— Meredith Grey, MD
Bandaid Covers the Bullet Hole
[Addison is called in on a case where a woman needs a c-section. Her husband is stricken by Addison’s looks and says to her]
Mr. Gibson: Wow, you bear a striking resemblance to a young Catherine Deneuve. [Addison looks curiously surprised, to which he responds] Oh you’ve, you’ve never heard that before?
Addison: Uh, eh no. Sorry I… I have to say it’s a first.
Bailey: [rolls her eyes and murmurs] I been told I look like Halle Berry.
Curiously, Addison Montgomery Shepherd was compared to a young Catherine Deneuve in Grey’s Anatomy season two. It was Justin Chambers, however, who actually had opportunity to work with an older Catherine Deneuve in the 2001 film, The Musketeer.
[ER full of shot up employees; gunner had been aiming for Brad, big-shot manager who had fired the gunman the day before]
Wounded Employee Will: [to Dr. Bailey] UGH! If I could say something to that guy and not get fired…
Bailey: He can’t fire me. [saunters over to Bragging Brad] Uh, Mr. Ackles. Brad, um, I’m happy for you that you’re not feeling much pain from your very minor injuries, but there are a great many people in this hospital who are in a great amount of pain. See, they have bullets in their bones, in their chests, and in their brains—bullets from a gun that was aiming for you! and although they can’t say it because you’re the boss of them, most of them at this moment are praying, not that they’ll live, not that the pain will subside; they’re praying to God for you, at this moment for you to shut the heck up.
[Richard enters Ellis’ room at SGH the morning that she’s scheduled for discharge back to her nursing home]
Ellis: I told Thatch I’m leaving him.
Richard: You left Thatcher, Ellis. But I couldn’t bring myself to leave Adele. Do you remember?
Ellis: Painted horses.
Richard: Yes. We were on the carousel in the park. It was raining.
Ellis: I have an offer from Boston General.
Richard: You took it to get away. We swore to never to talk again about what we had together. It was gonna always be our secret.
Richard: Yes, Ellis?
Ellis: Carousels give me the creeps.
[later in the day Richard returns as Ellis is being discharged]
Richard: Goodbye, Ellis. [Ellis disregards him as Meredith approaches her mother]
Meredith: I am gonna come see you tomorrow, okay? [she steps back, but Ellis grips her arm]
Ellis: He doesn’t love her. He can’t. But he’ll stay with her anyway. She’s his wife.
Meredith: [recognizing that her mother is momentarily lucid] Mom? [Ellis recognizes her] Mommie!
Ellis: Meredith! [Meredith crouches down. Ellis cups Meredith’s cheek with her hand] You grew up.
Meredith: I did.
Ellis: Hmm. It’s a shame. It’s awful being a grown-up. The carousel never stops turning. You can’t get off.
Meredith: Ok. [she steps away as an aid wheels Ellis away]
|Mai:||[eyes closed, meditating]: He's back...|
|Alex:||[speaking to cardiac patient, Elizabeth, as he enters her room, interrupting meditative therapy she & Mai are performing] You need to let me prep you for surgery.|
|Elizabeth:||Oh no. not yet. We haven't finished our work.|
|Alex:||You're gonna die.|
|Elizabeth:||Do you know how Mai knew you were back even with her eyes closed?|
|Alex:||She heard me?|
|Elizabeth:||She felt you. It's like a pull; like a darkness.|
|Alex:||Right, right; I'm the angel of death. got it.|
|Elizabeth:||No. You're not the angel of death, Dr. Karev. You're...you're actually a very sweet boy. [directing her conversation to Mai] He's got a beautiful heart wouldn't you say, Mai?|
|Mai:||I would. but his gut and his throat...|
|Mai:||...second chakra's worse.|
|Alex:||Seriously, you're talking about chakras?!|
|Elizabeth:||We're talking about how you've got a darkness at your throat chakra where your voice should be...because whatever happened to you was so ugly and went on for so long that you don't talk about it. You were hurt so badly that sometimes you want to hurt other people just to...just to spread it around. You were a good boy, Dr. Karev. A good, sweet, boy. But you're not a very good man. What happened to you?|
|Alex:||[struggling to hide his uncomfortable reaction] Your artery is shredding. You need surgery. I'm not a very good man, but I do tell the truth. And the truth is that if you don't get this surgery fast, you're going to die. [exits quickly]|
|Alex:||[returning later in the day with Izzie] Hahn said you'd have a heart attack this afternoon, and you didn't.|
|Elizabeth:||So you think there might be something to this healing thing after all?|
|Alex:||No. But I'm going to help you anyway--or, ah, she is... [motioning to Izzie] This is Dr. Stevens.|
|Izzie:||[confused] Hi, Umm, I'm sorry. I'm not sure what I'm doing here.|
|Alex:||You're gonna to talk her through a coronary artery dissection repair.|
|Elizabeth:||She's an expert?|
|Alex:||nonono, she's a second year resident like me, but she's been focused on cardiothoracics for a while, and she's seen the procedure done.|
|Elizabeth:||Well, I appreciate what you're trying to do, but...|
|Alex:||Ah, she's like a bright yellow, right?|
|Alex:||What I'm saying is that she's an optimist. She's the opposite of me. She's exactly the kind of person you want helping you, right?|
|Mai:||[sarcastically] Well, she brightens you, that's for sure!|
|Izzie:||[still confused] What are we talking about?|
|Alex:||Just talk her through the surgery before she croaks, alright? Can you do that?|
|Izzie:||Um, do you want me to talk you through it?|
|Elizabeth:||In as much detail as possible, yes.|
|Alex:||[whispering to Izzie as he leaves] Yang's got nothin' on you.|
Grey’s Anatomy Fun Fact: Alex Karev has an uncle who is a rodeo clown
Colleges & Universities where various Grey’s characters achieved their Baccalaureate degrees prior to attending medical school…
- Dartmouth College — Meredith Grey
- Wellesley College — Miranda Bailey
- University of Iowa — Alex Karev
- Smith College — Cristina Yang
- Tulane University — Preston Burke
- Bowdoin College — Derek Shepherd
Meredith: I wore my new lip gloss because my ex-boyfriend’s wife looks like Isabella freaking Rossellini
Addison Forbes Montgomery Shepherd:
She is regarded to be one of the best in her many specialized fields. She is an MD, board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, with fellowships specializing in Maternal Fetal Medicine otherwise known as Perinatolgy, which focuses intensely on high-risk pregnancies. She also has a fellowship in medical genetics, and is considered one of the nation’s foremost renowned neonatal surgeons.
But what does it take to get all those specialties, accreditations, and accolades?
- College: a four year baccalaureate degree specializing is pre-med &/or science.
- Medical School: 2-4 years additional classroom training, depending on area of focus. An MD is awarded upon completion.
- Residencies: 17-20 years respectively
OB/GYN surgical residency typically takes an additional 5years beyond medical school. An MFM residency (fellowship) adds on another 3years to that.
Pediatrics requires a residency of 5years beyond medical school, and is required before one can move on to a neonatology specialty. Thus, an additional 3years of neonatological residency is subsequently required after a 5year pediatric residency in order to become a neonatologist once a pediatrics specialty is completed.
To become a “foremost” neonatal surgeon would also require countless years of practical experience once board certification is achieved, including tenured professorships with at least one institution of medical accreditation, with multiple studies & medical articles having been published in esteemed medical journals. No one becomes "foremost" in anything without vast & intensive experience to prove it.
Medical Genetics requires an additional 3-7 years depending on genetic specialty—and since Addison’s focus is in MFM & neonatology, she would have been required to spend no less than five additional years studying & training in the field of human medical genetics.
- All total, by the time Addison packed up her critically esteemed & well-established practice in NYC to move to Seattle, she would have been in her mid-50’s, looking absolutely friggin’ NOTHING like Isabella Rossellini!!!
Fun Grey’s Anatomy Tidbit:
- Dr. Derek Shepard lived in an Airstream International camper trailer, an American inspiration in RV’s since the 1930’s. Airstreams are often referred to as “silver bullets” because of their streamline bullet shape & polished aluminum color.
We spend our whole lives worrying about the future, planning for the future, trying to predict the future, as if figuring it out will cushion the blow. But the future is always changing. The future is the home of our deepest fears and wildest hopes. But one thing is certain when it finally reveals itself. The future is never the way we imagined it. ~ Meredith Grey, MD