The WORST Episodes of Grey's Anatomy

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

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

The Room Where It Happens

#1 - 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
3,129 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Meg Marines
Leave a Light On

#2 - 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 7.15
740 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Elisabeth R. Finch
Unbreak My Heart

#3 - 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
1,885 votes
Directors: Rob Corn
Writers: Elisabeth J.B. Klaviter
Song Beneath the Song

#4 - 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
3,480 votes
Directors: Tony Phelan
Writers: Shonda Rhimes

#5 - 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
3,037 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: William Harper
One Flight Down

#6 - 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 7.29
1,647 votes
Directors: David Greenspan
Writers: Austin Guzman
Danger Zone

#7 - 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 7.29
2,552 votes
Writers: Jalysa Conway, Shonda Rhimes
Sympathy for the Parents

#8 - 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
3,099 votes
Directors: Debbie Allen
Writers: Allan Heinberg
Where the Wild Things Are

#9 - 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
1,377 votes
Directors: Rob Corn
Writers: Zoanne Clack
How Insensitive

#10 - 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
3,222 votes
Directors: Tom Verica
Writers: William Harper
Do You Know?

#11 - 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 7.32
1,869 votes
Directors: Chandra Wilson
Writers: Stacy McKee
If Only You Were Lonely

#12 - 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
3,201 votes
Directors: Susan Vaill
Writers: Matt Byrne
Crazy Love

#13 - 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 7.32
1,613 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Elizabeth J.B. Klaviter
State of Love and Trust

#14 - 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
2,461 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Stacy McKee
Wish You Were Here

#15 - 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
1,741 votes
Directors: Rob Corn
Writers: Debora Cahn
An Honest Mistake

#16 - 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 7.35
1,574 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: Peter Nowalk
I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked

#17 - 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
2,390 votes
Directors: Donna Deitch
Writers: Joan Rater, Tony Phelan
The Other Side of This Life (1)

#18 - 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.

star 7.35
1,304 votes
Writers: Shonda Rhimes
Walking on a Dream

#19 - 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 7.35
2,619 votes
Directors: Rob Hardy
Writers: Tia Napolitano
These Ties That Bind

#20 - 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 7.36
1,540 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Stacey McKee
Brave New World

#21 - Brave New World

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 16, 2008

Meredith is sent into a state of panic when Derek finds her mother's diary in the house. Meanwhile, Callie stresses while preparing for her first date with Erica. Later, Cristina stumbles across a part of the hospital no one has ever seen before.

star 7.36
1,664 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Debora Cahn
Hook, Line, and Sinner

#22 - Hook, Line, and Sinner

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 29, 2010

Sloan returns to Mark's apartment, just as she's going into labor, and Teddy, Mark and the still-fighting Callie and Arizona are there to help with the birth and to get Mark through his grandson's pending adoption. Meanwhile Teddy sees Derek's invitation to illustrious cardiothoracic surgeon Tom Evans' as a threat to her future employment at the hospital, and the team work on a crab boat captain who has been stabbed with a giant shark hook.

star 7.36
3,020 votes
Directors: Tony Phelan
Writers: Meg Marinis
Before and After

#23 - Before and After

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 12, 2009

Addison, Naomi and Sam rush the ailing Archer to Seattle Grace and reunite with old friends Derek and Mark to help save his life; meanwhile, Izzie employs her fellow doctors in a medical game designed to help teach the interns, and Owen runs into a significant someone from his past

star 7.37
1,647 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Joan Rater, Tony Phelan
Rise Up

#24 - Rise Up

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.37
1,534 votes
Directors: Joanna Kerns
Writers: William Jackson Harper
Good Mourning

#25 - Good Mourning

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 2009

The hospital staff is left to deal with the aftermath of George's passing. Hitting the staff hard, they all find unique ways to get through the various stages of grief. George's mom returns, faced with the difficult task of deciding what to do with his organs.

star 7.38
2,166 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Krista Vernoff