You know what’s the worst part of a Season 9 rewatch is?
9.22 Callie is soooo cute! Like she was all cutesy and worried about Bailey! Then she was intrigued by an awesome surgery Arizona and she who shall not be named were gonna perform!
Guess what?! Arizona…
I think I’m an outlier in regards to that fight. I wasn’t particularly bothered by Arizona’s rage. I think the fact that she had tamped down all of those emotions for so long, coupled with her personal loathing, is what made her vulnerable to Lauren in the first place.
Was her anger fair? Pieces of it struck me as understandable, particularly due to the fact that Arizona’s voice had been so lacking through that entire season. That wasn’t entirely Callie’s fault.
In some ways, based on the trajectory of season 10, my sense is that as soon as Arizona lanced this boil she was able to heal in a much healthier way, including recognizing how her behavior impacted Callie as a doctor. (See episode 15 when Callie kept trying to save the girl’s legs and Arizona explicitly acknowledged this.)
But the fact for me is that season 9 was very much about Callie having to deal with the fallout from the plane crash and a depressed wife, so Arizona’s anger at this felt justifiable. She needed to re-establish her voice and her life. It wasn’t pretty, but life is occasionally messy and less than pretty.
Got here late again & lots of my thoughts have been voiced! I admit, I still can’t re-watch 9x22-9x24, especially 23 and 24. I agree with @stefandlenaadamsfoster - Arizona had so much pain and trauma seh had tried to push down, and it just finally burst. I think she mistakenly thought she was being the ‘Good Man In A Storm,” by sucking it up, and all she did was make things worse. She needed therapy, because she needed some outlet for those feelings. If season 11 goes as I hope and predict, I think S9 & 10 will be easier to view on rewatch.
Here’s a description of the sides for episode 11x04.
Nadia - She’s 10-years-old and is writhing in pain on the bench outside of Grey Sloan. A crowd has formed. Dr. Hall parts the crowd to check her out. Nadia is in a lot of pain. Dr. Hall takes her into the…
Two more sides came out - Tara and Greg
Tara/Greg - Tara’s patient room. Tara’s lover and coworker Greg are with Tara and they are looking over a formal offer of employment from a Paris (later its NY) law firm as Dr. Smith draws blood.
Greg tells her its great that they offered her the job, unbelievable. Tara confidently says ‘what’s not to believe?’ then says ‘it’s amazing’. Greg sees the responses Tara sent on her laptop. He’s seems surprised she’s asking for that much money and says its a little audacious. She says she is an audacious person and that’s why they want her. Greg says he’s afraid she’s going to ruffle some feathers. Tara tells him to stop being afraid. No one will give you anything, you need to take it, hold onto it and fight off anyone that tries to take it from you. Greg is stunned by her vehemence.
Tara asks him to come with her but Greg says he has his own projects here. She tells him they aren’t as good without each other and they are meant to do this together. He knows that, doesn’t he? Imagine them living in NY and practicing law. Greg, in agony, tells her she has a family, he has a family. Tara says to rip the bandage off and let the light in. They deserve to be happy. Greg realizes they do. He looks at Dr. Smith who is pretending not to listen. He sounds forceful and decisive, like a new man as he tells Tara they do. Tara says tonight, Greg says he’ll tell his family tonight, she says she’ll tell hers.They kiss. She says her heart is racing. There’s a knock at the door. Jack says ‘Hello? Tara?” Greg is stricken. Caught. Whispers, damn it, its Jack, God —
Tara tells him to stop panicking and to stand by the door. Greg is obscured as Dr. Smith opens it, there is Jack, their boss. He tells Tara he got a call from the NY firm. They are going to give her everything she asked for. She’s elated. Jack tells her that the partners would like to talk to her tomorrow to go over details. Tara silently looks at Greg, he feigns excitement but as she turns to Jack is face is falling.
Lobby, Day - Tara is pacing until she sees Greg walking towards her. He’s hard to read. Tara tells him she did it, they are free! Greg says he couldn’t. Tara cannot believe this, says he promised. Greg tells her she has a husband and he made a vow. Tara tells him that he made a promise to her and he has to do it. He says he can’t, he won’t, he’s sorry. He can’t do it to his wife and kids. Tara says its what they agreed upon but he says he can’t. She says he can’t leave her, he turns and walks away. She desperately calls after him but he keeps walking. Tara tries to compose herself and starts repeating “I have to go home”. Tara is reeling as she heads off.
Thanks to WindSprints on PTVF for sharing the summary of the sides.
Excellent — here are the two additional sides.
Thank you @stefandlenaadamsfoster ! I was one of the ones who immediately went to Arizona & Callie in the airport, but in reading your post, it does seem more like either Ellis/Richard or Meredith/Derek.
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