Tonight’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” marks the return of Arizona (Jessica Capshaw). And much like everyone else in the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, the returning pediatric surgeon will be conflicted given the ongoing tension rooted from Alex’s (Justin Chambers) outburst against Andrew (Giacomo Gianniotti) which almost cost the latter’s life.
“There’s nothing conflicting about someone being hurt, so everyone feels for DeLuca because there’s nothing to not feel for,” Capshaw told Entertainment Weekly in an interview before her role reprisal in the hit medical drama. “But at the same time, for such a beloved character with such a complicated history and tone to him, for Alex to be the one who assaulted him is just so heartbreaking, because you know him, so you know it was a mistake. Of course that causes friction and creates the drama.”
The installment titled “I Ain’t No Miracle Worker” will reunite the Arizona with her former mentee, Alex, who is forced to transfer to the Denny Duquette Memorial Clinic for the meantime. The decision came from Bailey (Chandra Wilson) last week after things in the hospital became more charged with tension following Andrew’s impending return.
Just to give fans a taste, a short promo clip reveals a heated argument between the Alex and Arizona which details just how much the latter is frustrated with the misbehavior of the former. And while Arizona’s points have their merit, Alex is obviously fed up with the speeches he has been receiving since his beating incident so he tells her to basically back off.
Despite being initially pissed at the now troubled Alex, Capshaw hints that her character will eventually warm up to him. Arizona, much like Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) has had immense history with the veteran character in the series; and regardless of how badly Alex behaved, there is no denying that she will always have a soft spot for him.
“My understanding was always how upset she was for having done it and jeopardized his career,” the 40-year-old spilled on how her character will cope with the situation that she landed right in the middle of. “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.”
“Grey’s Anatomy” airs every Thursday, 8 p.m. ET on ABC.