Grey's Anatomy

The WORST episodes of Grey's Anatomy

Every episode of Grey's Anatomy ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Grey's Anatomy!

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

Last Updated: 12/3/2022Network:ABC (US)
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In My Life
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6.63
711 votes

#1 - In My Life

Season 17 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/25/2021

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.

Directors: Kevin McKidd
Leave a Light On
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7.06
868 votes

#2 - Leave a Light On

Season 16 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/5/2020

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

Directors: Debbie Allen
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The Room Where It Happens
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7.08
2441 votes

#3 - The Room Where It Happens

Season 13 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/10/2016

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

Directors: Debbie Allen
Writer: Meg Marines
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Unbreak My Heart
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7.14
1558 votes

#4 - Unbreak My Heart

Season 12 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/25/2016

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.

Directors: Rob Corn
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The Makings of You
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7.18
464 votes

#5 - The Makings of You

Season 18 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/17/2022

Nick whisks Meredith away to his Minnesota cabin for a romantic weekend, leaving Winston and Maggie to care for Meredith’s children. Meanwhile, Amelia and Kai grow closer.

Directors: Debbie Allen
Song Beneath the Song
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7.19
3357 votes

#6 - Song Beneath the Song

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/31/2011

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

Directors: Tony Phelan
If/Then
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7.22
2938 votes

#7 - If/Then

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/2/2012

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?

Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Where the Wild Things Are
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7.24
1280 votes

#8 - Where the Wild Things Are

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/24/2008

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.

Directors: Rob Corn
Writer: Zoanne Clack
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One Flight Down
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7.25
1451 votes

#9 - One Flight Down

Season 11 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/16/2015

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.

Directors: David Greenspan
Danger Zone
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7.25
2048 votes

#10 - Danger Zone

Season 14 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/26/2017

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.

Directors: Cecilie A. Mosli
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Sign o' the Times
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7.27
627 votes

#11 - Sign o' the Times

Season 17 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/15/2021

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.

Directors: Michael Medico
Sympathy for the Parents
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7.28
3002 votes

#12 - Sympathy for the Parents

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/1/2010

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.

Directors: Debbie Allen
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If Only You Were Lonely
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7.29
3098 votes

#13 - If Only You Were Lonely

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/23/2012

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.

Directors: Susan Vaill
Writer: Matt Byrne
Here Comes the Sun (2)
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7.29
578 votes

#14 - Here Comes the Sun (2)

Season 18 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/30/2021

As the city of Seattle revels at the Phoenix Fair celebrating the city’s rebirth post-COVID, the Grey Sloan doctors treat a patient who encounters illegal fireworks. Meanwhile, Bailey has her sights set on hiring new doctors, but she’s having trouble finding viable options. Owen and Teddy attempt to take the next step in their engagement, and Meredith has a surprising opportunity when she meets a dynamic doctor from her mother‘s past. The crossover starts on Station 19 S05E01 Phoenix from the Flame.

Directors: Debbie Allen
Writer: Meg Marinis
Look Up Child
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7.29
595 votes

#15 - Look Up Child

Season 17 - Episode 14 - Aired 5/6/2021

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

Directors: Debbie Allen
Wish You Were Here
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7.29
1639 votes

#16 - Wish You Were Here

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/8/2009

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.

Directors: Rob Corn
Writer: Debora Cahn
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How Insensitive
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7.29
3129 votes

#17 - How Insensitive

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/6/2010

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.

Directors: Tom Verica
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An Honest Mistake
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7.30
1474 votes

#18 - An Honest Mistake

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/19/2009

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.

Directors: Randy Zisk
Writer: Peter Nowalk
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These Ties That Bind
star
7.30
1444 votes

#19 - These Ties That Bind

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/13/2008

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

Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writer: Stacey McKee
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Crazy Love
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7.30
1434 votes

#20 - Crazy Love

Season 11 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/9/2015

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.

Directors: Paul McCrane
Rise Up
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7.32
1431 votes

#21 - Rise Up

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/6/2008

When the Chief makes an announcement that a solo surgery is up as an award, the residents are sent into a frenzy all trying to get an edge over one another. Meanwhile, Derek asks Bailey for advice after Cristina continues to interfere in his relationship with Meredith. Elsewhere, Erica uncovers a shocking connection between a resident and a patient.

Directors: Joanna Kerns
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State of Love and Trust
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7.32
2366 votes

#22 - State of Love and Trust

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/4/2010

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.

Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writer: Stacy McKee
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I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked
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7.32
2299 votes

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

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/21/2010

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.

Directors: Donna Deitch
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Do You Know?
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7.32
1666 votes

#24 - Do You Know?

Season 10 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/27/2014

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.

Directors: Chandra Wilson
Writer: Stacy McKee
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Living in a House Divided
star
7.32
461 votes

#25 - Living in a House Divided

Season 18 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/3/2022

Schmitt must face the Morbidity and Mortality conference. Meanwhile, Meredith convinces Nick to scrub in on a surgery in Seattle, and Jo faces her feelings.

Writer: Jamie Denbo

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