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Question: I believe I read (last year) that Kate Walsh was originally supposed to be on Grey's Anatomy for a limited time. When did this change, and why? I think her character adds an important element to the show, and it is hard to think of how they would have done the last season without her. Answer: Call it a happy accident. When Addison was introduced as a season-ending shocker, it was as a spoiler to the McDreamy-Meredith relationship. At the time, no one was sure how the character would be received, and in lesser hands and with a lesser actor, Addison might have been just another soap-opera bitch who could easily have been written out of the show once her usefulness was exhausted. But thankfully, Kate Walsh brought so much to the role, turning Addison into one of the more nuanced characters in this ensemble, that keeping her around for the long term was a no-brainer ... read more

February 1, 2007: Wishin' and Hopin'

I enjoyed reading everyone's predictions last week regarding whether Cristina would say yes to Burke and whether Callie would say yes to George. I loved that we got one answer right away and the other one at the very end — George and Callie had gotten hitched in Las Vegas and Cristina gave Burke a "yes" under one condition: "I'm not wearing a ring." When Cristina put the ring on the counter at the end and told Burke: "I don't do rings," I was thinking she was rejecting his proposal — glad I was wrong.I always like when our favorite interns and doctors relate to their patients, so it was nice that the boyfriend (Matt McTighe) who didn't know his girlfriend (Amanda Collins) had cancer blurted out that he didn’t know her middle name, causing George to ask Callie what her's was. One of the best lines of the episode was George at the end, after he told his roommates that Callie was the most important part of his life now: "Calliope Iphegenia Torres is my wife," which, you ... read more

February 1, 2007: Ben Franklin

Hello, this is Kate Flannery, the boozy redhead from the best show on TV, The Office. OK, maybe not the best show, but the best ensemble of a comedy series, according to the Screen Actors Guild. We won, fans. We won, and itfeels good and crazy, and I'm sore. (That award weighs 35 pounds!)I am here to talk about "Ben Franklin," the episode airing this week. There is a shower for Phyllis, but the big news is... Meredith yells at Angela!!!!! A new moody Meredith moment. Can you say alcoholic? I knew you could. How about that, sports fans? This is a funny episode written by Mindy Kaling aka Kelly Kapoor. It was fun to tell my old pal Angela to shut up. I am contractually obligated to keep my mouth shut, but they are showing this clip in the promos, so I'm cool.The new episodes have been a lot of fun to shoot — especially because we just found out that we are going to be back for a full fourth season. Ahh, job security. It keeps me very grateful.Speaking of grateful... we won a SAG... read more

Fox's February Guest List: Prison Warden Returns!

A quick look at the familiar faces gracing Fox's series during February sweeps:Feb. 1: Martin Mull, The War at Home; Kevin Sorbo, The O.C.Feb. 3: 24's Mary Lynn Rajskub, Mad TVFeb. 7: Eddie McClintock and Stephen Fry, BonesFeb. 10: Grey's Anatomy's Kate Walsh, Mad TVFeb. 11: Natalie Portman voices a girl who romances The Simpsons' Bart.Feb. 12: Chad Lowe (as a savvy politico) and Powers Boothe (as VP) debut on 24.Feb. 19: Stacy Keach resurfaces on Prison Break, as Michael and Sara realize that Pope might hold the key to bringing down the Company. Uh-oh, I hope one of the Taj Mahal popsicle sticks wasn't embedded with a microchip, because.... read more

January 25, 2007: Great Expectations

After seeing the coming attractions last week, in which the announcer emphasized the "last five minutes," I had — just like the title of tonight's episode — "Great Expectations," and I was not disappointed. Two of our favorite gals were proposed to simultaneously, thanks to effective editing, and neither of them gave their answers... at least, not until next week. Will Cristina say yes to Burke? Will Callie say yes to George? Can't see why either of them would say no. But the last five minutes also included Izzie offering to give Bailey some of her eight million dollars to pay for the free clinic Bailey is striving for, if it's called the Denny Duquette Memorial Clinic, of course. I was already loving Bailey for being so kind to Izzie when she saw Izzie crying after hugging George: "He gonna be OK?" I've said it before, and I'll say it again: When "the Nazi" shows her soft side, I lose it. After last week, we knew Bailey respected Izzie so this new business relationship wi... read more

January 18, 2007: Six Days, Part 2

How many of you were a complete mess while watching this episode, like I was? Out. Of. Control. Hey — it's not a shocker when Grey's Anatomy makes you cry — I'm used to getting teary-eyed at least once per episode. But multiple times throughout the hour — that only happens once or twice per season for me. Wow. Can someone please give T.R. Knight an Emmy, Golden Globe or SAG nomination? To the best of my knowledge, he has never been individually nominated for any TV acting award, and after tonight, he's due. He had so many award-worthy scenes, starting with the moment when George figured out that Webber and Bailey had abided by Mr. O'Malley's wishes and given him the surgery, even after seeing that his cancer had spread. "He didn't know any better! You knew better!" Then, I lost it again when George spoke to his on-life-support father and admitted to lying to him as a child, apologized and asked him to "fight a little harder — that'd be good" and then kissed him. ... read more

January 11, 2007: Six Days, Part 1

The title of tonight's episode was "Six Days." But it's been a long six weeks since we've had the privilege of a new episode. I've missed my Grey Thursdays. Do you agree with me that it was worth the wait? First things first — it's about frickin' time Izzie deposited that check! I loved George saying to her, after the check fell off the fridge yet again: "I just dropped 8.7 million dollars on the floor. You need to deposit that check!" I imagined hearing millions of homes screaming: "Yes!" So it was quite appropriate for Izzie to be so hysterical at the bank toward the end, loudly crying: "I'm supposed to do something good! Can you just deposit it already?" Since this was part one of a two-parter, I think it's pretty obvious that Izzie will use some of the money to pay for patient Heather's expensive spine-straightening surgery next week, especially since Heather's insurance won't cover it. ABC likes to give the fabulous Mae Whitman from Arrested Development work — first D... read more

November 23, 2006: From a Whisper to a Scream

Hours after the effects of the tryptophan from the fabulous Thanksgiving dinner I had with friends wore off, I gave thanks for a new episode of Grey's. This episode was anything but a turkey. How many of you were screaming "yes!" to the TV as soon as you heard Sandra Oh's voice in the opening narration rather than Ellen Pompeo's? Not that I dislike Meredith Grey being the show's narrator — it is called Grey’s Anatomy. But it's a nice diversion when someone else takes over for a change. Last time this happened, it was T.R. Knight's narrative voice and I remember how most of you were thrilled and only a few of you insisted on having it be Meredith's voice. It made such good sense for Cristina to narrate at the opening and closing of the show since it was a heavily Cristina-centric episode. In fact, the entire super-sized hour and 10 minutes made such good sense, I kept thinking how satisfied I was. In fact, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'd like to send a thank you note to ... read more

November 16, 2006: Staring at the Sun

The three words that kept going through my head while watching this episode were, "It's about time...."— It's about time... that someone (George) noticed that Cristina's been covering for Burke's shaky hand.— It's about time... that Meredith stopped being dark and twisty and started having a more positive outlook on life.— It's about time... that Alex kissed Izzie again. Even though she wasn't ready for it, it got her mind off her mourning.— It's about time... that Richard focused on Adele and stopped visiting Ellis.— It's about time... that someone (Addison) witnessed Sloan asking his interns to do menial tasks.— It's about time... that Derek attempted to be more civil with Addison while at work ("bright and shiny") and to "peacefully coexist" with her.— It's about time... that someone besides Cristina (George) offered Burke some help.— It's about time... that George's family realized what a good doctor he is, thanks to Cristina.— It's a... read more

November 9, 2006: Where the Boys Are

Somehow I knew the guys' camping trip was going to be a disaster. But at least it was a learning experience for everyone. George figured out that Burke's got a shaky hand and Callie slept with Sloan (thanks to Alex's big mouth). Alex learned that George has quite a temper. Webber discovered that bartender Joe (Steven W. Bailey) is in a loving relationship with a man named Walter (Jack Yang), which made Webber miss his wife Adele. Walter learned to never again go on a camping trip with straight guys. Burke realized that Derek has no male friends and George is rather nosy. Derek compared Sloan to "cancer — he infects everything" and yearned to start from the very beginning with Meredith. After last week's promos, I was right there with most of you, thinking Meredith had better not sleep with Sloan. Then I thought: "Nah, she knows better," so I'm glad I was right. Meredith's best moment with Sloan was her three rules: "No flirting, no talking about Derek and no giving me the face... read more

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