“I was really excited to get that episode. Show Full Article “Not only is she dealing with the news that her mom has cancer, but that the initial attempt to tackle it was not successful. We’re just dealing with this one story, but I think it’s beautiful.”
Pompeo and McCreary sought to make Maggie’s experience as relatable as possible. It’s a beautiful episode, wonderfully acted by Kelly McCreary and LaTanya Richardson Jackson. She’s a brilliant doctor, she has all the resources, and she believes that this is a problem she can solve.”
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The episode proved to be “pretty intense material” for Pompeo’s first time directing. The heavy episode zeroes in on Maggie’s (Kelly McCreary) plight in the wake of learning that her mother Diane (LaTanya Richardson Jackson) has cancer and her health is quickly deteriorating. “She feels really empowered by that, so after the initial shock, she’s going to get to work and do her best to help. Meg Marinis wrote it, and I couldn’t have had a better partner with me and Meg together — we get along so well, I’m such a fan of her work. She’s dealing with that, she’s dealing with having the truth withheld from her from both Jackson [Jesse Williams] and her mother, and she’s dealing with a sense of deep regret that she behaved in the way she did because of the misunderstanding between her and her mother.”
But Maggie won’t let her mother go down without a fight, pushing beyond both Diane’s limits and the hospital’s in a bid to save her mom. She’s determined to be solution-oriented, and find a way to make her mother well no matter what. ET on ABC. “She’s dealing with mountains of emotion,” McCreary tells EW. “I had a moment one day of being on set and realizing that everyone in the room with me has probably dealt with the fear of losing someone,” McCreary says. Ellen Pompeo will make her directorial debut during what might be the most emotional hour of Grey’s Anatomy this season. “The [potential] death of a mother is so quintessentially Grey’s Anatomy,” Pompeo says. What I felt most strongly about was stripping away to the absolute truth of Maggie’s circumstances, the particulars of her mother’s illness, that our audience could relate to in watching the story.”
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. It’s even more complicated than the already really frightening diagnoses of IBC. “What that gave me, and that Ellen really teased out with her direction, was remembering how universal this experience is and how everyone goes through it in a different way. “Maggie is such an optimist, and she’s such a hard worker,” McCreary notes.