The storm has come and gone, a week has passed after it and the third episode of Grey’s Anatomy provided us with a good and broad look around the debris. We saw not only the material damage that the hospital itself suffered by this natural disaster, but also the emotional wounds and consequences by the humans’ deeds. The doctors made it on the other side, alive and wounded (except Mousy), with lost and found love and some with a newborn at home. However, dealing with the ruins, cleaning them up, picking up the broken pieces and taking care of a baby and toddlers turned into a cry for mercy.
Once again Meredith Grey reminded us of a childhood game that resembles adults’ lives. The irony is that as adults, people still play the game, the only difference is that the rules have been slightly changed or non- existing at all and it’s not necessary people to hold their hands and slap each others’ fingers to cause pain.
The week after Calzona’s heartbreaking and hurtful storm found Callie sharing a living room with Meredith and Derek and taking care of Zola and Sofia. Arizona has had her hair cut, she was living all alone and choosing between a red and a blue dress. This was the moment where Arizona’s cry for mercy started, a silent one. And this silent cry manifested itself in the form of a tension and nervousness. It seemed that at this point only the medicine and hospital- related problems were able to ground Dr. Robbins and keep her sane even for a while. While Owen was showing the giant hole to Arizona and Cristina in the outpatient OR and asking them for a board meeting, Callie’s name was mentioned. Arizona’s mood shifted, her face changed with the speed of the light and it felt as if she was thrown into this giant hole.
Dr.Torres, on the other hand, the woman of temper, who wears her heart on her sleeves, didn’t seem to have found a solid ground at all. Despite that she has emptied the loaded gun of anger, Callie was still fury and snapping at Kepner and Leah with snarky comments on the patient’s marriage. She was crying for mercy, too. And we heard her cry when Arizona popped up in the ER room to remind Callie about the couple’s therapy. Callie kept snapping with lines like “We agreed to a lot of things” and expressed unwillingness to go to this kind of sessions. Arizona was talking quietly and doing her best to control the tensed up nerves. Of course, the short talk between them caused an awkward exchange of looks between April and Leah.
The hospital seems to be a big place, however people who try to avoid each other somehow always end up at the same place, especially when they are looking for the chief of surgery. This is what happened to Callie and Arizona- they crossed their paths again but Callie was quick enough to walk away and took her cry for mercy with her, while Arizona was conveying hers with a look full of pain.
Later, Dr. Torres found herself seeking Owen and Cristina’s opinion on the couple’s therapy sessions, but before she could get an answer, her pager beeped and she had to run so fast, so that she could stop Kepner from cutting the patient’s clavicle. Unfortunately, Callie arrived too late and April and Leah had to face and take one more dose of Callie’s snappy behaviour. However, this wasn’t where it all ended- the baseball bat lady died, Leah freaked out because she had to tell the patient’s husband about the cheating and Callie kept projecting with lines like “He deserves to know” and “At least it would be an honest memory”. Until the moment when Leah was about to tell the husband the truth and Callie interjected with “She wanted you to know that she loved you”. So, Callie spared the sadness, the pain and the hurtful feeling to the husband, but we saw all of this in her eyes, her thoughts on Arizona running through the corridors of her mind.
These thoughts of Arizona led Callie’s feet to the therapist waiting room where Arizona was waiting for her. A scene charged with very strong emotions, mostly the painful expression of love, a perfectly fitting song and an excellent performance. Our hearts were ripped out of our chests again and we were screaming for mercy. We weren’t the only ones. In this waiting room Arizona’s silent cry for mercy was voiced through burning tears of pleading, helplessness and an immense amount of pain, “I need to talk. I need to talk to you” and Callie heard it. Even though, she was screaming for mercy herself, Callie felt Arizona’s pain. Callie was hurting because her person was hurting. Callie was hurting because her person hurt her. Callie wished Arizona hadn’t told her about the other woman, but one can’t live all the time in a pink bubble. A pink bubble that has been burst a long time ago, but neither Callie nor Arizona wanted to admit it. Callie realized that and finally said it out loud that Arizona wasn’t happy. Arizona was mostly silent, a ball of emotions that was trying to make sense of what her wife was saying to her.
Was the cheating a mistake or a consequence, an outcome of many wrong moves from both sides? The big question WHY the cheating occurred remains to be answered. For now, to preserve her own sanity and to help her wife, Callie had to walk out of this room with tears in her eyes and an aching heart. She had to do this because the red dress is not enough to bring the things back to the way they used to be, the red won’t fix anything. A heart-warming and loving gesture that Arizona did for Callie but maybe Arizona needs to understand that right now this isn’t about Callie, this isn’t about their marriage, this isn’t about the cheating. Callie recognized this by telling Arizona that she needed help. Now Arizona needs to realize the same thing, stop being in denial and find her way back to herself.
Meanwhile in the hospital:
– Owen’s voice was heard and the board meeting happened; A big fundraising gala event is on its way;
– Shane got proactive and convinced Webber that he needed an NG tube; who would have known that the wise man had a dead wish;
-Alex finally sealed the deal with Jo;
-Owen and Cristina decided to try to move on with their lives;
-Kepner is finally board certified surgeon;
-Meredith and Derek were mostly sleep deprived through the episode;