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I love you! I frickin’ love you. I just got the solo surgery and the first thing I did was look for you. And you weren’t there. You’re never there anymore. And I was thinking about it and I think it might be because you love me too. And because you’re scared of that. And because I.. I screwed it up last time, and because… Denny died, and- Look, just listen. You had that heart patient and it reminded you of Denny and how bad you felt when you were lying on that bathroom floor. I get that! I get that you’re scared. But you’re not going to have to feel like that again because I’m not going to die, Izz. And I’m not gonna cheat on you, and I’m not gonna go anywhere! Cos I think you’re my best shot at.. I think that with you.. you make me better. You make me wanna be better. You make me want to be good. And I think I can. With you. I think I can. So I’m not going anywhere and you can stop hiding. And if you wanna be scared that’s okay just be scared with me. Be scared while you scrub in with me on my first solo surgery. Okay?
—  Alex Karev, (All By Myself 5x10)
It’s becoming pretty clear that this guy has been deeply broken by his Iraq experience, and I think Cristina’s finally realizing the extent of the breakage. But it’s not gonna scare her away. Because it takes a lot to scare Cristina Yang. And because she feels drawn to Owen, despite the warning signs of trouble ahead, despite him wearing shoes in her shower, and when she gets in the water with him at the end, we see something on Cristina Yang’s face that we hardly ever see – the complete absence of judgment. Total acceptance of Owen, battle scars and all. Because we all know that when it comes down to it, when it counts, Cristina’s anything but a robot.
What I love about it is it starts out feeling a little bit violent and a little bit dangerous in a way that’s maybe not so good. But in a way that makes you a little bit worried about Cristina’s safety - and she’s a tiny little thing. And that’s what you realize in that alley - is he’s a big guy and she’s a tiny little thing and she’s formidable but not with him, somehow. He’s Heathcliff. Standing on moors and pouting. That moment to me is this person who is totally in charge, this woman who’s totally directed and focused, totally having to give up control. If anybody else had done that to her, she not only would not have kissed them back, she would have kicked the crap out of them the minute it was over. There’s something about Owen that needs some taking care of. That she sees in a way that nobody else sees. Owen is like this hurt little bird that needs some taking care of and in a weird way by the time he comes away from that kiss he’s so much weaker than she is and she has all the power in that situation.
—  Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers discussing ‘These Ties That Bind’ on the Grey’s Anatomy Official Podcast (November 2008). 
I’m just gonna keep my eyes closed because this is like that moment in the morning when you first wake up and you’re still half asleep and everything seems.. Things are possible, dreams come true for that moment between waking and sleeping, anything can be real. And then you open your eyes and the sun hits you and you realize that.. I’m just gonna keep my eyes closed.
—  Izzie Stevens, (In The Midnight Hour 5x09)