Yong Pal ~ Episode 2 Recap [TriAngle]
“Doctors save patients.
Money and guardians are cowardly excuses.”
∠ ~ Medical/ethical dilemmas.
It’s not always easy being a doctor, especially when you have to go through the system’s medical laws and regulations accompanied by each and every hospital’s administration. If you happen to be a patient, even in critical condition without family, friends and money you’re condemned. There’s always the guardian issue followed closely by money and Tae Hyun found himself in such a situation where he tried to abide to laws and regulations, but for the patient’s well-being. It’s something that caused misunderstandings which shook both himself and his relationships inside the hospital.
Everything began back in the days when he lost his mother who had an accident. The doctor was about to announce her dead before even passing away, but the fact that Tae Hyun was a doctor at the hospital earned her some time. Everything was pointing towards the most welcome direction and she would had probably been saved. However, clients are always more important than patients and the qualified doctor that could have saved her ran towards the VIP’s direction for fame and money’s sake neglecting his vows as a doctor. Tae Hyun’s mother passed away in front of his very eyes in a hostile for health environment because she didn’t have the advantage to be a VIP client and there was no doctor available at that moment.
The Head Nurse didn’t expect Tae Hyun to turn his back on the patient, especially after having witnessed his mother’s incident. She deeply believes that money and guardians are mere excuses, doctors are supposed to save lives no matter what. Tae Hyun has always considered himself responsible for his mother’s loss since he was incapable of saving her. He’s not a friend of dishonest humanism either and he doesn’t consider hospitals to be charity places in addition. Under these circumstances and due to the fact that the patient is infected he has to get transferred to the national care if he manages to survive before that happens. Despite his love for money, he actually did care about the patient and did his own research to find the best case scenario given the circumstances under a restricted perspective due to rules and regulations, but he did care. It’s all about the daily struggles inside a hospital when it comes to very thin and risky decisions.
∠ ~ Yong Pal’s partial exposure.
Yong Pal was able to save Doo Chul and his own life as well because had he passed away he and his partner in “crime” would follow. Doo Chul felt indebted in a way and something tells me he will be of great help to Yong Pal in the future. However, it’s wasn’t all that bright. In one hand, Yong Pal lost his scalpel which was eventually found by the neurotic police officer. On the other hand, Chief Surgeon Lee noticed him returning back to the hospital late at night. Once the investigation started taking place Tae Hyun could barely hide his discomfort and once Chief Surgeon Lee was assigned to assist the officers in their investigation he brought together the pieces of the puzzle in his mind. He kept Tae Hyun’s Yong Pal identity as a secret for now and misdirected the investigation process.
Inside his office, Chief Surgeon Lee referred to Tae Hyun directly as Yong Pal and the whole world collapsed underneath his feet. He can’t afford to be exposed any further since he has to hang in there for his precious sister’s well-being. Tae Hyun intends to do anything Chief Surgeon Lee proposes and he will use him accordingly when the time feels right. It felt like selling his soul to the devil, but he had no other choice. He got introduced to someone, but if he works for them he won’t be able to work as Yong Pal or be a hospital surgeon anymore. The 12th floor awaits for him and if he strictly obeys Chief Surgeon Lee’s orders he will steadily climb in the hierarchy until he becomes the youngest Chief Surgeon just like Chief Surgeon Lee was back in the days. His only comfort in the sudden turn of events is the fact that he will be able to help his sister to a wider extent.
∠ ~ Atonement/Awakening.
Right before leaving the 6th floor of patients and becoming an integral part of the 12th one of clients he wants to perform his final surgery. As a parallelism to his inability to save his own mother back in the days, he intends to use his skills to save the life of the patient without following rules and regulations leaded by a doctor’s unconditional spirit. The nurse who stood by the patient’s side in the first place was a bit slow in the beginning, but once she read through Tae Hyun’s codewords she followed his lead and what was supposed to be an x-ray it’s going to be a surgery in a matter of life and death.
Yeo Jin keeps on reliving the past through her ongoing nightmares. It’s always about the accident which cost her loved one’s life. As the accident progresses she goes through excessive brain stimulation reaching an overall climax with body spasms to the extent of facing a heart attack. The more she’s in a technical coma the more her tolerance towards the drugs she receives gets upgraded. The signs were there and Yeo Jin has already awakened from her artificial slumber and another suicidal attempt is in progress.
◎ ~ Circular view.
Tae Hyun can’t afford getting caught by the police as Yong Pal, he would be unable to help his sister. Ever since their mother passed away she became his one and only world and he’s willing to sacrifice himself even further. The 12th floor is a black hole of entangled success, lurking ambitions and shady plans where clients do matter. Tae Hyun doesn’t know yet how Chief Surgeon Lee will use him, but it’s to his own benefit and somehow it feels related to Yeo Jin. Tae Hyun and Yeon Jin’s meeting feels near and i am really curious about their interactions in an ongoing struggle for him to save his sister and keep his Yong Pal identity hidden whereas she will have to cope with her ever-expanding depression and the company hounds craving for her money.
I like the way Joo Won unfolds his talent so far and the way his character has progressed within the pilot episodes. He clearly depicts his very own sense of duty as a doctor which is more liberal when it comes to his Yong Pal identity as he has more freedoms, but more restricted by rules and regulations from the administration of the hospital. His doctor essence is going to get advanced to a brand new level on the 12th floor and i am highly looking forward to Joo Won’s interactions with Jung Woong In, one of my favorite ultimate supervillain actors. It won’t be a road adorned with roses and the Yeo Jin-Do Joon collision is always waiting in the corner! I can’t wait for the next week’s episodes as i am curious how the storyline will flow under the new parameters! Concluding, Yong Pal started in an imperial way with 11.6% during its first episode and achieved a bombastic 14.1% during the second one! Will it be able to maintain its ratings? Could it be a sign of even greater ones waiting to make their appearance in the near or far future? Time shall tell and we’re only at the very beginning!