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Her Pride vs the Patient’s Life
I knew it. Jung Ho’s surgery will be the way for Song Eun-jae (Ha Ji-won) to win the trust of the whole Hospital Ship crew. But she didn’t actually do it for that reason. Eun-jae doesn’t care about what others think about her. The most important thing for her is to save lives. That is her foremost duty as a doctor. And it is the same reason why she ended up in the Hospital Ship.
We saw in the previous episodes how ambitious Eun-jae is. She takes on any operation and doesn’t get any credit for it. It was all because she wanted to please the Chief Surgeon. But after her mother’s death, she threw that ambition away and stand by her duty. I really like her confrontation with the Chief Surgeon. It was a proof that despite her career goals she still wants to respect herself as a doctor.
Eun-jae was clear she wanted to go back to where she belongs. She knew the Hospital Ship was only a temporary role not just for her but for the other doctors as well. Kim Jae-gul (Lee Seo-won) will go back after he served his military duty. Kwak Hyun (Kang Min-hyuk) will leave the ship maybe after he gets the courage to face whatever it was he was running away from. They’ll move on with their own lives soon. But before that, I hope they’ll have a memorable journey in the ship.
We finally got an answer as to why Eun-jae left Seoul. I didn’t expect it to be revealed this early but it was good as it clearly sets our female lead’s goal. We also saw some glimpses of other characters’ pasts stories that actually explained their attitudes in the present. Despite some unbelievable and tension-filled circumstances taking place in the series, it is the characters that keep my excitement for this series alive.
It’s clear the Hospital Ship is just a temporary vessel for our main characters to cling onto. It is still up to them if they want to drown or save themselves.