Grey's Anatomy: Tessa Ferrer Returns as Arizona's Once (and Future?) Love

Michael Ausiello

The mystery surrounding Arizona’s next Grey’s Anatomy love interest may be solved.

TVLine has learned that Tessa Ferrer is set to reprise her role as former surgical resident Leah Murphy for an unspecified number of Season 13 episodes. As  you’ll recall, Leah — who appeared in Seasons 9 and 10 — was involved in a somewhat rocky romantic relationship with Arizona. The character last appeared in the Season 10 finale when Richard fired her for being a lousy surgeon.

The timing of Ferrer’s return is… interesting. Last month, series creator Shonda Rhimes confirmed that Jessica Capshaw’s Arizona would be involved in her first significant post-Callie romance this season. And just last week, Capshaw herself told TVLine that viewers would meet her would-be admirer sooner rather than later.

“My sources are telling me that it’s not going to be too far away,” Capshaw teased. “We had to wade through a little muck first. But I do feel that Arizona has certainly waited long enough.”

Since leaving Grey’s in 2014, Ferrer has recurred on FXX’s You’re the Worst and CBS’ now-defunct Extant. She also had a co-starring role in Shonda Rhimes’ ill-fated comedy pilot Toast.

What do you think? Do you hope Leah is returning for Arizona? Or would you prefer it be a new character altogether? Hit the comments!

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