So, here it is. The painful part of this journey. We were warned it was coming, didn’t help much with the punch in the gut, though, did it? How are you all doing? No scenes together, so them individually. Also, with my Red Sox in the World Series, please forgive my lateness this week.
Callie and Derek are working on a project involving sensors and brain stimulation. Callie avoids being at one of Derek’s presentations with their patient, Mickey. When Derek finds Callie she says she’s done with the project, she’s going back to cartilage. She and Derek have some words about this. Callie also talks to Mer about her story and her brand (Mer is looking for a research project). You can see that Callie is trying to just focus in on work, and get back her professional fire, since her personal life is a mess. Mickey has a tumor affecting his results, but won’t let the sensors be taken out unless Derek takes the tumor. Derek goes to get Callie’s help in talking to him and she basically blows him off. Derek calls her on it and we learn she became involved with the project for Arizona. Probably to help her use a prosthetic more effectively and perhaps manage her pain. When she says to Derek that he and Mer have figured it out, how to make the pieces fit, and she thought she and Arizona had too…… she seems so sad and lonely. She does say she’ll talk to Mickey. Now, I think that even though the words come out of Mickey’s mouth, I think some of his feelings about surviving, reflect Arizona … even though she wasn’t a drunk driver, Arizona has survivor’s guilt that she hasn’t addressed. Does Arizona feel she should have died? And Callie’s reaction….. You can tell by her face that those topics aren’t something they talked about.
In trying to get the tumor, Mickey dies. When Callie and Derek are removing his brain to study it, Callie tells Derek that, yes, she got into the project for Arizona. Now she’ll do it for millions she’ll never meet, she’ll do it for Mickey.
In this ep, it seems to me that Callie is moving a bit from anger and is doing some grieving. Getting closer perhaps to where they can have a conversation without yelling.
Arizona meanwhile has Leah hovering around, and you can tell that it makes Arizona uncomfortable, at least at first. Arizona’s case involves a surgery that Owen’s new girlfriend, Emma, wants to observe. Can we note that Leah was a little creepy when she said “and you are?” to her. Arizona may have been trying to distract herself but she picked the wrong girl. Karev says Emma is hot and it’s good he’s there to chaperone. When he gets a look… “What, we aren’t joking about this yet?” ( In trying to take positives from this situation, seeing Arizona’s interaction with Karev and Kepner has been a positive.)
When they are in surgery, Arizona asks for Karev’s advice on a situation. And that’s when she learns that Leah is clingy and goes from nothing to “I love you” in 7 seconds. It’s good that JCap can act with her eyes, cause she does the “oh crap” look very well. It’s important to note that for the majority of the interns first year, Arizona wasn’t back at work. So, she doesn’t have the knowledge of them that everyone else does, and when she did come back, most of her cases involved Jo.
So, Arizona decides to tell Leah that it was a mistake….and Leah has a mini-freak out. And runs crying into the ladies room. At this moment, I was very glad that Arizona didn’t follow her, cuz for me a crying in the ladies room scene will AlWAYS be Calzona’s.
Later, Arizona can’t sleep, pulls out her phone and texts Leah. There is a second of hesitation but she hits send anyway. Arizona seems to be taking advantage of Leah’s crush to ease her loneliness. There is a danger there, Leah could end up getting totally wrecked by the experience. Looks like we’ll find out more next week.
So, my episode thoughts: gut wrenching but I loved it. And while I don’t like the Arizona/Leah pairing for a long term thing, I think that at this point it fits where Arizona is in her head. She had told April when Lauren stared it felt good, Leah’s attention probably feels good. It is easier to go with that than to really dig into her feelings about everything else going on. I think we are slowly getting more pieces of who Arizona may have been before Callie, and it isn’t going to be all pink bubble-like. And guess what? That’s ok. I want to see Arizona’s layers and darker side. I want to see more of whom she is, flaws and all. I don’t like them being apart, but since this is happening, let’s see some new facets of her. We aren’t going to like them all, but if we are honest with ourselves there are things each of our faves have done we haven’t liked. I just want some depth and I want to know “why”.
As for Callie, how she is processing is completely in character. Everything is out there, this is how she deals. And this time, as she does, she doesn’t have the crutch of Mark or (to a limited extent) Addison. Without either of them to bounce her processing off of, what will we see next? I can’t wait to find out!!!
Again, let me say I still believe Calzona is endgame. I think we are going to see some great stuff coming! So, yes, I am keeping my hope alive! The anticipation is building for 10.9: the Callie centric ep! It sounds like we might learn some new things.
As for the overall ep: loved the transitions! The red mug, the way the next scene often started with someone walking out of the last one, passing by but not interacting with each other. So nicely done!!! I can’t be the only one that was crushed by Alex’s Dad and the MerTina scene. And even I went “Awww” over Derek saying “time with the kids isn’t a consolation prize, it is the prize”. Truthfully, probably the strongest ep of the season so far.
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