Grey's Anatomy season finale recap: A Grey Goes Down

After a horrific plane crash, Seattle Grace loses one of its most beloved doctors; plus, Bailey gets engaged and Hunt fires Altman
Ep. 24 | Aired May 17, 2012

DEREK IN DISTRESS Derek (Patrick Dempsey) found himself stranded and hurt in the forest, after the plane he was traveling on with five other Seattle Grace surgeons crashed

Back at Seattle Grace, there were happenings, too -- albeit, they weren’t quite on par with what was going on out in the woods. Webber was planning his traditional dinner for the doctors finishing their residencies. But no one was excited about it, except for him. “You guys jazzed about dinner?” he asked Kepner, Avery, and Karev, all of whom were dreading the evening. “Call me Miles Davis -- because I’m jazzed!” Webber promised his graduating residents -- minus Meredith and Cristina, who they patiently waited for -- some great advice. “You know, we should wait for the rest of them,” he said, looking at the two empty chairs. Little did he know that those chairs wouldn’t be filled anytime soon.

Hunt and Altman also finally had it out, as it was revealed that she turned down a chief job at military medical institution MetComm so that she could stay and support him in the wake of Cristina planning to leave Seattle Grace. “I would love to leave here and never look back,” Altman told Hunt. “But you are as beaten and broken as I have ever seen you. And after everything that I have put you through, the tolerance and kindness and friendship that you have shown me, I am not going to leave you because of my loyalty. I am not going to leave you for MetComm or anywhere else.” Talk about a reversal -- from hatred to pure love.

But despite that, Hunt wasn’t going to let Altman get away with that, so he fired her. Yes, fired her! “You’re fired,” he told her. “Effective immediately.” He blamed it on her bad behavior the past few months, in the wake of Henry’s death, but it was clearly a play to get her to take the job at MetComm. At first she was angry, pissed even, before Altman came back and gave Hunt a big, forgiving hug and said, in reference to Cristina, “You don’t lose her! You fight, you hear me?” So, does this mean that Altman -- along with Lexie -- is also going to be absent from Seattle Grace next season? We’ll have to wait and see.

Bailey, too, was fighting with Ben, because of the news that came last week about him taking a surgical internship in Los Angeles, which came in tandem with a proposal from him. This week saw him proposing a commuter marriage, and Bailey seemed to eventually cave -- but not before she came in with her own proposal while wearing a trench coat and a thong. “I proposed to you!” she said, in one of the more lighthearted moments of the evening. “In a trench coat and a thong! Proving, once again, that no good, ever, can come from a thong.” This whole storyline just makes me grin, ear to ear. I’m so, so happy that Bailey has found some happiness, even if he’ll be down in Los Angeles a lot of the time. Bailey hasn’t been this delighted in a long time.

NEXT: Kepner, Meredith's final words, and what's next...?

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