Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) jolts awake and stumbles over the naked guy next to her. Derek (Patrick Dempsey) attempts to reintroduce himself but Meredith has a big day ahead and she doesn’t have time for awkward chit chat. One night stands are supposed to sneak out in the morning never to be seen again, even if they’re hot and charming. Did we mention Derek was BOTH? Today is her first day as a surgical intern at Seattle Grace Hospital. She doesn’t need any complications.
Later that morn, Meredith meets fellow interns Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), and George O’Malley (T.R. Knight) who are all assigned to surgical resident Dr. Miranda Bailey a.k.a. “The Nazi.” She is tough—as in one glare will make you cry tough—but you know you’ll love her. Bailey’s make-your-knees-knock speech has Meredith worried she’ll never live up to her mother’s legendary reputation. She pioneered laparoscopic surgery after all.