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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Alex is not a jerk, he is a grey character, with good and bad sides. He loves Mer and I hope they figure it out. I liked the finale it was not over the top unrealistic like the last ones. it was very real: husbands getting hurt by being lied to or being left out of decisions, friendships suffering, etc. It is true what Mer said in the end. to love and to get hurt is much worse than to not love at al. Mer, Alex, Christina, all these main characters chose to mature, to let love in,and now they are suffering, because that is part of a mature relationship.


I really wish that after seven seasons that Shonda could stop using Alex has her scapegoat for every goddamn bad thing that happens on the show. I love the more mature and responsible Alex that he lately has grown into and also deserved to be. Which makes it so much more irritating and dissatisfying to see him fall back into the jerk he was.


Oh god Mer is a good mom, i love McPrincess Zola, they are so cute!


I think it was a great episode.. I think that one day when I KNOW Merder turn out ok I will appreciate it more. For now I am just ancy as to how they will turn out! I'm surprised how calmly Meredith ended her friendship with Alex, I think I would have gone a little more off my tree!! I think it's fitting for Mer & Cristina to have some time together I always thought it a little strange they are the only ones that never had a 'live in ' situation for any period of time since they're so close. I love how Cris defended Mer to Alex - I'm totally mad at him too! April deserved chief res position, she is perfect at admin, and rule enforcement... Cristina & Mer were made for being world class surgeons, not losing time in the OR to do paperwork! Karev.. Well Owen summed that up!
I really hope everything works out next season!!!! Merder should work things out... However, I don't care for the relationship between Owen & Cris - I think he doesn't get her.


okay, this finale sucked!
no offence, but i don't like zola and im confused if zola's legal parents are now merder.
someone help me or agree with me!!


I am so tired waiting for Lexie and Mark.The show is not that great without those two together.I hope that Shonda will bring them back together next season!


What a terribly unsatisfying finale. Thanks for RUINING mer and alex for me shonda!


I thought it was just a "good" finale, but nothing could beat last seasons finale. Being a Callie/Arizona fan I would have liked atleast one scene of just them, but I cant really ask too much becuase they did get a lot of screen time this season.


Can't wait for season 8!Loved mer/zola cute


This was totally vintage grey's anatomy!

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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.


Teddy: I'm not a real wife so that doesn't buy for a lot of bad behavior.
Henry: Well, you're my real best friend. What does that get me?
Teddy; I'm sorry.
Henry: Don't be. Go be happy. And... raah!
Teddy: You're impossible.
Henry: Yeah, you too.

Grey's Anatomy Season 7 Episode 22 Music

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