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Monday, May 19, 2014

Farewell, Cristina Yang!

The season finale of the tenth season of the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy was an emotional one for me. And I like to believe that it was for a lot of viewers out there. We had to bid adieu to one of the most beloved and original cast members – Sandra Oh who played the brilliant, competitive cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Cristina Yang. You cannot help but love Cristina Yang, in spite of her sarcasm, her snide remarks, her superiority complex and her overall lack of sympathy towards emotional people. You know you love her because it was Cristina Yang who taught you to dance off the stress in your life. Let your hair loose, turn up the volume and Just Dance! The season finale was very poignant and very well directed. While it didn’t overplay the emotions of the departure of Cristina, it did just enough to remember her. After all, we couldn’t have said goodbye to our favourite BFFs without one final dance routine.

Cristina Yang broke all the stereotypes of being a woman surgeon and she proved herself to be the best in her class. You can always rely on her being truthful; she doesn’t care to try and shield the people of their feelings if the truth hurts them. Remember when she told Meredith that she was a better surgeon than her? And Meredith is her BFF! That is what I love about Cristina! Throughout her career at the hospital, she has provided countless jabs at co-workers whom she thought to be incompetent and had to be let down with her vicious words. She taught us to be never be apologetic for who you are and what you want – ‘surgeons are sharks and should never apologise’. 

She taught us that it is okay to let go of your hard exterior and reveal your emotional vulnerabilities. That made Cristina humane and we love it about her. She taught us how much friends matter to us when she says about Meredith “If I murdered someone, she’s the person I’d call to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor. She is my person.” Well, Cristina Yang, all we can say is that you are our person too.  It was a pleasure and an honour to be in the OR with you for the last ten years. Farewell, Cristina Yang!

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