Ellis Grey: So tell me about yourself.
Meredith Grey: Well...
Ellis Grey: What's your life like? I really do want to know you, Meredith.
Meredith Grey: Well, I have a boyfriend.
Ellis Grey: Does he understand the demands of your career, because not all men do, they say they do upfront, but they...
Meredith Grey: He's great, he's doctor, too. So he gets it.
Ellis Grey: Good.
Meredith Grey: He's actually...
Ellis Grey: Have you chosen a speciality?
Meredith Grey: No, it's still early.
Ellis Grey: Cristina's already chosen cardiothoracics.
Meredith Grey: Yeah, well, I guess I'm just waiting to be inspired, I'm happy now, you know, I feel like I know who I am. Plus, I think when you have someone in your life that you love, you really love, I think that's... I don't know, I just...I'm really happy.
Ellis Grey: What happened to you?
Meredith Grey: What do you mean?
Ellis Grey: You are happy? You are happy now? The Meredith I knew was a force of nature, passionate, focused, a fighter. What happened to you? You've gone soft, stammerring about boyfriend and saying you're waiting to be inspired. You're waiting inspiration, are you kidding me? I have a disease from which there is no cure, I think that would be inspiration enough!
Meredith Grey: Mom...
Ellis Grey: Listen to me, Meredith, anyone can fall in love and be blindly happy, but not everyone can pick up a scalpel and save a life. I raised you to be an extraordinary human being, so imagine my disappointment when I wake up afeter 5 years and discover that you're no more than ordinary! What happened to you!
Ellis Grey: You shouldn't be here.
Meredith Grey: Neither should you.
Ellis Grey: Just keep going. Don't be a damn...you are...you are anything but ordinary, Meredith. Now run. Run!