Exclusive: Greek Set To Air Groundbreaking Morning-After Pill Episode

Greek has never shied away from important social issues impacting today’s youth, and an upcoming episode of the ABC Family hit is no exception.

In just a few short weeks, one of the show’s leading ladies finds herself in an extremely unsettling situation that ultimately leads her to make a critical decision…

The sixth episode of Greek‘s current (and final) season, penned by former 10 Things I Hate About You boss Carter Covington, will tackle the tricky topic of emergency contraception after a major female character enjoys a little too much “Homecoming spirit,” and ends up taking the morning-after pill.

The whole situation will be a huge eye-opener for the co-ed in question as well as her male partner, both of whom are characters longtime viewers of the series are by and large invested in — whether you like ‘em or not. Ultimately, the potential pregnancy scare leads them to a make-or-break moment that will in fact make-or-break the twosome by the episode’s end.

Greek creator Sean Smith says the decision to broach such controversial subject matter was not entered into lightly.

“I read a lot about it and wanted to make sure that we were accurate and respectful to the circumstances,” Smith exclusively tells TVLine. “I also worked closely with the network, and they have a very strong relationship with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy, so we all felt comfortable moving forward.

“While this is one of our weightier issues for the show” Smith adds, “it’s still the Greek version of it, which I’m really proud of. “

Don’t miss this special episode of Greek airing Monday, February 7, at 9/8c on ABC Family.

What do you think about Greek‘s choice to address such a serious issue? Hit the comments below and fill us in.



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Comments (45)

  • I will NEVER watch this show again, I hate it SCREW YOU!

    Comment by Terry – January 14, 2011 08:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow did you not get enough hugs as a child?

      Comment by Jones19 – January 14, 2011 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So you’re ok with the casual sex present in the past 3 seasons but not with acknowledging the use of the morning after pill?!

      I’m looking forward to seeing Greek’s angle on this one. Love the show.

      Comment by Qualis – January 14, 2011 11:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m guessing it will be Rebecca who gets pregnant by Evan. I hope she goes through with taking the pill.

    Comment by Jones19 – January 14, 2011 08:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The morning after pill does nothing if you get pregnant. NOTHING

      It prevents pregnancy when taken right after sex. So someone will have drunk unprotected sex and then do the right thing and get Plan B. It shouldn’t be a big deal but it should be addressed in any show that glamorizes casual sex.

      Comment by Sara – January 14, 2011 06:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rebecca & Evan? Ooooh, can’t wait to see. So sad that this is the end of Greek. I love this show.

    Comment by JenH – January 14, 2011 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • evan and rebecca? somehow i don’t think it would be casey and cappie … can’t wait to see the episode!

    Comment by Mel – January 14, 2011 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow! I guess Greek is going out with a bang after all! I’m really happy to see they are still delivering good scripts in the final season of the show. So sad to see it end, but at least the quality is still there. Will definitely watch!

    Comment by Moonwalker – January 14, 2011 09:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jones19, the morning after pill doesn’t work if you’re already pregnant. It prevents you from getting pregnant.

    Comment by Kathryn – January 14, 2011 09:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why shy away from real issues?
    Go ahead and address it – it’s what people in America deal with everyday.
    I am sure there is another channel showing Law And Order somewhere at noon with the same darn thing happening and that has never been harped upon.

    Comment by Bob – January 14, 2011 09:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well at least some shows are being realistic. Unlike Secret Life, which chickened out on Adrian’s abortion. Shows need to stop worrying about offending all the right-wing extremists and show adolescence the way it really is… Guess what!? All sorts of teenagers are having sex and all the problems that go along with that!!

    Comment by Sarah – January 14, 2011 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Don’t we already have spoilers that indicate it’s Casey who gets the morning after pill?

      http://www.spoilertv.com/2011/01/greek-episodes-401-407-synopses.html

      Yeah, it’s Episode 6 (fumble) and it’s right in the leaked synopsis.

      Comment by Mark – January 14, 2011 09:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yep, SpoilerTV already posted this

        Comment by Martha – January 14, 2011 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes, and Dan Fienberg also had news of this in his interview with creator Sean Smith, which posted Jan. 4.

        http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-fien-print/posts/hitfix-interview-greek-creator-sean-smith-talks-season-4

        Of course, “exclusive” has pretty loose meaning around here.

        Comment by Ben Phelps – January 14, 2011 02:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Yeah, funny how loose “exclusive” is when Ausiello is involved. Then again, integrity isn’t one of his strong suits. Between this and allowing the “Big Love” producers to flat-out lie about Chloe Sevigny’s blunt interview with The AV Club, I just don’t see why publications would actually want him to write for them, much less head up a whole website.

          Comment by JimC – January 14, 2011 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Realistic????

      I live in Memphis, TN and we have one high school with 90 (and counting) teens pregnant. Yeah, I guess it is realistic, but that doesn’t make it right. We’ve tried it your way – and this right wing “extremist” thinks its time to go back to teaching abstinance. Obviously providing condoms in school and having planned parenthood easily accesible is NOT the answer. Shows like this have an opportunity to show kids – choosing NOT to have sex. If they were to show their characters making a careful and calculated decision to wait then maybe the teens that are watching the shows might follow suit. Promiscuity and Underage sex should not be glorified on tv.

      Comment by Trista – January 14, 2011 01:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes, because telling kids not to do something ALWAYS works. Seriously? Kids will make poor decisions whether or not we tell them not to. The best strategy is to try and tell them the safest way to make those poor decisions.

        Comment by Nate Levy – January 14, 2011 02:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m pretty sure it’s Cappie and Casey cos they sleep together at the end of Episode 5, and Casey is drunk so they’re probably not paying a whole lot of attention.

    Comment by S – January 14, 2011 09:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think it’s great. It’s a real issue that many women face and it should be on TV.

    Comment by MarxieVonTrapp – January 14, 2011 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s probably Calvin and Grant.

    Comment by Rich – January 14, 2011 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The “Greek” take on it should be interesting. I’m thinking Evan and Rebecca, too

    Comment by Ben Phelps – January 14, 2011 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just hope that the show runners and the viewers both understand the difference between the “morning after pill” and the “abortion pill.” The morning after pill PREVENTS a pregancy, it does not END a pregnancy. It is a high does of the birth control pill and is available over the counter at some pharmacies. As such, the morninng after pill should be not considered controvesial.

    Comment by Kris – January 14, 2011 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • How right you are, Kris, but sadly it is controversial, at least in part because there is so much misinformation. I will be thrilled if Greek gets the facts out there for people to understand.

      Comment by Michelle – January 14, 2011 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really like the show and will be sad to see it go. The morning after pill is a reality. Get with it people.

    Comment by Jen – January 14, 2011 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • @Kris, yeah I’m trying to figure out what’s so controversial myself. Like you said, the morning after pill is not an abortion pill. If you’re already pregnant, it won’t end that pregnancy.

    It’s just essentially a concentrated birth control pill, that only PREVENTS pregnancy. Again, like you said, it DOESN’T END a pregnancy, which is why you can get it over the counter.

    Comment by marcelle – January 14, 2011 10:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Greek is the best show on tv, This episode is gonna be freaken awesome, Im so sad it’s ending but I will enjoy this last season (which is really half a season..) Very very much.

    Comment by GreekFan – January 14, 2011 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • happy they are doing this episode it sounds real good and this season is getting even better. For a side of comic relief it shows “Don’t be a Fool wrap your Tool”

    Comment by bob – January 14, 2011 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wonder if it’s spitter and his gf bc it seems like they are broken up in a few more episodes.

    Comment by JB – January 14, 2011 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Plan B is not an abortion pill so I’m not getting the controversy. I don’t get the chick who will never watch because it adresses the consequences of sex but its perfectly ok for the characters to have sex?

    Comment by Sweet – January 14, 2011 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s best not to attempt to figure out what this twisted girl’s thinking is. LOL

      Comment by Sue – January 14, 2011 01:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so sick of this crap. I live in Memphis, Tn and we have one high school that has at least 90 young girls pregnant. Shows like this, Skins, Secret Life, and Teen moms are glorifying underage sex and promiscuity. Characters regularly trade off partners and move from one bad choice to another. We have a responsiblity to give kids alternative choices – to try and show how absitnance is a realistic and safe way to live your life, at least while you are young. Why would it be wrong to – just once – let a character decide to wait until they are old enought to handle the consequences of sex?

    Comment by Trista – January 14, 2011 01:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • it was already said its casey who gets the morning after pill

    Comment by Abby – January 14, 2011 02:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • oops sorry about that forgot it was from spoilertv and not tv line

      Comment by Abby – January 14, 2011 02:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They kind of gave it away by saying its a couple viewers have long been invested in. Theres only one couple thats really been there from the beginning and thats Cappie and Casey. Im excited and nervous to see how this plays out for them. Hopefully its more “make” than “break”.

    Comment by Truth – January 14, 2011 09:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d really like the author of this article to take down “controversial” because Plan B is OTC and is just a concentrated form of birth control pills and is used if your method fails or you forgot to use protection. What research did he need to do that he couldn’t do from a TV commercial that advertises Plan B? Seriously, by talking about it in this context it just makes it more difficult for women to access or feel comfortable accessing when it’s not the abortion pill-all it does is prevent a possible pregnancy not terminate one. I’m really disappointed here. Greek has always been great television with writers that seem really in tune with their audience and the characters that are relateable and believable so I don’t know why they’d talk about a common occurrence-particularly in college-as if it’s out of the ordinary.

    Comment by Terri – January 17, 2011 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. It’s no more controversial than taking a birth contol pill. Why the stigma?

      Comment by Lana D. – January 18, 2011 07:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is hardly “groundbreaking.” One of the main female protagonists on Friday Night Lights got a full-on abortion last season.

    Comment by Hector – January 20, 2011 07:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • America: abstinence culture ==> the teen pregnancy rate of 70 per thousand
    Europe/Canada: common sense culture, meaning condoms, abortions and certainly not morning after pills are NOT an issue) ==> the teen pregnancy rate of 7 per thousand.

    Do the math.

    The really, really SAD thing about all of this, is that in FRIKKING TWO thousand ELEVEN A.D. (2011) this is considered groundbreaking … in mainstream TV land!!! This is freaking AMAZING!!!

    Has there ever been a mainstream American TV show where abortion was NOT considered “murder”? No. But … Abortion has been LEGAL (aka NOT murder, NOT even a crime, NOT even a misdemeanor) in this country for TWENTY-EIGHT years, so ….

    2011!!! In 60′s scifi, 2011 was the year of babies in the freezer and raising them when you were 35 plus.

    I continue to be amazed about reality. On Degrassi Junior High, Cassie Steele had an abortion, because she was FOURTEEN! Hardly rocket science, but NBC refused to air that episode. I’m really sorry, but what middle class white suburban family is gonna let their 14 year old daughter, destined for college become a mother and a social pariah? oh yeah, the religious hypocritical ones.

    Comment by Jack Myswag – July 3, 2011 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dude, what you describe as responsible behavior is the life of the average blue state teenager. Red states have more divorce, wife abuse, teen pregnancy etc.

    Blaming that on TV is like blaming Columbine on Marilyn Manson …

    It’s the anti-sex culture that’s messed up, not the TV shows.

    A teens promise not to have sex breaks MUCH MORE than a condom (3%).

    Comment by Jack Myswag – July 3, 2011 03:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • it’s extreme sticking your head in the sand. That’s why people like that keep voting for David Vitter, Ensign, Sanford, McCain, Gingrich, Guiliani, ALL Repube politicians who CHEATED on their wifes, while preaching Family Values …. and support Mark Foley, George Reker, Larry “wide stance in mens room” Craig, all Repubes who are homophobic gays.
    Some of these wifes were sick with cancer and stuff.

    At least Democrats aren’t hypocrites on this. They go around telling people: “It’s EVIL to cheat on your wife” and then, CHEAT ON THEIR WIFE WITH WHORES!!! Like David Vitter.

    The problem is not the politicians of course, but the folks who vote em into office.

    Comment by Jack Myswag – July 3, 2011 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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