Love abounds in an episode that finds a happy Valentine's Day for Meredith, Bailey, and most of Seattle Grace

By Tanner Stransky
Updated February 10, 2012 at 04:40 AM EST
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Consider it a Valentine’s Day miracle: Only one patient died on Grey’s Anatomy last night. And as we all know, that’s a pretty low body count for this sometimes horrific, unforgiving show. But why so little bloodletting? Well mostly because, as I said, it was Cupid’s Day, so on this latest new episode — titled “All You Need Is Love” — stayed true to its slug and was almost entirely focused on the relationships between the doctors of Seattle Grace.

I know, I know, you’re asking: Isn’t Grey’s always relationship-focused? Why, yes, but it was even moreso last night, as most of the relationships on the show moved forward in some way, starting with Derek and Meredith, who — channeling rabbits — tried their best to have sex out of the way of Zola. Luckily, they finally got to make it happen, thanks to Lexie, who took the little tyke off their hands on Valentine’s Day evening.

Even Lexie — who’s not technically in a relationship right now — saw her love life possibly take a giant leap forward. Much of this season we’ve watched as she danced around Mark, trying to decide if she still loves him and whether she should make some kind of move, despite him having a new girlfriend in Julia. Last night, Lexie got as close as she has, when she showed up at his place, Zola in tow, to try to tell him that she’s still in love with him. It’s unclear if she did say anything, but one thing was clear: Sloan seemed willing to listen to something, anything, from Lexie.

The boldness by Lexie was spurred largely by the case that she worked on that day with Webber. Yes — however sadly — she was working on the patient who died. At first, the case seemed like the most annoying thing ever: A mad girlfriend had chased her boyfriend to the point that he’d been hit by a car, after he didn’t propose to her on Valentine’s Day and instead gave her “another cheap necklace.” The disgusting, all-too-realistic, wedding-obsessed woman railed on at him, as he was being wheeled around the hospital. Eventually, he worsened, coded, and — yes, very unfortunately — died. And then came the bone-chilling part of the night that caused Lexie to run over to Mark’s: She found the “cheap necklace” the guy had given the girl in his things and inside the locket was hand-written, very simply, “Will you marry me?” Heart, dagger. Dagger, heart. Have you two met? Well, now you have.

Cristina and Owen were dealing with their own romantic woes, too. (Maybe “romantic” isn’t the right word for their issues, actually.) Cristina began the episode by telling Meredith that Owen was about to leave her. “And you know what?” she rattled on to Meredith, acting stronger than she was. “I don’t care. If he wants to leave, if he wants to hate me, then fine. I can’t make someone stay.” After that nightmare of a fight they had at Zola’s birthday party two episodes ago, the pair have been in a stand-off: Even a careening van of flowers that almost killed them couldn’t get them to care much for each other. “Are you okay? Are you sure?” Owen asked, before turning away, as if he didn’t care. Ouch.

NEXT: Altman unleashes on Owen

Altman was swirling around the disastrous pair, too, of course. In fact, later in the OR, the trio was working on the man who drove that careening floral van and were asked about their Valentine’s Day plans. Altman answered for all three of them, very succinctly: “My husband died in this OR a month ago. Dr. Yang performed the surgery. I was in a seven-hour surgery and didn’t know he died. Dr. Hunt kept that a secret, so I don’t speak to him. He wants a baby, Dr. Yang doesn’t. So they don’t speak to each other, even though they’re married. So, no. How about you?”

That wasn’t the only great speech that Altman had last night. After Hunt continued to make overtures of wanting to talk to her and offered to take her for a drink — and after a rather touching soliloquy by the floral guy that should have propelled both of them to be nice to each other — she blasted him big time: “Are you done? Are you finished? I hate you. From the moment you decided to put the needs of your hospital over my dead husband, I have hated you. I lie alone at night and I look at the spot where my husband used to sleep and I actively, with every cell in my body, hate you. I wish you were dead instead of him. I think about all the soldiers, good men who died over there in Iraq, and I don’t understand what kind of God would allow you to survive. We are not friends. This is not grief. It will not pass. I hate you! Please, don’t speak to me again, unless it’s work related.” It was one of the night’s most charged moments, signaling that these two aren’t going to reconcile anytime soon.

Altman even went to Cristina to commiserate over what happened with Hunt. “He actually thinks that we can just forget everything that happened,” she told Cristina. But she wasn’t that sympathetic, considering that Owen had told her he was moving out earlier that day in another charged moment in the elevator. “I’m moving out, so if you need me, I’ll be at my mom’s until I figure something out. Okay?” She responded “okay” but crumbled into tears once he exited.

Somewhat happily and somewhat bittersweetly, the end of the episode saw the pair come back together — all while Meredith voiced-over her words of wisdom. “We’re always looking for ways to ease the pain. Sometimes you ease the pain by making the best of what we have. Sometimes it’s about losing ourselves in a moment. And sometimes all we need to do to ease the pain is call a simple truce.” Yes, and that’s exactly what Cristina asked for, as they stood together in their special steam room in the bowels of Seattle Grace and finally embraced. “Please, don’t hate me,” she said to Owen. “I’m begging you.”

NEXT: Bailey gets her groove on with hottie-hottie Ben

Bailey made big strides in love, too. The doctor — who, along with Meredith, helped a woman who was having major seizures — was committed to having her Valentine’s dinner with hottie Ben, who seems to still be totally enamored by her. Her excitement was cute: “I got high heels in the back of my car.” However, their 8 p.m. dinner reservation became 9 p.m. and, then, it was after 11 p.m. and she was still at the hospital. But there stood Ben, smiling. He had secretly brought the candlelit dinner to her, hiring Marco as a waiter to serve them. “I’m dating Dr. Bailey,” he said, noting that he knew she’d never get out in time. “I know the drill. I know you.” And then, as my heart melted like cheese, he added: “I even had Marco put extra crumb topping on your mac and cheese. I know you.” I’m going to put this out there: These two are my new favorite couple at Seattle Grace. (How can you not love Ben with that smile?)

Valentine’s Day wasn’t good for one particular person: Ex-chief Webber, who made it home early to have dinner with his wife Adele. The holiday was also the pair’s anniversary, so it’s particularly special for them. But it was dark from the moment he arrived at his door. “I just went home,” he told Bailey, before shooing her off another surgery to go to dinner with Ben. “She didn’t recognize me. She thought I looked like a nice guy, inviting me to join her for dinner, flirted with me over steaks, thought I had a nice smile. So no, Dr. Bailey, my wife’s not mad right now. In fact, I think she’s falling in love with me.” Again, dagger, heart. Heart, dagger. I keep trying to prepare myself for what’s going to go down here eventually. I just wonder how much time we have left with Adele? You know Webber is thinking the same thing. In some ways, his time is up with her, despite how much longer she lives.

Callie and Arizona were much like Derek and Meredith: They were just looking for a place to have sex. Callie had set up their V-Day plans and told Arizona to bring boots, long underwear, and extra fleece, convincing her that they were going camping. She was none too happy. But it was eventually revealed that the pair were simply going to stay at Derek’s old trailer — which was overflowing with candles and lingerie — for a romantic evening together. It was a total throwaway storyline, but it’s nice to see these two happy together after everything they went thought last season.

Karev, Kepner, and Avery weren’t serviced much this episode. Karev treated a little girl who was suffering from a peanut allergy. His storyline did produce an “awwww” moment, though, when he read his little patient the note her boyfriend left her. “I love you,” Karev read aloud, “and P.S., I don’t care who gave who lice, I’m just glad we had it together.” Karev told the gal: “I’d say you picked a good one.” Meanwhile, Avery was mostly concerned that he hadn’t started studying for his boards yet. Foreshadowing alert! Should we be concerned now that he might not pass? At the very least, that has been seeded. Kepner, meanwhile, spent the hour decorating the hospital and fiddling with flowers, with some encouragement by Webber.

What did you think of “All You Need Is Love,” Grey’s watchers? Are you loving Bailey and Ben — Benly? — as much as I am? What is the future for Owen and Cristina? Are Teddy and Owen ever going to reconcile? When will Kepner and Avery get decent storylines?

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

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