This week’s “Grey’s Anatomy” took us on a trip back in time to explain what happened post crash that lead up to the season premier. Honestly, I felt like for the most part this episode wasn’t necessary. We got the idea of what happened for the most part, and I actually felt this added a huge question in that I didn’t have before! I think it would have made more sense to just have aired this episode as the season premier, but then we wouldn’t have had the shocking moments of Mark’s death and Arizona’s leg reveal I suppose.
Out of all the back stories that played out, Christina’s was really the one that gave us a lot of information we couldn’t have gotten without this episode. Christina stayed strong for everyone after the crash, kept everyone going and alive for four days, and recounted a horrific moment where she had to keep wild animals off of Lexie’s corpse. Eww! So she ended up falling into a catatonic state for awhile after they were brought back. When she snapped to, she chose to leave for the “Happy Smurf Hospital” because Seattle Grace just reminded her of nothing but tragedy. She thought for the same reason, Meredith too should leave this place behind. Derek too was pushing her to go to Harvard, but she refused. Instead of running, Meredith wanted to own this place, to conquer the bad memories in a way.
We all know Christina is going to end up returning, so I’m not sure why they sent her away. I guess in part, it would not have made sense in the real world for all these doctors not to have left Seattle Grace. But with so many doctors on staff now dead or needing replacing, it does work that they stay. For example Alex put off John’s Hopkins in order to take over Pediatrics so Arizona and his work wasn’t screwed up by the new doctor they were planning to hire. Also Alex felt extreme guilt as Arizona was only on the plane because he didn’t get on to go to the conference.
The one story that left me with more questions was Mark’s death. Mark was conscious, talking, and happy. It looked like nothing was wrong. However the chief said he was still terminal, and this was just an adrenaline boost many patience experience before the end. We then saw the end coming, and Mark making preparations as to when he should be taken off of life support. Perhaps I missed it, but what the hell was the terminal illness killing Mark? I can’t remember if it was ever said! We knew from last season that his heart was injured in the crash and he developed fluid around it, but couldn’t that have been fixed with a transplant if it came to it? I was so confused! I probably just missed the explanation . . . .