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!


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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (1533 Votes)

ok i am confused.. how come Meredith is an attending and the others just fellow?


ITA - Grays has jumped the shark! You killed off too many characters. The music they used with the Mark scene was cheesy. I was crying without the music, I don't need music to try to induce every single viewing emotion. Music should be used sparingly like salt and pepper to enhance not overwhelm the senses! We are not morons! You have changed Meredith into Super B! I dislike BOB and I love Baily's character. OK, it was cute watching Christina and Meredith FT. Nice plug for Apple and at least we got to see her. I was sooo disappointed when Owen ends up going to get pig farmer April! He states that was the only situation he could fix. NO, if he got his butt to Minnesota he might have been able to fix things with Christina. Ugh we get April back! Shonda just took out too many good characters. The show is a train wreck at this point. Killing Lexie off was a huge mistake! Getting rid of Sloane- stupid move! Well, at least Private Practice seems the same, however, they killed Pete off! Every good character does not have to be killed off to keep a show fresh, that is what good writing is for! End of rant! :)


i love the way bosom pals meredith yang conveyed to the viewers their fear of travelling by air. it is very realistic. ditto with alex, not leaving sgh by not boarding his plane.


Next week will be the heartbreaking episode because it goes into how they got out and what happened. I liked last nights episode and thought it appropriate to be mostly devoted to Mark Sloan. Next week will delve into the rescue more. The Arizona/Callie arch will be interesting and I hope that Arizona can accept that she lost half of her leg but can still use a prosthesis and still be an amazing surgeon and not take it out on Callie. I like the storyline with the two of them being happy and the contrasts between the two. It wouldn't be normal if Derek didn't have some issues. I look for Christina to travel by train back to Seattle Grace. I too loved the computer chats. Sad thing is Christina thinks Owen was coming to see her but instead he went to retrieve April. I didn't miss her the whole episode. Her part was so dumb that she would have to return to the farm because she didn't get an attending position because she was still a MD just not a surgeon. That part of the story feel flat but it's April and I don't care too much for her still. Maybe that will change. Can't wait until next weeks episode!


they just lost a faithful viewer. I'm sick of the new faces that never stick around while they kill off the good and exciting characters that bring something to the show. The writing is getting too groosome. Can't believe you cut off Arizona's leg. Good bye Greys.


I did not like this episode at all. It was so disjointed, I thought I was watching "Lost." Losing Mark was sad, but there was too much new lunacy around to get into it. Too many new faces. I actually thought I had the wrong show on at first. Next week will be the interesting show.


I sure do wish to see Lexi Grey back, she was a good fit with Meridith as a sister with an opinion! I did hate to see Mark go with his soooo handsome self. It was a tear jerker.....Hats off to Shonda, love the show even hoping one of my favorite characters come back, (Lexi)hope to see her in future episode!!!! Come ON




I'm sick to my stomach!! Why do they kill all the original cast members to bring on new ones??!!! Come on!! Enough with new faces...!!!! Let's stick with the old crew... SGMWH is already too crowded!! Christina in Minnesota??!! WTF??!! I lost it at each of the flashbacks with MArk... I loved the character.. I loved Eric Dan in this show... He will certainly be missed!! And I think that next week is gonna be my last episode of GA as a dutiful and weekly viewer... If feel like there is no point... It feels like I'm taking up on a new show...and as I don't like it...I don't feel like watching it on a regular basis!! Too Bad!! :-( I'm gonna miss MARK SLOAN like hell!! And with Lexie out of the picture too... Arfff....I'm maaaad!!!!!!!! These characters didn't deserve this send off!!!!!!


I'm sick to my stomach. I have been watching GA since season 1. I love this show; but after last night I just can't bring myself to watch anymore. Y Sloan? Y Lexi? I was looking forward to them getting make together. Although mer/der, bailey, carev, etc are still there it's just not the same. I've lost all hope for this show. And the new interns, they suck! At least if u r going to kill great characters from the show have a heart and find even better characters with good story lines to replace them. How r fans supposed to stay interested if this is what we have to look forward to. Private practice is also in the same path. The only show left by Shonda Rhimes that I am willing to watch is Scandal.

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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?