Grey’s Anatomy Finale: Ep 23/24 “Sanctuary” and “Death and all his friends”


This title card sums up basically this recap in two ways.  One,  I needed to find the dark and twisty title card because the episode was a dark/twisty/adrenaline pumping episode.  Two, I couldn’t find it for awhile and it sums up how long this recap took to type up.

Finally here’s my last recap of the Fall 2009-2010 T.V. Series

Shonda Rhimes and her team of writers, cast and crew always nail their finales. Remember last years finale with George in the elevator? How do they top it? Uh… a shooter in the hospital going after McDreamy. Say it ain’t so!

You know something was going to go down in this episode when ABC flashed a viewer discretion warning and Meredith’s opening lines. I love it [Seattle Grace], correction, I loved it here.

I was very impressed that Rhimes continued with the whole Mr. Clark story line. Generally, I thought it was going to just be a random shooter, but no it wasn’t, it was Mr. Clark.

The episode starts off normal with Meredith take a pregnancy test, finding out she’s pregnant and goes to tell Cristina. The rest of the hospital is having a normal day with a hectic e.r. The only person not pleased is Mr. Clark who can’t seem to get a straight answer from anyone where Derek Shepard is. My question is how did Mr. Clark bypass security and get into the E.R. room? Anyway, no one is helpful to him. Well actually Cristina is, but I’m jumping ahead.

Gary Clark, that’s his first name right?, goes into a supply room (shouldn’t this be locked) and asks Reed where Derek is? Reed is too busy and waves him off. He decides to shoot her. I guess the viewer discretion was probably for that shot of Reed getting shot because it was like Bam! one two three, done. Next, Alex walks when he hears the sound. He barely utters two words and gets shot!

Then Alex crawls to an elevator. During this whole episode, I’m like damn it Seattle Grace employees you are always using the elevators, but you can’t use them this one time.

While Alex is in an elevator, Meredith happily wants to tell Derek her good news. She doesn’t because he’s grumpy. He states ironically that he hopes he gets something jammed in his brain so he can see the inside of an o.r.  Very close in predicting his future, except it’s heart and not his head.

No one knows about the shooter until April ( who I still don’t like) finds Reed dead. Once again, I don’t like April, but I felt for her because Reed was her best and probably only friend. Kidding… but Reed was still her best friend. Derek calls lockdown. First he has to rifle through his manual to find the procedure. He doesn’t understand how they have a procedure for a bomb, but not for a shooter and I totally agree with him.

Cristina goes in an elevator and Mr. Clark joins her. Cristina for once is pleasantly nice and tells him how to get to Derek’s office. Obviously she doesn’t know he is the shooter.

So lockdown happens….

Arizona and Callie who are fighting with one another are stuff in the Peds ward with 30 or so children and a couple staff. Bailey stays with her patient who I didn’t know but thought she looked familiar, Mandy Moore.  P.S. I think Mandy Moore did a wonderful job in this episode along with Chandra Wilson. Also Percy will end up joining Bailey and Mandy Moore. Owen and Teddy are down in an operating room as is Avery to work on a patient involved in a car accident caused by Mr. Clark.  Richard who is 6 months sober is the only one not in the hospital at the time and he can’t get in to help his people. Meredith and Cristina meanwhile wander the hospital.

Cristina: Why does it matter anyway?  I never leave here anyway…psych patient got lose, baby missing from the nursery, or an axe murder is here?

Meredith:: An axe murderer would be fun.

When Cristina mentioned the baby misssing from the hosptial, I chuckled remembering the House lockdown episode because of a missing baby.

Well the shooter wanders into the main reception area, can’t get any helps so he shoots the head nurse. Mark and Lexi are in this room, but Marc pulls her down to the floor and saves her. Yeah! They both move to the elevator to escape and  they open the right elevator to find Karev bleeding out. Marc and Lexi to the rescue.

The shooter continues through the floor to shoot anyone in his way. Bailey finds out from Percy that the shooter is on the floor. She tells Mary Mandy Moore to play dead and Percy to hide in the bathroom. She hides under the bed. Of course, Mr. Clark goes into this room. My question was why was he hitting up random rooms? He wasn’t after patients. Anyway he uncovers Mary who plays a remarkable dead person, he starts to cry remembering his own wife. He goes into the bathroom and finds Percy. He shoots Percy because Percy admits he is a surgeon. Mr. Clark leaves the bathroom and spots Miranda under the bed. He pulls her out and she lies and says she’s a nurse. He oddly enough doesn’t shoot her. Does anyone else find it odd that he shot the nurse in the lobby in the hospital, but not Miranda?

Meanwhile up in Peds, Callie and Arizona move 30 kids to one room. I laughed during this part when Callie introduced one boy to another little boy. “Christopher, Tyler. Tyler, Christopher. You both hate chicken…discuss.”

Callie and Arizona start to bicker with one another about their relationship status.

Arizona: “When you do something to convince me that you are falling in love with me, not with the idea  of being in love. when you convince me that I’m different from George O’Malley, Erica Han, Marc Sloan, the girl from the coffee cart. You have a huge heart and I love that about you.  I dont trust you, though.”

Derek who is in the hospital, runs into Cristina and Meredith. He is so upset they are wandering. They ask why? He tells them about the shooter and pushes them in a storage closet and tells them to stay put. That sounds like a good idea until Meredith realizes she’s about to be sick due to her pregnancy and Cristina won’t stay in a room with vomit.

Down in the operating room, Avery was told by Derek to not let anyone leave, Owen and Teddy don’t listen. They got out into the hallway with their patient.  I think they say later on in the episode, we came back from a war, not getting shot and then we get to a hospital, the safest of all places and there is a shooter there, just killing people willy nilly.

The climax of the episode, tying both episodes together is when Derek faces Mr. Clark on the unispan. Gotta say, if you are going to have a showdown, it must as well be on a dramatic piece of the set.

Mr. Clark flips out on him and tells him, your a doctor, being all god like which Derek cares to differ. He also lets us into his reasoning of becoming a doctor. His dad was shot and died during a mugging.

Derek Shepard: I didn’t become a doctor because I wanted to be God. I wanted to save people. I make mistakes. I’m flowed. We all are. I think today was just a mistake for you. You want justice. You want someone to pay. You’re a good man. I can see it in your eyes. Can you see it in mine?

I wonder if he would’ve have gotten shot at all if April didn’t come out and distract the focus away from Mr. Clark lowering his gun and dropping it.

The monologue to start off the second hour of the finale: “The human life is made up of choices…. Live or die…that’s the important choice and that’s not always in our hands.”

Okay so it’s in this episode where Teddy and Owen discuss making throug iraq alive and now being stuck in the hospital with a crazy shooter. This is also the crucial time when Teddy tells Owen, you have to choose. Owen decides, “I choose no one.”

Now with Derek dying in the inside literally, Richard is dying figuratively when the SWAT Time won’t allow him into the hosptial. He starts hearing all the 911 calls from Cristina to Owen to Marc. I thought it was nicely sound edited together to show the non-stop 911 calls.

I didn’t forget about Alex. He’s currently lying on a  conference room table with Mark and Lexi trying to operate on him using only the materials they can find on the floor they are on. Alex is also rambling at this point. He believes the key to a good life is “bacon and lots of sex.”

Lexi leaves the rooms to get more supplies and runs into Mr. Clark. He wants to shoot Lexi because he remembered she was on Derek’s team that killed his wife. A gunshot goes off. Lexi drops to the floor! Not to worry, she just ducked out of the way when the SWAT team show Mr. Clark in the hand.  I was annoyed that the SWAT team didn’t go after him, but according to Shondra Rhimes who talked to a SWAT team and apparently it’s procedure to not go directly after him. Great…moving on.

Mr. Clark still wandering the halls, approaches the PEDs ward where Arizona and Callie are. They are about to perform an appendictomy on Ruby whose appendix burst.  Callie saves the day by talking to calmy to Mr. Clark, handing him bandages for his wound and tell him to leave. He thanks her and leaves. Maybe Callie should go on a SWAT team.

Dying Derek: Meredith is convinced someone is coming, they know no one is. Meredith then tells Cristina that she has to operate on him. Only rule: Meredith can’t come into the operating room. Why?  Cristina: “With your big sad don’t kill mcdreamy eyes.”

This next part is probably 1/2 sad parts that had me bawling.

Alex talking to Lexi as though she was Izzie.

Alex: Izzie… ahh aww… I’m sorry, don’t go. We got married, don’t go.

Lexi pretends she was Izzie and soothes him. It must have been painful for Lexi to realize that even though  Alex was in a deluded state, he still loved Izzie.  I wonder if he will remember what he said in the next season? Probably not..but Lexi always will.

Lexi: I’m not going anywhere.

Alex: You came back for me.

Lexi: I came back.

Alex: Don’t ever leave me again.

Lexi: I won’t. I won’t ever leave you, ever, again.

Now this last line, do you think Lexi was still pretending to be Izzie or was she trying to relate to her real relationship with Alex? She still has the whole dilemma of Mark wanting her back. She like Owen wants both, but she knows she can’t have both.

After this dramatic scene, the SWAT team tells Lexi and Mark, the floor is all clear. They clear out to the outside where Teddy and Owen are waiting. They have already transported their own patient. Lexi goes with Teddy and Alex to the nearby hospital.  Owen asks where Cristina is? I think… Point is: Owen sneaks back into the hospital as does Richard.

Remember how much I dislike April? Well so does Meredith.

April and Meredith are sitting on the floor of the prep room before the Operating room and April starts to sob. Meredith tells her that she can’t cry like that.

Meredith: “It took me a long to find  him to know I wanted him. You don’t get to cry about that.”

April clarifies why she has the right to cry

April: “Reed was my best friend, she died today.”

I guess she has a fair point.

We switch back to the other dying patient/surgeon: Charles Percy

Miranda and Mary try to get Percy to an elevator so they can bring him down to an operating room. Only problem is the SWAT team turned off the elevators. Chandra Wilson once again does a phenomenally performance of her frustration and knowledge that Percy is going to die and she can’t save him.

First Chandra Wilson silently cries/screams her frustration and then she and Mary must comfort Percy who will inevitable die in the coming moments because he can’t the help he needs. Now before when Charles Percy was shot, Miranda told him she would never lie when he asked if he was dying.

When he asked earlier if he was dying, she said no because she believed there was chance for Percy to be save. Now she realizes, he doesn’t have  a chance. She tells him the truth when he asks.

Charles: Am I dying?

Miranda: Yes Charles, you are dying. I don’t want you to worry. iI don’t want you to be afraid. I’m not going to leave you. Mary and I are going to be with you the whole time. You are not alone.  You are not alone.

Back to the other dying surgeon: Derek

Owen comes back to the operating room. One of the best scenes again in my point of view because we the viewer  like Meredith can’t see what’s going on.

Meredith asks Owen what’s going on in the operating room, why isn’t he scrubbing in etc. We then realize when Owen tells Meredith to stay put and he enters the Operating Room that Mr. Clark has also found a way into the room.  He is holding the gun to Cristina’s head and tells her to stop working on Derek and to let him die.

Of course Meredith doesn’t listen and follows Owen. She tells Mr. Clark to shoot her because “You want justice. If you want to hurt them like you are hurting now, hurt me. An eye for an eye.” She explains to Mr. Clark that Derek is her husband, Lexi is her sister and Richard Webber considers her like a daughter. Cristina intervenes and tells Mr. Clark that Meredith is pregnant and he wouldn’t shoot a pregnant woman. He doesn’t. He instead shoots Owen.

Mr. Clark wants them to stop, but Cristina can’t. Dr. Avery to the rescue. He makes Derek play dead! How do you make a person play dead? By pulling the cords providing the vital signs off Derek’s body sneakily and quickly replace them when Mr. Clark leaves. So clever Dr. Avery! I’m impressed as was sobbing Meredith and confused Cristina.

A compromise is reach by Cristina and Meredith.

Cristina: You save my man while I save yours.

Right so once again we flip flop back to Percy’s death scene I guess you can say.  I believe this is the second part of the episode where I cried. The dialogue was beautifully written as was the performance by both Chandra Wilson and Robert Baker a.k.a Charles Percy.

Percy:  I don’t hurt anymore. The pain is gone, that’s a bad thing. Can you do something for me? Can you find Reed when this over and I always had a crush on her and I don’t think she knew. Can you I tell her anyway? Can you tell her I loved her? I loved her so much. Can you tell her tell her I was a catch, and she missed out on a great catch. I was brave. Don’t tell her I turned coward, and started asking fro my mom. Tell her I was brave.

Miranda: You are brave, Charles. I was the coward telling that man I was a nurse.

Percy: You were smart. I wish i wish was that smart. Tell her i loved her. don’t forget. I know you don’t like me.

Miranda: That’s not true.

Percy: You were always my favorite doctor, I thought you should know.

Miranda doesn’t have a chance to respond because Percy then dies. How horribly bittersweet was that Charles and Reed died? As I like to call it, it was the killing off of the sub-characters of Mercy West. I would have actually preferred if Charles had been allowed to stay on and April got shot. Is that mean to think that?

Switch back to Derek/Owen saving situation

Meredith saves Owen because the shot went straight through him so it’s an easy clean. As she’s sewing him up, she has a miscarriage. Poor Meredith! Of course April states the obvious while Meredith is trying to maintain her cool. Once again, poor Meredith. Maybe McDreamy Baby next season!

The last set up or interaction of Mr. Clark and the hospital is with Mr Clark and Richard Webber.

Mr. Clark explains that he didn’t bring enough bullets because he wanted to make room for his flask. Now he only has one bullet left. Should he shoot himself or should he shoot Richard? He offers Richard the flask to which I am happy to say Richard remains 6 months sobers and does not take a swig.

Richard lays out the different scenarios for Gary Clark.

Richard: Shoot yourself, then you are free, maybe get to see your wife again. Shoot me, swat capture you and a life of prison a head of your without an afterlife with your wife. See I’ve lived. I’ve really, really, lived. I failed, I’ve been devasted, i’ve been broken. I’ve been to hell and back. ANd I’ve also known joy, and passion and I have had a great love. You see, death is not for me justice, it’s the end of a beautiful journey and see I’m not  afraid to die, the question is, are you?

The episode ends with one bullet shot. What ends up happening?

Derek is alive, Owen is alive, Richard is alive. Meredith is no longer pregnant, Alex is alive, Callie and Arizona get back together. Reed and Percy both died. Marc’s relationship with Lexi is still in limbo with Alex and all.

Callie/Arizona back together: “people died. people died. i don’t wanna have kids if i can’t be with you. we will have all kinds of kid. I didn’t thikn I was cut out to be a mom, but you will be a great mom.”

The monologue of the second episode is played over again: Yes or no? in or out? up or down? live or die? coward or hero? The human life is made up of choices. To live or die? That’s the important choice.

My apologies once again for the almost one month delay of this post.  Once again though, what an awesome 2 hr finale! Adrenaline pumping to say the least and a good amount of tears too.

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