Grey's Anatomy Spoilers: Derek in the Doghouse

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Grey's Anatomy fans could never forget about MerDer, but Ellen Pompeo's maternity leave the first half of this season has relegated the show's core couple to the back burner.

What's up next for Mer and Der when Grey's Anatomy returns in just over a week? Not good things. Don't be alarmed, they're together for good. But D stands for doghouse.

That's because he learns Rule #1 of marriage the hard way when he lets slip something Mer told him confidence. At work. To people Mer also knows. Women don't like that.

But here's where it gets intriguing: The secret's impact "will be much more wide-ranging at Seattle Grace-Mercy West" than just a case of marital annoyance, reports say.

What do you think the big secret is?

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Meredith won't be smiling at her husband for long, it appears.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith