Young O gets knocked down multiple times…can he get back up?
Beautiful Mind Episode 6 Recap
Kim Min Jae (Park Se Young) will be doing her residency away from Dr. Lee Young O (Jang Hyuk). She tries to hide the photos she has of herself and Young O, but he sees them. She’ll miss him for the two years that she’ll be gone. Young O offers to come see her every weekend. Min Jae is relieved, she thought he might want to break up. Min Jae kisses his cheek. He grabs her wrist, takes her pulse, and then declares “I love you”. That makes her happy. Later, Min Jae finds an article featuring an eight-year-old Young O and his father. She pulls his medical files. She learns he cannot feel emotions that others feel or empathize. She learns with sufficient training some people are able to function and hide the truth of their condition. She calls Young O and asks why he is dating her. His response (that we cannot hear) makes her cringe. She says she feels the same. She tells him she loves him. But in reality she’s upset. You know what they say, a woman scorned will get retribution.
At the mortality conference in Min Jae reveals that Young O is a dangerous person and should not be practicing in the hospital. She says he’s unable to feel emotions or empathize. He can’t have real relationships or feel guilt, something every human should be able to do. She states he has antisocial disorder. She declares he is a psychopath. Officer Gye Jin Sung (Park So Dam) enters the room to hear Min Jae speak about Young O. She states she is the doctor that has been monitoring Young O for a long time, so she is qualified to make these statements. Bam! Young O and his father both look surprised.
Dr. Hyun Suk Joo (Yoon Hyun Min) asks Dr. Chae if he was motor cycle man’s doctor. He wants to know if he knew about the heart lesions. Dr. Hyun states their research caused the lesions. That’s a big statement. Dr. Hyun says the former director came to the hospital to discuss this with Dr. Chae and collapsed. So the obvious question, did the director speak to Dr. Chae and he gave medicine that would cause his eventual death? Dr. Hyun asks if Dr. Chae gave the former director the medicine. We see it’s true Dr. Chae did give the medicine to the former director. Dr. Chae tries to hand a cup to Dr. Hyun (don’t drink it dude it probably has stuff in there that’s going to harm you) but he ignores it. Dr. Chae drinks for the cup then confirms that the former director died because of this. He says that nothing will change the past. Dr. Chae says he’s worried that the same thing will happen to Dr. Hyun. Is that a threat? Dr. Hyun says the research was intended to save lives not take them. Dr. Chae says it’s a $200 million market. Dr. Hyun is repulsed by the money. Dr. Chae says the money will keep you quiet. Dr. Chae says there have been three deaths, who will be next?
The chairman says now he understands Young O’s lack of emotion. He says the surgery went well enough but once he administered the medicine, it all went wrong. Young O continues to stare at Min Jae, shocked, betrayed, and likely wondering how he was so thoroughly fooled. Young O approaches Min Jae and asks what she’s trying to protect by making this move. The chairman says maybe she’s trying to protect the hospital. The police, Jin Sung’s boss, handcuffed and arrest Young O. He continues to stare at Min Jae but she refuses to look at him. The police take him away. Min Jae has tears in her eyes. Crocodile tears?
The doctors tell each other that strange things started happening after Young O arrived at the hospital, they should have known or suspected. They wonder how Young O’s father could’ve brought his son to this hospital.
Min Jae sold Young O out so that she could stay at the hospital. I guess you could say a girl’s gotta take care of herself first. Min Jae tells the chairman that the hospital needed a sacrificial lamb, and it might as well have been an evil monster. I’m a bit surprised that she calls Young O evil. I would say her nonverbals never indicated that she thought he was evil or repulsive. The chairman congratulates her on becoming a professor at the hospital.
Young O’s father asks Min Jae if that’s why she got close to his son. She says no, in the beginning she could not tell, because he was so well-trained. Young O’s father asks if she thinks he really killed those people. Min Jae says she gave her opinion as a specialist for the patient safety. She asks what does he think, since he and Young O have a special relationship.
Young O undergoes a lie detector test. Jin Sung’s boss administers the test. They want to determine if he committed murder.
Dr. Hyun goes to talk to Dr. Kim. He says it’s just the two of them, so they can be frank with each other. He asks if her daughter was part of the research. Dr. Kim’s silence tells him everything. He demands to know why she hid it from him. She said she did it to move her daughter up the donor list. Dr. Hyun asks if she had a hand in the murders. She tries to get past him but he grabs her arms. He sees bruises and asks if she’s crazy. She says you couldn’t save my daughter you aren’t all that. She claimed she didn’t do anything.
Another doctor tells Dr. Kim that Young O was arrested for the three murders. She tries to get a grip before she goes into surgery but realizes she needs to step away before the surgery. She injects herself with a drug. She collapses on the floor.
Dr. Hyun sees her being wheeled down the hallway on a gurney. What’s going on?
During the lie detector tests Young O says he killed all three. He says it was the perfect murders. Then he changes his story. He didn’t kill any of them. It appears that the lie detector needles register the same for his admission of guilt and his denial of guilt. Then he switches back and claims he’s a murderer any refutes that he’s a murderer. He continues to flip-flop. But the needles appear to stay steady. The test is paused. The police are frustrated with Young O who is treating this as a game. Young O says “I said what you wanted me to say right”? Jin Sung enters the room. He tells the police he is the monster that can’t feel compared to them. How about physical pain? He cuts his chest the broken glass. Ouch. He asks the police “can you feel my pain”? He says “I don’t lie and I didn’t kill anyone”. The police get mad and exit, leaving Jin Sung and Young O in the room alone. Jin Sung offers a handkerchief for his chest but he grabs her hand. Jin Sung tells him they may not totally understand but he has to help too. She tells to return OR. She leaves the handkerchief pressed into his hand. I really like how Jang Hyuk decided to play that scene (I know the producer heavily influences how it plays out). But Jang Hyuk brought the intensity to realize the game plan to start out normal and escalate his responses until we knew he was destroying the validaty of the lie detector test while proclaiming his innocence with passion.
Jin Sung tells her boss that Young O is innocent. She offers vials of medicine and syringes. Jin Sung says these are the murder weapons. She says it’s potassium, easy for anesthesiologist like Dr. Kim to obtain, but hard to detect. She says Dr. Kim administered the potassium to stop the hearts of the victims. Jin Sung says Dr. Kim accidentally injected herself with potassium today. Dr. Kim wrote a text saying that she was going to stop being evil and confess today.
Dr. Hyun reads the text from Dr. Kim. His shoulders sag.
The reporter tells Chairman that while Dr. Kim’s drug addiction murder is enticing, isn’t Young O’s emotionless evil as compelling? The chairman offers the reporter a job at an elite newspaper. If he takes it, he is part of the hospital’s circle of silence.
When Young O gets home his father tells him the chairman proposed that he be dismissed. Young O clarifies, the accusation that he murdered three people, is false. His father says he was proud that he did everything that he could for his son. But he wonders, what did he do wrong? He leaves the room. Young O’s stitches up his self-inflicted wound.
The chairman is startled to find Young O in his office. He says he has the knack for surprising people. Young O says what I wanted from you was easy. I just wanted to be a surgeon in the operating room doing my job. Young O says you need to withdraw my dismissal. The chairman states that his request sounds like a threat. If you ask me the chairman could use a good threat or two. Young O states the chairman new that he was innocent from the beginning. Chairman has the gall to tell Young O that he couldn’t put a scalpel in a psychopath’s hands. Ridiculous! He’d sell his soul for money yet he claims a conscience of ethics and therefore not being able to have a psychopath like Young O operate in his hospital. Young O invades his personal space and asks are you afraid of me? Are you afraid that I’ll find out your secret? The chairman is unconcerned. He says a psychopath should be fired for being suspected of murder. The chairman says he’s lost all respect in the hospital. Young O asks if that’s why the chairman used Min Jae. The chairman says it was Dr. Kim that came to him with the truth about Young O. The actor that plays the chairman gives that slimy feel to this character. He plays well against Jang Hyuk. That’s another thing Jang Hyuk brings to the table…other actors give their best.
Young O asks how long Min Jae has known. He asks why she didn’t tell him. She counters she’s wondered the same thing about him. She says he used her first. He used her as a screen to look normal to others. Young O says she never lied to him. He touches her face. She backs away. He says you love me. She backs away again. She tells him she knows he’s trying to read her body signals. Ha perfect! Now he backs away. She says what do you admit if you’re in love? Joy? Sadness? Fear? Which one similar to love? Jin Sung thinks about the training his father gave him. She says it’s all and none at the same time. She says he’ll never be able to read love, because he didn’t learn it. She says he never will. She says it was easy to deceive him. She says this won’t hurt her his feelings. He counters by grabbing her throat and squeezing. She tries to pull his hand away. He stares into her eyes, close enough to touch her, and says he did his best. He says for her, he did everything he could. She counters all he did was pretend. He releases and her backs away. Nice scene! It was intense. Young O did not have the upper hand but neither did Min Jae. We watched two flawed human beings that used and hurt each other try to justify what they did.
Jin Sung and Sgt. Park drop off motorcycle man’s son to school. She tells him he has to go to school. She promises to make sure the kid graduates.
She stops by an outside eatery and orders a bottle soju. When she takes the bottle cap off she thinks of Dr. Hyun. He calls and tells her she’s having surgery tomorrow so she shouldn’t be drinking. He happens to be sitting at the table next to her. They drink together but Dr. Hyun drinks more than she does. They talk about how the former director both told them that life was bitter and you went through it alone. Dr. Hyun says the former director probably is making excuses in heaven to drink. Jin Sung says being a cop has a straightforward way to think.
Dr. Hyun looks at Dr. Kim’s child. He has a flashback to working with Dr. Kim when they were new residents. He recalls Dr. Kim’s text asking him to look after her daughter.
The chairman, Mr. Kim, Dr. Chae and Young O’s father discuss filling the director’s position. Dr. Chae assumes he’s the obvious choice. Young O’s father says he’d like the job, surprising them. Is this a way that he can help his son? The chairman declares people forever surprise and entertain him.
Dr. Chae tells Young O’s father should’ve let him know he wanted the director’s job. He tells Dr. Chae that he’s doing this so that the hospital is not driven solely by money. He tells Dr. Chae that somebody has to keep the chairman in check. Dr. Chae asks with the accusations against your son, don’t you think that affects your reputation?
Young O practices his smile in the mirror. He goes out among his cohorts and everyone stares.
A new patient comes into the hospital. Young O examines him and sees that this patient has had many hospital stays. He says the patient has a brain tumor. Dr. Yang is irritated by Young O inserting himself. Dr. Yang says the patient says he’s was fine moments ago. The patient’s wife enters the room and says he is right; her husband has a brain tumor. Young O orders a CT scan. He tells the patient and his wife that any kind of bleeding could be fatal. Dr. Yang rushes out to do Young O’s bidding. The wife tells Young O that she’s taking her husband home and will refuse treatment. Young O says if you refuse treatment he could die. The wife shows her husband’s will directs this path. The husband also gave her the power to make on the spot decisions. The wife says her husband will not receive any more treatments. Young O moves into her personal space as he asks did your husband agree with you? The husband does indeed say that he wants what his wife decides. The wife asks Dr. Young O if he is satisfied. He tells the husband without treatment you could die. Young O reads the man who shows overwhelming signs of stress and fear. He stares at the wife’s clasped hands and thinks this man needs somebody to trust. The wife reiterates this is what he wants. Young O reads his nonverbals again and knows she’s lying. Young O says “don’t worry I’ll save you no matter what”. The wife doesn’t like that response. The husband goes into shock. The husband goes into cardiac arrest. Young O can’t believe he grapples with another case of cardiac arrest. He yells “I will save this man no matter what”! The wife tries to pull him away. Dr. Yang pulls the wife away. Young O administers heart massage and the medical team tries to save the man’s life. Ouch! There is emergency drilling! The man’s heart starts beating. Young O says “I did it, I saved his life”. Young O tells the wife her husband is alive. The wife goes to her husband and cries.
Young O tells the other doctor that no matter what the documentation said, it was obvious the patient wanted to live. The doctor asks how he can be so sure. Oh no, there is an emergency. Young O and the other doctor find the man dead with the wife holding the plug. Young O ask what she did. Yes, why she did it. She says you made me do it! She says I told you! She asked if she should go to the police station now. Young O says this is unbelievable. He yells this is preposterous!
He walks away and all his coworkers stare at him. He looks into his father’s eyes. His father tells him as of this moment you are dismissed. Everyone gasps. Young O asked what he did wrong. He said he only saved the man’s life. His father says you can’t just put a man on life support. His father says because of him the wife was compelled to commit murder. His father says what’s even worse, is that you don’t know what you did wrong. His father walks up to him, puts his hand on his shoulder, and whispers to your superior skills give you godlike authority? Do you understand why I was always against a monster like you becoming a doctor? His father steps back and makes an announcement the hospital authorizes your dismissal. Another round of gasps.
Everyone turns away when Young O looks at them. He staggers, stops, then walks out of the hospital. He remembers the wife asking him not to treat her husband. He remembers the wife saying you made me kill him. He walks along the street. He remembers Min Jae saying that he doesn’t know how to express love. He remembers his father training him. He remembers his father calling him a monster. He almost crosses the road into traffic and a man stops him. In response, Young O hits the man several times. We see his fear he had at his birthday party when he was young. He continues to hit the man. He finally stops and sees the crowd of horrified people around him just like at his birthday party when he was young. He once again says “what did I do wrong as a doctor”? He literally trips over the man he just beat. He stares at his hand he stares at the man. He walks into traffic. When he crosses to the other side, Jin Sung comes up behind him. She tells him everything will be okay. He grabs her and says “Help me.”
This was the episode when Young O hit rock bottom. I’m appalled at how many people call him a monster yet their actions were reprehensible or sanctimonious. Who treats Young O with human kindness? No one. People are either jealous of him, afraid of him, or angry that he smarter than they are. Or they see him as a chess piece on the board to move as they see fit. Young O is no angel. But his creed is simple. Save the lives of my patients. How is this wrong? Aren’t the best doctors often cold and able to disassociate the human patient from the disease they are trying to beat. Isn’t that Young O? I don’t see him as a monster. I also like that veteran actors are in this series many in guest or minor roles.
Jang Hyuk portrays Young O as a man that got sucker punched multiple times. Min Jae betrayed him and did not feel bad for doing so. She felt like her actions were justified because he was using her. She certainly wasn’t treating Young O the way she would want to be treated. I know she was upset that the professor cheated her out of the position. She saw an opportunity and she took it. I understand that. However, she destroyed him by exposing him in a public forum. How much worse could she have treated him? I found it ironic that Jin Sung’s boss couldn’t control his emotions during the lie detector test. I was a stellar scene for Jang Hyuk. You felt his humanity in that moment. You felt his hurt at being betrayed, accused of doing something that he did not do, just to make the problem go away. It was a little odd having Jin Sung suddenly pop up as he crossed the street and offering him comfort. But I guess in a 16-episode series the main character has got to hit rock bottom at the end of episode six so he can be rebuilt in the last 10 episodes.
Park So Dam as Jin Sung had a voice for right. She could’ve schooled her boss like he schooled her last episode. She is still romantically interested in Dr. Hyun. I’m not sure I want her to become romantically interested in Young O at this point. I think that she can help him. And I want him to be helped. Now this actress will have an opportunity to show what she’s got.
Yoon Hyun Min as Doctor Hyun Suk Joo learned that Dr. Kim sold her soul to save her daughter. He was genuinely horrified that his coworker killed twice. Keeping the research going seems to be the justification for a lot of heinous things. He’s not evil, but he is compromising his ethics with his actions.
Heo Jun Ho’s portrayal of Young O’s father, Lee Gun Myung, leaned toward loathing his son. It really bothers me when he calls Young O a monster. Young is trying to survive with the tools his father gave him. And it doesn’t always go well. But his father doesn’t build his son up. His father is willing to see the worst in a situation and tear his son down. I think when Young O was a boy that he loved his son. But as he said, he doesn’t trust his son, and he thinks he cannot be a good doctor. I will rant again that that is patently ridiculous! Young O is a brilliant doctor. If everyone so worried about his empathy, pair him with somebody that can be his empathy person, so when he interacts with patients he is translated to a kinder way. My bottom line is that I see that everyone is being cruel to Young O, and it is overboard, and excessive. Young O, as he is, has my support.