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Things are moving forward with more character development and brief flashbacks but equally crucial to shed some light on our two MC’s backstory. There are still a few things that bug me in this show which I’ll address at the end. For now, let’s dive into this episode!
This week, Shibata gets a taste of what being inferior feels like and she sure isn’t happy about it. She becomes a victim of a conceited surgeon who is embarrassed by the blunder he makes, after Shibata corrects him, causing the partnership talk with Katayama Hospital to cease. Shibata who has done nothing wrong, save for being too blunt without any ill intention, is suspended but she would have none of it and decides to quit. Her frustration stems from her background as revealed during the ‘date’ with Igawa. Her parents (not clear whether it’s her father or mother or both) was a doctor whose hospital shut down after a single mistake. Lacking finance, she could only get a scholarship enough for nursing but not medical school, which was her original dream.
There are several significant scenes in this episode, the beach scene being one of them; then there’s Okita and her argument. Due to Masao’s misleading comment earlier, a misunderstanding happened between both Okita and Shibata, making her think that he is on the doctors’ side. This further fuels her inner frustration. However, Okita is right when he says that the person who doesn’t acknowledge nurses is she, herself. Later, she also reveals to him that she has always felt something missing no matter how hard she worked as a nurse.
She probably still can’t accept what happened to her family and when her original ambition can’t be fulfilled, she settles for less and that irritates her. She keeps this irritation building and building inside and when she sees someone like Igawa (who reflects her, except he gets to become a doctor naturally), it irks her even more. In fact, I bet she would be a better doctor than him if she is given the chance. This can also explain her annoyance towards Igawa. But I can’t blame her for being annoyed, Igawa is childish compared to her. I really have to commend him for never giving up on chasing after her lol. At least he’s persistent in that sense. Don’t give up, Igawa! See you’re making progress! A date by the sea!
Compared to Igawa, who’s like a kid, it must be a relief to strike a mature conversation with someone like Okita. I like how they share something in common when Okita reveals that he also has that complex and can’t acknowledge himself for a long time. Perhaps, that’s also the reason he agrees to go overseas.
I know there are people shipping for Okita and Shibata, don’t worry, I hear you! I ship them but like I said, I’m not sure if this ship has sunk even before it gets to sail. There’s no way they’d reunite a PRIDE couple only to separate them. Jdrama, you’re way too predictable. As of now, I’m happy enough for both Okita and Shibata to continue as work partners. Let’s give Igawa a chance, shall we?
(p.s I don’t mind a hint of love line though)
OKITA + MIFUYU
So what really happened between these two 10 years ago? We find out that both of them has a miscommunication which leads to misunderstanding that never gets solved until now! *gasps*
From the conversation below + Okita’s yakiniki scene + the final scene, it appears that both of them thought that they got dumped by each other when nobody actually dumped anybody! Talk about miscommunication! While we audience know that Masao’s the real villain behind this mess, they’re both also to be blamed for this. I mean, this very scene itself shows how Okita thinks everyone would comprehend his subliminal message, which proves wrong because Mifuyu refutes that she doesn’t get the reason for his sudden departure to Seattle and at the end, she clearly thought she got dumped.
Okita sending that ‘Congrats’ to Mifuyu is just… ugh. But maybe he’s still suffering from that inferiority complex and thinks she’s better off with Masao.
Okita and Mifuyu, both of you need to sit down and talk!
So I’ve mentioned this in previous post about Mifuyu and Masao. Despite being married for 6 years and having a child, they seem distant. Sleeping in separate rooms (c’mon, Rina is old enough to sleep on her own), also notice how Mifuyu addresses him as Masao-san and not just Masao (idk but that still sounds distant to me).
Will this long lost love be rekindled? About Masao, I still can’t really read him. He’s obviously the villain but the question remains: Does he still love Mifuyu OR he’s just keeping her alive because he wants to take over the hospital? He’s clearly shaken during the surgery at the end and flashes of Mifuyu come to mind. So perhaps, even if just a little, he still cares about her?
Mifuyu… I can’t help but feel she gets similar treatment with Kanno Miho’s role in Suna no Tou last season. I wish the writer would make her a little smarter instead of being naive. Basically, she’s kind-hearted, sweet, determined to do her best as a doctor, loves children and cares about her colleagues (as shown from the chat with Shibata, except it backfires lol) but a little bit more edge would’ve been better. Nothing wrong with Takeuchi’s acting though, in fact, everyone in the show is doing great. But c’mon, she deserves better.
Looks like Mifuyu’s condition just took a turn for the worse. I wonder if they’re gonna operate on her next episode or drag this till several more episodes. I hope this gets dealt with asap because it’d be a total drag if they stretch Mifuyu’s tumor plot till the end. I’m sure Okita would save her, no worries there.
As for the few things that bug me, I’ve read some comments online and maybe we can all ponder.
1. Is it right to hide the tumor from Mifuyu? With only 6 months to live (without surgery), it’s also not appropriate to let her work like nothing happened. Though the migraine doesn’t affect her work so far, what if she blacks out during a surgery?
2. Seems to me that most medical shows like Doctor X is made solely for entertainment purposes. Don’t get me wrong, I kinda enjoy Doctor X but only for Ryoko really. However I also notice that often times, the writers would dumb down other doctors to make the MC hero. Will A LIFE fall into the same trope? There are no perfect doctors of course, but sometimes I can’t help but yearn for a clever medical drama, without the constant use of cliches; unrealistic doctors, questionable actions etc. Especially so when the show is depicting professionals. If we are to take them seriously, they should provide us realistic characters.
What do you think so far? Feel free to share your thoughts below!