'Grey's Anatomy' shocker: McDreamy quits!?

Either Shonda Rhimes is getting sloppy or she’s trying to put me out of a job!

In a just-released logline for Grey’s Anatomy‘s March 12 episode — a logline the drama’s spoilerphobic creator no doubt signed off on — ABC reveals a doozy of a spoiler: Derek is quitting Seattle Grace!

Here’s what the actual teaser reads: "After learning at a deposition that more of his patients have died than survived, Derek decides to quit — even as Meredith refuses to give up on him."

Now, the chances of his resignation sticking are no doubt slim, but still. That’s a pretty major twist to give away in a press release, don’t you think? Not that I’m complaining or anything. (For the record, a Grey’s insider assures me that Patrick Dempsey "is not leaving the show.")

Unfortunately, the rest of the description for the episode is fairly benign, save for the revelation that Loretta Devine is returning as the Chief’s wife to mediate Richard’s ongoing battle with Bailey.  It also confirms that Izzie’s interns discover "something unsettling" about Patient X (a.k.a. Izzie), but that’s old news.

Thoughts about Derek quitting? How long before he changes his mind? (My guess: By the third act!) And could this be connected to the unexpected path the Mer-Der romance will be taking later this season? Sound off below!

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  • Kristin

    Even IF Derek quits, i’m sure it’ll be resolved by the episode’s end.

  • mina

    Isn’t your job to give us scoops, not point out things we can easily find out ourselves by looking at our TV Guides?

  • OFGS

    That stands for, “Of For God’s Sake.” I absolutely HATE when television shows pursue a storyline that the audience KNOWS from the start will never stick. This is such a stupid storyline.

  • Trev

    The fact his quitting came up in a logline tells me it’s probably a fake-out and no doubt temporary. Still, that is one artfully crafted tag.

  • teahater

    Hm, sounds interesting. Too bad I’ll be watching Supernatural instead!

  • Robbie

    This is hardly newsworthy, the storyline was obviously heading in this direction. What happens to Izzy and George is still the star of the show, for better or worse.

  • Anonymous

    He will probably quit for the episode, or something. He won’t actually leave Seattle Grace. At the beginning of the episode, he will quit. Then at the end of the episode he will realize he can’t live without beinga doctor, so he goes back to work.
    Or something like that. No way would Derek quit. And if Dempsey isn’t leaving the show, how could he quit? They are rarely shown outside of the hospital.

  • DebsG

    No McDreamy…No Grey’s.
    Who wants to watch if he is not in the show????

  • Amanda

    Why an entry for this? It’s not even a spoiler and it sounds very predictable…
    Derek quits because he thinks he isn’t a very good surgeon due to all the recent patient deaths he’s had. Izzie is diagnosed with skin cancer and discovers that the cancer has spread to her brain (which will explain the Denny crap, her other vision problems and odd behavior). Izzie needs risky brain surgery and Derek is the one who’ll perform the surgery which will be successful. Yes, Izzie is NOT going to die contrary to all the rumors (Shonda is laughing her butt off at everyone thinking Izzie is going to die). Derek regains his confidence and ends up returning to his job. The season ender will be a happy one with MerDer doing great and definitely engaged. Izzie ends the season recovering from surgery, treating the cancer and happy with Alex. You can write that down Ausiello. Heigl isn’t leaving the show at the end of this season.

  • Timscookie

    I don’t think Izzie has skin cancer. The mistaken diagnoses for the (later) anemia patient was given to her as Leukemia. That is why I don’t understand why Izzie was looking for lumps or suspicious moles? Please leukemia and anemia deal with the composition of the blood. Granted one is cancer and the other is a disorder.

  • Jen

    DUH – he’s not quitting Seattle Grace, he’s quitting the clinical trial – you know the one that’s killed everyone except one person?

  • Anonymous

    This is the first time in forever that I’m looking forward to Grey’s Anatomy, Derek’s storyline sounds really interesting which means they’re probably gonna screw it up.

  • nykolus

    i would, DebsG. can’t stand Derek; he’s an ass!!!

  • Anonymous

    who cares? First, why do people watch this show still after the stupid dead-Denny storyline? I gave up about 8 episodes into this season and I won’t go back. That aside, characters “quit” on these kind of shows all the time. That’s not a “spoiler” just a plotline that will likely be resolved in a few short episodes, if not by the end of this episode itself.

  • Destiny St

    As far as I’m concerned they can dump both Derek and Meredith.

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