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Grey's Anatomy Review: The Pressure Is On

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One in five. Things are not looking too good for our residents right now.

"Moment of Truth” had the gang travel to San Francisco for their oral boards and, boy, did they bring along some baggage. Let's discuss.

Exam Time. Meredith, Jackson, Alex, Cristina and April. That’s five. That means one of these residents is most likely not passing their boards. Is it Alex, who didn’t make it to his exam in time? Meredith, who was fighting a stomach flu? Cristina, the robot, dealing with her failing marriage? April, dealing with her lost virginity? Or Jackson, who’s lucky pencil broke right before the exam?

Jackson Suits Up

First Time Hookups. Another city, another state of mind. April decided to do the deed with the ridiculously hot Jackson Avery. First of all, it’s about time. There has been some chemistry between these two for a while. Second, how could you let Jackson get out of your bed? April’s mistake was letting Avery leave after their little escapade. Nothing would relax me more than waking up to those beautiful eyes.

Jackson wasn’t the only Avery having some fun in San Fran. Catherine Avery showed up just in time to make Richard smile for the first time in too long. These two make a great pairing. Masters of medicine. Of course, theirs is the baggage that Richard’s wife is battling a disease and sleeping with another man. What to do? 

Last Breath. Alex showed once again why he belongs in peds. He left San Fran to be by Morgan and Arizona’s side as they fought for Morgan’s baby’s life. Arizona said it best. She needs Alex to be her peds fellow, and so do we. I can’t imagine Seattle Grace without Alex “The Underdog” Karev. 

Could a Morgan/Alex romance be brewing? We talked about this before but it seems to keep creeping back up. Alex deserves a real relationship with a woman who is not crazy. Could Morgan be the one? I wouldn’t hate it. 

Get On the Bus

Kudos to Amanda Fuller for her heartfelt scene of losing her child. Extremely sad and emotional. Perfectly portrayed.

Friends? With Jackson out of the hospital, Mark spent his time chatting with Lexie. His “I need you” had me so excited, until I realized it was just for a case. Although it has been a long time since these two have been a couple, I still find myself rooting for them. What do you think? Do Sloan and Lexie belong together?

The scene between Lexie and big bro-in-law Derek was touching. Derek knows that Mark still cares about Lexie and vice versa. Time to play matchmaker, McDreamy!

After a verbal beat down from one Ms. Miranda Bailey, Teddy reached out to Owen in that sense of letting him know Cristina is ready for her test. To be honest, these two haven’t shared many scenes lately and I almost forgot they were fighting. Hopefully, they work it out. Owen is going to need a friend if Yang decides to head East for a new job.

BFFs. Once again, Meredith and Cristina proved who the heart and soul of this series is. The friends shared some quality time on the sides of Mer’s door. It was about time that Cristina admitted about Owen’s affair. Watching these two is more enjoyable than half the cases.

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After Thoughts:

  • How cute was Zola in her bumble bee costume?
  • Who else thinks Jackson should wear a suit every day? Or nothing at all?
  • How hilarious was Jackson showing up at his mom’s room to find Webber? Not awkward at all.
Overall, a solid episode once again. There are only three episodes left of Season 8. Maybe only three episodes left with the original cast. So tell us what you think, TV Fanatics. Who will be the one, if any, to fail their boards? Is Alex going to be able to take his? Was the Jackson/April hookup hot or not? 

Don’t forget to check back for the Grey’s Anatomy Round Table later in the week after you hit the comments and sound off. Until next time, Grey’s fans. 

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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I think April saying jesus was mad at her was stubid too. Not once has there ben a hint that April was religious. Also, the comment bugged me because April loosing her virginity was April's idea. How many times did the words "It's ok, Jackson. Jackson, it's ok." come out of her mouth? When they were finished, she was happy until Jackson asked if he should stay or go. FYI: Jackson leaving was a jackass move, and considering he has been April's closests friend it as hard to believe he would just leave her. Leaving afterwards was just a callous as when Alex yelled at April, and got punched by Jackson. April came across as upset that Jackson left, no upset about Jesus. It would have been more believable to see April giving Jackson the silent treatment because she was hurt and upset that he left. Turning to religion was stubid, and honestly it put a nail into the coffin for Jackson and April, cause now April seems crazy.

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I would love to see Izzie and Alex given a second chance. Justin chambers did some of his best acting along side KH. They need to bring back Izzie. It would make a great story for Alex and Izzie fans.

Chrys

I loved loved loved Jackson and April!!! They are a great pairing. And if you put aside the Jesus thing (where did that came from?) April rocked this episode.
I don't want anyone to fail the boards. Why do they have to do this SL again? Wasn't George failing his test enough? Well... If i have to make a guess, i'll go with Cristina. Just because it'll be a shocker.I certainly hope it's not April cause that will get in the way of the developing romance.

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I loved the episode....though sometimes i feel like i am the only one that really wants owen and christina to remain together. i really want them to be able to work it out. they have been through so much and it has built up too much for it to end like this. alex has also, easily become the most complex, as well as, my favorite character. i love ever seen he has had in the past two seasons. he can be cold, but he his a big softy when it comes down to it.

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This episode was very emotional and very old school Grey's. The Meredith-Cristina relationship never disappoints. I love how caring and protective they are for one another. I also love how they'll kick each other in the ass if needed. Alex is the man! I love how Shonda & crew have slowly built him up from under dog to respectable doctor. Honestly, he's had the most professional growth on the show. I hope he doesn't get with Morgan. Why can't he just be a friend to her? Romance does not always have to be involved. I love how Lexie relies on Derek and Derek is so attentive and patient with her (at home at least!). Very sweet. I sincerely hope the contracts work for the original cast because a part of Grey's will die without them.

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have any of that though and tries to save him like he saved her years ago. Jackson
• Jackson fell in love with April after their one night stand, but April blames him for losing her faith and subsequent failure of her Boards. She continues as a resident while Jackson is the new Plastics fellow. His bromance with Mark ends as they start competing for surgeries. He also starts dating Mara who returns as SGMW's newest resident. Cristina
• Owen and Cristina get back together and Bailey becomes Chief when Hunt resigns. Yang is now a Cardiac fellow at SGMW, but with Teddy going back on tour to Iraq, Chief Bailey brings back Erica as the new Heart Surgeon. Erica leaves by the second half of the season for Burke to replace her and that's when all hell breaks loose. Mark
• Callie's relationship with Arizona begins to crumble when she admits she still has feelings for Hahn. Mark ends up being Sofia's primary parent for a while. He never forgives Lexie for dumping him years ago so he instead starts dating a new girl in SGMW's Neuro fellowship... the same fellowship Lexie is aiming to get once she passes her Boards.

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NEXT SEASON: Lexie
• Lexie becomes the star of the show as Meredith leaves for Boston. Derek stays around for most of the season to finish up his contract and try selling the unfinished house. Meanwhile, Derek moves into his trailer and Lexie gets two new characters to move in with her along with Izzie who comes back as SGMW's new Oncological Surgeon.
Alex
• Alex begins a serious relationship with Morgan and seems happy even though he missed the deadline for his Boards. He stays as a resident for another year and when Izzie shows up as an attending, hell breaks loose. Not only that, but Arizona was forced to choose Lucy Fields as her new Pede's fellow as she never finished her maternal-fetal fellowship because she left for Africa.
Webber
• Adele dies before this season is over and Webber starts next season anew. Not only is he depressed, he's also getting sick. When diagnosed with cancer, he feels like it's the right time to die as he's already lost it all. Izzie won't have any of that though and tries to save him like he saved her years ago.
Jackson
• Jackson fell in love with April after their one night stand, but April blames him for losing her faith and subsequent failure of her Boards. She continues as a resident while Jackson is the new Plastics fellow. His bromance with Mark ends as they start competing for surgeries. He also starts dating Mara who returns as SGMW's newest resident.
Cristina
• Owen and Cristina get back together and Bailey becomes Chief when Hunt resigns. Yang is now a Cardiac fellow at SGMW, but with Teddy going back on tour to Iraq, Chief Bailey brings back Erica as the new Heart Surgeon. Erica leaves by the second half of the season for Burke to replace her and that's when all hell breaks loose.
Mark
• Callie's relationship with Arizona begins to crumble when she admits she still has feelings for Hahn. Mark ends up dating a new girl in the Neuro fellowship... the same fellowship Lexie is aiming to get.

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one more thing: Meredith shouldnt judge owen so bad. She knows that they didnt really talk about the abortion thing, and she could understand that maybe christina did stuff wrong aswell? I hat when friends just blame one person in the relationship btw im in love with mark.. everytime he talks he got that sneaky smile.. love it ;)

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why do they make such a drama about the sex thing? ok maybe its a special thing for her (of course) but come on cant she just have sex and be happy? Jesus?? Seriously????

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April and Jesus... well im not a virgin and i wouldnt wait cause of jesus so wtf? ;) Jackson should wear nothing at all.. all the time ;) I really loved how Bailey talked to Teddy.. finally someone did
and i hope Christina wont leave him. I understand Mer saying he did something wrong but christina was right, Marriage isnt easy and u wont through everything away AND btw Mer.. U and Derek were way more work, no one cheated but it took like 300 trys to bring u together so dont be a smart ass ;) Webber was soo happy he smiled the whole time..love it

Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 21 Quotes

They started off with such little promise, it's like I'm looking at a miracle.

Bailey

The only thing between you and the rest of your career is a test in a random hotel in a random city with a random examiner asking you random questions. Nervous? You should be.

Meredith
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