In the first pages Meredith gets to have fun, this little interaction with a guy that lets her be sexy and flirty, then be the boss and throw him out. Then she gets to go be smart and save other people's lives. From a female perspective, you just don't get that many opportunities to play that wide a range in one show.
â Ellen Pompeo, Zap2it (26 March 2005)
Don't let the scrubs and paddles fool you. Grey's Anatomy, which scored the second-biggest drama series premiere audience of the season in its 27 March debut, is a soap, not a hospital procedural. Creator Shonda Rhimes (who penned Britney Spears' Crossroads) makes this clear from the start, as the pilot opens with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) waking naked but not alone on the den floor of her mother's vacant home. She's late for her first day of work, and she can't remember the name of the man (Patrick Dempsey) who just woke bare-ass-up beside her. "Derek," he says, proffering a handshake and a smile that says he's ready for another go. "Goodbye, Derek," she grins, rushing off to the shower.