Yong Pal ~ Episode 14 Recap [TriAngle]
“If there is no revenge, there is no justice either.
But you will never understand me.
Because you weren’t locked in darkness for three years.
No matter how much i tried i couldn’t move a finger or an eyelid.
You were never locked in that body.
You’ve never prayed to be allowed to die.”
∠ ~ A mental asylum in progress.
Tae Hyun has arrived at the hospital, he’s already a VIP by now and all the necessary measures have been taken care of! The moment Tae Hyun notices the security chief along with doctors coming to greet him properly he ordered the driver to take him to the basement parking lot, but the driver/guard informed everyone on Tae Hyun’s new destination! He thought he would escape, but the security chief and the Interim Director of the hospital came to greet him! Of course, the director would like to talk to Tae Hyun in private in order to get along with him for future plans and ambitions! Nurse Song informs the Head Nurse on the latest events and Tae Hyun’s arrival and she thinks that she ignored everyone, but the Head Nurse tends to differ even though nurse Song is losing herself in her own hallucinations!
Tae Hyun tries to avoid the director for the time being and his guard serves his purpose well by keeping the director away from Tae Hyun and he must have taken his role too seriously since he intends to take care of him if Tae Hyun gives him the okay! Tae Hyun’s at the 12th floor and everyone greets him with due respect! The moment he notices what was going on he rushed back inside the elevator to run away! The guard intends to take care of everyone for Tae Hyun’s sake and follows him closely in case something happens! And there he is in front of the Head Nurse and nurse Song who stares at him in her own weird way! The Surgery Department Chief appeared and Tae Hyun bowed in front of him, everyone’s at ease in front of Tae Hyun and the moment the chief bows he urges everyone to do the same, including Tae Yong! Tae Hyun’s hell rages on!
Tae Hyun’s having a conversation with the Head Nurse, nurse Kang, and she’s happy things have turned out great for him. He’s thankful towards her for her help. He also talked to his sister this morning and everything seems to be flowing well! Tae Hyun’s so lucky it worries him. The fact that everyone knew about his desire for money might make Yeo Jin look like a joke to everyone now that she’s by his side and turned him into someone with power. Nurse Kang urges him to not take into consideration what others think of him, all he should think of is himself and his future as a doctor! Tae Hyun can’t set aside what others think of him, especially since his guard follows him everywhere all the time! The emergency x-ray nurse tried to join their company, but the guard prevented her for a while! She’s glad everything turned out well for him and she thinks that naughty things were taking place all night long since he looks exhausted with dark circles! Tae Hyun calls her noona and she’s glad she has a younger brother who came back as a rich man! There wasn’t a wedding’s first night since the wedding hasn’t taken place and the whole mood becomes playful somewhere between marriage, Tae Hyun’s approach on romance, etc.
Tae Hyun goes to see the housemaid and the good part of the story is that the tumor hasn’t progressed that much, after the surgery everything will be fine! The tormenting part of the story is that Tae Hyun receives way too many compliments from the doctor, something that makes him feel uneasy for one more time! The housemaid can only be thankful towards Tae Hyun and he asked for her precious help on what rings Yeo Jin would like!
∠ ~ The poison within.
Chae Young arrives at the household to find out all of the presidents who were loyal to Do Joon have formed a new line waiting to meet Yeo Jin! The whole sight is amusing, until she notices her father as well! Yeo Jin’s inside her office reading the newspaper and she lets Chae Young appear in front of her! This time her slapping attempts won’t work in front of Yeo Jin’s guard and Chae Young can’t believe Yeo Jin keeps her father in line along with the others. Yeo Jin orders the guard to take her out, but Chae Young leaves on her own. Yeo Jin’s transformation progresses while Chae Young urges her father to leave with her, but he won’t comply to her requests.
Chief Surgeon Lee’s anxiety grows as time passes by but he felt relieved to see Tae Hyun and begged him to save his life! Secretary Min informed Yeo Jin that Tae Hyun met Chief Surgeon Lee and the secretary will take care of him on his own. Tae Hyun reassures him that after Do Joon getting locked up and president Go ending up dead nobody will harm him, but president Go’s death made him even more afraid. Tae Hyun informs him on his suicide as he’s unaware of what really happened, but Chief Surgeon Lee tells him that president Go wasn’t a person that would commit suicide and thinks that Yeo Jin was behind his death. Chief Surgeon Lee freaks out even more and pleas Tae Hyun to inform Yeo Jin that he was only following orders, but Tae Hyun tells him that Yeo Jin would never harm him. At that point Chief Surgeon Lee’s trust deteriorates as he thinks that Tae Hyun’s there to take him out of the picture after soothing his tension, but Tae Hyun reassures him with the fact that he was the one to operate on him. Guilt and fear overrun Chief Surgeon Lee who can’t take out of his head that Yeo Jin will eventually kill him as he still remembers her stare inside the restricted area. Chief Surgeon Lee points out that Do Joon will be out soon and neither him nor Yeo Jin will leave justice to the legal system.
Me, waiting for Yong Pal’s next episodes.
Yeo Jin receives a phone call from the prosecutor who wonders whether he should keep Do Joon for a few more days or just let him go! Even though president Go left for a journey to hell, Yeo Jin points out that there are still people willing to greet Do Joon properly once he’s out and she lets the prosecutor know that when he starts his own firm she will send “flowers” to his new office!
Chief Surgeon Lee regrets going to the OR to operate on Yeo Jin instead of Tae Hyun’s mother and Tae Hyun became aware that the VIP who prevented his mother from living was no other than Yeo Jin. Tae Hyun has dressed his guard as a nurser to make things less uncomfortable for him, but Tae Hyun’s lost in his own thoughts. Everyone wanted to be present at Yeo Jin’s surgery and there wasn’t any doctor available to perform on Tae Hyun’s mother. One after the other all doctors were parading in front of Yeo Jin’s operating table and Chief Surgeon Lee was ordered to go to Tae Hyun’s mother, but his skills were needed immediately while Tae Hyun’s mother was passing away in front of Tae Hyun’s eyes who can’t hold back his tears at the present.
The plaster cast fake patient gets transferred with a police car but they got attacked by a jeep on their way. Of course, the plaster cast fake patient was kidnapped! Detectives Lee and Kim are at the accident scene and something smells fishy with all of these incidents happening one after the other and they intend to investigate more on the case. In the meantime, the fake patient’s ex-underlings dag his grave and threw him in there never to see the light of day again in front of secretary Min’s sleepless stare.
Tae Hyun’s back at the household to witness a line of people bowing in front of him! He goes to meet Yeo Jin right away and he overhears a conversation where one of them informs Yeo Jin that he wasn’t aware of president Go’s plans and that he intended to rescue Yeo Jin from Do Joon in order to serve her as the one and only Chairwoman. She’s already aware that he was the first one to light incense while wearing his gray tie at her funeral and once again he puts all the blame on president Go. President Go can’t talk anymore and Yeo Jin wonders if she silenced too soon, making Tae Hyun aware of her intentions. Yeo Jin gives president Han one last chance as he begs her to save him, she wants him to bring her all the ledgers by tomorrow and then she will make her final decision. On his way out he couldn’t stop bowing in front of Tae Hyun who bowed back and he still can’t believe that Yeo Jin progresses this way. He walks with his guard following him closely and he finds himself in a forgotten garden within the household’s garden.
Chae Young intends to work on a press conference to uncover the whole truth about Hanshin Group and even though everyone was informed nobody appears except for secretary Min and his men! He wants her out of the Hanshin Group Hotel and urges her to leave right away if she doesn’t want to see her family going bankrupt and her father committing suicide like the man she loved. Without Do Joon she can’t exist either.
Inside the forgotten garden Tae Hyun witnessed the lavenders and he was glad to see them. The housemaid informed him that it used to be a lavender garden. The late chairman used to hate it so he got rid of it. Tae Hyun’s curious about how Yeo Jin used to be as a child to find out she was a scary kid. The next day after she got hit in the eye and Do Joon got scolded by their father she forced herself to give up tennis even though she loved it in order to punish her father for scolding Do Joon since she knew that her father was an avid tennis fan. Tae Hyun doesn’t find her reaction scary, but cute. However, Yeo Jin being too honest was scaring everyone since nobody would ever imagine that a child would punish the late chairman this way. Tae Hyun acknowledges how lonely she must had been having to bear the weight of a family’s wealth while having to live among adults who were afraid of her childish explosions. Seeing Yeo Jin’s latest actions, the housemaid wonders if Tae Hyun is afraid of her, but he’s not, he just feels bad about her and she acknowledges how much he loves her.
The dinner’s ready and Tae Hyun will be sitting where the head of the household should sit, it’s something that made him wonder if Yeo Jin’s a Joseon era woman! Tae Hyun finds it quite awkward and Yeo Jin points out that their future children should see their father sitting there! Tae Hyun informs her that he likes children and he emphasizes on the fact that he’s happy! Yeo Jin spoke to his sister and she became aware of what dishes he likes! Her condition only gets better and her surgery will take place in a month’s time if everything goes well! Yeo Jin’s more than happy, but Tae Hyun doesn’t seem to share her happiness. He has a favor to ask and it’s no other than Yeo Jin stopping her revenge.
He wouldn’t like her to harm Chief Surgeon Lee and she tries to hide her plan, but she can’t from Tae Hyun. Yeo Jin points out it’s for the best of both of them, but Tae Hyun tends to differ. Yeo Jin’s brightness has vanished and she doesn’t think she can forgive Chief Surgeon Lee for everything he did to her. Tae Hyun doesn’t think Yeo Jin serves justice, especially when she resembles a murderer as time passes by, but she doesn’t intend to leave the case to the legal system since she would have to expose her medical background inside the court. As the queen of crocodiles, Yeo Jin thinks that if there’s no revenge then there’s no justice either and she doesn’t intend to show her weaknesses in order to remain safe. That’s the reason why she infuses fear in their lives in order to prevent the worst from happening, especially now that Tae Hyun shares the same fate as her as her heir.
Tae Hyun thinks that she can change everything at this point because even if she forgives them they won’t dare taking her lightly. Revenge only leads to revenge and that’s why he begs her to forgive them. Yeo Jin points out that Tae Hyun is a good person and that’s the reason why she likes him, but she thinks that he will never understand everything she went through while being locked up in the darkness for 3 years. She couldn’t even move a finger or an eyelid while being locked up inside her body and she emphasizes on the fact that Tae Hyun doesn’t know how it feels like since he never prayed to be allowed to die. Yeo Jin intends to punish everyone and the only thing that bothers her is the fact that she never had the chance to kill nurse Hwang and the director herself.
The security chief is inside Chief Surgeon Lee’s room and they transfer him with the emergency x-ray nurse being unable to do anything, all she could do was to inform Tae Hyun who asks her if she’s willing to punish everyone who locked her up. He points out that it was her father and Do Joon who locked her up and that Chief Surgeon Lee was a pathetic prison guard and an executioner who sold his soul for money. Tae Hyun thinks that she’s taking out her anger on a puppet and he emphasizes on the fact that he was a prison guard she bought off as well. He acknowledges that Chief Surgeon Lee did horrible things to her, but he informs Yeo Jin that he’s already suffered enough and that she shouldn’t kill him, but Yeo Jin insists on killing him since she can’t forgive him. Tae Hyun asks her how he can forgive her people, but Yeo Jin thinks that she never did anything to him that would require his forgiveness. Tae Hyun doesn’t reveal anything else, but he begs her to stop her revenge as his last request. Yeo Jin’s in tears and started breaking things, but Tae Hyun didn’t return. Chief Surgeon Lee was getting transferred to the operating room, but the security chief received a message asking him to stop for now.
∠ ~ Misery loves company.
Do Joon is free to go for now and he doesn’t get informed on president Go’s death right away, instead he gets informed that everything went well! On his way out nobody was waiting for him and he tries to call secretary Min until he recalled that he betrayed him. He tries to call president Go, but he can’t reach him and leaves on his own. President Go’s number called him back and it was his son informing him that his father passed away as fear and uncertainty started overrunning Do Joon.
Chae Young was staring at him from a safe distance and Do Joon tried to call secretary Min but he couldn’t reach him. Nobody picks up his calls, but Chae Young was the only one to call him on her own. One way or another she’s still his family and once she asked him if someone came to pick him up he reassured her that he’s on his way to drink with the presidents who came for him. The moment she asked him if he’s waiting for a taxi he sees her on the other side of the road. He’s apologetic towards her and even if she wonders if he knows how it is to be apologetic he reassures her he does and he accepts her proposal for a drink.
It’s the first time Chae Young will come to him and he’s thankful, but a car hit him and he urged Chae Young to hold her position. After he got beaten up with an iron blackjack Chae Young ran to his aid to find out he’s unconscious and bleeding. An ambulance had already arrived to pick him up and once she noticed that they are from Hanshin Hospital she became aware that things can only get more dangerous.
◎ ~ Circular view.
Yong Pal’s 7th airing week was its most powerful one in terms of ratings. Right after the marvelous 21.5% it managed to achieve its second best ratings to date with 20.9%. No Wednesday-Thursday drama seems to be bothering Yong Pal and Yong Pal doesn’t care about anyone else except for itself, that’s why it only moves forward.
The 14th one was the episode which turned the tables upside down. We had already received the vibes which were pointing towards Yeo Jin’s transformation, but i wasn’t expecting her to reach such depths in the darkness she chose to embrace. But then again, she never made clear that she’d set aside revenge and the moment she left the church the urge was there. It never truly left her mind, it kept lurking in the dark side of the moon longing for the right moment to overshadow everyone with a pompous epiphany of horror.
Tae hyun found himself inside a terrifying amusement park, everything is ridiculously frightening ever since he acquired his new status. Everyone wants to greet him, meet him, protect and take advantage of him and that’s why his prior urge for money troubles him. He’s afraid of finding himself in misunderstandings and the least thing he would like to happen is to make Yeo Jin look like a clown he took advantage of while everyone’s after him for their own ambitions!
No matter how hard was the time Tae Hyun was having at the hospital, it was more than amusing for us and we definitely needed this episode opening since the darkness lying ahead and the feels accompanying it were tremendous. The purest people by Tae Hyun’s side have to be the emergency x-ray nurse and nurse Kang who acknowledge Tae Hyun’s real essence and try to help him hang in there in their own uplifting way! The driver/guard is such a hilarious figure taking himself too seriously as opposed to Tae Hyun’s harmless nature! I couldn’t stop laughing every time he was eager to take care of anyone bothering Tae Hyun to the extent of Tae Hyun dressing him up as a nurser in order not to feel so uncomfortable around him since he would follow him everywhere. I hope that the restroom could grant him some moments of heartfelt privacy!
Tae Hyun’s love for Yeo Jin is strong and the housemaid’s help was precious when it comes to choosing the rings that will grace their marriage. However, Yeo Jin’s descent into darkness was progressing rapidly and Chae Young found out how powerless she was in front of her and how relentless Yeo Jin had become. Seeing her father waiting in line devastated her and she couldn’t do anything. Attempting to strike Hanshin Group inside the wolves’ lair was a grandiose attempt, but it would never reach the press since secretary Min is Yeo Jin’s right hand and if he was a puppet in Do Joon’s eyes, he’s a weapon of mass destruction under Yeo Jin’s command. Directly threatening Chae Young and her father’s well-being while awakening painful memories from the heartrending past was the easiest way to dishearten her in a blink of an eye.
Chief Surgeon Lee’s devastation through guilt and fear was immense. He has already started losing his mind and logic has subsided to the threshold of panic. He begged Tae Hyun to save him and no matter how much Tae Hyun was trying to calm him down his ongoing distress was inevitable, especially after finding out that president Go had been silenced and that he’s one of those who are next in line. He can still trust Tae Hyun since he was the one to save his life and even if he regrets everything he can’t change his wrongdoings. Tae Hyun doesn’t set aside his crimes, but he would like him to pay for them inside the court and not with his life.
It was a mind awakening conversation which let Tae Hyun know that Yeo Jin had actually started evolving her revenge plan without him being aware of it. She was hiding it under all these layers of love she always preserves for Tae Hyun. The plaster cast fake patient had already been silenced and Yeo Jin had already arranged with the prosecutor to let Do Joon out in the wilderness in order for his “friends” to greet him and she will pay him back accordingly in the future. Tae Hyun found out that the reason why his mother passed away was no other than Yeo Jin who was the VIP who prevented any surgeon to keep his mother alive since everyone was needed at Yeo Jin’s operating room in case anything went wrong. At the same time, everyone wanted to be there for their own ambitions. Tae Hyun’s tears were bitter ones, but they would never question his love for Yeo Jin since her father was the one to make the decision to have each and every doctor by her side.
Tae Hyun overhearing Yeo Jin saying that she was the one who took president Go out of the picture was the most palpable proof he needed after witnessing Yeo Jin infusing fear and uncertainty through an even more uncertain and unreliable sense of hope to enforce everyone’s loyalty towards her face. It was a side of Yeo Jin he wasn’t aware of and he needed his own time to think and try to understand her to a wider extent before appearing in front of her.
Tae Hyun finding himself inside the barren garden within a garden felt like a forgotten fairytale. And indeed, it’s the place which beheld Yeo Jin’s childhood’s most precious memories which were always related to lavenders. It’s the place which is haunted by Yeo Jin’s long lost innocence and it was probably the place Yeo Jin used to love and the late chairman used to hate for everything that happened in the past and shook their relationship.
The way both Yeo Jin and Do Joon progressed as characters is their common father’s “masterpiece.” He raised two potentially vengeful children that could unleash all this hate they were keeping in slumber deep within under very specific circumstances that would trigger the explosion. Do Joon’s explosion already took place and we got to see his intentions and actions episode by episode. Yeo Jin has just erupted in full grandeur and we’re witnessing the nurturing of her personal beast. Both Do Joon and Yeo Jin are their father’s victims, but they are responsible for their actions at the present.
Yeo Jin couldn’t stand seeing Do Joon getting abused by their own father and she knew that she was the rightful heiress to the throne and that she was her father’s weakness. That’s why she could hard him anytime by simply hitting his soft spots, one strike at a time. Both Yeo Jin and her father loved tennis, the moment he scolded Do Joon for her getting hit by a baseball she ruined the pleasure both herself and her father were finding in tennis. She was willing to sacrifice something she loved in order to harm someone else. Sacrificing one’s happiness for another one’s sadness was too much of a burden for a child’s fragile soul.
Yeo Jin being too honest since her childhood days was scaring everyone since nobody could predict her reactions as nobody was imagining that a child would be able to punish an adult in such ways. Tae Hyun was able to read through the lines by finding out how lonely she must had been. A whole family’s wealth and power had fallen upon her shoulders and all this weight could only lead to her vengeful childhood tactics. Tae Hyun would never be afraid of her since he loves her way too much and this is the reason why he can’t stand seeing her feeding the beast within without remorse. Just like Do Joon intended to silence the workers of the pyramid, she intends to bury both the architects and the remaining workers in order to soothe the curse that was breathing inside these walls for 3 years.
Yeo Jin’s twofold world is masterfully being depicted through Kim Tae Hee’s acting. Whenever she’s not around Tae Hyun we get to witness her vengeful side in full grander, but whenever Tae Hyun’s by her side she’s the one we met throughout the episodes as if nothing negative ever happened and as if she didn’t commit any crime recently. The way she moves back and forth from one state of both heart and mind to the other is exceptional. The way she maneuvers on both sides of the same coin during the same scene is kind of marvelous dare i say.
Tae Hyun informing her that he’s aware of her plans overshadowed the arch happiness that was blooming in the air over the lurking shadows. The thought of children and Tae Hyun sitting on the throne of the head of the household had been set aside and Tae Hyun presented his point of view that revenge can only lead to revenge and an ill-natured scenery in the making won’t benefit anyone in the end. Yeo Jin gradually becomes the female version of Do Joon under a new perspective and through the opposing prism. She’s already become a murderer and Tae Hyun tries to prevent her from proceeding even further in this stench of bloodshed.
While Tae Hyun is a person saving lives, Yeo Jin becomes a person who ostracizes them from the world of the living. Yeo Jin doesn’t intend to look weak in front of anyone and since she found herself in her crocodile environment and enthroned herself as the rightful queen with revenge in mind she can only progress her own plans in order for justice to be served, not by human laws, but by the rapier that will fall upon those who kept her inside a nightmare for 3 years. Tae Hyun acknowledges that these people are guilty, but they don’t deserve death either since nobody has the right to take human lives.
Yeo Jin doesn’t intend to stand in front of Chief Surgeon Lee or anyone else inside a court since she would have to reveal everything that happened to her throughout the years. Tae Hyun tries to make her believe that forgiving doesn’t reflect weakness or senseless magnanimity. She can still forgive without looking weak while still maintaining her grandeur without a single wound. But her wounds are too deep to step back. Since the dance has progressed she intends to keep dancing to the very end until all these eyes that looked down on her while she was comatose will never see the light of day again.
Regretting only that she didn’t have the chance to kill nurse Hwang and the director herself proves the imposing aura of her hate. Yeo Jin thinks that Tae Hyun will never understand her since his body never became the personification of absence of life while still living. Praying to be allowed to die was too much of a sacrifice of her humane side and it could only lead to far greater sins at the present. She wasn’t allowed to do at least that much; taking her own life.
Tae Hyun asking her how he can forgive people around her and even Yeo Jin could only make her think that she never did anything to him that would require his forgiveness. Tae Hyun didn’t reveal anything else, but he did beg her to not progress her revenge as his last request. He clearly loves her and he doesn’t want to use the card of his mother’s death for the time being. If she stops now he intends to keep it to himself once and for all, but if she progresses with her murderous plans he won’t have any other choice but let her know that the first time they indirectly met was when his mother was passing away in order for Yeo Jin to embrace life anew. Chief Surgeon Lee was saved for now, but their relationship was traumatized by Yeo Jin’s ongoing sickening thoughts.
Do Joon found himself all alone. Nobody was out there waiting for him and he couldn’t reach anyone on the phone either. Had he not called president Go on the phone he would still think everything was flowing fine, but the moment he found out he had passed away the whole world collapsed underneath his feet. Every plan of reclaiming everything he lost in a blink of an eye suddenly felt so distant and the ambiance had already started getting colder.
The only one to care about him was Chae Young who didn’t directly appear in front of him, but she called him on the phone to listen to everything he has to say. Do Joon tried to hide the truth from her, but his white lies that everything was fine were being countered in front of her very eyes. The moment she let him know she was there waiting for him he was both apologetic and thankful. We could sense his love for her for the first time now that his dreadful plans had been halted. All this time we knew it was there, but we couldn’t see beyond his one-sided love’s despair.
It was also the first time Chae Young sincerely cared for him and a sparkle that could fuel her feelings for him could also be there. At this point, after Do Joon having lost everything, he resembles her loved one in a manner of speaking and if she won’t be there for him nobody else will and Do Joon will end up dead one way or another. It was Do Joon’s most humane moment in the recent years, but it was also one of Chae Young most sincere aspects too. Acknowledging that he was in danger and that it was the first time she would go to him on her own was an emotional revelation for both of them.
Seeing him getting hit by a car and Do Joon urging her to maintain her position in order not to get hurt was heartfelt in its own way. She could only rush to his aid once the danger had passed, but the ambulance came too fast and the realization that it was from Hanshin Hospital made things more threatening. Yeo Jin doesn’t intend to lose time and she didn’t let Do Joon breathe the air of freedom for too long.
I never thought i would sympathize with Do Joon, but i did, even though i wanted Yeo Jin to have her revenge for a welcome amount of episodes. However, now that she progresses her plans she gets alienated too much and the cost will be much more than she will be able to handle if Tae Hyun won’t prevent her from proceeding. Do Joon found himself in a glass prison without glass walls and he will probably get transferred inside the restricted area with Yeo Jin preserving to the fullest the an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth “teachings.” Chae Young and Do Joon’s only hope at this very moment is Tae Hyun and he will be the first and only person she will contact. The 14th episode was such a multifaceted one and it proves that Yong Pal only gets better.