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Grey's Anatomy Review: Meeting Meredith Webber

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So... what did you think?

Grey’s Anatomy aired its the much buzzed about alt-reality episode this week, "If/Then." Any installment whose premise is a dream sequence for the entire hour is bound to be subpar, right? Wrong. An hour that I believed to be total filler (mostly because Shondaland has to be running out of stories) may have been just that, but it was also enjoyable, and light and left me wondering: WHAT IF?

Let’s be clear that although this imaginary world was fun and different, I wouldn’t want to be watching it week after week. So let’s get to it - time to discuss the alternate reality that is Seattle Grace.

Family, Yet Unfamiliar

Bright and Shiny. Well, this was a completely different Meredith Grey Webber. The girl in the bubble gum pink sweater was the polar opposite of the woman we've been watching for years. Living in a house with her parents, Ellis and Richard, and engaged to geeky Alex?!? Wow. One that thing that wasn’t different? Ellis was still a world class surgeon and awful mother/person.

The best thing about this scenario was having Richard as Mer’s dad. This relationship is absolutely one of the highlights of this series. This also put Meredith on the other side of things - having her husband fiance cheat on her in the hospital. Super sweet moment of Mer crying on her dad’s shoulder.

Gotta love Meredith and Derek (McDreary) meeting up at Joe’s. “You’re just a guy in a bar.” Nice nod to the pilot.

Mer and Alex

Welcome home, Addison! Kate Walsh took a break from her less than stellar show to reprise her role as Addison. Oh, how i have missed those high arched eyebrows. P.S. Thank you for getting McSteamy back to his shirtless self. 

And it looks like Addi and Mark finally got to have that baby. Speaking of Sloan...

I was a little disappointed that Mark didn’t make an appearance until the end, but his heroic carrying in of junkie Lexie was awesome. Girl rocked those dreads and tattoos, too.

The Shepherds

Cristina Yang. First of all, terrible bangs. But it was nice to see that Yang still made it to the cardio god she is today. Cristina found her way, back to her person and the caring girl to Owen’s PTSD.

Owen, Callie, and their family were pretty boring, though. Things were just awkward.

“Shoot Me Now.” Charles is alive and well, not having died in Bailey’s arms. With only a few lines, at least he made them zingers.

Miranda Mandi Bailey. Without having Webber guide her through her early days, Bailey was a timid and soft spoken fired doctor. Pretty much my least favorite part. I like my Bailey bursting at the mouth and putting people in their places.

Bailey with Braids!

Nods to the Characters of Yesterday. Even though this was an episode with no point, you have to appreciate the mentioning of characters’ past.

  • Yang having slept with Burke drove him out of the state. I miss the days of Preston Burke and his tight fitted turtlenecks.
  • Izzie slept with a patient and stole a heart for him. Guess things didn’t change for her.
  • George still was called 007 and never passed his intern test. Too bad he never got to save the guy in the elevator.

This was an episode that shouldn’t be kept on the DVR, but was worth watching once. Taking a break from the complicated world of SG is ok, but only for an hour. Let’s make a promise to not do this again this season.

It was better than the musical episode, but not as good as the standard installments of Grey’s Anatomy. What did you think, TV Fanatics? Was this an hour you would like to get back or did you enjoy the imaginary world? Would you rather things be the way they are or the alternate version? Sound off and let us know what you thought. Don’t forget to check back for the official Grey’s Anatomy Round Table. Until next time...

Review

Editor Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
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Definitely a good episode!!! But I would not want to see anything like it again. If the ending didn't prove already, everyone is where they should be character wise in real life (except bailey). LOVE THE MER/DER SCENE AT THE END THAT WAS A NOD TO THE PILOT!!

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I would have liked Meredith to have had a bigger moment with Lexi. The relationship between the sisters has so much potential. A conversation or some kind of connection. Otherwise I enjoyed it.

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this episode was i nice break, but just that a break. I liked seing this alternet universe. I really liked how it ended up being kinda the same at the end with mer/der, owenstina, calzona, mark saving lexie and sleeping with addison and alex being an ass! It was great.

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Definitely Bailey was the best part of the episode. I really wanted her to go all "real Bailey" on Alex at the end, i.e. "No one holds a scalpel until I'm so happy I'm Mary freaking Poppins!!!"

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This episode outright sucked!!!!! It was a pointless piece of drivel that I hope to never see again. Yikes, Shonda!!!!

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i loved it! way better than the all boys episode :)

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the musical sucked badly most of them could not carry a tune i prefer this episode

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I liked the musical way better then this episode.

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This episode was ok I was hoping that Izzy or George would have been in this episode. I wanted to see more of Owen and Christina, and Callie and Arizona, o and more of Mark too.

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i loved it, way better than the musical. Shonda found the right balance with this episode, i liked how all the characters stayed true themselves and more or less ended up togehter the fact that Elise Grey wasn't turned into some super mum was brilliant. i do not agree with your review this episode is a keeper, much needed after the intensity of the previous episode.