Ellen Pompeo: Next ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Episode Is “the Best Thing I’ve Ever Done”
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Ellen Pompeo: Next ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Episode Is “the Best Thing I’ve Ever Done”

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When it comes to Grey’s Anatomy Season 12, the best is yet to come.

So says star Ellen Pompeo, who tells Entertainment Weekly she’s most excited for fans to see Denzel Washington’s directing work in Episode 9, the show’s midseason premiere, airing February 11.

“It’s for sure the [best] thing I’ve ever done on the show,” she says. “We’ve never had anybody of his caliber come and direct our show ever. His charisma, he changes the energy in the room completely. Everybody is just at the top of their game.

“[He’s] amazing. Let’s just say I’m a huge fan. It’s a total dream come true.”

PHOTOS: Denzel Washington Directs Grey’s Anatomy Season 12, Episode 9

We got a glimpse of the two-time Oscar winner’s work in a video leaked from set, which you can watch below. The resolution isn’t so good, but Denzel is the one in the baseball cap passing behind Chandra Wilson (as Bailey) as she pushes Ellen (as Meredith) around in a wheelchair.

As if Mer’s wheelchair weren’t foreboding enough, we also she’s wearing full arm and leg casts.

But the cast and crew aren’t just upping their game for Episode 9. Ellen says everyone feels the pressure to make every installment an hour of satisfying television.

“We’re so lucky to have the fans still so engaged in the show. We owe it to them to give it 200 percent every time,” the 46-year-old says.

“This place is a much different place. [Executive producer] Debbie Allen has been a huge, huge influence in the change in tone here. It’s a much more collaborative place and a happy place. Everybody really wants this show to be really good.”

Grey’s Anatomy returns on Thursday, February 11, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Check out more of Wetpaint’s coverage of Grey’s Anatomy Season 12 below:

See Denzel Washington on the Grey’s Set… and a Huge Mer Spoiler!
Kate Walsh Changes Tune on of Grey’s Anatomy Return?
Grey’s Anatomy Gets Six 2016 People’s Choice Awards Nominations
Grey’s Star Martin Henderson Talks “Replacing” Patrick Dempsey
Grey’s Anatomy Season 12: Can You Match the Middle Name to the Actor?