Grey's Anatomy (season 11)

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Grey's Anatomy (season 11)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Release
Original channel ABC
Original release September 25, 2014 (2014-09-25) – present
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The eleventh season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy premiered on September 25, 2014 in the United States on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) and consists of 24 episodes. The season was produced by ABC Studios, in association with ShondaLand Production Company and The Mark Gordon Company; the showrunner being Shonda Rhimes.

Plots[edit]

The season follows the story of surgical residents, fellows, and attendings as they experience the difficulties of the competitive careers they have chosen. It is set in the surgical wing of the fictional Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, located in Seattle, Washington.

During an interview, Shonda Rhimes stated that "Season 11 is really a Meredith-centric season. She lost her ‘person’, her half-sister has shown up, her husband is chafing to go someplace else..." She went on to reveal that she's been wanting to do the "familial grenade" storyline for a long time, and at the end of Season 10, she knew it was the time to do it. Rhimes also claimed that Season 11 will pick up right where Season 10 left us, so there won't be much that the audience won't see.[1] In another interview discussing this storyline, Rhimes revealed that she and the writers are thinking about doing flashback periods to the younger days of Drs. Ellis Grey and Richard Webber.

Cast[edit]

Casting[edit]

On August 13, 2013, Sandra Oh revealed that she would be leaving after Season 10 of Grey's Anatomy.[2] Thus, this is the first season in which Dr. Cristina Yang, portrayed by Sandra Oh, is not included in the main cast of characters. It was announced on March 25, 2014 that Gaius Charles (Dr. Shane Ross) and Tessa Ferrer (Dr. Leah Murphy) were also not having their options picked up for Season 11, meaning that Season 10 was their last as series regulars on the show. Only Jerrika Hinton (Dr. Stephanie Edwards) and Camilla Luddington (Dr. Jo Wilson) returned as residents.[3] On January 23, 2014 it was reported that Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey had renewed their contracts for another two seasons, as Drs. Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd, respectively, meaning their characters would be staying on the medical drama for seasons 11 and 12.[4] On May 2, 2014, the rest of the six original cast mates, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr., excluding Sandra Oh, renewed their contracts for another two seasons (11 and 12) as Drs. Alex Karev, Miranda Bailey, and Richard Webber, respectively. Sara Ramirez also renewed her contract for another two seasons as Dr. Callie Torres.[5]

Caterina Scorsone was upgraded to a series regular & quickly became a fan and critics favorite, with many strongly praising her performance and storyline.

E! News, as well as other sources, reported on June 23, 2014 that Caterina Scorsone was upgraded to a series regular to continue her role as Dr. Amelia Shepherd, one of Dr. Derek Shepherd's four sisters. Scorsone previously played Dr. Amelia Shepherd since Season 7 on Grey's Anatomy as a recurring role. She was also a series regular on the show's spin-off series, Private Practice, portraying the same character from Seasons 3-6.[6]

At first, it was uncertain who would play the younger Ellis, as there have been two different actresses who played Ellis within the relatively same period: Kate Burton and Sarah Paulson.[7] However, on August 6, 2014, it was confirmed that Kate Burton will portray the character in flashbacks in the season premiere.[8] Despite this confirmation, on September 25, 2014, it was announced that Kate Burton's scenes had been cut from the season premiere, and Sally Pressman (Army Wives) would play the role of Ellis. Kate Burton still appeared in flashbacks later in the season. J. August Richards also reprised his role as a young Richard Webber.[9]

It was announced on August 8, 2014 that Geena Davis is going to have a major guest arc storyline in Season 11. She will be playing Dr. Herman, a fetal surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.[10] Another guest star was revealed on September 2, 2014. Annet Mahendru of The Americans will guest star for one episode; however, at the time of the announcement, no details about her role nor when she'd appear were discussed.[11] Mahendru guest starred in "Only Mama Knows" as Ana, an undocumented immigrant whose daughter had an 8-pound tumor.

It was announced on September 23, 2014 that Connie Ray (Space Jam, Hope Floats, Stuart Little) would guest star as Dr. April Kepner's mother, Karen, in the episode, "Don't Let's Start."[12]

On October 23, 2014, Kelly McCreary was promoted to a series regular after being credited as guest-starring until the eleventh episode of Season 11.[13]

Despite signing on for two more years after the tenth season, Patrick Dempsey decided that Season 11 would be his last. The announcement was made on April 23, 2015, just a few hours before his final episode, "How to Save a Life," premiered. Creator, Shonda Rhimes, said this about the departure of Patrick Dempsey's Derek Shepherd: “Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character—for Meredith, for me and for the fans. I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our ‘McDreamy.’"[14]

On April 15, 2015, Giacomo Gianniotti, known from Reign, was announced to be cast on the show as a possible recurring role for Season 12.[15] On April 28, 2015 it was announced that Joe Adler was cast for the show, and will appear in the final two episodes of Season 11.[16]

Development[edit]

Grey's Anatomy was renewed for an eleventh season by ABC on May 8, 2014.[17] On May 13, 2014, ABC announced their new schedule, as well as a new timeslot for Grey's Anatomy. The show remained on Thursday night, but it was moved to 8:00 PM E.T. to make room for ShondaLand Production Company's new TV series, How to Get Away with Murder.[18] Even though Paul Lee, the president of ABC, moved Grey's Anatomy to a new timeslot, he announced at ABC's 2014-15 upfront that Season 11 would follow in Season 10 fashion and be split into two batches each consisting of 12 uninterrupted episodes (excluding holidays), meaning Season 11 consists of 24 episodes.[19][20]

Not even a week after the Season 10 finale episode aired, the Grey's Anatomy team of writers began collaborating on ideas for Season 11 storylines. Shonda Rhimes tweeted that they were hard at work in the writing room, but would have the month of June off before coming back in full swing to write actual episodes.[21] After the 4th of July weekend, Rhimes tweeted that the writers' room was once again buzzing, as the team had returned from vacation to start writing new episodes for Season 11. Soon after the announcement from Rhimes, Camilla Luddington announced via Twitter that the filming of Season 11 would commence on July 25.[22]

In late July 2014, Sarah Drew (who plays Dr. April Kepner) showed the world her real-life baby bump. Expecting her second child, her pregnancy was perfectly timed with Dr. Kepner's pregnancy on the show.[23]

For the 2014-15 TV season, ABC programmed its entire Thursday primetime lineup with Shondaland dramas Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder, then branded the night as "Thank God It's Thursday" (or "TGIT").[24] This echoes ABC's former TGIF branding of its Friday night family sitcoms and even NBC's Must See TV promotion of formidable Thursday night television hits in the 1990s.[25]

Wetpaint reported on October 3, 2014 that in the month of October, fans could expect to see a Calzona-centric episode. In an interview during the summer, Rhimes said, "I'll be honest with you and say that there is literally a 50/50 chance that they'll be together or apart, and I have not figured it out yet. We really spent a lot of time in the writers' room mapping it out and talking about it. We've really mapped out what we think is going to be a really nice journey for them."[26]

The remaining fall schedule for ABC was announced on October 30, 2014, where it was announced that Grey's Anatomy would be split into two batches. However, instead of the 12 and 12, there will be eight episodes in the fall which will end with a winter finale on November 20, 2014 like the rest of ABC's primetime lineup "TGIT" Scandal and How To Get Away with Murder.[27] The remaining 16 episodes will air after the winter break, beginning on January 29, 2015.[28]

Episodes[edit]

The number in the "No. in series" column refers to the episode's number within the overall series, whereas the number in the "No. in season" column refers to the episode's number within this particular season. "U.S. viewers in millions" refers to the number of Americans in millions who watched the episodes live.

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
221 1 "I Must Have Lost it on the Wind" Kevin McKidd Stacy McKee September 25, 2014 (2014-09-25) 9.81[29]
Now that Cristina is no longer at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, Maggie Pierce must step up to the plate as the new cardiothoracic surgeon. Meredith and Maggie clash in the OR in true sister fashion as their personalities are complete opposites. Callie and Arizona debate over the use of a surrogate; Callie initially does not want a surrogate, but changes her mind realizing that one cannot control everything. Arizona wants to shelf the idea altogether in order to become a fetal surgery fellow, which means going back to school. Alex and Bailey fight for Cristina's position on the board. Richard, Jackson, and Derek try to distract Owen from Cristina's departure by inviting him to hang out on a "man date thing." Meredith leans to Alex to console the loss of her best friend, which makes Jo jealous. Derek tells Meredith that he chooses her and the kids over his brain mapping initiative in Washington, D.C.
222 2 "Puzzle With a Piece Missing" Rob Corn William Harper October 2, 2014 (2014-10-02) 9.15[30]
Maggie tries to get used to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, and learns the difficulty of connecting with others. Jo, trying to win over Maggie, tells her about Alex's dilemma involving Dr. Oliver Lebackes' private practice and his seat on the board. Maggie discloses this information during surgery with the two, which results in Alex being fired from the private practice. Maggie finds herself beginning a friendship in Amelia and finds out that Meredith is not so bad to know. She expresses interest in Bailey's genome mapping project, and she uses it and Cristina's research with the McNeil family to solve their family's case; the children's cardiomyopathy was caused by a gene mutation. After an extended argument, Callie decides that Arizona should do the fetal surgery fellowship and that they would work it out with having a second child. Due to her conversation with Amelia, Maggie tells Meredith that Ellis Grey is her mother, too. Meredith does not believe her however, saying that at five years old she would have known if her mother was pregnant.
223 3 "Got to Be Real" Rob Corn Zoanne Clack October 9, 2014 (2014-10-09) 8.48[31]
Owen takes Callie to a veteran's hospital with hopes of her using her lab to provide wounded veterans robotic legs. However, she is not able to help one of the veterans due to damaged nerves, until Jackson steps in. As Alex tries to prepare for his presentation to fill Cristina's position on the board, Meredith distracts him with the news of her new half-sister, Maggie. Searching through hospital records, Meredith finds out that Maggie is indeed her half-sister. Ellis was unknowingly pregnant when she was admitted for slitting her wrists. Derek and Amelia fight over being the Chief of Neurosurgery, which makes Derek second guess his decision to stay in Seattle. With the new fellowship and the wounded veterans project, Arizona is concerned about having the time to have another baby causing Callie to once again doubt their future together. Richard attempts to tell Maggie that he is her father, but she already knew who he is and blames him for not telling her sooner. Alex and Bailey go head to head in front of the board for the open spot; Bailey is given the seat leaving Alex without a job.
224 4 "Only Mama Knows" Nicole Rubio Mark Driscoll October 16, 2014 (2014-10-16) 8.43[32]
In a series of flashbacks, Meredith and Richard manage to come to terms with their past relationships with Ellis. In order to sort out the new revelation of having a half-sister, Meredith goes searching through her mother's diaries and video footage. Alex learns that the board's vote to replace Cristina was not as close as Arizona led him to believe. In fact, the vote was unanimously in favor of Bailey. He confronts Arizona about her lie, and she confides in him that she did not vote for him because she wanted to hire him as the new pediatrics attending so she could take a step back and focus on the fetal surgery fellowship, and to save her marriage. Meredith and Derek still feuds over his decision to stay in Seattle, but the argument subsides once Maggie tells him she is Meredith's half-sister. Bailey finds out from Richard who Maggie really is when she tries to reverse Maggie's decision to leave Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Meredith learns from Richard that the day at the carousel was the day he left Ellis for good. He only stayed with Adele because of his hatred and jealousy of Ellis' first Harper Avery award nomination for the Grey Method. Meredith is able to recover her repressed memories of Ellis' pregnancy by leafing through Ellis' 1983 diary and talking to Richard; leading Meredith to have a change of heart about Maggie.
225 5 "Bend & Break" Jesse Bochco Meg Marinis October 23, 2014 (2014-10-23) 8.62[33]
Callie and Arizona find themselves in marriage counseling where the counselor suggests a 30-day separation with the rules of no talking and no sexual activity. During their separation, Arizona is granted more time to focus on her fellowship and sharpen her fetal surgery skills; however, she messes up one too many times and finds herself getting a final warning from Dr. Herman. She not only embarrasses Dr. Herman in the OR, but she also upsets Alex by not allowing him to do his job as the pediatrics attending. Callie becomes closer to Meredith since they are both going through the same stages of feeling a real disconnect from their spouses. After a successful 30 day separation, Arizona expresses her love to Callie and says she needs her. Callie does not reciprocate and says that she felt free during the separation and needs more time to love herself.
226 6 "Don't Let's Start" Rob Greenlea Austin Guzman November 6, 2014 (2014-11-06) 8.08[34]
Jo becomes emotional after performing surgery on a homeless veteran that was living in her car and realizes how far she has come in her relationship with Alex, in addition to her fear of change that will rob her of all that they have together. Bailey's patient comes into the ER because of extreme heartburn; however, the extended case of heartburn created the perfect environment in his esophagus for cancer to take over. This causes Bailey to become more aware of her health and weight. April's mother, Karen, arrives in Seattle to help April and Jackson prepare the nursery for their baby. Karen's unwelcome enthusiasm upsets April, but with the help of Jackson, April forgives her mother. Derek invites Maggie and Richard to dinner, despite Meredith's pleas to cancel. Meredith and Derek lose track of time when they take a shower together, which leads to Maggie and Richard having a heart-to-heart talk where Richard apologies for his behavior. Arizona continues to work through her fetal surgery fellowship, and learns a shocking secret that Dr. Herman has an inoperable brain tumor, and has only six months to live. Dr. Herman suggests to Arizona of teaching her a year of medicine in six months in exchange of Arizona's silence.
227 7 "Could We Start Again, Please?" Bobby Roth Andy Reaser November 13, 2014 (2014-11-13) 8.36[35]
Amelia's secret about being a drug addict is revealed at the hospital when a patient's daughter publicly demands another doctor for her mother once she finds out that Amelia is her surgeon. The daughter was at Amelia's Narcotic's Anonymous meetings and knew every detail of her past. Amelia, hearing all the whispers from her co-workers, seeks comfort and advice from Richard. After she exercises her right to not discuss her past with Owen, Owen goes to Derek for answers. Derek, wanting to be Chief of Neurosurgery again, leads Owen to believe that Amelia is not sober. Arizona takes on a case without Dr. Herman, who is MIA. She is able to save the baby, but the mother dies on the table. Dr. Herman shows up after the surgery, revealing to have gotten a dose of radiation treatment, in addition to have kept an eye on Arizona's work with the case. April was by Arizona's side trying to save the mother, but when she fails, she becomes more concerned about her own pregnancy. Jo performs her first solo surgery, but once she is done, she cannot remember if she completed every step. To teach her to be confident in herself, Bailey leads her to believe that the patient died because of her uncertainty, even though she did not. Derek addresses the hospital board and comes clean about Amelia. He then confesses to Amelia that he has hit rock bottom due to trying to do right by his wife, kids, and her.
228 8 "Risk" Rob Corn William Harper November 20, 2014 (2014-11-20) 8.33[36]
As Dr. Herman's time continues to run out, Arizona becomes more and more concerned about her showing symptoms during surgery. Despite Dr. Herman's demands for Arizona to stay out of her business, Arizona pretends to be Dr. Herman's doctor and orders her scans be sent to Dr. Shepherd. Callie and Owen are moving forward with Callie's robotic limb lab, but they come to a head when one of the wounded warriors takes one too many steps, falls, hits his head, and finds himself in a coma. April and Jackson are close to becoming parents, and during one of the ultrasounds, Stephanie detects a possible life-threatening birth defect that Arizona and Dr. Herman confirm. The president of the United States sends a woman to offer Derek the job he previously turned down. This intensifies his fight with Meredith. Amelia, who was told by Arizona about Dr. Herman's supposedly inoperable brain tumor, thinks she can save Dr. Herman's life. Jo confronts Alex about his friendship with Meredith; however, Alex reassures her that she is the love of his life, that the house is a place where everyone is welcome to stay, and that is how it will always be. Meredith, tired of Derek saying he gave up everything for her and the kids, tells him to take the job and just go to D.C. Derek calls the woman back to accept the job during the fight and then walks away.
229 9 "Where Do We Go From Here" Debbie Allen Meg Marinis January 29, 2015 (2015-01-29) 8.71[37]
The doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital are at it again, this time saving the victims' lives of multiple car accidents caused by a woman with insulinoma (a tumor on the pancreas). April and Jackson deal with the news that their unborn baby boy has osteogenesis imperfecta, a life threatening disease with little hope. Many of the victims they are treating are young children, which makes their situation all the more difficult. Meredith must cope with the absence of Derek who took off to Washington, D.C. Through flashbacks to their Post-it wedding, she realizes that she needs him, and that she wants him to do what he needs to do. They decide that he should go through with his trip, and that they will make it work. Arizona and Amelia study Dr. Herman's tumor, and they come up with a game plan. At first, Dr. Herman is pessimistic and thinks there is no hope. However, she finally succumbs to Arizona's optimistic point-of-view and agrees to go forth with the surgery only once it becomes almost inoperable.
230 10 "The Bed's Too Big Without You" Chandra Wilson Tia Napolitano February 5, 2015 (2015-02-05) 7.98[38]
Now that Derek is in Washington, D.C. and Cristina is in Switzerland, Meredith is having to learn to sleep alone. She is lonely, but she is not the only one. Amelia feels like no one understands her game plan, and therefore, think she is setting herself up for failure. Richard helps her realize that just because others cannot see it, that does not mean her goal cannot be achieved. April and Jackson continue to struggle with the news that their child is in grave danger. Jackson tells April that if their child has Type II of osteogenesis imperfecta, he wants to abort. This, of course, does not line up with April's Christian beliefs. Karen, April's mother, returns to comfort her daughter, but instead finds herself arguing with Jackson about what to do. Callie and Owen meet with a sales representative to discuss parts for their robotic limbs lab, but the sales rep has more in mind than just her sales pitch. She hits on Callie at Joe's, but Callie denies the invitation to a one-night stand, because she is not quite ready to take that step. Meredith, Maggie, and Bailey team up to perform surgery on a woman who has a puzzle of a tumor in her abdomen. Struggling to get a clear picture of the whole tumor, Meredith comes up with the idea to 3-D print the scans. This allows them to come up with a strategy to remove the whole tumor, and they successfully do so.
231 11 "All I Could Do Was Cry" Ron Underwood Elizabeth J.B. Klaviter February 12, 2015 (2015-02-12) 7.81[39]
Not sure what to do once Dr. Herman delivered the news to April and Jackson that their baby has Type II osteogenesis imperfecta, April starts to doubt her beliefs in a just and loving God. Catherine Avery, Jackson's mother, arrives at Grey Sloan Memorial to comfort her son and daughter-in-law. She suggests that they set a date to induce labor, baptize him, and love him until God takes him. April and Jackson think this is a good idea, but after Dr. Herman puts all the paperwork in front of them, April realizes that this is not what she wants. Callie and Bailey help save the life of a woman who was accidentally shot by her husband. Right before going under, she starts to deliver her baby which she did not know she had. Maggie tells Meredith that she can be her friend, and she would love to watch Zola and Bailey so Meredith can visit Derek in D.C. Amelia continues to work with Stephanie on Dr. Herman's tumor case, and a patient who has gone blind due to a tumor is a patient that provides practice for a surgery that must be completed on Dr. Herman. Although a success, Stephanie is not sure that it was ethical to practice on a living person. April tells Jackson that she needs to go back to work, and in doing so, she meets a woman who lost her fiancé in a car wreck. Through their conversation, April finds the strength to induce and have her son, whom she names Samuel Norbert Avery.
232 12 "The Great Pretender" Jeannot Szwarc Mark Driscoll February 19, 2015 (2015-02-19) 8.13[40]
Meredith is evasive when asked about her weekend in Washington DC with Derek. Bailey goes with Ben and his brother to the woods to scatter their father's ashes, and his brother faints and falls. During treatment, Bailey and Meredith discover that she is transitioning to be a woman. They urge Ben to be respectful of the decision, but Ben is upset that nothing was said in 25 years. Dr. Herman begins to discover that Arizona is not as straight-laced as she appears, a fact which delights her. A woman pretends to faint and injures herself in the process in order to deflect a proposal by her boring boyfriend. When he arrives to check on her, she "faints" again rather than tell him the truth so Callie does it for her. Richard feels used by Catherine. Callie reenters the dating scene. Owen and Amelia kiss. Maggie tells Meredith that Derek called for her three times over the weekend and she wonders where Meredith was with her luggage full of lingerie if she was not with Derek, and she does not like lying for her. Meredith does not feel that she owes Maggie an explanation. Later Meredith confides in Alex that she started to get on the plane but instead went to an airport hotel and stayed there by herself for the entire weekend, and she enjoyed just being herself and not a mother, wife or doctor.
233 13 "Staring at the End" Mark Jackson Stacy McKee February 26, 2015 (2015-02-26) 7.56[41]
In the weeks leading up to Dr. Herman's surgery, time is of the essence. Week by week, Dr. Herman and Arizona attack the board of surgeries they have planned before she dies. Bailey has a special request for these two, as one of her ex-patient's wife is now pregnant. Her baby has a tumor, and she needs surgery, but according to Dr. Herman, they have no time. While Amelia is coming across as confident, fierce, and sassy about her groundbreaking surgery, she is secretly battling with her "the other Dr. Shepherd" inferiority complex. This becomes amplified when Callie asks Amelia during her talk if Derek will be assisting, which Amelia adamantly answers no. After weeks of on-again and off-again radiation therapy, Dr. Herman's tumor finally invaded the optic chiasm rendering her visually impaired; Amelia decides that Dr. Herman cannot delay her operation any longer. As Amelia is seeing this new development pop up on the screen, the patient of Bailey's request needs prepped for emergency surgery. Arizona must step up to the operating table, and perform fetal surgery solo for the first time.
234 14 "The Distance" Eric Laneuville Austin Guzman March 5, 2015 (2015-03-05) 8.09[42]
While Amelia and Stephanie begin Dr. Herman's surgery, Arizona and Bailey work together to save the life of their pregnant patient. However, they have differing professional opinions about how to proceed. Arizona does not want to deliver the baby, whereas Bailey is demanding a nurse to page Alex. Amelia also finds herself trapped when she does not know what path to follow in removing the tumor. Standing absolutely still and staring at Dr. Herman's brain, she does not proceed until Richard chimes in with words of encouragement. Pleading to Richard to call Derek and get him on a plane and claiming that she cannot continue this surgery, Richard provides confidence in her that no one knows the history and story of this tumor. No one can save Dr. Herman but her. Bailey bullies Arizona past her breaking point, and with memories of Dr. Herman telling her how mistaken she was to choose her for the fellowship, Arizona tells Bailey to get on board or get out. With persistence, Arizona is able to save the patient and her baby. After 13 hours of surgery, it is time for radiation. Meredith, now standing by Amelia (Stephanie fainted), watches her stick her unprotected hand into Dr. Herman's brain to place markers that help prevent the tumor from coming back. Luckily, Amelia is able to retract her hand in time before getting sick. Days pass after the surgery is completed, and Dr. Herman still has not woken up. Wanting this case to be over, Amelia watches the surgery on repeat looking for some explanation. Stephanie helps to solve the mystery by finding the mark of a stroke on an x-ray. Dr. Herman eventually wakes up, but to Arizona's dismay, she is completely blind. Amelia informs Stephanie to live on the high she has of saving Dr. Herman, and not beat herself up for Dr. Herman going blind.
235 15 "I Feel the Earth Move" Thomas J. Wright Jen Klein March 12, 2015 (2015-03-12) 7.40[43]
An earthquake strikes Seattle, which sends a flood of patients to Grey Sloan Memorial. An eleven-year-old girl calls the hospital requesting help for her mother who is barely breathing due to a blocked airway, and 9-1-1 is not answering. Owen, Amelia and Richard walk the girl through a procedure to help the mother but complications arise leaving the mother in danger. Callie and Maggie treat an elderly, sexually-hyper woman who damaged her hip while having sex during the earthquake. Maggie confides in Callie that she does not date because there is a gap between her and other people. Callie encourages Maggie to have a drink with the radiologist whom she met in the elevator. Jackson and Ben work on a plastic surgery case, which allows Ben to talk about his sister's gender reassignment. The young girl's mother makes her way to the hospital, and Amelia is able to save her life. Afterwards, Owen and Amelia celebrate in an on-call room. Meredith learns from Jo that she is on a successful surgery streak ever since November, which is when Derek left. Realizing that she has been doing well both personally and professionally, Meredith calls Derek to share her success, and a strange woman answers the phone. Not knowing who she is, Meredith begins to question if Derek is cheating on her.
236 16 "Don't Dream It's Over" Susan Vaill Andy Reaser March 19, 2015 (2015-03-19) 7.73[44]
An older man crashes a car into the house of a young, pregnant couple. It is quickly learned that the older man has Alzheimer's, which brings back memories to Richard of his late wife, Adele. When the man wakes up from exploratory surgery, he seems magically cured of Alzheimer's but Amelia discovers that he suffers from NPH, which caused his memory loss. She offers to insert a shunt to prevent fluid from building up, but he denies, hoping to forget what he learns of the mother's fate. Initially, the young mother seems fine, but unbeknownst to her doctors, she is having a massive intracranial hemorrhage. She begins to seize and dies on the table, but the doctors manage to save her baby. The father is in critical condition, but with Stephanie's help, Meredith is able to keep her successful streak going. Arizona shows signs of jealousy when she sees Callie kissing another woman, but it turns out that the woman is a crazy ex-girlfriend of Arizona's. Richard tells Maggie about Ellis' fight with Alzheimer's, and Maggie says that she knows she is genetically predisposed to the Alzheimer's gene. April and Jackson struggle to move on with their love life after the death of their baby, but April assures Jackson that she is no longer fragile. Meredith frets that Derek is cheating on her, but Callie, Alex, and Maggie promise he is not. After not answering his phone all day, Derek shows up on their doorstep acknowledging that a woman answered his phone.
237 17 "With or Without You" Chandra Wilson Elisabeth R. Finch March 26, 2015 (2015-03-26) 8.18[45]
With Derek back in town, Meredith tries to distract herself from the idea of her husband cheating on her. Alex asks for her opinion on one of his cases, and Meredith proposes a risky surgery. Alex feels as though Meredith is being reckless because of her streak, but Meredith disagrees. Owen surprisingly finds his mother in the ER after she fell in the shower. Owen learns that the young man who is with his mother is his mother's boyfriend. Owen becomes irritated with his mother, and he lashes out at Amelia. Later Owen learns about his mom and John's relationship and comes to accept them. He later apologizes to Amelia and they have sex at the trailer. Jo has a patient that claims she is having headaches that cause nosebleeds, but Jo finds a leech living in her sinus cavities. With the help of April, Jo is able to pull it out of the patient's nose. Meredith's streak comes to an end when her patient dies, which she blames on Alex. Alex tries to comfort her with a hug and advice when he tells Meredith that she can yell at him, but she is really mad at Derek, not him. It is revealed that Derek did kiss his research fellow in Washington, D.C., but he confesses his love for Meredith. He says that he cannot live without her. Meredith responds by saying that she can live without Derek, but she does not ever want to have to.
238 18 "When I Grow Up" Zetna Fuentes Tia Napolitano April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02) 6.64[46]
An elementary school field trip to Grey Sloan Memorial takes a wrong turn when victims of a bank robbery enter their way into the ER. A squad of police officers make their way to the hospital to support two of their own: brothers who were shot during the robbery. The suspect was a 15 year-old boy who is also undergoing surgery, but it turns out he needs a liver. It turns out that a liver is a match with one of the brothers he shot in the robbery. Meredith must discuss the process of organ donation with the mother of the two police officers who were killed, but before she can get the mother's permission, Bailey jumps in asking about the liver for the boy. The mother denies permission for organ donation when she learns who the boy is. Callie is working on the leg of the commanding officer who expresses concern for the young boy. Mistaken as wanting to get even, the officer tells Callie that the boy was a child they were able to get into foster care. With this new information, Meredith is able to convince the mother to save the suspect's life by allowing the liver transplant. Derek comes back to work under Amelia, who thinks he will not be able to work at the hospital without trying to steal surgeries from her. Eventually, Amelia realizes that her brother is being sincere and is happy to be back home to his family and his job as her fellow. With prodding from Jo, Stephanie falls for one of the chaperones on the field trip, but to her surprise, the guy is a high school student. Callie gets asked out by the commanding officer, but indirectly declines without explanation. Amelia confides in Derek that she is falling in love with Owen.
239 19 "Crazy Love" Paul McCrane Elizabeth J.B. Klaviter April 9, 2015 (2015-04-09) 7.42[47]
A local chef has his penis cut off by his wife when she finds out that he was with his sous chef. April, who takes over in the ER, calls Catherine Avery even though Richard requests her not to because of their recent troubles. Stephanie is quick on her feet with the preservation of the penis, and Catherine becomes quite impressed with how talented Stephanie is in the field of urology. So impressed, that she verbally offers her a future fellowship with her in Boston. Amelia and Callie tag team a prodigy golfer who has a misaligned spine. With differing professional opinions about how to correct it, Owen mediates and approves of Amelia's approach. Amelia's approach quickly goes downhill, and Ben must quickly retrieve Callie to implement her own approach. Because the results of the surgery were not as desired, Amelia blames Owen for interfering with her progress of starting over since she lost her fiancé. The sous chef visits her boss after his surgery, and out of anger that he took back his wife, she cuts off his penis again. Stephanie gets it back, but she realizes, with penis in hand, that urology is not the specialty for her. After arguing about their careers and their priorities, Richard and Catherine proclaim their love for each other. Derek leaves Meredith one last time to wrap things up in D.C.; however, Meredith gets a call from the White House saying Derek never showed up for his meeting, making her wonder where he is.
240 20 "One Flight Down" David Greenspan Austin Guzman April 16, 2015 (2015-04-16) 7.60[48]
A plane crash in downtown Seattle brings a crop of new patients to Grey Sloan Memorial and old memories back to Meredith, Arizona, and Owen. Meredith tries to make it through the day without freaking out about not knowing where Derek is; Bailey gives her a 5:00 pm time frame for freaking out. No freaking out until 5:00 pm. Alex sticks close to Arizona to make sure that she is okay, but she finds him more annoying than helpful. Alex tells Arizona that it was he who cut off her leg, not Callie. When asked, Callie tells Arizona that she was the one to make the call anyway, and she wanted her to have Alex and just be mad at her alone. Owen and Amelia's separation becomes exacerbated when he is reminded of how he "failed his men" when he hired the service of the plane that went down with his doctors on it. Stephanie, who is obsessed with finding love, is determined to make her patient remember the pilot with whom she fell in love. The clock finally strikes 5:00 pm, but when Meredith goes to the phone to call Derek, she sees lights from a cop car pulling in her drive.
241 21 "How to Save a Life" Rob Hardy Shonda Rhimes April 23, 2015 (2015-04-23) 9.55[49]
On his way to the airport, a car flies around Derek and crashes into another. Derek runs over to a car and finds a mother and her daughter. Knowing they are okay, he runs over to the speeding car to assess their injuries. The girl is in shock and sick to her stomach, but the boy is missing. Derek finds him wandering down the road; he experienced massive head trauma, resulting in short-term memory loss. Help, alerted by the smoke from the boy's car which blew up, comes soon enough to haul everyone to the closest hospital. Derek gets back in his car, starts to pull away, stops to answer his phone, and is T-boned by a semi-truck. He is rushed to the ER, where he is awake but unable to speak. Subconsciously, he is telling the doctors what to do, but not one doctor does what needs done...a head CT. The neurosurgeon is paged multiple times, but he is at a dinner, which delays his arrival. He finally gets to the hospital, but it is too late. Derek is declared brain-dead. After the required hours of waiting for some signal of brain activity have passed, Meredith signs the papers to terminate. The nurse begins to turn off all the machines, and right before she pulls out the breathing tube, Meredith stops her. Memories of her life with Derek fill her head. Finally, the nurse is given permission to remove the tube, and Derek takes his final breath.
242 22 "She's Leaving Home" Chris Hayden Stacy McKee April 30, 2015 (2015-04-30) 8.74[50]
Part I. Meredith returns to Grey Sloan Memorial to reveal the news of Derek’s death. Most of the doctors experience the usual sadness and tears, all except one. Amelia hides behind morbid jokes about her brother being dead, which catches her colleagues off guard. After the funeral, Meredith goes AWOL. No one knows where she is, and except for a note left behind that says she and the kids are okay, no one can reach her to ask her whereabouts. Bailey and Ben argue about how they want to be cared for if anything ever happens to them. Bailey wants to be let go, while Ben wants every extraordinary measure to be taken. Richard prepares to ask for Catherine's hand in marriage, but she rejects him before he can even kneel on one knee. Dan, Callie's chief of police one-time date, makes his way back into the hospital, creating an awkward patient-boyfriend dynamic that Callie does not like. Owen and April go overseas for what was an original 3-month, military surgical training program, but April keeps extending her leave despite Jackson's pleas for her to come home. Jackson and Jo work on a pair of burn victims who bond over their circumstances and the loss of a bad boyfriend. Almost a year passes since Meredith took off, but Alex finally receives a call from Meredith telling him everyone is fine and to stop calling. In Ellis-like fashion, Meredith, who has run away, is very pregnant, but she is the only one who knows.
Part II. Callie continues to work with Dan after she had to amputate his leg. During therapy, she helps him learn to walk with one of her robotic limbs that she fondly remembers she created with Derek. Amelia has an emotional breakdown at the hospital, which leads to her buying drugs. Owen finds her at Meredith and Derek's house, where she is seriously thinking about taking the drugs. Owen is able to coax her out of it, and Amelia confronts her feelings head-on and without drugs for the first time since the death of her baby. On Valentine's Day, Ben shows Bailey that it is in his will that if something happens, he wants to be unplugged like Bailey; however, Bailey does not like this new decision of his, as she had just learned to accept his wanting to live at all costs. April surprises Jackson by returning from her military leave with no warning, and Catherine comes around and proposes—in front of the whole hospital—to Richard, who happily accepts. The parallels between Meredith and her mother, Ellis, continue as Meredith begins to bleed in the kitchen. Holding her belly, she tells Zola to dial 9-1-1. Just as Meredith saved Ellis' life, Zola saved Meredith's. Meredith delivers a healthy baby girl, who she names Ellis. To Meredith's surprise, Alex shows up at the hospital because he was listed as her emergency contact person. They all return to Seattle, where she finally decides that she must move on and start over.
243 23 "Time Stops"[51] Kevin McKidd Meg Marinis May 7, 2015 (2015-05-07)[52]
244 24 "You're My Home"[53] Rob Corn William Harper May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14)[52]

Ratings[edit]

  • ^Note 1 : All episodes aired on Thursdays at the 8.00 p.m. slot in the U.S., except two episodes which aired at 9.00 p.m.

Live + SD ratings[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Episode Air date Time slot (EST) Rating/Share (18–49) Viewers (m) 18–49 Rank Viewership rank Drama rank
221 1 "I Must Have Lost It on the Wind" September 25, 2014 (2014-09-25) Thursdays
8:00 p.m.
3.1/11[54] 9.81[54] 18[55] 22[55] 7[55]
222 2 "Puzzle With a Piece Missing" October 2, 2014 (2014-10-02) 2.6/9[30] 9.15[30] 16[56] N/A 8[56]
223 3 "Got to Be Real" October 9, 2014 (2014-10-09) 2.4/8[31] 8.48[31] 20[57] N/A 9[57]
224 4 "Only Mama Knows" October 16, 2014 (2014-10-16) 2.4/8[32] 8.43[32] 22[58] N/A 8[58]
225 5 "Bend & Break" October 23, 2014 (2014-10-23) 2.5/8[33] 8.62[33] 16[59] N/A 4[59]
226 6 "Don't Let's Start" November 6, 2014 (2014-11-06) 2.4/7[34] 8.08[34] 13[60] N/A 5[60]
227 7 "Could We Start Again, Please?" November 13, 2014 (2014-11-13) 2.4/7[35] 8.36[35] 18[61] N/A 5[61]
228 8 "Risk" November 20, 2014 (2014-11-20) 2.4/7[36] 8.33[36] 15[62] N/A 5[62]
229 9 "Where Do We Go From Here" January 29, 2015 (2015-01-29) 2.8/9[37] 8.71[37] 10[63] 20[63] 5[63]
230 10 "The Bed's Too Big Without You" February 5, 2015 (2015-02-05) 2.3/7[38] 7.98[38] 16[64] N/A 6[64]
231 11 "All I Could Do Was Cry" February 12, 2015 (2015-02-12) 2.3/8[39] 7.81[39] 14[65] N/A 7[65]
232 12 "The Great Pretender" February 19, 2015 (2015-02-19) 2.5/8[40] 8.13[40] 15[66] N/A 5[66]
233 13 "Staring at the End" February 26, 2015 (2015-02-26) 2.2/7[41] 7.56[41] 17[67] N/A 5[67]
234 14 "The Distance" March 5, 2015 (2015-03-05) 2.4/8[42] 8.09[42] 11[68] N/A 3[68]
235 15 "I Feel the Earth Move" March 12, 2015 (2015-03-12) 2.1/7[43] 7.40[43] 18[69] N/A 6[69]
236 16 "Dont Dream It's Over" March 19, 2015 (2015-03-19) 2.1/7[44] 7.73[44] 8[70] 19[70] 3[70]
237 17 "With or Without You" March 26, 2015 (2015-03-26) 2.2/9[45] 8.18[45] 10[71] 16[71] 3[71]
238 18 "When I Grow Up" April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02) 1.9/7[46] 6.64[46] 15[72] 32[73] 5[72]
239 19 "Crazy Love" April 9, 2015 (2015-04-09) 9:00 p.m. 2.1/7[47] 7.42[47] 11[74] 24[74] 3[74]
240 20 "One Flight Down" April 16, 2015 (2015-04-16) 8:00 p.m. 2.1/8[48] 7.60[48] 12[75] 20[75] 3[75]
241 21 "How to Save a Life" April 23, 2015 (2015-04-23) 2.8/10[49] 9.55[49] 4[76] 14[76] 1[76]
242 22 "She's Leaving Home" April 30, 2015 (2015-04-30) 2.6/9[50] 8.74[50] 4[77] 14[77] 1[77]
243 23 "Time Stops" May 7, 2015 (2015-05-07) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
244 24 "You're My Home" May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Live + 7 Day (DVR) ratings[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Episode Air date Time slot (EST) 18–49 rating increase Viewers
(millions) increase
Total 18-49 Total viewers
(millions)
Ref
221 1 "I Must Have Lost on the Wind" September 25, 2014 (2014-09-25) Thursdays
8:00 p.m.
1.5 3.61 4.6 13.42 [29]
222 2 "Puzzle With a Piece Missing" October 2, 2014 (2014-10-02) 1.4 3.32 4.0 12.47 [30]
223 3 "Got to Be Real" October 9, 2014 (2014-10-09) 1.6 3.45 4.0 11.93 [78]
224 4 "Only Mama Knows" October 16, 2014 (2014-10-16) 1.6 3.48 4.0 11.96 [79]
225 5 "Bend & Break" October 23, 2014 (2014-10-23) 1.4 3.23 3.9 11.84 [80]
226 6 "Don't Let's Start" November 6, 2014 (2014-11-06) 1.7 3.73 4.1 11.81 [81]
227 7 "Could We Start Again, Please?" November 13, 2014 (2014-11-13) 1.5 3.50 3.9 11.85 [82]
228 8 "Risk" November 20, 2014 (2014-11-20) 1.3 3.14 3.7 11.33 [83]
229 9 "Where Do We Go From Here" January 29, 2015 (2015-01-29) 1.5 3.68 4.3 12.39 [84]
230 10 "The Bed's Too Big Without You" February 5, 2015 (2015-02-05) 1.5 3.28 3.8 11.24 [85]
231 11 "All I Could Do Was Cry" February 12, 2015 (2015-02-12) 1.5 3.47 3.8 11.28 [86]
232 12 "The Great Pretender" February 19, 2015 (2015-02-19) 1.6 3.60 4.1 11.73 [87]
233 13 "Staring at the End" February 26, 2015 (2015-02-26) 1.4 3.21 3.6 10.72 [88]
234 14 "The Distance" March 5, 2015 (2015-03-05) 1.3 3.02 3.7 11.11 [89]
235 15 "I Feel the Earth Move" March 12, 2015 (2015-03-12) 1.5 3.25 3.6 10.65 [90]
236 16 "Don't Dream It's Over" March 19, 2015 (2015-03-19) 1.4 3.30 3.5 11.03 [91]
237 17 "With or Without You" March 26, 2015 (2015-03-26) 1.6 3.27 3.8 11.45 [92]
238 18 "When I Grow Up" April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02) 1.5 3.41 3.4 10.05 [93]
239 19 "Crazy Love" April 9, 2015 (2015-04-09) 9:00 p.m.
240 20 "One Flight Down" April 16, 2015 (2015-04-16) 8:00 p.m. 1.4 3..09 3.5 10.69 [94]
241 21 "How to Save a Life" April 23, 2015 (2015-04-23) N/A N/A N/A N/A
242 22 "She's Leaving Home" April 30, 2015 (2015-04-30) N/A N/A N/A N/A
243 23 "Time Stops" May 7, 2015 (2015-05-07) N/A N/A N/A N/A
244 24 "You're My Home" May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14) N/A N/A N/A N/A

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