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Episode 2.15: Break On Through
Airdate: January 29, 2006
01/10 - The nurses at Seattle Grace Hospital go on strike, leaving the doctors to fend for themselves; Meredith's mistake in treating an elderly patient is brought to light by the patient's friends (June Lockhart, Betty Garrett and Rae Allen) and Izzie treats a pregnant teen. Source: ABC
01/09 - Christina gets in the middle of [the nurse riot]. Source: Kristin on E!Online
Question: I think ABC has you to thank for the huge ratings the Rose Bowl pulled in. I know I watched it because of you (sorry about the Trojans' loss). Now, how about some Grey's Anatomy scoop? — Lucky
Ausiello: Alex is going to get a taste of his own bad medicine when a cocky new doc arrives on the scene and puts the moves on Izzie. And to add insult to injury, CockyDoc will also steal one of Alex's patients — a 15-year-old kid suffering from a rare genetic bone disorder. In this same episode, a woman is rushed to the hospital suffering from spontaneous orgasms and quickly becomes the envy of the female staff — Meredith, in particular. (That's so like her to want what she can't have.)
Question: Has there been any news on who will be playing Aaron Echolls in Veronica Mars' faux E! True Hollywood Story? — Melaney
Ausiello: Yeah, and it's a bummer. As I reported on Monday, exec producer Rob Thomas informed me over the weekend that he's "$100,000 over budget on that episode and we're losing the role." As it is, Thomas didn't end up going with any of the finalists you guys singled out in AA's first-ever Armchair Casting Director challenge anyway — but that was for strictly economic reasons as well. "I wrote Keith Carradine in the script as the actor playing Aaron," he says. "I did a pilot with him a few years ago, and I thought he might be a guy who would do me a favor. But even if we got him for the bare minimum, we couldn't afford to add any more cast to the budget." And although he didn't follow up on any of AA readers' casting tips, Rob did have some thoughts on several of the top vote-getters. "I have to say that I've never seen Lorenzo Lamas in anything. Corbin Bernsen would've been funny on a couple of levels. Chris Sarandon actually sounds like a pretty good idea. My favorite, however? Mark Hamill. Perfection."
Question: I'm just dying from Veronica Mars withdrawal. What can you spill about the Rob Thomas-directed episode on Jan. 25? It's his first time, right? Gotta be something good. — Alex
Ausiello: Let's ask the man himself. "I'll say this: Given my first chance to direct an episode, I didn't skimp on story," Rob teases. "Major developments in my episode. And serious upheaval in Veronica's love life." That's putting it mildly. Take a look at this tease UPN just released about the episode: "An FBI team, headed up by tough, seasoned Agent Morris (guest star Lucy Lawless), is called in to pursue Duncan after he breaks up with Veronica and flees with Meg's baby. Meanwhile, Wallace reveals the tragic reason why he returned to Neptune. Later, Logan asks his buddy Dick to help in a scheme to weed out which one of Weevil's P.C.H. Biker Boyz framed him for murder." Yeah, I'd say he didn't skimp on story.