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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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."

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