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Grey's Anatomy Review: Speak Now

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Winter finales often make it feel like Christmas came early. Sometimes a jam-packed hour of television makes for the perfect gift.

Unfortunately, once the wrapping is undone and the gift is revealed, you're not always left entirely satisfied. 

A Beautiful Wedding

A lot happened on Grey's Anatomy Season 10 Episode 12, and I almost feel like it was just too much all at once. Without focus on a number of pivotal storylines, I missed the emotional connection that I'm so used to grasping on to with previous Grey's finales.

I know that I won't be alone in saying that this has hardly been one of my favorite seasons, but you can bet I'm in for the long haul.

I'd like to think that the first half of Grey's Anatomy Season 10 ended on a relatively good note, as it certainly left me wanting more. However, I can't say that I'm dying to find anything out. This feeling is so different from seasons past. 

Let's break down what happened...

Like most Grey's weddings that don't always go as planned, April's big day was no exception. When I spoke to Sarah Drew, she promised the final five minutes of the installment would be shocking and definitely worth our while. I know I'm in the minority here, but I was really hoping the Mapril wedding would go down without a hitch.

All I could hear while Jackson was professing his love for April was Taylor Swift's "Speak Now". Sure, every word was sweet, but it was also predictable and felt like a scene straight from a rom-com. I couldn't help but think:

Poor Stephanie! Poor Matthew! So, the big question is: What will April do? Do you think she'll still go through with the wedding or will she run off with Jackson?

Another cliffhanger included Derek and his call from the President of the United States. I love McDreamy and am intrigued by this storyline. I'm just throwing this out there, but what if there was a crossover episode with President Fitzgerald Grant from Scandal? Wouldn't that be awesome?! 

Lastly, we're left to wonder if Alex's dad is going to be okay. Shane was experiencing flashbacks from the night Heather died and feeling too invincible and thought he was able to save anyone. It's a good thing that Richard showed up to help Shane back away and to hopefully help Alex's dad. 

Side note: Props to a few people who left comments suggesting that something was seriously wrong with Shane. All this time, I thought he was just being a jerk. Clearly, he was losing his mind and himself without sleep, being hyped up on energy drinks and being haunted still by Heather's death.

Aside from the surprising moments, Cristina and Meredith reached new levels of annoying. On one hand, I was glad that they were finally fighting verbally and throwing everything that they had to say out there.

Then again, I felt like it was a long time coming... maybe too long. I'm not even sure if they made up or not. Either way, can we please not see them arguing ever again?

  • Meredith's Turn Down the Aisle
  • Cristina's Turn

Other thoughts:

  • I get that the staff at SGMW is tight-knit, but why didn't we see April with any of her family members? There wasn't a single scene with her talking to her parents or even her sisters again. 
  • It was hilarious that both Cristina and Meredith asked April if she was bailing on her own wedding. We know why they asked. April, go watch Grey's Anatomy Season 3
  • How incredible was Justin Chambers as Alex in that intense scene with his father?! He totally brought his A game. Be sure to check out the Grey's Anatomy quotes to rehash Justin's unforgettable performance.
  • I've said it before and I'll say it again. I absolutely love Jolex! How cute were they outside the barn? She makes Alex happy and he really deserves her. 
  • April gave away butterflies in boxes as wedding favors. That's brilliant! Forgive me but I'm in total wedding planning mode currently.
  • Don't forget to return next week to pull up a chair and chime in on our Grey's Anatomy Round Table

Overall, I thought that "Get Up, Stand Up" was good but not great. It gave us a slew of storylines to look forward to for the second half of this season. For that, I am thankful.

There's much to discuss between now and the show's return in February. Yes, you read that right... FEBRUARY! So, comment away and share what you thought of the winter finale.

What did you like or dislike about this installment? What are your predictions for the remainder of the season? Will April run off with Jackson? What do you think is in store for Derek? Have Cristina and Meredith made up? 

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I knew when Jackson made the Sloan quote he was going to say something. Matthew and April are too straight and narrow. Having her and Jackson deal with the fallout at work would be entertaining. Poor Stephanie though just as she was going to profess her love. So over Meredith and Christina fighting. I hope it's over now. I m over Arizona and Cali as well. Derek's story line can be interesting if done right. Also I can see now way that Shane comes back from this. He is the worst character on the show.

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I LOVED the episode, but seriously cannot believe we have to wait until the END of Feb for the next new one! I like how they said when it returns, it will be 12 straight weeks with no reruns.....trying to win us over. I love Karev. I say it every week. I love how he tried to talk to his dad & then laid into him, I love how him & Arizona have a connection that she just understands, I love him & Jo, and I about died laughing when he rolled his eyes when Jackson was talking. Love love love him. The whole Christina/Meredith thing is getting old. They both said some nasty things, they both need apologize & move past it, before C is gone. There is going to be a lot of unhappy campers if she leaves with it not being good! YAYYYYY JACKSON! I don't dislike Matthew, but they aren't right for each other. It will be a boring marriage. I LOVED (wish i could increase font size) that they keep bringing Sloan up every now & then. It's nice that they're not letting him go completely. I can't stand Stephanie, and I loved that he stood up. I was totally cheering, then scolding him for sitting back down & then cheering again. It was AWESOME. And now we wait.

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@ Brittany

totally agree

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@ Brittany

I totally agree with everything you've said. Its like you took the words right outta my mouth really and yes i couldn't stop laughing as well when Karev rolled his eyes.
Matthew is a great guy but he isn't Jackson.
Lol @ you cheered, then scolded, then cheered again..
For me, from the beginning of this show, I have always loved Alex, his character is just great and he knows always when and how to stand up for himself and what he wants.

Christinatran

By the way, how come the spring premiere promo tells us absolutely nothing?!

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Come on guys!
I waited for Jackson to stand up and stop April from marrying Matt for the whole season! I mean, Mat is a great guy, who says no to that, but Jackson understands who she really is, they are so meant to be together! In my opinion at least...And it is never too late! Not in the drama fictions. I hope she says she loves him too. Mer and Christina...good that they talked, but yes, they are in two different places, still. Not sure they will reconcile. Good episode, when Jackson stood up and then sat again, I thought this was it. But no. Thanks Shonda!

Ninasmileface

Ugh... they just had to go there with Jackson. I really didn't like him and April together. Matthew and April are perfect together, but when does anything ever go perfectly right in this show? Sigh...

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At first I thought it was a call from Fitz... and then I remembered that Meredith's dead mom is the VP and father is Cyrus. Nope. lol I almost wanted the wedding to go without a hitch. That would be the unexpected ending... I mean everyone expected Jackson to speak up right? How can one say no to those EYES.

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@ Trixx

I really wanted it to be Fitz as well. That would have been crazy! I really wanted Jackson to sit back down, but then there are those eyes. They are so perfectly dreamy. Honestly, I don't know that I could ever say no to them.

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Is it just me or does Matthew look like Alex? On another note, Grey's Anatomy is so boring, not even half as good as it used to be..

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@ Sally

:) :) Matthew and Alex look like they could be related..

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@ Sally

There was a split second when the camera panned to him as Jackson was rudely interrupting when I thought exactly the same thing.

Saad702

I loved the episode.
I just wanna say that I called it with regards to the reasons why MerStina were fighting.
I hope Matthew and April get married. I love them as a couple. Jackson had so much time to say what he said. Its too late. I want Mapril. Matt does not deserve to be dumped like that. Seriously. Altho hands down the best part for me was when Xtina was walking down the aisle and April'S sisters gave her the stink eye. That was hilarious beyond.

Saad702

I loved the episode.
I just wanna say that I called it with regards to the reasons why MerStina were fighting.
I hope Matthew and April get married. I love them as a couple. Jackson had so much time to say what he said. Its too late. I want Mapril. Matt does not deserve to be dumped like that. Seriously. Altho hands down the best part for me was when Xtina was walking down the aisle and April'S sisters gave her the stink eye. That was hilarious beyond.

Saad702

I loved the episode.
I just wanna say that I called it with regards to the reasons why MerStina were fighting.
I hope Matthew and April get married. I love them as a couple. Jackson had so much time to say what he said. Its too late. I want Mapril. Matt does not deserve to be dumped like that. Seriously. Altho hands down the best part for me was when Xtina was walking down the aisle and April'S sisters gave her the stink eye. That was hilarious beyond.