By now you’ve no doubt heard the completely unsurprising news that Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight are going to leave Grey’s Anatomy at the end of the current season. James Pickens Jr., better known as the Chief of Seattle Grace hospital, spilled the beans to US Weekly during this past weekend’s NAACP Awards luncheon, but Michael Ausiello over at Entertainment Weekly reports that Mr. Pickens might have spoken out of turn ever-so-slightly. While it seems like the actors are definitely going to leave, the details of their departure have yet to be worked out. There is even talk that both stars could come back next fall for a brief stint to wrap up whatever melodramatic cliffhanger Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has in store for them. (We’re already down for $20 on "trapped in an avalanche".)
We all know how Ms. Heigl will exit the show–her character Izzie has a brain-tumor-that-isn’t-quite-a-brain-tumor. However, what of Mr. Knight? His George has been such a non-factor during this season that if you played a drinking game where you chugged an entire bottle of tequila every time he appeared on screen for more than sixty seconds, you’d be stone cold sober. But since George doesn’t have any crazy medical condition, how will Ms. Rhimes find a way to write him off? Here are our suggestions.
George Becomes a Millionaire!
You know what? We kinda like George (and to a lesser extent Mr. Knight) and we wouldn’t want to see anything bad happen to him. So why not fabricate a long lost uncle who dies and leaves George millions of dollars. He can travel the world and help people, like Robin Hood in scrubs (or Noah Wyle on ER). Plus, this scenario leaves the door open for his return during sweeps week in 2012.
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if George got so frustrated by his lack of respect and action at Seattle Grace hospital that he just up and quit? And then, on the way out, he can blast the Chief for never giving him anything to do other than look at charts? Honestly, this might be too Meta for Ms. Rhimes to handle.
George Goes to Work with… Dr. Burke!
And this might be too ironic. For those of you who aren’t Grey’s Anatomy cognoscente like us, Isaiah Washington played Dr. Burke. You know Mr. Washington as the gay bashing actor who slurred Mr. Knight and eventually got fired from the show. But! While in real life we doubt that Mr. Knight and Mr. Washington are Facebook friends, on Grey’s Anatomy their two characters were total BFFs. Why wouldn’t George want to go work for Dr. Burke? We like!
George Gets Trapped in an Avalanche!
Sure, it’s ridiculous… but it would also allow us to win $20 dollars. Think about that, Ms. Rhimes!