No one dies on this man's watch.
That's how we always felt about Preston Burke, a brilliant heart surgeon and a kind, compassionate person. The consummate professional, and a great cook to boot. What's not to love about Dr. Burke?
Preston grew up in Alabama, where his mother owns a restaurant. He is the chief cardio-thorasic surgeon at Seattle Grace, and was long known for his grace under pressure as well as his incredible scalpel skills. Seriously, you cannot rattle the guy in the operating room or in real life.
Cristina Yang has tried during her romance with the handsome physician, which began during Season One, and which he initially broke off because of concern for his reputation.
The polar opposites then back together, however, and Cristina moved into his apartment. The evolution of their relationship despite their differences was a focal point of Grey's Anatomy for much of its second and third seasons. Preston also warmed up to Derek Shepherd, despite initial friction between the two.At the end of the second season, Preston was shot, leading to an injury that caused a tremor in his hand.
While he was healed as far as the doctors could tell, he felt pressure to return to work before he was ready. Cristina helped conceal his hand tremor, a conspiracy that ultimately boiled over and cost Burke the chance to take over for Richard Webber as Chief of Surgery.
Burke and Cristina got engaged halfway through Season Three, but at the end of the season, he left her at the altar after determining, once and for all, that she did not want to go through with it or be the person he wanted her to be. Preston has left Seattle Grace, never to return.
PRESTON: "So, I have a question to ask. I checked the schedule and I noticed that both you and I are off tonight. I have a favorite restaurant. I made reservations."
CRISTINA: "None of those were questions."
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PRESTON: "You're a good person."
CRISTINA: "No, I'm not."
PRESTON: "You're helping a friend."
CRISTINA: "Are his problems surgical?"
CRISTINA: "Then we can't help him."
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Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."Meredith (closing voiceover)
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Derek: I wanna be with you forever, and you wanna be with me forever. In order to do that we need to make vows. A commitment. A contract. Give me a piece of paper.
Meredith: I don't! I... I... I don't. I have post its!
Derek: (takes the post its and a pen) Ok. What do we wanna promise each other?
Meredith: That you'll love me... even when you hate me.
Derek: To love each other, even when we hate each other. (writes it down) No running. Ever! (Mer smiles and comes and sits in front of him) Nobody walks out. No matter what happens.
Meredith: No running.
Derek: (writes it down) What else?
Meredith: That we'll take care of each other, even when we're old, and smelly, and senile. And... if I get Alzheimer's and forget you...
Derek: I will remind you who I am, every day. To take care when old, senile, and smelly (writes it down) This is forever. (signs it) Sign.
Meredith: This is our wedding. A post it? (smiles)
Derek: Mhmmm. If you sign it.
Meredith: (signs it, and hands it back. Has tears in her eyes) Now what?
Derek: Now I kiss the bride. (They kiss)
Meredith: (smiling) Married.
Derek: (smiling) Married. (sticks their post it in Mer's locker) You see that? (Mer nods and smiles) Plenty of time.
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