Episodes 5.23 and 5.24: Here’s To The Future / Now Or Never (Season finale) Airdate: May 14, 2009 from 9 to 11 p.m.
In the last few minutes of the Grey’s Anatomy finale, we see both George and Izzie coding in different rooms; their spirits meeting at the famous elevator, but will they both be pronounced dead when the show returns in the fall? That’s all up in the air now and to be determined….
Exclusive: ‘Grey’s’ boss on finale’s Izzie-George shocker, Mer-Der ‘wedding,’ and more!
Source: The Ausiello Files
Maybe you just watched the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy. And maybe you’re freaking out. Oh, who am I kidding, you are freaking out. Well, good news: Mike Ausiello got off the phone with series creator Shonda Rhimes and obtained exclusive intel on last night’s jaw-dropping climax. Will Izzie and
John Doe George survive? Was that really Meredith and Derek’s wedding we witnessed? Is Jessica Capshaw here to stay? Yep. Rhimes answered all those questions and even found time to address the “ghost sex” controversy, Katherine Heigl’s Emmy chances, TR Knight’s alleged unhappiness, and more.
Rumors have been swirling all year that Katherine and TR wanted off the show. The season ends with both their characters’ lives hanging in the balance. Purely coincidental?
SHONDA RHIMES: I don’t think there are any coincidences. I think Katherine’s stated publicly that she’s happy to stay. I think that there have been lots of rumors about TR, but TR’s never said anything. Take from it what you will.
This kind of cliffhanger almost seems tailor-made to capitalize on some of those headlines and generate buzz.
RHIMES: You have to remember, I have two shows. It’s not as if I spend a lot of time reading the press. We talk about stuff in the writers’ room that other people have read, but, mostly, we were really moving on character. Every year at the beginning of the season I pitch what the end of the season is going to be. And I literally sat down and pitched the last 10 minutes of this season at the beginning of the season, so we were headed towards the place that we knew we were going to go.
Do you know which one of them lives and which one of them dies?
RHIMES: Yes. And I don’t know that you should be saying “which one of them lives and which one of them dies.” I know what happens to the characters.
Have you shared this information with Katherine and TR?
RHIMES: [Silence] I don’t want to answer that. I don’t want to talk about my private conversations with the actors.
Katherine said in a recent interview that she was as much in the dark about Izzie’s fate as anyone. Do you keep this stuff close to the vest in order to prevent leaks?
RHIMES: There was a joke for a while there that if I got hit by a bus [no one would] know how to end the season. I do feel like a secret’s not a secret if anybody knows about it. It was really about trying to keep the storyline as secret as possible, because I wanted the last moment of the season to be a real surprise.
Did TR ask to be released from his contract?
RHIMES: I absolutely am not going to talk about any private conversations I had with the actors. I feel like that invades their privacy.
Why haven’t we seen very much of George this season? I understand that there are ebbs and flows on ensemble dramas but…
RHIMES: There are ebbs and flows. Every character this season has had a lot of ebbs and flows. And every season is shaped differently. With George, I really wanted you to not notice that he wasn’t there for most of this episode. I don’t think anybody noticed because of the way we laid it out this season. He’s an incredibly talented actor. And, actually, he was really lovely and elegant about lying there in all that very painful makeup and prosthetics for much of the episode with no words. That moment where he grabs Meredith’s hand is one of the most affecting moments of the episode, and it was without words.
There was criticism that the Denny hallucinations went on too long without an explanation. Looking back, do you regret not revealing Izzie’s diagnosis sooner?
RHIMES: Do I regret it? No. As writers, we had a lot of fun figuring out how we were going to tell that story. I don’t regret anything we’ve done. Every season is a learning process for me. This is my first television show. Granted, I’ve done five seasons now, but it’s still my first television show. As we head into season 6 everything is still a learning experience for me. It’s been a great, crazy experiment that has happened fairly publicly, but, for me, it’s been my learning process.
There was a period there where the show was being relentless mocked, especially where the “ghost sex” was concerned. Did you ever take it personally?
RHIMES: You’re the first person to tell me that, because I, of course, don’t read a lot of press. One thing we’ve gotten used to is being in the public eye and we learned to let everything roll off our backs. We knew where we were going; we had a road map. The rest of the audience didn’t know where we were going. We all thought it was really surprising that anybody thought there was a ghost on our show. We’re a medical show. We thought it was surprising that anybody would look at it and go, “Gee, that’s a ghost.” So that was surprising to us. But, other than that, we took it with a grain of salt.
Did the network stick by you during the initial backlash?
RHIMES: Yes. [ABC president] Steve [McPherson] and I sat down and talked about what we were going to do before we did it, and figured out how many episodes and everything. I’m in constant contact [with him].
Will Katherine be putting her name back in the Emmy race this season?
RHIMES: You know, I don’t know. I think she did beautiful work. I think she always does beautiful work.
Did Meredith and Derek really get married last night?
RHIMES: Their wedding was a Post-it note. We had a big series of discussions about it in the writers’ room. I felt very strongly — very very strongly — that the last thing Meredith Grey would do is put on a wedding dress and walk down an aisle. It just felt wrong to me, Meredith being Meredith. And the Post-it wedding will have big reverberations next season.
Will we still get an official wedding at some point?
RHIMES: I think they feel it is an official wedding.
Meredith and Derek fans felt a little cheated by the 100th episode because they were led to believe one thing and they got another.
RHIMES: Yeah, I saw a lot of people felt like, “Oh my god, they promised it was going to be a Meredith and Derek wedding.” I never said it was Meredith and Derek’s wedding, I said it was their wedding day.
Have you figured out how you’re going to work around Ellen Pompeo’s maternity leave next season?
RHIMES: We’re actually still talking about that. The writers have disbanded for the season and we’re going to come back together at the beginning of June, so we’re still talking about what we’re going to do and what that’s going to mean. Her maternity leave doesn’t actually come into play until later this season. We will have shot a number of episodes by that point. [And] Ellen is extraordinarily optimistic about what she’s going to be able to do. She’s such a trouper and I’m really am grateful to her for it. We’ll take it as it comes.
Will Jessica Capshaw be promoted to a series regular next season?
RHIMES: I can’t say because we have not renewed anybody’s contract for next season yet.
Are you happy with Jessica Capshaw?
RHIMES: I love Jessica Capshaw. And when I say love I mean love. She couldn’t be a more wonderful person, and I feel like the chemistry Arizona and Callie have feels like the Meredith and Derek chemistry to me. I find them delightful to watch.
Last question: Looking back at this season, what are you most proud of, and what’s the one thing you would have done differently?
RHIMES: There are a lot of things I’m proud of this season. I feel like the cast was clicking on all cylinders. I love the addition of Kevin McKidd and Jessica Capshaw. Those were additions that really worked for us. For me, I feel like this was the season where I found my joy in the show again. You do all these episodes of television and there are ebbs and flows and, for me, I feel like I really came back to the show in a way that had a lot more energy.
And what would you have done differently?
RHIMES: That would mean I have to admit that we made some mistakes, and I’m not going to do that. [Laughs]
Come on, you’re human.
RHIMES: We tried some stuff that didn’t work this season. I wish that we had been able to find Callie a love interest that sparkled sooner, but we found it in the end, so I feel good about that.
In the first part, entitled “Here’s to the Future” (9:00-10:00 p.m.), Izzie spends time with a fellow cancer patient and contemplates whether or not to undergo a risky surgery, as Mark is ready to take his relationship with Lexie to the next level and a patient makes Owen reassess his place at Seattle Grace. In the second part, “Now or Never” (10:00-11:00 p.m.), George delivers stunning news to Bailey, sending shockwaves throughout the hospital, and Izzie’s friends anxiously await her recovery from surgery. Meanwhile Bailey is surprisingly displeased after being accepted into the pediatric fellowship program, and the victim of a near-fatal traffic accident brings the talents of Seattle Grace’s doctors together. Source: ABC
Grey’s Anatomy (May 14, ABC)
Series creator Shonda Rhimes reportedly told her cast that “life-changing things” are in store for every major Seattle Gracer. Now, Shonda being Shonda, details are scarce. What we do know is that the two-hour finale’s guest-star roster includes Debra Mooney (Everwood) and Liza Weil (Gilmore Girls), respectively playing Owen’s mother and a cancer patient who bonds with Izzie. Among the twists you can count on are a reveal that paves the way for T.R. Knight’s possible exit, and a surprising declaration from one of the interns. Source: TV Guide Online
Preview of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ 2-Hour Season 5 Finale
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In ‘Here’s to Future Days’ and ‘Now or Never’, friends are anxiously waiting for Izzie’s recovery from surgery while George gives a shocking news.
Thursday, May 14 will be the two-hour finale event of ““. After spending time with a fellow cancer patient, Izzie contemplates whether or not to move forward with a risky surgery, and George delivers some stunning news that sends shockwaves through the hospital. In the first part “Here’s to Future Days” that airs 9/8c, Izzie spends time with a fellow cancer patient and contemplates whether or not to undergo a risky surgery, as Mark is ready to take his relationship with Lexie to the next level and a patient makes Owen reassess his place at Seattle Grace.
Airing right after that at 10/9c is “Now or Never”. George delivers stunning news to Bailey, sending shockwaves throughout the hospital, and Izzie’s friends anxiously await her recovery from surgery. Meanwhile Bailey is surprisingly displeased after being accepted into the pediatric fellowship program, and the victim of a near-fatal traffic accident brings the talents of Seattle Grace’s doctors together. As of what to be expected from the finale before it returns for a sixth season, shared to E! Online, ” …we do ultimately find out what (happens with) George -he does make a big decision in that episode. Izzie has a lot of medical (issues) in that episode. And then we have our normal ER catastrophe that goes on. It’s got to be something bad going on where all the doctors have to assemble. That much I know.”
So much is happening in this year’s finale of Grey’s Anatomy. Meredith and Derek are possibly getting married, George has a huge decision to make and Izzie’s close to kicking the bucket. On top of all that, Chandra Wilson says there’s a catastrophe in the hospital that brings all the doctors together. Could this season finale be any more action-packed? Take a sneak peek at all the excitement and misery in our Grey’s Anatomy season finale gallery. And is that a dying Izzie (Katherine Heigl) in the gallery? You’ll have to click one of the thumbnails below to find out.
Could you give me any scoop you have on Grey’s Anatomy, ideally something about Mark and Lexie? I need my fix! —
MATT: Does McSteamy “do” parents? That’s the big question in the April 30 episode, when a now-sober Thatcher Grey invites his daughter and her new beau out to dinner. Now, just supposing that Mark is down for some dining, can the reformed cad put on a good show? And this just in: A source tells me that on Mer and Der’s wedding day, airing May 7, the groom gifts his bride with (incurable romantic alert!) her first solo surgery. How that fits into a little blue Tiffany box, I do not know. Source: TV Guide
It certainly sounds like Shonda Rhimes is setting the stage for his departure. A Grey’s insider is now confirming that George will not only march off to war, but he’ll be wounded (perhaps mortally) in the line of duty by season’s end. (Michael Ausiello)
When the show finally comes back April 23 George gets a storyline. George once again one-ups Alex when Alex freaks out in the middle of a trauma. (Watch With Kristin)
And as reported by Shonda Rhimes herself, Derek and Meredith are supposed to be getting married in the upcoming 100th episode. And Izzie’s dying wish is to give them the wedding she may or may not be able to ever have herself. (Watch With Kristin)
Sweet Surrender – Airing April 23, 2009
As she endures aggressive treatment for her cancer, Izzie throws herself into planning Derek and Meredith’s wedding, Callie introduces Arizona as her girlfriend to her disapproving father, George excels in a trauma emergency when Alex freezes, and Owen seeks help with his PTSD. (ABC)
Source: Kristin on E!Online
For a dying girl, life at Izzie’s sickbed is pretty exciting. She’s got friends, yummy food and Mer modeling wedding dresses, and, oh yeah, that ongoing medical crisis. Poor Izzie. The next new episode of Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursday, April 23, at 9 p.m. on ABC.
When parents collide! Thatcher Grey and Sharon Lawrence as Izzie’s mom are both slated to appear in the April 30 episode, which was written by Anatomy maestro Krista Vernoff. And the two men in Ellis Grey’s life (the Chief and Thatcher Grey) finally kinda throw down, and Izzie turns out to be a chip off the old block. Her mom, Robbie, is extremely chipper, like a less evil Tracy Flick. Seriously, bring a Kleenex box to this ep, because we’re all gonna cry. BTW, the biggest rumor in rumorville right now is that it’s not Mer and Der who get married, but Alex and deathbed Izzie. Cross your fingers, Alex-Iz fans!
Preview of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ 5.20: Izzie Passes Out
Meredith in her wedding dress, Owen yelling at Alex and Izzie falls while walking will be in the upcoming episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.
Source: Ace Showbiz TV News
After a long wait, “” will return on Thursday, April 23 and its preview has been given. Among the highlighted ones are Derek telling Meredith that he wants to spend the rest of his life with her, Owen versus Alex and Izzie passing out.
As she endures aggressive treatment for her cancer, Izzie throws herself into planning Derek and Meredith’s wedding. Callie introduces Arizona as her girlfriend to her disapproving father, George excels in a trauma emergency when Alex freezes, and Owen seeks help with his PTSD.
The subject of a wedding has been circling the show for sometime with the latest rumor saying that Mer-Der’s wedding is not the only one. The crew had filmed a wedding scene in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 15 and some sources said that it was ‘s character Izzie that was wearing wedding dress under her coat.
“Sweet Surrender” – As she endures aggressive treatment for her cancer, Izzie throws herself into planning Derek and Meredith’s wedding, Callie introduces Arizona as her girlfriend to her disapproving father, George excels in a trauma emergency when Alex freezes, and Owen seeks help with his PTSD, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, APRIL 23 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network
IZZIE’S MOTHER MAKES A SURPRISE AND LESS-THAN-WELCOME VISIT TO THE HOSPITAL, AS THATCHER GREY RETURNS TO MAKE AMENDS WITH HIS DAUGHTERS, MEREDITH AND LEXIE, ON ABC’S “GREY’S ANATOMY”
Guest starring Emmy-Nominated Sharon Lawrence (“NYPD Blue,” “Desperate Housewives”) as Izzie’s Mother, Robbie
“No Good at Saying Sorry (One More Chance)” – As preparations continue for Meredith and Derek’s wedding, Izzie receives a surprise hospital visit from her handful-of-a-mother, Robbie. Meanwhile, a newly sober Thatcher visits his daughters, Meredith and Lexie, in order to make amends, and the Chief and Meredith bitterly fight over a controversial medical case, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, APRIL 30 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network
“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Katherine Heigl as Isobel “Izzie” Stevens, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, T.R. Knight as George O’Malley, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Eric Dane as Mark Sloan, Chyler Leigh as Lexie Grey and Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt.
Guest starring Sharon Lawrence as Robbie, Jessica Capshaw as Dr. Arizona, Jeff Perry as Thatcher, Kellie Martin as Julie, Nina Siemaszko as Kate and Megan Henning as Willow.
“No Good at Saying Sorry (One More Chance)” was written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Tom Verica. Source: ABC
Meredith and Thatcher don’t exactly resolve their issues. She, will, however reach a new understanding with the Chief. She even gives him a gift. A pretty major gift. A gift I have a hunch will play a big role next season. (Michael Ausiello)
Not only will Jessica Capshaw be back, she’s finalizing a deal to become a full-fledged series regular. (Michael Ausiello)
Sharon Lawrence makes her debut as Izzie’s mother this week, and according to Izzie’s mother’s psychic, Izzie is going to be just fine. You will be shocked to learn Izzie’s mother’s psychic is not reliable, and in point of fact, Izzie’s cancer is getting worse, not better. (Watch With Kristin)
Lexie (Chyler Leigh) is relatively happy to see her dad, but Meredith doesn’t take Thatcher’s return particularly well. In fact, Mer actually comes within inches of being fired—like midway through cleaning out your locker fired. (Watch With Kristin)
Creator Chandra Wilson said, “In [the finale], we do ultimately find out what [happens with] George (T.R. Knight)—he does make a big decision in that episode. Izzie has a lot of medical [issues] in that episode. And then we have our normal ER catastrophe that goes on. It’s got to be something bad going on where all the doctors have to assemble. That much I know.” (Watch With Kristin)
Chandra Wilson says Bailey continues with pediatric surgery despite the ramifications it has for her marriage. “Everything that I’m doing right now is still working with the kids; it’s still trying to potentially go into that fellowship. I do know that my husband is not happy about that—about spending two more years doing the same kind of hours. But when you get a calling, sometimes you have to do your calling.” (Watch With Kristin)
Episode 5.22: What a Difference a Day Makes (fka “Beautiful Day”) (100th episode) Airdate: May 7, 2009
[Will Jeffrey Dean Morgan be appearing in Grey's Anatomy's 100th episode?] Exhibit A: Morgan appeared in the 100th ep photo-op, which took place on the Grey’s set during filming of the said 100th episode. Exhibit B: The official logline for the landmark ep says, “Izzie fears the worst when she begins experiencing familiar symptoms.” Source: The Ausiello Files
As Meredith, Derek and all of their friends prepare for the big wedding, a group of college students, injured in a car crash as they were heading to their graduation ceremony, is admitted to the ER. Meanwhile, Izzie fears the worst when she begins experiencing familiar symptoms. Source: ABC
[From an email sent to Kristin:] “One of my coworkers was in Los Angeles on business, and when I called her and told her about Grey‘s filming the wedding scene, she freaked and found the set. She was there for the lunch break (she said there were two or three paps there too) but she said later Katherine Heigl was standing in the doorway with T.R. Knight , and she was smoking in a wedding dress. She had a big jacket/robe thing over it, but she said there was no doubt it was a wedding dress. She said Katherine was only in the doorway a minute or two before they called her back in, but she has no doubt that it was a wedding dress.” Source: Kristin on E!Online
Deceased Denny Re-Appears on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Again
Source: Ace Showbiz TV News
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ creator Shonda Rhimes confirms that there will be another appearance by Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character in a future episode this season.
When Denny Duquette spooked and confused the audience of “” earlier this season, it won’t be the last time. He will appear again most probably on the 100th episode that airs next week (May 7), according to E! Online. Denny died on the second season and re-appeared through Izzie’s mind in the beginning of the fifth season when she began falling out of her cancer. His appearance in the future episode is not addressed further but creator Shonda Rhimes said, “Just a reminder: He’s not a ghost, and we should all remember what his appearance means.” Denny’s re-appearance is somewhat expected for during the 100th episode celebration on the set of “Grey’s Anatomy” there photographed who plays the character Denny. Additionally, on the official synopsis of the 100th episode, it is said that Izzie will experience “familiar symptoms”.
“GA” creator Rhimes spoke with USA Today, confirming the news and adding a warning: “Just a reminder, he’s not a ghost and we should all remember what his appearance means.” Yeah, that the chemo ain’t helping Izzie.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Confirms ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Last Shot
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ will accommodate the story of late Denny Duquette for one last time, as confirmed by the actor himself.
It is now an official word that Denny Duquette will be back one more time on “” and the last time it will be. Coming to give the confirmation himself is the actor who plays the deceased character, . “I can confirm that I will be coming back one more time,” he said. The actor attended the premiere of “” in Los Angeles, and made time to answer the question from . “I think it will be done after that,” he continued. “I think I have been on the Grey’s Anatomy set for the last time.” He teased further that Denny has a reason to show up and it’s “probably tied to Izzie’s health.” Previously creator Shonda Rhimes also had suggested that Denny is back for one more occasion. She said, “Just a reminder: He’s not a ghost, and we should all remember what his appearance means.” She however, would not specify which episode she was talking about. EW however, claimed that Denny’s appearance will be on the 100th episode which is airing on Thursday, May 7. In the official synopsis for the episode called “What a Difference a Day Makes”, Izzie fears the worst when she begins experiencing familiar symptoms.
Source: The Ausiello Files
Whatever cliff-hanger Grey’s Anatomy has in store in its May 14 season finale, it’ll probably pale in comparison to the one T.R. Knight is experiencing in real life.
Last fall, the actor — frustrated by his lack of airtime — asked to be released from his multiyear Grey’s contract. Now, as I first reported in Ask Ausiello, his wish may be granted by an upcoming story line that finds (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT) George marching off to war as an Army medic. Just as the season wraps up, George gets injured in the line of duty, leaving his fate up in the air for viewers — and even Knight himself. “T.R. doesn’t know whether George lives or dies,” explains a source close to the show. “And, as a result, he doesn’t know whether or not he has to come back next season.”
Legally speaking, Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes has until mid-June to decide whether to drop Knight — and all indications are she will use every last second of that time. Some are suggesting she may be forcing Knight to sweat it out as payback for wanting to jump ship. (The two have had a strained relationship since the Isaiah Washington blowup in 2006.) While Knight’s rep and Rhimes both declined to comment, a Grey’s insider scoffs at such a notion. “At the end of the day, Shonda is going to do what’s best for the show,” maintains the source. “Everything else is just idle gossip.”
What do you think is best for the show at this point: Cutting Knight loose via a season-ending tragedy, or forcing him to return next season for an indeterminate period of time (thus dragging out this off screen soap opera even longer)? Sound off below!
Shannon Lucio to Replace Kaley Cuoco by Ingrid Diaz on April 23rd, 2009
According to an EW exclusive, it seems that the “publicity conflict” blamed for Kaley Cuoco pulling out of her scheduled Grey’s appearance is actually not a publicity conflict after all. Instead, CBS is being blamed. The network apparently pulled the plug on the entire operation because (according to an insider): “They didn’t want one of their biggest stars appearing on one of ABC’s biggest shows. It’s that simple.” CBS fail. Cuoco’s replacement is now said to be Shannon Lucio, whom you might remember from The O.C. as Caleb’s illegitimate daughter. The question still remains what the role is. An Izzie relative might still be a possibility. Even with the recasting it doesn’t sound particularly farfetched. Source: EW
Grey’s Finale Preview: Does Mark Have a Big Surprise for Little Grey?
Source: TV Guide Online
When it comes to promoting Grey’s Anatomy‘s two-hour season finale (airing Thursday at 9 pm/ET, ABC), Chyler Leigh delivers… and then some. Not two weeks after welcoming her third child into the world, Leigh took to talking up the season-ender, in which big twists surely are ahead for the likes of Izzie and perhaps George, sure, but also Lexie and her sweet romance with Mark. Here, Leigh offers a glimpse at what’s on tap this week, reflects on the romance that was not meant to be, and shares her take on two possible goodbyes.
TVGuide.com: You’re such a trouper. You just had a kid, and yet here you are out promoting the season finale.
Chyler Leigh: Hey, I love what I do so…
TVGuide.com: How was this pregnancy versus your previous ones?
Leigh: Oh, it was wonderful. It was my third baby, so I knew more about what was to be expected and listening to my body and whatnot. Yet while it was easier in a lot of ways, this was the first time where I worked throughout the entire pregnancy. And it will be the last time! But everybody was so cool on the set, bringing me stools to sit on, and bringing me water….
TVGuide.com: Does a part of you wish Grey’s had written it into your storyline?
Leigh: You know, at first I was like, “That’d be a really great thing,” but looking back, I’m glad they didn’t. It would have been way too much too soon [for Lexie and Mark].
TVGuide.com: Did you enjoy the episode where they had Lexie binge-eating?
Leigh: Oh god. [Laughs] When that first came up, I was like, “OK, I get it.” But I swear I gained an extra three pounds in that episode.
TVGuide.com: Meredith had that funny line about anxious Lexie’s butt getting “huge.”
Leigh: Yeah, a big, fat ass. I was like, “That’s sweet. Thanks, guys.”
TVGuide.com: The last time we spoke, you lamented the fact that Mer hadn’t yet warmed up to her half-sister. You must be happy they have since reached a détente.
Leigh: Yeah, I’m really glad that they developed that more. I’m such a fan of the show anyway, but when she asked Lexie to be a bridesmaid, that was such a huge thing in their relationship. From Lexie’s perspective, to be a part of something that big really took their relationship to the next level.
TVGuide.com: What’s going on with Meredith’s wedding anyway?
Leigh: They’re still planning on getting married; it’s just a matter of when and how.
TVGuide.com: I must tell you that about half the mail our Mega Buzz column gets is about Lexie and Mark. Why do you think they have struck such a chord?
Leigh: I think it was just so unexpected. For me personally, when I found out about the storyline, I was like, “What? I don’t get it.” But you’re now seeing these two characters individually grow. There’s only so much of the “manwhore” story you can do, as far as Mark goes, and keep it interesting.
TVGuide.com: Yeah, Eric Dane must have welcomed this story as well.
Leigh: It’s far more interesting when you see somebody accepting change, and being proactive about it. Because the relationship between them is so new and unexpected, it raises the maturity level in both of them.
TVGuide.com: So what’s next for them? What’s the next big step after his meeting Papa Grey?
Leigh: Well… that comes up in the finale. I can’t tell you what it is specifically, but it does definitely throw Lexie off, when Mark wants to take it to the next level. She’s got all of her ducks in a row as far as what she wants for her career. Now, to have fallen into a relationship that she wasn’t expecting, throws some of those plans off. It will be interesting to see what happens next season.
TVGuide.com: For all those Mark-Lexie fans, will the season end for them on a high note or a low one?
Leigh: Oh, it’ll end on a high note. It is definitely good.
TVGuide.com: Last week when Lexie was helping George with the traumas, I literally had to remind myself that those two were on the cusp of romance last fall. Were you disappointed that story got dropped?
Leigh: At first I was. I was like, “Wait a minute? What happened?” I think, though, that the reality was that George was the first person who cared about her, in any way, and gave her any sort of positive affirmation or welcome to the hospital. He was the first smiling face that she saw, and there was an infatuation factor in that — “I want to keep that around; I need that from somebody.” But the depth to it wasn’t as genuine as what we’re seeing with Mark.
TVGuide.com: There are rumors that the season finale features a big — perhaps tragic — development for George. Is it possible that you’ve had your last scene with T.R. Knight?
Leigh: Not that I know of. Not that I know of. I know nothing, and it’s still too early to say; we literally just wrapped [production]. I haven’t been told anything, and I’m not even sure T.R. knows, or even what’s going on with [regards to] Katie [Heigl] and all that stuff, I don’t know if anybody knows what’s going to happen.
TVGuide.com: So, as far as you know, you expect to see the same ol’ gang on the set next season?
Leigh: As far as I know!