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This episode was a mixed bag, both in terms of emotions and quality of the plot lines.
On the happy side, you had Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Bailey (Chanda Wilson) saving a life and finding time for romance (MerDer made it to the bedroom, while Ben romanced Bailey with an in-hospital dinner service). These plots were adorable, but essentially pure fluff — though we do appreciate than Ben is basically the perfect man for Bailey. Seriously, he's a keeper.
Also pure fluff was the Calzona plot, where Callie (Sara Ramirez) proved she really understands Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) by not taking her camping. Again, cute, but was anyone actually worried that Callie doesn't get Arizona? Yeah,we didn't think so. We're glad our girls had some fun sexy times in the woods, but this story was a bit of a letdown.
On the other hand, Alex (Justin Chambers) playing go-between for two 10-year-olds in love, while also essentially forgettable, really won us over. The kids were very cute, and Alex reminded us once again why he belongs in peds: He's terrible at adult relationships, but he's great with kids. We awwed out loud when he read the allergic little girl the letter from her boyfriend.
On the other side of the spectrum was the Owen (Kevin McKidd)-Teddy (Kim Raver)-Cristina (Sandra Oh) drama, which was all suitably heartbreaking and very well acted. Teddy finally ripped into Owen, telling him in no uncertain terms that she hates him for lying about Henry.
Cristina, meanwhile, realized that she was willing to throw her pride out the door to keep Owen, and ended the episode meeting him at the air vent to beg him not to hate her. Sandra Oh was especially good this episode, managing to say a whole lot with just a few tears.
However, our favorite plot of the night was the Mark (Eric Dane)/Lexie (Chyler Leigh) story, which hit the perfect mix of drama and lightheartedness for a V-Day episode. We loved Lexie's realization that she doesn't want to wait until it's too late to tell Mark how she feels (and her rambling conversation with Zola was adorable), and their bonding over chocolates reminded us why they're so great together.
However, we were fine with the episode not ending with a big revelation of feelings. The Mark-Jackson (Jesse Williams) bromance is awesome, and we hope the three of them can learn to be friends before Lexie and Mark rekindle their relationship. (We need to get Jackson a girlfriend, ASAP. Or at least a study partner...).
Overall, this episode was a little uneven, and a bit too overstuffed for every story to work. However, the most important plotlines tugged at our hearts while the rest put a smile on our faces, so we were generally satisfied.
We give it 3.5 stars. What did you think?
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 pm ET/PT on ABC.