May 21, 2010
Grey’s Anatomy fans were rendered speechless after Thursday night’s two-hour season finale.
Caution: spoilers ahead!
A gunman opened fire at Seattle Grace hospital, killing doctors Reed (Nora Zhehetner) and Charles (Robert Baker). Derek (Patrick Dempsey), Alex (Justin Chambers) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) were wounded in the melee, and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) revealed she was pregnant, only to miscarry later in the episode.
After the show aired, “I had to get out of the house,” Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes told PEOPLE. A self-confessed “crazy, sick, stalker skating fan,” she headed straight to the ESPN Zone reception for Olympic figure skater and current Dancing with the Stars finalist Evan Lysacek, who was in Los Angeles for the Smucker’s Stars on Ice tour.
While the Grey’s subject matter was emotional and disturbing, Rhimes says, “My cast was very happy. It was an amazing acting challenge for the actors. Everyone was playing at the top of their game.”
As for how things will resume next fall — Owen did profess his love to Cristina after all — Rhimes says, “There’s always a plan.”
But for the next several days, Rhimes will focus on Dancing’s finale.
“I vote for Evan,” Rhimes admits, and jokingly ponders casting Lysacek — scrubs and all — in one of her medical dramas. “I don’t know if our hospital needs a skater, but maybe in South America,” Rhimes said, referring to her new ABC mid-season medical drama Off The Map. “Somewhere in the middle of the Amazon jungle, there he is.”
Lysacek and partner Anna Trebunskaya face off against Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough, and Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. If Rhimes could script the perfect ending, the two-night season-10 ballroom showdown would provide “some excitement. I want a last act twist. I want a shocker!” –Monica Rizzo