33 Moments of Emotional Torture For Anyone Who Watches Shonda Thursdays

To some people, Thursday is just an inconvenient roadblock to the weekend. To fans of writer/producer/force to be reckoned with Shonda Rhimes, it's the day that television's holy trinity unites for a three-hour block of TV full of pure, epic, murderous, sexual-tension-fueled reasons to keep living. ABC's Shonda Thursday airs Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder back to back to back, leaving loyal viewers in a steaming hot puddle of wine and emotions by 11 o'clock, without fail. Keep reading to see exactly what goes down!


01
As you turn on Grey's Anatomy, you're feeling pretty optimistic.
ABC

As you turn on Grey's Anatomy, you're feeling pretty optimistic.

02
Shonda is a certified TV genius, after all. What’s the worst that could happen?
NBC

Shonda is a certified TV genius, after all. What’s the worst that could happen?

03
Everything at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital is suspiciously calm . . .
ABC

Everything at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital is suspiciously calm . . .

04
. . . until a plane crashes into a train, which flips onto a ferry and sails into the hospital?!
The CW

. . . until a plane crashes into a train, which flips onto a ferry and sails into the hospital?!

OK, this storyline may not have happened quite just yet, but we won't rule it out.

05
Then you realize your favorite character is trapped under debris and possibly bleeding out.
NBC

Then you realize your favorite character is trapped under debris and possibly bleeding out.

06
Thank God you know Shonda would never kill off your favorite character in such an awful way.
The CW

Thank God you know Shonda would never kill off your favorite character in such an awful way.

08
You casually start hyperventilating into the paper bag you keep stuffed under the couch cushions for Shonda-related emergencies.
Fox

You casually start hyperventilating into the paper bag you keep stuffed under the couch cushions for Shonda-related emergencies.

09
You tweet Shonda 1,000 sobbing emojis and tell your roommate you'll never watch the show again.
The CW

You tweet Shonda 1,000 sobbing emojis and tell your roommate you'll never watch the show again.

10
Then you calm down during the commercial break and realize that this character’s death actually makes sense.
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Then you calm down during the commercial break and realize that this character’s death actually makes sense.

Shonda just did what had to be done!

11
You’re still going to write an angry blog about it later, though.
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You’re still going to write an angry blog about it later, though.

12
Scandal starts and your heart rate goes up for different reasons (Olivia and Fitz are making out, obviously).
ABC

Scandal starts and your heart rate goes up for different reasons (Olivia and Fitz are making out, obviously).

13
Their relationship is finally on track for once and you couldn’t be happier. *prayer hands emoji*
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Their relationship is finally on track for once and you couldn’t be happier. *prayer hands emoji*

15
GIRL, WHY?
CBS

GIRL, WHY?

16
Meanwhile, Huck's rocking back and forth in the fetal position in a scene that lasts at least a decade.
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Meanwhile, Huck's rocking back and forth in the fetal position in a scene that lasts at least a decade.

17
And as soon as Cyrus starts pointlessly yelling, you know it’s time to break out the wine.
NBC

And as soon as Cyrus starts pointlessly yelling, you know it’s time to break out the wine.

18
Good thing you did, too, because Jake takes off his shirt and your body literally ignites.
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Good thing you did, too, because Jake takes off his shirt and your body literally ignites.

19
Unfortunately, the episode ends the way it almost always does: Olivia and Fitz aren’t together, and your heart is breaking.
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Unfortunately, the episode ends the way it almost always does: Olivia and Fitz aren’t together, and your heart is breaking.

20
How to Get Away With Murder just started, though, and you’re pumped for Annalise Keating and co. to distract from your agony.
ABC

How to Get Away With Murder just started, though, and you’re pumped for Annalise Keating and co. to distract from your agony.

21
The first flash forward scene is so overwhelming that you immediately forget about Liv and Fitz.
The CW

The first flash forward scene is so overwhelming that you immediately forget about Liv and Fitz.

22
Once you get it together, you zero in on the hotness that is Connor Walsh’s face.
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Once you get it together, you zero in on the hotness that is Connor Walsh’s face.

23
And tune out the annoyance that is Michaela's constant complaining.
Lifetime

And tune out the annoyance that is Michaela's constant complaining.

24
There's a weird moment of sexual tension between Wes and Annalise when you're like, "Are they a thing? Aren't they?"
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There's a weird moment of sexual tension between Wes and Annalise when you're like, "Are they a thing? Aren't they?"

25
Immediately followed by Annalise having an intense emotional moment to herself.
Fox

Immediately followed by Annalise having an intense emotional moment to herself.

*cue your tear ducts burning*

26
The interns are fighting with each other while you fight internally with your desire to openly sob.
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The interns are fighting with each other while you fight internally with your desire to openly sob.

27
It’s OK, though, because the team wins the case and Annalise takes them to da club to celebrate.
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It’s OK, though, because the team wins the case and Annalise takes them to da club to celebrate.

29
The closing scene is another flashback, which shows everyone you’ve ever known or loved dead or dying.
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The closing scene is another flashback, which shows everyone you’ve ever known or loved dead or dying.

30
You briefly pass out.
Oxygen

You briefly pass out.

31
You're canceling your cable for real this time.
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You're canceling your cable for real this time.

32
Goodbye, cruel world.
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Goodbye, cruel world.

33
JK. See you next week, Shonda!
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JK. See you next week, Shonda!