So last night's episode marked the final appearance of Brooke Smith, aka Seattle Grace's Dr. Hahn. There's still speculation on if it was because her character was gay, or if they just didn't know how to deal with giving this ballbusting surgeon a romantic relationship, or if they just wanted a hotter, younger model. But whatever it was, I personally thought that the exit was abysmally handled. They should take a page from the ER handbook of how to write out characters, because when someone leaves this show, it's like bang and they are gone.
Burke's abrupt exit (though under completely different messy circumstances) was also kind of badly handled. He was there one minute and gone the next, with just a spoken line of dialogue about how he'd moved on to a different hospital. Hahn's final walk off didn't even seem like her final exit. She had an emotional outburst about Izzie, called Callie out for being a part-time lesbian (which she totally deserved after she slept with Sloane twice last week) and then just strode off into the darkness. If I hadn't known about all of the behind-the-scenes happenings, I would never in a million years have guessed that it was her final appearance. No big send-off. No commercial running before saying that "one doctor leaves Seattle Grace forever." No inclination that next week's episode will offer any resolution to the situation. It's like she was never there.
I don't even think it jibes with how they've written the character so far. Hahn's a stubborn, outspoken doctor. I can't see her just dropping this. I also can't see her just walking away from a fight. Though I'm sure she can do better than being at the 12th rated hospital in the country anyway (where the Chief of Staff sits around torturing his residents and playing with dolls) considering she's like a leading heart surgeon. I just wanted to see her at least go down swinging. This was more of leaving with a whimper and off in a snit. Which is something that Grey's Anatomy writers know how to create well. Whining and pouting are their specialties.
What did you think? Did you think it was the exit Smith deserved? Are you still shocked she's gone? Let us know.
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