Drama Recaps
Dr. Champ: Episode 3
by | October 9, 2010 | 59 Comments

Kyaaaa! Save for one moment of pure fangirl moment, this episode served mostly as an emotional one as it added more dimensions to all the characters in the drama. I wouldn’t say it was completely frustrating to experience more tension between Jo Min Ki and Kim So Yeon, but I find solace in the fact that his role is merely a cameo and that he should be hurrying off to work on Flames of Ambition.

The interview begins, and Do Wook immediately targets Yeon Woo with, “I guess you had nowhere else to go to have applied to such a dump as this.”

When Do Wook and Jeong Ho Chang reach Yeon Woo to question her, Jeong is surprised to see a doctor of her high caliber applying for Taereung Village, and that she left Hankook Medical Center. She’s about to explain why she left when suddenly a nurse bursts into the room. There’s an emergency patient.

That patient is none other than Ji Heon, whose leg pains caused him to fall during practice. This is an excellent time to test the applicants and so Do Wook takes everyone over to examine Ji Heon. Imagine the surprise on Ji Heon and Yeon Woo’s faces as they recognize each other.

Yeon Woo hangs back as the other doctors ask the history of his injury. But Ji Heon just says, “I was told it was a life or death matter.” He turns to Yeon Woo: “What was it again?”

Everyone’s attention turns to her as she explains that he was suffering from compartment syndrome, where his leg muscles were basically rotting. Jeong protests that she has an advantage in this “test” because she knew the patient’s case already. Yeon Woo denies that Ji Heon is her own patient – she just happened to be at the right place at the right time and that’s how she knew of his injury.

Ji Heon pipes up that Yeon Woo saved his life – “She’s a really talented doctor. She’s my life’s savior!” Yeon Woo wants nothing more than for him to shut up, but Ji Heon thinks he’s helping the situation. Do Wook starts grilling Yeon Woo on her choice of procedure – particularly the fact that she performed surgery in a judo arena where it wasn’t sterilized, and Ji Heon could have gotten an infection that resulted in his death. Ji Heon is all, “But I didn’t die!!” He’s her one defendant in the room full of men, except his enthusiasm makes him seem a little weird to the other applicants.

The interview over, Yeon Woo sighs about her “good” luck in meeting both Ji Heon and Do Wook in one place. Ji Heon comes by and proudly notes that if she gets the job, it’s all because of him. She asks him to stop butting into other people’s business (especially since he does it in such an embarrassing way), and he thinks she’s still mad at him for the condom. Ha!

Back in the interview room, Jeong informs Do Wook that one of the applicants is actually the son-in-law of the director – if he gets hired it would be very beneficial to them. Do Wook cocks an eyebrow up in interest and takes a closer look at this particular applicant’s resume.

At home, Yeon Woo is suffering from an illness called “waiting” – she begs her phone to ring, but it remains silent. I’m surprised she didn’t check to see if her voice mail was working. She finally gives up hope that she’ll ever get a response and starts to pack a suitcase full of clothes. Suddenly her phone goes riiiiiing!

Yeon Woo: Hello?
In Woo: It’s me, Seo In Woo.
Yeon Woo: (disappointed) You have the wrong number.
In Woo: (confused) Huh? That’s strange. Isn’t this Prosecutor Ma Hye Ri’s cell phone?
Yeon Woo: (pissed off) I told you it’s not! (hangs up)

Oh I’m sorry – did your ear drums just break? ‘Cause that was me going *SQUEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!!!*

Yeon Woo goes to visit her mother’s salon. She drops off a packet of money and then announces that that will be the last of it. She’s going away on an extended vacation. Mi Ja thinks that Yeon Woo just doesn’t want to pay back the debt and is running away, but Yeon Woo says that it’s because she can’t find a job. Mi Ja is frustrated – now both her children are officially failures. But just then, Yeon Woo’s phone rings.

Do Wook: This is Taereung National Village’s Medical Director Lee Do Wook. Please come to the athlete’s medical department tomorrow morning by 8.

Yahoo!

Jeong isn’t too pleased with Do Wook’s selection, but when he is told that the son-in-law might tattle-tale on every single little thing that happens in the hospital, and that he would be more trouble than his worth, Jeong has no choice but to agree. So Do Wook goes off to greet Yeon Woo and introduce her to the staff as the new orthopedic physician.

One of the nurses is quite tactless and has a voice that’s louder than she thinks; she “whispers” to another wondering why Do Wook is limping, which makes him stop in his tracks. He turns to face her – he doesn’t like people talking behind his back. So she flat out asks him, “What happened to your legs?”

Do Wook replies, “I’m curious as to why Ms. Pi Jung Hwa has sprayed on strong perfume before a treatment, but I don’t ask. And why is that? Because asking such things like that isn’t very polite.”

Shot down! Aaand his sad history is left for another day…

Yeon Woo privately asks Do Wook why he hired her; he had said before that only a person who was shot in the head would ever hire her. Do Wook replies that she’s not really the perfect candidate in his mind – but she’s the closest one to it. Though unsettled, Yeon Woo is eager to get back to work.

Her first patient is Nam Hyun Hee, a star fencing athlete. However, Yeon Woo doesn’t know that: she asks Nam Hyun Hee to repeat her name several times (spelling it wrong too), and asking what sport she plays. The nurse is aghast to see that Yeon Woo is so ignorant of the sports world and immediately tells everyone. Of course, they’re all amazed when Hyun Hee comes out of the room completely amused by the new doctor – Yeon Woo had told her to stop playing with swords so that she wouldn’t get stabbed again.

Do Wook is examining the gold medalist and archer Park So Hyun, who’s complaining of general fatigue and pain. Do Wook suspects that the girl may be lovesick, so he asks to see her cellphone. As she takes it out, his hands wrap around hers for a moment, as if to test her. The coach catches this and is suspicious, so Do Wook flips through the photos in her phone. Most of them are sel-ca pictures from three months ago to the present time. Do Wook notes that she’s lost weight, but her face and hands look swollen – has she been on diuretics?

The coach denies that she’s on them, but a fearful look on So Hyun’s face suggests otherwise. She had been taking them secretly so that she could become more attractive, but if she were caught she would have been suspended as an athlete for three years.

Ji Heon is back at practice, but his leg affects his ability to keep up with the other team members. While sparring with team leader Taek Woo, Ji Heon gets kicked in the shins and sent falling down on the mats. Unable to deal with the pain, he calls for a bathroom break and hops in to check his injury.

Coach Oh Jung Dae can tell that something is up and follows him to the bathroom. Ji Heon makes up the excuse that he’s totally fine (he just couldn’t pee), but after practice he goes to see the doctor…who is none other than Yeon Woo!

Ji Heon is so proud that she got in – because really, it was all thanks to him – but gets yelled at when she finds out he hadn’t been resting like she had told him to. He tells her that it’s harder for him to not exercise than it is to just exercise. As she does an ultrasound on his injury, she tells him, “I had a goldfish when I was younger, and one day there was a cut on its tail. I didn’t think much of it because it was still swimming fine. But that goldfish… what do you think happened to it in the end?”

It DIED. I think.

Now on to Hee Young and her background – she’s followed by her ex-husband, who nags her about being such a great coach but a horrible wife who wouldn’t even cook him dinner. Hee Young faces him, “Are we divorced because of that (one reason)?” Oooh – sounds like he cheated on her?!

As she drives back to Taereung Village, she spots Do Wook and Yeon Woo leaving together and driving off in her car. Now, now – too early to get jealous of anything.

Yeon Woo drives to a hotel, where she and Do Wook would be meeting a guest for lunch. Of course, the guest just had to be Professor Seo.

Seo is surprised to see that Do Wook hired Yeon Woo of all people. The air is tense as Yeon Woo sits uncomfortably while Seo insults her. He says that he has one additional condition in regards to a deal between Taereung and Hankook Medical Center: Do Wook must fire Yeon Woo. If not, the contract is canceled.

Yeon Woo points out that Seo is being an asshole over nothing – it’s not like the family filed a malpractice suit. But Seo points out that she accused him of malpractice – and apparently that’s all it takes to get on his black list forever. Yeon Woo leaves the lunch meeting, and Do Wook limps after her – he had set up the meeting in hopes that the two of them could sort out their matters. If they wait any longer, things could turn out a lot worse. Yeon Woo knows – well, assumes – that Do Wook is going to fire her anyways, so she thanks him for having hired her. He knew her whole story at Hankook Medical Center, and yet hired her when no one else would, thus making her feel like there was someone on her side.

Back at the gym, Ji Heon is clearly not listening to Yeon Woo since he’s back at lifting weights. The assistant coach informs Coach Oh that Ji Heon should be resting per doctor’s orders, so Oh sends Ji Heon home. Ji Heon insists that he can continue training, as he clearly doesn’t want to be cut off, but Coach Oh won’t let him stay. It’s no use to try and get in shape when his body’s not even at its best.

Ji Heon returns to his dorm late, and with his eyes closed, Sang Bong tells Ji Heon that he doesn’t really care what he does – as long as the lights are off by 11pm and he does not have to talk to him as much as possible. What a crappy roommate.

Just as Ji Heon gets to bed, he starts getting text messages from Yoo Ri. She sends him a mysterious text thanking him for everything, but it increases his worry. He rushes back out…only to find her squatting outside his building and in need of him to pick her up – her legs are cramping. His reaction is:

She heard he was feeling sick, so she came by to give him a medicinal candy.

Just then, Ji Heon gets a call from a friend that sends him rushing over to a karaoke bar. He searches all the private rooms until he finally finds the one where his sister-in-law is. He drags her out, but her male guest is drunk and ready for a fight – how dare Ji Heon just barge in there and take his girl away? He lunges for Ji Heon, who sidesteps, and crashes into the wall.

The man makes such a ruckus about Ji Heon hitting him that they all end up at the police station. He insists that his sister will determine whether his injury was self-inflicted or done by Ji Heon when she finally arrives… and it’s Yeon Woo. The man is Kyung Woo, her older brother.

Embarrassed to see each other, Yeon Woo and Ji Heon avert their eyes. Yeon Woo quickly says that her brother’s injury is self-inflicted, which causes him to get mad at her for not helping him get some money out of it.

Outside, Yeon Woo asks him how his business is going; he must have so much free time to come up to Seoul and party. He starts talking big and tells her not to worry – soon enough he will set up a hospital just for her. Yeon Woo wants none of that – she just wants him to stop getting into debt. Kyung Woo is offended that she must be looking down on him, and reminds her that she’s not too great herself – after all, a bunch of doctors turned their backs on her.

They leave, bitter with each other, and that’s when Ji Heon and his sister-in-law come out of the station. He’s pissed that she’s leaving Yi Reum alone at night and lied about her job at the super mart. His brother wouldn’t be too happy to know she was doing this. However, she throws it right back at him – if Ji Heon hadn’t caused his death, she wouldn’t be in the situation right now.

Yeon Woo overhears this part of the conversation, and because it’s so personal she quickly leaves.

Ji Heon promises that once he leaves Taereung Village – which is soon – he will give her everything he owns, and that should help support her and Yi Reum.

Yeon Woo and Ji Heon wait together by the bus stop. It’s awkward, as both don’t really want to address the pink elephant in the room (of their personal relations bringing them down to the police station) but can’t really help it. Ji Heon thanks her for her statement, but she shrugs it off, saying that situations like that with her brother arise often. He tries to reassure her that Kyung Woo will grow up once he’s married, but Kyung Woo is actually divorced.

Ji Heon wraps his sweater around Yeon Woo, who’s under dressed for the chilly night, and manage to catch a cab. Ji Heon squeezes in and asks the driver to take them to Taereung Village first, and then to her home. He doesn’t have money, so can Yeon Woo pay for it? But it’s a longer way home for her to go to Taereung first, and then home! They squabble for a bit, but get the driver moving.

Ji Heon insists that he must get to Taereung in an hour, since he has practice in the morning. He’s a role model, and must set a good example – despite her orders to rest. That sparks a thought in Yeon Woo’s mind, and she asks what should she do if she were to spend all her effort exercising but can’t beat her opponent who is so much stronger than she and even cheats. He advises that there is no solution except to strengthen up and match her opponent. Yeon Woo feels like this means she will lose (her battle to Professor Seo), but Ji Heon replies, “No, you win. Cheaters fail. There’s a referee.”

Problem is, in Yeon Woo’s battle, there is no referee.

His words are encouraging though, so when the driver asks where they want him to go first, Yeon Woo says they’ll drop Ji Heon off first at Taereung Village. The driver makes a sharp U-turn, causing Yeon Woo to fall on his lap. Instead of looking happy, Ji Heon stiffens, uncomfortable with the sudden closeness. I think he’s understanding and realizing the depth of his feelings for her.

The next morning, Coach Oh punishes the team with fifty laps around the track. One of the members was out late last night, and so he will have to stand by and watch as everyone else suffers. Ji Heon is apologetic and guilty, while all the others hate him. Exhausted after the run, Taek Woo grabs Ji Heon’s collar and yells at him for going out late. Ji Heon apologizes (with a touch of rebelliousness) to Taek Woo. Sang Bong advises that Ji Heon just leave if he’s going to continue making trouble.

Ji Heon: You’re just the same – always rebuking others. It wasn’t enough to chase out Director Wang last time? Why – is it too embarrassing to hear when you caused the trouble?

POW! Sang Bong punches Ji Heon and Woo Ram and another team mate have to hold back the two from escalating the fight. Sang Bong angrily says that he doesn’t care for punks who can’t get their act together after leaving the village five years ago. Apparently, Ji Heon had left of his own accord last time – and that same worry is pressing on Coach Oh’s mind. He wants to look for a possible replacement in case something happens wtih Ji Heon.

As for Hee Young – she times her swimmers on their laps, and Yoo Ri is disappointingly off her game today. In fact, Yoo Ri is off her game 361 days a year, but today, it’s all because of Mr. Cute Butt, a.k.a. Ji Heon.

After practice, Hee Young tells her star swimmer Eun Suk to get ready for a special event for Taereung athletes and Hankook Medical Center. She’ll be accompanying him, and even though he may not like these formalities, it’s required because of his star status.

Yeon Woo arrives at work to formally say her goodbyes, since she knows she has to leave for the benefit of Taereung. However, Do Wook asks that she stay for the afternoon; he has an errand to run and can’t leave the medical department unattended. She can leave after she finishes up her examinations. Heh heh heh…

Of course, once she’s done Do Wook calls her up and says that he needs her to bring over some important documents that he had left behind. And of course – he’s at the event!

Hankook Medical Center’s director Young Hae Jung and Professor Seo are chit chatting with Do Wook when they spot Eun Suk. That brings Do Wook face to face with Hee Young. He ignores her completely, and even when she asks that he not be so harsh to her, he doesn’t care. As for Professor Seo, he’s pleased that Yeon Woo isn’t around because that means Do Wook really did fire her.

Meanwhile, Yeon Woo arrives at the event and guess who sees her first? It’s jerk boyfriend Han Ki Young! Yeon Woo immediately mutters, “Hey Han Ki Young, can you leave me alone and get lost?!” Han Ki Young tries to make peace with her by saying that he gave her a very good recommendation when someone went to look for him regarding her. (Methinks it’s Do Wook.) But Yeon Woo doesn’t really care. She spots Do Wook and brings over the papers. Unfortunately, that brings her in contact with Professor Seo. Again.

Do Wook orders her to sit down and then informs Director Young that he has one more condition to add to their contract as well: Fire Dr. Seo.

Aaaand we have our referee!

Comments:

I just wanted to highlight this particular scene in the taxi cab. Just how often do you usually see the car from the back? Usually the camera is affixed in the front and you can see their faces, but this particular scene shows off the car from the back, so you could see that they were driving forward, but you couldn’t tell where they were going. (Not to mention, you could also see that the driver wasn’t exactly staying in the lane lines…) It works almost like a metaphor about these two – they’re hurtling forward, but they can’t see their destination.

That’s kind of how I feel like with this drama – I can’t tell what the end purpose is for all the other characters except for Ji Heon (whose goal is to win a gold medal). I’m fine with it though, and I think that’s a testament to the writer of this drama who has managed to keep my level of interest up while not really developing the plot. Everything seems to be tightly written in this episode, and I particularly loved how Yeon Woo’s brother was introduced. At first, one thinks that he’s just a Regular Joe that Ji Heon got involved with, but it turns out that it’s a very small world for him and Yeon Woo. It might be a little too coincidental that these two keep bumping into each other, but I think that’s the writer’s way of strengthening the possible connection that Ji Heon and Yeon Woo will have.

On that note, Jung Gyu Woon is a delight. He’s got the funniest and most expressive face that makes him really suit this role as a lovable dork. Uhm Tae Woong… is just looking broody. Aside from his cocked eyebrow – which he raises so well! – there’s not much else to him. He’s only interesting when he speaks, and it’s not very often.

In terms of tone (and I’m sure comparisons have already been made), this drama feels a lot like Coffee House in that the focus of the drama is the development of Seung Yeon and Jin Soo. Here, it’s the development of Ji Heon and Yeon Woo. I think Ji Heon is far more complicated than he seems, because it seems like he just may leave Taereung again once he gets the money, and he will give up his gold medal dreams like before. The drama is also tightly written, like Prosecutor Princess, in that it seems like there will always be a new case that will present another difficulty for Yeon Woo to deal with, but it won’t drag out for very long (like in I Am Legend).

But most importantly, the question to ask is – will Professor Seo be found out, and fired?! :D

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59 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. linkyo

    Owh!!! First to comment!!! Yay!!! Finally a recap! :) will read it ASAP!
    Thanks for the recapppppp

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    • 1.1 linkyo

      I’m now curious with this story. I’m also wondering, what is the point of this story? (And I’m saying it in a positive light) Curious… Where do the writers will bring us to? Hm…

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  2. brookeeve

    Okay, that clenched it for me. I’m off to watch the first episode because I like your recaps.

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    • 2.1 brookeeve

      I just watched the first three episodes… and I still can’t figure out why. It’s a great show, but… I really don’t know why I like it. Hm.

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      • 2.1.1 Q & A

        I totally agree with you, I mean I watch and I enjoy but the thing is it doesn’t have anything that makes people squeal their heads in particular, in fact I would even think it’s on the bland side…but I found myself waiting for this drama episode to come out every week…ironic huh?

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      • 2.1.2 dannaluk

        I just finished watching the first3 eps too…and i love it but i dont know why either….i think i know one reason (and no its not that the athletes have great bodies)…..its cuz i’m coming to love the characters particularly yeon woo and ji heon

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  3. loveisouch-o.o

    omg still deciding whether to watch this or not…

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  4. partypapercrown

    LOVED THE SEO IN WOO MOMENT!

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  5. kay

    omgeee i was so excited when seo in woo called! i miss PP!!! those two will always be my fav couple ahhhhh

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    • 5.1 Joanne

      i love them both too.. will it possible for them both to be in one drama again? gosh i miss PP a lot.

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  6. bluepenguin

    I just want to say I’ve enjoyed all your recaps, kaedejun! thank you!

    Dr. Champ is really growing on me. 4 for 4 I say! It’s really quite entertaining and believable. I wanted to add my voice to all the others who’ve said they’re enjoying it as well.

    I am really digging it’s low key vibe in these first episodes. I think once the stakes get higher, bc they will – as it’s a sports drama, and the dramatic relational elements are introduced later on, I have faith that those moments will have been earned by then. =)

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  7. Janna

    She changed her name, location and job dude. I think she dumped you. (I hope for a phone call in Queen of Reversals now to complete the joke if possible)

    Really loving the show, it flows well and I like how things don’t drag on.

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    • 7.1 min

      Apparently, Kim So Yeon said that she is thankful for PSH’s voice cameo and would also like to cameo in his new drama, Queen of Reversals. :D

      I wish those two would appear in another drama. They’re so cute lol.

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      • 7.1.1 amatea

        Could it be happened? Since the brodcaster of Queen of Reversal is not SBS (who aired PP).

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  8. min

    I LOVE DR. CHAMP. It’s not only pretty but the plot is interesting b/c it’s vague. I’ve watch all 4 episodes so far and I’m still deciding on who to root for.

    I just hope that Do Wook would be less House-y. He stopped popping his vitamin pills after first episode right?

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  9. orangelauren

    SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    Seo In Woo needs to get back to stalking. *sighs* Oh well. I wish he had made an actual appearance.

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  10. 10 aberdeen_angus

    I’m also intrigued by this drama’s plot. I mean, there has to be more than a mere love triangle and some cute/crazy/comedic moments. Not that I would complain, though, I’m in the mood for something exactly like this – light, fun, heartwarming :D

    Overall, I’m loving Dr. Champ for the reasons I didn’t expect to find.

    I’ll light some candles, praying that this one is nothing like Coffee House – that plot was too hectic to handle. Pretty please, please, please!

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  11. 11 cullenhale

    Omo, Uhm Tae Woong is looking quite foxy in this drama.

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  12. 12 red_pill

    I would marry Uhm Taewoong is a heartbeat. ^^ No joke.

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  13. 13 marbleloaf

    loving it!!

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  14. 14 jea

    Thanks for the recaps! I have to say I’m finiding this drama more enjoyable than I expected. Right now I’m liking how Yeon Woo and Ji Heon are paired up, but not really feeling the chemistry between Yeon Woo and Do Wook.

    And yes, SQUEAL for the PSH voice cameo. They made such a cute couple in PP.

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  15. 15 amatea

    finally can read the recap! Hopes the plot get more complexed. Waiting for the next recap ^^

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  16. 16 cg96

    I really enjoyed reading your recaps.Reading the part where she received a phonecall from Seo In Woo made me think of rewatching Prosecutor Princess.Hope this series wil not disappoint us.

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  17. 17 sleeplessinwgtn

    I loved… loved… loved the Seo In Woo phone call. Agree that the SIW-MHR tandem was one of the cutest and lovable ones.

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  18. 18 cannotfathom

    Thanks so much for the recap! I, too, loved the Prosecutor Princess reference :)

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  19. 19 Amg1

    I am really liking this drama a lot!!! thank you for your hard work!!! I am enjoying the pace of the drama, it does not spend to much time resolving their antics which i personally like, instead of dragging the to long….

    Ji Heon looks like the grown up version of “Jin Pa Rang” from “Stars falling from the sky”.

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  20. 20 v

    I loved this episode…
    UTW is yummy… so even though I lOVE athlete-doctor couple, doctor-doctor is hot too.
    Best way to fire someone ever!! (i mean, a bad guy)
    I kinda softened a bit against the cheating ex-bf doctor.
    And not for the first time, I’m back to having this momentary but insanely strong crush jin young suk (+abs)…
    Shin dong hee oppa jjang!

    BEST CAMEO in the history of kdrama!!! And it was only a voice cameo… but that beat all the Chuno’s cameos of Runaway put together in my book. XD (ok.. i’ll admit, i was happy too see lee dae hee…)

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    • 20.1 v

      forgot to add… Kim So Yeon rocks my world!!!

      plus her voice was too cute/weird when she was urging the phone to ring…

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  21. 21 YTP

    “Instead of looking happy, Ji Heon stiffens, uncomfortable with the sudden closeness. I think he’s understanding and realizing the depth of his feelings for her.”

    He probably got a boner.

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    • 21.1 XDT_TXD

      lol that’s what i was thinking

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  22. 22 annie

    NEW: PSH is making a cameo in Dr. champ! YAY

    I love the part the hotel scene, i was getting emotional

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    • 22.1 annie

      it was only a voice cameo >O< I want more

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  23. 23 Q & A

    Forgive me if I seem rude and but I REALLY think that kaedejun’s recaps are improving with every one that is written!!! Keep up the good work, fighting! Aja, aja!

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  24. 24 Renhye

    SEO BYUN!!!
    OH I Miss You Soo Much!
    Love that part!
    d(^_^)b
    The Best!

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  25. 25 anonymous

    I too, loved the Suh Inwoo moment. I totally went “Kyaaaaaaaaaa! I can’t believe it!” in the library :)

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  26. 26 minnetter

    I Love JGW ^^ I love how he acts and he does have the most amazing faces… I am really really enjoying this drama… it sneaked into my watching list^^

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  27. 27 Anonymous

    Jung Gyu Woon’s character can get extremely annoying later. Sure he’s all cute and lovable right now, but on a long run, it will grate on your nerves. At least that’s how these type of character does to me.

    I prefer the more mysterious, soft spoken ones.

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  28. 28 dramacafe

    Thanks for the recap!

    I love the way you highlighted the taxi ride scene! I felt the same way, too! It’s quite extraordinary that we get to see a shot taken from the back of a car. I just adore how that scene sort of has this comforting effect that I’ve been watching it over and over again, pretty much like that balloon lamp scene in EP1.

    I really like JGW in this drama, I wish I had my own adorkable judo guy, too! LOL

    KSY, is just amazing as ever! She’s the reason I gave this drama a chance.

    Can’t wait for the next episode. I’m glad that it’s Sunday already and we all know what that means…another dose of Dr. Champ goodness for all of us by tomorrow.

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  29. 29 Anonymous

    just want to say I LOVE CAMEO PART!!!
    It’s so random, that scene make me laugh to death :P

    I love Uhm Tae WOong character so far

    I LOVe misteryous char, bcause their background always interesting to make u dig his char more

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  30. 30 missjb

    just want to say I LOVE CAMEO PART!!!
    It’s so random, that scene make me laugh to death :P

    I love Uhm Tae WOong character so far

    I LOVe misteryous char, bcause their background always interesting to make u dig his char more

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  31. 31 Judoka

    Aw.. Seo In Woo is back!(best cameo ever). I love how the stories gettin more interesting. This drama has unique feelin n charm, try to tell us bout sport n medical world with such a lovely way. Iam impressed by the camera they use, espec nite scene always nice to see. So far i love both the male leads, JiHeon so cute n DoWoo really has charisma. I love Taxi scene in this eps…

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  32. 32 red

    awesome recap thankyou…..i love the tone and feel of this drama, despite being a sport/medical drama both which i avoid like the plague …i really want ji heon and yeon woo to get together and uhm tae woong and swimming coah to get together, i like that i cant tell who is the second male lead and i love the depth in which these characters are explored

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  33. 33 lia

    hmmm…seeing Uhm Tae Woong reminds me of Dr.House…

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  34. 34 A

    OK this drama is looking much better than i am legend. yay! woohoo!!!

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  35. 35 Denali

    At last! Kaedejun, this recap of yours (and the next) has been so much awaited. Thanks for sharing your perspective on this episode and the cab moment in particular.

    Muah ha ha. I was just about to write this comment when an ad promoting judo suddenly aired on my radio. ^^

    I was so delighted when YW threw her glass of water at Dr Seo (in your face, bada**!) after all his insults and his “blackmail” for the deal. The following scene at the elevator was such a very smart speech when she tells him that while everyone had turned her back on her after her decision to state the truth about Dr Seo, she had been grateful that DW didn’t because he had hired her, knowing the history. Thus she somehow felt betrayed that he wasn’t any different from others because he was eventually letting her down too, giving in to evil Doctor’s demand. Smarty Doctor couldn’t reply anything – she had made a point.

    Can’t wait for your recap on episode 4, with all its ups and a soon-to-be bromance. ^^

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  36. 36 anonymous

    Can it be like PP romance? Ma Hye Ri think that Prosecutor Yeon is her hero , so she adore him and think she is falling in love with him. And ignore the presence of Seo In Woo who always support and help her.
    After the dissapearance of Seo In Woo she realized she has falling in love with Seo In Woo not Prosecutor Yeon.
    The hero in this drama is DW, and the buddy is Ji Heon.

    But I prefer UTW can get the main lady. :D

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    • 36.1 yen_nguyen

      sounds interesting! I like your idea!

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  37. 37 mskololia

    Thanks Kaedejun! Wonderful recap…..I’m looking forward to this week’s episodes…She is not the best fit yet, but I hope she will be by the drama’s end. :)

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  38. 38 Flower Pot

    Park Shi Hoo, Mianhe!

    I’ve always thought that your pairing with Kim So Yeon in Prosecutor Princess is nothing short of Epic but dammit! Jung Gyu Woon is changing my mind big time because of this drama…

    GAHHHHHHHH!!!

    How could things be this deliciously spazzworthy to think that we’re only on Episode 4!

    I think my brain has been fried big time by nappeun namjas (bad boys) turned good guys in kdramas that it is a breath of fresh air to see a character who is really the prototype of “the man whom girls would want to bring home to Mom” from the very beginning and yet he does not come off as boring but rather one which can still retain his humurous and funny side right after…

    How potent is that combination?

    (Potent enough i guess to convert me into a Jung Gyu Woon fan that’s what!

    And yes, that killer bod that he has is not helping me any into changing my mind about that fact anytime at all…)

    I love how in Dr. Champ, we didn’t go through the usual hate at first sight then fall in love formula but rather we have a guy who’s obviously smitten with the female lead from the very beginning that he would pull crazy stunts and turn into a bumbling, preening idiot whenever he’s in her presence and yet he still comes out shining and a winner at times when it really matters…

    I really, really am beginning to fall in love with the chemistry of Yeon Woo and Ji Heon and in my opinion, much of the winning, sweet, funny, spazzworthy scenes from the past 2 episodes really owe a lot to their pairing…

    I can’t help but smile over that taxi scene in episode 3 where JH just fell into a daze after the cab driver swerve making YW fall into his lap…

    It was so unbelievably cute and dorky to see someone that tall and muscular suddenly become like an embarassed little kid that i almost felt my face splitting into two…

    And don’t even get me started on the spilt noodle scene in episode 4…

    It was funny and soooo adorable at the same time and it makes me look forward to more of their interactions together coz it always ends up being the most charming scenes in the whole drama…

    (However, WTH is wrong with Yeon Woo? With a bod like Ji Heons? Believe me, looking away would be the last thing i would be doing… *raises eyebrows naughtily up and down*)

    On the other side of the coin, we then have the angst and painful past between Doo Wook and Hee Young…

    Funny how the other pair can make me smile and reminisce fluttery, sweet feelings of falling in love and the other reminds me of the hurt and bad feelings of a relationship turned sour…

    However, Dr. Champ is not all about romance… I guess it is because of the fact that i came into this series not expecting to like it that much, that i now get a much deeper appreciation for scenes concerning the athletes…

    It shows us the struggles of people who are reaching for their dreams and working for their goals and somehow it touches a chord inside myself and it also inspires me as i look at how much passion each of them pour into their work just because they want to prove something… (I guess the same goes for Yeon Woo also in her quest to do by what’s morally right even if that means that she had to put her reputation on the line…)

    As Episode 4 ends with Yeon Hee coming full circle once again into a dilemma that concerns her career, i am more confident now that she’d go through this problem probably a little scarred but still unscathed as she has very good champions to back her up in the person of both Yeon Woo and Do Wook…

    A word to the scriptwriter though…

    Ms. Scriptwriter, i am appealing to your good sense and i am begging you to let Yeon Woo and Ji Heon end up together… They are just perfect for each other and i have invested much already in shipping them just like i want Do Wook to end up with Hee Young, so please don’t break my heart and break what don’t need any fixing…

    On a side note, Komowo for catering to my Prosecutor Princess fangirl…

    That scene where InWoo calls Yeon Woo as a wrong number and asks for Hye Ri was pure love and i can just kiss you for making me remember the pairing that made my 2010 kdrama viewing much more interesting…

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    • 38.1 anon

      Without jumping ahead to Episode 4, we know from watching Episodes 1-3, Hee Young must have left Do Wook to marry another man. With that in mind, Do Wook to end up with Hee Young??

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      • 38.1.1 CW

        I also don’t mind Do Wook ending up with Hee Young. We still don’t have the full picture concerning their past.

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    • 38.2 giddy

      I came late to Dr. Champ cuz I was immersed in Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Playful Kiss. One episode with Jung Gyu Woon, and I’m so over boys~this is a man! His character in Women Under the Sun was also likable, but here he is FINE FINE FINE!

      I agree with you, Flower Pot, how in the world can Yeon Woo turn away? She did notice his bod in ep. 2 when she took him to her apt. drunk, but I guess she’s got too many other things on her mind to drool. Especially in the cab, when two of them are feeling so sick about their family members and this circumstance (which serves as a harsh reminder of their reality outside Taerung), wouldn’t she want to lean on him for support and strength? The whole world seems to be against her, but he’s been the only pillar to lean on recently (purse, job).

      Love the recap, and thanks to you, kaedejun, even got an LOL out of the In Woo phone call! I missed it when I watched it (horrible lag watching this on viikii), but reading it here, I know my next stop is back to this scene to watch it again!

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  39. 39 absothe

    Seo Byun!! That cameo stil brings a smile to my face. :)

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  40. 40 fmv

    BEST CAMEO EVERRR……LOVE IT…..

    To you kaedejun, I salute you…You are very good indeed. …Keep up the good work…

    Thanks for the recap..

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  41. 41 You are in

    I love this drama!!
    KSY and Judo Guy’s chemistry made my heart fluttered.
    Please keep recapping this drama until the end!
    Thank you

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  42. 42 Joanne

    I really hope that next episode will break the 15% rating. It just a good drama with excellent actors, and deserve higher rating. And thank you for the recap.

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  43. 43 Lee Andy

    Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaank u very much for the recap *^O^*

    i’ve been looking for this ep & went all down cause
    it cant be found or the link is broken T.T

    But thank u ,that just made my day ^^

    keep going ~ i love ur recaps

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  44. 44 Kim

    Who is real name of Han Ki Young (ex- boyfriend Kim Yeon Wo)? I think I have seen him somewhere but I couldn’t remember. Can someone please tell me his real name. Thanks.

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  45. 45 Lilian

    I think Yeon Woo is still hurt by the betrayal of her ex…it will take some time before she is ready to start a new relationship and I can’t wait to see how it goes! and I do agree with the comparison with Coffee House. For me initially, I watched it becoz it was fun and certain parts made me laugh. But later on, I wanted to see how the characters develop and by the end, I really cared for the characters…

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