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Yong-pal: Episode 5

The Sleeping Beauty awakens thanks to our hero, and while he may not be a storybook prince, he still manages to charm his way into the princess’ good graces. What starts out as a shaky alliance turns into an unlikely friendship between two people who, despite their differing social status, find out they have a lot more in common than anyone would’ve thought. It’s an episode that pushes all the right buttons and establishes character dynamics, making for a show that’s worthy of all the buzz surrounding it.

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EPISODE 5 RECAP

As Yeo-jin hears Tae-hyun fret about his loan from the prison of her mind, she thinks to herself, “I have an additional guard now. And that person possesses a soul that can be bought with money.”

Tae-hyun freezes when he hears the words behind him, “Should I… give you that money?” While in her prison, Yeo-jin thinks, Now, my time is approaching.

While Chae-young’s father and other members of the board conspire to use the courts to break the ban that prevents them from visiting Yeo-jin, Tae-hyun is taken to her room by Chief Lee, who explains that she sometimes has convulsions in the night.

Tae-hyun knows it’s not a convulsion, it’s her building up a resistance to the coma-inducing drug, which takes him into a flashback of how the rest of their conversation had gone.

Clear as a bell and with her eyes wide open, Yeo-jin had asked Tae-hyun if she should give him the money he needs, or whether she should save his sister—making it clear that she’s overheard everything he’s ever said in that room.

Unsure of how to react, Tae-hyun pulled out his phone to dial Chief Lee, but her words stopped him: “If you dial that number, you won’t be able to get the money or save your sister. Think it over carefully and wake me up.” Then she’d gone still and fallen back into her deep sleep.

In the present, Tae-hyun thinks to himself that it’s too risky as he leans over to go through the motions of checking her eyes…

…Only for them to open wide again as she fixes her stare straight on him: “Don’t fight it. In the end, you will wake me.” Tae-hyun reels back, but he must’ve just imagined her speaking, since neither Chief Lee nor Nurse Hwang pick up on it.

Gangster hyungnim Doo-chul shows a surprising amount of restraint when it comes to the nurse who keeps poking him with a needle when she can’t find a viable vein, even though he worries later that she’ll be the reason he dies in this hospital.

When Tae-hyun comes in to confront him over the state of the nurse who just left, Doo-chul acts like it’s totally normal for young nurses to get flustered at the sight of his sexy body, which, hah. But even Tae-hyun points out that Doo-chul doesn’t need to keep staying here—he’s not even sick.

Doo-chul argues to the contrary, though it seems like this hospital stay is more like a retreat for him, since he’s under a lot of stress with so many of his underlings getting arrested. Besides, he has good news for Tae-hyun, and shows him the front-page news story of the Hallyu star who beat his girlfriend getting arrested for gambling.

Tae-hyun wonders why he wants to frame the story and put it on the wall, until he puts two and two together. Doo-chul was behind bringing this kid to justice, which is oddly sweet. I like this ahjusshi.

An urgent text sends Tae-hyun rushing to the ER, where his sister has been brought in. Her doctor tells him that were it not for her father bringing her in quickly, she could’ve succumbed to uremia (urine in the bloodstream), which means her kidneys are failing.

But she’s not out of the woods or ever going to be, since her doctor explains that even if she keeps up with regular dialysis, she can maybe keep going one or two months at the most. Tae-hyun is devastated.

Dad is no help, since he calls Tae-hyun out for looking healthy while his sister is dying. Tae-hyun dispassionately refers to him as “the patient’s guardian” instead of his father and orders him to leave him and his sister in the ward.

In a weak voice, So-hyun asks her oppa to resolve his differences with Dad, since he’ll be his only family after she dies. Tae-hyun won’t stand for her talking like death is a certainty, but both of them know the truth. He has to obey her dying wish, at least.

Tae-hyun has to turn away from her to hide his emotion, though he can’t stop the tears that start streaming down his cheeks as his sister says lovingly, “I was so happy because I met you in this life, Oppa. In the next life, I’ll be born as your noona. I’ll take good care of you then. I’m sorry I couldn’t this time.”

Then, “You did as much as you could. You can stop now.” Oof, it’s just heartbreaking to see Tae-hyun trying so hard not to cry and failing. Even So-hyun has to turn her face away and cry, neither of them wanting to show the other their weakness or pain.

Outside, Dad tells his son that matters of life and death are beyond their control as humans. Tae-hyun tells his father that he sounds like he’s trying to absolve himself of responsibility for his mother’s death.

“I am different from you,” he adds. “I don’t avoid responsibility like a coward. I’m never going to let go of So-hyun.”

Without telling her who the patient is, Tae-hyun put Cynthia in charge of finding out about alternative treatment methods in the United States. She reads an e-mail reply she received in his office, telling him that the patient now has a chance—there’s a surgical procedure that can be done to allow her immune system to accept a transplant.

Plus, they already have a liver which matches her blood type ready there too. “Who am I? I’m Cynthia,” she says proudly. But she’s wholly unprepared when Tae-hyun pulls her into a sudden embrace, so thankful is he that she’s unknowingly given his sister a new lease on life.

She pulls away a little awkwardly after he says thank you over and over again, wondering how much the patient is worth for him to be reacting this way. Of course she sees everything in dollar signs, and to her, the 1.5 million dollars needed just for the initial surgery is a fair price.

But to Tae-hyun, that’s an unattainable sum of money, especially for how much time his sister has left.

Chae-young continues to play her role as Do-joon’s bimbo wife, and because of it, she’s able to overhear that a petition has been filed to grant the board members access to Yeo-jin’s room.

Her husband is not happy to hear about this, and despite his secretary’s best efforts to soothe him by saying that they’ll make sure no judge grants the request, he wants him to tell the hospital director to kill his darling little sister.

His secretary argues that doing so would undo three years of work, and Do-joon responds by throwing a glass at him, which shatters against his forehead. Ouch. He gives his secretary forty-eight hours to make the petition disappear, or he’ll be buried alongside Yeo-jin.

Tae-hyun thinks back to the daring stunts he’s had to pull as Yong-pal, and muses ruefully that even risking his life to save Doo-chul barely paid him anything. He has no way to get the money he needs to keep his sister alive, which is making Yeo-jin’s offer sound more and more impossible to refuse.

In her prison, Yeo-jin hears footsteps approaching and knows that it’s Tae-hyun coming to wake her. Slowly but purposefully, he stems the flow of the coma-inducing medication into her IV.

“It’s been 1,172 days since I’ve been trapped in a glass bottle,” Yeo-jin thinks. “Finally, the moment I’ve been waiting for is near.” As her physical body starts to twitch, the motion sensors are triggered, but Tae-hyun disables them. The blip on her monitor is enough to make Nurse Hwang suspicious, and she starts for Yeo-jin’s room.

But Yeo-jin starts convulsing uncontrollably to the point where Tae-hyun grabs her by the shoulders and yells for her to open her eyes. The moment her eyelids flutter open, the shaking stops, and all goes still.

Nurse Hwang is momentarily delayed from opening the door by a sales call, and it’s weirdly hilarious that she responds to the caller’s “We love you, valued customer” by yelling, “Please, stop loving me!”

But by the time she enters Yeo-jin’s room, the Sleeping Beauty looks as though she hasn’t been disturbed. Nurse Hwang finds Tae-hyun in the corner feigning as though he came into her room just to catch some z’s. He plays it cool, and stops her from reporting him by threatening to do the same with her—Yeo-jin’s most recent suicide attempt happened on her watch, after all.

“You’re pretty good,” Yeo-jin comments after Nurse Hwang storms out. She’s only sad that she couldn’t see the evil woman’s expression because she was feigning sleep. After adjusting her bed so that she’s propped up into a sitting position, Tae-hyun asks, “What do you want from me?”

Yeo-jin sassily returns that she should be asking him that question, seeing as how he spent a week worrying before he granted her request. She can solve his sister’s medical expenses with a cell phone, but she can’t even muster up the strength to lift her hand. Tae-hyun slips it into her fingers instead.

Technology’s changed a lot in three years, and it’s with gritted teeth that Yeo-jin has to ask him how the phone works. Tae-hyun takes it from her to demonstrate and she chastises him for it immediately: “When I ask you something verbally, you answer me verbally.” O-kay, boss lady.

She puts a call in to one of her offshore bank accounts in Switzerland, using French to converse with the banker and access her account. A verbal password is used to verify her identity.

After the transfer is completed, Yeo-jin shows Tae-hyun the certificate of deposit for two million dollars. But he can’t access the funds without a passcode, which she promises to give the day she gets out of the hospital. “Thats fair, isn’t it?” she asks. Tae-hyun nods.

“Keep this in mind,” she advises. “As long as I’m sleeping in here, your sister can’t get treated.” Tae-hyun is at her service.

Nurse Hwang bursts into Chief Lee’s office to complain about Tae-hyun, which results in him getting called in. Chief Lee is surprised when Tae-hyun reveals that he’s known Yeo-jin was in a medically induced coma since he saw her in the OR that fateful night.

However, Chief Lee isn’t mad at him—just the opposite, actually. He hates Nurse Hwang, and is happy that Tae-hyun knocked her down a peg. But he should still be careful around her, Chief Lee warns: “She’s a dangerous woman.”

Nurse Hwang decides to take out her crazy on Yeo-jin instead, and slaps her hard across the cheek. “You sly bitch!” she snarls. “You came onto him first, didn’t you?”

And, like a true psychopath, she immediately acts contrite for hurting her precious living doll by doing her makeup and hair in the most unstable way possible—like she’s just one breath away from putting down that lipstick and smothering Yeo-jin to death.

Chae-young walks in on one of the board members’ meetings, a dangerous move since she’s working as a spy, but one she sees as necessary. She tells them to cancel the injunction they’ve filed, or else Do-joon will have Yeo-jin killed.

President Go finds it unlikely that Do-joon would do that and throw Yeo-jin’s stocks away in the process, but Chae-young suspects that there has to be a reason superseding that for Do-joon to take the risk even if she doesn’t know what it is.

Chae-young dismisses everyone else, even her father, so she can have a private (and tense) talk with President Go. It’s clear that neither likes the other since Chae-young knows President Go has his own agenda, but she won’t tolerate him pursuing it if it puts them and Yeo-jin in danger.

Per Yeo-jin’s orders, Tae-hyun has secretly halved the dosage of her coma-inducing medication. She’ll be more aware now, but she has to be careful not to get caught.

Yeo-jin has to work really hard just to be able to move even one hand, which sets off the motion sensors. Nurse Hwang gets the alert and goes in to check, finding nothing.

Every time she returns to her desk the alert goes off again, but every time she checks on Yeo-jin, she’s still. Hah. I kind of hope she’s doing this just to make Nurse Hwang’s life miserable.

Once she’s alone with her father, Chae-young tells him that they should strike first against the other board members, who likely won’t cancel the injunction. Her father is hesitant about becoming enemies with President Go, but Chae-young is sure that if they can just get their hands on Yeo-jin…

Her father points out that she’s talking about Yeo-jin like she’s a thing. And even if they got her, why would she cooperate with them? Chae-young plans on using her the same way Do-joon has been using her, but her father doesn’t know anything about Yeo-jin’s coma.

President Go has already got Chae-young’s number though, and hires a scar-faced gangster to hunt her down and get rid of her. Uh oh.

Yeo-jin continues to work on building just enough muscle strength to move her hand, and this time, the alert comes to an already frazzled Nurse Hwang while she’s on the toilet.

It’s darkly funny that this is finally what breaks her, as she marches into Yeo-jin’s room and starts smashing things, accusing Yeo-jin of messing with her on purpose. Tae-hyun physically restrains her before Chief Lee can restore order to the situation.

Nurse Hwang claims something’s wrong with the monitoring system, but Chief Lee still orders her to switch shifts with Tae-hyun so he’ll take night duty. Tae-hyun looks intently at Yeo-jin as Nurse Hwang storms out angrily, and sees the ghost of a smile tug at her lips.

In private, Tae-hyun seems dismissive of Yeo-jin’s claims that Nurse Hwang is an actual crazy person, since it’s because of her extensive care that Yeo-jin is free from bedsores. She took better care of Yeo-jin than she did for herself.

“Like her doll,” Yeo-jin adds bitterly. “If you knew what kind of things that woman did to me, you would faint.” Tae-hyun doesn’t believe her, which rankles her—she’s never had anyone talk to her in the cavalier tone he uses. I love that Tae-hyun’s all, Get used to it, this is just how I talk.

She accuses him of having no manners, and they go back and forth like that until Yeo-jin reminds him, “Don’t forget the fact that I am the only person who can save your sister.”

Tae-hyun nods, but adds, “You also shouldn’t forget that I’m the only boat that can take you to the outside world. And this boat is not a cruise ship.” Haha. That’s possibly one of the greatest lines of kdrama dialogue ever.

While Nurse Hwang starts tweaking outside the hospital, Tae-hyun relays the rest of what he knows to Yeo-jin, like how Chae-young wants to meet with her. When all that’s done he gets up to leave, only for Yeo-jin to ask him not to leave.

Since she can’t give him a reason to stay, Tae-hyun proceeds to turn off the lights, which she also seems desperate to stop. She doesn’t want to be left in the dark—she’s been there long enough.

He takes pity on her and parks himself on the side of her bed to keep her company, unaware that Nurse Hwang is literally losing her mind outside. It’s almost as though she senses something wrong with Yeo-jin, which is what strengthens her resolve to go back in.

They talk more casually now, with Tae-hyun reading into her reaction and guessing that she doesn’t like Chae-young. It’s not that, Yeo-jin says, and at least she’s figured out that Chae-young’s not on her brother’s side because she wouldn’t be looking for her if she was.

But Chae-young’s father, who was once loyal to her father, is too weak to oppose Do-joon alone. So she guesses that Chae-young wants to see her because living with someone she doesn’t love isn’t enough to fulfill her greed.

Remembering how Do-joon talked about the people lined up to see her, Yeo-jin tasks Tae-hyun with finding them, since they can become allies in the fight against her brother. Tae-hyun remembers that her brother sent some would-be visitors away, but he doesn’t know who they were.

Yeo-jin uses his phone to pull up a picture of President Go, but since she fussed at him for taking the phone last time, Tae-hyun leans over her to take a look at the picture. She becomes acutely aware of the close proximity, and when it becomes too much, she tells him to hold it himself.

But Tae-hyun just turns his head up to her, his face inches from hers. He seems unaware of the tension as he says matter-of-factly that she’ll get mad if he takes it from her, before saying he does recognize the man in the picture.

Yeo-jin guesses that President Go must have been trying to see her this whole time, and remembers that he and her brother have an acrimonious relationship at best. Tae-hyun remembers them saying something about filing an injunction to be able to come see her, but Yeo-jin doubts that they actually went through with it.

“If they did… I wouldn’t be alive right now,” she says ominously. Tae-hyun tries to lighten the mood by asking if there’s anyone else she misses that he can bring to her, only for her to drag it back down: “They’re all dead. Everyone I loved. Because they loved me.”

He tries again, asking instead what she wants to do when she gets out of here. Again she answers darkly, “I will destroy this place. Along with the people who locked me up.” Well, there has to be something she wants to eat that he can get her, right?

With tears in her eyes, Yeo-jin says the only thing she wants to eat is her mother’s fermented soybean stew. That actually gets past Tae-hyun’s devil-may-care veneer, since he says that’s a dead (sorry) giveaway that she lost her mother.

His own eyes get glassy as he says this, because in his dream, his mother made him soybean stew too, and that’s why he knows she’s the same as him. Yeo-jin, similarly, says he’s given away that he doesn’t have a mother either.

Tae-hyun then asks if she has any friends, and quickly surmises from Yeo-jin giving a very diplomatic and long answer that she has none. She bristles and says she does too, but when she tries to list business associates and old school buddies, Tae-hyun chokes back a well-meaning laugh.

If she could move, she would probably be smoothing her clothes indignantly as she fires back, “So you have lots of friends then?” He says he has none, since growing up dirt poor only garnered pity. He’s not torn up about it or anything, and asks her if she’ll grand him another wish.

She practically huffs as she says they’ve already made their deal, but Tae-hyun says that in the stories, the person who releases the genie gets three wishes. When he finally convinces her to just hear him out, he tells her his wish in banmal: “Let’s be friends.” Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

I love how she’s all, “What? Friends?” And he’s just like, “Yeah, friends. Neither of us have any.” Well, if she’s going to agree, she has to know how old he is to decide their hierarchy, right? Wrong. He claims age is just a number—and besides, he’s naturally predisposed to like rich and powerful people. “So let’s be friends!”

Yeo-jin scoffs at his shamelessness, and makes sure to mention how lucky he is to land a rich friend like her. “Okay, then, we’re friends now,” she declares.

Neither of them notice that Nurse Hwang has snuck into the entranceway, and she stays out of sight as she watches Yeo-jin up and talking with Tae-hyun in horror.

He wants to start rehabilitation work with her, which she initially says no to—she can do all of that when she’s restored to her rightful place. “If you can’t walk up to the throne, you can’t sit there either,” Tae-hyun notes sagely.

Then he smiles down at her, “Today, I found a reason to return you to the throne.”

 
COMMENTS

I can’t remember the last time an on-screen friendship was this exciting and electric, and while we can point to chemistry or actor likability as intangible factors, the show actually engineered the episode to get us on board with these characters. And man, does it do its job when it comes to showing us—not telling, which is a huge problem for most dramas—who these people are as people. Even if some of those people, like Nurse Hwang, are certifiable lunatics.

It would’ve been easy for Yeo-jin to be just be a walking talking trope with clear-cut character attributes practically written on her forehead, but it’s so much more satisfying as a viewer to watch how Tae-hyun’s perception of her morphed and changed through this episode as he got to know her better. It’s so rare to see two characters spend this much time just talking to each other for such an extended period of time, because it affords us a chance to form and change our own perceptions of them as well.

Which all goes to say that it was actually a lot of fun watching Tae-hyun ask Yeo-jin whatever popped into his mind, and to watch her ice princess veneer melt in the face of him just being his earnest and slightly (but lovably) derpy self. I especially loved how he evened the scales pretty quickly between them, since hearing Yeo-jin mention how she’s the only thing standing lying between his sister and certain death would’ve gotten old quickly. Yes, she’s got the money to lord over him, but without him, she’d still be locked in that water well of imagination. I’d call it a pretty even trade for now.

And what’s great about it is that Tae-hyun, who never opens up to anybody, actually seemed to enjoy the time he spent with her as it wore on. He already got what he wanted out of the deal, and could’ve just kept his distance until Yeo-jin was freed, which makes his friendship wish that much more adorable and sincere. I guess there could be a hidden motive somewhere in there, but I would honestly be surprised if that turned out to be the case—Tae-hyun’s a quick thinker, but he’s not some money-hungry manipulator. Yeo-jin has enough of those in her life already.

Plus, it’s kind of fun watching a girl who’s used to only hearing yes-men come up against someone who treats her as an equal. I like that Tae-hyun didn’t even let her use the age crutch to define their friendship, preferring to keep them on more even terms instead. But being friends instead of begrudging business partners carries with it a lot of responsibilities, and methinks Yeo-jin is going to find herself grateful for a friend like Tae-hyun when the shit Nurse Hwang didn’t get to take because of her really hits the fan.

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Awesome Drama & Episode!

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Joo Won is love ❤️

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Agree!

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Joo Won is hot too!

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It def is an awesome drama! I can't help but laugh at the email that was sent to Shinshia (Cynthia) about the alternative treatments for TH's sister. I paused and read the email and I ended up scratching my head. It was an email from John Hopkins and the English was terrible. lol...

Anyhooo... ahhh I love how TH and Ice Princess are slowly becoming friends. Although I can't help but think that a woman who's been in a medically induced coma can have the freshest breath ever. Did Nurse Hwang give her enough dental care?

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I find Shinshia's random English phrases really funny too! If I were KTH, I'd be like we get it, you're from America.

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She actually IS from America - She was born in Boston.

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Yea her english is really good! I just find the integration funny haha

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She's held onto the accent pretty well, too (generic American, not Bostonian - though that would've been hilarious!). It's only with longer phrases that the edges start getting a little blurred. But that happens to anyone who moves abroad, my accent fuzzed as well.

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Heh, I did the same thing. I think it's from "John Hospital" or something, and it was a pretty weird read. Which is a shame since Cynthia's accent is bang-on and implies that she too would read that and go "...eh?"

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Ha so did I! There were soooo many errors! If ur going to do it, do it right guys! They should have let Stephanie proof read that b4 airing it. BUT too bad, they don't pay her enuff for those services lol. They really should have let a fluent speaker handle that. Idk wat they did.

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Woke up for the first time in years and talking to her first friend whom she makes after three years!!!!! And the very first thing happens to them is being caught by the nurse.......

Is this for REALLLLLL??????

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Let's suspend our belief~ Though to be honest if you think about it, it's probably the first time in three years that Nurse Hwang has been told to take a night off I assume. If that's the case with her paranoia/crazyness/obsession I'm not suprised she would go back and have a peek at Sleeping Princess.

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You have to remember that Nurse Hwang doesn't trust TH at all.It's no surprise that she'll be extra paranoid and suspicious now that she was replaced by TH to take care of her 'doll.'

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The tension was nail-bitingly great tho wasn't it?! I loved that shot where they're just casually taking and TH/YP has his arms folded facing YJ. The nurse FLIPPED! :)

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It's been a while since I watched such a good drama. Usually I'm not that fond of Joo Won but he is doing an excellent job and I like the fact that the story progress smoothly not in a rush like most of Kdramas. The talking scene between two lead was very well processed and played.

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Squee!! This episode is so awesome and I love how exciting things are getting. I've reached the point where this show is a definite must-watch although I'm so busy with uni and extra curriculars XD

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It really is a must-watch isn't it? I could ttly see my self binging this were the eps out already. Uni hasn't started for me yet. But I do hav 2nd yr orientation nxt Wednsday :(

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I didn't expect to like this drama, but I did. And apparently, so did the Korean viewers with its continuously rising ratings.

I love it! I love the fast pacing, as well as the budding friendship between the two leads. Despite them only having met each other this episode, the friendship/partnership seemed to have developed naturally. I'm optimistically hoping for the writing and acting to be good throughout the series. *fingers crossed*

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Yes, been refreshing forever after watched this episode yesterday night! :)

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Love the pace of this drama and Joo Won is going up fast in my list of favorite actors :3

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I love Joo Won in this role, to be honest. He gets to show so many sides of him it's awesome to watch.
I'm finding myself deeper and deeper invested in this drama.
All the other characters are great too.

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Thank God I found another drama that I can get addicted to after OMG ends. Yongpal's seriously such aan amazing drama!! Ep 5 was great but ep 6 tops it all! Just 6 episodes in and so many things already happened. I hope it doesn't lose its pacing and charm. Yongpal fighting!

PS. Joowon is the best! He is seriously carrying most of the scenes. Props to him! Also KTH's acting is good so far. Idk why so many people are hating on her. Give her a break!

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Same here! The emotional beats in ep 6 were well done and the action was GAHH! I just can't predict what's on the table for nxt wk. This is the joy of watching shws while they're airing.

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That brother sister moment!!! I just couldn't control my tears like Joo won :( I really wish they won't kill the sweet little sister:)

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I cried buckets! that scene is so heartbreaking, especially the part when the young sister said she'll be his noona in the next life.

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I was getting Mask-vibes after knowing this show is a 20-eps melo. But this episode was fun. No typical pity from yeo-jin and start of a new friendship. But nurse Hwang...

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haha same here. I have been getting Mask vibes from the start too. From Yeo jin's father to Cynthia's dress. Haha I'm just glad that Yong- pal succeeded Mask caused I love these two shows.

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But here everything happens so fast. It can be YFAS of this year

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Me too, the over-the-top scenes remind me of Mask. So I'm really really hoping it won't turn into Mask 2.0 and crumble in the end.

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Yes. I agree. It can be great or just pain. Pace is good but i am still not into it fully(yet). Bad drama withdrawal- Tae-hyun=Lee Hyun and Do-joon=Joon Young.!

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HeadsNo2, you wrote the best recap I have read so far of this episode.

I love what you said about the drama showing the characters and not just telling or shoving it down our throats. I was not expecting Tae Hyun and Yeo Jin to sizzle so quickly since there's nothing that spells romance yet. But I really like how the drama established their friendship and liking for each other despite the weird symbiotic relationship that binds them.

I think Kim Tae Hee played her part very well. I hope less people will hate on her just because it's fashionable.

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I caved in and started watching this episode argh dramaland you are just too addictive! KTH is just too pretty, no wonder Nurse Hwang goes crazy for her, though I do wish they would stop with the half fading lipstick style. It makes her look like half her lips were done fully.

I loved how they handled the conversation scenes, they never appeared boring to me. In fact they were the scenes which I looked forward to the most. I wonder if it's because Yeo-Jin's room is so secured that Tae-hyun just naturally relaxes while talking to her. Well that and the fact both of them have this rebellious spark so it's bringing out a interesting dynamic.

When Chae-young was talking to President Go I realised in the background they were playing the beginning of Vivaldi - Summer, at the same time Chae-young was wearing a yellow dress. I'm not too into music but I do wonder if there is a strong correlation between the two, and the plot. Maybe a foreshadowing into Chae-young's role regarding Yeo-Jin? I mean they could've just had silence or something else, but the music started playing once Chae-young entered the scene. Or maybe I'm just being paranoid and thinking in too deep, anybody with more music knowledge could help.

I do love the music selection in the last few episodes, especially during Tae-hyun and Yeo-Jin's conversation, very subtle but contributes to the atmosphere well.

Thanks for the recap!

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Oooh sounds interesting, what is this correlation between Vivaldi Summer and CY's role wrt Yeo Jin?

I agree about the music, it does add to the atmosphere. Not something to be taken for granted since I have experienced some really jarring ones in dramas that take you out of the moment.

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In wiki this is all I found about summer ""Summer" evokes a thunderstorm in its final movement, which is why the movement is often called "Storm" (as noted in the list of derivative works)."

So I was thinking more towards the direction of firey passion, or burning, a spark. Could Chae-young be the one who provides Yeo-jin with the support to start her revenge? Yunno get the ball rolling sort of thing. The classical piece also provided a classy feel to Chae-young & President Go's meeting as well.

Lol omg I'm reminded of the beginning of Scholar who walks the night.

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I have watched ep 6 but won't spoil it for readers here.

All I can say is that I am still not certain about Chae Young. I really like that Yeo Jin is not some dumb heiress. If she had not been sedated, she would be a formidable player in the corporate world if she chose to be.

Yeah, it's sad about SWWTN. Some saeguks have beautiful music.

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Yh @SS. As the shw progresses its getting harder to knw who to trust. The stakes are getting higher and everyone I mean EVERYONE wants to have sum leverage over the leading man. I remember watching Viki and sum1 commented "Wow He's so in demand!" or sumthing like that. Well, u got that right.

So our leads have another thing in common: everyone wants to use them in this power game. This is why they need to pull together.

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Chae-Young seems to be equally as bad as her husband tbh. Luckily she got married to Ye-jin's brother early so Ye-Jin knows about her. It'd be weird if while she was asleep he got married and Ye-Jin has never seen her face before.

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I'm liking this alot since im looking for mask and I remember you replacements.
Worried that is too soon for loony nurse to know the truth.

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Thanks for the recaps HeadsNo2! ☺Can't wait for Yeo Jin to get out of the hospital with the help of Yong Pal ?

Poor Yeo Jin being treated like a thing. Hang in there! Kekeke~

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Nurse Hwang is seriously creeping me out. She needs to get her brain checked or something. But it was amusing to watch her get so stressed out whenever she receives a warning message on her phone and then only to find YoungAe still completely in a coma. Good job, girl! Hahahaha

Gangster ahjusshi is so funny. Cynthia is cool and is showing she still cares enough to return to the hospital. Plus what she did to TaeHyun for his sister's total recovery is very nice of her. I hope they remain good friends and she doesn't develop any romantic feelings for him because!!!!!

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I love Nurse Hwang, it's like she's in her own totally different show - a horror film or psychological thriller. And she's so unhinged that you genuinely don't know what she's going to do next.

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Heheheh! We lost Lee Hyun but we get psycho Nursey. She may (hopefully) play a bigger role somewhere down the line to throw everyone's plans off tangent or something! ")

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I would love if she barely teams up with anyone, just has this weird parallel story where she's obsessed with Young Ae and keeps following her own bizarre agenda. That way everyone has to account for the political grandmasters, but also the unhinged medical professional flitting round the edges.

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Oh, that's brilliant!

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Nurse Hwang is seriously crazier than IRY joon young..maybe in the past she lost her own child or sister or has a deprived childhood so she treats Yeo Jin as her personal doll. Yong Pal is right. She took care of Yeo Jin very well. I kept looking at YJ's hair - no grease. How does she clean up YJ so well?

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We could speculate but really why is she so obsessed with YoungAe? Or almost possessive of her? Remember when she slapped her? I want to know their history and I wish the show won't deprive us of that. Uhm, should we talk about this on ep6? LOL

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I love this drama.
I love the recap and comments here in dramabeans especially by HeadsNo2.
I love Joowon.
I love Tae Hee.
This drama is just different. It is not perfect but it is really good. Unpredictable
Thank you!

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Can I say how much I love Doo chul Ahjusshi? For a gangster, he is so tame and reminds me of this big, huggable teddy bear!

For a comatose patient, Yeo Jin is certainly very good at dishing out her revenge. Watching Nurse Hwang go crazy was oddly satisfying.

I have always felt that Chae Young has her own agenda for Yeo Jin, and this episode proves that I'm right. I wonder if either Chae Young or Chairman Go can be trusted.

I like that there are many strong women in this drama. Even Young Ae, in a coma is not weak. But the coolest of them all is Cynthia, she's like..ninja cool. LOL.

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Doo Chul is my favorite character! I'm looking forward to him and Yeo Jin teaming up.

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Oops - I meant to write Yong Ae instead of Yeo Jin.

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Nevermind - losing my mind! :-) Keep Yeo Jin in the original comment.

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Understood :-). They are basically one and the same person, after all.

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Do chul ahjussi really look like my daddy. Even my children mistook him as their grandpa. Hahahaha

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Soooooo good!!! OMG! The first time I read the plot of this drama, I was not so excited about it but now I am so hooked! I love the Sleeping Beauty theme and the creepy touches of this drama (yes so many creepy people in this drama but they are so good I love them). So far it's done well although editing could still be improved.

Joowon, as always, is so good! Finally, Yeojin is awake. I did love all the imagery and the silent moments between them but I've been waiting for their interactions and finally it's here! I love the random conversation.

I must say that I am loving how Kim Tae hee portrays Yeojin. I've heard a lot about her acting not being good but so far she is doing well. She managed to convey her feelings well and I was so happy to see her smile and laugh for a bit during the conversation with Taehyun. I am loving the tension between and the budding friendship. There is something there and I cannot wait to see it develop.

I hope show will not kill the little sister. That scene between them was heartbreaking.

I cannot believe that we are only 5 episodes in and they've already been caught by Nurse Hwang! What's next??!! What will happen. This drama keeps on surprising us with revelations we do not expect like the Chief finding out that he's Yongpal but now we know why that must happen. I cannot wait for what will happen next now that creepy nurse knows!

Ugh! Show, please do not lose steam. You're doing well so far. The rise in ratings is crazy! Continue being awesome.

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Why do I feel that Chief Lee isn't as evil as I thought he would've been? I came into this show wondering when Woongin was gonna give Joowon hell- instead, it's just been him playing around with Taehyun's Yongpal persona and not much beyond being the run-of-the-mill powerhungry doctor-cum-reluctant guardian of this maverick doctor Taehyun, lmao. I'm really enjoying this show, but it's just a minor thing I wanted to point out.

Please have a Woongin turnaround, those are always grand.

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I really thought he would have been an outright cookie cut-out villain again but he's nt so easy to define like that. He's clearly very conflicted abt this whole thing with YJ. He's caught in their web of games so its nt easy to get out. I hope he developes into an ally later but don't hold ur breath.

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Nurse Hwang is crazy!

And gets crazier in episode 6!

Loving this drama

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This drama is freaking good....!!

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Thank you for the recap, HeadsNo2! I am a Joo Won fan since Gaksital and boy, does this guy deliver! I cried buckets with Tae-hyun when he was talking to his sister.

Although I'm not a fan of medical dramas as one could cringe seeing errors in procedures or as simple as using the stethoscope, those are all forgiven and forgotten because of the superb acting, it's unbelievable. I believe in the characters probably because of the acting or the writing or probably the directing or maybe the combination of everything.

The lunatic nurse? I absolutely buy that! When she suddenly slapped poor Yeo-jin, I was dumbfounded! I mean goodness, I honestly think she's the scariest of them all! It was also amazing to see how her calm facade was slowly breaking until she finally snapped! Well, who wouldn't go crazy over the darn motion sensors that just wouldn't stop? But the crazy going crazy? Well, how crazy is that? That sure was fun but scary as hell.

I love the bantering between the newfound friends. I am loving them now! So cute! I like Kim Tae-hee here. Her character has spunk, even when physically weak. Tae-hyun and Yeo-jin click for me.

I find Cynthia distracting, maybe because I'm always staring at her clothes or at her flats or low-heel shoes that just so perfectly fit her. I like her character so far, but I really don't trust her.

All in all, this show is daebak!

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Mmmm. I love Cynthia as well, but I don't really think she's one of the good guys. Time will tell if I'm wrong or right.

I'm just so glad that a kdrama can provide a female character that is sexy, bad ass and very smart, without turning her into a number one villain.

She's super hot!

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I find Cynthia distracting as well! Like you, I find myself looking at her outfits and shoes. I keep thinking: does she need heels? Does she need to glide slower? She is gorgeous and I love her gait. It's just that I feel something is off.

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Same here re: Kim Tae Hee. Im liking her quite a bit here. I wasn't really digging her role in My Princess (that's wat it was called right?!). Imho it was forgettable. Her acting has improved since then.

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First time to watch Joo Won.....and i'm loving it! Will search for his earlier works.

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Agree with Lei - - also, Dramabeans Editors’ Pick for Best Drama and Best Directing for 2012 was Gaksital and their pick for Best Actor was Joo won.

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He was rather charming in Cantabile Tomorrow as well.

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Yes – loved his portrayal in Cantabile Tomorrow.

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Try to watch Gaksital first. It's really an epic.

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I would recommend Good Doctor first.

It's ironic because he was also a doctor in there but you will see a very different character.

When Joo Won signed up for Yong Pal, many detractors were putting him down for taking another doctor role. Typecast and boring, they said. I didn't get their logic. In any case, Joo Won is not just versatile, he gets into his character very well too.

If you do end up catching most of his dramas, you will not see Joo Won, you will see him as the character he's playing.

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So do I SS. Good docter was AMAZING! Great acting, great cast, great characters etc. It was my first Joo Won drama and I was soo impressed by him, he made it on the top of my fave actors list ABOVE JI SUNG! I like Cantabile but tastes differ on that.

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Agree – I was so impressed with Joo won’s portrayal in Good Doctor and his co-stars were too as Joo Sang Wook early on told Joo won to mention him when he receives an award.
I especially loved the first episode of Good Doctor, his portrayal was so compelling and different from what I was expecting.

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Kyah~! You should try watching Gaksital. It's the first Joo Won drama I've watched, and my goodness, such an awesomely badass drama it was!

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Waiting for the next recap! I love the dialogue between brother and sister (Joo won made me cry again) and the exchange between KimTae-hyun and Han Yeo-jin (I so agree with HeadsNo2’s comments about their friendship and how the show is showing us who the characters are as people – it is so refreshing).
I love this drama for having so many smart, intelligent characters, especially the leads and so many good-looking actors in the show (from Joo won, Kim Tae- hee, Stephanie Lee, Jo Hyun-jae and Chae Jung-an). I’m so happy Joo won got this role.

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My favorite part is Taehyun-Yeojin conversations. They have the same sass and it's naturally done. YJ doesn't want to be alone so she holds TH from leaving, giving more time for them to talk. And they find out that they're like each other more than they thought they are. They don't have friends, and miss their mom's soy bean stew. I luuurv the development!
Okay, I'm saving my ranting for ep 6. It's seriously one heck of an episode.

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I really enjoy their scenes too. When they're together they don't have to pretend to be cold and aloof. They're just real together. They knw wat they want from eachother but hav unexpectedly found friendship too. In time, they may be each other's weakness.

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"In time, they may be each other’s weakness." so true. At first I was okay if this drama was solely action-packed, revenge scheming stuffs but from the moment the main leads met I was sold. I love their relationship development, from strangers who have a deal to an unlikely friendship. to me TH already started caring for YJ more than he should be if it was only for money. which make them falling for each other later much more believable and heart-trenching, when, like you said, they become each other weakness and those bad guys will surely use it against them.

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@ Camille, Ran

I love Camille's comment - ending up as each other's weaknesses. Currently YongPal's sister is his greatest weaknesses. Whatever he did, lowering his dignity and caving to many unethical jobs, are the things he did for his sister. So indeed for someone so singularly focused on his sister, he has taken on a surprising move, to befriend YJ. Whether it stemmed from his initial curiosity about this mysterious Young Ae, shocking encounter with her near suicide, empathy with her unjustly imprisonment, he finally met someone who is no less tragic than him - she is poor - poor little rich girl. Plenty of money but powerless. And heiress but a prisoner.

And hearing this beautiful tragic heiress talking about revenge, world without loved ones, he probably found the reason to befriend her and to rescue her, coz he wouldn't abandon someone in need like the way his mother was discarded. Poor, powerless and prisoner to her dark fate, she is kindred soul to him though she has yet to recognize it yet...

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I like the fact that Yeojin is smart, n not just a princess in distress. Obviously she knows enough abt Nurse Hwang's compulsive nature such that she could do what she did to drive her to the edge, and thus get Taehyun to substitute her in the nite. She knows how to push Taehyun's buttons to get him to agree to help her.
My fave dialogue in this show - when nurse Hwang told the bank lady not to love her! That scene really cracked me up.

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Omg... Joo Won is amazing...liked this drama very much...congrats to Joo Won...

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I miss joo won on 1n2d. His real life self is so cute!

I am a doctor but I don't use my brain cells when watching dramas, especially medical dramas. Who says they have to make sense? It's probably better that the medical part doesn't make sense.

Nurse hwang is seriously creepy!

This is the only drama I am watching with no fast forward now, since I remember you. I think the ratings = quality in this case. Scholar seems boring since a few episodes ago. Same old same old.

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@Kles
I applaud your attitude and ability to watch medical dramas without letting the 'flaws' affect you. I hope they give you a few smiles and good laughs instead! :)

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You can start off with the ever-awesome Gaksital! Then Good Doctor, Ojakgyo Brothers and Baker King. Although some of his other dramas did not do too well in ratings or plot, like Tomorrow Cantabile and Level 7 Civil Servant, he still managed to get something out of it to improve his craft. Happy watching and subsequently falling for him! Hihi!

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Wow nurse hwang is so crazy, it's creepy. Loving the chemistry between the two beautiful leads!!

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Oopppss this was in reply to kinamare!

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The chemistry is palpable! They were just talking, but i could feel the tension. I am not a fan of Joo Won though I did read everywhere that he's a good actor. While Kim Tae Hee, I liked her since Stairway To Heaven, juat because she's so unbelievably gorgeous. So I watched this drama feeling neutral, and it's rge directing of the first episode that hooked me up. However, by the fifth episode, I am glad that Joo Won is Tae Hyun and Kim Tae Hee is Yeo Jin. I totally believed in their portrayal, they totally became one with their characters.

Though I wish to see more interactions between Yeo Jin and her brother. Because damn they made such pretty siblings. Sorry, I am just a fan of Jo Hyun Jae and I would like to see more of his drive and motivation. Prior to the accident, they were lovely siblings, I'd hate it if his drive in doing such cruel thing to her sister was just money and inheritance. I need to see more dimensions of Han Do Joon, because Jo Hyun Jae deserves it.

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Thrilling! Revelation after revelation hurries the drama along! It definitely is not dragging! I'm on my wits end waiting for the next episodes! Joo Won and Tae Hee's chemistry works really well! The first two episodes where Tae Hee just lays there had me thinking, gee she's getting a lot of money for that--is she gonna lay there for most of the drama? But am enjoying their banter and equal footing. They need each other and have to work together!

There's no one else to trust. Each person has an agenda! Cynthia and Chae Yon, are falling into Tae Hyun's charms. I hope neither will destroy Yong Pal or Yeo Jin. These two ladies have power enough to destroy others but hopefully not our leads.

Nurse Hwang's deeds just shows how anyone is this drama is capable of being evil! No one can be trusted. That twelfth floor is full of it-evilness even though it's suppose to be a haven.

Thanks HeadsNo2, I hope this drama continues this rhythm. quick and definitely nor boring!

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Is it just me or is anybody else having trouble using the reply function? Sorry for the misplaced replies!

Anyway, thanks for the recap HeadsNo2! I really loved the conversations between Yeo Jin and Tae Hyun! It's refreshing to see them sass each other out, not letting one fully control the other, eventually find common things between them and start this unlikely friendship.

Joo Won is so amazingly awesome when it comes to crying scenes. He can do soooo many types of crying and make your heart bleed for him. He fleshes out his character really well that you end up emphatizing with him, whether he's playing the hero or the villain. That scene with his sister is so heart breaking! The quiver in his mouth and the welling of tears in his eyes when he was trying so hard to be strong in front of her and not to cry just broke my heart! Idk what we will see when show decides to kill of his sister. If that happens, though. I really am not sure. It's so hard to predict this show which makes it so good!

Kim Tae Hee is doing fine and I am glad that she's proving all her detractors wrong.

There's so many stories to tell of the other characters and I'm hoping we get to see that unfold later on. Like whether Chief Lee is just that or was he once like our Yongpal? Chae Young is another character I still don't quite get who she supports. I think we learned some stuff on creepy nurse Hwang this episode, and that crazy, creepy nurse Hwang could get even crazier! Don't go too crazy nurse Hwang. I still am waiting for your showdown with Nurse Ahjumma!

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For the reply button to work if you are on a mobile unit, you'll need to load the desktop version. The reply button often doesn't work on the mobile version on this site for some reason.

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Yep as @Adal put it. Just change the format to desktop view. That fixed my problem. Just use the settings 'button' on ur device and that'll give u a list of options. Click desktop view and the page will refresh to hw a dramabeans page wud look on a desktop. Shud fix ur problem.

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Ok! Got it! Let me do a test @Adal and @Camille W

I also noticed you can't see all the comments when it is in mobile view. Thanks for the tip to switch to desktop view!

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This was a very good every episode with lots of moments and beautiful catch phrases... and ep6 was a crazy train but in good way XD
Thanks for the great recap!

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I don't see why some people criticize Kim Tae Hee's acting! Lying down or sitting down on a bed requires acting too! She can't lie or sit any way she wants. She can't lie there or fall asleep even while her eyes are closed. She still needs to act that out and in my opinion that's harder because she has to act with so little movement. I love the way she holds her gaze.. and she manages to communicate with just her eyes and her face. She doesn't move or say much but she's drawing me into her character already. When she struggles to move or use the phone.. and even a simple movement like opening her eyelids. I can tell every movement has a purpose.

I hope Joo Won and the rest of the cast and crew manages to steal some rest. He is looking so tired and it's only episode 5/6!!! I heard they are in live shoot mode already :( please let him rest so he can carry out through the rest of the drama!

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IKR? Why are ppl getting on her case abt that? Ppl will find watever they can to criticise. She's doing wat her role demands. It isnt her choice to lie there. Its the writer's decision. I think she's doing well. Maybe sum knetzers were antsy bc they wanted to see the two characters meet up. It had been 4 eps, afterall.

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Thank you for the recap. That last line was golden!

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Omg! This episode was daebak!!!

Like most commentators on here, I thoroughly enjoyed this episode! I especially loved the interactions between Tae Hyun and Yeo Jin! Their bantering was just so adorable. They seemed so natural with each other and the way they talked to each other made it seem like they've known each other for years. I loved how he asked to be friends. It just seemed so genuine and sweet. I wonder what the third wish will be. Lovers? ? Hehe! I don't know about you guys, but I certainly feel the overflowing chemistry between the two leads! I can't wait to see how their relationship will develop.

Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee are truly doing an exceptional job portraying their roles! As well as all the other characters in the drama! Nurse Hwang is seriously one of the creepiest character in the history of Korean Dramas. I literally got goosebumps when she was putting make up on Yeo Jin and started humming.

I like how the drama only gives us bits and pieces of each character and we don't fully know their motives yet. I have no idea who to trust and it only makes for a more thrilling ride because every character seems to have a hidden agenda. I really love how the drama is coming together and just hope the intensity stays!

I'm fine with a 4 episode extention as long as it is packed with bad assery and cute moments between the leads! Yong Pal fighting! ?

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Thanks very much Heads! I'm hoping that you're on a good streak recapping this show. :)

I mentioned this in OT as well, but I found Episode 5 still in set up mode, positioning everyone for Ep 6 (is my guess). I would have like to have been given more backstory or more personality of some of our many characters, most of whom seem to be quite instrumental in pushing the plot any which way. There's so much being prepared, so much going on, so many agendas to be set in motion or already in motion... however I'd like to know more about the people with those agendas. There are so many people to keep track of ... Chae Young, Cynthia, Do Joon, President Go, Chief Lee ... until we know about them, what they choose to do is totally unpredictable. I'd like to start to get to know them now so that by the end of 20 episodes, I might see if they are the same or have changed.

What I liked was the moments of heart and comedy with Mob Boss Doo Chul and how Tae Hyun was so at home with him. On the whole, the show is kind of serious, even sad and could do with any bit of lightheartedness (added in organically). I found Nurse Hwang's crazy a little too dark to be haha funny, but Doo Chul with Tae Hyun was cute.

I hope that now we've been introduced to dear, disliked dad, that he will not just disappear. Tae Hyun has a lot of scars that may not be healed over properly and one of them is his hatred for the man who beat his mum. I will really applaud this show if it allows a decent resolution with dad and some family life for Tae Hyun with or without his sister.

Here's looking forward to more of the unpredictable, the heartfelt and the warmth of having new friends.

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I don't think ep 6 will give you the answers you are looking for. Watching live without subs made me swear and watching with subs had me rewinding to make sure my theory is tight. That's how mind blowing it is.

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I am cool with that!

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Hi GB!

You DO like your characters! :-)

With so many characters, I doubt they'll be able to develop all of them in only 20 episodes. Just for fun: If you had to choose 5 and only 5 characters to know a lot more about - which would they be and why and what?

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Wow! hardwork required at this time of night! The reasons for wanting to know are about the same for each. I'd want to see if there was a growth arc. I'm assuming we will get to know lots more about our OTP so I'm leaving them out of the 5.

1) Chae Young - I like the character of Chae Young. I'd like to know what it is she wants for her dad that she's willing to pretend to be a bimbo for years... surely since she and Yeo Jin knew each other before, she must have had a facade up long before marriage. She seems pretty smart and all but why does she confront and warn President Go that she does not trust him. I thought it would have been better to keep it from him rather than raise his guard further. And now she's made herself a target. So not that smart afterall?

2) Chief Lee - The way he's been portrayed makes me think that he's something of a tragic figure. He may have been opportunistic and found himself trapped, the way TH now finds himself trapped. I'd like to know if there might be reasons why he regrets what he has, whether these may explain if he decides to help or hinder TH in the future.

3) Cynthia - She's just too 'perfect'. With her international exposure, great English and attitude, she should be more than a manager of a VIP 'Lounge' so to speak. How is she related to the people she is working with, that makes her loyal. What will make her a real friend of TH's or is she not capable of being friends because she has something up her sleeve?

4) Do Joon - Did he pretend to care for his step sister all along? Why did he agree to marry Chae Young? I didn't catch what he is keeping Yeo Jin alive for, her shares or something? Also I'd like to know if the car chase that killed Yeo Jin's fiance and almost killed her was not so innocent/accidental, and if Do Joon had taken the opportunity to off a competitor and rival.

5) Chief Nurse 'Ahjumma' - I want to know how far her regard for TH goes and if all else fails, she will be that pillar of strength, wisdom and comfort for him.

Phew! Assignment submitted! :D

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I'm so surprised you didn't choose Doo-Chul! I'm pretty sure we'll get his back story in any case, though.

Chae Young: I think there is a decided possibility that she will become the uber villain in all this. She's got that delightful fake out quality about her. And think about how much of a boss she was when she walked into that meeting. I'm impressed.

Chief Lee: Playing tragic figure would go against the type he was portrayed as initially - there could be a fake out concept for this character as well. He did say something really interesting at one point: something like "Be careful of Nurse Hwang, she's dangerous." I wonder what makes her dangerous... And how she got her job... Now, she's a character that's worth knowing the back story for! All that crazy and danger can't mean nothing - and she's clearly on no one's side.... Weird, right?

Cynthia: Well, Cynthia's a plant. I very high end one. She also said she's being paid. What does she need the money for? I don't think she aligned with these people for a reason other than that. Btw - her flawless English slays me! :-) It really makes everyone else's mispronunciations in Kdramaland really stand out.

Do Joon: I think it was established that he was faking it with his sister all along. I guess he married Chae Young before the sister was out of the picture. Remember she had power back then and Chae Young's father was her vassal.

Chief Nurse 'Ahjumma': Soon to be part of the Scooby Team. I mean, if Healer wasn't using her after he retired, she clearly needed another support staff for missions role.

Which brings me to my picks for this drama's likely Scooby team: I vote for Kim Tae-Hyun, Han Yeo-Jin, Doo-Chul, Man-Sik, head nurse, a few of the residents, and Detective Kim. I put a maybe on Cynthia, Nurse Song and Park Tae-Yong.

For the anti Scooby team: Chae Young as the head. All the other obvious players. And the maybes Cynthia, Nurse Song and Park Tae-Yong.

One thing to note about Nurse Song - she used to work on the 12th floor. What does she know? Why was she transferred? Is she a spy?

And what's the role for Chief General Surgeon Shin? He had a fair amount of set up... .

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Suddenly, I feel like I shud put my answer to this 'assignment' too just well, bc I enjoy this shw. Im including some otp into intriguing characters so far tho.

Chief Lee - this guy is an interesting character bc he's nt black and white. He gets conflicted and he seems to genuinely care (some may disagree) for YP as something of an apprentice. I want to knw hw he got into all this scheming and power play, hw he'll handle his guily conscience in his alone time and iF he can redeem himself later down.

Chae Young - This lady intrigues me sooo! I like that she's smarter than given credit for. I want to knw what she really wants (is she really acting in YJ's best interest or what?). She doesn't seem like the type of hav some really dark agenda, tho YJ commented that she's greedy. I can't help but wonder if YJ is simply judging wrongly or if it's an insight on the writer's part. I hope she's a trustworthy ally.

Yeo Jin - I feel like she knws alot of things that we have yet to learn. Her backstory for me doesn't feelcompleted. I wonder if there's more to her story than we knw, like some sabotaging by her dad or brother that lead to her fiance's demise. She was very torn up abt it saying ever1 who loved her died and whatnot. I think there's more to her story (obviously).

Do Joon -myreasons are pretty much the same w him. I want to learn more of his motivation so I can make more sense of the character and at least understand him. Why did he become like this? Was he always like this? Did he even care 4 YJ?

Nurse Hwang -She's acted very well. She's crazy and im oddly entertained by that. She so crazy sometimes its comical. I remember in the nxt ep hw she was *spoiler* screaming abtthe directer wanting to hurt his own sister. I was like, huh? Then the director ordered the security to cover her mouth. *spoiler*. Did she really go crazy bc she cared for this patient for 3 yrs? There has to be more to that right? Or not. Idk why but I think we might see her again somewhere. She's too nuts nt to return.

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Chief Nurse: I like how you put it. Next Healer assignment. Though it's different KBS to SBS.

Chae Young: I like her too. I think she's a wild card. She genuinely cares for her dad. And I think she and her dad have some sort of mandate from Yeo Jin's dad to protect his daughter's welfare by tying up their interests as well - which is why they seemed desperate to keep her alive as opposed to the other camps.

Nurse Song was in 12th floor? I must have missed the dialogue or scene on that part....

Do Joon: I don't get him. Just because of wealth and power, he is willing to kill his half-sibling? He doesn't seem to live in the same room with his wife as she goes in and out of the mansion even at nights. Which husband would tolerate that?

Do Joon's sec: I pity that guy. Still remember the assassin-secretary to Moon Shik (in Healer)?

Yong Pal: He has a natural born instinct for intrigues than an average doctor. His quick response to Nurse Hwang on the verge of getting caught. And his quick up take on Yeo Jin's vulnerability and fear. For a poor boy, he is not naive to the world's complexities and ploys of the players beyond his social circle. I'd say he is the man for Yeo Jin.

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I can't remember the last time I have a drama where there are side characters who are really interesting.

At this moment, I am most intrigued by Chae Young, Chief Lee and Cynthia. So far, they have caught my interest and as you said, I would really like to know more about them and their motivations.

Now that you mentioned Mob Boss Doo Chul, this guy has more than a wisecrack every episode. If you read closer, there's truth beneath the humor.

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@SS
The side characters that I want to see return are Doo Chul, Nurse Hwang and of course Chief Nurse Ahjumma. I hope they get more of a role to play to add a little twist to the plots of the various, assorted bad guys. :)

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Hey GB!

I agree abt ep 5 feeling like it was still in set up mode. Phew! Thought i was alone in that. That's why initially I had thought the ep slow and kinda uneventful. BUT when I rewatched it I really appreciated the time given to our leads to just INTERACT. Really enjoyed that scene. But as u noted GB, its time for us to earn these ppl's motives. Im still looking for more character development in Do Joon. Hopefully writer-nim doesn't put that on the back burner like in Mask, where the villain's motive was just underwhelming.

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@Camille W

Yes, that's true ... I really dislike the build up to great reveals which are not great or revealing. False advertising is a lie!!!! :D

Yes, please, let's have nice, consistent character development somewhere... maybe as Susan says, we can't have all the characters I mentioned developed, but just the 3-4 main ones who are supposed to tug at our hearts, you know?

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Can't wait for next week!!!

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I'm wondering if that liver for Tae Hyun's sister is still inside the donor, since they only last less than a day outside a body as a transplant organ! :-)

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LOL! Same thought occurred to me. What do they mean they have a suitable liver?

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I guess you can donate part of your liver - but what an awkward conversation!!

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for 2 million bucks...where do I sign?
Seriously messed up, this drama makes organ trafficking sound less of a big deal than it is.

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And where did they come up with that $2 million figure - that is awful high even for a heart transplant.

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I wonder how much organ trafficking is the in the US.

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Yes, it is a fact that you can donate part of your liver. Unlike organs like kidney and heart, liver can be donated in part. In fact, the donor's liver regenerate itself in weeks.

In the previous episode, Tae Hyun mentioned that he had donated part of his liver to So Hyun but her immunity system rejected it.

The email which Cynthia received from John Hopkins(LOL!) had such bad English that I can't be sure if I am understanding it correctly. But from what I can infer, they are not talking about organ transplant. rather it's about transforming her immunity system, whatever that means :D

I think by going through such a procedure, she can then accept a liver transplant. Otherwise, she will reject it again.

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Yep, yep. That's my understanding, too!

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Like SS said, you can donate liver in parts. For the skyrocketing fees, I think it's to modify Sohyun's immune system so she will not reject the donor later on. That, plus the ttansplantation itself, will result in a very high number. Not sure if it actually reaches 2,000,000 or not.

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I'm not sure medical reality is what they're going for in this show, but do you want me to find out? I'm vaguely curious....

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Nurse Hwang's relationship with Yeo Jin is definitely personal, there's more to it that Murderer Brother assigned her to look after her. But man, she gives me the chills. hehe. Very curious about what she'll do next. I actually was surprised she could see the inside of the room from the outside, that glass door should prevent anyone from seeing YJ. JS.

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Nurse Hwang is crazier than IRY joon young.
I have no complaints about KTH's acting. She's doing fine and internet trolls are just being jealous of her and her paychecks.
And Joo Won is very likable in this role. What's not to like? He's smart, articulate and down to earth at the same time. He is playing one of the most well grounded roles in kdramas. Not the typical cold hearted chaebol heir or a depressed poor fella. It's nice to see he has such a sensible head on his shoulders and I hope he can outsmart the cunning and evil players in this whole mess..,

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sometimes yeo jin eerily have similiar vibe with moon chae won in nice guy, or is it just me?

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Hi five :)

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this drama show is just like a real live action anime >.< hahaha I am liking it!!!!!!!!!!!!! MORE MORE!!!!!!!!!!!! its not boring!

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I m obssesd with yong pal ,joo won is really killing it.It is getting more and more interesting best drama of2015

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Joo Won's acting gives me chills~ He's just always amazing me with his acting and the lead couple's chemistry is amazing. It's been a while since he's been in a "sexy"role since Gaksital. I hope the drama keeps it's pace

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