‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Cristina Yang’s ‘Dark and Funny’ Personality Is Back With This 1 Character in Season 17

Grey’s Anatomy fans still miss Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) and the relationship between her and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). However, her “dark and funny” personality is shining through with this one character in season 17.

'Grey's Anatomy' Sandra Oh and Ellen Pompeo
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Sandra Oh and Ellen Pompeo as Cristina Yang and Meredith Grey | Ron Tom/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Both Meredith Grey and Tom Koracick have COVID-19 on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

In the winter finale of Grey’s AnatomyTom Koracick (Greg Germann) visited Meredith Grey in her hospital room. Both patients have COVID-19 and should not be out of their rooms. However, after Tom watches his roommate die of the virus, he insists on visiting Meredith.

“You don’t realize how addicted you are to saving lives until you can’t,” Tom tells Meredith. “How hilarious is it that the best and second-best surgeons in this joint caught the plague.”

Then, Meredith points out that he isn’t the second-best surgeon in the hospital. 

“You thought I put you at number one,” he laughs. “That is so sad.”

The two crack up as they engage in friendly banter over who is the hospital’s best surgeon. Meredith asks Tom how many Catherine Fox Awards he has won. 

“How many Catherine Fox’s have you saved?” he counters. 

“Good one,” Meredith responds, as they both laugh.

Fans feel that Tom Koracick gives off Cristina Yang vibes

Grey’s Anatomy fans loved the interaction between Tom and Meredith in the winter finale. They pointed out how much their brief interaction reminded them of Cristina Yang.

“I’m telling you guys, Koracick gives me Cristina vibes,” one fan wrote on Reddit. “He is dark and funny. He knows he is the best at what he does. He is unapologetic. And sometimes he doesn’t understand why people don’t like him. That is 100% Cristina.”

'Grey's Anatomy' Ellen Pompeo and Greg Germann
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Ellen Pompeo and Greg Germann | Bonnie Osborne/ABC via Getty Images

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Other viewers agreed that Tom shows a lot of personality similarities to Meredith’s twisted sister. Cristina knew she was a fantastic surgeon and did not hide it either. 

“Work is all I have,” Tom told Meredith in the episode.

Again, his dedication to his skill reminded fans very much of Cristina’s passion for surgery.

Grey’s Anatomy viewers want to see Tom and Meredith become best friends

“Anytime they have scenes together, you can see that chemistry,” another Redditor added about Tom and Meredith. “A friendship between them could be a nice throwback to the old Grey’s.”

Since Justin Chambers, who portrayed Alex Karev, left the show in season 16, Meredith hasn’t had that dynamic with another character.

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“I really loved that moment between Korasic and Mer, too,” one more fan wrote. “The actors have a lot of chemistry as well.”

Fans are hoping that the two surgeons become closer over the remainder of the season. Grey’s Anatomy returns from break on March 4, 2021.