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Top 12 Arizona/Callie Moments – Part 1

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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))

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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)

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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)

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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.

Top 12 Favorite Season Finales of 2012

These are my top 12 favorite television finales or events that have happened in 2012.  May is such a great time to be a television watcher. This year was capped off with some emotional endings and a few sad goodbyes.

#12.  Dancing With The Stars  (Season 14 “Season Finale”)

This season had some of the most talented celebrity dancers ever.  Katherine Jenkins, an opera singer from Wales, came right out of the gate on week one and wowed everyone.  She continued all the way to the end until losing to Green Bay Packer, Donald Driver.  Donald gave every dance all that he had each week, and it was a well deserved win.  It  just happens that there were 2 other dancers just as good, Jenkins and Latin heart-throb William Levy.  If anything, it made for a fantastic finale with the lowest score being 59 out of 60.

 

#11.  Modern Family (Season 3 Episode 24 “Baby on Board”)

The critical sweetheart was a bit hit and miss this season.  They had some really funny episodes (Aunt Mommy) and some real duds too (Tableau Vivant), but the season finale did everything right.  What Modern Family does so great is that it mixes the humor in with heartfelt moments throughout this complex family.  The scenes between Jay and Lily are absolutely wonderful.  Cam and Mitchell losing yet another adoption in some sort of odd Spanish soap opera world, is both hilarious and touching.   And Gloria is pregnant?  What?  Oh boy, can’t wait until Mitchell and Claire find out they will have a new brother or sister.

 

#10.  Once Upon A Time (Season 1  Episode 22 “A Land Without Magic”)

Once Upon A Time turned out to be a very fun,Disneyesque show.  The main premise of the new series is that there is a curse on the town of Storybrooke, and none of the townspeople know they are actually story book characters.  It has made for a very interesting story but at the end of the season finale, the curse is broken??  The characters are “waking up”  and realizing who they are.  Extremely ambitious of the brand new series do this so early in its development.  It was sweet that the curse was broken from Emma kissing her son Henry’s head.  Of course, I am sure that everything isn’t going to end happily ever after, since when we last saw Regina/Evil Queen, a purple cloud of smoke was enveloping the town.

 

#9.  Smash (Season 1  Episode 15 “Bombshell”)

This is the second freshman series finale on my list.  Smash started out very strong when it debuted in early February.  In only 15 episodes it has managed to create very well-defined characters and an intoxicating world surrounding the tumultuous life of a Broadway show. Based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, we have watched our two leading ladies battle all season for the coveted lead role.  The director picks Karen in the end, who he has envisioned all along, and she nails the final number as we last see her.  On the flip side Ivy, who lost the role, is on a downward spiral, much like Marilyn, and she is now contemplating suicide. Other highlights include producers, Tom and Julia, trying to fix the ending that didn’t work and slimy assistant Ellis finally getting fired.

#8. Glee (Season 3 Episode  22 “Goodbye”)

The guilty pleasure known as Glee, delivered a very poignant ending for the seniors at McKinley High.  After finally winning Nationals, the glee club was on a high coming back to school and then realized that this was it for them as a group.  The student’s melodies were all about saying goodbye, to each other, to the glee club, and to their life as they knew it.  This episode really showcased the gem that has elevated Glee to different level, Lea Michele.  Much like her character Rachel, she has a star quality that is above the rest.  Her vocals are unbelievable and her acting is so spot on that sometimes you feel she should be doing something so much better.  The final scene where Finn tells her she is going to New York, is brilliantly played by Michele.  If she does not return next season I do believe Glee will suffer, but hopefully we will get a little of Rachael’s adventures in NYC.

 

#7. Survivor: One World (Season 24 Episode 14 “Perception Is Not Always Reality)

Survivor is finally dominated by a woman and it was satisfying to see Kim Spradlin’s journey from start to finish.  Rarely has a woman ever been so strong strategically and physically.  It was the Kim show and the rest of them were just there for the ride. Not a terribly entertaining season, nonetheless, it is nice to root for a clear winner, and have them actually triumph in the end.

 

 

#6.  The Good Wife (Season 3 Episode 22 “The Dream Team”)

It was another solid finale for the classiest show on television.  The title of the episode could be referring to the duo of Louis Canning (Michael J Fox) and Patti Nyholm (Martha Plimpton).  They are trying to take down Lockhart/Gardner and don’t care who goes down with it.  Of course, the dream team could also be Alicia and Peter who are just trying to do right by their kids.  Peter who is now living in their old home with the kids, and we leave Alicia standing outside debating whether or not to go back in and have dinner with them. Yet, I like to think that the Dream Team is Kalinda and Alicia.  It took a long time for Alicia to come around to Kalinda and we are all better for it.  Kalinda, who doesn’t care about anyones feelings, really cares for Alicia, and she was much weaker without her support.  Now that Alicia is back on her side, they can both fight this mysterious husband that is bound to stir up trouble. 

 

#5.  Desperate Housewives (Season 8 Episode 22 & 23 “Give Me The Blame” & “Finishing The Hat”)

After eight years the ladies of Wisteria Lane say goodbye.  In an emotional two-hour finale, we laughed, cried and smiled all the way through, and in typical fashion, gasped at the end of the episode.  Housewives, for me, was that show each week that was just consistently good.  It was always fun and it had a unique tone to it, that many others have tried to recreate, but couldn’t.  The four main women, were so incredible in these roles and they all needed to be there to make the show work.  Many neighbors came and went, but those four remained true to the story for eight years.  It is sad to think that none of them live on Wisteria Lane anymore, but our imaginations can run wild knowing there are still mysterious doings happening there.

 

#4.  Fringe (Season 4 Episode 22 “Brave New World: Part 2”)

Fringe is my favorite show that no one is watching.  One of the most creative shows on television, this season was no exception.  The finale was built almost as a series finale, as there was a possibility that it wouldn’t get a fifth season.  Luckily there will be a final season and we will get a proper end to a complex, intriguing story.  As far as season finales go, this was one of the best.  It had all the elements that you could want, a pregnancy reveal, two main characters shot and brought back to life and, of course, a surprise cameo.  In this case it was Leonard Nimoy back as William Bell.  Fringe has turned a sharp corner in its storytelling and it isn’t looking back, the final season has a lot to live up to and “Brave New World” has set it up very nicely.

 

#3.  Grey’s Anatomy (Season 8 Episode 24  “Flight”)

If there is one thing you can count on in May, it’s that the Grey’s Anatomy finale will ROCK! Any other show would have had “Migration” as the finale.  All the doctors board the plane and we cut to the plane crash…the end, see you in September.  Not Grey’s, they gave us the struggle before leaving us dangling for dear life.  They also gave us the teaser that one of the doctors was going to die, so you kept hoping your favorite was going to make it.   Unfortunately, it was Lexie, with a few others not looking so good.  Keeping the rest of Seattle Grace in the dark about the crash was a bit frustrating for us as viewers, but that will hopefully start Season 9 off with a bang.  Sandra Oh, after this years performance, and especially this episode, deserves an Emmy more than ever, please give her one!!

 

#2.  Saturday Night Live (Season 37  Episode 22  “Mick Jagger”)

This was almost my number one pick, the reason I made it number two was that as a whole episode, I didn’t think it was worthy for the top spot.  It had some really great moments and cameos throughout,  including Jon Hamm and Steve Martin, but it was Kristen Wiig’s farewell that stole the show.  It was the last sketch and it concluded with a graduation ceremony with Kristen being serenaded to by Mick Jagger and Arcade Fire to “She’s Like a Rainbow.”  It started out really cute as all the cast members took a turn to dance with Wiig, then you could start to feel the emotion coming out of her as she was trying to hold back her tears.  Even Lorne Michaels came out, which is a testament to how important she is to the cast. The lyrics are perfectly suited for her, “She comes in colors everywhere”  as the many characters on SNL that she has given us for seven years.   The show comes to a close as the whole cast plus the guest stars and some alumni (Amy Poehler, Chris Parnell and Chris Kattan) sing “Ruby Tuesday” and most importantly the line, “Still we’re gonna miss you.”

#1. Parks and Recreation (Season 4 Episode 22  “Win, Lose or Draw”)

It was the climax that we have all been waiting for, the results of Leslie’s election in which the whole season has been based on.  I had mixed feelings on whether I wanted Leslie to win or not, and I think that is what the writers wanted us to feel.  I think it probably represented a lot of the characters as well.  As we obviously wanted Leslie to triumph, things are going to change in the Parks Department, and are we ready for that?  Well, after a recount Leslie did win and things are going to change. Leslie is now on the city council, Ben is off to D.C. to work on a congressional campaign and Andy might pursue a new career in the police department.  One of the best episodes in its four seasons.  It was really funny with a lot of emotional scenes, most importantly Leslie’s acceptance speech, which was superbly played by Amy Poehler.  Maybe her best scene so far on this show.  Absolute perfection!

Top 12 Grey’s Anatomy Episodes (So far)

 These are my Top 12 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy so far, I am hoping that the last few episodes of Season 7 will be worthy of a revision at some point.  For now here are my favorites:

 

 #12. I Saw What I Saw (6.6)

  This episode was set up like a murder mystery, with the Chief trying to figure out who made a crucial mistake that resulted in a woman’s death in the midst of a crazy ER.  Everyone is retracing their actions and things are very tense because someone will lose their job.  Just a very well done episode. 

 

 

 

 

#11. 17 Seconds (2.25)

This is the build up to the huge season finale that is “Losing my Religion”(see #3).  It is the set up that puts Izzie in a desperate state to do anything for Denny.  She ends up cutting his LVAD wire which will stop his heart and get him the transplant he needs.  Burke is then shot at the end of the episode, after fighting for Denny’s heart at Mercy West.   

 

 

 

  #10 Elevator Love Letter (5.19)

 A great relationship episode.  Alex talking about the future with Izzie.  Owen and Christina finally hook up only to break up by the end.  Derek proposing to Meredith in the elevator which is plastered with scans of all the surgeries they did together, how romantic. 

 

 

  

 

 #9. Crash Into Me Parts 1 & 2(4.9/4.10) 

Chandra Wilson shines in the episode as she is conflicted on treating a white supremacist.  Definitely Emmy worthy, she is at the top of her game this season.  Meanwhile Lexie is dealing with a patient with a crush on her, but when his neck wound explodes blood all over her, she panics.  The major storyline in the episode is the ambulance crash right in front of the hospital.   Meredith struggles with 2 ambulance drivers pinned inside the vehicle.  One isn’t going to make it because if they move him he will bleed out.  His wife then comes to say good-bye in a really touching scene.  This is just a really solid episode and has really great character development. 

 

 

#8. Some Kind of Miracle (3.17)

 This episode ends a three-part arc that started with Meredith almost drowning at the scene of a ferryboat accident.  Meredith then “passes over” and sees familiar faces from her past (i.e. Denny, Dylan Young and her dog).  It shows the struggle that Meredith has had with her mother not believing in her.  Derek’s emotional confrontation with Ellis Grey secures his role as the love of Meredith’s life.  This is one of Patrick Dempsey’s  finest hours.

 

 

#7. A Hard Day’s Night (1.1)

 The pilot episode aired March 27, 2005.  It was a mid-season replacement and it took off like wild-fire.  After 7 seasons it is hotter than ever and it all started here.  The first episode introduces us to the new surgical interns of Seattle Grace.  We were captivated by their stories instantly.  Shonda Rhimes created characters that were easy to love and understand.  The mix of humor along with the drama of serious tragedies makes for an exciting hour every Thursday night, hopefully for a long time to come.

#6.  What a Difference a Day Makes (5.22)

 

The perfect wedding that Izzie helped Meredith plan,  becomes a dream come true, as Meredith and Derek give it to her and Alex.  A great episode for Alex as it shows his vulnerability as he says his vows to a (possibly) dying Izzie.  Grey’s 100th episode delivers on all levels.

  

 

 

#5. It’s the End of the World / As we Know it  (2.16/2.17)

 One of the best episodes as far as drama goes.  A man comes in with a bomb embedded in his chest that could go off anytime.  Meanwhile Bailey goes into labor at the same time her husband gets into a car accident.  Meredith ends up with her hand on the bomb, and it eventually detonates almost killing her.  There were great guest stars Kyle Chandler and Christina Ricci.  The scene where Cristina and Izzie wash blood off of Meredith, who is in shock, is unbelievably touching

 

 

#4. Now or Never (5.23)

 Grey’s delivers another exceptional season finale.  Meredith and Derek get married in their own way, on a Post It.  Alex struggles with Izzie as she can’t remember things, and falls unconscious.  He tries to save her even though she signed a DNR.  A great send off for George, as he was being way underused.  Meredith’s discovery of the bus crash victim being George was one of the best moments in the history of the show.  The final scene of Izzie in her prom dress and George in his Army uniform in the elevator was a beautiful, who will die, ending.

  

 

 

#3 Losing my Religion (2.27)

   At the time when this episode aired, it was the biggest thing on television.   You probably knew the story between Denny and Izzie even if you didn’t watch the show.  It was a heartfelt ending with Izzie’s friends trying to comfort her after Denny passes.  It was Katherine Heigl’s finest moment of the time she was on the show.  The Derek-Meredith-Finn love triangle was left as a cliffhanger, not without Der-Mer hooking up before hand.  

 

 

 

#2.  Song Beneath the Song (7.18)

I was totally blown away by this collaboration.  I loved it so much I already did a Top 12 on how great it was.  The Grey’s Anatomy Music Event set around Callie’s car accident was phenomenal.  Sara Ramirez was a star, the cast were surprisingly great singers and emotions were all over the place.  It was perfect, pitch perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1.  Sanctuary/Death and All His Friends (6.23/6.24)

I would have paid money to see this 2 part episode at the box office.  It was that good.  From the first minute to the last I was mesmerized.  I had kind of lost interest in Grey’s after the Dead Denny storyline, but I still followed it and enjoyed some episodes here and there, but this was the one that brought me back.  Twists and turns and action and suspense, this episode had it all and mostly had me on the edge of my seat.  I dare to say that this season finale would be in my top 12 television episodes of all time.  It was that good.

Top 12 Reasons I Love the Grey’s Anatomy Episode “Song Beneath the Song”

I absolutely love the episode “Song Beneath the Song”, so much that I had to do a separate post just on reasons why it was so great.

  

#12.  Kevin McKidd 

When Dr. Owen Hunt bursts into song as he wheels Callie down the hall I was as astonished as she was.  Callie is freaking out as she imagines Owen singing “Chasing Cars” as he is working on her, but we could just sit back and enjoy the ride.  An amazing voice that we luckily get to hear several more times throughout the hour.

 

  

#11.  Chyler Leigh

 Another surprising voice of the Seattle Grace doctors.  Her rendition of “Breathe” was both beautiful and heartbreaking. It definitely made us yearn for a Mark/Lexi reunion.  The chemistry between Sloan and Little Grey is still there, so that gives us hope for this great couple.

 

  

#10.  “Running on Sunshine” Sequence 

 This song was a well needed breather in the middle of an episode full of emotions.  It was fun and playful and it seemed like the song was written for the cast to sing. Highlights include Callie’s realization that Arizona is going to ask her to marry her, sexy nurse Eli embarrassing Dr. Bailey with his singing and dancing and Justin Chambers steamy vocals to Dr. Fields with the best line “Something tells me your name is Lucy”.  The gem in this arrangement, though, is Teddy and Henry.  Scott Foley stepping up with some great pipes as he sings to Teddy, “ooh I got this rocket in my front left pocket, ready to explode like a bomb.”

 

 #9.  Dr. Arizona Robbins

The reason that I put Arizona here, and not the brilliant Jessica Capshaw, was because I thought this was a huge episode for Dr. Robbins in terms of her character.  We have seen Arizona be very reluctant to commitments and to babies.  In the last couple episodes she had come to terms with raising Mark’s baby with Callie, but still not feeling quite in place.   During the shooting last season, she crumbled when the shooter came in the hospital room with her and the kids, Callie stepped up and protected them.  Now without Callie to lean on, Arizona has found her own strength, even when Mark tells her she is nothing to this baby.  Watching them fight the whole episode was hard to watch, but Arizona didn’t let it get to her and in the end Mark needs her to save “their” baby.  It’s been only a few months since Arizona bailed on Callie, now we see her as a strong woman fighting for her place in a situation that she had no control over, but she is doing it all for her love of Callie.

 

#8.  The Return of Addison Montgomery

 I was always a fan of Addison and Callie’s friendship.  So, I was so excited to see her get off that chopper.  The high point of her visit was telling off the incompetent Dr. Fields and telling her to just go.  I don’t know about you, but I knew Callie and the baby were going to be ok after Addison says to her, “Don’t you worry,we got this.”

 

 

#7.  Waiting for Callie’s Ambulance

  

One of the things that I love about Grey’s is that we get to see different surgeons working together each episode.  It is fun to see the chemistry that the characters have with each other.  Yet, once in a great while we get to see all the doctors working together and it’s awesome! It is especially moving when they are working on one of their own.  To see each and every surgeon lined up outside waiting for that ambulance was one of the most touching images in this episode.

 

#6.  Cristina’s Brilliance

  

If I was to pick one surgeon to have working on me, it would be Cristina Yang.  Seeing her concentrating over the scans, you just knew she was going to come up with something.  Then at the end of the “Wait” sequence, when Yang, with her eyes closed, opens them and says “Wait!”  I was cheering!!  Dr. Altman was against her methods but in the end her methods saved Callie and the baby. 

 

#5.  Shonda Rhimes’s Script

If you think about how you would go about writing an episode like this, it would be impossible to get every element right.  You are walking a fine line between being a really horrible joke to being absolutely brilliant.   Luckily Shonda falls in the latter.  She hit every point, spot on.  The music was outstanding, to showcase these songs that have been such an important part of the show was a stroke of genius.  Music on Grey’s is practically another character, so it made sense to do this type of episode.  To be able to weave those songs into a story with such heart and soul, and include the whole cast, is a gift, and we as viewers really appreciate that!

  

#4.  “Chasing Cars” Sequence

 When Torres first sings, “We’ll do it all,everything” my eyes already started tearing up.  I couldn’t believe that they were going to do this song that means so much to this show.  Grey’s made the band Snow Patrol and their song Chasing Cars hugely popular after it was featured in the season 2 finale.  This song set the tone for the show, which was that this is going to be monumental and very personal to Grey’s fans.  Highlights include Hunt bursting out into song as Torres is scared out of her mind as they are rushing her into surgery.   Bailey’s serenade is really beautiful and when a terrified Callie reaches out with her, Bailey comforts her by taking her shaken hand and relaxing her. 

 

 #3.  Meredith’s Breakdown 

 

I think that this is such an important scene in this episode.  We really didn’t get to see a lot of raw emotion from anyone else besides Mark and Arizona.  So Meredith’s collapse in the elevator with Derek is very natural and makes sense.  She isn’t as close to Callie as some of the other characters, but her need for a baby had clouded her judgement and realizes that even though she was jealous of Callie being pregnant, no one has guaranteed happiness.  Anything can happen.  Ellen Pompeo played one of her best scenes in the whole entire show in that elevator.   The most poignant line is when she fights back tears and says, “The universe says screw you Meredith and gives Callie a kid, and then puts Callie through a windshield.  I mean what the hell is going on?”  Derek then comforts her by promising they will have a baby, somehow.

 

 #2.  “How to Save a Life” Sequence

 

 I honestly didn’t think that they could top Chasing Cars as a song defining Grey’s Anatomy.  I had forgotten about “How to Save a Life”.  When that song first was featured on Grey’s in season 2 it became synonymous with the show.  There is so much going on in this four-minute scene.  As Callie is fighting for her life Yang steps in against Altman’s wishes to perform a risky surgery to try to save her and the baby.  Addison removes the premature baby and the doctors are trying to get the baby’s heartbeat going.  Mark and Arizona can only watch in horror.   Every surgeon is in that room and each verse of the song is sung by a different character with the chorus being sung by all of them as they are working on Torres.  The lyrics are haunting and appropriate which makes it work so well.  The best moment is Mark and Arizona running in the OR and the superb acting they do only with their eyes.  Sloan nods to Arizona that she needs to step in and save this baby, and in those moments they come together as a family trying to save their daughter.  This sequence is perfection.

  

#1.  Sara Ramirez

  

The number one reason why this episode is so great is because of one Sara Ramirez.  She is absolutely stunning in this episode.   She shines from start to finish and her voice is pure magic.  She is really playing two roles, one of a frightened accident victim worried about herself and her baby living through this.  Another is an “out-of-body” Callie, watching her friends suffer as they try like hell to save her.   Both roles come together throughout the show and the songs she sings tells her journey that is going on in her head.  The very emotional climax of the episode is Callie singing “The Story” to herself in the hospital bed.  It is a very intense and emotional song and when Callie reaches down and grabs her own legs to make herself wake up, it jolts something in us too.  To be the star of this episode and only have one actual line, is astounding.  Hearing her say “Yes, I’ll marry you”  made us as happy as it made Arizona.  Our Callie is back.