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TV Tonight: Grey's Anatomy

TV Tonight: Grey's Anatomy

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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suziryder suziryder 8 years
I wasn't a big Hahn fan and I thought her relationship with Callie wasn't working, but I see no reason why the character couldn't stay. It is fishy, like everyone's saying. MSM, I think you're right, all the good shows are on cable nowadays. Unfortunate most are on premium cable which I don't get!
emalove emalove 8 years
Good. I hated her character.
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 8 years
I disliked when they paired Callie & Hahn together in the first place b/c they didn't have the chemistry! Hahn should have been a lesbian with someone else on the show. Callie & McSteamy are so much hotter together. Still it's strange how Hahn is leaving now.
Tennant_Love Tennant_Love 8 years
I have hated her recently, I don't care about her & Callie but the way she speaks to people especially what she said to Meredith about cutting her heart out with a steak knife or something?!?! Psycho....I think its safe to say the write didn't like this character either!!!!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Based on that response, the producers could have kept Dr. Hahn on the show, but just have taken out the Callie/Hahn relationship if the "magic and chemistry" wasn't there between them.
mannylove mannylove 8 years
I liked Hahn and feel like there was more they could have done w/her character. After all, her character replaced Burke's position in the hospital. Just b/c the Callie storyline might not have been working, doesn't mean they had to give up?!
Lavinie Lavinie 8 years
i didn't like hahn at all.. . i'm glad she's leaving the show. she was a total beyotch to everyone and i really didn't believe the chemistry between her and callie. i'm so happy she's done.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
It's all suspicious. Brooke was a great actress. I really liked her because she wasnt annoying or needy or whiny, she was just a great surgeon.
girlnone girlnone 8 years
I'm pleased that they're getting rid of Brooke Smith, because I felt her character was pretty one-note and didn't bring much to the show. However, it seems suspicious that ABC and Grey's is suddenly backtracking on their gay and lesbian storylines.
msm1965 msm1965 8 years
I agree with you, the pairing with Callie and Hahn wasn't a match made in heaven and i don't think it would have lasted-but at the same time, I don't think she needed to leave the show because of it. Callie/Sara is extremely talented. I really enjoy watching her on the show, I think she is the brightest star on it these days.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Grey's really needs to do some redeeming and soon. *sigh* It just isn't the same magic. I wish they get rid of Izzie next or do something with her character because she is just boring me to tears these days.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I don't like the somewhat suspicious firing, but at the same time I'll be really glad to see the Hahn/Callie story end. Callie needs someone with more personality. A friend of mine summed it up thusly: Callie dances around in red boyshorts with her sunglasses on while Hahn probably wears granny panties.
msm1965 msm1965 8 years
Is it just me, or has Grey's Anatomy itself hit the bricks? I've watched it for the past few years, but since last year, I just can't take it anymore...everytime whiny Meredith comes on the screen, I have to hit the mute button. I liked Hahn & her take no prisoners attitude-especially how Christine would try to suck up to her so much (she who thought she was the BEST doctor possible!). I find it disgusting that all of the sudden there is a "relationship" between 2 women, one is "let go". I'm not a lesbian, but come on, I smell a write in campaign. I'm really hoping the end of Grey's Anatomy is on the horizon. Give us some really GOOD seems all the good stuff is on cable now! What do you think?
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I'll miss Hahn; Brooke Smith did an incredible job playing her. I really didn't like the Hahn/Callie storyline, but I did like Hahn's self-assured professional behavior in the operating room. Looking forward to hearing the "real" story about why she is leaving.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that there's still more to it all than just saying that hey couldn't write for her character enough to make it feel right. i'm sure that we'll hear more about this one. at least we know how the izzy denny story line will come back into play tonight!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I always liked her and steamy together bc they were such opposites...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Yes her and Callie had no chemistry BUT I thought Hahn had it with everyone else! its fishy to me.
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