Grey’s Anatomy: 10 Times The Main Characters Should Have Been Fired In Seasons 1-3
The Grey’s Anatomy staff may be beloved by fans, but sometimes their behavior would have them fired in a real hospital.
The thing that makes Grey’s Anatomy so great all these years later is the drama that ensues each episode inside the halls of the hospital. From Meredith meeting Derek in the first episode to them marrying years later, the emotional connection felt between fans and the fictional doctors is strong and unbreakable.
Given the actions of the interns and attendings in the early years of Grey’s, it’s hard to believe that any of them would still be employed past the first couple seasons. Whether it be due to inappropriate workplace romances, verbal assault by Alex to George, patient-doctor entanglement via Izzie and Denny, or Addison bringing marriage woes to work, these situations would not fly in a non-fictional hospital.
10 Alex For Harassment of His Coworkers
Even though we grew to love him, Alex was a bully during his intern years.
Whether it be picking on George, disobeying his superiors, or lashing out at patients, Alex wasn’t exactly the nicest person on the surgical unit. His treatment of Izzie specifically after learning that she used modeling as a way to put herself through medical school was heinous and cruel, and he should’ve been fired for harassment.
9 Meredith For Her Relationship With An Attending
Though she slept with him before knowing exactly who he was, Meredith’s budding relationship with McDreamy was cause for concern. Bailey even told them both to cut it out, which of course only made them want to pursue their secret romance more.
Meredith had her mother’s legacy to uphold and instead of doing that she got herself involved in an extra-marital love triangle and became the main target for gossip at Seattle Grace. This definitely gave her the reputation of sleeping her way to the top, even if that’s not what she intended.
8 Derek For Favoring An Intern
Since they both willing took part in their frowned-upon workplace romance, Derek should’ve been fired as well for his part.
He then went on to favor Meredith partially because of her reputation as Ellis Grey’s daughter but also because he had personal feelings for her. This was unfair to the other interns who didn’t have the same opportunities as Meredith, and it made Derek look like a bad teacher.
7 Bailey, Meredith, and Derek Performing Surgery on Their Boss
When Richard has trouble seeing in Season 1, Derek arranges to perform a secret operation on him without anyone else in the hospital knowing.
Bailey and then-intern Meredith assist him in what appears to be a very risky procedure in the season finale. If they made any mistakes, Richard could wake up blind. The whole thing is very hush-hush and slid under the radar despite it being the Chief of Surgery’s eyesight in their hands, and an unauthorized surgery that could revoke their medical licenses.
6 Cristina For Lying For Burke
After Burke got shot outside of the hospital in Season 2’s “17 Seconds”, he wanted to get back to work as soon as possible.
Cristina was a strong support system and covered up his injured hand for him by assisting in any and all of his surgeries. She helped him lie and go back to operating before he was ready, a choice that could’ve been disastrous for many trusting patients. The unethical practice should have resulted in the loss of medical licenses for both Dr. Yang and Burke.
5 Callie For Living In The Hospital
Viewers learn early on that Doctor Callie Torres lives inside of Seattle Grace Hospital, having a room in the basement with all of her personal belongings.
Callie stays because of how dedicated she is to her work, and she is always there anyway. This is of course a fireable offense because she isn’t paying rent, and clearly needs to establish some work/personal life boundaries.
4 Burke’s Entire Relationship with Cristina
Much like Derek and Meredith, Burke and Cristina’s attending-intern relationship is an HR nightmare.
While their romance doesn’t involve any third parties, they still manage to bring their own drama into the workplace. Burke seems to favor Cristina by having her on his unit more than anyone else, and he lets her get away with a lot more than the other interns. This favoritism and hooking up while on the clock definitely was not permitted in a professional setting.
3 Izzie For Having A Romantic Relationship with a Patient
Smooth-talking Denny Duquette flirts with all of his caretakers at Seattle Grace, but starts to really fall for his doctor Izzie Stevens when he’s admitted in Season 2.
Izzie, having just broke off things with Alex, develops feelings for him too, and becomes unhealthily attached to her patient. Denny even proposes to her at one point, which just goes to show that Izzie should absolutely not have been his doctor any longer.
2 Derek For Yelling At An Alzheimer’s Patient
After Meredith nearly died from drowning in Season 3, Derek finds her mother who has been hospitalized once again due to her Alzheimers.
Instead of acting like an employee of the hospital he’s in, he acts as a protective boyfriend and lashes out at Ellis Grey, telling her that she is the reason for all of Meredith’s problems, and the reason she might not survive. This speech, while well-intentioned as sticking up for his girl, does Ellis zero favors, and she passes away later that same day. It’s also a risky career move, as he is an established doctor and could be punished for his poor bedside manner.
1 Izzie For Cutting Denny’s L-VAD Wire
In an effort to get Denny a heart transplant ASAP, Izzie cuts Denny’s L-VAD wire without permission from her superiors or support from her peers.
Her friends end up supporting her and helping her cover up the damage she has done, which means that all of them should’ve been terminated for their actions. While Izzie’s heart was in the right place, her actions were catastrophic and didn’t end up helping Denny in the long-run anyhow. She ended up briefly quitting after this, but she should have never been able to practice medicine in the future.