'Grey's Anatomy' First Look: Check out Bailey before she was 'The Nazi'

Richard and Ellis aren’t the only Seattle Grace docs getting the prequel treatment in the Feb. 18 episode of Grey’s Anatomy. The time-tripping hour will also flash back to the early 2000s when Bailey was an intern and she was being menaced by a supervisor from hell (Heroes‘ Missi Pyle).

“We’re going to see Bailey when she still called herself Mandy and had not yet learned to speak up,” explains series creator Shonda Rhimes, adding that the first time she laid eyes on Chandra Wilson “all Mandy’d up,” her heart broke. “I know that girl — hell, I was that girl. Mandy is Bailey’s inner geek, and Chandra plays the Mandy of it all brilliantly.”

What do you think of Bailey’s pre-‘Nazi’ look?

Image Credit: Ron Tom/ABC

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  • Niki_Netherlands

    I so can;t wait for this!!! I will love it so much!!

    • firemendate

      I love Izzy!

  • jenn

    Serves Bailey right. I hope Missy HUMILIATES her.

    • Mandy

      I tried to come up with a witty, succinct response to point out how hateful you are towards a character who has done absolutely nothing malicious in the whole run of the show and is a fabulous mentor and physician, probably because you can’t deal with any female character who isn’t a mealy-mouthed loser such as yourself, but I couldn’t, so I’ll leave it at: You suck.

      • Manju


    • Megan

      Are we watching the same show?

  • joe

    i LOVE bailey. and we’ve seen her inner geek lots of times, so this is the perfect piece to help flesh out her character. i am very excited. besides, chandra wilson is amazing.

    • queue55

      ITA!! Bailey is my favorite character and Chandra is amazing…can’t wait to see this!

  • Juniper

    Bailey is the best character on Grey’s.

    • Zach

      for sure!

      • GoMe!

        FOR “HERRRR” SURE!

        along with Christina Yang of course!

    • Matt

      Hmmm toss up between Christina and Bailey.

      • maiv

        Yes! I thought it was just me!

    • Itty

      And Chandra Wilson is the best actor on the show.

    • Daniel

      Totally agree. Truly the only reason I still watch. Well, except after all these seasons, I’m pot committed. >.<

  • Kenbud

    I don’t know …. i think it’s cheap they cast Chief and Ellis as younger but expect us to believe Chandra Wilson as younger …… just find that odd.

    • Alden

      Well, the Richard/Ellis flashbacks are to the 80’s, while this one’s only to the early 2000’s. 20-30 years vs. less than 10. I see it.

    • angie

      I always feel stilted with flashbacks when it seems like there was no attempt made to make even the most remote effort to get an actor who evens looks like the main character. This particularly drives me crazy in the flashback episode of Gilmore Girls (see Christpher). I know that the guy casted (although I do not know his name) is a very good actor plucked straight from the Whedon-verse, I just wish that I could look at it and go “Oh, Chief”.

      • Josh

        Actually J. August Richards is one of the worst Whedon actors there is. Gunn was always incredibly wooden so I don’t know how we’re gonna buy this guy as the chief especially next to the wonderful Sarah Paulson.

      • castiella

        I was actually thinking the opposite, Josh. (“Yes! August Richards! Oh, lord, NOT Sarah Paulson.”) But then, I remember JAR more from Conviction than Angel. Oh, well. To each his own.

  • Rob J.

    Bailey looks soooooooooooo much like Joanna in the Final Performance version of Rent!
    — Rob

    • castiella

      I think Joanna is Tracy Thoms in that recording, and you’re right, there is a resemblance from this angle! (Ms Thoms is at least six inches taller, though.)

      • Marnie

        It’s just Joanne…oh gosh, there’s my 10-year flashback coming on when I was just a wee rent-head baby dyke…love Bailey, she and Christina are clearly the best thing about the show…besides Callie and Arizona, of course ;)

      • Ashley

        I think it just may be the braids doing that. I do NOT envy Chandra having to sit in a chair to have all those done, just to take them out when the taping was over though.

  • Dominique

    Wow I can’t wait for this, looks awesome! BUt assuming the woman yelling at her on the pic is a younger Ellis Grey, I think Shonda made a mistake. If Bailey already Ellis because they had worked together, she would’ve known who Ellis was when she was admitted to the hospital in season 2, and not ask Cristina who she was.

    • Dominique

      Oh, never mind peeps, I just re-read the part about he flashing back to 2000, not 20 years ago, which of course wouldn’t have made any sense.
      Ah well, I guess that’s what happens when you get to excited about something lol.

    • Lina

      That’s not Ellis Grey. They just announced that they cast Sarah Paulson as the younger Ellis Grey. Brilliant casting, IMO.

  • Bob

    I’ve loved Missi Pyle ever since she (along with Enrico Colantoni) hit it out of the park in Galaxy Quest. A great, funny, beautiful actress.

    • Zach

      yes, and an odd/thought-provoking choice to play her boss!

    • Sandy

      I hate Missi Pyle’s face. Sorry! And I wouldn’t call her “Heroes’ Missi Pyle.” She was in two episodes at the most.

      • castiella

        In my mind, she will forever be associated with Josie and the Pussycats. (Rosario Dawson, too, even though she’s done a million awesome things since then.)

  • KR

    I’m so glad I gave up this show.

    • HEY

      Im so glad YOU gave it up too….

    • Daniel

      I’m so glad you are a forum troll.

  • MiaS

    Bailey/Chandra Wilson is the BEST thing on Grey’s!

  • angie

    Underneath that hair and those glasses, I see a patented Bailey stare. As she’s getting reamed out, she still looks like she’s thinking, “Are you finished yet?”

  • Kelly

    Her heartbroke? There’s nothing wrong with being a geek. Geek’s can be strong and sexy.

  • Buzz

    that’s cool( for me ) I recognized Missie Pyle just from the picture – she’s xcellent.

  • Jeff G

    I don’t know if Bailey is THE best; she is DEFINITELY AMONGST the best of an ensemble that is very good together and very good at what they do. Why anyone would think Bailey deserves to be dissed is beyond me.

  • maiv

    Yay! I first saw this in my mag when I picked up my mail earlier. I’m so psyched for this ep, esp since the show just started picking up

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