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Chocolate: Episode 4

Our neurosurgeon and chef are tied together even more after another tragic event but instead of becoming closer, they’re careful to stay out of one another’s lives. Finally ready to return to her life in Greece, painful memories from our protagonist’s past resurface, proving that her connection to her first love is stronger than she ever suspected. When he reenters her life in the most unexpected way, what does it mean for our plagued pair?

 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

After paying her respects to Min-sung, Cha-young boards a bus with her suitcase. In her seat, Cha-young pulls out a letter that Min-sung’s fiancé handed her at the funeral hall, “Min-sung… asked me to make sure to give this to whoever brought the dumpling stew.”

With a deep breath, Cha-young opens the letter at the same time that we see Kang fishing in the spot where Min-sung waited for him in vain. As rain clouds gather overhead, Cha-young reads, “You went to Greece because of Kang, didn’t you? The Peter Pan from your childhood you always talked about. Kang is that boy, isn’t he?”

In a flashback to the night that she and Kang watched the movie, Cha-young ran out during dinner with Min-sung, convinced that she left her wallet in the theater. Min-sung found the missing wallet on the floor and pulled out a blurry photo of the two of them with a clear shot of a smiling Kang in the background.

In his letter, Min-sung confesses that he found that photo and Cha-young finds it in the envelope. Cha-young cries as she reads on, “Kang and I are going fishing today. I’m going to tell him…That you remembered and waited for him for many years.”

Min-sung’s letter closes with his apology, “I’m sorry. You couldn’t be with him because of me. This time, don’t let him go anywhere.” Tears fall down Cha-young’s face when she reads Min-sung’s final words, “Take good care of Kang.”

When a taxi pulls up to the lake, Cha-young gets out in the pouring rain. She walks out to the spot where Kang sits to let him know that she did make dumpling stew for Min-sung. Her message delivered, Cha-young walks away but she has to stop when her grief overwhelms her and as she sobs, Kang weeps silently.

From the funeral hall, Min-sung’s father texts Kang that he shouldn’t keep his friend waiting. It’s dark by the time Kang returns to his car, a black suit waiting for him in the back seat.

As he drives away, Kang sees Cha-young walking on the side of the road so he stops. He gets out and loads Cha-young’s suitcase into his trunk after explaining that she won’t be able to find a taxi out there.

While Kang drives, Cha-young asks him to drop her off wherever she can get a taxi. Kang asks if she’s returning to Greece and when Cha-young confirms that she is, he confesses, “I hope we never meet again.”

Unable to stay awake and after swerving more than once, Kang pulls over at a rest stop and turns on his emergency lights, explaining, “Let’s stop here for a moment.” When he falls asleep, Cha-young stares at Kang and remembers drunkenly confessing to Min-sung, “I call him Peter Pan…my first love. I met him again when I got older…and he made my heart flutter. Although he didn’t even recognize me.”

Tears escape Kang’s eyes even as he sleeps and when Cha-young reaches out to wipe them away, he wakes up. While Kang and Cha-young stare at each other, his car is hit from behind. As the car spins, Cha-young flashes back to finding herself half-buried in the rubble of the department store collapse. When she wondered out loud if she was dead, a woman nearby assured her, “…you’re alive.”

Kang’s car comes to a stop as we hear that the woman urged the young Cha-young, “Let’s get out of here alive, okay?” When the driver of the truck that hit Kang’s car sees that no one is around, he drives away. Kang eventually opens his eyes and after seeing Cha-young’s injuries, he starts his car and speeds away.

In spite of his own injuries, Kang carries Cha-young into the closest hospital and recognizes the doctor on duty. When they study Cha-young’s X-rays together, Kang asks why neurosurgery hasn’t shown up yet and is told that there hasn’t been a neurosurgeon on staff for a year.

With the closest neurosurgery department an hour away, Kang decides to operate on Cha-young himself. Ignoring his own head injury, Kang locks himself in a treatment room to staple closed the gash in his side while the on-duty doctor calls Joon.

Kang limps into the OR where Cha-young is already on the table. In another flashback to the building collapse, after Cha-young learned that the woman talking to her was named Jung Su-hui (Kang’s mother), she admitted that she was feeling sleepy. Su-hui ignored her own pain to reach as far as she could to pass the girl a piece of chocolate.

As Kang operates, we see that Su-hui told Cha-young that she bought the chocolate for her son before admitting, “I don’t think I’ll make it.” Su-hui encouraged Cha-young, “…you must hold out until help arrives. Eat the chocolate and get out of here alive…” When Cha-young tried to get a look at Su-hui, more of the building collapsed.

After Kang successfully completes the surgery on Cha-young’s head injury, he steps out of the OR and finds that his side is bleeding heavily. Joon shows up just as Kang loses consciousness and collapses.

When Joon steps into the OR and sees Kang on the table, he remembers the time that Kang took over his surgery because Joon didn’t prioritize saving his patient’s life. Joon glances over at the CT scan of Kang’s brain and even from a distance, he can see a huge blood clot.

A year later, Cha-young opens her eyes in the waiting room at Geosung Hospital and insists that she doesn’t recognize Tae-hyun. When she claims that she doesn’t have any family, Tae-hyun reminds Cha-young that he’s her younger brother and that there’s also their mother.

Cha-young manages to escape her brother when she’s called in to see Joon. Seeing no medical reason for Cha-young’s selective amnesia, Joon refers her to psychiatry and is surprised when she blurts out that her brother didn’t contact her for 10 months.

Cha-young explains that her mother took Tae-hyun when she ran away from creditors but abandoned her 12 year-old daughter at a department store. Even though Cha-young never heard from her mother again, Tae-hyun reentered her life 15 years later.

Hoping never to see her brother again, Cha-young begs Joon to help with her ruse. Suddenly embarrassed, Cha-young gets up to leave but Joon stops her to ask why she’s never inquired about Kang, “Is it because you want nothing to do with him until you die? Like your brother?”

We find a fully recovered Kang with a room full of interns, explaining that a steady hand is needed in order to properly draw arterial blood. As he points a syringe at an intern’s arm, Kang experiences a slight tremor in his right hand. When the tremor passes, Kang is able to successfully obtain a bright red blood sample.

Cha-young walks to Kang’s office while narrating that he returned to work that very day. Aware that a thank you is long overdue, Cha-young raises her hand to knock on Kang’s door. Cha-young changes her mind and walks away while confessing that she can’t face Kang while she still has feelings for him.

On the walk from the hospital, Cha-young stops to help a woman knocked down by a bicyclist. Kang’s car stops at that same corner but all he can see is Cha-young’s back.

In a voiceover, Cha-young announces that she’s returning to Greece in a month. Remembering Kang’s wish that they never meet again, Cha-young promises to thank Kang when her feelings for him are gone. Kang’s car drives away as Cha-young begs, “Don’t fall sick. Don’t get hurt. Please stay happy.”

At the hospital, Joon’s mother finds her husband and informs him that Kang is on his way to the hospital with the wife of Chairman Seo. Even though Kang found the woman when she collapsed, Hye-mi wants Joon to perform her surgery to better his chances of becoming the chairman’s son-in-law.

At the Ajumma’s restaurant, King’s Table, Cha-young records a video explaining that she just booked her flight to Greece. Cha-young proceeds to record herself making one of the restaurant’s signature dishes in case Ajumma forgets the recipe.

Just as Cha-young finishes the video, two brothers argue over Ajumma’s promise to make banana rice cakes. Ajumma has no idea what they’re talking about and Cha-young watches sadly as she escapes to the kitchen while one of the boys wails loudly. Cha-young finds Ajumma and gently reminds her that she made banana rice cakes during Cha-young’s recovery.

Joon and his parents sit with the chairman and his daughter in the gallery as Kang prepares to operate. Joon looks worried when the chairman asks for assurances that Kang is up to the task but he says nothing as his father insists that Kang is their best doctor.

Kang’s tremor returns in the middle of the surgery, more severe than before. After Joon’s father sends Joon into the OR to replace Kang, he does his best to calm the upset chairman. A shaken Kang leaves the OR, alarmed by the sustained tremor in his hand.

The young boy who’d begged for banana rice cake, Ji-yong, arrives at the hospital by ambulance as his older brother cries for him to wake up. After hearing about Ji-yong’s emergency, Cha-young arrives at Geosung Hospital and is immediately blamed by his grandmother for causing the boy’s crisis by feeding him banana rice cakes.

Joon’s parents can hardly contain their joy as Joon successfully completes the surgery on the chairman’s wife. Meanwhile, Cha-young is cursed at and knocked to the floor for making an already very sick Ji-yong worse, just as Kang witnesses the commotion.

As Kang restrains the out-of-control grandmother while calling for security, Cha-young sees him and remains on the floor, her hair hiding her face. Kang returns the shoe that Cha-young lost during the scuffle and when she doesn’t move, he walks away. In a voiceover, Cha-young confesses, “I’d like to change my wish. I hope we never meet until the day we die.”

At Ajumma’s restaurant, an angry Cha-young throws Tae-hyun against a wall after learning about his latest scheme. Cha-young runs to stop Ajumma from taking any of the fake Alzheimer’s drug that Tae-hyun sold her, promising to pay her back.

In his office, Kang sees the CT scans of his brain and makes a beeline for Joon’s office. After he accuses Joon of trying to kill him, Kang learns that he missed his own “golden time” when he chose to save Cha-young.

By the time that Joon was able to operate on Kang, the best that he could do was save his cousin’s life. Kang argues that all he had to do was remove the hematoma but Joon shouts his insistence that he made the right call. When Kang leaves Joon’s office, he gets a text informing him that he’s just been transferred to Geosung Hospice.

In the hospice kitchen, Cha-young smiles as she makes banana rice cakes, unaware that Tae-hyun is cheating Ajumma and some of the hospice patients out of their money while playing cards.

When Cha-young serves her rice cakes, she catches Tae-hyun switching a card with one hidden up his sleeve. Cha-young informs his victims that Tae-hyun’s been cheating and she stops him before he can escape with his winnings. As the women deal with Tae-hyun, a smiling Ji-yong, who’s now a patient at the hospice, runs in to ask Cha-young, “Did you forget mine?”

Cha-yong sits outside with Ji-yong as he eats his banana rice cakes. When asked about his brother, Ji-yong explains that both Min-yong and his grandmother are embarrassed since it wasn’t the banana rice cakes that made him sick.

The brave boy promises Cha-young, “I’m not going to die early. I’m going to live until I’m ten years old.” Oh no. Cha-young urges him to aim for 100 just as a girl runs up and reminds Ji-yong that their friends are waiting. As he runs off to play, Ji-young asks if Cha-young can be included in their game.

Cha-young and the kids run through the hospital looking for places to hide as Ji-yong counts down with a song about love, “One…two…three…four, I love you, five, I’m going to tell you today, six, the fact that we met among the six billion people on earth, seven, shows that we’re really lucky.”

Cha-young hides in a closet in an office as Ji-yong sings, “I love you. Don’t go around flirting with others. Just focus only on me.” She smiles in anticipation as Ji-yong finds the others but he ends up forgetting all about Cha-young.

When Kang arrives at the hospice, he’s greeted warmly by Min-sung’s father and a couple of nurses. As the sun sets, Cha-young is still in the closet after falling asleep. When some workers nearby use a jackhammer, the sound triggers a nightmare. Kang opens the door to his new office just as Cha-young wakes up and is flooded with memories of the building collapse.

When Kang opens the closet, Cha-young can’t see him clearly. She wraps her arms around Kang and murmurs, “Someone is alive down there. Help,” before going limp.

 
COMMENTS

So Min-sung learned about Cha-young’s feelings for Kang way sooner that I expected, thanks to her habit of losing her wallet. Even though he knew, Min-sung still hoped that Cha-young would stay with him and after they broke up and she escaped to Greece, he couldn’t bring himself to tell Kang about their childhood connection. As he approached the end of his life, Min-sung wanted to make up for his unknowing interference by bringing Kang and Cha-young together but in another of countless missed opportunities, Kang didn’t show up and Min-sung ran out of time.

Even though Min-sung’s poignant letter proves that he wanted his ex-girlfriend and best friend to be together, Cha-young has accepted that a relationship with Kang must not be meant to be. She says nothing when Kang tells her that he hopes that they never meet again, only allowing herself a brief unguarded moment with her sleeping first love just before they’re hit by the truck of doom. And just like that, Cha-young becomes indebted to the one man that she can’t bear to face again and Kang’s life is shattered for the umpteenth time.

All of the tragedy that befell Kang and Cha-young in this hour was pretty extreme, but it succeeded in finally bringing them together at the hospice. After a year of no contact, Cha-young literally falls into Kang’s arms after suffering an episode of PTSD connected to the building collapse that killed Kang’s mother. Enduring such a traumatic accident at such a young age is bad enough, but we learned that Cha-young was abandoned at that department store by her mother. At this point, I don’t know who I feel more sorry for, the injured and abandoned Cha-young or the orphaned Kang who was raised by the grandmother who openly hated his kind mother.

Because Jung Su-hui was unbelievably kind, doing her best to instill a ferocious will to live in a young girl in spite of her own serious injuries and fears that she wasn’t going to survive. Her final hours were spent consoling Cha-young and even feeding her by enduring incredible pain to pass her the chocolate that she’d picked up for Kang. As terribly as the world has treated both Kang and Cha-young, they have Su-hui and Min-sung cheering them on from the great beyond. And perhaps someone much closer?

I’m talking about Joon, who perceptively picked up that Cha-young has been intentionally avoiding the cousin who curiously sacrificed his “golden hour” to save her. Kang can’t sense it, but Joon cares a great deal for him because so far, he’s traveled to Libya to say goodbye and came running when he got the call that his cousin was seriously injured. I’m tired of seeing these two shove each other around. I want them to finally be honest with each other so that they can be reconciled and have an honest to goodness healthy relationship, in spite of their hateful grandmother and Joon’s greedy parents.

With Kang now assigned to the hospice, it’s time to get to know the patients, especially that cute Ji-yong. His song was prophetic and I have a feeling that he’s going to be instrumental in breaking down the walls between Kang and Cha-young. I just hope that he doesn’t have to die but Chocolate hasn’t hesitated to pile on one tragedy after another so I’m steeling myself for whatever lies ahead.

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This was a moment of debut of driver of doom the usual always in dark partner of truck of doom.... 🤨like man can't u have atleast checked if they are ok?

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This was my thought, I mean wow.

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Driver of doom has a delivery and can't spare the time, just like he couldn't spare the time to watch where he was going. I also expect a surgeon to have better sense than to drive that tired and stop his car in a spot like that to sleep.

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i already mentioned this in the previous episodes, that i'm ignoring all the violation of medical ethics and logic here, 🤷‍♀️ thats the only way i can enjoy it, coz i love the acting...its a dilemma 😑

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totally agree with you. It's super melo but the layer of the wall that's being peeled one after another are quite satisfying despite the nonsensibility and logic.

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I watched this episode and I have 2 questions:

1. After the accident, when Cha-young helped a person collecting all the paper on the footpath, Kang drove by but passed them without lending a hand. My feeling was that this contrasted with one scene in a previous episode that Kang had come out of a car to help another person picking up all the paper and the voice-over of Cha-young then said that that was exactly what she had expected of him having grown up to be. Is there anything the show wants to tell the audience by these two scenes? or am I thinking a little bit too much?

2. I was soooo afraid when Joon was about to operate on Kang. I know there were scenes showing how Joon actually cared about Kang, but his face oh his face, I am never sure if he is actually a good person or the other way round. Part of me still wonders if his inability, at best, or his ill intention caused Kang unable to fully control his hand.

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That scene.. I was screaming at the screen “Kang, go and help her with collecting the papers like she came and did the last time”.. It broke my heart..

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You are thinking too much of the scene. The factors that prompted Kang to help the old man in the first instance were not evident in the second. It would be difficult for someone well-intentioned to leave whatever they are doing to help, especially when they know someone else is already assisting.

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I thought he saw cha young and he wanted to unsee her so...

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Thanks for your reply. I think that’s a good take on those two scenes! I mean, they were not so obvious to me why the two scenes are similar but also very different. My first take on it was that Kang has changed.

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Good observation. I like your take on one can always react positively to the adversity one faces. 😘

I just hope that the surgery did really go well as Joon suggested. I don’t think Kang can take any more misfortune.

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That much tragedy in only 1 episode 😜 I can't emagine how terribl will be the future episodes 🙄I don't feel any connaction with any characters. It seems the writer is trying to make as gloomy as possible. The first 2 episodes were more solid. It become a real superficial after that. I can just continue to watch to see how much troubel and suffering can have our super good leads😁

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Bye2 Min Sung. Bye2 Yoo Teo 😢

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How cute and adorable were the kids who played at the hospice and that kid who sang that game song!

I feel a sense of foreboding when Kang started showing symptoms from the surgery that was done by Lee Joon. Whether it was intentional or a mistake on his part, it doesn’t look good either way. It did result to Kang being transferred to the hospice. And I hope that is the only reason for that.

What a traumatic experience that Cha Young went through as a kid— being abandoned by her mom at a building that collapsed. Her upbringing wasn’t very formative either when she was subjected to starvation and a low self esteem.

These two broken souls need to find their way towards each other soon.

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Ohhh no! Do u mean death because of that weird operation!

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Hopefully not. It made me apprehensive though..whether the writer will take that incident further or if it has served its purpose of having Kang transferred.

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I tend to think that Joon didn't do the surgery as well as he could have, on purpose. I have a family member that had a stroke due to a blood clot in the brain, and the doctor went in and removed all of the blood clot. Even if the "golden hour" had passed the entire blood clot should have been removed. In my family member's case they still had paralysis and speech problems after the stroke, but they almost completely recovered because the entire clot was removed and not allowed to do further damage.

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I'm conflicted on this. Part of guesses he refused to risk Kang getting paralyzed because he wanted to give himself more time to beat Kang fair and square. Another part of me feels like he does care for Kang (probably out of guilt because his actions led to the chain of events that led to his mother's death and Kang's unhappiness) and that he did the best he could (but his best is really like 2nd best compared to Kang).

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They had an argument after the surgery and Kang said the clot should’ve been removed. It would be too disappointing if Joon left it there on purpose.

I can’t figure out what triggered the chain of events. Was Joon responsible for Kang’s mom being inside the building when it collapsed? I can only recall the nurse mention Joon’s family (which was his aunt) was on the same accident as Cha Young. It did seem odd to me when she added he doesn’t want to talk about it.

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Kang and his mom were living happily on the island until the day Joon+evil+relatives visited. Joon had kicked a dog and the two boys fought until they were seriously hurt. Just before the accident, the mother did not want to have anything to do with Joon's family. After the accident, she gave in to save Kang's life. They moved to Seoul after that, presumably to be closer to the grandma. After the mother died, the grandma would even let Kang mourn his mother. Just an assumption of Joon's feelings watching this all go down these past 20 years. The grandma could still have forced the mother to give in even if the accident didn't happen.

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But no respectable doctor would open up someones skull and not remove the entire blood clot. I just don't get this blip in the plot.

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My only wish right now is for the storyline to be better, because come on, you cast all these great actors, don't waste their talents.

I was actually happy when Kang was kicked out of the hospital, because knowing how stubborn he is, he's gonna keep being there no matter how badly they tdrat him. He needs to get out of that toxic environment and give himself a chance to heal and actually live.

As for Cha-young, oh poor her. I hope show will tell us her mother's side of the story. How could you just leave your child like that? To think that she suffered so much and still managed to grow up happy, I would really love to see more on her background story.

I think Joon does care about his cousin, but he's not letting Kang know about it because he's so determined in proving that he is actually better than Kang. Maybe now that Kang is out of the hospital, they can start being friends.

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So my question: kang really doesnt like cha young so why does he operate on her!
He is nice but he isnt that noble when it comes to her. Maybe i am thinking too much and he is the hero so he had to!

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Because he’s a doctor and he’s taken an oath to heal when he can? Do you think medical professionals only work on patients they like?

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Of course not. But he is having difficulty being objective and he was badly injured. Now the question sounds dumb. Sorry.

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Don't be sorry. I can see where your question is coming from. Too be honest, I think it was reckless of him to operate because of his own injury. He wasn't thinking objectively, and by not getting himself treated he put them both in further danger.

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It was absurd but I actually liked that MinSung knew about her real reason, and of course instead of calling her delusional he thinks it's reasonable. Except if he knew he would have come up with a nice excuse instead of letting Kang hate her, which goes against his nice guy personality. Logic? What logic?
The amnesia joke was the best though, first because all the stupid obsession of FL could have been resolved if Kang had a bit of amnesia, since Nice Guy had 3 amnesias, I was asking myself if this writer had forgotten the usefulness of her favorite trope, and right then she decides to use it for a joke. It was funny.

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Min Sung mentioned that he was being petty. He had an unrequited love for Cha-Young so now she had to suffer the same fate. It is selfish, but somewhat understable when you put yourself in his shoes.

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But I seem to have missed where Min Sung's fiance came from??? This was straight out of the blue for me. The fiance did the thing Min Sung couldn't do while he was living? Typical Kdrama move.

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The fiance's name popped up when Kang answered a call from Minsung only to find it's the fiance letting him know that Minsung is ill/needs surgery. Then she was there while they wheeled Minsung in.

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He was a much better person than that. Kang was his best friend, he loved them both and he wasn't even that angry she left, he even wished them to be together, for whatever crazy reason, sorry but I don't buy it.

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Knowing about Cha Young’s feelings for Kang and knowing she left because she didn’t want to hurt the two friends or come between them, I don’t expect him to be angry. I expect his feelings would have been more of guilt for not telling them sooner. It would’ve made him the better person if he did instead of being petty or selfish about it.

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Now, the story can begin!

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The truck of doom, the surgery. What? Ah...um...nevermind. Also fake amnesia funny.
So others were right Min Sung did know everything. Well that's good right? Well now that Kang has been assigned to the hospice and from the look of things I am hoping atleast next episode there won't be that much tragedy. It's just been four episodes and it's already too much.

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Perhaps it’s just me, but Minsung knowing about it and not telling either of them didn’t seem right to me.. I did think maybe he couldn’t handle telling them personally so he wrote a letter for Cha Young instead and tried to bring them together by requesting for the dish.. I’m hoping though that he also wrote one for Kang.. he’s just too grief-stricken to read it now and kept the letter somewhere..

Having Kang at the hospice will be a better environment for Kang. It keeps him away from the manipulative people at the hospital. Now if only Cha Young didn’t have to leave for Greece again..

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As the phrase goes--"lost in translation." I was very confused after watching episode 3 & 4, but thanks to TeriYaki I'm somewhat straightened out now, but I still have some questions. #1 there was another little kid in the rubble of the building--or was I seeing things? #2 how did Cha Young suddenly get over her aversion to her brother, and why is he at the hospice? OMG! I can't believe there are 12 more episodes to go in this angst ridden story. One thing is for sure, the "truck of doom" once more made its appearance in a Kdrama.

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MS's death had me teary-eyed. But the voiceover and the reveal that he had known about Kang and Cha Young's connection and him planning to tell Kang during their fishing trip...had me completely in tears. Very rarely does a minor character make such a big emotional impression.

The Truck of Doom was too much. When they avoided the Truck, I was like "yeah!!" When Kang pulled over to rest because he was not in the condition to continue driving. I was like, "Heck yeah!! Let's be safe!". Then when that truck came back around, I'm like "WTF!" And no airbags! Haven't our OTP been enough physical trauma? And Kang operating on Cha Young's brain while he was in that condition is so wrong.

Amnesia fakeout was good though! It would have been even more over-the-top if the amnesia was real! And I can't wait to see more Cha Young and Kang scenes.

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Can we please have some normalcy now and let the OTP just have moments without the histrionics? So far I have been lurching from crisis to crisis with no breather and I just want to settle into some comfortable space and watch the melo unfold (and eat some chocolate 😂)? The over dramatisation irks me because these 2 leads don’t need to be “helped along”. They emote beautifully so just let them do their thing already? 🙄.

He does the responsible thing and pulls over to nap because he’s tired whilst driving her back from the fishing spot...👍yay for common sense...then Truck of doom plowed into their parked car which is pulled over the side of the road that had its hazard lights on (what??). No airbags...he drives it off regardless (What?? In a car that was just plowed into by a truck?? Did he leave his common sense behind in his dream? Dial an ambulance maybe?) to the nearest hospital and then presumably drives it again...to a bigger hospital so he can operate on her? After he staples his stomach wound...what?? Makes no sense... he’s concussed...and operates on her brain? 🙄🤔. Little details that are glossed over but they just ruin the viewing experience for me because it doesn’t make sense. 🤔

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I agree with your first paragraph Piglrim, it's high time for our couple to get to know each other. Anymore misunderstanding from Kang and this drama loses me!

I perceived the accident a bit differently though. Firstly this is an important plot device ( I have a feeling it will serve more than just to make Kang transfer to the hospice) so it had to happen despite all the forced details. But besides the airbags, the rest was probably not that illogical. Under heavy rain with a distracted driver, accidents can happen even with hazard lights on. Being a neurosurgeon, Kang probably knows he had no time to waste with CY's epidural haemorrhage (bleeding inside the brain). He already passed out for how long? I have personally seen people die with a brain haemorrhage within 30 min. It was not a wise decision but he used to be a surgeon in battles, he did what needed to save the patient, so he drove her to the nearest hospital. When he learnt that the next hospital that has a neurosurgery department is 1 hour away, he DID NOT drive there but decided to operate on her at the first hospital because he knew that even with his injuries he was still the best chance she's got. Not all surgeons could stitch themselves up and went to operation. But Kang had war zone experience. This is where the Libya plot device came into use. So it all made perfect sense to me.

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Sorry for misspelling your name 🤭 Pilgrim!

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No worries about that. Thanks for that correction about driving to the next hospital. I stand corrected. He had one too didn’t he? Epidural haemorrhage? That’s why Jun had to operate on him? And left some of it behind. Presumably because it was too large and he couldn’t remove the whole clot and he had hoped that it would be resorbed in its own time. The Golden period was mentioned but Kang didn’t seem convinced that it was a reasonable judgement call on Jun’s part. But yes to your break down of events. I guess it was a judgement call on Kang’s part and he lives to wear the consequences of it. I really need for the drama to settle into some sort of groove because there is already so much thrown at us which seems over the top... the shopping mall collapse, the move from idyllic island living to stuffy draconian “family” life, his best (and only) friend dying (he couldn’t save him), his near death experience in Libya, truck of doom. Give him a break already... 😂

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Yes, Kang had one too. But from his initial assessment CY's injury was more serious obviously because she was still unconscious. In addition, in that context with the nearest neuro department 1 hour away, there was no neurosurgeon to treat Kang even if he had wanted treatment for himself? It would have been to late for both of them so in a split second he made a call to save her. In medicine, it is the chance at life that counts and one has to take the highest chance available at the time. So in this case the chance of life for both of them was highest if he treated her even with all his injuries.

To me, it really shouldn't make a different in terms of timing for Kang whether he had decided to operate on CY or not. Jun arrived when he arrived, which was after CY's surgery had been over. Had Kang not operated on CY, Jun would have arrived at however time it took him or any neurosurgeon to arrive so the time lapse probably wouldn't have had an effect on Kang's treatment outcome.

The incomplete removal of the hematoma whether it is due to Jun's incompetency or deliberate intention, I'm sure will be revealed to us on time. To be honest, I think so far the show has been very ambiguous about his real intention. Everything he did could be explained either way. The only one clue is no innately good child would be cruel to animals the way a young Jun was to Kang's dog. So I think that was a give away there that deep down he may not be a kind person.

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I would tend to think sometimes a person’s actions are a reaction to his environment. So that’s why Joon sometimes comes off as a jerk. His upbringing is almost the same as Kang. But at least Kang had the influence of his Mom in his formative years and then later he had Minsung and his father. As a young kid, he may not know better. But as an adult and a doctor at that, I would hope he has better judgment. For now, the one thing that’s keeping me from totally hating him is that he did rush over to do surgery on Kang. Now, whether that was actually a good thing or would it have been better if someone else did the operation, we’ll have to see.

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@sunset125 Thanks for the run down. For Jun I have a different point of view about his treatment of the dog. Yes it was unkind. But from his standpoint as a child he’s always been pressured to keep achieving. He never felt “safe”. He always had to prove himself to feel worthy of love. He couldn’t lash out at his immediate family so all that frustration and anger was directed to whatever was around him...the dog in that instance and then later on it shifted to Kang. It was a vicious circle though. He didn’t like it but he couldn’t escape it. It’s not that I condone his actions but I understand where he’s coming from. The fact that he flew to Libya to be by Kang’s side at the final hour meant he cared. He was just trapped in the familial circumstances which he loathed and took it out on Kang. I look forward to his character change through the show.

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My point earlier was that I have not been convinced Jun is a good guy innately so far. I respectfully disagree regarding his upbringing is the same as Kang. Kang spent 12 years with a kind loving Mum. Most psychological theories would agree that by that time, a person’s character/personality would have been formed. Freud went as far as 5-6 year old. Even after Kang moved to live with his Grandma, (did Jun’s family also live at the same house?) apart from education, the interaction with other people would hardly be the same. LJ would still be under the influence Since childhood and Kang I imagine would have withdrew back inside his shell and only had real relationship with MS and his Dad. So their upbringing were very different still. The fact that Jun grew up to be a doctor is irrelevant in making a good person. If anything it might make him more sophisticated in bad deeds and avoid getting caught. Regarding him going to Libya I thought it was to take Kang’s body home? Wasnt that what the nurse told CY? Some of the family representatives have to, otherwise the family would look bad to the hospital. Same with him going to do the operation on Kang. If he is truly evil, Jun might want Kang live but lose the ability to operate and see himself succeeding as a surgeon. For Kang it probably be worse than death. So these two actions that rendered him as “caring” for Kang, to me are very ambiguous and could be explained either way.

Personally I have no expectations for Jun for now so I am fine with whatever direction his character turns out to be, which is at the mercy of the writer. I am more interested in how she would execute the development. Even if he turns out to be a villain my guess is he would be a very sophisticated “grey” one. If he turns out to be a good guy, I hope the writer gives us a good explanation /motivation for the turn around.

I urgently need a good dose of chocolate and positive interactions between our OTP and cant wait for tomorrow to watch Ep 5 😀.

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It's always nice to hear explanations from medical beanies! Thanks :)

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I agree. I was promised chocolate. The first episodes made me want to eat some, the second two, not so much.

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I have a hard time reading Joon. I'm sure the direction of the show is to give him a redeeming arc but so far I haven't seen him do anything to deserve it.

On a side note, isn't Ha Ji Won the splitting image of BoA from certain angles?

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Thank you for the recap TeriYaki!

Regarding MS' letter, I actually thought it made CY go to Kang. She was reading it on the bus to the airport. But after reading MS' letter which concluded with "Take care of Kang", she then caught a taxi to the fishing spot to see Kang. Unfortunately for her, blinded by his own pain, Kang was unable to be moved at the fact that CY had returned to Korea and made MS his last meal, not even when she was crying in the rain as well. Then even proceeded to tell her cruel things like "I hope we'll never meet again". I think all this was the reason that made CY hesitant to see him after her recovery. It is hard to face someone you love who doesn't love you but it is much harder to face them knowing they hate you. Yes he saved her but at the moment to her knowledge, it was not a personal thing but a professional thing. Therefore she wants to wait till her feelings are gone, so she can face him without being hurt by his hatred.

I also thought the tragic accidents that happen to CY was too much as well. However, I appreciate the writing and directing that parallel her two near death experiences and highlight the fact she was comforted and saved first by the mother then the son. The chocolate gave her physical strength and the consoling gave her spiritual strength to hold on till help arrives. While the timely surgery literally saved her life.

Anyway, these 4 episodes served as a very long intro that laid foundations for things to come. From the style of story telling so far from the PD and writer, I have a feeling we will see a lots of flashbacks from these 4 episodes but with new meanings to what really happened. One of which I suspected was that Kang's angst towards CY is actually not what it appeared so far but a subconscious projection of his own feelings towards her that got marred by misunderstandings. This will make the transition in his feelings in the upcoming episodes more convincing.

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is anyone able to tell me the name of the song at the end of Season 1 Episode 4 where Kang finds cha in the cupboard

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It's Ailee (에일리) – 그저 바라본다 (Just Look For You) / Chocolate (초콜릿) OST Part 4.

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I tried very hard but cannot make sense of this drama yet. There's so much drama happening, which keeps the pace going...but ...although I have been watching K drama for a while now, can someone help me out here? The female lead's brother seems to be a adult of sound mind and body, although extremely annoying and a total loserboy. If he breaks an expensive bottle of wine in a restaurant, why is his sister responsible to pay back the loss? Is he not responsible for his own deeds? I have seen this situation as a recurring trope in k dramas, where the female lead is forced to repay debts incurred by irresponsible (but adult) siblings or family members and it always puzzled me. Is that even legal or does it just happen in k dramas?

Also, the acting is really good, the main leads are doing a great job, they make the script far more convincing than it is, and the characters far more likeable than they are written. So far the only honest character who spoke what he really felt, was the friend who died. Others are drifting around unable to say anything they really want to, apart from the evil characters who say whatever the heck they want...they are slimy and exaggeratedly mean and unpleasant, and easy to dislike. Just the kind of villains we love to hate.

The hospital situations are just too eye-rollingly illogical though.
Then the doctor's driving while falling asleep and the girl just sits there quietly making moony eyes at him while he's swerving all over the place, with other cars honking at him and he's sleeping at the wheel and almost getting them killed several times on the road before pulling over...and she's just sitting quietly watching him almost kill them both. What the heck! She would have been screaming in real life, and telling him to pull over and rest...LOL

And I don't get all that crying...all we have so far is that the girl and guy met as kids, she grew up with a massive crush on him, she cries a lot, ends up dating his best friend and is too chicken to tell either of them the truth, and runs off without an explanation. Comes back and is still too chicken to say anything so she moons around and weeps..a lot..

And in the meantime, weepy girl gets viciously beaten up by a hysterical screaming gangsta granny who blames her for feeding a kid something dangerous, merrily disregarding her own laxness in letting a sick grand-kid run around unsupervised to eat potentially killer foods. And then weepy girl lays there and gets kicked and punched by vicious granny and says and does nothing...why on earth...

And what is up with rich old ladies throwing stuff at their subordinates or family members in meetings? Where is HR when they are needed ?

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Can we all petition the writers to remove Cha Young's brother ASAP so we can go back to watching the main characters go through their challenges. This crazy brother character does nothing for me. In fact I stopped watching Episode 5 mid-way through because of him.

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Please continue and finish Ep 6, I urge you. Without giving any spoiler, he had a very good scene in the early part of Ep6. And I suspected he will play a bigger part as the story progresses.

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Can someone let me know what is up with the banana rice cake? Why was she blamed for feeding the child the banana rice cake?

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