The Season 11 finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” may not have had viewers on the edges of their seats with a devastating ferry accident or horrific plane crash, but it did have exactly what viewers needed. Basically, the finale was like a nice soothing cup of tea after an exhausting season. Of course, the calming quality of the “You’re My Home” didn’t surface until at least halfway into the drama.
The finale began just where the previous installment ended, with April (Sarah Drew) delivering a crushed vehicle (with a man still barely alive inside) straight to the doors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
“I just wanted to give him a ... ,” April started to explain her “ballsy” move before Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) cut in with, “a second chance.”
While the doctors concocted a plan on how to save Keith’s life (he was nearly crushed to death during the tunnel collapse in the previous episode, “Time Stops”), Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) teamed up as Calzona one more time to keep alive the mother of Keith’s child, Joan (Heather Matarazzo). She had just given birth to their son after enduring brief paralysis, which was caused by Stephanie’s (Jerrika Hinton) interns.
The doctors decided the only way they could save Keith was by removing him from the wreckage (a risky move) and rushing him into the operating room. The problem they faced was that he would bleed out if they weren’t able to get him into surgery within five minutes of extracting him from the totaled vehicle. Before they attempted this wild scheme, Meredith introduced Keith (who wasn’t hopeful he would survive) to his newborn son. This encouraged the patient to find the strength to hold on.
“I’m going to see you when I get out of here,” he said optimistically after seeing the face of his child.
And he did -- thanks to the brave surgeons and the interns who managed not to screw up long enough to allow Keith to receive the medical care he needed. Joan also pulled through because of Stephanie’s intervention following a bail-biting breathing issue. Callie previously banned Steph from interacting with the patient, blaming the paralysis on the resident for leaving her patient in the hands of incapable interns.
After the new parents were saved, audiences were able to breathe a sigh of relief -- that is, until relationship drama began to arise. It seemed as though everybody’s relationships were falling apart in the finale, from Jackson (Jesse Williams) and April to Catherine (Debbie Allen) and Richard (James Pickens Jr.) and even to Jo (Camilla Luddington) and Alex (Justin Chambers).
Here’s the scoop on all the romance troubles:
Jackson and April
Bailey (Chandra Wilson) may have been impressed with Kepner 2.0, but Jackson wasn’t too thrilled with his new, fierce wife.
“You got to have your life-altering journey, and I stayed behind. I silenced myself so you could grieve. I needed to [grieve] with you. That’s what marriage is to me, April,” he said, giving his wife his blessing for her to return to the army -- but without her wedding ring.
“If I go, then we’re done? You’re calling it?” she questioned, wondering whether she and her husband were really going to break up.
Catherine and Richard
At the end of “Time Stops,” Catherine and Richard were experiencing a rough patch in their relationship. The butting of heads only worsened in the season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” -- specifically when Richard mentioned that Bailey would be the new chief of surgery without consulting his soon-to-be-wife. In fact, things between the two got so heated that Catherine gave her engagement ring back to her fiance.
However, after a pep talk from Meredith (she pulled the my-husband-just-died card), the two realized that life is short and that they would rather spend the rest of their lives together than apart. That’s when the duo decided to come to a compromise, resulting in a “Grey’s Anatomy” wedding.
Jo and Alex
Jo and Alex finally decided to fix the one issue they had in their relationship: communication. They discussed their feelings, which eventually led to the two moving out of Mer’s old house and into their own.
“We should have our own place. Just us,” Jo said after telling Alex she wasn’t interested in living with Meredith.
Other Major Moments In The Season 11 Finale Of “Grey’s Anatomy”
Maggie Has a Meltdown
Something has been up with Maggie (Kelly McCreary) since “Time Stops.” And fans finally learned what it was in the finale. Maggie reluctantly revealed to Meredith that her perfect family was falling apart.
“My parents are getting a divorce,” she said, explaining that they’ve been holding it together for the kid. “Except the kid’s a grown woman!” Maggie was embarrassed to reveal why she was upset to her half-sister because Mer had just lost her husband.
“There’s no darkness in my life. I never had it. I’m not going to talk to you about it,” she said. Mer then stated that she’s more than qualified to talk to her sister about dark moments because she’s been through it all.
Amelia/Owen Shippers Rejoice!
Shonda Rhimes, creator of the hit ABC series, gave Owelia shippers a glimmer of hope when the two characters had a moment together during the finale. While talking about Keith, Amelia said, “She really wanted it to work.”
“Really?” Owen said, thinking that Amelia might have been referring to their relationship.
Of course, she wasn’t. Amelia was talking about a hopeful outcome for Keith and his family. “What did you think I meant?” she asked Owen. The two then had a sweet moment while Amelia was listening to a voice-mail Derek (Patrick Dempsey) had left Mer before his death. Owen held Amelia’s hand as she hit the Play button.
Viewers got another glimpse of McDreamy during a flashback of the beloved doctor talking on the Seattle ferry about how much he loved his family.
Dance It Out
After Maggie revealed the news about her parents and Amelia listened to her brother’s voice one last time, Meredith asked her sisters to dance the pain away with her during the wedding of Catherine and Richard, aka Dr. Webber.
“What’s broken can be mended, what’s hurt can be healed. No matter how dark it gets the suns going to rise again,” the Season 11 finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” concluded.
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