[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” episode of Grey’s Anatomy.]
On Thursday, Grey’s Anatomy flashes back to reveal a major piece of its Callie and Arizona backstory with an episode that focuses on an amputation lawsuit that threatens the former’s career.
During the hour, a snowboarder whose legs had to be amputated after a trial surgery went wrong shines the light on what really happened between Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) that led to the latter’s affair, which has since split them apart.
Following the deadly plane crash (RIP, Mark and Lexie), Arizona tells Callie she wants to have another child, only this time she’ll be the one to carry it. After finding a donor, Callie misses Arizona’s ultrasound — and they learn that Arizona lost the baby. It sends Arizona into a downward spiral where she has no choice but to feel her loss — of their unborn baby and her amputated leg — all over again and she begins to pull away from Callie.
It’s then that Callie learns — in present day — that her father, Carlos (Hector Elizondo), cheated on her mother, and the couple not only survived it but came out if it strong enough to have Callie. The confession and lawsuit victory prompt Callie to ask Arizona to consider returning home so the couple can give their relationship a second chance. Arizona closes the door and asks Leah (Tessa Ferrer) — clad only in a sheet — to get dressed and go home.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Ramirez to get the scoop on Calzona’s story and if there’s hope for the couple. Will Callie ever learn of Arizona’s fling with Leah?
What was your response when you found out Callie’s and Arizona’s backstory?
I thought it was a really interesting piece of information that they’ll be processing the rest of the season. It explains a lot and it deepened Arizona’s process and storyline because it explained more of where she was emotionally, mentally and physically when she met Lauren (Hilarie Burton).
Do you think that Arizona’s miscarriage is partially responsible for her cheating?
I think about it all the time, but it is very interesting. One would assume so, but I’m not sure.
They’ve been through so much darkness — Arizona’s amputation, Mark’s death, PTSD, the hospital bankruptcy. Given what we know now, does Arizona’s miscarriage at least partially justify her cheating?
Whoa! That’s a great question. I don’t know. I can’t wait to find out what the audience thinks. I don’t know because with Grey’s Anatomy, there can always be an episode that reveals more information than what you had previously. You just never know.
Callie has asked Arizona to consider coming home. Has the fact that her parents were able to overcome infidelity helped Callie to forgive Arizona?
Her father really had an impact on her when he brought up that story and described his journey of 38 years with Callie and that relationship, and being so grateful that because he stayed he was able to have that relationship with his daughter. Callie was thinking about Sofia, and that had an impact on Callie because she wants to create that for herself. We’ll see how it goes for her and how it unfolds. She really walks away with the idea that trying is the most important part of this process. It’s not about result — it’s about trying.
Arizona told Leah to get dressed and go home. Where do Callie and Arizona go from here? Is there hope for reconciliation?
We see them shift into trying mode. What do they need to work out? Do they both need to go to therapy individually and as a couple? What do we need to do here? In order to make it interesting and to be in line with what Grey’s Anatomy is — a medical drama — [showrunner] Shonda Rhimes will keep creating interesting situations for both of them. Happy endings can only happen when the show is over. For now, we’re going to watch them try and in that trying, maybe we’ll see each character process how they really feel and maybe they’ll think about [getting back together] and maybe they won’t.
How might Leah respond to losing Arizona, the first person to make her feel like she has someone at the hospital?
I’m glad we’re getting to know more about Leah. I don’t think we know much about her other than that she falls in love quickly with the people she hooks up with. She might continue that pattern. It’s possible that Leah will be carrying a lot of feelings around about what went down between her and Arizona.
Callie still doesn’t know about Arizona and Leah. What can you say about how Callie finds out about Arizona and Leah?
I wasn’t expecting to see it unfold this way. I don’t want to say what it is because it’s worth waiting to see. Emotionally, it’s everything you can imagine a person would feel finding something like that out.
So Callie will have some compassion for Arizona when she does find out about Leah?
Callie’s father really had an impact on her and that’s what carries over from the previous episode.
Your contract is up at the end of this season. Are you interested in returning?
Provided negotiations go smoothly, yes.
What did you think about Callie’s and Arizona’s big reveal? Do you think Arizona’s miscarriage makes her infidelity excusable? Hit the comments below with your thoughts. Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.