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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.

WHAT DO YOU THINK, TV FANATICS? WHAT GRADE WOULD YOU GIVE THIS HALF OF THE SEASON?

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i was pissed that they killed off henry, it was too much for a mid season finale. he was so nice and finally teddy was happy but in the spirt of greys anatomy they always have to take away the characters happiness or else their wouldn't be a show but they could have put him in a como or not have lied to teddy. this deserves a b+, they killed henry off to quickly and the bodies in the street after the ambulance rolled over was way to predictable

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I want merder to get zola back - they are the perfect family!!
and I've never seen mer so happy as she is when shes with zola and derek!
I want sloan and lexi back together once and for all!!
and I want alex to FINALLY have someone in his life for the long haul!!
He does so much and cares so much about everyone else he deserves someone to care about him and be there for him too.
Hes had so much bad luck in love the past few seasons eversince izzie left its his turn to have love now.

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Best characters are Meredith and Derek .
Derek is unbelievable this season ; his facial expressions and emotions are amazing. Without even talking I get what he is trying to tell us, he made me cry a lot this season.
Amazing acting skills

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First I wantbto see Mer & Der have their own baby & live in their dream home Its long over due No one has that bad of luck in their life it's time they have good things happen for them pick on another couple for awhile anyway. I also want to see Sloan & Lexy back together already Ita time. It would also be cool if Izzy came back & her & Alex got back together. Come on Shondra give the fans what they want!!

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First I want to see Mer & Der Have Their Own Baby & living in their dream home its about time something good happens for them they have always had the worst things happen to them no one has that bad of luck !!Then I would Like to see Slone & Lexy back together already & I would love it if they brought back Izzy and her & Alex got back together !!

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Sorry; forgot to add one thing. I really don't like the way Bailey is this season! They used to show her ofter side to her underneath the tough exterior but some of things she says and does don't seem to fit her right.

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O.M.G. That was one of the BEST Grey's I have ever seen! I think our mouths literally dropped when we saw those bodies on the street! The f.b. board was getting comments about 5/second! lol! Everything in your article is exactly how I feel! One other thing I was thinking of is if they are going to send Derek to help with his sisters addiction on Private Practice or send her to Greys for an episode?

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5th Jan. 2012 !!!! :-O Man ! I can't wait ! I have already seen " Dark Was The Night " millions time...:(

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Oh hell yes ! "A" for this season, undoubtedly ! :)) Season 7 was a disaster, I almost forgot that MerDer, Alex, Christina was the main leads ! So, comparing season 8 has nice focus on MerDer, Alex, Yang that's wat I love ! Best Character : Dr. Meredith Grey ! (Any doubts??) Worst : April (She deserves it 100%) All episodes were nice by now ! I am loving season 8 esp that s07 was completely annoying and callizona focused, not I am loving my original cast focus ! :)))) My HOPE LIST for 2012 goes like this ;) 1. MerDer gets baby, and the happily ever after part continues with lil or even big fights, but they stick together, no matter wat ! 2. Alex needs to get love and fellowship ! 3. Yang should ROCKS !!! dont care with whom...lolz I jst love her as Doc. 4. Mark and Lexie ! Gawd ! I love them, can they stay together man ? I wonder here why the hell they are not using, Mark and Lexie ?? Mark is a brilliant surgeon man ! Any one remembers that or not..?? 6. Bailey ! Oh..I love our Nazi lolzz...she should get some importance. 7. Throw April man ! I can't stand her...even after this many seasons, I still don't like April ! I jst don like that April girl at all ! She was LEAST deserving for chief resident, yet she is there and Mer, Alex, Yang is is blue ! God ! Paaalleeeezzz...

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B+ for sure. I agree with everything in this editorial. Although I'm not sure about the Lexie Sloan thing. I kinda liked Lexie with Jackson. Sloan needs someone older.

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Vulnerability isn't the opposite of strength. It's a necessary part. You have to force yourselves to open up, to expose ourselves, to offer everything we have and just pray that it's good enough. Otherwise, we'll never succeed.

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