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People usually fall into one of two camps: those who love their birthdays and those who hate them. Obviously for those in the first group, blowing out candles and dancing or drinking the night away while surrounded by all of your besties sounds like the greatest time ever. For those who want to pretend to ignore the big day though, it can often seem like everyone is always forcing you into a celebration you don’t want.

Alex Reid, as played by Erica Durance on Saving Hope, is clearly a member of the latter group.

Sunday night’s episode of the Canadian series happened to fall on Alex’s big day, and obviously the character felt like she didn’t have much to celebrate. There’s the whole history with her father, for one. But then there’s also the fact that she broke it off with Charlie and may or may not be destined to spend the rest of her ‘good years’ alone.

So what does a good best friend do to cheer a birthday girl up? If you’re Maggie, you barge into Alex’s condo to make birthday waffles first thing in the morning, and then you go on to plan a huge surprise party for later on that night. While the doctor’s intentions were great and all, it’s pretty obvious that she needs a love life of her own to focus on.

It seems like Maggie has finally wised up to that need as well, since she finally (finally) took Zach’s advice and met up with some of the people from that dating site. There was the self-absorbed dude with the weird mole. The woman who couldn’t get off her cell phone long enough to pay attention to Mags. And then there was the party-planning hot guy who seemed too good to be true.

Which, as it turns out he was, since he wound up disappearing from Alex’s party in order to sleep with the hungover nanny. And with that both Alex and Maggie found themselves single. Again. But at least they have each other, right?

Erica Durance reminds us that not everyone loves birthdays
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Meanwhile, Alex wasn’t the only one having a birthday on Sunday night – the daughter of her dying patient was getting ready for her big day too, and she desperately wanted her dad in attendance. The little girl had already lost her mother to cancer, and she was about to lose her father too unless Alex could save the day. Not only does that situation make for a pretty crappy birthday, but obviously Alex related pretty hard given the circumstances with her father.

Luckily, there was at least one happy ending in sight, as Alex managed to not only save the dad but the birthday too. When you don’t care about your birthday but someone sends you a cake you can donate it to someone else – in this case the little girl whose entire party was moved to the hospital so that her dad could partake. Cute, right? For someone who hates birthdays, Alex sure was able to plan the heck out of a last-minute party for someone else. And she left the hospital that night with a pretty big smile on her face as a result.

And that’s the real lesson, isn’t it? Even if you’re an Alex and you hate your big day, sometimes it’s nice just to let other people do things for you. Because even though your birthday is supposed to be about you, it’s actually about everyone else. Doing something nice for someone else — especially someone that you love — makes you feel pretty darned good about yourself. So whether it’s on your birthday, an anniversary or on a random Tuesday, sometimes you’ve just got to let people spoil you, darn it. Because you got birthed.

Saving Hope airs Sundays on CTV.