Tonight may have marked the most emotionally loaded episode of Grey’s Anatomy ever, for a zillion reasons. It has been a tough year — quite frankly, an uneven year, even for diehard fans. Guest stars have flitted in and out, more unreliable than a 23-year-old boyfriend. Ghosts have shown up, more reliable than a call from Mom on Sunday night. But most importantly, at least for this episode, rumors have flown about everything from who might be staying together (Cristina and Owen?) to who might be leaving the show for good (George? Izzie?). We knew Bailey would leave her hubby; we guessed Mer and Der might finally tie the knot. In the end, this two-hour finale didn’t quite answer every question — um, actually it left a few really, really dangling, in a way that flustered me almost as much as Lost’s cliffhanger last night. (Anyone else suffering a massive pop cultural hangover right now? Or was that just the glass of red wine that was medically necessary to get me through all of this?) Herein, the answers — insofar as we know — to the biggest Grey’s questions of the day:
WHO IS JACOB? AND HOW DID HE MANAGE TO BEAT DANNY GOKEY? AND WHY AM I SO DAMN HAPPY ABOUT THAT?
Oh, sorry. Let me start again. One last swig of wine. (It was only one glass. I’m fine.)
WHAT’S TO BECOME OF CRISTINA AND OWEN?
Friday Night Lights’ own Matt Saracen (i.e. Zach Gilford) — who melts me wherever he shows up — managed to inadvertently fluster Seattle Grace’s It-Emo Couple of the moment as a soldier who couldn’t move his leg without massive pain. Not that it’s hard to fluster them. He really didn’t have to go to nerve-damage lengths. Regardless, he wanted Callie to cut his leg off so he could get a prosthetic and return to battle — and that prompted Owen to think he, too, should return to Iraq, as he felt his work wasn’t done there. ”I could use your support,” he said when he told Cristina. ”You don’t have it,” she snapped.
Later, she explained, slightly more lovingly, ”I don’t want you to die.” And that’s when he turned around, asking her to come with him to resolve his unfinished business…with his mom, whom he hadn’t even told he was back from Iraq. (And she was played by the lovely Debra Mooney of Everwood. Because apparently it was all-stars-of-my-favorite-shows-ever night on Grey’s Anatomy. Yeah, there were more. Lots more.) After the visit, he reported to Cristina that he’d slept without nightmares…and good lord, even their quick kisses in the hospital hallway are hot. More wine please.
Naturally they ended up back in that steamer/propeller room that is their special place, where Sandra Oh gave the best line reading ever for ”I love you.” The best I can approximate it in print is ”I …love…you…?” But that’s not even close. You watched it. You know what I’m talking about. ”I said I love you,” she continued incredulously. Me, Cristina Yang.… It’s like you come here, and you pull out my icicle, and you make me love you. I don’t want…it’s like I can’t breathe without you.” You said it, sister. His answer: ”All you have to do is say yes.” We’ll get to her answer in a bit.
IS BAILEY GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT HER FAILING MARRIAGE?
It started with an 8-year-old neuroblastoma patient. (It’s a kind of cancer kids get where tumors form outside their cranium.) Arizona wanted Bailey to scrub in. ”That depends,” Bailey quipped. ”Got any more dying children you want me to become overly attached to before they expire?” The Chief saw her weakness and tried to beckon her back to general surgery with a new fancy surgery machine thing. Cool move: She was visibly thrilled, even making light saber noises as she tried it out. Arizona broke down in front of the Chief and cried — cried! — blathering something about this being how she reacts when authority figures make her mad. I was glad Callie wasn’t around to see it. ”It’s wrong and mean to use a robot to lure Bailey back into general surgery,” she said. Is it, though?
NEXT: Izzie’s decision