“Grey’s Anatomy” has reached its 300th episode — becoming a member of an elite group of prime-time collection together with “CSI,” “Law & Order,” “ER” and “Gunsmoke.”
So when collection creator Shonda Rhimes advised solid member and producer Debbie Allen that she ought to direct Thursday night time’s Very Special Episode, Allen realized the stakes have been excessive.
“Oh, no pressure, no pressure!” says Allen, who’s directed greater than a dozen “Grey’s” installments, in addition to episodes of exhibits like “Empire” and “Jane the Virgin.” She says there wasn’t room for jitters, and even for wistful pondering.
‘I call this episode our Hubble Telescope, where you can look into the past and the future at the same time.’
“I wasn’t nervous. There’s no time to be emotional when you’re directing and guiding a ship that has 250 people on it,” says Allen, who performs Dr. Catherine Avery on the present.
Instead she embraced the 300th episode as “a real benchmark in the legacy” of Rhimes, whose collection is in its 14th season.
“As a woman director and producer to be in a field at this time when women have such a strong voice, it felt good,” she says.
The episode will supply “a wink” to docs previous, she says, when a curler coaster accident sends younger victims to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. A teaser after final week’s episode confirmed two sufferers who bear a placing resemblance to Dr. George O’Malley (performed by T.R. Knight, who was killed off in 2009) and Cristina Yang, portrayed by Sandra Oh, who left “Grey’s” in 2014.
“Doppelgängers are a big part of the story,” Allen says. “I call this episode our Hubble Telescope, where you can look into the past and the future at the same time.” However, nostalgic viewers shouldn’t anticipate the return of, say, fan fave Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), who perished in a automobile crash in Season 11. “Derek died, so he can’t come back,” Allen says. “But we think of him. We think of him.”
And Derek’s widow, Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), is impacted by the episode’s flip of occasions.
“Well, it’s always about Meredith, isn’t it?” Allen says. “At the end of the day, what happens to Meredith is of the most interest to the fans.”
The 300th episode was additionally a time for the solid and crew to embrace the present’s previous with a celebration final Saturday in LA. “There was a lot of laughter, a lot of reminiscing,” Allen says. “We put up pictures from the first episode until now and it was like being in a museum. It was like a family reunion.”
Allen mentions “a very dramatic ending” however stops wanting specifics. “I’d get in trouble,” she says, noting that Rhimes’ manufacturing firm, Shondaland, makes use of a curler coaster as its emblem. “I don’t want to be under that roller coaster; I want to stay on it.”
After gentle prodding, she teases a “real big” shock for followers.
“It involves somebody that everybody’s gonna love,” she says. “The very, very last scene takes place in a place that we haven’t been to in a long time, and I think they will like seeing that.”
Ultimately, although, Allen’s expectations for followers are easy.
“I think they’re gonna take away that they want ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to go on another 10 years,” she says.
“Grey’s Anatomy” 300th episode eight p.m. Thursday on ABC