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Grey's Anatomy: April's Mom Is Coming to Town — But There's a Twist!

At long last, the Kepner family tree is complete. Or at least it will be this fall when Grey’s Anatomy formally introduces April’s mother.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Connie Ray (The Big C, The Torkelsons) has been cast as the Kepner clan’s matriarch, Karen. This is technically a recast, since the character appeared briefly (sans dialogue) at April’s wedding to Jackson last season played by a different actress (the first person to ID said mystery actress in the comments wins a 20% off coupon to Bed Bath & Beyond).

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Mama K pays her pregnant daughter a visit in a November episode.

For the record, April’s immediate family also includes dad Joe (played by Sarah Drew’s real-life pa, Charles) and her three lookalike sisters Libby (Days of Our Lives‘ Emily Happe), Kimmie (Drop Dead Diva‘s Elizabeth Bond) and Alice (The Middle‘s Grace Bannon).

Grey’s Anatomy returns Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8/7c.