I’ve got good news…medically things improve. I’ve got bad news…sub par actors have a featured plot point.
Descendants of the Sun Episode 11 Recap
Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) and Officer Yoon Myeong Joo (Kim Ji Won) wait for the results. They ask each other if they are scared that the virus that could be coursing through them. Shi Jin and Dae Young stride down the hall. Dae Young (Jin Goo) bursts through the door and hugs Myeong Joo. She asks if he’s crazy. Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki) enters the room. He looks at Myeong Joo. She realizes what this means. She admits this is scary. She asks Shi Jin to take Dae Young out of the room. He tells her he’ll stay with her. She states Dae Young must be isolated separately from her now they’ve had contact. He stares into her eyes, tears on his face. Later he asks Mo Yeon if Myeong Joo will die. She tells him Myeong Joo is strong and healthy. Later she tells Shi Jin that Myeong Joo’s health could work against her. She promises to do everything to win this battle with the virus. The medicube is ground zero for quarantine, testing, and treating the M3 virus. Mo Yeon and Shi Jin rally their respective troops and tell them to press on.
Dae Young and Shi Jin talk through the door. Ah, it is the same place Shi Jin was restricted after the surgery on the Arab President incident in episode 4. Shi Jin pushes a walkie talkie through the door so Dae Young can talk to Myeong Joo. Sweet! Myeong Joo calls his name on the walkie talkie. He answers. He asks how she is feeling. She tells him she misses him. He asks if she ate. She tells him she misses him. She asks how he’s doing. He tells her he misses her. They both have tears. She asks if he ate. He tells her he misses her. He asks if she’s crying. She asks if he remembers calling her the virgin ghost. He counters she is his angel. Sweet! She complains now that she’s sick, he’s sweet to her. Guess what folks, they miss each other, and they wonder if they’ve wasted too much time. The mirroring of the dialog between them was a nice touch.
The medicube is quarantined. Daniel has ordered the medicine that Mo Yeon requested. Shi Jin is tracking down everyone that the annoying manager had interactions with. It’s a good thing he wasn’t on the plane to Korea. The commander wants Myeong Joo transferred. No can do per Shi Jin, they must follow the infectious disease rules. The commander is nervous and scared he or his troops will become ill. The Korean hospital medical team learns about the infection disease and everyone worries. The young doctor’s mother demands the chairman bring her son home. He promises to bring him home. The doctor who may have the virus (or a cold, it is unknown) texts Mo Yeon’s best friend for data. She sends snapshots with her phone. I love that he’s not just lying there, he’s working to solve the problem. The others are impressed. The annoying manager is still alive. Myeong Joo is hanging in there.
Shi Jin and Mo Yeon catch up. He asks her blood type. She counters she’s his ideal type. They banter more. I like her being cutesy and putting a big smile on his face. She splits. Nice smiles from both of them.
There’s a blackout / power outage. Annoying manager’s respirator isn’t working. The young doctor holds him down while Myeong Joo sedates him. Holy Smokes! The annoying manager bites the doctor! Myeong Joo sedates him. The young doctor administers CPR. Mo Yeon bursts through the door. Myeong Joo tells her the young doctor was bitten. After the power is restored, Mo Yeon tends the young doctor’s wounds and tells him the annoying manager owes him his life. The last survivor asks if the young doctor will become infected. Mo Yeon says this is possible. Kim Bum tells the young doctor he was brave and cool. The last survivor tells the young doctor he acted like a doctor. For that guy, that is high praise. The young doctor cries. Mo Yeon and Myeong Joo are surprised. The young doctor tells them he’s okay and is ready to go back to Korea. He calls his wife and tells her he is quarantined but he hopes not to have caught the virus. He declares he loves his wife. She’s in tears. Her husband is back.
Daniel drives kids to the UN camp. Good news! Everyone at the camp does not have the virus. Dae Young hurries to watch Myeong Joo sleep. Shi Jin tells him that the camp alert has been lowered. Dae Young isn’t listening. They hear there is an incident in the cafeteria. Myeong Joo’s vision is blurry. Dae Young and Shi Jin arrive in the cafeteria to find Mr. Bad and his goons. Mr. Bad declares he and his goons have tested negative. Mr. Bad wants to see the annoying manager. Shi Jin tells him to leave. Mr. Bad wants the diamonds. Shi Jin tells him to leave. When Mr. Bad reaches in his pocket, he pulls out medicine. He asks Mo Yeon to save the manager with the medicine. He and his goons leave. Too bad, this guy isn’t a good actor. That role screams for menacing and he just doesn’t have the skill to deliver.
The doctor bets he doesn’t have the virus. The nurse confirms it. She hugs him in relief and cries. With dignity she pulls away. The doctor grabs her and hugs her. This is mutual! He gives her the name of the live cure. The doctor tells Mo Yeon his research is right. She respects his analysis.
Mo Yeong isn’t looking good. She calls her father and tells him she’s sick. Lieutenant General Yoon (Kang Shin Il) knows. She asks why he didn’t call. He tells her he can’t do anything but wait for his daughter’s call. She promises she’ll get through it. She asks him for two favors. First, she asks for forgiveness for what she said to him last. He forgives her. Second, she asks him not to take Dae Young from the army. She tells him she heard him telling Dae Young to leave the military. She wants Dae Young happy. She promises to call again. She faints as Mo Yeon enters the room.
Daniel runs into a road block.
The medical team puts Myeon Joo in an ice bath to lower her temperature. Mo Yeon gets a call from Daniel. She tells Shi Jin and Dae Young the truck with the medicine has been stolen. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Mr. Bad wants to trade the medicine for the diamonds. Shi Jin’s phones rings. It’s Mr. Bad, he wants to trade the diamonds for the medicine. Bingo! Shi Jin and Dae Young meet Mr. Bad’s goons. They trade the diamonds for the medical supplies with a smirk. Enraged, Dae Young hits and kicks the goon.
Myeong Joo waits in the ice bath for the medicine to arrive.
The police take the young girl away. Mr. Bad’s goon gets out of the police car. Mo Yeon lies she gave the girl the medicine. The police don’t care.
Kim Bum doesn’t understand why there isn’t a cure. Daniel’s fiance works on herbs to reduce the fever. The medicine truck arrives. Myeong Joo receives the medicine. Dae Young and Shi Jin arrive. Dae Young holds Myeong Joo’s hand while she sits in the ice bath. Her fever is going down with the medicine. He lifts her out of the ice bath.
The next morning Shi Jin learns that Mo Yeon went with the police and the young girl. Shi Jin worries it wasn’t the police. He gets in the car and almost runs over the girl. The girl is shot in the leg. The goons come out with Mo Yeon as their hostage. Shi Jin puts down his weapon. Mr. Bad arrives. He wraps the girl’s leg. Mr. Bad tells Shi Jin he’s in control. He has his men put Mo Yeon in the car. Shi Jin and Mo Yeon stare at each other. Mr. Bad demands that Shi Jin provide an escape route at 2am after the gun delivery. Shi Jin promises in Korean that he’ll kill him. Mr. Bad doesn’t understand what Shi Jin said. Mr. Bad leaves with Mo Yeon. He tells Mo Yoen she’s the perfect person to spend his last night with. Shi Jin comes on the walkie talkie and declares he will save her. Through her tears she listens and agrees to wait for his rescue. Mr. Bad tells Shi Jin he’ll see him later. He throws the walkie talkie out the window. While the production of the scene was as positive as possible, it doesn’t cover up that this is a weak and manipulative plot point. The writers glossed over the stupidity of Mo Yeon heading off solo with the police. The writers glossed over the stupidity of Shi Jin going after Mo Yeon solo. Get Mr. Bad and his guns off the island is the demand. Shi Jin has no choice, he must save Mo Yeon.
Shi Jin explains the situation to the commander who is livid. Shi Jin says he must leave and save Mo Yeon. Blue house calls the commander and on speaker phone asks about the kidnapping. Shi Jin confirms the kidnapping. The Blue house tells them to do nothing. Shi Jin says he will run a rescue operation. The Blue house yells at him not to go rogue again. Shi Jin calmly tells the Blue House he will do what he must. As Shi Jin tries to leave the base, the soldiers tell him to stop. The commander calls the guard house at the gate. The solider hands Shi Jin the phone. The commander tells Shi Jin he has 3 hours for the rescue mission that the commander knows nothing about. Basically the commander disavows Shi Jin for 3 hours. Kinda like Mission Impossible “As always, should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions.”
Shi Jin call Dae Young for an update on Myeong Joo. He tells Dae Young he’s stepping out for a while. Dae Young cuts the call when Myeong Joo beings to stir. Shin Joo goes all black and gets his guns from the bar. Isn’t this the same bar that doesn’t sell information or weapons? He’s looking good and righteous in black.
Mr. Bad hits Mo Yeon and puts the gun to her head. He tells her to speak English. This is physiological warfare. Mr. Bad tells Mo Yeon the Shi Jin has secrets and one day may never return to her. He recommends she break up with Shi Jin. She cries and tells him he is trash (in Korean).
Dae Young calls Shi Jin but gets no response. He learns that Shi Jin left camp. He learns that Mo Yeon went to the police station last night and has not returned. Dae Young realizes something bad is going down. He stares at Shi Jin’s bed where his uniform and dog tags lay. Yep, the dog tags are a bad sign.
Shi Jin calls the Arab Minister’s aide and asks for his gold card favor. He requests a chopper. He says he has another date. Shi Jin drives to his date with destiny.
* I suspected the Mr. Bad, his goons, and the police would one day be featured and they would not be up to the task. That day has come. No surprise, Mr. Bad and his goons have been sub par from the get go. We are in episode 11. The writers have to keep putting obstacles in front of our leads. It was Mr. Bad’s turn. As I stated in the recap, how Mo Yeon got taken and Shi Jin went after her, required us to “turn off our brains”. Fine. Here’s my request, dispatch Mr. Bad is in the next episode and don’t repeat this plot point again.
* I was glad the young doctor got his groove back. It did seem a bit silly to have a single semi-positive comment from the last survivor turn his frown upside down but I’m okay with it because it resolves this issue.
* The doctor researching the virus and connecting with the nurse was a well done subplot point. I’ve enjoyed their interactions throughout the series. Today they had a shining moment.
* Song Joong Ki delivers a steely Shi Jin. He had no choice but save Mo Yeon and go directly against Mr. Bad. Joong Ki looks great in all black. I did enjoy their blood type banter.
* Mo Yeon is the kidnap victim. Weak plot point to put her in peril. But it is done. I hope this resolved in the next episode and never repeated again. Song Hye Kyo brought the cute in the blood type banter scene.
* Dae Young saying he missed Myeong Joo during the walkie talkie conversation was the highlight. Their chemistry was excellent. His tears were touching. Well done.
* Myeon Joo survived the deadly virus. This virus forced Dae Young and Myeong Joo to confront feelings. This virus allowed Myeong Joo to ask her father to drop his request that Dae Young leave the army.
* The eight song of the OST is the ballad “By My Side” by SG Wannabe. Check it out via the link or the embedded video below.