November 2020 Station 19 and Grey's Anatomy crossover event
The November 2020 Station 19 and Grey's Anatomy crossover event is a three-part fictional crossover within the television franchise. The event aired on the American Broadcasting Company consecutively in a one-hour timeslot immediately followed by a two-hour timeslot on November 12, 2020. It began with "Nothing Seems the Same" of Station 19, continued with "All Tomorrow's Parties" of Grey's Anatomy, and concluded with "The Center Won't Hold", also of Grey's Anatomy. The event served as the fourth season premiere of Station 19 and seventeenth season premiere, as well as the second episode of the seventeenth season of Grey's Anatomy.
|"November 2020 Station 19 and Grey's Anatomy crossover event"|
|Station 19 & Grey's Anatomy crossover event|
|Original air date||November 12, 2020|
|Part 1: Station 19|
|Episode title||"Nothing Seems the Same"|
|Episode no.||Season 4|
|Directed by||Paris Barclay|
|Written by||Kiley Donovan|
|Part 2: Grey's Anatomy|
|Episode title||"All Tomorrow's Parties"|
|Episode no.||Season 17|
|Directed by||Debbie Allen|
|Written by||Andy Reaser & Lynee E. Litt|
|Part 3: Grey's Anatomy|
|Episode title||"The Center Won't Hold"|
|Episode no.||Season 17|
|Directed by||Debbie Allen|
|Written by||Andy Reaser & Jase Miles-Perez|
|Preceded by||"January 2020 Station 19 and Grey's Anatomy crossover event"|
All three episodes followed a unified storyline of children involved in a car accident and the rescue and treatment of the victims. Paris Barclay directed the first part while Kiley Donovan wrote it. Debbie Allen directed both of the Grey's Anatomy episodes. Andy Reaser also co-wrote both of the Grey's Anatomy episodes while Lynee E. Litt co-wrote the first Grey's Anatomy episode and Jase Miles-Perez co-wrote the second. The event also marked the surprise and unpublicized return of Patrick Dempsey to Grey's Anatomy who last appeared in the series in 2015. It was watched live by an average of 6.25 million viewers throughout the three-hour period and received mostly positive reviews from critics.
Part 1: "Nothing Seems the Same"Edit
Station 19 deals with the effects of COVID-19. Meanwhile, the aid car deals with treating child victims involved in a car accident while returning from a party. Things get complicated when the car catches fire and quickly turns into a small forest fire. Sullivan deals with being fired from the Seattle Fire Department and has trouble settling into his new job. Also, Andy continues to process the news that her mother is still alive and she is still grieving the death of her father.
Part 2: "All Tomorrow's Parties"Edit
In April 2020, Grey-Sloan Memorial is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Richard returns to work and becomes accustomed to the new protocols and changes enforced at the hospital as Bailey works to properly clean everyone's PPE (Personal Protection Equipment). Meredith is feeling the impact of the pandemic as many of her patients are dying alone. In flashbacks, Jo tries to get over Alex by attempting to sleep with Jackson, who ended things with Vic after an awkward encounter with Harriet. However she laughs while they are making out and Jackson calls it off. In the present, Koracick orders some more masks and shields for hospital staff. However, the shipment is wrong and only has booties. Meanwhile, Teddy feels the tension between her and Owen as the hospital staff continue to hold resentment against her. In flashbacks, Cindy Wright, DeLuca's patient who was being sex trafficked, returns to Grey-Sloan. Regardless of his manic episode, DeLuca goes to be with her. Cindy admits that she is from Arizona. Bailey calls the police and reunites her with her family. Later, Bailey, Richard, Meredith, and Carina hold an "intervention" for DeLuca. He breaks down and decides to accept help. In the present, DeLuca decides to return to Grey-Sloan and begins to work. Maggie continues her long-distance relationship with Dr. Winston Ndugu, as they struggle to admit they love each other. Distraught by all the COVID-19 deaths, Schmidt attempts to confide in Nico about the whole situation. Teenagers are brought to the ER, by Station 19, after starting a fire. As they continue to wait for answers, the parents blame each other for the incident. A fight ensues with the parents and they injure Bailey in the process.
Part 3: "The Center Won't Hold"Edit
The parents of the children involved in the car accident are treated after injuries from the fight during which Bailey also sustained an injury. Meanwhile, Catherine deals with tight hospital finances as a result of the pandemic. Tom gets demoted from his Chief of Chiefs position after accidentally ordering the wrong type of personal protective equipment. Richard and Catherine begin to rekindle their relationship. Teddy also tries to make amends with Owen but is still unable to forgive her. Meredith is later found collapsed in a parking garage, in a hallucination dream she sees her dead husband Derek Shepherd on the beach.
Station 19 filming began during the first week of September 2020. The first Grey's Anatomy episode began filming on September 8, 2020, after filming of the previous season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cast and crew members of both series were required to wear personal protective equipment on scene at all times and take mandatory COVID tests. All three episodes focused heavily on real world events including the COVID-19 pandemic.
The third episode of the crossover most notably features the surprised and unpublicized return of former series regular Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd. Dempsey last appeared in the series in the eleventh season episode "How to Save a Live". The idea to bring Dempsey back to the series was ultimately revealed to be series star Ellen Pompeo's. Krista Vernoff, the Grey's Anatomy showrunner, revealed the difficulties of keeping Dempsey's return a secret:
I have to say that it was an epic feat, the keeping of this secret. I didn't send cuts to the studio and network that included that last scene. I didn't have writers' assistants in the writers' room for the last couple of months. There were writers who didn't know we were doing this on that staff. Most of the actors didn't know we were doing this. The crew didn't know we were doing this when they showed up on the day. I put the name "Ellis Grey" in the script that we read at the table, and I had Meredith say "Mom" at the table, so we got there on the day, and no one had been told what was happening.
Cast and charactersEdit
|Station 19||Grey's Anatomy (episode 1)||Grey's Anatomy (episode 2)|
|Jaina Lee Ortiz||Andy Herrera||Main||Does not appear|
|Jason George||Ben Warren||Main||Guest||Does not appear|
|Boris Kodjoe||Captain Robert Sullivan||Main||Does not appear|
|Grey Damon||Jack Gibson||Main||Guest||Does not appear|
|Barrett Doss||Victoria Hughes||Main||Guest||Does not appear|
|Jay Hayden||Travis Montgomery||Main||Guest||Does not appear|
|Okieriete Onaodowan||Dean Miller||Main||Guest||Does not appear|
|Danielle Savre||Maya Bishop||Main||Guest||Does not appear|
|Stefania Spampinato||Carina DeLuca||Main||Guest||Does not appear|
|Ellen Pompeo||Meredith Grey||Does not appear||Main|
|Chandra Wilson||Miranda Bailey||Guest||Main|
|James Pickens Jr.||Richard Webber||Does not appear||Main|
|Kevin McKidd||Owen Hunt||Guest||Main|
|Kim Raver||Teddy Altman||Does not appear||Main|
|Jesse Williams||Jackson Avery||Does not appear||Main|
|Camilla Luddington||Jo Karev||Does not appear||Main|
|Caterina Scorsone||Amelia Shepherd||Does not appear||Main|
|Kelly McCreary||Maggie Pierce||Does not appear||Main|
|Giacomo Gianniotti||Andrew DeLuca||Does not appear||Main|
|Chris Carmack||Atticus "Link" Lincoln||Does not appear||Main|
|Jake Borelli||Levi Schmitt||Does not appear||Main|
|Greg Germann||Tom Koracick||Does not appear||Main|
|Richard Flood||Cormac Hayes||Does not appear||Main|
|Anthony Hill||Winston Ndugu||Does not appear||Main|
|Station 19||Grey's Anatomy (episode 1)||Grey's Anatomy (episode 2)|
|Noah Alexander Gerry||Joey||Guest||Does not appear|
|Justin Ellings||Frankie Morris||Guest||Does not appear||Guest|
|BJ Tanner||Tuck Jones||Guest||Does not appear|
|V. Vieux||Rosalind||Guest||Does not appear|
|Jaicy Elliot||Taryn Helm||Does not appear||Guest||Does not appear|
|Zaiver Sinnett||Zander Perez||Does not appear||Guest|
|Louis Ozawa||Steve Lee||Does not appear||Guest|
|Linda Park||Deborah Lee||Does not appear||Guest|
|TJ Thyne||Aaron Morris||Does not appear||Guest|
|Debbie Allen||Catherine Fox||Does not appear||Guest|
|Alex Landi||Nico Kim||Does not appear||Guest|
|Patrick Dempsey||Derek Shepherd||Does not appear||Guest|
Station 19 was watched live by 6.59 million viewers; Grey's Anatomy, which received a single number for the two-hour timeslot, was watched live by 5.92 million.
While reviewing the first part of the crossover, Jessica Lerner from TV Fanatic said that the episode "was mostly positive" but that the main call of the week didn't work stating that "While it was clear the show was trying to send the message that we should be adhering to social distancing guidelines and wearing masks, it just felt heavy-handed. It felt more like a public service announcement than something that happened organically and detracted from the rest of the episode in how preachy it felt at times". Jasmine Blu from TV Fanatic also reviewed the second and third parts of the crossover saying the multiple storylines "made for a mishmash of confusion and too much crammed into the premiere" but also stated that the ending scene "delivered the shock of a lifetime with a fallen Meredith and a Derek sighting!".
Lincee Ray from Entertainment Weekly said that "the amount of content the Grey's Anatomy showrunners stuffed into two hours proves that they made good use of their time during lockdown". Reviewing everything as a whole, Maggie Fremont from Vulture said it "pretty much caught us up, even if very quickly, on where every character's drama from last season stands".
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