Grey’s Anatomy: Is Richard Retiring? James Pickens Jr. Says…
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Grey's Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy: Is Richard Retiring? James Pickens Jr. Says…

Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) is certainly of an AARP-qualifying age, but don't think that that means he's gonna hang up his stethoscope any time soon.

In fact, in the Grey's Anatomy episode airing tonight, March 20 — Season 10, Episode 16: "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" — he's going to put up his dukes when the other doctors insinuate that its time for him to take it easy.

"He thinks he's being forced into retirement," James tells TV Guide of his TV alter-ego. "He's given what he thinks are hints about retiring, and he's feeling a little shaky about that."

James explains that Richard still considers himself "vital" to the education of the teaching hospital's less-experienced surgeons — a mentor to them professionally and personally.

And, as James elaborates, that sense of unfinished business is exactly what makes Richard rile against the prospect of putting down the scalpel: "Any time a man is faced with a change like that in their life, there's always going to be some resistance to change. Richard is no different than anyone else. He's not happy with it. He still has something to offer."

Grey's Anatomy Season 10, Episode 16 — "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" — airs tonight, Thursday, March 20, at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Source: TV Guide

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