Did ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Stars—Debbie Allen and Jasmine Guy—Just Allude to More Trouble Between Richard and Catherine?

Since Grey’s Anatomy began in 2005, Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) has been the center of several relationship dramas. It all started when we found out he had an affair with Meredith Grey’s (Ellen Pompeo) mother, Ellis Grey (Kate Burton). Now, 15 seasons later, he is married to Catherine Avery (Debbie Allen), when an old friend comes to visit, Gemma (Jasmine Guy). Will Richard act on his feelings for Gemma?

Could Allena and Guy be alluding to a fight between the two women on-screen? Let’s take a look. Warning: Season 16 spoilers.

James Pickens Jr. and Debbie Allen on Grey's Anatomy
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What is the backstory between Gemma and Richard?

Gemma originally appeared on Grey’s Anatomy in season 15, episode 22, “Head over High Heels.” Gemma came into the ER with a stiletto stuck in her chest. Richard comes across Gemma as Maggie is taking care of her at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

The two know each other from AA, and they talk about how a recent sponsor of theirs passed away. The news hit Gemma hard and led to her drinking bender, which landed her in the ER.

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Richard offers to help Gemma get back on the wagon. That was the last we saw of Gemma until season 16, episode three, where they cross paths again. Richard discovers that she has taken a job at Pac North Hospital in the billing department. Gemma wants to have dinner with Richard, but he declines.

The pair end up having breakfast together, where Gemma makes several advances at Richard. She even kisses him, but he pushes her off. Richard tells Gemma not to judge him from his past mistakes and pledges to be faithful to his wife.

Catherine suspects something is up with Gemma and Richard

In episode seven of season 16, things come to a head with Catherine and Richard. Their marriage is already on the rocks when Catherine sees Gemma caressing Richard’s arm. Richard’s niece, Sabie, is undergoing surgery on a tumor, so Gemma is consoling him.

Richard gets immediately defensive to Catherine, making her suspect that something is up. They talk about the interaction later in the episode, but Richard only makes things worse with his insistence that nothing is going on between him and Gemma.

It is evident that there are sparks between Richard and Gemma, and he is not telling Catherine the entire story. He hasn’t yet told her about the attempted kiss or how Gemma tried to get Richard in bed with her, very recently. Things can only get worse from here.

The ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Instagram account features Debbie Allen and Jasmine Guy

It is only days before the next episode, so the Grey’s Anatomy Instagram account will be sharing new episode promos. The first one that they posted was of Allen and Guy singing, “Back together again! Relax, Relate, Release.”

Many fans might not know what they are referring to with their short clip. The two women worked together on another show, A Different World (1987-1993). Allen produced and directed the sitcom, which was a Cosby Show spinoff.

Allen appeared in a few episodes as Whitley’s (Guy) psychiatrist. The Instagram reference is from one of these episodes where Allen’s character is helping Guy’s character decide between two men.

It seems plausible that Grey’s Anatomy‘s social media gurus posted the video this week to allude to the fight that Allen and Guy are going to engage in over Richard, on the show. Or, it is also possible that the women gang up on Richard and neither ends up with him in the end. He did lie to Catherine, and his marriage is already in a rough patch.

We will have to wait to find out what happens between these two women when they have reunited on-screen once again. New episodes of Grey’s Anatomy are on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.