I have always been a fan of cheerful, perky and happy characters on Grey’s Anatomy. When the show started out in 2005 I was a huge fan of “Izzie Stevens”. She really filled that criteria. Then Katherine Heigl decided to jump the ship in season 6. Luckily Shonda Rhimes decided to ”replace” her with a new peds surgeon, Arizona Robbins, played by Jessica Capshaw. She was signed for a 3 episode arch , but was kept longer because Shonda saw Jessica’s great chemistry off-set with Sara Ramirez aka Callie Torres.
So the saga of Calzona began. The dirty bathroom scene, the steamy elevator scenes and heartbreaking ups and downs throughout season 5-9. Breakups, Africa, car crash, baby, wedding, Mark Sloan and a very fatal plane crash.
To me it’s been very frustrating that the character of Arizona always has been a side story of whatever Callie Torres does or decides.
Its either Callie’s POV or Calzona as a couple. The story-line is seldom from Arizona’s POV, and I believe that’s the reason why so many fans, including me, are so frustrated of the whole situation where the couple are right now. What the heck is going on in Arizona’s mind?
This is also the reason why Arizona is such a mess right now. I believe something happened after the season 6 finale when Arizona gave into Callie’s wants and needs. She loves Callie that much. She basically gave herself and her needs up for Callie’s, and lost her real self along the way.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Calzona, and I do ship them, but as I have said before, Arizona is very close to home for me, so it hurts me more to watch Arizona sad and lost, than to watch Calzona not hitting it off. All relationships deal with ups and downs and even if this is a fictional one, we do invest.
I believe that Lauren was a great catalyst, actually, for Calzona to deal with the real problems that they have and have had since the season 6 finale:
- The lack of communication between them
- Callie doesn’t need to fix Arizona, she needs to listen to her
- That Arizona doesn’t stand up for herself and her needs
- Realize their differences and respect that
- Evaluate if their love is enough to continue
The chemistry between Arizona and Lauren was something that I had never seen on screen between Callie and Arizona before. Not in that way…Yes, seriously! Why? Because it felt like Arizona could be herself around Lauren, and not be the person she had adjusted herself to, for someone else. So when can you really do that? When it’s the RIGHT person for you!
I got the same feeling of Arizona’s relationship with Callie in the beginning too, but it changed rather fast in season 6, and definitely after the shooting and the declaration of the ten kids. They have lost their connection now. I know that couples can go into symbiosis after years of dating/marriage but I don’t think that is healthy at all. At least not to the expense of your own self. Losing the leg, the baby, Mark, Lauren etc, was just catalysts for this fact and that is something that Arizona has to face! With or without Callie.
So why am I still cheering for Arizona Robbins? There are so many haters of Arizona in social media, and they don’t hesitate to direct their hate to the character’s proprietor, Jessica Capshaw. I still see the character behind her actions and the character that I have always found very similar to my own personality and life experiences. I stand up for myself, and I hope Arizona Robbins will do the same in the coming 12 episodes of season 10.
I believe that JCap is doing a great job even if it’s not that fun playing a dark and messed up character who once used to be so cheerful, perky and loved by most of us. BUT that makes her even more interesting to me because that’s how life in the real world looks like. We are all a bit messed up and sometimes its nice to see your favorite character show their dark side too.
Arizona cheated because she had lost herself along the way and Lauren reminded her of who she once was, the happy Arizona who wanted to help kids in Africa and drink Sangria on the beach in Spain.
So my hopes are that Arizona will get all of her sadness, depression, thoughts out of her system. Address them to her spouse, who really has to listen and realize that she has a big part in this as well. They need to look at their relationship in a new way. It can’t keep going as it has been. There is no Mark, no Lauren… Just them. And Sofia.
So is Calzona’s love enough for them to keep going? What do they want? I believe they need a fresh start. A clean slate which starts with an honest conversation. The promo pictures from 1013 look promising.