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- Interns are, no matter what, fanatically loyal to each other. They fight, they hate each other, but they are family and they will have each other's back when it counts.
- The tunnels are the interns's hangout spot. If you're there for lunch, you're part of the family. Notably, Jackson and April are included for the first time in Season 7, part of the family after their heroism in the shooting.
- Any time Alex shows how much he cares. His relationship with Arizona is especially touching, to the point where he leaves the OR when they're working on Callie after her accident, so that he can make sure Arizona is alright.
- Everything he does for Izzie when she develops cancer.
- Callie and Cristina in general. Cristina may be closest with Meredith, but she's very close to Callie, too. Callie is there for Cristina when she's got PTSD, and when she gets pregnant she wants Cristina to be Sofia's godmother - something which would not be taken lightly by Callie, who is a practicing Catholic.
- Ellis Grey was hardly an ideal mother, but there still are numerous moments that show that she truly loved her daughter. Examples include:
- The fact that Meredith is the only person she'll allow to visit her when she gets Alzheimer's, and that she signs everything over to her daughter later on.
- In the episode where she becomes almost completely lucid she is harsh to Meredith when they are together, but later on she asks Richard about her own condition and says "What about Meredith? Do I at least recognize Meredith?", revealing how important her daughter is to her.
- It's implied that the real reason why she didn't want Meredith to go to med school is that she wanted her to have a more normal family life.
- Their interactions in "limbo". While it may just have been Meredith's imagination, Ellis' behavior came from somewhere in Mer's own memory and mind.
- When she divorced Thatcher she could have let him have custody of Meredith, giving Ellis all the freedom she could ask for to pursue medicine. Instead she got sole custody of her daughter.
- Christina asking Meredith to be her person and Meredith accepting it.
- Elizabeth Fallon, a former scrub nurse who worked with Ellis Grey, returns to the hospital to die of pancreatic cancer. The old hands are happy to see her, Chief Webber outright calls her an "institution", and when she dies a number of nurses are present to pay their respects.
- During the nurse's strike in Season 2, George refuses to cross the picket line out of respect for his union parents, and is welcomed by the nurses. Since he technically isn't on strike, they ask him to check on the patients they cannot.
- Meredith letting Christina sleep in her bed (even though Derek is there too).
- Cristina's "Dead Dads Club" speech to George after his father's deathCristina: There's a club. The Dead Dads Club. And you can't be in it until you're in it. You can try to understand, you can sympathize. But until you feel that loss... My dad died when I was nine. George, I'm really sorry you had to join the club.
- Everyone's reaction when Meredith is close to death after drowning.
- " Freedom"
- One of the patients in Meredith and Derek's clinical trial is in it with her boyfriend. Her parents dislike the relationship...because they're worried that if the boyfriend dies, their daughter will loose hope and give up.
- The young couple, realizing that they are probably going to die, invokes Must Not Die a Virgin and enlist Meredith and Derick to guard the door, Meredith even helping her put on some makeup.
- Callie and Erica's adorable and hilariously awkward, fumbling, euphemism-laden romance as they attempt to work out how to be lesbian.
- "Stairway To Heaven": Bailey outright demands that Derek allow his patient, a inmate on Death Row, die so his organs can be used to save a little boy. Derek pauses the operation, looks her in the eye, and challenges her to decide if she actually wants the patient dead. The last person the camera focuses on, the person Bailey is looking at when she opts to allow the surgery to continue? Bokhee, the series's omni-present Asian scrub nurse.
- In "Before And After", George makes a point of offering to help Sadie study after he notices she is behind, noting that as a repeated he is hardly in a position to judge someone for being a bit behind.
- "I Will Follow You Into the Dark"
- Alex stands up for his patient to her not particularly nice "seizure patrol" buddies.
- Lexie inadvertently inspires Izzie to fight her cancer after Izzie says that a 5% chance of survival is a death sentence, noting that Susan Grey died of the hiccupsLexie: Screw the odds! People die of the hiccups. My mother died of the hiccups. Survival rate for that is what... 100 percent? The odds are that she should be alive right now. The odds are... The odds mean crap!
- In the episode after Hahn mysteriously leaves, Cristina is annoyed by this, but when she found out that Callie and Hahn were more than friends she momentarily forgets her frustration and instead wonders if Callie is okay. Later in that episode, when Callie breaks down in the OR, Cristina tells everyone else to leave. She and Sloan stay and take care of Callie, and afterward take her out to Joe's.
- "Elevator Love Letter" has a lot.
- After Owen has a PTSD episode and starts strangling Cristina in bed, Meredith and Callie make a point of not allowing him near her. The one time he tries, the Meredith steps in front of him and the woman glare at him.
- Derek's marriage proposal to Meredith in an elevator covered with the CTs of various patients they worked on together, including that of Katie Bryce, Meredith's very first patient.
- An elderly woman's niece and nephews arrive at her bedside as she is dying. Initially, they seem highly annoyed and just want her to die. As it turns out, she was given one month to live...three years ago. They've been flying across country regularly to be at her side when she dies, except she just keeps living. When Joyce finally expires, they all break down crying.
- All the interns and residents wait outside the OR as Derek operates on Izzie's tumor. Significantly, they gather at the The Big Board rather than watch from the gallery - they are there as family, not as surgeons.
- Derek makes a point of reaching out to Owen to offer to help with his PTSD, noting that it is a real injury that can be treated.
- Amanda, the girl George saved from the bus, is greatly touched by his act and sits vigil at his bedside the entire time.
- Meredith: "I don't know what it's like to have a father. But I do know what it's like to have a sister. And it's good."
- Mark Sloan's daughter he never knew about turns up on his doorstep pregnant. He is immediately welcoming and supportive, flies Addison in to examine her, and goes out of his way to do everything he can for her.
- "Shinny Happy People"
- Two high-school friends who lost touch years ago meet in the ER. They immediately hit it off and the staff make sure they share a room.
- When an apparently paranoid schizophrenic teenager threatens to kill herself as she is being committed to the pych ward, Alex immediately goes to bat for her and goes out of his way to find out what is wrong and help her. And he does it!
- During the shooting, Hunt runs back into the hospital to make sure that Cristina is okay. And Teddy helps him get past the cops.
- The residents once again eat lunch in the tunnels, sitting on beds. This time, Jackson and April are there, part of the family after the shooting. Miranda returns from a month away visiting her mother, and everyone is glad to have her back
- In "Can't Fight Biology", Lexie is feeling down because she's feeling left out and Alex ditched her in Psych. Mer explains that April knew about the miscarriage because she was there, and:"As far as the psych ward goes, you were not alone. I sat by your bedside for 36 hours while you slept. You're not crazy, Lexie. You're a Grey."
- In "These Arms of Mine", the donor arms are found to have a tattoo of the man's wife's name on them. The recipient of said arms adds "Thank You".
- Mark, noticing Lexie crying, orders her to check the blood bank so she'll have something to do.
- Owen makes a point of checking if Cristina will be okay being in the OR again.
- Scores of college students show up to hold vigil outside the hospital.
- Alex, remembering his own schizophrenic brother, manages to to sympathize with the shooter. This inspires Jackson to comfort the gunman's mother - especially notable since Jackson walked out of the shooter's surgery hours before.
- Owen staples a girl's wound shut, noting that they don't have time for fine work. At the end of the episode, Mark goes back and re-stitches the wound so it won't scar.
- In the final moments of the episode, Meredith and Cristina meet in the hallway. They smile and walk away together, arm in arm. Cristina is back.
- In "It's A Long Way Back", all the residents work together to sneak Callie to the NICU to see baby Sofia for the first time.
- Callie's father Carlos leaves her and Arizona's wedding before it happens because his wife isn't a fan of homosexuality. However, Carlos shows back up at the reception for the father-daughter dance, because bigotry be dammed, he's dreamed of this moment since Callie was little.
- Jackson congratulating April on winning Chief Resident. Not only is he the one person to do so but he is truly happy for her. Made even more heartwarming when they realize they are now happy after surviving the shooting and grieving for their murdered friends.
- When Georges's mother comes into the hospital for surgery in "Heart Shaped Box", Callie decides to come out as bisexual and tells her that she has a baby and is really happy now. Mrs. O'Malley's teary smile when she asks if she has any pictures of Sofia goes a long way towards fixing the Tear Jerker of her own mother's disapproval of her getting married to another woman and saying they're not a real family.
- The hospital is renamed the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
- Alex offering a sympathetic ear to Meredith when he finds out her mom has Alzheimers.
- Meredith: "This is a place where horrible things happen...But I have a lot of other memories, too."
- In Season 11, Owen gives a You Are Not Alone speech to a veteran who was living out of her car. The veteran, Melissa, is embarrassed since she never saw combat and only fixed computers in the Green Zone.
- Season 12's "Mama Tried" had a tribute to Prince two weeks after his death. The song "Nothing Compares 2 U" plays. Shonda Rhimes said on Twitter how Prince's estate allowed the show to use the music to salute the artist.
- Season 12 episode "Sledgehammer" has two young girls named Jess and Aliyah who are in love and attempted suicide after Jess' mom wanted to send her to a gay conversion camp to stop their relationship. Having had enough with her mom, her dad defends her, saying he cares if she is loved and happy and not if she's gay. Jess overhears them and smiles. The doctors are clearly moved by this and are crying.Steven Tanner: BETHANY, SHUT UP! No one is suing, no one is pressing charges, the only one who should be apologizing is you! We almost lost our child today! She almost died! We are not sending Jess away! This stops now, do you hear me? It stops now!
Bethany Tanner: Steven, what are you saying?
Steven Tanner: This stops! Or I am gone. I will leave, and I will take Jess with me, and you will never see her again! I dont care if shes gay! I care if shes loved, I care if shes happy! And that is what you should care about! What is wrong with you that you dont?!
- Alex lying in bed with Meredith and telling her he ?
- Meredith's voice message to Alex at the end of season 12.