Grey's Anatomy Episode Preview: What If ...

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What if Ellis Grey had not been stricken with Alzheimer's?

That would make Meredith Grey a much different person, clearly, and a lot less dark and twisty. This hypothetical scenario is the basis for the much-hyped alternate reality episode of Grey's Anatomy February 2.

In the aptly-titled "If/Then," Meredith dreams of a world in which her mother never had Alzheimer's and in which she had loving and supportive parents instead of growing up without her father, Thatcher.

This causes Meredith to be happy, which causes Seattle Grace to be completely different in every conceivable way. Couples you never imagined are together, while almost all the doctors have different hair!

For visuals of some of the many examples, check out our gallery of "If/Then" photos if you haven't seen it. Check check out ABC's first promo for the most buzz-worthy installment of the season below:

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this episode is awesome!!
It was really good idea from the creators ;)
love it!


I just saw the first 11 minutes of that episode, and honestly it looks really amazing, and all falls into place, makes sense to me. I think people will be nicely surprised.


This episode seems rediculous to me. It just seems like they have run out of ideas so now thy are running what ifs? What about what is going on in the actual plot?


@TheWaiter - Charles Percy (the doctor who died in Bailey's arms after getting shot by Gary Clarke) wouldn't have died because Derek wouldn't have been Chief. This is because Webber wasn't Chief at the time of the shooting due his alcoholism. He wouldn't have been an alcoholic if it weren't for Ellis' influence so theoretically the shooting wouldn't have happened if Richard and Ellis were never together. Hope that made sense! ;)


I think that what if? Episode should be more than what if ellis didn't get sick. It should also be what if george didn't get hit by the bus. What if izzie didn't get cancer. What if burke didn't leave christina.


I'm hoping that George is alive, somewhere off screen. Maybe living with Izzy.


seems too funny!!!


NCIS episode 200. Guess what they're doing?
A 'what if' episode. Just like GA!
Small world isn't it!


Why do people keep on rationalizing what is and what is not possible for this episode??? This is an imaginary, quirky and funny offering, so I say let's just all wait and see the Grey's actors in a completely different light. And yeah! Alex looks so cute with glasses on!


I'm getting really excited for this episode! Can't wait!

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Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 13 Quotes

What if one little thing I said or did could have made it all fall apart?


Meredith The baby you have is the baby you were destined to have. It was meant to be.

Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 13 Music

  Song Artist
Ruby blue Ruby Blue Roisin Murphy iTunes
Into the fire Into the Fire Thirteen Senses iTunes
High highs flowers bloom Flowers Bloom High Highs iTunes