There's no question as to the off-screen baby boom on Grey's Anatomy (Ellen Pompeo, Katherine Heigl, Chyler Leigh). But save for baby Tucker, Seattle Grace has not welcomed a baby from a main character in a long time. True enough, if the functionality of relationship were any basis, no couple on Grey's would be ready for a baby.
But how about post-it married Meredith (Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey)? The two have somehow found their groove as a couple, especially Mer, who just has to invoke post-it to win every argument and proceed to making out. But says Pompeo herself on the idea of baby-voiced Meredith getting pregnant: "I can't imagine it."
Pompeo, who recently celebrated the 4-month birthday of her first born with Chris Ivery, explains, "Meredith's a career woman. That's why she is still Meredith Grey. No way would she be Meredith Shepherd."
Meredith Shepherd has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? And Addison (Kate Walsh) used to refer to herself as Addison Shepherd. And Addie's a career woman if ever there was one.
Nevertheless, Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes concurs. "We've had enough of a behind-the-scenes baby boom," she says. "Meredith will not be getting pregnant."
But is the MerDer boat really sailing on smooth waters now? Don't count on it, especially on the upcoming episode, when Derek assumes the role of temporary chief.
Says Rhimes, "We are going to watch Meredith deal with Derek being chief and what that means for her personally and professionally."
She adds that the new job description for McDreamy will be a "major source of ongoing tension" between the two.
"Anything normal is new territory for Meredith," Dempsey chips in. "She doesn't want to go to hospital fund-raisers. Frankly, I don't know why she puts up with Derek. What does she like, other than having sex and doing surgery with him?"