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Shonda Rhimes' Plans For Callie and Erica

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At the Television Critics Association press tour last week, Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes was questioned about various aspects of the show and its upcoming Season Five, and the topic on so many people's minds is the potential romantic relationship between Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) and Dr. Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith).

Her answers, while vague on plot details, nonetheless confirm that there will be a romantic relationship between Callie and Erica.

"We have a really interesting, wonderful, funny way of laying out the story of Callie and Erica that I'm pretty excited about, that I feel like is not necessarily your typical — if there can be a typical — your typical way of dealing with the storyline," Rhimes said.

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While developing this Grey's Anatomy story, Shonda consulted GLAAD, who brought in openly gay writer-producers Nikki Weiss and Trish Doolan.

Their job? Answer questions about how they identified themselves (as lebian or bi), when were they first aware of their attraction to a woman, and if they ever slept with a man to prove to themselves that they weren't gay.

"What I love about this is we sat down with GLAAD and talked about women who figure out that they're lesbians later in life and what it means for them," Shonda Rhimes said.

"And we really were able to find some really great, humorous and serious emotional stuff to play that's going to feel really interesting and also affect their lives in the hospital."

According to Rhimes, the new season will pick up with Callie pondering "what does it mean that she's kissed a girl? Is she excited it about it?"

That's been the central focus of fans for some time. We'll also finally get to see the experience from the perspective of Erica Hahn, as well.

"We don't really know Erica's side of the story yet, in terms of what's going on with the two of them," Rhimes explained. "We're going to watch that play out and then we're going to watch the larger world of what happens when the two of them come out in the hospital, and what happens when Callie's dad finds out and that sort of thing, which I think is going to be really, really interesting."

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Rhimes' comments indicating that the show will explore "what happens when the two of them come out in the hospital" answers the most pressing question for many lesbian/bi viewers by confirming this simple fact:

The two women will, in fact, have a romantic relationship.

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haha! snap, Lauren. you took the words from my mouth. Goodbye merder. its against my religion to judge and hate-on people: so as the bible preaches against people like you, im afraid i'll have ignore you. well, i would, but thats not my style: cos i dont judge or hate on people. you're entitled to your own opinion. but here's a thought: nobody cares or will be influenced by your opinion - so what is the point to you posting it all over the board? got issues? what gives? scratch that, cos i dont really care. so see ya :D

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And I'm sure that Shonda will not care to lose such a loyal, avid, ignorant, and close-minded fan. Does that mean you hate TR Knight too?

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I regret to have to say this, but this story line will make me stop watching the show. I have been an avid viewer since Season 1, Day 1. I am the founder of the Grey's Anatomy Viewer Club at my University, where I make arrangements and plans to have a large group of girls get together on Thursday nights to watch the show. I am against gays and lesbians because the BIBLE teaches against it. I have always loved Grey's and I love the storylines thus far. Not only are they putting up gay and lesbian storylines, but they are employing gay and lesbian writers and staff to "understand" the storyline better. At one time or another, we all have to make a stand for something we believe in. It is upsetting that this world has come to a point that they will allow something like this to be shown on television and supported. I will NOT support this. Shonda, you have lost a very loyal and avid fan to your show. Not only am I not watching, but no longer will I host and sponsor the Grey's Anatomy Viewer Club at my University.

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I DO NOT WANT CALLIE TO BAY LESBIAN I WANTED HER TO BE WITH MCSTEAMY SO BAD NOW THAT THIS IS HAPPENING WITH HAHN, CALLIE IS NOT MY FAVORITE CHARACTER ANYMORE.. ITS NOT THAT I'M AGAINST GAYS AND LESBIANS BUT I DIDNT WANT MY FAVORITE CHARACTER TO END UP LESBIAN I WANTED HER TO END UP WITH A GUY AND HAVE A CHILD

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cant wait to see how it all plays out!!! not sure if id be able to pass us mcsteamy for erica but i love the story so far!!

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do you see the irony that erica hahn had told christina that she can't impress her because she can't sleep with her hihi and now we find out she's lesbian or bi whatever she wants to call herself hihi i really am waiting impatiently for season 5 to start to see how everything is goin to evolve i just can't wait :):P

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I think it's wrong to do this with Callie. She has gotten a very raw deal since starting on the show. If you're not going to hve her be with Sloan, then you need to find a nice black woman for him to be with. He needs someone tough and strong like Callie. He's kinda got a raw deal as well. I'm free if you want!

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