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Character 101: Richard Webber

By Erica Brown | Dec 14th, 2014

In the very first episode of Grey's Anatomy we were introduced to the interns, the Nazi, the McDreamy neurosurgeon and, of course, the Chief. Watch the video above for the earliest scene between Alex, Richard and Meredith, who Dr. Webber would recognize anywhere. Then keep reading for more must-see memorable Richard Webber moments!

A Web(ber) of Heartache: There’s a reason the Chief recognized young intern Meredith Grey. He had an unforgettable affair with Meredith's mom, Dr. Ellis Grey, when Mer was just a child. Richard's marriage to Adele weathered all sorts of storms, from his affair with Ellis to his drinking problem. But the most serious issue they faced was Adele’s battle with Alzheimer’s. In a cruel twist of fate, both of the loves of Richard’s life were diagnosed with the awful disease. Richard was there for Adele until she passed away. (WARNING: Have tissues ready before you watch the next video!)

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Paging Doctor Dad: After a multi-decade career at the never dull Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, nothing could ever shock Dr. Webber, right? Wrong. Let’s flash back to the end of Season 10. The hospital was saying goodbye to Dr. Cristina Yang, but hello to Dr. Maggie Pierce, the new head of Cardiothoracic Surgery. And Maggie had one doozy of a reason for taking the job. Her mom once worked there. Maggie was adopted and recently discovered her birthmother was...Ellis Grey. Yup, you guessed it: Richard has a daughter!

Ellis Grey's Daughter!|The new doctor at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital has a secret.|The newest doctor at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital has a secret. She was a adopted and recently discovered her birthmother was...Ellis Grey! Watch as she tells a stunned Richard in this scene from the Grey's Anatomy Season 10 Finale: Episode 1024 - Fear (of the Unknown).

We Are Family: Richard kept his newfound paternity revelation from everyone, including Meredith and Maggie. When Mer found out, she was livid. Richard was pretty upset too. He wished he had known all along. He would have liked to be a father, but Ellis Grey stole that from him. When he finally told Maggie the truth, it wasn't exactly a happy family reunion. Is there hope of stitching their father/daughter relationship together? Watch all-new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy THURSDAYS 8|7c!

Meredith Confronts Richard|How long has he known the truth about Maggie?|Meredith demands the truth from Richard. How long has he known Maggie is her sister (and his daughter)? Richard wishes he had known all along. He would have liked to be a father, but Ellis Grey stole that chance for him. Watch this scene from Grey's Anatomy Season 11 Episode 3: Got to Be Real.

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