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Shonda Rhimes Discusses Erica and Callie

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For Grey's Anatomy fans who began the season wondering if Dr. ­Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith) was gay, last week's season finale offered an answer - she might just be, after Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) made her move.

The two-hour episode - which culminated with Callie planting a kiss on Erica outside of Seattle Grace - had people asking: For the love of The L Word, could EriCal eclipse MerDer as the Grey's Anatomy "It" couple?

Creator Shonda Rhimes tells Entertainment Weekly that we may not have seen the last of this budding (and much buzzed-about) Seattle Grace romance.

Erica and Callie Work It

Is there a future for Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Erica (Brooke Smith)?

"Callie and Erica have an undeniable chemistry," says Shonda Rhimes.

"Watching the story unfold is something the writers are looking forward to. I wanted to illuminate their relationship in the same way we try to do all relationships on the show - ­funny, sweet, honest, and a little bit dirty."

As for Brooke Smith, she doesn't think Dr. Hahn was coming out of the closet in the last few weeks leading up to the finale.

In fact, she and Shonda specifically talked about Dr. Hahn not being gay when Smith first joined the show last fall.

"Earlier this season, we felt it was too obvious that a strong, powerful woman would be a lesbian," says Smith.

"In fact, Dr. Hahn decided she wasn't going to have a relationship at work, though clearly she came to the wrong hospital."

Like the fans, Smith said she and Ramirez were kept guessing about their relationship until days before taping of the final episode.

Even fellow Grey's Anatomy cast members like Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd) were caught off guard by the surprise kiss; Smith remembers him gasping at the table read for "Freedom," saying, "Are you two getting together?"

"Sara Ramirez is not a bad choice. She's pretty hot!" says Smith.

"Why not? I'm game."

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Erica&callie totally fited together. Especially the scene where Callie kissed erica was so strong. Luved it+ im dissapointed eria left+that there are no other lesbians in the show.

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I have watched for years and since the lesbian addition I will no longer be watching. This was one of the few shows where there were no gay or lesbian activity. I have been greatly disappointed.

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HEY GOOD DEAL SHRAH, YOU SHOULD FEEL VERY HAPPY....THE WHOLE LESBIAN THING GOT CANNED. :) IT JUST DON'T MATTER HOW HURT US LESBIANS ARE AS LONG AS YOU ARE HAPPY!!!!! AT SOME POINT YOU MIGHT TRY AND LOOK AT HOW OTHERS FEEL. MIGHT OPEN UP YOUR EYES. BUT THEN IF YOUR MIND IS SO CLOSED IT WON'T!!!!!

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I love it how people are saying "Since when is Callie gay?" Having a relationship with a woman and still clearly intrested in men, to an extent, makes her bisexual. But has anyone ever thought that maby she's just attracted to a women this one time?...it doesn't make her fully gay! People have attractions to same sex members all the time and they aren't gay, it's an emotion you can't control so stop moaning about it and just watch the two amazing actresses on the show do their thing!

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Oh Sarah....I didn't read all of your post....Cause your and idiot.....Stop with the Gay and Lesbisn bashing. PLEASE!!! What is the deal with you people? If you all are this disgusted with Gay people you would run as far from this site and this show as you could....My God!!! What is your deal? If your offended by US don't watch our programs. And leave us to HELL alone. I have had enough, but I won't be quiet. Until Grey's Anatomy Insider kicks me out of here. And then I will go some where else. Cause closed minded people like you are every where. I am quiet and don't cause any problem until ppl like you give me a reason. Damn it is and hour. Turn off the F--king TV if your offended by Grey's. I myself LOVE it. Cause they tell the truth. Love is Love!!! It don't matter if it is between 2 women or 2 man. Or a woman and man. It is all the same. So try and find love in your heart. Cause as long as the world is here we will still be around. Us Gay folk!!!

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reading some of these comments was very disappointing. i hope whoever wrote some of them were young and still unaware of the "real world" because if an adult is that naive i feel sorry for them. love is love people. a man can love a man and a woman can love a women. it happens more than you think. look around. not only in humans but species of birds and even dolphins mate with the same sex and that is a known fact. please open your minds and try to know people for who they are. not who they love.

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I have been watching this show since the beginning and Erica/Callie are my favorite couple so far. It is a change not only for us as viewers, but also for the characters in the show. I am a lesbian and it is nice seeing love portayed in a different manner. To sarah and some of the other ignorant people out there..it is 2008! This is how life is. Two people can be in love no matter their gender. Not everyone falls in love based on looks. Just grow up or else who cares if you no longer watch the show. I feel this is one of the best things to happen to the show!

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I have been watching this show since the beginning and Erica/Callie are my favorite couple so far. It is a change not only for us as viewers, but also for the characters in the show. I am a lesbian and it is nice seeing love portayed in a different manner. To sarah and some of the other ignorant people out there..it is 2008! This is how life is. Two people can be in love no matter their gender. Not everyone falls in love based on looks. Just grow up or else who cares if you no longer watch the show. I feel this is one of the best things to happen to the show!

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Thank you ABC for this couple! Whoever says that there's no chemistry there and that it's rushed - have you not been watching the past few episodes? I have rarely seen a couple on TV that seems so well suited and so utterly convincing to me. And so romantic and so hot at the same time. I would easily believe that these two have found their soulmate.
Actually, I believe that basically neither Callie not Erica are gay - they just fell in love with someone wonderful, and this happends to be another woman!
I love the way Callie uses sex with Mark to compensate for her confused feelings for Erica. Mark and Callie have a chemistry, too, but I think it's more on a friendship/fling level. As for that, they're quite well suited - it's a fair game;-)
All in all, I wish I had that chemistry with someone - a man or a woman. I am not a lesbian, but I have been watching that last kiss over and over again. I can't wait to see how they continue!

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love it love it love it. We all have differnent opinions and that's cool! Just please remember respect, nobody deserves disrespect just because of who they love. this may sound hippie-ish or mushie or whatever. but just imagine the world if we could all love one another for who we are, you could be totally comfortable around a complete stranger, knowing there's no judgment only understanding. i think we'll have that one day.

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)

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.

Meredith
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