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Grey's Anatomy Recap: Callie vs Arizona: Who Won the Custody Battle?

By Micheline Goldstein | May 6th, 2016

In the Grey's Anatomy Season 12 episode "Mama Tried," Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) take their custody battle to court after being unable to reach a settlement agreement, and one side takes the fight to an ugly and personal place. Callie is confident, and determined to take Sofia with her to follow Penny to New York, while Arizona is terrfied that, as the adoptive mom, she'll lose her daughter. Back at Grey Sloan Memorial, Alex and April try to help a pregnant teen, but run into difficulties during Arizona's absence. Meanwhile, Stephanie finds herself regretting dumping musician Kyle (guest star Wilmer Valderrama), and she's shaken when he ends up back in the hospital... and when he kicks her out of his room. Keep reading this Grey's Anatomy recap for highlights from Season 12, Episode 22, "Mama Tried."

We'll See You in Court

Before going to court, Callie and Arizona's lawyers try to broker a custody agreement between their clients, but neither mom is willing to accept what the other offers. At the end of a tense negotiation, there's only one way the fight is going to end: in court. Someone is definitely going to get hurt, and it's probably going to be Sofia.

Watch: Callie and Arizona Head to Court

You Do Not Want to Go There

Arizona is testifying on the witness stand, and Callie's lawyer is really going after her place in Sofia's life. Arizona staunchly defends her role as Sofia's mother, even though she adopted Sofia, and gives the lawyer a piece of her mind for questioning it. When she's interrupted by her phone, Arizona has to make a choice: stay and fight for Sofia, or rush to the hospital to save a life. Could her decision jeopardize her case?

Watch: Arizona Takes the Stand

Remembering Sofia's Father

Meredith, and alcohol, are keeping Callie company after a tough day in court. Callie admits she feels gross about the way her lawyer attacked Arizona, and wonders if she's doing everything all wrong. Meredith tells Callie that Mark used to say the same thing when Sofia was a baby. He would call Meredith for parenting advice, because he was too embarrassed to ask Callie and Arizona.

Watch: Meredith and Callie Reminisce About Mark Sloan

Motherhood Saves Lives

While testifying in court, Callie is asked about the day Sofia was born. Callie recounts the day she was almost killed in a horrible car accident, but fought to stay alive because she was pregnant. "Being a mother is the reason I'm still alive today," she says.

Watch: Callie Testifies About Being a Mom

 

Arizona vs Callie: The Judge's Decision

With a bittersweet expression on her face, Arizona arrives at Meredith's house to pick up Sofia after the judge's ruling. When the door closes, Meredith returns to the kitchen, where Callie is sobbing. "How the hell did this happen?" she asks. Meredith and Penny try to comfort her, while Arizona and Sofia head home. 

Watch: How the Hell Did This Happen?

Jackson and April Discuss the Future

April and Jackson are closer than they've been in a long time. They start to discuss the plan for their baby's future, and how they'll share parenting and holidays. They pledge not to fight. Could April's second pregnancy bring them back together, after the first one tore them apart?

Watch: Jackson & April's Parenting Plan

What do you think of the outcome of the Callie/Arizona custody fight? How will Callie handle it? Share you reactions to the events of this episode in the comments below, watch the full episode of "Mama Tried," and tune in THURSDAY, MAY 12 8|7c to see Episode 23, "At Last," on ABC and don't miss the Season 12 Finale episode, "Family Affair," airing THURSDAY, MAY 19 8|7c!

Season 12 Recaps

Season 12, Episode 21: "You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side"

Season 12, Episode 20: "Trigger Happy"

Season 12, Episode 19: "It's Alright Ma, (I'm Only Bleeding)"

Season 12, Episode 18: "There's a Fine, Fine Line"

Season 12, Episode 17: "I Wear the Face"

Season 12, Episode 16: "When It Hurts So Bad"

Season 12, Episode 15: "I Am Not Waiting Anymore"

Season 12, Episode 14: "Odd Man Out"

Season 12, Episode 13: "All Eyez On Me"

Season 12, Episode 12: "My Next Life"

Season 12, Episode 11: "Unbreak My Heart"

Season 12, Episode 10: "All I Want Is You"

Season 12, Episode 9: "The Sound of Silence"

Season 12, Episode 8, the Winter Finale: "Things We Lost in the Fire"

Season 12, Episode 7: "Something Against You"

Season 12, Episode 6: "The Me Nobody Knows"

Season 12, Episode 5: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"

Season 12, Episode 4: "Old Time Rock and Roll"

Season 12, Episode 3: "I Choose You"

Season 12, Episode 2: "Walking Tall"

Season 12 Premiere: "Sledgehammer"

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