Grey's Anatomy: Season Finale Part 1 "Here's to the Future" Recap (Page 1/4)
Grey's Anatomy: Season Finale Part 1 "Here's to the Future" Recap (Page 1/4)

This is it, kids. The finale of Grey's Anatomy season 5.  This should be good. Box(ex) of Kleenex ready?  Let's go.

The first of the two-part finale opens, as usual, with aerial shots of Seattle.  Meredith's (Ellen Pompeo) doing the voiceover, and she's saying something about things not ending the way you planned them, in obvious reference to what happened with her non-wedding day. We see Mer and Derek (Patrick Shepherd) cuddling on the floor on the morning after. She remembers the one-night stand (Derek) that led to this moment. And to top it all off, Derek figured out a way to get Izzie's tumor. Everything's hanky-dory.

Izzie (Katherine Heigl) with a scarf is walking with Alex (Justin Chambers), because she doesn't want to spend their honeymoon in bed. She tells Alex she wants her to meet all her patient friends, as opposed to her doctor friends. She comes into the room and announces, "I'm a bride!" and shows off the wedding ring. She introduces him to the cancer patients, and one of them makes him twirl around so they can see the butt. She calls it, "quality bootie" and congratulates a beaming Izzie.

Owen (Kevin McKidd) tells Cristina (Sandra Oh) that he had a good session with his shrink, and she asks him about his mom, who apparently doesn't know that Hunt's back in the US. He asks George (TR Knight), who enters the picture, to follow him. They meet a patient, Charlie, who obviously has heard of Hunt. Callie (Sara Ramirez) says she doesn't find anything functionally wrong with the leg, other than the fact that he can't walk or run. Callie says there's nothing she can do. Charlie has a suggestion: cut it off and replace it with a prosthetic leg so he can get back to Iraq.

Callie is aghast at the suggestion, and Owen is trying to defend his request, mentioning that there's been cases in the army. Callie says if the leg is healthy, she is not cutting it.

Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) asks Bailey if she's busy, and she gets all defensive. All those dying kids must be getting through to her, somehow. Arizona wants her to scrub in, until the Chief (James Pickens Jr.) comes in and borrows Bailey. The Chief asks her some questions about Santa and opens the door to what appears to be some nice surgical equipment. Bailey is like a kid on Christmas day, all smiley and jumpy. She calls the Chief Santa.

Mark tells Lexie (Chyler Leigh) her plans of getting a condo together. The plan falls flat because she ignores him. Derek pipes in and tells Mark that it's too early.

Derek briefs everyone that he plans to surgically remove Izzie's hippocampus, which, as Dr. Swender points out, can damage her memory, etc. Derek, of course, gets all defensive and admits that it is possible that she'll lose her memory. Suddenly, Izzie imagines herself with hair, on her bikini, on the beach, with Denny (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). They talk about the number of kids she'll have with Alex, and Denny tells Izzie that he's her tumor so it's like talking to herself.

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