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"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 24, "Didn't We Almost Have It All"

"Grey's Anatomy" Recap: Episode 24, "Didn't We Almost Have It All"

So after everything this season — the tremors and the ferry crashes, the weddings and the births and the deaths — this is where we end up. I thought the "Grey's Anatomy" finale this week was pretty reflective of the season as a whole: pretty predictable, but with enough good things thrown in to make me hopeful for next season. In fact, I'm actually pretty happy with the cliffhangers leading us into season four, so without further ado,

First of all, props to smarler and CM213 for calling the Lexie Grey thing long before I even thought of it last week. Brilliant!

I loved how the episode was structured around the sequences of Richard issuing his verdict to all of the candidates for chief. Each candidate was told no for a reason so appropriate to their characters: Mark because he was just in the race to one-up Derek; Addison because she needed the job too much; Burke because the Chief holds him to a higher standard.

But that’s only a small part of Richard’s story this episode; the rest of the time, he’s with Adele. He finds out she's pregnant, of course, but he still sits with her and makes her drink water and acts like her husband. She goes into surgery and loses the baby, but Richard misunderstands and thinks Adele has died; he runs in, sees her open her eyes, and sighs with relief. He asks Adele if she should call the father, but she says the father didn't know; she misjudged him, she says, thinking he would run, but instead he's a man who would sit by her bedside and make her drink her water. Richard slowly realizes she’s saying he would have been a father.

Cristina, meanwhile, is a ball of wedding anxiety, and the other girls literally write her vows on her hand. Burke's mom gives her the family's heirloom choker — choker, of course, in case we couldn't get the symbolism — and somehow shaves off Cristina's eyebrows, and she arrives at the hospital begging to please cut someone open.

Meredith babbles to Derek that she's herself again and now she wants him to sleep over, and he informs her that he met a girl at a bar and flirting with her was the highlight of his week. He works on the hikers, one of whom admits he accidentally swatted their friend in the head with the axe when they were falling. But in surgery, Derek realizes the strike wasn't accidental. One hiker finally admits their friend was in so much pain that the axe was the swiftest way to end his suffering. Inspired, Derek asks Meredith for the metaphorical axe to the head: If she doesn't see a future for them, she needs to put him out of his misery.

Burke tries out his vows in surgery — "I am not optimistic; I am not hopeful. I am sure." — and Addison jokingly tells him to dump Cristina and marry her instead. Callie tells George all she can think about is having a baby, and they start trying right there in the on call room. And it turns in to a very good day for Callie, because Bailey checks the board for the chief resident announcement and it's Calliope Torres, M.D. Izzie, oblivious to all of this, goes to George and tells him that if he really wants to be with Callie, she'll support him, but she's in love with him, and she needs him to know that — "and I hope you're in love with me, too."

Meanwhile, Jane Doe/Ava/Rebecca's husband, Jeff, shows up, but Rebecca mostly looks bored. Just before Alex is going to leave for the wedding, Rebecca tells him that she's been discharged; Alex isn't taking the bait, so she spells out that she's looking for Alex to give her a reason not to go. Alex tells her Jeff is a decent guy and she should stay with him.

Minutes before the wedding, the interns get their test scores, and George doesn’t pass. Burke essentially congratulates Derek on being chief, but Derek says he didn’t get the offer. Alex flirts with Addison, and she says he wants Ava/Rebecca and not her — but when he goes back (which I wish he wouldn’t have) he finds an empty room. George, meanwhile, asks Bailey what to do next, and she tells him he can either leave or repeat his intern year. "Did I fail you, George?" she asks, and he responds that he failed her.

Cristina is about to go down the aisle when she realizes that her vows are gone; she freaks out and Burke ends up walking up the aisle to find her. Meredith calms her down, and Cristina says she didn't want the wedding before, but now she thinks she does; Burke says he wants her to know, and he leaves. I know I said before that I'd be done if Burke left her at the altar, but it actually worked for me. Meredith, meanwhile, tells everyone in the church that it's over.

Cristina's standing in her dress in the apartment when Meredith walks in. Cristina says Burke is gone — his trumpet is gone, and his CDs, and his lucky scrub cap. She asks Meredith to get the choker and the dress off her while she sobs “he’s gone! I’m free … dammit.”

George is cleaning out his locker when the new group of interns comes in. Among them: the girl from the bar. She asks George for advice; he tells her to learn how to do an appendectomy before the first day. She then introduces herself as Lexie Grey.

In the end, we see the final scene with the chief and Derek, and Derek tells Richard he's not the best man for the job — Richard is. Wouldn't he do it differently if he could have another chance?

So that's our season. I love the introduction of Lexie. Does she even know about Meredith? I can't imagine why Thatcher wouldn't have steered her away from Seattle Grace, but Lexie seems like the kind of girl who gets what she wants, kind of a brighter, shiner, happier version of Meredith. There's something a little too perfect in Lexie also meeting Derek in a bar the night before she starts her internship at Seattle Grace, but I like what it could do for the story, so I'll take it. I can't imagine Richard will come back as chief, honestly, now that he's somewhat reconciled with Adele; doesn't this just put him in the same position he was before, choosing his job over his family? And I'm not sure I see George leaving, either; if he repeated his intern year, it would be a way to integrate Lexie's class of interns in with the existing group. Burke, too, doesn't really feel gone, yet, and I want to hear the chief tell Bailey why he passed her over. I'm ready to leave this rollercoaster season behind, but I'm hopeful about the setup we've been given for season four. What do you think?

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darcicomplex darcicomplex 3 years
That shower for April in the hospital lounge was a crazy scene...had me laughing and cringing at the same time. But way to go April for firing her crazy sisters as bridesmaids, they took it too far - maybe now she has some hope of an incident-free wedding? Also really liked that they played the song "Team" by Lorde during this scene, that song is so addictive.
lanilovespeaches lanilovespeaches 10 years
ok i absolutely LOVE this show but I think the last episode sucked! I mean, i get the wedding thing about burke and christina but did he have to like, run off? that was stupid but i guess since he's fired, it works. But mer and der?! what the heck?! So he finally makes it clear that he loves her and she can't even TALK to him cuz she's gonna be "late". That's crap, she's so screwed up right now. She's like never happy and at first i felt bad for her cuz of addison but now, she's just ruining her own happiness! and ugh! that's retarted, so i'm curious to see how the season's gonna start next fall!
krystalmak krystalmak 10 years
Usually in the world of Grey's, someone is left with hope. There was no hope in here. Merder- "over" according to Shonda's blog. Addison's leaving the show Alex - the girl he wanted left because he didn't say anything (but I wanted her to do the right thing) George - cleaned out his locker Izzie - told a married man she loves him Callie - She's next chief, but her husband's mind is elsewhere Bailey - Worked really hard and didn't get Chief Cristina - He left her Burke - He left with his things Chief - Wife comes back and derek tells him he has a second chance blagh. The acting was good though :) I guess I'll have to see the first eppys of s4
Fashionsugar Fashionsugar 10 years
I'm very disappointed in the finale...I only watch Grey's because I loved Mer and Der together...and now, they are and seriously this new little nice? NO WAY...I probably won't watch the show next year. I should have just stopped watching when the "BIG TWO HOUR EVENT" aired..that was AWFUL..mer was trying to kill ridiculous..and it showed her drowning the whole episode, let's be serious...because it was actually humorous to me...I think they need to rethink the plot they have going on right now..because they lost a once faithful viewer.
Princess101 Princess101 10 years
i watched part of that with my sis, licia, it was said i dont even like that show and i cried at the end, so did my
Shpohlc Shpohlc 10 years
i kind of knew that they werent going to get married. But man, why did McDreamy and Grey....break up. Gawd, she had McDreamy and he's fine. They did have there ups and downs tho. But we havent seen the last on them yet. At least I hope not. And I really hope that McDreamy doesnt date Grey's...ummm....step sister...I think. Gawd that would be bad. Cant wait for it to come back in the fall.
Katiefrog Katiefrog 10 years
I am new here and posting late on this, but I have to get this out! UGH. I got into Grey's late--I still haven't seen the first few episodes but I fell into it because of the whole Denny thing, mainly because I'm a huge Weeds fan and he is on that show in flashbacks. I was disappointed with this finale, especially since I felt the 2nd season finale was so good. The wedding that doesn't happen is such a TV cliche. Callie shouldn't be asking George for a baby when she doesn't trust him. I liked Alex and Eva but he shouldn't be a father and she comes with a kid so I'm ok with that. Meredith. WTF is wrong with her? From what I have heard Derek really dicked her around in the first season so maybe she just revenges on him subconsciously? And the thing with Lexie. Meredith had developed a relationship with her stepmom so wouldn't she have some idea that Lexie was coming to intern at her hospital? Or did she and I missed that conversation? I read that Lexie has been signed on for 13 episodes next season so I guess we are stuck with her. I feel like all the comings and goings of characters (Addison's spinoff which looks dumb to me, Burke leaving?, Lexie) is messing up the dynamic of the show. It's just not the same anymore to me.
haze1nut haze1nut 10 years
iHATED THE FINALE! and omg, if lexie gets derek.........i will shake my fist angrily at the writers!! i would be furious. meredith needs to get bright and shiny again!
sofi sofi 10 years
thanks Buzz- I went back to read recaps on -I had never done that before- and I noticed the difference between the positions. I never followed very religiously before this season. Yeah, I never remember Sydney or Callie with their own interns and they sort of just seemed like eager substitutes. Callie would have had ortho residents and Sydney should have had psych residents-right? So- WHO has been the 'Chief Resident' up until this point? We know Richard had a bigger job in the hospital- Chief of Surgery (I always thought he was the chief of staff of the whole hospital- he would say 'my hospital' a lot). My hubby just bought me the first season, so I need to go back and get it all straight. The answers may be there somewhere.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
cutelilbunny -- me too! I meant to mention that in the recap but totally forgot. I thought that was a really great touch. sofi -- you know, I think Callie, Bailey and Sydney (the crazy perky one) are all supposed to be on the same level, but I wonder why we've never seen Callie and Sydney leading their own groups of interns? In the very first episode all the interns got assigned to residents, which is how the group we watch ended up with Bailey, but I guess there are other groups of interns with other residents, and we just never see them.
cutelilbunny cutelilbunny 10 years
I had a total deja vu moment when Richard was talking to the residents. It reminded me of last season, when he was "talking" to the each of interns separately about who cut Denny's LVAD wire.
suemey suemey 10 years
awful!!!!! this episode was so lame
rubiesymusica rubiesymusica 10 years
it was okay but i think with listening to the official and fan podcasts and even seeing the promos this season has been so obvious to me. the only thing that i was surprised about was bailey not getting the job and george being the one to fail. izzie is a mcmurderer and needs to be off the show. i guess what happens off camera really does play into what the writers want to do. boo! this is so not my #1 show anymore, but i will still watch. argh!
sofi sofi 10 years
Thanks Buzz- that was so confusing. But Bailey was already chief resident because she was all of the interns boss already? Did Richard have her step down or give it to someone else because of what happened with Izzie and Denny (cutting the wire and getting that heart for him). I think they set that up horribly. Callie was way too young and inexperienced to be the head of Surgery. If Richard stepped down to have time for family, that wouldn't be nice to pile it on a newly married woman. So why did he offer it to Derek? Didn't he want him and Meredith to have/get some stability. He has really looked out for her. I feel a bit better because now it seems Richard may change his mind (head of Surgery) but him and Adele hopefully can still work out. He has proven that she could come first.
agrepina agrepina 10 years
i gotta give props to sandra oh..her breakdown scene was AMAZING!! no1 else could have pulled it off the way she did
namaste8799 namaste8799 10 years
i hated this episode
fabuhlouse fabuhlouse 10 years
Ahhh, thanks for clarifying Buzz! I thought Callie seemed awfully young to be Chief! I've been confused this whole season.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
I know the chief/chief resident thing is confusing, so I just wanted to clarify: Addison, Burke, Derek and Mark were competing for the job of chief of surgery, which is what Richard is now. Bailey, Callie and Sydney were competing for chief resident, who oversees all the interns and other residents in the surgical program. It's a long path and a lot of years between being a resident and being eligible to be chief; even though Richard told Bailey he wants her to be chief some day, that day is still a long time away.
fabuhlouse fabuhlouse 10 years
The one thing that I was confused about was how they made it seem like Richard might be Chief again. Maybe I understood it wrong? I dont know, but it wasn't a cliffhanger to me. Its already been decided. He offered the job to Derek and he turned it down saying Richard should be Chief again, but then he posted the message saying Callie was Chief. I wouldn't think thats something that you can take back once you give away the job. As for Meredith and Derek, their relationship will be off and on for as long as the show in on the air. I'd put money on it. As much as I want to root for them, honestly, I'd be bored with their story if they got together, stayed together, and were happy forever. The drama is what keeps us watching. It's going to be exactly like Friends with Ross and Rachel. Everyone knew that they should be together, but they were off and on until the last episode. Both of them will be in different relationships until the very end and everyone will hate their new partners, ie: everyone hated Emily on Friends and a lot of people didn't like Finn when he was with Meredith. The one thing we can count on is that there will always be little sparks between them. Oh, and I agree with whoever said Lexie should get with Mark. He needs a woman in his life. And an actual relationship. He tried to get with Meredith a couple times, so now he can have his own Grey! A (hopefully) not annoying one! It'd also be a good way to one-up Derek which we all know he loves doing, so it would work out perfectly.
nanjo nanjo 10 years
I was disappointed in the finale. It was much like the 2 hour episode that launched the "Private Practice" possible spinoff....every woman on the show is UNHAPPY. Poor Adele was the only one that had anything positive happen to her, and that was after she miscarried her baby and almost died. Shonda Rhimes has strayed much too far from the original premise of the show. And, what woman in her right mind would turn Patrick Dempsey away after he tells her that she is "the love of his life". I was furious last week about the girl in the bar (Lexie Grey). Now I'm rooting for her to get with Derek next season, maybe she's well-adjusted enough to appreciate him. Meredith and Christina are train wrecks, and this same negative stuff happening over and over and over again is getting old. If anyone ever needed a shrink, it's Meredith. Let's just say I've about come around to my husband's initial assessment of the show over 2 years's a soap opera, and it's getting more and more unbelievable. Shonda, it's not entertainment anymore, it's the "Young and the Restless" during primetime!
CortneyLynn CortneyLynn 10 years
A little odd that all of the events in last three seasons were supposed to have happened within one year...
redhead42498 redhead42498 10 years
Sandra Oh was amazing from the minute she was freaking out about washing her vows off her hand to when she was in the apartment crying because she was finally free. I'm glad they didn't get married. She couldn't be herself with him. Sandra Oh should definitely win an emmy.
menthadict menthadict 10 years
I really liked this, actually. but it was so, so sad. I actually confused the girl in the bar for Molly, but I realized her hair was too light. but i was close, haha. i'm excited for season fourrr!
Bonfire Bonfire 10 years
I have always loved Derek and Meredith together! But going into this episode I was actually hoping for Meredith to dump him because I think he had been horrible to her for the past few episodes. But of course his 'you are the love of my life' scene made me love him for her all over again. Her reaction was completely bizzarre! Like she was going to have to wait to see if Christina could get married before responding to Derek. So the Christina Burke thing didn't work out and Meredith gave him her answer "it's so over." Meanwhile for a few weeks she had been ignoring the fact that he was totally distancing himself from her (basically because she was depressed for all I could tell) and two minutes before his proclamation she had asked him to sleep over. This whole thing is very painful to true Meredith/Derek fans. If they try to sell him and Lexie next season that is going to suck! Sandra Oh was awesome. For all those fretting over the cutting of the wedding dress- that's because you like wedding dresses! It was perfectly in character for Christina who never wanted one to begin with. Beautifully written and acted.
precious-p precious-p 10 years
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