It's ships ahoy for Grey's Anatomy this week.
The show is always set in the Emerald City, but as our Seattle correspondent tells us, relatively few scenes are actually filmed in Seattle. However, in at least the first two segments of the three-part extravaganza that starts this week, Washington State Ferries will be featured prominently.
Back in September 2005, the crew boarded the Seattle to Bainbridge Island ferry for a session of filming. Interestingly, Grey's Anatomy co-executive producer, Peter Horton, is originally from Bainbridge.
The dramatic episodes airing this month were filmed in early January (we believe). The episodes themselves weren't filmed on the ferries, but ferry pictures were used as backdrops for the series.
Susan Harris, spokeswoman for the ferries, confirms that the shows involve a vessel colliding with a ferry and the ferry slamming into a dock.
"There's trauma, chaos and blood," Harris said.
The state was initially reluctant to participate in the show, according to the Seattle Times, because it involves medical drama and officials were worried it may seem real to viewers.
"Knowing the risk involved, Washington State Ferries moved very carefully with the filming of the episode," said Mike Anderson, head of the state ferries. "We were concerned that whatever incident the show portrayed as causing the problem not imply negligence on the part of the ferry system."