'Grey's Anatomy' on ABC: Jesse Williams to return as guest star in season 19, fans say 'finally my guy is back'

'Grey's Anatomy' on ABC: Jesse Williams to return as guest star in season 19, fans say 'finally my guy is back'
Jesse Williams as Dr Jackson Avery in 'Grey's Anatomy' (IMDb)

 'Grey's Anatomy' is the only series in which most of the well-known actors have appeared, whether it's Mark 'McSteamy' Sloan who is now popularly known as Nate Jacob's father (Eric Dane) in the HBO series, 'Euphoria', or Kevin McKidd's Owen Hunt who was also seen as Poseidon in 'Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief'. The show has been running for almost two decades. As the series progresses, so does the pattern of introducing new characters while bringing back old favorites on occasion. Addison Montgomery, who appeared on 'Grey's Anatomy' from time to time, was previously one of many.

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However, this time it is someone new. Jesse Williams is returning as director and guest star in the fifth episode of the medical drama’s upcoming 19th season, reprising his role as Dr Jackson Avery. Airing November 3, 2022, and titled, 'When I Get to the Border,' it will be the fourth episode of the show that Williams has helmed. 

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Jackson Avery is the former attending ENT at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital and was one of the staff members who joined Mercy West Medical Center after the merger. He is also a former member of the board and the de facto board chairman. Jackson was married to April Kepner with whom he has a daughter. He relocated to Boston to take over the Catherine Fox Foundation and work towards achieving equity in medical care. A newly divorced April and their daughter, Harriet moved with him so he could continue being an active and present father. While in Boston, he and April rekindled their romance.

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He was introduced in the season 6 episode, 'Invasion' as a surgical resident formerly from Mercy West Medical Center when it merges with Seattle Grace Hospital. Williams initially appeared as a recurring cast member and was later promoted to a series regular in season 7. The character's main storyline involves Jackson trying to achieve success on his own instead of riding on the coattails of his surgeon grandfather's high reputation. He specializes in plastic surgery after working with chief Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) in season 7 and later became chief of the department himself. 

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Williams departed 'Grey’s Anatomy' as a series regular in the spring of 2021 after 12 seasons. In the May 6, 2021 Season 17 episode, 'Look Up Child' it was revealed Jackson was leaving Grey Sloan to move to Boston to take over the family foundation. He was followed there by his ex, April (Sarah Drew), who relocated with their daughter. Williams made a couple more appearances in Season 17.

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However, after the news surfaced online that Jesse is back as a guest star in the upcoming episode of the series, fans lost their composure. Fans said, "Yes love me some jackson!!" Another fan mentions, "MY BEST BOY IS BACK." A fan noted, "Finally my guy is back, 2 bad it’s just as a guest & not rest of season." A fan shared, "Jackson needs to mention off-handedly that April is visiting Arizona in Callie in NYC. That’s what I need. Who cares about Meredith anyways," while another added, "I love Jessie.... Would love to see a Greys spinoff with Jackson and April at the Boston hospital running the foundation."

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'Grey's Anatomy,' which follows the personal and professional lives of the doctors at Seattle's Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, will be back every Thursday at 9 pm ET. Watch to find out what happens next.
 
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