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Good news, McDreamy fans: Derek may be returning to the OR sooner than we think!

On the Thursday, Jan. 17 episode of Grey's Anatomy, Derek (Patrick Dempsey) will continue his rehabilitation following Callie's surgery — but it may not be in the most conventional way.

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Insisting Derek needs to practice muscle movement in his hand, Callie (Sara Ramirez) will enlist Intern Shane (Gaius Charles) to play what turns into a heated match of ping pong against his attending. Who will win? Check out these exclusive photos below to search for hints.

Grey's Anatomy returns Thursday at 9/8c on ABC.