“Overture. Curtains. Lights. This is the night of nights…” Grey’s Anatomy celebrated its 200th episode with a pinch of the Las Vegas eccentric world on Thursday night. Through plenty of reminiscing moments, the landmark episode just reminded us why we love the show and the characters. It was a rather simple and modest episode. Shondaland gave us a present in an elegant way- there wasn’t over the top drama and cheesiness, just the usual, routine hospital cases, everything packed with a dark and light sense of humour. What’s more, to make the present look a little bit more glittery and sparkly, the doctors were wearing gowns and tuxedoes and drinking (warm) champagne at a fundraising gala event. They were trying to charm the pants off the snobbish Seattle rich people by pulling the big guns out- juggling, flirting with sparkles in their eyes, stories and rather inappropriate lies about dead spouses. An event that turned into a competition, a Wild West arena, where the only rule was that there were no rules and the more the zeros the better.
How did our beloved and tortured couple spend the night? In the very beginning of the episode Callie was ready to ditch the party and go home, because once again she made it perfectly clear that she couldn’t stand being in the same room with her wife. However, Avery’s evil incentive bound her to stay and she found herself talking to some admirer of her TED speech. What happened next was a callback scene from season 6 (episode 22, Shiny Happy People). This was the Calzona moment of reminiscing in the episode- an old and a new scene that had so much in common and yet so different. A short moment of locked eyes, speaking silently, a short moment of looks, conveying a range of raw emotions and feelings- regret, sadness, hurt, pain, longing, love. Eloquent expressions that were saying ‘I hate to love you’ and ‘I love to hate you’. This short and intense moment was further emphasized by the soft and strong piano sounds creating the feeling of stillness, a few frozen seconds in time during which one could even forget to breathe. But this time Dr. Robbins ditched the party and ran away. Callie’s eyes kept searching for her.
Dr. Torres was brought back to reality by the bow tie guy’s voice, who apparently had misunderstood the fact that Dr. Robbins is still among the living. Unintentionally, he provided Callie with very dangerous “guns” to play with. Big guns, loaded with a dark, fat lie- indeed Dr. Torres had lost her wife in the horrific plane crash. Callie armed with a cold- surgeon competitive attitude heartlessly jumped onto the lying train and took full advantage of this convenient opportunity to empty some rich pockets. That night Callie Torres staged quite a performance, well executed one. However, in a very sad way, a real, old, rich and grieving widow spoke on behalf of Callie’s inner turmoil and voiced her real feelings “Every night Harvey would whisper ‘I love you’ into my ear, just as I was falling asleep… Every night I feel like I can still can hear his voice”. Something that Callie was fighting inside her and gave her moments of “Wait! What?” and just when it got too difficult for Callie to keep lying, Avery took the stage to make a speech. In the meantime one of the performers fell down and Dr. Torres found herself behind the safety walls of an OR. She eventually admitted to Owen how gross it was to lie about Arizona being dead.
Where did Arizona go after she left the party? Through none other than April Kepner herself we found out the answer. Dr. Robbins hid herself from the eyes of the world in a hospital supple closet. She was crying all alone, trying to get rid of all the suffocating feelings in this small and cluttered space. However, surprisingly to everyone, Dr. Robbins and crazy April Kepner formed quite a bond over a few bottles of champagne, some honesty and a great deal of laughter. And why wouldn’t they? April seemed still confused about her feelings towards Jackson and Matthew and she is miserable. Arizona is miserable. So, instead of raising money for the hospital Miss Perkypants and Miss ex- Perkypants had a bubbly party on their own, raising glass after glass.
How did this improvised supply closet party happen? After witnessing Arizona’s tears and overhearing Callie’s lie, April made a quick decision- she left the Las Vegas party and decided to be a friend. That night April Kepner represented the face of compassion, kindness, empathy and honesty. No judging, she was simply there for Arizona.
During the first bubbly round, Dr. Robbins opened up a bit, shared her pain and gave a voice to the weight she has been carrying over her shoulders “Please, I grew up gay. I know what it feels like when people are staring. You’re missing a leg, and they stare. And everyone knows you’re a cheater, they stare. And they talk and they judge… Stare”
Maybe, just maybe, we were provided with a hint, a partial tiny answer to the question “Why did Arizona cheat?” Without mentioning the name and as painful as it was for our ears to even hear about Dr. I-Googled-You, but You-know-who also stared at Dr. Robbins in a good way and that made her feel good. Was this Arizona Robbins starting to process the overwhelming events that happened in the past year?
After two bottles of champagne, quite tipsy and all cheery Arizona and April were ready to empty a third one. April was rambling about her personal life and when Arizona asked if Callie would ever forgive her, she went full on drunken honesty- April spilled the beans on Callie’s horrible lie and Arizona’s smiley face just vanished with the whim of an eye and her poor heart sank deeper into her chest. Apparently, the third bottle of bubbly worked its magic and Arizona and April were laughing and joking around. Of course, it wouldn’t be crazy April in her entire glory if she doesn’t blurt out some of her epically hilarious lines in the most childish way “Can I try on your leg?” At first the funny question seemed to upset Arizona slightly, but the amount of alcohol in her blood stream made her laugh at April’s joke. After that happily drunk April and Arizona took a cab, Leah made sure to see them off but not without ranting and complaining about her miserable life as an intern. All she got from tipsy Robbins was a boop on her nose and “You’re adorable”.
Other moments of reminiscing:
• MerDer had their sexy “prom” time;
• Cristina showed her sharky attitude;
• Bailey applied her own advice back from season 4 when Alex and Izzie had patients with the same stubbornness as Webber and the cancer guy;
• Shane and Edwards reminded us of the times in season 7 when Jackson and Lexie were handling the ER on their own;
• Alex did a paternity test and discovered his old junkie dad; the scene with Jo resembled the one from season 7 between Meredith and Cristina, when Meredith wanted to know if she had Alzheimer’s;
• Owen might have met the future Mrs. Hunt, who coincidently happened to be a maternal fetal surgeon;
• Leah wanted to trade the Peds floor because per her she is not a babysitter. Neither was Alex.