Everyone faces hard truths this episode and Young Oh has everything he’s thought he knows about himself come crumbling down. Gun Myung continues to choose to hide until he has nowhere to hide anymore and the truth is brought to light. And Young Oh makes the decision to start to live for himself.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- An unpleasant meeting after many years and Min Jae wants to get her claws back into Young Oh
We open in the past, to child Young Oh, post-surgery, stating that he’s happy because his doctor appeared like an angel and operated on him. We cut to Gun Myung being warned about his decision to operate and then being informed that what he’s done can be constituted as medical malpractice and he should inform Young Oh’s guardian. Gun Myung had then declared that he will become Young Oh’s guardian. Young Oh, unaware of this talk continues that his doctor then became his dad. Gun Myung must have really liked him, and so, he’s happy (so there was a point when he’d felt happiness). We then resume with Gun Myung bursting into Hyun Joon’s office to ask him if he really had sold their stem cell treatment to a pharmaceutical company. Hyun Joon doesn’t deny it as he states that in exchange for his trade off, Hyunsung would be his. Gun Myung tells him that they can’t just hand over research they’d expended all their effort on, for the sake of money. He begs Hyun Joon to reconsider and goes down on his knees. Hyun Joon calls Gun Myung easy, and tells him that he’d only arranged it so Gun Myung can meet his old friend: Young Bae (urgh. I hate him more now that he has a name). Turns out that Young Bae’s the president of the pharmaceutical company who’d invested in Hyunsung’s stem cell treatment and he smiles as he asks Gun Myung how Young Oh’s doing with his damaged frontal lobe that wouldn’t let him empathize. Young Oh, unaware that there’s a shadow from his father’s past, about to toss him into even deeper waters is at the moment in his office. Min Jae’s with him and she blathers on about how sure she is that he is surprised about his results, what with him thinking there’s a change and he’s started to feel emotions (girl, I can’t stand your smug face either. Shut up). Young Oh calmly replies that he’s glad things turned out the way they did because he found out how uncertain and temporarily feelings can change people or make them unsure. Now, he knows for certain. Min Jae, the smug bitch, tosses Young Oh’s words back in his face, that the lips can lie but the the body can’t. She points to the fact that Young Oh’s filled his teacup till it overflows and Young Oh asks her which patient she needs a second opinion on. The patient it turns out, is a woman who’s had a brain tumor successfully removed, and who now complains about pain in her face. She asks Young Oh to please remove her nerves if that’s what’s required to end her pain and Min Jae notices Young Oh staring lifelessly staring at the woman. Young Oh finally tells the woman that the nerves in her face have been removed. They were removed a year ago. What she feels is her brain trying to compensate for the lack of nerves by convincing her that she’s in pain. It seems like a refrain the woman’s heard several times already because she rises and demands to know if Young Oh like the others, thinks she’s crazy. She storms off and Min Jae acknowledges that the woman’s represents the need for people to suffer in order to survive. She tells Young Oh that it might be a lesson he needs to learn just as she had to learn. She admits that he’d been the one person who was kind to her without expecting something back. And when she’d learned that he was fake, she’d felt pain even though she’d thought it was rage. She then asks if they can start over, like from the beginning (HELL NO!).
2. Young Bae’s looking to tear the Lees apart and Jin Sung just wants time with Young Oh
Gun Myung meets with Young Bae, alone in his office and the latter makes his offer for them to collaborate with regards Gun Myung’s stem cell treatment. Gun Myung isn’t interested though as he knows enough about Young Bae’s pharmaceutical company to know that Young Bae doesn’t care about people getting treatment. Rather, his company’s all about driving up prices at the expense of people’s lives. And that’s exactly what will happen with the stem cell treatment. Young Bae smiles and reminds Gun Myung that Gun Myung had stated that he would devote his life to making sure Young Oh has a normal life. He wonders now if that’s truly all Gun Myung’s devoted himself to. An angry Gun Myung grabs Young Bae by his lapels and declares that Young Bae doesn’t have the right to ridicule his life. Young Bae asks if that’s so, considering that he’s in a wheelchair. He wonders if Young Oh’s in neurosurgery and if he can fix his legs. He also wonders if Young Oh’s aware that the reason why he’s a psychopath is because his frontal lobe was damaged due to Gun Myung’s malpractice. Taking note of Gun Myung’s clenched fists, he smiles as he asks if Young Oh’s in the dark. Young Oh on the other hand is on the hospital elevator which Jin Sung gets on. The minute they’re the only two left on it, she notices him, although he’s more like a zombie than the Young Oh of old. He tries to leave and Jin Sung blocks him as she wonders why he’s not picking up her calls. She tells him that she’s thought about it and she knows he’s smarter and more eloquent than she is and so she can’t out argue him. She asks him not to make things complicated because what she wants is time; time with him (awwwww). She asks if that’s not enough and Young Oh simply walks out of the elevator without saying a word. Jin Sung’s hurt and Young Oh’s clearly affected because he stops for a moment to catch himself. But he forges on without going back to her (noooooo. Don’t walk away from your WiFi. Go back to her. Please).
3. Young Oh takes on a difficult surgery and nobody knows why. Not even him
The Quints meet to examine a patient’s scans and Jang Bae explains that he doesn’t know what to say to the man’s eight months pregnant wife when the scans show that the man might be paralyzed and have to live with a respirator for the rest of his life. Duk Joong declares that the man just wants to hug his baby once, and Ji Yong wonders what’s the point of it all when the patient doesn’t have any hope. Kyung Jin wails about the couple’s newlywed status and Jung Hwan wonders if it’s so hard to just tell the patient his status. The rest of the Quints applaud him for his words and tell him that the patient is now his. Jung Hwan then goes to tell the patient’s wife his diagnosis. She however reads out everything he’s planning to say, word for word and tells him that they’ve been to about thirteen hospitals and that’s what all of them have said to her. She tells him that she’s not asking that Jung Hwan get her husband to live for ten years. She just wants his life extended by a month at least. So he can see his child. She tells him that what she wants is time: time to spend with her husband. Young Oh who overhears the words walks up to the patient, collects the charts and declares that he will perform the surgery. The Quints meet and wonder if Young Oh’s just confident or arrogant that he will take on such a risky surgery instead of just sticking to chemotherapy. Kyung Jin points out that the surgery might be risky but Young Oh’s doing it because the patient wants it: wants a chance to see his baby. Moon Kyung agrees with him and Ji Yong accuses the two of them of suddenly sipping the Young Oh kool-aid because they’ve operated with him. He declares that because Young Oh lacks empathy, he’s merely doing the surgery because he’s curious. Jung Hwan agrees with him but Duk Joong states that Young Oh’s the only one that can pull off the surgery because every other doctor would be too scared to take on such a risky surgery. It’s practically the same thing Gun Myung thinks when he joins Young Oh in checking out the patient’s scans. He points out that Young Oh’s always gone for the cases with the higher chances of survival and wonders if it’s the patient that’s desperate or if it’s Young Oh who’s desperate to prove his superiority. Young Oh replies that even he is curious as to the reason why he’d chosen to take on the surgery and he walks away, leaving Gun Myung to flash back to his conversation with Young Bae who’d offered to keep his mouth shut about Young Oh if Gun Myung agrees to partner with him. Young Oh on the other hand, heads over to his patient to hand him the consent form so he can sign it. Even the patient’s curious as to the reason why Young Oh would decide to take on a surgery which the patient knows would be risky to even Young Oh as a surgeon. His wife pipes up that Young Oh’s doing it because he’s a surgery machine who wants to be famous. She’s overtly affectionate with her husband who chuckles at the kisses and she tells Young Oh that it doesn’t matter what he thinks as long as he keeps her husband near her. Young Oh tells her to sign the consent form then and agree to follow his methods and suggestions. The woman signs and Young Oh points out that all the open affection isn’t doing her husband any favors. In response, the woman places even more kisses all over her husband’s face (awwwww. That’s so cute).
4. Jin Sung’s heartbroken and Young Oh’s surgery is a success
Jin Sung pays a visit to Suk Joo who wonders why she wants a check-up done when it’s not time for her regularly scheduled check-up. Jin Sung tells him the good news: she’s gotten transferred to the Violent Crimes Division and wants her tests done before she’s subjected to the department’s regular check-up, because she doesn’t want her condition to stop her. Suk Joo calls it great that she’s now in the division just like she’s always wanted whilst Jin Sung replies that he’s working hard at commercializing the regenerative medicine. Neither of them have anything to say to that and Jin Sung makes to leave but Suk Joo stops her by informing her that he will let her know when her test results are out. Jin Sung then stops to ask him a question: She knows that thinking’s done in the brain so why does her heart hurt when she thinks about someone (awww baby. It’s called heartbreak). Young Oh’s patient is getting wheeled into the OR when his wife: Eun Joo shows up and states that she’s changed her mind about getting the surgery. The surgery’s too risky and she knows there’s a chance that her husband wouldn’t wake up. Young Oh shows up to ask her once again if she’s changed her mind about the surgery then and whilst Eun Joo answers with a yes, her husband answers with a no and insists that he wants to get the surgery. Eun Joo tries to get him to change his mind but her husband wouldn’t budge and instead tells her that he will survive the surgery. Inside the OR, he apologizes to Young Oh on Eun Joo’s behalf and explains that he’s everything to her and she’s everything to him as well. They have no other relatives and so might come off as being offensive. But they’re protective of each other which is why he needs the surgery to be a success. He’s put under and as Young Oh does the surgery, Young Bae meets with Gun Myung to tell him that he heard that Young Oh’s performing a risky surgery. He states that Gun Myung really did raise Young Oh to be like him and asks him if he’s made his decision as to which side he’ll be on. The surgery’s a success thankfully and Eun Joo runs to hold onto her husband who’s wheeled out.
5. Jin Sung’s words continue to ring in Young Oh’s head
The Quints meet and are amazed that not only did Young Oh pull off his surgery, but he did it perfectly well. Duk Joong and Kyung Jin are smug about having called it while Ji Yong’s huffy as he states that the surgery is just one part. The most important bit will be if the patient recovers (what a spoilsport). The immediately set out to grilling Sung Eun when he shows up and ask him how the patient’s doing. They’re shocked to hear that the patient’s not only doing well but he’s even heading out of the hospital. The patient’s heading out because he and Eun Joo want to get some baby clothes. He thanks Young Oh for his help and Eun Joo thanks him too. Young Oh’s joined in his office by Gun Myung who mentions that Young Oh’s surgery must have gone well seeing that the patient is even heading outside already. Young Oh replies that the surgery didn’t go well as the cancer’s spread to other parts that were not shown in the scan. And so, he intends to suggest that the man pursue radiation. Gun Myung’s shocked and Young Oh replies that he’s learned that their jobs as doctors isn’t to save lives but to extend it. Extend it so people can have that chance at arguing and laughing and smiling; meaningless things that comfort them. Feelings that Young Oh himself hasn’t been able to experience or feel. Gun Myung snaps that Young Oh undertook a risky surgery and wonders if Young oh had done it because of the patient’s desperation. He walks out of Young Oh’s office, debates going back in and then walks away. Young Oh meanwhile, pulls open his drawer and sees the lottery ticket. He then flashes to Jin Sung telling him that all she wants is to spend time with him, and Eun Joo stating that she just wants more time with her husband.
6. Things go horribly wrong
Eun Joo’s husband is wheeled in with Eun Joo apologizing for having insisted that he come along with her. Sung Eun has Young Oh called and when Young Oh heads in to see his patient, Eun Joo’s husband apologizes for not listening to Young Oh’s recommendation that he not leave the hospital. Young Oh tells him that the tumors on his spine will be treated with radiation and Eun Joo’s husband expresses his desire to hold his baby before he dies. Young Oh tells him to stop talking because he’s already made the man a promise. Eun Joo’s husband smiles as he states that Young Oh’s just like his wife: saying nice things in a mean way. Young Oh has the man promise him that he wouldn’t give up and will be willing to follow every form of treatment Young Oh recommends. To that effect, Jang Bae walks into the doctors lounge to inform the rest of the Quints that Young Oh’s pursuing radiation. He gloats that it’s just been proved that he was right and surgery couldn’t really help Eun Joo’s husband. Kyung Jin reminds him that the patient had wanted surgery and Young Oh probably hadn’t wanted to take the man’s hope away from him. Jang Bae doesn’t care though as he believes that the surgery was risky and Ji Yong pipes in that giving Eun Joo’s husband radiation in his weakened state will only cause complications. He’s right because Eun Joo’s husband at the moment has edema. Young Oh though merely reminds the man that he’d promised to hang in there, and it’s that promise that Young Oh informs Eun Joo of when she loses it and accuses him of looking down on her and her husband. Young Oh tells her that she has to stay as strong as her husband’s being at the moment because there’s no miraculous cure that would prolong her husband’s life without any pain.
7. Hyun Joon’s curious about Gun Myung’s secret and Young Oh steps up for his patient
Hyun Joon expresses his frustration that now that Young Oh’s stopped causing him problems, the father has taken up the mantle, especially because he’s unwilling to hand over the stem cell treatment patent. Young Bae replies that it’s only a matter of time till Gun Myung caves and Hyun Joon wonders exactly what this dirty secret is that Gun Myung wants to protect. Does it have something to do with Young Oh’s birth perhaps? Soon Ho reminds him that a secret holds power only as long as it remains a secret and Hyun Joon should not use let his thirst for knowledge about Gun Myung’s secret, cost them the deal they’re about to broker. Hyun Joon then brings up the clinical trial and we cut to the labs where it’s ongoing and Suk Joo’s telling Gun Myung about their first stem cell treatment: a heart muscle sheet which Hyun Joon’s using for the patients who all suffer from one heart condition or another. He works up the conversation and brings up the fact that he trusts that Gun Myung will not hand over the patent of the research to a pharmaceutical company (oh you mean the same way Jin Sung trusted you to do the right thing and you sold your soul to the devil?) but Gun Myung doesn’t attempt to offer him any comforting words. Instead, he tells him to make sure that stem cell treatment is safe for use. To that effect, Suk Joo gives Ki Ho the instruction to have the ECMO ready just in case of an emergency because the stem cell treatment rides on the safety of the patients. Except, Eun Joo’s husband starts to have even more complications and Young Oh needs an ECMO. Hyunsung has only three however and the only one that’s available for use is the one with Suk Joo. Young Oh heads to cardio but Suk Joo refuses to hand over the machine; claiming that his patient is also in dire need for it. Besides, Young Oh’s patient has a less than ten percent of survival. Young Oh bows his head and begs as he tells Suk Joo that his patient can’t die. Suk Joo though refuses to budge and Young Oh grabs at his neck, holds him immobile and orders Sung Eun to grab the ECMO. As Sung Eun moves to do that, Young Oh looks at Suk Joo and asks him if Suk Joo still thinks of himself as a good doctor after what he’s said (booyah and thank you).
8. Gun Myung’s surgery didn’t fail but he created a monster nevertheless
Suk Joo immediately heads over to Gun Myung to whine about the fact that it’s his patients on the stem cell research that need the ECMO and Young Oh is instead using it on a patient with minimal chances of survival. He points out that Young Oh’s attached to his patient and Gun Myung looks fascinated at the declaration. He goes to check on Young Oh who’s at the moment taking care of Eun Joo’s husband. He then calls Young Bae for a meeting and agrees to Young Bae’s suggestion about the stem cell treatment and its patent: he will work for Young Bae. Young Bae’s surprised that Gun Myung’s choosing to keep the secret from Young Oh, stating that Gun Myung’s choosing Young Oh. Gun Myung replies that all his efforts are finally coming to fruition because Young Oh’s finally becoming human. Slowly becoming human Young Oh however, is with his patient at the moment. He’s furiously doing chest compressions to Eun Joo’s husband who’s gone into cardiac arrest. Almost at his breaking point, Young Oh growls at him to keep his promise because Young Oh’s kept his. The man lifts his hand to touch Young Oh and tells Young Oh he can stop (noooooo. Please don’t. Your wife’s in labor. See your kid at least. Please). Young Oh whispers to him that he will ensure that he sees his son but the man tearfully tells Young Oh to stop and then dies (shit. Shit. SHIT. Noooooo). A dazed Young Oh walks out of the room. Meanwhile, in Gun Myung’s office, Young Bae tells him that once again, he’s choosing to protect himself instead of Young Oh; just like he’d done twenty-five years prior. Gun Myung has no idea what Young Bae’s talking about and we see Young Oh walking down the hallways dazed, all the while flashing to Gun Myung’s words to him, about a patient’s quality of life and stating that that’s why he never wanted a monster like Young Oh working in the hospital. We then cut back to Young Bae and Gun Myung where the former informs Gun Myung that Gun Myung’s surgery from twenty-five years prior didn’t fail, but he turned Young Oh into a monster anyway. The person who’d made a mistake hadn’t been Gun Myung but Young Bae (holy mother of. Shit! He was wrongly diagnosed? You mean all this while, he wasn’t a psychopath but had been conditioned into one? Shit!).
9. Min Jae tells Young Oh the truth about his situation
Gun Myung immediately heads to Min Jae’s office to ask her where she’d seen Young Oh’s old CT scans. She replies that she’d seen it in the hospital Gun Myung had worked at, back in the day and Gun Myung tearfully asks her if Young Oh was normal after his surgery. We cut to Young Bae meeting Soon Ho and telling him that he used to think that what happened to Young Oh wouldn’t have happened if medicine was as advanced back then as it is now. But he knows now that he’s wrong because Gun Myung had remained stagnant and so everything that happened to Young Oh after that day cannot be attributed to medicine but rather the human condition; it’s a result of ambition, selfishness, humiliation, and fear. Soon Ho wonders what would happen between Young Oh and his father now and Young Bae replies that he doesn’t care because all that matters to him now is that they’ve gotten control of the stem cell treatment. Min Jae on the other hand flashes back to Gun Myung’s questions and then to her discovering Young Oh’s CT scans. She finds Young Oh in one of the unoccupied rooms and Young Oh who’s been thinking about his dead patient asks her who he is because no matter how hard he tries, nothing changes. He asks if he’s a monster; if his inner self will continue to be hollow and he will have no choice but to be a monster. He reminds her that she’d said she knows him best and asks her to answer him. Min Jae sighs and replies that he is not a monster. Rather, he’s a victim of medical malpractice (finally. He knows). She continues that he’d been been victimized and abused discreetly and under the guise of educating him. And it had been done by Gun Myung who didn’t want his reputation as the best neurosurgeon in the country to be tarnished.
10. Young Oh breaks away
Young Oh heads to Gun Myung’s office but Gun Myung’s not there. Gun Myung is instead at home where he flashes back to all the years he’s spent training Young Oh and telling him to live quietly so nobody finds out the ‘truth’ about him. He’s in front of Young Oh’s wall of emotions when Young Oh comes in. Young Oh looks at the wall, then Gun Myung and states that he’d thought about it a lot on his way home, but he couldn’t come up with an answer. He calls him father and asks what kind of expression he should make in the situation they’re in. Gun Myung had saved him, is his only family and had taught him everything he knows. And now that he’s found out that Gun Myung’s the real monster who raised him to be a monster, he doesn’t know the expression he’s meant to make? He looks at a stricken Gun Myung and tells him that Gun Myung never taught him how to deal with such a tough situation. Young Oh starts pulling down the wall of emotions and tells Gun Myung that he no longer wants to live as Gun Myung’s failure (awwww. Young Oh. Sweet baby).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Berlinetta. Layered and deep with hints of sweet and a whole lot of bitters that burns on the way down. It’s still amazing, there’s no doubting it. But seeing Young Oh wander listelessly through this episode was heartwrenching. And then to see his patient die and then have him be hit with the truth of his situation: that he was fine. There was nothing wrong with him. His mental state was instead a result of the systemic abuse and brainwashing that Gun Myung had been subjecting him to. And this is the same man child Young Oh had been happy to be with, with the innocent boy stating that his father must like him. When you balance how Young Oh was post surgery to the man Gun Myung turned him to, it’s heartbreaking. And although I’m thrilled that he’s making a decision to no longer be Gun Myung’s failure, it’s still devastating that he was reduced to that in the first place. My heart.