It’s a sweet ending to the tale of the psychopath who might not have gotten ‘cured’ but who’s learned how to love and stand by others in his own way. Young Oh comes to Suk Joo’s rescue and is in turn rescued by his father. Suk Joo opens a can of worms that weeds out his enemies and has Soon Ho finally getting what he desires. Young Oh and Gun Myung mend their broken relationship and we leave our characters happier than how we’d met them. It’s a beautiful ending, for a Beautiful Mind.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- The Quints, Sung Eun and Moon Kyung buy Suk Joo and Young Oh the time they need for the surgery
We open with Jin Sung getting wheeled to the OR. Young Oh who’s also on his way, is stopped by Gun Myung who’s heard about it. Gun Myung insists that Young Oh’s life could be in danger and declares that Young Oh would regret it forever. Young Oh remains silent though and Gung Myung declares that as a doctor, he can’t allow Young Oh do something so careless. When he tries to bring up the father part of the equation, Young Oh tosses him a look. Gun Myung lets go of Young Oh’s shoulder and his voice is quieter as he insists that he can’t allow the surgery. Young Oh replies that now he knows how Gun Myung had felt when everyone had opposed his operating on child Young Oh. With those words, he walks away and although father and son pause for a moment to look at each other, Young Oh continues on his way. Meanwhile, Ki Ho, who thinks Jin Sung will be getting the regenerative medicine treatment goes looking for her in her room. Jin Sung’s not there though and Moon Kyung lies that she went to get her CT scans done. Except when Ki Ho gets there, it’s to find Jung Hwan who tells him that Jin Sung just left for Suk Joo’s office. To buy them even some more time, he has Ki Ho sit with him to see if any of his patients can be eligible for the regenerative medicine treatment. When Ki Ho finally gets free, it’s to find Suk Joo’s office locked. He wonders where Jin Sung is and is unaware that she’s at the moment in Suk Joo’s OR. In the OR, Young Oh informs Suk Joo that everyone will buy them the time they need, but after the surgery’s done, they will have to take responsibility. He praises Suk Joo for deciding to do the right thing. Upstairs, Ki Ho’s still getting the run around and he finally busts into Soon Ho’s office to inform him that Jin Sung and Suk Joo are missing. Jang Bae who was with Soon Ho and who had been able to buy the team some time flashes back to Young Oh telling the Quints about the patients dying from receiving the regenerative medicine and asking for their help in helping him and Suk Joo perform the surgery (of course this just solves Jin Sung’s problem. What about the other people though because I hope you guys have something else planned). And indeed the Quints buy Suk Joo and Young Oh time because by the time Soon Ho gets to the surgery board, Young Oh’s already under. Soon Ho seethes as he tells Ki Ho that the plan had been to carry out the regenerative lung surgery on Jin Sung that night and then announce the successful surgery to the world the next morning. He bellows that Suk Joo and Jin Sung must be brought to him immediately (good luck with that sucker). Ki Ho spends the time running around all the ORs with Ji Yong kicking him out of his OR, and Kyung Jin preventing him from entering his OR. Except, Kyung Jin’s OR is actually Suk Joo’s OR and he gives Kyung Jin a thumbs up at the save (hahaha. This is so awesome). He then gives the order and his surgical team proceeds with the lung transplant. By the time he steps out of the OR, the surgery’s done and he meets Soon Ho’s glare head on. Soon Ho tells him that he’d gotten to where he is at the moment because even though he didn’t attend Hyunsung University, he was someone who his seniors needed and his juniors feared. He warns Suk Joo that he will regret his decision and Suk Joo walks away (*slow clap*. Good for you Suk Joo. Good for you).
2. Post surgery backlash
Post surgery, the Quints are worried about the backlash they might receive. They do take comfort in the fact though that all five of them wouldn’t be fired at the same time. They then move on to wondering exactly why Young Oh would have undertaken such a dangerous surgery; one in which his chances of survival are low, for someone who he isn’t even related to. Ji Yong gapes as he wonders if the patient’s maybe the love of Young Oh’s life. Jung Hwan’s all “pfft. He can’t be in love. He doesn’t have a heart” (dude. His frontal lobe is damaged. He’s not missing a heart). The Quints all nod sagely like he’s spoken some gospel truth and we cut to Young Oh who’s regained consciousness and who turns to look at the love of his life on a hospital bed across from him (see that Jung Hwan. That’s love practically busting from that man’s eyes. He doesn’t have a heart indeed. Pfft. What do you know?). The next morning, Soon Ho notifies Hyun Joon of what’s happened and Hyun Joon declares that they were robbed of a surgery in his hospital. Soon Ho reiterates that they were robbed and so they must slit the offenders throat (eesh. Morbid much?). His suggestion therefore is that they destroy them using the most ethical means possible. This turns out to be them presenting it to the board of directors and all the directors are up in arms about the unethical way it was conducted. One director tries to point out that the patient survived but the others insist that Suk Joo and Young Oh have to be made examples of, so others wouldn’t attempt to do the same thing. Therefore, they must end their careers. The doctors then turn to Gun Myung and inform him that they assume he agrees with them (dude. This is your chance to be a father for the first time in your life. Don’t lose it).
3. Young Oh can’t keep his feelings hidden, nor can he get people to stay the hell out of his room (hehehehe)
Sung Eun’s waiting outside Young Oh’s room when Young Oh comes out, bent over and clinging onto his IV drip as he insists that what he’s doing is light exercise to confirm that his surgery went well (hahaha. So cute). Sung Eun though doesn’t fall for it and teases him that Jin Sung’s resting at the moment and even if Young Oh grunts all the way to her room, he still wouldn’t be able to see her. Young Oh is put out as he wonders how he’s meant to know how Jin Sung’s doing. A smiling Suk Joo (awwww. I’ve missed good Suk Joo) informs him that Jin Sung’s stable. They then meet privately and Suk Joo gives Young Oh the bad news: the board’s fired them. Young Oh replies that he was expecting it, but he feels sad that Suk Joo’s being let go of, especially because Suk Joo had lived for regenerative medicine: so much so that he’d even betrayed his friends for it. Suk Joo replies that he’s not giving up on regenerative medicine as he believes that dangerous things have to be done to save lives, just like Young Oh had done to save Jin Sung’s life. Young Oh returns to his hospital bed and after he hears that Jin Sung can receive visitors, he immediately rises to head over to meet her. Except, Jin Sung’s brother shows up at that exact moment to hug his new brother-in-law (hahahaha). He is be wowed at the awesome gift Young Oh’s given Jin Sung (true. A liver can be considered a gift). Young Oh tries to get Jin Sung’s brother to lead him to see Jin Sung, but her brother’s just as oblivious as she is and declares that Young Oh doesn’t need to see Jin Sung, seeing that he sees her every day anyway (hahahaha). Meanwhile, the Quints look sad as they talk about the fact that Young Oh and Suk Joo will be fired. They feel particularly bad for Young Oh who gave up his lung, has lost his health and will now lose his job. Duk Joong then suggests that they visit Young Oh. Ji Yong though shoots down the suggestion as he points out that they’re not obligated to visit Young Oh seeing that they’re not friendly with him or related to him. Everyone agrees. But Ji Yong realizing that everyone would decide to stay away and Young Oh would therefore have no visitors decides to pay Young Oh a visit. Except, when he gets there, it’s to find the rest of the Quints about to take a selfie with Young Oh (hahahahaha. Oh my… That’s too fucking hilarious. Hahahahahaha). Young Oh grumbles that Ji Yong should have Moon Kyung put a sign up on his door, informing visitors that he needs his rest. A stunned Ji Yong doesn’t answer and instead closes the door and walks away.
4. Gun Myung and Young Oh’s relationship might get the mending it needs
Gun Myung flashes back to his conversation with Young Oh in front of the wall of emotions and him telling Young Oh that he’d done his best. He also remembers Young Oh telling him at the mortality conference that talk of Gun Myung’s best can’t exonerate Gun Myung. Finally, he remembers Young Oh telling him just before he’d headed into surgery that now he knows how Gun Myung had felt when everyone had opposed him when he’d wanted to perform surgery on Young Oh. He then heads to Young Oh’s room where he finds Young Oh putting up a do not disturb sign (hehehehe). Father and son head to the rooftop where Gun Myung tells Young Oh that the ethics council will put Young Oh and Suk Joo’s termination to a vote. And although the two of them will be allowed to state their case, they can’t avoid being held accountable for what’s happened. Young Oh isn’t bothered though as he’d been expecting it. Gun Myung’s amazed that after all that Young Oh had gone through to get to Hyunsung, he’s not affected at his losing his job. An unbothered Young Oh replies that he’s not affected because he doesn’t need Gun Myung’s acceptance anymore (damn. That’s gotta hurt). He doesn’t need Gun Myung’s acceptance to determine whether or not Young Oh’s a monster or a human being. Gun Myung then brings up Young Oh’s words that he understood how Gun Myung felt when he was about to conduct his surgery on Young Oh’s childhood self. Gun Myung wonders what Young Oh meant by that and Young Oh points to the fear and feeling of helplessness Gun Myung must have felt about possibly losing the person closest to him. Add the surgery not turning out well and Gun Myung probably saw in Young Oh’s face, his failure as a surgeon. He’d thought he’d been the one who feared Gun Myung but it turned out that Gun Myung’s the one who feared him. Because, although Gun Myung had been the biggest abuser in their relationship, he’d also been the biggest victim. And so, although he’s not ready to forgive Gun Myung, he’s okay with trying to understand him. And so, he wants Gun Myung to be as free as he is at the moment. With that said, he makes to leave, but stops to lightly touch Gun Myung’s hand. Alone on the rooftop, Gun Myung gives in to the tears (awwwwww).
5. Young Oh saves Suk Joo’s job and but makes no apologizes for saving a life
Min Jae pays a visit to Jin Sung (girl, what the hell are you doing in her room? You better not try saying something nasty to her) and tells her that she’s relieved that Jin Sung’s all better now (pfft. Yeah right). She continues that she’d wanted to see the woman who achieved so easily what she’d tried for ages to accomplish but had failed to pull off (maybe because unlike you, she doesn’t see Young Oh as a psychopathic monster). Jin Sung replies that all she’d done was stay by Young Oh’s side and Min Jae smiles at the irony of it. She then accidentally slips up about Young Oh not being able to come to visit and then spills the whole truth, when Jin Sung asks her about it: Young Oh had been so desperate to save Jin Sung that he’d given up one of his lungs. The act is illegal and unethical and because of that, Young Oh is going to be kicked out of Hyunsung. And sure enough, right at that moment, the conference to determine the termination of Young Oh and Suk Joo’s employment is being held. Soon Ho and Hyun Joon aren’t there though. Rather, they’re in Hyun Joon’s office (isn’t that a bit cocky though. Like the other two can spill out all your secrets and the two of you are okay with not being on the scene to manage the crisis? Feeling that confident huh?) where a confused Hyun Joon wonders how someone with antisocial disorder like Young Oh; someone who should otherwise not have the interest of other people at heart, could do something to selfless (it’s because he’s a decent human being. You on the other hand are so much more worse). And then there’s Suk Joo who he’d thought was Soon Ho’s favorite. And yet, Soon Ho hadn’t spared him either. Soon Ho tells him his plan: wait till Suk Joo’s bloody and disgraced and then reach out to him with the confidence that Suk Joo’s learned his lesson and will never act up again (dude. Fuck you). Meanwhile, Moon Kyung attends to Jin Sung who asks her if the conference’s started. It’s obvious she’s worried that it’s all her fault but Moon Kyung brings up the fact that Young Oh had told her that he’d given his girlfriend enough time to think things through. She figures that Jin Sung’s the mysterious girlfriend and urges her not to make all of Young Oh’s efforts go down the drain. We then return to the conference where Young Oh throws a wrench in the works when he declares that Suk Joo hadn’t initially wanted to do the surgery. To back his words up, he plays the footage of himself beating up Suk Joo in the storage room (awwww. Baby doesn’t want Jin Sung to lose his career) and tells the directors that he’d forced Suk Joo into performing the surgery. Suk Joo tries to pipe up but Young Oh barrels on and calls Suk Joo an exemplary doctor whilst he is the psychopath. One of the doctors point out that that would mean that Young Oh will take full responsibility of the surgery. Young Oh’s okay but he makes sure to tell them that there are some countries where the lung transplant is legal, the God they claim loves them created diseases and science still has a long way to go. However, as a doctor, he could not in good conscience not step in when his patient’s life is on the line and his decision is not one he regrets.
6. Young Oh & Jin Sung are adorably in love
Outside the conference, Suk Joo wonders if Young Oh had done what he’d done because he wants Suk Joo to be thankful to him. Young Oh replies that he doesn’t want Suk Joo’s gratitude. All he’d done was take responsibility for what he’d started. Suk Joo however has something else he should take responsibility for (ooooh. Nice). Young Oh then heads to Jin Sung’s room where Jin Sung wonders why he hadn’t shared anything with her before he’d taken his decision. Young Oh admits replies that he had been sure it something wanted. Plus, he’d thought about it as objectively and logically as possible, so she doesn’t have to be a bit sorry because he’s a selfish person. He’d thought he’d changed a lot since meeting Jin Sung but such a miracle hasn’t happened and wouldn’t happen. He will continue to occasionally baffle her, and she’ll be lonely and disheartened that he hasn’t changed and even in those moments, he wouldn’t know how to comfort her. And so, she mustn’t forget. Because he wants her to remember how he feels about her and how much she means to him, with every breath she takes (awwwwwww. That’s so sweet and romantic. No wonder he has her swooning). Jin Sung teases him and asks what she means to him and a suddenly bashful Young Oh lowers his head (awwww), only to suddenly lean forward and kiss her (Gah. *swoon*). He settles back in and points out that she must be all recovered what with her stable breathing and all. His blustering has her giving a little laugh and Young Oh smiles right along with her (gah. I’m smiling so wide right now. This is so cute). He then leans in and they resume their kissing (*sigh*. You two are just too adorable. Totally adorable :D).
7. Gun Myung comes clean
The directors at the conference reach their decision to keep Suk Joo on and fire Young Oh. Gun Myung though steps forward and asks that they let Young Oh remain. The other directors are outraged at what they think is Gun Myung not being able to separate his work and personal life. Gun Myung points out that Young Oh really had saved a patient, even at the risk of putting his life in danger. The doctors wouldn’t budge though as they believe he was able to make that decision because he lacks empathy. Gun Myung then pipes up that if that’s the case, then they should punish him, as he’s the one responsible for Young Oh’s mental state. He continues that he’d abused Young Oh in order to cover up his mistake but Young Oh had shown that he’s a better doctor that Gun Myung can ever hope to be. He doesn’t know about all the laws that come into play, but he does know that someone has to take responsibility. And so, he’s decided to take responsibility for the liver transplant and the other directors can punish him as they deem fit (awwww. And he’s even crying too. Your heart’s mending as well Gun Myung. There’s hope for you yet).
8. Suk Joo opens a can of worms
Alone with Soon Ho, Hyun Joon expresses his surprise at the fairytale ending that’s happened in his hospital: Young Oh sacrificed himself to save Suk Joo and Gun Myung sacrificed himself to save Young Oh. He tells a stunned Soon Ho that Gun Myung’s resigned and warns him against there being a mess up in their collaboration with Green Pharmacy. Should Soon Ho succeed however, then he will be named the next director (I would have been so pissed at this scheming duo. Except, the drama’s almost at his end and I’m practically vibrating in delight at the karma I’m hoping is on its way to come roast their asses). Soon Ho gets to his office and finds Suk Joo waiting for him. A demure Suk Joo tells him that Soon Ho was right: their research isn’t a failure. Rather, what they experienced was the trial and error other research teams face. Soon Ho states that Suk Joo almost getting kicked to the curb had made him mature (dude. Shut the fuck up). Suk Joo replies by stating that he’s just checked on the clinical trial patients. Soon Ho then asks if any of them’s showing side effects and Suk Joo replies that none of the heart failure patients suffered any side effects. But, when they took the stem cell medication, then they suffered side effects. Soon Ho’s eyes widen and Suk Joo continues that everything could have been fixed at the clinical trial stage, but Soon Ho had murdered Dong Jae and Min Chul so as to cover up his mistakes. Soon Ho replies that they wouldn’t have come as far as they had if he’d admitted it and Suk Joo replies that Soon Ho turned their team’s mistake into a crime. This he can’t allow and so he thinks Soon Ho should come clean so they can all start again. He walks out of the office, leaving a seething Soon Ho behind, and heads to the research center to pack up his things. Ki Ho’s surprised that he’s moving and Suk Joo explains that their research has a side effect and they have to put a stop to it. Ki Ho though wants them to continue, stating that mistakes can be made, plus he’s invested his whole life into it. Suk Joo wouldn’t budge though and he heads to his office to start putting back his things. Ki Ho joins him and declares that he’s thought about it and wouldn’t allow anyone to ruin his life, even if the person who will do so is Suk Joo (what the fuck?!). With that, he lunges forward with his scalpel, screaming that Suk Joo should give himself up for the greater good (dude has done lost his mind. That’s the reason why his wife left his sorry ass. It wasn’t because of work. It was because he’s gone bonkers). He’s close to pressing the scalpel into Suk Joo’s neck when thankfully, hospital security show up and drag him away. Turns out it was Young Oh who’d requested they be stationed nearby as he’d suspected that someone would attack Suk Joo although he hadn’t expected it to be Ki Ho (me too). He then asks what Suk Joo intends to do and Suk Joo replies that he’ll be taking responsibility, just like Young Oh had (awwww. Young Oh’s such a proud papa bear right now. So cute).
9. Hyun Joon’s a backstabber and Gun Myung’s finally getting some much needed rest
Soon Ho receives a call (probably someone giving him the heads-up) and makes to head out of the office. Except, he runs into Hyun Joon on the other side of the door and Hyun Joon tells him that he has a plan. His plan it turns out is that Soon Ho turn himself in. He adds though that he’ll get his family attorney to help reduce Soon Ho’s sentence, but Soon Ho really had gone too far when he’d killed Dong Jae. Soon Ho points out that a full confession will affect Hyun Joon as well and Hyun Joon reminds him that should that happen, then he will truly be alone (dude. If you don’t bring that motherfucking prick down with you, then you’re an idiot who deserves whatever sentence they give him). He notes that Soon Ho seems resentful and lackadaisically tosses it out there that in his next life, Soon Ho should strive to be born with more power (what a jackass). Over at Hyunsung, Gun Myung’s clearing out his desk and Young Oh pays him a visit. He informs him that he heard that his termination’s been withdrawn and he’s wondering if maybe Gun Myung did it as an apology. Gun Myung replies that he can’t dare consider it an apology. He does admit though that he’s the best amongst the doctors he knew at the time and just wants to leave a good legacy at Hyunsung. Young Oh then asks him what he intends to do now and Gun Myung replies that he’ll put his feet up and relax, feeling as free as a bird. Just like Young Oh had told him to (awwwwww).
10. An utterly beautiful ending to it all
Time passes and now Min Jae’s a celebrity doctor on a show Ji Yong had wanted to get on. He wails that it was Min Jae that edged him out and not Young Oh (hahahaha) and Jang Bae grumbles that Min Jae should be focused on planning her future, rather than being on TV. Except, when Min Jae walks in, Jang Bae changes his tone and tries to be all buddy buddy as he suggests that he and Min Jae write a neurology paper together. Thankfully, Min Jae remembers exactly the kind of person Jang Bae is and turns down his offer as she points out that she only works with people who contribute (ooooh. Burn). We pan over to Gun Myung looking way relaxed and happier, and he’s joined by Suk Joo who’s back from visiting Dong Jae’s grave. Gun Myung congratulates Suk Joo on his research team recent success and when Suk Joo wonders where he’d heard it from, Gun Myung admits that his son had paid him a visit and spilled all (awwww. That’s so cute). Suk Joo then brings up Gun Myung not taking painkillers but Gun Myung replies that he wants to live his life being himself till the very end (oh no. He’s ill isn’t he? Fuck). Suk Joo praises his fortitude and Gun Myung praises Suk Joo for his bravery (awwww). We then cut to Young Oh, seemingly back to his old ways as he tells a Cellist that should he not go through with his surgery, he will die. Should he go through with the surgery though, his auditory nerves can’t be saved. The Cellist declares that Young Oh’s an unfeeling oaf who wouldn’t even know how he feels to lose music and Young Oh admits that he has an impairment that makes him incapable of being able to feel the pain of others. But, what it does mean is that he intends to stay right by the Cellist, through the man’s pain, even if Young Oh’s fatigued, all till the Cellist walks out of the hospital well and whole (awwww. You’ve come a long way Young Oh). Young Oh walks out of the room, only to clutch at his heart as he grumbles about “this woman.” He picks up his call and declares that he’s sure Jin Sung’s at the moment climbing steep stairs. Jin Sung doesn’t believe how he could possibly know that and Young Oh tells her that he’s more sensitive than most, which is why he doesn’t understand why he would end up with her who is more obtuse than most (hahahaha). As they talk, Young Oh states, in voiceover, that he can’t feel her heart. Nor can he empathize with her. We pan to the two of them seeing each other across the road and when the pedestrian light turns green, they meet in the middle and smile at each other as Young Oh continues in voiceover that the only choice he can make, is to love her (awwwww).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Vieux Carre; beautifully complex, perfection in every drop and packing quite a punch. Sure I would have loved for Hyun Joon to get strung by his toenails, but the guy’s rich and realistically, they have no proof tying him to the murders. What works for me though is Young Oh’s complete character arc which came together so beautifully in this episode that nothing spoils it for me. The last episode was about him taking the bat for the woman he loves and literarily going under the knife so he can ensure that she lives. This episode on the other hand sees him standing up to help so many others. From Suk Joo who it turned out had just needed the push at the right time, to get him in the right direction; to Gun Myung who received forgiveness and peace from the son he’s turned into a monster. I so totally love how the writer continues to turn things on its head because it’s the supposed ‘monster’ that made that decision to mend the bridge in his and his father’s relationship. He was the one who extended his hand first and it just goes to show that Young Oh might not be cured; hell he still has problems with empathy and all, but he’s a man who works daily at being better. Being a better son to his dying father and a better boyfriend to the woman he loves. And what a happy and joyous way to send us off. Thank you Beautiful mind for a spectacular seven weeks. Your episodes might have been cut short but you still gave us more of a satisfactory ending than other dramas with way more episodes. So thank you. To the writer, to the director and to the amazing actors. You all are the absolute best :).