Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 spoilers follow.
Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff has discussed Andrew DeLuca’s bipolar diagnosis, which was confirmed during a Station 19 episode.
Although Grey’s Anatomy‘s 16th season was cut short by four episodes, Station 19 completed its season as originally planned. In season 3 episode 15, Andrew’s diagnosis was mentioned in a line of dialogue by his sister Carina while she was speaking with Maya Bishop.
The diagnosis has yet to be properly addressed in Grey’s Anatomy, although Vernoff previously confirmed that the show had planned to revisit the human trafficking case.
Earlier in the season, Andrew correctly identified that the patient was a sex trafficking victim, but his colleagues did not listen to him as they were concerned for his mental wellbeing.
Then in the season finale, Andrew figured out that Richard Webber had cobalt poisoning but by the episode’s end was found crying on the floor by Meredith Grey.
In an interview with People following the Station 19 season finale, Vernoff elaborated on Andrew’s condition.
“DeLuca is bipolar,” she said. “DeLuca was in a really manic state for an extended period of time. Even though he was right about the sex trafficking victim, the way he was behaving was inconsistent with the personality we’ve known him to have all these years.
“What Carina was saying was, ‘I’m worried about you. You’re not yourself. You’re acting like dad.’ And Meredith [was] saying, ‘You sound like your father’.
“DeLuca, after finally diagnosing Richard, went from manic to depressed. That’s what that last scene was when he’s sitting on the floor, crying in a pit of despair after not seeing anything but high for the last several episodes.”
Last week, Station 19 aired its season finale, which may have provided a clue to Teddy Altman and Owen Hunt’s relationship status.
Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 air on ABC in the US. They air on Sky Witness in the UK with selected episodes also available on NOW TV.
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