The 10 Worst ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Episodes Ranked

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2005 Grey’s AnatomyIt aired its premiere episode on ABC. The pilot episode. “A Hard Day’s Night,” introduced viewers to Shonda Rhimes’ fictional Seattle Grace/Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital.

Shonda and its first season were not the same. Greys Anatomy’s cast, led by Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey, could’ve predicted the medical drama’s longevity. In May 2022 Grey’s Anatomy It aired its 400th episode, and the 18th season finale.

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Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on 'Grey's Anatomy'

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With that many episodes aired, it’s safe to say the series has had its share of memorable moments. Among the timeless episodes, there are others that viewers might skip while binge-watching nostalgic episodes.

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On that note, let’s look at 10 of the worst Grey’s Anatomy episodes.

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10. Meredith and George had sex while she was still in love (Season 2, Ep. 8: “Yesterday”).

The first few Grey’s Anatomy seasons focused on Meredith’s surgical internship. Meredith took in two roommates during her internship — Izzie (Katherine Heigl) and George O’ Malley (T.R. Knight). George’s crush on Meredith instantly became apparent to the other interns, including Meredith. She was also madly infatuated with Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), her attending surgeon.

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By Season 2, Meredith and Derek’s romance plummeted when Meredith discovered he was married to Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh). Season 2, Episode 19, shows Meredith trying to heal from her grief by falling in love with George. When Meredith began crying while having sex, the plan went awry. The scene was difficult to watch and nearly ruined Meredith and George’s friendship.

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9. Izzie’s drunken affair with George (Season 3, Episode 18) “Scars and Souvenirs”).

While we’re on the subject of ruined friendships, we must mention Grey’s AnatomyA seemingly perfect bond between two lovers of opposite sexes is broken. Izzie & George’s friendship takes a new turn after George drinks too much alcohol. Izzie discovers that she had been drinking while having sex with George at the end of the episode. The episode not only changed Izzie and George’s relationship by giving us one of Grey’s worst pairings but also made George an adulterer. He married Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) that season.

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8. Alex Karev believed he had gotten his patient pregnant (Season 4, Ep. 13: “Piece of My Heart”).

Another example of an early Grey’s AnatomyAlex Karev, a doctor who was unable to find love, was Justin Chambers. Alex (Elizabeth Rasser) reconnected with Ava, his former patient. Ava, who had lost her memory in a ferry boat accident, left Seattle in Season 4. After she returned to Seattle, she changed her name to Rebecca and claimed she was pregnant with Alex.

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Once he discovered she was pregnant, Alex immediately stepped up to be by Ava’s side. However, Izzie soon found that Ava wasn’t pregnant and possibly suffered from mental health issues. Alex’s episode and the storyline that followed were unnecessarily cruel, according to many fans.

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7. Teddy revisits her and Owen’s toxic relationship (Season 17, Ep. 9: “In My Life”).

Season 17 Grey’s AnatomyThis was a difficult one. The medical drama focused on the COVID-19 epidemic, which was real and many fans did not enjoy watching it on a show. Meredith was diagnosed with COVID in that season. The show focuses on the other doctors at the hospital.

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In one episode, Dr. Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) faced a nightmare about her friend-turned-baby-daddy, Owen. Before COVID, Teddy had cheated with Owen (Greg Germann) and she called off their wedding. During their breakup, Teddy reflected on her and Owen’s past and the other traumas she endured, such as the death of her best friend, Allison.

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The dream followed Teddy and Owen’s relationship and how her past insecurities affected their engagement. The episode didn’t sit well with fans who feared it might be another case of Teddy and Owen’s on-again, off-again dynamic. However, it turned out that this was not the case. Owen and Teddy actually walked down the aisle.

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6. Derek convinces Meredith, her mentor Richard Webber, to fire her (Season 6, episode 12: “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked.”)

Season 6 saw Chief Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.), fall into difficult times. Richard began to drink at work after Seattle Grace was hit with financial difficulties. Derek suspected Richard was re-intoxicated. Meredith confirmed this to him.

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After Meredith admitted Richard had been drinking, Derek suggested they tell the hospital’s medical board. Derek also desired Richard’s title so the timing seemed suspicious. Derek eventually persuaded Meredith, in return for him telling Richard after she was fired in Season 6, Episode 5, (“Invasion”). Meredith agreed reluctantly and handed her father figure over.

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5. The ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ doctors sang in the show’s musical episode (Season 7, Episode 18: “Song Beneath the Song”).

Season 7 Grey’s AnatomyIt was the first ever musical episode to be broadcast to viewers. “Song Beneath the Song.” During the episode, the doctors fight to save Callie’s life after she and her partner, Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw), get into a horrific car accident.

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Many doctors were on the other side before Callie. “Song Beneath the Song” was the only one that included the doctors’ singing chops. Some of the solo acts included doctors Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), and Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd). Although we didn’t hate the concept, the episode is one that many fans wish didn’t exist. Ellen stated that she did not like the episode in general. People.

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4. Cristina didn’t win the Harper Avery during her final season (Season 10 Episode 20) “Go It Alone”).

Season 10 was Dr. Cristina Yang’s (Sandra Oh) final year at Grey-Sloan Memorial. While Cristina didn’t choose to leave Seattle in the episode, it was the beginning of the end of her run. Cristina attended the Harper Avery Awards, where her work was recognized. Cristina sat with Meredith, her ex-husband, and sometimes lover Owen, at the ceremony waiting for the announcer’s call.

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Unfortunately, she didn’t win the award she obsessed over throughout her career, which was a letdown for Cristina’s fans. Not surprising considering she was unable to win the award because Meredith, Derek and Callie bought the hospital following their Season 9 plane crash settlement.

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3. Maggie does a lot of things to her cousin, and she eventually kills her (Season 16, episode 7: “Papa Don’t Preach”).

In Season 10 Grey’s AnatomyDr. Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary), arrived in Seattle to learn more about Meredith. Maggie’s appearance shocked many fans who believed up until then that Meredith’s mother, Ellis Grey (Kate Burton), only had one child. However, Maggie — who was conceived during Ellis’s affair with Richard — revealed she had been put up for adoption after Ellis gave birth to her, which Ellis had kept secret from Richard and Meredith until she died of Alzheimer’s in Season 3.

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In Season 16, Meredith/Sabi had made a good adjustment to their new family. However, the bond changed when Richard’s niece, Sabrina/Sabi (Crystal McCreary)A heart condition brought her to Seattle. A cardiothoracic surgeon, Maggie tried to convince her new cousin to let her operate on her heart against her and her father Chris’s (Matt Orduna) initial wishes. Maggie finally operated on Sabi after a surgical complication caused her death less than 24 hours later.

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2. Alex writes a letter to Grey-Sloan and Meredith saying goodbye (Season 16, Episode 16) “Leave a Light On”).

Season 16 saw Alex as one of the few Grey-Sloan doctors at the hospital. He decided to close his chapter and ended his time at the hospital that season by writing a letter. Justin’s January 2020 departure was the catalyst for this conclusion.

In Season 16, Episode 16“Leave a Light On”Alex wrote goodbye letters for Meredith Bailey, Richard and Dr. Jo Wilson. Alex explained in his letters how he had left Seattle to move to Iowa with Izzie 11 year after their divorce. Alex stated that the sudden decision came after he learned that Izzie had given her birth via in vitro fertilization.

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Alex did not want to be the same as his father Jimmy (James Remar), and he felt it best to stay with Izzie. Alex is shown in a negative light after years of trying to change his bad boy behavior.

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1. Izzie having sex with her dead fiancé (Season 5, Ep. 9: “In the Midnight Hour”).

Season 2 Grey’s Anatomy, Izzie’s former fiancé, Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), died after Izzie nearly lost her job when she cut his LVAD Wire so he could become a better heart transplant candidate.

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She began dating Alex years later, and it seemed like she was getting back on her feet. In Season 5, Denny’s ghost surfaced, repeatedly telling Izzie he was “here” for her. Despite being freaked out by her dead fiancé’s resurgence, Izzie eventually felt fortunate to have Denny back in her life. So much so that they did something they didn’t do when Denny was alive: have sex.

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There would be many more embarrassing moments, but Izzie’s and Denny’s first encounter together was so chaotic that Alex had to intervene. Fans still deny that the episode was a positive one, more than a decade later. Grey’s legacy.

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