'Grey's Anatomy' Recap: Babies, Break-Ups, Buses and Bailey
Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Thursday's season 9 finale, "Perfect Storm."
I don't think that there was really a single character that didn't have some huge revelation or near-death experience or something awful happen to them; and since I'd be writing all night if I tried to cover them all, I'm going to have to just pick out some highlights.
First of all, Meredith's (Ellen Pompeo) story in this one was amazing. Cristina (Sandra Oh) pointing out all the ways that Meredith has almost died over the years made me laugh a little, because it was sadly very true. You'd think after watching this woman nearly die over and over again, I'd get at the very least bored with it, but I'll be darned if she didn't break my heart again in this one. Meredith teaching Shane how to save her life and then ordering him to let her go just about killed me. It made the final moments when we saw her with her new baby and her daughter and husband that much sweeter.
When you think about it, a lot of stories bounced off of Meredith's. Bailey (Chandra Wilson) was able to pull herself together and get back in an O.R. to save her friend. And how sweet was it that Meredith decided to name her son Bailey? Then there was Cristina and Owen's (Kevin McKidd) story. Cristina seeing Derek (Patrick Dempsey) with his newborn son reminded Cristina of how Owen looked when he was with Ethan and she knows she's not enough for him. Okay, so maybe Alex (Justin Chambers) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) weren't entirely connected to Meredith's story, but her baby did make it into their NICU so that still kind of counts. Alex finally told Jo he loved her and I felt like it was way more special because we waited so long for it to finally happen.
In addition to all of the personal drama, there were all of the individual crises that happened all over the hospital. From the babies in the NICU (by the way, who else was yelling at their TV screens saying "Make the parents vent the babies! Jeesh!"?), to the bus accident and subsequent explosion, there was a lot going on and it felt like nearly every doc, or their patients, were in mortal danger throughout the entire episode. It was dark and powerful and exciting and scary and poignant and sad and I pretty much loved the whole thing. God, do I love finale season. The only thing that sucks about finale season is the fact that we get these fantastic episodes, but they always end in cliffhangers and we have to wait months to find out what happens next. Let the countdown to fall begin.
OMG!: The bus flying over the embankment as everyone watch in terror through the hospital windows.
Thank you, TV gods.: Meredith lives! The baby is fine! Alex tells Jo he loves her!
Awk-ward: Arizona screaming at Callie that she wanted to get out a bone saw so she could even the score with Callie. Ouch.
Hotness: Jackson running out from behind a burning bus with a child in his arms. Talk about a super hero moment.
Fab-u-lous: The title card flashing off and on as if flickering from a power surge. That was brilliant.
Can. Not. Wait.: For fall. Need I say more? Will Richard live? Will Alex and Jo survive? Are Cristina and Owen really over? Are Callie and Arizona really over? I can't wait to see what happens with every single storyline.
Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 9. I really wanted to give this one a 10 purely because of all of the emotional responses it brought out in me, but it still didn't quite hold up to some episodes in earlier seasons that had me bawling like a baby. Those are the ones that get 10's from me, but this one was darn close.
What did you think of this episode? What moments were you surprised by the most? Did you predict any of the shocking things that happened?