They can’t escape this uneven battle.
After going MIA for two episodes, Director Oh Se-hwa (Moon So-ri) is finally back. She probably had to settle her family’s safety first before storming back to her turf. She made sure the Restructure Team sent by the Hwajeong Group knew who they tried to silence. Dr. Oh is one headstrong woman they shouldn’t have touched. She’ll protect the university and her people no matter what happened.
Her presence has also boosted the confidence of outcast turned Deputy Director Joo Kyung-moon (Yoo Jae-myung). I remembered the first scene where these two stood beside the body of late Director Lee Bo-Hoon (Cheon Ho-Jin). I didn’t know it was a foreshadowing of some sort. They were the future of the hospital and, despite their differences, will be the leader of the war they are facing.
Speaking of battles, I’m worried about how this power struggle would end. We all know that in K-dramaverse fighting a conglomerate is a tough battle. They might have some ammunition in their package but this conglomerate has walls built for such attacks. They can control everything. So, I wonder how these things would be resolved.
A bit of a romantic relief happened in this episode (sorry, noeulxseunghyo fans. It’s not them). Choi Seo-hyun (Choi Yu-hwa) has crossed the line that she created in the last episode. She let Dr. Ye Jin-woo (Lee Dong-wook) take a step closer to her. She made it clear their relationship is more than reporter-source.
Jin-woo, in return, told Seo-hyun the truth about his brother and the guilt he feels. After Jin-woo and Ye Sun-Woo (Lee Kyu-Hyung) had a brotherly bonding, Jin-woo became at ease to feel some happiness and to actually live. He also conquered his fears that Seo-hyun wouldn’t be able to handle living with a paraplegic family member. He knew first hand that it was a tough situation to handle and he loved his brother so much that he always sacrifice his own happiness. But he trusted Seo-hyun and believed she could handle it really well. He wasn’t wrong though. He truly found his match.
One of the peaks of this episode, I think, is Dr. Joo finally finding his place at the hospital. He blindly followed Dr. Lee to Sungkook University without even knowing what is ahead of him. But he finally discovered why he was there. Dr. Joo was silenced by years of tradition and pacts of people to their Alma Matter. He didn’t try to state his opinion because it was clear no one would listen to an outsider. With the help of Dr. Lee and Jin-woo, he finally found the courage to voice out his ideas and show his loyalty to the hospital he is currently serving. Dr. Joo’s calm rationale perfectly balances Dr. Oh’s strong leadership. I hope their force is enough to topple down a gigantic enemy.
Maknae’s Episode Verdict
I was fooled. I thought President Goo Seung-hyo (Cho Seung-woo) will finally be on their side. I mean, his stance is still not clear with the hospital people even though Chairman Cho knew he can’t control President Goo anymore. In the end, Seung-hyo was stabbed by the king he is serving. He knew it was going to happen but he didn’t do anything. I’m really hoping he has some plans to counter-attack because the teasers are showing he might just surrender. That would totally be annoying. I want him and the rest of the hospital people to at least stop this conglomerate’s control of their institution.
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