SPOILER ALERT: This article contains key plot details from Thursday's musical episode of Grey's Anatomy.
The cast of Grey's Anatomy is wearing Seattle Grace scrubs and small, unseen earbuds. There's blood, there's medical jargon and everyone is ... singing Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars"? While this may sound like a bad Saturday Night Live skit, it's not. Thursday's episode, in which we learn what happened to girlfriends Callie and Arizona after that ominous fade-to-white, is a full-scale musical event, in which cast members sing many of the songs the show has made famous.
"I have been wanting to do it since we made the pilot basically," creator Shonda Rhimes says. "We needed it to make sense for our show. Plus, I had to convince the network, which took me seven years."
Exclusive: Shonda Rhimes reveals Grey's Anatomy musical details
Having a Tony-winning singer-actress in the cast — Sara Ramirez, who won for Spamalot — certainly helped matters. At the close of the March 24 episode, Ramirez's character Callie, who is pregnant, was — spoiler alert! — moments away from...
Grey's Anatomy is doing a musical episode.
The ABC medical drama is planning the event for later this season, but don't expect the doctors of Seattle Grace to just burst into song and start dancing down the hospital halls, executive producer Shonda Rhimes tells TVGuide.com exclusively.
Kevin McKidd directing upcoming episode of Grey's Anatomy
Rhimes says the Grey's musical episode will be very different from other shows that have attempted the stunt in the past. She specifically references Buffy the Vampire Slayer's musical episode, which she says is one of her favorites. "[Ours] is sort of the opposite of that in a weird way," Rhimes says. "They did an all-out, show-stopping, Broadway kind of musical. This is very different."
So what is in store? Read on for all the details...