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Friday, February 10, 2012

Love/Hate

It’s Valentine’s Day at Seattle Grace Mercy West, and while some couples are trying to escape for some romantic alone time, others can barely stand to be in the same room together. And since it’s a holiday, there’s a superabundance of crazy cases (or, as Kepner calls them, Valentraumas) to check in with throughout the episode.

For excitement, a delivery van driven by an exhausted florist drives right through the front of the ER, and Teddy, Hunt, and Cristina all end up operating on the driver. It’s the most awkward surgery imaginable, since Teddy’s not speaking to Hunt, and Hunt’s not speaking to Christina. They all glare down a fellow resident who cheerfully asks them what their Valentine’s Day plans are. Later, Hunt bluntly informs Cristina that he’s moving out, and I have to say, Sandra Oh absolutely kills this scene as her face registers grief, acceptance, and disappointment as she tries to keep herself from falling to pieces, all in about two seconds. Hunt fails to notice and instead goes off to bury the hatchet with Teddy, who informs him, in no uncertain terms, that she absolutely hates him for keeping Henry’s death from her until her surgery was over. Can these two relationships be saved?

Meredith and Bailey have a woman who’s been having blinding headaches and seizures for weeks, putting her at risk of brain damage. Meredith realizes the woman’s got hemolytic anemia, a rare disorder in which red blood cells are destroyed faster than they can be replaced, indicating an autoimmune problem. The body’s either attacking itself because of a teratoma on her lung or a microscopic tumor on one of her ovaries. Removing the lung mass does nothing, so they have to go on faith and remove her ovaries. Turns out, they were right and there is something on her ovary, so the seizures finally stop.

The Obnoxious Patient of the Week award goes to the woman whose boyfriend gets hit by a car while chasing her down. Why was she running away? He failed to propose. And even as he’s wheeled into the hospital, she continues haranguing him in the most shrill way imaginable. We later learn that they’ve been dating for eight years and she’s been all but begging him to propose for most of their time together. Oh, Obnoxious Lady. I know breaking up is really, really hard to do, but if you’ve been with someone that long and made it very clear you want something more out of the relationship and nothing more has been forthcoming, it’s seriously time to think about moving on. And not moving on in the direction of moving traffic. Of course, the joke’s on her (sort of, tragically) because he was trying to propose—the locket he gave her had a “will you marry me” message inside, which she never finds, because he dies of internal bleeding. This also gets the award for Most Depressing Storyline of the Week. It does, however, spur Lexie to decide admit her feelings for Mark, but when she goes to his apartment to talk to him, she finds Avery already there, cooking dinner and getting help studying for his boards, so the three end up having Valentine’s dinner together.

Cutest patient? A 10-year-old girl named Clementine who comes in with her equally adorable valentine, Nico, who mistakenly gave her a peanut cluster that gives her an allergic reaction. The little boy and his mom stay with Clem until her high-strung mother forces them to leave. Even then, Clem’s valentine won’t go until Alex offers to deliver a message to Clem on Nico’s behalf when she wakes up. The letter he sends her is perhaps the most adorable thing I’ve seen on this show since little Zola in her birthday outfit. Ahh, young love!

Bailey’s long day of surgery has ruined her chances of making it to dinner with Dr. Ben, but Ben’s not only awesome, he proves he understands Bailey really, really well and planned for just this situation by having the fancy dinner brought to the hospital. He even knows to request extra bread topping on her mac and cheese. Ben’s a serious keeper, and Bailey knows it.

And it’s not just because he’s sweet and handsome, it’s because he actually understands his partner and has reconciled himself with her choices. Hunt hasn’t managed to do the same, which is the tragedy in his and Cristina’s relationship. In fact, his behavior towards her proves he doesn’t really know her at all—Cristina has always made it very clear that she’s not interested in being a mother. It’s just not her. Him thinking that she should change in such an important and fundamental way just because this is something he wants strikes me as being selfish. Compromise is important, but we’re not talking about choosing a movie or a new couch, it’s a child. And frankly, the way he seemed to support her decision—even accompanying her to her procedure and holding her hand throughout—only to throw it back in her face and hold an extreme grudge now, weeks later, is pretty horrible. Is it realistic to have fallout from a situation like this? Yes, of course, but don’t act like you’re ok with what happened and then do a 180 and destroy your marriage. It’s called counseling, folks. It would probably be a good idea to look into it.

But maybe not all hope is lost: Cristina finally tracks Hunt down to the steam turbine room he visits to think and begs him not to hate her. Maybe these two crazy kids can work it out after all. Or, at least maybe they’ll be able to start speaking to each other again. We can hope!

Happy Valentine’s day, everyone!

Posted by: Brianne Moore at 2:28 pm

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