When Grey’s Anatomy returned to the small screen for its weekly dosage of drama, the new instalment picked up where the previous episode left off. The earthquake victims were patched up and left to heal and the emergency halls of Grey’s Sloan Memorial were rocked by a new wave of patients.
Three victims of a horrible accident, but still enough to engage all the doctors in doing some doctoring and to bring up bits and piece of the doctors’ personal lives in the form of a casual chat in the OR. It was an easy way for a storytelling on the writers’ side, allowing them to involve all the doctors in the action, including the props Edwards and Wilson. Jackson and April weren’t left out as well and kept us updated on their healing and recovering process. Dr. Pierce got acquainted with her Alzheimer’s heritage and became privy to Richard’s personal experience with the tragic disease as a caregiver.
The ‘A’ story of the Thursday’s night medical drama revolved around Meredith’s zoo-like dilemma- horses or zebras, i.e. did Derek cheat or not? Her little squad of supporters (Alex, Callie and Maggie) decided to ride along with the zebras under the name Team MerDer. If there was a banner, Callie Torres would have been the one to proudly wave it and scream out loud her unconditional support for the undying, true and hopeful love between Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd.
Lame, cheap and out of place was Callie’s rooting and cheerleading attempt. Perhaps the encouraging words were meant to be a balm for the MerDer fandom and not so much words of less worrying for Meredith. However, the dark and twisty heroine posses a bundle of past facts and events, which make her more inclined ride the wild horses. This might also explain Meredith’s snarky remark on Dr. Robbins’ not so admirable naked endeavours. It’s a wonder she didn’t call out on Major Hunt and his cheating adventures.
Even after Derek Shepherd’s emerging from his fancy new life in D.C, Meredith’s dilemma was still without an answer, a voiceless void. She was faced with just a pair of puppy dog eyes, full of mixture of emotions- sadness, regret, worry and who knows what else. Either Derek broke the wedding vows again and the guilt got him on the first plane to Seattle or there is this huge misunderstanding and out of worry and concern Derek came home to clear the air in person. Whether Derek will live up to his McDreamy or McAss name remains to be seen and hopefully the upcoming episode will shed some light on the mysterious woman on the phone.
The betting game is on! Pick an animal, horse or zebra! And for those with twisted logic and minds, there is the option of some wicked breed between a horse and a zebra.
Since we were exposed to this zoo-themed narration, the writers managed to live up to it and threw this huge elephant in the hospital halls whenever Callie Torres and Arizona Robbins cross paths.
Their shared scenes and interactions are open to interpretation. Not just for this episode, but also their entire storyline since the beginning of the season, as an ex-couple and individuals.
Our team here would like to take the opportunity and share our opinion on Callie and Arizona with the regular review readers. Some of you may like it, some may not…..
To bridge the painful and sensitive Calzona subject, let’s go back to the season’s beginning.
With the opening of season eleven Shondaland had the firm intension to split-up the beloved by many Calzona couple. The writers bravely exposed themselves to the fans’ expected anger and disappointment. Within four episodes, they planted the seeds of separation, disconnecting the women on every level and on every occasion, invasively, and cutting deep. Every single tool available in the box was used: regardless of whether it was an argument about a baby, career changes or a simple opinion on who should be a new board member. The Calzona centric episode served as the last blow to disentangle these two women from one another. Callie Torres was put in one corner of the playing field, Arizona Robbins in another. The great Calzona demise was accomplished successfully. Scripted Calzona stopped to exist altogether. Now there is Callie Torres and there is Arizona Robbins. No Calzona. The writers created two strangers.
(Side note: Sadly, this created a rift between the fans, some of them sided with Callie, others with Arizona and there is this third group of people, which probably is not very big, who are still trying to understand both sides and more often find themselves in the middle of the crossfire whenever they decide to express critical thoughts on either Callie or Arizona).
After the break-up in a very smooth transition and for a good number of episodes, the writers kept standing firm behind their actions and started tailoring some repairing. Arizona Robbins was put back together- her confidence and optimism here rebuilt. The joy was given back to her. At this point it seems that Arizona did let go of Callie and the marriage even just a little bit. The woman may need time to process things and think them through but once she wraps her head around it she is ready to keep moving forward.
As for Callie Torres, it is still unclear what the writers’ aim is- are they trying to paint the picture of a woman’s midlife crises or a spoilt teenage brat who doesn’t know what she wants or is it something else. Whatever that is, personal growth, maturity and Callie Torres still can’t fit in the same sentence. Callie Torres is still stuck and she projects her inability to live her life on other people, including Arizona. She feels guilt that has no roots for it, she assumes things and jumps to conclusions, cuts off Arizona half sentence, persistently refuses to listen to, so that what’s on the outside to match her well-scripted scenario in her head. She falsely assumes that Arizona’s butting in her business is because Arizona’s world keeps revolving around her. Obviously, Callie doesn’t realise that she is the one gravitating around Arizona, constantly concerning herself with Arizona’s life or her reactions. Some habits die hard, but she was also the one who felt suffocated in the marriage.
The ‘steak knives’ Heather was more of a tool to establish a new civil bearing between Callie and Arizona, to lessen the awkwardness between them and also for us to get used to the idea that they will date other people whether we like it or not. Arizona’s attempt to warn Callie about Heather was nothing more than a friendly gesture, a favour if you like.
Some of you may see those renewed interactions between Callie and Arizona as steps towards reconciliation. This might be the case or it might not. But Shondaland outgrew the cheesy, romantic notion of ‘made for each other’ by taking its first strike and completely destroying another fanfavourite couple- Owen and Cristina. The writers are sending the message that love is not enough, but love is not enough when two people don’t treat each equally, when one person tries to dominate the relationship and craft the other half to fit their own personal agenda.
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