Alex’s AWOL wife is returning to Seattle Grace – but will it be “happy to see me” for the estranged couple?
As reported this week in Fancast’s Big Tease column, Katherine Heigl – who has been on maternity leave to be with her and husband Josh Kelley’s recently adopted daughter, Naleigh – will next appear on ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘ on January 21st. ABC has since released photos from that episode, some of which show Izzie standing alone and seemingly full of resolve, others with her and Alex embracing.
According to ABC’s official description for the episode, “Izzie returns, hoping to reconcile with Alex.”
The sticky wicket is that Alex and Izzie have been on the outs ever since he suggested to the Chief that his wife might be overdoing it in the OR, given that she was recovering from cancer surgeries. Izzie was fired soon thereafter, for which she blamed her hubby; Alex in turn resented his Mrs. for subsequently skipping town, returning most recently in a mid-November episode.
So there’s all that.
The two might also have to work through the none-to-small matter that an inebriated Alex will have engaged in a one-night stand with a colleague in the January 14th episode. As hinted in the Big Tease, said female has an “e” in her first name.
That’s potentially a lot for a couple to put behind them – and in fact the Karevs may not succeed in doing so. Heigl’s January 21st appearance was pre-taped before she embarked on maternity leave, EW‘s Ausiello reports, so Izzie will once again “disappear” for a new stretch of episodes.
When will she be back for good? ‘Grey’s’ fans have taken to Twitter to ask series boss Shonda Rhimes (again and again) about Heigl’s status. In response, Rhimes has (again and again) reminded that Heigl is on maternity leave, stressing, “She has a right to it.” Most recently, Rhimes told Tweeters to “please stop asking.”