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Beautiful Mind: Episode 7

After the powerful ending last week left us with, Young-oh gets a much needed break from the hostility and scrutiny of the hospital, and discovers that while he has plenty more to learn about human emotions, he is still a very good doctor. Suk-joo faces a crisis of conviction, as his honesty wars with his desire to alleviate the suffering of patients around him.

 

 
EPISODE 7 RECAP

A teenaged Young-oh watches a couple in a hospital meet their baby after delivery. His face is blank but his gaze is fascinated. His father comes up to stand by him and explains that when a man and a woman meet, bear a child and raise them to send out to the world, they’re called a family. Someday, Dr. Lee says, Young-oh has to live like that so people can be convinced that he’s normal.

Young-oh asks his father if he’ll someday be able to feel for real; not by imitation, but like normal people. There’s something like yearning in his voice, but Dr. Lee doesn’t answer him. As they’re walking away, Young-oh turns one last time to look at the new family.

In the present, Director Kang watches a news report that his father, Chairman Kang, will be stepping down next month so the next generation can take over the running of Hyunsung Group. He tells his assistant to set up a meeting with Assemblyman Kim immediately.

They meet on the hospital rooftop and Director Kang asks the assemblyman to expedite the FDA approval for their new stem cell research. Assemblyman Kim is understandably suspicious at this sudden hurry, and asks for an explanation, pointing out that this is a matter of national health and a potential boon or a curse for his presidential candidacy.

Director Kang counters that health is good, but since every other Hyungsung property makes his family trillions, he needs the new regenerative medicine to make him much, much more so he can be in the running for succession in his father’s eyes. And since he only has a month until Chairman Kang retires, he needs to get their technology into the market quickly. Assemblyman Kim offers to get the approval in one week.

Suk-joo looks through research files and records while a colleague asks him worriedly if he really thinks something is wrong with their research. Suk-joo asks him what he would think of an odd lesion on cardiac muscle tissues and of necrotic tissue turning into a tumor in patients who’ve had their treatment during the drug trials. Suk-joo answers his own question: It’s a side-effect of the stem cell treatment medicine.

His colleague, SONG GI-HO, denies that anything like that could be possible, but hides an envelope from Suk-joo. Suk-joo wrestles it from him and is startled to find a divorce petition. Gi-ho explains that he spent far too much time in the lab and far too little with his wife. His eyes are intense as he says that that’s the reason why he would feel very wronged if their research was a failure.

Assistant Manager Chae watches Gi-ho walk away and tells Suk-joo to keep his suspicions to himself. He’s amicable as he explains that the trials went perfectly up to the second stage, and they just finished the trials for the third stage. He points out that Suk-joo would never be able to prove that something was wrong without proof all on his own.

Suk-joo remembers his confrontation with Young-oh, where Young-oh revealed that Assemblyman Kim had the same rare lesion in his heart that the motorcyclist did. Realizing that Suk-joo didn’t know about the lesion, Young-oh had asked him if he really was a good doctor.

Now, Suk-joo approaches the nurses station to get Young-oh’s contact information. Min-jae hears the request and tells Suk-joo that there’s no point in contacting him, since Young-oh will never treat a patient again. She coldly says that Young-oh’s absolute belief in his skills has been shattered, and that he will never recover from it. She leaves and the nurse comments that despite dating Young-oh for so long, Min-jae is pretty cruel to him.

Young-oh wakes up overheated under a blanket in a strange room. Outside, we see Jin-sung’s brother and mother discussing the man she brought home with her the night before.

Jin-sung’s brother wonders if his sister is dating a doctor, and when Jin-sung denies it’s like that, he tells her to at least mess around with the man. Jin-sung seems to think that “messing around” involves cutting school and getting phone calls from the principal, and her brother laughs that she has no experience with kissing or even holding hands.

Jin-sung chases him around with a hose and ends up accidentally dousing Young-oh in the process. She grabs a towel and tries to pat Young-oh’s drenched clothes dry, but he snatches it away. He observes that he isn’t sure if she wrapped him in that stifling blanket to kill him or heal him.

Jin-sung tries to explain to her mother in private that she’s not dating the doctor she brought home, but her mother tells Jin-sung (loud enough for Young-oh to hear) that though she may live in the country, she’s with the times. She says she understands that when men and women like each other, they will do that. Jin-sung shouldn’t fear the world’s disapproval, she adds. After all, they can just get married.

Jin-sung’s brother walks down to the pier and notices a woman in a wheelchair left unattended in the middle of the road. He recognizes her as their neighbor’s paralyzed daughter-in-law and brings her up to their home to have Young-oh examine her.

The family talks about how the woman’s crabby old mother-in-law picks on her, accusing her of having killed her son. Both Jin-sung’s mother and brother look earnestly at the “big city doctor” and ask him to take a look at the woman.

Jin-sung tries to stop them, but her mother hushes her and explains that the daughter-in-law hasn’t been able to speak or move her limbs for almost a year now. Young-oh looks at the woman, his gaze habitually seeking out the physical tells that he uses to give such accurate diagnoses, but then his father’s voice intervenes, asking if he thinks he’s superior to other doctors while calling him a monster.

Young-oh walks past them in a daze, leaving the family confused. Jin-sung promises to explain his behavior later and runs after him. The granny comes looking for her daughter-in-law and quarrels with Jin-sung’s family for bringing her up to their house.

The brother tells the granny to treat her daughter-in-law better or he’ll call the cops. The granny curses him and kicks over their table before taking her daughter-in-law away. Jin-sung’s mother is more sympathetic to the old lady than her son, saying that it must be hard looking after a sick person who’s not even your own blood.

Jin-sung follows Young-oh down to the shore and apologizes for her brother putting him on the spot. She says that he just really wanted to help the daughter-in-law and that in villages like hers, families live close together and freely interfere in each other’s affairs. Young-oh asks if that’s why she brought him here: to treat his rotted heart with the love and closeness of this village by the sea.

Jin-sung answers that she wanted to let him rest in a place where people didn’t look at him oddly. She wanted to help, just like her brother wanted to help the ill daughter-in-law. Young-oh disagrees. He says she brought him here to show him that she’s happier than he is, that she can help him, and is therefore better off than he is.

He tells her with contempt that people who feel emotions use friendship, love, and sympathy as disguises for their true intent, which is to seek reassurance that they are better off than the other person. Jin-sung listens to his rant quietly, then asks if he’s this angry with himself because he ran away from a patient, and if he’s afraid he’ll keep running.

Young-oh looks in the distance at the old lady and her daughter-in-law sitting by the water and laughs cynically. He tells her that this is why people can’t help others. Someone’s weakness becomes a sore spot they want to attack, or a burden they want to get rid of.

Young-oh tells Jin-sung that he takes back what he said about asking her for help, even as they hear the sounds of wheels rolling uncontrollably forward. There’s a loud splash, and Jin-sung looks around to find that the paralyzed daughter-in-law has fallen into the water. Young-oh coldly remarks that the old lady made the choice to get rid of her burden whether any one saw her or not, but Jin-sung asks “Do you want to make a bet?” and jumps into the water.

After pulling the woman out of the sea and sending her to the hospital, Jin-sung sits by the shore. Young-oh brings her a towel and asks her why she risked her life. Jin-sung tells him that she wants to make a bet with him.

Jin-sung says that in the world she knows, Granny isn’t such a bad person that she would try to kill her own daughter-in-law. She places a challenge before him: if he isn’t afraid of treating patients, then he should prove it by trying to treat the daughter-in-law. If he can bring her speech back, then they would know for sure which one of them was right about Granny.

Back in Seoul, a young woman is being readied for a heart transplant surgery. The extraction team dispatched by the hospital to bring back the fresh organ is stuck in traffic. Initially, the resident plays games on his phone while his senior panics that the heart will be useless unless they can get it to the patient within half an hour. But as soon as the resident hears that the transplant is doctor Lee Shi-hyun’s first surgery, he leaps out of the van and runs all the way back to the hospital, making it in good time.

Lee Shi-hyun takes the patient up for surgery and a nurse asks the woman what she plans to do after she gets her heart. The patient says that for years she has only had one dream, and it was for this wait to stop. As her name rose from 173 to 1 on the heart transplant list, she held her breath every time the phone rang.

But with the operation today, she says, her wait will come to an end, and her one dream will come true. Lee Shi-hyun reassures her that a transplant surgery is so simple that it isn’t even considered a surgery. She tells the woman that it won’t look pretty, but her new heart will be strong.

Suk-joo asks Dr. Lee how to contact Young-oh. Dr. Lee asks him if Young-oh wronged Suk-joo somehow, but Suk-joo just says that Young-oh was the first person to make him feel ashamed. Dr. Lee is surprised, but guesses that something happened between them that has to do with the hospital. Suk-joo tells him that only Young-oh can answer his questions.

Dr. Lee tells him that he’s looking for his son as well and will tell him to contact Suk-joo when he’s back. He asks if he seems like a bad parent. Suk-joo in turn asks him if he doesn’t regret throwing out his son to favor his own principles. Dr. Lee observes that Suk-joo must really be concerned. Realizing he’s crossed a line, Suk-joo takes his leave.

Young-oh decides to visit the daughter-in-law in the hospital. The attending resident thinks Young-oh is her guardian and tells him that she has a mild fever and suffered a stroke. Young-oh seems conflicted as he stands in the doorway, but after listening to the resident’s faulty diagnosis, he’s compelled to examine the woman.

Meanwhile, the villagers speculate that the granny must have pushed her daughter-in-law into the sea. Jin-sung goes to Granny’s house and looks around the rooms. She finds a shoe box full of rolled up money and a brochure for an advanced wheel chair.

Young-oh realizes the daughter-in-law has gained weight recently, and that she suffers from long-term paralysis and loss of mobility. As she wakes and looks around her, Young-oh leans forward and asks her if her mother-in-law was the one to push her into the sea. Her eyes widen, and Young-oh starts to read her body signals to determine her response.

Suddenly, Min-jae’s face comes to mind, and he can only recall what she said about him reading her emotions from her body. He turns to leave, but Jin-sung stands in his way. She gets a call from her mother telling her that Granny has surrendered herself to the police for pushing her daughter-in-law into the sea.

She relays this to Young-oh, who laughs to realize that he’s won their bet and that his interpretation of the situation was right to begin with. The resident comes in and prepares to give the daughter-in-law saline before she’s transferred to a bigger hospital, while a cheerful Young-oh takes the medical chart from him and begins to read it.

Young-oh tells the resident that the woman didn’t have a stroke, but suffers from Hashimoto’s disease. She’ll have to be given a hormone treatment and will recover very slowly. But then the daughter-in-law begins to suddenly convulse on the table.

Both the resident and Young-oh are startled, and Jin-sung yells at them to do something. The resident panics and rushes out to look for an ambulance, while Young-oh grapples with the idea that though his diagnosis was right, he still must have missed something.

In Seoul, Lee Shi-hyun performs the heart transplant surgery with Suk-joo’s assistance. Just as Lee Shi-hyun’s about to take the patient’s heart out, Suk-joo stops her. He examines the new heart closely and tells her that it has started developing an infection and cannot be used.

Lee Shi-hyun thinks of the patient’s unending wait for the heart and tells Suk-joo that they can treat the infection after the transplant. Suk-joo cuts through her words and tells her that though the patient might die waiting for another heart, transplanting an infected one right now could result in her immediate death. Unable to deny his reasoning and feeling wretched, Lee Shi-hyun closes up the patient’s chest again.

Later, she cries in an empty corridor and Suk-joo comes up to comfort her. She asks how long she’ll have to fight this battle, and Suk-joo tells her that he would choose to fight this battle every day until the end.

Suk-joo visits Dr. Kim’s little daughter and finds the head anesthesiologist who had just been promoted to Dr. Kim’s position sitting with the child. He tells Suk-joo that he wishes he could shout, curse and denounce Dr. Kim and then let it go, but he hasn’t been able to do so. Suk-joo and the anesthesiologist both miss Dr. Kim despite her having done something horrible.

Later, Suk-joo sits quietly beside the little girl and remembers Dr. Kim’s desperation to find a heart for her daughter. She had asked Suk-joo to promise that his research would be successful so her daughter would have a chance to live. In the present, Suk-joo hangs his head in defeat under the burden of guilt and hopelessness.

Assistant Manager Chae chooses that moment to come and commiserate about the aborted surgery. He blames the “Creator” for being cruel and points out that if their regenerative medicine came out to the market, no one would have to suffer as Dr. Kim did. Suk-joo tells Assistant Manager Chae that he can tell the “Creator” that he’s a bastard.

Young-oh stands at the pier, looking out to sea. Jin-sung asks him if he’s all right and he says that he lost their bet. He failed at diagnosing the daughter-in-law properly because he couldn’t read her mind properly. He asks if Jin-sung is satisfied now. Jin-sung asks in turn what happens if she was right about Granny after all.

Young-oh looks at her curiously as she brings out the brochure of the electronic wheelchair. She explains that this is the reason Granny was bad-tempered all the time and worked so hard to earn money. Granny’s daughter-in-law wasn’t a burden to be thrown away but her hope for the future. Jin-sung asks Young-oh if he never had a moment when he desperately needed someone, even when he knew they would be of no help to him.

Her words spark something in him and he goes back to the village hospital again. A new doctor is examining the daughter-in-law now and prepares to transfer her to a bigger hospital. The doctor tells Young-oh that she’s likely suffering from a cerebral hemorrhage and needs immediate surgery. Young-oh disagrees.

He says that what the daughter-in-law needs more than surgery are immunosuppressants. The new doctor is less than pleased to have a random person challenging his diagnosis and says that all her symptoms, triggered by the fall into the sea, indicate that she had a stroke.

Young-oh counters that because she fell into the sea, he knows this isn’t a stroke or a cerebral hemorrhage. He reveals her bleeding, scraped toes to prove that the woman had painfully pulled herself forward and jumped into the sea.

It makes no sense to the doctor and the resident. They ask why she would do that, and Young-oh tells them that she often had hot flashes and was hallucinating that she was on fire. She jumped into the water to survive.

The new doctor scoffs that there’s no way he could know that when the patient can’t even talk. Young-oh tells him that this wasn’t a medical diagnosis but a reading of the patient’s mind. For the first time, he read the patient by seeing her as a human being.

Young-oh diagnoses her with autoimmune encephalitis accompanied by Hashimoto’s disease. But the new doctor isn’t convinced. He insists that she has to be sent to the bigger hospital for surgery. Young-oh asks the resident where the immunosuppressants are kept.

The new doctor threatens to send the resident to military camp if he complies, but Jin-sung flashes her police ID, quotes a medical emergency law, and declares that no one should stop Young-oh. He finds the immunosuppressants, and even as the new doctor tries to hold him back, Young-oh injects it into the patient. Within moments her convulsions subside and the first thing she asks for is her mother-in-law. With relief and satisfaction, Young-oh says that he was right.

Jin-sung’s mother tells Granny about her daughter-in-law’s recovery and the old woman admits she was scared that her daughter-in-law jumped in the water to escape living with someone as ill-tempered as her. She had turned herself in to the police, hoping that the state would be able to give her daughter-in-law better medical care than she could.

As Granny meets her daughter-in-law in the hospital and shares a sweetly emotional moment with her, Young-oh and Jin-sung walk by the sea again. Jin-sung declares that she won the bet. She tells him that just like her, he must have believed in Granny’s sincerity for his diagnosis to be accurate. But Young-oh says that in his world, pollutants like emotions and sincerity don’t exist. The world is a perfectly logical place, and that’s why he still loves medicine.

Jin-sung smiles and says, “Still?” Young-oh reminds her that she had asked if he ever needed someone desperately even if they wouldn’t be of help. He admits that he did. Looking at her, he adds that it wasn’t as bad as he had expected.

The resident from the hospital comes running to say that the patient wants to see him. Looking very much like a star-struck fan, the resident asks, “You’re a real doctor, right?”

“I’m Lee Young-oh,” he says slowly. He looks back at Jin-sung and adds more firmly, “I’m a doctor. Dr. Lee Young-oh.” Jin-sung grins.

 
COMMENTS

Young-oh made a really big mistake last episode, and I’m very, very glad that instead of brushing it aside or turning this into yet another case where Young-oh was right after all, they allowed him to step back and learn from it. Just like the glioblastoma patient, Young-oh faced yet another situation where surface emotions and behavior hid a well of deep feelings that he had never been taught to read.

When Dr. Lee dismissed him from the hospital on ethical grounds, I couldn’t see anything wrong with the decision. What Young-oh had done flew in the face of his own analytical, law-abiding character. It was clear he was under tremendous pressure to prove his worth to himself as well as the hospital, which thought he was less of a doctor because of his disorder. In short, he had acted emotionally. So, I particularly looked forward to this episode, hoping that they would carry that thread forward and introduce Young-oh to his own feelings. Fortunately, they seem to be heading in that direction with the story now.

I was really glad to see that Suk-joo had a stronger presence in the story in this episode. Without Young-oh present to grab everyone’s attention, Suk-joo’s silent battle with his conscience and his genuine concern for his colleagues and patients came to the forefront. I really like that his conundrum doesn’t have an easy answer. Does he silence the voices of Dr. Kim and every patient who fails to get an organ in time, or does he ignore the flaws in research that might someday help save countless lives?

It hit me like a punch to the gut to realize that Min-jae knew exactly how that last patient would affect Young-oh, coming so soon after her own confrontation with him. Her words had stripped him bare, and it’s almost scary how carefully she must have watched him to know how to hurt him this well. I have a lot of sympathy for Min-jae, both for the betrayal she felt when she realized that Young-oh didn’t love her and was only using her to seem normal, and also for the long-held bitterness that she had nursed for over five years. That kind of hatred does terrible harm to the heart that holds it in. It also doesn’t allow pure objectivity in researching a subject. She has demonized and dehumanized Young-oh in her mind to forgive herself for betraying him as she did. To Min-jae, Young-oh can never come back from the point where he lost all his confidence because he isn’t human enough to change.

Thankfully, Jin-sung doesn’t know any better. She helps Young-oh because she can, blanketing him with her concern, her insight, and the gift of a reprieve. I am ridiculously happy that I can like Jin-sung again. This was the side of her that I had instantly taken to in the first episode, the Jin-sung who heedlessly jumps into the sea to save a neighbor and turns herself in for speeding after chasing down another speeding vehicle while on duty. That Jin-sung knows and rattles off laws and butts into situations that are beyond her scope. It makes her human and underlines her youth and idealism. But the thing that I appreciate most about this Jin-sung, when she’s in any scene with Young-oh, is how she never loses her cool. This makes me think that she’s particularly well suited to someone as mercurial as him. When Young-oh becomes prone to high drama and cynicism, she cuts through it with her perceptiveness.

 
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Thanks for the recap!

So, I'm just throwing it out here, but I'm getting a strange vibe from LYO's father. I'm thinking maybe he's got a sociopathic streak of his own? It makes sense as to why he'd adopt LYO and try to 'fix' him, as well as how he can treat him so poorly whenever he's not performing up to standard.

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I also think that LYO father seems strange and I can't tell is due to the acting or the character.

Beside this a loving this show can't wait for next week episodes.

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Yeah so eager to see ep 9 !!

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@A what a good theory about LYO's father. Yeah, maybe he has some deep root secret.he himself has the illness. He seems unempathatic too

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Yes me too. Can't wait. But I just have to say, I confuse the characters in Beautiful Mind and Doctors because they're both medical dramas. Aaarrrggghhh! I guess it's because I'm reading just the recaps and not watching the actual dramas. The only one Jim watching right now is Bring it on Ghost. I have to stop reading these 2 episodes from time to time and mentally remember which characters are in which drama.

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He could be suffering from the same disorder, just a matter of degree or he trained himself to mask it well. Nothing much has been revealed about his background. Was he married, did he have any children? Just as he told the young Young Oh about having a family unit to look normal, that could be one of the reasons why he raised Young Oh.

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Really good point! But Dr. Lee being sociopathic would rather undercut his moral stance that Young-oh shouldn't be a doctor because of his disorder. As you said we don't know much about his background, so we'll be left completely without a motive for his behaviour towards Young-oh. Not a flaw with your reasoning - just realizing how shallow the writers have made Dr. Lee's character. It's usually not noticeable because the actor makes him so compelling.

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That's the thing about mental disorder, am I right to say there's always a spectrum. Of course, those who exhibit most or some of the key symptoms would be labelled accordingly while others go undetected. The next time, we want to yell at our boss or colleague for being psychopath, we might actually be right :P

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LYO’s father= Tough love

As his father thinks that Young-oh is not correct choice to be doctor which i think is correct bcoz the way Young-oh used patients to get that dept head position was not correct.

I think his father tried to make him as normal as he can so that Young-oh will never feel that people are looking at him weirdly and his father is angry with Min jae too.

I think his father need to be tough for him to understand Young-oh that he can tun into monster.

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i dont think his father's approach in raising him was the right way, there's a lot of issues with it and that kind of parenting approach to a child who has a disorder or mental illness can be even more damaging to their development. his father always told him to act normal to fit in and hide himself constantly, he also seemed quite disconnect from YO emotionally, instead of nurturing him he took a more mechanical method of trying to help him, idk if it was for YO's need really or for his own agenda. im sure somewhere deep down he cares for YO but it seems like he always treated and defined YO by his disorder, look down on him, dividing his world between the "normal" and "abnormal" therefore never casting YO as the "other" and not treating him as a human being. it feels like he started off quite well but the older YO got the more distant older Dr lee seemed to get realizing his methods werent working. he has a rigid set of ideas of normalcy and is trying to pigeonhole YO into it, his also quite self righteous, has extremely high standards and is stubborn in his ideology at the detriment of YO as well as the inability to look at the world and people in it with more nuance. i think the problem was that he always treated YO like a ticking time bomb, that mistrust and suspicion. look at the way jin sung had treated YO and what a world of a difference that's made.

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scratch out *never

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Such a fantastic episode! A turning point for LYO fleshed out so brilliantly by the events (kudos to the writer), and meticulously acted out by Jang Hyuk!

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Finally the recap is up! God, idk how many times i've refreshed this website.

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Me too! I was waiting for this for so long..

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Isn't this recapper also covering Police Unit/Task Force 38? They're almost caught up with that show even though I think they decided to recap it just last week.

Anyway, these are my two favourite shows on air now. =D

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Me too! I started watching Police Unit 38 after someone on a Beautiful Mind episode recap advised me to. I really thank that person!

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Me too too! =D Someone on BM's first few eps said really nice stuff about PU38 and how only the first ep was recapped. Have you watched the latest eps? I love that they picked it up for recapping. Made my day.

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I'm up to date and just waiting for the subs for episode 9. I marathoned the first 6 episodes, that's how brilliant I think the drama is. I was so happy they decided to recap the drama too! There's always stuff the recappers see that I don't

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Thank you, festerfaster, for the recap!

I loved this episode, both for the change in pace and tone, and for Young-oh's bit of healing by the sea. I love that it is Jin-sung who helps Young-oh unreservedly now that she's realised she misjudged him and doesn't let who he is or his condition stop her from helping. That's indeed the Jin-sung of episode 1 and I'm giggly happy that Young-oh admits, albeit obliquely, that he appreciated her help.

That bit where she sprayed him with water and was completely mortified while he asked if she was trying to kill him or heal him with the blanket totally killed me and I couldn't stop grinning.

I also liked the dynamics of Jin-sung's own family and it's easy to see where she got her helpful nature from. Mom is hilariously adorable with her "I'm ahead of the times" spiel and I'm just glad there's at least one heartwarming parent-child relationship to contrast with the cold ones we've seen so far.

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I liked this episode too. We wan easily guess now that Young Oh will change thanks to Jin Sung. I'm glad we're able to see her background too. And I'm so so happy that she's no longer annoying and I really look forward to how she's slowly going to change Young Oh. She fits with him because she's not judgmental probably because of her naivety and the fact that she doesn't know much about his illness. She just takes what she sees. That's pretty cool actually.

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LOVE what you said about GJS never losing her cool. It's funny how a seemingly erratic character like Jinsung is actually very stable... she sticks to her ideals. Youngoh needs someone like that!

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I love this episode and the OST (Bernard Park- Dirt). I can't get it out of my head.

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Haha same here, I dunno why it keeps rewinding in my head!

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i really love jin sung and YO's dynamic, the way she behaves and speaks with him

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the ost is great, its always on repeat and it perfectly matches the scenes it plays over.

*sidenote, my other comment got posted here by accident instead on the other poster comment.

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Thanks for the recap! Really love the smile at the ending scene - so subtle and yet it conveys so much. Love it !!

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Although I loved this episode and its focus on other characters I couldn't help but want more JS and YO. PLZ give me moreeeeeee

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You will get them in ep 8, and from the preview, ep9 as well

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Something is really off with the editing in this drama. Its like the editing and rhythm of camera movement don't seem to match with the beat of the soundtrack for at least 80% of it. It must be because I work in editing but it seriously bugs me, and distract me so much when I watch this. I can understand the soundtrack choices because they at times match the mood of scenes, but that match is ruined anyway because the beat of the scene is off, creating a lagging effect instead of a dynamic one. Sorry for the rant. I was going to stay quiet because everyone here is all praise for this drama and I didn't want to get mobbed but seeing the mention of the OST unleashed it.

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No, you are right. I do "IMPcaps" for this drama, which are basically recaps with pictures and in just 2 episodes, I could tell that the directing is not that strong in this one. The camera work is too straightforward and the colours are too muted and there's too much glare. I don't deal with music in my IMPcaps, but I definitely do feel the "unmatchy-ness" there. And I'm no professional.

The title is Beautiful Mind, but the drama isn't that Beautiful (to see).

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@Peeps Just saw ur blog. Pretty neat! thumbs up. ^^

warning: fans might be upset reading this so avoid.

@kkuku So glad u commented. I was going 2 stay quiet too because I felt like a very small crazy minority who cant fall in love with this drama. I'm sticking with it because I tend to be attracted to drama with little romance, and this fills up my time until the next episode of dramas I like since there's not much choices when it comes to dramas not romance-focused.
It fulfills my need for something different than romance, but little else. The plotting is crude, with frequently exaggerated makjang scenes, the directing is off, the editing not that much better and the writer seems to disregard ethics regarding police and medicine, as do the characters. The villains are rather crudely crafted except for Dr. Lee, the minor characters are charmless, although I quite like Suk Joo, and I don't understand the rave about the acting. It's good and the best of the cast but I've seen better, frequently. Maybe it was because of heightened expectations. From the sound of it, I expected something mindblowing. Or maybe because I've seen too many of Jang Hyuk's dramas: Shine, Chuno, Fated, Iris, Tree, Midas, Tazza, etc. all the way back to Successful story that I'm used to it now and can't see anything special.
The only thing that's still keeping my interest, is the theme of human emotions when practicing medicine, but I'm afraid it's choosing the cheesy unoriginal route to deal with it. I hope I'm wrong. I'm also gradually losing interest on the mystery. I might just read recaps from now on. If anyone knows a good drama with little romance, let me know. ^^ I'm having a drought.

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Oh thank god. Is this a confession thread? lol. :D
After the rave reviews, I wanted to join in the fun, and then felt completely stupid and like a dumb brick for not being able to "get it." It must be because dramabeans is the elite of recap sites and the audience here is high-level, and I'm more of a low-level fluff person, but I simply don't. get. it. I was feeling stupid and lonely, and kept trying to watch it. I respect the recappers of dramabeans tremendously, and didn't want to disappoint (Yes, they couldn't care less about what I watch, but I'm silly like that).
I think I subconsciously wanted to force myself so that I could become "intellectual" but after reading these comments, I think I might just found the courage to give up. :/
Maybe my problem is that I'm not intelligent enough. Which explain why I've been having problem connecting with all those smart doctors in the drama. To be honest, I can't connect much with park so dam either, but that's because she's too perfect in her goodness, and I'm crap at human relationships like that. lol XD
I don't care much for the outcome of the drama, because the murders are of people I don't care much for. And the fate of the living are predictable? The only living people whose fate I care about are Suk Joo and Jang Hyuk. Suk joo's storyline seems uneventful. Villains will get their comeuppance, Jang Hyuk will still be a great doctor, and get resolution with his father somehow, and the rest seems unimportant, and probably unchanged? :(

Anw, thanks guys for this thread. It saved me a bit from stubborn self-inflicted misery. I know, i was stupid, but everybody seemed to love this drama.

@lexi try Police Unit/Squad/Task Force 38 Not a lot of romance, thrilling, and fun, with good acting and meat. For past dramas, try Time Between Wolf and Dog (a bit of romance though), Liar Game, I remember You (not romance focused, but a bit of romance), President. I'm only including unpopular dramas, because I assume you've watched the well-known ones. kkkkk. ;D

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Oh honey. You made me chuckle. Poor thing. You sound quite intelligent, don't put yourself down like that!!
I'm having a difficult time connecting too, but I will just blame it on personal taste, not my intelligence. Don't let others reduce your self-esteem like that. I confess to enjoying my guilty pleasure romance movies more, but I can also enjoy the occasional Oscar awarded movie. But if I get bored, I get bored. Don't overthink this! I've seen plenty of kids get intimidated by the elites -as you call them- sneering down on them, and I always tell them that true elites are humble, and that those other kids are not worth their attention.

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Aww Romany88 You shouldn't feel like you have to watch a drama just because others may like it. I have quite a few dramas which I like but aren't particularly popular or great (my guilty pleasure dramas!)

And while I am liking this drama, I nearly gave up on it in episode 2 and then episode 4... Haha! so I don't think it's for everyone.

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@Romany88 you dont have to feel this way. I tried to watch "You from another star" after hearing all the hype but I just could not watch it despite trying 3 times lol.. Each has his own taste, what works for one may not work for another. Perhaps you try watching it again at a later time, it may ring a bell with you then.

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Beautiful mind is catered towards people who are interested in thrillers, morals, societal perceptions, nature v.s. nurture, the human condition, etc. Alot of the drama's concepts are actually taught in universities. Thus, it is easily unerstandable if you would feel lost.

When I was younger I watched plenty of films without connecting to the concepts. When I got a bit older, few years older, I rewatched them with a different experience.

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awiieeeee. Romany88 darling. From your list of recommended dramas, you have excellent taste. EXQUISITE really. Totally my type. So don't be down about this. I was like you too, always feeling awful for not liking something deemed "intelligent." But I realized that the people sneering at me for my taste were the true bullies, and that I shouldn't be bullied into feeling bad for myself for not reaching up to their standards or matching my taste. Pat pat.

Beautiful mind is not everyone's taste. I like it, but I also see plenty of flaws which explain why some people might not connect with it. I also see the editing problem as well, but I've learned to zone it out. So don't worry. Hugs.

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... lol, Romany, Dramabeans isn't an elite site. It's just the website on Korean dramas with the highest readership. It has duds too.

And no, not all the commentors here are "high-class". We have trolls too.

This is just a drama and dramas are supposed to speak to you. If one can't it's not because you're stupid or dumb. It's just because it's not speaking your language. It's all about tastes and tastes differ. It's okay.

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Haha. I'm sure there are many commentators that are high class here, and you seem to be one of them. But yes, there are trolls too. I'm middle ground myself. I'm not into long essays, but I'm not into trolling either. kkk.

Well said about dramas!!

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@kate: lol no, I'm no high class commentator. I'm just a straightforward kid and no, I don't write essays here too. There are times when I've been unnecessarily harsh too...

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I think usually it feels like everyone here likes the drama because mainly the people who like the drama comment. If I'm neutral or don't really like it, I just passively read and don't discuss stuff.
So you aren't in the minority Just because no one is complaining about the drama ?

I echo the suggestions of Liar Game, I remember you from Romany88.
Maybe you can try jdramas? They may be what you need to break out of this Kdrama slump. You can check OT (open thread) from 2 weeks ago and there was a whole LIST of jdramas there you can consider.

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Same, I second to your echo to Romany88's recommendations for lexi rewind. Hahaha.

Liar Game both korean and japanese versions. Personally, I prefer the japanese one, but like the korean's twist on the villain and portrayal of him better.

I remember you - also the same topic of nature v. nurture like Beautiful mind, with an sociopath-ish hero. But many more cute moments, (Park So Dam and Jang Hyuk can be cute together, but the moments are sparse, but probably getting more frequent now that YO is getting interested). Loads of complex villains, and tense wip-sharp exchanges in dialogue too. You'll like it. It's much less dreary than Beautiful Mind, if you're not into super heavy stuff with no breaks.

Also recommending currently airing Squad 38. That drama is a gem. Great tremendous acting by the two main leads, and overall cast. FUN. With plenty of mystery and tight story.

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Adding 2 recommendations above.
For medical dramas, I really enjoyed New Heart. It has romance, but not dominated by it.
And yes, loads of interesting j-doramas. I love them.

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I hate Min jae. She's always wide-eyed, innocent, but is so opposite of it I cant stand looking at her and want 2 skip her scenes. I also thing Kang is over-acting in his scenes. I know his character is supposed 2 be unhinged, but it comes off as unnatural and contrived. Or perhaps the drama want to create an unnatural unrealistic vibe, and that might explain the acting, overall feel and also the editing and soundtrack you noticed. It's bizarre. Can't put my finger on what's slightly off about this. Been noticing it for a few episodes now.

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The editing may not win any awards, but there are moments that have hit the spot. I wonder if they can't put as much thought into it because they started filming so late.

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Contrary, I don't feel anything was particularly wrong with the editing. I wouldn't say it is the best edited drama I've ever watched, but for the most part it was solid enough for a TV drama. I am usually quite sensitive to off pacing between audio and video. For example, the infamous Yong Pal hospital rooftop kiss scene between the main leads had noticeable off pacing.

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I dont see anything wrong with the editing either, perhaps I am not a pro, but well, as long as I just enjoy what I watch!

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I see no problems with the editing of the series either, but I do sometimes notice an irregularity in pacing.

In this particular episode I was a little taken aback by the focus on that random annoying resident with the crush on Lee Shi-hyun. Why was the writer telling us that he couldn't give a damn about the patient dying and the heart being useless but ran all the way to the hospital to impress LSH? Also that odd lingering shot on his face when he watches LSH cry. Just...why? I don't care about him.

ps. I like LSH and loved her story with the heart transplant patient here.

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Dr Yang is quite annoying, I don't really like him and don't want to see him having any sort of loveline with Shi-hyun. He's always been shallow and probably only in medicine for the big bucks or prestige, so maybe seeing Shi-hyun get so upset about the botched transplant could spur him to relook his approach to medicine?

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@junny You're probably right. But for a character they'd barely spent any screen time on that was a sudden and inordinate amount of time given to him. Also I began to wonder if they want me to invest emotions in random resident and LSH's unfated love story for some plot purpose. If he wasn't quite this annoying I may have been okay with it, but he really is. Annoying, that is. Very.

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In my opinion, the writer want to tell us about human emotions through the story of other characters. when i see lee shi yun story, i see the vulnerability of a doctor. doctors always show their tough side, confidence but with this, we can say that they are vulnerable and weak. they are not strong human being. with the heart transplant patient, the story want to tells about the hope, joy, nervousness of a heart patient.plus, they want to tell the suffering of a heart patient. for dr yang, it is all about love. love that can change human behaviours. love that can conquer your own mind. all i all, this drama just want to show us the beauty of human emotions in their story.so, i am really appreciate their effort on this. it is not lee young o only but it is about human being.

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From the comments, it seems that the editing problem can be seen by people who notice that sort of things v. people who don't.
I edit FMVs for fun, and I, too, get really distracted by the editing, especially in episode 7 and 8. But I stay for the acting and interesting theme. Hahaha. If you don't notice the problem, count yourself lucky. ^^

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What I love about DB is mostly everyone is polite and engaging and won't "mob" you just because your opinion may differ. Unfortunately it has gotten a bit hairy on some other threads because of some crazy fans, but at least for Beautiful Mind, it hasn't been like that. ?

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Like Doctors? Hehe.

I've noticed that quite a few BM viewers also follow Doctors (and either like both or maybe even prefer BM), but most intense Doctor fans don't come around to BM much. Thus all the vitriol ends up being spewed on the Doctors threads, where BM fans criticise it and Doctors fans hurl abuses at them. Fun stuff. Not.

I like both shows. Doctors is uncomplicated fluff that tugs on my heartstrings with PSH's badassery and the leads' chemistry, and BM is fun and intense and like a roller coaster ride with really high stakes.

But yeah. DB is the place to be to discuss your opinions without fearing for your online life.

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Yep. Noticed that too. Not just in Doctors posts, but other posts as well. Open thread, etc.

I see a lot of BM fans shading UF, and Doctors as fluff not worth people's time, in the drama's own posts. I realize they are a minority of bad apples, but the comments along those lines were frequent enough that I felt dismayed. I'm a fan of BM myself. I like it amongst the currently airing dramas, only second to PU38. But I felt ashamed to be lumped together, so I didn't comment.

Dramabeans can be a peaceful place, but I think a lot of BM fans are frustrated at seeing the ratings of BM being low, and are unleashing that frustration on more successful dramas. Misplaced anger turned to aggression. Probably why people like Romany88 and others above felt shy expressing their opinion.

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I am watching both BM and Doctors and commenting on both. Latest few episodes has been fine, in my opinion. But yeah some specific stuff does trigger crazy reactions.

But anyway happily most people are like you guys and me who can appreciate 2 different shows (or more) and not hate on either ?

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Aww. Hugs. You guys make commenting fun. As it should be. =)

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Doctors is getting all the attention, but I think this is a far better show. This is at least somewhat original - Doctors for me has turned into nothing more than a formula driven cliche-fest.

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Doctors is so cliché. I'm not a fan of Park Shin Hye though I agree her acting has improved greatly. I don't like the male lead either. He was a teacher and she was a student I just couldn't get past that along with the medical inaccuracies

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Thanks for the recap! This drama is a little hard for me to follow so reading your recap gives me a better understanding of what's going on. I'm a little confused about the difference between reading a persons physical reactions/facial expressions and reading a persons mind. It seems that it made a difference today but can you really read someone's mind?? Is it just a deeper reading of physical expressions? This facial reaction/expression means this but also means that the person thinks this? It seemed so clear to YO that he just read her mind but I don't quite get it.

I am liking the development of YO and JS. Having the right partner/person next to you can make all the difference. Dating MY for 5 years didn't do anything to him, just kept him as-is. But meeting JS in these last weeks is actually affecting him and "changing" him. YO has such a desire to feel like a normal person, I can see how believing in it could make it come true. At the same time, he is always being told by his dad what he is and what he should do to be normal, maybe in trying to be so normal it actually made him more unaware of his real self. I like the idea of regenerative genes, what if his missing brain part is actually regenerating itself? So my big worry and maybe it is stretching, but what if it turns out JS was also unknowingly part of the research. What if they did something to her heart?! Ok, I'm on board now!

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So, when Young-oh usually says he "read the mind" of someone, he means that he read their body signal/facial expressions. As Young-oh keeps saying - bodies don't lie.

And they don't! But as Min-jae pointed out in the previous episode, bodies don't tell the whole story either! Like, Min-jae's body signals always told Young-oh how she was feeling, but because Min-jae had suppressed her bitter hatred towards him, he never read her underlying emotions and thought that because her superficial emotions were obvious to him, he really knew her. (I also have a theory that she still does love him, but it's a twisted, angry emotion that she wishes she could get rid of.)

In the last episode, the mistake Young-oh made with just reading superficial emotions is that he saw that the patient wanted to live and the wife was nervous and decided that she must be going against his wishes. He didn't see the love and the pain of a wife who doesn't want her husband to suffer any longer. Because, as Min-jae said, he doesn't recognize vast, underlying emotions like love because he's never received it.

In this episode, he learns to go beyond the apparent, surface emotions. The Granny is angry and mean, the DIL is sick and worried and afraid. Anyone who doesn't care much would just think that either DIL tried to commit suicide or Granny tried to kill her.

But here he gets to understand that knowing the story behind the obvious emotions is necessary. And to know the story, you have to see the person as a whole - as a human being.

I hope that long explanation helped a little. It's what I got out of it after watching chunks of it thrice. =)

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In conclusion: He usually says "read their mind" when he only read their expressions. This time, he tried to read the whole story of their emotion and succeeded. That was the turning point, when he really did "read the mind" of the DIL. So, what he used to say flippantly, acquired a deeper meaning in this ep.

Okay, done now. =)

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Is that what's been going on at the Doctors recaps? I don't even read the recaps so I didn't know.

That's not cute. Let's all be nice.

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Well said. Thanks.

Was the inexperienced village hospital doctor Kang Eui Sik, "Radio" from Monstar? I have watched that classroom bullying scene many times and still get emotional. Commenters on YouTube say the song he sings with the lead female is called Wind Blow.

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Thanks Gamergirl! It does help! And also helps me understand episode 8 more! I was thinking, if JS hadn't told him about the grandma and the new wheelchair he wouldn't have known that he was "wrong" so didn't see that he really did anything different. But knowing that it helped him understand the whole situation as you said! So it's not just about reading people anymore but understanding them/their situation which is hard as you can't read everything as you said so he would need exterior elements to get background info. I won't spoil for the next episode but now what he did with Chairman Kang does make more sense. Human beings are complex and you just can't look at one set of things. It makes him have to know something about the patients and getting to know them can lead to caring. Whereas before he never cared to know more than what he can see/read, just enough to make a diagnosis and treat the patient which to him was what a good doctor is. Wow, it is totally a new revelation! I can see now why the DIL episode is such a turning point for him. Being a good doctor is more than just getting the diagnosis, you have to include some human element to get the right diagnosis/understand the whole situation in order to give the right treatment/plan of action. Thank you! I do have some questions regarding the new episodes, I will post them on the next recap!

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Very interesting drama, learn a lot about medical terms and procedures- love the actors. Can't wait for next episode

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Just picked up this drama this week and the firat words to enter my mind are Fantastic and Intruiguing.

I admittedly am not the strongest when it comes to ethics and morals and I actually do PSYCHcaps on my blog where I try to describe the expressions on the screencaps... and after reading them again, I think I fail, lol.

This drama is like a documentary aimed at me.

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Btw the head anesthesiologist who had just been promoted to Dr. Kim’s position - his character name is this drama is Dr Hong Kyung Soo.

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Thank you for the recap. You shared some wonderful insights into Min Jae and Jin Sung.

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I teared up reading your recap...so profound especially about YO and MJ...so true

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I think correct profession for Young-oh is politics .

Beautiful episode. Rather that starting in city they take him to town was good idea.

Like development of lead actress character. Story is taking its own time and moving with good pace and giving every charterer it time to grow which I like about this show.
Every character has different thinking which make them to take different decisions which bring lots of twists and turn in the story

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I can't help but wonder why does he always wear black shirt?

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I kept wondering that too! It's fine in the hospital where he's a "dark presence" but it was really out of place in the sunny seaside village this episode. It was also hilarious that he got soaked and was obviously hot in those clothes but had to keep them on anyway. Hahaha.

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His black to contrast her white.

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I really like looking at Jang Hyuk in his black shirt and pants. I noticed his father also wears the same thing. I'm not sure what black represents in Korean. Googled:

"The color black relates to the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, and as a result it creates an air of mystery. It keeps things bottled up inside, hidden from the world."

I'm wondering if he's not dressed in all black to show his lack of empathy, or just the emptiness inside of him. It should be interesting to see if his clothing color changes as he falls for Jin Sung. I always thought that love can be the rainbow in a black and white world. :-)

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This drama is getting my attention now. I was just waiting for it to develop a bit more hehe.
I still skip the medical stuff like surgeries times because it is not my thing and i got so confused with all those medical language.

What I wanted to say is that my theory for this drama is that there will be something wrong with Jin-Sung heart.
They did something wrong at first time, she needed another surgery and now we will see that it was not done right again.
I hope she doesn't die.
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I didn't see that coming especially since her heart surgery happened a long time ago I guess. I hope nothing's wrong with her heart. They did malpractice on her once but didn't they make it right?

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Thanks. I'll be waiting for the next

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I freaking love what the show is doing.

The whole - get YO back on track -was done pretty nicely. He learns something new and regains his shattered confidence. They did it by not simply having him do what he always does. But be wrong, learn to look at another angle and then use his vast knowledge to be even better

JS was wonderful in this episode. All her headache induce-ness of the first 4 episodes is gone as her character finds some ground to stand on.

I love that the secondary characters are coming into play. The heart transplant story had me sniffling.

MJ is just cruel. I'll differ from the recapper here simply because i don't think she had to hold on to that bitterness for 5 long years. After she did what she did, she does not have a leg to stand on and lecture other ppl. Had she outed him when she found out, i would have understood her hurt. But this - she used him for her research and then stripped him in front of his colleagues. And worse has no remorse. She is a doctor and a "normal" person - where is her empathy?

I'm so addicted to this drama. btw, i thought this was the first jang hyuk drama i saw. Except when i googled him i realised he was in 'fated'. I didn't recognize him at all

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You're right. I agreed with the recapper about her being pathetic in her vengeance, but it does seem hypocritical to call Young-oh unfeeling when she just did the most unfeeling thing possible to him.

Also, maybe that's the point of this show? That "normal" people do inhuman, psychopathic things every day but we act like we're made of spun sugar when we meet a real "diagnosed" psychopath? That a person like Young-oh may share similar handicaps with psychopathic criminals, but that doesn't automatically make him a criminal or someone to be afraid of. He's conscious of his failings, which is more than what most "normal" humans are.

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Given how no one in the hospital gave a second's thought to how he must be feeling, I am doubting if any of them have empathy.

For me MJ hit the lowest point when she basically said that it was ok to treat him like this because he can't feel anything. Hello! forget his issues, when you treat another person like this, what does that say about You ?

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Thanks for the recap!!
I've waited since tues to say this: this is my favourite episode so far!

I was worried how the writer would get Jin sung to "cure" Young Oh- That it wouldn't feel realistic and would be akin to a fairy waving a magic wand- she shows him some concern/love and *poof* he suddenly can feel emotions.

So it when JS confronted YO about him not helping the wheelchair patient because of his own fear I was cynically expecting him to have an "epiphany" because of her concern. But to my delight the writer kept YO completely in character and he scoffed at JS. That was when I sat up and first took notice. Then when the scenes played out and the reason YO believed himself as a doctor again was because JS taught him to look at his patients not just as a problem to solve, but as human beings with emotions and backgrounds, I couldn't have been happier with how it was written.

To me, it's perfect because YO would need a logical reason to change how he views and treats patients, he isn't going to be swayed by just emotions. I don't like it when a character does something inconsistent with his previous behaviour, just because of the plot requires it, and I'm so glad the writer didn't do that.

So I'm fully on board and ready for YO's slow recovery of his emotions, and have faith in the writer that she will do a good job. Don't be discouraged or swayed by the poor ratings please!! Keep the story good until the end ?

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"because JS taught him to look at his patients not just as a problem to solve, but as human beings with emotions and backgrounds"

So well put! Exactly what I wanted to say but couldn't find the words. =D

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Aww thanks ?
Read a lot of your comments above and we must think alike because I agree with most of them!

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For any Beanies who are interested in the "medicine" behind the episode:

Hashimoto's is actually Hashimoto's thyroiditis- a form of autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid and causes the person to be hypothyroid, meaning having low thyroid hormone levels.

Classical signs of hypothyroid patients (that were shown in the drama) include dry brittle hair, a "peaches and cream" complexion, weight gain and limb weakness. (Accurately portrayed in this patient! I guessed the diagnosis before YO said it. Lol)

However, encephalitis associated with Hashimoto's has only been described in a case reports (meaning it's rare) and not usual.

However! You can't diagnose Hashimoto's based on appearance alone, it requires a blood test. You can suspect that a person has hypothyroidism based on the signs I mentioned above, but there can be other causes other than Hashimoto's.

Also, the part where the patient miraculously recovers 5 sec after getting her immunosuppressant injection is utter rubbish. Lol. Purely for the sake of drama.

Ok! Medical rant over. Back to your regularly scheduled programme. ?

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Lol I have learnt to overlook medical miracles in dramas, though I must say that this show makes me interested enough to google some medical terms and I really learnt a lot from them!

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Thank you for explaining the medicine here! (Could you do that every episode? No? Pretty please?=D)

I found the insta-cure ridiculous too. Completely took me out of the moment when the woman went from convulsing to asking for her mom-in-law in five seconds flat. I have an epileptic cat who has seizures at least once a month (on long-term maintenance anti-convulsant) and she's dazed for at least half-an-hour after the convulsions are over. It takes time for you to recover from something like that! Yeesh.

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Haha. You all are most welcome. I'll try to do it if there is interesting medical stuff but I'm pretty busy because have friends visiting this week and haven't even watched the next episode yet! (yeah I can't believe it either!! ?) So yeah I'll try to.

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Thanks for the medical update! I echo gamergal's request that you give us a medical lesson whenever you can XD I know a lot of it is done for dramatic purposes, but I really do wish a bit more attention was paid to accuracy. That instant cure is really silly and does take the viewer out of the moment. Even a layman can figure out it's not a miracle.

One question. I went back to episode 2 and saw that Young-oh injected himself with quetiapine. I looked it up online and quetiapine does not seem to be in the list of drugs associated with alleviating other conditions co-existing with ASPD. So is the use of the drug correct in the drama?

@gamergal, awww you have an epileptic kitty? How is it doing? *hugs for kitty*

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Good catch. So, I'd looked it up too and saw that it's given in cases of certain disorders like bipolar or schizophrenia. I think his dad prescribed it for him. That's an antipsychotic drug (the one Dr. Lee got Jin-sung to arrest Young-oh for, but had switched with vitamin injections before-hand) so maybe Young-oh's ASPD is accompanied by mild schizophrenia? It would explain his blind violence whenever he feels threatened and can't read the situation. I wish they would make it clearer.

re: kitty. Her name is Momo and she's a darling. =) She's alright - physically healthy - but not always perfectly coordinated and likes patrolling the same routes throughout the house every night. The great thing about her is that she doesn't know that anything is wrong with her. She's a treat to cuddle because she'll always purr. Guaranteed. =D

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@junny Unfortunately I know very little on psychiatry- so if you notice I don't really participate in the discussions on what exactly YO has. Haha. But I can tell you @gamergal is correct about quetiapine being an antipsychotic drug.
To be honest, the whole thing about YO injecting himself is medically unrealistic because quetiapine comes in a tablet form, so I don't see why he can't pop a pill (except you know it's not "dramatic" enough). Also, I can't remember ever having quetiapine in injectable form, and especially one that needs to be given daily. There is this type of injection called a "depot" injection where the medicine is injected once every few weeks and is slowly released into the body. It's for patients with poor compliance to their meds (they don't have to remember to pop a pill every day).
So the cut a long story short, it's quite a lot of nonsense for the sake of drama. Lol.
But I qualify this by saying my subspecialty is nothing related to psychiatry at all so... Please forgive me if I say anything wrong. Hehe. Sadly I don't have a good friend doing psychiatry that I can ask!

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Thanks so much for the explanations! I knew something was off when quetiapine use didn't quite tally with what was explained in the drama. I'd thought Papa Lee prescribed it presumably to tamp down Young-oh's symptoms of aggression or other "unwanted" impulses. It'd be interesting though if Young-oh did perhaps have some form of mild schizophrenia, but yes, clarity is very much needed in this drama.

I do wonder about long-term use of quetiapine though. From what little I've read, it seems there are a number of side effects, and of course Young-oh hasn't been showing any...

Also, I can't remember if anyone has brought up the possibility of misdiagnosis? Read that ASPD is usually diagnosed in adulthood, but Papa Lee and another doctor kinda jumped the gun and said Young-oh had ASPD while he was still a kid (more accurately it should be conduct disorder, and I read that not all kids diagnosed with conduct disorder grow up to be diagnosed with ASPD).

Man, I feel I'm learning a lot even with the medical details so sketchy in this drama.

@gamergal, Momo sounds absolutely adorable! Seems she's living a wonderful life filled with love and that's all that matters. I love a kitty who's a purr machine. Mine doesn't like to cuddle so much, so when I put him in kitty cuddle jail, it always feels like his purrs can turn to growls in any second!

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Do it only if you have time. I know how crazy it is when friends visit. Have fun and thank you for your hard work. =D

ps. The next episode is pretty great. =P

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Whoahhh...thanks. it's nice to finally understand some of the medical stuff..?

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"Medical Miracles" abound in dramas - nobody wants to wait around for days or weeks for the next episode :D. How many time have you seen some guy shot or stabbed 93 times and then walk out of the hospital a couple of days later...

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I love this drama, maybe because YO's world seems similar to mine. Love, emotion and unnecessary every day drama bore me out, but logic and intelligence win me over. He got me when he said going to a funeral was like a collective punishment. Ha, exactly! I also almost gave up on JS because I thought she just being a nuisance and she should read YO better, but I take my words back. Hope someday I meet someone as my JS.

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This is so cute! ;___; Now I also want my own Jinsung.

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Wish you all the best!

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Suk joo reminds me of Park Hae Jin's brother character in U From Another Star

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Idk how many times I refresh waiting for this recap.thanks heaps!!!!I just love YO in this ep, he's starting to be real human instead of trying hard in order to get people's affirmation. But watching ep 8 he sure knows how to play people like chess

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Jang Hyuk, you've got a fan!

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I wonder how many BM lovers here are watching a Jang Hyuk drama for the first time?

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@prettysup Haha... Where have I been?

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Man, im reading your comments while listening to Dirt's Bernard Park. Love the ost! <3

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I continue to enjoy parts of this story but not so much the hospital politics. I still don't have a clear understanding of a diagnosis for our lead. What exactly is wrong with him or do they even know for sure?

This was a very nice episode, and I did learn that Jang Hyuk should wear all black, all the time.

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first time watching kdrama that isnt't centered on romance and holy baloney.. this is amazing! now i won't get into an indepth review, all i can say is that this is a much needed reprieve from all the tooth-rotting mush i've been watching the past 10 years. i'm loving the transition from sappy mindless romance to something more gripping, something densely plotted. hoorah for BM!

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I honestly thought I was done with this drama after the 4th episode. But I couldn't be more wrong! Ep 5, and especially 6, were the turn around episodes for me, and now I couldn't be more in love with a drama than I am right now.

Does anyone know what the background OST is? It's so haunting, I want to download it on my phone and listen to it.

It's a pity the ratings are so low. The cast is doing an amazing job. I hope the ratings improve, but considering the competitor, mega ratings hit, Doctors, I don't hold out much hope for it.

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Dirt by Bernard Park

https://youtu.be/42zEp2ZBVKY

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Many thanks!

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I don't know how many times I've replayed that song! I'm hooked. And the lyrics are so beautiful. Thanks again for sharing!

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The last photo of YO with that tiny little smile of sheer contentment on his face just got me...omgggg....lost count of number of times i fell for him..lol...I can watch Jang Hyuk acts as lamp post forever...

jin Sung redeemed herself in this ep. Being a completely opposite of YO, they clicked together perfectly...Yo will fall for her without him knowing what hits him...cant wait for ep 8 recap..it a good ep, too..

'Do you want to make a bet?" <---their romance pick-up line..lol

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I wish recaps would be quicker :(

Love the recaps!

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All I see Min Jae bring so far to the table, is her smug smile, and neck with eyeballs... More on this in Episode 8 recap.

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