Random events. Connections in a specific pattern. A system of connections, defining human’s actions, choices and behaviour. Narrating the sixth episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Derek Shepherd took us on a geeky journey of how the human brain works and his narration was further exemplified with a very simple, almost unnoticeable story, silently told by the Red Mug.
However, it wasn’t all science and nerve cells, random symptoms and shoulder pain or the use of medical glue for heart disease treatment. Other random, personal events happened through the episode and by the end of it the dots were nicely connected, every piece of the puzzle perfectly fell into its place but also, we saw the opposite- broken connections, disconnected friends, family members, romantic relationships and the subsequent chaos as an outcome, the damage.
Basically, the doctors were struggling to solve medical and personal life puzzles, trying to connect the dots.
Unfortunately, our beloved couple has got stuck in the group labelled ‘disconnected’ and was forced to step aside from the ‘How to make a marriage work’ puzzle. Instead, Callie Torres and Arizona Robbins were tasked, separately and individually, with two different puzzles to solve. Dr. Torres kept trying to put the pieces together of the ‘Me, Myself and I’, while Dr. Robbins seemed to be still stuck, experiencing difficulties with her ‘Oh Unhappiness, My Poor Loneliness’ jigsaw puzzle.
The Callie Torres puzzle
Dr. Torres re-established her working connection once again and rebounded professionally with McDreamy on a brain mapping project. Turned out that the project in question has been happening for quite a while off screen. We have been left wondering why Callie refused to continue working on it and why she did her best to avoid witnessing the spectacular progress that her patient was making. The brain mapping project itself wasn’t just a random scientific curiosity or at least it seemed random and unrelated at first. Since Derek is a guy, who doesn’t leave things to drop just like that, he found Callie and engaged her in quite a provocative discussion. A discussion that revealed the connection, the link, between Callie and the project. And this connection had a name- Arizona Robbins. So, Dr. Torres started this brain endeavour as an attempt to help her wife.
However, since the ‘wife’ component wasn’t no longer a relevant piece from the picture, Callie’s initial decision was to step back, to break the connection, which was tying her up to the project. That led to a moment of confession, with sadness and regret in her tearful eyes, Callie admitted that she and Arizona couldn’t figure out how to put the pieces together of the so called ‘marriage’ puzzle. However, after an honest talk with the patient, combined with the real reasons behind his willingness, desire and enthusiasm to participate in the project (the Mickey guy was drunk, caused an accident and killed two teenage girls) and some random line coming from Meredith about sharing her mother’s passion, Callie bridged the gap and established a brand new connection between her and the brain mapping project.
For now it seems that Dr. Torres will continue with her scientific brain function explorations, but this time she will do it because of Mickey (the guy died on the OR table) and all the other people who have the same disability. And simultaneously with that, Dr. Torres let us know on a couple of occasions during the episode that she was going to figure out the pieces of ‘life’ for herself.
The Arizona Robbins puzzle
Apart from Callie Torres, who is very vocal about her feelings and desires, Dr. Robbins keeps being quiet and guarding her precious thoughts and feelings inside herself. However, she turned out to be not that good of a guardian when it came to her off screen make- out sessions and newly established connections with the young resident Leah Murphy. The young doctor wasn’t shy about her happiness and cheerfulness and desperately wanted to share her tiny little secret with her co- workers. Something that she eventually did in the end, but there is another thing, probably she doesn’t know that she most likely signed up for a heartbreak that will connect her more firmly to the Grey’s Universe.
Throughout the episode Dr. Robbins was persistently trying to stay professional and not to bring her personal life into the work place. Leah and her enthusiasm over the intern exam and the text message made her feel visibly uncomfortable and uptight. So, to avoid any further awkwardness, Arizona took matters in her hands and politely restricted Leah’s access to the surgery by using the gold opportunity and the presence of this maternal fetal surgeon Dr. Emma something. Who would have thought that the ex- womanizer would approach Alex for advice on how to deal with one-night stands, that get emotionally attached with a whim of an eye. How surprised was left Dr. Robbins when Alex gave her as an example Leah Murphy (these two now have a second girl in common).
After the surgery Arizona decided to cut off the Leah connection and set the record straight “I was lonely…. you should adjust your expectations”. Those words left the poor young resident very upset and in tears. And when we were just given a moment to breathe and to believe that Arizona put an end to this new involvement, out of the blue in the middle of the night she texted Leah…..and we were left with an ache, coming from the left side and inability to utter even a sound.
However, the questions are: why and what made Arizona change her mind? Loneliness, a need for a human connection, a need to be herself again? Will this help her heal her wounds? Will this help her rediscover herself?
Meanwhile in the hospital:
– Meredith is up to break scientific grounds in general surgery;
– Cristina saved a man’s life with glue. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have enough of it for Owen but hopefully she has enough for Meredith;
– Owen started to move on finally;
– Alex’ lovely night with his estranged father turned into a boxing arena; – Which eventually led to a verbal fight with Jo and a smashed glass;
– Jo showed some medical knowledge and found the reason for Webber’s shoulder pain;
– Shane broke up with Derek and Neuro and showed some interest in Cardio; The ghost of Heather Brooks is still chasing after him;
– All the interns now are residents;
– Did anyone notice Avery’s absence? The pretty boy just randomly disappeared;