Best ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Intern Moments, From Magic To Glasses


When Grey’s Anatomy Season 19 returns on October 6, expect things to be a little different. Yes, Meredith and all your favorites will still be at Gray Sloan, but so will a group of new interns, as part of the hospital’s efforts to rebuild its residency program. Of course, if you followed Grey’s Anatomy You’ve known for so long that interns tend to bring a bit of chaos – inside and outside the operating room.

As viewers wait to hear more about the new Grey’s Anatomy trainees – Benson “Blue” Kwan, Jules Millin, Simone Griffith, Lucas Adams and Mika Yasuda – here’s a look back at some of the show’s most memorable trainee moments so far.

Season 1, Episode 1: MAGIC Reunites for the First Time

Few TV shows nail their pilot episode like Grey’s Anatomy. “A Hard Day’s Night” set the tone for the show’s steamy mix of personal and professional drama and showcased two of its most fundamental relationships – yes, Meredith and Derek, but also Meredith and Cristina and the rest of the crew. MAGIC (Meredith, Alex, George, Izzie and Cristina). Revisiting the group’s early encounters is like a comforting blanket, especially since we only have one member of the Day 1 squad left on Grey’s.

Season 2, episodes 26 and 27: The LVAD thread

Our surgeons went through a plot during their internship year. One of the most chaotic moments happened at the end of Season 2 when Izzie decided to take Denny’s fate into her own hands by cutting his LVAD yarn and making props from all of his friends in the process.

The two high-stakes matches aren’t just a joy to watch – they also set a major precedent for how far the original trainees were willing to go for each other, and how the lives of surgeons and patients could become intertwined with disastrous results.

Season 5, Episode 9: The Trainee Cabal

It’s hard to say what’s dirtier as an intern: damaging vital medical equipment to give your boyfriend a new heart or cutting off your perfectly healthy friends for training? Either way, Sadie and Lexie’s trainee class lived up to its predecessor in a major way with its secret surgery club.

Season 9, Episode 1: A New Generation

No trainee class shook things up quite like Season 9’s newbies: Jo, Stephanie, Shane, Leah, and Heather. Not only have they all met their assistants at some point – sometimes doing much more than just connecting (RIP, Jolex) – but their arrival also marked a significant change in Grey’s the story. For the first time, we saw MAGIC (well, MAC) from the perspective of new trainees with their own complex and messy lives. Seeing Jo and Stephanie call Meredith “Medusa” while “Portions for Foxes” plays in the background? A very fun callback to the pilot episode when Mer and company’s biggest worry was getting on the wrong side of the “Nazi”.

Season 11, episode 24: DeLuca, the undercover trainee

Remember when DeLuca showed up at Gray Sloan a few episodes after Derek passed away with enough charm, confidence, and gorgeous hair to make viewers think he was McDreamy 2.0? Alas, DeLuca was actually just a baby surgery intern on his way to work when he witnessed an accident and decided to step in (which was very Derek of him).

DeLuca’s approach to fake-till-you-do it on his first day was hilarious to watch, but it takes on a deeper meaning in hindsight. Knowing DeLuca’s tragic fate, it’s beautiful to remember that he came into our lives just as he left – saving the day, even if by less than conventional means.

Season 14, Episode 1: Glasses Are Born

Levi was technically still a fourth-year medical student (an “undergraduate”) when he debuted at Gray Sloan Memorial – and what a debut that was. After dropping his glasses into a patient’s body during surgery, he earned the nickname “glasses”, following the tradition of Grey’s nicknames that reflect epic surgery fail George’s “007.”

Adorably, Levi’s first episode also saw him befriend Jo – setting him on the path to becoming one of the show’s most beloved interns in recent memory.


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