Shonda Rhimes' Plans For Callie and Erica

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At the Television Critics Association press tour last week, Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes was questioned about various aspects of the show and its upcoming Season Five, and the topic on so many people's minds is the potential romantic relationship between Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) and Dr. Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith).

Her answers, while vague on plot details, nonetheless confirm that there will be a romantic relationship between Callie and Erica.

"We have a really interesting, wonderful, funny way of laying out the story of Callie and Erica that I'm pretty excited about, that I feel like is not necessarily your typical — if there can be a typical — your typical way of dealing with the storyline," Rhimes said.

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While developing this Grey's Anatomy story, Shonda consulted GLAAD, who brought in openly gay writer-producers Nikki Weiss and Trish Doolan.

Their job? Answer questions about how they identified themselves (as lebian or bi), when were they first aware of their attraction to a woman, and if they ever slept with a man to prove to themselves that they weren't gay.

"What I love about this is we sat down with GLAAD and talked about women who figure out that they're lesbians later in life and what it means for them," Shonda Rhimes said.

"And we really were able to find some really great, humorous and serious emotional stuff to play that's going to feel really interesting and also affect their lives in the hospital."

According to Rhimes, the new season will pick up with Callie pondering "what does it mean that she's kissed a girl? Is she excited it about it?"

That's been the central focus of fans for some time. We'll also finally get to see the experience from the perspective of Erica Hahn, as well.

"We don't really know Erica's side of the story yet, in terms of what's going on with the two of them," Rhimes explained. "We're going to watch that play out and then we're going to watch the larger world of what happens when the two of them come out in the hospital, and what happens when Callie's dad finds out and that sort of thing, which I think is going to be really, really interesting."


Rhimes' comments indicating that the show will explore "what happens when the two of them come out in the hospital" answers the most pressing question for many lesbian/bi viewers by confirming this simple fact:

The two women will, in fact, have a romantic relationship.

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Hello folks----all this religious talk, while interesting, makes no sense since Grey's Anatomy is about creatively entertaining its audience....and part of that audience is gay---so its time people dealt with it or at the very least were forced to tolerate it. Reminds me a bit about gays in the military, prejudiced people can all pretend that they are not there, if that makes them feel better, but they are there--- risking their lives along side the straight people. Homosexuality is a part of our world, (guess what, its a part of nature) and it is my hope that someday this will all seem as backwards as it was when African Americans hardly had a presence on television. --Mari
Author of the bestselling comedy novel: "Greetings From Jamaica, Wish You Were Queer..."


Indeed they did!!!! my mom and i actually watched an episode together when i first started watching it. it was really nice because she liked it and watches it with me sometimes. and when she cant i come out and give her an update during the commercials! its just a great bonding time for us but it still lets her monitor what im watching. its just really neat. and your very welcome anything i can do for a fellow Grey's lover!


Sarah-thanks for that for the advice about my daughter. and it was really interesting to read about how passionate people are about this show-they must have done something right!


merder, the word homosexuality wasnt even used in the it doesnt plainly state that "homosexuals will not enter the kingdom of God"
It actually says
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind" It says homosexuality in later translations done once the word came about.
I see your point, I just think that they deserve to go to heaven just as much as we do.
After all, what have they done to harm us? Certainly no crime has been committed were harm was caused. Because It dosent matter...not to me and thousands of others. It shouldnt matter to you. The bible teaches us to be like Christ. He loved everyone no matter what...remember that??


MerDer, you are entitled to your opinion and you are entitled to stop watching a show you enjoy. But the bible is in fact a translation from an ancient language and there are many different ways Corinthians has been translated. (For instance, Corinthians 13 "Love is kind" etc. was translated as "charity is kind" up until the last 75 years or so.) But the passage you refer to has several different translations. So if that lets you watch Grey's without feeling like you're reinforcing a sin, go for it! Just trying to help a fellow Grey's lover watch her show.


hi. WOW what alot of info!!i forgot i was reading the Grey's website!thought it was a Jerry Springer forum!lol.ok first things first...merder u r absolutely entitled to your opinion and i am also a christian.i am 16 years old and i try to live my life according to God's word and walk with Christ.of course no one is perfect.and yes the Bible teaches against homosexuality but it also says that you should love everyone.and to everyone jumping down merders throat she never said she hated homosexuals or that she is homophobic.she has every right to stand up for what she believes in!ok back to merder...the Bible says that we should turn the other cheek so if i were you i would just stop coming here and letting them slap the other one.if your through with Grey's then your through with Grey' have said what you wanted to say so lets not turn this into a web version of fight club or something.this is the Grey's Anatomy site people and you guys are having religious and homosexual debates!come on guys lets get back to what we love and discuss the show!!Please stop jumping and judging merder and lets get back to being a peaceful show. and to sorry u had to come here and read all this!!probably not the best impression!! for the age appropiatness for your 13 year i said i am 16 and i was 14 when i started to watch this show.i want to be a surgeon and for me Grey's is the perfect fix of medicine and drama and comedy. maturity is an important factor to have in watching Grey's.but my best advice to you is simply to watch an episode of Grey' comes on Sundays at 11pm on lifetime and thursdays at 9pm on one can tell you what is appropiate for your are her mother and you know what you want her to watch and what you think she can handle.listening to what everyone else says may just confuse you. anywho...thats it for sarahs advice column!!!lol toodles!


I never, EVER said the word "HATE" in either of my postings. GOD is love. But GOD does define what a relationship should consist of. Today, we live under the new law, the New Testament. In that New Testament, I Corinthians 6:9 plainly states that homosexuals shall not enter the Kingdom of GOD. I am not judging...I am reading my Bible. You can believe whatever you would like, but I am entitled to my beliefs and I am also entitled to stand up for them. The problem with this world today is that all exclusiveness is ruled out. Helen, I do not know if this answers your question, but my life IS defined by Jesus Christ and the WORD of GOD. My number one goal in this life is to get to Heaven. If I do not achieve that, then what was this life for anyways? I am not commenting because I hate anyone or hecaue I judge anyone, I comment to make a stand.


I am also a lesbian and damn proud of it! Go Shonda!! MerDer, Kiss my gay butt!!!


While I do not agree with MerDer's views, I do believe she has a right to her religious belief and opinion. I also believe if you do not like what you are watching then change the channel. I would like to believe that I am tolerant of all people, even those who are discriminate of others based on their sexuality, race, religion, etc. I have many gay friends and they are not defined by their sexuality. I AM NOT defined by my sexuality. MerDer, are you solely defined by your religious beliefs?


I love the realtionship between Callie and Erica, and support Shonda's decision to have it in the show. My best friend is gay and through that i've seen how narrow-minded people can be and i really believe that any religion that hates any type of love between people, must have some parts of the puzzle missing. So go Shonda, i hope this storyline is done well and not gotten rid of.

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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)