Season 08

Episode 24 – Flight

May 17th 2012 on ABC

Faced with a life threatening situation, the doctors must fight to stay alive while trying to save the lives of their peers; Bailey and Ben make a decision regarding their relationship; and Teddy is presented with a tempting offer. Meanwhile, Richard plans a special dinner for the residents.

Episode 23 – Migration

May 10th 2012 on ABC

The residents determine their future as they make their final decisions regarding post residency positions; Mark admits to Derek that he is torn between his love for Lexie and the fact that Julia can give him everything he’s ever wanted; Ben plans something extra special for Bailey, but she is preoccupied with her work; and Arizona encourages her childhood friend, Nick, to have surgery. Meanwhile a couple on their third honeymoon come to the hospital complaining of mysterious symptoms.

Episode 22 – Let the Bad Times Roll

May 3rd 2012 on ABC

The residents agonize over their oral boards, reliving every answer they gave during their exams; Arizona’s close childhood friend comes to Seattle Grace for medical help; the doctors work on a patient who is missing one third of his skull; and Julia asks Mark to start a family with her. Meanwhile Catherine tells Richard that one of his residents has failed.

Episode 21 – Moment of Truth

April 26th 2012 on ABC

After eight years of practice, the residents head to San Francisco for their oral boards; sparks fly between Catherine and Richard when they bump into each other at the hotel; Bailey intervenes after Owen and Teddy get into a heated argument about their young car crash patient; and Mark tries to recruit Lexie for one of his cases. Meanwhile, Alex feels guilty for being away from the hospital when Tommy’s health begins to fail.

Episode 20 – The Girl With No Name

April 19th 2012 on ABC

The doctors work on a Jane Doe, who turns out to be the subject of a case that gained national interest. How they respond remains to be seen. Elsewhere, Cristina proves to be the highest in demand as the residents begin interviews for post-residency positions, while Richard is faced with an unsettling realization when he visits Adele at Rose Ridge.

Episode 19 – Support System

April 12th 2012 on ABC

Callie, Arizona and Bailey decide to plan a much needed ladies night for Teddy. Meanwhile, a devastated Cristina presses Owen to confess the intimate details of his affair, and Mark takes his new authority seriously when he steps in as chief for a day and butts heads with Richard over a transplant. Finally, Callie deems Meredith ready for the boards, while the rest of the residents keep stressing about the exam.

Episode 18 – The Lion Sleeps Tonight

April 5th 2012 on ABC

A lion breaks loose in Seattle, leaving a couple’s lives and relationship at risk; Lexie overhears Mark’s discussion about moving in with Julia; Teddy begins to take steps towards coming to terms with Henry’s death; Callie grills Arizona on her past lovers; and Alex requests to be taken off Morgan’s preemie case when she becomes too dependent on him. Meanwhile, Meredith tries to be a support for Cristina as the tension between her and Owen hits a boiling point.

Episode 17 – One Step Too Far

March 15th 2012 on ABC

Derek asks Meredith to work with him in neuro again; Catherine Avery comes back to Seattle Grace and takes an interest in Richard; Cristina becomes increasingly suspicious of Owen; Morgan may be falling for Alex.

Episode 16 – In Only You Were Lonely

February 23rd 2012 on ABC

As Adele’s condition continues to deteriorate, Richard considers altering their living situation; an explosion at a local coffee shop results in a busy day in the ER for the doctors; Callie takes Meredith under her wing by helping her study for her boards; Lexie joins Arizona and Alex in peds, as they continue to care for intern Morgan’s premature son; and when Jackson snaps at a patient, Mark encourages him to find ways to relieve his stress. Meanwhile, Cristina lets her suspicions get the best of her.

Episode 15 – Have You Seen Me Lately?

February 16th 2012 on ABC

In a final attempt to save Erica’s life, Amelia arrives at Seattle Grace to beg Derek for help with the gliosarcoma case; Cristina and Owen engage in heated arguments during marriage counseling; Alex realizes that in order to be a good doctor, he’ll need to improve his people skills; and Meredith is given a chance to shine when a man enters the ER after getting his hand stuck in meat grinder. Meanwhile, the residents continue to study for their upcoming oral boards.

Episode 14 – All You Need Is Love

February 9th 2012 on ABC

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Meredith and Derek try to have a night to themselves when Lexie offers to watch Zola; Callie hands babysitting duties over to Mark so that she can surprise Arizona with a romantic evening; and Ben proves to Bailey that he knows her better than she thinks. Meanwhile, the ER fills with romantics, including a 10-year-old girl who has an allergic reaction to chocolates from her valentine and a man who is hit by a car while chasing down his frustrated girlfriend.

Episode 13 – If/Then

February 2nd 2012 on ABC

As Meredith puts Zola to bed and falls asleep, she begins to wonder — what if her mother had never had Alzheimer’s and she’d had loving, supportive parents? The reverberations of a happy Meredith Grey change the world of Seattle Grace as we know it. What if she had never met Derek in that bar and he had never separated from Addison? What if Callie and Owen had become a couple long before she met Arizona? And what if Bailey never evolved from the meek intern she once was?

Episode 12 – Hope for the Hopeless

January 19th 2012 on ABC

Richard performs his 10,000th surgery on a pair of bickering sisters who come into the hospital for a liver transplant; Derek and Lexie take on a neuroblastoma case that has been previously deemed inoperable; Teddy and Cristina cross the line when they go against Owen’s orders and try to steal a case from Alex and Dr. McQueen; Ellis Grey’s shadow looms as Meredith searches for a specialty; meanwhile Adele is brought into the hospital after she is found wandering the streets.

Episode 11 – This Magic Moment

January 12th 2012 on ABC

The doctors split into teams for a risky surgery involving conjoined twins; Bailey recruits Meredith to be a buffer between her and Ben when he puts pressure on moving their relationship to a more serious level; Richard teaches Alex a tough lesson in the OR; meanwhile Teddy questions Cristina about what exactly happened to Henry during his surgery.

Episode 10 – Suddenly

January 5th 2012 on ABC

A severe car crash involving an entire family results in an all-hands-on situation in the ER, as the eldest daughter is left to make the toughest decision of her life. Meanwhile Teddy, still in the dark about Henry’s death, calls upon Cristina to help with her patient in the O.R., and Lexie finds herself working alongside Mark’s new girlfriend, Julia, during an eye surgery.

Episode 09 – Dark Was The Night

November 10th 2011 on ABC

Teddy puts her husband’s life in the hands of her peers when Henry is sent to the OR for surgery and she’s called away on another case; Meredith and Derek receive the long-awaited news about Zola; Callie and Jackson come under fire when their patient experiences post-surgery complications; and Meredith and Alex are involved in a life-threatening situation when they travel to a neighboring hospital to tend to a sick newborn.

Episode 08 – Heart-Shaped Box

November 3rd 2011 on ABC

The doctors become nostalgic when George O’Malley’s mother, Louise, returns to Seattle Grace for medical help after a botched surgery at a neighboring hospital; the residents are inspired by a medical miracle when they witness a harvested heart that continues to beat outside the body; a new pediatric fellow excites Arizona and makes Alex feel threatened; Jackson lets his suspicions about Mark and Lexie interfere with his work; and Henry and Teddy have their first marital fight when he expresses interest in pursuing medical school.

Episode 07 – Put Me In, Coach

October 27th 2011 on ABC

Owen stresses teamwork and moves his leadership role over to the baseball field when he signs the doctors up for a baseball league, pitting them against their biggest competition, Seattle Presbyterian Lexie tries to hide her jealous rage when she sees Mark with a new woman, but her emotions get the better of her Alex fights to keep Zola at Seattle Grace after it is suggested that she be moved to another hospital due to a conflict of interest with Meredith and Derek. Richard scolds Meredith and Bailey for their feud.

Episode 06 – Poker Face

October 20th 2011 on ABC

After being blackballed by most of the surgeons, Meredith uses Lexie to spark Derek’s interest in her patient’s rare brain tumor case and, in secret, gives guidance to April with Bailey’s clinical trial; Callie’s wish for Arizona and Mark to form a friendship comes to fruition and she realizes it’s more irritating than helpful; Alex and Teddy research alternative surgeries for a very superficial patient; and Callie and Cristina struggle with a very difficult spinal surgery.

Episode 05 – Love, Loss and Legacy

October 13th 2011 on ABC

The residents try their hardest to impress surgical great Catherine Avery, who also happens to be Jackson’s mother, when she arrives at Seattle Grace to perform a groundbreaking transplant surgery; Arizona and Alex find their hands tied with a confidentiality issue when a familiar patient comes into the ER; meanwhile, a love-struck Teddy throws a dinner party for the couples, and Bailey makes a decision regarding her love life.

Episode 04 – What Is It About Men

October 6th 2011 on ABC

The doctors of Seattle Grace are called upon to man up when a stampede at a comic book convention causes an influx of colorful characters in the OR-blurring the lines of fantasy and reality; Mark shows his softer side with baby Sofia when Arizona and Callie go out of town, but at work he continues to give Jackson a hard time; Ben returns to the OR, only to find that Nurse Eli has moved in on Bailey; and the male doctors bond over their frustrations with women.

Episode 03 – Take the Lead

September 29th 2011 on ABC

The Chief makes a career-changing decision that shocks Seattle Grace Hospital; Cristina and Owen try to find normalcy in their relationship; April continues to struggle in her new role; and the 5th year residents are given their first solo surgeries, only to find out that even the most routine procedures aren’t always easy.

Episode 02 – She’s Gone (2)

September 22nd 2011 on ABC

The social worker follows up on Meredith and Derek’s adoption of Zola. Alex continues to be an outcast after costing Meredith her job. Teddy finds herself on the unfamiliar side of surgery when the Chief calls Henry in unexpectedly for his procedure.

Episode 01 – Free Falling (1)

September 22nd 2011 on ABC

The residents are starting their fifth and final year. April struggles with her new role as Chief Resident. Meredith must face the aftermath of her choices.