On Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, Arizona experienced a rocky first day back at Seattle Grace, Jackson broke things off with April (after she broke his heart) and Owen learned he unwittingly played a key role in last May’s deadly plane crash (and wants/needs to divorce Cristina as a result). But the biggest development came in the episode’s final moments when Meredith announced to Derek (via Zola’s shirt) that she’s pregnant! That hostile uterus of hers? Not so hostile anymore!
In the following Q&A, Mer’s portrayer, Ellen Pompeo, recalls her initial reaction to the big baby news and reveals why (and for how long) Meredith will withhold the truth from her Seattle Grace colleagues — Cristina included!
TVLINE | What was your reaction when you found out?
I wasn’t too shocked. I figured it was going to happen eventually. I heard rumblings of it at the end of last year. There aren’t too many things that shock me about the storylines. [Laughs] After nine seasons, I’ve pretty much heard it all.
TVLINE | Meredith, meanwhile, is understandably a little on edge about it.
For sure. She’s super-nervous because she’s had a tricky past with that miscarriage. That’s why she decides not to tell Cristina or anybody else until after the first trimester.
TVLINE | Is that going to be tough for her, keeping this secret from her best friend?
Probably. There’s a lot going on between Cristina and Meredith. They’re both preoccupied. Cristina’s going through her thing with Owen. Meredith is dealing with this, as well as Derek’s hand. It kind of makes it easier for them to keep things from each other.
TVLINE | How does it eventually come out?
[The whole gang] goes to dinner but [Mer] can’t drink and she’s forced to tell them why.
TVLINE | What is Cristina’s reaction? I imagine she would have mixed feelings.
In that one scene we shot she seems genuinely happy. We haven’t filmed any scenes yet where we discuss it. She actually figures it out on her own [before that], because she sees me eating, and [notices] my boobs got big — which is funny because, obviously, my boobs didn’t get bigger. [Laughs] But Cristina says to Derek, “I know. I already know. She’ll tell me when she’s ready.” A lot has happened between Cristina and Meredith. They had that fight outside the firehouse when Cristina said, “You’re not my person. Owen’s my person.” She recanted it, but a lot has happened and I don’t think it’s the same between them. Ultimately, they have to grow up. The older you get the more realistic it is that you’re significant other is your significant other. I mean, you’ll always have your girlfriends or your guy friends, but the person you’re married to is usually you’re No. 1.
TVLINE | Barring another tragedy, I imagine you’ll be sporting a fake belly for much of the season. Thoughts?
Oh, I don’t care. [Laughs] I’ve had goop squirted in my eyes and in my hair, I’ve been submerged in water tanks, I’ve been blown up… I’ve pretty much done it all, so it’s not that bad in the grand scheme of what I’ve had to do in the past.
Did you see the big twist coming? Do you think Meredith is right to keep the truth from Cristina? What did you think of the rest of Thursday’s episode, including (but not limited to) the Jackson-April break-up? Hit the comments!