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TV Review: GREY’S ANATOMY: Season 10, Episode 22: We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

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ABC‘s Grey’s Anatomy We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together TV Show ReviewGrey’s Anatomy season 10, Episode 22: We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together starts at the very beginning of the end of the beloved Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) at Grey Sloan Memorial. She told Hunt (Kevin McKidd) while walking into a board meeting that she knew what she wanted to do next. In the meeting she found out that Dr. Russell (Dominic Hoffman) decided to leave the hospital because he knew no one would ever win the Harper Avery, the board asked Yang to appeal her loss so they could set a precedent. She avoided the subject and flew to Zurich to give a talk on 3D printing portal veins at a hospital.

In the midst of her lecture, Cristina took a question from a man in the shadows. It was clear that she recognized the voice, as Dr.Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington) entered into the light of the gallery. After her talk, Burke asked Cristina to stick around to observe a surgery he was performing, but she begged off to make a phone call. And since some things never change, he told her to say hello to Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) for him. This moment was as much a comment on Burke and Yang’s past dynamic as it was to Meredith and Cristina’s best friend bond.

The following day, Burke offered up a rescheduled flight for Cristina so she could see his surgery. He had manipulated her flight to Zurich, and now she was being controlled in to staying…just like the past. At this point, I felt we the audience were looking for something more scintillating, melodramatic, heart stopping between the exes, alas…

Cristina agreed to stay for the surgery, which involved his newest research project, a hologram of a heart thumping above the operating table. Cristina was amazed and even more so when she realized that the hospital had 49 3D printers. That would certainly help with her plans to someday print an actual “beating” heart. And then he revealed his agenda, he asked Cristina to come to work at the hospital there in Zurich.

No longer one to be toyed with, Cristina let him know she wanted nothing to do with him romantically. (Despite Isaiah Washington’s controversy years ago, I thought it would have been a strong choice for the writers to develop a poetic, erotic “last goodbye” between the two, but no.) Burke explained that he didn’t want her to come work at his hospital to get back together, in fact he was married, with two kids. He revealed the kicker, that she would be replacing him. He offered her the hospital. In a beautiful moment, he told her that he knew she had become a magnificent surgeon, “you’ve become everything I’d dreamed you’d be.”

Cristina and Meredith never connect, aside from voicemails. Meredith is shocked to hear of Burke’s presence, and hides it from Owen. Meredith leaves Cristina back an outstanding voicemail, reminding Cristina that Burke “took away pieces of her, that Mama took her eyebrows, and how he took seven years to get over!”

Back at the hospital, Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) and Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) worked together on adult conjoined twins. Amelia was angry over being treated like the “little sister.” Amelia and Meredith bonded over this moment, but when the surgery went awry, Derek allowed Amelia to shine and provided his respect. He asked Amelia if she wanted to work with Callie Torres (Sarah Ramirez) on her trial, which would bring Derek’s little sister to Seattle full time.

Miranda Bailey’s (Chandra Wilson) undercover experiment with Braden (Armani Jackson) proved to be highly successful. April Kepner (Sarah Drew) and Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) got their first ultrasound done…and decided not to terminate. And Jo Williams (Camilla Luddington) got completely overwhelmed at work and made several mistakes, which came at a terrible time, as Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) and Owen decided to fire one of the residents.

The ending was bittersweet as Meredith waited for Cristina at the airport. Cristina bounded toward her with Swiss chocolate in hand…and Meredith (as “her person”) knew she was leaving. 

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