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'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Suffer Loss - Again!

October 5th, 2012 9:53am EDT

Dr. Mark Sloan Many Clevelander's are heartbroken by Season 12 and grieving after watching Episode 2. Last week's season premiere showed fans where all the cast members were a few months after the infamous plane crash. Tonight's episode was slightly different - the entire hour was flashbacks showing how each cast member's medical condition improved or took a drastic turn for the worse.

Grey's Anatomy creator and writer, Shona Rhimes, certainly knows how to draw in fans with a fantastic storyline. For years, no stone has been left unturned, no detail left out. Unfortunately, tonight during Episode 2, that changed. Specifically, in regards to Dr. Mark Sloan.

Last week, many fans were left in tears when Dr. Sloan (Dr. McSteamy) was removed from life support. Tonight, the preceding months were shown but without much detail. Dr. Sloan was in drastic shape when rescued, however, his condition improved. He was actually sitting up and joking with all the residents and doctors. Dr. Weber even commented that he felt this was the "surge." A period where patients get better before they get worse. As the hour passed, eventually, Dr. Weber was sitting next to Dr. Sloan helping him fill out his Living Will, indicating that if he was unreponsive after 30 days - he wanted to have life support discontinued. But the main question remained, what exactly were his injuries and why was Dr. Weber so convinced that Dr. Sloan was going to die?

Dr. Derek Shepherd regained partial use of his hand. However, in order to be able to operate again, he needed additional surgery. He demanded that Calli Torrez perform the surgery. Calli agreed but was fighting her own demons.

Arizona Robbins, Calli's wife, had a massive infection in her leg. While amputation was recommended, Arizona refused and made Calli promise not to let anyone "take her leg."

During Dr. Shepherd's surgery, Arizona took a turn for the worse. Alex Karev rushed into to the operating room and told Calli that Arizona's heart kept stopping and she repeatedly was "crashing." Calli instructed Alex to remove Arizona's leg, a decision that was quite literally, life for death.

Christina Yang, who has always been the strongest willed of the cast, suffered great emotional and psychological effects from the crash. While her medical condition improved, she remained awake, responsive but did not speak for weeks. Once recovered, she immediately packed her car and drove to Minnesota stating to Meredith Grey that she wanted to get as far away from Seattle Grace as possible. She did reveal some distressing moments during the 4 days she waited for a rescue plane:

She stayed awake for 4 days to care for Dr. Sloan whose medical condition was life-threateningShe drank her own urine in order to surviveShe listened to animals fighting in the darkness waiting for them to come and attack her until she realized the animals were fighting over Lexi's body

While fans knew of Lexi's death from Season 11, Dr. Sloan's death during the premiere of Season 12 took everyone by surprise. As a Grey's Anatomy fan, having to re-live his death 2 weeks in a row, was quite stressful. And to not know what he actually died of, well, that was almost cruel.

Fans, stay tuned to next week - will it be a continuation of tonight and will fans have to re-live Dr. McSteamy's last 30 days? Can't get enough of Grey's? To view a slideshow, click here or for a video, click here.

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