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'Grey's Anatomy': Shonda Rhimes on her plans for Erica and Callie

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Greysanatomy_lFor Grey’s Anatomy fans who began the season wondering whether Dr. ­Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith) was gay, the May 22 season finale finally offered an answer — she might just be, now that Callie (Sara Ramirez) made her move. The two-hour episode — which culminated with Callie planting a big ol’ buss on Erica outside of Seattle Grace — had us asking: For the love of The L Word, could Eri-Cal eclipse Meredith and Derek as Grey’s It Couple? Creator Shonda Rhimes hints that we may not have seen the last of this budding romance. “Callie and Erica have an undeniable chemistry,” says Rhimes. “And watching the story unfold is something the writers are looking forward to. I wanted to illuminate their relationship in the same way we do all relationships on the show — it will be ­funny, sweet, honest, and a little bit dirty.”

As for Smith, she doesn’t think Dr. Hahn was coming out of the closet in the last few weeks leading up to the finale. In fact, she and Rhimes specifically talked about Hahn not being gay when Smith first joined the show last fall. “Earlier this season, we felt it was too obvious that a strong, powerful woman would be a lesbian,” says Smith. “In fact, Dr. Hahn decided she wasn’t going to have a relationship at work, though clearly she came to the wrong hospital.”

Like the fans, Smith said she and Ramirez were kept guessing about their relationship until days before taping of the final episode. Even costars like Patrick Dempsey were caught off guard by the surprise kiss; Smith remembers him gasping at the table read and saying, “Are you two getting together?”

“Sara Ramirez is not a bad choice. She’s pretty hot!” says Smith. “Why not? I’m game.”

addCredit(“Grey’s Anatomy: Michael Desmond”)