Nearly 20 years in, Grey’s Anatomy nonetheless is aware of convey the feels — and season 18 is not any totally different.
The ABC medical drama returned for its record-breaking 18th season in September 2021. As followers have been fast to level out similarities between the pilot, which aired in 2005, and the season 18 premiere, Ellen Pompeo confirmed that the season was crammed with particular treats for longtime followers. The first nod she confirmed was Meredith sporting the identical white button-down shirt.
“It is identical shirt. … I feel [ABC studios] held onto that shirt,” the actress stated on Jimmy (*18*) Live! after the premiere. “It was my idea to pay homage to many issues and many various seasons and provides the viewers issues to be careful for and to plant Easter eggs. … I even search for them as a result of it was simply my idea. I didn’t essentially say, ‘Let’s do that.’ I wasn’t particular about it. When the shirt confirmed up on my wardrobe rack, I stated, ‘Is this the identical shirt?’ I remembered the shirt.”
Jimmy (*18*) subsequently pressed Pompeo to seek out out if the throwbacks have been an indication the long-running present was coming to an finish, and he or she performed coy (as traditional).
While season 17 featured many acquainted faces from the grave — together with Patrick Dempsey’s Derek, Eric Dane’s Sloan, Chyler Leigh’s Lexie and T.R. Knight’s George — season 18 included extra returning stars. In addition to Kate Burton (Ellis Grey) returning for extra flashbacks, Kate Walsh is reprising her function as Addison Montgomery.
“I might cry speaking about it. It was very significant. … You’re going to see some stuff transpire between Meredith and Addison professionally and personally,” Walsh informed Extra forward of her October 14, 2021, episode debut. “I feel it’s going to be actually satisfying for the followers and I feel it’s going to be very surprising and shocking.”
Grey’s Anatomy airs on ABC Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET. Scroll by for a listing of Easter eggs from season 18: