History can either make you timid or bold: Hye Jung chooses to attack the world first and woe betide anyone who crosses her. Ji Hong our main guy is a teacher turned doctor with a heart of gold, a sunny personality and an idealistic view of the world that he calls realistic. Mal Soon is a grandmother who wants to give her granddaughter a chance at life and all three are interwoven in a way that their connection is what Hye Jung needs to come into her own.
Top 10 Moments:
- We meet Hye Jung and she’s a badass doctor who started out as a bratty student
Our drama begins with Hye Jung changing into her doctor’s scrubs as she tells us that the hospital is a place where death is common place although still surprising, but the person she’s destined to meet here is never surprised by death. Outside the changing rooms, a group of mobsters wheel in their boss and one of the men gets angry and is about to punch out a resident doctor for not getting a doctor to treat the top dog early enough. Except, before the blow can connect, Hye Jung intercepts the move and grabs his hand, then introduces herself as the doctor. The top dog though is a misogynist who isn’t keen on a woman treating him and asks his boys to take Hye Jung out back. But Hye Jung carries out a smackdown to beat all smackdowns and soon all the lackeys are on the floor. When the boss loses consciousness, the next in line tells Hye Jung to carry on with her treatment but she must be prepared to die should anything happen to the boss. We flashback to thirteen years prior when Hye Jung was one of the troublemaking students who only gets spared because her father comes to beg her teacher. When her teacher makes to hit her one last time before she leaves, even as she tells Hye Jung that she will end up behind bars in a year, Hye Jung stops the abuse and warns the woman to watch her back at night as healthy people sometimes also meet their deaths. And with those words of wisdom leaves the room with the teacher screaming about how evil Hye Jung is.
- We see Hye Jung’s not so ideal family life.
Outside the teacher’s lounge, Hye Jung runs into her father who offers to drive her home. When Hye Jung wouldn’t budge, her father asks her how long she would keep behaving the way she’s behaving and Hye Jung points out to him that the only reason why he keeps coming to her school to beg on her behalf is because he’s trying to convince himself that he’s a good dad. On their drive home, when Hye Jung proceeds to ignore her father, he snaps and starts hitting her, asking when she’s going to get her life together. He stops in the middle of a hit and Hye Jung screams at him to kill her the same way he’d killed her mum. When she tells him to clean up his mess, her father asks her why she doesn’t even cry, to which Hye Jung replies that she’s dead inside (Damn). Her father says nothing more, just drives her to her grandmother: Mal Soon’s diner and throws out all her things (damn that’s cold). When Hye Jung blames everything going wrong on the woman who’d moved in with her father, her father screams at her to stop talking about her stepmother like that as it’s because of words like that the woman is scared of Hye Jung. Her father doesn’t look her in the eye as he gets into his truck, warns her not to call him again and leaves a crying Hye Jung behind who looks at the departing truck as she sadly says she’d wondered how long it would take for him to abandon her. As she cries for her mother, Mal Soon shows up and helps her carry her things inside, all the while calling Hye Jung’s father a jerk who wouldn’t even come in to her, his mother-in-law. Alone with Mal Soon who’s made her dinner, Hye Jung tries to brush off Mal Soon’s questions about attending school although Mal Soon would have none of it. When Hye Jung wonders if her grandmother would get tired of her and abandon her as well, Mal Soon tells her that she will never abandon Hye Jung, even if Hye Jung gets into trouble (Awwwww). Hye Jung is clearly touched although she fakes bravado and pretends like she would have been touched if her Mal Soon had said those words to her three years prior. Mal Soon warns her that she can say stuff like that to her, but she shouldn’t say it to others who would consider her a lost kid and would therefore look down on her. Hye Jung doesn’t see the big deal though, seeing that everyone looks down on her anyway. When she tells Mal Soon that she would rather show them her fist, Mal Soon agrees with her as that’s what she too does (awww. Bonding with grandma over a propensity to fight. How cute). Hye Jung is pleased as she admits that Mal Soon is the first adult to agree with her to which her Mal Soon answers that she hopes Hye Jung meets a good teacher. Hye Jung scoffs though, as she’s been a student for the past 11 years and has never once met a good teacher.
- We meet Ji Hong, No reason Ji Hong
Next we see a teacher cheerily calling out to students who are being punished, even as he orders one student: Sae Woo to run after him with the threat of penalizing her if she doesn’t. His reason for calling her: he wants her to run his errands. When Sae Woo wonders why she has to, Ji Hong gives her his trademark answer “No reason” and Sae Woo hurries off to do exactly as he’s asked, even as she grumbles to a classmate: Yoo Na, and wonders why Ji Hong would be treating her the way he does, when he knows her father is the chairman of a large hospital in town. Ji Hong in his class, urges his students to care about the impression they give others and then walks to the back of the class to one of his students who he points out is wearing makeup but with the wrong shade of foundation (hahahaha. Will you look at that. A male teacher who knows his makeup). Whilst Hye Jung is finagling money from her grandmother under the guise of getting her new school uniforms, Ji Hong leaves school early, waving goodbye to the students at about the same time Sae Woo’s mother comes to pick her up. On their way home Sae Woo’s mother wonders why Ji Hong closes so early and when Sae Woo begins to mention the hobbies Ji Hong spends his time with, she asks if Sae Woo’s got a crush on her teacher. Sae Woo denies it (although your shifty eyes has me thinking that maybe your mother is right after all Sae Woo) and her mother wonders why Ji Hong doesn’t organize after school study sessions for his students, like the other teachers do. Sae Woo’s mother grumbles about how such an unserious person could have graduated with a medical degree and tells Sae Woo that she must make sure to graduate from Seoul National University so that her father can realize his dreams through her (talk about pressure).
4. Hye Jung and Ji Hong meet; and it’s not a meet-cute
Ji Hong bikes over to the record store to search for a CD with a song he’d like to listen to (ha… the days of CD and browsing through stores with no catalogues). Hye Jung too is at the store, although her interest leans more towards stealing the CD that paying for it. Except, just as she gets to the door, the store owner stops her and searches through her bag, which turns up no CD. When he makes to search her person, Hye Jung protests to the act so he calls over a female worker to search Hye Jung instead. At this point, Ji Hong interrupts to say that Hye Jung most likely didn’t steal the CD. Hye Jung full of bravado though, insists on the store owner calling the cops so they can lock the store owner up for accusing her falsely. She leaves them, claiming she’s not interested in dealing with the headache and walks away with her head held high. Except, when she gets to the restroom, we see that she’d actually hidden the CD in her clothes. She walks out feeling confident but stops when Ji Hong asks her if she feels happy now that she’s lied and stolen and made the people who had trusted her feel ashamed. When Hye Jung attempts to bluster her way through, Ji Hong tells her that he’d covered for her because she’s a student and her youth is written on her face. He also adds that he can see the lies written on her face. When he repeats that he helped her because she’s not an adult, Hye Jung asks why he won’t just let her go then, to which Ji Hong replies with his signature: No reason. Unlike his students who are well aware that the phrase is a favorite of his, Hye Jung asks Ji Hong if he has the lolita complex and is in love with underaged her (hahahaha. And Ji Hong’s expression at the question is classic). She adds that if he’s trying to try his luck with her, he should get lost. Ji Hong then replies that he only uses his famous phrase: no reason during instances when he would rather not waste precious time trying to communicate with someone who wouldn’t get what he’s saying. When Hye Jung still proves stubborn, Ji Hong tells her that he intends to break his no prison or going to the court rule because of her, to which Hye Jung asks him if he’s got proof that she stolen. When Ji Hong reaches for her bag. She gives him a high kick that sends him sprawling to the ground, stunned (hahaha. So good). Ji Hong gets up from the ground and asks Hye Jung to date him, seeing that she claims to be an adult and as she’s the only woman who’s ever gotten that rough with him. Hye Jung starts backing away disgusted and when Ji Hong grabs her hand and invites her to tea, she calls him crazy (hahahaha. Something tells me he’s well aware that she’s not a student and is just messing with her head) and asks if he wants to be arrested, considering she’s a high school student… and Ji Hong gives her the Aha, knew you were a high school student speech (hahahaha. These two are hilarious). He also points to the CD that’s fallen out of her bag and confirms that yup, she’s also a thief. When she admits it, he asks her to choose: head to the Police Station or go the store and admit that she had stolen the CD. Hye Jung chooses the store, but then runs away before Ji Hong can catch her (hahahaha. You wouldn’t be thinking you’ve gotten away with it by the time you realize that he’s your new teacher Hye Jung).
5. Hye Jung makes a new friend & Ji Hong goes to visit his father
Whilst Ji Hong runs into In Joo, an old friend from his internship days, back when he was in medical school, who informs him about his father having surgery, thus leading him to start making plans to travel to Seoul to be there for the surgery, Hye Jung spends the afternoon admiring a see through outfit and ignoring calls from the mean girls crew. She heads to the restroom where Yoo Na is being harassed by a group of mean girls from her school, led by Mi Ra. The girls grab her wallet, telling her that they had no plans on hanging out with her at the club anyway. When the mean girls spot Hye Jung, they order her to leave and then attack her when she doesn’t. Except, the girls are small fry to Hye Jung and she slaps them around, gets Yoo Na’s wallet from them before the girls scram. Alone, Yoo Na has stars in her eyes for Hye Jung (hahaha) and soon takes to calling her ‘Unnie’ and following her around (it will be even more hilarious when both of them are in the same class. Hahahaha). When she asks for her wallet back, Hye Jung takes half of the money in it as payment for her rescue mission, but Yoo Na gives her all the money and asks to be Hye Jung’s friend (oops. Why do I have the feeling that Sae Woo won’t be happy you stole her friend Hye Jung). Hye Jung isn’t having any of it though, especially someone trying to buy her friendship and she tosses the money back at Yoo Na who continues to chase her around yelling ‘Unnie’ (hahaha. Cute Yoo Na wants big sis Hye Jung as a friend. How cute). Ji Hong meanwhile has gotten to the hospital but can’t seem to make himself enter, as he’s flooded with images of the time when he had been a doctor. He makes to leave but In Joo shows up in time to grab his hand and pull him into the hospital.
6. A hospital takeover is in play & Ji Hong meets his father
Whilst President Hong (Ji Hong’s father) is in surgery and recovering from its effects, Sung Jong meets with his son, Myung Ho (Sae Woo’s father), the latter of which is pissed that he’s still stuck heading the hospital in a rural area instead of being at the main hospital in Seoul. His father’s response towards him not being ready and not readily getting the respect he deserves is that Myung Ho didn’t graduate from Seoul National University. The words echo what his wife had told Sae Woo and Myung Ho wonders if he would then be spending the entirety of his life in the backwoods. Sung Jong though consoles him with the fact that the hospital will soon be theirs anyway seeing that President Hong doesn’t have any biological children and his adopted son might as well be a stranger to him. At the words, Myung Ho breaks out into a smile. Unknown to either of them however, the adopted son is at the moment greeting his father who beams at the sight of him (awwww. All that love is written on both their faces) and laughs when Ji Hong grumbles about him getting surgery and going through it alone, instead of waiting for Ji Hong to be by his side. But Ji Hong doesn’t stay angry for long and soon father and son are smiling and catching up on old times.
7. A fight at the club & Hye Jung picks up a boyfriend
Both the mean girls and Mi Ra’s gang are at the club, dancing the night away. When Mi Ra asks about Soo Chul, her boyfriend, she is pissed when she learns that Soo Chul is somewhere else with a new chick. Whilst she screams about finding the bitch who dared take her boyfriend, said bitch is at the moment trying to tell Soo Chul that she doesn’t date high school boys. Soo Chul isn’t buying it though as he knows Hye Jung’s his age. When he tries to lean in for a kiss, Hye Jung headbutts him and tries to leave but Soo Chul is at much a fighter and soon they’re testing their strength against each other, although Soo Chul’s clearly stronger. When he tells Hye Jung that he would allow her punch him in the face if she would agree to be his girlfriend, Hye Jung pulls her hands back and walks away whilst Soo Chul watches her leave with a smile. Back at the club, Soon Hee’s group bumps into Hye Jung’s former mean girls clique and they’re just about to fight when one of the mean girls spots Hye Jung. The leader of the clique then comes at Hye Jung, claiming that Hye Jung didn’t perform the ceremony to get out of the clique. When Hye Jung smiles and asks that all the mean girls come at her, Mi Ra also volunteers to step forward as well as she feels that she owes Hye Jung a beating. Soon all the girls come rushing at Hye Jung, but she beats them all, causing them to bump into others who join in the fight and soon enough, it’s a free for all fight with the cops on their way. When the cops start arresting those involved in the fight, Soo Chul shows up with a smile and a wink to lead Hye Jung away to his motorcycle and drive her to safety, away from the cops (damn, bad boy Ji Soo is so hot).
8. Ji Hong the philosopher
Ji Hong stays long enough in the hospital to thank Tae Ho, an old friend, who had performed his father’s surgery. When Tae Ho asks him when he intends to return to the hospital seeing that the power structure is changing in favor of the Vice President (Sung Jong) whose son has even taken to visiting the hospital a lot (that would be Myung Ho) Ji Hong simply tells him that he likes teaching, plus the hospital administration changing would give everyone a taste of the power they crave and get them to decide whether or not that is the path they want to take. It is pretty philosophical and Tae Ho asks Ji Hong if variety is all that matters, even if it’s something evil and Ji Hong replies that realistically, he doesn’t think people can be easily grouped into good and evil (says you. Obviously you haven’t met Hong Joo of Mirror of the Witch). Whilst talking with Tae Ho, Ji Hong receives a call from the police station to come pick up his students who had been in a fight. After bribing the cops with free drinks, he takes the girls to a restaurant to feed their empty stomachs and warns them not to get caught next time they’re in a fight, seeing as they wouldn’t listen to him if he just told them to never fight again.
9. Ji Hong learns that Hye Jung is Mal Soon’s daughter
After Ji Hong leaves his students to finish their meal, and drops a note with Mi Ra’s mother’s number just as Mi Ra had requested, he heads home where he runs into Mal Soon who is waiting for her granddaughter to arrive. Just as Mal Soon tells him that her granddaughter would be living with her, said granddaughter chooses that very moment to pull up on a motorcycle with Soo Chul. Ji Hong spots her first and begins to smile and although Hye Jung tries to duck and avoid looking at him, Mal Soon introduces Ji Hong as a teacher who lives next door and who goes to the same school as Hye Jung. When Mal Soon notes the the two of them act like they know each other, Ji Hong confirms her belief, saying that they’d met outside a music store when Hye Jung had stolen something (hahaha. Seriously though Ji Hong. You’re not going to cover for her?). When Mal Soon denies it and Hye Jung claims to just be meeting Ji Hong for the firs time, Ji Hong gets angry and says it’s not surprising that Hye Jung a thief would be a liar as well. Her grandmother is understandably upset at what she considers a false accusation and when Ji Hong warns mal Soon about spoiling her granddaughter’s character, Mal Soon feels outraged that Ji Hong, a teacher, would talk to an elderly person like that. She warns Ji Hong that he won’t get married if he keeps talking like that and follows Hye Jung inside where she tells Hye Jung not to pay any mind to Ji Hong’s words. When she asks Hye Jung if Hye Jung bought her uniform, Hye Jung tells her that she didn’t because she doesn’t plan on going to school. When Mal Soon asks her what she wants to do then, Hye Jung says she will sell drinks and her body. The words have Mal Soon slapping Hye Jung across the face (ouch) as she tells her not to say such careless things. Mal Soon cries as she tells Hye Jung that with a mother who had dropped out of college for a man, only to lose her mind when the man left her for another woman, she’d assumed that all Hye Jung needed was to be cherished and had therefore been changing her personality. When Hye Jung snaps at her to ask why Mal Soon would change her personality for her, Mal Soon asks Hye Jung if Hye Jung truly doesn’t know. When Hye Jung says she doesn’t, Mal Soon tells her that she’s not human if she doesn’t know the reason (wow. That’s really harsh) and that she doesn’t want Hye Jung ruining her life by not going to school. Hye Jung doesn’t answer and just stomps out of the house where she runs into Ji Hong and calls him worse than a bully for telling tales. Ji Hong though tells her that the reason why he told on her was because he can’t stand violence and because she’d beaten him, he bears a grudge against her. He adds that as long as Hye Jung doesn’t exhibit her violence tendencies, they should get along fine. Hye Jung though merely walks back into the house. At night, Mal Soon wakes up and caresses Hye Jung’s cheek, feeling guilty that she’d hit her face (and you should too. Violence against a child isn’t right for any reason whatsoever). She explains to a sleeping Hye Jung that she’d done so because she’s uneducated and so she hits and yells when she’s angry. She continues that she was scared to ask Hye Jung if she’d really stolen something because she hadn’t done anything for Hye Jung even as Hye Jung was growing. She pats Hye Jung’s head as she tells her that she should go to school so she doesn’t end up uneducated and violent like her because she knows Hye Jung can be a good and great person. She heads to bed and we see that Hye Jung had heard everything Mal Soon had said and she tearfully tells Mal Soon that she’s sorry in her mind. But, she smiles when she hears Mal Soon snoring and rises to bring out a book on Marie Curie that Mal Soon had gotten her when she was a kid. As she holds the book, she thinks to herself that good memories and good meetings always lead to a person becoming a better person.
10. Mal Soon is one smart cookie
The next morning, Mal Soon douses Hye Jung awake with water as she tells her that seeing that Hye Jung has no interest in going to school, then it would be better for her to come learn business skills. When Mal Soon shares the news with Ji Hong, he looks positively delighted at the news (hahahaha. He’s just hoping he won’t have to teach you Hye Jung) and wishes them luck. Hye Jung though isn’t feeling the luck as Mal Soon has them buying lots of produce with Hye Jung being the person carrying everything. Finally, Hye Jung pulls to a stop as she asks if Mal Soon would like it if she goes to school. When Mal Soon nods, Hye Jung says she doesn’t like being a nuisance and seeing that Mal Soon is willing to change for her, then she doesn’t mind going to school for Mal Soon as well (yeah right. Sure it’s not the thought of carrying all that produce that has you singing a different tune huh Hye Jung?). Mal Soon is so delighted that she gets carried away and has to remind herself to say the terms of endearments that have nothing to do with calling Hye Jung a crazy girl. Hye Jung immediately drops the shopping bags on the floor and tells Mal Soon that she can see to carrying them all on her own. With that she heads to school whilst Mal Soon laughs joyfully (Ha. Mal Soon you smart cookie you). Neither Ji Hong or Hye Jung are laughing however when Hye Jung is assigned to Ji Hong’s class. And although Ji Hong tries to send Hye Jung off to another teacher, his plan doesn’t work. Soon, he’s having Hye Jung follow him to homeroom. He introduces her to the class and although Mi Ra and her crew are threatening fire and brimstone at her with their eyes, Yoo Na has stars in her eyes as she welcomes her to her seat (hahahaha. Meet your new friend Hye Jung. I don’t think you will be able to escape her). When Ji Hong has Mi Ra and her crew head to the science lab to be punished, they insist on Hye Jung coming along with them because she started the whole fracas (technically, you girls did. She was just defending herself). At the lab, Ji Hong asks that the girls all write letters of apologies for a week (that many? Just who are they writing to anyway? The entire state?). Hye Jung would rather be caned than have to write letters for a week though, and she says so. Ji Hong therefore asks the other girls to leave and as he makes to cane Hye Jung, Hye Jung thinks to herself that from the beginning, you never know if the person you meet will be a friend or foe.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because nothing irks me as much as educators who write off students and start speaking ill of their future. Like seriously, you never know what tomorrow would bring and a careless word can just as easily wreck a student with just that iota of redemption. That this bitch with all her years of experience can speak so badly about her student makes me want to slap her. Hard.
Headache inducing moment:
None so far. Maybe it’s because it’s the first episode, or maybe it’s because Doctors wouldn’t have any reason to give me a headache, but I’m the happy with the fact right now.
This episode’s a First Kiss Punch. It’s sweet and tasty with that love for a first episode done right. I love the characters so much so far, especially Hye Jung, Ji Hong and Mal Soon and I know they will have even more depth to them as the drama progresses. Hopefully, it will be a 20 episode ride of fun and Hye Jung taking charge and taking no prisoners.