Episode 11 Written Without Shonda Rhimes' Input

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Shonda Rhimes created and has been writing for ABC's Grey's Anatomy since it began in 2005, but due to the WGA strike, she, along with the rest of the writing staff, has found herself out of the office and out marching in the streets.

However, this doesn't necessarily mean that her absence immediately put a stop to production, which is why one upcoming Grey's Anatomy episode - Episode 11 - was completed after the strike and without the acclaimed creator's input.

Shonda with Kate and Sara

Shonda Rhimes, seen here with Sara Ramirez and Kate Walsh, said that she has "never not been in the editing room," and that "it's been a very weird transition."

Since the strike began on November 5, Rhimes has not written anything for Grey's Anatomy, although she is constantly thinking of its great characters.

Rhimes hasn't been the only one on the picket lines in recent weeks, as much of the Grey's Anatomy cast has also shown support for the writers.

They too have started to feel the effects of being out of work.

Katherine Heigl, who plays Izzie Stevens, is in the middle of wedding planning, but with no guarantee of a paycheck, has grown more conscious of her finances.

"It's starting to get stressful. I'm just try to be as smart [financially] as I can," she said. "I'm just trying to save as much as I can."

Sara Ramirez, who portrays Callie on Grey's Anatomy, told the New York Post about how she relocated to Los Angeles after living in New York for 14 years in order to appear on the smash hit show. Now it's a struggle for her.

"I moved out here to play this role and now I'm not playing her," Ramirez said. "[The strike] kind of forces you to take matters into your own hands."

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How much time do people invest in this whole Derek and Mer relationship? For me, it's just a show and yeah Grey's hasn't really been that good since the whole fairy boat epsiode last season but I think the writers and shonda are trying by going in a different direction and seeing how these characters would look together or how these characters would look like if they were with someone else. All Grey's fans know that Mer and Derek are going to get married and all of that other good stuff but for now, there just taking somekind of breather. But I doubt that epsiode 11 didn't have any Shonda input. She is, after all the show's creator.


^ We don't like Shonda because she ruined Mer/Der and created stupid love triangles. I don't claim to love Greys. I love Greys when it's good, and lately it hasn't been any good. We comment on a Grey's website because it's visited by people who actually work on the show -- writers, staff, etc. I support the strike because I believe in fair pay. But I don't support crappy Greys. And sometimes no greys is better than really crappy Greys.


^what's your problem? I mean If you don't like Shonda Rhimes why would you watch Grey's. You can't claim to love Grey's and not love Shonda too, their a package...and if you don't whatch Grey's why are you commenting on a Grey's Loving Website? YOU'RE REALLY THAT BORED?? GO WRITERS!


I support the networks! They should fire some writers, especially Shonda Rhimes. I'm tired of her bad writing.s


i so want the strike to be over already!!!!!!!! i started watching grey's anatomy this year in september and i love it. i've even went to buy the 1st 3 seasons on dvd and now i want more new episodes!!!!!!! hopefully the strike is over very soon!!!!!!! :(


Yeah well then she will have to change her (extraordinary) lifestyle and save more money? She probably has more money now then a two people can earn in their whole life.
Crap, they know that all the fans are frustrated about merder and gizzie, right? Then why the hell is it going to end bad this season? (again!!!)
Arrghhh it's so frustrating!!


I disagree with the article header. I'm sure the ep was "wriiten" with Shonda's input. It was just the production and post production, which, I agree, can affect the tone of an episode (and possibly even the meaning). I just find the header somewhat misleading. And if Katie is finding her financial position "stressful".... I'd probably have to hear that in context first. (like with a source. oddly, all the quotes at mywebsite are sourced. and it's not easy - some of my sources are bitchy fans who gripe when you don't thank them and gripe when you do) has Shonda been seen on the picket lines - aside from diversity day? I love Shonda and it would be nice to think she's sacrificing as much as, say, Krista, who blogged that her feet were hurting, on her myspace page, 4 days into the strike.


Please! They're worried about their finances?? They make more for one episode than most people make in a year!! I know they work hard for their money, but being worried about your finances and spending more carefully????????????


Well, I did read that the writers have come up with some proposals and have gone straight to the producers today instead of going thru the middle man. They are hoping to get better results that way. Lets keep our fingers crossed that this could be the beginning of something positive and this strike will end very soon. I can't imagine NO GA until Sept. 2008!!!!! I pray that doesn't happen!


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)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.