Unless, of course, the next cast member who has a death (permanent or not) experience sees him there. Wonder if it matters that he died at a different hospital? :-)
I enjoyed the finale overall, and most of my dislikes are nitpicky (i.e., Maggie's parents waited until she was an attending doctor to split up? Really? And Jo just buys a loft and tells Alex to sell Meredith's house back to her; what if Mer doesn't want to buy it but would rather recuperate there?). I really liked that the last section brought the "dance it out" to a new set of people, that Meredith could share this activity without Cristina having to be there—and to use this positive coping mechanism under such different circumstances that at the start of the series. It also shows that she's much more able to connect with other people, particularly women, as she has matured. The year gap didn't really bother me. Funerals and their receptions tend to be similar on TV; why would viewers have needed to hear Derek eulogized? His impact on most of the characters was shown, at least somewhat, over that year, at times that surprised them. The people we have lost do pop up when we don't expect it. And basically Meredith was working her way off that carousal while also taking care of herself and her children. As others have said, this finale wasn't suspenseful, nothing like the shooting (the best, I think) or the plane crash. But it certainly had impact and mending, even if heavy-handed at times. This could have been the series finale (and I kind of wish it had been).
It seems clear that Rimes wanted Derek to leave the show when he and Meredith were in a good place; that being the case, there were few alternatives to killing him. It is odd to have him gone, but the subsequent episodes show that life goes on for everyone, including Meredith, who has clearly resolved a lot of her issues with her mother and certainly grieved for Derek. This suggests that Meredith can grow and not revert to dark and twisty Meredith. That said, I think the season finale could have been the series finale. (In fact, I think it should be.) There may be more stories to tell—there always are—but are they worth dragging out a show that could have ended its era nicely? I haven't watched Scandal but enjoyed the first season of How to Get Away With Murder. I wish Rimes would focus on the new and still vibrant shows instead of hanging on to or in with the ones that have run their course.
I enjoyed the episode. I thought the time skips, though often confusing, showed how grief rises and falls over the course of time. It seemed very real that Callie would tear up about the sensors. And it was very accurate that Amelia, who seems to have always stuffed her grief (didn't watch Private Practice, so I don't know all that's gone on), would stuff this and just work, work, work. She's going to have a hell of a time now, but I'm glad that she's going to tell Meredith that taking Derek off life support without allowing his family to say goodbye (whether he was "there" or not) was selfish. I liked how Meredith's choices were interwoven with her mother's—and that she was really in a state of shock for that whole year (or however long it was). I didn't feel that not focusing on the funeral was a poor choice since the point of the episode was what happens over time. Amanda's comment above about Bailey and Ben disscussing the issue only on major holidays was great.
Apart from the "Gibbs, Gibbs, Gibbs" getting old, the use of not-too-subtle variations of Gibbs' name for characters (Tim's books) and alter egos (Dorney's) is silly. Dorney's at least makes more sense, since he's not likely to say the name much, but McGee is not stupid enough to write a book and barely change the names. OT, but it's been bugging me for years! I liked how torn up Gibbs was about Dorney's death, especially when he saw the pen. (And I suspect that Dorney's mother will be Gibbs' love interest next season.) He was also a little different with the little boy than he often is with children—because this child could be dangerous. (I did wonder how soon Gibbs would bring the kid to his house.) And the dead former agents on the tarmac were good, though, as someone mentions below, they were missing a few. However, I spent much of the episode confusing, trying to remember who various characters were (Bay-er [can't quite remember his name] and Sarah Goode]). Oh, and come on, Gibbs was right next to the bus when the bomb blew; there's no way that at least his jacket would have been ripped or just had soot on it!
The thought that there could be a death of one of the regulars next week did occur to me.
I agree entirely. As for all the other people who have died, the ones he saw seem to be the ones who were on his team or he had teamed with.
Meredith not calling anyone, especially Derek's family, before actually disconnecting him from life support was selfish. He had family and friends close by who probably would have liked a chance to say goodbye to him. And there wasn't a time crunch, since none of his organs were usable. I can see Meredith needing to go through this alone, but it wasn't fair. I found Derek's thoughts distracting and annoying. Granted, it was the easiest and fastest way to show the viewers what was going wrong, but I don't feel it worked.
While it may feel old, the relationship between Tony and his father is evolving fairly realistically. No, Senior won't stop being a flirt (Emily) or dismissing some things, but Tony was excited to see him. And you can see that Senior is hearing and responding to much of what Tony says, directly and indirectly. When the child has been the grown up in a relationship for that long, it's going to take a while for the changes to solidify. (Yeah, the apartment right above Tony's was too much, but on first thought, it might have seemed like serendipity to Senior.) Interesting that Zoe is as terrified of the word "committment" has Tony is! They seem good together, and it seems the show is focusing more on Tony's growth as a person (talking and not just running), which I like. Of course, I still love his "Mc" names!
They had waited to do the surgery until the tumor had hit the optic nerve. It seemed like there could have been various types of brain damage, but perhaps because it hit the nerve, that part was more sensitive. I dunno.
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