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Live Up to Your Name: Episode 10

Things are looking up today as our resident goofball starts to get his mojo back. There are plenty of apologies and smiles to go around as our two heroes grow ever closer, and a favored past patient makes a welcome appearance. Modern Seoul might look more civilized than Joseon, but Im still has to keep his guard up, because he has just as many enemies in the present day as he does in the past. Ultimately though, it might not be other humans that pose the biggest threat, but simply life itself.

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

As Im and his heroin-addicted patient speed away from the hospital, Im flashes back to just before he entered the hospital, where he overheard one of Chairman Park’s lackeys talking about Yeon-kyung in a threatening way. Im’s patient interrupts his thoughts to demand how much Im is being paid by his father.

At the house, the chairman isn’t happy either, and he seems more concerned about curing his son of his (socially embarrassing) drug addiction than he is about hearing the news his son has a potentially fatal disease. When Im tries to tell him this, Chairman Park throws down an envelope of money on the floor in front of Im and tells him never to come back.

Back at his penthouse suite, Im stares vacantly around at the luxurious surroundings as he rubs the stab wound caused by his runaway patient. His attention is drawn to the humble ramyun noodle pots on his counter, which he solemnly prepares while he flashes back to the fond memories of Yeon-kyung teaching him how to make them.

These memories lead Im back to Grandpa’s practice, where he has the bad luck to overhear assistants Byung-ki and Jae-sook complaining about his new and aloof attitude.

Meanwhile, Yeon-kyung is unhappily drinking alone at a pojangmacha to forget the memory of Im using her trauma against her when suddenly, Byung-ki and Jae-sook enter and invite themselves to drink alongside her, much to Yeon-kyung’s chagrin.

Yeon-kyung, still reeling from letting a patient leave her care, sadly asks whether she should be allowed to call herself a doctor, to which Jae-sook declares that that should be a question for Im instead. Soju now on the table, Yeon-kyung grabs the bottle from the bickering Jae-sook and Byung-ki, and determinedly pours herself a slug of the alcohol. (Before, she’d been shooting plain soda, ha.)

Walking back from Grandpa’s practice, Im is stopped by one of the old ladies, who exclaims that Kkot-boon fainted while she was outside looking for Im to give him the snacks he refused earlier. Frantic, Im runs through the neighborhood to find her collapsed in a heap in an alley. Clutched in Kkot-boon’s hand is a cow bezoar, the special snack she wanted to give her “son” Bong-tak, and Im’s face crumples at the sight.

Im devoutly promises Kkot-boon that he won’t let her die… except when he reaches for his acupuncture needles, he remembers that he threw them into the Han River. Without a way to save her, he sobs over her prone body as he calls an ambulance, but he doesn’t know where to tell them to go.

Yeon-kyung drunkenly stumbles her way back to Grandpa’s practice, but seems to sober up rapidly when she learns that Kkot-boon has collapsed, and runs to find her. Im pleads with Yeon-kyung to save his “mother,” and Yeon-kyung’s hurriedly administered injection rouses Kkot-boon from her faint.

Yeon-kyung assures the distraught Im that the worst is over, but Kkot-boon will still need treatment at the hospital. Im’s face is wreathed in tears as he grips Kkot-boon’s hand to his chest in gratitude.

Elsewhere, at the bottom of the riverbed, Im’s needle bag flares with light.

At the hospital, Yeon-kyung comes out of surgery to inform Kkot-boon’s waiting gang of friends and Grandpa that Kkot-boon will be fine. Afterward, Yeon-kyung leaves the elated party to find Im waiting dejectedly by himself.

After Yeon-kyung tells the relieved Im that Kkot-boon will live, she asks how Patient Park (the chairman’s heroin-addicted son) is doing, but Im just replies that he isn’t her patient any longer. Putting a brave face on, Yeon-kyung tells Im that if he doesn’t trust her, another doctor can treat Park, but she adds that he will need treatment soon regardless.

As Yeon-kyung turns to leave, Im calls out softly, “I’m sorry.”

Im explains that he knew revealing Yeon-kyung’s panic attacks could hurt her, and says that he’s sorry. Melancholy, Yeon-kyung answers that Im was right to doubt her, and adds that she doubts herself because of the attacks as well. Im disagrees, firmly stating that Yeon-kyung saved Kkot-boon just now because she is a great doctor, and will be in the future as well.

Softened by Im’s words, Yeon-kyung turns back to tell him that she knew he’d come back. Despite his protests, Yeon-kyung promises that she believes in him because she knows what kind of person he is. She walks back to press candy into Im’s hand, and explains that since she was a little girl, she took comfort from eating candy because a “strange” man once gave them to her when she was sad.

Standing just in the background, Grandpa overhears Yeon-kyung’s explanation, looking thoughtful.

Almost as if he was waiting for him, Grandpa accosts a surprised Im as he walks away, demanding to be repaid his 87 dollars. Im subconsciously rubs the stab wound on his arm as he fruitlessly attempts to deny being the Heo Im that owes money to Grandpa. Sharp as a tack, Grandpa leads Im to a medical room to apply a bandage to Im’s arm.

Having cornered Im, Grandpa takes the opportunity to lecture Im about how important it is to remember why he became a doctor, and asks why he didn’t have his needles to treat Kkot-boon. Chastened, Im sulkily admits that he threw the bag away. Although Grandpa rebukes Im for his actions, the big softie tempers the message by offering Im some of Bok-man’s dinner of fried rice.

Outside, Grandpa wonders why Im threw the needle bag away, ominously adding that even if he does, “It’s not like it will ever go away.”

Back in the penthouse, Grandpa’s words about remembering why he became a doctor trigger a flashback for Im to when he was a small child, when he had implored the local healer to teach him the ways of acupuncture. The precocious Im was enthusiastic in learning acupuncture, and had a ready answer for his teacher when quizzed about why he wanted to learn it: He said that it was because he wanted to heal people like his mom.

Thoughtfully chewing on one of Yeon-kyung’s candies, Im lays back as Yeon-kyung’s promise not to abandon him echoes through his head.

At the hospital the following day, Bong-shik the pig wreaks havoc in Kkot-boon’s room, until Yeon-kyung requests that the (adorable) little pig be removed for the sake of the other patients. A lurking Im is caught by the old lady leaving, and Yeon-kyung encourages him to go see Kkot-boon after Im proudly denies needing her help with his stab wound (I see he didn’t mention Grandpa’s help though). Yeon-kyung looks back fondly at the joyous Im outside Kkot-boon’s room.

Yeon-kyung smiles to see a text message from Ha-ra, asking if she has gotten closer with the “ajusshi” (Im) yet. Yeon-kyung ignores Ha-ra’s prying questions to remind her to take care of herself, but pauses when Ha-ra asks if the two of them had a fight. Tricked into asking if Im said anything, Yeon-kyung realizes her error when Ha-ra admits to the subterfuge, and warns Ha-ra that she better stay healthy and not need to come to the hospital again.

Meanwhile, Jae-ha pauses when he overhears Im asking for Dr. Choi Yeon-kyung at the hospital reception desk. While an amused Nurse Jung looks on, Im gleefully divulges that the patient who cancelled on Jae-ha asked for his services instead. Irked, Jae-ha invites Im to a “team dinner,” which has Im blinking in confusion, but he nevertheless agrees.

In the elevator, Jae-ha stews over some damaging information he found out after digging into Im’s past: Im’s qualifications appear to be fabricated. Oblivious to the danger, Im pushes his way onto the elevator through the closing doors (and hilariously stands on tiptoe alongside the taller Jae-ha). Jae-ha’s veiled threat that there are some doors that Im won’t be able to open is undercut by Im’s blithe “sorry” as he answers a phone call from Director Ma.

It turns out that Director Ma wants to tell Im that Chairman Park’s son only wants treatment from Im. The smarmy director promises that Im’s life will be on the right track if their business together succeeds. Meanwhile, Jae-ha watches from afar as he takes a call and asks the person on the other end to show up that evening at seven.

At the hospital, Director Shin and Professor Hwang covertly discuss Chairman Park’s son’s emergency treatment, which Chairman Park asked to be struck from the hospital records. Director Shin quickly realizes the cause of the son’s illness and exultantly punches the air when Professor Hwang declares that he didn’t delete the records—he just hid them.

At the chairman’s house, Im informs Patient Park that his acupuncture treatment is at an end. Park sits up to resolutely declare that he will try, since he knows his treatment isn’t over.

In flashback, we see that Im had ordered the car to a stop after they fled from the hospital. Grabbing Patient Park by his shirt front, Im had challenged him to break free.

When Park claimed that he couldn’t, Im softly stated that if he let others control his mind and body, he would be that way in the future as well and would never be able to see the one he loves. “You need to think about your reason for living,” Im had added adamantly.

In the present, Patient Park strokes the ring on his hand, and his expression is determined as he tells Im to call his father, the chairman. A triumphant Im leaves the house as Patient Park’s conversation with his father is overlaid. Park states that he wants to go free to protect the person he loves the most as he plaintively asks his father, “What good is all that money?”

Outside, Im receives a call that lights up his face, and he excitedly runs off to meet up with… Ha-ra, who looks much happier now. The two are adorable as Ha-ra shows Im how to pay with her phone, and she repeats Yeon-kyung’s wisdom that the best thing to do when you’re feeling down is eat something sweet. Im gorges on the cake once he realizes how delicious it is.

Even though Im doesn’t know how to ride a bicycle, or take a good selfie, the duo enjoy themselves anyway on their cute “date.” When Im is caught staring at Ha-ra, he sighs that she reminds him of someone—though not his daughter, since Im indignantly proclaims he’s too young for that—that he couldn’t keep a promise to. Im’s earnest plea for Ha-ra to stay healthy is met with typical teenage exasperation.

Instead, Ha-ra perkily asks why Im and Yeon-kyung had a fight, but rolls her eyes when his response is exactly the same as Yeon-kyung’s. Hesitantly, Im asks if he became unlikable.

Ha-ra decides that it’s time for a little retail therapy, and she picks out a rather pretty bracelet with a heart to symbolize love. Ha-ra points to one of the heart pendants and declares that since it’s the shiniest, this one represents her heart. Outside, she unexpectedly gifts the bracelet to Im for him to give to Yeon-kyung (aw). At Im’s confusion, Ha-ra instructs Im, “You need to apologize to Yeon-kyung first, and then give a heartfelt gift.”

Good deed done, Ha-ra merrily skips away. However, out of Im’s sight, Ha-ra comes to a stop and clutches at her heart. Uh oh.

At the hospital, Yeon-kyung is surprised to be greeted by Chairman Park, who churlishly says that his son insists on being treated by Yeon-kyung. Patient Park, his demeanor more open now, warmly tells Yeon-kyung that Dr. Heo recommended her because she was an excellent doctor.

Meanwhile, Im’s team dinner at the noraebang is a mixed affair—his irrepressibly enthusiastic nature loves the singing and atmosphere, but it takes a dent whenever his eye catches Jae-ha’s. Im’s own pick for karaoke—a very old folk song—goes down hilariously badly, though he doesn’t seem to notice as he belts out the gloomy lyrics.

As Yeon-kyung completes her rounds, she pauses at the sight of the father with the newly disabled leg, remembering his calamitous fall to the ground. Today though, he is cuddled up sweetly with his daughter.

At the noraebang, Jae-ha inquires about Im’s volunteer trip to Cambodia last year, his tone far too casual, and Im carefully lies about his exploits there. Right on cue, Jae-ha’s guest shows up—another doctor who volunteered on the same Cambodian trip, and who graduated from Im’s college. Except he doesn’t recognize Im at all.

Jae-ha’s smirk at Im’s obvious discomfiture is abruptly cut off when Director Ma enters the room to offer money for the team dinner. Director Ma salvages the situation, but his expression is tight as he looks down at the disconcerted Im.

Away from prying eyes, Director Ma angrily demands to know what Jae-ha was thinking. Although Ma tries to bluff, Jae-ha catches him off guard by exposing the lie regarding Im’s qualifications, and asks whether Ma has considered the dangers of what he’s doing. Defensive, Ma warns Jae-ha not to do anything, since it will all be over in a month anyway.

Jae-ha’s expression turns hard as he asks what would happen if he did expose Ma’s lies—would Ma chuck him out like he did with Jae-ha’s father? Shaken, Ma can only bluster as Jae-ha warns him, “You were right. I am different than my father.”

Back at the hospital, Yeon-kyung is horrified to see Ha-ra being admitted on a stretcher after she collapsed in the street. Im, there to give Yeon-kyung the very bracelet Ha-ra gifted him, watches on with dawning realization and fear.

Yeon-kyung quickly discovers a blockage in Ha-ra’s heart and orders Min-jae to prepare for emergency surgery. As they rush to save Ha-ra’s life, Yeon-kyung flashes back to Ha-ra’s discharge—Ha-ra had uncharacteristically hugged Yeon-kyung and asked her if she could feel the heart that she had healed.

Yeon-kyung’s expression is determined as she preps for surgery and enters the operating theater. Ha-ra’s situation is dire, so the team must operate quickly if they hope to save her. At first, Yeon-kyung is baffled as to what went wrong since the previous surgery is still intact, but she resolves to stop the bleeding and fix what looks like a delayed reaction to anti-coagulation medicine.

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the emergency team, Im is in anguish as he tries to gain access to the operating room. As Im’s protests go unheeded by the staff barring the door, he resorts to desperately calling out, “Remember, it is your will to survive! You must be healthy! Please!”

Yeon-kyung’s surgical skill manages to stop the bleeding, but she urges Min-jae to wait to sew Ha-ra up for another ten seconds. The atmosphere is tense as everyone stares down at the beating heart… which suddenly starts erratically pumping as Ha-ra goes into cardiac arrest.

Im and Nurse Jang, having taken pity on Im, stand behind the theater window watching the unfolding disaster. Im tautly asks what a cardiac arrest is, and Nurse Jang reluctantly tells him that it means that Ha-ra’s heart has stopped. The pair watch as Yeon-kyung, increasingly distressed, tries to revive Ha-ra with the defibrillator and finally with her bare hands.

Despite Yeon-kyung’s efforts, Ha-ra flatlines, and the rest of the team members shake their heads in defeat. Yeon-kyung’s memories flash to the day her father died, when she was a helpless child, and she fights off Min-jae to keep pumping Ha-ra’s heart. The fight is over though, and Yeon-kyung’s last memory of Ha-ra smiling and thanking her ultimately makes Yeon-kyung give up.

Devastated, Yeon-kyung gently places her hand over Ha-ra’s eyes to call out time of death. Im watches in defeat through the window, but Yeon-kyung can only meet his eyes briefly before she has to turn away from his painful understanding. A single tear tracks down Ha-ra’s face.

In a fugue state, Yeon-kyung comes face to face with Ha-ra’s parents outside. Yeon-kyung initially has no words, but she bows deeply before she explains with difficulty that the surgery went well, but a sudden cardiac arrest took Ha-ra’s life. Ha-ra’s mother stumbles in shock before she turns on Yeon-kyung in pain and orders her to go back inside and save Ha-ra. Falling to the floor in despair, Ha-ra’s mother cries out, “Ha-ra, you should have taken me with you.”

Yeon-kyung walks blankly away to find an empty room, where she curls in on herself as she remembers the arrogant promise she made to Ha-ra to save her life, as well as Ha-ra’s simple wish to live like a normal teenager. Alone, Yeon-kyung finally breaks down in sobs as she recalls more bittersweet memories of Ha-ra, including the last shot of Ha-ra as she cheekily encouraged Yeon-kyung to get closer to Im.

Just outside the door, Im can do nothing but stand and listen to Yeon-kyung’s gut-wrenching weeping. Im’s own pain puts him in a less than receptive mood when Director Ma calls and tells him to attend to an incoming important patient. Im refuses while he watches Yeon-kyung exit the hospital in a daze and says, “I have an important patient here.”

Yeon-kyung pulls out the emergency medical kit from her bag and dumps the contents in the bin. When this isn’t enough, she raises the whole bag high and slams it in the bin as well before walking away.

Back at Grandpa’s practice in Hyeminseo, Yeon-kyung greets her Grandpa with tears in her eyes and says, “You must have really hated me, right? The granddaughter that killed your son.” Yeon-kyung continues to berate herself, as she says that she thought she had become an excellent doctor, but the real reason she worked so hard to save her patient’s lives was because of her father’s death.

Although Grandpa tries to comfort Yeon-kyung by saying that none of this is true, she’s too upset to listen and turns to leave. Im has followed her home, but Yeon-kyung passes him too, after she says that he was right to call her unfit as a doctor.

Outside Hyeminseo, the ever-present Jae-ha drives up and agrees to drive the distraught Yeon-kyung anywhere she wants.

Alone, Grandpa mutters to himself, “This is all my karma. Yeon-kyung is being punished for my failing as a father.” In flashback, we see Yeon-kyung’s father and Grandpa in a fight on the night of the accident. During the fight, Yeon-kyung’s father had angrily shouted, “Yes, everything is my fault!”

Yeon-kyung’s father moved to storm out of the house, but had stopped at the sight of his wife and little Yeon-kyung. Immediately, Yeon-kyung’s dad had smiled for Yeon-kyung’s sake despite the tense atmosphere, and he asked if she wanted to go get chicken. In the present, Grandpa rubs his eyes.

Meanwhile, in Jae-ha’s car, it looks like Yeon-kyung is remembering that evening too. Little Yeon-kyung and her father were driving along when the pink rabbit fell from Yeon-kyung’s grip to the road. Being a good dad, Yeon-kyung’s father stopped to retrieve the toy, and he held it aloft to the smiling Yeon-kyung, safe on the other side of the road.

Just as Yeon-kyung’s father was driving back, a bus came from out of nowhere and slammed into the side of his bike. Little Yeon-kyung slowly made her way across the road, ignoring the horrified crowd, and had found her father lying prone on the ground, covered in blood. Yeon-kyung’s father, still clutching the pink rabbit, had held it out for Yeon-kyung to take as his last action before he died.

Little Yeon-kyung had taken his pulse and tried to shake him awake, but nothing worked. Yeon-kyung could only cry out for her father as the snow gently sifted down around her.

In the present, Yeon-kyung weakly asks Jae-ha to stop the car, her breathing heavy and erratic. Im, who has followed in a taxi, rushes to Yeon-kyung’s side to help, but is stopped by an irate Jae-ha. Images of her father and Ha-ra race through Yeon-kyung’s mind as she stumbles out onto the road.

Bewildered, Yeon-kyung doesn’t see the truck that is racing towards her. Jae-ha and Im see it though, and both sprint out to save her, while we see Im’s magic needle bag lying useless on the bottom of the riverbed. Im reaches Yeon-kyung, but he only has enough time to spin around so the truck hits him first.

Even though it looks like Im doesn’t have his needle bag, when the truck slams to a stop, Im and Yeon-kyung are gone.

 
COMMENTS

You know, I think it might be the show’s mission to break my heart. After Ddak-sae’s harrowing death and Im’s total traumatic shutdown, Ha-ra’s death comes as a punch to the gut that I really didn’t need.

It hits even harder because it comes just as Im was snapped out of the terrifying blankness he defensively threw up after Ddak-sae’s death. One thing I really appreciate about this show is how it carefully balances the exaggerated humor with the more emotional through lines, and makes sure that we get enough of the good times as a salve for the tough ones. Im has still not fully recovered from Joseon, and Kim Nam-gil’s performance has been accordingly more muted, but it was undeniably a relief to see Im smiling and pulling ridiculous faces again.

It was fitting that it took Kkot-boon’s collapse to shock him out of his stupor, because it showed him that avoiding being involved with patients isn’t going to save them or him. I understood why Im tried to cut off all the connections that made him vulnerable, since such vulnerability can be dangerous in Joseon, but it is also what gives Im his life purpose, and what ultimately saved him in this episode. To look at it a different way, Ddak-sae might have been killed because Im treated him, but he was also given his only chance to live because of Im.

Im’s fear of losing his “mother” also opened the way for Im to apologize for his betrayal of Yeon-kyung when he revealed her secret panic attacks. Although the show hasn’t emphasized the romance between Yeon-kyung and Im, there were some lovely moments of genuine connection between them that I think might be even better. Yeon-kyung is free to confess her own (quite crippling) insecurities to Im in a way that she can’t to anyone else—and in return, Im’s apology was beautifully heartfelt. I’m content that they are making each other better, happier people.

I think that part of the reason Yeon-kyung and Im are so drawn to each other can be explained by how similar they are. They both lost parents at a very young age, and both became selfless doctors to make up for that loss in some way. Outwardly, it may look like Im and Yeon-kyung are polar opposites, but I was struck today by how Yeon-kyung uses her smiles as a shield. Im does something similar with his goofy persona—making himself non-threatening in dangerous Joseon, and hiding his immense pain—but Yeon-kyung always seemed more stalwart. But not today. Today, she smiled as her heart broke when she told Im she doesn’t deserve to be a doctor, and with her Grandpa, she smiled through her tears even as she accused herself of killing her father. Yeon-kyung’s stoicism has been hiding just as much as Im’s frivolity was, but it’s all crashing down now as her paper thin defenses have been breached.

Unfortunately, Yeon-kyung’s breakdown looks like it was a disaster that was always going to come, because the tragedy she suffered as a child shaped her in ways she didn’t even realize. Yeon-kyung may have been skilled enough that she was able to keep her promises to save her patients for longer than other might have, but that was always destined to be unsustainable no matter how good a doctor she is. I actually think that Im will be the perfect person to help her rebuild herself though, since he is so used to dealing with death. Im has already mentioned that in Joseon, more patients die than live, even when they can get tretment. So while Im will undoubtedly be upset by Ha-ra’s death (especially because she was the symbol of the little girl in Joseon he couldn’t keep his promise to), this may be where his and Yeon-kyung’s roles switch, and he becomes the mentor. Yeon-kyung is going through one of the most painful lessons a doctor has to learn, but Im will be there to help her.

When he will be able to help her may be another question though. Im’s needle bag was clearly at the bottom of the Han River seconds before he saved Yeon-kyung, but they still disappeared when Im was hit by the truck. Did the needle bag magic itself into Im’s possession again when he needed it? Is the needle bag the reason Im can time travel at all, or was that a red herring? What does Grandpa really know about time travel? I have so many questions, and I want answers!

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Thanks, show, for making me a complete mess. I especially bawled when Yeon-kyung was pronouncing Ha-ra's death. Ugh. :'(

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I guess the bamboo tree(just my guess) growing on the case of his acupuncture kit has something to do with his time-travel. As he grows to become a better doctor and realizes his real intentions, the tree will grow a part. And i think once that tree has grown completely, he'll never be able to time travel again and he will lose ownership of the kit.

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I've rewatched all the episodes right after seeing your comment. I skipped parts just to see the acupuncture kit. And i can say it was quite an observation you got there.

On the very first episode it was shown with a full-grown bamboo tree on the case. And the moment he came to Seoul, the case was shown without any drawing. The 1st time he came back to Joseon with yeon kyung... there were still no signs of the bamboo tree... but the second time they came back to hanyang, when he treated the soldier, we can see a surprised expression when he looked at the case. (He definitely saw what i saw) A DRAWING!! and this latest episode, the kit glowed in the water(right before yeonkyung was hit), but the only glowing part is the part of the bamboo being added.

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OH. MY. GOD. so is that why Heo Jun no longer has the ownership of the kit and it transferred to Im? Then... Where will my happy ending be :(

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I guess this is why doctors keep emotional distance from their patients, my strong female lead lead is now devastate coupled with the flashes of her father's death. *sobs* why did the writer kill hara whyyyyyyy.

I guess next episode will be in joeson with hoe Im comforting devastated yeon kyung and can the writer gimme a kiss scene please, its episode 10 and I'm still waiting for a kiss and smooch... Enough of this heartbreak writernim

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I lost it when Ha-Ra died. Cried till my eyes was so swollen! :(

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Her death was so sad. Why now when she already warmed up to Yeon-kyung? I loved how she played cupid for the two though.

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Oh wow. Now that he doesn't have the kit, can they still time-travel? I guess they can since the kit glows everytime Im does something selfless. He can never stand distancing himself from Yeon-kyung for long. There will always be something that draws them towards each other.

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Hara's death was so sudden, i didn't see it coming T_T. And why is there no preview for the next episode!?!??! I'm dying to see the next ep. I guess we'll finally see a kissing scene!! NO PREVIEW = KISS SCENE. Though we don't actually need it since their chemistry is blasting off my screen despite the lack of skinship.

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I also hope there will be a kiss scene, but I think no preview because they are still live filming ep 11. Kim Nam gil said in an interview that he could only sleep 2 hours a day during filming.

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That was guerrilla date right? My heart ached when i saw him interacting with the fans huhu. i somehow wish i was there.

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I can't believe they took Hara after all those cute cupid scenes, you cruel writer :' It was very hard to watch especially when Yeonkyung bawled. And I totally lost interest at any of jaeha's related stuff because the moment he chose to stop Heo im instead of keeping an eye on Yeonkyung, he just look selfish.

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All I can say is this drama is really good. Am glad the ratings picked up impressively.

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I really like it that this drama is starting to get the recognition it deserves. But i don't know why there are fewer people watching than i expected it to have. This show is definitely worth watching. Everything about it makes the drama interesting. Anyway, thank you so much for your hard work in making these amazing recaps!!!!

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At the very least, Hara had a good time with Im. I like the way Hara taught Im some of the things he still has yet to learn in the modern times and in turn Im shows a bit of his old goofy self again.

That's why I kinda guess they're going to kill Hara, and I was right. I really felt sad when I saw Hara's mom break down asking Yeon-Kyung to go back inside and fix her daughter. I also felt for Yeon-Kyung especially with that damn flashback about promises being kept. T_T

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I wish I could write a truckload about how much I love this show, but I can't. To be concise, I really appreciate the way that Ha-ra's death didn't happen just to put Yeon-kyung in a funk. It had real consequences and opened the door for the rest of the plot to fall into place. The writer's doing a great job of executing these sequences, and I love that we get to see both Im and Yeon-kyung grow (not just apart, but together).

I definitely like how the Joseon and modern sequences tie together. I don't know, do you think Im will end up in the future, with his protege taking his place? I can't see how this will end and LOVE it omg.

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I haven't had much time to comment on this show either, but I'm so invested in it, especially after the last 4 episodes. I'm always sad when I realize I don't have an episode on Friday each week since I'm still not used to the time-slot change, lol.

I'm really loving the leads in this and am starting to realize how soon we'll be reaching the end of their journey. I really don't know what to expect at the end either. I can only hope that now that the leads have revealed their respective weaknesses to each other, they'll finally get the healing they deserve. I'm ready for a true reprieve from all this hardship!

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I had been waiting for the recaps to finally express how excited I am abt this show! I love this show! The acting is stellar and the writing is absolutely brilliant! I was iffy at first but now I've become so addicted, I cannot wait for ep 11. Hara's death broke my heart and I actually teared up until the end of the episode ?. Jae Ha is getting more and more on my nerves. He is so selfish and I find him to be rather annoying and immature. Thanks for the recap!

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I don't know why Jae-ha keeps Im from going to Yeon-kyung when she CLEARLY is walking disorientedly in the middle of a road???

You're a doctor, you should know that a person's life is more important than whatever petty feud you have. So when someone that you clearly adore is walking dangerously in the middle of a road, your first instinct will be to keep her safe, NOT keep away whoever tries to help.

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I think that's supposed to indicate that he thinks of her as something he needs to have in order to be successful or whatever. He might think his feelings are genuine (and to an extent I guess they are) but Yeon Kyung has just become one trophy that he must win, to be better than Im. And I also think it is supposed to contrast with Im's own feelings towards Yeon Kyung. He threw himself in the way of a bus to protect her, without a second thought. No way Je Ha can top that.

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Damn! I've only just realised that Ha Ha is pretty. Cute and pretty, with that pair of dimples not seen before this ep. Loved that scene when she flashed the full force of her dimples at Im in the coffee shop. ?
Unfortunately, it's not likely that we'll be seeing any more of her after this.

And Im wasn't being a douche bag when he revealed YK's vulnerability at the hospital. He was protecting her from the Chairman's goons by forcing YK to give up custody of the Chairman's son by shocking her with his apparent betrayal of her condition.

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Ha Ra.... not the guy from Running Man.

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You cracked me up

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OK i had lots of tissues for this one Ha-Ra why :(

but then again i really laughed and giggled much on the part where Ha-Ra called Im to meet him at the coffee shop up to the picnic view scene... <3

Jae-Ha i still do not like you for real.

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Thanks @helcat for the recap :) I actually watched this episode twice - live streaming on Sunday and watched it again with subs on Monday morning. Haven't been this crazy for a drama since forever...I was crying when Ha Ra died on the OT and I was practically bawling when Yeon Kyung was crying in her office...both Kim Nam Gil and Kim Ah Joong are magnificent in this drama, I have now become a fan of both actors :)

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This drama from day one has managed to affect my emotions and beliefs so strongly that its quite bemusing. I am so glad that Im's insult of Yeon-kyung was to protect her instead of meanness, and his gradual return from the brink of darkness welcome. Our Ha Ra ..,she found love in the most unusual place and with the most unexpected people , so i think that she fulfilled some part of her heart before leaving .
One thing i have to say , our Heo Im is definitely one adaptable and super guy; trailing the car in a cab was so quick witted.
I like the above comments /observation that when the bamboo grows with all the selfless actions on the needles, it will be passed on to the next master healer ..i think i would like Yeon-Kyung to be the next master healer thereby allowing both of them to continue living in each other’s worlds .

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Thanks for the recap! @helcat - Liked how you pointed out their similarities.
I aimlessly repeated the ending scene hoping to get a preview but after the nth time, I finally gave up. Instead, I drown myself watching their past interviews/works (200 hundred pound beauty, ahaha) and singing "Always" (OST by Hyorin)
...But really do they really have to add a truck of doom just right after the bus of death? Still love you, drama..

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I foolishly thought that things were looking up in the show now since halfway through the episode, apologies were being given and cake was being had. How wrong I was. The end of the episode was like a punch to the gut. So many tears. So much shaking of my fists at the screen.

Funnily enough, it did not feel like Ha Ra's death was a cheap ploy. Rather, it was a reminder of the grim reality of a doctor's life. You can do your best, but you can't save them all.

And life too does not have any problems throwing punches at you one after the other. It crushed my heart to see Yeon Kyung break down. Poor girl is truly lost and gone is the cool facade that she keeps up most of the time. I was really touched to see that Im waited around for her. He did not intrude on her grieving, because he knows that there's nothing he can say that make things better.

Also, I may have warmed up to Je Ha the teeniest. At the very least, I love how he stood up to his grandfather.

Anyhow, I am excited for ep 11. I need to see the aftermath of all this loss and how it brings Heo Im and Yeon Kyung together. Cause after he told her she's the greatest and she told him that she knew he'd come back, I refuse to accept anything other than an intense, heartfelt, possibly romantic connection that spans across time.

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I want to analyse the show and write about it but the show brought me laugh and happiness with Heo Im + Ha Ra and then crushed my heart and soul by the second half. I need time to repair my heart.

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I wish HI could travel back time, not for hundred years, just few hours, right when Ha-Ra collapsed so he could save her or calling for ambulance.

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Thanks for the recap Helcat!

I too had a tough time watching this episode, but because it really hit a bit too close to home, since I had to deal with something very similar at work this week as I struggled with losing a patient too.

He Ra is a life that was too young to be lost, although one could consider that the reason she managed to grow up so big is thanks to the very doctors who couldn't manage to save her this time. But that thought probably does little to lessen Yeon Kyung's grief from her death. Especially since it was just as we could see Ha Ra regain her zest for life. :(((((

I had too many thoughts to share (as always) so they are all up on my blog. And I explained the medicine as best as I could too. I also found this cool article that talked about the evidence behind using acupuncture for treating addiction, so maybe Heo Im's skills aren't that exaggerated after all!

It's a good day when drama makes me reflect on life, and hopefully like our leads, I will come back stronger and better. A time travelling stint to Joseon is just what the doctor ordered. Bring on Episode 11! (Where is my preview???)

https://mydramalesslife.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/live-up-to-your-name-dr-heo-episode-9-10-thoughts-and-a-medicap/

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@michykdrama you are doing us a great favour with this additional important information . I too am involved with this drama to the end lol

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This episode gutted me. Again. Man, I love this show.

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Was super worried about Bong-shikkie's ommuni dying, but then they kill Ha-ra? T_T Guess it has to be as we are now dealing with Yeon-kyung's trauma after Im's.
I just wished she didn't bin her bag in her meltdown, coz now they'll be in joseon with no magic tricks, wah wah! Hopefully the needles will be back with Im, just in case a patient appear in their vicinity.

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Wow, I can't believe another amazingly written drama came up after Queen for Seven Days. This drama is even better in my opinion in terms of building up the conflict and keeping the audience hooked. Deaths are done in tasteful way, something I find difficult in both sageuk and medical dramas. Yay with the sudden influx of talented rookie writers!

Peaked at 9.1, this drama is truly deserving the rating.

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Yes, the writing in this drama is really lovely. All the conflict and angst has a point and is not needless.

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I've already said it before but I'm saying it again. I love this show so much for how it can make you laugh out loud one minute and then crush your heart and bring out the tears the next. Especially this episode, boy, I thought we were done with the crying from last week but they managed to bring out even more with episode 10. I love Ha Ra and I'm devastated that they killed her off but I can see why doing so was a necessary and effective move. We have only 6 episodes left but there's so much more that I want to see, questions I want answered, and I don't want this to end just yet. I've actually been enjoying the agonising wait for new eps. each week.
Apart from not being easily accessible to beanies in some countries, I don't get why this drama isn't that popular among recappers and fellow beanies. Because right now the show is giving me everything I want in a drama -- great acting, hilarious scenes, heartfelt moments, and entertaining yet unpredictable storyline. It struck a good balance for me, heartwarming and contemplative without being too heavy.

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I got teary-eyed reading Ha-ra's death. :(

*sigh* at the bus of doom and truck of doom in one episode.

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Gosh I somewhat disliked Ha-ra when this drama started off. She was such a typical teenager and reminded me of myself when I was younger. It made me cringe.

But this drama is so good at developing every character, small or big. I didn't even realize how much I came to love her until Yoon-kyeong was desperately trying to bring her back. It literally only hit me at that moment that this drama can actually kill her off. That this drama actually did kill her off.

I didn't give the writer enough credit. I thought Ha-ra was such an important character that they'd never do that. And they did. I was probably as devastated as Yoon-kyeong and Heo Im. It was so sudden, but that's death I suppose. I hope the Pandora product placement will be really poignant and special because it's Ha-ra's last memory with the people she so wanted to be together.

I don't know how this drama will end - and I don't even know how I want it to end. I really want Heo Im to go back to Joseon and help out all those people who need him so much. I want him to be an amazing doctor and to live up to his name (hur, hur). But I also want him to be with Yoon-kyeong because they are such a great pair. Romantically and professionally, of course, but they also make each other better people. They complete what each other lacks and for that I really want him to stay in modern day Seoul. I suppose the good side to that is I'll be happy either way.

P.s. the preview is seriously scaring me. Gah, this drama is so unpredictable.

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What a good drama. Able to bring a smile to our face and then, within the same hour, able to deliver sad and reflective moments.

With their exposed, vulnerable emotional states, it'll be interesting to see what Yeon-kyung and Im do now that they'll be back in Joseon .... and especially because he threw his needles/kit away while she threw out her modern medical supplies.

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OHMYGOSHHHHHHHHHH THE PREVIEW WAS REALEASED!!! FINALLY T^T

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Preview for Ep 11 is here... and hold on to your hats babies

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where do I watch this?

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VIU or KissAsian, if either of those are available in your country.

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i've just finished watching it live. their skinships have improved!!! A LOT! But it's a real cliffhanger though. And it doesn't have a preview too.

WARNING:
*it'll break your heart*

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in ep 10 and abit of 11, heo im keeps calling yeon kyung 'jeoja' (sorry if the spelling is wrong) does anyone know what that term means?

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I believe he's calling her '처자', which would be a slightly old way of calling someone a young woman.

Caveat: I only have very basic Korean with the odd word I pick up from a drama, so I may be mistaken!

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Love this show so far. But Hara die! Why?

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Episode 12 , preview

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oh what a kiss ....i am in love

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Am I the only one who started to get bored of this drama?
I think I will take a break and catch up once it ended...

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I don't know why this show has a W-Two Worlds feel.

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