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Once Again Kate Walsh Returns to 'Grey's Anatomy' — Once Again We Are Asking Her to Stay

Jennifer Tisdale - Author

Apr. 6 2022, Updated 8:52 p.m. ET

It's absurd that Addison Montgomery (played by Kate Walsh) left Grey's Anatomy during Season 3, 15 years ago. And while she did it for a very good reason, to snag a role in the Grey's spinoff Private Practice, she left such a huge mark during her brief time on the show that fans regularly demand she come back. This is officially the "Kate Walsh return to Grey's Anatomy" challenge.

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Without a doubt, the handful of times Addison has strutted her way confidently down the halls of Grey Sloan Memorial were some of the best episodes of the show. Now that Season 18 is nearing its end, we've been gifted with at least one more pop-in from our favorite redheaded neonatal surgeon, but could this become more than just a visit? Is Kate Walsh coming back to Grey's Anatomy?

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Kate Walsh (Addison Montgomery) on 'Grey's Anatomy'

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So, is Kate Walsh coming back to 'Grey's Anatomy'?

Although Kate hung up her scrubs after Season 6 of Private Practice when it ended, Season 18 of Grey's Anatomy has really felt like the old days again with multiple visits from Addison Montgomery. We're so excited to confirm that according to ABC, Addison will be called back to Seattle at least one more time for the May 5 episode of Grey's.

Kate confirmed her return to Grey's Anatomy with a delightful TikTok that featured her doing the "And why aren't you in uniform?" Spongebob Squarepants trend created by No context Spongebob. Below the video she wrote, "I’m back in uniform and that can only mean one thing."

We're hoping that uniform stays on a little longer than a single episode, and we have some theories about how that could happen.

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Here's how Kate Walsh could once again be a permanent fixture on 'Grey's Anatomy.'

We dare not speak its name, Kate Walsh returning to Grey's Anatomy after 15 years is simply too much to hope for. However, the current state of the show allows for a few opportunities for the brilliant return of Kate's Addison Montgomery. The first inroad is not very permanent, but it could be used to further tempt Addison back to Grey Sloan Memorial.

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Skylar Astin is guest starring as Todd Eames, a sweet and supportive brother to Laurie (Tessa Hope Slovis) who needs heart surgery while pregnant. The surgery was attempted once, with Jo (Camilla Luddington) monitoring the baby, but the baby pressed on Laurie's heart causing it to stop, so they had to postpone. While Jo is already showing signs of being a very capable OB/GYN doctor, Addison is a world-renowned neonatal surgeon, and her skills could be quite useful here. What better way to tempt her back?

Camilla Luddington, Skylar Astin, Sylvia Kwan
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Camilla Luddington (Jo Wilson), Skylar Astin (Todd Eames), Sylvia Kwan (Mabel Tseng)

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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grey Sloan Memorial is suffering from a physician shortage. It would make perfect sense for Chief Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) to reach out to former doctors to see if she can hire them back. The last time we saw Addison, she came and performed a uterine transplant on a patient she had been working with for a very long time, and thus had grown quite attached to them.

When things got complicated and Addison was at a breaking point, she revealed to Dr. Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) that she was in a very dark place at the height of the pandemic. Addison admitted that there were times she couldn't stand her husband, her child, and the very act of being home. Hopefully she's already worked through those feelings, but returning to a familiar place with people she loved could be just what the doctor ordered.

By the far the most compelling option for Addison is to replace Dr. Cormac Hayes (Richard Flood) as the Head of Pediatric Surgery. We have not heard even a whisper of someone else coming in to fill his shoes, and so we have to assume no one is treating any children at the hospital. With a resume like Addison's, you're not gonna do much better.

New episodes of Grey's Anatomy air on Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.

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