‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fans Are Still Bitter That Teddy and Cristina’s Heartbreaking Moment Didn’t Win an Award

Grey’s Anatomy is well known for its tragic love stories. It’s part of the allure that draws fans in. Even though many of the relationships are far from healthy, the marriage between Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) and Henry Burton (Scott Foley) was swoon-worthy.

The marriage was far from romantic, and yet fans rooted for the couple. Like so many other relationships before it, there was no happily ever after for Teddy and Henry. Christina Yang (Sandra Oh) was forced to deliver the bad news, and fans on Reddit were furious that the scene wasn’t nominated for an award.

Teddy and Henry didn’t have a typical drama filled romance

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There were no fireworks when Teddy and Henry first met. He was just another patient coming in for treatment. Yet unlike many patients before him, he was turned away due to the fact that he didn’t have insurance.

Henry was diagnosed with Von-Hippel-Lindau syndrome, so it wasn’t like treatment could wait. In one of the most shocking moves on the show, Teddy offered to marry Henry so that he could use her insurance. She had met him before, so the fact that she agreed to marry a complete stranger with no idea what she was getting into.

It could have a very bad situation, but Henry turned out to be one of the sweetest guys on the show. He fell hard for Teddy even though she didn’t return his feelings. At least not at first.

As his health continued to decline, Teddy began to turn to him for support after she went out on bad dates. Then she realized she was in love with Henry, and the pair shared one of the few healthy relationships on the show.

Christina couldn’t save Henry

Tragically, this romance was not meant to last. Henry was diagnosed with a tumor near his heart. Dr Webber (James Pickens, Jr.) refused to let Teddy do surgery on him, so the task was turned over to Christina Yang. 

Fans were hopeful that Henry would come through this, but the damage to his heart was too great. When Christina and Dr Webber opened him up, they discovered there was nothing they could do. Henry died on the table, and Christina was left to inform Teddy. She didn’t know it was Henry she was operating on until after the fact, which just added to the pain of the moment.

It was one of the most heart-wrenching moments on the show. Teddy broke down, and Christina had to comfort her mentor. When Teddy left, Christina began to cry, which was something she rarely did on the show.

Fans are upset that this moment didn’t win an award

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Even though a lot has happened since this scene, fans still grieve for Henry, and the only healthy relationship Teddy has probably ever been in. A Reddit user posted, “Such greatness! And Cristina holds back any tears while Teddy is there and as soon as she leaves she looks up and cries, that was amazing too. Teddy & Cristina were really good in scenes together.”

Another Reddit user posted, “I liked Teddy and Henry so much. The scene where Christina finds out about how it was Henry she did surgery on stuck with me.”

Even though Teddy has moved on to Owen, fans still mourn when she was with Henry. She may have moved on, but fans have not.