Writing this blog has been on my ‘to do’ list for a few weeks now. But I was not able to write much until ‘now’. Blame the expecting a baby, having a baby, a lot of diapers, sleepless nights, baby blues,… and everything in between. Motherhood is a fulltime job! In my head I’ve been planning to do something BIG, but putting it all on paper takes a bit more time than expected. Plus, I did not think I would need to write this kind of blog so soon. So until then… My open letter to/about Arizona Robbins / Jessica Capshaw!
If you are a fan of Grey’s Anatomy and more specific a fan of Arizona Robbins, I know how you are feeling right now. The day has come where we are forced to say goodbye to Arizona. The FINAL episode with Arizona is airing today, Thursday May 17th 2018. A fan favorite character and a goodbye that’s here sooner than I hoped for.
Let’s rewind to Friday, March 8th 2018. International Women’s Day! A creative decision suddenly ended the story of a fan favorite character in the show Grey’s Anatomy; Dr. Arizona Robbins! For about 10 years we’ve had the privilege of being a part of the life of Arizona, portrayed by the amazing and super talented Jessica Capshaw Gavigan. Jessica described Arizona as “kind, intelligent, funny, insightful, bold, playful, fierce and really good at her job.” I need to add ‘impactful’ to that description. 10 years ago I was sucked back into the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ television life. I somehow lost my interest before that, but the happy appearance of Arizona changed it all. What was supposed to be a 3 episodes arc turned into 224 episodes (if my info is correct). Arizona wouldn’t be Arizona if it wasn’t for Jessica. Casting Jessica for that character has been the best decision. A rollercoaster of emotions; ‘Drama & Thrills’ as Jessica liked to say. Arizona was a character that endured quite a lot of dramas; shootings, car crash, plane crash which caused her to lose her leg. But on the other hand she found love – Yes, I still believe Calzona are MFEO – , she became a mother, she thrived at her job. Crazy intense storylines if you ask me,… but all those storylines needed to be told! The impact those storylines had on people truly is outstanding. The people I’ve seen thriving because of how Arizona represented the LGBTQ community is amazing. And more recently a young woman named ‘Esty Segal’; who has faced many challenges in her life, the latest being the amputation of her leg due to cancer. Watching the show helped prepare her for what lay ahead with the amputation. It gave her strength! It’s extraordinary when a storyline can change the lives of people. And that is what Arizona did. She changed the lives of thousands of people around the world and for that I am grateful!
In my humble opinion, the story of Arizona was not finished at all. There are stories that were never properly told or stories that were started but not really completed. Creatively there was more possible, so I don’t really believe the ‘creative’ decision. But since there isn’t much we can do about it; I respect what is happening, because I respect Jessica. But the way it happened, I didn’t see that coming at all!
There are quite a few things that I will miss about Arizona, besides the simple fact that she won’t be a part of Grey’s Anatomy anymore. As I said before her happy appearance. She was always able to make me smile with her super magic smile. Credit to Jessica for that! Her devotion, her passion for her work, the way Arizona cares for her tiny humans. Her friendship and especially the one with April Kepner; I laughed and I cried with them. ICYM April’s story is also ending. One of the things I really loved about Arizona, were her speeches!! I’m glad that the writers gave Arizona some of the best speeches they could give her.
I will miss this character more than I can say and I will miss Jessica’s brilliant acting as Arizona! Thank you Jessica for your devotion, passion, fierceness, commitment, doing more,… being who you are and sharing that with the world! Thank you for bringing this character to life in the best way possible, no one could have done it better than you! Thank you, Jessica for being our good (wo)man in a storm.
As Arizona once said to Mark about her brother on her wedding day, I’ll say this about Arizona:
I need a minute to miss Arizona!
xoxo Felien aka BFellicious
Soon on my blog, 10 seasons of Arizona Robbins; a tribute!