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. Many good scenes... but the owen and christina scene at the end was nice... captured the essence of who they are... 2. April can become a good chief resident.. I like her now that we have gotten to know her a bit better. I will admit, I laughed when she was fired in season six. but to come back from that and become the chief resident is amazing. She needs to pull up her socks and become like bailey. 3. I think that Webber stepping down has been a long time coming, I am glad that he has stepped down and that he will be with Adele. I think these last few decisions have been the best decisions he has ever made in his life since starting an affair with Ellis Grey. His character has evolved since the start of the series and I am glad at least one character has evolved. Hopefully that happens for everyone now. 4. I liked the Appy case, just because it shows that even the most accomplished surgeons don't know everything. I loved how the nurse showed them up. I hated the fact that Arizona made Jackson freak out about the case!!! Arizona was a byotch today. I am sorry but when has she become Mark's biggest fan??? 5. I think April is deluding herself if she thinks Alex will be her one. Unless his character does a 180 change and becomes a real man and finally gets over Izzy then they could make it work, but until then, she must find someone else. It will make her less endearing if Shonda carries her character along that part. Generally a very good episode. I felt this ep was like the typical Grey's ep of old. With the medical cases as metaphors for the feelings and situations of our beloved doctors. As I said, I hated Arizona in this ep. I know that making sure the child has the best possible outcome was the goal, but I feel Jackson was ready to do it. I hated Bailey too, she didn't have to be terrible to Owen if what happened wasn't his fault. The chief did what he wanted to do, and like he said, she had to be mad at him not Owen or Mer. Get over yourself Bailey. Shonda didn't need to write Bailey being mad in. An unnecessary scene. And that's my opinion...


i hope now that Merder will keep the surgeries apart, does not mean that we will not see them together . because this is for most people Grey's Anatomy . You can never ever trust Shonda can be one of her tricks.


Alex and April would be really interesting. IF anything does happen I just hope it's not some snap decision that causes an awkward situation that they have to get over. Let's see them become good friends who take care of each other and have each others back and let it grow SLOWLY from there. I didn't like the idea of them together in the beginning but I think as April has starting changing and growing there could be a possibility there! Alex has always been drawn to these super-independant strong woman and it never works out. Maybe he needs someone he can actually take care of and who genuinely needs him?


This episode is wonderful. We finally get to see why Derek is so mad and that explained a lot. You can tell their feelings are still strong like it has been from episode 1. Loved how he brought in the post-it. Loved the last part with Christina and Ownen- it was perfect. I want to see Jackson and Kepner together so Lexie can go back to Mark..they are meant to be together and i think we all know that.


Loved this episode!!! Back to the good 'ole days of Grey and storylines. Favorite part was the Mer/Derek moment and Chris/Owen moment.


I definitely agree with your opinions. Great recap! I would love to see Jackson and April together so Lexie could go back to Mark. That would make a beautiful story.


1. Favorite scene was Alex/April when he went to talk to the guy's son. Sad and amazing at the same time.
2. April is tolerable when she's with Alex. She'd be a good friend for him.
3. I'm tired of the Chief's favoritism for Meredith. Enough already.
4. Best case was Alex's, though Cristina's was very funny.
5. Alex deserves someone great who will love him for himself. April's so naive and childlike, I think he needs someone stronger and more interesting.


I still don't like Kepner, perhaps she could move into her c.r room and not live at Mer's house now??? It wouldn't surprise me if Karev and Kepner got together. If you think how horrid Karev was to Izzie at the beginning, is there any diffference here?? Karev being friendless seems to be a short lived SL, so where is he living now??? I'm not surprised the 'post it' got a mention by Der this time. It's still more important to MerDer thatn that wedding certificate


noooooo i dont want april anywhere near alex. he is a miserable jerk. i cant stand him.

Avatar fav is were derek said to mer "I know you took her to protect her. I know you altered the trial for Adele and Richard. You stood in front of a bullet for me. I know why you do all of it. It's what I love about you.
2.chritina and owen's last scene. bailey's attitude.
4.April need some love.

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