Grey's Anatomy Spoilers: MerDer Sex Forecast!

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Just how much sex will Meredith and Derek be having this season on Grey's Anatomy? Enough that Patrick Dempsey thinks he needs to start working out ... so that's saying something, right?

Informed that creator Shonda Rhimes was planning to put Derek and Meredith’s sex life under a microscope this season, the 46-year-old actor was a bit taken aback, according to TV Line.

“I need to go to the gym more,” he joked, before adding, “I hope so. They’ve been fighting enough over the last eight years. I don’t know how they stayed together… We’ll see how much sex they’re having."

"They should have it at least once a day. But I think the baby gets in the way.”

Mer Der Lovin'

Dempsey also explained why he signed on for two more years of Grey’s last spring, after publicly toying with the idea of leaving the show altogether at the end of Season 8. “It was about job security,” he said.

“You look at what’s going on in the world, how difficult it is to get a job. You see other actors who have been on other shows who aren’t working now. I’m like, ‘You know what? Why not?’ It’s here. It’s still going."

"Everybody’s working really well together. The scheduling is working out this year. It’s still amazingly popular. I had a long time where I wasn’t working. I was struggling. The money’s good, so I would be stupid to say no.”

Ellen Pompeo, who shared similar sentiments in a recent interview of her own, added that compared to the rest of the cast, she and Patrick will be focusing more on lighter storylines in the early going this fall.

“[The writers] have to create a delicate balance between the heavy storylines and the light storylines,” she said. “And I think Derek and Meredith are just dealing a little bit with his hand and whether he can do surgery or not."

"But there’s not too much drama surrounding them because, the truth is, they’re happy to be alive and be parents for their daughter. So we can play the lightness and leave the heavy stuff to other people.”

Grey's Anatomy Season 9 begins Thursday night on ABC. Sounds like plenty of fun, sexy times ahead for its core couple. How do you see the new season shaping up for Mer and Der? Discuss!

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


This is one of the lamest of lame shows on TV. When they have to resort to a frigging plane crash you know it is going down in flames.


So glad Grey's is back and hope it goes on as long as General hospital and Days! Meredith and Derek are my favorite characters and am really glad they have an easy season this year. They've worked their tails off! Of course I still want to see them just as much! They've had so much to work with they would make great counselors for the newbies!


Yay, to a drama - free MerDer. They deserve to be happy after everything they've been through.


Yeah! They need to be sexing it up this season!


I love MerDer! They are the best couple ever and I am so happy that we don't have to worry about them this season. Yay some good time with Mer and Derek! Let's get on with the sex scences!!!


How the **** can money be an issue for him? I read somewhere that he makes 300.000 dollar per episode, he must be like a multi millionaire? Not that i mind he signed for 2 more years, love the show and he's like my favorite character ;)


whatever they do, they're still best couple ever on TV!

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.


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)