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...


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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (634 Votes)

I was desperately hoping to see Burke, Izzie or George (what IF George hadn't joined the army, would he be with Meredith or Izzie?)
McDreary did some amazing acting-looked absolutely miserable and downright rough.
ALWAYS LOVE me some Yang.
And come on, what about the googly eyes of Callie to Arizona. I do wonder if Arizona was a closet lesbian in the alt-reality or not, but I loved that they sassed each other and that got sparks flying.


For God's sake - are they trying to run off all the viewers. I watched about 10 minutes before I moved on to real entertainment elsewhere. So sorry these producers are so bored with their show they are trying to kill it.


It was better than the musical episode,that I found annoying, but absolutely under my expectations. I loved some moments though : the dark humor (Charles saying "shoot me now") , the jokes about Izzie, every single moment of Christina's plot and, of course, shirtless Mcsteamy. Missed soo much Altman, too.


I prefer the regular series as opposed to the imaginary one. In the regular one the characters have a lot more depth.


What?? I really enjoyed it! And I guess a big part of it was all the references to the first episode (and season). All the quotes and music? Come on you gotta admit it, for a true Grey's Anatomy fans it was just wonderful to see all those memores rise up from the bottom of your brain! Plus, I had fun trying to figure out what lead to that reality, what have the characters done to become what they were.


I liked this episode, I thought it was fun. I liked the way it showed that no matter how different things could be, they are all still relatively the same. This episode showed the destinies of the characters, rather it be their personalities or their relationships.


I didn't laugh, I didn't cry....I thought the episode was a waste of an hour... similar to last year's "singing" episode. The only part I loved was when Meredith and Derek were at the bar at the end of the program.....such wonderful chemistry. Please, writers, be more creative next time. Why resurrect the "dead"? Meredith's mother and Charles... Also, such a strange presentation for Lexie!!!! Why? Oh, WHY? Can't wait until you get back to the regular "story line". This one wasn't worth staying up late for.....


You can tell the writers were asking themselves "what if?". It's a break, not a great break. But I hope that Greys picks up it's dark and twisty again soon. I love this show because it's dark and twisted and REAL. There was nothing real about this episode. I do love the end though. Everything goes back to "what it's supposed to be"...whatever that is.


i enjoyed it. i only get to watch it online because i don't have the channel but i thought it was well written. i love how everything in the dream came back to the reality. meredith still felt ordinary to her mother, alex will always be alex, bailey getting her groove back, derek,addison, and mark's love triangle, christina still being hard core cardio and supportive of owen's ptsd, and callie kind of getting a crush on arizona. what threw me for a loop was callie not being hard core ortho and being married to owen. the fact that lexie turned into the dark and twisty one was a little refreshing, strangly. she lost a lot, but not her photographic memory. and she had a lot of chemistry with jackson. my ultimate favorite part of the episode was the fact that christina and meredith came back to being twisted sisters again. like it was destined to be in reality.


Loved the episode. It was a nice nod to the Meredith's dysfunction and how her world would be without it. I would love to see it again. Including the fact that Weber's not Chief but 2nd banana to a domineering Ellis Grey. Makes me wonder if his alcoholism exists in alr reality as well. Love the lines about how "going Izzy" meant crazy and how George was a loser. I was never very fond of those characters and I have a feeling, in the long run, neither was Shonda Rhimes.

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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