A good roundtable—thank you. A few thoughts: I can understand why Hannah got rid of her room, but she seemed to be getting past that some when she sheepishly told Caleb she wanted her nighttable back. It seems a bit odd, in fact, that none of the other girls seemed to be bothered by their rooms. (OT: they all have such great bedrooms!) Clearly, Andrew can't be A since the show is renewed for 2 more seasons. However, since there will be the 4-year time jump for college, there might be a possiblity for it to be played differently than the prior red herrings. Yup, Sarah is odd. And I agree that the hospital would not/could not give out another patient's address. Still, she could have looked Emily up in the phone book, and I'm glad that Emily's mother was included in the conversation and made it clear that she was going to call Sarah's mother. It is weird that Sarah chose to run away again so soon given what happened to her the last time she ran away (presuming she actually was in the Dollhouse that whole time). Life down there, living in a cell, alone (or mostly, as far as we know), could make her as odd as she presents, though. But this is PLL... The comment about Spencer needing to sleep and how they could manage the pills is an excellent one—and a plan that is often made when addicts need strong medication, such as after surgery. I hope they don't make it a big issue; it appeared from nowhere last year and didn't really work then.
I like a lot of Jimmy's quips, though I agree the ones with "Gibbs is standing right behind me" are old. But Jimmy has had some very funny lines throughout the show; of course, he usually gets glared at or chastized for them, but similar things are said by other characters ("crispy critters," "meat puzzle").
I would put Caleb and Hanna ahead of Ezra and Aria in PLL.
I'd watch just for him (it's Bomer, BTW). He is so gorgeous. They could have him play a gay character; we've had female but not male homosexuals (if I recall correctly).
Certainly they have to fill his position, but as he wasn't really working much at Grey and Sloan much lately, this doctor does not have to be a lead character. Amelia is the head of neurosurgery. And I don't think another romance is necessary yet—certainly not for Meredith.
A month! Clearly the other clip of the girls discussing lack of food and water comes early in the episode (or we flash back wtih those "28 days ago" things) and their circumstances have changed. It would be an interesting end to the show if all the girls died of thirst, though...
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.
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