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Jesse L. Martin Returning To The Flash After Medical Leave

January 12, 2019 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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TVLine reports that Jesse L. Martin will return to continue playing Detective Joe West on The Flash after going on medical leave. Martin last appeared in episode four of the fifth season. He’s currently on set filming and will be seen again in episode 15. The series returns on Tuesday with episode 10. Martin had a back injury during the summer, which meant that the times he did appear this season he was almost always sitting.

A representative for Warner Bros. TV said at the time: “We wish him a full and speedy recovery and look forward to his return as Detective Joe West.

Showrunner Todd Helbing said that audiences will eventually be told why West hasn’t been on camera. He said: “There’s an explanation, and then there’s another sort of thing down the line that will give more explanation as to why [Joe] was gone for so long. I’ll just say there’s some technology that S.T.A.R. Labs has [via which] he’s gone and he’s not gone at the same time.

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