Jesse L. Martin has finally recovered from a back injury sufficiently enough to return to The Flash later this season.
Jesse L. Martin — who last appeared in Episode 4 of the CW hit’s fifth season — is back on set filming and will next be seen in Episode 15, according to TVLine
“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,” showrunner Todd Helbing told TVLine.
Martin had suffered a back injury over the summer hiatus, resulting in him almost always sitting in the first episodes of this season. On the heels of his most recent on-camera appearance, a Warner Bros. TV rep told TVLine that the actor had in fact embarked on a medical leave, adding: “We wish him a full and speedy recovery and look forward to his return as Detective Joe West.”
The actor injured his back during the hiatus, and for the first few episodes of the season appeared onscreen, but was almost always seated.
Based on the characters from DC Comics, The Flash is from by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Todd Helbing. Season 5 of The Flash airs every Tuesday on The CW.