April Kepner was introduced in the episode "Invasion" as a former surgical resident at Mercy West Hospital who joins the staff at Seattle Grace Mercy West after the two hospitals merge.
Much of her background is revealed in the episode "Death and All His Friends." While being held at gunpoint by Gary Clark, she tells him about her life in an attempt to convince him not to shoot her, a technique she says she learned from watching Oprah. She was born on April 23 and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. Her mother Karen is a teacher, and her father Joe is a corn farmer. She is the second of four daughters; her sisters are Libby, Kimmie, and Alice.
Following the shooting, April and Jackson Avery move in with Meredith, who also lives with Derek, Lexie, and Alex Karev. April and Meredith become closer in season seven, prompting a jealous outburst from Meredith's sister Lexie. April reveals that she is a virgin because she wants the first time she has sex to be special. The other surgical residents make fun of her, but she advises them not to judge her, as she does not judge them.
It's weird, it's weird, it's weird. I mean he's old and mean. He's like the Grinch.April
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Callie: Kepner, I need you to speak differently.
April: I'm sorry.
Callie: It's your voice. It's a little umâ€”just speak differently.
April: Like with an accent?
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Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."Meredith (closing voiceover)
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I want to marry you. I want to have kids with you. I want to build us a house. I want to settle down and grow old with you. I want to die when I'm 110 years old, in your arms. I don't want 48 uninterrupted hours. I want a lifetime. Mmm. Do you see what happens? I say things like that and you fight the urge to run in the opposite direction. It's okay, I understand. I didn't, but now I do, I do. You're just getting started and I've been doing this for a long time now. Deep down, you're still an intern, and you're not ready.Derek
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