And what of Kepner? She was still reeling from the fallout of not passing her boards. All her offers were pulled -- including the one from Seattle Grace, which she seemed to think she’d be able to keep. But Hunt claimed he had budget issues and pulled her job, leaving her future on the show up in the air. And her relationship -- can we call it a relationship? friendship? -- with Avery was still pretty fraught, mostly because they both don’t know what lies in their future. But even after a conversation that saw them come to no conclusion about what they were or weren’t, Kepner and Avery decided to just have a good night and celebrate at the resident’s dinner. “I’m happy tonight!” Kepner said, rather pained. “I’m gonna be tonight, Jackson, because this is a happy time and we should be celebrating.”
Meredith ended the hour with the requisite voiceover, echoing Webber’s words at the beginning of the episode: “The years we spend as surgical residents will be the best and worst of our lives,” she said. “We will be pushed to our breaking point. This is the starting line. This is our arena. How will we play? That’s up to us.”
As we head into the summer hiatus, the biggest question is: What’s the fate of all our Seattle Grace doctors? Who will be back? Will Altman somehow return? Will the rest of the crew at the crash site survive until help will arrive? Is Kepner going to stick around? And Karev, will he really go to his sweet deal at John Hopkins? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments below.
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