How Euphoria Slyly References Eric Dane's Grey's Anatomy Past

How Euphoria Slyly References Eric Dane’s Grey’s Anatomy Past

The Euphoria Easter eggs just keep coming. After slipping in a reference to Game of Thrones last week, the show subtly nods to Eric Dane’s past role on Grey’s Anatomy, and it took us right back to the halls of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. The third episode of Euphoria‘s second season, which aired on Jan. 23, delves into Cal Jacobs’s complex backstory, including the tense relationship he has with his father, his involvement on the high school wrestling team, and, most pivotally, the romantic feelings he secretly harbors for his best friend. And what’s the name of that best friend — his true “person,” if you will? Derek, of course.

Just in case it’s been a minute since your last Grey’s Anatomy binge and the figurative lightbulb hasn’t illuminated yet, Dane’s character on the long-running series, Mark Sloan aka McSteamy, is best friends with Derek Shepherd. So yes, both of the actor’s on-screen pals share the same name. It’s unclear whether Euphoria‘s show runners made this decision on purpose, but we hardly think it’s a coincidence given the myriad of other names they could’ve selected — and fans of the series far and wide agree.

What’s next? An under-the-radar allusion to Zendaya’s Disney days? We wouldn’t put it past screenwriter Sam Levinson at this point, and we’re keeping our eyes peeled for more Easter eggs as season two progresses.