Yong Pal ~ Episode 12 Recap [TriAngle]
“If you can’t walk to the throne,
You can’t sit on the throne either.”
∠ ~ A web of many textures.
Secretary Min wants palpable proof in order to kneel in front of Yeo Jin and once she shows him the USB with the secret account book he obeys her arch order. In the meantime, at the airport Yeo Jin was nowhere to be found, but Tae Hyun had already sent Man Sik to take her passport. Secretary Min receives a phone call from the security chief and once Yeo Jin handed him over the USB the passport was given to Man Sik.
Man Sik gave Tae Hyun the passport and their arch assumption that nobody was following them was wrong. The fake plaster cast patient is after them! Man Sik asked Tae Hyun who’s the girl in the picture and he referred to Yeo Jin as his bride. Man Sik thinks that she’s a gold digger because of Tae Hyun’s doctor status! However, Tae Hyun informs him that she already knows that loan shark’s after him and the reason why they are together is love while Man Sik can’t hold back his laughter! Tae Hyun keeps recalling Yeo Jin’s marriage proposal which was sealed with a kiss, all that remains for Tae Hyun is to register their marriage so that Do Joon will no longer be her legal guardian. Even though it looks like a marriage of convenience Tae Hyun intends to come back as her legal guardian and his smile is all over the place!
Yeo Jin informs secretary Min that she’ll be appearing at the funeral and she wants him to invite all of the important political figures who should become aware of the fact that she has the slush fund book in her possession. The secretary thinks that it’s going to be dangerous since Do Joon’s still her legal guardian, but she’s willing to proceed. Yeo Jin can only count on Tae Hyun’s appearance.
Man Sik got informed that some gangsters got hurt and they need Yong Pal’s help, but Tae Hyun tries to avoid it at all costs. After hitting Tae Hyun’s humanitarian nerve and since the offer per stitch was promising he decided to make one final house call. Yeo Jin keeps watching her father’s video and she can finally be thankful towards Sung Hoon for helping her get rid of her nightmare after finding out the whole truth.
President Go visited Do Joon since things have just gotten serious. He’s suspicious of secretary Min’s moves, but once he mentioned that Yeo Jin could actually be alive Do Joon could only laugh! President Go usually underestimates those who work for him and secretary Min had already given Do Joon the USB; Hanshin Empire’s royal seal. Even though his father left it for Yeo Jin it finally ended in Do Joon’s hands. As for Yeo Jin’s location, secretary Min pointed out that she run away. Do Joon will be expecting her at the funeral since she’s willing to try to beat him during a public event. Do Joon wants secretary Min to permit the entrance at the funeral only to those loyal to him in order to show Yeo Jin who the real king is. President Go got informed that his name was inside the USB as well and Do Joon thinks that they should negotiate while president Go begs for his mercy! Do Joon finally feels like a king in his domain and he intends to be merciful. Tae Hyun will be taken out of the picture and secretary Min proposed that Chae Young should be the next resident of the restricted area. Secretary Min can finally be satisfied in front of president Go who doesn’t feel at ease anymore!
In the meantime, a nurser tried to silence Chief Surgeon Lee, but he woke up and the emergency x-ray nurse rushed to his aid, but he didn’t want her to call the security. The housemaid informed Chae Young that Yeo Jin is still alive and she received all the necessary information through the nurse. Chae Young appeared in front of Yeo Jin while she was losing herself in her own thoughts regarding her marriage with Tae Hyun. Chae Young urges Yeo Jin not to appear at the funeral since secretary Min betrayed her and the slush fund book is in Do Joon’s hands. Chae Young thinks that Yeo Jin has three options, she can leave, be locked up or die with Yeo Jin thinking that dying would be the best one out of the three. Even though Chae Young thinks that she should have contacted her in the first place Yeo Jin believes that nothing would have changed since she would have found herself in the restricted area or some mental institution.
Yeo Jin intends to appear at the funeral at all costs and if Chae Young doesn’t intend to be by her side she stop approaching her. In case she chooses to support her, Yeo Jin will free her from Do Joon’s chains and she will spare her family. Since she’s already here without letting Do Joon know points out that she leans towards the second path. Chae Young is curious about her relationship with Tae Hyun. Yeo Jin points out that he’s a prison guard she bought off and Chae Young decides to support her all along the way, but she will be the one to take Tae Hyun in the end. Yeo Jin went inside the bathroom and after staring at herself in the mirror she cut her long beautiful hair since the old Yeo Jin is dead.
∠ ~ Shades of Yong Pal.
The house call won’t be as simple and fast as it appeared to be and Tae Hyun roams all over the place from stitches to makeshift leg splints. While taking a break Tae Hyun could only be thankful towards Man Sik for helping him with the passport and he wants him to take all of today’s money. The fake patient was about to make his move, but president Go urged him not to proceed for the time being.
Time passes by and Tae Hyun keeps treating the gangsters. At some point Man Sik informed him that he should run away since the police force will be there soon. He also let him that he had tattled for him in order to receive a more favorable treatment and he wants to cleanse his guilt at this very moment. While president Go was leaving from Do Hoon’s household he ordered Tae Hyun’s immediate assassination.
The 12th floor fake patient stabbed and knocked down Man Sik and started chasing Tae Hyun all over the place. After a hit and run close combat Tae Hyun found himself on a roof deck while Man Sik was informing detective Lee that someone was trying to kill Yong Pal. Detective Lee appeared right on time and after firing a bullet he got closer to the 12th floor fake patient. His ecstasy at Yong Pal’s presence didn’t last since Do Joon’s underling disarmed him and a fight erupted. Tae Hyun started escaping, but detective Lee found himself wounded on the ground. Since Do Joon’s underling left, Tae Hyun couldn’t escape before providing detective Lee medical assistance.
Tae Hyun eventually got arrested before registering the marriage and even if he begged detective Lee to let him do at least that much there wasn’t any positive answer. However, detective Lee received a phone call from Doo Chul who thinks that he’s being too harsh on his own savior! On top of that he’s got a present for him in case he lets Yong Pal register his marriage! Inside his car trunk lies the dangerous man who almost killed detective Lee. Doo Chul already has his confession and all detective Lee has to do is to let Yong Pal register the marriage, something he eventually did.
Do Joon’s security preparations have began and he’s heading towards the funeral while in the meantime Chae Young prepares Yeo Jin’s makeover! Tae Hyun’s about to register his marriage with Yeo Jin, but at the funeral everyone Do Joon wasn’t expecting actually started appearing one after the other. Suddenly, president Go feels so insignificant in front of them! He called secretary Min who didn’t reply because he wanted the surprise to strike Do Joon at the entrance of the funeral and so it happened!
The political figures aren’t pleased at Do Joon’s presence either and Chae Young’s on her way with Yeo Jin who looks like a model for a funeral! The security will let Chae Young pass, but not Yeo Jin and the guards! After Chae Young’s slap the security chief appeared and let them in! Yeo Jin’s finally at her funeral and Chae Young lets her know that she will bet on the winning team. It’s the time for her to walk towards the throne in order to acquire it. The moment Do Joon and president Go noticed her one could witness the fear carved upon their faces, a fear that turned to life the moment she revealed herself in a more palpable way surprising everyone inside the room while a bus from Hanshin Electric’s on its way.
Do Joon appears to be surprised at her very presence and she wonders why he’s so surprised seeing someone he killed coming back to life! He tries to convince everyone that she started all this, but Yeo Jin thinks otherwise! President Go says that Tae Hyun pronounced Yeo Jin’s death and Do Joon points out that they should take her back to the hospital. Yeo Jin requests protective custody for herself by the commissioner since Do Joon kept her illegally confined for the past 3 years. The commissioner informs her that she should file a restraining order at the court and Do Joon insists on her hospitalization. Then she can meet everyone she wants to.
Do Joon tries to present her as a physically and mentally unstable person and Yeo Jin requests her mental checkup and protection from any other hospital except for the Hanshin one. The commissioner receives the medical report of a psychiatrist from Hanshin Hospital and Do Joon refers on the frequency of her delusions, seizures and suicidal attempts along with the fact that she requires seclusion, protection and treatment. Do Joon emphasizes on the fact that he’s her legal guardian and that he intends to follow the doctor’s opinion. He also refers to his later father’s friendship with the commissioner himself. Do Joon can finally offer Yeo Jin a devil’s smile while she hopes for Tae Hyun’s immediate presence!
◎ ~ Circular view.
The 12th episode reached 19.1% in terms of ratings and Scholar Who Walks The Night’s final episode wasn’t enough to bring it down. Story-wise, it’s always about timing when it comes to dramas and everything went so very wrong during this episode; in a great way! And that’s why we’re left behind with a major cliffhanger waiting to find out what will happen during the next episode in a goddamn week’s time!
Yeo Jin wields the royal seal of Hanshin Empire and it was the scepter to make her a chairwoman in front of secretary Min’s eyes. He didn’t even know how to refer to Do Joon in front of her. Calling him chairman wasn’t the right choice and he decided referring to him as her brother! Even though she gave him the royal seal so easily, i can’t help it but think that there’s something more behind her move, she would never part with such a precious item without giving it any further thought. Yeo Jin wanted to make a grandiose entrance at her funeral and knock down all of her opponents in one blow in front of important figures of political prestige. However, being a battering ram isn’t enough, you always need some people to wield you and bring down the gates by following your lead in the first place.
Yeo Jin knew that the only person she can utterly trust is Tae Hyun, that’s why she never mentioned him in front of secretary Min simply because there was always the chance of betrayal. There are two options, the first one is that Yeo Jin knew that secretary Min would betray her and she wanted to make everyone believe they have the upper hand that will bring her down once and for all in her own playground. That’s why Yeo Jin was counting on Tae Hyun’s appearance in order to make the echo of the impact even greater by surprising everyone to the extent of forging a new measure; heart attacks per second.
The second option is that Yeo Jin worked on an imaginary betrayal behind the scenes with secretary Min. Truth be told, secretary Min didn’t utterly convince me, but there were moments that his smile and actions were twofold. In one hand he was betraying Yeo Jin by mentioning almost everything to Do Joon, on the other hand he was betraying Do Joon by not revealing everything. He’s almost loyal to both of them to the extent of being loyal to none other than himself in order to stay alive.
He either remains loyal to one of them or he acts within the boundaries of two opposing playgrounds in order to feel secure, especially from Do Joon who could erase him from the surface of the earth anytime. The fact that he keeps crucial secrets to himself, like Do Joon’s marriage’s background, makes me believe that he was loyal to their father, but he couldn’t do otherwise but become Do Joon’s underling in the process in order to survive. Following the late chairman’s royal bloodline which is no other than Yeo Jin is what he’s probably doing by now since he has all the proof he needed.
All that remains is for Tae Hyun to register the marriage, but Yong Pal’s sudden call of duty couldn’t wait. Tae Hyun couldn’t deny it because during his house call absence people had died, his humanitarian side as a doctor is always present even though it perplexed things quite a lot at this point. Becoming Yeo Jin’s legal guardian will make him her strongest card along with the slush fund book and Yeo Jin will start planning on how to turn the world upside down in a more palpable way.
It’s true that this marriage is a convenience for both of them, Yeo Jin will protect Tae Hyun and he will do the same for her. It’s like a lifesaving contract adorned with blooming love which perfumes to a wider extent around them as time passes by. Yeo Jin was sincere on how this marriage looks like and Tae Hyun accepted her proposal willingly. The fact that Tae Hyun couldn’t hide his smile even at the thought of it, but also Yeo Jin feeling overburdened by making it look like a contract proves that their feelings only grow stronger. Especially now that Sung Hoon’s chapter closed its curtains once and for all and along with it, hopefully, the car accident flashback.
President Go’s in fear since he doesn’t have the upper hand anymore. He could only beg for forgiveness and Do Joon was merciful. It’s not like he was being overran by rivers of magnanimity, president Go may not be essential anymore, but he’s still needed. It was secretary Min’s first victory while Do Joon was being ecstatic thinking himself as the one and only king of the Hanshin Empire. He also believes that he has secretary Min’s full loyalty which isn’t true, but it makes him believe he will dethrone Yeo Jin effortlessly once and for all in the plan she weaved on her own and made his life much easier. At least he thinks so as he’s drunk in a desert of success and his own hallucinations make everything look like an oasis. At this point Chief Surgeon Lee and Tae Hyun are no longer needed since the truth has been revealed and their pyramid contract has been terminated, but both murder attempts failed. I am looking forward to Chief Surgeon Lee’s collaboration with Tae Hyun by leaving behind the turmoil of the past and building a more friendly relationship.
Even though Chae Young pretended that she would had been capable to keep Yeo Jin safe if she had asked for her help, Yeo Jin’s not out of her mind. Chae Young wouldn’t let her do everything she wanted to and Yeo Jin would either remain inside the restricted area or she’d find a new home inside a mental institution so that Chae Young would have the upper hand. Yeo Jin would never choose leaving or being locked up. Both options don’t resemble life at all since with the first one it would feel like escaping from everything bringing her down without resolving anything and with the second one she would enter yet another nightmare. When compared to the first two options, dying would bring some sort of release, but she can’t go back anymore. She’s willing to move forward at all costs in order to reclaim her life or die trying. Going down without a fight is not an option.
Referring to Tae Hyun as a prison guard she bought off was to protect Tae Hyun and her plan at the same time. She’s always protective towards him even when she mentions him in front of others, her real thoughts about Tae Hyun are for the moments she’s with him or whenever he occupies her mind. Yeo Jin can use Chae Young for as long as she’s needed while still keeping her promise to free her from Do Joon’s chains and spare her family. As for Ta Hyun, Yeo Jin knows that Chae Young will never have him simply because he would never comply to her feelings and desires. The old Yeo Jin is dead and what was progressing her awakening and readjustment up to the previous episode it could only lead to her rebirth during the 12th one.
Tae Hyun could never run away from saving people’s lives and it basically hurt him on the inside having to leave Man Sik behind without treating his wound, but the circumstances weren’t helpful. If Tae Hyun is still alive he owes it to detective Lee’s presence and if detective Lee is alive he owes it to Tae Hyun. Even though Tae Hyun got arrested before registering the marriage, Doo Chul had a backup plan! He’s not only hilarious but he’s also a deus ex machina and an underworld Santa Claus delivering presents any time of the year! Do Joon’s underling who got caught could be of great help towards Tae Hyun since he knows quite a lot when it comes to Do Joon’s wrongdoings. Detective Lee and Yong Pal could actually start working together on Do Joon’s case, it’s something that would benefit both of them as it would skyrocket detective Lee’s career and it would cleanse Yong Pal’s criminal record while preserving Tae Hyun and Yeo Jin’s plans. It’s a multiple win-win situation and there are many allegiances that could get forged, Chief Surgeon Lee and detective Lee and all things Lee by Tae Hyun’s side are the ones i’m rooting for.
Thanks to Doo Chul’s divine intervention and detective Lee’s lenient and silently thankful attitude Tae Hyun was able to register the marriage. All that remains is for detective Lee to either let him go to the funeral or at least escort him there before something unwelcome happens to Yeo Jin. The Hanshin Electric bus made me curious, it could be transporting the part of the board of directions which is supportive towards Yeo Jin as the rightful heiress to her father’s throne. If that’s the case, then Chae Young’s father must have taken the lead since this is the perfect opportunity he was looking for.
Kim Tae Hee looked so beautiful through Yeo Jin’s makeover! She was elegant, classy and sharp and most and above all she was wearing a high-class mourning outfit! Yeo Jin was a funeral diva on a dreadful catwalk! However, everything Yeo Jin was saying Do Joon was replying back with the opposite meaning as the one and only truth and he masterfully used her medical background. Her diagnosis, especially the delusional factor, was pointing towards the direction that she could say or do just anything.
Yeo Jin’s dynamic approach transformed itself into uncertainty and fear since Do Joon could progress his own plans through his connections and as her legal guardian. Revealing her medical records in front of everyone and offering that devoid of life smile towards Yeo Jin was yet another piece of Do Joon’s gruesome puzzle. All that remains is for Tae Hyun to appear as the black night on a white horse and take her out of there safe and sound as her one and only legal guardian in order for both of them to start deconstructing Do Joon’s imaginary empire.