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...


Editor Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (634 Votes)

I find it boring... The original plot is so much better especially when it ended with so much drama (when Owen finally flared at Cristina). The only thing I enjoyed about this episode was when Alex mentioned to everyone about Cristina and Burke, Izzie and her patient, and George. I miss these people. Now, this whole What-if plot could be so much better if there's Burke, Izzie and George in it, but since its impossible then yeah, this whole episode is pointless... sigh.
I can't wait for next episode though, especially Owen saving Cristina from the crash!!


Well, I liked it. But if they did an episode like this they should of done it big. With the Og's The first original cast. Come on WHERE WAS Izzy and George and even Burke. It was interesting to see how this show was written. It would of been nice to see 007 and Torres having that married life with children and all. It was confusing to see Owen and Ms.Capshaw there. I think shondra should of really write this one over. As a true Greys fan I felt many things were missing. But, It was funny.


urgh please. Compare this episode to Buffy's The Wish/Doppleganger, or even the OC one where Ryan's not there, or Friends' alternate. Or one of the funniest episodes of community ever. Watch those and try to tell me this episode of Grey's lives up to any of that. Pointless, and totally boring, honestly.


Everyone is missing the Bailey/Alex scene in the elevator. It was a nod to the Bailey/Derek scene in the elevator when Bailey stops the elevator so Derek can cry over Bonnie from the "Into you like a train" episode. In this universe, she berates Alex for crying in the elevator. Thought that was pretty cool.


I enjoyed seeing the characters in a different light. I especially enjoyed how the first song played in the beginning of the episode was also the first song we heard in the pilot. Also, the other musical selections were from the earlier seasons of Grey's so the throw back to those episodes was great.


It was a fun episode to watch but once was enough. There were some very awkward feeling moments! The singing episode was my favorite ever and I would love something like that again!!


George was the guy in the elevator before he failed his intern exam. That was 1st season. I liked the episode, except for Alex - sorry, but didn't buy that one.


I was very happy with last nights episode. Even though I wouldn't want the show to be like that always, there were lots of nice nods to episodes past, with the same music and lines. I really miss Addison being on the show. She is so much better on Grey's! And I wish they brought Izzie and George back. But oh well.


After watching the “what if� episode it left me wondering if the writers and producer have run out of good ideas. I hope not, Thursday evening with Grey’s Anatomy is something I have looked forward to for years. I hope it does not go by the wayside because of an eroding story line. Here’s a thought…. surprise us with the return of Burke – as the new chief – that should shake things up…..


I also liked the musical epi way more than the alt reality. This epi was a waste of time. I didnt find it entertaining at all. Thank God this alt reality isnt the show lol
Im glad were back to our regularly scheduled program next Thursday.
It was an interesting concept but couldve been written better. I wasnt impressed. The Valentine's epi sounds great. Im definitely looking forward to that one :)

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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