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    "Grey's Anatomy" Started Season 19 With A New Group Of Interns, And One Of Them Has A Great Connection To A Beloved Character

    Grey's Anatomy kicked off its new season with a group of new interns, plenty of perfect callbacks to the pilot, and a connection to an iconic character.

    🚨 There are obviously MASSIVE spoilers ahead for Grey's Anatomy Season 19, Episode 1! 🚨

    Well, Grey's Anatomy kicked off its 19th season (yes, NINETEEN) this week, and with it came a few changes, namely a lot of new characters playing a new class of interns.

    Harry Shum Jr. (Benson "Blue" Kwan), Alexis Floyd (Simone Griffith), Adelaide Kane (Jules Millin), Midori Francis (Mika Yasuda), and Niko Terho (Lucas Adams) all made their Grey's Anatomy debuts this week when their characters were welcomed as the brand-new intern class at Grey Sloan.

    A photo of the new interns on Grey's Anatomy

    Over the years, the show has welcomed several new intern classes after the iconic one that started it all. We've seen Jo Wilson, Andrew DeLuca, and Levi Schmitt's intern classes, so it's safe to say we always get a good group of new characters, and this time is no exception.

    And with the new intern class, there is always a nostalgic feeling because Grey's Anatomy ALWAYS introduces them with some Easter eggs and nods to the very first episode of the show, where we watched Meredith, Alex, George, Izzie, and Cristina just try to survive their first days at Seattle Grace.

    Meredith giving a speech in an OR in Season 19 vs Richard in Season 1

    In the premiere of Season 19, which was named after the Taylor Swift song "Everything Has Changed," Jules learns that she's already slept with an attending, aka Link, when she arrives for her first day. Of course, this is similar to Meredith having sex with Derek before her first day.

    Jules running into Link vs. Meredith running into Derek in Season 1

    Meredith even jokes about it to Link when he tells her about it.

    Meredith telling Link she recommends staying away from elevators and she can't judge him

    While going on rounds with Amelia, Mika makes a joke about "organ palooza," which is something Cristina once said. Later, Mika even remarks that she has a "dark sense of humor," which is similar to Cristina and Meredith's "dark and twisty" phrase.

    Mika saying organ-palooza vs. Cristina saying it in Season 6

    This isn't a direct Easter egg, but Blue tells a story about how his brother died and donated his organs, which ends up being a lie, and it's just such a Cristina Yang move.

    Blue revealing he made up the story about his brother and he wants in on the triple organ transplant

    Meanwhile, Griffith is late on her first day at Grey Sloan, which is similar to how Meredith was late on her first day.

    Griffith walking into Meredith's first day speech late vs. Meredith walking in late in Season 1

    Also, we find out that Griffith was actually born at Grey Sloan, and her mother died after giving birth. I'm predicting right now that either Ellis or Richard were definitely involved somehow, just to make this connection to the hospital even deeper.

    Griffith telling Richard about how she had a panic attack before her first day

    And the episode ends with Blue, Griffith, Mika, Jules, and Lucas all sitting in the hallway on hospital beds, just like Meredith, Alex, George, Izzie, and Cristina used to do.

    The Season 19 interns sitting in the hallway vs. Season 1

    Now, while all of those little Easter eggs for longtime Grey's fans are exciting, it was Lucas who had the biggest connection to Grey Sloan and our favorite doctors.

    After messing up on his first day, Nick offers for Lucas to assist him in a transplant surgery, just so his first day can end better than it started. Then, it's in the operating room that we hear Lucas utter Derek Shepherd's iconic phrase, "It's a beautiful day to save lives."

    Lucas in the OR in Season 19 vs. Derek in the OR in Season 1

    It turns out that Lucas was Derek's favorite nephew and he looked up to Derek growing up. And don't worry, before you think this is another secret relative moment, Amelia and Meredith DO know who he is.

    Amelia saying Lucas is a mess and asks if Meredith hired him because he reminds her of Derek

    But, now I have a billion questions as to who Lucas's parents are and which Shepherd sister is his mom?! Like, is he either Nancy, Liz, OR Kathleen's son?! I need answers now.

    Of course, alongside the new intern class, Grey's Anatomy Season 19 is also dealing with the fact that Ellen Pompeo will only be in eight episodes this season. The first episode didn't give any indication of her leaving just yet, as she's currently the chief of surgery, so we'll have to see how they explain Ellen's absence in a future episode.

    Fans of Grey's Anatomy are already enjoying this "reset" of the series so far. So, here are some of the best reactions to the first episode of Season 19:

    all the references to the pilot are making me emotional 🤧#GreysAnatomy

    @lesbiancoven_ / Via Twitter: @lesbiancoven_

    you know is not the same as it was… #GreysAnatomy

    @escravadahailee / ABC / Via Twitter: @escravadahailee

    THIS IS A GREAT FIRST EPISODE! YESSSS GREYS YESSS! WERE BACK! @GreysABC #GreysAnatomy #greys

    @itscocoj / Via Twitter: @itscocoj

    LUCAS IS RELATED TO THE SHEPHARDS?!?!?! #GreysAnatomy

    @marvelsbuck / Via Twitter: @marvelsbuck

    derek’s legacy lives on, i cried #GreysAnatomy

    @shepscrvb / ABC / Via Twitter: @shepscrvb

    “DEREK WAS A GOD TO HIM” MY GOD I'M CRYING #GreysAnatomy

    @naishepherd / ABC / Via Twitter: @naishepherd

    "its a beautiful day to save lives" Hearing that again made me start to tear up, so happy to have another shepherd in the house #GreysAnatomy

    @_bithkith_ / Via Twitter: @_bithkith_

    I wanna know Griffiths step count for a shift at grey Sloan #greys #GreysAnatomy

    @chloella_venus / Via Twitter: @chloella_venus

    glad to see we’re bullying interns again #GreysAnatomy

    @ibegyourpart0n / Via Twitter: @ibegyourpart0n

    “Stay away from elevators” - meredith grey #GreysAnatomy

    @naishepherd / ABC / Via Twitter: @naishepherd

    Meredith Grey from intern to chief of general surgery. So proud of her <3 #GreysAnatomy

    @staywithgaetani / ABC / Via Twitter: @staywithgaetani

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