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)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.