After 14 Years and 300 Episodes, 'Grey's Anatomy' Will Break a Tradition With Tonight's Episode
The episode title will not be in reference to a song — and for good reason.
It's no small secret that for the past 14 years, each episode of Grey's Anatomy has been titled after a song.
The one where there's an active shooter in the hospital? Named "Death and All His Friends" after the Coldplay tune. How about that unforgettable plane crash episode? It's titled "Migration," a song off of Jimmy Buffett's 1974 album.
Tonight, as we gleefully welcome the return of ABC's TGIT lineup, that 301-episode streak will be broken — and for good reason.
Tonight's episode is titled, “1-800-799-7233,” which also happens to be the phone number of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The episode will show Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington) being forced to confront her abusive and estranged husband, Paul (Matthew Morrison).
Luddington spoke with EW about the gravitas of airing such a topical storyline in our current climate: "It’s a long time coming, but now that it’s airing right as TimesUp is happening, I just feel like it’s serendipitous," said the actress. "Really this story is about a woman that is no longer feeling silenced and finding the strength to use her voice, to be heard, to be believed, to feel empowered."
The entire Grey's Anatomy team took great care to convey Jo's story with the accuracy and respect the topic of domestic abuse deserves.
"At the end of the day, we wanted to tell this story right, and also educate people that have misconceptions about domestic abuse, who it happens to, and what it looks like," said Luddington.
The episode in question was slated to air as "Four Seasons in One Day," in reference to the Crowded House song. However, Grey's Anatomy showrunner, Krista Vernoff, shared via Twitter that the idea to change the title in favor of the domestic abuse hotline number came curtesy of Giacomo Gianniotti (a.k.a. Dr. Andrew DeLuca).
As one Twitter user pointed out, 1-800-799-7233 actually is actually the name of a song by a rather small-known blues band, Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women, though we don't think this was known to the Grey's team when the decision was made.
Either way, we commend Grey's Anatomy for putting the issue of domestic violence front and center, and spreading the number for those who seek help.