Grey's Anatomy: Season 6, Episode 23

Sanctuary (20 May 2010)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Romance
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Seattle Grace Hospital is hit with a crisis like no other in its history.



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Seattle Grace Hospital is hit with a crisis like no other in its history.

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[first lines]
Dr. Meredith Grey: For most people, a hospital is a scary place. A hostile place. A place where bad things happen. Most people would prefer church, or school, or home. But I... grew up here. While my mom was on rounds, I learned to read in the O.R. gallery. I played in the morgue. I colored with crayons on old E.R. charts. The hospital was my church... my school... my home. The hospital was my safe place... My sanctuary. I love it here. Correction: loved it here.
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Dramatic and Emotional Episode
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This is quite possibly my favorite episode of Grey's Anatomy. I was especially moved by Chandra Wilson's performance as Dr. Miranda Bailey. It is part one of a two part finale for season 6. Throughout this episode, you will begin to feel like you know the characters on a more personal level and even identify with them. It might seem crazy for me to say this, but I even identified with the shooter. He was grieving the loss of his wife and he was desperate for a way to cope. It certainly does not justify killing all of those people, but it reminds us that people react to death in many different ways.

I think this episode also raises awareness of the need for preparedness with regards to active shooter situations in a hospital setting. It shows how chaotic a hospital can be on a typical day, but especially when the facility is put on lockdown.

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