There’s so much mystery in Doctor Stranger that it can be a little difficult, at times to figure out exactly what’s going on. Lucky for us, things are slowly starting to make sense as the story progresses and secrets, both large and small, are revealed.
So I suppose the big thing on everyone’s mind this week is the fact that we finally get a solid answer to the whole “Is Han Seung Hee really Song Jae Hee” question and the answer is… *drum roll please* YES! Are we surprised? Not really! Well, at least I’m not. Sure, there have been many moments in the past ten episodes where I’ve wondered if Seung Hee was really Jae Hee and I’ve wavered between my decision but there have been too many hints dropped and looks exchanged to make me jump back and go, “OH MY GOSH!” when the truth was finally revealed. Of course now that we know that Seung Hee is in fact Jae Hee, we can proceed to watch Hoon go all crazy over his long-lost love. Oh joy…
Please tell me I’m not the only one who was more disappointed in Jae Hee’s reveal than relieved. I know Hoon is all over the moon at the moment and is in full-on overly protective mode now that he’s got Jae Hee back but there was so much about Jae Hee that I’m still suspicious of that it’s really putting a damper on what would have been an otherwise touching reunion. I will admit that for a second or two, when Jae Hee finally admitted who she was and she and Hoon were having that rather emotional moment, that my heart was stirred, but only a little. Things went too smoothly from there, with Jae Hee and Hoon being all lovey-dovey on their first date in years, for me to just accept that everything was going to be alright. I watched all of the lovely, romantic moments the newly reunited pair spent together, just waiting for the ground to fall out beneath them and wouldn’t you know, it happened almost immediately.
I have to say, I wasn’t expecting Hoon to attempt to smuggle himself and Jae Hee out of the country the day after they got back together but he did. I was really hoping that Jae Hee’s reluctance to go would tip him off to the fact that maybe she wasn’t being completely honest with him but I suppose with Hoon being so desperate to run off with Jae Hee, he wasn’t really thinking straight. Though now that I think about it, there really weren’t very many moments this week when Hoon was thinking straight. After that desperate call from Chang Yi, right before the surgery, all Hoon has been able to think about is Jae Hee and how he has to save her and I’m afraid it’s this obsession with Jae Hee that’s going to destroy Hoon in the end. Not that I think Hoon is actually going to die or anything but I am worried by the amount of desperation Hoon has demonstrated on Jae Hee’s behalf. Revealing his greatest weakness to Cha Jin Soo was pretty much the dumbest thing Hoon could have done, as it now means that Jin Soo knows exactly how to manipulate Hoon and seeing as how Jae Hee is actually on Jin Soo’s side, this means they’re going to be able to get whatever they want out of Hoon, whenever they want it, and that’s not good!
Poor Hoon! He’s going to be so disappointed when he finally learns the truth about Jae Hee. Here he’s spent all of these years dreaming of his love and regretting ever letting her go and now we find out that she’s not the sweet and innocent person Hoon has always believed her to be. I suppose, in all fairness, there is still the possibility that Jae Hee is just pretending to be the bad guy to stay alive but for some reason, I don’t buy it. In fact, I would almost go so far to say that Jae Hee is actually the one in charge of this entire mission. The way she looked after Hoon was drugged and taken away, the way she seemed to give commands and blow off everything that had just happened with Hoon, as if it were nothing, is just too much for me. I’d much rather believe that she’s an awful person and write her off completely than try to wrap my head around the possibility that she’s actually some sort of double or even triple agent, playing multiple sides at once. That’s just too much to deal with in a drama that’s got so much going on!
Speaking of which, I’m really happy the whole “battle for the best” is finally over. Those poor babies! How could any hospital willingly let a pair of narcissistic doctors use two innocent little lives to prove their worth? It’s just so wrong! I’m so happy Dr. Oh was there to slap some sense into Hoon at the moment he needed it most. I would have been beyond upset had Hoon left that poor baby to die, just so he could attempt some stupid rescue that would have probably failed miserably, but he didn’t and it’s all thanks to Dr. Oh pointing out the painfully obvious… That there was a precious little life waiting there for Hoon to perform a sort of miracle. With the way the “battle” went between Hoon and Jae Joon, I wasn’t surprised that Jae Joon’s surgery failed. He was way too cocky and sure of himself to get away with such an easy victory and I’m kind of enjoying watching him beg for a second chance… Kind of. There was a big part of me that was annoyed by Jae Joon’s sudden desperation. It’s not like he was being fired, just shipped off to a branch hospital for a while. Would that have really been the end of the world? It may have set him back in his plans to take over the world, so to speak, but he’s a talented enough doctor, he would have found himself back at the top in no time.
Watching Jae Joon beg really diminished my respect for him but not nearly as much as watching Hoon push Chang Yi away and leaving her stranded in the middle of nowhere! (Jerk!) I understand that Hoon was upset at the time and he wasn’t really thinking straight but he was awfully cruel to the only person who has stuck by him for any length of time. Even if Hoon doesn’t reciprocate Chang Yi’s obvious feelings, he should at least respect her as a friend and listen to what she has to say because what she was saying was spot on. I think deep down, Hoon knew that was the case but his poor heart just couldn’t handle the pain of suspecting Jae Hee was anything but perfect. Unfortunately for Hoon, there’s going to come a time when he’s going to have to face the fact that Jae Hee is a bad person and when that time comes, he’d better be looking Chang Yi up and begging for forgiveness.
Goodness! There’s so much more I could talk about but I’m afraid I’ve rambled on far too long as it is. Lucky for me Hallyu Tanya and I will be back to continue this discussion soon. In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this week’s episodes so be sure to leave me a comment below!
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