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Grey's Anatomy Round Table: Season Six Finale

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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.

Topics for our "Sanctuary" and "Death and All His Friends" Round Table Q&A include memorable quotes and performances, what the future holds and much, much more:

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.

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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.

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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.

What do you think? Weigh in with your own answers/comments!

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Smileyglen

@ M.L House Thanks for clearing that up. And no I am dark and twisty enough not to trust anyone who says "Trust Me", I find people who say that have something to hide and no you can't trust them. And George wasn't thrown under the bus, he was hit by the bus while pushing Amanda out of the way. And yes 2 hours of drama, with a shooter on the loose may sound farfetched, but it happens, in real life. It's human nature for people to do things against the norm and they probably will for time to come. America is known for crazed gunman, it's in there Declaration of Independence, to bare arms, it's part of there freedom, and to just walk into a store and buy a gun like it's a stick of gum, that is just asking for trouble, guns shouldn't be that easy to buy.

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1. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote from the episode?
- I like Derek's speech to Mr. Clark when he was being held at gun point. And I can't help but replay Owen's "I WILL KILL YOU" scene, probably because it reminded of Kevin McKidd's character in 'Rome.' 2. Was this the best episode of the year - and/or the whole series?
- I should say that I've only liked particular scenes from episodes, not episodes as a whole. In general, I suppose this episode wasn't so bad but it's not Grey's Anatomy at its best either. The episodes I liked the most scenes from would date back to a few seasons ago. 3. Mr. Clark on the loose: Well-written and emotional, or contrived and manipulative?
- A little bit of both. There were a few holes to this episode - like why would the SWAT team shoot Clark while he was holding Lexie at gunpoint and then totally ignore him for 45 minutes? So he can reach the OR and cause suspense? And I can't believe Cristina and Meredith are so dumbfounded by the word 'lockdown.' Maybe it's because when 'House' had a lockdown, the doctors actually knew what it was.
One of the most moving scenes in the episode would have to be dying Percy. Even in death, he tried to be witty while scared shitless. 4. What were the saddest and most uplifting moments of the finale?
- Uplifting would be Richard saving the day and Owen running back in to get Cristina. Again, saddest would be Percy's death. 5. Which actor/actress' performance was most Emmy-worthy?
- Sandra Oh gave some of the most brilliant performances this season; the finale is no exception (except I still can't get over the confusion of 'lockdown'). As for male, I have to say Justin Chambers. I really enjoyed Alex's character this season and while he didn't get to do much in the finale after being shot, his roaring of pain was quite convincing. 6. Will Meredith tell Derek about the baby?
- I don't see why she shouldn't. 7. Does Lexie really love Alex?
- I think she just felt like it was right the thing to do to be there for Alex when he was shot but I don't think she really knows who she loves. 8. Do you like voiceovers?
- Sometimes they're quite insightful and poetic; other times, the facts are quite misleading and a bit cheesy. I'm 50/50 on it. @ M.L House: While you seem to be getting some negativity on here, I fully respect your honest (and thoughtful) opinion. I find that those who are critical about you are those who see the world with rose-colored lenses or have a distaste for anything that doesn't go 'their way,' as if it's wrong to disagree even in the most eloquent manner. Believe me, I once wrote something that was distinctive from other people's point of views, the reaction I got was entertaining.

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Is there a podcast? Can anyone upload it if there is one, please??? thanxxx!

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I noticed they messed up somewhere its no biggie but it still happened. When Derek was being shot his head was like facing the way of his office. Then when Mer came back to help him his head was facing the other way wat did she like turn him around for no apparent reason. Just saying. I still thought it was ah-ma-ay-zee-nnn-gga

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1. Favourite quote: it has to be either baileys talk about the lifts hum (which wasn't there) Merediths "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." or Richards "I've lived. I've really really lived. I've failed. I've been devastated. I've been broken. I've gone to hell and back. And I've also known joy. And passion. And I've had a great love. See death for me is not justice. It's a ... end of a beautiful journey. And I'm not afraid to die. The question is, are you? A life in prison or an afterlife ... with your wife. Me or you? Your choice." 2. was it the best episode?! (EVER) of this season, I think it JUST beat the season premiere. but overall, no. I think the best ones are the ferry crash ones. I can't pick which, but I love them all. so yes and no. but the ferry ones, were seriously good XD ohhh...it wasn't the best episode ever, but I loved the ones which first introduced Private Practice. because I love PP, and I loved how it included everyone being worried about Addison, and asking about where she'd gone. it reflected on the ferry one where she said that no one would notice if she was gone!!! 3. well written or contrived? I think it was very well written. all of the speeches, and the way that another side to everyone came out in it. like the vunerable side of bailey and stuff. and the sacrificing side to cristina. how she would give up her life, to save derek because she was that good a friend to meredith! LOVE! 4. saddest and most uplifting moments? saddest - a) the lift scene with bailey
b)when derek was shot and cristina was holding meredith back and then meredith telling him he couldn't die.
c)merediths miscarriage. not the miscarriage itself, but the way everyone was acting. and how she was acting like it didn't matter.
d) dereks fake death uplifting - a) Calizona
b) Owen choosing christina.
c) Richard Webber refusing the vodka XD 5.Which actor/actress deserves an emmy? Actor : Michael O'Neill - AMAZHING!
James Pickens Jr. Actress : Ellen Pompeo! the emotion when derek was shot. then dying. then "dead". then not dying. then losing her baby. she went through a lot :( but amahzingly played.
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Chandra Wilson 6. Will Derek find out about the baby? Yes. He has to. considering everyone who was in the OR when derek was being operated found out because of cristina shouting it out so that mer didn't get shot. imagine if someone goes up to her, says "congrats on the pregnancy. try explaining that. it'd be too much like the burke/cristina situation in either season 1 or season 2. besides, they've been through a lot. they can get through this easily now :) 7. Does Lexie love Alex? In a way, yes. but I don't think she loves him as much as she did mark. I think she just said that, so that, if he died, he would know that somebody loved him, even though Izzie left him. but, I think the whole, alex shouting out Izzies name, will make her see sense about her relationship with Alex. I don't think it could ever really work. 8. Do I like voiceovers? YEHHHH!!! they always add emotion to an episode! and lets you know what they're thinking or feeling about the situation! soooo...yehh. amahzing episode :) can't wait for season 7!!!!!

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Yes, definitely they are back together, Owen have made a choice and Cristina waiting only for that.

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best quote of the episode: "Do not alarm the makers of the tiny humans, they will eat you alive" arizona rocks :)

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I loved watching the finale, it was really great to watch. But, however, there are somethings that I am wondering about. In the OR sence, Christina was asking Meredith if Owen was died, which my God he wasn't. But then, she told Meredith that "I am trying to save YOUR GUY. Now please go and try to save MINE." I was wondering if that means that her and Owen are back together? I have a feeling that I am going to have to wait until September to find out what happens to them. But, from what I have been reading, Rhimes has mentioned something that her tensions for Owen and Christina were bringing them back together. Can any of you fans help me out???

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1. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote from the episode?
"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."
I was crying. that was ridiculously good to see her try to save Derek and even Lexi and Richard to a point. 2. Was this the best episode of the year - and/or the whole series?
Pretty decent episode. Its a toss up between our beloved George/John Doe finale and Denny.. they were very good too. 3. Mr. Clark on the loose: Well-written and emotional, or contrived and manipulative? Very emotional and well-written. He came in only wanting to kill the people on his wife's team, then he switched to surgeon's in general when he couldn't find everyone im guessing. I think the reasoning for going on the rampage and killing randoms in the hospital was they were either trying to stop him from fulfilling his goal or they were straight up rude to him and he wasn't having that (ie: Reed, nurse "you cant go up there sir!", security guard) 4. What were the saddest and most uplifting moments of the finale?
Saddest? Mer watching Der getting shot then in the OR. But Bailey and Charles... ugh they were both really sad and greatly executed by the actors.
Uplifting? Alex lived ((i really thought someone from the core cast was a goner)), Calizona reuniting in a huge way. 5. Which actor/actress' performance was most Emmy-worthy?
Ellen Pompeo
Sandra Oh (with the gun to her head operating on Der. OMG!)
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Michael O'Neil 6. Will Meredith tell Derek about the baby?
She kinda has to. April, Jackson, Christina, and Owen all know about it. Its bound to come out. 7. Does Lexie really love Alex?
I think she told him that because she thought he was dying and she felt like it was partially her fault bc the shooter was mr. clark. not to mention he was relieved that "izzie" was there with him and came back for him; she wouldn't have said "no its lexie". she played the role he needed her too. 8. Do you like voiceovers?
Love me some voiceovers! the beginning of the 2nd part "death and all his friends" didnt especially need one though, but still good stuff.

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Def. Meredith: I chose you, I picked you! You cant die

Grey's Anatomy Season 6 Episode 24 Quotes

Cristina: You're freaking me out and I don't have time to be freaked out right now. Mer is a mess. Derek is a mess. You are a mess and I am in charge and I say that no one is down her.
Jackson: You're not supposed to be walking around.
Cristina: Damn it Jackson.

[narrating] The human life is made up of choices. Yes or no. In or out. Up or down. And then there are the choices that matter. Love or hate. To be a hero or to be a coward. To fight or to give in. To live. Or die. Live or die. That's the important choice. And it's not always in our hands.

Derek

Grey's Anatomy Season 6 Episode 24 Music

  Song Artist
Unarmed Unarmed Mariah McManus iTunes
Song The Way It Ends Landon Pigg
In-my-veins In My Veins Andrew Belle iTunes
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