Got To Be Real

October 9, 2014
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"Got To Be Real" is the third episode of the eleventh season of Grey's Anatomy and the 223rd produced episode of the series. It is also the 334th produced episode of the Grey's Anatomy franchise. It was broadcast on Octobter 9, 2014.

Alex and Bailey prepare to face the board in order for them to elect one of them to Cristina's vacant seat, but Alex finds himself distracted by Meredith who turns to him in order to help deal with Maggie's life-altering revelation, leading the two to delve further into Ellis Grey's past. Meanwhile, Jo grows concerned that Alex and Meredith's friendship is interfereing in her relationship, and Maggie continues to confide in Richard, pushing him to finally tell her the truth about his relationship with Ellis. Owen tries to convince Callie to continue her work on army veterans injured in the field, but the two find themselves at professional odds when Owen pushes Callie too far. Meanwhile, having decided to stay in Seattle, Derek finds himself competing with Amelia for leadership of the neurosurgery department and, with Callie already distracted by her veteran's project, Arizona struggles to balance her fellowship and leading her department, making her question her commitment to having another child.



"On an operating table a person is at his most vulnerable, naked, exposed. Skin is not a very tough armour. It's soft. Easily broken."
"Surgeons are bred to be invulnerable, it's very hard to lay ourselves bare because we know exactly how hard some injuries can go. But vulnerability isn't the opposite of strength, it's a necessary part. We have to force ourselves to open up, to expose ourselves, to offer up everything we have and just pray that it's good enough. Otherwise, we'll never succeed."
- Meredith Grey


  • "Woah Is Me" - Grieves
  • "Lyin King" - Jhene Aiko
  • "You Should Know Where I'm Coming From" - Banks
  • "Waiting Game" - Banks

Title ReferenceEdit

This episode's title originated from the song Got To Be Real, originally sung by Cheryl Lynn.


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