Patrick Dempsey Opens Up About Coming Back to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Andrew Parker - November 23, 2020

Caged Bird

By Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.

Calling all Grey’s Anatomy fans! Patrick Dempsey just reprised his role as Derek Sheperd on the beloved show. It’s been five years since McDreamy left the show. In a new interview with Deadline, Dempsey said his latest cameo was “a very healing process.” “I think the whole atmosphere has changed, certainly working at the beach, and seeing everybody again was really a very healing process, and really rewarding, and a lot of fun,” he said. “And hopefully, that feeling translates, and the fans enjoy it. I know that they’ve been wanting us to get back together, and I think this will satisfy a lot of people, and surprise a lot of people, hopefully.”

 

“It was really exciting and fun, and it was great to see everybody,” Dempsey continued. “The dynamic behind the camera had changed. There’s much more diversity within the crew. There was a nice balance, too, of equality that I was seeing. So, culturally, there was a lot of things that were different, that I thought were very positive and very inspiring, actually.” Dempsey told Deadline that he reached out to his former costar, Ellen Pompeo, during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

 

Walt Disney Television via Getty Images's "Grey's Anatomy" stars Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey and Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek Shepherd

Getty Images/Walt Disney Television/Bob D’Amico

 

The two went on a hike in Malibu, where Pompeo asked whether he’d be interested in being a part of season 17—which may be the show’s last. “We hadn’t spoken or been together for a while. It was a great opportunity to catch up and say, ‘Okay, what can we do for all the frontline responders?’” Dempsey said. “I’ve been tracking what Grey’s had been doing with giving masks, and making sure that people had the right equipment, and it came from that place—‘Okay, what can we do to make people feel better, to give some comfort in this time of uncertainty?’ And that’s how it began.”

 

Ellen Pompeo told Deadline that working with Dempsey was “like riding a bike.” “Patrick and I have this chemistry where I think even from when we first met, for some reason it just felt like we’ve known each other for a hundred years, and it’s just the same feeling,” Pompeo told Deadline. “It’s like riding a bike, we just have a chemistry and a dynamic that’s always served us well, and I think we have a genuine affection for each other.”