Countdown until Grey's Anatomy returns: 44 days. Is it just me or does that sound like an awfully long time?
To help people deal with this longish hiatus, let's go over where the couples stand right now. That, or you can watch/catch up on Private Practice, which returns this week with a two-hour episode.
Meredith and Derek
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It has happened. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey), the couple who used to can't catch a break, seems like they've reached a good, stable plateau in their relationship - away from that "dark and twisty place" that periodically rears its ugly head but has had as of late taken a prolonged hiatus, too.
After getting married, sort of, via post-its, Mer and Der hasn't had their share of problems and tribulations on Seattle Grace, something that cannot be said with the other Grey's Anatomy
couples. It also helped that Meredith (or actually Ellen Pompeo) took some time off to recuperate from the liver transplant.
So they're happy now. Remember that scene when Meredith lamented that there has only been a few seconds of happiness for her when she found out that Izzie (Katherine Heigl) survived and then she realized it was George in that deathbed? How did McDreamy deal with it? He gave her a flurry of kisses for every second that she missed.Cristina and Owen
With Meredith and Derek taking the backseat as Grey's Anatomy
's Couple with a Perpetual Crisis, Yang (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) seem to have willingly taken that distinction. Beset with problem after problem (with one yet to implode - the Jackson kiss), at the close of midseason, however, the two are actually in a good place.
But not before a lot of ruckus, not the least of which is Teddy Altman (Kim Raver), and she is staying put, the bomb that she carries (pun not intended) depressingly confirmed in the last episode - Owen had feelings for her, too.Sloan and Lexie
Sloan (Eric Dane) has a love child, and Lexie (Chyler Leigh) doesn't like it. I don't know anyone who's into this storyline, to be honest.Callie and Arizona
My favorite couple of the moment right now, which is saying a lot because I never really liked them before. The Arizona-centric (Jessica Capshaw) episode, however, not only shed light to her "awesome" personality, it also endeared her relationship with Callie (Sara Ramirez) to a lot of fans.
On that episode, Callie organized a surprise birthday party for her girlfriend. Little did she know, however, that Arizona was having a horrible day, with her long-time patient dying after his parents just donated a gazillion dollars to the peds program. Instead of being happy and thankful at the surprise, Arizona broke down and cried. At the end of it all, though, when everything had been said and done, we just heard a faint murmur of something harshly sweet - "I love you."Alex and Izzie
Another sort of non-existent couple currently, which is a letdown because they were the highlight of last season's latter half. For starters, after staying on her side throughout cancer and near-death, Alex (Justin Chambers) was blamed by Izzie for getting her fired. After her first hiatus this season, Heigl is off to another one, derailing what's left of her relationship with Alex even further. With this in mind, it's actually hard to imagine how the two will patch things up eventually.
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