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'Grey's Anatomy' - 'Valentine's Day Massacre' Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Feb 12th 2010 2:42AM
Lexie and Jackson on Grey's
(S06E14) It's Valentine's Day on 'Grey's Anatomy' and to celebrate, we have a restaurant roof collapse. The show claims to have the biggest surgery ever, which turns out to be an arm reattachment, with the arm temporarily being attached to a leg. While it's interesting and I'm sure a rare surgery, it still doesn't compare to separating conjoined twins or being impaled to a car in my book.

While everyone struggles with the multiple surgeries, miraculously, both Arizona and Callie have time to dilly-dally. Arizona tries her hand in playing Cupid on Valentine's, pairing up Bailey with Dr. Warren. Callie gets to check up on Sloan with her free time. What happened to the Callie who used to snap arms back into place?

Meredith was having trouble playing the role of "Mrs. Shepherd," so we get the storyline of the married couple and the silent waiter, Emile. While the waiter may have loved the woman, he said nothing to her. Mrs. Banks had to make a choice and keep it, even with the waiter being there for fifteen years. Of course, only one person survives, her husband, and it depresses her. The patients taught Meredith to keep loyal to her choices and keep true while accepting that change will happen. Of all the characters, I don't expect Meredith to be the one who regrets her relationship with Derek.

Lexie tries to bring change by turning her hair blond, and gets called out by both Alex and Jackson. Her patient, Frankie, the arm reattachment patient, tries to teach her about not being forgotten and stepping out with the help of Jackson. We finally got a back story from Jackson; he's been annoying for the past few episodes being a one-sided flirt. For once, he's pushed Lexie in the correct direction and she paid it forward with her patient. As for the hair, I like the way it looks on her and without Izzie, having a younger blond around is nice.

Mark continued to evolve into a mature father when Sloan arrived to mess everything up again. I knew instinctively that Sloan would pull a Mark and ditch her kid, mostly due to the fact that the actress playing Sloan never had a long-term contract for 'Grey's.' I was more surprised by the fact that Callie was willing to help Mark out so much and the two still have a strong connection. I hope in the future that they don't revert Mark back into the pre-Lexie Mark, because I loved the moment where Mark stared at the sonogram and saw the Sloan nose.

Teddy continues to bring the awkward to the show after the whole Cristina fallout. She still wants to be friends with Owen while still being Cristina's mentor. I don't get why Owen didn't take the offer from Teddy; his drama would be over and the two could continue to talk. The love between the two could just be friendly, like the interaction between Mark and Callie, where the two care for each other even if they don't date.

As for the little nuances, I appreciate that they kept referring to Dr. Nelson in the beginning sequence. With Derek having to do a chief's duties, I'm sure Shadow Shepherd gets extra surgeries. I loved Bailey's admittance near the end with Dr. Warren watching her stutter her way through a sentence. I really dislike the mouse-y re-hired April, and while Derek can do his best to teach her, it all feels like she won't absorb anything.

Who's excited about seeing flashbacks next week? How did you absorb the episode? Leave comments below.

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(Why do my comments fail to post when I use my password instead of going thru mail approval? If this is a duplicate, that's why)

Xina, just what do you think a maitre d' is? It is an interchangeable term for headwaiter/head waiter (both spellings are acceptable).

Apparently you're the one who should double check.

February 13 2010 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Really? I live in DC, and head waiter Maitre'd are two different things at the nicer restaurants around here. A maitre'd handles the front of the house, assigning tables, dividing the dining room, customer complaints, etc. And will actually TELL the head waiter to assign the wait staff to specific sections, etc.

My point was...Emile said he was the HEAD WAITER, so if Seattle Grace is like DC, they could very well be different positions. Maybe you should do some MORE research.

February 15 2010 at 7:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Re next week's episode: Smells like a clip show to me, i.e., reruns of scenes we've seen before.

Re all the ways you are wrong, Michael Pascua:
*One is not "impaled by a car." One may be impaled on a car or impaled by a car.
*The "silent waiter" was a maitre d'. The wife was not at all "depressed" that her husband lived. She was very glad he lived but very sad that Emile, the maitre d', did not.
*Meredith does not "regret(..) her relationship with Derek." She is very independent and did not expect to have to fall into a secondary, and what she sees as old-fashioned, wifely role; it is because she loves Derek and their relationship that she chose to "fit in" with the suits and go to the breakfast as Mrs. Shepherd.
*Owen did not ultimately accept or reject Teddy's offer. He doesn't want to jeopardize his relationship with Christina and being close friends with Teddy would likely do that. You compare Owen and Teddy to Mark and Callie - which doesn't work: Mark and Callie have never had a romantic relationship or even the hint of one. Owen is apparently smart enough - and had enough life experience - to know that danger lurks in any relationship he has with Teddy. As for Teddy, I don't know if she's just naive or if she secretly believes that she will eventually win Owen's (romantic) love by being friends with him.
*Bailey's "admittance" should have read "admission."

February 12 2010 at 10:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Actually, Emile was a head waiter. He said that as he was talking to Alex. Might want to double check before you get all snooty.

February 13 2010 at 6:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was really dissapointed with the episode. This show is definetly known for its many monolouges that their character's do, but last night was ridiculous. Every single character, main, supporting or guest star had a soliloquy. It was strange. The episode was definetly more filler. Not too much happened. Other than Sloane's daughter leaving it was just last week's episode again.

I am looking forward to next week's episode, it will be interesting to see what made all these people that we've known all this time into the doctors they are.

February 12 2010 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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after christina ran down the hall to prep for surgery, teddy told owen essentially that she loved him and she could never turn it off just to be friends with him. true she said she wanted his friendship and missed not having it, it is still more than that in her mind that she wants.

i am looking to the flashbacks, just because, that is something that they haven't done before.

February 12 2010 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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