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Debbie Allen Returning to Direct Grey's Anatomy

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Debbie Allen is returning to Grey's Anatomy, at least behind the camera.

Allen, who portrays Dr. Jackson Avery's mother Catherine on the ABC medical drama, will direct the third episode of the coming Grey's Anatomy Season 9, according to a TV Guide report.

It will be her fifth time directing the long-running series.

Richard and Catherine Photo

The ninth season picks up 2-3 months after the stranded doctors were rescued after a plane crash ... at least the ones who make it. Whether Mark dies along with Lexie is an open question.

The second episode will jump back in time to answer the questions of what happened during that time frame, while the Allen-directed third episode will jump back to the present timeline.

In it, we will find some doctors outside of Seattle Grace with new jobs.

No word on whether Catherine Avery, who was last seen having a fling with Richard will also appear in the episode, but how do you see this episode - and the two before it - playing out.

Share your comments on all things Grey's Anatomy with us below and stay with us throughout the summer for all the latest casting news, rumors, discussion and Grey's Anatomy spoilers.

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There just skip-de-do right through LEXIE like she didn't matter. LEXIE MATTER TO US BRING HER BACK

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I agree with everything "Jarrod Mitchell" said. We aren't going to get to see how everyone reacts to Lexie's death, such a rip off.
I hate that I love this show!

Egrey

Definitely Can't wait!!

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I think it will definitely be interesting...Sorry to hear that Eric Dane will be leaving, but I guess I can understand. There was a lot of back and forth between Mark and Lexie and after the last break up, too much time had passed for a Slexie reunion...It may be that Mark finds it painful to remain in Seattle and knowing that his baby girl has two great mommies, then maybe he'll head south to LA and join Private Practice????

Aries93

I love Debbie Allen, so I'm not criticizing her, but I think the idea of having a present episode and then a past episode air inconsistently is ridiculous. It literally serves no purpose. What would be so hard about filming 15 minutes out in the wilderness? Furthermore, I was hoping to see the death of Lexie effect everyone, so clearly Shonda won't show any grievance from her death. The death of George spanned over 2 episodes and 60 days overall. The fact that viewers are being even more cheated by the death of Lexie, we're also going to act like she didn't happen? Typical Shonda. Shove your romance theme you bitch.

Saad702

So Alex will def @ Hopkins... Wonder what will make him leave it for SGH...