Actress Kim Raver (aka Dr. Teddy Altman) is returning to Grey's Anatomy for Season 14, Deadline confirmed on Tuesday, June 20.
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The 48-year-old TV star previously left the hit medical drama back in 2012 after three seasons. At the time, her character — who was the former head of Cardiothoracic surgery at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital — was fired by Chief of Surgery Owen Hunt so she could follow her passion for working with the Army Medical Command.
Kim as Teddy on Grey's Anatomy in 2010. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"Kim's series option was up and she was ready to give Teddy Altman a much-needed vacation. It's been a pleasure working with someone as talented and funny and kind as Kim; everyone is going to miss her terribly," [Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes said of Kim's departure at the time.
"I like to imagine that Teddy is still out there in the Grey's Anatomy universe, running Army Medical Command and building a new life," Shonda continued.
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Teddy will now reappear at GSM to support Owen (played by Kevin McKidd) as he reunites with his long-lost sister, Megan Hunt, in Grey's Anatomy's highly-anticipated upcoming season.
At the end of Season 13 — which recently wrapped in mid-May — Teddy was name-dropped for the first time since her exit by Owen's wife, Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone), as the doctor who recognized and confirmed the identity of Megan.
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Owen's sister had been missing for 10 years before she was rescued from a basement — where she'd been left after a raid — in a rebel-led neighborhood near a US Army site. The last season ended with Megan arriving at Grey Sloan Memorial to be reunited with her brother.
We're so excited Kim (and Teddy!) is returning to the show!
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Sadly, McDreamy died in Season 11 but it would be so cute to see him with Meredith and their three kids today — especially since he never got to meet his youngest daughter, Ellis.