Grey's Anatomy: Where We Stand, Where We're Going

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Grey's Anatomy is off until three weeks from tonight, April 29. We're 19 episode into the current Season 6, with 24 slated for release in all. By our calculations, that leaves April 29, May 6, May 13, and the two-hour season finale game changer May 20.

It's been and up and down season, both for the characters we love and for the fans of ABC's long-running medical drama. Are you happy with where we stand? What surprises and developments do you think are in store for us come late April and May?

Below, we take a look back at some of the year's highs (and lows) so far and hit on some of the Grey's Anatomy spoilers going around regarding the remainder of the season ...

  • Cast shakeups. T.R. Knight left before the season premiere, which was devoted to his character's death. Katherine Heigl returned, but then left, then came back, then left again for good. Ellen Pompeo has played a smaller role this year due to maternity leave. Kim Raver joined the cast. Mercy West residents have come, some may even stay. This isn't your older sister's Grey's Anatomy circa 2006 anymore. Is the cast better off now than when Season 6 began - or do you long for the olden days?
  • The merger. Not an OMG, water cooler-worthy theme, but an appropriate one considering these economic times, and one that the show (mostly) managed to make interesting throughout the year, with the fallout still being felt by many.
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  • More crossovers. Bailey crossed over to Private Practice. Mark, after learning he had a daughter (hilariously named Sloan), took her to L.A. and hooked back up with Addison. Derek's sister was even cast ... on Private Practice. Do you enjoy that they keep doing crossover "events," or would you rather the shows stay separate?
  • Gimmicks. From an episode told from 10 different perspectives ("I Saw What I Saw") to a flashback episode ("Time Warp"), the show has varied its format more this season. Fun ways to mix it up, or just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks?
  • Character-centric episodes. Grey's Anatomy has always featured a diverse, talented ensemble cast, but this season has devoted the bulk of individual episodes to one in particular numerous times - Derek, Owen, and Arizona to name a few. 
  • Alex Karev. Many cast members deserve accolades, but if we were forced to pick just one standout performer this season, we'd call this the season of Justin Chambers, who has made his character has more multi-layered and compelling than ever before.
  • The McBaby. Will one be made before the season ends? Pregnancy rumors are swirling, especially after last week's terrific episode, "Sympathy For the Parents."
  • The hookup. There's a new fling coming up, involving one of the newcomers this season, and someone who's been around for a long while. Who could it be?
  • The breakup. There's a high-profile split on the horizon too, stemming from a very serious issue that's not someone meeting a new love interest. Theories?
  • Game change. Shonda Rhimes really loves to talk up her finales, but when she promises a game-changer for every character, we can't help but wonder how.

What has been your favorite part of this season so far, and what have you liked least? How does it compare to past years, and what would you like to see in the remaining five episodes?

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Dislikes: Please don't have 3 weeks between shows anymore! It breaks up the flow, and it ruins the former seamlessness of the show. The Mercy West merger has never made a lot of sense to me. Most of the characters are mean and hard to connect with. ENOUGH with the Private Practice Crossovers! I'm not a fan of that show, but I think it might stand a chance if Grey's characters weren't popping in every other week. I don't mind when Addison visits Seattle once in a great while. Otherwise, I say leave well enough alone. Likes: I very much enjoyed the flashback show with Dr. Grey and Dr. Webber. It gave us a rich background. I LOVE Teddy's character and hope she can find happiness soon (not with Mark or with Owen, who both have too many issues for a classy lady like that). I agree with the other fans that Dr. Krev's character has been great! I would also love to see more character development for Dr. Bailey. I like her current love interest, and it's nice to see her growing as a person. Overall: Please give us weekly shows with the rich character develpment we've grown to love! Thank you!


What the hell guys? Grey's is a great show but a two/three week break after every new episode is so not cool. You may have a loyal fan base but you still have to show up and make shows every week like most other series out there. This whole season has been really inconsistent. The new stuff is good, but I kind of like the older stuff better. I wasn't sorry to see Izzy go at all. I also think if Sloan is hooking up with someone, it'll have to be a Mercy Wester because he's pretty much got everyone else covered. My guess is it's Keptner, who Lexie hates. That'd be some drama.
Oh, and Cristina/Owen and Arizona/Callie are both going to break up. I agree with whoever said watching Owen and Cristina kiss is terrifying. No one flails that much.


I think mer will be the one with the accident cause shes always taking care of every1 like derek when the prenant women died alex when izzie had cancer n when owen chocked christina so evvery1 else will tke care of her.


Okay-- Breakup: Owen and Christina-however the game changer will be that he has a flash back in the ER and takes the hospital hostage. Christina and Derek will both be injured in the incident. Owen will have to be admitted for injuries from the SWAT team and Mer will walk away from doing surgery on him. Hook Up: Lexie and Jackson but Lexie find out she's pregnant with Alex's baby. Callie/Arizona-won't break up but Callie will have Mark's baby causing continued strife I like the cross-overs. It would be interesting to see Bailey hook up with The Chief (runs away) leading to Adele catching them and they break up ending in divorce finally. Chief gets to relive his residency and research.


The Hook Up, is going to be Callie and Mark. The Baby, will be Alex and Izzie, by accidental insemination of their frozen embryos into a surrogate mother, The Break Up, more likely Owen and Cristina and his issues with PTSD, and how Cristina is frightened of him.


I have to say that I like the gimicks and the crossovers. I liked when we got to see young Richard and Ellis. It gave us a perspective on Richard's and Ellis relationship. I enjoy the crossovers because it is always nice to see an old friend and catch up. Hated the Merger. I could not connect with the characters. The only one that I can tolerate is Jackson. As far as character center episodes I think this season we needed them due to the fact that Shonda had to deal with two characters out on maternity leave. Ellen worked through her pregnancy but her role had to be limited because she was very much pregnant. I give her a lot of credit for working to the end. People are still complaining that TR Knight is no longer in the show but that was his choice. He wanted out of the show and, if all of the rumors were correct, so did Katherine at the time. Now Katherine has a daughter and she says she wants to spend time with her daughter so lets move on. They were not fired, they moved on. The show is called Grey's Anatomy. The one character that the show cannot do without is Meredith. As far as hookups are concerned I really don't know who I would want to hook up or break up. I would hate to see Mer\Der and\or Christina and Owen break up. I think that if Mer\Der break up it would the last straw for many of us fans. I would also hate it if Christina and Owen broke up because although she is such an emotional cripple Christina really loves Owen and I would hate to see her hurt again. I hoping that the break up is Richard and Adele and because they are making it obvious Callie and Arizona. There is also Bailey. Is she divorced or separated. I would be very happy with a McBaby. They should work on that. This season Justin Chambers had the opportunity to shine and he did.


I personally think it's unlikely Avery will link up with Cris again, I don't think he likes her now he's gotten to know her. I feel it's more likely to be Calazone breaking up, and the link up has got to be Lex and avery I'm hoping that we will see Der's mum and all of his sisters. Maybe little Shep will get to do surgery in SGMWH if Der's injured.


Cast shakeups- I miss George, especially his scenes with Meredith. But I am glad Izzie is gone. The merger- Don't like the merger, I want Big foot, miss pixie and miss psyco to go far away! More crossovers- Please NO MORE crossovers!! Personally I don't like Addison's character and I hate PrP. They should focus on the Grey cast and leave them as two different shows! Gimmicks- I saw what I say was a little boring. I liked Time wrap especially little Meredith and the Richard/Ellis flashback. Character-centric episodes- Derek's centric episode was awesome and so amazing!! I wish we will have Mer's center episode! Alex Karev- I LOVE him!! He's one of my favourite characters, always has been:). More Alex Karev I say, with more Mer/Alex amazing friendship! The McBaby- YES PLEASEEE!! The hookup- Jackson/Lexie or Reed/Alex The breakup- Owen/Cristina Game change- Hmmm.. April will do something crazy and go all fatal attraction and hurt Meredith or Derek, Mer pregnant, something will happen between Teddy&Owen, Lexie and Mark back together. Can't wait. So excited for the finale, I hope we will not be dissapointed!


Hmmmm/....first I really DISLIKE all the crossover. Please find a different way to increase the Private Practive audience. I hate that show. Hookup--either Mark and Lexie back, or I would like to see Lexie and Jackson. Breakup--hopefully Christina and Owe b/c the other two couple would break my heart. Can't wait for Alex and Lexie not too hook up anymore. Those two have ZERO chemestry together.


Hookup: Either Bailey/whats-his-name-again, because that kinda went nowhere, or Dr. Avery/ Christina. Breakup: I think they mean Alex/Lexie or Sloan/Teddy, as they aren't really couples in the first place. It's too obvious for Callie/Arizona to break up over babyissues, and MerDer calling its quits would pis off too many fans. Game change: could be any number of things. It's a greys season finale, which ALLWAYS is a fenomenon. Did ANYone see the whole Izzie/George thing coming? I guess no. There's no doubt in my mind that it's gonna be a game changer. Here's what could happen:
- chief could agree to come back as chief
- he could not and have a breakthrough with his potential Harper Avery award winning research
- Something terrible happens and Mer gives the entire hospital the speech op a lifetime (her character hasn't really evolved in the last half of the season. This could be just because of the pregnancy and all, but remember George????), ending with a legal marriage to her McDreamy
-.......(fill something in here yourself)


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

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.