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.

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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)