What did this episode have? We experience heightened empathy towards Young Oh as his world begins to unravel. It’s painful to watch… but will probably signify the tipping point of the drama where things really begin to change (potentially and most likely within Young Oh himself).
I’ve tried and tried and tried… trust me I’ve tried, but why was my Episode 6 recap not coming together? It seems ridiculous to me because Episode 6 was my favorite Episode yet. For this review, I’m throwing away the Recap Format because it’s the only way I’ve been able to get through it. I’m still covering many episode Hope this still works and you still enjoy it.
It’s an episode where Young Oh really shined. We also get to discover more about Min Jae, which was very helpful since her betrayal last episode had a lot of us quite confused.
The other nice thing about this episode was the softening of Park So Dam’s character, Jin Sung. I had faith in her, but she was acting in a very abrasive, non-logical fashion which was rubbing many people the wrong way. Her actions were making many of us question how she would work well with our main lead. I knew they would find a way to make it work, but we really begin to see that slowly come into fruition this episode. Although she wasn’t in the episode a whole lot, her empathy and compassionate heart shine. When Young Oh was left abandoned by everyone in his world, there was Jin Sung, ready to tell him that everything will be okay, and be a shoulder for him.
Min Jae Discovers the Truth
“Due to damage in the frontal lobe and the amygdala in the limbic system of brain that controls emotions, he can’t feel other people’s emotions nor can he sympathize with others”. – Episode 6, Beautiful Mind
I really thought this was a great episode for Park Se Young as an actress. She manages to bring many dimensions to Min Jae. We can all easily be upset that she exposed Young Oh for what seems to be her own personal gain, but they didn’t just villainize her; they explained her motives and made sure we still saw her heart. Am I justifying her actions? No. But there’s an argument to be made for them.
What do we know about Min Jae’s passed? She was a passionate Young woman in love and full of ambition. When she goes away for a couple years to the countryside, she learns the painful truth about Young Oh. When she first finds out about his diagnosis, she researches as much as she can about it. She even finds his old medical files which confirms the truth.
I think she was honestly crushed.. but it appears that she turns that hurt into a way to propel herself forward. She seems to take that opportunity to write a paper about him and study him throughout the years. I wonder though if maybe she also wasn’t ready to remove him from her life, so it could also be part of an excuse. I dunno, but I think there’s an inner battle within her; I think a part of her wishes he’ll love her but knows he never will and the other part figures he doesn’t care about her anyway so she might as well work on her career by any means necessary.
Did you notice Min Jae has the same brown watch we see Dr. Lee Gun Myung wears? That I do find suspicious. It’s also the same watch as the person who took the results from the lab test in episode 5 right before someone tried to murder Dr. Shim Eun Ha.
Young Oh is Interrogated
Ok… let me start by saying I’m a huge Chuno fan. This was especially cool for me because to both Jang Hyuk and Kong Hyung Jin acting in a drama together again, even though Kong Hyung Jin is holding a minor role.
The scene where Young Oh is given a polygraph (lie detector test) is both hilarious and awesome..I was really quite surprised that they even attempted to give him a polygraph test. Did they really expect it to work? I mean, obviously he’s going to be able to lie his way through it. Young Oh confesses to the murders, but then he starts messing around with the polygraph and saying all kinds of contradictory things while the polygraph remains consistent. I was laughing so much at all the nonsense he was spouting.
Suk Joo Sees What’s Going On
I’m glad to see that Hyun Suk Joo seems like a good guy in all this. He confronts evil Dr. Lee Jae Ryong, asking him why he kept the fact that Kang Hyun Joon was his patient a secret. He puts a lot of pieces of the puzzle together and is not shy to call Jae Ryong out on it. Jae Ryong doesn’t really hide anything either, but there’s also nothing Suk Joo can do about it. It’s clear Jae Ryong will go to any means necessary to protect their research project and has many minions also that are capable of doing the dirty work for him.
Kim Yoon Kyung Shoots Up
Her story is really very tragic. She has a sick daughter, and I can really understand her desire to do anything she can to save her daughter. She makes some very poor decisions though, and gets in way over her head. She can’t handle to guilt of the crimes she’s committed, and as a results gets addicted to shooting up. She ODs on the drugs that she took along with potassium.
I was really sad to see how deeply she was involved in all this mess. Her downwards spiral was hard to watch. I thought she was a likable character, but her inner demons got to her.
Young Oh’s World Crumbles
Nothing goes right for Young Oh in this episode. His father appears to hate him, his fiancée betrayed his trust, he gets blamed for the hospital murders, people no longer trust him nor do they want him at the hospital. He has a set of rules that make him feel normal. He has also learned to read people; but the limitations in his ability to understand people is really starting to show. First, he totally missed all the signs with Min Jae and didn’t see that betrayal coming. Second, he thinks all he has to do is save a dying patient, but cannot grasp the wife’s plea to let the husband go so he’s not trapped on life support with no quality of life. Young Oh thought he read the situation properly, but there was an aspect of it he couldn’t fully understand. His code to keep the patient alive no matter what failed him.
Then, probably the worst thing that could happen to Young Oh happens to him. He gets let go from the hospital. The hospital was like his own personal sanctuary that he built up. Despite not being able to understand people and their emotions, the hospital gave him a sense of normalcy. Now with that gone, and no support system, he’s a loose marble tossed out into the world spinning out of control.
His father does nothing to help him.. I don’t get it (I’ll touch on that a little more below).
Thankfully Jin Sung reaches out to him, so he’s not fully alone. I have more faith in her ability to help him than the others anyway. She might act on impulse, but she also is a very caring person, that unlike all the others, acknowledges the fact that Young Oh is hurting. Even if Min Jae does still care about Young Oh, she doesn’t believe he can feel.
I was reading the differences between psychopaths and sociopaths on psychology today. From my understanding, they both fall under the umbrella of Anti-social Personality disorder, but do have some differences. The article was: How to Tell a Sociopath from a Psychopath. The drama is under no obligation to follow these definitions, but I thought it was an interesting read and it did get me thinking about a couple of things. These excerpts from the article triggered some thoughts about the drama (I shortened them down):
….volatile and prone to emotional outbursts, including fits of rage….It is difficult but not impossible for sociopaths to form attachments with others. Many sociopaths are able to form an attachment to a particular individual or group, although they have no regard for society in general or its rules.
…. unable to form emotional attachments or feel real empathy with others, although they often have disarming or even charming personalities…Psychopaths are very manipulative and can easily gain people’s trust. They learn to mimic emotions, despite their inability to actually feel them, and will appear normal to unsuspecting people…
Dr. Lee Gun Myung trained Young Oh as if he was a psychopath, but I think he might actually be more of a sociopath. I guess the potential for him to be a psychopath is there, but I don’t think he’s a psychopath. He definitely does have emotional outbursts and fits of rage. I think he does have the ability to develop attachments (but that we will find out for sure later). Although he didn’t love Min Jae, I think in his own way he really grew used to her and she became part of his comfort. She made him feel normal. I also see that Young Oh has a strong desire to be normal. This also leads me to think that he’s not a psychopath. The problem is, everyone treats him as if he is one (especially his father).
His father taught him to read people and adapt to his surroundings, but if his father believes he is or has the ability to be a psychopath, isn’t that a terrible idea? “Here dangerous person. This is how you blend in”. It doesn’t really make sense. That’s why I question the father so much.
Episode 6 Quick Rating:
I’m giving this episode the highest rating I’ve given the show so far. I thought everyone in the episode was wonderful. The storyline is advancing, Young Oh is crumbling, and we can now begin to see a path to romance (although it’s still very murky and unclear how that will come into existence.