Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy is delving into the difficult question of organ donation and corporal punishment this week, in a three story arch about a patient from death row.

Guest director on Grey’s Anatomy, Eric Stoltz (Mask and Pulp Fiction) steps in front of the camera this week, guest starring as William Dunn, a death row inmate who needs to be treated at Seattle Grace days before his execution.

When the Grey’s Anatomy show creator, Shonda Rhimes promised Stoltz an acting role, he wasn’t expecting to play an enigmatic serial killer. But she convinced him to do it. Stoltz explains, “She said that people who do truly evil things usually are not evil 24 hours a day. They have friends, they have a life. You should really hate this man for all that he does, but because this part is so well-written, this character gradually works itself into your subconscious, and some deep, disturbing recognition happens.”

Though he swears he has nothing in common with this serial killer, he says it’s always bracing to explore what he might actually have in common with them underneath it all. He tells TV Guide USA, “Throughout the course of the day, I do have impulses to lash out at someone or to ram the car that took my parking space or yell at the cab that splashed water on me. But because I’m living in society and want to be a good person, I don’t let those impulses out.”

His admission to Seattle Grace, stirs up anger and questions about professional objectivity, causing conflict as each of the staff fight with their own morals and principles about his pending execution – particularly Derek and Meredith.

Stoltz says this kind of debate is bound to happen. “Absolutely. When someone on death row is brought to a hospital, doctors are confronted with their own ethical code. ‘Is it right to save the life of someone who has done so much bad in the world?’ ‘What is a doctor’s job and how should one respond to this situation?’ It presents a lot of interesting, rich things for all these talented actors to play with.”

Looking specifically at how his arrival impacts upon Derek and Meredith, Stoltz says that he certainly insinuates himself into their relationship and is the source of not a little strife.

While Derek struggles with his own ethical and moral beliefs, and a past memory which clouds his professional judgement toward the death row patient, Meredith is having her own struggle with professional judgement, as she is slowly manipulated by Dunn.

Speaking about how his character plays with the Seattle Grace staff, and Meredith specifically, Stoltz says, “You think he might have some remorse, but he could also be playing at having remorse, in order to get what he wants. Sociopaths tend to be pretty good actors. Nobody had any idea what Ted Bundy was up to for a long time.”

In another floor of the hospital, Bailey teams with Seattle Grace’s new paediatric surgeon, Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw), to save the life of a young patient near and dear to her heart. Meanwhile, Callie and Sloan work as a team to fight their respective attractions to Sadie and Lexie, and Izzie tells Alex that she’s seeing Denny.

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Grey’s Anatomy will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to and click the ‘on demand’ button.

Sunday 29 March, 8.30pm on TV2

Tonight on Grey’s Anatomy, one of Meredith’s oldest friends becomes an intern at Seattle Grace, causing turmoil at the hospital and in Meredith’s personal life.

Melissa George (Home and Away, Alias) guest stars as Dr. Sadie Harris, Meredith’s best friend from college who becomes an intern at Seattle Grace, and Christina is non-too happy about the reunion.

Lexie leads her fellow interns in secretive, unorthodox surgical training sessions, and a new surgeon, Virginia Dixon, brings rules and order to the operating theatre.

Sunday 15 March, 8.30pm on TV2

New training methods are presented, and Miranda Bailey is handed a new level of responsibility, this week on Grey’s Anatomy.

To help Bailey (Chandra Wilson) become the best general surgeon at Seattle Grace, the Chief (James Pickens Jr) gives her new power and new responsibility, heading a team of surgeons with the challenge of removing a young girl’s tumour, which is considered inoperable by many, including Dr. Hahn.
The newest recruit on the block, military Dr Owen Hunt (guest star Kevin McKidd), challenges both the attending doctor’s methods and the residents’ surgical abilities, suggesting a new training method for dealing with trauma.

Callie questions her preferences, while Meredith stumbles across an old doll while going through some of her mother’s things, and Alex questions what he and Izzie have between them.

After months of speculation about the futures of Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight (Izzie and George) on Grey’s Anantomy, it has been confirmed by their co-star James Pickens Jr. (‘The Chief’) that they both are leaving the hit show.

ABC has declined to comment. More info at the source.


Sunday 15 February, 8.30pm

The wait is over, Grey’s Anatomy is back with a two-hour special at the Seattle Grace hospital, as we return to see the plight of our favourite interns.

Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) discover that “happily ever after” isn’t as easy as they hoped, as they start out as a committed couple.

Christina (Sandra Oh) finds she is interested in a military doctor (guest star Kevin McKidd) who brings in a trauma patient and in turn becomes her knight in shining armour.

The Chief (Chandra Wilson) is surprised to hear that Seattle Grace is no longer ranked as a top-tier teaching hospital. Richard (James Pickens Jr) takes the ranking personally and has no time for Erica (Brooke Smith) when she asks for tips to improve her teaching skills.

Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy has promised fans of the show that season 5 will be the “most exciting, fly by the seat of your pants/skirts, “Oh My God Did That Just Happen???!” Season of Grey’s Anatomy EVER”.

Season 4 left many loose ends:

Will Derek and Meredith stay together this time? Will they build that dream house overlooking the city on Derek’s land? Will they make babies together?

Will Izzie and Alex get together? Will each find healing from their past relationships?

Will George and Lexie become more than friends?

What’s next for Cristina?

What’s next for the love triangle of Erica Hahn, Callie Torres and Mark Sloan?

Sunday 8 June, 8.30pm

The season end of Grey’s Anatomy is here with a big, hearty, two-part wrap that promises to resolve the Meredith/Derek saga, and may tell viewers more about what’s going on with Hahn and Torres, while Lexie unearths some surprising secrets.

The on-off steamy relationship between Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) – aka McDreamy – is the focal point of the series that keeps fans hooked. But when it comes to the way her commitment phobic character behaves, Ellen Pompeo says she is nothing like Meredith.
“She’s an emotional nightmare,” explains the 38-year-old. “You can’t really judge characters, because that’s when it gets really hard to play them. But sometimes Meredith has made choices and I’m like, Why would she do this? Why would she continue to keep going back to him after that? You gotta try to find a way to do it, but it’s not always easy.”

At times, she says, she feels like shaking Meredith and telling her to sort her life out – especially her relationship with Derek. But Meredith has trouble committing because of issues with her mother.

The mother/daughter relationsip is the side to the character that Pompeo finds most interesting. She says exploring it has been enlightening: “I lost my mother when I was four, so it’s a very fascinating dynamic to me to explore as an actor. It was one of my favourite things about the show and one of the things about the pilot that really made me want to do the show.

“What’s so fascinating is to explore mother/daughter relationships that aren’t perfect. Because as a little girl, you grow up without a mother and you think that’s all you want and that would make your life complete, and anything that’s painful in your life is because you didn’t have a mother. But then you grow up and you find out that people have mothers and they have these tumultuous relationships with them. To me it’s just fascinating.”

On tonight’s part one of the two-part Grey’s Anatomy season finale, Meredith and Derek have one last shot at a successful outcome in their clinical trial, as the other surgeons work together to free a boy from a hardening block of cement. Meanwhile, Izzie helps Alex care for an ailing Rebecca, and Lexie discovers critical information about George’s intern status and other members of staff at Seattle Grace.

Don’t miss part one of the Grey’s Anatomy series finale, tonight at 8.30pm on TV2.

Could anyone tell me whether the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy (for this current season on tv2) is airing next weekend (Queen’s B’day weekend) or the weekend after? …in saying that I really hope that it’s Queen’s B’day weekend…i don’t want to have to wait another week to see it. I think it’s in the current TV guide with Grey’s on the cover, but I don’t have a copy 🙁

Thank you

sophie 🙂

would it kill TV2 to just play the frakkin’ promo for next week’s episode of Grey’s? seriously? i think that makes like 3 weeks of no promos. but yet they can play promos for everything else worth watching and have no probs playing ads for greys constantly throughtout the week.


Sunday 18 May, 8.30pm

Grey’s Anatomy continues to be New Zealander’s must-see hour of entertainment.

Ask the stars of Grey’s Anatomy why the show is a global hit and they all say Shonda Rhimes. For the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and the new spin off Private Practice, the hit series are her labours of love.
The key to Shonda Rimes’ success she says is that the characters are her friends. “I spend a lot of nights lying in bed awake thinking about the characters. They are people that I know well who happen to live inside my head. I worry about their shortcomings and I celebrate their victories, and I so want them to be happy.”

Rhimes goes onto explain that these next episodes are all about hope and more importantly – bravery. “No ferry boats crash, no bombs explode. No one we loves dies. But, Meredith and Derek getting together again – how they get together – is all about bravery.”

She explains that she can’t give away too much of the story line, but reveals that all of the characters will have to show bravery over the next couple of episodes, and the final finishes with a kiss.

“It’s a good kiss. A great kiss. A kiss so good it makes us lean into our televisions. A kiss we never saw coming. Oh it’s a major kiss!” laughs Rhimes.

Ellen Pompeo believes that the show works because of a combination of Shonda’s ideas, the writing and editing but more importantly it’s the cast chemistry.

“For whatever reason and I don’t know how to quantify that but we have amazing chemistry. And no matter how ridiculous the storylines seem, the actors are able to pull it off because we all have this energy that runs between us.”

James Pickens Jr aka the Chief says the success is about great storytelling. “I think that with the onset of reality-based TV over the last few years has seen folks kind of become passive voyeurs, and therefore haven’t had to invest in watching television, and Shonda did something really interesting as she was able to seduce folks with the story and characters.”

He goes on to explain, “She has lent a voice that was very familiar to a lot of folks’ ears and then she gave them a face to it that folks could look at and say, you know what? I know that person. I want to connect with them in a way that they hadn’t seen in a while.”

“This show is about men and women and how they come together, and you put them together in this kind of murky water and watch them try and navigate it, and sometimes they’re heroic and sometimes they’re kind of ugly but at the end of the day you root for them and you want to stick around for next week to see how they come out on the other side.”

Pickens adds “It’s entertaining. It’s funny. It’s sexy and a little daring.”

This week is no exception; we see a ‘date and tell’ policy instigated at Seattle Grace Hospital as the nurses’ continue to object to McSteamy’s rendezvous with all the staff. This policy leads to some surprising revelations and it isn’t enough to stop one woman from spending time with him. Which Seattle Grace staff will be steaming it up with Dr Eric Dane? Will Meredith finally fall for McSteamy’s charming qualities or will Callie return to an old lover in her time of need?

Meredith and McDreamy put their on-again-off-again relationship to the side as they continue to work together on their clinical trial. This week, they admit a veteran soldier with a story to tell. Will this case help bring them together?

Meanwhile news of Burke’s latest career achievements forces Christina to face her feelings for her ex. Will Christina put aside her career and chase after her one great love? Or will she once and for all have to face the truth that Burke has moved on?

Grey’s Anatomy, Sunday 8.30pm on TV2.