Emotions run high in this episode and they drive Hye Jung into making a friend, losing one, making another friend and gaining herself an enemy. Ji Hong saves the day and Hye Jung is filled with new inspiration for life. Hye Jung proves to herself and Ji Hong that she can achieve whatever she wants to achieve but rouses Seo Woo’s jealousy in the process, leaving disaster in the wake.
Top 1o Moments:
- Ji Hong doesn’t follow through with the caning
We open on Hye Jung being led to the teacher’s lounge even as she tells us that recklessness is in itself a form of abuse and soon enough, a person starts to enjoy it. As she is led towards Ji Hong’s desk, she hopes that he’s not her homeroom teacher but knows that it’s not a wish that would be granted because nothing works out the way she wants it to. Ji Hong on the other hand is going through her report sheet and notes her high IQ: 156, and the comment from her last Homeroom teacher saying she’s smart but channels her brains towards causing trouble. Then, we pick up from Ji Hong about to cane Hye Jung, only to change his mind at the last moment as he tells Hye Jung that he’s not going to let her push him into doing something he hates, especially for her; a student he doesn’t like. Hye Jung is pleased that he’s not lying to her or trying to act like he actually likes her and tells him that seeing that he decided to not cane her anymore, then she would assume that she’s off punishment and wouldn’t need to write any letter of apology (hahaha. Smart). When Ji Hong wonders as to why she’s not with ‘Grandmother’ seeing that she’s smart enough to be a businesswoman, Hye Jung tells him to stop calling Mal Soon ‘grandmother’ because Mal Soon is not that old. When Ji Hong replies that it’s Mal Soon’s business and plus it was Mal Soon that said he should call her grandmother anyway, Hye Jung tells him that she has a right to decide how he should address Mal Soon because Mal Soon’s her grandmother. When Ji Hong points out the fact that she’d never been around before and is now making demands, Hye Jung tells him that that’s what family does and wonders how he doesn’t know that considering he has a family. The words has Ji Hong flashing back to when he and his family had been involved in a car crash and two tow trucks had been fighting over who owns the turf instead of rushing over to help Ji Hong. The memory has him sending Hye Jung out of the science room where Mi Ra and her crew glare at her and Yoo Na, who we find out is actually Soon Hee (did she steal someone’s identity?), slips her hands through Hye Jung’s arms and goes on and on about liking Hye Jung and wanting to be friends with her. She’s so effusive that Hye Jung asks if Soon Hee likes girls (hahahahaha). Soon Hee doesn’t immediately understand, thinking Hye Jung is just asking if she likes girls as people and Hye Jung walks off after calling her cute. Soon Hee squeals at the compliment (hahaha. She’s so cute).
2. Mal Soon’s ill but she continues to think of Hye Jung
After the pangs she felt in the previous episode, Mal Soon decides to go to the hospital where Myung Ho is the attending doctor. When she asks him for medication to ease the pain, Myung Ho is at first insistent on her getting tests done, but all talks of Mal Soon trying to find out how much the test would cost is forgotten when Myung Ho receives a call from his father about President Hong. Hye Jung in the meanwhile is done from school and ignoring Soo Chul who had come to pick her up on his bike. Soo Chul ends up telling Mi Ra who attempts to hang on to him to get lost. But Hye Jung doesn’t witness any of this happening as Soon Hee drags her off to a place where she can get a new school uniform for free (hahaha. Why do I think the place she’s talking about is her own closet). Mal Soon gets home and immediately heads over to Ji Hong who is preparing for his trip to see his father in Seoul. When Mal Soon asks him who Hye Jung’s teacher is and he points to himself, she kneels before him as she tells him that there are two sets of people she respects most in the world: teachers and doctors (Looks like Ji Hong scores on both ends). She tells Ji Hong that most people judge others based on the person’s past, but a teacher shouldn’t do that, because Hye Jung has more years to live than the ones’s she’s already lived. She tells him to forget everything he thinks he knows about Hye Jung and should take good care of her granddaughter. Ji Hong smiles as he admits that he thinks Hye Jung is really smart and all she needs is motivation. Of course when Mal Soon preens at the praise, he laughs and tells her not to tell Hye Jung that he said that.
3. Ji Hong, the doctor is back
Sure enough, Soon Hee has a spare uniform that fits Hye Jung just fine. When she admires Hye Jung’s boobs (Hahaha. I know, but it’s not as weird as it reads), Hye Jung leans into whisper to her that they’re uneven. Soon both girls are laughing and bonding and Hye Jung’s smiling at the remembered memory when she’s on the bus back home. She alights from the bus at about the same time a pregnant woman and her son do. She runs into Ji Hong as she gets down and even as Ji Hong is complaining about her not greeting him, Hye Jung notices the pregnant woman fall to the ground after her son runs to greet her. Ji Hong immediately runs to the woman and as he checks her eyelids for movement and takes her pulse, he has Hye Jung call an ambulance. Except, the woman’s water already broke and the baby is on her way. He immediately calls his father who was just in the midst of telling Sung Jong that he plans to retire and travel to the US to study business and welfare. When Ji Hong reads out the woman’s vitals and his suspicions that it’s either a hemorrhage or aneurysm, his father accepts Ji Hong’s request to bring the woman to his hospital seeing that it’s the only one in the area that can handle neurology and gynecology; the two things the woman needs at the moment. The woman convulses mid-conversation however and Ji Hong acts quickly. Soon, she’s breathing normally on her own although she needs to be intubated. President Hong immediately snaps at Ji Hong not to do that as one false move will not only ensure that the woman would die, but Ji Hong will lose his license. Hye Jung who’s been listening to all these with wide eyes follows Ji Hong’s instructions when he tells her and her son to hold onto the woman’s hands. When he asks her if she can get him a knife, she immediately makes to move but thankfully, the ambulance gets there in time and soon Ji Hong is being offered an intubation kit after he confirms that he’s a doctor. Hye Jung watches him with wide eyes as he intubates the pregnant woman and comes along with him in the ambulance although only Ji Hong is allowed to look in on the operation. Tae Ho shows up to perform the surgery and tells Ji Hong that he should be grateful the woman hadn’t suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage because a doctor like Ji Hong who he knows feels personally responsible for every patient he comes across will not have been able to survive losing her. He holds up his hands and tells Ji Hong that as a neurosurgeon, he’s going to save the woman and then walks away, while Ji Hong gives a faint smile. As Ji Hong looks in on the surgery he flashes back to his days as an intern when he’d been part of a surgical team that had lost their patient on the table. The surgeon in charge had blamed the resident for not checking if the patient had a fever and the resident had in turn blamed Ji Hong, the intern. The memory still haunts Ji Hong, although Hye Jung who rides the bus with him is happy at what he did to save the woman’s life and the high praise the woman’s husband had heaped on her, even going as far as telling her that he wants to name his daughter after her. When she gets home and remembers Ji Hong telling her that love comes from the brain and not the heart, she takes Mal Soon’s hands in hers and squeezes it. Sleeping Mal Soon, squeezes right back. Ji Hong meanwhile is going through his old medical texts and watching videos of surgeries all through the night.
4. The wheels of change begin to turn
The next morning, Hye Jung walks into the record store and presents the store owner with 10 dollars: payment for the CD she’d stolen the last time she’d been there. The store owner though doesn’t collect the money as he tells her that she should pay it to Ji Hong who had not only returned the CD but had paid for it and claimed that he found it on the street. Hye Jung is shocked to hear that and runs straight to Ji Hong’s apartment where she finds his room a mess but which he insists is organized chaos (hahaha. Yeah right). Now curious about Ji Hong, Hye Jung admits to thinking he’s cool and saying that she wants to know more about him. And she starts by asking him why he gave up such a lucrative career for teaching. Ji Hong clarifies that he didn’t give up on being a doctor, but considers teaching an extension of him being a doctor. When Hye Jung excitedly starts to question him, Ji Hong chuckles as he says that it seems like Hye Jung wants to write his biography. Hye Jung explains that she’s now 18 and can’t continue living her life the way she’s been doing. Now, she wants to live differently so she can help her grandmother live comfortably. When she tells Ji Hong that she needs his help in living a different life, Ji Hong basically tells her that she can’t because people who fail continuously can never succeed, unlike those who have tasted success before (I know he’s trying to spur her into doing better, but this is harsh). His words spur her on and she promises to prove to him that she can do better.
5. Hye Jung makes yet another friend… or not
To set her plan in motion, Hye Jung calls Soon Hee and asks her who the smartest person in their class is. Soon, Soon Hee is introducing Hye Jung to Seo Woo and asking Seo Woo if she can help Hye Jung study. When Seo Woo demands that Hye Jung make the request herself, Hye Jung asks for her help to study before the midweek exams coming up in the next week as she has to show them to Ji Hong. The name sparks Seo Woo’s interest but before they can continue their discussion, Soo Chul and his boys show up to crash their lunch. And to make it worse, his slimy friend gets handsy with Seo Woo, saying she’s his type, even after Seo Woo asks him to take his hands off. When it’s obvious the jackass doesn’t intend to remove his hands, Hye Jung reaches forward and breaks the offending finger. When the others make to attack her, Soo Chul steps in to save her, long enough for Hye Jung, Seo Woo and Soon Hee to escape. Except, he can’t hold them back for long and soon the boys all run out and the girls try to escape them. Thanks to Soo Chul, they’re able to pull it off and Seo Woo agrees to tutor Hye Jung. Back at school, Seo Woo informs Ji Hong of her decision and says she’s doing it for him, so he can see that she’s a kind person: the kind of person who intends to marry him in two years when she’s an adult in the eyes of the law. Ji Hong replies that she should focus on being someone she will like rather than being someone another person would like and calls her confession void because she didn’t bring any chocolate (hmmm. Hope you wouldn’t be regret nipping that confession in the bud when you received it Ji Hong).
6. Mal Soon has cancer but sets Hye Jung off on the path to being a doctor
Myung Ho checks Mal Soon’s test results and asks her why she hadn’t come in sooner, informing her that her results show that she has cancer. Back at home, Mal Soon checks through her account book and sees that she has just enough money to get surgery. She hides it just as Hye Jung shows up to inform her that she’s off to go study. Mal Soon is delighted at the news and Hye Jung thrilled to see her grandmother happy asks Mal Soon what she would like her to become. Mal Soon happily tells her to become a doctor. When Hye Jung tells Mal Soon to be more realistic, Mal Soon replies that seeing that Hye Jung was born human, it is expected that she do something special. Besides, Mal Soon is hoping to see that happen before she dies. When Hye Jung finally tells Mal Soon that fine, she will be a doctor if that’s what Mal Soon wants, Mal Soon tells her not to bother as she will be fine with Hye Jung just getting any odd job at a hospital (hahaha. So much for a vote of confidence Mal Soon). Hye Jung makes a face and leaves.
7. Hye Jung learns to study and aces her exams
Just as Seo Woo is feeling shocked to learn that Hye Jung doesn’t even know the basics of substitution, her mother shows up and is dismayed to see that Soon Hee is doodling rather than studying. She calls Seo Woo out to lambast her about her choice of friends; friends not suited to her status, and even Myung Ho saying that her friends are okay as long as they don’t hurt or backstab her is not enough to get Seo Woo’s mother to quieten. Instead, she raises her voice so much more that Soon Hee and Hye Jung can clearly hear her and by the time Seo Woo returns, the girls take the initiative and inform her that they’re leaving. Seo Woo stops Hye Jung long enough though to hand her some Maths textbooks, informing her that Maths is all about memorization. She also hands her a copy of a CD filled with practice questions that her tutor had made for her and so Hye Jung spends all her time studying. She studies at the breakfast table, on her way to school and even whilst exercising. And although the Maths exam was considered difficult, not only does Hye Jung ace it, but she also gets the top mark in the whole school: something Seo Woo had thought she was going to get (ouch. That’s gotta hurt. Please don’t tell me it will ruin the girls friendship).
8. A love for science and… other things? is born
Whilst Seo Woo is engaging in a war of words with a group of girls who come to mock her that the girl she’d tutored surpassed her scores, Ji Hong receives a visitor in the lab in the person of Hye Jung who’s come to thank him. When Ji Hong asks her if she wants to know how she can live differently now that she’s succeeded, Hye Jung tells him that she’s already experienced a different kind of life. Ji Hong is amazed at how quickly she learns and Hye Jung’s attention goes to what he’s working on: his teaching notes for her class. When he learns that Hye Jung doesn’t know her blood type, he teaches her how to take a blood type test. Hye Jung is amazed at how easy it is, and when Ji Hong offers her a chance to look at her blood cells, she jumps at the chance. He fits the slide with her blood underneath the microscope and checks the blood cells first. When he tells Hye Jung to come take a look, she comes dangerously close to him so when he turns around to look at her, their faces are really close (noooooooooo show. Don’t do it. Don’t even go there. Too gross. Too gross). Thankfully, no connection is made as Hye Jung, shocked, tips backwards and almost falls off the stool, but Ji Hong stops her in time and his hands stay just a minute too long (and too uncomfortable for me) at the small of her back, before he pushes her forward till she rights herself, and then motions to the microscope. Hye Jung checks out the blood cells and soon she and Ji Hong are talking science whilst Seo Woo looks jealously at them (seriously though. When will there be a show when girls aren’t necessarily sworn enemies the minute a man enters the picture?). Hye Jung though is blissfully unaware and she rushes up to tell Mal Soon the good news. Soon, they’re both laughing and crying all at once (cute how similar their reactions are).
9. Seo Woo gives in to her jealousy & Hye Jung bonds with Ji Hong
Nighttime has Hye Jung coming with the borrowed books and huge thanks to Seo Woo. When Seo Woo tells her that she doesn’t need the items, Hye Jung tells her that she doesn’t need them either as she’s memorized the entire contents (wait what? You memorized everything? Wow). When she tells Seo Woo that she would be sure to repay the kindness, Seo Woo asks her if she likes Ji Hong. When Hye Jung can only smile, Seo Woo asks her if Ji Hong likes her. At the question, Hye Jung points out that it’s inappropriate to categorize them like that. At the word, Seo Woo scoffs that Hye Jung knows such a word. She accuses Hye Jung of lying, claiming that Hye Jung lied about not studying well as how else would Hye Jung have been able to get such good grades (oh… child. Lashing out at a potentially amazing friend because of a one sided crush is just not it, cuz you’ll just end up losing the guy and the friend). When Hye Jung replies that she’s never lied and she’d never studied before, Seo Woo scoffs at her being a genius. Hye Jung can’t understand where all the anger is coming from and says so. Seo Woo says she doesn’t know where her anger is coming from either (methinks you’re lying dear), and heads in. Hye Jung’s melancholy about Seo Woo’s behavior change is short-lived however as Ji Hong is waiting for her with a spare bicycle to take her biking. Soon, they’re racing across the bridge, laughing into the wind. When they stop to take shelter from the pouring rain, Hye Jung presents Ji Hong with a rare CD she had gotten him courtesy of the record store owner. She makes sure to tell him that she bought it with money Mal Soon had given her (hahaha. I can hear the silent I didn’t steal it so there). She tells him that she was jealous of him that day he’d saved the pregnant woman, especially when she realized how high her scores have to be to be a doctor. She mentions that she’d been by her mother’s bedside and wonders if she would have been of help if she had been a doctor. When Ji Hong mentions that people still die in the presence of doctors, because otherwise everyone who comes to a hospital will get healed, Hye Jung nods in understanding.
10. Rumors that spread like fire and we get an actual fire
Hye Jung and Ji Hong’s new closeness is noticed by the students, particularly by Seo Woo and the new group of girls she hangs around with. When one of the girls mentions that Hye Jung and Ji Hong are probably dating and takes a picture as proof to post it online, Seo Woo grabs the girl’s phone and walks away. Later that day, she comes to meet Ji Hong whilst he’s at the lab and tells him that she heard a rumor that he’s in a relationship with Hye Jung. Ji Hong dismisses it as a rumor Seo Woo started and wonders why Seo Woo is bringing it up and why she’s so jealous of Hye Jung that she would want to take even the little ray of hope that Hye Jung has when Seo Woo has everything else in return. Seo Woo replies that her feelings are hurt because Ji Hong smiles at Hye Jung and is always cold to her and with that she flounces out of the room and heads home where she proceeds to make a post about Ji Hong and Hye Jung being in a relationship and even attaches pictures as proof. The news spread across the school and both Ji Hong and Hye Jung are vilified. When Hye Jung confronts Seo Woo about it, Seo Woo doesn’t care as this just confirms to her that Ji Hong and Hye Jung are done. When Hye Jung hears that Ji Hong might most likely get fired because Seo Woo’s mother is the chairwoman of the school, Hye Jung has Soon Hee lure Seo Woo to an abandoned building where she tries to have a conversation with her. Seo Woo though isn’t interested in listening and both girls are so distracted that they don’t notice that Soon Hee had accidentally tipped over a can of gasoline and is at the moment warming her hands by the fire. Seo Woo resorts to accusing Hye Jung of being a girl who flirts with men and who uses her friends and Soon Hee interrupts that Seo Woo is the one who doesn’t treat her friends with respect. Seo Woo is hurt that Soon Hee is taking Hye Jung’s side in the fight and soon Seo Woo and Hye Jung are pushing each other around and in the tussle, Hye Jung pushes Seo Woo till she falls and hits her head, knocked unconscious. Just as she and Soon Hee are dealing with this development, the fire spreads and engulfs the building. As Hye Jung watches an unconscious Seo Woo whilst the fire spreads, she sheds a tear as she says that she’d thought she could live a different life but had forgotten that even with a single success, her situation in life is still the same.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Not Seo Woo, but the idiot that had the audacity to put his hands around her and place his head on her shoulders. Like seriously. Jerk faces without any respect for personal space and boundaries deserve to be hit until they’re no longer recognizable. Thank heavens Hye Jung broke his finger.
Headache inducing moment:
Because in her jealousy, Seo Woo decides to do something so scarring and wrong to hurt the one girl that had been working towards being her friend and the supposed teacher she’s always crushed on and liked. And the worse part is, I understand that Seo Woo is a child and she’s acting on emotions, but what she’s doing is not right and I can just sense the terrible backlash that would follow.
This episode’s a spicy Wasabi Bloody Mary hot and brimming with all the emotions. Although some made us just a tad uncomfortable (looking at that too close for comfort encounter in the lab) and some had us wincing (looking at your nasty and totally untrue email, Seo Woo), there was laughter and love and the sweet taste of victory and we hope this isn’t the end for Hye Jung and her dreams.