Back in 2013, flash mobs were all the rage. So much so that Grey’s Anatomy character April Kepner got her very own flash mob proposal on the show! Fans of the hit medical drama will never forget the moment Matthew Taylor popped the question to April (aka Sarah Drew) during Season 9 — but since it’s been a while since April’s romance with Matthew (more on that later), we’re taking a look back at the adorable scene. Watch the video below to see the proposal!
Let’s actually rewind a bit, shall we? As you probably remember, paramedic Matthew (Justin Bruening) first appeared on Grey’s in the Season 9 episode “Walking on a Dream” when he brought patient Brian Turner into the Grey Sloan Memorial emergency room. After trying to get April’s attention for most of the episode, Matthew finally asked her out on a date. “I’ve been watching you for two days. You don’t seem to slow down. I thought you might need a break. Maybe grab a cup of coffee? Probably shouldn’t have started with the whole ‘watching you’ thing, huh? Now you think I’m some sort of creeper. I’m not. Unless you’re inclined to have coffee with creepers, in which case, I totally creep, like, all the time,” he said. So cute, right?!
The two soon became a couple and seemed perfect for each other as Matthew revealed he was also saving himself for marriage. Though April planned to remain a virgin until she wed, she actually slept with fellow surgeon Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams). April later revealed she wasn’t a virgin and Matthew subsequently broke up with her in the episode “She’s Killing Me.” In the next episode, they got back together — whew!
Jackson interrupting April and Matthew’s wedding. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
A few episodes later, Matthew got the entire hospital to help him propose to April with an awesome flash mob in the emergency room parking lot. “When I first saw you in this doorway, I felt a shock… April Kepner, I love you and I wanna spend the rest of my life trying to make you as happy as you make me, if you let me. Will you marry me?” Matthew asked April to which she replied, “Oh my God, yes!” But, in the Season 9 finale, Jackson was almost killed while trying to save kids from a school bus explosion and April realized she was in love with him and not Matthew. Despite her confession, April stayed engaged to Matthew and Jackson continued dating surgeon Stephanie Edwards (Jerrika Hinton).
During April’s wedding to Matthew in the Season 10 episode “Get Up, Stand Up,” Jackson shockingly interrupted the ceremony to admit he was in love with April. “I love you, and I think that you love me too. Do you?” he asked April before the episode ended on a total cliffhanger. The next show, titled “Take it Back,” began with April and Jackson running out of the church, hand-in-hand as April left Matthew at the altar. Loyal Grey’s fans will know that April and Jackson went on to have a super complicated relationship but, frankly, we just don’t have time to get into all that now (you’ll thank us later). We’ll always remember Matthew’s adorable flash mob proposal, though!
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