The Worst Episodes of Grey’s Anatomy: A Surgeon’s Mess You Can’t Look Away From.

As a die-hard fan of Grey’s Anatomy, I have to admit, even the most dedicated viewers can agree that there have been a few stinkers in the show’s seventeen-season run. Whether it’s a cringe-worthy storyline or an over-the-top plot twist, we’ve all had those moments where we question why we’re still tuning in. So, to save you the trouble of enduring the pain of a bad episode, we’ve compiled a list of the worst episodes in Grey’s Anatomy history. From the downright ridiculous to the painfully boring, these episodes will make you want to hit the skip button faster than you can say “McDreamy”. So, grab some popcorn and get ready to cringe as we dive into the worst of the worst.
Ready to Run

Ready to Run

Season 19 – Episode 18

Air Date: 2023-05-11

Richard and Teddy make an exciting announcement. Jules and Blue butt heads over Maxine’s care while Lucas helps an artist decide on a risky procedure. Jo and Mika tend to Sam as Simone faces a life-changing decision.

Nothing Left to Cling To

Nothing Left to Cling To

Season 16 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2019-09-26

Meredith, Richard and Alex must deal with the consequences after Bailey fires them from Grey Sloan for insurance fraud. After disappearing in the fog, Jackson helps a man in a dangerous situation, as his relationship with Maggie comes to a new crossroad. Meanwhile, Tom gets new responsibilities at the hospital that throw the doctors for a loop.

With a Little Help from My Friends

With a Little Help from My Friends

Season 18 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2021-10-21

Richard recruits Meredith and Bailey to help him launch a new program. Meanwhile, Addison’s patient has complications from a procedure, and Jo helps a woman who goes into premature labor.

Catastrophe and the Cure

Catastrophe and the Cure

Season 13 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2016-09-29

Meredith considers her loyalties, as Alex deals with the repercussions of his actions. Newlyweds Amelia and Owen host a dinner party with unlikely guests, and Jackson proposes an arrangement to help April through her recovery.

Add It Up

Add It Up

Season 15 – Episode 18

Air Date: 2019-03-21

Maggie introduces mood rooms as an alternative approach to medicine. Alex and DeLuca butt heads over an 11-year-old patient who tries to sabotage her own surgery. Jackson and Richard deal with a gender non-binary patient. Meanwhile, Teddy has a pregnancy scare that brings Owen and Koracick to odds.

Hotter Than Hell

Hotter Than Hell

Season 18 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2021-10-14

Seattle’s favorite redhead returns and graces the Grey Sloan halls with her experience and expertise as she attempts to help Richard teach the newest crop of residents. Meanwhile, Meredith has a decision to make, and Link confides in Teddy.

Break Down the House

Break Down the House

Season 14 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2017-09-28

Meredith and the team are focused on helping Owen’s sister after her shocking return, and Amelia faces a conflict over a patient. Meanwhile, Bailey is forced to give Grey Sloan a facelift after the fire, and the doctors are introduced to a few new faces that spice things up around the hospital.

How to Save a Life

How to Save a Life

Season 11 – Episode 21

Air Date: 2015-04-23

Derek witnesses a horrible car accident and springs into action to save lives.

Mama Who Bore Me

Mama Who Bore Me

Season 19 – Episode 15

Air Date: 2023-04-13

With Levi’s help, a patient celebrates a milestone. Jo processes a difficult diagnosis, and Maggie and Winston decide their future.

Whistlin' Past the Graveyard

Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard

Season 16 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2019-10-31

Alex enlists Richard to help distract investors when he hears disturbing news about skeletons on the construction site grounds. Teddy tasks herself with creating original Halloween costumes for Allison and Leo.

Leave a Light On

Leave a Light On

Season 16 – Episode 16

Air Date: 2020-03-05

Bailey and Ben face a huge, life-altering decision, while Meredith and several of the doctors reflect on the past.

Helplessly Hoping

Helplessly Hoping

Season 17 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2021-03-11

“Grey’s Anatomy” picks up where the previous episode of “Station 19” left off as both teams tend to a tense situation with so much at stake. Meanwhile, Jo convinces Hayes to bend the rules on a case, and Maggie and Winston reconnect.

No Man's Land

No Man’s Land

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2005-04-17

While George is feeling a little less masculine because of the way Izzie and Meredith have been treating him (like a sister), Izzie is assigned to a patient about to loose all of his masculinity. Cristina, true to her competitive spirit, shows up early and assigns herself to an ill woman, who happens to have been Meredith’s moms scrub nurse. Alex, meanwhile, is busying himself copying and pasting pictures of Izzie’s racy magazine spread all over the interns’ locker room. And while Meredith is trying to cope with her mother’s Alzheimer’s, Derek treats a patient who has managed to get nails stuck in his head.

Start Me Up

Start Me Up

Season 7 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2011-01-13

Arizona tries to reconcile with Callie, who has big news to share; Teddy faces an important decision; the residents receive new interns; the Chief makes an announcement.

Falling Slowly

Falling Slowly

Season 13 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2016-10-13

Alex tries to do the right thing but still cant catch a break. Jackson and April adjust to their “new normal” with the baby. While Meredith and Nathan establish what’s going on between them, Amelia questions the state of her relationship with Owen.

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

Season 16 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2020-02-06

Jackson creates an uncomfortable situation when he invites new girlfriend, Vic, to what he thinks is Richard and Catherine’s anniversary celebration, only to discover the dinner was called for different reasons. Elsewhere, Levi brings Nico on a trip to visit an ailing family member.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Season 18 – Episode 16

Air Date: 2022-05-05

Bailey faces an unhappy Catherine who is facing audits for several of her Foundation hospitals. Meanwhile, Addison is back at Grey Sloan; tensions rise between Meredith and Richard, and Owen returns to work.

Thriller

Thriller

Season 10 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2013-10-31

Costumed patients create a challenge for the doctors; Derek and Ben work on a new surgical technique; Richard asks a resident to perform his next surgery, angering Bailey.

Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now

Season 13 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2016-10-20

Meredith and Bailey are at odds when both of their patients need a liver transplant, Owen seeks help from the other doctors when he is charged with babysitting baby Harriet for the day, and Amelia struggles with telling Owen some important news.

The First Cut is the Deepest

The First Cut is the Deepest

Season 1 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2005-04-03

The surgical staff tries to be optimistic as a young woman clings to life after a brutal attack. Meanwhile Meredith puts her career on the line to save a newborn in the hospital nursery, and the other interns learn that it takes more than just medical knowledge to be good at their jobs.