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Grey's Anatomy Spoilers: Owenstina, Crossover & Alt-Reality Scoop

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"About to be blown up to holy hell.”

That's how Shonda Rhimes describes the near future for Owen and Cristina's relationship. Not exactly an encouraging sign for the couple, who she says will seek the help of a professional in the near future.

Is that reason for hope? While Rhimes confirms to TV Line that the duo will see a shrink, she adds, “It’s not in the way anybody thinks. That’s all I’m going to say about that.” Your guess? As good as ours.

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As for the upcoming crossover with Derek and Amelia, Rhimes confirms that Derek’s little sister (played by Caterina Scorsone) will indeed appear on Grey’s Anatomy for an episode in mid-February.

That same night, Derek and Lexie pop into Private Practice.

Rhimes refutes the term "crossover," however, saying “It’s not going to be a crossover the way anyone thinks. Derek and Lexie are not going to L.A. for any reason. It’s more about a medical case.”

No clue how that makes it any less of a crossover, but so be it.

Regarding the much-discussed alternate reality / if-then episode, is it something that Meredith dreams or imagines? In other words, she be able to take anything away from the experience in "real" life?

Looks like no. “It’s not a journey that Meredith is aware of,” Rhimes says. “The episode starts out as sort of a 'What If?' question asked in the voiceover. We just really wanted a chance to explore the ‘What If?’ of it all."

Also, it illuminates what’s most important to our characters.

The sense that something’s wrong and something’s lost, but they don’t quite know what it is because they’re not exactly themselves, is what drives this episode, the latest in a long-line of Shonda stunts.

Finally, Rhimes confirmed Tuesday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour that Debbie Allen will reprise her role as Jackson’s mother in an episode to air later in Season Eight.

Phew! That's a lot to discuss, so without further ado, have at it!

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    i want jackson and christina to be together not owen.owen has to much baggage

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    Ok, I am pro-choice but disapprove of the writing for so many other reasons. Have we forgotten that Christina already did the pregnancy thing in season 1 and lost the baby and one of her fallopian tubes? To get pregnant again she's got to be one of the most fertile people around...and stupid since she's a doctor and all...I am assuming she used protection.

    Have you seen the previews of the next episode with all the stupid hair-dos? FGS...what are the writers of this series thinking. So, what if I was blind and there was no such thing as a hair-dresser and also lived in the 1960s? What is wrong with these people??? I am just about done with this show. I can't take the stupidity of it anymore.

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    @Nina

    Okay, you are delusional about Christina "Just being scared"

    Christina is NOT to be a mother, not now, not ever, that has been said for years. She wanted to want it, she said it on the premiere, but she couldn't, just couldn't. That doesn't makes her any less of a woman or a person, she just knows that if she brought a child to the world she'd make a bad mother, and Meredith knows she'd be just like Ellis. And Owen understood that, on a rational level, we'll just have to wait to see how the fallout of the abortion meshes with the fallout of Henry's death.

    Aries93

    If abortion is such a big to the people commenting, why do you bother watching the show? Either you approve of the writing or you don't. Stop trying to justify why it's wrong. If abortion was murder, women who have them would be in jail. Stop blaming Cristina for doing something that was her choice. Can't a woman in a show just be career driven instead of having to be some stereotype you all love about a woman getting married and having children?

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    Cristina's case is not rape or incest.to me, her abortion= murder

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    For those who are offended by the abortion, are you also upset with murder on tv? Do you watch any other tv show with murder? If so, then the abortion should be no worse than a murder on tv.

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    @clarksonfan Kudo's for your defined words! It is everybody's own choice but don't condemn one of them.

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    *was not just

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    @NinaOh,so your're saying that just because she had an abortion that she is a robot? Cold and heartless? Or do you mean ALL woman who get abortions are heartless? And did you even watch the season premiere? Cristina was not cold or heartless about her decision, about the situation AT ALL. She even waited a long time to do it, because of Owen. She wasn't heartless about it all. She was just "Ugh, I hate kids, I'm going to get the abortion whether you like it or not, okay Owen?" And then go off and get it. He was THERE, he decided to stand by her because that IS who she is. Remember Season2? She was going to get an abortion with Burke's baby, but before she could she had the ectopic pregnancy. Getting an abortion IS something she would do. And that does NOT make her cold or heartless. She even EXPLAINED it. She just doesn't want children. Meredith even explained to Owen. Sometimes, having a child is not the best thing in the world or the light of people's lives. And it is THEIR choice.

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    @Nina, totally agree with every single words you said
    Cristina's not like stupid teenagers, she's a doctor; Saving a life is all doctors' duty!! of course including Owen & Cri




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