Beautiful Mind Episode 10 Kwoncap [TriAngle]
Young Oh meets his younger self and embraces a deeper sense of understanding, but he’s also eager to explore the fields of love by Ji Sung’s side. He doesn’t try to look normal, not anymore. He discovers himself one step at a time without this meaning that he will be able to feel and empathize in a blink of an eye; unless an episode reduction takes place.
“What is this feeling?
I want to make an effort.
It may be impossible.
But for once, I’d like to make an effort.”
∇ A change of heart. ∇
The hospital has turned into a secretly boiling submarine volcano that could erupt anytime with unpredictable consequences. The doctor from the past has resurfaced and he’s ready to perplex things even more for reasons we have yet to find out. Soon Ho becoming aware of the fact that Dr. Leenkenstein and his medical malpractice were responsible for Young Oh’s condition is a weapon of mass destruction that fell into the wrong hands of a self-aware businessman; not a doctor. At the same time, Hyun Joon and Soon Ho wanted to promote the regenerative medicine by trying to use the power of the media, but they were unable to bribe the oh so righteous voice of the people for the time being. Of course, one of the finest methods to advertise their product was to approach patients who didn’t have the money to receive treatment and Suk Joo would be the one to pick those who’d take the regenerative medicine.
After supporting the regenerative medicine to the fullest during the press conference there was no turning back. The more the episodes pass by the more he sacrifices a greater part of his humane self and the coldness that embraced Suk Joo was omnipresent when he didn’t even want to listen to a comatose patient’s father’s suffering. His kindness was unable to treat some of his patients, including Ji Ahn, and he put all of his hopes in the research’s success despite his suspicions that things might not flow the desired way. He didn’t want tough medical cases that could ruin the regenerative medicine’s promotion, he wanted cases pacing perfectly well with the research’s latest results in order to strengthen the medicine’s still unclear and hopefully wondrous nature.
He may appear as a rigid careerist trying to hide his doubts and concerns and he succeeds in it, but his innermost hope is that everything will work out just fine and numerous lives will be saved in the process. In the future, if the medicine fails to meet his expectations Suk Joo will live in regret for the rest of his life, but if it will become medical science’s life-saving brigade he will, finally, be able to sleep peacefully at night despite the crimes he had to bury. On a side note, is there anyone else who thinks that the close ups every time Soon Ho offers a cup of coffee to someone else look a bit suspicious? It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s trying to poison Hyun Joon and/or Dr. Leenkenstein (who didn’t drink without getting a whiff of the coffee Soon Ho offered him – it could also be a reference that he knew something) without leaving any traces behind.
∇ A conversation with my younger self. ∇
Young Oh would be in charge of a patient he could relate to and eventually “empathize” with (more like understanding to a wider extent) due to personal experience. His observations that the child (Yo Seob) was being abused by his own mother would be proven correct even though there wasn’t any physical evidence. However, he would never give up his patient no matter what and the more he was interacting with the child the more he was intending to be there for him, not only as his attending doctor, but also as a caring figure in his own way. Young Oh didn’t only look like the child’s much older brother, he was treating him as such and their ongoing interactions felt as if he was talking to his younger self in an attempt to prevent the child from going through unwelcome and heartrending events Young Oh had already experienced and played their own part in the way he developed himself throughout the years.
No matter how many obstacles came his way and despite the fact they that were quite dangerous for his career and reputation he didn’t step back, but this time the flow of events would favor him and he wouldn’t only protect the child, he’d also see through a family’s serious issues with surgical accuracy (metaphorically and literally) and he’d eventually bring its members closer together. Young Oh tried to elicit valuable information from Yo Seob, but he couldn’t understand why the child kept protecting his abusive mother and that’s when Jin Sung enlightened his world. When he could still feel, Young Oh was living with his family before his parents decided to abandon him because of his condition. We didn’t know what memories he may have from these days, but the only parental figure he got to know throughout the years was the one of Dr. Leenkenstein.
Trying to understand the relationship a mother and her child share was something inconceivable for Young Oh and Jin Sung, his emotionally literate Wi-Fi, would unveil her point of view on motherhood, the magic it evokes and the way it is being filtered through a child’s eyes. She successfully resembled it to a human being’s first love because it’s the first bond one makes the moment he/she is born and while the child is dependent on his/her mother and her love a mother’s love is unconditional. Even when things don’t flow as expected, just like in Yo Seob’s situation, the heart whispers everything it desires and Yo Seob’s heart wanted him to keep believing in maternal love with the hope that things would change for the better. A child doesn’t erase a parent so easily, especially during early childhood when love or the longing for love are essential. Erasure comes later on and it’s a fully conscious decision even though the internal struggle may never subside and Yo Seob hadn’t reached that point yet.
It was a conversation that was depicting how much Young Oh was caring about Yo Seob, but it was also shedding more light on how Young Oh was seeing normal people when he was a child. Normal people who could feel and empathize looked like aliens that had come from a faraway galaxy and they could communicate with one another through invisible antennae Young Oh couldn’t see. It was like Young Oh was the one and only citizen of planet earth that had been colonized by an alien force he couldn’t understand but tried to profile and imitate. Just like Young Oh craves for Jin Sung’s presence in his life, Jin Sung telling him that earthlings could connect to their Wi-Fi network wherever they were and anytime they’d want to was her own indirect reference of enjoying his presence in her life. Isn’t it beautiful when people really want to see one another and are in the process of fully realizing it while having their own way of communicating?
Another interaction of major importance took place and it was the one between Young Oh and Min Jae. Once again, Min Jae was the one who approached him anew, but this time Young Oh said everything he had to in order to make things clear once and for all. The first time she approached him and told him how surprised she was that he could still treat patients Young Oh restrained himself and the same thing happened this time, but it was his final warning. Even though she really wrote a thesis based on Young Oh she couldn’t understand the reason why Young Oh was drawn into Yo Seob’s world. Being cute was nothing more than a survival skill in nowadays society and a DNA game that was leaving Young Oh unaffected. Payback time always arrives for everyone who considered him a psychopath and Young Oh always finds the right timing to pay back in their own coin. Min Jae wasn’t an exception and he didn’t need her help in diving deeper into Yo Seob’s world either. She was already aware of his inability to control his impulses, something that could result in a neck-grabbing eruption, but Young Oh made things clear for one last time in order for her to not experience what “ the third time’s the charm” means after her betrayal. The message was clear, they were just colleagues, but they’d have to co-exist in one another’s absence. Any lingering feelings were shattered that day and no fucks were given by the audience.
Eventually, Min Jae would clearly state that Young Oh was the only one to perform surgery on Yo Seob’s mother who had collapsed after Young Oh prevented her from abusing her son even more. That’s when Young Oh’s problems started coming to the surface. The oh so righteous anchorman who was Yo Seob’s father had witnessed his wife collapsing after Young Oh “pressured” her, but he wouldn’t pay attention to the fact that his wife wasn’t only abusing their own son, she was also suffering from a brain tumor that was affecting her mood and was making her more violent. The oh so righteous anchorman had also overheard the useless doctors’ conversation and he knew that Young Oh was a “psychopath.” It’s a card he’d use to make Hyun Joon pace with his flow in an attempt to bury the whole truth.
And you know what? He’s good in what he does, he’s such a great asshole stating that if his words were to lose their power he’d be unable to convince the public about the regenerative medicine’s wondrous nature! Young Oh reminded Hyun Joon his responsibilities as an attending doctor, but Hyun Joon warned him that the anchorman knew that he was a “psychopath” and that Yo Seob would be his last patient if Young Oh would decide to go against his orders. Hyun Joon said that he didn’t know the reasons why he was keeping Young Oh at the hospital, but allow me to write them down for him. Young Oh had saved Hyun Joon and his father’s lives and had helped him progress with his own plans, he was also saving the day every time the hospital was about to mire in the mud and one last indirect reason has to be the fact that both of them struggle for paternal recognition, but under different circumstances.
Young Oh didn’t leave Yo Seob alone in his hour of need and his conversation with Jin Sung was already shining through his approach, but he would also gather valuable information that would help him make a few things clear in front of the anchorman. Young Oh’s approach was masterful and he made the child realize that everything he was going through was because of his mother’s health issue that was devouring her personality and was transforming her into a violent person. The moment Yo Seob said that his torment was bearable was doing justice to Jin Sung’s approach, but Young Oh also found out that the father didn’t care about his own family and Yo Seob losing his mother would mean that he’d be left all alone in this world. We already knew that cars and trucks didn’t have brakes in the world of dramas, but Beautiful Mind taught us something even more valuable; stretchers (of doom) have no brakes either (well, it’s not like they usually do, but the people pushing them can easily stop them in a direct line, not in drama land though). Young Oh taking the child in his embrace and saving his life was such a beautiful scene, we rarely see him so unconditional and concerned about someone else.
Young Oh would confront Yo Seob’s father face to face and would utter all the truth he was avoiding to take into consideration. While he was neglecting his family Yo Seob was being abused without any injuries being visible, but he wouldn’t say anything in an attempt to protect his mother and himself because he was afraid of being left all alone. Just because Young Oh’s surgery was successful it didn’t mean Yo Seob’s condition was stable. After everything he went through he’d need continuous treatment, otherwise he’d lost the ability to feel and empathize and he’d become like Young Oh, a “psychopath.” Young Oh’s sincere and meaningful monologue didn’t only make the mother positive on getting operated on by him, she also intended to admit her abusive behavior and start filling Yo Seob’s world with beautiful memories after taking a divorce that would liberate them from an indifferent father who cared only about his reputation and was putting all the blame on his wife.
It wasn’t only the first time Young Oh would relate to a patient, something that would resemble the very soul and essence of empathy since he took all necessary parameters into consideration, it was also the first time his father would be proud of Young Oh for making a patient his priority and never giving him up no matter what. He admitted that his father’s words on empathy being necessary while treating a patient were right, but he was disarming when he used his “if the truth hurts, prepare for pain” card. Dr. Leenkenstein was bombarded with tremendous amounts of truth the moment Young Oh told him why he was able to empathize. Young Oh could revisit his own childhood through Yo Seob and we don’t know if Young Oh was physically abused, but Dr. Leenkenstein’s method was more of a form of psychological abuse rather than an attempt to treat him and it stroke a chord multiple times.
At the end of the day, Young Oh had set the right foundations for a whole family’s happiness and he had earned the parents’ sincere gratitude, but his last interaction with Yo Seob was a masterpiece. He kept reminding him that “people may lie, but their body can’t,” something he should really treasure if he’d become a doctor in the future, but he didn’t remain at that. Young Oh knew how lonely that world was and how difficult it would be for Yo Seob to adapt to such an empty reality and be accepted for who he was along with how tough it would be to get close to others while being afraid of being isolated, but with proper treatment and a reborn familial environment he would avoid entering that frightening world. Young Oh urging him to forget about the time they spent together was because their interactions were encapsulating painful memories for Yo Seob, memories he should forget. Young Oh kept protecting him all along the way from the very beginning to the very end and advised him to live free and energetically in order to leave behind the static dismay of the past and never find himself anew in such a cruel situation. The moment he tried to caress Yo Seob’s head was one of the most precious aspects of the episode, it was palpable proof that something underneath the surface was changing, but he didn’t want to deepen his bond with the child since he had already asked Yo Seob to forget and move forward towards a brighter future. He was the last chapter of a painful era igniting the beginning of a new horizon.
∇ “Feel like singing love.” ∇
Back in the days, when that girl confessed her feelings to Young Oh his enthusiasm was immense, but it wasn’t for reasons we all know. It was because he had received valuable information about what was happening to people when they were falling in love! His reaction, if he could feel her beating heart under chest, was literal and hilarious since we know his condition, but it made him look like a weirdo to that girl’s eyes! Love’s characteristics were mere chemical reactions and their effect had an expiration date in Young Oh’s world and he was fine with that, but he would never expect that he would eventually want to really get closer to that feeling called love. Everything started with the soju bottle cap ring he kept and he never thought that it would give birth to his very own and humble Jin Sung oriented collection that was adorned by her handkerchief and a lottery ticket that never won, but brought him closer to something far greater that doesn’t have a price.
Jin Sung surely is Young Oh’s emotionally literate Wi-Fi, but he’s also a Jin Sung oriented GPS always tracking her down and the magnetic field between them becomes even stronger; mutually! Young Oh’s hug followed by his words that he couldn’t feel anything didn’t leave Jin Sung unaffected, on the contrary! She kept kicking throughout the night and even though she tried to hide everything from her brother she unintentionally revealed that it was all about Young Oh. She desperately wanted to find out what that hug and those words meant and she was getting cutely enraged even at the thought of Young Oh teasing her or not finding her attractive. And it’s a case indeed, a case of the heart our inexperienced darling has to solve even if it would be for hug-dieting reasons she should treasure!
Young Oh is the most reflexive player ever and he reaches higher peaks with every passing episode. Through a humble retrospect of their interactions from the moment they met up to the present he asked her why she ran away from him even though she saw him waiting for her and he received an equally great answer in the form of a question; “am I a joke to you?” You can’t deny it, she’s made some progress and the fact that he occupies a part of her brain as she tries to decipher her own feelings through Young Oh’s approach is a brave step ahead! Of course, Young Oh hadn’t won the lottery, but it was a great excuse to see her without having to justify the natural attraction he feels. Young Oh always shows her that he wants to be close to her through her Wi-Fi assistance and countless other excuses. After all, repetition is the mother of all learning and Young Oh is the father of adhering to it! Something tells me that the coins he gave her will commence Jin Sung’s very own Young Oh oriented collection! I don’t know how others would feel had they been a Wi-Fi, but Jin Sung was overly excited and the next time they meet out of the police station his calculation approach was a total mindfuck. The last one was depicting that he had been eagerly waiting for her for a long time to finish her shift and he’d never miss his chance to eat with her (assistance included)!
After infusing the seeds of harmony in Yo Seob’s family Young Oh needed his Wi-Fi to express how different that medical case was for him since it was resembling empathy without having to rely on body signals. That tennis ball would never stand a chance harming Young Oh in any possible or impossible way, but Jin Sung’s instinctive reaction could be her own excuse for hugging Young Oh, not only as a reward for his progress, but because her feelings were telling her to do so even though she wasn’t fully aware of them. They resemble one another so much while being seen through different sides of the same prism and as diametrically opposed characters they complement one another so damn fine! “You didn’t feel anything, did you? Same here!” Yes, we believed you, little squirrel darling! Young Oh has some of the most interesting wrist-grabs around and they possess different dynamics coming from someone who cannot feel or empathize, but he’d sincerely want to give love a chance even if he was almost certain that his efforts wouldn’t bloom with emotion. He was overly direct towards Jin Sung for the first time and excuses were no longer needed. Time stood still and I desperately needed an ambulance for my heart; “it’s you.”
P.S. or Anatomy of a Heart: I wrote this article with a heavy heart and it may not have come out exactly the way I wanted it to, but I hope you’ll enjoy reading it. The shadow of a possible episode reduction is upon us while a truly great drama is steadily heading towards the end. It’s something that makes things a bit more difficult for us, the audience, who kept loving this drama even more with every passing episode. Why? Because things are about to become even more meaningful and intriguing and if the episode reduction takes place the drama’s swansong won’t remain intact since the Beautiful Mind team will be forced to put everything in the compressor in an attempt to present the most proper outcome they can, but without leaving unaffected the drama’s natural flow and gradual development on its way to completion. Even if it’s going to please us up to an extent, it’s going to leave us incomplete with a bitter taste on our drama lips and the “what if” factor won’t leave us alone for a long time. If they wanted to reduce the number of the episodes they should had done it earlier, not now that the drama has almost reached the end. I do understand that profit is of major importance for a channel and that the ratings weren’t the desired ones, but it’s not fair neither for us nor the drama and everyone working hard on it either. I just hope that they will decide to let the drama air its remaining six episodes as planned. Sadly, pretty faces and flatfooted scenarios we’ve seen countless times before sell more than thought provoking and intriguing dramas that have the potential to play the piano with one’s brain cells. I am disheartened, but I hope that the episode reduction won’t take place because Beautiful Mind deserved double-digit ratings and it certainly doesn’t deserve a butchered fate right before closing its curtains. It’s a shame it’s so underrated and even though it hasn’t reached the end yet it has delivered all the right vibes that could make it one of 2016’s most well-conceived and well-executed dramas. In case of a happy ending if the episode reduction takes place, I simply don’t want Young Oh to wake up one day, take the regenerative medicine that will regenerate his frontal lobe or at least a part of it in order to start feeling and empathizing and then they lived happily ever after, not without the in between gradual magic we’re going to miss. As for the Olympics being the reason behind the possible reduction (and not the ratings), well, people may lie, but their body can’t. The 10th episode made me “feel like singing love,” but now I just want to howl at the moon.
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