“Grey’s Anatomy” is certainly no stranger to emotional episodes, as we have seen just in the past year alone stories about amputation, plane crashes, marriages falling apart, and a lawsuit that could cause all of Seattle Grace to end up going under.
However, the difference between all of these stories and what is coming up for “Scrubs” alum Sarah Chalke, ironically appearing on a show that was once playfully mocked as a series version of what Zach Braff and company were doing, is that Chalke’s episode is based much more on her everyday life. She and her fiance Jamie Afifi went through an ordeal two years ago when their son Charlie was diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease, a rare ailment that is extremely hard to diagnose and you must be very quick to treat. (You can read more about it here.)
So for Chalke to come on this show as a single mother whose young child is suffering from a mysterious illness, this was something that was two-fold for her. While it was an opportunity to raise awareness of something that parents need to know can happen to their children, it was also like reliving the experience all over again. Speaking to TVLine, here is what she had to say about just what she was went through during this closed-set production earlier this year:
“Oh my God…. There were some tears. As an actor, you’re usually like, ‘Will I be able to cry when I’m supposed to cry?’ But this is more like, “Will I be able to stop crying when I have to stop crying?’
“It was definitely a bit scary to tackle … I didn’t know what that experience was going to be like, to hold a baby who was made up to look like Charlie did at that time. It was probably the most challenging thing I’ve done, but it ended up being a really good experience. The thing that means so much to me … is raising awareness about [KD], so that it doesn’t go untreated [for other families].”
This episode will air on March 28, just six days before the premiere of Chalke’s new comedy “How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life).”
If you want to read a little bit more about what is coming up on “Grey’s Anatomy” this coming season, you can do so by heading on over to the link here.