After all these episodes of Director Park attempting to get Hye-sung fired and kicked out of the hospital, never to be allowed to use a scalpel again, he’s now the only doctor who can save Director Park’s life. Well, the other doctor is Woo-jin, who Director Park also tried to destroy. Ahhhhh, karma — has it ever tasted quite so sweet?
Also sweet is the fact the final episode wraps up some loose ends, and it’s nice to know that everyone is working on a good response plan in case of future earthquakes and other disasters. There may have been pain and suffering these past nineteen episodes, but finally there’s some hope and happiness for our stalwart crew at Mirae Hospital.
In the aftermath of loss, Hye-sung proves his resilience as he faces more of Director Park’s ridiculous antics. It comes as no surprise that our persistent villain tries to get rid of Hye-sung yet again, but his efforts are curtailed this time. The return of electricity marks the return of sanity and honesty, which serves well for the future of our tortured doctor, who I would diagnose as “overworked giant desperately in need of a break and a big hug.” The end is near, my friend. Hang in there.
Do you hate sunshine, puppies, and happiness? Then this is the episode for you! Prepare your hankies, because there’s a lot of snot and tears to deal with as our heroes struggle with the pain of potentially losing someone near and dear. At least there’s only one more week left and then we (and everyone else at Mirae Hospital) will be put out of our misery. Figuratively speaking, I hope. But you never know with this show.
Duty calls, but it’s never easy to volunteer your life. It seems that Captain Choi’s looming sacrifice is an inevitable deed, as there’s no one more qualified for the job than him. The great power imbalance of handling this disaster comes into play, and we see that the real people saving lives don’t hold the power to make the pivotal decisions. What makes the job of a doctor and firefighter so respectable — the altruism and dedication — also makes them vulnerable.
To my surprise and utter delight, this show is suddenly found its pace and it’s everything I’ve wanted in the first place for a show that’s about saving lives in the middle of a disaster. Pity that it’s only picking up at a time when most shows end, but considering there’s four more episodes to go after this, perhaps there’s still a chance the show will end on a strong, satisfying (and ultimately entertaining) note instead of the frustrating slog we’ve been enduring the past couple of weeks. We can only hope and put our faith in Ddol-mi.
Director Park continues to lose his sanity, but his fast decline doesn’t faze too many people. It seems that the real doctors in the house don’t care much for his overwhelming greed for power and continue treating patients anyway. They’ve got their own tricks and allies. Though he tries to assert his authority, its effect seems to elicit a shrug at most. But there’s still enjoyment in the small victories and small gestures of friendship. In such a chaotic world — of disaster and politics under an insane man — those smaller interactions matter the most.
For anyone who believes we don’t get enough of Director Park trying to ruin everything, this episode is for you! Wait, is there anyone who believes that? Yeah; didn’t think so. On the bright side, Woo-jin finally realizes just how corrupt the eeeeeeeevil Director Park truly is, and the robot doctor grows a conscious as he decides what’s more important — saving his career or saving a life.
It’s no surprise that Hye-sung returns to do his job, but it’s still a relief. Clearly, DMAT meant and did very little without his willingness and skill to address the worst case scenarios. Heartbroken and overall broken Hye-sung is hard to watch, and though we still see the remnants of the guilt, he’s now making a concerted effort to combat it. Though Hye-sung may believe that he’s simply doing his one job — saving lives — we know that his presence alone is enough to threaten the corrupt individual (monster?) whose greed surmounts any speck of conscience he may have.