Actor Jesse L. Martin is returning to his character Detective Joe West on The CW’s “The Flash,” the actor coming back to the show following a medical leave of absence reports TV Line.
Martin suffered a back injury over the summer hiatus, an injury that forced him to film most of his scenes sitting down or leaning on a doorway for support. Following brief appearances in the first four episodes of the season, he took medical leave. Now, he is back on set filming and will next be seen in the fifteenth episode.
Showrunner Todd Helbing was asked how the show will explain his absence and return: “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.”
The series returns from a mid-season break with the tenth episode this coming week.