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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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