Ellen Pompeo Dishes on Meredith-Cristina Episode

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We recently learned that Grey's Anatomy, which returns for its much-anticipated Season 9 tonight on ABC, was to air a special episode focused solely on the divergent perspectives of Meredith and Cristina this fall.

Ellen Pompeo reveals that the unorthodox episode will have a parallel structure, splitting time between the best friends, with Meredith Grey at Seattle Grace and Cristina Yang at her new job at the Mayo Clinic.

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"Usually, we do one episode a year where it's all Meredith," the star, who just signed a two-year deal, told TV Line. "This season, they decided to do Meredith and Cristina to break it up a little bit and just focus on two people."

"They're individual storylines, but in our own storylines, it's sort of ALL us."

In Meredith's half of the episode, "[she] has a super-critical patient. The underlying subtext of my medical case, as usual, is dealing with issues of like my sister's death. Emotionally, things that I haven't dealt with."

"I sort of play out through taking care of this patient."

What do you think happens in Cristina's portion of the episode? In any case, we also recently discerned that fans can expect plenty of MerDer sex this season once the dust settles from the crash. So there's that.

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I read on other spoilers that Cristina might be moving Mid-West to get away from Mayo . . . and that someone is getting married in this season.

Egrey

can't wait.. I miss lexie and mark and teddy so bad
Cristina needs to get back to seattle grace

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I Can't Wait!!

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What episode number is this??

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I can't see any point in rushing Cris's return to Seattle. Hunt needs to miss his wife enough to realise he wants her back even without the need to have children. Mer needs to adjust to life minus Cris and rely more on her husband!
But I think Cris' PTSD is gonna come back to haunt her, even possibly costing her her job at Mayo!

Aries93

Yes, Lexie closure!

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I'm starting to wonder, I think by the end of this episode Cristina will be back at SGMW.

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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)

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.