Credit: Richard Cartwright/ABC Television Group © 2011 Disney Photo: Derek and Meredith Talk on Grey's Anatomy September 29, 2011

We're taking a look back at some classic Grey's Anatomy moments — moments that define the relationships of our favorite power couples. And we're starting with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and their eight seasons' worth of romantic highs and lows. A quick jaunt down Memory Lane, anyone?

The "meet-cute"
This is how epic romances begin: with a boozy, impersonal one-night-stand. Guy meets girl in a bar, guy and girl have flirty banter, girl takes guy home for dirty sex, girl runs away in the morning, girl realizes guy is not only a co-worker but a superior. Good thing they overcame the initial awkwardness and got to know each other beyond a sexual level, eh?

The speech
Do we even need to specify which speech we mean? You might remember it as the best monologue in Grey's Anatomy history. Shonda Rhimes probably has it engraved on a plaque in her trophy case. When Meredith decided to compete with Addison and Derek, she really swung for the fences: "Okay, here it is: your choice. It's simple — her or me — and I'm sure she is really great. But Derek, I love you, in a really, really big pretend-to-like-your-taste-in-music, let-you-eat-the-last-piece-of-cheesecake, hold-a-radio-over-my-head-outside-your-window, unfortunate way that makes me hate you, love you. So pick me, choose me, love me."

Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Photo: Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo at the 57th Annual Emmy Awards on September 18, 2005

The prom sex
Turning from the sweet to the sultry, this is a moment that Mer-Der "shippers" probably squealed over... or perhaps fainted over. Meredith and Derek were both dancing with their dates (Finn and Addison, respectively) at the hospital's prom when they made significant eye contact. Eye contact that said, "Hey, let's go to an exam room and have steamy, underwear-disappearing sex." And we all know what happened next.

The house of candles
After the success of their clinical trial, Meredith decided to take Derek back. And not only that, she chose to prove her love with the grandest of gestures: she mapped out a floor plan of her and Derek's dream house with candles on Derek's property. Yes, we realize that one woman setting up that many candles is totally implausible, but admit it: it's totally cute.

The proposal
Derek had some serious atonement to make after baseball-batting Meredith's engagement ring into oblivion. But atone he did — to set the scene for his proposal, he lined the walls of the elevator with brain scans of all of their patients over the years. It was their romantic history, chronicled in medical cases. But our question is this: how many strangers had to ride the that sappy elevator with Derek before Meredith came along?


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