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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Is Greys cancelled? It hasn't aired in forever.


Its not on as usual... every year they break for the holidays, and will be back on in late jan early feb! :p


AH could someone please tell me why Greys hasnt been on for like 3 weeks? Its driving me kind of crazy in a sense :) I would love to know when the next episode will air!!!


Let's bring back Addison in the episode. She was fiesty and brought out another side of Derek.


In this version of Mer's life, will Ellis have tried to have cut her wrists when Webber left? Will Mer have been the thorn in her mother's side as a rebellious daughter? All the previous scenes of Kate Burton's as Ellis will never have happened. Maybe the MerMom dynamic will be different and Ellis won't be so critical of Mer this time


I'd love to see Katherine Heigl and Isaiah Washington again, but since it seems like that might not be possible...how about TR Knight?? I loved George


@ Andrea - Keep drinking the kool aid .TR got him fired .Seriously ??? He was fired because he went on national TV and repeated the offensive behavior he originally did on set .He then tried to sue ABC twice and thats the reason he will never be back .And he had a history of asshattery before getting to Grey's.He was previously fired twice from other shows for scummy behavior .He physically assaulted a crew member and the second time for getting handsy with a co-star,exploding with rage when she complained ,verbally abusing in turn a producer then the director before having to be escorted off set by the police)
And they have already said that KW is the ONLY FORMER REGULAR that will make an appearance,so no TR,KH or BS. And Finn won't be back because COD works for CBS now


Bring Burke back please!! He was my (and many others) favorite character!!! Idk why it's ok for T.R to leave after he got Washington fired and Washington cannot come back! He was excellent and a great example and role model for all the characters on the show!! Bring him back he was a million times better with Cristina than Owens!!! She would be a cardio god by now if Burke was still there!! BURKE BURKE BURKE!!!!! Please!!!!


I can do without Izzy and Burke. I found Izzy to be whiny and annoying. As for Burke, he needs a backbone.
I'm also glad Shondra wrote Zola out. Keep it that way.


I really hope they bring back ERICA HAHN!!! She and Callie have unfinished business and it would be nice if they could get some official closure.
Same can be said for Burke. George could come back and we could see him interact with Arizona, Izzie i wouldn't mind :P

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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.