Suk Joo’s finally crossed over to the dark side and has become a mini Soon Ho parrot. A pity really because he’d started so well. Young Oh learns to empathize and turns out to be the only doctor in Hyunsung who’s empathetic to the young boy brought through the hospital doors. He also learns about love and finally takes the first step towards getting it.
The Episode in 1o Moments:
- A scientific explanation to falling in love and Young Oh defines his need for Jin Sung in technological terms (which is utterly cute)
We open in the past where a teenage girl describes her symptoms of dizziness, shortness of breath and rapidly beating heart, and ends it with a declaration that she likes Young Oh. Young Oh’s intrigued at the words and innocently wonders if he can feel how fast her heart is racing. The girl’s outraged. She slaps him across the face, calls him scum and storms off. Teenage Young Oh takes his pulse and goes on a run. As he races along the school ground, he breaks down what love is into pure science and hormonal changes and when a friend of the girl who’d run away from him, bumps into him purposefully, Young Oh falls and concludes that love as an emotion fades away in three years, max. As he tells us that the heart is nothing more than electrochemical responses to millions of nerves and hormones, he concludes that he’s fine (awwww. I don’t think so though Young Oh. You looked just a bit hurt at the bullying). We then return to present day with Jin Sung trying to make sense of Young Oh’s uncharacteristic behavior. She turns to her brother and suddenly hugs him. Her brother’s creeped out, like every brother would be, but when Jin Sung tells him that she’s researching for a case, he’s all ears. She tells him that a man hugged a woman, who isn’t her, and then told the woman that he felt nothing. Her brother immediately guesses that the man’s Young Oh and the woman he hugged, Jin Sung. He tells her that she should get mad at the lack of reaction and doesn’t believe her when Jin Sung insists that she’s researching it for a case (hehehe. I wouldn’t believe you either Jin Sung. You wear your heart on your face you cutie pie). She’s still caught up on the hug and trying to get it out of her head when she gets outside and sees Young Oh waiting for her. She tries running away (hahaha) but Young Oh chases after her. When he catches up to her, he tells her that he came to keep his promise to her. He’d gotten to level five with the lottery and won five dollars. To that effect, he came to give her half of it: two dollars and fifty cent. He also wonders how a woman would react in a situation where she’s handcuffed him once, jumped into water in his presence and then turned around and pretended not to recognize him when he knows for sure that there’s nothing medically wrong with her. Jin Sung answers his question by asking her own set of questions. Why is he acting like that towards her? Is he teasing her in some way. She then turns things around by telling Young Oh that that’s what a woman would think in that kind of situation. The two of them laugh at her words and Young Oh declares that that’s why he needs Jin Sung. She’s his very own personal Wifi (awwwwww. That’s like the biggest compliment ever). He continues that just like she’d analyzed and relayed Sang Joon’s emotions, and thus helped Young Oh successfully treat him, he wants her to do the same for him with other patients. And so, whenever he needs her WiFi help, he’ll be sure to come to her, wherever she may be. He tells her not to be surprised when that happens and warns her not to run away from him like she’d just done. He leaves and heads to his office where he holds up the lottery ticket. It is then, in flashback that we see that Young Oh had gone to the store and had been informed that his lottery ticket didn’t win him anything (awwww. So he didn’t win anything but because he wanted to see her again and to keep her hope alive, he lied? That’s so sweet).
2. Gun Myung’s old colleague is looking to cause trouble and we meet a fragile little boy with big dreams
Gun Myung’s old colleague from back in the day shows Soon Ho, Young Oh’s CT scans and the damage Gun Myung had done to him whilst conducting his surgery (So this guy doesn’t understand patient-doctor confidentiality either. He would fit in well in Hyunsung then. Absolute asshole). He then expresses his desire to run into Gun Myung and Young Oh as he wonders how his old ‘friend’ would react to seeing him (it’s a pity because I have the feeling that he wouldn’t react by planting a fist in your smug face). Meanwhile, in the ER, a grade school student: Yo Seob, is wheeled in. Eun Soo the attending resident and Yo Seob tells him of his desire to go to medical school. Eun Soo smiles at the little tyke with big dreams of becoming a doctor and tells the boy to do as his mother says, if he dreams of becoming a doctor. He then fist bumps Yo Seob, who cries out, and Eun Soo has no idea why the boy’s acting so fragile over a little push. Yo Seob’s mother comes running into the ER looking for her son and when she spots him, she immediately tries taking him along with her, with the claims that Yo Seob’s just faking it so he wouldn’t have to take his exams. Eun Soo tries to stop her but she wouldn’t budge and even when Young Oh shows up and states that it’s only the doctor that can decide whether or not the boy is alright, his mother insists that she’s his mother and knows everything that there is to know. Except, just as she walks away with him, Yo Seob collapses again and the doctors have to wheel him into surgery because he has a brain hemorrhage. Yo Seob’s mother places a call to her husband, but something her husband says has her telling him not to worry about the hospital as Yo Seob would be just fine (hmmmm. Abusive husband maybe?). She then holds onto Young Oh just as he’s about to pass her and begs as she asks him if her son will be better. Young Oh asks her about Yo Seob’s history of fainting in school and his mother’s eyes dart about as she replies that she doesn’t know anything about that (hmmmm. Something about the woman’s shifty. Very shifty). And sure enough, after getting Yo Seob’s blood back to normal and commenting on the black blood that such a young child has, Eun Soo wonders why Young Oh had shaved a non surgical site. Young Oh replies that people might lie but the body never does. As he speaks, we see in flashback that Young Oh had noticed Yo Seob’s wince when Eun Soo had fist bumped him and he’d also noticed Yo Seob’s barely composed posture when Young Oh had examined him. Young Oh then points to the site he’d shaved and we see the bruises on Yo Seob’s head (wow. And Ouch. And damn. So who’s the person who’s been abusing the child?).
3. Someone sees through Hyun Joon and Soon Ho’s bullshit and Suk Joo’s forgotten that he’s a doctor and not an economist
Sang Hyuk, a news reporter does a news report about Hyunsung’s stem cell research right in the middle of the lab. He ends the report on a touching note, stating that with such an advancement then heart diseases and Alzheimer’s can be a thing of the past for future children. Hyun Joon’s impressed with the added in mention of the kids and Soon Ho tries to milk the goodwill by telling Sang Hyuk that they intend to start with the poor and those who can’t normally afford their services (so you mean you intend to use the poor folks as guinea pigs until you’re sure there are no hazards to the treatment). Sang Hyuk’s not buying it though and states that they’re doing it for the publicity. When Hyun Joon tries to be friendly and invite him to dinner, Sang Hyuk turns him down (good for you). Back in his office with Soon Ho, Hyun Joon’s pissed at Sang Hyuk’s treatment of him but Soon Ho explains that that’s how Sang Hyuk acts with everyone. His reputation is built on him being beyond reproach and it translates to his private life as well. Hyun Joon’s still pissed but Soon Ho talks him down by reminding him that Sang Hyuk’s their way of legitimizing their stem cell research in the eyes of the public. Meanwhile, Suk Joo’s in charge of determining which patient would be taken in for their trial and his default answer to each patient that’s brought to him is a ‘next patient’ (dude. If you’ve already sold your soul, why not go all out and give everyone that chance. According to you, that’s why you joined the dark side. Remember? Because they’re a lot of ailing people who supposedly need the research. And the complications it will be sure to bring). He even turns down the request of an old man who begs that his son be allowed to get on the trial. When he finally meets with Gun Myung, Suk Joo gives Gun Myung a crash course in economics and them needing to raise the demand for their product in the two hundred billion industry that they exist in (well hello there devil spawn. Glad to see that you’ve stopped with your waddling and have finally decided to sell your soul). Soon Ho shows up to congratulate his newly brainwashed student and after Suk Joo leaves, Soon Ho explains to Gun Myung the need for them to think beyond nobility as doctors. After all, Soon Ho realized he isn’t good enough as a doctor and therefore decided to chase money and success (so you suck as a doctor and decided you want to be a businessman instead? I’m just wanting us to be clear on everything).
4. Young Oh smells something’s up and is determined to protect his patient
Young Oh enters Yo Seob’s room where he sees Yo Seob who’s still unconscious. Upon threat of calling a doctor for a surgery to get Yo Seob out of his anesthesia induced unconsciousness, Yo Seob’s eyes fly open and Young Oh calls him a coward for being terrified of surgery even though he wants to be a doctor. He brings up Yo Seob’s abuse and asks him who hit him: his mum or dad. Yo Seob denies getting abuse dand Young Oh tells him that people can lie, but the human body can’t. With those words, he presses Yo Seob’s arm and Yo Seob’s flinch is confirmation enough of his words. He tells Yo Seob to remember his words when he becomes a doctor: people might lie, but a person’s body cannot lie. And then he tries again, this time, his voice’s softer as he asks who abused Yo Seob. Before Yo Seob can speak, his mother barges in and after she and Young Oh step out of the hospital room, she tells Young Oh that she intends to file a lawsuit against the hospital because Young Oh waited until she, Yo Seob’s legal guardian, was out of the room before speaking with Yo Seob. Young Oh replies that abused kids can never say who their abuser is if they’re in the presence of a parent. Plus, he’s not concerned about the mother but about his patient who he has to be sure would be safe. And he needs to know if Yo Seob would be safer with his mother or his father. Yo Seob’s mother declares that the person most dangerous to Yo Seob is Young Oh himself and storms off. The altercation is witnessed by Min Jae who calls Young Oh’s behavior cute. Young Oh isn’t about the cute though as he’s more focused on the part that those actual creatures that others think are cute: children, are unfortunate in that they need an older person to look after them. Their talk is interrupted by the hushed whispers of Yo Seob’s mother demanding to know what he told Young Oh and Min Jae suggests that Young Oh come see her in her office so they can talk about the effect abuse has on children. She smirks as she reminds Young Oh about her competence in neurology and Young Oh reminds her that not only does he lack empathy but he also has to struggle to control his violent outbursts. He presses his hands on Min Jae’s shoulder and tells her that she has no idea how hard he’s keeping himself from giving in to his tendencies and doing ‘something’ to her (hahahaha. It’s dangerous I know. But Min Jae annoys me and if fear would keep her mouth shut, then sure, I’m all for it. Because she keeps calling him a sociopath but the way she keeps provoking him has me thinking that she needs a reminder that Young Oh can be violent and so she should tread carefully). He then walks away and places a call to Jin Sung, stating that he needs his WiFi.
5. Young Oh’s WiFi gets to work (hehehe. I love calling her that. It’s so cute)
Jin Sung grumbles about relocating to the mountains to get away from Young Oh and makes to run away, except Young Oh’s already waiting for her outside the police station (wait. How did he get there so fast?). He gives her some basic maths question to answer and then asks her a complicated one, which he then answers almost immediately. Apparently, he was counting how long he had to wait for her to come out (hahaha). He tells her he needs her help, and then takes her out to eat dinner first. Whilst at the restaurant, he briefs her on everything that’s happened and asks her what emotion would make a child want to defend an abusive parent. Jin Sung compares the feeling to that of one’s first love. To the child, his parent is his first love and no matter how bad the parent is, and how bad he knows his parent is, he just can’t forget about the first person he’s loved and trusted. Young Oh wonders if it’s so easy for normal people like her to understand (awww. Young Oh). He continues that as a kid, he’d thought normal people who could feel emotions were aliens who communicated using a special antenna and he was the only one out of the loop because he’s from earth. Jin Sung smiles as she replies that she heard that earthlings have a WiFi connection instead (awwww. That’s so cute and adorable all at once). Young Oh gives a little smile and Jin Sung suggests that they not worry as she will be at the hospital with a cop from the child abuse division to check on Yo Seob. Young Oh asks if he seems worried and when Jin Sung replies that he seems worried, Young Oh’s surprised (yay! Another burst of emotion he’s not aware of. Don’t worry Young Oh there. We call that emotion the beautiful duo of concern and worry).
6. Young Oh to the rescue
The next morning, Jin Sung and the police officer from the child abuse division get to Hyunsung. Eun Joo’s disbelieving when he hears they’re there because of a possible abuse to Yo Seob. Jin Sung though points out that it’s a prolonged case and Young Oh had reported it and they head to Yo Seob’s room. Except Yo Seob isn’t there. He’s at the moment being dragged along by his mother who isn’t willing to listen to reason even though Yo Seob’s obvious pain. When they get to the car and Yo Seob states that his head is hurting, his mother screams at him, stating that she and his father are trying their best to provide everything he needs and he can’t keep up. She pushes Yo Seob and he hits the car (fuck). She gets even more worked up and then pees on herself. The minute Yo Seob points it out to her, she raises her hand to hit him and Young Oh shows up at that moment to grab her hand. She struggles as she demands to be let go and Young Oh slams her against the car as he coldly declares that she will not touch his patient (well hello there protective Young Oh. Thank you for joining us). He releases her and walks to Yo Seob and at that moment, Yo Seob’s mother collapses. Just as he rushes to her, Sang Hyuk shows up, and it turns out that he is Yo Seob’s father.
7. Yo Seob’s mother has a tumor in her brain and the doctors give Sang Hyuk the ammunition he needs
They wheel Yo Seob’s mother into the ER and Young Oh gives the instruction that she be taken to get some tests done. Self righteous Sang Hyuk though declares that he wants another doctor to attend to his wife and not Young Oh. But Young Oh shouts at Eun Joo to get to it because Yo Seob’s mother has a tumor. The words have Eun Joo hopping to it and when Young Oh makes to go after him, Sang Hyuk pulls him back as he declares that he saw everything Young Oh did to his wife and he has no intention on letting Young Oh operate. Young Oh tells him that his wife has a tumor and then goes through all the symptoms Yo Seob’s mother had been exhibiting prior to and after her collapse. The most damning of it all though is the sudden personality change she’d been undergoing which is why she’s been abusing Yo Seob for the past six months (damn). As Young Oh speaks, Sang Hyuk turns and catches a glimpse of a fragile Yo Seob looking back at him (damn), and his moment of parental neglect is captured by everyone in the ER who has a phone (well say bye-bye to your halo Sang Hyuk). At the doctor’s lounge, the doctor talk about Young Oh’s diagnosis and Jang Bae sees the logic in Young Oh’s words as he states that it’s possible that Yo Seob’s mother has a disease in her frontal lobe which would have caused her to abuse her own son. Duk Joong then wonders if maybe that’s what is wrong with Young Oh: his frontal lobe’s damaged. Ji Yong though just dismisses it all as he calls Young Oh a psychopath and Eun Joo isn’t sure but agrees that it’s only the tests results that can determine whether Yo Seob’s mother really has a tumor or if everything that happened is because Young Oh pushed her. They’re all unaware though that their conversation is overhead by Sang Hyuk. Sang Hyuk then goes to Hyun Joon’s office to ask him to change Yo Seob’s report so as to quell the rumors that have started to circulate about him and his wife abusing their son (dude. Your son was abused. God, this guy’s scum. Only concerned about his image and not his son’s suffering). He accuses Hyunsung of trying to cover up that his wife was attacked and when he tells Hyun Joon that the doctor in question, who’s claiming that his wife abused his son is Young Oh, Hyun Joon sighs. Hyun Joon explains that even they have a hard time controlling Young Oh and Sang Hyuk brings up the fact that he knows that Young Oh’s a psychopathic doctor. He also mentions that if he loses his credibility and gets seen as a child abuser, then the credibility that Hyun Joon wants him to give to the stem cell research would be lost. Most importantly though, he can always use all the shady dealings going on at Hyunsung to get himself the ratings he needs (What an asshole).
8. Young Oh just keeps getting better and better as a doctor (you’re so amazing Young Oh)
Hyun Joon therefore pays a visit to Young Oh stating that he stop digging into Yo Seob’s situation. Young Oh points out the declaration of the patient’s rights and responsibilities and reminds Hyun Joon that the doctor is required to contact the police should a case of child abuse be reported. Hyun Joon though believes that all it means is that Young Oh should stop being Yo Seob’s doctor. He tells Young Oh that if he feels Hyun Joon’s decision is unfair, then Young Oh can simply resign from his position at Hyunsung. However, he knows Young Oh wouldn’t do that and so Young Oh has to abide by his order. He also drops the information that Sang Hyuk knows that Young Oh’s a psychopath. The words however, just make Young Oh smile. Over at the doctors lounge, the doctors are amazed that Young Oh was defeated by Sang Hyuk and whilst Ji Yong crows that it’s the power of the media, Jang Bae replies that Hyunsung merely chose promotion of their stem cell research over Young Oh (wow. This guy’s getting way smarter. I’m starting to like him. Strange enough). Young Oh though is unaware of this conversation where everyone thinks he’s down and out. Instead, he calls to have Yo Seob to be sent for CT scans. He’s alarmed when he hears that Yo Seob’s missing. Yo Seob isn’t gone though as he’d instead requested that Jin Sung bring him to see Young Oh. Patient and doctor then have a heart to heart (and it’s so cute how Young Oh has him elevated on the table) where Young oh asks Yo Seob if it was because of his sick mother that Yo Seob had wanted to be a doctor. Yo Seob agrees and Young Oh proves just how amazing he is by telling Yo Seob that he will tell him a secret: illness makes a person’s true self disappear. Some people get thinner and others’ personality changes. That’s what happened with Yo Seob’s mother. Yo Seob then asks him to make his mother get better. Young Oh though wonders why Yo Seob hadn’t told his dad at least and Yo Seob admits that he didn’t want his dad to hate his mother because he didn’t want to end up alone (awwww). They then head out of Young Oh’s office and as they walk down the hospital hallway, a barreling gurney has Young Oh pulling Yo Seob to safety (awww. He’s definitely getting attuned to his patient).
9. Sang Hyuk’s a jerk of a husband and father and Gun Myung’s shocked to learn that Young Oh empathized with his patient.
Min Jae shows Sang Hyuk and his wife the CT scans of Yo Seob’s mother and tells them that with the location of the tumor, it’s only Young Oh who can successfully operate on her. Yo Seob’s mother is interested in the surgery but Sang Hyuk’s insistent that he would rather take his wife to another hospital than let Young Oh operate on her. When Min Jae points out that if a less than competent doctor operates on Yo Seob’s mother, she might die, Sang Hyuk’s still not willing to listen and instead storms out. When his wife joins him, he warns her against admitting that she hit their son as it would be damaging to him. With that, he places a call and walks away like nothing’s changed (what an asshole). Young Oh ends up meeting with Sang Hyuk and he explains how Yo Seob protected his family by hiding beneath the blankets so the blankets would help prevent any bruises from forming on his skin. Yo Seob had done so so he could keep his family together and Young Oh tells Sang Hyuk that Yo Seob needs further treatment, otherwise his frontal lobe would be permanently damaged and then Yo Seob would become a psychopath, just like Young Oh. Even as the words are sinking in for Sang Hyuk, his wife: Soo Kyung shows up, stating that she wants Young Oh to operate. When Sang Hyuk tries to argue with her, she informs him that she wants a divorce the minute her surgery’s done. Her reason is simple, he’d said that he doesn’t want the complication her illness and Yo Seob’s abuse would bring. Soo Kyung cries that she intends to get therapy for the abuse she’d doled out and she wants Young Oh to not only take out her tumor, but also her memories of her abusing her son. After the surgery, Young Oh steps out of the OR where Gun Myung asks if Young Oh had really gone against Hyun Joon’s instructions. When Young Oh confirms that Soo Kyung really had abused her son, he commends Young Oh on standing up for Soo Kyung. Young Oh replies though that he’d done what he’d done because he’d empathized with Yo Seob. The words delight Gun Myung who wonders how it happened and Young Oh replies that he’d seen himself in Yo Seob: both of them have very similar childhoods. With those words he walks away and we cut to Gun Myung’s acquittance asking Soon Ho if he doesn’t want to know about Young Oh and Gun Myung’s relationship (dude, your ass is weird and I don’t like you).
10. Young Oh starts his descent into love
The surgery’s a success and Yo Seob, Soo Kyung and Sang Hyuk pay Young Oh a visit. Soo Kyung promises to be a better mother to Yo Seob and Sang Hyuk promises to be less negligent. Sang Hyuk even offers for him and Young Oh to get a drink together. Young Oh turns him down although he admits that he knows that principled Sang Hyuk has refused to have drinks with anyone else for ten years and so must consider Young Oh a very special individual. Yo Seob bows in thanks and then heads out with his parents. He comes running back in though to thank Young Oh and to promise that he would become a doctor just like Young Oh. A very sad Young Oh tells him not to become like him. Instead, Yo Seob should live energetically and free. After Yo Seob leaves, Young Oh calls Jin Sung to request her help as his WiFi. They go on a stroll on the pier and he updates her on everything that’s happened and how he’d connected with Yo Seob. He’s so excited as he talks to Jin Sung (how cute) and then starts to bug her about not listening to him (hehehehe). A ball comes flying at them and Jin Sung pulls Young Oh away from it and towards her. They hug for a moment and then she pulls away, babbling about him not feeling anything just like she isn’t feeling anything. Young Oh stops her though and asks her what emotions he’s feeling at the moment. He tells her that he wants to make more of an effort and Jin Sung’s delighted as she asks if Young Oh’s feeling love for her patient. Young Oh tells her that that’s not it and Jin Sung’s face falls. And then Young Oh tells her that it’s her (omo. Omo. OMO. Squeeeeeeeeee!!!!!).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because this scum’s not concerned about the psychological trauma his son’s gone through. Rather he’s all about maintaining the image of a perfect family. His wife’s action can be explained away using her diseased frontal lobe. But Sang Hyuk? He’s got no excuse for being a shitty father. Especially when we consider that if he’d spent more time with his family, he would have been able to notice his wife’s strange behavior. Sure he was somewhat redeemed, but he still acted like an ass.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Mango + Plum Sweet Tea cocktail. It’s delicious and sweet and cozy and filling and filled with so much depth. Because Yippeeee! Young Oh’s finally feeling emotions and it’s a beauty to watch him. I find it sweet and ironic that it’s the one man who the others think of as a psychopath that came to the aid of an abused child. It’s this psychopath that Yo Seob had Jin Sung bring him to and ask if he could help save his mother. And although Young Oh doesn’t seem comfortable with Yo Seob seeing him as a role model, I think the boy has a couple of things right. Who else is worthy of being looked up to than the man who can’t feel emotions but who goes out of his way to talk with someone who understands emotions so he can get the help he needs in giving his patients his absolute best. It’s sweet and amazing and just goes to confirm that the doctors of Hyunsung have a lot to learn from this man that they’re scared of. And then, that confession at the end. Soft and tentative and beautiful and oh so Young Oh. I don’t expect their relationship to be all sun and roses. It is Young Oh after all and this is technically his first relationship. I have no worries about it though because Young Oh’s got his own WiFi and they will both figure out this relationship together.