Some people are fearless because they feel nothing, but the truly fearless are the ones who push through the emotions and can still look a psychopath in the eye and tell him that she’ll let the world know the truth about him. Jin Sung’s able to hit Young Oh where it really hurts. But not for long because what Young Oh wants, Young Oh gets. There’s more to Suk Joo than meets the eye and more to Young Oh’s emotional struggle or lack thereof. We find out why Young Oh was at the morgue but who got there before him?
Top 10 Moments:
- Young Oh saved Jin Sung
We open on Suk Joo racing through the hospital, searching every nook and cranny for someone. Finally, he spots the person he’s been looking for: Jin Sung, on the roof about to take a swig of her Soju even though she’s about to have surgery. She tells Jin Sung that she would rather not have the surgery, thus not becoming a burden on her family. Suk Joo though wouldn’t have any of it as he informs her that it’s not only misfortune that comes suddenly. He grabs her bottle and drinks her drink, then hands her a bottle opener shaped like a ring (ha. The original of one more bottle’s ring). Turns out this is the past and Jin Sung had once been brought in to have a valve replacement surgery and we see past Suk Joo complain to the unconcerned doctors about her first surgery not having gone well due to medical malpractice. He tell the operating surgeon to apologize for what he’s done and ask for forgiveness from his patients. The professor though just hits him in the face and coldly asks him if he wants to be fired. An almost tearful Suk Joo points out to the man that if they as doctors can’t admit to their mistakes, then they’re nothing more than animals wielding scalpels and he won’t live like that. He throws away his doctor’s coat and stomps off only to be stopped by another professor: Dong Jae who tells him to drop the condescending look and who asks him if Suk Joo’s not confident enough to take responsibility and apologize to the professor who had hit him in the face. He tells Suk Joo to go back and apologize but when Suk Joo refuses, Dong Jae tells him that it’s only by Suk Joo apologizing that he can allow him to assist him in his surgeries. He sweetens the deal by telling Suk Joo that he would get the hospital to handle Jin Sung’s surgery and if the hospital refuses, then he would pay for the surgery from his own pocket. Dong Jae notices Jin Sung who’s been eavesdropping on their entire conversation and calls her out on it, telling her to go back to her ward and get ready for rounds. Jin Sung holds onto the bottle head ring that Suk Joo had given her and skips off to her bed in preparation for the surgery. When she wakes up, it’s back in the present and we find out that Young Oh’s stabbing her with the scalpel had been to save her life as her pericardial sac had been filled with fluid due to her heart condition. As Yoon Kyung marvels at his brilliance and Suk Joo wonders if Young Oh is a genius or just arrogant, he heads to Young Oh’s office to thank Young Oh as Jin Sung’s doctor. Young Oh wonders though about what Jin Sung was doing in his office and Suk Joo tells him about the deleted footage and the suspicions about malpractice during the surgery. Young Oh though reminds Suk Joo that Suk Joo was also an operating surgeon in the operation room and could just as easily be a witness or an accomplice. He hands Suk Joo the footage he has on a drive and tells Suk Joo to tell Jin Sung to have a care for her health (why are you concerned? And why are you giving me the My Love From Another Star heebie-jeebies.
2. Jin Sung returns the favor
Whilst Suk Joon informs a thankful Jin Sung that the person who had saved her the previous night was Young Oh, Young Oh the savior is at the emergency room, saving a group of doctors who are being threatened by an irate patient holding a scalpel. When he finally grabs a hold of the patient’s arm, he calmly teachesthe man that the proper way to slit his wrist so as to ensure that his attempted suicide becomes an actual suicide (hahaha. Why is that funny and morbid at the same time). He tsks over the guy’s bandaged slit wrist saying that the man was indecisive and sloppy. As he walks away, the angry patient grabs a stand and is just about to use it to attack Young Oh, but Jin Sung comes flying in at the last minute and pushes him out of harm’s way. The irate patient is whisked away and when Young Oh is asked if he’s alright, he replies that he will be fine as soon as they get Jin Sung off of him. Jin Sung calls her rescuing him them, being even but Young Oh doesn’t agree, saying that he’s sure she has more things to talk to him about the previous night. When he tells her that they should take the conversation somewhere private and walks away, Jin Sung places her hands over Sung Eun’s heart to confirm that her rapidly beating heart is a normal response, even as she wonders at the absence of the rapid heart rate in Young Oh. When they finally have some privacy, she asks him why he has the footage for the surgery to which he replies that Suk Joo also has a copy. When she mentions the CCTV catching him at the morgue, Young Oh laughs at her audacity in following a suspected killer to a private hall without witnesses or surveillance cameras. When Young Oh informs her that he can just as easily kill her there to put an end to her investigation and no one will be the wiser, Jin Sung simply replies that a person should live up to their title: a doctor should save lives and a cop should catch bad guys and she intends to let the whole world know what Young Oh has done. Young Oh just smiles as he mocks that he too believes in fairytales, that hospitals exist for the sake of their patients. And with those words, he walks away.
3. Jin Sung won’t give up
Jin Sung gets to the station where Sergeant Park informs her to let the case go seeing that her department has already closed the case. Jin Sung wouldn’t have it though as she suggests that the case be moved to the Violent Crimes Division where she would have the opportunity to continue investigating the crime. She insists that she’s a witness to the case and that the victim’s family aren’t accepting of his death (sure you’re not talking about yourself Jin Sung?). Plus, she can’t go down as a cop who didn’t even try, considering the six years it took for her to pass the test and the fact that she had to give up on every other distraction, including men and dating, to achieve her goal.When Sergeant Park still insists on her letting it go, she begs him for one more day to investigate the case so she can bring him evidence that can be used. Sergeant Park looks like he’s about to deny her request, then agrees at the last possible moment, telling one of the other officers to put Jin Sung down as being on paid leave. Jin Sung is delighted and Sergeant Park tells her to put in all her efforts as he intends to evaluate her based on her performance. Things aren’t going so well for her however when she gets to the information desk at the hospital and the nurse there tells her that she wouldn’t be getting the patient’s information without a warrant. Jin Sung’s frustrated, till she spots Dong Jae and asks to speak with him. In private, she shares her suspicions, but Dong Jae is not willing to consider it because the information would be damaging to the hospital and the staff (you know, I’m starting to see the connection here with the hospital always pushing to save its ass at the expense of someone’s life). When Jin Sung asks for help with investigating Young Oh, Dong Jae replies that the whole world would be watching Young Oh’s live surgery on Myung Soo and he won’t let Jin Sung insult Hyunsung medical centre and Jin Sung leaves, frustrated. Although she does stop to examine the banner stating that Young Oh would be performing a live surgery the next day. And so it’s no surprise when Jin Sung crashes Young Oh’s presentation where he’s detailing how the surgery’s be conducted, and explains to all the doctors and hospital staff gathered there about the attempted murder of a victim and the eventual death of said victim whose body was switched at the morgue by Young Oh. The whole place is abuzz even as Jin Sung, the traffic cop, states that she intends to investigate fully (but, the video never actually shows him switch the body though. How can she be so sure?)
4. The aftermath
Hyun Joon receives the news about the bomb Jin Sung dropped with a temper tantrum and then composes himself to go comfort Myung Soo in preparation for his surgery the next day. Meanwhile, the doctors are all calling out for Young Oh to explain himself, and Ji Yong, not one to lose the opportunity decides to feed the crowd some baloney about them not judging anyone until all the facts have been amassed because there’s an important surgery the next day and Young Oh is the surgeon in charge. The other residents scoff that he’s not even bothering to hide his ass-kissing ways, except, they’re not laughing as much when Gun Myung after questioning Ji Yong on his knowledge of the surgical process drops Young Oh as the operating surgeon and chooses Ji Yong in his stead . When Young Oh tells Gun Myung that he would like to explain himself, Gun Myung tells him to explain himself in front of the ethics council. Outside of the presentation gone sour, the nurses gossip about whether or not Young Oh actually committed murder and thought he had pulled it off successfully enough to smile for the camera. Their conversation however is interrupted by Ji Yong who comes bearing gifts and tries to get their input on what facial products he should use to prep his skin for the surgery (ha! Vain idiot. I hope they switch the surgeons right back again just before he steps before the camera). Out at the restaurant beside the hospitals, residents are gossiping about the event and what would happen to Young Oh, although Suk Joo doesn’t participate in it. He does stop however when he sees Dong Jae and soon both of them are talking about Dong Jae’s wish that surgeons go extinct so people can get cured without needing them and how awesome Jin Sung was at the presentation. Jin Sung in the meanwhile reports back to Sergeant Park that Hyunsung would investigate the murder and provide them with the evidence the need.
5. Something’s really wrong with Young Oh
Young Oh gets into a quiet rage at home where he tips over the table set for dinner and watches as the glassware breaks. Gun Myung simply walks to his son, obviously used to the outburst whilst Young Oh insists that the surgery is his and he will be the one to perform it. When Gun Myung asks about the body, Young Oh’s focus is still on the rare cerebral aneurysm which he will not be able to operate on when the surgery is his. Gun Myung places his hand on his Young Oh’s shoulder and tells him that he’s wrong again. Something about the gesture or the words terrify Young Oh so much that Gun Myung has Young oh follow the command took him in the eyes. When Gun Myung has his attention, he tells Young Oh that Young Oh shouldn’t only think about what he wants to say or what he thinks but he should also read the other person (jeez. You both give me the creeps right now). At Gun Myung’s words, he begins to dissect his father’s facial cues from the curled lip to the raised eyebrows and the wide eyes and then concludes that his father is angry. When his father presses down the hand he has on his shoulder, Young Oh states that Gun Myung is doing so to emphasize that Young Oh is still under his control. At the words and at Young Oh’s bowed head, Gun Myung pulls back his hand and tells Young Oh that for his sake, he is always willing to start all over. He repeats the question: What was Young Oh doing at the morgue. Young Oh explains that he wanted to confirm if there was a difference between a patient who died on the table and someone who was involved in a hit and run and discovered… he takes note of his father’s expression, reads him, and then concludes by saying that there’s no difference (hmmm. Why do I feel like that’s not what you wanted to say initially Young Oh and you just put into practice what your father just taught you And he’s aware of it as well). His father smiles and tells him that that’s good and that’s exactly what he should say at the ethics council. When Young Oh asks if his father believes him though, Gun Myung just tells him that he trusts him. When Young Oh makes to ask his father more questions, Gun Myung tells him to take his medication and walks away and Young Oh follows although he doesn’t even flinch when he steps on the broken glass. Alone, Gun Myung remembers when a doctor had diagnosed Young Oh with anti-social disorder and had explained that Young Oh can’t process emotions or tell what the other person is feeling. Gun Myung had therefore spent his time teaching Young Oh how to read emotions and. It’s this knowledge that Young Oh now uses to dissect the fact that Gun Myung believes that Young Oh is hidding the boy somewhere.
6. Myung Soo readies for his surgery and Young Oh for the ethics council
Surgery day has Myung Soo addressing reporters as he lies glibly the the reason why he opted for live surgery is because cerebral hemorrhage is a comments is enough ailment in Korea and so he’s having the surgery done out of solidarity with all of them. Away from the members of press, Myung Soo takes a moment to catch his breath as he informs his aide to send out a press release the minute the surgery is done (sure we’ll survive aren’t we). He then turns to Ji Yong to ask him to take proper care of him and then he gets wheeled into surgery. Except, Myung Soo suddenly begins to panic and call for his assistant. When no one would get him his assistant, he calls for Hyun Joon to ask him if he can really trust the replacement surgeon Ji Yong. Hyun Joon tells him to trust the hospital instead as everyone of the staff hired by the hospital. When Myung Soo continues to panic, claiming that Hyun Joon is only concerned about making money for the hospital. Hyun Joon then makes him a promise from a trader to a politician that seeing that Myung Soo would bring money to his hospital, then they would do their damnedest to get Myung Soo to survive. Whilst Myung Soo is working up the courage to be in surgery, Young Oh is looking at the ethics notice on the hospital board. He asks Suk Joo if he thinks Jin Sung is now happy that she took his surgery away from him and got him to instead face the ethics council. When Suk Joo doesn’t reply, he asks Suk Joo if he delivered his message to Jin Sung about her taking better care of instead of neglecting it all because she’s a cop. When that still gets no reply, he smiles as he says maybe he should go teach her that lesson himself (Argh. Seriously Young Oh. Stop saying such weird things. It’s disturbing).
7. The surgery goes horribly wrong
Young Oh walks away after his statement, leaving Suk Joo panicking as he starts to call Jin Sung. When he sees that Young Oh didn’t bother going to the observation hall to watch the surgery, he frantically dials Jin Sung who is can’t come to the phone at the moment as she’s helping school children cross the road. Unknown to her, someone is watching her from within a car and when she separates from the group, the car accelerates and heads straight at her, coming close to hitting her when another car suddenly drives up, thus making the white car drive away. As Jin Sung berates the new driver on his driving skills, the windows wind down and it’s Young Oh, there to turn himself in. Meanwhile, Ji Yong runs into a snafu in the middle of his operation and Myung Soo’s BP starts to rise as his blood vessels start to clog. Dong Jae is rightfully worried that Ji Yong might not be able to handle the new complication and even as Gun Myung races off along with Dong Jae, Myung Soo starts to go into shock and Ji Yong has a nervous breakdown screaming that he doesn’t know what to do. Except, unfortunately for him, he’s had the breakdown in front of multiple cameras and Hyun Joo has the cameras tuned off so the other doctors can work on salvaging the situation without it being broadcast life. And sure enough, Gun Myung decides that the patient would have to have open brain surgery. When Dong Jae makes mention of how important a client Myung Soo is, Gun Myung reminds him that they’ve always treated all their patients with the same respect and care, needless of how important said patients were, as this case would be no different. As Gun Myung walks away, he adds that he will be performing the surgery.
8. Young Oh uses a man’s life to bargain for a position
Jin Sung is surprised that rather than driving to a police station to ‘turn himself in’, Young Oh had instead driven to the hospital. Young Oh though knows what he’s doing and says that he wants to give her the chance to live up to her name seeing that she said doctors save lives and cops catch bad guys. He opens the door and as he steps out tells her to watch carefully what she’s done. Back in the operating room, Gun Myung is about cutting into Myung Soo’s brains but seems to be holding back as his hands shake and his eyes water. Hyun Joo calls the operating theatre to ask if the surgery has begun. When he’s told that he hasn’t, he asks if it’s because there’s a lesion in Myung Soo’s brain. We pan to him to see that Young Oh is right beside him, listening in on the conversation, and when the resident admits to there being a bad lesion, Hyun Joo hangs up and asks why Young Ho isn’t performing the surgery when he’d claimed that he’s the only one who can. Young Oh’s request is simple, he wants his father’s job: fully authority and control over the Cardio-cerebrovascular center. Hyun Joo hesitates but the thought of Myung Soo being brain dead is enough to get him to agree to Young Ho’s terms which Young Ho smiles at. Next up, Young Oh goes to ask Suk Joo to join in on the surgery. Neither Suk Joo or Jin Sung understand what he’s playing at but Young Oh gives a vague explanation that he and Suk Joo working together would be the perfect statement.
9. Young Oh performs the surgery and makes a dig at Jin Sung
In the operating room, everyone stares at Young Oh, waiting for him to start but he seems to be taking his time examining the size of Myung Soo’s head. When he finally wants to start, he asks that one of the doctor brings down the operating table so he can have access to the artery. When another doctor objects to the act saying that the patients parent artery will thin out and burst, Young Oh calmly replies that they would simply remove the blood vessel. He barks at the first doctor to bring down the table and begins the surgery and is soon the cynosure of all eyes as all the doctors in the hospital watch him perform the surgery live. When he finally managers to remove the lesion, Suk Joo is surprised that he knew where to look without performing a biopsy. It’s at this point that Young Oh explains that he’d seen it before, in the brains of Min Chul. It was the fungus he’s extracted during the surgery that had had him curious, especially because he wanted to confirm whether or not the fungus he’s recovered during the surgery had been caused by endocarditis, which is the same condition that Myung Soo suffers from. That was the reason why he’d gone back to check Min Chul’s body. When Suk Joo asks him why he hadn’t just said so during the conference, Young Oh looks at the camera as he replies that he’s sure those at the conference know better. The words strike at Jin Sung, Ji Yong and even Gun Myung.
10. Young Oh opens a can of worms
After the surgery, Young Oh is left alone at the operating room where Gun Myung comes to meet him and ask him why he came to the hospital he is working at. He reminds Young Oh of what he’d told him about trying to be a good doctor if he was insistent on being a doctor, but now Young Oh made a deal over a patient’s life, and to make it worse, he did it the minute he got back. When Gun Myung asks why, Young Oh replies that he’s come to realize that his best asset as a doctor is his hollow heart which is what helped him save Myung Soo. It was why he hadn’t gotten distracted like Ji Yong and hadn’t been scared like Gun Myung. He apologizes to his father that he can’t be a good doctor like normal people because he’s already superior than anyone else, as a doctor. Meanwhile, at the press conference, Ji Yong is being bombarded with questions as to him almost leading to Myung Soo’s death during surgery, but Hyun Joo comes to his rescue, even as he quietly tells Ji Yong that he’s incompetent, and explains to the swarm of reporters that it wasn’t a case of medical malpractice but a testament to the fact that Hyunsung has a great medical team that can respond promptly in times of emergencies. Young Oh though is back in the locker room getting changed when Suk Joo comes to meet him to ask if he didn’t notice anything else strange about Min Chul’s body. When he starts to mention it, Young Oh beats him to it as he wonders if Suk Joo’s talking about Min Chul’s missing heart which confirms to Young Oh that Suk Joo had also been at the morgue with dead Min Chul. He walks to the door where Ji Sung is on the other side of the door and invites her into the conversation where he states that he has no interest in Min Chul’s heart, but someone else clearly did and the person is most likely either someone that Suk Joo knows very well or someone that Jin Sung trusts. In other words, it could very well be Suk Joo himself.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Definitely no one in this episode. There were no acts of recklessness, stupidity and unnecessary cruelty. So, I’m good.
Headache inducing moment:
Because I saw for a moment that car racing towards Jin Sung and I screamed as I waited to hear the impact and the thud of her body landing on the floor. Thankfully, Young Oh came to save the day.
This episode’s a Bloody Mary. What can I say, it’s picked up so much more and now I’m invested in our protagonist who is more of an antagonist and I find his fascination with the truly morbid utterly fascinating. Like I want to pick his brains and find out what makes him tick. If that makes me bloody… well, here’s a Bloody Mary for the both of us ;).