“Isaiah is a person that we all love and have loved for a very long time. I feel like there have been a lot of people that have been like, ‘How can you do this?’ And I feel very strongly and fully believe in people’s ability to grow and change and learn from their mistakes and when they know better, to do better. If people don’t think that, over the course of seven years, it’s possible for a human being to change, then there really is no future for the human race at all.” Series creator Shonda Rhimes, on Isaiah Washington’s return to Grey’s Anatomy after his much-publicized exit from the show. Watch Washington’s beautiful chemistry with Sandra Oh below.
This news is devastating. Sandra Oh has officially declared her decision to leave Grey’s Anatomy when her contract expires at the end the upcoming season. Oh is an original cast member, and in my humble opinion — is the heart of the show. Her acting skills caught my attention in ‘Sideways,’ and she’s since solidified her chops with a character that is both strong and vulnerable, a delicate balance that only the best can achieve. Click HERE to read what series creator Shonda Rimes had to say about her departure, and watch the clip below to see Sandra Oh at her best.
I have to give Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rimes a lot of credit. There are very few shows that can climb out of a writing slump so successfully. The show has been completely resurrected, and it’s better than ever. In the scene below, watch the very gifted Sandra Oh and Kevin McKidd discuss abortion.
I confess that I’ve been picking on Shonda Rhimes a lot lately for being too dark. But if there is anything I’m able to do, it’s admit when I’m wrong. This Thursday’s finale was extremely dark, but still enjoyable, and it ties the series finale of ‘Six Feet Under’ as one of the best episodes of television that I’ve ever seen in my life. I’ll also let you in on a little secret: I read the spoilers before watching the show. Why? Because I wanted to know who died before I saw it (I was scared of Shonda Rhimes scarring me for life). Throughout the episode I kept asking myself who deserves an Emmy. There were so many stand-out performances that I can’t pick just one. Here’s my list of Emmy worthy scenes:
Sandra Oh: Cristina telling Meredith that she can’t enter the operating room while she operates on Derek.
Ellen Pompeo: Meredith’s plea for the shooter to kill her instead of Derek, followed by her collapse to the floor when she believed that Cristina let him die (per the shooter’s wishes).
Chandra Wilson: Dr. Miranda Bailey’s freak-out realization that Percy would die, followed by the strength of pulling it together for him.
Sarah Drew: Her monologue to the shooter about being “somebody’s daughter” was gut-wrenchingly good. She also navigated the freak-outs without getting annoyingly over the top. She’s actually getting mixed reviews on the internet for her performance, much like Katherine Heigl did when she cut Denny’s LVAD wire. I think she’s on her way to some very great opportunities.
Michael O’Neill: Ah, the evil shooter. He clearly wins the entire episode. Whoever the casting director is that found this guy and decided he’d be right for this role, deserves a huge raise and promotion. When I first saw him on the show I knew he was a decent actor, but who knew he was capable of this?