‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Meredith’s 1-Night Stand With Derek Almost Got Cut

by Jeremy Spirogis
Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo on

A one-night stand kicked off Grey’s Anatomy. It set in movement one of the memorable TV romances. According to the medical drama’s government producer, Betsy Beers, she and Grey’s Anatomy creator, Shonda Rhimes, received numerous pushback on Dr. Meredith Grey’s (Ellen Pompeo) one-night stand. So a lot, in truth, that executives at ABC needed to chop it from the present. 

Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo on 'Grey's Anatomy'
Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo on Grey’s Anatomy | Vivian Zink/Walt Disney Television through Getty Images

Meredith Grey had a one-night stand together with her boss

When Grey’s Anatomy Season 1 Episode 1: “A Hard Day’s Night” aired on March 27, 2005, it adopted Meredith on her first day as a surgical intern at Seattle Grace Hospital. 

The episode started together with her waking up late after a one-night stand. She didn’t keep in mind the identify of the man she’d met at a bar and informed him they didn’t “have to do the thing” the place they fake to care. 

The two parted methods after the awkward dialog and that was that. Or so that they thought. Meredith later learns she’d spent the night time together with her boss, Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). Things received much more difficult when Meredith helps out with certainly one of Derek’s sufferers and he picks her to clean in on a surgical procedure. 

[embedded content material]

RELATED: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Patrick Dempsey ‘Immediately Had a Great Connection’ with Ellen Pompeo — Here’s Why

TV executives felt viewers wouldn’t ‘sympathize or identify’ with Meredith Grey

According to HuffPost, throughout a speech at Marie Claire’s 2014 New Guard Luncheon, Beers, who additionally labored with Rhimes on Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, recalled a gathering the 2 had earlier than the Grey’s Anatomy pilot aired. 

“It was a room full of men and one older guy high on the food chain decided to share — ‘I mean, this pilot! I don’t see how anyone in America can sympathize or identify with this lead character! This woman, she goes out, gets drunk, has a one night stand with a guy the night before she starts a new job as a doctor? What kind of professional woman would do that?’” she mentioned. 

After the remark, Beers proceeded to battle for the premise to remain the identical. 

RELATED: The Sneaky Way Shonda Rhimes Helped Sandra Oh Nail Her ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Audition

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ government producer revealed she might relate to Meredith Grey

Beers continued her speech, sharing how she’d defined she might relate to Meredith having performed the very same factor. 

“‘Well, me.’ As I am sure some of you healthy, happy people with vaginas might have done too,” she mentioned. “And I could no longer be grateful or just say yes, or hold my f***ing tongue or act like a geisha at these meetings, so I proceeded to explain to him that indeed, I had actually done exactly that.” 

Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes attend the 2014 Directors Guild of America AwardsBetsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes attend the 2014 Directors Guild of America Awards
Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes attend the 2014 Directors Guild of America Awards | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for DGA

“I remember Shonda looking at me with pure joy, and the guy, well he couldn’t call me a slutty slutster to my face, so the subject was dropped,” Beers added. “At least in front of us. Meredith and Cristina and the other characters continued to have sex in on-call rooms for years to come.”

Grey’s Anatomy airs on ABC Thursday nights at 9 p.m. EST. 

RELATED: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo ‘Always’ Cries When She Watches This 1 Episode From Season 12

Leave a Comment