A Lighter Shade of Grey's Anatomy

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"Good morning, my friends. How lucky we are to be here," Patrick Dempsey says.

Grey skies have cleared up on the set of ABC's hit drama.

The doc known as McDreamy practically sings this greeting to Grey's Anatomy crew members as he merrily arrives at ABC's Prospect Studios in a black leather jacket, the morning after the Emmys, to shoot the new season's sixth episode.

Sure, there's a little sarcasm.

Many in the room partied past midnight to celebrate the show's best drama nomination and co-star Katherine Heigl's win as best supporting actress.

This morning scene is a simple one, requiring Dempsey to pass by Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) in the corridor without saying much. So instead, he playfully sticks out his tongue during a rehearsal.

"It's hard being pretty and talking," Patrick Dempsey cracks over breakfast. "I had to starve myself for three days before the Emmys to fit into my tuxedo."

Dempsey jokes that series creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes, who is now devoting half of her time to the spin-off, Private Practice, is no longer around �" "over on that other show... Boston Public."

And he teases that he has had sex with the whole crew.

"It's all about the love in Season 4," the actor chirps. "Sex with everybody. I had the entire writing staff in Season 3." This inspires crew members to pipe in with their own mock confessions of liaisons with Patrick Dempsey.

Patrick and Ellen on the Set

During a break, the handsome star acknowledges that the levity is intentional.

"I think it's really important to keep a light energy, more now than ever," he says. "It's my responsibility to come in here, have my work done, do it quickly, and get in and get out of here and make this a pleasurable experience. I decided after all that happened last year to just have fun."

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do you mean Patrick or Derek?
From what I know, Patrick has never cheated on his wife.
Derek, however, cheated on Addison (his wife) with Meredith


I just watched that sneak peek again. & can i just ask who the HELL forgets meeting McDreamy. I m SERIOUSLY if had the plesure of meeting him I WOULD NEVER FORGET IT NOT EVER.


Morals, didn't he cheat on his first wife?


While I love seeing Meredith and Derek together on the show. I think it is also important to remember that Patrick has a wife and three children that he loves very much and having Ellen and Patrick together is wrong. Honestly, if he ever went for Ellen and left his wife and kids I would lose a lot of respect for him. The main reason I like Patrick so much is because he isn't like other celebrities. He has morals! What an idea!




finnally the pennies droped for Derek god he ROCKS.


I hope they are right about a happier season 4! They may be glad that Isaiah is gone, but I'm not happy that Burke is gone! I'm gonna miss him he was great, too bad Isaiah had to be so dumb. And it's going to rough without Addison too. Bring on the premerie!


I think they should paper Shonda's office with that
picture of PD&EP-she has to be reminded 24/7 that
this is what made the show a hit in the first place, and she has greatly damaged her fan base with the
dreck that was Season 3


Oh I forgot to say that obviously we don't know what he was really like on set and what was happening on the seat during seasons one and two but I just got the feeling that when I was reading the article that they didn't care too much for him and that they were happy/glad he was gone.


I love that picture of Patrick and Ellen and the article was great but made me kind of sad. I got the feeling that everyone on the set seemed to think that Isaiah Washington was toxic. That he was kind of a burden. He couldn't have been that toxic on set during seasons one and two. I'm sure he had to have some good traits about him. But at least they are having fun this year and that it will show on screen. And as much as I adore Kat Walsh I sor of agree with Ellen, why was she still on the show if her relationship with Derek was done and she wasn't willing to give Mark a chance or Alex?


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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)

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.