Grey's Anatomy Burning Question: How Do Meredith and Derek Respond?

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The list of burning questions is a mile long heading into Grey's Anatomy Season 9.

The latest we address today? How do Meredith and Derek react to Lexie's death?

Mere will deal in a way "that’s a little surprising," according to creator Shonda Rhimes, cryptically as ever. And as for Derek, will he be able to operate again after losing his sister-in-law?

Or will he suffer a crisis of conscience, and/or potential limitations via injury?

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Rhimes says he'll face the existential question of “what kind of doctor are you when you can’t do the thing you’re greatest at any more? We’re going to see him head back, but there is that question for him."

How do you think he'll handle it? And who is on the gurney?

Sound off on these issues facing our beloved, embattled surgeons and all things Grey's Anatomy as we count down the days until Thursday, September 27 (32 days) below ...

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)