Grey’s Anatomy fans could not believe who made a surprise return for last night’s season premiere. They were not alone in being shocked.
The show’s director tweeted, (quote) “Most of the actors didn't know. Some of the writers didn't know. Most of the good folks at the studio and network didn't know.”
Patrick Dempsey appeared near the end of the two-hour episode. “McDreamy” came to Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) in a dream sequence on the beach.
This episode focused on the strains that COVID placed on hospitals and the stress for nurses and doctors, who lacked enough personal protection equipment. Near the end, Meredith Grey collapsed in the hospital parking lot from exhaustion. Then her dead lover, Derek Shepherd, returned to her in a dream.