Just recently we reported that many of the longtime characters we’ve known to love will be departing from Grey’s Anatomy. The next confirmation comes from Sandra Oh, who plays brilliant surgeon Cristina Yang.
Two five time Emmy nominee, and one time Golden Globe winner will depart the medical drama in 2014 after 10 years of work.
“It’s been a great privilege to play the character of Cristina Yang on GAand I am both sad and excited to see where this, her final season will take her. It was an emotional and deeply creative decision for me and I feel fully supported by Shonda and the writers. It’s so rare in an actor’s life to be able to explore and grow a character so fully, so completely. I am profoundly grateful to everyone atGA for the opportunity,” Oh said in a statement.
Creator Shonda Rhimes has some touching words to say as well.
“One of the best days of my life as a writer happened the day Sandra Oh walked in my door to audition and forever changed the course of Grey’s Anatomy with her brilliant, nuanced portrayal of Cristina Yang. Over the past ten seasons, I have been made better by Sandra’s trust, faith and friendship and I can’t quantify how grateful I am for her collaboration on a character we both love so deeply. This year is going to be bittersweet for us — we’re both going to savor every moment of Cristina Yang and then we’re going to give her the exit she deserves. And when Sandra walks out of my door, Grey’s Anatomy will be once again be forever changed.”
It is a common occurrence for an actor to walk away from a role after such a longtime feeling that they gave it their all and its time to say goodbye. Nothing lasts forever right?
“It’s such an interesting thing to play a character for so long and to actually get the sense that she wants to be let go as well. [Cristina] wants to be let go, and I am ready to let her go. We have to start the process, story-wise, for the Grey’s writers to think of why she’s going to go,” said Oh.
With the contracts for many of the cast members including Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, and James Pickens Jr. tough times could be ahead for the medical show.
But fans, don’t loose hope yet. A rep for ABC assured us that, “It’s our intention to have Grey’s on the air for many years to come, with as many of the original cast as possible.” Whew.
Grey’s Anatomy – Let’s All Go to the Bar (16×09)
It was the fall season finale for Grey’s Anatomy and Meredith was certainly not going to miss making at least one appearance in the OR.
I had gotten so used to the split storylines of the show that having this episode solely focus on the hospitals almost seemed foreign.
The chaos didn’t pick up until the middle of the episode once Maggie started going hysterical when she began losing her patient and Bailey experienced a miscarriage.
Jo spent the entire episode exploring her connection with her abandonment and foster care history. I thought this was an important pondering as she’s been going through a rough time understanding and accepting her past. Maybe as she’s helping abandoned babies, she’ll finally learn to clear the skeletons in her closet. And now she’s home with a baby? Maybe she sped up the process of her and Alex having a baby.
These doctors sure have been through the rough of it. From miscarriages to divorces, losses, and shootings. The bad news never stops and this time death chose to target Bailey. The loss of her baby shouldn’t have been too surprising, considering her age and onset of menopause, but it still didn’t make losing the “almost baby” any easier.
In true Grey’s Anatomy fashion we were left on a big cliffhanger when a car ran into Joe’s bar and flew through the brick wall. First of all, how did the front of the car not entirely get totaled? It was completely intact. Aside from flying bricks that are sure to have hit many people in the head, it didn’t look like anyone was trapped, so it looks like it’ll just be a mass amount of bodies in the hospital.
With the sudden resignation of Maggie as the cardio God, the hospital continues to shrink. It’s obvious she’ll return because no doctor at Grey Sloan Memorial who has quit has failed to return.
The biggest “oh no” of the night was when Shonda “took it there.” She threw us another curveball with the truth of the father of Amelia’s baby. I thought we were out of the woods with the question of the paternity of her child, but we’re never safe from shocking news. It adds a bit of ridiculousness to the situation, seeing as it took so many episodes for her to finally find out the father of her child. And it leads to an even more jumbled situation between Amelia, Owen, and Teddy. One that had taken so long to detangle.
I’m upset about this reveal and wish Shonda hadn’t taken it there.
The best moment of the episode was when Meredith was texting Christina and we find out that the new Irish cutie wasn’t just a random stray off the street, but intentionally sent by none other than the twisted sister from across the Atlantic.
This better mean Christina makes an appearance in the next portion of the season! They’re dropping too many Christina references for it to be a fair tease.
The boys’ advice to DeLuca might’ve been too late as it seems the new Irish doctor has an eye on Meredith. I pray to Shonda, not another love triangle. They’re getting old at this point.
The episode didn’t leave much room for the patient stories to be an important contributing factor to the story arch, except for the new father whose heart has yet to restart. I can’t imagine them losing him, especially since Teddy put him through extreme measures to try and save him. He’s not dead yet, and I don’t believe he will be.
What are you looking forward to next spring for the premiere? What drama will ensue when Amelia tells Link he’s not the father and that Owen is? How about the car crash into Joe’s? There were only a few important characters who were in the bar at the time, so I’m not too worried or anxious about that cliffhanger/
Additional Side Notes:
- The Bailey and Amelia pregnancy pact is everything. Why didn’t we get this before with any of the other doctors?
- I’m surprised they brought in a new doctor during the last episode of the fall season. But, I’m not complaining. Any gift from Christina is welcomed with open and embracing arms.
- Catherine’s remark about Station 19 being a news channel was certainly not entirely off the mark. Seeing as it’s taking over Grey’s Anatomy’s timeslot, it’s becoming a bigger “channel.”
- It’s been a while since Grey’s has added some new accents to the mix, but I’m glad they’ve added the Irish leprechaun.
- The Bailey and Amelia pregnancy pact was too wholesome and too short-lived.
Grey’s Anatomy – My Shot (16×08)
Meredith finally got her day in court. She kept her license and hopefully next week’s episode is back to where it should be with Meredith back in the operating room adding to her list of successful patient outcomes.
It was a legendary episode with a recap of all the past successes of Meredith as a surgeon as she fought for her medical license.
The entire episode was centered around her hotel-turned-courtroom appearance as everyone she was close to spoke to her capabilities and accomplishments as a top surgeon.
She received a rude awakening after she recognized one of the panel judges as the incompetent doctor who killed Derek. She truly attempted to stay quiet while he berated her for her complete disregard for rules and authority, while her anger was slowly building.
Despite her lawyer’s plea for compliance, Meredith couldn’t keep quiet and called him out directly for his inexcusable neglect that killed Derek. The moment she listed names of the spouses of the patients she had lost we knew he was done for. If you’re trying to take out Meredith Grey, everyone should know using her daughter as a pawn to do so is the worst way possible.
Bailey’s behavior on the stand came out of left field. We knew she was angry with Meredith, but that was not the time nor the place to take it out on Meredith.
It was inappropriate for Bailey to throw hands on the stand in a hearing that would take away Meredith’s entire life. Bailey’s behavior over the last season has been ridiculous and a bit out of character. Simply out of jealousy, she wanted to take out Meredith. I hope Bailey has a redeemable episode, and they keep her on the back burner for any more shenanigans.
We knew Meredith would keep her license. Although I was ready for Shonda to take a spontaneous turn and switch Meredith’s career into the legal side of medicine. But, I’m sure she can do that better internally as a doctor. The moments they called into question were her Robin Hood moments, she made those decisions for the greater good.
Rules are sometimes made to be broken, and all the rules Meredith broke were just that.
It’s always a pleasant surprise whenever they’re able to throw in old scenes from past episodes. Hello baby Meredith, Lexi, and Christina! This would’ve been the easiest moment to have had a surprise guest of one of the old cast members.
Having a group of some of the patients Meredith saved was by far the most emotional moment of the episode. I was in shock when they had Meredith’s first-ever patient testify. Even before they had the throwback scene, I recognized her right away. I proudly admit I’ve rewatched this show three times through.
A happy ending for Meredith, the hospital, and the future patients she will save. A not so happy ending for DeLuca and Meredith. It just never seems right for Meredith to be with anyone but Derek. As DeLuca pointed out, she not only loved Derk, but also respected him, and there’s nobody quite like him.
It was nice seeing Meredith happy for the first time in a long time since Derek’s death, but we all need a reminder that Derek was the love of her life, and nobody else will compare.
Meredith has taken a slight backseat this season and this was her episode. A reminder that Meredith is the queen of medicine. She has won a Catherine Fox award if you didn’t know. She’s back in her place with a scalpal in hand and a scrub cap for her crown.
All of you Grey’s Anatomy OG fans, we’ve come a long way. Didn’t you hear? We’re legendary!
Do you think Meredith and DeLuca will get back together? Are you ready to finally see Meredith back in her scrubs?
Additional Side Notes:
- The lawyer’s retort back to Schmidt about him still never having been in a courtroom because they’re in a hotel was pure savagery.
- With all the old name drops like Christina, Arizona, Callie, and April did anyone else get emotional?
- The best place to seize is in a room full of renowned surgeons.
- Good on Jackson for not giving in to temptation with Maggie.
- Koracick knows when to fall back in line.
Grey’s Anatomy – Papa Don’t Preach (16×07)
Family is the biggest running theme on this show. What constitutes a family? Is it based in blood or love?
The latest installment of Grey’s Anatomy definitely toyed with the ideas of these two questions at large.
None of the surgeons have loving or tight-knit family bases, except for George O’Malley. Resulting in most of them identifying Grey Sloan Memorial as their home away from home and surgery as their greatest love. They’ve also created a mini family among each other. Some rooted in blood and some in deep friendships.
In a way, the entirety of the characters creates a family.
Maggie joined a few seasons ago looking for her family and to her surprise, she not only found Richard and Meredith, but she was thrown into a multitude of extended family branches.
This was the first time she’s introduced to Richard’s side of the family. As is one of our first times. Besides the episode way back, when we met his other niece, who I believe also suffered from a heart condition. It must be a genetic thing in his family!
When Richard’s “estranged” brother and niece came to the hospital seeking help with Saby’s very large and dangerous tumor, they were greeted by a confused yet intrigued Maggie.
Our origin is something so ingrained into our minds, hence religion. With Maggie having been adopted, she had never felt the true sense of connection that is inexplicable between blood relations.
Her first interaction with Saby gave her a taste of what it was like to finally meet someone who more than slightly resembled her and shared most of the same nerdy interests.
The actresses did look very much alike! How did they find an actress who resembled Kelly McCreary so well?!
After Saby finally presented Maggie and Richard with her challenging tumor they’re both positive Maggie is the best option even with resistance from both Saby and her father, due to familial conflict of interest.
Maggie’s confidence came out a bit strong and she insisted she was the best and that she would be able to completely take care of the tumor with no worries.
Sadly, Saby ends up dying on Maggie’s operating table. What a hard loss for Maggie, especially after having so much confidence in her abilities and “bullying” Saby and her father into going along with her expertise.
It was a bit of a major loss for the characters, despite the distance between Richard and his family. They were still family.
Amelia still hadn’t told Owen about her pregnancy with Link, so she finally decided it was the best time. I honestly forgot who did and didn’t know about Amelia’s pregnancy.
Owen didn’t take the news too swiftly and took it out on a patient who came in after falling down the stairs.
The woman had apparently taken a drug to try and terminate the pregnancy, but instead got dizzy and almost terminated the pregnancy that way.
A major question and topic was brought to the surface on the show. I can’t remember the last time they mentioned abortion, but it was an interesting way to shed light on the controversy.
Owen has had his fair share with baby issues and getting involved with women who didn’t initially want children. Christina’s abortion seasons ago really affected him, and now seeing Amelia with Link ready and eager to have a baby really hit home for him.
All he has ever wanted was to create a family and his first two grand attempts failed.
I understand his issues, but it was highly inappropriate to take out his frustrations on a patient. Although his intentions were never about the actual abortion, it did bring up the debate between pro-life and pro-choice in an interesting manner.
In reality, it was his reasoning with Amelia’s choice to have a baby with Link when the reason for their first break up and divorce stemmed from her lack of desire for mothering another child.
Now that they finally came to an agreement with Amelia’s pregnancy, they’re still working on how titles are going to work in their family. Auntie Amelia and Uncle Owen? They’ve added a whole new twist on a ‘modern family’.
What are your thoughts on family? Is it blood thicker than water?
I can’t wait for next week’s court case. The last time Grey’s Anatomy nudged into Law and Order territory must have been Callie’s court case with the Olympic athlete.
Additional Side Notes:
- The fact that Saby initially thought Jackson was gay for falling in love with a firefighter, rather than assuming that there could be a female firefighter was too ironic. I can’t decide whether her thinking was progressive or not.
- I’m surprised they only brought up that Catherine had no idea about Maggie and Jackson’s breakup, but they never resolved it!
- When did Alex’s hospital receive the funding to finally make it look like a full-functioning establishment?
- Meredith’s outfit this episode gave me Susie vibes from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!
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