Grey's Anatomy: Arizona crossed an inappropriate line with April tonight
For the last few weeks of Grey's Anatomy, we've all been waiting with bated breath to see when — or even if — April was going to clue Jackson into the fact that she is pregnant.
How long could she possibly keep something like this a secret, after all? Surely her burgeoning belly would eventually show up and spoil the surprise anyway. And tonight, we were clued into the fact that moment may come sooner rather than later, as April has officially reached 12 weeks.
She's out of her first trimester! This is obviously big news. Thus far, the only other people in the know about this big news are Alex (who guessed, based on her pregnancy glow) and April's BFF as of late, Arizona.
Admittedly, Arizona and April's friendship has become one of my favorites on the show. They seem to mellow each other out, they don't judge each other in their wallow-y moments and they're just fun. It's gotten to the point where I can't really imagine them not being friends, like Meredith and Cristina.
So tonight, I was predictably disappointed to see the events unfold as they did.
Should April tell Jackson about the baby? Sure, it's his child too. However, that choice is April's and April's alone to make. She isn't a naturally deceptive or spiteful person, so she clearly had her logic for withholding. She would tell him in her time, which was her prerogative.
Her body, her choice.
While it's nice that Arizona and Alex were looking out for April by trying to advise her on what they thought would be best, they should have simply spoken their piece and given their advice some time to breathe before barging upstairs and telling Jackson the truth.
Which, as we know, is precisely what Arizona did. At the episode's end, we see April searching for Jackson. Is she finally going to do it? How will Jackson react?
Of course, as we all now know, April didn't get that chance. When she found Jackson in the lab, it was painfully apparent Arizona had just spilled the proverbial beans (beans that were not hers to spill, mind you).
April is shocked by Arizona's actions, particularly when Jackson asks in an accusatory tone, "Why is she telling me this?"
For the record, that's precisely the question on my mind. What could possibly have motivated Arizona to steal a moment like that from her best friend? Even if she didn't agree with April's decision, she should have given April a chance to arrive at a different conclusion on her own.
I mean, sheesh, it had been mere hours since they'd spoken about the genetic testing that needs to be done in the 12 to 14-week window. That means Arizona could certainly have sat on the news for at least one more week before deciding what further action to take.
She crossed a line. What she did amounts to a betrayal and, if I were April, I'm not sure it would be so easy to get past. I'm apparently not the only one who thinks so, either.
Regardless of how good Arizona's intentions were, she just made a difficult situation for her friend — especially given everything that happened with her and Jackson's first baby — even more difficult. And stressful. Jackson will undoubtedly be angry and resentful over the fact that April didn't beat Arizona to the punch, and why would April's best friend throw her back into that kind of volatility during a high-risk pregnancy?
Not to mention, is what Arizona just did even legal? There must be some sort of doctor/patient confidentiality issues at play here.