Grey's Anatomy recap: Exam Anxiety

The fifth-year residents face their big exam, with distractions ranging from a steamy hook-up and stomach flu to a premature baby
Ep. 21 | Aired Apr 26, 2012

THE MORNING AFTER Just before the biggest exam of their lives, Kepner (Sarah Drew) said she felt bad for hooking up with Avery (Jesse Williams) because of her love for Jesus.

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In a departure from the norm, a tidbit from the teaser for next week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy seems like the appropriate place to start when discussing this week’s episode, “Moment of Truth.” It was during a moment where Avery’s mother, Catherine Avery -- the ever-delightful treat, Debbie Allen -- dramatically turns to Richard Webber and reveals about the impending resident exams: “One of your Seattle Grace doctors didn’t pass.”

Granted, the teaser is just that -- a teaser. So it could easily have cut out the part where Webber turns back to Catherine Avery the next minute and says, “But you’re wrong! So-and-so did, in fact, pass.” Anyhow, we’re supposed to be left thinking that one of the Seattle Grace-Mercy West fifth-year residents who were taking their boards in this week’s episode won’t pass muster.

Meredith Grey teased the tension washing over the residents in her show-opening voiceover. “The only thing between you and the rest of your career is a test,” she dutifully intoned. “In a random hotel. In a random city. With a random examiner, asking you random questions. Nervous? You should be.” Bailey, in her usual way, offered up disbelief that they’d actually arrived at this day at all. “They started off with so little promise,” she said, “I feel like I’m witnessing a miracle.” Thanks for that, Bailey.

The most obvious candidate for the failed Seattle Grace doctor? Karev, of course. The episode ended with his examiner walking into the hallway where the residents were waiting, calling his name, and -- when he didn’t come forward -- turning around and closing her exam-room door. Done! Or so it seems. Karev, as we all saw, went to San Francisco for the exam but then ran back to Seattle Grace to help out Arizona with intern Morgan’s premature infant Tommy. His reversal in this arena was totally Karev and also totally annoying -- just a couple weeks ago he didn’t want to have anything to do with Morgan or the baby. And then we saw him leaving his exams -- after flying all the way to San Francisco for them -- to tend to her? Right. (Also, I love how in the alterna-world of Seattle Grace, booking flights around the country at the drop of a hat is as easy as driving down the block. Need to remember: This is television!)

NEXT: More on Karev's impending doom

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