By Samantha Highfill
October 29, 2020 at 02:35 PM EDT
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It was the one-night stand that resulted in so many tears, so many fights, and one broken arm. During Grey's Anatomy's second season, George (T.R. Knight) finally got up the courage to tell Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) how he felt about her. But let's just say his timing was off. Meredith was already upset about stuff with her father and she wasn't great at dealing with her emotions, so, in the moment, she made the choice to sleep with her roommate. And it did not go well.

During Variety's Women of Grey's Anatomy panel, Pompeo and showrunner Krista Vernoff were looking back on what it was like to work with series creator Shonda Rhimes at the start of the show, and that scene, in particular came up. "Especially in the early days, as an actor, she would have these ideas and I would say, 'That's a terrible idea, I don't like this, I don't want to do this,'" Pompeo said. "And then it goes in the script anyways cause she's Shonda, and then you have to do it cause she's Shonda, and then it turns out to be the biggest thing of the show ... She has this weird sixth sense to know what's going to work and what isn't. That's a gift on some other level."

Vernoff said she and Rhimes had a huge fight about George and Meredith sleeping together. "I was like, 'No! Everybody will hate us," Vernoff said, with Pompeo chiming in to say, "I cried for real during the scene."

But as Vernoff pointed out, "[Rhimes] was like, 'They don't have to love it, they just have to watch it and talk about it. It's not always about being likable, it's about entertainment.'"

Then again, try telling that to Pompeo who said, "I've still never watched it."

Watch Variety's full panel here.

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