Ratings: 19.31 Million Viewers
Trivia: The runtime for this episode, not including commercials, is about 47 minutes, which is 4 minutes longer than usual.
Meredith: (opening voiceover) There’s this thing about being a surgeon. Maybe it’s pride, or maybe it’s just about being tough. But a true surgeon never admits they need help, unless absolutely necessary. Surgeons don’t need to ask for help because they are tougher than that. Surgeons are cowboys, rough around the edges, hardcore. At least that’s what they want you to think.
Derek: She doesn't let me take care of her. That's not my job anymore. She won't let me.
Cristina: I'm taking care of her.
Meredith: I can't stop, Cristina. I can't stop seeing Derek. It's not about the sex. It's not about the sex, it's about that moment afterward. The world stops, just feels so safe, so safe. I'm not ready to give that up. Does that make me sad, weak, and pathetic?
Cristina: A little bit.
Meredith: What do I do?
Cristina: I don't know.
Mark: What exactly is a gentlemen's evening?
Derek: I don't know. It's an evening, with gentlemen.
Mark: And strippers?
Derek: Nah, I don't think the Chief meant strippers.
Mark: Sure sounds like strippers. Dr. Bailey? What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say a gentlemen's evening?
Bailey: Tassels. Sequin tassels and one dollar bills.
Mark: See? Strippers.
Derek: There will be no strippers. I'm almost positive.
Mark: So, you don't know what this thing is either?
Derek: No. But you're in?
Mark: Why not? I like to be surprised.
Cristina: Heads up. Mr. Incredible, twelve o'clock.
Cristina: What the hell was that about?
Meredith: That was about the date that we have later in the on-call room. It's nothing.
Cristina: You sure seem to be busy, to lose sleep, for a whole lot of nothing.
Mark: Well, this is cozy.
Callie: This is hell. I assigned O'Malley to you, so you could keep him away from me. And now our patients are connected to each other.
Mark: You're not looking at this like the opportunity that it is.
Mark: Meaning he's an intern, and it's like half my job torturing interns.
Callie: Thanks. That's almost sweet, but torturing George is not gonna make any of this any better. Torture him, how exactly?
Meredith: (closing voiceover) Deep down, everyone wants to believe they can be hardcore. But being hardcore isn't just about being tough. It's about acceptance. Sometimes you have to give yourself permission to not be hardcore for once. You don't have to be tough every minute of every day. It's okay to let down your guard. In fact there are moments when it's the best thing you can possibly do. As long as you choose your moments wisely.