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Beautiful Mind: Episode 14 (Final)

The journey to today’s finale was a little shorter than expected, and at times bumpy, but filled with lots of tears, laughter, and so much hope for a brighter future. Some threads may not be tied into the neatest of bows, but I think the ending focused on what truly mattered—and even if there were some confusing patches, it all came together in a satisfying way.

 

 
FINAL EPISODE RECAP

We rewind a little from where we left off in the last episode, as Young-oh prepares for his potentially fatal surgery. His father stops him in the hallway to advise against the procedure, citing all the reasons that Young-oh already knows.

Dr. Lee says that as a fellow doctor he cannot permit this operation, nor can he as his father, but he loses confidence as he says this. Young-oh shoots him a withering glance at the word “father,” and Dr. Lee removes the hand he had placed on his son’s shoulder. Young-oh says that he finally understands how his father felt the day he operated on Young-oh against everyone’s advice. They exchange a meaningful glance, since it may very well be their last, and then Young-oh leaves to face his fate.

At the research center, Gi-ho goes to check up on Jin-sung in her hospital bed, but she isn’t there. He asks Nurse Jang where his patient is, and she lies that Jin-sung is getting a CT scan, which easily fools Gi-ho. What follows is an adorable and heartwarming series of scenes where some of our regularly recurring hospital staff (including the power rangers) lead Gi-ho on a wild goose chase to occupy him for the duration of Jin-sung’s operation.

Then, we return to the surgery room where Young-oh is placed beside Jin-sung, who is now unconscious.

Suk-joo asks Young-oh if he’s sure about doing this, and Young-oh confirms, saying that while the operation is illegal and dangerous, it has a high survival percentage for the recipient. Which makes this his favorite kind of surgery. He adds that he bought them some time, and thanks Suk-joo for having the courage to do their surgery.

We flash back to learn what exactly Young-oh had asked of the power rangers when he called each of them by name in the previous episode; he requested that they keep Assistant Manager Chae occupied long enough to start the surgery.

Dr. Yoo plays his part in keeping Assistant Manager Chae busy, until Gi-ho bursts into the room to tell Assistant Manager Chae that Suk-joo and Jin-sung are in the OR.

In a neighboring operating room, Shi-hyun and one of the power rangers begin extracting Young-oh’s lung for transplanting.

With his plans for Jin-sung thwarted, Assistant Manager Chae shouts at Gi-ho to bring Suk-joo and Jin-sung to him. Gi-ho runs around the various operating rooms looking to stop the rogue procedure. When he finds the correct room, Dr. Oh chases him out, demanding to know what he is doing running in and contaminating the surgery environment.

When Gi-ho returns alone, Assistant Manager Chae has no choice but to wait until the procedure is over to confront his former protégé. They meet outside, and Assistant Manager Chae tells Suk-joo that he will surely regret the decision he just made.

Having completed their task, the power rangers convene to promise that if anyone ever asks, they didn’t know anything and are no way involved in the illegal surgery that took place. They take a moment to discuss why Young-oh would willingly donate his lung when the chance of his survival is so low. Particularly for someone who ordinarily doesn’t care about other people or their feelings. They conclude that it must be for love.

Speaking of Young-oh, he wakes from the anesthesia before Jin-sung does and watches her tenderly as they lay side by side.

In his office, Director Kang meets with Assistant Manager Chae to discuss Jin-sung’s surgery. Having been “robbed” of their first lung regenerative surgery, they plot to eliminate their enemies using strictly ethical means.

Hyunsung’s ethics committee and Dr. Lee discuss the situation and agree to terminate Suk-joo and Young-oh, even though, as one of them points out, both donor and recipient survived.

The next day, Young-oh hobbles out of his room and into the hallway, where Resident Yang stops him, and sweetly orders him back into his room for rest. Young-oh tries to out-doctor him by saying that based on some studies, light exercise a day after lung surgery is recommended to help stimulate its functionality. Thus, he must exercise.

Reading him easily, Resident Yang says that Jin-sung needs absolute rest and cannot have any visitors, so he should stop gasping and groaning his way to see her and focus on his own health. Caught red-handed, Young-oh bashfully asks how Jin-sung is doing. Suk-joo appears nearby to assure him that her condition is stable.

The two surgeons discuss their impending termination. Young-oh expresses his remorse that Suk-joo was dragged into his punishment, considering how important the regenerative cell research is to him. He had given up so much in pursuit of this research. But for Suk-joo, helping Young-oh doesn’t mean he has given up. He believes everything they’ve done until now will contribute to the success of his research. Besides, he notes, in order to save people’s lives risks must be taken; not unlike the risk Young-oh took for Jin-sung.

Young-oh calls up Nurse Jang to confirm that Jin-sung can now receive visitors. Immediately he musters up his strength to see her, but instead, Jin-sung’s brother barges in and swoops him up in a bear hug. Young-oh crumples over in pain and tries to tell him to leave, but Jin-sung’s brother doesn’t seem to notice that anything’s wrong, then starts rattling on about how totally awesome Young-oh is.

He marvels at what a pro Young-oh is at dating. The fact that he didn’t give Jin-sung anything ordinary like a ring or a car, but gave her a part of his body. Young-oh tries again to go visit Jin-sung, but her brother gets in the way and stops him.

The power rangers depressingly talk about Young-oh’s dismissal, and one of them proposes that they pay Young-oh a visit. When the others murmur in agreement, Dr. So rebukes them for such camaraderie. After all, Young-oh isn’t their friend. Admonished, they reluctantly agree with him.

Later, Dr. So walks the halls of the hospital feeling guilty for telling his friend not to visit Young-oh, and nobly takes it upon himself to grace lonely, friendless Young-oh with his presence. He opens the door to a hilarious scene where the other power rangers are gathered around Young-oh in his bed, trying to take a selfie. Why so cute?

Drained by all the fanfare, Young-oh asks Dr. So to get a sign that prohibits any more visitors.

Dr. Lee reflects on recent events: his conversation with his son in their home following the reveal of his terrible misdiagnosis, and their conversation at the recent mortality conference. He also recalls their exchange in front of the surgery room right before the lung transplant, where Young-oh said that he finally understood his father’s feelings.

He then goes to pay his son a visit, asking firstly how he is feeling. They move up to the rooftop to continue their conversation, where Dr. Lee tells his son that the ethics committee will be voting on his termination tomorrow. He and Suk-joo will have a chance to explain themselves to the panel, but Dr. Lee believes that this time their actions have gone too far and, as doctors, they will need to take responsibility.

Young-oh is calm and tells his father that he expected as much. Dr. Lee expresses surprise that Young-oh is accepting his dismissal so easily, to which Young-oh replies that it is because he no longer needs to prove to his father that he is not a monster, but rather a normal person.

Dr. Lee’s expression is soft but weary as he asks Young-oh what he meant when he said he now understood him. Young-oh replies that the fear of losing someone dear, and understanding that there is nothing they as doctors could do—that fear and helplessness is what he now understands. He says that those feelings were probably conjured whenever Dr. Lee saw Young-oh’s face. His existence was a constant reminder of Dr. Lee’s biggest failure and deepest pain.

Young-oh: “I thought that I feared you, but it was you who feared me. You were the biggest abuser in our relationship, but also the biggest victim. I don’t have the courage to forgive you, but I want to try and understand. So please, be free now, as I am.”

As he gets up to leave, Young-oh reaches out to hold his father’s hand for a second, and when he’s out of sight, tears fall from Dr. Lee’s eyes.

Min-jae stops by to congratulate Jin-sung on her successful surgery, and Jin-sung just stares silently, visibly uncomfortable. Despite Jin-sung’s reticence, Min-jae continues on to say how curious she was to meet Jin-sung, and though she had tried with little success, Jin-sung was able to change Young-oh so easily. Jin-sung denies doing anything—all she did was stay beside him.

Min-jae is also here to deliver news on Young-oh. She thinks Jin-sung must be anxiously awaiting to hear about his condition, but this only confuses Jin-sung, who had no idea he donated his lung to her.

Min-jae breaks down all that happened while Jin-sung was unconscious, and emphasizes just how far Young-oh went to save her life. In addition, Jin-sung conveys distress that Young-oh may be fired because of her.

Director Kang and Assistant Manager Chae examine Young-oh’s actions from the director’s office. Director Kang wonders how someone who has antisocial personality disorder like Young-oh could risk his life to save someone else, since people with this condition usually act solely for their own benefit.

As Director Kang mulls things over, Assistant Manager Chae tells him not to bother since they will be rid of him shortly anyway. Director Kang turns the questioning over to Assistant Manager Chae, asking why he is showing Suk-joo so little mercy when he was one of his favorites. Assistant Manager Chae replies that Suk-joo pushed him to the edge and therefore he must push Suk-joo over the ledge. He says that once Suk-joo hits rock bottom, only then will he reach out.

The ethics committee commences their examination of Suk-joo and Young-oh on their surgery, and when asked why they did it, Suk-joo explains that their patient’s condition had begun to deteriorate rapidly. If they tried to wait for a donor, it would have been too late.

One of the committee members asks if that means that the two men accept all the charges; Young-oh speaks up to take exception to one detail.

Young-oh explains that Suk-joo was initially against the surgery. He cites Suk-joo’s surgery schedule as evidence. He then shows the CCTV footage of him punching Suk-joo in the supply room to support his claim that he coerced Suk-joo into doing the lung transplant.

Young-oh uses his own condition and inability to empathize with others as further evidence of his claim. He goes on to say that anyone would have made the same decision as Suk-joo if they were put in his position; after all, Suk-joo is an exemplary doctor. Suk-joo stands up and tries to contradict Young-oh, but the committee is already convinced.

They ask if Young-oh is willing to take full responsibility for the surgery, and he confirms it. He adds, however, that he doesn’t think he did anything wrong. In fact, there are some countries where lung transplants using a live donor are permitted. He says it is the responsibility of doctors to decide if they can save a dying person in front of them, and that is why he does not regret his actions. He proudly and willingly accepts his termination.

Suk-joo tries once more to stop Young-oh from taking the fall, asking for a chance to explain the situation fully. However, Dr. Lee steps up to stop him, saying that they’ve heard enough and will notify the two later of their final decision.

After being ignored, Suk-joo confronts Young-oh to ask why Young-oh took all the responsibility for their shared decision. Did he think Suk-joo would feel grateful? Young-oh rejects the notion and pointedly tells Suk-joo that there is something else that Suk-joo needs to take responsibility for: his research.

At long last, Young-oh reunites with Jin-sung, who demands to know why he did what he did without telling her. He responds simply that he had what she needed, and so he gave it to her. He elaborates and says that he selfishly decided to do it after thinking things through carefully.

Young-oh: “So you have nothing to feel sorry about. I am different from normal people. While I was seeing you, I thought I had changed a lot, but I didn’t. I was mistaken. A miracle like that won’t happen. I may fight with you from time to time or make you feel lonely and disheartened… because I won’t change, but in those moments I won’t know how to comfort you. So please, please don’t forget. With every breath you take, please remember how I feel about you and what you mean to me.”

She asks what exactly she means to him, and he replies with a quick kiss. Coyly, he says that she’s recovering faster than expected, given her stable breathing. They share a laugh, but their eyes dart around awkwardly until Young-oh kisses her once more.

Back in the auditorium, the ethics committee ultimately decides to terminate Young-oh, but Dr. Lee pleads with them to reconsider. He argues that Young-oh did his very best to save his patient, even putting his own life on the line.

He goes on to say that if the issue is the fact that Young-oh cannot empathize with his patients because of his disorder, then he, his father, should be the one who is punished. Dr. Lee finally confesses to his sin, by stating that the disorder came about because of his years of abuse, and his desire to conceal his surgical mistake.

Dr. Lee adds that despite all of that, Young-oh has become a much better doctor than him. He offers to take responsibility for the lung transplant and its subsequent punishment, then bows before the committee.

Director Kang announces the news of Dr. Lee’s resignation to Assistant Manager Chae, who is alarmed by the development. Director Kang warns Assistant Manager Chae not to mess up the commercialization of their medical research in light of Young-oh and Suk-joo’s little stunt yesterday. He promises Assistant Manager Chae the hospital director position if all goes well.

Assistant Manager Chae finds Suk-joo in his office, and is markedly more agreeable as he tries to discuss next steps. Assistant Manager Chae points out his change in tone, and Suk-joo replies that their research wasn’t a failure. The problem was an easily solvable issue that occurred during their clinical trials, because the heart failure patients for the free trials are suffering no side effects, only the heart valve patients. That means Assistant Manager Chae murdered Chief Director Shin for a simple error. Assistant Manager Chae insists that it was to protect their research, but Suk-joo says he made their mistake into a crime, and that’s something he can never forgive. He advises Assistant Manager Chae to reveal everything, and then they can start over.

Gi-ho comes in to see Suk-joo packing up their research. Suk-joo tells Gi-ho what he discovered and says that he wants to be the kind of doctor that can admit his mistakes, so he cannot continue on as if their research is without fault.

Later, Gi-ho comes in as Suk-joo continues packing in his office, looking bleary eyed. He tells Suk-joo that this research is his life, and he can’t allow Suk-joo to ruin it. Then, he begins attacking Suk-joo with a scalpel, swearing to make him into a hero for the sake of their research.

Suk-joo holds him off in time for security to apprehend and drag Gi-ho away. It seems that Young-oh is responsible for saving Suk-joo. He comes into the office to tell Suk-joo that he assumed someone might try to hurt him, but had never expected it to be his close colleague. Young-oh then asks Suk-joo what he will do now. Shaken but clear-headed, Suk-joo vows to take responsibility for his actions, just as Young-oh did.

Director Kang goes to Assistant Manager Chae and tells him he has a plan, but he then drives him to the prosecutor’s office and suggests he turn himself in. He offers the services of their family attorney, who will fight on Assistant Manager Chae’s behalf, but explains that he went too far when he killed Chief Director Shin.

So long as Suk-joo has evidence of Assistant Manager Chae’s misdeeds in his possession, they can’t win the case. Assistant Manager Chae tries to threaten Director Kang, insisting that he won’t go down alone, but Director Kang points out that Assistant Manager Chae can’t afford to lose his support because then he will truly be alone. Director Kang then drives away, leaving Assistant Manager Chae to take responsibility for his actions.

Young-oh finds his father in his office and quietly says that he’s heard he isn’t getting fired anymore, but also that Dr. Lee is resigning. When his father doesn’t say anything, Young-oh asks if he should take the gesture as a kind of apology for his troubling childhood.

Dr. Lee rejects the notion outright, and Young-oh begins to leave. Dr. Lee then looks up from his boxes and says that Young-oh is the best doctor he knows, and he would like to leave a legacy at Hyunsung.

Touched, Young-oh’s eyes water, and he asks his father what he plans to do from now on. Dr. Lee smiles and replies that he intends to relax, just like Young-oh told him to.

Some time in the future, Min-jae now hosts a television program that seems to be centered around the topic of love. Dr. So bemoans the unfairness of being overlooked in favor of Min-jae, and his fellow power rangers comfort him. Dr. Yoo tries to kiss up to Min-jae, and asks to work together on a research paper, now finding her worthy given her newfound fame. Min-jae promptly shuts him down, then excuses herself.

Elsewhere, Suk-joo runs into Dr. Lee at a park and joins him for a chat. Dr. Lee tells Suk-joo that he has heard they developed a way to use their research without any side effects. When Suk-joo asks how he found out, Dr. Lee smiles and says that Young-oh told him.

Dr. Lee then tells Suk-joo that he’s proud of him for being so brave at such a young age. Suk-joo smiles and says that his bravery is costing him a fortune, since most of his earnings goes straight to the research. But in exchange, he’s very happy.

Back at the hospital, Young-oh meets with a patient and informs him that he has a tumor, which will eventually lead to loss of hearing. This is devastating news for the cellist, who then asks if there is any surgery that will heal him.

Young-oh looks up from his clipboard to tell the patient blankly that his hearing cannot be saved. The patient explodes at Young-oh, demanding to know how Young-oh can be so calm while he loses everything.

Young-oh tells him, “I can’t feel your pain. I have a disability that makes me unable to empathize with others. That’s why I’m planning to stand by your side. I won’t turn a blind eye to your pain or feel exhausted. Whenever you need me, I will always extend my hand until the moment you leave this hospital with a healthy body.”

Later, Young-oh prepares to leave work, and as he puts on his jacket, he slumps over in pain and clutches his chest muttering, “Gosh, this woman.” Aww, this is so morbid and sweet.

He calls up Jin-sung and guesses that she’s climbing up some really steep stairs; he can tell because she has his lung. She doesn’t believe him, and scolds him for trying to trick her. She asks if he can feel where she is headed to. He says that isn’t a matter of intuition, but rather logic. She disagrees, and says it’s called consistency. They meet at opposite ends of a street and walk toward one another in the center, as Young-oh says in voiceover:

Young-oh: “I cannot feel your heart; I cannot even empathize with you, the only choice I can make is to love you.”

 
COMMENTS

Like most viewers, it’s very difficult for me to distill exactly how I feel about the drama as a whole. The episode reduction left a bad taste in my mouth, and so I approached this episode with resentment for what could have been, and relief for what was.

Overall, I think the writer wrapped things up as best as they could and focused on what truly mattered, which was winding down the regenerative research stuff, Suk-joo’s return to the good side, Assistant Manager Chae’s punishment, and more importantly, the emotional core of our story: the relationship between father and son. That isn’t to say the wind-down wasn’t without its flaws—there were many—it’s rather that the story respected the characters enough to keep their character growth intact by not having them do crazy things out of character. Everything was purposeful and meaningful (except Gi-ho—that was kind of a lazy way to not let him become a tragic victim.)

On the other hand, it’s sad because in the last couple of episodes I could feel the writing losing its sharpness and clarity. Lines were often repeated from character to character, and the dialogue was mostly exposition except for Young-oh’s very winning and beautiful little speeches. There are a number of scenes that could’ve made things much clearer with just one more line here and there, but instead, some of the dialogue felt like a vague, jumbled mess. One example is Jin-sung’s surgery. We heard over and over, from multiple people, how illegal and dangerous the surgery was, but it would have been nice if Young-oh dropped in one line about the fact that they were lying to Jin-sung. It became obvious later on, but it would’ve been nice to just iron that out a little better from the get-go. Additionally, I’m not sure I like the fact that they were glossing over Jin-sung’s loss of agency in the matter, and focused solely on the illegality of it. All is not necessarily well, even if it ends well.

Assistant Manager Chae really turned out to be a pretty bland villain. Maybe the episode slash cut out his backstory, his character depth really needed it, so that’s disappointing. However, if it was sacrificed in favor of more Dr. Lee and Young-oh, then it was totally worth it.

Suk-joo really was much less interesting without Chief Director Shin. That relationship brought so much life and love to the character of Suk-joo, who in general was pretty reserved. I forgot how much I missed that until this episode when they kept talking about him. I wish they would’ve driven how much Chief Direction Shin’s death affected Suk-joo’s morality home a little more. They played with it a lot, but then made Dr. Kim’s daughter’s death the catalyst. I totally got that, but it kind of lost steam somewhere toward the end. His connection to his mentor’s death would’ve rounded it out nicely. Even his supposed shift to the dark side was so half-hearted—I know it was done to allow for his eventual return of the Jedi, but it just seemed a little lukewarm somehow. Seems like a shame.

The fact that they just ignored the topic of Young-oh’s parentage plays nicely with the theme of the nature vs. nurture argument, in which the show was obviously taking a statement for the latter. Though I really wanted to know, I suppose it isn’t exactly relevant to building this character’s identity, which is pretty unusual. It ultimately strengthened the family unit of Dr. Lee and Young-oh by not muddling their relationship with that external element. I just loved Dr. Lee’s smile in the epilogue when he mentioned “his child.” I’m going to remember that smile for a while.

I really liked the reversal of allowing Young-oh to be the one that provided emotional comfort to his father. Some of the themes and notions discussed in this drama about parents and their children, or husbands and wives, were so poignant and painful, and rarely seen elsewhere. I loved how the show explored the ways in which we hurt, love, and heal one another.

I’m also happy that Dr. Lee and Young-oh ended on a good note, and that their relationship is clearly on the mend. Yes, Jin-sung and Young-oh are very cute (though it felt just a little jarring to see their relationship advance so much, so fast, but whatever, it’s cool), but Dad and Young-oh were everything in this drama for me. Also, the fact that we were able to see their story play out fully is the most important thing, at least for me.

 
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Farewell Dr. 205 and Jinsung, and the messy but well-fleshed out cast of Hyunsung Hospital. BM was easily the most well-written, well acted drama or he year. The directing was shaky for the first few episodes as was Jinsung's character but the messages the show sent, Jang Hyuk's heartfelt portrayal of Lee Young Oh, Park Sodam's wonderful effervescent presence, and every beautifully fleshed out character and patient make this show a rarity in Kdramaland. What a shame KBS was too focused on money to see they'd struck narrative gold.

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Yeah i was initially worried that the ending will be rough given the episodes cut but I was pleasantly proven wrong. The writer manages to wrap up everything so nicely despite the odds. Certainly the best drama of the year!

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What a horrible open ending! So much anguish and despair! I have been waiting for the recap to share it with you: They start walking toward each other from different sides of the cross road, and they stop in the middle AND SMILE TO EACH OTHER?! “Nooo, please, go together to one side, the green light is not gonna stay green forever!” There I was, biting my nails and waiting for the truck of doom… Suddenly, the credits. I watched them until the end, I even watched carefully the ad of the next drama… And now I’ll never know what happened after that moment…

:P Thing is, it could have happened, the truck of doom driver would be the writer, and the final scene could be him(her?) raising a middle finger to KBS while the main characters lay dead on the road. Just remembering a certain drama with a perv mermaid…

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Hahahahahahaha, good one. I too was kinda yelling for them to get out of the way stat (I mean, what if they had the urge to kiss in the middle of the crossing?!), but I suppose it's all about the symbolism, yo. Hehe. I guess I'm just glad that neither of them died and they got their happy ending.

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what a funny imagine.....but really,make me laugh enough.and At this last scene,make me feel,it's will be more sweet,if Jin sung,grab Yong Oh hand's and call him in new calling.(I really want to know what will Jin Sung call,after Yong Oh say,that he don't want to be call as Dr. lee anymore)

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Yeah we need season 2! Is she going to call him Oppa, Yeobu, or Wifi ?

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Haha I love the ending though, I dont see any anguish or despair. I find it sweet enough, we dont have to spell everything out, some things are better left unsaid. Love the subtlety of it.

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Young Oh had me at the bow <33

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Kdramas love to end with the couple either smiling at each other or meeting/walking towards each other. It has been used in so many dramas, I won't name them as they could be spoilers, I was a little disappointed the ending wasn't more original. But at least it was a happy ending! I don't think it was really open ended... Open ended to me would mean we don't really know if they end up together as life goes on... At least here we know they are together and probably will live happily ever after--minus the chest pains, but hey even that is beautiful in how it physically connects them. The Wifi signal is still strong!

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Well, it was somewhat better than what happened in CITT where they just walked past each other.

It's the usual K drama metaphor of two people meeting each other half way. Not sure why they have to do metaphors in peak hour traffic but hey, why let reality get in the way of art?

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The first medical k-drama that I finished. Will treasure this like a soju bottle cap ring in my drawer. :-)

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I keep wondering what happened to that and if Jinsung ever found out :(

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ah yes, that soju bottle ring, why did YO hid it secretly? Probably unbeknownst to him, his subconscious mind was making him do it as a prelude to opening up his mind and heart to JS?

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Aww yeah. The writers didn't show Jin Sung finding out about Young Oh keeping her cap ring! I wonder how that would have played out...

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Probably the "missing" of Jinsung's soju bottle cap and how she never mentioned of it anymore after that is the symbolism of Jinsung letting go of her feelings towards Sukjoo.. We never know haha

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Judging how clueless Jin-sung is about 205's hints, this is how it will go:

205: This is an item from someone precious to me. *hint hint*
Jin-sung: I didn't know you were close to Suk-joo...?
205: *gives up*

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Hahaaa! I can already imagine it!

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Mary you are too awesome. 1 clap and huge laugh from me.

There is Handkerchief and Lottery Ticket too.

Season 2 of 4-5 episodes is a must.

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Touche!! LMAO!!

Alternatively:

205: *pounds head on remains of Dr. Lee's Great Wall of Emotions*

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@icy
it was the second medical k-drama for me! you should watch Emergency Couple too :)

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Thank you murasakimi for the final recap! And thanks also to all the recappers of this wonderful drama for your hard work!

Very bittersweet feelings for what could have been, but I'm slowly making my peace with the cut and am glad that the drama focused on the key things in the end. I do agree that a little more here and there could have helped, and even one extra episode would have smoothed things over considerably, but alas it was not to be.

I love Dad's smile too when he finally called Young-oh his son and seemed really happy that Young-oh had shared hospital news with him. I'm glad they managed to resolve their issues somewhat and are working towards building new bridges and being nice. I would have loved a final scene of just Young-oh and Dad together, that would have capped things off beautifully.

That scene of Suk-joo visiting Dad made me think I actually would have liked to see Suk-joo develop another mentor relationship with Dad, since they were once connected via the research and Director Shin.

Young-oh and Jin-sung continue to be so adorable and I have really enjoyed the chemistry between Jang Hyuk and Park So-dam. For such an initially odd pairing, they really made the age gap work to their benefit and went beyond the trappings of a typical k-drama romance.

And finally, Jang Hyuk. What can I say? The man totally sold his character and more, becoming Lee Young-oh and taking us on this amazing journey. It's been a real privilege watching him in this drama - awards better be tumbling at his feet soon, because he deserves them all.

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Ahhh I hope Jang Hyuk gets an award too but I'm not holding my breath because he has to fight with DOTS.
And we KNOW where KBS' priorities lie.

I just hope he gains many fans from this show and his next show will be just as good and ALSO be a ratings hit. :)

I shall just have to stare at his handsome face on Instagram till his movie is out or he decides to do another drama. XD

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Aihhjjj...DOTS may get hit and amazing ratted,but after this show end,I just get forgetting the drama.even when the drama still airing,I never watch the encore.but for BM,I never miss the encore.and don't have the boring feeling.

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Yeah KBS will definitely give the daesang to DOTS this year, regardless of who are the other competitors. I just hope that other awards (eg APAN stars, Baeksung) will give Jang Hyuk his well deserved award.

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@michykdrama,

Uggh DOTS. I really hope Jang Hyuk gets something at the Baeksang Arts Awards. Fingers crossed! And I'm eternally grateful he's active on Instagram, haha. Can't wait for his new film!

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Oohh...may I know what is he new film????

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Here you go: http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=3020446

Jang Hyuk will play the antagonist, while Son Hyun-joo will take on the policeman role. Filming will start Aug 15.

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Compared with that flamboyant CEO Lee Gun in Fated with that trademark guffaw, I definitely love this stoic and cool version of Jang Hyuk in BM.

Junny ah, you've succinctly summed up his performance here, he totally sold his character and more, becoming LYO. Yes, I hope he get recognized for his superb performance too!

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All facets of Jang Hyuk are great TV/Movie Watching. Yeah!

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@Pebble, thank you! This is definitely my favourite of Jang Hyuk's performances - granted, I haven't seen that many since I can be selective, but this tops his Chuno performance and will remain long in the memory of fans and neutrals. He can be very proud of himself for having taken on this challenge and come out shining.

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Although there are flaws and loose ends not tying up,and I found that the scans thing was ambiguous but this ending satisfies me. It was worth it. In the end what matters was Lee Young Oh’s journey. This was what they have given to us —a healing journey. It has been a wonderful journey for a viewer like me, really wishing the best and future successes for the production crew, writer, and the actors involved.

P.S. I was watching this on my mobile using viki app (so no ad block), and who would have known which commercial had shown up ? SUBWAY’S NEW LIMITED-TIME CHICKEN CAESAR MELT. Why wait for the episode to start when you can eat SUBWAY’S CHICKEN CAESAR MELT? Why cry as Young-Oh gave his heartfelt speech at the ethic committee meeting when you can get SUBWAY’S CHICKEN CAESAR MELT? Wifi couple showing up together after one year skip at the end? Oh wait. SUBWAY’S CHICKEN CAESAR MELT IS HERE.

Could this be a coincidence? I think not!

P.S. This is not a plug for Subway lol I haven’t eaten their chicken caesar melt at all xD

Thanks murasakimi and festerfaster for all the recaps of this show :)

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@bananachocolate
Haha! I laughed so hard reading your comments, I think I will go to Subway tomorrow and get myself a CHICKEN CEASAR MELT! Yes, I can see how that would totally kill the scenes.

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Thanks so much for the recap murasakimi!

What YO said to his dad and to JS kept reverberating in my mind these few days.

To Dad about the fear of losing the person closest to him, the helplessness, sense of defeat and incompetence as a doctor when unable to save a loved one:
“I don’t have the courage to forgive you, but now, I want to try to understand. So please be free as I am now”.

To JS about transplanting his lungs:
“You know how selfish I’m, I thought about it objectively and thoroughly..., I’m different from normal people, I will baffle you from time to time, I may make you feel lonely, and you’ll be disheartened, because I won’t be able to change (i.e. to be a normal person), Even in those moments, I won’t know how to comfort you, so please don’t forget, every breath you take, please remember how I feel about you, and what you mean to me.” Wow, daebak! This is much better many times over than that cheesy “I love you” said in any romantic setting.

These two conversations summed up the gist of BM.

At the start, we were misled into thinking that YO was a psychopath as a result of brain frontal loop damage. Albeit the negative connotation associated with the word “antisocial disorder”, I was very sympathetic and attracted to YO because he did not use his disorder as a license to abuse, inflict harm or create havoc. Instead, he was painstakingly restraining himself and putting in so much “effort” in his day to day dealings with people in order to make up for his lack of empathy.

Of course, towards the end, it was revealed that his perceived disorder was conditioned by the regimental and abusive conditioning by his dad. This explained why he never once behaved like a psychopath, thus making his character more realistic and convincing rather than mere romanticizing and beautifying of a psychopathic character.

There are so many things normal people are taking for granted, while YO had been meticulously and conscientiously expending utmost effort into managing these under that stoic and collected composure of his. Love requires effort, no matter it is our love for our work, our parents, our friends, and needless to say, in the way we express our love for that special someone in our heart. There was a time when there was much hype surrounding the book by John Gray “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus”. What YO said to JS does not only apply to him as an “abnormal” person, but it applies to everyone due to the inherent difference in the thought process of men and women. Hence, the willingness to invest effort for the long haul is what it really takes to keep a healthy relationship going.

I love this drama so much, it gave us so much food for thought while not losing its touch of humor. The interaction among the hospital staff was so hilarious and heart-warming. Gossipy Power Rangers go! go! Plus so much more, no wonder this drama can capture the heart of everyone here in this recap...

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@pebble
You write really well and I agree with everything you said! and you said it beautifully.

"Love requires effort, no matter it is our love for our work, our parents, our friends, and needless to say, in the way we express our love for that special someone in our heart.

...the willingness to invest effort for the long haul is what it really takes to keep a healthy relationship going."

Yes yes yes. It's tough to be in love and stay in love. It takes work and commitment and sacrifices... but I believe it's worth it if both parties are willing to try their best.

All these posts are making me miss BM a lot...

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As soon as started to read the recap i became emotional and then started to laugh and then agreed with most of the comments.

I am Missing Beautiful Mind a lot and the way murasakimi made a point of little errors, It just proved this show actually need an extension of 2 episodes.

I think Even Writer misjudged the episodes needed to tell the story in full bloom.

> It takes Work Commitment Sacrifices and Compromises to make a relationship work.

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@michykdrama, thanks for your kind words. I'm usually more active in OT which provides free reign, as I'm quite easily swayed by all the differing opinions in the recaps, I usually ended up "speechless" and at a loss for words after reading all the impressive and candid comments from everyone. Unless it is a drama I feel very strongly about, and yes, BM is definitely one, then I would be more clear about my viewing afterthoughts and what I want to explicitly express to share with others.

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Yes, those speeches are the highlight of the episode and I love the delivery and intention behind them, what it's taken for Young-oh to reach that conclusion, and how he is able to move forward. And as he does, he inspires the people around him to do similarly.

This has been a beautiful drama, flaws and all.

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food-for-thought drama. agree

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Pebble,

Thanks so much for pinpointing those two bits of dialogue. They leapt out at me, too... along with your own lovely turn of phrase, willingness to invest effort for the long haul... which also not only applies to the cast, crew, and writer-nim, but to the audience who stuck to their guns until the final curtain.

I applaud this drama for its social criticism in addressing abusive child-rearing practices as well as the usual institutional abuse of power... There's a lot to reflect on long after the set has been struck.

BEAUTIFUL MIND is not a light and fluffy feel-good drama... It demands an emotional and intellectual investment of its viewers that is downright uncomfortable at times, so it's not for everyone. Truth to tell, I've been feeling pretty wrung out for the past couple of weeks. It's been an intense ride, one that I am grateful to have shared with like-hearted confreres...

It's good to see your shout-out to Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray... I didn't actually read it back in the day, but well remember the splash it made. I did get a lot of mileage out of Goddesses in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD (1985), although I didn't get around to the companion volume for Everyman. It provides terrific insights into Jungian archetypes, and was dynamite reading along with Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mist of Avalon...

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Hi PakalanaPikake, indeed like what you said, this felt like an intense journey. Yes, the time was very well spent as there had been so many like-minded companions along the way sharing the great "sights & sounds" of BM.

It seems like you are well read and quite knowledgeable! Actually, I do not know much about Jungian archetypes, but I did read about the Latin inscription he carved above the door of his house VOCATUS ATQUE NON VOCATUS DEUS ADERIT. (i.e. called or not, god is present). That was interesting as it means that he did believe in god. Anyway, I've just downloaded those two books you mentioned, they sounded interesting, thanks for your recommendation. :)

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Hi, Pebble...

Glad you saw them, and hope you enjoy them. I used to read a lot of mythology when I was a kid, and later found Carl Jung's archetypes fascinating. As to how much of it I actually still remember, that's another story. ;-)

I didn't know about the inscription above Jung's door. Lovely, and so true. Thanks...

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All things considered, I was happy watching this drama and I liked how it ended. Young Oh didn't drastically change either which makes it more plausible. Perhaps in 10 years he'll be very much different.

You know what I'll miss? The Power Rangers. I really liked those five gossiping doctors. Hehe~

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Jang Hyuk is all kinds of awesome in this show. And the Power Rangers were hilarious. I don't even mind the episode cut too much because the writers did give us an okay-ish end. But yes, with 2 more episodes, there would have been room to explore many other parts of this complex story!

If only the writers/ directors had rebelled against the episodes cut and given a naked Jang Hyuk in "I will be back" pose! Now that would have been a good response to the totalitarianism of KBS. (Yes, I am a Surplus Princess fan) But then again, it would have been unfair to the viewers.

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Nekkid Janghyuk doesn't sound unfair to me. I'd take it! To... uhm... protest the repressive curtailing of creativity in kdramas. *cough*

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I support as well! Anything for the sake of Art and Science. *ahem* ?

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I agree with you. The drama was really satisfying on many levels but I can't help but feel that 2 more episodes would have done wonders to the show. I'm actually surprised the ending was not as rushed as I thought it would be

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To me this is the best drama I have seen so far this year. It was the only drama that kept me coming back every week to see what would unfold next.

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This finale was nice. It mostly wrapped up a lot of things in a short amount of time. I liked seeing everyone working together on a mission like the power rangers. Hee
I loved their photo scene with Young Oh! Felt like this show gave us a lot of humor in the last two episodes.

The poignant scene with Dr. Lee and Young Oh on the rooftop got me teary-eyed. I knew a hug was too much to ask for, but that moment when Young Oh grasped his father's hand for just a little bit was so touching.

YO looked super cute with his bowtie! My eyes were instantly drawn to it, haha. I thought it symbolized a wedding in the near future especially after seeing his whole tux look.. LOL But yeah, too soon.

I'm glad that I watched this show. Jang Hyuk's acting was awesome. The romance part was innocent and sweet. It was nice. But the father & son storyline left a bigger impact on me.

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Do you notice that YO actually only shed his all black attire in the last two eps? He was always clad in black, black shirt, black tie, black pants under that white doctor's gown. The first time he was not wearing black was in last ep when he wore that cute green smiley face t-shirt for the christening ceremony of the patient's baby. And in this final ep, he was wearing the patient gown due to the surgery and all of a sudden, towards the end, ooh la la, he was wearing that white shirt and black bow tie, yes, that was so super cute!! This probably signified him shedding his sombre mood and the brightening up of his "beautiful" mind at the end.

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I think everyone noticed his shedding of the black clothes in the ending episodes! The drama actually turned it into a running joke especially when he wore that crazy T-shirt, the baby dad bought him for the christening lol.

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I also thought Young Oh was on his way to his wedding. But then I saw Jin Sung and understood that no they are not about tu get married. But I really hope they will

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Point to be noted is that Last Scene is in August 2017.

Yeah Writer Cleverly showed the viewers the Future.

1st Mortality Conference happened in Last week of June 2016. Episode 4-5.

So Director and Writer worked into Present Time Line.

I think That White Shirt sympbolised the Heart and inner feelings of Dr. Young Oh.

Black Coat - the Outer logical surface of Dr. Young Oh which still is the same.

White Shirt - Happay Face smile love and inner feelings of Present.

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Thanks Murasakimi for the recap!

The recaps and everyone's thoughts here are making me miss BM a lot. :(

It's almost funny how many great moments there are in the show because every time someone says "I really liked the part where.... ...." and then brings up a part of the show, I am always nodding my head and agreeing, and wondering why I didn't think of that bit as well!

Favourite bits:
YO statement about the surgery: operation is illegal and dangerous, it has a high survival percentage for the recipient. Which makes this his favorite kind of surgery.

Resident Yang teasing YO when he was hobbling out after his operation to look for JS. Resident Yang is great at teasing people.

The Power Rangers and their Selfie with YO, plus YO putting up the "no visitors" sign. So in character and so funny.

All of the Dr Lee and YO moments. Really heartfelt and touching. Much better written and acted than the usual apologies Ive seen. We know YO has forgiven him even if he hasn't said it specifically, and we understand why YO can empathise with Dr Lee. And we know Dr Lee doesn't take YO's apology for granted. More often than not, apologies feel like they are "forced" into the last episode to give everyone their "happy ending", but in this case it felt really natural to me.

YO confessing his love for JS. Such an unorthodox but amazingly touching moment, and completely in character for YO as well. Kudos to the writer!

Finally, YO's scene at the end when he was talking to the cellist. So much sincerity, with total honestly about how despite or in spite of his flaws, he was still going to do his best for the patient.

And in case anyone wanted some clarity about the research, I did a Medicap on in on my blog.

But seriously, this show is SO much more than just the medical jargon.

I'm going to MISS BM and everyone here so much!! *excuse me while I go cry in a corner*

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Hi michykdrama, yes I agree!! The unabashed and matter-of-factly way LYO confessed his love to JS in an earlier ep was ingenious! :)

I'm very impressed with the great effort you've put into compiling the Medicap. Though I do not have the capacity and patience to fully understand medical jargon, I could feel that you are very passionate about it. Your mention about YO conveying his sincerity to do his best for his patient showed that you used to be a doctor with a "big heart". My real life experience with hospital staff and doctors in particular has not been entirely pleasant so far, and I always wonder, where are those compassionate doctors in the dramas? Will I be able to encounter a LYO who is so precise in diagnosis and so committed to the well being of his patients? I could only hope...

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Im sorry you had bad experiences in hospital and with doctors :( Its true that there are really horrible ones like Dr Chae around, or even those who are like Young Oh in the beginning (unapologetic and brash with no bedside manners).

I shall hope that first, you don't have to go to hospital at all (unless just for routine check ups!) and if really unfortunately you have to, that you will meet nice understanding doctors who will do their best to provide you with the best treatment possible. My father (also a doc) taught me that I must always think of the patient as my family member. So I can honestly advise them that if they were my brother/sister/parent/grandparent that this is what I would do for them. I hope that you will meet a doctor who treats you like that too!

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I agree with everything you said and I really really enjoyed Young Oh's dialogue in this episode. For a doctor with no empathy he's got his way with words.

And thank you so much for your medicaps it makes the stem cell research clearer because I think the show kind of failed us on the heart's lesion of the guy who died at episode 1. You managed to round up everything so nicely and it makes me appreciate the drama even more. And now I understand why I could never go to med school: you managed to explain everything in simple terms but god it sounds so difficult. Do you really need to know all that stuff to do your job as an anesthetist!?

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Haha. Yes and no. Lol. Yes for our crazy exams, not really in real life. I'm glad the exams are over for me for sure. ?

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I thought so. I think med school is different in any country but tests are still super hard no matter where you study it. If you see this post I was wondering if it's normal that Jin Sung can run after having a heart surgery and a lung transplant surgery?

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Just in case you're still sniffling, michykdrama...

*passes box of tissues*

Thanks again for the Medicaps(TM)...

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Ahhhh........time to say good bye LYO and GJS....deeply thank you to Murasakimi,Festerfaster,Michykdrama and all participant,who gave their hard work to give us this all recaps...????will never forget this great drama with all the minus this drama have (and that because of Dam....Kbs).

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Thank you for the recaps! I agree there were a lot of threads left unresolved or left out completely, but we all know why!!! Still, BM ended beautifully, much much better than some other dramas that lose their way/minds after episode 10 but are still allowed to live fully until their wacky endings!!!

Anyways, I will always remember BM fondly, it has a very special place in my heart.

I feel a bit torn about YO considered someone with a disability and always needing to disclose it. He has always been honest about it, once MJ publicly exposed him, and accepting of it. Having a disability is not negative or shameful, and I am glad this show openly addressed the issue and portrayed YO as such a beautiful special person, but at the same time, why does he have to wear that label? I understand the need to disclose it openly, but at the same time feel that the label is not appropriate. (You got me thinking Michykdrama!) Anyways, I love that YO found his place in the world, at the hospital, and in JS's heart. I love that he is finally at peace at the end. And Dr Lee Sr too. They just needed to break free.

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What a satisfying ending, the writer did a good job despite the cut. It wasn't a nice bundle of ribbons but a good looking ribbon for an ending. That love confession was so sweet, if I were Jin sung, I would jump on him right away. This guy is a keeper! For an emotionless guy to say such thing and gave his lung to his loved one, I would swim the ocean for him. LYO has grown so much as a doctor and person I just adore him. My second best medical drama after Doctor X.
Btw: I would love it if Michiko and YO would have a crossover. They would make a great surgeon duo who couldn't care less about hospital politics. They would yell NO! I disagree! together or fight over OR! Oh! Can we make this come true?

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But i think it will be suicidal for a lung transplant patient to swim the ocean.

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I just wanna share my thoughts about this drama. This is the second time I'm crying ? over a drama like new baby born haha. So bittersweet.. the last time I do 6 years ago happen with Secret Garden.

Yes, BM is underrated gem. I never fan of Jang Hyuk, only watch his one drama: Thank You. So, how I found this drama is solely because of DB recommendation, after I read Doctors recaps and stumbled upon on BM.

Doctors was may favorite back then, finding PSH becomes badass girl really fascinating me. Then I learnt somewhere that KRW role as a male lead isn't the writer-nim first choice, but it was Jang Hyuk but he declined it. I'm so shock! Wtf. Why does he do that? Doctors is so COOL ya'know! I think.... at that moment.

Long story short I found out that he is currently playing similar role as a Doctor with vague characters as DB described on previous recaps and slowly I fall for this beautiful drama called Beautiful Mind.

Oh, why I so silly blinded by my preference based on bias only? Which almost caused me missed this hidden gem. Almost missed the opportunity to learn with LYO journey.. those pains, suffers, moral issues, social prejudice, parents love, relationship between men-women and coworkers, etc. Ah I'm glad to be a part of minority viewers.

14 episodes may not satisfied me when 2 more eps would be better, but then who the heck is me begging for KBS mercy? I'm so grateful Beautiful Minds successfully open my eyes and mind about what our existence purpose in this life, at least to be a better person. That.... I can do ?

Thank you festerfaster & murasakimi for your hard work and efforts writing this recaps every weeks so neatly eloquently... help me understand better when I can't get enough information from watching only ❤

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Really?! JH was considered for Doctors?! I guess I can see him..."Are you married?"..."Do you have a boyfriend?"..."Allright then"...

But I am so glad he chose BM! He was perfect! He was YO, he totally owned that character!

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Hmm i didnt know that Jang Hyuk was Doctor's writer-nim's first choice as the male lead? But whatever the case, being a JH fan, I am supeeeer glad that he picked BM instead of the other one. Despite the lower ratings, BM allowed him to showcase his acting chops, won him many critical acclaims and new fans. This guy just loves challenges, I am so proud of him!

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This is the first time I am hearing that JH was first choice for Doctors.

Now that you have sparked off my imagination. I think I might have continued Doctors if Jang Hyuk was in it. Dude is so cool without the grease.

Still, no. I can't see anyone else as Lee Young Oh.

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Oh? Jang Hyuk was offered the role in Doctors?
Wow. Im shocked.

Im glad he chose to do BM though because when I first heard about his character I had no clue what YO would be like. Whereas Ji Hong in Doctors is a much more stereotyped role. And now that Ive seen Jang Hyuk's interpretation of YO, i can't imagine anyone else or the role being acted in any other way. He literally created something out of nothing (I can't think of any other character like him) and somehow made it fit perfectly.

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I'm super surprised here! But thank God he chose Beautiful Mind because I can't imagine any other actor for this character. Jang Hyuk literally gave life to Young Oh. To me he wasn't Jang Hyuk, he was just Young Oh. I saw other dramas with Jang Hyuk but I think so far Young Oh's character was his best protrayal. I was really impressed by Jang Hyuk here and I'm glad he chose something as unconventional as Beautiful Mind

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Surprised to learn that Jang Hyuk was offered the Doctors role. But given his track record, I think it's natural he'd turn it down. He was right to pick Beautiful Mind because it was a real challenge, one that he tackled with aplomb and made it his own. I'm truly grateful that Jang Hyuk took up the role, I could never see anyone else as Young-oh.

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I'm so sorry for mentioning this, but... for a second when I saw the main picture for this recap in the Featured recap section I thought "Wait, when did Dan Tae get a mustache?" Then when I read "Beautiful" I thought "Wait, did Beautiful Gong Shim get an epilogue episode? How did I not know?!"

You can imagine how dumbfounded I was at myself after the realization, lol.

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I think the ending was the best they could do under the circumstances. It wasn't a bad one though. Most of the pressing matters got wrapped up in a satisfying way. I just wish KBS really appreciated this show. It was awesome and even though it had a bit of a rough start, it fleshed out nicely. I will miss you Show!

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This drama was just so awsome i never thought it will be this amazing ^^

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KBS killed the drama. Kudos to the production team for making the drama ending nice. Not all the bows were neatly tied but for a medical drama, the romance wasn't blank. This drama goes down in my list as my best medical drama. I haven't watched any medical drama to the end. I smiled during young oh and jin sung kiss, how adorable can this two get. Innocent and adorable really amounts for a beautiful mind. Sending the drama off with no hard feelings cos for a drama with episode cut, it managed to stay through to the characters till the very end.

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KBS is Min-jae. Only seeing Beautiful Mind's faults and not bothering to look deeper and appreciate its strengths.

The fans are Jin-sung who didn't give up. They stuck to this show and were rewarded to see Dr 205's journey.

Though I don't really hate KBS (or any network in particular), I just hope they will all stop doing things to further jeopardize their own dramas. They should let the show tell the story it wants to tell.

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Couldn't have said better, Mary!

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Love the way YO was sliding up and down his IV bar when he was 'gasping and groaning his way to see JS'.. so cute!

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Totally with u! I loved his struggle to see her and Resident Yang was having so much fun taunting him. Look how he tease him with the grunting and bending. Hilarious! I think Resident Yang would be his protégé after this. Made me think like YJ in W, when the drama end, do the characters stop? Or do they go on with their life?

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Gonna miss this drama...

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The ending was pretty satisfactory under the circumstances and really in comparison to many longer dramas, it was actually pretty good. I'm sure I can come up with a list as along as my arm of dramas that start off well and end very badly (or unsatisfactorily). The trope that seems to be the flavour of the month in recent times is the _____ year(s) separation with no contact. Who comes up with garbage like this and call it storytelling?

Thankfully there was nothing insipid like this even if things did feel a tad rushed but I was quite happy with how everything came together given the limitations that were put on the writer and PD.

I didn't watch the show for romance and the show wasn't really about romance anyway but oddly enough I felt that it did more interesting things with the OTP than the standard romance-centred dramas. JH and PSD made it work. Probably mostly JH/LYO especially his unorthodox approach to courtship which made their interactions ridiculously endearing.

As I've said elsewhere, one of my favourite scene in this finale (and the series) was the speech to the ethics council. LYO had reached the climax of his journey to be a good doctor when almost everyone told him that he could never be. He wore his "disability" with a badge of honour because it gave him the wherewithal to be the kind of doctor who could do the very best for his patient when no one else could. It was poignant and quietly triumphant.

I don't know what else I can add to all the praise that's been poured on JH. For me his performance has been truly stellar on every level. It was layered, nuanced, profound, mesmerizing, mind blowing and peppered with warmth. All this from a character was cynical, charming and witty... and JH delivered in spades. Truly a career tour de force.

I'm running out of adjectives here but I'm sure those of us who have been fortunate to witness this viewing event know exactly what I'm talking about.

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The ethics council scene becomes more and more powerful as I rewatch it. I really love Young-oh's proud assertion that he was not ashamed of what he'd done, and indeed he had no need to be. He had no regrets and taking responsibility did not negate what he knew was the right thing for Jin-sung. Beautiful.

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"I may fight with you from time to time or make you feel lonely and disheartened… because I won’t change, but in those moments I won’t know how to comfort you.."

But in no second thought you give your lung?! You'll do everything so long you'll never lose her?
SOLD! SOLD! SOLD!
JinSung's brother is right, you player on another level *blush*

It will be hard to say goodbye, probably because the character LYO is so close to someone dear with me. Bye2 BM. You will remain in my heart just like SamSoon and City Hall.
<3 <3 <3

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BM is truly masterpiece story.... Janghyuk nailed YO character.I curious how YO will be portrayed and I shocked how good janghyuk do it.

This is second medical drama that I watched till the end after good doctor and for me BM is the best one...

WiFi couple truly cute together and I never expected janghyuk and park so dam will had amazing chemistry despite the age gap.

KBS need to give award to janghyuk...he deserve its.

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Bravo to the beautiful mind team for an ending that actually made sense and was satisfying. I've never seen a series that got cut achieve this.

Looking back I feel like the clumsy murder mystery in the beginning did this show a disservice. I wonder if that was put in to grab viewers, but it really distracted me from the beautiful patient/doctor stories that are the heart of the show. Even the end with the research colleague that went rogue with the scalpel felt odd and out of place. It's like everyone else is being normal and struggling with real problems, and you and manager chae wandered in from some makjang drama. It takes me out of the drama and a lot of the beginning episodes had this conflicting tone. Still, I look forward to this writers next work! Hope he/she just does humanistic pieces and maybe lays off the mystery/thriller genre for a bit.

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You are right, the ending episodes did introduce makjang elements into what was otherwise a pretty realist drama, a little reminiscent of the way CITT ended. Even the lung transplant scenario was a little over the top. (Especially him walking around a day after such major surgery) but I just attributed it to the pressure of finishing the drama with two episode cut.

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As many of you beanies I'm a little thorn what to think of BM as a whole. The drama was only consistent in being inconsistent, switching half-way from bit over the top but still intriguing medical thriller to human drama with few thrills but loads of heart.
At first I settled down to watching something along the lines of Village, nothing exceptional, but a good ensemble drama. The plot seemed quick on its feet, though I wasn't exactly invested in the characters. Dr 205 was completely unreadable at that point and Jin-sung was your typical Jeanne d'Arc for Justice.
But after Min-jae's betrayal, it all sort of died down. Lee Young-oh's journey as a doctor, as a human being, gained (suddenly) focus. The first episodes in that direction were little jarring for me, at that point I really didn't understand why I had to care that much. Lee Young-oh's disorder was frustratingly ambiguous. Though pitiful for his struggle to fit in, his massive ego and violent outbursts made it all look like a hot mess.
Still, after a while the show found its new rhythm. I liked how the "patient of the week" was nicely woven into Young-ho's growth. I also liked (very much) the side characters that came into the spotlight. (Resident Yang! My favorite kind of jerk!) And it wasn't long until I was completely invested in Young-oh's journey. Suddenly it was I Remember You all over again: the pain for being labelled for something that's not under your control...gahhh, that sucks me in each and every time! Add an odd couple and an unorthodox but drop-dead adorable courtship and I forgot that Jin-sung used to have some agency, that Suk-joo had something to do once upon a time, that someone was murdered etc. I obediently only looked what I was told to look at.
So, overall this show had some pretty high highs and unfortunately low lows. I wonder how the show would've turned out if it would have stuck with just one of the concepts? What if the first ep had a cold opening of Young-oh reading the doctor's manual how to communicate with a patient and trying to imitate it as best as he can?

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I actually think your idea has merit. It would certainly have helped the ratings if the drama had just taken one theme (Young Oh's disability) and stuck to it from the beginning of the drama.

The dama's being all over the place in the earlier episodes made a lot of people lose confidence in it and not tune in to the meatier middle episodes. Hope the writers and PD notes this as a "lesson learned" for future work.

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I'm not sure if it would have had any impact on ratings actually. It seems like the Korean audience isn't that fond of unlikable heroes unless they're cold-hearted and single third-generation chaebols (at first, of course, because by the end of the drama they'll be warmer than hot chocolate and very much not single).
Still, BM made me kind of wistful of a remake that's better thought through. I know this production was plagued with misfortune right from the get-go, but because it had some really-really great material in it, it's a pity it didn't get a chance to shine even more.

I'm thinking along the lines of reverse Good Doctor minus the meaningless hospital politics.

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Great, now I'm curious how this drama would have fared if thy did stick to what it was good at! I feel like Koreans would have liked the heartfelt stories. This drama did an excellent job portraying the real struggles doctors and patients face. Sigh. Now I'm feeling wistful for what could have been...

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Yes, I think it should have stuck to one concept too. I think it might have had better success if it started off just being about Lee young ohs journey. He can still be a cold, calculating Doctor while everyone else around him struggles with their emotions. I actually forgot about heart wrenching deaf child and the anesthesiologist who hoped for other kids to die so her daughter could be saved. These were all buried under the "murder" plot. Maybe Jin sang could be a social worker or something instead, to give her an excuse to be involved with the hospital. Whatever, I vastly prefer a drama to end well than to peter out, as too many do.

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I wondered how KBS were going to explain the shortage if it wasn't for Olympics. I remember that they used to just air the drama later timeslot of postponed it.

I would like the next k medical drama to cut the politics. I think we have enough chaebol drama for office politic issues.

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OK I think I'm the only one in for BM is the romance. Since the casting was announced, even though almost everyone was negative about their age gap, I wasn't, because I don't mind big age gap in male character. But I do for female's. And now I feel really missed and not satisfied. Unless they do sexy pose photo shoot for some magazine together then I'll be heal. I'm sure the they will rock it like no others

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I'm going to miss all of the side characters..

1) Resident Yang and his naughty antics ;)
2) The power rangers! OMG my favourite Gossip Girls of the day!!
3) The cute Nurse Jang and her interactions with Lee Young Oh “If I choose a patient, it means she’ll get surgery.” haha
4) Director Kang - am I the only one who think his outburst can be downright hilarious? Haha. And his relationship with his father mirror the relationship between LYO and Dr Lee. Both sons want their father to acknowledge them but it's a pity that it never work for Director Kang.

Wasted characters:
1) Assistant Manager Chae - probably not one of the most memorable villain in K drama
2) Min Jae - her betrayal towards LYO was so damn good but towards the end, she became the character who spilled all the right secrets towards the right character (telling LYO about his misdiagnose and Jin Sung about the surgery). I hate this type of character. There's no twist in it if you keep telling the secrets!
3) Suk Joo - an interesting character up until the point he announced the regenerative treatment. Then it looks like the writer downplayed the character to give some room for LYO to grow. I like it for LYO but at the same time I hate it because of little screen time for Suk Joo. Why am I so greedy? LOL

AWESOME CHARACTERS!!
1) WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL THESE YEARS HEO JUN HO AHJUSSHI??!! I was extremely satisfied with the story of father-son in BM. The character of Dr Lee Gun Myung, he deserves an award for how well it was portrayed. He is a man with principle and moral, and he always end up making a decision based on this principle, be it rejecting LYO as a doctor for fear it can cause harm to the patient, running for the position of Director to protect the hospital from people with greeds, or going on his knee and begging to save the research. But even with the most upright, principled persons they do make mistakes and have their own fears. The fear of making mistakes and ruining others life.

And even with all the chaos within his relationship with LYO, he can still think rationally as a doctor.

2) Jang Hyuk - No need to say anything. I'm not surprise that he can play this character well. :) Still, well done Jang Hyuk! Cant imagine LYO played by others. (ps - if it was true that he was offered Doctors before, I'm glad that he took BM instead)

3) Jin Sung - glad that we didnt end up feeling frustrated with JS trying to play cop for 14 eps. Love the cute awkwardness between her and LYO.

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Yey for all the side characters you listed! I'm going to miss resident Yang and nurse Jang so much! Director Kang wasn't exactly thrilling as a villain, but Oh Jung-se made him at least interesting to watch (ok, I might be a little biased here, because I simply adore the actor) and the interactions between his father and him were deliciously craaazy!

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Love the Wi Fi couple so, so cute! And that kiss scene! I do believe Jang Hyuk was genuinely embarrassed but he went for it. Love his big brown eyes btw, this drama has given me a new appreciation for them?✌

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The smile after kiss scene is too sweet to handle...janghyuk and parksodam portrayed their character very well.....

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Jang Hyuk's brown eyes are gorgeous and so emotive ❤ And his embarrassment in that kiss scene was so adorable.

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Best drama ever! Love Beautiful Mind to bits.

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I've never commented on dramabeans before but I just wanted to say how amazing this drama is! Despite the episode reduction, I was still blown away by the last two episodes! The entire journey was so emotionally gripping and heartfelt, yet it has its comedic moments! (Especially the scenes with the power rangers) Every episode tugged at my heartstrings! Oh and I'm super delighted that elder Lee and Young Oh have reconciled! Although I know that elder Lee was the one who shaped Young Oh to become the "psychopath" that he is today, I personally felt that he loves Young Oh in his own way. Heo Jun-Ho did such an extraordinary job portraying elder Lee!!

And needless to say, Janghyuk's acting was in a class of his own and I can't think of any other actress that can play Jin Sung the way Park So Dam did. I'm entirely reluctant that it's time to bid farewell to this beautiful masterpiece! I'm still slightly disheartened by the low ratings this drama received but I do hope the whole crew knows how much this drama is well-loved by others, albeit only a handful of us. It saddens me too when I recommend this drama to my friends but they choose to watch other dramas that are currently airing instead. Oh well, it's their loss! :P

Our favourite wifi couple will be dearly missed!! <3

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Love this drama so much. Dont be fool by the low of rating. However that rating is at Korea only. I am sure the rating will be higher if all the fan around the world can also vote for this drama. The confident i get is from the comments that i read from other people. Arghh. Whatever.

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Thanks, murasakimi, for your recaps, in particular this final wrap-up. My deepest appreciation to both you and festerfaster for going the distance to bring us Beanies the play-by-play and your considered insights. It added so much to my appreciation of the drama -- as did the thoughtful comments from so many DB habitues. Thanks, guys, for such good company! ;-)

I have to agree that the resolution of the tortuous father-son relationship was the most significant aspect of the plot, along with LYO's dedicated efforts to rise above his early conditioning. The irony of LYO's being a better human being than the allegedly-normal villains and infernal bureaucrats gets me every time. Dr. Lee, acting on faulty information, did the wrong thing for the right reason in raising LYO the way he did... but in the process, he gave his son the ability to truly respond and to not merely react. Even when LYO is yelling at JS about how she's wrecked his life, we know that he has minutely examined his beefs with her from all angles. I was cheering when he was hollering, as it showed him getting out of his habitually-rational comfort zone and revealing that he has a lot more fire in the belly than he lets on -- or even realizes yet.

In the final scene with Suk Joo and Dr. Lee in the park, I think that's actually the grounds of a hospital. Way in the background, a nurse accompanies a patient with an IV hanger. Suk Joo asks how he's doing, and Dr. Lee replies that he's off painkillers and wants to be in his right mind for his remaining time. Hmmm. That casts a new light on his reconciliation with LYO.

In the finale, I'm grateful we got to see so many of the side characters that made the show memorable, from the Power Rangers who came around to being LYO's fanboy co-conspirators, nurses Jang and Nam (who was in the operating room), Doc Yang leading a merry chase, and Jin-Sung's kid brother. I wasn't thrilled with researcher Gi Ho's attacking Suk Joo, but it did use him as a foil for LYO's self-control and vigilance over SJ.

Although I wasn't thrilled by some of Jin-Sung's behavior in the early episodes, the character grew on me. Alas, her law enforcement career went out the window in the course of the plot. I suspect that she won't be a cop much longer -- unless she's somehow relegated to desk duty. In the cosmic scheme of things, it's her otherness that matters most. None of the usual superficial commonalities apply -- neither education, class, profession, age, nor family relations -- and therein lies the reason why she can relate to LYO "simply" as a human being, and his colleagues from the medical ghetto cannot.

The finale worked for me. The major plot points and character development were addressed in plausible ways, and that's all I was hoping for. Characters continued to act in character. I applaud the cast, crew, and writer-nim for keeping up their efforts right down to the wire.

BEAUTIFUL MIND lives up to its...

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BEAUTIFUL MIND lives up to its name. I'm glad I tuned in.

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I was cheering when he was hollering, as it showed him getting out of his habitually-rational comfort zone and revealing that he has a lot more fire in the belly than he lets on — or even realizes yet.

Hmm..,, it was very observant of you, you threw new light on YO's behavior, that is insightful, I never thought of it in that way.

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I have to admit, that I kind of dropped BM after the first four episodes. I am still debating with myself if should pick it up again.

It does have a similar tone to I remember you, which I loved, but unlike IRY I missed lighter moments in those first few episodes. Still undicided.

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tanx for d recap . .ah love diz show buh my main problem z d fact DAT diz show ended without Dr Lee or young ho knowing it wasn't a mistake. which z really bad

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Truly, I'm so glad I read some reviews that said this was a drama to watch, though it was getting low viewership. I love Jang Hyuk but I hadn't quite been hooked watching the first episode. When I read some reviews recently I went back and was totally engrossed in the characters,and theme, lee young oh such an everyman for the outsider who is defined by others, and feels like an alien in the world. There was so much to be amazed at in how the drama was executed - balance of comedy and drama, jang hyuk brilliant portrayal which allowed the VIEWER to feel rather than watch someone else feel. (So being put in the position of his character, asking "what would a person feel in this situation - is there a way you're SUPPOSED to feel?") Also, the fact that Lee Young Oh obviously DID have feelings, but didn't identify them as such because they didn't look like what he was taught they'd look like. These are such universal human wounds, guilt, shame, forgiveness - love and crippling control coming from the same parent. loving and hating the same person at the same time. The million different perspectives: a tragedy being the root of a victory, a success being another tragic event. Someone not following the rules and norms because of different ability bringing about a sea change that no one even thought necessary. I can see why people may not have been grabbed, though I'm sorry they weren't. It would have Been wonderful to have more, but I suspect we'd have gotten some silly drawn out reason that the romance had to be put on hold till the last 5 minutes, which I'm glad was avoided! I had to watch the last five minutes again to really get it - and think back to lee young oh interrogation scene. No one in the world can really feel another's pain, or REALLY know what someone else is thinking. If we're feeling anything, it is our own feelings. But we can choose to care anyway - choose to allow ourselves to move towards another person even though we can't know everything about them. This was communicated so well. I guess I got a lot out of this drama that I usually don't get. There's really nothing else running right now that can fill the void! What to do?

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BM is such a memorable drama. I will not forget Young oh's dark humor, the 5 doctors in Hyungsung hospital who seem to only goof around, and the CEO who dumped Asst. Manager Chae without batting an eyelash (Heol that part was really good).
KBS. KBS. I just hope your future dramas will be the best in this 2nd half of the year just like you said in your promotional video. (Well someone who's watching in KBS WORLD will get this)

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how on earth did blood run its full 20 episodes but this gem got cut off 2 episodes short of finishing??

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Would it to be too much of an as$h0le to say that... this means Mooonlight drawn by Clouds is coming up and Park Bo Gum is back in my small screen. Oh dear, love, earth swallow me. I can't contain extreme happyness.

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Brilliant performance:)

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I must have read hundreds of comments (here and on other sites) and not one negative one about JANG HYUK do I recall. That's quite a testament to the ability and charisma of this gifted actor.

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Hi guys!

There is a current project to try and get the Beautiful Mind Special Making DVD with a price of $53-$55. We need to meet 500 pre-orders before September 5th to avail of this DVD. For more details, please see this post: https://stuckonhyuk.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/help-us-make-the-beautiful-mind-special-making-dvd-become-a-reality/

Let's all show KBS that Beautiful Mind is one of the best Kdramas this year and show our support to the cast and crew by availing this DVDs. Thank you!! <3

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HappilyEverAfter, festerfaster, & murasakimi - Thank you for recapping Beautiful Mind. A compelling and engaging drama with stellar acting by the male lead and a touching story and narrative of a journey.

The ratings were low, but those of us who watched were treated to a thought provoking underrated drama with a terrific and absolutely captivating performance by Jang Hyuk. He totally owned the screen and his character Lee Young-Oh. I hope the low ratings don't deter future drama projects from being offered to Jang Hyuk.

"...the emotional core of a Beautiful Mind's story was the relationship between father and son."

Scenes featuring both men - Dr. Lee Gun Myung (played by Heo Joon-Ho) and Lee Young-Oh were gripping with layered emotion and simply riveting.

"...so poignant and painful, and rarely seen elsewhere. I loved how the show explored the ways in which we hurt, love, and heal one another."

Yes indeed!! Beautiful Mind was at its best when it the narrative focused on nature vs. nurture debate, the human psyche, and metaphysical truths.

Good to see Yoon Hyun-Min, Park Se-Young, Ha Jae-Suk, and Oh Jung-Se as part of the BM cast.

Have to say I agree with others who have commented...the main downside of this drama was Park So-Dam's character Jin-Sung (especially) in the beginning introductory episodes. She didn't leave viewers with much room for a good first impression.

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If anything to shed my curiosity: (1) I thought we would have at least run to wedding/proposal scene since 'why you wasted 205 with bowtie?'; (2) How’s Jin Seong career as detective?; (3) Is Dr. Yang finally managed to date? Poor fella.
Beautiful Mind is everything about medical drama should be. Every single character is precious and there’s no such a thing like actinghole nor plothole. Power rangers = my squad goals, lol.

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