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After Patrick Dempsey’s Derek ‘McDreamy’ Shepherd was killed in Season 11 of Grey’s Anatomy (Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), there’s been an ongoing hunt to find a new love interest for Ellen Pompeo’s widowed Meredith Grey. We still can’t figure out how a person who is Chief of General Surgery and a single parent to three kids has time to brush her hair let alone date, but we applaud the writers for forcing the character to take some time for herself. On Wednesday night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor played John, a software developer who was *this* close to having a great date with Meredith, until he was a total Ted Mosby about it.

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The pair was set up by a matchmaker that Meredith has been treating this season, but halfway into the date they realized they were both supposed to be on dates with different people. It’s a real meet-cute moment on top of a date that was going great (his grammar was on point, he’s not racist or homophobic, he’s supportive of people being workaholics) until John brings up the topic of single moms.

Since it wasn’t Meredith’s profile that he read, John didn’t realize she has not one, not two, but three kids and refers to single moms as ‘clingy.’ To be clear, that’s a super crappy thing to say regardless of whether Meredith did or didn’t have three very low-maintenance kids (have we ever seen Zolla, Ellis or Bailey even cry?).

It’s unclear whether Radnor will return to play foot-in-mouth John, with the writers keeping the possibility of future appearances from the sitcom star under wraps. The real question is, do we want this relationship? It’s still difficult to distance Radnor from his role as the Ted Mosby, who was, in a word, the worst. Google ‘Ted Mosby Worst’ and you’ll found countless articles listing the reasons for this description, including Ted’s penchant for correcting people, breaking up with women on their birthdays, and telling really inappropriate sex stories to his kids. We wanted to give Radnor’s John a chance and while the new beard did help, he still Mosby’d the situation with his clingy comment. Ugh. It could have been something great, Ted. Grey’s Anatomy’s Seattle setting would make it easy to work a yellow umbrella into Meredith’s hand.

Radnor’s John felt like more a friend zone match for Meredith than a real love interest. As for previous attempts to bring a man in Meredith’s life, there haven’t been many sparks. The chemistry never felt right with Martin Henderson’s Nathan Riggs, and this season there’s an ill-fitting push to get Meredith together with newcomer Chris Carmack (Link is way too happy for dark and twisty Meredith) and Giacomo Gianniotti’s DeLuca (you can’t date your sisters ex, no matter how hot he is or how well he speaks Italian).

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Now, can we get serious and talk about bringing Scott Speedman back into the picture for Meredith? That’s a coupling we can get behind.

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Watch Grey’s Anatomy every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.