Grey's Anatomy

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The Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital. He strives to balance both the medicinal and financial sides of running such an important institution.

Richard Webber often refers to the financial implications of things, such as Derek punching out Mark (and risking his "$2 million-per-year hand"), or why he cannot prevent the nurses union from striking.

In Season One, Richard had Derek operate on a tumor pressing on his optic nerve, emphasizing that the surgery be downplayed so his position as chief wouldn't be jeopardized. Dr. Webber made a full and speedy recovery and retained his post.

Considered a mentor to both Dr. Burke and Dr. Shepherd, two of his hospital's elite surgeons and both of whom aspire to succeed him as chief of surgery, Richard is also a close friend of Dr. Ellis Grey, mother of Meredith. It was revealed in bits and pieces throughout the first three seasons that he and the elder Grey had an extensive affair.

In the start of Season Three, Richard's wife, Adele, leaves him when she gives him an ultimatum to retire and he doesn't. He moves into a hotel (where Callie and Mark are also residing). Months later, he decides to pass the torch at SGH and try to win her back, but she turns him back - as he sees there is a man with her in his house.

Weeks pass, and we learn Adele is pregnant - with Richard's baby. Addison saves her during an emergency medical episode (one she initially tried to keep from Richard) and she agrees to "carry on" with Richard going forward.

Richard Webber Quotes

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.

We're all going to die. We don't get much say over how or when, but we do get to decide how we're gonna live. So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More Compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide.

Richard

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith