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Grey's Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy: One Big Dysfunctional Family

Grey's Anatomy is overflowing with actual dysfunctional families (just looks at Meredith's [Ellen Pompeo] history), but in a lot of ways, the entire staff of Seattle Grace-Mercy West operates as a family, too. A messed up, high-stress, incestuous family, but one that's always there for each other in the end.

Don't believe us? Here are our favorite moments from Season 8 that prove the docs of Grey's Anatomy are just one big, malpractice-filled family.

5. The parents support their kids — by betting on them! The older docs are kind of like parents to the residents they mentor. Parents who, in the season premiere, bond with each other by betting on which of their kids will be the best. Well, we did say it's a dysfunctional family.

4. Like parent, like child. Speaking of mentor-resident relationships, we're seeing a lot of parallels between the older docs and their mentees this season. Examples include the time when Teddy (Kim Raver) and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) both forgot how to do an appendectomy in Season 8, Episode 3, "Take the Lead," and the weirdness of Mark (Eric Dane) and Jackson (Jesse Williams) having feelings for the same person.

3. Sibling rivalry goes wrong, but is always forgiven. Alex (Justin Chambers) was jealous of Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) at the end of Season 7, so he ratted her out to a grown up (ie. Owen [Kevin McKidd]). It's a standard case of sibling rivalry that just happened to destroy a career and stop the cure to Alzheimer's from being discovered (no big deal). In Season 8, Meredith forgave Alex, because siblings always do.

2. They're willing to do anything for each other. Richard (James Pickens Jr.) took the fall for Meredith's mistake. Alex bribed a judge for MerDer. Owen hid Henry's identity from Cristina at Teddy's request... The list could go on forever. These doctors definitely understand the concept of doing whatever it takes for family.

1. But in the end, they always come together... over alcohol. What could be a better family moment than the core staff of Seattle Grace-Mercy West getting smashed on the bleachers after failing at softball in Season 8, Episode 7, "Put Me In, Coach"? Despite all their differences, the staff clearly loves each other — though they should probably avoid sports at the next reunion.

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