After teasing an enormous return from Meredith Grey’s previous forward of the season 18 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy, some viewers have been celebrating when Scott Speedman’s Dr. Nick Marsh appeared on display — 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” Vanity Fair video.
Another viewer hoped for a former full-time cast member to return. “Who we got vs who we could’ve gotten: #GreysAnatomy,” the person wrote alongside a photograph of Justin Chambers’ Alex Karev and Speedman’s Nick.
The Felicity alum beforehand appeared on a season 14 episode of Grey’s Anatomy, taking part in a transplant surgeon who collapsed whereas visiting Grey Sloan to retrieve a liver. While Nick and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) flirted throughout his go to, nothing extra occurred between the pair and he or she by no means noticed him once more — till the Thursday, September 30, episode.
“3 years later and they still look at each other the same
#GreysAnatomy,” a 3rd fan tweeted alongside snaps from seasons 14 and 18.
A fourth particular person summed up the reactions, tweeting, “I love how one half of the fandom is passing out because Nick is back, and the other half is still trying to figure out who is. #GreysAnatomy.”
Meredith bumped into Nick throughout Thursday’s premiere whereas visiting a Minnesota hospital that’s paying tribute to her late mom, Ellis Grey (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 advised 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 found… Look out for more!!” Pompeo tweeted through the episode alongside pictures of Meredith sporting the identical shirt through 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 was envisioning the show. Actually toward the end of last season, I started saying to Ellen, I’m having this thought, and she was like, ‘Again?’, because I had made that phone call a few times. But this time, we got lucky, he said yes, and we planned the season accordingly,” Vernoff advised Deadline.
The actor added there are two causes he signed on as a collection common after he acquired the decision.
“It is timing. To be totally honest, the last time wasn’t the right time. I haven’t done a show since the last show I did. I think a lot of people love that schedule, and I really do, too, but I was wanting to do other things,” the You star mentioned. “But you always know, you put something in the back of your mind when you do have chemistry with somebody, and you do enjoy the work experience, because that’s rare, actually. So, when this opportunity came around, I was trying to think of why not to do it, and I couldn’t come up with any reasons. It was a great show, really fun people, and it just felt the right timing for me. I wanted to jump in, and then, when I heard what the storyline could be, that was exciting to me.”
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