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….

Comments (52)

  • The image of Mark giving Jackson some money is priceless.

    Comment by aleph19 – April 9, 2012 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s really weird to see Mer and Cristina in nice business suits and not scrubs lol

    Comment by Becca – April 9, 2012 10:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i got a feeling its gonna end up being April that Owen slept with

    Comment by ggny – April 9, 2012 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They have a bunch of sneek peaks out for next week, it’s not.

      Comment by Emmits – April 9, 2012 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i was wondering if anyone saw the promo for the next episode. they show the woman he slept with in it…..ITS N O T April….for gods sake. its a blonde curly random girl he meets at joes

      Comment by Nina – April 9, 2012 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Curly? Blonde? Random? Oh please is there any chance it was Sloane’s daughter???

        Comment by sincere jerk – April 9, 2012 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Ooh! That would be interesting! But it’s definitely a different actress, so I doubt it was Sloan’s daughter (unless they recast her).

          Comment by Lauren – April 9, 2012 05:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It´s not! The name is Jasmin.

          Comment by Ane – April 10, 2012 07:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hope April does well, it’ll be nice to see her on screen for more than 2 minutes.

    Comment by Emmits – April 9, 2012 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Kara Thrace – April 9, 2012 11:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Dizzle – April 9, 2012 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Lynn – April 9, 2012 10:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Next week’s previews show it is not April. Might have been more interesting if that was the case though.

    Comment by Melanie – April 9, 2012 10:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Don’t see how suddenly they are now 8 years in practice since season 1-3 was apparently chronicling their year as interns

    Comment by jenna – April 9, 2012 10:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by andi – April 9, 2012 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • They refer to it as their “intern year”

        Comment by Emmits – April 9, 2012 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s not 8 years…whoever wrote that is clearly mistaken.

    Comment by Chenell – April 9, 2012 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Lucia – April 9, 2012 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by j2tiger – April 9, 2012 10:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by Annie – April 9, 2012 01:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Lara – April 9, 2012 01:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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…

      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… ?

      Comment by Liz – April 9, 2012 07:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Shonda NO LONGER writes “GREY’s”!

      Comment by islandgirl62 – April 10, 2012 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by ghoxo – April 9, 2012 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cristina has never worn a wedding ring…

    Comment by Sam – April 9, 2012 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Lucia – April 9, 2012 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, as I suspected – but I only had time to skim photos from this season. (I’m not usually looking at Mer’s hands….)

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – April 9, 2012 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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!

        Comment by Dena – April 9, 2012 09:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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…

      Comment by Lessa – April 11, 2012 12:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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…

    Comment by Callie – April 9, 2012 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I see that they’re covering up Jessica Capshaw’s pregnant belly!

    Comment by LeSo – April 9, 2012 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Liana in San Diego – April 9, 2012 11:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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 ;-)

    Comment by Katrin – April 9, 2012 11:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • aww april and jackson having “last-remaining-mercy-westers” timez.

    Comment by cj – April 9, 2012 11:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Effy – April 9, 2012 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Jen – April 9, 2012 01:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They did a time jump in one or two of the seasons I believe which is why it now adds up to 8 years.

    Comment by me – April 9, 2012 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by chloe – April 9, 2012 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Avery in a suit is HOT!!

    Comment by EveatEden – April 9, 2012 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • OMG YES HE IS! Just the thing I needed to see this morning. YUM!!!

      Comment by Michelle – April 10, 2012 03:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t wait, gonna be awesome.

    Comment by juan – April 9, 2012 02:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by j2tiger – April 9, 2012 04:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Teddy is the most annoying character on this show, please Owen fire her, and hire Sam from PP as the head of cardio.

    Comment by mm – April 9, 2012 04:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • With Practice on the bubble, some of the docs from that show could actually come over to Greys. Could get interesting.

      Comment by Katie – April 9, 2012 09:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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…

    Comment by Ana – April 9, 2012 08:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Deb – April 9, 2012 09:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The 8 years — I assume — is including medical school.

    Comment by Kendall – April 10, 2012 12:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why couldn’t this have been part of the crossover episode?Such wasted opportunities!!

    Comment by Shaun – April 10, 2012 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!”

    Comment by islandgirl62 – April 10, 2012 11:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “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??????????

    Comment by islandgirl62 – April 10, 2012 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Marazzo – April 11, 2012 12:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You can go on ABC to see what ones she writes every season

    Comment by Marazzo – April 11, 2012 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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