Looking for a new tv show to invest in? Or something to play in the background while you do the dishes? With so many new tv shows being released every month, our S-kin team always goes back to the good old classic, Grey’s Anatomy. One of the longest running tv series with 19 seasons (and counting!) and now available on streaming sites such as Disney Plus, we guarantee that you will never get bored with their ever changing storylines, character arcs and intense medical mysteries. We admit, with over 400 episodes in total, starting out with a series like Grey’s Anatomy can be quite daunting. However if you aren’t ready to commit countless hours on one show, here are our top 5 memorable Grey’s Anatomy episodes (from seasons 1-5) to give you a little peek behind the OR doors of Seattle Grace Hospital.
5. Freedom (Part 1 & 2) | Season 4, Episode 16 & 17
Have you ever had to sit down and watch a long boring presentation for almost an hour? Painful, right? But imagine this multiplied by 50, and you’re stuck in a block of cement. In this episode of Grey’s Anatomy, the surgical team battles the clock to save Andrew (aka Cement Boy), a teenage boy trapped in cement, all because he wanted to impress Lola, the girl of his dreams. Throughout the intense two episodes, the residents chip away the concrete surrounding Andrew. It was a race against time, with notable main characters like Doctors Mark Sloan, Callie Torres, Miranda Bailey, Christina Yang and George O’Malley, trying to save the young boy’s life. In the end, after many ups and downs in the OR, Andrew’s surgery was successful and was able to share his true feelings and a sweet kiss with Lola.
4. Losing My Religion | Season 2, Episode 27
Not every episode starts with one medical storyline, and ends with a patient surviving and a happy ending. Some storylines are complex, and would even make you question your own ethics - What would you do for the person you love? In this iconic episode, Dr. Izzie (Isobel) Stevens battled this same question and went against medical ethics, almost putting her patient and lover, Denny Duquette Jr’s, life on the line. Denny is a long term heart patient of Seattle Grace Hospital and long term recipient of a heart transplant. So after many years of being on the transplant list, and a donor heart was finally available, Dr. Stevens did the unthinkable to make sure that the love of her life lives. To make sure the donor heart rightfully belongs to Denny and not another patient (who is 1st on the transplant list by 17 seconds!), Izzie cuts Denny’s LVAD wire, a wire that supports his failing heart, to make him sicker and secure the number one spot on the transplant list and the donor heart.
3. As We Know It | Season 2, Episode 17
Ever wondered what the different coloured hospital codes meant? You often hear code blue (meaning medical emergency, like cardiac arrest) or code red (meaning fire or smoke). But what about code black? In this episode of Grey’s Anatomy, we get to learn what code black means… a bomb threat. That’s right - as if a hospital couldn’t get manic enough! A patient gets admitted into the Seattle Grace ER along with Hannah’s arm, a new paramedic on her first shift, lodged inside the patient’s body cavity. Turns out the reason behind the patient’s injury is due to a handmade bomb. The attendees and residents are in a race against time to get this bomb out to save Hannah, the patient’s life and the entire hospital. We don’t want to reveal too much, but this episode will keep you on the edge of your couches the entire time!
2. Didn’t We Almost Have It All? | Season 3, Episode 25
For a tv show revolving around the everyday madness of a hospital, Grey’s Anatomy is also full of romance, dating drama, and on-call hook ups. Intern Dr. Cristina Yang, and Head of Cardio (in Seasons 1 & 2) Dr. Preston Burke, develops a romantic relationship over the first two seasons. Even though their personalities are polar opposites, Yang and Burke share one thing in common - their immense love for Cardiology. From make outs in hospital storage rooms to scrubbing in on difficult heart surgeries, their relationship became serious with Burke asking Yang’s hand in marriage. Although she wasn’t the marriage/wedding type, she says yes and agrees to an extravagant, over-the-top wedding. But Yang’s commitment issues get the best of her, hesitating to meet Burke at the altar and ending with Burke calling off the wedding altogether.
1. Now or Never | Season 5, Episode 24
Grey’s Anatomy is one of those shows that makes you invested in the characters and their storylines. So when one of the main characters suddenly dies from getting hit by a bus to save a random stranger, it feels as if you got hit by one as well. We won’t spoil who the heroic John Doe is, but the death of this beloved character is a shock to every die-hard Grey’s fan, or even a casual viewer. This episode will make you cry, so don’t forget to bring a box of tissues - cause you’re going to need it!
Those were only our top 5, but we have plenty more such as the Ferry Crash episodes (in season 3) or the episode with Dr. Meredith Grey’s iconic “Pick Me. Choose Me. Love Me” quote to Dr. Derek Shepherd (in season 2). Grey’s Anatomy is one of those shows that is loved by many generations, and is proven by its never-ending seasons. Watch it with your family, partner, friends, coworkers or even if you use it as background noise, it’s a show that will always grab your attention and leave you wanting for more. Have we convinced you yet?
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