"Bend & Break"
Since last week, I've had a bad feeling about this Calzona-centric episode. But... as I started watching it, I actually got surprised, in a good way, and loved the episode more and more, minute after minute.
Calzona has been my favorite couple for a long time so of course, I enjoyed the flashback scenes from their love story, here and there. And I was even more excited to see them finally going to therapy !!! Not only because I've actually waited for that since the beginning of season 10, but mostly because they were finally confronting their issues and I felt like it was finally going somewhere !!!
Some writing choices were bold, especially the 30 days in-home seperation. This dynamic was really interesting for a TV show as the characters interacted without talking. Plus, it allowed room for real great scenes : the HILARIOUS drinking time for Mer & Callie, the sweet friendship between April & Arizona, all the love between Callie and Arizona, including some things we hadn't seen in long: the Calzona kissing, touching and sex scenes...
I also enjoyed the way my favorite working pair swapped roles : Alex became the new boss on the peds' floor and the brilliant Dr Robbins was suddenly no more than a fellow, and got put back in her place so many times by Dr Herman (I still really love Geena Davis on this role !)
So yes, for the first 38 minutes, I truly felt like I was unwrapping a beautiful package.
Until I got to see what was inside and realized that it was really full of crap : a collection of deja vu and predictable moves, of cheap dramatic turns and of recycled lines that were told over and over again. SERIOUSLY.
At the end of the episode, Arizona told Callie "Life without you terrifies me. I need you and you're the only thing that I will ever need". Deja vu... because in 09x10, she begged Callie not to run away and in 10x15, she said "I don't need much to be happy, I don't even need two legs. But I do know that I need you. And I'm afraid, now that I've learned all of that, that I made you give up on me".
During the whole episode, Callie was scared that Arizona would give up on her, that she didn't love or care about her anymore. Torres was against the 30 days break, she desperately wanted to fix her marriage.
Yet, Callie is the one who said at the end of the episode that she didn't want to fix things anymore, that she felt better when they were on a break, that she needed to enjoy herself.
Just like she said in 10x05 before she danced alone in her pink underwear : "I need to stop taking care of other people. I took care of you for a
year. I picked you up off the bathroom floor. I took your abuse. But
you’re not sick anymore. Now you’re just someone who cheated, and you
did that to yourself. So… I’m sorry, but I need my life back. I need me
Same old same old.
Because the truth is that writers have only one idea about Calzona and it's always the same: making sure that no matter what, they are ALWAYS on a different page, even if it becomes repetitive, unrealistic or ridiculous :
- Season 6 : Callie wants a child, Arizona does not = > break up and both unhappy.
- Season 7 : Arizona wants to go to Africa, Callie does not = > break up, both unhappy.
- Season 8 : The exception that confirms the rule.
- Season 9 : Arizona is mad because Callie does not mind/care that she has only one leg. => both unhappy.
Arizona cheats on Callie, partly because Boswell does not mind that she has only one leg (Ha, really ?) => break up, separation, both unhappy.
- Season 10 : Arizona wants to fix things and wants therapy, Callie does not give crap => break up, separation, both unhappy.
Season 10 : let's throw a flashback showing that Arizona miscarried, so we buy time before finding a new storyline.
Season 10 : now Arizona gets mad because Callie is trying to care that she has only one leg and works on sensors to fix that. (Seriously ?) => fight, both unhappy.
- Season 11 : Callie wants to fix things first, Arizona not so much. In the end, roles are reversed => break up, seperation, and I'm sure they won't be that happy, even now.
Do you see a pattern here ?!? I get that it is a drama show, but seriously can't they find new storylines ? It FEELS like the writers have no creativity left, as they always throw the same things at us ? Don't they see that there are other things to tell ? Can't they show Sofia from time to time ? Can't they make something go wrong with the surrogate, or make Sofia jealous of the attention to the new baby ? Can't they focus on Arizona's fellowship, on Callie's veterans project ?
More than ever, can't they drop relationship problems on other characters to bring some balance ? Even Meredith and Derek got years of happiness before having problems again. What about Jolex ? Japril ? And Stephanie Edwards, will she EVER get some storyline ?
I think that Calzona has more breakups than Meredith has lives...
So yes, I feel like Callie's last reaction was a cheap twist to buy more time because the crew is not able to come up with a creative storyline. They keep dragging this, over several seasons and we are going in circles. Just like they did for Crowen with the baby storyline. It was the same over and over for several seasons. If they wanted Calzona to break up for good, couldn't they do it in Season 9, or 10 ? Instead of dragging this for so long ?
And now I cannot defend the show any longer, I can't pretend any longer that it is still as good as it used to be. And I won't even debate on the fact that Arizona wore open shoes, and was displaying both feet.
To paraphase Callie :
"Dear Grey's Anatomy, I feel like I'm suffocating, I feel like I enjoy myself much more when I watch other shows, I felt better during the summer hiatus when we were apart. I don't want to try to fix us anymore. Because I FEEL like I have been holding on to the memories of your golden days and have lived in denial, that I have been telling myself for over a year now that you will eventually get back to what you used to be. That I could forget the bad writing and the boring episodes that multiplied at light speed since season 10, because some day you would get brilliant again. Maybe instead of loving you so hard, I should be myself for a while".
Please do not think that I'm so angry because Calzona broke up. Because the truth is that... I could not care less about it. Yes, that was my favorite couple on the show, yes Callie was my favorite character and I also truly loved Arizona. But the laziness of writers and their repetitive storylines actually made me tired of Calzona, can you believe that ?!?
Not even Meredith's brilliant lines "Did you cure death today, Meredith ?", "Do you think it's possible that my one true love in my life is a girl ?" while referring to Cristina, not even Mer and Callie singing "vagina", or the outstanding acting can save me from this disappointment.
So I'm breaking free. No more reviews, this blog is shut down.
Until Grey's Anatomy stops being so ridiculous.