We’ll be the first to admit that we were wrong.
But we were absolutely wrong, and thank goodness. We should have been patient and let executive producer Shonda Rhimes work her brilliant magic. Because on Thursday’s (April 24) episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” it was finally explained why Cristina will leave Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital at the end of Season 10, and it makes sense. It works.
She’s leaving the hospital because no one from Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital will ever be able to win the Harper Avery Award, the one thing for which every doctor aspires their whole lives to win. That’s “the point of all of this,” Cristina says. Catherine Avery dropped that truth bomb on Webber during “Change of Heart” when he flew across the country to confront her over why Cristina — who was the absolute shoe-in to win — lost the award.
Catherine explained that because an Avery (Jackson) owns the hospital and sits on the board of the hospital, it’s a conflict of interest. Politics will not allow anyone from that hospital to ever win the award as long as Jackson is there. In fact, Cristina actually did win the award. She had all the votes, and it was rightfully hers, but the foundation could not award it to her based on her place of work. That is absolutely and unequivocally not fair.
And that’s why Cristina will leave. She will find a new hospital to work at, go on to win all the awards she deserves, and live a full and happy life with the career she always dreamed of. And based on the promos for Isaiah Washington’s big return episode, she might even do it with him. Not get back together as a couple (although the promos sure tried to frame it like he “wanted her” romantically, didn’t it? We call shenanigans on that, though), but get back together as a team. As a pair of cardio gods. And most surprising of all, we’re rooting for that to happen.