Young O sacrifices for others in this final episode.
Beautiful Mind Episode 14 (Final) Recap
Officer Gye Jin Sung (Park So Dam) is wheeled into surgery.
Dr. Lee Young O (Jang Hyuk) meets his father outside the surgical room. His father states this illegal surgery is dangerous and puts his life in peril. Putting his controlling hand on Young O’s shoulder he forbids him to do it. Young O tells his father “I understand how you felt when you took me into surgery against everyone’s wishes”. Young O walks past his father, turns and looks at his father. His father turns and looks at him. Will this be the last time Dr. Lee sees Young O alive? For all the things that Young O’s father has done wrong during this series, in this moment you clearly saw he cared for his son. His disapproval while gilded in other terms was really about not wanting his son to die.
The doctor, Dr. Hong, that plans to do regenerative treatment on Jin Sung is surprised he finds her hospital bed empty. He asked the nurse where Jin Sung is. The nurse lies and tells the doctor Jin Sung is getting a test. When the doctor asks the CT doctor where Jin Sung is, he lies and says she may be at Dr. Hyun’s office. I’m liking the support the medical team is giving Young O.
Young O is wheeled into the surgical room. He turns and looks at Jin Sung who is already under anesthesia and therefore unaware of what he intends to do. Dr. Hyun confirms that Young O wants to do this live lung transplant. Young O says this is illegal and dangerous but it has a high survival rate, he likes the odds.
Dr. Yang gets his moment to play keep away with Dr. Hong who is searching for Dr. Hyun and Jin Sung.
Young O says the medical team will keep this surgery as quiet as possible. Young O thanks Dr. Hyun for having the courage to do this illegal surgery. They wheel Young O into a separate operating room to do his portion of the surgery.
Dr. Hong bursts into Dr. Chae’s office upset, saying he can’t find Dr. Hyun or Jin Sung. The doctor in Dr. Chae’s office who is trying to keep them from finding out about the illegal surgery has no chance against the two of them. They exit the office determined to find Jin Sung and Dr. Hyun.
Flashback to Young O asking the surgeons to help keep the illegal surgery under the radar. I still gotta laugh when Young O doesn’t know the last doctor’s name, it’s okay I don’t know his name either. They grouse a bit but agree to Young O’s plan.
Turns out Dr. Hong has looked at the surveillance video and knows that Jin Sung is in the OR with Dr. Hyun. Dr. Chae says there’s no reason to do surgery in secret.
Young O’s surgery is underway and the transplant materials are removed from his body.
Dr. Chae has an angry moment and demands that Dr. Hong bring him Jin Sung and Dr. Hyun. He won’t have his clinical trials besmirched by a rogue doctor. It really doesn’t bother me at all to see that smug smiling Dr. Chae sweat.
Dr. Hong literally runs through all the surgical ORs. The doctors run interference for Dr. Hyun and Young O. I like the thumbs up the Dr. Hyun gives the doctor who berates Dr. Hong for trying to interfere in a live surgery. Dr. Hyun begins the lung transplant into Jin Sung.
Dr. Chae waits outside of the surgical area. When Dr. Hyun and the surgical team exits everyone peels off but Dr. Hyun. Dr. Chae says this is against his wishes. Dr. Hyun counters that he was doing his best as a doctor. Dr. Chae promises Dr. Hyun that he will regret this. Dr. Hyun walks away.
In the surgical bullpen they tell each other no one can admit knowledge of what happened. One doctor says that Young O is crazy for doing this because the survival rate is low. That’s counter to what Young O said in the surgical room before he went under, it must be a translation error. Dr. Soh guesses that Young O is doing this for the woman he loves. The other doctors say no way; Young O has no heart. They all murmur agreement. One doctor says you never know with love. They all murmur agreement. I really have grown to love the surgical bullpen sessions between these doctors. What I like is that each doctor has their own opinion, even though they in the end tend to fall in like sheep, but they do express different opinions while they discuss whatever the topic of the day is. You can tell the actors had fun doing the scenes and even though I don’t know all the doctor’s names (it was difficult to distinguish them during this series), these scenes added depth to the series.
Young O wakes up after surgery. He looks over and sees Jin Sung. He tries to sit up but of course it hurts. He watches her sleep.
The Chairman and Dr. Chae discuss the illegal surgery. The Chairman says they were robbed, in their own hospital. Dr. Chae concurs and says they need to slit the throats of their betrayers. The Chairman wants to know what he has in mind. Dr. Chae thinks they can eliminate their enemies via rules and regulations.
The ethics committee discusses the illegal surgery. Young O’s father paces while the three doctors discuss the situation. They want to terminate Young O and Dr. Hyun. They ask Young O’s father if he agrees with their determination.
When Young O goes out for a walk Dr. Yang jokes if he has plans. Young O struggles to walk (love his hand sliding up and down the IV pole). Dr. Yang thoroughly enjoys seeing Young O at less than optimum. In his best doctor voice Young O tells Dr. Yang that light exercise after surgery is acceptable. Dr. Yang counters that he may want to see Jin Sung, but she needs rest and can’t have visitors. Young O asks Jin Sung’s status. Dr. Hyun enters the conversation and says that Jin Sung is stable.
Dr. Hyun tells Young O that the ethics board has decided to terminate both of them. Young O expected this but he is sorry that Dr. Hyun is affected. Young O knows that the regenerative medicine research was important to Dr. Hyun. Down but not out, Dr. Hyun vows to continue with the regenerative medicine research. Dr. Hyun makes the point that to save lives, risks must be taken. Dr. Hyun notes that Young O took a risk to save Jin Sung.
Young O calls and asks if Jin Sung can receive visitors. He’s happy to learn that she can and decides to go see her immediately. Jin Sung’s brother enters the room and with great gusto hugs Young O. Ouch, he just had lung surgery! He raves that Young O gave Jin Sung a gift much better than a ring or car, he gave her part of his body. He declares Young O is a pro at dating. Ha! Struggling to recover from the aggressive hug, Young O asks him to be quiet, he needs his rest. Young O wants to go visit Jin Sung with him but he says there’s no need, Young O gets to see her every day. I guess now the show is playing keep away between Young O and Jin Sung.
The surgeon bullpen discusses the illegal surgery and decision about Young O and Dr. Hyun. The nice surgeon suggests they should visit Young O but Dr. Soh scoffs and says Young O was never part of the surgeon family. Later Dr. Soh feels guilty for saying that and decides to visit Young O. He is stunned to find the surgeons clustered around Young O taking a selfie. LOL! Young O is part of the surgeon family! Young O asks Dr. Soh put up a sign that he needs rest.
Young O’s father thinks back to him telling Young O that he just wanted to create a perfect world for his son. Then he recalls after the mortality conference Young O saying that a doctor could never be perfect, and trying your best doesn’t exonerate every action you take. Then he recalls Young O telling him that now Young O understood how his father felt when he took a young Young O into surgery against his colleagues’ wishes.
Young O puts a do not disturb sign on his own hospital room door. He turns and finds his father. Dr. Lee asked how Young O is feeling. They take the conversation to the rooftop. Dr. Lee says the ethics committee will vote on his termination tomorrow. Young O will have a chance to explain his side of the story. Dr. Lee says Young O will be held accountable for his actions. Young O knew this was going to happen when he decided to have the surgery. His father says “you became a doctor even though I was against it. And you came back to work in the same hospital I was at. I’m surprised you’re setting your termination so easily”. Young O says it’s because he no longer needs his father’s acceptance that he is not a monster but a normal human being. His father asks what did Young O meant when he said he understood how he felt? Young O says he understood the fear of loss, the fear of incompetence, the fear of defeat if the surgery didn’t go well. Young O believes that when his father saw his face after the surgery, he felt like he had failed. And Young O was a constant reminder of that failure. Young O says I thought I feared you father, but you feared me. You were the bigger abuser in our relationship but also the biggest victim. Young O says I don’t have the courage to forgive you, but I want to try and understand you. Be free father, just like I am. As Young O passes his father he touches his hand. Young O’s father has to sit down to process what his son just said to him. He cries. What a stellar scene! The writer gave Young O the perfect words of censure and forgiveness for his father. It’s not full forgiveness, but the desire to understand his father’s perspective, people, that’s empathy. Young O has truly evolved during this series and touched my heart by doing so.
Min Jae visits Jin Sung and offers her congratulations on the successful surgery. Min Jae says she was curious about the woman that helped Young O change. Jin Sung demurs and states she was merely by his side. Min Jae asks if Jin Sung has seen Young O. She says his recovery is going well. Jin Sung asks what she’s talking about. She asks if something happened to Young O. Min Jae realizes that Jin Sung doesn’t know. Min Jae sits down and tells Jin Sung that the ethics committee is meeting today to discuss Young O’s punishment for what he did. Jin Sung asks again what did he do? Min Jae tells her that Young O sacrificed everything, to give her his lung. Min Jae says the surgery was illegal. Min Jae says it was a high risk surgery, and Young O broke every rule by having the surgery done. Min Jae says he wanted to save you that much. Jin Sung wonders if Young O will be terminated for what he did.
The ethics committee meets, with Dr. Hyun and Young O under the spotlight.
The Chairman and Dr. Chae discuss Young O’s antisocial disorder. The Chairman asks doesn’t that kind of person only act to benefit themselves? I know you’re thinking what I’m thinking, that sounds like the Chairman, who only ask the line his pockets with money. Chairman doesn’t understand why Young O did this. Dr. Chae says don’t even bother trying to understand Young O’s motivations. The Chairman asks Dr. Chae why he was so unforgiving with Dr. Hyun. Dr. Chae says that Dr. Hyun pushed him to the edge, and he had to be eliminated. Dr. Chae plans to reach out to him when he’s defeated, so Dr. Hyun will never bother him again. The Chairman understands that.
Dr. Hyun and Young O confirm they knew the surgery was illegal but did it anyways. They ask why they did the surgery. Dr. Hyun says Jin Sung’s condition was critical, she was too weak to wait for a long donor through the legal methods. They ask if they are admitting to everything they did being illegal. Young O says he takes exception to that statement.
The nurse tends Jin Sung. Jin Sung mentions that she knows about the ethics committee meeting. She wants to know if decision has been rendered. The nurse says the meeting has just begun. The nurse states Jin Sung must be Young O’s girlfriend. She says that Young O said that he gave his girlfriend plenty of time to decide whether or not she wanted to become involved with him. The nurse says she just needs to focus on her recovery.
Young O takes responsibility for the surgery and says Dr. Hyun was against the surgery from the get-go. He refers them to the original surgery schedule to confirm this. Young O shows video of the fistfight between himself and Dr. Hyun. Young O claims he forced Dr. Hyun to do the surgery. Young O says everyone knows that he can’t have empathy for another human being. Young O says Dr. Hyun had no choice but perform the surgery due to his threats. Dr. Hyun stands up and says none of this is true. Young O says everyone in this room would’ve made the same decision, under his threats. Young O says Dr. Hyun is an exemplary doctor. That ethics committee asks if Young O is taking complete responsibility for the illegal lung transplant. Young O says even if it means he’s dismissed, he will take full responsibility. But he doesn’t think his actions were wrong. He makes the point that in some countries lung transplants from a living donor is legal. He says saving someone that is dying right in front of you is the responsibility of doctors. That’s the reason he’s not ashamed of the choice he made. He says he’ll accept termination. Dr. Hyun asks for the chance to clarify that this wasn’t all Young O’s idea. Young O’s father stands and says they’ve heard enough, the ethics committee will discuss and render their verdict.
Dr. Hyun confronts Young O in the hallway asking “Why did you do that? Do you think I’d be grateful”? Young O says he didn’t do it for gratitude. Young O says he takes full responsibility for it. Dr. Hyun says the responsibility is shared. Young O reminds Dr. Hyun he has something else that he needs to take responsibility for.
Finally…Young O visits Jin Sung. They are both sitting upright so surgical recovery is going well. Jin Sung asks if Young O planned this after she decided to have surgery. She asks why he did it without telling her. Young O says he did it because he had what she needed. He says you know I’m selfish. I thought about it objectively before he made the decision. Young O says “So you don’t have anything to feel sorry about. I’m different from normal people. While I was seeing you, I thought I’d changed. But I didn’t. I was wrong. A miracle like that won’t happen for me”. Young O says he’ll baffle her from time to time. She may feel lonely, disheartened, because he can’t change. He won’t know how to comfort her. He asks her to remember with every breath that she takes what he feels for her and what she means to him. She asks what she means to him. Young O kisses her. After the kiss Young O says she’s recovering well, her breathing is stable. They both smile and laugh. Young O kisses her again, this time with passion. For those of you that were hoping for a passionate kiss between our couple, your wish is granted. Hello, Young O, you are showing happiness…this is emotion! Terrific little scene between our couple. The sweet smiles, the genuine laughter, the comfortable vibe between these two is lovely to watch.
The ethics committee considers terminating Young O and retaining Dr. Hyun. Young O’s father asks that the committee not terminate Young O. He says Young O did his best to save the patient. The ethics committee states if word gets out about this, the hospital’s reputation will be damaged. Young O’s father says “if Young O’s personality disorder is the problem, then the problem is me”. Young O’s father says that his son developed the personality disorder because of his abuse to cover up a mistake. He says Young O is a better doctor than he is. He says he will take full responsibility for the illegal surgery. The request that termination of his son be rescinded. A tear rolls down his face. Young O’s father stepped out of the shadows and admitted to his wrongdoing. Even more important, he admitted to abusing his son to save his own reputation. Not only Young O is evolving, but his father is too.
The Chairman congratulates Dr. Chae, they caught the biggest fish they could, Dr. Lee. Dr. Chae is surprised. The Chairman says Young O’s sacrificed himself to save Dr. Hyun, and Dr. Lee sacrificed himself to save Young O. The Chairman gets back to business and tells Dr. Chae not to blow the research with the outside funder, Dr. Oh. The Chairman promises to Dr. Chae will become the next director if the final stages of the regenerative research succeed. Dr. Chae says he’ll do his best, as he always has.
Dr. Chae finds Dr. Hyun in his office. Dr. Hyun says research is trial and error. Dr. Chae says the threat of losing his job has caused Dr. Hyun to mature. Dr. Hyun says the heart patients are not suffering side effects. The patients that previously had side effects, suffered because of mistake during the clinical trials, a mistake that Dr. Chae could have fixed. Dr. Hyun says Dr. Chae murdered two people to cover up his mistake. Dr. Chae is adamant that if the public knew about the errors, the research would’ve been shut down. Dr. Hyun says Dr. Chae turned the research, into a crime scene and cannot be forgiven. Dr. Hyun urges Dr. Chae to reveal everything before it goes public. He says they’ll need to start the research over. He leaves the office. Dr. Chae knocks items off his desk in anger.
In the research office, Dr. Hong asks what Dr. Hyun is doing. Dr. Hyun says it’s time to start over. Dr. Hyun says stem cell research for patients with heart valves, has a side effect. Dr. Hong can’t believe it. Dr. Hyun says it was an error in the research. Any research team could’ve made the same mistake. Dr. Hong says if anybody could’ve made the mistake then we made no mistake. Dr. Hyun counters that he wants to be a doctor that can admit mistakes. He says he can’t pretend the research is perfect. Dr. Hyun takes a box of research and leaves.
Dr. Hong confronts Dr. Hyun in his office. Does anybody else have a bad feeling about this? Dr. Hong says this research is his life and he can’t accept Dr. Hyun’s willingness to ruin his life. We see has a scalpel behind his back. He attacks Dr. Hyun and says his sacrifice will allow the research to go on in purity. Dr. Chae, you have a disciple! The two men struggle and security guards come in and pull Dr. Hong off Dr. Hyun. Cool as a cucumber Young O walks into Dr. Hyun’s office and tells him he assumed that somebody would attack Dr. Hyun. Young O admits he surprised that it was his colleague that was the attacker. Young O asked what Dr. Hyun will do now. Dr. Hyun struggles to get to his feet still in shock over fighting for his life only moments ago. Dr. Hyun says he has to take responsibility just like Young O did.
Dr. Chae gets a phone call and prepares to leave his office. The Chairman meets him at the door and says things are going to get ugly. Dr. Chae agrees. The Chairman says he has a plan.
The Chairman drives Dr. Chae to the prosecutor’s office. The Chairman tells Dr. Chae to turn himself in and his family attorney will do the best he can for Dr. Chae. The Chairman says you went too far when you murdered the former director. He says as long as Dr. Hyun has the evidence that you committed this murder, we can’t win. Dr. Chae says you won’t be safe if I confess. The Chairman says you can’t implicate me because you’ll lose everything. The Chairman notices that Dr. Chae seems resentful. Ha! The Chairman hopes that Dr. Chae will be born with more power in his next life. The scene ends with Dr. Chae walking towards the prosecutor building. Well that was a nice wrap-up between the two completely self-centered characters in this series. It is fitting that one turned on the other. It is fitting that Dr. Chae, who murdered two people, was the one that lost. Both these characters were monsters in their own right.
Young O finds his father packing up his office. Young O tells his father that he’s heard his termination has been rescinded. Young O says he’s heard that his father has resigned. Young O asks if this is his father’s apology for his past behavior. Young O’s father says he didn’t think of it as such. Young O’s father looks at Young O and says “you are the best doctor I know. I wanted to leave a legacy here”. Nice! Young O asks his father what he plans to do now. Young O’s father says he’s gonna put his feet up and relax, like Young O told him to do. The two men stare at each other, understanding each other in that moment, and accepting each other for who they are. Lovely way to end this relationship, the pinnacle relationship of this show. The evolution of these characters has been superb. Frankly I didn’t expect Young O’s father to evolve. The fact that he accepted his son, praised his son, and sacrificed for his son (not himself) was touching. And Young O saw it for what it was, and was touched.
Min Jae has a TV show. Dr. Soh can’t believe Min Jae was cast instead of him. The surgeons offer Dr. Soh support in their special way. The doctor, whose name I can’t remember, suggests to Min Jae that they collaborate on a paper. Min Jae says she doesn’t list people on her papers that don’t contribute. Ouch!
Young O’s father sits in the middle of a field reading a book. Dr. Hyun comes up and joins him. Dr. Hyun says he just visited the ex-director’s grave. Young O’s father says he’s heard that the problem with the valve has been solved. Dr. Hyun is surprised that he knows about this. Young O’s father says his son told him about the development. Dr. Hyun says he’s heard that Dr. Lee is no longer taking painkillers. Dr. Lee says he wants to live out his life being the person that he really is until the end. He tells Dr. Hyun she’s proud of, for being so brave, at such a young age. Dr. Hyun says the cost of his bravery is tangible. He has to cover many of the research costs. Dr. Hyun shares he’s happy.
Young O is consulting with a patient and sporting a bowtie. Young O tells the patient that he has a tumor that will cause him to lose auditory abilities, which is crucial to the patient’s passion. The patient asks what happens if he doesn’t get the surgery. Young O says without the surgery; the tumor is like a bomb in your head. The patient asks if he gets the surgery, is there possibility he can have some of his auditory abilities? Young O says sometimes hope makes you expect the impossible. Young O tells him that he wants him to make the right decision, his auditory abilities cannot be saved. The patient gets angry; he’s losing his passion. The patient yells at Young O “how can you be so stoic when I’m losing everything”? Young O says “I can’t feel your pain. I have a disability that makes me unable to empathize with others. But I’m planning to stand by you. I won’t turn a blind eye to your pain. Or your exhaustion. Whenever you need me, I will extend my hand to you, until you leave this hospital with a healthy body”.
As Young O leaves the room he seems to suffer pain is his chest and says “this woman”. He calls Jin Sung and says you must be going up the steps. Ah, so he feels her pain. Jin Sung says do you really expect me to believe that you can feel that? Young O says I cannot feel your heart but I’m more sensitive and delicate to than others you know. Jin Sung asks if he can feel where she’s walking to. Young O thinks “I can’t emphasize with her”. Young O says that’s not feeling, that’s logical reasoning. He says it’s easy to deduce with her. They stand across the street looking at each other. She counters that easy isn’t the right word. She says consistent is the right word. They smile and walk towards each other. Young O thinks “the only choice I can make is to love you”. They meet and smile, happy to have each other.
What a relief, this was a good finale. The writer, Kim Tae Hee, gave us a cohesive final episode. I felt the 13th episode was hacked up a bit and certain plot points were fast forwarded so it was not as smooth as previous episodes had been. Understandable considering two episode were eliminated by the network KBS. I was concerned going into the final episode as to what the writer would deliver. But my fears were allayed when the writer ticked off every major plot point and dealt with each one. There were cute moments, touching moments, and a sense that our characters evolved and became better people. And the bad guys, at least one of them, was punished.
Jang Hyuk’s portrayal of Young O gave us a man that sacrificed and won. Young O’s relationship with Jin Sung hit the right note this episode. They were comfortable, accepting, and loving with each other. We even got a decent kiss. But Young O also wrapped up two other primary relationships, his father and Dr. Hyun. I’ll take Dr. Hyun first. When Young O sacrifice himself so Dr. Hyun can continue to practice medicine, specifically the regenerative research medicine he loved, by playing the video of their fight, which we know had nothing to do with them arguing over the surgery, that marked a moment of maturity. But he didn’t stop there, Young O told Dr. Hyun he would have to take responsibility for his own actions. And in the end Dr. Hyun did. Only Young O was not surprised when Dr. Hyun was attacked, though he was surprised it was a colleague. I liked how these two doctors came together to save Jin Sung, and they help save themselves in the process. Last but not least, Young O had closure with his father. Their scenes together touched me the most. Young O was able to be direct with his father about their past relationship. And Young O’s father was finally able to admit his wrongdoing and sacrifice for his son. Without that they couldn’t go forward, but with it, they could move forward.
Park So Dam as Jin Sung lived and loved. She was surprised to learn that Young O sacrificed his lung. But she did not berate him, instead she accepted decision though she was miffed that he put his life at risk. The interaction between Min Jae and Jin Sung was cordial, there wasn’t any jealousy, hair pulling, negativity between these two women. Min Jae recognized that Jin Sung had the right chemistry with Young O, in a way she could never have. I like the fact that Min Jae had the maturity to see that she wasn’t the right woman for Young O, and go on without hard feelings. As far as couples, Jin Sung and Young O were a good match. I thought her role might have her be his emotional touchstone. But that didn’t happen this series. It wasn’t needed because Young O feels emotions. He feels for Jin Sung. How he can spout that he doesn’t empathize, when he clearly empathizes for her, is beyond me. Jin Sung and Young O had an easy chemistry. There was more friendship than passion, but there was love.
Yoon Hyun Min as Doctor Hyun Suk found himself again. I was glad to see Dr. Hyun stand up to the ethics committee, even though Young O’s sacrifice outweighed his statements that the surgery was mutual between the two doctors. I like to Dr. Hyun got angry with Young O for taking the upper hand. I liked that Dr. Hyun dealt with his responsibilities regarding his lying about the regenerative research. He got Dr. Chae over a barrel and it was great to see the unflappable Dr. Chae upset. I was surprised that Dr. Hong attacked Dr. Hyun with a scalpel. For a minute I thought that there would be one last surgery where Young O saved Dr. Hyun’s life. I’m glad that did not happen. The final scene between Dr. Hyun and Young O’s father showed us two men comfortable with themselves and living the life they wanted, bravo for both of them.
Heo Jun Ho’s portrayal of Young O’s father, Lee Gun Myung, gave us a man that admitted his mistakes and sacrificed in retribution. This character scored with me when he admitted to his peers that he had abused his son and sacrificed his career for Young O. He stopped looking at protecting himself and decided to protect his son. The final scene between Young O and his father was touching. The evolution of this character was a bonus I did not expect and it enriched this final episode.
Did this final episode grant my wish list?
* Young O lives – my wish was granted
* Jin Sung lives – my wish was granted
* Some kind of resolution that would expose the Chairman and Dr. Chae – my wish was partially granted
* 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. – This did not happen. I’m good with this.
Final Thoughts. I will write a review of the show in total but here’s a couple of quick thoughts:
* For all the discussion of whether or not Young O could empathize or not, the writer ended up stating Young O was not able to empathize. I reject that. Young O clearly showed that he could empathize with others, especially Jin Sung.
* The writer spent a lot of time calling Young O a psychopath and unable to feel emotions or empathy. Though the writer tried to maintain this to be factual, the “reality” of what was written was counter to these themes.
* This show worked for me. The evolution of Young O was more gripping than the regenerative research. Jin Sung was more ancillary in the final episodes as the police investigation to the hospital murders was closed. Even so Jin Sung was evidence of Young O’s emotions and empathy. Young O was the glue of the series. This character demanded a great actor to make this character likable, lovable and someone you rooted for. Jang Hyuk delivered a stellar performance.
The second song of the compact 2 song OST has been released. Check out “I’ll Hold You” by Nu Ri via this link or the embedded video below: