Doctors have the power to save lives and sometimes do quite brilliant jobs at that. Some of them though need a lesson in bedside manners. Soon Hee comes to her friend’s defense and proves how great a friend she is. Seo Woo still maintains her anger at Hye Jung. Mal Soon goes into her surgery and doesn’t come out of it and our leads are separated for 13 years giving us that time leap we want and a go-ahead to now cheer the now adult relationship.
Top 10 Moments:
- Ji Hong resigns and Hye Jung’s in lockup
As Ji Hong heads to meet Seo Woo’s mother, he tells us that the Amygdaloid nucleus generates the feelings of like and dislike and is responsible for the flight-or-flight response and for aggressive behavior. He concludes that falling in love therefore makes people more combative. He finally heads in and sits with Seo Woo’s mother who snidely says that she never would have expected that he would have been involved in such a messy scandal. Ji Hong sets her straight that the scandal she’s claiming is a result of Seo Woo’s misunderstanding and he doesn’t want anyone else getting hurt because of the incident. He therefore wants to be the only person to handle the consequences. Seo Woo’s mother splutters, asking him if that means he intends on protecting Hye Jung (I don’t think he was speaking in another language woman. You heard him clearly the first time). When she insists that Hye Jung must be expelled, Ji Hong tells her that he will then pursue legal proceedings against the school and sue Seo Woo for defamation (good for you), saying that Seo Woo mustn’t be allowed to grow larger under the spotlight thinking that her behavior is okay. Seo Woo’s mother is shocked but she still insists that she can’t let Hye Jung and Ji Hong remain in the school. Shortly after, Ji Hong hands in his letter of resignation to the principal as he tells the principal that he should have the substitute English teacher take over his class. Meanwhile, Hye Jung and Soon Hee are led away from the burning building by the cops whilst Seo Woo is placed in an ambulance. Soon Hee tries to hug Hye Jung and discovers blisters on Hye Jung’s arms. Hye Jung though isn’t concerned about herself as she tells Soon Hee that she doesn’t want Soon Hee telling Ji Hong the exactly why they’d been at the the building (you do know that that can give Seo Woo even more of an opportunity to lie against you right?). When Soon Hee makes to refuse the request, Hye Jung tells her that she wants to live like a good person now and part of her doing that is for her not to bring Ji Hong and Soon Hee into her mess. And so, when they get to the police station, Hye Jung takes all the blame on herself, whilst Soon Hee’s father drags her out of the station, even though Soon Hee insists that she’s the one responsible for the fire. Her words aren’t enough and Hye Jung’s locked up without her guardian being present because Mal Soon’s asleep and didn’t hear her phone ring. Ji Hong meanwhile is with In Joo who’s delighted that he’s decided to quit his job as a teacher and asks him if he wants to be with her (woman, I know you like him but you act like you’re joking all the time and I don’t think he knows you do. So either get serious or quit it). Their talk is interrupted by Soon Hee who’s calling to tell Ji Hong that Hye Jung is in the hospital and Seo Woo’s at the hospital.
2. The unfair treatment between the have’s and the have-not’s
Ji Hong heads to the hospital first where Seo Woo’s blisters are being treated. She looks extra sullen when he asks her what happened and replies that Hye Jung tried to kill her (Are you kidding me? What the hell?). She then moves the conversation to Ji Hong at how she liked him and respected him and looked forward to school because of him and yet he disappointed her. Ji Hong asks her why she liked him and then was disappointed in him and she responds by asking why he likes Hye Jung instead of her. Ji Hong’s reply that she’s pretty and smart doesn’t seem to help any either as she looks tearful when he leaves. Next, Ji Hong visits Hye Jung who’s been having an uncomfortable night in jail because of her untreated blisters. She’s brought to the interrogation room, covered in soot and Ji Hong’s eyes are immediately drawn to the tear in her shirtsleeves. Although she tries to avoid him seeing it, he rolls up her sleeves and notices her blisters looking red and painful. As he applies vaseline to it, he tells her in a soft voice that people with backgrounds like hers can get treated unfairly in places like this. At his words, Hye Jung flashes back to the past when she’d asked Ji Hong to give her an anatomy textbook as a gift for her acing her maths exam. She’d demanded he sign it and whilst rummaging through his desk for a pen, Hye Jung had noticed two name tags, one with Lee Ji Hong and the second Hong Ji Hong. Ji Hong had explained that he had been an orphan till his early teens when he’d been adopted and seeing that they had one more thing in common had clearly touched Hye Jung. She’d been even more touched when she’d noticed that he’d written that he’s always rooting for her. After treating her blister, Ji Hong tells her he’s been to the hospital to visit Seo Woo and she’s fine. Hye Jung sighs and tells Ji Hong that she’s sorry. Ji Hong responds by saying he’d avoided her ever since the online post incidence and Hye Jung cuts in that she’d done the same and expresses her disbelief that anyone would think of the two of them together (although her eyes seem to say otherwise). When Hye Jung brings up his resignation (probably to plead with him to withdraw it), Ji Hong asks that in a situation between a teacher and a student, a man and a woman, who’s the most disadvantaged? Hye Jung gives a sad smile and asks why she’s more worried about him though. She rises to her feet and bows to him and when Ji Hong asks what she’s doing, she tells him that she thinks that would be the last time they would meet. She tells him to not come visit her again and that he should stay away. When she makes to leave, Ji Hong offers her the medication he’d gotten her. Hye Jung accepts it and then leaves.
3. The world isn’t a fair place
Outside the station, In Joo offers to take Ji Hong home but Ji Hong’s focused on Hye Jung and he asks In Joo about her uncle who’s a lawyer and who could be of help to Hye Jung. In Joo offers to help as that would get Ji Hong to stay away from Hye Jung (wait what? Seriously? That’s why you’re helping out the underaged child in prison? So the man you’re crushing on can stay away from her? Not that someone that young shouldn’t be jailed unjustly?) because they both know that in a scandal, the weaker person suffers. When Ji Hong answers that he knows Hye Jung will suffer more, In Joo suggests Ji Hong move out of Mal Soon’s house. Ji Hong though nips that in the bud, saying that she should blame the people with twisted minds instead of trying to criticize him. In Joo admits to being jealous because Hye Jung’s too charming (um, but you’ve never met her before) and when Ji Hong points out that Hye Jung’s his student, In Joo reminds him that she’s a minor who deserves to be protected and he should therefore do what’s right. The next day, Ji Hong offers Mal Soon the business card of In Joo’s lawyer uncle and she in turn makes a call to Hye Jung’s father who has no interest in listening to anything to do with Hye Jung. When Mal Soon talks about Hye Jung getting into trouble and most likely going to jail, he answers that he doesn’t care whether Hye Jung’s going to prison or going abroad (gee. Someone’s not winning a father of the year award. Utter scum this one). When Mal Soon tells him to come over because she has cancer, he scoffs in disbelief and hangs up the call. Mal Soon’s frustrated but gives herself a pep talk to stay strong and heads to the hospital where Seo Woo’s getting the royal treatment. Mal Soon’s surprised to see Myung Ho and he in turn is surprised to see her. When she introduces herself as Hye Jung’s grandmother and apologizes for Hye Jung’s mistake, Seo Woo’s mother is furious and demands that she leaves. She doesn’t even accept the box of fruit juice Mal Soon had brought along with her and although Seo Woo looks just a bit conflicted, she doesn’t say anything. Mal Soon heads to the lawyer’s office next and the news there isn’t good either as In Joo’s uncle explains that arson is in itself a serious crime, add in the fact that people were injured, and there’s no way it can be resolved easily. Mal Soon then heads to the police station where she’s brought Hye Jung food to eat (awwww. Halmoni). When Hye Jung responds that someone like her doesn’t deserve to eat, Mal Soon stops the thought in its tracks by informing her that everyone deserves to eat as long as they’re alive and breathing (awww. I love Mal Soon’s no-nonsense way of comforting Hye Jung and not coddling her at the same time). Hye Jung though isn’t interested in eating and even tells Mal Soon not to come over anymore as it would just upset her some more. When she suggests that they both go their separate ways, Mal Soon half crying snaps at her as she asks how they can forget each other and live separate lives. She accuses Hye Jung of being likely to abandon her if Mal Soon embarrasses her and Hye Jung replies that she’s saying that Mal Soon should run away from her and live comfortably so she can stop giving her headaches. Mal Soon replies by pointing out to her that she can always run away even without Hye Jung giving her the chance to do so. She tells Hye Jung that she’s lived a difficult life but has never ran away from anything. When she grabs the food after muttering that if Hye Jung won’t eat, then she will just help herself, Hye Jung grabs the food back muttering that Mal Soon brought her the food. She starts to eat while fighting back tears even as she denies getting injured. When Mal Soon steps outside the police station, she mutters to herself that Hye Jung probably got injured and after remembering how happy Hye Jung had been at getting high Math scores, she bursts into heart wrenching tears.
4. Ji Hong’s leaving for the states
Ji Hong pays Chief Hong a visit to check up on him, and the Chief is utterly thrilled to see his son, although he grumbles at Ji Hong’s excessive concern, pointing out that the surgery is not enough to lay him down flat. When he asks if Ji Hong has wrapped everything up at the school, Ji Hong replies that all that’s left is for him to say goodbye to his students. Chief Hong then asks him to apply to John Hopkins and Mayo clinic before he leaves for the States and to prepare all the necessary documents. He looks so happy telling Ji Hong that he has a lot to do that Ji Hong asks him if he’s that happy. Chief Hong answers that he is and asks Ji Hong if he too is happy. Ji Hong gives a little smile as he says that he is. Outside the hospital, he meets with a not too happy In Joo who is embarrassed because of the way she’d acted outside the hospital. Ji Hong simply responds by telling her that her words had woken him up. When he asks her to look after Hye Jung, In Joo’s surprised that he trusts her enough to ask her to do that, to which Ji Hong responds that he can because she’s his friend, thus friend zoning her and even In Joo can’t miss it. When he gets back home, it’s to find Mal Soon pacing the compound. When he asks her how the trip to the attorney’s office went, Mal Soon replies that the lawyer was warm and friendly, and she figures he was that way because Ji Hong had spoken to him prior to her getting there. She continues that the lawyer said everything would be resolved and Ji Hong drops the news that he will be breaking his lease and moving out. Mal Soon takes the news with a sigh and admits that she knows that he’s put up with a lot because of Hye Jung.
5. Mal Soon tells Hye Jung the news
Mal Soon pays yet another visit to Hye Jung and Hye Jung dives into the food Mal Soon had brought for her with relish. She’s chattier and more lively and when Mal Soon tells her that she won’t be coming to visit her by the next week, Hye Jung’s back to her flippant self as she says Mal Soon doesn’t have to come visit her. Mal Soon simply snaps back that she knows Hye Jung doesn’t mean that and she should stop being so full of herself because Mal Soon knows that Hye Jung acts impudently to seek attention. When Hye Jung teases her on how wise she is, Mal Soon repeats her words that she won’t be coming to the police station in the next week and then tells Hye Jung the reason: she has stomach cancer and will be getting surgery for it. She’s quick to admit though that she was told that she’ll be cured with the surgery and hadn’t wanted to tell Hye Jung about the surgery because she didn’t want Hye Jung to worry. But now that Hye Jung is in prison, she figures that she will need the distraction. She tells Hye Jung that she’d initially been planning to get the surgery after Hye Jung gets out of the station but she wanted to prove to Hye Jung how much she loved her life. She continues that the doctor told her that the cancer cells aren’t replicating and so she would be fine after getting the surgery but she knows there’s a possibility that she might die and if Hye Jung doesn’t make the decision to get out of jail and to live, then she might not be there to see Mal Soon in her final moments (no Mal Soon! Don’t say that. Don’t jinx your surgery). She tells Hye Jung that she wants to save her but that can’t happen if Hye Jung doesn’t want to save herself. The words make Hye Jung tear up and Mal Soon voices her suspicion that it wasn’t Hye Jung that started the fire. Hye Jung crying, admits to not starting the fire. When Mal Soon tells her not to take the blame and to speak up, Hye Jung tells her that she can leave and should come back after she’s recovered from her surgery. Back in her cell, Hye Jung gives in to her tears as she cries for Mal Soon.
6. Soon Hee comes through for her friend
Whilst Ji Hong’s packing his things and getting into a moving truck all the while looking for Mal Soon who’s nowhere to be found, Soon Hee hurries to the police station to turn herself in as the one who’d started the fire. When the police officer handling the case points her to Seo Woo’s statement where Seo Woo had claimed that Hye Jung must have most likely started the fire, Soon Hee states that Seo Woo wouldn’t have known because she was unconscious. The police officer then reminds her that she would most likely get five years in a detention center for the crime but Soon Hee wouldn’t budge. By the time her father comes running in, asking the officer to disregard her statement, it’s too late as the officer has decided to change his report. When Soon Hee’s father wonders what Soon Hee sees in Hye Jung, a girl with no family to speak of, Soon Hee says Hye Jung is the only one to have treated her with sincerity, the only one who cares and who is her friend. Her father then wonders if she prefers Hye Jung to her family and Soon Hee immediately admits that she does because unlike her family who doesn’t want her, Hye Jung likes her (awwww. Soon Hee). Her father frustrated leaves after calling her an embarrassment and telling her to suit herself (yet another father not getting the father of the year award). Hye Jung is then released from her cell and Soon Hee is put in there instead. Hye Jung wonders why Soon Hee would do it and tells her that she can’t survive in there. Soon Hee merely replies that she can survive if Hye Jung can survive. Hye Jung insists though that she’s the one at fault because she’d been the one to ask Soon Hee to bring Seo Woo to her, but Soon Hee is not willing to listen because she was the one who actually started the fire (albeit by accident). When Hye Jung tries to convince the police officer, he asks if they’re lovers (well they are. They’re the best of friends which touches my heart so much that I’m tearing up right now). When Hye Jung tries to reason with Soon Hee, Soon Hee stops her to remind her that she didn’t abandon her (awwww. Soon Hee, you’re making me cry). The police office though has advice for Hye Jung which is that if she can get proof that the arson was an accident, then Soon Hee would be able to get off with just a fine. The problem though is that Seo Woo says she doesn’t know anything and so Hye Jung heads to the hospital where Seo Woo is conveniently out of her hospital room, and out to get some fresh air after her mother had told her to forget about Ji Hong and get ready to be transferred to another school. The two former friends run into each other and Hye Jung remembers Seo Woo being hurt and how she’d had to carry her, and got injured in the process, all so she could get her out of the burning building. Out on the balcony, Seo Woo asks Hye Jung if she escaped from the police station. Hye Jung though isn’t there to play that game with her as she reminds Seo Woo that Seo Woo is very much aware that the fire had been an accident. Seo Woo’s own concern though is that Hye Jung had lured her to that building on purpose, probably with the intention to bully her. She admits that to herself, it was just like Hye Jung starting the fire on purpose. Hye Jung then admits to Soon Hee coming to the police station to turn herself in as starting the fire. Whilst Seo Woo wonders what’s wrong with Soon Hee, Hye Jung tries to remind her that they were all friends once. Seo Woo though isn’t willing to listen as she says just seeing Hye Jung makes her mad and she doesn’t even know why. Hye Jung wonders if Seo Woo wants her to beg considering it won’t change anything. Seo Woo answers that Hye Jung wouldn’t know unless she tries. The words have Hye Jung going on her knees. Seo Woo just cooly answers that now she knows that begging won’t make a difference, and then she walks away, leaving a crying Hye Jung behind (Girl, screw the I don’t know why I’m mad bullshit. You’re mad because you’re feeling entitled because the guy you like dares to choose Hye Jung over you. Utter bullshit). Hye Jung later heads up and as she tells a sleeping Mal Soon that she’d been worried that she wouldn’t be able to make it in time for Mal Soon’s surgery, she crawls under the covers with Mal Soon.
7. Ji Hong says goodbye, Soon Hee is released and Mal Soon prepares for surgery
Mal Soon wakes up surprised to discover that Hye Jung’s returned home. All her questions about how Hye Jung made it back home are met without a response from the sleeping Hye Jung and Mal Soon hurries to heat up some tofu for her granddaughter who just got out of prison, as per tradition (awwwww. Mal Soon’s one of the best grandmothers out there). Soon Hee meanwhile is out of jail, thanks to her dad (aha! I knew the reason why they were holding onto Hye Jung was because her family didn’t have the money to hire investigators, etc) and is positively delighted to be out. Even her father calling her an embarrassment and threatening to send her off to live with her aunt in Canada is not enough to bring her down. As for Ji Hong, he’s saying his farewells to a class that is conspicuously absent of Hye Jung while Seo Woo just looks sullen. He tells them that he’s sorry he won’t be able to stay with them till the end of the school session and that he hopes to meet them again in the future. When he calls on Seo Woo the president ato lead the class in officially greeting him, Ji Hong tells them all that wherever he’s at, he will think of them. Over at the hospital, Hye Jung’s telling Mal Soon that she’s not worried about her surgery because Mal Soon’s gone through too much for cancer to kill her. She also draws satisfaction from the fact that even the doctor said there’s nothing to be worried about. When Mal Soon expresses worry about the fact that Hye Jung’s been expelled and wonders what Hye Jung will do, Hye Jung tells her that she will let her know when Mal Soon gets out of surgery. When Mal Soon’s suspicious about what Hye Jung’s up to, Hye Jung wonders if Mal Soon doesn’t trust her to which Mal Soon answers that Hye Jung should give her reason to trust her. She tells Hye Jung that she can’t die even if she wanted to, because of Hye Jung, to which Hye Jung teases her that she should keep making a lot of trouble then, so Mal Soon can live forever. They then hug with Hye Jung resting against her grandmother who hugs her right back. As Mal Soon’s being wheeled into the operating theatre, she stops to tell Hye Jung that she will be out soon and so Hye Jung shouldn’t be pathetic and cry but should instead go and grab herself something to eat. When Hye Jung replies that she shouldn’t worry so much about her and should just do well, Mal Soon replies that she has no doubt that the doctor would do a great job because he’s cute and smart and is Seo Woo’s father and so Mal Soon figures that now Hye Jung will forever be indebted to Seo Woo.
8. Mal Soon dies in surgery
Myung Ho’s performing surgery on Mal Soon when one of the nurses brings his ringing phone to him, showing that it’s a call from his father. She accepts the call when he nods at her to do so and then brings it to his ear where Myung Ho tells his father that he’s not forgotten that the meeting time is 5PM, and he’s in surgery at the moment, but he will finish it fast. Except, by the time he’s done with the call, he notices that the cancer’s spread even more than he’d at first expected. Next thing we know, Hye Jung who’s waiting outside the operating theatre sees a nurse run out and then we cut to the operation where Mal Soon’s losing a lot of blood and Myung Ho’s trying to stop the bleeding (this isn’t good. This isn’t good. This isn’t good). Soon Mal Soon’s in cardiac arrest and then, she flatlines. Myung Ho steps out of the room and Hye Jung jumps up, expecting the good news. Myung Ho though drops the bomb in a pretty emotionless and just a tad bit, well shit happens voice, that they did everything they could but it didn’t go well. When Hye Jung asks him to clarify, he just tells her that she will have to speak with the adults to arrange a funeral (damn, this guy’s a jackass). When Hye Jung insists that her grandmother can’t be dead, Myung Ho tells her that he will just talk to the adults. When Hye Jung asks why he would talk to adults when she is here and the only relation who is close to Mal Soon, he replies that it’s because adults are the only ones who understand common sense (I hope you choke and die you asshole). He leaves and makes it in time to his father’s house where they’re all gathered, his wife and Seo Woo inclusive to raise their drinks to the turning point that has come their family’s way.
9. Post Mal Soon’s death
Hye Jung organizes Mal Soon’s funeral and as she holds onto a picture of her grandmother, she reads the letter Mal Soon had written to her, with tears in her eyes. In the letter, Mal Soon tells Hye Jung that she wrote the letter just incase something happens to her, like say she’s paralyzed or she dies during surgery. She states that even animals don’t abandon their young and she wonders what’s wrong with Hye Jung’s parents. She says that it’s Hye Jung’s fate though, but that Hye Jung got lucky with her (she most certainly did Mal Soon. She most certainly did. Damn, I’m tearing up). She says she’s hoping that it doesn’t happen but should it happen, Hye Jung can have her entire savings as it’s now in her name. She tells Hye Jung to study with the money as the people she envies the most are educated women. She ends the letter by telling Hye Jung that her back hurts so she can’t write anymore. Hye Jung holds onto the letter and Mal Soon’s framed photograph and flashes back to the past when Mal Soon had told Hye Jung that she must have a big dream. At the thought, she starts to cry deep heart wrenching tears but her grief is interrupted by her father and her step-mother entering the compound with the latter telling Hye Jung that she’s responsible for her grandmother’s death (wait what? How dare you?!). When she starts to say Mal Soon shouldn’t have taken her in, Hye Jung interrupts to say that she’s sure the hospital paid them money. Her step-mother agrees, saying that it was money for the funeral expenses but Hye Jung calls it what it is, shut-up money to cover up the fact that something had gone wrong with Mal Soon’s surgery. Her step-mother though tells her not to make that much of a fuss and wonders when Hye Jung grew to care so much for her grandmother. She tells Hye Jung that surgery in itself is hard for the young and Mal Soon was old so there was a higher probability of Mal Soon not making it. When Hye Jung asks her if she would have said the same if it was her daughter that had died, the woman gets angry. Hye Jung turns angry eyes to her father asking how he can stay quiet through it all but he just looks tearful and makes to grab her hand, telling her to just leave quietly. Hye Jung though is having none of that as she storms to the hospital and intercepts Myung Ho whilst he’s doing his rounds to ask if the hospital is responsible for Mal Soon’s death. When she points him out as the culprit and tells him that she will find a way to prove that he’s responsible, Myung Ho tells her that she can try. Because as far as he’s concerned, he did his best and also compensated Mal Soon’s family. When Hye Jung says he should still be ashamed because someone died, Myung Ho tells her that if she can get evidence that he committed medical malpractice then he will be punished. And with that, he warns her about being rude and then walks away. Hye Jung, dealing with it all walks out of the hospital but she’s distracted as is Ji Hong and doesn’t see Ji Hong rush into the hospital just as she steps out. Ji Hong looks for her and then calls her number but when Hye Jung sees his caller ID, she flashes back to her conversation with In Joo where the latter had told her that she’d helped her out because Ji Hong had asked her to and she’s his number one troubleshooter. She’d tried to give Hye Jung a pamphlet to another school but Hye Jung had told her that she will just take the High School Equivalency Exams because she wants to stay close to her Grandmother. In Joo had then said, with an air of authority that Hye Jung likes Ji Hong. Not waiting for a response, she tells Hye Jung that people should only date and befriend people in the same class as they’re in and that Hye Jung and Ji Hong aren’t in the same class whilst she and Ji Hong are. She tells Hye Jung that what Hye Jung basically is, is a stumbling block for Ji Hong. With those words ringing in her head, she ignores Ji Hong’s call, but Ji Hong’s still able to catch up with her and when he asks her why she didn’t call him and he instead had to hear about her grandmother from someone else, Hye Jung coldly asks him why she had to tell him about her grandmother, to which Ji Hong says that she should have. Next, he asks her what she wants to do and Hye Jung, calm as you please asks him why it’s any of his business, to which Ji Hong tells her that it’s because he cares because she’s his student. Hye Jung scoffs as she asks him if he sticks his nose into the business of all his students like he’s doing at the moment. When Ji Hong admits that now might not be the right time to be having their conversation, Hye Jung bows and tells him goodbye. As she makes to walk away, Ji Hong asks her if she really wants him to go. Hye Jung looks like she’s about to cry but Ji Hong can’t see her face as so he all he knows is that Hye Jung answers his question with a yes and she adds that she never wants to see him again. When Ji Hong tells her that he can help her, she suppresses a cry again and instead tells him no, and tells him to go to where he belongs while she would go where she should be. With that she walks away and Ji Hong makes to walk away as well. But then he turns and starts to run towards her, but he doesn’t get to her on time because Soo Chul shows up on his motorcycle and offers to take Hye Jung on a ride to clear her head. Hye Jung accepts and rides off with him before Ji Hong can make it to her (and might I add that I’m relieved about that. I’m willing for all the romance and connection when their adults and doctors. Not now that she’s still a schoolgirl and he’s an adult. She has to grow into her own and she has to experience life first. So yeah, be with someone your own age for a while Hye Jung. And thank you for saving her Soo Chul). As Ji Hong watches the bike ride off, he tells us that love stricken insanity is a proof of brain cell stimulation and the lack of insanity in love is abnormal. He tells us that he tried to protect himself from the insanity called love and he paid the price (dude, she was underaged. Just chill a bit. We’ll all be alright with it when she’s fully grown). Meanwhile, Hye Jung’s enjoying her ride on the highway as she lifts the cover off off her helmet to feel the wind on her face.
10. 13 years later
13 years later (now that’s what I’m talking about. Ji Hong, where are you. Hye Jung’s a total adult now), at Kookil Hospital, Hye Jung is working a hairband to hold her ponytail and switching her heels for sneakers. And then we’re in the emergency ward, in the first scene with the mobsters who Hye Jung completely trounces when they try to ‘escort’ her out of the emergency ward. Meanwhile, Seo Woo’s applying makeup and practicing in front of the mirror, the words she wants to say to Yoon Do about liking him. She tries being coy, and warm, and settles for being direct because Yoon Do’s emotionless and wouldn’t buy the other methods anyway. Except, by the time she comes out of the bathroom for her dinner date with Yoon Do, the latter has already dug into his food. When she wonders why Yoon Do didn’t wait for her, Yoon Do wonders why she’s trying to act like a girl and tells her to save the act for her boyfriend. Seo Woo tries to dig in but drops her cutlery as she asks Yoon Do exactly why he’d brought her to that particular restaurant when there are other nicer restaurants around. Yoon Do doesn’t want to go to those restaurants though because they overcharge for bad food, and this place has good food at the right price. Seo Woo points him out to the fact that he wears 200 dollars socks but is stingy with food and Yoon Do replies that the internal design is all about the finishing material and fashion is all about socks. When he tells Seo Woo to eat up and she says she’s not interested in the food, he makes to stand up but Seo Woo tells him that she has something to say to him. She says she’ll tell him the facts because she figures that being dishonest will backfire on her. She’s just about to speak when the owner of the restaurant drops a part of the sink Seo Woo had broken, whilst practicing her speech in the bathroom, on the table. Seo Woo is surprised at being addressed as an ‘ahjumma’ and tells the woman that she’s not that old. When the woman says she’d thought she and Yoon Do were a married couple, Seo Woo blushes as she tells Yoon Do that they must look good together. The woman disagrees with the statement saying that now that she’s got a good look at Yoon Do, he looks utterly disinterested and nothing like a man looking at his lover. The woman’s not as concerned about that however as she points to the sink. Seo Woo simply brings out money and lays it on the table, to which the woman wonders how she can be so mannerless as not to offer an apology first. Seo Woo gives an insincere apology and Yoon Do makes to sneak off. When Seo Woo calls him out asking why he’s not defending her by telling off the woman and paying her off, Yoon Do tells her to clean up her mess. He makes to leave and whilst Seo Woo’s trying to get the woman to leave her be, the woman collapses and Yoon Do is immediately on it and telling the woman to call 911. When they get to the hospital, Yoon Do asks Kyung Joon if the operating room is ready. Kyung Joon replies that the second room is ready because the new fellow had hijacked the first room for her surgery (ohh, goody. Hye Jung is a fellow already. That’s gotta burn Seo Woo) and Yoon Do gets into a snit as to why he, the surgeon in charge for the day doesn’t have the first room. He has his patient wheeled into the operating and as they pass Hye Jung performing her operation, neither he nor Hye Jung see each other, both engrossed in their patients.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because I’m fairly sure that he performed some sort of medical malpractice that led to Mal Soon’s death and because this jackass actually had the audacity to say these words to a grieving child. Because adults understand common sense? Come over here jackass, I will beat common sense into your big overinflated head because you clearly lack it and empathy too. Piece of trash.
Headache inducing moment:
Because this is a drama and the minute a character says this line of I’ll be done soon or I will survive (both of which Mal Soon said), while about to go into surgery, I can almost always bet that it won’t end so well.
This episode’s watermelon margarita, salty with all the tears we shed (we’ll miss you Mal Soon), but sweet with the victory at the end because Hye Jung grew up well. She’s tough, she’s smart, she’s strong, she’s independent, she’s a survivor and she’s utterly pretty. In other words, she’s my spirit animal.