Arizona is finally returning to “Grey’s Anatomy” following a two-episode absence, and boy, has she missed a lot.
Actress Jessica Capshaw recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the drama going on at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital on the ABC series. The biggest issue, of course, is the feud between Alex (Justin Chambers) and DeLuca (Giacomo Giannotti), and Capshaw said that she’s a big fan of the storyline. She noted that the situation playing out between the two male doctors is conflicting, which is what makes it so good. While the other doctors — and viewers at home — grapple with which side to choose, Capshaw is fairly certain that Arizona will stick with her friend Alex.
“Maybe this is art and life coming together, but Justin Chambers is such an incredible actor and such an incredible human being. The nuances that he layers into his acting and the way that he portrays things, I don’t know that Arizona necessarily interprets of him going back to his thuggish days,” Capshaw told EW. “My understanding was always how upset he was for having done it and jeopardized his career. Ultimately she knows, on some level, the pain that he has and the mistakes that he’s made. You can’t kick a dog that’s already down, and he is down. It’s not like he’s gotten away with it.”
Additionally, Arizona will be dealing with some drama of her own. With Callie (Sara Ramirez) out of the picture, she’ll be forced to deal with the stress of co-parenting cross-country. While it will present its challenges, Capshaw said that she would like to think that Arizona and Callie would be in a much better place in Season 13 than they were during their legal battle in the previous season.
“I really do think that at the end of last season, there was such a dramatic episode where it was about the tug of war, the push-pull of the relationship, fighting over their child, and having to go through that courtroom stuff,” she said. “It was really intense. By the end of it, when they stood back, I think Arizona did this really compassionate things, which was that she tried to make it work for everyone. Ultimately, I think that we are meant to be left with the idea that that was a lovely thing for her to do, and there’s a lovely place in New York that she paints a bit of a picture of when she returns where things are good.”
In addition to Arizona’s return, Season 13, episode 3 of “Grey’s Anatomy” — titled “I Ain’t No Miracle Worker” — will center around several other members of the Grey Sloan staff. During the show a family will arrive at the hospital from a funeral, during which there was a car accident. While doctors attempt to patch them up, the family will bicker. The episode 3 synopsis does not mention whether fans should expect a bigger underlying issue to be revealed during the episode, but if there’s one thing you can count on “Grey’s Anatomy” for, it’s a good plot twist.
Elsewhere, Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Ben’s (Lance Gross) relationship will take a turn as he takes on a new role within their marriage. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) will, as always, play a central role in the upcoming installment. The conflicted doctor will look to Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) for help resolving the drama between her and half-sister Maggie (Kelly McCreary) over Riggs (Martin Henderson).
“Grey’s Anatomy” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.