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Good Doctor: Episode 6

When it comes to the matters of the heart, we don’t always need words to voice our needs and desires. Other times, there are words that we still aren’t able to understand. That’s the thing when you’re working with such complex and abstract concepts like emotions: They’re both universal and personal. In order to understand them, you have to take your nose out of that book and express them.

Good Doctor is approaching that rare 20% milestone faster than we thought as Episode 6 ticked upward once more with a solid 19.0%

EPISODE 6 RECAP

The residents are at a loss as to what to do with the feral child, who barks at anyone who draws near. Do-han arrives just then, and he barely blinks an eye before he instructs them to restrain the child.

It’s easier said than done since Wolf Girl hurls objects at the team with a defensive growl. Shi-on offers to reach out to their patient once more, an idea that gets easily dismissed.

But to everyone’s surprise, Shi-on gets on all fours and mimics dog-like behaviors like rolling around and shaking his imaginary tail. It’s enough to give Wolf Girl pause as she looks at Shi-on with intrigued curiosity.

Then Shi-on offers his hand, palm-side up, to the girl whose hand hovers over his for a moment…

…and then the residents jump to restrain Wolf Girl on the gurney so that Do-han can administer the sedative. The effect is immediate, and the team assesses the injuries and overall medical condition.

After Yoon-seo treats Shi-on’s wound, she asks about Shi-on’s strange behavior earlier. She listens as Shi-on explains in his usual medico-techno speak about the importance of being at eye level in animal communication.

She cuts him off mid-explanation to tell him that although she understands where he’s coming from, their bosses may not be so understanding.

Taking his arm, she nags him as a noona to work out more. Her touch induces another wave of hiccups. Ha.

The loss of a major corporate hospital patron puts the administration on edge. Assistant Chief Kang says they need to take appropriate measures to resolve any issues within the hospital so they don’t lose any more financial contributors.

It’s the same issue the medical department heads discuss at present, as the pediatrics department is targeted as the hospital’s weakest link. That leads Doctor Pomade to allude to the petition against Shi-on. Doctor Choi firmly puts his foot down at that, since that issue doesn’t pertain to the financial problem at hand.

Then they receive news that another corporate group has also chosen to cease their patronage to the hospital.

Do-han and Yoon-seo report that Wolf Girl has an inflamed belly button (due to a deformed urachus). They ask the nice ajusshi about her backstory, which is horrific to say the least: The little girl was raised by her aunt, who owns a dog farm, and he believes she was raised in one of the dog cages since that’s where he found her. Lordy.

Meanwhile, Shi-on sits by the little girl’s bedside. Thinking of his bunny, Shi-on gently strokes Wolf Girl’s ragged hair.

The psych evaluation reveals Wolf Girl exhibits behavior that is no different than the dogs she grew up with. Yeah, I think we all figured that part out, thanks. Before Do-han and Yoon-seo decide their course of action, Shi-on enters and asks to take over Wolf Girl’s case.

Keeping the patient under sedation will only increase her anxiety, Shi-on tells him. What the patient needs is someone she can communicate with, and Shi-on believes he can do that because he used to talk to his bunny when he was young. Ooh, that last part doesn’t really help your cause.

But Do-han doesn’t want to hear a word of it, and after he assigns the case to another resident, he barks at Shi-on to get out. Yoon-seo tries to back the idea that Shi-on fits the bill, only to be dismissed as well.

Once outside, Yoon-seo gives Shi-on a smart kick to the bum, since talking about their patient like an animal doesn’t help them. She starts to explain Wolf Girl’s psychological impairment, but Shi-on proves that he already knows them and rattles off the diagnoses.

Yoon-seo tells him to treat the patient by the book like he usually does, but Shi-on counters: “A mental illness cannot be treated by the book. Mine also didn’t get treated by the book.”

She tells him that Wolf Girl isn’t able to communicate with them to voice her needs, but Shi-on disagrees—he can tell what the patient wants.

They’re called away to examine another patient (the same little girl whom Shi-on taught to knock on her heart), but Yoon-seo doesn’t understand her pain descriptors and can’t pinpoint a cause since her tests and symptoms don’t reveal anything out of the ordinary.

Then Shi-on speaks up and asks the little girl about her symptoms using her own words (think “owie” or “boo-boo”). The little girl lights up and nods in agreement that that’s what she means.

Yoon-seo looks puzzledly at both of them as if they’re conversing in some sort of foreign language, but then breaks into a smile as Shi-on accurately translates the patient’s symptoms in medical terminology.

The little girl follows him to thank him in person for understanding her words (aw) and hands over a couple sausage snacks for him to share with his girlfriend (double aw).

And in a corner, Mom witnesses this exchange and thinks to herself, “Thank you… thank you for growing up so well.”

Doctor Pomade is knocked off his pedestal when he hears that the petition against Shi-on has been dismissed on the grounds of doing away with anything that will hurt the hospital’s image.

Assistant Chief Kang adds that if Doctor Pomade planned to pull something without his knowledge, then he should have done a better job at it. Doctor Pomade cries that the patients’ guardians will just rally again, only to be told that that’s already been taken care of.

Chae-kyung sits Do-han to update him on how the pediatrics department as a whole is a prime target of elimination. Do-han doesn’t seem too troubled about it and answers that he’ll keep doing his job regardless.

It doesn’t matter if he’s upset by her words because she’ll see that Do-han becomes the best. But Do-han isn’t interested to build his success through someone else’s nurturing; he’ll do it on his own.

She tells him not to be stubborn, but he interrupts her, “Just once, can’t you be proud of what I do? That’s what I live by. Not ego, but pride.”

Chae-kyung meets with Doctor Choi, who tells her that her stepmother is having a rough time. That doesn’t faze her and she asks, “Do you know who I hate more than [my stepmother]? You.”

She thought that out of everyone she knew, Doctor Choi would be the one to oppose her father’s remarriage. She lets out a soft laugh when he tells her that he was thinking of her parents’ happiness: “So then the hurt I felt was ignored for their sakes?”

Tears well up in her eyes as she says how she used to regard president Lee and Doctor Choi as family because they were her greatest support. He tells her that nothing has changed, but she disagrees because president Lee is now the board president. She vows to take back what’s rightfully hers.

The nurses are reluctant to bathe Wolf Girl themselves, so Nurse Nam takes it upon herself to do the task. Cut to: Wolf Girl barking in the bathroom as Nurse Nam holds the door outside and screams for help. Ha.

They do manage to get Wolf Girl cleaned up, and their soft encouragements for her to sit on the bed is met with no reponse. So Shi-on crawls on all fours again and places a hand on the bed to communicate through non-verbal gestures. Heh, I love that Yoon-seo shushes the nurses so that Shi-on can interact with their patient.

But just as Shi-on seems to be getting somewhere, Do-han walks in with the order to tie down the patient until her surgery for her own safety as well as the safety of those around her. When Shi-on starts to protest, Do-han barks at him to get out.

But then Do-han receives a call to put Shi-on on the case instead with the reason that Shi-on has relatable experience. Do-han sees past his superior’s so-called noble intentions, and asks if he hopes to see Shi-on cause trouble for them again.

Doctor Pomade pulls his power card and says the pediatrics department is in enough danger of termination as it is. Then he points to Do-han and tells him that his defiance won’t help Doctor Choi at all.

Shi-on paces about the room with excitement, and Yoon-seo sits him down to remind him that he can’t afford to make any mistakes with this case because it could be his last. He nods.

Taking his face in her hands, she tells him to stay focused. She adds: “I believe in you. I believe in you a lot.” Shi-on hiccups.

Yoon-seo finds it odd that he hiccups whenever he looks at her, and wonders if it’s because she smells funny. He says that’s not it, and then takes the sausage snacks from his pocket and hands her one. Aww.

Nurse Jo tries to feed Wolf Girl while she’s cuffed to the bed, to no avail. Shi-on says the hospital food isn’t in line with her normal diet, but she can’t go without food any longer. So he zooms to the cafeteria and returns with food scraps (which is also called gaebap or “dog food” in Korean, heh).

Wolf Girl’s eyes grow wide at the bowl and barks excitedly. Shi-on instructs that they untie her hands, and as soon as she’s free, the girl happily digs in.

Yoon-seo passes by the room just then, but before she can storm inside, she’s pulled back by Doctor Choi, who tells her to leave them be.

They relocate to Doctor Choi’s office, and he tells her that the inspiration for one of his well-known lectures came from Shi-on and his bunny when he was young.

Although they differed as animal and human, they communicated in the same language: “The rhythm of their hearts, their warmth, and even small movements, that was the language they shared between the two of them.”

It was then he realized that he needed to speak to children in that same manner because children often use jargon adults are unable to understand. In those times, one must listen to the heart, just like Shi-on and his bunny did.

Yoon-seo asks for a copy of that lecture, and smiles at a picture of young Shi-on on Doctor Choi’s desk.

Do-han has been in a pissy mood (more than usual, anyway) ever since Shi-on took over Wolf Girl’s case. Yoon-seo confronts her boss about it after surgery, to which he says that she must already know that Shi-on was hired as the hospital board’s pawn to oust Doctor Choi.

Hospital politics don’t interest her, but Doh-an tells her that if something happens to Shi-on, then everything Doctor Choi worked so hard to build will come tumbling down. To that, Yoon-seo asks if the chief of staff is the only one who matters.

“Have you ever held a humane conversation with Shi-on before?” She fires back. She says that Shi-on even communicates with animals, but Do-han doesn’t even care to communicate with people.

Do-han coldly says he doesn’t feel the need to communicate like that, an answer that saddens her. Yoon-seo: “When I watch you interact with Shi-on, you really seem like a different person.”

As Do-han reflects on the roof, we see a brief flashback to his brother’s funeral where Do-han sits in a corner alone as a lone tear falls from his eye.

Later that night, Shi-on sits by Wolf Girl aka Eun-ok’s bedside. Though they hold a silent conversation with their eyes, we hear their voices narrate:

Shi-on: You’re really sad, right? Because you’re lonely and sick.
Eun-ok: Yes.
Shi-on: Just wait a little longer. I’ll make sure it doesn’t hurt anymore.
Eun-ok: Thank you.
Shi-on: Who do you miss the most right now?
Eun-ok: Mom… my mom.

Shi-on silently encourages her to go sleep now, and she closes her eyes. He whispers: “You’re pretty. I love you.”

Chae-kyung is at home busy preparing her I’m-sorry-for-being-so-harsh-on-you dinner, only to receive a message from Do-han saying he won’t be back home tonight. We see that he’s actually at a local pojangmacha, pouring himself shot after shot of soju.

Yoon-seo is eating the sausage snack Shi-on gave her earlier that day when she’s called out by Do-han. He asks if he seems like the cold-hearted and callous type, but Yoon-seo counters that she knows he’s warm and sympathetic, just not when it comes to Shi-on.

Do-han: “I had a younger brother once. Soo-hanie.” His brother was the reason why he went into medicine because Soo-han had a moderate intellectual disability.

(I had to do some digging since Do-han refers to the severity of the condition as “Level 3.” In Korea, the level of severity is classified through numbers [1-5]. The term “intellectual disability” replaces the previous use of “mental retardation” as of 2010 in the States; a change that’s reflected in the latest version of the psych diagnostic manual DSM-V.)

Because his brother grew up in a loving, supportive environment, Soo-han was able to lead a somewhat normal life. Do-han: “I thought he got a lot better. To the point where he could live on his own.”

We flashback a few years when Do-han had celebrated his birthday with his family and Soo-han had gifted him with a children’s anatomy textbook. Do-han in turn, had promised to work to make his brother better when he becomes a doctor.

Just from their interaction, there’s no doubt that Do-han had truly loved his brother. So Do-han had asked their parents to let Soo-han travel to school by himself to help his brother instill a sense of independence.

They’d been understandably nervous about the idea, so Do-han assured them: “It’s possible to overcome one’s fear of the world and of people. So trust me, and do this for [him].”

But the first day Soo-han had gone off on his own, the overwhelming anxiety left him paralyzed in fear. Then he had run off into the street after the light turned and a truck of doom hit him.

“It was my fault.” Do-han confesses, and he blames himself for his brother’s death. Yoon-seo tells him that it isn’t his fault because she would have done the same in his place.

But Do-han believes that it was his own foolish thoughts that led to his brother’s end when the best thing for Soo-han was to restrict him from doing anything. Shi-on had reminded him so much of his brother, and that was the reason why he didn’t allow Shi-on to do anything.

Yoon-seo places a hand over his and tells him that although he may have lost his brother, he’s also saved countless of other children’s lives. She knows that thought doesn’t comfort him, but he’s been a comfort for so many others. “And that’s also the reason why I respect you so much.”

Then we see Do-han drunkenly stumble back into the hospital and steal Jin-wook’s bed for the night.

Yoon-seo smiles to find Shi-on dozing off beside the patient’s bed the next morning. Aw, it’s kinda cute how Eun-ok barks to wake him up. Yoon-seo interprets this as a sign for food, but Shi-on says the patient isn’t hungry… and then his stomach growls. HA.

What’s better is that he forms his rice into the same triangular shape like his kimbap, to her amusement. Mom smiles as she watches the two in a corner, and then she doubles over in pain and collapses. Oh noes, don’t say she has a terminal illness, Show!

Thankfully Shi-on and Yoon-seo haven’t gone too far off and they rush to her side. Surprisingly, Shi-on doesn’t recognize his mother even though he looks directly at her, and says they have to hurry.

Chae-kyung drops by the staff room. She shows concern for the team’s tired state with an all-night surgery, only to hear that it was a quiet night. Uh oh. She doesn’t let on that she know to Do-han, however, but tells him not to try so hard to make it up to her.

Mom smiles as she looks at Shi-on, and she’s told that it’s nothing serious. Phew. Yoon-seo introduces Mom as the one who prepared him dinner the other night. Mom smiles as he thanks her, saying it tastes just like the dish he ate in his hometown.

That prompts her to ask who made it for him back then, and he answers that he doesn’t know. Ah, so perhaps he doesn’t remember Mom after all. Just when he’s about to leave, Mom takes him by the hand to say a heartfelt: “Thank you.”

Shi-on invites the other children into Eun-ok’s room when he catches them peek in curiously outside. I love that the kids acknowledge that they’re scared, but they want to get to know their new potential friend anyway.

They approach slowly so as not to frighten her, and Eun-ok draws back defensively. Then the little girl extends a hand to gently stroke Eun-ok’s hair and face as Shi-on explains Eun-ok responds better to other kids.

Then the other kids follow suit and pet Eun-ok. Aww. But then we see resident spy Il-kyu witness this scene from just outside the door. Auugggh.

Yoon-seo heads to the locker room to retrieve Mom’s identification card when a picture falls out of the wallet. It’s a picture of Mom with her sons… and now the pieces fall together in her head as she recognizes young Shi-on in the photo.

Assistant Chief Kang speaks with Creepy Chairman, who’s heading out overseas again. He tells Assistant Chief Kang that although the pediatrics will have it rough for the time being, it will be the hospital board that will crumble in the long run.

So it seems that Creepy Chairman only helped to pull those strings to get the corporations to stop their patronage. When he wraps up the call, he sits in for another meeting… with Chae-kyung, here to complain about Assistant Chief Kang. What the?

It turns out that it was Chae-kyung who had both companies cease their financial contributions. She makes it perfectly that she has no qualms about going up against her stepmother.

Shi-on is called away to the emergency room, making sure Eun-ok’s door is locked before he leaves. Then we see resident spy Il-kyu leaves the door open.

So Nurse Nam is spooked when Eun-ok bursts out of her room and tears through the hospital, wreaking havoc upon patients and visitors alike.

Do-han’s team is busy preparing for Eun-ok’s surgery when they’re informed of the incident. They find Eun-ok huddled in a corner and told to keep back by the security guards. Oh man, this has bad news written all over it.

Which is when Shi-on finally arrives after having made a brief pit-stop for snacks. He watches as the guards apprehend Eun-ok by force.

Shi-on breaks through the crowd to free their hold on Eun-ok, but he accidentally elbows a security guard in the chaos. And that’s the part everyone sees. Ohhh, this is bad.

COMMENTS

Augh, this is bad. Now it’s going to turn into a his word against theirs battle when it looks like Shi-on was the one who made the careless mistake. And who will believe him or vouch for him this time? This show hasn’t been exactly subtle about what will happen to Shi-on if such a crucial error that threatens the safety of the hospital occurred, and yet it still makes me nervous because there is a limitation to Doctor Choi’s safety net, especially when the hospital is falling upon hard times.

After Monday’s Wolf Girl cliffhanger that left us chomping on the bit, I was intrigued to watch how this case would be integrated into the storyline. I do like how we saw Shi-on do more than tap into his vast knowledge bank about animal behaviors and reflect upon the way he communicated with his bunny. So although Wolf Girl isn’t exactly docile as a bunny, the analogy makes it his experience personal and goes beyond what’s written in a textbook. Because now we’re dealing with matters of the heart that cannot always be easily explained or needs explanation. I found it pretty far-fetched that the patient who has been starved of human contact for years could be so tame one moment and wild the next, but given the show’s general format to introduce new characters every few episodes, I could understand the intent of such a drastic change. To an extent.

I didn’t expect that we’d spend so much time on Do-han in this episode. It’s safe to say that Do-han has generally shown two modes in this series thus far (angry and bitter) and how he’s expressed those strong emotions for better and for worse. So it’s nice to be able to see that he wasn’t all ice, and once had a loving relationship with his younger brother Soo-han. The reveal into Do-han’s past came earlier than I thought, but important to us as viewers to understand a little bit of why he treats Shi-on so harshly and coldly. To have been the enabler of his brother’s independence, only for that to end up in his untimely death, it’s no wonder that he would repress the guilt and mask it with his current unsympathetic and cold behavior. Does it absolve Do-han of how he’s treated Shi-on with such aggression? No, but if we didn’t get a peek into the past at this point, then I dare say it’d be hard to try to redeem his character later on in the series in my eyes.

There is, of course, more to unpack with Do-han’s past because if Soo-han did grow up in such a loving and caring environment, then why would he be stricken from the family register as if he never existed? There could be a plethora of reasons, one of which that the shame culture looks down upon anyone with any type of disability. What’s more is that Assistant Kang knows of this fact, which makes me wonder why he’s keeping tabs on someone like Do-han. We know that he hails from a wealthy family, but what more is there to dig up (or to protect, ’cause yunno, we still don’t know where his intentions lie)?

As cheesy as it may be, I like that we have a number of characters who are in need of healing in this series. So many of them carry such emotional scars that like Wolf Girl, they snarl and bite defensively when anyone draws near. We still have our stock characters who are painted with broad strokes, but our core team of residents have still so much to learn from each other. And goodness knows, we could all use a bit of healing.

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Thank you very much for recap :)

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....and is it true that the cast made a promise that they would dance to Crayon Pop’s song when they hit the 20% ratings mark?

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What???? really? well i'm certain that next week they're gonna get a 20 percent rating so they better start practicing.

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Bar bar bar?

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The most heartwarming drama in 2013

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Hurray for the asshole resident having used his own freakin ID card to open that door :D

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Ha ha love your comment. Did not notice. Just hope the kdrama ppl would follow your thought :P

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That was my first thought.

You need an ID card to access that room. There should be something to check WHO was the last to enter the room...

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If the writer decides to be real about it then there should be one :) Each ID card has a different signature so they can track it so yay for technology. Fingers crossed the writer doesn't totally throw it out the window.

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This crossed my mind as well. Hopefully the writers will factor this in with the resolution of this cliffhanger...

I like this drama overall so far, but there are moments when my eyes roll up and wonder WTF is this???

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I just hope that he stop misbehaving already. It's better for the world!

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I think so, too, but really don't know if the writer will let that happen, or he/she will let everyone blames on Shi-on without checking that fact/evidence.

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i thought the same thing, hope they'll use that

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Haha. I realized that I have a murderous mind for this bastard. Then he have the Nerve to blame EVERYTHING that has happened on Shi On. I hope we don't get the usually K-Drama consequences. I hope he gets fired. He keeps putting patients lives in danger just for his greed.

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You are right! I wonder if the writers have thought of that.

Also, what about Shi-On's mom? How come he doesn't remember her when he has an amazing memory?

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I noticed that, too, but worried that the writer's wouldn't use logic like that. But now I think on it a bit, why on earth would they bother to show us close ups of IDs showing clearly on the door lock when they're opened. It's gotta be for this.

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Pretty sure that's what is going to end up happening. Shi On gets fired, then brought back I suppose because someone with enough brains will think to look at the scanner lol

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Thanks for the recap.

A good ep of character development ruined a little by the predictable ending of making Shi-On look like he cant function, look crazy.

With this pace, Si-On will never look like a good doctor, a savant but someone who needs care at home.....

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Awww, the saucige moment...I melted there.

But my heart aches in anticipation of a heartbroken Shi On, I think she only cares as a noona...who knows. I can't wait for next episode :D

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I really want to try those saucige things :(
I'm gonna see if my local korean food shop stocks them >:D
They have dukboki cooked to perrrrrfection~<3

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Lol every noona romance started out like a noona - dongsaeng type of relationship, you just gotta wait for it. Have you learn nothing from I Hear Your Voice? No one can resist a cute puppy :D

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But kids ARE like this: tame one moment and wild the next. Like the music of Mozart. You're crying one moment, but then the next moment you're laughing. :)

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Yes, even with typical children, life can turn from comedy to tragedy in an instant.

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Thanks for the recap! I'm looking forward to giving this drama a shot when it starts airing on KBS World.

Also, I love Shi-on's hiccups :D

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why wait for kbs world watch it on youtube or gooddrama

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I like viki...I understand that they ask for permission from the networks before broadcasting.

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It's already on viki, at least for North America.

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If it's on KBS World, I wait for it to show there, but if it's really good I might just skip ahead and watch the other episodes online :D

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26/08

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What an awesome production theme! i just love the way the story in this drama unfold one by one. we get to know each character better by each episode. this drama just awesome. hopefully it will last :D

btw, thanks for the recap! :D

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yayy thanks for the recap!

i like how they integrate wolf girl into the story though. and i love how they are cutting down the 'safety net' for shi on bit by bit. dying for the next episode.

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Me too! about the Shi-on's safety net..we know that one way or another the evil schemers will be victorious for a while.

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Thank you jesus~<3 Been refreshing all day long xD

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I mean gummimochi* :3

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LOL how did gummimochi become jesus?? amazing autocorrect you've got there. perhaps it's just as well. gummimochi, you deserve to be revered for your quick recaps! :P

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Pshhhht my autocorrect is out of this world ;D

But yeah she is so friggin quick with the recaps :3 So are GF & JB when they are really into a show xD Heads is also amazing for the dramas that even I wouldn't wanna recap if I was paid to do it! _:3

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You can thank Jesus for Gummimochi. Nothing's wrong here ;)

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Yes... *cough* that is EXACTLY what I was doing ;x

OMG torrents for Master's Sun & 2Weeks are out T_T need sleep :(

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Urgg. Even with the backstory about his brother, I still want to punch Do-han character in the face. Am I the only one that feel zero sympathy for him??! Nada. Zilch. Nein.

I guess this is good for the plot...the emotional payoff when Do han finally supports Shi-on and be a hyung is what I'm supposed to look forward to...but I just wanna see Shi-on crush Do han's ego to bits and then have him on his knees and beg for forgiveness...or is that too much to ask? I think I'm frustrated with Do han bc he reminds me of the disapproving mother-in-law in kdrama that are shouty and crazy and just.never.give their victim a break. So until show change my mind, do-han'so in the dog house

It's kinda funny when I think of how Do han character type is like typical leading man: emotionally scarred, handsome man with prickly persona.
And Shi on is like the pure, candy girl type with a can-do attitude. Do han cold, which on warmth....huh...wonder if show is going to focus on the bromance between the two

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Do han is cold, shi on is warm*

Darn auto type

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Do-han doesn't have to be cold :3 I'm more than happy to sacrifice myself to keep him warm ;o

OMG though... when Joo Sang-wook cries my cold dead heart shrivels up even more :( He is such a lovely man/actor~<3

I want the girl to end up with both men! Yoon-seo can be a polyandrist in this series & I would love her for it :3 Also would make for FANTASTIC viewing *__* I'm getting a bit carried away i'll go sit in the corner & reflect :_< (please delete the previous/ awaiting moderation post) Thank you & sorry~<3

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Double post like a noooob ._. *rolls over in grave*

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No worries! It happens :)

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Nope, you're not alone! I think Do-Han is a total ass, frankly. And his experience with his brother should make him *more* sympathetic to Shi-On. I can see how he would think it's a mistake for Shi-On to be a doctor, but surely someone with an intellectually disabled brother should have more compassion and know how to speak to someone with a similar condition.

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Exactly.

Plus, IF he has experience there's is even less of a reason of why he's acting completely clueless in terms how to treat Shi-on. It's like he had a brother and never learnt anything. (Though I'm not sure that the suggestion was that Dohan's brother was autistic or developmentally at a lower level. Regardless, I think if you have a family member like that, you'd be extra sensitive.)

AND he's being totally unprofessional. Whatever your personal issues are, you can't carry them over into your work and then use them as an excuse for being a total ass.

That said, I mostly feel he's not per se a bad person, but rather a badly written character in some aspects.

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The reality of losing a brother, however, is more complex than that. My second son lost his brother when he was only twelve. His personality changed from a happy-go-lucky kid to someone that became more closed off and intense. Now he is twenty-one, and he still has a hard time sharing things with anyone.

On top of that, Do-Han has the guilt of feeling he caused his brother's death. Now he does not want to work with someone with special needs because it hurts too much, and so he covers it with cold behavior. It makes a lot of sense to me.

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Yes, the reality of losing a sibling (or close relative or friend) is more complex than that, but unfortunately that's not how it's written in this drama – it's poorly written, with Do-han as a jerk. It's not enough to have him mistreat Shi-on and then insert a quickie conversation about his dead brother as an explanation. There's no nuance here, no breakdown of his emotional suffering and guilt. Maybe we'll get more about his internal conflict, but right now I don't think it has been handled well.

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Up to this point, I never feel any sympathy for DH. No matter what his past was, there's no reason for him to treat SO like that. I kinda compare him to dr.House. Gregory House is genius, crazy and so mean to his team, but I love him coz he's funny and at least he treated all of them fairly, push their ability of diagnosing to the limit and the painkillers sorta made him meaner. Do han? He is unfair to SO. Push him down all the time. Saying painful things about SO like a robot, and made him look bad in front of other residents. Blaming him for director Choi's commitment to be kicked out if SO screws up.
The thing I could not stand about DH is his yelling. Stop yelling,pls... and redeem yourself for the rest of the episodes. I don't want him to be supernice to SO. I just need to see him as a good leader and stop yelling!

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Yeah. I do have higher tolerances than some people for frustrating characters, but the fact that he yells almost all the time bugs the heck out of me.
Sure, you can be cold. But don't yell at someone like they're a dog. I cringe everytime he yells at shi-on cause in no way does he deserve that tone.

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I think many of us want to punch Do-Han in the face. LOL I can't stand his character. His background (story about his brother) makes ZERO sense in why he continues to be so cruel and taunting to a fellow resident, whom he's supposed to train. Talk about lack of professionalism and maturity.
"Oh, I had a mentally delayed brother who died, so I decided to be mean to Shi-On." Hmm. Makes a lot of sense. NOT. Shouldn't his background cause him to have more compassion on others like his brother???

Down with Do-Han.

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I think his rational for wanting SO and back to where he came from is because he didn't want him to suffer a similar fate that his brother did, because of him. It's a bit convoluted (specially for an intelligent character like his), but sometimes the guilt does that to a man.

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The only characters I can't get behind are those who are selfish (Chae Kyung , for example). Do Han is self absorbed maybe, but he's not selfish--he is a great doctor and he cares about what he does and the people around them. He just has some SERIOUS emotional issues.

I think everyone is being too hard on him. Should he be acting that way? Heck no, and I absolutely love when Yoon Seo takes him down a notch because he deserves it. But people with trauma in their past cope with that in different ways. Instead of looking at his angry outbursts as him being a jerk, look at it as an expression of deep pain and self-hatred. In that respect he's more to be pitied than reviled. I am totally willing to forgive him in the future when he has his inevitable change of heart.

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Chae Kyung is such a pain in the ass... "Who cares if the marriage made my dad happy, the important thing is that I wasn't!" - What? Maybe her dad was egoistic like her and didn't care about his daughter's feelings...

I wonder what would happen if Do Han knew what she's doing behind his back... He probably doesn't know that she resents his mentor and conspires against him at the same time as she conspires against her step-mother.

I hope the mysterious guy is just using her for his own goals, it would serve her right.

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"It’s kinda funny when I think of how Do han character type is like typical leading man: emotionally scarred, handsome man with prickly persona."

You dont know how much i detest those kind of Kdrama. I've watch none. But apparently its popular in korea, no wonder they got one of the highest rate of divorce in the world.

I also have no sympathy for those who uses their own trials to lash at others. It's a sign of a weak, pitiful man.
And that's the moral truth.

Many had it worse than him (Do Han), he is not the only person in the WHOLE WORLD had it tough, but not everyone takes that path of self bitterness and selfishness.

so no pity for him.

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That sounds like something Do Han might have said about Si On. No pity.

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NOPE. lets just say that i would have no complaints if do-han was written out of the plot by being hit by a bus.

i don't even want a bromance between the two. more like a fist fight--where shi-on beats do-han's ass and as punishment for having BEEN an ass, do-han is forced to live in a little box with that annoying so-called fiancee of his for eternity.

sounds worse than hell. which is what he deserves.

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I still say that DH needs to see a psychologist! Esp. now that we know what happened with his brother. All that guilt has nowhere to go, but aimed at poor Shi On.

You'd think that DH would be nicer to SO if SO reminds him of his dead brother. OK, DH wants to prevent SO from becoming a doctor, but at least be nice when he is at it. The hostility doesn't compute for me.

All those people who judge and dislike SO by the appearance of his posture and behavior go for looks over substance. That's not much different from judging and disliking ppl for the color of their skin. Sometimes, often times, it is nece to take the time to look deeper.

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As someone who commented on Si On's posture I would like to explain where I was coming from when I pointed it out. It is NOT about aesthetics but about ergonomics. As long as it is fine for SO to walk and stand however he pleases while he works outside the OR, a surgery itself is a different story. It is a procedure that often lasts several hours and requires a lot of precise movements of the hands. The way SO hunches his back is bad, because it is tiresome in the long run and it restricts his arms and hands. If I were Kim Do Han I would ban a person like that from the OR until he stands straight. It's about the patients' safety.

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Posture...
The Gynaecologist who delivered my baby nephew is Polio infected in one of his legs because of which he walks with a help of a crane and "aesthetically' he walks differently...just saying...and he stands in the operating room day by day delivering babies....
Ergonomics? He has a skillful hands like that of ShiOn even though he has a "different posture".
Thank God! No body told him that he "Can't do it!".

This has nothing to do with operating but my Clinical Psychologist Professor was hunched back and he was a smart old fellow who walked around the room with so much energy and had such a booming voice. He was around 60 yrs of age. Must be retired now.... bless the man!

Some people are born this way or has developed an old habit...they get used to their posture... In case of ShiOn, it is but natural for him to be bent slightly. Him being skillful and using his hands well has nothing to do with his posture. I guess the Actor and the Director did a good job of researching and observing people with autism. He has been like this since childhood so he can do his best with this posture... Maybe standing straight and walking straight would something difficult for him like how for us bending like him will be difficult since we are not used to it.

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Wow. You must not know anyone personally or through articles/news with physical limitations who've come out strong or stronger than the average "normal" person. Banning someone from surgery until he can stand straight??
How about someone with degenerative disc or scoliosis who don't normally stand evenly? When does your reasoning begin or end?

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Someone is getting carried away by political correctness, I guess.

I didn't write that disabled people are worse because of their limitations. It is true that they can surpass the physically fit people in many ways (like Jan Mela if you need some extreme examples). I didn't write that ShiOn cannot mend his bad habit either.

But limitations are limitations - being a surgeon is a hard, physical work. If you have serious problems with your spine - it's just not for you. Wrong posture can lead to sore muscles and irritated nerves, which must not occur with a surgeon who needs his back, neck , arms and hands in perfect health. Somebody with conditions you mentioned can be a great doctor within some other field.

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I think Do-han needs a soft-hearted woman by his side.

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Raise hand! Raise hand here!

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Thanks for the recap!

URGGHH I hope they can investigate the matter and realize that it wasn't Shi On's card that unlocked the door. Hopefully the door's electronic locking technology was able to register that!

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Probably too early in this series for that reveal. Everyone would just assume it's SO's fault. That's their modus operandi so far. No one would be looking to check if sb else had unlocked the door!

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Right, the modus here is different from the one in 'Two Weeks'.

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Thanks for the quick recap, gummimochi!

Definitely, predictable ending as was the Do-Han reveal, and the quick change in aspect for Wolf Girl was a little beyond belief.

Despite all the predictability and believability issues, for some reason, I still enjoy watching the drama, and it's not just for the Shi-On and Yoon-Seo moments. The small interactions between the children, nurses, and residents draw me in, even though some of them aren't the most realistic. And I am intrigued by the long game that the Assistant Director and his boss are playing.

It's impressive that the South Korean audience is taking to this drama so much. Hopefully, it'll help to disspell a lot of myths and issues wrt autism and other mental diseases and help more people take a more open and accepting approach to these people with these types of diseases, unlike say the person who wrote up the letter in this article:

www. huffingtonpost. com/2013/08/19/karla-begley-autistic-letter-teen_n_3780378.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

I can understand the frustration that the person who wrote the letter felt, but there are better ways to handle it then s/he did.... Hopefully, the Good Doctor can show some of those ways.

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Even if this show isn't the most accurate depiction of autism or the circumstances surrounding it, I'm atleast glad that south korea is being exposed to it. I remember reading some of the posts from people who have lived in south korea who said that the country is not as accepting or forthright about those with mental disabilities compared to the US.

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We may be more slightly more "evolved" in our handling of people with autism and mental/cognitive delays than some other countries, but our handling of people with psychiatric illnesses is quite frankly shameful. We'd much rather warehouse them in prisons (at the average cost of 30 to 40 thousand taxpayer dollars per year than to adequately treat and medicate them), or abandon them to the streets. This is especially heinous when the afflicted are our military veterans. I'm detecting a slight whiff of condescension (which I'll admit may be altogether imagined) toward SK concerning its treatment of people with autism that rubs me the wrong way. I just think we live in a big friggin' house made of blown glass, so it would be well advised that we not throw stones.

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Do Han is such a big pain in the butt! I would actually like him he become a hyung figure for Shi On since both of them are missing an important family member.

What I really hate with Korean drama schedule is having it 2 episodes in a week! I've been watching Korean dramas for like more than 4 years and my frustration never wears out!

By the way, I am extremely grateful that you are recapping this drama.

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"What I really hate with Korean drama schedule is having it 2 episodes in a week! I’ve been watching Korean dramas for like more than 4 years and my frustration never wears out!"

Interesting. That's one of the things about SK dramas that I really like: Two successive nights per week of a drama I'm invested in. It's like having dessert both before and after dinner.

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I know that it builds the excitement of seeing the next episode but I am not still accustomed to this schedule since dramas in my country are shown from Monday - Friday.

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Oh, and for those who don't like that Shi-On is painted AT PRESENT as an incompetent doctor or looked down on by the other doctors and parents, THIS IS A DRAMA.

If Shi-On didn't have the conflict and issues to dig himself out of and overcome, it would be a pretty boring drama, and we wouldn't be as satisfied with the ending.

The more the hero endures and suffers, the more satisfied we will be when the hero proves himself able to overcome whatever obstacles come his way.

That's just the nature of dramas, movies, and stories, in general.

So, I'd counsel having a little patience with the writer. I think he's doing a good job setting things in place, so that Shi-On and the rest of the cast can grow, overcome their issues (internal and external), and eventually prove themselves worthy of having a happy ending.

If he doesn't deliver that, THEN, we can crucify him all we want.

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Amen to that :)!!!!!

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Yesterday's posts were not at all in opposition to your comment.
You and I see eye to eye on the writing and the Shi On character. We just come at it from different angles. Cheers.

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Its good to have conflicts in the drama for Shi-On but the trouble that part is weakly written, so predictable and makes Shi-On look like he is very sick, needs help at home.

The villains are over the top, very predictable. Shi-On needs more conflicts that is more subtle and not just about him look bad as a doctor in the cliffhanger of every ep. It gets old very fast.

The characters are well written but the medical politicals, villains are so weak part of the drama....

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I agree drama's are like that stereotypically. However sometimes it can go against the trend. Dramas like Queen Inhyun man, ugly alert and others i've watched tend to move away from the typical souped up kdrama.

And plus its all about balance too, a good story requires a great balance of characters and storytelling.

But currently this show is out balanced, it's feels the characters are being spoofed to us than rather being discovered naturally.

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Yes. Beanies are all sadists.

Payoffs better be grand.

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I just hope someone has the brains to check the cctv-if nobody deleted the footage already, wouldnt put it past those vipers!

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Thanks again gummi for the recap! Bear hug for you....:-)

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This show makes me feel feelings and now I want to cry:'(
And yes! Thank God for Do Han's back story, it's getting harder to not punch my laptop in the face every time he shows up. Tho the only thing I'm worried about is our very awesome director, I really really reaaally hope he doesn't lose his job :( (thats cause we all know Shi On is forever safe-unless the show want some serious riot).
And, good grieve, can Chae-kyung not be such a little b-? Just sayin'

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I can't help it. Even though I adore Shi On soo much, and despise Do Han (when he is being rude to Shi On), I still ship Do Han with Yoon Soo. It must be MCW and JSW's chemistry. Or maybe I just love how Do Han opens up to Yoon Seo more than anybody else in his life. Is anybody in the same boat as me? Second lead syndrome sucks...

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I'm with you.. Urgh, I thought JW and MCW will have amazing chemistry (which they DO) but so does MCW and JSW. Ever since that flashback with him piggy backing her, AHH second lead feels!

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With you on that! They've got fantastic chemistry. I love all their scenes together, whether she's patting his hand or taking him down a notch.

I still can't see YS and SO in a romantic relationship, and until I can it's DH and YS all the way baby!

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Oh and thank you for the recap! Bravo! Encore!

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I do enjoy reading your recaps gummimochi. I admire your effort & dedication, props to you for looking up the new DSM 5 term for MR - "Intellectual Disability (Intellectual Development Disorder). Against my better judgement, I watched the drama from start till episode 3, well before giving up and deciding to read your caps. See, I have have trouble suspending my disbelief in anything medical.

It seems that the writer & director probably watched a lot of Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs, House, MD and uhmm you can throw in Doogie Howser and Rain Man for good measure. I don't know, I'm sorry but the episodes are just too familiar. Scrapping the pediatrics department? Unheard of, especially in a tertiary hospital...a well known tertiary hospital. Being a medical prodigy alone presents with intriguing conflicts, why did they have to throw in a prodigious savant into the mix? I guess to make the story more challenging. Lastly, I'm appalled at how the pediatric training officer treats our hero even if he has his own reasons for doing so. Forget his position and profession, he should first be human.

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Shi-On’s going on all fours like a wolf was something to behold. I have to give props to the actor who play shim. He’s really giving 100% with this character. That being said, the wolf-girl story really isn't my favorite.

I really liked the conversation between Yoon-Seo and Shi-On in which Shi-On cited himself as an example of mental illness not being treated by the book. It shows a lot of self-awareness which I wasn’t sure Shi-On possessed.

I thought Shi-On’s hiccupping in reaction to being touched was interesting. It may seem odd, but there’s some real-life basis to it! Whenever I’m under a lot of pressure, I have hiccupping fits in my sleep. Weird but true :).

I’d be curious to know more about the financial working of hospitals in Korea. It seems as if they need the patronage of businesses to survive. Is this really the case? If so, it seems a very transient and dangerous situation. Hospitals in the U.S. certainly court private donations as well, but they can’t count on that in their operating budgets. Does anyone know more about this?

Yoon-Seo and the heart-knocking girl are The Cuteness. It’s a little embarrassing how easily this show is turning me into an “awww”-ing, gooey, sappy, emotionally manipulated mess :).

Chae-Kyung: have a big serving of Get Over Yourself, Girl, followed by a nice chaser of Shut Up! I am so sick of these adult drama characters who have to make everyone else’s life miserable because of some perceived slight from years ago. I know eliminating that type of character would ruin about half the possible drama plots out there, but it’s something to aim for.

Speaking of annoying characters, I know Do-Han has potential, but he needs to stop being such a little beeyotch already. And no, the story of the brother did not make me give him a free pass. That explains his reasons for doubting the wisdom of placing Shi-On in the hospital, but not his nastiness.

Still on the Nurse Nam love train. I want to see more interactions between he and Shi-On.

On a side note, I’m so happy the ratings are steadily increasing with every episode. It’s true that ratings aren’t the true indication of a show’s worth, but it’s nice to see a show you believe to be good garner popular recognition as well.

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"It shows a lot of self-awareness which I wasn’t sure Shi-On possessed."

I don't think it's realistic though (read Raine's recaps).

I'm getting the sense we are going to go down a 'cure' route, the whole background story with Dohan's brother seemed to hint at a direction of that sort and I have to say I find it problematic.

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Yeap. Agreed. This is the ep I found less likeable compared to the strong first 5episodes. Hopefully the next cases will be more interesting. Thank goodness this epi had hiccups scene and rabbit kid making cute weird sound and rewarded SO with 2 sausages.

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was wondering about that as well. Was there any indication if this is a private hospital and not a government one?

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As far as I know, it's a university hospital (aka a teaching hospital). If they're affiliated with a medical school or another university and that institution is a private one, it'd make sense if there were outside contributions from various finance corporations. Though of course, I could be spouting nonsense because I don't know too much on how the healthcare system works in Korea.

If you all come across any other or different info, that'd be great!

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Actually it is a teaching hospital. Mostly in hospitals the residents and interns would shadow the main HOD while examining the patients. Some of the patients get irritated when they are examined by residents and especially interns since they are novices *ahem* palpitating too hard and in wrong places (been through it)!
And in the PS team the youngest female member is an intern making her below Park Shi On. Both of them are assisting KDH and other residents in the OT (especially you wouldn't see them wearing the gowns and only scrubs).
Since most of the teaching hospitals are private owned they need donations from big organisations or generous philanthropists. If it was a Govt. teaching hospital the government would fund the hospital and even completion of dissertation projects would be faster since there are more patients compared to the private.

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Hi! As far as I know, doctor's offices and hospitals in Korea are usually privately owned, except a small number of community hospitals. Though this is the case, public financing is arranged for almost every medical institution. However, this public financing by the Korean government only pays about 50% of actual costs that need to be covered and so in reality, every hospital must have funding provided by the private sector.

Hope that helps!

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@Junsee - Thanks for the info. It helps my understanding. I think my question was, even if they're privately funded, wouldn't they need formal investment, as opposed to just relying on "the kindness of strangers" for a significant part of their budget? Because that seems to be so precarious as to be untenable in any situation.

But, admittedly, my knowledge lies in the science, not the finance, end of things.

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"I’d be curious to know more about the financial working of hospitals in Korea. It seems as if they need the patronage of businesses to survive."

Seriously, that had me scratching my head also. Corporate sponsorship spells the difference between a hospital surviving and going out of business? I'm confused. How does it work here in the US? I thought I had an inkling, but now I realize I haven't got a clue.

BTW, I agree that Chae-Kyung is such a brat, one among many "bad guys" with whom the show knocks me over the head conveying the message I'm not supposed to like them. Yeah, I get it. They're bad, bad people with no nuance, no redeeming features whatsoever. Copy and paste. Even the nascent good guy, who is obviously cocked and primed for a Road to Emmaus conversion, ie., Do Han, is quite frankly boring in his ass-wipery right now. I agree with others who complain that the "explanation" for the way he treats Si On is a weak one and makes little sense. It may just be the nature of the beast called K-dramas that writing excellence has to be sacrificed on the alter of the weekly deadline. I don't know. But I would seriously appreciate a few layered secondary characters (though Do Han can be said to be a primary one) and plot points without quite so many holes and WTF elements.

I'll be seriously, seriously pissed if they ignore the the electronic fingerprints that would clearly show who last accessed the wolf child's room and/or if they fail to check the CCTV tapes which would show the culprit purposefully leaving the door unsecured in his nefarious wake. That disregard might be one I simply couldn't forgive.

But, I still have my fingers crossed. This show has inexplicably caused me to give it a pass on so many illogical points, and it's frankly unbelievable main premise, that I'm actually in awe.

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"You're pretty, I love you", that I would like to think that its not really meant for the his werewolf girl patient but for Yoon-seo.

I really like how this show opened up the secrets from Shi-on's mom to Do-han. I'm sure if I watched it at home I'll be teary eyed once again. And that happens to every episode that I see.

For sure they will know who opened the door because the doctor tap his ID. There's no perfect crime you bad Il-kyu! And yes please no terminal illness, its too much.

Can't wait for next week's episodes!

Thanks for the awesome recap!

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I dunno......

As the rating rises, my interest in the drama wanes. The Wolf Girl is a big wth ? And the hospital's corporate machination / drama is a bore.

I dunno.....

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I agree. Episode 5 was the best so far and SO STRONG emotionally, yet this one fell so flat. I see that they wanted to show how Shi On has some unique abilities to connect emotionally, but the wolf girl story was just a mess. And I feel like there is some intrigue to be had with all the hospital politics, but they're not presenting it in a way that makes me interested at all. I can only blame the writing there.

Also, I know it's Dramaland where coincidences grow on trees, but what's wrong with making the mom purposely get a job at the hospital to be close to Shi On. Would it kill her to have some sort of motivation to reconnect? Just seems like lazy writing to me, which makes me worried for the show in the long haul.

I hope we just look back and say "remember that episode with the weird wolf girl storyline?" and chuckle and shake our heads, instead of marking that as the point where the show started to decline.

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I'm glad we got the story (or at least part) of Do Han and his brother this week, but moreso, I'm glad that at least someone knows the connection between Shi On and the kitchen ahjumma. I found myself happy that someone has figured it out already and put at least the basic pieces together.

However, I am sad that it looks like Shi On will bear the brunt of this new issue. I want to smack Il Kyu in the face; how does anyone consciously put an entire hospital in danger. If it wasn't clear that these doctors are evil and don't give a damn for their patients, we have the clear picture now. No self-respecting doctor should ever put others in danger to achieve some sort of power shift.

Speaking of that, I'm unsure about the situation with the Chairman and Assistant Kang. Who is on who's side? Do the want the hospital to fail or not? This whole thing is confusing, and then adding the useless Chae Kyung to the mix makes this all the more complicated.

And it is interesting that Do Nam told her that he would not be a doctor made by someone else. When will she ever get the clue that he doesn't care about what she cares about? I'm kind of sick of her and her stupid.

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Everytime i see them talk hospital politics i completely zone out, and even moreso when i see chae kyung, which is sad because i like the actress and think she deserves better than the typical 2nd female lead.

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Ditto - I wish they would just quickly reveal what all the maneuvering is about and what Chae Kyung's angst is against her step-mom other than she dared to marry her father. To me, that drama isn't about that at all and I feel like it gets in the way of the main story I want to see developed.

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I knew it! DH and his brother. So is there a meaning behind the first teaser wherein SO crosses the pedestrian lane? I mean, pedestrian lane, truck of doom...

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Oooh, and the truck was white! Those white trucks are always the villain's go-to vehicles for hit and runs!

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LOL---The Truck of Doom is almost comical in its predictability. But, at least this one actually stopped. It always slays me, the number of cars/trucks in dramas that don't even apply the brakes before colliding with a pedestrian, and then just....keep going! WTF!? Does that really happen on a frequent basis in SK? Somehow, I seriously doubt it.

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I was emotionally invested in ep 1-5, but totally plummeted watching ep 6 and became very impatient with the wolf girl story. It has overtaken everything else that was/is going on and the sabotage was predictable and just plain annoying. Unfortunately, this drama may have derailed for me.

I'm not one to drop dramas until I get mad at myself for not doing so earlier, so I'm hanging on for dear life and hope next week gets me be back on board with this Joo Won drama~

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I'm so into this drama and so happy to find it :D
It holds so much depth and makes me feel just ... good. I don't know how to explain it but that's it.
But gosh', I freakin' hate the Chief of Pediatric Surgery department and his spy resident. WHY WHY WHY everytime something good happens to SO, something bad has to happen like to cancel every good deed he did --'

I'm really happy for the ratings ! I'm amazed by how unpredictable viewers rating can be. Before the airing of Good Doctor, MBC seemed to rule over Monday/Tuesday timeslot with Goddess of Fire but now, with KBS Good Doctor, they happened to be third lol.
Nowadays, star powers doesn't mean anything. You would think that a drama starring Kim Nam Gil and Son Ye Jin, big A-list actors would kill everything and do better than other dramas (according to korean netizens) but it's the following drama with great actors but not on the same level these two above which allowed KBS to hit big. I guess storyline is really really important, no matter how amazingly famous the actors can be. The Chaser had an unknown cast (for most people) but God knows how freakin' great they did in the long run ;D

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Thank you for the recap. One one hand I like medical dramas, on the other hand, the hospital staff are not really friendly. So you're watching the whole episode waiting for someone to backstab someone else. What a stressful work environment even if you're not in medicine.

I wonder how Joo Won feels about the hunched posture all day? He must need regular massages that's all I can say.

Also I don't see how a comment about personal posture has to do with steady hands during an operation. When you're older maybe but he's still young, it's not as if he's going to develop limited ROM just because he hunches. Besides being able to withstand long operating hours is through training. People rotate and none of the operations shown so far requires more than a 2hr operating time. And he's not the main surgeon.

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I can't say I enjoyed this episode very much. Other than the whole wolf girl story being so random, there is a lot that I found either problematic or annoying.

I'm super tired of all the politics. There's absolutely nothing interesting about it.

Dohan was being a total ass and his backstory did nothing to convince me otherwise – rather, I think it shows incompetence (he has personal experience in dealing with someone with special needs but he way of acting shows complete lack of knowledge and insensitivity) as well as lack of professionalism (you don't act out your personal issues at work. Shi-on is not is brother or like his brother. Even if he has doubts about Shi-on's abilities, that does not justify being downright nasty).

Dohan's fiancee.... uhhhhh.... I'm finding her terribly obnoxious. Seriously, if you can't handle that your doctor fiancé has an emergency and therefore cancels dinner with you, you shouldn't marry a doctor. He's got a job that means you are NOT going to come first. (Of course, Dohan did not have an operation... but that changes nothing, since the woman behaved the same way when he DID have an emergency operation in another episode.) Other than that, I thought I was watching a 9 year old sulking over Daddy not marrying the woman she wanted and still living out her resentment years and years on. Can you grow up please?
I'm not sure why Dohan and Dohan's fiancee are together at all, given that they don't actually seem to like each other particularly much? Their relationship is pretty crap, with not an ounce of real affection...

Why did Yoon-seo call Shi-on a bastard when he was feeding Eun-ok like a dog? Do these doctors only go by the book? I mean, you've got a problem patient, why not try special means to get that patient to eat if that is what it needs?

How would Yoon-seo recognise the young Shi-on? Did she see a picture of him as child before?

I can't say I'm at all interested in the Mom story either. And of course Mom had to get sick.

Overall, ep 6 didn't make much sense to me and left me feeling that characters were poorly written and the storyline full of twists we've seen many other times (the politics, the mom that's ill, etc.).

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Yoon-seo actually did see a picture of Shi-on before.

It was either in this episode or episode 5 (I can't quite remember) where she met the Chief of Staff in his office, after running into him looking into Werewolf Girl's room, where she takes note of a picture frame sitting by his desk. He tells her that the little boy standing next to him is indeed Shi-on. That's how Yoon-seo recognized him in the photo inside Mom's wallet.

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Ahh! Then it makes sense.

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I can understand all of your frustrations.. those were the questions I had after I finished episode 6. I was emotionally invested in the last five episodes (even the hospital politics because well, Im interested in that stuff) but cliches, coincidences, random twists, annoying character traits made episode 6 a disappointing one.

Seriously the werewolf girl is so random. There could have been other ways to show the other humanistic side of Si-On instead of bringing an actually animal child.

And really? Si-On's mom HAPPENS to work in the same hospital as him, AND happens to be sick on their first encounter?

Do-Han's hatred and anger towards Si-On is actually due to his guilt?

I can't stand Do-Han's financee either. Why are they together? He doesn't seem slightest bit affectionate towards her. She is such a child too -_-. At least give a complex secondary character.

Overall, disappointing episode.

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I quite enjoyed the first five episodes as well, mostly for Shi-on (while ignoring the hospital politics and some the ignorant-of-autism behaviour of the doctors).

He was still very lovable here, but then he seemed to have an awareness, both of himself and his autism, as well as of other individuals (the wolf girl) that doesn't seem compelling – his explaining and instructing the kids about wolf girl seems off.

Not very excited for ep 7 now...

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Yes EXACTLY! I still can't take the wolf girl seriously because I feel the writers are being too damn literal about it. I just can't get past it.

And LOL the thing about his mom is yes, it seems all TOO coincidental and makes it even more unrealistic in that they introduced the wolf girl at the same time. Too much dramaland for me that they don't even try to cover up all the coincidences.

I can't wait till Do Han leaves his girlfriend. It seems like both of them are trapped in the relationship and they need to get out. I feel they are together for the sake of being in a relationship. It's not making either parties happy.

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YEs! Exactly this. The wolf girl and mom stuff were ridiculous. But what kills me is Do Han. His character could still have been prickly and emotionally damaged without having to be so black and white with his behavior towards Shi On. Do Han could have shown a wonderfully subtle mix of compassion, resentment and harshness towards Shi On because of the past trauma with his brother, but instead we get this one-dimensional cruelty. Bad, bad writing.

It's like this ep exposed all the glaring weaknesses in the writing that had been overshadowed before. It's made me sooo worried for this drama, and it's a shame bc I love the three lead actors.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't one of autism Characteristic being unable of understanding others feelings/thoughts? And that is why they have bad social skills and etc.

Yes, they have feelings, however how SH seems to understand the children thoughts and their feelings...

Plus, no matter how much you say SH is an adult on mental age but acts like a kid/has social skills of a child, I disagree, so far watching the drama, the way he thinks and behave, it is like a innocent child, a child on an adult body. He has mental age of a loving and sweet 10 old boy, and is having his first crush, aw, that is why a romantic relationship between cha and SH would be weird for me. Jw also said on an interview his character does have mental age of 10 years old, so I hope this means no romantic relationship between the leads.

And, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying SH doesn't deserve love because he has autism, but not ahem sexual relationship.

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Bingo!
An autistic person being the most outgoing doctor one can imagine, even able to communicate with animals. The writer didn't do their homework, I guess.
I have a feeling that autism was just a condition named to make viewers sympathetic to Shi On. Cause if you aren't, you're heartless. And he's sooo cute.

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Park Shi-on's character is described has social skill of 10 years old,so that's why he able communication with children but when he face with his co-workers he seems difficult with communication with them and it makes him frustration.I think the writer has good job of writing character cast

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I would like to amend what you said about his "mental" age and say it's a "social" age. BEcause of his physical age, Si-on does have a better grasp on things than an actual 10-year-old. Time does that. It's a fantastic teacher. I think the "mental" age described by the character description is a basic flaw in character design. Si-on would not be able to function as well as he does if that were true. Socially, however, reading cues, interpreting emotions and words, you're right. He is NOT capable. I haven't yet written my blog post on this episode because its full of a LOT of psychological 'wtf*ckery' as JB likes to say. I haven't been able to suss out my exact feelings on it.

I do agree that autism is now a tool of the writer to make the story happen. There are a lot of autistic traits that are seemingly turned on and off throughout the episodes.

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I never cared about the ratings but i`m so glad this drama is doing good because it proves the theory that Joo Won/KBS combination is pure gold.

Don`t ever go back to MBC Wooni.

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Oh god, every single time I think back to 7th Grade Civil Servant: facepalm............. x100

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That theory also holds true for the MCW/KBS combination since this is MCW's third consecutive worked with KBS. And for the last two worked that she had, both her leading men (PSH and SJK) won the Top Excellence Award. She also won Couple Award with both actors.

How did Yoon-seo recognized the young Shi-on? She saw a photo of him in Dir. Choi's office.

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Actually this is MCW's 4th drama with KBS but the 3rd consecutive drama with the broadcaster. Her first drama was Take Care of Lady Castle where Yoon Eun Hye and Yoon Sang Hyun (IHYV) were the leads.

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Moon Chae Won also won the Top Excellence Actress award 2 years in a row. By how Good Doctor is going, I think she is going to get a 3rd one this year, along with the amazing Joo Won!

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LOL that's true. And last year when she won, she was presenting the award with Park Shi Hoo (b/c last year winners present) and she practically presented the award to herself. BOO that Song Joong Ki is leaving for the army because I really wanted to see them presenting together.

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Thanks so much Gummimochi !!
Shi-on is the cutest person ever, love his interactions with the kids and nurses and YS ^^
Look forward to ep 7 !!

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Crap, this is bad, isn't it? Crap! No, Shi-on! He'll get out of this, right? URGH! Stupid evil doctors!

I started to like Do-han a little more. I mean, he's still a jerk, but now we get why. Sort of. I still don't like the way he treats Shi-on. He's taking all his anger at himself out on Shi-on. Not cool. Not at all.

And I'm not surprised Chae-kyung is up to something. I don't like her. She's a typical second lead. All cold and haughty. Stuck on herself, too. I know she's angry at her father and stepmother for getting married, but is it really too hard for her to put her own feelings aside and be happy for them? I really dislike characters who think they are entitled to certain things and will hurt whoever they have to get what they want. It's annoying.

Still don't care about the power plays all that much, except how they impact Shi-on. Granted, most do. But, they get annoying after awhile.

Thanks for the recap, Gummimochi!

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There's a lot I enjoy about this show, but I can only watch it by first getting over a huge hurdle.

The writer means well, but pretty much knows nothing at all about disabilities like autism and mental retardation (I know that's not the newest term for it, but since my daughter is mentally retarded, I think I can stick to the older term).

Her ignorance makes me want to scream sometimes. So I just force myself to pretend they don't mean autism, and they don't mean 'mental disability' when they use those terms. It's a fairy tale about some disability sort of similar to but not exactly like autism or retardation (or feral children, for that matter).

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Ha! That's what i have been doing, too. I find the drama to be quite enjoyable when I take this attitude.

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DHM - I still use MR too. The newest term I think is "intellectual disability," which is more of an umbrella term. I THINK. I'm seriously not up on the newest PC lingo. I should look it up.

It seems like your attitude is one I take when I watch movies that are based on books. DIFFERENT story. DIFFERENT characters.

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I would like to say with the same tone of voice Jin-wook would use: IL-GYUUUUUUUUUU!

I hate this guy so. dang. much. But at the same time I feel sorry for him that he has no other choice but to follow Doctor Pomade's orders. I know he wouldn't be the nicest to Shi-on regardless, but Il-gyu would never go this far had his residency not been put on the line. He's a little mean but he's not pure evil on the inside. Poor guy.

The wolf girl card did not fail to make me a fiery ball of frustration as I had expected. On the upside, I'm glad that we were able to see a lot of what Shi-on IS capable of as a doctor. He really did so well with wolf girl and then Il-gyu had to go screw things up again as always.

Do-han......... I feel sympathy for this guy. I feel like I'm the only one of this boat but he's a soft, kind-hearted guy made tough and bitter because of a traumatic experience. As cliché as it sounds, it's easy for us to say he's just a douche, but none of us probably lost a sibling the way he did. The guilt would be unimaginably overwhelming.

My mom's sister died when my mom was 19 and her sister was 15 because of cancer. She always told me that growing up, she would always be upset with her sister going out with her friends or doing something without telling her. When I asked my mom why, she said it was because she feared for her. It was the care that she felt towards her sister that made her worry over her safety and in turn express that worry through anger. It's like what mothers do when their child climbs up the stairs that they told them not to climb and gets hurt. They yell at them for the first split second because they're shocked and as scared as the child is for their well-being.

I think that in the same way, Do-han fears for Shi-on. On the inside, he has that worry that something as horrific as his brother's accident may happen to Shi-on. Fear leads to anger and is often expressed as anger. Do-han's not just a cold, incompassionate douche. He's experienced something with a intellectually disabled person that no one else has experienced. I honestly think he's more caring than anyone else in that hospital, he just has a different way of expressing it.

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I am on the boat, too! Thanks for sharing that story, I think you're right on.

And honestly, we all know this story will end with an epic bromance between DH and SO, so it's just a matter of time before everyone is on the Do Han boat. The guy is heading for redemption.

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"Do-han’s not just a cold, incompassionate douche. He’s experienced something with a intellectually disabled person that no one else has experienced. I honestly think he’s more caring than anyone else in that hospital, he just has a different way of expressing it."

are you sure???? In the many BILLIONS of people in the world none except this douche bag has experience this??

Your kidding right. I've met people who had worse than him, but they don't lash out with their hurt.

The only one's I know who does that in the real world are bitter, self-victim, selfish people "ohh why I am the only one suffering in the world type"

And psycho paths who go killing people because of their traumatic childhood.

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I'm referring to the plot in the drama, more specifically the hospital staff. The others don't have a very difficult time showing Shi-on some humanity whereas Do-han treats Shi-on like an animal. I'm saying that the reason for Do-han's especially cold behavior towards Shi-on is because I think he's the only one ON STAFF who's actually experienced a traumatic accident with a intellectually disabled person. I didn't mean the entire population of our world. We're talking about the drama here.

I'm sorry if I offended you in any way.

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Didn't offend me, sorry if i sounded angry. Just don't like Do Han character,

I like you though.

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Thanks, Junsee, for sticking up for Do-Han. My older son died when he was 16 and my younger son was twelve. Naturally, this was very hard on all of us. My younger son's personality changed a lot. He was much less willing to open up to anyone, and it was nearly impossible to tell what he was thinking. His brother died of a heart condition, so there was no blame to be placed anywhere. Yet we all had guilt feelings about it.

I think Do-Han's situation was much worse. He felt very guilty about his brother's death. If his parents blamed him as well, then their relationship would have gotten worse. The Do-Han would have been deprived of three of his most important loving relationships. He probably would want to avoid like the plague anyone who reminded him of his brother because it hurt so much.

I think the writers are doing a good job with his character; I don't see him being a jerk as much as lashing out a little in pain. And, of course, yelling at a resident is the traditional way they are trained.

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I can never explain the hardships you and your family faced on your son's loss and even though I cannot express my condolences properly, especially on losing your child. I pray that God had given your family the strength and faith in that tough times.
I too believe Do Han is not a jerk. Every person has some or the other scar in their life. And when Shi On constantly reminds him of of his brother - it is like an unforgiveable failure he feels he had bestowed on his brother that lead to his death. And deep inside it is his gruff way to make Shi On realise that please don't make a mistake of being a doctor especially when people cannot understand you. I feel there is more to him and who knows maybe he will be the one to actually make Shi On a "Good Doctor".
Yep constant yelling is common on interns and residents. My BFF endured it for almost 8 years and at the end she felt she needed some counselling but I think times are good for her now :)

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Thank you for sharing your story! It really helps to understand a difficult character when people talk about what they've experienced with a similar type of person.

And I'm glad I have more people on the Do-han boat than I thought! I agree with you that he's not a jerk. He's obviously not been able to forgive himself for what he thinks is his fault. I can't imagine the pain Do-han is going through right now.

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i am sailing this boat with you, too

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I am sorry to hear about your loss.

I disagree that the writer is doing a good job if he wanted viewers to empathize with DH over his pain and guilt. I have lost a sibling but not in anything close to this scenario. Still I can imagine the pain DH goes through not to mention the guilt he has been carrying. All these will go down well to explain DH's temperament and behavior to everyone. Except Si On. He is not a jerk to people in general but he is one to Si On. Now, knowing his story makes him even more so.

He could have muster up his courage and stand up for his beliefs to oppose Dr Choi.
He could have set Si On down to tell him firmly but nicely that he cannot aspire to be a doctor for his patients' sake and his own sake
Failing all the above, he could have ignored him and where necessary, speak to him as he would a stranger.Just as a matter of fact with no affection but no condescension either.

He need not have punched him but bring up his misconduct to Dr Choi and solidify his case why SO should not stay.
He need not trash SO's belief in heaven when he caught SO sewing the deceased patient's clothes. Was it necessary? Not at all. Being a doctor does not mean that he cannot believe in heaven. He is entitled to his own beliefs so is SO.
He can yell all he wants at team or at SO regarding work but he need not say mean and hurtful words to him.

That he has experience with intellectually disabled persons, his brother at that, makes it much worse. I doubt he treated his brother the same way or had tolerated people treating his brother this way.

Even if we give him the benefit of doubt that he actually cared and meant good for SO because he doesn't want SO to end up with the guilt of "having a patient die in his hands", I am still unconvinced. In no way, does he show any good will towards SO and respect him as a person. I don't see him torn between having to hurt SO and trying to prevent a tragedy from happening.

If the writer wanted to portray DH as a innately good person whose scars and guilt brings out the worse in him in form of his relationship with SO, then I'd say not great but still acceptable. But if he expects viewers to accept that DH's behavior is reasonable and acceptable then I think he has failed.

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Ann - thank you for sharing a difficult part of your life.

I think Do-han is lashing out as well. In that situation, it's so easy to let the guilt fall on his shoulders and stay there.

The yelling is what gets to me. For one who has experienced being with a person of lower intelligence or with a disability, Do-han KNOWS how yelling and stress affects them. It's why I"m curious about how the Korean mental health professions work and how the entire system functions. There were so many aspects of this episode that would've been handled differently in the hands of a US mental health practitioner. I'm seriously just curious how the KOrean system functions.

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Just has everyone has said, Do Han's back story didn't really do much for me. Don't get me wrong. I like because I guess I know he will change for the better, but I really can't put up much with how he's treating Si On.

Yay! I'm happy for the ratings! This show is a blast to watch:)

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What would have really shown Do Han's brother's mental illness would have been for him to survive the pedestrian crosswalk of doom, and go back and purposely jump in front of the truck. A bit gory I know, but the crosswalk of doom is just so cliche, doesn't really show much of his mental illness, just his bad luck. Also, it would've definitely made Do Han's sadness a bit more emotional and realistic, rather than the usual blaming oneself over the bad luck death of someone else.

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Based on my experience, feeling guilty about the death of a loved one is very common, even if there is nothing to feel guilty about.

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His brother was not mentally ill, but intellectually disabled. It would be out of character for him to jump in front of a vehicle. He wasn't suicidal.

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I didn't get the impression that Do Han's brother was "mentally ill" (ie., depressed, psychotic, bi-polar, etc.), but rather someone along the Autism Spectrum, with developmental issues or differently wired. In the Truck of Doom scene, his brother displayed a kind of anxiety born of sensory overload that is often common in autism, which is why all the input coming at him when he was faced with crossing the street made him react with panic and confusion.

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The show said he was MR or intellectually disabled. The way the actor portrayed it, he showed no signs of autism, just MR (MR is mentally retarded, the unPC term nowadays). A person with intellectual disability is also often overloaded by new situations. The brother was NOT guided through the process of going to school on his own and was really scared. (He should've been guided. Therapists should've told the parents that....) Fear heightens all senses and makes everythign overwhelming. That's my take, at least, from the minimal information provided by the show and the actors.

He also didn't jump in front of the truck. He was desperate to just get the crossing done with and ignored safety to do so.

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I still found it pretty difficult to sympathize with Do Han. I tried looking at it as a suspension of belief but it doesnt help lol. He went too far. I dont find his character redeemable at all. I would prefer if his fiance dumps him already. Chae is wrong, he is also cold to his fiance not just Si On

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Oh boo hoo, he's mean to one character and everyone blame him for everything! I swear DH has more hate than the actual villains in this show lol

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i love this drama very much...
thanx 4 the recap.....
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Doesn't a hospital suppose to have CCTV?
Hope they will check it...

Thank you for the recap... =)

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Thanks for the recap^_^ until next week.^_^

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I reckon things are turning up for Shi On

Next full moon, he is going turn to Wereworlf Boy
and shred Super Doc

and all the meanies to him.

AWOOOOOOO!!!

and get abs like Jacob in Twilight

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I have found a link that explains what real savants are like.

http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=8768&cn=20

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thats kinda sad

Especially the part "he cant live independently as an adult."
what would that mean to our hero Shi On

He won't have any romantic connection
He won't be able to function independently in the hospital.

His character in the show is a dead end.

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I hope the makjang gives us some romance lol.
But I always prefer it when the guy chases the girl so hopefully we will get to see some "Bad Couple" like heart warming expressions of love from Si On

Maybe a Tree of Love lol

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It really depends on what they mean by most? >50% or 80% or 90%? I don't think it is being a savant per se but the degree of autism and the amount of therapy, rehab and support they are given.

There are forums where autistic people chat on and from what I gather, these people live independently, have romances and hold jobs. They certainly have issues because of their autism but while there are limitations, it doesn't stop them from having a life and living independently.

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SS - Many ppl with autism lead lives that are considered "normal". Some of these people have aides or family members or even their lovers/spouses who help guide them through life. Or maybe they're high enough functioning to do it on their own.

Sometimes therapy isn't everything. There are limitations to therapy because of the way the autistic mind functions. I think that is the case for Si-on. He can learn a LOT, but a person like him, in real life, will be in need of help for the rest of his life. Well, at least the Si-on they presented at the beginning of the show. The shell of autism he has turned into is something else. I posted a link for a savant pianist a few episodes ago. Si-on is very similar to him in my opinion. He is not quite as severe as the pianist, but they are along the same lines. He is more in line with the pianist than, let's say, someone like Temple Grandin, who can function independently.

Pianist, Derek Paravicini: http://www.ted.com/talks/derek_paravicini_and_adam_ockelford_in_the_key_of_genius.html

Temple Grandin: http://www.ted.com/talks/temple_grandin_the_world_needs_all_kinds_of_minds.html

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Thank you for the link! It's more extensive than the ones I read (lol, Wiki) and much more reliable. Good to know that social cues can be learned through therapy.

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Social cues are one of the BIG things they teach in therapy :)

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Do Han gets both extreme ends of reaction from viewers.

There are viewers who hate him and then there are those who justify or explain why he did what he did to Si On. I do not think he is a villain in the league of the evil trio(eh is there more, lost count). Far from it, I bet that DH will be in SO's camp soon and helping him to be a doctor. I acknowledge that DH is a very skilled and level-headed surgeon, the type you'd want for yourself if you nee