By Natalie Abrams
February 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST
ABC

It finally happened: During last week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) shared their first kiss.

Though fans had suspected Grey’s would go this route after executive producer Shonda Rhimes first hinted at the pairing last summer, the big moment came after a slow burn of subtle moments between the duo, like Owen comforting Amelia in the chapel as April (Sarah Drew) faced losing her child—something Amelia also experienced during her tenure on Private Practice.

However, Rhimes cautions that Amelia has bigger things to deal with—like Dr. Herman’s (Geena Davis) upcoming intense brain surgery—so a relationship isn’t on the forefront of her mind. “We have other stories to tell,” Rhimes says. “It doesn’t have anything to do with being kissed. It has a lot to do with Amelia as a surgeon, [and] that is some of my favorite story. But that does not mean that we are not also telling the story of Owen and Amelia’s affections for each other.”

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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