‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Owen’s Only Good ‘Relationship’ Was With April

The best thing about Grey’s Anatomy is the constant relationships that form. It is a soap opera for nighttime viewers in this regard. However, one character seems to end up in more troubled relationships than any other. His name is Owen Hunt (played by Kevin McKidd), and he is not a person that is a fan-favorite or lucky in love. In fact, many people feel that his only good relationship was with April Kepner (Sarah Drew), with whom he was never romantically involved.

A long line of poor relationship choices

Many fans of the show believe Owen’s best option is to avoid relationships because they all tend to end in divorce quickly. He first appeared in the Grey’s Anatomy Season 5 premiere. Sparks flew instantly between him and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh). They went on to have a very steamy, yet at times scary, relationship. They even married. However, it ended with divorce, cheating, and Cristina leaving the country.

After Cristina, Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) became the new love interest for Hunt. This was a tumultuous relationship from the start. The two married quickly after becoming engaged. However, he wanted a relationship with kids, and she didn’t. The conflicts between them soon see them parting ways, even though they did try to stay a couple for a while.

Throughout both marriages and divorces, Owen’s old friend Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) remained an option he kept coming back to. Amelia even told him to go to Teddy to explore their relationship. The liaison resulted in a night of passion. A couple of months late, she reveals she’s pregnant with his child.

Ahead of their own planned marriage, Teddy and Owen separated because she was intimate with Tom Koracick (Greg Germann) and accidentally sent a voicemail to Hunt while in the act. Owen eventually forgave Teddy. Going into Grey’s Anatomy Season 18, they’re engaged again.

The best relationship Hunt never had

Owen (Kevin McKidd) and April (Sarah Drew) in 'Grey's Anatomy'
Owen (Kevin McKidd) and April (Sarah Drew) in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Richard Cartwright/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

For all the time Owen spent chasing relationships, his best is the one we often overlook, with April. However, their connection is purely platonic. But fans still approve.

As one Reddit user stated, “April is Owen’s healthiest relationship.” Many commenters agreed. Most wish that they could have seen more of Owen as her mentor. Another said that “They brought out the best in each other.”

It is true. Owen pushed April to be the best trauma surgeon she could be. During trauma certification, she showed a fiery spirit, and it stemmed from frustration over him pushing her to be the best. After she lost Samuel, her baby with Jackson Avery, it was Owen that encouraged her to assist him as a trauma surgeon with the army.

What do the fans have to say about Hunt?

In general, many fans feel that Owen isn’t a good Grey’s Anatomy character. They say that he is stubborn, angry, and too insistent that he knows the best route to take in any situation. The fans say that he has become what he hated, which is a doctor who focuses more on the drama of his personal life than the medicine that he is supposed to be practicing well as a trauma surgeon.

Fans say that during his first season with the show, he was a man with depth and feeling. Now, he is just not the nice guy that he could have been, and many fans wish he would move on.

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