Fans of “Grey’s Anatomy” are about to experience a flood of emotions, as Kate Walsh is set to return to the series. Walsh, who portrayed Dr. Addison Montgomery in the ABC medical drama, left at the end of season 3.
She moved on to “Private Practice,” a spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy, and starred in the show for its six-season run. She continued to make guest appearances in the parent series for a period.
However, it’s been over a decade since Addison left Seattle to pursue a career in Los Angeles. In fact, the hospital was still known as Seattle Grace and not Seattle Grace Mercy West when Addison was on staff.
Ahead of her return in season 18, let’s take a walk down memory lane into her character prior to her departure.
Addison’s First Appearance In ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Addison first appeared in the finale of season one. The title of the episode was “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” And it led to a jaw-dropping cliffhanger.
Fans were shocked to discover that Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) who was romantically involved with Meredith Grey had an estranged wife named Addison Montgomery.
The cliffhanger showed Derek fixing Meredith’s coat in the hospital lobby when Addison walked in. He was stunned by her presence as she quizzed him on why he had not been picking her calls.
Then, she introduces herself to Meredith. “Hi, I’m Addison Shepherd. And you must be the woman who’s been screwing my husband?” She asked.
After that cliffhanger in the season one finale, the ratings of the show skyrocketed in season two, as many were curious to discover more about the strange redhead who was Derek’s ex-wife.
The second season provided a detailed rundown on the personal background of the cast of the series with a major focus on the impact of their decisions on their careers.
The main arc of the season was the love triangle between Meredith Grey, Derek Shepherd, and Addison Montgomery. It received critical acclaim and positive response as fans couldn’t get enough of their entanglement.
In season two also, fans found out why Derek, a skilled neurosurgeon, left New York for Seattle.
After catching his wife of ten years in bed with his best friend, Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane), he sold his private practice, moved to Seattle, and ended up at Seattle Grace at the behest of an old mentor, Dr. Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.)
On her arrival at Seattle Grace, Addison insisted she did not come over to win him back, instead, she was in Seattle for a TTTS case at the request of Webber.
She Was A Recurring Star In Season Two
The season one finale introduced Addison to the audience, and she later became a recurring character in season two.
Derek was angry with Richard for bringing his estranged wife without his notice, as it made for an uncomfortable atmosphere in the hospital.
To worsen the situation, Addison specifically requested Meredith to assist her on the TTTS case. She used this opportunity to push Meredith to the wall whenever they were together.
The TTTS case continued, but on one occasion of Addison lambasting Meredith, the patient overheard them talking about Meredith’s affair with Addison’s ex-husband. The patient then demanded that Meredith be removed from her case.
In a shocking turn of events, Addison defended Meredith. She told the patient that she was not faithful to Derek, so it was wrong to blame Meredith, and she owed her an apology.
Addison then told Meredith that a story is not complete without hearing the other person’s side. She then implied that she cheated on Derek with his best friend to get his attention.
Addison Found Love Again
After leaving “Grey’s Anatomy” to kick off “Private Practice,” Addison had a few love interests, but none stuck around long enough.
However, as the series progressed, she met Jake Reilly (Benjamin Bratt) who lovingly cared for her.
He helped her through the entire process of fertility treatment, from two failed IVFs to when she was trying to find a surrogate.
In the end, she proposed and was able to adopt her son, Henry Montgomery as the spin-off ended its run.
Since then, Addison has been absent from our screens. Her return to Grey’s Anatomy is still being kept under wraps, but one thing is sure, fans are in for the time of their lives.
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Whatever the reason might be for her return, it would all be unveiled when season 18 of “Grey’s Anatomy” premieres on Thursday, September 30, 2021, on ABC.