Grey's Anatomy Recap

Grey's Anatomy Recap: Loaded Questions

If you never thanked your folks for your boring, nothing-interesting-ever-happens childhood, this week’s Grey’s Anatomy probably made you (or at least made you want to).

While Grey Sloan’s docs worked feverishly to save an 8-year-old named Brandon who’d been accidentally shot with his mother’s gun, little Sofia seemed poised to become the prize in a Calzona custody battle. (And just when Japril had begun being civil to one another again, too!)

Did Brandon pull through? Did Sofia’s moms arrive at a compromise? Read on, and together, we’ll search for a little bit of “happy” in “Trigger Happy.” (Spoiler alert: There was some.)

‘WHEN ARE PEOPLE GONNA LEARN?’ | As Owen and Amelia were explaining the severity of Brandon’s injuries to his mother, his playmate Peter and Peter’s mother, the victim’s babysitter revealed that Peter had pulled the trigger — of Brandon’s mother’s gun. “Did I kill him?” asked Peter, traumatized. No, Amelia assured him — though, as soon as she was alone with Owen, he pointed out, “We don’t know that. Not yet.” (Hey, at least he wasn’t going on about Nathan for a minute!)

While operating on Brandon, Alex expressed his disgust at the all-too-familiar scenario. “I have a gun,” said Jo, adding, “It makes me feel safer.” But her non-fiancé — once a shooting victim himself — wasn’t buying it. (By the conclusion of the episode, Jo decided that she didn’t want or need her protection after all.) Simultaneously, Maggie was rocked to the core by the case, as it made her realize both how deeply she’d come to love Meredith’s kids (who made a rare appearance!) and how vulnerable they are. (BTW, good luck sleeping tonight, parents!)

In the end, Brandon did survive. Unfortunately, due to complications in the OR, it looked like he was gonna be paralyzed for the rest of his life. As the hour neared its conclusion — in a heart-ripper of a moment — Amelia approached Peter and made him promise, “Whenever you feel bad about this, I want you to say, ‘This was an accident. I didn’t mean to.’” (Kudos to the casting department for finding the youngster who played Peter — dang!) Off that, Owen confided in his ex-girlfriend that, knowing his sister had been betrayed by Nathan, he’d told her to get on that helicopter. #progress

‘YOU’RE NOT TAKING MY DAUGHTER WITH YOU’ | Over a non-breakfast with Arizona, Callie excitedly informed her ex that she and Penny had found a great two-bedroom apartment in New York, and it was near Preminger, and it was close to some super schools, and… Not so fast. “Somewhere, sometime, you heard me say yes to this,” Robbins interjected. “You heard me say, ‘Yes, please, Callie, take my daughter across the country.’ But I never said that.”

From there, things went downhill fast, with Arizona pointing out that Callie had promised she’d “be able” to visit her daughter anytime she wanted and Torres noting that hello, Sofia wasn’t just Robbins’ daughter. Callie eventually tried to defuse the situation by restating that they were only discussing options. Unfortunately, it didn’t sound that way to Arizona. (Did it to you? To her credit, at least Penny understood that she needed to stay the hell out of the debate.)

Later, as Callie attempted to apologize for jumping the gun, Robbins — after angrily confiding in Richard — suggested that if her former wife wanted to discuss any more “options,” she could do so with her attorney. Along the way, it turned out that Miranda had an issue with Callie’s move, too. Was Torres really gonna sacrifice her career for a (gasp) resident?!? Bailey wanted to know.

‘EVERYBODY WINS!’ | Going stir crazy during his suspension, Ben tried to score some work at Grey Sloan as an anesthesiologist. When he informed Miranda, she had a lot to say on the subject, but that “lot” could basically be boiled down to three words: No freakin’ way! Warren scrubbing in as an anesthesiologist was technically kosher, yet his better half felt — strongly! — that his scrubbing in in any capacity would make her appear weak. Furthermore, if he went through with this, he’d find himself sleeping on the couch. Which apparently was okay by him: As the episode drew to a close, he was serving as the anesthesiologist on a surgery of Jackson’s.

‘THE TEXTS ARE ALL IT IS’ | On a happier note — and yes, there was one; two, even! — Stephanie sent one of her dirty texts to Kyle… to Mer by mistake! As you’d hope and expect she would, Grey gave Edwards the razzing of her life. “Can we skip ahead to the part where this is old?” Stephanie pleaded. (Would it ever get old?!?) Later, after Kyle showed up at Grey Sloan to hang and his would-be lover shooed him away, Edwards admitted to Mer that she wasn’t sure how to bridge the gap between her professional and personal lives. Grey’s expert advice? Just do it — go to Kyle and do the nasty thing that that text had so graphically described. So, finally, she joined the guitarist at a recording studio, and they (wait for it) made beautiful music together. Just as lovely, though a lot less racy, April invited Jackson to join her at her upcoming OB/GYN appointment, thus earning the exes a big gold star in adulting for the week!

So, what did you think of the episode? Are you Team Callie or Arizona? Team Alex or Jo? Hit the comments!

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  1. Tony says:

    I can’t believe there are people on Twitter calling Arizona rash for hiring a lawyer. You try and sit across from your co-parent as they gleefully explain how they are not only uprooting their life to move cross country, but your kid’s life.

    But let’s also compound that with Callie’s tone. Which isn’t even subtle. You know exactly what she wanted to say to Arizona and it was pretty disgusting on her part

    • brooke says:

      Agreed…when Arizona asked why Sofia couldn’t stay with her and visit Callie, Callie quickly dismissed that and had to stop herself from saying something else. I believe Arizona went about it the right way..she tried talking to Callie but Callie is being one-sided so she is going to need some assistance.

      • Emma says:

        Arizona was already talking to the lawyer before even talking to Callie. Seems she’s looking for a fight instead of trying to work out a solution. Even though I don’t agree with Callie moving Sofia so far away, I think Arizona could have just let Callie know how strongly she felt about it. Callie would probably have reconsidered and decided just to visit Penny instead of moving there. It is just a temporary position for Penny, if I’m not mistaken, so why uproot both your and your daughter’s life for a temporary thing?!

        • Meghan says:

          But Callie went up to Arizona and just started talking about going to NYC with Penny. That’s what prompted Arizona to go to a lawyer. Callie never said, “Penny is moving to NYC for the Preminger grant and I want to go with her. Can we talk about Sofia?” She just blew her off saying she could go visit Sofia.

      • Ange says:

        She’d already hired the attorney when she supposedly tried to talk to Callie.

    • Bryce says:

      I’m waiting for Callie to rub it in Arizona’s face that she carried Sofia and make a nasty comparison to Mark. I know she’s going to do it, and nothing this show has done in all these years will make me more mad. How Callie feels so entitled it is beyond me, truly. It’s sad too, because up until now I really truly naively thought Calzona was endgame. Sigh.

      • rebecca says:

        I think they need to hit rock bottom and start over in order for them to work as a couple again.

      • Mike says:

        Maybe they are. Maybe this is the kick in the pants Callie needs to come to that conclusion.
        That being said, someone explain the legality of the argument with Arizona going to a lawyer. I think I asked this last week but I don’t remember the response. I don’t know how this works with same sex couples. There is a father, though deceased. Does Arizona have legal rights? Is is morally wrong, sure. She’d be ripping Arizona’s heart out. But is it illegal?

        • Janice says:

          I think Arizona legally adopted Sofia, so she has parental rights, right?

          • Mike says:

            I don’t remember that. You’d think Callie wouldn’t be so easily assuming Sofia was coming with her if there was an actual adoption.

          • Pipe says:

            I’m with you Mike, I don’t recall Arizona adopting Sofia. Arizona doesn’t have legal rights over the kid. Biological over adoptive parent.

          • Nicole says:

            Back in the car accident, Mark rubbed it in her face that she wasn’t Sofia’s biological parent (out of fear, he was scared that Sofia was dying) and later apologized. But that prompted Arizona to ask Callie to give her official parental rights, to which Callie agreed. I don’t think we saw it on screen, but I believe it was mentioned that they did go through with it.

        • PL says:

          Some states, including Washington, have recognized third-parent adoptions: It’s quite possible that this occurred in early season 8 when Arizona wanted something in writing from Callie. Otherwise, she very well could have adopted Sofia after Mark died. I’m guessing, with a custody battle underway, they will establish whether Arizona has actually adopted Sofia or not.

          • Sarah says:

            There was an episode where Arizona was panicked about losing Sofia, or something happening and asked callie for it to be legalized. The “she calls me mama… because I’m her mama.” Ep. (They were at someone’s house party or something?)

      • Pipe says:

        Why you thought of that if the Arizona character was/is a whore. Also, Arizona never wanted kids.

    • Anna says:

      I thought she was rash because she called the lawyer before having a single real conversation with Callie about it. It was like she wanted to fight before it was even necessary. Idk, I still think they’re both being ridiculous here. For everyone saying they want them back together, I smh – they clearly suck at communicating with each other which is kinda important in a relationship.

  2. brooke says:

    Team Arizona 100%

  3. Bryce says:

    Owen’s guilt makes no sense to me. He was the one who told his sister to get on the chopper and the one who selected the plane company that led to the crash. Those feelings are too close together for me not to connect. I get that plot points might not be introduced for years into a character’s history, but I don’t see how Owen could have survived the guilt of the plane crash without mentioning his sister to at least Cristina when it happened. I’m normally behind everything this show does 100% because they always pull it off for me (Denny’s ghost? I was down. The musical episode? No regrets. Derek dying? If Shonda says so, good riddance.), but the continuity here feels too wonky. They have to connect narratively, and right now they haven’t.

    • bigdede says:

      You’re right. The way Owen is going on and on about his sister and her evil boyfriend, you would think he would have brought this up to Cristina. Yet this is the first we are hearing about any of this. I had no idea his sister was even in the army as a doctor! I was just waiting for Owen to blame this shooting on Nathan. He blames everything on that man

    • Rebecca says:

      I agree that it’s odd but I’ve kind of been assuming that he did talk to Christina about it and that we just never saw it. By that I don’t mean that the writers planned for this twist back then, but that they justify it as, “this was a very private thing for him, he opened up to Christina about it and she just never shared it with Mere because he didn’t want her to.” (Sort of like how we’re supposed to think that the dark haired woman standing beside Meredith at Derek’s funeral was Christina- we didn’t see Sandra Oh back but of course Christina would have gone back to be there for Meredith.)

      • Bryce says:

        I thought about that too, but I think we’re also to assume that Meredith and Cristina are in semi-regular contact still. So, why wouldn’t Meredith be asking Cristina all of these questions as soon as Riggs came on the scene? I think Cristina would 100% divulge that information because she wants Meredith to look after Owen. I don’t know, like I said it’s just wonky.

  4. cdeno says:

    You missed the part where Callie had already applied to schools in New York for Sofia.

  5. rebecca says:

    I’m definitely on Arizona’s side. Callie has no right to move their child across the country without Arizona’s consent… (she’s legally Sofia’s mom, right?)

  6. Sandra says:

    I choose calzona because Sofia deserves both of her mothers. It isn’t fair to have people “pick sides” like this. Sticking them together so that they can do what’s best for their daughter.

  7. Luli says:

    This episode was both emotional and hilarious. Greys does it again. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 The sisters were great, Meredith and Stephanie were hilarious and Amelia was great.

    And i’m totally Team Arizona. She made the right call by hiring a lawyer. Next episode is going to be intense.

  8. 777 says:

    It’s kinda sucks that the only way they succeeded to redeem the Arizona character is by totally ruining the Callie character. Is it so hard to write both of them into a problematic storyline without making one of them look like the most selfish person in the world?
    I also find it weird that Arizona doesn’t remind Callie how she ruined Africa for her but has no problem moving to NY for a resident.
    And at last, Penny has to go.

    • PL says:

      I’m not sure how bringing up Africa is helpful. In the end, Callie DID agree to move to Africa for Arizona. Callie probably learned from that experience and has matured in the intervening years which is why she is willing to do so with Penny. Even if it was brought up, Arizona wasn’t 100% in the right on Africa either, breaking up with Callie at the airport because she had some reservations about leaving everything behind (even though Callie was trying to be positive on their walk to the gate). Callie put it best when Arizona returned: “I turned my life upside down for you and you walked away because for two weeks I was cranky.” Africa helps no one here. And I agree, Penny needs to go.

  9. Allison says:

    I really am perplexed by Callie’s actions. Is she suffering from some undisclosed mental deficiency or disorder? Why would she give up all that she has worked for and earned in her career to follow some chick to another state? Love cannot make people that stupid, can it? I am glad that Bailey pointed out to Callie that she, Callie, is the chief of cardio (because she seemed to have forgotten that little detail) and is abandoning that position in order to chase tail across the country! I love it!! Finally, someone speaks sense! I have yet to see how Penny is this great love of Callie’s life. I guess because the actresses have little to no chemistry and bless her heart, but Penny, sweetheart that she is, is not worth all this trouble. Callie and Arizona were bound to butt heads over Sofia for some reason or other down the road, but now thanks to Penny, the head butting is happening now. I see next week will have the two of them having their friends pick a side. Great, now the friends get dragged into this mess…gee, thanks, Penny…good looking out…

  10. Momo says:

    If next week, Callie dares to say “she is not your daughter” to Arizona, I’m done with Calzona.

  11. N says:

    We haven’t seen Sofia in a long time. Did Arizona adopt her?

  12. DD says:

    Amelia was great! I think she identified with Peter because she used to blame herself for her father getting shot in the burglery.
    Regarding what someone said about it being strange that Owen never brought up his guilt about his sister dying on a helicopter he told her to get on when dealing with his guilt about choosing the plane that crashed – you completely missed the point of his progress this episode: up until now, he never admitted to himself that he was partially to blame, he directed all the blame and guilt into anger towards Nathan. I think this was the first time he admitted (to Amelia, but also to himself) that he felt sone guilt.

    • G says:

      Not sure I agree about the point of the scene. Maybe first admission, but not first realization. It was more about giving a basis for his undying anger — Nathan’s infidelity didn’t just hurt his sister; it also created a scenario where Owen’s support was her (presumed) demise.

    • Gigi says:

      I thought there could be a link with her father being shot too! Did I imagine it or did the kid Peter whispered “I miss you” to Amelia right after that? What do you think it means

    • fiberlicious says:

      Not to mention that the Christina season was years before Shonda even thought up the sister plot thread. It’s TV, people!

  13. Lu says:

    Im sorry that ugly ass non talented red head is ruining the show! She kills dr shepard and she always is wining and thinks the world owes her something now shes moving to ny can they kill her turtle looking ass off the show her charcter is ruining more lives!!!!

    • Kathy says:

      She was the resident on Derek’s case, but she wasn’t allowed to run certain diagnostic tests on him that would have found the damage to his brain because the attendings nixed her plans.So as much as you dislike her, it’s wrong to blame her for his death.

  14. Vicky says:

    First of all Callie is annoying and secondly Arizona did adopt Sophia, Alex Convinced her to incase something was to happen to Callie and may I say I am so glad she made that move. Callie can go if she wishes to and leave their kid with Arizona. She’s becoming useless just lusting around ugly Penny anyway. Team Arizona

  15. Every time I read the comments, I feel badly for poor Penny. I apparently need to rewatch the episode where Derek died, because everyone keeps going on about how she killed him, and that’s just not the way I interpreted it. I seem to recall her being the only one to have her crap even remotely together (and even Derek inner-monologuing about her being smart and people needing to listen to her). The chatter about not liking Penny or her not being worthy of Callie because she’s ugly just strikes me as silly. I mean, c’mon . . . that’s how my junior high nieces and nephews talk to each other. 😂

    • Phil says:

      Shipper’s diehard feelings for whatever couple will almost certainly always cloud whatever logic and common sense have to say. Most people blame her for Derek’s death, despite the fact if her superiors had listened to her, he would have been saved, as you and a minuscule amount of people seem to remember, and Calzona fans hate her, and accuse her of breaking them up, despite the fact they broke up long before Penny came around.

  16. hazell says:

    Has Arizona even been on a plane since the plane crash? Don’t think Callie has even thought about how horrible it will be for Arizona to even travel to New York. Love Calazona, but this time I’m team Arizona. Let Blake leave, maybe Callie will go to New York as a cliff hanger, but she’ll be back IMO

  17. EM says:

    It was a good episode. Loved the opening scene of the six of them in the bathroom. I’m seeing Riggs and Maggie as a potential couple. Am I the only one who has no interest in Owen’s angst? Seems like they just don’t know what to do with his character. Not liking Callie and Arizona trying to get their friends to pick a side in the promo. Agree Penny needs to just go.

    • Coconuts says:

      I agree with the Maggie and Riggs. They teased that Riggs will have a steamy scene before the end of the season. There is also going to be a new love interest for DeLuca intern too. I think the season finale will be messy. And yesss penny needs to shut up and go away. But I’m team Arizona.

  18. margo says:

    This Callie and Arizona mess is ridiculous, and it’s Callie’s fault for just deciding she’s going to move to NY and take Sofia with her, did she forget that moment when she promised Arizona she won’t let Sofia be taken away. I think any normal parent who is considering moving, if they have a child would consult with the other parent before making any sort of decision. and yaaassss to Bailey wondering why Callie would leave her position as chief ortho to run around with a resident? like what the heck Callie!

    BTW…. I do believe that Sara Ramirez contract is over at the end of the season…. this storyline looks like it could be a set up for whether she renews or not… sighs i hope she does! ahhhh

  19. Coconuts says:

    The sisters scene in the beginning was the best! I love Maggie and her big heart! Although it looks like Riggs might be liking it too…. Jackson and April are annoying… If they start fighting again I’ll want them to fall off the end of the earth. Yet again Jo is so annoying. TEAM ARIZONA! And what’s with Owen always sending people off in an airplane to die?

  20. K says:

    A lot of people are wondering if Arizona legally adopted Sofia. Remember, Mark died at the same time that Arizona lost her leg, and the leg thing is what led to Calzona’s downfall. I know they had some happier times after that, but not many. Arizona had parental rights because she was legally married to Callie, but I don’t think we ever found out if she actually adopted Sofia.

    • JJ says:

      She wanted legal rights when Mark was still alive. She came up to Callie and asked for them and “papers” Callie assured her they would take care of it. They were not legally married at the time, Same sex marriage was not legal in the Washington then.

  21. Cesca says:

    I really hate the who Owen/Sister thing. It seems extremely bizarre and out of the blue. Like new character! I know let’s make drama between him and Owen about something that has never been previously mentioned. It’s so random and just doesn’t fix. It seems odd to me that Owen never mentioned this before, especially to Cristina after the plane crash and the guilt he was feeling then.

  22. G says:

    You know what? Grey’s has really been killing it lately with thoughtful parallels.

    1-April v. Arizona’s interactions with lawyers: The difference between emotionally reacting through a lawyer, and noticing a carelessness that can legally hurt you, and only acting on it once you had confirmation (school call).

    2-The manifestations of emotional grief: The child having to live with accidentally paralyzing his friend, and Owen’s dealing with the fact that Nathan’s actions created a scenario where his support directly led to her disappearance/demise.

  23. Mara says:

    It’s really Callie’s child. Arizona didn’t even want children. I’m done with Arizona. Of course she hired a lawyer without talking to Callie, she never communicates. She moves across the globe or cheats but she never communicates or tries to work things out.

    • Tony says:

      And Meredith had reservations in getting married and having children. Yet she did both and is, by all accounts, a pretty good mom. So I don’t know what someone didn’t want before has to do with anything

  24. JO JO says:

    Why should Callie care about her position at Grey Sloan? April took off for more than a year and got her job back, Derek went back and forth from DC, Alex was with Dr. Butthole. Heck, Meredith disappeared for a year, came back and was given a promotion. So Bailey giving Callie grief was really about her own internal guilt of not wanting to let herself weakened by a “resident” – Ben.

    Also, last time someone left for a long time (Arizona) there was a messy breakup and a baby! Callie cares for Penny and doesn’t want to make the same mistakes she made with Arizona. That’s growth! And Sofia is only 4 or 5 years old, so uprooting her isn’t that big of a deal!

    Arizona is selfish and self centered. She’s constantly badgering Alex and treating him like an intern or resident even though he is an attending in Peds. She’s all about getting back to herself being a little “slutty”. She wouldn’t keep April’s pregnancy a secret, which makes her a terrible friend (although Jackson SHOULD have been told). Callie could have given up a million times when she was grieving her leg for a long time, but she didnt. (my friend lost a leg in the Boston bombing and channeled all her energy into good things as opposed to grieving the loss every day). Arizona doesn’t really want kids, but she doesn’t want Callie to be happy and having them with someone else.

  25. Marlin says:

    This was the dumbest Episode I’ve seen in a long time and that’s saying a lot. Team Arizona all the way, Callie can’t just up and move their daughter across country. Love April and Jackson together, hoping they are back together stronger than ever soon and with a healthy baby to boot. Unlike a lot of viewers, I like Catherine, and like how Jackson stands up to her meddling. The jo outgrowing the gun was stupid, just a PC moment shonda had to get in there. I think Riggs and Amelia would be an interesting twist but like her with Owen too. I like Amelia unlike many viewers. Maggie is boring and Meredith gets on my last nerve.

    • Bazinga says:

      Amen to this. Also annoyed at Bailey. She should have lost her license when she gave bubble boy treatment against the parents wishes and now she’s like no Ben you can’t even work in the hospital in a completely different dept. please.

      • Phil says:

        This. Bailey’s problem is the same as what April’s have been since Samuel died. She only cares about herself. Even April, who is the character I least like was tolerable this episode. More maturity and common sense in her in the few scenes she had this episode than the entirety of this season so far.

  26. Bazinga says:

    Seriously can people stop saying that just because a million seasons ago Arizona says she didn’t want kids means she shouldn’t have any right to Sofia? She clearly loves and wants her. People change and grow! Just because you don’t like her doesn’t mean Callie is doing what’s best. She wants to rip her kid away from her normal life to chase some chick she’s known five minutes.

  27. Phil says:

    I’m hoping against hope that this episode marks the point where April begins to no longer infuriate me. In the few moments she was onscreen this episode, she showed more maturity and level-headedness than she did this entire season. MVP this episode to me was Amelia. Alex reminded us that he was shot, but Amelia also has a pretty major gun-related trauma. I was surprised it was not brought up, but I think that worked in her favor. I think that was a show of strength for her. Her talk with the little boy was the best in the episode for me. I thought Maggie was a bit weird. I wouldn’t say her extra concern and attitude was badly written, but it appeared too sudden. The only thing related to her in this episode I didn’t quite like was the DeLuca bashing. His reasons for backing out of their relationship were good. The special treatment Maggie practically insisted on giving him was straining his already less than ideal work relationship with pretty much all his intern peers. If the roles were flipped, and a female subordinate backed out of a relationship with a male superior for the same reasons, I doubt there would be as much judgement. Penny was very mature on the way she talked about Sofia when Callie brought it up. Most of the hate she gets I see can be boiled down to stupid shipper based hate. Callie did jump the gun on the topic of taking Sofia to New York, but at least she acknowledged it. Worst person in this episode was Bailey. Much like my main complaints about April all season long, Bailey only cares about herself, everyone else’s problems be damned. Ben can’t try to do something about his situation because it will look bad on her? The reason he got suspended in the first place was her own decision! The very reason she had other doctors analyse his situation was because she taught she couldn’t be impartial to him, but when she didn’t agree with their decision, she blew right past that. And now if he works as anesthesiologist she’s kicking him out of the house? If they go the divorce route, I hope Ben gets as much money out her as he can get. As someone else pointed out, Bailey also ignored rules in the past, when she treated bubble boy. I don’t recall her facing any backlash from that.

  28. F.R says:

    Mer’s home scene gave me such strong Full House vibes. Loved it.
    Although I can’t quite decide which one of the aunts is the Joey and which one is the Jesse.