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21 Details From “Grey's Anatomy” You Probably Didn't Notice The First Time

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Speaking of music, shortly after Burke leaves Cristina, she sings “Like a Virgin” in the morgue — in Season 10, when Burke offers Cristina a job at his hospital in Switzerland, a cover of “Like a Virgin” plays in the background.

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The first song played in the series, “Portions For Foxes,” plays again at the end of the 300th episode after Meredith wins a Harper Avery Award — a perfect full-circle homage.


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The song also plays at the beginning of the episode “If/Then” and during Jo Wilson’s first day in “Going, Going, Gone.”

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When Meredith tells Cristina she’s getting married, Cristina gives her a grocery list written on Post-It Notes and her favorite pen — Meredith and Derek use the Post-It Notes and pen when writing their vows.

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In the pilot, George asks, “We’re going to survive this, right?” foreshadowing that he is the only member of the original interns to die.

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Also, the original interns’ names — Meredith, Alex, George, Izzie, and Cristina — spell out “magic.”


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In the 300th episode Meredith even says, “We are forced to acknowledge that certain kinds of magic exist.”

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In Season 2, Izzie tries to give away their dog, Doc, by hanging flyers in the hospital — in Season 12, you can see that one of the posters is still hanging.

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In Season 5, Lexie tells Mark that when she’s hurt, she likes to have her hair stroked — in Season 8, when Lexie is dying, Mark does just that.

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In Season 6, Richard is eating at a café called The Rhimes Café — a nod to series creator Shonda Rhimes.

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In the pilot, Meredith corrects Bailey when she forgets to list one of her five rules — in Season 4, Lexie does the same thing to Cristina.

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Following Denny’s death in Season 2, Izzie wears the sweater she knitted for him while she’s grieving.

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When Richard is comforting Arizona in her car, you can spot a parking permit for people with disabilities on Arizona’s dashboard — a small detail since Arizona lost her leg in Season 8.

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In Season 1, Derek tells Meredith that if he was ever in a coma, he would want all of his sisters to be there — in Season 11 when Derek dies, Amelia is pissed at Meredith because she wasn’t there to say goodbye.

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After Derek’s death, Meredith decides to wear his ferry boat scrub cap from then on.

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In Season 12, Meredith takes a flight using Sky Trip Express — this is the same company that owned the plane that crashed in Season 8.

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The OR schedule will sometimes feature the names of crew members, like this board in Season 13.


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Austin Guzman was a writer and producer on the series, while Daniel Brodo was a set dresser.

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In Season 6, April is briefly fired after failing to check a patient for signs of smoke inhalation — in Season 13, she makes sure none of her interns make the same mistake.

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When Cristina learns that Burke has won a Harper Avery Award, the newspaper clipping is written by Tony Phelan — he was a writer and producer on the show.

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In fact, the entire rollercoaster accident in this episode could be a direct nod to the original Shondaland logo.


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And finally, Bokhee, a scrub nurse, has appeared in the background of 221 episodes — the actress is actually a real-life nurse.

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