- "Wait a little while, let him get to know you. Once he does, he'll want to follow you anywhere, trust me."
- —Jackson Avery
Jackson Avery was originally one of the surgical residents at Mercy West Medical Center. He joined the staff at Seattle Grace-Mercy West Hospital after the merger of the two hospitals. Avery is the grandson of Dr. Harper Avery, one of the most famous surgeons in the country and the namesake of the prestigious Harper Avery Award. He grew up hearing about the nobility of being a surgeon at his grandfather's dinner table, which inspired him to become a surgeon. His family never pushed him academically, so he pushed himself; he didn't even tell his family that he had taken the MCAT until he aced it.
Not much is known about Jackson’s life before he became a surgeon, but it is known that although he looks up to his grandfather, he detests being compared to him. He also refuses to use his name in order to progress in his career. Jackson is no doubt a “mamma’s boy” and is extremely protective of the people he cares about – specifically April Kepner, whom he claims is his only remaining friend in Seattle.
Shooting at the HospitalEdit
During the shooting at the hospital, Jackson and Cristina preformed emergency surgery on Derek Shepherd, saving his life. At one point during the surgery, grieving widower, Gary Clark held them up at gunpoint. Jackson saved everyone’s lives by making it seem as though Derek had flat lined. This pleased Gary Clark and he was then convinced to leave them in peace.
When Jackson first arrived at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital, he developed a small crush on Cristina Yang and kissed her while inebriated at a party. However, Cristina did not return any intimate feelings towards him. Instead, she broke the kiss immediately and told him that it never happened.
Jackson and Lexie Grey develop a relationship after Mark Sloan bribes Jackson with surgery in exchange for information on how Lexie is doing. Jackson does get the information he needs, but doesn’t tell Mark about it because he’s developed feelings for Lexie and wants to respect her privacy. Mark does, however, still allow Jackson to perform the surgery he was promised. Lexie and Jackson do become a couple, but Jackson later breaks it off when he realizes Lexie is still in love with Mark.
On the night before his medical board exams, Jackson and April Kepner engage in a bar fight and later have sex. Jackson was leery at first, due to the fact that April was a virgin, but she promised him it was okay and she wanted to do it. Later, however, April told Jackson that the reason she had been a virgin so long is because she was celibate. She was completely heart broken and distraught at what happened between them, which caused Jackson to feel extremely guilty. They had another sexual encounter in the men’s room during a break from theirmedical board exams, which helped both Jackson and April calm down. However, it was too late for April and she failed. When she was let go from the hospital, Jackson comforted her, but April perceived it as him pitying her and told him to leave her alone.
When Jackson accepted the job at Tulane, he told April he felt sick at the thought of leaving her behind. He postponed his move, however, when he heard about the plane crash. When Mark Sloan showed signs of recovery, April told Jackson the only reason she stayed was to make sure Mark was okay, and now that he was, she would be leaving for home.When April was rehired by Owen Hunt, she told Jackson she was in the process of revirginizing. Although Jackson didn't approve because he felt she was trying to pretend they never happened, he promised to help in any way that he could. However, they couldn't resist each other and continued their relationship until finally breaking it off. As of now, Jackson and April remain a mystery. They both love each other dearly, but it’s possible they love each other in completely different ways.
Jackson has recently started a relationship with the new intern, Stephanie, but he claims it's purely sexual and only for fun. However, Stephanie seems to think their relationship is more serious than that - stating that she would follow him if he were to find a job at a different hospital. It's clear that although Jackson is currently sleeping with Stephanie, he still has strong feelings for April.
Mark SloanEditDuring Jackson's relationship with Lexie, he and Mark Sloan develop a mentor/student relationship, which continues to grow even after Lexie and Jackson split. Mark often referred to them as the "Plastics Posse" - much to Jackson's embarrassment. They later became inseparable and were often teased about their bromance by the other doctors.
Jackson was initially a surgical resident at the Mercy West Medical Center, until the merger with Seattle Grace. Upon his transfer to Seattle Grace, Jackson has rotated over the services of several surgical departments, such as Neuro, Cardiothoracics, and Plastics. Jackson took a shine to Plastics and that is now his specialty. Jackson is one of four doctors to pass their medical board exams, and he is currently employed at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital following the death of Mark Sloan.
Notes and Trivia Edit
- Jackson loses his composure and gets nervous when on camera. A similar event happened during his high school graduation.
- He has nightmares, especially after the shooting at Seattle Grace.
- He had a lucky pencil before it was broken during his medical board exams.
- Jackson is very forward. He will always say what's on his mind, even if it may hurt someone's feelings.
- Jackson played football in high school.
- Jackson's father has never been mentioned by him but he has been mentioned by his mother.