Young Oh’s like a blossoming plant, opening up to new emotions, one petal at a time. Although he can’t necessarily give a name to everything he’s feeling. We learn more about Gun Myung’s relationship with Young Oh and how he is responsible in more ways than one for how Young Oh turned out. And unfortunately for Gun Myung, there’s someone from his past, around to stir things up.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- Gun Myung was once a father willing to do everything to save his son and Suk Joo sacrificed his morals to be a ‘good doctor’
The year’s 1998 and Gun Myung is one of the doctors in the ER when a man brings his crying child inside. The nurses explain that the boy won’t be treated until the father pays his outstanding bills. And the man begs and pleads. Gun Myung is drawn in by the ruckus and after checking the scans, the doctor with him is stunned, stating that it looks just like Gun Myung’s son’s. Gun Myung then asks for the name of the boy and the man, who’s the director at an orphanage and not his father states that he’s Lee Young Oh (wait, huh? So Gun Myung had another son?). Gun Myung then decides to operate telling the hospital staff that he will take responsibility. Even when the other doctor tries to stop him, Gun Myung replies that he intends to do everything to save Young Oh and his son. And with those words, he wheels Young Oh into the ER. By the time he finally comes out of the OR, it’s to find his wife waiting outside. He’s barely had enough time to tell her that the surgery was successful when his wife slaps him across the face and informs him that their son is dead. She tells him that he’s never needed a family and so now he can live the rest of his life in the OR. Gun Myung’s still mourning the news when the other doctor comes to deliver the news that during the course of the surgery, Gun Myung had touched Young Oh’s frontal lobe, thus turning him into a medical psychopath. Gun Myung then takes on the role of Young Oh’s guardian and vows to help Young Oh live a normal life. We then return to the present with Suk Joo giving a press conference even as he flashes back to moments after Ji An had died and Soon Ho had told him that their research has the power to prevent any more children like Ji An dying because they need a transplant. He’d told Suk Joo to choose between living like a good person and being a good doctor. Suk Joo made his choice and sells their regenerative medicine research brilliantly (this is so going to backfire on you).
2. Gun Myung’s suspicious and is now the new director
The other doctors are gossiping in the doctors lounge when Young Oh shows up to ask Moon Kyung about his schedule. Everyone’s clearly uncomfortable whilst Young Oh tries to make nice and talk small talk (awwwww. So adorable). He finally leaves and Jang Bae comments on blood being thicker than water, so much so that Gun Myung will take Young Oh back after publicly humiliating him. Talk then turns to the director’s meeting where the decision would be made as to who would take over Dong Jae’s seat between Gun Myung and Soon Ho. The two men are the moment having a talk about the regenerative medicine research that Soon Ho has made public without giving the rest of the research team a heads-up first. Soon Ho tries to soothe Gun Myung’s ruffled feathers and also cinch himself the director position by suggesting that Gun Myung concentrate on being the first doctor to carry out a cell stem transplant. He goes on about how it would help Dong Jae’s vision to come true, plus Soon Ho will be sure to report to Gun Myung. Gun Myung’s not buying though as he tells Soon Ho that he and Dong Jae’s vision has always been to succeed in the research so that one day, surgeons would be useless and the world wouldn’t need them any more. And they’d done it not for fame or for stardom. He walks away and then steps closer to Soon Ho, pointing out that Dong Jae was a naturally paranoid person who hated for people to know about his illness. He then asks Soon Ho if he was also aware of Dong Jae’s diabetes. Soon Ho replies that it’s already been proven that Yoon Kyung is the guilty party and Gun Myung smiles as he replies that he just wanted to confirm whether or not Soon Ho knew Dong Jae as much as he claims to. Their talk is interrupted by Hyun Joon who calls them into his office to drop the good news: Gun Myung is the new director of Hyunsung (booyah!) and it was decided unanimously (take that! Soon Ho).
3. Taking the steps to becoming a better doctor (awwww. Young Oh). Not like he’s that patient for very long (hehehehe)
Young Oh meets with a patient and before the man speaks, Young Oh spends a while looking at the sign on his desk that reads “an empathic word is the beginning of treatment” (hahahaha. Cute, cute Young Oh). The man reels out his symptoms and Young Oh guesses that he’s back to drinking even though he was suffering from alcoholism. The man tries denying it and Young Oh suddenly leans forward, and remembering the steps he’s read about empathic treatment, he stares into the man’s eyes and warmly asks him how his trip to the hospital was. Moon Kyung stares at Young Oh like he’s lost his goddamn mind (hahahaha). Young Oh tries to be kind and courteous but the patient just tells him to prescribe him drugs and Young Oh remembers the advice to see things from the patient’s perspective, except, attempting to empathize with the patient Young Oh’s reached his limit and in his place is not standing for your bullshit Young Oh who tells the man straight out: taking alcohol after a brain hemorrhage is dangerous, and he’s the man’s doctor, not his doll who has to smile at him, or his priest who the man can spew all his troubles to (hahahaha. Moon Kyung’s probably less horrified with this Young Oh than the creepily smiling one). He tells the man that he would have to come for a checkup every week and should the man give up alcohol, it would be once every two weeks, then once a month. If the man refuses to give up his alcohol addiction however, the only doctor the man would be seeing is going to be a mortician (hahahaha). He then tells then man that he can leave and the man scrambles out of the room like he’s being chased by the hounds of hell (hahaha. Poor guy), whilst Moon Kyung smiles as she states that Young Oh is now acting like himself (hahaha. Knew the nice Young Oh was creeping her out).
4. Jin Sung’s back to the violent crimes unit and Jin Sung gives Young Oh his first lesson
Jin Sung enters the police station with good news: she’s been transferred to the violent crimes unit. Her team members are horrified but nothing can be done to it because their boss was the one that had agreed to the transfer so he can keep his promise to get Jin Sung on the team should she find the suspect for the murders. The head of the unit tries to psych the others about how Jin Sung being just the cop they want on the street should they get attacked, but the men aren’t buying it and wish their chief all the luck in training Jin Sung then. They head out, leaving the chief to tell Jin Sung that she would have to be trained to be a violent crimes detective, and after that, they can reopen the Hyunsung murders. Jin Sung’s surprised that the chief already knows but before he can reply, they’re radioed in for a robbery at a jewelry store. From across the road, they can tell that the robber is a newbie with how he’s more terrified than the person he’s robbing. Jin Sung and the chief head in and the robber listens to them and drops his weapon. Jin Sung recognizes him as Sang Joon, the man who’d slit his wrist and tried to attack Young Oh and just as the chief tries to get Sang Joon to come along with them, Sang Joon faints. They rush him to Hyunsung where Young Oh’s the one to treat the man. He figures that Sang Joon’s condition had gotten worse hence the reason why the man had tried to kill himself but tells him that Sang Joon should have instead asked for painkillers, especially because they have less addictive ones that they could have prescribed for the man. Sang Joon though has no interest in the meds and just wants to get out of the hospital and even as Sung Eun’s suggesting they call the cops, Jin Sung shows up at the exact same time Sung Joon demands not to be treated. We then cut to Young Oh showing Jin Sung Sang Joon’s CT scans. Turns out that Sang Joon has lung cancer that has now spread to the brain, and he’s developed a tolerance for the chemo drugs. He’s of the opinion that there’s no problem because Sang Joon doesn’t want to be treated and the doctors couldn’t find a cure but Jin Sung corrects him that sometimes, Young Oh says things that initially seem sensible but upon being looked at properly, they turn out to be wrong. She then spells it out for him: everyone wants to be treated. And sure enough, we see how dispirited the patient is when his family comes to see him, and he sighs that he’s a hopeless case who is not deserving of his family selling their store in order to save him.
5. Sometimes, the truly rich really do make the most terrible of patients although this one shares something in common with Young Oh’s other patient
Moon Kyung attends to a VIP Patient: Ok Kyung; a woman with an acerbic tongue, who spends the time belittling Moon Kyung for her weight and the money she gets paid for being a nurse. When Kyung Jin walks in and attempts to tell her the results of her test, she questions him on the school he’d attended and wonders if he feels uncomfortable about the question due to his inferiority complex. She tells Kyung Jin that she doesn’t want him attending to her due to his obvious poverty. Apparently, she feels uncomfortable about her wealth with him around. Kyung Jin bows and leaves and moments later, Ok Kyung hears a ringing sound in her ear and she collapses (wonder if she would still be gung-ho about not getting attended to by a poor doctor if it’s a matter of life and death). Her attending doctor turns out to be Suk Joo who’s treated her for lung cancer previously. The cancer unfortunately has turned into a brain tumor and is eerily similar to the robbery patient that Young Oh was already attending to. The only problem is that the general consensus is that there is no cure. Except for a very dangerous, expensive and illegal drug: osimertnib. Suk Joo’s immediately against it but Young Oh points out that the only reason the drug is banned is because it’s too expensive and further strengthens the class divide. He doesn’t see why that should be so, that because society took the easy way out to handle its class problems, people have to die. Suk Joo though is insistent, and further more, he changes Ok Kyung’s neurosurgeon from Young Oh to Kyung Jin. Except, when he informs Kyung Jin that he will be Ok Kyung’s neurosurgeon because Young Oh’s considering a dangerous treatment, Kyung Jin guesses that Young Oh had suggested osimertnib. He agrees with Young Oh that that’s the best treatment option but Suk Joo’s insistent on not going through that route because repercussions of the drug use would fall on the hospital and would affect their regenerative medicine approval (well would you look at that. It didn’t take him too long to become one with the management).
6. Young Oh tries his usual flirting and Min Jae witnesses it
Jin Sung meets with Young Oh to inform him that Sang Joon hasn’t given up hope yet. Her proof? A pile of lottery tickets that Sang Joon’s held on to. Young Oh though doesn’t consider it as anything hopeful and when Jin Sung makes to walk away, he tells her that saving Sang Joon is not necessarily an impossible thing. He then gets really close and personal, explains how expensive and dangerous the suggested treatment would be and tells her that she would have to meet him, the doctor in charge, quite often (hehehehe. Back to this your flirting style huh Young Oh. And it’s so cute too. Even more cute because Jin Sung as usual, has no idea you’re flirting with her. Hahahaha). Min Jae happens to see the move and looks hurt and upset as she runs off. She even bumps into Sung Eun, but manages to hide the engagement ring Young Oh had given her (wait, what the? Girl, don’t be given us that sad look. You said he wouldn’t be able to recognize love. You said he wouldn’t be able experience it. Boohoo. He’s feeling the love now and it has nothing to do with you. Take that bitch! Plus, why do you still have the ring. You can’t expect us to believe that you feel remorse that you didn’t get to marry him).
7. Young Oh carries through with administering the drug on Ok Kyung (please tell me there’s some left over for Sang Joon).
Whilst Jin Sung meets with Sang Joon to tell him that he has to be willing to put himself out there so he can get help from the unlikeliest of sources, said unlikely source gives the twin CT scans one final look then goes to meet Ok Kyung who is at first huffy that Young Oh woke her up when she finds it difficult to head back to sleep. When Young Oh replies that her tumor would have her sleeping for a very long time, she is drops all the pretenses and is all ears (hehehehe. Trust Young Oh to not pull back any punches). He explains that he wants to suggest a treatment that every other doctor in the hospital is against because it’s expensive, risky and illegal. But she shouldn’t worry about the legality of it however because Hyunsung would take full responsibility. The next morning, Kyung Jin shows up to Ok Kyung’s hospital room where he’s shocked to see Young Oh. He reminds Young Oh that Ok Kyung is his patient and therefore Young Oh can’t operate on her. Young Oh replies that Kyung Jin is aware that the tumor placement makes a biopsy an unviable treatment option and they shouldn’t allow rules and regulations take precedence over a patient’s life. Kyung Jin is incensed and demands that Sung Eun prep the OR for his patient. Except, everything’s for show because by the time Kyung Jin wheels Ok Kyung into the OR, Young Oh’s waiting and both doctors get to working on her. Young Oh asks Kyung Jin to be certain of the tumor placement and Kyung Jin replies that he’s well aware of how careful he should be. He goes on to reveal that his wife had passed away from the very same thing but he’d decided to go with a biopsy treatment because he didn’t want to risk losing his promotion by following through and using osimertnib. Young Oh finds it ironic that it’s that regret now that has Kyung Jun going through and administering the drug on Ok Kyung.
8. Handling the fallout, like a boss
Post surgery, after getting informed of the penalty Hyunsung would have to pay, Hyun Joon calls Young Oh into his office to ban him from attending to any other patient. He stresses that he needs a doctor who can bring him money as opposed to one who helps to treat diseases. Ok Kyung gets wheeled in at this point and she tells Hyun Joon that Young oh is exactly the kind of doctor Hyun Joon wants at Hyunsung then, because she intends to make a donation in Young Oh’s name that would far outweigh whatever penalty is being levied on Hyunsung. And so, Hyun Joon has to let Young Oh treat his patients (now that’s a case of I’ve got more money than you, so shut the fuck up and do as you’re told. Hehehehe).
9. Sang Joon finds the will to live
After leaving Hyun Joon’s office, Young Oh pays a visit to Sang Joon who’s still insistent on not getting treated. Young Oh asks him if he’s really sure about taking that route because although there’s nothing wrong with it, Sang Joon’s got a low tolerance level for pain. Also, his family who Sang Joon loves a lot, will have to suffer through it all. He asks yet again if Sang Joon wants to give up and when Sang Joon doesn’t say anything, he gets up with the plan to leave. Sang Joon though finally answers that he wants to live. He explains that from the very beginning, he’d thought he didn’t have a choice because the treatment was too expensive. As Sang Joon tears up, Young Oh looks at him and then leans in to whisper that they’ve found a benefactor (Awwww. Young Oh. You’re a good man. A good man I tell you). Next thing we see, Sang Joon’s being wheeled into surgery whilst his family cries grateful tears.
10. Jin Sung gives Young Oh the best compliment ever
Jin Sung comes to meet Young Oh, in full capacity as the detective in charge, briefing the attending doctor (awwww. So cute these two) as to Sang Joon’s case. Because of his predicament, they were able to get a settlement and so Sang Jon wouldn’t be going to jail. Jin Sung then brings out a lottery ticket and passes it across to Young Oh, stating that Sang Joon had said that meeting Young Oh was like him winning the lottery (awwww. My heart). She tells him to hold onto it and that he should call her when he wins because he has to share his winnings with Jin Sung. Young Oh gives a little smile and makes to put the lottery ticket in his drawer. But when he pulls the drawer open and sees the bottle cap-ring, he closes it right back and asks Jin Sung if truly something as flimsy as a lottery ticket can give people hope. Jin Sung replies by giving her definition of hope: anticipating that tomorrow will be different. She continues with a smile that in that regard, Young Oh’s the most hopeful person she knows (gah. That kills me. You’re precious Jin Sung. So precious and amazing and gah, I’m squealing right now. That’s absolutely the most sweetest thing anyone could ever say to Young Oh) because he shows her a different side to himself every time she sees him. With those words said, she makes to leave but stops to remind him about sharing the lottery winnings with her. After she leaves, Young Oh ruminates on her words and gives a little smile (gah. Precious. Absolutely precious that smile). When he remembers her calling him the most hopeful person she knows, he takes off after her and catches up with her just as she gets to the hospital doors. He pulls her into a hug for a long while and when he finally pulls away, he feels his heartbeat and his pulse and woodenly tells her that just as he’d thought, he can’t feel anything. He continues that she’s wrong because he can’t change, but promises to call her should he win the lottery. And with those words, he walks away and takes the elevator. As he rides the elevator up, Gun Myung’s old colleague from the hospital where Young Oh had been brought in as a child wonders how Young Oh would react if he discovers what Gun Myung did to him.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Paloma. Heartwrenchingly beautiful and one that gets us in the heart. Because, Young Oh is feeling the stirrings of change. He can’t identify it yet but he’s learning to empathize (as is the case with Sang Joon) and he’s dealing with attraction (with his constant need to be around Jin Sung and that hug. That HUG!!!!!). It’s beautiful to see him unfold, one petal at a time to the beauty of who he is and the emotions that are foreign to him. I find it just as beautiful that Jin Sung is the source of that change because she is an amazing and beautiful woman and just vibrating with so much empathy and warmth. It’s a warmth he’s drawn to and one that Young Oh needs, just like any other flowering plant. I’m not losing hope about him not feeling anything yet because like Min Jae said, Young Oh can’t tell what love is because he’s never been thought. Who knew I would be thankful to Min Jae for something.