Blonde on blonde has writ­ers los­ing the plot

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ONE blonde gets bumped, an­other takes her place: it’s a stan­dard trick in prime-time tele­vi­sion drama. And you thought Grey’s Anatomy was smarter than the av­er­age soap?

Tonight’s au­di­ence cer­tainly will feel cheated when they re­alise Erica Hahn, the ballsy, tal­ented car­dio­tho­racic sur­geon who took over from Pre­ston Burke at the start of sea­son four, has gone. Not even a good­bye kiss to her new-now-ex-girl­friend Cal­lie Tor­res.

The an­ti­cli­max is as dis­ap­point­ing as it is alarm­ing; ac­cord­ing to en­ter­tain­ment sources, Hahn’s char­ac­ter was hur­riedly writ­ten out of the show last year be­cause US ABC ex­ec­u­tives com­plained about the overt na­ture of her re­la­tion­ship with Tor­res.

A pity, be­cause Hahn brought some­thing pow­er­ful and pro­fes­sional to Seat­tle Grace’s op­er­at­ing the­atre.

No sooner had Hahn checked out of the hospi­tal carpark than a new blonde joined the team. Sadie ( Melissa Ge­orge) ar­rives in Mered­ith’s bed­room one morn­ing with a big smile and plenty of chutz­pah. Sadie trav­elled through Europe with Mered­ith when they were younger and has now joined Seat­tle Grace as an in­tern. ‘‘ Mered­ith has never even men­tioned this woman,’’ Yang snipes to Derek in the kitchen. ‘‘ I mean, how good a friend can she be?’’

How long Sadie lasts is any­one’s guess. But the cute size 10 in the over­sized medico coat ain’t no Erica, even if she is pre­pared to cut her­self open so other in­terns can prac­tise their su­tures.

Sadie’s ar­rival also high­lights some fun­da­men­tal script is­sues. How did she gain en­try to an exclusive teach­ing hospi­tal midyear? Why has Mered­ith never told her best friend or

Mixed prog­no­sis: Kevin McKidd as Dr Owen Hunt in boyfriend about Sadie? And if Sadie has spent so many years work­ing in a morgue, why is she so freaked out by the sight of a bleed­ing trauma vic­tim?

Some blondes you can’t es­cape. There’s no nice way of say­ing it, but Izzie’s go­ing nuts. Not only is she hav­ing earnest con­ver­sa­tions with her dead fi­ance, Denny Du­quette, but tonight she kisses him. Last sea­son Katherine Heigl, who plays Izzie, com­plained that her char­ac­ter was be­ing de­prived of a de­cent plot and good lines. Sadly, noth­ing seems to have changed in 2009.

The re­liance on a ghost to drive the drama sug­gests a hospi­tal se­ries scratch­ing for en­ergy. But Grey’s has not lost the plot, de­spite a propen­sity to in­clude some re­ally weird story arcs. Its writ­ers should re­lax, let their char­ac­ters breathe, and al­low in­ter­est­ing med­i­cal is­sues, rather than re­la­tion­ship hang-ups, to dom­i­nate pro­ceed­ings.

We can only hope they pro­vide a mean­ing­ful prog­no­sis of Izzie’s men­tal an­guish. No smart tricks. And no dream se­quences. Re­mem­ber the hor­ren­dous viewer back­lash in the 1980s when Dal­las ’ s writ­ers brought Bobby Ewing back from the dead?

Cor­rie Perkin

Grey’s Anatomy

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