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Grey's Anatomy Sneak Peek: Watch Tessa Ferrer's Awkward Return as Leah

You probably assumed Tessa Ferrer‘s re-introduction as fired doc Leah Murphy in this Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 8/7c) would be awkward. What you couldn’t possibly imagine is just how many levels of awkward it would be. We counted at least three in the exclusive first look video above.

The two-minute clip begins with Leah’s onetime lover Arizona bemoaning her ex’s return to Karev, who also bedded the ousted resident during her relatively brief stint at the hospital. (The two have to laugh, however, when a clueless Maggie raves about the disgraced surgeon’s “really great suture techniques.”)

Meanwhile, at the other end of the cafeteria, Stephanie and Jo are expressing bewilderment that their former fellow intern failed to give them a heads-up about her return. Steph then fills Andrew in on the sordid circumstances surrounding Leah’s firing, including the fact that she schtüped Jo’s now-estranged BF and, in the process, “almost brought the hospital down with harassment lawsuits and complaints.”

Leah, of course, arrives in the cafeteria just in time to overhear Steph concluding that all the drama “messed with her head,” leading Webber to pink slip her.

Press PLAY above to watch the icky sequence unfold, and then hit the comments with an answer to this question: Given Arizona’s obvious unhappiness about Leah’s comeback, do you still think the two of them are headed for a reunion, as Shonda Rhimes maybye-possibly teased over the summer?

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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20 Comments
  1. T. says:

    Thank you, but no ?

  2. EM says:

    She was fired for being a weak surgeon. If they were going to have her come back I wish it would have been in another position like patient advocate or dermatology or anything other that a surgeon.

  3. Frannie says:

    Why is she even back? Grey’s missed the mark with this one.

  4. Whatevah8 says:

    *yawn*

  5. I had forgotten how annoying she was.

  6. Sandy Duncan's Eye on Network TV says:

    They would have been better served to bring back Tina Majorino from the dead. I thought they got rid of her because viewers didn’t like her and she looked like a giant version of Grey.

  7. andrew hass says:

    I’m going to keep an open mind about Leah’s return for now.Plus even though Leah left for a research position at another hospital it makes sense that she may have continued her surgical residency at another hospital.Plus even though Leah made mistakes i don’t think she killed any patients.So maybe Leah is coming back because she needs to prove to herself that she can succeed at Grey Sloan hospital.Plus we don’t even know for sure how long Leah is back for.It could just be a few episodes because she’s working on a patient at the hospital.

  8. bryce says:

    Whoa, I thought she was coming back for like a couple episodes. Even if it’s a lowly-rated character, it’s an interesting move for Grey’s. Not many people come back after being let go, and I don’t think Shonda would bring her back if there wasn’t a good plan.

  9. SoMuchHope says:

    Why?

  10. tracy says:

    no no God no not leah

  11. Viteh says:

    Wow, Stephanie must have a fish memory. Half the reason Leah filed that lawsuit was because she found her crying over Avery after he left her during April’s wedding.

    • Stacy says:

      So she filed the lawsuit for reasons that were half hers, and half her friend’s reasons. Her friend who never asked her to intervene just because she was sad her boyfriend dumped her and was a total jerk. And Leah Murphy got hit a little with the crazy stick, too. She not only hooked up with an attending, she hooked up with a separated-but-not-divorced attending and headed straight into LaLaLoveTown… alone.

      • Sandy Duncan's Eye on Network TV says:

        You may also remember that there was a whole episode pretty much dedicated to the resident’s realization and vocalization that they were NOT friends (after Tina Majorino died)..it wasn’t until after Murphy left that the remaining residents became “friendly”

        • Em Chicago says:

          Incorrect, Brooks died at the end beginning of season 10, Murphy left the same time as Ross at the end of season 10, after the bonding episode. The last time we saw her was when she came in to help and she “deflated” an eye.

    • Grey'sFan says:

      I wonder if they’ll remember/bring up the fact that Leah’s mom knew Mark Sloan and it was him who recommended her for the Grey Sloan residency program…

    • Jamie says:

      Steph didn’t want her to do that tho. Seeing Steph crying may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back in Leah’s mind, but she filed that complaint on her own after things didn’t work out with either of her bosses that she slept with. And remember, she got super clingy and then hurt after Arizona dumped her. “Half the reason” wasn’t Steph – her sadness just happened to push Leah to pull the trigger on the decision.

  12. Jami says:

    You know at first I was upset they were bringing her back as Arizona’s new love. I am going to keep an open mind after hearing Jo and Stephanie bad mouthing Leah, and Leah was in hearing distance I liked the fact she sat down and confronted both of them She filed a hostile working environment on Callie. Stephanie and the other male intern who slept with Yang were the ones bitching and moaning and crying about dating the residents then being cast a side. I love Arizona but she did not handle Leah with any respect.