Grey's Anatomy Season Premiere Review: Everything Changes

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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
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (1533 Votes)

Super sad that Mark died! Cannot believe we lost McSteamy! I did miss April, so I'm glad she's bad. Also Shonda please do not take away screen time from the regulars to show new interns no one cares about. I miss you already little Grey!


I did NOT like the season premier.......boring....Mark and Lexie should not have been killed off......DO like Meredith and hunky Derek (mcDreamy) together, which is basically the only reason i'm still watching the show...


It was a very confusing premiere but as the season goes on it will become more clear.


Mark has no family and no wife from PP. He has never been married and his parents are dead. Derek and Callie are his best friends and are like family to him.


I was disappointed in this season's premiere because it did not show what happened with the plane crash. Guess they will show it next week. Will miss Mark & Lexie. Sad about Arizona but she will have to learn to cope. Glad Korev staying..


I found this episode very disjointed. With the new interns in the first scene I wasn't sure I had the right show. Mark Sloane's death was very sad, but why did Meredith dump Derek to go to Minnesota. Where was Mark's family and his wife from PP?
The story of Owen flying to a pig farm to get April back because it was the only thing he could control? How lame! all he ahd to do was to go and see Christina. Finally to portray the MN docs as talkative and bumbling was downright insulting. And no, there are not always 10 inches of snow all the time. Come to Canada for that.


I have watched Grey's Anatomy since the beginning and i have to say this was the worst season premier ever. If Shonda Rymes keeps this up I am going to stop watching.If Dr Sloan didn't want to be on the show any longer they should have at least let him die in the plane crash along with Lexy. It didn't make any sence to me to kill him off the way they did.It was such a boring show.

Sarah silva

This was a great episode! I was super sad to see McSteamy die but I do like that she did it that way as now he and Lexie can be together in heaven! Sloan would never leave Callie, Arizona and his daughter! I am an Eric Dane fan and will miss him!
I did not miss April at all either! The show was better without her LOL!
Christina will be back at Seattle Grace in no time! I love that Alex decided to stay eventhough he is back to his man whorish ways but that is how he is dealing with the guilt of the crash!


Truthfully, I have not watched the show for atleast a year, and now I see why, The whole story is just so STUPID! Meredith being called Medusa by the interns and Bailey BCB, come on, It is definietly time to pull the plug.


I really MISSED CHYLER LEXIE IN THIS EPISODE. NEED HER BACK. I will niss ERIC MARK. Hated what they did to Arizona

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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?