Grey's Anatomy Writer Reflects on "The Time Warp"

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We've talked about last week's episode in depth in our review and Grey's Anatomy Round Table. Now it's time for the writer's take on Seattle Grace drama past and present.

Below are some excerpts from the official writer's blog post authored by Zoanne Clack, the head writer on "The Time Warp," link to her full posting at the bottom ...


I admit, I have a bit of an obsession with Richard… an addiction, if you will.

He’s always just so suave, always so collected, and always, cool. SO MANY people have asked me what is to become of him now that he’s drinking again. I only hope this episode serves to address at least some of your many concerns about the Chief.

We had always talked about doing a flashback episode, and from day one, Season One, Shonda has emphasized that Richard and Ellis got together at least partially because of the fact that they were the only black and the only woman resident in their class.

Embattled Chief

Being outcasts, they were naturally drawn to each other (and passion did the rest). They were residents in the early 80’s and of course the BIG thing about the early 80’s was that weird new disease they eventually called AIDS.

I think one of the most chilling lines in the episode is when Young Richard says, “They could find a cure for this tomorrow, or next week,” because you know he probably really believed it… and here we sit 18 years later with no cure.

What better case to highlight Richard and Ellis and their irresistible draw to each other. There was nothing that could keep them apart, and a patient like this, who was an outcast himself, could only pull them even closer together.

As one of the crew members put it, what a cool way to tackle racism, sexism, and homophobia in one fell swoop! Side note: It was so fun to recreate 1982! The crew worked SO HARD to make this happen and did an AMAZING job.

How great was it to see the Richard/Ellis dynamic? Ellis was a force to contend with. Shall we say she was … a “maneater?” There were basically two categories that were prevalent among female surgical residents in those days: feminine, or macho.

I’ll give you one guess as to which one Ellis was.

She was a surgeon first and only incidentally female. She put her defenses up against any challenge to the way she thought the world should be, and lashed out when her plan was interrupted. Is it any wonder Meredith ended up so dark and twisty?

But it’s not all about 1982. We also get to see Richard as he became Bailey’s mentor, helping to shape little Mandy Bailey into the Miranda Bailey we see today ... and the Richard we saw in 2006 makes Callie shake in her shoes a little bit.

Follow this link to read the entirety of the writers' blog ...

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The episode was good. I loved that the crowd got to ask questions. I thought that was interesting. I hope there is another eppy like that sometime. The only part of the eppy I didn't like was seeing Callie and Alex. That was so not called for. Who cares who she slept with back then. I hate that the writters have the need to make her look like a slut. She is in a good relationship right now with someone who trully loves her. But when she had the pox she let Sloan crawl into bed with her and rub all over her while her g/f watched. That was just wrong. Then she offers to help raise Sloans baby. And she had this look on her face that made me really uncomfortable. She was lookin at him like she loved him. AZ is her g/f and the one she is supposed to be inlove with. But she didn't even talk to AZ to see if she minds before she offers to help her ex sex friend raise the baby. I watched and interview with AZ and she said that there relationship starts to have some problems and they almost break up and then get back together. I love both the girls. But if AZ decided she couldn't take no more of Callies crap and took off. I'de be heart broke. But I would totally understand. AZ deserves better than what Callie is giving her. AZ is always there to comfort Callie but Callie don't return it.


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