'Grey's Anatomy,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'House': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

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Welcome to Spoiler Room: Jen’s Edition. Kidding. But also not really. After wrapping up today’s column, I realized I chose four questions from people named Jen. I promise you, this is not an act of favoritism. But now I’m really curious how many of you are out there.

Regardless, if you ask, I’ll answer. So get askin’! Send your questions, ponderings, new show scoop requests, and post-premiere reactions to spoilerroom@ew.com. And if many of your names happen to be Jen, fantastic. (Your move, Sarahs.)

‘GREY’S ANATOMY': FINALLY SOME MER/DER FOR YOU

I can’t tell you how often I get harassed lovingly asked for Meredith and Derek scoop, and after sitting through next week’s two-hour premiere with my mouth hanging open for 80 minutes (two hours, minus commercials), here’s what you’re going to get out of me on Mer/Der, Crowen, and Alex (who is sans nickname because he’s all alone. Poor Alex).

Mer/Der: Derek is pissed. VERY pissed. And that doesn’t change for much of the two-hour episode, except when it comes to Zola. When he has that baby in his arms, he’s a heap of adorable, protective daddy. Meredith is a good mom, too. In fact, I’d say, too good. And while Mer/Der fans should prepare for some fireworks between these two, as shown in the preview, there’s also one moment in the second hour that reminds you exactly why you love this couple. Sadly, it might be too little, too late in many regards.

Meanwhile, Crowen’s baby drama continues, and while I absolutely can’t tell you how it ends, I can say that it’s certainly going to affect Cristina and Owen this year. And this entire storyline will leave you so happy that two actors of this magnitude are paired up on this show. Because their scenes are out-of-this world good, especially one that takes place in the stairway.

And while Cristina isn’t battling with Owen, she’s taking out her frustrations on poor Alex. If she’s not kicking his ass (as shown in one of the promo pics), she’s almost accidentally killing him. But overall, he’s my MVP of the premiere for yet another fantastic scene in which he plays hero to a kid, his reaction to being shunned by everyone, and many more reasons not mentioned here (but possibly teased here).

‘HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER': YOU THINK YOU KNOW…

Before we jump into what I know about the season premiere of How I Met Your Mother (airing Monday!), let’s recap what we’ve been told (slash I’ve told you), shall we? It takes place at Punchy’s wedding, Barney and Robin will dance, we will revisit Barney’s wedding, Marshall and Lily are hiding their pregnancy news, Robin still has feelings for Barney (as hinted in last season’s finale), and Ted is a big-shot architect whose face has graced New York magazine but finds himself recommitted to the dating game. Holy hell, we know a lot. But, honestly, it’s also just the tip of the iceberg. So here are three monster teases to help you make it through the weekend.

1. There are not one, but TWO big announcements made in the first episode. You might be able to guess one very easily.

2. Remember the taxi scene from the season finale? There’s one comparably heartbreaking scene in the premiere involving the same people that you’re going to love!

3. What could possibly be a HUGE clue to one of the show’s major mysteries is revealed at the end of the first half hour. I hope someone picks up on it so we can discuss if I’m reading too much into this or if my hunch is correct.

Need more? Send me an email with your follow up/unanswered questions and maybe I’ll cobble something more together for you over the weekend and put it up before the premiere!

‘HOUSE': SLAMMED (AGAINST THE WALL) IN THE SLAMMER

What’s always fascinated me about House is how well he manages to adapt to situations before him. That’s a lot to say for a man who adapts for no one. But when his neck is on the line, he takes in his surroundings and makes them work for him. (Like when he was in the psychiatric hospital and learned how to manipulate the system.) The problem with prison? His approach to life could get him killed in there. And there were a few moments in the season premiere where I was genuinely worried about exactly that. My concerns about House’s safety were compounded by a really cool detail in the first episode that counts down the days until his release from prison (if he can stay out of trouble). The matters complicating such a task? His psycho cell mate, a pack of bullies, a compelling case involving another inmate that he can’t help but involve himself in, and, well, this is House. He loves trouble. Send follow-up questions to spoilerroom@ew.com and I’ll see if I can answer a few for you ahead of the show’s Oct. 3 premiere!

NEXT: SIDE DISHES! Scoop on ‘Raising Hope,’ ‘Castle,’ ‘Cougar Town,’ and more!

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  • Tanya

    Thank you for the Parks and Rec scoop.

    • BG

      What scoop?? Name one concrete thing revealed in this article.

      • Jason

        Two radical facial hair changes for Ron in episode 2. That is concrete. Stop hating.

    • Daiane

      Thanks for coming. Join us for a Friday Salsa Nite or Live music on Saturday. This Sunday the 19th, we have a free cocenrt with ERIC LINDELL, nationally know recording artist. Best to you,Ron

  • Lisa

    I am so excited to see Kevin McKidd and Sandra Oh knock it out of the park. Just hope it makes sense to my CO loving heart.

    • Erin

      I will be tuning in Thursday night for that exact reason, the brilliant acting of KMK and SO but I dread the inevitable. Watching Christina abort a baby that was conceived in love just because she doesn’t want to be a mother is just so sad. There are so many alternatives like letting Owen raise his child and let Cristina run off to her selfish world alone and become a fantastic doctor where she will be alone. The only one I think I will be crying for on Thursday is Owen not Chris.

      • Jones

        I don’t think it’s selfish KNOWING that you wouldn’t be a good mother. I wish MY mother had had that self-knowledge and could have aborted me … it really was that bad to live with her. (The only thing she didn’t do to me was electrocute me.) Sounds terrible to say that tho, doesn’t it? And I said it out loud, oh my. I don’t really believe in abortion either but for some people … how do you know?? It’s a serious decision, having a baby, and I can’t argue w/ Christina’s character. I’m fine w/ it.

    • chase

      McKid is so wasted in this “Dark hole” of a show. I can’t wait till this show is canceled and He joins the cast for season 4 of “A Game of Thrones”.

      • tlw

        Game of Thrones would be the only reason I’d want him off of Grey’s! I love both shows, for different reasons. I’d like to see how he plays Beric, though…

  • jfms777

    Bad move Brittany Snow leaving “Harry’s Law.” Her presence kept the episodes more balanced. Kathy Bates’ character cannot keep this show afloat, even though she is one of the best actresses on tv. Let’s hope the writing improves, and the new characters are compelling.

    • Cari

      I completely agree. One of the best parts of the show is the play between Brittany Snow and Kathy Bates (although I don’t always like how Harry treats her). I know they’re trying to get their numbers up by switching some things around, but I think this will do more harm than good.

  • JenJen

    Will have my kleenex box ready for the Crisitna and Owen & Meredith and Derek Scenes. I love these couples just want them to be ok.

    • Caren

      While this is my fave show of all times, it is just a show :) They’ll all be “ok”…..I just never want this show to end.

  • Elizabeth

    I agree with Jen, they better not cancel Parenthood–it is one of the best, most underappreciated shows out there! I love it and am excited for this season–that scoop is pretty tantalizing!

  • Tracy

    How about Estelle Bluth or Emily Gilmore for Ellie’s mom on Cougar Town?

    • Flyer

      Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) would be amazing – and it’d be so great to see her back on TV again!

      • Cara

        I read she is committed to a show on Broadway and wouldn’t be able to schedule it. I think she would be perfect too. She’s so good at being nice but actually being a bitca at the same time.

    • Paula

      Ellie’s mom is Kelly Bishop, she is perfection for that role

    • Byron

      Julliard in NYC. Goucher is also VERY good. And one of my alma maters also has a good poargrm, the University of Oregon. UC Davis (I am an alum there too) has a very good poargrm, so does Stanford.

  • Liz

    I’m so excited for the House premiere, the first scenes we saw made me want to see more. Stat! I’m sure the new season will be a lot more awesome than the previous two (not hard though, those were the worst) and maybe even as brilliant as the first seasons were.

    • Jackie

      I’m really curious to see how we get from House hanging out in a bar on a beach to House in prison.

      • Cheery

        Due to the magical, nonsensical powers of crappy writing? It can overcome obstacles big and small!

  • Jen

    This Jen thanks you for the scoop Sandra! :)

  • Jen

    NO! Don’t ruin the pretty angel’s face!!!!! Also don’t kill him off please….

    • Jackie

      He’ll still look pretty even with a messed up face. The pictures I’ve seen so far actually remind me of the guy Lucifer took as a vessel at the beginning of season five. Maybe too much power will make our beloved Cas come apart at the seams (literally)?

  • Marie

    WAHT! No spoiler alert for Private Practice!!!

    • Remy

      ….it’s a SPOILERS COLUMN?!

  • Pan

    The stelena calling scene was pretty sad and I’m impressed w/ PW he’s doing great as the Rippah! :)

  • susu

    I am sure I will be very happy about Kevin and Sandra’s acting but there is no way I WILL BE HAPPY about this stupid storyline and abortion as birth control.

  • Bella

    I wish Cougar Town could borrow Christine Baranski from The Good Wife, I’d love to see her as Ellie’s mother, but maybe she’s not old enough, either. I bet there are several excellent actresses of the right age, we just don’t have the opportunity to see them on t.v. or in the movies anymore, so the casting people keep going back to the same ones.

    • Marcia

      Christine Baranski already doubles as Leonard’s mother on The Big Bang Theory

  • Becky

    I have loved Cristina and Owen since Owen stepped out the ambulance because he was a formidable mate for Cristina and their chemistry off the charts – physically and emotionaly plus played by two amazing actors. But this baby drama storyline that is obvious going to be an abortion storyline just rubs me the wrong way for so many reasons. First, because why even do a baby SL for Cristina just to have her abort. Secondly, Cristina is a smart diligent lady, for her to be accidentally pregnant twice in 4 years is ridiculous. Love these actors but I am done with Greys. And I agree with Susu above, what a horrible message to use abortion like birth control.

    • K

      “First, because why even do a baby SL for Cristina just to have her abort”

      Umm… because an abortion and how they deal with it is a storyline? Just because you don’t like it doesn’t change that. It’s very much a reality in our world. I do see that that’s a problem for you. Perhaps you should look elsewhere if you need your entertainment to always be palatable and agree with your beliefs and agendas.

    • Jill

      Christina must be the most fertile woman on the planet, two accidental pregnancies and this one with only one working fallopian tube. I’m dreading the out come of this plot.

      I was a huge fan of Owen and Christina at first but I just about gave up on him with the Teddy debacle. Having Owen marry Cristina when she was too traumatized to know what she was doing, and then kicking her out of her house because she doesn’t want to have his baby is not willing him any points.

  • G

    Thank you so much for the MerDer scoop.

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