“You Can Look (But You’d Better Not Touch)”– Bailey, Arizona and Jo go to a maximum security women’s prison to treat a violent, 16-year-old pregnant girl and her unborn baby, on the midseason premiere of “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Sarah Drew as April Kepner, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Jerrika Hinton as Stephanie Edwards, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce, Jason George as Ben Warren, Martin Henderson as Nathan Riggs and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca.
Guest starring is Jasmin Savoy Brown as Amanda, Klea Scott as Dr. Eldredge and Anna Jacoby-Heron as Kristen.
“Grey’s Anatomy” was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder”), Betsy Beers (“Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder”), Mark Gordon (“Saving Private Ryan”) and Rob Corn (“Chicago Hope”). William Harper, Stacy McKee, Zoanne Clack and Debbie Allen are executive producers. “Grey’s Anatomy” is produced by ABC Studios.
“You Can Look (But You’d Better Not Touch)” was written by Tia Napolitano and directed by Jann Turner.
Ahead of Grey’s Anatomy‘s return on Thursday, Jan. 19, I put in a request to speak to series creator Shonda Rhimes about the second half of the ABC drama’s 13th season. She was unable to hop on the phone with me due to her busy schedule, but she agreed to answer a handful of questions via email. What follows are her unedited answers.
TVLINE | Nathan and Meredith: How will their relationship – or lack thereof – evolve during the second half of the season?
SHONDA RHIMES | Meredith’s journey is always interesting and complex. There are so many aspects to her as woman, a surgeon, a sister and a mother.
TVLINE | As close as Meredith and Alex are, and as romantically lost as they are, why haven’t they considered possibly becoming more than friends by now?
That’s like asking me why haven’t I had a certain kind of cheese. The answer is, ‘Because I haven’t had that kind of cheese.’
TVLINE | Are you interested in finding a way to bring Callie back into the fold this season, even if just for an episode or two? Have you had discussions with Sara?
I love Sara Ramirez and I love Callie Torres.
TVLINE | How will the dynamic between Arizona and Eliza (Marika Dominczyk) differ from the one between Arizona and Callie?
I don’t look at it in terms of dynamics and I can’t possibly compare Arizona and Callie’s marriage with what is currently barely a flirtation. The fun comes with waiting to see what unfolds.
TVLINE | If DeLuca were to drop the charges against Alex, what would be his motivation — DeLuca’s feelings for Jo (and what are those, anyway?), his sense of Alex’s actual remorse?
[Rhimes declined to answer]
TVLINE | How have DeLuca’s feelings toward Jo been developing over the course of this season, and how do you foresee them developing?
I think we’ve all had a chance to watch what’s happened between Jo and Andrew. I am not sure that it’s mature to put a name on what’s going on at the moment.
TVLINE | How will co-parenting impact Jackson and April’s separation? And what’s the possibility of Harriet bringing them together again as an actual couple?
This isn’t a new issue so we’ve already seen any and all issues that this might entail. It’s such a positive thing to watch our characters behave as fully formed adults who know how to co-parent. What’s great is that parenting has nothing to do with their storyline this season — it gets much more interesting than you’d imagine…
TVLINE | If Megan (Bridget Reagan) were to turn out to be alive, where could you imagine her fitting into the world of Grey’s, professionally and romantically?
I don’t even know how to answer this question as it confuses me deeply.
TVLINE | Will there be a wedding before the season is up?
Weddings do not define my characters. I thought we all learned that when Meredith nailed a Post-It note to her wall.
source : TVLine
The reveals included Jo (Camilla Luddington) telling Alex (Justin Chambers) the truth about her marriage and abusive husband; Alex potentially taking a plea deal; Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) agreeing to go on a date with Eliza Minnick (Marika Dominczyk); and the hospital banding together to fight for Webber (James Pickens Jr.). Perhaps the most heartbreaking moment of the episode came when Owen (Kevin McKidd) returned home to find a note from his new wife Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) that she had left him.
It’s a brutal blow for one of the show’s most beloved characters, with Owen’s long desire to be a father among Grey’s Anatomy’s most precious of storylines. And it’s a brutal blow for the characters who before they married, were on the same page about starting a family.
THR caught up with McKidd to talk about Owen and Amelia’s marriage, how good-guy Owen could respond to Amelia’s demons, if his presumed sister Megan is still alive and what’s next now that Riggs (Martin Henderson) is back in his good graces.
Owen comes home to a note and it seems like Amelia is leaving him. What’s going on there?
At least it wasn’t a text or a Snapchat; that would have been worse! But it sucks and it’s not easy for him. It’s his worst nightmare come true. He went through all that with Cristina (Sandra Oh) and she convinced him eventually that she just didn’t want to have kids ever. So Owen was on the search for somebody who would. He felt that he and Amelia had that conversation and were on the same page. But he also knows and is empathetic that Amelia has a very dark past that is going to be a challenge. I don’t think he ever expected that it would be this massive U-turn about things and that she potentially might not want to have kids ever. That’s a really core thing for Owen; we’ve always seen him pine and yearn for and wish to be a father, have a child and raise a family. I feel bad for Owen, I feel bad for Amelia that she’s in so much pain that this is the only course of action she felt she could take. It points toward a definite issue in their relationship. I don’t know if they can make it back from it. I hope so.
How is Owen feeling in that moment?
Owen will give her space like she asked for, but only until he runs out of patience and is desperate to find her and talk to her and try and draw her out. Even on his wedding day to Amelia, she almost ran away from him. There’s only so many times somebody can keep going away before the person that gets pulled away from goes, “Wait a minute, maybe I should be reading the writing on the wall here.” Owen is going to get to that place at some point where the longer she’s away and won’t communicate with him, eventually he’s going to question what he’s doing here and maybe this person at their core just fundamentally doesn’t want to be with him. It’s very heartbreaking for Owen to even consider that option.
Riggs points out that Owen isn’t the same person he was after he cheated on Cristina following her abortion. How will we see Owen respond this time?
I imagine he’s going to make one last big overture to her to win Amelia back. But we haven’t shot those scenes yet. And if that isn’t met with something positive from Amelia, Owen would be an idiot to think that their marriage is salvageable. They’re at that deal-breaker point. For somebody to walk out, it shows there’s a huge issue in the relationship — and one that potentially isn’t healable or fixable. They both love each other and that’s what makes it all so tragic. I imagine will bury himself in a big pile of work to try and block out what’s happening. But the problem with that is if Owen works too much and doesn’t sleep enough and gets his body under stress, those are the circumstances where his PTSD could come back because it’s all right there under the surfaces. He manages it well, but there’s only so much stress he can take before those things can come back and flare up again, which again would make the situation only worse. But I’m hoping that Amelia will be able to heal and be able to move forward. Her fear is driving her and I’ll be very sad if it doesn’t work out because they do love each other. But sometimes in relationships, love isn’t enough.
A few people thought they were rushing into this marriage — Amelia even freaked out that they didn’t know one another very well. Do you think if Owen had known Amelia’s past and that she didn’t want children that he would have married her?
That is what is really sad about this situation: they did have that conversation, and they affirmed to each other that they were going to commit to having children. But the pregnancy test and the negative result, it shocked Amelia just as much as it’s shocking Owen. People sometimes intellectualize the direction they want their life to go but then sometimes when there’s a defining thing that happens — in this case, the negative result of the pregnancy test — it unearths what your actual soul really wants, craves or is scared of. It came as a huge shock for Amelia that her spontaneous reaction was one of relief that she was not actually with child. Which must be traumatic for her, too, to think that she knew where she was headed and what she wanted but that may be completely different. I don’t think she concealed anything from Owen, but sometimes the truth takes a while to come out.
How will we see Owen and Amelia interact at the hospital?
She’s missing in action for a few episodes and Owen gets more concerned and distracted by that. Eventually, he goes to try and confront her. Whether she will meet him halfway or not will be interesting to find out. I imagine when Owen finally gets to be with her, he will say, “What are we doing here?” It’s really hard. I feel sad for Owen. My concern is that Amelia’s demons and the darkness of what’s happened to her might just be insurmountable, which is tragic.
Last week, viewers finally saw Owen’s sister and Nathan’s wife, Megan (Bridget Regan), in flashbacks. Is she alive?
If I had a vote, which I don’t, I would definitely vote for her to come back because it would add such a great, interesting twist to the Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Nathan situation. One of the things we’ve seen with Owen since he started on the show is that he has a guilt complex. He beats himself up and blames himself for things over and over again. He blames himself for the plane crash, even though technically, it really wasn’t his fault. He takes on a lot of guilt, and his core as a man is connected to the disappearance of his sister. So if that suddenly disappears and she’s alive, it’s going to really crack open and change who Owen is because he’s built his life around this core guilt and feeling of responsibility for the loss of his sister. It’d be really fascinating to reintroduce her; I don’t think it will happen anytime soon, but I would love it if we did.
Nathan and Riggs seem to have their friendship back on track. Owen doesn’t let Riggs put him on a pedestal and confesses that he, too, had cheated on his wife in the past. Will Owen lean on Riggs given everything with Amelia or will we see him continue to be this silent, guilt-ridden guy?
I hope so. To have that conversation was deeply healing for Nathan, but it was deeply healing for Owen, too. That conversation really moved the needle on the Owen and Nathan relationship because that’s the first time they have felt that deep brotherly love that they had for each other and that that could still be there buried under all of this anger and resentment. We’re starting to see the Owen and Nathan relationship begin to slowly rebuild. I think Owen will start to confide in him and it’s a beautiful thing to watch that happen because it’s a good message to send out there into the world that even with terrible things that can happen between people, if there’s forgiveness and if there’s an intention for the deconstruction of that resentment, beautiful things can happen. I do think we’re going to see less of the silent, brooding, having the weight of the world squarely on his shoulders Owen. He’s finally going to have somebody he can share that with in a very male sense. It’s a really healthy for him to have that deep friendship.
source : THR
In typical “Grey’s Anatomy” fashion, a major disaster hit Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital on the Season 13 midseason finale. An apartment building collapsed in the middle of Seattle, flooding the hospital with dozens of critically injured patients and frazzled loved ones.
While the medical disaster consumed much of the episode with compelling and heart-wrenching storytelling, the bigger disasters were taking place in the doctor’s personal lives.
Richard Webber’s (James Pickens Jr.) job continued to be at risk, as Dr. Eliza Minnick (Marika Dominczyk) continued to creep in on his duties, overseeing the residents. And Bailey (Chandra Wilson) continued to be on her side. Webber and Bailey ended up getting in a fight about her trying to overthrow his power, and the rest of the doctors came to Webber’s defense.
“I think the big broad arc of the second half of the season is this hospital that has become divided in this view of Richard Webber and everything that he stands for,” star Kevin McKidd tells Variety of the finale aftermath.
Webber may not be the only one forced out of the hospital. Jo (Camilla Luddington) finally told Karev (Justin Chambers) the truth about being married to an abusive man. She decided to fess up because she was scared her secret marriage may come up when she testifies in court for Karev. In turn, he decided it may be best to take the plea deal to go to jail for two years and much to Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) dismay, the episode ends with Alex in the DA’s office, leaving viewers questioning, will he turn himself in?
However, the biggest cliffhanger of the episode is that Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) left Owen (McKidd). As Owen returned to their home after work, he found a note from his runaway wife.
Here, Kevin McKidd talks to Variety about the midseason finale. Plus, will Owen and Amelia get back together?
Amelia left Owen! Is this breakup for good, or is there a chance they will work things out and get back together?
It’s hard to know. We’re not that far away from shooting that episode. Amelia is still missing in action. Owen gives her space for a little while, as he should, but he runs out of patience and tries to track her down and wants to talk to her. He is deeply concerned, he really loves her, but he’s not an idiot — she was almost a runaway bride at his wedding and he had to convince her. There’s only so long anyone can do that, before they see the writing on the wall. When people want different things fundamentally in their lives, that’s a big problem. They’re definitely on the rocks and their future is definitely in question.
Amelia does not want children and Owen does. Even if she does come back, will they be able to overcome that?
I wish and pray for Owen that he will one day get that child, and be with someone that wants to have that child with him, and I hope that person is Amelia — but right now, I think that ball is in her court. Eventually Owen is going to have to say he can only do this so many times and he can’t do it anymore.
How will Amelia leaving impact Owen?
I think Owen will do what he always does in these big, horrible moments in his life — he buries himself into work, and usually not in a healthy way. He’ll probably work incredibly long shifts and just be all about medicine. I think a lot of people do that when there are problems in their life. They just stick their head in the sand and just work, work, work. I don’t think he’ll unravel in the sense of drinking too much or anything, but I think he’ll get tired and stressed. But the thing with Owen is that the thing that triggers his PTSD is lack of sleep and stress and getting buried in work, so this can become a situation where his PTSD gets flared up again. That’s my concern.
I couldn’t help but think of Cristina (Sandra Oh). She also didn’t want kids, so this is now the second time Owen is going through this heartbreak. Will he have flashbacks of Cristina?
I don’t know. Possibly. I know it will be very much in Owen’s mind because it’s such an echo of what happened with him and Cristina. I don’t know if we’ll have flashbacks, I don’t know what Shonda [Rhimes] is planning, but I’d love that.
The hospital is in a divide because of Bailey trying to push Webber aside. Will that be the major theme of back-half of the season?
For Richard’s position to be put into question is a seismic thing ot happen in our show because he’s always been our rock and the moral compass. To put his integrity or ethics in question like this is huge for the show and big for our doctors. It creates an existential anxiety for everyone that I think will play out very interesting and in very divided ways. I hope that by the end of the season there is a reunion. I think that will be the main thrust of the season.
What else can you tell me about the back-half of Season 13?
There’s going to be a couple more of these one-off episodes, which is exciting.
Speaking of one-off episodes, will we be seeing more of Owen’s sister (Bridget Regan)?
I really hope so because I really enjoyed working with her. I thought that the dynamic with her really played well and people seemed to respond well to it. I’m lobbying for her to make another appearance. It may not be in the future.
Now that we’ve seen Owen’s sister, how will that change his storylines going forward?
I think what we saw in that episode last week was who comes to surgeons to help them through, and we saw that person in his conscious has manifested in the shape of his sister. She’s smarter than him, funnier than him, more talented than him and he held her on a pedestal for many years, so it makes sense that she comes to him and helps him problem-solve. His conscious of her tells Owen maybe he need to let go of this resentment for Nathan (Martin Henderson), and then Owen took that step. We all know that the reducement of resentment and forgiveness are the two things that can fix relationship. I think as we move forward, we’ll start to see some thawing of Owen toward Nathan, and maybe the re-emergence of their friendship. They were best, best friends before. It’s really fun to see that dynamic.
source : Variety
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the midseason finale of Grey’s Anatomy. Read at your own risk!
Alex (Justin Chambers) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) may be on the road to recovery on Grey’s Anatomy after the months of iciness that followed Alex beating DeLuca within an inch of his life.
With Alex’s trial nigh, Jo discovered she’d have to testify, and her testimony would be made public record, which means the abusive husband she long ago ran from would discover her location. Despite her fear, Jo was prepared to testify, and even told Alex the truth about her past. However, Alex nearly made that point moot by trying to cut a deal with the DA that would see him spending the next two years in jail.
A last-minute voicemail from Meredith made Alex reconsider, meaning Jo will likely be taking the stand when Grey’s Anatomy returns from the winter hiatus. How will she handle her past coming back to haunt her? EW turned to Luddington to find out:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Now that Jo has told Alex the truth, can they start to heal their relationship?
CAMILLA LUDDINGTON: I think that it’s for sure a step forward, but I’m not sure what direction it’ll be in. I am hoping that with both of them being so vulnerable with each other, it can open up communication again. But this is Shondaland; reconciliation is never made easy and sometimes simply doesn’t happen. Do I think they’ll be more road blocks? I can’t imagine good drama without them.
It appears that Alex is going to go through with the trial. We know that Jo is ready to testify. Can you talk about her mindset going into this knowing that her husband could finally find her? Is she essentially ready to stand and fight?
She absolutely has a lot of fear. Her initial reaction was to run, but I think Alex telling her to stand her ground was something she had never heard before — or perhaps she had, but coming from him, in that particular moment, it really struck a chord. She has a lot of fight in her, she’s a survivor, and I think yes, she decided she’s not ready to let go of what she has worked so hard to build. She’s terrified, but she’s taking a stand.
Will we get to meet her husband in the latter half of the season?
I think people don’t realize that the cast are often as blindsided by storylines as the audience is. I have absolutely no clue what the latter half of the season holds. I feel like we have to meet him though. I want to meet him. He’s cast such a heavy shadow over Jo, I want her to have some sort of closure. If she gets it by facing him, then so be it.
Should we be worried that Alex may still do something stupid in regards to her husband?
I would like to think not, that he will have grown from the altercation from Andrew, but who knows? The thing I love about Grey’s Anatomy is that the characters are messy. They’re flawed. They don’t always do the right thing, and it’s painful and frustrating to watch.
source : EW
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