Kate Burton to Check Into Grey's Anatomy Again

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It might not be the name many Grey's Anatomy fans were hoping for, but it will have to suffice for now:

Kate Burton, who recurred for years as Meredith's mother, Ellis, will return to this ABC hit in February for a special Sweeps episode that takes place in an alternative reality. The installment will give fans a look at how Meredith's life would have been different if her mom never suffered from Alzheimer's.

Ellis is Overcome

Kate Walsh is also booked for the episode (which will be titled "If/Then"), as it examines Derek's universe had he never split with Addison.

Many readers have been expressing their desire for either Katherine Heigl or Isaiah Washington to appear again, but there's no reason at the moment to expect either actor will show up. We'll be the first to tell you if that changes.

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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."

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.

Meredith