23 Most Epic Grey's Anatomy Episodes

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Grey's Anatomy has aired 11 seasons' worth of episodes from 2005-present, and despite so many changes, there is no end in sight.

As we gear up for Season 12, we've picked out the most emotional, OMG-worthy and otherwise notable installments of ABC drama.

It was hard to narrow the list to just 23 (out of 244!) but these are the ones that stand out most to us over the years. How about you?

1. A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day's Night
The series opens with Meredith removing a sofa pillow from the bare bottom of a man named Derek. The rest is history.

2. Freedom

As the fourth season finale gets underway, Meredith Grey works with Dr. Wyatt to understand what her mother was trying to tell her. By the time it ends, she has found catharsis, and her partner in life.

3. Map of You

Map of You
This Derek-centric hour was one of the high points of Season 10 so far, proving that the show's still got it.

4. Beautiful Doom

Beautiful Doom
As much as we love the majority of the collective cast, there is just something electric when the story is centered on Meredith and Cristina, as this Season 9 installment proved.

5. Dark Was the Night

Dark Was the Night
Henry passed and Teddy doesn’t know. Mer and Alex are stuck in the rain with a newborn and some bodies in the street. Cristina realized who she performed surgery on... and the news came that Zola is not coming back. Shonda tugged at our heartstrings on this one.

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For #1 .. It wasn't a sofa pillow it was a blanket.....


I love the addition of How to Save a Life, but I've got to respectfully
disagree with Map of You, Goodbye and Adrift and At Peace. I don't get what's... epic about them. (Side note: I don't think Death and All His Friends is particularly epic in terms of writing either, but it counts in terms of content.) Walk on Water and Drowning on Dry land from season three beat them any day (I'd even go as far to say as Walk on Water beats on Some Kind of Miracle!) And no Now or Never from season five? Easily the most epic episode after Losing My Religion.


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Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.