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Beautiful Mind: Episode 4

It’s hard to say that Young-oh doesn’t care about his practice, but as he works to find out who our main villain is, and what might’ve motivated the murders, he continues to astonish with his lack of empathy. Jin-sung is also similarly dedicated to her profession, but we see that determination alone isn’t enough to solve a case.

 

 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

We open with another scene from the past, where a senior doctor berates Young-oh’s future fianceé Min-jae as Young-oh attends to a patient. The senior doctor takes a jab at Min-jae’s humble educational background, and comments that the least she could do is show some earnestness.

He mutters that this is why he didn’t want to accept interns from low-tier universities, and embarrassed, Min-jae can only keep her head bowed. Young-oh says nonchalantly that of course doctors ought to be earnest… and ones from top-tier universities are no exception.

Young-oh points out that considering the patient’s medical history, the senior doctor ordered Min-jae to insert the wrong tube to begin with. That seems to thoroughly chasten the doctor, while Min-jae tries to hold back her laughter.

Later, as Min-jae is attending to another patient, she nervously asks Young-oh if he’s hungry, commenting that she’s suuuuper hungry. When he curtly says he is, she mentions a chicken place nearby, telling him that the portions are too big, and she doesn’t have anyone to go with her. Hint, hint.

Ignoring Min-jae’s talk about lunch, Young-oh describes the proper way to pat the patient’s back. He grabs her hand to demonstrate, and though Min-jae is startled by their close distance, Young-oh is totally oblivious to it.

Young-oh asks Min-jae if she’s really that hungry and she earnestly nods yes. Young-oh comments, that’s great then, because now she can finish those large portions of chicken herself. He sends her off to eat, and tells her not to worry about the patient, because he’ll be here to keep watch.

After lunch, Min-jae angrily marches into Young-oh’s office. He unobservantly asks her if she’s had her fill of chicken, and it’s not until she furiously kicks a chair at him that he realizes she’s upset.

On the verge of tears, Min-jae demands to know if Young-oh rejected her request for a date so coldly because she graduated from a low-tier university. Confused, Young-oh asks her what date request she’s talking about.

Min-jae exasperatedly points out that she asked him to eat chicken with her, and Young-oh’s puzzled expression just further upsets her. Thinking that he’s playing dumb, Min-jae starts to cry and grabs the toilet paper on his desk to wipe her tears away.

She notices that the toilet paper is lined with careful stitches, and looking around, she’s startled to realize that everything in Young-oh’s office is lined with stitches — from his cabinet doors, to his couches, to his post-it notes.

Min-jae asks if he enjoys being a neurosurgeon that much, and Young-oh states that he has a responsibility to save the patients before him. To him, the most important thing is to keep a patient’s vital signs going strong — that way, no one will have a problem with him.

Explaining that it doesn’t matter what educational background Min-jae comes from or what kind of person Young-oh really is, Young-oh points out that the hospital is the perfect place to hide. Min-jae interprets that as Young-oh telling her to become a skilled doctor and she blinks back her tears.

Young-oh moves closer to Min-jae and cups her face in one hand, wiping away her tears. He tells her softly that, when it comes to asking for a date, she should look him in the eyes to ask — that way, he’d be able to read her.

In the present, Director Kang and his two assistants arrive at Young-oh’s office to discuss the death of Chief Director Shin.

Meanwhile, the other doctors are discussing the murder as well, and Dr. Hwang double-checks the story: someone prescribed a lethal dose of pseudoephedrine to Chief Director Shin, a known diabetic. Another doctor points out that the murderer could’ve solicited a staff member, and everyone wonders if Young-oh knows who the real murderer is.

That’s exactly what Director Kang asks Young-oh, and Young-oh explains that he’ll corner the murderer at the mortality conference, determined to prove that nothing went wrong during the surgery. Director Kang assures Young-oh that if he’s worried about his reputation, his record will be kept clean.

The Joint Commission International, or JCI, an international committee that sets global standards for healthcare will be coming to evaluate Hyunsung next week and Director Kang doesn’t want them hearing about this supposed murder. Young-oh deduces that Director Kang’s afraid that this scandal would scare off foreign patients, the hospital’s biggest source of revenue.

Young-oh tries to point out that if they find the murderer and show that Hyunsung has a system of weeding out unethical doctors, it’ll prove that it’s a safe hospital. He guarantees that it won’t hurt business, but Director Kang just tells him that scandals are scary; people only remember the initial shock because the conclusions are never interesting enough.

As Director Kang walks through the hospital, he’s approached by a reporter who’s clearly digging for information on the death of Chief Director Shin. Director Kang threatens to withdraw all of Hyunsung’s advertisements from the newspaper, but the reporter isn’t scared.

Commenting that he doesn’t live off Hyunsung’s sponsorship, the reporter points to the scores of patients on their smartphones who are starving for new gossip, and Director Kang marches back to Young-oh’s office.

Director Kang gives Young-oh one week to find out who the murderer is before the JCI visits. Not wanting the media to have a field day with this scandal, Director Kang would just rather deal with everything internally.

In the hospital auditorium, the other doctors are discussing the case of a child with a cerebral aneurysm. She’s Suk-joo’s patient but she’s also the daughter of Dr. KIM YOON-KYUNG, an anesthesiologist at Hyunsung.

Dr. Kim’s daughter had already previously received surgery for a heart defect, and now, the blood clot in her brain is also getting worse. Dr. Kim wants her daughter to have another surgery but the other Hyunsung doctors reject the idea, thinking that it’s likely the child will die during surgery.

Suddenly, Dr. Lee comes into the auditorium, and confirms that Young-oh plans on cornering the murderer at the mortality conference, and subsequently declares that everyone who was at Chief Director Shin’s surgery cannot operate on any surgeries until the murderer is found. Dr. Lee points out that there won’t be any successful surgeries if the staff and surgeons don’t trust each other.

In a hospital room with Dr. Kim’s daughter, her mother asks Suk-joo if he’s telling her to just give up and watch her daughter die when he tells her the operation isn’t possible. She confesses tearfully to Suk-joo that this must be her punishment — she’s prayed every day for her daughter to get a heart donor, even hoping that another child’s accident would save her daughter.

Jin-sung finds Young-oh at the hospital library and asks if he’s looking for clues that will lead him to Chief Director Shin’s murderer. Young-oh tells her that he already has plenty of clues — the culprit was close enough to Director Shin to know that he had diabetes, prescribed a lethal dose of pseudoephedrine to him without raising any suspicions, and wanted to prevent him from finding out that the motorcyclist’s heart had gone missing.

Jin-sung asks Young-oh if he’s talking about Suk-joo, and Young-oh responds that he never said that Suk-joo was the murderer — it’s she who suspects him. Young-oh reminds Jin-sung that only the two of them believe that Chief Director Shin was murdered, which makes them one team from today onwards.

Jin-sung starts to walk away, but Young-oh pulls her back. He declares that she won’t be able to find the murderer without his help, so she needs to help him find proof to pin down the murderer at the mortality conference.

Listening to Young-oh’s directions, Jin-sung checks the security footage to retrace Suk-joo’s steps to see if he met with Chief Director Shin that night. Young-oh tells her that there must be a record of someone who secured a lethal dose of pseudoephedrine, and reminds her that Suk-joo wouldn’t have gotten it under his own name.

At the hospital cafeteria, Jin-sung sits down at a table with the surgical staff from Director Shin’s surgery. A flashback shows that Young-oh had asked Jin-sung to question the staff about Suk-joo, to see if anyone had been solicited by him, even if it meant that everyone would then suspect Suk-joo of being the murderer. Jin-sung worries, but Young-oh just tells her to pick one role: she can either be a lovesick little girl or a police officer, but not both.

In the present, Jin-sung points out to the staff that Suk-joo was at the scene of both the motorcyclist’s surgery and Director Shin’s surgery. She starts to ask them for more information, when suddenly, a stream of water is poured down her face, leaving her dripping wet.

It’s Suk-joo’s doctor friend, Lee Shi-hyun, who poured the water, and she admonishes Jin-sung for doing this to Suk-joo when Jin-sung is so close to him. Shi-hyun asks the other doctors how they would feel if the patient they worked so hard to save accused them of murder.

Jin-sung defends herself, saying that she’s just doing her job, but Shi-hyun retorts that she should do her job properly then. Shi-hyun tells her that Young-oh is the most suspicious person in this case — to her, it seems like he’s just trying to shove the responsibility of his mistake during surgery onto someone else.

Later, the doctors gossip over Suk-joo being a suspect, and right on cue, Suk-joo walks by. Ignoring the rumors, Suk-joo asks where Young-oh is.

Young-oh is currently telling Jin-sung to gather circumstantial and physical evidence, while he gathers medical clues. He plans on inviting Suk-joo to a place that Young-oh finds the most comfortable, and the scene cuts to Suk-joo and Young-oh looking at a CT scan of Dr. Kim’s daughter.

Noting that there will be a lot of complications in this surgery, Young-oh wants Suk-joo, specifically, to be the cardiothoracic surgeon working with him.

Young-oh meets with Dr. Kim and tells her that he plans to stop her daughter’s heart during surgery to keep it from rupturing. Dr. Kim asks Young-oh to promise her that her daughter will live, but Young-oh simply says that the one who decides the result of this surgery is not him, but Dr. Kim.

Later, as Dr. Lee walks through the hospital, Dr. Kim begs for him to let Young-oh operate. She argues that Young-oh’s the only surgeon willing to operate on her daughter. She hurriedly drops to her knees and begs for Dr. Lee to allow the surgery, telling him that he can’t do this to her, and that there’s nothing she wouldn’t do right now to save her daughter.

With that, the surgery is given the green light, and everyone preps for it. Young-oh spots his father in front of the surgery room and gives him a small bow before going inside.

Meanwhile, Shi-hyun worries over how Young-oh specifically called for Suk-joo to do such a dangerous surgery with him, and suspects that this might be a trap. Suk-joo simply says that Dr. Kim’s daughter is his patient — he doesn’t need another reason to operate.

As planned, Suk-joo stops the child’s heart and Dr. Kim sets the timer for thirty minutes. All of a sudden, Young-oh demands that they set a new timer for four minutes — he can’t find the source of the aneurysm, and if they continue like this, the heart may rupture.

Young-oh explains that he’ll clip the artery and start over from the beginning. Suk-joo and the other doctors voice some doubt about that plan, but Young-oh just insists that he can finish within four minutes. Dr. Kim resets the timer and looks on, fearing the worst for her child.

The surgery team is thrown in a frenzy as the seconds dwindle away and everyone can only hope that Young-oh succeeds. With thirty seconds left to spare, Young-oh announces that he’s clipped the artery and Dr. Kim breathes a sigh of relief. Now it’s just up to Suk-joo and Shi-hyun to finish up the surgery.

Outside the surgery room, Dr. Kim earnestly thanks Young-oh for not giving up on her daughter. He smiles, telling her that the one who truly didn’t give up on her daughter was Dr. Kim herself.

Suddenly remembering something, Young-oh asks Dr. Kim if Suk-joo had been the doctor who attended to her daughter’s treatments this whole time. Dr. Kim hesitates a bit before answering yes, and with that, Young-oh takes his leave.

As Young-oh walks away, he analyzes Dr. Kim’s reaction — her pursed lips, forced eye contact, and clasped hands are all signs of lying.

As Suk-joo changes in the locker room, Young-oh remarks that he’s confirmed his suspicions — Suk-joo is not Director Shin’s murderer. Young-oh clarifies that Dr. Kim’s daughter had a lesion that was the same rare lesion as the motorcyclist’s.

Suk-joo looks at Young-oh in alarm, and a smirking Young-oh continues, saying that the four-minute operation was a test. The fact that Suk-joo didn’t recognize the lesion shows that he wasn’t the one who stole the motorcyclist’s heart, and if Suk-joo didn’t steal the heart, then he would have had no reason to murder Chief Director Shin.

Angered, Suk-joo asks if he fooled everyone in the operation room just for this test, and Young-oh simply responds that the clipping had been finished before the four-minute operation — the child was never in danger, and it’s a happy ending for everyone.

As Suk-joo stalks out, Young-oh remarks that if Suk-joo had no idea that the patient had a rare lesion, he must not be that great of a doctor. Suk-joo stews in silence, and Young-oh walks out of the room.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kim nervously makes her way to a room within the hospital and reports to someone wearing bloodied surgical gloves that Young-oh was very curious about her daughter’s treatment. She tells the person that she doesn’t know how long she can keep the secret and the person angrily pulls off the surgical gloves before throwing them to the floor.

It turns out that Young-oh had followed Dr. Kim, and right after he sees Dr. Kim leaving the room, he sees a man walk out as well. The man rips off his surgical mask, and it’s revealed to be his father, Dr. Lee.

While Suk-joo makes his way to the morgue, Young-oh visits Dr. Shim of the pathology department and asks her to look into a sample of the motorcyclist’s lesion. He observes the brand-name accessories and the trophies lying around Dr. Shim’s office and tries to appeal to her vanity.

He tells her that he’s doing this for her — if she manages to be the one who discovers the cause behind this lesion, she’ll be famous. Baited and hooked, Dr. Shim agrees to look into the lesion for Young-oh and promises to get back to him in a day.

In the research lab, a worried Suk-joo asks his assistant to confirm that their research is going well. The assistant responds that after their research is patented, they’ll probably be the best hospital in all of Asia, and Suk-joo sends the assistant off.

Dr. Lee comes up behind Suk-joo and asks him what he’s really curious about. Suk-joo explains that he’s worried because the treatment of the test subjects is looking too good. Dr. Lee tells Suk-joo that this regenerative medicine research is equivalent to the deceased Chief Director Shin’s life, and there cannot be any problems, even if there are problems.

As Young-oh leaves his office, he calls Min-jae and suggests that they formally meet with his father.

Driving out of the hospital, Young-oh almost runs over Jin-sung when she jumps in front of his car. She rushes inside his car to show him the records of the doctors who prescribed pseudoephedrine, and asks him to look it over to see if there’s any proof that Suk-joo was the one who prescribed the lethal dosage.

Young-oh asks Jin-sung if she’s been following his orders just to prove that Suk-joo is the culprit, but Jin-sung tells him with determination that she’s doing this to prove that Suk-joo isn’t guilty. She recalls how she checked the security footage and call records and nothing points to Suk-joo meeting with Chief Director Shin that night.

Jin-sung suggests that Young-oh look at a different culprit, noting that Suk-joo is too good of a person to do something like that. Young-oh can only laugh at her naiveté and tells her that there are only two kinds of people in this world: those who have failed to hide their true selves, and those who are still hiding their true selves.

Young-oh tells Jin-sung that he knew from the very beginning that Suk-joo wasn’t the culprit. Jin-sung looks at Young-oh and demands to know why he let her, and the entire hospital, think that Suk-joo was the murderer.

Young-oh explains that he just wanted the murderer to think he was off the hook, but before Young-oh can finish his sentence, Jin-sung throws her papers in his face. Something cuts Young-oh’s neck, but Jin-sung is completely unconcerned.

She asks if he’s ever given his whole heart to someone, or if he’s ever accepted someone’s whole heart, and runs out of the car. Her words give Young-oh something to think about as he watches her leave.

Young-oh recalls how, back in the locker room, he had asked Suk-joo why he didn’t defend himself from the accusations. Suk-joo responded that if he had, then everyone in the surgery department would be suspecting each other, and chaos would reign.

Rushing into the hospital to see Suk-joo, Jin-sung stumbles over her words as she apologizes for suspecting him. She tells him that he can hate her for the rest of his life if he wants to.

Stone-faced, Suk-joo asks if she thinks he’d keep her around for the rest of his life, and Jin-sung’s face falls. Suk-joo breaks out into a small laugh and suggests that they go grab dinner. Jin-sung, however, breaks down into tears seeing how easily she’s been forgiven and Suk-joo consoles her, telling her it’s alright.

At the family dinner, Young-oh abruptly tells his father that he and Min-jae are planning on getting married. Dr. Lee comments that it’s unexpected, and asks Min-jae how well she knows Young-oh. Min-jae responds that she could probably write a PhD thesis on Young-oh.

Young-oh chuckles to hear that, and tells his father not to ask such difficult questions. After all, he says, Min-jae must be terribly nervous already, when her future father-in-law is such a respectable and moral doctor like Dr. Lee.

Everyone continues to eat merrily, but after Min-jae excuses herself, Dr. Lee’s smile immediately drops. He tells Young-oh that it’s too risky to live with Min-jae, but Young-oh disagrees. He says he’ll do his best to make Min-jae happy for the rest of her life, and then people will think that he’s normal, just as his father wants.

Dr. Lee asks Young-oh if he’s made any progress on the mortality conference, and Young-oh responds that the case is getting more and more interesting. Dr. Lee reprimands him for referring to someone’s death as “interesting,” but Young-oh asks him what exactly is so grand and powerful about death.

To Young-oh, death is like losing — doctors lose to disease, the elderly lose to old age, and people like Chief Director Shin lose to traitorous friends. Young-oh reminds Dr. Lee of his own words, that doctors should dedicate their lives to saving as many lives as possible. Young-oh wonders if Dr. Lee has changed his outlook, but states that he plans to follow those words.

Young-oh tells his father that he’ll definitely catch the person who dared to corrupt his operation room by poisoning Chief Director Shin, and gets up to leave. As Young-oh walks away, he calls the hospital and asks to move the mortality conference to tomorrow.

All the doctors receive the message that the mortality conference has been moved, including Dr. Lee. The camera pans down to his brown leather watch meaningfully.

The next morning, Dr. Shim tells Young-oh that she couldn’t determine what caused the lesion, and he notices that her body language shows that she’s lying. Young-oh reminds her that both the motorcyclist and Chief Director Shin died because they found out the truth about the lesion. Knowing that Dr. Shim did find the cause of the lesion, he warns that she’ll be next if she doesn’t reveal the truth at the mortality conference.

Having heard that the mortality conference is today, Jin-sung finds Young-oh and demands that he hand over all his evidence to her. She’s determined to arrest the killer. She also asks him if he’s seen her soju-bottle cap ring, but Young-oh simply responds that he hasn’t. Inside his office, however, he takes the cap ring out of his bag and puts it in his desk.

While Young-oh grows concerned that Dr. Shim isn’t in her office, we see her meet with a man in her car as she says that she thought it would be proper for her to at least let him know if a twenty-year research project on regenerative medicine is about to go down the drain because of her research. Notably, that man is wearing the same watch that Dr. Lee wore to dinner the previous night.

In the hospital, Young-oh receives a call from Dr. Shim. There’s no response from her, and we see her cellphone falling from a building as Dr. Shim’s body follows. Young-oh realizes that there’s something terribly wrong, and the other doctors rush out to save Dr. Shim.

Young-oh prepares to operate on Dr. Shim, and as Jin-sung looks on at the chaos, Dr. Lee comes up behind her and asks for her.

Inside the surgery room, Young-oh replaces his surgical staff with a new group. The initial group of doctors is insulted that he would think one of them is the murderer, but Young-oh ignores them, choosing to start the surgery.

In Dr. Lee’s office, Dr. Lee asks Jin-sung to arrest Young-oh and offers her a master card so she can do it without a warrant. Jin-sung contemplates what to do and notices the picture of Dr. Lee and Young-oh on the shelf.

During the surgery, Young-oh’s new team seems pretty green to the operation room, and he takes a short break, leaving for the locker room.

As Jin-sung makes her way inside the locker room, there’s a constant ringing noise. Just as she’s about to open Young-oh’s locker, he comes in and she hides. She watches him open his locker (which stops the ringing) and inject his medicine.

Jin-sung jumps out and tells him she’s arresting him. Young-oh ignores her and tries to get back to Dr. Shim who’s still on the operating table, but Jin-sung handcuffs him and lets him know that she’s arresting him for the serial murders at Hyunsung Medical Center.

 
COMMENTS

Jin-sung is so frustrating sometimes that even I’m tempted to dump a cup of water over her head. I like that she’s determined and strong-willed, but that doesn’t make up for just listening to someone tell her how to conduct an investigation, especially if that person isn’t a police officer.

Shi-hyun was right when she told Jin-sung to do her job properly, and I can’t believe Jin-sung wasn’t the least bit suspicious towards Young-oh when she was looking for clues that pointed to Suk-joo. I also think the writing is a little sloppy in connecting Jin-sung’s actions and her words — she says that she she’s doing this investigation to clear Suk-joo’s name because she believes in Suk-joo, but she’s angry that Young-oh tricked her into thinking that Suk-joo was the murderer. If she got tricked, then doesn’t that mean her faith in Suk-joo wasn’t as steadfast as she claims?

Of course I think it’s quite problematic that Young-oh is manipulating her and the hospital staff to find the murderer, but I don’t think Jin-sung really has the right to say anything about Young-oh’s ethics. She knowingly helped spread the gossip that Suk-joo was the murderer without any substantial evidence that he was the murderer, no wonder no one wants to let her on the violent crimes unit!

Now, she’s about to interrupt Young-oh when he’s in the middle of a crucial operation. She’d better have a good reason for arresting Young-oh, not just some information she’s hearing from Dr. Lee, or otherwise, she really deserves to be fired.

Young-oh, on the other hand, is at least fairly interesting in how little he cares for others’ feelings, from the way he manipulated the hospital staff into thinking that Suk-joo was the culprit, to the way he manipulated the surgical staff into thinking that Dr. Kim’s daughter was in critical danger.

I’m glad that this lack of empathy gives him the ability to coldly deduce that his father is seemingly behind these murders, but at the same time, it’s shocking how unconflicted he feels about pursuing his father. The hidden barbed comments during dinner really seem to show that Young-oh isn’t too upset about his father potentially being the murderer. It’s a little ironic that someone who’s so talented at physically healing people can also be so nonchalant about emotionally hurting people.

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I am still trying to figure out on what basis Jin Sung is arresting him. I don't see where she has any evidence at all. That is the one part that really confuses me. As noted in the recap - all the earnestness in the world won't make up for being dumb. K-dramas use the phrase "I'll work harder" an awful lot, when what they should be saying is "I'll work smarter" - and that seems to be Jin Sung's failure at this point.

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SERIOUSLY!!!! Jin Sung is so freaking annoying. I know it's not Park So Dam's acting but her character is such a turn off. AGHHHHHH

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agree

what kind of officer can jump into conclusion so easy
can wander around hospital , patient record freely
as nobody around , can interfere with doctor work
can stick her nose to operation room ......
she looks absolutely stupid , ridiculous

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tbh i wouldnt be surprised if its just based on something dr lee tells her causing her to jump to conclusions in her mind

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To me it doesn't matter so much if she has sufficient evidence to arrest him or not, which I'm sure she doesn't, but the fact that someone is DYING on the operation table and will likely die if he doesn't go back in there and finish operating. Can she not wait 20 minutes till it's over? That seems severely unethical.

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Apparently she is so eager to make her "catch" that she is not thinking clearly... or thinking at all. I gather it was something that Dr. Lee told her, but I still don't see any evidence, nor why she would just take someones word for it.

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To be fair, if you were arresting a criminal suspected of murdering people on the operating table, you'd take care not to let him get close to the OR lest he murder someone else... If he really was the murderer, that person would be dead either way

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In that case she's making a very deadly bet with herself based no factual evidence.

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I know that the PSD character is annoying, but she supposed to be an extreme opposite of Lee young oh. As much as he is emotionless and logical she is naive and extremely emotional. And because of that she is not a detective or crime officer but a mere police officer, because her judgmets are all emotional, exact opposit of young oh! So I can understand why writer made her character like that because it's interesting when two people with extreem opposit personality meet or otherwise there won't be a drama!

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Put that way, I guess it would have been okay.
But from my understanding of Young Oh's personality esp. his suffering from Anti-social personality disorder; it is not so much that he is emotionless himself, just that he cant identify with the emotions others display; that is, emotions don't make logical sense to him and hence the lack of empathy. And since, a large part of our sense of right and wrong is based on social feedback, he has problems with that.
So if seen in this context, Jin Sung should have been overtly empathetic, being able to identify with Young oh also, with a very strong moral core not necessarily limited to her duty only.
Personally I agree with the recapper (HappilyEverAfter) and blame the sloppy writing.

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If the writer had this intention then I must say he failed horribly. The most polar opposite trait of this pair is their intelligence. Opposite personalities do make interesting pairing like the lead characters in OHY but not this one.

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I totally agree with your comment. I think the writers got a point here of making both on extreme opposite.

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The only explanation I can see for the arrest is since she witnessed YO injected himself, she knows he's on meds/drugs during surgery, which is a big no-no. However, how that leads to him being the murder...

And just because someone slipped her the masterkey, doesn't make searching through the lockers NOT illegal search and seizure. I don't think any thing she found could be used as evidence.

The way JS is written is so frustrating. She goes all in without thinking, is super emotionally volatile, and doesn't really seem to know how to do her job. I can't help compare this to IRY, where SIG's character was also less socialized and refered to murders as 'interesting,' but at least JNR's policewoman was competent, aware, and useful. Here, half the time JS is trying to arrest YO, while the rest of the time she's asking him to solve the case for her.

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Watching jin sung is so frustrating and its only the fourth episode... i honestly dont know how im going to continue watching this naive girl jump at any opportunity to blame someone as the criminal without any solid proof/backing. when will her character develop bc my head hurts too much sighhhh

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Agree. This female character is putting me off this drama. Why is a traffic police woman given authority to run all over the the hospital, access to confidential info? Furthermore she believe whatever she is told. Park So Dam is cute but does not suit the profile of a serious policewoman. I feel she is miscasted.

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From what I gather her boss gave her temporary permission to pursue the case to prove that what she told him is right, part of an effort to get transferred to the Violent Crimes Unit. But at this point she seems to be grasping at straws just to make an arrest - any arrest at all, because time is running out for her before she goes back to traffic.

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Right. The boss allowed her to collect evidence to prove her accusations but it was just really the boss' way to keep her out of violent crimes unit.

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I dont know why but i feel like its a bit too early to find out who the murderer is. What if its actually a group of people behind the trials and they happen to have the same watch?

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I'm starting to hate jin-sung. I get that her character is impulsive and all that but arresting young-oh when someone's life is on the line is just thoughtless of her. I hope that she doesn't disrupt the surgery, cause if she does then there will be no redeeming her character for me. Young-oh is the driving force of the story to me; I wouldn't be interested in BM if not for him.
Dr Lee being the serial murderer is a twist for me. Never expected it. I really don't want young-oh and min-jae to break up, despite young-oh's issues, they make a cute pair. Plus I'm so not invested in the female lead.
Makes me wonder, as a cop isn't she supposed to be at the police station? She's always in the hospital; also jin-sung is a poor excuse for a police officer. I wish the writer will build up her character cause she's being nothing but a pest hovering around and contaminating everything she touches

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For real, I'm going to be super disappointed if YO and MJ break up and he gets with JS. Just no. Their relationship is kind of endearing and I like that he does intend to make her happy. I hope he learns to express himself and open up to her in whatever limited ways he can.

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The fear on her face after she tried to comfort him last episode was the prelude to the death knoll for the relationship, though I agree about having no desire to see JS and Yo in a romantic pairing, at least not at this point. Maybe if she enters in the strange medical trial and the fungus jump starts her brain into working order?

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Park Seyoung is cute as kmj and so pretty, hope to see more of her

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Now I am thinking Kim MJ may turn out to be the bad guy

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I really hope not because i liked very much their flashback, the way they met. How Young Oh said,flirted with look in my eye so i can read you. He has been with her for so long i think for other reason than hiding behind having a normal GF.

I dont think there is a death knoll for their relationship just because he showed her temporary his problems, troubles with emotions. Being afraid of him temporary because he looked bad isnt that big of deal. I hope there is no romance element with Jing Sung more partners in the mystery.

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Totally agree. I would be terribly disappointed if they give YOung Oh and Jinsung a love line. It would be totally not in young oh's character to fall for someone like Jin Sung.
Actually can I check- did they say they would have a love line? Or that Jin Sung helps Young Oh learn to express his emotions (or something like that)? Because I can understand if Young Oh finds Jin Sung's impulsive and emotionally driven nature fascinating and learns to be more like her. But I cannot see him falling in love with her. And it would be great if he then becomes a better husband to Min Jae and Jin Sung ends up with Suk Joo. That I wouldn't mind!

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PSD did say during the press conference that her character will do things that seem incomprehensible to viewers. So I am sure this is part of the plan to make her character this way now and we will see her development and progress as time goes on.

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Well, so far what he said is entirely correct. But we can't find out what the hell is going on in her mind for a couple more days.

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That's bad or lazy writing. Make your character incomprehensible and dumb from the start so that any development thereafter can only go one way. I get that she's just a traffic cop with no training, expertise or experience but at least throw in something more than earnestness and naivety.

Which viewer is patient enough to stick around and wait for character development like in this case if the character is so annoying for 4 episodes? The ratings pretty much tells the same story.

I am not a Jang Hyuk fan but I think it's no exaggeration that he is carrying this entire show.

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Or code for "The script is stupid; don't blame me for playing an idiot character!"

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I still don't get why there's so much hype over Park So Dam .. I'm not liking her acting in this .. ><

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She acted in a lot of movies- work with yoo ah in twice (veteran and the throne) and kang dong won in the priest. They compare her with Kim go eun who is now very famous.

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I see .. Thank u
I'm not a movie girl, so I don"t how good she is there ..
I'll try not to judge only based on just 4 ep ..

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I think people are kind of being harsh on Jin-sung here. Yeah, she's a police officer, but she's a traffic cop who's had no training as a detective! She doesn't have a terribly complicated personality, has little experience and is in way over her head so it's natural that she'd be manipulated by all the sharks in the hospital waters, so to speak. It's frustrating, but I think this is setting the stage for some character growth. I hope she wises up soon, but I think magically having her be a perfect detective after she just bullied her way into the job with sheer willpower would be more annoyingly unrealistic.

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I agree, she will make some errors, maybe get fired, then learn from her mistakes

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I would have an easier time w/ the 'she isn't actually trained' reasoning if they hadn't gone out of their way to establish she's memorized all those laws and statutes in the 1st episode. Yes, that doesn't explicitly mean she should know how to be a detective, but it made her seem like she was super dedicated to police work and had studied very hard. Surely there'd be some basics of investigation in all that studying? Maybe?

At this point, I'm just as frustrated with the other police for nonsensically letting her loose to investigate as I am with how easily she's manipulated, if not more frustrated. You don't want to deal w/ her bugging you, so you let her go stir up trouble w/ a rich and powerful hospital? WHY

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She knows tons of laws so she should be aware that you cannot break and enter offices and that any evidence you may find doing this won't be used in a trial because they were illegally obtained.
She has no training but she is sooo frustrating.
I think her boss let her investigate because he knows/thinks that Jin Sung won't find anything anyway. So it probably was a way to make her give up on her own.

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I realize that she's memorized all these laws and has probably read all the literature if being a detective is her dream, but reality rarely works out like case studies. Besides, the show is hinting that this is the tip of a massive conspiratorial iceberg that even an experienced lawman would struggle with, let alone miss nobody from nowhere with all sorts of idealistic ideas and no backup.

As for the detectives, I honestly think that they think she's such a pain that they're just waiting for the hospital to swat her down.

I don't know, she's frustratingly dense but I have a soft spot for her. She's like a puppy that's so desperate to do the right thing that she's running through every trick she knows and keeps being snubbed by everyone around her. I find it more sad than annoying, if someone would just give her some guidance and direction, with her willpower she'd be an unstoppable force for justice, but instead everyone's just jerking her around to get each other in trouble and leaving her to chase her tail in circles.

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As others have pointed out, it's pretty certain that Jin-sung has at least the basic police training, which would include something like "hey, police officers are not supposed to break the law themselves". Also, you do not need an actual training to know and understand that evidence acquired illegally cannot be used in the court. Even I know that and I ain't no officer.

Furthermore, if we assume that Jin-sung has zero detective training, why the hell is she working as one?? How come Korean police force is so stupid that they just hand out cases to anyone who barges in and demands them with big puppy eyes. Seriously, this part bothered me a LOT. Other detectives in that department probably have lots of training and had to advance on the work place ladder while this untrained airhead just walzes in and demands the case.

Besides, professional people understand their limits. That is one sign of professionalism. An expert who knows this or that is not what he's good at, would NOT take such an assignment! But hey, not Jin-sung. No raining, no experience and yet she thinks she'll be a super detective.

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I agree that the way she treats evidence is pretty horrific, but when you consider that this case is deeply personal for her (not only is the man she loves implicated in the murder, but her mentor figure is one of the victims) I see it as character development. She's so desperate for the answer that she'll do whatever it takes. Her naivete and thirst for justice are being corrupted, though that's a dramatic way of saying it. Hopefully the people around her come and meet her in the middle, rather than dragging her all the way down.

As for the detectives, the chief detective explained that he was afraid she'd sue them for sexual harassment/discrimination if he blocked her request. Everyone around her has set her up to fail from day one. I think it's sad.

haha obviously I have lots of feelings about this character...

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If I remember correctly, they didn't even think the case was worth investigating, or at least they have no interest. So it's not like "how come they can let her go her way with the case when they know she's not capable", but as above someone said, they think or are sure she won't find anything, for them there's no case to begin with.

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Like everyone else I wanted to hurl something sharp at my screen at Jin Sung when she arrested Young Oh. Her rash actions have cost 2 patients to suffer- first the politician (who I felt little remorse for because he was an ass) and now Dr Shim, who possibly will die if her surgery isn't completed.

The clues are pointing to Dr Lee as the mastermind behind everything- the watch, him walking out of the operating room after talking to Dr Kim, he matches Young Oh's description of the killer, and he now is getting Young Oh arrested. But the show still leaves just enough doubt because I'm not sure if his motivation to arrest Young Oh stems from fear of Young Oh himself, or what he may uncover in his investigation. He is clearly frightened of Young Oh and doesn't trust him at all. He is convinced that Young Oh is a cold hearted person capable of murder.

And that's why I'm not surprised why Young Oh would deduce his father behind the murders. Young oh is firstly not swayed by emotions, and he also knows first hand that his father can be manipulative- the scene in epi 2 when dad was questioning young oh about dr Shin's death was chilling in how he gained control over Young oh. And despite Young Oh always wanting to gain his father's approval, his father has reciprocated only with distrust.
And although Young oh is brutally calculative and detached in his decisions, his character doesn't seem evil. He wants to be a good doctor- as he confessed to Min Jae, and how he says doctors are supposed to save people.
His methods may not be the kindest, but at least they are rooted in logic and get results- unlike some police officer we know.

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Twist: Jin Sung is actually working for the serial killer(s). Despite appearances, instead of being grossly incompetent at her job she is actually quite proficient.

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Lol. She will have to be a GEENIUS police officer to be able to act so dumb!

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I see no indication of him being evil. To me he seems more Spock-like - totally logical with no emotions (which may not be true either, I suspect he was misdiagnosed).

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hehehe. It seems to me that the writer had in mind both spock and Dr. House for his character.... Dr Spocuse. Dr Spouse..
okay bad pun but you get the general drift....

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Everything point to the older Dr Lee but don't think might be him, only 4 episodes, still a long way to go. There will be a twist. Very exciting- will continue to watch

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I am quite sure it is not the older Dr Lee, but I just dunno who it is!

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So far little has been said about the doctor that "fell" from the roof. With all these suspicious deaths going around seems like someone should be wondering what is going on. Of course, not all know the story about strange tumors yet, so I might be wrong.

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Thank you for the recap!!! :)

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I am curious about this story and Jang Hyuk is awesome here. I just don't know how long I can last because Jin Sung annoys me so much. There are quite a number of frustrating female characters in dramas but I can't recall anyone as consistently frustrating as Jin Sung.

It isn't just how the character is written, Park So Dam is not making Jin Sung better. This is the first time I am watching this actress, I don't get the hype about her. Heard she's great in movies but I am scratching my head. How can one be great in movies and so bad in a drama? I thought she looks like Kim Go Eun and I actually found myself imagining how KGE would have acted in this role. Perhaps still dumb but not so dumb and wring some empathy from me.

Heavens forbid there is a love line between Young Oh and Jin Sung. I cannot watch their romance unless JS character improves by leaps and bounds.

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I realized everyone in this drama tells lies even the most innocent looking lady doc. You don't know who you can trust!

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I can't believe they risked the whole production just to wait for Park So-dam's schedule to be free JUST to give her this crappy excuse for a character.

*sigh*

Or were they hoping that the actress would make up for such a poorly-written heroine?

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I've been seeing a lot of hate for Jin Sung's character after this episode and this makes me sad because I really liked her in the first two and apart from this hiccup, I haven't really had many problems with her.

I feel like she's letting her feelings get in the way of doing her work (her feelings for Suk Joo in particular) where instead of trying to find who the murderer is, it became a case of who the murderer isn't (aka NOT Suk Joo) and I think that can be attributed to her young age and impulsive personality, which is supposedly what her character is about. I'm not trying to make excuses for it, simply understand why the character would do that (part of it is poor writing, especially regarding the arrest)

As for the arrest, it's the only thing I don't understand especially since she's only going on the word of one doctor. I suppose from her point of view, she's not seen everything that Young Oh's done (as the audience has) and has less reason to trust him, blames him for manipulating her into making the entire hospital think Suk Joo was responsible for the murders (she was as easily manipulated, though I feel like the one who manipulated her is equally culpable) and sees him as generally heartless (an idea shared by most of the cast). Plus at the end, he's accused by not only a very respected Doctor, but also his father to boot (which, I feel, Jin Sung might know because she sees that picture of the two of them). Putting all of that together and taking into hand that she doesn't have the audience's perspective, I feel like while not justified, her actions might be slightly believable.

That said, I think what this episode proves is that Jin Sung is deeply impulsive and that the coming episodes will be about her overcoming this side of herself and beginning to work more carefully, at least according to the preview which I'm pretty sure is when Jin Sung begins to question herself. I think these are the lessons Young Oh and she will teach each other, hopefully.

Sorry about the overtly long comment. I do really like her and I'm super interested in what kind of relationship she and Young oh will have (whether platonic or romantic).

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I completely get the fact that she is impulsive and driven by emotions, this definitely is her character. But too much of anything is no good. And she is really unprofessional and gets manipulated by anyone. I still don't get why she did what Young Oh told her to do (the whole blaming Suk Joo for the crime) since he is not a detective and she doesn't know him that much. Anyway my point is I don't necessarily dislike her character, I just get annoyed by it because it's just too much and I see no changes. That and she doesn't make sense at some point (breaking laws and yet she expects people to respect them). I just really hope for some character growth and want to see more Jin Sung-Young Oh interactions and the consequences of those. I wonder how the romance will happen but really I hope that Jin Sung will slowly start to change

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I agree with the fact that they're definitely going overboard in trying to make her the other extreme of Young Oh, by making her TOO naive and impulsive. I still hold (and hope that the next episode doesn't prove me wrong) that she has some sort of weird reasoning for the arrest, especially since the supposed culprit's father told her.

That said, I actually DO see some changes especially in the previews which kind of make it clear that she's going to do some serious rethinking on stuff.

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She had access to his locker and saw him injecting some kind of drugs to himself. So I wouldn't blame her for arresting him because he definitely looked like a drug addict.
I watched again the preview and you're right maybe she will start to change (let's hope!) because she seems to be questioning herself which, to me is the beginning of changing

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Would you be so understanding if Jin Sung was investigating you? She may be as impulsive as she wants but not as a detective that is INADMISSIBLE and sooo irresponsible and she wants to move to the violent crimes division ?! God forbid!! This is like a nurse aspiring to be a surgeon and not only that but she's actually given the opportunity to operate. This is totally unacceptable and utterly DANGEROUS... No wonder the viewers are appalled by this character ...Inexcusable ....

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Everyone is so suspicious here, it may turn out to be that innocent looking resident whom no one suspects....

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I like this drama mystery. but I'm looking forward to how young oh fall in love with jinsung she is annoying seems to have strong feelings for sukjoo may be her stubborn behavior may help her to pus young oh boundaries and make him fell emotions.I really think what young oh doing is right I don't know he is not detective so he doesn't have to play with the rules but she have to she just suspect some one b/c some one told her to do so.she is letting her emotions get in to the way unlike youngoh I don't think he is the only one to learn she have to take some lesson from him don't let your emotion get on your way.for the murderer I don't think it is Dr.Lee it'll kill the mystery if we know him just in few episode.i'm looking forward how this show will progress.

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I'm also looking forward to watching the whole falling in love process because I can't picture it and this is actually good.
But I don't think what Young Oh is doing is right. It is good because he makes the investigation progress but it is still not right. Not being a policeman doesn't mean he can do anything he wants. The deductions he got were all from manipulating people. Of course he didn't break any law (that I know of) but its was still morally wrong.
I also think that Jin Sung can learn a lot from Young Oh (especially given her emotions-driven character), just like Young Oh should learn to be more like Jin Sung.

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I suspect Jin Sung's logic is that a father wouldn't implicate his son in wrongdoing unless he was very certain and the wrongdoing was very serious.

I also suspect Young Oh's dad told her that Young Oh was operating under the influence of narcotics (meth, heroin, or abusing injectable rx drugs), in which case, you don't want to let a high doctor go operate under the influence, so you arrest them when you see them shoot up.

If he really was doing that, it's the right call to arrest him and get another doctor in to continue the surgery. There's probable cause between witnessing the injection and his father's report.

Hopefully it will take only a few minutes next ep for Young Oh to clear up that he's allowed to take those meds and he can get back to doctoring. Probably this is at least the beginning of how Jin Sung is let in on the facts of his condition.

Or the writing could just be going more off the rails.

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Oooh that fake drug addiction tip from YO's own dad could be the reason. I hope you're right! I really don't want to hate her character. :(

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I actually had the same thought, that she saw a syringe which obviously doesn't look good. Anyway of she did, then to me she did the right thing. I definitely don't blame Jin Sung for stopping the surgery (provided she has the right evidence or that what she saw constitute suspicion enough)

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That's actually a good point, which would make sense as to why she suddenly (and to viewer's eyes, randomly) went to stop him after seeing him inject himself). If she went to find proof of his wrongdoing and she heard from his father that he takes drugs, seeing him inject himself would be the ultimate proof.

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It is not that the writing is sloppy regarding her but rather that is how her character is supposed to be. She simply reacts on her emotions without thinking about her action. Like aresting the lead surgeon while surgery is not finished yet. Acussing people without doing her homework and the list goes on. She doesn't have any cualification to lead the investigation and the fact she doesn't realize that speaks volumes.

They probably made her that way to work as contrast to the MC but it has backfired, as they made her quite anoying.

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I just started watching this korean drama series and I AM HOOKLY INLOVE with it!

Though yes Jin Sung is kinda emotionally impulsive... i guess i will give her more time to improve her impulsiveness in doing things.
Young-oh well he is like mixture or Dr. House and Sherlock (bbc channel Benedict'c character). And i kinda ship Young-oh and Jin Sung ?
because point-of-view both each other can learn something from each other (young-oh learning to develop and learn emotions and jin sung in controlling her emotions/impulsiveness).
Oh and about the murderer i kinda doubt first it was young-oh's father but.....whoever pushed the lady doctor-researcher THE HAND-WITH-THAT-MODEL-WATCH HAS A YOUNGER HAND And has less veins!

Sorry for the long post!

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☝I saw a Sherlock fan here. Young oh and Sherlock is really similar given that they're both mentally special. Can we see Young oh having his own Mind Palace in the next episodes? Heol.

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On a shallow note, aren't the Min-jae/Young-oh dating flashbacks funny and cute?

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Very :D

I laughed so hard when he told her as a matter of fact that she would have no problem finishing a whole chicken.

But this pairing is doomed, right?

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God! I hope not!

I am really shipping them together. They seem to care about each other a lot and want to make each other happy. Young Oh seemed genuinely affected by Min Jae's tears. I hope the drama keeps them as a couple. I just don't buy Jin Sung with Young Oh no matter how they improve on their emotional/logic spectrum.

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Yes they are. Too bad Min-jae/Young-oh aren't the eventual OTP. If there has to be a romance (which the probability of it happening is fairly high since the drama is on KBS2) I'd prefer to spend 16 hours watching Jang Hyuk & Park Se-Young.

4 episodes have aired...at the moment pairing Young-Oh with Jin-Sung is a hindrance to the drama's main mystery and makes viewers scratch their heads questioning the storyline. Frankly an unnecessary interference with the buildup and overall journey of his character.

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Yeah, I'd rather watch Min Jae and Young Oh anytime. They were so cute together. The way Park Se Young played the young Min Jae who's infatuated and crushing on Young Oh is what I'd like to see if there is a need to pair up a younger character with Young Oh.

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Well aside from Jin sung's actions, I'm excited about the murder spree going on. I think it's connected to the RESEARCH the hospital was conducting and maybe the Dr. Kim's child was one of the test subjects.

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Illegal research! Zombies!

This drama just got 10000% more interesting.

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Yes, I think it's definitely linked to the research. The culprit is always greediness for fame and money.

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I can't stop thinking how awesome it would have been if Jang Naras Cha Ji An from I remember you was the female. Can you imagine? simply perfect.

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You know what? I was rewatching this drama and had the EXACT same thought! Please please please Jin Sung try to be at least half as smart as Cha Ji An...

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She was an awesome female lead and cop. And Jang Nara again paired with Jang Hyuk, well that would be a perfect fit.

Right now I am not sure if I should continue watching. But I am sticking with SIG Squad 38.

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Her character was really great! She was definitely less smart than SIG but she was still very skilled in her job. So I really hope that Jin Sung will get better at doing her job. I understand why you're not sure you should keep watching. I'm watching because of Jang Hyuk and because I want to understand this entire murder mess.

I haven't started Squad 38. Is it really good?

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I am mot giving up on it yet, so let's see where it goes.

Squad 38: Love it, it's fun and I am already rooting for the bromance. And SIG works always for me, whatever he does. You should give it a try.

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Honestly, I agree. Jin sung is annoying af. I've been watching a lot of dramas since high school and i have never been this annoyed at the main character.

I get that the writer is trying to write a fiery character but this is just too much. She should have used her brain more (i'm not sure if she have one to begin with) and not jump into conclusions without thinking of the risk. She's so one-tracked and only see in black or white. Oh it's definitely Young Oh. Wait, no, it's Suk Joo. NO YOUNG OH IS THE KILLER. I can't believe she's a cop. I mean, even from the start where she thought Young Oh is suspicious and she played that clip at the conference like you're so sure of everything?? ?

I kind of wish Park Shin Hye's character is playing here instead of Park So Dam's character. It'd be more interesting to see Young Oh deals with Hye Jung lmao idk or Jin Sung having Hye Jung's personality. Or even Oh Hae Young's personality (who's also emotionally-driven but not that naive).

I'm quitting this drama but I'll read the recaps, thanks for recapping this!

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If the writer is capable of writing so badly a character as Jin Sung, then I am afraid the story might go nowhere. I am enjoying it now but who knows, it might become more and more absurd.

I didn't want to say it but since you did, I admit I too wished that PSH's character is in this drama instead of Park So Dam's Jin Sung. I am used to young, naive, passionate and hot headed female characters in kdramas. I'd thought I can suffer this type pretty well until Jin Sung came along. I blame the character mostly but PSD is playing so straight that we don't see any conflict or doubt Jin Sung might have in believing Young Oh or when she's caught in difficult situation. Like you said, she's merely reacting to whatever the stimuli. There's no processing but just a reflex.

I probably sound very harsh on the actress but that's because she is touted as one of the young talents to watch for in chungmuro. If she's a idol, I might not say as much. Like what many have voiced out, I wonder why the production risked delay and everything to get her on board if this is all she's capable of.

One last word to the writer, please crush that bottle cap to oblivion. I swear that thing has some magic on it and just refused to be dented the slightest bit. There's little hope though because it's now sitting in Young Oh's drawer.

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Oh dont quit because of only 4 ep. Give it a try first to watch ep 5. I can promise you of a great episode and you wont regret watching it.

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I am hanging in there with this drama but not with real confidence. It's kind of a shame when the female lead reminds me a lot of that earnest rabbit in Zootopia, but Jin-sung is not as good at thinking through motives and evidence!

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The rabbit in zootipia! That totally makes sense xD

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Thanks for the recap! For me that doctor who dumped the water is more annoying though. -.- In some places that can get you dragged into a police station...

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This has been a great episode. The twist and turns were wonderfully and delightfully done. From the first scene as interns at the hospital the director was brilliant to turn such cliches scene into a gem. With an emotionally deprived character it makes alot of sense and fun!

The confrontation with the owner of the hospital was smartly done with smarts, blunt with substance to the unpredictable surgery to the debate on the ethics so honest refreshing and make you ponder as the debate packs substance and highly debatable.

The thickening of the plot and progress make this drama with one of the best pacing i have seen in a while. Even the debate with PSD in the car and her outburst are filled with substance and makes you think.

As the direction of the drama with its unpredictability even PSD's role annoying is slowly transforming. I see the progression of her character from just rush in and jumping to conclusion as a rookie and lovesick girl to her pondering scene in the end on what to do with Jang hyuk? I notice subtle acting here on hesitation as its small and incremental i suspect she is beginning to mature and not as rash. NO doubt her arresting Jang hyuk irritates me but i suspect it is done with a reason and it may be a unpredictable turn as this drama seems to excel on.

Can't wait for episode 5

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uhh..curse that female lead! She have been annoying since the 1st ep! And she biased as she still dont apologize towards young ho but she able to apologize in the light speed to suk joo without second thought! She even make Young ho bleed in the car n not even sorry? And now I just hope the female lead change to min jae instead. The writer should just cut this girl scenes. She ruined the drama for me.
On another note, well oh well, Dr House in the house! N their faces even looks almost the same! Coincidence? :P

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Last time I commented I defended Jin-sung as a character. But this time around I realized that this drama would be better without her :/ She was barely in this episode and I found myself heavily consumed by everything not having to do with her. From the murder mystery, to Young Oh's relationship with Min-jae, the dynamics of his relationship with his father, the one doctor who is so desperate to save her daughter, even the brief scenes with Suk-joo ( im in desperate need of more Suk-joo tbh hes a great character), also Dr Shim's fall off the roof gave me a near heart attack btw.
Its not that im annoyed by Jin-sung (im honestly more annoyed with all the bashing of both her character and of the actress that plays her), but I cant help but wonder if the reason this episode was so good was because she was barely in it. Her arresting him at the end was weird tho. it was very sudden with no real build up. which seems to be a theme for her character I guess. her actions lack motives and logical reasoning. but I guess that just highlights how she is the opposite of young oh.

At this point I kinda wish the drama had scrapped Jin-sung as a character. I'd rather see Suk-joo and Young Oh develop a bromance tbh. and im enjoying young oh's connection with min-jae. the show has set up their relationship in a great way that makes it actually believable. but jin-sung and young oh being in love just feels unrealistic at this point. I mean shes literally afraid of him and he constantly manipulates her- thats not a very good basis for a relationship but hey maybe good writing could save this ship that no one wants to happen.

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I realized that this drama would be better without her :/ She was barely in this episode and I found myself heavily consumed by everything not having to do with her.

I cant help but wonder if the reason this episode was so good was because she was barely in it.

Feel like you read my mind. Had the same thoughts as you.

At this point I kinda wish the drama had scrapped Jin-sung as a character. I’d rather see Suk-joo and Young Oh develop a bromance tbh. and im enjoying young oh’s connection with min-jae. the show has set up their relationship in a great way that makes it actually believable. but jin-sung and young oh being in love just feels unrealistic at this point.

This! I wish more writers, producers, and network powers that be would realize that not every drama has to have a romance line in order to appeal to viewers. Always a problem when the OTP has to be force fed to the audience. Know when its time to just give up and move on. Instead why give the audience something different...it's okay to create something noteworthy and exceptional by thinking outside the box.

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Misprint:
Instead why not give the audience something different…it’s okay to create something noteworthy and exceptional by thinking outside the box.

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I'm thinking Dr. Kim's daughter was the recipient of the missing heart. And isn't there a rule against doctors being a surgical team member if the patient is a family member?

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Episode 5 already sub- another brilliant episode- now we know the killer

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I can't wait for the recap.

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Watching episode 5 makes me conclude that we should not try to judge or criticize this drama or characters in just few episodes. Ep 5 was really great,plus i finally can understand jin sung character through this ep. She is just a person who are really driven by emotions that she just left out logic behind. This drama tells about emotions and it succeds for me.

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My rule of thumb is that most shows (not just dramas) need 4 episodes to gel. K-dramas tend to deliberately make certain characters unpleasant/unlikeable in various ways in the first 4 episodes so that they can reveal their real motivation/point of view. It's actually kind of a crutch at this point.

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I actually really liked Jin Sung on episode 5 & 6. I hope to see some good changes in her behaviour in the next episodes

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After I watched this episode, I found myself wishing that Jin Sung is removed from the case permanently so I don't have to put up with her baseless drama. I can't sympathize or even see things from her viewpoint because she is so illogical and biased in her actions it negates any good intentions. Sure, her character is meant to be green and passionate. Unfortunately she comes across as completely ignorant and too impulsive. If she doesn't start being more reasonable and start using her seemingly dormant brain cells, she's going to cause a viewership exodus.

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I think that is what the writers want to show us regarding jin sung characters. She is written as someone that is fully driven by emotions only and cant think logically. Plus,this is what the drama wants to show us,emotions. And though most of us get annoyed with her but i bet there is someone like her in reality. Someone that is too focus on her emotions that makes him/her fail to see things logically.

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If Jin Sung can't think logically, then she's in the wrong business and shouldn't be a detective. She shouldn't be a traffic cop either. Her running in to the office for a traffic offense in ep 1. was over the top and inappropriate. Breaking into someone's locked office is also a criminal act and could get her fired from the police force.

Detectives, like Doctors rely heavily on logic, and logical analysis to read situations and piece things together. Her inability to think things through before jumping into things will sink her as a policewoman.

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This is wonderful to me cause the writer was just laying foundation for this drama in episode 4. That is why i am not jugding already. Plus, for all those guys trying chew jinsung already, you are making a huge mistake here. I know she messed up here, but think, it was for a reason. So i advice you, rethink.

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hate the leaeding actress characterrr

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