The Great Pretender

February 19, 2015
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"The Great Pretender" is the twelfth episode of the eleventh season of Grey's Anatomy and the 232nd produced episode of the series. It is also the 343rd produced episode of the Grey's Anatomy franchise. It was broadcast on February 19, 2015.

Maggie becomes upset when Meredith evades her questions about her visit to D.C, leaving Meredith to question whether or not to tell her the truth about where she really went after Maggie reveals that she knows she didn't visit Derek while Richard begins to feel manipulated by Catherine as she uses him to ease her concern about Jackson after the loss of his son. Elsewhere, Herman begins to grow fond of Arizona after she discovers her trainee isn't as straight-laced as she first seems, as Herman also begins to take extreme measures to pass on her knowledge to Arizona, while Callie struggles with dipping her toe back in the dating scene. Bailey and Ben grow concerned when Ben's brother is admitted to the E.R after collapsing but during his treatment Bailey uncovers a secret that could tear Ben and his brother apart.



"Everybody has something to hide. We can't just expose all our secrets to the world. That's how we get hurt, that's how we risk hurting other people. We have to decide how much we let out and keep the truth to ourselves."
"It's scary to reveal everything about ourselves. Fear makes us hold ourselves back, is that so wrong? Maybe, probably... but still, it helps to be a little sneaky, a little protective. It's not safe to just blurt out all our secrets. We can't just lay all the truth out there, expose ourselves to God and everybody because once the truth is out, we have to face it ourselves."
- Meredith Grey


  • "Raising Hands, Raising Hell, Raise 'Em Hight" - The Wind + The Wave
  • "A Heartbreak" - Angus & Julia Stone
  • "Let It Go" - James Bay
  • "Weekend" - PRIORY

Title ReferenceEdit

This episode's title originated from the song The Great Pretender, originally sung by The Platters.


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