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Yong-pal: Episode 6

So good. So very, very good. Everyone wants to have the ice princess for their own this episode, but some couldn’t care less whether she’s still breathing at the end of it. Even though Yeo-jin’s foes view her as a prize to be won, there’s no certainty as to whom you can trust in this game. I verily believe that this episode may be the best one yet, with twists and turns that throw constant wrenches into even the most meticulous of plans.

It should be no surprise that Yong-pal has been making a steady climb in the Wednesday-Thursday ratings, but this week deserves a special mention as the series passed the 20% threshold with Episodes 5 and 6 hitting 18.0% and 20.4%, respectively. Keep doing you, Yong-pal.

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EPISODE 6 RECAP

Amidst hanging banners of protest against Hanshin Electric’s unfair layoffs, a woman stands on a bridge before leaping to end her life. Her suicidal attempt must be unsuccessful because we see Tae-hyun and Cynthia driving over to the scene. Neither of them know how a factory worker could be involved with the elite clientele they usually serve, but they’re about to find out.

Once they arrive, one look at the banners and the woman’s serious injuries is enough for Tae-hyun to deduce the rationale behind the act. Her difficult breathing points to hemothorax (bleeding around the lungs), so he needs to drain the blood immediately.

Tae-hyun gets to work to create a small incision, and since they don’t have a tube on hand, he disassembles a syringe to insert in the cavity instead. Blood squirts out and onto his face, and then the woman finally breathes easier.

After the patient is taken away by an ambulance, Tae-hyun is told to clean up before they head back. President Go is waiting to greet him on his way out; supposing that Tae-hyun recognizes him, he conveys the reassurance that they’re on the same side.

He and Tae-hyun relocate to his car to continue their conversation, where the older man admits to being partially at fault for the Hanshin factory workers’ disgruntlement. But he’s here to fix the issue—he too was once an ordinary man with a dream and weathered many storms. And while his speech about establishing Hanshin with Yeo-jin’s grandfather certainly makes for a nice tale, Tae-hyun gets right to the point: What does he want?

There’s little a rich old man like himself would want out of life, yet if he were to name one desire, it would be this: to drive Do-joon out and establish a world with a woman who would make her employees’ dream a reality. And in order to do that, he needs Yeo-jin.

Just like Tae-hyun had his own reasons to be fixated on money to protect his loved ones, he too wishes to make his lifelong dream come true. If Tae-hyun can make that happen, he promises to save his sister.

Turns out Cynthia has been working for President Go as long as (or perhaps even before) she’s been on the hospital’s payroll. Having seen Tae-hyun’s potential from the nuclear reactor incident, she doesn’t see why he’d need to think twice about President Go’s offer. When asked if she believes the words of a wealthy man who claims to want for nothing, Cynthia tells him to focus on getting his sister that life-saving procedure.

Yeo-jin, meanwhile, struggles to use her atrophied muscles to lift her foot. Motivated by Tae-hyun’s words of the need to walk to the throne to sit in it along with Do-joon lording over her then comatose body, she fights through the pain to try once more. She sheds relieved tears when she’s met with success.

Chief Lee is taken aback at the idea of killing Yeo-jin to counteract the board members’ wishes to meet her in the flesh. The task is far too sensitive for Tae-hyun to take on, and why Chief Lee can use her history of attempted suicide to their advantage and make it look like she took her own life.

Having her die on the table will prevent getting an autopsy that would reveal the drugs used to induce her coma, Chief Lee offers. When told that there is no problem if Do-joon refuses the autopsy, Chief Lee asks startled: “Do you truly trust Chairman Han?”

Confident that they’ll be paid handsomely for this task, the hospital director says he’ll put in a good word with the chairman and suggests a compromise: have it look like a suicide attempt and then let her die on the operating table.

After checking up on the factory worker’s bleak prognosis, Tae-hyun chats with Yeo-jin in her suite. He asks if she trusts President Go because in his experience, powerful people are too busy looking out for their own gain. Yeo-jin cuts him off just then: “I’m their biggest gain. I trust that.”

“And what if those people do the same thing [to you] as your brother did?” he asks. Gah, I love that Tae-hyun asks the hard-hitting questions we all want to ask these characters ourselves. In that case, she’ll at least have her legal guardian Do-joon to fall back on, though the very idea makes her laugh.

Her authority is of incredible gain to both parties in this power struggle, so they have no choice but to yield to her for the time being. She asks if he’s worrying about her right now, to which Tae-hyun replies that he’s more worried about himself and getting caught by Do-joon for helping her.

Yeo-jin assures him that he’ll get the passcode to that promised money the day she walks out of this hospital—aligning with President Go is in their best interest at present. He agrees. She bristles at how he’s been speaking to her in banmal, and Tae-hyun tosses back: “Hey, we’re friends!”

And as her friend, he’ll start her physical rehab today. She cries out in pain when he moves her foot, and he claims he barely touched it. Hee, these two.

Gangster hyungnim Doo-chul’s lackey gets suspicious after watching Cynthia greet a trio of gangsters (including the scar-faced one, with whom she exchanges a knowing nod) on the VIP floor. Doo-chul tsks at his inkling that the new fish seem murderous, and has him scratch his back instead.

Nurse Hwang installs a camera that sends a video feed directly to her phone. She’s much more confident now that she can keep another eye on Yeo-jin, and apologizes to Chief Lee for yesterday’s outburst.

Approaching Yeo-jin’s bed, Chief Lee remarks that they’ve all reached their limits and the time has come to put a stop to all this. He takes a beat before spinning those words as if they were meant for Tae-hyun to do a good job.

Scarface and his buddies are introduced as friends to an important client, and as always, Chief Lee is attentive and polite. He notices the patchy job done on their casts, and when he rises, the trio simultaneously decline the offer to put on new ones. Cynthia plays it cool, and on his way out, Tae-hyun spots the photo of Chae-young half-tucked underneath a book on the table.

Speaking of whom, Chief Lee & Co. find Chae-young in the middle of her morning yoga. She refuses all of Chief Lee’s recommendations to see a specialist—instead she’d like some personal medical attention, namely from Tae-hyun.

Although Chief Lee raises an eyebrow at the idea Chae-young had reason to see Tae-hyun, he dismisses the thought when told that Tae-hyun is probably her newest plaything.

Tae-hyun is itching to get out of helping Chae-young with her stretching exercises, but then he freezes when she asks if he met with President Go. She tells him to act natural because they’re being watched, and then strategically keeps her face away from the camera recording them to fill him in on Do-joon’s plans to do away with Yeo-jin soon.

The petition to see her was an effort to provoke Do-joon, and Yeo-jin will die if President Go doesn’t withdraw the request by noon tomorrow. Furthermore, President Go is the type of man who would leave Yeo-jin to die if he can’t get her on his side. “Now do you realize that I’m the only person who wants to save Yeo-jin?”

If Tae-hyun can swipe the elevator keys and transport Yeo-jin down to the basement level, that’s where Chae-young will be waiting. She can assure him that his life will change by teaming up with her, then she pulls him close to whisper in his ear that the offer only stands until tomorrow’s deadline.

While Tae-hyun catches a glimpse of Scarface, the hospital director confirms that they’ve received permission to go ahead with the plan to off Yeo-jin tomorrow. In her subconscious, Yeo-jin gasps. Frightened, her eyes well up in tears.

She isn’t the only one shocked, however—Nurse Hwang, who has listened in through her secret video feed, is rattled by the news. Next thing we know, she walks back to the lobby with a wooden expression, firmly gripping a scalpel in her bleeding hand.

She calls out to the hospital director before charging at him with the blade and stabbing him with it over and over again. “Die, die!” she cries. Utterly shocked, Chief Lee calls for security, and Nurse Hwang hisses back: “You people would dare kill my baby? You can’t kill her. I’ll kill you all first!”

The guards rush over to detain Nurse Hwang, who demands to see Do-joon aka the monster that would think of killing his sister. She gets dragged away before she can scream anything else, and the hospital director is ushered out.

But what should Nurse Hwang unknowingly leave behind but the keys to Yeo-jin’s personal elevator. Tae-hyun rushes inside to check on Yeo-jin, who tells him in a trembling voice about the plans to murder her tomorrow on the operating table. She softly cries that it’s all over.

Taking her hand, Tae-hyun assures her that it isn’t—he’ll be in that operating room tomorrow, and no one dies on his table. “Trust me,” he says firmly. “I’m Yong-pal.”

But the tears overcome her words, and Tae-hyun draws her close to comfort her.

Tae-hyun confronts Cynthia about whether the newest gangster trio was dispatched by President Go. Cynthia confirms it, but adds those men are here to rescue Yeo-jin. She tries calling her boss when he tells her that President Go must retract the petition by tomorrow if he hopes to save Yeo-jin.

But the old man won’t do that on the grounds that doing so now will only arouse suspicion. That doesn’t surprise Tae-hyun, who gets asked if he’s doing all this out of concern for himself or Yeo-jin. Cynthia is pleased to hear that Tae-hyun is still looking out for his sister—in fact, she has good news, which she’ll only share if he agrees to cooperate with what comes next.

If it helps his decision, President Go will pay Tae-hyun in cash if he delivers Yeo-jin over to him. Dead or alive. Sheesh. Reminded of the words that President Go doesn’t care whether or not Yeo-jin is breathing, Tae-hyun verbally agrees to take part in the next step of President Go’s plan.

The proposed plan: A group of President Go’s men will arrive on the helipad at 2 AM and assume multiple roles to take out the necessary hospital staff. They’ll cut the power to the VIP floor temporarily, and Tae-hyun will use those precious few minutes to transport Yeo-jin to their rendezvous point. By the time security assembles on the helipad, it will all be over.

Back in her suite, Yeo-jin acknowledges that that’s quite an intricate plan. He asks if she really trusts President Go, who was well-aware that drawing up that petition would put her life in danger. She calls the move strategic, but Tae-hyun fires back that the man was gambling with her life.

But she can’t risk putting her life into the hands of someone who wouldn’t be able to make such a decision. “Aren’t you afraid?” Tae-hyun asks. “No,” she replies, though her shaking hands suggests otherwise. “What I’m truly afraid of… is sleeping here forever.”

There are three parties — Do-joon, President Go, and Chae-young — who are all after her, and willing to kill if necessary. Yeo-jin breaks down the dilemma into more basic units: between the weak vs. powerful, whose hand will he take?

There’s no such thing as kindness in her circles, and when Tae-hyun says there’s another way, she tells him not to care for her too much. “You’ll end up get hurt too.”

But Tae-hyun couldn’t care less about that—she’ll be moved into the OR tonight, but he’ll be the one to take her there, not Chief Lee.

Tae-hyun surprises the nurses with coffee and cake, a kind gesture that impresses the head nurse. She figures that he must be getting along fine on the VIP floor, but Tae-hyun says it’s all the same because it isn’t like any of them can escape this hellhole of a hospital anyway.

She can tell that he’s got something on his mind and urges him to come out with it. So he does: the patient known as Young-ae to the rest of the hospital must die on the table tonight.

He calls Chae-young to ready her people to pick up Yeo-jin at 4 AM on the third basement level. Furthermore, Chae-young must leave the hospital now and lie low. She agrees, then calls her father to mobilize his men.

While Do-joon is intrigued by a mysterious caller (could it be Tae-hyun?), Chief Lee receives word from Do-joon’s secretary to enact the plan now. He pours himself a hefty glass, then gulps it down. He sneaks that glass into Yeo-jin’s suite, then sets it on the edge of her bed.

Chief Lee puts on a pair of latex gloves before preparing a syringe to inject a drug into Yeo-jin’s IV. Because she theoretically shouldn’t be able to experience pain anymore, Chief Lee smashes the glass onto the floor.

He bends down to grab a jagged piece… then gets up again to find himself staring directly at a wide-awake Yeo-jin. He freaks out and falls back in shock. “Murderer. You’re a murderer,” she utters.

Tears stream down her face as Yeo-jin tells Chief Lee that he’ll eventually die by Do-joon’s hands. Chief Lee’s gaze falls upon the broken glass again, and he swipes a piece. Next thing we know, he comes running out of the suite and demands to prep the OR, his doctor’s coat splattered with blood. Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit.

And back inside, we see Yeo-jin’s “self-injury” to her neck, and Chief Lee covers her body with a sheet. Seeing the security guards usher the other VIP clients into their rooms, Cynthia tells her men to switch to Plan B.

The halls are now clear, yet Tae-hyun is denied entry to the suite. However, he isn’t in the dark for long: His eyes widen at the sight of a covered Yeo-jin being wheeled out of the room, and Cynthia gives the signal to cut the power.

Everything goes black for a few moments before the emergency lights flicker on. All of a sudden, the gangster trio comes crashing down to take down the guards. Both sides fight over Yeo-jin’s body while fighting each other, and though the gangsters put up a good fight, the guards take possession of Yeo-jin anyway.

More security guards are dispatched to attack, and then the head of security takes out a gun… and points it at Yeo-jin. Seeing this, Tae-hyun launches himself at the man, and the two engage in a struggle until a gunshot rings out.

It’s Tae-hyun who gets shot and falls to the ground. And that spurs Cynthia to release her inner badassery—seriously, she climbs over the counter and starts kicking serious ass. She picks up the gun and shoots it in the air, before pointing it at anyone who dares to draw near.

Doo-chul rushes over to Tae-hyun, who clutches his wounded side before helping the gangsters wheel Yeo-jin down the hall. Unfortunately for them, they’re blocked by even more security (seriously, where were these guys when the hospital director got attacked?), so Tae-hyun orders the crew to head back to the VIP suite.

Scarface tries to clear the way, but they find themselves surrounded anyway. Doo-chul insists that Tae-hyun go on ahead—he’ll take care of things here. And then he takes on the horde of security guards trying to break through. Badass.

Tae-hyun and Cynthia are in the elevator with Yeo-jin by the time a few guards come running inside. He furiously presses the button and the doors close by a hair. Chief Lee comes running inside a minute later, then calls over the guards to a nearby closet that houses another covered gurney…

… where the actual Yeo-jin lies. He appears slightly crazed as he says he’s the only surgeon who can save her now. Down in the basement level, President Go has an ambulance waiting to transport who they think is Yeo-jin, but first they’re met with another surprise.

It’s Do-joon, who wonders why the man went to such dramatic lengths to drag his sister away. Meanwhile, Chief Lee wheels Yeo-jin into the already prepared operating room, where our favorite head nurse is part of the operating team.

We flashback to the earlier conversation between the head nurse and Tae-hyun to learn more: although Chief Lee will act under Do-joon’s orders to attempt to kill Yeo-jin in the operating room tonight, Tae-hyun must be there to make it look like a believable death. He’ll lower Yeo-jin’s body temperature and stop her heart while they’re all watching.

So it’s the head nurse’s job to procure pints of blood so that they can later resuscitate Yeo-jin. There’s always the chance that they won’t be able to revive Yeo-jin, but that’s the reason why Tae-hyun needs the head nurse’s help.

Back in the present, the head nurse begins lowering Yeo-jin’s body temperature. Chief Lee takes his sweet ol’ time examining Yeo-jin’s neck wound and is in no rush to take further action. When the resident suggests to bring Tae-hyun in, Chief Lee is all, Yeah, call him in or whatever.

A standoff between President Go and Do-joon continues downstairs, and then Tae-hyun limps over to push Not Yeo-jin over, much to Cynthia’s surprise. And that’s when Do-joon thanks Tae-hyun for handing over what’s rightfully his. Believing that Tae-hyun has betrayed them, Cynthia levels her gun at his temple.

Upstairs, while Chief Lee leisurely stitches Yeo-jin up, the head nurse surreptitiously administers a syringe filled with potassium to induce a cardiac arrest. The effect is almost immediate, and when the team jumps into action, Chief Lee orders them not to.

He calls the time of death before looking up to see Do-joon’s secretary nod in acknowledgement in the observation deck.

Do-joon receives news of Yeo-jin’s passing moments later, and shares what should be sorrowful news to everyone with a twinge of excitement in his voice. At that moment Tae-hyun pulls back the sheet, revealing the dummy lying underneath. He appears as surprised as everyone else whereas Do-joon laughs victoriously.

As Yeo-jin is covered with a sheet in the operating room, Tae-hyun looks up again at Do-joon.

 
COMMENTS

Let me take a minute here to let this episode sink in because yes, it’s that good. I can only hope that Tae-hyun has orchestrated this escape and mobilized all parties to his and Yeo-jin’s favor, though I doubt he factored in the possibility of getting shot during the mission. Even then, I have to remind myself that the end goal is to convince everyone else that Yeo-jin is presumed dead, which she now is. And yet, I’m sitting here on the edge of my seat and anxiously biting my nails because while the first part of that plan is complete, Tae-hyun must now hustle to revive Yeo-jin, stat.

Speaking of whom, the more we get to know Yeo-jin, the more I find myself drawn to her as well. She’s well-aware that her enemies see her as a trophy to fight over, and hell if she won’t use that to her advantage while she can. Though filled with the drive to bring down her enemies and putting up a strong front for everyone around her—and for good reason—she’s still human, fearful of the idea of being murdered in her sleep and never being able to wake again. Not only do we see her in her frightened state, she also allows Tae-hyun to share in her most emotionally vulnerable moment yet.

Which is why I love watching every moment of Tae-hyun and Yeo-jin’s budding friendship. His concern for her goes beyond their business deal, and I so enjoy watching them interact, whether it’s about her physical rehab or him asking after the people she can actually trust. I like that Tae-hyun doesn’t hold back with the questions either because not only does the asking satiate our curiosity, but it also challenges Yeo-jin to seriously contemplate about who has her best interest at heart.

That said, I hope we get to see more of Chief Lee’s inner struggle with the bosses he serves. There have been moments in this series when he’s troubled by the orders he receives, and a desire to put an end to the charade of keeping a woman barely alive. His moral ambiguity as an underling intrigues me in a different way than the crazed Nurse Hwang, though I’m inclined to believe that his deep-seeded fear and insecurity are what drives his actions. At first, I thought that he was someone who would be utterly relieved at any opportunity that would let him wash his hands of the responsibility, but Chief Lee knows just how deep he is in this secret crime, and Tae-hyun has voluntarily walked into it as well.

If there’s one more thing that I’m left wondering from this hour is what kind of man President Go really is. We’ve been told that he’s a man of preparation (and possibly played a role in last week’s cyclotron incident) but it isn’t until this episode that we’re shown any evidence of that. Thankfully there were so many twists and turns in the latter part of this hour that overshadows that detail for now, but if the businessman is going to be painted as another contender for Yeo-jin’s wealth and power, the man ought to bring more than a petition and an ambulance to the next show and tell.

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This is my new drug…after Healer…

Joo Won is such a great actor!

Go Yong Pal!!!

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I know right? I'm so taken in by the show now. I think these Healer-type shows are totally my kind of KDrama. Hahaha... Cannot wait for the next episodes to air. Just wondering now how Tae Hyun will make it to the OR to revive Yeo Jin.

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@mesmerised : I'm fully taken and all out in this hella ride too*) We are lost siblings in dramaland, shows as Healer, City Hunter, Gaksital (CH in josean era?) and now, Yong-Pal.

After all, we need a damn badass hero that had painful dread past that cut deep in his poor soul but still willing to crave his heart out to safe innocents/country/his princess.

what's else to ask when a wounded anti-hero is the only one that could save the them all?

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There are some kickass women in this series. Anyone else clap when cynthia slit her skirt and started fighting?

Also the whole physical therapy session between chae young was so cute!

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The female characters in this drama are so refreshing, especially compared to other Korean productions past and present. I've watched about zillion of these dramas and almost all of them contained shocking displays of sexism, misogyny and flat female characters that offended my European sensibilities (I acknowledge a cultural difference, but for me it's no excuse, as treating women as human beings and equal to men should be a universal behaviour that should be reflected in the popular culture).

I started to worry when we got to episode 4 and Han Yeo-jin was still a minor and inactive participant in the events, but now when she finally woke up she's awesome, full of charisma and slowly regaining her agency and getting back in the game by skillfully using resources available to her in her dire situation. I can't wait for her to show all the parties treating her like a trophy that's she's not their plaything.

Chae-yong and Cynthia are brilliant as well, active participants in this chaebol game and very skilled players. Can't wait to see more from them.

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I was elated. I was like YESSS! Shinshia (lol gotta to stop typing that), im mean Cynthia rocks. Hoping she doesn't turn evil or something. She brings a vibrancy to the 12th floor so it'd be a shame for her to just go all rogue. She might be an ally later. We did see sparks of humanity in her couple eps ago when she returned to the hospital.

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I like calling her Ms. Shin (What Yongpal mistakenly called her when they first met) for kicks :B

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@aioaheen
Me Me Me!!!!!!!!! oooffff I was just going write about her slit but you are the 1st , I just hope her to be entirely professional and to stay away from any type of love triangle like Healer's Dae young, I dont care who she joins good team or bad

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Amen!

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OMG Yes. When she ripped her skirt I just KNEW she was about go flying over that desk and kick some serious ass. How could she get any more badass? And yet she did.

Also, I have been waiting for the Head Nurse to pull some badass moves. Kim Mi-kyung (Hacker Ahjumma in Healer) is too major a character actress to have such a small part. I've figured she would be an important help to Team Yong-Pal pretty soon.

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Wait - wasn't the previous episode's cliffhanger Nurse Hwang gasping in shock and seeing Tae Hyun talking to Young Ae? Did the writers just skip that entirely? Kind of a huge thing to ignore.

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I think she wanted proof. That's why she put in the hidden camera. But before she could catch TH in the act, she overheard a plan to murder "her baby".

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I think Nurse Hwang didn't "inform" the director and Chief Lee that her doll is awake in case they overdose her ... In any case she spied on her doll, and probably thought she should use the clip to blackmail Yong Pal. Unexpectedly she came across the murder plot and snapped ....

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I think she wanted to keep such a huge thing to herself. I mean, who can u trust? Better to let them keep meeting while finding out what they've been up to. Then maybe (and in her case, most probably) using that as her own evidence against Tae Hyun. The director's words pushed her over the edge tho.

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Nurse Hwang to the rescue! Unbelievably crazy and yet we can't help applauding her crazed antics to protect her baby...
If only she had collaborated with Yong Pal instead of getting herself locked up daylight (attempted) murder.

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I agree. I found what she did to be oddly satisfying. I shudn't be applauding this lady but I was. Still, couldn't see her collaborating w Yong Pal. She's too nuts and obsessed. Hoping it isn't the end of her tho. She's played brilliantly well by that actress.

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She is indeed. I was clapping for her 'crazy' as well. And the actress plays her to the hilt. I am loving the minor characters in this show.

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At first I couldn't believe it, I totally thought she was imagining it all! She'll be missed.

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Camille, Adal, Fab...
Haha...yes she would be missed. Hopefully this won't be the last we see of Nurse Hwang. Her scenes were eerie and comical at the same time. Pretty Hollywood stuff.

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Damn Cynthia slayed me wtf!!!

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I find it interesting because this drama is a battle of brothers. Yong-pal will do almost anything, including repeatedly putting his life on the line, to save his sister. Do-joon, the other sister's brother, who will do ANYTHING to kill his sister. These brothers are natural enemies.

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Great comparison! I didn't think of it that way. U blew my mind. Kudos to writer Jang!

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Its funny when u think abt it. Everyone is using So Hyun as their own bargaining chip to win over Tae Hyun. AND at the same time, everyone else is fighting over Yeo Jin in their little games and schemes.

 I'd say that this shw revolves around these two chatacters. And if one of these sisters die, its games over for ALOT of ppl.

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I thought the same thing, truly a testament to the proverbial am I my brother's keeper...

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such good stuff! i haven't been this tense watching an episode in a long time! ahh i don't even know what else to say... I LOVE IT.

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I spent most of the episode leaning forward and unable to lean back to relax! LOL!

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This show definitely deserves the hype it's getting!! Despite the fact that it's a medical drama and involves pesky business machinations (both of which I usually don't like), I'm seriously on the edge of my seat and wishing for more. I really like the makeshift procedures that yongpal does because they make this drama so much better than just a regular medical drama. Plus, I've got to say that I'm loving all the female chracters in this drama - Han Yeo Jin, Cynthia, and the Chairman's wife are all so badass in their own way. I'm loving the repertoire between Taehyun and Yeojin as well; they're going to make an amazing team, I'm sure of it. I found the epic showdown a bit funny though, but it's all good nonetheless. I'm really curious about how Taehyun's going to save Yeojin, seeing how he's pretty wounded himself. But, again, he's Yongpal, and like he said, he doesn't let anyone die on his table. Fighting, Yongpal!! And thanks for the recap!!

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Wtf? Seriously, what just happened? But yes, in a good way, really good! I can't believe we see this kind of action in episode 6. Looking forward to what else they have up their sleeves.

Btw, for one horrifying second I thought the fake body was that of Tae hyun's sister. Thank goodness they didn't go there.

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His sister? Lol. I doubt they wud ever go that far. It wouldn't be the best move. I thpught it was nurse Hwang like some ppl thought. It would have been funny and shocking had it been her tho.

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Relatively new to kdramas, and Yong Pal is the first I've watched while it's being aired in Korea. All I can say is - how can you stand the suspense of having to wait another week! Everything about this series so far is incredible - the writing, the acting, the layers of the characters, and the chemistry between Yong Pal and Young Ae is fantastic. And the music adds to the suspense in a perfect way. There are so many open questions to the end of episode 6. Thank you for your recap and comments, I've been anxiously waiting to read them, hoping to gain more insights to kdrama.

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While the anxiety of waiting for the nxt ep is nt funny, its good bc it gives ppl time to theorise AND interact with the wider community. That's the limitation of binging. Plus, its so much more exciting and keeps us more appreciative of each ep. I can look on each ep individually and in the end, hw it came together as a whole.

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Actually, the suspense is what excites me in watching airing dramas. It gives me something to look forward to on a particular day of my dreary week. Hahaha.

But one downside of watching a currently airing drama is that we viewers are unaware if the drama will remain strong throughout its airing. But hey, the risk is part of the fun! LOL.

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To be honest, watching weekly gives me the time to calm down! When I marathon a drama, I can get super burnt out by being constantly cycling through high emotion along with the characters.

Watching weekly, I definitely have that "aahh, why isn't there more?" feeling at the end of an episode, but it's really for my own good to have to wait.

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Sometimes, when a show is this good (and has this much complicated plot twists) it can be helpful to rewatch some of the early episodes to make sure you caught everything while you're waiting for the new ones. Healer - which I recommend if you're liking this - had a lot of flashback stuff in the first episodes that was hard for me to follow but I watched it like: 1-4, 5, 6, 1-6, 7, 8 ... it was that good. Damn I really want to re-watch Healer again, especially episode 6...

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@Alessar good idea and do re-watch by all means. I do that now and then, among other shows.

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this episode was so epic! it was so intense and it kept me on the edge of my seat too. I think I should watch this drama alone coz I can't keep myself from yelling at my laptop screen xD.
btw, that ost when KTH was hugging YJ was great! lots of kdrama uses songs similar to this one thses days and I'm loving it.
Now, how many of you felt proud of Doo Chul Ahjusshi when he jumped to help his Yongpalie!.
this might sound stupid, but where do they get all those bodyguards? they keep increasing in quantity with each min xD

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LOL LOL your comment about the guards tickled me so much...

Can you just imagine them all sitting in one room ala Storm trooper style, and once the sh*t hits the fan they all file out to the corridors? hahahah seriously, what do they do while on standby?

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LOL I don't really know what is Storm trooper style. So, I googled it and right now I'm checking some videos related to Storm troop. they seem like funny heheh xD

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There are the gangs sent by President Go and the bodyguard numbers were bolstered by Do Joon who got tipped off by the call.

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This episode is awesome and thanks a million gummi for the recap. I like the unpredictability of the outcomes - not even the parties were really privy to...

My theories:
Yongpal played triple agent to finally hand over Yeo Jin's revived body to Chae Young who he deduced to be the only one who wanted Yeo Jin alive. He called Do Joon to counter President Go buying time for him to prepare Yeo Jin for the surgery.

Scenario 1: He pretended to be shocked over the dummy and later went to revive her...according to his plan.. But I find it strange that he would fight so hard for a dummy and get shot in the process.

Scenario 2: He is caught unprepared that Do Joon would prepare a dummy .... However, thanks to his alert, our Head nurse or our injured Yong Pal will revive her eventually ...

Is there going to be a time leap?
Is Yong Pal's sister gonna be alright?

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Yh, while im hoping he is gokd enuff to outsmart these baddies, im becoming well nt so sure. His facial expression at each eventuality looks too believable. He risked his life for a dummy?! Why wud he do that? And his face at the end of the ep was surprised, angry and full of determination. I really hope he has a back up plan and the shw misled us with those ending scenes.

im thinking ur second scenario is more likely to play out.

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@Camille W
I appreciate all of the dialogue and conversation on DB, including yours, but the constant texting abbreviations make it hard to read. Everyone can make spelling errors and typos - I'm referring to the deliberate use of text-speak.

Please refer to the Commenting Policy for this site. Here's an excerpt:
Spelling, plz. If u rite like dis, ur commt wll git delet’d. also, lee minoz will nevur luv u back. u duns want dat, do u?

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@silkie.asassin:

Wow, now even writing words out in full has become work? What has the world come to?

Not everyone is 17 and fluent in text-speak, so there's nothing wrong for a request to have something written in proper English, okay? She's not even acting like a grammar nazi or a spell-check programme.

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The typos in Cammile's first post look exactly like the ones my phone makes when I use swype-typing method; the text input box is limited and it is hard to scroll through the whole thing, so proofreading the entire comment before posting is sometimes not possible.

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Okay. I'll take your advice. I guess it can be annoying to read a comment littered in text-speak. However, in all honesty im sure my comment was not hard to read although there are a few shortened words like: enuff, ur, nt, hw, wud and shw. There was one typo: 'gokd' which I corrected in my following post. But I can take a hint. Thanks for the heads up.

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He planed ahead for her to be with Chae Young and for the head to nurse to inject her with potassium. I think he was just playing along. He will likely revive her before Chae Young picks her up.

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My guess is scenario 1. He can't afford someone knowing it's a dummy, so he tries to protect it at all cost. He just doesn't count the gunshot. What makes me believe he knows it's a dummy is when he pushes the cart towards Dojoon. There's no way he would do that if it's the real Yeojin.

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Forgot to consider the part he was pushing the stretcher to Do Joon...
Scenario 1 would mean he is acting out acting so well (acting YP acting shocked)...

I am truly impressed with episode 5 and 6. I thought the writer and production team really think big and had this whole George RR Martin thingy going on. You know Yong Pal's reference to the "throne" reminds me of the Game of Thrones. And while Daenerys wasn't exactly incapacitated like Yeo Jin, she was a princess rendered helpless by various nefarious schemes and greedy quests for money and power.

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Yup. Another week and Yong-pal delivered me with awesomeness as expected. This show is fucking amazing, has me on the edge of my seat and wishing that next week was here because I just have to know what happened.

But while we wait for that, can we all bow at the awesomeness of Tae-hyun saying "No one dies on my table. I'm Yong-pal". Like that was kick-ass and all I could think was Yeojin, girl you're damn lucky. But while I'm all gushing about Tae-hyun and his lines, I do hope that all this was part of his plan because Chae-yong was no one near all this drama so I'm guessing she's meant to be Yeojin's getaway vehicle.

President Go, I think is just as big an asshole as Doon-joon but I don't think he would have put his sister in a coma to take control of her company, but then again, I don't know. What I don't like though is Cynthia using Tae-hyun's sister to get to him. It's exactly the same thing Yeojin is doing but I prefer Yeojin. If anyone is making such demands, let it be sleeping beauty not the double agent from a James Bond movie.

The only thing that I am certain of is that Yeojin shall not die, but anything else can happen. I do hope that the escape is successful though. I've found something more satisfying than someone who's meant to be in a coma working behind the scenes to exact her revenge; someone who's meant to be dead working behind the scenes to exact her revenge. *Rofl.

The police officers have been quiet so far. Please tell me this hospital incident would have them coming back. I want Tae-hyun to focus on other things for now and not the detective that's on his tail.

Oh, and can I say how much I love this series. Everything is paced so fast, it's like we're in their world; a world where things happen fast and you have to react just as fast. Like seriously! Chief Lee found out about Tae-hyun's alias in episode 3, Nurse Hwang found out that Yeojin is out of her coma in episode 5, and now in episode 6, Yeojin has been 'murdered' and Doo-joon may or may not regard Tae-hyun as a double agent.

Oh, and Nurse Hwang. Seriously? Stabbing the director? That's what you get for employing a woman who's cray cray. But we have to admit it. She might be psychotic, but she did go with a bang (or multiple stabs) and leave her keys behind. Never let it be said that crazy nurses do not have their uses.

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Oh and did anyone hear of the extension by four episodes? I'm hoping this is not so. And that if it is, it does not destroy the fast pacing that we've come to love about this show. Hopefully, the fact that they've talked about it now means they have enough time to work it into the series without slowing things down. Oh Yong-pal. Please don't let your popularity be the cause of your decline. I don't think my poor heart would be able to handle it.

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not to mention our lead actor's decline. I read he and the crew did 6 all nighters to get the scenes ready. If they extend for 4 episodes he and the crew might need a stay in the hospital themselves:(

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Ugh, Joo Won... his acting and this drama are too good for words.
That last screen cap where he looks at Do-evil is so... ugh, it gives me goosebumps.

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I have a really weird thing I like about this series: that among many medical inconsistencies the creators managed to incorporate a believable muscle atrophy in a person who's been 3 years in a coma. Because that's what really bummed me in the Kill Me, Heal Me finale earlier this year where a 20-year+ coma patient who just woke up was able to jump out of his bed and even kneel. I am no doctor, but this kind of illogical s**t just takes me out of a story.

So brownie points go to Yong Pal for that realistic depiction. (Though my eye started twitching during this episode when Yeo-jin was profusely bleeding from her cartoid artery for what seemed like an hour without, you know, dying and who knows how long she'll be in her zombie state before Tae-hyun gets his ass over to her (I unreasonably hope that it will be less than 5 minutes, because afterwards they may just leave her dead, as reviving her would make no difference, with her being brain-dead due to oxygen starvation or whatever. But what do I know?))

Still, before I start complaining about medical fantasy going on in this show, I'll wait and see the explanation in episode 7 for what went down in episode 6.

Despite these petty grumbles, I really like this series. Joo Won is reliable as always (and as watchable as always, ehem) and it's nice to see - at last! - really complex and kickass female characters in K-dramaland like Cynthia, Chae-yong and even Yeo-jin who finally, step by step, manages to regain her agency and has tons of charisma. Keep up the good job, show.

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What struck me about this show is that they managed to get some things totally right medically, and so far off on others.

Even at reduced temperatures, she has at most 6-7 minutes to live and even that is pushing it, as the temp was not all that low, room temperature.

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Agree! JW knows how to stop the dripping, yet they still use Yeojin's right hand as the location of insertion. They know about adrenaline injection, yet HYJ survives a fall. They let Yeojin in bed because of muscle atrophy, yet she can stand up and commit suicide during her brief awakening. Sometimes I'm sure they consult with doctors, sometimes I just scratch my head.

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I think it is a fair bet you should not get your medical knowledge from k-dramas. :P

But what bugs me is that they are often so inconsistent, as you noted.

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True and i got all my medical knowledge from Greys Anatomy

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Not to mention the father in KMHM didn't age, even for a strand of hair, during those 20 years. Like, would I believe the nurse applied anti-aging cream and dye his hair every month for 20 years? I got a feeling they woke him up just to put a good use to Ahn Nae-Sang. He's too good to just lie there.

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+1 I agree, fantasy medical but really fun action!

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LOL!!! "Imaginary Medicine" is the most crowded Medical Residency in kdramas. After some time, nothing surprises me any more nor gets on my nerves. Besides, exept for Dr. House all American medical series have butchered Medicine (no specialty has survived tbh) time and again.

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Hahahaha! Well said! :-)

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What caught me was the wardrobe fantasy: There's no way that Cynthia's designer skirt would rip that easily, even at the seam! Oh the disbelief we suspend in the name of badassery.

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Oh please. You KNOW Cynthia scored that skirt in preparation for that moment. She thinks that far ahead.

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so basically ( i haven't watched the drama and just skim through the recaps)... kim tae hee's character is on a bed for 6 episodes???

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Yes, she's been kept in an induced coma for 3 years, so it kinda has to be that way.

She's asleep for 4 episodes (with her thoughts only accessible to us viewers, not the characters) with only one flashback where she actually speaks, but she's awake in episodes 5 & 6, talking and doing stuff (like annoying Nurse Hwang with motion sensor alarm in a hilarious act of revenge).

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You'd think her lying in a bed for 6 episodes would be really boring, but they did a great job of making it interesting.

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@pala2 true words. Even in a coma and she is still interesting to watch. We get to see her thoughts in her prison. Its well done. And when she DOES have to be conscious she shares an entertaining dynamic with Tae Hyun.

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Yep, because there's no way for someone who's in bed for 3 years tp start running as soon as she wakes up; one thing I'm glad they get thefacts right. But that pays off with TH-YJ's interaction.

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It appears that Chief Lee is disappointing those who thought he might do the right thing but the duo's murderous scheme was downright evil. Has he done his sort of thing before coz he doesn't seem to hesitate much. Scary *trembling*

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It was sad the way he just let her "die" wasn't it. He was all 'whatever' abt operating on her. I was screaming to the residents and nurses inside to DO SOMETHING! Hopefully, it was alk a shw and he decided to help YJ.

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I think he faked her death too, but its not out of the goodness of his heart. She probably knows something about him too and made him an offer he couldn't refuse. This show keeps us all guessing, its such a breath of fresh air hahah

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You might be right about Chief Lee faking her death and she making an offer to him...
In a press conference for this drama actor Jung Woong-in (playing chief Lee) said: '...this time (meaning in this drama-i guess), i'll save everyone, this time i'll save Yeo-jin, i'll save her if she talks...'
This sounds like a huge hint...
I agree, all this guessing is so refreshing:)

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Jazzmine, Camille, stardust

Wow Jazzmine, you watched the whole press conference? Was it in English? Thanks for the big hint. That might explain why he appeared to be "relaxed" throughout the whole procedure...

So I guess this fits into the "interval scene/gap" following our princess's warning about Do Joon during which it's possible she offered him an alternative or she could have threatened him with the knowledge that he would be implicated for murder...

That would mean Princess knows Yong Pal will inject the potassium?
Did Yong Pal share the entire plan with her?
Did he manage to convince her that Chae Young is the best "boat"?
Did nurse Hwang left behind the hand phone besides the keys? If yes, that would be good evidence for the murder plot.

I certainly hope this is the case coz it really disturbs me that doctors who are supposed to save lives can deliberately perform murderous acts. Keeping princess sedated is one thing but to slash her throat when she is awake is vicious.

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It was an 8 min cut in English. Actors/actresses were describing their characters and Jung Woong-in (chief Lee) gave a lot of hints about his character.

And based on that and what we've already seen from his character I think they made a deal or if not, her warning might hunt him and he might help later on.
He has so many problems with himself and is a complex character so I don't think he is 100% good or bad, he will be everywhere.
Chief Lee is one of my favourite character as of now and is very well played.

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Was I the only one not breathing for about half of the episode????

Damn. That's how good it was! Kept me not only at the edge of my seat but literally breathless! I thought I knew what was going on and what would happen, but then BAM! creepy nurse Hwang turned into even crazier, creepy nurse Hwang and stabbed the hospital director. And the twists and turns in THE plan!! I hope these were all Tae Hyun and Yeo Jin's plan! Ahhhh! What would happen and how did it all came to be??? I need my episode 7 like now!!! Definitely cracktastic! Congrats to Yongpal team for breaking 20%!!! Truly deserved it!

I'm hoping we'd get to see Chief Lee's backstory and how he was sucked into this giant mess. And I hope that that "operation" was his turning point, in that he's in on the plan of pretending Yeo Jin died in the OR.

I am also hoping Cynthia's in on it. Or at least will see Tae Hyun's point in doing all of those and be back on his team!

With Nurse Hwang locked up, how will show give us Nurse Ahjumma and Nurse Hwang showdown? Or are we getting a collaboration between them? Tag team versus the bad guys? Kekeke!

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This drama is my freaking drug!
I'm so happy dramabeans finally did the recap because I've been waiting to read what they thought about this episode.
I love Tae Hyun so much. I'm also in love with his relationship with Yeo Jon especially when he promised her he will save her. My favorite scene is when TH came to ask if YJ is okay. I think hearing how she will be killed is extremely terrifying especially when you know you can't do anything about it because her muscles are still weak. But I'm glad he was there to see her vulnerability.
But it was sad to see that she was 'murder' without him and when he saw the dummy under the sheet, it broke my heart to see his expression. It was filled with shock, guilt and anger. I hope he wasn't fooled but he definitely seemed angry that Do joon was able to trick him.
I love how protective TH is over YJ right now, it may not seem like it, but when he was hurt in the elevator while bringing her down all he thought about was saving her.

I really hope there's no time leap, but seriously with this plot twists and the showdown on level 12, I don't know what TH will return to. Will be remain a doctor at Han Shin? Will he go back to be Yongpal? Will his sister be killed? Who will revive Yeo Jin? Does TH know about what happened to YJ? So many questions and so much time before the next episode. Someone help me!
Looks like I will have to watch Yongpal from the beginning again to keep me sane.
This drama is so good, the storyline and the acting. I'm so happy it's getting so much love!

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My favourite scenes by far are always the interactions bwtn TH and YJ. When I rewatch, their scenes are what I go back for. Hopefully, the chem stays or increases once they become romanticly involved.

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How did they manage to have 100+ gangsters beating and shooting folks in a hospital with no cops showing up?

Why did nobody even bother taking a quick look at the "body" on the cart to verify who it was?

Because Korean Drama, that's why.

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Maybe it's all part of Tae Hyun and Yeo Jin's heart-stopping (:p) plan? And maybe Cynthia was in on it and thus they didn't check it. [I was actually afraid to see who (well, apparently, what) was lying in the stretcher. I really thought it was going to be Nurse Hwang.]

But what do I know? We can only speculate. Gotta wait 3 days and 7 hours find out. I hope Yongpal won't turn me into crazy nurse Hwang waiting for the next episode! Haha!

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U ask all the right questions. I wondered the same thing. Plus, doesn't a dummy feel much lighter than a grown adult? SOMEONE should have realised. But I guess when ur surrounded by guys fighting, shooting and u've just got shot there's no time to check things. Plus, its a k-drama which means u immediately turn off logic when u decide to watch lol. :)

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From what I gather, it's a private hospital, so security is maybe private as well (and form the same people that own the hospital), so there wouldn't be many cops around, I think. And secrecy is kind of like the 12th floor's thing. Clients go there to avoid the public eye and even the law (like the gangster boss that was just lazying about). Who's gonna call the cops on anything that happens in there? The rest of the hospital is likely oblivious (and probably soundproof) from whatever the 12th floor gets up to.

As for not checking the body, I agree that was silly. But on the other hand, I can even sort of understand characters not double checking, since it wasn't possible for anyone other than Yeo Jin to be on that gurney, since the few people allowed to enter Yeo Jin's room were all accounted for. The possibility of a cpr doll never ocurred to anyone.

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There are 2 groups of 'gangsters' here. One sent by President Go and the other are actually guards or men on Do Joon's side. In fact, I am anticipating a 3rd group, sent by Chae Young, who are supposed to turn up at 4am.

I assume the VIP floor is really tucked away from the main hospital or no one has access except the clients and staff. Remember, there was only one gunshot, the one by Cynthia? Even then, the sounds of fighting and glass breaking should travel to the other parts of the hospital. I guess the cops will show up when someone calls. Not forgetting the VIP clients who were shepherded into their rooms. However, the hospital will definitely put a spin on this and cover it up. Maybe they will go so far as admitting that they unwittingly treated a gangster and a mob fight broke out. But it was resolved by their staff. Imagine - Cynthia a heroine, LOL!

But yeah on the no one checking the body - Cynthia and TH could have pulled back. There's a theory about TH planning the fake out but no reason why Cynthia couldn't. Well, as you said, it's a drama.

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I feel like the writer tried to up the ante too early too soon this ep - check out that sheer amount of plot twists (and bodyguards). I'm usually very good with the whole suspension of disbelief thing but the agents vs bodyguards face-off was so poorly executed, it just wouldn't let me.

Eps 1 & 2 set up the groundwork quite nicely but the pace in 5 & 6 seems a little too fast, bearing in mind it is a 20-episode drama. Fingers crossed it won't fizzle out like Mask. Joo won fighting!

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Even tho it was quick it did keep us on our seats, which is wat u want in an action drama. Im nt going to worry too early as we are nt even half way. Who knws wat the writer has up his/her sleeve? We have no idea. I think the problem is that everytime we get comfortable with a situation in the drama, the writer pulls the rug from under us.

Even tho Mask got less exciting in the last 2 eps I still enjoyed it, immensely at that. We just hav to wait and see what happens. Plus for all we knw, the writer has a ton of stuff planned for us, hence the fast pacing.

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Ah chingus, what a DAEBAK episode this was! I was looking forward to this ep due to the action and I was nt disappointed. I love hw the leads interact. And hw their friendship is developing well. Friendship is turning to more than necessary concern and when that turns into romance it'll be lovely. I have nt seen Joo Won in a sweet romance in a while (Nae-il's Cantabile could've amped that up a bit).

I do wonder tho hw everything will continue. What context will we be in? Because I don't see YP staying in that hospital where he just betrayed Cynthia. But hey, this is a drama. Thesstory doesn't end in ep 6. Surely he couldn't stay in the hospital forever.

One thing I want is some more character development, development of the otp's relationship and more Gang Doctor awesomeness like we were promised. I want to see YP being the docter we were told abt.

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((((((((sorry for the irrelevant comment: I just wanted to see what this drama looked like, and as soon as I saw saw those pictures of "Chae-young" doing yoga, they somehow rang a bell... It took me a while but I finally remembered all those hilariously random and overly dramatic exercising scenes in When A Man's in Love -- is this actress always exercising? :p )))))))))

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I remember that, maybe she wants a workout CF.
Oh she didn't excersice in Coffee Prince so maybe just coincidence.

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Maybe? Couldn't tell if her yoga poses were good but she definitely quite flexible, haha.

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Oh my, what I love about this drama, which I realized after watching episode 6 is its ridiculousness. Because we're three weeks in and we already had car-chase, jumping from a bridge to Han river, attempted suicide twice, rape case, nuclear disaster' danger, gun shots, war in hospital and alliances switched so many times last episode that I lost count. I think the ridiculous is good when it's done right and so far, Yong Pal hit all the right spots. 'If you compared it to a drama where literally NOTHING happened like The Time We Were Not In Love, you'd faint' to quote Yeo Jin. :hurr:

Also I read somewhere that the extension is not confirmed as some journalists claim so I wouldn't worry about it. At that it's still relatively early in the plot so I think writer can adjust to a POSSIBLE extended run. But what a mess it is if I believe what I heard, apparently it was originally scheduled for 20 episodes, got shortened to 16 when started filming, now extended MAYBE to 24 or 20 again. I will hope for only good things now.

And I love love love our OTP. I thought that no drama couple could climb up my bias list this year and dethrone Minwoo and Jisook from Mask, but Yeojin and Taehyun are on their way there. I hope their love will be as epic as I imagine.

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*Whew! That's a relief. I actually thought it was extended and had started hyperventilating. You are right that knowing early on would help the writer work the extra episodes into the scripts without losing much, but I would rather if they just stuck to 20 episodes at most. 24 just seems a tad too much. Not every kdrama is Gakistal.

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LOL. When u put it like that it sounds crazier than Mask (which I found very entertaining nonetheless). But yh, ur so right abt them getting this craziness right! Its done so well that its believable (heh, to some extent). Its crazy but doesn't come off as ttly illogical or just down right fantasy. It has the right balance.

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Wooooow I love it.Can't wait for the next episode.Thanks for the recap.

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I can't believe that no one thought to pull the blanket off the body to check if Yeo Jin was really okay until the end of the scene! What if she were hurt, injured or worse, in need of immediate medical attention? I mean it's a human body they are fighting over! Which makes the brilliance of Chief Lee's plan stunning in its simplicity.

Let's suspend our belief in reality here, that Yong pal can actually raise the dead, cause that's what he's expected to do here. I mean technically, Yeo Jin is dead, so somebody has to wake her up before her body decomposes or her part in this drama is OVER smh. It's turning out to have some elements of Dr. Stranger in the medical fiction department.

This episode was really good for its shock factor so let's see what episode 7 will bring.

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I think the key here is the Nurse. She's knowledgable enough to know how to induce a cardic arrest via potassium then she may also know what Yeo Jin will need in order to be revived again. The lack of oxygen as time passes is the main factor and mere seconds can make a difference so I think - if the drama will try to be somewhat realistic - Nurse will provide Yeo Jin the necessary fluids/blood transfusions etc that's needed pretty much STAT.

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I know!!! I totally thought she was a double!

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Oh I love Cynthia with her shitty one-liners lol.. But I find the whole hospital fiasco rather hilarious and exaggerated. At one point I was even thinking is this a dream scene? And isn't it obvious it's not the right girl on the bed when she's covered head to toe?

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I was worried about nurse Hwang for nothing,she got rid of her own self. Basically problem solved by the problem, love the efficiency.
Ajhumma 2.0 Saranghnye you're cool everywhere.
Dunno why people are complaining about Kim tae hee 's acting there's nothing wrong with it.Someone big in the industry must be out to tarnish her reputation using these articles . Am i reaching? After Pinocchio i dont trust anyone. But seriously there's nothing wrong with her, if you want to complain about her lipstick that makes it seem like only the centre of her lips are stained with you blood I'll join you because its distracting,but thats the make up artists fault.

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Yess I concur with the lip makeup lol, other than that KTH is pulling off the make up no makeup look perfectly!

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To those who are criticizing Kim Tae Hee's acting: "Are we watching the same drama?" I can see that she improved a lot on this.

And Joo Won? He deserves to be named as one of the 4 Kings of Kdrama this year (with Lee Min Ho, Kim Soo Hyun, Lee Jong Suk)

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And people said MASK was unrealistic,This is what you call unreal. Still enjoying it though,all thats left is a skydiving scene and bomb scare

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We already had a bomb scare. :-)

+1 for the skydiving though!

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Oh. Yeah,do you mean the radiation thing or...
I honestly don't remember, some episodes i only read the recap so i must have missed something.
I was going to add bungee jumping but the bridge scene took care of that.
There's also climbing the side of a building ? Mission Impossible style.

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As well they should! Why isn't Gianna Jun in this drama?? She's particularly good at building hopping.

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Lol. But u gotta admit Mask was full of illogical stuff. I enjoyed Mask and likewise im loving the fast pace here. I honestly don't care as long as im entertained. But yh, there have been some crazy stuff here as mentioned by @Matt above.

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Honestly, i didnt notice the illogical stuff in mask that much till the 19th episode,that took the drama for me from drama of the year to just another drama. I jumped ship to i remember you.

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my only concern in this episode is the fighting scene ... its messy ... after I just watch I remember you I cant help but compare it here ... so yea its super messy ... everything is fine

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The Nurse Hwang stabbing scene kinda caught me off guard I half-expected it to be her imagination LOL. But really, thank god for insane nurse hwang hahahaha. I want more taehyun and yeojin interactions!! They're just sooo interesting to watch! I'm actually counting down days till the next episode comes out

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All I know about this drama is that joo won has been pulling all nighters for several days to film the episodes for this week. And just from seeing the screen caps it is very apparent that he is lackin sleep.

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Unfortunately the lacking sleep part will only make his character look more believable so I don't think the production will slow down on account of his health.

Seriously though, the industry needs some humane laws in place. We all enjoy the dramas sure, but I'm sure we won't feel good if its at the expense of the actors/actresses we like.

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Ikr, im so worried for Joo Won. I dnt care hw good the shw is if he's close to fainting. The man needs some sleep. They need to care for their actors better. And why are they live shooting sooo early? I can only be concerned.

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quite like JCW filming healer, maybe these guys request it to be like so

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It reminds me of Healer, then also we were discussing that lack of sleep made JCW's character believable, because he was leading a double life.

But in case of Yong Pal, I think it has undergone to live shooting pretty early I think most early because now a days dramas can show preview upto sixth EPs but in this drama after only 4 episodes they could not show preview of next ep

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Yeah but at least healer got about 9-10 eps in before they went live shoot, and you could tell because suddenly the big fights and stunt scenes were over. Considering they're already live shooting this I was amazed they had the mass fight scene.

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the scene when yong pal hugs yeojin was so heartfelt. I love it. kim tae hee's silent cry is so apt for yeojin's character that sometimes I think a lot will be lost had it been done by a different actress. it's great that yong pal and yeojin started out as friends, instead of giving us a "love at first sight", fastfood romance thing. it makes their romance later on more grounded and palpable.

episode 6 is a point of no return. I'm going to watch this show until the end!

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OMG and now Yongpal sustains me through the week... The other dramas are nice, but not exactly gripping for me.

Its great to see that Joo won and Kim Tae Hee's acting has gone to new levels ( 12th level haha). Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Gaksital, but everytime Joo won lifted his eyebrows in a shot with that slightly puzzled look, I lose it. His acting is so much more subtle and nuanced here. I have only known Kim Tae Hee from those bubbly rom com types so I was skeptical when she was cast, but she is blowing things out of the water in this!

I really appreciate that writing of the drama does not do false cliffhangers eg other dramas will most likely choose to drum up the suspense that she is walking back, but let someone suddenly stop Nurse Hwang from actually making the discovery that her doll is actually awake. But just as I was wondering how long the corridor is, for them to chat for so long and the nurse still has not reached yet, this drama chose to suddenly just show her there, listening.
And this event is used later in a very unexpected way so that the crazy Nurse Hwang should actually be useful to push the plot forward ( and punish some rich immoral doctor along the way even though she is also mad as a hatter and hardly guilt free).

Lets hope this drama can keep up this intense pace until the end.

Thank you for the insightful recaps too! Please keep them coming ♥♥♥

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@stardust
"His acting is so much more subtle and nuanced here"

I agree. I watched some part of Gaksital. But I really how Joo Won is playing YP with intelligence and restraint. Street smart and sensible. Loyal and likable.

And I am glad we have likable heroes lately: Healer, IRY trios, YP and ....some may disagree but I like Ahn Jae Hyun in the Blood.

As for KTH, I read that her concubines role was well received with love. She is worth what she is paid for. Sleeping or not, she's lovely to watch... Haha

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Thank you @gummimochi! You help us get the competing parties straight! What a set up, what a ruckus, what unpredictability, what fun!!! I feel we've taken the historical habit of putting up puppet emperors.

Team Chae Young and her dad - I like that she's playing her cold-hearted husband and is still managing to trick him. However I thought it strangely unwise of her, confronting Pres Go and telling him that she does not trust him. So now there's a setup to kill her (which she does not know about and Tae Hyun guesses). I found it strange that with everything becoming fast paced, this hit was not attempted beyond hit men walking around hospital corridors. Will this hit be attempted next week or will this little arc drop by the wayside as we've so much other action going on? (Writer-nim has to keep it all together)

Team Cynthia and Go - His purported reasons only skim the truth. He just wants to have the kind of power Do Joon has if he can evict him and get Yeo Jin for himself. He seems to be rather cavalier about killing people and I'm interested in how far Cynthia will go with him into the killing zone. I won't be surprised if he will give the order to off dear Tae Hyun before long as well.

Team Do Joon (with Chief Lee, maybe) - He was willing to keep Yeo Jin alive for 3 years (very expensively) and now is willing to get her killed without a qualm. There was mention of shares but I'm not clear about what he hoped to gain or keep by keeping her alive and what he is prepared to sacrifice by getting her killed.

Team Yong Pal and Ahjumma (and hopefully mobster Doo Chul) - Going to be pretty busy... keep Yeo Jin dead but revive her, hide her in or get her out of that hellhole hospital, keep from getting killed, keep sister alive and help Yeo Jin regain her place. Who the unexpected helpers may be are what I'm looking out for.

Nurse Hwang - Unhinged loose canon whom I hope will come back to plague all the baddies and better still, give Team Yong Pal some help to keep her baby safe.

What a ride to look forward to! :)

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but what about gangster ahjusshi!! i love gangster ahjusshi !!
he looked like a dad glaring at the people who shot "our yong pallie" and cradling him like that.
I swear if something bad happens to gangster ahjusshi Doo Chul..i'm going to start a riot! :)
After the way he dished out justice to that girlfriend beating halyu actor then chuckled about it with his boy YP , he's my nr 1 star :) (ok nr 2 after Yong Pal, but it's pretty close)

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This drama is so many steps ahead of viewers that I feel winded after finishing an episode. They don't just count on cliffhangers to provide the tension, there's so much of it in that 60 minutes. And it still manages to inject the warm& fuzzy like Tae Hyun-Yeo Jin's scenes and the funny in Doo Chul, is amazing.

Am I reading too much into Doo Chul's little scenes? This episode when he asked his guy to scratch his back, I was wondering if it's reference to "I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine" That's what the people here are doing, aren't they? There's no free lunch. And Doo Chul's remarks about the 12th floor being not that different from prison life. There's so many coalitions just like gangs in prison. You also got to watch your back because you don't know who might just stab you. Which is what literally happened to Director Byung. I couldn't help laughing as he staggered back and collapsed. So bad.

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Guess there will be another twist involving Chae-Young. Can't wait for the next episode!

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Did that fight make anyone else laugh? It was without a doubt the most obviously choreographed fight I've ever seen. Stephanie Lee could convince me she is many things, a badass is not one of them.

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YES i couldn't stop laughing either LOL. and it was even funnier just seeing cynthia stand there in the background just watching everyone else fight.

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Oh yes!! Instead of paying attention to the actual fight, I was watching the guards at background and thinking "oh look at them waiting for their turn to get beaten".

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that exactly what was in my mind xD the fight was supposed to be serious and tense but it was messy and funny!

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I really like that this drama has well written and smart characters.

Tae Hyun and Yeo Jin are really intelligent and thank god, Yeo Jin was never the dumb damsel in distress. Both have their smarts in different areas. Tae Hyun has seen all faces of society whereas Yeo Jin is astute in corporate game play and all the power mongering. Their opponents aren't dumb either. This makes the plotting and maneuvering very interesting. Not to mention all the twists.

After episode 6, much is revealed and yet so many things are still unknown. Here's my take on the various players and the plot:

Chief Lee
It's obvious he hates his life so much. This explains his weariness in that conversation he had with TH in the car in ep 2. Although his motives were different, like TH he got ensnared into the craziness of 12th floor and see no way out. So when he mocked TH about the pot at the end of the rainbow, he was actually referring to his own sorry state. He didn't want to be a murderer but at the same time, he saw it as a definite stop to the whole affair.
I am still on the fence whether he sliced YJ's throat for real or made the injury looked worse than it looked. Did YJ managed to convince him that he's better to be on her side instead of Do Joon? I thought it was clever of her to point out that Do Joon would kill him in the end. Everyone knows Do Joon's temper and madness so it's possible she struck the innermost fear of Chief Lee - that he might never get out alive even if he carries out the plan as ordered.
President Go
I am so glad that Tae Hyun immediately saw through his façade and grandiose talk. Other than knowing Tae Hyun wants to save his sister, President Go didn’t know that Tae Hyun is a realist. I believe what Chae Young said about President Go willing to kill Yeo Jin if he can’t get her on his side.
Do Joon
I can’t tell if he is smart since he seems to be relying more on intelligence provided rather than good planning. I think Tae Hyun was the one who called Do Joon to stall President Go(original plan was for President Go to evacuate Yeo Jin in a helicopter). Then when Do Joon instructs Chief Lee to kill Yeo Jin on the operating table, Tae Hyun planned to be in the operating theatre because he foresaw that Chief Lee being a coward will likely push the dirty job to him. Then he can carry out his fake death plan and save Yeo Jin.
Chae Young
Does she really care for her sister-in-law? Or does she have her agenda like everyone else. Yeo Jin definitely thinks the latter. Only thing is that she does not seem so quick to want to kill off Yeo Jin. Perhaps she thinks she can convince Yeo Jin to be on her side after what her brother did to her.
Tae Hyun’s use for Chae Young is to carry out the final part of his plan. Thus he told her to get her men in at 4am and bring Yeo Jin to safety after he resuscitates her.
His bet is that Chae Young will not get rid of Yeo Jin so soon as long as Yeo Jin plays along and sides with her...

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There are so many players in this all going after and/or trying to kill her, I am not sure that there ARE any "good guys" - just bad guys and worse guys.

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DAMM!!! First "I Remember You" and now "Yong-Pal" This Year Suspenseful / Thriller Dramas are Kicking Booty!!!

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this drama is completely ridiculous and if i knew anything about medicine, i'd probably be cringing, but it's so addictive so IT'S OKAY. \o/

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Wow! Thanks gummimochi for the recap!

Three sides trying to get Yeo-jin, I mean literally now. I don't know but I was so excited during the breakaway scene but found it really funny, having the trolley going back and forth. Goodness, Yeo-jin would have been killed just being hurtled like that. But then when the gun was aimed at her (well, the dummy), well that's another story, esp. Tae-hyun getting hurt. I'm also wondering, maybe this is Tae-hyun's orchestration but yes, he looked surprised when looking at the dummy. I mean he was shot because of it, right? Also, whoever rang Do-joon? Yes, maybe you're right. It was probably him. He couldn't trust anyone but why Do-joon? There must be some twist somewhere...and wow, I love Cynthia's moves but don't really love her because she's on the dubious side. I do love gangster ahjussi though. Dodging gangster after gangster, protecting Tae-hyun. How sweet is that?

I didn't realise that I would be grateful to the crazy Nurse Hwang. Now at least she's locked up for good and her deed would be an eye-opener for the director of the hospital, if he's not yet dead that is. Now those are two baddies out!

Now how can Tae-hyun go back to the theatre and fix Yeo-jin? There must be some sort of plan, but then he's hurt himself. Gah! I couldn't wait to watch the next ep!!!

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Maybe Ahjumma Nurse will call Tae-Hyun. Then, Tae-Hyun will give her instructions as he walks (or crawls his way to the OR)..just maybe.

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Joo Won always have a hit drama. lucky him!! <3

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Everything is GREAT.

Next episode palli, please. And writernim, care more about quality than quantity.

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I don't know why but I'm going crazy over YJ-TH's chemistry. I love any interactions between the two.

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WHOA. This is how it's done!!! Gosh, this episode was a blast! So much awesomeness, so many twists, so many mysteries, so much to think about before the next episode airs.
Joo-won is such a splendid actor: his eyes and expression in the last episode is....

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Joo Won is <3 <3

HE IS LOVE! HAHAHA

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I wish it'll be Thursday already (since the subs always come a day after it airs.)

Yong Pal! How can you be so terribly addictive? Hahahha

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Hoping Yong Pal will continue to get great! Can't wait for the next episodes! Waaaa

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