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Dr. Jin: Episode 6
by | June 15, 2012 | 45 Comments

Cholera? What cholera? Our good doctor has a new disease and a new conspiracy to face, not to mention his own ethical concerns, as he finally comes face to face with how deep his impact might be on history as we might not know it… because this could all be set in a parallel universe, theoretically, right? Wrong? I think all this theorizing has gone to my head.

 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

We pick up one month after the village burning incident, as Young-rae watches Hyuk give a lecture on human anatomy to a group of doctors.

She’s brought him lunch, and the ingredients used remind him of Mina’s cooking. She asks him about that time one month ago where he called her ‘Mina,’ and asks if she was his sweetheart, asserting that she’s only curious to see if he’d regained his memories. (This one month passing deal seems silly if people talk about events like they happened yesterday.)

Hyuk: “She is a person that is not in this world. Even if I want to meet her, I can’t.”

Ha-eung has a pretty hefty sum to repay to Joo Pal, and he tries getting out of it by proposing a joint business venture to take over one of the docks, an idea Joo Pal finds laughable because merchant guilds and the government wield absolute power where docks are concerned.

He’s a good salesman for sure, but Joo Pal is already wise to his tricks and has enough means to earn money. He reminds/threatens Ha-eung that the cutoff date is the fifteenth, and goes off to complete a deal. Ha-eung follows in secret.

Turns out Joo Pal has a meeting with Young-hwi in a guarded building, and brings a coffer filled with money to the Anonymous leader. It’s their first meeting, and Joo Pal notes that Young-hwi’s fair features suit a scholar more than a leader of a rebel group of bandits, but Young-hwi’s scowl discourages any more questioning.

As trade for the money, Young-hwi gives Joo Pal a large chest filled with pilfered items – gold, silver, jade. Ha-eung deduces the same from his spot on the hilltop, though he finds himself at the business end of a blade soon enough.

He’s brought down to the Anonymous hideout, where Joo Pal instantly disavows all knowledge of him to save his own skin. Ha-eung recognizes Young-hwi instantly, and since the bandit leader doesn’t bother to hide his face, he simply threatens Ha-eung that his life now hangs on his silence.

At home Young-hwi is a totally different person, acting like a momma’s boy and whining for food. Young-rae wonders why Hyuk hasn’t come home yet, which is when the maidservant arrives to tell the household that she saw Hyuk, Ha-eung, and Heo Gwang heading off to the gibang earlier. Young-rae doesn’t like the idea of it for obvious reasons, and Young-hwi is concerned because Ha-eung now knows his secret.

Hyuk doesn’t seem too thrilled to be having a night out, though Chun-hong has been waiting to see him for weeks now. The doctors party it up in another room while Chun-hong entertains Hyuk and Ha-eung privately, and asks if Young-rae ever told him that she came to visit while he was sick. He had no idea, and Chun-hong smiles, “I see. I thought she wouldn’t.”

Ha-eung takes the opportunity to casually ask about Young-hwi, and Hyuk starts squirming the minute Chun-hong makes a casual remark about Young-rae’s beauty and noble bearing. He gets up to leave and she rushes to stop him – she wanted to see him in person to thank him for saving her, but she has another request, a patient that she’d like him to see.

She leads Hyuk and Ha-eung to another room in the gibang and rouses a girl from bed with open sores covering her face and neck. Ha-eung instantly recognizes her as KYE-HYANG, and the two seem familiar, even as she tries to hide her face.

Hyuk takes a look at her, and Ha-eung chides Chun-hong for waiting so long to tell them. “I asked her not to tell,” Kye-hyang’s voice pipes up from behind her fan. “‘Kye-hyang, who left to become a concubine, contracted a disease that rots away her body.’ I did not want to hear those words.”

It’s a sore subject for her, and Hyuk asks her to tell him about the customers she’s had, “Not just the ones you gave alcohol to, but the ones you slept with as well.” Way to ease into that one, Hyuk. She takes such embarrassing questioning about how you’d expect, by throwing a table across the room. He’s has no choice but to leave for now.

Chun-hong turns on him once they’re outside: “Just because we make a living by entertaining men, do you think women like us have no shame?” Hyuk didn’t mean harm, of course, but he has to remind himself what time period he’s in. He explains to them that the disease she has is syphilis, a highly toxic and deadly sexually transmitted disease which rots the body.

Chun-hong is again offended, because she thinks Hyuk is insinuating that only women like her (aka gisaeng) will catch the disease. He has to remind himself that syphilis wasn’t widespread in Joseon before he tells Chun-hong that even he doesn’t have the cure.

Time for some Syphilis Facts, courtesy of Hyuk’s voice and a montage. We hear in voiceover: “Living in modern times, I have not seen this disease at such a severe stage. If there was just an antibiotic like penicillin, treatment might be possible. But, penicillin will not be discovered for sixty-eight more years. Even as I watch this patient die in pain like this, as of now, I cannot do anything.”

Outside, Ha-eung wonders about how such a disease can be sexually transmitted, while Hyuk is sure that if he could just find out who she’s slept with, he could know who gave the disease to her. Ha-eung tells him that Kye-hyang is different from other gisaeng and isn’t the type to just sleep with any man. Which prompts Hyuk to ask what Ha-eung’s relationship is with her, which prompts Ha-eung to look mystically into the distance, the universal cue for an oncoming flashback…

And in that flashback Kye-hyang performs a fan dance for her guests, who include Ha-eung and a lecherous-looking Dae-gyun. He gropes Kye-hyang incredibly inappropriately in view of everyone, and Ha-eung puts on his drunk act in order to spare her more harassment, getting kicked by Dae-gyun in the process. (For the record, this scene made for a really unpleasant and uncomfortable watching experience.)

Kye-hyang tends to Ha-eung’s bruises later, and unsubtly drops many, many hints that she likes him romantically. Kye-hyang: “Does a girl need much to be happy? We don’t need to be played around with by rich nobles, we just need one man’s true love.” Ha-eung understands her meaning, but smoothly covers by feigning ignorance, claiming: “From today on, I give you my word. I will spread the word that you want to be a concubine!” Friend-zoned.

Back in the present, Ha-eung shakes his head, wondering how such an innocent girl caught such a horrendous disease. Hyuk arrives home to find Young-rae waiting up for him, and though she lets it be known that she knew of his whereabouts, he ignores her and goes to sleep. Ha.

He talks syphilis over with Heo Gwang the next day, who’s only read about the disease in medical books, claiming that there is a cure only when the disease is not as advanced. Young-rae arrives just in time to overhear Hyuk say that he saw a gisaeng with an advanced case of syphilis, and that he must examine the other gisaeng to see if they also have the disease. Dr. Jin, OB/GYN.

Heo Gwang has taken a liking to one gisaeng in particular, Yeon-shim, and goes along to the gibang with Hyuk so that he’ll be the only one examining her. Young-rae also volunteers to tag along – if they’ll be examining women, wouldn’t it be better to have a woman around?

However, a group of gisaeng, headed by Yeon-shim, stop her at the gate. She clucks disapprovingly that a noble woman would come to a place where only men are allowed, “As there are rules for noble houses, we have rules in gisaeng houses as well.” Hyuk doesn’t do much to help out, and eventually Chun-hong intervenes and allows Young-rae through on the basis that she’s Hyuk’s aid for the day.

So, this is kind of awkward. Hyuk tells all the girls in the gibang that they need to be examined for syphilis, and none of them are keen on it. They’re also worried that word might get out about the STD, which would ruin their business. Hyuk is once again at a standstill until Chun-hong volunteers to be examined first, to set an example for the girls.

Young-rae takes Chun-hong to undress, and they remain separated from Hyuk and the rest of the girls by a screen. This might be a more awkward option than Hyuk doing the exam himself – is Young-rae going to have to give Hyuk a play-by-play of what she sees under Chun-hong’s skirt?

She apologizes to Chun-hong for this invasion of everything, and Chun-hong puts on her brave face as she muses, “You must be happy you do not have to receive this kind of examination.” Chun-hong, you are one of the best characters in this show.

With the exam over, they emerge from the room. Young-rae: “She’s clean. More than anybody else, she has the cleanest body.” TMI. The rest of the girls are still hesitant and Chun-hong explains that it’s because they’re afraid – even if they’re diagnosed, there’s no cure.

News of a visitor takes our group back to Kye-hyang’s room, where they find Doctor Yoo checking her pulse. He’s upset that Heo Gwang didn’t report this sooner, explaining that this gibang is where royal officials and noblemen come to “relax their minds from their hard work,” and that if this disease were to spread to them, it would shake the foundations of the nation.

So, he proposes that he treat Kye-hyang himself, only Hyuk sees that he’s trying to feed her liquid mercury. Either he truly believes it’ll cure her, which is unlikely, or he’s just trying to kill her to get her out of the way. He then challenges Hyuk: “If it were you, what kind of medicine would you use for this serious disease?”

And unfortunately, Hyuk doesn’t have an answer. Doctor Yoo is more than happy to jump all over him for it, claiming that he was just as incompetent with the cholera epidemic. He even knocks away Kye-hyang’s fan so everyone can get a look at her disfigured face, for no other reason than that he’s a royal asshole.

As they argue, Kye-hyang eyes the cup of mercury, and finally makes a grab for it to commit suicide. Hyuk knocks it out of her hands just in time. “Please let me die,” she cries piteously. “What is the use in living like this?”

Doctor Yoo gives the report that Kye-hyang won’t live long to Dae-gyun and his lackey. Dae-gyun is only slightly concerned that she’ll blurt things she shouldn’t, and seems assuaged that the prognosis is grim. He offers a chest of money to thank Doctor Yoo, a bribe which he refuses – he’d rather Dae-gyun owe him one, so that he can cash in a favor later if he so needs.

Kyung-tak makes his first appearance of the episode when Hyuk returns to the hospital, having waited because he has a bone to pick with Hyuk about taking his fiancée into a glorified whorehouse. He wants Hyuk to refuse Young-rae entry to the hospital, and Hyuk simply replies that Kyung-tak should look out for what Young-rae really wants.

Kyung-tak: “Whatever I want is what my fiancée would want.” Sigh. He also adds a threat, “If you want to keep your life, then you should not ignore my words.” Just in case we were on the verge of forgetting this love triangle.

Heo Gwang fusses over some moldy tangerines, the sight of which send Hyuk into a series of flashbacks from the future, where wouldn’t you know, he attended a conference on how to make home-grown penicillin using mold. He was half-asleep during most of it, but lucky for him, Mina was very interested and recited memorable lines such as: “We can produce penicillin without the help of modern facilities or chemical methods.” You don’t say.

So Hyuk, using his photographic memory, sits down to draft/draw a way to create penicillin.

Later that night, Ha-eung pays a visit to the ailing Kye-hyang. “There is one thing I regret in my life, that I feigned ignorance of your feelings toward me. That I didn’t hold on to you when you left. Well, even if I had held onto you, I couldn’t have made you my concubine, or given you treasures to make you happy. Even so, seeing you leave like that is one of my greatest regrets. I am sorry, Kye-hyang.”

Aww, sad. She stops him as he’s about to leave to finally tell her tale – that she’d been lured into thinking that she’d be removed from the gisaeng registry and made a concubine by a man who had her locked in a room with a Western merchant from Qing, whom she slept with. Ha-eung’s not upset until he hears that she didn’t even get anything out of the deal.

She pleads for him to kill her, but Ha-eung merely embraces her, his eyes filled with sorrow. Ha-eung: “Everything is the result of my carelessness. I am to blame for your current state.”

Young-rae arrives at the hospital the next morning to find that Hyuk has kept himself locked away since last night. Heo Gwang also tells her about Kyung-tak’s threatening visit, but they’re interrupted when Hyuk comes bursting through the doors: “I need green mold!”

He gives his written plans to Heo Gwang, claiming that he can make medicine with mold – it’s difficult, but not impossible. He sets off for the gibang as Young-rae sets off to find mold.

He runs into Ha-eung outside, who asks him if syphilis is something Kye-hyang could have gotten from sleeping with a Westerner. Hyuk affirms his suspicions, and adds that there’s a possibility to make medicine to cure her.

While Young-rae gathers mold, Hyuk excises Kye-hyang’s syphilis sores in close-up high definition for our viewing pleasure. He needs the puss from her sores to test the medicine’s efficacy, which has Chun-hong overjoyed that Kye-hyang’s life might be saved.

Hyuk runs into Minister Kim, Dae-gyun, and lackey outside, and the moment Chun-hong claims that Hyuk is creating medicine to cure Kye-hyang’s disease, Dae-gyun grows anxious.

Meanwhile, Ha-eung employs a reluctant Joo Pal’s strength to track down the middleman responsible for Kye-hyang’s night with the Westerner, and blackmails him by virtue of knowing his dealings with Anonymous.

Heo Gwang and Friends set to building Hyuk’s penicillin laboratory, although our good doctor’s expression grows serious when Heo Gwang marvels over how great this drug will be, and how it will surely spread and create a new world.

He has a crisis as he looks over all his 21st century trappings, including his cell phone (which flickers on briefly), thinking, “These things shouldn’t exist in this era. Yet, I tried to make penicillin without a thought… This medicine can completely change history.”

Young-rae meets him outside with mold at the ready, only to be shocked when Hyuk rips up the penicillin plans. He doesn’t want to make penicillin anymore, and Young-rae can’t understand why – is he going to leave Kye-hyang to die? “It’s unfortunate but it can’t be helped,” Hyuk says.

She still can’t understand why he’s giving up without even trying. Hyuk: “It’s tormenting me too.” Young-rae: “No matter how tormented you are, you won’t die! But that girl, her life is depending on you. Do you really not care as a doctor?” Hyuk finally loses his composure and shouts, “I am the doctor, not you!”

Dae-gyun takes his worries that Kye-hyang will speak to Doctor Yoo, even though she doesn’t know of his involvement in selling her to a foreigner. Doctor Yoo couldn’t care one way or the other, and tells Dae-gyun that if he’s so worried, he can kill her – whatever suits him best. (Also, it is so distracting that their voices echo like they’re in the deepest cave ever.)

They go to Kye-hyang’s room only to find her missing, and Chun-hong is out of her mind with worry since she’d been talking about suicide. Dae-gyun checks his reactions even as Chun-hong sinks to the floor, sobbing.

This is a win in Dae-gyun’s book, so he leaves with Doctor Yoo. Yeon-shim comes to tell Chun-hong that they’ve left, and Chun-hong immediately stops the waterworks – it was all an act, because she knew they were after Kye-hyang.

Ha-eung has taken her to a shed under Hyuk’s care in the meantime, since he’s found out Dae-gyun was behind the plot. Hyuk looks guilty when Ha-eung asks how the medicine is coming along, saying that there is no medicine. Kye-hyang overhears him.

Ha-eung can’t understand, so Hyuk shouts, “It is a medicine that must not be made!” He tries to explain how it could affect history, which has Ha-eung fuming – what is history if it isn’t defined by people’s actions? What is Hyuk so scared of?

 
COMMENTS

Now this cliffhanger was legitimate, if only it weren’t edited so poorly. Rather than letting it trail off properly, it just seems as though Ha-eung was cut off mid-sentence. Ah well, you can’t win ‘em all.

I’m a pretty big anti-fan of the time skip device, especially in a case like we had with this episode, where it’s used as a cheap trick to get us to move right along without actually moving things along. What about those villagers we saw two episodes of? What about that whole conflict with Young-rae being upset that Kyung-tak burned down a village? What about Kyung-tak, period? Also, will this engagement thing ever end, or will it be dragged out as a point of conflict forever? Someone please hire them a wedding planner and be done with it.

Though the issues were deeper this episode, the slow pacing made them almost painful to wade through. I never thought I’d say “I miss cholera” but here I am, missing cholera. I get the idea of exploring the syphilis issue and I like that there’s focus on helping these disenfranchised women so often ignored in dramas, but it’s kind of hard to transition from Hyuk saving an entire village to Hyuk not saving one woman. In fact, the time skip affected him negatively in that he seemed to undergo a factory reset where all his trials and character growth from the village were washed away. He was back to being the calm, “Just Doin’ My Job” Dr. Jin, when I liked the “I Must Save Everyone!” version of him that grew organically from his suffering.

So now we have a version of him that has only just now realized that his actions could have severe historical ramifications, which is a hard pill to swallow from our genius neurosurgeon. To be fair, maybe he thought everything was gravy as long as he was keeping the scope of his work small (although literally inventing IV drips to cure cholera is a pretty big deal), but this is a conflict that somehow feels misplaced. He could have benefited from this kind of crisis earlier in the series, because throwing it in now makes me wonder if Hyuk, despite how well-meaning he is, might not be the sharpest scalpel in the doctor’s bag.

 
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45 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Roxy

    Is it still funny?

    • 1.1 momosan

      Often unintentionally funny. Why a voiceover about syphilis would be funny is a mystery, but the deadpan SSH voiceover was just 0-0

      • 1.1.1 Adi

        I don’t see how it’s funny at all. You people are just trying to force yourselves to laugh and see it as funny becuz Dramabeans writers gave you that idea. Honestly, I don’t see how anything was every funny in this show and still don’t, and so I highly disagree with what Dramabeans ppl keep saying about this show. And in fact, I think the show isn’t bad at all. At least it’s material is medical and historical, and not some shallow airheaded storyline that frankly is overused.

        And as for OP who asked if it’s funny, why don’t you just give it a try yourself? Maybe you’ll be weird too and find it funny, or maybe you’ll actually be able to see for yourself that the show is more decent than people are trying to make it sound.

        • 1.1.1.1 cherish MD

          i agree.at first, i was really excited to watch because i like both song and park as actors but got turned off watching it when i read the first recap that it was “funny” and not the epic/historical/medical related thing i was expecting.good thing my curiosity and appreciation for both actors’ craft got the better of me because IM ACTUALLY ENJOYING this show! hee!

    • 1.2 danna

      more uncomfortable than funny I’d say

  2. ilikemangos

    Lesson of the day : don’t fall asleep on lectures/pay attention in class

  3. kakashi

    haha, I enjoy your recaps a lot :-) and I am somewhat glad I don’t need to watch this show due to them

  4. diorama

    “Young-rae apologizes for this invasion of everything”…HeadsNo2, I lub you. Beyond the staff of probably 200 working on this drama, you make Dr. Jin an enjoyable experience :)

  5. jomo

    OMG
    Thanks for doing this show, as I stand far far away and giggle at
    ‘I never thought I’d say “I miss cholera” but here I am, missing cholera.’
    It is written as the sad start of a love song, which I would write if I had any musical talent…

    • 5.1 danna

      Also: “will this engagement thing ever end, or will it be dragged out as a point of conflict forever? Someone please hire them a wedding planner and be done with it.”
      LOL

      • 5.1.1 danna

        usually for dramas the recaps are sort of like background reading after watching the episodes…but with HeadNo2′s hilarious recaps its the other way round…might be hte first time I’m not regreting watching a bad drama

  6. starfield

    Bad editing is bad, le sigh. There was a scene in the ep.6 preview in which Young rae talked coldly, albeit politely to Kyung tak, telling him that she was on her way to deliver lunch to Jin. Don’t know why they cut off that scene, in what feels like a draggy episode.
    The villagers will come out again when the plot needs them, haha. And the whole Jin worrying about his changing history came 5 episodes too late, which is just poor planning. There are two material changes of plot in the K-version: one is Jin’s argument with Minna, which lead to her accident that traumatized him; and two is that Young rae has the same face as Minna, while in J version it was a geisha that had the same face as the hero’s present day girlfriend, who didn’t have a fight with him over a doctor’s responsibility. So I can understand why Jin’s actions in the earlier episodes were heavily influenced by Young rae. But the production team should still have say, added a scene or two in the earlier episodes, where he second guesses himself for his potential history changing endeavors, if they knew this plot arc was going to come to the forefront later.
    Anyhow…

    • 6.1 Mika

      Nokaze in the original Japanese drama was an oiran, not a geisha.

      Oirans were courtesans who had risen up the ranks in their brothel to hold the highest position there. They were accomplished entertainers who were skilled in various arts but all of them basically began their careers as prostitutes.

      Geishas, on the other hand, are entertainers trained in the traditional Japanese arts. Though their job is to entertain men, they are not obliged to have sex with them. Whatever Memoirs of a Geisha and Arthur Golden might suggest, geishas are not prostitutes.

      The differences between them may seem subtle but they are two distinct professions with their own code of etiquette. Anyone who’s interested in learning more about geishas and oirans can read up on the subject here: http://www.immortalgeisha.com/faq_geisha.php

      But back to the drama, I wonder whether the production company actually thought things through before buying the rights to JIN. Were they not aware that it was based heavily on events in Japanese history? 1860s Japan and Korea were two completely different societies and it isn’t as if you can just transpose events from one onto the other. I’m very curious to know if this remake is going to address Yi Ha-eung’s isolationist beliefs and if Jin Hyuk is going to try and talk him out of his anti-Catholic campaign. As it is, I find it strange that he hasn’t fully grasped the fact that he’s interacting with a key historical figure who was responsible for some very questionable policies. Maybe this will sink in after 10 episodes.

      Re: Mi-na. Another crucial difference is not just that she’s an adaptation of the Saki character but that her whole attitude is so different from her Japanese counterpart’s. Miki wasn’t a Mary Sue who kept going on about the need to save lives and help the underprivileged. She was a woman who wanted Jin to take risks and do right by his profession. And this takes on a very poignant significance in the later part of the drama when every decision he makes with regards to Nokaze starts affecting Miki’s future.

      I just find this whole K-drama adaptation very strange. Why undertake such an ambitious project if you’re not going to get the right writers, director and cast on board?

      • 6.1.1 starfield

        Re: Oiran versus Geisha, you are absolutely right, it was me being lazy thinking the K-drama crowd wouldn’t know what I mean if I write Oiran instead of Geisha. Sorry if I mislead anyone there >_<

        Due to the significant differences of the two countries' history, the setup and the persona of the lead female characters among many other elements, I think the K-version ought to basically be treated as a different story. Maybe the Korean production team is having an identity crisis in that they don't know what in the original they should/can keep, and how to smoothly integrate the parts they do want to keep into their own story, with its own unique setups.

  7. -K

    I like the whole time is a pretzel idea and the fact that he’s back there saving people is what’s supposed to happen and if he has to invent a hot tub to do so, so be it.

    I’m not gonna lie though, had I gone back in time I would become the new inventor of the light bulb, the hammock, the printing press, the steam engine, electricity, plumbing, the… well you get my point, obviously not in that order. Hammock is last.

    • 7.1 -K

      Haha, Joseon Hot tub Time Machine…. a squeal nobody wanted to see coming….

      never mind.

    • 7.2 Maya

      I like the idea of time loop paradox also, but I think this episode kind of blur the time travel concept in the storyline. Is it really the time loop thing where he has to go back in time to set the history as it is, or is he creating a different future? Because Hyuk knows that penicillin wont be invented until another 60 years but he is inventing it now (I mean, in the past) in Joseon.

      “While Young-rae gathers mold, Hyuk excises Kye-hyang’s syphilis sores in close-up high definition for our viewing pleasure.”

      Seriously, that scene just screamed “eewww!” to me. So unnecessary!
      Btw, I’m totally fascinated by Hyuk’s drawing of the penicillin process. It’s like the one drawn by a computer!

    • 7.3 My

      I like the idea where the guy they took the fetus tumor out of in the beginning is actually Jin

  8. Hannaman

    Totally agree with the comments at the end of the recap. Nothing makes sense in Dr.Jin sudden worries of changing history. And yes, what happened to the villagers and all the other things mentionned above? And Kyun Tak appearing for 5 min to say meaningless things… Really had high hope for this drama but it’s wayyyy to boring!!!!!

  9. Carole McDonnell

    Aaargh! Ah me, k-dramas! The West either has incredible evil (syphilis, cultural contagion) or incredible good (the great American schools and hospitals)?

    That said, whether syphilis came from the west or not, this episode produces a lot of unintentional giggles? Okay, yeah…the cholera episode was funny as well. But, although I know I shouldn’t be giggling over the privacy screen and the female exams, I just can’t stop laughing. And I think it’s because I really hate convenient plotting. And when the convenient plotting sets up some really flaky idea or situation, the hatred turns into pure laughter. Not meaning to mock but really, this show!

  10. 10 MidwestMz

    Any body like to play hop scotch?? This drama seems to, and sometimes it is, if not confusing, huh???

    With the ‘time’ shifting programs that are out this time around, was interested on how this one would do. Ho hum, hum ho. Right off, 2 dramatic saves with open brain surgery, really? Cholera workable, and I found very (minus IV drips) believable. What became/becomes of the villagers though? Now unfortunately a young lady who got taken in the worst of ways, and now he finds his conscience? Editing choppy, characters just get interesting and you are yanked about. Believable, sorry, nah! Likeable, jury still out on that one.

  11. 11 Cynthia

    I LOVED this episode!
    I loved this ep because it enabled me to check off another two “Let’s Guess What Diseases Doc Jin Will Be Tackling For Future Episodes” that we started in the last recap.
    STDs? Check! Skin boils? Double check!

    My list (from ep 3 recap):
    Smallpox should be next.
    Cesareans should be needed.
    STDs treated.
    Something with skin boils (cause they’re really yucky
    and should photograph well).
    Rabies.
    And about 30 more brain operations for various reasons.

    I’m thinking about adding open heart surgery to his roster – he’s still got his magic doc bag and his crab mallet.
    (And as a point of interest, he may have invented Joseon IV’s but the invention of rubber tubing is still a ways off..)

    Happy to see that his cell phone was still working. Wait! Do you think that Mina’s cell phone rang by her bedside and she…. never mind. Wrong drama. :)

    Thanks for the recap, HeadsNo2. Each episode just keeps leading us further down the dusty path to Crazyville!

    • 11.1 muhloy

      ohhhh i am excited for rabies!

      also i think leprosy should be next.

    • 11.2 diorama

      Personally, I think he should tackle baldness. THAT would be a cure to cement the genius of Dr. Jin.

  12. 12 annashee

    ayy so i tried this drama out for the sake of my love for songseungwon from the teenage years…but i can’t even enjoy his eyecandiness bcus of the joseon hairstyle and costumes. we need more flashbacks of modern day ors something. sigh…drama we’ll see we’ll see. youre gonna lose me within the next week if its not picking up. but thanks for the recaps nonetheless :)

  13. 13 fluff

    I’m sort of wishing there were some more character development for Young Rae. Is the fact that her 21st century counterpart is a doctor supposed to be reason enough for her to go following Dr. Jin around all the time? How much of this is because she likes Dr. Jin? Or did she really decide that yeah, I’d like to conduct some very private investigations on gisaengs today. Also, I wonder about the conversation where he told her what she was looking for. Awkward…..

    Not to mention, this episode had a serious lack of Jaejoong. And his one scene was basically a throwaway that didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know.

    Starting to feel sorry for the actors. There’s only so much they can do with this writing/directing/editing.

  14. 14 nn

    Thank you for translate this episode…

  15. 15 Gaeina Lee

    Ahh doc, it was “Love in the Time of Modern Era” then moved to “Love in the Time of Cholera”, and why are we now tangled in “Love in the Time of Syphilis”? I still love you tho’.. ^^

    ..Invent the penicillin or whatever fungi-thingy-med you are trying to make now doc, change the history..

  16. 16 Alicia

    “Just in case we were on the verge of forgetting this love triangle”. ~ I really would like to forget it. For me its the only intolerable aspect of this show. The character of Young Rae leaves nothing to be desired. Her character is just a drag.
    I think I would have rather her and Kyungtak already be married, having their issues and that’s when Dr.Jin shows up. I could see them trying not to cross that line of affection and Kyung Tak’s jealousy pushing him to the evil side.

  17. 17 hydesamagirl

    Hmm… I do think that Hyuk’s conflict was somewhat built up with the mom that he saved twice dying in the fire, but it doesn’t seem like enough to be the major conflict of the episode.

    This episode makes wonder what lectures my doctors have slept through.

    And, a note on the medicine. Mercury does have a history in traditional medicine, especially as an ingredient in potions for eternal life. But, of course doctors would also know its effects despite its supposed purposes. So, in a way the doctor is kind of cleverly covering his tracks because it is used in medicine.

  18. 18 Mic

    I feel like this show is a bad, Korean sageuk version of the American show House. At least, it will be if they keep skipping to random diseases every episode. :P

  19. 19 bd

    I started watching “Dr. Jin” even tho I knew the early reviews weren’t favorable more out of curiosity than anything and I haven’t been disappointed.

    As bad as the whole brain surgeries required due to subdural hematomas (one occuring at an opportune moment for Dr. Jin) followed up by cholera was, along with the stilted writing/dialogue – that wasn’t as BAD as the stilted writing/dialogue back in modern day Seoul btwn Dr. Jin and his fiancee, Mina.

    As humorously bad as some of the other things have been, they still weren’t as cringe-worthy bad as the moments btwn Jin and Min in the 1st ep (horrible cheesy and stilted scenes and dialogue – about as bad the dialogue btwn the 2 leads in “Secret Garden”).

    SSH and PMY have little chemistry btwn them, unlike SSH in KTH who had chemistry to spare in “My Princess” (the more natural and fun scenes w/ better dialogue certainly helped in “MP”).

    I had hoped that the more fluid acting/charm that SSH portrayed in “MP” would continue, but here, SSH is back to his stiff self.

    Really don’t find PMY to be much better (also doesn’t help that PMY can look really weird at times, esp. when she smiles – her cheeks look “unnatural”).

    So yeah, “Dr. Jin” is a pretty big mess, funny when it’s not supposed to be, but oddly enough, I have enjoyed the past few eps a bit more (the whole cholera and syphilis incidents) despite all the flaws b/c Lee Bum soo and Lee So yeon really shine.

    LBS is funny as always, but he brings a certain authenticity to his role as the bumbling, prone to drunkeness and gambling Prince.

    LSY hits her role perfectly as the gisaeng headmistress (I found LSY shrill and a bit over the top in “Dong Yi”, but she is superb here).

    Don’t really care for much of the other character, Kyung Tak is a bore and the evil powers that be aren’t that interesting (does Kim Eung soo ever play anything other than a power-hungry minister?).

    The only other characters I like are Joo Pal and Dr. Jin’s talisman-loving colleague.

    I’ll probably watch a few more eps to see if the show improves, but for those who want to watch a really well-done adapation of a Japanese series, I highly recommend watching “He/The Man Who Can’t Marry” starring Ji Jin hee.

    “TMWCM” is unlike most K-dramas/romcom and avoids the usual stereotypical characters and cliched subplots; and JJH is excellent as the uptight architect who likes things just as they are (as is rest of the cast).

    I would kick myself for not having watched it sooner, but I wasn’t aware of it when it originally aired.

  20. 20 DEE

    i don’t know how i must react watch this show… but thanks for recapping anyway…

  21. 21 Lise

    LBS , the mob boss and the talisman doc should have their own special scenes…for intentional laughs that is!

  22. 22 Luk

    Honestly, I’m enjoying the show so far. I like the “close-up high definition for our viewing pleasure” medical scenes, though it does make me cringe at times, because it’s not something you normally see in kdramas… or at least the ones I’ve seen so far. The only characters I’m interested in are Chun Hong, Ha Eung, and Jin Hyuk. Though Chun Hong is not shown much, I’m enjoying her character and I feel Chun Hong may play a more important role later on, thus my anticipation…. and did I mention LSY looks really pretty in this drama? lol, (after this, I found out she played the second lead female for Spring Waltz, which I watched a few years ago and am now currently watching her MLBMS drama) As for Ha Eung, I think it’s just LBS’s acting that makes his character likable…. though it is interesting to learn that his character was part of history, Korean history has always sort of been an unexplored aspect in American schools in general unless you really search for it, so it’s interesting to be learning some Korean history in kdramas, though I do understand the exaggerations that comes with it. Jin Hyuk? The usual moral dilemmas, decision makings, supposed genius, changing history stuff. I mean he is suppose to be the show and like I said, I’m enjoying the medical scenes and am interested in seeing what medical problems await him in the future (of the drama) for him to solve. Mi Na, Kyung Tak… kinda boring. PMY’s acting was enjoyable for me in IAS because her childish looks worked for her character in that show, but seeing her in more mature roles don’t seem to work for me. As for Jae Joong? Meh…. the “pretty boy” look for a warrior seems out of touch for me. I’d probably switch JYH and JJ’s roles, even though the role of Young Hwi is still a warrior of some sort. Though the Kyung Tak story is somewhat interesting with the whole concubine son thing that everybody seems to bug him with…. maybe he will pull a Hong Gil Dong? but for this drama, not likely.

    • 22.1 HMH

      I’m enjoying this show too. I don’t get all the hate. It really isn’t that badly done.

      Badly done, IMO, is Glass Mask and the Gumiho’s Revenge. Both shows are horrible.

  23. 23 alex

    you always end with a pic of kyung tak. :)

  24. 24 gia

    i still can nnnot let go to compare with JIN so for me this kdrama version is not good…

  25. 25 felice

    Thank you for the recaps !
    I ♥ This Drama… ^^
    to be continued !! Hwaiting !! ^u^

    Have a good day.. !! :D

  26. 26 ilovebinderclips

    “It’s a sore subject for her, and Hyuk asks her to tell him about the customers she’s had, ”

    coming right after the description of the syphilis sores… i see what you did there. **going off to giggle into my pillow like a six-year-old ;)

  27. 27 My

    I barely recognized Ha Sun in this episode, she looks really different, must be the make-up and hair. Then again, I often have trouble recognizing people anyways

  28. 28 Quiet Thought

    Every episode without a brain fetus is a failure for me.

  29. 29 Sho

    All I can say is having to explore a new disease pretty much “every episode” done by a “neurosurgeon” and being able find a cure for it seems ridiculous.

    I like this Drama in a way, but I think I have my standards way too high now from 2012 due to other dramas like QIHM in terms of time travel

  30. 30 NORA

    Mina and kyung tak is very boring character, also young rae too….because PMY is lead female so iam very boring to watch her in K-drama…..so horrible

    poor SSH and LBS join this drama

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