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Which Grey's Anatomy 'ship should Shonda Rhimes save: Japril or Calzona?

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Callie and Arizona are broken up, but they still might be a better couple than Japril

After that a stellar Season 12 premiere, I couldn't wait to scrub in for this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy and, naturally, I wasn't disappointed. But, thanks to the show's many rocky relationships, I did feel all kinds of feels — which got me thinking about who I'm really rooting for.

It's no secret Grey's fans get really into the show's many couples, or 'ships, as they are called. After all, up until this last season, the show was centered largely on a 'ship that started in the very first episode between Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd (excuse me while I go sob quietly in the corner for a few minutes).

More: Grey's Anatomy spoilers and other stuff to know about Season 12

So it only makes sense that, after a few seasons, the show is returning to its roots: relationship drama. Well, that and girl power, but that's a whole other recap. Two of the top Grey's 'ships — Japril and Calzona — had pretty telling moments tonight that made me wonder, "Who should Shonda save?"

So, let's compare. First up is Dr. Jackson Avery and Dr. April Kepner. Or...


Callie and Arizona are broken up, but they still might be a better couple than Japril
Image: ABC

We can't imagine how difficult last season was for them as a couple, considering their arc gutted us. Between getting pregnant unexpectedly to not agreeing on fundamental belief systems to losing their baby, things were fragile (at best) when Kepner decided to extend her stay overseas as a trauma surgeon for the army.

Fast-forward to this season, where Kepner comes back but Avery will barely look at her. Then, tonight, as she is trapped in a glass containment unit, thanks to a suspicious rash, they have a brutal argument and Avery drops a bomb — "I'm not sure we are worth fighting for." Ouchie.

Later, he comes back to tell Kepner she has been cleared when she tells him she does believe they are worth fighting for. In a gripping scene, she asserts, "I know we are something worth fighting for, so I am going to fight for the both of us... I will fight to the death, because that is what I vowed to do."

So, here's the thing: I'm totally #TeamApril at this moment. Yes, she left when he asked her not to. But, wait, what world are we in? Homegirl left to go save lives. Not to mention, she tried so many times to explain to Avery why she needed to go — that was how she had to deal with the loss of her child, an unfathomable and profoundly life-altering experience.

I interviewed the lovely Jerrika Hinton recently, who plays Dr. Stephanie Edwards, and in watching tonight's episode, I couldn't help but recall a part of our conversation. She told me she never liked Edwards and Avery together, because she never felt like her character really knew who she was in that relationship. Plus, Avery obviously never truly appreciated her. This led to an epiphany... is Avery a tool? He seems to be the common denominator here. Alas, I suspect this will be an unpopular opinion, as fans are hard-core about Japril's fate.

Still, onto the next — Dr. Callie Torres and Dr. Arizona Robbins, or...


Callie and Arizona are broken up, but they still might be a better couple than Japril
Image: ABC

Last season, Torres and Robbins decided to separate after a series of events that included Robbins straying. Ugh, it was the worst. On their final day of counseling, Robbins declared her love for Torres, explaining that the last 30 days had proven how much she needs her. But Torres explained that the last 30 days had been liberating for her; she even kinda equated working on their marriage to a slow death.

So, this season thus far, we have learned that Torres is seeing someone new — and she's pretty pumped about this chick. This, in turn, drives Robbins wild with jealousy. Which, in turn, gives fans hope these two will find their way back to each other.

And, to be honest, I'm on board. I, too, heart Calzona. Even when they aren't a couple, they seem to support each other reciprocally — in a way that Avery and Kepner can't seem to get the hang of. But what do you think? Which 'ship do you think deserves to be saved?

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