Grey's Anatomy (2005– )
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Meredith dreams of what her life would have been.


Jeannot Szwarc


Shonda Rhimes (created by), William Harper




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Pompeo ... Dr. Meredith Grey
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
Kevin McKidd ... Dr. Owen Hunt
Jessica Capshaw ... Dr. Arizona Robbins
Kim Raver ... Dr. Teddy Altman (credit only)
Sarah Drew ... Dr. April Kepner
Jesse Williams ... Dr. Jackson Avery
Patrick Dempsey ... Dr. Derek Shepherd
Kate Walsh ... Dr. Addison Montgomery


What if Meredith had had a happy childhood? What if Ellis Grey had never gotten sick? What if Derek and Addison had stayed together? Then what would have happened? We see the very different lives of the doctors of Seattle Grace in an alternative world and wonder who controls our destiny? Are certain things meant to be? Written by Nadia Nassar

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

2 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In the conference room sequence at the beginning, Ellis Grey is wearing a lab coat that says Chief of Surgery. The room they walk into has a sign that says Chief of Staff See more »


References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »


Cosy In The Rocket
(Main Title Theme)
Written by Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant
Performed by Psapp
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Interesting idea, but should've been a 10 or 20 minute dream sequence in a normal episode.
6 October 2019 | by irishboy141See all my reviews

I love alternate history and thinking about "what could've been", but man it really didn't work in this case...

It's an interesting idea, and it could have worked if it was a part of some "It's a Wonderful Life" type plot. Maybe Meredith could have wished to have a different life because she has a bad day, she wakes up in this alternate reality, and eventually wishes to return.

As it is however, it's a worthless filler episode. Nothing in this episode has an effect on the rest of the series, and according to the synopsis it was literally all a dream.... so it was a complete waste of time.

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