Grey’s Anatomy does the warp again thing again tonight, flashing back to Owen and Teddy’s stint as Army medics in Iraq and shedding light on the duo’s pre-Seattle Grace life.
The Iraq scenes will also show the origin of Owen’s PTSD. In an interview, Kevin McKidd spoke on Owen's obstacles, and how the Teddy situation has sparked so much debate.
Including among the very people who write Grey's Anatomy for us ...
Q: How much do we learn about Teddy and Owen in this episode?
Kevin McKidd: The episode’s more about Owen being triggered by something that’s happening at Seattle Grace, and it brings all these [emotions] back to the point that he feels like he’s almost back there. That’s what brings us to the flashbacks.
But it definitely shows the audience what kind of friendship [Owen and Teddy] had and the tough [conditions] they worked in. It also explains one of the reasons why Owen has PTSD. It shows viewers an incident, a very traumatic incident, that happened in the desert.
Q: What is the fallout, if any, from these flashbacks for Cristina and Owen?
Kevin McKidd: I think what’s really interesting is that it sheds more light on Owen and Cristina’s day-to-day life as a couple and what sort of pressures they have to deal with.It shows the pressure that Owen’s living under and also the pressure Cristina has to deal with having a partner who has this pressure cooker inside his mind ... You start to see some habits forming that maybe aren’t quite so healthy.
Q: Rumor has it Teddy’s going to hook up with Mark. What impact will that have?
Kevin McKidd: I don’t know. I can tell you that it is very nebulous at the moment in the writer’s room. I think it’s a very complicated situation. They created this very complicated construct of a triangle that is more complicated than most triangles.
All I’ll say is that there have been heated debates and differences of opinion about where this is headed and what it's going to be ... Whatever it’s going to be, it’s going to be revelatory before long. To me, it feels like the complication hasn’t disappeared.
Q: But is it safe to say his and Cristina’s main obstacle will center on Owen's PTSD?
Kevin McKidd: I think that definitely will come into play. And I’m really excited about that because I think that’s a very adult problem. I think many people and many wives and loved ones of veterans are dealing with, ”Where am I in this?"
"I know this person has a problem, but what am I getting out of this? Where is my life now? And even when there is love, when there’s a problem like this, is that enough?”
That’s a really interesting story, and that’s definitely the same for Cristina and Owen. It’s a thing that’s not going away. Like Dr. Wyatt said in the season premiere, it can get better, it may be something that can be handled and managed, but it never really goes away."