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7 times you wanted to quit 'Grey's Anatomy'—but didn't

So you’re quitting Grey’s Anatomy again, aren’t you? It’s a sentiment that has been uttered by even the most die-hard fans over the years because, let’s be honest, Shonda Rhimes is a little bonkers. It’s fine, because in any good relationship, there’s always a weak moment when one party threatens to quit.

So as you and every other angry Grey’s fan have been sitting shiva for Derek Shepherd this week, it’s not crazy to suppose that this may have been the tipping point … but we’ve been here before. With 10 years of drama comes 10 years of ridiculousness; if you haven’t considered bowing out yet, then you haven’t been paying attention. So Zakiya Jamal and Justin sat down to point out some moments that almost pushed the scalpel off the table.

Here we go!

Meredith Drowns Herself
“Drowning on Dry Land,” Season 3, Episode 16

Drowning on Dry Land

Season three had some really big shoes to fill because season two was incredible, so there’s some respect for pushing the limits. But when Meredith fell into the harbor and just, well, stopped swimming, the Grey’s Anatomy fandom lost its collective mind. However, the issue wasn’t with Meredith possibly attempting suicide. The problem(s) were: 1) Weird heaven with Denny and Officer Dylan (#swoon), 2) The ridiculous amount of time she was underwater, and 3) The lengths the doctors took to save her. Just imagine—if anyone had tried half as hard to save Derek, none of this would be an issue. —JK

Silver lining: An amazing Ellis Grey scene that ties up Meredith and her mom a bit more.

Ghost Sex
Too many episodes, Season 5
In retrospect, Grey’s Anatomy‘s crazy moments are often tied in with Denny. That doesn’t mean that he’s great, but the man’s tenure on the show almost exceeds the number of episodes he was alive. Leading Meredith out of almost-heaven? Okay. Passing Izzie in the hallway? Great. Having tangible sex with her and trolling Alex from the grave? Hold up. Something about this plot point, even after it was revealed that he was just a product of Izzie’s brain tumor, seemed a little too Anna Nicole Smith for anyone’s liking. It all felt a little too comical for such a heavy storyline. —JK

Silver lining: Denny. That’s pretty much it.

Grey’s Anatomy: The Musical!
“Song Beneath the Song,” Season 7, Episode 18
Song Beneat the Song

Yikes, y’all. Yikes, yikes, yikes. Grey’s Anatomy has been known for its musical moments since the beginning, and it’s one thing that the show has done consistently right since day one. But when you take all those pivotal moments and force them into one episode, it seems rushed. When you take all those moments and make the cast sing them? I don’t even know. Sara Ramirez is an amazing Tony Award–winning singer, but how can you expect a pregnant woman slammed through a windshield to hold up an entire musical episode? You can’t. Despite a really good try, it just wasn’t there. —JK

Silver lining: Sara Ramirez singing “The Story” by Brandi Carlile.

Lexie, Mark, and the Plane
“Flight,” Season 8, Episode 24
I’ll admit: I haven’t been a fan of Grey’s since the beginning. I binge-watched the first eight seasons in about two weeks. So for me, the plane crash was very emotional. I just spent the last two weeks falling in love with Dr. Sloan (or McSteamy) and watching him fall in love with Lexie. I watched them break up, then get back together, then break up again. To see their relationship then end with Lexie dying in the plane crash was heartbreaking. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to jump into Grey’s in the fall, knowing she would never really get to be with Sloan ever again. It was hard, but I pushed through the pain and came back. —ZJ

Silver lining: That amazing scene Sandra Oh had in the bathtub about animals eating Lexie.

Cristina Leaves for Switzerland
“Fear (Of the Unknown),” Season 10, Episode 24

Cristina leaves Grey
Why, Sandra? Why did you have to go? I understand it’d been a few (10, whatever) years, but come on. Cristina and Meredith is the friendship to end all friendships—some would even argue it’s what the show is about. Cristina is Meredith’s person. How could she possibly function without Cristina in her life? More than that, Cristina on her own was a great character. She didn’t want kids, she didn’t need a man, and she’d rather receive compliments on her brain instead of her beauty. She was everything we needed in a character—and more. Seeing her go was devastating. And yet we still came back. —ZJ

Silver lining: She didn’t die, and that’s important.

Bye-Bye, Baby
“All I Could Do Was Cry,” Season 11, Episode 11
April isn’t many people’s favorite character, but in the past few seasons, she’s shined brighter than ever. Either way, seeing her finally get her happy ending with Jackson, running off into the sunset together, and getting pregnant made April fans ecstatic. Then Shonda had to ruin it by making their baby have a high-risk disease that would ultimately lead to the baby’s death. Watching April finally decide to follow Catherine Avery’s advice and have the baby, baptize him, and let him die in her arms was heartbreaking. Seeing April and Jackson decide to name him Samuel Norbert Avery together was just unfair. Why can’t they just be happy, Shonda? Better question: Why do we still watch this? —ZJ

Silver lining: Angry April is really interesting. Also, Debbie Allen’s fun new haircut.

McDreamy Is McBrainDead
“How to Save a Life,” Season 11, Episode 21
Shoo. Ain’t you tired, Shonda? Ain’t you tired?

She did it. She went full crazy and killed Derek.

We have a bad habit of blaming Shonda for everything, which is unfair because there is a whole team of writers, but she admitted that she wrote this one. After a season of Derek’s departure to D.C., he returns and vows to work on his relationship with Meredith and then, well, boom. He gets hit by a semi, taken to a hospital where the staff has the sum total of Doogie Howser’s skill set (that’s not fair to Doogie), and then gets unplugged. It all happened really fast and seemed a little suspect, to be honest. We still hold out hope that it was a dream, but it’s probably not. Derek Shepherd will never save lives on a beautiful day/night again. —JK

Silver lining: If you’re a purist and really think that Grey’s Anatomy should just be Grey, then I guess you win.


This week, we get to see the Derek Shepherd funeral. Those words don’t even make sense. And you might actually skip it. You may have actually quit Grey’s this week.

But when you’re feeling weak and lonely and see it in your DVR, you’ll watch a couple minutes and feel ashamed, but fulfilled. We’ll be waiting on the other side, because the carousel never stops turning. Oh, Shonda, we wish we could quit you.

And with that, we’ll see you on Thursday.

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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