Cristina then threw him out of their firehouse, but eventually let him move back in as she was staying at Meredith's to study for the boards. After the plane crash survivors decided to not settle and sue instead, the hospital was at fault and originally, the insurance was supposed to pay the survivors, but after it was realized that only two attendings were allowed on a mediplane, the insurance company wouldn't pay, leaving the hospital to declare bankruptcy.
Owen wanted Pegasus to buy the hospital, but in the end, the plane crash survivors and Callie bought the hospital with the settlement money, plus additional funding from the Harper Avery Foundation. He had her do interviews with other candidates and while they were all fine, she didn't think one stood out.
He reminded her they couldn't all be as good as her. At the end of the day, she still hadn't picked anyone and he said the Harper Avery Foundation was looking for a way to mend fences, and he suggested a large infusion of cash into the cardio department. Cristina figured out he wanted to offer her the job and told him not to. He confessed he had wanted to, but he realized she had to go. He only asked not to leave him until she was actually leaving.
She agreed to this and they shared a kiss, briefly rekindling their romance once again. After a few weeks, the day came for Cristina's departure. She slept over that night to have one great night together but promised to meet him at the hospital for their own big goodbye. Cristina left to get a European charger for her phone at the mall, and later Owen saw on the news that the mall was supposedly bombed. While handling the crisis at the hospital, he feared Cristina got hurt, but she turned out fine at the hospital.
However, they never found time to talk as he had to handle the crisis and media attention all the while treating patients who suffered from chemical burns. The big goodbye resulted in Cristina appearing in the gallery as Owen was appearing. They shared a loving look and she waved, disappearing after he turned to the patient for a few seconds.
Owen dove into work to occupy his mind. Unbeknownst to him, April tried to look out for him, thinking Owen was dying inside and encouraged his male colleagues to be there for him. Owen didn't really appreciate the attention as he just had to deal with Cristina being gone on his own without extra attention.
Maggie, who had replaced Cristina, took on solving the cause of the McNeil's cardiac malfunction and eventually found the cause to be a genetic mutation, which only recently had been discovered, so Cristina couldn't possibly have found it out at the time. Tying up that loose end that Cristina left behind helped Owen to get more closure. Owen teamed up with Callie to turn her research about robotic limbs into a project to help disabled veterans. He confessed to Callie that since Cristina, who was his family, was living her life happily without him, he needed something to get up in the morning and find new dreams.
Cristina helped him get over the darkness that the Army left in him and he needed something to beat it back by doing something good. Owen eventually grew closer with Amelia and slept with her in an on-call room. They soon got involved in a romantic relationship.
Owen was one of the first people to hear about Derek's death when Meredith returned to the hospital. He admitted her after she lost consciousness and worried about Amelia's reaction, only to find out no one had told her as she was in surgery. He waited until she was done to deliver the news, with her already deriving from his facial expression that someone died.
She claimed she was okay, having gone through it all before, and rejected his attempt to comfort her. Around Easter, a few weeks after Derek's death, Owen got an opportunity to do another Army tour. Owen accepted as he wanted to get away from it all, with Richard taking over his Chief duties at the hospital, and his talks about the Army convinced April to join him.
Owen returned at the beginning of the next year, only to find Amelia in the middle of a mental breakdown at the hospital. He found her later at Derek and Meredith's house, where she confessed that she scored oxy from a junkie doctor and that she was seriously considering taking it. Owen got through to her and made her realize that she shouldn't be managing her feelings or run away from them; she should allow herself to feel the pain, as that's the normal and human thing to do.
As he pointed out, taking the oxy would cause her to spiral out of control. She handed him the oxy and she broke down in his arms as he comforted her. Owen shortly resumed his position as Chief of Surgery, only to reveal he was stepping down as he felt it was time for something else. Owen clashed with Jackson over an experimental procedure on a victim of a tunnel collapse and Owen pulled it off. It turned out well in the end, but Jackson still thought Owen got lucky.
They talked about April, who changed after returning, and Owen concluded that's what often happens after an Army tour. It's what made him realize he didn't want to be Chief anymore, too. Owen also worked on Keith, the man who got trapped in his crushed car after the tunnel collapse. Afterwards, he talked with Amelia. He misinterpreted what she said about something working out for a patient as if it was about two of them, and awkwardly left.
He later found her sitting by herself in Meredith's bedroom. She received Meredith's old phone with Derek's last voice mail message, but couldn't bring herself to hit play. Owen did that for her and wanted to give her privacy, but she preferred him to stay. They listened to the message.
Amelia got emotional, but she assured Owen she was okay. They returned to the party and danced it out. After three months, Owen and Amelia were still doubtful as to in what kind of relationship they were.
Owen had concert tickets and wanted to invite Amelia, but he wasn't sure if he should. He asked Callie for advice, and she told him he was overthinking it. In surgery, Owen noticed some tension between Meredith and Amelia, because of their fight over whether or not to tear down a wall at the house the three sisters were sharing. At the end of the day, Owen had to give Amelia a ride home as Meredith, with whom Amelia carpooled to work, left without her. As he dropped her off, he told her he didn't mind giving her a ride and kissed her.
As Amelia wondered what that meant, Maggie came outside and dragged Amelia inside, leaving Owen outside on the front porch. The abrupt interruption left Owen to wonder what the kiss meant as he asked her out and Amelia spent the next day ignoring him. He vented his worries to April, but she was concerned about her own marriage and simply told him to go talk to Amelia.
Owen ended up in an elevator with Amelia and asked her if she was angry or confused. She told the latter. Owen asked to talk, but she says that would just lead to them kissing again without them even knowing why. They wondered what it meant and just ended up kissing again. Owen was invited to the sisters' dinner party, and Callie suggested they drive there together after her consult was done. He was dressed casually and she reminded him Amelia was there, suggesting to dress up more.
They arrived, only to find a quiet and cold dinner party as Meredith just revealed Penny, Callie's girlfriend, was the one who killed Derek. Amelia got angry at Meredith for not informing her before about who Penny was and they yelled at each other. A frustrated Meredith yelled at Owen to get Amelia out of her sight. Owen took Amelia to her room where she calmed down. She wondered how he could always stay calm, but he pointed out he was far from perfect.
He confessed that when he heard Cristina's plane crashed, he was briefly relieved because he'd always known she was going to leave him one day and if she died, they'd just be frozen in time forever without any painful or messy break-up.
He pointed out he always makes things harder than they should be, them included. They agreed it wasn't the worse thing not to be perfect and snuggled on the bed. Nathan informed him he worked with April back in Jordan and that he was here with a kid that required Jackson's expertise.
Due to their obviously negative history, Owen made it clear that he didn't want Riggs around and told him to leave immediately after the surgery. After a night shift, Owen was woken up by Amelia as she laid down with him in the on-call room. They cuddled and talked about her day until he got paged away. They went to Bailey, who revealed she had hired Nathan and simply forgot to tell Maggie.
Owen went to Meredith to ask her how she could work with Penny given their horrible history, and he concluded he simply couldn't do what she was doing. Owen snapped out of it and told Nathan to leave. At the end of the day, Bailey wanted to introduce everyone to Nathan, but Owen made it clear they already knew each other. Owen stated Bailey made a mistake hiring him and blamed her, saying she should've asked around before hiring a complete stranger.
Bailey offered to go talk it out, but he said it was done. He went to the ambulance bay to cool down and refused to talk to Amelia when she came over to try and help him.
Meredith tried as well and he told her he didn't want to talk. Meredith revealed she promised Cristina not to let him get all dark and twisty and to be his person if he needed one. Owen said he didn't want to talk, but all Meredith needed to know was if they were hating Nathan. Owen nodded and replied that they were really, really hating him.
A few days and night shifts later, Amelia tried to talk to Owen, but he blocked her off and stated he was fine, yet he still had a hateful look in his eyes every time he saw Nathan. That day, lots of burned firefighters came in, one of which was John, Owen's mother's boyfriend.
Owen found out when his mother appeared in the ER, looking for John. Owen checked John's chart and saw Meredith and Nathan were operating on him. He angrily went to the OR and requested that Maggie replace Nathan, but Nathan refused to leave per his request as he didn't work for Owen. Owen was forced to leave as he couldn't give a valid reason. Amelia noticed he was really bothered by Nathan working on John and asked why. Owen said he simply didn't want Nathan around his family and took off.
Owen later argued with his mother, who didn't seem to have a problem with Nathan. Amelia chased after him afterwards and again offered his help, but he firmly stated he didn't want her help on this.
Owen and Nathan ran into each other in the ICU. Nathan tried to talk to him, mentioning he talked to "ma", Owen's mother. Owen told him to run far away and never come near his family again. Nathan replied they were his family too, which lead to Owen's punching Nathan twice. He said they weren't his family and took off. The news quickly spread. Meredith found Owen outside on a bench and told him Bailey was looking for him. She said he was getting himself in trouble.
He replied he knew. Meredith then revealed she talked to his mother, saying she knew about his sister. Megan returned after being found in a basement in a rebel-led neighborhood. She had been treated relatively well and was fine except for a frozen abdomen, which Meredith miraculously fixed by performing an abdominal wall transplant.
Owen remained with Megan as she recovered. While those two went to the new house to prepare, Megan drove up there with Owen with the last of their stuff.
During their trip, she and Owen resolved old feuds, and after pointing out that it was time for him to let go of some of his ideals, she dropped him off at the airport. He returned home and told Amelia he wanted to call it quits since it felt like he didn't really know her. She understood and they returned their rings. The two remained friends while occasionally hooking up.
Amelia later stated her theory that their marriage was doomed from the beginning due to Owen having unresolved feelings for Teddy, which drove Owen to make a heat-of-the-moment decision to fly to Germany to see Teddy. Once there, he declared his love for her and they spent the day together. Finally deciding to act on his long dream of having children, Owen filed to foster-to-adopt. Not long after, he received a call that there was a social worker coming over with a baby.
Panicked, Owen called Amelia to help him clean the house and get everything ready. Amelia arrived with a marijuana-high Alex, whom she was babysitting, and while the situation made things a little harder, Owen ended up with a baby boy named Leo. Amelia then drove them to Meredith's house to get baby supplies, while reassuring Owen who was beginning to doubt whether he had made the right choice after all.
At the end of the day, she decided to stay at Owen's to help him get through his first night as parent. Owen managed to impress Cristina as soon as they met, having performed an emergency-tracheotomy in the field with a pen, and later closing up the gash in his leg with a staple gun without any kind of anesthesia.
Later the same night, Owen found Cristina lying outside the hospital, having been impaled through the abdomen by a falling icicle. He carried her inside and treated her, eventually removing the icicle, and the two bonded. After Owen had taken care of Cristina, Dr. Webber offered him a job, but Owen turned down the offer as he was expected to return to Iraq.
He left the hospital that night, but not before surprising Cristina with a passionate kiss that left her completely taken aback. Owen returned to Seattle two months later, having been honorably discharged from the army, and took a job as the new Head of Trauma Surgery at Seattle Grace. Cristina first avoided him, but after he had forgotten her name, calling her "Christine", she confronted him. Owen then told her about his platoon's demise and explained that while he remembered her name, that belonged to the past, and he was now living in the present.
Owen then kept his distance to Cristina and tried to act professionally towards her, but couldn't hide his jealousy as Mark Sloan was constantly trying to hit on her, or his anger when he heard Sloan call her "bad, cheap wine. When Owen questioned Cristina's motives on doing surgery, she opened up to him and told him the story of her father's death, which encouraged Owen to start moving closer.
However, after a patient who became special to Owen died, he found himself arguing with her outside Joe's and then kissing her passionately, almost violently. This caused the two to avoid each other again until Owen showed up outside her house on the doorstep and told her that he thought she was beautiful.
A little later Cristina was upset for not getting the solo surgery, so Owen took her to the Vent, which cheered her up and the two kissed. As Owen's moods continued to swing, Cristina snapped at him and told him to stop his hot and cold act. Owen responded with asking her out, but in the evening he was so nervous that he went to get a drink, ultimately showing up on her doorstep hours late and drunk. Cristina was angry at first, but after Owen, who was standing in her shower fully clothed and shoes on, told her about his best and worst surgery ever, she softened, came to the shower with him and started to take off his wet clothes.
Owen then passed out and woke up next morning, naked in Cristina's bed, where Callie then found him. Later that day Callie told him not to give up on her too easily, and he confronted Cristina, asking her to give him another chance, which she did.
This caused Owen to have a panic attack and Cristina calmed him down, which resulted in Owen falling asleep on top of her in an on-call room and Cristina smiling happily as she held him in her arms.
Though Cristina was wary at first after learning of Beth's identity, she and Owen moved on and he soon confessed that he wanted to be around her for the rest of his life. Cristina and Owen started spending nights together - though they still hadn't had sex - but were soon confronted by new problems: Owen's PTSD from his time in Iraq started to manifest itself as violent nightmares and hypnagogic hallucinations.
Ultimately, one night Owen fell asleep next to Cristina in her bed, and the spinning blades of the ceiling fan above the bed reminded him of helicopter blades, which caused him to have a hallucination and strangle Cristina in the middle of a nightmare.
Cristina was rescued by Callie, who was alarmed by the noise coming from the bedroom, and Owen woke up, having no idea what was going on. He then broke down crying and begged for forgiveness, and Cristina - despite Meredith and Callie's resistance - forgave him, saying his PTSD is a war wound and not his fault. Soon after this, they made love for the first time in an on-call room, but Cristina realized that she's afraid to fall asleep in his arms, and broke up with him.
After this, Owen started to see Dr. Wyatt, who helped him express and name his emotions and recognize the triggers to his PTSD such as the blades of the ceiling fan. As Owen was further torn apart by his feelings for Cristina which he couldn't express because he thought it would be cruel to do so, Dr. Wyatt taught him to use three-word sentences as substitutes to the three words he wanted to say the most I love you. As Owen continued to avoid her and only spoke to her with brief three-word sentences, Cristina became more and more confused and annoyed.
When she finally confronted him in front of the hospital, he explained what the speaking in three-word sentences meant and told her that he was trying to make things right by letting her go.
Cristina then told him to "take care now" I love you and left. As his therapy progressed, Owen started to move closer to Cristina, but she seemed to withdraw, asking him about finally going to visit his mother and telling her that he was back from Iraq. This caused Owen to ponder things and he came to the conclusion that at heart, his problems were caused by his unfinished business in Iraq.
He then told Cristina that he was returning to the army, but she gave no support to the idea, later telling him: After seeing his mother, Owen was able to sleep without nightmares, and with the violent dreams now gone, he and Cristina decided to get back together. Later, Cristina was missing a cardio attending to teach her, so Owen brought over his fellow army surgeon, Dr. Teddy Altman , as a gift for Cristina.
Teddy began to mentor Cristina, and, after a rough start, the two got along well. As it turned out, however, Teddy's presence caused a lot of trouble for Cristina and Owen, as she and Owen had had feelings for each other in the army without the other knowing. After this matter was revealed, Cristina was willing to stand aside, but Owen assured her that he only wanted her.
This caused Teddy to think about leaving the hospital, and Cristina, whose workaholic nature had been awoken by the motivation of working with Teddy, offered her an exchange in panic: Teddy then told Owen about the offer and he confronted Cristina, telling her that their relationship matters and she doesn't get to toss him aside like that.
Cristina, however, remained uncertain and eventually broke up with him, telling him that until he had made his choice, the two of them had no business together. The triangle between Owen, Cristina, and Teddy wasn't settled until the hospital was invaded by the murderous gunman Gary Clark. Owen and Teddy made it out of the hospital with a patient, but after realizing that Cristina was still inside, Owen made his decision and ran back to the hospital to find her.
He then found Cristina in an OR where she was operating on Derek, who had been shot earlier, with Jackson, Meredith, and April - and with Gary Clark holding his gun against her head, ordering her to stop operating.
Owen then tried to distract the gunman from Cristina, even yelling at him as he was about to shoot her: You shoot her, you touch her, and I will kill you! As the barrel of the gun moved to Meredith, Owen jumped towards Clark, forcing the shooter to shoot him instead of Meredith.
After the gunman had gone, Cristina, not knowing the extent of his injuries, urged Meredith to save Owen. Luckily, it turned out the bullet had only pierced his shoulder, and in the wake of the disaster, Owen and Cristina got back together.
Not long after, they got married in front of all their friends in a ceremony held at Meredith's and moved in together, purchasing an old firehouse that they decorated.
Cristina later found out that she was pregnant with their child. Owen was thrilled, but Cristina, not wanting to become a mother, told him that she was going to have an abortion. Owen tried unsuccessfully to talk her out of it and ultimately kicked her out of their home for failing to give him a voice in the matter.
However, Cristina found herself unable to go through with the abortion without Owen's support, which alarmed Meredith, who, after telling him what sort of miserable future would await both Cristina and the child if she kept it, convinced Owen to let Cristina have the abortion. Owen held Cristina's hand during the procedure, but the moment seemed bittersweet and involuntary. It soon became clear that Owen was not okay with it.
He and Cristina grew apart, he became more and more distant and silent, until the situation finally exploded during Zola's birthday party. After this, the situation only grew worse, and during a session with a marriage counselor, it became clear that they both failed to understand each other's point of view on the baby issue.
Owen's discomfort and anxiety eventually led him to get drunk and having a one night stand with a patient's friend. He confessed his infidelity to Cristina, who had earlier suspected him of having an affair with nurse Emily Kovach, which completely devastated her.
Owen moved out of the firehouse and Cristina started to plan to move to Minnesota and accept the fellowship offered at Mayo Clinic. However, before leaving, she slept with Owen one last time, forgiving his infidelity. After Cristina and the others had been rescued from the forest in the wake of the plane crash, Owen promised to take care of Cristina, who was in a psychosis.
He took her to the firehouse and managed to get her to speak. After she had fully recovered, she left for Minnesota to pursue her fellowship, while Owen stayed back in Seattle to continue his role as Chief of Surgery. After Cristina's mentor, Dr. Thomas died, she returned to Seattle and tried to make efforts to reconcile with Owen. Due to a lawsuit against the plane company, Owen asked Cristina for a divorce, which would help the surgeons with their trial.
Cristina then told Owen she wanted to try again and he agreed, but they still went through with the divorce for the sake of the lawsuit. Their newfound happiness was short-lived, however, as the arrival of year-old Ethan Dawson , with whom Owen bonded, made it very clear that Owen still wanted children.
Cristina then realized that she would never be able to give Owen what he desires, so she left him during the superstorm that hit Seattle.
After the storm, Owen and Cristina faced the tough challenge of staying apart, and even though they ended up having sex - more than once - Cristina was determined to stick to her decision. Upon realizing that they could never detach themselves from one another as long as they let things stay the way they were, Cristina suggested that they'd start seeing other people in order to let go of each other, and Owen reluctantly agreed.
Emma Marling , with whom he started flirting. Cristina, witnessing the situation, left the scene with a downhearted expression on her face, leaving Owen with the other woman. Emma and Owen's relationship becomes quite serious and they even consider moving in together.
However, after another emotional encounter with Cristina, Owen breaks up with Emma realizing that he wants to have a future with a woman who shares an equal passion for surgery as she does for children.
After he breaks up with Emma, Cristina tries to help him find someone else. Owen and Teddy met while they both were army surgeons. Both developed hidden feelings for one another.
Owen brought her to Seattle Grace-Mercy West as a present for Cristina , claiming her to be the "cardio goddess", and Teddy later works out that Owen brought her as a present for his girlfriend, appearing more surprised by the fact Cristina was his girlfriend.
Upon finding out, Owen became conflicted and almost kissed Teddy in a closet, but realized that he loved Cristina. The two remained good friends even after Teddy left Seattle to work in Germany. After a fight with Amelia, Owen kissed Teddy, but she backed away, not wanting to ruin their friendship.
She then returned to Germany. After Owen and Amelia's marriage ended, they continued sleeping together. After one hook-up, Amelia told Owen to seek out Teddy, claiming that he was still thinking about her.
Phil is enraged and threatens to attack Hunter with a baseball bat but Mel seduces Phil and threatens to show Sharon the CCTV footage of their kiss to stop him from hurting Hunter. The argument leads to passion and Jack and Mel have sex. In , EastEnders acquired a new executive producer, Matthew Robinson. Robinson was dubbed "the axeman" in the British press, after a large proportion of the EastEnders cast either quit, or were culled, shortly after Robinson's introduction.
It was reported that Robinson hoped the changes would attract more viewers and "spice up [the soap's fictional setting of] Walford ". To counteract the large number of departures, Robinson introduced several new characters, among them Melanie Healy played by Tamzin Outhwaite.
Robinson stated that Tamzin Outhwaite was "a shoo-in — and not just because of her beautiful blonde hair. Within a minute of her walking into auditions, hundreds already having trooped in and out of the door, I knew we had our star. Initially Mel's relationship with Alex and Jeff was not disclosed to viewers, and it was several weeks after her introduction that Mel actually came face-to-face with her brother on-screen; it was revealed that she had been estranged from them for some time.
Author Kate Lock has described Mel as free-spirited, exuberant, a beauty, wild-at-heart, and "a restless soul with a troubled past". Mel has been dubbed as a chameleon , and Outhwaite has suggested that she liked to bring variation to Mel's characterisation: I didn't want her turning into a wimpy character like so many women in soaps. You know, they're either bitches or they're slags or they're victims. I wanted to give Mel a bit of everything.
Every woman has all those elements to their character. It's just working out where they come and go, and I don't think that's lack of continuity; I think that's a three-dimensional character.
Outhwaite has suggested that the wardrobe department struggled to come up with a static identity for Melanie at first; however, this she felt turned out to be a good thing: I'd wear Army pants and trainers some days and then jeans some other days and then I'd be all suited and booted at other times.
I said, 'That's what girls do! That's how I am. Some days I'm in scruffs and some days I'm really dressed up. It would be really nice to have a character who's not so predictable. Powell added, "Although she's a barmaid, she can still afford to wear nice clothes, she just doesn't have a very big wardrobe. An unlikely romance was scripted into Mel's narrative when she began dating her boss Ian Beale Adam Woodyatt. The pairing has been described as one of "the most unbelievable soap couples", but Outwaite defended it in , saying "I know I've fancied some not particularly attractive men in my time, but I don't think Ian is actually ugly.
He has a vulnerable side and that's what is attractive. When he is being all hot-headed and gets above himself then I personally don't like Ian. But when he is being vulnerable I can see the attraction.
People talk to me about it all the time. I have taxi drivers telling me I could do much better than Ian. The other day someone shouted that I should go back with [Mel's former fling] Steve Owen. It's incredible, they'd rather [Mel] went out with [Steve who is] a murderer than with [Ian, who is] a hard-working father raising three children. The wedding went as planned; however, Mel and Ian's marriage ended hours later as the clock struck midnight to signify the beginning of the New Year after Mel discovered Ian's lie.
An EastEnders spokeswoman commented: A more long-running romantic pairing was featured between Mel and the character Steve Owen Martin Kemp , who was portrayed as a villain. In an interview in June , Kemp discussed the relationship between Steve and Mel: She kept him going during all the bad times and now he's determined to have her.
It's true of a lot of guys who get into trouble, they hang their hat on one idea and that keeps them sane [ And often that's a woman. You know from those tender moments when Mel came to visit Steve [in prison] that she was the thing that kept him going, and he won't stop til he gets her back.
Tamzin Outhwaite explained, "With Ian, Mel was the one who didn't want to go through with it. This time around Mel is the one who is apprehensive, hoping Steve will be there for her. If he isn't, she has no reason to stay in Walford. This really is make or break time for her.
The characters seem more suited and it's not a big, white wedding, it's a low-key register office thing. In August , EastEnders began airing a 4th weekly episode. After Phil and Steve wrongfully framed Dan for Phil's shooting, Dan sought revenge by kidnapping Mel and demanding a ransom.
Dan has vowed to get even with Phil and Steve for framing him over the shooting. Kidnapping Mel kills two birds with one stone. Although Mel and Phil have had their differences, he still harbours feelings for her. Outhwaite commented, "They offered to untie my wrists between scenes, but I said no so I could feel what it was really like.
My wrists were raw by the end of it and I was exhausted, but that was the challenge I wanted. Although Mel was rescued, the events on the storyline had ramifications for Mel and Steve's marriage after Dan told Mel that Steve had been unfaithful. This was part of a lucrative deal that Outhwaite made with the BBC, where Outhwaite reportedly agreed to remain on EastEnders for a further year if she was allowed to film other TV shows.
According to Outhwaite, "Steve was a rat and fully deserved it. His death storyline centred upon his on-going feud with Phil. Following Martin Kemp's decision to quit EastEnders , Outhwaite announced she was quitting the soap in the autumn of , stating, "I'm not sure what was left for Mel to do after she had been kidnapped, been married twice, burnt down a club and slept with her best friend's husband [ I always said I'd go when I felt that the character had run her course, and I'm going to leave when my contract runs out next year [ We came in at a similar time, and now it looks like we'll leave at a similar time, too.
Mel and Steve had some kind of aura, a chemistry, that was unique. I was really proud of it. I felt it was time to move on and try on a new coat — new characters, new challenges. She has been fantastic to work with and we wish her all the luck in her career. Mel's exit storyline was linked to Steve's death, and Outhwaite claimed that viewers would be gripped by the storyline right up until her own exit a few months after Steve's.
She thinks that Phil caused it and rushes into the Vic and goes for him. Mel acts brave, but inside she is breaking. She is given a necklace of black pearls on the day Steve dies and it breaks her heart. She knows Phil was involved in the death but can't prove it.
He has been nothing but trouble for her and she won't try to build bridges now [ After being arrested over Steve's money laundering and discovering she was pregnant with Steve's baby, Mel confronted everyone who had wronged her before leaving Walford.
Outhwaite stated, after leaving the show, that she might return to the character if the time was right. It looks like I'm turning it down on a yearly basis, but I'm not.