A partnership is only as strong if the weaker link at least has half the intelligence of the stronger link. Unfortunately, Young Oh’s mind is jut too brilliant and Jin Sung’s stuck being yanked about like a yoyo due to her plunging headlong into things habit. The murderer is still at lose, everyone’s acting suspicious and Gun Myung has his own son arrested for reasons only he knows.
Top 10 Moments:
- The origins of Young Oh and Min Jae’s relationship
We begin in the past when Young Oh’s a second year resident who is putting a snotty doctor who’d spent the entire time belittling Min, Jae in his place. Snotty doctor is convinced that Min Jae didn’t put the L-tube wire properly thus almost killing the patient he’d worked hard to save whilst Young Oh had corrected him that snotty doctor himself is to blame as he’d ordered the wrong L-tube which isn’t suited to a patient that had had a gastric surgery. And he does it all with the same cold detachment that’s suited to snots like the doc which makes Min Jae laugh (score one then for Young Oh in the romance department). Min Jae next, works up the courage to try to invite Young Oh out to lunch, but the man doesn’t recognize nuances unless he’s particularly paying attention and so doesn’t understand what she’s saying. But, when he initiates skinship to teach her how to apply percussion to a body, she’s flustered (score two for Young Oh). Young Oh just reads it as her being hungry and figures she should be able to eat for two now (hahahaha). She heads out and storms into his office later, asking him if he despises her so much that he brushes her off when she asks him on date. She of course doesn’t notice that Young Oh is actually perplexed and continues that she worked up all her pride to ask him to eat chicken with her. Young Oh still doesn’t know what connection fried chicken has with being on a date, but Min Jae’s attention is caught by the sutures Young Oh has made on everything in the room, even the tissue paper and she asks Young Oh if he actually likes being a neurosurgeon. Young Oh explains that it’s the perfect place to hide as if he keeps the vital signs up and the patient doesn’t die, then no one would bother him because of who he is and they won’t bother her because of her educational background. He rises and wipes her tears then tells her that as for her asking him on dates, she should look him in the eye to say so, so he can read her mind (awww. So she actually does get him. Somewhat anyway).
2. Using a conference to catch a killer
Hyun Joon expresses his disbelief to Young Ho that there’s a murderer in Hyunsung, a murderer who killed Dong Jae. He however can’t discount Young Ho’s response that there are murderers in every corner of the world and to assume that there’s none in Hyunsung is an illogical conclusion. Hyun Joon and everyone’s question though is who killed Dong Jae then? Who prescribed him a lethal dose that led to his death? Young Oh’s plan is to kill two birds with one stone at the mortality conference: prove that his surgery was free of all errors and also corner the suspect. Hyun Joon though would rather the sleuthing doesn’t happen at all so as not to ruin their reputation and start a wide-spread rumor about the murder, whilst almost no one remembers that the culprit is caught. And he’s right about the power of the rumor spreading because Mr. Chae, the news reporter is waiting outside to hear the news and even threats of Hyunsung advertising being withdrawn from his news agency is not enough to get the man to let go of the story he’s gotten a sniff of.
3. Jin Sung and Young Oh pair up
At the mortality conference, first up is a little girl with a congenital valve deformity who is Suk Joo’s patient and related to one of the doctors at their hospital. The general consensus from the other doctors is that surgery will be too high a risk and could easily result in her dying whilst they’re operating. Ji Hong suggests they inform the guardian that they can’t operate but whilst they’re trying to get Young Oh’s attention, Gun Myung walks in to ask if Young Oh’s caught the suspect yet, and to inform Young Oh that seeing that his suspicion is that one of the medical staff murdered Dong Jae, then every member of staff who was present at Dong Jae’s surgery, Young Oh inclusive, would not be allowed to operate until the culprit’s found. Young Oh doesn’t let that information affect him though, so as Suk Joo is consoling Kim Yoon Kyung who’s the mother of the girl who no one is willing to operate on, Young Oh is at the library going through books whilst explaining to Jin Sung what he knows about the murderer, ending it with the fact that it’s someone who knows Dong Jae well enough, has medical knowledge and has to hide the fact about the heart. Jin Sung asks Young Oh if he thinks Suk Joo is the culprit. Young Oh though points out that she’s the one who keeps bringing up Suk Joo and he suggests that they pair up to solve the case together seeing that they are the only two who think Dong Jae’s death is a murder. He sets Jin Sung on surveillance duty to trace Suk Joo’s movements on the night of Dong Jae’s murder and also has her question the hospital staff to learn if there’s some connection with Suk Joo and the lethal combination that killed Dong Jae. The only problem though is Shi Hyun who questions Jin Sung about her line of questioning and points Young Oh as the guilty party trying to pass off his responsibility in the death on someone else. Whilst Jin Sung’s gathering the physical and circumstantial evidence needed, Young Oh’s role is to find the medical clues so Suk Joo can’t deny the charges (so everyone’s convinced that it’s Suk Joo then?) and to do that, he intends to invite Suk Joo to the one place Suk Joo’s most comfortable in: The OR.
4. Young Oh agrees to operate
To put his plan in motion, Young Oh shows Suk Joo the CT scan of Yoon Kyung’s daughter and explains how the numerous surgeries she’s received in the past have led to more harm than good. He tells Suk Joo that he intends to operate but he will only do so if Suk Joo operates with him. Next thing we see, he’s meeting with Yoon Kyung and telling her about the very dangerous procedure he will be performing which would lead to table death should there be any problem or mistake from him, or even the anesthesiologist. When Yoon Kyung begs him to save her daughter, Young Oh points out that she’s the only one who can make that happen. To that effect, she meets with Gun Myung and begs him to allow Young Oh to operate and even Gun Myung pointing out that not only does Young Oh suspect her and the other staff members of playing a role in Dong Jae’s death but if truly Dong Jae’s death is ruled a murder, then Young Oh would be the first suspect is enough to get her to change her mind as she just wants her daughter to live. Gun Myung has no choice but to give his permission.
5. The surgery
Yoon Kyung’s daughter: Ji An is wheeled into the operating room and whilst Suk Joo’s scrubbing up for the surgery Shi Hyun tries to convince him not to follow through with it because it feels like a trap. Suk Joo though wants to save Ji An and Shi Hyun scrubs up as well to be Suk Joo’s assistant. Pre-surgery has everyone joking about Ji An pulling through, but during the surgery, when Ji An is on bypass, Young Oh runs into a little snag when he can’t find the source of the aneurysm. Aware that further delay would result in Ji An dying anyway, he sets a timer and gives himself four minutes to clip the artery that’s causing the excessive blood flow. Everyone tenses up as they watch the timer count down but thankfully Young Oh’s able to pull it off with seconds to spare too and then Ji An’s home free. After the surgery, Yoon Kyung thanks Young Oh for his help and Young Oh uses the opportunity to ask her if Suk Joo had carried out all of Ji An’s treatments and never missed a single one. Yoon Kyung confirms that Suk Joo’s Ji An’s only doctor and Young Oh smiles at her then walks away. As he walks away though he analyzes her body language to conclude that not only is she lying but it’s a lie she feels guilty about and one she has to keep to herself.
6. Suk Joo isn’t the murderer or the heart thief. But it might be Gun Myung?
Alone in the locker room, Young Oh informs Suk Joo that he’s confirmed that Suk Joo didn’t steal Min Chul’s heart and so would have no reason to have killed Dong Jae. Suk Joo’s surprised so Young Oh adds that the reason why he knows it’s so is because Ji An has the exact same lesion on her heart and Suk Joo hadn’t been flustered to see it when Young Oh had bought himself four extra minutes to get a good look at it. Suk Joo is rightfully angry because not only had Young Oh turned it all into a big ruse to get him in the operating theatre, but he’d also put Ji An’s life in danger. Young Oh isn’t concerned however because he’d already clipped the artery even before he’d bought himself that extra four minutes. What he finds interesting though is that Suk Joo had been in the dark whilst Dong Jae had died with the secret and Young Oh wonders if truly Suk Joo’s a good doctor like everyone assumes. Young Oh leaves and catches a glimpse of Yoon Kyung who he follows as she walks through the hospital, clearly intent on getting somewhere. He hides behind a ledge and so he doesn’t see her meet with someone wearing bloody surgical gloves to whom she tells that Young Oh’s been curious and asking questions about Ji An’s treatment. The person says nothing, and Yoon Kyung leaves. Young Oh holds back in time and the person who Yoon Kyung was talking to steps out from the operating room and shockingly, it’s Gun Myung. Although Gun Myung doesn’t notice Young Oh, Young Oh definitely notices his father. No one though, notices Suk Joo when he goes down to what looks like a basement space filled with a plethora of tanks.
7. A need for recognition will always drive medicine
Young Oh meets with Dr. Shim, the researcher he’d had test Min Chul’s lesion when he’d needed help with Myung Soo’s surgery. Dr. Shim though isn’t interested in testing the third lesion, but Young Oh after observing Dr. Shim strikes where she’s most invested in: publicized research. After pointing out exactly how beneficial to the hospital and the field of science to learn more about the lesion someone is willing to kill for, a lesion that has made its appearance in the third patient, the words hit Dr. Shim just right, and she agrees. Soon her mind is occupied with the various papers she’ll be able to write about the lesion. Suk Joo on the other hand, is at the stem cell research lab asking Ki Ho, the man on ground if the research is going well. Ki Ho’s focus is on how relevant the research paper would be, getting their research patented and the investments that would pour in and answers that everything is just fine. Suk Joo though doesn’t necessarily agree and when he turns around he runs into Gun Myung who insists that Suk Joo express his concerns to him. Suk Joo’s concerns are that the test subjects charts aren’t recording any problems. Gun Myung replies that the research is Dong Jae’s life work and he states that there can’t be, mustn’t be any problems as he’s put his life on the line (so even if there are side effects, they’re burying it?).
8. Jin Sung’s idealistic for a cop
Formulating a plan, Young Oh calls Min Jae and suggests that they meet his father that night just like Min Jae’s always wanted. On his way out, he almost runs into Jin Sung who gets in his car and shows him all the prescription sheets she’s amassed to prove that Suk Joo can’t be the killer. Her reason? Because he’s too good a person to commit such an act. Young Oh laughs at the ludicrous words and tells Jin Sung that there are two types of people in the world: those who’ve failed to hide their true selves and those who haven’t failed yet. He tells her that he’s known that it wasn’t Suk Joo all this while and he played it that way so the real killer would be lulled into a false sense of security. Jin Sung responds by tossing her sheets of paper in his face and when he gets a cut on his neck, asks if it had hurt. She states that he wouldn’t know though because he’s never given his heart to someone nor has he received someone’s heart in return. And with those words, she walks away from Young Oh’s car, forgetting the bottle cap-ring. She runs straight to the hospital where she gives a halting apology to Suk Joo as she promises to let everyone know that he’s not the suspect after all. Suk Joo’s is goodnatured in accepting it and even gives Jin Sung a hug when she starts to cry.
9. Young Oh lays down a challenge
Young Oh takes Min Jae to meet his father and introduce her as his soon to be wife. Gun Myung is pleasant when Min Jae’s around but the minute she excuses herself to use the restroom, his expression changes as he tells Young Oh that it’s too risky for Young Oh to live with Min Jae. Young Oh replies that is his father scared because Min Jae’s a neuroscientist who could readily understand his condition. He tells Gun Myung that he should be rest assured though because he’s been able to successfully fool Min Jae for a decade and he would continue to do so, whilst making her happy and giving the illusion that he’s living a normal life. The answer works for Gun Myung who moves on to how Young Oh’s preparing for the conference. When Young Oh smiles about things becoming interesting, Gun Myung cautions him about death not being something normal people would smile about. Young Oh though equates death to defeat, stating that doctors lose to disease, people lose to old age and then there are people like Dong Jae who are betrayed by someone they trust. All of which confirms that only the strong survive. Gun Myung doesn’t want to hear the words but Young Oh pushes as he states that death isn’t a great thing and he hasn’t forgotten his father’s teachings about the sanctity of life and how doctors should dedicate their lives to saving lives. He tells Gun Myung that the person who killed Dong Jae is still living with his head held high (What if it’s a woman though?) and he intends to point that person out to at the conference. As he leaves the table (utterly forgetting that he’d come with Min Jae by the way), he makes a call to have the conference moved to the very next day. Except, by the next day, Dr. Shim apologizes as she states that she wasn’t able to make a breakthrough in the research. Young Oh reads her body language though and calls her out on having figured things out. He informs her that so far, two people have died in relation to the lesion, the first being Min Chul who had the lesion and the second being Dong Jae who was killed for learning the truth about the lesion, which means Dr. Shim is next on the killer’s list because she’s discovered the truth. Young Oh then advises her to tell the truth of her discovery at the mortality conference as it’s the only way to secure her life.
10. A possible death and an actual arrest (because Jin Sung’s not a smart cookie)
Young Oh’s on his way back to his office when he runs into Jin Sung, who’s decided that she can’t trust him anymore and demands that he hand over his notes and files on the murderer so the case can be investigated by the violent crimes unit (girl, why the hell should he give you all his research when instead of you searching for the killer, you spent the time trying to prove that Suk Joo isn’t the killer. Priorities girl, priorities). Another person with not enough priorities is Dr. Shim who meets with someone we don’t see, who is wearing a pretty snazzy watch (Hyun Joon?). She hands him the file on her research stating that she wanted him to see it first before she hands it over to Young Oh as she would not be able to forgive herself if the 100 million dollar regenerative medical research is ruined because of her. Back in his office, Young Oh unpacks his files, looks at the bottle cover-ring he’d lied to Jin Sung about not having, and heads out, where he receives a call from Dr. Shim who doesn’t say anything. Next thing, sirens can be heard, and Queen Shim’s body falls from the rooftop. She’s wheeled into the hospital and Young Oh insists on carrying out the surgery, and doing it without the regular hospital staff. Meanwhile, Gun Myung offers Jin Sung a card allowing her access into the hospital locker room as he suggests that she arrest Young Oh, stating that it will be possible without a warrant. She finds out how possible when at that exact moment, Young Oh comes into the locker room to shoot himself his medication. Catching him in the act, Jin Sung makes her arrest and accuses him of being responsible for the murders at the hospital.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because no cop should be this stupid, making random arrests when it’s clear that she’s being led by someone else. Where’s her evidence? Where’s her motive? How the hell is this girl a cop? And I know that if the same thing had been pulled on her precious Suk Joo, she wouldn’t be so quick to make an arrest.
Headache inducing moment:
Because at this point, this point when Young Oh is meant to be saving the only witness in the case, Jin Sung the dumbass cop is making an arrest and I can already see the dominos. Dr. Shim will die, Jin Sung will be apologetic when she finally realizes how majorly she’s fucked things up, but it will already be too late.
This episode’s a spicy Wasabi Bloody Mary. It’s a unique blend of moments I love with moments that has me burning with anger and indignation and thankfully, Young Oh’s intelligence carries through for most of the drama because if I had to spend more time than I had having to see things from the perspective of blundering Jin Sung, I would scream. All I can say is thank heavens for Young Oh. Oh, and Gun Myung had better watch his back.