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A couple of hundreds years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. "Never leave that till tomorrow," he said, "Which you can do today." This is the man who discovered electricity. You'd think more of us would listen to what he had to say. I don't know why we put things off, but if I had to guess, I'd day it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure. Fear of pain. Fear of rejection. Sometimes the fear is just making a decision, because what if you're wrong? What if you make a decision, because what if you're wrong? What if you make a mistake you can't undo? Whatever it is we're afraid of, one things holds true: that by the time the pain of not doing the thing gets worse than the fear of doing it, it can feel like we're carrying around a giant tumor. And you thought I was speaking metaphorically. The early bird catches the worm; a stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates is lost. We can't pretend we haven't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to 'seize the day'. Still sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore, until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin meant. That knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping. And that even the biggest failure, even the worst most intractable mistake beats the hell out of never trying.
If Tomorrow Never Comes
Season 1, Episode 6
6
Air date May 1, 2005
Written by Krista Vernoff
Directed by Scott Brazil
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If Tomorrow Never Comes is the sixth episode of the first season and the 6th episode overall episode of Grey's Anatomy.

Summary Edit

All of the interns are in awe when a woman comes in with a record breaking tumor, but it is so face advanced that the woman's prognosis is not good. Now that Bailey knows about Meredith and Derek's affair, their jobs are in jeopardy, and she strongly advises Meredith to end it. Meanwhile, Cristina and Burke's secret relationship gets more complicated, and when no one else can be reached, Izzie has to perform an major procedure on her own.

Plot Edit

Meredith wakes up, turning off her alarm as she stares into the rainy window. George tries to open the door while holding two coffee cups, spilling the coffee onto himself. Izzie pats him on the shoulder, as he leaves away to get changed. Meredith's alarm goes off again, and she turns it off again. Izzie and George bicker over waiting for Meredith before leaving for work. Izzie teases George about his affections for Meredith, which he denies.

Meredith and Derek bump into each other in the parking lot. Derek accuses Meredith of avoiding him, and she confirms it, and says she's running late. Derek says it's getting complicated, but Meredith lets him know it's complicated for her. She's the one sleeping with the attending, and Bailey won't speak to her anymore. Derek says that's not necessarily a bad thing. Derek asks her if she wants him to just walk away from it. She says yes, then no, then reaffirms she's late. Derek gives her time to wait.

Cristina doesn't mind being late for work if it's to have great sex with Burke. In the changing rooms, Meredith is freaking out about being kicked out for sleeping with Derek. Cristina says they can't kick her out - officially. Just make her life miserable. Meredith's convinced she has to end her relationship with him, but Cristina tells her to shut up. They meet up with Bailey, who doesn't acknowledge her lateness.

Bailey tells the interns to maintain decorum and "not laugh, let your jaws hit the floor", as she presents Annie Connors, suffering from a gigantic tumor.