Grey’s Anatomy Recap: ‘Japril’ in May – Plus as Jackson leaves the show
The promos for Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday made us believe that “Look Up Child” would be Japril: The Movie, Part 3. And Sarah Drew told TVLine that the episode brought Jackson and April to a close a bit. What we didn’t know, however, was that it would justify Jesse Williams’ impending exit as Jackson. What the hell? Here is everything that went down.
“I know this seems impressive and out of nowhere, but …” | As the episode started, Japril flashbacks – including one of Jackson wistfully watching April marry Matthew – played as Avery drove through the rainy night. Earlier that day (maybe the day before?) He had shown up at Father Robert’s diner and they stared at each other for a moment. “Hey Dad,” said Jackson. From there we get to him, who arrives at the front door in the rain in April, and a lot more flashbacks. Was he suddenly regretting her divorce? Back at Robert’s, Pops said he wanted to call during the pandemic but thought Jackson didn’t really want to hear from him. Anyway, Jackson grumbled. He was there for answers that Robert said he would be happy to provide as long as he was helping with lunch packing.
At the same time, Jackson said that Catherine recently said he sounded like Robert when he realized that due to the bureaucracy, he hadn’t seen any change within the foundation. “That sounds a little like me,” admitted Robert. When he got Jackson to cut turkey, he explained that with all that Avery money, everyone expected him to fix it all. “I would never be the son my father wanted because I didn’t want to be the man who needed the role,” said Robert. Then it hit him: That’s why Jackson was there – he thought of leaving it all behind.
“I have a strange bank voice now?” | In April, Harriet’s mother was upset about her ex because the little girl had a fever. “COVID just makes everything so big!” she told Jackson. Harriet had been sick for a few days. Also, “she needs a bath – she smells of feet,” said April. “You are,” Jackson said as he put on music that in a million years didn’t sound like anything his ex-wife would hear. After the power went out during the rainstorm, Jackson assured April that they didn’t have to take Harriet to Gray Sloan to see doctors, they were doctors. Soon April noticed how cagey he was and asked him to admit that he had visited his father to see if he was right about what he wanted. “He couldn’t get up or into his own,” said Jackson, “but I can.” I want to take over the foundation. “
Jackson went back to the diner and was amazed at the bubble that Robert had created for himself. Jackson felt stuck, wanted the foundation to do better, but wondered if it was too late. “Maybe you could let go of the idea that it’s your job to save the world,” said Robert. It’s true, Jackson said as he fired Robert as a white man with money who would always be fine. Jackson wanted to know why Robert had left him and Catherine. It had really messed him up and got him going when things got difficult. He always had to fight the Robert within himself. Of course, as Jackson got angrier, he cut his hand in the turkey cutter. Following the advertisement, Jackson announced to April that he wasn’t thinking of running the foundation, but rather that he was. But to do that he had to move to Boston – and he wanted April and Matthew to move too. Jackson didn’t want to go without Harriet, no way, no how. He had provided the couple with jobs, they could do and build whatever they wanted.
“You didn’t just get up and move around the country on a whim.” | April wavered from Jackson’s question, reminding him that he had fled his name as long as she had known him. In response, he accused her of not wanting to disturb her perfect little life. “You’ve never wanted any of this and you just want me to roll with it?” She asked. “What if it doesn’t work?” Jackson didn’t question it when Matthew suggested April before him and they married that same day. “I had your back. I am only asking you to do the same for me. “She wanted him to be happy but ran the foundation? “You’re not that guy,” she said. “I don’t think you ever will be.” Jackson assured April that she could still do a good job in Boston – even better job. And Matthew would follow her. That’s why he liked the guy – ha.
Jackson finally challenged April: Wouldn’t she do anything she could if she saw the chance to be who she really should be? She would. After Harriet’s fever broke out, Jackson asked April to let him create real racial justice at the foundation, make real changes, and be the father who was never his own. “And all I have to do is turn my life upside down,” she said. Which was about the size of it. Back in the diner timeline, Robert Jackson admitted that he left because he just did that, and he had convinced himself that his son would be better off without him. “All my life, how can you think it doesn’t matter?” Jackson spat. Well, Robert screwed it up. And he knew now. He regretted running. The apple probably won’t fall far from the tree, Jackson said. But he was nothing like his father, Robert argued, “because you have it in your soul to do the right thing. If you don’t want to stay, don’t. But don’t blame me because on your worst day you are ten times my size. “
“I have to show HARRIET that we can use our money where our mouths are.” | As the lesson drew to a close, Jackson showed up at Catherine and Richard’s where he told his mother that he felt a deep-seated calling to run the foundation and work toward real justice. “If that means dismantling the entire medical system,” he said, “that’s what I want to do.” From there he went to speak to April … so yes, this episode was timed widely. The morning after Japril’s long conversation, she decided that Jackson was indeed the type who changed the world. “Why is our timing so terrible?” April wondered. That was such a thing, he cracked. He finally took off the pressure of moving to Boston just for her to say he deserved it. Jackson would like to speak to Matthew for or to her, but … um, there was no need. “We broke up,” she admitted. Matthew had denied for so long that he didn’t hate April for everything that had gone down between them, but … “God’s plan is not that easy to understand.” Ultimately, Matthew had stayed in Philadelphia with daughter Ruby after his sister fell ill.
Was April okay? “It’s hard to tell,” she said. But hey, she moved to Boston. “So keep your fingers crossed for new horizons.” So what do you think of Grey’s Japril reunion? His big question from April? The shock of Jesse Williams’ impending exit? The comments section is now open for business operations.