As you may or may not know, I've already felt very weird about how this season of Grey's Anatomy is going. This week's episode, although it's pretty exciting and fairly intense, feels kind of like an afterthought. To make things worse, we see a flashback within a flashback, making me wonder what's even still relevant, and what's supposed to be happening in the present. In the end, the only real result is the reconciliation of Arizona and Callie.
What's going on with Miranda Bailey? How did Meredith and Cristina solve that 3D printer situation? Is Alex's dad just gone forever? These were answers I was hoping to get this week, but instead, Callie's getting sued, and everything else is on hold. Every other character arc gets forgotten in the wake of a bunch of things we never knew about until just now. Find out about Callie's sudden lawsuit when you read on.
- The initial shock of this episode's story comes almost right away: Callie is being sued for negligence. Turns out a surgery she performed on a famous snowboarder, Travis Reed, went totally awry and she had to amputate both his legs. The whole ordeal is pretty enthralling and even had me questioning my own perception of the events, but here's the thing: why couldn't they introduce this storyline sooner? Remember how a disgruntled patient once came back way later and shot up the hospital? I would have been so much more invested in this trial if Travis had come into the show earlier this season, and we got to see the different phases of his care from hip replacement to double amputation. Callie hasn't had a whole lot going on this season, so I'm really not sure why they didn't just work it in.
- Outside of the fact that this episode comes straight out of left field, the subsequent trial is incredibly intense. This is the one part of the episode that I think is very well-executed. We see Travis's side of the story first, which is accompanied by a bunch of half scenes and words taken out of context; Callie looks like she's going to lose the case. We then get her side of the story, and the blanks get filled in and put into proper context. I think it's a genius way to present both sides of the same story to us, and it helped me sympathize with both Callie and Travis.
- Another little tidbit that is more or less sprung on us this week is that Callie and Arizona tried to have another baby together, and Arizona miscarried. If this had come sooner, it could have added so many layers into the breakup, not to mention all of Arizona's preoccupations with having children. Moreover, it could have added to the struggles they'd already been having and given more reason for Arizona to look for something less complicated and less stressful.
- It turns out everything is just a big metaphor for Callie and Arizona's broken relationship. Callie's dad shows up as support, and he also tries to convince her to take Arizona back. Meanwhile, the trial makes Callie realize that nobody's perfect, and people make mistakes. "Is being sorry enough?" she asks. "Can an apology actually heal our wounds? Ease our pain?" Callie's sorry she cut off that guy's legs, but she knows there's nothing else she can do. She made a mistake. And so did Arizona.
- At the end of the episode, Callie asks Arizona to come home. Her dad makes a good argument, telling Callie that she shouldn't give up on her marriage, even though Arizona cheated. He even confessed that he once cheated, which totally makes it OK and makes Callie reconsider everything. So, she goes to Arizona and asks her to move back in. Unbeknownst to Callie, though, Arizona has a naked Leah in her room, and Arizona tells her she should probably get dressed and go. I'm not sure how I feel. Wasn't Callie enjoying getting her life back on track? Wasn't she relishing dancing alone in her underwear again?
All of the information we get this week definitely deepens and enriches the whole picture, but I still feel like it's kind of hurled at me out of nowhere. How did you feel about it?