ABC promises that Cristina Yang’s send-off on Sandra Oh’s final episode of Grey’s Anatomy, airing tonight, will be satisfying to the fans who’ve known her for 10 seasons. But until that happens, as we apply our waterproof mascara and prepare to throw our own dance party in Yang’s honor, here’s 7 reasons why the show just won’t be the same without her.

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Her one-liners. It’s a toss-up with Yang and Bailey on who has the best sarcastic comments, but probably Yang.


Her sex scenes. Is that perverted? Perhaps, but every single love scene Cristina has had over the years—with Burke, Hunt, even Shane—has been so full of emotion that the relationship almost seems like it exists off-screen, too. But maybe that’s just good acting?

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Her crying fits. Despite her rough exterior, Cristina’s known to let out a good cry or two. But hey, if you were left at the alter and/or not given the title of Chief Resident and/or didn’t win the award that could make or break your career, you’d probably bawl too.


Her flaws. Intelligent, competitive and somewhat agressive, even Cristina has had some rough times. Let’s not forget when she got stabbed with an icicle or when she suffered from PTSD after the plane crash…

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Her being the best doctor to ever hit Seattle Grace. Well, since Ellis Grey at least. Meredith came this close to the coveted Harper Avery award, and cardioathoracics isn’t exactly the easiest type of surgery to do, so yeah.


Her breaking of the typical female stereotypes. Cristina is probably one of few female characters on TV who doesn’t want to be a mother. She even got an abortion when she got pregnant with Owen! It’s refreshing once in a while to see empowering, successful women who don’t ditch their high-profile careers for the sake of kids.

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Her friendship with Meredith. For real though, will Meredith ever have another “person” as good as Cristina? Definitely not.


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Cristina’s last episode of Grey’s Anatomy airs tonight at 9pm on ABC! What will you miss the most about Yang? Who do you want Meredith’s new best friend to be? Tweet us @OKMagazine.