Grey's Anatomy Notes: Alex's Brother, Derek's Sister & More

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With all the drama surrounding Katherine Heigl's departure from Grey's Anatomy, many fans are wondering if anyone else wants off the show after the current season.

Well, you can at least bank on McDreamy sticking around for Season 7, according to Patrick Dempsey himself: "Don't worry, I'm not going anywhere," he told E! News.

Everyone can now breathe a sigh of relief!

As for Katherine, by all accounts she will be leaving Grey's for good. Details are still being hammered out, but we'd be surprised to see her again. Is that a good thing?

From what we're hearing, Justin Chambers (Alex) will be around as well, and you can expect an Alex-centric episode in the coming weeks, as his brother will be visiting.

Team Alex

Alex's troubled family history will soon come to light.

When said little bro shows up in need of pro bono surgery, pieces of Alex's past begin to surface, such as the fact that his family hasn't heard from him in some time.

As in, since he arrived at the hospital.

Interestingly that with all the people vanishing (Burke, O'Malley, Hahn and now Stevens), Alex Karev appears to have done the opposite, disappearing to Seattle Grace.

Lastly, there's a Grey's Anatomy-Private Practice crossover of sorts in the mix when Derek's little sister shows up at Oceanside Wellness to assist in an important case.

Derek has no plans to visit L.A. yet, but it's just a matter of time, you have to figure. Why have her cast as Derek's sister specifically if it weren't? Should be interesting!

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

[narrating] "At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it's usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them. The people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need."

MEREDITH

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)