December 05, 2007 at 11:52 AM EST

You had it coming, Meredith! Newcomer Lauren Stamile, who joined Grey’s Anatomy on Nov. 15 as feisty nurse Rose, will stick around for at least four more episodes to play McDreamy¹s new love interest. (They’ll exchange their first kiss on Dec. 6.) The actress was cast in September and, as expected, was over the moon about the possibility of acting with Patrick Dempsey, not to mention slightly shocked: “It was like, are you kidding me? I’m kind of geeky. I hope people aren’t disappointed.” It’s unclear when Stamile’s fourth episode will air; it’s also the last original episode of Grey’s that ABC had in production before creator Shonda Rhimes and her writers joined the picket line Nov. 4.

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