"She's really f**king busy," Sherman-Palladino told TVLine
. "The thing I have said [to her team] is, 'Look, if Melissa is available and has an afternoon free, I'll write her a scene.' Melissa was one of us. If she has a spare moment to run over -- even if for just a cameo -- we would be totally game. And if it's a last-minute thing, I would write her in and we would figure it out. That's the way we left it."