Grey's Anatomy Fans React to Scott Speedman's Reveal After Promos Teased Mysterious Reunion

Grey's Anatomy fans had a lot to say after learning it was Scott Speedman's Nick Marsh, a character from just a single previous episode, who reconnected with Meredith in the season 18 premiere.

By Ryan Gajewski Oct 01, 2021 7:57 AMTags

Grey's Anatomy fans knew someone from days of yore would be returning to the show for the season 18 premiere, but they just didn't know who it would be.

After airing promos teasing that "someone from Meredith's past comes back," the venerable ABC hospital drama revealed on Thursday, Sept. 30 that the person was transplant surgeon Nick Marsh, as played by Scott Speedman, who is now a series regular this season. The reunion occurred when Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) bumped into him during a chance encounter at a restaurant in Minnesota while she was being recruited by a neurosurgeon portrayed by Peter Gallagher

Although Nick and Meredith clicked during his single season 14 episode, during which they flirted as he recovered from surgery to repair his kidney, fans may have been hoping to see someone they'd had more time to get to know. 

One apparently disappointed fan tweeted a photo of Kate Walsh's Addison with the message, "Who we wanted," followed by a pic of Nick Marsh, who was accompanied by the note, "Who we got." Luckily, fans will have that wish come true soon enough, as Kate, who departed as a series regular after season three, is indeed set to return this season

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Another fan tweeted, "#GreysAnatomy fandom when Nick shows up," and included Keke Palmer's "I don't know who this man is" meme. 

However, plenty of viewers were excited by the possibility of watching a budding romance between Meredith and Nick. "Scott Speedman is back!!! Please TV gods let him be a permanent character," one individual posted

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In an interview that published after the episode aired, Scott told Deadline he couldn't tease much about where his character's story line is heading, although he was just happy to be back in the fold. 

"When this opportunity came around, I was trying to think of why not to do it, and I couldn't come up with any reasons," the 46-year-old Felicity alum shared. "It was a great show, really fun people, and it just felt the right timing for me. I wanted to jump in, and then, when I heard what the story line could be, that was exciting to me."

Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.