Grey's Anatomy (season 8)

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Grey's Anatomy (season 8)
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DVD cover art for the eighth season of
Grey's Anatomy
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22) – May 17, 2012 (2012-05-17)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 September 4, 2012 (2012-09-04)[1]
Region 2 December 3, 2012 (2012-12-03)[2]
Region 4 October 17, 2012 (2012-10-17)[3]
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List of Grey's Anatomy episodes

The eighth season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, commenced airing on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) on September 22, 2011, with a special two-hour episode and ended on May 17, 2012 with the eighth season having a total 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.

Plot[edit]

This season shows the story-line of Derek and Meredith trying to save their marriage, because of Meredith wrecking the Alzheimer trial, and trying to adopt Zola; with Richard taking the blame for Meredith resulting with him stepping down, and Owen taking his place as Chief of Surgery. This season also deals with all of the fifth year surgical residents having to deal with studying, preparing, and finally taking their boards, with everyone passing except April, who is fired by Dr. Hunt in the season finale. Other major storylines include relationship struggles for several of the couples and former couples on the show. In Lexie and Mark's relationship, Mark's burgeoning relationship with Julia causes Lexie to realize how much she misses him. In the finale, both of them confess their love for each other just before Lexie dies from injuries sustained in the plane crash.

Cristina and Owen struggle with their relationship after Cristina decides to have an abortion. Callie and Arizona juggle their relationship with each other and co-parenting their baby with Mark. Alex has to deal with the fallout of his decision to tell Owen about Meredith's tampering with the Alzheimer trial, which results in him becoming an outcast. In the season finale, Meredith, Cristina, Derek, Mark, Lexie, and Arizona's plane crashes en route to Boise, Idaho. The episode ends in a cliffhanger, with the survivors stuck in a forest while people back at the hospital are unaware of the situation; Chief Hunt only finds out something went awry in the final few minutes.

Cast[edit]

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)
149 1 "Free Falling" Rob Corn Tony Phelan & Joan Rater September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22) 10.38[4]
A giant sinkhole opens up in the middle of Seattle, causing April to step up as Chief Resident. Meredith must deal with the professional ramifications of her actions last season while Cristina and Owen have yet to see eye to eye regarding their feelings for their unplanned pregnancy.
150 2 "She's Gone" Tony Phelan Debora Cahn September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22) 10.38[4]
The sinkhole crisis continues while Meredith and Derek maintain the rocky state of their relationship, which becomes a concern for the adoption counselor. Cristina makes a decision regarding her unplanned pregnancy and Alex realizes that he is the outcast after revealing Meredith's dishonesty.
151 3 "Take the Lead" Chandra Wilson William Harper September 29, 2011 (2011-09-29) 10.20[5]
Meredith and Derek make an honest attempt to fix their relationship, and it doesn't come easy. April adapts to her new role as Chief Resident. The residents perform their very first solo surgeries.
152 4 "What Is It About Men" Tom Verica Stacy McKee October 6, 2011 (2011-10-06) 8.70[6]
Ben returns and Miranda is skeptical of his arrival, until Ben realizes that she has finally moved on. A stampede at a comic convention causes the ER to be inundated with colorful costume-bearers. This episode centers largely on the men of Seattle Grace as opposed to focusing on the women.
153 5 "Love, Loss and Legacy" Stephen Cragg Denise Hahn October 13, 2011 (2011-10-13) 9.97[7]
Jackson's mother, Dr. Catherine Avery, comes to Seattle Grace for a groundbreaking transplant surgery. Zola comes into the hospital, Alex and Arizona must deal with the confidentiality issue with Derek and Meredith. Teddy throws house warming party. Eli and Miranda broke up.
154 6 "Poker Face" Kevin McKidd Peter Nowalk October 20, 2011 (2011-10-20) 9.54[8]
April steps up as Chief Resident while managing a clinical trial. Callie and Cristina deal with a difficult spinal surgery while Alex and Teddy must find alternative ways to operate on a patient. Meredith struggles not to interfere with Derek at the hospital.
155 7 "Put Me In, Coach" Debbie Allen Jeannine Renshaw October 27, 2011 (2011-10-27) 9.93[9]
In order to stress cooperation and teamwork, Owen enters the doctors into a softball league where they will compete against Seattle Presbyterian, the other hospital in Seattle. Richard tries to repair Miranda and Meredith's working relationship. Lexie becomes jealous over Mark dating a new woman and Alex fights to keep Zola at Seattle Grace.
156 8 "Heart-Shaped Box" Jessica Yu Austin Guzman November 3, 2011 (2011-11-03) 9.52[10]
A medical miracle occurs, leaving the residents feeling inspired. Louise O'Malley returns to Seattle Grace after a surgery was botched by a different hospital, causing the residents to reminisce about all the times they had with George. Arizona makes friends with a new pediatric fellow, making Alex feel threatened. Teddy and Henry fight over Henry wanting to attend medical school.
157 9 "Dark Was the Night" Allison Liddi-Brown Debora Cahn November 10, 2011 (2011-11-10) 11.29[11]
Teddy brings Henry into the ER after finding him at home vomiting blood; While Meredith gets news from Janet that Derek and her aren't going to get Zola back. Just as Teddy waits on Henry's CT she is called onto another case, the case being Callie and Jackson's spinal surgery, whose heart is now bleeding uncontrollably. After deciding to operate on Callie's patient, Teddy decides to get Cristina to operate on Henry, with Dr. Webber and Lexie in with her, only not to tell her that it's him. Meredith and Alex go to a neighboring hospital to help a new premature baby, since the hospital doesn't have the equipment to save the baby's life; After believing that Henry is in the clear, Cristina finds that the tumor had gone into the heart, after twenty minutes of performing CPR Cristina calls time of death, only moments later to find out it was Henry. After their ambulance breaks down, Alex and Meredith, call Arizona, Mark, and Derek to see if they knew how to take care of the baby, only for the ambulance to crash while on the phone; When Meredith and Alex step out, they see that a car with victims in it was what hit them.
158 10 "Suddenly" Ron Underwood Stacy McKee January 5, 2012 (2012-01-05) 12.12[12]
After their ambulance crashes, Alex and Meredith fight to save the lives of a family; after realizing that telling Teddy that about Henry's death would stop her from saving her patients life, Owen decides to not tell Teddy until she out of surgery. When Meredith and Alex get back to the hospital they try to save the families life, only for all but the father and the children of the family to die immediately. While operating on the youngest child of the family, Derek and Mark realize that they need help if they are going to save the child's eye only to call Mark's girlfriend, Julia, in to assist them, with Lexie assisting Derek. Arizona and Alex work to save the babies life that they brought from the hospital; after finding out that her patient is too much for her to handle, Teddy request Cristina not knowing that Cristina is not only tired but traumatized from having Henry die on her OR table. After saving their patients life, Cristina decidest to tell Teddy about Henry's dying; after telling her Teddy insist that she doesn't blame Cristina but blames Owen for not telling her right away. When the father of the family whose vehicle crashed, begins crashing again and again, the eldest daughter, Lily, insist that Meredith take him off life support, but Meredith tells that she needs to be 18 only for Lily to tell her that it's her 18th birthday.
159 11 "This Magic Moment" Steve Robin Zoanne Clack January 12, 2012 (2012-01-12) 10.71[13]
A risky surgery which involves conjoined twins has the doctors split into two teams. Meredith acts as a buffer between Miranda and Ben, Alex is taught a lesson in the OR by Webber. Teddy questions Cristina relentlessly (in excruciating detail) about what may have gone wrong in Henry's surgery.
160 12 "Hope for the Hopeless" Mark Jackson Peter Nowalk January 19, 2012 (2012-01-19) 9.42[14]
A pair of sisters come in for a liver transplant performed by Richard, making it his 10,000th surgery. Meredith must choose a new specialty, Derek and Lexie operate on a previously inoperable neuroblastoma and Teddy and Cristina defy Owen and steal a case from Alex. Adele is brought to Seattle Grace after being found wandering the streets. By finding Adele on the streets the full extent of her Alzheimer's is seen.
161 13 "If/Then" Jeannot Szwarc William Harper February 2, 2012 (2012-02-02) 9.71[15]
Meredith dreams of a world in which her mother, Ellis Grey, never had Alzheimer's and instead had loving and supportive parents. This leads Meredith to be a happy version of herself, causing Seattle Grace to be completely different. She and Cristina are enemies while April is her best friend, who is sleeping with Meredith's fiance, Alex, who is only with Meredith because of her family's legacy. Owen has married Callie and they have 3 children, although they are not happy. Addison and Derek are expecting a child, only it is revealed that the baby is actually Mark's and Addison and Derek's relationship is falling apart. Lexie has become an orphan and a drug addict. It is revealed that George failed his boards and was never seen again while Izzie went insane after Denny's death. Richard left Adele and married Ellis and Meredith took Webber as her last name. The episode ends reminiscent of how Derek and Meredith first met. Throughout the entire episode all the couples that actually do exist seem to have connections, which includes Callie and Arizona, and also Yang and Owen.
162 14 "All You Need Is Love" Rob Corn Jeannine Renshaw February 9, 2012 (2012-02-09) 10.27[16]
It's Valentine's Day at Seattle Grace and the ER fills with romantics. Lexie babysits Zola while Meredith and Derek try to have a romantic night and Mark watches Sofia for the night so Callie can surprise Arizona. Meanwhile, Ben attempts to prove to Miranda how well he knows her, and Owen and Cristina keep avoiding each other after their big fight.
163 15 "Have You Seen Me Lately?" Tony Phelan Austin Guzman February 16, 2012 (2012-02-16) 8.31[17]
During marriage counselling sessions, Owen and Cristina are constantly engaging in heated arguments. Owen cannot seem to move past the fact that Cristina does not want kids. Amelia arrives at Seattle Grace hoping to convince Derek to assist her with Erica's (A.J. Langer) gliosarcoma. Meredith shows off her surgical skills, Alex learns the importance of people skills, Mark and Jackson teach Dr. Miranda a lesson, and the residents continue to prep for their oral boards.
164 16 "If Only You Were Lonely" Susan Vaill Matt Byrne February 23, 2012 (2012-02-23) 9.06[18]
A coffee shop explodes, flooding the ER with Patients. Richard reassesses his living situation with Adele as she continues to deteriorate before his very eyes. Callie assists Meredith with studying for her boards, Lexie assists on a peds case with Arizona and Alex, and Mark encourages Jackson to relieve his stress. Meanwhile, Cristina's suspicions get the better of her as she thinks Owen is cheating on her with a nurse .
165 17 "One Step Too Far" Ed Ornelas William Harper March 15, 2012 (2012-03-15) 9.62[19]
Derek encourages a hesitant Meredith to work with him again in neurosurgery; Jackson’s mother, Catherine Avery, returns to Seattle Grace with a urology fellow and develops an interest in Richard; and Cristina becomes increasingly suspicious of Owen’s every move. Meanwhile, Alex tries to deny the fact that Morgan may be falling for him.
166 18 "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" Mark Jackson Stacy McKee April 5, 2012 (2012-04-05) 8.19[20]
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.
167 19 "Support System" Allison Liddi-Brown Heather Mitchell April 12, 2012 (2012-04-12) 8.85[21]
Cristina makes Owen tell her the intimate details of his affair; Mark takes his authority very seriously when he steps in as chief for the day; Arizona, Callie and Miranda plan a special night for Teddy.
168 20 "The Girl With No Name" Ron Underwood Peter Nowalk April 19, 2012 (2012-04-19) 9.82[22]
The doctors work on a Jane Doe, who turns out to be the subject of a case that gained national interest; Cristina proves to be in highest demand as the residents begin their interviews for post-residency positions at prospective hospitals; and Richard is faced with an unsettling realization when he visits Adele at Rose Ridge.
169 21 "Moment of Truth" Chandra Wilson Zakiyyah Alexander April 26, 2012 (2012-04-26) 9.45[23]
The residents travel to San Francisco for the oral boards; sparks fly when Richard and Catherine (Debbie Allen) bump into each other at a hotel; Alex feels guilty about being away from the hospital as Tommy's health takes a turn for the worse. April loses her virginity to Jackson.
170 22 "Let the Bad Times Roll" Kevin McKidd Matt Byrne May 3, 2012 (2012-05-03) 9.24[24]
The residents agonize over their upcoming exam results; Arizona's childhood friend needs medical help; the doctors try to help a patient who is missing one third of his skull; Julia wants to start a family with Mark, causing Lexie to finally tell him how she feels.
171 23 "Migration" Stephen Cragg Mark Wilding & Jenna Bans May 10, 2012 (2012-05-10) 9.82[25]
The 5th years make their final decisions regarding their post residency plans, Mark confides in Derek about being torn between Lexie and Julia. Arizona encourages a childhood friend to have surgery, and Ben plans something for Miranda, who is preoccupied with work. Meredith, Derek, Cristina, Mark, Lexie and Alex are scheduled to fly to assist in a surgery at a hospital in Boise, though Arizona takes Alex's place after she discovers he is planning to leave Seattle Grace for Johns Hopkins Hospital. However, en route their plane crashes in the woods, leaving their fates unknown.
172 24 "Flight" Rob Corn Shonda Rhimes May 17, 2012 (2012-05-17) 11.44[26]
After their plane crashes in the woods, the doctors fight to stay alive while trying to save their peers, but it is too late for one of them. Mark makes a confession to Lexie, the future of Derek's career may be in jeopardy, Ben and Miranda make a decision about their future together, Teddy gets a tempting offer, Richard plans a dinner for the residents, Owen fires his friend and discovers his doctors are missing.

Ratings[edit]

Live ratings[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Episode Air date Time slot (EST) 18–49 (Rating/Share) Viewers (m) 18–49 Rank Rank out of
Top 25
149 1 "Free Falling" September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22) Thursdays
9:00 P.M.
4.1/10[4] 10.38[4] 21[27] -
150 2 "She's Gone" September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22) 4.1/10[4] 10.38[4] 21[27] -
151 3 "Take the Lead" September 29, 2011 (2011-09-29) 3.6/9[5] 10.20[5] 16[28] -
152 4 "What Is It About Men" October 6, 2011 (2011-10-06) 3.1/8[6] 8.70[6] 24[29] -
153 5 "Love, Loss and Legacy" October 13, 2011 (2011-10-13) 3.6/9[7] 9.97[7] 16[30] -
154 6 "Poker Face" October 20, 2011 (2011-10-20) 3.6/9[8] 9.54[8] 18[31] -
155 7 "Put Me In, Coach" October 27, 2011 (2011-10-27) 3.7/9[9] 9.93[9] 18[32] -
156 8 "Heart Shaped Box" November 3, 2011 (2011-11-03) 3.6/9[10] 9.52[10] 20[33] -
157 9 "Dark Was the Night" November 10, 2011 (2011-11-10) 4.1/10[11] 11.29[11] 10 [34] 20[34]
158 10 "Suddenly" January 5, 2012 (2012-01-05) 4.5/11[12] 12.12[12] 5[12] 8[12]
159 11 "This Magic Moment" January 12, 2012 (2012-01-12) 3.8/10[13] 10.71[13] 11[35] 15[35]
160 12 "Hope for the Hopeless" January 19, 2012 (2012-01-19) 3.5/8[14] 9.42[14] 11[36] 21[36]
161 13 "If/Then" February 2, 2012 (2012-02-02) 3.6/9[15] 9.71[15] 8[37] 15[37]
162 14 "All You Need Is Love" February 9, 2012 (2012-02-09) 4.0/10[16] 10.27[16] 10[38] 22[38]
163 15 "Have You Seen Me Lately?" February 16, 2012 (2012-02-16) 3.2/8[17] 8.31[17] 12[39] -
164 16 "If Only You Were Lonely" February 23, 2012 (2012-02-23) 3.1/8[18] 9.06[18] 15[40] -
165 17 "One Step Too Far" March 15, 2012 (2012-03-15) 3.0/8[19] 9.62[19] 6[41] 13[41]
166 18 "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" April 5, 2012 (2012-04-05) 2.8/8[20] 8.16[20] 13[42] -
167 19 "Support System" April 12, 2012 (2012-04-12) 2.9/8[21] 8.85[21] 14[43] 24[43]
168 20 "The Girl With No Name" April 19, 2012 (2012-04-19) 3.3/9[22] 9.82[22] 8[44] 13[44]
169 21 "Moment of Truth" April 26, 2012 (2012-04-26) 3.3/9[23] 9.45[23] 6[45] 16[45]
170 22 "Let the Bad Times Roll" May 3, 2012 (2012-05-03) 3.3/9[24] 9.24[24] 8[46] 24[46]
171 23 "Migration" May 10, 2012 (2012-05-10) 3.5/10[25] 9.82[25] 8[47] 23[47]
172 24 "Flight" May 17, 2012 (2012-05-17) 4.1/11[26] 11.44[26] 3[48] 13[48]

Live + 7 Day (DVR) ratings[edit]

No. in
Series
No. in
Season
Episode Air Date Timeslot (EST) 18–49 rating increase Viewers
(millions) increase
Total 18-49 Total viewers
(millions)
Ref
149 1 "Free Falling" September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22) Thursdays
9:00 P.M.
1.7 3.54 5.8 13.92 [49]
150 2 "She's Gone" September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22) 1.7 3.54 5.8 13.92 [49]
151 3 "Take the Lead" September 29, 2011 (2011-09-29) 1.5 2.95 5.1 13.15 [50]
152 4 "What Is It About Men" October 6, 2011 (2011-10-06) 1.7 3.29 4.8 11.99 [51]
153 5 "Love, Loss and Legacy" October 13, 2011 (2011-10-13) 1.5 2.93 5.1 12.90 [52]
154 6 "Poker Face" October 20, 2011 (2011-10-20) 1.6 3.06 5.2 12.59 [53]
155 7 "Put Me In, Coach" October 27, 2011 (2011-10-27) 1.6 3.14 5.3 13.07 [54]
156 8 "Heart Shaped Box" November 3, 2011 (2011-11-03) 1.6 3.21 5.2 12.74 [55]
157 9 "Dark Was the Night" November 10, 2011 (2011-11-10) 1.5 2.96 5.6 14.25 [56]
158 10 "Suddenly" January 5, 2012 (2012-01-05) 1.6 2.96 6.1 15.08 [57]
159 11 "This Magic Moment" January 12, 2012 (2012-01-12) 1.6 3.00 5.4 13.71 [58]
160 12 "Hope for the Hopeless" January 19, 2012 (2012-01-19) 1.7 3.26 5.2 12.68 [59]
161 13 "If/Then" February 2, 2012 (2012-02-02) 1.4 2.91 5.0 12.62 [60]
162 14 "All You Need Is Love" February 9, 2012 (2012-02-09) 1.6 3.35 5.6 13.61 [61]
163 15 "Have You Seen Me Lately?" February 16, 2012 (2012-02-16) 1.5 3.25 4.7 11.55 [62]
164 16 "If Only You Were Lonely" February 23, 2012 (2012-02-23) 1.6 3.14 4.7 12.20 [63]
165 17 "One Step Too Far" March 15, 2012 (2012-03-15) 1.5 2.83 4.5 12.45 [64]
166 18 "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" April 5, 2012 (2012-04-05) 1.5 3.01 4.3 11.18 [65]
167 19 "Support System" April 12, 2012 (2012-04-12) 1.6 3.10 4.5 11.93 [66]
168 20 "The Girl With No Name" April 19, 2012 (2012-04-19) 1.5 3.04 4.8 12.86 [67]
169 21 "Moment of Truth" April 26, 2012 (2012-04-26) 1.4 2.88 4.7 12.33 [68]
170 22 "Let the Bad Times Roll" May 3, 2012 (2012-05-03) 1.5 2.89 4.8 12.13 [69]
171 23 "Migration" May 10, 2012 (2012-05-10) 1.4 2.90 4.9 12.72 [70]
172 24 "Flight" May 17, 2012 (2012-05-17) 1.2 2.53 5.3 13.98 [71]

DVD release[edit]

Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Eighth Season - Extraordinary Moments[72]
Set Details Special Features
  • 24 Episodes (1 extended)
  • 6-Disc Set
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • Audio Commentaries
  • A Journey Home With Kevin McKidd
  • Extended Episode-"If/Then"
  • Deleted Scenes
  • In Stitches: Season Eight Outtakes
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
September 4, 2012 (2012-09-04)[1] December 3, 2012 (2012-12-03)[2] October 17, 2012 (2012-10-17)[3]

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