When an intelligent killer is on the loose, your best bet is the smart sociopath who is unwilling to accept that a patient he operated on, died. Jin Sung learns that there’s something fishy about Min Chul’s death and that Suk Joo knows way more than he told her. Young Oh loses a patient and isn’t willing to let it go because he is Young Oh and no one dies after he’s said they wouldn’t. Which of course leads to him discovering that of course it was murder.
Top 10 Moments:
- Doctors are naturally curious beings or is there something else?
We open on Young Oh drawing a very detailed diagram of a human heart as he mentally labels the different parts. His art time though is interrupted by Gung Myung who pushes away the sheet of paper and tells Young Oh that he can’t do that. Young Oh immediately raises his hands to his father’s neck, slams him against the wall and begins to trace the various veins and muscles in Gung Myung’s neck. As he does, he names them and then smiles, telling Gung Myung that he’s learned them all (seriously though, happy teenage Young Oh has me half happy and then half worried that he’s happy about something immoral). When his father tells him that he can’t, Young Oh answers that it’s his dream to which Gung Myung tells him that he can’t have dreams (ouch. Strict much?) because he’s different from normal people. Gun Myung tells him to live quietly and just breath so no one can find out who he is (dude, I’m pretty sure you’re stunting his growth and not helping his condition in any way). Gung Myung can’t keep Young Oh from medicine for too long however as when a professor collapses whilst Gung Myung is receiving an award, not only is Young Oh the only one to properly diagnose what’s wrong with the professor but he gives Gung Myung the push the latter needs to drill the hole in the Professor’s head so as to release the blood pooling underneath the skin. And when Young Oh’s asked what medical school he’s attending, he puts the onus on Gung Myung, stating that he needs his approval first (hmmm. Did he just manipulate his father into that position on purpose or does he have no idea?). When everyone presses Gung Myung for his approval, Young Oh tells him that he will become a good doctor just like Gung Myung. We return back to Young Oh stating that Suk Joo might have been the one to take the heart from the cadaver. Suk Joo doesn’t get what Young Oh’s saying so Young Oh spells it out to him: someone stole the body in order to hide the mutated lesion in his heart which had caused the fungi in Chul Min’s brain. Suk Joo’s called to surgery before he can respond and when Jin Sung asks if what Young Oh’s saying about Suk Joo’s the truth, Young Oh throws her words back in her face: doctors save lives and cops catch bad guys. He tells her that now it’s her turn to live up to her title.
2. Young Oh, unearthing birth secrets with cold accuracy
A young girl, Min Kyung is brought into the emergency room having gone into stupor whilst stretching during her soccer practice. Scans are done and Jung Hwan identifies that she has intracereberal and subdural hemorrhages (talk about a double blow. Poor girl). Young Oh though isn’t so sure especially when he confirms with the parents, one of who is the famous soccer player: Il Bum, that there was no physical contact and she just fainted during warm up. Young Oh walks to her bedside, feels around and then lifts the top of her surgical top to show the bruises on Min Kyung’s body. When her mother insists that Min Kyung couldn’t have been bullied because she’s not the type to be bullied, everyone falls on the next probably possibility and look at Il Bum who she spends all day with, as a possible abuser. Il Bum immediately exclaims that he would never hurt her and that as her father he will be willing to die for her. Young Oh jumps on that as he asks if Il Bum truly is Min Kyung’s father. When Il Bum insists several times over that he is her father, Young Oh asks for the surgery to be cancelled, because going ahead with it will lead to Min Kyung dying on the operating table. He states that Min Kyung’s hemophilic and seeing that hemophilia is hereditary, Il Bum who’s on the national team and who wouldn’t have been allowed to be if he had hemophilia can’t be Min Kyung’s father. Her mother gives a silent consent as she tells Young Oh to go on with the surgery and the surgery’s a success. Jung Hwan congratulates Young Oh on the diagnosis and perfect surgery and when Young Oh makes to leave, he asks if Young Oh considers himself a good doctor when Min Kyung will wake from surgery and the next thing she would do would be to look for her father. When he asks Young Oh if Young Oh had to go that far, seeing that an exam could have been conducted to determine if she was Hemophilic. Young Oh replies that he’s not willing to wait that long for the results and Jung Hwan calls him cruel. But all hope’s not lost for the family however as Il Bum shows up anyway, when Min Kyung wakes up looking for him. After telling her to get better, Il Bum walks away and as he does, we hear Young Oh’s response to Jung Hwan that he wasn’t the one who lied to her husband about the paternity of their child, he wasn’t the father who claimed to be willing to do anything for his child, neither is he the doctor who almost misdiagnosed a patient based on CT scans alone (oooh. Burn), so how can he be the one called cruel?
3. Jin Sung sings a different tune when it’s a doctor she likes
Jin Sung goes back to Hyunsung but isn’t able to see Suk Joo who’s still in surgery. As she leaves the nurses station, she overhears a conversation that Suk Joo had asked for the surgery tapes before Jin Sung, and also remembers overhearing the part of the conversation when Young Oh had told Suk Joo that he too had gone to the morgue to see the body. She then goes back to check the security tapes at the morgue, and this time around, she takes the tapes at the entrance into the morgue and sure enough, sees that Suk Joo entered the morgue even though it was only Young Oh who’d been captured inside the morgue. She also learns that there had been a request to delete Suk Joo’s appearance from the video. When she gets to Hyunsung, it’s to meet a still sleeping Suk Joo. It’s obvious she doesn’t want to accuse him (which is sad. So Young Oh’s automatically guilty and deserves to be humiliated because he’s cold but not Suk Joo because you like him?), and the truth is reflected in the eyes of Young Oh who she sees when she makes to turn away from sleeping Suk Joo. She feeds him bull about witnesses needing to be fully rested before they give testimonies, then tells him that Suk Joo isn’t a flight risk and he isn’t likely to destroy evidence either. I call bullshit and Young Oh does too because he only stares at her and responds that the heart is still missing. Jin Sung replies that they will find the culprit because she knows Suk Joo can’t lie to her. But her eyes waver as she says it and Young Oh notices. He tells her that everyone lies without exception and keep lying until they’re caught, and she’s too is even lying at the moment.
4. Gun Myung is underserving but Young Oh is?
Hyun Joo’s playing rooftop golf and talking about the falling price of the hospital’s stocks when Young Oh shows up. He praises Young Oh on his skills with treating the Hemophilic patient, pointing out that not many Korean doctors would attempt it. But the only reason he’s talking though is because surgeries like that are risky and expensive and he assumes that Young Oh performed the surgery because he didn’t know the actual expense (wait what? Are you kidding me? Hope I never come to a hospital like yours when I’m ill). Young Oh responds by analyzing that Hyun Joo’s trying to profit from the hospital whilst at the same time keeping it so the myriad of specialist doctors can be available should anything go wrong with himself or a family member and they need the top class treatment most suited to their status. Hyun Joo’s surprised that Young Oh read him so well, whilst Young Oh tells him that Hyun Joo brought him onboard to use his skills to show the wealthy and powerful just what kind of expertise they’re paying for and Young Oh intends to ride on that, till he gets to the top where no one can bring him down. Hyun Joo admits that he’d been warned that Young Oh is a pretty but harmful knife, but he has no problem with engaging in a sword fight using such a knife. And with those words, they shake hands to seal their alliance. Away from the meeting, Young Oh runs into Gun Myung who wonders if Young Oh wanted to be the head of the center to impress him. Young Oh replies that he did it because Gun Myung didn’t deserve the title, especially because for someone who likes to claim to be fair and impartial, a corpse was switched under his watch, and the heart removed from it and yet all Gun Myung did was suspect his son.
5. Everyone’s looking for Min Chul’s records
Jin Sung’s getting drunk all alone at a restaurant when Dong Jae crashes her party. Soon, Dong Jae is even more drunk than Jin Sung who’s sobered up, and when Jin Sung asks him where he found the courage in the past, Dong Jae assumes she’s talking about her crush on Suk Joo and says Jin Sung should just tell Suk Joo that she likes him. Jin Sung frustrated tells Dong Jae that that’s not what has her bummed. When he acts certain that that is what’s bothering her, Jin Sung blurts out that the Min Chul’s heart is missing, which is why his body was switched and she believes that both Suk Joo and Dong Jae knew all along. She storms off angry whilst Dong Jae’s drunkenness fades and he places a call to the hospital’s nursing station to ask for Min Chul’s records, only to hear that there’s nothing in the hospital system. Gun Myung also gets the same response when he calls as he remembers Young Oh’s words to him. Dong Jae runs to the hospitals to go through some records and what he sees in one of them clearly shocks him. When he heads back out, he runs into Gun Myung who’s on his way out for the day and Gun Myung’s suspicious, wondering if Dong Jae’s hiding something from him considering that he ran to the hospital that late when he’s not an intern or a specialist but is instead a director. Dong Jae gets away by lying that there was an accident and he came to check on some research papers. Gun Myung buys the excuse but tells Dong Jae to be careful considering a diabetic shouldn’t drink as much and tells him that he should take his meds (hmmm. If this had been a certain psychopath in a drama about an alien falling in love with an actress, then I would have been very worried). When Gun Myung’s out of sight, Dong Jae places a call and we see Suk Joo washing his face as Young Oh’s words about someone trying to hide the mutated lesion in Min Chul’s heart ring in his head. Suk Joo sees seven missed calls on his phone and sighs. Dong Jae meanwhile calls to meet someone and the next thing we see, he’s in Young Oh’s office asking to see Min Chul’s chart because he must know what the mutated lesion is. He’s woozy all through the conversation and finally falls unconscious causing Young Oh to call for an emergency surgery.
6. The surgery
Dong Jae is wheeled into surgery and although Young Oh reels out all his symptoms, he doesn’t tell us exactly what he suspects is the cause. Meanwhile Jin Sung comes running in and discovers that Young Oh’s the one performing the surgery. And Gun Myung can just barely hide his expression when he learns that it’s Young Oh that’s performing the surgery on Dong Jae. When Dong Jae’s wife makes it to the hospital, Jin Sung explains to her that Dong Jae had been fine when she’d left him the previous night. His wife agrees as well, saying that Dong Jae had told her he was coming home and she doesn’t know why he came to the hospital. The words surprise Jin Sung and meanwhile the surgery isn’t going as well because Dong Jae wouldn’t stop bleeding. When one of the assisting doctors tries to get Young Oh to stop, Young On’s commanding as he reponses that since he’s operating then Dong Jae will live. Except, Dong Jae flatlines and goes into cardiac arrest. The words echo in Young Oh’s head, and as he walks out of the operating room looking dazed, he reads out to himself, Dong Jae’s statistics and medical condition and when Soon Ho comes to meet him for the news, Dong Jae explains that he’d removed the blood clot in Dong Jae’s brain to prevent potential infraction and edema and as Dong Jae’s wife wails, Young Oh states that his surgery wasn’t wrong. Jin Sung comes to attack him, stating that Dong Jae died and as the lead surgeon Young Oh shouldn’t be saying such things in front of his grieving family. Young Oh though states that he’s saying the surgery was perfect. Gun Myung interrupts the conversation to state that Young Oh can explain the exact details at the mortality conference. Young Oh leaves to silently give into his rage and frustration by repeatedly punching at the wall, whilst Gun Myung and all the doctors gathered offer their apologies to Dong Jae’s grieving wife. When Young Oh gets to his office, Min Jae’s waiting as the news has spread throughout the hospital. He tells her to move but when she stands in the way saying that she wants to comfort him, he moves threatening towards her till he reads the fear in her body language and enters his office, slams the door behind him and administers his medication.
7. Everyone’s suspicious and demanding answers
The residents all gather at a restaurant to drink as they think about Dong Jae’s death. Jung Hwan mentions though that at the hospital lobby, Young Ho had seemed very much alone from the rest of the world. The rest simply conclude that it’s most likely because Dong Jae had been the director and Gun Myung’s best friend of 40 years, and he’d died on Young Ho’s operating table. Hyun Jin though thinks it’s strange because he doesn’t think it should have been a table death. Meanwhile, Jin Sung is thoroughly searching Dong Jae’s office searching for clues. Suk Joo comes in and tries to get her to head out with him for Dong Jae’s funeral but Jin Sung holds herself as the cause for Dong Jae’s death because she’d told him the entire story about Min Chul. She insists that she thinks someone in the hospital killed Dong Jae and that the person is definitely the same person who killed Kang Min Chul which is why she requested Min Chul’s original health records be faxed over by the National Health Insurance Corporation. As she reads the documents, she’s stunned and Suk Joo tells her and us that Min Chul was never a patient at Hyunsung but was rather his personal patient. When Jin Sung wonders why he didn’t tell her the truth, Suk Joo tells her that he was afraid and he didn’t want her to look at him differently. He tries to get her to drop the case, saying that she seems tired and he would do it in her stead but Jin Sung insists on seeing it though and states that she doesn’t feel comfortable paying her respects to Dong Jae just yet. Outside the hospital, she remembers her first meeting with Dong Jae and then she reads the message Dong Jae had sent her that night telling her that it’s not too late to tell her that she can trust people in the world. He tells her that he will prove it to her and that he looks forward to drinking with her when he’s cleared it all up (awwww. Dong Jae). Meanwhile, Young Oh goes back to the operating room to try to figure out what happened.
8. Showing or hiding his true self
Back at home, Gun Myung tells Young Oh that he’s been thinking about why Young Oh returned and he wants him to apologize to the patient’s family for what he did. Young Oh asks if his apology will bring Dong Jae back from the dead and Gun Myung tells him that it would comfort the family and the act is what normal people call having a sense of responsibility. Young Do though gives his understanding of this ‘collective responsibility’ as being punished when a person has done nothing wrong. When he says it’s not fun, Gun Myung replies that Young Oh showed too much of himself that day, showed that he doesn’t have sympathy, a guilty conscience, or a sense of responsibility, so basically, he feels nothing for the patient’s family. Gun Myung suggests that Young Oh should go apologize to the family to hide his true self from them because his behavior that day, showed his true self.
9. Jin Sung the persistent
After a conversation with Sergeant Park where he suggests she stop and Jin Sung decides that she will just turn the wheel, Jin Sung heads to the station the next day and asks to be transferred to the violent crimes unit. She explains that she needs to investigate the case so she can find the evidence Dong Jae had found, and catch the killer. Finally fed up, the team leader agrees to take her onboard and her case too (wait what? Is it that easy to get on a special unit like violent crimes? Don’t they get special training and have to meet the right requirements?). The other policemen in the unit wonder why their boss agreed but he explains that he intends to watch her get frustrated as she realizes what they all know; that there are three people they can’t catch, prosecutors, lawyers and doctors. Particularly doctors that work at Hyunsung Medical Center. Jin Sung is learning exactly how difficult it is when she attends Dong Jae’s funeral to meet with his wife and the other Hyunsung doctors to ask them to allow for an autopsy to be carried out. Ji Yong speaks for the other doctors that Young Oh’s surgery was perfect and Soon Ho explains that they will rather send Dong Jae off as the doctor who was generous with his subordinates and loved by them in return, rather than send him off with suspicions and controversy. When Jin Sung tries to push, Soon Ho wonders if she’s trying to bring derision to Dong Jae’s name like she’d done the last time.
10. Young Oh gives one hell of a eulogy
After choosing from his endless collection of black shirts (and might I add that just a slight glimpse of those abs has me very happy Young Oh. For a doctor, you sure do work out a lot. Hehehehe), Young Oh dresses up in all black for the funeral. He makes an entrance into the church whilst the priest is talking about them saying their goodbyes to Dong Jae and walks straight to the front, the cynosure of all eyes. When he gets to the front, he turns to Dong Jae’s wife and asks for permission to give the eulogy as he wants to take responsibility as the doctor who operated on Dong Jae. When he gets on the pulpit however, he states that the cause of death for Dong Jae is murder. The whole hall goes up in murmurs although Jin Sung watches interested. Young Oh then brings out a bag of medicine from his pocket and holds it out as the medication Dong Jae took for 5 years. When Ji Yong tries to shut him up by pointing out that the drugs can’t even cause a lethal overdose, Young Oh points out that if it’s combined though with pseudoephedrine, then it becomes a dynamite that can cause cerebral hemorrhage which would be thought of as being caused by hypertension. This causes another ripple in the crowd but Soon Ho points out that Young Oh should just get an autopsy if he’s so focused on clearing himself of any blame. Young Oh though is convinced that the body could be switched like Min Chul’s body and brings out a blood vial from his jacket pocket as he tells the crowd that he’d drawn a vial of blood and sent it to a pathologist. Even as he speaks, the test results are texted to everyone and sure enough it’s ruled murder. Even as the crowd ripples with shock, Young Oh drops another bomb that the killer is most likely sitted right there with them (And that is why Young Oh utterly rocks and is utterly amazing. That mind… That mind. It’s beautiful and brilliant all at once :D).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one. Thankfully. There’s a killer on the loose and I’m thankfully everyone’s on their A-game. They’ll need it to catch the person.
Headache inducing moment:
None for me in this episode either. No one was overtly stupid and I wasn’t particularly tense and screaming either. And for that, I’m relieved.
This episode’s a Ginger Saketini. It’s not sweet or fluffy and honestly there weren’t any moments like that. What this episode is though is intense and tangy and dark and it is beautiful in its intensity. Plus, sociopathic Young Oh is not like our usual Kdrama hero and I love him for that. Hmmm. Why is it that I like the kdrama psychopaths/sociopaths so much? Especially the ones with stories that tug at my heart, because those are a beauty to behold.