The School Nurse Files episode 5 recap – mourning a friend from the past Showing her caring side.

3.5

Summary

Episode 5 provides clarity for the lead character, tapping into her past and present and her way of dealing with grief in an oddly touching chapter.

This recap of Netflix K-drama series The School Nurse Files episode 5 contains significant spoilers.

We recapped every episode — check out the archive.


The opening

There’s heavy snow — it’s a flashback to when Ahn Eun-young is in school and she’s asked to swap seats. She ends up sitting next to Kim Kang-sun. Rumours fly in class that Kang-sun’s father kills people. Another student asks Ahn Eun-young if she can see ghosts and if there’s any near her. Ahn Eun-young is then slapped by the student because she scares her.

Episode 5 is a chapter of grieving and coming to terms with the past — it shows Eun-young in a different light.

The return of a friend

In the present day, the spirit Kang-sun finds Ahn Eun-young and welcomes her. He wanted to see her. She invites him inside her house. In a flashback, Kang-sun asks about her face rash. Ahn Eun-young blames it all on the jellies. The pair clearly had a bond.

Party time

With her new friends, Baek Hye-min goes to a party. It’s a crazed disco karaoke and she seems to be having fun — genuine happiness resonates from her face. The next day, the group of friends are all tired and sleeping in class.

I’ve found a way

Ahn Eun-young tells Hye-min that she might have found a way that she can live past 20. She wants the student to think about herself and the life she wants after Hye-min raises the safety of the school.

You always get the sense that Hye-min likes her purpose — she asks too many questions.

Spending more time with Hong In-pyo

After school, Ahn Eun-young meets Hong In-pyo. In the car, she sees lipstick on a coffee cup and learns Gwang-su has been here. She wonders if she can still hold Hong In-pyo’s hand and he says yes. She holds his hand while he drives and blushes.

Stomach removal

Ahn Eun-young heads to a fishery with Hong In-pyo to find a solution for Hye-min. A woman quotes 2 million for the removal of a stomach. Ahn says she will think about it — she believes it’s too much money. The next day, Baek Hye-min states if she no longer eats mites, it will bring back bad luck. Ahn Eun-young gets impatient and tells her to live her life like this forever.

Eun-young is a caring character and she cannot help but let her emotions get the better of her when it comes to Hye-min.

Meeting the young dead girl

Ahn Eun-young meets the spirit of a dead girl who died before she was born at another school. She isn’t a danger to others so she’s not had to deal with her. The girl doesn’t seem to remember how she got there or how time works — Ahn Eun-young has to tell her that she’s not her mother.

This is a sad scene; the young girl has no concept of time and does not understand that Ahn Eun-young has aged since they last met — it’s a sad situation for a child spirit.

Eat all the mites

Ahn Eun-young collects all the mites for Hye-min. She seems more bothered about school but Ahn Eun-young promises to protect the school. Hye-min doesn’t seem to want a new life. Afterwards, when she has eaten all the mites, she tells Ahn Eun-young that she feels more at ease — she’s given more mites to eat.

I couldn’t avoid the crane

Kang-sun tells Ahn Eun-young that he died at work and he tried to make a living. He was killed by a crane. Ahn Eun-young remembers hearing the story of the crane on the news. She gets emotional, saying she can’t avoid what’s coming in her life just like Kang-sun couldn’t avoid the crane. Kang-sun is in a lot of pain and he asks Ahn Eun-young to “take me there”. Kang-sun slowly disintegrates in front of her.

This is a sad moment for the lead character — making this the most engaging chapter.

The ending

In a flashback, Kang-sun drew something for Ahn Eun-young — a flip story. She’s happy about what he made her. The story is about a young Ahn Eun-young with a light sword. In the present day, she wonders how she can fight without Kang-sun and sobs on the floor of a construction site. The crane breaks apart which shocks her. She sees Kang-sun look up at it. He didn’t move out of the way. She snaps out of her daydream and sees an iPad nearby — there’s a drawing on there similar to what Kang-su did. She tells the acupuncturist that she dreamed that she died and she feels freer now. Ahn Eun-young ends the episode stating she hasn’t seen jellies since she has woken up.

The School Nurse Files episode 5 provides clarity for the lead character, tapping into her past and present and her way of dealing with grief in an oddly touching chapter.


For more recaps, reviews, and original features covering the world of entertainment, why not follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page?

Daniel Hart

Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: