Credit: Randy Holmes/ABC Television Group © 2011 Disney Photo: Lexie Grey on Grey's Anatomy May 19, 2011

Astute Grey's Anatomy fans may have noticed that Lexie (Chyler Leigh) has been MIA during the first three episodes of Season 8 — she only had a few lines in the premiere, and wasn't even in Episode 3. What gives?

If you were worried there might be some behind the scenes drama — it wouldn't be the first time on Grey's, after all —  you can relax. Chyler's rep told TV Line that Chyler asked for an extended summer vaycay so she could spend more time with her family, and Shonda Rhimes obliged.

Lexie will be back full-time starting on the October 13th episode, and Chyler still loves the job. Whew! For now,  we'll just assume Lexie is busy basking in the glow of her budding relationship with Jackson (Jesse Williams).

Source: TV Line

 

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