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[Warning: The following contains spoilers for the Thursday, Nov. 19 episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Read at your own risk!]

Those looking for an epic reunion between Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) may have been disappointed with Thursday’s epic episode of Grey’s Anatomy. The vast majority of the episode replayed recordings from the two-hour premiere, with Meredith calling out “I miss you” to her dead husband, who was several hundred feet away on a deserted beach, and Derek calling back, “I know.” Meredith eventually fell asleep in the living world long enough for the dream version of herself to escape the late love of her life, but she collapsed in the sand before the two could hug.

“I’ll be here when you’re ready,” Derek said with a laugh, which meant it wasn’t Meredith’s time to join him on the other side. The preview of the next episode of Grey’s, which airs in two weeks, says Meredith has not yet spent time on her dreamy beach. If COVID-positive Meredith falls into a coma on the show’s return, Beach Meredith will encounter “another familiar face” and we already have some ideas about who that person might be.

At the top of the list is Ellis Gray, as those in charge met Meredith at the premiere on the beach. It’s been a while since the estranged mother and daughter had a moment. It would be nice to know that Ellis is proud that Meredith achieved so much surgical success, found love and raised a family at the same time, and balanced so many things that Ellis couldn’t. However, the predictable choice may not be the best.

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For our money, the person Meredith would best see again is George (TR Knight), who died in the season five finale after being hit by a bus. Meredith was the one who noticed that her friend was the John Doe in the hospital bed who couldn’t speak but drew the numbers 007 – his nickname – on her palm so she could tell the rest of the staff it was him before he succumbed to his injuries. Before George died, he was the intern in Meredith’s class teaching them how to care for their patients instead of just competing for the best surgeries or the coolest jobs. Though George couldn’t survive while everyone worked tirelessly to save his life, the positive impact he had on her life would make him the right one to give Meredith the extra emotional strength she needed to fight the virus .

This is Grey’s, of course, so backups are always required. If the person who returns to Meredith on the dream beach has to be dead, Lexie (Chyler Leigh) is a good candidate too. Meredith hasn’t seen her younger half-sister since she was killed in a plane crash at the end of season eight. The only thing that makes Lexie less likely is that Leigh is now a regular series on Supergirl filming in Vancouver. The actress had to be quarantined in the north for two weeks before Supergirl began filming in October, which makes it questionable whether she would have had time to film a beach scene with Pompeo for Grey’s Anatomy in mid-to late September.

So George still makes the most sense when Meredith is visited by the ghosts of her past. However, if this is really a dream instead of a purgatory situation, and Meredith can imagine whoever she wants … Well, obviously the best person to give Meredith another “You Are the Sun” is Cristina Yang (encouraging) . Sandra Oh). With Oh’s current show Killing Eve still out of production for Season 4, Oh could have had the time to hang out with her former TV beast on a Los Angeles beach. Wouldn’t a tequila and dancing sound good right now?

That’s all wishful thinking, of course, until we can confirm who will show up on Meredith Beach in two weeks.

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