Young O feels pain, joy, and fear in this next to last episode.
Beautiful Mind Episode 13 Recap
Dr. Oh looks at the films and realizes the images were switched, Young O’s surgery was fine. He goes to tell Young O’s father and absolve him. Dr. Oh finds Dr. Lee and post-surgery Young O surrounded by other doctors with everyone happy to see Dr. Lee become Young O’s father. Dr. Oh and Dr. Lee stare at each other. Dr. Oh commences drinking. Dr. Oh makes an impromptu announcement to the medical colleagues in the room,” it is an amazing Dr. Lee who won’t let anybody get close to him, operated on this young child’s brain and adopted him. But why did he go so far? All of you are being fooled. You don’t know what a hideous monster he is. He hides behind a mask of nobility.” Dr. Lee stands and says that Dr. Oh is drunk. Another colleague stands and says Dr. Oh is mad because Dr. Lee got the professorship instead of Dr. Oh. Dr. Lee asks his colleagues not to be angry with Dr. Oh, he’s drunk. Dr. Oh stares at Dr. Lee with unveiled hatred. Outside Dr. Lee is confronted by Dr. Oh who says “you must be smug. You repackaged medical malpractice as altruism by a great surgeon. It’s a perfect crime.” Dr. Lee replies “I did my best during that surgery. I will do my best for that child. You can threaten me all you like, but no one will believe you. You already saw our colleagues defer to me.” Livid Dr. Oh charges Dr. Lee but ends up going over the railing and falling to the ground. OMG! Now we know how he got in the wheelchair. Dr. Lee runs outside to help Dr. Oh and sees Young O staring at the unconscious man. Dr. Lee drives Young O away from the scene. Dr. Lee stops at a pay phone and requests an ambulance for Dr. Oh. As he exits the phone booth he finds Young O standing outside the car. “Young O says” father why didn’t you help him?” We all wondered why Dr. Oh hated Dr. Lee. Now we know. Dr. Oh realized the MRI images switched, which I take to mean that the MRI images designated as Young O belonged to another patient. So on that bad information Dr. Oh accused Dr. Lee of medical malpractice by injuring Young O’s frontal lobe. It’s either that or Dr. Lee did the surgery on Young O thinking the frontal lobe was injured when it wasn’t. I think it’s the former. But back to why Dr. Oh hates Dr. Lee. He was ready to tell Dr. Lee that he didn’t botched the surgery. But that green eyed monster jealousy reared its ugly head. He was jealous of the admiration that Dr. Lee’s colleagues showed him for not only completed a difficult surgery but also adopting Young O. Then when Dr. Oh went to reveal “the truth” of the botched surgery, Dr. Lee’s colleagues hushed him admonishing him for lashing out at Dr. Lee because he lost a professorship position to Dr. Lee. So you got the double shot of Dr. Lee being more respected than Dr. Oh and Dr. Lee taking a job that Dr. Oh wanted. Top that with Dr. Lee fleeing the scene and calling for medical later, instead of providing it on the spot, and you’ve got a recipe for a lifetime of hatred from Dr. Oh. There is a parallel between MIN JAE losing the professorship to another colleague, getting mad, and lashing out at Dr. Lee’s son (Young O) and Dr. Oh losing the professorship to Dr. Lee, getting mad, and lashing out at Dr. Lee. MIN JAE’s tirade had to pre-negotiated payoff of a professorship for betraying Young O. Dr. OH’s tirade only got him disapproval from his colleagues, disdain from Dr. Lee, and ended up chaining himself to a wheelchair when he took the header off the balcony. You can’t overlook the fact that Dr. Lee chose to run rather than aid Dr. Oh. Did he do that because he didn’t want his son to see him as less-than-perfect, or did he do that so he would not be associated with Dr. Oh’s accident, or was it both?
Just as Dr. Lee said to Dr. Oh in the past Dr. Lee says to Dr. Lee Young O (Jang Hyuk) “I did my best. I wanted to create a perfect world for you”. Young O clearly sees the fallacy of that statement and tells his father that he did everything for himself not for his son. With the statement “Your perfect world has collapsed”, Young O walks away from his father. Dr. Lee looks like he’s been sucker punched. I’m glad that Young O realized that his father put himself first.
Young O sits in his office all night. When morning comes he puts on his doctor’s code and leaves the office. It looks determined.
Young O tells his fellow surgeons that he wants mortality conference to look into the death of his latest patient. That surprises all the surgeons.
In the surgeons’ bullpen they wonder why Young O has requested the mortality conference. Will he blame them for some error? Did Young O make an error that they’re not aware of? They tell Dr. Yang that he could be in trouble for taking the ECMO from Dr. Hyun. Defensive, Dr. Yang says he was just following Young O’s orders. Everyone gets a text informing them of the mortality conference.
At the mortality conference all the surgeons are surprised to see Young O’s father stride into the room. He tells them he’s there as the surgeon not the director of the hospital. Dr. Lee asked Young O why he insisted on surgery. Young O says the surgery was the only option the patient had for survival. Dr. Lee asks why Young stopped the CPR. Young O recalls the patient asking him to stop. Lost in thought he doesn’t answer Dr. Lee. His father stands in front of him and asks answer the question. Why did you stop CPR? His father says we all know you did the best for the patient. Young O looks at his father. His father says to the other surgeons “we always look for answers but there are times when there isn’t an answer. As long as we tried our best, that’s what’s matters”. He says Young O should accept his actions. He declares mortality conference over. After everybody leaves Young O says to his father “do you know why I wanted this conference? Do you want to know why stop CPR? Because I couldn’t feel what the patient was feeling. I was afraid I’d make him reliant on life support, because of my selfishness when it was not what the patient wanted. Because I am not normal. Because your efforts to make me normal, made me this way. But you tell me to accept your efforts, because you did your best. Father there is no such exoneration”. I’m surprised that Young O doesn’t say the patient told me stop the CPR and he honored his wishes. Instead Young O claims he couldn’t feel what the patient was feeling, he’s not normal, and he didn’t want to have the patient dependent on life support when it isn’t what the patient would want. I think that’s a fairly roundabout way of saying he did with the patient wanted, and I take exception with Young O saying he did that because he couldn’t feel what the patient is feeling. I call foul on that statement. He honored the patient’s wishes.
The wife of the patient tells Young O we didn’t want surgery, my husband suffered until he died, because of your stubbornness. She hands Young O a phone and says on it is a message from her husband. I call foul on her statement that we didn’t want surgery. She and her husband wanted surgery (yes she hesitated prior to the surgery but her husband insisted. They were happy until he collapsed during their outing it all went terribly wrong after that.
Young O recalls the patient asking him to stop the treatment. It doesn’t look like he plays the message on the phone.
As he leaves his office Min Jae is there. She says he can start over, and they can start over. He starts to walk away but she puts her hand on his arm. She says “I’m relieved, if it is a brain surgery due to traumatic experience, it may be more possible. You have me. I will help you”. Young O tells her regardless of the cause the result is the same. “This is who I am. Too many patients will be put in danger because of me”. He walks away.
As he drives home Young O recalls the patient telling him to stop the treatment. Young O can’t get it out of his head. He pulls over and plays the man’s message “do you remember when I said I have to live because I can’t meet leave my wife? You the first person who listened to how I felt. And you did your best to keep a promise. Thanks to you, I wasn’t alone, in my final moment. Thank you.” Holy smokes that ripped me up. Young O is affected by the man’s words. He starts to cry. That’s right folks, undeniable emotion yet again from Young O.
Officer Gye Jin Sung (Park So Dam) turns and sees Young O. She’s wearing a banana print top. Young O says “if it wasn’t for you nothing would’ve happened to me. If it wasn’t for you, I would’ve struggled so much to save him. It wasn’t for you; I would’ve lived in peace. As I have all these years thankful for being alone. If it wasn’t for you, I would resent someone for making me this way. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t do something stupid like have hope because of some tears. If it wasn’t for you”! Young O grasps her shoulders. “I despise you more than anyone. Please disappear from my life”. Ouch! As Young O strides away, Jin Sung runs after him and gives him a back hug. She says “whatever you say, as I hear it it’s I love you. I can’t do is you’ve asked. I can’t leave you alone”. While that was a lovely scene, Jin Sung’s declaration was a bit jarring and the fact that Young O didn’t push her away was a bit surprising. The cicadas were very distracting in the scene.
The next day Young O opens a box. He recalls the man’s final statement to him hoping Young O would like his gift and to hug his son for him.
At the christening Young O is wearing a smiley face shirt similar to one the baby has. Jin Sung finds his outfit amusing. Young O states a psychopath that can’t feel emotions, foul on that statement, and he’s not embarrassed at.
As Young O and Jin Sung walk after the christening he tries to hold her hand, but she dodges the attempt. He tries to hold her hand again but she dodges the attempt. Frustrated he asks if she’s embarrassed to be seen with him wearing the funny shirt. Then he whines that she keeps changing her mind about the food. Young O says a hotel would’ve been better. Jin Sung thinks he means for sex. Young O clarifies, a hotel would have all the choices in food she could possibly want. He strides away. She smiles. She dashes up to him, grabs his hand, and tells him everything that he says to her she hears as “I love you”. They are cute together. The writer fast forwarded their relationship to accommodate the reduced episodes. I need to get used to this.
The hospital staff is stunned by Young O’s outfit. The surgeons turn in unison and do a double take on his outfit. Ha! They declare Young O was traumatized by the mortality conference. Darling the way they turn and look back in unison.
Dr. Oh tells Dr. Chae and the Chairman they are on the cusp of big money with the regenerative research. Have you ever seen three happier greedy men?
Dr. Hyun Suk Joo’s (Yoon Hyun Min) fears are realized when Dr. Oh’s funding starts to direct the tasking to money making projects, like lung regeneration. Dr. Hyun is angry and tells Dr. Chae that he values money and power over patients. Dr. Hyun accuses him of killing the former director. Dr. Chae doesn’t deny it. He’s blunt. He’s got power, and if anybody gets in his way, he’ll get rid of them. What is it that they say about absolute power? It corrupts absolutely? Dr. Hyun reveals he recorded their conversation and says this should be enough to get Dr. Chae indicted for murder. That gets Dr. Chae’s attention. Dr. Hyun declares the regenerative research will not be directed for profit anymore. Dr. Hyun says when he chose to be a good doctor, he stopped being a good person.
Dr. Oh tells Dr. Lee that he had multiple chances to make things right. Young O should’ve been taken to another doctor. Dr. Oh says when he realized his mistake regarding the films and went to tell him, Dr. Lee should not have mocked him. When he fell, Dr. Lee should not have left him. Dr. Oh says these choices brought him to the present situation. Dr. Lee gets angry and says he’s lost everything. If he hadn’t operated on Young O, he would’ve been there to be with his son in his final moments of life. Dr. Lee declare if Dr. Oh had not made the mistake, he would not have lived with the guilt, the responsibility, and would not have turned Young O into a monster. Dr. Lee tells him he put his life’s efforts into regenerative research to stop others from living with regrets like he has. Dr. Oh asks if the regenerative medicine was Dr. Lee’s way of making for his mistakes. Dr. Lee says he’ll never get an apology from him. Dr. Lee declares he will not give up.
Female doctor that Dr. Yang wants to date says that she will go out with him if he figures out her medical question. Dr. Yang stares at three films but does not see the answer. He decides he’ll ask the surgeons instead of trying to figure it out himself. The surgeons divide up into two teams to figure out the answer to the medical question. Dr. Yang is stoked that he won’t have to find the solution by himself. The two teams of surgeons are stumped. Dr. Soh claims that they cannot have Dr. Yang on their team. Who you gonna call? Young O! Young O studies the films and tells his team he doesn’t have the answer. Young O states if these aren’t real patients in this hospital, he doesn’t have to solve the problem. Dr. Yang pleads with Young O to help them figure out the solution so he can date the girl he likes. Young O responds to Dr. Yang’s pleas and stares at the films again with the surgeons right behind him. The camaraderie of the surgeons has been a fun part of the show unless they were complaining or plotting about Young O. I like Young O becoming part of their unit. I like Young O responding to Dr. Yang’s plea. Another cute moment!
Dr. Hyun tells Jin Sung that her heart is doing well according to the test results. Jin Sung is relieved. Unfortunately, there’s a problem with her lungs due to taking the heart medication. He says that when Young O treated her, her lungs filled with fluid, and the problem began. Dr. Hyun suggests another round of tests.
Jin Sung walks through the hospital in a daze. Young O asks why she’s in the hospital. Jin Sung claimed she came to see him. They both smile and laugh. Young O tells her he doesn’t like that she calls him doctor. He asks her to think of something else to call him. He grabs her hand to escort her out of the hospital. At the hospital entrance they bid each other goodbye. As Young O walks away, Jin Sung collapses to the ground.
Dr. Hyun and Young O both hover over Jin Sung. Dr. Hyun says he’ll act as Jin Sung’s doctor as he just finished a consultation with her. Young O in Dr. Hyun look at Jin Sung’s films. Dr. Hyun declares that she has pneumonia. Young O believes it will escalate. Dr. Hyun says he’ll administer antibiotics and antiviral agent. He says if this doesn’t work there’s only one solution left, a transplant. Young O isn’t happy that Jin Sung will have to wait for a donor for a new pair of lungs.
Jin Sung is not excited to learn that she’s going to have to be on the donor list for a pair of lungs. That isn’t a treatment she declares. That is waiting for bad luck to happen to someone, so she can get a pair of lungs. The doctor, who Dr. Chae talked about doing lung research with the regenerative treatment, asks Jin Sung if she be willing to do an experimental treatment.
Dr. Hyun is surprised that his colleague suggested Jin Sung be part of the clinical trials. His colleague is positive, if this works she won’t need a transplant. He asks Dr. Hyun if he has doubts about the regenerative research. He asked Dr. Hyun if he’s giving the regenerative research treatment patients without having total faith in the research.
The surgeons find Young O in the library. They assume he’s researching so Dr. Yang can answer the medical question. They share they found a link between three patients, the heart valve surgery. Wanna a bet Jin Sung is one of the patients that had heart valve surgery?
Young O startles Dr. Yang when he wakes him. He asks Dr. Yang if the medical question is really for the exam. Dr. Yang says he thinks so. Young O finds the female doctor that posed the question and asks who are the three patients? She can’t say in the open.
In Young O’s office Dr. Lee admits the three patients were from the hospital. Young O asks why she took the three patient films and posted them as a medical question? She states the three patients developed the same lesions, at the same time. After asking the question to the acting physician, she was replaced. Then she became afraid of who she could ask because she didn’t know who was involved. So she decided to make a medical question so as many people as possible would see the films. She used Dr. Yang’s crush on her. Young O says all three of the patients have a rare lesion. Dr. Lee asks if he has any idea why.
Jin Sung asks Dr. Hyun if she has a better chance of survival if she receives the regenerative treatment. She asks if the treatment is safe. She admits that she’s hated him, doubted him, but she trusts him to tell her the truth. She tells Dr. Hyun that she wants to live.
Young O looks at the films more closely with Dr. Lee. He believes their patients of the regenerative research program led by Dr. Hyun.
Dr. Hyun calls his colleague and says they should begin the regenerative research treatment on Jin Sung. He declares he must save her.
Young O sees a medical team run into Jin Sung’s room. Jin Sung starts to spiral down. Dr. Hyun calls for the ECMO. The doctors know that she cannot take much because of her weakened heart.
Young O does research trying to figure out a solution for Jin Sung.
Young O sits by Jin Sung’s bedside. When she wakes Young O states he won’t ask if she slept well, because he knows she did not. Jin Sung counters I won’t ask if you’re worried, because I know you are. She tells Young O that she’s decided to get the regenerative treatment from Dr. Hyun. Jin Sung wonders why Young O is asking her if she trusts or doubts Dr. Hyun. While holding her hand Young O looks into Jin Sung’s eyes reminds her that she made a promise, a promise not to leave him alone. “Keep your promise. That’s all I need”.
Privately Young O hits Dr. Hyun multiple times. Dr. Hyun asks if he’s crazy. Young O asks Dr. Hyun if he’s crazy. He can’t believe the Dr. Hyun is willing to use the regenerative medicine on Jin Sung. Young O says don’t you know what that means? Young O declares that will never happen, as long as he is around. Dr. Hyun says she wants to live because of you. He takes Young O’s hands off him and says are regenerative medicine is her only hope. Young O tells Dr. Hyun that three patients developed lesions, and all three were patients of Dr. Hyun is regenerative research. He asks if Dr. Hyun still thinks regenerative research is safe. Dr. Hyun says there were no patients with negative effects. He said they’ve done everything to make the patients safe. He says he checked the data every day himself. Young O counters anyone can lie with data. He says the problem is due to people. He tells Dr. Hyun that he has a chance to make everything right. He says all three of the patients received heart valve he says Jin Sung also received the same surgery. Now he asked do you really think her only option is the regenerative medicine?
Dr. Hyun goes to Dr. Chae about the three patients. Dr. Chae states they can just eradicate them from the data. Dr. Hyun asks if test subjects were deleted to facilitate approval for the research? Dr. Chae asks if Dr. Hyun is fishing for evidence to take them to court again. Dr. Chae reminds Dr. Hyun that he’s the one that told everyone the last stage of the clinical trials was safe. Dr. Chae says “I know you want to expose the truth, but you better think about this. Expose the truth, your license will be revoked”. Dr.Chae knows Dr. Hyun wants to be a good doctor. Dr. Hyun agrees from the beginning I wanted to be a good doctor. Dr. Chae laughs. He says Jin Sung will be the first patient for their lung research for their new funding pharmacy. He tells Dr. Hyun to make no mistakes.
Young O asked the cadre of surgeons to help him. They are excited to put themselves on the line for this. One of them quips” we are not the Power Rangers”. LOL, Young O knew every one of their names except for the last guy. He tells them they started this, they need to finish it.
Jin Sung is brought into surgery. Dr. Hyun looks at her. Young O is brought into surgery. Oh my gosh is he going to donate his lungs to Jin Sung? Dr. Hyun looks at them and recalls Young O saying do you think the regenerative research is her only option? Dr. Hyun said she doesn’t have time to wait for donor. Young O says making transplant along into Jin Sung from alive patient. Back to the present Dr. Hyun asks Young O to confirm that he’s willing. He tells him that live transplants are illegal because endangers the life of the donor. He asks if Young O still wants to do it. Young O says it is illegal and dangerous. He says it has a high rate of survival for the patient. Young O says this is his favorite kind of surgery. He tells Dr. Hyun to begin. Dr. Hyun, don’t make Young O a statistic for a unsuccessful surgery.
This episode quickly distilled the plot points into final forms. The writer had to rush a couple of points to get to the cliffhanger of Young O’s sacrifice for Jin Sung. The regenerative research which had been a sideline plot point became front and center again. As we all suspected the regenerative research is not as mature as claimed. Once Young O found out that Dr. Hyun plan to use the regenerative research on Jin Sung, and he knew the regenerative research had caused lesions on patients, he could not and would not allow Jin Sung to undergo the regenerative research treatment. I was originally worried that Young O was sacrificing his life for Jin Sung but it appears that he should live through the surgery. I hope so.
Jang Hyuk’s portrayal of Young O gave us a man in love and willing to sacrifice for his woman. The writer had to hit fast-forward on their relationship to make Jin Sung officially Young O’s woman. Did anybody else enjoying the moment when Young O declined MIN JAE’s request to start again? I did. In the beginning of the episode Young O struggled with the aftermath of the patient dying and his decision to stop CPR per the patient’s request. I’m not exactly sure why Young O did not openly state the patient asked him to stop treatment. The most touching part of the episode was his patients last message to Young O. It appeared the man knew that he could not survive, and made the message to thank Young O for his efforts and absolve him of guilt from the inevitable failure. That allowed Jin Sung to reach out to him when he was at his lowest, and Young O to accept her support. I was surprised that the t-shirts for Young O and the baby were the patient’s gift to Young. I liked Young O’s interchange with Jin Sung over the food selection and the hand holding. I enjoyed Young O’s interactions with the surgeon’s to solve the riddle of the 3 patients then his request that they support his request to undergo the lung transplant.
Park So Dam as Jin Sung was front and center this episode. She refused to be cast aside by Young O. Instead she boldly told him she knew that his words meant he loved her. What a bitter pill it must be to return to the hospital as a patient. Even worse be put on the donor list for a lung. Desperate to live, in part because Young O is her man, forced her to request the regenerative treatment. Jin Sung is lucky to have Dr. Hyun and Young O fighting for her.
Yoon Hyun Min as Doctor Hyun Suk confronted Dr. Chae, another monster in this series. He calmly agreed that he killed the former director. That guy is cold and puts money first. He and the Chairman deserve each other. Dr. Hyun got confirmation that the final stage of the clinical trials did not go as well as he was lead to believe (and declared publicly at the press conference). Desperate to save Jin Sung he was willing to let her become a patient for their research. But Young O punched him in the face multiple times to get him to see there was another option…lung transplant.
Heo Jun Ho’s portrayal of Young O’s father, Lee Gun Myung, finally revealed the backstory between Dr. Oh and Dr. Lee. I believe we learned that Dr. Lee’s surgery did not injure Young O’s frontal lobe. But jealously at Dr. Lee’s success and standing had him seething with jealously. His over the rail move was his fault but Dr. Lee’s watch-and-run when Dr. Oh hit the ground was ethically wrong.
What’s my wish list for the finale episode?
* Young O lives
* Jin Sung lives
* Some kind of resolution that would expose the Chairman and Dr. Chae
* Should Young O find out his father thought he messed up Young O’s frontal lobe in the surgery and that’s why he adopted him? I’m not sure.