"Grey's Anatomy" #3.25 "Didn't We Almost Have It All": Wedding Disaster
A fabulous 75-minute finale leaves happy-ending-hungry viewers foaming at their mouth, cursing Shonda Rhimes and declaring threats of abandoning the superior medical drama. "Grey's Anatomy" however dared to burn it all down to the ground, as it prepares to rebuild from scratch next year.
Over the course of the season, Christina (the impressive Sandra Oh) had morphed into a Burke woman, losing her own identity, trying to accommodate Preston. In the finale, as she stood eyebrowless, begging Bailey to let her cut, Christina was suffocating in her future self.
Ultimately, a romantic Preston who made Addison and other women at Seattle Grace swoon over his vows ("Dump Yang and marry me!) realizes the all dolled up Christina who had overcome her struggle within and was ready to walk down the aisle was not the Christina he had fallen in love with and he lets her go.
As Christina realizes Preston is gone, in a powerful moment of hysterical relief, fear and sadness she breaks down. Meredith helps Christina get out of her wedding gown, as she had helped Izzy remove her prom dress.
As for Meredith herself, she appears to be devastated by Christina's wedding disaster. A woman with poor family role models, she looks up to her best friend, but once the wedding is off, she believes "it's all over." Contrary to what some may think though, Derek has not given up on the love of his life.
George is taken aback by Izzy's profession of love and his own failure at exams. He also appears more vulnerable then ever before as he tells Bailey he can't repeat his internship and he has almost no word of advice for Derek's bar girl, who as we had anticipated, is indeed Lexie Grey.
Alex obviously has issues with his self-confidence as he gives a begging Ava no reason to stay. Thank heavens for the sharp Addison who opens his eyes (and tells him he sucks in the process). But will it be too late for him and the woman he shoved back into her old life?
Finally, we learned Derek was the chosen one, but he handed the Chief his job back. Will the Chief look for somebody else or will he remain in his position? If so, how will that bode with his new-found spark with wife Adele?
The season finale of "Grey's Anatomy" may have been a depressing affair, but it was also a powerful one, an episode that set the stage for an entirely different season four that may or may not include Preston and George.
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