The most recent episode of "Grey's Anatomy" revealed a shocking detail about Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers): He went over a year without checking his own bank account. Who does that?! Must be nice.

When he did check his account, to see how much money he could contribute to his wedding to Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington), he discovered he had A LOT more money than he thought. It took him all that time to realize his mother had not been using the money he gave her.

Cue the upcoming May 3 episode, "Fight for Your Mind," directed by Jackson Avery himself, Jesse Williams. Here's the synopsis from ABC:

"Alex and Jo go on a road trip to Iowa to find Alex's mom, whom he hasn't heard from in a very long time. Meanwhile, Meredith gives a presentation on her mini-livers project, which attracts a ton of attention; and Jackson works to rebuild the foundation after its reputation is threatened."

According to Deadline, Alex Karev's mom, Helen, will now be played by "The Bionic Woman" icon Lindsay Wagner.

Wagner has been in dozens of films and TV shows since the '70s, beyond her role as Jaime Sommers in "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "Bionic Woman." Syfy fans may also be familiar with Wagner from the series "Warehouse 13," and she recently starred as Samson's mother in the 2018 biblical movie "Samson."

The Paley Honors: Celebrating Women In TelevisionThe last time we saw Helen Karev was just a few weeks ago in the March 15 episode, directed by Ellen Pompeo. In that flashback-heavy episode, younger Helen was played by Emily Rutherfurd.

As that episode showed, Helen struggles with mental illness and was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. At one point, Alex had to have his mother committed to a psychiatric facility. (Alex's father was addicted to drugs and alcohol. Between his two parents, it explains why he grew up in several foster homes, and also spent time in juvie.)

Alex's last name is Karev because he wanted to distance himself from his father, James Evans, so he took his mother's last name, Karev. Jimmy Evans' death was shown back in Season 10.

"Fight for Your Mind" is Episode 22, which means we are very close to the end of this 24-episode season. We know April and Arizona are leaving soon, but hopefully the "celebratory" finale at least means good news for Jolex.

"Grey's Anatomy" Season 14 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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ABCTV14March 27, 2005
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