Blonde on blonde has writers losing the plot
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?