Mar. 27, 2005
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60 min.
ABC TV Network

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Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy is a highly acclaimed medical drama that focuses on Meredith Grey as she struggles to maintain relationships while staying sharp at her new job. At Seattle Grace Hospital, she and her fellow doctors make new friends, new enemies and new lovers. The series follows through the hospital, finding personal and professional decisions are not black and white, only shades of grey.

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Dr. Meredith Grey

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Meredith Grey was born to Ellis Grey and Thatcher Grey. She became a surgeon at SGH where she developed her skills and made best friends such as Cristina Yang and her now husband, Derek Shepherd. She is intelligent, compassionate, hard-working, has good medical instincts and a natural flair for medicine.


Meredith's parents' marriage was troubled, although a part was due to Ellis spending too much time working and normal everyday problems, however, a large part was due to the fact that Ellis was having an affair for years with one of her colleagues and best friends, Richard Webber. Their marital issues proved too great and eventually Thatcher left the home when Meredith was five years old, he tried to visit her sometimes but eventually after getting nowhere, stopped and started a new family with his new wife, Susan Grey.

When Thatcher left Ellis she continued her relationship with Webber although he still had a wife, Adele. Although Richard tried to conceal his relationship with Ellis, Adele always knew so if she was in their company, she would just play with Meredith. Eventually, Richard broke off his relationship with Ellis with Meredith only metres away, riding on a carousel. Shortly thereafter, Ellis accepted a fellowship opportunity at Boston General. She relocated to Massachusetts with Meredith and Thatcher lost all contact with his daughter. As an adult, her only childhood memory of Thatcher was giving her cereal in the morning.
In the 8th grade, her English class had to read Romeo & Juliet. Then for extra credit, their teacher Mrs. Snyder made them act out all the parts. A boy named Sal Scafarillo was chosen for Romeo and all the girls were jealous of Meredith who was chosen for Juliet but Meredith was not happy and complained to her teacher that Juliet was an idiot because she falls for the one guy she knows she can't have. Then she blames fate for her own bad decision. She told her that if Juliet was stupid enough to fall for the enemy, drink a bottle of poison and go to sleep in a mausoleum then she deserved whatever she got. Therefore, at the age of 13, she was very clear that love like life is about making choices. Meredith later described her high school years to Cristina by saying "I wore a lot of black. Had the whole angry pink hair thing going on. Wouldn't have been caught dead at prom."
She went to college at Dartmouth, and despite excessive drinking and partying, she graduated. Following her graduation, she had difficulty holding a job, due to her partying lifestyle. Ellis suggested Meredith find direction in her life by going to medical school even though she told her that she didn't have what it took to make it in the surgical world. Following an argument about Meredith's lack of ambition, Meredith spent two months traveling in Europe with her best friend Sadie Harris who also hated Ellis. She returned when her mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease. Her mother's condition gave Meredith the incentive to go to medical school.


Meredith and Derek first met at The Emerald City Bar the night before Meredith's first day at Seattle Grace. Derek approached her, they got drunk, someone took advantage and Meredith woke up the next day after sleeping with him. When she went to work she discovered that Derek too worked at Seattle Grace so she refused to date him. However, eventually at a party she gave in and the two began to date secretly. They became public quickly, although Richard Webber dissaproved, but their relationship ended when Addison Montgomery arrived at the hospital, claiming to be Derek's wife.
Meredith stayed away from Derek but then asked him to make a choice between her or Addison, sayong "pick me, choose me, love me". Derek tried to make a decision but it was a hard one, as he had been married to Addison for eleven years. He eventually chose Addison and Meredith was left heart broken. Addison stayed at Seattle Grace and Merdith was left alone and the centre of attention at Seattle Grace. After avoiding each other, they attempted friendship but on the night of the Seattle Grace prom, they made love in an exam room despite the fact that Meredith was dating Finn Dandridge and Derek was married to Addison. The next day, Addison found Meredith's panties in Derek's pocket and realised her marriage was over. After Derek caught Addison and Mark Sloan together again they both admitted their relationship was finished. He told Meredith that if she wanted they could date and that he loved her. Meredith tried to choose between Derek and Finn but couldn't so they agreed to both date her at once until she decided. After Derek decided to be a better person and let her go and be with Finn, she realised she wanted Derek and broke up with Finn. She didn't tell Derek immediately because he was going through his divorce with Addison but when she finally did, he didn't care because he was suffering from Addison's secret about her and Mark.
They started dating again but Derek later complained that she was constantly leaving him and that she should be worried that the highlight of his week was meeting another girl at Joe's. When Cristina and Burke called off their wedding, she didn't think relationships could work and broke up with Derek. They tried to stay apart but began having break-up sex and S&M (sex and mockery). Later, Derek kissed a nurse in the scrub room and when Meredith found out, she severed all ties with him. Derek and Meredith started a clinical trial but Derek began dating Rose and her feelings for him started to come back as the clinical trial continued. After their last clinical trial patient survived from surgery, Meredith and Derek celebrated and she showed him a house of candles she made. He kissed her and they got back together. Trying to take steps forward, Meredith asked him to move in and he accepted. They stayed together and after his mother's visit, Derek decided to propose. Meredith originally thought he was avoiding her because of a conversation they had about babies but he insisted that he wanted to have all her babies. Derek's plans to propose left his mind after he accidentally killed a patient. Richard told Meredith about the ring but Derek threw it into the woods. He apologised and she forgave him and he proposed properly to her later. They planned a wedding but when they realised that Izzie was extremely sick ,they gave their wedding to Izzie and Alex. With very little time to get married, they went to the locker room, found some post its, wrote down their vows and "married" each other. After their post-it marriage they continued to refer to erach other as husband and wife and in the days immediately after their wedding, they had sex frequently.


After attending medical school, Meredith secured a spot at Seattle Grace Hospital as a surgical intern and moved from Boston to her mother's house in Seattle.
Because of her mother's reputation, Meredith was often treated differently from other doctors, sometimes favoured and sometimes disliked. Meredith showed promise as an intern, she made a difficult diagnosis on her first day and during the rest of her internship she assisted in several advanced procedures, particulary neurological cases.
After correctly diagnosing a patient with a brain tumor she approached Derek Shepherd with the idea of a clinical trial. On their sixteenth patient they had success and the clinical trial was published in a medical journal and named The Shepherd Method.
Soon after, Meredith discovered numerous journals belonging to her mother, while she learned more about her and also picked up some surgical skills and even a doll from her past, Anatomy Jane, which helped her save a young girl.
On her wedding day she was awarded a pancreas and given her first solo surgery. Without any intervention from other doctors, she successfully completed the surgery and Richard Webber informed her that her mother would have been proud.


* Meredith loves tequila.
* Meredith does not like big weddings.
* Her favourite ice cream is strawberry ice cream.
* Her first patient was Katie Bryce.
* In the original pilot script, Meredith was mentioned to be 32 when she started her internship, although it was never mentioned in the TV series. In Before and After, Meredith told Sadie that they were no longer 25, sleeping their way through Europe any more. Because medical school application cycle takes at least a year in the US, and the medical school takes 4 years to complete, Meridith would have been at least 31 when she started her internship. When her dad left home, Meredith was 5. Because Thatcher was said to be only eventually remarried and Lexie is 24 when she started the internship, it also suggests that Meredith was at least 30 or 31 when she was an intern.

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13x23 - True Colors
Season 13, Episode 23
13x19 - What's Inside
Season 13, Episode 19
11x05 - Bend & Break
Season 11, Episode 05
10x08 - Two Against One
Season 10, Episode 08
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