April is all upset that he hates her already, and it sends her on yet another downward spiral. Cristina tells her to quit freaking out but April can't help herself and she screeches that one in five people fail the Boards. Hmm, and isn't it interesting that there are five of them right there? Cristina gives up, but Jackson assures her that they've dealt with worse things in their everyday jobs, and that they will be fine.
Mere has been pretty quiet and she finally stands up, calls Cristina over, and tells her that Zola has the stomach flu. Cristina rolls her eyes, thinking that Mere wants to leave, and tries to assure her that kids get sick and everything will be fine. But Mere repeats what she said with particular emphasis, and it's then that Cristina realizes her friend is looking kind of clammy. She tries to get Mere to take deep breaths but when April comes over and asks if they want to get lunch after registration, Mere turns and pukes all over the floor. Cristina explains that she has the flu, and April looks more horrified that Mere brought in a virus than she does about Mere's well-being after just spewing on a hotel lobby carpet.
Sure enough, as soon as we return from commercial April is hollering at Meredith that she can't believe she didn't tell them about this, as if Mere is out to intentionally poison them all before the exam. They all leave her to go get their packets and even Cristina doesn't want to get too close, but at least she offers to pick up Mere's materials for her.
As they get in line, Jackson notices that Alex dials his phone and leaves a voicemail for Arizona with treatment suggestions for Tommy. But before Jackson can say anything, Alex sees someone across the way and points out to Jackson that his mom is there, much to Jackson's dismay. She's there to help administer and just wanted to catch him and say good luck, and she also tells him she brought "it." He is mortified and after some arguing manages to convince her that he doesn't want whatever it is. Alex is extremely interested, but Catherine keeps the mystery token in her purse and tells Jackson what room she's in if he changes his mind. Once she goes Alex teases him, asking if he has a binky. Jackson admits immediately that his mom brought his lucky pencil, which he used on the SAT, MCAT, and intern exam. Alex points out what Jackson already knows, which is that this test is oral, and therefore surmises that it really is a binky. Well, except that it's just a pencil and if he'd just taken it from Catherine he could have just held on to it and no one else would have been the wiser and it really wasn't worth this big deal. Except, of course, that it maybe, just maybe, this sets up something else later if he wants to go pick the pencil up after all.