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Oh, yeah, 'cause you didn't want me to tell the cops that you beat me up. You came to me in my hospital room when I was jacked up on painkillers, afraid I was never gonna see again. You tried, and then you never talked to me again. I saw you almost every day. I worked for your friends every day. I knew what happened that night. I knew what you were thinking. I knew why you hit me. And if you would have just treated me like a human being, if you would have just talked to me, maybe we could have avoided all this.
Andrew DeLuca to Alex Karev

Andrew DeLuca is a surgical resident at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

HistoryEdit

Early LifeEdit

At a young age, he moved to the United States with his mother while his sister and father remained in Italy.[1]

Working as an EMTEdit

Right after high school, Andrew worked as an EMT. He said he loved it and it's what made him decide to go to medical school. His second call out was an MVC. He arrived to find a woman in the front seat bleeding from her neck. He was trying to stop the bleeding, but she was wailing, holding her dead toddler in her arms. That's when he decided not to go into peds.[2]

First DayEdit

On his way to his first day as an intern, Andrew came across the tunnel collapse. When Joan Paulson was extracted, he rode in with her in the ambulance. When they ran out of splints, he used his tie to stabilize her wrist. After Joan was taken into the hospital, he asked if he needed to fill out paperwork, but Owen, not knowing Andrew is an intern, said that he could do it later if he was okay jumping in and continuing to help.

Andrew was forced to admit that he was only an intern when Joan's neck dislocated and he didn't know how to help Stephanie fix it.[3]

When the doctors realized they'd need to get Keith Gardner to an OR quickly so he wouldn't bleed to death, Andrew, along with the other interns, was posted along the path to clear the way. He then rounded out his first day by rounding on Joan Paulson, who was by then stable and expected to make a full recovery.[4]

HousingEdit

Because the other interns believed he had posed as an attending on purpose, they didn't want to live with him or be friends with him, so when Arizona Robbins posted about having a room available to rent, he jumped at the chance. She was initially suspicious, but said they could work it out, and they eventually became friends shortly after.[5]

Anatomy ClassEdit

Andrew attended Meredith's anatomy class.[6]

Jade BellEdit

When Jade Bell collapsed and came to the hospital, Andrew wanted to page neuro after they stitched up her head. Later, when she collapsed in the hospital, Andrew was quick to take a door off its hinges to use as a backboard.[7]

Communication TrainingEdit

Seeing that the interns weren't well-trained in delivering bad news to patient families, Owen Hunt insisted that they all be trained. He taught them the four Ls (Location, language, body language, and leave) and informed them that they'd be telling the families of the people who died in the ER that day.[8]

Beating by Alex KarevEdit

When Andrew was helping Jo get into bed after a night of drinking, Alex walked in and saw Andrew on top of her. Assuming that Andrew was sexually assaulting her, Alex violently physically assaulted Andrew, leading to the former temporarily injuring his hand and the latter sustaining several critical injuries.[9]

When Andrew decided to press charges, Alex and his attorney thought it was for a misdemeanor, but quickly learned that the state had upped the charge to felony assault. Alex pled not guilty.

Later, Alex went to the District Attorney's office to take a plea deal, but Andrew unexpectedly walked in and tried to drop all charges against Alex. When he was told that since the case belonged to the state, he could not do that, he threatened to sabotage the case, which the attorney said was "a slam dunk." Andrew walked out before Alex could understand why he decided to drop the charges. The two eventually had a conversation outside of the hospital in which Andrew says that he did it to protect Jo, and expressed frustration that Alex never apologized when he had the chance.

Amelia's TumorEdit

Andrew's sister, Carina DeLuca, arrived in Seattle and was about to have sex with Arizona when Andrew came home and saw the two. After arguing in Italian, Andrew decided he would sleep at the hospital. Carina, knowing that Andrew worked for a female chief of surgery, got permission from Miranda Bailey to conduct research for her study involving scanning the female orgasm using an MRI at Grey Sloan. Amelia Shepherd decided to participate in the study. Later Andrew went to visit his sister in the hospital and noticed that Amelia's MRI showed a tumor in her frontal lobe. Andrew and Carina later showed Amelia her scan.[10]

Amelia told Andrew to keep her tumor a secret which he felt uncomfortable about doing. Amelia called her old teacher, Tom Koracick, to come and perform the surgery. While Amelia had another scan, she directed Andrew to gather all of her recent case files for her to go over in case any mistakes were made on her part. Later, Andrew tried to tell Maggie about the tumor by talking to her about their failed relationship in room with Amelia's brain scan shown throughout the room, hoping Maggie would realize that the scans were Amelia's. She failed to notice initially, but after Amelia told her, she realized that Andrew tried to tell her.[11]

During Amelia's surgery, Andrew assisted Koracick with the removal of the tumor. He tried to ask questions about the procedure as Amelia suggested to make Koracick work faster, but was ignored by Koracick, who was singing to music while operating and told Andrew to sing or shut up. The surgery was successful and during her recovery Andrew used early ambulation on Amelia as she made him promise to do. Koracick tried to order Andrew to stop, but Andrew continued anyways, saying that this was Amelia's treatment and that she ordered him to do it no matter what and to ignore Koracick if he told him to stop. Koracick left, telling Andrew that if anything happened it was his fault. After Amelia recovered, she asked Andrew to run more scans, because she felt that there was something wrong. To ease her concerns, Andrew brought Amelia the removed tumor and showed it to her. He told her that the reason why she felt wrong was because for a long time there was something wrong and now that the tumor is gone she is safe and that for her that could feel wrong. Amelia hugged him, realizing that he was right.[12]

PersonalityEdit

Andrew is very confident and easygoing. He has a strong emotional and soft side, especially when it comes to romantic relationships.

RelationshipsEdit

RomanticEdit

Maggie PierceEdit

After not being able to save one of the twins, Andrew ended up at the bar getting drunk with Maggie. She kissed him, and they ended up sleeping together.[13] The next day, she avoided him and then told him that it wouldn't be happening again. Despite this, they began kissing and had sex again.[14]

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Maggie and Andrew at Joe's bar

After they had sex, Maggie had the repeated, urgent need to urinate, so she came back to the hospital. Because OB was understaffed, Andrew came in to examine her. She believed he may have given her an STI. After her exam, she and Andrew talked about how he didn't automatically assume that she gave him something, so she shouldn't automatically assume he gave her something and he said that she could get the test results later, but if she wanted to know anything about his history, she could ask or she could just trust him.[15]

When Andrew touched her affectionately while working on a case, Maggie told him he couldn't do that anymore. They needed to keep it professional at work. She admitted to having feelings for him and asked if he could keep it professional at work. He said he could.[16]

When an ambulance exploded in the ER, Maggie repeatedly paged Andrew. He found her and told her she needed to stop paging him so much, but she admitted she was worried about him, believing he'd been in the blast.[17]

Shortly after they went public, Andrew became uncomfortable with the way things changed when people knew he was seeing an attending and he started to avoid her. When she confronted him, he ended things with her.[18]

Sam BelloEdit

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Sam and Andrew at a hospital party

While the details of Andrew and Sam's relationship are unknown, it is known that they had a very complicated, on-and-off relationship for years. He seemed to dislike having Sam in Seattle and tried his best to ignore and avoid her. After she assured him that she didn't come to Seattle for him, they ended up having sex in an on-call room, despite knowing their relationship wasn't good for either of them.[19] Jo Wilson and Alex Karev discuss that Andrew and Sam continue to do this every day.[20] 

They eventually moved in together as their relationship grew more serious. However, when Sam was discovered by ICE and was in risk of deportation, she decided to continue her medical career in Switzerland under Cristina Yang and left the country. After Andrew and Sam broke up, Andrew went to his sister, Carina DeLuca's, apartment and stayed on the couch for weeks, not able to get over Sam. At Jo and Alex's wedding, he got drunk out of misery, leading him to kiss Meredith Grey.

Meredith GreyEdit

At Jo and Alex's wedding, Andrew drunkenly kissed Meredith, and she rejected his advances, though she said she was flattered. The next day, Andrew remembered what he did and apologized to Meredith, who, unbenownst to Andrew, was having sex dreams about him. Andrew soon realized he had feelings for Meredith and tried to keep them in tact while she began dating other people with the help of her matchmaker patient. However, during the superstorm, when Andrew saw that Meredith might start dating Atticus Lincoln, he confessed his feelings for her. Meredith told him she had to think about it, but that same day, they got trapped in the elevator, where they learn more about each other, such as that they both speak Italian. They almost kissed until the elevator began working again.

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Meredith and Andrew at Catherine's party

Now that Meredith was fully aware of Andrew's feelings for her, Andrew began to pursue Meredith in competition with her other suitor, Link. Though Meredith initially tried to resisit her interest in Andrew by setting up a date with Link, she eventually chose Andrew to be with, and they shared their first kiss on the hospital roof on Valentine's Day. After getting Maggie's approval, Meredith allowed Andrew to take her out on a date, starting their relationship officially.

When operating with Richard on a woman's appendectomy, Andrew told him that, while he and Meredith hadn't had any serious conversations about their future yet, she makes him so happy, earning him Richard's approval on the relationship. After Zola caught Andrew trying to sneak out of Meredith's room in the middle of the night, Meredith asked Andrew if he even liked kids, to which he responded that he has sixteen cousins and that her kids might like him more than her. That night, Meredith told her kids about her relationship with Andrew, which they warmly welcomed.

After watching Meredith commit insurance fraud for Gabby Rivera's case, Andrew didn't say anything, but looked like he disapproved as they operated on Gabby. Later that day, Meredith told him that she could not apologize for her actions, as she did them to save a family. Andrew told Meredith that she had it all wrong; he was silent because he was in awe of what she did and that he was worried he would accidentally blurt out that he loves her. Though Meredith didn't say it back at first, she eventually told him she loves him too after he took the fall for the insurance fraud and landed himself in jail.

FamilialEdit

Carina DeLucaEdit

At a young age, he and his mother moved to the United States while his sister, Carina, stayed behind in Italy with their father. Carina came to Seattle to do research about the female orgasm and discovered Amelia's brain tumor. While in Seattle, Carina also served as OB/GYN when needed.

Vincenzo DeLucaEdit

While Andrew and Meredith were trapped in the elevator during the wind storm, he revealed that his father, Vincenzo, is a famous surgeon back in Italy. His father has had issues with mental illness and once killed four patients while operating in a manic state. Because of his connections, Vincenzo was able to avoid prison time or malpractice lawsuits. This is something Andrew had never told anybody before Meredith.

After Catherine's party, just as Andrew was about to show Meredith his apartment, Carina returned to America with Vincenzo, who was here to propose research for an external womb to the hospital. While Carina didn't trust their father's mental state, Andrew signed on to work on the project after Vincenzo told him this would put him on the map. However, Vincenzo's manic symptoms started to show when the project started failing, leading him to offer the incomplete research to a hospital patient. Andrew had an emotional confrontation with Vincenzo, the project was shut down, and Vincenzo returned to Italy.

ProfessionalEdit

Alex KarevEdit

He got off to a bad start with Alex, who mistakenly believed Andrew hated kids because he didn't want to work in peds.[21] He was later attacked by Alex at Alex and Jo's apartment because Alex saw him on top of Jo when she was drunk.[22] While Alex awaited trial for assault, the two avoided each other. The night before Alex's trial, he decided to take a plea deal to get two years, but before he could do so, Andrew came in and told the DA he wanted to drop the charges. When the DA said it wasn't his case to drop, Andrew said he'd say that it was all a misunderstanding that got out of hand, tanking the DA's case.[23] Alex later apologized to Andrew for what happened, which is what Andrew wanted in the first place.[24] When they had to work together, Alex asked if they were cool and Andrew assured him that they were.[25]

CareerEdit

Andrew is a second-year surgical resident at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. He decided to go to medical school after working as an EMT after high school. After a year as a surgical intern, he passed his intern exam and became a resident. Subsequently, he has been described by his superiors as one of the star residents of the hospital.

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • He says he has a lot of trouble getting to the second date because his first dates usually end in sex and then women seem to assume he's moved on.[26]
  • Andrew doesn't know baseball.
  • Andrew has been said to have very confident hair.
  • Andrew is Italian and speaks Italian, like Giacomo Gianniotti himself.[27]
  • Andrew's given name is Andrea.[28]
  • His favorite type of food is barbecue.[29]
  • His favorite color is blue.[30]
  • The Beatles are his favorite band. He also likes Radiohead.[31]

GalleryEdit

A more complete gallery with pictures of Andrew DeLuca can be found here.

Notable EpisodesEdit

These episodes are Andrew-centric or are otherwise very informative about his life.

Memorable QuotesEdit

Andrew (to Amelia): I think I figured out what you're looking for. It was this. This is what's missing. I think you've been waiting for the other shoe to drop, for something to go wrong. And I think it might be because, for years now, something was wrong. This thing was growing inside of you, and you were in constant danger. But now it's gone and you're safe.

Andrew: You should really get that treated.
Jo: What?
Andrew: Your self-pity gland. It's incredibly swollen.
Jo: Go to hell.
Andrew: I'm a doctor. I can see it from here.
Jo: Well, I'm gonna treat it with alcohol.
Andrew: That's the recommended course. I support that.

Andrew: What? You're saying two people can't have a long and happy marriage?
Amelia: I'm saying maybe this is an unrealistic ideal of marriage.
Andrew: 60 years of good, bad, and ugly. That's everything. What's wrong with wanting that?

Alex: I'm sorry I hurt you. I'm sorry. It was a misunderstanding. You got the wrong end of me overreacting. I'm glad you're okay, and I'm really sorry.
Andrew: You serious?
Alex: Yeah.
Andrew: I gave you every chance to say that. For months, you could have just said that.
Alex: I said it that night.
Andrew: Oh, yeah, 'cause you didn't want me to tell the cops that you beat me up. You came to me in my hospital room when I was jacked up on painkillers, afraid I was never gonna see again. You tried, and then you never talked to me again. I saw you almost every day. I worked for your friends every day. I knew what happened that night. I knew what you were thinking. I knew why you hit me. And if you would have just treated me like a human being, if you would have just talked to me, maybe we could have avoided all this.
Alex: I didn't think you'd listen.
Andrew: Yeah, well, I'm a pretty good guy!
Alex: Why'd you do it?
Andrew: I don't have to explain myself to you.
Alex: Just tell me.
Andrew: Jo's been through enough. She doesn't need to live her life being scared.
Alex: Yeah, well, Jo would say she's pretty good at taking care of herself.
Andrew: Yeah, well, should she have to?

Andrew: I wanted to talk about how things ended between us.
Maggie: Huh?
Andrew: You know, you and I.
Maggie: Uh, why?
Andrew: Well, I've been thinking a lot about us and you know, things ended so poorly. I wanted to try to ameliorate the situation and shepherd in a new era.
Maggie: I thought we were fine now.
Andrew: Define fine. Are we friends, are we colleagues who tell each other things, important things?
Maggie: I mean, I'm fine now, but I wasn't. You dropped me like I was severely burning your hand and then never said a word about it. It was kind of humiliating.
Andrew: Right, yeah. I shouldn't have done that.
Maggie: And you told Richard Webber, my biological father, what I'm like in bed. He knows what sex sounds I make now because of you. I never let that dawn.
Andrew: To be fair, I...
Maggie: You know, you did owe me an apology. Thank you for manning up. I'm good now. We're good.

Andrew: I know you're talking with Karev. I saw you. And after all that stuff you said about how you guys never talk anymore...
Jo: We were working on a case in the clinic. I didn't exactly have a choice. What? You think I'm some sort of double agent, that I'm...?
Andrew: No. No, I don't think... You just... You pick the bad guy. So, the guy who hurts you or who hurts other people, and you deserve better. Maybe you can't see that, but I do.

AppearancesEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. https://twitter.com/KristaVernoff/status/915731986529914880
  2. I Choose You, 12x03
  3. Time Stops, 11x23
  4. You're My Home, 11x24
  5. Sledgehammer, 12x01
  6. Sledgehammer, 12x01
  7. Walking Tall, 12x02
  8. Old Time Rock and Roll, 12x04
  9. Family Affair, 12x24
  10. Get Off on the Pain, 14x02
  11. Go Big or Go Home, 14x03
  12. Ain't That a Kick in the Head, 14x04
  13. I Choose You, 12x03
  14. Old Time Rock and Roll, 12x04
  15. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, 12x05
  16. Things We Lost in the Fire, 12x08
  17. All I Want is You, 12x10
  18. When It Hurts So Bad, 12x16
  19. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story, 14x07
  20. Out of Nowhere, 14x08
  21. I Choose You, 12x03
  22. Family Affair, 12x24
  23. Jukebox Hero, 13x11
  24. None of Your Business, 13x12
  25. Civil War, 13x15
  26. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, 12x04
  27. Break Down the House, 14x01
  28. Get Off on the Pain, 14x02
  29. Flowers Grow Out of My Grave, 15x06
  30. Flowers Grow Out of My Grave, 15x06
  31. Flowers Grow Out of My Grave, 15x06
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