[The following post contains spoilers for the May 17 episode of "Grey's Anatomy."]
No, Shonda Rhimes, say it ain’t so!
Right on the heels of reports that "Grey's Anatomy" stars Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, Jr. are all expected to return next season came Thursday's heartbreaking season 8 finale.
If you're still waiting to watch the latest episode of "Grey's" and don't want to know what happened, we advise against reading any further.
It looks like "Grey's Anatomy" fans will have a bit of good news to hold them over until next season.
Despite previous concerns over tenuous contract negotiations, Deadline reports that all of the original cast members on "Grey's" are close to signing on to return for another two rounds of the long-running show.
When the ink is dry, Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, Jr. will be ready to reoccupy their dressing rooms - something show creator Shonda Rimes wasn’t sure would ever happen.
Last night's episode, aptly titled "Poker Face" (and not Lady Gaga's), was all about masks, disguises and putting up walls.
Meredith and Derek have thrown themselves into their work, yet promised one another that they will not discuss work at home. Meredith - in pink scrubs! - is doing a rotation in obstetrics, which Cristina sensitively refers to as "slumming it" with "The Vagina Squad."
After telling Meredith that the idea of her dear friend becoming an OB/GYN makes her "nauseous," she shrieks, "We have standards, Meredith!" Cristina further fuels the fire upon learning that Meredith is involved with the clinical trial by saying, "you're wasting your fifth year playing around with vaginas and mice."
After the requisite Seattle skyline shot(s), last night's "Grey's Anatomy" opened with Meredith folding baby Zola's clothes, partly because it gives her comfort, and partly because she knows that by the time she and Derek get the little girl back - IF they get her back - she'll have long outgrown them.
"The human body is designed to compensate for loss," says Meredith. "It adapts; so it no longer needs the thing it can't have. But sometimes the loss is too great and the body can't compensate on its own. That's when surgeons get involved."
Lexie breezes through the house, luggage in tow, to deliver her scant few lines in this episode. Seriously, where has Lexie been? Are the writers waiting for her bad-choice bangs to grow out before they give her story lines again?
Last night’s “Grey’s Anatomy” was all about the men - with zombies, Hobbits, Stormtroopers, hammers, power saws and beers aplenty.
Instead of a voiceover from Meredith, we hear Derek say: “There are distinct differences between male and female brains…"
And then we get a rundown on the Mars vs. Venus thing from Seattle Grace-Mercy West's male staff: Richard Webber chimes in to say that women are usually better at attention and memory, while Sloan informs us that "women are hard-wired to communicate with language, detail, empathy… Men? Not so much."
“You work, you study, you prepare. Months and years leading to one day. The day when you step up.”
So states Dr. Meredith Grey’s voiceover on last night’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” in which the fifth years receive their first solo surgery assignments. Dr. Callie Torres jokes, “We’ve alerted the morgue.” Although this may not be entirely a joke.
But as the fifth years are ushered into general surgery, Dr. Richard Webber essentially demotes himself to their level, after 11 years as Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace. No longer the chief, Richard's now just a general surgeon. As Dr. Owen Hunt is promoted to Chief, most are shocked, Teddy Altman is thrilled and Bailey is devastated, making her famous “Bailey eyes” face at Richard.
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