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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from episode 1106, “Don’t Let’s Start,” of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.]
Boom. Geena Davis‘ Dr. Nicole Herman delivered one epic bombshell during Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy.
The icy doctor and expert fetal surgeon arrived at Grey Sloan with a chip on her shoulder and incredibly heavy demands on new fellow Arizona (Jessica Capshaw), and now her behavior is somewhat explained. Herman reveals that she has an inoperable brain tumor and has six months to live. Even more: There are only a handful of people in the world who have the masterful skills she has, and Herman wants to train Arizona to become one of them.
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The bombshell comes not long after Arizona and Callie’s heart-shattering breakup, and puts the bubbly doc in a difficult position considering her position as a board member and co-owner of the hospital.
“I think she feels a huge amount of pressure because she’s torn between having the keys to the kingdom of this woman’s mind and learning about all this stuff that she wants to learn about,” Capshaw told The Hollywood Reporter during a recent set visit. “But she knows that if she gets the keys to the kingdom, it comes at a price: If she doesn’t tell people that Dr. Herman has this brain tumor, she might be putting people at risk.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) is one of the few other skilled pediatric surgeons who have Herman’s abilities — a fact that isn’t lost on Capshaw.
“I love Kate Walsh! I wish they would bring her back!” Capshaw says of the Bad Judge star and Private Practice/Grey’s Anatomy alum who had a great friendship with Callie (Sara Ramirez).
Grey’s Anatomy airs on Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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