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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.

Lil Grey

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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When I had watched the first episode of season 7 to see Owen and Cristina get married I knew there were going to be problems soon because I always felt the rushed it. I mean in season 6 they were still doing all that Teddy, Cristina and Owen stuff right up until the end when he finally made his choice. I never felt it was a good season opener as a result because I didn't think they were ready. In fact, this whole child thing is the biggest reason why. It is clear they didn't really talk things through. That or Owen worked under the assumption, like Burke, that Cristina would change for him just because, with no regard to Cristina and who she truly is.

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I think if you really look at the show, everything fits together perfectly. And the more you hear Shonda explain it, the clearer it is to understand why certain things are the way they are. I also believe that Richard is going to take responsibility for the trial, probably spend whatever little time he can with his wife, setting up for the next Chief of Surgery----Bailey.

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Dr. McDreamy is a pompous doofus with way too much time on his hands. Even if it's only a tv show; I know people in real life who wax on monotonously about what's right and what's not; what a JERK. I nearly switched channels.

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I thought Shonda said Derek and Meredith were fine no more break-ups, walking away from one another anymore. Meredith did it for Adelle, that should mean something. Christina pregnant come-on how rediculous, she can get pregnant but meredith can't, I guess adoption is the in thing like the celebritys do. Come on Shonda, At least have the show end with dignity, It seems like the 7 years meant nothing this season, no real good stories, this will be the first season I will not own. I was a true GA fan but this season has left me cold.

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I HAVE JUST LEARN FROM GREYSGABBLE. COM - DEBORA CAHN HAS WRITTEN THE FINALE NOT SHONDA RHIMES.

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Get a life,it's a TV show, not reality TV.

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Mer and Cris gonna have a heart to heart chat at home about babies etc. Mer will convince Cris to keep the baby and not go through with the abortion only for her suffer another miscarriage. Derek is still AWOL, not answering Mer's calls and cos she is suspended from work they don't see each other. Alex ask's Derek how Zola is settling in and as he doesn't know she is at home with Mer he ask's what are you talking about? Cristina overhears the conversation as it takes place at the reception desk. Come end of 1st epi of season 8, Cristina is the one who tell's him to pull his head in, in true Cristina style with a remark of you don't even know Mer is home looking after a little africian girl, because you choose to ignore her calls, you would know if you cared to answer your damn phone or even respond to messages.

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OMG!! This isn't about selfish. This is about protecting life, something doctors are suppose to do. How on earth can anyone watch this show? Here we have a medical doctor who doesn't just not value life but considers the killing of her unborn baby to be appropriate action due to her over large ambitions and a baby will just get in her way. This is a medical doctor who thinks killing a fetus is OK. That is too disgusting to even consider.

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Shonda promised us emotional devastation- and that was exactly what she delivered!
Who would have guessed that by the end of this season...the only couple remaining intact would be Callie and Arizona? But they have gone through devastation already in the musical episode, so I guess Shonda wanted to give them a break..
I wish both Derek and Owen would get over their high horses soon.
Derek, not everything is right or wrong, they are shades of Grey too in life. You do have a right to be angry at Mer, but you've to understand where she is coming from.
Owen, yes, starting a family needs the consensus of two individuals. I get that you want to be a father. Too bad Cristina doesn't want to be a mother. Didn't both of you discuss this before hand? Cristina- ever heard of contraception? Mark and Lexie- please get back together already! I was pleasantly surprised by Mark's mild exchange with Jackson.
April - congratulations of winning Chief Resident, you deserve it :)
Jackson- you know, the someone you're looking for might be right in front of you- her name is April. Just saying ;) I'm still confident though that by the beginning of next season, the couples would have sorted themselves out.. As for the plane crash- the storyline should definitely have been told better. Instead of only one crash survivor- bring in more survivors and show their stories and the hospital staff trying to save their lives! And it would remind me more of Lost ;)

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I agree, is she going to kill the baby each time she gets preg. I would respect the character so much more if she got her tubes tied. "Its simple, if she didn't want kids then she either diesnt have sex or ties her tubes! Killing babies is not the answer and will cost Greys some viewers. It can work both ways - yea, Owen should have known she doesn't want kids but she should know that he does."

Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 22 Quotes

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith

Teddy: I'm not a real wife so that doesn't buy for a lot of bad behavior.
Henry: Well, you're my real best friend. What does that get me?
Teddy; I'm sorry.
Henry: Don't be. Go be happy. And... raah!
Teddy: You're impossible.
Henry: Yeah, you too.

Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 22 Music

  Song Artist
Song Way To the Future Katie Herzig
Anything-but-you Anything But You Civalias iTunes
Brighter Brighter Morgan Taylor Reid iTunes
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