Forest: Episodes 9-12 Open Thread
Our rescue worker and doctor get closer this week, with events big and small pulling them together. Whether it’s because of panic attacks, rogue lizards, getting to know each other more deeply — or maybe even the forest — our leads have a push and pull relationship that’s beginning to ramp up.
EPISODES 9-12 WEECAP
Last week we left off with Young-jae’s OR panic attack, and San-hyuk comforting her, scooping her up, and taking her out of the stressful environment into safety. I’m a sucker for a good scooping, so I actually really liked this scene. Throw in the positive words of encouragement that San-hyuk delivers to jerk her out of her negative self-talk, and I can actually get behind these two.
The increase in their banter and bickering also equals an increase in their mutual attraction (so says a fundamental law of dramaland) — and we see this in spades this week. My favorite of these scenes was Young-jae losing her mind over a little lizard running around their living room. San-hyuk is covered in pain patches after a brutal day of rescue training, but Young-jae leaps on his back for protection while he tries to catch the lizard. They pause in expectation when he has it in his fist — only to reveal that it’s just the lizard’s tail. Hah, this scene is so ridiculous that I couldn’t help but enjoy it.
Later, they have a heart to heart over some delicious hotteok (my mouth was watering), and despite being a jerk most of the time, San-hyuk actually gives her some pretty decent advice for dealing with her past trauma. He also tells her that knowing one’s own limitations is wisdom, not cowardice, and I honestly quite liked the depth of this conversation. Whether the lizard tail analogy worked or not (still deciding), the midnight snack and conversation sure did.
The forest also has a bigger part to play this week. There’s a secret glen of sorts that I think is supposed to be an old growth section of the forest — its beauty is mesmerizing for Young-jae. But then again, she’s had an appreciation of nature from the beginning, whereas San-hyuk has never seen it as anything but a fight he has to win. Indeed, his corporate scheming is still happening on the side, and he’s secretly orchestrating things to ensure his development project is successful.
It doesn’t take a genius to see the conflict that’s being developed here — San-hyuk’s lack of respect for the forest as a living, breathing place is surely going to bite him in the butt before this thing is over.
Additionally, the forest also holds secrets from his own past. In one of the old growth trees he’s drawn to a familiar hollow, and finds a bunch of little “treasures” that I can only assume are from his secret childhood in Miryeong. Why has he repressed so many of his memories? Why does his sweet auntie continue to lie to him about his past? Why isn’t he more disturbed by all of this? We shall see.
The later at night I watch this show, the more I find I can enjoy it. While we did have some character and relationship development this week, I mostly felt like I was watching Young-jae act nutty (and Jo Boa overact) and San-hyuk slowly letting himself show much she amuses him.
We end this week’s episodes with a kiss scene that’s early in the usual drama placement — and it’s as spicy as it is completely cringe-worthy. Young-jae is still mad at San-hyuk for paying for a bus of patients to go to her hospital, and she mocks him by saying he doesn’t understand people and has never even been in love. Which she thinks she can prove by using her stethoscope to listen to his heartbeat as he responds to her physical closeness…? (Because if you’ve been in love before, you can control your own heart rate?) Ridiculous circumstances aside, it will be interesting to see where we go from here, since it will be more than a little difficult for them to back-pedal after all that kissing.