Disclaimer: Alright, I’m writing another episode because this episode resonated really well with me. I wanted to write on episode 5 as well but I decided that the approach to the theme for episode 5 was similar to episode 2 (and also since I’m already procrastinating so much in writing the review for this episode…) I decided to forgo episode 5. Also, I’ll be writing my review for this episode a little different — only just to share my personal thoughts. Hope you’ll enjoy reading. 🙂
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Honestly, if I were to give this episode a name, it will be “It’s okay to make mistakes”.
I gotta put a heads up that episode 6 did little in character development of our 5 main casts nor did we see much progress in the relationships between the characters. Yet, I greatly enjoyed this this episode because it is such a heartwarming episode that brings nostalgia. As the episode progress, the production team shows the different worries and common mistakes adults make throughout the different stages of their working life — from a fresh intern, to a mid-career worker and then to a higher-level professional. Through the various side characters, this episode used a work place setting to portray how it is alright and normal to make mistakes at different stages of your life.
So back to the show: Episode 6 introduced the audience to a brand new work year in the hospital, as new medical staff join the Yuljae medical team and Seong-hwa officially returning to Yuljae Hospital.
Making mistakes is part of the process in learning.
Interns — Time-bombs?
This episode began with a conversation between Jae-hak and Seon-bin about the new interns coming in. The conversation revealed the general impression of new interns: those who know nothing and tend to make many mistakes. Jae-hak mentioned about how he was hoping that the interns do not make too big a mess in the hospital.
Later on, Jae-hak also shared with Seon-bin the timid and wary feelings he had when he began his medical career as an intern. Likewise, Seon-bin also shared her experience. Their exchange really brings me back to those days when I first had my taste of being in the workforce, as a fresh, confused and innocent intern who was always careful in what I did. It was also the phase in life where I made most of my stupid mistakes. For fellow working adults, doesn’t this scene just resonate with you?
Well, moving on from the opening scene of Jae-hak praying for a “not-so-eventful year”, we can see that other medical staff also shared the same sentiment. When Hong-do reported to Min-ha on his first day of internship, Min-ha kept her instructions very simple and clear — by repeating her words, she was reiterating her instructions (chants “Richardson out”). She also only gave Hong-do a straight-forward task — which is removing the Richardson when receiving a delivery.
And this sets the stage for the next scene and we all know it… Like any fresh intern, he messed up even at the simplest work. Fortunately, his mistake was not life threatening, though it left Seok-hyeong and the other staff confused. Nonetheless, as experienced staff who have also been through the phase as an intern, Seok-hyeong did not blame him but instead patiently prompted Min-ha to brief Hong-do again. And I think this is the beauty of being an intern (or a newbie) — your seniors are always there to help you.
Meanwhile for Yun-bok, she took the initiative to insert an L-tube for a patient during her routine check. Since it was her first time doing this task, she struggled and got it. Gyeo-ul, who happened to come by, stepped in to correct her mistakes and apologise on her behalf. (Once again, lovely sunbaes are always here to help the juniors~) The patient was also understanding and did not put the blame on Yun-bok for the uncomfortableness she gave. The patient then shared that his son was around the same age as Yun-bok and also just starting his career, and so he could empathise the flusters a newbie has and the does not blame them for the mistakes made due to their lack of experience. (What a nice patient!!!)
Fellows/Residents — The feeling of lost and incompetence?
Moving further into the episode, we were introduced to the worries faced by the fellows/residents in the hospital. These people represent the group of working adults who have been in the workforce for some time and have gained some experience. At the same time, they did not have enough expertise work independently. So I would see this group as the ‘sandwiched’ group.
Here, we see Seok-min sharing his woes over his lack of experience and confidence in conducting his own surgery. Jae-hak and the rest also chimed, agreeing with Seok-min’s thoughts.
Seok-min’s sharing is actually just a peek to Gyeo-ul’s stumble in the later part of the episode.
With Gyeo-ul becoming a fellow at last, she was delegated to lead her first surgery — liver transplant! Before heading to the surgery, we see that she was having a call with Ik-jun to discuss about the surgery and at the same time giving her words to put in her best for it. However, during the surgery, Gyeo-ul struggled and had no choice but to call Ik-jun over for help. In the short exchange between the both of them before Ik-jun fully takes over the surgery, we were told that Gyeo-ul’s progress was not as fast as what Ik-jun expected and had even forgot to check for seeding. We can tell that Gyeo-ul was very dejected and demoralised because of this blunder.
I particularly like this scene where Ik-jun was reassuring and reaffirming Gyeo-ul’s potential. I found this scene very relatable — sometimes looking back and noticing that you have barely grown and still stumbles on simple mistakes. And it is all because of our insufficient experience. I think after a certain period of time in the workforce, we all hope to achieve something different as we cross a new milestone. While we put high expectations on ourselves, we also tend to get disappointed even easier due to being constrained by the lack of experience. Over here, Ik-jun pointed out time and time again that all Gyeo-ul needed was more time and practice to become proficient in what she wants to do. While Ik-jun was speaking to Gyeo-ul in this scene, it felt that Ik-jun was passing this message to the audience — those who are feeling equally demoralised by their incompetence — to remain patient and not be too upset about it. And hence this scene felt especially comforting.
Professors — Embracing failures?
Last but not least, the professors. Known to be the all-mighty and most knowledgeable staff in the entire hospital, represented by our 5 main characters, their work did not come without a single difficulty too. In the episode, we saw Song-hwa receiving a difficult emergency patient to treat.
We also saw Jun-wan having to break a bad news — the news to his patient’s guardians to mentally prepare for the death.
The other main characters also faced their own difficult cases in their own line of work but I specifically chose Song-hwa’s and Jun-wan’s encounter in this episode because their cases were exceptionally difficult to deal with and also the results of their attempt did not turn out to be desirable — with Jun-wan’s patient passing away. Using their encounters, we saw how Song-hwa and Jun-wan bravely faced the problem on their hands and did what they needed to professionally. Particularly, we saw how Jun-wan remain calm and even used this opportunity to guide his subordinate — Chang-min.
And of course, through the episode, we were also told that these professors were not born to be this proficient. They, too, had their own learning experience, made stupid mistakes and also got scolded.
Song of the Episode — Superstar
Not to forget the highlight of every episode — the OST. I think this episode’s OST made it to the top my list in both season 1 and season 2 OST. I really love how encouraging the melody is itself. With the lyrics, it really makes my day a lot better. It’s a good song to listen to one days where you desire a pat on the back; a song that assures you that you are alright and that you are a shining star.
It is also a very relatable OST, linking all the three different profile of medical staff — interns, fellows/residents and the professors. Although I don’t understand the lyrics, I can feel that the song is crediting each and every individual (not limiting to the characters in this episode, but also the audiences watching the show) for their hardwork in doing their best and in chasing their dreams — everyone is worthy to be a superstar.
"You who put in the best in whatever you do are the shiniest star in the sky."
Ending this reflection, I want to make it clear that my review is only an attempt to dissect a very small coverage of the topic the production tapped on in this episode. There are many other issues and mini plot developments highlighted in episode which I did not dive into discussing.
With this, thanks for reading! It’s time for me to catch up on the subsequent episodes now! The preview hinted some character relationship progress and I can’t wait to watch it!
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