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Grey's Anatomy Romance Report: Who's Happy? Who's Sad? Who May Be Laughing Yet Mad?

Greys Anatomy RelationshipsThe road to romance for any Grey’s Anatomy pairing has never been an easy one, but at least two couples have a slice of bliss being served to them as Season 10 opens.

Veritably headlining what series creator Shonda Rhimes hopes to be a “lighter, funnier” cycle for the ABC drama are the titular Meredith and her husband Derek, whom she says “probably” have the most happiness ahead of them of anyone .

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“Although with a new baby, [being] post-surgery and the sleep deprivation, I doubt it’s going to be all happiness,” she adds with a chuckle. Still, with the plane crash and ensuing legal/career drama behind them, and now a pair of beautiful children in their arms, don’t the marrieds pretty much have it all? “That depends on what your definition of ‘having it all’ is,” Rhimes notes. “And that’s sort of one of the things we’ll be exploring this season, for both of them.”

Rhimes also puts nascent lovebirds Alex and Jo in the “happy” camp, and with nary a caveat. “I want us to have fun with them” as they explore their new romance, Rhimes says. “Because they’re one of our happiest couples, Jo and Alex are playing our humor a lot, which is nice.”

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On the flip side, Rhimes says that Callie and Arizona — in the wake of both the latter’s cheating and her unresolved amputation issues being outed — have the most work ahead of them, and a “definitely large amount,” at that.

“For them, there’s a lot going on…. There’s no, ‘In this episode, they’re going to get back together,’” the show boss warns. Instead, “We’re mapping out the characters and I’m seeing where that takes us, and it’s really interesting.” And also even a bit… funny? “I want this season to feel lighter and funnier for everybody, and even in Callie’s pain, it’s very funny,” Rhimes promises. “Its painful in a funny way as opposed to just dragging us down in misery.”

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Placing second in the troubled waters contest are Cristina and Owen, who at season’s end bumped up against, and hard, their ongoing disagreement about having a family. But in revisiting the aftermath/that stalemate again, “We have some really good plans,” Rhimes says. “We’ve really talked about what’s different now and how things have changed, so I don’t feel like we’re planning to tread the same ground we’ve gone over before. We’re going in a different direction.”

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Comments (61)

  • I like Alex and Jo. Maybe this one will stick for him. Still liked Izzie better but that ship has sailed. So new ground for Owen and Cristina? Not repeating the same issues, I will believe it when I see it. Unless Owen realizes he is in his 40′s and doesn’t want to be in his 50′s raising a child, I don’t see why he would change his mind, or Cristina for that matter.

    Comment by cas – August 8, 2013 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great scoop! But, what about Jackson and April?!

    Comment by Mary Kate – August 8, 2013 01:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Take the hint: even shonda and tvline people know that no Grey fan actually gives a damn about April and Jackson .. Originals and Early Birds are what matter!

      Comment by trainwreck – August 8, 2013 01:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah, actually I DO care about them. And I know I am not the only one…

        Comment by Marisa_once – August 8, 2013 04:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • You’re not. I love April and Jackson

          Comment by Katie – August 8, 2013 10:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I love them too! Probably my favorite pairing right now. But I mostly am dying (no pun intended!) to know about Richard!

            Comment by Melissa – August 9, 2013 07:10 AM PDT  
        • I may be in the minority but as a fan of Justin Bruening I’d like to see him and April work out. It is also my wish for Callie to throw Arizona out on her ass.

          Comment by Lori – August 25, 2013 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Grey’s fan for years over here (Izzie and Denny still give me the shivers), and I care a lot about April and Jackson. Just because they weren’t in the first few seasons doesn’t mean they don’t bring something awesome to the show.

        Comment by Sam – August 13, 2013 10:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I know right? I was really hoping for some Japril scoop :( frustrated

      Comment by hannah – August 8, 2013 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If Shonda is to be believed, I can live with these “romance reports.”

    I was one who liked Alex and Jo–so I want that to be explored
    Meredith and Derek finally deserve some lasting happiness

    Comment by Ella – August 8, 2013 01:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yeah well she promised a “Happy ending” for Mark and Lexie – we got an ending but the definition of “happy” is slightly blurry :P

      Comment by trainwreck – August 8, 2013 01:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Still not over that :(

        Comment by jen – August 8, 2013 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Me too

          Comment by tiffany – August 8, 2013 04:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Me either. :-(

            Comment by Bjohns – August 12, 2013 11:41 PM PDT  
  • Good scoop! But what about Webber??? Any word yet?

    Comment by t87 – August 8, 2013 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I still can’t get over the fact that ‘Jo’ is the Kate Middleton of the cheesy Lifetime William & Kate

    Comment by Romy – August 8, 2013 01:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • don’t like alex and jo, I don’t like jo for me she’s just there like that alex doesn’t end up alone and I don’t know I’m not interested in her (and no I’m not an izzie alex fan) and Shonda knows what fun is?

    I’m glad for merder <3 and what abou april & jackson?
    cristina & owen I think it's died because how they can change their mind about children seriously?!

    for Callie & Arizona I liked them but Callie deserves better!

    Comment by tamy – August 8, 2013 01:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I feel that last season more about the interns!…and they took a lot of screen time for the main characters! I just don’t see why the interns should have more screen time than the MAIN characters and why we should even care about them I mean have interns but not where we see a whole full episode about them especially if this is the last season for some main characters!. See they don’t interest us we seen what the interns go through and seen them become Doctors already. They are just boring.

    Comment by Jasmine – August 8, 2013 01:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Meredith and Derek are the ones I care about so can’t wait to see them as Parents of two, as surgeons and trying to balancing it all.

    Comment by Lea – August 8, 2013 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • me too!! I think they have a complicated road ahead of them, but im glad they have happiness in their future too :)

      Comment by kate – August 8, 2013 03:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hate Arizona and the way she acts like losing her leg is the end of the world. I can’t handle watching another season of her awful storyline. ACCEPT IT AND MOVE ON.

    Comment by Elyse – August 8, 2013 01:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Give me ALL the Alex/Jo things! So excited for them this season. Cautiously excited, but still excited.

    Comment by Burkey – August 8, 2013 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ditto. TBH, they are the only couple that has me excited for season 10.

      Comment by sarah – August 8, 2013 10:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bring back Lauren Boswell for Arizona.

    Comment by Tav – August 8, 2013 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Shepherds sounds so good. Loved that you referred to them like that. I think MerDer pretty much have it all, and can’t wait to see them balancing everything etc.. I think they’re the most realistic couple Greys. They don’t need cheating and the same issues for 5 season, I can relate to them so much. They had their share of drama and angst, love they got through everything now they’re married with two children, and dealing with whatever together. Can’t wait to watch them in season 10.

    Comment by Sara – August 8, 2013 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • About Calzona, it seems that is going to be about what Callie feels, what Callie is going to do, what she wants etc… But I want to know more about Arizona, what she feels? what she is going to do? it’s going to be funny for her too? please Shonda! I want more Arizona’s perspective.

    Cheers! :)

    Comment by Karla – August 8, 2013 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This!

      Comment by Emma – August 8, 2013 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think it’s safe to say that after that after this season and especially after that finale, the amount of people who even care about Arizona’s perspective of things is quite small. She is currently one of the most hated characters on this show and rightfully so IMO.
      Also, with regards to it being funny, there are only three character currently left in the series that are really the comedic heart of the show–Callie, Cristina, and Bailey. Arizona has never been funny so I doubt it will be funny for her

      Comment by A – August 8, 2013 02:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah the writers have kinda boxed Arizona in….she has come out looking very very bad….and it does not look like she is going to be redeemed anytime soon….
        Sara Ramirez has amazing comedic timing a lot like Sandra Oh…. Love them!

        Comment by Sammy – August 8, 2013 04:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Yeah, I am definitely looking forward to this supposedly funny tackle at their shattered relationship. Callie is hilarious and I can’t wait to see the funny drama she will bring to the show.
          I also hope they get us back to the old funny Bailey as well (even though she wasn’t as hilarious toward the end of last season). I still laugh whenever I remember the Booty Call Bailey scene. I think it’ll be some time though before that happens depending on what happens with Webber.

          Comment by A – August 8, 2013 04:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I hope they bond over their despair like in past.. in season 4 when they both moved in together after burke left cristina and George cheated on callie… and then again in season 7 wjhen Cristina got PTSD and Arizona dumped Callie for Africa.. Fun times!

          Comment by trainwreck – August 8, 2013 10:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • That would be awesome. Remember the scene where Cristina cut Callie’s hair? Too funny!!

            Comment by A – August 9, 2013 11:12 AM PDT  
          • Yea Cristina and Callie feed off each other…. Though Sandra Oh can make anything funny, her expressions alone can have you rofl….
            But the whole Calzona story line sounds depressing so painfully funny, idk….
            Also did anyone get the impression last season that Greys was just going through the motions like it was such a lame season…. Sorry but overall it kinda dint click!

            Comment by Sammy – August 9, 2013 11:27 AM PDT  
          • @Sammy yeah it definitely wasn’t a great season. It felt like Shonda devoted all of her time to the final season of Private Practice and on the second season of Scandal that Grey’s was just pushed to the sideline

            Comment by A – August 9, 2013 12:04 PM PDT  
          • @ A, But the way Shonda picturised the whole Arizona cheating…..I kinda feel that they are going to break up proper…. Coz never before in the history of Greys was ‘cheating’ ever picturised to make a character look so bad…. Even when Owen cheated it was a mistake and done when he was drunk…. George was drunk…. Derek was in love with Mer….
            Coz another season of Calzona just trying like S9… That’s just torture…. Also Callie going off and telling the whole hospital or anyone that will listen…. Ehm how do you come back from that…. The cheating and compound to that her big mouth….kinda see a major hint in what Shonda tweeted…. ‘I will be good to Callie. And good to Arizona’….she is not referring to them as Calzona anymore…..

            Comment by Mo – August 9, 2013 01:39 PM PDT  
          • @Mo: yeah I get your point. If they make Callie mouth off to the whole hospital and be the angry woman that she will be, it will make it difficult for them to patch up the relationship. However, as I’ve personally never really thought they fit well together in the first place (they seemed more like sisters/BFFs rather than spouses/partners), I’m looking forward to seeing scorned Callie on an angry rampage. it’s going to be hilarious and awesome. And yes, Arizona’s cheating was probably the ugliest cheating ever portrayed on the show. There was so much cruelty and malice behind it that it made Arizona’s character more unlikeable than she already was.

            Comment by A – August 9, 2013 06:53 PM PDT  
  • Er, what about Jackson and April? They’re pretty much the only reason why I started watching the show again.

    Comment by Chloe – August 8, 2013 02:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHAT ABOUT JACKSON AND APRIL??? I need them together

    Comment by Kelly – August 8, 2013 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If she goes back on her original plans and has Christina just decide she wants to have kids, I’ll be pissed. It’d be like a betrayal to the character, as Christina always stated she never wanted kids.

    Comment by Martin – August 8, 2013 02:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I so agree! But by the sounds of it Crowen will get back together.
      ‘Cristina will bend by adopting an older kid’…. My predictions! :-)
      Or we will have Callie and Owen hooking up ;-) (haha sorry….no offence Calzona and Crowen fans)

      Comment by Sam – August 8, 2013 03:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hate how japril seem to be shoved to the sidelines. If you’re talking about all the couples, acknowledge ALL the damn couples! Jo only joined last season, Jackson and April are starting their 5th season now, it should be about damn time!

    Comment by Arla – August 8, 2013 03:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jo joined last season but ALEX has been here from the beginning. He’s starting his 10th season. So take a seat, hon.

      Comment by sarah – August 8, 2013 10:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. They get very little screen time and they are pretty much the only reason I watch. Hopefully, next season changes things.

      Comment by Ashly – August 9, 2013 03:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • IN LOVE with Jo and Alex. Honestly didn’t think Alex could fall for anyone again. This relationship was a slow build but so so worth it. Looking forward to their progression.

    Comment by megan – August 8, 2013 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anyone else think that because she said it might be a “lighter, funnier cycle” that she may not kill off Webber? Although, it scares me to think what she will do to him if he does make it out alive.

    Comment by A – August 8, 2013 04:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Where is the Japril scoop? They are what I’m interested in after their cliff hanger. Who cares about Alex and some newbie with a million sob stories having laughs being corny? Not I. Give me Japril. Really, people.

    Comment by Lullaby – August 8, 2013 06:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bring Lauren back!!! It’ll be way more interesting. (a la mer/der/addison)
    Plus the chemistry between JCap and Burton is off the charts!!

    Comment by Khaira – August 8, 2013 06:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Karev deserves a healthy relationship. I love Karev and Jo together. I hope he doesn’t cheat on her

    Comment by Fernanda – August 8, 2013 06:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Surprised not to see any Jackson/April scoop. Hoping good things happen next season

    Comment by Ashly – August 8, 2013 07:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is Shonda implying that you can’t work if you have kids? Funny because she does it. she has two kids and she works all the time..Meredith already has a lighter schedule when Zola came along, she has her kids IN the place where she works where she can visit them during the day. Not many parents get that luxury. Why can’t she have it all? Plenty of people are surgeons and have families. It’s not impossible

    Comment by Nancy – August 8, 2013 08:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t see Shonda implying that at all. I see it as Shonda saying Meredith and Derek will have to find a balance between work and family.

      Comment by sarah – August 8, 2013 10:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There are only two reasons why I’m still watching (there used to be three, but for some lame reason, Eric Dane’s character was killed off.) So, the two reasons to stick around are Scotsman Kevin McKidd and Justin Chambers. Once they are killed off or leave, I’m done. I could give a hoot about Meredith, their kid and Derrek.

    Comment by Ali – August 8, 2013 09:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Funny that you watch GREY’s anatomy :P

      but yes i love Alex and Owen (well minus his baby crazed self) too!

      Comment by trainwreck – August 8, 2013 10:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jackson and April? More of them next season please.

    Comment by Amanda – August 8, 2013 11:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by juliana – August 10, 2013 04:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It would make sense anyway to balance out the Shepard Grey family since they were most of the drama of the earlier series. Time to focus on the other people’s happiness (Bailey and Ben getting married) or sadness (Arizona really? She amputates your leg to save your life so you sleep with someone else because you are mad she saved your life by taking your leg..what?). I think Owen will need a completely new person, no one left anyway. LOL. April I think will marry her fiancé. Jackson will change his mind too late. Jo will make a better man out of Alex. I like the competition too with the young ins Shane and Brooks dealing with medicine sometime you forget they are supposed to be working. Oh and where was Stephanie when April made her declaration? Is she still with Jackson or did I skip an episode or their thing was so weird anyway I blocked it out.

    Comment by Bjohns – August 12, 2013 11:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Okaay, before I work on rewriting my comment, I need to make sure that its not going to be completely deleted again! My fault, I should have saved my work. Still, if you require people to log in to WordPress (if they don’t want to allow you access to their Facebook information), you shouldn’t lose their comments in the process.

    Comment by tamwood1 – August 26, 2013 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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