Hello, and welcome to this week's installment of Dr Jin reviews.
We begin today's review of episode 7 with an investigation and a guy being strung up from a tree. He's an official translator, the one who worked to help PigDog McNasty (Kim Dae Gyun) conduct his dirty business dealings with the mysterious Westerner - the man who sold a case of gold to PigDog McPimpy in exchange for a little nookie from the gisaeng, Gae Yang, who then contracted syphilis from the "transaction". Prince Ha Eung is on a warpath - trying to exact revenge for his gisaeng friend, the girl he rebuffed in the past when she more or less confessed to loving him and for which he has always regretted rebuffing. The guys holding the man in the tree are looking for a name - who orchestrated the "transaction" between the gisaeng and the Westerner?He cracks and reveals that it is none other than PigDog himself.
We then rejoin and rehash a scene from last week - Dr Jin telling Ha Eung that he can't make the medicine because it shouldn't be made, that doing so will have too great an impact on history. Ha Eung has a strong and valid argument, calling on him as a doctor who should help a patient if he has the ability, but still, Dr Jin isn't fully swayed.
The police show up at the tree where the translator is bound and gagged. When asked what this is all about, Kyung Tak receives an answer he wasn't quite prepared to hear, his brother being named. But named for what? Does Kyung Tak even know what he's been accused of? Either way, we get a cute look of shocked horror from Jaejoong. Possible plot holes? Who cares. It's worth it to see this face. *-*
Ha Eung and Joo Pal are discussing the gold and its worth. Sounds like the gisaeng wasn't the only price paid for the gold - PigDog McPimpy scored it at the low, low price of 30% of its worth. Ha Eung is concerned that he will now control the price of gold in Joseon. Joo Pal is concerned that it's not just the price of gold that will fluctuate, but that he will control the flow and price of goods as well with all that wealth. That's a lot of power for one nasty piece of work to wield. I'd be worried too. Things could get real ugly in a time that's already pretty darn ugly as far as dispartities between the haves and have-nots. Ha Eung muses that if the gold were to be stolen, it would in effect be like killing him (PigDog) on the inside and even better than really killing him. Ah, so he is seeking ultimate revenge for his gisaeng's sake. Go Ha Eung! Joo Pal declares that he's not willing to participate in the plot to steal the gold and runs away, scared for his life. As much as he loves the thought of the gold, he fears the wrath of PigDog and his cronies more. What's Ha Eung to do now? Who will he consult with and get to help him in his plan? Hmm....
Meanwhile, Dr Jin has gone to check on his patient, only to discover that she is missing. We get a dramatic 'run through the city with dramatic music' scene before he finally comes across her sitting in the street getting water thrown at her and cast away for fear of bringing bad luck to those around her. She's overheard Dr Jin saying that the medicine won't be available and that there is no hope for her, so she's run off to die on her own.
After talking to his pitiful patient who's one unrealized wish in life is to spend at least one day as a person, receiving love from the one she loves (Ha Eung), Dr Jin is finally swayed. He promises her that she'll have that time and more after all and he takes off. Time to make the
|Who can say no to a face like that?|
Now we return to Ha Eung and his plot of revenge. Joo Pal has opted out, so who does he now seek? Why, Young Hwi and his roving band of misfits of course. His welcome isn't so friendly as noted by the knife at the throat...
Kyung Tak has informed his father and brother that Dae Gyun has been personally named as one who traded illegally with the Westerner. Ol' Daddy's mad! He's yelling and cursing and throwing things and calling his son not-so-nice things. If I were Kyung Tak, I'd be secretly a little happy right about now. Here's the brother and father who have tormented him his entire life for doing nothing other than being the product of a concubine and he gets to be the one to tattle on big brother and then watch big brother get handed his toosh by his father.
Operation Steal the Gold is underway. Do you like my totally uncreative name for it by the way?
Lest we forget about the drama's namesake, we rejoin Dr Jin and the other doctors as they are making some meds. The cultures have been sitting and it is now time to check them to see if they have found a working medicine. There's like 20 or so of these containers that they're checking.
Oooh. The suspense. It's killing me. No, not really. Of course it will be the very last one that is a success. You know, just when you've given up all hope that the crash course in biochem produced a usable drug, those tricky writers get ya. We're on the edge of our seats here. o_O
Cheesy uncreative totally predictable waste of time. Oh darn, there I go again. I really should learn to play nicer. What I meant was that this was creative writing genius to get us all worked up and worried that all is lost only to spring on us in a dramatic fashion with the very last dish that it wasn't a complete failure after all. I totally didn't see that twist coming.
Swords are flying, gold is dropping, best friends are squaring off. Kyung Tak holds a sword to one of Young Hwi's men. Byung Hee shows up. "Hey kids, what the heck is all this racket out here?". Young Hwi turns his sword on him. Now they both have a hostage. Kyung Tak has a bit of an advantage here seeing as how he has a gun and a sword. He threatens Young Hwi to not harm a hair on dear daddy's head. Oh really? How touching. Dude, seriously, do the world a favor and let papa go. Just then, PigDog stumbles out like a giant buffoon and rushes off once he sees what's going down. That guy's always good for a laugh or insult.
The search is on for the gisaeng. The stakes are higher now, for now she is the perceived key to figuring out who's got the gold.
The officers go to the gisaeng house where Choon Hong puts on a good show, claiming that the girl has run off, possibly to commit suicide. She begs him to let her know when he finds her corpse so that she can say goodbye. Kyung Tak stops the search, but figures that Choon Hong really does know the whereabouts of Gae Yang, and so posts a watch to track the comings and goings from the gisaeng house.
Gae Yang has started her treatments and it is going well. They are all smiles. Until Ha Eung reveals that the police are looking for Gae Yang. Dr Jin yells at him for putting the life of the gisaeng in more danger.
Just then, the Royal Doctor appears asking about this mysterious new medicine that he has heard they created. Of course it's all a ruse to find the gisaeng.
Dr Ha, who has just learned that Gae Yang was being hidden there at the clinic is panicked as they search for her. When they get to the shed, he so unconvincingly tries to tell them that it's just a storage shed. Might as well hang a giant flashing neon sign that says, "She's right here!".
|Seriously, this guy should never play poker|
Ha Eung has temporarily stashed her at Joo Pal's place and has asked for his help in getting her set up to flee in four days. Joo Pal is unwilling to help, that is, until the gold bar comes out. Then he's all smiles and Mr Helpful.
|Great disguises! No one will ever spot us now as we sneak off inconspicuously.|
|Well, except for maybe this guy.|
|"I feel pretty and witty and syphillis-free"|
|Ouch! I'll admit to cringing right about now as the flesh seared. One must admire the girl's fortitude and tenacity to not give in and to endure the torture like she did.|
|Even these guys are applauding her as they find out that she is being questioned and tortured personally by PigDog, but that she has kept quiet and not given them the information they seek. That's one tough cookie there.|
Knowing that Gae Yang is suffering so is too much for Young Rae to bear. She approaches Kyung Tak and begs him to at least let the patient finish her treatment. She promises to not return to the clinic in exchange for his help.
The sun has fallen and it's dark. Doctor Jin shows up at the prison. The guards aren't so willing to let the good doctor in, but Kyung Tak orders them to anyway.
Well, we don't know what happened, except that she bit her tongue and is now dead. Dead at her own hands, or well, teeth and tongue I guess. Poor sad, sad girl. Her life was one of tragedy and misfortune.
There's a scene with Jin and Choon Hong that I skipped here. Basically Choon Hong is throwing herself in a sad, pitiful way at Dr Jin who kindly declines her offer yet again. But then there is a part that we flashback to later, so I might as well mention it. Remember how Choon Hong is known for her fortune-telling abilities? Well, this scene eludes to the idea that maybe she might know a little of what is going on with Dr Jin's time slip when she mentions other worlds in which people may live parallel but different lives, a concept also brought up by the dead girlfriend back in modern day. She plays it off, but then says "in this world many inexplicable events happen." I have a feeling this will be important later. You know, because of all the flashbacks and stuff.
And the following conversation he has with Young Rae about the same subject. "Someone I knew in another world said I will live as a completely different person. Perhaps, you and I, in the other world, the fact that we might meet again as other people, have you ever thought about that?"
The doctor who is on his way to the home of the noblewoman in need of medical attention. She is so high class that she sits behind a curtain.
|It sort of looks like she had her own Brain Baby that slipped out of her head and down in to her neck.|
|Wow Lady! That's quite the goiter you're rocking there.|
|Sorry dude, but you gotta move out.|
|Is it just me or does she not look like a happy, blushing bride-to-be?|