Fantastic. I was hoping the Boards episode wouldn’t be a letdown and I wasn’t disappointed. This was a gripping, nerve-wracking, and strangely amusing hour of Greys that did an excellent job of dumping our favorite residents into the lion’s den. It’s worth mentioning that although I’ve grown to detest writers using the whole “six hours earlier” schtick, it did wonders for this episode especially with the reveal that one of our core five didn’t pass their boards. It added an element of intrigue to the proceedings as I constantly found myself wondering which of the various meltdowns lead to the above-mentioned failure. Thus it was quite a shock to discover April as resident in question as I was sure it would be Christina after her confrontation with the fossil. Well done.
In other news, I loved badass Meredith succeeding amidst puking and Avery & April’s bathroom encounter which was just perfectly acted and directed. And of course, the Chief and Avery’s mom continue to amuse me as I’m just a sucker for oldies finding happiness so late in life. However, I wasn’t too fond of Arizona’s storyline as I really couldn’t find myself attached to the Nick character and could have done without the subplot. It was a minor but distracting blimp in an otherwise stellar hour.
Finally, Lexie got one heck of an awesome little speech with her declaration of love to Mark and I couldn’t be happier. They make a truly charming couple and I look forward to their eventual reuinion.
All in all a marvelous hour and a promising lead-in to our final episodes of the season.