Guest Review by Tagouga
I usually look forward to Grey’s Anatomy mid-season finales because there is always a cliffhanger which leaves us begging for more. However, I wasn’t really excited about this particular mid-season finale since I kind of figured that the cliffhanger would be related to April and Jackson’s unborn child. What I was not prepared for were those last four minutes defining Meredith and Derek’s relationship.
I have always been a MerDer fan but their relationship has been on the edge for a while now and the two got further and further away with every passing moment. All the time-outs in the world would not have salvaged this relationship, it was only a matter of time before the two were forced to face their problems instead of running away from them. Derek’s decision to reject the job with the President and stay for his family’s sake has taken a toll on their relationship. And while he felt that he was sacrificing for his family, Meredith lived in constant fear that he would go on resenting her all his life for this missed opportunity. Being pitted against one another while working on a medical case didn’t especially help them during this hour.
But the truly surprising moment was that final scene at the hospital’s door. The flashbacks and the parallels between Meredith and Ellis were brilliantly executed. The trip down memory lane showcased all the turning points in Meredith’s life and her relationship with Derek. From that scene in the pilot where they first met (It feels like ages ago but seriously how cute were they!), to the bomb scene, Meredith’s drowning scare, the shooting, the plane crash, to Cristina reminding her that she was the “sun”, it truly shows that this couple has been through a lot. But the truly defining moment was that scene with Ellis calling after Richard and the flash forward to Derek leaving. Meredith tried very hard to prove that she was not like her mother but she couldn’t be further from the truth.
Bits & Scalpels
– Can’t one baby have a normal birth on this show? It is quite sad to know that he will probably die soon after birth. Let’s hope Arizona will step in and be able to help.
– Amelia’s excitement upon reviewing Herman’s medical condition was very cute.
– Great scene with Alex telling Jo how Grey’s house is always open for anyone in need.
Meredith: I know how to read a brain scan, Derek. I learned from the best, remember?
Bailey: Just sit still and stare like a creep. That’ll get you nothing more than hardened arteries and a restraining order.
Meredith: God, can you keep something in your head for like two seconds?
Alex: If it was, uh, me, or…
Meredith: Someone who was really good, like Bailey?
Alex: Would you have made the same decision for your patient if it wasn’t him?
Meredith: Thank you.
Alex: Sure. And bite me.
Webber: Shepherd screwed me again.
Bailey: I don’t care for the way that sounds.
Aron Wright – Home
Marsha Ambrosius – Run
Ella Eyre – Deeper
While this hour had its uninteresting moments, those final few scenes made it worthy of a Grey’s Anatomy mid-season finale.