Grey’s Anatomy Season Finale 2012 “Flight” Review

Grey's Anatomy Flight Season 8 Episode 24

The horrible, gut wrenching, sob-inducing death of a main character might be in step with the Grey’s Anatomy finale tradition, but the show runners did mix it up a little this year. In the past the deaths have been drawn out, with the final breath coming in the last moments of the episode. George didn’t even start to code until the credits were about to roll. Dr.Percy (one of the Mercy West interlopers) didn’t die in Bailey’s arms until the last possible moment. So when Lexie closed her eyes before the episode even hit the half-way mark I was ready to believe the whole crash was a dream sequence. Surely they wouldn’t end the suspense that had been building on message boards and in offices all week? Or course the suspense continued after the extremely gray Mark was revealed to have massive internal injuries and Arizona kept coughing up blood.

Things don’t look good for Arizona after the foreshadowing never-a-good-sign coughing up blood, plus the unintentional jinx Alex and Callie put on her. Callie jinxed her by making an impassioned speech about how bad spots in your life make way for good times, her good times dependant on her loving wife not dying a terrible death in the middle of the woods, and Alex by confessing the only reason he’s leaving Seattle Grace is to see if he can make it as a doctor without her. It did seem kind of strange that in spite of the coughing up blood and major leg wound other than Cristina giving her the materials to splint her own leg no one was giving Arizona much attention. I mean after they tended to Derek and Mark shouldn’t they have at least given her a once over?

The only person they were giving less attention to than Arizona was the poor paralyzed pilot. It was obvious that while their friends were dying around them a stranger causality was pretty low on their list of priorities. It was also cold of Cristina to stab his leg to prove his paralysis. Sure I think her intention was to shut him up and calm him down, but his nervous babbling wasn’t too severe, she could have broken it to him a little more nicely.

It was a smart move to have Cristina point out the insanity that is how many disasters have befallen the doctors since they arrived at Seattle Grace, from crazed gunman to bombs. It could have gotten a little lost in her speech, but it did stand out when she mentioned friends getting hit by buses. Does that means that she misses George too?

When put against all that was happening in the woods everything that happened back at the hospital seemed inconsequential, no matter how dramatic. Bailey accepting her boyfriends proposal was sweet, as was Hunt firing Teddy so she’d be able to take a better (and honesty, safer) job with the military. He sure is going to feel guilty about not listening to his messages until the end of the day though.

The episode ended on such an unresolved note, from the fate of the doctors’ lives, to the fate of Kepner and Avery’s relationship, yet the shot or Meredith and Cristina leaning on each other while sharing a stick of gum made it seem like everything was going to be ok. Amidst all the sadness it was a great shot to end the season with.

What did you think of the season finale? Will the rest of the doctors involved in the crash make it home alive?