Drama Recaps
Dr. Champ: Episode 1
by | October 1, 2010 | 132 Comments

I’m baaaaaack! And you can either love it or hate it. Javabeans and Girlfriday have been kind enough to let me AND *wait for it* aberdeen_angus recap this series. (Heh – we have unintentionally become the “Kim So Yeon recappers.”) I am going into this series with particularly low expectations because of two things: 1) there was very little hype going into this drama and 2) I am afraid it might have a disappointing run like I Am Legend where it starts off strong and falls kinda flat. BUT – episode 1 has definitely got me on my tiptoes with excitement.

By the way – I’m calling dibs on Uhm Tae Woong, since I’m sharing Park Shi Hoo with aberdeen_angus. I’ve never found him handsome before, but gosh, what a hot cripple…

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Zoom in on a lonely figure sitting on a bench in a locker room. It’s Park Ji Heon (Jung Kyeo Woon), getting ready for the match of his life against a Japanese judo fighter. To the cheers of fans in the crowd, Ji Heon is flipped down on the floor but manages to regain control. With a sweep of his leg, he brings down his opponent in one move and wins the match.

Cheers fill the stadium, and Ji Heon lets out a manly “YAHHHH!” – until the crowd falls silent. The Japanese opponent looks up from the floor and covers his mouth. Ji Heon looks down. His pants have fallen down to his ankles.

Ji Heon quickly covers himself with his open robe, but the crowd’s attention has turned…to the big Jumbo-Tron that’s magnified his bare legs for the world to see.

Jumbo-Tron Ji Heon smiles mischievously back at Embarrassed Ji Heon, and slowly, ever so slowly, he opens up his robe wide…

And Ji Heon wakes up, screaming “NOOOOO!”

Best dream sequence opening ever.

The sun has yet to rise, but Ji Heon is in his tracksuit, carrying his gym bag, and running off to the gym. During his run, he lifts a heavy basket off an old grandmother’s head and places it down on the bench for her; he notices a girl’s skirt caught in her panties (the horror!), so he fixes it for her. Just in case she thinks he’s trying to pinch her butt, he just runs away faster. Aw – Ji Heon, you’re sweet.

Kim Yeon Woo (Kim So Yeon) is called into the ER of Hankook Medical Center, where she works. As the highly efficient, no-nonsense orthopedic doctor, she treats a patient whose broken leg has led to one of the bones rupturing his skin. Ew. One of the doctors on hand, Han Ki Young, suggests amputation, but Yeon Woo coldly replies, “Would you say that if it were your leg?” Another one rushes in with a pack of blood and hands it to Yeon Woo; her sharp reply is, “Did you bring that here to show it to me? Why are you just standing there?”

She has to reset the bone. Ki Young holds the patient down and Yeon Woo pulls at the leg. CRAACK*

In the elevator, Yeon Woo turns on the two doctors. As first and second year residents, do they not know how to reset a fracture? Both get a hard kick in the shins. And what is that she smells in the air – shampoo?! Did one of them just wash his hair? Did he have that much free time?

Pissed off, she returns to her office and is greeted with applause. Her colleagues congratulate her on passing the specialist exam for orthopedics – they even have a cake for her. But Yeon Woo isn’t in the mood; instead of thanking them, she complains about the junior doctors making a mess of the ER and having to call her to take care of patients. She then outs one of the doctors for not being with his patient in the CT Scan room. The other doctors all quickly file out, realizing that sooner or later Yeon Woo is going to bark at them for one thing or another.

Once left alone, Yeon Woo looks at her computer and sees the test results: “Kim Yeon Woo – Pass.” She smiles. So she’s not that bad.

She meets Professor Seo (Jo Min Ki in a cameo role) and he congratulates her. With her track record of successes, she could become a Fellow, meaning she would be a doctor and a teacher at the esteemed Hankook University. This is a big thing for her, especially since she graduated from a local university, and those graduates rarely ever work at Hankook Medical Center, much less teach there.

She goes to the rooftop, where she waits for Ki Young. Turns out, he’s also her boyfriend. He’s already heard of her possible promotion to Fellow. Yeon Woo knows the other doctors are jealous and hate her. Ki Young agrees – she’s way too mean because she’s trying too hard to prove herself. But Yeon Woo doesn’t care – she wants a congratulatory gift – in the form of a big kiss.

Ki Young resists, but Yeon Woo is insistent. I love how Ki Young refers to himself as the battered wife, since he does get beaten up by her and demanded kisses from. He reluctantly leans in, but is saved by her beeper going off. Ki Young also gets a text message – from a girl who says, “Have you told her yet?”

Bastard.

The person who rang for Yeon Woo is none other than her mother, who is waiting in the lobby. Go Mi Ja (Moon Hee Kyung) is a frivolous woman who cares more about her looks, money, and having a successful daughter than… her daughter. Yeon Woo meets her, prepared with a packet of money. Mi Ja gives her a close look – girl needs some make-up on! Yeon Woo couldn’t care less about her mother’s critiques and walks her out of the hospital.

As they stroll on the streets, Yeon Woo tells her mother about her chance at being a Fellow. Mi Ja is all excited – does this mean a raise? Not exactly…so Mi Ja says it’s not worth it then. She asks Yeon Woo to pull another favor to get her a last minute appointment with the internal medicine department. Yeon Woo doesn’t want to do this for her mother anymore, saying it’s embarrassing to pull favors like this. All of a sudden, a thief grabs Mi Ja’s purse and runs away.

Yeon Woo chases after him, screaming for help, just as Ji Heon comes by. Though he’s running late for practice, he can’t resist helping and chases after the thief, passing Yeon Woo when she trips and falls. Ji Heon catches the thief at a dead end, who tries to scare him by wielding a knife. But Ji Heon does his leg swipe and down the thief goes. Yep – don’t mess with a judo athlete.

Ji Heon hands the bag to a panting Yeon Woo and advises her to exercise more. (Heh.) He goes off, and as she yells out a “Thanks!” Ji Heon is hit by a motorcycle. He falls, but gets up right away – nothing can knock down a burly man.

Apparently, today is a big deal because it’s the last practice before an upcoming match that would determine whether Ji Heon makes the national team or not for the Asia Games. During this practice session, each athlete goes against the person next to them and tries to take him down in the allotted time. When the drum is beaten, they move on to the next adjacent person.

Ji Heon takes everyone down until he comes face to face with his nemesis, Yoo Sang Bong (Jung Seok Won). The time isn’t enough for them to make any major headway, as both are about equal in talent. They all kneel at the sound of the drum, and Sang Bong tauntingly says, “You must have already quit your night club job…It’s unexpected you started over at this age. It’s an age where most people retire.” Ji Heon retorts: “Retire? You should retire first. You popped so many gold medals – aren’t you too full of them to have matches?”

Oooh – a rivalry between an old-timer (Ji Heon) and a smart-ass young’un (Sang Bong)? I like! Not to mention, Sang Bong is part of that national team Ji Heon so badly wants a place in.

Yeon Woo is pissed off – Ki Young hasn’t prepped his patient, Jo Min Ji, for surgery yet. Instead he’s holding up the operation room to watch rhythmic gymnast Song Ah Reum compete first. She yells at Ki Young in front of Min Ji, but Min Ji admits it’s her fault – she had begged Ki Young to stay with her for three minutes during Song Ah Reum’s performance. Min Ji wants to be a rhythmic gymnast too – as long as her spinal surgery goes well, and watching the competition would make her feel better. Feeling guilty, Yeon Woo acquiesces and sits silently by.

Song performs well until suddenly, she collapses on the floor. Min Ji freaks out and wonders if her surgery is going to go well. Yeon Woo reassures her that Professor Seo, who’s in charge of her surgery, has done it many times so she’ll be fine.

Professor Seo is cool as a cucumber at the surgery table, chit chatting about the possibility of Song becoming paralyzed, insisting on After School music (cue “Bang”), and complaining about a drunk night last night. Yeon Woo assists him and the two of them operate by looking into a high-powered microscope. Suddenly, Seo roughly hits something and he freezes. Yeon Woo’s eyes widen.

After the surgery, Seo tells Yeon Woo that what she saw was an ischemia (a restriction in blood supply), caused by a blood clot preventing blood from circulating. He is telling her this because he wants her to maintain a clean surgical track record. Yeon Woo knows that Min Ji and her father will know something is wrong when she wakes up paralyzed, but Seo dismisses it. The father signed the consent forms; they knew it was a risk.

She stays up all night writing the surgical report, not knowing what to do. The next morning she hands off the report to Seo and wonders if they could just tell the truth. Seo growls, “Don’t sass me!” If she wants to become a Fellow, she needs to shut up and do as he says.

She overhears the father of Jo Min Ji requesting someone to look into his daughter – Min Ji can’t feel her toes. Stricken, Yeon Woo runs down the nearest staircase and bumps into Ki Young. She wails that she can’t lie to the father knowing that it’s all Professor Seo’s fault. He had touched a nerve during surgery, paralyzing Min Ji for perhaps life. Ki Young advises her to keep her head down, but that just infuriates her even more. She’s ready to go report it for malpractice…when she sees Mr. Jo standing there. He heard everything.

He drags Yeon Woo out and creates a ruckus, calling for Professor Seo. Seo gives Yeon Woo a piercing glare and then asks Mr. Jo who he’s going to trust: a resident doctor who’s barely had 5 years of experience, or him, who’s been doing spinal surgeries for 20 years? If Mr. Jo doesn’t trust him anymore, then it’s fine – he’ll have Min Ji discharged and sent to another hospital. That frightens Mr. Jo, and he backs off from his threats of suing for malpractice.

Yeon Woo finally types up the report and is called into the head of the hospital’s office, where Seo is present too. Yeon Woo maintains her honesty and says that Professor Seo really did try to cover up his mistakes. She hands in her honest report to the hospital chief. The hospital chief doesn’t take it; she asks what Yeon Woo is still doing at the hospital since she’s already passed her exam.

Yeon Woo quietly admits that she’d been hoping to be a Fellow because Professor Seo had promised her. The hospital chief scoffs – only she can give permission on who can be a Fellow. On top of that, tradition states that Hankook Medical School will not support a non-graduate to become a professor. Yeon Woo can break that tradition – one day – if she had worked hard (read: listened to Seo). The chief hands the surgical report back to her.

Yeon Woo runs to the roof to cry, but stumbles upon two people having a private chat: Ki Young and his new girlfriend. He says that he’s been trying to break up with Yeon Woo but can’t find the words to. Now he’s also embroiled in the whole malpractice mess too and wants to stay on Seo’s good side. He turns to leave and sees Yeon Woo standing right there.

Yeon Woo gives him a good kick in the shins, but his girlfriend pushes her down. (Catty.) The girlfriend yells at her for trying to act more superior to them Hankook alum. If Yeon Woo beats Ki Young one more time, she won’t stand for it.

Beaten down, Yeon Woo hands off the surgical record to Mr. Jo for his malpractice suit and leaves the hospital.

Ji Heon walks home late that night and is greeted by his young nephew. Yi Reum wants to go to a balloon festival where they can write their wishes on balloons and fly it. He wants to write that Ji Heon should win tomorrow’s competition. The little kid is his only supporter, since his sister-in-law disapproves of his profession.

Yeon Woo saw the festival balloon as she was driving so she swings by. She’s a few people behind Ji Heon on line, but by the time she reaches the table the festival has run out of balloons. Yeon Woo is frustrated and breaks down into tears: “Why are you treating me like this? What did I do wrong?” Clearly, girl’s been having a bad day. She falls to the ground and starts sobbing, attracting the attention of everyone. Ji Heon and Yi Reum are shocked, and both feel like they should do something but don’t know what.

Yi Reum approaches Yeon Woo – he’ll share his balloon with her.

The three of them sit on a ledge and Ji Heon quips, “How embarrassing. A woman almost 30-years old cries like a baby because she couldn’t get a balloon…is not what I’m thinking.” He reminds her that even though something bad may have happened today, yesterday, someone saved a purse for her. Yeon Woo immediately recognizes him and wonders if his leg is OK. Ji Heon notes that they’ve bumped into each other twice – it’s like fate. She counters, “It’s just coincidence.” Hehe. On the balloon she scribbles, “Everything will turn out OK.”

They light the balloons in silence, and Yeon Woo looks on wistfully. Ji Heon can’t help but feel intrigued and attracted to her.

Yeon Woo gives her number to Yi Reum so that she can treat him to lunch. Ji Heon asks about himself – he brought back her purse, so doesn’t he get a meal too? She tells him to come with his son, and Yi Reum pipes up, “He’s my uncle. He doesn’t have a girlfriend!” Ji Heon: “Oh this brat. You don’t have to say that!”

Hehehe. Once again – a cutie patootie being the matchmaker for the adults.

Yi Reum knows that Ji Heon is interested, but sternly tells his uncle that he’s not allowed to date until he gets a gold medal. Yeesh.

They return home to a worried mother. Privately, she tells Ji Heon that she wants him out. He tries to get her to come watch his competition but she responds icily, “I definitely told you I would never support you.” Even though she promised his brother/her husband that she would support Ji Heon’s dream as a judo athlete, he’s now dead, so she doesn’t really have to honor this promise anymore. She may sound like a biatch, but the mother appears more like a beleaguered single mom, and Ji Heon is an additional burden she can’t afford.

On the day of the match, his sister-in-law’s words run through his head, but it only makes him more determined to win the gold medal for his brother. As he prepares, his coach Tae Yeon notices his bruised leg from the motorcycle. It looks bad, but Ji Heon doesn’t really feel a thing.

Mi Ja is waiting in Yeon Woo’s home – she just found out that her daughter was kicked out of the hospital. What are they going to do about their debt!? Yeon Woo spins around – debt? Did her older brother (Kyung Woo) get into bigger trouble? Mi Ja changes her tone and sweetly says it’s not that big of a deal. She had been using the money Yeon Woo gave her, and they only have about $2000 left to pay off.

Now as for Song Ah Reum – the athlete has been declared brain dead and because of that, Taereung National Village has been getting a lot of flak for its inadequate care of athletes. The board decides to fire the medical chief as a scapegoat. As for his replacement, the provost already has someone in mind: Dr. Lee Do Wook from Johns Hopkins, who famously treated Park Ji Sung and Park Chan Ho.

Jeong Ho Chang, one of the board members, waits at the airport for the supposed Lee Do Wook with a cardboard sign. A suave man with shades, limping on a cane, approaches him. Jeong stares at the cane, and Do Wook says matter-of-factly, “Yes I limp. After 16 hours of flight my leg wouldn’t even unbend properly.”

Do Wook’s got a very dry sense of humor.

Jeong is doubtful that Do Wook can do the job, but Do Wook points out that he did rehabilitate two famous athletes. He pulls out a bottle of pills and pops one in his mouth. Jeong thinks they’re painkillers because that’s what Dr. House eats but Do Wook is all, “Want some vitamins? They’re chewable.”

Yi Reum calls Yeon Woo for a special request – instead of treating him to a meal, can she take him out to Ji Heon’s competition? His mother disapproves so she wouldn’t take him, and his father is dead. Meanwhile, Ji Heon is beating every single one of his opponents. The national team’s coach, Oh Jeong Dae, watches him carefully, and his assistant notes Ji Heon’s great condition. Perhaps, Ji Heon might beat Sang Bong?

After a match, Ji Heon returns to the locker room; his leg is in immense pain. The bruise has gotten worse, and his coach Tae Yeon wants him to go to the hospital. But Ji Heon doesn’t want to – yet. After the tournament ends, then he’ll go; he can’t give up the chance to be in the Asia Games.

Just as he’s ready to go back into the ring, Yi Reum shows up with Yeon Woo in tow. Yeon Woo is uncomfortable and wants to ditch now that she’s served her purpose, but Ji Heon is thrilled and tries to get Yeon Woo to stay. She isn’t interested, but the moment she turns her back, Ji Heon falls on the floor.

She looks at his leg and realizes that the motorcycle injury is far more serious than any of them thought. A nurse brings a medical kit and Yeon Woo sterilizes Ji Heon’s leg.

The whole time, Ji Heon is moony-eyed, impressed and happy that he’s got her full attention.

Then she takes out a scalpel. Ji Heon freaks out – just what does she think she’s going to do with that?!

She tells him she needs to make an incision or else his leg will rot away and they will have to amputate. Ji Heon angrily tells her to wait until after the final. He needs to compete and win against Sang Bong. After that, he’ll do the surgery.

Yeon Woo cuts into his leg anyways.

Comments:

Oh yeah! She pissed him off! I’d say, strong ending for the first episode, even though it’s nothing remarkable or cliff-hanger-y.

I’m quite impressed with Dr. Champ so far solely because based on the first episode, I know not to expect much story-wise, and to expect everything character-wise. Everyone is pretty much an underdog at the start of the series, with Yeon Woo in particular being beaten down at every single aspect of her life. From her colleagues to her mentor to her boyfriend to her mother – everyone turns their backs on her because they can’t deal with her honest, upfront, tough nature. I love that Kim So Yeon pulls off the character with ease, as it is a good mix between her character in IRIS and Prosecutor Princess. She takes good command of her headstrong character, and outshines the other actors in the hospital. (So far, only Jung Gyu Woon seems to match her in onscreen charisma.)

As for Ji Heon, he’s a lovable goof. He’s a man with an ambition, haunted by his dying brother’s last words, but he acts like a little kid as well who has set his sights on a lollipop and won’t go anywhere without it. (The lollipop being Yeon Woo, not a gold medal.) He pulls off yellow clothes well (aside from Park Shi Hoo), and he has a cute nephew to boot. I’m sad that Lee Do Wook did not appear for much longer than he already did. There are definite House-references based on this first episode – and just because you replace Vicodin with Vitamins doesn’t make it any better. Both pills still start with ‘V’.

I think this drama has definite potential. It’s already made me laugh in the first five minutes (with Jumbo-Tron Ji Heon’s cheeky smile as he got ready to expose himself) and was oddly addicting as I wanted to know how low Yeon Woo would sink to the bottom. The drama is also filmed differently from others in that it uses a DSLR camera – Canon EOS 5D Mark II. There is a crisp HD-feel to it, with its vibrant colors and sharp focus, but the camera also softens everything beautifully in the background. I didn’t check my expectations at the door, but Dr. Champ isn’t exactly what I expected the drama to be. (I thought Yeon Woo was a crabby doctor at Taereung National Village, not a hotshot doctor who got fired from her cushy job.) So with no expectations at all, I plan on enjoying this ride.

And now, I pass the baton to aberdeen_angus, who will tell us if Ji Heon is going to give Yeon Woo a smack down for cutting his leg open. :)

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132 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. ANdie

    yikes your back.

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    • 1.1 ANdie

      don get me wrong, not an anti.
      just want to be first.

      Yahoo

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      • 1.1.1 outofcontrol

        Congratulations for being first :)!

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        • 1.1.1.1 ANdie

          Salamat po.

          that makes you officially third…

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  2. aX

    … So who’s the lead actor?

    Because I absolutely hate Jung Kyeo-woon and his one-dimensional/wooden acting-facial expressions. Looking through some of his recaps vividly brought back bad memories of it but I’m glad to see Kim So Yeon play lead though.

    I’m really hoping that Uhm Tae-woong is the lead actor and eventually get paired up with Kim So Eun. I’m over Jung Kyeon-woon. Probably the ONLY reason why I am not too excited about starting this Kdrama whatsoever.

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    • 2.1 Julie

      Hes actually a pretty good actor in here. And, I hate to break your bubble but it seems that theres a higher chance of him being the leading man

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      • 2.1.1 johnandvan

        I think they may go for a quad, but I hoping Mr. Sexy Limp is with the swim coach liked their vibe even though something tells me she may have hurt my hottie Doc in the past, as for Mr. Judo he has a certain charm with or with out a shirt, all the man candy is drool worthy. I so enjoyed the first show. Thanks for the recaps with pictures.

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    • 2.2 johnandvan

      It looks like two male leads so far.

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    • 2.3 Kiwi

      I agree with you,i watch 2 eps and still meh with JKW, he is ok but not exciting

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  3. Ladymoonstone143

    Thanks so much for the awesome recap. Although I haven’t given this drama a thought, I am getting interested because of Kim So yeon. I adore her in Prosecutor Princess. The story is interesting too. Looking forward to reading your future recaps…

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  4. :P

    oh, this sounds cool! THX for the recap, i love this team/duo!

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  5. Pearl132010

    This is so much better than I expected! I got really into it. Thank you!

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  6. dannaluk

    yipeeee!!…you’re back!!..i have yet to watch the first 2 eps….bt i will soon…this definitely looks promising

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  7. estel

    Yay! I was hoping this would get recapped! I agree with your assessment, and I look forward to this drama for its characters. Here’s hoping the writers don’t give anyone amnesia.

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  8. supah

    Yay! OK, now I have no choice but to watch this show, religiously.
    I promise, no passionate shipper wars, this time. Haha!

    Needless to say j’adore KSY’s character here in Dr Champ.

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  9. eatsugar

    to tell you the truth i had no ounce of sympathy for yeon woo in this episode.
    frankly, she’s a bitch.

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    • 9.1 Mars

      Bitch? Seriously? I’m not sure what show you’re watching but she wasn’t rude, mean, or obnoxious.

      Yeon-woo is strong, competent, and honest. Sure, you could argue that she’s a little harsh with the other residents, but they certainly deserved what she dished out.

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  10. 10 LOL

    I laughed so hard when I saw “because that’s what Dr. House takes”. It’s so true! I mean, what with the cane, dry sense of humour, kinda underdog-old guy who takes vicodin/vitamin.

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  11. 11 oh! tht! chick!

    UHM! TAE! WOONG!!!!! <3 <3!!

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    • 11.1 oh! tht! chick!

      lookie lookie whose in the tweetiverse now! http://twitter.com/#!/zhao74

      AHJUSSSHHHI CONSIDER URSELF CYBER STALKED!

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      • 11.1.1 maria

        made me lol so hard. thanks for the link– make that TWO additional stalker. LOL

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        • 11.1.1.1 oh! tht! chick!

          see its no fun to stalk ‘em alone!! the more the merrier so no need to thank i say!

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  12. 12 soonie

    @aX, totally had mirrored your sentiments when I first heard that Jung Kyeo-woon was going to be one of the leads, if not THE male lead. Seems this still is up in the air at this point but at least we had Uhm Tae Woong who I adore (and who doesnt?).

    BUT after watching the both episodes, I have to say that Jung Kyeo-woon ‘s acting has definitely improved!! (Thank freaking goodness cuz I was still going to watch it anyway for Kim So Yeon.) I think the cheerful, optimistic character fits him very well….I feel like he should stick with these roles b/c he is really adorable and endearing…he has some good comedic timing that I think he could do well in those roles too. There are a few moments in the more serious/angry scenes where you see his lack of range but there is improvement there as well. But the drama’s storyline has him being a happy fellow for the most part so you don’t notice it as much.

    The first episode drew me b/c of the characters but then storyline REALLY picks up the 2nd episode with the interaction between Uhm and Kim. Alone, each has a charisma that holds you but put them together and you get such intensity (don’t want to call it chemistry since its not quite there yet) that you feel something crackling in each scene where the two are together.

    Totally recommend this drama!

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    • 12.1 gracefulmoonie

      I agree. Watching Uhm Tae Wong and Kim So Yeon in episode 2 was what I had been waiting for since this casting announcements.
      Can’t say that they have chemistry yet, but Uhm’s presence just screams “leading male.”
      So here is to Kim and Uhm getting more screen time next episodes.

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      • 12.1.1 kamee

        i definitely agree. Why put in such uhm tae woong as a second lead and not first. he’s definitely first male lead material. and plus, i think he and kim so yeon pairs soooo well together!

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        • 12.1.1.1 NY

          but it might be the same as in QSD, he started as first male lead, but than had to step away.. I can’t say he became 2nd, but the story had one more guy on the same level

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    • 12.2 aX

      Oh okay. Hmm, I’m intrigued but I’m going to wait this out. Just the captures with Jung Kyeo-woon gives me bad memories. I’m usually one to give second chances, but he’s had more than what I could bear.

      I may just wath this purely for Kim So Yeon and possibly Uhm Tae-woong hoping that their characters will have a great romantic storyline.

      Thanks for the feedback. I really appreciate it! :D

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  13. 13 mellowyel

    welcome back! I think i’ll be watching this for the cinematography. how come all the k-dramas don’t use HD cameras? i’ve been trying to get my friend into k-dramas, but she says she can’t watch them because the filming style is too sitcom-y for her liking. i don’t mind (clearly) but it’s just something i’ve always wondered about.

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    • 13.1 jo

      the cinematography is the icing on the cake! Love it!

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    • 13.2 Getoba

      All K-dramas and J-dramas use HD camera. The difference is the incredible quality of the canon 5d who looks like 35 mm of cinema movies. I hope too that all k-drama use this cam in the future. For me the k-dramas is like movies, the great talent of the actors and director in drama like for exemple, painter of the wind, coffee prince, the legend, bad guy, S. Scandal, A man story, tamna the island and a lot others is evident except for the quality of the image. With the canon 5d the US series can be afraid. The cinematography of Dr Champ is a lot superior to Grey’s anatomy for exemple.

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      • 13.2.1 thedramaaddict

        the quality of Bad Guy was really the best i’ve ever seen in a kdrama… it seemed like a hq movie rather than a sitcom-quality drama xD

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        • 13.2.1.1 tm

          Hold on.. I do not understand.. this dslr is a hd video camera right? and not a digital camera right?

          Actually how different is the normal hd camera and this specific model?

          But i do know that the images in this drama look nicer and crisp than the other dramas. Bad guy images are also well shot.

          Even the screen images of the recaps can be seen that they are so nicely shot.

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    • 13.3 meh

      You and your friend must be blind !

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  14. 14 sari

    Yes I’m agree, that whole uhm tae woong scene does remind me off dr house a lot..the limp – the popping pill.. But maybe they only make for fun — jokes??

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  15. 15 Sunshine

    Korean style !! how could a doctor kicked her colleagues in the shin bone are they professional qualified doctors or quack scriptwriting !!.

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    • 15.1 johnandvan

      Have no idea, but the scene was hilarious. Though wouldn’t advocate it in real life.

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      • 15.1.1 cecee

        if you watch other korean medical dramas, the head resident and doctors always hit the residents. lols. It is pretty standard.

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        • 15.1.1.1 Kiwi

          lol korean dramas :P

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  16. 16 Babomori

    I really liked the first 2 episodes of Dr. Champ so I’m glad you guys decided to recap the drama…thanks!!

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  17. 17 kilmenyanne

    omg, girlfriday and javabeans really don’t cut you slack, huh? XD But all the better for me, because I’m now gonna watch Dr Champ thanks to your recap. Good job on I Am Legend by the way.

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  18. 18 kdlover

    I really enjoy the first two ep…hope it stays good….

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  19. 19 CHshe

    Yay! Thanks for the recap…
    I was glad that you’d pick up this drama, keke me being KSY fan too ^^…
    I never thought it would be a good start
    Still hoping that it wont jinx as IAL…

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  20. 20 rant

    Im not watching this. Im outta here.

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  21. 21 v

    OMG! kaedejun and aberdeen_angus together… those are MUST-READ recaps! i’m super busy with my life right now but i’ll be sure to find time later on. still haven’t seen ep 2 yet but ep 1 was promising. plus, donghee oppa, hwaitin!

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  22. 22 Lemon

    Wow kaedejun its great to see (read) you back so soon! Loved your I am Legend recaps, just that the story kinda spoiled it.

    Dr Champ sounds pretty nice though. (:

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  23. 23 amatea

    can’t wait more for the next episode recap. Thanks for the recap :)

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  24. 24 jo

    “So far, only Jung Gyu Woon seems to match her in onscreen charisma.”

    AMEN!

    I really really wish (cross my fingers) that the lovel ine will develop btwn KSY and the adorable JGW!! UTW’s character is too much Dr.House-y, I can’t handle this blatant plagiarism, oh how I wish they didn’t make him a cripple!!

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  25. 25 dramacafe

    Yay! I’m so glad Dr. Champ gets to be recapped! Big thanks to you and aberdeen_angus!

    I enjoyed watching the 2 episodes so much!

    At first I was hesitant at watching this ’cause the synopsis aside from being so vague was not that appealing enough for me but for the sake of Kim So Yeon, I’ve seen it and had no regrets of doing so.

    It’s good that KSY and JGW looks good onscreen together, although I’m still torn ’cause I like UTW as well for her.

    Looking forward to your succeeding recaps!

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  26. 26 LL

    Surely, the vitamin scene was a fake-out/joke for House fans?

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    • 26.1 LL

      Also, as cute as JGW is, I’m pretty sure Uhm Tae-Woong will end up the main guy. He is a jerk and this is a kdrama – what more evidence do you need? But maybe they will shake things up. Either way, I thought the first two episodes were great, and I am ready for more.

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      • 26.1.1 Tristan

        My thoughts exactly. XD The jerk always gets all the love.

        Unexpectedly, I loved this. I didn’t think I would, just because of the doctor characters (I’m prejudiced, I guess – I generally hate medical shows), but this is more about the characters than their doctorness, so it’s cool. And the filming rocked, that was what initially kept me watching. <3

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        • 26.1.1.1 LL

          Yes! I was wondering the whole time I watched why the filming was so damn beautiful, and I was glad to get my answer here.

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  27. 27 bluelime

    does anyone know the name of the actor playing the role of han ki young? he looks a lot like brian joo….is he really brian joo?

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  28. 28 Love Dr Champ

    I fall in love with this drama after 1st epi. Will follow through…….

    Like KSY and JGW & hope that they will end up together:)

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  29. 29 dit

    Glad to see this drama being recapped! I already said this at your blog but I loved the start of Dr Champ. Very impressive.

    BTW, I know it’s a teeny tiny bit, but I think the money they owed was 20,000.

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  30. 30 girlfriday

    I worship at the feet of the Canon 5D Mark II. This show is SO goddamn purrrty!

    Doesn’t hurt that it hooks me emotionally right away, with a smart heroine who’s an underdog because she plays by the rules–the real ones, of the universe, not the boys’ club ones.

    Didn’t expect to find such a fresh tone and striking look in this drama. Rock on!

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    • 30.1 absothe

      Omo are you THE Girlfriday, as in javabeans alter ego/ sidekick/ BFF?
      You watch this show too? :D

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      • 30.1.1 girlfriday

        The One and Only!

        So far, yes–I’m watching. Better than I was expecting, I have to say. Lots of heart and, again, that camera…. *drool*

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        • 30.1.1.1 absothe

          hihi, I might have overreacted, a litle bit.

          But I totally agree on the camera, it gives a movie feel to it. It makes everything interesting, like more interesting on screen than in real life. But on the other hand, the pretty people on screen does make a difference. :)

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  31. 31 Sumee

    Firstly thanks a lot for the recap ..i was eagerly waiting for this one & yehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh kaedejun & aberdeen_angus I am so excited to have 2 of you recapping again …………..Kim so yeon world !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! tiy know how much i adore you guys since PP days ;-) welcome back ;-D

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  32. 32 e.

    This is more interesting than expected. I’m glad you’re recapping this!

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  33. 33 anna c

    great recap and i agree wholeheartedly. i started watching just to see how irritating the first ep would be but i was totally sucked in. the characters are thus far endearing and believable. enjoyed the second ep as well. my only complaint about your recap: you forgot to mention all the eye candy between Jung Kyeo Woon and his roomie in ep2. ;)

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    • 33.1 annie

      that is for ep2 :P drool

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  34. 34 Emeldy

    Been reading your recap since Iris… When i saw your name recapping Dr. Champ i thought to myself, you sticking with Kim So Yeon is just a coincidence or you are a big fan. Love your recap as usual and a big Thank You for choosing Dr.Champ

    I am so in love with this drama. I was checking it out with zero expectation. I was preparing to cut it out after few min. Dang ! i was in for a surprise. I finished Ep.1 and 2 in one go wanting for more. I am totally hooked. Amazing cast and refreshing OST. I know i am going to love this drama.

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    • 34.1 Krix

      Same here…I hadn’t planned on watching Dr Champ, but after the first 15 min I was hooked. I had to watch ep 1 & 2 in the same sitting….. and now I am eagerly awaiting

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      • 34.1.1 Krix

        Correction -> eagerly awaiting ep 3
        :-)

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    • 34.2 annie

      haha me too, I was bored and being a ksy fan, I went to watch it with no expectation. I would say the drama is pretty good, I am not addicted to it…..YET/

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  35. 35 Cindy

    Thank you for recapping Dr. Champ!Now I have something to live for!!!!!!!!

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  36. 36 y

    the drama is better than I thought!
    =)

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  37. 37 belltinct

    hahhaa..love to see the episode 1 and 2(i’ve watched last nite)…hahahaa..
    the reason im totally highly wanna see this drama of course coz i want to see again kim so yeon act..(im crazy about her after PP)
    but im totally suprised seeing uhm tae woong more handsome , more younger than i see in QS ..
    and then jung gyu woon , haha…..wanna pick one like him TO BE MINE,…hehehe….
    cant wait too see neXt episode…hehhee..
    love to see this page neXt week….FIghting YA!!!!!

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  38. 38 Jane

    I hope we don’t have to deal with shipper wars with this drama. So far, I like both men.

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    • 38.1 andreapirlo

      hahaha… I kind of hoping though kkkk *hides*

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      • 38.1.1 Jane

        lol. I don’t want a repeat of all the Coffee House drama.

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    • 38.2 dannaluk

      all this confusion over who the leading man is kinda remids me of Cofee house too…dont wanna hear all the fighting again

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  39. 39 kit

    omgsh those screencaps of the medical vein-y creepy stuff. *shudders*

    but ahem, this does sound promising. thank you for recapping! (:

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  40. 40 David

    Thanks kaedejun.

    It is already a give away hints that the limping sport director will be the main lead and why is above his right eye puffy and swollen and the foundation – yacks . ?

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  41. 41 mskololia

    Welcome back and thanks for recap kaedejun!

    Dr. Champ drew me in and I like this drama so far…so good. The cutie-patootie nephew is remarkable. I want to see this child in every episode and if they find a little girl flashing her eyelids at him, fantastic. Then he will understand a thing or two or three….

    Anyway, I think this may be my next kdrama fix.

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  42. 42 Jaydi

    Great writing style. Will be following your recaps.

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  43. 43 diadda

    glad someone is on the case with this recap. I look forward to all the rest of this show!

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  44. 44 absothe

    Yaay!! *Fangirl Squeel*
    I’m soo happy that Dr. Champ is getting recapped, I’ve been stalking dramabeans ever since I watched the first episode. And kaedejun and aberdeen_angus are recapping! This totally brings back PP memories, sigh those were the good times.

    I love the characters already, and I’m stil drooling over Jung Kyeo Woon, he is such a cutiepie, with a great body *wink*. And for those of you who haven’t watched ep 2 yet, prepare for massive nosebleed!

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  45. 45 paperdolls

    Truly happy that Dr. Champ is being recapped, and more especially so by the team of Kaedejun and Aberdeen_angus who did Prosecutor Princess. Great team, I would say. I really hoped and prayed for the recaps to be done on this drama. Watched the first 2 episodes, and I enjoyed it a lot, and now there comes the added treat of recaps. Loved the recaps done of IAL too, drama which I enjoyed a lot.
    Thanks for all these that make me enjoy life more. I just wish that negative comments will not be written by those who have nothing to do better. Please let us enjoy what we read. Why spoil these simple pleasures? Please, avoid being spoilsports! Let’s propagate love all around us to enjoy a better world.
    Love you all!

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  46. 46 belltinct

    bythe way..is it anyone know the song title, an kind hippy/rnb song in this episode…thats song wanna get up me to dance…

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    • 46.1 absothe

      Its: my way
      artist: Wheesung

      I was in love with the song too :P

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    • 46.2 aberdeen_angus

      LOL, I’m totally in love with that song, too!

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  47. 47 sunni

    Waaa, while watching the two episodes, i fell in love with Dr. Champ…so great that you are going to recap this!
    I’m convinced that you gonna do a great job – like prosecutor princess!
    Haha, I’m looking forward to the next mondays & tuesdays!!!!

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  48. 48 kamee

    this was definitely the drama i was waiting for. sure my girlfriend is a gumiho and playful kiss are fun to watch, but dr. champ definitely holds my attention. and gosh….ehm tae woong is sooo smexy… :D

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  49. 49 belltinct

    hahhaa..thanks fot the title song..hehehe :)

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  50. 50 rainerust

    Great that you’re back, kaedejun! Dr. Champs was better than I expected, and I totally loved the cinematography. Makes me yearn to own one of the cameras they use *sigh* delish.

    Love Kim So Yeon’s character here LOL as much of a bitch as she is, I find her appealing in that she really has to be to have survived and climbed up to where she was – but she couldn’t compromise her ethics or morality to really make it all the way to the top. I’m hoping she finds a way to fight back, or at least to prove that her way of working will come up tops, at the end.

    By the way…I really shouldn’t ask this…but…who IS the OTP?

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