Grey’s Anatomy – S17E08 – It’s All Too Much [Transcript]

As traumas and pressure mount, Grey Sloan doctors try to find a path forward, and Richard questions his faith. Meanwhile, Jo, Link and Jackson play an unconventional drinking game.
Grey's Anatomy - S17E08 - It's All Too Much

Air date: March 18, 2021

The hospital staff struggles to come to terms with the death of Andrew DeLuca, with Teddy taking the hardest hit as she sees visions of him around the hospital. At a memorial for Andrew, while each doctor pays tribute to him in a farewell video, Owen finds Teddy mentally unresponsive and takes her home. Bailey desperately tries to find a way that Andrew could have been saved, despite the team doing everything they possibly could. After Richard recognizes Bailey’s behavior as her coping mechanism for her own mother’s death, Bailey decides to take time off to rest and grieve properly. Maggie and Winston treat a patient with haphephobia, while Link turns to alcohol to deal with the stress of caring for his son and Meredith’s children. Meanwhile, Meredith remains on the ventilator even after Teddy attempts to take her off. Meredith sees Derek on the beach and wants to stay with him, but Hayes urges her to fight and return to the real world.

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MEREDITH: No one ever imagined we would make it this far.

♪ I guess all the mountains that I moved just weren’t enough ♪

♪ And all those nights I walked you home ♪

♪ From crowded bars when you were drunk ♪

Incision-less surgeries, 4D imaging, mechanical organs, stem cell therapy…


♪ And I just wonder what it’d take to make you stay ♪


♪ ‘Cause when you said jump, I said how high ♪


♪ But when I jumped, you said goodbye ♪

Every medical innovation seemed impossible, unimaginable until it was achieved.


♪ I would’ve walked through hell ♪

And luckily, we haven’t stopped making advancements.

Your recent COVID test has come back negative, your ABG’s improved, your RSBI looks promising, and oxygen requirements have decreased.

If you keep this up,

I may just try weaning you off the vent later today.

[CELLPHONE CHIMES] Because the other side of the unimaginable is death.

And the pain that comes with loss.

MAN: Dr. Altman?

[GASPS]♪ Without you here tonight Bailey said you’d need some help covering the COVID ICU since…

Since we lost… Yeah, uh… Uh, o-okay.

Thank you.

♪ Nothing I can do

♪ ‘Cause you don’t wanna try ♪

And that side never stops coming.

We need some good news, Meredith.

Please, just… we really need some good news.

♪ I would’ve walked through hell ♪

♪ To find another way


♪ I would’ve laid me down

It’s you again!

♪ If I knew that you would stay ♪

♪ I would’ve crossed the stars

♪ To keep you in my life

♪ But now I’m falling hard

♪ Without you here tonight


JACKSON: [YAWNING] You going in today?

Day off.

Hey, if I say something, can you not judge me?

Because we’re friends who bang, not friends who judge.

[YAWNING] Mm, I have wrapped my head around the concept, yeah.

I need joy in my life.

[SIGHING] Val died, and DeLuca…

I can’t even say it yet.

And I physically have no more room left in my body for sadness.

So I am switching specialties to OB and all I need from you is encouragement.

You thought I would judge you for that?

I literally spend all day every day at work wanting to walk out that door just to go off into the woods by myself hiking for three months until there’s a vaccine.

There’s not gonna be a vaccine in three months.

I’m sorry… You just said no judging.

[LAUGHING] I know, but that’s just ridiculous.

Wait, so, you for real about switching specialties?


Wow. Yeah.



What was that?

In lieu of confetti.



♪ I walked outside and got kissed with a gentle breeze ♪

♪ The sunshine and roses gave me everything I need ♪

♪ I feel alive You okay?


The kids loved Andrew.

He used to play his guitar for them and teach them songs in Italian.

He brought gelato to every birthday.

And every half-birthday.

Which all three of these kids now think is an actual thing.


I’m just so sorry.

For all of you.

Aunt Maggie! It’s your turn!

Okay, Zozo.

I’ll be there.


Know what?

I think this crowd could benefit from some new East Coast moves.

Ndugu moves. What do you say, Zola?

Gimme a shot? Yeah!

Alright. Make room.

♪ Lucky today





♪ I’m feeling lucky today Hey! Yeah?

♪ Ooh, ooh, ooh

♪ Ooh, ooh, ooh

Ooh, ooh! Come on!

♪ Yeah, yeah, I’m feeling… ♪

And I just wish I had the chance to thank him for it.


Do you think that was okay?

It’s a video tribute for someone whose brother got murdered.

Nothing’s “okay.”

But funerals no longer exist, so…

Do you want me to record yours?

I’m, um…

Yeah, just, um…


And, uh, later today, I need you to meet a team…


…from county at the loading dock.

We’re giving them PPE. [SIGHS]

They’re wearing trash bags over there.



Do we have extra PPE?

We have more than others. Which is extra.

When was the last time you were home?


Hunt! Yeah, Altman. Come in.

Meredith’s stable.

I’m actually gonna try to reduce her vent settings today.

I’m hopeful.

Hunt, how are we with beds?

The normal COVID floor capacity’s at 80%, ICU is okay.

Morale is pretty low with DeLuca…

It’s hit everyone pretty hard.

Well, I expect DeLuca’s autopsy results by the end of the day.

You asked for his results? Why?

Andrew DeLuca was one of our own.

Obviously, something went wrong.

I want to know what that was.


That’s all.


Bailey, I already told you every step of what happened.

Well after I could have done something to change the outcome.


Shut the door on your way out.





Woman on P.A.: Dr. Connor to the ICU.

Thank you for coming with me.

I wouldn’t miss it.

I have privileges, right?

My department, my world.

Dr. Gruber to the OR.

Helm, what do we got?

Dr. Gruber to the OR.

Byron Gibbis, 52, found passed out on his front porch.

He’s febrile, tachycardic. I also heard a big murmur.

Rapid COVID was negative, no signs of head trauma, but I did order a pan scan.

Let’s add a cardiac CT.

Um, do you work here?

Dr. Winston Ndugu, cardiothoracic surgeon from Tufts.

He’s got Osler’s nodes.

Oh, my God. My God.

Byron, I’m Dr. Maggie Pierce. You’re at Grey-Sloan Memorial.

You were found unconscious, and an ambulance…

Get away from me! Okay…

No, I’m serious. Everybody back up, okay?

I’m not getting COVID. Where are my clothes?

Sir, please just…

Everybody here is sick.

Oh, God. [GROANS]

Okay, Byron, I know that this is a shock and I know that you’re scared, but if we don’t get a look at your heart, you may not make it home.

We have all been tested.

If you need a mask or if you need a face shield, we can get you whatever you need.

But, please, just stay.

I was so good.

I didn’t go anywhere.

Let’s get you ready for CT.



One minute I’m sad, ’cause I think about his sister and his family and what a great guy he was.

Next minute, I’m filled with guilt.

Then I’m filled with rage.

That a person could [SIGHS] do that to another human being.

I’m scared. Hopeless. Sometimes numb.

I can always go back to guilt.

Guilt is my go-to.

My go-to is numb.


Did you just describe exactly what was wrong with our relationship in only five words?


I think maybe I just did.


I just… DeLuca. I…


I-I just can’t get my head around it.


What is this?

Looks like whiskey.

Mm, what was it doing on the top shelf behindt he fancy candlesticks?

What were you doing on the top shelf behind the fancy candlesticks?

Are you drunk?

It’s 9:00 in the morning.

Plenty of people get drunk at 9:00 in the morning.

Yeah, well, not me, Amelia.

I live at home with four kids.

Sometimes late at night…


…I have a drink in the garage and I play my guitar.

We’re in a pandemic.

You drink in the garage? Do you hear yourself?

Do you hear yourself?

Hiding alcohol is an objectively bad sign.

Or it’s a sign that I’m trying to be respectful of you.

If you have a problem, you can talk to me.

I’m, like, literally the best person in the world you could talk to. Do you know how stressed out I am? All the time?

And now on top of everything, if it wasn’t hard enough, now I have to make sure that I don’t accidentally mention that their friend Andrew was stabbed to death by somebody who sells children for sex.

Okay, that is all of us. That is not just you.

And not all of us have to drink to cope.

You don’t have to, or you don’t get to?

Because I get to. Because I’m not an alcoholic.

I’m not in recovery and…

Y’know what?

I can’t be here right now.

You’re leaving? Yes.

Because I don’t want to say something that I might regret.

Because I love you and because I’m a good guy.

But sometimes, Amelia, you drive me insane.

And… And this is one of those times.

So, yes, I’m leaving.

And I’m taking this with me.

Oh, and, uh, just so we’re clear…

I’m coming back.

Because I’m not a bad guy!



No pressure, Grey, but we really need you to pull through this.

This place can’t stand another loss.

Are we ready?

I’m gonna lighten her sedation…


…and then gradually turn down all of her settings.

And if she tolerates it, then we’ll move forward with spontaneous breathing trials.

Dr. Altman, I’m more than able to handle this with the respiratory therapist.

Maybe you should get some rest.

I know how closely you worked with Dr. DeLuca.

Which has nothing to do with getting Meredith off the vent.



Come on, Grey.

Come on, Grey, you can do this.


You look just like Ellis just now, the way you’re looking at your feet.

So serious.

Then she gets that worried little brow.



This is torture!

You’re right here, and I can’t…

It’s torture!

It’s a torture of your own devising.


You were always good at that.

Good at what?

Torturing yourself.

I don’t do that as much anymore.


You never got to meet Ellis. [SCOFFS]

We didn’t even know.

I wish you got to know her.

She looks just like you.

She breaks the rules just like you.

And she’s quick to anger. And quick to laugh.

And she’s smart and pensive and stubborn, just like you.

Hates pink and purple, loves brown and green, and… and gets enraged at the thought of anybody wanting to cut down a tree.



Is… Is this thing clean?

People say you can’t get sick from surfaces, but you can.

We thoroughly disinfect the entire room in between patients.

Sir? Just… I need a minute, okay?

Can I leave my face shield on, please?

Sure. Oh, God.

If you’d like, I can stay with you.

I can hold your foot or… No, no, no, no. I don’t want anybody touching me.

Nobody touches me, okay?

WINSTON: Osler’s nodes, so… endocarditis.

Yes, but what is the underlying cause?

He denies intravenous drug use, there’s no indwelling catheter, no diabetes…

He said he hasn’t left his house since lockdown, right?

May I?


Hey, Byron. Yeah?

Have you had any trouble with your teeth lately?

I had a… a popcorn kernel stuck in my teeth, and I picked it out with a paperclip and… and now my gums are a little sore, but I-I’m not going to the dentist.

I’m not gonna lay there with my mouth open for 20 minutes inhaling somebody’s spit droplets.

No way.


Dental infection, which led to bacterial endocarditis.

Aortic valve abscess almost completely blocking the valves.

Helm, order some antibiotics and book an OR.

I thought of it.

You just said it first.

Oh, yeah, I believe you.



CATHERINE: Were you looking for me, dear?

Yeah, I was. Yeah.

You know, I built my life, my sanity, my sobriety… around the surrender to a higher power.

I mean, for me, it’s the belief that there’s some purpose.

That there’s a… a bigger plan.

Something that if I got all the way above it and could look down on it like, um…

Like a jigsaw puzzle, okay? Mm.

That somehow it would… It would make sense.

My faith is rooted in the trust that there’s a… a meaning and a wisdom that I’m just not elevated enough to see or understand.

A faith that whoever made this puzzle, it makes sense to Him.

And it’s beautiful.


Today, I’m… I’m struggling.

I’m struggling with my faith.

I’m struggling to trust anything.

And I just cannot see any wisdom in this.


I live with stage 4 cancer.

A cancer very few people survive.

I just got the results from my latest scan, and… nothing has grown.


It makes no sense.

Everywhere we look, someone is dying that was healthy yesterday.

It makes no sense.

“Puzzle” is the right word.

You can look for the pain, the lost, the unbearable.

Or you can look for the beauty, the grace… the miracle.

And nothing grew?

Nothing grew.



Okay, so, I know that people buy and trade and get rich and then just lose everything.

But what exactly is the stock market?

It’s a good thing you already know how to live out of a car.

Why? Well, questions like that make me think you’re gonna end up back in one.



Uh… who is it?

LINK: It’s Jackson Avery!

I’m here for a quick bang.

I… Jo!


Shut up.

Bad time?


Oh, crap.

Hey. Really bad time.

Um, I brought whiskey.

Oh, we’re day drinking. Ah!

[CLEARS THROAT] Sorry, dude. I didn’t realize, uh…

No, no, it’s cool.


Guess you’re aware of our… situation, then.

Yep. Sweet deal.



Oh, no, I’m on, uh, call.

Oh! Dibs.

Okay. Cheers.


all-our-friends-are-dying day.


I told him we’d move as fast as was safely possible.

His echo showed his ejection fraction at 64%, so hopefully his heart is strong enough to have a good outcome.

Who cleans his teeth with a paperclip?

Isolation makes people do crazy things.

We’re not meant to be alone.

People physically need people.



Oh, no, no! Don’t… Don’t… Don’t touch me!

Just back away! Please, everybody, back away.

NURSE LINDA: Dr. Pierce! I’m sorry. I can’t be here!

I can’t do this. I can’t! Get away from me! Dr. Pierce. Dr. Pierce.

Dr. Pierce! A little help? I can’t be here! I can’t be here!

Oh, God. I can’t! I can’t be here.

I can’t. I need to get out of here!

Okay, call security. I’m gonna go to the elevator.

You go to the OR board. I don’t know where that is.

It’s… Did anyone lose a naked man?

Because he went that way.






Hey, Byron.

I’m… I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.

I can’t do this. I can’t be here.


Oh, my God, my masks. I’m not wearing my masks.

Honey, you’re not wearing anything.

My best friend, Rory, he was healthy as a horse.

Never worked a day job his entire life, he didn’t smoke, he didn’t drink, he… he ran triathlons.

He got the virus, he was dead in a week. A week!

Wife and kids didn’t get to say goodbye to him.

Do you know how many people they’re projecting die from this?

Hundreds of thousands. I know.

And if you want to walk out of here, I’m not gonna stop you.

Wait, what?

But I will follow you.

Because your heart’s only gonna get worse, and I owe it to you, I owe it to my oath,

I owe it…

I lost someone, too, Byron.


But I know that pain, and I know how unfair it is and how enraging it is.

But I think… I think we owe it to the people we lost to live the lives that they can’t.

Even when it seems hard, and even when we’re afraid.

Byron, you have a problem that we can fix.

We can fix this.

But you have to let us.

[CRYING] I don’t want to die.

I don’t want to die.

I don’t want you to die, either.





Let’s get you a gown first.

She didn’t even know that she was pregnant.

And then we saved her baby.

And then… she died.

It’s like, during a pandemic, shouldn’t all the other tragic crap take a break?

You’re seriously gonna quit surgery?

I need some good things in my life.

And babies are good.

You realize OB is all about moms, yeah?

Yeah, who are happy because they’re having babies.

Not having my own any time soon…

Fingers crossed.

…or maybe ever, so I might as well hang out with some others.

I got like 15 of themat home.


Hang out with those.

It’s so unfair!

You and Amelia didn’t even want a baby, and then you got one and neither of you died.

Oh, poor you.

You’re young and single and dating a plastic surgeon.

No, we’re not… Not dating. It’s just sex.

And you can still work. Oh.

Last time my life sucked this bad, I quit medicine and moved to Venice Beach.

Ah, yes. The bike shop, right?



Jackson wants to run away to the woods.

Oh, nice. Can I come?

No, that would defeat the purpose.

What is the purpose?

You kidding? Escape. Outta here. Mm.

Escape from pain and rage and responsibility.

Escape from humanity.

I mean, trees don’t murder people.

Trees are not racist.


Trees do not politicize a disease and convince millions of people not to protect themselves and others by using a simple piece of damn fabric on their faces, so…

Trees don’t even have faces.

You know what? Maybe you can come.




♪ Oh

Uh, primary repair of the stomach…


…diaphragm, splenectomy, and repair of ventricular injury…

All intact.

Ultimately died from coagulopathy.

Like I told you. Well, now we have it in writing.

Which will make the M&M go smoothly.

The M&M?

Bailey, what in the hell are you trying to prove?

It’s Andrew DeLuca.

He gave five years of his life to this hospital.

We own him due diligence.

What about what you owe to your doctors that are still here?

The ones who’ve sacrificed their lives to fight a pandemic, who hardly sleep or eat or even shower, who see their families on screens…

Their faces are full of bruises because of the damn PPE, and now you want them to sit in front of a computer and be grilled on whether they messed up trying to save one of their own?

Let them grieve, for God’s sake!


You are causing me harm.

You are causing harm to Hunt and Altman.

DeLuca was a victim of a horrible crime, and he lost too much blood.

No mistakes were made, no stitch was missed.

And the mere suggestion that any of us didn’t do everything possible to save his life…

…it’s a pain I wouldn’t put on anyone.




I want you closer.

Could you please just come here?

Do you remember when you were trying to teach Zola how to ride a bike?

She got so frustrated because she couldn’t, and she threw it down, and she goes, “Mama, you do it.”

And you couldn’t stop laughing, and she got so mad.

Well, I was trying not to laugh.

So am I.

I can’t do it for you.

It’s your beach.

Zola’s amazing, isn’t she?

I mean, she’s just so brilliant.

She writes me letters in her journal.

Did you know that?



Well, what is that? What is that face?

Would you start a surgery with a face like that?



You would relax.






It hasn’t been that long.

Maybe we could decrease sedation a bit further, at least run another ABG.

And hope she doesn’t go into cardiac arrest while we wait for the results?

I’m turning the settings back up.


Grey’s staying on the vent.



How’s the book report coming?

That was one of my favorites.

That’s what grownups say to convince you to finish your homework.

You got me there.

I’m supposed to write a whole page about living forever.

Mom says it’s impossible. So what’s the point?

Your mom is pretty smart.


If I made a medicine where you could live forever, would you take it?

I don’t know.

Uncle Link said, “Heck yeah.”

[CHUCKLES] That sounds like him.

Me, I don’t know.

I think the fact that we can’t live forever is one of the things that makes life so special.


I think if we could live forever, we’d spend so much time losing the people that we love instead of holding tight while we still can.


I like that word.

Me too.

If I had the medicine, I’d give it to my mom right now.

Me too.

Hey, you want to call her?






Hello there.

Can we have a minute?

Of course.

Hi, Mommy. I miss you so much.

I love you.

Um, I’ve been writing a page about living forever.

How are you doing?

It didn’t work?

Altman wants to try again in a day or so.


When I lost my wife, um…

…the therapist, she said that there’s no wrong way to process the loss, the grief.

But there is.

Over a bloody computer screen, it’s…

…it’s wrong.

Woman on P.A.: Dr. Lyon, call the blood bank.

Dr. Lyon, call the blood bank.


Ohh! Oh!

You know the rules. Who deserves it?

Deserves what? Rules to what? “Make it Sadder.”

We tell our sob stories, and whosever story is saddest wins the last shot.

“Make it Sadder”? That’s fun?


Yeah. Oh, yeah.

Okay. Alright. I’ll be the judge.

I’ll be the judge. Alright, go.



I am currently raising four children in a hellscape of a world where people don’t listen to science.

My parents are going ahead with their second wedding even though there’s a pandemic, so they’ll probably get sick and die.

And, uh, my last shred of me-time…

Sneaking an occasional drink, which was already pretty pathetic, I know… is now ruined.

Strong. Yeah. Mm, alright.

I had plans the weekend that everything shut down.

I had crawled out of my depression, and I was all set to start over by… going…


…going on dates.

Oh, yeah. Aww!

Okay, yes, yes.

You guys, I even bought outfits, okay?

Hang on. Okay. Ah! Okay.


Let me show you.

What do we have? Oh, this is cute, right?

The perfect thing to declare someone dead in.

Oh, what about this?

This, for the, um, career girl that just spent, um, seven hours making more room for bodies on the morgue truck.


How about this?

This, for… for the funeral of a co-worker who got stabbed to death… who doesn’t even get a funeral.

Okay, Jo wins the last shot.

No, no!

Yes. No way. Unh-unh.

Unh-unh. Thank you so much.

She has an entire loft all to herself!




Hold on. Ahh!


What’s that?

It’s Richard.

The memorial for DeLuca is tonight.


Alright, I’ll drive.

Let’s, um, get ready.

Woman on P.A.: Orderly to 6 East.




Hey. Uh, just moved Mr. Cabrera up here.

Another complete white-out.

How’s Meredith?

Um, uh…

It… It didn’t work.

And I’m questioning why I even thought it would.

Well, DeLuca’s autopsy results came back.

We did everything that we could.

I know that.

And he’s still dead.




HAYES: Your kids call every day on a video chat.

Don’t know if you can hear them.

[ECHOING] Don’t even know if you can hear me now.

♪ There’s a million things ♪

You look perfect.

♪ I can’t control ♪

Hayes: [ECHOING] Maybe… Maybe it’s none of my business, Grey, but I’m begging you.


♪ There is one thing that I know ♪

That’s up to you.

But if you’re asking me, you should hear him out.

[ECHOING] They need you, Grey.

The little one…

MEREDITH: Ellis. She looks just like you.

She got all your expressions.

She doesn’t smile easy or often, but when she does, sweet Jesus, it lights up the room.

What did you do to make her smile?

You shoulda seen it…

She smiles and she smiles, and it gets bigger and bigger until…


Boom!… She just bursts out laughing.

What did you do to make her laugh?

Then her brother gets annoyed because she’s laughing so hard right in his ear.

That’s Bailey.

And then the oldest one comes in, and she takes the tablet and says they’re hogging it and that she needs time with you, too, because she’s the oldest and she’s your favorite.


Then I hear a click and a lock, but we’re in darkness.

Can’t tell who has it, ’cause I can’t see a face.

But then I hear a voice, and it’s the oldest one.

And she’s sittin’ in the dark.

She’s in her closet.

That’s where she goes to write letters to her dad.

And she says, “I’m really sorry, Mum.

Didn’t mean for things to get so violent.

Ellis can be truly infuriating.”


They need you, Grey.

I know.

They need you to fight.

♪ My thoughts don’t drift

♪ When you’re around

We all need you to fight.

I don’t know that I can.

It’s… so warm here.

The water is so cool.

I feel so relaxed.

And there’s no pain.

I watched my kids lose their mum.

[ECHOING] You don’t want that for your kids, Grey.

There are people getting better here every day.

You could be one of those people.

♪ Nothing is forever I believe that you could.

‘Cause I’ve heard the stories about other fights you’ve already won, so…

So I’m asking you to fight.

♪ You’re my anchor in the ocean ♪

[ECHOING] You fight, Grey.

♪ Tides will change, the sea can’t help it ♪

It’s okay.

I’ll be right here.

♪ Nothing is forever ♪

♪ When it feels like I’m in constant motion ♪

♪ You’re my anchor in the ocean ♪



Dr. Webber set something up for DeLuca.

A memorial.


I’m not a great Jew.

I cheated at my bar mitzvah.

I was too busy trying to ignore Lenny Rapkin’s shins that I didn’t learn Hebrew, so I just wrote it out phonetically and read that instead.

I skip half the High Holy Days and repent for it at Yom Kippur.

And if I’m honest, I… go back and forth about believing in God, which is actually very Jewish, but…

It’s the traditions that I find helpful.

When a loved one dies, we have… rules about how to grieve and move on.


We force ourselves to sit in the pain.

We cry.

And we laugh. [CHUCKLES]

And we eat a lot.

And it doesn’t bring the person back, but it does start the healing.

Chief, your mom died.


My mom makes me crazy, but I’m gonna fall apart when she dies.

And you have people you can be with.

People who love you and miss you and need to grieve with you.

This pandemic has taken so much.

Don’t give it that, too.

♪ There’s a light ♪


♪ A certain kind of light ♪


♪ It’s never shone on me ♪


Oh, sorry.

Um, I’m about to head back in to check on Mr. Gibbis.

He’s sedated and stable.

You gonna go to the memorial?

I thought bad things about him.

When he was sick, I thought, “Great, more surgeries for me.”

I had no compassion.

And now he’s just… dead.

And we can’t hug.

And as a rule, I hate hugs, but…

♪ What good does…

…I haven’t physically touched anyone without gloves in over two months, and I-I feel like I’m turning into that patient.

Another week of this and… I’ll be running through the hospital naked.

♪ You don’t know what it’s like ♪

Stand up.

And turn around.

I’m sorry?

Just trust me.


♪ To love somebody ♪

♪ To love somebody ♪

♪ The way I love you ♪



♪ You don’t know what it’s like ♪


Thank you.

♪ Baby, you don’t know what it’s like ♪


ZANDER: Spread out, please.

We may be outside, but we still need to maintain our distance.

♪ To love somebody ♪

♪ The way I love you ♪





♪ The way I love you ♪







I need to take some time off.

I’m not sure how long.

But I-I need to go home.

However long you need.


Everybody, can I have your attention, please?

Thank you.

I appreciate you all being here tonight.

Grey-Sloan is a family.

And Andrew DeLuca was a member of that family.

And his death, however brave…

Well, it’s still heartbreaking.

We can’t honor his life like we might have in the past, but we can still honor him.

Dr. Perez?

♪ There is a man, he runs right to me ♪

♪ He wraps his loving arms around me ♪

♪ He knows ♪

♪ He knows my pain ♪

♪ Oh, he knows my pain ♪

♪ Oh, he gives me life ♪

♪ And I don’t know if that is for me ♪

♪ It’s darker than I thought, in all its broken glory ♪

♪ My soul ♪


♪ Just wants to go home ♪

♪ He’s calling me home ♪





♪ And there was a light ♪

♪ Oh, there was a fire ♪

♪ She came through in the night ♪

♪ She entered like an angel ♪

♪ Hold on ♪


♪ Hold on ♪

♪ She’s just memories ♪



Uh, my name is Andrew DeLuca, and I’m thrilled to be applying to the surgical residency program at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital.

A bit about me.

I am Italian, but I grew up in Wisconsin.

A lot of doctors in my family, including my big sister, Carina.

Um, I grew up stealing her game of Operation, so I guess you can say it’s, uh, been a dream of mine for a very long time. [CHUCKLES]

The idea of doing my training at Grey-Sloan and… and learning from surgical legends like Richard Webber and Miranda Bailey and Jackson Avery and Meredith Grey… uh, well, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

I think the reason I want to become a surgeon is that [SIGHS] I’ve always had this insatiable desire to help people.

And I think I get that from my mom, who I lost too soon.

And, uh, she had this really giving heart, and she always pushed me to do as much good as possible, so I guess I’m doing this for her.

Now, you should be warned, I can be relentless at times, and very stubborn.

But I promise that, if I match with you…


I will give you the very best of me.

Thank you.



MEREDITH: At all costs, we avoid negative experiences.



We ignore pain.


We steer clear of the unfamiliar.

We lie when asked about how we feel.


♪ Steady as a rock ♪

♪ I stand, I wait ♪

We shouldn’t do that.


I stopped by the hospital for, um…

I watched.

♪ But eyes that can’t erase ♪


I won’t keep booze in the house anymore.

That’s not what I need from you.

♪ Hands that hold ♪

What I need from you is no more secrets.

It’s just… We have this baby together.

We have this whole life together, so… I want to really know you.


I reek of whiskey right now, or I would hug you.

I will hold my breath.

♪ Ohhh ♪

♪ So, send me into space ♪

♪ And cut me free ♪

Because I’ve learned something from these last several months.



♪ And like a satellite ♪


♪ Just look for me ♪


I’m gonna take you home, okay?




The body can only take so much.



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