Trigger warnings for emotional wreckage and self harm.
Last episode, Kang Dong Joo tried to stop Yoon Seo Jung but aggravated her into slitting her wrist.
Episode 3 goes into the OR as Dong Joo and Teacher Kim perform surgery on Seo Jung. Dong Joo watches in amazement as Teacher Kim works quickly to repair Seo Jung’s intensely damaged wrist and is caught off guard embarrassing himself.
As Teacher Kim leaves for the night, Dong Joo confronts him about his skills as Nurse Oh and Chief Jang watch on. Dong Joo demands to know who he is and what his specialty is. Amongst his yelling, he reveals he got the top marks nationally on the board exam. Teacher Kim fights back using his screw up in the operating room against him. Not having it, Teacher Kim leaves after Dong Joo demands ones again what his real name is.
Later on, Dong Joo calls a friend at his old hospital telling him of Seo Jung and requesting he look up Teacher Kim. Before he can finish the conversation, a now awake and able Seo Jung snatches the phone away and yells that he shouldn’t butt into others information. When Dong Joo tries to ask what happened, she yells that he ruined what she had. She continues on telling him that they should keep professional and act as if they don’t know each other.
Nurse Oh and Jang Gi Tae have a discussion with the director. Chief Jang tries to convince him that keeping Dong Joo will benefit the hospital and provide them with a status they desperately need. Nurse Oh is reluctant and wants Teacher Kim to be the ultimate decider. The director agrees, but Gi Tae sets plans to make sure Dong Joo doesn’t leave.
Dong Joo heads to the ER after getting dressed but sees a police officer and realizes the patient he saved had committed a hit and run. Gi Tae meanwhile takes notes on Dong Joo in order to keep him satisfied.
In the ER, after looking for Teacher Kim, Seo Jung is faced with patients from a motorcycle accident. After getting in an argument over a patient, Seo Jung and Dong Joo are made to set aside their differences as Teacher Kim comes back. When Seo Jung insists on helping, Dong Joo tells her to leave the hospital as her mental state makes her unfit for medical practice. When Dong Joo confronts Teacher Kim, he is told off and that he will be put on the most basic medical duty of taking care of the ER.
Outside Seo Jung cries and questions Teacher Kim as Dong Joo watches. Suddenly he gets a phone call from the director of his old hospital. Dong Joo gets the opportunity to return to the hospital but he must leave his duties therefore facing a problem.
The ER becomes hectic after a family picnic went wrong and a mysterious woman wonders off. Seo Jung decides she must get her job back and goes back inside but sees the mysterious woman and follows her. The woman heads towards a room holding a patient after surgery and goes in. Thinking it’s the man that killed her son, she tries to strangle him, but Seo Jung and other nurses get her off. Seo Jung scolds the woman telling her that this man wasn’t her son’s killer. After the woman leaves, Seo Jung who is overwhelmed, faints.
Back at the ER, Dong Joo sets off to leave but is stopped when an emergency patient comes in. Contemplating going, he goes for the door once again but is stopped when he hears a women crying. This triggers a memory of his mother after his dad’s death. After a brief moment, Dong Joo comes to his senses and helps the patient. As the dinner he was invited too proceeds, Dong Joo continues to try to help the patient, but in the end he passed away. Faced with the patient’s parents, Dong Joo tells them of the death. Afterwards his own mother gives him a call and Dong Joo finally picks up. After the usual questions about adjustment, Dong Joo breaks down and sobs into the phone.
Meanwhile at the casino, Teacher Kim reveals a hidden side. Despite Nurse Oh asking him to come back, Teacher Kim says he has other business to attend to and looks on at an elderly man.
At her bedside, Seo Jung is resting after her fainting spell and Dong Joo comes in to check in on her. He does a quick exam to make sure everything is going alright. She questions why he is doing this, and he tells her he’s just doing his duty. When he asks about the pills, she quickly makes an excuse about being tired and throws a blanket over herself. But this causes the blanket to hike up so her feet are exposed. Dong Joo pulls the blanket back down and Seo Jung gives a hint of a smile at the sweet gesture. Suddenly Dong Joo gets a call about burn victims. He hesitates and Seo Jung asks why. He reveals that he’s never dealt with burn victims before. In the ER, Dong Joo quickly gets the patient with the worst burns. He uses a bluetooth as Seo Jung helps him with every step. As the episode ends Teacher Kim comes back, beat up and muddy. He goes to the severely burned patient but everyone is caught off guard, as he looks at Seo Jung on the phone assisting Dong Joo.
Episode 4 continues from the point where Seo Jung is caught red handed. Teacher Kim stays silent despite Seo Jung and Dong Joo telling him what happened. He continues to ignore them just as head chef bursts into the hospital, upset at the other chefs being burn victims. Dong Joo realizes his patient is the same one that held him down when Teacher Kim was going to cut off his hand. Manger Joo shows up and thanks him for helping the patients and says the Chairman wants to meet with him.
Three hours earlier, at the casino, Teacher Kim helps a stroke patient as Manager Joo watches on and informs the chairman. Joo then takes him to the director. But before he enters, Teacher Kim is beat up. The chairman berates Teacher Kim revealing that he steals money from patients at the casino. As they talk a fire emerges in the kitchen. Teacher Kim rushes in and helps to tame the fire.
Back in the present, Teacher Kim sees the worst burned patient off as he’s flown to a burn center. As he comes back in, Dong Joo approaches him and explains what happened with Seo Jung. Angered that Teacher Kim refuses to listen, Dong Joo tells him that he didn’t want to have a patient die. However, Teacher Kim refuses to hear him out, saying he did it for his own personal gain. As Teacher Kim leaves, Seo Jung falls to her knees begging to be taken back. When Teacher Kim ignores her, Dong Joo angrily tries to punch him but misses every time. Dong Joo yells that Teacher Kim knows nothing of him and his skills, but Teacher Kim simply calls him a fake. Dong Joo tries to go back in once again, but is stopped by Nurse Oh. She angrily has them pulled about and they each get yelled at. When Teacher Kim blames Dong Joo, Nurse Oh goes off on him, telling him that Dong Joo worked extremely hard throughout the day and deserves some respect. She also mentions the fact that he disregarded the begging of everyone because of his demand that Seo Jung leaves. Nurse Oh demands that he reinstate her and before he can make an excuse, takes it as consent.
As Dong Joo writes a letter of resignation, his friend from his old hospital informs him they’re looking for new doctors to replace his loss. After thinking over his missed opportunity, Dong Joo decides to go ahead with the letter. Outside the director’s office, Seo Jung listens in as they discuss what to do with her, and soon Dong Joo joins her. Almost everyone but Teacher Kim is in agreement that Seo Jung should be reinstated. But before an answer can be reached, Dong Joo knocks on the door. He is allowed in and hands his resignation letter over much to the dismay of Chief Jang. Before he leaves he yells at Teacher Kim for being hypocritical as he’s the reason why hospitals are so corrupt. As he goes, Dong Joo offers Seo Jung a chance at a nicer hospital, promising to get her a job if she wants it. On his way downstairs and out the door, Chief Jang continues to try to get Dong Joo to stay, but to no avail. Overhearing Dong Joo yelling about how the hospital isn’t like the big city ones, Seo Jung gets into a fight with Dong Joo accusing him of being selfish. They continue to fight until Seo Jung and Dong Joo ultimately part ways. As Dong Joo continues to get to the door, Chief Jang gets a hold of him. At that same moment the chairmen and Manager Joo arrive.
In Teacher Kim’s office, the chairmen discusses a heart surgery with him. He begs that Teacher Kim do the surgery, insisting that he is the only one he trusts. Teacher Kim continues to hesitate as the chairman keeps prompting him, and it is then revealed that he used to be a heart surgeon.
In the doctor’s lounge, Dong Joo, realizing that Seo Jung is there, begins to pack up loudly. As he shuts the door, Seo Jung turns around but Dong Joo catches her. She acts as if she doesn’t care or notice, but Dong Joo finally gets her to speak and asks if she ever missed him throughout the years. She avoids the question and goes into what she’s been doing over the last five years. Thinking she’s saying she didn’t have time to care about him, Dong Joo sets off to leave. He’s stopped when she reveals she did miss him, but leaves with that as well as some advice after being called by Teacher Kim. As he goes to leave, Nurse Oh stops him prompting him to help one last patient, coming up with a way to make him stay. As he takes care of the patients, Seo Jung sits with Teacher Kim getting her wound accessed. Mirroring scenes continue as Nurse Oh asks why Dong Joo wants to leave, and Teacher Kim asks why Seo Jung wants to stay. Dong Joo goes off about wanting to be the best doctor and how the hospital won’t provide it, while Seo Jung simple states she wants to learn from Teacher Kim. Nurse Oh then asks if Teacher Kim is a good doctor or the best doctor.
At the city hospital, the chairman is giving a list of the best doctors by Dong Joo’s old director. However, the chairmen reveals he already has one. On the phone, Teacher Kim agrees to do the surgery if the chairman gets him the most up to date equipment. The chairman promises, and so Teacher Kim will be doing the surgery. The director prompts the chairman as to why he chose Teacher Kim and the chairman shows a video from the kitchen fire much to the shock of the director.
In the ER, Dong Joo is whisked away by a patient going under cardiac arrest. As he leaves, while doing chest compressions, a dejected Seung Jung arrives. Nurse Oh asks about what happened, and Seo Jung reveals she’ll be able to stay at the hospital but as an orderly. This is until she is deemed fit to have patients of her own. Meanwhile, Dong Joo continues to attempt to revive his patient, and is ultimately successful. Teacher Kim comes in and asks about the patient. He helps the patient as Dong Joo looks on in amazement. Once the patient is taken care of for the most part, Dong Joo asks Teacher Kim if he thinks he’s a good doctor or the best doctor. Seung Jung, still upset, realizes that Dong Joo’s stuff is on the floor and picks it up. While doing so, a book with a photo falls out. Teacher Kim gives a simple reply that he is simply whatever doctor the patient needs most. He also gives advice to Dong Joo telling him to not blame others, but to be a better person than the rest. This statement is something that triggers Dong Joo’s memories from his teenage years. As Dong Joo chases after Teacher Kim, Seung Jung discovers a letter on the back of the picture to a doctor. Dong Joo asks if he was really the doctor that changed his life all those years back, and the director at his old hospital confirms the identity of Teacher Kim as Doctor Bu Yong Joo. As Teacher Kim denies his identity, Seung Joo reads the letter stating that Dong Joo’s life was changed thanks to Bu Yong Joo. The episodes ends with a determined Dong Joo knowing that Teacher Kim is Doctor Bu Yong Joo.
I absolutely love this drama. I think the story is amazing and the development of character even in just four episodes is gorgeous. I was slightly weary at first because the first two episodes were much more intense than I would’ve thought. But now that the main story has begun to roll, it’s not as bad. Not to say I didn’t expect intensity after all it’s a melodrama, but I am very excited that the romance is still there. Though it’s a very, very, small spark, there’s little hints here and there. The main couple, while they need work, are amazing, and the dynamic between the two is beautiful. Overall, the actors are phenomenal, combining comedy in with such a dramatic and intense show is absolutely beautiful. I’m definitely looking forward to what’s to come!
It’s a 10/10, it’s a good watch and keeps you very hooked!
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Edited by: Gigi E.
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