Friday, January 19, 2007

The outing of Preston Burke

Last night was the conclusion to Grey's annual mid-season two-parter, but all that anyone can talk about is cast member Isaiah Washington and whether or not he's a homophobe. Well, John Mayer, of all people, has a treatment that just might solve everything: Why not have Washington's character come out to his colleagues as a gay man? (via Pop On The Top)

It's not a bad idea, when you think about it. If Washington is guilty of homophobia, this is sure to make him squirm through the remainder of his contract. Meanwhile, if he's completely innocent, then it'd be the kind of challenging role that could help his career. Mayer even contributed his own script ideas, to get the ball rolling:
INT: NIGHT, ON LOCATION

(THE RAMROD, A large rock club is packed to the rafters with energetic, bold looking twenty-somethings. On stage, an almost impossibly flamboyant group of performers are rocking out to a psychedelic beat that has the crowd whipped up into a primal frenzy.)

(CHRISTINA leans into the ear of PRESTON, struggling to be heard over the music)

CHRISTINA: I think it's really cool that you wanted to take us to a SCISSOR SISTERS concert, Burke! I gotta say, I never pegged you for the type. You're always talking about how much you love Ultimate Fighting Championships and Adult Video Award shows.
(CHRISTINA's eyes skitter from left to right, enlightened.)

Pretty much all the time, come to think of it.

BURKE: (cautiously) A friend of mine gave me their CD for Christmas. I figured I'd give it a listen. Turns out they weren't bad. They have a pleasant enough sound. Besides, I figured it would be nice to show you guys a fun time for once.

CUT TO:STAGE (The band plays the final exciting beats of "Kiss You Off". Jake Shears, The SCISSOR SISTERS lead singer [himself] takes the mic.)

JAKE: Thank you very muuuuuuch Seattle!!! This next song is called "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" and tonight, we want to send this song off to a very special man in the crowd, Preston Burke, webmaster of the biggest SISTERS fan site, idontfeellikedancing.com! Thanks Preston! The tea cookies you left backstage were deeelish!

(CROWD APPLAUDS WILDLY WHILE THE BAND LAUNCHES INTO THEIR HIT SINGLE. PRESTON, now downright sheepish, grabs his coat and small pleather DKNY bag, fumbling towards the exit.)

BURKE: I think I left a scalpel in that mime today. See ya!!!

And.... scene. Mayer even has a poison pill script idea to make sure Washington stays on board with the character change. Well played, Mr. Mayer... well played indeed.

Meanwhile, since it was a two-parter, I combined the two lists for convenience sake. Of note were the songs from Travis ("Love Will Come Through," which finished out last week's episode,) Regina Spektor ("Fidelity,") and for the ultimate tear-jerk scene Susanna & The Magical Orchestra covered Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

Grey's Anatomy - Episodes 11 & 12 (click for songs/listings)

Previously: Siamese Dream (Episode 3.10)

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3 comments:

drake leLane said...

Grey's Anatomy - Episodes 11 & 12

Episode title track: "Six Days" - DJ Shadow (or is it the Dead Milkmen song?)
1. "Lonely Hearts Still Beat The Same" - The Research (MySpace) - Derek watches Meredith sleeping in the morning, as Izzie and george talk in the kitchen. In the hospital. The interns discuss the day ahead and George's family has a little pre-op family party.
2. "Passion Play" - William Fitzsimmons (MySpace) - George and his Dad talk before the surgery.
3. "Beggars Prayer (demo)" - Emiliana Torrini - George prepares his family to see his father post-operation. He is visibly shaken by the state his father is in.
4. "Rest Of My Life" - Michelle Featherstone - Meredith finds Derek in the morning, and Izzie stares down her check on the fridge. She grabs it and goes to the bank.
5. "Love Will Come Through" - Travis - Addison finds Alex sitting with baby Laura. Izzie watches Laura struggle and Meredith sees her Dad and walks away in the hospital. End of episode montage of everyone.
----- part 2 ----
6. "Here It Goes Again (UK Surf Version)" - OK Go (iTunes) - Meredith and Derek bicker in bed after not getting much sleep. Izzie and George discuss Izzie's check.
7. "Fidelity" - Regina Spektor - Addison and Callie talk about Addison's choice to not have Mark's baby.
8. "The Way That I Am" - Ingrid Michaelson - Cristina complains about sleeping alone, and Meredith confesses she feels jealous of George's relationship with his dad. Cristina brings Burke his dinner.
9. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" - Susanna & The Magical Orchestra -The O'Malley family makes a decision about George's dad.
10. "Falling Awake" - Gary Jules (iTunes) - Burke, Cristina and Derek talk about Mr. o'Malley. His family is gathered around him in the hospital. George's friends wait in support of him.
11. Life in Disguise - The Slip - Cristina consoles George, Alex and Addison spend time together., and Derek goes to sleep beside Meredith.

Jon said...

JAKE: Thank you very muuuuuuch Seattle!!! This next song is called "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" and tonight, we want to send this song off to a very special man in the crowd, Preston Burke, webmaster of the biggest SISTERS fan site, idontfeellikedancing.com! Thanks Preston! The tea cookies you left backstage were deeelish!


Hi, my name is Jon, the actual webmaster of www.idontfeellikedancin.com . I would like to know what your on about it this posting.

Thanks

Jon
admin@idontfeellikedancin.com

drake leLane said...

This is a quote from John Mayer's blog, my friend. I guess he's giving you an unintentional shout-out.