Grey’s Anatomy‘s resident orthopedic attending, Callie Torres, is no stranger to tragedy. Since first appearing on the show, she’s been married (twice), and cheated on (twice), not to mention that her ex-husband was then killed, and there was also that time she and her unborn daughter almost died in a car accident. And let’s not even get into the shooting or the plane crash aftermath. Rather, let’s skip ahead to the silver lining of all of her tragedies: They’ve made for some really entertaining television. It sounds horrible to say, but we aren’t the only ones who think so. “Somebody actually stopped me on the street the other day – no it was on set, she was visiting set – and said, ‘I have so enjoyed watching your tragedies through the years.’ It was like the strangest compliment I’ve ever gotten,” Ramirez said.
So what tragedy is Callie in for tonight? Surprisingly, her life won’t be the thing on the line. Her career, on the other hand, is the target of a malpractice suit. Yep, Grey’s is headed into the courtroom. “A lot of [this episode] is in the courtroom,” Ramirez said. “And we had an incredible director, Jeannot Szwarc, who has a lot of experience filming shows like The Practice, so he really got what that needs to look like, setting that kind of tone. It’s very different.”
Along with seeing Callie outside of the hospital, fans will also see a familiar face by her side when Hector Elizondo returns as Callie’s father. And unlike the last time he was in town, Ramirez says there won’t be a screaming match during his visit.
So rather than watch Callie yell at her father, we’ll be treated to some Calzona flashbacks that will give us some insight into their marriage, and it might not be what fans expect. “I was really surprised. There was one surprise in particular that I thought, ‘Okay, when you factor that in …” Ramirez said. “And the flashbacks take place after the amputation of her leg, and they take place before she meets Lauren.”
So between her crumbling marriage and her crumbling career, will Callie Torres finally hit her breaking point? “I think that she reaches the kind of breaking point we don’t expect. It’s interesting how she handles that,” Ramirez teased.
Grey’s Anatomy airs tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC.