Yong Pal Episode 1 Review
The first scene gave us a glimpse of our female protagonist, Han Yeo Jin (Young Ae), played by top Korean actress Kim Tae Hee.
She looks ghostly with her pale skin, jet black long hair and white nightgown as she lies in her sterile hospital room.
Obviously, Yeo Jin is in a coma. But even so, her mind races with the bitter and tragic memories of her past. She was in a car accident with her intended. They were being chased by other cars and this led to the death of her boyfriend.
It’s going to be a few more episodes before we see Yeo Jin wear anything other than her white night gown but if it’s anything like her memory clothing repertoire, we should be expecting great things. This black dress is from Caroline Herrera.
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That flawless skin!
The police are hunting down a group of thugs who just got into a fight with another group of gambling thugs. They inquired in different hospitals if they admitted patients with suspicious wounds but surprisingly, none was reported. Detective Lee has one culprit in mind – Yong Pal, a quack doctor who makes house calls to thugs in need of medical attention.
Yong Pal turned out to be our male protagonist, Kim Tae Hyun. He’s a real, licensed doctor, who needs money so he does his sideline job of doing house calls to make ends meet.
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Tae Hyun is a pretty skilled surgeon. His expertise seems to be operating on the spot, made possible by his bag full of surgical materials.
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During the day, Tae Hyun is a resident at Han Shin Medical hospital. His skills are so renowned that even veteran doctors ask him for help when they are in a pinch. For instance, he assisted Chief surgeon Lee after the doctor failed to fix bleeders.
He is also known as a money grubber. He extorts/solicits money from the family of the VIP patients he treats.
Chief Lee saw what Tae Hyun did and admonishes him. But Tae Hyun has neither shame nor remorse, making the chief even angrier at him than he already is. His pride has been chafed when he had to ask Tae Hyun for help at the surgical table earlier.
Tae Hyun was there when Chief Lee greeted the hospital’s chairman and a throng of important people. The visitors wanted to see Young Ae, the mysterious girl in the restricted area. But Lee reported Young Ae doesn’t want to see them.
Little did the visitors know that Young Ae is in a force-induced coma. His step brother, chairman Jo Hyun Jae is behind this scheme.
The reason why Tae Hyun is so money hungry is because of his little sister who is in dire need of dialysis.
She’s been a sickly child ever since.
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Although she’s sickly, you can tell she has a lot of affection for Tae Hyun.
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Tae Hyun gets another night call from Man Sik. When he got there, he saw the gang leader, Doo Chul, barely holding it together from a gunshot wound he has sustained. The gang threatened to kill both him and Man Sik if they do not fix Doo Chul up.
Tae Hyun has no choice but to operate on Doo Chul. But before he can completely stitch him up, the police arrived. The gang entrusted Doo Chul to Tae Hyun so he made an escape with the injured man in tow. Unfortunately, they were cornered at a street. Tae Hyun, desperately not wanting to get discovered, injected Doo Chul and himself with epinephrine and jumped over the bridge.
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From sheer will and tenacity, Tae Hyun saved himself and Doo Chul, which earned him the respect of the latter.
Meanwhile, Detective Lee is frustrated at not capturing the gangster leader and Yong Pal. He went back to where Yong Pal operated and discovered the scalpel he left behind. The scalpel has a serial number and he can use this to trace him.
Tae Hyun looks none the worse for wear in this all black ensemble even after nearly dying. He went back to the hospital dorm only to have Chief Lee spy on him from afar.
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Because of his mad surgical skills, the chief in their department favors Tae Hyun greatly. He also doesn’t hesitate in reiterating the fact that Tae Hyun helped surgeon Lee perform a successful surgery. He must be getting rusty from servicing VIP patients at the 12th floor, the surgeon said.
Tae Hyun got into a small debate with Tae Young so he ended up being assigned to this patient. He is a hopeless case. He doesn’t have guardians and no money so the hospital refuses to give him more treatment than what they already gave him. The head nurse in the ICU told Tae Hyun about what she thinks of this inhumane treatment but he said he has nothing to do with this.
The police found out that Han Shin hospital is the only hospital that has been issued with the scalpel with such serial number. Tae Hyun sweated it out a little before he was called in the ICU after his patient suffered from an arrest.
Tae Hyun has been previously arranging the transfer of the patient to care facility and this irked Tae Young, who thought Tae Hyun is doing that because he has nothing to gain from treating the patient.
The detectives were referred to Chief Lee and he found out the scalpel has been labelled missing in the log book. However, he did not tell the detectives about this discovery and only told them it’s been scrapped.
Head nurse, who has been one of the few people treating Tae Hyun nicely, was giving him the cold shoulder. She didn’t approve of Tae Hyun instigating the transfer to the patient as well. All this time, she’s been understanding of his need for money because she witnessed how his mother died. But Tae Hyun later clarified that it’s not greed that prompted him to transfer the patient but thought it’s the only chance he has of being saved.
He was later called in Chief Lee’s office. His Yong Pal activities have been discovered by the surgeon and Tae Hyun dropped on his knees and begged him not to tell the police.
Who else finds it creepy that Nurse Hwang is treating Young Ae like a living doll?
Chief Lee didn’t surrender Tae Hyun to the police. Rather, he introduced him to the department head, who thought he’d be a great addition to the 12th floor doctors. From hereon out, he won’t be doing surgeries anymore but will be servicing the VIP clients from the 12th floor.
It’s been a long day for Tae Hyun and you can tell from the way he looks. Thankfully, that outfit seems pretty comfy.
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When he got back to the patient in the ICU, he found him being revived after another arrest. It hit him. Since he can’t do surgery anymore, he’d like this patient to be the last person he will operate on. The patient reminded him of his mom who was left at the operating table when the doctors had to operate on a more important client.
Meanwhile, Young Ae woke up from her slumber. Nurse Hwang found her bleeding, aiming a sharp object at her throat.