They will surely be treated as a social outcast after this episode.
Image Over Everything
There is this public perception that former judges turned lawyers received favorable verdicts on cases they handle. It was shown though that it was just really the lawyers or their brokers who benefit with such so-called favors. Judge Han Se-sang (Sung Dong-il) isn’t the type of public servant to do such thing. As Im Ba-reun (Infinite L / Kim Myung-soo) put it, Judge Han is equally unfriendly to everyone. There’s no doubt about his integrity whatsoever.
I understand where the issue is coming from. Park Cha O Reum (Go Ara) is right for saying they should get rid of the rotten apple even if it is just one in a bunch. It affects the public’s view of the rest of the court. I’m also quite worried about what would happen next to Judge Han. There have been too many scenes that I think are foreshadowing of an impending conflict. He may look like a tough cookie but he is still kindhearted.
Check Your Privileges
We sometimes think that we are the only one struggling; that we are the only one suffering. We forget that everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing about. Even the righteous Ba-reun forgot everyday injustices when his mother fell ill. His mother wasn’t gravely ill but in his eyes, his world is slowly crumbling. He loved his mother so much he used his influence as a judge to expedite her treatment. It was only when he calm down that he noticed he wasn’t the only having a hard time. There are other patients whose cases are much worst. The doctors aren’t being too nonchalant but are just plainly doing their jobs. Everyone in that room was struggling but he forgot and let his emotions take control of his actions.
It was hard for me to watch Ba-reun go down on his knees and apologize for causing trouble. But it was part of his learning. It also showed he is not as perfect as other people thought he is.
Are You Human Too?
Speaking of imperfection, O Reum reported Judge Gam for trying to lobby a case in favor of a businessman. He was one of Judge Han’s friends in the court. His image was a peculiarly calm and happy judge. He doesn’t look like the other judges who obviously do suspicious things. But he was also human. It might sound a trite excuse but he also has a family to protect.
At first, I thought O Reum was being too reckless from her accusations. She’s being too black and white and considers no exception. But I think it was us who should look at things differently. Wrong is wrong regardless of the reason behind it. Just like Ba-reun in that hospital. We might think his concern was justifiable but what he did is still wrong. The thing is, sticking to what is right only sometimes can be seen as inhumane. O Reum is being courageous to stand up for what she thinks is right; even if that means she would have to swim against the current.
Maknae’s Episode Verdict
Doing what is right is easier said than done. I’m afraid O Reum’s action might affect everyone around her. They will become outcast for not going with the flow. It’ll be hard to watch as I’ve already been too attached to each of them. They might suffer a lot after this but hopefully they’ll make a small enough dent to change the system.
– This episode was hard to digest. Good thing there’s Judge Jung and Secretary Lee to brighten us up a bit.
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