Warning: Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
Is Meredith Grey about to get some love on Grey’s Anatomy?
On Thursday’s episode, titled “Till I Hear It From You,” a chipper Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) discusses her romantic dilemma with Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson), whom she called an “arrogant a**,” during a car ride to the airport with her pal, Alex Karev (Justin Chambers).
Last we left off with Meredith and Nathan, he asked her to consider whether she wanted to pursue a real relationship with him. And Meredith, ever so romantically challenged, didn’t exactly decide yes or no -- leaving her to wonder if she shouldn’t be so picky “about great sex.”
“You should be picky about sex,” Alex tells Meredith. “You’re hot.”
“You have to say that because I let you eat my food and live in my house,” Meredith quips with a smile.
“Yeah, but it’s still true,” he says in response, to which a beaming Meredith replies: “Thank you.”
The moment comes when Nathan asks Meredith if she’s made a decision about whether they’ll continue to flirt and dance around each other, or if they’ll finally put a label on it.
“I can take no for an answer,” Nathan tells Meredith. “I prefer it, actually, to no answer.” When Meredith asks if Nathan is really serious about his pseudo-ultimatum, he’s almost taken aback by her insinuation. “Of course, I am,” Nathan says, leading Meredith to ask for any concrete reason why she should go all-in with him.
“We have been going around and around with this for months,” Nathan says, clearly annoyed about the lack of movement on their romantic prospects. “There are all sorts of reasons to like me.” But when he fails to provide one, Meredith leaves him in the dust.
Later, Nathan catches Meredith after a surgery and admits he doesn’t “have a good reason” for her to want to start a relationship with him, and bares his soul on how much of an effect she’s unexpectedly had on him.
“I tried to come up with one, so then I thought, well, ‘Why do I like her?’ And I don’t know,” Nathan says, sharing the “first time” he became smitten with her. “You were at the O.R. board and you were with [Maggie] and she said something that made you laugh and I couldn’t move. I had to wait for you to write your name on the board because I needed to know who you were.”
“I don’t have a good reason for you to like me. I didn’t even try to like you. I didn’t want to and I certainly don’t want to think about you all the time,” he continues. “Come up with that one thing to make you smile so your eyes do that thing you do. Anyway, so that’s why I joke so much, to keep from having to say anything like this, so I don’t have a good reason. I’m sorry, I wish I did.”
Just when you think Nathan’s confession is all for naught, Meredith resurfaces next to him and tells him his next move. “OK, so you should ask me out to dinner,” she requests, which he gladly obliges. Seems like the weeks-long flirtation is starting to turn into something serious!
“I think anything is possible,” Chambers said, referring to their ship name, "Merlex." “I think friends can become lovers like that, that’s possible too.”
Meanwhile, Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) and Amelia Shepherd’s (Caterina Scorsone) strained marriage continues to fracture and Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) finally learns that her mother has breast cancer.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.