Clark finally lowers his gun, and Derek, Meredith, and Cristina all get a moment to breathe. It's only a moment, though, because here comes April, bounding through the door, thanking God that Derek's okay. Whether this spooks Clark or snaps him out of his momentary brush with humanity, I'm not sure. I do feel awfully bad for April, though. It's not her fault she has awful timing. You can see it in Derek's eyes as he turns to April that things just got fucked again. He mouths the word "Go!" while Meredith silently screams from across the way. We can't hear, because the patented Grey's Sad Guitar of Somebody's Dying has started to play. That's when Clark shoots Derek right in the chest.
Derek falls to the ground, Meredith screams, Cristina holds her back, and April has just found about twelve new reasons to go babblecrazy again. Meredith's VO from the opening repeats itself. She grew up in this hospital. "The hospital was my church, my school, my home, my safe place, my sanctuary. I love it here." Derek, staring directly at the camera, blinks, then closes his eyes. "Correction: loved it here."
That's it for my hour! Lauren takes back the reins for the second, tear-soaked hour. Thanks for letting me be your substitute teacher! And on such an awesome episode!
Joe R is about halfway towards taking this show back. He definitely will if Derek bites it in the next hour. He can be reached for lavish praise and nothing but at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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