Dark days for Grey’s Bai­ley

Grey’s Anatomy’s Chan­dra Wil­son teases a rat­tled Bai­ley and re­veals a sur­pris­ing fi­nale

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THERE are some things that are just go­ing to be out of the blue, the ac­tress says of the up­com­ing ninth sea­son fi­nale – Mi­randa Bai­ley has hit a ma­jor ob­sta­cle in her oth­er­wise glow­ing ca­reer on Grey’s Anatomy.

Af­ter a string of pa­tients Bai­ley (Chan­dra Wil­son) treated were di­ag­nosed with post-op in­fec­tions and died, the good doc found her­self at the cen­tre of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion b y the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (CDC).

Chan­dra Wil­son dishes it out on the sto­ry­line and how much view­ers should be wor­ried about Bai­ley’s fu­ture and the su­per­storm that ar­rives in the sea­son nine fi­nale next week.

How has the in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­fected Bai­ley? Know­ing Bai­ley, we can’t imag­ine she’d take it sit­ting down.

She has sat down, that’s the prob­lem. The CDC came in and did their due dili­gence to get to the source of where the in­fec­tion was com­ing from. From Bai­ley’s point of view, that didn’t have any­thing to do with her. Why she would even be con­sid­ered as a pos­si­bil­ity as to why some­thing has gone wrong – she had no un­der­stand­ing of that what­so­ever. That af­fected the re­la­tion­ships she has with the rest of her col­leagues. In her opin­ion, they’re busy be­ing board mem­bers as op­posed to be­ing her cham­pi­ons.

Speak­ing of board mem­bers, Jack­son (Jesse Wil­liams) warned the staff to keep their dis­tance. Bai­ley didn’t seem to han­dle be­ing shut out.

She’s not go­ing to han­dle that at all; that’s be­ing in­cred­i­bly dis­loyal. Their pri­or­i­ties are all in the wrong place. If this had hap­pened to any of her other col­leagues, she prob­a­bly would have told them: “Sit down for a minute, let the in­ves­ti­ga­tion run its course and then get back to work and call it a day.” But she can’t take her own ad­vice. The whole thing is per­sonal to her. She’s one of a few among her col­leagues that doesn’t have a fi­nan­cial stake in the hos­pi­tal. She has no job se­cu­rity and this rattles her; the fact that she has to sit back and al­low some­thing to po­ten­tially af­fect her ca­reer.

Who be­sides Mered­ith (Ellen Pom­peo) is on her side?

They all sup­port her and are on her side, but un­for­tu­nately they have to do their job first: they have to carry their ti­tle first. She can’t see where their sup­port is be­cause they have to put on the suit and be board mem­bers for Grey Sloan Me­mo­rial.

As a re­sult of this, could we see Bai­ley wind up with some sort of fi­nan­cial stake in the hos­pi­tal?

She thinks she has a cer­tain amount of foot­ing with the fact that she has the genome lab. That’s re­ally im­por­tant, and there’s great work that’s be­ing done there and it’s value added to the hos­pi­tal. The bot­tom line is it’s not the same thing as be­ing an owner. That re­ally does be­come clear to her – and that loy­al­ties are split be­cause of this.

Bai­ley has typ­i­cally ruled the roost at the hos­pi­tal. How has this in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­fected her self-con­fi­dence?

She thought she ruled the roost (laughs). Bai­ley has an in­cred­i­ble ego, which is one of the things I like about her. This in­ves­ti­ga­tion has more of an ef­fect on her ego than any­thing else.

She’s cer­tainly grieved by the fact that her pa­tients are the ones who have died. She al­ways has a per­sonal in­vest­ment in her pa­tients, es­pe­cially be­cause of her perfection as a sur­geon. If some­thing goes wrong in surgery, it’s not be­cause of some­thing that she has done; it’s what­ever the cir­cum­stances are. It’s her ego that is go­ing to take the big­gest hit in this whole sit­u­a­tion.

Ben (Ja­son Ge­orge) re­turned last week. How will he help sup­port Bai­ley?

He’ll try. She is Ms In­de­pen­dent, and it’s very dif­fi­cult for her to call on any­body to be of help to her or even for her to ad­mit she needs help through a sit­u­a­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, it be­comes an up­hill bat­tle for him to even be her hus­band.

The sea­son fi­nale will fea­ture a su­per­storm. Will the storm force Bai­ley’s re­in­state­ment?

The bot­tom line is ev­ery­body has to rally in or­der to still be at the hos­pi­tal, and all the per­sonal drama is there and that needs to be worked out in the midst of that. Therein lies the drama part that we get to add to the sea­son fi­nale. (Laughs.)

Whose life will the su­per­storm most af­fect? We’ve heard there are ma­jor changes for ev­ery­one.

As far as Bai­ley is con­cerned, it is about be­ing able to sep­a­rate the per­sonal from the pro­fes­sional, so that she can con­tinue to be a good doc­tor and func­tion in this en­vi­ron­ment that she’s in. That’s go­ing to be in­cred­i­bly hard for her. Ev­ery­body has their own story; we’re not de­pen­dent on any­one else’s story, so we have a lot of in­de­pen­dent sto­ries go­ing on right now on the show that have some sur­pris­ing end­ings in the fi­nale. There are some things that are just go­ing to be out of the blue.

How would you com­pare this sea­son’s fi­nale to last year’s gutwrench­ing plane crash episode?

It cer­tainly has the same in­ten­sity. Our fi­nales are al­ways about what’s go­ing to hap­pen next and we do con­tinue that. But no en­gines are fall­ing off of any­thing (laughs). We don’t have that hap­pen­ing! All our char­ac­ters in­di­vid­u­ally are go­ing through a big jour­ney. The for­ward mo­men­tum of our sea­son fi­nales will con­tinue.

Will ev­ery­one sur­vive? Will any­one die?

It de­pends on what you mean “sur­vive”! (Laugh­ing.) There may be some spir­i­tual death and things like that. But as far as I know we’re all still stand­ing right now.

Ob­vi­ously Bai­ley is still around for the fi­nale. What’s the like­li­hood we’ll see her leave Grey Sloan Me­mo­rial or be fired? Sounds like she’s still work­ing when the su­per­storm ar­rives.

I know that she doesn’t feel like her ca­reer is safe, so it’s about how much self-sab­o­tage is Bai­ley go­ing to get her­self into – not only in the sea­son fi­nale but what­ever hap­pens in sea­son 10 just be­cause she holds grudges.

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SHOCK: Chan­dra Wil­son as Dr Mi­randa Bai­ley and Sara Ramirez as Dr Callie Tor­res.

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