‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Richard and Catherine’s Marriage Is On the Rocks—Here’s Why Fans Are Happy About It

It’s no secret that most fans are annoyed with Debbie Allen’s character, Catherine Fox, on this season of Grey’s Anatomy. However, in her defense, Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.) did have some shady business going on with his friend from AA. Let’s take a look at why fans think their relationship is about to crumble, and why fans are ecstatic about it.

[Warning: Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 spoilers ahead]

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What happened with Richard and Catherine in this week’s episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy?’

Although Richard was in a good majority of scenes this week, Catherine only made a quick appearance in the last two minutes. She took that time to grill her husband on where he was all day. The only Catherine we see this season is the jealous one.

The entire episode, Richard was consoling his daughter, Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary), and trying to get her to come back to work. However, Catherine doesn’t think that should have taken him all day. 

“Catherine, this isn’t going to work if you don’t trust me,” Richard tells his wife.

“Who said this is working?” she responds. “Richard, I think it’s time for us to have a much bigger conversation.”

By the way she is looking at him, we know that this is not going to go well. Next week’s promo for Grey’s Anatomy reveals that it is Richard and Catherine’s anniversary. We are in for a snarky dinner party. 

Fans feel that Richard and Catherine have the worst relationship on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

“Does anyone really care about Catherine and Richard’s marriage at this point?” one Reddit user posed the question. “Out of all the relationships, this one annoys me the most. It’s either arguing, or she’s out of town. I just felt his relationships with Adele and Ellis were way better and worth being invested in.”

After the fan complained about the couple, several other viewers joined in. They feel that Richard’s relationship with Adele (Loretta Divine) or even Meredith’s mother, Ellis (Kate Burton), was better than this one. That’s saying a lot since Richard had an affair with Ellis and cheated on Adele.

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“The last season she has been on the STUPIDEST jealousy-trip,” another Redditor added. “And she becomes such a bitch. It’s really annoying. She always demands to be so POWERFUL. Yes, she is strong and has been through a lot, but that DOES NOT mean she can bulldoze through everyone else just to fulfill her demands.”

There are many instances where Catherine dismisses others’ feelings. She does not seem like the right fit for Richard, with how demanding she is.

What would fans like to see for Richard and Catherine’s relationship in the future?

Viewers of the show are calling for the couple to break up. Some fans are asking for worse than a breakup. 

“Well, it’s been a while since a major character death, her cancer might come back soon,” one fan pointed out. “Or they might break up, and one or both of them end up retiring. Because yeah, the relationship sucks.”

Whether Catherine dies or they break up, it sounds like fans will be happy about it. 

“I get that she’s a powerful, strong woman and is a leader,” another fan added. “But she acts like she is the end all be all of the relationship. I feel like Richard has consistently lessened himself just to give her her own way. Every once in a while, he stands up for himself, but she basically whaps him with a newspaper. I don’t like what their relationship has done to Richards’ character.”

Viewers are ready to see Richard without Catherine. He is an original character to the show and deserves a better storyline without her destructive personality. 

Find out what happens with the couple when Grey’s Anatomy returns on Feb. 6, 2020, at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Read more: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Fans May Hate Catherine Fox, but They Despise Richard Webber Right Now Even More