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Grey's Anatomy: Moment of Truth

After eight years of practice, the residents head to San Francisco for their oral boards; sparks fly between Catherine and Richard when they bump into each other at the hotel; Bailey intervenes after Owen and Teddy get into a heated argument about their young car crash patient; and Mark tries to recruit Lexie for one of his cases. Meanwhile, Alex feels guilty for being away from the hospital when Tommy's health begins to fail.

Source: ABC

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x21
Airdate: Thursday April 26th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) May 09, 2012
AU (Seven) Jul 19, 2012


Guest Stars
Amanda FullerAmanda Fuller
As Morgan Peterson (Patient: Intern With Pre-Term Baby)
Debbie AllenDebbie Allen
As Dr. Catherine Avery (Jackson Avery's Mother)
Kari ColemanKari Coleman
As Mother (Mother of Patient In Car Accident Ricky)
Thad LuckinbillThad Luckinbill
As Kevin Banks (Fellow Resident Taking His Boards)

Co-Guest Stars
Cathy TomlinCathy Tomlin
As Examiner #5
David PevsnerDavid Pevsner
As Examiner #2
Jim LauJim Lau
As Examiner #4
Kate MinesKate Mines
As Nurse Gloria
Nicole CumminsNicole Cummins
As Paramedic Nicole
Susan OritzSusan Oritz
As Examiner #3
Thai DouglasThai Douglas
As Examiner
Richardson CheryRichardson Chery
As Kevin's Friend
Main Cast
Ellen PompeoEllen Pompeo
As Dr. Meredith Grey
Justin ChambersJustin Chambers
As Dr. Alex Karev
Patrick DempseyPatrick Dempsey
As Dr. Derek Shepherd
Chandra WilsonChandra Wilson
As Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens, Jr.James Pickens, Jr.
As Dr. Richard Webber
Sara RamirezSara Ramirez
As Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres
Kevin McKiddKevin McKidd
As Dr. Owen Hunt
Jessica CapshawJessica Capshaw
As Dr. Arizona Robbins
Sarah DrewSarah Drew
As Dr. April Kepner
Jesse Williams (2)Jesse Williams (2)
As Dr. Jackson Avery
Kim RaverKim Raver
As Dr. Teddy Altman
Chyler LeighChyler Leigh
As Dr. Lexie Grey
Eric DaneEric Dane
As Dr. Mark Sloan
Sandra OhSandra Oh
As Dr. Cristina Yang


The episode begins, with all the interns readying to give the big test. April is under immense pressure thanks to the tests, and Owen tries his best to calm her down. All the mentors are giving their interns last minute pointers before the big test. The mentors then see them off, hoping for the interns to perform their best. Meanwhile, Meredith is busy treating her daughter and might be late for her plane, Derek and Callie tell her to leave, reassuring her that they would take care of things. Meanwhile, Owen is visibly disturbed by the fact that, Christina didn’t bid him a proper goodbye. Meanwhile, a sixteen year old driver who has met with an accident is brought in. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 9.45 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Au Revoir SimoneAll Or NothingJackson and April kiss, Richard has dinner.
BirdyYoung BloodLexie gets home, residents begin their interviews.
Electric GuestThis Head I HoldOpening voiceover, residents get on the bus.
The Naked And FamousThe SunApril and Jackson fight in the bar.
Of Monsters And MenLakehouseRichard and Catherine kiss in her hotel room.
Poor MoonIllusionResidents arrive in San Francisco, Meredith vomits
Washington80 MilesMeredith and Cristina talk through the door.

Episode Quotes
Meredith: (opening voiceover) Picture this: you've spent the past five years at your residency training to become a surgeon. But those five years suddenly don't matter. The only thing that matters, the only thing between you and the rest of your career is a test, in a random hotel in a random city, with a random examiner asking you random questions. Nervous? You should be.

Derek: They called 10 minutes ago, she started throwing up right after I dropped her off.
Meredith: She's really warm, maybe I should stay.
Callie: No. Babies get sick. It sucks, but it's the disgusting circle of life. We've trained too hard. I've personally put hours of my life that I will never get back, so you are not failing because your mommy hormones.
Derek: Go to the airport, pass your Boards.
Meredith: My baby is sick!
Derek: Lucky for her, her father is a doctor.
Callie: We're a village. Zola's village is chock full of doctors, okay? She will be fine. Go! Make me proud.
Meredith: Alright. Mamma loves you so much, Zo! You're my Zo-zo! I love you. I'll be home soon.

Alex: I got this.
Arizona: I hope you do.
Alex: What?
Arizona: I mean...I know you do!

Hunt: I want you to repeat after me: I'm a soldier.
April: I'm a soldier.
Hunt: No, no--I want to hear you mean it. I am a soldier!
April: I am a soldier!

Jackson: Good luck. April? Come on. You're not even going to look at me?
April: No, it's not you Jackson. It's Jesus. I was a virgin because I love Jesus and now Jesus hates me.

Meredith: Hi! Yeah, I was just napping. I felt a little tired, that's all. How's Zola?
Derek: Her fever's down to a hundred, stop worrying.
Meredith: I can hear her screaming, Derek.
Derek: No, she saying: Go mamma, kick butt on the Boards!
Meredith: Is she really feeling better?
Derek: Yeah, you hear that? She stopped crying. And now she's smiling, that cute little smile she does.
Meredith: Oh yeah, I love that smile.
Derek: So, are you gonna be all right for tomorrow?
Meredith: Tomorrow? Yeah. I feel great!
Derek: Good. I made some calls, there is an opening in Mass General. We can do this. And Zola can grow up with a Boston accent!"
Meredith: "Wow, I don't even know if I want the job, and I haven't passed my test yet.
Derek: You will.

Jackson (after getting punched): Really?!
Jealous Resident: You wanna go?
April: Yeah bitch! I wanna go!

Derek: Well, we did it. We made it through the night. You know why Zola? Because we're survivors. Me and you, and your mom's gonna pass the Boards, and hopefully – you don't throw up on me in the next 15 minutes, right?
Lexie: Why is she in a bumblebee costume?
Derek: She has thrown up on all of her other clothes.

Meredith: (closing voiceover) Kindergarten, high school, college, Med school, residency. Yet all leads to this moment. Some people can crack under the pressure. Others thrive. Either way, there's nothing left to do. No more studying, no more preparing. Like it or not, the moment has arrived. The only thing left for you to do is to show up.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Moment of Truth

Moment of Truth is the title of a song originally sung by Gang Starr.

Nine Inch Nails: Mark references the band when he says that one of his interns thinks that "debriding the necrotic tissue" is the title of a Nine Inch Nails album.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 1: When the residents are getting on the bus for the boards Bailey says "they started off with so little promise." Bailey was in charge of the residents when they were interns, starting in 1x01 "A Hard Days Night".

Season 8, Episode 15: Morgan is the intern whom Alex has worked closely with since her son Tommy was born prematurely in 8x15 "Have You Seen Me Lately".

Season 8, Episode 9: Bailey confronts Teddy about how she has been treating Owen since the death of her husband Teddy in 8x09 "Dark Was The Night".

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