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What a finale
May 21, 2010 - Pam Rodgers
I must say I don’t think I have ever seen a season finale quite like Grey’s Anatomy’s this year. It was just so intense from start to finish that it was hard to do or think about anything else while it was on. The idea of a shooter roaming the halls of a hospital is such a terrifying thought. Hospitals shouldn’t be a place of danger, but for the Grey’s crew in Seattle Grace, it definitely was.
I’m calling spoiler alert right now. To anyone who hasn’t seen the show yet and are planning on watching it should stop reading now.
From the first five minutes of the show, I knew I was going to be on the edge of my seat for the next two hours. The shocking shooting and immediate death of Dr. Reed (a new Mercy West resident from this year) and the shooting of Karev was just shocking. The disclaimer at the beginning was very necessary for the graphic violence that was shown in the first death. It was so different than what I am used to seeing on a TV show, it took me a bit to get over it. It’s not like I haven’t seen violent movies before but I am usually prepared for it. That was not the case in Grey’s.
The first hour was the initial stages of the shock that the shooter was in the hospital looking for Derek Shepard and former chief, Richard Webber. It was a lot to absorb. A truly terrifying moment was when the gun was pointed at Dr. Bailey, and she uses her smarts to talk her way out of being shot is a huge sigh of relief. When Derek gets shot at the end on the first hour, I was shocked and mad at the same time. I have been a loyal Grey’s fan, but I swore that if they didn’t save his life, I would never watch the show again.
This was a great episode for Christina Yang. As much as you may want to slap her sometimes, she was the best character in the episode. I never doubted for a minute that she would step in a try to save Derek from the gunshot to the chest.
I have to say that the second hour of the shooter anxiety was a bit of a stretch. It’s a bit unbelievable that Seattle’s finest wouldn’t have been able to track down the shooter in that time but it did produce some very dramatic scenes that led to Owen getting shot and Meredith having miscarriage after just finding out that morning that she was pregnant. And it also led to the eventual standoff between Dr. Webber and the shooter.
Another positive to the episode was Mandy Moore as an excellent guest star, adding a nice dynamic to Bailey’s story line. Certain doctor’s did die, but no one that is truly vital to the show (in my opinion).
Overall, it was a good season ender. While there wasn’t a big time cliffhanger like last year with George and Izzie, it will be interesting to see where they pick up next year. I am glad this season is over. I have said repeatedly that this hasn’t been the best season of Grey’s. I will be happy to tune in next fall to hopefully get back to the Grey’s Anatomy that I fell in love with.
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