15 Most Heartbreaking Episodes of 'Grey's Anatomy'

15 Most Heartbreaking Episodes of 'Grey's Anatomy'

A spoiler- and heartbreak-filled breakdown of some really sad "Grey's Anatomy" episodes.
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I have been binge-watching Grey’s like it’s nobody’s business since Christmas break 2015. I’m almost finished with season ten, and this show has broken my heart more times than I can count, but for some reason, I still stick with it. This is a list of moments I have compiled that have broken my heart so far (and some that I haven’t watched but know all about because the "Grey’s Anatomy" fanbase is really good at spoiling everything for everyone).

15) Into You Like a Train (2x6)

This is the episode where the two train passengers come in from the crash attached to each other because they are literally impaled on a pole. Our beloved interns, alongside the residents and attendings, work hard to try to save them, but it is obvious that they can only focus on saving one of the patients if they want either of them to live at all. This episode was so sad because Bonnie, one of the patients, had the doctors call her fiancé, and he ends up arriving at Seattle Grace literally minutes after she dies. It was a seriously stressful episode.

14) The Other Side of This Life, Part 2 (3x23)

Literally the reason I get paranoid every time I get the hiccups anymore. Seriously, who would have thought that you could die from the hiccups? This is the episode in which Meredith’s mom has surgery to get rid of hiccups, has complications, and then ends up passing away. Her father, Thatcher, yells at her, and this is the incident that causes them to have a falling out and for him to become an alcoholic. It’s just so crazy that Susan went in with a case of the hiccups, and she ends up dying, right after Meredith had started to grow fond of her.

13) Song Beneath the Song (7x18)

The infamous musical episode. It shows the aftermath of the car crash at the end of the previous episode. Callie, having been thrown through the windshield as a result of not wearing her seatbelt, is having some sort of out-of-body experience (which, I’ll admit, was pretty weird to watch).

One of the most heartbreaking lines of the season, maybe even the series, is uttered by Arizona after they arrive at Seattle Grace: “I asked her to marry me and a truck came out of nowhere.” They end up saving both Callie and the baby, but the most insufferable part of the whole episode is not knowing whether or not they’ll make it. It’s so sad watching all of the doctors reacting to the thought of losing Callie, and the fact that they used all of the heart-wrenching music we have grown to hate because it signals the death of a character we love.

12) Stairway to Heaven (5x13)

I know it was a really controversial episode, but when Meredith sat in on the execution of William Dunn, a death row inmate, despite Derek’s anger with her for doing so. Meredith feels sympathy for William because he confides in her that he’s afraid to die. It really reminded me of the time that I had to watch the film Dead Man Walking, starring Sean Penn, in my high school government class and I couldn’t help but to sympathize (until we found out he really killed that girl, though. Sorry. Spoilers?).

11) Make Me Lose Control (2x3)

In case, you can’t remember that far back, this was the episode during which Cristina collapses in the OR because her pregnancy turned out to be ectopic. She hadn’t wanted the hospital to know, but they find out when they have to operate on her. The worst part of this episode is when Cristina starts crying hysterically and screams at her colleagues to sedate her because she can’t stand the way that she’s feeling. It’s one of the most heartbreaking moments on the show, especially since she had never wanted a baby in the first place but she’s so devastated by the loss.

10) Suddenly (8x9)

Teddy and Henry’s relationship to get him insurance felt very sketchy at first, but I know I soon fell in love with Henry’s charismatic, sarcastic personality. It was devastating knowing that if Cristina had been made aware of the fact that it was Henry on her table, she might have tried harder to save him, maybe done something a little extra. Watching Teddy break down after she finds out her new husband, the love of her life, has died was actually heartbreaking for me.

9) Some Kind of Miracle (3x17)

When Meredith was knocked into the harbor, I thought it was over. If I hadn’t known there were ten more seasons to look forward to, I would have thought she was going to die. The most devastating part of this episode isn’t thinking that Derek might lose Meredith; it was the thought that she didn’t want to live to be with him. When those elevator doors opened and Meredith saw her mom, when she realized it meant that Ellis had died – that was truly heartbreaking.

8) Things We Said Today (9x10)

I’m still not over this episode if we’re being honest. The fact that Richard was ready to walk Bailey down the aisle – to actually take on the role of the father figure that he had been to Bailey for so many years – was heartwarming, but on Grey’s Anatomy, you can never let your guard down. The call that Adele, Richard’s wife with Alzheimer’s disease, had been brought to the ER coughing up blood was shocking enough, but when Bailey disregarded her own wedding in order to attempt (and, unfortunately, ultimately fail) to save Adele’s life, I’m pretty sure my own heart stopped.

7) It’s the End of the World/As We Know It (2x16/17)

Okay, I clumped these two together because they’re both pretty much telling the same story: that of two men who made a homemade bomb and how they got said bomb out of the literal chest of one of the men. Only Shonda Rhimes could make this shit up. So, the guy with the bomb in his chest is brought in by a paramedic, and the only way she could keep the bomb from blowing up is by keeping her hand on it the whole time. I only remember this entire plotline because it messed me up so bad.

The first episode ends with the paramedic succumbing to her anxiety about literally having her hands around a bomb inside of a man’s chest cavity, and as everyone throws themselves to the ground in case the bomb goes off, the camera slowly pans up to show that Meredith has taken the paramedic’s place. The really terrible part of all of this is that they actually do end up getting the bomb out of the guy’s chest…only to have it blow up in the bomb squad guy’s hands, killing him instantly. This is hard to Meredith, and it was hard on all of us, too.

6) Losing My Religion (2x27)

I do not want to talk about Denny Duquette. I do not even want to hear his name. I still cannot believe how ridiculously simple it would have been for them to save him. He had a heart attack. He literally had a heart attack right before Izzie was going to go upstairs from the prom to be with him. It was so devastating because they had found him a new heart. He was going to live, get his happily ever after with Izzie, and then he DIES. Thanks, Shonda. Having to watch Izzie be dragged out of Denny’s hospital bed by Alex was so awful.

5) Remember the Time (9x2)

This is the episode where Mark is taken off life support after the 30 days he had requested to be kept on it for were up. He wakes up, but this turns out to be just a rush of something like adrenaline before he ends up crashing and, eventually, dying. His death was devastating, especially because he left behind friends, family, and a daughter, but knowing that he was to be reunited with Lexie made it not so bad.

4) Sanctuary (6x23)

I have been waiting the entire time I was writing this to be able to talk about this episode. So much tragedy packed into one forty-minute period of time. How is it even fair? How are we even supposed to have enough time to recover in between each shocking event during the episode? First, the shooter, a grieving widower named Gary whose wife had been taken off life support by Derek, kills Reed, a transfer from Mercy West, before shooting Alex, who is later found by Mark and Lexie, and we find out that he had been bleeding out in an elevator for pretty much the entire episode. He kills a nurse when she reprimands him for being somewhere he shouldn’t be, and then Charles Percy, another transfer from Mercy West.

A terrifying part of the episode, however, is when Gary finds Derek on the catwalk, eventually shooting him literally right in front of Meredith holy shit what the hell. I think I screamed as loud as Meredith did at that point. They rush him to the OR, where Cristina performs surgery, but the shooter comes in, holding them all at gunpoint. Owen tries to charge him, and he shoots Owen too. How in the world an episode with so much trauma was even allowed to air is amazing.

3) Flight (8x24)

The plane crash was a weird plotline that the writers decided to follow, and it ended up definitely not working in our favor. While Lexie’s death is obviously the most profound moment of the episode (when she told Mark she loves him, I cried so hard) but this episode caused so much chaos and destruction amongst the doctors. It ends up forcing the hospital into bankruptcy. Arizona loses her leg. It ruins Callie and Arizona’s marriage. Arizona and Alex feud for quite a while, as she blames him for being on the plane in the first place. It’s all just very heartbreaking (have I used that word enough yet in this article?) and I don’t really know why I’m still watching this show, to be honest.

2) Now or Never (5x24)

For me, George O’Malley’s death was worse than almost everyone else on the show’s. Almost. I knew he was going to die (again, spoilers) but it still hit me like a bus (…too soon?).The fact that no one even knew that it was George was terrible. That he had been killed right after deciding to enlist in the army was even worse. Those elevator doors opened and showed us George in his uniform, and I immediately burst into tears. I couldn’t believe that 007 was gone, that heart-in-the-elevator-guy had died. George was so charismatic, so endearing, such a vital part of the show, that I couldn’t believe they could actually kill him. The show hasn’t quite entirely been the same without him.

1) How to Save a Life (11x24)

I DON’T EVEN WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. I haven’t even watched this episode yet, but I know it happens because the Internet exists and I can’t help myself from peeking where I’m not supposed to, so I know Derek dies. Mc-freaking-Dreamy dies. He gets blindsided by an eighteen-wheeler and SO DID ALL OF WE. Seriously, Shonda?! I HAVEN’T EVEN WATCHED THE EPISODE YET AND I’M STILL SUPER ANGRY ABOUT IT.

Moral of the story: this is a terrible show that ruins everyone’s lives but for some reason we’re all so attached to it that we couldn’t ever imagine quitting it. The end.

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right
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In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"


35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?


39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"


I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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The Queen Of Soul Leaves A Story To Tell And A Voice That Cannot Be Replicated

Aretha Franklin may have passed on, but her legacy will live forever.

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On March 25, 1942, Aretha Franklin was born. The daughter of a well-known and highly respected Baptist Minister and Gospel singer from Memphis, Tennessee would soon move to Detroit, Michigan, where Aretha would meet lifelong friends and musical contributors.

Aretha Franklin was engulfed in music from the day she was born and, by the middle of the 1950s, Aretha had learned to play piano and began singing alongside her sisters in the church choir. It was during this time that Franklin first met strong, historical figures, such as Clara Ward, Smokey Robinson, and civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson. These are notable family friends that would stand by Aretha's side many times in the future.

Like many people finding themselves in the spotlight, there is more to Aretha Franklin's story than what is put in the tabloids. There are deeper events in her timeline that contribute to her emotion-filled voice. At the small age of six, Aretha endured her mother's leaving of the family and death four years later.

Aretha began a family of her own at the age of 12. In 1956, Clarence, Franklin's first son was born. Two years after, Aretha gave birth to her son Edward.

In the years that make up the start of the Franklin Clan, Aretha Franklin signed to Columbia Records and moved to New York. Moderate success would be found in the next five years of her music career. In 1961, Aretha Franklin was married and conceived her third child, Teddy Jr., with her newly-wedded husband.

While moderate success is admirable, Aretha signed with Atlantic Records and, in 1967, released an album "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You" with a hit track of the same name giving Aretha Franklin her first Top 10 hit.

Following the great success of her 1967 album, Aretha moved on to release other critically acclaimed hit songs, including, "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Chain Of Fools" and more, earning her several Grammy awards and the cover of Time Magazine, where her nickname, The Queen Of Soul, was born.

To the outside world, Aretha Franklin was constantly moving up, but, behind closed doors, Aretha's personal life was struggling. Ms. Franklin has a history of arrests for disorderly conduct and reckless driving. She had also developed an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Franklin divorced her abusive husband, Ted White, and allowed the experience to serve as inspiration in the studio. Aretha was married and gave birth to her fourth son, Kecalf, in the 1970s. The relationship would end in 1984.

Along with her growing popularity as a singer, Aretha Franklin became a symbol of pride for many black Americans during the climax of the Civil Rights Movement. Many women, also looked to Aretha as a strong black woman that is living proof of what Black Women can be.

Aretha Franklin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987, becoming the first women to ever be listed.

As times changed and music continued to redefine itself, it became difficult for a soul-gospel singer to stay in the spotlight. Nevertheless, Aretha Franklin always found a way to release a hit that transcended the ever-changing boundaries of music. With collaborations, covers, an autobiography, and The Presidential Medal Of Freedom awarded in 2005, Aretha Franklin never left the minds of all who cared to listen and pay attention. She continued to inspire multiple generations and give breath-taking performances that reminded the world why she was, indeed, The Queen Of Soul.

Aretha Franklin spoke to hearts around the world with the utter of one subtle note. Her ability to stay relevant, no matter the age group, amazed but did not surprise. The world knew she was one of a kind. The world knew there was only one Aretha. Through the years, Ms. Franklin never altered to fit in and never strayed away from the type of music she wanted to produce for the happiness of others. Her name alone is a cause for celebration. The amount of records she holds is mind-boggling. Her music narrated, not only her personal endeavors but the lives of people worldwide. A personal connection can be made when listening to any of her songs. Aretha Franklin is a standing ovation within herself.

Little did the outside world know, Ms. Franklin had been battling illness for years, behind-the-scenes. Although occasional rumors would ring of her health, Aretha dodged all questions and killed all concerns with poise and a brilliant smile. She did not want the world to know of her health issues, no matter how small. A longtime friend of Aretha Franklin told People Magazine, "She has been ill for a long time, She did not want people to know and she didn't make it public." Word spread of a battle between Aretha Franklin and Pancreatic Cancer for many years, although, of course, no confirmation or details were given on the matter.

It started to become hard to hide the ailing condition of The Queen once shows frequently began to be canceled, due to doctors orders. Aretha had announced in February of 2017 that she would be retiring from music, but may take the stage at select events. Franklin was true to her word and returned to the stage in August of 2017 and at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Enduring Vision benefit gala in November of the same year. Fans became highly concerned by the more than noticeable shift in Aretha Franklin's appearance.

A close friend of the phenomenal singer told TMZ, "she could go at any time," and mentioned that she was down 85 lbs. This information was given two weeks ago. Unfortunately, better updates did not follow.

On the morning of Thursday, August 16, 2018, The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin passed away. She leaves behind her soul-touching music, a record of more than 20 chart-topping R&B; hits and 18 Grammy wins, and anthems that will live for ages. She is survived by her four sons.

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, and, while the physical body that is Aretha Franklin has moved on to Glory, the teachings and inspirations of her soul shall live forever. Like many idols before her, it is indeed hard to say goodbye, but let us be grateful for the time we had to witness the greatness that is Aretha Louise Franklin. May she rest in sound peace.

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