7 Times ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Paid Homage To The Show’s History In ‘How To Save A Life’0 Comments

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Posted on 30 Apr 2015 at 10:33pm

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By now, you shouldn’t be surprised that people are still upset about Dr. Derek Shepherd’s tragic death on last week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy. We know how unpredictable shows in Shondaland can be, but this was a death nobody saw coming, and it was especially shocking knowing that Patrick Dempsey still had another year left on his contract with ABC. Last week’s explosive episode, “How to Save a Life,” was penned by series creator Shonda Rhimes and certain scenes seemed to pay homage to the show’s lengthy past:

“The carousel never stops turning”

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“How to Save a Life” begins with Meredith stating “When I was five, my mom lost me in a park. I don’t remember much, except that one minute I was riding the carousel and the next she was gone. I don’t remember how I found her. I don’t remember how I got home. All I remember is what happened next. She told me not to worry. She told me everything would be fine. Funny isn’t it? The way memory works? The things you can’t quite remember and the things you can never forget. The carousel never stops turning.”

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Meredith’s opening voiceover references back to flashbacks that occurred earlier in the series, starting with Richard Webber telling Meredith’s mother, Ellis, that he would be staying with his wife, Adele, and couldn’t continue on with their relationship, even though the pair agreed to leave their spouses for one another. Five-year-old Meredith gets off the carousel in the park and comforts her crying mother. After a brief hospital stay in season 2, Ellis, who continued to struggle with Alzheimer’s, assured Meredith that he (Richard) doesn’t love her (his wife), “but he’ll stay with her anyway.” She then realizes she’s talking to her daughter, who “grew up,” adding “It’s a shame. It’s awful being a grown up, but the carousel never stops turning. You can’t get off.”

The post-death voicemail

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While Derek is en route to the airport he calls Meredith, who is unable to answer her cell phone. He begins to leave Meredith a message, which means there’s still a final voicemail on her phone which was placed prior to his unexpected death.

Well, does this sound familiar? After Denny dies in the season 2 finale, Izzie gets access to the last voicemail he left his parents. In the message, he proclaims that he’s going to marry Izzie and that they need to hop on the next plane out to come meet her.

“It’s a beautiful day to save lives”

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It’s only fitting that Derek muttered his signature phrase, “It’s a beautiful day to save lives,” after he rescued the car crash victims and watched them get transported to safety. (Too bad he couldn’t save his own life though.)

This should go without saying, but every Grey’s fan knows it’s tradition for Derek to say this phrase before his surgeries.

The sentimental songs:

“Today Has Been OK”

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Winnie, the youngest of the car crash survivors, tells the female doctor who treats Derek that he’s also a doctor and saved everyone at the scene that afternoon. Sleeping at Last‘s cover of “Today Has Been OK” plays as the doctors frantically try to treat Derek, but they clash over his course of treatment.

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Emilíana Torrini‘s “Today Has Been OK” has been featured twice on Grey’s – once in season 2, after the doctors deal with a massive train accident, and again in season 6 following George’s death. The song plays at the end of season 2’s “Into You Like a Train,” when Derek chooses Addison over Meredith, bringing him to tears on the elevator ride with Bailey, prompting her to pull the emergency button so that he could regroup. Derek returns the favor in season 6, pulling the emergency button on the elevator as the same song plays so that Bailey could let her emotions out over George’s death and Izzie’s cancer.

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