Grey's Anatomy Recap: Grief, Stricken

Grey's Anatomy Season 9 William Daniels Sandra OhAfter months of hype, Grey’s Anatomy at long last pulled the curtain back on its big Mer/Cristina-centric episode Thursday night. The memorable hour divided its time between Seattle Grace, where Mer was tending to a super-critical patient, and the Mayo Clinic, where Cristina was also tending to a super-critical patient. Before the end credits rolled, there was a pivotal death, a long-awaited comeback, and more split-screen action than an episode of 24.

Mer’s Story | While driving to work in her fancy Mercedes SUV, Mer came upon an accident in which a cyclist had been pinned beneath a car. The victim’s name was Melissa, but let’s face it — as far as Mer was concerned, this was Lexie. The similarities between her late sister and the stranger before her were glaring: Both were women, both were in the prime of their lives, and both were “crushed by two tons of twisted metal.” Mer couldn’t save Lexie but she was sure as hell going to save Melissa. At the hospital, Webber picked up on the parallels immediately and urged Mer to hand the case over to another doctor. “I’m concerned this may be hitting a little too close to home,” he told her. “Emotions might be clouding your judgment.” Mer wasn’t convinced, and she refused to step aside. And good thing, because she ended up bringing “Lexie” back from certain death in the OR.

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Cristina’s Story | Meanwhile, at the Mayo Clinic, Cristina had her hands full trying to stop her “sex friend” Parker from firing her “old man friend” Thomas. At issue: How to best treat a woman with a “honeycrisp”-sized aneurism. Thomas wanted to proceed with a risky surgery, while Parker wanted Thomas to proceed to the nearest retirement home. “You’re a danger to our patients,” Parker told the golden oldie. “Surrender your license. Go out gracefully. It’s time.” But Thomas stood his ground and, with his trusty sidekick Cristina by his side, moved forward with the operation. “If I’m going,” he told Cris. “I want to go down fighting.” And boy, did he ever. During the operation — shortly after he basically told Cristina that she was the daughter he never had (squish squish) — he collapsed and died. The tragedy hit Cristina hard, so hard that she high-tailed it out of snowy Minnesota and back to Seattle — specifically, Mer’s doorstep. The BFFs hugged tightly and Mer finally uttered the words, “Lexie’s dead.”

What did you think of “Beautiful Doom?” Will you miss Dr. Thomas as much as I will? Happy Cristina’s back home where she belongs? 

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  1. Philip says:

    This show is beyond frustrating. I’m still reeling from them taking off the leg of Jessica caps haw– one of the brightest, happiest characters and now this. Ugh, these shows cannot be this depressing.

  2. Danielle H. says:

    Great episode.. my favorite in a very long time. Bravo Ellen and Sandra for amazing performances.

  3. Sarabi says:

    This show has more casualties than WWII.

  4. soxfan says:

    Thomas/Feeny/KITT/but most of all Dr. Mark Craig from St. Elsewhere!!! We can call him ALL of those wonderful names …. he died in his beloved OR doing what he did best – cardio surgery. He passed the torch down to Cristina, having taught her everything she will need to know, to go onto a top cardio career!!! I cried when he fell to the floor & they couldn’t revive him …. it was very sad & yes, Shonda did say on Twitter last week that there was no room in the budget for anything else – that’s too bad – there are three interns that are not being used & until they are, they should have kept him on. He is/was a far more interesting character … he played Dr. Craig Thomas in the same exact style he played Dr. Mark Craig (interesting the name of Craig used for two different characters, well sort of, played by the same guy with the same career) … loved it when he corrected Dr. Parker – I’m Dr. Thomas, when Parker called him by his first name with Dr. Thomas staring Dr. Parker down – ya damned straight you are/were Dr. Thomas …. I even loved the CAR he picked Cristina up in – OLD FASHIONED!!!! :-) RIP Dr. Thomas – you were such a delightful addition to this show.

  5. Ashley says:

    Still hoping we would see more of the doctors dealing with Mark and (especially) Lexie’s deaths! They deserve a better way to leave their mark on the show!