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The seventh season of Grey's Anatomy premiered September 23, 2010 and ended May 19, 2011. It was broadcast on Thursday nights at 9 PM on ABC. The season consists of 22 episodes.


Let the healing begin. It's a year of new beginnings for the medical team of Seattle Grace Hospital as they slowly recover from the tragedy that hit too close to home. New relationships emerge and the strongest commitments are tested. From successes in the operating room to mistakes in the bedroom and all the thrilling drama in between the doctors find a way to survive as long as they lean on one another.


  • The staff tries to deal with physical and emotional trauma in the wake of the deadly rampage.
  • The 4th year residents learn that the post for Chief Resident is open for the running, and they all think of ways and means to get noticed.
  • Cristina and Owen get married.
  • Cristina fears the OR due to the shooting and tries to overcome it, though it's a long road back.
  • April Kepner and Jackson Avery move in with Meredith and Derek, making them part of their 'society'.
  • Meredith and Derek try to get pregnant again, even though chances aren't good.
  • Alex Karev, single again, has finally settled with the thought of becoming a pediatric surgeon.
  • Arizona went to Africa to be a doctor there, leaving Callie, but after a few months she misses Callie a lot and returns.
  • Derek starts a clinical trial, trying to find a cure for Alzheimer's, fearing that Meredith might have inherited her mother's condition.
  • Mark hasn't given up on Lexie, and is eagerly trying to get her back.
  • Teddy makes a hurried decision, and marries a patient, in order to get him medical insurance.
  • Callie and Arizona try to rebuild their relationship, but Callie can't forget the fact that Arizona left her without looking back.
  • Callie gets pregnant with Mark's baby. Callie, Arizona, and Mark are co-parenting.
  • Callie suffers an accident.
  • Callie gives birth to a girl and takes time to recover.
  • Callie and Arizona get married.
  • Meredith and Derek officially and legally get married.
  • Meredith and Derek consider adoption, while Cristina finds out she's pregnant with Owen's baby. While Owen is delighted at the news, Cristina is not exactly all pleased with the fact that she's pregnant.
  • When Derek finds out what Meredith did, he leaves and that same day, Meredith gets the baby all by herself.


Main Cast[]

Special Guest Stars[]

Recurring Guest Stars[]

Prominent Guest Stars[]

Recurring Co-Stars[]

Notes and Trivia[]


No. in series No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date
127 1 "With You I'm Born Again" Rob Corn Krista Vernoff September 23, 2010
The hospital staff is trying to deal with physical and emotional trauma in the wake of the deadly rampage of a vengeful gunman. As Dr. Perkins, a trauma counselor, is brought in to help in the recovery and to assess each doctor's readiness to return to work, Derek makes a spontaneous decision to resign as Chief and rushes back into surgery, taking everything a little too fast, and Cristina buries herself in her wedding planning.
128 2 "Shock to the System" Tom Verica William Harper September 30, 2010
After weeks of concealing the fact she was pregnant and miscarried, Meredith at last tells Derek and is finally cleared to return to her surgical duties in the wake of the hospital shooting spree; Cristina experiences post-traumatic stress disorder in the midst of an operation; and Bailey refuses to let Alex operate until he agrees to have the bullet in his chest removed.
129 3 "Superfreak" Michael Pressman Mark Wilding October 7, 2010
When Derek receives an unexpected and unwelcome visit from his estranged sister, Amelia, issues between the siblings -- both past and present -- come to the surface; the Chief tries to help Alex when he notices that he's afraid to use the elevators after his near-fatal shooting; and Meredith and Derek continue their efforts to ease Cristina back into surgery after her post-traumatic stress.
130 4 "Can't Fight Biology" Edward Ornelas Peter Nowalk October 14, 2010
Things are hostile on all fronts when a visit to the obstetrician results in some disturbing news for Meredith and Derek, and Lexie loses it when she notices Meredith and April getting closer. Meanwhile a car crash brings in multiple traumas and Jackson tries using his physical attributes to get ahead in the operating room, while Cristina's self-doubt carries outside of the hospital and into her house hunting with Owen.
131 5 "Almost Grown" Chandra Wilson Brian Tanen October 21, 2010
As part of their training, the Chief puts Seattle Grace’s residents — including Meredith, Cristina, Alex, April and Jackson — in charge; meanwhile, Derek, Callie, Owen and the other attending surgeons compete for a million-dollar grant.
132 6 "These Arms of Mine" Stephen Cragg Stacy McKee October 28, 2010
A documentary film crew visits the hospital six months after the shooting to document the road to recovery for doctors and patients. The camera lenses follow Derek, Owen, Mark, and Callie as they ambitiously perform a rare arm transplant surgery, Meredith helps Cristina put on a brave face for the cameras, and Bailey's patient, Mary, returns for her surgery -- which marks the first time they've all seen of each other since that fateful day.
133 7 "That's Me Trying" Tony Phelan Austin Guzman November 4, 2010
The residents are pushed to their limits when Owen puts them through a rigorous trauma certification drill. Meanwhile, Cristina is also tested when left alone to monitor a very ill lung transplant patient.
134 8 "Something's Gotta Give" Jeannot Szwarc William Harper November 11, 2010
Top security measures go into place as a team of doctors, led by the Chief, try to save the life of a major political figure from the Middle East. Meanwhile, Cristina decides to finally decorate her new place and throw a housewarming party, and Alex shows up late from a weekend getaway to his first day of rounds with the new Pediatrics Attending, Dr. Robert Stark.
135 9 "Slow Night, So Long" Rob Bailey Zoanne Clack November 18, 2010
Derek lands the grant he needs for his clinical trial and all the attendings take him out to Joe's Bar to celebrate, but they get a surprise when they see someone they know already at the bar. Meanwhile, Meredith and Alex have to fend for themselves during the night shift with a nine-year-old patient who's experiencing post-surgical complications and his very pushy mother.
136 10 "Adrift and at Peace" Allison Liddi-Brown Tony Phelan & Joan Rater December 2, 2010
Despite Meredith's objections to the idea, a concerned Derek takes Cristina on a fishing trip in order to get away from it all, while Teddy, feeling directionless without Cristina, directs all of her efforts and compassion towards a dying patient who lacks the proper insurance to seek medical treatment.
137 11 "Disarm" Debbie Allen Krista Vernoff January 6, 2011
News of the incoming mass causalities after a gunman opens fire at a local college hits the staff hard when they must spring into action, even while their own wounds are still fresh; and Arizona does not receive a warm welcome home at the hospital.
138 12 "Start Me Up" Mark Jackson Natalie Krinsky January 13, 2011
Arizona seeks Mark's advice as she tries to reconcile with Callie, who has big news of her own. Teddy must make a key decision for Henry during his surgery and on the same day the residents receive a crop of med students to show around, the Chief announces he is looking for a new Chief Resident.
139 13 "Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)" Kevin McKidd Mark Wilding February 3, 2011
Derek breaks ground on his Alzheimer's clinical trial and Meredith can't help but feel left out. Bailey's attempt to take the hospital into the age of new media with live tweets from the OR does not go over well with the Chief, and Callie, Mark and Arizona must learn to navigate through the pregnancy together, which starts off with Callie driving her new obstetrician crazy.
140 14 "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" Steve Robin Austin Guzman February 10, 2011
Thatcher Grey, Meredith and Lexie's father, returns to Seattle Grace with stomach pains and a new, twenty-something tattooed girlfriend, Danielle. Meanwhile, Alex clashes with the new OB, Dr. Lucy Fields, over a patient and Mark places Jackson on his service in exchange for information on Lexie.
141 15 "Golden Hour" Rob Corn Stacy McKee February 17, 2011
Meredith, looking to prove she is Chief Resident material, learns that anything and everything can happen in an hour's time when she steps up to run the ER for a night. Meanwhile, Bailey sneaks off with Eli and gets into a little mischief, and everyone is surprised when the Chief's wife, Adele, shows up as one of the ER patients.
142 16 "Not Responsible" Debbie Allen Debora Cahn February 24, 2011
Meredith must choose between her fertility treatments and her eyesight when she begins having trouble seeing, Mark makes it clear to Callie and Arizona that he takes his role as father-to-be very seriously, and April discovers there's more to Dr. Stark than first appears.
143 17 "This is How We Do It" Ed Ornelas Peter Nowalk March 24, 2011
Richard is desperate for Derek and Meredith to accept Adele into their Alzheimer's trial, but will Adele stand in her own way? Meanwhile Mark and Arizona have conflicting ideas of the kind of baby shower Callie wants, Teddy is freaked out when Henry has another health complication -- leaving them both a little exposed -- and the competitiveness among the residents for the Chief Resident position is amplified when Richard receives the green light for his diabetes clinical trial.
144 18 "Song Beneath the Song" Tony Phelan Shonda Rhimes March 31, 2011
A cataclysmic event shakes the doctors of Seattle Grace to the core, as Callie, on the verge of a life-changing moment with Arizona, envisions her hospital and friends as they have never been seen before.
145 19 "It's a Long Way Back" Steve Robin William Harper April 28, 2011
Everyone pulls together to help Callie and baby Sofia on their painstaking journeys to recovery in hopes of allowing mother and baby to finally meet. The sudden death of a clinical trial patient has Derek proceeding with more caution while Meredith makes a calculated and risky move. Alex treats a cranky old rich woman dying of cancer and gets an idea for a grandiose endeavor that is sure to get him the Chief Resident spot and Teddy is pleasantly surprised by the return of a familiar face.
146 20 "White Wedding" Chandra Wilson Stacy McKee May 5, 2011
As Callie and Arizona's wedding approaches, the couple quickly realize that the day they've been looking forward to is not turning out the way they'd envisioned. Meanwhile Alex continues to make the other residents jealous as he appears to be the top contender for Chief Resident, Meredith and Derek make a decision that will change their lives forever, and Dr. Perkins presents Teddy with a very tempting proposition.
147 21 "I Will Survive" Tom Verica Zoanne Clack May 12, 2011
Personal and work pressures are adding up and have Meredith visibly on edge, Owen conducts formal interviews for the Chief Resident position, Cristina grows increasingly defiant, Alex and Lucy's undefined relationship gets tested, and Jackson suddenly backs out of the Webber's diabetes trial.
148 22 "Unaccompanied Minor" Rob Corn Debora Cahn May 19, 2011
News of Meredith's dishonesty in the clinical trial comes to light, leading to unanticipated consequences for both her and others. Cristina finds herself in a compromising situation, which forces her to decide between her career and her relationship. Meanwhile, Owen posts his decision for chief resident and Teddy makes a surprising choice regarding her love life -- and her future.


DVD Release[]


The "Grey's Anatomy: Complete Seventh Season – More Heartbeats" boxset was released in region 1 on September 13, 2011. On May 28, 2012 and November 2, 2011, the DVD was released in regions 2 and 4 respectively.

Set Details[]

The boxset contains the 22 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

Special Features[]

Additional to the episodes, the season 7 DVD set also contains a couple of special features:


Cast Promotional Photos[]