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'Grey's Anatomy' Recap: You've Got a Friend in Me

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Nov 08, 2012 | 9:25pm EST

grey's anatomy, ellen pompeoFriends. They’re always there when you need them in the best of times and — if they’re really good friends — even in the worst of times. And while this is a concept we can all relate to, it played a very pivotal role in this week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, “Beautiful Doom,” which centered on best buds Cristina and Meredith. When the chips are down and you’re feeling blue, everybody needs a “person” they can turn to. (I totally didn’t mean for that to rhyme, but it works so I’m keeping it.) Sometimes a good dose of friendship is just what the doctor ordered.

While we, as fans, have done our fair share of grieving over Lexie and McSteamy’s deaths, Meredith and Cristina have yet to do the same. Sure, they’re not exactly in denial about what happened, but they haven’t really taken the time to cope with all that they’ve lost. Instead, they’ve moved halfway across the country or completely buried themselves in their work. But tonight everything really starts to hit home.

The episode begins with Meredith overseeing a very complex and potentially dangerous procedure: potty training. Of course, I’m referring to Zola. (Oh, the joys of parenting!) But little does she know, her day of difficult tasks is only just beginning. On her way into work, Meredith stumbles upon an accident involving a bicyclist getting pinned underneath a car. Sound familiar? It’s almost identical to Lexie’s fatal accident, except instead of a car, it was an entire plane. The cyclist even looks like Little Grey. So after transporting the patient to the hospital, Meredith dives into this surgery as if it were actually Lexie’s life on the line. She couldn’t save Lexie because they were out in the woods, so she must save this girl now that there’s an unlimited amount of medical tools at her disposal. Concerned that this is hitting a little too close to home, Dr. Webber orders Meredith to stop the procedure and wait until the patient is stronger before proceeding.

Meanwhile, Cristina is busy being introduced to the joys of a real winter: finding your car buried under several feet of snow. (As a former resident of upstate New York, I can totally feel her pain on this.) Anyway, after grabbing a ride into work with Mr. Feeny (or Dr. Thomas, if you prefer), the two of them team up to tackle a complex surgery. But it turns out this procedure holds more than just a woman’s life on the line — it holds Mr. Feeny’s career as well. Since Cristina’s sleeping buddy, Dr. Parker, is still trying to force the elderly doc into retirement, any medical mishap on his part could completely terminate his career — something that Cristina is trying at all costs to avoid. To be honest, it’s refreshing to see her so concerned about someone else’s career other than her own. You can really tell Feeny has become her Minnesota BFF and it’s absolutely adorable.

Needless to say, both Meredith and Cristina have a lot (emotionally) riding on these surgeries. So in a series of split-screen images — helping to parallel their stories — we watch as these two friends continue to lean on each other for moral support, even while pulling all-nighters with their patients. (Let’s hope they share the same cell phone service provider, otherwise their next monthly bill will be through the roof.)

Luckily, both patients pull through their respective procedures with the promise of making full recoveries. (Yay for good news!) But in a very Grey’s-type fashion, tragedy is never too far behind. Near the end of Cristina’s surgery, Feeny collapses out of nowhere and dies right there on the OR floor. NOT MR. FEENY! Seriously, I screamed that at my television. I guess we should’ve seen this coming what with all the advice and praise he was giving Cristina throughout the episode. He even referred to her as “the surgeon of her generation” and said that it’s been an honor to train her. Red flags should’ve gone up right then and there. So just like that, Mr. Feeny is gone from my weekly TV routine and it’s just as devastating the second time around as it was the first, when Boy Meets World went off the air.

But it’s a wake-up call to Cristina. As the touching words of her mentor echo in her ears (“You have greatness within you, Yang. Don’t disappoint.”), she packs up her things, braves a plane back to Washington, and shows up at Meredith’s front door for a heartfelt embrace. So it’s not all bad. Two best friends are reunited and Cristina can now return to her rightful place at Seattle Grace. I only wish Mr. Feeny didn’t have to die in the process. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go ugly cry into my pillow.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Were you devastated by Mr. Feeny’s passing? Are you happy to see Cristina back in Seattle? Who do you think made a better bestie: Meredith or Mr. Feeny? Sound off on your dissections of the plot in the comments below!

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[Photo credit: Kelsey McNeal/ABC]

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