Blood 블러드 episode 7
Lee Jae Wook removes his hood to reveal his master vampire identity to Ji Sang. Yes, he tells Ji Sang, I am infected. Ji Sang is stunned and asks how long he has known about him. Dr. Wook lies and says that it was when he saw him at the welcoming ceremony at the hospital. Surrounded by a gruesome bloodbath and dead bodies, Dr. Wook tells Ji Sang to step out while he disposes of the infected bodies. (He burns them like Ji Sang did with his mother’s body according to her instructions.)
Dr. Wook’s story sounds highly believable, almost welcome, to Ji Sang as he tells him that it was just recently that he discovered the whereabouts of the infected ones. He had been searching for them for over 40 years. He realized they were following Ji Sang and watched from a distance. Ji Sang is disoriented, his guard is down, and wants to know more. He asks how he became infected. It was 40 years ago, he continues, when he volunteered in Kochenia. He treated an old man whose blood got on him. It had a lethal impact, but he woke up two days later. He had become completely infected. The villagers said the old man was something not quite human. Ji Sang asks about his family. Dr. Wook continues with the story that after becoming infected he ran away with his wife and son. But the other infected ones found his hideout, and, although he fought back, his wife and son were killed. He was a loner. When Ji Sang hears this story that is so similar to his own, he tells Dr. Wook that his family was also on the run. Poor Ji Sang is so vulnerable that he doesn’t question anything about Dr. Wook at this point. He realizes that someone – an infected one just like himself – knows about him.
Dr. Jung studies pictures of the old Kochenia gravesite. He clearly has an investigation of his own going on. We don’t know if he is working alone or with others. He comes across a picture of someone with wounds that resemble the Ward 21A patient’s infected arm. Unfortunately for that patient, Leader Suh is back and injects a midnight cocktail into his IV drip. Dr. Kim slips in after she leaves and checks the patient’s arm. There are no marks. Hey, even I would think to take a sample of the IV at this point, it is such an obvious thing to do. Meanwhile, Cahoots Security keeps tabs on Dr. Jung via surveillance cameras.
Hyun Woo is thoroughly shocked when Ji Sang tells him about the Director. He wonders out loud how he could have the same body temp as a human when he is infected. The possibility of obtaining information from the Director for further VBT-01 assessment is exciting, and he encourages Ji Sang to push for answers. I would expect Hyun Woo to be a little more suspicious of the whole Dr. Wook story since he knows they were lured back to Korea, and he is more objective than Ji Sang. But for now, the two of them are intrigued by the story Dr. Wook has spun and are caught up in what it could lead to.
Dr. Yoo is unsettled about the mysterious Dr. Park. At the same time, Dr. Park lies awake wondering if she has noticed the many weird things he is trying to hide. The weekend at the seminar only caused them both to feel more uncertain. They run into each other at the hospital and awkwardly pass by without a word. Dr. Park also runs into the Director who greets him cheerfully and asks if he slept well, as if nothing happened.
Uncle Chairman gets a check-up at a different hospital in order to keep his progressively worsening illness a secret. The paralysis is spreading to the nerves, and his doctor recommends he get treatment at Taemin – the best facility in the country. Uncle Chairman tells him that’s not possible, and asks for stronger medication.
Cahoots Security reports to the Director that Dr. Jung has been in the patient’s room in Ward 21A. He also informs him that the police inquired about the patient who was killed. The Director is concerned and makes sure everything was “taken care of” (as in the body was cremated).
Dr. Yoo asks Sister Sylvia if she has ever experienced something unbelievable. Sister Sylvia tells her that birth, falling in love, and life are all miracles. What she meant, she explains, is something unbelievable more in a supernatural sense. Sister says she hasn’t experienced anything like that. She gives Rita a hug and tells her that with her clear eyes and child-like heart, perhaps she can see those supernatural things. It is these tender moments that soften Yoo Rita’s anything you can do I can do better image and make me wish for good things to come her way.
In yet another doctor-to-doctor hospital corridor meeting, Dr. Park asks Dr. Choi if Dr. Yoo’s mother passed away. (How many times can you use doctor, Dr. in one sentence?) She tells him there was an accident, but becomes uncomfortable and suggests that he ask her himself. He requests it as a favor because he can’t discuss it with Dr. Yoo. Dr. Choi tells him that Cha Yeon, um, er, Rita and her parents were in an accident at Jeju Island a long time ago. Rita got lost, they were separated, and there was a cliff….
A new patient, a child, is admitted to Ward 21A. Lee Na Jung is sassy and outspoken, and fights with the nurses to go home. Dr. Yoo enters and quickly gets a handle on the situation and lets Na Jung know she has met her match. Dr. Yoo firmly holds her shoulders and tells her that she can be rude all she wants, but arguing with people who are trying to make her better is the dumbest thing ever.
Uncle Chairman and Assistant Director Choi discuss the Hanche Hotel takeover. He is pleased with the progress. Once again, she raises the issue of the lack of cooperation between the New Drug Team and the doctors. He sharply tells her to leave it alone and focus on the hotel business. His hand shakes and he can’t control it. Uncle Chairman leaves abruptly without an explanation.
Dr. Park examines the poor guinea pig patient who continues to complain of excessive chills. He has symptoms, but there is no indication of a cause. Dr. Park orders additional blood work. The Director has been alerted to this and tells Leader Suh to delete the serum results from the lab work that Dr. Park has requested.
When they meet in the hall again, Dr. Park asks Dr. Yoo if she has a reason for avoiding him. She very openly tells him, yes, she does. She thinks she is becoming a crazy person because of him. He wouldn’t know this about her, she continues, but a long time ago people wouldn’t believe her, and she has that same feeling now. It is vague, but unsettling. No matter who she tells, they think she’s crazy. Of course, he understands much more than she could guess. He grabs her hand and puts it to his cheek. It’s cold. He tells her she is right about him: he is not normal. And she is not crazy. But, she will have to be satisfied with that little bit of information. It is an illness the world doesn’t know about, and there is nothing he can do. He tells her that he trusts she won’t say anything without even asking her. It is as emotional a moment as they have ever shared. Before she leaves, she looks under the bandage – there is nothing there. He smiles, and walks out.
Assistant Director Choi is worried about Uncle Chairman’s condition. The results of a request she made to a Dr Han turns up that there are no records on Uncle Chairman from any of the hospitals. She makes a call to Dr. Han and asks to meet with him.
Dr. Park takes two pills and heads to surgery. He feels disoriented, and tries to steady himself. As he walks behind a nurse transporting bags of blood to surgery, his urge becomes uncontrollable. Dr. Wook watches from the floor above. As Dr. Park reaches for the blood, a hand grabs his arm – it is Dr. Wook who has stopped him just in time. It is a whole new game now. Dr. Park knows that Dr. Wook knows he is infected and struggling. Dr. Wook says perhaps it is better is someone else does the surgery, but Dr. Park insists he can do it. His unsure demeanor says otherwise, and Dr. Wook calls Dr. Woo to take over. The excuse given is that Dr. Park has another stomach ache.
Dr. Wook and Dr. Park, who is visibly shaken, discuss vampire issues in the office. Dr. Wook tells Dr. Park that he finds it hard to believe he has never had human blood and asks how he survived all this time. Dr. Park confesses that he had animal blood just once, and that he takes suppressants to control his symptoms. Dr. Wook says that can only be a temporary solution. Dr. Park looks uneasy because he knows this is true with the effects wearing off. Dr. Wook states that of all those who were infected, he suspects that Dr. Park is the only one who has not consumed human blood. Dr. Park asks, “Then you drink human blood?” Dr. Wook answers, “Yes,” and rocks Dr. Park’s foundation. Dr. Wook’s invitation to his house for answers is as smooth as butter.
When Dr. Yoo sees Dr Park in the hall she guesses he has a different reason than a stomach ache for not performing the surgery. She tells him to rely on her as his team member and to work together from now on, rather than letting the other team always step in. He agrees.
Dr. Jung and Assistant Director Choi are working together for information on what the New Drug Team is up to, but he tells her there are access issues. One thing we know about Assistant Director Choi is that she is resourceful. She tells him she will handle the hurdles. Dr. Han (who we don’t know anything about yet other than he looked into Chairman Uncle’s records) agrees to look into the New Drug Team for her.
Dr. Park is pensive as he drives to Dr. Wook’s house. He wastes no time asking how he obtains human blood. “From the hospital?” Dr Wook replies. “Never.” He gets it from a blood trade from India and pays a hefty price. After all, he rationalizes, they have a rare, unknown disease. They need blood. The atmosphere is tense, Dr. Park is apprehensive, but realizes the truth of it all. Dr. Wook takes full advantage and calmly, deliberately enters the pass code to a refrigerator stocked with bags of clear liquid. Dr. Park recognizes that the red blood cells have been removed.The blood is reprocessed, Dr. Wook tells him. based on his research that the red blood cells stimulate and create a violent reaction in infected individuals. Additionally, the red cells create the strong odor.
You can hear the wheels turn in Dr. Park’s head as he realizes that his hypothesis is wrong. He had assumed the red blood cells were an important component for infected individuals. He asks Dr. Wook about heart rate, body temperature, and high frequency signal. Dr. Wook pulls out a serum that he created. It is injected it twice a month and it’s flaw is extreme pain and a high fever that is actually close to a human’s normal temperature for an infected person. The heart rate and frequency signal are normalized. Dr. Park’s question reveals their divergent paths. “Isn’t it better to research how to become human?” Dr. Wook tells him that he doesn’t consider life as infected that bad. After all, with a longer lifespan, he can achieve more meaningful things. Dr. Park is conflicted. What Dr. Wook says makes sense and offers a way to stabilize his system which is becoming harder to do with suppressants. Yet it goes against the direction of his mother’s research, and she deliberately prevented him from drinking human blood. Dr. Wook sharply replies they will never become human. The virus they have will never be cured. He slides him a blood high ball on the rocks. They both know his current state will only get worse. His reaction to blood can no longer be suppressed with the medication he takes. Furthermore, Dr. Wook can supply him with the blood. It is more tempting than Dr. Park imagined, especially since it will soon be impossible to hide his symptoms. He reaches for the glass. But Dr. Park has more fortitude than Dr. Wook counted on, and boldly states that he has survived this long without human blood. Furthermore, his mother never consumed human blood. Dr. Park leaves with answers to many of his questions. However, he has inadvertently provided Dr. Wook with information as well. That can’t be a good thing.
The last five minutes are pure overload. In a chapel, Rita Yoo prays. Uncle Chairman joins her. It is the anniversary of her parents’ death. Assistant Director Choi has heard from Uncle Chairman’s doctor that his disease is spreading and she must take care of the hospital business. Dr. Park resigns from Taemin Hospital effective at the end of the week. He wants to break ties with Dr. Wook. (I promise Dr. Wook will not take kindly to this.) Dr. Yoo overhears Dr. Park tell a patient he will be leaving. There is a very nasty turn of events. Dr. Wook enters Assistant Director Choi’s office and informs her the email she is waiting for won’t be coming. (Earlier she had asked Dr. Han to secretly get her information from the New Drug Research Team.) Dr. Wook has the upper hand in this situation with Uncle Chairman’s blind support and holds that over her head. He lets her know she has made a big mistake, but he won’t report it to the Chairman. It certainly makes for good blackmail material if needed. Assistant Director Choi doesn’t know who she can trust, now. Oh, one more thing. Just as Dr. Yoo grills Dr. Park on leaving and he tells her he needs to rest, someone bursts in with an emergency. Poor shivering guinea pig patient has the covers pulled over his head. Suddenly, blood seeps through the bedding. Dr. Park yanks the covers back, blood pours from the patient’s nose and ears, and his eyes are rolled back. There’s never a dull moment.
- Having a grilled cheese and tomato open faced sandwich for lunch while watching episode 8 and recapping episode 7.
- There is too much going on. It is like watching Minority Report with so much bizarre stuff to process that requires way too much brain power. It’s exhausting. There are four Ward 21A patients -one down, three to go- whose story lines we have to keep track of in addition to our main characters. That rapid-fire ending was dizzying.
- The security guards are such annoying minions. Get a life.
- Doctor Director’s creepy casualness gives me the heebie-jeebies. He is so patronizing with that hanger-in-the-mouth smile. Up until now, I have been understanding of Uncle Chairman’s blind eye towards the red flags and Doctor Director, but that line has just about run its course.
- It is completely stupid that the high frequency signal that vampires give off is suppressed with the serum Dr. Wook injects twice a month except when he gives speeches. How could anyone say that with a straight face?
- We still don’t have a clue about Ji Sang’s and Hyun Woo’s relationship.
- So far, LUUVY has to be the most expensive one-liner robot that ever was.
- The person I am putting my money on right now is Dr. Jung. He may have access to his father’s research that could match up with Dr. Park’s mother’s research. However, now that he has been targeted by Dr. Wook via surveillance and Assistant Director Choi’s hands have been tied, I am not sure where that leaves their mission.
- I am warming up to Yoo Rita. I like that she is willing to back off and not jump to wild conclusions or act irrationally when things don’t add up. She holds onto pieces that don’t fit together yet. There is truth to her comment to Ji Sang that she is mature.
- Someone needs to recap my recap.