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Memo to Grey's Anatomy: Hire Brooke Smith!

Memo to Grey's Anatomy: Hire Brooke Smith!

After watching her guest-star on three different series in the past year, I'm thoroughly convinced that adding actress Brooke Smith to any show is a recipe for instant sass. She's given this season of Weeds a much-needed dose of snark, and her too-brief appearances on Dirty Sexy Money were full of the cold stares and harsh barbs I've come to expect from Smith's characters. Remember when her Dr. Hahn spiced up Grey's Anatomy during the second-season finale, fighting with her med-school rival Burke over who should get the donor heart? And when she raised hell at Seattle Grace again last fall, when George chose her over Burke for his father's surgery?

Without two of its strongest characters — Addison and Burke — Grey's has been struggling to find its footing this season. I think there's one sure way to right the ship: Bring back Dr. Hahn. It would give the show another powerful surgeon to play off Derek and Mark, not to mention a woman who talks tough, focuses on her career, and hasn't already slept with the entire hospital staff.

Her characters often seem cold — "Last time I saw you, you stole my patient's heart. Then you got shot. Karma rocks." — but they're not without compassion. Her uneasy friendship with Nancy on Weeds included a fantastic scene where the two got sloshed on white wine and talked about how messed up their children were, and it's one of my favorite moments of this season so far. She could be the new straight-talker on Grey's, jolting the Seattle Grace crew out of their little self-absorbed bubbles — but she could also come to the rescue when one or another of them really gets in a jam.

I'm taking it as a positive sign that Dr. Hahn apparently returns on tonight's Grey'shere's a clip of Izzie and Cristina fighting over some decision Hahn made. Maybe this is her audition? If so, I hope she nails it; Brooke Smith could be just the spark Grey's needs.


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samfam92 samfam92 8 years
Better her than SARA!!!!
tundrababe tundrababe 9 years
Yes HonestMuffin! I was just going to say, isn't she the kidnapped girl in Silence of the Lambs?
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
Ausiello on TVGuide made the same suggestion months ago, and already nabbed the interview.
enarra enarra 9 years
Zap2it is reporting today that she was just hired on full time. Kudos to Buzz for calling it.
mrspiven mrspiven 9 years
she was fantastic in 'weeds'. i love how her character argued for peter's money and i both thought she deserved it yet thought it belonged to nancy.
j9nd2000 j9nd2000 9 years
pixigirl ~ she is the mother of the little boy fathered by the priest in DIRTY SEXY MONEY.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
"oh yea, allright, take easy baby, make it last all night...she was an american girl" "it puts the lotion on its body" Thats all i hear when i see Brooke Smith, from Silence of the Lambs. Its the first role i saw her in and it stays with me.
lindaloo lindaloo 9 years
Grey's has jumped the shark!
alexlove alexlove 9 years
I think I'm the only one who wasn't a fan of her character on Grey's, she was so annoying. I wish we could get back the days of Addison and Burke :(
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
my last name is Hahn so it'd be great to see an actress out there representing the Hahns of the world! woo!
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
She was excellent on Weeds, I think they need some new blood on Grey's stat.
MissySue MissySue 9 years
I loved her on Crossing Jordan. She was such an unapologetic witch!
miss-britt miss-britt 9 years
i was just about to post that about Brooke,HonestMuffin. I was like, isnt' that the chick from silence. props to you muffin.
vickibug vickibug 9 years
That is such a good point - she would add that element to Greys that has been missing this season. Anyone have Shonda Rhimes' email address? :)
HonestMuffin HonestMuffin 9 years
Let us not forget her fabulous cameo in Silence of the Lambs! Remember? Senators daughter? kidnapped? takes the guys dog prisoner? ringin any bells?
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
You should write to the producers! Or maybe we could start a petition!
ginseng ginseng 9 years
I couldn't agree with you more! I have loved WEEDS this season, and I realize it's because I love the way Brooke's character keeps giving lip to Mary Louise Parker. Some of the greatest scenes I remember from this season so far: the way Brooke waits until she has Mary Louise Parker's breast squeezed in the mammogram machine before confronting her: Why are you stalking me? (ha ha ha ha!) the way she says, "I want my money" right after Mary Louise Parker, "making nice", has handed her a slushie. How they continue to sip slushies while Brooke says, in that deliciously biting voice, "I want my $119,000" . . .
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
i love brooke. actually, she used to be my neighbor! she's a strong actress and a nice person.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
pixigirl — she played (plays?) the mother of Brian Darling's son.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Grey's hasn't been too bad this season, but I fear it could quickly fall into the same old, same old routine. Dr. Hahn would be a welcome addition. Just please don't bring back Addison. After trying to watch Private Practice for the last several weeks, I've concluded that she is the weakest character on that show; she doesn't seem to fit in any where.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 9 years
I love her on Weeds. I wish they would hire her. Grey's is totally missing the kick butt female surgeon.
PureGrace PureGrace 9 years
AMEN! I absolutely love her! She is fantastic! Although I do have to admit that I think "it puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose," everytime I see her. :)
pixigirl31 pixigirl31 9 years
when was she on DSM?
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