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4 amazing moments from the 'Grey's Anatomy' season finale

Season 11 | Episode 24 | “You’re My Home” | Aired May 14, 2015

This is it, guys. The season finale of Grey’s Anatomy is finally upon us, and it’s about time … to count down the best moments of the finale of what has easily been one of the most roller-coaster seasons this show has ever seen.

In a later post, we’ll recap the whole season and pick out the top moments that made you literally jump at your television in happiness and/or disgust. But for now, let’s just break down the top four moments that made the season 11 finale one to remember:

A Father’s Love

In a season where so many characters have played such an integral role, it seems weird that one of the top four moments of the season finale would go to a man who was introduced last episode. But the man who was crushed in his car during a car accident has the whole hospital on watch. The moment that brings it all down is when Alex and Meredith bring his newborn son out to the car to meet him. Removing him from the car could mean certain death, but before they attempt it, the doctors of Grey-Sloan Memorial make it possible for him to meet his new son, and the love of a father is enough to make him fight. Total spoiler alert: He lived and I cried.

Saving Private April

After April dives into the wreckage (literally) and brings an impaled man to the hospital, it’s clear that April is a changed woman. So when she approaches Jackson with the idea of going back to war as a trauma surgeon, it wasn’t a big surprise to him. But what was a big surprise to April is that even though he approved, he wanted her to know that he wouldn’t be waiting when she got back. So in a matter of seconds, it appears that this love that Jackson and April fought so deeply for is over—for now. I’m also putting BIG money on the idea that Stephanie steps up and puts them back together.


Alex’s speech to Jo was simple and fast, but it was everything we needed. Well, almost. Everything is when Jo takes Alex and shows him an abandoned, run-down warehouse that she’s almost bought—if he will pitch in a little, it can be theirs. And then she finally says, “I love you,” and then he points out it was the first time she said it. Her response: “I didn’t think I had to.” It was at that moment that we got our new version of “How to Save a Life.” After this season of difficulties and goodbyes, it’s nice to have a moment that feels a bit more optimistic.

The Voicemail

If we’ve learned anything this season, there are people who are super-pro-Amelia and there are people who aren’t. It’s fine—taking sides is fun. But when Meredith came over and offered her old phone to Amelia with the Derek voicemail on it, Meredith had an amazing moment that was perfect. But the truly perfect moment was when Amelia is sitting on Meredith’s bed, with the tumor in the background, and Owen helps her finally press the button. Derek’s message is sweet, but it’s a very Amelia moment. This is what made me fall in love with Amelia. She joins Maggie and Meredith as a sister and dances it out.

Notes for the O.R. Board

  • I have vocally not supported Catherine and Richard, but him offering to be her “place to fall apart” is too much for me.
  • Everyone is loving the new, pretty intern, and I get it. I DO. In fact, I’m here for it.
  • Bailey’s “duckling” speech to Stephanie was everything. She really is the only option for Chief, ya know?
  • “And you. I don’t know who’s dead for you.” —Meredith Grey, M.D.
  • Poor Maggie is so broken that her parents are getting divorced, and it’s kind of sweet.

Call me crazy, but that was an excellent finale. Honestly, guys. After a season and a half with some big ,questionable moves with a lot of sadness and #TearsOfGreys, it’s nice to see a turn for something a bit happier.

And it’s been a battle. It’s been a hike and a half, y’all, but we made it. RIP to Baby Avery/Kepner and Dr. Herman’s eyesight and Maggie’s parents’ marriage and Derek. But most surprisingly, RIP to my resentment of Amelia Shepherd.

Here’s to a summer with no tragedy. I’ll see y’all next season. Don’t go chasing any cars, please.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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