Hye Jung and Ji Hong receive a case that brings up conflict in their relationship and has us realizing that as much as we might have thought otherwise, Hye Jung and Ji Hong don’t have supernatural powers: they’re just two neurosurgeons trying to do their best and learning that ultimately, sometimes, all you can do is hope for a miracle.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- Hye Jung calls it as it is and Myung Hoon finally learns who Hye Jung is
We pick up with Hye Jung calling Ba Ram on the selfishness of his attempted suicide. She wonders if he wants to cast a shadow over the lives of his kids and tells him that she won’t attempt to stop him from committing suicide. Instead, he should first let his kids know that his dying isn’t their fault. She continues that nobody can take care of Dal and Dae the way their father can (good for you. Tell him Hye Jung) and that it’s something she learnt. Her mother had done the same thing Ba Ram was attempting to do and in so doing had taught Hye Jung that suicide’s one way to check out when one is feeling cornered. With tears in her eyes, she asks Ba Ram if that’s what he wants his kids to take as their truth and a tearful Ba Ram steps off the ledge and sinks to the ground in tears (Whew! Thank heavens he listened). Downstairs, Ji Hong brings Hye Jung a cup of coffee and praises her on doing a good job. He states that she’d helped heal Ba Ram’s wound. Hye Jung though believes that she and Ba Ram healed each other’s wounds, because Ba Ram reminded her of her dad and because Ba Ram reminded her of Min Ho, now thoughts of Min Ho don’t stress her out anymore. She then asks Ji Hong about his childhood and Ji Hong confesses that both his parents were busy teachers and he spent a lot of time alone at home, even though he could have waited to come home with his mother who taught in the same school he attended. Now, he wonders why he didn’t just wait for her. As Ji Hong and Hye Jung talk, they’re unaware that Myung Hoon’s observing them and he tells his assistant to tell Hye Jung to come see him the next day.
2. The prodigal son returns
As the doctors are in varying surgeries, Hye Jung tells us that neurosurgeons are sensitive. They use microscopes when they operate and operating on parts thinner than paper creates a lot of pressure. Their sensitiveness is their virtue. We cut to Hye Jung getting awakened by her alarm. She steps out of her room, leaving a sleeping Soon Hee behind, and heads to the living room. Joong Dae exits Soon Hee’s room and upon seeing Hye Jung’s back, heads back to hide in the room. Unfortunately for him, Hye Jung’s already sensed him and she corners him in the room (hahahaha. Busted). Over at Kookil, Seo Woo’s ignoring Myung Hoon’s phone calls and when Myung Hoon tries to get Ji Young to talk to Seo Woo so Seo Woo can come see him at home, Ji Young declares that Seo Woo’s ambitions aren’t Myung Hoon’s and so he should let Seo Woo be. Even Myung Hoon pointing out that Seo Woo hasn’t really done enough to meet his expectations isn’t enough to get Ji Young to budge and she declares that she isn’t going to help him reach out to Seo Woo. Meanwhile, over at Kookil, Young Kook gives us the great news: Ba Ram’s money troubles have been resolved thanks to him being on TV, and Kang Soo has a period of short disorientation (dude, get some sleep). They then bring up the fact that Joong Dae still hasn’t returned yet and when Young Kook points out that they should go look for Joong Dae as there’s a chance he might be too embarrassed to come willingly, Kyung Joon goes into a rant about Joong Dae being a psycho (dude. Shut the fuck up). Just as he’s speaking, Hye Jung walks into the room with Joong Dae in tow. She tells Kyung Joon to put Joong Dae to work so he wouldn’t be tempted to run away again and when she leaves the residents alone, Kyung Joon becomes a huge softie and welcomes Joong Dae back (hahaha. He’s all bark and no bite).
3. Myung Hoon continues to think he has all the power until Ji Hong one-ups him
Whilst Seo Woo’s telling Myung Hoon’s assistant that she wouldn’t be coming to see Myung Hoon, Ji Hong and Hye Jung run into Ba Ram. After Ji Hong tells Ba Ram to bring the boys in should they exhibit any worrying symptoms, he walks off, thus leaving Hye Jung and Ba Ram alone. Ba Ram thanks Hye Jung for her help and calls her a nice person who’s confirmed for him that the world is a warm place. Hye Jung tells him that the boys are lucky to have a father like Ba Ram, but Ba Ram corrects her that all fathers are like him (dude, you’ve obviously not met the men who are more sperm donors than fathers. Don’t make such generalizations please). Up in Myung Hoon’s office, he goes through Hye Jung’s interview on the TV show and flashes back to teenage Hye Jung telling him that he hadn’t done his utmost best to save Mal Soon. Just as he gets to the part where he’d told her to confront him if she has proof that he didn’t do his best, Hye Jung steps into the room. She’s curious as to why Myung Hoon’s so invested in seeing her and Myung Hoon smiles as he replies that he’s only seen her twice in the past week. Hye Jung then asks why he wants to see her and Myung Hoon feeds her a story about her being a reason for him to be on his toes as a doctor. He then asks after Seo Woo, to which Hye Jung tells him to ask Seo Woo herself. She gets a call from Kang So and makes to head out of the room and runs into Sung Jong who is just about stepping into the room into the room. Sung Jong’s impressed with her TV interview and tells Myung Hoon, when they’re alone that a lot of his friends have called him about the interview. He suggests that Myung Hoon use Hye Jung to promote Kookil. Myung Hoon though, grumbles that he would rather fire Hye Jung but can’t do so at the moment because of the interview. But, he wouldn’t tell Sung Jong why that’s the case and talk moves on to Ji Hong’s investment and Myung Hoon smiles as he believes that the meeting would be a chance to show Ji Hong that what he’s playing at is out of his league (urgh! I really do despise the guy). Down in the ER, Hye Jung’s attending to a patient who’s been involved in an industrial accident. She tells Kyung Joon to call for Ji Hong and is surprised to hear that Ji Hong’s not expected back till that afternoon. Turns out that Ji Hong’s at the moment, signing a contract with the firm interested in investing in his procedure, and so Hye Jung calls Yoon Do, who’s all up for taking the procedure. Hetake the time to tease her about her relationship with Ji Hong and is all smiles when he points out that she’s smiling a lot these days. He’s okay with it because although he chose the messy road of his feelings being unrequited, his competition is Ji Hong and so he doesn’t feel too bad. Their conversation is then interrupted by Myung Hoon calling but Yoon Do ignores the call and explains that because of who his father is, he can afford to do so. Whilst this conversation is going on, the meeting of the members of the board is ongoing and Myung Hoon uses the opportunity to once again bring up the geriatric center he wants to build. He tries to slot it in by stating that it’s the time for the hospital to change along with the times. Ji Hong and Tae Ho agree with him and Ji Hong continues that this is why he thinks that more effort should be made to strengthen the hospital brand as opposed to just expanding and incurring debts and risks. When Myung Hoon asks where Ji Hong intends to get the money to carry out his plans, Ji Hong and Tae Ho inform the room about the sixty million dollars investment they’ve been able to get, courtesy of Ji Hong’s research. The news delights the board members, except for Myung Hoon and Sung Jong who look like they’ve swallowed something unpleasant (hehehe. Serves you right!). Post meeting, Myung Hoon’s all smiles as he admits to Ji Hong besting him (hmmph! I doubt if the guy’s taking it as gracefully as he’s trying to make it seem). Ji Hong though replies that Myung Hoon also helped as he was the one that brought up the need for ‘change’. Both men then go their separate ways after agreeing that the final decision rests with the board members.
4. Seo Woo’s found her spine and Hye Jung’s an adorable mother hen
Seo Woo runs into Young Kook, who’s noticeably not as warm to her as he previously was. She points out that he’s acting differently towards her and Young Kook gives a small smile and then tells her that emotions change. He wonders if maybe Seo Woo’s waiting for him to tell her that he likes her and Seo Woo immediately denies it. He then calls out to an absent Yoon Do and when Seo Woo accuses him of mocking her, he replies that he’s mocking himself. He walks away and Seo Woo’s soon joined by Myung Hoon who calls her into his office. When they’re in his office, he lights into her for not coming home or getting close enough to Ji Hong so he can have a heads-up towards Ji Hong’s plans. Seo Woo replies that she didn’t join the hospital so as to be his spy and she has her own ambition as a neurosurgeon. Myung Hoon replies that he’s never kept her from her ambitions and declares that he’s her father and he loves her. Seo Woo replies that she loves him too, but then tosses out the words he’d said to Hye Jung about her: that she’s unbending and not good with people. Myung Hoon doesn’t deny it and Seo Woo tells him the truth as well: she got into the university he couldn’t get into, and got the good looks he doesn’t have (well, damn!). Myung Hoon replies that she only did all those things because of what he’d provided because if she’d been born into Hye Jung’s circumstances, she wouldn’t have been able to accomplish as much (ouch). Seo Woo then points out that he too would be nothing if not for Sung Jong and at the words, he slaps her (damn). Even as he’s working up to apologize, Seo Woo storms off. Meanwhile, Hye Jung’s in Ji Hong’s office, medicine in hand as she pampers and worries about him. She blushes as she wonders if Ji Hong might get tired of her mothering. Ji Hong though is all up for the pampering (hehehe. So cute).
5. Seo Woo’s still in the dark as to Hye Jung’s intentions and Yoon Do and Ji Hong become roommates (hehehe)
Seo Woo heads to Sooni Hawaii where Soon Hee’s all curious about Young Kook not showing up with Seo Woo. She does ask about Joong Dae though (hahaha. You’re so going to end up with Joong Dae aren’t you) and Seo Woo replies that he’s back in the hospital. She wonders if Soon Hee and Hye Jung keep secrets from each other; secrets like where Hye Jung found Joong Dae at and if Hye Jung’s told Soon Hee the reason why she’s at Kookil. Soon Hee thankfully, doesn’t spill the beans (good for you). Over at Kookil, Tae Ho teases Ji Hong about being in love (hehehe) and then the two friends head out for drinks where Tae Ho admits that Ji Hong gets him better than his wife and his friends ever can. Ji Hong believes it’s because he is also a neurosurgeon and so can better understand, and then he thanks Tae Ho for going against Chairman Hong’s request (probably because he allowed Ji Hong to carry out the CPR). Meanwhile, Yoon Do’s gotten to his house and is utterly pleased to discover that In Joo and Pa Ran aren’t in his apartment. However, he barely has enough time to thank his stars for the miracle when Seo Woo comes in, claiming that she needs a place to stay (hahaha. Seriously, the dude just has the worst luck). Even as Yoon Do’s wailing at the injustice, in walks In Joo and Pa Ran and soon all three intruders make themselves comfortable (hahaha). When Yoon Do declares that he will leave the house for them, Pa Ran offers him Ji Hong’s passcode as a form of consolation (hahaha). And so, when Ji Hong gets home, it’s to find Yoon Do stepping out of his bathroom and declaring that he’s left the house because the ‘beagles’ that are Pa Ran and In Joo have sent him packing. Ji Hong’s all huffy about Yoon Do staying with him, especially because they’re not close and Yoon Do’s all smiles as he declares that they can be close (hehehehe). Upstairs, In Joo wonders why Seo Woo ran away from home, and when Seo Woo admits that things are a bit tough for her at the moment, In Joo also confesses that she had no idea how bad things were for herself until time had passed and she could look back to the past.
6. Yoon Do’s the nagging roommate and Hye Jung gets a complicated case
Morning has Yoon Do outraged at Ji Hong packing for Hye Jung. Especially because he feels that Ji Hong should have instead made breakfast for him (you know, with his pseudo roommate status and all. Hehehe). Ji Hong doesn’t fall for the line however, nor is he willing to cave to Yoon Do’s request to borrow his underwear (hahaha. Yeah, it does sound hilarious). Except, even though he doesn’t accept the request, Yoon Do still goes snooping for a spare underwear anyway (hahahaha). Whilst at lunch, Hye Jung expresses her desire to cook for Ji Hong and also smiles as she declares that she’s happy that she agreed to date Ji Hong (awwwww. So cute). After lunch, Hye Jung comes running to the ER to meet her new patient. Turns out that the husband and wife had gotten into an accident after their wedding and now the husband (Tae Ha!!!!!!!) begs for his wife to be saved, as he tearfully informs Kang Soo that she’s pregnant. Whilst watching Hye Jung examine his wife, the husband flashes back to when he’d gone with his wife for her wedding dress fitting and how over the moon she’d been. She’d been all for them marrying before their child had been born and had smiled happily as she told her husband that she loves him.
7. Ji Hong decides not to take the case and Hye Jung makes an emotional plea
Hye Jung calls Ji Hong to brief him about the new patient and when he looks at the chart, he asks her about gynecology’s prognosis about the baby. Thankfully, the baby’s fine. Ji Hong then asks the residents what should be done. Young Kook doesn’t give an answer as he feels he should have no say, seeing that he’s not the operating surgeon. Kyung Joon though, believes that the surgery’s too risky and Hye Jung replies that she believes the final decision should lie with the guardian. Ji Hong scolds her by stating that she’s not thinking like a surgeon. He states that he will not be performing the surgery as he feels that the surgery wouldn’t help the patient get any better but would instead bring more pain to her and her husband. With his mind made up, he meets with the patient’s husband to inform him of the decision and even the husband begging that his wife’s happiest day can’t be the day of her funeral is not enough to change Ji Hong’s mind. On their way back, Hye Jung tries once again to get Ji Hong to change his mind by pointing out that he should see things through the patient’s point of view. Ji Hong though is convinced that that’s what he’s doing and states that there is a chance that the patient might die; and so what they would have done would be to put her through some unnecessary pain. Hye Jung then suggests they operate to relieve some of the swelling in the woman’s brain. Ji Hong still wouldn’t budge and so Hye Jung states that she would do the surgery herself. Ji Hong cautions her, even as he wonders if she’s doing so because of their relationship. Hye Jung though replies that she isn’t and when Ji Hong tries to walk away, she asks if he would give up should it be her in the position of the patient (Damn. Girl, that’s a low blow). Ji Hong calls her out on the low blow and points out that she’s not making her argument from a doctor’s perspective.
8. Ji Hong makes the decision to operate
Congressman Nam comes to Kookil with back pain and once he’s settled in the VIP ward, Ji Hong walks in. Turns out that the congressman had requested that Ji Hong be his doctor. Hye Jung walks in shortly after and it turns out that Congressman Nam had also requested to meet Hye Jung because he’d seen her on television. Ji Hong then proceeds to examine Congressman Nam and although he states what he believes might be the likely cause for the pain, he asks Hye Jung to have an MRI conducted. The two of them then leave the room and head to the elevators and Ji Hong once again asks Hye Jung if she’s still set on her stance on the surgery. Hye Jung replies that she is and when she asks about him, Ji Hong replies that he too is set on his stance. The two of them part ways and Ji Hong heads to the ER where he runs into the patient’s husband who’s still keeping vigil outside his wife’s room. He turns to Ji Hong and tearfully tells Ji Hong that he wouldn’t feel alright sending his wife off, especially if he’s not been able to do his utmost best for her. He cries that if he can just give his wife more time to spend with their baby inside of her, he would. Ji Hong still says nothing and heads to the locker room where he flashes back to how he’d desperately worked hard to save Chairman Hong’s life. Next thing we see, he shows up just as Hye Jung’s scrubbing up for surgery and proceeds to scrub in (awwww. Ji Hong. You changed your mind didn’t you).
9. The surgery’s a success and Kyung Joon and Joong Dae continue to bond
Ji Hong enters the OR and takes over from Hye Jung as he tells the gynecologist to keep an eye on the baby. He begins the surgery but he’s barely able to finish when the gynecologist informs him that the baby’s heart rate is dropping. Soon, she’s informing him that they have to close up soon because the baby’s heart rate is still dropping and Ji Hong turns taunt with tension. Over at the nurses’ station, Kyung Joon’s handling Joong Dae with kid’s gloves (awww. He doesn’t want him to run away again. How cute) and when Yoon Do picks on them, the two residents grumble about the fact that he always thinks they’re playing around whenever he finds them talking. Of course they don’t say it loud enough for him to hear, and soon they’re having a two sided conversation with Yoon Do where they declare that Ji Hong treats them better (hahaha). When Yoon Do grumbles about the fact that he and Ji Hong have different styles of teaching, the two newly bonded residents walk away to go ‘check’ on their patient (hahaha). We then cut back to the OR where thankfully, the surgery’s done early enough for them to close the patient back up (whew)
10. Hye Jung and Ji Hong are reduced to hoping for a miracle
Ji Hong and Hye Jung step out of the OR and go to meet the patient’s husband. Ji Hong informs him that all they can do now is wait for the man’s wife to respond because the damage she’d come in with was quite extensive. The husband asks if his wife would get better when she wakes up. Unfortunately, Ji Hong can’t answer that question but when the husband asks about the baby, he’s able to tell him that the baby’s fine. The man thanks them for the effort and states that whatever the outcome, he can take comfort in the fact that he’d tried his best. Away from the husband, Hye Jung asks what made Ji Hong change his mind, and he replies that he didn’t want to stand in the way of a miracle. Hye Jung reminds him that he said he didn’t think a doctor should believe in miracles and Ji Hong replies that he’s had a change of heart. At the words, Hye Jung thinks to herself that neurosurgeons and miracles don’t go well together. They always have doubts but nevertheless, they hope for a miracle because they’re incomplete without it. We then fast-forward to a week later and Ji Hong and Hye Jung checking on the unresponsive patient. They meet with the patient’s husband and Ji Hong informs the man that his wife is practically in a coma. Soon her organs will start to deteriorate and she will stop breathing. He continues that the husband would have to make a choice; the choice being to take his wife off of life support or keep her on it (shit). Either way though, the wife won’t be waking up (shit shit) and all they can do now is hope that she hangs on long enough for her baby to be delivered as a twenty weeks old baby can’t survive outside its mother’s body. Both Hye Jung and Ji Hong have tears in their eyes as the husband breaks down in tears and declares that his wife will hang on as she wouldn’t leave him alone and take their baby with her as well. Hye Jung then tells us that the miracle didn’t happen. It’s normal that a miracle doesn’t happen often because that’s why it’s called a ‘miracle’.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Cinquecento: bittersweet in all it’s sixty minutes glory. Because all the joy and funny moments in this episode came crashing down once we got to me seeing Tae Ha’s face again (for those who don’t know; I still haven’t gotten over his dying at the end of Master: God of Noodles. Quite frankly, I don’t think I ever will). Because firstly it’s heartbreaking to realize that the happiest day in the husband and wife’s life is now their saddest and secondly because I’d gotten so used to Ji Hong and his amazing skills. I was expecting him to be able to pull off a miracle and the fact that he can’t do that right now has me swimming in a fog. It’s the same betrayal I felt the first time Derek (Grey’s Anatomy. I definitely see the connection between the two of them) lost a patient on screen and it wasn’t an easy pill for me to swallow then, and it’s most certainly not an easy pill for me to swallow now.