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Another Break in 2022? — Where Did 'Grey's Anatomy' Go This Time?

Jennifer Tisdale - Author
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Apr. 14 2022, Updated 8:43 p.m. ET

The national obsession with Grey’s Anatomy isn’t going away anytime soon. It’s one of the most popular medical dramas ever, and its top-tier status is only further proven when you take all 18 seasons into account.

The first episode of Grey’s Anatomy premiered in 2005 starring Ellen Pompeo in the leading role as Meredith Grey, saving lives and working with a group of dedicated young doctors at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital (now Grey Sloan Memorial).

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Although the majority of doctors on this show started at the facility as residents, most of them have graduated to higher levels and more impressive titles. Season 18 of Grey’s Anatomy has been a whirlwind of highs and lows for the medical staff in their personal lives and on the clock. We feel as if we've lived a hundred years during this season alone. Now, as we're nearing the end of Season 18, there is a month-long break during spring of 2022. When is it being resuscitated? Here's what we know.

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When does 'Grey’s Anatomy' come back?

Grey's Anatomy is making yet another triumphant return Thursday, May 5. This is a mere three weeks before the Season 18 finale, which is set to air May 26, and coincides with the show's 400th episode.

Speaking of returns, the May 5 episode will also feature a visit from Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh), who we suspect is stepping in since Dr. Cormac Hayes (Richard Flood), Grey Sloan's head of pediatric surgery, left earlier in the season.

It's possible this delay is related to a temporary halt in production in January 2022. According to Fansided, the COVID-19 Omicron variant was tearing its way through a few shows, which caused Grey's Anatomy, as well as Station 19 and The Rookie, to take a brief break. Station 19 is also off for a month so this could check out.

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Where did we leave 'Grey's Anatomy' before the break?

When we last left our heroes at Grey Sloan Memorial, things were not looking good for the hospital's residency program. After Dr. Levi Schmitt (Jake Borelli) loses a patient when he goes against The Webber Method, he falls into a deep depression and holes up in the basement of his mother's house. Despite repeated attempts to coax him back to work, Dr. Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.), of The Webber Method, cannot convince Levi that losing this patient wasn't his fault.

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Levi Schmitt (Jake Borelli) loses his patient

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Meanwhile at the hospital, someone has anonymously reported the residency program (and, in particular, what was going on with The Webber Method) to the Medical Accreditation Council. They quickly dispatch representatives to evaluate the program, which naturally causes Dr. Miranda Bailey's (Chandra Wilson) stress to spike.

Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is finally back in Seattle and is joined by her boyfriend Dr. Nick Marsh (Scott Speedman), who's in town to do groundbreaking transplant surgery which involves transplanting the kidney of a pig into a comatose man who donated his body to science. Before Meredith returned, she was offered a job at the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis where, as luck would have it, Nick lives and works.

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Unfortunately, upon finding out that Meredith was considering leaving, Miranda really has it out with her. This feels very much like a moment that needed to happen because low blows are exchanged, causing Miranda to have a panic attack. She has a lot on her plate! After realizing that Miranda, and possibly the entire hospital, could never see her as more than the resident she was when she started, Meredith tells Nick she is going to take the job.

Nick, Meredith, and Miranda on 'Grey's Anatomy'
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Nick, Meredith, and Miranda on 'Grey's Anatomy'

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During all of this, Levi's mother accidentally falls down their stairs at her home and Levi, with the help of Richard on the phone, performs some emergency life-saving procedures on her that hopefully saves her life. Sadly, his mother fell as she and Levi were arguing about the fact that his mother is the one who reported Grey Sloan's residency program to the Medical Accreditation Council.

Despite putting in their best efforts, and showing the Medical Accreditation Council that there's a lot of heart in the Grey Sloan Memorial residency program, it's put on probation with only a few weeks to make the changes necessary to get the program back on track. We now have to wait a month to see if Meredith leaves, if the residency program survives, if Levi's mother is OK, and if Miranda finally finds some peace in her soul.

Grey's Anatomy returns on Thursday May 5 at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.

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