'Grey's Anatomy' Fan Columnist: Requiem for a Surgeon
'Grey's Anatomy' Fan Columnist: Requiem for a Surgeon
Janalen Samson
Janalen Samson
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Like Arizona, I may be in a state of shock. I'm supposed to give you my opinion of the season finale of Grey's Anatomy, but I'm not sure I've sorted it all out yet. On the one hand, "Flight" was an adrenaline-filled thrill ride: solidly acted and expertly paced. On the other hand, after one-too-many crazy things happening (more on that later) on the never-ending roller coaster that is Grey's Anatomy, I feel so worn out by not only the episode but the entire season that some of what happened didn't resonate the way it probably should have and I find myself grateful on some levels for the four month hiatus now upon us.

No! Not Lexie!

That right. Shonda killed Lexipedia. In a knife to the heart of Mexie fans everywhere, Little Grey was mortally wounded by injuries sustained in the plane crash, surviving just long enough for her and Mark to declare their love for each other. Harsh, Shonda. So harsh. The moment the light drained from Lexie's eyes my husband immediately turned to me and said, "This show is dead to me." I wonder how many other fans feel the same way. I was never a Mexie fan, but I liked Lexie and I like Mark and I feel badly for their shippers. Ugh. Devastation.

And Then There Were Five

Well, six if you count the pilot (Jerry? Gary? Something like that.) Meredith had a honking piece of metal sticking out of her leg and a nasty head wound, but (death of her sister notwithstanding) seemed ok otherwise. She went off in search of Derek who while alive (good!) seriously injured his hand in the crash (bad!). Arizona was shrieking like a banshee and then laughing hysterically, but one can hardly blame her. She's staring at her own leg bone and coughing up blood. Mark seemed to be in shock from Lexie's death but turned out to have some heart thing (insert medical term I can neither remember nor pronounce here) and after resisting the urge to walk into the Light (Lexie's waiting for him!) he's barely hanging on, at the urging of Arizona of all people.

The Missing Shoe

As ever Cristina Yang was a mass of contradictions.  Missing the aforementioned shoe, she went into Badass Surgeon Mode. She made Mark pop her dislocated shoulder back into place and then went about tending to the wounded as best she could (showing incredible compassion to the dying Lexie), given her own state of shock and, by her own admission, recurrence of PTSD. One of the best parts of the episode was her acknowledgement of the ridiculousness of it all. "Why does this keep happening?" Shonda Rhimes (who wrote this episode) wisely poked a little (ok, a lot) of fun at herself and her show by having Cristina reference a random sampling of the tragedies that have befallen these characters: bomb, shooter, getting run over by a bus, etc. Smart move.  It has to be noted that realism is sometimes in short supply on GA. Like when no one discovers for over a day that the plane is missing. I knew we were in trouble when poor Owen had his messages go directly to voice mail, but really? I dare say there's more than one contact number for one of the country's major hospitals.  But I digress.

Twisted Sisters

I get (ad nauseum) that Meredith and Cristina are, have been, and always will be the Central Relationship of Grey's Anatomy, but that relationship is not always healthy. Last week it was pointed out that both Meredith and Cristina should be making decisions with their husbands not just with each other. Cristina even called Meredith out saying that Owen was her person, not Meredith (and implied that Derek should likewise be Meredith's person). I've said it before and I'll say it again. Best friends play an important role in our lives. But so do husbands. One really shouldn't have to choose per se (apples and oranges) but if it comes to that, husbands win. Sorry. So, OK, Meredith was frantic searching for Derek and seemed distraught over Lexie's death, but in the end it was still Mer and Cristina huddled together by the dwindling fire, sharing the only piece of gum.  Meredith even seemed caught up in the whole Person thing in the middle of the tragedy.  Really? I get it. They're Best Friends. But they can have husbands, too. Speaking of which, I found it interesting that Cristina pivoted in no time at all from wanting to get out of Seattle Grace Mercy Death ASAP to wanting to go home. Because home isn't just Seattle or SGMW...home is Owen, who will (as foreshadowed by both Cristina and Teddy...urp!) both find and fight for Cristina in season nine. Wait. Just waaiit.

Ignorance is Bliss

Meanwhile, back at the hospital, the rest of the doctors were completely unaware of the tragedy unfolding in the woods. Richard was preparing a special dinner for his residents (apparently a grand tradition) and Callie took those residents to task, telling them to savor the moment and forget their petty problems (no kidding!). Miranda and Ben got engaged, despite his surgical internship in California. Teddy and Owen finally mended fences, only to have Owen fire Teddy to force her into taking the job she needed to take for her own good. Will she actually go? And why did it take three seasons for her to acknowledge that Cristina is the love of Owen's life and that he had to fight for her?  Ah, well, beggars can't be choosers.  

See you in September

So there you have it.  Will Mark and Arizona survive? Will Derek's hand be salvaged? Will Owen rescue his team like the Badass Army Trauma God we know him to be? Will Cristina and Owen be epically reunited in the season premiere?  Will the residents still leave Seattle? Will Bailey and Ben make long-distance marriage work? And is Teddy truly gone forever? Only time will tell.

Grey's Anatomy will return this fall on ABC.

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