'Grey's Anatomy' - 'Valentine's Day Massacre' Recap
by Michael Pascua, posted Feb 12th 2010 2:42AM
(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.
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