Young Oh’s love for Jin Sung is beautifully innocent and so magnanimous that it brings tears to the eyes of even the most cynical of persons. Jin Sung turns out ill, very ill. Suk Joo gets a rude awakening and Young Oh makes an unbelievably big sacrifice for love (although he probably still hasn’t put a name to it) that has us confirms that just because he can’t put words to his emotions, doesn’t mean he can’t feel even deeper and stronger than anyone else can.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- We learn how Young Bae landed in a wheelchair and Young Oh requests a mortality conference
We open in the past as Young Bae stares in horror at Young Oh’s CT scans and realizes that the CT scans had been swapped: Young Oh is completely fine. He immediately heads out, looking for Gun Myung and sees him surrounded by the other fawning doctors who are amazed that Gun Myung’s so good, he willingly adopted Young Oh. The sight rubs Young Bae wrong and he drops the CT scans and proceeds to get drunk. He then approaches Gun Myung’s table, applauds him and then points out that Gun Myung, a man famous for not letting anyone get close to him operated on Young Oh and proceeded to adopt him. He asks if the others aren’t wondering why and declares that Gun Myung’s fooling them and hiding his hideous self behind a noble mask. One of the hospital directors rebukes Young Bae, stating that he’s just jealous because Gun Myung got the professorship position instead of him. When Gun Myung tells the others to consider Young Bae’s words a consequence of him getting drunk, Young Bae’s eyes flash. He later joins Gun Myung at the balcony to ask him how he can spin around a case of medical malpractice into him being a generous and kind-hearted surgeon. He calls it a perfect crime and Gun Myung replies that he’d done his best in the OR that day and he will continue to do his best by Young Oh. Young Bae wonders how long he will continue to keep it hidden and Gun Myung replies that Young Bae can threaten and ridicule him all he wants, but like that night proved, no one would believe him. The words anger Young Bae who charges at Gun Myung. Gun Myung steps out of the way and Young Bae goes tumbling over (holy shit). Gun Myung runs down the stairs and sees Young Oh at the scene, looking at Young Bae’s body. Next thing we see, Gun Myung drives to a phone booth and places a call to the ambulance. He turns around and sees Young Oh who points out that Gun Myung is also a doctor, so why didn’t he help Young Bae. We then return to the present with Gun Myung telling Young Oh that he’d tried his best. He tells him that he wanted to created a perfect world for him and Young Oh replies that Gun Myung needed that perfect world not for Young Oh but to prove that Gun Myung did his best. Young Oh points to the wall of emotions and tells Gun Myung that his world collapsed. Gun Myung shoulders slump at the words and Young Oh heads to the hospital where he spends the night. Once day breaks, he goes to see the Quints and informs them that there will be a mortality conference with regards to Yoon Ho (Eun Joo’s late husband). The words stump the Quints who wonder why Young Oh would call a mortality conference on himself. They wonder if he wants to pass the blame onto them doing something wrong and Kyung Jin wails that Young Oh never gives up on a patient so why had he stopped with the CPR? Ji Yong wonders if the conference’s to accuse Sung Eun who’d gotten the ECMO, but Sung Eun vows that nothing was wrong with it. The words have the Quints are back to being stumped, especially when they all get the texts notifying them about the mortality conference. Even Gun Myung isn’t left out of the notification.
2. The mortality conference
Gun Myung makes his appearance at the mortality conference, just as Young Oh’s about to start and he decides to oversee it. He starts by asking why Young Oh had decided to operate even though the surgery was a very risky one. Young Oh replies that the surgery was Yoon Ho’s only option. Gun Myung then asks why Young Oh had ceased CPR. Young Oh flashes to Yoon Ho begging him to stop, but he doesn’t say anything. Gun Myung then states that they all know that Young Oh did his best. He turns to the rest of the hall and states that as surgeons they always look for an answer but there are times when there is no answer, other than the fact that they tried their best. He looks back at Young Oh and states that he hopes this would be a means for Young Oh to accept that. He then calls for an end to the conference and everyone leaves, although Min Jae looks distressed as she looks back at Young Oh. Alone, Young Oh tells Gun Myung that the reason why he’d called for the conference was because he’d stopped doing CPR when he had no idea what the patient was feeling and didn’t want Yoon Ho reliant on life support out of his selfishness. Especially because he had no idea what Yoon Ho wants. He’d stopped because he’s not normal (Oh baby. You are. Or at least you’re getting there. So many people wouldn’t even go through the effort of thinking hard about it), because Gun Myung’s best efforts in making Young Oh normal had turned him into what he is. But Gun Myung wants him to accept Gun Myung’s shameless effort because according to him, he did his best. He tells Gun Myung that there’s no exoneration for Gun Myung in the world, especially not in the conference room. Outside the room, Eun Joo meets Young Oh and reminds him that they’d said they didn’t want surgery and now Yoon Ho had suffered and died, all because of Young Oh’s stubbornness. She hands over Yoon Ho’s phone and informs him that Yoon Ho recorded a message on it to him. Young Oh holds onto the phone when he gets to his office, but he remembers Yoon Ho’s dying moments and doesn’t listen to it.
3. Young Oh finally cries
Young Oh heads out of his office and finds Min Jae waiting for him. She tells him that he can start over; they can start over. She figures that now that she knows that he’s the way he is because of a traumatic event, then they can be together (oh please. Jin Sung liked him even without knowing that he’d been systematically abused). Young Oh replies that even if the cause is different, the end result for him, is still the same. He’s a danger to his patients. With that said, he leaves a sad-looking Min Jae behind (I still don’t like you girl). As he races down the road, he flashes back to Yoon Ho’s dying moments and finally pulls over so he can listen to the message on Yoon Ho’s phone. In the video message, Yoon Ho with great effort speaks as he asks Young Oh if he remembers him saying that he can’t die because he has to be alive to care for Eun Joo? He continues that Young Oh’s the first person to listen to how he felt (awwwww. *sniffles*), and Young Oh did his best to keep his promise. Thanks to Young Oh, he wasn’t alone in his final moment. He calls Young Oh’s name in full, complete with the doctor title and tells him that he kept his promise (awwwww. That’s so sad. It’s touchingly sad). He thanks Young Oh yet again and an already tearful Young Oh, breaks down in tears (baby. You’re crying and you’re not faking it *Sniffles*).
4. Young Oh and Jin Sung make up
Young Oh immediately heads to Jin Sung’s and she’s surprised to see him, and embarrassed at how she looks. She tries running away but Young Oh catches her and tells her that if not for her, he wouldn’t have worked hard to save Yoon Ho. If not for her, he would have continued living his life the way he used to, he wouldn’t resent someone for making him feel the way he’s feeling and he wouldn’t feel hope just because of a couple of tears. It’s why he despises her more than anyone else in the world and so she should disappear from his sight. He turns around and walks away but Jin Sung runs and hugs him from behind (awwww). She tells him that no matter what he says, she hears his words as meaning “I love you” (awwwww) and so she’s sorry, but she can’t do as he asked. Young Oh’s moved and as Jin Sung tightens her hands around his waist, he raises his hands and pats their clasped hands (awwww). The next morning, Young Oh receives a gift box and remembers the tail end of Yoon Ho’s message when he’d told him that he hopes he likes his gift and he hopes Young Oh’s able to hug his son for him. Next thing we see, Young Oh’s at Yoon Oh and Eun Joo’s son baptism ceremony, holding said son (awww. He’s the god father) and wearing the most adorable outfit ever (so cute. Hehehe). Jin Sung points out the ridiculousness of his outfit but Young Oh refuses to budge as he explains that he’s wearing the clothes so he can keep the promise he made (awwww). Besides, as a psychopath, he’s not embarrassed about what he’s wearing (hehehe). After the baptism, Young Oh keeps trying to take hold of Jin Sung’s hands (cute) but adorable Jin Sung has no idea and keeps moving her hand out of the way (hahahaha) to point out the different places they can get something to eat. She’s so worried about Young Oh being uncomfortable with his outfit that she suggests they eat somewhere where he wouldn’t be embarrassed. Young Oh though has had enough and he declares that they can eat anything and anywhere they want. Plus, he’s not embarrassed at his outfit choice. Matter of fact, he loves it and will get it in every color imaginable (hahahaha). He then calls her fickle and points out that she should have just said she wanted to go to a hotel (*rofl. Young Oh. You kill me. Hahahaha). Jin Sung’s wary of how others will read his suggestion to go to a hotel but Young Oh barrels on that they could have gone to a hotel buffet if she’s so concerned about food. With that said, he storms off but Jin Sung runs after him and slides her hand in his (awwww) then smiles as she reminds him that she’d told him that she would interpret everything he says as him loving her (gah! She’s so cute). They then walk together, all smiles and hand-in-hand.
5. Young Oh has everyone in Hyunsung wanting to bleach their eyes out and Suk Joo shows his claws
Young Oh’s all cheery when he gets to Hyunsung although Sung Eun and Moon Kyung are horrified at his outfit choice. He continues on his way and calls out a cheery good morning to the Quints who at first don’t place him. When they realize that it is Young Oh in the horrendous outfit, they turn around to gape at him and mutter amidst themselves that he must have been traumatized. Especially because they haven’t seen him since the mortality conference. Meanwhile, over in Hyun Joon’s office, Young Bae informs Hyun Joon that they would include respiratory patients in the trials and the two of them smile at the influx of income that will soon follow. Suk Joo though isn’t looking too pleased to see the signs declaring Hyunsung and Green Pharmacy’s merger. He points out that Green Pharmacy must have been the one to request that respiratory patients be included in the trial and Soon Ho doesn’t deny it as he replies that the lung is yet another vital organ that can’t be transplanted from a living donor. The words have Suk Joo gritting out that Soon Ho has only been concerned about money and fame and not about medicine or research (oh. So you’re just realizing this? I though you already knew all this after you sold your soul to the devil. My bad). It’s why Soon Ho had killed Dong Jae. Soon Ho doesn’t deny it and states that it doesn’t matter who actually carried it out. What matters is that he can just as easily get rid of anyone else who stands in his way. Just as he’s gotten rid of Dong Jae. At the words, Suk Joo brings out his phone, which had been recording their conversation and he states that the confession should be able to hold in court. He warns Soon Ho to back off the regenerative medicine as the minute he decided to be a good doctor (oh is that what we’re calling it), he gave up on being a good person (well at least you got that part right).
6. Young Bae still thinks he’s absolved of all blame and Young Oh forms an alliance with the Quints
Young Bae meets with Gun Myung and tells him that he’d given Gun Myung several chances to come forward with the truth. When he’d told Gun Myung about the surgery result, Gun Myung should have taken Young Oh to see another doctor to check him out. When he’d come to tell Gun Myung what he’d discovered, Gun Myung shouldn’t have mocked him. And when he’d fallen off the rails, Gun Myung shouldn’t have left him. He tells Gun Myung that he’d chosen the result of how everything turned out and Gun Myung replies that he too has lost everything. If he hadn’t operated on Young Oh, he would have been there in the final moments of his son’s death and if Young Bae had come out with the truth, Gun Myung wouldn’t have had to live with guilt and responsibility and thus turned Young Oh into a monster. It’s those feelings that had driven him in his regenerative medicine research so he can make a world without surgeons: so no one would have to live with regrets the same way he has been living. He continues that if Young Bae’s looking for an apology, he wouldn’t be getting it from him. On to a lighter note, Shi Hyun gives Sung Eun an assignment to help her with preparing for her exams. Should he help solve the cases, she will eat dinner with him. Sung Eun decides to take it the issue to the power rangers (hahaha) and so brings it up to the Quints who wonder if he’s in the hospital to study or date. He tells them he intends to do both but Jung Hwan replies that they can’t help him with either. The reason being that Duk Joong had moved in on Jung Hwan’s girlfriend under the guise of helping her study (hahahaha). The others tease Jung Hwan and Ji Yong pipes in that they will help out; having figured that since the question is from the medical licensing examination board, it should be easy. Except, they’re all stumped when they look at the CT scans. Ji Yong then declares that the person who brought the question: Sung Eun, shouldn’t be in there with them. When Duk Joong wonders who will replace Sung Eun, Ji Yong smiles. Next thing we see, Young Oh’s looking at the scans (hahahaha. Totally smart). However, he declares that he has no idea and when he confirms that the patient is not someone who’s at the hospital, he adds that he’s under no obligation to try and figure out a solution to the problem. He makes to leave but Sung Eun begs him and explains that he made a bet to have a meal with someone he likes. The words have Young Oh declaring that Sung Eun must win the bet and get that meal which surprises the Quints (but not us because we know that Young Oh’s in love. Awwwww).
7. Jin Sung gets some bad news and Suk Joo’s hypocrisy stares him in the face
Jin Sung meets with Suk Joo who tells her that her test results are out. He starts by stating that her heart is holding up well, which delights Jin Sung, but brings everything crashing down as he continues that her lungs are not doing so well. Turns out that because she’s been taking heart medication for so long, she has pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that was also caused because of Young Oh’s earlier treatment in episode two (shit. Fuck. No!!!!!). He tells her that she will need to have a more thorough examination. The words have her in shock, and when she runs into Young Oh, she lies that she’d come to see him and now that she’s seen him, she wants to head back. Young Oh, unaware of what’s going on in her head, fixates on the fact that she keeps calling him “Doctor Lee”. He tells her that he wants her to consider calling him something else, and calling him “Mister” wouldn’t do either (awwww. Does he want her to call him oppa? :D). With that said, he walks her to the entrance of the hospital and turns around to head back inside. Except, Jin Sung faints (no.no.no.no) and Young Oh wheels her into the ER. Suk Joo immediately attends to her and the next thing we see, Jin Sung’s in a hospital bed and Young Oh’s at her bedside. He heads out, unaware that at that same moment, Jin Sung opens her eyes. Young Oh though is with Suk Joo and they look at her scans which show that she’s caught pneumonia. That and the fibrosis means that if she doesn’t get better, Jin Sung will have to stay on the transplant list for a lung transplant (shit. Shit. Shit!!!!). The news is heartbreaking for Young Oh who points out that that’s going to be a long wait. The news is even more heartbreaking for Jin Sung who doesn’t consider waiting for a donor treatment, but rather confirmation that all she’s waiting on is luck. Ki Ho, who’s the doctor with her at the moment tells her that she can get treatment (shit!). Treatment turns out to be Ki Ho suggesting she go on the clinical trial and the news doesn’t go down well with Suk Joo. Ki Ho though wonders if Suk Joo has doubts about their treatment and he’s horrified to realize that Suk Joo had willingly put the heart patients on a treatment he doesn’t even trust (Suk Joo. That’s what I call karma. Except, I wish Karma hadn’t chosen Jin Sung as the means to get through to you).
8. Young Oh finds an ally
Young Oh heads to the hospital library and is there searching for books to help with Jin Sung’s treatment when Ji Yong and Duk Joong stumble across him. They misconstrue that he’s there about the medical licensing board case and call him a great team player. When they ask him if he has discovered anything new, a distracted Young Oh can only mutter about lungs. Ji Yong and Duk Joong then share with him about their discovery: all the three patients had one thing in common: they’ve all had the heart valve surgery (holy shit). The words send Young Oh running to Sung Eun and he asks if the patients were actually for a test for the medical licensing board. Sung Eun answers that he’s sure that they are or at least that’s what Shi Hyun told him and Young Oh races to meet Shi Hyun and ask her if truly the cases were patients at Hyunsung. Shi Hyun agrees to meet with Young Oh privately and when alone, she explains that the patients had once been patients at Hyunsung. They’d all developed the same lesion, post surgery and when she’d raised questions about it, she’d been replaced by another resident. She’d then decided to make widely known and had made it like a case and shown it to Sung Eun so he would unwittingly spread the word. She wonders if Young Oh knows about the lesion and Young Oh slowly nods.
9. Time is fast running out for Jin Sung and she comes to a decision
Jin Sung meets with Suk Joo and tells him that she might have doubted and hated him in the past, but he’s still the one doctor she knows who will tell her the truth. She admits that she doesn’t want to die, and asks him if the regenerative medicine will help her live. As Young Oh and Shi Hyun look at the scans and Young Oh tells her that all the patients are the heart patients on Suk Joo’s clinical trial, Suk Jo calls Ki Ho to put Jin Sung on the clinical trial list as he must save her. Time it seems is fast running out for Jin Sung as when Young Oh heads to her room to see her, he’s stunned to see her vitals are falling and he hears Suk Joo request for an ECMO. He turns around and heads back to the library and then his office, reading up on as many books as he can find. When Jin Sung finally comes to, Young Oh’s sitting by her bedside. He tells her that he wouldn’t bother asking if she slept well because he know that she didn’t. A sad looking Jin Sung replies that she wouldn’t ask him if he was worried because she doesn’t want to feel bad. She continues that she’s decided to receive the regenerative medicine treatment and asks why Young Oh’s not asking her if she trusts Suk Joo. Young Oh squeezes her hands as he tells her that all he needs is for her to keep her promise not to leave him (awwww. You hear that Jin Sung. You cannot die. You must NOT die!).
10. Suk Joo gets a rude awakening and Young Oh makes a sacrifice for Jin Sung (shit)
Young Oh meets with Suk Joo in the storage room and proceeds to repeatedly punch him in the face. Suk Joo has no idea why he’s getting his ass handed down to him and Young Oh tells him that he will never let Jin Sung be a recipient to the regenerative medicine. It all clicks in for Suk Joo who realizes that Young Oh’s the reason why Jin Sung’s so desperate to live (but of course. Did you think she still likes you? Pfft). His voice is cold as he tells Young Oh that the medicine is Jin Sung’s only hope. Young Oh however, stops Suk Joo in his tracks as he tells him that three patients have already died from legions caused as a result of the regenerative treatment they were administered during the trials. Suk Joo looks stunned as he mutters that it isn’t possible. He’d personally gone through all the reports and he knows that none of their patients had a negative reaction. Young Oh points out that reports can always be falsified (duh). Also, the three patients had all had heart valve surgery in the past and Jin Sung, who Suk Joo’s pushing forward for the trial has also had heart valve surgery. He then asks if Suk Joo still thinks the regenerative treatment is Jin Sung’s only hope. Suk Joo immediately heads to Soon Ho’s office who points out that the negative results were indeed deleted. He refuses to implicate himself any further though, having figured that Suk Joo’s probably recording him again. He also warns Suk Joo against telling the world because Suk Joo had been the doctor who had lied in front of the world about the regenerative treatment being safe. And now, should he turn around and take back his words, then his license will get revoked. Smug Soon Ho settles back in his seat as he tells Suk Joo that Green Pharmacy and Hyun Joon are interested in how Jin Sung turns out and so Suk Joo mustn’t screw things up. Except, we cut to the Quints, astounded at a request Young Oh’s made. They try to get out of it, but Young Oh points out that they started things and so must end it. Next thing we see, Jin Sung’s wheeled into Suk Joo’s OR, and Young Oh’s wheeled in alongside her. We then flash back to Young Oh stating that the best option for Young Oh is to transfer a lung from a living patient onto her (shit. Fuck. Oh God I’m tearing up). We return to the surgery and Suk Joo reminding Young Oh that the surgery is illegal and dangerous. Young Oh turns to look at Jin Sung, lying there unconscious and replies that it might be illegal and dangerous, but it’s the surgery that guarantees the patient’s survival. And with that said, he tells Suk Joo that they should proceed (damn. That’s the most magnanimous and romantic thing ever. He’s giving up a lung for her).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because this sonofabitch wants to put Jin Sung up as collateral for money and fame. Like seriously, this slimeball wants to put Jin Sung in danger all so he can use her as a guinea pig that will enrich his pockets. What an asshole!
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Boulevardier. It’s deliciously bittersweet and so achingly good that it grabs your heart. I was pleasantly surprised to see Suk Joo pull his head out of his ass. Of course I wasn’t surprised that it was Jin Sung who helped him reach that decision. Because just as Jin Ah (Yoon Kyung’s daughter) had been important enough to be the turning point to have him crossing to the dark side, it’s just as symbolic that Jin Sung, the only living person left in his tribe is the person whose health has him taking the roundabout turn away from continuing down the path of no return. I’m still pissed at all the innocent people on the clinical trial who’ve died because of his ignorance, but I still hold Soon Ho and Hyun Joon for being most responsible. And then, there’s Young Oh, our beloved psychopath who’s so far in love that he’s willing to give up a lung, A LUNG for the girl he loves. That point when he told Jin Sung to make sure to keep her promise of staying alive got me in the heart but that last scene when we see him waiting and willing to give her one of his lungs further makes me love him and has me awed at the magnitude of his feelings: feelings that he hasn’t even put into words. You’ve come so far from how you started Young Oh my love; you’ve come very far.