Yong Pal ~ Episode 5 Recap [TriAngle]
“Did the lavender bloom in Provence?”
∠ ~Nurturing the awakening.
Tae Hyun may be yet another prison guard in her life, but his soul can be bought with money and her time gradually approaches. Offering him money was a powerful motive, but willing to save his sister made things much more specific. Tae Hyun rushed to his sister’s room and he treated his father like a legal guardian. So Hyun will last one or two months the most, but even hanging in there will be tough. She wants Tae Hyun to make up with their father, it’s her dying wish as she’s well aware things are not flowing well. Tae Hyun turning his face away to hide his tears as she was urging him to stop trying to prevent the inevitable was devastating.
He considers his father a coward who keeps avoiding responsibilities, unlike Tae Hyun himself who’s willing to take responsibility for So Hyun all along the way. Cynthia has some great news and through her connections she managed to acquire a positive diagnosis from the US and a matching liver transplant is at hand! She’s glad she could be helpful even though she’s not aware all this is about Tae Hyun’s sister, but Tae Hyun’s hug sent shivers down her spine! So Hyun’s treatment is 2 billion ₩ away and as his sister’s words echo anew in his mind Yeo Jin’s proposal feels stronger.
Yeo Jin’s still inside her glass prison and as she notices Tae Hyun’s presence you can sense her anxiety as she’s still unaware of his decision. He stops the drug from dripping and the light shines differently inside the glass walls. After 2 years she can finally dream. A convulsion occurs and Nurse Hwang enters the restricted area to find out everything’s flowing well with Yeo Jin. Tae Hyun pretends to be sleeping and Nurse Hwang wants to report him right away, but if she does she will have to report herself as well since it was her mistake Yeo Jin attempted suicide. Nurse Hwang is enraged, but she leaves since she has to maintain her temper for the time being. Chief Surgeon Lee was glad Tae Hyun kept Yeo Jin’s suicidal attempt a secret and he’s actually happy he took care of the nerve-shaking Nurse Hwang, but he shouldn’t provoke her too much either.
Tae Hyun has decided to save his sister at all costs and Yeo Jin asks for his cellphone to progress the transaction right away. She doesn’t know the current technology and Tae Hyun informs her on how things work in the world of mobile phones. She’s too weak to mover hands and he places his cellphone within her palms. Her personal account is in Switzerland of course and once Tae Hyun checks his email the money had already been deposited. It’s an anonymous certificate of transfer, but without a password he can’t get his hands on the money. His sister’s treatment will start taking place the day she will leave the restricted area.
∠ ~ Weaving webs.
The shareholders request a court order for hospital visits, since it’s a war they attacked first. Chae Young has drank an ocean of alcohol and hangover has occupied her whole body, but this doesn’t mean she can’t overhear information. Do Joon becomes aware of the shareholders’ moves and he’s enraged. The secretary will make sure the request for a court order will get cancelled and the counsel team will prevent president Go from visiting Yeo Jin at the hospital. Do Joon orders Yeo Jin’s death right away but his secretary tries to restrain him since the plan they’d been working on all these 3 years will get ruined. Do Joon doesn’t intend to listen to anything he has to say and he breaks his glass on the secretary’s head! He’s got 48 hours to resolve the court order request or else he will follow Yeo Jin in the afterlife. The housemaid was spying on them and she informed Chae Young right away.
Chae Young wants the shareholders to cancel the court order request otherwise Yeo Jin’s life will be in danger. Just like a brother could kill his own sister, a wife could betray her own husband and Chae Young talks to president Go in private. Her father may trust him, but she doesn’t trust him at all. He shouldn’t make things more dangerous than they already are for Yeo Jin because Chae Young’s double-edged knife’s direction isn’t certain for now, it could be Do Joon, it could be someone else. One thing is for certain, the days of trust are long gone and Chae Young urges her father to strike back first since they don’t intend to cancel the court order request. She doesn’t unveil all of her thoughts, but she wants to use Yeo Jin the way Do Joon does. Chairman Go progresses his own plan, he wants Chae Young out of the picture, the fact that she appears dangerous for his own ambitions turned her into his first target.
∠ ~Redirecting the nightmare.
Tae Hyun reduced the drug dosage by half, Yeo Jin will be more conscious, but she has to be careful in order not to get caught. She’s so weak and every little move is a struggle, but she keeps causing fake alarms making Nurse Hwang run all the time, she even ruined her romantic intercourse with the toilet! Nurse Hwang noticed that her vein was bleeding and she’s aware Yeo Jin was doing this on purpose and starts breaking things. Tae Hyun restrains her and Chief Surgeon Lee changes the night shift personnel. Tae Hyun will be taking care of Yeo Jin during nighttime instead of Nurse Hwang!
Tae Hyun thinks that Nurse Hwang took good care of Yeo Jin during her coma, but Yeo Jin’s personal experience tends to differ. Tae Hyun should never forget that Yeo Jin is the only person who can save his sister, but she shouldn’t also forget that he’s the only boat that will take her to the outside world; and it’s not a cruise ship. Tae Hyun was about to leave, but Yeo Jin wants him by her side and more than most she doesn’t want him to turn off the lights. She wants him to be in contact with Chae Young. It’s not that she likes her that much, but her father used to work for her own father and since he’s looking for her he’s not in Do Joon’s side. Even though he’s a person Yeo Jin can trust, he’s weak and she relies in Chae Young’s unfulfilled greed while living with someone she doesn’t love. President Go works for her mother’s family, but he was an enemy of her father. He’s one of the people Yeo Jin wants to contact, but as soon as Tae Hyun got closer to her she felt quite uneasy! The first “romantic” awkwardness?
As for everyone she would like to see, everyone she loved is dead because they loved her back. When Yeo Jin leaves the restricted area the first thing she would like to do is to to destroy that place along with everyone that kept her enchained in there. She would love to taste her mother’s soy bean stew, it’s the one Tae Hyun misses the most in his mother’s absence. She doesn’t have any friends since she’s locked up in there, but Tae Hyun doesn’t have friends either. Now that Yeo Jin, the Genie, is out of her bottle, he wants her to grant him the second wish. He wants them to be friends and starting tomorrow, her rehabilitation exercises will begin, it’s the only option in order to acquire the throne. The anxious Nurse Hwang was eavesdropping their conversation and she’s aware Yeo Jin has awakened!
◎ ~ Circular view.
Rejoice, drama addicts! Yong Pal has reached 18% and 20% doesn’t feel that far away! While waiting for the subtitles of the 6th episodes it may have already acquired it! Yong Pal sets new personal standards with every passing episode, but it also shows its imperial grandeur when it comes to other weekly dramas’ ratings!
The moment Tae Hyun rushed towards his sister’s room after he found out her condition had deteriorated it was a heartrending moment. He stood still for a while in order to hide his agony and appear with his positive face in front of So Hyun. Trying to comfort her while shattering on the inside didn’t work.
If someone feels the end is near more than anyone else is So Hyun herself. She’s thankful towards her brother and she’s glad he was in her life all this time, she doesn’t want to keep seeing him tormented because of her, especially now that she gradually reaches the end of the line.
His tears were devastating as he turned his face away. Tae Hyun had already lost his mother in front of his very eyes, he can’t afford to lost his precious sister in the exact same way. Money are faceless, Yeo Jin made her offer more face-centered when she unveiled her intentions to save Tae Hyun’s sister.
He could only accept her offer no matter what as the weight of Yeo Jin’s words equals the weight of his sister’s well-being. It may be just numbers a phone call away to Yeo Jin’s eyes, but from Tae Hyun’s point of view the fact that he may see his sister healthy once again can’t be calculated by numbers or expressed with words. Only his tears know the weight of his burden.
Yeo Jin not letting Tae Hyun leave her side was the utmost expression of someone’s solitude. She didn’t want him to turn off the lights either. Loneliness and gloominess remind her of the time she spent in her glass prison, now that she’s awakened she can’t afford to embrace the same unwelcome conditions in her life.
Yeo Jin and Tae Hyun are so much alike and an inseparable duet in extension when seen through opposing prisms. Yeo Jin has money, Tae Hyun doesn’t. Yeo Jin could never buy friendship, but Tae Hyun couldn’t acquire it since he never had anything. Both of them are lonely with their own burdens that were plaguing their lives all these years.
Both of them have to break from that prison which is no other than the restricted area with Tae Hyun saving his sister’s life and Yeo Jin reclaiming her stolen time, throne and life. What seems like a journey’s end for Tae Hyun after his sister will get treated is another journey’s beginning, the one to help Tae Hyun at all costs because it’s the synonym of his sister’s life.
You have to love Kim Tae Hee and Joo Won’s chemistry, both of them are shining through the darkness of their characters as they forge a glade of mutual renewal. Joo Won is stellar, but so is Kim Tae Hee. As much as Joo Won was reflecting Tae Hyun’s multifaceted character Kim Tae Hee through Yeo Jin’s comatose rigidity and glass room presentation was forging in silence just a glimpse of what we witnessed during the 5th episode.
Most of the female figures in Yong Pal are strong and determined with distinctive personalities. Of course i’m referring to Stephanie Lee who’s the midnight sun of my heart bringing to the surface Cynthia’s figure in a highly representative and natural way. You have to love her English accent! Chae Jung Ahn is also doing an exemplary work as Chae Young as a multi-scheming figure with definitive goals.
Nurse Hwang has to be one very unique figure. She either unveils all of her rage upon the sleeping beauty or treats her gently as if she was taking care of a living yet so lifeless doll. Yeo Jin felt like a stuffed animal Nurse Hwang could treat in any way she liked any time she was feeling like doing so just because she wanted to and had the power to do so. Apparently, except for the fact that she’s probably in debt as a credit card service keeps contacting her, she has way too many complexes!
She can’t do without Yeo Jin’s presence in her life. After she got paused from her nighttime shifts which were her sickening playground she lost the world underneath her feet. All this anxiety was threatening enough to unveil her unwholesome personality. She’s like a psychic vampire draining the remaining energy off Yeo Jin’s body in order for her to feel alive. She will probably be the first one Yeo Jin will take out of the picture as a “reward” for her “services.”
Yong Pal already owns in terms of ratings, the acting is topnotch and the ambiance it evokes is enthralling. It has the potential to become a drama chieftain if the storyline remains intriguing and challenging, as for now, it maintains the whole package and roams around dramaland like there’s no tomorrow!