Grey’s Anatomy returned from its long hiatus with a running bride, bickering couples and heartbroken, exhausted and confused residents. The well- known rounds of personal life and medical drama were made.
Meredith Grey’s voiceover opened the mid- season premiere with narration about decisions, choices and regrets. These three words were the building blocks for the entire episode, smartly incorporated in the doctors’ actions and voiced by their spoken words. What’s more, the theme about decisions, choices and regrets was used as a tool to move the characters’ stories forward and to set up the scene for the rest of the season.
Callie and Arizona’s decisions, choices and regrets
Somewhere in the farm surroundings a very upset and anxious Arizona was babbling over the chaos of April’s wedding gifts. Callie was standing in complete confusion and unable to make sense of Arizona’s behaviour. But when the word ‘fix’ popped out, Arizona, almost screaming, finally voiced her thoughts and feelings to Callie. “That’s the problem. You’ve been trying to fix me. You’ve been trying to fix our marriage and you’re so good that you’re killing yourself to fix me”. This wasn’t an apology but rather a regretful statement that the wives haven’t been doing very well in their efforts to work out the marriage issues.
Why? Because the post crash experience and the subsequent events changed them, left their marks on both of them, fall after fall happened, wrong moves and bad choices had been made. For a long time they’ve been in limbo- running the vicious circle of unspoken words and feelings, thinking they were moving forward and leaving the past behind. Unfortunately, that wasn’t exactly the case. Now they need to find the proper ways to come out on the other side and to adjust to this new life.
As opposed to the edgy, shaky and tearful Arizona, Callie Torres kept calm, listening to Arizona and realised her wife was right. When she wanted them to go home and talk about it, Arizona Robbins took another rabbit out of the hat: “It’s not my home anymore”……….
Trauma, betrayal, adultery, unsuccessful efforts for saving a marriage, a place once called ‘home’ is not a home anymore. Where will Callie and Arizona go from here? What’s next?
Three weeks later and the answer to the questions is ‘keep trying’ or as Arizona put it “Sometimes you just need a fresh start”. This fresh start for the wives came in the form of a house. Meredith and Derek got their Candle house, Owen and Cristina had once a Fire house, as for Callie and Arizona- it’s a Murder house. Making the decision of buying a house and moving out from their old apartment shows that Callie and Arizona haven’t given up on each other. They are still willing to keep fighting for their love, marriage and family. The decision on the house woke up the perky, smiley, happy and optimistic Dr. Robbins from her deep sleep. She doesn’t see the human blood stain for what it is but rather as rust on the carpet. With this simple line “It’s not blood. It’s rust”, Arizona Robbins showed us that she is still capable of looking on the bright side of life, that despite the major trauma she has been through, the very essence of who she is, is still there and can’t be destroyed so easily.
Of course, Callie Torres wasn’t much impressed with the fact that she would be living in a murder house, but making the effort “It’s kinda beautiful” shows growth.
Buying a house means, Callie and Arizona took a step together, as a married couple, in their new beginning. It’s an affirmation of their willingness to be together, it’s an affirmation of their commitment to each other. This is the choice each of them wants to make.
This choice was sealed with a kiss later and the papers for the house were signed. A choice that made Arizona Robbins smile and be excited again. A choice that brought the happiness back to Callie Torres because of Arizona’s smile. This choice may lead the wives’ life in any direction- “We may wake up in a year and realise it was a huge mistake. But if it works…” Dr. Robbins gave hope not only to Callie but also she gave hope to us, hope to keep routing for them.
Hope about love. This is what Callie and Arizona have been representing since season 5. Love may hurt sometimes, love may not always conquer all, but love carries hope, true love can overcome hardship. Callie and Arizona’s message to us is that hope doesn’t die, love can flourish again and again, adultery can be forgiven, and second chance can be given. But most importantly, Callie and Arizona teach us how to listen to our hearts and that love is something worth fighting for regardless of our differences, flaws, mistakes and imperfections.
Meanwhile in the hospital (Surprises or no surprises …..)
- Pretty boy and crazy April got married after all;
- Turned out that Alex actually proposed a marriage to Jo back in the midseason finale;
- The twisted sisters cemented their friendship over aortic aneurism repair;
- Derek kept a secret in the dark dating back from his high school years. A secret behind which was the reason he decided to become a neuro surgeon;
- Bailey lost track on the gossip mill in the hospital; Ben filled in the resident vacant spot for Mousy;
- Chief Hunt was exercising tough army love on Shane;
- Alex’ junkie dad died;
- The interns/residents declared “war” on their bosses- one of them filed a bunch of reports to the HR staff;
- New policy was introduced in the hospital- zero tolerance for sexual or romantic relationships between superiors and subordinates at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital;