Grey’s Anatomy has a real medical professional in front of the camera. This is Kathy C. An, who plays a nurse named BokHee. She rarely speaks, but the last episode shows her character saying something during a heartbreaking surgery.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for the Grey’s Anatomy episode “Stronger Than Hate.”]
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“Stronger Than Hate” shows most of the surgeons at Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) home for a dinner to welcome Nick Marsh (Scott Speedman). But Meredith stays in the hospital. A beaten woman is brought inside her after being attacked at a bus stop. She is an Asian American and the assailant yelled at her to go back to where she came from.
Meredith began working on the patient together with orthopedic surgeon Nico Kim (Alex Landi). Later in the episode, she performs surgery on the patient with BokHee and everyone talks about their experiences as Asian Americans.
“When I was a little girl, I would stare at my face in the mirror wondering if I could use my mother’s makeup to make me look more American,” said Michelle Lin (Lynn Chen) before saying it just meant whiter.
“You wanted to be like all the other kids,” Nico added. He then asked if they will never be seen as foreigners? BokHee intervened: “We are Americans. Your face is American. The episode ended with the team rescuing their patient.
Fans React to BokHee’s Speech in “Grey’s Anatomy”
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It is very rare for the nurse to actually speak. So it’s no surprise that fans reacted to her emotional moment on Reddit.
“’We are Americans. Your face is American. ‘ We are a queen! Second episode where she got jokes! commented a fan
“Now they remember Bohkee,” wrote one person.
“OMG I LOVE WHEN THEY GIVE BOHKEE LINES,” commented someone else.
“WHY BOKHEE MADE ME RN RN,” asked one fan.
“I haven’t heard Bokee speak in a long time until now,” noted another person.
“Tell Bokee, I know it’s right,” cheered one fan.
The nurse is usually in the scenes supporting the surgeons. But there are episodes where she gave jokes to cement the big moments.
One of BokHee’s rare lines is “Wonder Woman”
“I Want a New Drug” shows Meredith performing surgery on a frozen abdomen. She started the operation the day before and it is possible that she will break the record for the longest surgery in the hospital. Other doctors watch to see if she will.
BokHee is later there for support. Everyone cheers for Meredith as she breaks the hospital record. Meredith tells Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) to update the patient’s family. As she leaves, she says, “OK. I will tell them that their son was saved by a surgical legend ”. Meredith tells him no. “Surgical superhero?” he asks. “No,” says Meredith. “Wonder Woman?” asks BokHee. “Thanks, BokHee,” says Meredith.
It was in season 16. Fans might have to wait a while to hear her talk again.
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