reality is that pain is there to tell us something, and there's only so much pleasure we can take without getting a stomach ache. And maybe that's okay. Maybe some fantasies are only supposed to live in our dreams.
Episode Title: Sometimes A Fantasy
"Sometimes A Fantasy" is the title of a song by Billy Joel.
The Green Lantern:
Alex says "But take away Green Lantern’s ring, guy’s still a superhero, right?"
Green Lantern is a DC comic book hero who possesses a "power ring" that gives Green Lantern control over the physical world. Green Lantern was featured in the Justic League Unlimited
The Bell Jar: Cristina says "Uh, she's dating everyone with a pulse and I'm trying to get Burke out of the bell jar."
This is a reference to the 1963 novel "The Bell Jar", written by Sylvia Plath.
Comic Book References: George says "Well, superheroes look like anyone, like you or me. Maybe they're not someone that people necessarily notice as extraordinary. Maybe in their daily life they get walked on. But then, there's a moment they get hit by a cosmic ray or bitten by a radioactive spider, and then suddenly something that has been inside them all this times comes raging out."
George is alluding to the origin stories of the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, respectively. The Fantastic Four were hit by cosmic rays during an experimental space flight in Fantastic Four #1 (1961). Spider-Man was bitten by a radioactive spider in Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962).