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Grey's Anatomy Season Finale Review: "Unaccompanied Minor"

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With promises of a season finale that would solely focus on the three original characters, a much quieter ending, and only an hour to tie up any loose endings, Grey’s Anatomy wrapped up its seventh season in its classic, emotionally-charged fashion.

Although there was neither an unforgettable ferryboat accident nor a haunting shooting this year, "Unaccompanied Minor" held its own when a 757 crashed and required our SGMWH surgeons’ attention more than ever.

Furthermore, this remarkable season finale will go down as another to remember as the stakes were high and the emotional toll was unbelievably heavy.

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I can honestly say that I was shocked by the 757 crash storyline. I never expected to hear that nearly every passenger wouldn’t even make it to the hospital. The scene in which the families reacted to the bad news of losing their loved ones was heartbreaking.

As my tissue box sat inches away, I realized that I hadn’t needed it for Grey’s Anatomy in quite some time. Thankfully, the tissues with aloe still do just the trick.

It was such a moving and touching moment when the families stuck around to be there for the unaccompanied minor. Regardless of their circumstances, these strangers came together to be there for a young girl and her mother. That’s really saying something.

I loved the scene when MerDer were planning out where the baby room and crib should be. Although I am frustrated by the way things ended for MerDer on this episode, I get why Derek needed some time on his own.

Whether or not Meredith was helping Adele and Richard, she was dishonest and the Alzheimer’s trial was extremely important to him.

Something tells me that Derek will be back with his McFamily at the start of next season. Besides, how could he resist baby Zola? Also, how great is Meredith with Zola already?

Although Meredith kicked Alex out, I almost wished he had stayed. He would have been great helping Meredith with Zola.

There was much more baby discussion when Cristina found out that she was pregnant. Like Owen, I know precisely who Cristina is and how important her career is to her.

However, Owen was right in saying that she needed to at least consider what he wanted. The decision ought to have been made as a married couple.

Heck, he even offered to be the one on leave with the baby and repeatedly told her how much he loved her and wanted much more for them. Not surprisingly though, Cristina made an appointment to terminate her pregnancy.

Do you think that Cristina will really go through with her appointment? If so, is this the end for Owen and Cristina?

I can’t say that I was surprised when Owen finally chose April as the chief resident. With all that’s been going on, she was definitely a shoo-in. I’m looking forward to seeing how she will run the show.

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It drove me nuts when Lexie and Mark had their heartfelt talk. While I know that Jackson is very capable of making Lexie happy, I can’t help but to continuously root for Mark. Yes, this is whether or not he gives his blessing or simply lets Lexie walk away.

Then again, if you really love something, set it free. If it comes back, it's yours. If not, it wasn't meant to be. Right?! Surely, Mark has heard of that and still believes it. And you can’t simply just forget when someone says that they’re going to always love you.

While Henry finally confessed he was in love with Teddy, I was glad that she chose him over Andrew. Moreover, I was disappointed in Alex when he didn’t ask Lucy to stay. That’s Alex for you though. He’s down now, but I’m hoping he doesn’t go back to the jerk we once knew him as. He’s come such a long way now.

As Bailey and Eli walked off holding hands, I wished we had seen more of them recently. I hope their relationship continues to grow next season because I certainly have missed seeing Bailey. 

Overall, I thought “Unaccompanied Minor” was a fitting close to a very fickle season. After weddings, babies, a musical, and more, Shonda Rhimes definitely delivered as promised with a quieter than usual season finale focusing on Meredith, Cristina and Alex.

I, for one, couldn’t have asked for more. I am especially looking forward to what season eight holds for our Seattle Grace Mercy West doctors.

What did you all think of "Unaccompanied Minor"? What do you expect to see in season eight of Grey's Anatomy? Sound off below!

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Y'all are right about Christina only losing one fallopian tube in her pregnancy earlier in GA history. Honestly (and I may be hated for this..) I am not really a fan of Owen's character or even Teddy for that matter. In the beginning of their characters' story lines, they were introduced as tough soldiers. But as the show goes on they begin turning into the more mushy and softer characters. I mean Meredith and Christina are way more hardcore than Teddy. And yes, Owen was warned by Christina that she didn't want a child. He shouldn't have committed to being her husband who is supposed to respect her dreams and ambitions if he couldn't handle it. Honestly I never really wanted to see Christina have children. She's such a strong character that writing a child into the script would throw everything that makes up Christina off balance. I loved this episode. They always torture me by keeping me hanging on and yearning for the premiere. During this season I also noticed them taming the Merder drama WAY down. So it was refreshing and heartbreaking to see it end like that. Sometimes I think Derricks character shuts down too easily and gives up. But it is his character, no matter how frustrating. I too am waiting EAGERLY for Mark and Lex to get back together. They belong together. I love Avery and all but I think Lexi needs an older, "wiser" male opposite. I feel it compliments her character much more.. I'm SO ready for season 8!

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Whoa! I wrote "grey areas" completely not realizing... I meant areas that were not black or white, or all one way or all the other way.

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Daphne,
Your English is amazing. You made a lot of interesting points. Although I think it's believable that birth control fails plus Christina may have been more confident since she only has one fallopian tube. I don't know! I may be mistaken, but I don't think Derrick knew the baby was approved for the adoption when he left. Regardless, he said something like "I'm done"... I'll have to watch it again. This super emotional reaction didn't seem too out of character to me. His dreams and work (mostly work for Meredith's sake) had been destroyed. Remember his mom saying he had trouble seeing "grey areas"? I wish I knew what your native language is! That is so interesting to me how many people share from so many places. I'm here in Texas. Love to all y'all! :)

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I like the episode, not as perfect as it should be for a finale though. The only thing I really hated wad Teddy chose Henry over Andrew. I mean, come on, Izzie was young when she chose a patient but Teddy is a woman who's been in war. And also she missed Andrew a lot before. It's like Meredith choosing Finn over Derek :/

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At least for first episode of season 8 Meredith and Derek should be separated so let we have thunder storm with adventures. Beside
all some fans expected something big at the end of 7.22 episode so hurricane can be good replacement of gunman.

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Hope that we will see Finn as well!

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Thunder storm in season 2 and George between Izzie and Mer on the bed was great!
Hope there will be thunder storm again and Shonda will be amusing.

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I've just watched 7.22 for a second time, and it ends with a thunder storm starting in Seattle. Thunder storms are not good in terms of MerDer. Now I've got a horrible feeling and I don't know how to cheer myself up. All I can hope is that Shonda has the sense not to screw up MerDer too long cos she'll alienate so many fans who will give up on GA, and then the ratings will continue to plummet. Hunt said he didn't want Cris to be miserable, so Cris makes a choice he doesn't want and he accuses her of denying him a marriage. Hunt was in the OR when Cris stated she didn't want children, so Owen should have thought about this before he rushed her into marriage

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Sandra Oh & Kevin Mckidd rock the scene of Owen-Cristina-baby thing in the final
all I see GA Doctors do their best to Save a Life, so Critina does
yes, Owen want a baby, also he's saving his baby ,it's not wrong for a doctor & father if GA writers think Cristina can’t be a good mother, send her baby away, let good famaily adopt, or give Mer her baby , is it such a drama to new fan ??? perhaps like PP

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Addison only had to remove one of Yang's fallopian tubes. She is still very fertile! I think Owen was in the wrong. He kept trying to say that Cristina wouldn't be a bad mother, etc. I don't think she's worried about being a bad mother... I think she DOESN'T WANT KIDS. She's been pretty upfront about that. A child isn't a puppy. Cristina will have to carry that baby for 9 months, whatever Owen says about taking leave etc. At the end of the day, Owen is lying... he didn't want them to "discuss it," he wanted Yang to submit and "do this thing" for him. WTH is that?? There IS no compromise available in this situation. Owen wants a baby, Cristina doesn't. In the end, it IS ultimately her decision.