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Live Up to Your Name: Episode 6

Im begins to adjust to his new life as he learns more about how today’s world works, and he’s coming to realize that while 21st century Seoul might not have the constrictions of Joseon, it has some harsh rules of its own. And as Yeon-kyung slowly opens her heart to Im, she struggles to decide what kind of relationship she wants to have with him—if she wants to have one at all.


 
EPISODE 6 RECAP

Director Shin bursts into Shinhye’s Eastern medicine branch to tell his minions to catch Im, and Yeon-kyung tells Im to hurry up and run away. Im flees just as Director Shin arrives, but when the director sees the downed chairman, he abandons his pursuit. Im watches from behind a wall as Yeon-kyung and her colleagues transport the chairman away.

Jae-ha finds Im outside the hospital and takes him aside to talk. Spotting them, Director Ma (from the Eastern medicine hospital) orders his secretary to follow Im and find out where he goes.

Im asks Jae-ha when he can start work now that he’s submitted his documents. Jae-ha asks in disbelief if Im really thinks that one sheet of paper will allow him to work at this hospital, but Im just requests an opportunity to demonstrate his skills.

Jae-ha asks if Im has a license, and at Im’s confusion, points out that not only does Im not have a license, he also caused trouble at Yeon-kyung’s hospital—does he know how difficult he’s made things for her? Jae-ha tells Im that he’s a nuisance to Yeon-kyung.

Back at work, Yeon-kyung worries about whether Im got away safely. Professor Hwang arrives to berate her about helping Im escape, but she distracts him with their newest patient, the economic secretary to the president, who is in prep for a coronary bypass. Hwang immediately drops the subject, and they head to the OR, where Directors Shin and Ma watch the high-profile surgery from the viewing window.

Grandpa wakes Im with loud calls of “BONG-TAK-AH!” Im jerks awake and sulks that he said he didn’t want to be called by that name as he covers his ears.

He suddenly recalls Grandpa’s assistant Byung-ki telling him the previous day that a doctor who practices without a license will be arrested, and that the process for preparing to take the licensing exam takes twelve to eighteen years. Im hangs his head, and then violently takes out his frustration on his blanket and pillow.

A subdued Im emerges into the courtyard, where Grandpa asks if things went badly yesterday—did the hospital refuse to accept a quack like him? Im objects that Grandpa doesn’t know who he really is, but the old man tells him to get to sweeping the floor. Im pouts that he’s not a servant, but Grandpa points out that he has nothing better to do.

As Im trudges away, Grandpa watches him in pity, understanding that Im must have found out that it’s not as easy to achieve his dreams as he’d thought. “When you’re upset, physical work helps,” he says with a sigh. Aw.

Byung-ki waits for Jae-sook (Grandpa’s other assistant) to arrive for the day and offers her milk and bread for breakfast, but she wrinkles her nose at them. Jae-sook watches Im mope around the courtyard with his broom and gives Byung-ki and accusing look, but Byung-ki says defensively that he only told Im the truth.

Byung-ki offers Im some milk instead, but Im shakes his head with a pout, which Byung-ki mirrors. (These two are adorable.) Byung-ki then pats Im on the arm reassuringly, telling him that it’s not so bad here.

Im slumps down on a wall and remembers the rest of his conversation with Jae-ha, who told him that Yeon-kyung tried hard to protect Im, and that Im should disappear on his own before he causes her any more trouble.

Im thinks of all the times Yeon-kyung hid him from sight, covered for him, or warned him of danger. “She should have told me,” sighs Im. “I can’t work at the palace, and I can’t be a doctor here, either.” With that, he hangs his head.

Director Shin is in high spirits since the economic secretary’s surgery went off without a hitch, and because of that, he tells Yeon-kyung to take a day off. He beckons Professor Hwang close and tells him to forget about “that other thing,” and Yeon-kyung, overhearing, smiles in relief.

Jae-ha catches up to Yeon-kyung afterward, congratulating her on the successful surgery, but complains that she missed his speech yesterday. He asks if they can have dinner tonight, but she tells him to invite the girl he’s pursuing these days before sauntering off. He sighs to himself that he’s trying, but she keeps standing him up.

Yeon-kyung passes an EMT who recognizes her and asks if she’s okay, saying that he’s been looking for her. He was there that day Im saved her (and inadvertently took her to Joseon); the EMT describes how quickly Im flew to protect her, the metal rod piercing his back deeply.

With that in mind, Yeon-kyung remembers accusing Im of hugging her deliberately to take her to Joseon. “It must have really hurt,” she says to herself now.

Im spends the day morosely loitering around the clinic, cleaning half-heartedly and trying to help with grandpa’s patients, though he gets shooed away at once. The next morning, he wakes in the same mood, until an idea suddenly strikes him.

Im finds Byung-ki watching Jae-sook, who’s on the phone, and suggests that Byung-ki give Jae-sook green tea instead of milk to gain her favor, since she has a bad liver. Byung-ki turns to Im suspiciously and asks how he knows—are Im and Jae-sook close? Im points to Jae-sook, who is now cursing out the drug company rep she’s on the phone with. LOL.

Grandpa interrupts Im’s little consultation and gives him a medical bag to carry, telling him to come along.

Yeon-kyung sees an angina patient named Mi-young leaving the hospital, even though her surgery is scheduled for the next day, and asks her colleague Man-soo what’s going on. Man-soo says that he tried to keep the angina patient, but she insisted on cancelling her surgery for personal reasons.

Yeon-kyung follows Mi-young out and warns her that she needs surgery as soon as possible. She asks if the problem is money, but Mi-young, offended, asks if doctors only see their patients as money. Yeon-kyung responds, “No, we see them as lives to be saved.” She tells Mi-young to be careful and come back for surgery as soon as she can.

Jae-ha overhears a couple of other doctors sniping that he only got his position as the head of the new VIP ward through his connections, and he politely acknowledges it. Once in his office, he vows to start over fresh to prove himself.

Im follows Grandpa to the stretch of Seoul Station where the homeless gather, and Im grimaces in disgust as Grandpa treats them. Grandpa ignores Im’s attitude and asks each time where he should apply the needles, asking Im to pass them to him. One of the homeless men watches in amazement as Im answers each question correctly.

As Grandpa keeps working, however, Im notices that Grandpa’s hand has begun to shake, and noticing Im’s gaze, Grandpa sends him on an errand. The curly-haired man that’s been watching asks Grandpa if he’s preparing to hand over his clinic to Im because of the hand tremors, but Grandpa doesn’t reply.

As Grandpa and Im are leaving, a man named Heo, who has been sleeping sitting up the whole time, suddenly falls over. They rush to his side, and Grandpa diagnoses acute indigestion. He inserts needles into Heo’s hands, but when he goes to put a third in his leg, Grandpa’s hand begins to shake badly.

Im puts his hand over Grandpa’s, and asks a silent question. Grandpa yields, and Im takes the man’s pulse and says he thinks it’s not just indigestion. He asks what exactly Heo ate, and the curly-haired man replies that he only drank—a lot of alcohol, and then lots of water. Checking the man over again, Im describes what sounds like water intoxication. He recalls past patients with similar symptoms until he lands on the right treatment, dramatically pulls out the magic needles from his belt, and gets to work.

At the hospital, Jae-ha sees a patient with facial nerve palsy, and suspecting a deeper cause, he orders an MRI. The MRI shows a tumor that’s pressing on the man’s auditory nerve, causing the facial palsy. The tumor needs surgery, but Jae-ha claims that he can relieve the palsy himself.

We see the two doctors practicing their art in juxtaposition to each other. Im is precise and confident as Grandpa and the homeless men watch him in fascination. Im flicks a needle to make it vibrate, and Grandpa’s eyes widen to see a technique he’s only read about in books. Meanwhile, Jae-ha sets to work with modern acupuncture methods, using electric current on the needles, and a little heated pod instead of traditional moxibustion.

Heo comes awake with a gasp, and the men around him praise Im’s skills while Grandpa gives him a big smile. Jae-ha’s patient’s face has also returned to normal, and he and his wife thank Jae-ha profusely.

The curly-haired man repeatedly embraces Im, who stiffens awkwardly. A whistle sounds, and the homeless gather their belongings and run from the police, the curly-haired man pressing a plastic bag into Im’s hands at the last minute.

On the way home, Im looks inside the bag to see two half-cobs of corn and a sweet potato, and remembers a poor patient paying him in potatoes back in Joseon. Im mutters that they should have just thanked him with words, but Grandpa overhears, and tells him that’s a meal for those men. Grandpa points out how pleased Im was earlier after saving Heo, and says that he was born to be a doctor.

“Whether it’s a palace or a house, a satiated person or a hungry person, you feel happy when you save them, and enjoy treating them—isn’t that what a doctor does?” Grandpa says before leaving on an errand, instructing Im to go home without him.

Im ponders the word “home” as he walks back to Hyeminseo Clinic. He’s surprised to see Yeon-kyung folding laundry when he arrives (she addresses him as “Heo Bong-tak-ssi,” ha) and asks if she got fired because of him. She says she nearly did, and observes that he hasn’t left yet. He asks for a few more days.

Avoiding his gaze, she tells him he can stay for a while if he has nowhere to go. Im runs up to her in surprise, and she clarifies that it’s better than wandering around and causing trouble. Im laughs happily.

Spotting her bras, Im asks what they are, picking one up and guessing that it’s some kind of clothing. She tells him not to worry about it and grabs for it back, but he won’t let go since he’s curious. HAHA. They have a little tug of war and she slaps his hand, which is when Jae-ha arrives in the courtyard.

Im sits at a bit of a distance as Yeon-kyung and Jae-ha talk. Yeon-kyung describes Im as her grandfather’s guest, staying here for now. Im interjects that she just said he could stay, and Yeon-kyung glares at him. She declines dinner again, and says goodbye to Jae-ha.

Grandpa returns home in a good mood, reflecting that his guest is indeed the great Heo Im. He spots Jae-ha leaving, and wonders at the unpleasant look on the young man’s face as he stares at the house.

Jae-ha practices kendo on his own after, remembering all the times he’s witnessed Yeon-kyung and Im being cozy with each other. The memories do not make him happy as he angrily whacks his practice dummy.

Grandpa prepares a huge platter of meat for dinner, causing Im great excitement, but Yeon-kyung once again declines to eat with them.

Later that night, Yeon-kyung surprises Im when she finds him with his head in the fridge. He explains through a mouthful of seaweed that he was hungry; he barely ate dinner because things were so uncomfortable after Yeon-kyung refused to eat.

Yeon-kyung introduces him to the wonderful world of instant ramyun, taking him through the steps of her own ritual, starting with sticking her chopsticks behind her ear. She even shows him how to use the electric kettle as Im adorably copies her every movement.

He asks suspiciously if she’s going to kick him out after feeding him one last meal, but she just smiles and tells him to eat. She asks Im if they’ve met somewhere in the past, maybe when they were young, but he just shakes his head in reply.

Yeon-kyung turns the TV on, and Im joins her on the couch, fascinated by the box with people inside. They watch together as she flips channels. Im imitates her laughter at a variety show, embraces her in fright at a horror movie, and leans closer to the TV with a grin when he sees a K-pop girl group performing (Yeon-kyung side-eyes him and changes the channel, lol).

She gives him the remote and tells him to watch and learn, and laughs to see his animated expressions before she eventually falls asleep on the couch. Im falls asleep in front of the TV, and when Yeon-kyung wakes up a bit later, she observes that he must be tired from treating the homeless as she covers him with her own blanket. She examines his face, remembering him telling her not to judge him so easily, and wonders what kind of person Im really is.

In Joseon, Heo Jun, still in his cell, examines the picture of Yeon-kyung and her mom that he found in her bag. He notes that she still loves candy, and eats one that she left behind. “So he met our Kyung-ie. The two of them must be deeply connected,” he says with a smile.

The next morning, it’s Yeon-kyung who’s woken by Grandpa calling for Bong-tak, and she finds Im sweeping the steps. He’s taken aback by her sleep mask, but he says she’s still the most beautiful in the world before asking if she had sweet dreams… all in modern slang that he learned from TV. Hahaha.

She escapes inside once he starts nagging her to exercise and “wake up her organs,” and we flash back to the previous night, when Im awoke to find the blanket covering him. He looked at his hands, remembering the fire, when Yeon-kyung had told him to protect his hands because they’re a doctor’s life. Im looks at his hand again now and smiles.

Im attacks the cleaning with thoroughness this time, impressing Grandpa and making the staff wonder what’s gotten into him. Just then, the old lady with the piglet arrives, calling for Bong-tak, and Yeon-kyung is surprised to see Im happily greeting her as “Mother.”

Im talks and laughs with the old lady as Jae-sook and Yeon-kyung watch. Jae-sook says that Im said he hated pigs, but now he’s happily playing with little Bong-shik, making the old woman smile for the first time since her son left. Jae-sook remarks that she was annoyed by Im at first, but now she likes him, and Grandpa seems to trust him and have plans for him.

The old lady gives Im a cow bezoar, and he asks in shock where she got such precious medicine. She tells him to eat it, since he used to cry for it when he was little. Tears come to Im’s eyes, and he asks how she knew. “To give this to my mom… to save her…” he breaks off, too emotional to continue.

We see Im as a child, thrown out onto the street and accused of stealing. He cried and begged for the medicine to save his mom, but got kicked and beaten instead. Im tries to give the bezoar back to Bong-tak’s mother, but she pats him comfortingly and tells him to eat it. Crying now, he eats half and feeds the rest to her. Yeon-kyung smiles as she watches them together.

Meanwhile, little Bong-shik has wandered over near Yeon-kyung. Im hastily picks him up, saying bashfully that his little brother must really like her as he holds the little piggy to his chest. SO CUTE.

After they see Bong-tak’s mom off, Yeon-kyung takes Im grocery shopping with her. He gazes around the supermarket in awe, and then rides around happily on a shopping cart until Yeon-kyung stops him. They sample meat and try out massage chairs, Yeon-kyung grinning to see his ecstatic reactions. When they pass a t-shirt with English writing on the front, he rubs at his own chest wistfully, so of course she buys it for him. (Who would be able to resist, I ask you?)

At the same time, Director Ma shows up at the clinic to see Grandpa, although we aren’t privy to their conversation.

Im and Yeon-kyung sit on a park bench to have yogurt, and he asks her about English. She explains it as a universal language, then asks how he knows how to read Hangul. He says that his father taught him the traditional Hanja, while his mother taught him Hangul—a skill he used for the first time here.

She asks if he’s worried about his parents, but he tells her that they both passed away when he was a child. He says sadly that a cow bezoar would have saved his mother, but they seem common nowadays—people must not die in vain like his mom anymore.

Yeon-kyung looks down at this, and says she’s an orphan too. Im points out that at least she has Grandpa; he’s gruff, but he seems to love her dearly. Im adds carefully that she must care for the old man despite her ill feelings toward him since she still lives with him, but Yeon-kyung cuts him off and tells him to focus on being good to Grandpa.

Noticing that her wording implies the indefinite future, he wonders aloud if she means he can stay permanently as he scurries home after her.

They find the angina patient, Mi-young, waiting for them with an elderly lady in a wheelchair. Mi-young explains that her mother-in-law is paraplegic, and Nurse Jung referred her here. Grandpa checks her over and places a couple of needles, to no effect. Im suggests that since she’s old and weak, inserting one needle deeply may be more effective, and Grandpa nods. Im asks if he may try, much to everyone’s shock.

Im says to Yeon-kyung that he knows she’s an important guest, and after some hesitation, she nods. He sticks his long needle deep at the base of the old lady’s spine, and miraculously, her feet begin to twitch. Im removes the needle and touches her toes, and they move in response. Mi-young sobs in gratitude, and then suddenly faints, causing Yeon-kyung to call for an ambulance.

Im goes along in the ambulance, but on the way to the hospital, it suddenly brakes sharply to avoid a collision. They get out to see that the car ahead of them has hit a motorcycle, and the driver of the latter has collapsed in a bloody heap on the ground. The scene brings on one of Yeon-kyung’s spells.

She tries her best to fight it so that she can help the man, but she can only breathe heavily and stare at the blood in horror. Im shakes her, trying to make her come out of it.

Once they reach the hospital, Yeon-kyung collapses on the floor. She remembers the psychiatrist asking her if anyone new has recently come into her life. Finding her, Im urgently offers to treat her, but she tells him, “This is all because of you. After all I did to get here…Get out of my sight.” Stunned and hurt, he tries to protest, but she throws him off and tells him again to disappear.

Director Ma catches Im exiting the hospital and takes him to a fancy high-rise apartment. Im admires the view, awed, and Ma tells him that he can stay here from now on, if he wants. “You came here all the way from Joseon, so you should do big things in a bigger world, rather than at that shabby clinic.” At this, Im just stares at him in shock.

Yeon-kyung returns home and looks in on Grandpa in his room, informing him that Mi-young’s surgery went well. Once she leaves, Grandpa looks down at his book on Heo Im, from which more characters disappear. He sighs, “I hope he keeps him safe, and sends him back.”

Yeon-kyung looks around her at the kitchen table and the couch where she and Im were eating ramyun and watching TV just last night, her harsh words to him ringing in her ears. She slumps to the floor, burying her head in her arms.

A few days pass with no word from Im. One evening, Yeon-kyung hears the dog barking and runs out to the courtyard hopefully, but no one is there.

The next day, Shinhye Eastern Medicine Hospital holds its VIP ward opening ceremony. Director Ma speaks before Jae-ha introduces himself, and Yeon-kyung applauds from the audience.

Director Ma announces that one more person will join them, and the doors open to reveal the silhouette of a man dressed in a suit. It’s Im, clean-shaven and looking very modern, and Yeon-kyung stares in shock as he climbs the stage.

“Pleased to meet you,” Im says to the audience. “I am Eastern medicine doctor Heo Bong-tak.”

 
COMMENTS

Damn, I didn’t see that coming. I can understand Im’s decision to leave Grandpa’s clinic though, even though it breaks my heart, and it was set up well throughout the episode with Im realizing the risks that Yeon-kyung has taken all this time to protect him. He clearly wants to do something for her in return, especially considering the way she softened toward him in this episode, and all the moments of closeness they shared. It was lovely to see them bonding over the small, ordinary pleasures of 21st century life—I asked for more bedtime shenanigans, and the show exceeded my expectations. But even more, I loved how happy they were in each other’s company, and how they spent Yeon-kyung’s day off opening up to each other by degrees, with her basically saying that he was welcome to stay permanently. Which was why it hurt so much when she told Im to disappear from her life.

I was especially moved by the scene between Im and Bong-tak’s mother—it was such a beautiful moment of human connection, and it was a rare moment of complete vulnerability from Im. We’ve known that he carries deep resentment from the way he was treated as a child, but he usually doesn’t show any of that on the surface, keeping his court jester’s smile even in the most serious of situations. Yet here we not only saw a scar that’s been hurting him all his life, but a moment of healing from an unexpected source, which was made all the more beautiful because he, too, was able to offer comfort to Bong-tak’s mother. And despite his initial hesitation, the enthusiasm with which Im embraced the persona of Bong-tak—and his little brother Bong-shik—was truly heartwarming to see. I can’t help thinking that his decision to keep the name even after becoming Director Ma’s man is a tribute to the makeshift family he found for a short while at Hyeminseo Clinic, even if he can’t be with them anymore.

Until now the only (minor) antagonist in the present has been Director Shin, but in this hour, Jae-ha showed signs of becoming a future stumbling block for our hero. He clearly suffers from an inferiority complex despite his skills, and is sensitive about the fact that he gained his position through nepotism (it probably doesn’t help that Grandpa disses his dead father and claims all the credit for Jae-ha’s talent).

Being upstaged by Im professionally in addition to his already raging jealousy over Im’s closeness with Yeon-kyung will likely bring out the latent malice in Jae-ha that we’ve already seen glimpses of. It’s a shame, because Jae-ha seems to take genuine joy in healing his patients, and as we saw in the juxtaposition of Jae-ha and Im as they carried out their treatments, they are both talented and could learn from each other’s methods. (Not to mention, Jae-ha idolizes Heo Im as a historical figure. I wonder what he’ll do when he finds out Im’s true identity.)

With Im’s dramatic makeover and his new identity (and the sad loss of all that hair), it seems the drama plans to keep Im in the present for now. I hate to imagine what will happen to him if he goes back home looking like this. I just hope Im doesn’t allow the power of his new position to go to his head and remembers the lessons Grandpa tried to teach him about the true meaning of medicine and a doctor’s duty. I also hope Yeon-kyung sees the error of her ways next week and brings her duckling back home where he belongs.

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R.I.P Pornstache. Missing you badly.
All my excitement gone when they decided to give him a makeover ???

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Lol at the pornstache ? ? ? In my opinion, Kim Nam-gil and Cha Seung-won are the only Korean actors who look better with a pornstache.

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I second this,they totally rock it and look better and more hot with it!

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good to know I'm not the only one who madly screamed at my TV when I saw KNG's new hair T_T

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I hope we get to see Heo Im with the moustache and beard again before the drama ends. Why the stylists would get rid of it as part of the makeover is a mystery. Kim Nam-gil is so unrecognisable without his moustache, that I kind of want him to insure it, or at least put a clause in the contract for every project of his that nobody touches the moustache!

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Lol! Adding pornstache to my repertoire.

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While I like the series and the idea of time-travel, and I understand that it is part of her character, I can't find myself liking Yeon-Kyung at all. I know it is not her job to educate Im or be of assistance to him, but it is telling that she, even after realizing he really didn't know about the modern world's rules, kept insulting and pushing him away with harsh comments, when all she needed to do was say "in this world, you need proof that you studied in modern world schools for almost two decades to practice medicine!". Instead, she tells him to get lost and that he can never get a job, and he is just left confused and angry. And it almost feels like an abusive relationship when, whenever Yeon-Kyung is being nice like sharing instant ramen, Im immediately reacts with worry that she will throw him out and she just smiles. Because she totally would throw him out, but she is not in the mood for it now, and he depends on her random moods that I just can't get behind. I get that she regrets her harsh words and some people will say so without thinking, but I just can't help but think "How can you be a passionate doctor if the first thing you do to a man who is practically helpless in this world is insult and push him away for something that isn't his fault?" Okay enough that she's a doctor for physical ailments, but it just bugs me and I don't know what the show wants me to think of her.

Not to mention I hope we get to travel more in time, since that was established to be a thing. Since traveling in time in the end did very little to convince Yeon-Kyung (she just decided it was a dream), establishing back-and-forth time-travel only to use it once feels like a waste.

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I can't agree more! Don't want to be that person that makes everything about gender but if the tables were flipped and Im was the one telling Yeon Kyung to get lost and that she is worthless, I'm sure a lot of people would have had issues with this drama. The writer is hiding almost an abusive woman under the whole label of "badass" or "tough girl."

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But she really IS abusive. For people that "deserve" her help (patients, people she likes), she is rough but kind and explains the situation calmly. Remember that guy that was convinced he only needed acupuncture? She calmly said that yes, acupuncture can do a lot, but this particular illness needed surgery. She went straight to the point and could be seen as rude, but her heart was in the right place. With Im, she is just insulting. She could easily be straight-to-the-point and rude while STILL being compassionate. Someone who is compassionate only to a certain group of people but blame their own problems on the helpless, even if they regret it later, is not truly compassionate.

And yes, it is difficult to go around this issue without talking about gender. I do feel one of the reasons Yeon Kyung is allowed to act like that and still be seen as a good person is because she is a woman. If she is physically violent, as a woman that violence is inherently "weak" and a man should just "take it" because it shouldn't hurt and a man shouldn't be so dependent on a woman that he would have to endure it anyway. If she is emotionally manipulative, she should be controlled by the man in her life, or just be seen as an "emotional girl" and ignored. I mean, I don't mind drama not reflecting reality and some of my guilty pleasures in drama should never happen in the real world, but even I can't pretend her behavior is okay.

As you said, if you flipped the genders around, it would be unacceptable. Im TRIED to be like Yeon Kyung when they were in the past, but he couldn't because he realized how bad it looked and felt. And Yeon Kyung, when she realizes she is powerless, acts vulnerable and touches his conscience, but as soon as they are back on HER turf, she goes back to normal again. She really DOES display emotional abuse I'm almost surprised I'm supposed to like her!

I would honestly understand Im if he stopped meeting her from now on, since he now has a security net that, AMAZINGLY ENOUGH, explains the situation, gives him the means to learn by himself (because Yeon Kyung and her grandfather purposely made it so he depends on them to teach him), give him support since he is even worse off than a lost foreigner. Even if the director wants to use him, I couldn't blame him at all for abandoning Yeon Kyung.

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you're right on that, she's so rude from the beginning and she doesn't explain how things work in present days, but when she was in Joseon he did the opposite even when he tried to treat her like she did to him (sorry if that is read weird, I'm not native in english); he stole a hanbok for her, took her to a place to stay and eat and was treated well. I hope they do more time travels, but maybe he'll get more troubles because of his looks (no hair)

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I know, right? And the time-travel displayed her abusive behavior even more. Suddenly, when she no longer has power over him, she turns sympathetic, acts vulnerable and on purpose strings his conscience to help her. However, as soon as they are back to a place where she has power, she throws him away and insults him again. Again, something as simple as EXPLAINING why he can't just become a doctor in the modern world shouldn't be that hard, and her resorting to insulting him to make him stay away instead does not make her "caring on the inside", it makes her a biased bitch (because she CAN be nice/"compassionate" to people she thinks "deserve" treatment, but despite Im being a confused, powerless, scared man, she treats him so bad she should be fired).

And yeah, I hope for more time travel, too! That was what made me truly interested in the drama, that the two people could travel back and forth and experience each world themselves and how different they are. Once isn't enough, I hoped it could be more, that it was a regular occurrence or something. I don't want to make it sound like I say "she is too arrogant for a woman", but she really is a mean person and I think actually staying in Joseon for a while could be good for her, if only to really realize how bad Im has it in the present. Otherwise that one time travel was just a "bad dream" for her, and not a reality like it is for Im.

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It would be a learning experience for her to also realize how bad it was for him in the Past. He was wealthy and widely respected, but he still had to fear torture or even death depending on the whim of someone with more power or money, they even showed a flashback of him being beaten. She was there under the protection of someone who was willing to feed and dress her, for the few hours she was there. She might want to "reflect on herself" and really think about what she'd be willing to do to survive as a member of the lower classes without money or even family

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Agree. I view Yeon Kyung as someone whom is so full of herself. And she is very judgemental. I was happy when she toned down in earlier bits of this episode but after that, she annoyed me when she blamed Heo Im for triggering her trauma.

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don't forget when she slapped him. and now this.

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I think that one's true nature will reveal itself in a drastic moment, especially if he/ she is in a familiar environment. That's what happened for our leads— Im showed himself to be money-minded in Joseon, while Yeon-Kyung showed herself to be impassive in Seoul. I think that she is not intentionally being "abusive" towards him. Rather, it's how she mistakenly uses this as a defense mechanism as she tries to reconcile with her repressed trauma. However, I do think that YK is being unfair in her treatment of Im. This is especially so when he has been nothing but pleasant towards her. That being said, the both of them are very flawed and have a lot of room for growth. I hope that their respective character journeys will be rewarding to watch.

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I will miss Kim Nam Gil's facial hair!! He looks so good with the moustache.

Anyway is his name officially Bong Tak now? And what is cow bezoar actually? Is it some kind of oriental medicine?

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A mass, usually of hair or undigested vegetable matter, found in an animal's intestines; a hairball. - found this if this helps.

i think it's ground up as well?

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Cow bezoar is commonly known in Chinese as Niu Huang, and to my dismay, my parents swear by it. They'll use it to try and cure all sorts of ailments, even when I have a cold, when I would rather take some cold and flu tablets and go to sleep, which in my opinion work better and faster. I guess the different views and beliefs of western versus oriental medicine is what this drama tries to address, because yes we also have the same argument in our household.

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When we did a history of medicine class, my prof let us do some site visits to TCM [=traditional chinese medicine] clinics at the hospital and to compare (among other traditions) these sorts of medical traditions with 'Western' medicine.

That being said, my parents and a lot of people I know swear by TCM for pain management, and I kind of agree with that - it beats my scarfing down heavy-duty painkillers to function, which, as the doctor acknowledged, is plain unhealthy.

Main point in commenting to this though was to mention I'm not as traumatised by the cow bezoar as I was when the people at the TCM clinic proudly showed us supplies of dead centipedes, honeybees, and cockroaches ^^

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I guess I just need to get used to Heo Bong Tak's style. Hmmm.

Anyway, I love Heo Im and Yeon Kyung moments together when they ate ramen, watched TV and went grocery shopping together. It seems like what a normal couple would do. Heeee.

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I am very curious about Jae-ha now, I felt really awful for him when his grandfather started badmouthing his dad. He seems really competent at his job but I still find his face extremely punchable. Especially now that I know he will possibly end up actively antagonize the OTP and Heo Im.

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he's being built up as antagonist, just sad that he will feel inferior when he is a talented doctor himself

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Really, really curious now if it was Heo Jeon who time-traveled before to the future or if Yeon-kyung had been to Joseon back when she was young. He seems to be familiar with her and her fascination with that candy (?) she usually carries. Could it have something to do with the accident she keeps having flashbacks to lately?

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I would say that maybe Heo Jun has been to modern day before. That's why I also think he's the one who sent Heo Im there to teach him a lesson.

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I thought I would be happy when they did the make over but I think I want the beard back. The whole bunch of messy hair and his Joseon beard made his "gooffiness" look cute to me. Let's wait to see, I had a similar reaction in FTLY when Gun got the haircut too :D

Aw I was hoping to see a little more of these two together, maybe plus Bong Shik (he is so CUTE and adorable!) and yes it was nice to see Im opening up to BT's mom and that YK was there to see it and that he told her about his mother's death, because that may help to change the opinion she has of him after the money incident. And that she got to see that he's really good at what he does and is not a quack, but a real doctor with knowledge and I think that she realized it.

Now I am curious about why he was offered an actual job, by director Ma, and looks like grandpa approved it, only both of them know Im's identity but he has a dark intention obviously.

I still don't know if I missed something bc I don't know who the prisoner in Joseon is, he looks like the guy in the bike accident.

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The prisoner is Heo Jun, famous Joseon doctor and presumably Yeon-kyung's father.

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She asks Im if they’ve met somewhere in the past, maybe when they were young, but he just shakes his head in reply.

The laws of the kdramaverse say this must mean they did meet in the past. When?

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I've only seen the first episode so far but maybe she's the little girl in the past who was sick?

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i dont think so. XD
but i guess we will have to wait for future episodes to know the truth

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Noo, so YeonKyung actually lived in Joseon era and time-travelling like HI did?
or maybe reincarnated or something?

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I was thinking time travel, but reincarnation works too.

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it seems the drama plans to keep Im in the present for now

Hope not. The mention earlier of the Japanese invasion starting means that if they travel again there will be LOTS of Joseon people in need of medical care, especially some modern-style stitching up. Maybe she can save somebody famous, like Prince Gwanghae, or Yi Sun-sin.

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how come i haveeeeeeee a badddddd feeling about Heo Jun's real life....as if he knows Yeon-Kyung whole life growing up! I am already having hunches that HEO JUN is Yeon-Kyung's dad.

Man i will miss Im's old hair BUT MAN HE IS HOT ON HIS MODERN LOOK i almost fainted.

I also wished that Yeon-Kyung will realize her error when she said to Im to dissapear from her sight.

Also I wonder what grandpa meant when he said "to bring him back to the right timeline"

Jae-ha might become an antagonist one of this days i can feel it. i guess he has not yet really admitted to yeon-kyung his real feelings like asking her to be his fiancee or to start dating her.

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- Yeah I guess Heo Jun is YK's dad too.
- Right now I think I'm okay KNG with or without facial hair because I already liking him since decades ago lol.
- The moment JH admitted his feeling, he'll get rejected right away. I'm positive.

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I think the book being erased/fading is significant. Heo Im probably needs to go back to his world for that book about oriental medicine to be made

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Aww, not the hair!

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Why did they cut off his hair???? Why? Why?

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Kim Nam-gil should always have a moustache and beard. Period.

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Thanks for the recap Laica!
I particularly loved your comment about YK calling home the poor duckling Im. ?
I really loved when he looks like a boy when he smiled after YK agreed to bring her with him. Also he seemed genuinely happy when he was with Grandpa and YK.

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Anybody who doesn't already know... look up "bezoar" and see if it changes how you feel about eating it.

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I seriously, had a gagging moment when i read the subtitles for that.

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Knew about this from Harry Potter but it somehow didn't seem as gross in the books as it comes across in this drama.

Blech... ?

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...leans closer to the TV with a grin when he sees a K-pop girl group performing (Yeon-kyung side-eyes him and changes the channel, lol).

I'm fortunate my cats aren't as judgmental as she is :)

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I can't believe I'm saying this because I usually don't like long hair on guys and prefer the clean-shaven look, but KNG looks hotter with the long hair and moustache. He looked much younger before the makeover.

Also, I understand why many have problems liking Yeon Kyung's character and her frequent outburst at Heo Im. It does make me want to smack her head every time she says something mean and spoils the moment. She is quite a flawed character and I hope she grows out it in the future episodes. That said, it's not bothering me enough to turn me off from the show. I'm still enjoying it a lot and can't wait for this week's new episodes.

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Prolly the first time i dont quite appreciate a makeover..

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Aaand~~ we finally got that grand make over scene

Heo Im in a casual clothes - check
Heo Im looks all clean in a suit - check
Now I just have to wait for him to use a smartphone and ride a luxurious car

After the good opening episodes, please don't become too cliche, Show.. puhleasee~~

I hate to say that I kinda hate Heo Im's new look. I miss his messy Joseon style already..

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He’s taken aback by her sleep mask, but he says she’s still the most beautiful in the world before asking if she had sweet dreams … all in modern slang that he learned from TV

Anyway, I don't know if it's true or not, but I think the 'sweet dreams' here refers to Min Kyung Hoon's song (ft. Heechul). He sang one of Live Up's OST so it might be the way how the production team promote his other song through the drama implicitly.. I laughed way too hard when I realize about it >▼<

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really gonna search that now. thanks for the info

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me too,
I miss his rockstar look!!!

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The cow bezoar scene, seriously I had tears just seeing Heo Im relive his childhood memory.

Hopefully even though Heo Im is now at the oriental medicine hospital, I'll still be able to see his smiles as he discovers the new things in this time because I live for those smiles of his.

Seeing him at the supermarket playing with the cart is just so precious :)

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a few thoughts:
* i honestly thought that the cow bezoar was going to turn out to be foil-wrapped chocolate... to put a laugh into the scene.
* i did also find that entire scene when he happily greeted and hung out with "his mother" and "brother" to be quite touching.
* of all the english words on a shirt - "ice cream 59c"??
* that was probably the most low-key underwear scene i've seen. no horror or dying of embarrassment like i would have expected of other dramas.
* both kim nam gil and yoo min kyu look better with mustaches and longer hair :x i mourn the loss of heo im's hair.
* also, jae ha's face has been bothering me for a long time... he seems so familiar, but not.... i had to look up the actor to realize that he was in SUFBB.
* heo jun must really be her father.......... or someone who knows her family really well?
* i actually get that she was still in the middle of freaking out about the unknown memory when she told heo im to get lost.... although it really sucks for all involved. she also needs to get some therapy for that before she seriously endangers her patients. _-_;;

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now that you mentioned it, I like how the underwear scene is low-key, tho I'm betting sooner or later Heo Im will know what that is for and I'm waiting for his reaction :)

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Yup, I had the same thoughts about JaeHa. I had to google to find out its Yoo Min Kyu. Did he get any work done or is it just age? His face looks different now somehow

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a doctor who faints at the sight of blood from accident victims smh. She should try therapy instead of putting the blame on Heo Im.I hope she'll not put patients in danger because of that.

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I think she probably will put some patient in danger.... wonder what the acupuncture treatment is for PTSD / anxiety attacks / whatever her problem is??

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I DIN REALISE KNG HAS SUCH A NICE SINGING VOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PLS LET DO MORE COMEDIES PLEASE. SERIOUSLY.

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I didn't expect to fell in love with this drama. Its my new addiction

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Seems like quite a few people here don't like Yeon Kyung, so I felt like I wanted to share my thoughts on why i really adore her.
But my thoughts were too long, so I blogged about it, with pictures and all! haha.

Because I felt like I needed to explain how tough it is to be a surgeon, and a cardiothoracic surgeon at that, and why she needs to be no nonsense and tough for her job, so that may spill into her private life and how she treats Heo Im. Not condoning her violence, but trying to say that I understand why she reacts like that, and that she has a good heart underneath, so I cut her some slack because of this. She isn't perfect, but that what makes me adore her even more, because she may make mistakes, but she rethinks her judgements and reflects to try and right the things she has done wrong. She feels so real to me!

Anyway, hope people will read it and perhaps be more forgiving towards her. Just sharing my love for Yeon Kyung, and of course, you don't have to agree with me, but I thought id share my point of view. Episode 6 was my favourite episode thus far!

https://mydramalesslife.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/live-up-to-your-name-dr-heo-episode-5-6-thoughts-and-an-ode-to-yeon-kyung/

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Thank you @michykdrama i love your summary .

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Thanks for reading! ?

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Read your blog page @michykdrama and found your comments really insightful coming from your medical background.

I'm also one who doesn't particularly care for YK's character so far. But I'm willing to cut her some slack. I'm just wondering now if the writer truly wrote this character to be so nuanced or if it's just random.

I do hope YK will start treating HI a little more fairly soon.

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My gut feel is that she will. They are the OTP right??? haha. But anyway I am open to changing my judgement of her as the episodes progress, and I don't deny the likelihood of her character possibly being less noble than what I am describing, but I guess we will just have to see!
Thanks for reading! ?

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Thank you so much for this! It was really nice to read something positive about Yeon Kyung. I do like her character a lot, flaws and all. I can see why she's not everyone's cup of tea but imo, like you mentioned, she's just doing her best to do what she loves and keep her job (she's a bunch of unsupportive colleagues when compared to like 2 supportives ones). Anyway, I loved reading your post! :)

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Thanks for reading! ?

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I am absolutely loving this drama …it has provided me with laughter, surprises, tears and our Heo Im’s good heart …recognition of his services and decent compensation are not bad in my books… hehe I love our Heo Im . The short hair and the suit at the end really surprised me too …so i am waiting for the episode 7 to see this transformation .

Yeon Kyung is beautiful and playing exactly what i would expect a modern woman doctor forced to deal with patriarchal environment at home and at work .

“”“ In Joseon, Heo Jun, still in his cell, examines the picture of Yeon-kyung and her mom that he found in her bag. He notes that she still loves candy, and eats one that she left behind. “So he met our Kyung-ie. The two of them must be deeply connected,” he says with a smile. “”””

Now the puzzle piece for me…… i thought that Heo Jun must be YK father …BUT …Heo Jun in this episode shows me that he knows her very well but never calls her his daughter …or my Kyung ???
Both Grandpa and Director Ma know exactly who Heo Im is and show no surprise at this time travel , more like 100% acceptance …so they both knew someone from the past (Heo Jun?) that was in their life at some point of time …and if HeoJun is not YK’s father , would he be the good for nothing father that disappeared - Jae-ha’s father ???

Looking definitely forward to episode 7 .

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Me too, "j'adore" this drama!

It's also bugging me how the grandfather and the eastern medicine hospital director are both so quick to accept who HI is and seem almost blasé about it. You'd think time travellers drop in all the time.

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Ah, all that hair... :'(

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While I have warmed up to Yeon-Kyung, I can't say at all that the dislike is unwarranted. Having a stressful job does not excuse you from being an asshole (which she is to Im time and again).

My main problem with her is her philosophy of medicine, which is what I find wrong with a lot of modern medical practice - it sounds great and everything, but is pretentious and not actually very holistic in reality.

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Hey ladyjaye!

I'm intrigued by your comment. Why do you think it's pretentious and not possible to practice medicine the way she does it? Her attitude towards Heo Im aside, what do you find pretentious about the way she treats her patients? I'm genuinely quite curious to find out! ?

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Hi Michykdrama!! I like Yeon-kyung, I really do, but as I've said before she drives me up the wall with her medical practice. It's not because it's impossible to do medicine the way she does it, but because of the way she comes off - as if she's so much better than other people because her reasons for practicing medicine are altruistic. As I've said somewhere, that's a privilege very few can afford: to come into medicine (or any profession, for that matter), with purely altruistic motives.

As to her philosophy, I'm glad the show took that on somewhat in this episode. Perhaps it's the translation, or something I'm missing, but viewing patients as "a life to be saved"misses the mark, IMO. Patients are full human beings, with lives and motives of their own, which *must be taken into consideration. They are more than just the disease they present with, which needs to be cured. So many other issues need to be taken into consideration for the process of healing, which "a life to be saved" just dismisses. I don't know if I'm making sense. And I'm glad the show tried to point that out in this episode.

In Yeon-kyung's defence, I really do know how difficult, and near-impossible that is to do for patients, because physicians are trained to see patients as mostly the conditions they present with. And also because the sheer scope of things one has to know as a physician of any kind also makes it difficult....

At this point, I'm rambling. But I hope you get my point?

(Also, are you watching Hospital ship, by any chance?)

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there's also that small detail that she isn't a volunteer doctor or anything. She also makes money out of the profession and lives a comfortable life. What Heo Im asked was right, was it wrong to seek those things from his own skills? Many people who work also want appreciation and to have a decent life.

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I think in the end it's a question of how far are you willing to let money be the driving force for what you do. I can't say that I wasn't turned off by Heo Im's attitude in the first episode when he turned down the man whose mother was ill. No one should be expected to work for free, and certainly Heo Im got the short end of the stick in terms of career progression etc due to his background, but how is him refusing a direct plea for help any better than what happened to him as a child when they refused to give him medicine help treat his mother?

Also, I personally do feel if you see your patient's as cash cows, then you may not be objective in terms of what treatment options you provide them. A new and expensive method for treatment may not be always better than an older but cheaper one. So I think what Yeon Kyung was objecting to was this possibility that Heo Im was only interested in taking money from his patients, and possibly not offering them the best care. She would not be familiar with the concept of him being completely sidelined due to his birth status and expected to work for free without pay.

And honestly, I think the poorer patients showed more appreciation than the rich ones (see Ha Ra's b*tchy mom) so who is to say that Heo Im can't get appreciation without chasing after rich patients and their money?

Sorry for the long comment. I have alot of thoughts on this! ?

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ah, ok I see what you mean. I don't know if this show will be as "deep" and philosophical as Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim when it comes to dealing with patient issues that fall outside of their disease conditions. Because RDTK set the bar darn high.
I do feel like most surgeons have a slight "god complex" when it comes to themselves because they have to be very confident before they can operate- you wouldn't want a wishy washy hesitant surgeon either- and therefore they can sometimes come across as haughty and snobbish or have a holier-than-thou attitude. But as long as they can sit back and reassess the situation if things seem different, then they get a free pass from me. Because in the case of surgery, anything that goes wrong is immediately blamed on the surgeon, and so they do shoulder alot of stress and responsibility.

I'm not watching Hospital Ship (I have no time!!!) but are you? Is it good and worth me sacrificing (more) sleep over? Ive heard conflicting reviews.

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Thanks Laica ✏️? for making room in your schedule to recap the episode 6 as well. ??

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I was moved by Im and Bong-Tak's mother interaction as well. That moment got all my tears ??????? last week.

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If Bong-Tak's mother can be considered as a cameo, PD-nim . . . I totally look forward ?? for other cameos by grandmas and grandpas from ?Dear My Friends?.

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That ramyun's ?? ppl is life.

It's very cute and sweet ? that it heals the scar after watching the infamous cringe-inducing ramyun's ppl of The K2 ?.

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Am I the only one fine with the make over?

Imo, he's very fine, with or without moustache. ??

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Maybe show needed to put some distance between the OTP to make way for Heo Bong-tak's appearance in his all suited up splendor, but I wish they didn't make Yeon-kyung so immature. Even if he is the trigger, kicking him away won't fix her trauma. That was a knee-jerk reaction of a 12-yo, and she is a doctor to boot, oy!

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Gah, this is so embarrassingly late, but anyway I'm FINALLY done with my episode 6 medicap!

Explained what the Presidential Secretary had that made him collapse, talked about Jae Ha's patient with the facial nerve palsy, and finished off with a few thoughts about what I think Yeon Kyung has.

Better late than never, no? ☺️

https://mydramalesslife.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/live-up-to-your-name-dr-heo-episode-6-medicap-and-thoughts/

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Thorough and informative, thank you @michykdrama that is a lot of work you put in. I like that you are in the same boat with the rest of us cheering our Heo Im on ...and somehow i miss the hair , beard and the moustache . His comic face was simple and effective just like his treatments..once he cut his hair and shaved, his comic expressions became fake laughter .

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And Happy Birthday to the little guy...all he needs at that age is really his mama lol

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Hee. Thanks! I just spent the morning being dragged around by him at the playground because he refused to let me out of his line of sight. I must treasure this while it lasts, even while I'm aching from all the unaccustomed exercise. ?

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anyone knows that BACKGROUND SONG that was playing when
Yeon-kyung caught Heo Im EATING AT THE FRIDGE ???

i am on LSS on that song!

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Wow! Yeon-Kyung, it's amazing how you can manage to make everything about you. Aw, Im looked so hurt when she told him to bugger off. And later when she recalled her hateful words with regret, it was because she missed him, not because that was an incredibly shitty way to treat someone. Especially since she knows better than anyone how lost and completely alone he is in the world. Not only rejecting him but cutting him off from the people he'd started to connect with through herself and her grandfather

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Dr. Jin was just absurd with its surgery scenes but here HI's acupuncture scenes are so engrossing to watch - the moves, the music, the directing - sooo good.
Also hair *sadface*

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