After Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) was fired from Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital at the end of Season 15 of Grey’s Anatomy, fans have been patiently (and not-so-patiently) waiting for her return to surgery. But, as Season 16 has progressed, Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) has stuck with her decision to keep Meredith from the operating room. Fans are pretty upset, especially because they think that Bailey is being a a hypocrite. It turns out that Pompeo herself might agree with them. Ellen Pompeo’s tweet about Bailey firing Meredith on Grey’s Anatomy provides the validation dedicated fans are looking for.
Just to recap for Grey’s fans who haven’t been keeping up with Meredith recently: At the moment, Meredith Grey is not a surgeon. She committed insurance fraud in order to give a pediatric cancer patient the care she needed. Bailey fired Meredith because of it, and now Meredith’s medical license is in jeopardy, too. In the most recent episodes of Season 16, Bailey was still pretty angry with Meredith for breaking the law while on the job. But, a lot of fans have pointed out that Bailey committed a very similar crime herself a few seasons back, and so she might be a little hypocritical.
In the Season 5 episode "Dream a Little Dream of Me," Bailey told Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) to turn change the time on the clock so that a patient’s insurance would still cover his treatment. Fans on Twitter have pointed out that Bailey committed insurance fraud back then, so she shouldn’t be so hard on Meredith for doing the same thing now. Pompeo chimed in, as well.
One fan pointed out Bailey’s hypocrisy on Twitter with the advice, "Grey better go get her job back!" Pompeo retweeted the fan and wrote, "I love when the fans remember stuff I don’t!!!" with some hands-up emojis and a heart. It looks like Pompeo is definitely rooting for her character to get her job back, too.
Other fans on Twitter have also pointed out that Bailey’s clock example isn’t even the only other time the doctors of Grey Sloan have fudged the rules without consequences. One fan pointed out that Bailey took matters into her own hands without permission in another instance. They wrote: "Bailey gave a patient inactivated HIV without the parents consent to save the child. Bailey was always the ‘doing the right thing despite the consequences’ type of person, because she knew the system was broken. So what changed?"
Another fan pointed out that what may have changed for Bailey is that she’s been spending more time with Catherine Fox (Debbie Allen). They believe some of Catherine’s personality traits may have rubbed off on Bailey. They wrote, "She’s been around Catherine to much!!! I’ve never liked Catherine, but I really don’t like what she’s turned Bailey into."
Only time will tell whether or not Bailey will come around to forgiving Meredith. But one thing that’s definite: Grey’s Anatomy just isn’t the same without Meredith Grey working in the hospital.
Season 16 of Grey’s Anatomy continues on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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