Sometimes, even adults are clouded by optimism and hopelessness to believe that the world treats orphans as it should. Hye Jung and Ji Hong’s relationship continues to grow. Seo Woo’s getting better. Myung Hoon’s still in the dark as to who Mal Soon’s granddaughter is. And Hye Jung shows up in time to talk down a patient from making a humongous mistake.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- It’s still a long road to go for Hye Jung and Min Ho and Joong Dae’s considering a change in profession
Ji Hong stands outside of Min Ho’s restaurant and tells us that entering the life of another person requires remaining oblivious to the person’s silent but apparent scar and not asking about it. It’s about being by the person’s side in quiet support. First, the scar must be identified. Ji Hong heads into the restaurant and orders some of Mal Soon’s famous soup. Min Ho points out Yoon Do in the corner and Ji Hong goes to join him, where he learns to his display that Yoon Do hasn’t given up on his courtship of Hye Jung (hahaha). We then pick up at dinner, where Hye Jung tells Ji Hong that knowing that he went to see her father upsets her. Ji Hong replies that he too is upset that she’s upset and Hye Jung grumbles about his unwillingness to lose to her. Ji Hong points out that it’s only fair that she get a taste of losing, just as he has and they return to teasing each other and returning to their meal. Although Ji Hong notices that Hye Jung doesn’t take any more of the soup. The next morning, Joong Dae’s absence is felt as Yoon Do lights into Kyung Joon for letting his work slide. Seo Woo tries calming Yoon Do and after they’re gone, Kyung Joon grumbles at Joong Dae’s absence. Joong Dae on the other hand, is still at Sooni Hawaii and he insists on staying there for a while before returning home. Soon Hee’s feels pity for him, then gets angry when she learns that he’d eaten her food. But the two of them call a truce when Soon Hee agrees that Joong Dae can stay, on the one condition that he cleans Sooni Hawaii as his boarding fee. Over at Kookil, Kang Soo is also feeling Joong Dae’s absence as he’s had to take on more work and when Kyung Joon grumbles about Joong Dae not showing up for work, Young Kook shows him the text Joong Dae had sent him, informing him that he wouldn’t be coming in again. The two doctors then point out to Kyung Joon that he’d treated Joong Dae appallingly which is why Joong Dae’s decided to run away. Kyung Joon of course, refuses to accept the blame.
2. The debts continue to pile up and Ji Hong and Tae Ho prepare their counter attack
Yoon Do, Seo Woo, Ji Hong and Hye Jung check on the boys, although Yoon Do and Seo Woo’s focus are on Dae who’s getting his treatment, whilst Ji Hong and Hye Jung are more concerned about Dal’s recovery. Dal’s well on his way to recovery though and when the Kookil administrative officer asks about the boys’ father, Soo Jin gives him the man’s schedule. She also mentions to Hye Jung and Ji Hong that the boys’ father had racked up a lot of debt when his wife had gotten cancer sometime in the past and had passed away from it. She guesses that treatment would cause a strain for the boys’ father and she’s right because when the administrative officer calls him, he reminds him about paying the hospital fees and mentions that just the surgery alone would cost twenty thousand dollars (damn, that’s a lot of money). Dae, unaware of how much everything is costing his father is at the moment getting an MRI whilst Seo Woo and Yoon Do watch. Hye Jung joins them and when Seo Woo calls her nosy for coming to look in on Dae just because he’s Dal’s brother, Yoon Do defends Hye Jung that a doctor needs to be nosy. Seo Woo replies by calling Yoon Do a bit dimwitted and Hye Jung agrees with the assessment, causing Seo Woo to give a little smile. Their almost friendship moment though is ruined by a text from Kang Soo informing Hye Jung that the film crew for the TV show have arrived. She heads in for the interview whilst Ji Hong heads to Tae Ho’s office where the latter’s on the phone with a foreign investor about a Dopamine Sensor that Ji Hong’s bringing to the table. The investor agrees to invest sixty million dollars in the procedure and Ji Hong tells Tae Ho to use the money to stop Myung Hoon’s plans with regards the senior center and gain the upper hand with the directors. Alone in his office, Ji Hong goes through his things, stopping at a framed image of Chairman Hong. The nurse who’d been attending to Chairman Hong joins him and apologizes for not being in the room, as they both know that had Chairman Hong been attended to on time, he might have survived. When Ji Hong asks her why she’d not been in the room, he’s surprised to hear that Sung Jong had asked her to leave as he wanted to speak to Chairman Hong privately. Ji Hong heads up to Sung Jong’s office to ask him if he’d noticed something wrong about Chairman Hong before he’d left the room. Sung Joon replies that he wouldn’t have left Chairman Hong alone had something been wrong, and he tries to pass off their conversation as involving mundane things. Ji Hong points out that the nurse had said that Sung Jong wanted their conversation to be held privately; something not normally done for mundane matters. The trend of questioning has Sung Jong suspicious as he asks what exactly Ji Hong’s driving at. Ji Hong replies that he’s well aware that Sung Jong and Chairman Hong used to argue about the hospital administration and he just wants to know if his father left the world in peace. Sung Jong gives him a vague reply about him and Chairman Hong always fighting and then reconciling after (dude. That still doesn’t answer the question).
3. Min Ho continues to try to bridge the gap and Hye Jung is a step closer to finding out what happened with Mal Soon’s surgery
Min Ho comes to pay Hye Jung a visit and although she’s at first uninterested in seeing him, he tells her that he has something to show her. The something turns out to be the only photograph left of her mother and as Min Ho hands it over to her, he admits that he’d screwed things up with Hye Jung’s mother due to his own insecurity. He starts to say that he knows this wouldn’t go in anyway to getting Hye Jung to thaw towards him but Hye Jung cuts in to ask him if he feels uncomfortable because she’s so cold. She points out that he wouldn’t be nice to her if she wasn’t a doctor and Min Ho corrects her that she has a lot of misconceptions about him, but he’s not as bad as she thinks he is and honestly, they’re more alike that Hye Jung thinks. He walks away after leaving the pack of food for her and Hye Jung heads to Ji Hong’s office with the bag of food in hand. She explains that she got it from Min Ho and offers the food to Ji Hong. Ji Hong tries to point out that Hye Jung has to learn to separate her father from the food, especially because she’s missed Mal Soon’s cooking. Hye Jung though, isn’t able to separate them, thus leading Ji Hong to accept the food. Hye Jung then takes him to her stakeout of Chi Hyun and Ji Hong’s all ready to head out with her to confront him but Hye Jung gets him to wait for her by telling him that he’s her backup. She heads in to her meeting with Chi Hyun who asks after her identity and tells her that he’d seen her at Kookil. He tells her he’s more interested in pitching his tent with her as opposed to Ji Hong and Hye Jung admits to being a fellow at Kookil. Chi Hyun doesn’t know why as a doctor she would want to derail another doctor’s career. He brings up his wife’s botched C-section and the fact that he’d not pressed charges, but Hye Jung cuts him off by informing him that she will be the one to make the decision. All she wants is for him to tell her the truth. Chi Hyun replies that the surgery had gone well, although a flashback shows us that he’d dozed off for just a little bit during the surgery and Myung Hoon had snapped at him to stay awake. He tells Hye Jung that the nurse who’d rushed in bearing a pack of blood had only brought it in for another surgery; not Mal Soon’s. Hye Jung though points out that Mal Soon’s surgery was the only one that had been held at the time and Chi Hyun’s surprised that she knows. Hye Jung smiles as she tells him that she’d had no idea that Mal Soon’s surgery was the only one being held then. She’d just thrown it out there. and Chi Hyun had just confirmed it for her (well damn. She’s good).
4. Yoon Do gives more of the reason why he can’t be with Seo Woo and Young Kook tries to show her why they fit well together (I don’t think Seo Woo’s listening though)
Seo Woo and Yoon Do check out Dae who’s feeling nauseous and fatigued from his treatment. Yoon Do’s all about the pep talk whilst Seo Woo asks where the boys’ father is at. The boys reply that their father’s working and when they get outside the hospital room, Yoon Do informs Seo Woo that that’s one more reason why he can’t get together with her: she’s someone who’s so pampered that she’s inconsiderate enough to ask the boys about their father when their father is the one person that they need with them the most at the moment. Seo Woo’s shocked at the words and heads to the on-call room where Young Kook’s at. She wonders if she can do something bad to him. Young Kook’s all up for her to do it but Seo Woo ends up not being able to do it. Young Kook then turns it around to ask if he can do something bad. The something bad turns out to be a hug (pfft. Here I was expecting a kiss or something) and Seo Woo looks shocked to be receiving it.
5. Soon Hee and Joong Dae have more things in common than they realize and Ji Hong has a hell of a lot of self-control
Joong Dae’s still at Sooni Hawaii and still hard at work. Soon Hee though can’t understand why he won’t go back to the hospital, especially since Joong Dae’s a doctor. Joong Dae explains that he can’t go back to Kookil or return home either because his father would be disappointed in him. The words have Soon Hee commiserating with him as she too doesn’t get along with her dad. To make matters worse, Joong Dae’s a germaphobe who can’t stay in a motel (huh, dude. You’re like at a restaurant at the moment) and so he takes to furiously cleaning up Sooni Hawaii. Soon Hee calls him a handful but pities him enough to bring him to her and Hye Jung’s apartment so he can spend the night. Except, Hye Jung also brings in Ji Hong to come check out their apartment and the minute Soon Hee hears Hye Jung’s voice, she pulls Joong Dae with her into her room. Hye Jung and Ji Hong take note of the men’s shoes by the door although when Soon Hee steps out of the room to join them in the living room, she lies that she’s just been collecting the shoes. Her explanation is not believable and she acts even more suspiciously by trying to keep Ji Hong from coming close to her room. When Hye Jung points out how weird she’s being, Soon Hee wails that Hye Jung’s siding Ji Hong and ganging up against her and decries Hye Jung as a bad friend. She warns Hye Jung not to follow her into her room and heads inside where she and Joong Dae proceed to attempt to eavesdrop on Hye Jung and Ji Hong who head to Hye Jung’s room. Ji Hong gets to the room first and spots the anatomy text he’d signed and given to Hye Jung. He’s pleasantly surprised that she’s kept it, and when he notices that they’re alone in her room, suggests that they head back outside so as not to let things get steamy. Hye Jung tells him that she doesn’t mind things getting steamy, although when Ji Hong moves and has her lying on her back in seconds, her breath catches (ooh lala). He warns her not to test him as he’s good at more than pouncing and a stunned Hye Jung rapidly nods her head (hahaha). He then pulls away from her, suggests that they head out together and adds that she should hug him from behind as he likes that. Hye Jung obliges him.
6. The debt collectors start calling and Hye Jung becomes a star
Whilst washing up at the hospital, Dal and Dae’s father receives a call from the loan officer he’d gotten their surgery fees from. The man tells him that his credit will be affected if he doesn’t pay his loan by the next day. He spends the time psyching himself up that things will get better and then heads in to the room to be with his sleeping sons who wake when he reaches them. Dal asks if making money is hard and his father who doesn’t want to worry him lies that it’s not hard at all, and calls himself the superman who will protect both his sons (awwww). The next morning, the focus is all on Hye Jung whose documentary runs on the news. As she goes on her rounds, she tells the viewers at home that she’s were she’s at because her grandmother had told her to dream big seeing that she’s been born into the world. The presenter continues that people’s past shouldn’t be hindrances to their future which is why Hye Jung who’s been able to rise above hers is seen as beautiful. Myung Hoon’s particularly delighted by the news and beams when he sees it.
7. Things continue to snowball for Ba Ram who gets a myriad of support, although he doesn’t know it yet
Hye Jung’s at the nurses’ station getting complimented by Soo Jin on the news report when Dae comes running in to inform her that Dal’s throwing up and has a headache. Hye Jung examines Dal and diagnoses that he has hydrocephalus. She runs a CT scan and Ji Hong confirms her diagnosis when he sees the scans and tells Hye Jung to call the boys’ father. She places the call and he comes running into Kookil, unaware that the administrative officer he’s been avoiding has spotted him. Ba Ram (we finally have a name) meets with Hye Jung who tells him that all they have to do is drain the excess fluid that’s accumulated in Dal’s brain. The words soothe him and he signs the consent form. When he gets outside and thanks Hye Jung for her help, they’re met by the administrative officer and Hye Jung and Ji Hong get a front seat view of just how bad things are for Ba Ram’s finances. Ba Ram tries to beg for more time but the administrative officer declares that no further treatment can be carried out on Dal until Ba Ram’s paid his bills. Thankfully, Hye Jung’s there to offer to be Ba Ram’s guarantor so Dal can get his surgery. Ji Hong does his own bit by meeting with Myung Hoon and making his suggestions with regards to Kookil changing their policy about how patients can pay their hospital bills. Myung Hoon’s of the opinion that Ji Hong hasn’t brought the money needed to make that suggestion and Ji Hong drops his news that he has a sixty million funding he can make available to the hospital. He tells Myung Hoon that he wants him to consider his request that Kookil expand their welfare system, otherwise he will bring the matter to the board. Myung Hoon cockily replies that he doesn’t think Ji Hong will get the board support that he wants and Ji Hong reminds him that half of the board members are his people. The words have Myung Hoon backpedalling and he reminds Ji Hong that they’d agreed to be friendly. Ji Hong returns the smile and asks for his help. After Ji Hong leaves, Myung Hoon receives a call from Chi Hyun who informs him that Mal Soon’s guardian is a doctor. Myung Hoon immediately asks what hospital she works at (uh-oh).
8. The inception of a bad idea and Yoon Do continues to suffer
Ba Ram meets with the social welfare worker who explains that he unfortunately doesn’t qualify for financial aid. He does notice a pamphlet however and when he brings it to her, she informs him that only orphans battling cancer alone, get a full ride (uh, why do I get the feeling that he’s about to do something really stupid? Like say, turn his kids into orphans so as to help them?). Dae and Dal however don’t qualify because they aren’t orphans and Ba Ram finds a corner to look through the pamphlet and weep at the thought that his kids would be better off if he isn’t alive. He breaks down in tears and can barely keep the tears back as he tries to smile when Dae comes to sit with him. Dal meanwhile is in surgery and although it’s a success, Kyung Joon points out to Hye Jung that the financial burden on Ba Ram would still be a lot. Hye Jung tells him to focus on the surgery rather than empathize with the patient, but the words clearly get to her. Outside the OR, Ba Ram asks Dae if he would take care of his brother should Ba Ram not be around. Dae, ever the big brother agrees that he will. At that moment, Hye Jung steps out of the OR to inform Ba Ram about the successful surgery and when the two of them are alone, she asks Ba Ram if he’s ever considered giving up on his two boys so his life would be easier. Ba Ram’s expression shutters as he tells Hye Jung that he’d thought she was a good person and now he realizes that she isn’t. Over at Yoon Do’s apartment, In Joo continues to make herself at home and although Yoon Do does his usual grumbling, In Joo points out that he’d bought ramyeon because he wants to get in her good graces. Yoon Do tries to deny it but Pa Ran pops up to state that Yoon Do got the ramyeon for In Joo. He even gives Yoon Do the go-ahead he needs to date In Joo (hahaha). Yoon Do wails at the torture and In Joo compounds the teasing by suggesting that she would rather marry Yoon Do (hahahaha). Yoon Do stomps off at the teasing and In Joo’s concerned as to where he’s headed. Pa Ran isn’t worried though as he feels that Yoon Do would back home soon enough. He’s right though because by the time Yoon Do stomps downstairs to Ji Hong’s apartment, it’s to find Hye Jung around (hahahaha), and then Ji Hong leaves to see Hye Jung off and Yoon Do’s left to wail about the fact that he has no money in his pocket.
9. Hye Jung finds a way to help Ba Ram although it might be too late
The next morning, Yoon Do and Hye Jung head in to check on Dae and Dal respectively and run into Ba Ram just as he’s leaving the room. He thanks them for all their efforts with regards to his sons and just as he’s about to leave, the administrative officer walks in shouting about Ba Ram’s unpaid bills. Everyone’s a witness to it, including Dal and Dae who come running and crying and demanding that the man leave their father alone. The sight drives Hye Jung to calling the producer of the show she’d been featured on and she pitches him an idea. She immediately calls Ba Ram after and when his number doesn’t go through, she leaves him a voice message telling him that she’s figured out a way for him to pay his fees. Ba Ram though doesn’t see the message as he’s only focused on the numerous messages informing him to pay his bills. He drops the phone, kisses the forehead of his sleeping sons and tells them that he will always love them even if he’s not with them (this is not good).He then leaves the hospital room and doesn’t hear Hye Jung calling for him when he heads up the elevator.
10. Hye Jung saves Ba Ram from a grave mistake
Hye Jung is unsuspecting as she enters Dal and Dae’s room. But, upon seeing the assisted orphan care pamphlet beside the boys, she rushes out of the room. Up on the roof, Ba Ram’s standing at the edge as he states that he’s not abandoning them, but is instead making his decision out of love. He makes to step off the ledge but at that moment, Hye Jung comes running in as she begs him not to go through with his plans. She steps closer and Ba Ram tells her not to come closer as he’s doing it for a reason. Hye Jung holds out the pamphlet and asks if that’s the reason why he’s doing what he wants to do. She asks him if he thinks the boys will be happy if he’s not around when they’re recovering. Ba Ram replies by asking: does she know how it feels to walk on eggshells when she’s sick? His kids have to do that every time they take their medication or get a shot. He doesn’t know how much more will be added to their hospital bills nor does he think he can do it anymore. The hospital program on the other hand shows him that people would take better care of his kids should they be orphans. Hye Jung begs him not to and tells him about the television program: “Focus People” and their willingness to help. But, Ba Ram’s tired of all the harassing phone calls he keeps receiving, asking him to pay up his debt. He admits that he’s using his sons as an excuse to check out of life but it’s something he’s willing to do. He steps on the ledge again and Hye Jung screams at him not to do it. She asks him how he thinks his kids will feel when they find out that he died because of their hospital fees. As Ba Ram tearfully stares right back at Hye Jung, he tells us that something a stranger blurts out could heal a person’s emotional scars or change the direction the person’s life was headed. It’s not always your loved ones that mend your wounded heart. It could be one of the people you cross paths with.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Negroni. Sweet with the satisfaction that Ji Hong’s on his way to one upping Myung Hoon, and Hye Jung and Ji Hong’s developing relationship. The slow and cautious development of their relationship is the grounding point of the drama so far as nothing’s as satisfying as seeing that when all the external drama happens, we’re guaranteed that Hye Jung and Ji Hong will keep a cool head and resolve their conflicts like adults. Thankfully, they spare us the theatrics because Myung Hoon gives us a lot of that on a regular basis. Seo Woo’s definitely on her path to becoming an adult or in this case, growing into her body. She’s still snarky, rude and spoiled but something about the case has her thinking of Dae and Dal first before her rivalry with Hye Jung. But the bitter’s still there because call me cynical but Ba Ram was really selfish. And I think it’s even worse because he admits to his selfish choice even as he tells Hye Jung that he believes others will take care of his boys more than he will. Because technically, no one can love a kid more than the parents who already love him, love him. Also, there is no guarantee that the boys will end up with a loving family, especially because after the foundation pays for their surgery, the boys will most likely be taken into foster care, meaning not only is there a chance that Dal and Dae will be separated, but they could also go to a family who wouldn’t treat them with love. The fact that Ba Ram would even consider putting his kids in that kind of situation leaves a sour taste behind.