Is ‘Grey’s’ Committed to Callie-Arizona Romance?



This week on ABC’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ (Thursdays at 9/8c), Jessica Capshaw steps to the fore when Dr. Arizona Robbins takes on a 10-year-old patient whose dad is poised to make a hefty donation to Seattle Grace.

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As if tending to a big-bucks benefactor’s son isn’t daunting enough, Arizona must make a critical decision when the boy’s condition takes an unexpected turn. What’s more, emotions also run high for Arizona on the personal front, as she and Callie (played by Sara Ramirez) weather a rift in their romance.

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Is the root-for coupling referred to by some fans as “Calzona” at risk? Or is this week’s squabble but a bump in their road to long-term happiness?

Probably the latter. “One of the things we committed to the season is really playing out Callie and Arizona in a relationship,” ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘ creator Shonda Rhimes tells “I don’t want to break them up easily. I want to watch what happens when these two women have a relationship, and to see what that means.”

Capshaw joined ‘Grey’s’ last winter, and was deservedly promoted to series regular status this season. As Arizona, she helped the then-curious Callie recover from her unexpected, oftentimes awkward and suddenly snipped same-sex romance with Dr. Erica Hahn. Dr. Robbins, bless her heart, also tends to lighten up the halls of Seattle Grace with her sunny disposition, or make us want to stand up and clap when she delivers a rousing speech about being “a good man in a storm.”

“Jessica is amazing,” Rhimes raves. “She and Sara have really committed [to this story], and they have amazing chemistry together. It’s been great to watch that develop.”

Rhimes even goes so far as to liken “Calzona” to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s’ hallmark hook-up.

“For me,” she says, “it is very ‘Mer-Der-like’ to watch them together.”

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