The Magic Moment

January 12, 2012
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"This Magic Moment" is the eleventh episode of the eighth season of Grey's Anatomy and the 159th produced episode of the series. It is also the 245th produced episode of the Grey's Anatomy franchise. It was broadcast on January 12, 2012.

The doctors face one of the biggest surgeries of their careers when the lives of two conjoined twins lie in their hands as Owen and Arizona try to coordinate a well rehearsed and seamless surgery. Meredith and Derek try to adapt to parenthood after gaining custody of Zola while Bailey uses Meredith as a buffer between her and Ben when things start to get serious. Meanwhile, still reelings from the news of her husband's death, Teddy questions Cristina on what exactly happened during Henry's surgery.



"Have you ever had the starring role in a play, a solo in a recital? All eyes on you, waiting for you do what they came to see. Feeling the incredible pressure to perform. There was a time when they used to call operating rooms an operating theater. It still feels like one. Scores of people get ready for the show, the sets are arranged, there are costumes, masks, props. Everything has to be reherased, choeragraphed, all leading to the moment when the curtain goes up. You know what they say about Carnegie Hall, there's only one way to get there..."
"If only life just was a dress rehersal and we had time for do overs. Unfortanatly, every day of our lives is it's own performance. It seems like even when we get the change to prepare and reherse and practice we're still never quite ready for life's grand moments"
- Meredith Grey


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Title ReferenceEdit

This episode's title originated from the song This Magic Moment, originally sung by Ben E. King.


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