Yong Pal ~ Episode 17 Recap [TriAngle]
“We all carry the weight of our own sins.”
∠ ~ Worlds apart.
Six months later Tae Hyun opened his own neighborhood clinic. He didn’t finish his residency and that’s the reason why he didn’t move on with his specialty. He’s finally living as a relaxed doctor in a quiet town where he can stare at the sky through his carefree life far away from gangster or high-class house calls. So Hyun has returned healthy from the US and both of them are living together with Sang Chul who hasn’t found a new job!
Yeo Jin’s having lunch with Alexon’s chairman and his right hand, i presume, and they’re trying to arrange a meeting with the Prime Minister, but she’s thoughtful about it for the time being. Chairman Choi appeared and Yeo Jin decided to let him pass, he wants Yeo Jin to spare him this time even though he lost to her. Yeo Jin uses his own words when it comes to gnawing flesh and she asks him how did Do Joon’s flesh taste, but it’s time for chairman Choi to leave the room. Before leaving, he says that Do Joon who killed Sung Hoon was finally killed by himself, but at this point Yeo Jin is the one draining his life. While they were taking him out he wondered in laughter who will be the one to take Yeo Jin out of the picture! Yeo Jin’s thoughts declare the end of war and revenge and she continued eating!
Tae Hyun examines a child, but since pediatrics wasn’t his forte he can’t possibly tell what’s wrong with the boy’s health! Doo Chul, who’s one of the clinic’s shareholders, questions his sanity since he can’t believe he said that in front of a patient! Tae Hyun made a phone call and mentioned the kid’s symptoms to find out it’s Kawasaki disease and the hospital will be the child’s next destination. Doo Chul was suffering from stomachache and diarrhea and it’s thanks to last night’s alcohol! He doesn’t need a prescription and Tae Hyun informs him that he’s a community leader of this town since everyone believes so!
Tae Hyun takes care of the children’s immunization shots and during his break he simply wanted to play with them! Chae Young was already there bathing the kids and she’s in a playful mood! Tae Hyun finds her amazing for doing all that, especially since she never did manual labor before! Just like Chae Young doesn’t want him to call her Madame anymore, Tae Hyun doesn’t want her to call him brother-in-law and from now on Chae Young will be Tae Hyun’s noona! She asks him if he missed being the chairwoman’s husband and Tae Hyun’s answer is negative, but Chae Young missed her arch status. She takes the blame for her wrong decisions in the past and Tae Hyun tries to put the blame on himself, but Chae Young is definitive as she’s well aware that Tae Hyun really tried to save Do Joon who must be thankful for that in the afterlife. The moment Chae Young asked him whether he’s talking to Yeo Jin or not Tae Hyun put an end to their conversation and the sister appeared right on time! Chae Young keeps helping the clinic with its expenses in her own way, but what she’s really after is revenge.
Yeo Jin’s back to the household where she got informed that chairman Choi attempted to end his life, but he wasn’t successful since his right hand found him on time. Secretary Min’s pleased with Yeo Jin’s discomfort and the moment she entered the mansion she almost fainted. She stared at her father’s portrait wondering how he was able to withstand the chairman’s position and the hardships that derive from it, but soon she started hallucinating and the moment she witnessed Do Joon smiling at the stairs she passed out.
She woke up in her room with the housemaid by her side and Yeo Jin doesn’t want her to spread any rumors. Yeo Jin doesn’t want to see a doctor at this point and the housemaid told her that if someone had tried to take his own life because of her she would be in shock too, regardless of their friendly or hostile relationship. She lets Yeo Jin know that nobody will think of her being weak and it’s time for her to walk in the garden recalling Tae Hyun’s words on everything she will be missing from the household’s view. Her broken smile and black dress pace perfectly well with the “picnics” she already misses and seeing Tae Hyun feels essential.
Tae Hyun, the emergency x-ray nurse, the head nurse, Doo Chul and his underling are enjoying their beers and Tae Hyun teaches them the art of relaxing! He’s finally happy with the life he’s leading and he’s glad his sister’s healthy again, but he’s also happy with all the little things in his daily routine. Just like Yeo Jin found herself outdoors for the first time after three years and she could treasure the breeze, Tae Hyun cherishes it too at the present and he can’t help it but think that the time for Yeo Jin to find him has finally arrived. She was nearby staring at him thinking how much she’d like to join him and his company, but Chae Young’s presence and playful attitude prevented her. Of course, Chae Young was well aware Yeo Jin was around and the only thing she could do was to leave in tears, but being glad after witnessing Tae Hyun’s happiness.
∠ ~ Venomous stares.
Yeo Jin’s speech at the Hanshin Alexon Factory Completion Ceremony takes place, but she starts hallucinating again as she notices president Go in the crowd, she tries to maintain her calmness, but she eventually passes out after seeing Do Joon’s smiling face again. Tae Hyun was glad seeing Yeo Jin on the news, but he got concerned the moment he found out she had fainted.
Yeo Jin having a CT scan, but the doctor’s smirk was menacing. She got transferred in a room, but she didn’t let the nurse progress with a direct serum injection since it brings forth bleak memories. The doctor informed her that her CT scan was normal and that she fainted due to stress and fatigue. However, the stares he exchanged with secretary Min were highly representative of the fact that something’s going on in the background and now that he’s alone with Yeo Jin she urges the doctor to keep the doctor-patient confidentiality. Yeo Jin asks him if it’s possible to hallucinate because of anemia and stress and the doctor reassured her that it is. As for staying at the hospital to receive treatment and regain her strength it would never be an option for Yeo Jin, especially at that hospital; she’d rather die.
The board of directors have already been informed that Yeo Jin suffers from 2nd stage liver cancer and they’re aware of her hallucinations, but Chae Young thinks that it’s too early for them to be happy. She doesn’t want more shares for her “hard work,” all she wants is revenge for Do Joon. Tae Hyun was at the hospital and the moment Yeo Jin was leaving he appeared in front of her, but this wasn’t yet another hallucination! Tae Hyun pretended he was there to see a friend and Yeo Jin that she had a meeting with the hospital’s director. Their conversation is a formal one, just like two people who haven’t seen each other for a long time and once things started becoming more personal the board of directors arrived to express their fake concerns! The moment for Tae Hyun to leave had arrived, but before leaving Yeo Jin felt the urge to congratulate him on his clinic.
After a long time he’s back at the 12th floor and he relaxes at a massage-chair inside Chief Surgeon Lee’s office! Chief Surgeon Lee has regained his good old self since he’s into surgeries again, but he envies Tae Hyun for being the director of a humble clinic! Soon their smiles surrender to Tae Hyun’s real reason for being there since he wants Chief Surgeon Lee to check Yeo Jin’s CT results, but he didn’t have access and Tae Hyun’s concerned about what’s going on.
The housemaid who was loyal to Chae Young put some drops in Yeo Jin’s water and after she drank it she saw both Do Joon and president Go smiling right in front of her! The housemaid urged Yeo Jin to see a doctor and since she doesn’t want doctors in her life she wants her to see someone she can trust, implying Tae Hyun. Even though it would be a doctor-patient meeting Yeo Jin can’t afford to present her monstrous self in front of him at this point. The housemaid emphasized on the fact that Tae Hyun would never say no to a patient and right before leaving she urged everyone to keep it a secret. The moment Chae Young’s spy asked the housemaid about Yeo Jin’s destination she didn’t receive an answer, but the overall vibes were enough for Chae Young to find out.
Once Yeo Jin arrived Chae Young appeared and they’re having a conversation. Yeo Jin’s glad Chae Young’s doing fine lately with her heartwarming activities and Chae Young strikes right on Yeo Jin’s weakness, Tae Hyun. She refers to their brother-sister relationship and the fact that he’s in the happiest era of his life. Chae Young would like Yeo Jin to leave him alone in order for him to remain happy. Yeo Jin informed her that she’s seeing Do Joon lately, but Chae Young let her know that she sees him every day during her daily activities and tears start falling. Yeo Jin’s apologetic as Chae Young acknowledges how mean she was when Do Joon was alive and she emphasized on the fact that all of them are carrying the weight of their own sins. Yeo Jin couldn’t hold back her tears as Chae Young mentioned that Tae Hyun would be able to carry the burden of Yeo Jin’s sins. It’s something that made Yeo Jin’s emotional collapse reach a climax.
∠ ~ A soothing glade | A lurking nightmare.
Chae Young with the child never arrived and Tae Hyun’s on his way back home and the same applies to Yeo Jin who had already started thinking of coming down of the 13th floor. Inside her car, Do Joon’s voice started echoing again and she almost hit Tae Hyun, but her breaks worked right on time! After passing away, Tae Hyun took her to his house where he’s looking after her along with his sister.
He took her at the terrace of the 1st Floor Clinic and Yeo Jin can easily notice that he named it this way because of her! Tae Hyun’s concerned about her, but she would never tell him that she’s having a hard time. He notices that she’s not at her finest and urges her to go with him for a checkup, but she reassured him that everything’s fine and that it’s all in her mind. He takes her in his embrace and tells her that whether it’s a disease of her mind or her body he intends to treat her. Yeo Jin could only be thankful towards Tae Hyun’s reassuring words!
He keeps her in his embrace and caresses her gently, he’s apologetic for not being aware of her health issues, but she lets him know that she will come down from the 13th floor. Tae Hyun’s kiss on her forehead was more meaningful that words and he doesn’t have to accept her since he’s already back! Another beautiful kiss between our shining couple took place, an elegant one which brought Yeo Jin to tears. Tae Hyun wiped them away and the kiss progressed in its very own fragile way!
Secretary Min’s already there, but Sang Chul informed him that he should wait a bit. The moment he arrived at the terrace he was too shy to stare at Yeo Jin and Tae Hyun! At first she didn’t intend to go back, but just for tonight she will head towards the household to take care of the load she carries deep within since she doesn’t want to share it with Tae Hyun. He wouldn’t have a problem to do so, but since Yeo Jin made up her mind nothing will change it! Before leaving, a gentle wrist-grab and eventually a back-hug were essential! However, Tae Hyun can’t be at ease.
Yeo Jin wants secretary Min to call an emergency meeting of the board of directors for tomorrow, but she doesn’t invest on more information. Secretary Min was smirking while staring at the water and the housemaid noticed his reaction. Yeo Jin’s glad she listened to the housemaid who’s been in this household for 30 years. Yeo Jin’s well aware that she liked Do Joon more than her and that’s fine with her, but the housemaid informed her that it was because Yeo Jin was full of confidence while Do Joon was in need of sympathy. Yeo Jin’s thankful towards her for being by Do Joon’s side back then and when the housemaid left she went to meet secretary Min and the rest.
She got informed that Yeo Jin has cancer and they let her know because the future of Hanshin Group depends on her. Given the circumstances, if Yeo Jin passes away Tae Hyun will become the heir and they intend to compose a new will. They shouldn’t let Yeo Jin meet Tae Hyun before she passes away and they want the housemaid’s cooperation and even though she’s loyal to her current master she acknowledges that masters change with the passing of time. She’s already made her guess on the future master and referred to the fact that people like them have no souls. Secretary Min informed her that a restraining order will be issued concerning Tae Hyun and that she should just focus on Yeo Jin.
Secretary Min arrived at the company and he informed everyone that he’ll be delivering Yeo Jin’s orders from now on. The war room has been dissolved and all of them will return to their original positions. Secretary Min cancelled all of Yeo Jin’s plans they were working on, now that the hunt is over the hunting dogs are no longer needed. Once they’re back to their original positions, he urged them to wear their ties properly. One of Yeo Jin’s most useful employees noticed that something’s not right since he doesn’t have access to anything. Yeo Jin woke up to witness Do Joon once again in front of her and her screams ruined the once peaceful awakening.
◎ ~ Circular view.
The Wednesday-Thursday drama program has become more competitive with She Was Pretty gradually raising its ratings and Gaekju trying to establish itself during its second airing week. Yong Pal was affected by this twofold factor, but still, 18.4% is too powerful and nobody can argue about that. One episode before Yong Pal closes its curtains, i still think it will make the big bang and set a final lasting personal record during the 18th episode and i can’t wait to witness my precious Stephanie Lee on screen once again.
Tae Hyun found peace of mind, he’s free from all the burdens that were devastating him one after the other all along the way and most and above all, his beloved sister is healthy! She regained life and Tae Hyun found happiness at everything simple and daily. His routine is bliss even though it’s not as relaxing as he thought it would be. He keeps preserving his ideals to the fullest while still hoping that Yeo Jin will be by his side anew after leaving the 13th floor. She’s the last and most essential piece of the puzzle he’d been working on his heart for the past 17 episodes.
1st floor clinic, no matter how cheesy it may appear it reflects Tae Hyun’s course backwards along with his simplicity and strength of character. One after the other, he escaped the 12th and 13th floor respectively and while it may seem to some that he left heaven behind, he basically escaped hell to forge his own garden of Eden, a humble one and precise to everything that consists of Tae Hyun’s figure. It wasn’t lust for wealth and power in the first place and it didn’t become in the future either even though Yeo Jin was the perfect chance. Now that his sister is healthy the quest for money has ceased existing and life started blooming all over around him with the lavender still missing from his garden.
Yeo Jin’s vengeful path and the war have reached an end after officially cutting ties with Chairman Choi and their distant relationship. His empire’s collapse was as pompous as the echo of his words in the previous episodes and the fact that he attempted to end his own life proved how empty his life was despite the fact that he lost everything at the cost of fulfilling his own revenge. Yeo Jin enjoying her wine without taking into consideration his words and eventually tasting her medium-rare steak was yet another glimpse of her bloodstained triumph. However, chairman Choi’s words on the line of corpses and the way it was formed step by step were prophetic since nothing is as peaceful as it seems now that the war is over and the violent task of revenge seems to have reached completion. Yeo Jin looks like Caesar awaiting for her own Brutus to reveal himself.
Tae Hyun’s an essential part of the community, not only through the 1st Floor Clinic, but also with the help he offers at Doma’s House when it comes to the children and the elderly. Even when he can’t be of actual help he finds his own way to remain helpful and deliver all the necessary advice for a proper treatment. Chae Young isn’t as innocent as she appears to be and she’s definitely not on a self-cleansing task full of humble charities.
It’s a mask she had to wear to prevent Tae Hyun from suspecting her thoughts of revenge, but she also had to keep a close eye on him so that she’d suffocate at birth any forthcoming Tae Hyun-Yeo Jin meeting. Tae Hyun is the only one who would try to save Yeo Jin at all costs and if Chae Young’s plan has to flourish the distance between Yeo Jin and Tae Hyun must be maintained. However, she sincerely acknowledged that Tae Hyun tried to save Do Joon back in the days and the fact that she thanked him on Do Joon’s behalf proves it.
Do Joon, president Go and Chief Surgeon Lee were hallucinating in their own guilty thoughts after “murdering” Yeo Jin, the same applies to Yeo Jin at this very moment. One after the other, president Go and especially Do Joon parade in front of her very eyes smiling and ruining her peace of mind. It’s an ongoing face to face battle with her guilt and the bloodshed she had to cause in order to secure her throne. The fact that she stared at her father’s portrait asking him how he was able to withstand a chairman’s position and everything which derives from it was depicting her shattered internal world, but also the fact that she needed courage.
Yeo Jin doesn’t trust doctors, not anymore. After everything she went through she doesn’t intend to go back to a place which could potentially give birth to yet another nightmarish slumber. Her only comfort is the housemaid, especially now that she’s already started missing life’s precious picnics. Yeo Jin wearing a pitch black dress as if she was attending a funeral while nature was in full blood looked as if she was weeping everything she lost by choosing the 13th floor in Tae Hyun’s absence.
All roads lead to Rome and Yeo Jin could only head towards Tae Hyun’s direction where she witnessed his ever-growing happiness and relaxed spirit among loved ones. It’s just a glimpse of the two different worlds both of them chose and how each world affects Tae Hyun and Yeo Jin respectively. Yeo Jin leads a life in misery at the verge of collapse while being unaware of what’s going on in the background whereas Tae Hyun keeps redefining happiness while both of them miss one another. Chae Young’s presence was both devastating and deterring for Yeo Jin to approach Tae Hyun at that blissful moment for the relieving breeze to turn into mutual warmth.
Everyone’s on a journey to take Yeo Jin out of the picture, most of them for their own benefits in the everlasting quest for wealth and power, except for Chae Young. Taking revenge for Do Joon’s death will be enough for her and her housemaid spy inside the household through the poisonous drops progresses Yeo Jin’s liver cancer. The board of directors is celebrating, secretary Min is nearly ecstatic and Chae Young’s restrained happiness along with the doctor’s silence reflect Yeo Jin’s danger unawareness and shattered world. One shouldn’t only be able to walk towards the throne in order to acquire it, one should also be able to maintain it and Yeo Jin didn’t take that aspect into consideration.
Tae Hyun was aware that something was so wrong concerning Yeo Jin’s health the moment he witnessed her collapsing on the television and that’s why he rushed to see her at the hospital. He didn’t reveal his real intentions for his presence there, but Yeo Jin didn’t want to overburden him with her own problems either. Their conversation was a formal one, they were talking just like two people who hadn’t met one another for a long time, but both of them were restraining themselves from getting closer together through words. However, a hidden sense of mutual affection was there. The moment Yeo Jin saw him after all this time her eyes were shining, it was highly representative of her longing while Tae Hyun was observant in order to read through the lines. The fact that Chief Surgeon Lee didn’t have access to Yeo Jin’s CT results was a more mind-awakening moment for Tae Hyun and his protective reflexes started becoming more vibrant.
The housemaid could see that Yeo Jin needs to see a doctor and her caring attitude could only point towards Tae Hyun’s direction. He would never say no to a patient and if Yeo Jin appeared as one then he would preserve to the fullest a doctor-patient approach no matter how monstrous Yeo Jin sees her reflection in the mirror. Chae Young arranged things that way so that Yeo Jin and Tae Hyun wouldn’t meet and that’s why she sent Tae Hyun at Doma’s House waiting for her while Chae Young was waiting for Yeo Jin out of the 1st Floor clinic.
Chae Young didn’t only attempt to earn Yeo Jin’s trust, she also wanted to dishearten her from approaching Tae Hyun anew and this meeting was also an indirect warning on her forthcoming end; the nemesis to her hubris. Expressing Tae Hyun’s ultimate happiness and urging Yeo Jin to close that chapter once and for all if she wants him to remain happy was the first blow. Chae Young’s temperament earned Yeo Jin’s trust and she told her about her hallucinations, it’s something nobody was supposed to know. Chae Young emphasizing on the fact that all of them carry the weight of their own sins and paralleling it to Tae Hyun’s shoulders which would be willing to carry it for her anytime meant only one thing, that Tae Hyun’s happiness would lessen day by day and it would be Yeo Jin’s fault. It was the moment that climaxed Yeo Jin’s emotional collapse, but it was a moment of clarity as well since after Chae Young left Yeo Jin had already started thinking of leaving the 13th floor in order to embrace life by Tae Hyun’s side without embedding on his shoulders her own burden.
Chae Young thought they would never meet, but if a couple is fated there’s no Chae Young in the world that would block the pathway upon which they’d meet. She was relieved to wake up and see Tae Hyun by her side. Just like after she found herself out of the 12th floor’s glass prison he took her to the hospital’s outdoor area, now that she found herself out of the 13th floor’s self-inflicted prison she was out there again at Tae Hyun’s terrace. The 1st Floor Clinic signboard was highly representative of the change in the making, but now it was feeling definitive.
Yeo Jin was trying to hide everything that concerned her along with the fact that her health isn’t at its finest, but Tae Hyun’s instinct and experience could read through the lines of her face concerning both her physical and emotional mirror. His hugs were highly soothing and the promise to heal her whether it’s about her body or her soul was yet another soulful testimony on his behalf.
Kissing her on her forehead was another sign of his insatiable affection. Tae Hyun doesn’t have to accept her back, she’s already there where she should be. All Tae Hyun ever needed was her presence out of anything related to the Hanshin Group to make him believe in her pure intentions. The kiss scene was fragile and heartfelt, there was something gentle and elegant. It was a kiss devoid of tension but filled with so much passion quenching all this silent and mutual longing.
Tae Hyun knew that something very wrong was taking place in the background, that’s why he didn’t want her to go back to the household, but Yeo Jin wanted to take care of everything in order to not inflict her own burden upon him. Once again their mutual caring was shining in times like these and one of the softest wrist-grabs ever followed by yet another majestic back-hug the Tae Hyun way completed the scene.
Yeo Jin could only be thankful towards the housemaid for her insightful proposal, but she was also thankful for her favoring Do Joon in his time of need when they were children. Yeo Jin’s confidence and temperament had secured her reign, but Do Joon was the scapegoat for everything wrong happening inside the household. There had to be someone to soothe his darkness and the housemaid was the one to do so. However, what Do Joon needed was love, not sympathy, but at least that much must had been an isle of comfort back then.
The housemaid uttered one of the truest phrases in the drama, people like them have no soul, including herself. It’s all about being loyal to the puppeteer until he’s no longer needed since a new one will be in charge. The lair of wolves is in a turmoil since everyone wants to be the new chairman and they need her to progress their own plans. Yeo Jin must never meet Tae Hyun since Yeo Jin and Tae Hyun together could ultimately ruin their plans, but they also need to make a new will so that Tae Hyun won’t become the rightful heir after she passes away. The restraining order concerning Tae Hyun will be issued, the housemaid will focus on Yeo Jin and secretary Min will dawn the new era at the company. However, something tells me that the housemaid was acting and she will be by Yeo Jin and Tae Hyun’s side, after all he saved her life by diagnosing her illness before becoming fatal.
Secretary Min appeared like an executioner at the full of slaves Coliseum and he put an end to the environment Yeo Jin had set for her employees all this time. In order for the board of directors’ plans to progress he had to cancel all of Yeo Jin’s tasks in the making and he made sure to deliver the message that everyone should return to a Do Joon oriented state of working fear until the change has been completed. Urging them to wear their ties properly wasn’t only to restrain their liberties, it was also an allusion to the gray-black tie which made the difference at Yeo Jin’s funeral. Yeo Jin’s morning hallucination was just the beginning of a living nightmare that’s about to unfold while Do Joon was welcoming her to this cruel reality anew.
Hand positioning was of utter importance during the 17th episode. Just like Chae Young’s hand’s fake friendly tone was the extension of her lethal stare while she was with Yeo Jin, the fragile wrist-grab, but also Tae Hyun placing his hands around her waist with Yeo Jin sealing them on her own were proving the remaining main figures’ intentions that will reach full bloom or decay during the last episode.
Judging from the preview, everyone’s looking forward to the announcement of the new chairman, the housemaid probably informed Tae Hyun on everything going on, secretary Min’s in ecstasy and Yeo Jin’s last operating hopes have to be Tae Hyun and Chief Surgeon Lee since the rest of the doctors turned their backs on her as they were following the orders they received. Tae Hyun’s devastation is immense as he kneels in front of Chief Surgeon Lee urging him to save her life. As for her last wish, something tells me that she wants Tae Hyun to take her to the Hill of Wind to seal their arch promise for all eternity. Will the prince be able to heal the princess against all odds in this dreadful fairytale?