Grey’s Anatomy delivered a strong, stellar and well thought- out episode. It’s safe to say, the narration has changed its course this season, which makes the episodes even more enjoyable when someone other than Meredith Grey makes their voices heard.
Geena Davis carried the episode with elegance and excellent performance. Jessica Capshaw, brilliant whenever given the chance, delivered her game of switching emotions and facial expressions, swinging from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other. We laughed and we were sad. As the episode progressed, and one by one the colourful cards were removed from the ‘Board of Life’, unaware we have been gradually transported to the rocky edge of the cliff. The moment we have been waiting for since Amelia Shepherd laid eyes on Dr. Herman’s tumour, finally arrived with dizziness, blackness and a too soon slap from reality. Three doctors, three lives are on the verge of changing.
In a very poetic and scientific way, during a series of lectures, Dr. Shepherd presented her surgery plan and how she intends to outsmart the perfectly adjusted butterfly tumour in Dr. Herman’s brain. This big, once in a lifetime surgery will break or make her carrier. Amelia still lives her professional life in her big brother’s shadow. Her struggles to break free from it are very real. Regardless of the surgery outcome, Dr. Shepherd will step out on the other side, one way or another. She had already accepted the challenge and her attempt, successful or not, will be a stepping stone for those who dare to fight the invincible. Yet, Amelia Shepherd posses her own healthy dose of pride. She can’t bend her ego to discuss Herman’s case with Derek. Somewhere beneath her doctor arrogance, Amelia’s confidence is fragile, but the pull to stand on her own, not to be ‘the other Shepherd’ is too strong. Hopefully her inner emotional battles won’t deviate greatly her attention from her main concern- and her main concern is the patient.
While Amelia Shepherd was entertaining her fellow doctors and residents with her theory and surgical approaches, Dr. Herman and Dr. Robbins used the time to work hard. Arizona kept gaining piles of knowledge and skills, Dr. Herman kept creating her fetal surgeon masterpiece and passing her legacy. As a bonus, both Arizona and Herman found in each other a worthy friend.
Meaty, funny and amazing scenes were shared between Arizona and Herman, showing us that every moment counts, tumour or no tumour live is worth living. That even in our worst moments there will be at least one person to hold our hand, at least one person we can rely on to pull the plug and scatter our ashes.
Dr. Herman’s death is a likely possibility. Taking into account her voiceover words, she most likely tried to prepare us for her demise. Her likely death will have repercussions not only on Amelia, but also on Arizona. If Herman died, it would be interesting to see how Dr. Robbins would handle her mentor’s death. But more importantly, Dr. Robbins would not be left empty handed. She would represent Herman’s legacy, she would keep carrying the torch and expand those unfamiliar lands in the field of fetal surgery.
On another note, only Stacy McKee is capable to provide the dedicated Calzona fans, not only with well- written Arizona Robbins, but also with a short exchange between Callie and Arizona.
Short and touching was the scene when Arizona visited Sofia in the hospital day-care. And quite a surprising one was her interaction with Callie, even for Arizona herself. But Callie’s words ‘old habit’ came as a bitter pill, very hard to swallow. Questions are, where starts and where ends Callie’s jealousy of Arizona having a good time with her mentor and why is she jealous? Where is this fine line between the pure, cold human curiosity about your ex- spouse’s life and the genuine and hones worrying and caring behaviour?
Arizona, on the other hand is not very eloquent, but she seems like she’s trying to let go and move on.
Buckle your seatbelts, pees! Stock up on tissues and get those tequila shots ready. It will be a very long surgery and certainly there will be twists and turns!