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Saturday, August 11, 2012

RIP Lexie Grey - Remembering Grey's Anatomy Star Chyler Leigh as "Little Grey"

Today's blog post is dedicated to the memory of Lexie Grey (Little Grey) and shows Chyler Leigh's most memorable moments on Grey's Anatomy. I have posted pictures of Lexie's best story arcs on Grey's, and written about these moments to remind fans of what a wonderful character Chyler Leigh played for five years on Grey's. To some of you who read my blog this might seem a bit late in coming, however for my Australian readers and fellow fans of Grey's, I thought you might appreciate a little reminiscing about Lexie's time on Grey's Anatomy.

Introducing Lexie Grey as part of the Grey's Anatomy cast was a genius move on Shonda Rhimes part; I loved the character and her interactions with Meredith as she tried get close to her half sister, who gave her such a hard time. Meredith did not want to deal with the fact that Lexie got the father she should have had and that she even had a sister. And then Shonda decided that McSteamy (biggest manwhore in Seattle, probably) should be paired up with Lexie. This was another genius move as the chemistry between these two actors was electric.
Their relationship began in Season 5 and was kept secret from everyone except Callie, because Derek, on Meredith's say so had told Mark to stay away from Little Grey. Derek's exact words were "Little Sloan does not enter Little Grey." A classic Grey's line.

Remember this conversation?

Sadly in the finale of Grey's Anatomy which has just gone to air in Australia; Lexie Grey succumbs to her massive injuries and her final words to Mark were "Meant to be." Chyler Leigh's portayal of Lexie's death scene was one of the finest death scenes I have ever witnessed. It's such a shame that she did not win an Emmy award for these scenes. Shonda described Mark and Lexie's outcome as bittersweet leading up to the finale in the US, however I found it downright tragic and sad. 


         The moment before Lexie passes                         Mark; pleading for Lexie to hang on

These scenes were some of the saddest Grey's Anatomy in the eight years I've been watching the series. I re-watched the episode on Australian TV the other night and cried like a baby again, even though I'd already watched it before it was just as sad. For me it was not about knowing who died in the Finale, it was how the actors portrayed the scenes and for me this episode was sadder than the shooting episode in Season 6.

Lexie attempts to share herself with Meredith

In Season four Lexie arrived to begin her residency at Seattle Grace which was never her original plan. She had gone to Harvard to study medicine and planned a residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. However, her mother had died in the previous season and she needed to stay close to her father (who in his grief had blamed and slapped Meredith over his wife's death). Lexie decided to use the opportunity to at least get to know her older sister. This did not go to plan, and made for a very interesting storyline between Meredith and Lexie.
In the photo below, Derek realises that Lexie is the girl he flirted with in the bar on the night of Burke's bachelor party, he later tells Meredith who tensely replies "I'm the girl in the Bar!" By the end of Season four; Meredith moves towards getting to know Lexie; however it is a long, slow process that takes time. 


"You're the girl in the bar."                                       Lexie thinks she's in love with George

For a while Lexie seemed to have a thing for George (see photo above), however it becomes very clear that George does not see it that way. In-fact it is not clear where George's heart belonged. For my mind, I don't think George ever really stopped loving Meredith. Just my opinion. Towards the middle of Season 5 Lexie realises she is attracted to Mark Sloan and after working with him for the day on a case; she goes to his hotel room and takes off all her clothes, saying "Teach me" over and over again. They fall into bed together and the Mark/Lexie romance is born. When Addison returns to Seattle Grace she is surprised at Mark's choice, however she says nothing to Derek or Meredith.

Lexie seduces Mark - You Go Girl

This was the beginning of one of the hottest romances on TV. Slexie or Mexie as they were dubbed by fans and bloggers, they became extremely popular with Grey's fans and when they broke up in Season 6 fans were on the edge of their seats wanting this couple to re-unite. Their scenes together were dynamite because the couple had a beautiful chemistry, it wasn't all about seeing McSteamy without a shirt on, although I'm sure many fans are going to miss that.


Remember when?

The above photo was the scene when Mark and Lexie were having a wild passionate interlude in the on call room and she broke him. Callie and Owen were paged, and Mark was rushed into surgery to have his privates repaired. This was one funny Slexie story arc. All the interns found out about it and were gossiping in the gallery about Sloan's surgery when Lexie becomes upset and tells them it's not their business. Sadie catches on that it was Lexie who was with Sloan and decides to become her ally and help her keep her secret from Derek and Meredith. Sadie tell the interns it was her who broke Sloan.


The Lovers Re-unite

In Season 6, much to the anger of many fans; Mark and Lexie break up. Mark's 18 year old daughter Sloan comes to town and announces that she is pregnant. Mark invites her to stay with him and Lexie and later on tells her that they will all raise the baby together, without consulting Lexie. Mark assumes that Lexie will go along with it because she is in love with him, and they are in a relationship and living together. Lexie is furious and dumps Mark. Mark heads off to LA to get Addison to do a tricky surgery on Sloan's baby and ends up in bed with Addison; but only because he is sad about being dumped by Lexie. 

When Mark returns to Seattle he tells Lexie that he slept with Addison and he is lonely without her and wants her back. Lexie is relieved because she did something really stupid and slept with Alex. Mark is furious and storms off refusing to talk to her. It takes them a year to re-unite and this happens right about the time Mark finds out that Callie is having his baby. Mark and Lexie are back together for no more than a few weeks when Lexie finds out Callie is carrying Mark's child and storms out of Mark's life again. Unfortunately they never properly re-united as a couple again and many Slexie fans were furious about this.

Lexie realises Mark is moving on


Lexie declares her undying love for Mark

Tragically, just days before Lexies dies, she confesses her love for Mark in a heartfelt speech. She tells Mark over and over that she loves him and has always loved him. Mark is silent, he doesn't say a word. Just when it looks as though he is about to respond, Julia walks up to them and the conversation that they were about to have is cut short. Days later when they are preparing to board the plane to go help with the conjoined twins in Idaho; Marks tells Lexie he has not forgotten or ignored her words. It isn't until the plane crash happens that Mark tells Lexie of his true feelings and tells her that she cannot die because they have to get married and have children. Mark tells they are meant to be and at that moment Lexie murmurs "Meant to be" and passes away. To be blunt, I don't ever want to watch that episode again as I know I will cry and cry. But it was great TV, I was riveted to my seat while watching the episode. Now I am waiting with bated breath to see if our hearts will be broken all over again when Eric Dane leaves. Will Mark Sloan die and join his beloved Lexie in eternity or will Mark leave Seattle Grace? 


Meredith crying when she learns Lexie is dead

When Meredith returns to find Lexie has died, she is a basket case, which was to be expected; it will be interesting to see how Lexie's death will affect many of the docs at Seattle Grace.
At this stage in the pic above, Meredith still has not found Derek and thinks he may be dead, however they do find him, and apart from severe damage to his hand and arm he seems to be okay.

The character of Lexie Grey had a surprising impact on many Grey's Anatomy fans. For the most part I love the character, however in the beginning of Season 8 she did start to annoy me with her obsession with Mark. I now see this as Shonda trying to portray someone struggling to come to terms with what they have lost in life and whether to fight to get it back and on reflection I think Shonda told Lexie's story in a realistic way. Throughout Season 8 it seemed that Mark was happy with Julia, however every now and then it was obvious that he still loved Lexie and always would, which gave Slexie fans hope. Towards the end of the season I loved Derek's brotherly advice and attitude towards his sister in law and loved how their relationship was written and I felt that Derek really helped Lexie realise that she needed to tell Mark the truth about her feelings no matter what. Lexie rose to the occasion and grew up, told Mark the truth and was prepared to move on with life whatever the outcome; no regrets. This was probably the saddest part of their story, Lexie confesses all her feelings, only to learn of Mark's love for her right before she died. 


Addison and Mark were hot, but not as electric as Lexie and Mark

Lexie was a beloved character whose quirky nature and lexipedia brilliance will be missed. I am certain her death will affect many of the other characters at Seattle Grace. It won't be the same to turn on the TV in around 7 weeks time and not see her roaming the halls of Seattle Grace, however we will have to get used to not seeing a few characters around next season, as  Kim Raver who plays Teddy has already left and Eric Dane leaves sometime early into Season 9. So things will certainly be different come the last week in September 2012.

The Famous McSteamy

Last but no least, I had to post this fabulously sexy photo of Eric Dane when Mark emerges from the shower only to find Addison's husband Derek sitting on the bed beside her. I'll never forget him saying, "This is awkward." 

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RIP Lexie Grey

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