Grey's Anatomy Round Table: "Sympathy For the Parents"

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Welcome to TV Fanatic's Grey's Anatomy Round Table, in which our esteemed panelists discuss hot topics and some burning questions from Thursday's episode.

Topics for our "Sympathy For the Parents" Round Table include memorable Grey's Anatomy quotes, kids (current and future), family members and much more ...

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

M.L. House: Two baby-related Grey's Anatomy quotes from Dr. Yang tie this week in my book: 1. Cristina: (to Teddy) "You want to have kids?" Callie: "You don't?" Cristina: "Have you met me? No!" 2. Cristina: "I hate men, they're stupid." Meredith: "Derek asked me to have a baby with him this morning." Cristina: "Really stupid."

Mrs. Northman: Bailey: "If you are going to wait for the perfect time to have kids - you're never going to have kids." This quote speaks volumes! I couldn't agree with Bailey more.

L.J. Gibbs: Mrs. Northman's chosen quote was going to be my choice as well, since it was recently true in my own case! But in the interest of mixing it up I'll borrow from Meredith:

"You can waste your whole life wondering, but the only way to find out what kind of parent you'd be is to finally stop talking about it and just do it." Amen, sister.


2. Mark and Teddy together: Fan or not a fan?

L.J. Gibbs: I recognize the whole angle with Mark wanting to settle down and all, prompted by Sloane's entry in his life, but I'm not really feeling all that much chemistry here. It feels like a diversion from the tension under the surface with Owen, but maybe that's just me?

Mrs. Northman: Not a fan! Really, the writers should try to find someone new for both of them. I even think they aren't too into it either. Both seem to be just doing it for the kicks.

M.L. House: Not a fan. I want her to myself!

3. Will Owen get the help he needs?

Mrs. Northman: I hope so! I really like Owen and think he's a pretty stand up man. I really hope he doesn't cheat on Christina! I'd rather them break up than cheat on her.

M.L. House: If he keeps snapping at Cristina like he has been, he's going to need some, otherwise this relationship is headed for an ugly, emotional end. Hopefully it won't...

L.J. Gibbs: As we said in our review, what a tangled web this guy weaves. He clearly needs some help talking about things bothering him mentally and relationship-wise.

4. Did you like meeting Aaron? What Grey's Anatomy character's family member or members would you like to see next (either ones we've already met, or have not)?

M.L. House: Mark Sloan. The mother who raised that guy must be a real character. As for one's we've met already, I wouldn't mind Cristina's mom making another visit.

Mrs. Northman: I liked Aaron! He played the doe eyed brother really well. It explained so much about Alex and why he is the way he is. I would love to meet Derek's family - we really don't know all that much about his history besides Addison and Mark.

L.J. Gibbs: How about Derek's? Last night's Private Practice notwithstanding, there's still so much McDreamy back story to explore, and he's my favorite character.

Karev vs. Karev

FAMILY REUNION: The Karevs come to blows.

5. Besides Sloane Sloan, which character will have a child first?

L.J. Gibbs: Here's an out-of-left-field theory: Cristina. Maybe I'm influenced by the supposed pregnancy spoiler going around, but I think after last night's discussion, it's the last thing we'd expect. She can still have children after the miscarriage, right?

M.L. House: Callie and Arizona. Okay, probably Mer and Der, but I'd love to see a scene in which Calzona argues over which of them will physically carry the child ... and/or over who the biological father will be. Something tells us Mark would be down!

Mrs. Northman: It will have to be Meredith, unless April does something wicked to her. Gosh, that chick really grinds my gears!

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@ana114, I meant in why we'll never know about what made Derek absent, viewer wise. SR loves Addie, and since she was the 'thorn' in MerDer S2, being planted as 'the victim' (IMO, she wasn't but whatever) in the love affair that MerDer were already having.


@anuflas In my opinion I don't think Addison got screwed in season 2 because Derek told her that he was in love with Meredith and that it wasn't a flint or revenge that he had seriously fallen in love with Meredith. Knowing that Addison still chose to stay with him. I mean a guy tell me I would dump him in an instant.


1. LOL Cristina's quote about having babies.
2. NOT a fan. I wasn't really a fan of Slexie, but now, I kinda want them back. No offence, but I want Teddy gone, so that she won't interfere with any other relationships on GA. I'm not surprised if she turns lesbian and likes Arizona. But no way she's breaking up Calzona!
3. I really hope he does. Just when I thought their (Cristina&Owen) relationship was improving, it went downhill again. I love the ending part where they held hands. It says so much.
4. Nothing really significant about Aaron, but I like how nice he is to everyone, before the fight.
5. I think Calzona will! I keep wondering, why Arizona doesn't want babies since she's a peds surgeon.


1. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote from the episode?
Alex and Meredith in the bathroom,and their cute friendship,but also merder speech about have or don't have child.
2. Mark and Teddy together: Fan or not a fan?
Not a fan,she is still in love with Owen,and Mark is still in love with lexie,he said her that he was learning not to care about her anymore.I want mark and lexie together again.
3. Will Owen get the help he needs?
I hope he does,and i hope teddy and cristina will help him. 4. Did you like meeting Aaron? What Grey's Anatomy character's family member or members would you like to see next (either ones we've already met, or have not)?
Yes i like d aron a lot,i hope to see again mama sheperd,and i would love to meet mark's mum.
5. Besides Sloane Sloan, which character will have a child first?
I hope meredith,but i think that or teddy or lexie will have a baby first.I hope lexie get pregnant to mark's child.


With the 5 Shephard children I think growing up may have been a little tough. Remember dad was murdered in his shop for his watch, and Derek being the only male in a household full of women/females he had to grow up fast and become the MAN of the house. Maybe Derek felt he had to discipline his younger sister, (it has been hinted that she was a wild child) which Amelia hated she may have thrown "your not my father" line in Derek's face a few times, maybe that's why she doesn't talk to him, and she resents him so much that she kept Mark's affair with Addison a secret, Amelia would have known Mark as a big brother, long before Derek and Addison got married, did she feel obligated out of love for Mark to keep his secret, this makes it more intriguing a question, that would hurt Derek more having his sister know that the man he considered his brother was having an affair with his wife, and it wasn't a one night stand like Derek had originally thought. We now know Mark and Addison stayed together once Derek found out and walked out on Addison, so when was the affair found out by Amelia, now that would make a good flashback episode on either Grey's Anatomy or Private Practice. (oooooo I had a nasty thought Nancy said that it was a right of passage to practice on Mark, question did Amelia practice on Mark too, because Amelia is known as Derek's kid sister)(another question Derek said he had 9 nieces and 5 nephews, which sisters had the majority of the children, because Nancy didn't seem to be really motherly when she came for a visit in S2, unless her children are in school that could explain the stop over in Seattle and her husband would be home looking after them when they got home from school, so that would leave Kathleen and the unnamed sister, because Amelia is doing her fellowship in Neurosurgery and still focused on her career, so it doesn't appear she has any children yet?) I agree I hope Kathleen and the other unnamed sister are closer to Derek, I think Kathleen might because she is a shrink, she'd want to analyze him all the time and Derek'll be Kathleen I'm not one of your patients, common sibling rivalry banter. It's the way most brothers would speak to there sisters. It would be interesting to know the birth order of the Shephard children, was Nancy and Kathleen older then Derek, Derek in the middle then the unnamed sister then Amelia being the youngest of the 5 children, or is Derek the oldest with 4 younger sisters? I hope Shonda puts some light on all these questions. It certainly opens it up for possible flashback episodes.


@ana114, You're probably right about Amelia's issues. I watched the PP episode again, and she clearly has some big issues with Derek. The 'golden child' comment should've been what I missed. So Amelia was the wild child gone right. I supposed that by being the youngest, she needed to cry out attention everytime she could. She had to compete with four other children for it. And Derek being the only boy, I assume he got plenty of it. I think something (event, issue in particular) happened between Derek and Amelia for Addie and Amelia to bond that way. Not even Nancy spoke so demeaning (sort to speak) of Derek. But, Amelia doesn't seem to like her other sisters either. I guess that the Shepherd household wasn't all that happy. I'm actually curious now to see the other two sisters now. One of them has to like him, right? About Addie/Derek saga, since Addie got screwed around in S2 with Derek being all love struck with Meredith, they won't get to reveal what made Derek absent. I agree with your theory 100%, though.


The names seem to reel me in. Happy Shiny People, I think I know what happens. :) I can't wait!


I thought so to that Amelia had professional jealousy but the fact that she kept Addison affair with Mark a secret from her brother, makes me think that is more than just professional jealousy. Now I get why it was so easy for Derek to leave his life in New York behind.It also makes me think that Derek adapted to Addison's lifestyle,that Derek change who he was in his marriage to Addison and it suffocated him which made him an absent husband. The two sisters of Derek that we had met seems to me like superficial bitches, just like Addison was, when she was first introduce. Then Addison change when she moved to Seattle, Addison became less superficial in Seattle. I think this is why Derek doesn't want to share Meredith with his family, I think he thinks that his sister won't like Meredith, because Meredith is not superficial and they are going to make Meredith feel bad for that. I got the impression that when Derek's mother came to visit, in the beginning, Mrs. Shepherd didn't like Meredith because she thought Meredith was superficial with the pony tail and the fake smile but when Meredith told Mrs Shepherd that she was the type of crazy person who felt compassion for a Serial Killer, Mrs Shepherd changed her mind about Meredith. I think in that moment was when Mrs S realized that Meredith wasn't another Addison that she was exactly what Derek needed.


The episode description should come in the next week. At least for 6x20.


Cristina has one fallopian tube left. She still can get pregnant.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 6 Episode 19 Quotes

Christina: I hate men their stupid.
Meredith: Derek asked me to have a baby with him this morning.
Christina: Really stupid.

Mark: Come on code for something dirty right like she eats your pound cake and you eat her pound cake.
Callie: No.
Mark: Oh please tell me its something that is dirty because otherwise that was the most boring conversation ever.