Meredith's Farewell Episode Featured a Callback to One of the Cringiest Grey's Moments

Meredith's Farewell Episode Featured a Callback to One of the Cringiest Grey's Moments
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With its main star gone as a series regular, Grey's Anatomy is up for a new ride with a new group of interns. But for now, fans are recovering from the latest episode.

The highly anticipated episode was heavily promoted as a send-off for Ellen Pompeo's Meredith Grey, and fans were expecting something big and emotional.

Many were hoping for surprise guest stars or at least flashbacks to Meredith's early years at Seattle Grace Hospital.

Unfortunately, there was nothing of the sort, and disappointed fans got very little Meredith and even fewer touching moments.

But at least one callback to earlier seasons found its way into the poignant farewell episode, and fans who have yet to get used to Grey's without Grey got to see some character growth.

Viewers who had followed Meredith's 19-year journey from intern to Chief of Surgery and from one-night-stand material to wife and mother of three appreciated the nod to one of the show's most cringe-worthy moments, the "pick me, choose me, love me" speech.

The scene where Meredith begged her love interest, Derek Shepherd, to choose her over his wife happened in Season 2 and quickly became one of the most discussed television moments.

While some thought it was romantic, many found it difficult to watch and thought it sent a bad message. Even Ellen Pompeo shared that she hated the scene, calling it "not empowering."

Finally, 17 years later, fans got proof that Meredith has come a long way from "pick me, choose me, love me." In the farewell episode, the protagonist has an emotional conversation with her current boyfriend, Nick Marsh.

While Nick questions Meredith's plan to move to Boston without asking his opinion, Meredith's response shows how much she has grown over the years.

"If I have to choose, I'm going to pick me. I pick my kids, and I pick what's best for us. And I am not going to beg you to love me," she says.

While this line shows how much maturing actually took place during the run of the show, it was unfortunately not enough for viewers to be impressed with the episode.

"At least we got to see some growth and a course correction from "Pick me. Choose me. Love me." to Mer choosing herself. The rest of this farewell was trash," a fan commented.