Arizona Robbins

Portrayed by Jessica Capshaw

Episode Count
First Appearance
"Wish You Were Here"
Grey's Anatomy, 5x11
Last Appearance
Grey's Anatomy,
Arizona Robbins, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chief of Pediatric Surgery
Chief of Fetal Surgery
Family Members
Daniel Robbins - Father
Barbara Robbins - Mother
Callie Torres -EX Wife
Timothy Robbins - Brother
Sofia Torres - Daughter
Dr. Arizona Robbins is the Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Chief of Fetal Surgery at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

Character HistoryEdit

Arizona is the child of Colonel Daniel Robbins and was raised as an army child alongside her brother. She moved about a lot and was raised to believe in country and to be "a good man in the storm". She always knew of her sexuality and had initial concerns about her father's reaction, but he made peace with who she was when she reminded him that she was still who he raised her to be.

She had to experience her brother's death while he was fighting for their country, something which she struggled with greatly and never truly moved on from. She was Chief Resident during her residency at Johns Hopkins.

Grey's Anatomy, Season 5Edit


Arizona and Callie at the wedding. ("What A Difference A Day Makes")

Arizona joins the staff of Seattle Grace after the death of their pediatric surgery attending and immediately begins working with Bailey and introduces her to pediatric medicine. Arizona soon reveals herself as a lesbian and kisses Callie Torres, making Callie realize that she is interested in her but Callie hesitates to make a move and by the time she decides to pursue Arizona she has moved on and is dating other people. In spite of this Callie asks Arizona out and they begin dating, in spite of Arizona's initial concern that Callie is a "newborn". When Callie's relationships with women cause her to be cut off from her family, it takes it's toll on her relationship with Arizona who can't see why Callie is pulling away. They reconcile but face a further test when they find they share conflicting views about George's registration to the army but Arizona reveals that she believes that he is doing a good thing because her brother died while at war.

Grey's Anatomy, Season 6Edit

Arizona supports Callie through George's death, her departure from the hospital and subsequent return during the merger. When Callie's father returns and continues to reject his daughter's sexuality, Arizona convinces him to reconsider by telling him of her own families acceptance of her sexuality because she was still who they raised her to be. Callie and her father reconcile, pushing Arizona closer to Callie.


Arizona tells Callie that she loves her. ("Invest In Love")

She is challenged professionally by a case in which the parents of a sick child offer the hospital a large donation, and Richard pushes Arizona to make sure the child survives, which he does initially, but later dies. The hospital receives the grant, with Arizona to thank, and Arizona later tells Callie that she loves her, a feeling which she learns is reciprocated. Arizona and Callie continue to remain happy as Arizona widens her social circle at the hospital, supporting Derek as he becomes the new Chief and most notably befriending Teddy Altman. Arizona and Callie, one of the hospital's most prominent and happy couples, help Bailey, Teddy and Mark through their romantic troubles.

However, they face complications soon enough when Arizona reveals to Callie that she doesn't want children, something which Callie aspires for. They both discover the other's wants but refuse to talk about it until Callie forces the issue. Soon enough they realize that they can't stay together and both be happy given that Arizona doesn't want to be a mother and Callie doesn't want to give up her dream. After Callie insinuates that Arizona's beliefs are a consequence of her brother's death, Arizona tries to reason with her that it's not unnatural to not want a child. Callie and Arizona subsequently break up and try to maintain their professional lives but struggle to work together. When a shooter enters the hospital with a vendetta for Derek, Callie and Arizona are put on lockdown together and their lingering feelings becomes apparent. After the shooter, Arizona realizes that people died during the day and she and Callie shouldn't be apart - saying that she is willing to start a family with Callie if that's what she wants

Grey's Anatomy, Season 7Edit


Callie and Arizona argue at the airport. ("That's Me Trying")

Arizona and Callie's relationship develops after the shooting and they decide to move in together in Callie and Cristina's apartment. Arizona soon has to face her dislike to Callie's best friend Mark when he begins to interfere with their relationship but eventually agrees to try and get along with him for Callie's sake. She and Callie continue to get closer until Arizona wins the prestigious Carter Madison award and is offered the chance to work in Africa for three years, treating and helping children there. After some hesitation, she accepts the grant which troubles Callie but in the end they decide to both resign and go to Africa together.

Callie tries to hide her desire to stay in Seattle which leads to an argument in their airport. Arizona breaks up with Callie and leaves for Africa by herself. After some time passes, Arizona comes back and tells Callie she misses her but Callie closes the door in her face. After she gets her job at the hospital back, working under her replacement Stark, and tries to reconcile with a resistant Callie. After enlisting Mark's help to work out why Callie doesn't want her back she is stunned to learn that Callie is pregnant with Mark's child.


Arizona and Callie dance at their wedding. ("White Wedding")

Arizona struggles to adjust to the situation and tries to support Callie while still coming to terms with it herself. However after she, Mark and Callie hear the babies heartbeat for the first time Arizona becomes invested in what she refers to as 'her' child and she and Callie soon reunite. While she and Callie happily prepare to become parents, Arizona struggles to hide her begrudging relationship with Mark and grows frustrated with his place in their lives and relationship as a consequence of his role as their baby's father. In a bid to prove Arizona is who she loves, Callie plans a special romantic getaway for the two and, on the way, Arizona proposes marriage. However, before Callie can offer a response the two are involved in a head on collision.

The accident devastates Arizona, who quickly arrives back at the hospital with a severely injured Callie. As the doctors rush to save Callie and the unborn child, Mark and Arizona come to blows about their roles in Callie's life. However, they ultimately form a truce when Arizona performs surgery on her prematurely born daughter, saving her life. As Callie finally awakens after her surgery, she accepts Arizona's proposal. Arizona helps Callie through her physical and emotional recovery and eventually both Callie and daughter, Sofia, are ready to return home. Soon later, Arizona and Callie are married in a ceremony officiated by Bailey although she expresses some sadness that her brother isn't there to celebrate with her.

Grey's Anatomy, Season 8Edit


Callie surprises Arizona on Valentine's Day. ("All You Need Is Love")

Arizona, Callie and Mark all slowly adapt to parenthood and the animosity between Arizona and Mark has all but faded and their friendship both elates and frustrates Callie. However, Meredith and Derek's difficulties gaining legal guardianship of Zola, and Arizona's role as Zola's lead doctor, force her to realize that she could end up in a similar situation and she requests that she gets legal guardianship of Sofia herself. Callie and Arizona's relationship also grows stronger, with them celebrating their lives as newly weds. Arizona continues to rally behind Alex as he prepares for his board exams and fellowship applications, heavily encouraging him to opt to stay with her at Seattle Grace which he seems eager to do. She helps him cope with the very difficult case of intern Morgan's premature child bringing the two closer.


Arizona avoids dealing the prospect of another loss in her life. ("Migration")

However, Arizona's happiness faces a test when her childhood friend Nick, and former best friend of her brother, arrives in town for treatment for his cancer. When she learns that Nick's cancer is much more advanced than he had her believe, it forces her to face up to the losses she's faced and Callie ultimately says she'll never to leave her and promises to be able to do whatever Arizona can't.

Her already fragile state is pushed to the brink when she learns that Alex is leaving Seattle for a fellowship at Johns Hopkins, in spite of her urging for him to remain in her department. In a moment of anger she takes his place on a surgery in Boise. However, the plane carrying the doctors crashes in the woods and Arizona is left with a serious leg wound, with her bone protruding. The crash ultimately claims the life of Lexie and leaves the other doctors in peril. After Mark almost dies from the injuries he sustained in the crash, Arizona forces him to promise he'll stay alive for her, Callie and Sofia even though the doctor's show no signs of being saved.

Grey's Anatomy, Season 9Edit


Callie and Arizona's marriage becomes strained in the wake of her amputation. ("Love The One You're With")

Arizona survives the plane crash, and in spite of her leg injury returns safely to the hospital. Callie treats her leg injury, which is infected making it not yet possible for Callie to operate. Karev stops by her room to update Arizona on her patients and apologizes, Arizona responds by telling him she is still pissed at him, and sending him away. Bailey stops by her room with her daughter. Arizona has a breakdown and makes Callie promise she won't lose her leg. Callie argues with Owen about her plan of treatment, and tells him that she won't get Arizona back if she loses her leg. They schedule a surgery for the next day. Karev stops by to bring a piece of pizza, when Arizona's condition worsens to the point of choosing between lifeless or legless, it is Torres's call and she decides to amputate Arizona's injured leg. Karev does the amputation.

Arizona becomes depressed and blames Callie for her amputated leg, she won't go to work or even come out of bed. Callie tries to convince Arizona to take the settlement from the lawsuit against the plane agency, and Arizona ignores her and is apparently unfair to the social workers whom have to take care of her now. Karev decides to stay and postpone Hopkins to care for Arizona's patients.

Arizona meets with David More the Prosthetist, for a prosthetic leg and physical therapy. Arizona is reluctant to cooperate, and makes snarky comments. David leaves her alone for hours, causing her to try to stand on her own when Alex walks in. His arrival catches Arizona off balance, and Alex catches her. When More returns in the evening, Arizona is standing on her prosthetic leg and she goes over the defaults. Later that night Arizona invites Callie to watch American Bake Off together.

Arizona is still cranky and resentful to Callie, and Callie tells Bailey about it. Bailey decides to call Arizona for a consult on one of her patients, she tells her that she will make sure an intern delivers the chart. Bailey didn't send the chart but tells Arizona the chart lies in front of her door. Arizona puts on her prosthetic leg to try to walk to the door, and upon coming to the door, after a rough journey through the living room, she finds there is no chart on her mat. Arizona madly calls Bailey and Bailey apologizes but still keeps from sending an intern to deliver the chart. Arizona is waiting and irritated causing her to walk back and forth and leaving angry messages for Bailey. Bailey warns Callie before Callie heads home because Bailey thinks she might have pushed Arizona a bit to far, but just then Arizona walks in to the hospital for the consult on Bailey's patient.


Arizona deals with the ramifications of cheating on her wife during the storm. ("Perfect Storm")

Arizona returns back to work, and everybody is a bit too aware about that. Heather Brooks is on wheelchair duty, following her around the hospital with a wheelchair. Karev gives 20 dollars to a kid patient if he doesn't say anything about her leg. Arizona has a patient who has been trampled by a horse, and she sends Karev to him because she is not as fast anymore without her sneaky wheels or even both her feet. Upon arriving in the emergency room she finds nothing, the patient is already transferred to Pre OP. She does however decide to do an exploratory lab on the patient. The surgery went outstanding, but after the surgery Arizona falls down because she put all her weight on her left 'foot'. Karev sends everybody away because he is worried that she is embarrassed but Arizona laughs it off. When Callie comes home to a perky Arizona, she tells Callie that she fell down today but that she got back up.

Grey's Anatomy, Season 10Edit

Callie and Arizona's marriage hits a very rough patch because of the cheating, and Callie decides to leave Arizona with Sofia to go to Meredith's place. When Arizona finds out that Callie left with Sofia without telling her, she got pissed and confronted Callie. They separated, and Callie stayed with Derek and Meredith while Arizona lived in a hotel room. While their separation, Arizona started an affair or "Fling" with Dr. Murphy the Intern.

Grey's Anatomy, Season 11 Edit

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Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Edit


Calliope Torres : Her Ex-Wife, possibly dating again

Sofia Robbin Sloan Torres : Her Adopted Daughter

Arizona presumably dated a lot of girls at Seattle Grace Mercy West prior to her meeting Callie.

Lauren “Home Wrecking Slut” Boswell: A consulting surgeon whom Arizona cheated with while being married to Callie.

Leah “Obsessive Hoe” Murphy : The intern Arizona casually dated when Arizona and Callie were separated for a while.

Eliza Minnick : Ex-girlfriend

Carina DeLuca: Ex-girlfriend



  • Arizona smokes when she is stressed. ("Goodbye") ("Start Me Up")
  • Arizona loves pound cake.
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