Grey's Anatomy's Sarah Drew Teases 'Powerless' April, Baby-Name Mystery

In the wake of her harrowing, near-death delivery, April Kepner is “groggy, recovering and glad to be alive” when we meet up with her in tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy premiere (ABC, 8/7c), Sarah Drew tells TVLine, noting that the episode picks up mere “moments” after last May’s finale. “She’s on pain medication and barely strong enough to even hold her baby. It’s an interesting spot to start the season in. She’s feeling powerless and helpless after doing this incredible thing to bring this little girl into the world.”

Luckily, her complicated, strained relationship with the baby’s daddy, Jackson, is not dragging her down further. “Her life-threatening situation brought some tenderness between the two of them,” Drew says. “But they’re still not together. They’re figuring out how they’re going to do this co-parenting thing when they’re not romantically together.”

First up on their to-do-list: Picking a name for their daughter. “The first scene with Jackson and April is them discussing that,” she previews. “It’s a sweet little scene. But you don’t actually find out what her name is until a few scenes later.” (Drew hints that the moniker they ultimately settle on is a “strong and powerful” one.)

Is it fair to say that her monster in-law Catherine (Debbie Allen, who appears in the premiere) will have an opinion about her granddaughter’s name? “Hurricane Grandma likes to come in and stir stuff up,” Drew teases with a chuckle. “We get to see April take her power while also being a bit powerless, but in a way that is light and not emotional or intense or depressing.”

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  1. Gul says:

    I want Japril back together! They went through so much pain when they lost their son and were not given a chance to recover. All I can hope is that their new baby helps them heal and eventually brings them together again because I need one couple to be happy on this show. Also I dont really understand why they’re making Catherine like this considering she & April had a pretty decent relationship before last season so I need April or Jackson to tell her, in no uncertain terms, to back tf off.

  2. andrew hass says:

    I’m betting that Jackson and April will reunite sometime this season but for now i want to see them co-parent.Plus it wouldn’t surprise if Jackson and April decide to live together platonically with their baby for a bit.

  3. Nerwen Aldarion says:

    Oh we all know Japril will be back together this season, there is no way they can coparent a child without having their feelings return. I expect some jealousy on both of their parts which will lead to an epic reconciliation. CAn’t wait!

  4. Dana Conaway says:

    The only thing that bothered me about her birthing scene was the formal dress. For pete’s sake, she had more than enough time to rip that ridiculous dress off and put on a nightgown or nothing at all. It was all very silly and unrealistic.

    • Jamie says:

      Well seeing as she was in Meredith’s house, it makes perfect sense that she didn’t steal Meredith’s clothes without her permission just to bleed all over them. That would have been silly and unrealistic. Her formal dress was all that she had with her.

  5. Mara says:

    April is the most annoying character. I wish she had left instead of Callie.

  6. msstargate says:

    I absolutely adore Japril. I am looking forward to both of them getting back to characters we grew to love. The baby will be a great healer for them.

  7. Am I the only one annoyed to not have the scene Sarah references in the first episode? I understand they have to cut for time but this would have been a great scene.