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It’s been a long, difficult road for Japril shippers this season on Grey’s Anatomy. After Jackson and April finally hooked up after will-they-won’t-the tension, they didn’t immediately get together; in fact, April had a breakdown for losing her virginity and they stopped. But then they started again, all was right in the world, and we imagined them getting married and having too-gorgeous-for-their-own good children.

However, then they broke our hearts again by splitting up; April moved on to cute virginal paramedic Matthew, and Jackson started dating intern Stephanie. They’ve both had rough patches in their new relationships that gave us hope, and when April cried on Jackson’s shoulder after the gasoline tanker explosion on the highway, we thought that flame might be reignited again. Sadly, no one has lit the match just yet, but we have a feeling it’s only a matter of time before they accept they are meant to be and reunite.

In Thursday’s episode (Season 9, Episode 22: “Do You Believe in Magic?”), they finally broke the tension and operated together, celebrating a successful complicated surgery after a sorority girl ingested liquid nitrogen and they had to physically remove her stomach to fix her up. April yelled at the patient’s friends and told them to focus in school so they can be “awesome,” and that jolt of adrenaline promoted her to ask Jackson to go for a drink. While he declined, the moment of sheer joy and mutual excitement as they looked at each other in the hallway made it clear that they won’t lose track of each other just yet.

Unfortunately, after that, Jackson’s girlfriend, Stephanie, delivered a long speech about how it had been 11 days since they talked and he needed to treat her better. To our surprise, he responded with a long apology kiss, and things seem to be back on track for them. Sigh

With two episodes left, an April/Jackson scene in the promo for next week’s finale (part one of two, Episode 23: “Readiness Is All”), and April’s portrayer, Sarah Drew, dishing about how much she loves the final two eps, we think something good is coming. It’s clear that Sarah is a Japril shipper, so we’ll trust her and keep our fingers crossed that those two crazy kids get together by season’s end. However, we are a bit concerned that Jackson suffers a head trauma after being hit by a tree, but let’s not worry too much yet...

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Alyse Whitney is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @AlyseWhitney.