April's Jesus freakout was less surprising to me, but only because I remember Sarah Drew from Everwood, and it was known that she was a Christian with fairly strong religious beliefs. She also played a character on Everwood who had similar compunctions about sex before marriage, so I wasn't altogether shocked to see those same traits emerge here. And April has always been kind of a goody two shoes, so I figured something like this would happen sooner or later.
Word. Also, Sarah Drew specifically said that April would reveal something important about her character that would factor into how she and Jackson dealt with the aftermath. It's not going away. And she didn't just rant that she's worried about going to hell and not being right with God, she said that she has been a virgin all this time because she loves Jesus. This implies that her earlier explanation was a lie.
But I agree wholeheartedly that it seemed totally out of the blue, since they've never even referred to those aspects of her character in passing before this episode - and as others said, she's been through multiple crises at the hospital. Christianity is supposed to be about more than just not having sex before marriage, no?
Even as it seemed totally random, this whole storyline was kind of cliched - the straight-and-narrow girl feels bad about having sex. I feel like the most interesting choice would've been to have her be surprisingly okay with the decision - maybe with some mixed feelings about how exactly it came about, esp. because I don't think she's in love with Jackson, but overall dealing with it in a mature fashion. Instead they have her choose to deal with it in a weird, silly way that's also been done over and over before.
ETA none of this is to knock Sarah Drew at all - despite finding April annoying, I think she's a great actress and have loved her since Everwood. But this whole storyline...smh.
Edited by FleeceBlanket, Apr 29, 2012 @ 11:58 AM.