After teasing an enormous return from Meredith Gray’s previous forward of the season 18 premiere of Gray’s Anatomy, some viewers have been celebrating when Scott Speedman’s Dr. Nick Marsh appeared on display screen — whereas different followers have been left dumbfounded.
“I HAVE ZERO MEMORY OF THIS MAN #GreysAnatomy,” one fan tweeted alongside Keke Palmer’s notorious “I’m sorry to this man” Self-importance Truthful video.
One other viewer hoped for a former full-time forged member to return. “Who we acquired vs who we may’ve gotten: #GreysAnatomy,” the consumer wrote alongside a photograph of Justin Chambers’ Alex Karev and Speedman’s Nick.
The Felicity alum beforehand appeared on a season 14 episode of Gray’s Anatomy, taking part in a transplant surgeon who collapsed whereas visiting Gray Sloan to retrieve a liver. Whereas Nick and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) flirted throughout his go to, nothing extra occurred between the pair and she or he by no means noticed him once more — till the Thursday, September 30, episode.
“3 years later they usually nonetheless have a look at one another the identical
#GreysAnatomy,” a 3rd fan tweeted alongside snaps from seasons 14 and 18.
A fourth particular person summed up the reactions, tweeting, “I really like how one half of the fandom is passing out as a result of Nick is again, and the opposite half remains to be attempting to determine who’s. #GreysAnatomy.”
Meredith bumped into Nick throughout Thursday’s premiere whereas visiting a Minnesota hospital that’s paying tribute to her late mom, Ellis Gray (performed by returning actress Kate Burton), with a analysis lab. After an evening of chatting throughout which Meredith revealed that she was seeing Dr. Cormac Hayes (Richard Flood), however he just lately ended issues, Meredith instructed Nick that she was not going to sleep with him — a callback to the character telling Patrick Dempsey’s Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd the identical factor within the pilot.
“Easter egg discovered… Look out for extra!!” Pompeo tweeted throughout the episode alongside images of Meredith carrying the identical shirt throughout the pilot and season 18 premiere.
After the episode aired, showrunner Krista Vernoff and Speedman shared behind-the-scenes particulars of his return.
“We reached out to Scott as I used to be envisioning the present. Truly towards the tip of final season, I began saying to Ellen, I’m having this thought, and she or he was like, ‘Once more?’, as a result of I had made that cellphone name just a few occasions. However this time, we acquired fortunate, he stated sure, and we deliberate the season accordingly,” Vernoff instructed Deadline.
The actor added there are two causes he signed on as a sequence common after he acquired the decision.
“It’s timing. To be completely trustworthy, the final time wasn’t the appropriate time. I haven’t performed a present because the final present I did. I feel lots of people love that schedule, and I actually do, too, however I used to be eager to do different issues,” the You star stated. “However you all the time know, you place one thing behind your thoughts once you do have chemistry with any person, and also you do benefit from the work expertise, as a result of that’s uncommon, truly. So, when this chance got here round, I used to be attempting to consider why to not do it, and I couldn’t give you any causes. It was an incredible present, actually enjoyable folks, and it simply felt the appropriate timing for me. I needed to leap in, after which, once I heard what the storyline may very well be, that was thrilling to me.”
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