‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Pilot Episode Made Such a Subtle Nod To Shonda Rhimes Fans Probably Missed It

by Jeremy Spirogis
Shonda Rhimes poses for cameras at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Go again to earlier than Grey’s Anatomy grew to become the longest-running medical drama on TV. Return to the pilot episode of the sequence to identify a nod to its creator, Shonda Rhimes.

A remark from a physician impressed Shonda Rhimes to create ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Shonda Rhimes poses for cameras at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Shonda Rhimes on the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

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Rhimes revealed what impressed to her write a present about medical doctors throughout a dialog with Oprah Winfrey for O, The Oprah Magazine. 

“The idea for the series began when a doctor told me it was incredibly hard to shave her legs in the hospital shower,” she mentioned. “At first that seemed like a silly detail. But then I thought about the fact that it was the only time and place this woman might have to shave her legs. That’s how hard the work is.”

Rhimes already had a self-described “obsession with surgery” and she or he’d labored as a sweet striper in highschool. 

“My sisters and I would call each other up and talk about operations we’d seen on the Discovery Channel,” she mentioned. “There’s something fascinating about the medical world—you see things you’d never imagine, like the fact that doctors talk about their boyfriends or their day while they’re cutting somebody open.”

The cast of 'Grey's Anatomy'The cast of 'Grey's Anatomy'
The forged of Grey’s Anatomy | Frank Ockenfels/Walt Disney Television through Getty Images

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When ABC requested her to jot down a pilot, a medical drama appeared like the plain selection. Not solely did Robert Iger, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, desire a medical present however Rhimes felt snug creating one. 

“It was perfect because I was a medical junkie, and so it was very simple to do for me. I just said, ‘If Bob wants a medical show, I am going to write a medical show,’” she later mentioned in Joy Press’ Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television, in line with an excerpt revealed by Shondaland.

Meredith Grey’s shirt is a discrete nod to Shonda Rhimes

Grey’s Anatomy Season 1 Episode 1: “A Hard Day’s Night” premiered on March 27, 2005. Viewers meet Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) on her first day as a surgical intern at Seattle Grace Hospital. 

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey in the pilot episode of 'Grey's Anatomy'Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey in the pilot episode of 'Grey's Anatomy'
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey within the pilot episode of Grey’s Anatomy | Richard Cartwright/Walt Disney Television through Getty Images

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At the tip of the episode after an exhausting 48-hour shift Meredith ditches her scrubs. Visiting her mom, the well-known Ellis Grey (Kate Burton), she wears a Dartmouth shirt.

A heartbreaking scene as a result of Meredith’s mother doesn’t keep in mind her — she has Alzheimer’s illness — the character’s wardrobe is a shoutout to Rhimes. 

According to Screen Rant, Rhimes attended Dartmouth the place she majored in English and Film Studies. The college awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2014. 

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 will be the finish of the present

The program’s 17th season might mark the tip for the TV medical doctors. Pompeo mentioned as a lot throughout a 2020 interview with Variety.

“We don’t know when the show is really ending yet,” she mentioned. “But the truth is, this year could be it. I mean, this is the last year of my contract right now. I don’t know that this is the last year? But it could very well could be.”

In the previous, ABC’s made it clear the facility to finish Grey’s Anatomy lies with Pompeo and Rhimes. 

Grey’s Anatomy is on the market to stream on Netflix. New episodes air each Thursday night time at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.

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