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Grey's Anatomy "Flight" Season Finale Recap

Grey's Anatomy Season Finale Rundown, "Flight"

It's hard for me to even write this recap because I'm so mad at Grey's Anatomy right now. The death of a major character in the season finale has been teased for weeks, but it's not left until the episode's final moments. In fact, it happens in the first 20 minutes, and once it does, it's hard to focus on anything else.

I'll save my spoilers for below the break, but this is definitely one of the most affecting and frustrating episodes Grey's Anatomy has ever seen, and considering there's been a ferry crash, bomb scares, and a Seattle Grace shooter, that's saying a lot. As Cristina astutely observes, "I don't understand how this keeps happening." There's a lot to go over, like the plane crash, the fate of the residents, and what we'll be wondering about all Summer long, so let's get the depressing party started when you


  • I hope you're ready for a rant, because I couldn't be more upset about Lexie's death. She's one of the few characters that I've continued to root for and sympathize with over the years, and her will-they-or-won't-they with Mark is one of the biggest reasons I still loved the show this season. Yes, she and Mark got a bittersweet farewell in which he finally confesses his feelings for her, but I just sat there wishing she'd miraculously wake up right up until the final scene. I applaud Shonda Rhimes and the rest of the show's writers for taking big risks that will seriously impact the audience, but right now I feel more like I've been punished for sticking with this show for so long.
  • You'd think with Lexie's quick death, the rest of the doctors in the crash would be in the clear for the rest of the episode, but that's not so. Meredith and Cristina seem to be OK, but Arizona's got a hideous gash in her leg, Mark's teetering on the brink of death, and Derek may very well lose his hand. For a second I thought we were going to lose Mark too in a sort of Romeo and Juliet move from the writers, but we don't even get closure on what will happen to the current survivors. Which brings us to the next question: how will the surgeons get out of this mess? And will everyone besides Lexie survive?
  • One doctor we won't be seeing more of is Teddy, who gets a job offer to serve her country again. She passes up the opportunity, and when Owen questions her loyalty, she admits that she's staying to watch over Owen since Cristina is on her way out. Owen then pulls out the trump card and fires Teddy so she'll be forced to leave the hospital. Though she's angry at first, it's clear that she's actually relieved to be leaving the hospital where Henry died. I've always liked having Kim Raver on the show, but Teddy's storyline hit its peak with her marriage to Henry, and has been kind of stale ever since his death. That said, I'm glad the door is still open for her to return.
  • Both Karev and Jackson decide to leave Seattle Grace for Johns Hopkins and Tulane, respectively. Karev leaves Arizona a voicemail explaining that he needs to see what he's made of without his mentor, while Jackson just seems to want to get away from all of the Seattle Grace drama, April included. As for April, she's hating life because she's not a virgin and she didn't pass her boards, and because Jackson is leaving. So that leaves us with Teddy, Jackson, Karev, and April all flying the coop. If all of these characters (plus Lexie) are really gone for good, there had better be an impressive lineup of new cast members coming in for season nine.
  • There's one silver lining in this dark cloud of an episode, and that's Bailey's happiness with Ben. She's one of the few characters whose problems seem completely trivial this week (what with her life not being in jeopardy and all). Though Ben is moving to LA, she's agreed to marry him and do a long-distance relationship — and she actually seems pretty content. In a way, it almost feels like this is Bailey's redemption for the trauma she experienced in the season six shooter finale. Not only is she completely uninvolved with the plane crash, but she actually gets a happy ending. At least until she finds out that most of her friends have been in yet another horrific accident.

This season finale definitely ranks high on the scale of shocking finales. Are you as bummed as I am about Lexie's death? Which characters do you think will still be around next season?

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Cheryl2720436 Cheryl2720436 5 years
I hope they were just testing the waters to see what the viewers would say if they killed off a major character like Lexie.  Maybe when next season begins someone will wake up and it will all have been a dream!  DUMB decision to get rid of Lexie.  April has grown on me, but her character is starting to grind on me a bit.
Glenda2717153 Glenda2717153 5 years
I was extremely disappointed! I never blog or post about any issue but this is the first time I have to. I feel like I have been cheated as a viewer from getting to watch a good ending to a love story! I really don't care much for April's character. I think Shonda should have thought about getting rid of her and not someone like Lexie! I am really disappointed. Can someone tell Shonda she should be fired! Of course we don't know what happened behind the scenes so whatever Chyler stars in I'm sure she'll be great in.
Tracey2716623 Tracey2716623 5 years
The entire episode had me in tears!! I LOVE Grey's and have watched every episode. This show has so many talented actors. I too am disappointed that Lexie's character (Chyler Leigh) is gone. I keep reading posts about how horrible the writers are for making that decision, however, we don't know the reasons. Maybe she wanted out to star in another series or in a movie. I hope it's not the last we see of Chyler because she really is a terrific actress! I'm going to be terribly disappointed if Mark dies, I think one is more than enough. I too am sick of the whole virginity thing with April...enough already! Let it go, we all have to grow up sometime! Geesh! I'm frustrated we have to wait all summer to see the reactions of the hospital and who all survivies!!
Kirbie-Johnson Kirbie-Johnson 5 years
I was addicted to Grey's at the beginning of the show, but stopped watching religiously. There's been some lulls, however, one thing I love about the show is that anything can happen. Not everything is a fairy tale! Meredith's life isn't charmed, to say the least. However, isn't it bizarre? I feel like most of the year the season is ho-hum, but the season finales can take your breath away.
mah1475 mah1475 5 years
It was extremely sad to see Lexie go. I would have loved to see her & Mark finally get together. He should have never waited to tell her how he felt. I still think that Arizona & Mark could both die. Arizona was coughing up blood at the beginning of the show. I think they're going to lose her too, I did hear that the original characters will be back next season. So that means Derek, Meredith, Cristina, Alex, Webber & Bailey will all be back. I think Arizona's gonna die & Alex will stay at Seattle Grace. All that talk about how things are so great in Callie's life right now, I think she's gonna lose Arizona. It's definitely going to be a long summer waiting for the new season.  
Mauli2713484 Mauli2713484 5 years
Lexie was by far the most interesting and complex character on the show. She is portrayed by a talented actor that is interesting to watch and her scenes were always the most interesting for me to watch. I have to say that her death on the show was shocking and disappointing.
nessa17 nessa17 5 years
Just like most people here did not like this episode too much. First of all did they have to have Lexie die at the beginning and why her? I actually liked all the characters, so would have been sad if any of them had died except maybe Owen.  I couldn't even concentrate on the hospital scenes too much, they should have focused more on them in the woods and at least had the people at the hospital find out what had happened so that we could see their reactions.
noonehere noonehere 5 years
I absolutely hated the episode... If writers do not love their characters, why don't they just end the show? There was absolutely no need to kill Lexie. 
tmoda12 tmoda12 5 years
I have watched every single episode.  It is the hour that nobody can bother me or I'll kill them.  Right now I am angry and disappointed.  It's like Shonda wanted to kill the show so she can focus on Scandal!!!  Really, like Christina said, how much more tragedy can they handle??? come on!!! Why do you keep killing people off??!!!! Lexi was a great character!!!! so complex, and so loved!!! She was too young!! She had been through a lot!!!! How could she do this????  Not watching next season, tired of the nonsense.
awesomepants awesomepants 5 years
Did not watch Grey's this season but when I read that Lexie died I was like huh? Isn't Meredith's entire family dead now? Good grief. Way to make her character even more miserable. The problem with Grey's is that they only know how to kill people off and this time it was unnecessary. You don't kill off family unless their old (parents and such). You kill people like April! But then again..who would care if that happened..
jrosenberg02 jrosenberg02 5 years
Is it weird that I was more sad about Sammy dying on Revenge than Lexie on Greys?  I'm just so over Grey's.  It's gotten so terrible this season.  Half the time I don't even watch it, I just read the recap so I'm vaguely aware of what's going on if I want to watch it the following week.
Kpeezy20 Kpeezy20 5 years
I'm also disappointed by the finale! I kept hoping that it was all Meredith's dream!! I really loved Lexie and was hoping her and Mark would finally be together!! After Lexie dies it made it so hard to watch the rest of the show! But I will continue to be a fan and continue to watch!
chloehale chloehale 5 years
 @spasiklaki huh.  you're right.  I could have sworn I read that this was the series finale.  well thank you for making me very relieved that they didn't actually end the show this way!
spasiklaki spasiklaki 5 years
 @chloehale   It has already been RENEWED, dear :-)
tagen22 tagen22 5 years
Oh, I am absolutely as bummed about Lexie's death as you.  She was hands-down my favorite character on the show.  I feel like I've been waiting forever for her and Mark to finally get back together, and the very least they could have given us was a couple of episodes where they were back together.  But no, they let Lexie give an epic speech about being in love with him, and he thanks her for her candor?  We get one episode where it's awkward, and then like a minute when she's dying where he tells her he loves her.  The lead-up to them getting back together was slow and frustrating, and that's what we get?  I haven't cried this hard over fiction since Junior High.  Damnit Grey's!
Angelica2711321 Angelica2711321 5 years
I reallly don't know why you all are hating.....This is Grey's Anatomy.. Sometimes its sad..most times its good.. I LOVED IT. This the reason i'm hooked.  
Karen2711218 Karen2711218 5 years
Yeah I was very disappointed with season finale. You figure they'd want the show to be at its best the last two seasons... I dont understand the need to kill off a character that everyone loves when there are so many other other characters that we can do without: April, Teddy, Owen, even Arizona... Fans that have been watching Grey's from the very beginning are very attached to characters that have been around for a while. If Shonda wanted to kill someone off she shouldve offed a newer character .. WHO CARES ABOUT APRIL'S VIRGINITY.. REALLY!! STory is old!!!!  I gave up on House when they got rid of Jennifer Morrison and story lines started to get dumb.. I love Grey's but I wont be glued to television anymore.. Sad.. because I really do love the show.
chloehale chloehale 5 years
 @NadiaPotter This WAS the very last episode of grey's. No more episodes. 
chloehale chloehale 5 years
unfortunately, there isn't going to be a next season.  This was the series finale.  
Casey2711028 Casey2711028 5 years
I completely agree with everything you said...I'm so angry!
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 5 years
"but right now I feel more like I've been punished for sticking with this show for so long." exactly... I don't have a reason to see this show anymore... stop trying, it's like they want us to stop watching, If the actors are getting to expensive, just stop doing episodes, and stop losing viewers...   that's how i felt with criminal minds and did stop watching it, I didn't even knew they had 2 more seasons... 
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