It’s usually all about the doctors onGrey’s Anatomy, but tonight the nurses take center stage.
Thursday’s nurse-centric episode has actually been a long time in the making, andGrey’sshowrunner Krista Vernoffsays it all started with introducing a new nurse character a couple of weeks ago.
“That’sStacey Oristanoplaying a nurse named Nurse Frankie,” Vernoff tells EW. “You’ve seen her being irritated by Alex Karev at the scrub board andpiping in through that window[on last Thursday’s episode when Alex and Jo were kissing in Alex’s office], and she is the focal point of this coming episode, which I directed.”
Vernoff says the writing staff introduced Oristano’s character in those small ways to make her participation in this week’s episode more organic.
“We knew that we had this episode that would focus on the nurses in the hospital, and we wanted to not just suddenly meet that focal nurse in that episode,” she explains. “So we were far enough ahead in the writing that we were able to find the actress and then pepper her into the season.”
The nurse-centric episode ofGrey’s Anatomyairs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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Meredith. Alex. Bailey. Arizona. The doctors are definitely in on Shonda Rhimes’ hospital melodrama.