It made this episode more powerful. You gotta have the characters hit rock bottom for the healing to occur (still not a good episode though but it is somewhat mitigated by the fact that it wasn't a long drama fest).
Also, now Hiro knows they have to talk out their problems and start something real. Seriously, I couldn't believe I read this line. Can anybody else believe that he said this. You can't just admit you have to work out your problems in anime!