A Lighter Shade of Grey's Anatomy

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"Good morning, my friends. How lucky we are to be here," Patrick Dempsey says.

Grey skies have cleared up on the set of ABC's hit drama.

The doc known as McDreamy practically sings this greeting to Grey's Anatomy crew members as he merrily arrives at ABC's Prospect Studios in a black leather jacket, the morning after the Emmys, to shoot the new season's sixth episode.

Sure, there's a little sarcasm.

Many in the room partied past midnight to celebrate the show's best drama nomination and co-star Katherine Heigl's win as best supporting actress.

This morning scene is a simple one, requiring Dempsey to pass by Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) in the corridor without saying much. So instead, he playfully sticks out his tongue during a rehearsal.

"It's hard being pretty and talking," Patrick Dempsey cracks over breakfast. "I had to starve myself for three days before the Emmys to fit into my tuxedo."

Dempsey jokes that series creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes, who is now devoting half of her time to the spin-off, Private Practice, is no longer around �" "over on that other show... Boston Public."

And he teases that he has had sex with the whole crew.

"It's all about the love in Season 4," the actor chirps. "Sex with everybody. I had the entire writing staff in Season 3." This inspires crew members to pipe in with their own mock confessions of liaisons with Patrick Dempsey.

Patrick and Ellen on the Set

During a break, the handsome star acknowledges that the levity is intentional.

"I think it's really important to keep a light energy, more now than ever," he says. "It's my responsibility to come in here, have my work done, do it quickly, and get in and get out of here and make this a pleasurable experience. I decided after all that happened last year to just have fun."

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Perfect work!

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Beautiful site!

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Incredible site!

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ofMuXJ

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I love the pic of patrick and ellen
I wish they were a couple in real life!

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Jenna,
Krista was talking about Patrick. He's always been open about the fact that he cheated on his (much older) first wife...he even met Jill while he was still married. That's one reason he and Jill do marriage counseling...to talk through any problems before they become too big. anyway, just thought I'd answer that... :) and yeah, totally cute pic. can't wait until tonight!!!

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I love that they are actual friends outside of GA... They definately need to stay together during season 4. I can't wait for it to start!

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Picture=incredible cuteness.
Mer/der=def. getting back to gether
just one question though. it said that Katie Heigl was talking to the guy while lighting a cigarette. did anybody know that she smoked???

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wow! nice pic, hw cute. thks for the post. cant wait.

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I love PD and EP!

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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)

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.