'Grey's Anatomy': Can Derek and Meredith Work Together?

Patrick Dempsey tells THR that there may be too much water under the bridge for the on-screen couple to both work in neuro.
"Grey's Anatomy's" Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey

After turning Derek's clinical trial on its head, Grey's Anatomy's top neuro doc will pull Meredith back into neurology when the ABC medical drama returns Thursday.

While Derek (Patrick Dempsey) is eager to share OR time with his wife -- who has been following in her mother's footsteps and working in general surgery of late -- things will not go well for the couple.

"I don't think they can work together," Dempsey told The Hollywood Reporter during a recent set visit. "I think it would damage [their relationship] again."

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While the couple has already dealt with the fallout from Meredith tampering with Derek's Alzheimer's clinical trial, the experience may still be in the back of his mind.

"It's a bit of a leap of faith that he's stayed in the relationship after the damage she has done to his career and his credibility as a surgeon," Dempsey says. "I think that's very hard to take. There's too much water under the bridge that they could ever work together again."

Still, Meredith and Derek will give it a go and by the end of the episode -- titled "One Step Too Far" -- they'll address their flawed working relationship.

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"Hopefully they'll take a look at what's really going on and say, 'We should really cop to the truth here,' and confront it," Dempsey says.

Watch a preview below. Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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