Grey's Anatomy: Season 8 (2011 - 2012)


Season 8
Grey's Anatomy

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Air date: Sep 22, 2011

As the fifth-year residents return to the hospital, Meredith faces the consequences of tampering with Derek's clinical trial; Cristina and Owen are at odds over her pregnancy; and a sinkhole in downtown Seattle leaves April in charge of the residents.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2011

Baby Zola's adoption counselor is worried about Derek and Meredith's rocky relationship (and Meredith's troubles spill over onto Alex); Cristina makes a decision about her pregnancy; and the chief brings in Henry (Scott Foley) for an urgent surgery, alarming Teddy.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2011

The chief makes a career-changing decision; Cristina and Owen try to put their relationship on an even keel; and April continues to struggle in her new role. Meanwhile, the fifth-year residents finally get a shot at their first solo surgeries. It won't be as easy as they had imagined.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2011

A stampede at a comic-book convention leads to an array of colorful characters in the ER. Also turning up in the ER: Ben (Jason George) —who discovers that Bailey has something going with Eli (Daniel Sunjata). Meanwhile, Callie and Arizona leave baby Sofia with Mark when they go out of town. He treats her better at home than he treats Jackson at work. And the male doctors find they have something in common: their frustrations with women.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2011

Jackson's mother (Debbie Allen), a renowned surgeon, arrives to perform a groundbreaking transplant; Alex and Arizona are hamstrung by confidentiality issues when a familiar patient turns up in the ER; a love-struck Teddy hosts a dinner party; and Bailey makes a decision about her romantic life.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2011

Meredith is on the outs at the hospital, so she must enlist Lexie to get Derek interested in a brain-tumor case. Meredith also gives April advice in secret about Bailey's clinical trial. Meanwhile, Arizona and Mark have finally become friends, but that proves more annoying than helpful to Callie; Alex and Teddy research different surgeries for the same patient; and Callie and Cristina struggle with a tough spinal surgery. Guests stars include Lee Majors and Marilu Henner.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2011

Owen tries to teach the doctors a lesson in teamwork when he signs them up for a baseball league; Lexie can't hide her jealousy when she sees Mark with another woman; Alex fights to keep baby Zola from being transferred to another hospital because of a conflict of interest involving Derek and Meredith; and Richard scolds Meredith and Bailey in an effort to get them to end their feud.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2011

George's mother (Debra Monk) returns to Seattle Grace after undergoing a botched surgery at another hospital, and the doctors wax nostalgic about George. Meanwhile, a harvested heart continues to beat outside its body; a new pediatric fellow excites Arizona and arouses Alex's insecurity; Jackson allows his suspicions about Mark and Lexie interfere with his work; and Henry and Teddy fight when he tells her he wants to go to medical school. Guest stars include Alfre Woodard.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2012

As the human wreckage from a serious auto accident preoccupies the doctors, Teddy (who's unaware that Henry has died) calls on Cristina to help with a patient; and Lexie works alongside Mark's new girlfriend, Julia, during an eye surgery.

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Air date: Jan 12, 2012

The doctors split into teams for a risky surgery involving conjoined twins. Meanwhile, Teddy questions Cristina about Henry's surgery; Bailey enlists Meredith to be a buffer between her and Ben, who's pressuring her to ratchet up their relationship; and Richard teaches Alex a tough lesson in the OR.

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In the eighth series of this medical drama, Cristina (Sandra Oh) deals with another unplanned pregnancy, and she and Owen (Kevin McKidd) are at odds about how to handle it. Meanwhile, Alex (Justin Chambers) is treated like a traitor for revealing what Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) did wrong during the Alzheimer's trials, and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) has difficulty forgiving Meredith for her dishonesty at work. Likewise, Bailey (Chandra Wilson) also struggles to forgive Meredith. Things fare better at work for April (Sarah Drew), who becomes the new chief resident at Seattle Grace-Mercy West and grows closer to Jackson (Jesse Williams).

Cast & Crew

Ellen Pompeo
Dr. Meredith Grey
Patrick Dempsey
Dr. Derek Shepherd
Sandra Oh
Dr. Cristina Yang
Justin Chambers
Dr. Alex Karev
Chandra Wilson
Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens Jr.
Dr. Richard Webber
Sara Ramirez
Dr. Callie Torres
Eric Dane
Dr. Mark Sloan
Chyler Leigh
Dr. Lexie Grey
Jessica Capshaw
Arizona Robbins
Kim Raver
Teddy Altman
Jesse Williams
Jackson Avery
Sarah Drew
April Kepner
Shonda Rhimes
Executive Producer
Mark Gordon
Executive Producer
Betsy Beers
Executive Producer
Krista Vernoff
Executive Producer
Rob Corn
Executive Producer
Mark Wilding
Executive Producer
Allan Heinberg
Executive Producer
William Harper
Writer
Matt Byrne
Writer
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Critic Reviews for Grey's Anatomy Season 8

Audience Reviews for Grey's Anatomy: Season 8

  • Jul 15, 2019
    Season 8 is another great season of Grey's, except Lexie's death, of course. The drama was top-notch, the actors performed well, and the comedic aspect of the series remains. The episodes like Free Falling, She's Gone, Put Me in, Coach, Dark Was the Night, Suddenly, Support System, Moment of Truth, Let the Bad Times Roll, Migration, and Flight were stellar! I personally had fun with Meredith's storyline, Cristina and Owen's relationship conflicts, and Alex's evolution this season. The plane crash at the end of the season put the viewers and the characters through the wringer. The loss of Lexie was upsetting, but the episode was realistic, horrifying, and gripping.
  • Nov 04, 2018
    "Grey's Anatomy" continua a dar bons sinais... Esta temporada destacou-se pelas suas linhas de enredo e de drama que deixam os nossos olhos cheios de lágrimas. Calma! Também nos dá alguns risos e sorrisos... Gostei especialmente do final da primeira metade da série.
  • Aug 10, 2017
    Perhaps not thrilling as the other seasons but its stellar cast still brings charm to our screens and the narrative is touching.
  • Dec 01, 2016
    This is a show out of ideas. Considering it's renewed for two more seasons it's hard to imagine it can recoup viewers unless new blood is brought in and in a hurry. In episode 22, Hunt says "we need fresh talent." That's the truth. Clean house of the writers and start anew.

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