'Grey's' gets warning after Johns Hopkins shooting
September 17th, 2010
11:12 AM ET

'Grey's' gets warning after Johns Hopkins shooting

In an eerie case of life imitating art, a two-part "Grey's Anatomy" aired last night that closely mirrored a shooting at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital earlier that day.

At Hopkins, a distraught Paul Warren Pardus shot a doctor and killed both his mother and himself after the doctor briefed him on his mother's medical condition. On "Grey's," a man gunned down medical staff and himself after his wife died at Seattle Grace Hospital.

ABC aired the two repeat episodes – part of May's season finale – in anticipation of the new season of "Grey's Anatomy," which kicks off next week. Though the network gave stations the option to show different episodes, an ABC spokesperson told the NYTimes, "Individual stations will determine what is best for their markets."

For those who chose to air the disturbing drama, the network provided a graphic to be run prior to broadcast: "Due to today’s news events and the depiction of graphic violence in the following program, viewer discretion is advised.”


soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Phillip Seymour Hoffman

    I once sharted in a movie and have come to regret it. How many people have followed my lead and ruined their lives because of my insensitive portrayal of unexpected bowl problems. Fart and Shart jokes are not funny! I am forming a charity dedicated to preventing sharting. I will auction the rights to name it and all proceeds will go to the research and prevention of this horrible horrible condition. There will also be two tone brown ribbons for sale through the foundation.

    September 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hillaky3

    You guys are hilarious. Thanks for the laughter. It's good for the soul

    September 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. No Dissassemble Johnny 5!!

    I farted then the next day family guy aired an episode where Peter farted. How insensitive!!!!!!

    September 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Another example

    Another example of network irresponsibility....anything for ratings...is there no end?

    September 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BLOWBA

    You people need to GROW UP and get a life!!

    September 17, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tired of reading this crap

    Ya know I thought this would be something interesting to read untill I read it. That`s 3 minutes of my life I just lost on you moron`s! GROW UP!!!!

    September 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John Lennon

    Haha, that guy farted. Poor Yoko, still getting picked on after all these years. I loved her dearly. Sure she's uglier than a bowl of bread pudding, but you know what? She was MY bowl of bread pudding. Imagine all the people, watching crap TV!

    September 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sniper

    I'm new to forums. What do you get from this people?

    I'm done reading this garbage. But you're not. You all have fun making each other look dumb now!

    No you are!

    September 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hili

    #29 J/H is in Baltimore!

    September 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. WOW

    Wow. I'm shocked at the amount of imaturity that I just read. I am a huge fan of Greys Anatomy. Yesterdays event at JH is sad but it doesnt have anything to do with Greys Anatomy. In case you haven't noticed there are all kinds of terrible things happening in our country on a daily basis and they are not linked to every TV episode that has been aired. We are going to hell in a handbasket and until people grow up and change their ways the horrific events will continue. Open your eyes stop blaming the wrong things for the problems in this country.

    September 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wvlady63

    Networks air filthy, suggestive, violent black hate music videos and they are concerned about this Grey's Anatomy episode? Only in America.

    September 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fat guy

    i farted

    September 17, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fletch-a-sketch

    Great laughes all around. Regardless, its not like abc made the episode about that event. Purely coincidental. That guy probably got the idea from it anyway. To finish, i also like turtles that eat zombies, i rhyme in my free time, and greys anatomy is old news.

    September 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mankilla

    I think the show was awsome! Never watched Grey before until last nite and thought it was great very good story line a tear jercker know I'm a fan of the show can't wait till it comes on next week:)

    September 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Refund Please

    I want my 2 minutes back from reading this trash!

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    September 17, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Barrensportalpunk

    Barens chat =================> That way

    September 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. mic187x2

    That's nothing. I remember in 1993 the first time the WTC was attacked. 2 days later the cartoon TMNT aired an episode where Shredder tried to attack the WTC. I thought even though it was a cartoon. That was wrong and shocking.

    September 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ak

      yeah i know...just like armageddon, if you watch it, you see the twin towers on fire the same way they were on 9/11. scarrryyyy.. ABC really didn't have to show that episode..its really sad for the ppl who lost their loved ones..
      I really doubt that the shooter watched the last episode of greys anatomy and decided to go on a shooting rampage.

      September 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
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      September 17, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Bev

    Mel B.
    If I am correct, Johns Hopkins is in Baltimore, not Boston.

    September 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Uvula

    Who cares

    September 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  21. DTM

    2DF.......Nerd war goin on on CNN forum....Anyhoo alot of shows have similarities to real life arent they suppose to let the public know its REAL these types of things happen!!

    September 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truckasaurus Rex

      So true! I mean look at Transformers from the 1980s. It was only a few years afterwards that the real Truckasaurus Rex came to be.

      My Buddy = Michael Jackson
      Lara Croft = Angelina Jolie
      Barbie = Paris Hilton
      Mr Potatohead = Bush
      ...

      September 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • kitty

      You got the 3rd one backwards. Barbie is more of a real person than Paris will ever be.

      September 24, 2010 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  22. Chris

    I never realized the coincidence. I never watch this show, but I did catch the episodes they're referring to. Crazy.

    September 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Pete

    Law & Order "ripped from the headlines" pretty blatantly all the time.

    September 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  24. official greys anatomy critic- portal punk

    whats going on in this forum? these comments are strictly for greys anatomy enthusiast.. leave your random subjective comments at the door.. portal punk for president. god speed

    September 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • McSteamy

      there is a nerd war going on in here. Also, the show has really gotten bad. i didnt make it past the 5th episode last season. Wife was like, its greys @ 8 or watch paint dry. i went with paint. did not regret my choice.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gone the way of the dinos!

      Dad: Look kids! A real life Grey's Anatomy Fan!
      Jr: Dad, you lied. You said that those were extinct when you were a kid.
      Dad: I thought they were.
      Jr: So does this mean you lied about the dinosaurs too?!:

      September 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  25. AJ

    That why i quit watch tv long time ago. nothing good anymore.

    September 17, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • JA

      That or you watched so much of it that you rotted your brain out to the point where you forgot what button was the on button.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  26. bystander

    You guys are great. This made me smile. The comments, not the story.

    September 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tips are Appreciated

      Thank you. We will be here all weekend. be sure to tip your waiter on the way out. Now..GTFO!

      Snoochy Boochy!

      September 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  27. b badger

    Someone should alert CNN! there is a nerd war going on in their forums!

    September 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Damon

    I though about Grey's finale when I heard about this yesterday..

    September 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  29. PortalPunkyBrewster

    Grey's Anatomy is on tv?? They should do a story on that.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  30. bob

    The warning wasn't that the dour Asian woman doctor is hard to look at?

    September 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  31. portalpunk

    troll killar, sir mix a loin and lol have got to be jealous of me

    September 17, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • troll killah

      Do not bring me into this. im not here to encourage you trolls.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      haha, your in.

      sorry for the delay, I was busy.......doin your sista!

      September 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • troll killah

      how original. also nice job with the rhyming you had earlier. i dont think i need to point out how pathetic it is.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      @troll killah.... just for you.
      im a rhymin superfly and i dont know why, the rhythems come to me until they are one with me, my beat is steady and my posts are aways ready, the troll killah throws his jabs, but his comments suggest he should go to rehab, my days not done, my awesome posting will contine its run.

      September 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • troll killah

      cool story bro.

      September 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  32. portalpunkfanclub

    LEAVE PORTAL PUNK ALONE! HE IS UNIQUE AND SUPER FUNNY! HE TROLLS CNN ALL DAY SO HE MUST BE SUPER SMART! STOP IT!!1

    September 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  33. TotallyEPIC

    Hahahahaha! That was the funniest string of comments I have ever seen.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  34. portalpunk

    those are both fake cuz it wouldve been (and i really mean this) "thanx brah, u r teh beast!

    September 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  35. MOLEx

    I like turtles.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  36. portalpunk

    Thanks Bro! you are really cool.

    September 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      I know this is fake or it would be 'thanks bro! you ar realy cool"

      September 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Rastas

    I got the runs from eating at McDonalds on Monday but that didn't stop the networks from running their ads all week. OH, THE HUMANITY!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • jaszi

      Too funny and great point!

      September 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • not cool

      cuz the runs and a murder suicide are on the same level.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rastas

      No, because you dummies can't separate real life from television. Not to mention the damned show was taped last year. So, Mr. Not Cool, GET OVER IT!

      September 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  38. troll killah

    totally bone headed move on ABCs part. but i guess ratings are more important.

    September 17, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      why is that boneheaded, they filmed the episode last year and are just continuing with the story line. Theres's not a TV episode around that can't be linked to similiar real world senario. The timing here in unique, but just because the JH tragedy happened isnt cause for changing course. If that were the typical wussy reaction, then at the end of every season you would have a bunch of freak planning out an imitation crime to try and detail the next season.

      September 17, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • EPICPORTALPUNK

      Why is that boneheaded? They filmed the episode last year and are just continuing with the story line. There's not a TV episode around that can't be linked to similiar real world scenario. The timing here is unique, but just because the JH tragedy happened is not cause for changing course. If that were the typical wussy reaction, then at the end of every season you would have a bunch of freaks planning out an imitation crime to try and detail the next season. Fixed.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      thanks epic, the world is now a better place.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • EPICPORTALPUNK

      Thanks EPICPORTALPUNK! The world is now a better place.
      I am so glad i stole your name!

      September 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • EPICPORTALPUNK

      Fixed that one for you too!

      September 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      stealing names and correcting spelling, you need to do more to carry the name. funny comments, political statement, jokes about doing some ones mama, that's were the real creative action is. for example; my name is portalpunk and I am a hunk, life is good cause i don't live in the hood, i love watchin jersey shore and bangin on the (hmmm what rhymes with shore)

      September 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      yeah brah, im so cool, im so cool, im so cool.

      September 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wolfen

      But shouldn't the correction have included the last sentence to read "DERAIL the next season." So Epic FAIL.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mel B

      Why is it bone-headed? The episodes were scheduled to re-air before what happened in Boston.

      September 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dick Tater

      Johns Hopkins is in Baltimore.

      September 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • abbney

      Umm...Did you even read the article??? Here is what they said I copied and pasted it for you to read...

      "Though the network gave stations the option to show different episodes, an ABC spokesperson told the NYTimes, "Individual stations will determine what is best for their markets." "

      Your a Moron

      September 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      "Your a moron?" good one, that looks really intelligent. Maybe learn the difference between "your" and "you're" before you judge who's a moron...

      September 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  39. When Lions Attack

    What about Mufasa?
    Lets leave the animals out of it. :P

    September 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Dur-Da duuuuur

    Are you a retard or something?!
    What the hell are you rambling about?

    September 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |

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