We’ve got ourselves a murder mystery in the hospital.
Beautiful Mind Episode 3 Recap
A young Lee Young O draws a heart, which irritates his father. He declares he wants to become a doctor. His father wants him to live a quiet life so no one discovers how he is different from others. Later at the medical awards a doctor faints. The other doctors gather and try to diagnose the issue. Young O approaches the man, looks at his head, and declares a diagnosis. OMG, they drill the guy’s head onsite! Dr. Shin Dong Jae asks Young O’s father why he has been hiding his son’s medical talents. Young O says he’d love to attend medical school but needs his father’s permission. Dr. Shin asks why Young O’s father does not allow his son to go to medical school. Young O seizes the moment and asks if his father will give his consent. The doctors chuckle knowing Young O has his father in a public place. Young O promises he’ll become a good doctor, just like his father.
Dr. Lee Young O (Jang Hyuk) opens the locker room and brings Officer Gye Jin Sung (Park So Dam) in. He stares at Dr. Hyun Suk Joo (Yoon Hyun Min). Young O asks both of them “Is Young O the person that took the heart from the corpse?” He answers the question himself. No, he doesn’t care about the heart. But he knows who took the heart. He states this person is considered trust worthy to Jin Sang. He moves to Dr. Hyung. Young O declares Dr. Hyung could have taken the heart. Young O says the brain fungus came from the heart, therefore the heart was stolen to conceal this. Who would have taken the risk to steal the heart? Dr. Hyun has an emergency patient and leaves. Jin Sung asks Young O if he thinks Dr. Hyung stole the heart. Young O claims not to care. He only used the motor cycle man’s surgery to obtain the big prize, Dr. Kim’s surgery. He uses Jin Sang’s words against her “A doctor saves lives, a police officer catches criminals” He tells her it is now her choice how to proceed.
The doctors decide the ER patient needs brain surgery. Young O studies the film and asks the parents what lead up to their daughter falling unconscious. Young O examines the girl and sees bruises on her stomach. Was the girl bullied? Did her father abuse her? Young O wants to know if the father is the biological father. The father confirms this but the wife’s eyes betray the truth under Young O’s watchful gaze. I love that Young O understands the nonverbal communication, it adds an interesting element to his interactions. Young O declares if they operate now, the girl will have massive blood loss and die on the operating table. This show loves the term “table death”. Young O bluntly tells the parents they are lying about their daughter’s Hemophilia. Hemophilia is a mostly genetic disorder inherited from a person’s parents that impairs the body’s ability to form blood clots, a process needed to stop bleeding (per wikipedia). Young O declares the father, a soccer player, could not have Hemophilia. His body could not take the abuse. The father declares he is the biological father. The mother does not confirm or deny this. Young O tells the doctors to transfer the patient. The mother begs Young O to do the surgery. Color me surprised when Young O does the surgery that he just declared he would not do. After the successful surgery the other doctor tells Young O that he was too tough with the parents. The little girl wakes to a grateful mother. Her father tells his daughter to get well so she can continue to play soccer. The parents stare at each other. The father leaves. The mother sobs. We see Young O’s response to the scolding doctor “the mother said she’d do anything for her child plus I didn’t misdiagnose the patient based on the films. The surgery was a success. How am I cruel?” Tell it like it is Young O!
Dr. Hyun is in surgery. Jin Sang wants to discuss something with him she tells the nurse. You can tell she’s worried Dr. Hyun took the heart. The CCTV morgue video reveals both Dr. Hyun and Dr. Young visited the morgue. If that’s so, wouldn’t the video show who to the heart? The camera had a direct line of sight. Dr. Hyun is asleep after the long surgery when so goes to question him. Young O stares at her. Nervous she rambles, Dr. Hyun is sleeping, he’s not a flight risk, she can question in later, etc. Young O says the heart is missing. Jin Sang states they’ll find who to the heart. She declares Dr. Hyun would never lie to her BUT her eyes reveal she’s lying about this statement. Young O tells her humans lie, denying the truth to the bitter end, just like her. He walks away. She closes her eyes knowing he’s right. How many folks get irritated, angry, or schooled by Young O every day?
The hospital chairman applauds Young O’s brilliant surgery of Mr. Kim. BUT this was an expensive cause the hospital needs to be profitable. The chairman wants Young O to think carefully next time. Young O counters that the chairman needs a doctor like him. Someone that can bring in wealthy patients who believe the hospital has the best doctors money can buy. The chairman tells Young O he is a pretty knife that can do damage. But he’s willing to hitch his star to Young O. They shake hands.
Young O’s father wonders why Young O is trying to replace him. Young O bluntly tells him he did not investigate the motor cycle man corpse switch or heart being stolen. Young O says his father appears to be impartial but in reality he suspected his son of the crimes. His father denies this. Young O verbalizes all the nonverbal cue that make his father’s words a lie. Bam! Daddy dearest is stung by the techniques he taught Young O.
Jin Sang and Dr. Shin drink together. He encourages her to brave and tell Dr. Hyun she likes him. Jin Sang says she’s stressed about something else. It’s the missing heart. She’s afraid Dr. Hyun is involved. She walks away, turns and looks at Dr. Shin. Is he involved too? Dr. Shin wants to see motor cycle man’s records but they’ve been deleted. It appears Young O’s father learns the same thing as he ends a phone call. Dr. Shin returns to the office and opens his safe. He looks at a file and calls Dr. Hyun. Dr. Shin runs into Young O’s father who wonders why the hospital’s director is there so late. Dr. Shin claims he was doing research. Young O’s father says most people don’t drink before research. He tells him those with diabetes should not drink every day (alcohol can mess with blood sugar levels). Dr. Shin calls Dr. Lee another nagging wife. He then continues to look for Dr. Hyun. Dr. Shin meets with Young O pretending to be drunk and asks to see motor cycle man’s file. He then passes out. Guess he wasn’t pretending to stagger. Young O calls for emergency surgery for Dr. Shin. He diagnosis the problem as cerebral hemorrhage. Good grief, this show embraces surgeries for everyone! Jin Sang runs to the surgery waiting area where she asks Dr. Hyun about Dr. Shin’s condition.
The doctors grouse that Young O gets another high profile surgery. They are told “life is unfair, especially when it comes to talent”. That doesn’t ease the pain.
Dr. Shin’s wife and Jin Sang talk. She learns that Dr. Shin returned to the hospital from their drinking time. There is a complication during surgery. Young O is cool as a cucumber but Dr. Shin’s heart fails. Young O chuckles, a table death due to heart failure, not the brain surgery.
When Young O walks to the patient waiting area he walks past them. He tells another doctor the surgery was perfect and the patient death’s was not due to anything he did wrong. Young O repeats this even when the doctor walks away to comfort Dr. Shin’s wife. Jin Sang gets angry that Young O is claiming a perfect surgery when Dr. Shin died AND he’s spouting this around the grieving family. She hits Young O’s chest. He grabs her wrists and repeats the surgery was perfect. He raises his voice and repeats the surgery was perfect. He yells the surgery was perfect. His father interrupts. They’ll discuss cause of death later in the committee he has the power to convene. He walks away. Young O looks hurt. He walks away. Jin Sang watches him go. I really liked how this scene scraped away the confident veneer of Young O. It showed a soft underbelly of a boy that wants his father’s approval but it eludes him. Jang Hyuk was superb giving us emotionless statements of the surgery’s success, then escalated to anger when Jin Sang got mad at his insensitivity, then hurt at his father’s declaration that the investigation would reveal what went wrong. That was excellent acting.
In the stairwell Young O repeatedly hits the door. This dude has emotions! He sags to a step alone.
Young O’s father and the other doctors express their sympathy to the family.
Everyone stares at Young O as he strides through the halls. His fiance intercepts him and asks if he is okay. He tells her to get out of his way. She only wants to comfort him. He asks if that is possible. He reads her eyes. He sees her fear or doubt or something that makes her words of comfort a lie. Bam! Another sucker punch to his heart! He tells her he’s fine. But it is obvious he is lying. He enters his office alone. He takes the drugs.
The other doctors think that Young O is unsettled by Dr. Shin’s death. They don’t understand why Dr. Shin died on the table.
Jin Sang searches Dr. Shin’s office. She finds the safe. It is empty except for soju. She remembers Dr. Shin telling her that drinking alone means you know life is bitter and you are alone. Dr. Hyun enters the office. He wants Jin Sang to attend the funeral with him. Jin Sang pulls away declaring Dr. Shin died because she told him everything – motor cycle man’s heart went missing, Dr. Hyun was a suspect, etc. She thinks someone killed motor cycle man and Dr. Shin died coming to the hospital to find out who, and he died probably by the same person that killed motor cycle man. Dr. Hyun says motor cycle man was never treated by the hospital. I’m missing something here. Jin Sang yells that Dr. Hyun lied to her. He says that he was afraid about the case and he hid his fear from her. He asks Jin Sang to stop investigating so he can. She refuses to stop. She refuses to go the funeral. She’ll cry later. That was a decent scene by Park So Dam. I felt her frantic feelings of guilt and need to find out the truth even if she had to turn away from the man she liked to do so.
She recalls Dr. Shin’s kindness to her. She reads a text Dr. Shin sent her that evening saying that he was wrong, she can trust people, and he asked her to let him prove that. Now she cries.
Young O sits in the operating room reviewing what happened.
When Young O gets home his father tells him he should apologize to Dr. Shin’s family. Young O says an apology won’t bring Dr. Shin back. His father agree. BUT Young O should have a sense of responsibility for Dr. Shin’s death and apologize accordingly. Young O laughs. Responsibility means punishment when he’s done nothing wrong. His father says Young O revealed he felt nothing for the patient today. He tells Young O to apologize and hide his true self. Ouch! That is cold and cruel.
Jin Sang drinks. Sargent Park helps her see she needs to try a new tact. She thanks him and leaves.
The next day she asks to be transfer to violent crimes to she can determine what Dr. Shin found and who the killer is. Her superior agrees to let her join his team. His team complains. He assures them that Jin Sang will give up. He tells them doctors are never prosecuted.
Jin Sang asks Dr. Shin’s family to allow an autopsy. The wife asks the doctors what to do. The don’t think the autopsy should be done, they want Dr. Shin’s death to be scandal free. The doctor accuses her of using Dr. Shin’s death for career advancement.
Young O goes to the funeral service at the church. Everyone stares at him as he walks down the aisle. He turns and requests to give the eulogy. Jin Sang arrives as Young O speaks. He states the cause of death was murder. That gets everyone’s attention. He holds up the medicine Dr. Shin took for diabetes (that Dr. Shin had in his pocket the night he died) and says was the cause of his death. Dr. So stands and says those pills didn’t kill him. Young O says the insulin and the pills created a dynamite situation in Dr. Shin’s body which lead to the cerebral bleeding. He says this was the method the killer used to make it look like a natural death. Dr. Chae approves an autopsy. Young O looks pointedly at his watch and says it is too late. Someone could have tampered with the body just like they did with motor cycle man. Young O draw a blood vial from his pocket and declares this blood sample was sent for testing. All the doctors get a text. They look at their phones. They look surprised. Young O declares Dr. Shin was murdered and the murderer is in the church. The crowd murmurs. Young O stares at Jin Sang.
* Another flashback start to the episode. I was ready this time. Good episode. I like how the writer constructed the episode. I am loving the nonverbal reading that Young O does. It reveals the truth when the words are lies. The soccer mother’s lie that the father was the biological father was revealed. Young O’s fiance’s said that she wanted to comfort him but her eyes told him she doubted him. His direct deconstruction of his father’s non verbals was excellent.
* This show has a different flow and vibe from a typical kdrama. I can’t describe it in exact terms. The cadence seems different. The scenes seem cut short. It creates an effect for the viewer.
* Jang Hyuk showed that Lee Young O could be emotionally hurt. This added another layer to Young O. Let’s add vulnerable to to the list of descriptors for Young O. His relationship with his father is like a tag game of besting each other. His father plays dirty. He’s willing to denigrate Young O’s emotional competency to downgrade his ability as a doctor. It’s like his father won’t relinquish his original declaration from years ago “you don’t have what it takes to be a doctor” and is determined to prove this even though it hurts Young O. It is also obviously false. This has been rolling around in my head. Isn’t Young O right? Isn’t his lack of empathy a strength NOT a weakness when practicing medicine? Do you want a warm and cuddly surgeon or a cold and efficient one? I also like the interactions with Jin Sang. You felt Young O reaching out to her to investigate the crimes. You felt Young O be hurt by her added censure after the surgery. Young O may not feel empathy but I feel empathy for him. He’s playing in minefield of humans that don’t all want him to succeed. Jang Hyuk is hitting a home run with this fascinating character.
* Park So Dam as Jin Sang stepped up her game. In the first two episodes I doubted her depth as an actor. This episode was her best one to date. She delivered in the scenes after Dr. Shin’s death. Her pain, anger, and desire to find out why her father figure friend died felt honest.
* Yoon Hyun Min as Doctor Hyun Suk Joo was ancillary this episode. I liked that Jin Sang did not give him blind obedience when he asked her to back away from investigating Dr. Shin’s death and leave it to him.
* Heo Jun Ho’s portrayal of Young O’s father, Lee Gun Myung, revealed a competitive mean side. Their power struggle seemed to tip to the father being the instigator because he has lost power over Young O in many ways. Young O is a doctor even though his father tried to stop him becoming one. Young O functions fairly well with others but his father pounced on his lack of empathy when Young O maintained the surgery was not the cause of Dr. Shin’s death. It was cutting and cold when he told Young O that he better apologize or everyone would know Young O’s true self. I wanted to tell daddy dearest, “Everyone sees Young O for who he is. Everyone already knows he has no empathy. But that is outweighed but his surgical and diagnostic brilliance. Stop banging this lack of empathy drum!”