Grey's Anatomy season finale recap: Save the Last Dance

Cristina Yang leaves Seattle for a life in Switzerland, just as a new face shakes things up
Ep. 24 | Aired May 15, 2014

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But Meredith told her Twisted Sister that this isn't the end for her. There is no finish line or end point, she just has to go. Cristina knew that, but she asked for Mer's help. And with the donor heart delayed in traffic, Meredith grabbed Cristina and started the goodbye tour. I hope you have some tissues ready, because how sweet and simple and perfect was her goodbye with Derek? That hug? I just can't.

Next, Cristina found Bailey and Webber, who'd just finished talking about Bailey's lab. Basically, Richard thinks Bailey belongs in an OR, not behind a microscope, and he had recommended her for Cristina's spot on the board. Now, they both had to say goodbye to Yang, but not before Shane got a word in. He asked Yang to take him with her to Switzerland. He was in charge of his education and he chose Yang. She was who he wanted to learn from, and she agreed. Then he told Richard he quit … respectfully, of course.

Bailey jokingly asked if Cristina wanted to grab anything else on the way out, the answer to which was a hug from Bailey, and then another from Richard. Richard told her he was proud of her, which turned me into a blubbering fool. Then, Cristina told Meredith to wait for her, and she ran to the OR where Owen was operating. Cristina knocked on the gallery glass, and when he looked up, she waved. I cannot even handle this scene. I will never be able to handle this scene. Why is this feeling so rushed?! This can't be their goodbye.

Outside, Link's heart arrived in a cab that Meredith shoved Cristina into. She told her to go now or she never would. What did she need, an I love you? Just like that, Meredith told her she loved her and to call her when she got there. Cristina was off. And I was pissed.

Back on the walkway of amazing moments and even more amazing scenery, Amelia was telling Meredith that she could go to D.C. if she wanted because Amy was good here. However, that thought had to be put on hold when Cristina came sweeping through, grabbed Mer and pulled her into an on-call room. She couldn't go, not before they danced it out. That's how they were supposed to finish.

As Meredith found a song, Cristina told her to call at least twice a month and to text all the time. She told her to take care of Owen and keep him from getting all dark and twisty. Then she instructed her to take care of Alex, which meant mocking him at least once a day to keep him from becoming insufferable. Oh, and "Don't get on little tiny planes that can crash, or stick your hand in a body cavity that has a bomb in it, or offer your life to a gunman. Don't do that. Don't be a hero. You're my person. I need you alive. You make me brave." Only now could they dance it out.

Can we talk about how perfect that speech was? I loved the many throwbacks, particularly the one to Cristina's "don't be a hero" speech to Burke during season 2's bomb episodes. This was the Twisted Sisters goodbye I wanted. But it wasn't over yet. After they danced all their worries out, Cristina left Mer with these words: "You are a gifted surgeon with an extraordinary mind. Don't let what he wants eclipse what you need. He's very dreamy, but he is not the sun. You are." I mean, honestly. I'm crying writing this (and also still sitting on my couch eating).

NEXT: Farewell Cristina (and hello Richard's love child?)

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