Grey's Anatomy Review: All You Need is Love
Last week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy was great, but it’s time to snap back to reality. When we last saw Owen (Kevin McKidd) and Cristina in real time, they were having a monumental screaming match. They haven’t really spoken in a couple of weeks, since he banned Cristina (Sandra Oh) from being on Teddy’s rotation. Cristina puts up a cocky front and tells Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) that she thinks Owen might break up with her and she doesn’t care. When Meredith suggests that she plead her case for forgiveness, Cristina dismissively says that if Owen doesn’t want to stick around, so be it. She’ll be singing a different tune by episode’s end.
It’s Valentine’s Day and love is blooming in some places, while dying in others. Cristina and Owen (understandably) will not be having a joyous occasion. Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Ben, however, have scheduled a romantic dinner if she can get off work at a reasonable time. Things look doubtful when she and Meredith experience an unexpected obstacle with a tumor patient. Ultimately the patient survives, but it wasn’t a happy Valentine’s Day for another couple.
In a heart-breaking storyline, a man and his girlfriend show up in the ER after being struck by a vehicle. They had been having dinner when the woman became upset and he ran after her, getting hit by a car and suffering massive internal injuries. The woman was upset because they have been together for eight years and he hasn’t proposed to her yet. Each year he gives her a benign piece of jewelry, and lately it has been necklaces instead of the engagement ring that she so desperately desires. He had given her a heart-shaped locket this year, and she just can’t take the false hopes anymore. But as her boyfriend’s condition worsens, she realizes belatedly that she doesn’t care about a stupid ring, she just wants him to be ok. He dies from his injuries and while collecting his belongings; Lexie comes across the locket, and opens it. It says, “Will You Marry Me” inside. If the patient’s girlfriend had just opened it, her wish would have come true. He did propose. This was a heartbreaking storyline, but a cautionary tale to be compassionate and thankful for what you have.
One cute Valentine’s storyline involved ten-year-old soul mates, Clementine and Nico. Unbeknownst to Nico and his mom, the Valentine candy he dropped off for Clem contained peanuts, and she has a severe allergy. She has a reaction and they take her to the emergency room. When Clem’s mother arrives, she is understandably furious, but Nico is really a sweet boy who only had good intentions. When Clem’s emergency becomes a referendum on helicopter parenting (Clem’s mom) versus too much freedom (Nico’s mom), Karev intervenes. Clem eventually needs to be admitted, but Nico refuses to leave her side. Ahhh, love was pretty simple in the fifth grade, and Nico’s “love” and devotion is sweet. Alex agrees to deliver Nico’s message to Clem, verbatim. All is well that ends well on Valentine’s Day, at least for one little couple.
While riding the elevator together, Owen informs Cristina that he will be moving out. Now her false bravado disintegrates. Cristina is a brilliant surgeon, but she seems to have stunted development when it comes to relationships. She didn’t grasp the severity of the situation with Owen, and seems to have thought it would blow over, judging by the dismissive way she described her feelings to Meredith. The episode ends with her reaching out to Owen on the rooftop. Will he stay or will he go?
This was a rough day for Owen at Seattle Grace, as he has yet to mend fences with Teddy (Kim Raver.) He tries to extend an olive branch, offering to buy drinks for his old friend and talk. In blistering fashion, Teddy tells Owen that she’ll never forgive him for putting the needs of his hospital before her husband. She said she lies in bed at night and wonders why a good man like Henry is dead and Owen isn’t. She hates him and tells him so. “Please don’t speak to me unless it is work related,” she says.
I can’t begin to fathom what it’s like to lose a spouse (or even have one LOL), but Teddy is out of line. Eventually she has to forgive Owen. Let me remind you that Owen was NOT responsible for Henry’s death. Henry had a terminal illness. Henry would have died on anyone’s table – whether he was at Seattle Grace or not. We’ve already established that Cristina was handpicked for the surgery and that she and Webber operated without error. Owen was not involved in the procedure. He made the decision not to inform Teddy in a timely manner, and that was arguably wrong. But he is not the reason Henry is dead. Will Owen and Teddy salvage their friendship? Stay tuned.
Season 8, Episode 14, “All You Need is Love” (original air date February 9, 2012).
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC .
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