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Shonda Rhimes Previews Return of Grey's Anatomy

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Grey's Anatomy returns tonight with "Where The Wild Things Are."

To mark the occasion, a woman who needs no introduction - Grey's Anatomy creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes - has some words for all of you regarding the show's return tonight in her guest column for TV Guide ...

I like to call these five upcoming episodes Grey's Anatomy, Season 4, Part 2. Because for us, for the stories, it really does feel like a whole separate season. I came back to work after the strike with a whole new purpose, a new dedication. And a sense of hope.

My best friend, Oprah... OK, in my head she's my best friend, but in reality she barely knows me. But, secretly, I like to pretend I'm Gayle King because Gayle is the person who makes Oprah laugh, and who doesn't want to be the one to do that?

Also, I secretly wanna be Angelina Jolie. Because of the babies and the Brad and the fabulousness, but I don't have the legs. I lost my point. My point is that Oprah would say I have renewed my spirit. For me, that means I'm starting to enjoy this again.

Really enjoy this. Feel the rich possibilities.

So this season - Grey's Anatomy, Season 4, Part 2 - is the season of hope. For Meredith and Derek. For Izzie. For George. For Bailey. For Callie.

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Shonda Rhimes previews Grey's Anatomy "Season 4, Part 2."

Hopeful things are happening. Meredith and Derek are going to get together for good. That's right. For good. Now, if you think I'm going to tell you how it will happen, you're crazy. 'Cause it is yummy stuff. It is special. I spent a lot of nights lying in bed awake thinking about this.

These characters are my friends. They are people I know well who happen to live inside my head. I worry about their shortcomings and I celebrate their victories and I so, so want them to be happy. But more than happy, I want them to be brave. These Grey's Anatomy episodes are about bravery.

No boats crash, no bombs explode. No one we love dies. But still, Meredith and Derek getting together - how they get together - is about bravery.

Alex is going to have to be brave, too. Because things are coming to a head with the woman we know as Ava/Jane Doe/Rebecca. And when it is over, he's never going to be the same. Cristina's struggling with the loss of Burke and what that means for her surgical career. She's going to do some things we have never seen Cristina Yang do.

Izzie's already been through hell, and she's coming out the other side. George is growing up, becoming the man worthy of having Bailey's son named after him. Callie, Erica and Mark are going to go through some changes that might surprise you. Bailey struggles to fix her marriage.

The Chief makes a play for the woman he loves.

A lot happens in these five episodes. And it all ends with a kiss. A good kiss. A great kiss. A kiss so good it makes us lean into our televisions. A kiss we never saw coming. Oh, it's a major kiss. As Derek would tell us, "I'm all about the kissing. More kissing, I say." It's that kind of a kiss.

I can't tell you who's going to be doing the kissing. That's not how I roll. You'll just have to watch and see.

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I can't freakin' wait!!!!!!!!!!!!

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i am so excited!!

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omg ! i cant wait for tonight ! merder 4ever !

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ok i have to admit i am super excited....yay! cant wait...

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Ava's going to be pregnant by the end of the season and will have no clue about whether the baby's father is her husband or Alex.

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Ava's going to be pregnant by the end of the season and will have no clue about whether the father is her husband or Alex.

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i really really can't wait to see the rest episode of season 4. how merder get back together & about "the kiss" that very famous lately for us to wondering&questioning...oh and how about rose ending with derek hahhaa i can't wait really.
i agree the idea of shonda to wrap up this season with many suprise&unpredictable story...will it be good/bad maybe a lil bit dissapointed i always love this show till the end.

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Thank you Shonda. I love this show. Please ignore all of the negativity that has come your way and continue to take these terrific characters on their journey. This show is amazing through good times and bad. I'm with you all of the way!

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i really really can't wait to see the rest episode of season 4. how merder get together, and of course "the kiss" that makes us wondering & questioning. oh and how rose end hahaaha i can't wait.
i love the idea of shonda to wrap up this season with many suprises&unpredictable..good or bad doesn't matter i will love this show until end.

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I am soooo excited about 'Season 4, Part 2'. I can't wait to watch how Meredith and Derek come together again, and Alex and Rebeccas has got me very intrigued! Actually, Shonda has me intrigued about everyone - you sure do know how to dangle the carrot Shonda! Welcome back!

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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)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

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