- Plot: The season gets off to a slow start, with a handful of episodes devoted to a storm that puts some of the doctors' lives in jeopardy. Still, it deserves a spot here for strong performances from Sandra Oh (Cristina) and Justin Chambers (Alex). We see a lot of relationship drama, but none are as particularly juicy as Jackson and April's impromptu elopement. There's also good stuff with Alex's father coming back and the buildup around Cristina's career trajectory.
- Ending: This is pretty happy as Grey's finales go. Cristina moves to Europe with Shane the resident, leaving Meredith with a penny for her thoughts about Derek's sometimes egomaniacal ways. At the very end of the season, we also meet Maggie as she's chatting with Richard. The season wraps up neatly, if not a little too neatly, with a new character lined up to take the place of our cardiothoracic fave.
- Weepiness: Yeah, I definitely have bittersweet tears for Cristina's farewell. Alex's dad drama and the beginnings of Japril are pretty cry-worthy, too. Otherwise, mostly a safe season for the tear ducts.