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How Many Episodes Is ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 16? The ABC Series Is Coming Back With the Second Half Soon

Sad news, Grey’s Anatomy fans. The ABC medical show isn’t on tonight, Dec. 5. However, the latest season is far from over. The second half of Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 returns on Thursday, Jan. 23. And although that wait might feel like a long time, the Shondaland series will be back with plenty of new storylines to quench your thirst for drama. But how many episodes is Grey’s Anatomy Season 16? Fans are hoping to receive a healthy episode count that is just what the doctor ordered.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 16 episode count

In May 2019, TVLine reported ABC renewed Grey’s Anatomy for its 16th and 17th seasons. The publication also revealed Ellen Pompeo — who has been playing Meredith Grey since 2005 — will return for both seasons.

That said, as of this write-up, ABC has yet to announce the official episode count for Grey’s Anatomy Season 16. However, according to Newsweek, it’s expected the network will make the season 24 or 25 episodes long.

Remember, 12 out of 15 seasons thus far have received a minimum of 24 episodes in total. And given the renewal of Grey’s Anatomy Season 17, fans are hoping ABC continues the trend.

Of course, it’s also possible the network will also order additional episodes for Grey’s Anatomy Season 16. In January 2019, E! News revealed ABC added three more episodes for season 15. Thus, bringing the episode count to 25. But until an official announcement is made, viewers will just have to wait and see what happens.

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It’s no secret Grey’s Anatomy has an extraordinarily long episode count. The Shondaland drama has been on air since 2005. And as mentioned, most Grey’s Anatomy seasons received a full 24 episode order.

The shortest seasons have been seasons 1, 4, and 7 — with episodes counts of 9, 17, and 22, respectively. Meanwhile, the second season holds the title for the longest season of Grey’s Anatomy, with 27 episodes total.

Nevertheless, Grey’s Anatomy has a total of 342 episodes from seasons 1 through 15. And if season 16 is given the anticipated 24 episodes, then viewers will see the total go up to 366 episodes.

Regardless, Grey’s Anatomy just achieved a major milestone during its 16th season run. On Nov. 14, the ABC series reached a whopping 350 episodes. And there are no signs of the show slowing down anytime soon.

When will ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ end for good?

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Clearly, ABC will continue making new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy for some time — or at least through season 17. But of course, people are always wondering when Grey’s Anatomy will end.

In the past, creator Shonda Rhimes opened up about the future of the series and confirmed how they’ll will know to wrap up the show for good.

“Ellen and I have a pact that I’m going to do the show as long as she’s going to do the show,” Rhimes told E! News. “So the show will exist as long as both of us want to do it. If she wants to stop, we’re stopping. So I don’t know if we’ll see 600, but I want to keep it feeling fresh.”

Then in August 2019, ABC’s entertainment chief, Karey Burke, confirmed that the decision to end Grey’s Anatomy depends on Pompeo and Rhimes.

“We love them. They are as deep a part of the fabric of ABC as anyone and certainly, it will be up to them whether or not they want to continue the show,” Burke said, according to Deadline. “I hope I’m watching with my grandchildren.”

Meanwhile, in October 2018, Pompeo appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The actress was asked if the show will go on after season 16. And it seems Pompeo wants to stay involved.

“You know, with these numbers, there’s just no end in sight, with streaming and the show is so popular,” she said.

Pompeo then shared an emotional story about a young actor who appeared on Grey’s Anatomy. “A teenager was in the show and he was gay and he played a gay character on my show,” Pompeo said. “After we had filmed the whole entire episode, he said to me, ‘You know, my whole life I’ve watched with my parents and I used the show as a way to tell my parents that I was gay.’”

She continued: “I gotta keep doing it, man. Because we’re touching lives and making a difference.”

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And so they are. Even now, it appears Grey’s Anatomy is making a difference. In the powerful season 16 episode, titled “Silent All These Years,” the ABC series centered on a victim of rape and included a scene of how a rape kit exam is performed. The episode also informed its viewers on how to contact the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) hotline — 1-800-656-4673.

On Dec. 2, a study by Oklahoma State University revealed the March 18 episode helped raised awareness about sexual assault. Then when speaking with Axios, Trevor Torgerson — the medical student who co-authored the study — explained why the findings are important.

“The RAINN hotline saw their call volume increase by 43% in the 48 hours after the episode,” Torgerson said. “These findings are important as it displays another way for the media and involved parties to reach survivors of sexual violence who may not be aware of the resources otherwise.”

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ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy continues to secure its place in TV history with a two-year renewal for seasons 16 and 17. The series’ star, Ellen Pompeo, is set for both seasons, along with the other original cast members.

Additionally, ABC has renewed two other Shondaland series, Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Station 19 for a third season and How to Get Away with Murder for a sixth season (Legal drama For the People has been canceled). Grey’s Anatomy executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff will helm both the medical drama and Station 19, providing a seamless crossover narrative on both series. All series come from ABC Studios.

This season, Grey’s Anatomy, created by Shonda Rhimes, surpassed NBC’s ER as the longest-running primetime medical drama in TV history in number of episodes (341 to 331 for the NBC staple),

Now Grey’s Anatomy also will become the longest-running medical drama in a number of seasons, 17 vs. 15 for ER.

Grey’s Anatomy, which also cemented its place last season in ABC’s history books as the network’s longest-running primetime scripted series, has continued to be a powerful ratings performer for the network as its top scripted series.

Season-to-date, Grey’s has averaged a 2.8 rating and 3.6 million viewers in the key 18-49 demo and 10 million total viewers (Live+7). Its recent crossover episode with spinoff Station 19 was another boost for the series, which gave it its biggest audience in five weeks (700k viewers).

Created and executive produced by Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy follows Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial, who are faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. They seek comfort from one another, and, at times, more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white.

“Everyone at Shondaland is thrilled that our fans’ commitment to TGIT continues,” said Shonda Rhimes and producing partner Betsy Beers in a joint statement. “We are so proud of Krista and (HTGAWM’s) Pete (Nowalk) and the work they do. Making the choice to have Krista oversee Station 19 was easy — the creativity she brings to the Grey’s Anatomy universe continues a tradition of storytelling we hold dear.”

Grey’s Anatomy stars Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca.

Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Vernoff executive produce alongside Mark Gordon, Zoanne Clack, Debbie Allen, Fred Einesman, Andy Reaser and Meg Marinisare.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Renewed Through Season 17, ‘Murder’ Also Returning to ABC

File this under no-doubter.

Grey’s Anatomy has officially been renewed, nabbing a two-season pickup that takes the Ellen Pompeo starrer through its 17th season at ABC. The Disney-owned network has also picked up fellow Shondaland drama How to Get Away With Murder for a sixth season and Grey’s spinoff Station 19 for a third. Grey’s boss Krista Vernoff will add showrunning duties on Station 19, as she plans to juggle both Seattle-set Shondaland series. The Grey’s renewal arrives after the cast inked new deals to return. Grey’s, Murder and Station 19 are the last remaining ABC shows from prolific producer Shonda Rhimes; sophomore legal drama For the People was canceled on Thursday. There is currently no talk about final seasons for any of the three series.

The Grey’s renewal comes as little surprise after leading lady Pompeo was already under contract as part of the historic two-year deal she signed last year that crowned her TV’s highest-paid leading lady on a primetime drama series. That pact covered seasons 15 and 16. Pompeo has closed a new deal for season 17. There’s no word if season 17 will be the show’s endgame, though that decision — when and if it happens — will be made between Pompeo (who stars as iconic character Meredith Grey) and Rhimes. The latter, who moved to Netflix in 2017, has said that Grey’s will run as long as Pompeo wants to do the show, as the Seattle-set medical drama will not exist without the woman who puts the Grey in Grey’s Anatomy. (For her part, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke expressed hope that Grey’s would run for many years to come.)

In its 15th season, Grey’s Anatomy remains a force for ABC. The Shondaland drama from ABC Studios made history this season with its 332nd episode, when the series broke ER’s record as television’s longest-running primetime medical drama. Grey’s ranks as ABC’s No. 1 series for the 2018-19 broadcast season with an impressive 3.1 rating among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. In a sign of its value, Grey’s will produce 25 episodes this season — its highest tally in more than a decade. Showrunner Vernoff — who also recently inked a massive overall deal to remain with producers ABC Studios — has been credited with infusing timely issues while paying homage to the show’s rich past in the creative. (ABC is also mounting an Emmy campaign for this season’s powerful consent episode.) Meanwhile, original stars Justin Chambers (Alex), Chandra Wilson (Bailey) and James Pickens Jr. (Richard) are all expected to return, as Grey’s shows no signs of slowing down (and new ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke has her fingers crossed for many more seasons to come).

How to Get Away With Murder, starring Viola Davis, recently concluded its fifth season and has continued to shed viewers. Both seasons four and five suffered double-digit ratings declines. But the drama remains a strong performer in delayed viewing, with more than half of its seven-day 18-49 rating and almost half of its total audience coming after it first airs. Davis also gives the network an awards player, though the actress is in the last year of her contract. A decision about whether Murder will end with season six has not yet been determined. Producer Peter Nowalk, meanwhile, last year opted to renew his overall deal with producers ABC Studios after Murder exec producer Shonda Rhimes departed. He became one of a handful of the prolific producer’s disciples to remain at her former home.

In a larger sense, ABC still has to decide on the future of its “TGIT” Thursday night programming block. With For the People already gone and Murder getting a 15-episode order, there’s no way ABC can keep its Rhimes-branded block all season long. For the People took over Murder’s time slot when the latter wrapped its run. This season, ABC experimented with rookie A Million Little Things in the prime post-Grey’s slot as a potential indicator of what could be to come.

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Grey’s Anatomy fans have suffered a whole lot of heartbreak over the years, but perhaps no other blow was more surprising than the recent announcement that Justin Chambers — a.k.a. Dr. Alex Karev — would be leaving the ABC medical drama after 15 years. Unlike many of the show’s other character departures, Justin Chambers’ exit in the middle of season 16 came without warning, which has left many fans wondering how the show might address the glaring absence of the beloved character for the rest of the season — especially since it was revealed that his last episode has actually already aired.

Needless to say, Grey’s fans already felt Alex’s absence in the season 16 mid-season premiere, which aired last night on January 23. After the episode offered no real explanation as to why the pediatric surgeon was noticeably missing (besides the brief mention that he’s still in Iowa taking care of his sick mom), many fans are now left with the worst-case scenario question: Does Alex Karev die on Grey’s Anatomy?

The question is not unwarranted when considering how much the medical drama is historically known for killing off plenty of fan-favorites in the past — including Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), Mark Sloan (Eric Dane), Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh), and George O’Malley (T. R. Knight), to name a few. And since we know that there won’t be any kind of official on-screen sendoff for Alex, many fans have plenty of ideas as to how the character might be written off the show — including the heartbreaking theory that he might just be killed off. Here are some of the many possibilities to consider.

Alex Karev will die off screen.

Yes, as much as we don’t want to consider this as a possibility, many fans think that Alex’s absence will inevitably be explained by an off-screen death — especially since he has such strong ties to his wife Jo (Camilla Luddington), who still remains on the show. After all, the first half of season 16 left the couple with a happy future in view, with no likelihood of them separating any time soon: Alex had just proposed to her for the second time after he and Jo realized they had never mailed in their signed marriage license (they had wed in Season 14).

“They’re going to kill Alex off offscreen…how else would they make this make sense?” one fan wrote on Twitter. “Even if Camilla left too (which she’s not) it wouldn’t make sense that Alex left without saying his goodbyes and he wouldn’t just leave Jo.”

Another fan on Reddit agreed, pointing out that the lack of an official send-off for Alex gives it a higher chance that his storyline will end in an off-screen death. “…Usually when a character doesn’t get the chance to say goodbye, they usually end up dying off screen,” the fan commented. “He just got legally married to Jo so them getting a divorce and him wanting to leave Seattle would make no sense, I feel like killing him off is really the only way to tie up his storyline.”

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Alex and Jo will move away together.

Though there’s no news of Camilla Luddington having plans to leave the show alongside her co-star, many fans of Alex and Jo (also known as #Jolex) believe that the only option that makes sense for the characters’ storyline is for Jo’s character to leave as well. As some fans speculate, the couple might move away from Seattle due to a professional opportunity that might just be too good to pass up.

“This could honestly end Jo’s character since her storylines are so deeply tied to Alex,” one fan wrote on Reddit. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they make it so Jo or Alex gets a once in a lifetime offer and they move away sort of like what they did with Christina. It’s the most graceful departure this show can do.”

Alex will move away to be closer to his mom … without Jo.

Other viewers think that a very likely possibility is that Alex will move back to Iowa to take care of his mother, while Jo stays behind at Seattle at her current job. After all, the current explanation for Alex’s absence is that he left to take care of his sick mother back in Iowa — which might be the perfect setup for him having to move back home permanently, perhaps as his mother’s condition gets worse. (Though, hopefully, Jo might be planning to join him at some point down the road?)

Alex and Jo will break up.

Unfortunately for #Jolex fans, another big possibility for the show is that Alex and Jo might just split for good — even after all that they’ve been through together for the past few seasons (which include finding out that they had wed with no marriage license and, later, Jo checking into a psychiatric hospital for depression and PTSD). As one fan has pointed out, all of this has “set the stage for some instability” in their relationship, especially with Jo having offered Alex an “out” from their relationship before checking herself into inpatient treatment in the first half of season 16.

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Of course, no matter which of these theories end up being true, it’s almost definite that the show’s goodbye to Dr. Alex Karev will be absolutely heart-wrenching for longtime Grey’s Anatomy fans. In the meantime, now that Justin Chambers has officially left the show, many viewers have noticed that there’s a new pediatric surgeon at Seattle Grace: Dr. Cormac Hayes (Richard Flood), or “McWidow,” who has since then filled Alex’s job as the new head of pediatric surgery.

As the new character has simply been introduced as a “recurring role” for season 16, it’s unclear as to whether McWidow might be here to stay for good — or even if he’s somehow replacing Alex’s role as a new series regular. But, as the rest of season 16 of Grey’s will air on Thursdays at 9 p.m. E.T. on ABC (and then will continue into season 17), it’s expected that the show’s dedicated fans will find out soon enough — and hopefully will also get some answers as to how he might fit into the lives of the characters at Seattle Grace, too.

And as for how the Grey’s writers and showrunners might write off our beloved Dr. Alex Karev — well, here’s to hoping that it’s not too devastating of a heartbreak for us to handle.

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When Grey’s Anatomy premiered in late March of 2005, George W. Bush was president, Taylor Swift had not yet crawled from the primordial goo of Big Machine Records, and Hitch was in theaters. The series is still on the air in 2020, and remains an unparalleled viewing experience precisely because of how extensively viewers have sat with its characters. Devotions grow stronger with time. So, too, do devastations, in particular the show’s most recent: longtime cast member Justin Chambers’s unceremonious exit as Alex Karev.

News of Chambers’s exit came on January 10 and sent viewers into a tailspin. Aside from Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) herself, Alex is the only remaining member of the show’s original intern class. The last time we saw him was in the show’s 350th episode, supporting Meredith by reading aloud letters written by characters who left the show in years past. The scene was a tearjerker when it aired, but now it plays with a painfully irony. In the following episode, when Alex’s wife, Jo (Camilla Luddington), brought home a baby from a fire station, Alex’s reaction was left as a cliffhanger. Deadline and TVLine have reported that the 350th episode will likely be Chambers’s last, and that seemed to bear out in last night’s Alex-less midseason return, which left said cliffhanger dangling offscreen.

As it stands, Chambers’s exit serves as a reminder: Attachments to characters can get awfully tricky when they’re intrinsically tied to opaque, behind-the-scenes drama. And for Grey’s, which has never been a show without mess, onscreen or off, it’s one more blow for a show that’s become known for its sloppy good-byes.

It can be hard to emotionally invest in a show when it has the same turnover rate as the average media company. Viewers mourn every loss — most involving viscerally realized characters who were in their lives more continually than most art ever is. Most series with similar longevity to Grey’s are procedurals or daytime soaps, but while Grey’s has heaping elements of both, it is at its core a character drama. And when you’re watching for the characters, what happens to them at the end of the day really matters.

When Alex was introduced in the Grey’s pilot, he was a trashy nightmare of a man: sexist, cocky, and sneering, a foil to the more earnest surgical interns who took center stage. Over 15 years, though, Alex became an empathetic best friend and husband, a tried and true leader, and a literal savior of babies. He is without a doubt the Grey’s character who has grown the most. Redemption of the asshole is a classic arc, seen on everything from The O.C. to Game of Thrones, but most shows attempting the trope do so in one season, maybe five. But that sort of character development takes on a different weight over 15 years, allowing a character to grow more like people actually do in real life: with baby steps forward and massive slides back. When you spend that kind of time with a character, no amount of healthy perspective on their fictionality can keep them from seeming like an old friend.

But the revolving door of the show’s cast repeatedly and often clunkily reminds us that these characters are not friends. They’re cogs within an industry, their fates dictated by the unknown whims of the producers, studios, and actors who bring them to life — by real people with real needs and wants and conflicts that can, and should, take precedence over those of fictional characters. The average viewer, though, can’t expect to be privy to every goings-on in a workplace far separated from their own lives. For them, these Hollywood dramas create a disjointed viewing experience — especially in a show that immerses you so fully and so emotionally in the long haul.

It doesn’t help that the cast turnover on Grey’s is storied, to say the least. Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington) was the first major character to leave the show, following an incident where Washington used a homophobic slur against co-star T.R. Knight, who played George O’Malley. In June 2007, ABC announced it wouldn’t renew Washington’s contract; at the end of the season Burke left fiancée Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) at the altar. Knight himself departed soon after. George all but disappeared from season five, even before throwing himself in front of a bus offscreen and dying at the end of it. His was the first major character death in the show, establishing the kind of fictional wounds Grey’s would inflict, heal, and reopen for years to come.

At the beginning of season six the show introduced six new characters, only to kill off two of them in a mass shooting in the finale, a brutal layoff if there ever was one. That season also saw the hasty exit of Katherine Heigl, whose feud with the show is the stuff of legend. Somehow her character didn’t die, despite having an aggressive form of cancer, but more onscreen killings were to come in later seasons via Mark Sloan (Eric Dane), Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh), and Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). The latter was most shocking — Derek was the male lead, and the show continuing without him felt like an impossibility, especially to longtime fans. And yet the series saw a ratings resurgence after his death. The reason is simple: Audiences had already put in over a decade with Meredith. They cared about her, and now she was a widow. Just as they had to adjust to his absence, they had to know how she would, too.

The exits weren’t over, though: Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) flew into the sunset with a milquetoast love interest in season 12. In season 14, producers let go Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew, who played Arizona Robbins and April Kepner, respectively. They cited creative reasons, and fans signed petitions.

The show’s most artful exit was Oh’s. When she decided to leave behind Cristina Yang in season ten, the show gave her a whole farewell arc full of bittersweet tears and a shiny new hospital in Zurich. It was a good-bye that honored what the character had meant to the show for a decade. With Cristina gone, though, there was a void. Meredith didn’t have a best friend anymore. Into that void stepped Alex Karev. He became Meredith’s “person” — the moniker Grey’s gives to the kind of best friend who is truly ride or die. As he and Meredith struggled together and leaned on each other, Alex became as integral to the soul of the show as Cristina was before him. Now it seems audiences might not get a good-bye for Alex Karev. He might just disappear, the reasons behind his exit still unclear to the general public. For the writers, it presents an unenviable creative task. For audiences, it’s a painful dive into the uncanny valley — a character who felt so real now just … gone.

At its best, Grey’s is a remarkable viewing experience. It’s narrative maximalism, able to tell challenging stories about heartbreak and revival through the sheer volume of what its characters have been through. They’ve been beaten, drowned, had brain tumors and C-sections in the woods, and everyone they love has left or died. Seeing them come back from these things is a reminder that we all can. That approach has an edge to it, though. Tip a narrative about survival too far in one direction and it becomes one about nihilism.

Grey’s has always risen from its own ashes, and it may just well surprise us again. At this point it will probably outlive us all. But the disappearance of Alex Karev is more than just another casualty for the pile. His departure is one more nail in the coffin of the found family that made this show’s heart beat in the first place.

If you haven’t already heard the tragic news, Justin Chambers is departing Grey’s Anatomy after 15 years. It’s a heartbreaking development — besides Meredith Grey, his character, Alex Karev, possesses one of the best arcs on the show, growing from an insufferable frat boy to a caring peds surgeon (uh, besides the beating up DeLuca thing). Of course, cast turnover is inevitable when a show has been on the air for 16 seasons. Still, it doesn’t mean we’re any less concerned about how the medical drama will handle his exit.

Chambers’s last episode has already aired; Alex did not make an appearance in the season 16 Fall finale. Instead, he popped up in the episode before it, in which Meredith faced a panel deciding the fate of her medical license. (Spoiler alert: she’s still a doctor). This comes as upsetting news to fans, as many regulars like Cristina Yang, Callie Torres, Arizona Robbins, and April Kepner have all gotten proper send-offs in finale episodes. Chambers, on the other hand, won’t have a goodbye episode. The last we hear about him, he’s apparently in Iowa to help his mom.

No matter how you feel about it, Chambers’s departure leaves many questions up in the air. After getting fired by Bailey, he became the chief of surgery at Pac-North and officially tied the knot with Jo. Cutting out Alex will be awkward no matter what since the show must figure out how Jo’s story will continue and who’ll be Meredith’s new person. Ahead, we’ve hatched up theories about how our beloved Evil Spawn will be written off — suffice it to say, we’re very nervous.

Grey’s Anatomy (Season 1)

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Grey’s Anatomy (2005-) is a primetime television medical drama, airing on ABC, that follows Meredith Grey, a first-year surgical intern at the beginning of the drama, and her fellow interns as they struggle to become doctors.

Season 1

A Hard Day’s Night

Webber: Each of you comes here today hopeful, wanting in on the game. A month ago, you were in med school being taught by doctors. Today, you are the doctors. The seven years you spend here as a surgical resident will be the best and worst of your life. You will be pushed to the breaking point. Look around you. Say hello to your competition. Eight of you will switch to an easier specialty. Five of you will crack under the pressure. Two of you will be asked to leave. This is your starting line. This is your arena. How well you play…That’s up to you. Bailey: I have five rules. Memorize them. Rule number one: Don’t bother sucking up. I already hate you. That’s not gonna change. Trauma protocol, phone list, pagers. Nurses will page you, you answer every page at a run. A run! That’s rule number two! Your first shift starts now and lasts 48 hours. You’re interns, grunts, nobodies, bottom of the surgical food chain. You run labs, write orders, work every second night until you drop, and don’t complain! On-call rooms. Attendings hog them. Sleep when you can where you can, which brings me to rule number three. If I’m sleeping, don’t wake me unless your patient is actually dying. Rule number four: The dying patient better not be dead when I get there. Not only will you have killed someone, you would have woke me for no good reason. We clear? Bailey: Yes? Meredith: You said five rules. That was only four. Bailey: Rule number five: when I move, you move. Meredith: Dr. Shepherd. Derek: Dr. Shepherd? This morning it was Derek, now it’s Dr. Shepherd. Meredith: Dr. Shepherd, we should pretend it never happened. Derek: What never happened? You sleeping with me last night? Or you throwing me out this morning? Because both are fond memories I’d like to hold on to. Meredith: No, there will be no memories. I’m not the girl in the bar anymore and you’re not the guy. This can’t exist. You get that, right? Derek: You took advantage of me and now you want to forget about it? Meredith: I did not take— Derek: I was drunk, vulnerable and good looking and you took advantage. Meredith: Okay, I was the one who was drunk and you are NOT that good looking. Derek: Maybe not today, but last night I was very good looking. I had on my red shirt, my good looking shirt and you took advantage. Meredith: I did not! Derek: Would you like to take advantage again, say Friday night? Meredith: No! You’re an attending and I’m your intern! Stop looking at me like that. Derek: Like what? Meredith: Like you’ve seen me naked. Meredith: I wish I wanted to be a chef, or a ski instructor, or a kindergarten teacher. George: You know, I would have been a really good postal worker. I’m dependable. George: You know, my parents tell everyone they meet that their son’s a surgeon. As if it’s a big accomplishment. Superhero or something… If they could see me now. Meredith: When I told my mother I wanted to go to medical school, she tried to talk me out of it. Said I didn’t have what it takes to be a surgeon, that I’d never make it. So the way I see it, superhero sounds pretty damn good. Meredith: I can’t think of any one reason why I want to be a surgeon, but I can think of a thousand reasons why I should quit. They make it hard on purpose. There are lives in our hands. There comes a moment when it’s more than just a game, and you either take that step forward or turn around and walk away. I could quit but here’s the thing, I love the playing field.

The First Cut is the Deepest

Meredith: It’s all about lines. The finish line at the end of residency, waiting in line for a chance at the operating table, and then there’s the most important line, the line separating you from the people you work with. It doesn’t help to get too familiar, to make friends. You need boundaries, between you and the rest of the world. Other people are far too messy. It’s all about lines. Drawing lines in the sand and praying like hell no one crosses them. Bailey: Every intern wants to perform their first surgery. That’s not your job. Do you know what your job is? To make your resident happy. Do I look happy? No! Why? Because my interns are whiny. You know what will make me look happy? Having the code team staffed, having the trauma pages answered, having the weekend labs delivered and having someone down in the pit doing the sutures. No one holds a scalpel until I’m so happy I’m Mary Freakin’ Poppins. Meredith: I kissed Derek. Cristina: You kissed Derek? Meredith: In the elevator. Cristina: Why’d you kiss him in the elevator? Meredith: I was having a bad day. I am having a bad day. Cristina: This is what you do on your bad days, make out with Dr. McDreamy. Meredith: Well, you know, that and carrying around a penis just makes everything seem so shiny and happy. George: Who here feels like they have no idea what they’re doing? Meredith: At some point you have to make a decision. Boundaries don’t keep other people out; they fence you in. Life is messy, that’s how we’re made. So you can waste your life drawing lines or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines that are way too dangerous to cross. Here’s what I know, if you’re willing to take the chance, the view from the other side is spectacular.

Winning a Battle, Losing the War

Meredith: We live out our lives on the surgical unit. Seven Days a week, fourteen hours a day, we’re together more than we are apart. After a while, the ways of residency becomes the ways of life. Number one : Always keep score. Number two: do whatever you can to outsmart the other guy. Number three: Don’t make friends with the enemy. Oh, yeah, Number four: Everything, everything is a competition. Whoever said winning wasn’t everything … Never held a scalpel. Burke: This is the men’s room. Either whip one out, or close the door. Meredith: They’re everywhere. All the time. Izzie’s all perky and George does this thing where he’s helpful and considerate. They share food, and they say things, and they move things, and they breathe. Ugh, they’re like, happy. Cristina: Kick them out. Meredith: I can’t kick them out, they just moved in. I asked them to move in. Cristina: So what, you’re just going to repress everything in some deep, dark, twisted place until one day you snap and kill them? Meredith: Yep. Cristina: This is why we are friends. Cristina: Oh, that kills you, doesn’t it? Alex: What? Cristina: That two women got the harvest. Alex: No, it kills me that anybody got the harvest, but me. Boobs do not factor into this equation. Unless you want to show me yours. Meredith: I’m going to become a lesbian. Cristina: Me too. Meredith: There’s another way to survive this competition. A way no one ever seems to tell you about. One you have to learn for yourself. Number five: It’s not about the race at all. There are no winners or losers. Victories are counted by the number of lives saved. And once in a while, if you’re smart, the life you save could be your own.

No Man’s Land

Meredith: Intimacy is a four syllable word for, ‘Here is my heart and soul, please grind them into hamburger and enjoy.’ It’s both desired, and feared. Difficult to live with, and impossible to live without. Intimacy also comes attached to the three R’s… relatives, romance, and roommates. There are some things you can’t escape. And other things you just don’t want to know. George: You don’t understand! Me gonads, you ovaries. Izzie: Oh, that reminds me, we are out of tampons. George: No, you’re parading through the bathroom in your underwear, when I’m naked in the shower! Izzie: You add it to your list, please? George: What? Izzie: Tampons! Meredith: To the list, it’s your turn. George: I am a man! I don’t buy girl products! I don’t want you walking in while I’m in the shower. I don’t want to see you in your underwear! Izzie: You wanna see it? You really want to see it? Fine! Let’s look at that tattoo up close and personal, shall we? What are these? Oh, my God! Breasts! How does anybody practice medicine hauling these things around? And what have we got back here? Let’s see if I remember my anatomy. Glutes, right? Let’s study them, shall we? Gather around and check out the booty that put Izzie Stevens through med school! Have you had enough, or should I continue, because I have a few more very interesting tattoos. You want to call me Dr. Model? That’s fine. Just remember that while you’re still sitting on two hundred grand of student loans… I’m out of debt. Meredith: I wish there were a rulebook for intimacy. Some kind of guide to tell you when you’ve crossed the line. It would be nice if you could see it coming, and I don’t know how you fit it on a map. You take it where you can get it, and keep it as long as you can. And as for rules, maybe there are none. Maybe the rules of intimacy are something you have to define for yourself.

Shake Your Groove Thing

Meredith: Remember when you were a kid and your biggest worry was, like, if you’d get a bike for your birthday or if you’d get to eat cookies for breakfast? Being an adult? Totally overrated. I mean, seriously, don’t be fooled by all the hot shoes and the great sex and the no parents anywhere telling you what to do. Adulthood is responsibility. George: Who else did you invite? Cristina: Izzie, we said the list was jocks only. Surgery, Trauma, Plastics. Who else? Izzie: Just some people from Peds. Cristina: You invited the preschoolers to Meredith’s house? The next thing you’ll say is you invited the shrinks. Cristina: She invited mental defects. This party’s DOA. Lawyer: Dr. Grey made a huge error. Burke: And she reported it. Lawyer: Too late. And in front of the patient’s husband. Burke: But she reported it. She spoke up. Five years ago, as a CT fellow, I had a nagging feeling that I didn’t check the body cavity of a lung patient closely enough before I closed. The patient seemed fine post-op and I was in a hurry. And yesterday, you and Dr. Bailey pulled a towel out from under that patient’s lung. Why didn’t I report it at the appropriate time? Maybe because I was afraid that I would be called into a meeting where some hospital lawyer’s fear of liability could end my career. Even great doctors make mistakes. And when we do, we’ve got to have a chance to be able to speak up without fear of retribution. Or everyone suffers. Dr. Grey spoke up. Meredith: Responsibility, it really does suck. Unfortunately, once you get past the age of braces and training bras, responsibility doesn’t go away. It can’t be avoided. Either someone makes us face it or we suffer the consequences. And still adulthood has it perks. I mean the shoes, the sex, the no parents anywhere telling you what to do. That’s, pretty damn good.

If Tomorrow Never Comes

Meredith: A couple hundred 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 say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure. Fear of pain. Fear of rejection. Sometimes the fear is just of making a decision, because what if you’re wrong? What if you’re making a mistake you can’t undo? Whatever it is we’re afraid of, one thing 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. Derek: Miranda. Bailey: Excuse me? Derek: Well, that’s your name right? It’s on your jacket. Fine, I’ll just call you Bailey then. Bailey: You know, you think you’re charming, in that talented, neurotic, overly moussed hair sort of way. Good for you. But if you think I’m gonna stand back and watch while you favor her… Derek: I don’t favor her. She’s good. Bailey: I’m sure she is. Derek: You know, can I point out, that technically, I’m your boss. Bailey: You don’t scare me. Look, I’m not gonna advertise your extracurricular activities with my intern. However the next time I see you favoring Meredith Grey in any way, I’ll make sure she doesn’t see the inside of an OR for a month. Just for the sake of balance. Izzie: You are so my favorite person today. Meredith: 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.

The Self Destruct Button

Meredith: OK. Anyone who says you can sleep when you die, tell them to come talk to me after a few months as an intern. Of course, it’s not just the job that keeps us up all night. I mean, if life’s so hard already, why do we bring more trouble down on ourselves? What’s up with the need to hit the self-destruct button? George: You get any sleep? Izzie: She could oil the bedsprings, as a courtesy, or at least buy a padded headboard. George: So, who’s the guy? Izzie: You think it was just one guy doing all that work? George: Do you mind if I don’t think about that? Izzie: Aw, you jealous? George: Not jealous. Izzie: Well, I am. But at least I know she’ll be having a long day at work. Izzie: Well, at least we know brain surgery isn’t his only skill. George: Yang. I’m scrubbing in on a hemospherectomy with Shepherd. Cristina: Get out! I would kill for that. George: We’re cutting out half a girl’s brain, and it’s going to work. It’s outrageous. Almost makes it hard to hate him. Cristina: Why do you hate him? George: Oh, no reason. Cristina: Oh, you know about him and Meredith? George: You know? Cristina: When are you gonna figure out that I know everything? George: She knows. Izzie: Oh, about doctorcest? Cristina: It’s been going on for, like, ever. Izzie: Wha… seriously? George: And you didn’t tell us? Cristina: Oh, you’re a gossip, huh? George: I am not! Izzie: I am! George: He’s about to go into major brain surgery on no sleep? Not very responsible. Cristina: Jealous much? Sex all night isn’t about being responsible. Izzie: No, it’s about sex all night. I can’t believe you’re not more pissed off about this, you of all people. Cristina: Well, she works hard all day. She’s good at her job, why should you care how she unwinds? I mean you like to bake all night, some people like to drink, others like an occasional screaming orgasm. Alex: Yeah we do. Derek: Let me explain. George: It’s fine! Derek: No, there is a code among doctors. We’re not supposed to ask each other questions. Not within the walls of this hospital. George: OK, I was out of line. Derek: No, you weren’t. I was. I was out of line. Somebody should have taken responsibility. And it should have been the guy doing the cutting. It should have been me. You didn’t deserve what happened to you today. You did the right thing, code or no code. Meredith: Maybe we like the pain. Maybe we’re wired that way. Because without it, I don’t know, maybe we just wouldn’t feel real. What’s that saying? Why do I keep hitting myself with a hammer? Because it feels so good when I stop.

Save Me

Meredith: You know how when you were a little kid and you believed in fairy tales? That fantasy of what your life would be – white dress, Prince Charming who’d carry you away to a castle on a hill. You’d lie in bed at night and close your eyes and you had complete and utter faith. Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Prince Charming – they were so close you could taste them. But eventually you grow up, one day you open your eyes and the fairy tale disappears. Most people turn to the things and people they can trust. But the thing is, it’s hard to let go of that fairy tale entirely because almost everyone still has that smallest bit of hope and faith that one day they’ll open their eyes and it will all come true. Meredith: It’s just that I hardly know anything about you. Derek: You know I’m from New York. You know I like ferry boats. Meredith: Enough with the ferry boats. What about your friends? Derek: I’m a surgeon. I don’t have friends. Meredith: Everybody has friends. I mean, who do you hang out with? What do you do on your days off? These are important questions. Derek: Ah, important for who? Meredith: We’re having sex every night. I think I deserve details. Derek: You have more details than most. Derek: Lighten up. It’d be good for your blood pressure. Meredith: Oh, don’t you tell me to lighten up. I’ll lighten up when I….feel light. Derek: I’m going to cut here from the base of the neck to the rib cage. I want you to hit the bleeders. Meredith: I still don’t think we should be doing this. Derek: This guy has a spinal hematoma. Meredith: We don’t know that. Derek: Which left untreated are almost always fatal. Meredith: You’re cutting blind. Whatever happened to being practical? Derek: I need to see more here. Retractor. Meredith: Wow. The spine. Derek: There’s no wow in “practical”. Meredith: At the end of the day, faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don’t really expect it. It’s like one day you realize that the fairy tale may be slightly different than you dreamed. The castle, well, it may not be a castle. And it’s not so important, that it’s happy ever after, just that it’s happy right now. See once in a while, once in a blue moon, people will surprise you, and once in a while people may even take your breath away.

Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

Meredith: Secrets can’t hide in science. Medicine has a way of exposing the lies. Within the walls of the hospital, the truth is stripped bare. How we keep our secrets outside the hospital – well, that’s a little different. One thing is certain, whatever it is we’re trying to hide; we’re never ready for that moment when the truth gets naked. That’s the problem with secrets – like misery, they love company. They pile up and up until they take over everything, until you don’t have room for anything else, until you’re so full of secrets you feel like you’re going to burst. Izzie: There’s no reason to be ashamed. It’s normal, healthy even. George: I’m not ashamed. ‘Cause I wasn’t doing anything. I don’t have to. I have a girlfriend. Izzie: An imaginary girlfriend? George: An actual girlfriend. Izzie: You know what? It’s no big deal, you don’t have to lie. I get it. You have needs. Meredith: What is going on out here? George: Nothing. Izzie: Nothing. He’s freaked out because I caught him playing with little Jimmy and the twins. George: I have a girlfriend. Izzie: OK. Cristina: Hey Syph-boy! George: You told her? Izzie: Just Cristina. Alex: Syph-boy. It’s got a nice ring to it; kind of like Super-boy, only diseased. Meredith: The thing people forget is how good it can feel when you finally set secrets free. Whether good or bad, at least they’re out in the open, like it or not. And once your secrets are out in the open, you don’t have to hide behind them anymore. The problem with secrets is even when you think you’re in control, you’re not. Derek: Meredith, I am so sorry. Addison. What are you doing here? Addison: Well you’d know if you’d bothered to return any one of my phone calls. Hi. I’m Addison Shepherd. Meredith: Shepherd? Addison: And you must be the woman who’s been screwing my husband.


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If I kept a catalog of my favorite Grey’s Anatomy quotes, it would be filled with Miranda Bailey’s heartfelt monologues. The chief of surgery is the friend who protects with all her might as well as the mentor who gives tough love without being cruel. Dr. Bailey is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated black female characters on TV, brought to life by the effervescent Chandra Wilson, who has been nominated for four Emmys in this role. Her existence inspires young women to be their best selves and to strive for greatness. The 14 previous seasons that make up Grey’s Anatomy’s emotional landscape just wouldn’t be the same without Miranda’s fortitude and warmth.

The chief of surgery is the friend who protects with all her might as well as the mentor who gives tough love without being cruel.

Miranda commands every room that she enters. In the pilot episode, her interns experience her firm leadership from the get-go when she sternly announces to them her five rules. Over the years, Dr. Bailey flourishes in her career as a surgeon, going from chief resident to a respected attending and chief of staff — in fact, she’s the first female chief of staff at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Her excellence is unrivaled, and she carries herself with confidence accordingly. In one of the show’s most memorable moments, Miranda assuredly lists the reasons she deserves to be chief in front of her colleagues while operating on a patient. The scene, suffice to say, perfectly captures her grit and determination.

Dr. Bailey talks the talk and walks the walk. Of course she’s the chief of surgery. She’s a good woman in a storm, able to keep her cool in the most daunting situations. Her skills as a general surgeon save Meredith’s life during a power outage. Heck, she even goes into an emergency operation on her wedding day to help Richard’s wife. As chief, she empowers her team to be brave through everything, from cyberhacking threats to intern lawsuits.

Her talents lie not only in surgery but also in teaching. Her soft yet gritty character makes her students better. She defends Alex from George’s taunts when he fails his boards and rewards Meredith’s work with a promotion. And, of course, we can’t forget her recent impassioned apology to Vikram Roy, which is really a grounded talking-to in disguise. There’s that tough love!

Her excellence doesn’t mean that the chief has never had obstacles. It’s her vulnerability in trying times that makes Miranda one of the most compelling characters on TV. We’ve seen her give birth in the middle of her husband’s brain surgery and accept her OCD after unknowingly infecting patients with MRSA. No matter how rough things get, she will be ready to fight.

Season 14 gives us a deep look into Miranda’s personal life as she navigates telling her son about racial profiling and supporting Ben’s career change. The last season also includes the shocking episode where she has a heart attack but is ignored when she seeks medical attention. But Dr. Bailey never allows herself to become a victim. When her physician refuses to give her a stress test, she tells him, “I am a sci-fi-loving African-American woman in her 40s with a stubborn husband and beautiful son.” She then acknowledges that yes, she has OCD, and that while she isn’t ashamed of it, it’s not her story. It’s just one part of her story. Did you get misty-eyed? Because I sure did.

Miranda will finally take a well-deserved break after 14 seasons of whipping confused, scalpel-wielding interns into world-class surgeons. I’m excited to see how she spends her well-earned sabbatical in the landmark 15th season and will be tuning in to ABC to watch the special two-hour premiere on Sept. 27.
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Did ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Showrunner Krista Vernnoff ‘Ruin’ Miranda Bailey?

Grey’s Anatomy has become famous for the intricate, nuanced way that the characters are written. One of the show’s original characters, Dr. Miranda Bailey, has been portrayed by Chandra Wilson since the show premiered in 2005.

While Miranda Bailey was one of the most popular characters in the first few seasons, over the years, her character has undergone probably the most dramatic transformation of anyone in the show’s history.

Many fans have been vocal about their dislike for Bailey’s changed character arc and recently opened up on Reddit about the issues that they have with her.

What does Miranda Bailey do?

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Miranda Bailey, as played by Chandra Wilson, was not necessarily the kindest staff member at Seattle Grace Hospital when she was first introduced to viewers in 2005. Bailey started out as a resident at the hospital and gradually worked her way up the ranks to assume the role of Chief of Surgery.

Bailey’s career path is closely entwined with other main characters, including Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang.

At the beginning of the show, Bailey is introduced to other characters, including interns at the hospital, as “The Nazi.” She earned the nickname because of her toughness and ferocity, her no-nonsense attitude serving her well in the often cutthroat world of general practice. However, as the show went on, viewers gradually learned more about Bailey’s softer side, and her tendency to take other, younger residents under her wing.

Miranda Bailey struggles with a notorious mental health disorder

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Over the years, viewers have learned more and more about Bailey, including that she is obsessed with Star Wars and had a very strict upbringing. Still, she eventually became very close to Dr. Grey – so close, that Grey and Shepherd named their son, Derek Bailey Shepherd, after her.

Fans also discovered that Bailey suffers from a very common mental health disorder that affects a growing number of Americans — obsessive-compulsive disorder. Bailey’s struggle with OCD has been explored on the show, and though Bailey has thoroughly accepted her disorder, she has admitted that the disorder is “just one piece” of her story.

Bailey’s battle with OCD was first revealed in Season 10 and has progressed over the past five seasons. Several episodes of Grey’s Anatomy have dealt with it directly, and for many viewers, it is the most accurate portrayal of OCD that has been featured on television so far.

In spite of the praise that Bailey’s storyline has received, and the acknowledgment that Wilson has gotten for her work on Grey’s, it was around season ten when many viewers found their relationship with Bailey’s character gradually starting to change.

Fans don’t like how Bailey’s character has changed

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Recently, a group of fans opened up on Reddit to discuss where exactly Bailey’s character went south. While some fans pointed out that it is Bailey’s personality that is a turnoff, including how she acts as though everything should be “handed to her,” others stated that they enjoyed how she was written at the beginning of the series, only taking issue with her actions in the past several seasons.

Krista Vernoff, one of the showrunners for Grey’s Anatomy, has received some criticism for her specific handling of the Grey’s Anatomy characters. Some fans have even accused her of being “disrespectful” to long-term fans of the show and have spoken out against her handling the show’s future seasons.

In fact, one Reddit user even stated that the direction of Grey’s Anatomy, in general, has strayed so far from the original course that it is time to end the show with dignity.

Miranda Bailey fans will have to tune in when an all-new season of Grey’s Anatomy premieres in September to see where showrunners end up taking her story arc.

Here’s what happened in Justin Chambers’ final Grey’s Anatomy scene


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Following the news that original cast member Justin Chambers is leaving Grey’s Anatomy and furthermore, that his last episode aired on November 14, EW is revisiting what will serve as Alex Karev’s farewell.

In the eighth episode of season 16, Meredith Grey experienced one of the most important moments of her career: The hearing that would determine if she’d lose her medical license. In typical Grey’s fashion, the hearing was very eventful — Meredith confronted the doctor who killed Derek, which was immediately followed by said doctor collapsing (and then dying). But it was Alex who stopped the board from postponing the hearing in the wake of all the drama.

“You can’t postpone because these people have come from all over to speak for Meredith,” Alex said as he opened the doors and welcomed in a large group of Meredith’s former patients, all there to testify on her behalf. After the patients spoke, Alex then read letters that Meredith’s former colleagues had written, including one from Cristina Yang. Ultimately, it was Karev’s act of bringing in those patients and letters — followed by a moving speech from Dr. Bailey — that led the board to decide that Meredith could keep her license.

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Karev can last be seen standing in the lobby among his colleagues as Meredith’s lawyer delivers the good news.

In the following episode, Karev is not seen, but it is mentioned that he’s gone home to care for his mother.

So if Karev isn’t going to get a proper goodbye, at least he got to go out as a hero?

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Spoiler Alert: This recap contains details about tonight’s midseason 16 finale of Grey’s Anatomy, “Let’s All Go to the Bar.”

There was a lot of baby going on in tonight’s episode.

There was poor Elliot Calhoun, whose wife just had a baby before he went in for a fourth aortic valve replacement. His heart stopped during surgery. We don’t know when it will start up again, but it was on Dr. Pierce’s watch, and, well, it was enough to question herself and she just quit.

Then there was Jo who marked herself down as a safe haven volunteer at Station 19, to be in the running to pick up any baby that’s left off there. She’s doing this to course correct her past or at least reconcile with it: Ya see, her mom left her off at a fire station when she was young, abandoning her. It looks by the end of tonight’s episode she may want to keep the baby — or not. She tells best friend Link, “It looks like it was too much, too soon.”

Then there was poor Bailey, who after an ultrasound, learns she lost her baby. But, wait, there’s more baby!


Then Amelia, who kicked off tonight’s episode by having whoopee with her future baby’s daddy, Link; she finally decides to get an ultrasound, and we learn, OMG, that she’s not 20 weeks pregnant, rather 24. Which means, drum roll, that Owen must be the father to her baby (that hook-up being so last season, he having moved on to Teddy). Oh, and by the way, in the final shot, a car crashes through Joe’s bar. Perhaps this is the tee-off for Station 19 next season. While the car didn’t completely go through, just it’s front-end, it’s not clear how many were hurt. The assumption is that it’s a drunk driver or road rage. That said not everyone went to the bar as per tonight’s episode title reads, just Station 19‘s Warren and Herrera and the interns.


Yes, with Meredith returning to work after ensuring that her medical license wasn’t stripped away in last week’s episode, it was melodrama as usual at Grey Sloane. You know when things are back to their usual course when Meredith can reduce a jerky guy surgery to hospital tile. A new chief of pediatrics, Dr. Hayes, tries to step on her turf, spurring fear in a young adolescent patient, Jamie, that she could possibly have a tumor. Meredith knows the patient well having performed galllbladder surgery on her two years, and doesn’t like Dr. Hayes’ tact. She believes that it’s a gallstone that’s a side effect of the surgery, and, boy, is she right. If you happened to be eating dinner on the couch during the scene where Meredith pulls the bloody thing out, cuts it open and raises the gallstone like gold to prove Hayes wrong, well, then I feel sorry for you. Hayes tips his hat toward the end to Meredith, understanding her as a force of nature in the hospital: “Welcome back, Dr. Grey, I can see why you were missed.”

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Also toward the end, after Pierce hands in her resignation to Koracick, he then turns to Teddy and asks her immediately if she’ll be his new chief of cardio. She tells Tom that he just has to get over her: “I’ve moved on, I love Owen,” she says.

But Koracick just can’t quit her: “Teddy, I want a life with you, I’d marry you tomorrow right now if you said ‘Yes’. Owen has a baby with you and he hasn’t proposed. Are you really sure you want to close this door?”

Hmmm. Don’t know if that door is exactly open, but one thing is for sure, there’s lots of open windows at Joe’s Bar that will need fixing.

When Is Justin Chambers’ Last Episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ as Alex Karev?

Grey’s Anatomy fans, the news of Justin Chambers’ exit just became more shocking.

A Season 16 farewell episode isn’t to come because his final episode has already aired, TVLine reports. Chambers starred as Dr. Alex Karev since the series premiere in 2005.

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His last appearance, therefore, was the November 14 episode, “My Shot.” He stood up, alongside the others, for Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) as she ultimately got her medical license back. He was not in the fall finale — which set the stage for the upcoming Station 19 crossover — because he went home to take care of his mother.

Alex was one of the doctors fired in the Season 15 finale, and he’s since taken the position of chief over at Pac-North. He’s been trying to turn the hospital around with Richard (James Pickens Jr.) and has thus far recruited Owen (Kevin McKidd). What could Chambers’ exit mean for that storyline? Might Richard take over for him? Or could this be the beginning of the end of seeing Pac-North?

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While it is always possible Grey’s uses a time jump after the resolution of the car crashing into Joe’s to bring Richard and Owen back to Grey Sloan, showrunner Krista Vernoff has revealed she has “fun plans” for Pac-North.

It’s more likely that, at least for now, Alex will be taking time off from work or Grey’s will have him be off-screen any time the show visits that hospital.

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But should fans be worried about what this means for Alex and Jo’s (Camilla Luddington) relationship? For now, they probably don’t have to be. This season saw the couple get (legally) married and their relationship has been stronger than ever. If Alex continues to care for his mother, perhaps we’ll hear about Jo visiting them.

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Grey’s Anatomy: Will Meredith and Alex ever get together?

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As Grey’s Anatomy heads into season 13, the ABC medical drama is shifting focus back to the remaining original characters, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Alex (Justin Chambers) included. The duo are the last of the Fab Five, with their friendship only strengthening over time — so much so that many viewers have rooted for the pair to actually get together, especially in the wake of Derek’s death.

“I was not surprised,” executive producer Shonda Rhimes tells EW of fans wanting to see an Alex and Mer relationship. “We did the dinner party episode, and Meredith and Alex sat on the floor in her bedroom, and they had that great, amazing scene together, and I watched that scene and I thought, ‘Oh, people are going to start ‘shipping Meredith and Alex,’ because there’s such a sense of comfort and nostalgia. They’re easy and wonderful together.”

But Rhimes recognizes that not everyone would want to see the friends together. “If you talk to Ellen and Justin they’ll go, ‘Ew!’ because they’re like brother and sister,” Rhimes says. “But I think it’s because those two actual people have 13 years of history together. They’re very, very much intertwined; they’re family. So it feels really easy like family, and there’s something beautiful about that.”

Chambers concurs: “It did surprise me, because I never saw that happening. I know we did an episode where it was like ‘What if?’ so we got to see a little bit of it, but yeah, it’s surprising. It’s interesting. Hey, this is Shondaland, you know? Anything’s possible!”

With that in mind, season 13 will shine a light on Meredith and Alex’s friendship in the wake of Alex shockingly beating DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) within an inch of his life, believing the intern was making a move on Jo (Camilla Luddington) in the finale. “Anytime someone who you’re very close to does something really out of character it rocks your whole world, because you think you know someone so well,” Pompeo says. “It’s really damaging on so many levels. An interesting storyline to play this year is not really knowing who Alex is. You think people have come so far. There’s that adage that people don’t change, but people do change. I believe people change — some people can change, some people can’t, and then some people change and then revert back, so there’s all different shades of gray. It’ll be fun to play.”

For Alex, he will regress to the gruff character of the early days. “People who are hurt revert to their less mature selves a lot of the time, and I think that he is hurt and he doesn’t quite know how to cope with that,” Rhimes says. “What I love is that he and Meredith are trying to get through it together, and she’s trying to take care of him, and he’s trying to take care of her, and at times they don’t appreciate each other’s methods.”

“She’s covering for him,” Chambers adds. “Blood’s thicker than water, but they’re not even blood, they are like siblings. I think she’ll do the right thing, but if Alex does, that’s another question. Alex is pretty complicated at times.”

All that said, would Rhimes ever consider pairing Meredith and Alex on a romantic level? “I’ve learned to never say never at this point,” Rhimes says. “I always thought the show would end at season 2, 3, 4 or 5. So every time I would say, ‘This is definitely going to be what’s happening,’ then we keep going and the story grows. Then everyone gets mad because I said something was definitely going to happen. So I’m never going to say never at this point.”

Grey’s Anatomy returns Thursday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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7 Meredith & Alex Moments From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ That Make Us Have Hope In True Love

We were all completely devastated when McDreamy passed away in Grey’s Anatomy. Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd were the perfect couple who made us believe in true love, but maybe that wasn’t the only true love for Mer. What if she’s also meant to be with her best friend, Alex Karev? It seems as though a lot of fans have been shipping it for quite some time, and we’re here for it. I mean, who has never failed to be there for our Meredith throughout the course of the series? He has always been a true constant in her life, and let’s face it, we see the love brewing there in the best Meredith and Alex moments from Grey’s Anatomy.

We all want our partner in life to be our best friend anyway, so it just makes perfect sense that these two are soulmates. Sure, they both have had separate great loves and loss that would make us hesitant in shipping them at first. However, over the course of the series, Alex and Meredith have always been there for each and continue to be there, even after everyone else leaves. That, my friends, is true love. Stop toying with our hearts, Shonda Rhimes, and just give our “dark and twisty” girl a forever kind of a love that will never, ever leave.

1. When Alex Wanted To Have Waffle Sundays

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This may simply sound like eating waffles on a Sunday, but waffle Sundays mean so much more than that, especially coming from Alex. When Alex was afraid he might be going away for awhile, he wanted to make waffle Sunday a tradition with Meredith, her kids, Amelia, and Maggie. I know I personally would only want to plan indefinite waffle Sundays with my soulmate.

2. When Meredith And Alex Talked About True Love

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Alex and Meredith make us all believe in Mer’s second shot at true love, and this adorable moment further backs up the point. This particular scene had us hardcore rooting for the duo to get together. Maybe they were totally oblivious to the fact that their true love is laying right next to them, but we’re never giving up hope at the possibility.

3. When Alex Comforted Meredith After Her Heartbreaking Attack At The Hospital

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Alex comforted Meredith and was right by her side after a patient attacked her at the hospital. He tried to be there for Mer the best he could, and he was even able to get her laughing. This moment was especially great, because it proved that Alex is truly the best person for Meredith. He took a serious, traumatizing situation and helped Mer get through the pain.

4. When Alex Took Over The Role Of Meredith’s “Person”

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When Cristina left Meredith, there was a gaping hole in her heart. “Her person” was no longer with her on the regular, and we all cried into our pillows at night. Cristina was the one best friend Meredith could always count on and vent to, and although she was still important to Mer, Alex resumed the role. I mean, he was basically doing the job already and killing it.

5. When Meredith Kicked Jo Out Of Bed To Talk To Alex

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There must be some unwritten rule that Meredith’s need for Alex comes before anyone else’s. Jo basically gave up fighting Meredith when she needed to get in the bed to talk to Alex. That’s pretty wild to think about, but Alex and Mer’s relationship has always been too strong to stand in the way of. Nothing will stop Meredith from talking to her BFF, even if Jo was pretty pissed about it.

6. When Alex Told Meredith She Could Take Out Her Frustrations On Him

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Alex comforted Meredith after a bad surgery. He let her know that if she was really mad and wanted to hit and scream, she could take it all out on him. You need that in a partner — someone who will let you freely vent your feelings, and be a support system when you’re having the worst day ever.

7. When Alex And Meredith Drank Tequila On The Floor

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Tequila plays an important role throughout the series for Meredith. Needless to say, watching Mer and Alex share a bottle of tequila on the floor means so much more than just two friends casually drinking.

This was the moment when Alex really proved that he was going to be Meredith’s person. He took over as her go-to support system when her world felt like it was crumbling to the ground. Bless you, Alex Karev.

Grey Sloan Memorial fired Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) as head of Paediatric Surgery on last season of Grey’s Anatomy, so naturally he needs a replacement in the job.

Luckily, the show has found one in Shameless actor Richard Flood, who has joined the show as Dr Cormac Hayes (via Entertainment Weekly).

Alex was dismissed alongside Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr) and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) over insurance fraud.


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Meanwhile, the latest Grey’s episode saw a surprising off-screen appearance from a classic character as Meredith interacted with Dr Christina Yang (Sandra Oh).

The moment was an emotional one for many fans, with speculation naturally over whether Oh herself will return.

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Grey’s Anatomy airs on ABC in the US. It airs on Sky Witness and NOW TV in the UK.

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