Grey's Anatomy: Will the Survivors Save the Hospital?

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Seattle Grace may have to close its doors (or at least its ER) after a surprising and ironic twist.

Having been awarded $15 million, each, the plane crash survivors certainly aren't helping the fiscal situation for their own employer. Then again, is that their problem? And should they come to its aid?

"It's going to take more money than they have," creator Shonda Rhimes tells TV Guide.

They're considering doing what they can, though, especially following Bailey's comment that if the hospital closes, not everyone has an eight-figure nest egg. Expect Derek to lead the charge.

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"There's definitely a sense of guilt involved for them in the fact that they have [this money] and the hospital's in trouble," Rhimes says. "But they also feel entirely justified in getting this settlement."

That's little consolation to April, the head of the ER, or many of the other doctors.

"Watching our doctors figure out what they're going to do and what the future holds is going to be fairly interesting," Shonda teases. "The fate of the hospital is going to come around in very unexpected ways."

"Once Cahill [Constance Zimmer] came in, the future of the hospital is a snowball rolling down the hill. It just gets faster and bigger and worse as things progress and saving it is not going to be easy."

Cahill may have more on her mind than trying to save Seattle Grace, too.

"Her motives and her agenda are much more complex than people realize," Rhimes says. "I think [what people will] start to realize is that cost-cutting measures are the least of their problems."

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Arizona: Oh my God! I mean, I understand why you're into her. She's hot. Wait, she likes you?
Nathan: What? I mean, I'm going to try not to be offended at that.
Arizona: No, no, no. It's just that Derek was--Derek was epic for her. They were the great love story. I mean, that girl's heart beat for Derek Shepherd. It just...it never occurred to me that she would ever be with anyone else. He was perfect. He was everything. That man turned her world. It...I spooked you. Don't be spooked.

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."