Young O feels the pain of loss and secrets.
Beautiful Mind Episode 12 Recap
Young O, as a child, draws a picture of he and his father holding hands. His memory of his father coming into his life is a happy one. He assumes his father became his guardian and father because he liked him. We see Young O’s father declaring he’ll become the guardian after he permanently altered Young O spring during surgery. The flashback ends with Young O thinking “I am very happy.” Note this is after the surgery Young O is thinking he was happy. And he looked happy smiling at his memory of his father sweeping into the hospital room and taking him home with him.
Young O’s father goes to talk to the chairman about whether or not foreign investments are funding the regenerative research. Young O’s father tells the chairman that they just can’t handover the research to those with money. He begs the chairman to reconsider. He even goes to his knees. Chairman says “I had no idea you’d be this easy” and urges him to stand. The chairman and Dr. Chae say they’ve got an old friend that wants to be reacquainted. The old colleague tells Young O’s father it’s been a long time. Dr. Lee looks in shock at his former colleague. Dr. Chae informs him that his friend’s pharmaceutical company has invested in the regenerative research. His former colleague says that his son, Young O, has grown up well. He says with his frontal lobe damaged Young O is unable to empathize.
Min Jae asks Dr. Lee Young O (Jang Hyuk) if he thought the MRI scan would come back showing a difference indicating that he could feel emotion. Young O says he’s happy with the results. He saw firsthand what emotions could do to people unsettling them and making them unsure. Now that he knows that is not his affliction, he feels peace. Min Jae uses his words against him when she quotes “your lips may lie, but your body cannot.” She shows Young O that he has spilled the tea because he’s distracted and upset about the results. Young O closes the subject by asking Min Jae to tell him about the patient she needs a second opinion on.
Min Jae and Young O meet with the woman that had brain surgery a year ago but still has constant facial pain. She begs Young O to help her. She’s heard of his other surgical successes. She asks him to make the pain go away. She tells him he can even cut the nerves to her face. Young O tells her the surgery she had last year already cut the nerves to her face. The woman demands to know why she feels this pain. Young O says her brain is creating phantom pain to compensate for the lack of nerves. The woman accuses him of saying that she’s crazy. She leaves upset and angry. Min Jae wonders if the woman is meant to suffer, because life without suffering is not real. Min Jae explains that Young O was the only person that was ever nice to her without a reason. But when she found out he was faking it, her life had no meaning and she got angry. Min Jae initially believed it was rage but then realized it was pain. Young O is interested in her calling it pain. Min Jae tells him maybe one day he’ll learn that life has suffering. Min Jae asks Young O if they can start over.
Young O’s father and his former colleague are now alone. Young O’s father asked what he wants. His former colleague wants him to join the pharmacy and support his investment into the regenerative research. Young O’s father refuses stating he put his life into this research, he must ensure it used for the patient’s good, not to line the coffers of a corporation. The former colleague defends his corporation as forwarding medicine. Young O’s father counters that any forwarding of medicine is always done with profit before patient. Young O’s father isn’t going to hand over the research that he’s put his life’s effort into to a man that will either subvert the goal which was to eliminate disease in patients. The former colleague points out that Young O’s father said his life’s work was to help Young O become a normal person. He doubts Young O’s father’s real focus in life. That gets Young O’s father mad. He strides to the man and grasps his shoulder and tells him he has no right to judge his life. His former colleague asked him “don’t I?” He pulls Young O’s father hand off his shoulder. He says he’s going to go visit his son. As he rolls away stops and asks “Young O knows the truth right”? He asks Dr. Lee if Young O knows that his frontal lobe was permanently injured by Dr. Lee. He stares at Dr. Lee’s clenched fists and feigns surprise that Young O doesn’t know the truth. If looks could kill, Young O’s father would take that guy out. I’m not exactly sure why this guy is out for payback, but he’s determined to hurt Young O and his father. What does this guy gain by hurting Young O’s father? Why is there a grudge?
Officer Gye Jin Sung (Park So Dam) strides through the hospital calling Young O but he refuses to pick up. She enters a packed elevator and calls him but he doesn’t pick up. When the elevator empties there only two people left, herself and Young O. She asks Young O why he did not answer her phone calls. He says nothing and moves to go around her. She stops him and says that she knows Young O is smarter, more eloquent, and impossible to beat in an argument. She states this doesn’t have to be complicated. She only wants to spend time with Young O. Isn’t that enough? Young O says nothing and walks away. I think that’s a really good question that Jin Sung asked. If there is to be no romance isn’t friendship enough? And isn’t the cornerstone of any long-lasting relationship friendship? Jin Sung is going to have to be doggedly determined to break Young O’s self-imposed shell.
Our surgeons gather to discuss an emergency case of a man, newly married, with the pregnant wife, that needs surgery that could either keep him paralyzed or kill him. One surgeon says how hard can it be to tell your patient the diagnosis? The other surgeons clap and transfer the patient to him. Duh!
The surgeon goes to explain the situation to the pregnant wife but she already knows most of the medical details. The surgeon is surprised she is so well-informed. Young O enters the room and cannot help but overhear when the wife tells the surgeon she doesn’t expect her husband to be cured she just wants him to be granted more time so he can witness the birth of their baby. Young O walks over and looks at the medical chart. He says he will do the surgery. The man and his wife looks happy. The other surgeons can’t believe that Young O is willing to take this risk. One surgeon says if it’s what the patient and his wife want, then the surgery is worth the risk. The nurse asks how the surgeons can ignore the patient’s wish to see his baby. Dr. So says that without empathy Young O is just performing the surgery for the medical challenge. Another surgeon says Young O’s lack of empathy makes him the best surgeon to tackle this tricky surgery because he won’t be hampered by fear.
Young O’s father asks why he chose the patient with a low probability of survival? Young O’s father asks who’s more desperate – you or the patient? Does Young O want to prove his superiority? Young O says he’s also curious to understand why he’s doing this.
Young O’s father flashes back to his former colleague saying if he’ll agreed to his pharmaceutical funds for the regenerative research then he’ll forget about telling Young O the truth. He wonders if Young O or Dr. Lee can handle the truth being exposed.
Young O provides a consent form to the wheelchair bound patient for the upcoming risky surgery. Young O tells the man if the surgery isn’t successful the man will be a quadriplegic on a respirator for the remainder of his days. The patient asks Young O why he’s willing to do such a risky surgery. The wife asks her husband why ask Young O this question. She tells her husband that Young O is a surgery machine and this will only add to his fame. She hugs and kisses on her husband. Young O asks the couple if he should believe their act. The wife says it really doesn’t matter, all she wants is her husband to live to see their baby. Young O tells them to sign the consent form and agree to his post-operative care plans. The wife signs the consent form. Young O tells her that being overly affectionate doesn’t help her husband. Defiantly she leans down to hugs and kiss her husband. Young O walks away.
Jin Sung visits Dr. Hyun Suk Joo (Yoon Hyun Min) and tells him that she needs a checkup so that she can be sure her heart can take the stress of working for the violent crimes division. Jin Sung tells Dr. Hyun she understands that he’s working hard to commercialize the regenerative medicine. It’s a bit awkward between the two of them so Jin Sung stands up to leave. Dr. Hyun tells her that he’ll call her when the test results are back. She turns and asks Dr. Hyun even though I’m thinking about somebody with my head, why does my heart hurt? I like the fact that Jin Sung sought out Dr. Hyun after Young O’s rejection. I think it’s good they try and mend the fences between them. Dr. Hyun has seemed so distant and emotionless, even more so than Young O, it was good to see him be relaxed and Jin Sung’s friend.
The wife gets nervous as her husband is wheeled down the hall to surgery. She stops the medical team and tells them she’s changed her mind, there’s a reason nobody else would do the surgery, because there’s too much risk. Dr. Yang tells her she signed the consent form. Young O steps out into the hallway and asks the wife if she’s rescinding the approval for the surgery. She says yes. The husband says no. The husband says he wants the surgery. The wife gets upset and tells him they need to think this over again. She scared. The husband says I’m going to make it through the surgery. The wife doesn’t like it but the husband is adamant. This is a case of be careful what you wish for, because you may get it.
Before the patient goes under he tells Young O and the surgical team that he is the world to his wife and she is his world too. They have only each other. That’s why they come off as unapproachable, because they’re just trying to protect each other. The patient says that’s why he had to take this risk. He needs to see his unborn son, and protect his wife. The man asks Young O to promise to do his best.
The former colleague continues to torment Young O’s father and tells him that he’s heard that Young O is doing a risky surgery. He tells Dr. Lee that he can definitely see that Young O has been in his image. He asks if Dr. Lee will be for or against his company funding the regenerative research.
Young O tells the wife after surgery that all the tumors were removed and her husband is alive… for now. He watches the wife rush to her husband’s side.
The surgeons are impressed how well the surgery went. They all have to admire Young O’s skill. Dr. Yang shocks the other surgeons when he tells them the surgery went so well, the patient has recovered so quickly, that he’s leaving the hospital today.
The patient and his wife tells Young O they are just going out to pick out baby clothes and get a quick bite to eat. Young O tells them sternly to be on time for their appointment with him. The wife tells Young O she’d kiss him if she could, but her husband would get jealous, so she won’t. She thanks Young O. He watches the couple go down the hallway.
Young O’s father comments that the surgery must have gone very well if the patient was able to leave the hospital for a break. Young O says it didn’t go as well as everybody thinks. The cancer spread to the spine. Radiation treatment is the patient’s hope. Young O’s father asks why the patient was allowed to leave for the afternoon. Young O says the doctors don’t save people’s lives, they only extend people’s lives. Young O says it’s the day-to-day living that really makes people happy. Young O says those basic feelings I’ve never experienced. Young O’s father says that he took a risk by doing this tricky surgery and he hopes the radiation will be successful or Young O will suffer the consequences. His father asks if Young O took the risk to do the surgery because the patient was so desperate for it. Young O turns away and refuses to answer. His father stares at the door to Young O’s office, wanting to reengage, but realizing it will be futile. He walks away. I liked Young O’s comment that doctors don’t save lives, they extend lives. That’s succinct and correct because of course no one can escape death, and the length of one’s life can be impacted by a doctor. It’s interesting to see Young O’s father engage with him a second time this episode and be concerned that Young O has chosen a path that might get him in trouble with the hospital administration. It’s also interesting that his father wants to know why Young O made the decision to do the surgery.
Young O opens his desk drawer and looks at his stash of Jin Sung memorabilia. He recalls her saying that she just wanted to spend time with him. Then he recalls the wife saying she just wanted to spend more time with her husband. Young O says to himself time…Time to spend with someone. Of course I’m hoping that Young O will have some realization and break free from the chains that he just put back on himself when he rejected Jin Sung and the possibility of love. Is this the first chink in the armor?
The pregnant wife and patient rush back into the emergency room. He looks to be in agony and his wife sobs that she never should’ve taken out of the hospital for the day. Dr. Yang calls for Young O to come immediately. When Young O arrives the patient apologizes for pushing Young O to allow him to leave the hospital, against Young O’s better judgment. The man asks Young O if he’s going to die. Young O says they’re going to switch to radiation treatment. The man says I just want to hold my baby once. Young O says I’ve already told you what we will do to get you to that point. The man smiles and says you say the nicest things. Ha! Young O asked the man to promise him that he won’t give up and he’ll follow all his directions. I don’t know why but that really made me tear up watching Young O ask for the patient’s support and belief in this treatment plan. It’s an extension of the previous episode when he asked the nurse to help him convince the patient to do the surgery. Young O is evolving. I wish he could see it like I could.
There is another session of the surgeons each having a different opinion on whether or not Young O should have done the surgery even though the patient desperately wanted it. They consider the risks of malpractice versus the sincerity of following the patient’s wishes. Dr. So says that the patient will have a difficult time physically getting through the radiation treatment, and the surgery created this situation.
As predicted the patient is having difficulty breathing but Young O needs to start the radiation treatment. He tells the man to remember his promise and fight for his life.
As Young O exits the husband’s room, the wife angrily asks if Young O looks down on them because they only have each other. Bluntly Young O tells her that the only person that likes her childish directness is her husband, personally he can’t stand it. The wife says I told you all I want is more time with my husband. Young O says I promised your husband that I try and help him hold his new baby. I’m doing everything I can. He grasps the woman’s shoulder and tells her to hang in there and support her husband. He says there’s no medical treatment here. Her husband will go through pain while he fights to get well. So two themes of the episode pop up again – pain and determination. I like the way that Young O grasped the woman shoulders. That’s a standard thing for him to do. But he doesn’t always do it gently. This time Young O took her shoulders, looked into her eyes, and told her that he was doing everything that he could, but she played an important part in helping her husband. I’m a broken record, but that’s evidence of Young O’s evolution.
The chairman is irritated that Young O’s father and Young O constantly cause him hassles. He asks Young O’s father’s former colleague if Dr. Lee agreed to hand over the patent on the regenerative medicine. The former colleague says Dr. Lee will cave because of the secret. The chairman wants to know what the secret is. He tries to guess the secret. Dr. Chae smiles and says a secret only has power…when it’s a secret. I agree with that. Dr. Chae says they are going to keep the secret because that’s what will win Dr. Lee’s compliance. The chairman walks away frustrated and Dr. Chae says do you want the secret or do you want the patent? The former colleague says this is business, be patient. The chairman asked how the clinical trials are going.
Dr. Hyun tells Dr. Lee that they are getting ready for the first clinical trials for the regenerative treatment. Dr. Lee says that he supports Dr. Hyun and hopes the trials reveal the regenerative treatment is a success. Dr. Hyun says he feels confident that Dr. Lee will never hand over the regenerative treatment patent. Dr. Lee dodges a direct response and states he just wants the trials to be a success.
Dr. Hyun and his colleague look at the patients that were receives the treatment, knowing these patients will determine success or failure of the regenerative research. Dr. Hyun advises they prepare for failure by readying ECMO.
Young O sits by the man’s bedside while he receives his treatment. Young O’s father watches his son hold vigil by the man’s bedside. Unfortunately, the man’s heart starts to fail. Young O asks for the ECMO as it will buy him more time. Dr. Yang says that there are only three ECMOs in the hospital and Dr. Hyun has one of them.
Young O tells Dr. Hyun that he has a patient with an immediate need for the ECMO versus Dr. Hyun’s potential need. Dr. Hyun says because the patient is part of the clinical trial he has priority over Young O’s patient. Young O says he’s going to take the ECMO. Dr. Hyun says if his patient dies then all the regenerative research dies too. Holy smokes! Young O bows his head and begs Dr. Hyun to help him save his patient. Dr. Hyun says Young O’s patient cannot survive. The ECMO will only prolong his life. He tells Young O that typically his patient choices are based on the probability of survival. Dr. Hyun says he can’t relinquish the ECMO for patient that has a less than 10% survival chance. Young O literally grabs Dr. Hyun by the throat. He orders Dr. Yang to take the ECMO. Dr. Yang complies rushing the device down the hall. Young O looks into Dr. Hyun’s eyes and asks after what you just said to me, can you still consider yourself a good doctor? Ouch! So have the two doctors reversed their mindsets?
Young O returns to his patient and says the device will buy him more time. He pats the patient’s arm.
Dr. Hyun complains to Young O’s father that in an atypical move Young O appears to be attached to his patient and willing to defy insurmountable odds to extend his patient’s life. That surprises Young O’s father. Dr. Hyun makes the case that he is regenerative research patient needs the device more than Young O’s patient does.
Young O’s father watches him tends the patient. He calls the former colleague who is now blackmailing him and says he’s ready to meet with him.
The former colleague asks Dr. Lee if he’s made his decision to give up the patent on the regenerative research. Young O’s father says he’s willing to work with the pharmaceutical company. The former colleague clearly sees that Young O’s father is choosing his son over the patent. Young O’s father smiles and says his son is finally evolving into a complete man. Can you believe it? Young O’s father and I are in complete agreement. But I wonder is Young O’s father more concerned about his son or the success of his education of his son? I guess that’s not correct because the man is giving up a patent that he spent a lifetime to make, on the belief that his son is evolving. I have trust issues with this character obviously.
Things are going well for the patient. His heart stops. Oh no the wife is in labor and cannot come to her husband side. Young O works hard but the patient flat lines. Young O tells the man he’s holding up his into the bargain, the man needs to hold up his part. The man lifts his hand and tells Young O he can stop with the heart massage. Young O tells him don’t give up you need to live. You need to meet your son. I’m going to help you. Young O gets ready to his shock the heart and the man tells them to stop. He dies. This may sound harsh but there was no other option but for this patient to die. In the confines of this show, at the evolution point Young O is at, with the theme of pain, this patient that Young O was personally invested in, had to die. Growth does come out of pain. Will Young O grow from this experience?
The former colleague tells Young O’s father that he didn’t choose to protect his son, but rather he chose to protect himself. Just like he chose 25 years ago. That wipes the smile off of Young O’s father face. Young O’s father asks what he’s referring to.
Young O walks through the hospital dazed and confused. He recalls his father asking him if he considers patients to be alive just because their heart is beating. He recalls his father asking if he considered himself superior to other and calling him a monster. Young O sits down or rather sags down.
Young O’s father again asks his former colleague what he’s talking about. The former colleague says the person that made Young O a monster…Is you. He says but there’s something you don’t know. The surgery performed wasn’t a failure. OMG! His father says what? The man says HE was the point of failure. The father says what are you talking about? The man says your surgery didn’t fail, but you created a monster after all. He spins and roles away. Okay I’m blown away by that exchange. I’ve been on board with the idea of Young O’s father being a monster, not Young O. But what does this guy have to do with it? Why did he let Young O’s father believe the surgery was a failure? Do Young O’s MRIs show that his frontal lobe is functioning?
Young O’s father strides to Min Jae’s office and demands to see the results of Young O’s early tests. She’s a bit startled and starts to explain that she originally found Young O’s early test results when she worked at a small town hospital. Young O’s father asks if Young O was normal then. He yells was Young O normal after the surgery? Inquiring minds must know…but will we find out this episode?
The former colleague tells Dr. Chae that if medical research had been as advanced as it is today that what happened to Young O’s father would never have occurred. The former colleague shakes his head and says he was wrong. He realized it today when he saw that Dr. Lee was the same as he ever was. He says this is simply the human condition. Ambition, selflessness, humiliation, and fear. Dr. Chae asks what will happen to Young O and his father. The former colleague says he’s not sure. He says what’s important for us though is that we have the patent for the regenerative research. This gives them the control.
Min Jae realizes something. She remembers looking at Young O’s records from the hospital archives. She recalls Young O’s father demanding to know if Young O was normal after the surgery.
Young O thinks back to trying to save the man’s life and the man telling him to cease his efforts. Min Jae finds him. He asks Min Jae who he is. He says no matter how hard he tries, nothing changes. He says my inner self is hollow, so do I have any choice but to live as a monster? You said you know me best. Tell me. Min Jae says you are not a monster Young O. You are a victim of medical malpractice. Young O looks at her and says what? Min Jae says under the guise of perfect education you were victim of discrete and persistent abuse. That’s who you are. Young O scoffs. Min Jae says your father wanted to conceal you in order to maintain his reputation. You were his failure. That’s who you are. Stunned Young O gets up to his feet and leaves the room. He goes to his father’s office. But he’s not there.
His father’s at home drinking and looking at the wall of human emotions and gestures. His father remembers the training he gave Young O. Young O returns home. He looks at the wall. He says on my way home I thought about a lot. I could not come up with an answer. Dad, in this situation, what kind of expression am I supposed to make? You saved my life. You’re my only family. You taught me everything about life. When I found out you were the true monster, and raised me to be a monster, what expression was I supposed to make? You never taught me how to deal with this kind of tough emotion. Young O starts to rip down the items on the wall and says “I no longer I no longer want to live as your failure.”
We finally know who the monster is. The writer has skillfully made us all doubt Young O’s father throughout this series. But innately we want to have faith in fathers. So I held out hope that he truly cared about Young O more than himself. I think he does care about Young O. How could he not? But what the former colleague said was correct. Young O’s father cared more about his reputation being besmirched than Young O as a person. Use that as a filter to look back at their interactions throughout this series, and things suddenly start to come into focus. When Young O’s father was upset with Young O, it was often because he was concerned how Young O would affect his reputation. To be fair this was not true in every case, hence the doubt remained about Young O’s father’s motives. When you think back to how Young O’s father was proud of his son multiple times, it wasn’t because Young O did something to improve his reputation, it was because Young O valued the patient first. That’s what made his father happy. Do I believe that Young O’s father systematically mentally and verbally abused his son? Yes, I do. And yes we saw that continue in this series. In the comment section an astute person suggested that whenever Young O’s father pressed Young O’s shoulder it was a physical signal to be submissive. I’m not completely satisfied yet. What the former colleague meant when he said that he was the point of failure still needs further explanation.
This episode’s theme was pain, growth from pain as well as time with those that we love makes life good. As I said in the actual recap the patient with the very slim chance had to die. The parallels between the patient and his wife and Young O and his father are there. These are two people that were a family unit with no one else but each other to depend upon. That drew Young O to the patient. The pain part kind of overshadowed the second lesson which was the importance of time and spending it with those that matter. The wife and the husband just wanted more time with each other so that they could be parents together. In the previous episode the mother chose to get the surgery so she could spend more time with her boys. In the first episode Mr. Kim chose the risky surgery to get more time to live. What the show is really commenting on is the positives and negatives of being human. Once we get past our basic needs of food and shelter, we want love, time, happiness. And sometimes we get angry, jealous, sad, or hurt in the pursuit of happiness. I maintain that Young O is evolving. This episode was another major step.
The regenerative research patent was the prize that the chairman, Dr. Chae, and the former colleague were vying for. I was actually surprised when Young O’s father gave up the patent with very little fight. He said he did it because he saw the clear evolution of his son. His former colleague says he did it to maintain the secret of what he did to his son.
Jang Hyuk’s portrayal of Young O gave us a man battered, bruised, but not beaten. Frankly I can’t imagine this role handled by any other actor. One of Jang Hyuk’s strengths is the subtlety that he brings to a scene. Sometimes he’s overt but more often than not it is his subtlety that is his strength. Young O found out from Min Jae, no less, that his father performed medical malpractice, and raised him to be a monster. This show is loosely based on Frankenstein so the term monster has been often used often. As a Young O fan, I’ve never viewed him as the monster, but thought all others around him behaved badly in comparison to Young O. Whether or not his frontal lobe is truly damaged, what matters at this point is what will Young O do with what he’s learned and experienced? Will he break free from the monster chains that have imprisoned his personal growth? Will he believe that he has the capacity to love? Will he reach out to Jin Sung? I’ve said it before and it bears repeating, romance between Young O and Jin Sung is not a requirement for my personal happiness of this show. But the writer has guided these two in two the possibility that it could occur. If it does, that’s icing on the cake.
Park So Dam as Jin Sung was almost a cameo character this episode. She went to the hospital in hopes of working things out with Young O, but it was not to be. Instead she got to spend some time with Dr. Hyun.
Yoon Hyun Min as Doctor Hyun Suk did not want Young O’s father to give up the patent and allow external funds to alter the focus of the research. He’s not going to get what he wants. He put his faith in Young O’s father, and Young O’s father failed him. I found it interesting when Young O and Dr. Hyun were arguing over the utilization of the device that Dr. Hyun was not willing to hand over the device. You can imagine early in the series Young O would’ve maintained the same stance. Oh how the tables have turned.
Heo Jun Ho’s portrayal of Young O’s father, Lee Gun Myung, is the epitome of the statement pride goes before a fall. I still want to know whether or not Dr. Lee’s surgery of Young O was a success or not. I’m confused what his former colleague meant when he said he was the point of failure. What does that mean? We saw the former colleague tell Dr. Lee that he screwed up the surgery and forever altered Young O’s frontal lobe. But now that seems to be in doubt. I certainly hope this is resolved before the end of the series. For great portion of the series I did not see much good in this character. But he had moments, primarily any time that he put his patients needs first, then he was a decent guy. But his treatment of Young O has been suspect from the get-go. Again I say the writer did a skillful job in making this character murky. Even now with the simple statement that pride goes before a fall, it’s just not that simple is it?
Min Jae came through in the clutch. It certainly has struck me strange that she has been working her way back into Young O’s life at least on a professional level. When she looked at those original medical records of Young O you certainly got the feeling like his frontal lobe was bad. He certainly got the feeling in yesterday’s episode that the MRI showed the frontal lobe was still messed up. It was bold of her to use tell Young O that his father systematically verbally and mentally abused him based on what she knows of the situation. But Young O immediately knew the truth of her words and went to confront his father. Min Jae is another character that writer has made murky. We all wondered was she friend or foe? Turns out she was both. But her actions were all too human.