Blood 블러드 episode 15
The Passive-Aggressive War
Ji Sang becomes more aggressive now that he knows what buttons to push. Poor J is a pawn in this game and takes another beating. In order to challenge the Director, Ji Sang leaves him with a choice to kill J to show he was their mutual enemy or, if he lets him live, reveal that he and J are connected. Ji Sang tells him to send him a picture of the dead vampire as proof. The Director can’t contain his anger at J and orders Chul Hoon to kill him. What will be his fate? It is such a lose-lose situation for our vampire boys.
That night, Ji Sang lies awake on the couch. Ri Ta offers to let him sleep in the room (he has given her his room since her apartment is unsafe), but he won’t do that. She says she will return home, but he doesn’t think it is safe, yet. Ji Sang grabs her wrist as she gets up to leave and asks her to sit with him. He is unable to fall asleep. Just her presence is a comfort, that is enough. He falls asleep as she calmly strokes his hair.
The next day, Dr. Park enters the Director’s office and informs him there might be a commotion today. Dr. Park and Dr. Yoo confidently enter ward 21A to draw blood samples. They draw blood from Na Jung, the young woman who is her roommate, and the liver cancer patient. No longer are they willing to sit back and do nothing.
Dr. Park tells Ga Yeon to step out, this has nothing to do with her. She says that she is fine and stays. The security guards rumble down the hall to stop them. The Director tells Security not to let them get away. Security forms a blockade. Dr. Park and Dr. Yoo won’t back down. Dr. Park tells them they have until the count of five to let them pass or they will be looking at the clinic ceiling in pain. Security moves in and Dr. Park goes into action. Bam! One, two down. Bam, bam! Another bites the dust. And another. Wham! the big guy gets it good. As he heads out he tells them they should have taken his word for it.
Dr. Jung continues research on the virus in his lab. When his assistant, Dr. Choi enters, he hides it because she is not in the inner circle of completely knowing what is going on. Suddenly, Dr. Yoo rushes in with the blood samples from Ward 21A, while Dr. Park scuffles with more guards. Dr. Jung asks him if he will be okay for causing a ruckus. Dr. Yoo retorts that this won’t be settled by being a gentleman; they should have handled it this way from the beginning. Dr. Jung tests half the samples right away and hides the other half for Dr. Park to bring to Hyun Woo. Director Wook barges in and demands the blood, but Dr. Yoo says it is already being analyzed. He asks Dr. Park to step out and talk. He accuses him of using his supernatural strength to fight off the guards, but Dr. Park says he is quite the fighter with his usual skills. The Director wants him to stop butting in concerning Ward 21A , after all what good will it do for the other doctors to know about their virus? Dr. Park disagrees and won’t back down. The Director’s smooth talking is no longer working.
Aunt Choi continues her missing person search on Leader Suh. Ga Yeon thinks over what is going on – the patients who are in pain, the irrational behavior, the aggressive treatments, and seems uncertain as to where she stand. When the liver patient shoves his daughter in uncontrollable anger, Ga Yeon seems troubled.
Dr. Creepy Replacement insists Dr. Jung and Dr. Choi hand over the blood and the analysis. Just then, he receives a call from the Director and leaves. Dr. Choi reads the results and is stunned. So, the vampire virus is a real thing? Dr. Yoo tells her she saw the results herself, didn’t she? VBT-01 causes one to become a vampire for real? Now that Dr. Choi knows, she must keep the information a secret.
Ga Yeon and Dr. Creepy discuss the patients’ behavior in the hall. She asks if he is injecting them with round three of the virus. He tells her to back off, just because she is the Director’s pet doesn’t mean he has to treat her the same. Who is this guy, anyhoot? Ga Yeon goes to the Director and asks if Na Jung, the child with cancer, is receiving experimental injections. The Director says she is not, but warns her that she is asking too many questions and should not become his weakness or it could be fatal. She apologizes and leaves. He seems bothered that she is suddenly so nosy.
It’s a vampire pack meeting! Dozens of vampires gather around a bonfire. Among them are J and Chul Hoon. A doctor, but we aren’t sure who, has ordered them to gather. He tells Chul Hoon to make sure they all inject themselves to hide their true form. Did someone remember the marshmallows?
Ji Sang, Ri Ta, and Hyun Woo review the analysis on the smuggled blood samples. (LUUVY rolls past with bags of trash. Pfftt.) There are dangerous reactions that could occur. It is only a matter of time. Ji Sang and Ri Ta take an evening stroll. They come upon a cute couple playing in the park flowers. Ri Ta wants to try it too, for fun. Ji Sang totally doesn’t play along. When she hides in the flowers and calls out, she tells him to pretend. He says how can he when there is a talking flower? Cutest thing he’s ever said. He straightens her cold fingers by intertwining his with hers. Very sweet, a moment of lightheartedness they both can use. At his house, he uses the tiniest lint brush on the floor to clean up her hair. Ri Ta asks him if he has dated. He is silent for a long time. He attempts to logically explain the difficulty in controlling feelings and reactions for an infected. But the truth is, there are times when he should control those feelings, and perhaps times when he should let his feelings control him. It is an uncomfortable moment in some ways, but their feelings for each other, shouldn’t they not suppress them? A test hug confirms that it is real and a good thing.
Dr. Creepy seems to be under the weather. He takes his temperature: it’s low. Time to inject the make-me-more-human-like blood serum. He closes the office blinds, but as intern Byung Soo passes by hears groans and peeks in. What he witnesses is a vampire transformation: claws, eyes, fangs. The shock is too much for him as he staggers down the hall. He stops to catch his breath when Dr. Creepy strangle holds his neck and kills him. Clearly, stumbling upon vampire secrets is hazardous to one’s health. He covers up the death by hanging Byung Soo from the ceiling where Intern #2 unsuspectingly discovers his body. Director Wook is extremely upset that Dr. Creepy made such a big mistake and beats him up. At the scene of the crime in the hospital, Dr. Park slightly senses an infected and guesses that the intern must have learned a secret and was killed. Insulted by the Director’s harsh reprimand, Dr. Creepy licks his wounds and laugh hysterically; he seems to have an agenda separate from the Director (who is rapidly running out of trustworthy infected minions).
Hyun Woo took the words right out of my mouth: there is too much going on at once – it is hard to know what to think. Ri Ta comes up with the idea that maybe there is a way to detect the body temperature compound in an infected. Hyun Woo is impressed and wonders why he didn’t think of that.
The Director reports the sad news to Uncle Chairman and Aunt Choi that intern Byung Soo committed suicide. They prepare for Taemin PR damage control. Aunt Choi is told she can leave. Uncle Chairman asks the Director if he can begin taking the injections. He is willing to be a subject even if the compound isn’t perfected. The Director tells him that’s not possible. Uncle gets very upset and throws out that he is the one funding all this. Director calms him down and asks him not to become foolish is his desperation. Concerned that Uncle may go directly to Dr. Creepy, the Director stops by the lab and tells him not to give Uncle injections if he happens to ask. Dr. Creepy smiles and says he understands what he is saying.
The scoop on Uncle Chairman is out. Ri Ta happens to run into Uncle’s doctor (who is from another hospital). She lightly asks about her Uncle. When the doctor asks if Aunt Choi has told her everything, Ri Ta is puzzled. The doctor realizes Ri Ta has not been told about her Uncle’s health condition. When Ri Ta fishes for information indirectly, Aunt Choi continues to hide Uncle’s condition from her. She realizes something is not right and is bothered that Aunt (and Uncle) have kept something very serious from her. Uncle’s doctor tells her that his condition is rare, incurable, and hereditary. While Ri Ta’s father did not have it, she still has a 50/50 chance of getting it. She is very upset with Uncle and Aunt for not telling her a thing all this time. Was it really so that she wouldn’t worry, or…?
Dr. Jung and Dr. Park decide it is time to provoke Director Wook with something more aggressive. He receives a CD marked Bomb. What Director Wook sees is a powerfully aggressive antibody to VBt-01. He calls Ji Sang and tells him to stop by so they can discuss the research development. The Director acts cool about the antibody that Ji Sang has at his fingertips. So, the antibody that eats everything it touches, what is it called? It’s name is VTH-16, vampire to human, Ji Sang tells him. I like aggressive, unafraid Ji Sang. The Director says, fine – but he doesn’t think he’ll be needing it. Ji Sang comments that if he had worked with his parents and Dr Jung back then, he would have gotten much further and with good results. Ji Sang eggs him on: but instead he wanted the virus research for himself. He wanted recognition and when he didn’t get it, he acted recklessly. The Director’s ire is up and begins to spew out hateful words: that his parents were wrong and cowards. They wouldn’t listen to him, and he was the one who was right. They could have all been powerful, but they wanted to take a weak direction and ruined everything. With the intent of getting the Director to admit it with his own mouth, Ji Sang continues to belittle and confront the Director about his motives versus his parents’.
“Is that why you killed them?” he asks. An agitated Director shouts, That’s right, I ordered them to be killed.”
I was hungry: beef and broccoli stir fry for dinner.
- Is there anyone who is solidly on the Director’s side? I can’t think of a single one (other than unsuspecting Chairman Yoo). Ga Yeon is wavering with her questions to the Director and the way she stood up to Dr. Creepy. It seems like the girls in Ward 21A have grown on her. I wonder if she sees herself in the 25-year old female patient who is receiving experimental injections.
- Everyone who is infected is pretty much out of control: the Director, Dr. Creepy, J and Chul Hoon, and several patients. Ga Yeon must take regular doses of serum and the fact that she isn’t driven like the other infected keeps her more or less level-headed. Even Ji Sang, who works hard to control any side effects, has had outbursts, too.
- Why am I cheering for the renegade vampire pack? The doctor on the other end of the phone who gave the instructions must be Dr. Creepy. That doesn’t make me happy, but still, those who were purposefully infected by the Director for the cause of creating a superior being society were victims. You know, we have to consider that Ga Yeon falls in that category, too, and appears to be weighing what she does blindly for Director Wook against her own convictions. He won’t be happy about that.
- I love aggressive Ji Sang. He has lost his fear and is coming into his own understanding of the battle and how he wants to fight it. The solid group that has formed – Ji Sang, Hyun Woo, Ri Ta, Dr. Jung, and Dr. Choi – I like them individually as much as I like them together.
- VTB-16 (vampire to human 16th formula) – must be the continuation of Ji Sang’s parents and Dr. Jung Han Su’s work. Remember when Hyun Soo reminded Ji Sang that they closed the research because the antibody killed everything? So, the new good guys team must be continuing to improve on the formula that Ji Sang’s mother began.
- Well, at least we got a hand-holding scene and a hug with Ji Sang and Ri Ta. Better than nothing.
- Any guesses if anyone else is going to die, and if so, who? (No spoilers, please.)
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