10 of the Most WTF Moments From Grey's Anatomy

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ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) Disney+ has arrived in the Philippines and for fans of the hit medical show Grey's Anatomy, that only means one thing: You can now legally binge-watch your favorite show once again. ICYDK, the show was on Netflix for a time but decided to suddenly ghost everyone in preparation for the House of Mouse's arrival in the country. The show has 400 episodes and counting so we're pretty sure you've curated your own list of must-watch episodes, you know, the ones you love to watch over and over again, or perhaps the ones you tend to avoid (you know which one we're talking about *cough* musical episode *cough*).

Another given fact is that you probably can recall the moments, or rather, episodes that left you saying "WTF". Trust us, there's a ton of 'em in this long-running medical show. Too many to mention in fact. Forgive us for the slambook statement, but it rings true when it comes to Grey Sloan. So, we narrowed it down for you. With the medical drama currently on a mid-season break and the newest episode—the one where Ellen Pompeo's Meredith Grey leaves Seattle—set to air in February 2023, it's only fair that we give you a list of moments, er, episodes that you ought to rewatch for "nostalgia" purposes. If you haven't caught up on all episodes, spoilers lie ahead. 

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Here are 10 moments from Grey's Anatomy that would make you go "WTF":

10. Addison's arrival (Season 1, Episode 9)

Ah yes, the scene that kickstarted them all. Addison Montgomery-Sheperd's (Kate Walsh) arrival on the show, clad in a trench coat with a fur collar, definitely made viewers scream "What the actual f*ck?!" the moment Derek (Patrick Dempsey) uttered the words "Meredith, I'm sorry." Add in Addison asking Meredith if she was the "woman who was screwing her husband?" Iconic.

9. Izzie cuts Denny's LVAD wire (Season 2, Episode 25)

They say love makes you do crazy things and that rings true for our resident blonde Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) when she decides to cut patient Denny Duquette's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) LVAD wire to bump him up a few spots on the transplant list. Oh, and if that didn't make you say "what the...", then perhaps the Head of Cardio, Dr. Burke (Isaiah Washington) getting shot in the entrance of the emergency room moments after will make you finish that statement.

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8. Reed's death (Season 6, Episode 23)

Okay, hear us out. While the entire episode and Derek getting shot may have been better choices for this article, you've got to admit, seeing Gary Clark (guest star Michael O'Neill) shoot Reed (played by Nora Zehetner) right in the head had you absolutely reeling. Sure, Grey's is a medical drama where guts and gore are pretty much a given, but to see her fall on the floor with a blank stare plus a bullet hole right in the head? It's the moment you realize that the entire episode is just one stressful scene after the other.

7. Lexie's death (Season 8, Episode 24)

You probably have a list of characters you hate alongside your list of beloved characters. The latter has Little Grey herself, Lexie (Chyler Leigh) poised at the top. While her arrival to Seattle was a way for series creator Shonda Rhimes to test out a means of story continuity, viewers have come to love Lexie's storyline, particularly her relationship with Mark Sloan (Eric Dane). Her death in the Season 8 finale definitely gave viewers that "F*ck, why?" moment since everyone was definitely rooting for her and Mark's love to succeed.

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6. Mark's death (Season 9, Episode 1)

Sure, timeline-wise, Mark and Lexie's death weren't that far apart, a few days at most. But out in the real world? We were just learning how to live again after grieving Little Grey's departure from the show. So having Mark pass on on the very first episode of the season? That was like having a parent or grandparent die a few hours after losing your other role model in life. It was painful, to say the least, and while we'd like to castrate the writers for this one, we'd just have to pull it together considering this happened early on in the season. At least, we can think of it this way, Mark loved Lexie so much that he can't bear to be parted with her, even in death.

5. April gives birth (Season 12, Episode 24)

Watching April Kepner (Sarah Drew) and Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) lose their first-born Samuel to type 2 osteogenesis shortly after being born was tough so imagine the happiness viewers felt when the couple got pregnant with Harriet—albeit divorced at the time. A step down from MerDer and Slexie, Japril's love story was one for the books, and seeing April go through the motions of pregnancy made us, the viewers, feel like hovering aunties waiting on their niece to arrive. So imagine our shock when we had to watch April give birth inside Meredith's home. Sure, home births are normal, but she had to undergo a DIY c-section. WTF, indeed. 

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4. Meredith gets attacked by her patient (Season 12, Episode 9)

We've seen every type of medical case imaginable go through the doors of Grey Sloan and we've been so accustomed to them that we've trained ourselves to ignore the "boring" case introductions and just focus on the interesting storylines around them instead. Imagine everyone and their mothers' surprise when the patient of the day, Lou (guest star Dohn Norwood), suddenly experiences a seizure and attacks Grey, leaving her with multiple injuries. Raise your hands if you went "WTF, they were just chatting peacefully!" alongside every other viewer, probably.

3. The bomb scene (Season 2, Episode 17)

At this point in the series, we've only had one WTF moment which was Addison's arrival. Everyone was pretty much hooked on the show. It was fresh, unique, and different from your regular drama. Perhaps it's because as a medical show, the writers had more creative leeway to tell stories. And it's because they are a medical show that they can tell stories that would most likely end up in the evening news instead of a drama. Say, this particular bomb episode. It wasn't even Meredith putting her hand inside a body cavity that had viewers stressed, it was in fact when the bomb squad leader suddenly blew up. And here we thought we were getting a safe ending to the episode. 

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2. Derek's car crash (Season 11, Episode 21)

Everyone loves McDreamy and by extension, Patrick Dempsey. The show's leading man had a couple of iconic moments: when he learned that Meredith was an intern, him punching Mark in the face, and heck, let's throw in that moment he draws a tumor on their bedroom wall. Perhaps it's the hero hair that he sports but anything McDreamy does instantly becomes a key moment of the show, at least in our books. So imagine our anguish when Derek Shepard gets into a car crash moments after saving a family off the highway. Sure, he was swiftly driven to the nearest hospital but you know what happens next: he was never given an MRI which could've saved his life. Makes you want to scream yourself headless in front of the screen, right?

1. Meredith learns that John Doe is George (Season 5, Episode 24)

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If Lexie was at the top of the nicest characters on the show, then George O'Malley (T.R. Knight) takes the second spot. Sure, he may have repeated his intern year but that didn't stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor. Taking a non-traditional route to his medical career, he was inspired to become a trauma surgeon in season five which prompts him to enlist in the army. That in itself deserves its own "WTF" moment considering it was so out of character for George to do so but it was Meredith discovering John Doe was in fact George (by writing 007 in her palm, a throwback to the very first episode!) that deserves the number one spot in our ranking. 

Bonus: Alex leaves everyone (Season 16, Episode 16)

While we may only list down ten, we all know that Grey's Anatomy has more moments that will stick in your mind. Take for example Alex Karev's (portrayed by Justin Chambers) sudden exit on the show. A true WTF moment, one minute he was happily married to Jo Wilson (played by Camilla Luddington), and the next he was writing farewell letters to everyone in Seattle. Not only was it an abrupt end to Karev's life in Seatle, but the actor's decision to suddenly leave the show also makes it a very sour note for fans that rooted for the character to succeed in life.

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