Raise your hand if you knew that Callie (Sara Ramirez) was going to be injured in a car accident the moment she casually took off her seatbelt during the final scene of last night’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” In a moment that came as no surprise to anybody who has ever watched television before, Callie and Arizona’s (Jessica Capshaw) argument turned marriage proposal was interrupted when a truck smashed into their car. Television characters who are not cops should do their best to avoid driving. It never ends well. The accident was all a set up for next week’s musical episode, which has been dubbed The Music Event.
Ever since the episode was announced, the show has claimed that there will be an innovative, unique, never-never-before-seen reason for the doctors of Seattle Grace to burst into song. Would there be a patient with a rare auditory disorder who could hear singing but not talking? Would the new Chief Resident be chosen by a karaoke contest? In this video Shonda Rhimes reveals that actually, an injured Callie will just be hallucinating the musical numbers — the exact same concept as “The Singing Detective” as well as the film version of “Chicago.”
Callie will imagine that she and the rest of the cast are singing some of the most popular songs from the show’s soundtrack. This poses a philosophical question: can the doctors actually hear the show’s background music? Or does Callie just coincidentally have the exact same taste in music as the show’s music supervisors? Perhaps the episode will explain.
For everyone in the cast other than musical theater veterans Ramirez and Chandra Wilson, singing professionally was a new experience. Chyler Leigh, who plays Lexie told us, “I sing by myself and a lot with my kids. My husband knows I sing and close friends do but I’ve never done it to any degree like what we did and it was a really, really exciting adventure.” In this clip, the cast discusses how the episode was filmed.
Leigh claims that The Music Event will be remembered as one of the best episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy.” Is she right? Tune in next Thursday and judge for yourself.