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Grey's Anatomy: Jessica Capshaw Sitting Out First Two Episodes

Jessica Capshaw Grey's Anatomy Season 13

Don’t bother paging Dr. Robbins when Grey’s Anatomy returns on Sept. 22 (8/7c, ABC), ’cause she’s not going to respond.

Jessica Capshaw, who gave birth to her fourth child in May, will be sitting out the first two episodes of Season 13, according to series creator Shonda Rhimes. “Jessica was very, very delightfully pregnant at the end of last year, so she’s… taking a little bit of time off [to be with her] kids,” she told EW.com. “But then she’s back.”

And it sounds like she’ll hit the ground running. In the wake of Sara Ramirez’ exit as Callie last season, “I’m very excited to introduce a love interest for [Arizona],” Rhimes told the site, “and to get to tell a story with her that lets her be who she is, and to see who she is post the relationships that she’s had.

“I want to do it organically and I want the audience to be rooting for it,” she added. “We’re going to have fun with it.”

Callie, meanwhile, will remain a presence on the show — albeit an off screen one — as a result of her co-parenting arrangement with Sofia. “We’re playing that Arizona gets to go visit her daughter [in New York] and her daughter gets to come see her [in Seattle],” Rhimes said. “So it’s not this sense of loss. In our world, Callie still exists.”