Listen, we love Grey's Anatomy. But any show in its ninth season is going to suffer from a bit of repetition, and there are definitely a few plot points we'd love to see the show take a break from for a while.
So in the spirit of constructive criticism, here are a couple of storylines we're hoping the Grey's writers will give a rest.
1. Doctors quitting/losing their jobs. Owen quits on Episode 17. The lawsuit docs quit so they could buy the hospital. Before that, April (Sarah Drew) was fired because she failed the boards. Etc, etc, etc. If an actor is actually leaving the show, fine, but we're getting sick of seeing characters "leave" and then come back shortly thereafter. It gets repetitive.
2. Big disasters. Fortunately, it sounds like we'll be spared another mega-tragedy in the Season 9 finale, to which we say: Good. Grey's has long since passed the point of plausibility on the number of bad things that happen to the docs of Seattle Grace-Mercy Death, but even leaving aside complaints about realism, the Big Epic Finales were starting to get monotonous.
3. Guest stars who tragically die. We're not talking about single episode guest stars, since that's part and parcel of a medical show, but there are a lot of guest stars who are brought on for larger arcs, only to be killed at the most heartbreaking moment possible. (The most recent example was Cristina's mentor earlier this season.) As with the big disasters, the emotional impact is starting to wear thin.
What plot points do you think Grey's relies on too often? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Catch the next new episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaDMartin.