Miranda Bailey has, and always will be, the heart of Seattle Grace Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, but her future at the stalwart establishment will be called into question during Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy.
Last week, three of Bailey's patients developed an unknown infection that lead to at least two deaths. Initially, it was thought to be Leah's (Tessa Ferrer) fault, but it turns out Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is to blame. Now placed on suspension, Bailey must undergo a CDC investigation that could cost the doctor her job. How will Bailey deal with this pressure? TVGuide.com turned to Wilson to get the scoop on that and the upcoming season finale:
How is Bailey dealing with the CDC investigation?
Chandra Wilson: Owen [Kevin McKidd] made her sit down! That's not cool. She doesn't sit down. The CDC have to come in and do their due diligence. We, of course, have to look for the source of the infection so we can get it out or do whatever we need to do. That's all fine. But Bailey can't understand why it's even within the realm of possibility that it had something to do with her, and why the doctors are not only rallying behind her, but championing her. Bailey still has patients, so she doesn't understand why she has to sit down in order for this investigation to happen.
How are the other doctors treating her?
Wilson: As far as her colleagues are concerned, all of them are board members now. They have to be board members and go according to the rules, no matter how they feel about her personally. Her contention is that friends come first and they're board members later. Behind closed doors, of course they have all kinds of support for her, but she doesn't hear any of that. All she knows is that they collectively have made her sit down. Her ego can't handle that.
What could possibly happen to her because of this? Will she lose her job?
Wilson: We'll know in Thursday's episode what the source of the infection is. What comes to light for her even before that is there really is no job security. She doesn't have a financial stake in the hospital at all, like her colleagues do. People that she groomed as interns are now her boss. Even though she has the genome lab, that still doesn't give her an overwhelming amount of security. That's very isolating, and she ends up feeling really alone in the midst of everything that's going on.
How will Ben (Jason George) be there to support her?
Wilson: I mean, he should be there as her husband. She should've called him right away to let him know what's going on so he can support her, but that's just very un-Bailey. She still hasn't learned how to do that yet. She's still incredibly independent. There's probably a lot of embarrassment, too. She's grieving her patients. The bottom line is that these were her patients that passed; people that she knew, people that she treated, people that she spent quality time with, and they died. That affects her greatly.
What's going to surprise us about what's behind the infection?
Wilson: How personally she took the whole journey and how she was treated.
Will any of the doctors be there to support her through this?
Wilson: Everybody is there to support her, but she just doesn't realize that. All she sees is that nobody is shouting through the megaphone that they are her champion. In a way, she's actually blind to the fact that she is being supported and is being taken care of.
In next week's episode, Bailey shuts everyone out. What's the catalyst of it? Is it finding out the cause of these deaths?
Wilson: No, she just holds grudges. [Laughs] People have to pay for however she feels like she's been treated. It really is about that. It's about how there was no job security and in her opinion, she was treated very unfairly.
From the very beginning of the series, Bailey has always been on track to become the Chief of the hospital. Will the CDC investigation derail that, or would you say she's still on that path?
Wilson: In her opinion, certainly. Her future at the hospital has come into question because she does not have any kind of financial stake in it. That certainly does make that brass ring much less attainable.
A super storm is coming to Seattle in the finale. How will that affect the hospital?
Wilson: There certainly is a natural storm that's coming to Seattle, and the hospital has its Trauma One designation back, so we have to go into emergency mode since we are a center for that. That's the practical part of being a hospital and being a trauma center, but there's still emotional repercussions leftover that will have an effect on that. It's a Grey's finale, so there's going to be all kinds of other stuff, but that's the big picture.
Will this type of storm, the first thing you think of is power outages and flooding. Will those aspects come into play?
Wilson: You have to have that. All the stuff that comes with super storm is what we're going to have in the finale.
How would you say that this finale compares to what we've seen in prior years?
Wilson: Story-line-wise, not the same, but certainly the level of urgency that audiences have become used to in our season finales, that will be there.
Would you say it's an emotional finale?
Wilson: Oh child, it's all of that. [Laughs] It's story-driven, it's natural disaster-driven, patient-driven. There's some good medicine that happens in it. We jam-pack it with as much as we can.
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Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC.