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Yong-pal: Episode 9

The relationship between our two friends turned lovers takes a huge leap in an episode filled with heartwarming moments interspersed with ominously murderous ones, which is about as good a blend as you get in my book. Tae-hyun and Yeo-jin have no idea what’s in store for them, but if it were up to Do-joon (or whoever’s on a killing spree), the future’s looking pretty bleak. This is an hour dedicated to the idea of enjoying the good while it lasts, because if dramaland is any indicator, nothing this cute lasts forever.

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EPISODE 9 RECAP

After the kiss, Yeo-jin sits in her wheelchair on church grounds and stretches her hand out to feel the sun on her skin. “It’s really morning,” she thinks to herself. “I became free this morning. But I’m afraid… afraid I might lose this man.”

The man himself appears behind her with breakfast, but Yeo-jin acts like she’s not strong enough to lift the utensils in a bid to get Tae-hyun to feed her. It doesn’t work, since he wants her to get her strength back. Pouting doesn’t work on him either.

It’s cute how they bicker back and forth over how she should cut and eat her omelet, but when that first bit of solid food in three years hits her tastebuds, she lights up like a Christmas tree. Tae-hyun makes sure she doesn’t skimp on her physical therapy by cutting the food into tiny pieces that she’ll have to spear herself if she wants to eat.

He helps her take her first few shuffling steps by supporting her, eventually letting go when she claims she can do it herself. She ambles forward, but when she takes her first faltering step Tae-hyun’s there to catch her.

Holding her like that for a little while, Tae-hyun makes sure to ask if she’s okay. Even Yeo-jin notes that they might be holding that pose a little too long, but Tae-hyun’s perfectly fine with the close proximity. And, for that matter, so is she.

At least until the priest spots them and starts crossing himself, utterly scandalized. He gently chastises the two for not attending mass before guilting Yeo-jin, who he only knows as “Sophia,” into confessing for the first time in three years.

Once they’re alone, Yeo-jin confesses to the priest that she prayed to be able to kill all her enemies. “Do you still pray for that to happen?” the priest asks. “Yes,” she answers without hesitation. “For the past three years, I prayed for death if I couldn’t have revenge. But God did not answer any of my prayers.”

The priest tells her that God works in mysterious ways, and answered her prayers of hatred with love instead. When he asks if she loves Tae-hyun, Yeo-jin’s eyes begin to glisten with tears as she admits that she thinks she does. In that case, the priest claims, her prayers were answered.

“But I’m afraid that I may lose him because of my love for him,” she adds, carefully holding back her tears. The priest advises her to ask God for mercy and love Tae-hyun more, even though she’s scared that he’ll suffer more because of her. The last bit of advice the priest has for her? “Love your enemies.”

This is hard for Yeo-jin to swallow, and the music swells as the gears in her head turn over such an unfathomable request. And just when you think she’s going to answer that she can’t, she looks up with determination and promises, “I will.”

Nurse Oh gets nervous when Chief Lee comes down to see the factory worker, considering that they’ve switched out the patients not once but twice now—and whoever’s lying on that bed isn’t Yeo-jin.

But Chief Lee still thinks it’s the factory worker under all those bandages, although he’s none too happy to hear that the patient’s mother might know of her daughter’s whereabouts, since they’ve tried to keep the case hush-hush.

As soon as he leaves, Nurse Oh ushers the nurse who was standing in for Yeo-jin (who was standing in for the now deceased factory worker) out of bed. The stand-in nurse is disappointed to be woken from such a good nap.

Chief Lee finds out from the other nurses that Nurse Hwang died in a hit-and-run accident, and runs to the hospital director’s room to ask if it really was just an accident.

He suspects Do-joon was behind it and worries that he’ll want to get rid of everyone who took care of Yeo-jin, though the hospital director sees them as too essential to Do-joon to be done away with so easily. For now, Chief Lee has to try and believe him.

At the church, Tae-hyun massages (and pokes a bit of fun at) Yeo-jin’s feet, which are swollen from walking. She learns to say “Thank you” in the process, before blinking at Tae-hyun’s suggestion that they’ll have to leave the church sometime.

“Where are we going to go?” she asks, genuinely befuddled. “Anywhere,” Tae-hyun replies. “I’m okay as long as I’m with you. How about you?” After a pause, she answers: “Me too.” Cue some product placement as they try to find a new place to stay.

President Go is doing some serious company reorganization, and advises Do-joon to sell Hanshin Electric. Do-joon’s secretary strongly opposes this move since Hanshin Electric makes so much money, but President Go thinks they’ll get more benefit from selling it since Do-joon can’t become its legal owner.

It’s clear that Do-joon’s secretary and President Go don’t align on a lot of things regarding the company, but for now, Do-joon supports President Go’s restructuring. President Go makes sure to rub that in the secretary’s face.

Chae-young forces her way into their meeting by slapping the security guard, and soon the unhappily married couple is left to have a private chat. This time, she drops the clueless act with her husband before she asks who he’ll kill next. She knows he was behind Nurse Hwang’s untimely demise.

Do-joon takes offense to this question, not because she accused him of killing someone, but because he knows she’s worried about Tae-hyun. Does she really love him? Chae-young says yes, but acts like it’s more infatuation than anything—but regardless, no one can touch Tae-hyun until she tires of him.

It’s when she says she’s also worried about him that Do-joon scoffs, bitter that he’s just an afterthought for her. “I can smell the blood on you now,” Chae-young adds, her voice grave. At least she could say the old version of him, the one who threw tantrums so his father would get hers to force her to marry him, was naive.

Now, however, she wonders if he’s become too emboldened by killing his half-sister. He half-heartedly threatens that she’ll end up just like Yeo-jin if she doesn’t stay quiet, but Chae-young isn’t cowed. “If you had that kind of courage, perhaps I could have loved you.”

She adds that he can kill anyone he likes, but Tae-hyun is off limits—because if he kills Tae-hyun, he’ll have to kill her next. And if that happens, she’ll make sure Daejung Group finds out that he killed Yeo-jin’s fiancé and their heir.

President Go overhears her calling her father to find Tae-hyun for her, and laughs maniacally that she’ll do all the work for him. What, is he out to kill Tae-hyun now too?

Tae-hyun and Yeo-jin play dodgeball with the church kids, but with a twist—it’s “Princess Dodgeball,” like they do in Running Man, where Tae-hyun can get hit as long as he protects a wheelchair-bound Yeo-jin from the ball.

Afterwards, she tells Tae-hyun that she’s never played dodgeball before, which surprises him when it’s such a common children’s game. But she explains that she was never allowed to play because she wasn’t allowed to get hurt. She played tennis instead.

She flashes back to one childhood game where she played on the same team as Do-joon, since they’d been like two peas in a pod back then. But when he failed to stop a ball from hitting her in the eye, he’d gotten an unreasonably harsh scolding from their father for it.

A little injured Yeo-jin had cried to see her brother take such a verbal lashing, and her brother found her crying in her room. At the sight of his sister crying, Do-joon had cried too and apologized for not protecting her.

In the present, Yeo-jin sighs that she and Do-joon were once that close, and that she quit tennis after that incident. Tae-hyun says that’s a good thing since so many people end up in the hospital with tennis injuries, to which Yeo-jin replies somewhat hilariously, “That’s not comforting.”

While Chief Lee grows very concerned over the new nurse Do-joon appointed to take Nurse Hwang’s place (thinking he’ll be the next one to be “replaced”), Yeo-jin gets another new experience when she joins Tae-hyun and the other kids for a playdate at a nearby stream.

Tae-hyun helps her when she wants to walk in the shallow water, and she giggles like a schoolgirl at the sensation of the cool rocks under her feet. He takes her into the forest when one of the kids mentions that their lovey-dovey-ness is spoiling everyone else’s good time. Hah.

She’s excited to be able to walk on a path between the trees, and Tae-hyun helps her for a while before he stops and kneels so she can hop on his back. He’ll carry her for the rest of the walk since he doesn’t want her overdoing it, no matter how badly she wants to keep walking.

As he walks, he reassures her that it’s nothing to carry her, since he carried So-hyun on his back from a young age. Yeo-jin asks if So-hyun was born with her illness only to be surprised by Tae-hyun’s answer: “No. I made her that way.”

Tae-hyun narrates the story as we see it play in flashback: since both their parents worked so much, he ended up as his little sister’s caretaker. But one night when she’d been sick, Tae-hyun thought he’d play doctor, since he fished out what he thought were the fever-reducing pills their mother would give them when they were ill.

Even though she didn’t want to take them, Tae-hyun made her do it anyway, convinced the pills would make her feel better. What he didn’t know was that it was his father’s medicine, which causes acute liver failure if taken by children.

That’s what happened to So-hyun, landing her unconscious and in a hospital while her oppa looked on helplessly. “That’s why you became a doctor,” Yeo-jin muses in the present. “Because you wanted to save So-hyun.”

But Tae-hyun adds that he wanted to be rich and powerful, because poverty is the reason why his sister couldn’t get treated. Poverty was the reason his father became a drunk. Ironically, of course, he himself became loaded down with debt.

He sighs that the more he tries to become powerful, the weaker he becomes. “Perhaps I don’t know my place.” Yeo-jin tries to cheer him up by commiserating with him, but also by reminding him that he did end up becoming a doctor and he was able to save his sister after all.

“If only I had an oppa like you,” Yeo-jin wonders sadly. Now that it’s Tae-hyun’s turn to shake her out of a funk, he gently puts her down on the beautiful grassy hilltop he’s somehow trekked the two of them to.

Yeo-jin is overwhelmed by the view, and Tae-hyun doesn’t even get to finish telling her the legend that if two lovers kiss on the hill…

…Because she turns around and kisses him without a moment’s hesitation. They wrap their arms around each other and stay that way for a long moment, until they finally pull just inches apart.

A bit breathlessly, Tae-hyun continues the thought he’d started earlier, that if two lovers kiss on the hill and return to share another kiss, they’ll be together forever. Yeo-jin smiles, keeping her arms firmly around Tae-hyun’s neck: “Let’s come back here tomorrow.”

Tae-hyun cracks a happy smile at the idea before leaning in for another kiss.

Meanwhile, Yeo-jin’s warning that Do-joon would kill him too keeps running through Chief Lee’s mind, making him paranoid about everyone and everything around him.

He’s not exactly crazy for thinking that way though, since he sees a nurse he doesn’t recognize leaving the hospital director’s office and goes inside only to find the director dead. He runs to his office to grab his passport, and though his nervousness doesn’t escape Not Nurse Hwang’s notice, he manages to get to his car and flee.

Tae-hyun treats all the kids to a meal when he and Yeo-jin return from the hilltop, and wonders at Yeo-jin’s love of common foods that chaebols like her wouldn’t normally enjoy.

Later that night, one of the church kids comes banging at the rectory door, calling for Tae-hyun. He knows Tae-hyun’s a doctor and begs him to save his ailing mother, an offer that Tae-hyun can’t refuse, since it reminds him of how he’d gone banging on the neighborhood doctor’s door the night his sister fell ill.

Tae-hyun leaves Yeo-jin in the car while he goes into the humble house, along with the church’s priest and nun. The boy’s very pregnant mother is lying inside, and though her husband says she’s one month away from her due date, her water’s already broken.

Using his Yong-pal supplies, Tae-hyun’s able to deduce that she’s suffering from a serious pregnancy complication called preeclampsia, which puts both the mother and baby at risk. She needs to go to a hospital, but she refuses.

The priest explains that they’re illegal immigrants, so they face deportation if they go to a hospital, and the boy’s mother would forever be separated from her family. Tae-hyun has a choice to make, even as the mother begs him to save her child even if he can’t save her.

Remembering how helpless he felt when he couldn’t save his own mother, Tae-hyun assures the boy that his mother will be okay. He gives Yeo-jin a brief rundown of the situation when he goes out to the car to get his Yong-pal Backpack, telling her that he has no choice but to perform an emergency C-section on the mother, or else she and her unborn child could die.

Tae-hyun orders everyone but the priest, nun, and husband out of the small living space so he can convert it into a makeshift operating room. There’s some serious MacGyvering going on as he rips off a closet panel to create an operating table and uses a clothesline and hangers to string up hanging IV bags.

Luckily he has a good ally in the nurse, who knows a thing or two about nursing, and it’s a nice touch that she performs the sign of the cross before she commences in helping Tae-hyun.

In another bit of ingenuity, he uses his fingernails to make a cross-shaped indentation on the woman’s spine so that he can insert the needle straight through the center for a spinal block, in order to lessen the pain.

Only then does the nun wonder if Tae-hyun’s ever performed a C-section, and judging by his silence, it’d be safe to say he hasn’t. But the baby’s getting quiet in the mother’s belly, and Tae-hyun’s faced with a more terrible choice: operate before the anesthesia finishes taking effect and risk the mother going into shock, or possibly lose the baby by waiting.

The mother begs him to save her child, so Tae-hyun grits his teeth and decides to make the incision. Yeo-jin, meanwhile, gathers the strength to hobble from the car to the house, where she watches the frankly horrifying surgery from the doorway.

It’s the kind of hyperrealistic surgical procedure we haven’t seen yet in this show, as Tae-hyun opens the mother’s abdomen and cuts past all the muscle and tissue layers (if I’m getting this wrong, it’s because I didn’t go to medical school) before reaching his hand in and pulling the baby out.

The baby is premature and in need of an incubator, but that’s not the most pressing concern—Tae-hyun uses a stethoscope on the mother and diagnoses her with an embolism. She has to go to a hospital, but when the same complaints are voiced, Tae-hyun looks at Yeo-jin and says there is one hospital they could go to…

At said hospital, Nurse Oh talks to Nurse Ahjumma about her conspiracy theories regarding the hospital director’s sudden and unexpected death by cardiac arrest.

It’s all suspicious with Nurse Hwang’s death and Chief Lee’s disappearance, she thinks, but Nurse Ahjumma is quick to shush her. She must harbor the same suspicions, but knows how dangerous they could be.

It isn’t until the car is loaded up with the mother and priest that Tae-hyun tells Yeo-jin she can’t go with them, no matter how much she wants to. She hasn’t put two and two together, and reacts with disbelief when Tae-hyun tells her he intends to send the mother and baby to the VIP floor at Hanshin Hospital.

She thinks he’s crazy, but Tae-hyun reassures her that he’ll come right back as long as she goes back to the church with the nun. “Promise me that you’ll hurry back,” she pleads, and Tae-hyun promises that he’ll return to her after seeing his sister off at the airport tomorrow.

Yeo-jin holds his stare as he gets into the car, but Tae-hyun sends her a small smile as if to tell her that everything’s going to be okay. She gives just the slightest of nods, and he puts the pedal to the metal.

“Don’t worry,” the nun tells Yeo-jin comfortingly. “I’m sure God will watch over them. That person must be an angel sent by God.” The angel in question watches Yeo-jin’s figure dwindle in his side mirror as he drives away.

 
COMMENTS

Phew. I never thought I’d be happy to see a conveniently timed emergency surgery in a medical drama, but this episode needed something to spice things up, and we got it. Ideally, emergency surgeries shouldn’t be used with the frequency they are in some dramas just to add tension where there isn’t any, but used sparingly, they can be a handy device.

It was a bit jarring to see a surgery with full medical prostheses like we did with the C-section, and while we’ve seen blood and gore in this show before, the reason the scene still strikes as a tad odd is because the focus shifted in a way it hasn’t before. So far, we’d actually gotten away without seeing this kind of nitty-gritty detail that’s commonplace within the medical genre, and I actually liked that the focus was more on the patients’ stories and Tae-hyun’s skill in treating them rather than on how realistic the procedures were.

That being said, I’m not the ideal audience for medical dramas, so I’m totally willing to accept that such a scene caters to the people who are—even though part of me wonders who’s been watching this drama wishing that there were more detailed surgical scenes. It seemed pretty clear before we got to this episode that doctoring wasn’t the real focus, so I hope no one behind the scenes thought they owed something to a hardcore viewership I somehow don’t believe exists for this show by showing the minutiae of a caesarean section. With any luck, the surgery was just a nice(?) add-on and not a precursor for the formula of episodes to come.

So far, Yong-pal has excelled at giving us quiet, contemplative moments with Tae-hyun and Yeo-jin, which does the rare thing of showing rather than telling when it comes to their growing relationship. But with all the beautifully shot and beautifully staged scenes between the two of them this hour, I did start to wonder where there is such a thing as too much showing—or, to put it another way, if their love was on a scale of one to ten and if they were maybe at a four as of last episode, they seemed to have made the jump to a full-blown eleven in this one.

There’s nothing wrong with so much love and happiness between two characters, and while it’s practically guaranteed that this is just the calm before the storm, the problem with jumping the spectrum this early in the game is that it puts something of a cap on their feelings. Sure, they can come to love each other even more and act on that love in different ways, but we’re definitely seeing a deviation from the more common will-they-or-won’t-they formula since we know that they not only will but are.

Then again, it’s an interesting point to be at before reaching the halfway mark, strictly because we’re not taking the familiar path. There’ll undoubtedly be forces that will try to rip them apart, but try as I might to squint into the future, I have no idea what we’re in for. Yeo-jin may not have the traditional chaebol family to oppose her union, so we’re treading what feels like fun and uncharted waters with her having a love-starved, murderous brother and a devious(ly engaging) sister-in-law who isn’t on anyone’s side but her own. And maybe Tae-hyun’s. But that’s just good taste.

 
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I skipped this episode :( next episode was more exciting :p Yeo-jin and Tae hyun are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm more excited for Yeo jin honestly :-) Thank you for the recap HeadsNo2 :-)

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ok this drama is getting slow, but it's ok to watch,
and the scenery is getting prettier in this episode,
both actors doing ok and TaeHyun's surgery on this episode after several episodes is a good catch to the drama.

He is going to the hospital for me it's a big noooooo. i don't think he will return from there. this is just my guessing though

thanks for the recap HeadsNo2 :)

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No. 1,
Yes, Yeo Jin looked very lovely in this episode. In a simple white dress and shoes, she lights up every time TH appeared. And TH is no less enraptured by her existence.

It's touching to see how he plastered on an reassuring smile for her sake, only to look fearful the moment he drove away.

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I'm not yet convinced about their relationship and how it developed so I'd rather focus on other aspects of this drama and stop thinking too much about the romance.

I wish that they won't kill off Chief Lee, he better run for his life before he gets an end similar to Nurse huang xD.

I'm about to watch the next episode and I'm excited about it and the fact that Tae-Hyun will return back to the hospital is making me excited.
Yongpalie Fighting!

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for the first time im the first to comment here:)
cant wait to watch the next episode...

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i stop watching yongpal, it feels like another show now... but i'll keep follow your recap.. and by the way you guys should watch virtual bride, it's so funny and full of heart..

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Show is a combination of multiple genres, which I think is doing a pretty good job of mixing it. We got more of the action and thriller, interspersed with comedy, in the first few episodes; more melo and romance in the previous and recent episodes; and I think we'll be heading into the mix of everything in the next ones.
You should totally watch it still because it is truly a different show, not your typical but still familiar kdrama and I sure as hell can't predict what is about to happen, which I think is nice!

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Miiko, completely agree with you. Not watching YP any more. It had speed and interesting premise at first but slowed down. Leads have no chemistry what so ever. I also like Virtual Bride too!

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Then why do you read the recap here and give 100% bad review to the show?
What motivates you to give a negative comment and yet not watch the show?
Just wondering coz I wouldn't give a bad comment about the show unless I watched it.
And if I do not want to watch something I wouldn't comment coz it's not the way I would make use of my precious time.

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Darn right... there are far too many haters in this blog. try go soompi... it is much more friendlier and objective there. OK... off to soompi...

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I've stopped watching Yong Pal and am now waiting for the recaps as a guide to what scenes I might want to skip to, but I tried Virtual Bride and whoo, that is not my cup of tea.

There's a certain brand of Korean comedy that weirdly relies on a couple of baseline things that make me absolutely insane: toilet humor, cartoony acting/plotting, and blatant injustice. The first episode of Virtual Wife managed to have farting as a major plot point, cartoony everything, and incredibly manipulative and cruel mothers and their wimp sons. Yeaagh.

It's not a unique brand of humor, I've seen it in every other culture I've been in, but it's like being trapped in a small room for an hour with a hyper, Korean Adam Sandler.

Dramaland is pretty dry these days for stuff I like. I'm going into the back catalog for stuff like Empress Ki and Warrior Baek Dong Soo.

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Geez...you're claiming you stopped watching this drama and yet came here to comment? That's so rude of you!

To all dislikers for Yong Pal..save your comment to the pages of the drama you like. Your presence and comments here are not warranted any way!

Yeo Jin and Tae Hyun fighting!

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Sadly the plot is not moving anywhere. Not buying the romance. I'm really losing interest in yongpal more and more it slowed down a lot from the beginning!.......Good that you mention "The Virtual Bride"miiko because that's what i've been watching and enjoying now. It's fun, endearing, fast-paced (12eps) and sweet.

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Then don't watch it and don't need to come back here and provide your disappointment in yong pal recap for the next 10-14 episodes. Unless you just want to annoy the majority of commentators here.

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Spot on... You took the words out of my mouth..

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You personally might be annoyed, others might enjoy reading another point of view. I wouldn't speak for the "majority" if I were you.

For instance, personally I find it incredibly annoying to see individual posters attempt to control conversation in the comments threads. If you don't like what's being said, then don't engage. And if you want to discuss things that you think were good that the other commenter thinks were bad, then you can have that discussion. But this refrain that repeats in series after series of "well if you don't like it, don't comment" makes no sense. If I'm mistaken and there's a rule somewhere that states that you can only post about a show if you enjoy it, please point me in that direction. But I'd be very surprised if there is one, because differing opinions and discussion are what make comments threads interesting at all.

It's important to be civil in discussion between individuals, but you can still be critical of the show. And it drives me absolutely nuts to see repeated cases of posters who like a show trying to push critics out of the comments section.

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You're right on some point. but do take NOTE that you're claiming YOU ALREADY STOPPED WATCHING YONG PAL..so there's no need for you to come here. And its a waste of your time explaining yourself coz in the first place, coz NOBODY forces you to watch this show.

Good Day!

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Thank you so much for this comment! I don't comment, but I felt the need to respond. I thought dramabeans was a place for critically engaged exploration of dramas. That doesn't mean that everyone agrees. Everyone should have the right to their own opinion and interaction with a show or an episode. Just as some people find some characters' actions heroic and admirable, others will note that the character is fulfilling the noble idiot trope and be disappointed with the choice and direction. (I get that noble idiot is more complex. This is meant to be a simple analogy). I hope this doesn't descend into a space where if you don't like it then "Go somewhere else" attitude and the rhetoric is spouted. Additionally, aren't recaps for those who have and haven't seen the show. This should be a space for civil dialogue, not same dialogue.

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Thank You for the recap, HeadsNo2!!
Last week's romance didn't bode well with me, but i liked the OTP in this episode. They won't be able to come back to the hill, next day, its so obvious.

But hey, are they really gonna kill or send most of our hospital cast??
Chae-young just put tae-hyun in more danger after that little chat with her hubby.

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Can anyone explain what exactly happened to his sister? I feel like we got a cliffhanger when she said "what have I done" that never actually was explained. I'm guessing she didn't really have the money which is why the brother is paying for the transplant. And I'm guessing the sister already left for the US? For someone whose motivation stemmed from his sister he seems to have stopped thinking about her entirely.

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His sister has not left for US yet. They just didn't show Tae Hyun calling her. He probably didn't want to see her in his hospital gown else she might get worried. His first priority is to recover himself, get YJ out to safety and come back for his sister. He said that much at the end of this episode.

Yeo Jin said "What have I done" after Cynthia told her about Tae Hyun throwing money for his sister's treatment to save her. What Cynthia didn't know is that TH had a deal with YJ. But the reason why YJ made that remark is not because she didn't have the money but something else altogether.

Yeo Jin had been happy to be alive and get her breath of fresh air for the 1st time in 3 years but Cynthia's words made her realize that she has pulled Tae Hyun into the swamp of crocodiles. She is afraid that TH might be hurt and she cares for him more than she admits.

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As it says in the recap at the end, Tae Hyun tells Yeo Jin he'll return after sending his sister off at the aiport. So, clearly, the sister hasn't left yet.

It hasn't been directly addressed why Tae Hyun didn't use Yeo Jin's money to help his sister. But if I had to make a guess, it could be that, since Han Doo Joon offered to pay for it (as brive of sorts), if Tae Hyun refuses him it'd just be dangerous, since refusing a brive either means you want a bigger brive or that you're too straight to take a brive and so you're a liability that needs to be taken out. Moreover, if Tae Hyun refuses Do Joon's help and suddenly comes up with the money on his own (by taking Yeo Jin's money), Do Joon and President Go will get really suspicious and if they look into it, it'll lead them back to Yeo Jin, which I guess would only mean more spilled blood.

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" Sure, they can come to love each other even more and act on that love in different ways, but we’re definitely seeing a deviation from the more common will-they-or-won’t-they formula since we know that they not only will but are."

In terms of logic, I think the writer cannot have them slowly fall in love. TH and YJ needs to be in love before they will do the things they need to do. Otherwise, what's the compelling reason?

For TH it used to be his sister but now, his sister's money issue is solved, he just needs to send her to US to get treated. There's no reason for him to stay on YJ's side and risk his everything else. He has done more than enough.

For YJ, TH used to be the boat which she rides in to escape from prison but now, she has gained her freedom or at least sort of, there is no need for her to cling on to TH.

The writer also made sure that TH falls in love first and then YJ. TH needs to fall in love first to risk his life to save YJ from the brink of death on the operating table. Now that YJ has 'officially' fallen in love with TH, she will get cracking to save him when he is in danger.

Writing a story in which TH and YJ fight tooth and nail for each other without love as the primary driver would make no sense. They need to establish their love first although the test will surely come later. Besides, falling in love quickly is not illogical. Not to mention that these two have gone through such hardships together to stay alive.

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Idk if the trans I got for Yeo Jin's confession was how it was actually worded but when the priest asked her if she loved Tae Hyun, she needed a few seconds to really think and answered that she thinks she does. Which is I think acknowledgment of her feelings for Tae Hyun starting to grow even more. And when the priest advised her to love him further, Yeo Jin made true her promise by showering Tae Hyun with kisses and skinship!
P.S. Loved that show did not skimp on the kisses and skinship!

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I agree with the logic you've said. The writer needs to build up solid foundation to empower the story.

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SS, mah, steve, gaina,

Despite some viewers finding the kiss happened too fast, I think its inevitable to cement their feelings and loyalty for each other. What's gonna be in store for them would be much more challenging and now I can see the writer's intention. And I actually find the OTP development sweet, serene and simple.

I also love the way the writer weaved in the notion of "loving your enemies". It's a biblical concept that I've not come across in movies and dramas and I think the writer has done a good job out of it. The priest's responses were very discerning and likewise, Yeo Jin will need to find a higher level of faith to keep her love and hope alive.

And I like the fact that the show isn't in throwing in a sweet candy who is 360 degree forgiving and naive. She had gone through betrayal, losses, imprisonment and even near-death. And it's no wonder she responded naturally to the heroic kindness in Tae Hyun and yet still struggle with thoughts of vengeance. While tae hyun is a living testimony of "loving your enemies" (the snickering, the abandonment and mistreatment), the heiress who grew up with so much need to search within her deepest soul to love her enemies.

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"Writing a story in which TH and YJ fight tooth and nail for each other without love as the primary driver would make no sense."

Couldn't agree more SS! You've given me a new perspective. I've only thought about the characters' motivation so far and not so much the story itself.

And I've always loved reading your insights, especially those from the OB days.

Til next time!

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Omg!!tae-hyun n yeo-jin ar so cute together!the hyun-jin couple makin me to look forward to this drama!!i love you joo-won oppa! Joo-won should always do a medical drama!he's so charismatic

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Coming up on cable Kdrama in 2016: "Chaebol!" . . . in which Yong-Pal needs help in a crisis and has to call in Healer to deal with the situation, only to discover that the City Hunter is already plotting to overthrow the evildoers!

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@ Quiet Thought

? Yes, I recall that initial drama news on YP mentioned run and jump over roofs and some Healer vibes were in conjectures. Well we have a bit more than half of the show to go... we can but hope for some City Hunter and some Healer. :)

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Only thing I gotta say: the s*** will go down next episode. Prepare yourselves, pals, cause the story will speed up once again and honestly, I don't know where will we be next week.

As for the ninth ep, I really liked it. I think no one can deny that Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee have overwhelming chemistry together and God thanks, KTH ain't playing with the kisses, avoids them or miss her partner's lips.
As I said, this week's episodes showed us what was the last strand of happiness for our leads for what I think, is going to be a long long time. Revenge and seperation is on their way and I hope they'll come together after all this mess that they will be thrown into.

PS. Can anybody also see them returning to this hill in the last episode and keeping their promise? I CAN totally see it as the drama's last scene. :)

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Oh, and did anyone also feel that Joo Won was really into it during their double-kiss scene? I envy him to be honest. :D

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Hahaha! I think so too. Maybe this was THE most memorable scene so far that he was talking about in his v app live broadcast?

Thank goodness the kisses too were pretty great and I liked that Yeo Jin initiated it!

And yes, I could totally see a proposal and kiss on this hilltop for the final episode? Or maybe even earlier? Well, I don't really have a clue as this show has kept on surprising us with its twists and turns.

P.s. I hope we get the next episode recap soon because really, these previous episodes were the calm before the storm. The cuteness are needed tk prepare our hearts for the next episodes! Aaahhhh!!

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@ mah, Matt,
Maybe joo won asked the production team for more kisses ASAP! Hahaha.
Yeah the hill of wind is where the star crossed lovers will find each other again. But hopefully it won't be the end but the beginning. Right now they have yet to start making babies but viewers are already screaming blood at the kisses.

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Perhaps, since he was just over the top flattering her at the press conference. You can just tell how excited he was to be working with her. ^___^

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You should watch the BTS of the church kiss. KTH was all cool and Joo Won was all flushed up. He is such a fanboy, LOL

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In other forums especially the Chinese ones I visit. they have been asking him to take cover from Rain, LOL!

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Debbie, SS, Matt
Hahaha...storm is coming....

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Like you, I really enjoyed this episode too! Especially the kisses! They were on point! And they looked real too! I'm sure they both enjoyed it very much! LOL

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Btw, can someone link me the bts of the church kiss. ^^

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Here ya go. Skip to about 3:00 if you just want the kissing. But the beginning is funny too. :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k4qoirizOk

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Omg! You are the best! THANK YOU SO MUCH! They are so cute in BTS! Joo Won is adorable after he pulled away from that kiss! LOL

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Loving the good pace of this story, including romance, and yes... will be patiently waiting for the next amazing kiss in the hill, but before that.. let's enjoy some medical action and "revenge" please! <3

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Yeah, this was almost like nothing but a filler episode to eat up one of the 4 episode extensions the show got. Pretty much bleh, nothing really happened plotwise.

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i love rp 19 so i hope i will be better more

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Yong Pal is good drama, It has romance, action, medical, melo..

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“Understanding Broadcast Mistakes”

Yong Pal is the Heidi Bowl of Korean action dramas: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-heidi-bowl.

The Heidi Bowl happened because of a very famous US ‘broadcast mistake’ ala The Producers. Basically there was an action packed football game and just as it was really getting exciting, the broadcast station cut to a movie about a young girl and her grandfather living peacefully on a mountain in Switzerland. (Which is a bit how YP looks right now.) Because all the football fans felt cheated by having action replaced by ‘Heidi’, that broadcast became jokingly known as the Heidi Bowl.

In an amusing parallel to DB’s comment section, about half of the people watching were upset when the action-filled football disappeared, while the other half vociferously defended why having Heidi was better.

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Thanks @Susan, in the true tradition of being human, we will either choose to go with the flow and defend it, or deplore the change and grumble... and there might some who will sit on the fence to see how it goes? :)

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Interesting but it doesn't fully apply here.

I don't deny that the change of pace and tone could be done better but it was not as if we are watching 2 entirely different and unrelated programmes like in the case of a football game versus 'Heidi'

Yes, half of the viewers were upset that the action filled Yong Pal disappeared for 2 o 3 episodes but the other half wasn't defending a different show, they argued that the romance didn't just pop out of nowhere and in my case, I stated that it was required for the drama to unfold in a logical way.

Although I too missed the action packed, adrenalin rush of ep 6, there were many things that developed in the following episodes besides the romance. I pointed them out in last week's comments. In fact, this drama is moving at a much faster pace than most dramas where plot takes one step forward and two steps backward, go round in circles or meander along to finish with a bang. No action does not equate to no plot development.

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It applies perfectly here. It is a humorous joke. You need to laugh.

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Got an appropriate example of what just what I am feeling now :P

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I gotta be honest, even if I was never fully hooked on this show, I still felt a bit cheated when I realized the promos had lied and this show wasn't going to be what I'd been promised.

I keep checking the recaps to see if the action has picked back up but no. I love romance but not all the time like this. I like it sprinkled on something else, and with more built-up.

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The action picks up again in ep 10. The romance still doesn't work well, but at least we're off the mountain.

I really wish they would do some more substantial character dev. The casting director deserves amazing props for casting actors that can do so much with so little. The actress who played Nurse Hwang deserves an award!

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Romance all the time? The romance wasn't even much. LOL. It was only two or three episodes which diverted from the "promised" action packed drama to establish a relationship for the OTP out of 10 so far...

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If it's too much for you then don't watch. Let's see whether u gonna come back here for next 10-14 episodes and repeat your woes...

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So... TH's sister is going to the US on DJ's account? Must be right, since in the previous episode he accepted DJ's bribe and his sister, by his own mention, is scheduled to go to the US already... That said though, he's taken official leave from the hospital then to be at the church? But how much time could have passed in episode 9? Seeing as that they were in the same clothes all that time, has it just been 24 hours since their leaving the hospital? She certainly has made amazing progress in physio then...

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I talked to a physician about the physio bc I was curious, as well.

He said that the problem wouldn't be her muscles, but her joints. If a patient is in a position for a long time, their joints freeze up and its incredibly painful (as in they'll want painkillers) to ease them up again. Her muscles would be a little weak at first, but would be fine.

If we're supposed to believe that she doesn't have bed sores bc of this amazing level of care, then we're also supposed to believe that she's had physio over those 3 years to keep her joints flexible.

Suspending disbelief for this show requires some serious mental gymnastics.... :-)

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Makes sense I guess. If Nurse Hwang was that meticulous about things, then she would likely have kept her limbs moving. It would just be a matter of exercise that would build muscle then... All that walking...

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Well the rest of us have no problems ... Kdramas are not documentaries. You and your friend should just stick to textbooks then you don't have to deploy any imaginations.

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Thanks for the recap :3

I know it's bad news bears but I'm excited to learn what happens when he goes back to the hospital.

Gimme another good fight, Show!

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Thanks Heads!

If ever one needed to show off a sample of what a relaxing episode is, one need look no further! LOL!

The thought that occurred to me repeatedly when I watched Ep 9 raw was if I should time the OTP scenes and see how many minutes they added up to. It was slightly better subbed, but only slightly.

Just to remember if I was mistaken about the kind of show it had made itself out to be... I checked Ep 1's recap here and @gummimochi had said, "An action-packed medical drama is what we were told ..." so, I was not weird to be taken aback by the ... er.... un-action-packed-ness of an entire episode. I agree that there can be lulls and relaxation, but if we consider that it started somewhere in Ep 8 and does go on into Ep 10 ... it's a very looonng lull. Anyway, they are doing their best giving us nice OTP moments and sweet people moments to eke out the show for a further 4 episodes. Bravo!! :D

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You know, I was thinking about the OTP. While the scenes are beautiful, and Joo Won's acting is excellent.... I wish the main couple had natural chemistry. Their romance is unbelievable development-wise in the script, but this wouldn't matter if the two actors has strong natural chemistry...

The next ep picks up again in action. It was a fairly weird way for the writer to do the extension.... especially the humorously embedded CF for officetel rental ... but it looks like it's just about over. Thankfully!

It's interesting to me that they didn't use the wasted scenes to do more than minor character dev - it was a chance to fix the most underdeveloped part of the show and it would have been better for it.

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Yes, I think you hit it... the acting is great, however if the chemistry was natural, it would not appear strange to many that they had fallen a lot in love and quickly.

I've mentioned character development before... there's never too much to be had if there is a slow down to manoeuvre. It would have filled in a episode or two, spread out nicely.

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:-) Okay, here's my stab at fixing the confusion over having the same name as another commenter. Since Kdramas always make me hungry...

So, what would you have done for eps 7 -10 instead of what this writer chose? If you had to design a plot arc that interrupted the main action, what would it be?

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Taking a stab at this at 1.00am LOL! Not so much an arc but just characters being rounder by episode 10.

I wanted character development... even our 2-D Do Joon and his relationship with Chae Young. Maybe show us how this couple got from him watching her from the balcony to getting married and why. Why did she agree... to help her father? Should we feel a little pity for him? If so, why? At the moment we can do nothing but dislike him and discard him the way he discards his minions.

Before Nurse Hwang gets offed... show us what her relationship with Yeo Jin was ... a nanny? Trusted family friend? And why did she end up calling from a payphone. The wonderful coincidence of the baddies knowing exactly which payphone and when she'd make the call in order to smash it.... LOL! I'll let it pass...

Definitely, it would have been natural for Tae Hyun to take some time with his sister between Ep 8-9. He used to call her when he had some time. With her in the same hospital, it would have been likely for a brother to drop in and visit and we could have gotten more of the backstory of how she got liver damage earlier, to understand the added impetus it is to Tae Hyun to enable her to be treated and survive.

I'd definitely like to see more of Nurse Ahjumma too and how the nurses on Tae Hyun's side teamed up so cutely.... I think a few minutes of that would have been possible. :)

Outside hospital arc? Yeo Jin starts to really look at the children and to begin to consider how she can make a difference in the lives of others rather than just concentrate on herself. Have her words to the priest in the confessional get more of a follow through rather than just having her pray and then give up within a few days. :) I'm feeling peckish... must be your moniker!!!

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@Growingbeautifully, this reply is meant for your comment below regarding how you want the writer to develop the characters by ep 10

The writer has shown some character development for DJ and CY over the past couple of episodes, just that he chooses not to reveal their backstory all at once. We got how DJ and CY met, hints that DJ really loved CY once and unrequited by CY. YJ also revealed that DJ and her were once loving siblings and how their father favored her over him. So what we do not know is why CY married DJ and what are her true motives. We also do not know why DJ turned from a loving oppa to a murderous one. So, we do have progress on these characters but we just don't know everything yet.

I think they will show us Nurse Hwang's relationship with YJ. Otherwise why choose to zoom in or include that photo at the accident scene? Nurse Hwang dropped her phone in the scuffle when she attacked Director Byung. That's probably why she called on a payphone or maybe she didn't want to be easily tracked by GPS, assuming it's easier to track handphone than a payphone. I figured the baddies had been stalking her to get a chance to run her down. But of course, the use of the doom truck was probably for dramatic effect.

Seo Hyun wasn't always staying in the hospital. She's only there to get her dialysis. *spoiler* In fact, in ep 10, TH was shocked to see her in hospital because he expected her to be at home.
We don't know and cannot say for certain that TH never called his sister. All we can say is he never visited her at home. He can't do it while he's recovering because he wouldn't want to alarm his sister over his state. *spoiler* In ep 10, we got the backstory of how SH got her liver damage and the revelation made us understand why TH is always willing to give up his life for his sister's.

*spoiler* In ep 10, we also got a new development for Nurse Kang a.k.a. Nurse Ahjumma. It was done most wonderfully.

You wrote about the "outside hospital arc", it already happened in this episode. I said in another comment that TH offered YJ an alternative to the choices which she was presented(to go with DJ or President Go or CY). TH's alternative is to get out of the crocodile swamp and live a life without those burdens. After all, she has her millions in the Swiss account. He brought her to this church, partly to face her past but also to see the world outside of her ivory tower. He bribed the children with ice cream to play with her and enjoy having fun beside the stream, not just to lift her spirits but show her simple joys of life she has never experienced before. I believe that these together with her taking advice from the priest and her new found love, she had resolved to let go of her grievances and start a new life. *spoiler* But after worrying and feeling helpless(shown in scenes of her praying), she decided that she needed to go back and save her man.

So far, I think the writer has done a might good job in...

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writing his characters. Tae Hyun is one of the best written characters I have seen. We got to see a lot of who he is and what makes him tick in the first couple of episodes. It made us empathize and root for the character. YJ's character unfolded more slowly and I think we haven't seen it all yet. Ep 10 is the turning point for YJ. For the rest of the characters like DJ, CY and Chief Lee, it's not that the writer forgot or left them on the back burner, he actually peels them layer by layer each week and it worked for me because I am intrigued on how DJ, CY, Chief Lee became the people they are today.

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It's not appropriate to point out stuff in episode 10 when we are all in episode 9 recap forum. It's not being fair and considerate to the recapper and those who have yet to watch the episode.

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This episode HAD to fast-forward the love story because we need to know they are nuts about each other right before they get torn apart. Being back with each other then becomes the overwhelming motivation carrying the drama forward. I love this drama. It's beautifully shot. I love Joo Won in everything he does. GAKSITAL is still my #1 favorite drama after more than 150. He is just wonderful - and I like Kim Tae Hee too, currently also watching My Princess for some fluff. Watching her in Yong Pal is helping me (sometimes) forget about the fact that she goes home to Rain and gets to kiss him!!!!

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@ Lunatic4KD

Hello my dear! I've been thinking to email you.

I'm glad you're loving the romance and drama. I'm trying Gaksital, however I may be FFD-ing it mainly. I enjoyed My Princess. Have fun!

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I was quite taken aback when CY drops her pretense and outright threatens DJ. Although it is all masked under her being enamored with TH, she calls him her toy – toyboy?

She meant business. It touched DJ's raw nerves but he seemed to take her words seriously. Why would CY out herself and put TH in a greater danger? Wouldn’t it make DJ madder which it certainly seemed to be? However, now that DJ is working with President Go, CY probably knows that President Go may or already have told DJ about her going against them in the corporate fight. Moreover,she does have the final trump card. She probably has evidence that he killed Sung Hoon and that's DJ's weakness.

There’s no need to put up the pretense anymore although she still does it in sarcasm or to torment DJ. I do not know if CY really has a thing for TH or she wants to use him or both? I think she's the only one left whose motives I am not clear about.

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Since this topic is about Chae young, I like her outfit in her scene with DJ. Just have to find a nice orange skirt...

I think chae young likes tae yong. The show seems to indicate that she prefers powerful and rich man whom she could respect and love. Tae hyun doesn't have these two qualities. But I think Chae young was misunderstood because she is like tae hyun in that - they never bother to correct misperceptions coz they have bigger goals in mind and they don't open up to others easily.

But we can see she appears to value her father and tae hyun's condition after she learned about his intervention. I think as an educated woman in the US, she resented DJ for forcing her into marrying him, knowing that her weakness is her father.

Thus, she naturally developed some feelings for Yong pal who helped her without asking or expecting anything in return, a marked contrast with all these political marriage.

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Who's Tae Yong? The Tae Yong who's the jealous sunbae doctor? Or do you mean Sung Hoon? Yeo Jin's boyfriend who's died?

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Sorry SS I mean tae hyun. It's a typo.
Why would the show have two guys with similar names...

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Yup can be confusing ☺

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As much as I love them being in love, and enjoy the prettiness of being away and together, I scratched my head trying to remember when were they start falling that fast and so deep. I saw the signed of him started caring for her on 7 or 8, but her? Did I skip an ep? Uhhh, am I still jet lagged from cross continents flight when watching 9, or..?

Oh well, a call for re-watch the previous eps to understand better.

Thanks for the recap, Heads~!

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As mentioned earlier, TH fell in love with Yeo Jin first. The attraction was always there and his actions spoke louder than words when he risked his life to save her.

For Yeo Jin, I think she was also attracted to TH and cared for TH more than she admits. But she had to face her nightmares and get over her past love. It won't disappear immediately but as shown in the previous episode, she is willing to try and at the same time accept TH's love.

In this episode, it’s so cute to see TH falling heads over hills in love. He does more than just puppy eyes though. He cooks for her nutritious breakfast, turns eating into physiotherapy session, gives lots of skinship and googly eyes to his lady love, teases her for having frog toes(!) but washing them tenderly. Really, we can’t blame YJ for giving in to his charms and sincerity, can we?

Most of all, YJ got to see TH in action as Yong Pal. Don’t forget that she has never seen this side of him before. He had been calling himself as greedy for money and power even when she saw that his reason for becoming a doctor is so that he can save his sister. I, now think that TH is the last person who will acknowledge that he is a true doctor, more than anyone else. Yet, TH is willing to be apart from YJ in order to save the two lives, of course not before explaining to YJ why he has to do so. This is truly who TH is. And I think YJ just fell in love with him more.

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Its a good thing you noted Yeo Jin seeing Yong pal in action. Most people thought Yong pal sold his soul for money and at first, even she thought he was one. But rapid events confirmed that his soul is fully intact, saved by the fact that he never craved position and wealth for himself.

If anything at all, he had a pure heart for whatever side deals he undertook. Like the parable guy who pounded on the door of a neighbor to ask bread for a visiting friend, he had solicited money for his ailing sister. Shameless audacity but truly a persistent and noble action that the world may not understand but unexpected rewards await those who do the right things

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Yes, I think both YJ and TH will discover more of each other and fall deeper in love in the coming episodes :D

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I took a second look at ep 8 - his wistful sad look and the voice in his head noting that Yeo Jin loved SoonJoon so much that she wanted to die with him. I thought it was at that very moment he came to a realization that he loved her - and this episode remained consistent with more kisses. I have not seen Joo Won in many shows (apart from some episodes in Gaksital and Good Doctor) but he is totally believable here, as a man in love with a woman, a man devoted to his sister and a man with a noble heart.

I don't think he meant to confess to her when he was about to leave her in the church. It was the heartbreaking part that he may never get to see her again that spurred him to reveal his feelings.

I think TH was already 1/10 in love with a mysterious young Ae, 2/10 when he saw the sleeping heiress, 1/3 when she was awake and 2/3 when she "died". And already leaning to 3/4 for their post death interactions. And his chat with Chae Young, he's fully on board with his own feelings. It was an undercurrent of feelings that took a tsunami of events for it to surface.

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I think many viewers who loved the action did not want a break from it and understandably so because those episodes were such exhilarating rides. But would it make sense for TH and YJ to start their revenge immediately once they can get up from their hospital beds?

In the first place, TH's promise to YJ was to bring her out safely from her prison. He never talked about joining her in whatever comeback plans she has. I think he was primarily focused on her safety first which involves getting her out of Hanshin Hospital. That’s why he was shocked when she had the meltdown and described herself as a crocodile in ep 7.

He realized that she has to make a decision – to go with President Go and wrestle her way to the top again or to go with him. Maybe bringing her to this church is not just for her to face her past but also to get a glimpse of a possible future. Away from the city and the hell hole in Hanshin, she can smell the flowers, enjoy nature and appreciate life from another perspective. After all, she still has her money in her Swiss account.
TH might also have told the priest somewhat about YJ’s troubles. He succeeded because after hearing the priest’s advice, YJ did see another way other than revenge.

Now that he is back to Hanshin and more troubles ahead, they will have no choice but to fight for their freedom and survival.

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Ooohhh beautiful kisses! I really enjoy the lovey dovey ness between them. It warms my heart, really.

I wonder why we still have this talk on how they are rushing, while the story had already moving on to different stage now.

Rather than rushing/not rushing debate, I am more keen on seeing what happen next, as this is obviously not commonly found in dramaland where they only tell the story of how the couple is made (hence, the looonnnggg winding story untill they are officially bf/gf).

Yong Pal goes beyond that. They tell a story on how they become couple, to tell the story of what would the couple do when storm comes to lovey dovey couple and pull them apart. Like a good novel. (Thus, I dont think they are rushing at all!)

I think the story that they come up with (will to are and beyond) is very interesting (and respectable), as it is never (or rarely) seen in dramaland. Plus, they made it so beautifully, every single episode they release. You gotta appreciate this.

I am absolutely looking forward to watch what happens next! I think, seeing how Yeo Jin back full strength and saving Tae Hyun will be so exciting. And how on earth are they going to free themselves (and others) from that croc swamp?? I cant wait for next week!!!

Writers, fight!!!!

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Let's hope everything will be good till the very end, extension or not.

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Yes i agree with you..lets just enjoy their lovey dovey ness coz they have perfect chemistry.and the story is good,it's different than the other drama

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SS, you rock!
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What's with the sudden romance man!!
Things were more intense with our herion sleeping. It feels like episode 8 n 9 is taking a different course. I wish our female lead had more balls instead of just scary glare ?

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Bleh. This is why I've given up on typing with this miniature keyboard. Anyway, I was wondering if this was their way of extending the show by sticking the extension episodes in the middle and not the end like they normally do. I don't know it just felt like I was watching a different drama and now it's resuming the original storyline. Though I understand the need to establish the romance as the catalyst.

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I love the romance! It's so refreshingly cute~ *heart eyes*
Anyway, I hope things will be more exciting and tense in the next episode (but without plot holes!!) now that the writer has thrown Taehyun back into the rough waters...and very soon, maybe Yeojin as well.

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It totally feels like a slow down of 4 episodes for romance bcoz of the extension..

So hard to continue watching ep 9..

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Lol. Seriously, people need to chill out about the romance happening too fast. If that's all you care about, no one's forcing you to watch this drama. Seriously, it gets so annoying reading comments about how the romance developed too fast. Go watch a drama where the romance doesn't start till halfway through the drama and keeps going in circles just because of denial. To be frank, it's refreshing to see two grown adults admitting to having feelings for each other and not be noble idiots. Other dramas get so repetitive with endless noble idiocy and tons of denying that they are in love. I'd rather watch a drama where two people fall in love and own up to it.

The romance didn't happen too fast. The romance is occurring at a reasonable pace. And if you guys don't know, there is a thing such as "love at first sight". I wouldn't doubt that's what happened between Tae Hyun and Yeo Jin at first. Although, there may have been some physical attraction at first sight, the romance started developing even more when they both got a chance to talk to each other and realized how different, and yet how similar they both are. Yeo Jin comes from a world of wealth and power and yet, she shares a very sentimental memory with Tae Hyun, the soybean soup their mothers used to make. This makes Tae Hyun curious about her and want to get to know her more. Although people come from all walks of life, at the end of the day, they are only human.

There is no doubt that Tae Hyun developed a liking to Yeo Jin early on. He just shows it in more subtle ways. The way he's so comfortable with her when they talk. The way he playfully jokes around with her and even his body language. It is quite apparent he is very comfortable with her. Even though it isn't in your face, 'I like you, be mine' kind of way, we can still see it through their sweet interactions. Of course, for Yeo Jin, Tae Hyun remains someone who is protective and determined. He's the only person who wants to save her when everyone she knows wants her dead. He talks to her as if she is a friend. He challenges her with his smart remarks. It can't be hard to believe that she fell for someone who is willing to risk his life to save hers. Her will to live is immense and knowing that he will do anything to save her is another reason why she can't help falling for him.

Since most of the OTP moments were shown in episode 9, this just means the revenge is on board. The next few episodes are going to give us what we've been waiting for. I can't wait to see what's in store for our lovely OTP when the revenge really starts. This is only the calm before the storm!

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I'm a different Anna from this Anna. LOL

"25 Anna September 4th, 2015 at 6:55 AM

What’s with the sudden romance man!!
Things were more intense with our herion sleeping. It feels like episode 8 n 9 is taking a different course. I wish our female lead had more balls instead of just scary glare ?"

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i thought yong pal was a romance melo drama along with action/thriller and all that. idk i expected going into this to have romance, its not like it was only specified as a thriller, medical etc genre if that were the case i wouldnt expect romance but thats not the case and to me at least wasnt done well and fell flat. its one thing to be grown adults and refreshing in terms of quickness but only if its executed well, to me, it wasnt. when i start to rationalize a romance and try to make arguments from an objective point of view of and logic in relation to the story then the romance has failed for me. cause logically it would make sense what they are doing, but it doesnt really capture my heart. i mean quite a few people dont like how the romance was done, but you do, why get angry over that. each to their own though

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I understand what you are saying but I also understand why Anna feels frustrated.

Your views differ from mine but I can also see your point. However, not everyone here expressed their dislike on the portrayal or development of the romance the same way you do.

You have people who obviously aren't even watching the show and used the romance as the reason why they are giving up the show or hijack this thread to recommend their favorite show. Then, there are those who don't buy the romance and try to convince everyone else that this drama is a dud.

In a way, the discussion becomes a fight over whose view is right or whose is wrong when we should be discussing the drama and sharing views.

I can't speak for Anna but I feel frustrated having to dwell so much on the romance bit which unlike what @Caro said, was never "all the time"

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Thanks for your input, SS. I think the romance should just be put behind us. The drama has moved on from that. We already see---some more than others, that they are happy together, so I don't know why people continuously put down the drama and complain about the "fast" romance. Just leave the drama as it is. I'm sure the writer(s) know what they are doing and will put out a solid drama for us.

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I agree. To some extent I can see the views of those who dislike the romance arc or found it too fast when they explain why they feel that. What is frustrating is when you see comments hijacking the thread to recommend or talk about other dramas while saying they dislike yongpal, or get hung up on a specific part of the drama and say over and over again why they dislike it just for those same reasons, or simply saying they don't like it but does not bother to expound on the reason why. Maybe some didn't even really watch it but just rides on this 'hate' or maybe just the 'negativity' that the drama is receiving, in this blog's comments section particularly. I don't know if this is just an isolated case or the norm, but I checked other recaps and don't find such amount of 'hate/negativity' towards the drama being recapped. Or was that a fluke?

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Normally I would let this pass, as would many of the very engaged and kind commenters on DB. But, I'm noticing an unpleasant trend with language on various comment sections.

First of all, people who have different opinions than you are not 'hijacking the thread'. There is no right to have everyone agree with you. If there was, then people who don't like Yong Pal could claim that you are 'hijacking the thread' by saying over and over how much you do. Basically, we all need to accept that we won't always agree and that everyone has the right to express their opinions.

Which brings me to your phrases "‘hate’ or maybe just the ‘negativity’ that the drama is receiving'" and " ‘hate/negativity’ ". These words have no place in an intellectual discussion. Beanies love Kdrama. They love it when they like shows and they love it when they dislike shows. When words like "hate/negativity" are used to belittle the opinions of Beanies who don't like something, it is a not very subtle form of intimidation to encourage them to not comment.

Furthermore, it is a double-edged sword. By the standards of arguing that someone else's comments rise to the level of 'hate/negativity' for disagreeing with your viewpoint, you open yourself to the same charge. They might use your same logic and claim that your comment is 'hate/negativity' toward those Beanies. I'm sure you wouldn't like this any more than they do.

Basically, what I'm trying to say is that there's room for every opinion here - positive, negative, neutral, silly and even grammatically challenged. I may disagree with your opinion - I may feel like you are hijacking the thread - I may be frustrated with your comments - but, frankly, you have an absolute right to express your opinions on any show as you see fit. And hopefully, you'll accept that others have the same right as well - and that this cornucopia of responses makes for a robust and pleasant community.

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@Susan ??????????

I am not in anyway starting a fight. I was merely saying how it's frustrating to read abovementioned types of comments. And not in anyway saying that posts which do not agree with mine or those who enjoy Yongpal should not be posted. There were a number of "I'm dropping this show" comments for Yongpal these past few episodes. I respect that there are those not liking the pacing, the romance, etc but what was the purpose of posting such comments? What does it really do for the drama? It's nice if constructive criticisms or discussions of plotholes were mentioned but it was just that and that's why I find it frustrating.

I also didn't mean that comments about disliking Yongpal means 'hijacking the thread', but rather those comments which just state that they are dropping the show and then recommends or mentions another drama. I think that random drama recommendations discussion better suit the OPEN THREAD.

On the 'hate/negativity' part, that's why it was in single quotation mark, I don't really know how to term it. But could you not really feel that? I was really curious if it is just for this show that such comments were posted or if it goes the same with other shows. And I didn't generalize the readers/commentors of dramabeans, I said some. You were the one who generalized as Beanies the "some" that i mentioned.

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*that should have been

...frustrating to read abovementioned types of comments (as in types of comments I discussed in my post in 30.3.1.2)

...posts which do not agree with mine or those who DO NOT enjoy Yongpal should not be posted.

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“I respect that there are those not liking the pacing, the romance, etc but what was the purpose of posting such comments? What does it really do for the drama? “

Probably as much as comments that state “I really love the pacing and the romance.”

“…those comments which just state that they are dropping the show and then recommends or mentions another drama. I think that random drama recommendations discussion better suit the OPEN THREAD.”

Like those comments that say “I love this show - oh you should also watch YYY - this actor was amazing in YYY!!!” ?

Look, my point is that for every point of view, there is an opposing one. You may not like comments in which someone states that they don’t like a show. On the other hand, those commenters may not like comments when someone says how much they do like the show (that can be especially exasperating when you think something is terrible and someone else is singing its praises). It’s human nature to be gobsmacked when someone else has the opposite opinion. But there isn’t anything wrong with people expressing their displeasure any more than you expressing your pleasure.

“On the ‘hate/negativity’ part, that’s why it was in single quotation mark, I don’t really know how to term it. But could you not really feel that? I was really curious if it is just for this show that such comments were posted or if it goes the same with other shows.”

Beanies who express their opinions on shows? That’s all love. Criticism (both positive and negative) is the greatest gift an audience can give a producer. While actors don’t read comments during taping (they generally isolate themselves to get into character), producers do take the temperature of the audience. Comments that just say yay or nay aren’t much help. But comments that go into detail about what is liked and disliked and why are enormously helpful. Especially negative comments - those are the best because they allow producers to see where something is potentially going to alienate a portion of the audience before the audience drops the drama. Positive comments are really helpful, too. So - what do I feel when I read comments from Beanies who take the time to explain their viewpoints - love, just love!

I am sure that you must feel that I’m picking on you, and I’m sorry for that. It isn’t my intention. It's just that lately I’ve been reading a few posts expressing what you’re expressing and I take exception to it. I hope that Beanies will all always feel comfortable expressing every opinion they have.

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I am also surprised by the comments: dropping the show etc. Normally when I wanna quit a drama I don't post up repeated negative things coz I would just move on to another show.

It's ok to express disappointment at some aspect of the show but it's quite strange to see people expressing A LOT of disappointing feedbacks over a long thread.

I guess it's interesting to see different views but frankly, I am with the Headno2 for the lovely recap. Perhaps those who dislike the twist or kiss happening too fast should proceed to other threads for shows that they find perfectly in tune on timing, action pace and kissing scenes.

While some feel it's ok to express their disappointments and dislikes for the show, please be considerate to the recapper and those who like the show. Even though this is an open forum, it's discouraging to gloss over criticisms on something that we like.

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@Susan ??????????:

I think you missed the point of @yong82'a original comment, and frankly, you're not doing your cause any favors by responding this way.

I'd agree that discussion, whether you like or dislike the drama, is welcome. However, recommendations and other off-topic comments don't fall into this category. There has been a lot of that in the Yong Pal recaps for whatever reason, and it's even happening in this one. That's where the "hijacking" comes in. No one said that expressing a dissenting opinion is "hijacking".

Have you been reading these comment threads? I do enjoy a good debate, but there has been a rash of simple, short, very abrupt negative comments. In the vein of "I hate this show". Period. There's nothing constructive from a comment like that. And again, I'm putting words in yong82's mouth, but I think that is where this question of "negativity" is coming from. It's not unreasonable to wonder why that seems to be the case lately.

But rather than a rash of comments telling those commenters to check their "hate/negativity" at the door,
I personally have noticed more than one post like yours that are calling out people for supposedly "shutting down" discussion. Which is something that I honestly have not seen happen in these comment threads (well, until comments #46-47 down there happened...), and it's confusing me. True, we don't like it when a string of people comment with a variation of the same thing, very negatively, with no explanation, no further discussion. Isn't that human nature? I also don't think that those types of comments add much to the discussion, especially after a certain point (really, if 8 other people already said it, why say it again if you have nothing further to add?). So I think that's what yong82 was trying to say. But I really don't think I've seen anyone say outright that those who dislike the show should stop commenting.

So what I do agree with is that we don't need to call anyone a "hater" or any variation thereof. But tempers would not be flaring so much if everyone would just think before they wrote, and remembered to be civil always. There is indeed room for every opinion, but there's never any need to be rude (seriously. It's a TV show).

And I would really, really beg to differ on this: "Beanies who express their opinions on shows? That’s all love." If everyone was willing to read, respond, and engage, I would believe this to be true. Drive-by commenters? People who can't even be bothered to read the recap or the other comments before commenting themselves? Not so much. And this: "Comments that just say yay or nay aren’t much help" is exactly what I'm trying to get at. So can we all just calm down now? :)

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@Susan ??????????

See, I was trying to express MY FRUSTRATIONS over the comments but in no way did I say that those should not be posted. And that I was curious to see why so many of those in comments in this drama and if it happens all the time to other dramas.

"Comments that just say yay or nay aren’t much help. But comments that go into detail about what is liked and disliked and why are enormously helpful." and "so – what do I feel when I read comments from Beanies who take the time to explain their viewpoints – love, just love!"

This is what I have been saying all along or perhaps wanting to say but is not being reflected in my thoughts. It is one thing to express your dislike, but to comment again and again without really saying why, isn't that frustrating?

Anyway, I don't think I'll be replying to this any further so discussions about the drama would be the one in spotlight. But thank you for taking the time to read my posts and for sharing your views. Happy kdrama watching! :)

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Yong82

I agree with you and I noticed Susan kept pointing out stuff in episode 10 when we are all in episode 9 recap forum. It's not being fair and considerate to the recapper and those who have yet to watch the episode.

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I agree, we've discussed it enough. I think it was an important conversation to have though.

Enjoy your watching!

@Shurei, @No Name #6

I think you miss the point of the discussion - "those short abrupt negative comments" have equal value to any short abrupt positive comments. All comments about Kdrama should be welcome. It's comments about commenters that I find concerning.

And Shurei - "It’s ok to express disappointment at some aspect of the show but it’s quite strange to see people expressing A LOT of disappointing feedbacks over a long thread. "

I'm more shocked to see someone expressing A LOT of positive feedback for a seriously flawed show over a long time!! :-) The point is is that it's all just perspective. Everyone has one and that's great - it's a good thing!

"While some feel it’s ok to express their disappointments and dislikes for the show, please be considerate to the recapper and those who like the show."

The recappers generally have mixed views on the shows - recaps aren't positive - they are an interesting mix of commentary on what they think works and doesn't work in the production. Please be considerate of the recapper and others like the recapper who openly analyze and criticize the show - both positively and negatively - and celebrate their contribution to the comment section. Fans don't only have positive thoughts.

"Even though this is an open forum, it’s discouraging to gloss over criticisms on something that we like."

Yes, and it's also discouraging to gloss over praise for something flawed.

Shuerei - Every opinion you are expressing here is something I've also heard expressed by people who are more critical - they are just as frustrated with the 'supportive' comments. "Why can't that seeeee what's wrong with this drama???!" Everyone's got a different viewpoint - but we all like Kdramas!

And btw - I think @yong82 and I handled the conversation very well. I think both of us were calm and collected the entire time. Disagreement doesn't always mean flaring tempers! :-)

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LOL. I'm not angry though? I'm just expressing my thoughts, just like you are. All I said was that it was annoying and frustrating how people are so quick to change their minds about the drama or drop the drama just because the action was put on halt for two mere episodes.

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Had to change my name so there won't be confusion.

(I was Anna, post #30)

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And why not drop it? Life is too short. I started this show because the promos and the first episodes misled me to believe it was something it's never going to be. I'd put it on hold but reading the recaps has reassured me that this show will not fulfill its promise and I can now drop it without regrets.

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So are you gonna repeat that you gonna drop it and then come back here for another comment and claim your dropped it. And keep lamenting you have been misled. Cheated. Dropping it. Dropped it. Then in another thread you still gonna keep saying it all these stuff?

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Okay. Good for you. :)

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Ep 10 is much better than ep9. Yongpal team, fighting! Now I can see a stronger Yeo Jin who has decided to cope with her ennemies to protect her beloved ones.

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I have to admit that the drama has decreased the thriller parts but episode 10 is the episode that set Yong pal right on track with the attack at the airport,sohyun's travel and.... and the....is the most exciting part. I don't want to spoil it for the ones who didn't c it yet

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Guys take it easy because you don't save a person risking your life if you don't care about them so their romance is justifed but the way they showed it is completely illogical .... he discarded all his responsibilities and said " I'll follow you anywhere you go" thats just sweet fillers. He forgot about his sister completely(see next episode if you don't belive.) For who he risked everything.
He was shot so took a break had everything like a sweet dream & wakes up to find the reality nice touch but seems like they overdid it though but the flow of story is nice.

Ps:Yup they complete enjoyed every kiss ,awesome chemistry.

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Why do you say that he had forgotten about his sister?

By the way, there is no need to be sarcastic. There are people who think the OTP has awesome chemistry. Or have you really changed your mind since you post comment 18.1?

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It's not me - that's a different Susan. If she keeps commenting with the same handle, I'll adjust mine.

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LOL! Can't believe we now have 2 Annas and 2 Susans :D

Help me out here. you are the one who post comment 33, right? If you are, can you tell me what makes you say he had forgotten his sister? I have watched ep 10.

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Nope! Sorry, I'm the other one. I also saw ep 10. I know what happens with the sister.

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And just to fix the confusion here as well.... I've added a full Kdrama feast to go with my name here and above at comment 18.

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Sorry for the confusion! I added an extension to my name so it will be less confusing.

I am Anna from post #30.

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I love those kisses too. I think Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee nailed those kisses :D Looks real, no?

Btw, Tae Hyun does not forget about his sister, I think. Perhaps he is just temporarily more calmed at the fact that:

1) dad is there for his sister (and he is sober, albeit looking like he's not taken a bath for ages)

2) after the dinner, he thinks everything is good between him and Do Joon
- and that guy has already gave his words, to send his sister to US for treatment - and Do Joon does not know that Tae Hyun is actually treating Yeo Jin. Keeping Tae Hyun's sister alive would be a warranty for Do Joon that Tae Hyun will not speak ill of any of the crocodiles.

Albeit no money, his sister has place/people to go to, to comfort her. Compared with Han Yeo Jin who has...nobody? Come on, even her big bro tried to kill her.

As doctor, I believe his way of thinking is which one needs him the most at the moment.

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This was a solid ep. For me. Very essential to the overall story. Keep going Yong Pal!

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As much as i am lovin the pair of them havin a nice time its kinda bothering me that there is nothing about his sister in this epi. and he doesnt really seem worried about her

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not all the eps should have his sister. :D she is in good hand, I believe. watch next ep though. you might find her there.

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I agree with dramabeans. I was actually very happy when I saw a medical scene but man that was tooooo much for me. I couldn't watch it because it was so intense but I live hat Tae Hyun is back to his roots of being a doctor.
While I live out OTP, I'm kinda glad they're separated because I'm waiting for Yeo Jin to start some action and her revenge and I think leaving Tae Hyun is a perfect start!
Can't wait for the next episode.

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How many times has his sister been setup to go to the US now and cancelled out - 4x? How come he can sneak the chaebol lady out with no problems, but not his sister?

Some parts of this drama seem right on target, but then the next just leaves you scratching your head and/or banging head on keyboard.

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When was his sister's travel to the USA cancelled? I remember first she got bumped in a transplant list in an earlier episode and some episodes later she got accepted for the treatment in the USA. Since then there's been some shuffling on who's money Tae Hyun would use to get her the treatment (Yeo Jin's, President Go's or Han Do Joon's) with Han Do Joon's offer prevailing, but I don't think the travel ever fell through?

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I don't recall it ever being cancelled, at least up to this ep.

He could sneak out chaebol heiress because no one expected her to be alive nor he with her, much less for them to escape.
*spoiler ahead*
Whereas his sister was brought to Hanshin without his knowledge and with the intention of being held hostage so that they can threaten him. Since all eyes were on him, he couldn't escape with his sister.

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I thought this episode was more scary than any of the previous episodes where there was physical danger, because the happier they were, the more they're going to suffer in the future. What is Tae-hyuns arc going to be? He's way too naive and innocent so far, even though he's had to do some illegal things to survive. And so many references to angels, I wonder if that will have any significance.

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I dont think its remotely illogical for TH and YJ to fall in love as fast as they did. Everyone is different. I personally fell in love with my ex in one day. Crazy love! And he didn't have to help me battle almost certain death to get me all swoony. We didnt last. Too much drama later. I met someone else whom I developed love for more slowly but I still think of my experience fondly and to this day, I regret nothing.
If this is something novel, in kdramaland, I'd hope it would be embraced for how its uniqueness. I hope there will be more drama for those who pegged it as an action drama for promos sake... but I really enjoy the romance just the same.

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when this was started but now I'm getting more and more disappointed by each new episode aired. It was a completely boring episode and hope that it might better again soon.

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Bill cosby said, it is impossible to please everybody. I think he is right.
I love Yong Pal. It doesnt mean that others will love it as much. But I think they deserve respect for their hard work to boldly go where no one in kdramaland has gone before (to cover 'will', 'are' and beyond), to live shoot amidst the weigh of action/medical drama as well as the critiques...etc.
Fight!

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Bahahaha, that's great! Love it. Hee hee!

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Wow. There is a very wide difference of opinions on this comment section! I appreciate the fact that people are passionate about their stance and are willing to defend their thoughts and ideas. But, can we all just calm down a little bit? I come on Dramabeans to read the recaps and share my views and see what other beanies haves to say about the drama, but lately, it has become a very hostile environment. Opinions are flaring and I think it's not going anywhere. Let's all just agree to disagree. No matter how much you defend your ideas, people will always disagree. So just let it be. Nobody is right and nobody is wrong. It's all a matter of opinion. So, let's all just let the ones who like the drama enjoy it and those who do not can drop it. Simple as that. :)

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May I gently say that it is OK to voice dissenting views. It is part of a discussion. Those who can see flaws are free to mention them. Dissenters are welcome as much as assent-ers, so comment away. :)

Many shows have plot holes.... they are enjoyed anyway. We can still appreciate a show flaws and all and sometimes despite them, so with respect and tact, let all views be aired, both assenting and dissenting. It shows a good healthy thinking and feeling community to notice and discuss both the great things and not-too-great-things in a show.

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Well said, @Growingbeautifully, couldn't agree more..

Oh my, oh my, never imagine that this one would turn into opinion-war zone just as the previous *cough* TTILY *cough*.

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Watched the Kiss Scene BTS. JOO WON IS ADORABLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

And I do like his bad-ass look when he frowns or gets serious. SOOOOOOO ATTRACTIVE!!!!!!

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@jjbeauty so it's forbidden for viewers to give their 'not good things' about this drama? ??

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