'Grey's Anatomy' Star Chandra Wilson Talks Bailey Under Investigation
Let's review: Three of the bossy doctor's patients came down with infections. She assumed Leah the intern was to blame, of course. But everything changed in the last five minutes of "She's Killing Me," when the board informed Bailey that she was the common denominator. The board members wouldn't even let her tell a patient's family about their unexpected loss. Is this a career-ending mistake for the notoriously ego-driven doctor?
We tried our best to find out if and when Bailey will get to scrub in again and go back to saving lives when we talked to Chandra Wilson, who is quick to laugh, very much unlike the doctor she portrays. News flash: The wait isn't going to be pretty for anyone at Grey Sloan Memorial.
To see Bailey vulnerable at the end of the last episode is just crazy.
When she was seated -- Bailey had to have a seat! Bailey doesn't sit down for anybody, and for her to have to acquiesce and follow rules for a minute, that's not easy for her at all.
What's that like for you as an actress?
It's incredibly frightening. The theme that I kept at the forefront of my thoughts is, you can't possibly believe that I need to sit down. I think that's the largest problem that she's having with this investigation. She doesn't feel like anyone is being her champion. Where is the possibility that she did nothing wrong? Nobody is coming forward and saying, "We know that you're fine." There is doubt there, and that's unforgivable to someone like Miranda Bailey. It has a lot to do with ego. Her ego is not going to allow room for the fact that she could have done something wrong. And she doesn't want to hear that from anybody else, either.
So, if Meredith turns around and asks her to be the godmother to her son, what do you think she will say?
Now, you know, that's something she would be flattered about, absolutely, but even with Meredith it's a conflicting time for Bailey, because all of these folks that were her babies, her colleagues, now they're her boss and she really doesn't know where she fits into this whole picture. There's no job security anymore, so it's kind of hard to be personal in the middle of being so vulnerable.
Some people think this might be all about the tools in the OR and not about Bailey.
Well, clearly that's what it has to be! [Laughs] There's something she understands, that she has to go through the procedures. And that's fine, but why does that have to constitute being grounded? If her colleagues were in her situation she would tell them to sit down, shut up, and let people do their thing, and then go back to work. But that's just not possible for her.
This is so true. What about Kepner? Do you think she has job security right now after sending off those supplies?
You know, she doesn't have anything to lose right now. She gets led by her heart all the time, so this one is a matter of who's gonna find out about that. But she ... yes, she is in this position where she hasn't passed her boards yet, and she's still learning and still naive, and this is just very Kepner of her, to help these guys out with supplies, like, whatever!