Welcome back to the Grey's Anatomy Round Table!
Grey's Anatomy Season 11 Episode 5 was all about Calzona. It gave Krystal Sondel, Stacy Glanzman, Maggie Fremont and Amanda Steinmetz plenty to discuss regarding Calzona's fighting, therapy sessions, separation, and much more.
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What was your favorite quote or scene from Grey’s Anatomy Season 11 Episode 5?
Krystal: Callie admitting she felt free and happy for the first time in a while at the end of the episode. That girl has gotten the short end of the relationship stick a few times and she deserves to laugh again.
Stacy: This one is easy for me. Callie and Meredith getting drunk at the bar was the funniest scene so far this season. I loved that Callie had to pause and think about how many people she’s been married to. Also Callie asking Meredith if she got excited about Cristina’s vagina. Such a great scene!
Maggie: “I’m a legacy cheater.” I’m with Stacy - it was really nice to see Meredith and Callie start to bond and actually, you know, have some fun for once. I think Grey’s really nails female friendship and Mer and Callie leaning on each other was just another example of that.
Amanda: Probably the last scene with Callie saying she wanted out. I’ve never been a fan of Calzona, but I felt for both of them in that scene. You could feel the relief wash over Callie.
What was the most important thing you learned from Calzona’s separation?
Krystal: That a separation can’t mean living in the same house but leading separate lives. I wasn’t a big fan of that decision. To just ignore the person you live with and not talk back to them? It’s unrealistic.
Stacy: That it’s really hard to take a break from someone when you still live and work together. To constantly see the person you’re supposed to be taking a break from but having to ignore her would be really rough. Maybe the temptation wouldn’t have been so bad if they could have managed separate living quarters for the thirty days, but that would have been tough with Sofia.
Maggie: That the old Callie is still in there, ready for more badassery! It was great seeing Callie rediscover who she really is and begin to feel more like herself. You could just see the weight lifting off her shoulders in that last scene.
Amanda: I never thought you could do a trial separation while living in the same house, and apparently it’s not very effective. Look how many times they had to start over! I’m just ready for both of them to find their happiness. To me, Callie and Arizona were never on the same page.
Are Calzona better apart than together?
Krystal: Yes. I was never a huge fan of Calzona, and since Arizona’s infidelity I’ve been waiting for the episode where Callie would walk away. That didn’t make Callie’s tears at the end easy to watch, but I think it’s the best choice for her.
Stacy: I love them together and I’m really sad the episode ended the way it did. However, I don’t think I can take another wedge being thrown between them. They’ve been through Africa/Mark, a car crash, a plane crash, a miscarriage, an affair... at this point if Shonda won’t just let them be happy together and commit to it, it's better to let them go their separate ways. They’re both awesome characters and seeing them shine on their own for awhile probably won’t be a bad thing.
Maggie: I’m a fan of separating them - at least for now. I really enjoy Callie and Arizona as individual characters, they’re both such layered women. But their relationship has become pretty toxic and I’m tired of watching them mistreat one another. I think they’ll be much happier apart. Also, who doesn’t love some new romances, Am I right?!
Amanda: I enjoy both characters separately. When they’re together, I find Callie to be annoying and bossy. What I’m curious about is how they will parent Sofia while they’re separated.
News is Maggie is here to stay. Thoughts?
Krystal: I’m dancing it out over here! While I didn’t think there was a chance she was going to leave Seattle, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for Maggie. Plus, an awkward family dinner next week? YES!
Stacy: I still don’t like her. I know I’m in the minority, but she just doesn’t fit well in my opinion. I didn’t miss her at all this week.
Maggie: I’m excited! I think she’s a great addition to the show and I love that Grey’s has given Richard a really interesting story this season. I can’t wait to find out more about Maggie’s back story and watch her bond with Mer.
Amanda: I’m cool with it. I don’t want her to be a replacement for Lexie, but Meredith needs to have one family member she can get close to. Hopefully, Maggie can be that person. I like Maggie’s character development so far, so I’m curious what the writers will do with her.
Do you prefer character and couple-centric episodes over the standard Grey’s Anatomy installments?
Krystal: While I couldn’t get enough of last week’s episode, I think overall I prefer the standard Grey’s Anatomy installments. Although, is there really a standard Grey’s Anatomy installment? I prefer seeing more of our favorite characters than less.
Stacy: I like both and I like that they mix it up through out the season. I wouldn’t want all of one or the other. As long as the episodes also contain interesting patients and cases, I’m happy with either format.
Maggie: Grey’s definitely knows how to keep character/couple-centric episodes interesting, but I tend to miss the rest of the gang when the show narrows in on one storyline. Also, can we get something good for Jackson to do? I need more Avery, STAT.
Amanda: I guess I prefer a mixture of the two. I think this season has been very couple-centric without that many interesting cases. I want more medical cases that are emotional or bizarre. Although I think the show’s been neglecting some of the characters so far this season: Avery, April, Jo, Stephanie.
Here is a look ahead to Grey's Anatomy Season 11 Episode 6: