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Grey's Anatomy Round Table: "Shock to the System"

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Welcome to the TV Fanatic Grey's Anatomy Round Table, in which our panelists discuss the burning questions from the previous episode of the long-running ABC drama.

We are pleased to bring back this fun feature after a brief hiatus. Topics for our "Shock to the System" Round Table Q&A and the TVF staffers' answers appear below ...

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

L.J. Gibbs: Meredith revealing the miscarriage was the most emotional, but I liked her speech to Alex even more, beginning with "You're not that special" and ending with "You're not a lightning rod Alex, just a guy that's been through a lot of crap." Well said, and someone had to say it!

M.L. House: Bailey on Karev's bullet: "It is not fine. It is foreign and it has no business being in your body. Get it out Karev ... or I will see that you do not operate until you are operated on." Mostly because it enabled me to picture Alex with his shirt off.

Mrs. Northman: Owen: "I'm not going anywhere Cristina. I'm not going anywhere without you." Gotta love a man that will not give up so easily when faced with relationship troubles. He truly loves her and knows that she loves him. Way to show enough courage for both of you, Owen!

GART

2. Who's marriage do you think will last longer? Derek and Meredith's or Owen and Cristina's?

L.J. Gibbs: Probably Owenstina's, since MerDer are not actually married. Which is fine. They're an awesome couple and they're 100 percent right that they don't need an elaborate ceremony to prove it. Marriage is, however, a legal act. One they eschewed, deliberately. Again, terrific for them. But stop fronting on those who actually took the binding plunge!

M.L. House: Derek and Meredith ARE NOT MARRIED!!! I know Shonda thinks the Post-It thing is cute and all, but I wanna throw something at the TV every time another character references one as the other's "wife" or "husband."

Mrs. Northman: Tough question. I really think Derek and Meredith will withstand the test of time! They've already been through so much - way more than Cristina and Owen's relationship and still come together and fight for each other. I really hope one day there's a McBaby!!!

3. Should Mark have told Lexie about his true feelings for her?

L.J. Gibbs: I know it must have been hard, but he had to, and that simple act of honesty showed more courage than the Mark Sloan of seasons past could have ever imagined.

M.L. House: Yes. The way to a man's heart may be through his stomach, but the way to a woman's is through honesty at all times.

Mrs. Northman: Yes! She may not be in the most healthiest of places and doesn't want to hear him out, but he really loves her and was there for her when she needed someone. I think she's stable enough to accept where he's coming from and who knows? Maybe they can get back together already!!!

Does She Tell Derek?

4. More heart wrenching scene: Cristina having a breakdown on the surgical floor or Meredith telling Derek she had a miscarriage?

L.J. Gibbs: We knew the miscarriage had to be revealed and at the right time for Meredith. Cristina's breakdown? Totally shocking and almost more heart-wrenching because it was so out of her control, much like when Mer lost the baby in last season's finale.

M.L. House: I'll go with Cristina because I didn't see that one coming. I had a feeling Meredith would reveal the miscarriage to Derek, so the tear ducts were prepared.

Mrs. Northman: I really thought Meredith telling Derek that she lost their baby would be the most heart breaking scene of the episode, but watching Cristina struggle on the surgical floor really had me holding back the tears!

5. Who do you think needs the most advice this week and what would you tell him/her?

L.J. Gibbs: Derek. He's going to need it with Amelia visiting from Private Practice!

M.L. House: Jackson. I'd tell him: Your surgical skills are being restricted by that shirt. Take it off. Work topless for a week. See how it feels.

Mrs. Northman: Cristina for sure stole the show with all of her PTSD. I would tell her that she should not give up on her life's passion because some crazed idiot ruined life as she knew it. Continue seeking counseling and time really does heal all wounds.

What do you think? Weigh in with your own answers/comments!

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im just checking, do we know for certain they didn't have a justice of the peace look at it at some point? i mean, we havent seen everything. maybe they just cbf filming it

Steve-marsi

To answer the question as it was intended, MerDer's monogamous relationship stands as good a chance, if not greater, of lasting forever than Owenstina's. You don't need a marriage license to enjoy a committed, lasting, loving relationship for a lifetime. You do need one to call it a marriage, however. This is factual.

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Should Mark have told Lexie about his true feelings for her? Absolutely no....
He belongs to Callie, damn...
Why Shonda can'y understand that???
I love them...

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My favorite quotes are:
Mer that says to ALEX THAT HE ISN'T SO SPECIAL ...and MERDER in the elevator scene ,they are so funny...Mer's face is so hilarius!!!!! My favorite scene are :MER and Derek about the miscarriage .It was an Avid-scene but without doubt Intense.
MER and CRI in the floor of the or and in the floor of the Mer's home absolutely intense and awesome scenes. Mark and Lexie i don't know,because in this moment i prefer Mark instead to Lexie ,her speak and her crazy moment ,i don't like. Alex and Bailey that in the or speak about Reed and Bigfoot .They remember their died-friend. The crowen's marriage has been a bad idea ...so Owen and Cri go all and two from the Dr. Wyatt... the therapy is the solution...

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that is the silliest question ever heard!!!!! merder will totally surpass owen and christina in the test of time... there is no comparison ive

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@M.L.House, OK, let's assume that right now I sign a marriage license to an x person....do I have a marriage? Legally, I'm bounded to a person, does that make me 'married'? If you fall in love, do you have to look to a dictionary to see if you are actually feeling love? Dictionary/textbook definitions aren't really an issue when it comes to emotional events such as a marriage. What I meant to say is that the level of commitment is what makes a marriage, not a license or a post it. Not having a textbook definition of what a marriage supposedly is doesn't make M/D's marriage less of one because they don't have the marriage license hanging over their bed. So, I ask to have an open mind to it. Not everything is just because society (or the dictionary) says it is. :)

Matt-richenthal

@Meghan: How is the Post-It marriage a stand-in for gay marriage?!? Gays around the world are rallying for the exact opposite: they want legal, documented marriage.
@anuflas: Every definition of the word "marriage" you'll ever find involves legal status. Based on your "legal or not" definition, a third grader that gives his girlfriend a promise ring is married.

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@rss and rabbit- I agree. The miscarriage scene was so ANTI-CLIMATIC. I was very dissapointed in the amount of time, well lack there of, they spent on that scene. Stupid teddy and the counselor guy got there stupid kissing scene and that was WAY longer than the miscarriage. Retarded! Kick April/teddy out :) then grey's cast will be amazing once again..

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1. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote from the episode? "Go hug yourself" or Derek's banter about speeding. That's all PD. 2. Who's marriage do you think will last longer? Derek and Meredith's or Owen and Cristina's? M/D dude. Marriage isn't defined by a piece of paper. Or legal status. The only thing that signing the license does, is to give legal rights, not to make it a marriage. Legal or not, M/D is a marriage. 3. Should Mark have told Lexie about his true feelings for her? Nop and he should run far far away. With Addison away. 4. More heart wrenching scene: Cristina having a breakdown on the surgical floor or Meredith telling Derek she had a miscarriage? Both. Can't choose here. 5. Who do you think needs the most advice this week and what would you tell him/her? ITA that Derek needs the most advice this week. Watch out!

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It is always frustrating for me when people hate on the post-it marriage. Shonda has made multiple references to the fact that the MerDer post-it is a commentary on gay marriage--it doesn't have to be (and in some instances can't be) legal for it to be real. I wish that people would see that as the progressive, incisive social commentary that it is, instead of screaming that she robbed them of MerDer romance or that Meredith and Derek are too cowardly to make it legal.

Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 2 Quotes

Go hug yourself!

Meredith

They say lightning never strikes twice, but that is a myth. It doesn't happen often, lightening usually gets it right the first time. When you're hit with 30,000 amps of electricity you feel it. It can make you forget who you are. It can burn you, blind you, stop your heart. And cause massive internal injuries. But, for something that happens in only a millisecond, it can change your life forever.

Meredith
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