Heart to Heart – E01

Switching it up with a straight up romcom!  What happens when you get a famous psychologist/police consultant/author (possible alcoholic) who ends up involved in a attempted murder of a patient?  Throw in the fact that the psychologist totally blacks out and loses his memory for the two hours prior to the attempted murder and an eye witness, who suffers from social anxiety, which manifests through uncontrollable blushing…Yep, complete and utter unbelievably smooth drama hijinks and a fast first episode.

THE RECAP

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A girl stands at the top of a roof ledge, humming to herself, as police officers inflate the suicide prevention thing.  Yi Suk runs up to find out that the  girl has been up there for 2 hours… The girl hasn’t told the officers why she wants to die.  She just stands there.

Yi Suk grabs another officer’s coffee and gets on the ledge with her.  The girl  tries to keep Yi Suk from getting up on the ledge and spills the coffee on Yi Suk.  He almost falls off and the girl grabs him.

Sitting on the rails, Yi Suk comments that she doesn’t really seem like she wants to die.  He also wants to return the favor since she grabbed him when he was about to fall.  He asks her what exactly is the issue and the girl starts sobbing.

Between sobs, she states that it’s a guy…it was after drinks…she tried telling other people but no one believes her.  They all say that she provoked him.

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Yi Suk sighs that the other guy is a arsehat.  He pulls her into a hug and lets her sob it out, while he signals to the other officers to approach and take the girl into safety.

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The head housekeeper is giving a test for determining who would hire.  It is the household of Mr. Goh, the inventor of the bicycle in Korea.  One of the contestants is a 60 year old grandmother.  She comments that she could probably clean the house herself and joins the cooking competition calmly.

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CEO Goh is dictating his thoughts to an intern/secretary.  It turns out that he was typing quickly, but he just marked with letters the words that he didn’t get.  CEO Goh yells at the guy for his incompetence.

After the competition, the head housekeeper notes that the first two dishes don’t make the cut.  The first one seems like it’s playing with food and the second one would be hard for Mr. Goh to eat.  The two other contestants leave in a huff because their prides are hurt.  The head housekeeper tries the last dish and notes that it’s perfect to Mr. Goh’s tastes…but, she’s not comfortable leaving the house to a lady older than her.

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At that time, CEO Goh comes down the stairs wielding his cane at the youngster.  It turns out he was a part timer.  The part timer complains that no matter how many different temps the CEO hires, no one will understand him.  Luckily for our grandmother, she raises her hand and guesses the correct word.  CEO Goh hires her on the spot and asks her to come back next week to be his scribe.

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Yi Suk gets ready to go on a talk show about his best selling book, Heart to Heart. The hostess starts with the incident from the beginning of the episode.  Yi Suk humbly reports that it was nothing.  The girl didn’t want to die.

The second question is how does he know who is mentally ill and who is not?  Yi Suk replies that it’s hard unless the symptoms are obvious because one has to see the other person’s heart.  An example is someone, who has obsessive compulsive disorder and uses 10 boxes of wet napkins?

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Meanwhile, Hong Do runs out of her apartment, wearing a helmet.  She drops a thermostat of pumpkin porridge and side dishes into a person’s mail box.

As she’s putting the thermostat into the mailbox, the guy (Inspector Jang) comes home.  Hong Do runs to the side of the apartment building and hides.  The guy walks up and sees her note, which identifies the contents.  He turns to the side of the building and asks if she’s still there.  He tells her that he feels bad that they haven’t really talked when he’s been taking her food for over seven years.  He can tell that she’s there and asks her to come out, but Hong Do continues to hide.  The guy gets a call from his parents, who tell him that he has an arranged date with someone who graduated from Seoul National University.  Hong Do takes this opportunity to run away.

Walking home, she mutters to herself…844 couples get married every day in Korea. 398 couples get divorced every day in Korea. There’s a lot of sunset divorces in 50-60’s, but there are also lots of honeymoon divorces in the 20’s and 30’s.  First reason of divorce – differences in personalities. Second reason – extramarital affairs.  Third reason – domestic abuse.

She wonders why he’s trying to get married so early and grumbles that he’s already done 100 arranged dates.  She continues to mutter that he must not be that busy.

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Meanwhile, Yi Suk brings his girl friend a bouquet of flowers. They toast to his successful talk show appearance and a waiter comes with champagne.

Right away, the girl complains that she’s not sure if he thinks about their relationship seriously.  She wonders if he expects that she will go home with him every time he buys her champagne.  Yi Suk jokes back that they could go to her house instead.

When the girl continues to gripe, Yi Suk gives her a Russian doll with a necklace inside.  He explains that he’s serious even if he can’t express his emotions that well.  The girl seems placated and the guy asks whether they should head to his house or hers.

Hong Do arrives home to find a notice taped to her door.  The landlady wants to raise her junsae by $5,000. [DRAMAFEED – For readers who do not follow Run, Jang-Mi.  Korea has a temporary ownership system, which is also rental, called “junsae.” Instead of monthly payments, the renter gives a large deposit, usually half or more of the apartment price.  They then live in the apartment for a year or more without monthly payments.  When the renter leaves, s/he gets her whole deposit back.]

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Hong Do yells her frustration and decides to cook ramen.  She gets a leek from her garden and starts cooking.  Hong Do looks at her account book and comments that she needs to move.

Hong Do calls out the answer to the quiz program before the contestant and calls someone called Ms. Kim to ask about CEO Goh.  She talks in the old lady voice and gets no information from the other lady.

Hong Do takes a bite before wondering what would happen if Inspector Jang gets married like this.

Yi Suk gets dressed and his girlfriend asks if he’s leaving.  She tells him she will go home or he can sleep on the couch; it’s his house.  Yi Suk apologizes but seems determined to leave.

The girl blows up again and notes that she’s sold her body for a bottle of champagne again.  She asks if he has some childhood trauma like he wasn’t loved by his mom or something.  Why else can’t he sleep with a woman?  Yi Suk sighs and leaves.

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Meanwhile, Hong Do washes her ramen pot to find Yi Suk’s face stuck to the bottom.  Being a normal person, she matches it Yi Suk’s book and sits to give it a read.

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Yi Suk has a call with his sister.  She’s been back in Korea for a week and wants him to come and see her.  She explains that their mom went shopping and is in a good mood.  However, two weeks ago, their mother stayed in her room with the lights off and refused to come out.  Their head housekeeper was going to go down to see her grandchild, which would leave them to starve.  However, she couldn’t find a replacement and decided to stay.

Yi Suk comments that he feels bad that the housekeeper couldn’t go see her grandchild.  He tells his sister to cook instead.  She replies that she got casted in a movie and the filming starts next week.  She’s quit school to pursue acting.

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Hong Do reads Yi Suk’s book throughout the night, even taking it into the bathroom with her. She sighs that Yi Suk would be able to fix her easily.  She claps that he must be a gift from God.

Yi Suk wakes up on his couch in the office.

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First patient of the day is a lady who thinks her husband is cheating.  Second lady hates all men.  The third patient is a student, who cries that she wants to die.  Yi Suk asks for a moment and goes back into his office to take a drink.

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He next sees a man, who seems depressed.  Not sure if it’s the alcohol, but Yi Suk has trouble focusing on the man.  Yi Suk comments that the next time the man should come with his daughter.  However, Yi Suk starts to freak out as the man continues to talk that he didn’t realize he told Yi Suk about his daughter…

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It’s probably in his head, but he hears a buzzing sound and the man’s voice sounds like it’s getting farther away.  The man mentions that his child takes after his wife and Yi Suk lunges at the man with his pen.

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Hong Do comes into the office just as the secretary runs out because she has to go to the bathroom.  She hears a man screaming and opens the door to see Yi Suk stabbing the man in the neck with a pen.

The man loses consciousness and Yi Suk returns to normal.  He yells at Hong Do to call 911.  She crawls around in shock before calling 911…except, she can’t tell them where they are even though Yi Suk is yelling out the address. He orders her to throw him the phone and he explains the man’s condition and their address.

He then tells Hong Do to bring a hot towel, but Hong Do can only focus on the fact that the pen came from the doctor’s desk.

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Inspector Jang finds his colleague at the soda motion.  The colleague is frustrated beyond words because he has Yi Suk’s case.  He complains that it’s so frustrating because the doctor keeps saying he doesn’t remember anything from the past two hours.  To add to the situation, the only eye-witness refuses to take her helmet off!  Inspector Jang sees Hong Do and seems to recognize her.

Inspector Jang goes to question Yi Suk.  Yi Suk sticks to his story.  He has no reason to hurt one of his parents. He is frustrated because he doesn’t remember anything.

Inspector Jang asks if Yi Suk has a mental illness. Yi Suk yells that it can be anything! The brain can erase memories due to trauma or several other factors.  He adds that if he really did stab his patient, he would have said he didn’t.  He wouldn’t say he doesn’t remember.  Then Yi Suk starts threatening the police if word gets out and his hospital gets affected.

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Inspector Jang comes in to grab some paper and something else before going into the room with Hong Do.  He smiles and talks to her softly that he knows her.  He comments that he’s happy to see her face to face.  Hong Do blushes extremely red and asks him not to look at her.

Inspector Jang tells her that he won’t look at her.  He asks her to either write down everything she saw today or even draw it.  He offers her candy and explains that candy is supposed to help calm people down.  Taking out his cups, he explains that he’s just going to be doing his thing so she can write down what she remembers as she remembers it.  Inspector Jang continues to build a pyramid with his cups between him and her.

Hong Do starts drawing something on the paper.  After she’s done, she passes the drawing through the cup tower.  Inspector Jang happily takes it and runs into Yi Suk’s room.  Hong Do sneezes and all of the cups end up falling.

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When Inspector Jang confronts Yi Suk with Hong Do’s picture, he runs into Hong Do’s room.  Yi Suk pulls the chair against the door and follows Hong Do around the questioning room.  He keeps asking her if she even saw him stab the guy.

Yi Suk then tries to get the helmet off of Hong Do.  When he succeeds, she hides under the table.  He asks if she has any friends.

Angry, Hong Do accuses Yi Suk of stabbing his patient.  She clarifies that he was holding the pen and the patient’s hand was on top of his.  Yi Suk laughs that she doesn’t know who actually did the stabbing.  Hong Do screams that the angle of the pen was toward his chair (doctor’s chair).

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Yi Suk pauses and Inspector Jang forces his way in.  He punches Yi Suk right away.  Yi Suk is set free.  On his way out, the reporters are waiting for him.  Yi Suk tells them to leave as the guy is still alive and he has no comments.

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Meanwhile, Inspector Jang walks with Hang Do.  They walk steps apart and Hang Do walks while facing the ground.  Inspector Jang tries to make small talk.  He asks if she washes her helmet and then thanks her for all of the meals.  He tells her that he will buy her a meal.  He asks if she remembers his number and she recites it back to him.

Inspector Jang comments that she has a great memory and walks toward her.  She runs off in embarassment.

The reporters are waiting for Yi Suk at his apartment so he drives to his girlfriend’s. Yi Suk is in his car when he sees his girlfriend come out of another man’s car.  She’s holding flowers and he even kisses her on the forehead.

Yi Suk runs out after the couple.  The man trips him and the girlfriend walks into the building, saying that she will call him.

Yi Suk ends up driving away as he shouts in the car.  He pulls out some alcohol from the passenger’s side…

Hong Do runs into her covers and yells at herself for not being able to talk to Inspector Jang.  Then she remembers that she left her cell phone at his hospital.

Yi Suk drives into a parking lot and reams his car into the wall.  He pauses and wonders if he’s a murderer…He tries to comfort himself that he’s Yi Suk Goh.

He goes back into the office to see his office phone ringing off the hook due to the reporters.  He gets a call to his cell phone from a Yeonwoo.  He ignores it.

Yeonwoo texts him to ask if she doesn’t even have a right to explain herself.  She complains that he’s always running away and that she’s exhausted.  She tells him that it’s over.  Yi Suk throws his cell phone at the wall and pulls out the office phones.

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Sitting down on the couch, he remembers seeing his patient’s face as the patient lost consciousness. He pulls out a couple of ties from his desk. He then ties a noose after piling books on top of a chair.

Hong Do arrives outside the office.

As the noose is finished, Yi Suk puts his head in.  All of a sudden he gets a voice message from the police station.  The patient woke up and has confessed that he stabbed himself.  Yi Suk takes a step in surprise and accidentally kicks some of the books off the chair – accidentally hanging himself.

He coughs out for someone to save him as he chokes…and Hong Do arrives.

MY TWO CENTS

I do enjoy watching cable drama series…but, I was shocked to see them go there. Yes, we saw Yi Suk actually prepare his own noose with a tie…I was shocked.  I literally could not believe that they were going to kill off the main character in the first episode AND that they would be so explicit on a series that is shown in Korea.  Sure, it’s shown on separate pay per view channel, but still! I am so glad to see that in the previews, he is a live and Hang Do manages to save him.

As for my first impression of the series, I was pleasantly surprised.  I know that a lot of psychologist dramas came out this year and was afraid that this one would be a repeat.  However, Heart to Heart managed to be different.  Rather, Yi Suk reminded me of a mentally ill Castle (for those who watch the U.S. T.V. series Castle).  It was clear that mental illness runs in the family with the talk about their mother.  Additionally, the writer wrote in smooth transitions to Yi Suk’s drinking problem.  Add in the fact that he either has commitment issues, sex issues, or women’s issues in general… We have a very messed up psychologist running around the drama world as a successful doctor.  I’m actually thankful in this drama world that this attempted murder happened. It’s like a wake-up call for Yi Suk.

Now, the Hong Do/60 year old grandmother situation. LOVE IT!  Obviously the girl is talented as a cook and as an actress, if she has successfully created a separate personal and reputation as said persona.  I feel like it’s the perfect set up.  The only thing holding this girl back is this immense social anxiety.  I can’t wait to see how it gets healed.

Also, I must say that I also think Inspector Jang’s character will be a sweetie pie.  He’s been on 100 arranged dates and, yet, it doesn’t seem like he’s seriously developed a relationship with any of them.  However, he remembers every meal that Hong Do has prepared for him and even left grapes for her in return… I think he’s interested in getting to know his meal fairy….

Finally, I can’t tell if I think Yi Suk stabbed the patient or if he was just traumatized because the patient tried to stab himself out of guilt…  Well played writers!

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