Grey's Anatomy Midseason Report Card: B+

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Grey's Anatomy is on hiatus. This is the bad news.

But the break at least provides fans with the opportunity to stop, sit back and analyze what we've seen so far on season eight. Who has been the best character? The worst? What do we hope to see in 2012? Let's get right to it...

Der, Mer and Zola

Best Character: Although I want to pick Cristina Yang for the sole purpose that she is my favorite, this season belongs to Meredith Grey. She is the heart and soul of the show and has been outstanding. She has continuously fought with her husband, lost her daughter, lost her clinical trial, got blacklisted by Bailey and her faux father took the blame for something she did. Of course, this is something she brought on herself, but that is what we love about her.

She never sees things in black or white. She knew it was wrong to mess with Derek’s trial, but it was for Richard and Adele. This is a character that used to be so dark and twisty and has now grown into a more mature woman. Ellen Pompeo has been at the top of her game this season.

Worst Character: April Kepner. Although the girl has grown in terms of likeability, her downfalls still outweigh the positives. She doesn’t really bring too much to the table. She wasn’t the best choice for Chief Resident; she doesn’t seem to be on the same level surgical wise and she hasn’t carried a story on her own that makes us care about her. I can’t say I would really miss her if she was gone. If the character were to get involved in a relationship, say with Alex, she might be more important.

Most Underused Character: Mark Sloan. This is a man who used to perform brilliant surgeries (rebuilding Jane Doe’s face, anyone??) and provide some of the most tension-filled scenes. Now he is more like a gorgeous backdrop. We don’t need that. We need more of McSteamy doing what he does best. He needs his own stories and he needs to take his shirt off ASAP. Luckily, Sloan has brought the GA comedy scale up a bit with his bromances and mentoring Jackson.

Favorite Guest Star: Debra Monk. Mama O’Malley was a simple reminder of why we love Grey’s. Plus, she was able to bring back the memory of George in a way that wasn’t corny and didn’t feel forced.

Best Episode: “Dark Was The Night.” The mid-season finale could have easily been a season finale. 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 pulled with our heartstrings on this one.

Just want to mention that there have been two really fun episodes and they deserve a shout out: “What Is It About Men” and “Put Me In, Coach."

Worst Episode: “Poker Face.” Not that it was a terrible episode, but compared to the others, it falls short.

Best Ongoing Storyline: It took a while to warm up to the Teddy/Henry marriage. It seemed like Henry came on as just an extra for a character we weren’t too emotionally invested in. Then it hit. Having him die in the OR while Teddy performs surgery down the hall was heartbreaking. Her not knowing her husband is dead? That is like a punch in the gut.

I’m not saying that Teddy and Henry were the best couple with the best stories of the season. But I am pretty sure that what we are about to endure with the new widow and her complications with one of her oldest friends who held out the news, as well as her protégé who performed the surgery, will be classic Grey’s.

Runner Up goes to the Zola arc, bringing together Mer, Der and Alex. This has showcased some of the best acting skills of the series.

Grade So Far: B+

Hopes for 2012: Lexie and Sloan back together, Teddy mourns Henry is a heartbreaking way, more stories of Webber and Adele’s alzhiemers, Meredith and Derek getting back on solid ground completing the season with the finished Dream House, Cristina continuing to rock and Alex getting a real shot at love.



Can someone tell me when it will be back on in the UK as its almost February and still nothing! Worrying I've missed it! Thanks x


Seriously Trina, I'm on board. As an MD there is no effing way anyone would tamper with a clinical trial and get away with it. And if it was my husband's trial I would definitely not do anything to sabotage it; that's simply selfish and short-sighted (the author of this piece must have a terrible opinion of what a "mature woman" is).


Um guest u are a total pig of a person. Ugly baby!?!? Callie a cow? B@&$h


Callie, Arizona, Addison, Meredith, Cristina, Izzy, Alex, Richard.
Callie and Arizona.
Addison and Mark.
Izzy and Alex.


Best Character: Lexie, Sloan
Worst Character: Callie, Arizona and their baby, April
Hope for 2012: Callizona and their ugly baby gone, dont like mark as a dad he is way to hot, can't believe he could hook up with that cow callie, april gone, dont care for zola sl, merder need a real baby, christina and owen break up


I have to vote Meredith grey asbthe worst character. She has done so may ridiculous things as a doctor that it makes you wonder a) why she became one to begin with, b) is she autistic, or did she get brain damage from the time she drowned or c) the writers of the character/show come from a planet that don't have any sort of healthcare service. It's not that I expect a huge amount of realism from the show but the only one who seemed to really acknowledge how absolutely unethical and WRONG grey's actions have been was Bailey. And even then, she was portrayed as being almost incorrect in her reaction on the show. Sure everyone crosses a couple of lines, but how was izzie's actions regarding cutting the wires so different to all the inappropriate things Meredith has done? Frankly, she should barred from working, in the least. Some of her actions could even be considered criminal. Regardless, she is my least favourite character, not only getting hypocritically let off of everything she does, but she continues to whine about everything. (compared to her divorced parents/neglectful mum, we have Cristina seeing her dad die in front of her, izzie's trailer trash background and gambling mum, and alex's abusive dad and crazy suicidal mum... Still think Meredith should be the dark and twisty one?!) Haven't ranted about Meredith, I've absolutely loved teddy this season. Trying to teach Cristina the basics? Hilarious but understandable at the same time. April struggling to find her feet? Realistic and endearing (and why doesn't Bailey help her out a bit more anyway?!) and Jackson becoming a bigger, better legend than yang (sort of) - was brilliant because it was overshadowed by how quickly he thought on his feet when yang and him were operating on Derek. Apologies to anyone I have offended with my rant. ~ trina ~


My fave show on tv!! the whole Zola storyline is the only problem area i have with the show. first off Zola came from a disease ridden African village as an orphan. and 2 doctors want to parent her and are told no bc of a lovers spat = stupid! i always said to people to be a main character on this show u have to be a doctor even bailey's nurse was booted, then came henry and i liked him. as his storyline progressed (loved when he sang) i went from liking this guy to loving him and thought its weird he hasnt died considering he's not a doctor, then he showed a major interest in becomeing a doc. i then allowed myself to have hope for henry's character. well played grey's writers! also considering it took yang so long to come back from her operating on derick under the gun trauma i was disgusted with her peers allowing her to operate on henry!


I think merder should settle down in their house and get zola back!!
Alex deserves love so bad or someone who cares about him.
I think the grade is absoulutly ridiclious B+ what no way it should be A+++++++++++++. I love the show


Oh my God!! I want der and Mer to get zola back now! Alex defenitely needs love..... maybe even bring Izzie back. Poor Teddy, why did they kill off Henry?!?!?! And everybody needs to lay off of April, I think she has a signifigant role in all of this, plus she makes a good chief resident! I am loving season 8, it deserves an A+++++. Although i am mad about the next episode coming out until JANUARY!!!


merber need to get there baby back zola should be with them and they need to have their own baby ont the day they get zola back they find out they are pregnant. Lexie and Sloan back together,Alex getting a real shot at love with Izzie. Cristina and Owen in a great place.

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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.