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)

ok, lets not do this ever again!!! The musical was so bad, the boys night wasn't much better, but this!!!??? Come on Shondra, you are way better than this episode! If you needed to stroll down memory lane, why not include Izzy, Denny and George? You did hit one character right on! Geez, that Ellis Grey is a bitch, no matter which time frame she's in! One week of her was way more than enough! So, having aired my thoughts, can't wait to get back to reality next week, yea!!!!!!!!


I hated the alternate reality, but the episode did offer interesting food for thought. Did anyone else catch that George and Izzie would have left the show earlier in the alternate reality? In real life, if you remember, Meredith played a big part in helping both of them keep thei jobs- she rallied the other interns around Izzie and they all stood by her after the L-vat incident; George re-took his intern exams after Meredith got all of the other interns to help him study. So, i guess the point is, Meredith's screwed up childhood made her into a better friend to those around her. And perfect, bright n shiny Meredith is a shallow, catty person because she's never really been tested.


I actually liked the musical episode better.....and waited 50 minutes for mark to make an appearance....oh, and I always knew the baby was his:)


I have been an avid fan of the show for years but I'm now getting turned off. First, the background music is much too loud!!! It sometimes drowns out what the actors are saying. There is no need for any background music as the actors are really good in creating the feeling & atmosphere intended by the script. It simply diverts attention from the emotions created by the actors. Second, last night was a disaster for me. In fact I turned the show off as did my daughter & her friends. It remeined me of the "opera" show you did that was just awful. I remember another show that was a "dream" show and just terrible. This program is a straight drama and great as that. Have you run out of plots? Is that why you are fooling with the format? Truthfully I like new & inovative things but last night was stupid & boring. Life doesn't go backwards it moves forward. You are stopping the characters from doing this. Please, please stop the music & dreams and stay in reality!!!!!


Um, George DID save the guy in the elevator. That was season two. The intern exam was season 3 and he failed it. According to Alex in this episode, he never came back to do his second intern year.


HATED this episode....period.


Thought it was different but I like the regular shows


I absolutely loved this episode. I hope they do it again!


I loved it!!!!I loved Addison!!!!


I don't see this episode as filler. Like many on here, this episode shows how things SHOULD be, how things ARE no matter what. This episodes shows us what relationships are the most important on the show, both platonically and romantically.

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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