Isaiah Washington, whose character Dr. Preston Burke was written off of's seven years ago due to the actor's conflict with costars T.R. Knight and Patrick Dempsey, will return to the show for an episode this May. In Dr. Burke's final episode, he was a no-show for his wedding to Cristina, played by Sandra Oh. In a statement, showrunner Shonda Rhimes said, "It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should. Burke is vital to that journey — he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang.”
Withwrapping up its season early, ABC is counting on 's to maintain decent Thursday night ratings. Perhaps Washington's return and Oh's farewell will inspire some lapsed 's viewers to start watching again.