Shonda Rhimes Previews Grey's Anatomy Valentines Day Episode

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The last new episode of Grey's Anatomy was an all-inclusive holiday bonanza. Next month, the show will get into a festive mood once again in its first-ever Valentine’s Day episode.

The big plans? Derek and Owen have a double date in mind. Cute, right?

It might be, except that “Meredith is not a Valentine’s Day girl, and neither is Cristina,” creator Shonda Rhimes tells TV Guide, “so the guys will try to force them to enjoy the holiday.”

Celebrating Valentine's Day more willingly? Callie and Arizona!

The two "go out on a date and exchange gifts at four o’clock because they know they’ll be in the ER in the evening,” then play cupid for Bailey and anesthesiologist Ben Warren.

The new character, played by hunky actor Jason George, will (according to Shonda) give our workaholic Nazi “a little bit of lovin’” and we can't wait to see how that plays out!

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Looks like romance is on the not-too-distant horizon for Bailey!

What about for intriguing newcomer Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams)?

“I think he’s adorable, but he’s not ready for that,” says Rhimes. “There’s a sense of the audience not knowing where he’s going to land, and I’d like to keep it that way awhile.”

Turning our attention to Izzie-less Alex, Rhimes hints that he’ll “find his own way to amuse himself quite adequately.” NOTE: By amuse himself, she means with another person.

Speaking of Izzie, what's the deal with all the coming and going? Is Katherine Heigl's schedule and her character's future something anyone is even clear on at this stage?

“As writers, we’ve had to be creative with having Katie for such a limited time,” Shonda said of Heigl. “Maternity leave is maternity leave, and it’s a choice I fully support.”

Rhimes adds that she doesn't know when Heigl will be back full time. As you probably know, Alex hooks up with someone this week - at least the new promo suggests it!

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Haha. Cute, a double date with Cristina/Owen and Mer/Derek! And a cute Calzona date, too! =D Hmm... what's happening with Mark and Lexie? I would suppose they would break up... would Mark really cheat on Lexie? Maybe... or not. Once a manwhore always a manwhore? o.o Can he be a manwhore and a dad at the same time? LOL! Plus a grandpa! xD


Evryone is entitled to have their fav couples But I don't like the abusive language being used in a disagreement. Not necessary


Alex was making a play for Iz as far back as when he put all the underwear model photos up of her. I don't think Reed is anything other than a chance for him to feel better about his marriage problems. Retreating into his old ways of ons is familiar behaviour. But with Mer being Reed's conscience I think she backs away briefly only for Lex to be there. But I think Alex still loves Iz, but the wedding was arranged for Iz cos everyone thought the cancer was going to kill her. The loss of her job devastated Iz, but running out on Alex like that was not good for her marriage to a man who always ren away from being tied down to one woman


--------------------not a lesbian hater?---------------------------
jo Says:
January 13th, 2010 3:53 PM
yuck - calzona - makes me sick.
they're so boring Jo Says:
January 11th, 2010 1:46 PM THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It looks like callie and arizona (or calzona- what a shit name) don't feature in this episode much. good because this is a highly anticipated episode which should show good storylines and interesting characters. and no i'm not a lesbian hater- i just find arizona and callie COMPLETELY BORING!!!!!! even shonda rimes admitted a while back that she finds it hard to write storylines for callie -------------------------------------------------------------------
***to jo: can you just fucking shut up already?!!!
why dont you just shut the hell up!? will you?pleeasse!
not a gay hater? are you effing kidding me? it looks like you've got nothing else to do other than do some nasty remarks about callie and arizona. stupid homo!


yuck - calzona - makes me sick.
they're so boring


please!! bring izzie back for good! GA is not GA without izzie, i mean she's one of the original interns, dont let her leave :(


If you look at Reeds personality she is alot like Izzy. I used to not like Alex at all. I guess cause he keeps getting left by the crazy chicks in his life. Makes me feel sorry for him. Upset he had kept his vols, but he has all the right in the world to date or whatever. Since his wife keeps walking off and leaving him. He needs to kick her to the curb and go on with his life. WITH REED!!! LOL!!!


I want to see Izzie and Alex back together. Alex is married and should keep his promises made at their wedding or get a divorce. Rhimes is taking Alex backwards instead of forward. Let's see Alex be truthful and not see the same old storylines as before. If Alex is going to be with another woman at least get a actor that is pretty. Alex is hot and Reed is not. LOL


I have to admit I was beginning to like Izzy until she just runs off and leaves her husband and her friends that tryed to help her. Christina stick my her and was caring which we don't see to often. And DerMer gave her there wedding. I felt bad and feel bad for Alex. Yeah he can be a little bit of and ass. But I don't think he really knows how to show his emotions. Every relationship he has been in he has had to be the caregiver and that does make you hard sometime. I have a feeling that Izzy isn't going to be around for much longer with all the leaves she has been taken lately. Personally I don't even miss her. I just want Alex to find someone that can make him happy. The guy deserves some happiness. And like I've said over and over I want him to hook up with Reed. Mark I don't know about him. I hated him with Lexie in the beginning. But she kinda settled him down. I don't know what him sleeping with Addie is going to do to that relationahip. It can't be good. Poor guy I guess once a man whore always a man whore. OMG!!!!! The long wait is almost over. I am so excited about thursday:) I think I need a life. LOL!!! No one should be this excited about a TV show. LOL!!!


I don't know, I feel bad for Alex. And Izzie. I just wish they wouldn't deal with their problems with so much anger, but rather talk them out. They got married too soon, perhaps, and if they're going to stay married, they need a calmer way to work on their issues. Yelling and blaming and running away don't really help. Alex means well, he just has bizarre ways of showing he cares. And yet Izzie is probably the only one who would put up with being treated like crap because underneath that she knows he loves her...they just have such a strange relationship. I think George and Izzie were just a better fit, but ah well.

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