Grey's Anatomy Round Table: "Take the Lead"

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Welcome to the return of the Grey's Anatomy Round Table discussion!

Our official Grey's Anatomy review broke down last night's solid episode, "Take the Lead," in great detail. Now, TV Fanatic staff members Courtney Morrison, Sean McKenna and Christina Tran have gathered for a Round Table Q&A to further discuss the many goings on at Seattle Grace:


What was your favorite scene from “Take The Lead?”

Courtney: Tough one... I'm going to have to go with Cristina and Owen and their Chinese food poisoning. The scene was short and sweet but captured these two in a way that we haven't seen in a while. It was good to see these two laughing together again.

Sean: It was short, but the moment where Alex and April spoke before telling the son the bad news. “You did everything you could. You really did. He won’t be able to understand that, but I do and you should too” was such a sincere and truthful line. I can’t imagine having to deal with not being able to save someone, let alone break the horrible news. Plus, I see big things for these two down the road.

Christina: My favorite scene was when Derek said that he would never walk away from Meredith and referred to that unforgettable post-it note. MerDer forever!

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Is April no longer annoying? Can she hack it as Chief Resident?

Courtney: Much like everyone, April drove me crazy when she first came on board. It's been a slow and long process, but the girl is making her way up the list of Seattle Grace awesomeness. She's a bit of a pushover, that's for sure, but she always tries to do the right thing. Plus, she has chemistry with some of Seattle Grace's hot docs and I'm rooting for her to finally get some.

Sean: April can certainly run the risk of annoyance from time to time, but that’s one of the reasons her character is so different. I love that she's not a carbon copy of the other characters. She’s grown on me and not only do I want to see her develop, but I also want to see her succeed. Unfortunately, she’s a bit of a pushover, but in time I think she’ll manage to become a great Chief Resident. Hopefully.

Christina: April is definitely starting to grow on me. Like most of you, I thought she was horrendously annoying in the beginning. She should take Callie's advice, and it'll only be a matter of time until she grows to be a successful Chief Resident.

Webber stepping down as Chief: Awesome, father-like decision to protect Meredith, or worst career-crushing decision yet?

Courtney: Let me be the first to admit - If I ever magically become a doctor and choose to make decisions without thinking, Richard Webber is who I want as my boss/faux father. This isn't the first time he has stuck up and tried to protect Meredith and their history is one of the things I love about the show. Sure, it was stupid to take the fall for a resident, lose your clinical trial, and ultimately give up being the Chief. But he doesn't have to much time left before retirement so his career isn't getting ruined like Mer's would. Plus, how do you not help out the girl who is trying to save your wife?

Sean: As much as stepping down, losing the clinical trail, and taking the fall for Meredith was huge, it was a great decision for Webber. Sure, nobody wants the negative, but Webber remained so positive with his choice. He cares about people more than his job and getting the chance to spend a little more time with his wife and continue to help/guide Meredith makes him awesome in my book.

Christina: I'm going with the former. This is not the first time Chief Webber has tried to protect Meredith. It certainly had to have been such a tough decision for him, but I also wouldn't have expected any less of him. He has always tried to be there for Meredith, and caring about his people always came first before the job.

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What was the best medical case of the night and why?

Courtney: Cristina and Teddy, hands down. Getting shown up by one of the nurses? Awesome. Forgetting the steps to a first year surgery? Hilarious.

Sean: Cristina and Teddy, of course. Not only did Cristina forget the steps to the surgery, but Teddy was just as clueless. Oh, the fundamentals and how hilarious they can be. Yet, it was the nurse showing them up that truly completed the scene and had me laughing. What are you doing now? And now?

Christina: I must agree with both Sean and Courtney. Good thing the nurse was there to remind them about those important fundamentals!

April stood by Alex once again. Is a hookup inevitable or should the two just be friends?

Courtney: As I noted above, I am rooting for April to get some action. These two should hook up because they both could use it and Alex's romances usually make for some good drama. There's definite chemistry and Alex needs someone to soften him back up. On the other hand, if she hooked up with Jackson, Lexie would be free to go back to Mark... just saying.

Sean: I know there’s going to be a will they, won’t they relationship of up and downs as the two work together. It’s their wildly different personalities that make them click. Opposites do attract, don’t they? I think the big question will be, if they do hook up, what type of fallout will there be? The drama on this season is sure to be juicy.

Christina:They can just be the best of friends. April needs to get with Jackson, and then Lexie and Mark can get back together. 


1. SO many amazing scenes in this episode! Ther Mer/Der where he says "Thats why I'm here" (Post it note) The April/Alex and Owen/Cristina too.
2. I actually LOVE April. Because she's a fresh character and not the same as every other girl on the show.
3. I actually like Bailey on this one. I love Meredith but she was really stupid to do that. And she basically suffers no consequences for her actions repeatedly it just irritates me because it feels unrealistic. But it was sweet of Webber to do that.
4. ALLLL. I'm partial to anything Alex does:) But I liked Teddy & Cristina too.
5. I definitely support it. She's nothing like Alex has ever gone for and I'd like to see him get over the selfish bitch he fell for.. I hated Izzie lol


Hahahaha, this is hilarious "If you thghout you couldn't take the kids into a gay dance club on Easter morning, you were WRONG." I guess I was wrong! Too funny. Hope you have a great weekend, no matter if you decide to talk Old English or scramble up your eggs :)


In fact, I'd love to see April and Alex together.
Of course no one will reach the level of Izzie but I think it's time for Alex to find a person and I think that April would be ideal for him, he must show us more of your caring side that we know and Izzie reminds me of an April little for his sweetness, his good side.
At first I was very fond of her character but I was gaining slowly, one would find boring her relationship with Avery (the character has not won me over).
Finally, it would be interesting to see how April would deal with Shonda and Alex together because to be honest, I feel a lot of chemistry in two.


I haven't seen the whole episode yet, but going by what's been posted on u tube and so forth i was so hoping they were gonna have the angry sex, or just hold hands while asleep to much to ask?

Blu was a great episode so hard to choose just one. Id pick the residents chilling in the lounge.It was a classic throwback Greys moment, instead of gurneys in an abandoned hall it was a lounge. Izzy and George are gne but Jackson who is a combo of alex/yang/mer and april who is like a combo of izzie/george fit in perfectly.
2. I went from being annoyed by april to being indifferent. she is amusing at times. she isnt a good cheif resident but its better then her as a surgeon.
3. career crusher. Im pissed the chief did some point mer has to be accountable for her stupid choices,everyone pays a price but her. she'll never learn if he keeps cleaning up her messes and there have been many.
4.The appy. Yang and Teddy being shown up by a nurse was priceless.
5. I dont want to see april with alex.I like her as everyones annoying little sister.nothing wrong with a platonic relationship.
@Cerrano. Agree about Arizona. I loathed her discouraging avery,. Loathe her period.shes more annoying then april.says alot


Where was Lexie in this episode?


The Webber trial was started cos Weeber read Ellis Grey's diaries, it was Ellis' idea. Webber gained by his wife's health improving, and is it such a sacrifice for him to stop being the chief when Adele'd health could alter at any time?? How many years was Adele after Webber to spend more time with her???? I don't think it's an act that he was happy, Webber's released from always having to put the hospital first in fromt of his wife. The inevitablity of Karev and Kepner getting together seems to be the course set for S8. I'm trying to think of a nickname for them, er ...Alpril, Apex??? LOL


I love this episode. Made me laugh a lot!


I really do think April and Alex will end up together. April's bound to do some growing as the season progresses, even if it's just in terms of being a better leader. But Alex always talks about how the people around him get crazy, and oddly enough, I don't see insanity in April's future. But April and Jackson might be more realistic.


After watching a 2nd time, I think that April was trying to get Alex to trust her as a chief resident not in a romantic way. I do think that she may have feelings for him, but I don't think it was about her liking him.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 3 Quotes

How can he not tell me he's Chief of Surgery? Because I didn't have his baby?


You work, you study, you prepare. Months and years leading to one day, the day when you step up. On that day you have to be ready for everything, but there's one thing you can never quite prepare for. A day when you step down.


Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 3 Music

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Nothing but time Nothing But Time Opus Orange iTunes
Each other brother Each Other Brother Mozella iTunes
Rain setting out in the leaf boat Rain (Setting Out in The Leaf Boat) The Innocence Mission iTunes