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Grey's Anatomy Round Table: Season Six Finale

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Welcome to the TV Fanatic Grey's Anatomy Round Table, in which our panelists discuss the burning questions from the previous episode - in this case, the season finale.

Topics for our "Sanctuary" and "Death and All His Friends" Round Table Q&A include memorable quotes and performances, what the future holds and much, much more:

1. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote from the episode?

L.J. Gibbs: I liked Derek's attempt, however nearly ill-fated, to disarm the shooter, staring down the barrel of the gun. He pleaded his case as a human being, with sympathy for Mr. Clark even with his own life being threatened. Just as I imagine Derek would.

M.L. House: Derek's "I'm not gonna die." Thanks for stating the obvious, buddy! (Warning: my feelings on the episode don't get much more positive from here.)

Mrs. Northman: Meredith: "You want justice right? Your wife died, I know what happened. Derek told me the story. Lexie Grey is the one that pulled the plug on your wife, she's my sister. Dr. Webber, he was your wife's doctor. I'm the closest thing he has to a daughter. And the man on the table, I'm his wife. If you wanna hurt them, the way that you hurt, shoot me. I'm your eye for an eye." This scene gave me the chills.

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2. Was this the best episode of the year - and/or the whole series?

L.J. Gibbs: Definitely the best of the season and probably in my top five from Season One-present. Despite the hype and a situation that felt a little forced, it still came through with one moving scene after another and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

M.L. House: Maybe and no. Look, the series is at its best when it focuses on these layered, flawed characters and builds true emotion that emanates from well-paced storylines. Case in point, my favorite episode of all-time: the season two finale. Denny's death was months in the making and the fallout from that, understandably, was felt for many seasons to come.

Mrs. Northman: YES! I haven't been so engaged in an episode as much as I was last night! Definitely the best episode ever! As much as Mr. Clark was a give away as the shooter, I couldn't believe he was A-wall and killed so many people!

3. Mr. Clark on the loose: Well-written and emotional, or contrived and manipulative?

L.J. Gibbs: It felt like the latter to me all week long. Then I actually saw the episode, and came around. The premise may have been a little much, and some of the believability of the standoff debatable, but it was compelling television with the characters we've gotten to know all playing crucial, memorable roles in the drama. What more can you ask for?

M.L. House: Utterly contrived and manipulative. This is an extension of my answer above. Instead of delivering an interesting season that built toward a naturally emotional finale, Shonda Rhimes threw in a random event that forced viewers to suspend disbelief in order to forcefully pull at our heart strings. How convenient, for example, that SWAT didn't break in until after Shonda had squeezed every drop of sadness out. Even Mr. Clark himself was not written consistently: if he really wanted "eye for an eye" justice, why did he kill a handful of people in cold blood? It was cheap writing that relied on a gimmick in order to shock us for nothing but shock's sake.

Mrs. Northman: I thought it was well written and keeps us wanting more! I can't wait to see how everyone will deal with all this crazy drama.

4. What were the saddest and most uplifting moments of the finale?

L.J. Gibbs: The saddest, to me, was Meredith's miscarriage. I knew Derek, Owen and Alex would make it, it's hard to mourn Mercy Westers we knew were going to be killed off, and Mer's loss, which was very sad on its own merit, came out of nowhere. Most uplifting? The redemption of Richard Webber, who had fallen on hard times all season long.

M.L. House: Owen uplifted me. He actually went BACK into the quasi war zone in order to rescue Cristina. Same for Arizona and Callie. Their reconciliation scene was beautiful. But nothing made me sad. I refused to shed any tears because the episode didn't earn its emotion.

Mrs. Northman: There were so many sad moments last night! One of the saddest moments had to be Meredith having the miscarriage. The most uplifting moment had to be Arizona telling Callie that she wants to have a family and a ton of children!

5. Which actor/actress' performance was most Emmy-worthy?

L.J. Gibbs: Michael O'Neill has to win for Guest Star. Had he not been so outstanding as Mr. Clark, the entire episode would not have carried the weight it did. As for the regular cast? So many worthy candidates, but I'm going with Sandra Oh. She's always worthy, but perhaps this was the coup de grace that finally wins her that elusive honor.

M.L. House: Ellen Pompeo. Even given cheesy lines that, again, are meant to mess with the viewers' emotions (I chose you! I picked you!), she makes us feel Meredith's heart breaking at the prospect of losing her Post-It husband.

Mrs. Northman: It has to be a toss up between Cristina working on Derek's heart while Mr. Clark has a gun to her head or Bailey trying - but failing - to save her coworkers life.

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Hopefully this wasn't the first and only crack at a McBaby.

6. Will Meredith tell Derek about the baby?

L.J. Gibbs: She will. Then they'll try for another and this time, it will take (please)!

M.L. House: Yes. These two have matured as a couple and it's the right thing to do.

Mrs. Northman: She has to! She can't keep him in the dark forever on this one. It wouldn't be right.

7. Does Lexie really love Alex?

L.J. Gibbs: Part of her definitely does, but that was said in the heat of the moment. I think that he called out for Izzie in his time of need speaks volumes about where he is with their relationship, and will lead Lexie back to Mark.

M.L. House: Lexie doesn't know what she wants or who she loves. But she does now know that Alex really lives Izzie and this relationship is over.

Mrs. Northman: I am not sure. I think she loves him, but he was dying and in extreme situations make you think less clearly. And it is obvious that Alex is still in love with Izzie - which kind of puts me back on team Slexie!

8. Do you like voiceovers?

L.J. Gibbs: The TV critic in me does not. The inner cheeseball totally does.

M.L. House: Are you kidding?!? They treat the audience like we're idiots. Just trust your storytelling, Shonda. When Derek is lying in a pool of his own blood, why interrupt that scene with Meredith's cliche-ridden narration? Please stop dumbing your show down and believe that we're smart enough to understand what's going on, and what we should be feeling, without Meredith telling us all about it.

Mrs. Northman: I do! It can be a pain when you're jotting down Grey's Anatomy quotes, but Meredith always has really good words of wisdom to correlate with the episode.

What do you think? Weigh in with your own answers/comments!

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So, it sorta confuses me, April was also one of Gary Clarks wife's docter, so why wasn't she one of his main targets. I mean like, how he let her run and everything. ?

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im sorry there is something i DONT GET HERE..
how come they shoot mr.clark when he was going to kill lexie and suddenly he wassss walking on killing other people?

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@Nicole That's a very nice way to patch up the awful mess the script writers made of Owen this year! When Cristina asked Owen what his story with Teddy was (in New History) he answered that there was none. I believed him at the time for the same reason you say, i.e. you can have feelings for someone with whom you shared a lot without being in love with them, but in the later episodes it was made clear to us (Cristina was left clueless) that he was in love with Teddy in Iraq and we were shown hints of the possibility of him being still in love with her in Seattle. Cristina went as far as telling him that she didn't mind him being friends with her. So I'm sorry but I cannot really sympathize with him first being dishonest and then fed up with Cristina because she starts getting the feeling that she doesn't know him at all. After all SHE has been through because of his PTSD, I think she has a right to an explanation and to honesty (without Meredith she would still be clueless). Instead of being fed up with her and yell at her, he should start considering that from her point of view he did behave like a jerk. He can't hide behind his PTSD by saying that he doesn't know and doesn't want to choose (and than wait for Teddy to give him permission to do so in the finale), Cristina deserves more than that. I think she knows he loves her, but I'm not sure whether, after opening up to him so completely as she did, she'll be able to trust her feelings for him again, let alone his for her.

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1. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote from the episode?
"I love you so much. I can't live without you and our ten kids."
There were many more but this was the first time I smiled again after "I hope he has his hair" & and then 70 minutes of holding my breath! 2. Was this the best episode of the year - and/or the whole series?
I loved the entire season an this was a true finale: they saved the best for last!
Overall, it's one of my favorites, but I can't really name just one (loved the one with the bomb, dying Denny, the death row guy, Izzie&Alex's wedding, last years finale, I saw what I saw, Give Peace a Chance, Invest in Love and Suicide is Painless as well!) 5. Which actor/actress' performance was most Emmy-worthy?
Sara Ramirez! I can´t believe she hardly get mentioned, her perfomances are beyond amazing. Always! She deserves more credits, I think.
Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, Jessica Capshaw and Justin Chambers never let me down either! 8. Do you like voiceovers?
Grey´s won´t be Grey´s without them, but they´re not as good anymore as before. I don't think they can ever beat the ones from the first two seasons (about denial, communication, being adults... to name a few)!
The lines are still fine most of the time, but they interupt them too many times (they talk too much) so you can't really get what Mer (of who ever) is actually saying.

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@ tutu: I don`t think the writers wanted to make us believe that Owen loved Teddy the same way he feels for Cristina. He repeatedly choose Cristina over Teddy in front of Teddy. He had feelings for Teddy, although it`s different. Teddy was part of his past, he HAD a lot of feelings for her in Iraq, she knows what happened there and she understood that without him having to explain anything. So there is still a strong connection between the two, too. I do believe that you can have a very deep connection with one person and yet feelings for someone else who is from your past. I found it convincing when Owen explained to Cristina that he loved her, but that the Teddy stuff and her being such a big part of his trauma messed his head up. He`s really messed up and fed up that Cristina won`t believe that he loved her and wanted to be with her. So I think Teddy os wrong that Owen loves her the same way like he loves Cristina. But he is really fed up with the situation and the women in his life anaylzing him while there is a shooter in the hospital and while he is battling his PTSD.

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1. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote from the episode? Cristina: I wanna see the bitch baby tears! I'm sticking with the funny for this, because there were too many other good ones. 2. Was this the best episode of the year - and/or the whole series? It was definitely the most suspenseful and heartwrenching, but I had too many issues with the believability of the plot to deem it "the best". 3. Mr. Clark on the loose: Well-written and emotional, or contrived and manipulative? It was well-written and emotional until he killed Reed in cold blood. Which means that it wasn't emotional for very long at all. I understand that that was supposed to express his frustration with the hospital, but still. After that, yes, it was mostly contrived. 4. What were the saddest and most uplifting moments of the finale? Saddest: Bailey realizing that there is absolutely nothing else she can do to save Dr. Potato Head, and then when he tells Bailey to tell Reed that he had always had a crush on her. Alex loves Izzie. Lexie (thinks she) loves Alex. Mark loves Lexie. Uplifting: "I love you and I can't live without you and our ten kids." Along with Callie putting herself between Arizona and the gun, and the "super magic smile" speech. Jackson. Giving Cristina the confidence she needs to save Derek's life just by looking at, and then saving everyone in that O.R. (with the exception of McBaby) with his quick thinking. 5. Which actor/actress' performance was most Emmy-worthy? Chandra Wilson and Sandra Oh. All day, every day. Michael O'Neill, too, because he did do a wonderful job. 6. Will Meredith tell Derek about the baby? I think she will. Meredith has grown up a lot. I don't think she's in a place where she would keep something like that from him anymore. Plus, Cristina, Owen and April know about it, so he would find out from someone. 7. Does Lexie really love Alex?
No. She wants to. Really, really wants to. But I still don't think she ever got over Mark. And Alex doesn't love her either. 8. Do you like voice overs?
The V/Os have always been such a big part of this show that I don't think it would be the same without them. So like them or not, they need to stay. And I do like them, most of the time.

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1. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote from the episode? Probably Mer's "Eye for an eye" speech. that was so amazing, and somewhat of a coincidence. who knew that all three of her family members would be working on Mrs. Clark? 2. Was this the best episode of the year - and/or the whole series? I say it would have been SO MUCH BETTER if Lexie and Sloan got back together, but eh, it wasn't bad. 3. Mr. Clark on the loose: Well-written and emotional, or contrived and manipulative? Neither! I mean, think about it. IF YOU WERE IN THAT HOSPITAL WITH THAT GUY ON THE LOSE - HOW WOULD YOU REACT? I'd be figuring out how to hide myself completely. Probably somewhere like in the pharmacy, under the desk? 4. What were the saddest and most uplifting moments of the finale? Saddest: YESSS. I was bawling my eyes out when Percy died, he was one of my favorites - the socialy awkward big guy was great, and having him die without letting him confess his love to Reed(even though she was already dead) Was heartbreaking.
Uplifting: YES. It made us focus on little things and it also made us realise exactly how AWESOME Jackson is. He should really hook up with someone soon... 5. Which actor/actress' performance was most Emmy-worthy? hrmmm... I would say Actor: Richard Webber Actress: Christina Yang. The chief was absolutely AMAZING - imagine being locked out of the place you literally live at while someone's inside killing your colleagues? That'd be pure hell... And his speech on life just left me breathless... Christina was so awesome, though. I loved how she was always protecting Mer in this, and with the help of Jackson she managed to get rid of the shooter to save their lives as well as Derek's. Her acting was amazing! 6. Will Meredith tell Derek about the baby? Why wouldn't she? He's just been shot and he loves her. He would want to know. Altough it will be so heartbreaking when the show returns, seeing Mer like that... :'( 7. Does Lexie really love Alex? No! Think about it. She may be all guilty and desparate because she thinks she caused the shooter to start his massacre and shoot Alex, but eventually she'll come around and remember he called out for IZZIE, and not her. Even after she confessed her "love" to him. No sane girl would stick around after that. I just really hope it isn't too long before she gets back together with Mark. 8. Do you like voice overs?
It never really occurs to me... they are pretty epic, though.

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I think the most powerful scene was when Bailey was working on Charles and she says, "Where is the water coming from?"

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Just asking, did anyone else freeze while Cristina was alone in the elevator with Mr. Clark? O.o I didn't even know I held my breath during that scene! xD

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Definitely think this is Sandra Oh's year! Give the woman an Emmy already!

Grey's Anatomy Season 6 Episode 24 Quotes

[narrating] The human life is made up of choices. Yes or no. In or out. Up or down. And then there are the choices that matter. Love or hate. To be a hero or to be a coward. To fight or to give in. To live. Or die. Live or die. That's the important choice. And it's not always in our hands.

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Cristina: You're freaking me out and I don't have time to be freaked out right now. Mer is a mess. Derek is a mess. You are a mess and I am in charge and I say that no one is down her.
Jackson: You're not supposed to be walking around.
Cristina: Damn it Jackson.

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