Blood 블러드 episode 10
Ji Sang sits at his computer and studies the files that Hyun Woo pulled up from the hospital database. He is stunned at the findings. There is a picture of Dr. Jung Han Su, renowned infectious disease doctor, with his parents from years ago. But, that’s nothing compared to what’s in store as he scrolls down: a picture of Dr. Lee Jae Wook, Dr. Jung Han Su, and his parents.
Assistant Director Choi paces the floor. Where is the article she secretly arranged for with the editor? Furthermore, the editor is not answering her phone calls. Uncle Chairman bursts into her office and accuses her of planning to release an article behind his back. He asks if she hates the Director that much. She says she did it for Taemin. He throws down the intercepted article in a rage, and tells her she is putting everything at risk. She has to do something, she says, to make him wake up from his misjudgment about the Director and how he is taking over everything at the hospital. Furthermore, he has fallen for the Director’s flattery. Uncle Chairman is irate and tells her that her position is too much for her, that she is lacking for the position of Assistant Director. Assistant Director Choi snaps back that she has done everything he’s asked so far. He lowers his voice and asks if she is going to throw that in his face. If she does something like this again, he threatens, it won’t be her position she leaves, but Taemin entirely. It is his last warning. What was the vague reference to “doing everything you’ve asked so far,” and “throwing that in my face?” It seems like something is a specific reference and makes me nervous. Could it be a dirty deed in the past?
Dr. Yoo runs into Uncle Chairman and asks him point-blank why he got rid of the meeting system. She asks if the Director is behind it all. Uncle Chairman, who has just left one heated confrontation, angrily tells her to focus on her own duties and not get involved in other business. He insists that he is not silencing voices, but minimizing wasteful disputes. Dr. Yoo is surprised when he accuses her of not thinking about him, not even a little. She notices his hand at his side trembles, and asks if he’s okay. He brusquely walks away.
Dr. Yoo stops in to discuss Uncle Chairman’s tremors and his overall health with Assistant Director Aunt Choi who assures her that she will take him in for a medical exam and not to worry. Dr. Yoo remembers what her father said about her, “Father says you never do anything wrong but Uncle always yells at you.” Aunt Choi replies that Ri Ta’s mother treated her like she was her real sister.
Dr. Park charges down the hall to the Director’s office and finds him with Uncle Chairman (who is certainly making the rounds this morning). Dr. Park excuses himself and says he will come back later. Uncle Chairman wonders if he stopped by about the open conference policy being abolished since the doctors are all up in arms. The Director plays along with that idea, but knows the real reason is that Dr. Park has seen the pictures online.
Hyun Woo tries to calm down Ji Sang over the phone. He tells him to untie it slowly (the discovery of pictures) and to be cautious of the Director. Hyun Woo doesn’t think Dr. Jung knows about the connection between his father (Dr. Jung Han Su) and the Director. Ji Sang thinks that Dr. Jung will be shocked to see the Director hasn’t aged at all since then (a reminder of one of the telltale vampire attributes). Hyun Woo wants to keep the existence of the infected from Dr. Jung. He suggests that Ji Sang only discuss the relationship between their parents and find out what he knows about that. Hyun Woo doesn’t think the story the Director told Ji Sang adds up, and suggests he plays it cool around him for the time being.
Dr. Park meets up with Dr. Jung in his office. He shows him the picture of his father with his parents, but Dr. Jung doesn’t know that’s who they are. He guesses they probably worked in his father’s lab with the infectious disease research. He asks if their names are Hyun Seo and Sun Young by chance. He says he has seen those names written in his father’s journal. Dr. Park reveals they are his parents. Things are getting interesting. He asks Dr. Jung to share the journal with him. It’s not that he is interested in his notes for research, but for personal reasons. Dr. Jung says he needs time to think about it.
In the lounge, several doctors discuss the unexpected death of Professor Lee from Internal Medicine. They heard that after a night of drinking, he fell in the parking lot and got hit by a car. That’s makes about one car accident per episode. Reports of the death of Professor Lee is one more unsettling incident since the arrival of the Director and the New Drug Team. Dr. Yoo is especially bothered, and says she knows Professor Lee was a good drinker and knew the parking lot like the back of his hand. The story of his death doesn’t make a bit of sense to her.
The Director escorts Uncle Chairman to observe the treatment of a patient in the now infamous Ward 21A. The patient has a disease of the nervous system and is showing improvements with experimental drugs they are using from the New Drug Research. It seems like a set-up in order to sway Uncle Chairman and sooth any doubts he may have. The Director tells him this antigen can cure people of all sorts of illnesses. Uncle Chairman is eager to be a test patient himself, but the Director assures him that he only needs to wait a bit longer. Uncle Chairman cannot conceal his excitement over the prospect of a cure. The Director has succeeded in buying more time and removing any suspicion on the part of the Chairman.
Dr. Jung is ready to take matters into his own hands. He and Dr. Choi tell the nurses in Ward 21A that they will take responsibility for drawing blood. The head nurse is concerned that he will get in trouble, but he coolly replies, “If I get in trouble I get in trouble.” Cahoots Security is on it stat and run to the ward. Dr. Park and Dr. Yoo see the scramble and wonder what’s up, now? Security blocks Dr. Jung and Dr. Choi from taking the blood samples with them. It’s against the bylaws, says the head security goon as he stands firmly in place. Dr. Jung says he doesn’t care about bylaws or whatever. Head security says they will have to use force. When a guard moves toward Dr. Jung, Dr. Park is right there and forcefully shoves him out of the way. By the expression on his face, Dr. Jung is clearly impressed by Dr. Park’s strength. Dr. Yoo tells Dr. Jung and Dr. Choi to go ahead, they will take care of the problem. But security stops them. Who should appear but creepy Leader Suh, even creepier Director, and the bamboozled Uncle Chairman. It’s showdown time. Dr. Jung defies Uncle Chairman’s orders to hand over the samples. In a tense standoff, it is quite telling as to which side the hospital personnel is on. Dr. Jung has no choice but to give up the samples if he wants to avoid an outright fight. Leader Suh (let’s call her Bleeder Suh), takes the vial from Dr. Choi’s pocket.
The doctors are lined up on the couch in Uncle Chairman’s office like high school delinquents and are reprimanded for their behavior. The Director puts up a smoke screen and takes the blame. When the doctors ask that the New Drug Team research be made available to them, the Director readily agrees with them over the Chairman’s protests, and patronizingly says that it’s reasonable and appropriate for them to ask questions. There is a noticeable stare down between the Director and Dr. Park. They both know enough about each other to be dangerous.
Aunt Choi’s resources haven’t been depleted, yet. Number 1 spy nurse on Ward 21A reports that security is now body searching everyone at the entrance. She thinks she can draw blood from the patients, but the CCTV cameras are a big problem. Back in his office, Dr. Park ponders that somehow they became a group of biased and narrow-minded people. To that, Dr. Yoo adds that now they’re losers who shouldn’t get access to confidential hospital information. Dr. Jung chimes in that the Director holds quite the control. They all scratch their heads wondering how the hospital got this way. Suddenly, Dr. Choi feels chilled and wonders why Dr. Park’s office is so cold. It just spring, Dr. Jung adds, so why is the air conditioner on already? Dr. Yoo covers by saying she was so upset and hot over her Uncle that she turned on the a/c. Isn’t that a cute half-smile on Dr. Park’s face?
Poor patient Gong is having seizures under the “care” of Bleeder Suh. She tells the Director she doesn’t think he will last more than two or three days. Or, he could live a new life, says the Director. What dastardly plan does he have in store for him? I fear he is being transformed by vampire serum injections right before our eyes.
Soo Yun, the daughter of terminally ill cancer patient Choi Woo Shik, and Ga Yeon are up to something. Ga Yeon lets Dr. Park and Dr. Yoo in on the plan. Soo Yun wants to walk down the aisle with her father, now – before he passes away. It’s for her father as a last gift. However, Ga Yeon doesn’t know if she can pull it off. They wonder how a young thing could think of something like that. Dr. Yoo wants to make it happen and says the ceremony will take place tomorrow, just leave it to her.
As they walk down the hall, Dr. Yoo asks Dr. Park why he is covering for that patient when the hospital wants him discharged. Dr. Park says he doesn’t know why. She asks if it is because he is sorry. Dr. Park really doesn’t know why. She leaves him to think it over. Yet another unfortunate patient shows unusual symptoms. Dr. Woo check his stiff neck and sees abnormal, dark veins. He is alarmed. How could the New Drug Research Team under the direction of the evil Director cause so much harm is such a short amount of time?
Dr. Park awkwardly asks Dr. Yoo to get dinner together. She asks if he feels bad that she has to do all of his surgeries. It’s not that, he stutters, it’s a team dinner. Yes, a team dinner. He tells her she can choose what they eat. She scolds him for not coming prepared and giving it any thought. They end up at Kimbap Heaven. She pops a favor on him – 100 questions and 100 answers about vampires. He declines. Too bad, she quips. He brought her to a dive for dinner, and that won’t be enough for her. He has to do what she wants. She ignores his protests and fires question 1 at him: Do vampires really drink blood? Everyone knows the answer, he says. Next question: Do they go to the bathroom? Of course. If one eats, one has to let it out, he answers. When Dr. Yoo arrives home, she cautiously walks through the underground garage. She senses something and quickly takes the elevator up to her apartment. J lurks in the shadows.
Hyun Woo reviews the uploaded information online. He thinks Dr. Jung Han Su had gone to Kochenia gravesite and Ji Sang’s parents were also involved in research with him and the Director. Ji Sang recalls the story the Director told him about volunteering in Kochenia and becoming infected by an old man. He tells Hyun Woo he thinks it’s odd that the Director never mentioned Dr. Jung or his parents even though they were infected, too. Don’t let him know that you know, Hyun Woo advises. He wonders what his goal is since he is lying. Hyun Woo speculates that Dr. Jung Han Su created the VBT-01 virus from the gravesite samples and his research. Simultaneously. Dr. Jung reviews the same information in his lab. He wonders if Dr. Park knows even more than he knows about his father’s research.
For the first time, Ji Sang sees a picture of his father. Although he never knew him, he tells him he is confident that he has lived the way his mother wanted him to live. He watches the video for the um-teenth time. When he gets to the place where his mother tells him they were on the run because others who were infected wanted to use the virus for bad purposes, he pauses it. Perhaps the words have new meaning now that he has met an infected one whose story does not add up. Additionally, the Director knew his parents.
When Ji Sang tells Hyun Woo that Yoo Ri Ta is the girl he rescued in the woods when he was a teenager, Hyun Woo doesn’t believe him. “This isn’t a movie. Coincidences like that don’t really happen.” Ji Sang says it’s the truth. Big pieces of Ji Sang’s life are starting to come together.
Yoo Rita does her own research and types in: Do vampires transform while kissing? She is distracted, but comes back from her daydreams as she opens a box with a girl’s beautiful white dress, her contribution to Soo Yun’s plan.
Poor Na Jung complains of shots every day. She fights with the nurse and Dr. Yoo about taking her medicine. Dr. Park steps in and suddenly she is agreeable and polite. He’s good looking, she says. When Dr. Woo enters, she’s back to her sassy mouth and demands to know who the heck he is. Spy nurse is caring for her, let’s hope she can prevent Bleeder Suh from getting to Na Jung.
Dr. Yoo nods to Dr. Park and says it’s time. They meet up with Soo Yun and Dr. Yoo gives her the dress that her mother bought her for a birthday party. It is a present, she tells her. Soo Yon is delighted, and Dr. Yoo tells her to go out there and be as beautiful as the dress. The father is wheeled in by the mother, dressed in a suit and ready to escort his daughter down the aisle. The hospital hallway is decorated with banners, balloons, and everyone is gathered for the happy event. Sister Sylvia blesses the occasion.
But wait. Dr. Yoo notices something is missing. Where’s the groom? She nudges Dr. Park who makes the biggest “Who, me?” gesture, but obliges and gladly stands at the end of the white aisle runner. There isn’t a dry eye in the crowd as a proud father takes the hand of his little girl and tells her to remember this moment. Wah! A more bittersweet moment there never been.
It looks like that father isn’t going to pull through as lies unconscious in the hospital. Dr. Park says there is nothing he can do for this patient and is sorry. Bleeder Suh butts in and talks the wife into giving the New Drug Research Team a chance to treat her husband. After all, there isn’t any more the doctors can do for him. By the time Dr. Park catches wind of this. he finds the wife and daughter at his bedside in (da-da-da-ta-da! sinister music) Ward 21A. After all, the wife tells Dr. Park, Bleeder Suh offers a hope with new experimental drugs. Medical care is free, too. It is a chance she can’t afford not to take. Dr. Park tells her to come back, he will treat her husband. But, the medication has already been administered. She asks Dr. Park to please leave them alone.
A determined Dr. Park doesn’t waste another minute. The line has been crossed. It’s confrontation time in the parking lot, Lee Jae Wook.
Had to bring out the big guns to get through this recap. Coffee and coffee-er.
- So, how did y’all feel about Ga Yeon playing the wedding march on the piano?
- I think Dr. Jung will be an ally to Dr. Park. At first I was thinking that Hyun Woo is lost in the shuffle; shouldn’t he be the one to team up with Dr. Jung. Dr. Choi, and Dr. Park to unlock the secrets of the Kochenia gravesite? On the other hand, Hyun Woo may have a lot more freedom and autonomy working on his own like he always has.
- Our Dr. Park’s heart is warming up, in some ways without him even knowing it as he works with terminally ill patients and finds himself sympathizing with them. The ice is melting. An enlarging understanding of his parents, meeting his father for the first time when he saw his picture, has given him a bigger picture of what is going on. And the battle of good versus evil is in his hands.
- Who I think the good guys are: Yoo Rita, Hyun Woo, Dr. Jung, Dr. Choi, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say Aunt Choi, and the spy nurse.
- Who I think the bad guys are: Cahoots Security, Dastardly Director, Bleeder Suh, Uncle Chairman (unwittingly, or not), J vamp, Chul Hoon vamp.
- Who I’m not sure about: Dr. Woo, Ga Yeon (Okay, okay, I hear you yelling through the screen.) BUT she sure did make a good thing happen for little Soo Yun and she gets points for that.
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