Credit: Randy Holmes/ABC Television Group © 2011 Disney Photo: Grey's Anatomy Season 8, Episode 8: Callie Laughs With a Patient

Love triangles, coming out to dead doctor’s moms, and a heart in a box! Grey’s Anatomy Season 8, Episode 8: “Heart-Shaped Box” was full of pulsing body parts, heartbroken docs, and even one young Resident playing secretary to a stressed, over-worked Shonda-like writer. What did you think of tonight’s episode? Read on for our review and then rate the episode yourself!

Warning spoiler-phobes, there are major spoilers ahead. If you haven’t seen the episode yet and don’t want it spoiled, turn away now!

First things first, Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) was tasked with babysitting a fancy, complicated box with a live human heart beating inside of it. Sorry, did we say a heart? We meant a key. The key to Cristina finally finishing that list of dream surgeries. Anyway, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) was taken off “vagina squad” duty and put back in the OR (and fixing a botched surgery on Mama O’Malley, no less). Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) struggled with accepting that Andrew (Scott Foley) wants to go to medical school, and then his own medical drama.

On the relationship front: Meredith and Derek are back with a bang, and we mean that in the crassest way possible. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) had a moment of semi-adorable awkwardness when Callie struggled with how to tell Mama O’Malley that she is now shacking up with a super-hot lady doctor. Then Mark Sloan (Eric Dane), Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams), and Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) love triangle finally burst, with Jesse dumping Lexie so he could “pick Mark,” for his career, of course.

It was refreshing to see Grey’s move away from the Season 8 focus of relationship drama (however brief) and get into some bloody and fun medical drama. On the romance side, the ending of Lexie and Jackson’s relationship was a nice twist on the traditional love triangle split, but didn’t really give us that heartbreak that we were searching for. (And the McSteamy-Jackson bromance? We’re ashamed at how hot we think it is.)

However, the writer/patient that was plagued with overzealous fans getting upset over her characters’ relationships was an interesting way for the inhabitants of Shondaland to break down the fourth wall for a small amount of time.

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