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Grey's Anatomy | GREY'S ANATOMY Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, and Sandra Oh
GREY'S ANATOMY Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, and Sandra Oh

GREY'S ANATOMY
APRIL 24 · 9 PM · ABC
EPISODES LEFT: 5

WHERE WE LEFT OFF: Derek (Patrick Dempsey) had to deal with fallout from his kiss with Rose (Lauren Stamile); Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) put the brakes on Derek's plans for ''their'' house; and Hahn (Brooke Smith) told McSteamy (Eric Dane) she's not into office romances. Also, Bailey (Chandra Wilson) watched a faith healer save her child, while George (T.R. Knight) declared that he was determined to rediscover ''the man that Bailey named her baby after.''

UP NEXT: George will move toward ''becoming that guy,'' reveals Grey's exec producer Shonda Rhimes, which is a huge relief to T.R. Knight: ''He's been such a mess for so long, making weird choices, it'll be nice to see him grow up a little quicker.'' Helping him get there? The Chief (James Pickens Jr.), who will take George under his wing. Christina (Sandra Oh), meanwhile, will have her own professional crisis over being Hahn's resident, and Ava/Rebecca (Elizabeth Reaser) will be back for three episodes. Also making a brief return: Addison (Kate Walsh). ''There are a couple of surgeries only she can perform,'' says Rhimes, ''and there are a lot of relationships only she has. It's going to be a very significant visit for a lot of the characters — particularly Addison.'' And we've saved the best for last: While Rose is returning for all five episodes, Meredith and McDreamy will be getting together ''for good,'' says Rhimes. ''The goal was not always to get them together at the end of the season, but that is my goal now.'' —Ari Karpel

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