Patrick Dempsey’s ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ Return Was ‘Heartfelt and Natural’

An epic homecoming. Patrick Dempsey’s surprising return to Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, November 12, proved to be an amazing expertise for the solid and crew.

“The timing for Patrick’s return had lastly come. He was extraordinarily skilled, pleasant, humorous, and his chemistry with Ellen [Pompeo] was nonetheless there,” a supply tells Us Weekly solely. “The crew loved the time with Patrick, and there was lots of catching up.”

Patrick Dempsey Greys Anatomy Return Was Extremely Heartfelt Organic
Patrick Dempsey returns to ‘Gray’s Anatomy’. ABC

The supply added that the Gray’s Anatomy crew are “a giant household and Patrick could have left it for a bit, however as households do, they arrive again collectively. It was extraordinarily heartfelt and natural to observe all of it.”

The Bridget Jones’s Child actor, 54, exited the long-running medical drama in April 2015 after portraying Dr. Derek Shepherd (a.ok.a. McDreamy) for almost 11 years. In his remaining episode, his character died after a tragic automobile crash.

This month, Dempsey’s deceased character returned to the present for its season 17 premiere. Through the episode’s remaining moments, Meredith Gray (Pompeo) was discovered unconscious in a hospital car parking zone. After they lower to her thought course of in her thoughts, Meredith was reuniting together with her former husband, Derek (Dempsey), on the seashore.

Patrick Dempsey Greys Anatomy Return Was Extremely Heartfelt Organic
Patrick Dempsey. Ovidiu Hrubaru/Shutterstock

After the episode aired, Pompeo, 51, advised Deadline that having the reunion happen amid a time of “a lot darkness” was meant to function a “ray of sunshine” for longtime followers. Dempsey, for his half, stated that they “had a ball” filming the particular second.

“I believe the entire ambiance has modified, actually working on the seashore, and seeing all people once more was actually a really therapeutic course of, and actually rewarding, and lots of enjoyable,” he defined to the publication on Thursday. “And hopefully, that feeling interprets, and the followers get pleasure from it. I do know that they’ve been wanting us to get again collectively, and I believe it will fulfill lots of people, and shock lots of people, hopefully.”

Following his departure in 2015, the Can’t Purchase Me Love actor spoke with Entertainment Weekly about how his dramatic exit got here to be. “It simply form of unfolded in a really natural manner,” he stated on the time. “I don’t bear in mind the date. It was not within the fall. Perhaps February or March. It occurred in a short time.”

Dempsey additionally famous that being on the acclaimed sequence impacted his private life, including, “It’s 10 months, 15 hours a day. You by no means know your schedule, so your child asks you, ‘What are you doing on Monday?’ and also you go, ‘I don’t know,’ as a result of I don’t know my schedule. Doing that for 11 years is difficult. … What I want to do is deal with not being unfold so skinny. These days are over!”

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