Don't Let's Start (Grey's Anatomy)

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"Don't Let's Start"
Grey's Anatomy episode
Episode no. Season 11
Episode 6
Directed by Rob Greenlea
Written by Austin Guzman
Original air date October 30, 2014 (2014-10-30)
Running time 43 minutes
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"Don't Let's Start" is the 6th episode of the eleventh season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, and is the 226th episode overall. It aired on October 30, 2014 on ABC in the United States. The episode was written by Austin Guzman and directed by Rob Greenlea. On its initial airing, it was watched by 8.08 million viewers.[1] The episode received positive reviews from critics. The episode's title is a reference to the song with the same name by They Might Be Giants.




The episode aired on October 30, 2014 on American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the United States. On its initial release the episode was watched by 8.08 million viewers and garnered a 2.4/7 Nielsen ratings and ranked no. 13 in 18-49 key demographic and was the 5th most watched drama.[2]


"I feel like a broken record praising this season of Grey’s Anatomy. It’s the best season the show’s done in at least half a decade, and its doing it without being “old school.” Old school Grey’s was a brand new show with a huge audience that flitted in and out each week. They had to keep people watching by throwing huge emotions and huge disasters at the audience. This Grey’s renaissance is a result of comfort." - FemPop[3]

The episode was well received by the television critics. Spoilertv wrote, "Season 11 so far has been strong – stronger, even, than season 10 and certainly season 9."[4] The TV Addict also praised the episode, Oh, how I’ve missed you GREY’S, how I’ve missed you. After a week of absence this week’s episode was a biggie."[5]

Entertainment Weekly gave a positive review stating, "This week, there were many elements being juggled, which made for a fine hour, though it wasn’t anything particularly special for the show that has proven before that it knows how to handle its ensemble. By separating everyone out somewhat distinctly, the episode didn’t flow as well as it could have. But like I said, it was perfectly fine."[6] and added, "the episode had its moments: The Jackson-April story played well, and I can’t tell you how happy I am that Meredith and Derek are finally smiling at each other/”showering” together. Also, Jo and Alex are great. If only everything ran together a bit more smoothly, I’d have no complaints."


  1. ^ "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Vampire Diaries' & 'Big Bang Theory' Adjusted Up; 'Mom', 'The McCarthys', 'Two and a Half Men', 'Bad Judge', 'A to Z', 'Elementary', 'Parenthood' & 'The Biggest Loser' Adjusted Down - Ratings". Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ "TV Ratings Broadcast Top 25: 'Sunday Night Football' Tops Week 7 With Adults 18-49 - Ratings". Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Review: Grey's Anatomy - 'Don't Let's Start'". Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ Conte, Maximilian (November 6, 2014). "Grey's Anatomy – Don't Let's Start – Advance Review | Spoilers". Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ "GREY'S ANATOMY Recap: "Don't Let's Start"". November 7, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ Highfill, Samantha (November 6, 2014). "Grey's Anatomy recap: 'Don't Let's Start'". Retrieved June 18, 2015.