Grey's Anatomy Review: Life Changing Moments

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It’s almost that time. It's time for the fifth-year residents to start interviewing at other hospitals and open up the chance that they will no longer be at Seattle Grace. So, who is bound to leave SGH at the end of the season? Time to discuss "The Girl with No Name."

Out Of The Basement. Holly Wheeler, a young girl who was abducted outside of a grocery store, is brought in with several injuries. This was a case that had gained national attention since she had been missing for so many years.

First: kudos to guest star Vanessa Marano from Switched at Birth, who played this role with perfection. I cannot even imagine what this situation would be like. Seriously, the worst fear for a parent. Bailey wasn’t able to hold it together and she wasn't alone, and rightfully so. The idea that you can turn your head and your child goes missing is super scary. 

The only thing that could have made this better was to find out some closure on arresting her attacker.

He Has Got the Hair

Meet Alan. I have said it before, but Loretta Devine is amazing on this show and her arc is heartbreaking. Poor Richard. He goes to visit his wife and finds her in bed with another man. I know she has a serious disease, but that can’t be easy for Webber. He needs to have something good happen. Maybe a little visit with Catherine Avery? 

Question to ponder: Which will be more heartbreaking: Adele dying or Richard and her splitting up? 

You’re Doing The Best You Can. As Owen struggles with the pressure of being Chief, Cristina reaches out to him. First step? Allowing him to stay at the apartment until the boards. Second? She supported him at the staff meeting by clapping for him. 

This couple is so confusing. On one hand, they are toxic. He cheated on his wife! But on the other hand, they are able to calm each other, balance each other out. Could these two be soul mates? Who knows. What I do know is that Teddy is right. Cristina needs to stay at SGH.

Dr. Hunt Pic

Uncertain Future. So the residents went out on interviews for where they are going to work after residency. The idea of these docs splitting up sucks, but with no clue as to who is returning next season, this seems to be the best option. Where are the residents heading?

  • Meredith wants to stay in Seattle with her husband and her house. She also interviewed in San Francisco and Boston, which is now her first choice.
  • April went to Northwestern, only to find out that her personality isn’t the easiest to mesh with.
  • Jackson interviewed at UCLA and was put off on their interest in him as the grandson of Harper Avery. 
  • Alex interviewed at some not so nice hospitals, like the one outside of Toledo. Arizona is working it to keep him at SGH. He also got an interview at Yale.
  • Superstar Cristina was being courted by hospitals across the country, such as Columbia, Stanford, Duke and Johns Hopkins.
Richard in Glasses
So another great hour from Grey’s Anatomy. An emotional case, an upset Bailey showing how awesome she can act, super hot BFFs Derek and Mark and interviews outside of Washington. Who will go where? For now, we don’t know.
But we can make our predictions about that and all the other good stuff from the hour in the official Grey’s Anatomy Round Table. So hit the comments and let us know what you thought of “The Girl With No Name.’ Until next week, TV Fanatics. 


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I don't think Cristina will fail. I think Shonda is showing that Vintage Cristina is back. Crowen will have a devil of a time getting back together if she fails because of the state of their marriage and it will drag this out too much longer. I still think it's gonna be Avery. Grandpa will have a cow. Or maybe Mer fails and she has to stay in Seattle longer. Mark in the cafe w/Avery by the ear was hilarious! I don't feel sorry for Webber. It may be sad but it sure is ironic that Ellis didn't remember anyone consistently but him and now he's trying to make it up to Adele and she doesn't remember him. Karma's a bitch. Cristina will seemingly commit to somewhere far away, but when the new season starts up, she'll decide she wants to stay at SGMWH and she and Owen will reunite. Then Shonda's going to screw us all up again and let that silly woman that he cheated with end up pregnant. Then maybe she'll die and Cristina will agree to raise the baby with Owen after all. God I hope not!!!


if it is yang.. could she have failed on purpose to give her a reason to stick around seattle... she looked like she wanted owen to tell her to stay... in the entire episode she looked like she wanted a reason to stay


I loved Meredith, Cristina and Alex's discussion of Toledo and "Canada." LOL. I also loved Alex and Arizona's scenes. He needs to stay at Seattle Grace. Peads Dream Team all the way.
LOL at everyone telling April not to be herself. Now, if she could just fail the boards and be not herself somewhere else, that would be ever better.


I think everyone wanting Christina is the big hint she is one who fails her boards... this might keep her around for another year at least....
Plus, Christina has had a rough year also so maybe she wasn't on her game but as a doctor she was always talented and always one of the best.. even on a not so good day she would have been able to pass her boards...


Somebody asked why Meredith would want to move to Boston...she grew up there. Her mom took her there after Ellis left Thatcher. Also, Derek's family is somewhere on the East Coast (not sure where ) so they would be close to his mom and most of his family. Makes sense. Not sure why the person said they couldn't take Zola across country, I thought she was adopted already. Love Alex and how he realized that Arizona was sending him to crappy places so he'd stay at SGHMW. Thought the comment about Toledo being in Canada was hilarious (if you lived in Ohio as I do, you'd understand.) I liked the arc with the hostage victim, the young lady who played the part was really good. I've enjoyed the past few episodes but wish I knew that Ellen and Patrick were returning. Honestly it wouldn't be the same. Total side note: does anyone else think that Eric Dane is looking WAY too thin these days? Is he sick?


I love the show. I stream all my TVs so i am able to watch them over and over again. as I watched “The Girl With No Name" it came to me which will leave the show in season 9 and who will stay. they cant take Grey and Derek out it will ruin the whole show. I know ppl come and ppl go in shows but their 2 very important as well as many others. i am so addicted to this show for the first episode and i hope it keeps going. as i watched Richard see this going on with his wife, it brought tears to my eyes and I hope I never have to go thru this or see a loved one have Alzheimer's. I so hope that yang and Owen work things out in season 9 cause they were so great together. It would be great if they could somehow bring George back into the show, even for a little while. I have watched this for so many yrs and they have all become like family to me. by the way Vanessa Marano (Bay from Switched at birth) you done a great job girl and Shondra your a wonderful writer and doing a spin off from this show and starting Private Practice was brilliant.... I love all the actors of this show as well especially Addison Montgomery. she is a great so easy to get addicted to.


I would have felt more sad about Adele's storyline had it not ALREADY HAPPENED ON THE SHOW. They had two Alzheimer's patients who fell in love with each other despite their spouses' disapproval on this show. Grey's Anatomy keeps treading the same waters with the same formulas. Look how Izzie's dead fiancée became Teddy's dead husband. It's the same thing over and over. For the people who don't remember a single thing of the past episodes than I bet you enjoy this re-run dribble. But I feel like I'm watching a bad remake. BE ORIGINAL.


And Richard and Adele's arc is so heartbreaking, reminded me of this trial patient who was in love with another Alzheimer patient, in front of his wife. So horrible to see that the person u know is disappearing and that u don't count for him/her. I hope Richard is gonna get some happiness soon, he deserves a break from all the pain.


I loved the medical case, I will never say it enough : it is so good to take some time to get to know the patient, the emotional background etc. That's what we had in first seasons and what made Grey be a good drama show. We need more of these !
So good as well to take a break from Owen/Cristina's breakup/drama/shit. FINALLY !
About the interviews at other hospitals, I am curious about Cristina. It's not really strange that they all want her, but I wonder what Shonda has in mind, is it to prepare us in case Sandra Oh would be leaving or is it to make sure that Owen is gonna fight for Cristina to stay ?
Btw, so cute to see Arizona wants to keep Alex, I love their relationship !


The victim/patient storyline of this episode was inappropriately handled. For such a traumatic child sexual abuse situation to be tossed off as merely a backdrop for the usual Grey drama (and resident snarkiness) just left me feeling like I'd been slimed. The scenario should have been treated with more respect, or simply not been used at all. That said -- I'm still rooting for Cristina and Owen to save their marriage! I find it extremely short-sighted to condemn Owen's one-night stand without equally taking into consideration Cristina's soul-killing refusal to even discuss the abortion decision. I am pro-choice, but Cristina's refusal to treat her husband with the same respect she demanded was, to me, a FAR more toxic action than Owen's drunken one-night stand. As far as I'm concerned, BOTH Cristina and Owen have cheated on their marriage, and Cristina's choice wasn't impulsive or influenced by alcohol.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 20 Quotes

Jackson: Since when do they bribe residents?
Cristina: They don't, unless you're me. A god.

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