Welcome to the TV Fanatic Grey's Anatomy Round Table, in which our panelists discuss the burning questions from the previous episode - in this case, the season finale.
1. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote from the episode?
L.J. Gibbs: I liked Derek's attempt, however nearly ill-fated, to disarm the shooter, staring down the barrel of the gun. He pleaded his case as a human being, with sympathy for Mr. Clark even with his own life being threatened. Just as I imagine Derek would.
M.L. House: Derek's "I'm not gonna die." Thanks for stating the obvious, buddy! (Warning: my feelings on the episode don't get much more positive from here.)
Mrs. Northman: Meredith: "You want justice right? Your wife died, I know what happened. Derek told me the story. Lexie Grey is the one that pulled the plug on your wife, she's my sister. Dr. Webber, he was your wife's doctor. I'm the closest thing he has to a daughter. And the man on the table, I'm his wife. If you wanna hurt them, the way that you hurt, shoot me. I'm your eye for an eye." This scene gave me the chills.
2. Was this the best episode of the year - and/or the whole series?
L.J. Gibbs: Definitely the best of the season and probably in my top five from Season One-present. Despite the hype and a situation that felt a little forced, it still came through with one moving scene after another and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
M.L. House: Maybe and no. Look, the series is at its best when it focuses on these layered, flawed characters and builds true emotion that emanates from well-paced storylines. Case in point, my favorite episode of all-time: the season two finale. Denny's death was months in the making and the fallout from that, understandably, was felt for many seasons to come.
Mrs. Northman: YES! I haven't been so engaged in an episode as much as I was last night! Definitely the best episode ever! As much as Mr. Clark was a give away as the shooter, I couldn't believe he was A-wall and killed so many people!3. Mr. Clark on the loose: Well-written and emotional, or contrived and manipulative?
L.J. Gibbs: It felt like the latter to me all week long. Then I actually saw the episode, and came around. The premise may have been a little much, and some of the believability of the standoff debatable, but it was compelling television with the characters we've gotten to know all playing crucial, memorable roles in the drama. What more can you ask for?
M.L. House: Utterly contrived and manipulative. This is an extension of my answer above. Instead of delivering an interesting season that built toward a naturally emotional finale, Shonda Rhimes threw in a random event that forced viewers to suspend disbelief in order to forcefully pull at our heart strings. How convenient, for example, that SWAT didn't break in until after Shonda had squeezed every drop of sadness out. Even Mr. Clark himself was not written consistently: if he really wanted "eye for an eye" justice, why did he kill a handful of people in cold blood? It was cheap writing that relied on a gimmick in order to shock us for nothing but shock's sake.
Mrs. Northman: I thought it was well written and keeps us wanting more! I can't wait to see how everyone will deal with all this crazy drama.
4. What were the saddest and most uplifting moments of the finale?
L.J. Gibbs: The saddest, to me, was Meredith's miscarriage. I knew Derek, Owen and Alex would make it, it's hard to mourn Mercy Westers we knew were going to be killed off, and Mer's loss, which was very sad on its own merit, came out of nowhere. Most uplifting? The redemption of Richard Webber, who had fallen on hard times all season long.
M.L. House: Owen uplifted me. He actually went BACK into the quasi war zone in order to rescue Cristina. Same for Arizona and Callie. Their reconciliation scene was beautiful. But nothing made me sad. I refused to shed any tears because the episode didn't earn its emotion.
Mrs. Northman: There were so many sad moments last night! One of the saddest moments had to be Meredith having the miscarriage. The most uplifting moment had to be Arizona telling Callie that she wants to have a family and a ton of children!
5. Which actor/actress' performance was most Emmy-worthy?
L.J. Gibbs: Michael O'Neill has to win for Guest Star. Had he not been so outstanding as Mr. Clark, the entire episode would not have carried the weight it did. As for the regular cast? So many worthy candidates, but I'm going with Sandra Oh. She's always worthy, but perhaps this was the coup de grace that finally wins her that elusive honor.
M.L. House: Ellen Pompeo. Even given cheesy lines that, again, are meant to mess with the viewers' emotions (I chose you! I picked you!), she makes us feel Meredith's heart breaking at the prospect of losing her Post-It husband.
Mrs. Northman: It has to be a toss up between Cristina working on Derek's heart while Mr. Clark has a gun to her head or Bailey trying - but failing - to save her coworkers life.
Hopefully this wasn't the first and only crack at a McBaby.
6. Will Meredith tell Derek about the baby?
L.J. Gibbs: She will. Then they'll try for another and this time, it will take (please)!
M.L. House: Yes. These two have matured as a couple and it's the right thing to do.
Mrs. Northman: She has to! She can't keep him in the dark forever on this one. It wouldn't be right.
7. Does Lexie really love Alex?
L.J. Gibbs: Part of her definitely does, but that was said in the heat of the moment. I think that he called out for Izzie in his time of need speaks volumes about where he is with their relationship, and will lead Lexie back to Mark.
M.L. House: Lexie doesn't know what she wants or who she loves. But she does now know that Alex really lives Izzie and this relationship is over.
Mrs. Northman: I am not sure. I think she loves him, but he was dying and in extreme situations make you think less clearly. And it is obvious that Alex is still in love with Izzie - which kind of puts me back on team Slexie!
8. Do you like voiceovers?
L.J. Gibbs: The TV critic in me does not. The inner cheeseball totally does.
M.L. House: Are you kidding?!? They treat the audience like we're idiots. Just trust your storytelling, Shonda. When Derek is lying in a pool of his own blood, why interrupt that scene with Meredith's cliche-ridden narration? Please stop dumbing your show down and believe that we're smart enough to understand what's going on, and what we should be feeling, without Meredith telling us all about it.
Mrs. Northman: I do! It can be a pain when you're jotting down Grey's Anatomy quotes, but Meredith always has really good words of wisdom to correlate with the episode.
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