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Trivia: DADT (Don't Ask, Don't Tell), the policy mentioned by the gay solider, was repealed on September 20, 2011.
Meredith: (opening voiceover) There's this person. In my head. She is brilliant. Capable. She can do chest tubes and craniotomy's. She can run a code without freaking out. She's a really good surgeon. Maybe even a great surgeon. She's me. Only so much better. And I'm afraid I'll never become this person in my head because something keeps getting in my way.
Mark: The most refined, professional, and ladylike doctor in this hospital came to my defence tonight. The best that she could come up with was "He's a whore." I'm a whore.
Derek: I slept with her and the whole time I was thinking of Meredith. Who's the whore?
Miranda: Just wanted to drop off the form myself, answer any questions you might have.
Richard: There are interns on this form
Miranda: Mmhm...I require the energy of youth. Dr. Shepherd was a moment of weakness for both of us.
Richard: Dr. Sloan?
Miranda: Oh, that was many moments. On call rooms. It was very hot.
Adele: Mmhm, McSteamy.
Richard: Alright, Dr. Bailey, I get the joke.
Miranda: See, this is a joke to you. I am a single woman. I've been a single woman for some time now, but the very idea that I could have a sexual encounter, a consensual sexual encounter is a joke to you!
Richard: Dr. Bailey I --
Miranda: So much so that you would single me out of this entire hospital as the one person who couldn't interest a person of the opposite sex...it's...it's...just --
Adele: It's harassment.
Miranda: Just shame on you sir! Just shame on you!
Erica: So are we on for tonight or what?
Callie: Um, I told you I had a thing.
Erica: I don't ah ... make friends easily. I'm awkward and am bad at small talk and generally don't like people I don't know. But I made friends with you and now you have this thing and that thing is Sloan.
Callie: Are you mad that I'm sleeping with Mark Sloan?
Erica: I'm not mad that your sleeping with Sloan. I'm mad that you didn't tell me that your sleeping with Sloan. I'm mad at you. Because instead of telling me and admitting that your one of those girls who goes all pouffy when she gets a boyfriend, you disappear with your thing. I don't make friends easily.
Izzie: Dr. Bailey, if I can't get a hold of my patient, is it okay to give her test results to her friend?
Izzie: What if her friend is a really good friend of mine, and he's changing his whole life for her because he thinks she's pregnant and she's not?
Bailey: Stevens, you wanna win yourself a Harper Avery, you need to master basics of privacy.
Erica: It's because I don't have a penis, isn't it?
Erica: I publish more, I do double the research. I deserve this more than Burke. It's a big men's club, and it's not fair.
Callie: Huh. I didn't even realize you were being considered.
Erica: I wasn't going to mention it until I won. Then I was going to be all nonchalant like awards don't matter to me. It was going to be very impressive and humble. Now Burke's gone and ruined my whole act.
Meredith: Stop singing. You're going to win your own Harper Avery award. Burke wouldn't have a career if it hadn't been for you. You saved him when he had his tremor. The Harper Avery board may not know it but he does. I'm in therapy. Because he's with Rose. I'm way more screwed up than you are.
Cristina: Thank you. That makes me feel a little better.
Meredith: You're welcome.
Meredith: (closing voiceover) It was a good day. Maybe even a great day. I was a good doctor, even when it was hard, I was the me in my head. There was a moment when I thought I can't do this, I can't do this alone. I close my eyes and imagine myself doing it, and I did, I blocked out the fear, and I did it.
Episode Title: The Becoming
"The Becoming" is the title of a song by Nine Inch Nails.
Knocked Up: Alex says to Izzie "She's pregnant, she's knocked up."
This is a nod to Katherine Heigl's role in the 2007 comedy film Knocked Up.
Madonna: While in the morgue Cristina starts to sing the song 'Like A Virgin' by Madonna.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Alex compares the heart surgery to Snow White sleeping to the patient's daughter.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a Disney film from 1937.