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25 Ways Grey’s Anatomy’s Callie Torres Is Relevant AF

Calliope “Callie” Torres entered our lives back in 2006 on Season 2 of Grey’s Anatomy now 14 year run. Played by Sara Ramirez, Callie was one of the few actually relatable Latinas on TV at the time and shines light on the obstacles that queer Latinos face on the day to day.

She shows us how to deal with overprotective Latinx parents, be the authority, and just have a great time. TBH, we still need her, desperately, today. Here’s why.

1. Callie won’t take shit from anyone.

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She’s Latina, and only she could perfect the Bailey stare down. I mean, look at that face and tell me she isn’t the boss.

2. She crushes bones for a mad living.

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Her operating rooms are always filled with bangers because she’s casually sawing through bones and piecing them back together. Plus, she brings home that bacon.

3. Remember when Callie Torres impulsively became Callie O’Malley?

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Nobody could ship the George-Callie marriage. Sorry, George, but you’re not worthy. That’s a Torres right there.

4. Like a badass, she secretly lived in the hospital basement…

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And she didn’t let that stop her from dancing in her underwear. That is, until the Chief walked in on her and forced her to move out.

5. TBH, she’s always dancing in her underwear.

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Because dancing is life-giving, especially when nobody is looking. This was the moment she decided she was over her ex and could still have fun on her own.

6. When Callie discovered she had feelings for Erica…

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My closeted lesbian self was screaming. Of course, after their very flirtatious friendship reached a peak, Callie was the one to make the first move.

7. When her father’s surprise visit  came with all the homophobia, Callie had the perfect response.

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I mean, she’s right. It’s been tried, but you can’t touch the gay. ???? Scream it from the rooftops, girl!

8. En serio, things got out of hand here.

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He flew back from Miami to Seattle with a Catholic priest in tow. People think I’m playing when I say I’m a recovering Catholic, but that ish is heavy.

9. Then, he had the audacity to spew Bible verses and say this.

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Having Latino parents means having dramatic, over the top, stubborn walls to talk to. This would be my cue to flip a table, excuse me.

10. She then started quoting jesus.

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I’m sobbing. I wish I had the attention span to memorize these quotes to spew right back at my own dad. Callie, you are still my shero.

11. Nail in the coffin, daddy-o.

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Don’t worry, friends, there’s a YouTube clip you can send directly to your own parents. Or watch every Sunday for your weekly inspo.

12. Ultimately, it of course came down to the nietos.

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Classic twist. Papa Torres came around in a single episode with the most equitable Latino question: will there be grandkids? ????

13. She can brush almost anything off her shoulders.

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Like that time Christina basically had a mental break down and tried to give Callie a haircut that ended with Callie wearing this hat. She has the angelic smile of forgiveness. Angel.

14. Callie is never anything but frank.

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This happened in that alternate-reality episode where Christina Yang was the broody outcast. Even her alter-ego is ruthless.

15. ~Let us not forget when she was married to Owen~

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Of course, this is an alternate reality where she has a dozen children and is still ignoring her attraction to other women. Namely, Arizona. ????

16. Callie’s face when she realizes she isn’t getting any tonight is all of us.

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I mean, she’s wearing a party hat… and lingerie… and has party horns! Context: Arizona had her leg amputated and still wasn’t feeling quite ready for sex. Understandable. Very Grey’s Anatomy.

17. When a near-death experience leads Callie to get back together with Arizona.

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Remember Garry Clark? He shot up the hospital and Callie and Arizona came face to face with him. Callie took charge with the whole interaction while Arizona guarded the kids. Eventually, they both made it out alive and back in each other’s arms.

18. Context: their squabble was over the fact that Callie got pregnant with Mark Sloan’s baby during a breakup.

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Soo… that happened. In the end, they all decided to co-parent Sofia together, which I’m 100 percent certain wouldn’t be the first time our diverse sexualities led to another diverse family model. I’m here for it.

19. The day Callie could hold her baby was momentous.

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For all the reasons you can imagine, and also because she got into a terrible car accident the moment after Arizona proposed to her. The baby was delivered early and they both had to recover in ICU separately.

20. Callie’s voice *carried* the musical episode.

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She was witnessing her mangled body try to stay alive and looked (and sounded) like an angel while doing so. It’s indisputable: her vocals carried that episode.

21. Then Callie had to call out her mom’s homophobia just before her wedding day.

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Callie got a veil to match the exact same one her mother got married in and her mom couldn’t keep her hate speech to herself. As much sense as Callie makes up here, sometimes religion can really cloud a person’s heart, de acuerdo?

22. Callie and Arizona finally got married and it was beautiful.

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Have you ever seen a wedding so filled with love? Eventually, Callie’s dad made it back in time to have the father-daughter dance and we all wept.

23. The time Callie grieved over her ex-husband’s sudden death…and the donuts.

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Arizona consoled Callie the only way any of us would want to be consoled. Dame pasteles, dame croquetas, dame pan dulce, alguien!!

24. Eventually, the two separated but Callie totally was the bigger person.

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I mean, I’m biased, and I love Arizona, but I hate that Sara Ramirez has left the show. Sure, she ended up falling for the woman who let Derek Shepard die and not even Shonda Rimes could ship that romance in Seattle, but still.

Here’s to hoping things don’t work out with Penny and we can still have #Carizona back in our lives.

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Got Real Emotional In Episode About Undocumented Immigrants And Family Separation

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Got Real Emotional In Episode About Undocumented Immigrants And Family Separation

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For the past 14 years, “Grey’s Anatomy” has been delivering the goods on love, death, and everything in between. However, it’s only been in the past couple of years that the show has been touching on Latino issues and traditions including Day of the Dead. Last week’s episode, which aired on May 4, hits close to home given the current immigration crisis,

The latest episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” featured a storyline about an undocumented father and daughter.

The episode titled “What I Did for Love,” had a little girl named Gabby who was brought into the hospital by her father because she was complaining about a pain in her stomach.

The audience learns that the father and daughter were separated at the border and that he is seeking asylum.

The father, played by Omar Leyva, hadn’t seen his daughter in four months. When they were finally reunited, it is clear that his daughter is sick and wasn’t getting proper treatment while in custody. The doctors told him that his daughter will need surgery, but he informs the doctors that he doesn’t have insurance. The doctors then try to get him some assistance, but he doesn’t qualify for that either because he makes too much money.

Meredith Grey is desperate to get this little girl help, so she commits insurance fraud to give her the medical attention she needs.

“The system failed him,” Grey said after her boss reprimands her for breaking the law. Grey says that the undocumented man pays taxes, works and yet he cannot afford insurance.

He came all this way to make her life better, and yet he cannot pay for the insurance that he needs to care for his daughter. Ultimately, Grey wins and is allowed to do the surgery and help the family in their time of need.

The entire staff comes through for this little girl and her father giving us a glimpse at the compassion in this country.

This is not the first time “Grey’s Anatomy” has dealt with the issue of immigration and undocumented immigrants. Last season, surgical intern, Sam Bello (played by Jeanine Mason) disclosed that she was a DREAMer.

While the DREAMer episode was good at bringing awareness to immigration, the intern has whisked away to Switzerland in order to avoid deportation, which is not reality. At least this episode shows the harsh realities that undocumented people have to face when it comes to medical care and insurance.

READ: “Grey’s Anatomy” Celebrated Dia De Los Muertos And I Cried The Entire Time

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“Grey’s Anatomy” Celebrated Dia De Los Muertos And I Cried The Entire Time

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“Grey’s Anatomy” Celebrated Dia De Los Muertos And I Cried The Entire Time

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For the past 15 seasons, I’ve been watching “Grey’s Anatomy” religiously. The show’s dramatic life-or-death plots, not to mention their love stories, has drawn in me for years and I love it to pieces.

However, I was super heartbroken when actress Sara Ramirez, who played Callie Torres, left the show. She was the only featured Latina who brought some of my culture to this show.

It’s only been recently, in the last year or so that they’ve taken on some issues close to my heart. In one episode last season, they focused on a doctor that had DACA status. She, the only Latina on the show, had to unfortunately leave the country because she was undocumented.

Last night, “Grey’s Anatomy” focused their episode on my favorite holiday: Día de los Muertos.

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While the show always deals with patients suffering from all kinds of health issues, the doctors embraced Día de los Muertos thanks to a little girl that needed surgery.

The episode titled “Flowers Grow Out of My Grave” featured a little girl named Flor, who’s entire family stayed in her hospital room to give her support while she prepared for surgery.

The show typically makes me cry, but seeing this Latino family celebrate Día de los Muertos on prime-time TV was too much!

In the clip above, Flor’s family is playing music and singing the classic song “El ultimo trago” made famous by Chavela Vargas.

I took one look at Flor and her family, and it reminded me so much of the time I was little and was in the hospital for months after a car accident.

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My family was also by my bedside every single day. If they couldn’t be with me because of work, they would make sure someone would be there so I wouldn’t be alone.

Thankfully Flor’s surgery was minor because I truly thought to myself, if she dies I’m gonna lose it. I say that because I know very well people on this show die left and right. No one is safe.

It was really special to see the non-Latino doctors embrace Día de los Muertos. Each of them discussed someone special that had died.

The Latino family told the doctors that Día de los Muertos isn’t necessarily to mourn those that have died, but more to celebrate their life. However, I think because some of the doctors were new to this holiday, they couldn’t help but feel sadness when thinking of their loved ones.

It was especially cool to see Ellen Pompeo — aka — Dr. Meredith Grey wearing a marigold flower for most of the episode.

Meredith Grey has seen her fair share of death on the show. She’s probably experienced more death than anyone.

Here’s a list of everyone that has died — that has been close to Meredith — since the show began:

  • Her mother.
  • Her husband.
  • Her sister.
  • Her best friend.
  • And countless colleagues.

The Latina grandmother informed Meredith that our loved ones, even though they have passed, are always with us.

After that special moment between the two, those words must have really resonated with Meredith because after that something insane happened.

Meredith’s dead family and friends appeared on the show!!

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All of those people pictured, aside from Meredith, including the dog have died. Meaning those characters are no longer on the show, but they made a special appearance, which is huge because they were such beloved people.

People on social media could not contain their emotions.

We were truly blindsided.

The mere idea that so many people that were close to her all died is honestly too much.

And yet Meredith goes on like a champ.

Some of us are still not over the fact that these characters are no longer on the show.

The only time we get to see them again is in re-runs.

One of the most special moments was hearing an old “Grey’s Anatomy” classic song “Chasing Cars” in Spanish.

“We were trying to figure out what song would play over that sequence and Kiley suggested playing an iconic Grey’s song and having it be covered in Spanish,” showrunner Krista Vernoff told The Hollywood Reporter. “That was her idea. As soon as she said it, I said, ‘Oh my God it has to be ‘Chasing Cars!” I mean how many times has that song played? It’s always our go-to. It felt like the most beautiful way to pay tribute to the history of the show while keeping alive the culture that we were celebrating with this episode. We commissioned that song.”

Here’s the Spanish version of “Chasing Cars” by Moon and Sun featuring Israel De Corcho.” But first get some tissues.

Okay, I’ll leave you with that.

¡Feliz dia los Muertos!

READ: 25 Ways Grey’s Anatomy’s Callie Torres Is Relevant AF

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