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Grey’s Anatomy fans knew someone from the old days would be returning to the show for the season 18 premiere, but they just didn’t know who it would be.
After “Coming Back from Meredith’s Past” promos, the venerable ABC hospital drama revealed on Thursday September 30th that the person was transplant surgeon Nick Marsh, played by Scott Speedman, who is now a regular series star this season. The reunion took place when Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) met him during a chance encounter at a Minnesota restaurant when she was being recruited by a neurosurgeon portrayed by Peter Gallagher.
Although Nick and Meredith clicked during his only season 14 episode where they flirted while he was recovering from surgery to fix his kidney, fans may have been hoping to see someone they had more time to spend with to get to know him.
An apparently disappointed fan tweeted a photo of Kate Walsh‘s Addison with the message “Who we wanted”, followed by a picture of Nick Marsh accompanied by the note “Who we have”. Fortunately, fans will soon make this wish come true, as Kate, who left the series as a regular after the third season, will actually return this season.