The wait is over! “Grey’s Anatomy” will finally return with even more heart-stopping drama when its Season 11 winter premiere airs on Thursday, Jan. 29. But before episode 9, “Where Do We Go From Here,” makes its debut, let’s recap what went down before the midseason finale concluded.
Episode 8, “Risk,” kicked off with yet another Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) feud as Mer opted to side with her half-sister, Maggie (Kelly McCreary), in regards to a patient’s well being rather than backing up her husband. This altercation was only the beginning to the long walk on eggshells the couple would endure. And by the end of the installment, the irritated duo managed to muster up the strength to partake in one last fight for the day.
“I don’t want to fight but I don’t want to compromise myself, Meredith,” Derek said before bringing Washington D.C. into the conversation. “You know why I resent you? Because you never had my back on this. Ever since I told you I would stay. I gave up everything for you.”
Meredith was in shock that her husband finally admitted to his career coming first. At that moment, Derek revealed the presidential gig had been re-offered to him. “You should take it,” Meredith said. And with the quick dial of his cell, Derek had accepted a job offer across the country.
Meanwhile, Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) spent episode 8 attempting to diagnose what was wrong with April (Sarah Drew) and Jackson’s (Jesse Williams) baby. April brought to Stephanie’s attention that in all the sonogram pictures taken of their child, he had been found sitting cross-legged, like a little Buddha.
Stephanie sensed that something was off with the child's fetal yoga position, which is when she called upon Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) to help determine what was wrong with the baby of her ex-boyfriend.
“That’s a Type 2 or 3,” Arizona said before Dr. Herman (Geena Davis) forced her protégé to give her prognosis. That’s when Arizona revealed that the Buddha baby had osteogenesis imperfecta, which meant the fetus would be born with brittle bones. Dr. Herman explained the heartbreaking news that babies with the disease “usually don’t live more than a couple days or weeks.”
Stephanie begged the doctor to find a way to save the baby, which is when Jackson overheard his ex-girlfriend discussing the grim topic about his child.
But not everything about the Season 11 winter finale was dark. It was revealed in the final moments of “Risk” that Amelia (Caterina Scoresone) might have uncovered a way to cure Dr. Herman’s alleged “inoperable” brain tumor. But the only question left is does Dr. Herman even want to be saved?
Viewers will find out when the “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 11 winter premiere on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. EST.