Welcome to the TV Fanatic Grey's Anatomy Round Table, in which our panelists discuss the burning questions from the previous episode of the long-running ABC drama.
We are pleased to bring back this fun feature after a brief hiatus. Topics for our "Shock to the System" Round Table Q&A and the TVF staffers' answers appear below ...
1. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote from the episode?
L.J. Gibbs: Meredith revealing the miscarriage was the most emotional, but I liked her speech to Alex even more, beginning with "You're not that special" and ending with "You're not a lightning rod Alex, just a guy that's been through a lot of crap." Well said, and someone had to say it!
M.L. House: Bailey on Karev's bullet: "It is not fine. It is foreign and it has no business being in your body. Get it out Karev ... or I will see that you do not operate until you are operated on." Mostly because it enabled me to picture Alex with his shirt off.
Mrs. Northman: Owen: "I'm not going anywhere Cristina. I'm not going anywhere without you." Gotta love a man that will not give up so easily when faced with relationship troubles. He truly loves her and knows that she loves him. Way to show enough courage for both of you, Owen!
2. Who's marriage do you think will last longer? Derek and Meredith's or Owen and Cristina's?
L.J. Gibbs: Probably Owenstina's, since MerDer are not actually married. Which is fine. They're an awesome couple and they're 100 percent right that they don't need an elaborate ceremony to prove it. Marriage is, however, a legal act. One they eschewed, deliberately. Again, terrific for them. But stop fronting on those who actually took the binding plunge!
M.L. House: Derek and Meredith ARE NOT MARRIED!!! I know Shonda thinks the Post-It thing is cute and all, but I wanna throw something at the TV every time another character references one as the other's "wife" or "husband."
Mrs. Northman: Tough question. I really think Derek and Meredith will withstand the test of time! They've already been through so much - way more than Cristina and Owen's relationship and still come together and fight for each other. I really hope one day there's a McBaby!!!3. Should Mark have told Lexie about his true feelings for her?
L.J. Gibbs: I know it must have been hard, but he had to, and that simple act of honesty showed more courage than the Mark Sloan of seasons past could have ever imagined.
M.L. House: Yes. The way to a man's heart may be through his stomach, but the way to a woman's is through honesty at all times.
Mrs. Northman: Yes! She may not be in the most healthiest of places and doesn't want to hear him out, but he really loves her and was there for her when she needed someone. I think she's stable enough to accept where he's coming from and who knows? Maybe they can get back together already!!!
4. More heart wrenching scene: Cristina having a breakdown on the surgical floor or Meredith telling Derek she had a miscarriage?
L.J. Gibbs: We knew the miscarriage had to be revealed and at the right time for Meredith. Cristina's breakdown? Totally shocking and almost more heart-wrenching because it was so out of her control, much like when Mer lost the baby in last season's finale.
M.L. House: I'll go with Cristina because I didn't see that one coming. I had a feeling Meredith would reveal the miscarriage to Derek, so the tear ducts were prepared.
Mrs. Northman: I really thought Meredith telling Derek that she lost their baby would be the most heart breaking scene of the episode, but watching Cristina struggle on the surgical floor really had me holding back the tears!
5. Who do you think needs the most advice this week and what would you tell him/her?
L.J. Gibbs: Derek. He's going to need it with Amelia visiting from Private Practice!
M.L. House: Jackson. I'd tell him: Your surgical skills are being restricted by that shirt. Take it off. Work topless for a week. See how it feels.
Mrs. Northman: Cristina for sure stole the show with all of her PTSD. I would tell her that she should not give up on her life's passion because some crazed idiot ruined life as she knew it. Continue seeking counseling and time really does heal all wounds.
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