‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Recap: Cristina Finally Returns To Seattle

Thu, November 8, 2012 10:49pm EST by 4 Comments
Grey's Anatomy Recap
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Sadly, her return came at a tragic price.

Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) passed by a severe car accident involving a bicycle on the Nov. 8 episode of Grey’s Anatomy, and after convincing bystanders to lift the car off of the biker, she discovered the biker’s injuries were very similar to Lexie’s (Chyler Leigh) injuries from the plane crash! In an attempt to prevent the biker from having the same fate as her sister, Meredith formed an obsessive attachment to the patient.

Meanwhile in Minnesota, Cristina (Sandra Oh) was given a rare opportunity to team up with Dr. Thomas (William Daniels) and remove a giant aneurism. But Dr. Thomas chose to carry out the surgery in a different manner than Dr. Parker (Steven Culp) wanted, which led him to be put on probation.

With Derek (Patrick Dempsey) out of town, Meredith neglected a sick Zoila by passing her off to different people so she could put all her focus on her Lexie-like patient. She used the little spare time she had to call Cristina so the friends could lean on each other for support during their difficult situations.

Cristina and Dr. Thomas’ big heart surgery involved a second surgery to ensure the patient’s future health, and although Cristina begged Dr. Parker to take Dr. Thomas off probation so he could join in her the surgery, Dr. Parker denied her request.

Back in Seattle, the Chief (James Pickens Jr.) seemed to be the only one who recognized the patient’s similarities to Lexie, which he pointed it out to Meredith — and, of course, she denied. Meredith’s patient went into surgery for a second time, and after a few bumps along the way, she was able to save the patient. Although Meredith may have been able to save the biker, she finally came to terms with the reality that Lexie could not be saved.

OK, back to Minnesota: Dr. Thomas and Cristina decided to defy Dr. Parker’s orders and performed the second surgery together. During the surgery, Dr. Thomas suddenly stopped operating and fell to the OR floor. Doctors rushed in to perform CPR on Dr. Thomas, while Cristina was forced to finish the operation. Unfortunately, only one person in the OR was saved — and it wasn’t Dr. Thomas.

After an emotionally draining day at Seattle Grace Mercy West, Meredith was settling in at home when an unexpected guest rang the doorbell — Cristina! After losing a mentor and friend, her time at the Mayo Clinic was up.

“Cheredith” has finally been reunited!

What did you think of this episode of Grey’s? Were you happy that Cristina finally returned to Seattle? Drop me a comment with your thoughts on the episode!

— Jenny Pickard

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