'Grey's Anatomy': Izzie's back -- again

Katherine Heigl will be back on "Grey's Anatomy" in the new year -- at least for a little while.

ABC has released photos and a description of the show's Jan. 21 episode, and several of those photos feature Heigl's Izzie Stevens back at Seattle Grace-Mercy West. The episode description doesn't have a ton to say about it: "Izzie returns, hoping to reconcile with Alex."

Based on the evidence at hand, it looks like that goes reasonably well:

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Also? Like the new haircut.

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How long Heigl will be around is still anyone's guess. Heigl took a leave from "Grey's" in the fall to shoot a movie, and in November, reports circulated that she would be absent again so she could spend time with her newly adopted daughter. Those reports pegged her time off as "early 2010," which is, oh, around now.

The Jan. 21 episode was filmed prior to her maternity leave, so I guess we'll have to wait and see how long this stint of Izzie's lasts.

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Photo credits: ABC