Well, here we are. The finale of Grey’s Anatomy. It has been a rollercoaster of a season. At times I hated Grey’s Anatomy, and then at the end, just as I was ready to break up for good, like the sneaky whore she is, Grey’s roped me right back in. If you had told me 3 months ago, that I’d be a little sad when Grey’s ended for the season, I would have never believed you. But I was a little sad when this season ended. Before we jump into this recap, let’s take a little trip down memory lane to remember how we got here, and just how many times Grey’s annoyed us this season. Starting with this unfulfilled story line…
Remember when I was supposed to have a back story which explained why I was at Seattle Grace, and I was bi-sexual but that never panned out?
Remember when the ceiling fell into everyone’s insides?
Remember when there were interns other than Lexie?
Remember when the Major did something other than cry and strangle people?
Remember when the lesbian story line involved an older blond chick who they replaced with a newer fresher model?
Remember when this guy thought that this was a better alternative than being treated by the morons at Seattle Grace?
Remember when George spent an entire episode getting jerked around, which ended up symbolizing his entire season on this show?
Remember when this guy was on the show for like 3 weeks and just wouldn’t die. And then when he did Meredith went to watch it, like a total freak?
Remember when we were introduced to Sandra O’s O-face?
Remember HATING ever story line of Izzie’s?
Remember when they made Ellen Pompeo the most unattractive bride ever.
Remember when Derek was supposed to look disgusting and he was still completely bangable?
Now that we’re all caught up, let’s begin.
The episode begins, as so many before have, with Mer and Der in bed chatting. Der who is all smiles and shirtless glory tells Meredith he’s been up all night figuring out how to get the tumor out of Izzie’s brain, and he figured it out. Once he’s taken that out, the two of them are heading to the Bahamas for a beachside wedding. I hope they do a beach episode like they did for Saved by the Bell and 90210 when they all went to Hawaii. That would be awesome for everyone except the Major. He’d look like a tomato after about 4 minutes in the sun.
At the hospital Izzie and Karev walk around and discuss what is officially the worst honeymoon ever, and he promises her that this isn’t their honeymoon. She takes him to meet her patient friends announcing to them that she is officially a bride when she walks in and shares her glorious plastic white wedding ring. I get wearing a smaller ring since it was a shot gun wedding, but surely the dollar store has a better selection than this monstrosity. The ring looks like a bedazzled bald head….hmm, awkward. Izzie giggles excitedly as she introduces Alex to everyone as her husband, and he seems increasingly more uncomfortable throughout the whole conversation.
My ring reminds me of something but I just can’t put my finger on it.
The Major approaches Yang with the most uncomfortable intro ever by telling her that he had a great session with his therapist today. How do you respond to that? “Great! So you are feeling a little less crazy today and maybe you won’t try to kill me in the night, super!” Yang opts to go an even more awkward route by asking him if they talked about his mother, or if he has visited her yet. That’s like somebody telling you, “hey I’ve been sober for 2 weeks!” And you respond by saying, “that’s fantastic, have you lost any weight yet?” Yang leaves after he doesn’t respond. The Major’s pouty stare is interrupted by George who the Major is working with today.
They enter a hospital room where we meet Lt. Charlie. Torres is reviewing his ex-rays and tells him that despite the massive pain he is in, there is nothing medically wrong with his legs. There may me nerve damage or a chronic pain disorder, but she can’t operate on him because he is fine. He interrupts by saying that she can amputate it and give him a prosthetic leg so he can get back to the war where he is needed. Charlie then shows them the mountain he built from a mole hill.
The three doctors fight it out in the hall as the Major doesn’t understand why Torres is completely against cutting off a perfectly viable limb. Ten bucks says that if this was a girl who had constant pain who wanted a prosthetic limb the Major would fight against it every step of the way, but since it is someone from the military he’s all for it. Hypocrisy in fictional people makes me crazy.
Arizona finds Bailey and tells her that she has a child patient who is going to live and wants Bailey to join her for the surgery. Mainly she wants to prove that being a pediatric surgeon isn’t just laying with dying kids all day. The Chief walks by and asks Bailey to join him for a few minutes. He takes her down to see the newest equipment he got called the DaVinci system and asks her if she wants to take it for a spin. Bailey acts like a kid in a toy store who just learned she could have whatever she wants.
Sloan finds Lexie and tells her that since Mer and Der are getting married, they might not want two shackers living in their attic anymore so he’s thinking about getting a condo. How does Sloan not have his own place? He’s been living in a hotel for like….2 years? Who is he Dylan McKay? Weird crossover though, as in real life Sloan is married to Dylan’s 90210 wife. Anyways, it seems very strange to me that Sloan still doesn’t have his own place, but yes I do agree that it is time for you to get out of the fraternity house attic.
He tries to subtly ask Lexie to move in with him, but she completely doesn’t catch his drift and walks off. Derek, who heard the whole thing, judgmentally tells Sloan that it’s way too soon for them, and that Sloan should stop trying to copy everything Derek does. What just because he screwed and fell in love with Addison, then moved to Seattle, then hooked up with a Grey….hmm. Well at least he didn’t move into a trailer.
Derek meets with Lexie, Alex, Yang and Cancer bitch to tell him the procedure he came up with to remove Izzie’s tumor. Cancer bitch is against the idea as she thinks it could destroy Izzie’s memory forever. She thinks they should just shrink it with normal treatment. The problem with that is, that the tumor could kill her before that may or may not work. How ironic though would it be, that after this horrible season Izzie’s character loses her memory, when all of us are stuck forever with the awful memory that was this season and the Denny-ness of it. Just as I’m thinking this, the final remaining position that Grey’s had still on the shark, jumped.
Izzie begins to doze off while the doctors argue about her treatment. All of a sudden, we are treated to Izzie with a head full of hair sitting on the most ridiculous CGS beach I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen high school plays with better sets than this. The camera pans out to show her talking to Denny. Oh good, I was worried that this scene wouldn’t be able to get lamer. They discuss the kids she hopes to have with Alex one day and Denny agrees with her thoughts. She finally asks him why he keeps agreeing with her, and he reminds her that it is because he is her. He is her tumor. And he is the bane of my existence. How these actors even get through this scene without yelling, “C’MON!” at the directors is beyond me.
The abysmal economy hit some shows harder than others.
After the ridiculous dream sequence Izzie asks Karev, Yang and Grey to decide what she should do because she doesn’t want to make the decision. They all refuse to decide whether to die or lose her memory. I have a lot I’d like to forget about my past, and if it’s between that and dying….seems like kind of an easy decision. Haven’t you seen 50 first dates?
Speaking of freakishly easy decisions, the Lt. is talking to the Major and George about either keeping his leg and not going back to the war, or having his leg amputated and going back to war. What to do…..what to do?? The Lt. is adamant on going back to the war though because that is where his family is. He doesn’t belong in the civilian world anymore, he belongs with his brothers in Iraq. Somewhere from a ranch in Texas someone just shouted “I KNEW IT!!”
Cancer bitch is working hard to convince Yang that treatment is the best method for Izzie. She shows her another patient who had similar problems, yet after a few months of treatment, she is better and the cancer is gone. Yang looks like she might be ready to put her 2 cents in on what Izzie should do. Yang brings Grey into the discussion to convince her and Grey reinforces that Izzie might not have enough time to wait out surgery. She could die at any moment.
Grey and Derek set Izzie up to test out what might happen if she goes through with Shepherd’s surgery. They set Izzie up with a bunch of things to her head and now she really matches her new wedding ring. Grey shows her a series of three cards, and in the beginning Izzie is being kind of a smart ass about the whole thing. Once she has seen the cards, the put her brain to sleep. Something that I do in almost every meeting I sit in, so I’m not sure why this is such an ordeal.
Once the right side of her brain is completely asleep Meredith shows her the cards again. She can’t say what the cards are and begins to panic. Meredith asks if Izzie knows who she is, and Izzie can’t even speak. She tries a few times but is unable to say anything. After the surgery, Cancer Bitch and Derek meet with Izzie and Yang. Based on the results Cancer bitch strongly advises against it, but Derek reminds Izzie that the situation was worst case scenario and that she could die without it. Karev, unable to give Izzie advice on if she should have it or not, asks to talk to Derek in the hall. When they leave, Grey closes the door and tells Izzie emphatically that she cannot have the surgery.
In the hall Karev asks Derek for honest man-time. He wants Derek to talk to him as a friend not a doctor, and wants to know what he should do. He asks Derek to think about if it were Meredith and they could spend a few months together and then she would die, or she could live for years but never actually be Meredith again, what would Derek do. After a few minutes, Derek says that he would ask Meredith to go through the surgery.
Grey tells Izzie about the patient’s results that Yang showed her. The patient turns out to be one of Izzie’s new cancer friends. Grey tells her that Izzie couldn’t speak and didn’t know anything or anybody during the procedure, and Izzie has no memory of any of it. Izzie then follows up with the patient, Allison, to get her thoughts on it. Allison reaffirms not getting the surgery and advises Izzie not either. Izzie argues that she is constantly hallucinating and talking to dead people. She tells Allison that she is currently seeing birds fly over her head, which she is fairly certain aren’t there. Why can’t we see that? I’d much rather see fake birds than Denny. And with the bad ass technology we saw earlier on the Grey’s Anatomy beach, fake birds are bound to be highly entertaining.
In other storylines, the Army Lt. is still trying to get Torres and the Major to cut off his perfectly good leg, even though there is no guarantee that this will rid him of his pain, it will be months before he can get a prosthetic leg, and that leg will cause him pain. The Major is obviously backing his military brother and Torres is disgusted by even discussing it. You can’t blame her, her job is to save limbs and cutting off a perfectly valid one is against everything she stands for.
The Chief and Bailey, who have spent a glorious morning playing with the DaVinci and performing seamless and scarless surgeries, find Arizona. The Chief offers another surgery for Bailey after lunch with the new toy, and Bailey asks Arizona if she minds Bailey missing another kid surgery. Arizona doesn’t, so Bailey skips off excitedly.
Arizona tentatively approaches the Chief and warns that she is about to cry, because that is what she does when she is angry with people of authority. She cries and tells him it is wrong to try and lure Bailey back to general surgery with a robot because Arizona doesn’t have fancy robots. All she’s got are dying kids. She continues to complain to him while weeping. She tells the Chief that she will fight him for Bailey and she will win. To which the Chief laughs and walks away. I still don’t get this whole storyline. Why would the Chief not want one of his best surgeons to perform on children? Doesn’t he know that children are the future? Treat them well and let the lead the way!
Way to push the women in the workplace movement back 18 years. Don’t worry boys, it’s probably just her time of the month.
Just in case the women’s movement wasn’t far enough back, Karev learns that Izzie has decided not to have the surgery. Upon learning this, Yang and Cancer bitch leave him and Izzie to “discuss.” He closes the door and demands her as his wife to have the surgery. He goes on to tell her, that since she is incapable of making the right decision, that he as the man will make the decision. Now that she is his wife, his makes the calls. Don’t worry Izzie, at least there is a very good chance you will have no memory of the chauvinistic asshole you married.
And, just in case the male/female relationships weren’t verbally abusive enough, Derek finds out that Izzie is refusing the surgery and puts the smack down, telling Meredith to stop making things personal and tell her patient she has to have the surgery. Who’s making things personal EGO? Just because you think you are the greatest surgeon who ever lives and can’t F up, maybe not everyone wants one of your experimental surgeries to go awry when your fist first into their brain. Meredith reminds him that she saw her mother lose every part of her mind, and she doesn’t want that to happen to Izzie.
The Major pulls Yang into a storage closet, the location of all major conversations. The same way the on call room is the location of all major bangs. He tells Yang that he has figured out why he hasn’t told his mom he is home, and why he can’t sleep at night, and why he is an all around mess. His work in Iraq wasn’t finished. He has to go back. The Major has the exit strategy all backwards, but I think it is just because ABC is trying to see how many shows they can get the phrase “We have to go back” said multiple times. He asks for Yang’s support and offers her a yellow ribbon to which she firmly refuses and walks out.
After this discussion Lt. Charlie apologizes to Torres and George for asking them to cut off his perfectly healthy leg. He asks them if they couldn’t do their jobs anymore, wouldn’t they do whatever they could to do it? The music slows down and the pan to George while Charlie is talking, but I’m not really sure why? It’s not like something has happened to George and he can no longer be a doctor. He just had a super crappy day where all his patients died. But I guess Charlie and his leg are what ends up convincing George to join the military.
The should she or shouldn’t she have surgery debate rages on as Izzie talks to her new chemo friend about it. She is distressed because it hasn’t even been 24 hours yet, and her husband already demanded obedience from her. But she doesn’t want to hurt him by not having the surgery. Her friend says, that once the treatment works, he’ll forget all about how he was mad at her for having the surgery. Or Izzie will be dead, and she never has to worry about him being hurt. Mer and Yang continue the same debate of what to tell Izzie. While they are discussing their pagers go off and Izzie’s chemo buddy has flatlined.
Apparently whatever the Lt. said worked because the next thing we know Torres, George and the Major have him in surgery about to cut off his leg. Torres is still reluctant but the Major says that they don’t know how many lives he’ll be able to save. Umm…yeah if he can go back to war. I was saw a report about a guy who had the slightest problem seeing and he couldn’t go to war! He had to beg the nurse to fake his charts. Ok, it was Pearl Harbor, not an actual report, but really now they are letting people who have had their legs amputated? But Torres begins the procedure, saw in hand to cut off his leg.
Bailey gets a robot to operate with and Torres has something bought on sale at Home Depot? I call bull shit.
In Allison, Izzie’s chemo friend’s, surgery Yang begins to change her mind about treatment versus surgery. Cancer bitch does not take this lightly. She reminds Yang that there is no cure for cancer, and that Allison had three months to live with she first arrived and now she has been alive for two years. Basically, there is no right answer to this debate.
Sloan and Lexie have a highly awkward conversation where Sloan asks Lexie to move in with him. And she says she’d love too, in 10 years. Um, huh? One minute you withholding sex because he wouldn’t tell people you guys were dating, now you don’t want to move in together for 10 years? And where are you going to live? Are you going to stay in the attic forever?
Because nothing good can come of that
Yang and Cancer bitch update Allison’s family on the failed surgery. She can’t breathe on her own, and after this surgery she never will be. Izzie is standing within 10 feet of them and hears the whole thing. I know Izzie’s a Doctor, but shouldn’t there be some type of patient indiscretion? After Izzie hears how unsuccessful the surgery was she goes to her happy place, which incidentally is my annoying place, the make believe, horribly CGS designed beach with Denny. They don’t talk, Izzie just sits and thinks and I realize that Katherine Heigl has a giant rack. How did I always miss this? Girls with flat stomachs and enormous perfect boobs make me think that God hates me, but that is another rant for another blog.
Her moment of beachside solace is interrupted by the rarely heard sound of George’s voice. He asks why he paged her and she repeats the debate of the episode. Should she or shouldn’t she have the surgery. George tells her that she knows the answer to that, and that she always knew the answer. She just keeps forgetting because of her trips to the beach with Denny. A few moments later she finds Derek and tells him that she will have the surgery. But she refuses to sign a DNR, because if something goes wrong, she doesn’t want to live like a vegetable. Right, because her best and only friends in the world who have trained their whole lives to save lives will be able to stand by idly while you die in front of them.
On the way into surgery, Alex still vying for husband of the year, yells at Izzie to rip up the DNR. He asks her if she wants to destroy his career, because her having a terminal brain tumor is really all about him. She explains to him why she has to have it, and how she would rather find peace in death then spend a miserable non-life in a hospital bed. She finally convinces Alex and they tearfully kiss. When they wheel her away, Meredith tells Derek she wants to go to city hall the next day, because she doesn’t want to spend another day not being married to him. Yes, you say that now, but there will be a few days when you are married when you’ll eat those words. As a side note, this is when I started to cry for the first time this finale….and there is still an hour left.
Our doctors begin to come to grip with the reality of their lives.
Yang realizes that sometimes no matter how much science there is, you just can’t save people and she tells the Major she can’t support his decision to return to the war because she doesn’t want him to die.
Torres admits that she cut off a completely healthy leg.
Cancer bitch lost her miracle patient, the one miracle she thought she had. They all wonder aloud why they do this job. Bailey, who has wrestled this before has the answer and tells them to follow her.
Because sometimes, you don’t lose. Take that Chief!
Part one of the finale ends in the worst kept switcharoo secret ever. We see the Army recruitment office and we see the Major’s home. The Major asks Yang to come to the door with him, while in the recruiting office we learn that there is a Doctor waiting to enlist. There is a knock at the door and the recruiting officer says come in. A door opens and it’s Owen! But he’s not at the recruiting office to re-join the Army. He’s at his mom’s house! She opens to see him and is overjoyed. The recruitment officer welcomes the doctor to the army, and we learn that is it George. I would have never seen it coming that George was joining the military. I haven’t been this shocked since it was revealed that Izzie had terminal cancer causing ghost hallucinations.
The Major and his mom hug sweetly while Yang hangs out on the porch awkwardly.
Owen, you’re back! And you brought yourself an Asian.
Part two of the finale begins with all the residents passed out in Izzie’s room. But not in the hot way they might have in season 1, in the sad, waiting for her to wake up way. Bailey comes in and wakes them up, sans Izzie, and they all begin to leave and report for their respective duties. Another lucky day for the patients at Seattle Grace, having zombies, who have had little to no sleep treating them. When Yang leaves she sees George and the Major in a very uncharacteristic man-brace. The Major seems very excited and I’m guessing that George just told him that he loved his performance in Made of Honor.
Bailey finds the Chief in his office and tells her that Izzie isn’t awake yet. She apologizes for her funk, but that is just her mood for the day. On that note, the always spunky Arizona enters with big news. Bailey has been accepted into the pediatric fellowship, hurray! Her non-response annoys the Chief who assures her that despite his lack of enthusiasm and support throughout his entire process, he is now behind her. So, uh…act happy. Instead she just walks out. Can you imagine if you could do that every time your boss irritated the shit out of you?
In Izzie’s room, Alex is sitting there willing Izzie to wake up. And after a few moments, she does. Alex yells for Shepherd because you know how it upsets the Ego when he can’t pat himself on the back in a timely manner.
Yang asks the Major about the man hug, and the Major tells her excitedly that he slept finally. Admittedly he does look better. But he thinks he slept because Yang went with him to see his mom and now he is a new man. Poor Grey’s Anatomy therapist, she seriously never gets any credit. Yang asks if he always hugs male residents after sleeping, and the Major says he hugged him because he has wonderful news but he’ll let George share.
Speaking of sharing George’s news he starts with Bailey. He gets into a long convoluted intro about how she is going to be mad, but what he has decided is important, and finally Bailey is like….George, spit it out already and he quickly tells her that he enlisted in the Army and reports for duty tomorrow. Nice two weeks notice George. Bailey turns and looks at him, and in her most maternal voice is like, WTF? You did WHAT?
Yang, not apart of this conversation asks Meredith if she knows what’s going on with George. Meredith doesn’t, and never two to spend too much time speaking of someone else, the conversation switches back to them. Yang wants to know if Meredith is fixed from her therapy, or if she would still….you know, not save herself from drowning. Meredith is like…well, I don’t know if I’m better but I’m getting married today. And once again, Grey looks pretty in this episode. Pregnancy is such a good look for her.
Yang freaks and hits MOH mode asking Grey what she can do. Other than not telling Izzie, Grey is pretty much set. Yang quickly gives her whatever crap she has on her that justifies as old, borrowed, new and blue and the two go back about their day.
We then meet our incoming traumas. Ugh, I kind of liked the first hour where we could just focus on the main story lines and not deal with the patient stories that symbolized what was going on in the lives of the Doctors, thus helping them figure out their problems. But, here we are. We have a guy hit buy a bus who is covered in blood and bandages and an annoying girl asking desperately how he is.
In the ER, the doctors begin to frantically treat him. Per usual, the annoying girl patient roams into the operating room to see how he is. Is this normal? On Grey’s people just roan in and out of people’s treatments all the time? Surely there is a way to keep them out like, I dunno….a door? She is terrified because he is all alone and they can’t even identify him. She also feels awful because her dumbass was about to be hit by a bus and he jumped in front of her saving her, but then literally got thrown under the bus. I mean, if Regina George can bounce back, this guy can. But when they remove the gauze his skull is bashed in and he just looks awful. Annoying girl throws up on the floor, in his room, because they didn’t close the door.
In Izzie’s room, Derek is checking her out and she asks if he got the tumor out. He confirms that he got the whole thing out and she is so excited. Not only is the tumor out, but she can talk and she knows who everyone is and she knows where she is. They all begin to celebrate the surgery’s success. A few minutes later Izzie asks if the tumor is out prompting the ominous music to start. They relive the entire conversation, reminding her that they just discussed this. Then Izzie asks if he got the tumor out, and ominous music reaches an alarming level and Karev shoots Shepherd a murderous look like it’s Derek’s fault that Izzie’s memory is shot.
But, did you get the tumor out and does anyone have an episode of Groundhog’s Day that I could borrow?
In John Doe’s room all the doctors are assembling to see what happens when man faces bus, it isn’t pretty. The guy is a complete mess and bleeding and crashing all over the place. There is a lot of drilling noises and at one point Grey puts a drill to the guys skull creating vomit inducing noises. But whatever she was doing worked because the guy comes too and Grey welcomes him back. I’d rather stay unconscious then listen to the sound of my skull being drilled.
Lexie is putting stitches on the annoying girl who caused the accident when Sloan comes up and criticizes her stitches and tells her to start over. I would literally throw up if I was this girl, its one thing to watch yourself be stitched up once, but twice? I would have to be knocked out. Lexie takes it in stride and asks if she can talk to Sloan privately, then walks about four steps away from the patient to discuss their relationship. The professionalism is overwhelming sometimes. Lexie apologizes that Sloan thinks she has all the power but she is totally willing to share it with him. Just because she didn’t want to move in with him doesn’t mean she is controlling the entire relationship.
After this display of work ethic, Sloan takes over the stiches with the patient who admits she heard the whole thing and calls Sloan the girl in their relationship. Being a hot slutty Doctor, he isn’t used to being the girl. Usually he is the one who people want to move in with and he says no, not the other way around. The annoying girl gives him advice on what to do in this situation, pearls of relationship wisdom such as: give the cold shoulder, act aloof, bitch to your friends…basically all things that create a healthy relationship.
Bailey finds the Major with John Doe and goes off on him for encouraging George to join the Army. Upon hearing this, all the women in the room cluck in reproach. Torres and Grey sya things like, “The army?” “George O’Malley” which makes me laugh because it’s the first time anyone has shown interest in him all season, and it makes me laugh because for some reason in my head I think they should be saying it in thick Georgia accents. Like, “the Ahhhmeeey? Goge O’ Mahley?” I don’t know why. Bailey doesn’t care why or how he did it, just as long as the Major gets him out of it. Meanwhile, the patient has flatlined and they have to get him to surgery. With every female doctor efficiently pissed off at him, the Major requests that the patient not die, so he can save face with the female doctors.
Arizona, not quite done being the overbearing and annoying female approaches Bailey to ask her why she didn’t act more ecstatic about getting into the pediatric fellowship. She keeps trying to get excitement out of Bailey, who only responds when Torres approaches. Torres tells Bailey she has a plan for O’Malley and asks if Bailey’s in. Bailey finally shows some excitement and is in. Arizona, incapably of not being clingy and nosey asks Torres what they are saving George from. When Torres tells her that George joined the army, Arizona is like…so? And Torres is like, uh…we were married and I love his family and he joined the army… and again Arizona is like, so….that is awesome. Listen lesbians, there is way too much going on in this episode for a political debate about being pro or against war. We need to see if Izzie is living or dying. Torres agrees and walks away. Being a lesbian is tough.
Uh….can we just go back to you being hot and fun and going down on me? I’m only like 50% lesbian anyways
At lunch, the whole crew discusses George’s “You can’t go to army” intervention. If for no other reason than this is who you will be standing side by side with.
How tough can Army really be?
When Alex and Yang hear that George has joined Army, Karev laughs asking how 007 would last 4 minutes in the army and Yang concurs saying that George is the type of guy who would kill himself cleaning his gun. Or he’d get his hand bitten off by a seal. One or the other. I don’t get the 007 reference, but I’ve heard that they called George that in season 1, and let’s be honest….you know why I’m pointing that out. The episode aired like 4 months ago. So they all discuss the 6PM intervention with keeping George from joining army.
Before John Doe’s surgery, Meredith preps him and tells him that he was a hero for saving the annoying girl. At least for her family, the rest of us hate him for saving her. While Grey is telling him this he tries to write something in her hand. She gives him a pen so he can express himself, but he drops it and passes out. Not surprisingly, in the hospital that has no walls, the annoying girl is standing right outside the OR watching. Meredith comes out and tells her she can’t be there. Well, I dunno, maybe make it a little more secure? The annoying girl says that she doesn’t want him to be alone because even though when they first met she was trying to find someone hotter, he is now her prince.
Arizona, who gets more annoying every episode chases Bailey down the hall and reprimands her for not being more excited. She said its an easy decision as their fellowship is the most competitive and everyone else would kill for it. Bailey lets her know that this small thorn in her side comes from the fact that her husband told her if she took this fellowship he would divorce her. I guess he is sick of her hanging out with other kids more than her own too.
While all the doctors are in John Doe’s surgery discussing how George will do in Army, Alex is trying to help Izzie retain some type of memory. He has notes written around her entire room that she reads and remembers, then forgets, then remembers, then forgets. Some of the highlights from Karev include “your memory sucks” “O’Malley joined army” and “You promised me head after surgery….i mean, you don’t have to, but I know how much you hate to break promises.” Karev’s persistence for Izzie to remember things reaches an alarming level, prompting Yang to pull him in the hall. She basically tells him that if he doesn’t back the F up then she will revoke his visiting hours. He goes off on Yang about how freaked out he is showing that he is pretty much losing it.
After her fight with Karev, Yang finds Meredith who is about to leave and go get married. Yang is like, today….this is the worst day ever for that? But Meredith tells her that she looks around at all the patients we are focusing on this episode and the one thing they all have in common is their desire to show and experience love. Meredith concludes that you have to take time to tell the ones you love how much you love them. Yang…and me are both like, WHO ARE YOU? This is the same person who had the stone wall built up around them with the therapist in the season premiere. This therapist must be AMAZING. Yang agrees and even wants to hug it out.
Smiles…..facial expressions and hugs? It’s a whole new day on Greys.
Arizona, unable to enter a scene unless she is confronting someone, finds Torres to argue the “awesome versus not awesome” feelings towards war again. Arizona makes a valid point, but it also sounds like something you’d hear on FOX news so I’ll just top line it with Arizona lost her brother to war and truly respects anyone who wants to go and save lives over there. (I do too BTW, but with one dying from cancer, do we really need to have the war debate in this episode too? I mean….I’m still watching this while drinking cheap wine.)
In the air vent room, Yang sits in deep thought when she is interrupted by the Major. I’m convinced that these two are incapable of having any type of interaction that isn’t completely awkward. But I guess that’s what happens after you strangle someone. The Major goes to leave and Yang stops him. She begins to try to say something but acts like her tongue is 24 pounds. I feel like I am watching that scene from Saved by the Bell where Zack get lemon juice in his water after sabotaging the school’s new song so he could win and sings “Doe bitty doo” in front of the whole school in their fifth year as high school students. Only it’s not as awesome. After a minute of stuttering Yang spits out “I love you.” And it is sweet…ish. The Major says that they can make it work if they want. She just has to meet him halfway on the Brooklyn bridge, or just say yes since the whole meet halfway on the bridge is so 2008.
Alex continues to try and jog Izzie’s memory, but it is one useless try after another. He begins to get increasingly irritated as Izzie gets increasingly exhausted. Dude, she had surgery like 14 minutes ago, maybe let her take a couple days off before drilling her. Instead of following my advice though, he tries for husband of the year again by shouting in her face. I think the highlights are when he tells her he only married her because she was about to die and asking her what is he supposed to do with her now…smother her with a pillow. Aw, heart? He’s a rare breed ladies who is sadly taken. Frown. He thinks he is ok though, because its not like Izzie is going to remember any of this repulsive conversation. Only she does….a few seconds later, she remembers, then a few more seconds later she still remembers. It’s kind of a joyless victory though because, yeah your memory is coming back…but now you can remember what shithead you married. Maybe Alex should have taken my advice to you know…give her a day or two?
So between George’s intervention, Yang’s stuttering and Izzie’s non memory, Grey decides there is just no time to get married today. She shares this with Derek who is like…let’s just do it here. The two of them share a super sweet moment where they promise to love each other forever. They both sign a little post-it, stick it in Grey’s locker and kiss. It is super sweet and I officially love Mer and Der again. Although after 5 seasons I think we deserve a little more than that.
So it’s intervention time and everyone is ready for George. But the Chief lets him know that George left for the day. He left hours ago. Intervention interruptus. Everyone is upset with the Chief, and the Major is thrilled now that he isn’t the only male in the doghouse.
Meredith checks in on John Doe after his surgery and lets him know that he has a fan for life in the girl whose life he saved. He once again takes her hand and tries to tell her something. She finally understands what he wants to do, and lets him spell out on her hand. He slowly writes 0 0 7, and after a minute Meredith realizes it’s George. I think my neighbor just heard me audibly gasp. Meredith rushes out screaming to let everyone know that the mystery man, is George. Ironic that they have been overlooking him all season, and then the day that they all focus on him….they don’t even know its him.
Meanwhile, Alex wants to celebrate with Izzie that her memory is back but while he hugs her she flatlines in his arms. He frantically tries to help, but they remind him she signed a DNR. He continues to freak out, and I really don’t blame him. I mean…she was just fine like 3 seconds ago. Get the paddles! The Chief rushes in and says to screw the DNR. The hospital’s reputation is bad enough without letting people know that even the doctors are dying. Plus its not like they ever follow rules anyway. They continue trying to revise her when we fade to a different scene.
There Izzie is, back in the old prom dress, getting in the elevator the way she did the night Denny died. She takes the elevator up and when the door opens, it’s not Denny waiting there…it’s George. Looking SMOKIN! She hesitates for a minute, she’s about to get out of the elevator, but she stops and looks back at the number. Is she ready to die….(read, is she ready to negotiate her contract) is she going to stay….(will she stay another season?) And that’s it. So we have no answers.
I thought the finale rocked. It made me love Grey’s again. I have literally come full circle this season. Do you guys think Katherine and T.R. are coming back? I think at this point they don’t even know yet. Honestly. But overall it was a crazy season. Thanks for sticking it out with me! Sorry the recaps were so late sometimes. Till next recap have a great summer!
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