Normally we wake up on Thursday mornings excited for a new episode of Grey's Anatomy. Sadly, this week we'll be reminded that our favorite show is on summer hiatus. Sigh.
Last week I was traveling for work and was unable to watch the season finale live. To help ease you into the Grey's off season, today I'm sharing my recap of last week's episode. If you can't watch a new episode tonight at least you can talk about the last one, right?
The very first thing I noticed in the finale was that Cristina was narrating instead of Meredith. Seeing as it was her last episode, that makes sense.
The episode opens with an explosion at the local shopping mall. Owen is panicked because Cristina mentioned stopping there on her way into work and he hasn't heard from her. He demands that no one tell Meredith that Cristina is missing.
Amidst all the chaos in the ER, Katherine Avery appears, the released Dr. Murphy and then Cristina! She's safe and sound.
Once Meredith spots Cristina she starts to push her out the door and toward her flight to Zurich. Cristina has hesitations and says to Meredith, "You and I are not finished." Yup, teared up.
Meredith finally gets her moving and Cristina starts to say her goodbyes. When the Chief hugged her and said, "I'm proud of you," I got misty again.
How about Shane asking to go to Zurich? I didn't see that coming.
Just when we think Cristina in on route to the airport, she comes back in, pulls Meredith into the on call room and says, "We have to finish. We have to dance it out. That's how we finish." After their dance (which made me want to cry), Cristina says, "Don't be a hero. You are my person. I need you alive. You make me brave." Cue the waterworks!
Before leaving, Cristina's last piece of advice to Meredith was to remember that she is a great surgeon and not to let Derek overshadow her. I knew as soon as the words left her lips that Meredith was going to internalize them and lash out at Derek. And lash out she did.
Meredith basically tells Derek she doesn't care what the government is willing to offer her in DC, she is not leaving Seattle. I seriously cannot handle the idea of them breaking up, so I hope Meredith uses this summer to realize she can totally be bicoastal.
On the couple front, after treating one of the mall victims who was acting as a surrogate, Callie and Arizona have a silent exchange where they basically agree to use a surrogate to expand their family.
With Cristina gone, there is a seat open on the hospital's board. The Chief offers it to Bailey. Meanwhile, across town, Alex finds an envelope Cristina left him in which she gifts him her shares in the hospital and her board seat. Interesting twist!
This hour had not one, not two, but three cover songs. All season I have been complaining about the new musical direction of the show. Tonight we heard "Take on me" by Ah-ha, "Ruby blue" by Roisin Murphy and "99 red balloons" by Nena.
Now for the cliffhanger! In the final scene of the episode the Chief is talking to Cristina's replacement, Dr. Pierce, and we learn that she was adopted. She recently learned her birth mother is . . . drumroll please . . . Ellis Grey. Immediately you realize she is the Chief's daughter. I have to say, this really feels like a desperate plot twist. Meredith already had one surprise sister (Lexi) and it's not believable that Ellis could have ever been pregnant without the Chief knowing.
I don't know about you, but I am kind of ready for Grey's to wrap it up. I've been so loyal to the show that I will watch until the very end, but I think it's time for them to consider winding it down.
What did you think about the season finale?
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