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Faced with a life threatening situation, the doctors must fight to stay alive while trying to save the lives of their peers; Bailey and Ben make a decision regarding their relationship; and Teddy is presented with a tempting offer. Meanwhile, Richard plans a special dinner for the residents.

Source: ABC

Episode Info
Episode number: 8x24
Airdate: Thursday May 17th, 2012

Director: Rob Corn
Writer: Shonda Rhimes

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) May 30, 2012
AU (Seven) Aug 09, 2012

Guest Stars
Jason George (2)Jason George (2)
As Dr. Ben Warren (Anesthesiologist and Bailey's Boyrfriend)
Kim RaverKim Raver
As Dr. Teddy Altman
James LeGrosJames LeGros
As Jerry (The Pilot)

Co-Guest Stars
Brie EleyBrie Eley
As Administrative Assistant
Kate MinesKate Mines
As Nurse Gloria
Main Cast
Ellen PompeoEllen Pompeo
As Dr. Meredith Grey
Justin ChambersJustin Chambers
As Dr. Alex Karev
Patrick DempseyPatrick Dempsey
As Dr. Derek Shepherd
Chandra WilsonChandra Wilson
As Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens, Jr.James Pickens, Jr.
As Dr. Richard Webber
Sara RamirezSara Ramirez
As Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres
Kevin McKiddKevin McKidd
As Dr. Owen Hunt
Jessica CapshawJessica Capshaw
As Dr. Arizona Robbins
Sarah DrewSarah Drew
As Dr. April Kepner
Jesse Williams (2)Jesse Williams (2)
As Dr. Jackson Avery
Kim RaverKim Raver
As Dr. Teddy Altman
Chyler LeighChyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric DaneEric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
Sandra OhSandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang


The episode begins amid scenes and screams from the plane crash in which six doctors' lives are in peril, flashes back to the series premiere when then-chief Dr. Webber welcomes the interns to Seattle Grace. Cut back to Meredith looking half-conscious and staring up at the trees. Cristina pulls Meredith up and there's still a lot of screaming in the background. Meredith pulls a piece of shrapnel out of her leg. Cristina has lost a shoe. Meredith calls out for Derek, and Cristina says Derek was sucked out the side of the plane when it hit the trees. We see its Arizona who's screaming and Cristina yells at her to shut up. Then there's a persistent banging sound. Mark joins Cristina and Meredith looking for the sound and they see Lexie, only her arm, banging a seat belt against the metal side of the plane. ..

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Episode Notes
Narration: There is no opening voiceover in this episode.

Casting: This is the last episode featuring Chyler Leigh (Dr. Lexie Grey) and Kim Raver (Dr. Teddy Altman).

Ratings: 11.44 Million Viewers

Trivia: What is happening to Arizona and Mark mirrors what is happening with patients in the hospital. Callie is treating a patient with an open femur fracture (like Arizona) and Teddy's patient has a cardiac tamponade (like Mark).

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
FeatherstoneThe Paper KitesPlayed multiple times throughout the episode.

Episode Quotes
Alex: Your wife is bonkers!
Callie: Yeah, but she's cute.

Cristina: Oh I found it!
Arizona: First aid kit?
Cristina: No my shoe!
Jerry: Is she going to be OK?
Arizona: Well she's not barefoot any more.
Jerry: Well that's something.

Cristina: I don't understand how this keeps happening! We keep dying, we're in a plane crash--right now! I tell you one thing, when we get out of here I'm getting the hell out of Seattle Grace Mercy Death and I am never looking back.

Lexie: Mark, I'm dying.
Mark: What? No you're not.
Lexie: I am. Please tell Meredith that I love her and that she was a good sister. And please tell my dad -
Mark: You're not dying, you're going to be fine.
Lexie: Hold my hand.
Mark: I'm not holding your hand because you're not dying.
Lexie: Hold my hand.
Mark: No, you're not dying. Do you hear me? You don't die today.

Cristina: Matches! Yes, god finally. Fire, we can build a fire.
Meredith: We should, they'll see a fire. Lets get a fire started.
Cristina (to Mark who is still sitting, holding Lexie's hand): Mark! We need to start a fire. Mark, Mark! You have to help!
Meredith: Uh, I'll figure out how to get it started.
Cristina: No, no. You know what he doesn't get to do this. He doesn't get to stop helping. I'm sorry he lost Lexie but she was your sister and you're still helping. He has to help because the sky is falling, Mark!
Derek: Cristina -
Cristina: No, no, no! You know if there's one thing that I've learned with all the bombs and the guns to my head and the buses running down my friends is that I am not interested in dying! I want to get out of here and I want to go home! And everyone has to help!

Mark: I love you.
Lexie: You don't have to say it just because I said it.
Mark: I do. I love you. I love you. I've always been in love with you, I will always be in love with you.
Lexie: Yeah?
Mark: Yeah, which is why you have to stay alive.We- we- we're going to get married and you're going to become an amazing surgeon and we're going to have two or three kids.
Lexie: Sofia can have siblings.
Mark: Yeah, a sister and two brothers.
Lexie: That's nice.
Mark: And we're going to be happy Lex, you and me. We're going to have the best life Lexie, you and me. We're going to be so happy. So you can't die ok? You can't die because we're supposed to end up together. We're meant to be.
Lexie: Meant to be. (Lexie dies)
Mark (Closes her eyes and cries): I love you, I love you, I love you...

Teddy: Hey, you were looking for me?
Owen: We need to talk.
Teddy: No, we don't. I am happy to stay. It'll be fun! It'll be like old times, like you and me back in Iraq.
Owen: You're fired.
Teddy: That's good.
Owen: Effective, immediately.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) The years we spend as surgical residents will be the best, and worst, of our lives. We will be pushed to our breaking points. This is the starting line. This is our arena. How well we play, that's up to us.

Episode Goofs

When Meredith leaves Christina to go search for Derek she is wearing scrubs, however, the next time we see her she is wearing a jacket.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Flight

Flight is the title of a song originally sun by Sutton Foster.

Episode References
Season 8, Episode 23: The plane that everyone was one crashed at the very end of 8x23 "Migration".

Season 1, Episode 1: The episode begins with a flashback to the very first episode of the series, 1x01 "A Hard Days Night".

George O'Malley and Izzie Stevens appear in flashbacks from the first episode. George O'Malley has not been seen since 6x01 "Good Mourning" and Izzie Stevens has not been seen since 6x12 "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked".

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