But let’s start talking about whom I really want to talk about, Arizona Robbins. This character, for all her glib comments and incessant perkiness, and apparently openness is insanely private. You get that feeling that she doesn’t cry at funerals. She, like Yang, has a tendency to internalize her grief, only she buries that stuff waaaaay down deep. To the point that you question if she’s even sad. And she’s been that way ever since we first met her and she sat on a plane with Alex talking about rainbows and tiny coffins.
We don’t know much about her beyond she loves her wife and she had a brother she was close to and lost. Then this guy shows up and he’s a very tangible link to that brother and he’s dying. Not just a “maybe” dying, but a “he’s not finishing out the season alive” kind of dying. And Jessica Capshaw BRINGS IT. She takes an already difficult character and makes her thoughts palpable as he talks about the brother she still mourns and her friends then have to give her awful news. We see her rage, and sadness and reluctant need to squash it all down flow across her face.
Now that the boards storyline has come to an end I’m not so secretly hoping that the next episode is given over to her processing what she’s losing because watching Jessica Capshaw and the thoroughly robbed of an Emmy last year Sara Ramirez play this story out has me more excited that waiting in line for The Avengers.
- Loved how Callie didn’t race after her wife and sent her away when she found the bad spinal cancer news. She got that everyone handles sad things differently and knew how to handle Arizona. D’aaaaw.