Welcome back to the Grey's Anatomy Round Table!
Our official Grey's Anatomy review broke down Thursday's 2012 premiere, "Suddenly," in detail. Now, TV Fanatic staff writers Courtney Morrison, Sean McKenna and Christina Tran have gathered for a 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!
Teddy finally receives the news of her husband’s death. Where will this take her character? How mad will she be at Owen for not giving her the update?
Courtney: Teddy is definitely going to spiral. How can she not? The man she loved died while being operated on by her best friend and protege. That is a tough pill to swallow. We will most likely get some awesome scenes from Kim Raver as she deals. I was expecting her to freak out on Cristina since she performed the surgery, but she didn't. I'm not sure if she is saving the anger for Owen, and if she is... sucks to be him. It hadn't hit her yet, but when it does and she realizes how long Owen waited to not give her the news, she is going to be pissed. Maybe this will play a part in the tension between Cristina and Owen that is clearly still there.
Sean: Teddy is going to become drastically distant to the other characters and most importantly to Owen. It’s either going to make her more determined and dedicated to saving lives to where she ignores everything else, or she can’t cope with working where her husband died. If anything, there’s going to be a Cristina and Owen tension as well, but they’ll be able to get past it faster.
Christina: Saying that Teddy is going to be furious is probably an understatement. I, too, expected her to completely freak out on Cristina. I predict to see her beyond infuriated with Owen and unwilling to forgive him for quite some time.
2. Meredith and Derek got their baby back! How will the presence of Zola change their relationship?
Courtney: I haven't been the biggest fan of Zola, but if it keeps Derek acting like McDreamy and Meredith bright and shiny, I'm good with it. I said in my review that I hope the baby still plays somewhat of a back seat so we can focus on the adults. After everything that has gone on between these two, Meredith is now in a place to be a mature and responsible person. This is only going to make things better for them.
Sean: To be honest, it felt like a cop out at the end. There was a more dramatic tone with the losses of the episode and I loved that Derek and Meredith were working together through it all. You could tell that their relationship was strengthening. Yet, bringing Zola back makes an easy happy ending with Derek and Meredith. Sure, there will be some problems, but I was hoping for Derek and Meredith working together simply for themselves and not because any outside forces would do it for them.
Christina: It’s going to change their relationship for the better. I can’t wait to see them juggle working together as a team as parents while continuing to be all-stars at the hospital. Finally, the McFamily is back on track. Next up: the dream house. I am stoked!
3. Should Bailey get back together with Ben?
Courtney: The girl has been lucky over the past two seasons, getting to spend time with both Ben and Eli. As much as I liked the latter, Ben is a better fit for her. I'm saying it; take the plunge Bailey. Ben is one hot doc!!
Sean: Of course! Enough space! Let’s get it on!
Christina: Definitely! What’s holding her back?! Quick, think of a couple name for Ben and Bailey. Benley?!
4. Sloan’s girlfriend made her first appearance inside the walls of Seattle Grace. Should Mark and Lexie get back together now or is Julia a better match for him?
Courtney: Sloan and Lexie are end game for me but I'm somewhat intrigued by Julia's character. Age wise, and maturity wise for that matter, Julia probably is a better match for Mark. Do I think that this relationship will lead him back to Lexie? Sure. But I'm good with Julia sticking around for a while. She is a new challenge and Sloan deserves some relationship time. I mean this is McSteamy. The man needs to have some fun.
Sean: I don’t know enough about Julia to determine if she’s a better match, but the Mark and Lexie “will they, won’t they” will probably play heavy for the rest of the season.
Christina: As a huge Slexie fan, I was surprised by how intrigued I was by Julia’s character. She does seem to be a better fit for Mark for now; however, I’m still hoping that Slexie is endgame. Besides, hopefully the writers can give Lexie something more productive to do than just pining over Mark. After all, she’s a Grey.
5. Make your predictions for the remainder of the eighth season.
Courtney: Derek and Meredith will struggle adjusting to having a baby with their busy careers but will figure it out. Owen and Cristina are headed for splitsville. Teddy will be in depression for quite some time. Bailey will get back with Ben and Lexie and Mark will rekindle their relationship. Crossover time with Private Practice. Some other things I wish would happen: Alex finds a new relationship (he has the worst luck with the ladies!), Jackson and April hook up, and the dream house is move-in ready by seasons end.
Sean: Derek and Meredith will be baby focused and leading towards a happy ending. Owen and Cristina will have problems but will eventually make up. Teddy isn’t going to be as trusting. Jackson and April will be looking for love. Even Alex might find some. And of course, some crazy procedures will lead to those classic dramatic moments.
Christina: Aside from everything that Courtney mentioned, I’d like to add that I want to see more fascinating medical cases including more about the Alzheimer’s trial. Also, I can’t wait until the crossover episode! It’s going to be ah-mah-zing!
What do you think? Share your responses in the comments below!