Grey's Anatomy First Look: Meredith and Friends 'Suit Up' for the Moment of Truth

Come April 26 on Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith, Cristina et al will put on their finest — and hopefully put their best feet forward — when they are put to the test via their board exams. And we’ve got a first look at the gang taking that important first step in the rest of their professional lives.

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As revealed in the ABC synopsis for the episode titled “Moment of Truth,” “After eight years of practice, the residents head to San Francisco for their oral boards.” And as seen in the slideshow below, some of them get “bon voyage” pep talks (or in one instance a wad of cold, hard spending money) from beaming mentors such as Teddy and Mark.

As series creator Shonda Rhimes told TVLine, taking boards plus interview for jobs away from Seattle Grace is an inevitable storyline direction, and one that will make longtime viewers melancholy. “You really get a sense of nostalgia, that this is the ‘graduating class’ that might not be together anymore,” she said. “It’s really beautiful to watch our actors portray, and it’s been wonderful to write.”

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P.S. What if anything do we make of Cristina being sans wedding ring? A quick scan of Season 8 photos shows that she doesn’t necessarily wear one in a professional setting. Hmm….

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52 Comments
  1. aleph19 says:

    The image of Mark giving Jackson some money is priceless.

  2. Becca says:

    It’s really weird to see Mer and Cristina in nice business suits and not scrubs lol

  3. ggny says:

    i got a feeling its gonna end up being April that Owen slept with

  4. Emmits says:

    Hope April does well, it’ll be nice to see her on screen for more than 2 minutes.

    • Kara Thrace says:

      I was just thinking how I wished she’d pass her boards and then go off to a different hospital so I never have to see her again. Haha! Looks like Cristina’s going to melt down, which makes me sad.

    • Dizzle says:

      The actress has been pregnant during the filming of series 8, that’s why unfortunately she hasn’t had much a screen time. It’d be hard to write in a pregnant virgin! Looking forward to her getting a meatier role during season 9 though, I love Sarah Drew.

  5. Lynn says:

    I’ve been a fan from the beginning and it’s amazing to see how the character’s have grown and changed over the years!!!! I feel like my babies have grown up……. though there are times I miss the dark and twisty Mer.

  6. Melanie says:

    Next week’s previews show it is not April. Might have been more interesting if that was the case though.

  7. jenna says:

    Don’t see how suddenly they are now 8 years in practice since season 1-3 was apparently chronicling their year as interns

    • andi says:

      I… don’t think they’re interns for only a year… I mean they had their interns in the fourth season, so I think they had to be interns for like 3 year by then. But not sure.

  8. Chenell says:

    It’s not 8 years…whoever wrote that is clearly mistaken.

  9. Lucia says:

    It is not eight years. The timeline of the show is not the same as actual real time. They are only fifth year residents. The first three seasons were their first year. Seasons 4 and 5 was their second year.

  10. j2tiger says:

    Yeah that’s really bugging me too. Shonda has recently said 8 as well, even though, again, years 1-3 were just one year. Of course, Grey’s has always been AWFUL at time management. Season 4-5 was supposed to be one year too, but they celebrated Halloween in season 4, then in an early season 5 episode, Karev said it was October. Guess you can’t ask for attention to detail from a soap opera.

    • Annie says:

      Seasons 1-3 were one year, early season 6 Lexie finished her first year so they finished the second.
      Season 6 was one year, season 7 another so season 8 was their 5th year. The only thing that doesn’t make sense is Shonda keeps saying next year they’re attendings but the program is 7 years 5 years residency 2 years fellowship. Surgical fellows aren’t attendings yet

    • Lara says:

      Y’all are trying to make sense of this shows nonsensical timeline and poor knowledge of a general surgery residency. None of this show is realistic in terms of surgical residencies. All general surgery residents are chief residents. You can’t move around specialties ie neurosurgery or ortho unless you are in a residency for those specific fields. But the blaring issue.. they are taking their oral boards, but they haven’t even graduated from their residency programs. You take your qualifiying exams AFTER graduation and AFTER your written exam. I gave up long ago trying to make sense of this show and why they don’t hire someone as a consultant that knows one thing about a general surgery residency. So stupid!

    • Liz says:

      None of their timeline makes sense. Anyone remember the “flashbacks” to the mixer the night before they started their internships? Chief Webber says, “The SEVEN years you spend at Seattle Grace…”

      All the writers had to do was read this site and they’d have it down… http://www.facs.org/medicalstudents/answer2.html

      I will say that some of the ortho residents I’ve worked with did a 7-year residency: 1 internship, 4 ortho, and 2 research… but we were at one of the top-ranked teaching & research hospital systems in the US. Maybe that’s what they were originally planning for… ?

    • islandgirl62 says:

      Shonda NO LONGER writes “GREY’s”!

  11. ghoxo says:

    Cristina has only worn her wedding ring/engagement ring once and that was to Callie’s wedding. Otherwise she hasn’t worn it since the wedding, professional setting or at home and it’s not an indicator of anything here.

  12. Sam says:

    Cristina has never worn a wedding ring…

  13. Lucia says:

    Cristina rarely wears her wedding & engagement ring.The only times she has worn her wedding and engagement rings were the first two episodes of Season 7 and also the episode of Callie & Arizona`s wedding. So, it is no big deal that she is not wearing her wedding ring.

    Haven`t you noticed Meredith doesn`t wear one either.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Yes, as I suspected – but I only had time to skim photos from this season. (I’m not usually looking at Mer’s hands….)

      • Dena says:

        LOL. What are you looking at? We GA fans catch a lot including the including the sham recycled scene last year of Meredith and Derek in bed from Shamda. This episode does look good so thanks for the pictures!

    • Lessa says:

      In many fields of work, you are asked not to wear any jewellry. As surgeons, it would make sense for them not to wear any rings…

  14. Callie says:

    Yeah but I remember Mer asking Derek if it were okay not to wear her engagement ring because she’s not a ring type of girl so it isn’t shocking that Mer wouldn’t wear a wedding band…

  15. LeSo says:

    I see that they’re covering up Jessica Capshaw’s pregnant belly!

  16. Liana in San Diego says:

    Here’s hoping Christina passes, gets a job at a hospital far, far away, and we never see her face again. She can’t be gone soon enough for me. Just can’t stand her self-centered character, and I’m beginning to not understand why on earth Mer still thinks she is such a good friend, when Christina only ever thinks of herself.

  17. Katrin says:

    Can someone please make Mark and Jackson happening right now? *lol* Who needs Lexie anyways? XD She can have April and everyone could be happy *coughs* Whatever… I know I’m maybe the only one on this planet thinking like that, but in my eyes Mark and Jackson have INCREDIBLE chemistry and I love their “bromance”… I wish it could be more than that, but I’m well aware about the fact how much Shonda loves Mark and lexie and that they will be the end-game ;-)

  18. cj says:

    aww april and jackson having “last-remaining-mercy-westers” timez.

  19. Effy says:

    Oh lord, Jackson is getting money from Mark? If Doctoring doesn’t work out he can work on a Street Corner Mark please get away that that Character, He’s bringing you down. Ugh. So glad we get ML in this episode, the more time he spends with lexie the better.

  20. Jen says:

    Yay to Mark recruiting Lexie to work with him! Maybe that will give her the push she needs to admit her feelings for him. He needs to dump the other doctor and reunite with his soulmate Lexie!

  21. me says:

    They did a time jump in one or two of the seasons I believe which is why it now adds up to 8 years.

    • chloe says:

      No, that’s wrong. It’s been presented as a 5 year residency program, the first year of which is the intern year. The first 3 seasons covered their first year; seasons 4 and 5 covered their second year of residency. Seasons 6, 7 and 8 each covered a single year of residency, so at the end of Season 8 the remaining originals (plus April and Jackson) will be completing their fifth year of residency. There has never been a significant time jump between seasons; in fact, most of the time they pick up with days or weeks (and, in at least two instances, minutes) of the end of the prior season.

  22. EveatEden says:

    Avery in a suit is HOT!!

  23. juan says:

    I can’t wait, gonna be awesome.

  24. j2tiger says:

    Remember when this show was friggin awesome? Like, in your gut this visceral show that you had to watch each week? It ended with season three. Whether the cause or not, when Addison and Burke left this show, it’s soul did too.

    Sadly, I stopped watching midway through season 7.

  25. mm says:

    Teddy is the most annoying character on this show, please Owen fire her, and hire Sam from PP as the head of cardio.

    • Katie says:

      With Practice on the bubble, some of the docs from that show could actually come over to Greys. Could get interesting.

  26. Ana says:

    I love, LOVE, the Cristina/Teddy dynamics. Teddy is such a great mentor to Cristina and here she looks like a proud mama sending her kid off to school. We don’t see pics of Alex in the waiting area but he does look like he’s being a douch to April again. This is supposed to be a time of growth and transition but it honestly doesn’t look like Alex has changed at all. Well, he does seem to care more about his patients but he still has a lot of growing up to do. It’s like he’s on a holding pattern…

  27. Deb says:

    Very sad not to see a picture of Derek seeing off Meredith as the other attendings seem to be there for their residents. Ugh……..I guess he is too busy teaching the one who needs her bangs cut to cut. Hope springs eternal with a previous airport picture of Derek and Zola saying hello or good bye to Meredith.

  28. Kendall says:

    The 8 years — I assume — is including medical school.

  29. Shaun says:

    Why couldn’t this have been part of the crossover episode?Such wasted opportunities!!

  30. islandgirl62 says:

    Really hate to burst the bubbles on here…But, we all know that: “SHONDA”, does “NOT” write for: “Grey’s”, anymore! (She let the show go a long time ago!) Other writers, have taken over…”SHONDA” is “ONLY”, concerned about: “HER”, “NEW SHOW’s” which she KEEPS writing even though, they all turn out to be: Flop’s!!!!! Shonda, may jump in here and there but, all in all, she is “NOT” writing for: “GREY’s”, anymore! She pretty much, has given this show up!!! ABC, asked that the show continue. “Shonda does “NOT”, care either way!” Also, “IF” you notice, in all the: Beginnings and Ending’s credits, it tell’s you: “CREATED BY”.: “SHONDA RHIMES”! “NOT”, written by: “Shonda Rhimes any longer!!!!” I can not believe, so many “THINK” that: “SHONDA”; is still writting this show!” “IF”, you look back at “Grey’s”, you can tell “HOW” each person has changed (mainly for the worst) and “HOW” (all the storylines are all over the place now…) It is truly sickening, how “SHONDA” turned her back on “GREY’s”, when she had the number 1 show out there….This is the main reason we have, lost so much of the “medical” part of the show and “why” all the storylines are all over the place! I do still “LOVE” and will always “LOVE”: “GREY’s, “MER/DER”, but what the writers are doing to, “OUR GREY’s” has been unreal in the last couple of years!!!!!” (NOT, the best that is for sure!) “IF”, “SHONDA” had any sence, she would come back and start writing for: “GREY’S” once again!!!!! And, give up on all these “NEW” and “AWFUL” show’s she keeps pushing out there!”

  31. islandgirl62 says:

    “SHONDA RHIMES” NO LONGER WRITES FOR: “GREY’s ANATOMY” NOR HAS SHE IN A VERY LONG TIME!!!!!!” (“IF”, you read the credit’s, it “ONLY” says: “CREATED BY: SHONDA RHIMES”! NO LONGER: WRITTEN BY: SHONDA RHIMES”!) Can you “really” not tell that this is “NOT” her work??????????

  32. Marazzo says:

    Shonda does still write for the show,just not every wk. She wrote the musical & did season final last yr. Yes agree seems like she dont care and is moving on to new shows when she should be focusing on Greys still. Pisses me off when they get shows going and then abandon them or cancel them when they still are doing good(October Road) being one really made me made. Love GA but hope they bring Izzy back

  33. Marazzo says:

    You can go on ABC to see what ones she writes every season

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