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Live Up to Your Name: Episode 8

Some harsh truths are revealed to both our leads today as we jump back into the unforgiving land of Joseon. Our hero has been running from something, and so far, he has been lucky enough to get away with a little help from his friends and some magic acupuncture needles. But with enemies closing in on all sides, he might need Yeon-kyung’s help now more than ever.

 
EPISODE 8 RECAP

Backed up against the edge of a cliff by a band of Japanese soldiers, Im and Yeon-kyung wait nervously as the soldiers wonder who these strangely dressed people are. Ultimately, the leader of the band decides that it doesn’t matter, since they will have to be killed anyway.

Yeon-kyung quickly brandishes a taser at the encroaching soldiers and shocks the one closest to her. The confused soldiers fall back long enough for Yeon-kyung to hand Im a can of pain relief spray, which he discovers to be very effective at temporarily blinding the soldiers.

The duo are an almost unstoppable team, and Yeon-kyung even seems to take pleasure in taunting the soldiers to come for her before tasing them (and sometimes kicking them where it hurts). Unfortunately, poor Im sprays himself in the face, causing Yeon-kyung to abort the attack and rescue him from the scene before the two take off running into the forest.

At a safe distance, Yeon-kyung gripes that Im should have left her behind, but Im is more concerned about the Japanese soldiers, who must be scouts for the larger army. Yeon-kyung finally pieces together that this must be the 1592 invasion of Korea by Japanese troops (the start of a long and bloody war between the two countries), and falls to the ground in a dead faint.

Back in Seoul, an enraged Jae-ha storms to the police station, where the gangsters who attacked Yeon-kyung are being held. He demands to know where Yeon-kyung is, and even though he refuses to believe their story that she just disappeared, he can’t argue with the CCTV footage that shows exactly that.

Over at Grandpa’s practice, Director Ma shows up looking for Im and furtively asks, “Is he back in Joseon?” Grandpa tries to shoo Ma away, but Grandpa’s expression turns worried when Ma drops the bomb that Yeon-kyung has also disappeared with Im into the past. Grandpa hurries to look through his magic historical book for signs of Yeon-kyung, all while cursing Im for taking her.

Back in the Joseon forest, Im and Yeon-kyung lie on the ground and muse over their first meeting and what it could mean. Im apologizes to Yeon-kyung for pulling her back with him, but Yeon-kyung softly answers, “It’s because you tried to save me each time.”

Im doesn’t know why he has been destined for these things, but he does know one thing: “When I am ready for death, I live. I do not know the exact reason, but I am sure that I move between places when I die. And each time I died, I was hugging you, so you had to come with me.”

As Im contemplates the reason why he can time travel and why his wounds disappear when he does so, he doesn’t immediately notice Yeon-kyung’s more pragmatic reaction… which is to get a huge rock to bash his head in. Ha! Im jumps up in fear to protest that she shouldn’t do this, and a sweetly smiling Yeon-kyung agrees—that’s why Im will have to do it himself, so she offers him a scalpel for him to do the deed.

In a panic, Im blurts out that he can’t, because he has to be holding onto Yeon-kyung for her to travel. Taking this in stride, Yeon-kyung clings onto Im in various ways, and it’s not long before he looks like he has forgotten that Yeon-kyung is doing this is so that he can kill himself while she hangs on for the ride. This is hilarious.

Their sweetly morbid moment is interrupted by an injured Japanese soldier who pleads for their help as he falls to the ground. He needs medical attention and is able to explain so in Korean, but Im resolutely walks away, saying that this is the soldier’s punishment for ruining another country. But Yeon-kyung’s hesitation stops Im in his tracks.

Yeon-kyung tries to persuade Im that no matter what happened before, the man before them is just a patient who needs help. She adds that if fate led them here, then it is also their fate to heal the soldier. Im points out that this may cause more harm if the soldier lives, to which Yeon-kyung states, “It is not a doctor’s duty to decide whether it will be helpful or harmful. Doctors need qualifications. Patients don’t.”

Im stalks away, but the tears in his eyes reveal he isn’t as unaffected as he seems. He states to himself, “Doctors cannot save everyone just because they are dying. That is the way it is here.”

As Yeon-kyung administers modern medicine to the Japanese man, she warns him not to ask too many questions.

The soldier complies as he looks on first in consternation, and then in growing awe while Yeon-kyung stitches together the wound in his leg. Yeon-kyung glances up as she pointedly remarks, “It would be very rewarding for doctors if every life they saved belonged to a good person, and went on to live a happy life.”

The soldier’s expression looks thoughtful as he tries to move, but his other injuries are too bad for him to do so. Just at this moment though, Im hurries back to offer his help (yay!). Im uses his acupuncture needles to gently spear behind the soldier’s ear, and into his foot. Trying again, the soldier can move his leg this time. Afterward, Im looks down in confusion at his needle bag, sensing or seeing that something has changed.

Fully dressed, the soldier thanks both Im and Yeon-kyung, but warns them to quickly run away when a shout nearby announces that the rest of the scouting party is near. The soldier grabs Im’s arm to warn him that in fifteen days, the Japanese will invade Hanyang. As the scouting party nears, the soldier hides one of Yeon-kyung’s fallen tools and makes no mention of his saviors to his companions.

The soldier’s warning runs through Im’s head, and he sincerely asks Yeon-kyung for some time before they go back to Seoul—he must save the only woman who believed in him in this time from the invading army.

We find the woman he was talking about, his loyal assistant Mak-gae, being thrown about in the street by the servant Doo-chil and his cohort, who are looking for Im. Mak-gae refuses to break her loyalty with Im, so the gangsters give her an ultimatum—either she brings Im, or they’ll kill her. As they leave, Mak-gae tries to reassure herself that Im hasn’t actually abandoned her.

Back in Joseon garb, Im tells Yeon-kyung that she needs to take care of herself. Unimpressed, Yeon-kyung reminds him that she was the one who got them out of the mess with the soldiers and the gangsters.

Nearby, the little boy from last time falls down and begins to wail over his injury. As Im goes to help, the boy’s grandfather rushes over to plead forgiveness for the bother this has caused Im. Frowning thoughtfully, Im tells the grandfather there is nothing to apologize for. Instead, despite Im’s initial warning, the little boy is treated to some modern disinfectant and a handful of sweets from Yeon-kyung, while Im hides the view from prying eyes.

Something about giving the little boy sweets reminds Yeon-kyung of an encounter from her childhood, when a man in Joseon clothes gave her sweets as well. The man’s face is blurred in the memory, but his kind voice says, “I’m giving you this so you won’t cry, Yeon-kyung.”

Im looks down at the grateful grandfather and asks whether they’ll be moving soon, since the Japanese forces are coming. The grandfather earnestly answers that moving would mean starvation for him and his boy—and anyway, the king will protect his subjects from such a war. Yeon-kyung bows her head in distress at this statement.

Meanwhile, Im’s rival, Jin-oh, is being told by his uncle that the king is not going to protect the citizens—he will be leaving the palace instead. Jin-oh asks what this means for him, but his uncle responds with disgust that no one is thinking of Jin-oh at such a time, and that he should prepare to move south by himself.

Back at Hyeminseo, Im stashes Yeon-kyung away in his old house, using the ever popular “hiding in plain sight” theory. As Im sneaks around, he sighs when he realizes that Hyeminseo is a shadow of its former self—all the herbs have run out, and the doctors are plotting to run away with their families to safety. He doesn’t have the luxury of staying despondent though, as he is forced to sneak away from a troop of soldiers who have been tipped off to his return.

Yeon-kyung marvels at the simplicity of Im’s room for such a rich man, and is in the middle of looking through his things when the elusive Mak-gae stumbles in. At first defensive to find a strange woman in Im’s room, Mak-gae quickly remembers Yeon-kyung’s face from last time, and she lights up as she realizes that Im must have come back for her.

And indeed, Im is just outside, there to hurry Yeon-kyung along so they can escape. Mak-gae runs out to greet her master, alternating between joy and recriminations at his tardiness. Im tries to hush her, but it’s not enough, and they’re soon spotted.

Jin-oh is leading the troops and smirks as Im is restrained by the soldiers. Jin-oh jeers at Im for thinking that he could rise above his station in life—his mother was only a slave, after all. Yeon-kyung looks stricken as Im is dragged away by the soldiers while she is taken in a different direction on Jin-oh’s orders.

Doo-chil, one of the gangsters who threatened Mak-gae, is outside arguing with his brother (who seems to have some form of developmental disability) just as Im is taken away to prison. But when his brother drops the fruit he had meant to give Doo-chil, Doo-chil lovingly wipes his hands even as he gently scolds him for stealing it. Doo-chil commands his brother to go back to the their mistress and to be careful about his actions (so as not to arouse suspicion as to his competency) while he goes to look for Im.

Im is thrown into prison despite his pleas that he has just one job to take care of—and in the cell next to him is none other than famed court physician Heo Jun. Jun tuts at Im as he says, “You are always trying to find ways to run away.”

Doo-chil prowls around the prison outside as he notes that Im must have done something really bad to get locked up in the palace. Just as it looks like he’s going to try and break in, another gangster runs up and breathlessly tells Doo-chil that he needs to get home. Now.

Jun and Im stare at each other through the bars as they exchange barbs, though Jun curiously mentions that Im must not have “returned” voluntarily, judging by his short hair. Im seems ever so slightly amused to see Jun behind bars, though he seems shocked to learn that Jun is in jail for introducing an “inexperienced quack” (Im) to the king. Im maintains that he made a mistake, but Jun warns him that the life of a palace doctor is to be thrown out for making just one mistake.

Jun asks Im if he still can’t get over his poor background, or whether treating officials and hoarding money ever made him feel better. Jun knowingly asks if Im thought he could have everything he wanted in “that classless world,” but warns a shaken Im that he is going down the wrong path for a doctor.

The tense moment is broken by the arrival of Jin-oh’s uncle, who commands Jun to leave the prison and prepare for the journey ahead with the king. Jun has a few last words for Im though as he says, “Your needles don’t make you a good doctor. You’re pathetic for not realizing your skill.”

Meanwhile, Yeon-kyung frantically searches for a way out of her luxurious new prison, but is interrupted by the slimy Jin-oh, who studiously ignores Yeon-kyung’s hints that she’d like to leave.

Jin-oh plops down, smitten with Yeon-kyung, and eager to share the salacious details of Im’s sins while Yeon-kyung smiles to pump him for information. Jin-oh is oblivious to Yeon-kyung’s distress as he laughs that Im will be lucky if he gets out alive, and that this time, he may really give his life for his country.

Jin-oh gives an ingratiating smile as he pulls out a “present” for Yeon-kyung, which turns out to be her lost shoe. Jin-oh asks what the shoe made from, and what is it for. A calculating expression crosses Yeon-kyung’s face as she looks up at Jin-oh and swings the shoe into his face while she cries out, “It’s for this use, you punk!”

Yeon-kyung runs away, pausing only to throw away Jin-oh’s shoes, and heads towards the palace with guards in hot pursuit. Fortunately, Mak-gae was there to witness the whole thing, and she ushers Yeon-kyung into hiding. Mak-gae agrees to take Yeon-kyung to the palace with her to rescue Im, but the two are halted by Jun’s intimidating bodyguard.

Yeon-kyung is escorted to Jun instead, who greets her warmly, “Welcome, Doctor Choi Yeon-kyung.” Perplexed, Yeon-kyung asks if Jun knows her, and in (non-)answer, Jun presents Yeon-kyung with the handbag she left in Joseon from last time. Jun surprises Yeon-kyung even more when he refers to “your world” and thanks her for the sweets she left behind as he says, “It felt so good to taste something I missed.”

Despite Yeon-kyung’s questions, Jun cryptically states that their connection will be revealed in time and gently reminds Yeon-kyung that she must hurry to save Im. Yeon-kyung wants to know how Jun knows Im as well, and Jun thinks a moment before he says, “That ‘friend.’ come to think of it, I have not used that word for a long time either.”

Back at the prison, Im reminisces on his graduation as a doctor, when he was given the role of Superintendent of Hyeminseo. In flashback, we see Im’s hopeful face as he waited every year to be appointed palace healer, despite so many others telling him he was too lowly for the role. Im narrates, “Is it so wrong that I am twisted now? What about the incident from two years ago?”

Jun’s demeanor is kindly as he warns Yeon-kyung that Im is a good doctor, and the world needs him, but he has been hurt very badly by the world. When Yeon-kyung asks why Jun is telling her all this, he answers that her fate is intertwined with Im’s already, and that with Yeon-kyung’s help, Jun hopes that Im may be returned to the right path.

Alone in jail, Im’s thoughts turn again to Jun’s cryptic words about the needle bag. The lightbulb goes off in Im’s head as realizes the needle bag was there the whole time. As Im pulls the bag out, it briefly glows with its new cracks as if in confirmation, and he grinds out, “It was you.”

A guard halts any further revelations with the announcement that Im should get ready to travel in the morning—he will be transferred to the dangerous Chungchung Province, which is recovering from a Japanese attack. The guard unlocks the door to step aside and reveal Doo-chil, who is warned that Im must be returned by the morning.

Im tremulously follows Doo-chil as Jun’s bodyguard lurks out of sight, both trying to prepare for the fight they can see coming. Doo-chil whirls violently around… only to fall to his knees and beg for Im’s help.

Outside Jun’s house, Yeon-kyung is shocked to learn from Mak-gae that the mysterious man she met is the famous physician Heo Jun. The two exchange idle talk as they make their way to Im, at least until Yeon-kyung gets more personal and admits that she always wondered why Mak-gae wears man’s clothes (because Mak-gae is quite clearly a girl).

Mak-gae defensively answers that of course it’s because she is a man, but deflates at Yeon-kyung’s skeptical look. Mak-gae admits that Im is the only person in the world who knows that she is a woman, and he has kept the secret for her. Secrets revealed, the two walk away in companionable silence.

In Doo-chil’s room, his brother Ddak-sae lies bloody and half-dead on the bed, beaten because the master was angry with him for stealing a piece of fruit. Im refuses Doo-chil’s pleas of help as he says that Ddak-sae will be killed if he is treated without his master’s permission. Angered, Doo-chil grabs a sword from the wall and spits that he really will kill Im this time if Ddak-sae dies. Despite the threat to his life, Im is staunch in his refusal.

Doo-chil breaks down in sobs as he admits that he sent Ddak-sae alone to run errands, and it’s really his fault his brother was punished because he left him to pursue Im. Doo-chil cries that everyone treated Ddak-sae as less than human because his brain didn’t work the same way, adding that he can’t let his brother die that way.

Where threats were ineffective, Im is moved by Doo-chil’s heartfelt confession, and he remembers Yeon-kyung saying that patients don’t require qualifications. Decision made, Im informs a grateful Doo-chil he will use insert a needle into Ddak-sae’s head, which will release the qi to help the wounds heal faster, and will draw the pus out of Ddak-sae’s bloated stomach.

Outside the walls, Mak-gae realizes what is happening and begins to fret about what will happen if Im is caught, just like the “incident” two years ago. Confused, Yeon-kyung presses Mak-gae to tell her what happened two years ago.

As we see Im treat Ddak-sae’s wounds, Mak-gae narrates that Im used to be a doctor who refused to treat lords and officials if he could, but he never turned away a slave and would treat them in secret at night.

In flashback, we see Im treating an old woman who had fallen sick (accompanied by Mak-gae dressed in woman’s clothing). Mak-gae narrates that this slave’s master didn’t want her to be treated, and upon finding out that Im had treated her, the master had Im and the old woman savagely beaten. Im survived, but the old woman did not.

Mak-gae’s narration continues as she says that the slave’s daughter wanted revenge on the master—and in flashback, we see Mak-gae (the slave’s daughter) walking resolutely towards the master’s house with a knife in hand. But Im had stopped her, and saved her life in the process.

Back inside the room, Im finishes treating Ddak-sae. Doo-chil tells Im that even though he saved Ddak-sae, Doo-chil won’t forget what happened to his mother, and one day he will definitely, definitely… repay Im’s kindness somehow. Ddak-sae wakes up to an overjoyed Doo-chil, who promises his brother he is going to live, and Im tearfully smiles at the reunion.

The happy moment is destroyed by the door being ripped open to reveal the brothers’ incensed master, the minister of war. The three men are dragged into the middle of the courtyard, and the minister sneers that Im has some nerve to treat Ddak-sae without permission, when Im is just a common criminal. The Minister cuttingly asks if Im thought he was better than that because of his skill as a doctor—didn’t he ever realize he was just a dog who ate the scraps his masters gave him?

The minister orders Ddak-sae killed for the arrogance of Im’s belief in his own skill as a doctor. Ddak-sae is rolled into a rug and cruelly beaten, his feeble cries for Doo-chil to save him fading as the beating goes on longer. Doo-chil frantically offers to take Ddak-sae’s place and begs for his brother’s life, but the cold-blooded minister refuses to spare Ddak-sae.

Im watches in silence, but with growing bleakness as Ddak-sae gets weaker and eventually dies before their eyes. And then, he begins to cry as Yeon-kyung watches in horror.

Blinded by rage, Doo-chil rushes to attack the minister with a bellow of fury. The guards beat him down before he can reach his target, but the minister proclaims that if Doo-chil wishes to die, that wish will be granted. The guards start to kick Doo-chil as he lies defenseless on the ground.

Distraught, Im finally speaks, begging the Minister to stop. Im cries that he is not worthy of mercy and agrees that he really is just a dog eating the master’s scraps, but he asks for forgiveness. Prostrate, Im grovels that he is less than a dog or a pig, and he will die many times over to satisfy the minister’s anger. But, Im pleads, “It would only dirty your hands to kill the lowly like us. Please spare our lives.”

Yeon-kyung watches the shocking scene with tears running down her face as Im even presses his forehead to the ground over and over, completely abandoning his dignity to please the minister and save Doo-chil.

The minister scoffs that he thought Im was too smart to do all this to save a lowly life, and orders Im to be taken back to prison. It’s mixed news for Doo-chil though—the minister decides that he should be locked up for a few days with no water, and if Doo-chil is still alive after that, his life might be spared.

Im is dragged back to jail, his expression completely blank, leaving a tearful Yeon-kyung alone.

 
COMMENTS

Oof, what a heartbreaking end.

More specifically, poor Heo Im, getting punished like that again just when he was making tentative steps back to being the great doctor he was before the “incident” two years ago. I think we could always see the glimmers who Im really was, so it makes complete sense to me that he would be the type of Robin Hood figure who ducks out of treating officials and never refuses slaves or servants. Im’s current motivations are more complex and more texpertly thought out than I was expecting, and I certainly can’t fault his reaction to the situation. He wasn’t always a mercenary doctor, he was forced to become that way through circumstance, and even then, he did a pretty bad job at it.

In fact, given the context of Joseon society, I’m more impressed that Im ever wanted to be a selfless doctor in the first place. A small part of me even wants Im’s unrepentant greed to be rewarded, which will allow him to treat whichever patients he wishes to without fear of reprisal. Nevertheless, I know that Im’s greed is a reaction to the trauma he sustained, and it certainly didn’t seem to make him happy in the two years that he relentlessly pursued it in Joseon—and it’s actively putting him in danger in Seoul. So it was really beautiful to see Im take the courage that was beaten out of him to treat Ddak-sae and to believe in himself as a doctor again, especially because it was inspired by Yeon-kyung’s powerful speech about only doctors needing qualifications, not patients.

That ending, though. It was absolutely vicious, and even though I knew something awful was coming, I still couldn’t believe it when Ddak-sae was actually killed. The only way for Im to truly save anyone in that scenario was to sacrifice his dignity, which was difficult to watch, but I’m more scared of the expression on his face as he was being dragged away from Ddak-sae’s lifeless body. It felt like we were watching Im’s spirit being broken. It really struck me that Im’s sad words about Joseon not allowing doctors to treat everyone as patients were more prescient than I wanted them to be.

Which is why I’m so glad the Yeon-kyung is there with him, and has finally seen how brutal Joseon really is. I’m sure she understood it intellectually, but seeing Ddak-sae beaten to death for daring to be treated and Im grovelling for Doo-chil’s life will give her a much more visceral reaction. Hopefully this gives her a different perspective on Im’s desire to protect himself with status and wealth, and it can’t come a moment too soon, because I’m fairly sure that Im is never going to want to try being a good doctor again. It will take all of Yeon-kyung’s encouragement to get him back on that right path again, if she even can. Preferably at a safe distance in Seoul.

Speaking of the time travel, I actually really love that both of our leads are jumping back and forth. It’s an unusual twist for time travel stories, which typically focus on only one traveler, and adds just enough freshness to the genre to keep me on my toes. The show has a slightly looser approach to how often they travel as well, which gives both leads a nice amount of time to really understand how the other half lives. We’ve only just started to play around with the consequences of time travel, but between Heo Jun’s cryptic hints and Grandpa’s obvious experience, I’m looking forward to how the story unfolds. Particularly with Yeon-kyung, I’m not sure if she will be able to hold her tongue and not protect all these innocent people from the invading Japanese army, which could cause some serious time shenanigans.

One thing I really loved about Im and Yeon-kyung’s interactions this episode is that it showed them working as a team, and that they are now on equal footing. Even in the small moments—like when Im hid Yeon-kyung from view as she was treating the little boy’s knee even as he disapproved of the risk she was taking—Im and Yeon-kyung turn to each other for support. I tend to be wary of stories that involve a character being “saved” by the power of love, but that isn’t what is happening here at all. Im’s respect for Yeon-kyung’s work is separate from his attraction to her, and should be, because she is both very good at her job and has the right priorities for a doctor. Let’s hope it’s enough.

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My heart was torn by Heo Im's expression as he was dragged away by the War Minister's men. Like something in him died..

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That ending was ? and we're left hanging for week to find out what happens to Im and how they managed to return to the present based on the preview.

Yeon-kyung flipping opinions of him might finally come to an end after seeing what happened to him in Joseon.

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I laughed at the rock solution for speedy return to the present time line ..very simple lol but like @helcat commented, i had tears at the end for the senseless deaths , beatings and injustices galore that Im had to endure . When he sees that hospital director i hope he gets a chance to use his longest needle on the prick to pay back for the Joseon beating.

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Damn.. what an episode..Cried while watching this episode.
The show was so funny and charming . And then this episode just kinda pulled the rug from under you and showed the realities of slaves at that time who were treated worse than animals.

And.. wow Kim Nam Gil is such a good actor !! At one moment he can moment he can make you laugh out loud and the 2nd he can make you cry.

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I just remembered why I love King Nam Gil, he can make you laugh with his silliness and then cry like nobody's business when it comes to dramatic scenes. I felt so bad for him during the ending scene when he was groveling in front of the minister T_T

I hope Yeon-Kyung will be less harsh to him now and understand where Heo Im is coming from when he says that not every dying patient can be saved in this time period.

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"King Nam Gil" ? I wonder if it's a typo or you had purposely typed it that way. I would have to agree with that nickname tho ;)

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LOL, it's a typo but it suits him. Can't believe I missed that. Must be my excitement for this show :)

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Sigh. What a heartbreaking end! It doesn't get any easier to read even tho I've already watched it. ?

I'm finally up to date on the episodes and hope this week's ones will be filled with less angst and more hilarious skin ship between our leads- is it just me or did Heo Im look like his brain had imploded from all the touching and jumping all over him that Yeon Kyung was doing when she wanted to ensure she would go back to Seoul with him? ??? normally females wouldn't even dare touch him and here she is launching herself into his embrace and backhugging him and holding his hand. Love his flabbergasted reaction! ?

Rest of my thoughts are here- no medicap this time, there wasn't much medicine, but I'm not complaining! Skinship for the win! ?

https://mydramalesslife.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/live-up-to-your-name-dr-heo-episode-7-and-8-thoughts-and-more-thoughts/

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"More than a lesson to Heo Im, I think it was a lesson to Yeon Kyung to never judge someone hastily and to never forget that it is easy to do good when you are in a position of privilege, but it a different matter when your nose is to the ground and someone has shattered your self worth and is gleefully reminding you of your lack of worth."

This is my favorite part of your very lovely and informative essay, michykdrama. Gotta love that Hippocratic Oath.

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Thanks bbstl ❤️

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What I love about these two doctors are they're always ready with their stuffs: Im with his accupunctures needles and YK with her first aids, needles, etc in her bag. To be honest, I'm quite impressed with YK.

So, both of she and Im are really ready to help people anywhere....

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I am a little bit unsure what to feel about Yeon Kyung's first aid in her bag. I mean, the bag looks not too big to contain all of those things. She even has antibiotic/analgesic injection ampoule (plus there might be water for injection as a solvent).

As a pharmacist myself, I always had to wonder about the medicine stability considering that she brings it to anywhere. What about the heat outside the room? Or the fact that she runs and bumps into whatever around her. But then again, it's a drama.. I'll just consume the fun as a k-drama fan girl :)

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- really SUPER LOVE AND LUAGHED SO MUCH at the scene where Yeon-Kyung is about bash Im's head with a rock and so forth.
- now i really have hunched Heo Jun could be Yeon-Kyung's dad?
- that sad ending though....i saw the EPISODE 9 PREVIEW OH MY GAD ITS HEARTBREAKING ME ALREADY
- i hope Heo Jun tells everything....i hope THE SOONER THE BETTER
- oh my gad i just realized WE GOT 8 EPISODES LEFT....i searched the net how many episodes the drama has its only 16 episodes T_T
- i hope that Japanese Soldier/captain they save will try prevent the war they intend to do in 15 days (though we can't change history in the REAL WORLD)

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I was laughing and then crying like an insane girl at my house while watching this episode. What a ride.. Kim Nam Gil Oppa, thanks for coming back to dramaland :)

I guess next episode we'll see a more serious and brooding side from Heo Im, though I wish the angst won't be staying for too long..

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What an emotional roller coaster ride in this episode. I had so much laugh in the beginning, especially when Yeon Kyung attempted to kill Heo Im just to go back to present timeline, then at the end, the show gives me so much emotional and heartbreaking to see how Heo Im begged the Minister to spare his life and the servant's life. Oh God, it's so heartbreaking.

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Mak-Gae's story broke my heart.

Heo Im kneeling and grovelling, his pride in shreds.The screen blurs and I realize I am crying.

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Ooof, that ending T_T. That look on Im's face, as if they've finally broken his spirit.

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What an episode! It gave us everything, plus some more. I love how this show can bring out both the laughter and the tears. Just a couple hours left until we get the next episode, finally! That felt like forever. Both KNG and KAJ are doing justice to their roles (especially KNG this episode). I wouldn't have traded either of them for someone else.

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This episode made me understand what Im meant by his statement last episode that he will become a doctor who will be happy and glad when he saves a life.

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I was waiting for the recap on this episode for days. By the time the recap arrived, I have forgotten what to say. Kim Nam Gil again broke my heart ten ways to Sunday but his acting is ❤️.

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Waah, I was crying so hard in this episode. Such a heartbreaking.
I love u somuch Kim Nam Gil, u are truly amazing actor.
I hope they can sing an OST for this Drama. Both of them Kim Nam Gil and Kim Ah Joong have great voice.
Really perfect couple ^^

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wanna share the 3rd OST is out on youtube!

Beauty Queen The Barberettes (바버렛츠)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJNK2TEKVYQ

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This song is great! Upbeat and funky.

I actually like every OST song from this drama.
All of them are soooo good. :D

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This show just keeps exceeding my expectations. And I can't remember the last time a single episode of any drama left me almost numb/speechless and just overwhelmed at the stark reality of life during that era of Korean history. The performances by all the actors was incredible.

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I know right. Most historical dramas focus on people who are some sort of royalty. It was refreshing to see another perspective, complete with the reminder that living day to day was a thing most people dealt with, if they weren't royalty.

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I can't believe the hateful thugs from before can wrench my heart like that, huhuhu, feel so helplessly sad for Doo-chil and Ddak-sae. Must be crazy traumatic for a doctor like Im to brought about death instead of health to his patients, and to have it happened to him twice is just, I can't even...
After the ending I just replayed the "sweetly morbid moment" scene for some LOLs, the sound effects made everything double funny!

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I'm veery, veery confused by the storyline as it stands now. We have Heo Jun repeatedly denying Im's requests to join the royal physicians (and it seems to be over a period of years), to teach him how to be a good doctor (I don't know how blocking downtrodden people's advancements just because you can is supposed to teach them not to be angry with the world and butter, but whatevs)..... But the lnms&tbm we have Mak Gae also telling us that Im was a skilled, un-jaded doctor who cared for the poor, and eschewed the ruling class as often as he could. So........ What lesson was Heo Jun trying to teach here? And why's he acting all supercilious when *his* actions are despicable? I am very confused and annoyed. Am I missing something? Because this "lesson" that Im is supposed to learn is what has brought us here

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I'm hoping Heo Jun is also going to be learning a lesson. His condescending advice might seem alright in Joseon but I would love to see him getting blamed for the fact that he had a part in warping Im's growth. His conversation with Im made me so angry.

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This episode was one helluva rollercoaster... It brought many viewers to the highs with the laughs then dropped us down back to reality with that last 10 heart wrenching mins. It also dropped a number of great quotes like “It would be very rewarding for doctors if every life they saved belonged to a good person, and went on to live a happy life.”. @helcat 's last para sums up how the 2 leads compliment each other. With the backstory arch done, can PD-nim tune up the romance arch now? Pretty please.. :)

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"can PD-nim tune up the romance arch now?" Yes please!!! I was thinking the same. We're on ep 8 and there's nothing about the romance relationship between them. I only can see a little hint of the starting to like part from both of them, although I really like they didn't throw the first sight love dead fish at us because I hate that. But it's about time to get the romance moving on.

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Man this episode. During the last few minutes, I had to pause and take a breather because I was crying so hard. Poor Ddak-Sae. Poor Doo Chil. ?

Yeon Kyung did need this glimpse into Heo Im's life, heartwrenching as it was. This is the one thing about historical dramas that makes me really sad; the class divides and the lack of agency that is available to no one except rich dudes. And when you see Im in this setting, it's so easy to understand why he loves the modern world so much.

Throughout the episode, I kept thinking, this the episode where they both learn, not only about each other, but also about themselves. Both Yeon Kyung and Im have hidden away the compassionate parts of themselves to cope. Heo Im is not that mercenary as he seems and Yeon Kyung is not that cold.

Je Ha continues to bug me both versions. Grow a spine dude! He's somehow slimier in Joseon.

I love that we got a little glimpse of how Mak Gae came to be in Im's life. On a side note, the boy clothes really suit her, to the extent that I found I jarring when she was dressed like a girl. Can we have more sweet sister like moments between her and Yeon Kyung please. I don't need any rivalry at this point!

I know there were some really interesting moments here plot wise, but as it stands, I'm completely blinded by our leads and just need to know what happens with them, even though it looks like angst galore from the preview!

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Can she take him back to Seoul & hug forever? TTTTT_TTTTT

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The ending of this episode was just devastating and horrific. Poor Yeong Kyung , imagine having to watch someone beaten to death in that manner. I wanted her to be more sympathetic to Im and the restrictions he faces in the society he lives in, but that definitely a shocking way for her to learn. I seem to like this show more in Joseon. It's darker perhaps? And I really want Yeong Kyung to meet her father, as I assume Heo Jun is, though how crazy for her to find out she's related to such a famous historical figure ... Also I love how casually handsy Im and Yeon Kyung are getting, the way they just naturally reach for each others hand, and the way Im quietly brushed his hand against Yeon Kyungs as he drew away from stopping her treatment...

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My only problem in this drama is YK... I don't know if it's because of the acting or just the character but I didn't like the way they are trying to portray her as "strong woman" - don't get me wrong, I do like to see strong women in drams but there's just something with YK's character that annoys me most of the time. It's as if they are trying to make her look like a sassy girl but failed.

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Wow... that was rough

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I just finally got around to watching this episode and wow ..... just like that, from funny to heart wrenchingly cruel in the span of an hour. You felt the desperation, wrapped in powerlessness, at the end.

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Wow, is everybody alive? Thank God i am not consciously in charge of my breathing , because when Ep 9 hour was up i looked at the clock and went ..no way it can’t be ..finished . I really really have to give credit to the director, writer, producer , the whole team of this drama, they are giving us so many soul goodies to work on.

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My eyes swelled up and I didn't know about it... . Such a heartbreaking life of joseon..

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I was waiting so badly for this recap. That end scene was so brutal. Poor Im, that look on his face and when sees at YK there knowing that she saw it all reaaly broke my heart. He had to beg so badly for their lives saying that he is a low life and worths nothing to that minister , putting himself down so he can live while he has spent so mcuh time working hard to climb that social ladder. WOW.

I got to say that when I started this drama I was uncertain about finishing it because sometimes the humor that it handles was a little too much for me, but this episode change it. I love it and I hope it keeps this way, as we seen in the teaser it'll be in a heavier mood, and Im looks affected. He had a tough life and maybe that's why he tried to look happy and goofy, but inside he is pain.

I did some research in Nam Gil and found this movie called No Regret and I was SO shocked by his performance, he got me more interested in this drama because I wanted to see what he could do with Im and now I know! this ep and the teaser ( and I already watched ep 9) show it, because from the movie I could tell he can say a lot without speaking and that final scene was a proof.

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