Some people lack empathy and they can’t even fall on a medical condition as an excuse (looking at you there Min Jae). It’s an hour of betrayal from all corners for Young Oh. From the man who’s meant to be his father, to the woman who was meant to be his bride, to the chairman he’d thought of as a partner. Everyone betrays him, but one empathic cop, pulls through.
Top 10 Moments:
- She’s known. She’s always known and Soon Ho definitely involved
We flash back to the past when Min Jae had been transferred to a rural hospital and Young Oh had promised to visit her. She’d been delighted because she’d initially been worried that Young Oh was going to ask that they break up. Young Oh had then taken her pulse and told her that he feels the same way and then clarified it by saying that he loves her. The act had spooked Min Jae who once she settled in her new teaching hospital, had gone through the files till she’d seen Young Oh’s records from where he’d been eight and learns that he’s a diagnosed psychopath, incapable of reading emotions or feeling empathy. Thinking back to her interactions with Young Oh she calls him and asks him why he’s been dating her. When he answers that he loves her, she looks heartbroken as she tells him that she loves him too. We then return to present Min Jae and the betrayal of the century as she spills all of Young Oh’s secrets. She concludes that her diagnosis is her opinion as the doctor who’s been studying Young Oh closely for years. Young Oh’s shocked as is Jin Sung who hears the entire revelation. Meanwhile, Suk Joo comes to meet Soon Ho who doesn’t deny the fact that he was Min Chul’s doctor and that lesion was created as a result of their research’s side effects. When Suk Joo asks if he had anything to do with Dong Jae’s death, Soon Ho admits that Dong Jae’s death occurred as a result of the research, claiming that it was the anxiety that got him killed. He tells Dong Jae to be worried that Suk Joo’s anxiety doesn’t put him in the same position as Dong Jae. When Suk Joo insists on not keeping it quiet however, Soon Ho points out that their research is into a 200 million dollars market and when Suk Joo asks if he thinks he will remain quiet because of money, Soon Ho tells him that money can silence him, after all, three people are already dead and no one knows who’s next.
2. Everyone has a price
Still reeling with Min Jae’s betrayal, Young Oh asks her exactly what she’s trying to protect by doing what she’s done. The bitch can’t even look him in the face and cops come in to slap handcuffs on him. Whilst he’s led out of the hospitals and the other doctors are gossiping about having no idea that he’s a killer, the ones who know that he is not a killer are having a conversation. One in which Min Jae admits to having put up a repulsive monster as the sacrificial lamb so Hyunsung can move on, and Kyung Joon congratulates her on the paper she’s written on Young Oh and her new professorship position (So I was right. You sold him out so you can become a professor. Hilarious. Babe, that title isn’t going to save you should you decide to inform the world that there’s an actual killer in Hyunsung and it’s not Young Oh. Don’t believe me, look at Dr. Shim. You just might be next). She doesn’t accept Kyung Joon’s congratulations or outstretched hands however (babe, don’t start acting like you give a fuck about him or that you feel guilty for your punk ass move. You shall pay for this. You MUST pay for this) and walks out of the room. At the elevators, she runs into Gun Myung who asks her if that’s why she had approached Young Oh in the first place. She admits that Young Oh had been so well-trained that she didn’t notice it at first. When Gun Myung asks her if she really thinks Young Oh killed those people, she replies that she merely gave her opinion as a specialist and Gun Myung should be in the best position to answer the question seeing that he has a special father-son relationship with Young Oh.
3. Yoon Kyung is a confirmed junkie… or rather, she was.
Suk Joo confronts Yoon Kyung and asks her if Ji An was a part of the hospital’s research. Yoon Kyung confirms it, claiming that she was willing to do anything, plus she’d been told that they would put Ji An’s name at the top of the donor’s list (girl, I don’t know how they do it in South Korea but in other parts of the world, one hospital cannot decide the patient that would move to the top of a nationwide donor’s list. Hyunsung doesn’t have that amount of power). When Suk Joo asks her if Min Chul and Dong Jae were also among the people she was willing to do away with, Yoon Kyung tries to leave the room. Suk Joo isn’t having it though and wouldn’t let her leave. Except, in the tussle, he notices the track marks on both her arms (well hello there Dr. Junkie) and asks if she’s gone crazy. Yoon Kyung tells him to get off his high horse as he couldn’t even save her daughter. She leaves after repeatedly stating that it wasn’t her and then gets outside where she asks for a patient’s scans at the nurses station. One of the doctors join her though and tells her the big news, that Young Oh was arrested for the murders. She makes to head to the OR for her surgery but can’t go in because her vision falters. Still repeatedly telling herself that she didn’t do anything wrong, she heads to the storage room and pumps herself with her drugs. Next thing we and Suk Joo see, she’s being wheeled into the OR, unconscious from a drug overdose (sayonara Dr. Junkie. It’s a pity your ass died before you could testify against all the baddies you’re working with).
4. The interrogation and Jin Sung’s absolute redemption
At the station, the head of the violent crimes unit interrogates Young Oh with the aid of a polygraph. When it gets to the point where he’s asked whether or not he killed Dr. Shim, the polygraph acts up even as Young Oh refuses to say a word. When they repeat the question and ask him if he’s the murderer, he admits to having killed them all. The his face changes as he says he didn’t. And then, he goes off tangent, talking and contradicting himself like a crazy person until he turns to the woman handling the polygraph and tells her that he loves her and she loves him. When he makes mention to them having made love several times, she walks out and past Jin Sung without even noticing. Meanwhile, the head of the violent crimes unit gets upset and Young Oh points out that he only acted the way the man wanted him to behave. When he suggests they start over again, the man sends his glass flying and it shatters against the wall, inches from Young Oh’s head (dude, firstly there’s no proof. Secondly, weren’t you the one who just mentioned in yesterday’s episode that Jin Sung was abusing her authority? How’s that different from the crap you just pulled). Jin Sung enters at this point to see the mess and Young Oh staring unflinchingly back at his interrogator who he asks if it’s possible, seeing that people who are not monsters like him should be able to feel the pain of others. He picks up one of the shards of glass and cuts into his skin, asking with pain in his eyes and in his voice if they can feel his pain. He tells the man that he doesn’t lie like that, and that he didn’t kill anyone. The man just calls him a freak (asshole) and storms out of the room. Jin Sung, left alone with Young Oh tries to use her handkerchief to wipe his blood, but he stops her hand. She tells him that even though they can’t feel it exactly, they can guess and as she folds the handkerchief into his hands, she adds that people in pain don’t want it and it might not help much, but those offering comfort have to do something (and that is how Jin Sung redeemed herself in my book). She asks him if that answers his questions, smiles up at him (oh Jin Sung. Thank you) and tells him to head back to the OR where he’s needed.
5. Yoon Kyung confessed and Young Oh returns home
Jin Sung meets with the head of the violent crimes unit and informs him that Young Oh is not the killer. She hands over the murder weapon, vials and syringes filled with potassium which Yoon Kyung had injected into the victims to cause their deaths. When the head of the unit asks where Yoon Kyung is, she replies that Yoon Kyung is dead of a potassium overdose which she’d accidentally shot into her bloodstream thinking it was one of her drugs (huh, what if the baddies had figured out that she was planning to confess and had swapped her drugs on purpose? What if it’s murder and not just an overdose?). As she speaks, we see Suk Joo read the message Yoon Kyung had sent to him, stating that she wants to confess and stop herself from becoming truly evil and asking him to look after Ji An for her. In the meanwhile, Hyun Joon covers up the whole messy affair by offering the persistent news reporter a position at Hyunsung newspaper and Young Oh returns home to find his father staring at the wall of emotions as he tells Young Oh that he never really knew what it was that he did wrong with Young Oh. He also adds that the Chairman is pushing for Young Oh’s dismissal from the hospital and then he walks out, leaving Young Oh alone in his room to stitch up the cut he’d made at the police station, whilst in front of him is the handkerchief that Jin Sung had given him.
6. Betrayal all around
With everything out of the way, Hyunsung receives the JCI accreditation that Hyun Joon has been so obsessed with and Young Oh surprises Hyun Joon in his office by asking him what he’d hoped to gain by throwing him under the bus. Had he been afraid that Young Oh would find out what he and Soon Ho were so desperate to keep hidden? Is that why he’d brought Min Jae into the whole mess? Hyun Joon informs him though that he hadn’t brought Min Jae into the affair, she’d been the one to come to him. With that he drops her report in front of Young Oh and Young Oh immediately goes to meet Min Jae. When he asks her how long she’s been at it, she answers that it’s been years and she used him just like he’d used her to prove how normal he was. Young Oh is convinced though that she loved him and when he begins to read her body language, she completes the words for him, startling him as she then asks him what are the signs he reads to tell whether a person’s in love, happy or sad or angry or fearful. She asks him which of those emotions are similar to love and tells him that it’s all of them and none of them at the same time. She continues that he can’t know what love looks like because he’s never been taught (and that I agree with. With a father like Gun Myung, how could he have been?) and she doubts if he’ll ever know (girl, Jin Sung will be overflowing with so much love, he will learn to see it and smile at the sight of it too. Shut the fuck up). She continues that he was easy to fool and states that she’s sure he’s alright, what with the fact that he can’t feel emotions (bitch!!!!!). He’s feeling emotions a-plenty at the moment though and grabs her by her neck as he tells her that he’d tried extremely hard for her. She replies that he’d tried his best to pretend and at the words, he lets her go and his eyes go wet with unshed tears (oh Young Oh. I’m so sorry. What a bitch!).
7. Justice is for those left behind
After sending off Min Chul’s son to school, and promising Sergeant Park that she will make sure he graduates, Jin Sung heads to a Pojangmacha to eat and grabs something to drink. Turns out though that Suk Joo’s there with her and he stops her from drinking seeing that she has surgery the very next day. It doesn’t stop him from drinking though and soon, they’re basking in their memories of Dong Jae and his love for alcohol. She then tells Suk Joo that she used to think that the police investigated a murder in order to catch the killer but now she knows that they do it for the sake of those left behind, so they can know how the victims lived, what they were like and then cherish their memories of the victims. Her words have Suk Joo slipping back to the past when he’d first met Yoon Kyung and she’d had been a young doctor thrilled at the thought that her first patient would live. Meanwhile, Hyun Joon is playing a rooftop golf game with his brother who wants them to hurry with the Regenerative Medicine research so he can ride on the breakthrough and win himself the presidency. Hyun Joon on the other hand is more interested in technology and research. When he calls Gun Myung into the conversation, Gun Myung diverts from the talk and nominates himself as one of the candidates interested in filling Dong Jae’s director position. It’s an interesting development to Hyun Joon, particularly because Soon Ho’s interested in the position. When Soon Ho brings up the matter to Gun Myung, Gun Myung tells him that he’s taking the position because he doesn’t want Dong Jae’s Regenerative Medicine research to become mired in politics. Soon Ho though wonders how plausible it would be for Gun Myung to get the seat considering all the talk about his son that’s presently ongoing.
8. Not everyone wants to be saved
Young Oh carries on with his job like it’s all normal, smiling in greeting to those who would meet his eyes. The others keep away from him though (stupid idiots), and Sung Eun and Kwang Bok study him as Kwang Bok wonders how he can act so normal and Sung Eun states that it’s probably because he lacks empathy (considering that you’re the moment gossiping about his condition, you guys are the ones lacking major empathy here. And it’s worse because you idiots should know better). Their conversation is interrupted when a man is wheeled in after having fallen down the stairs. He keeps calling for his wife and whilst Sung Eun is all for them calling the orthopedics department, Young Oh comes to give a diagnosis from what he can read on the patient’s body. Sung Eun is disbelieving until the man’s wife enters the ER and confirms Young Oh’s words. When Young Oh tries to get Sung Eun to get moving with the patient for whom every extra moment not spent could lead to him dying, the man’s wife calls Young Oh aside to show him legal documents that state that the man isn’t interested in any medical treatments done to prolong his life and a document that names her as the person who decides what medical treatment he should receive. She tells Young Oh that she also doesn’t want her husband receiving any medical treatment and she’d rather take him home. Young Oh doesn’t take her word for it however and asks the patient. The man repeats his wife’s words ad verbatim but Young Oh still doesn’t believe the words and repeats the question. This time around, he studies the man’s body language and deduces that what the man is saying is totally different from what his body language is screaming. He then informs the patient that he would save him and when the man goes into cardiac arrest after hearing the words, Young Oh proceeds to save him. After it’s done, his wife tears up at the sight and moves to hold his hand and the patient cries as well.
9. It’s a bullshit fest
Alone with Kyung Jin whilst they examine the patient’s scans, Kyung Jin points out the fact that neither the patient nor his wife had wanted prolonged care. Young Oh is convinced though that he’d read the man right and the patient had wanted to be saved. Except, they’re suddenly alerted to an emergency and by the time they get to the patient’s bedside, we see that his wife has unhooked him from the ventilator. She blames Young Oh for her actions (huh… I don’t think so lady. I doubt if even a judge would agree with you), stating that she’d begged and begged him. When she asks if she should go to the police station now, Young Oh calls her actions preposterous and storms out. Outside, the entire hospital staff shrink from him like he has some sort of contagious diseases (absolute idiots). To complete the humiliation, Gun Myung informs him right there and then that he’s been fired. Young Oh asks what he’s done wrong considering that all he’s done was save a patient’s life. Gun Myung however doesn’t think that a life on life-support is a saved life and blames Young Oh for the murder the patient’s wife had committed (what court of law will buy this bullshit?! How is anyone allowing him to say this bullshit?). He adds that what makes it worse is that Young Oh isn’t even aware of what he’s done wrong (dude. He’s done nothing wrong!). He steps closer to Young Oh and whispers as he asks him if he thinks his superior ability give him authority. He also asks if Young Oh now knows why he was against a monster like him becoming a doctor (as opposed to what? The other monsters in the fucked up hospital killing people for money?). He pulls away to announce loudly that the ethics committee approved of Young Oh’s dismissal and walks away.
10. Young Oh’s broken and in need of help
Young Oh walks away from the hospital in a daze unaware of the people passing by, the sounds and the vehicles. As he walks away, he hears the patient’s wife’s voice in his head and sees her holding up the wire as she tells him that he made her do it. Next up, he hears Min Jae asking him about the gestures people make to indicate that they’re in love and telling him that he wouldn’t be able to tell what they are because he’s never learned it. Next he remembers Gun Myung and how he’d taught him to read emotions and how at the end he’d called him a monster who shouldn’t have become a doctor. He almost steps into traffic and when another pedestrian tries to pull him out of harm’s way, he punches the man in the face and then repeatedly pummels him, until he glances up and sees everyone staring and shrinking away from him in a move reminiscent of his childhood days. He brokenly asks them what he’d done wrong as a doctor and then continues his dazed walk down the busy street, nearly getting knocked down by cars although he doesn’t even notice. Until, Jin Sung appears and spins him around, asking him if he’s okay. When she tries to pull him along with her, telling him that it’s okay, he stops her and begs her to save him, then collapses onto her shoulder (Gosh! That scene. That scene. The pain. My tears. Gosh. That scene).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
How dare you call him a repulsive monster. As a doctor versed in neuroscience your bitchass self should know that it’s a disease and not immediate proof that he’s the killer. And to make it worse, you know he isn’t the killer, you just made him a scapegoat because you know everyone else’s prejudice would act up and make him guilty when he isn’t. And then you want to make it all worse and expose him to the entire medical community? You want to write about him like he’s some lab rat you’ve been studying? What a bitch! You are the repulsive evil monster!
Headache inducing moment:
Because this scene had me screaming long after it was over. So it’s okay for you to strip him bare, humiliate him, turn him into a ‘thing’ an experiment for your research, lead him on with all the fake feelings and signals you’ve been pushing to him like a lab rat you’re grooming because… he doesn’t feel anything? This right here is the reason why someone came up with the phrase: makes your blood boil.
This episode’s a Bloody Mary. Because bloody and broken is what Young Oh is at the moment and bloody and broken is how my heart and I feel at all the betrayal and pain and hurt people are capable of inflicting on someone just because he has a medical condition. I’m broken and bloody because people are prejudiced and I need a Bloody Mary to deal with that.