'Grey's Anatomy' Exclusive: Izzie/Denny ghost story twist revealed!

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Warning: Stop reading, Grey’s Anatomy fans, if you don’t want to know the big secret behind Denny’s afterlife love affair with Izzie.

I’m serious. Stop.

Okay then, here we go. Turns out Shonda Rhimes wasn’t lying when she told me last month that a brain tumor wasn’t what was causing Izzie’s case of “I see dead people… and have sex with them!” But she was being sneaky.

Last chance to run, spoilerphobes!

According to multiple sources, Izzie’s hallucinations are health-related — and
brain-related. And although the specific name of the ailment is being
kept in the safe underneath Rhimes’ desk, I’m told it’s similar to an
aneurysm. And every time it flares up, she sees Denny. And sometimes
when it really flares up, she shags him. (A Grey’s rep could not be reached for comment.)

But wait, there’s more! Izzie’s aneurysmish disorder was never intended
to be fatal. Plans change, but, per an ABC insider, Rhimes didn’t cook
up this story in order to grant Katherine Heigl’s alleged wish to be
let go from the show. Rather, the boss wanted to give her employee the
thing she allegedly wanted, the thing that eluded her last season:
great, Emmy-worthy material.

And say what you want about the story, Heigl has delivered.

For their part, ABC execs remain divided except for on one point:
Everyone acknowledges that the plot is asking the audience to take a
huge leap. “It’s definitely an unorthodox story, but I trust in
Shonda,” maintains one suit, who says the press will eviscerate the net
no matter what they do. “If we interfere, we get blamed for messing
with someone’s creative vision. If we don’t do anything, we get blamed
for the backlash. You really can’t win.”

Another insider says Alphabet execs are getting antsy waiting for the
audience to find out about the underlying medical issue fueling Izzie’s
spectral romance. So antsy, in fact, that they are applying some light pressure on Rhimes to speed up the reveal. Once you know the
reason Izzie is seeing Denny, they figure, you’ll be much more willing
to go along for the ride.

Well, let’s put that theory to the test: Now that you know what’s
behind Izzie’s condition, do you feel better? Worse? Indifferent? Sound
off below! (Personally, I can get on board with this story now. I
think.)

More Grey’s Scoop:
Eric Stoltz checks in
ABC testing Izzie-Denny story

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  • Saffie

    I still hate this whole story line and wish they would kill off Izzie

  • Nola

    No different.
    Keep Denny, get rid of Izzie.

  • Steven

    I think this answers the blind item.

  • T.T

    WHOA
    thats cool but they better not write izzie off.
    She has been my favorite from the pilot

  • Jody

    It’s a little easier to stick around and see how it plays out, but I hope it’s revealed soon. Could make for some interesting interactions between the original 5.

  • Kim

    I feel much better. Thank god!

  • bobert

    THANK GOD!! I totally agree with the execs too–people will definitely respond more positively to this once they know whats wrong with Izzie.
    PS: I totally second that Heigl is doing an AMAZING job. She tends to flourish making soapy material seem so much more human and approachable; Heigl for the win!

  • Anonymous

    The show officially jumped the shark with this one. It simply took too long to get to the punchline. We were over the Denny story *weeks* ago. Maybe, just maybe, if the reveal happens on the very next episode can Shonda rescue this boat; otherwise, no, I have not enjoyed this ride.

  • Jvil

    Was I the only one that thought she had some sort of brain issue? This isn’t that shocking.

  • Kathryn K

    PHEW! I’m so relieved. I was starting to want to skip their scenes. Now all is right with the world.

  • Redtint

    I stopped watching after the 3rd epi. They jumped the shark on every epi this season. I just can’t take it any longer!

  • lilli

    Oh my God,that’s good news!And there’s still hope for so many things….I love U Ausiello!!You’re the best!A kiss from Italy!!

  • bored@work1228

    So much happier! I know Im like the only one, but I really like Izzie! And I don’t want her or George to leave the show!!

  • ccross

    Ah, the force behind the Phantom Menace revealed!
    I hate to admit it, but I kind of agree with the network on this one. I’d feel a whole lot better about this storyline if they’d just get ON with it already. There should already have been other symptoms of Izzie’s medical problem revealing themselves by now, so we would have at least had a few clues, gradually escalating until payoff. Until now it’s just been, well, weird and somewhat pointless.
    I wondered at the time if this had anything to do with Emmygate. Now we know.

  • M

    I am on board now! It’s Shonda Rhimes, ya’ll! She can’t fail us.

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