Sometimes, when murder is at foot, the psychopath is the first one blamed. And even though one would expect a cop to go with backup whilst confronting said psychopath, it’s not always the case. We’re introduced to our couple Young Oh and Jin Sung; and our very first mystery. Things get a bit dicey when a patient dies on the table as the question is; was it his time to go? Was it an accident? Or is it murder?
Top 10 Moments:
1. We’re introduced to Jin Sung; the protector of the people.
We see Jin Sung, a cop who goes over and beyond her duty in ensuring that people’s lives are protected. This involves engaging in a high speed chase that has her partner clinging to the sides of the car, all the whilst Jin Sung’s focus is on the motorcyclist who not only ran a red-light, but who is also driving without a helmet. She chases the motorcyclist all the way to Hyunsung Medical Center where a politician: Myung Soo is opening the newly built Cardio-cerebrovascular center. Myung Soo tries to be chummy with Gun Myung, the head of the Cardio-cerebrovascular center, but Dr. Lee is having none of the chumminess as he believes that even if corporations have taken over who and how doctors treat their patients and has basically turned them all into pets, it is only fair that the older doctors be allowed to age gracefully. Myung Soo is still dealing with the snub when the non-helmet wearing cyclists burst into the room and tries to attack him. But with all the body guards and hospital staff, the man doesn’t get anywhere. Jin Sung though notices the man’s tears and the strange burn marks on his arms and when she gets outside, she can’t bring herself to write him a ticket. Unknown to her though, the man has been handcuffed and tossed into a black nondescript van.
2. We meet Young Oh. Calling him unfeeling is an understatement
The first time we meet Young Oh, he’s onboard a plane where a passenger collapses in the aisle. The stewardesses immediately make the announcement for help from medical personnel to help assist them with the passenger. One of the stewardess who remembers seeing that Young Oh is a doctor on the passenger list, comes to meet him for help. Young Oh can’t be bothered though because it’s not his place of work and he’s not obligated to help out. Instead, he chooses to return to reading his newspaper (damn that’s cold). The next time we see him, it’s after the cyclist has been moved away from Myung Soo who has plans to call a press conference to use the attack to further his political career. Except, Young Oh tells him that there will be no press conference as Myung Soo has a ticking time bomb in his head (I’m guessing an aneurysm) and it would go off before the elevator doors opens. Nobody takes Young Oh seriously, particularly the hospital management who calls Young Oh’s words a cheap way to announce himself as the newest doctor in the hospital. But Young Oh is not bothered as he literarily holds onto his watch counting down, even as Myung Soo gets on the elevators and everyone smiles. Except, just as the doors close, Myung Soo barely standing and looking like he would keel over at any moment opens it, and the only person who’s smiling; smiling at a man who looks like he’s just about to die is Young Oh (dude, get that smirk off your face. Some people might think you actually want him dead). Young Oh however isn’t smiling when he reels out all the things that could possibly go wrong with Myung Soo’s surgery, although he does let out a little smirk when he suggests to Myung Soo that the only way they can have even some chance at success with the surgery is to make it a live one.
3. The live surgery suggestion fallout
News about Young Oh’s discovery of Myung Soo’s aneurysm soon spreads around the hospital, and everyone is talking about it: from the resident who thinks Young Oh got through school with his connections only to hear that the prestigious Mayo Teaching Hospital offered Young Oh a job and he turned them down. To the nurses who are exclaiming over his fine looks and stating that should Young Oh succeed in saving Myung Soo’s life, he will automatically become a star. To the doctor who thinks Young Oh’s doing it for fame and popularity, only for that same doctor to be reminded that he too has gone on a TV show to boost his patient rate. And to Gun Myung himself who as the head of the center refuses to authorize the surgery. A member of the hospital management though asks him if he’s more opposed to the surgery or to the doctor who had suggested it in the first place. The doctor who had suggested it in the first place is at the moment trying to convince Myung Soo to go through the surgery by unethically threatening to release Myung Soo’s medical records which clearly show that he’d tested positive for Cocaine. Myung Soo’s choice is simple: become vilified as a drug user or give up himself for the sake of science. Science wins and soon the poster announcing the live surgery is up in the hospital. Young Oh claims the surgery is a gift to his father, Gun Myung and when Gun Myung attempts to bring up the recommendations of Young Oh’s advisory professors from the States, Young Oh tells Gun Myung that his father would see exactly the kind of doctor he becomes (why did I feel a shiver at the words?)
4. Jin Sung gets stood up but witnesses a murder
Jin Sung’s partner: Sergeant Park interrupts Jin Sung’s prep in front of a mirror by asking her if she’s going on a date. Jin Sung blushes as she denies it, except, Sergeant Park has her phone in his hand and the search engine results that are all about what a woman should wear on a date to please a man (awwww. Jin Sung). Jin Sung still wouldn’t admit it though and she instead lights into Sergeant Park about all the laws he’s broken by looking into her phone (Awwww. Falls back to the law when she feels huffy. Cute) and stomps out. Except, she comes right back to hesitantly ask Sergeant Park if her hair looks good (so cute Jin Sung). But all her prepping is for naught as she ends up sitting at the table all night without her date showing. She accidentally dials the man who she’s saved as: One Extra Bottle. But nothing in his tone or voice implies that her date would be coming to the bar to get some drinks and she wilts at the confirmation. She’s in her car considering the events of the evening when she notices a white minivan speed past her and then toss out a man she does not immediately recognize as the cyclist she’d chased. The cyclist barely gets on his feet when the white minivan reverses dead straight at him and sends the man flying into the air and cracking against her windshield (talk about an instant distraction from your pathetic love life). Jin Sung who had immediately taken note of the car’s plates calls Sergeant Park so he can run the plates and at that point glances down and notices the burn marks on the victim. She then recognizes him as the cyclist at which point the man murmurs and begs that his life be spared, promising not to tell anyone what he knows. At the words Jin Sung informs Sergeant Park that they aren’t looking at a car accident but a murder. Jin Sung calls the ambulance and has the man rushed to the nearest hospital which turns out to be Hyunsung Medical Center where Suk Joo takes charge of the patient, tells her to take care of herself, apologizes that he forgot about their date and promises to make it up to her after he’s done with the surgery; all in one breath of course.
5. Young Oh and Jin Sung meet
Suk Joo meets with Young Oh to convince him to perform brain surgery on Kang Chul Min: the cyclist. Young Oh is not interested though as he believes attempting the surgery would lead to Chul Min becoming brain dead. Nothing Suk Joo says convinces him otherwise although Young Oh looks particularly interested in Chul Min’s son who shows up at the ER and doesn’t say a word or let anyone touch, but instead just sits by his father’s bedside. When Young Oh still insists on not treating Chul Min, Jin Sung arrests him on the basis that he’s refusing to treat an emergency patient, which he is required to do by law. Suk Joo interrupts the pending arrest though to suggest to Young Oh that Cardio (him) and Neuro (Young Oh) can operate on Chul Min simultaneously so as to reduce the chances of the Chul Min becoming a vegetable. What this means though is that Chul Min might most likely die on the operating table but Suk Joo is willing to take that chance.
6. The Surgery
Whilst the two men are literarily working against the clock to save Chul Min in the operating room, Jin Sung notices with interest, Chul Min’s son playing a video game in the waiting hall. She offers him sweets but he doesn’t even look at her, and when she checks to see what he’s listening to through his earphones, she’s surprised to hear nothing playing, meaning Chul Min’s son had just been ignoring her. She scolds him though but says she can’t nag too much as he’s not her relation. So, all she can do is hope that his father wakes up so he can nag at him himself. Chun Min’s son looks touched by the words but still doesn’t say a word (maybe he’s dumb?). Meanwhile, in the operation room, it at first seems like Suk Joo’s surgery is a success and the nurses and doctors with him smile, except for Young Oh who looks like he’s waiting for the other shoe to drop. And sure enough, blood suddenly begins to fill the patient’s chest cavity and Young Oh causally mentions that the patient would soon suffer Premature Ventricular Contraction. And sure enough, the patient does and shortly goes into cardiac arrest and no matter of effort is enough to revive him. Whilst Suk Joo is visibly distraught at the loss, Young Oh just calls out time of death and walks out of the operation room, not even bothering to answer Jin Sung’s enquiry as to the success of the surgery. So, it’s Suk Joo that breaks the news to both Jin Sung and Chul Min’s son and it’s everyone present that is able to witness as Chul Min’s son releases silent screams and gestures to them in sign language to bring his father back (oof. Talk about painful).
7. It’s all numbers and games for Young Oh
Whilst everyone else is dealing with the loss of Chul Min, Young Oh is at the top floor, taking in the sight of the city whilst sipping his coffee. When Suk Joo comes to thank Young Oh for at least giving him the chance to do everything he possibly can for his patient, Young Oh tells him that he didn’t operate on Chul Min for Suk Joo’s sake. The only reason he’d performed the surgery was so that he could confirm if he’d been right that Chul Min wouldn’t have survived (wow! Brutal) or if Suk Joo’s idealistic belief that Chul Min would survive was what would triumph. He smiles as he tells Suk Joo that Suk Joo can consider it a bet of some sort (Just when you think Young Oh can’t get any colder, he goes and says something like this), plus he wanted to see if Suk Joo would retain his confident face after the game is over. Unfortunately however, Suk Joo didn’t and now Young Oh concludes that he’s won the game. He leaves without a backward glance or a stare in the direction of Jin Sung who had heard everything and is shocked to her core.
8. Even with his unfeelingness, Young Oh still gets crushed on (Maybe it’s because it’s Jang Hyuk, love of our lives)
Young Oh gets back to his office where he sees Min Jae attempting to help him unpack his books. He’s not very pleased at her help though and says as much. Min Jae isn’t offended even though he basically grouped her right along with all the ‘strangers’ that aren’t allowed to touch his things. She explains that she’s had a crush on him and had asked him out first (wait. So they dated?) and she couldn’t nag him to come back home even though he was away from her in the States for five years and yet, with all that, he still calls her a stranger? When Young Oh can only stare at her, she sighs and tells him that he might have been an interesting surgeon who drew a lot of attention on his first day, but she’s too busy working her way up to spend time in a relationship with him. Those seem to be the magic words though as Young Oh pulls Min Jae back when she makes to walk away from him as he mentions the fact that he’d always assumed that she was patient. When she says nothing, he tells her that he’s thankful though that her eyes didn’t catch it and ruin the surprise… as he pulls out a ring box, opens it and asks Min Jae to marry him (okay. I did not see that one coming. Who would have guessed that he was going to propose). As he slides the ring onto her finger, he promises that no other woman would make his heart flutter (considering how cold a fish your character is, I can see that happening. But considering that this is a drama, I won’t be so sure about that if I were you).
9. Chul Min’s murder is ruled an accident
Back at the station, Jin Sung is pissed at the fact that the higher-ups plan on ruling Chul Min’s murder an accident and no one is embarking on the investigation with claims that there was no witness to the crime. Of course when Jin Sung presents herself as a witness, it doesn’t count as Sergeant Park explains to Jin Sung that there are no CCTV cameras or solid evidence to prove that it’s a murder and as far as everyone is concerned, Chul Min died whilst on the operating table. Jin Sung frustrated, glances around and spots Chul Min’s son. When she asks what will happen to the boy and learns that because he has no legal guardian, he would be sent to an orphanage, Jin Sung turns on her heels and walks away, straight to her computer as she goes through different CCTV points across the city to see if there’s something she can spot. When Sergeant Park tells her that Chul Min’s son probably wanted to give a final farewell, Jin Sung would have nothing of it as she reminds Sergeant Park about the fact that she has no information about his father’s killer and the motive behind the murder should the boy ask. Plus, she would feel even more guilty should he ask what she, a police officer was doing when it all went down. She leaves Sergeant Park to keep trying to get information on the van and tells him that she intends to file for an autopsy so she can know the truth.
10. Something’s amiss with Chul Min’s surgery
Suk Joo meanwhile is still mulling over Young Oh’s words. Feeling like something’s up, he runs to meet Sung Eun one of the doctors who had been in the Neuro part of the operation with Young Oh to ask him if anything had been amiss. Sung Eun who remembers how casually Young Oh had predicted the PVC, mentions it (seriously though, isn’t that partly expected when there’s bleeding in the inner chest cavity? Doesn’t this guy watch Grey’s Anatomy?) and Suk Joo confronts Young Oh who smiles as he basically tells him that suspicions are just that, suspicions that can’t be proven unless the doctor who committed the malpractice admits to it (seriously Young Oh. Just tell them that you didn’t do it. All this dodging the question will make them think you’re guilty). Next Suk Joo goes to check for the footage of the surgery and then breaks the news to Chief Soo Ho that the footage files have been deleted (interesting). Soo Hoo warns him to stop being a rookie out to endanger his medical license as if the patient’s family start to suspect some sort of malpractice, they can file a suit: besides, the Police are conducting an autopsy, meaning the true cause of Chul Min’s death will be discovered. Except, Jin Sung gets the autopsy results and the result is that Chul Min’s death was accidental, caused by the multiple injuries and bleeding he received due to the accident. Jin Sung doesn’t buy it, but there’s nothing she can do as the pathologist says all that’s left is the toxicology result. Meanwhile, Young Oh is met outside his office by his father who smiles as he tells him that his room has been left the way he’d left it and everyone is curious about his surgeries. Young Oh steps closer to his father as he tells him, “I didn’t get caught” all with a smile on his face. Jin Sung however gets scalded whilst making noodles and remembers that she hadn’t seen any burn marks on the body the pathologist had examined. When she goes back to the pathologist, she finds out that someone from the hospital had not only switched the bodies, but had also lied to the pathologist and claimed to be Chul Min’s son, whilst requesting for his father’s body to be cremated. When Jin Sung goes back to check on the CCTV footage at the morgue, she sees Young Oh by Chul Min’s body and he turns to the camera with a smile. Jin Sung backtracks till her findings lead her to Young Oh’s computer where she finds the deleted surgery footage. As she watches it, Young Oh shows up and asks her exactly what she’s doing in his office. Jin Sung dazed, states that he’s the one who deleted the surgery footage and switched the body. Young Oh simply replies that she’s confirmed her findings and when Jin Sung asks exactly what happened at the surgery, Young Oh grabs her by the neck, picks up a scalpel and makes to stab her with it.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because sure we all know that Young Oh is the star of the show and is most likely not the one we should have our eyes on, but Jin Sung doesn’t know that. So basically what she’s done is gone somewhere without backup or without informing her partner about where her investigation is leading her, so should anything go awry, he would be able to get her out of her compromised situation. It’s such a sloppy work for a police officer that I want to smack her.
Headache inducing moment:
Because nowhere in real life is the police allowed to search anywhere without a warrant. So not only does this point take me out of the drama yelling, ‘But this is not how it works in real life’, I also have to deal with the whole situation can go south and turn ugly pretty soon, and Jin Sung doesn’t have any fucking backup. Argh!
This episode’s a gourd of several days old palm wine: It’s kind of flat and not really what I would have expected. The tension didn’t grip me as much as I would have liked. Not like the actors weren’t good: Jang Hyuk is brilliant as Young Oh. But the story itself hasn’t gripped me yet. I’m not going to drop the drama just yet though because this was kind of how I felt when Lucky Romance started and we all know how addicted I am to the show now ;). So, let’s wait and see.