Welcome to TV Fanatic's Grey's Anatomy Round Table, in which our illustrious panel discusses hot topics and burning questions from last night and beyond.
Topics for our "Hook, Line and Sinner" Round Table Q&A include memorable Grey's Anatomy quotes, Calzona's future, Derek's decision, April's role and more ...
1. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote from the episode?
L.J. Gibbs: I loved Derek's response to Mark lamenting that he's losing his child: "Sloane's your child. You're not going to lose her." Rather than tell him he was being ridiculous or overreactive, Derek cut straight to what really mattered.
M.L. House: Three-way short, simple tie: "I'm a cardiothoracic whore." - Yang. "Learn how to fish yourself." - Richard. "I shave my legs ... sometimes." - Mer.
Mrs. Northman: Derek: "I can't staff this office because she is Hunt's friend and your flavor of the month. I think Derek is making a fine chief. I am happy that his first choice wasn't Teddy and was the better choice for the hospital."
2. Did Sloane (the younger) ultimately make the right decision?
L.J. Gibbs: When Mark said she's a good kid with good instincts, audible laughter emenated from our sofa. That pretty much sums it up ... adoption can be a good thing.
M.L. House: Yes, although it was interesting that they did this story line because I actually know adoptive parents-to-be who this recently happened to - the birth parent changed her mind in that 48-hour window. Doesn't that seem unfair?
Mrs. Northman: I am having a hard time with this one. Much as I believe that the adoptive parents would be the most rational and responsible choice - I also believe that there is nothing in this world like the bond between a biological mother and child.
That is why there are so many adopted children that go searching later in life for their "real" parent. It would be one thing if she was so certain, but it seemed like Sloane was hesitant. In the end, I do think Sloane was nowhere near ready to be a mom... so I guess it was the right decision.3. Did Derek make the right decision for the cardio position?
L.J. Gibbs: It's not that I'm on Team Evans, it's that I'm on Team Der. Much as it sucked that Teddy was his second choice (and I'm not upset she ended up getting it), it says a lot about Derek's character and how much he values his responsibility as Chief.
M.L. House: Yes. No offense to certain other characters, but Evans clearly stood out. Giving it to the Teddy Bear just because of personal connections would be unprofessional.
Mrs. Northman: Teddy was his second choice. Evans was his first. Yes, I think his choice in Evans was correct.
4. Will Callie acquiesce to Arizona regarding the baby issue?
L.J. Gibbs: You can it's eating away at her. I don't think Cal should acquiesce necessarily, but maybe give it time. They haven't been together that long. Just enjoy each other.
M.L. House: Nope. This is going to drive them apart. Maybe they'll get back together eventually, maybe even with a baby, but this season, I can see this ending in a breakup.
Mrs. Northman: Well - aren't we using 10 pt words! I hope Callie doesn't. She would make a great mother someday and it doesn't seem like Arizona will budge on this one for Callie - so why does Callie have to be the one to make the sacrifice?
BABY BRAWL: Team Arizona or Team Callie?
5. Will Lexie end the season with Mark, Alex, or neither?
L.J. Gibbs: With a nod to recent Grey's Anatomy spoilers suggesting Mark's hookup with Reed ultimately drives him back to Lexie, I don't know if that means right away. This season might end with an Alex, Mark and Lexie cliffhanger love triangle.
M.L. House: Lark. Slexie. Call 'em what you want ... just bring 'em back!
Mrs. Northman: I am hoping she stays with Alex. I am interested in seeing where their relationship goes.
6. Will April be a game-changer?
L.J. Gibbs: Great question. They've done a nice job planting the seeds for something with April ... otherwise why would she even be back on the show? There's a difference between a crush and acting on it, though ... what could she really do?
M.L. House: No. Maybe she'll come on too strong and overstep her boundaries and Derek will have to let her go, but I can't see anything truly "game change" worthy.
Mrs. Northman: If you read my Grey's Anatomy review, then you know where I stand on this one. I definitely think April will be the game changer. It has been building up very quietly over the last few episodes - from her going into Meredeth's closet to get some clothes to her confrontation with Lexie... I bet she is going to at the very least try to do something that will change the lives of one or many on the show.
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