Grey's Anatomy Review: Meeting Meredith Webber

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So... what did you think?

Grey’s Anatomy aired its the much buzzed about alt-reality episode this week, "If/Then." Any installment whose premise is a dream sequence for the entire hour is bound to be subpar, right? Wrong. An hour that I believed to be total filler (mostly because Shondaland has to be running out of stories) may have been just that, but it was also enjoyable, and light and left me wondering: WHAT IF?

Let’s be clear that although this imaginary world was fun and different, I wouldn’t want to be watching it week after week. So let’s get to it - time to discuss the alternate reality that is Seattle Grace.

Family, Yet Unfamiliar

Bright and Shiny. Well, this was a completely different Meredith Grey Webber. The girl in the bubble gum pink sweater was the polar opposite of the woman we've been watching for years. Living in a house with her parents, Ellis and Richard, and engaged to geeky Alex?!? Wow. One that thing that wasn’t different? Ellis was still a world class surgeon and awful mother/person.

The best thing about this scenario was having Richard as Mer’s dad. This relationship is absolutely one of the highlights of this series. This also put Meredith on the other side of things - having her husband fiance cheat on her in the hospital. Super sweet moment of Mer crying on her dad’s shoulder.

Gotta love Meredith and Derek (McDreary) meeting up at Joe’s. “You’re just a guy in a bar.” Nice nod to the pilot.

Mer and Alex

Welcome home, Addison! Kate Walsh took a break from her less than stellar show to reprise her role as Addison. Oh, how i have missed those high arched eyebrows. P.S. Thank you for getting McSteamy back to his shirtless self. 

And it looks like Addi and Mark finally got to have that baby. Speaking of Sloan...

I was a little disappointed that Mark didn’t make an appearance until the end, but his heroic carrying in of junkie Lexie was awesome. Girl rocked those dreads and tattoos, too.

The Shepherds

Cristina Yang. First of all, terrible bangs. But it was nice to see that Yang still made it to the cardio god she is today. Cristina found her way, back to her person and the caring girl to Owen’s PTSD.

Owen, Callie, and their family were pretty boring, though. Things were just awkward.

“Shoot Me Now.” Charles is alive and well, not having died in Bailey’s arms. With only a few lines, at least he made them zingers.

Miranda Mandi Bailey. Without having Webber guide her through her early days, Bailey was a timid and soft spoken fired doctor. Pretty much my least favorite part. I like my Bailey bursting at the mouth and putting people in their places.

Bailey with Braids!

Nods to the Characters of Yesterday. Even though this was an episode with no point, you have to appreciate the mentioning of characters’ past.

  • Yang having slept with Burke drove him out of the state. I miss the days of Preston Burke and his tight fitted turtlenecks.
  • Izzie slept with a patient and stole a heart for him. Guess things didn’t change for her.
  • George still was called 007 and never passed his intern test. Too bad he never got to save the guy in the elevator.

This was an episode that shouldn’t be kept on the DVR, but was worth watching once. Taking a break from the complicated world of SG is ok, but only for an hour. Let’s make a promise to not do this again this season.

It was better than the musical episode, but not as good as the standard installments of Grey’s Anatomy. What did you think, TV Fanatics? Was this an hour you would like to get back or did you enjoy the imaginary world? Would you rather things be the way they are or the alternate version? Sound off and let us know what you thought. Don’t forget to check back for the official Grey’s Anatomy Round Table. Until next time...


Editor Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (634 Votes)

i think its not about watching it again or not, I think you're really missing the point. It was only one episode like "golden hour" , but it was way better. It made fans go back to the first three seasons after 8years and it was really cool. I got to be honest, I wasnt expecting too much after watching the sneak peeks. But the Mer/Ellis and Mer/Richard scenes were pure perfection, it remind me why after really crappy seasons I cant stop watching this show. Her "she made you small, and I'm not going to let her do the same with me" was really good, it made me feel like was on the first three seasons again when meredith's conclusions helped with my own life, and wonder "Why the hell did shonda kill Ellis Grey?!" scenes like these could be gold in these days. And the merder scene at the end, even in a "what if" world, was the best merder scene fans got since season 5!


They should fix so if you want to fix your comment you can, Should have been Want to see Mandy evolve into Miranda Bailey.


What to see Mandy evolve into our Miranda Bailey that we have come to love. Noticed the awkward kiss between Callie & Owen in front of Cristina. I could handle more of these types of episodes. I would love to see a What/If situation with Cristina, she and Burke got married and she wants kids which is opposite to what Cristina does in this reality. Now because Cristina is married to Burke and he stayed in Seattle, he becomes Chief of Surgery for real, and Cristina could jump ahead in her training and is now an Attending while the rest of her class are still residents struggling to cope with 5th year residency. Seattle Grace would be a different Hospital had Burke stayed. No Hahn. Good to see Alex was the same in both realities, he cheated on Izzie with Olivia and he cheated on Meredith with April in the alt-reality. Once a cheater always a cheater, same goes for Addison and Mark.


There was so much drama, it was fun to watch reading some of the comments, I think it should have been extended to 2 episodes. Noticed that Cristina & Burke only slept together no mention of them heading to the alter. And her sleeping with him was that bad he left the State. Even if they don't do another 'what if' type episode they could do another 'Time Warp' episode, love seeing Bailey with long hair and glasses, love to see her actually transform from the quiet timmed


Contrary to your review I liked the episode. Best episode this season IMO. I'm sorry I didn't DVR it. Hope it sets up the rest of the season for the characters and couples in the "reality" and maintains the quality of the writing for this one. This season has been less than impressive. And my take on what was good and what was not good in this episode was almost opposite of yours for what it's worth.


Well, all in all, it seemed like it was going back somehow to things originally is. Mer and Dreamy, Addison and Sloan, Yang and Owen, Arizona and Callie and etc.. Maybe not as "smoothly" as it really went, but someway, but I say let's stick to original Grey's Anatomy. Much better! I want Bailey to be loud, Meredith and Christina to be bff, Alex a bit cocky, Derek with Meredith, Addison out of the way and the same for Ellis, Webber to be ex Chief and all of that.


At first I was like WTF but as the episode progressed I loved every minute of it..We always ask ourselves what if? and its nice to see that what if in our characters....My fav parts were with Weber and Mer she deserves a good father to balance out her evil mother. My least favorite and most random was Calli and Owen...where did that come from?..but nonetheless I liked how in the end everyone steered right into the right direction of the present....As always EXCELLENT JOB SHONDA!!! your amazing and I definitely disagree with the haters sometimes CHANGE is sure this isn't something she will do again but as a one time thing it was INCREDIBLE TO VIEW and not to mention HILARIOUS and HEARTWARMING!!!


Somehow its cute that McDreamy and Meredith ended up together again, but on the otherside its boring aswell. You can show a what/if and its ok if there a things better in the other life. Im a romantic person, but I guess there can always be a better side. I mean Alex cheating - they didnt have to do that


I liked it. No, it wasn't perfect (having Izzy, George and Burke would have made it perfect) but it was an interesting twist. Shonda had said that there was something "off" on all the characters' what/if personas, because they weren't who they were supposed to be. But if you look at it, they all wound up (or were heading toward) who they really are by the end:
Alex: self-sabotaging and ruining good things in his life; Meredith: getting dark-n-twistied by her fiancé's and mother's rejection and becoming a tequila-drinking "girl in a bar"; Derek: sad to be w a woman he does not love and unmotivated to be anything out of the ordinary (bc Mer pushes him); Bailey: found her voice at the end after getting canned; Cristina: focused, and actually compassionate to Owen (and ultimately Mer) ..


I personally loved this episode. It was a gift for all of the true die hard fans out there. The multiple references to previous seasons and all the history that was shared between the characters was envigorating to a series that has in many ways lost its way from it's initial focus. It reminded me of all those episodes back in S1 and S2 that I loved. I loved Charles' little "shoot me now" comment thrown in'd have to know the history to get that. And the music harkening back to previous seasons was the icing on the cake for me. This is the ONLY episode that will be saved on my DVR so far this season. I have already watched it twice and will likely watch it several more times. Kudos to all that gave us die hards this fun little gift.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 13 Quotes

What if one little thing I said or did could have made it all fall apart?


Meredith The baby you have is the baby you were destined to have. It was meant to be.

Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 13 Music

  Song Artist
Ruby blue Ruby Blue Roisin Murphy iTunes
Into the fire Into the Fire Thirteen Senses iTunes
High highs flowers bloom Flowers Bloom High Highs iTunes