Grey's Anatomy Spoiler: A Preston Burke Sighting

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If you've seen promos for this week's episode, "The Becoming," you likely noticed that they feature Preston Burke - even if the former character doesn't appear on the actual episode of Grey's Anatomy. Just a picture of him.

Below is a photo taken from the promo. Tonight's Grey's Anatomy will focus on how Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) reacts to this news of her ex-fiance.

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Isaiah Washington, who portrayed Preston so brilliantly before being fired after Season 3, is now shooting a movie with Forrest Whitaker in New Orleans, but is reportedly upset about his likeness being used on Grey's Anatomy.

Washington's rep, Howard Bragman said in a statement:

"Isaiah has no plans to go back to Grey's Anatomy ... That being said, we were more than a little surprised that ABC used his likeness in a promo for the show, and indeed advanced his character's storyline. Mr. Washington's attorney has contacted the Screen Actors Guild and ABC as to the appropriateness of that action."

A representative for ABC could not be reached for comment.

This poses the question of whether ABC is using Burke (a la Addison) as a ploy to boost Grey's Anatomy ratings, which have slipped. Thoughts?

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.