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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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All of you are so fucking retarded.

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anyone know when the alternate reality ep will be airing? thanks:)

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When GA did the Time Warp epiosde we saw the past reality for Mer, Ellis, Webber, Bailey, Alex and Callie. I guess we're totally immersed in the alternate reality for this what if episode. Cris can't have been the one helping Owen with his PTSD, but would Cris have been sharing an appartment with callie?
It's not just Crowen's lack of talking about the abortion, it's also the way Owen delayed Altman finding out about her husband dying is gonna be an issue too.
Two visits in one season by Avery's mom is a surprise. I'd rather see Der's mom meet her newest granddaughter. Tyne Daly is working in London for a while, so maybe that's meant an adjustment for the planned Shepherd mom and all 4 sisters visit

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@clarksonfan: People have different opinions concerning abortion. To you it might be a fetus. But to me it was a life and abortion is ending a life. Some call it murder and some abortion. Cristina may be funny but she is also selfish and Owen is always the second fiddle in her life. He gave in when she wanted the abortion and now its her turn to make a concession. The Cristina I know is not heartless and she would never have had the abortion. They let her seem cold like a robot. I still hope there will be a baby one day. They havent talked about her first pregnancy yet. Owen deserves to be a father and she would be a great mother. She is just scared. However, I think they will temporarily break up and make up again. because the writers invested too much in them to destroy them. Most of the fans were upset about the abortion, a divorce would mean the loss of many many fans. ANd Miss Rhimes surely does not want that. Because we -the fans- made Greys what it is today.

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Hey grumpiestoldman, shut the fuck up. She didn't kill "his" child. It wasn't even a child, it was a fetus. It was BOTH of theirs, it was an ABORTION, not a murder like you are saying. It is HER body, and is ultimately HER decision. Men don't have to go through pregnancies, now do they? Don't be so fucking patriarchal, asshole.

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She killed his child. I'm surprised he's still around.

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I WILL PIMP SLAP SHONDA RHIMES IN DA FACE IF OWEN AND CHRISTINA GET A DIVORCE OR SPLIT I WILL BE HEARTBROKEN, WE COULDN'T HAVE A BABY FROM THEM NOW IT IS GOING TO BE NOW OF THEM TOGETHER AT ALL THAT WRONG SO WRONG

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Warning, First response links to a porn site!

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I've never felt so strongly about something, but here it is: PLEASE DON'T BREAK THEM UPPPPPPPPPPP!

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Finally! After 8 episodes and no mention of the abortion or talks about children in the future has annoyed me. I understand why, but it's been taking ages to get the point. I understand that majority of everything may be awkward, but it's getting to the point that after midseason it shouldn't be acknowledged.