Grey's Anatomy

If/Then

Season 8, Ep 13, Aired 2/2/12
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  • Episode Description
  • As Meredith puts Zola to bed and falls asleep, she begins to wonder -- what if her mother had never had Alzheimer's and she'd had loving, supportive parents? The reverberations of a happy Meredith Grey change the world of Seattle Grace as we know it. What if she had never met Derek in that bar and he had never separated from Addison? What if Callie and Owen had become a couple long before she met Arizona? And what if Bailey never evolved from the meek intern she once was?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Drew

    Dr. April Kepner

  • Sandra Oh

    Dr. Cristina Yang

  • Kevin McKidd

    Dr. Owen Hunt

  • Patrick Dempsey

    Dr. Derek Shepherd

  • Kate Burton

    Dr. Ellis Grey

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  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • Why Ellis Grey Sucks

    By NicholasVilla1, Feb 07, 2012

  • Not really interested

    By Tasja82, Feb 04, 2012

  • if/then

    By CatieBauer, Feb 06, 2012

  • Don't experiment

    By TonyNewbury0, Feb 05, 2012

  • Creative, thoroughly entertaining, and very intruging.

    By sibowittz, Feb 05, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (41)

    • Derek: Your mother says the residents have a name for me. Meredith: I wouldn't know anything about that. Derek: What is it? What do they call me? Come on. Meredith: McDreary. We call you McDreary. (Derek laughs) You think that's funny? Derek: It's apt. McDreary. Yeah, that's my life. Meredith: So, how about tonight you're not McDreary? You're just... You're just a guy in a bar. Derek: And you're just a girl in a bar? Meredith: I am. And I drink tequila.

    • (Meredith and Cristina are doing shots at the bar) Meredith (after Cristina put salt on her hand): Okay, now what do I do? Cristina: Lick it, slam it, and then lime. Meredith: Okay. (takes the shot and cringes) Ah, okay. That's good. (Cristina looks at her) What? Cristina: We don't have to do that thing where I say something then you say something and then someone cries and there's a moment or whatever? Meredith: Oh, yuck. Cristina: Good. Meredith: It's just that... Nothing is turning out the way I thought it would. It's like I don't even recognize my own life. Cristina: I know what you mean. Ugh. I gotta go get some sleep. You gotta go get some sleep. You look like crap. Meredith: I look better than you. Cristina: Not possible.

    • Bailey: Are you crying? Alex (sniffles): I screwed up. I... I had a good thing. She was a good person. But... I had a chance to be better. And I screwed it up like I do every frickin' time. What the hell is wrong with me? Bailey: I just lost my job. Do you see me crying? I have no earthly idea what to do next, but am I hiding in an elevator, whimpering about it? Alex: No. Bailey: No! Because what do we say, Alex? What do we say? Alex: We create... Bailey & Alex: ... Our own destiny. Bailey: And that's exactly what I'm gonna do. You should, too.

    • Derek: I-I don't know what's wrong with me. All I know is that the baby is coming and I want it. You know, it... It may change things. You'll get happier. We'll just take it one step at a time. I want to make it work. Addison: It isn't your baby. Mark (from another room): It's stupid, I know, but it's a brand new shirt and now it's got junkie blood all over it. (enters the room) Oh. This is awkward. (Derek looks at Addison and shakes her head)

    • Richard: Meredith. Meredith: No, Dad. Don't come and clean up after her again. You do it everytime. And it's beneath you, and it's pointless. I can't do anything right for her. Richard: Your mother doesn't want-- Meredith: And I finally figured out why. She wants everyone around her to be ordinary so she can be extraordinary. She wants everyone around her small. Richard: Oh, you stop it. Meredith: And that's what she's done to you. She has made you small. And I'm not gonna let her do it to me.

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    Notes (2)

    • Music: Fools in Love (by Inara George, Joe Jackson cover)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 2, 2012 on CTV
      Norway: July 17, 2012 on TV2
      Germany: October 17, 2012 on ProSieben

    Trivia (10)

    • Addison: It's a beautiful day to save lives.
      Derek (shakes head): Nice.

      A refernce to what Derek always says before any surgery.

    • Cristina: We don't have to do that thing where I say something then you say something and then someone cries and there's a moment or whatever?
      Meredith: Oh, yuck.
      Cristina: Good.
      Meredith: It's just that... Nothing is turning out the way I thought it would. It's like I don't even recognize my own life.
      Cristina: I know what you mean. Ugh. I gotta go get some sleep. You gotta go get some sleep. You look like crap.
      Meredith: I look better than you.
      Cristina: Not possible

      This entire conversation is a refernce to the conversation the had in the first episode A Hard Day's Night. Conversation from A Hard Day's Night:

      Cristina: We don't have to do that thing you know where I say something and then you say something and then somebody cries and there's like a moment ...
      Meredith: Yeah.
      Cristina: Good... You should get some sleep. You look like crap.
      Meredith: I look better than you.
      Cristina: Not possible.

    • The residents calling Derek, McDreary is a refernce to him being called McDreamy by the residents in early seasons.

    • Meredith: So, how about tonight you're not McDreary? You're just... You're just a guy in a bar.
      Derek: And you're just a girl in a bar?

      A refernce to when Meredith and Derek first meet in the bar. Derek is also wearing the same red shirt he wore when they first meet.

    • Charles: Oh, god. Just shoot me now.

      Refernce to the season sixepisodesSantuary &Death and All of His Friends. Charles gets shot in Santuary by the gunman and later dies in Death and All of His Friends.

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