Grey's Anatomy: A Triage of the Most Critical Storylines for Season 8
Does Meredith still have a job at Seattle Grace? What will Cristina do about her unexpected pregnancy? And will April get eaten alive as the new Chief Resident?
There were a lot of questions when Season 7 of “Grey’s Anatomy” wrapped up and we hope the two-hour premiere of Season 8, which kicks off Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on CTV, will provide some answers.
In an episode titled “Free Falling/She’s Gone” Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) has to deal with the consequences of tampering with the results of Derek’s (Patrick Dempsey) Alzheimer’s clinical trial and Cristina (Sandra Oh) has to deal with not wanting to be a mother. Teddy’s (Kim Raver) new man Henry (Scott Foley) also has to undergo an urgent surgery, while a giant sinkhole in downtown Seattle leaves April (Sarah Drew) in charge of the residents.
In advance of the premiere, here’s a triage of the most critical storylines.
Code Blue: Seattle Grace
Not only has Meredith tampered with the results of Derek’s study, she has spoiled her chances of being a doctor at Seattle Grace. So what does that mean for the rest of the staff? Will they rally behind her or jump on the chance to take over her cases? (And will the show have to change its name to ‘Little Grey’s Anatomy?’)
Despite her inexperience, April was named the new Chief Resident, beating out veterans like Cristina, Alex (Justin Chambers) and Meredith. How will this change the dynamic of the hospital? Will they respect her authority? And how will she ever fill the shoes of Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson)?
Owen (Kevin McKidd) also has big shoes to fill. He’s been named the new Chief of Surgery, even though Bailey thought she’d be the one to replace Chief Webber (James Pickens Jr.).
Alex is also in a tough spot. After blowing the whistle on Meredith, everyone on staff hates his guts. And his girlfriend just moved to Africa. Now all he needs is Izzie (Katherine Heigl) to come back, only to tell him she’s leaving again.
Life-Threatening Condition: Relationships
To say Meredith and Derek are on the rocks is an understatement. Is a divorce legal if it’s written on a Post-It?
Bailey is getting it on with a hot young male nurse named Eli (Daniel Sunjata), and Lexie (Chyler Leigh) continues to get it on with Jackson (Jesse Williams) but does her heart still really belong to Dr. Sloane (Eric Dane)?
Teddy and Henry also just declared their love for each other but will they be able to keep it going without any complications? With another surgery scheduled for the season premiere, who knows what stress this could put on the new couple. Could this be Izzie and Denny (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) all over again? (i.e. Teddy will show up in a prom dress in an elevator before the season is through?)
Cristina and Owen are also having trouble (Baby trouble…see below)
Critical But Stable Condition: Babies
It’s all babies all the time at Seattle Grace – but there is at least one doctor who doesn’t want to participate. Cristina is adamant about not being a mother but after finding out she’s carrying Owen’s baby, will she be able to go through with terminating the pregnancy? Especially when it would mean the end of their relationship?
Meredith and Derek just adopted baby Zola but Derek wants nothing to do with Meredith. Will she become a single mother? Or will Derek have to sublet the trailer back from Alex and turn it into a nursery?
Though it seems like it would be the most complicated, Callie (Sara Ramirez), Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) and Sloane have worked out a good system parenting their baby but will this “Two Women, a Man and a Baby” scenario continue to be smooth sailing?
And even though April is pregnant in real life, her character (who just happens to be a virgin) will not be having a baby. Look for lots of baggy scrubs and close ups as the producers try and conceal her baby bump.
About Sheri Block
Sheri Block has been covering entertainment for CTV.ca since 2008. In addition to covering Will and Kate’s Royal Wedding in London, Sheri’s highlights have included going on tour with “Canadian Idol,” being a stand-in on “Canada’s Next Top Model” and meeting Colin Farrell at the Toronto International Film Festival.Follow her on Twitter!
About Lindsay Zier-Vogel
Lindsay Zier-Vogel has been working for CTV.ca and covering So You Think You Can Dance Canada since 2008. In addition to interviewing the famed American choreographer Bill T. Jones and Canadian prima ballerina Karen Kain, Lindsay’s highlights include criss-crossing Canada on four SYTYCDC audition tours and covering the Juno Awards. Follow her on Twitter!