Paging Dr. Preston Burke! In what may be "Grey's Anatomy's" most shocking storyline ever, Isaiah Washington is returning for an episode of the Shonda Rhimes-helmed medical drama this May.
An original castmember on the show, Washington was famously fired from the show in Season 3 after making homophobic remarks about costar T.R. Knight, who was not yet open about his homosexuality.
"It's important to me that Cristina's journey unfolds exactly as it should," Rhimes said in a statement. "Burke is vital to that journey — he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang."
Washington's character Burke made his final appearance on the show in the Season 3 finale when he left Cristina at the altar on their wedding day.
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Washington's return will be for just one episode in May, which is when Oh is also set to depart the series, but it isn't yet clear if it'll be her final episode, the Season 10 finale, or just an episode leading up to the big goodbye.
Tell us: Are you as shocked as we are that Washington is returning?
"Grey's Anatomy" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.
Here's a random sampling of fan reactions from Twitter, on both sides of the debate:
@YahooTV I am all for it. Shonda is right in doing this. This will bring Christina's journey full circle.— Joanne lewis (@Belle98) March 7, 2014
@MaggieFurlong the only thing that would appease me is if Cristina shows him what she has become without his help.— Simone (@ChasinRain) March 7, 2014
@MaggieFurlong it sucks, I don't like him at all. I'm sorry, I love u all, but this thing...I really don't like it— arabella (@philosophy1988) March 7, 2014
@MaggieFurlong I was stunned. I liked the character of Burke and Cristina/Burke so I'm glad.— Kimma (@Kimma_S) March 7, 2014
@YahooTV im shocked and profoundly speechless. but freakn excited to see this unfold!!!— Mary Gerges (@BabycheeksMary) March 7, 2014