In the aftermath of the May 16th season finale of Grey’s Anatomy, lets reflect on the relationship of Arizona Robbins and Calliope Torres. A super storm rocked Seattle Grace the last we seen it, and unfortunately these two had their own issues that were coming out in the midst of it. We can only hang on and hope for the best in Season 10. In the meantime, here are our favorite moments between one of the most interesting couples on television.
#12. Kiss at Alex and Izzie’s Wedding (Season 5 Episode 22: What a Difference a Day Makes)
It is a subtle moment but one that is so sweet. It’s been a tough few days for Callie, who is now broke because her father emptied her bank account, she has been working at night in the ER for extra money. She is also trying to hide from Arizona the fact that she can’t afford expensive dates. Callie tries pushing her away, but Arizona keeps pursuing her and eventually tells Callie that none of that matters. Callie rewards Arizona with a peck on the cheek during the ceremony, Arizona closes her eyes and takes it in as the sweet gesture that Callie intended.
#11. Bathroom Meltdown (Season 9 Episode 3: Love the One You’re With)
When we left Season 8 Arizona’s life was in peril because of the devastating plane crash. As we enter Season 9 we learn that Arizona survived but her leg was amputated, and Callie made the decision to do it after Arizona asked her to promise not to. Arizona has now blamed Callie for her now very difficult life. She drives away all the nurses who try to help, so when she tries to get to the bathroom on her own she can not. Callie finds her on the floor crying and screaming at her. Callie picks her up and turns on the shower, holding her against the wall. Callie loses it and between tears and yells says that this is now her life too. And for the first time we see Arizona start to realize that Callie is hurting too.
#10. “You. Are. Great.” (Season 6 Episode 8: Invest In Love)
This Episode really focuses on Arizona as a surgeon. She is somewhat pushed into doing a surgery on a long time patient because the parents are going to donate $25K if she does. She feels like she is doing it for the wrong reasons and doesn’t want to go in the OR not feeling totally confident. She confides in Callie and needs help to convince herself that she is good enough to do the operation. Callie repeats over and over that she is great, but the last time she says it, “You. Are. Great.” you can see Callie is falling in love with her.
#9. Dr. Torres helps relieve Arizona’s pain (Season 9 Episode 18: Idle Hands)
It has been months of pain and anguish for our beloved doctors. Arizona had finally started to feel like herself again and tonight is going to be their night. At work Callie can tell that Arizona is struggling with her prosthetic. She finds her in the x-ray room in pain and tells her that she can help. Taking off her leg she gently massages it. The banter between them and the looks Arizona gives her are really the gem in this scene. Once Callie gets home, she finds Arizona in bed in lingerie, and for the first time in months they finally connect.
#8. The Car Accident (Season 7 Episode 18: Song Beneath the Song)
It was hard to pick just one moment in this episode. I seriously love this episode, as I have done another post on it as well. Instead of using several moments and taking up the entire list, I am going to lump them all in this one slot. Key scenes include: Arizona asking Callie to marry her. Mark and Arizona’s conflict throughout the episode on how to handle Callie and the baby. Arizona telling Callie to live for her. Alex comforting Arizona. The climatic scene when Callie wakes up and says yes. All of them very powerful and important in the development of their relationship.
#7. “I Love You” (Season 6 Episode 8: Invest In Love)
A continuation from #10, Arizona is dealing with this very difficult surgery and it is also her birthday. Callie decides to throw her a surprise party. When Arizona comes home she burst into tears and goes running out the door. The boy had died and she felt terrible about doing the surgery in the first place. Arizona goes back to the hospital to comfort the parents and when she gets home, Callie is asleep on the couch, with the remnants of the party around her. When she wakes up she tries to cheer Arizona by still being willing to celebrate. Arizona simply smiles at her and says for the first time, “I love you.”
#6. Arizona is “A Good Man In A Storm” (Season 6 Episode 5: Invasion)
Callie’s father shows up at the hospital after months of not speaking. He brings a priest with him to try to “heal” Callie from her being gay. Callie, who is now much more confident in who she is, is unbelievably upset. Arizona finds her and she is sobbing uncontrollably. Arizona is a rock as she silently holds her head as she cries. Afterward, Arizona delivers a speech for the ages to Callie’s father. Explaining that her name Arizona is from the battleship, not the state. She was raised in a military family and was taught to protect the things she loved causing Mr. Torres to rethink his reservations and make up with his daughter.
#5. Arizona is “A Bad Man In A Storm” (Season 9 Episode 24 : Perfect Storm)
Arizona has fallen. She is broken. The plane crash that killed Mark and Lexi and claimed her leg is resurfacing feelings that have been bottled up for months. It was a very rough year for Calzona, but after months they finally seemed like they were in a good place. Now enters a new doctor who is immediately infatuated with Arizona and she likes the attention. Arizona cheats on Callie with the new doctor during the storm’s blackout, and we are all stunned. Not until this scene in the finale do we really understand the reasoning. Callie is crushed and doesn’t understand why, and Arizona just loses it. She wasn’t on the plane and will never know what that felt like. And then the topper came when she says, “You want the street cred, the badge of honor, the warrior wounds, then pull out your leg and I’ll get the bone saw and we’ll even the score.” Callie then realized that she hasn’t gotten over her amputation in which Arizona screams, “You haven’t lost anything.” All Callie could say was “Apparently I lost you.” Absolutely heartbreaking. Really tremendous acting by Jessica Capshaw and Sara Ramirez.
#4. The Break Up (Season 6 Episode 21: How Insensitive)
The first official break up of the now popular couple was a tough one. They had been arguing for weeks about wanting to have children. Arizona being against it and Callie desperately wanting them. Callie finally came to the realization that she needed to be with someone who wanted the same things she did. The break up was so unique in the fact that they both declared their love for each other, but couldn’t agree on this one thing. They both sacrificed that love so the other one could be happy. Holding each other, they didn’t want to let go. They said goodbye painfully and respectfully, thinking it was for the best.
#3. The Make Up (Season 7 Episode 13 : Don’t Deceive Me (Please Don’t Go))
Arizona left Callie at the airport and went to Africa without her. In the meantime Callie, devastated, ran to her best friend Mark, and is now pregnant with his baby. Arizona comes home and is begging Callie to take her back and then she drops the bombshell that there is now a baby too. Arizona tries to be supportive and be there, but it isn’t until they hear the heartbeat that things really clicked. Another great speech by Arizona as she starts moving Callie’s things back in her apartment. Callie reluctant to be back together, Arizona just says, “We are together!” Then she puts her hand on Callie’s stomach and says” We’re having a baby”, which just melts Callie’s heart. After months of hardship between these two, it was a very satisfying reunion.
#2. After Shock (Season 6 Episode 24 : Death And All His Friends)
Still broken up over the fact that they couldn’t agree on having kids, Arizona and Callie are stuck in the same room while a shooter went on a rampage through the hospital. Callie was strong and protected Arizona and her young patient. When it was over, what they both sacrificed for each other before, they do again. Callie says she doesn’t need kids, just her. Arizona says no, they will have lots of kids because she can’t live without her. There is so much depth to these characters which makes them such a fan favorite.
#1. Elevator Kiss (Season 6 Episode 22 : Shiny Happy People)
It’s been a week or so after the couple broke up, not because they didn’t love each other. After being separated, they end up on the elevator alone together. Everything about this scene is perfection. Arizona has her back to Callie who is leaning against the wall. Callie, visibly anxious, says, just under her breath, “Arizona”. That is all Arizona needs to trigger the lusty kiss she plants on Callie as she pushes her against the back of the elevator. The intensity and passion that plays out is so fiery and honest and sensual. If you weren’t rooting for these two before you were now. Unbelievably acted by Capshaw and Ramirez! They do so much acting with just their looks and mannerisms it is remarkable. Once they stop, they stare at each other and Arizona starts to go in for another kiss and stops, turns gets off the elevator and never looks back. It left us the viewer, and Callie gasping for air.