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This week’s part two of the Season 13 finale of Grey’s Anatomy (watch online at CTV.ca) shocked us for a number of reasons, but mostly because the storylines zigged when we assumed they would zag. Oh Grey’s, after all this time you still keep us on our toes.

Of course, the most shocking storyline was that Stephanie not only survived last week’s explosion, but managed to save herself and the little girl whose father should really have his cell phone taken away. Seriously dude, everyone gets busy, but when doctors return your child three times in one day, you’re really not being attentive.

Stephanie’s survival was especially surprising, as rumours have been swirling that actor Jerrika Hinton would not be returning for Season 14. The stress of seeing Stephanie save the little girl, jump through fire, climb up a flight of burning stairs, climb back down the stairs and up again to retrieve her passcard, then administer CPR to the little girl was enough to make us want our own oxygen tank. High fives to all the viewers who managed to sit through this stress test of an episode and not fast forward to the end to confirm that Stephanie survived.

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Stephanie lived to tell Webber that she quit, an understandable decision after a near-death experience. We’ll definitely miss the character, with our fondness frequently expressed in writing, but we feel better knowing that in TV world, Stephanie can have an adventure and meet more hot musicians who hopefully won’t die on her.

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The fire storyline took up most of the episode, but it wasn’t the only shocker to take place at Grey Sloan Memorial. Taking another step backward in the seemingly endless ‘will they/won’t they’ Japril saga, now Maggie has been added to the mix. Ugh. This is a love triangle we don’t mind putting off until next season.

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As for Mennick, just as we were kinda warming up to her (for Arizona’s sake), she was fired for not telling the police that Stephanie was missing. In truly confusing defense, Mennick said she was busy following protocol and seeing to patients. Isn’t there protocol for a missing doctor? Shouldn’t that be near the top of the protocol list? While her ideas of teaching residents actually made sense, her approach made her a target from the start. See ya, Mennick.

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In a truly shocking move, Grey’s Anatomy decided that, instead of killing off a character in the season finale, they would instead bring one back to life. Well played, Grey’s.

Meredith was finally able to tell Riggs that Megan is, in fact, alive and in another welcome twist, the two celebrated the news, rather than having a back and forth over their romantic future. As Meredith pointed out, if Derek was alive she would already be gone.

It may seem a bit harsh, but the reality is they both lost the people they planned on spending the rest of their lives with and found comfort in one another. Thankfully, the scene was joyful and not centred around Meredith. Good for you, Grey’s Anatomy.

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The episode closed with a shot of Owen and Amelia waiting for Megan, who appeared to have red hair, and not blonde like she did in the flashback earlier this season. This either means her hair was dyed by her captors or we’re going to have to wait until the fall to find out the woman rescued was not Megan. It wouldn’t be a season finale without a truly frustrating cliffhanger.

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Watch Grey’s Anatomy online at CTV.ca.

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