The powerful meaning behind that Grey's Anatomy episode title

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You might not always notice the episode titles of your fave TV shows – but this episode of Grey’s Anatomy is worth paying attention to. 

If you’re an avid Grey’s Anatomy fan, you may already know that most of the show’s episode titles are inspired by song titles. But last week’s episode broke this streak – for good reason. Because “1-800-799-7233” was named after the National Domestic Violence Hotline in the US. 

The move was apparently inspired by rapper Logic, whose song 1-800-273-8255 is named after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

The episode focused on character Jo, whose ex-husband appears at the hospital to confront her. 

According to showrunner Krista Vernoff, the idea for the name originally came from actor Giacomo Gianniotti, who plays Dr. DeLuca on the show. 

Many fans were incredibly grateful for the move. “I watched the episode of Grey’s Anatomy from last night and I just want to say first of all. Not only was it a great episode, but they made the title of the episode the domestic violence hotline number. Which I think is fantastic,” wrote one fan on Twitter. 

“I would like to take a moment to appreciate the fact that today’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy about domestic violence is entitled 1800-799-7233, the US national hotline for domestic violence. THIS is how you use your platform to spread awareness,” another said

After the show aired, Vernoff also urged fans to call the hotline if they experienced abuse.

“You are worth it,” she wrote on Twitter. “You are love and you are loved and you are not alone”. 

If you are a UK citizen, visit or call 0808-2000 247 for more information about coercive control, domestic abuse, and the help available for those affected.

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Emily Reynolds

Emily Reynolds is a journalist and author based in London. Her first book, A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind, came out in February 2017 with Hodder & Stoughton. She is currently working on her second.