Shonda Rhimes Shares Her Thoughts On "The Other Side of This Life"

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In her official blog, Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes discusses what's going on in Seattle... and Los Angeles. Below are excerpts from her post, in which she talks about the idea that became Private Practice (it's NOT a spin-off, she says), and what's in store for us next.


Shonda Rhimes, Ellen Pompeo
I was sitting in the editing room one day watching Mer and Burktina and the gang doing all the stuff they do. I love the editing room - it's like this cocoon where I'm alone with the characters (and the editor) and it's where I get a lot of my ideas.

And for the first time ever since working on this show, I got an idea that was Grey's Anatomy but... not Grey's Anatomy.

It was something else.

It was Addison driving down the freeway with her hair blowing all over her face. So I started writing it down, this not Grey's Anatomy idea.

I started writing it down in secret because I knew Betsy and Shoots With No Script would very gently explain that I had lost my mind and then send in the guys with the strait jackets.

Because we are very busy here at Grey's. We don't have time for non-Grey's ideas. We are a hard-working people.

Except I had this idea and it had already worked its way under my skin and I had to write it down. Or else I'd get in one of those moods. Things happen when I'm in those moods. Things like Meredith drowning.

And I love Mer and wanted to keep her away from the water. So I wrote it down. And I gave it to the studio and the network.

It became something. A script that was part-Grey's, part something else. It became news around town and suddenly my tiny little written down something was being paid a lot of attention by the outside world. Next thing you know, they're calling it a spinoff.

This episode, it's NOT a spinoff.

"The Other Side of This Life" is Addison going down to L.A. to complete the story we've been laying out for her for two seasons. It's the culmination of Meredith's family story. It's Burktina and the wedding and Izzie, Callie and George and that hideous triangle they are stuck in. It's the beginning of the end of Season 3.

And I'm warning you now: the ride to the end of the season? You may want to buckle up and store your luggage in the overhead compartment because this ride is gonna be bumpy.

I'll explain more after the finale. I'll talk about where we are headed in Season Four. Because I think Season 4 is gonna rock. The fun is back in Season 4. But for right now, I guess I'll just talk about the here and the now. About what is right in front of us.

So. Even though we took this detour down to Los Angeles, what I want to talk about is what happened in Seattle. To Meredith. To Cristina. To Izzie. Because things are not working out the way they planned.

George is leaving for Mercy West and Izzie feels responsible. Cristina's facing the fact that she's going to have to compromise what she wants yet again for Burke. And Meredith... well, Meredith is losing another mother.

Worse, she's losing her father.

And even worse than that, she may be losing Derek.

But my favorite moment is Alex. Who, when Ava asks him what happened to him that has made it so hard for him to connect, simply shrugs and says "Maybe, I don't remember." He remembers. But he can't face up to it. Not yet.

Alex is the guy we know the least about and the one struggling the most. And I kinda love him for it. Because he wants to be a better guy - he's just not sure he IS a better guy.

In this episode, our people in Seattle all hit a crossroads while our girl in Los Angeles finds a new road altogether. I'm hoping you like the new road. I'm hoping I get a chance to show you how good this road can be.

But for now, the detour is over. Now, we've got the last two episodes of this season to bring to you. Where we are going might make you shake your fists to the heavens and scream. But we are leaping. So, if your sofa is comfy, maybe you could lie back down and leap with us?

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This is what happens in a character-focused TV show. You have to keep on changing the character's character to if you're playing the ratings game. What a pity, one's integrity is the one always compromised.


haha, "Things happen when I'm in those moods. Things like Meredith drowning."


I think that the Mcbarwhore :) is a set up for us to think that mcdreamy might do the un mcthinkable and cheat (remember when we found him in the trailer all mcnaked and steamy with another woman there only to find out it's his sister nancy...lets all be hopeful and lean to the idea that the girl who is flirty at first turns out to be Lexie ( Mer's other sis) and she does serve a purpose (maybe resolving some of Mer's "daddy issues" and possibly providing a romantic interest for Mark or someone else...I'm trying to be bright and shiny, or whatever :)


Ok I am literally obsessed with Grey's so I truly will never stop watching...I can't even stop watching old episodes! (I have watched seasons 1 & 2 more than twice...) so heres my theory on our so called Mer/Der drama...Shonda has been doin an excellent job these past 3 seasons...she will come up with more than just this...I have faith in her! But as much as the make up breakup deal keeps me hangin I am getting stressed with it! One day I say if only things were more like Mer/Der but the next Thursday...HOW COULD HE DO THAT?! (teary eyes the commence) As for everyone else... funny how no one mentions that Cristina and Burke do their same little "Cristina won't trust me/let me in" bit waayyy too much. The Izzy sitch is incredibly entertaining and heartthrobbing...I personally am rooting for Izzy i know i know she's the other woman please don't get out the torch and pitchfork I just think that they have more trust, more history...its just really crappy timing...I know that Shonda will do her best to please all!


cute pic of ellen & shonda


shonda is such a cool person...sometime i randomly have trains of thoughts but unfortunately i dont have the talent to just write them down and make millions of dollars. im behind whatever she chooses to do next...i just gotta pray its for mer and der to be together


That woman in the bar is Chyler Leigh, look her up on google. As for Mer/Der drama, no more!


Who is the new girl stepping in on Mer/Der at the bar next episode? What actress is it and what else has she been on? Very familiar looking


Please no splitting between Meredith and Derek. Where is the true Love and Miracle you told us . The crash between them will ruin the show. I think you no this ,so we will see what is happening.


Ya- i am a die hard grey's fan....but can't you guys come up with any thing other that mer/der drama?!?! we have seen everything that they could ever go through....and it is getting WAY old!!!


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.


Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)