Though he's no longer with us (RIP), Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd was the second most important character on Grey's Anatomy. Because, without Derek, there would have been no Meredith and Derek, no "pick me, choose me" love story that spanned season after season during the medical drama, and did I mention no Derek? Though it's hard to pick a favorite McDreamy episode, there's one in particular that my mind always circles back to and apparently I'm not alone. Just recently, the actor who played (RIP) Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd — Patrick Dempsey — revealed which Grey's Anatomy episode was his favorite. The episode he and I are both talking about is, of course, the pilot.
When the actor was given this question during an interview with Cosmopolitan U.K., he answered,
I have to say my favorite really was the pilot because we didn’t know what was going to happen, and then there was that sense of discovery. When I saw it for the first time, I thought the music was incredible and it was fun to be a part of such a strong ensemble. That was special.
Agreed on all accounts. In fact, the pilot happens to be a favorite for many Grey's Anatomy fans, but, coincidentally, "A Hard Day's Night" also happens to be the best McDreamy episode. Here's why:
1. Because McDreamy Was The Second Person We Saw
This sets the stage for how important and central McDreamy was for the show. He's also naked on the floor during his intro, just FYI.
2. Because We Were Introduced To THE "Dr. Shepherd"
Per his words, this morning it was Derek. Now it's Dr. Shepherd. Later, it will be McDreamy, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.
3. Because This Iconic Line Happened
Meredith: "Stop looking at me like that!"Derek: "Like what? Meredith: "Like you've seen me naked."
4. Because The First Elevator Scene Happened
Sure it wasn't as romantic and heartbreaking as later elevator scenes would be, but, as Meredith and Christina explained a case to Dr. Shepherd in the elevator, you could get the sense that important conversations would go down in elevators from here on out, right?
5. Because McDreamy And Meredith First Scrubbed In Together
The Bonnie and Clyde of operating rooms. Without the robbery. And the killing. You know what I mean.
6. Because "It's A Beautiful Night To Save Lives" Is Said For The First Time
Ah, the very first time McDreamy uttered his famous catch phrase.
7. Because He Tells Meredith That He'll "See Her Around" And It's Clear What This Means
It means "I'm in love with you." 100 percent.
8. Because He Gave Meredith This Look
And thus, MerDer was born.
Oh the memories. They hurt.
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