Fans of Grey's Anatomy may have seen how it all ends. Seattle Grace vs. its own doctors for who deserves the money from the lawsuit.
Will the doctors save Seattle Grace? That seems to be the question posed at the conclusion of "The End Is the Beginning Is the End."
The closing moments last night may foreshadow how the season or the series gets wrapped up.
In keeping with the show's sad undertones, the plane crash victims took forever to begin to enjoy a dinner to celebrate moving on after the win in court.
Unable to conceive of receiving $15 million each as a settlement of the lawsuit they were initially stunned and unable to take any joy from the victory.
After all, Lexie and Mark died and Arizona lost her leg. All were traumatized and lives were forever changed, not something that would lend itself to feeling good about pocketing a small fortune.
Just as the glum dinner attendees decided that their lost loved one would have wanted them to go on from that point, we got the other side of the story.
It was as if the Grey's Anatomy writers pulled a chair away from a person ready to sit down.
A legal snafu has put the hospital in the position of having to pay the damages, after the insurance company found a way to avoid liability.
In truth, the company would have found that loophole prior to it agreeing to defend the hospital and a separate lawsuit would have been fought over that issue first.
Because this is fiction it is a more compelling story to have the rug pulled out from under everyone.
Seattle Grace shutting its doors was offered as one logical consequence, as Chief Owen Hunt sat stunned at the table while told the news.
On the other side of town, Derek Shepherd had just apologized for blaming him for it all and photos were being taken around the dinner table, smiles and relief in plentiful supply.
Oh, there were frivolous moments, as is typical of the show.
A couple came into the emergency room with injuries resulting from use of a stripper pole in the bedroom.
Dr. McDreamy had to play hours worth of ping pong with his bad hand as a rehab technique, and his surgical intern was the victim.
Jackson Avery was the go-between to deliver cookies to Dr. Webber from his mom and take the temperature of Richard's feelings about continuing their relationship.
Those added a light moment here and there but once the final scene played out, you know those will be pushed to the background going forward.
Will the doctors vote to save their place of business or ride into the sunset rich as all get out? It's hard to see them being selfish, right? Stay tuned.
ABC airs new episodes of Grey's Anatomy's final season on Thursday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT. Image: ABC/Grey's Anatomy
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