I completely get April's freakout. Yes she was VERY inconsiderate of his feelings but if you saw the scene where they are taking her blood, she is ridiculously insecure. She's never been loved. She is told constantly, how annoying she is, by pretty much everyone. She is the punchline of everyone's jokes and she lacks confidence.. Her freaking out and rejoicing at the end was not a bad reaction. She lacks a filter, she always has. So Jackson told her he had feelings for her, he wasn't specific. He was all ambiguous and when a girl/woman's never been in a relationship and she's like 30? You have to spell it out in no uncertain terms. He didn't do that. She was worried that SHE wasn't what he wanted....She's got the mentality of a teenager because that's usually when you have your first love. She's inexperienced and she's clearly never been in a relationship. Throw in that he's her friend, possibly her best, and the filter goes away even more. Because she talks to him like a girlfriend would talk to a girlfriend. She doesn't have anyone to talk to about him, except him. At the end of the episode after ALL of it, she was finally ready to do the relationship thing, and homegirl was heartbroken when he ended it.
As much as the Jackson/April relationship as I take issue with (as I mentioned before when they first slept together) this is hitting the nail on the head in terms of looking at where they are now. I get that people don't like April and that the writers have made her pretty hard to tolerate. And I get that she is neurotic and self absorbed and has spoken without thinking in front of Jackson many times, but I do think that there is more to the story than her just being insensitive I think these three issues, the fact that she has no self confidence, no experience, and no other friends, are the real issues at play in this whole scenario.
April might be 30, but there is more than a maturity gap between her and Jackson (and everyone else around her). It's like a maturity canyon. Clearly this woman has basically not progressed emotionally beyond being a teenager. She might have been so severely sheltered she never moved past this stuff, she might have some sort of psychological block, or maybe she just got so focused with med school that it became a habit. But the fact of the matter is, April is leaps and bounds behind her age in maturity. Think about it, the goofy wedding plans, tendency to overreact, and the focus on self are classic 'young' behaviors. Like many girls I knew as a teen, April has no tact, common sense, or coping skills. For whatever reason April the woman is stuck being April the girl. (Therapy anyone? Hear me writers?)
We've seen on multiple occasions just how much of a joke everyone thinks she is. Everyone. Even Jackson has had his moments of teasing her. And I think April believes her (sometimes well deserved) bad press. She believes all of it and internalizes it, which probably exacerbates her drive to perfectionism. We're talking super low self esteem. When Jackson says he is in, he never says I am in it for you, or I want you with or without a baby, or I love you. Until some one blatantly spells it out for her, she is never going to make that intuitive leap to thinking that maybe someone does want her. Because she already codes the evidence around her as people only tolerating her. Unless it is in your face clear, she won't believe that someone like Jackson would want her. (For all the reasons folks have mentioned here, I mean have we looked at Jackson? She is not unaware of how out of her league this guy is).
And I mean, it's not like they really would be in a place where they'd be ready to get married anyway, minus baby. (I mean seriously, it's been like how long? Not enough time to be all, we're soulmates let's get hitched for life status. Especially when it's April's first relationship). And April said, when they got the results, she wanted to keep dating and start using the pill (though I don't call hooking up in the hospital dating, but there you go). There is a big difference between being relieved you don't have to have a shotgun wedding and become a mother, and actually saying you don't want to continue with Jackson. He's the one who made that interpretation.
Lastly, as Mandso pointed out, April's supposed best friend (although I have some qualms about that) is Jackson. If she had lost her virginity and was flailing around in this situation with any other guy theoretically Jackson would be her "person" to talk to. Who else does she have? So then the problem becomes her filter. A lot of the really annoying and insulting things she says to Jackson would easily sound like the kind of girl talk/guilt/postmortem that girlfriend's would have. Similar to ones we have even seen Mer/Cris have. But when the BF whatever is also your sex buddy and you have no one else to talk to and not enough sense to shut up everything starts to fall to pot.
Given their inclusion in Mer's opening MFEO monologue, I suppose we haven't seen the end of Jackson and April. If they do get back together, I hope the writer's make it a hell of a lot more mature and tolerable than this. (I won't hold my breath). As I said way back when, I don't think that Jackson was being a good friend at all in the first place when she asked him to sleep with her. Even if he had a crush, or too much to drink, I just think it was a poor decision in that situation, at that moment in time. And look where it's led.
I was generally pretty neutral about these two characters, and I think I actually like April in the few and far between plots where she actually, you know, acts like a surgeon and takes care of patients. I think I like her more than Jackson anyway. Now my toleration for them both is really diminishing, but in a weird way my frustration with them has kept me checking back in on the show. I have been pretty meh on everyone else. So I suppose by keeping me angry at how ridiculous everything is the writer's have sort of kept me watching. Not sure how long it will last.
Edited by girl22, Dec 2, 2012 @ 5:37 AM.