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The eighth season of Grey's Anatomy premiered September 22, 2011 and ended May 17, 2012. It was broadcast on Thursday nights at 9 PM on ABC. The season consisted out of 24 episodes, beginning with a two-hour premiere.
No matter how hot it gets - in the operating room or in the bedroom - the doctors of Seattle Grace know they can always lean on one another. As fifth year residents, it's do or die for the doctors, and things get bumpy when the chief makes a decision that rocks the entire staff. Outside the hospital, Meredith and Derek struggle to keep their relationship afloat while they try to adopt an orphaned baby girl, and Cristina wrestles with a difficult choice that threatens to ruin her marriage.
- The fallout from Meredith's tampering of the Alzheimers trial.
- April Kepner's struggles with being Chief Resident.
- Ben's return to Seattle Grace.
- Meredith is now working in General surgery since she can't talk about Neuro with Derek.
- Lexie dies because of the injuries sustained in the plane crash.
- Mark admits to Lexie that he loves her and that he wants a future with her and that they are meant to be moments before she dies.
- Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey
- Sandra Oh as Dr. Cristina Yang
- Justin Chambers as Dr. Alex Karev
- Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek Shepherd
- Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey
- James Pickens, Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber
- Sara Ramírez as Dr. Callie Torres
- Eric Dane as Dr. Mark Sloan
- Chyler Leigh as Dr. Lexie Grey
- Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt
- Jessica Capshaw as Dr. Arizona Robbins
- Kim Raver as Dr. Teddy Altman
- Sarah Drew as Dr. April Kepner
- Jesse Williams as Dr. Jackson Avery
Special Guest StarsEdit
Recurring Guest StarsEdit
- Mackenzie Astin as Danny Wilson
- Amy Price-Francis as Susannah Wilson
- Scott Foley as Henry Burton
- Mitch Pileggi as Larry Jennings
- Jason George as Dr. Ben Warren
- Daniel Sunjata as Nurse Eli
- Debbie Allen as Dr. Catherine Avery
- Holley Fein as Dr. Julia Canner
- Debra Monk as Louise O'Malley
- Dylan Bruno as Griffin Lewis
- Loretta Devine as Adele Webber
- Leith Burke as Dr. McQueen
- Kate Burton as Dr. Ellis Grey
- Robert Baker as Dr. Charles Percy
- Amanda Fuller as Dr. Morgan Peterson
- Summer Glau as Emily Kovach
- Wren T. Brown as Michael
- William Daniels as Dr. Craig Thomas
Prominent Guest StarsEdit
- Ernie Hudson as Dr. Brad McDougall
- Alfre Woodward as Justine Campbell
- Vanessa Marano as Holly Wheeler
- James LeGros as Jerry
- Janora McDuffie as Social Worker Janet
- Bruce Beatie as Jerry Hoffman
- Kate Mines as Nurse Gloria
- John Cappon as ND Paramedic
- Arlene Santana as Nurse
- Teresa Huang as Nurse Ruth
- Jon Schmidt as Intern Logan
- Nicole Cummins as Paramedic Nicole
- Payton Silver as Dr. Knox
- Martin Yu as CT Tech
- Amber Bela Muse as Laura Lewis
- Justin Benson as Drew Lewis
- Dan Conroy as Robert
- Evelyn Reese as Grandma
- Mark Saul as Dr. Steve Mostow
- Rachel Anderson as Nurse Carol
- Grace Rowe as Paramedic Grace
- Shi Ne Nielson as Paramedic
Notes and TriviaEdit
The "Grey's Anatomy: Complete Eighth Season – Extraordinary Moments" boxset was released in region 1 on September 4, 2012. On December 3, 2012 and October 17, 2012, the DVD was released in regions 2 and 4 respectively.
The boxset contains the 24 episodes of the season, with one extended. The DVD box contains 6 discs. Other set details are:
- English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
- Audio Commentaries
Additional to the episodes, the season 8 DVD set also contains a couple of special features:
- A Journey Home With Kevin McKidd
- Extended Episde – "If/Then"
- Deleted Scenes
- In Stitches: Season Eighth Outtakes