FIVE THINGS I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ARIZONA’S MISSING LEG:
1. It felt real to me that Arizona would lose her leg. That someone we love so much would go from being ambulatory to WORKING on being ambulatory, that we would begin to understand what it is like to be differently abled from watching a person we love BECOME differently abled.
2. To all those of you who posited that Arizona lost a leg because she’s a lesbian, I say: WHA….???!!! Or maybe I should say: “There was a second shooter on a grassy knoll, Area 51 isn’t just a myth and AIDS was created by the government.” Or you know, “THAT IS INSANE!” We don’t punish people for their sexual preferences. That is so 1985. We allow people, no matter what their sexual preference, to have complex storylines. Arizona is a lesbian who also happens to lose her leg in a plane crash. Why? Because a) Jessica Capshaw is an AWESOME KICKASS actor who deserves a chance to showcase what she has to bring to the table (fyi, as does Arizona’s wife -- Sara Ramirez) and b) I felt it important to develop a storyline that detailed what happens when an able-bodied person loses a limb and then how that person resumes their life. It’s upsetting to me that “disabled” is a word that never enters into a conversation about how we live our lives. So, y’know, if you think she lost a leg because she is a lesbian, I say “GET A LIFE.” Or maybe “LOSE A LEG.” And then see how you feel about a sexy adorable person who happens to have a residual stump. Think about it. And then GET WITH THE PROGRAM. Please. Thank you.
3. Callie is no hero. And I mean that. I think it must be terribly difficult to be Callie right now. To have your partner hate you. To have your sex life taken away. To have your BEST FRIEND taken away. Arizona has been taken from her and Callie is doing her best to survive that. Callie is our “good man in a storm” (FYI: that’s a phrase I have to describe people who are awesome in the face of danger – thank you, LEVEL 42 for making my junior and senior years of high school complex!) and she is doing the best she can. And we love her for it.
4. Callie and Arizona are going to have a fun romance-y, sexy love life again. And you are going to see it this season. That’s important to me. I stated in the Writers Room that Arizona could not lose a leg unless we were going to see how a person missing a leg could be sexy and fun and romance-y. So get ready for it – Arizona is gonna get her mojo back in a BIG WAY. And (spoiler alert!) it’s gonna happen before Valentine’s Day.
5. I want to say a word about Jessica Capshaw. And how fearless she is. Because she is. FEARLESS. OUT OF CONTROL FEARLESS. I tell her, “Let’s show the world an adorable lesbian doctor” and she says “okay.” I say, “I’m gonna cut off Arizona’s leg” and she says “Bring it.” It’s a pleasure to get to work with someone so game for the story. So game for representing things rarely seen on network TV. I love my job. I love getting to write for her.
Okay. This season is BIG. I’m in a happy place, y’all. Which means Happy THINGS are happening. I’m freaking the Writers out with all the Happy Things that are happening. But it feels right and it feels real. So I’m going with it.
Thank you for watching. Thank you for believing in Arizona and Callie. Thank you for loving a lady –loving woman and her lady-loving-wife. I wish that we could all be so lucky as to find true love like this.