“I am not a lawyer to help the accused”
Park Eun-bin, who collided with the wall of reality, eventually left the sea
‘Mysterious Lawyer Woo Young-woo’ showed an unstoppable rise and broke through the 4% viewer ratings.
The 3rd episode of ‘Mysterious Lawyer Woo Young-woo’, aired on the 6th, recorded a viewer rating of 4.0% nationwide and 4.4% in the metropolitan area (Nielsen Korea, based on paid households), breaking its own best and taking the first place in the Wed-Thu dramas. It also soared to a high of 5.4% per minute, creating a strong craze.
Woo Young-woo (Park Eun-bin) bumped into a wall of reality. She uncovered the truth behind ‘The Brotherhood Murder’, but the reality left behind was bittersweet. In front of the world’s misunderstandings and prejudices, Woo Young-woo left the sea, saying, “I am not a lawyer who helps the accused.” A hot reaction poured in to the episode that raised a heavy topic while looking back at our gaze on disability.
On this day, Woo Young-woo took on the role of defending the case in which a younger brother with an autism spectrum killed his older brother. Jung Myeong-seok (Kang Ki-young) judged that he would have a good understanding of the accused, but Woo Young-woo ran into difficulties from the first interview with Kim Jeong-hoon (Moon Sang-hoon). As can be seen from ‘Autism Spectrum’, the official diagnosis of autism, people with autism are diverse. It was not easy for Woo Young-woo to understand his feelings. Woo Young-Woo asked his father, Gwang-Ho Woo (played by former Bae Bae), how to talk to someone with autism. His solution is to ‘dig into what you like’.
In the second interview, Woo Young-woo chose the obvious (?) method according to his father’s advice. He succeeded in winning Kim Jung-hoon’s heart by singing Pengsoo’s song with Jung Myeong-seok and Choi Su-yeon (Ha Yun-kyung). However, these efforts were again in vain when Woo Young-woo asked, “Why did you hit your brother?” Kim Jung-hoon was in agony by repeating the word “dying”. At that moment, Woo Young-woo realized.
Kim Jung-hoon revealed a new perspective, saying that the words “dying” may be the victim’s actions. At the time of his death, his older brother Kim Sang-hoon (played by Lee Bong-joon) was intoxicated, and the autopsy report also included a record of ‘scarring on the neck’. When Wooyoung-woo asked if she had attempted suicide during her lifetime, the defendant’s mother, Jeon Gyeong-hee (Yoon Yu-sun), expressed displeasure, and she turned around saying, “I will only meet (Jung Hoon) in person until today.”
Woo Young-woo and Lee Jun-ho (Kang Tae-oh) looked around the dead Kim Sang-hoon’s room to find evidence. And there, he found a string that was roughly torn and Kim Sang-hoon’s diary. In Kim Sang-hoon’s diary, it was written that he tried to commit suicide several times, who was suffering from his studies. Despite the clear evidence, his father Jin-pyeong Kim (played by Sung Ki-yoon) was furious, saying he had tarnished the honor of his elite son, who attended Seoul medical school with perfect scores on the entrance exam.
On the day of the incident, Jinpyeong also denied that his younger brother may have tried to stop his older brother from committing suicide. It was said that his son, who was famous for his studies, could not have attempted suicide just because of academic stress. In addition, Woo Young-woo said, “Isn’t the commutation of the living Kim Jeong-hoon more important than the honor of the dead Kim Sang-hoon? You shouldn’t be seen as a younger brother who beat and killed his older brother for no particular reason.” But what came back was a shout full of anger. “Are you arrogantly judged? Jinpyeong’s words, “Well, you’re autistic too!” confused Youngwoo Woo.
Woo Young-woo felt the high wall of reality when he saw the comments on the article that the brother of an autistic child killed his brother, who was a medical student. “Even now, hundreds of people click ‘Like’ on the article ‘If a medical student dies and an autistic person lives, it is a national loss’. That is the weight of this obstacle we have to carry,” Woo Young-woo’s narration came even more painfully.
Woo Young-woo, who took on the defense again at the request of Kyung-hee, faced the cold reality again in the first trial. He was insulted by the prosecutor for being a lawyer with an autism spectrum, and was shocked when he couldn’t justify Kim Jung-hoon’s mental and physical weakness.
We also found a decisive circumstance to assert Kim Jung-hoon’s innocence in homicide, but he had no choice but to accept Kim Jin-pyeong’s request to get out of the trial. Woo Young-woo, who boldly accepts the reality, saying, “I am not a lawyer to help the accused,” evoked regret.
Jung Myeong-seok said that Kim Jin-pyeong’s request was ‘discrimination’ and asked CEO Han Seon-yeong (Baek Ji-won) to persuade him. Han Seon-young smiled meaningfully at Jeong Myeong-seok’s change in dealing with Woo Young-woo, and she left advice, “Please be a fighter fighting for the rights of a new lawyer.” Jung Myung-seok did not hesitate. The decision not to stand in court for Woo Young-woo’s rights.
In addition, he endured the humiliation of having to ask for a courteous favor while conceding the case to Jang Seung-jun (Choi Dae-hoon), a close friend. The trial proceeded in a favorable direction based on the evidence found by Woo Young-woo. Woo Young-woo, who was overcome with a complicated and heavy heart throughout the trial, wrote a resignation letter on the grounds of ‘resigning due to personal circumstances’. The empty frame left at the place where the nameplate of ‘Lawyer Young-Woo Woo’ was taken out reflected Woo-Young-Woo’s emptiness in his heart and made his heart ache.
The reality that Woo Young-woo faced was bittersweet. Misunderstandings and prejudices regarding disability existed everywhere in our daily lives. Just as no two people are alike, people with autism are also different, but the world has only one eye. “I can see what the autism is like and different between me and the defendant, but the prosecutor doesn’t. So, too, are the judges. Woo Young-woo’s self-help, “I am not a lawyer who helps the accused,” left room for thought.
It made us look back on our view of disability and raised a heavy topic. Wooyoungwoo’s world is not just lonely. Jung Myeong-seok, who was angry at the unfair and discriminatory treatment and fought for the rights of ‘our team’ Woo Young-woo, added to the emotion.
ENA Channel Wed-Thu drama ‘Mysterious Lawyer Woo Young-woo’ is broadcast every Wednesday and Thursday at 9 pm on ENA Channel, and is also released through seezn (season) and Netflix.
By Kim Ye-rang, reporter at Hankyung.com [email protected]