The WORST Episodes of Grey's Anatomy

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 3, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors.

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Someone Saved My Life Tonight

#1 - Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Season 17 - Episode 17 - Aired Jun 3, 2021

It's wedding day for Maggie and Winston. Meanwhile, Meredith takes on a new role at the hospital, and Jo makes a life-changing decision.

star 5.00
3 votes
Directors: Kevin McKidd
Writers:
In My Life

#2 - In My Life

Season 17 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 25, 2021

After a heart-wrenching loss, Teddy struggles to cope and it triggers memories of her past; Amelia tries to help the situation by encouraging Owen to accept and forgive Teddy.

star 6.75
494 votes
Directors: Kevin McKidd
Writers: Tameson Duffy
The Room Where It Happens

#3 - The Room Where It Happens

Season 13 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 10, 2016

A difficult surgery brings back pivotal memories for Meredith, Richard, Owen and Stephanie, as they work together to save a life.

star 7.11
3,150 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Meg Marines
Leave a Light On

#4 - Leave a Light On

Season 16 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 5, 2020

Bailey and Ben face a huge, life-altering decision, while Meredith, Jo and Bailey reflect on their past.

star 7.13
826 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Elisabeth Finch
Unbreak My Heart

#5 - Unbreak My Heart

Season 12 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 25, 2016

The evolution of April and Jackson's relationship is revealed through a series of flashbacks dating back to when they first met. Simultaneously, we follow the years-long progress of one of Jackson's patients.

star 7.20
1,901 votes
Directors: Rob Corn
Writers: Elizabeth Klaviter
Song Beneath the Song

#6 - Song Beneath the Song

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 31, 2011

A cataclysmic event leaves the doctors shaken; Callie, on the verge of a life-changing moment, starts imagining about the hospital and her friends.

star 7.23
3,507 votes
Directors: Tony Phelan
Writers: Shonda Rhimes
If/Then

#7 - If/Then

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 2, 2012

As Meredith puts Zola to bed and falls asleep, she begins to wonder -- what if her mother had never had Alzheimer's and she'd had loving, supportive parents? The reverberations of a happy Meredith Grey change the world of Seattle Grace as we know it. What if she had never met Derek in that bar and he had never separated from Addison? What if Callie and Owen had become a couple long before she met Arizona? And what if Bailey never evolved from the meek intern she once was?

star 7.25
3,065 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: William Harper
Look Up Child

#8 - Look Up Child

Season 17 - Episode 14 - Aired May 6, 2021

Jackson pays a visit to his father that helps set him on the right path.

star 7.26
347 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Elisabeth Finch, Felicia Pride
Sign o' the Times

#9 - Sign o' the Times

Season 17 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 15, 2021

Maggie is preoccupied with Winston while trying to treat a patient wounded in the Seattle protests. Meanwhile, Levi is tested by an emergency, and the doctors struggle to treat a patient who doesn't believe in COVID.

star 7.29
399 votes
Directors: Michael Medico
Writers: Jase Miles-Perez
Danger Zone

#10 - Danger Zone

Season 14 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 26, 2017

In a flashback to Iraq in 2007, the events leading up to Megan’s kidnapping are revealed. In present day, Owen and Megan hash out old wounds.

star 7.30
2,575 votes
Writers: Jalysa Conway, Shonda Rhimes
One Flight Down

#11 - One Flight Down

Season 11 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 16, 2015

A small plane crash in Seattle causes multiple casualties and brings back horrible memories for the doctors, especially Meredith and Arizona. Meanwhile, friction between Owen and Amelia makes for an uncomfortable working situation for Stephanie.

star 7.30
1,665 votes
Directors: David Greenspan
Writers: Austin Guzman
Sympathy for the Parents

#12 - Sympathy for the Parents

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 1, 2010

When Alex's younger brother, Aaron, shows up at Seattle Grace-Mercy West with a hernia, it's up to Alex to get Bailey's approval for his pro bono surgery. Matters are further complicated when Aaron discloses that his family has not heard from Alex since he arrived in Seattle, and parts of Alex's past long kept secret are revealed to his friends and fellow doctors.

star 7.30
3,118 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Allan Heinberg
Do You Know?

#13 - Do You Know?

Season 10 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 27, 2014

Cristina imagines the two routes her life can take based on one decision she makes. Meanwhile one of the hospital’s patients decides whether or not to live.

star 7.31
1,892 votes
Directors: Chandra Wilson
Writers: Stacy McKee
Where the Wild Things Are

#14 - Where the Wild Things Are

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 24, 2008

Time has passed but not much has changed. Sexual angst still runs rampant in the halls of Seattle Grace. Derek and Rose have been dating and Meredith has noticed the activities of her current off-again ex-boyfriend. The doctor's are in the midst of a competition.

star 7.31
1,398 votes
Directors: Rob Corn
Writers: Zoanne Clack
How Insensitive

#15 - How Insensitive

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired May 6, 2010

Bailey preps the team with mandatory sensitivity training prior to admitting a 700-pound patient with compounded medical issues, and the case proves to be challenging in every sense of the word. Meanwhile Derek has to come face to face with a former patient's husband in a wrongful death deposition, and spending time with a heart patient's daughter opens up some old wounds for Cristina.

star 7.32
3,244 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: William Harper
If Only You Were Lonely

#16 - If Only You Were Lonely

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 23, 2012

As Adele's condition continues to deteriorate, Richard considers altering their living situation; an explosion at a local coffee shop results in a busy day in the ER for the doctors; Callie takes Meredith under her wing by helping her study for her boards; Lexie joins Arizona and Alex in peds, as they continue to care for intern Morgan's premature son; and when Jackson snaps at a patient, Mark encourages him to find ways to relieve his stress. Meanwhile, Cristina lets her suspicions get the best of her.

star 7.32
3,224 votes
Directors: Susan Vaill
Writers: Matt Byrne
I'm Still Standing

#17 - I'm Still Standing

Season 17 - Episode 16 - Aired May 27, 2021

Levi gets accepted into the vaccine trial. Amelia and Owen treat a car crash patient. Hayes and Jo are met with Luna's legal guardian.

star 7.33
200 votes
Writers: Andy Reaser, Meg Marinis
Crazy Love

#18 - Crazy Love

Season 11 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 9, 2015

Upon realizing that Owen and Amelia have been seeing each other behind her back, Meredith comes down hard on her sister-in-law causing Amelia to rethink things. Meanwhile, Catherine springs into action when a man is brought into the hospital after his wife seeks revenge on his cheating ways.

star 7.33
1,630 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Elizabeth Klaviter
State of Love and Trust

#19 - State of Love and Trust

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 4, 2010

As Derek begins his role as interim chief, he faces a potential lawsuit when Bailey and Meredith's patient awakens from anesthesia mid-surgery. Meanwhile, Teddy refuses to place Cristina on her service, as Arizona tests Alex out in Pediatrics, and Mark refuses to speak to a heartbroken Lexie.

star 7.34
2,482 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Stacy McKee
Wish You Were Here

#20 - Wish You Were Here

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 8, 2009

Bailey teams with Seattle Grace's new pediatric surgeon, Dr. Arizona Robbins, to save the life of a young patient near and dear to her heart, as the admittance of a death row inmate at the hospital stirs anger in Derek and further erodes Meredith and Cristina's friendship; meanwhile, Callie and Sloan work as a team to fight their respective attractions to Sadie and Lexie, and Izzie tells Alex that she's seeing Denny.

star 7.34
1,764 votes
Directors: Rob Corn
Writers: Debora Cahn
The Other Side of This Life (1)

#21 - The Other Side of This Life (1)

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 3, 2007

Meredith works on her relationship with Susan and Thatcher. Cristina has to deal with her mother and Burke's. Alex continues to tend to Jane Doe/Ava. Meredith and Derek's relationship has a problem that needs resolution quick. Addison sees her god-daughter which leads to a job offer outside of Seattle. Derek has to perform surgery. Burke has a reservation about marrying Cristina. Many new people guest star in the course of Addison's road trip to California. Addison considers moving to be closer to her old med school friends until she discovers that drama she wishes to leave behind isn't exclusive to Seattle. Her friends who she thought had it all, are divorced. A pregnant woman must discover who the father of her child is. This two-part episode serves as a backdoor pilot for Private Practice.

star 7.34
1,328 votes
Writers: Shonda Rhimes
I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked

#22 - I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 21, 2010

After learning of Richard's drinking problem, Derek confronts him for the sake of his friend and the hospital, Izzie returns, hoping to reconcile with Alex, and tensions run high between Teddy, Cristina and Owen in the aftermath of Cristina's startling confession.

star 7.35
2,412 votes
Directors: Donna Deitch
Writers: Joan Rater, Tony Phelan
These Ties That Bind

#23 - These Ties That Bind

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 2008

One of Meredith's oldest friends, Sadie, becomes an intern at Seattle Grace, but Mer's friends are less-than-welcoming to her.

star 7.35
1,564 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Stacey McKee
Walking on a Dream

#24 - Walking on a Dream

Season 9 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 24, 2013

The Seattle Grace doctors are on edge when a new medical professional enters the hospital; Arizona struggles with the emotional and physical pain of a phantom limb; and while battling pregnancy hormones, an overly-emotional Meredith is confronted with her worst fear.

star 7.36
2,639 votes
Directors: Rob Hardy
Writers: Tia Napolitano
An Honest Mistake

#25 - An Honest Mistake

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 19, 2009

Derek's confidence is shaken like never before as he faces off with Addison over what course is best for their dying pregnant patient; Cristina calls the abilities of a renown surgeon into question after she botches a standard procedure; and Bailey, who has decided to pursue a fellowship in Pediatrics, is appalled by the Chief's less-than-stellar recommendation letter.

star 7.36
1,599 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: Peter Nowalk