Our leads come together and then decide they need a break. But the mythical country of Urk in the Balkans looms in their future.
Descendants of the Sun Episode 2 Recap
We start the episode with the date interrupted when Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki) being picked up by helicopter on the hospital rooftop. That is an impressive exit! Doctor Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) watches Shin Jin and he pauses to look at her before the helicopter whisks him away. How many times have you had a date end with the other person jumping into a helicopter to head off for parts unknown? Yep, zero for me too.
Joining the UN forces in Afghanistan the special forces first assignment is to retrieve 2 hostages, in 90 seconds! Ah it was just a drill and one of Shi Jin’s men set off a bobby trap. The other forces are not understanding. Shin Jin and the American Team lead get into a fight. It is an ok fight, the chair and shovel the American use are kinda tacky. I found it weird guns were drawn to stop the fight. Egad, the American accents grate.
In a parallel point, Mo Yeon and another female doctor, Kim Eun Ji, spar over a job interview, qualification and surgery skills. Looks like they are both vying for the same position at the hospital.
During surgery Eun Ji gets into trouble. Mo Yeon has to help. Weirdly there is an overlay of more special forces training. This time Shi Jin forces reach the hostages first then stop the Americans from setting off a bobby trap. That juxtaposition doesn’t work for me.
Mo Yeon watches a co-worker find his couple ring, the other half of the couple is pregnant. Mo Yeon is missing Shi Jin. LOL, she stares at his xray at it is the only picture she has.
On Mo Yeon’s day off she is surprised to find Shi Jin outside the hospital when she strolls out in her sweats. He’s 2 hours early! She’s a bit embarrassed at her ragged appearance. Shi Jin declares she’s beautiful and offers to drive her home so she can change for their date. Shi Jin orders take out. The water goes off while Mo Yeon is washing her hair. Bottled water to the rescue puts a smile on Shi Jin’s face. He asks if she thought about him. She confirms it. He confirms he thought about her. At the movie theater they banter. Gosh they are cute with darling smiles. He likes it when she calls him oppa. Oh no, Shi Jin gets a call and has to go. He expects her to go with him but she stays to watch the movie. I kinda like her decision not to let his job spoil the movie for her.
Then Mo Yeon gets a call from the hospital. She’s lost the job to Eun Ji. She asks her boss how she the better surgeon was passed over for the 3rd time to a candidate that had more money and connections. Eun Ji passes off an assignment to Mo Yeon. They call each other names and pull each other’s hair.
Alone Mo Yeon cries while she tries to prepare herself for the assignment Eun Ji gave her.
Alpha team, which Shi Jin leads and Seo Dae Young (Jin Goo) is a member of, returns from their mission. Lieutenant General Yoon (Kang Shin Il), who just happens to be Officer Yoon Myeong Joo’s father gives the team an 8 month break to hang out with their girlfriends and wives. He gives Dae Young the eye has he makes the announcement. That’s a long break!
Shi Jin heads to the hospital to catch up with Mo Yeon. She in the process of doing a broadcast and Shi Jin enjoys watching her professional demeanor.
When Mo Yeon arrives home, Shi Jin is there. At a coffee shop, he apologizes for leaving but can’t tell her the details where he went. She admits she was having a hard day and she’d thought about him. She guesses that he carries a gun for his job. She contrasts her job which saves lives through medicine while he saves lives through his work. He admits he’s a soldier. It’s not always easy, he’s lost friends and comrades. But he believes he helps create a peaceful world. She can’t accept his job. He wishes her well and goodbye. She leaves. Hmm, that surprised me. I figured they were crazy for each other and that was all that matters. I liked the nod to a similar scene in Gentleman’s Dignity when Mo Yeon crossed in front of Shi Jin (she was outside the coffee shop and he was inside).
Broody shower scene for Shi Jin is enhanced when Dae Young joins him. They bemoan their love lives, or lack there of.
Their next assignment is Urk, which is warm allowing the team to jog shirtless. I’m ok with that! Hey our leads are wearing shirts!
Eight month time jump…
The team searches for land mines and Dae Young chides Shi Jin for napping. They gets a call about a suspicious explosive. Shi Jin decides to leave the army alone and tackle it themselves.
The commander is not happy with the “do it yourself” approach and yells at Dae Young and Shi Jin. Cleverly Shi Jin throws Dae Young under the bus for not finishing the proper documentation. Flustered the commander throws them both out. Their penance is running with their gear on. Shi Jin jokes it’s better to pay back their bodies than write reports. I like the comradely between these two guys. They are darling!
Mo Yeon has her own TV health segment. She’s popular. She handles the VIP patients with practiced ease. After giving up surgery she’s the director for the VIP floor. Eun Ji snipes at her, jealous of her success. Too bad, not sad.
Mo Yeon can’t get Shi Jin out of her mind. On the rooftop, she remembers their first date in her apartment. Meanwhile Shi Jin gets hurt demonstrating how to shovels. LOL as he’d told Mo Yeon that all he did was shovel.
At the bar the waitress flirts with Shi Jin and Dae Young. Oddly, a woman picks up a gun from the waitress. She points the weapon at Shi Jin who snatches the gun, unloads it, and asks who she is. He takes the gun apart. The woman claims she bought the gun to protect herself and hurries away. Ok, that was awkward and slightly weird.
The hospital staff talks about a power station being built in Urk. There are volunteer opportunities. Mo Yeon receives a command date from the Chairman. Her co-workers discuss the merits of the man.
The date is at his apartment. Mo Yeon is taken aback. He suggests showers in preparation for the end game. She hits him. Love it!
Mo Yeon is worried about the consequences of her actions. At a staff meeting, the Chairman volunteers Mo Yeon to go to Urk. Everyone claps. She’s stunned but knows she can’t fight it. I’m all for this so our cute couple can reunite. They can’t forget out each other. They need to explore their relationship.
Dae Young asks Shi Jin if Mo Yeon knows he’s in Urk. It must be fate Shi Jin thinks.
At the airport, the medical team is hot and tired waiting outside in the heat after the long plane trip. The Chairman calls telling Mo Yeon she has only to say the word and he’ll bring her back to Korea. She calls him scum and petty. She declares she’ll resign when she returns to Korea. Her co-workers can’t believe her bold words. Love it!
The UN helicopter arrives. Mo Yeon is shocked to see Shi Jin looking suave in his shades. Dae Young looks good too. Shi Jin passes her by to speak with the others in the medical team. She stares as he passes.
* This episode did not crackle like the first episode. In many ways, this was the second setup episode. Three of our foursome are all in Urk. I don’t know where Officer Yoon Myeong Joo is because we did not see her this episode. At this point the lead couple is the one that is getting the screen time. Mo Yeon and Shi Jin have obvious chemistry. They banter well. Her “I can’t accept your job” statement at the coffee shop seemed a bit forced but it was all part of the setup – attraction, fight, separation, then forced proximity.
* I now understand the excitement of Song Joong Ki returning to dramas after his army stint. He’s good looking and appealing. You like this guy. You want to hang with this guy. Yes, this is my first drama watching Joong Ki.
* I liked the Mo Yeon became a success after Eun Ji got the position she wanted. Mo Yeon was clearly the better qualified candidate. The Chairman’s date order and subsequent assumption they’d sleep together seemed a bit forced but that was the plot point that jettisoned her to Urk. Did the entire medical team get assigned to Urk? That was quite a cadre of medical professions.
* Give me more Dae Young. I like him. He is strong, quiet, and has his own appeal.
* Finally the foreign roles and aspects of this story are ok. Certainly not the worst I’ve seen.