I was disappointed about the illegitimate child cliffhanger. As said in the round table, it feels like General Hospital! G-S is already pretty incestuous, so to speak. I guess Dr. Pierce should be thankful that Ellis put her up for adoption given what Meredith went through. While it gives the message of "life goes on without Cristina," it took away from her leaving. People had already called Shane going to Zurich with Cristina, so it wasn't much of a surprise. But it looks like he went to the airport with her and just got on the plane, which, especially these days, is not going to happen. (Plus, he was wearing the same color scrubs when he got her for the meeting at the end...the only clothes he had?) I had no clue whether Leah was a good surgeon or not; she certainly seemed to be a good doctor in this episode. I thought the cutting of an intern was nicely done by telling her she needs another specialty. Richard was very nice and gentle about it, and he's probably right. And it's not like she couldn't stay at S-G; after all, there appear to be other departments when they decide to show them!
I thought the season was okay but not great. Given that the writers had to change what was going to happen (or how it would happen) at what seemed to be the last minute, however, it was really impressive. I don't know what let Cote de Pablo leave, but I felt annoyed with her and missed Ziva less because of the disruption. I was mixed about Bishop; she was intriguing at the beginning when she was merely being "borrowed" from the NSA. As someone wrote, her character is too flat; we don't know anything about her really. Someone else wrote about the focus being too much on Gibbs. I have often felt that way, but not in the way that was meant: Gibbs is often the target of enemies. Even this last episode was more about taking down Gibbs. It may have detracted from the Gibbs losing his father storyline, but I was disappointed in much of that As for Gibbs being single: he hasn't gotten married in at least 11 years!
I'm not sure I'm "looking forward" to the finale (too sad), but I'm pleased they are honoring Ralph Waite (great as Gibbs' father) and showing an important point in people's lives. My only concern is that not having a cliffhanger may make the Bishop-haters not return, since there won't be a "what happened?" to see.
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