Grey's Anatomy Round Table: "Hope For the Hopeless"

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Welcome back to TV Fanatic's Grey's Anatomy Round Table!

Our official Grey's Anatomy review broke down last week's episode, "Hope For the Hopeless," in detail. Now, TV Fanatic staff writers Courtney Morrison, Sean McKenna and Christina Tran have gathered for their weekly Round Table Q&A to further debate, discuss and dissect the goings on at Seattle Grace/Mercy West.

Read their answers below and weigh in with yours!

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1. What was your favorite scene or quote from the episode?

Courtney: Have to go with the Adele/Richard serenade with Mer helping out. Loretta Devine was flawless in her appearance and this was definitely a scene that brought on the water works. 

Sean: I have to agree about Chief Webber singing the Valentine Day song. It was a sad, touching moment that illustrated his love for his wife, even during his monumental 10,000th surgery.

Christina: I liked all of the scenes with the widow casseroles. From Teddy accepting them to Mer using them as food for the party, the whole widow casseroles concept was pretty darn funny.

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2. What specialty should Meredith go into? Should she follow in the infamous Ellis Grey footsteps?

Courtney: Who wants to be compared to someone else their whole life? Mer needs to get back to neuro now. Lexie is just not filling Mer's shoes in that department.

Sean: I know she doesn't want to follow in her mother's footsteps per se, but I do think that being a general surgeon would be the best choice for her because she can bring her skill to so many different facets. But in the end it's true, she's nothing like her mother.

Christina: Like Meredith, I’m torn. I think she’d be an amazing general surgeon, but also feel like she was incredibly passionate with neuro. Either way, just as Dr. Webber said, she’s nothing like Ellis.

3. What’s in the cards for Adele’s Alzheimer's? Should Richard retire to care for his wife?

Courtney: As much as I don't want to think about it... things are going downhill for Adele. I don't think Richard should retire, but maybe if he was home more she wouldn't be wandering the streets. I wouldn't put it past Shonda to bring on an Adele death around season finale time, but lets hope she doesn't.

Sean: No, I don't think he should retire. It may be sad that she has Alzheimer's, but I've never gotten the feeling that he ignores her or abandons her. I think he's done a great job of balancing everything out.

Christina: I’m with Courtney on this one. I can’t imagine much of a happy ending for Adele’s Alzheimer’s storyline. I certainly don’t think Richard should retire, but he definitely should consider logging more hours at home versus the O.R.

4. Mark’s girlfriend dropped the L word on him. Too soon? Should Mark take a chance or does his heart still belong to Lexie?

Courtney: Absolutely too soon! I get that there is much more time between the episodes than the week we are seeing, but we have met this girl like three times. Even the three months like they mentioned is a little quick. He definitely still has feelings for Little Grey, but Mark needs to take a chance on something stable and good for him.

Sean: I don't know if it's too soon, but it's good to see Mark being cautious. Then again, is it really caution or hesitation because Lexie is single and ready to mingle?

Christina: Way too soon, indeed ... or at least it seems that way. As hard as it is for me to say this because I do think that Mark ultimately belongs with Lexie, he should give Julia a real chance. So far, she’s been very likeable. There’s just one thing about her, though, and that’s the fact that she’s not Lexie.

5. Who is your favorite Grey’s Anatomy couple to date?

Courtney: The obvious choice is Mer/Der but I have a few close seconds - Cristina and Burke, Sloan and Addison (the unforgettable McSteamy scene!!). And after this episode, Adele and Richard may be creeping up the list.

Sean: I'd say Meredith and Derek because they are such a staple of the show. But at the same time, I really am enjoying the bromance of Mark and Avery, the plastics posse. They crack me up.

Christina: MerDer, of course! They’ve been my favorite couple from the start and will always be.

6. Can Cristina and Owen bounce back from their biggest fight yet?

Courtney: I do not know! We could see the tension building, but that was a blowout. It seems like the two have been living kinda separate lives lately. I think these two could be endgame, but I'm sensing a split coming up.

Sean: I really don't know. I think there are some huge issues that are going to be tough to get past for both of them. I feel like this is the point where the show takes them to couples counseling, makes both of them depressed and separate, or allows them to teeter on the edge before finally making up and coming back together. Man, was there a lot of tension between those two.

Christina: It sure doesn’t seem that way, does it? Honestly, I hope they take a real break. There’s no doubt that they both need it.

What do you think? Share your responses in the comments below!

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Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 12 Quotes

Julia: Love you.
Mark: See ya.

There's nothing else we can do for you. These are the last words a surgeon wants to tell a patient. Getting up doesn't come easy to us, so we do everything in our power not to. For surgeons, lost cause just means try a little harder.

Meredith