Owen Hunt brings his new girlfriend to Seattle's Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital to observe him work in Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy, but will tensions run high with his on-again, off-again lover and co-worker Cristina Yang?
The Oct. 24 episode, Map of You, has Owen (Kevin McKidd) inviting Emma Marling (Marguerite Moreau), an attending at Seattle Presbyterian, to the hospital to observe a surgery. An encounter with Cristina (Sandra Oh) will play out on screen and things may get "weird," in Emma's words.
A sneak peek clip (watch here) from Thursday's episode features Cristina and Owen talking about his new girlfriend hanging around the hospital.
Emma wants to make sure people do not think she is using her new relationship with Owen to her professional advantage.
"I just don't want to trade on our whatever-this-is just to get to observe a surgery. I just like to keep it professional at work," she said before Owen admitted he told a few people that they have dating.
After the two awkwardly shake hands as a way of saying goodbye, Emma literally bumps into Cristina, who tells Owen it won't be weird for her having his new girlfriend around. She does suggest, however, that the setting might be uncomfortable for Emma.
"Will it be weird for her?" Cristina asked. "Is she the type to get freaked out by the ex?" Before Owen can reply, Cristina is distracted by Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), who feels "weird" around her.
Kevin McKidd said in August that Owen and Cristina's breakup will not be a smooth transition for one of them in season 10. Cristina may still have feelings brewing for Owen, even though she tires to hide them.
"The problem is she's not really 'checked out' [of the romance]," he said. "She tries to make herself checked out, but...you can tell that the attraction between the two of them is never going to go away. There's always going to be this magnetism."
"I know the Cristina/Owen fans will be like, 'Oh my god, that means it's over!' But no, they're still working in the same hospital, they're still go to be constantly in each other lives," he added. "And they're such an odd couple... I think in a weird way they might find a way to make not being in a relationship work for them."
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC.