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Loretta Devine to Reprise Role of Adele on Grey's Anatomy

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Adele (Loretta Devine) is coming back to Grey's Anatomy.

Her status with Richard is a bit open-ended, but this we know: She returns to the hospital with a serious problem that requires personal attention from one of the docs.

Adele Webber, who has appeared on the show as the Chief's wife since the show's first year in 2005, has taken ill and needs medical care. Look for her in mid-February.

Adele Lays it Down!

Adele in one of several appearances at the hospital to date.

Could this medical treatment also be the situation that sets up a sweet Valentine's Day reunion for the pair? Are they estranged now, or over for good at this point?

We've lost track, as Richard's personal life is dealt with sporadically.

Or, might this be a poignant and emotional farewell for Adele - and a sad, but powerful story line during which James Pickens, Jr., will shine? What do you think?

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I thought the Chief referenced Adele in the second half of season 6 - when he was trying to fit in with the rest of the doctors and he told Karev (about a hot nurse), "If I wasn't a happily married man, I would hit her. I would hit her hard." (Karev corrects him - he means to say "I'd hit that" - hilarious!) My point is, he calls himself a happily married man at that point. Did they separate at any point after his rehab?

Smileyglen

Just read somewhere that Callie's OB, is looking set to become a love interest for Alex. Now that's gonna be interesting to watch, as April always appears to be kinda jealous of how Alex treats women, like the med student, he took home and slept with. All I can say hope Meredith and Derek move out to the woods soon, maybe the fresh air and getting away from the dorm like house may help with the baby thing.

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YESYESSYES i love how their bringing back a good old character!!
im sure she'll bring the old feel of grey's!

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This is a character I definitely want back! Yay Adele! The writers better NOT kill Adele, she's awesome and funny and witty and vulnerable. You know, I say switch Teddy for Adele. The woman is great on all levels and Teddy is not. I'm so excited for this. I truly hope she doesn't die. PD. Adele and Richard are back together since S4. Remember on Sympathy for the Devil? Derek said that he is going home to his wife and Richard should do the same thing. Adele.

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WOO HOO!! Glad to read that Adele will be back in the building!!! Love seeing her. Her facial expressions are hilarious. Everybody knows better that to mess with her. Hope she sticks around for a few epis :)

Smileyglen

I too love Adele, she is a beautiful woman, I just hope it's not cancer, her niece was dying from cancer, her niece's cancer kept recurring. Cancer usually runs in families. I hope it's not cancer. And as far as I know Richard and Adele are still together, I remember Derek telling the Chief that he was going home to his wife and that he should do the same, I don't remember what episode it was, I think it was in season 7.

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I love Adele on the show... I don't think Richard is in love with her he love her but not in love with... I could tell in season six the way he take about Ellis that was his true love.. It seem evident in season six finale when he foud the shooter... When he told the shooter he had a great love that death would be a end to a beatiful life... He was speaking in past tent and him and Adele are still together... He would talk about her in present not past tent... He was talk about Ellis... But I agree with everone that he cares about her... So yes I'm am happy she stopping by for a visit she have been on the show since season 6x09....

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I love Adele on the show... I don't think Richard is in love with her he love her but not in loe with... I could tell in season six the way he take about Ellis that was his true love.. It seem evident in season six finale when he foud the shooter... When he told the shooter he had a great love that death would be a end to a beatiful life... He was speaking in past tent and him and Adele are still together... He would talk about her past tent... He was talk about Ellis... But agree with everone that he cares about her... So yes I'm am happy she stopping by for a visit she have been on the show since season 6x09....

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This is an example of underutilizing favorite characters. I love Adele. She would have been a great character with the Chief while he was going through rehab, the shooting and being Chief again, Instead we get all these characters nobody cares about that take away from the gore characters. George had very little screen time, so he left, we had the dead Denny storyline on and on with KH stuffed down our throats. I don't know how they decide the airtime for each character but it doesn't seem to benefit the show or the regulars. I loved when Derek interacted with Adele which was in the earlier seasons.

Sandraohforever

i love ADELE TOO SHE IS AWESOME.. I HOPE THEY DON'T KILL HER EITHER..