'Grey's Anatomy's Burke and Cristina Reunion: Was It Everything We Wanted?


[WARNING: If you have not yet seen this week's episode of 'Grey's Anatomy,' stop reading right now. Major plot spoilers ahead!]

'Grey's Anatomy's Burke and Cristina Reunion: Was It Everything We Wanted?


It's been seven years since Dr. Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington) left a heartbroken Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) at the altar. But after last night's squeal-worthy episode, these two powerhouse docs  were finally given the chance to reunite. Oh, and for the record, it was amazing!

Seriously, guys. I didn't know just how much I missed having Burke on this show until seeing him back on the series. His chemistry with Cristina was just as palpable as ever, making me believe now, more than ever, that it was the right decision to bring his character back, especially in this way.

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To be clear, I'm not saying this in any way excuses certain wrongs from the actor's past. However, you have to admit that his character's return was a genius plot device, not to mention the perfect way to help wrap up Cristina's story before Oh's upcoming departure. Plus, anyone who doesn't think Burke added an extra level of brilliance to the show is just plain lying. Nothing beats those colorful scrub caps of his.

But the reunion of these two former flames took on a rather interesting twist. Unlike the promos suggested, Burke's "wanting" of Cristina had nothing to do with romance and everything to do with her taking over the hospital in Zurich, which he currently runs. That's right — he offered Dr. Yang her very own hospital! Are these the kind of gifts exes usually give each other after years of being apart? Because if so, I have a few calls to make.

'Grey's Anatomy's Burke and Cristina Reunion: Was It Everything We Wanted?

Granted, it was a little extremely disappointing to discover that Burke is now happily married to another woman ("the love of his life") and has two kids, promptly throwing any hope we had of an on-call room hookup session right out the window. However, Burke did admit that, if he wasn't leaving the hospital, he'd never be able to offer her the job. He couldn't work with her again, remembering how the way he loved her was "consuming." In the end, it would ruin his marriage and he didn't want that.

Now, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't screaming at my TV for them to just throw caution to the wind and kiss already. (Sorry, next door neighbors!) But that scene was simply mesmerizing, and the more I think about it, the more I'm satisfied with Shonda Rhimes' decision to leave things at that.

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I mean, walking out on the bride during your own wedding is a hard thing to bounce back from. Yet it gave both of them the opportunity to become the accomplished, hardcore surgeons they always wanted to be, and they both recognized that in the end.

Is there still a connection there? Certainly. Would I totally watch a spin-off show about these two? Absolutely! But since that doesn't seem to be in the cards, this interaction allowed both of them (and us) to find a little more closure to that particular chapter of their lives.

Some of you may agree with this, though I'm sure others will be furious with the lack of lip-locking. (And if you want to start a Kickstarter program for that spin-off I mentioned, I fully support you and will happily donate.) However, if Cristina really does have to leave our television screens, there was no better person to help give her the means to make that happen.

After all, Meredith may be her person, but Burke will always be her Preston. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go rewatch all of the Burke scenes.

- Sandra Oh
- Isaiah Washington
- Grey's Anatomy

Written by: Kelly_Schremph
May 1st, 2014, 11:26 pm

Images courtesy of ABC


Message Posted On May 4th, 2014, 3:55 pm
"...I'm not saying this in any way excuses certain wrongs from the actor's past." Well that's a nice wishy-washy, vague, fluffy, forgiving sentence. What I think you meant was 'He was fired because he's a homophobic bigot who verbally assaulted a fellow cast member'. If it had been the other way around & King had called Washington a 'nigger' I doubt the show (or anyone in general) would have been as easily forgiving. Although all seems forgotten when an obvious & easy storyline needs fulfilling. Hey ho. So glad he could have more screen time, pay and such praise!!

Message Posted On May 3rd, 2014, 3:43 pm
I wasn't moved either. Probably because I never liked Burke. Nor I liked Cristina either when she was with Burke. The first Cristina's storyline that piqued my interest was when Owen appeared. About that I was a little surprised that Hunt wasn't mentioned at all, not even as a factor in Cristina's decision.

Message Posted On May 3rd, 2014, 10:11 am
Soooo disappointed Burke is married and has kids but am extremely happy they brought him off and with the send-off they're giving Cristina.

Message Posted On May 3rd, 2014, 9:48 am
Me three. Totally agreed your opinion. Liked this episode very much!

Message Posted On May 2nd, 2014, 8:00 am
Sorry to be the fly in in the oinment but I was'nt moved at all. Probley as I can't stand yang since day 1 and never really liked burke either. I'm gald she is leaveing.

Message Posted On May 2nd, 2014, 2:12 am
Brilliant. Brilliant, brilliant episode! I agree with all your points. I can't believe after all this time, 7 years later, the same feelings I felt when Burke left Yang at the altar would be burning at the same intensity during this episode's scenes between those two. Ughhh...AMAZING! I also had to rewatch it again. This episode will be staying on my DVR for a long, long while. =)
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