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Dr. Robbins is not sympathetic when Miranda pages her at 2:30 in the morning because Jackson, the boy who needs a liver transplant, should be moved up on the transplant list because his blood pressure has dropped. "He's running out of time," she tells Dr. Robbins, who replies, "They're always running out of Best Quotes Ending Statement/Quote: We're human. We make mistakes. We mis-estimate. We call it wrong. But when a surgeon makes a bad judgement call, it's not as simple. People get hurt. They bleed. So we struggle, over every stich. We agonize over every suture. Because the snap-judgements, the ones that come to us quickly and easily, without Goofs:


Episode Number"TITLE": 12

Season: 5
airdate: Original Air Date: January 15, 2009Writer:
written by: Jenna Bans
directed by: Director: Jeannot SwarcSpecial Guests: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Tyne Daly, Kevin McKidd, Melissa George, Eric Stoltz, Jessica Capshaw, Samantha Mathis, Jason Kravits, Ernie Grunwald, Brandon Scott
Derek's mother, Carolyn, makes a surprise visit to Seattle and meets Meredith for the first time, as Mark tries to conceal his relationship with Lexie from her as well; meanwhile, death row inmate William wishes to donate his organs to Bailey and Arizona's patient, as Owen and Cristina try to go on their first date.

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My time.mother Welcomeused to peds." Miranda takes issue with Sadie when she promises Jackson's mom that he has say athis goodabout chanceresidency. ofIt findingtakes a donor. Miranda tells Sadie that she doesn't trust her, and that if she wants to stay on the case, she'll have to raise her hand and wait to be toldyear to speak. "You're joking," Sadie says, and Miranda coldly responds, "Do I look like I'm joking? Derek is summonedlearn to the hospital for death row inmate William, whose brain is swelling. Butcut. William,It who'stakes duea lifetime to belearn executednot into. fiveOf days,all refusesof the surgery. Derek, however, says he doesn't want to help Williamtools "cheaton the system," and will rush him into surgery as soon as he losessurgical consciousness.tray, sound Afterjudgement spendingis the night with Lexie, Mark istrickiest forcedone to hide in themaster. closetAnd aswithout Meredith'sit, roommateswe are all over the house, in prepration for a visit from Derek's mother, Carolyn. Mark finally manages to sneak out at 4 a.m. Meredith, meanwhile, is a nervous wreck about meeting Derek's mother. "Mothers don't love me," she proclaims. "Mothers like bright and happy and bubbly." "You'll be fine," Izzie advises her. "Just don't mention your evil mother. Or your drunky father. Or your weird secret sister." Izzie and Alex watch as Meredith awkwardly meets Carolyn. Under Izzie's advice, Meredith has put her hair up into a high ponytail that everyone else says looks ridiculous. Over lunch, when Carolyn asks about her father, Meredith excuses herself saying, "I should really gojust checktoddlers onrunning thearound serialwith killer."ten-blades.
William and Jackson cross paths in the hallway. When Jackson tells William he needs a new liver and a new intestine, William asks, "You want mine?"

"Let me save a life before I go," William tells Meredith, but protocol won't permit it.

Dr. Robbins finally has enough with Miranda second-guessing her every decision on Jackson, and blows her top at Miranda. Fortunately, Alex arrives to announce a donor has been found. Meredith tells William about Jackson's donor and William still wants to know if he was a match. "Yes, you were,"
We're planshuman. toWe make keepmistakes. hisWe relationshipmis-estimate. withWe Lexiecall secretit arewrong. thwartedBut when she insists on eating lunch with him, but then the other interns join them and hea surgeon makes his escape. He runs into Carolyn, who tells him, "You have that same guilty look you had on your face when you were 10 years old." Mark confesses that he's sleeping with Meredith's little sister, so Derek's mom quizzes her on her sexual history, wanting to know if she's a "good girl." Carolyn later tellsbad Markjudgement thatcall, Lexie'sit's not the problem, he is, and that he doesn't set very high standards for his own behavior. Instead of apologizing for continuing to see Lexie, Mark urges Callie to pursue her crush, Sadie, but Callie says she's scared of gettingas burnedsimple. again.People Despiteget beinghurt. toldThey bleed. toSo staywe quiet,struggle, Sadieover speaksevery outstich. duringWe Jackson'sagonize surgeryover whenevery she'ssuture. Because the only to notice a spot onsnap-judgements, the donated organ. Miranda realizes, to her dismay,ones that the organs are dead and can't be used. Meanwhile, William is crashing, but he begs Meredith not to let him die "strapped down to a table like an animal." Derek needs another doctor's signature to okay the surgery, but she freezes. Cristina signs it instead, so Derek asks her to scrub in. William comescome to afterus surgeryquickly and tells Derek, that they're exactly alike as they both choose when -- or whether -- someone else dies. easily, Derekwithout insistshesitation, they're nothing alike, and repeats that he's not going to let William die in the hospital. Alone in the break room, Cristina finally talks to Meredith: "That ponytail looks ridiculous," she says, so Meredith takes it out. When Carolyn wants to know where Derek is, Meredith confides that the ponytail and the smiles were all fake and that she's really "dark and cloudy," and the type of girlones that feels bad forhaunt serialus killers.forever.
Izzie tells Denny that she's tired of the secrecy of carrying on a relationship with a dead man. "I want you alive," she says. "Are you breaking up with me, Izzie Stevens?" he asks and she says she is. After Dr. Robbins advises Alex not to get hung up on the bad cases and to make plans, he asks Izzie if she'll go visit his mother with him.

Owen asks Cristina out on a date, but he shows up late and drunk. She orders him to take a shower, but she doesn't mean hers! He steps in with all his clothes on and tells her the details of his first, incredibly traumatic case during the war. Cristina listens, then gets into the shower with him.

Derek's mother tells him she's no longer angry about his father's death. She notes that that he sees things in black and white, but that Meredith doesn't. "You need a spoonful of that," she tells him,
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Meredith learns that Jackson still needs organs, so she tells William that his skull is very vulnerable post-surgery, and that if he damages it, it'll lead to brain death. He asks whether she's doing this for him or Jackson and she answers, "Whatever helps you sleep at night." After she leaves, he takes a
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