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.

Preston Burke Wins Award

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

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."

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)