Where do I start? First, a little self-indulgence. This magnificent episode - part three of a three-parter aired on my birthday. So,
Shonda darlin', thanks for the beyond-awesome birthday present! OK, enough of that. How fabulous was tonight? We knew in our hearts that Meredith would live. I enjoyed reading the plethora of comments the last few weeks, some predicting that "if Meredith dies, maybe she'll continue as narrator à la Mary Alice on
Desperate Housewives?" Nope. The title of the episode
was "Some Kind of Miracle."
Last week when Denny and Dylan showed up in Meredith's temporary afterlife, I thought maybe that would be it. I thought
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and
Kyle Chandler were just there for quick cameos with hardly any lines. I absolutely loved how much screen time they had tonight - especially Jeffrey. Give that man an Emmy nomination for tonight, please (to make up for him not getting one last season). My favorite Denny scene was him praising Derek as "a rarity" to Meredith: "Do you know what a miracle it is that Derek exists? He's still an optimist. He still believes in true love and magic and soul mates. He's waiting for you and if you don't come back from this, it'll change who he is."
It was great how they kept telling Meredith she didn't belong there. One quick gripe, though.
Monica Keena appearing as the late Bonnie from the
train-wreck episode? Fantastic. But why did they have to show her in the "previously on
Grey's Anatomy" scenes, even quickly? That told me immediately that she'd be in Meredith's afterlife. I would've preferred it so much more if Bonnie would've appeared, Meredith would've remembered her by going: "Bonnie?" and they could've quickly flashed to Bonnie with the metal pole that was protruding from her body. Including Bonnie in the previous scenes was a spoiler I could've done without. Quick gripe over - back to the brilliance. It meant a lot for the
Anna Maria Horsford character to say that Bonnie was a "very important patient" to Meredith. Showed how losing a patient affects the lives of the doctors and interns - of course Meredith would remember Bonnie's name. Thus Meredith would also remember that her mother's scrub nurse died of liver cancer.
Amen to Anna Maria!
I kind of figured Meredith would see her mother in the afterlife just before returning to present-life. Shonda Rhimes, along with cowriter
Marti Noxon, did a classy job with that transition. Derek in one room trying to revive Ellis, with Bailey and the Chief in the other room desperately attempting once again to save Meredith. I knew that as soon as Burke showed up at the bar trying to nudge Cristina back to work after her "I'm coping" visit to the 99-cent store and chugging a few beers, she'd return.
I think it goes without saying that I cried throughout the episode, but the tear-fest was at its most prevalent when Cristina walked into that room looking at her "person" Meredith with a "No-she-is-
not-going-to-die!" facial expression. Her second plea to "Try again!" to Bailey and the Chief gave me chills and once Meredith came back to life and Cristina was alone with her, she finally got to tell Meredith that she was getting married to Burke: "You are the one person I wanted to tell! Thank you for not dying." Yes, you guessed it - projectile tears. So many tears it was as though I had almost lost one of my
own best friends. Two words for
Sandra Oh for this episode: Emmy nomination. Speaking of friends, I must add that my friend Caryn called me after the show aired and said, "I so rarely, next-to-never, cry while watching one-hour dramas, but that Cristina/Meredith scene had me bawling my eyes out... such a beautiful scene between two good friends... and you can use that in your write-up!" Done.
I think a lot of you, from reading all your comments, are as emotionally invested as I am and you cry during just about every
Grey's episode. Am I right? And just when I thought I was done crying tonight, there was Izzie walking in the hallway and then she stopped. When she and Denny "touched" each other and Denny walked away into the light? Return of the cry baby! I was happy Izzie (sort of) apologized to George at the end (in her own Izzie way) and I was not surprised that he was not having any of it and left. I thought she was inappropriately rude to Callie and I still think she should've picked a different time to bring up her anti-Callie feelings to George last week. Terrific job from
Sara Ramirez as Callie tonight defending herself and her marriage to George to Izzie. Nothin' worse than Izzie in a tizzie. Girl needs to take a chill pill.
Speaking of terrific,
Patrick Dempsey needs to submit tonight's episode for
his Emmy tape. Everything from the scene where Derek bitched out Ellis, blaming her for Meredith's status ("She might not survive this and that is on you!") to Derek telling Addison that he thought Meredith went in the water on purpose ("She's a good swimmer...") to him talking to a patient's husband (
David Downs), who told Derek he'd put Meredith in his prayers. And it was good for Addison to observe Derek with Meredith: "He never felt that way about
me." Sloan: "I did." Now let's see if McSteamy can go 60 days without sex.
That will be a fun challenge to watch in the coming episodes; you know Addison won't be following suit, not with Alex around. Hilarious shot of Alex walking in after Addison asked Sloan: "Who would I be having sex with?"
- The kick-ass direction by
Elizabeth Reaser as Addison and Alex's Jane Doe patient: glad she's starting to speak and hopefully she'll start to remember things like her name.
- Doc the dog showing up in Meredith's afterlife: "Good boy!"
- Dylan to Meredith: "This is not your brain on drugs. This is death. You are dead."
- Alex assuring Addison he was OK to stick with her and Jane Doe and temporarily be away from Meredith: "Meredith always makes me think - screwed up people have a chance."
- Alex making Jane Doe feel better, mentioning he had a friend on her deathbed and saying, "Things are tough all over."
- Bonnie (like the other afterlifers) acting as Meredith's conscience, telling her, "How can you be a surgeon and have so little respect for life?"
- Addison to Derek: "
You do not get to break down.
You do not get to fall apart - not when there's still a chance and there's still a chance, Derek."
- Dylan seeming to be at peace since he completed his task - he saved Meredith.
- While we're on the subject of saving Meredith, I loved that it was Bailey who suggested to the Chief, "What about a cardiopulmonary bypass?" and then later (per Cristina's request), "one more round of ACLS drugs." Chief: "One more."
- Bailey pleading to Meredith: "You cannot give up!"
- Ellis hugging Meredith during the transition scene after telling her "You shouldn't be here," Meredith following with "Neither should you," and then Ellis telling Meredith: "You are anything but ordinary, Meredith. Now run. Run!" More tears.
- Sydney (
Kali Rocha) commending Bailey, confirming the "chief resident talk" she was hearing and telling Bailey she was giving her a run for her money.
- Meredith's reaction to Ellis dying (to Derek): "I think it's OK."
- The Chief saying goodbye to Ellis: "I'm not relieved. I miss the sound of your voice. I miss talking to you. I miss you. I dyed my hair for the ladies."
As always, I look forward to your comments. And hello, did you hear about the
Where do I start? First, a little self-indulgence. This magnificent episode part three of a three-parter aired on my birthday. So, Shonda darlin', thanks for the beyond-awesome birthday present! OK, enough of that. How fabulous was tonight? We knew in our hearts that Meredith would live. I enjoyed reading the plethora of comments the last few weeks, some predicting that "if Meredith dies, maybe she'll continue as narrator à la Mary Alice on Desperate Housewives? Nope. The title of the episode was "Some Kind of Miracle."Last week when Denny and Dylan showed up in Meredith's temporary afterlife, I thought maybe that would be it. I thought Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyle Chandler were just there for quick cameos with hardly any lines. I absolutely loved how much screen time they had tonight especially Jeffrey. Give that man an Emmy nomination for tonight, please (to make up for him not getting one last season). My favorite Denny scene was him praising Derek...