Scrub in, Saints!
By Marcy Driehaus
With autumn come brittle golden leaves, pumpkin flavored foods, crisp temperatures, toasty bonfires, spooky corn mazes, haunted houses, and sweets galore. Though all of that makes fall a favorite season to many, one vital aspect of October was left unmentioned… All the best shows come back on TV! ABC is host to many returning programs such as Dancing with the Stars, The Middle, Modern Family, and Scandal. One show in particular that made its way back on the air for a remarkable 10th season is the Emmy award winning medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.
Grey’s Anatomy, brainchild of screenwriter Shonda Rhimes, takes place in the dreary city of Seattle, Washington. The show spotlights the chaotic lives of the surgical staff at Seattle Grace Hospital. Notable characters include Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Derek Shepherd/Dr. McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey), Cristina Yang (Sandra O), Mark Sloan/Dr. McSteamy (Eric Dane), and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers). The show’s unpredictable nature, relatable and lovable characters, and fascinatingly intense storylines have kept an audience hooked for 10 consecutive seasons. The intricately evolving plot and the complex lives of the beloved doctors trigger the emotional investment that the audience has in the series.
Along with the sentimental connection some have with the show, all of the scientific lingo and perplexing medical scenarios that are interwoven into each episode have been known to also spark an interest in pursuing a career in the medical field. When asked if there were any media influences that prompted her decision to become a nurse, Seton graduate Lindsey Ackerman said, “Grey’s Anatomy definitely sparked my initial interest in medicine and research. Seeing the doctors on the show made me want to be like them; real life heroes”. Ackerman went on to talk about her love for one particular character, Lexie Grey, saying she “wants to be just like her”.
Grey’s Anatomy celebrated a remarkable 200th episode on Thursday, October 10th, on ABC. In honor of the milestone episode, Rhimes gave the doctors of Seattle Grace a little break and sent them off to a lavish benefit to raise money for the hospital. This benefit was fit to bursting with theatrical stunts and extravagance. Though the night was intended go smoothly, alas, it wouldn’t be Grey’s without a little medical catastrophe. As always, the surgeons banded together and worked to make sure nothing went wrong. This theme of passion and drive the characters have for their profession and how dedicated they are to saving lives has been a consistent theme throughout all 10 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and is a big part of what has made the show so outstanding.
Throughout the characters’ struggles to find themselves, heal from broken hearts, overcome tragedies, grieve the loss of their friends and family, welcome new friendships into their lives, and rely on each other for compassion and support, it’s not a mystery as to why Grey’s Anatomy has such a solid and loyal fan base: the show helps people face and conquer their own hardships. That unique aspect alone has accumulated and sustained a plethora of dedicated viewers who have and will stay true to the show. With such an incredible foundation, it wouldn’t be a shock if Grey’s Anatomy graced television sets around America for another 200 episodes. Scrub in, Saints. As Derek Shepherd would say, it’s a beautiful day to save lives.