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Bokhee An is a scrub nurse in real life, and she has been on every season of Grey's Anatomy. She's had lines before, but they have been few and far between, enough so that some fans heard Bokhee's voice for the first time last night. During Season 15, Episode 14, Bokhee spoke two perfect words to honor Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) for breaking the Grey Sloan hospital record for the longest surgery:
Yep, "Wonder Woman"! That's the line Bokhee got to say in "I Want a New Drug." I'd say it's time to give Bokhee more lines, but I love that it's such a huge deal whenever Bokhee speaks. Fans were thrilled to hear from the ubiquitous nurse, with some wondering if that was the first time she ever spoke on Grey's Anatomy. That's not quite the case, but in the past she's mostly said things like "Yes, doctor," so it's understandable if fans can't recall the last time she spoke.
Bokhee actually got to speak up in Season 10, Episode 12, "Get Up, Stand Up," insisting on a bypass while Shane was operating on Alex's father Jimmy Evans. But since Bokhee An is not an actress, it does make sense that they give her a role that works for her -- adding credibility to surgery scenes as a scrub nurse, and letting her just roll her eyes on occasion or smile, frown, etc.
Grey's Anatomy Season 15 is meant to have 25 episodes, which is more than usual. It feels like it's time to give us a Bokhee-centric episode. Not to explore her backstory, necessarily, or get too deep into her life -- unlike what we're expecting from Amelia's upcoming episode. Since Bokhee isn't a professional actress, that's not really her wheelhouse.
But what about an episode that centers around Bokhee in the operating room, or on her way there, and we see the characters working around her? There would be any number of ways to keep Bokhee the focus of the story without giving her too much heavy acting work. Sure, it would mean adding more to her schedule, but after 15 seasons, wouldn't it be a great way to honor this beloved unheralded character?
Speaking of that Amelia episode, though, we know Amy Acker was recently cast to play Kate Shepherd, sister of Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) in an episode focused on Amelia. There's a lot going on with Amelia's storyline at the moment, with Betty/Brittany's parents showing up to basically claim their child and grandchild all in one swoop. Amelia is an addict herself, and this is bringing up a lot of pain for her. Amelia could use more family support right now, although she certainly has it from her other sisters, Meredith and Maggie (Kelly McCreary).
Bokhee's "Wonder Woman" line came during Meredith Grey's love triangle storyline, which definitely seems to be leaning toward Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti). Maggie doesn't care that she and DeLuca have a past -- that hospital is so incestuous, there's no way to avoid an ex in every hallway. Mer and DeLuca seem close, but does that mean he's The One or is Link (Chris Carmack) still in the game?
I had hoped Meredith would end up with Tom Koracick (Greg Germann), but Tom and Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) seem happy right now. Teddy was a beast in the February 21 episode, leading the charge in the overdose-heavy episode, saving Betty/Brittany's life so that even Amelia was willing to give her a grateful hug.
Grey's Anatomy Season 15 will continue -- hopefully with more Bokhee scenes in the operating room -- Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Here's what else is playing on TV in midseason 2019.