15 Things Wrong With Grey's Anatomy We All Choose To Ignore

Grey's Anatomy is in its 14th season and at this point, the surgeons at Grey Sloan feel like family. If you've watched the show from the beginning, you've gotten a chance to see some of the lead characters (those who've avoided termination, transfer, or death) grow from baby doctors to leading members of their field. You've also seen them grow from baby people to actual functioning members of reasonably healthy romantic relationships. And along the way, they've also become actions stars, surviving any number of natural and human disasters along the way.

Grey's has always been a brilliantly blown-out representation of the human experience, peppered with some of the  most clever and twee dialogue on television. But that doesn't mean its without flaws.

While we adore the Shondaland flagship more than we loved McSteamy teaching his daughter Spanish, no show is perfect. Grey's Anatomy doesn't do anything small, so some of their mistakes are as loud and glaring as an ambulance crashing into an emergency room -- not that that means we'll stop watching anytime soon. We put together some of the mistakes we have to overlook to keep on loving this show.

Here are 15 Things Wrong With Grey's Anatomy We All Choose To Ignore.



Grey's Anatomy is a nighttime soap, so obviously they're going to take some dramatic license in an effort to both keep characters in high-stakes situations, and also still able to practice medicine. However, it's starting to require a pretty gargantuan suspension of disbelief to believe certain doctors would still have their jobs.

Remember that time Callie left a sponge in a snowboarder who later got an infection that cost him both his legs? Then there was that time Bailey performed an unauthorized procedure on a young boy because she thought she knew better than the parents. Oh! And remember that time Izzie cut Denny's LVAD wire to put him at the top of the transplant list and he got the heart, causing Dr. Hahn's patient to die? And then Denny died anyway? And let's not forget about the cabal of interns who operated on themselves!



The biggest suspensions of disbelief Grey's demands of its audience regards its timeline. If you've managed to maintain ignorance about surgical internships, maybe don't read any further. What you're about to learn will confuse and upset you.

The first three seasons of Grey's Anatomy take place during the doctors' one year surgical internship. 12 months. That means Meredith sleeps with Derek, learns about Addison, breaks up with Derek, sleeps with George, sleeps with Derek again, and cuts Christina out of her wedding dress in. One. Year. Also, George marries Callie, sleeps with Izzie, divorces Callie and joins the army in. One. Year. Izzie Stevens hates Alex, dates Alex, falls for Denny, dates Alex again, falls for Denny again and cuts his LVAD.

All in just one single year.

We wish we could explain it away beyond dramatic logistics, but honestly, the only solution is just not to think about it too hard.


When Grey's Anatomy premiered in 2005, Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd soared into our hearts and minds with his gorgeous blue eyes, legendary hair and adorable obsession with ferryboats. His romance with Meredith Grey remained a cornerstone of the show for the first half of its run, but if you take a close look at the character, you'll realize he doesn't deserve any of this.

There's the obvious, "I like this subordinate and I'm sad, so I'm just going to forget to tell her about my marriage." Then there's, "My wife slept with my best friend, so I'm just going to move to Seattle and give her the silent treatment instead of actually ending our marriage like and adult." Oh, and the classic, "My wife messed with my Alzheimer's study, but instead of being empathetic to her history with the disease, I'm going to shut her out emotionally until I feel better."


When a long-running show relies on high-stakes drama as much as Grey's Anatomy does, things can start to get extreme -- especially when it comes to any very special episodes. Each "Major Television Event" must top the one before it in order to maximize narrative impact, and after 14 seasons, things have gotten ridiculous. We're wondering why any of these people are still working at the hospital or even living in Seattle.

There was the train crash, the ferry crash, the plane crash, the ambulance crash, the bomb, the shooting, the sinkhole, and the super storm, which included a bus crash, a power outage, two electrocutions, and Meredith's emergency C-section.

The latest in the Series of Unfortunate Events that is life at Grey Sloan? Hackers break into the hospital mainframe and hold the computers for ransom. Everyone who's stayed working there for longer than five years has a death wish.


Meredith spiraled down the drain after learning Derek was married, partly because she genuinely felt guilty for sleeping with someone else's husband. She constantly referred to herself as a mistress, and when Mark Sloan showed up, they went so far as to form the "Dirty Mistresses Club." The thing is, Meredith wasn't actually committing adultery because she thought she was sleeping with a single man the entire time.

It was believable that Meredith would feel heartbroken and betrayed when she learned of Derek's marriage, but the guilt she carried along with it never made any sense. It made her seem melodramatic and self-centered to joke-lament breaking up a marriage when, in point of fact, the marriage broke up long before she entered the picture.



In the season 12 finale, Amelia Shepherd and Owen Hunt impulsively decide to get married after deciding life is too short to waste time taking a relationship slowly. That might've made sense for a couple that had at least established the ability to spend a week together without breaking up.

Amelia and Owen discovered a shared attraction after bonding over their past trauma.

From then on, the "relationship" was a series of false starts after Derek's death, Amelia's relapse, and her eventual realization that she needed to work on herself before entering into a relationship. Then seven episodes later they get married.

Amelia and Owen weren't a functioning couple long enough for anyone to believe in their romance enough for this wedding to make sense. Surprise, surprise, they barely even move in together before they end up separating. Here's hoping it stays that way.


After three of her patients get fatal post-op infections within weeks of one another, Dr. Bailey is taken out of the surgical rotation until the cause of the infections can be found. While eventually the culprit is discovered to be faulty surgical gloves, Bailey is so shaken that she develops obsessive compulsive disorder that threatens to prevent her from operating normally in the future. She's forced to deal with it after Owen Hunt confronts her and he and Derek insist she seek psychiatric help.

It takes some coercing, but eventually Bailey faces her illness, agrees to medication and gets back to work. Which would be fine if it hadn't happened over the course of three episodes. Obsessive compulsive disorder can be treated and managed with medication, but Bailey's popped up for what seemed like a few weeks and then disappeared, never to be heard from again, the minute she got on medication.


This season, Amelia Shepherd was diagnosed with a massive brain tumor that's apparently been growing for quite some time. The discovery came after a season of especially erratic behavior from an already volatile character. After marrying Owen at the end of season 12, Amelia spent most of season 13 treating him like trash and becoming another wife who wouldn't have a baby with him after previously having been very enthusiastic about starting a family.

Amelia kept pushing Owen away inexplicably until finally their marriage fell apart, but her sudden, intensified unpredictability felt like an arbitrary storyline given to a character who'd run out of stuff to do. But instead of writing the character off the show, Grey's gave her a brain tumor that conveniently retcons the past several years of her personality as tumor-based and not reality-based.

It's very, very contrived, but hopefully Amelia will come out of it less annoying.


Grey Sloan's resident father figure is a hopeless romantic. He married his first wife on Valentine's Day, he showed moony-eyed disappointment when his second wife wouldn't let him propose to her, and sweetly cared for his former love, Ellis Grey, after she was stricken with Alzheimer's.

At one point or another, all of these women have been "the love of his life."

First it was Ellis, his star-crossed surgical soulmate. Then, after Ellis died and Adele developed the same disease, he seemed to remember that she was his end-all, be-all. Finally, his current wife, Catherine Avery, seems to be the one he's been waiting for his whole life.

While we're certainly not questioning the idea of having more than one love in the span of a lifetime, Richard Webber seems to treat every woman he's with as though he's never loved anyone else.



April Kepner and Jackson Avery represent one of the more tumultuous supercouples on Grey's. After a fraught courtship that basically involved a lot of casual hookups, followed by a quickie marriage, the two fell apart after the loss of their infant son. Numerous times during the course of their relationship, Jackson claimed that the two were best friends and that's why they'd had such a connection.

The thing is, Jackson and April weren't really besties. They were certainly friends and shared affection for each other after their transfer to Seattle Grace from Mercy West, but George and Izzie, they were not. The two shared almost no storylines that were unique to them until they started sleeping together, making the idea of them being BFFs something the show slapped on to justify their romance. Frankly, April was probably better friends with the guy she ditched at the altar.


The trauma of the plane crash combined with the trauma of losing her leg put Arizona Robbins in a deep depression, and since she blamed Callie for the loss of her leg, she took out her anger on her partner. All of that's understandable, but the sheer degree of venom Arizona unleashed on her partner was so extreme it stopped making sense after a while.

Arizona verbally abused Callie regularly, screaming at her at home and in front of hospital staff. Her mental state made sense, given what she'd been through, but the show never convinced us that Arizona would've been so far gone that she'd refuse to see that Callie made the amputation call to save Arizona's life. The pediatric surgeon regressed to a nasty toddler-like state, and we just didn't buy it.


Sandra Oh left Grey's Anatomy at the end of season 10, and as far we know, neither the character nor the actress has looked back. But Christina Yang isn't on Mars, she's in Switzerland, and there have been several major events that should've at the very least warranted a phone call, or at the very least a mention of one.

We refuse to believe that Meredith wouldn't have told Christina her whereabouts in the year after Derek's death, or that Christina wouldn't have come to Derek's funeral. We understand the logistical problems with bringing back Sandra Oh, and it makes sense that even if she were available, that Oh wouldn't want to steal attention from the current cast members. But Christina Yang went from being a Grey's lynchpin to essentially ceasing to exist. Throw us another text transcript, Grey's!


Kelly McCreary's Maggie Pierce is a an adorable ball of anxiety and a welcome addition to the cast. However, the circumstances of her arrival raised more than a few eyebrows. While it's not the most ridiculous retcon, the idea that Ellis Grey and Richard Webber had a lovechild that grew up to become a genius cardiothoracic surgeon who also managed to find a job at Grey Sloan is something that would feel more at home on Scandal or, frankly, General Hospital than Grey's Anatomy.

That said, it is a credit to Shonda Rimes that Maggie's character is now such an organic member of the cast. Her relationships with Meredith and Richard don't feel indulgent, and we'd be lying if we said that it didn't make us smile to think that Richard finally gets to be a dad.



After the death of their son, Samuel, April and Jackson went through an intense grieving process that would eventually end their marriage. April was so devastated that she actually left Seattle for a year to work as a field surgeon in Jordan. Then, after she came back and saw how much pain Jackson was in, she left again, despite the fact that he said it would be the end of their relationship if she did.

We're not disputing that horrific tragedy can bring out uncharacteristic sides of people, but April's refusal to even acknowledge that Jackson might need her with him was incredibly selfish. For someone as kindhearted and loving as April, her blind spot regarding Jackson's feelings didn't feel in line with her character. Honestly, we would've been behind most of her behavior if she'd shown any sense of awareness of her husband's feelings.


Yes, Grey's is a romance and not a medical documentary, but the sheer amount of inappropriate nookie that gets had on this show is absurd. Subordinates regularly sleep with their superiors with zero professional ramifications until season 10. That's right, ten years after Derek Shepherd and Preston Burke each slept with their interns, resident Leah Murphy filed an anonymous harassment claim and then Owen Hunt thought maybe they should institute an anti-fraternization regulation. You think?

Then there's just the ridiculous logistics surrounding the amount of privacy doctors manage to get in order to have all the inappropriate lovin'. We can't remember the last time we saw someone sleep in an on-call room without getting interrupted by or for a hook-up. And why, after 13 seasons, are their still people who a) do not remember to lock the doors and b) are there still people who enter without knocking?


What else is wrong with Grey's Anatomy that gets overlooked? Let us know in the comments!

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