Happy Lunar New Year, everyone! The drama doesn’t get pre-empted for the holidays (THANK GOD) and we’re back, after a long week of waiting, with a new Do-hyun. After making up his mind to find out about his past and his lost memories, Do-hyun has embarked on a journey without knowing the end, and we’re all aware how risky it is…for him and for people around him. With others trying to hide what he want to find out, will he be able to outplay them this time; not only for his own benefit, but also for the person he wants to protect?
After conveying his intention to Chairman Seo, this time without hiding anything from his grandma, Do-hyun was about to leave when he found out from the housekeeper that Ri-jin had been sent to the wine cellar to help her fetching a bottle of wine. Do-hyun recalled Ri-jin’s fear of basement and went straight to the cellar, only to find Ri-jin slumped on the floor unmoving. She just sat there staring at the wall and only snapped back to herself when Do-hyun approached her. Ri-jin insisted that she was alright but suddenly feel into unconsciousness. The memories she saw there made her curious about the meaning, at the back of her unconscious mind…
They went back to Do-hyun’s house and Dr. Seok went there to check on Ri-jin’s condition. He didn’t think that it was difficult thing to help his subordinate, and he even told Do-hyun not to worry too much about Ri-jin, but he sighed over Ri-jin’s weakness, that was her tendency to feel overly attached to her patients. Do-hyun promised to do better, and Dr. Seok joked that it felt like leaving his daughter in his son-in-law’s care. Awwwww yeah!
When Do-hyun went to check on Ri-jin in her room, she was restless, being disturbed by her nightmare. This time, the childhood version of her was playing outside with a boy (who looked like Do-hyun) and they were laughing merrily, but the lively atmosphere turned dark when little Ri-jin tripped on a rock and someone opened the ‘door’, causing the girl to be alarmed and buried her face in her knees. Ri-jin didn’t open her eyes and Do-hyun was about to call Dr. Seok again and left her side, but she held her hand out, pleading for him not to go…and play with her, just like what he said to her before the last time Se-gi took over him. Do-hyun took her hand and Ri-jin continued to plead for him not to leave.
Do-hyun: Okay, I won’t go anywhere. So, you don’t have to worry about it. No matter how terrifying a nightmare is, it will somehow come to an end. I will protect you now, so you just have to relax and sleep.
Do-hyun’s presence itself must have had a big impact on Ri-jin, because she grew calmer with Do-hyun beside her, and her breath started to be even again. At the same moment, Ri-on jolted up awake from his nap, wondering if Ri-jin was having another nightmare on that night. He put on his glasses and continued to write the manuscript for his novel.
“And…once the thread of the memories started to be loose, it would continue slowly until it hit the dead end, and it wont be easy to run from it. Where the end would be? Misfortune and sadness, despair, greed, envy, guilt; despite all the darkness, wishing that the last hope would prevail in the end, and happiness would win; the boy prayed, and prayed..”
Ri-jin was gone from the room by the time Do-hyun woke up on the next morning and he nearly fell down the stairs, but Ri-jin was still inside the house, digging through the fridge for food because she was hungry. When asked about her condition, she just said that it was a common occurrence for her. When Ri-jin expressed her craving for her mother’s cooking, Nightingale Do-hyun apologized; because of him, she had to lie to her family that she had gone to the US and as a result, she couldn’t eat her mother’s cooking. Heh. He was relieved to find out that the secret was out with her family and he offered to take her home, giving a short break to her, but Ri-jin didn’t want to cause her family to worry about her current condition, plus they didn’t know that she was his secret doctor. In return, she asked for him to buy her a delicious meal. Hahaha! Do-hyun tried to stop her from tearing off the IV drip, but Ri-jin reminded him, in case he had forgotten about it: she was a doctor too!
Off they went to a samgyeopsal date and seriously, I think it’s not an exaggeration to say that they would live their lives forever like this: Ri-jin happily stuffing her mouth with food and Do-hyun feeding/staring at her with his trademark puppy smile. Ri-jin felt alive and was at ease after she had a shot of soju, but she didn’t really tell Do-hyun about her nightmare; instead, she told Do-hyun that her brother would be the one who would interpret her nightmares every time she had them, from his perspective as a writer.
Do-hyun recalled the basement stories he heard from both Ri-jin and Ri-on, including Ri-on’s confusing his love for Ri-jin as fear. Ri-jin apologized for lying to him about Ri-on’s identity, but Do-hyun was more curious about the mysterious Ri-on: was he Ri-jin’s real brother? However, he ended up asking whether it was okay for a sick person like her to drink soju. Heh, as if Ri-jin would stop drinking if he asked that~
They walked out of the restaurant, as Ri-jin wondered if it was okay for her to leech off a jobless man like him. Do-hyun assured her that he would be able to live for another two years…using the money from selling Se-gi’s stuff. OHHHH you don’t want to invoke the wrath of the manchild, Do-hyun! He was planning to finish off his task at the office and start looking for the other child in the basement. Ri-jin praised him for facing everything in front of him with confidence, before pointing out a tarot reading place. Ri-jin suddenly realized that she left her phone in the restaurant and told Do-hyun to go to the cafe first without her.
Although Do-hyun acted like he didn’t believe in tarot reading, he slowly approached the place and entered the shop, albeit hesitantly, sitting face-to-face with the tarot reader (cameo by comedian Ahn Young-mi), who kept complimenting his good looks. Heeeee! Do-hyun said that he wanted to find someone, but the tarot lady knew that he wanted to find out about the person he liked. She told him to pick three cards using each hand while thinking about that person (Ri-jin!!) and the first card was revealed to be The Empress, symbolizing Do-hyun’s sweetheart as warm person who was like the April’s sunshine and made him feel like a blooming flower when she called his name. Pffffftt. But then, the Judgement card meant that there would be an obstacle for their love, and Do-hyun might suffer for his love. Ummm that’s kinda ominous.
He was told to pick the last card and he did it (despite growing more suspicious at the tarot lady), drawing out the Wheel of Fortune card. According to the lady, it meant that there would be a fate he could escape from and he would soon meet the person he wished to meet from a long time ago, but the encounter would bring more trials and tribulations for him. Judging from how he jumped out of the place, he didn’t feel too happy about it!
As soon as Do-hyun walked away, Ri-jin passed by the tarot reading place…but alas, her curiosity got the best of her, and she entered the shop…with the intention of finding out more about her love life. Ri-jin’s excited face turned sour after a while, since the tarot lady kept smirking at her for leading a ‘dirty’ life, being surrounded by so many men. HAHAHAHA! If we’re to consider Do-hyun, Ri-on, Se-gi, Ferry, and Yo-sub….well, that’s a lot! She was also told to pick her last card and it was revealed to be Death. The tarot lady told Ri-jin to quit paying attention to her love life and just concentrate on her work, because putting an end to her current relationship would prevent her from experiencing self-destruction and misfortune. That was enough to push Ri-jin into screaming, “THIS IS VOID!!!” just like what Se-gi did before.
Ri-jin joined Do-hyun at the cafe and he scrambled to hide his phone upon realizing that Ri-jin was there. She managed to take his phone and teased him about looking up for tarot card meanings on the Web, while Do-hyun was helplessly trying to take back his phone, until they ended up in a ‘dangerous’ position. Uh-oh! They tried to deny that both of them believed such thing and everything just got even more awkward.
But they’re so cute!
They headed back home and Ri-jin told Do-hyun that she would be upstairs if he needed her, but Do-hyun asked her: why did it have to be only when he needed her? Didn’t she need him too? Ehhhhhhh is this going to be a confession? He wondered if he’s only a patient in her eyes, and if there’s any possibility for him to be seen as a man. Awwwwwwwhhh!!! His face slowly fell when she stood there without any definite answer, but Ri-jin asked whether he’d like to go for a trip with her, because they need to get closer in order for her to determine whether they had any chance or not. Oh yessss!
Look at how excited Puppy Do-hyun was!
He was just about to change his clothes when someone called him. It was Chae-yeon, calling him to go out and meet her. She seemed drunk and Do-hyun refused to meet her at first; but then, she threatened to tell Ki-joon and everyone else about what he told her that night, because she won’t go down by herself. Ummmm wrong timing there! Ri-jin was dressed up warmly, ready for the trip, but Do-hyun had to break it to her that he had to take responsibility of what Se-gi did to Chae-yeon. Ri-jin put on her calm face, saying that it’s okay to cancel the trip, but she showed how upset she was after Do-hyun left.
Chae-yeon was drinking by herself by the time Do-hyun arrived at the bar and he told her that it would be the last time he met her like that. He apologized for his (Se-gi’s) mistake, but he could see how much it troubled and confused Chae-yeon, since she had started to reconsider her feelings after Se-gi’s move on that night. Guess that it was a bad day for people to go out, because Ki-joon’s mother, Madam Yoon, happened to be at the hotel and saw Do-hyun escorting the drunk Chae-yeon.
Ri-jin spent the rest of the day alone drinking lots of beer while recalling what the tarot lady told her before, that she should put an end to her current relationship. She thought that it was nonsense, but her drunk self started crying, lamenting that she should leave before the dawn broke. Meanwhile, Ri-on was going out with a few girl and flirted with a girl using the line Se-gi uttered to Ri-jin (“You called me out…since a long, long time ago!”) but he was interrupted by a phone call from Ri-jin. He didn’t pay too much attention at her at first but he turned into his serious mode at Ri-jin’s mention of nightmare and fainting.
Do-hyun returned to an empty house, except for a Post-It note from Ri-jin, saying that she didn’t get upset over their promise earlier. She was back at her house, reminiscing about her first love with Ri-on. She actually found out much earlier that he jerk was dating another girl back then, but she was still thankful that Ri-on was there to cover her eyes and protect her. She wondered if her brother would do the same thing again if she made the same mistake in the present, and Ri-on guessed that Ri-jin had probably fell for Do-hyun. She didn’t exactly answer his question, but threw another question at him: what did first love mean to men? Would it be easy for them to let go of their first loves? Did they even thought of holding onto their first loves again even after letting them go? I know that this was about Do-hyun, but in Ri-on’s case…his first love was sitting in front of him at the very moment!
Ri-on answered the question rather objectively: it all depended on the case. Holding onto the first love for the first time was a sign of ‘thank you; the second time lingering affection; another time sadness; and the third time was because of sadness. Even when the men were suffering, as if their hearts were torn into pieces, they had to bear the pain by themselves. Ri-jin opened up about her insecurities, especially the feelings she had for Do-hyun. She couldn’t really tell Do-hyun what was bugging her mind because as his doctor, she knew that he was having a difficult time as well. She expressed how she missed working at the hospital, where the busy working hours won’t even allow her to think about any other things…
…and Do-hyun was there, listening to her words from afar. Ri-jin thought that she was growing weaker because of her confusion and Ri-on only smiled in return, and he saw Do-hyun outside their compound. He put his blanket on Ri-jin’s head, covering her eyes from seeing Do-hyun. She thought that he was playing around with him and went inside the house in a huff, as Do-hyun turned his back and walked away from the place.
Do-hyun drove back home by himself as he recalled what Ri-jin said and reminisced about what she went through because of him, yet she couldn’t even tell him the things that had been weighing on her mind lately, because she might only give him more burden to be handled. Gaaahhh don’t be like this, you two ㅠㅠ
The news about Do-hyun’s resignation reached the shareholders and they were busy lining up their defense by showing their allegiance on Ki-joon and Young-pyo’s side, since Chairman Seo would be most likely to hand over the group to them, now that Do-hyun’s out of the contention. Young-pyo then received the information that the late President Min Seo-yeon’s child was still alive, and he’s a step nearer towards finding the child.
Secretary Ahn helped Do-hyun to pack his things and leave the office, but he’s willing to wait for Do-hyun to make his comeback. As expected of Alfred Ahn! Ki-joon saw Do-hyun walking out and he didn’t look too pleased to hear that Do-hyun wasn’t planning on leaving the country soon, so he warned Do-hyun not to disturb his company or his woman. Take it all, you greedy jerk! Secretary Ahn was called by someone and it was Madam Shim, who had just arrived from overseas. She was crossed to learn about Do-hyun being pushed away, and Do-hyun seized the chance to meet his mother.
Madam Shin was unlike her usual brash way; although she continued to rant about Do-hyun’s gentle self which made him an easy target for others to step on him, she was avoiding her son’s eyes most of the time. She declared that she would always be on his side, and Do-hyun asked her about the child who was as the same age as him. She couldn’t argue anymore since he knew that she had been trying to find the child, and she accidentally admitted to knowing about the child when asked about Jun-pyo and his abuse. Madam Shin made an excuse and left, while Do-hyun started to have his unusual headache.
Ri-on called Do-hyun and they met outside to talk about Ri-jin. Ri-on saw Do-hyun on the night before and he didn’t invite him inside, because his parents had yet to know about a young man like Do-hyun to be Ri-jin’s patient. It would hurt their feelings to know that their precious daughter was living with a stranger, but Ri-on believed that Ri-jin won’t be careless in maintaining her professionalism as a doctor. Guuuhhh
Ri-jin was still at home with her parents, marveling at the perfect slices of rice cakes made by Mama Ji. She was amazed at how similar those slices were, and her mother only said that it was of the attention she had on while cutting them. Ri-jin thought that it was the same way her parents divided their love between Ri-on and her. Mama Ji and Daddy Oh froze, and Ri-jin remarked that it would be impossible for real siblings to receive the love and care like what she got from her parents. Daddy Oh tried to say something but Ri-jin just put a rice cake in his mouth before wishing her parents a happy and prosperous new year..and she thanked them for their love. So…she remembered it all along…that she was adopted ㅠㅠ
Do-hyun seemed as if he was going to surrender anytime soon, admitting that Ri-on had succeeded in holding to his weakness and forcing him to define his relationship as a patient and a shrink with Ri-jin. His headache grew worse but Ri-on didn’t realize it, hoping that Do-hyun would keep his promise to leave for the US after two months and he would never attempt to have any connection with Ri-jin in the future. Ri-on went to take their coffee and all of a sudden, Do-hyun lost his consciousness for a short moment…before the foul-mouthed Yo-na took over him because of his torturous situation.
Well, Yo-na was just about to leave for her world when she turned around and saw her newly found world, in the form of Ri-on, in front of her very eyes. She was dazed but not for too long, because she managed to blurt out a very emotional “Oppa~” at the astonished Ri-on. She couldn’t hide her whirlwind of emotions at the sight of the handsome oppa in front of her and Yo-na jumped into Ri-on’s arms. HAHAHAHA! Ri-on was flustered but that’s not the end; next mission for Yo-na: plant a kiss on oppa’s lips!
Kekekekekeke! Ri-on was lucky this time, but those eyes of Yo-na said that it’s not over yet!
Ri-jin was feeding Rina the dog when she received a call from the traumatized Ri-on, who wondered if the alter she told him to be careful of was Yo-na. She was surprised to hear her name, and Ri-on begged for his sister to save him and he would treat her well until his death. HAHAHA! Yo-na popped out in her pink uniform, asking Ri-on to buy her a cake (as in, “Why do you make a person speak so mu~~ch?” while holding to his collar). Ri-jin reminded her brother to stay calm and not to lose Yo-na, so he should follow her every wish.
That included feeding her the cake (which would look so wrong from other people’s perspective) and he gave up, but Yo-na threatened to go up on the table and dance if he refused to do so. He gave in at first, but he couldn’t stand the people’s stare and admitted that he would never be able to do it before calling Ri-jin. Yo-na had this evil glint in her eyes and told Ri-on, “Catch me!” before dashing out of the cafe. Ohhhh yeah. Ri-jin saw her running on the streets (while applying the lip gloss, no less!) and told Ri-on not to lose Yo-na.
Yo-na stopped at a shop junction and decided that it’s time for her to catch Ri-on, and she hugged him tightly while trying to plant a kiss on his lips, again. Ri-jin bulldozed through them to save her poor brother, and Yo-na’s not going to give up, especially with Ri-jin included in the brawl. In the midst of Mission: Save Oh Ri-on, Yo-na succeeded in giving a peck…and Ri-on’s lips were sacrificed in the incident. PWAHAHAHAHAHA! The traumatized Ri-on couldn’t do anything and Ri-jin grabbed the mischievous girl before delivering a good ole punch on Yo-na’s face. That’s the end of her appearance, but she’s rounding it up with a bomb!
Do-hyun woke up and he was surprised to see Ri-on’s face hovering so close in front of his, and Ri-on kept rubbing his lips. Hehehehe! Poor Do-hyun was so shocked to find himself inside the Oh House and he realized that Yo-na came out before that, while Ri-on still addressed himself as oppa and remained cautious around Do-hyun. He changed into Ri-on’s clothes which suited Ferry’s style (since he was known as Ferry to Oh Family) and went out, only to be dragged away by Ri-jin. She was still mad at Yo-na for what happened earlier but she could only release her anger at the fire can. Pfffttt stop smiling before she kick you in the shin, Do-hyun!
Madam Shin went to visit Jun-pyo at his new nursing home and noticed his favourite book on the table. She opened the book and found a photo of President Min hidden in the book. Meanwhile, Ri-jin explained that Ri-on had already met Se-gi before and he won’t use what he knew for anything bad, so Do-hyun didn’t have to worry. She kept turning her back on him with the hope that Do-hyun would call her name…and it worked, after the third trial. LOL! Do-hyun asked again, this time being more precise: couldn’t he become her man in the remaining two months? (Why not forever??)
The photo made Madam Shin talk and she admit knowing all along that Jun-pyo did love Seo-yeon all along; yet she kept holding on to him, because he’s the only hope for her to be saved from her old life. She told the unconscious husband that she would find Seo-yeon’s child before Do-hyun recalled everything, and she would do whatever it was to get rid of the child from Do-hyun’s side. The photo was not only of Min Seo-yeon, because she was standing beside her child in it..
..and the child was indeed little Ri-jin.
Do-hyun was willing to treat their relationship as his side’s breach of contract if that was what Ri-jin wanted, and he approached Ri-jin with the intention of teasing her, but something caught his eyes on the ground. He saw the half-burned picture of Seo-yeon and wondered why on Earth the photo of his legal mother was there at Ri-jin’s house…
[END of Episode 13]
I sure am not imagining it, because in this episode, I can actually see the alters through Do-hyun’s eyes. It is probably because of his willingness to be frank to himself, plus he is not afraid to show his emotions in front of Ri-jin. Thus, he can channel various sides of him without splitting himself into different, separated pieces. He is handling his emotions very well and he is becoming stronger, although there are moments and things he is yet to come to terms with. Anyway, he is showing his progress nicely, aiming towards the unification of his alters!
Who would have thought that the lonely, friendless guy who was once a trembling little lamb in front of others, would turn into a confident man who is not afraid to speak up his mind? Do-hyun surely has come a long way from the initial 28-year old him we saw in the beginning, and his own will to recover from his illness, as well as overcoming his fears and pains, is truly what made him even more admirable in my eyes. We’re yet to see how he will react to the big revelation (that Ri-jin was the child he was looking for, and that she was his legal mother’s daughter!), but he isn’t probably going to back down and let go of Ri-jin easily just like that. I really, really hope that he won’t pull a noble idiocy move, not before he find out about the truth, the secret, everything, like what he promised his grandma.
This episode also confirms that Ri-jin is well aware of her status as an adopted child, although she is still unable to recall the memories of her childhood prior to her adoption into Oh Family. The scene in which she thanked her parents for the endless love they have her was really touching. They have never treated her as an outsider, yet the knowledge she has about her real status probably remains as a small complex deep down inside her heart. The reason why she chose to be psychiatrist was probably because of the love she received from he family. I think she has realized that the love is what makes her into the person she is today, and it’s not too far-fetched if the sunshine-like Ri-jin wants to spread the love through giving treatments to the mentally ill patients, providing them with the love and care they need to be healed.
The drama does not hesitate to remind us that doctors are also human beings, as mortal as their patients. Sometimes, we forget that the people who seem to be perfect outside might bear deep wounds inside each of them, and no one is perfect. We realize that beneath the bubbly and strong Ri-jin, she also has her won past; something she can’t get over with, something that has been haunting her since forever. I think Do-hyun also realized it that his saviour is just another human being; someone who is able to experience the pain just like him. Although Ri-jin is still hesitant to share her real feelings with Do-hyun, I would like to see how these two overcome their shared memories and pains, and grow out of it as a cooler, stronger, and happier people than their younger selves.
I am so happy that Do-hyun and Ri-on are getting closer, although using a very…unique way, because I really want them to be friends! Plus, Do-hyun can make use of what Ri-on has gathered about his family, and his detective skills to find out more about the hidden secrets. Instead of turning them into love rivals, I’m willing to see them as partners in investigation and bromance buddies. Still, I’m hoping that Yo-na won’t appear when Do-hyun is with Ri-on. Poor Ri-on will be so traumatized the next time he sees Yo-na around!
Nana and Mr X…..where are you?