The Curse of Burke

07 Nov


There’s something about the cardiothoracic surgeons at Seattle Grace Hospital, TV’s number one medical hotspot for horny doctors who continually make terrible decisions. They’re fatally attached to their running shoes, beg their girlfriends to commit only to drop them when they do, gay people are their kryptonite and their behind the scenes drama completely trumps Grey’s Anatomy, the soap-opera show they appear in.

At the end of the third season, the super-talented Dr. Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington) recovered from a serious injury after indulging in a series of boneheaded (possibly criminal) moves before dumping his awesome but pain-in-the-ass fiance at the altar and running so far away, only his mother and a photograph in the newspaper ever came back.

The behind the scenes impetus for this messed-up storyline, which unforgivably landed my beloved Christina Yang in a season-long funk, was an off-screen shouting match between Washington and co-star Patrick Dempsey. You can catch up on the drama here.

This season, his replacement, the super-talented Dr. Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith), after spending much of last season as a complete asshole with few redeeming qualities other than (allegedly) her brain, finally has a genuine moment when she falls for her amazing colleague in the ortho department and realizes she’s as gay as can be, only to get into a car and… drop off the face of the earth? Join the lesbian moon colony? Something, anyway.

Why? Well, scuttlebutt has it the two ladies were doing their job too well and TPTB freaked out when they realized the lesbians on the screen weren’t being all airy-fairy lovey dovey “aren’t we humans too so let’s philosophize” but actually getting into the nitty gritties of researching ways and means to get better – in bed! With sex and everything. And neither one of them was struck by lightning or scheduled to die of a painful lingering disease either! Scandalous.

I find it ironic that I tuned in last week for the first time all season and found myself drawn towards Erica Hahn as a character which is another first. In fact, her “I saw leaves” monologue made me re-consider my decision to strike Grey’s Anatomy from my list of must-watch shows this fall – only to find out that it might well have been that very monologue that got Brooke Smith fired.

So let me get this straight (if you’ll pardon the pun) –

1. They fire Isaiah Washington because he’s too homophobic for their show.

2. They hire Smith to replace him.

3. The show sucks for various reason of which Hahn is only one minor part.

4. Shonda Rhimes re-evaluates during the writer’s strike and comes back with what she says are better ideas, including the Hahn-Torres love story.

5. Smith sells the angle much better than anything else she’s done on the show.

6. They immediately fire her.

But hey, bisexuals are apparently okay. Hahn’s love interest Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) is still on the show after she discovered she sees leaves and flowers, and now Grey‘s fans can look forward to Melissa George in the coming weeks as another bisexual character. I believe she may or may not have hooked up with Meredith in the past. Which is all very funny because I believe Christina was supposed to be the bisexual character in a season 3 storyline that got pulled to make space for Roger Rees.

Can we get a Grey’s Anatomy reality show? I think I’d watch that. Can’t be worse than season 4.


Posted by on November 7, 2008 in Entertainment, News, Television, Video


10 responses to “The Curse of Burke

  1. complicateur

    November 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    And just as she was close to getting over being remembered as the “Serial-Killer-kidnap-victim-from Silence-of-the-Lambs”! So sad for Brooke Smith.

  2. Kokonad

    November 7, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    You don’t write that often anymore! (Look who’s talking, but…)

    You have something else up your sleeve? 🙂 ?

  3. Amey

    November 7, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    I prefer my doctors to be more Scrubbed 😉

    And while we are on the subject, did you see Angela in the latest Bones? Wonder where that is going…

  4. desigirl

    November 8, 2008 at 6:49 am

    Oh no! Worser and worser!!!

  5. Amrita

    November 8, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Complicateur – I’d totally forgotten about that until you brought it up! Poor thing, she got a thankless job and was severely underwritten for the whole of last season and now she finally gets a bone and is kicked out. She seems pretty cut up about it too.

    Koke – a book 😳 which needs to have been turned in ages back so I’m all distracted. Just for a while though. How’ve you been?

    Amey – You know that quote they made in Scrubs about GA? “It’s like they’ve been watching us all the time”? God, I love that show. Not as funny as it used to be but still kicks ass, with waaaaay less drama.
    Yup, saw Angela and I don’t know how it makes me feel. On the one hand – i love the fact that they dealt with it head on but this isn’t gonna end well for Roxie and I want my Hodgela! Sniff.

    DG – I really hope this is as low as they get. Esp now that Denny has made his mandatory seasonal appearance. Yeeesh.

  6. desigirl

    November 9, 2008 at 8:14 am

    *groan* To think I used to like Denny once! sigh.

  7. Amey

    November 9, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Well, the last time they were together, the series went into a madness, from which it is just recovering. So I guess I am good with the current “scene”.

    I want Scrubs back…

  8. pri

    November 15, 2008 at 3:28 am

    the seeing leaves scene was pretty great. and i dont mind seeing denny every season even if his appearance makes no sense. it’s denny. also who else hate gi joe?

  9. Amrita

    November 15, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Dg – well he seems to be back now. I really hope Izzie’s got a tumor or something because this kind of aggravation requires that kind of payback.

    Amey – well ABC picked it up so it should be back. I hope they make fun of their fellow docs on ABC.

    Pri – It’s not Denny himself (come on! Jeffrey Dean Morgan, what’s not to love?) as his dumb scenes that kill me. Stay dead goddammit! And um, you’re talking to the wrong person on GI Joe: HUGE Kevin McKidd fan here. 😳

  10. Amey

    November 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Amen. I think it is going to be on from Jan, but I heard this is the last season for JD and company. 😦

    And by GI Joe, are we talking about Snake Eyes, Scarlett, Duke, “Yo Joe”?

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