Now that Derek's (Patrick Dempsey) sister is in town and ready to go under the knife to help her brother, it seems like he might finally be able to fix his hand on Grey's Anatomy Season 9, Episode 9: “Run, Baby, Run" — if he goes through with the operation.

Is Derek's long period of being unable to operate really coming to an end?

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Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey) told E! that "we think [this operation] is going to be the one, because clearly there are writing challenges if Patrick's character can't operate."

She added, "We're getting toward the middle of the season now so they're probably going to have to fix his hand and get him back in the OR and get him some storylines."

That's not a definitive "he's back to good," but it's definitely a good sign — especially when combined with this image of Liz (Neve Campbell), who looks ready to donate her nerve.

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Catch the next new episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, December 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Source: E!

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