Grey's Anatomy Season Premiere Review: Everything Changes

at . Comments


After months of waiting to see how our favorite dysfunctional doctors would handle the tragedy of the Grey’s Anatomy Season 8 finale, the drama returned with "Going Going Gone." It was filled with a whole lot of emotion and a handful of laughs. It was reminiscent of previous seasons. It was... great.

Shonda Rhimes, how do you do it? How do you manage to keep the fans so invested after so many seasons? And more importantly, how do you manage to throw a curve ball like you did at the end of this hour? Let’s get to it.

Shades of Meredith Grey

RIP McSteamy. The majority of the episode was centered around saying goodbye to Sloan. His wish was that after thirty days of no changes, he would be removed from the machines keeping him alive. What an emotional send out. Derek and Callie stayed by his side while the others waited outside of his room. 

In no way was I ready to say goodbye to this character. He brought a spark to this show that it badly needed. Not to mention, he was freakin’ gorgeous! Eric Dane, I will absolutely miss you on my television every week. At least we have the infamous “McSteamy” picture to look back on.

Although it was sad to see him go, the writers made a smart choice in killing off the character versus having him just depart. There is no way that Sloan would have left Callie and Arizona with his daughter by choice. He was a good father and wouldn’t have left that baby. 

You have to love the video footage shown throughout the hour of Sloan. He really did change the lives of Derek, Callie and Avery. Now admit it: how many of you cried? I knew I wasn’t alone!

Meet Medusa. There is a new crop of interns at Seattle Grace and Meredith is the attending to fear. Nicknamed “Medusa,” Grey is showing them the same way she learned from Bailey. She even did the intern appendectomy with one of the new recurring cast members, Camilla Luddington

Who else is thrilled about Gaius Charles becoming part of this already awesome cast? Charles is an amazing actor and anyone who has seen Friday Night Lights knows exactly what I am talking about. 

Mere-Der Love

Trouble Taking Off. Cristina is off in Minnesota dealing with Mr. Feeny Dr. Thomas and his endless stories. Girlfriend is told she needs to become a team player because she is not fitting in. Good! Send her back ASAP! Yang makes plans to fly to Seattle, Grey makes plans to fly to Minnesota. Neither make it. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to get on a plane after what they went through. Alex doesn’t make his plane either, following a sudden decision to stay at SGH after meeting Dr. Barnett, Arizona’s replacement. 

The gang is almost all back together... even April. I have to admit, I didn’t even realize she wasn’t in the episode until Owen showed up at her farm. Did anyone else miss her?

Shocker! After keeping Arizona’s arc out of the spoilers all summer, we learned that Robbins lost her leg due to the plane crash. Who saw that coming? Like I said, Shonda did it again. This will definitely make for an interesting dynamic with the other characters. 

Still On the Hunt

Side Notes:

  • Although cleared for surgery, Derek said his hand went numb. Did it really or was it nerves over operating and losing his best friend?
  • Love, love, love Meredith and Cristina’s facetime sessions. Especially when Cristina was watching the “trainwreck” of a surgery.
  • Bailey’s no longer the Nazi! Say hello to Booty Call Bailey.
  • Just one quick mention of the late Lexie. Did anyone miss her? How about Teddy?
Overall, a solid episode back. Grey’s Anatomy always knows how to bring the drama and they did not fail in the Season 9 premiere. What did you think, TV Fanatics? Was it a good follow up to “Flight?” 
Sound off below and let us know.
Check out the Grey’s Anatomy quotes page for awesome one-liners from Yang and the others, check back later this week for the first Grey’s Anatomy Round Table of the new season, and watch next week's Grey's Anatomy promo!
Until next time, Grey’s fans! And more importantly, welcome back!


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
  • 4.6 / 5.0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
User Rating:

Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (1533 Votes)

Sorry haven't ready any previous comments, after reading time and time again about Callie and Arizona i think some how the edito has been confused as Arizona is the Latino bone doctor and Callie aka dr Robbins who loses her leg is in peds.


First I want to say how well executed I believe the episode was handled. I think Shonda learned from how quickly she killed off Lexie and the uproar that followed that she needed to give Mark a proper sendoff. It was a beautiful tribute to him. Now, did others notice how much healthier and better Eric Dane looked from the last season? I hope all is well with him now. Perhaps his health was a factor in the decision to let him go.


First of all, I love this show. I even love that it's pretty depressing. But the first episode of season 9 left me very disapointed. I was expecting more. I did not like the flashbacks, I felt that the episode should have picked up where season 8 left off. But I see that next week's episode will be doing that. I really don't like what they are doing whith Meredith's character. I understand that she just lived through a trauma, but trauma is that chick's middle name. The writers took her to the extreme. So sad that Mark Sloan died! I loved him.


@kate, I was so so disappointed that Owen didn't go to Cristina


Don't know why they'd bring back irritating April. I will miss Teddy and Mark for sure. The one thing that has always struck me as being too unrealistic to be even a teeny bit believable throughout the years on this show is how they have fat, dumpy, unpretty and extremely annoying Bailey hooking up with all these young hot studs who all seem to be falling all over themselves to be with her. I can't even watch this ridiculousness anymore, and I leave the room when they try to extend that storyline. This simply would not happen in real life--and it's one hot guy after another!!! Come on!!!


I loved the episode. And i did cry. I thought i wouldn't but when they showed the flashback with Mark holding Sophia i broke... Aaah..Bye, bye McSteamy.
I didn't get one thing. What is Cristina doing in Minessota? Every elite hospital in the country wanted her as an atending. Why would she choose one that is obviously the wrong fit. Maybe because she really didn't want to leave? I hope we'll find out in the next episode.
And...I'm very happy that April's coming back. But i also didn't like that Owen went to find her instead of Cristina. Plus, why the f@@k did April went back to the farm? You do not spend 5 years going through hell in order to become a surrgeon and then just give up. I expected more from April.


Mer is an attending because she is a general surgeon. The six years take you to general surgery. When you want to specialize you become a fellow. For exemple plastics or cardio.


Gosh I still can't watch the episode.... I cried soooo hard during season 8 finale...


Mark would never leave his daughter. He had to die and while it would have been nice to see him and Lexie walk into afterlife together, it would have implied he gave up to be with Lexie than to fight to stay with his daughter. It was sad but I believe it was the only way.


Where is Teddy? o.O

Tags: ,

Grey's Anatomy Season 9 Episode 1 Quotes

The world keeps going without you.


Dying changes everything. There is the emotional fall out, sure. But there's also the practical stuff. Who's going to do your job? Who's going to take care of your family?