Grey's Anatomy Round Table: "New History"

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The Grey's Anatomy Insider staff is pleased to announce, by popular demand, the return of one of our old, favorite features, the Round Table discussion! Below, our panelists break down some of the burning questions we're left with after last night's episode.

Be sure to check out our sister site's Private Practice Round Table from last night as well, if you're a fan of Grey's Anatomy's sister series! But now, down to business:

Topics for our "New History" Round Table include memorable moments, the Chief's problem, the arrival of Teddy, and the lingering tension between Alex and Izzie  ...

1. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote from the episode?

McCritic: Cristina: "She attended state school!" Alex: "So did I!" Cristina: "She's skinny and blonde." Alex: "So is Mer." Cristina: "She's annoying." Alex: "So are you."

MerDerLove: Mer's closing narrative: "Sometimes the past is something you just can't let go of. And sometimes the past is something we'll do anything to forget."

iheartizzie: Callie's description of Richard as Bailey's "work husband." So true. LOL.

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2. To you like Teddy?

iheartizzie: At first I didn't, but Kim Raver did a great job and fooled us all, appearing inept or at least somewhat flaky, but settling into her role as a teacher and cardio goddess.

McCritic: Not a huge fan. Nothing really against her personally but do we need any more docs? Intriguing back story with Owen though. What's going on there? What will go on?

MerDerLove: Hated her at the beginning when I thought she was a threat to Owenstina, warmed up to her when I thought she was just an awesome surgeon, then did a 180 when Owen balked at the end at her feelings for him. No! Don't do it, Owen!

3. Will the Chief get help for his drinking?

MerDerLove: We're led to believe Meredith saw him at Joe's, right? In that case, you've gotta think she'll confront the Chief before it results in any more snipped bile ducts.

McCritic: Richard is stubborn. How long has this been going on? Who knows, but don't expect him to own up to it or let down his guard anytime soon. It could get real ugly.

iheartizzie: Eventually yes. It's just a question of how. The synopsis for next week says Thatcher will call him out. Awkward! I look forward to seeing how that plays out.

4. Who deserves forgiveness more, Alex or Izzie?

McCritic: Are you serious? Alex helped her through her cancer, he conquered all his emotional issues and married her, and doesn't get the benefit of the doubt? Or even the benefit of a conversation before she splits town and cuts off all communication? That was cold.

iheartizzie: I still heart Izzie, as my name indicates, but she bolted. Whatever Alex's role was in her losing her job, there's no excuse for leaving him high and dry.

MerDerLove: This couple was never one of my favorites, and this is why. There's always been a lack of communication. You never know how Alex is going to react.

5. Did you prefer the character-centric episodes of the past two weeks, or last night's more traditional episode with multiple, intertwined story lines?

iheartizzie: I don't think it's a coincidence that the previous two episodes - "Give Peace a Chance" and "Invest in Love" - were among the highest-rated ever on our site (at least in our informal polling). Last night was good but I love when they focus more on one person/story.

MerDerLove: Traditional. More characters, more love to go around!

McCritic: Both styles have their merits. I will say, though, that I might pass out laughing if they ever do a Cristina-centric episode. Sandra Oh kills me. Not just her lines, but even when she's not speaking. Cristina's face says so much even when she says nothing.

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ITA. The picture needs to be changed. And, put Arizona
next to Callie:) Enjoy the website. Thank you.


I agree GA that picture is awful. It is all cloned together. Grey's has a new promotional pic they should use. And everyone is in it.


Can ya'll please remove George from the header up top? And while your at it, add Owen and Arizona. Life at GA is moving on and Greys Insider should reflect up to date information.


I also love Character-centric episodes. My other favourite show, 'Lost', also has character-centric episodes, which makes it great.
And yes...a Cristina centric episode would be great!!


I really like Teddy. I don't know, she looks all competitive and happy to do what she does, and she doesn't complain. And she teaches. She doesn't do like Hahn, I hated her and her way of teaching to Cristina, and I was so happy when she left. The point is that I don't want Teddy to be the new Sadie, who arrived and left us all with a lot of expectations (during the first episode) and then left silently, and personally I didn't realise she wasn't in the show anymore until the end of the episode after the one in which she left.
By the way, I want her to stay. I know I'll have bananas and tomatoes coming on my head after saying this, but I hate Owen/Cristina together. I dunno why, I just can't stand her when she's with him. She loses all that makes Cristina.. Cristina I really hope that Owen and Teddy can be together, and I think Cristina would be good with the new awesome Doc. I actually miss Burke. Their storyline was intense, tough, while with Owen is something more like.. OMG I choked you! Ok, I forgive you, no I don't, Oh, I changed my mind, let's have a relationship! Oh, and you must have a shrink, but I'll help you. And while Cristina does this let-me-fight-with-my-brain thing Owen kinda stays there, doing nothing. I mean, i like him as single character, cause he's nice and cute w/ Arizona and Callie and Mark and Lexie and everything, but.. Ugh. I don't like him in a relationship w/ Cristina. Plus, Teddy's cute, and she looked like she was in love with him, so there could be some sort of hope for them to be a couple, right?
Can't wait for next episode, hope that McSteamy-Daddy and Lil' Grey won't split up. They're one of my fav couples.
And I loved MerDer. I want a MerDer centric episode! I miss them so much, even if the tiny lil' scenes that Shonda gives them are simply amazing! ;D
Please don't kill me for what I said bout Owen - Cristina, lol XD


I loved the one episode focusing on one character as well as the usual episode. An all Cristina fucused episode would be hysterical!!! I need more MerDer though, MerDer is number ONE! :-)


Sandra Oh really is one of the most talented actors on the show - she is so expressive, you can see what she is feeling from her facial expressions alone. What Kevin McKidd and Sandra Oh achieved last season was amazing - the story they told, and the deep respect and love that they portrayed between Cristina and Owen was very real and mature. The writers have really not given them much to work with this season (apart from the first couple of episodes). I can see why they're both having difficulty being outstanding so far as the storyline is unbelievable and isn't being true to their characters. How could Owen be doubting his love for Cristina when she stood by him throughout his PTSD, went with him to see his mum, forgave him for choking her half-to-death, went with him to therapy, admitted that she loved him (amazing for Cristina Yang!), told him she can't breathe without him, etc. I hope the writers aren't going to use O/C as the next MerDer because they are so popular and now MerDer are 'together forever'...I believe Sandra Oh and Kevin Mckidd deserve better, and so do the viewers.


While I do not like that Izzie just walked out on Alex something had to be done to allow the time she needed for her leave of absence and since it looks like she might be taken additional time off for her daughter a broken Izzie and Alex is the way to go right now.


I like Teddy but I hope she does not come between Christina and Owen. While I think the Mercy West Doc who kissed Christina is cute I think she is too deep for him.


I agree with Jay. Sandra Oh is very talented and I think she is one of the best actors on the show. She does such a great job playing Cristina and I think an Emmy is definitely in order :) I love Cristina and Owen and I hope that the writers keep them together for a long time. MerDer get to be together happily now and so should Owenstina! Plus Owen is drop dead sexy!!!

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Grey's Anatomy Season 6 Episode 9 Quotes

[narrating] Sometimes the past is something you just can't let go of. And sometimes the past is something we'll do anything to forget. And sometimes we learn something new about the past that changes everything we know about the present.


Cristina: She attended state school!
Alex: So did I!
Cristina: She's skinny and blonde.
Alex: So is Mer.
Cristina: She's annoying.
Alex: So are you.