Grey's Anatomy Season Finale Review: "Unaccompanied Minor"

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With promises of a season finale that would solely focus on the three original characters, a much quieter ending, and only an hour to tie up any loose endings, Grey’s Anatomy wrapped up its seventh season in its classic, emotionally-charged fashion.

Although there was neither an unforgettable ferryboat accident nor a haunting shooting this year, "Unaccompanied Minor" held its own when a 757 crashed and required our SGMWH surgeons’ attention more than ever.

Furthermore, this remarkable season finale will go down as another to remember as the stakes were high and the emotional toll was unbelievably heavy.

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I can honestly say that I was shocked by the 757 crash storyline. I never expected to hear that nearly every passenger wouldn’t even make it to the hospital. The scene in which the families reacted to the bad news of losing their loved ones was heartbreaking.

As my tissue box sat inches away, I realized that I hadn’t needed it for Grey’s Anatomy in quite some time. Thankfully, the tissues with aloe still do just the trick.

It was such a moving and touching moment when the families stuck around to be there for the unaccompanied minor. Regardless of their circumstances, these strangers came together to be there for a young girl and her mother. That’s really saying something.

I loved the scene when MerDer were planning out where the baby room and crib should be. Although I am frustrated by the way things ended for MerDer on this episode, I get why Derek needed some time on his own.

Whether or not Meredith was helping Adele and Richard, she was dishonest and the Alzheimer’s trial was extremely important to him.

Something tells me that Derek will be back with his McFamily at the start of next season. Besides, how could he resist baby Zola? Also, how great is Meredith with Zola already?

Although Meredith kicked Alex out, I almost wished he had stayed. He would have been great helping Meredith with Zola.

There was much more baby discussion when Cristina found out that she was pregnant. Like Owen, I know precisely who Cristina is and how important her career is to her.

However, Owen was right in saying that she needed to at least consider what he wanted. The decision ought to have been made as a married couple.

Heck, he even offered to be the one on leave with the baby and repeatedly told her how much he loved her and wanted much more for them. Not surprisingly though, Cristina made an appointment to terminate her pregnancy.

Do you think that Cristina will really go through with her appointment? If so, is this the end for Owen and Cristina?

I can’t say that I was surprised when Owen finally chose April as the chief resident. With all that’s been going on, she was definitely a shoo-in. I’m looking forward to seeing how she will run the show.

Lil Grey

It drove me nuts when Lexie and Mark had their heartfelt talk. While I know that Jackson is very capable of making Lexie happy, I can’t help but to continuously root for Mark. Yes, this is whether or not he gives his blessing or simply lets Lexie walk away.

Then again, if you really love something, set it free. If it comes back, it's yours. If not, it wasn't meant to be. Right?! Surely, Mark has heard of that and still believes it. And you can’t simply just forget when someone says that they’re going to always love you.

While Henry finally confessed he was in love with Teddy, I was glad that she chose him over Andrew. Moreover, I was disappointed in Alex when he didn’t ask Lucy to stay. That’s Alex for you though. He’s down now, but I’m hoping he doesn’t go back to the jerk we once knew him as. He’s come such a long way now.

As Bailey and Eli walked off holding hands, I wished we had seen more of them recently. I hope their relationship continues to grow next season because I certainly have missed seeing Bailey. 

Overall, I thought “Unaccompanied Minor” was a fitting close to a very fickle season. After weddings, babies, a musical, and more, Shonda Rhimes definitely delivered as promised with a quieter than usual season finale focusing on Meredith, Cristina and Alex.

I, for one, couldn’t have asked for more. I am especially looking forward to what season eight holds for our Seattle Grace Mercy West doctors.

What did you all think of "Unaccompanied Minor"? What do you expect to see in season eight of Grey's Anatomy? Sound off below!


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Cristina Yang became infertile in season 2. But, in season 8, she is pregant. What happened there writers?


Abortion happens but my thing is hello people its televison, get over yourselves. Secondly I get real tired of the comments about oh I cant believe they keep going with this Callie and Arizona thing what's the big deal there are gay people everywhere so get over it. People that are so up in arms about this stuff are the same people that are gonna have to experience it.




Okay, guys, I just really miss George. :(


I just wanna say one thing to the whole creator team of GA ?? Please, Can we get rid of Callie-Arizona and April-Jackson ? Oh..I started watching this show coz of MerDer, Cristina, Alex, Lexie-Mark and Bailey ! All new characters are not so MY MEREDITH circle ! All I want is Mer circle ! Please, in season 8 I want MORE MERDER and Lexie-Mark and NOT AT ALL, Callie-Arizona and April ! MerDer makes this show, please please plase, I just want MerDer, Cristina, Alex, Lexie-Mark, Bailey and Chief ! No Callizona for me :(


I thought it was the worst season finale yet! The one thing Grey's always rocked at was the incredible season finales. Who can forget Izzy in the pink prom dress? Christina crying 'I'm free!' as Meredith slices her wedding dress? The house of candles? George and Izzy both being resuscitated? And of course the chilling season 6? This finale lacked the emotion and drama that the others had and there was no sense of resolution. Disappointing!


I'm completely agree with all of you, and I think that this episode was great. But it's really the last episode of seventh season? :(


i agree it would suck if mer and der leave i mean there the main characters here,but i notice this past season 7 the whole season was basically about callie and arizona and mer and der were in the back.i guess they been through everything now they are now going to embark in there future towards the baby and likely having alzimers.i guess if they well take them out it should be something understandable like her derick having to take care of his daughter and having his wife being treated for her problem. andthe cristiana owen thing am sure her problem is she is scared to love, thats her biggest thing always letting herself fall in love am sure she will come to terms, but i mean she dosent then i would really like her to be either alone or with sombody without any exceptions for her. and as for shonda already giving us head up on the end of the orginal cast, which leaves lexi, mark, avery, april and callie and arizona and teddy and owen. it would all good things it must come to end i just hope its a end we can all agree not having sombody die off the show. that would be just gay.i honestly dont know about alex i mean he has been the guy who cant get a break with any girl i mean izzy was the 1 he should be with,i hope katherine can at least get back in the show at least for 1 season and get pregant and have them live a happy relationship. and for burke coming back aint happing i mean he left cause of partick both fighting. i think for sure george should come back as a ghost or something that would be assume.


I know the finale was a little while a go now and the hype has settled but some of the things written have annoyed me a bit. Firstly, people saying that making Meredith swap the trial envelopes was "out of character" and "character assassination". This was completely IN character for Meredith. She always puts the people she loves before herself. She put her hand on a bomb to stop it exploding and killing others in the hospital. She told a gunman to shoot her to protect her husband, sister and the Chief. She looked after her mother when she has altzeimers and even though Meredith struggled to handle it alone, she kept it a secret because thats what her mother wanted. Switching the drugs was just another thing to add to this list. She risked her own career to save the life of her father figures wife. That was completely IN character for her. Also, people moaning on and on about Christina making the appointment to get the abortion. I would like to say first that, I neither agree with or disagree with abortion, but I do believe it is the womans own decision. Christina has always been a strong, independent, career-centric woman. She has never wanted children and an abortion is completely expected from her, as this is what she planned to do before she has the ectopic pregnancy in season 1. The main point I want to address about this is the people saying she SHOULD have listening to Owen's opinion. I'm not going to ramble on about how legally, she doesn't have to tell the father anything. I'm going to say this: Remember when she told Owen that Burke too little pieces of her over time and changed who she was as a person? IF she decides to keep the baby FOR Owen, he will be doing the exact same thing as Burke. He will be changing her personality and ambitions to fit into a mold of what HE wants her to be. She will be deminished as a person and as a WOMAN, if she decided to listen to her husband and keep a child which she doesn't want. She is Elis Grey, in essence. And her child would suffer the same fate as Meredith did when she was a child. I'm sure she would be a great mother but it's not what she wants and a show with a viewing audiance as huge and diverse as this, needs to explore abortion and other topics to represent 21st century life. She needs to have the abortion, other wish this WOULD be character assassination... NOT "growth", as "growing" as a person means recognising what you do and do not want, and acting on them, which christina already does. To chance this would ruin her character, not expand on it. Greys Anatomy has never ran away from a tricky subject. So they shouldn't run away from something as important as abortion. This story needs to be told.


I finally watched the whole episode and I am in awe of Shonda. Yes this season has not been her best. She didn't give balance to all the characters esp Mer/Der but this ep has paved a way for an awesome season 8 premiere... I seriously cannot wait to see what happens next...
When it comes to Owenstina: I think that Xtina will have the baby. Mer will knock some sense into her. I really hope that is what Shonda does. Maybe seeing Mer with Zola will change her mind at some point. Mer/Der: Mer did something that is as right as it was wrong. What Derek did was understandable but he will be back. He loves Mer more than life itself so he'll be back. Alex: I don't know whether to feel sorry or to hate him. Either way Xtina said the right thing, he shouldn't have told Owen. He could have screwed anyone but not Mer. It's base treachery and he must earn back her trust and respect in some huge way... Lackson vs Slexie: This is another situation where you can't honestly say who is right or wrong for each other. On the one had Lexie and Jackson should be together, they have great chemistry and they care deeply about each other. Lexie and Mark are an amazing couple. I know that they love each other but is love enough? Lexie has enough family drama without adding to it!!! April: I feel sorry for the way that Stark treated her and I sorta like how Shonda gave the girl who killed a patient the CR job. I still think Mer should have gotten it but April will do well. I hope that Shonda does NOT couple her with Alex. i will begin daily hate mail tweets to Shonda if she goes down that road.... Seriously!!! April needs someone who is not a mess, you can't have two messes together. Well lets wait for the much anticipated season 8 premiere...

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Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 22 Quotes

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.


Lexie: You have to stop. You gotta stop talking to me and checking on me and talking to my boyfriend. I love you, and I'm always gonna love you, but I don't want to love you. I want to be happy, and Jackson makes me happy. And if you keep pulling at me, I'll come back to you.
Mark: You're right, I'm sorry.
Lexie: You got what you wanted you wanted a family so please just let me have what I wanted.
Mark: I said you're right. I told Avery I was letting you go. Did he tell you that part?
Lexie: Yes, it's paternalistic and weird.
Mark: I'm letting you go, Lexie. That means you've got to walk away.

Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 22 Music

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Song Way To the Future Katie Herzig
Anything but you Anything But You Civalias iTunes
Brighter Brighter Morgan Taylor Reid iTunes