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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Selima atallah

This show is like a sinking ship. The only thing you can hope for is they manage to make it a little less pathetic so it ends with some dignity.
I can't understand what happened. It feels like the acting, the writing, the filming... Everything has become bad. It makes me really sad since it is my favourite show but it's become a disgrace.

@ Selima Atallah

I totally agree. The writing last night was as bad as it gets. Jackson is a mature educated professional, why in the world would he stand up and "bring down" the wedding? So unbelievably STUPID. And Sandra Oh deserves SO much better in her final episodes...couldn't they write her to leave with dignity? At least she came to her senses regarding sleeping with Shane.


So Jackson the only good character beside April and ALex left on grey is now A complete pussy and loser

@ Michael

I totally agree with you. About how Jackson, April, and Alex are the best characters now. I hate what they are doing to Jackson, going after April after she totally treated him like dirt and always blaming him for taking her virginity. I really hope that she goes through with the wedding and it does seem that she really loves Matthew. But anyway I loved the whole episode except the last five minutes. The Alex and Jo scene outside the barn was so ADORABLE and BEAUTIFUL. Plus Alex's scenes with his dad were AWESOME, he can finally move on and he for gave his dad for leaving. Great performance by Justin. =D

@ Michael

Totally agree with you. The whole show was great except for the last 5 minutes and I hope and pray that April goes through with the wedding.


Honestly guys, I hate what the writers are doing to Mer and Christina's friendship. The way Mer is acting is so not like her character!!! I'm afraid they are preparing us for Sandra's exit at the end of the season. Does that mean they'll never make up?! That just sucks since their friendship was one of the best parts of this show.


another small thought, I must admit I enjoy watching Yang and Mer arguing. the issue they have could be real. I like that the writers are taking their time to solve the situation. If you disagree in a so deep way with someone who is supposed to be your person, it takes time and more than a hug or a confrontation to get over it.


how naive of me...thinking that when Jackson sit down after he stood up, he would not say a thing...
I loved Alex face...he said it all!
I am still interested in seeing April's answer...however: what is wrong with these people?! She confessed her love to Jackson, he refused her and she went in rebound mode and agreed to marry Matt, as if she would have no other choice...I mean, being alone to think a little is not that bad, you know? before you are going to ruin someone else's life!

@ Fra

You nailed it! I actually thought Jackson would just sit back down after getting up the first time.


I for one am saying THANK GOD! I was hoping that Jackson was going to say something. April and Jackson belong together. At the end of the episode its really cheesy but I found my self clapping. Lol. Super excited to see the show in February and I'm praying she doesn't go through with the wedding.

@ priscilla

Really you now Slavery illegal


And shane I hate him he deserves everything he got coming because heather was my favorite intern


I see everyone is mad at jackson he probably likes stephanie alot but he was in love with april and she couldnt appreciate it and he tried to move on he just couldnt not see where it would lead ...... I guess..... im just hoping christina and meredith made up because they cant spend the entire season fighting or I will cry

Aja bird

The Alex and his dad scene? Awesome. Heartbreaking, but awesome. Alex has been hanging on to that for such a long time. He needed to say it.

@ Aja Bird

It was incredible and well done.


Winter finale should be followed quickly with series finale. I will watch the rest of this season to see Sandra Oh off but I will switch my Thursday night time slot to something else after. Christina and Meredith are done which is a pity. Props to the guy who said Ross was being set up for a meltdown. Now only if the writers can get rid of this waste of space. While they have him feel guilty for killing a second person, this is not enough for me as his punishment. They will probably have him happy and being a d*ck again next episode. He needs to be fired or killed off. Jackson story line was way too predictable, but at least more realistic than stupid Ross and Yang hooking up.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 10 Episode 12 Quotes

I love you. I always have. I love everything about you - even the things I don't like, I love. And I want you with me. I love you and I think that you love me, too. Do you?


Who do you think took care of her? Kept track of her? Got her committed so she wouldn't hurt herself? Who do you think took care of your kids? Your best was worthless. I was the dad. I was the kid, but I was the dad. You were nothing. You were gone. You're worthless.


Grey's Anatomy Season 10 Episode 12 Music

  Song Artist
Palma violets best of friends Best Of Friends Palma Violets iTunes
Luke sital singh nearly morning Nearly Morning Luke Sital-Singh iTunes
Jill andrews total eclipse of the heart Total Eclipse Of The Heart Jill Andrews iTunes