Tonight would probably have been just another episode of Grey's Anatomy, except for one thing: It's going to be Brooke Smith's last. The actress revealed earlier this week that she's been let go from the show after being told the writers could no longer write for her character, who'd been pursuing a relationship — the show's first lesbian relationship — with Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez).
Something tells me we still haven't heard the last of this story, which now includes a statement from series creator Shonda Rhimes that states in part:
Brooke Smith was obviously not fired for playing a lesbian. Clearly it's not an issue as we have a lesbian character on the show — Calliope Torres. Sara Ramirez is an incredible comedic and dramatic actress and we wanted to be able to play up her magic. Unfortunately, we did not find that the magic and chemistry with Brooke's character would sustain in the long run.
The ABC party line doesn't appear to be enough for Patrick Dempsey, who seemed a little skeptical of the logic on Ellen. For a show that already played with fire over the Isaiah Washington situation, this just feels like an odd move.
At least it appears Smith is getting a good storyline in her final episode, as she treats the patient who should have had the heart Izzie snatched for Denny at the end of the second season. Meanwhile, the residents compete for a chance at the first solo surgery of their class, and there's lots of tension (sexual and otherwise) between Cristina and Hunt. To watch some preview clips from the episode, just
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