283

Descended From the Sun: Episode 4

The aftermath of conflict can be as dangerous as the conflict itself, as Shi-jin knows and Mo-yeon is about to discover. As a doctor she’s used to making decisions based on one thing only — saving her patient’s life — but out here in a war zone those decisions can affect people in unexpected, and often unwanted, ways. Mo-yeon can’t just think of her own wishes anymore, and that’s going to be a painful lesson for her to learn.

EPISODE 4 RECAP

With the Abu Dhabi prince dying on the table, Mo-yeon swearing she can save him, and the prince’s people and Shi-jin’s commanding officer, ordering him to stand down, Shi-jin has to make a fast decision. Unwilling to let the man die and Mo-yeon take the blame, he confirms that she can save him, and pulls his gun.

Every weapon in the room comes out, and the President’s man tells Mo-yeon one more time to get her hands off him. At the same time, Shi-jin tells his men that the safety of the doctors and their patient are their top priority. The men form a line in front of the medical team, and Shi-jin gives them permission to fire if necessary.

The President’s man says to Shi-jin carefully that he’d better know what he’s doing. With a gun inches from his face, Shi-jin returns that he’ll protect what he needs to protect. The medical team start to wheel the patient to the operating room, with Shi-jin and his men shifting their line as they go. It’s a tense moment, but Shi-jin turns to watch Mo-yeon just as she steps out of sight.

The word goes out to Lieutenant General Yoon, Mo-yeon’s boss, Director Han, and their respective teams, and everyone is of differing opinions on whether Mo-yeon is doing the right thing. If she saves the patient she’ll be a hero — but if he dies, it could mean war.

Mo-yeon prepares to begin surgery, while Shi-jin and his men maintain tense aim at the President’s men. They can all hear their commander Lieutenant Kwak yelling at them through their coms, but not one of them moves a muscle to answer.

To make things even worse, Special Forces teams descend on the base prepared for combat. Lieutenant Kwak growls to anyone who can hear to order Shi-jin to stop the operation or he’ll shoot them all personally, but still, nobody moves.

Mo-yeon notices a previous surgery scar on the patient’s abdomen that wasn’t noted on his chart, which just makes this surgery even more dangerous. But Mo-yeon declares that as doctors they must do what they can to save their patient, and makes the first cut.

The doctors are forced to make decisions based on what evidence they find inside the patient, and things are complicated by the amount of surgical scar tissue in the patient’s abdomen. His blood pressure drops and Sang-hyun suggests they just stop the bleeding and close him up, but Mo-yeon isn’t interested in taking the easy route.

They stop the bleeding just as the President’s doctor arrives, and he declares the surgery a success — once the President wakes up. He tells Mo-yeon that she still has cause to worry, but she counters that if she’d focused on worrying instead of acting, they’d have a dead body on their hands right now.

She fiercely stands up to the angry doctor, though as soon as he leaves the room, she flops to the ground in exhaustion. Chi-hoon asks what will happen if the President dies, and Sang-hyun deadpans that they’ll have an aneurysm case report… and a slight change in world history.

Lieutenant General Yoon meets with the hospital bigwigs, where they discuss the results of the surgery. Even though the surgery went well, they need to prepare some sort of diplomatic statement, and the person in charge will be disciplined. That means Shi-jin, so Yoon is not happy about it, but he makes the call.

He’s connected directly to Dae-young, and orders him to detain Shi-jin to the barracks for insubordination. He softens enough to tell Dae-young that they did the right thing, but an order is an order. Shi-jin knows just from his men’s faces what’s happening — he hands over his gun, and Dae-young officially dismisses him from duty. Shi-jin even respectfully switches to English to tell the Arab leader that he’s not taking off, he’s been… summoned.

Chi-hoon and the nurses sit to eat, and Min-ji worries that she counted the gauze wrong after surgery — they didn’t leave one inside the patient, did they? The older nurse, Ja-ae, picks up on her panic and starts to worry, too.

Shi-jin is detained in a storage room, which is where Lieutenant Kwak comes for him. Shi-jin apologizes for his insubordination, but Kwak is too furious to accept, especially to see such a promising soldier ruin his career. Shi-jin finally meets Kwak’s eyes at that, and tells him that he has no regrets, and will take full responsibility.

Mo-yeon wants to talk to Shi-jin, but first Lieutenant Kwak demands to speak to her. He sneers at her confidence when she tells him that she made sound medical decisions, unimpressed with her fame. He tells her that she just single-handedly ruined Shi-jin’s career — even if things go well, he’ll never be promoted again, and if the President dies, he’ll rot in prison. He does ask her to make sure the patient wakes, since the least they can do now is save their own careers.

Dae-young assumes his transfer is delayed, since he’s now the officer in charge of the unit, but Lieutenant Kwak disabuses him of that notion and orders him to proceed as planned. He adds that, if anyone in Korea asks, Shi-jin offered to take full responsibility.

Dae-young tells Shi-jin that he’s leaving, but Shi-jin declines to hear his report since he’s no longer in charge. Dae-young says, with respect written all over his face, that every decision Shi-jin made today was right and justified, and honorable.

Dae-young lets Mo-yeon know that she has ten minutes to see Shi-jin, and she stands outside the door to speak with him. She apologizes, though he says it’s not necessary, and tells Shi-jin that the patient is still sleeping. Ha, he jokes that she has too many men to worry about — she should stop flirting and just worry about him.

His bravado only makes Mo-yeon well up with tears, and he continues that he realized that she was right before, that she looks sexy in the operating room. Mo-yeon asks why he backed her up like that, and he reminds her of his rule that the elderly, children, and beautiful women must be protected. Today he protected an old man, and a beauty.

He tells Mo-yeon that she was brave, and that starts her crying in earnest. She asks if he needs anything, and he jokes again that he’d like some explosives. He was fine, but now he really wants to break out because of her.

Before she leaves, Mo-yeon passes a mosquito coil to Shi-jin through the vent, saying that he might need it. He thanks her, and doesn’t mention that he’s in a supply room with hundreds of them. Aww, that’s terribly sweet.

The President begins to wake, and practically the entire camp slumps in relief. His own doctor takes control and he’s airlifted out, and the leader of the men nods thanks to Mo-yeon as the helicopter takes off.

Staff Sergeant Choi, who was left in charge, calls Dae-young in Korea to update him. Sweet Ki-bum cries into the phone at Dae-young for leaving him without saying goodbye, and Dae-young tells him that he left a dictionary to help him study for his GED.

Dae-young runs into Myung-joo unexpectedly on the tarmac, and his face goes intensely blank like it does wherever she’s concerned. She asks if he’s running away again, and when he starts his formal report, she slaps his face, hard. He looks at her for just a moment, then carefully trains his eyes past her again and finishes.

With a shaking voice, Myung-joo tells him to say it’s a tactical retreat, or to tell her to wait, or that he’ll do whatever he can to come back. She punctuates her words with thumps to his chest that don’t even faze him, and he simply tells her to watch out for the bugs.

She grabs his wrist when he starts to walk past her, and instead of shaking her off, he uses the leverage to pull her in for a one-armed hug. Myung-joo shakily asks what this means, and Dae-young simply says to take care of herself. He salutes and walks away, while she yells after him, “Why hug me? Why touch me? Take ownership of your actions!”

She keeps yelling as he goes, that he said seeing her makes him sad and he’s so nice to other women, so “why not to me?” Oof, everything about this scene just kills me.

We flash back to the wedding they crashed together, when Myung-joo had asked Dae-young how much he loved this woman… you know, just so she knows exactly how much revenge will be needed. He said that he once promised to make her happy, and Myung-joo pointed out that no bride would be happy to have her wedding ruined.

He’d said that you can’t be happy when you have regrets, and Myung-joo figured out that this wasn’t revenge, it’s to give her comfort.

The bride had been pretty well horrified to see him, scared he might talk to her groom, and Myung-joo had waltzed in to link arms with Dae-young and introduce herself as his girlfriend. Dae-young had held Myung-joo’s hand and told the bride that he wouldn’t miss her, so she can go live a happy life.

Over drinks later, Myung-joo made sure to remind Dae-young of his promise to pretend to be her girlfriend in front of Shi-jin. At a later date, she’d been less composed as she complained about a rumor going around that they’re sleeping together. HAHA, caught in her own trap. Myung-joo had asked if Dae-young thought this was funny, and he’d cracked a tiny smile: “It’s not boring.” Oh, I adore him.

Another time skip and more drinks, and Myung-joo is still upset. Dae-young explains that for men, “dating” means sleeping together — it’s not a slight to her honor, it’s just how men think. He’d accidentally slipped and mentioned sex, and Myung-joo crows that he’s the same as all men, one-track mind. Then she makes the same slip, HA.

Another evening, and Dae-young tells her there’s one way to make the rumors stop — turn them into fact. Oh really now? That had earned him a well-deserved beating.

Back in the present, Lieutenant General Yoon is informed of Myung-joo’s arrival in Uruk, as well as Dae-young’s departure. He takes a call from the Blue House with a special request from the Arab League, to make it as if the incident never happened. As for Shi-jin, whether he’s punished or commended is left up to Yoon. He orders Shi-jin released, but that his disciplinary hearing is to proceed as planned.

Shi-jin gives the stink-eye to table hilariously covered in tofu dishes… looks like Chef Ki-bum got a little excited that his Captain was being released, hee. And I love that Shi-jin’s men know him well enough to offer him candy to temper his, well… temper. He thanks them all for their work during the emergency alert, and promises to treat them to barbeque later to make up for all this tofu.

Mo-yeon comes running but stops short at the sight of the entire platoon staring at her, and offers to come back later. Shi-jin wants to talk now and leads her out, but they both grow adorably shy once alone. He breaks the ice with a joke that she really is a real doctor, but Mo-yeon is here to thank him for trusting her.

She admits that she was scared, but Shi-jin says that he’s used to those sorts of situations. He has something else to say, and apologizes for saying that some doctors are only fit for broadcasting.

Mo-yeon allows that he wasn’t wrong, but he gives credit where it’s due — not many doctors would perform life-saving surgery with a gun pointed at them. She asks if they really would have shot her, and Shi-jin’s serious expression is all the answer she needs.

A voice calls out, and they see the men that led the Arabs that night, summoning them to a car. He takes them to meet President Mubarat, who seems to be well on the mend. He thanks them sincerely, and Mo-yeon warns him to avoid stress due to his heart condition. Shi-jin comments that war is easy and peace is difficult, and the President jokes that doctors always nag, and he prefers soldiers.

He gives them a gift — his business card, which they’re told can save them in any situation in which there are Arabs present. Mo-yeon asks for another one, since there are two of them, which makes the President belly-laugh at her cheek. It gets her the second card, though.

Shi-jin takes one card, and immediately cashes it in for the use of the President’s car for the day. He just grins as Mo-yeon whines about the waste of a good get-out-of-jail-free card. He says that they have two hours, and he wants to use it to go on a date. (Mo Yeon: I didn’t say I’d go on a date with you! Shi-jin: I didn’t ask.)

Over drinks, Shi-jin asks Mo-yeon why she became a doctor, but he doesn’t buy her easy answer. She admits that doctors are paid well, saying he can call her materialistic if he wants. But Shi-jin just looks at her searchingly, then asks why she keeps pretending to be a bad person.

She just says that a lot happened after he left, and she’s changed a lot. She says that he doesn’t look any different, and he quips that she should have noticed how much more handsome he got. That makes her smile, and he adds that her smile got prettier, but he’s definitely not joking now. In fact, that was damn intense.

Shi-jin takes a call, and all Mo-yeon hears is that it’s something about the UN. He starts his familiar apology but Mo-yeon cuts him off, and she snaps that their dates always end the same. She asks if she’s not allowed where he’s going… but he says that she’s not prohibited, it’s just that taking her wouldn’t be to his advantage.

Mo-yeon asks why he’s always trying to gain the upper hand, and he’s honest when he says that his job naturally gives him the lower hand in this relationship. Mo-yeon asks, what if she still wants to go, and Shi-jin can’t refuse her.

It’s a funeral for a fellow soldier, and we see a flashback in which Shi-jin is serving with soldiers of several nationalities. He poses for a photo with a friend, and oh no, that’s the same man who was leading the gun smugglers. He’s there at the funeral, but watching from a distance, and leaves before anyone sees him.

Shi-jin and Mo-yeon return the car, and she asks about the deceased man. He’s vague, just saying that he died trying to maintain peace, and it seems to be the first time that Mo-yeon realizes that Shi-jin could also die. He doesn’t want to discuss it, and just says that this is why he’s got the lower hand.

Mo-yeon is surprised to hear that Shi-jin is at his disciplinary hearing the next morning, and it’s clear that his men blame her for getting their captain in trouble.

Shi-jin isn’t disciplined for the incident with the Arab President, but the committee needs to punish him for something, so they decide that his discipline will be for not following regularions in regards to the bomb disposal. He’s given a three-month reduction in pay, and he’s also no longer eligible for promotion.

He’s so distracted as he leaves the meeting that Myung-joo manages to trip him. She teases that she’ll get her star before he does, based on the things that she’s been hearing, and he jokes back that she must already know that Dae-young was transferred, since she’s not looking for him.

Shi-jin grows alarmed when he sees Mo-yeon burst into the committee meeting, and he finds her arguing that the incident was all her fault, and that he shouldn’t be punished. Lieutenant Kwak retorts that military laws are different, and Shi-jin yanks her out of there before she can say anything else.

He tells her that this is not because of her, that he wouldn’t make such a decision just because of a woman. He reminds her of the gunshot wound she asked about when they first met, and tells her that soldiers always live with a shroud on. When you die in a nameless land for the sake of your country, that place becomes your grave and your uniform becomes your shroud.

Soldiers are expected to carry this mindset whenever they wear their uniform, and to be honorable at all times. One of his superiors told Shi-jin that, and he got that gunshot wound in service of that superior. When he makes a decision, he takes into account his fellow soldiers and their honor.

But regardless, he still violated military law. The military will handle it internally, and she’s to stay out of it. With a steady voice, Mo-yeon apologizes that her concern got in his way. She drives away, leaving Shi-jin stricken, and only lets herself cry once she’s alone

Shi-jin talks to Dae-young for company as he walks back to camp, and gets his feelings all hurt when Dae-young says he deserves his discipline. He has to defend again that he didn’t make his decision because of a woman, he did it because his job is to protect people (Dae-yong: “Yes, and ‘people’ is pretty.” HA).

But Dae-young really called to ask if Shi-jin has seen Myung-joo, and Shi-jin gets some petty revenge by throwing his words back in his face, that he sure is going through a lot just for a woman. And then hangs up on him.

Shi-jin barely arrives back at camp before he runs into Mo-yeon in the kitchen, but he asks her to stay when she looks like she’s going to go right back out again. She can’t even make eye contact, and says he looked like he wanted to be alone, but he corrects her: “I want to be with you.”

He offers her some of the cooking wine he was about to dig into, and his bemused expression when she drinks straight from the bottle is adorable. She offers him a drink, but technically he’s not allowed — he was going to sneak some but got caught.

She asks how he got back and he lies that he ran, only to have her say that she saw him getting out of the car. He asks why she asked then, and she smiles, “I wanted to hear your joke.” Aww.

She compliments Shi-jin in his dress uniform, admitting that she knew what it was because girls always fantasize about men in uniforms. Shi-jin nods sagely — that’s why he became a soldier.

His expression goes soft, and he says wistfully that he wanted to go see a movie with her. He asks if she stayed and saw the movie the time he had to leave, and she says that she didn’t, but fibs that it was because she wanted to see it with someone.

She says that after that night, she kept seeing ads that it was the perfect date movie, and now it always makes her think of him. She misinterprets his intense stare as meaning that he wants some of the wine, holding out the bottle, and his voice goes all deep and growly as he says that he can find a way to taste it.

Then he swoops in for the kiss.

COMMENTS

I need a minute, give me a minute. I will be able to form cohesive thoughts again. Eventually. Okay, I got this.

While Descended From the Sun isn’t perfect by any means, in my opinion it’s a solid show with a lot to offer, in terms of wonderful characters and intricate, layered relationships. Something I haven’t mentioned yet, that really is one of my favorite things about this show, is the friendship between Shi-jin and Dae-young. I can’t even really call it a bromance because it feels like so much more than that — more like true brotherhood. It’s interesting, since Shi-jin has been Dae-young’s superior since they met, and yet the admiration and respect between the two men feels so mutual and equal. They don’t treat each other as anything but the closest of friends, and the most loyal of brothers. It honestly makes me scared (and gives me flashbacks) that one of them is going to be in some serious danger at one point… this is Dramaland after all.

Speaking of Dae-young, I think he’s an amazing character. He’s so hard to read and so careful about what he lets slip, so when he does reveal some information about himself, it feels like a huge burst of insight. Again, he reminds me of a certain Earnest Bot, who to this day is still one of my favorite drama characters ever. I can see Dae-young becoming the same type of man — deep, loyal, just plain good. I loved how we got to see that see his real purpose for going to his ex’s wedding wasn’t selfish at all, and in fact was probably very painful for him. He knew she still had feelings for him and wanted to keep his promise to make her happy, so the only way he could do that was to set her free for good. That tells me pretty much all I need to know about him as a man, and it’s nothing but positive.

Shi-jin is a much more layered character, and I really appreciate how he’s so honest and open. When he makes a mistake he owns it and apologizes, right away, without excuse or explanation. His dry, sarcastic sense of humor is fun, and he uses it well to diffuse tense situations, for the most part. It’s nice to see Mo-yeon starting to enjoy that facet of his personality. His silly side is cute but he does take it too far at times, and I like that he’s not too big to admit when he screws up. That honesty carries over to serious topics too, and he doesn’t hold back from speaking his mind and his feelings, which is great because we as an audience (and Mo-yeon as his love interest) never have to wonder what he’s thinking. And since she’s much more of a closed book, I think Shi-jin’s tendency to just say things right out will keep drawing her out of her shell.

And she needs it — I see Mo-yeon as the one who has the most to learn and the furthest to grow, regarding herself and life in general. She tends to tell herself lies to comfort herself (like that she became a doctor because of money), yet she’s so transparent to Shi-jin. She makes quick and often wrong decisions, and acts out without thinking. It’s gotten her in trouble at home, and it’s getting her in trouble now in the field. But I like that Shi-jin doesn’t tell her how to be, he just holds up a mirror so that she can see how her behavior affects others. It embarrasses her, and she puts a wall up to protect herself, but hopefully Shi-jin is just the man to help her break that wall down again.

RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , , , ,

283

Required fields are marked *

Was anyone else finding the last scene so predictable you were saying the lines in your head before the scene even happened?

I still loved it of course. :P

0
25
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I love your screen name :-)

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Miao.... I love sexy Shi Jin and clueless Mo Yeon

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

@Shuerei..., literally every scene they are together my heart dances... lol!

0

The moment he was gazing her drinking... oh! your going you little adorably predictable charming creature... was my thoughts. ....

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hi Sky! :-)

I actually did not find the last scene predictable. I did not know it was coming, and that we would have a kiss. I honestly didn't. I actually loved that SJ looked at MY, but it was a pensive look, like he was taking in the fact that she had just indirectly confessed to him, also letting him know that although 8 months had gone by, she still liked him, and she had still been thinking about him. His line was cheesy but I liked it, maybe because SJK was the one who delivered it, and maybe because honestly, I love YSJ so far, so his cheesy lines don't bother me. I feel that he means what he says, so why not say it?

But I also think that coming from SJ, that did not surprise me. Since the beginning of the drama, he has been looking at MY a lot, and he has often had that pensive look on his face. I am attributing those scenes to this drama being a melodrama (as one of its genres), and so the slow motions scene will be there, the pensive looks, etc... I also feel though that (from what I have seen), it seems to be YSJ's style as well. To (at times) let things sink in, before he reacts. I am often like that as well, I have to process things before I react (if I have the time to do so), so to me that makes sense.

I really loved this ep., and I loved that they took the time to explore the repercussions of YSJ's and MY's decision. I am still not getting MJ, and I am really hoping that she will not be made to be a one dimensional character, like the one in AGD who badly wanted to date her oppa. All that character did was cry in that drama. She was so irritating.

0
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

I actually don't know how I foresaw that. But I think it mainly has to do with the way that he was looking at her and when she said "do you want some" it sealed the deal. There was really only one way he could get that drink without tasting it directly, hehe.

Hmm..I don't know if SJ was processing it or if was simply just stunned and then a bit moved by it. I think maybe both. His gaze just has so much to explore. *sigh* We could probably write a page on his gaze alone. Although at times all I can see is Intensity, Intensity, it's so...intense.

I feel a little dumb- I hadn't realized the importance of her statement that the movie equaled him until I read you guys's comments. Was a bit confused why he was so put off by that. But knowing that it was a form of confession makes it clearer. Obviously he'd be affected.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hi Sky, :-)

I realized he was going to kiss her when he said, "there are other ways/methods to taste it," because by then, it was obvious that he was going to kiss her. And as soon as he was done saying that, he started walking towards her. But before that, I was not thinking about having a kiss in this ep.

As I have said before, in rewatching epis. 1 and 2, and even 3, I have noticed that SJ gazes a lot at MY, and I find those gazes to be pensive. I know those gazes, I have seen them before. I personally feel that he likes looking at her, he enjoys it. And as he has said, he finds her very pretty (and attractive), and he lets her know that often (which I personally love).

That being said, I also feel that at times he might be trying to read her, trying to figure her out, and I am OK with that. I don't always see the intensity that some beanies have commented about. I know that he has at times gotten into her personal space (I have loved how he has done that so far, so flirtatious, and SJK makes it look sensual and well, flirtatious, but in a good/delicious way). He has also at times looked at her directly in the eyes (he also gets to her eye level quite a bit, which I also love, because it tells me that he is not trying to talk down to her [if he was standing straight, since he is taller than her], and I also like that about him.

I feel that he just has a way of looking at her, at times like he is taking in her beauty, and at times like he is taking a mental picture, for when he will not be seeing her. I think I just love the ways in which he looks at her. One of the things I love about him is when she does something he finds adorable, and he smiles about it, like when she was watching the CCTV videos in the security room, and rooting for SJ and DY. That was sooo adorable. SJK is just LOVE when he does that. I think I also like him a lot because I know enough about him (SJK), to know how nice of a person he is in real life. Very humble, not attention seeking, and hard working. He also comes from a wealthy family, but you couldn't tell by looking at him, and the way he behaves around others, and with them. He has no airs about him, which I simply love.

About your 2nd #, I actually agree with you: I do think that he was surprised about her confession, and I can see why. So far, he has been the forthcoming one, in words and in actions about how he feels about her. He has not tried to hide it. He often tells her that (he said in ep.4, when they were in the kitchen, "I want to be with you, I have said it many times." And the truth is, yes he has), and he had been pursuing her. He asked to meet her the very day she called (when he was working out), instead of setting a date for later. He went to pick her up 2 hrs early to the hospital (and was willing to wait for her), he took her on the boat ride, because she wanted to visit the area, and he took her on a date in this ep. So to me, his actions have matched his words, so...

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@ Sky, Part 2:

In that sense, MY has always known where he stood (as far as she was concerned), whereas MY has not been as forthcoming (or as clear) with him. However when she made that statement, things became very clear: she (still) liked him, and she had been thinking about him. He was in!!!!! So I took that to mean that he didn't expect it, or maybe he didn't expect it at that time, I am not sure. I could see how he would be moved by it as well, because now she was matching him, in letting him know EXACTLY how she felt about him. Maybe he wanted to sit in that/with that new reveal for a mn or two, I know I would have. So yeah, he could have been stunned, AND moved by it.

I still feel that he was processing it, meaning that he was letting that sink in. ("Wait! Did she just told me that she ACTUALLY likes me? Yeah... I think that was what she meant. Oh!!!!!! She actually came out and said it huh, not directly, but that was what she meant. Hum...") And then he started to walk towards her. Can I write my fanfic now? :-)

About your last #, please don't feel dumb. That is why it helps to read the comments posted by others. One person cannot think of the many interpretations a scene can have. Even the recappers (who have watched many, many dramas, and who have thought about them, since they write about them) learn from our comments, and from our different perspectives. That statement she made was huge in my opinion, she was basically confessing that she liked him, a lot, and had, for a long time (at least 8 months). It moved things along for them (we got a kiss, didn't we? :-) ). And I have a feeling there might be a step back or two in the future, we'll see. And I don't think he was put off, I do think he was affected by it, as you said.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@Ivoire... I m totally with you on MJ! If she's made one-dimensional, she's definitely going to lose audience sympathy...

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

@ Affie,

Yeah tbh, I am not sure what to think of MJ so far. She seems feisty and fun in the flashbacks, however in the present, I feel that all I have seen of her is using her position and rank to order DY into doing what she wants him to do (which I find unprofessional). And then, I know she loves him (DY) and she misses him, hence the tears, and the crying.
I just don't trust how this writer creates her female characters, and as much as I really liked the Me Ah-ri (and Oppa) couple, MAR ended up irritating the heck out of me. I feel that that actress signed a contract to basically cry in that drama (AGD). It made it hard to root for her, because she was sooooo obsessed with her Oppa, and she was not trying to do anything with her life, which Oppa wanted her to do.

KJW can act, so I am hoping that she is given something to do, besides crying, yelling, and hitting DY's chest when she sees him.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I knew it was coming from the long preview, but I didn't figure even SJ would be that cheesy with that line. But still, I swooned. Though I was more impressed with her finally admitting her feelings somewhat. Just date already you two.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

+10000000

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@ lemondoodle,
I too was surprised when she admitted her feelings to him, though I thought, "good for her. It's about time he knows, since he has been open and vulnerable about how he feels about her."

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

YES. I think I've been saying this since I saw the episode yesterday, but the kiss was so predictable in the best way. I saw SJK's face right after SHK said that she thought about him whenever she thought about the movie and then I was like...... he's gonna do it he's gonna do it!!! Gah, this drama makes me feel so fluttery in these moments!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

@Michelle

Yeshh,,, I feel you!

Loved this episode, can't wait for Wednesday to come..
God knows just how many times I hit the replay button in this episode.

Love love love..
I pray, Show, please don't disappoint me

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Exactly! haha. It's predictable indeed.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Totally! But I think I enjoyed it more for it. Like it played in my head first and then on screen and I enjoyed it 2 times!

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

@ Yuna,
I love how you experienced it :-)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes exactly! That perfectly describes my reaction. Haha, I saw him do it in my head and then he went in and I've replayed that scene several times till now.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Haha true

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I totally saw it coming given Korea and their obsession over novel (mostly food sharing kisses from sweets in Iris to cotton candy in That Winter...).

What I didn't see coming was that hug from Daeyoung. Hands down my favourite scene from all 4 episodes. The small but rare moment when the stoic taciturn guy finally lets the girl know her love isn't unrequited. I have a bad feeling that he would totally end up like Jo Jong Suk's charrie in Kings 2 Hearts because let's face it, he is awfully like that charrie. Quiet, loyal, capable, actions-speak-louder guy, very charming without meaning to be and in a Romeo-Juliet relationship. He is totally up for dying while protecting Shi Jin or Moyeon (for his bro) or maybe even Myung Joo's dad. I really like and am super invested in Myung Joo and Daeyoung plotline.

The characters in the drama is great, so much complexities. I appreciate the real conflict that exists in this show here is not just a made-up one but a moral dilemma that is embedded deep in one's occupation. Even within that, there is the freedom of choice: choice that must be exercised with care. Moyeon is very individualistic because as a doctor, you call the shots on behalf of the patient only but Shi Jin, being in the army, have to make his decision on behalf of a group of people. Moyeon's decision affects the patient and at most, the family members but Shi Jin is making decisions on a whole different level that could involve an entire country and the butterfly effects. The stakes are very different; it is neither the same nor does one hold lesser weight than the other. It is, however, definitely, a conundrum for them because it is the conflict of their relationship. Totally looking forward to how this difference would play out in the future episodes.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I really love your perspective, @ Val.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

agree!!! i saw that kiss coming!! But it was wonderful any way !!! SJK his eyes say so much I honestly think he is a great actor.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

N it's just ep. 4. KBS attempted something new llately with all the innuendos flying around in OMV and now this "kiss scene" in early eps. It's like they're trying to grown up or viewing adult content more and more.
Perhaps its because tvn? Since most of KBS crews also work there.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

YES! when she started drinking the wine, I thought "no way this writer will make him do something cheesy as 'drink' the wine from her lips" but then he started to look at her like that (damn, song joong ki) and I just knew it was going to happen. it looked like a "101 pick up lines to use when drinking with someone you've some interest" lol

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thank you for the recap! Finally, we can talk more freely about ep.4. The beginning of this ep. was one of my favorite scenes in this ep. I wished that opening had lasted a little longer than the less than two mns we were given. I get that the Arab bodyguards were doing what they thought was right regarding their Prdt, and that YSJ and his men were doing what they thought was right regarding a sick man who needed an emergency surgery to survive. However, as shallow as GB said it might be in ep.3 recap, I loved this “you do what you have to do. I will protect what I have to protect,” line. I loved that YSJ meant not only MY (so that she could perform the surgery), but also the other doctors and the nurses who were with them, AND the Arab Prdt.

Some have talked about the slow motion scenes in this drama, and I feel that this being a melodrama, we will have slow motion scenes. How could we not? So to me, that slow motion scene, where the medical team moved the bed to the operation room, and a second later YSJ and his men moved along with them, and a second later the Arab bodyguards moved also along with them, looked like a synchronized dance. As Skyofblue said in ep.3 recap, I thought it was perfect, and I loved that visual. There was also an instrumental they played, as soon as the medical team started moving, and I am really hoping that piece will be on the OST, because it is a beautiful one as well.

I loved that YSJ’s men listened to him, though I have wondered if they could have decided not to follow his orders. Was DY the only one who could hear Colonel (or is he a commandant? I don’t remember) Park? In a situation, could the 2nd in command defy his superior’s orders? I was curious about that. I loved how sorry YSJ’s men were, for having to take YSJ’s gear, and I loved the visit MY had with him. MY finally started to realize (fully) what YSJ does, what he stands for, and what that can cost him. And she felt truly sorry for him, that was nice to see. her eyes are starting to be opened to his world, and what it entails. I found it interesting that MY impetuously decided to go talk to Commandant (or Colonel Park), thinking that it would be enough, and without consulting YSJ. I understood that she was upset, after YSJ explained to her that the military had to do what they felt they had to do (let him take the fall for disobeying orders and saving the Prdt’s life), why did she leave YSJ there? I know she was upset, but still...

0
11
reply

Required fields are marked *

i actually felt slight frustration w/ her when she did that, but i totally knew that it was in character for mo-yeon to go up all gusty and naive(?), trying to help shi-jin out of the mess, so i digress. and i agree with you. i know she was upset, but practically thinking, did she just leave him there? did she already guess that he could probably call one of his subordinates to pick him up or was she just gonna leave him there out of her anger/upsetness? i feel like i'm being overly critical sometimes, and maybe it's just her character, but her actions/attitudes make me so-- ???????

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I believe she was hurt by SJ's words and probably don't want him to see her cry (she's has her pride). The script was written in such a way to give the most dramatic effect so they can make up later; however, her reaction would have been different if he softened a little.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I also upset with MY when she lave shinji but when she said sorry after he came back, it settled for me,
she knew it's overboard and she acknowledge it in front of him,

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

That last bit you mentioned about MY parading up to the Colonel- actually I can see myself doing the same thing. Perhaps not to the same extent or as dramatic, but I would have done the same thing, merely because I don't fully understand military laws. They're not something I can comprehend. There's a lot more to them than meets the eye. For example, MY sees that he did a good deed in helping her be able to operate on the patient, but he also disobeyed on order. In crucial times, disobeying an order can be life or death. So I can see why they aren't allowed to get away with it, good deed or not. If they did, then everyone would be doing what they thought was "right" and there would be no order.

But in her position, and being concerned for him, she probably wasn't able to think it thoroughly, which I understand, although I hope she doesn't pull something like that again and does give her decisions more processing. It's a growth that slowly developing and I'd love to see it continue.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

@ Sky and Ivoire and Everyone

Thinking about Mo Yeon. She's a character with 'human' flaws, one of them being a bit full of herself (I'm sexy when I do surgery), wanting to look good to others (like in making the most of her 'fame' but who doesn't and wouldn't) and being quick to judge and quick to act for what she thinks is the best (Ep 1 accusing Shi Jin of being a thug, jumping in to 'help' get him out of trouble). But her heart is in the right place (she bothered about the children), she is strong (stood up to sleazy Han) and she's flexible enough to learn from mistakes.

Although a promising character, not enough has been shown us about how she really thinks. We need more of her conversations with her doctor friend. She tells Shi Jin that she has changed in the 8 months when many things happened, but other than that she now has to look out even more for herself when she quits the hospital, we do not know what other changes she has undergone. In order to root more for her character, not only as the beautiful and brave doctor, but as a person with more to her than being mercenary, I hope we get to see more in the next episode.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hi GB Unni,

Thank you for your response. Hi GB Unni,
I get that MY is a character with “human” flaws, and I am really OK with that. I can see how at the beginning of the drama she might be a bit full of herself, though when she said that “she was sexy when she did surgery,” I felt that she was flirting with SJ, the way he had been flirting with her. I actually felt that she flirted with him, because he had been encouraging her to flirt, showing her that he enjoyed that kind of banter, and that he welcomed having such interactions with her. If I had a boyfriend that I liked, or a potential man interested in me, and I knew that it was safe to flirt in such a way too, I would do it as well, especially if he had SJK’s (and SJ’s) qualities (or at least some of them) 

Also to me, her wanting to make the most of her fame does not mean that she wants to look good to others (which I would equate to wanting others to think well of her). To be honest with you, I don’t get the feeling that she has tried to look good to others. The only person I saw her trying to impress was her boss, the one she was hoping would promote her. She did edit/work on his paper/thesis that was going to be published, wasn’t it? Although Dr. Song is her sunbae, I don’t see her trying to impress him, or trying to impress the rest of her staff. She seems to be kind, considerate and thoughtful of them. She has a great friendship with Dr. Pyo, and the rest of the staff seems to like her. She appreciates them as well, bringing them food when she slacks off at work, because of her TV’s commitments. They all seem to have a good rapport, and they all seem to care about each other (which I am loving).

MY being quick to judge and quick to act for what she thinks is best, I agree with. I partly attribute that trait of hers to her profession, where she might often have to make quick decisions. So to me, it could partly be her personality, and partly be her profession that made her that way. I also do agree that her heart is in the right place. She does come across as a caring person, and I even highlighted that earlier. She is not condescending to her staff (though she is their boss), and I love her interactions with Chi hoon and with his fiancée. And yes, she is strong, and I am hoping that she will stay that way, now that she is in Urk. And about her being flexible enough to learn from her mistakes, yes again. She did apologize to SJ when they were in the kitchen, and she didn’t have an attitude about it.

About how she really thinks, I think that I assumed (and I am hoping) that we will be given more info as the show unfolds. So far, I feel that I have enough info on her to get a sense (and an idea) of who she is, and of how she thinks. So for now, I am not (really) complaining.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I wrote "GB Unni twice," sorry about that.

0

To Sky, GB Unni, and to anyone who might have an answer to my questions, please feel free to comment:

1-I was really curious about this: did SJ’s men have to listen to him? How does that work in this case? (like we saw in the beginning of the drama). Could they all hear Lt. Park, or was it just DY? @ LollyPip said they could ALL hear him, when I thought it was just DY. Any thoughts?
2-When DY let MY speak to SJ, was he doing her a (personal) favor? I was curious about that, and it seemed as though he was.
3-How does SJ’s job always give him the lower hand in the relationship? (Conversation with MY). Because he could die? I was confused about that.
4-So SJ is no longer eligible for promotion for life? Really? I know someone below asked that question, and I am curious about that. Because if he is a really good soldier and a really good leader (which he is, at both), I don't want him to not be able to be promoted ever again. I mean, he already lost his pay (reduction) for 3 months.
5-Did DY’s ex still have feelings for him? Really? I didn’t think so (was not under that impression). I thought DY didn't want her to have any regrets (which is not the same thing). Did she marry the other guy while still having feelings for DY? (I was also curious about that).

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hi Ivoire
I can only attempt to answer, as I do not actually know for sure!

1) I'm not sure... maybe because SJ was going against orders, if they had wanted to, they could have refused to obey orders (risky as he was still in command) and gotten away with being disciplined. Generally I think the one giving the orders takes responsibility and the lower ranks just have to obey, so by rights they should obey... SJ knew however that he had good rapport with them and that they were more likely to follow his lead, especially since they could see the situation for themselves. As they all had an earpiece on, I think they could all hear what the Lt was shouting at Shi Jin.

2) Again I'm not sure if being detained in barracks is equal to not having visitors, however it does mean lots of privileges are gone. My guess is yes, it was a personal favour.

3) Probably between a doctor and a soldier, the job prestige of one is higher than the other? The doctor who saves lives is somewhat more highly regarded than a soldier who will likely have to kill and often faces the possibility of being killed.

4) No clue about the length of debarment.

5) I believe the visit to the weeding was more to assuage the guilt of the ex-gf and assure her that he was fine and wished her well... and I don't think she had any feelings for DY, only was afraid he'd upset the groom.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hi Ivoire Unni,

It seems GB unni answered the questions just perfectly although some of the military related questions, I don't quite get either. I'm glad you asked these questions because I was confused as well.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah I love this part too. I love how YSJ has such a very strong backbone and that his second-in-command, DY also has his back. It seems that the two share a very similar value when it comes to their honor as soldiers.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Comment was deleted

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

AHH Song Joongki got his character in the bags. Honestly I love the dynamics between the characters and it just reminds me how good of an actor he is. Let's be honest, we all really missed him since Nice Guy. Its nice to see our cute flower boy into a handsome man (not that he wasn't handsome before) Hope to best successes for this drama!

0
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

SJK's got a self-assurance that he didn't have earlier. He holds himself differently, he's got a calm/waiting vibe that he didn't have before, and it's really fantastic that this character still lets him go all-out with a playful side to the character too.

I wasn't expecting to be this impressed with him. I used to think he had a shelf life, but I'm not so sure anymore.

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ditto... I tired to watched his previous drama before he went to the Army and non of those drams catches my attention nor did him. However, here he really is more wow and manly. For the first time.. I feel attracted to him, which I never did before caused he is too pretty for me.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ditto here. I knew SJK is pretty but he was just pretty but not attracting before. Here is all hunky and attractive at the same time. I think he got advice from Jo In Sung and matured in the army too.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

The main reason I think is his tone shift to situations and characters...
His gaze, his voice, smiles..he definitely gets viewers undivided attention...

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I would say you are the first person to describe SJK perfectly. I was asking myself about this and when i read your comment it hit me, wow .....this is the exact reason why am attracted by this chap. Thank you for your succinct explainantion.

0

I know it's been mentioned before that Dae Young and Myung Joo's romance is pretty cliche, but can I just say that I STILL REALLY LOVE THEIR STORY. I replayed the flashback of them together after the wedding, and I just love them together! I'm totally rooting for them, and props to having a strong female soldier character!

I also just adored the part where Mo Yeon said that she wanted to hear Shi Jin's joke about coming home. That was adorable. Their chemistry is crackling.

So far, I'm liking this show way more than I thought I would -- although the scenes with internationals are kind of cringe-worthy, I see myself staying and loving it for its entire run. Please don't burn me like CITT did, DOTD! Thanks for the recap!

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

For me, I loved when SJ said that MY was worrying about too many men, and that she should only worry about him. I just love how naturally SJ tells MY (often) how much he likes her, and the many ways in which he does that.

When MY told SJ that she wanted to hear him joke, I loved that she was letting him know that she thought that his jokes were funny. Men like to hear things like that.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

It is undisputed fact that SJ fell in love with MY the very first time he laid his eyes on her even before they spoke (remember Ep 1). In the beginning it was her beauty that he fell for but later on it blossomed into something stronger but it started when he went back to the hospital for the dressing of his wound when he saw MY rushing into theater (operating room), this is when he totally fell for her and the kind of job she is doing.

Come to think about it, their jobs are similar. I mean SJ is working for the UN as a peace keeper and what does that imply......he has to ensure that there is no war therefore saving lives. And we know that doctors always are fighting to keep people alive......you see, same thing (war-zone) but
different fields.

I love this couple SJ and MY because they are face with obstacles (one being their jobs) but they still try to make their love blossom. Their characters are fit for each other since they compliment each other, the other is an extrovert , even though to some he will come as being sarcastic, he always know how to turn any bitter situation to be sweet and he is willing to teach her to let loose and live life (remember when he told her to be thankful whenever she is grateful and since then she is able to say thank you. On the other hand, she is something else (I am still looking for a polite word for her character)...I know some of you think its because of her profession......hahahahahah........if we had doctors with such characters we will be doomed. I think she has set high standards for herself and there has to be something that made her do that and SJ suspects it too therefore i hope we will learn more about her when the story unfolds.

The interesting thing is that even though SJ knows what kind of a person she is, he falls in love with her everytime they met, that is what we call love.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I totally agree with you. I am becoming addicted to this drama everytime it shows. I never thought they will be any melodrama that will as good as Oh my Venus, but now i take back my words......i hope i will not be disappoint along the way.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I love DY and MJ's story as much as I love SJ and MY's.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Jin Gu is so so so HOT!

<3 <3 <3

0
12
reply

Required fields are marked *

seriously! ugh.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

+ 1

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Amen, sistas!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

+2 +3 +4

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, he truly is.

And Lollypip word's about his similar character to Earnest Bot in K2H, is really SCARED me. GOD! How can I forgot about THAT possibility?

Dae young is just so awsome and I wanna him get the girl! Please dramagod!!

0
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

THIS!! Oh dear gods of dramaland, please don't let him end up like Earnest Bot in K2H. Their character seems to be written in similar ways. I dont want to end up in therapy for crying my eyes out and being depressed over a drama character

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Same here! I was feeling uneasy about his character and when Lollypip bought up Earnestbot - I was "that's why!" Hopefully, he gets a happy ending to heal us from some of those scars.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Plz don't remind me (or jinx) K2H OR CITT...I don't want worry ... I just want to enjoy soong joon ki peacefully...pretty plz..
Right now its easier to switch off my brain than my laptop screen when SKJ on it....

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Earnest Bot made me cry so much in K2H! I was so rooting for him to have a happy ending so bad! GOSH

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don't hear this...nope, I don't hear this

Please drama god!!!

Please let him have a happy ending.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

TRUE!!!!!! <3333

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Jin Goo is extremely and utterly HOT... wait... I forgot something... Jin Goo is absolutely and completely HOT!

Wait... what am I forgetting again... Jin Goo is GARGANTUANLY and GINORMOUSLY HOT.

Ok, now I'm done... but wait, ...Jin Goo is freaking HAWT!

yup, thats better lol!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

That kiss. ?? Love your commentary Lollypop. Mo-Yeon is still scarred from not being chosen. There are so many things going on with her, it makes you really feel for her. I love that Shi-Jin sees right through her facade. Like you said, he'll be the one to get her to open up again.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

The build up to the kiss was good....but like they better show more. What was that? They cut it so short.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yeah, too short and OH IS IT A MUSIC CUE AGAIN THAT'S SO LOUD I barely had time to hit the mute button before the freeze cut off. *&#$! Definitely too short.

Not sure if the next ep will give it a longer moment or not. One can hope.

I will groan if they get "interrupted". I've actually been trying to think of who the write might use for the interruption, and it'll either be the saved kid or the male doc with glasses. But it is a melo, so it might be the siren again.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Le sigh. SJG <3

I really like this drama compared to the writer's other stuff because I feel like FINALLY we have a real connection between characters who are supposed to be in love. I've always felt in dramaland that we have these characters who are so desperately in love with each other but there is no real substance behind their feelings. Like, yeah I get it, you can't stand to be apart from each other, but when you're together, what do you guys talk about? What future do you envision together? LOL. I'm a realist obv. Here, we can see where two people's paradigms clash yet they help mold the other's in a way where it's organic and real.

Can't wait for the next ep!!! I wonder what her reaction will be after the kiss kekeke

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

@ Sophie

+1

Yay! for 'real' relationships in kdrama!!!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Love the banter between the 2nd leads.

Joong Ki-oppa, I still love you.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Song Jong Ki, your gaze melts me...

0
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

I never thought I would enjoy melodrama. I usually get irritated while seeing cringeworthy dialogue, slo-mo scenes and flawless male lead. In other words, melodrama is simply not my cup of tea.

But how can I resist song joong ki...

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

well... Welcome to the club! :D

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Along with that voice! *Swoon*

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Gosh........ that deep voice, its a cherry on top of the cake

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

His gaze is a killer and that smack smile oh..la......la.....I never knew that he was this cute before.

What am i going to do until the next episode........

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The flashbacks of DY and MJ were adorable ... just adorable.

I like all the characters but I agree with you that MY is the one that needs to grow up the most. She is like a babe in the woods compared to others - understandable that the rest are in familiar territory.

But can someone tell me why the heck was she crying while driving away ? SJ wasn't rude/ dismissive when he said that it was military's protocol matter. The way she huffed off and cried all the way back, it just baffled me.

And they need to give SJ some faults. He is like too perfect. He is successful but not ambitious. He breaks rules but is very honourable. HE is a fantastic soldier but not seemingly burdened by it. He can be sensitive, fun, glib, perceptive - way too perfect ...... I need to see some greys, some issues, some problems, some vulnerability - anything.

0
48
reply

Required fields are marked *

Don't you ever question how medically inclined he is? He's like a dropout med student or something. His mystery... alluring us, a few of us, need to dig a deeper cave to find more about his skillful background.

I need to know.

0
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

IKR .. i'm wondering why we even need a doctor there bec he seems to know everything!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

ikr that's been bothering me.. like did he go to medical school before entering the military uni? or is it just common sense gained from being in the field (like first aid)

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Suggestions of lead poisoning... detailed chart on thief's arm.. those are not first aid?

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

he didnt give a detailed chart, just that the thief is suspected of having broken ribs and sprained ankle- both are common injuries in the field. thinking it over, having over a decade's worth of experience in active battles, it's not surprising he has quite an extensive knowledge in first aid, and common endemics in foreign countries. like he said, lead poisoning is common in urk

0

I think he just knew since he'd be around it a lot. Both the lead poisoning and the other injuries. He has to know basic first aid given his line of work. But he could be a fabled kdrama geeeeenius like most male characters.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think every military personnel has to undergo first aid course

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Omg yes. I didn't want to seem like I was being too harsh or critical, but I really did think MY needed to grow up? Like girl, he literally just told you he shoulders the responsibility for everything, it's not her fault, he didn't do it because of her, and that military protocol is severe, why are you crying like he told you to fuck off? (Well, he kinda did, but like, not really? He seemed like he just really needed her to understand.) So yeah, I'm on the same page as you.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

This is my take on why MJ cried.

She went out of her way to help SJ. Yet instead of receiving thanks, she got scolded severely by SJ for sticking her foot in "military business". It's no wonder that she's upset about it.

And SJ probably realised that (1) he was too harsh on her (how could she be expected to know the subtleties of military convention?), and (2) he mistreated her good intentions. Which explains why he wanted to apologise after.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I also see it like this.

I don't think she's crying out of embarrassment, but because she feels hurt. SJ could have told it in a less harsh manner. After all, she did it out of good intention for him.

She was hurt and was going to cry so had decided to drive away as she didn't want him to see it. She later must have know that it's overboard and apologize later.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

She's crying because he told her in simple terms that it's none of her business and he didnt do it for her. It was embarassing for her , it made her feel like she was being big headed that he did it for her.

She drove away because she doesn't want him to see her cry.

0
12
reply

Required fields are marked *

yep. She has a lot of pride after all. She felt stupid after causing problems, and embarrassed that she thought he did it for her. To be told that flat out is pretty mortifying honestly.

And he wasn't being totally truthful either. He did do it for her, even his BFF knows his paycheck was cut for a pretty girl, not for the old man.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Exactly! He wasn't being truthful either... its obvious he did it for her and what? He felt compelled to deny it in front of her and wax on about his soldier responsibility....
DY totally clued in with his the 'people' was pretty line.... I laughed so much....and more of it was because he was so on point! :)

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I would have said the exact words as SJ said them because he is tactical, he can foresee what will happen if she told her the truth........I mean we all have seen that SJ always confesses his love for her but he knows when, where and how to confess his love and i love that about him.

0

Alot of ppl mentioned that she felt embarrassed - but i honestly don't see why. Its not as if she proclaimed her undying love for him and got publicly spurned.

She took responsibility as a doctor. The superior and him, both told her that it was matter of protocol. And i thought he told her pretty nicely. ok, even if you are embarrassed but whats the need to cry.

0
7
reply

Required fields are marked *

It's not really about love, but you just explained why. She took responsibility as a doctor, who is an authority figure in many situations, she's the head of her team, and was just told you aren't really that important, it's not your business, this is my problem. Obviously that would embarrass someone. She tried to help, and her authority as a doctor was not enough.

Her job is important to her. It's also not about how he said it, but just that she was worthless again in that moment. Like after she lost the promotion for the third time.

And some people just like to cry it out. There's no harm in it.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

ah ok! thats a valid point - her authority just wasn't enough and she got told off for it.

.... i guess i just have an aversion to weepy females. Which ironic because i am one myself. I cry at the drop of a hat. And it makes me so freaking mad :)

0

Well, actually she did give us a reason ( I was also very bewildered) but before she drove off she said, "I am sorry that my concern is interfering your work." To me that just suggests that she felt like the telling off was not warranted, like he could have just explained it nicely without rising his voice.But alas, this is a drama. Shi Jin is very straightforward and that can be very disarming. It felt like an attack coming from him and she felt embarrassed for not having considered his point of view so she reacted. We can all calmly say that she is over-reacting because we are not the one being told off by him so honestly and bluntly. He is not wrong in doing so, in fact, it is refreshing but it is hurtful. Especially when she did all this out of concern for him. She is very one-track minded while Shi Jin tends to think out his actions a bit more and consider their effects on others.

Also, someone mentioned she was embarrassed and she certainly was, lemondoodle is very close. In addition, the way I saw it, she was in the room and she did say she could save him therefore she felt equally responsible but he was a little too eager to write her off the equation. She was embarrassed to have not considered what he considered, mad that he thinks that it was all about her when she was concerned about him. Moyeon is really not a perfect character but I do think he deserved some time in the desert for not being tactful enough, it sucks to have the guy you like tell you that you didn't think it through however true it is. Personally, I enjoyed watching him pout and being one-up by her. Yes, it was petty of her but come on, it was seriously entertaining!

0

That concern that MY said she had when she went to see the commander, is it from a doctor or a woman? I really think it was from a woman because if it was from a doctor, she would have put herself in his shoes. The man just lost his candidacy for promotion and a reduction of salary for three months.......which state would he be? I mean she came without knowing the outcome of the disciplinary action, understandable.....i would have done the same thing as a woman. However after hearing the outcome what would a reasonable person have done? But since we are talking of MY, i think SJ took the right decision to put her in her place.

0

I get your point but My has this ego that she is always right and her actions are always for the benefit of all and mind you SJ has always let her think like that but this time around he had to point it out to her. This is not the first time, remember the issue of lead poisoning, he was pushed to limits......i think.

I watched all the four episodes again and realised that SJj only point it out to her when her actions affects not only him but extend to others. If her actions only affects him, he does not do anything, he just let it go.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Actually, I was just trying to give light to her perspective but I definitely agree with you that she needed to hear what he was saying. Out of the two, Shi Jin is definitely the more mature one. I think he pushes her to grow while she teaches him more about being in a relationship and what it entails. It is more than just being charming but also considering how your words would affect your partner. He is definitely right and in fact, it is good that he told her so honestly and why he did so was also because he cares and likes her.

0

Definitely agree with the difference in how they think, like I mention in an earlier comment that they make decisions very differently: Moyeon is individualistic in her decisions since they affects the patient and at most, the family members but Shi Jin thinking is more collective for he makes decisions on a whole different level that could involve an entire country. The stakes are very different but I don't think either thinking is better than the other, they each have their merit. She isn't wrong in her thinking but she should have considered his like what he was trying to tell her.

With that said, Shi Jin may be a great and mature person but he does have his flaws. He is not particularly used to being tactful or taking social cues very well. Like he went overboard with the mine joke without realizing that it was going to upset her however harmless it is. For someone who was never placed in such a situation, she was genuinely frightened. While we all love Shi Jin, he is not all that perfect either. His debonair and jesting nature comes as a double-edge sword: while it is very charming, he can come off as callous and blithe indifference to others. He seemed to use jokes as his way of dealing with the sort of immense responsibility and seriousness of his job; it lightens the situations by making it less serious and also prevents him from getting too involved/attached. To me, there is something about making light of almost everything that I find very fascinating for someone who has a life-and-death job. That's how he deals with all of it. There are moments when the enormity of his occupation and the situation hits him and those are my favourite moments because he is not hiding behind his jester facade but dealing with the reality in all honestly. He seemed most like himself when he is being serious and when he is explaining things to Moyeon, dealing with the bodyguards, feeling unjustified for his best friend, worrying about his future/relationship with her because of his jobs...In all these quiet moments, he is facing reality and the really good person he is comes into the foreground. He doesn't really need the jokes to be charming but it is how he seemed to deal with the enormity and gravity of his work.

0

true words indeed @ manga save to say that it is not that he was saying it is none of her business but rather he wanted to point out that military law is different from other laws and irrespective that he did an honourable job he still went against an order and he has to be punished for that.

Now the issue here is that her involvement into military issues will even make matters worse for him and he has to put in such tone for her to get it...we all know that he knows her and how skeptical she can get.....so he had to use that tone which to me was not harsh but authoritative. The same would apply in her field if she has a patient, she will just have to put her foot down and take control of the situation.

if she did not cry i would have been worried because her crying to me meant that she realised that she acted without thinking about repercussions hence she saw it fit to apologise later when they met. Our girl is growing and we have to let her do that, when she falls...guess who will be there to pick her up..............cute

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I loved the flashbacks as well. And did anyone notice that MJ was the one who did the "wrist grab?" KYAAAA!!!!!

I find MY to be impulsive at times, and that would be something she needs to grow from. I reasoned that she might have been or felt overwhelmed by what SJ told her. She might have realized that she had not (at all) thought about the military side of things, and how things are handled on that end. Yes SJ made the decision, and he should pay the price, and he accepted that. That is how things go at times in the real world. Because you do something honorable does not mean that all will be well in the end. There might still be consequences, a price to pay. And she just didn't consider that. I assumed that she couldn't be near him, she might have felt too guilty at that time, so she just took off. Poor guy...

I understood her crying, I think I would have done the same. Maybe she was also beginning to realize that she had judged SJ too quickly when they were in the cafe, and that she had read him wrong, at least to an extent. I can understand her huffing off, I think that it was more about her than anything else. Her leaving him though was really rude, and so inconsiderate. I was baffled by that as well.

Re: SJ, I am hoping that we will learn more about him as the drama unfolds. For now, him being perfect does not bother me. And I feel that so far, he has been open and somewhat vulnerable with MY. He lets her know how he feels, though they have not gotten to the deep things yet. I guess we have 11/12 more epis. for that?

I now understand what to me looks like SJ's pensive looks at times. He might be trying to read MY, and so far he is doing well, it seems.

0
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

I gave a nice hoot when MJ wrist grabbed! Go girl! Now just drag him in a corner and kiss him senseless !!

.... Exactly, why leave him stranded on a road ?

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

YESSSS. I did notice that!!! I called it the Reverse Wrist Grab scenario.

Shall be back to discuss with you guys in a bit. School D:

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Lol! It's my first time watching the 'reverse wrist grab' and I loved it! I totally swooned when he pulled her to hug her. Sorry SJK. I only have my eyes on Jin Goo now ;)

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

+10000 for the 'Reverse Wrist Grab', ,lol!

0

@ Ivoire

Yes, I liked that wrist grab of hers which he converted into a pull into a hug. What to do, he was still bigger, heavier and stronger so even with her huge backpack, she got pulled in LOL! But it was a hot scene too!

About MY, I commented above (2.4.1) ... and I agree about her impulsiveness. I agree with @Miranda that she cried and left Shi Jin out of humiliation.

On her surprise that Shi Jin could die - I'm a little surprised that a doctor who sees death in surgery, who notices gun shot wounds from her experience in Africa... still has not got her head wrapped around the idea that Shi Jin's job could kill him. It seems to have been a back-of-the-mind thought to her... 'somewhere people get shot and die' but faced with a real person and personally faced with a gun pointing at her.... she still did not make that complete connection. That's a bizarre naiveness, but maybe it's also part of her charm?

On Shi Jin... I can't say he's perfect. He gets carried away with his jokes. But I rather like them and I was not perturbed by the land mine joke, although he could have seen how scared she was but didn't notice until she cried. One of the foibles of human nature to not notice the true situation in time, and to regret it. But that is his charm. That he does not remain blind or misinterprets the situation, but quickly picks up the pieces, admits his errors and apologises.

Would love a Shi Jin like character in my life!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I dont think My is naive. I strongly believe that she does not care and always want to run away from the truth and SJ knows that about her (That is why he was shocked that she knows about dress uniform).

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

She was crying because she was humiliated.

She's used to being the voice of authority - doctors have a lot of sway, and when they make calls about their patients that tends to be the last word. In almost any other circumstance, she WOULD be able to intervene and lessen someone else's punishment.

I thought it was a really good scene. They're two professionals, both very good at what they do and very proud of their careers, and this was not a bad way to show the overlap. I also liked that Shi Jin doesn't seem to be embarrassed because he was defended by a girl or any other gendered nonsense, and he's not attacking her personally - he's a little embarrassed himself, he's frustrated, and he explains exactly why he didn't need or want intervention.

It was interesting, because I can't say either of them was wrong in their choices, but that is a discussion that needed to be had and this just happened to be the catalyst.

0
9
reply

Required fields are marked *

I like your perspective. I hadn't thought about that. She already has had her ego bruised and doesn't have the confidence she once had, then to basically be a bother to someone who helped her out has got to sting as well.

I also thought it was a good scene and rather funny that she just up and left him on the side of the road. She was wrong in her actions, but her heart was in the right place so I can't fault her.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I dont think that she even realised that he left her stranded by the road. If you look at it closely, she was waiting for him to return to the base because she even saw him getting off the car and all of a sudden she wants water.......hahahahahahah.....too predictable

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Agree with your perspective. Actually I found the way he talked to her a tad condescending, especially the last part when he ended with "Dr Kang", as if he is putting her in her place.

So I like it that she left him to walk back to camp. It probably helped him to reflect on his words and realize that MY has started to genuinely care for him and hence her over reaction.

Think he had the

0
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think you're right and that what made her drive off was the borderline condescension... But at the same time I totally got why he would sounds like that, soldiers REALLY do not like civilians getting into their business.

Ironically, they're both in positions where they're used to being the final word, but also positions where no one else can really undermine them other than their bosses. When MY spoke up, she probably thought that vouching for SJ could only help him, because in her world a doctor vouching for you certainly wouldn't hurt. But in this world, there actually was a downside in that it would have been better if she hadn't interrupted at all.

And with SJ, he's used to making decisions that he is completely, 100% ready to take on consequences for. He knows what the fallout is and he's braced himself. To have MY jump in disrupts his entire ecosystem and, from his POV, kind of undermines his ability to make his own decisions - or at least to take on the consequences with full knowledge.

I do think SJ is both embarrassed and frustrated, and is also feeling the pain of being taken off the promotions list, so he is working VERY hard to tamp down on those emotions. It still comes through as somewhat condescending, but.. He's not wrong. They're in a war zone, and in a war zone, the military has the final say. He's a little stunned that she doesn't understand that, and he's awkwardly trying to make that division clear.

And MY is just completely embarrassed. She's not used to being discounted, as she just thoroughly was in the command post. She's aware that she's somehow embarrassed SJ too, which is the opposite of what she intended. And now he's personally putting her in her place, and as valid as his speech is, this is kind of the last nail in the coffin: she's supposed to be a top-flight surgeon, and she IS a top-flight surgeon as she just proved in the medcube, but instead she's in a war zone with the reputation of a TV doctor and the stigma of a CEO scandal, AND her ex is onsite, and now even the military is telling her to shut up - through her ex!

Childish to drive off without SJ, but damn. The more I think about it, the more I can't blame her for just having had enough. (Though I do think it's hilarious that SJ accepts the whole thing with a sort of "ah, well" when she drives off and leaves him.)

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Nicely said.

0

I think SJ needed MY to comfort him and not intervene in his disciplinary hearing. If My just went there to say "How did it go and him being the honest he would have told him and she would have said ......I am sorry and ii cant beginning to understand what you are going through but with time it will be fine. You are a good soldier and if i was in your shoes i would have made the same call because that is who you are......never going against your rule'. That would have been enough for him. he needed her as a woman that he so deeply loves and care for.

0

Hahahhahahahha...............he used Dr thing just to point it out to her that the situation they are in calls for professionalism and not being personal. It did not imply anything else.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Putting my two cents in when it probably is too late, but Shijin & Moyeon always refer to each other formally.. so Kang Seonsaeng / Dr Kang is what he calls her every single time, not just when they had their tiff.. The subs chose to literally translate it this time around, and that's why it stood out a bit..

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@ Miranda
+1

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I think he has flaws. He takes everything onto himself, and isn't really opening up to MY much. Sure, he'll say his feelings all day, but regarding his job there's a big wall between them. He admitted why he doesn't want her to be a part of that, but if he wants to seriously date her he's going to have to learn to lean on her. She can't understand him if he's hiding things. This goes beyond hiding secrets, but not being open enough. Taking her to view the caskets was a good place to start.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Agree!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

There is one scene where I started to wonder if we were supposed to see an ugly side of him. In ep 1 in the hospital, when he first meets MY he pushes a nurse away in a very nasty and arrogant way. He pushed her hard and he was very smug at this moment. Still waiting to see, if this went under the radar of the production team or was supposed to imply something.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

i remember that scene ... at that time, i was like sigh! its secret garden all over again. lets randomly shove around girls to show our manliness

but since then, they haven't shown anything like that so i am chalking it to a bad take that got approved. maybe he was supposed to move her aside and the actress stumbled or something.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Ugh, unfortunately, Hyun Bin's character s weird manliness turned me off SG....
I remember SJ s shoving the nurse scene in ep 1.... I remember he did it cos MY was completely ignoring him...I figured he wanted her to get a better view of him...in case the nurse was blocking MY from seeing him... he was frustrated by their missing phone situation at the time, but I did think it happened a bit too roughly...the shove...
in hindsight, I consider that act a foresight into his sometimes brash demeanor...

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don't think she was embarrassed but more like she was shaken by what he said and how he said it, not expecting him to react that way especially in view of how he used to treat her.

The crying to me came across as part of an emotional release...I thought SHK did an excellent job there--how she quickly wiped off the tears and her slight change in expression showed MY didn't cry out of pity for herself or anger at SJ.

And since I'm talking about her, I must as well comment on this too: while many have criticized that she acted rashly by confronting his superior, I don't think so. Don't forget his superior told her off that her decision to save the Arab ruined his career. So her trying to appeal for SJ was to me a very natural response.

To me, SJ wasn't altogether honest when he said he didn't do it for her. DY being closest to him saw that clearest. He's the one who is a closed book when it comes to approaching this relationship. He hasn't been upfront about what he does to MY--girls need security and he hasn't provided that. How do you expect her to react? She's not in it for a fling. It's damn frustrating to get involve with a guy who can't be open for right or wrong reasons.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

You are definitely right, we ladies tend to demand more from man such as honesty but we cant handle honesty, therefore it is us again who force man to lie to us. I think SJ is not willing to tell MY everything about himself but he also know that MY would not be in a position to handle it...remember when he said his job on its own give him a lower hand...why is that? because she judges him according to his job and not his personality and that is why when it comes to issues of his job he is more secretive.

Lets go to Ep 3 when they broke up, he was telling her about his job and just like her job, they are not allowed to divulge all information concerning their work. How did she take it? she judged his job and the funny part is that she new from the beginning (end of episode 1 and beginning of episode 2) that this man is involved in a dangerous job but still she fell for her. You see my point...when SJ confirmed what she had always known she could not handle it.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yah I totally agree with you @bips99. He is way too perfect but it is not that he is not ambitious, I think SJ loves what he does because he understands why he is doing it. He is very hurt by the disciplinary measures but he also accept that he disobeyed an order and that even makes him more of a soldier. He did not become a soldier for money or promotion or anything less that to protect humanity and that is why he said he has always chosen his country over anything. who can say that except a patriotic.

However i think we are set to see his flaws in the comes scenes because it seemed to me that some of his decisions, whilst in the job, will be solely based on one person ....and we all know who.....there is a saying that the fall of a man is due to a woman.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Love this series so much that I've watched it more than twice. LOL~ I don't want to miss any subliminal message. Hawk eyes, I maintain.

I have to give tremendous credit to the production crew behind this amazing story. Everything is well made and so intense down to post-production. Every scene is magical.

Here's hoping for a contentful series beginning to end.

Thanks for the recaps ladies.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

SHK and SJK bring so many layers to their characters. Thanks to them, the characters become much more real and relatable.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hello Sophie,

I loved this, "Le sigh. SJG <3"

And I really liked your perspective. I too look forward to the next ep. I have been wondering if this is when we will see that scene they had showed in one of the teasers, the one where he says, "should I apologize, or should I confess?" It now makes me think that he could have meant, "Should I apologize (1st), or should I confess (1st)?" In the context of the end of ep.4, and in the context of the kiss scene, it would make sense if he said that. She would have of course walked out, and he would have followed her out. I have always wondered what he meant in that teaser. Now I want to look for that teaser, and see if they are wearing the same outfits as the ones they are wearing at the end of this ep.

0
9
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh sorry, this was meant to be a response to Sophie's comment.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hey Ivoire Unni! Sorry I'm inserting myself here, but I actually remembered the teaser awhile after the kiss scene, and went back to see it. I don't think it happens immediately after, cause he's wearing his grey under-jacket uniform shirt I believe, not the dress suit he's in currently at the end of ep 4. But she does seem to still be in her clothes...

I'm wondering how she's going to react..Push him away maybe? Considering he's saying "Should I apologize..."

0
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

@sky

I think I remember seeing SJ taking off his dress uniform at the preview /end scenes of ep 3... Because I was waiting for that scene to materialize in ep 4.

It could be that after the KISS, MY is so surprised that she would run out the door. Then SJ, regretting his action, take off his green dress uniform tie and all, into his grey shirts, did some thinking and go out of the door to chase MY.... Thus followed by that scene from the teaser.

What do you think?

PS:
This is exactly why I love reading beanies comments. They helped me understand the characters better after watching the episode, opening eyes to the subdues, the hidden messages behind unspoken dialogs and stares and gazes.. Aahhh... Reliving the swoon moments etcetc ... I could go on and on, but I better stop now.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hmm....I agree that she would run out, but I don't know where his wardrobe change came from. Maybe they saw each other again that night, and he'd changed?

And to your post-script- I agree completely. I gain so much new insight on the drama and characters through these comments. Often, I don't care enough of the drama to go through comments and just read the recapper's analysis and leave it there, but I've become really invested in this as you see, and thankfully there's a lot to talk about. I hope that it stays this way and we'll have a wealth of discussion.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes i remember the teaser also but come to think of it, what is he confessing to cause he has already confessed to loving her since the first episode and now we just seen her confessing also in episode 4. I cant wait.......now days have become years for me.

Can someone tell me if he/she understands the story line for this drama. I am now confused.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

For Asians, confession means you have to say the L word out love to really mean confession. I think in the early episodes, it's just mutual attraction. Their relationship has not progressed to "love" yet.

0