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Good Doctor: Episode 12

There can be no room for error when it comes to surgery, and one second of hesitation can mean the difference between life or death for the patient. The hospital politics and the medical cases take a backseat as we drive the romance (or sometimes lack thereof) to the forefront as feelings collide from every angle. But just like a car accident, it takes a bit of time for the whiplash to kick in.

On the plus side, the latest episode of Good Doctor hit a new series high of 19.4%. Here’s hoping things keep looking up instead of crashing down. Fingers crossed.

EPISODE 12 RECAP

Four minutes. With two lives hanging on the balance, Do-han must make a decision: either save the mother or the baby. Doctor Min says they must forsake the baby.

Two minutes. Shi-on thinks back to Hyung in the mines and declares that they must save both persons. They each have a fifty-fifty chance of survival, so they must save them both or else the one who survives will be sad.

Do-han collects himself and announces they’ll go ahead with the tracheotomy. The doctors argue that it’s too risky, but they have no time to lose. They’re forced to go by touch and Do-han assigns Shi-on to the task.

One minute. Shi-on closes his eyes to envision the target area in his head, and then points to where the incision should be made. Do-han successfully completes the procedure, to everyone’s relief. We didn’t forget about the excessive bleeding, right? I hope that blood transfusion order worked out.

Do-han completes the rest of the surgery. He calls Shi-on to see him afterward about Shi-on’s statement of the patients’ chances of survival. He turns it into a teaching point, telling him it’s a surgeon’s job to reduce the patient’s chance of death in the operating room.

He advises Shi-on that he doesn’t use his own guesswork to make a claim in front of a life again. Do-han says all of this without yelling this time, and before Shi-on shuffles away, Do-han tells him that he did well today. Aw.

Yoon-seo apologizes for saying that Shi-on asked too many questions at their briefing, since all of his worst-case scenarios came up in surgery. Shi-on plays it off like it’s no big deal. She doesn’t miss his attitude change, and teases him for getting a big head these days.

They end up awkwardly walking in the same direction later, so she points him in the direction he needs to go, but he sticks around. With a smile, she asks if he’s trying to walk her out.

Nervous, Shi-on searches for an excuse, saying he needs to run out to pick up a few things, but Yoon-seo replies that everything he needs can be found in her desk. So he blurts that he’s off to buy a hammer (at a convenience store?), and that’s good enough of a reason for her.

But when they exit the hospital, Do-han is already waiting for her to drive her home. Shi-on pouts. Aww.

When they reach her place, Yoon-seo asks if things are still tense with his fiancée. At his silence, she warns him to be careful or he may soon find himself dumped. Do-han: “Then I guess I’ll be dumped.”

Do-han says that he and Chae-kyung did love each other once, and Yoon-seo still gets goosebumps just thinking about how much of a lovey-dovey couple they were. Do-han tells her that he doesn’t know why he keeps forgetting things these days, sometimes even days at a time.

She figures it’s because he’s overworked and apologizes that she can’t alleviate his burdens. But Do-han just smiles and ruffles her hair the same way she usually ruffles Shi-on’s.

HA, Shi-on turns up the next day with a hammer. Yoon-seo lifts it up and asks, “Is there a convenience store named ‘Taeyang’s Hardware’?” Hahaha, you so enjoy pulling his tail and I so enjoy watching it.

When Chae-kyung and Do-han run into each other, she notes that he looks worse for wear. He says that he’s been busy, and she tells him to take care of himself because she can’t anymore. He asks if her plans have changed, and takes her silence as his answer.

Chae-kyung calls out to him before he walks away, wondering how they ended up like this. She points out that taking some time should be painful for both parties, but it’s not like that for either of them.

A man drops by the NICU asking to see the baby of the young mother. Ah, so this must be the husband who was previously in the States. Yoon-seo asks if he’s visited the baby’s mother yet, since she’s the one who’s having the hardest time.

She tells the husband that the baby’s mother is an amazing woman because she doesn’t resent anyone. “It’s not because she’s dumb or too kind, but because that’s the way she can love her family.”

That’s why Yoon-seo believes that she’ll become a great mother. The husband walks away without a word.

In-hye scoffs in disbelief when she hears of Shi-on’s not-a-confession. She tsks at him, saying that she’s starting to realize why her teachers gave up on her in her studies. Heh, this girl.

In-hye asks if his mysterious girl sees him as a kid, which could explain why it’s so hard for him to get the words out. She asks for a name and birthdate to read their fortunes. Ha, is this another tactic to get him to spill the beans?

Shi-on is eager to find out if they’re a match, and he answers: “Snow… White.” Hehe. Jealous and bitter, In-hye tells him to forget it.

It turns out the husband didn’t visit his (recently-divorced) wife, but the baby mother doesn’t blame him at all—it’s just that his mother is too controlling. She’s sad that she hasn’t gotten a chance to see her baby yet, which is when Yoon-seo shows her a picture on her phone. Aw, that’s sweet.

And then the husband shows up after all. He apologizes for not being there for her when she needed him most and thanks her for protecting their baby. He pulls his wife into a tearful embrace.

Shi-on hurries to make it to his first test with Do-han and takes a deep breath before they begin. Do-han starts drilling him with questions and Shi-on doesn’t hesitate to recite the answers back to him. You can see that Do-han is a bit impressed by the end, and he tells Shi-on that he passed for today. Oh phew.

There’s a literal skip in his step as Shi-on celebrates on his way out. Cute. Yoon-seo is relieved to hear that Shi-on correctly answered all the questioned posed to him, even one outside of pediatrics.

Assistant Chief hangs up on a concerned call (his family perhaps?) when Doctor Choi comes up the stairs. He takes the reminder of his resignation with a smile and leaves Doctor Choi with a final cryptic word: “You were supposed to hold onto me.”

Mom is pleased to hear that Shi-on is a great doctor, amazed by how far he’s come since he was a little boy. She admits that things were so hard for them back then that there were times she even thought of dying together. She blames herself for Shi-on’s bad fortune of having met such a horrible mother.

She doesn’t know of her abusive husband’s whereabouts, and Yoon-seo thinks over Mom’s words of how she hopes that Shi-on never runs into his father ever again.

A film crew visits to shoot a documentary on the pediatrics department. Everyone is abuzz with excitement, apart from Do-han, who is reluctant to let the film crew in.

Yoon-seo whispers towards Shi-on, who is in the middle of re-arranging his hair to look good for TV. She signals at him to cut it out, and he tussles his hair back to its usual disheveled state. Hee.

Everyone in the department is extremely aware of the cameras, trying to look good for their possible five minutes of fame. Yoon-seo notices that Shi-on is especially distracted and wonders if he’s looking to become famous. But Shi-on answers no—rather, he’s hoping that his parents might recognize his face onscreen.

The other residents tell Shi-on that Do-han and Yoon-seo left work together today too. They wonder if things aren’t too peachy with his engagement with Chae-kyung, although they aren’t quite smart enough to put two and two together.

Shi-on gapes at this fact, having heard of the engagement for the first time. I know; I was pretty surprised when I first heard about it, too.

In the car, Yoon-seo wonders where Do-han is taking her. He doesn’t say where, and just says that he wants to do something nice for once as her sunbae. Or her new potential boyfriend. Yunno, tomayto-tomahto.

He takes her shopping, and he oh-so-casually tells her to pick something out, citing that she complained about only wearing her doc uniform all the time. Sure, blame it on the white coat.

Yoon-seo whispers that she has plenty of clothes and that this place is too expensive. But that grates Do-han’s nerves and he flatly tells her to choose something and steps out, leaving Yoon-seo utterly confused.

Shi-on waits for Chae-kyung outside her office, and over dinner, Shi-on confesses that he hasn’t bucked up the courage to confess his feelings towards his crush yet. So he’s here to ask how Do-han confessed his feelings for Chae-kyung. Ooh, if only you knew.

He figures that it was probably impressive, just like Do-han is, and Chae-kyung instructs him to ask Do-han himself. But Shi-on says that wouldn’t work, and does his best Do-han impersonation, to Chae-kyung’s amusement.

Chae-kyung tells him that she probably won’t be much of help since she was the one who confessed first. She does admit Do-han’s confession came much later, but then can’t think of a time when he did. Shi-on deflates.

It clearly troubles her, but Shi-on says it’s okay if she doesn’t remember since he can’t recall his own mother. “But when I think about it, I think it’s because I don’t want to remember.”

He says that he had such a tough time growing up that he must have erased all of his childhood memories from his brain, including his own parents. So while he tried to block out the bad, he also blocked out the good.

The residents gripe at Jin-wook for ordering one measly bottle of soju among the four of them. But Jin-wook, ever the responsible one, says they can’t drink too much in case there’s an emergency.

He suddenly rises from his seat mid-pour when he catches a glimpse of In-young sending off a pair of drunken gentlemen across the street. Ruh-oh, does unni work as a bargirl to make ends meet?

So Jin-wook heads to the bar, and comes face-to-face with In-young. Oh boy, this is awkward. In-young tries to hide her shame by acknowledging that this is the world she lives in, and that a lofty doctor like him must find it fascinating. Aw, can we give the guy a chance to speak first?

Jin-wook speaks to his own defense—that’s not what he was about to say. Truthfully, he thought that she must be exhausted from working late into the night and concerned about how it would take a toll on her health. Aww.

Shi-on is standing outside when Yoon-seo finally returns home. His eyes find the shopping bag in her hand, and she awkwardly laughs that she bought some new clothes. Yoon-seo notices him shift uncomfortably and asks if he has something to say. But Shi-on denies it and heads back for the hospital.

Then we see a montage of our developing love triangle as Shi-on finds himself unable to sleep that night; Yoon-seo thinks back to Do-han’s tender moment in the car; and finally, Do-han smiles at the thought of Yoon-seo’s smile.

President Lee informs her daughter Chae-kyung about how she believes the assistant chief is connected to the rumors to turn the hospital into a for-profit organization. Chae-kyung is surprised to hear the assistant chief sought out Do-han, but they’re interrupted with even more bad financial news.

Shi-on greets Yoon-seo in a small voice at work, and he says that nothing’s wrong when she asks about his dejected mood. A moment later, Do-han calls Shi-on away.

They relocate to the operating room where Do-han reminds Shi-on that he’s still uneasy during surgery. It’s imperative that Shi-on learn how to maintain full control in order to overcome any situation he may encounter in the high-pressure environment, Do-han adds.

He’s well aware of Shi-on’s ability to envision the body in his head, so Do-han will paint the imaginary scenario for him, and Shi-on will perform the surgery as if it’s taking place right in front of them.

Do-han describes an emergency surgery with a newborn baby on the operating table. They have no time to lose or else lose the life. Shi-on starts to grow anxious, but Do-han orders him to begin.

We see the imaginary surgery come alive before our eyes, and at Shi-on’s shaking hand, Do-han reminds him that he must hurry. Shi-on only grows more nervous as Do-han calls out the pretend baby’s continuously deteriorating state, which triggers a panic attack.

Do-han keeps a close eye on Shi-on, and declares that their patient is dead. He barks at Shi-on that he can’t even handle an imaginary surgery without panicking—how does he expect to survive in a real situation?

Being book-smart means nothing if Shi-on doesn’t have the applied skills to perform surgery successfully. Do-han warns Shi-on not to think that he’s improved lately because in his eyes, nothing has changed.

Shi-on sits by himself even more dejected than before. Yoon-seo sits beside him, and though she didn’t watch his pseudo-surgery, she gives him a few encouraging words that he’ll get better in time.

Yoon-seo brings it up with Do-han afterwards, and she notes that Shi-on may be more susceptible to psychological triggers due to his childhood trauma.

Do-han is shocked to hear it, but he says it won’t change the rigorous training he’s putting Shi-on through. He argues that Shi-on is likely used to sympathy and compassion, but he feels it’s necessary that they break him out of that, no matter how painful it could be.

Shi-on confides in In-hye about how he feels embarrassed these days and has a tough time hiding it. Using Do-han’s words, he calls himself a “shell” of a surgeon, and In-hye tells him to stop calling himself that.

In-hye asks if it’s because Shi-on doesn’t want to reveal his embarrassment to his crush. Shi-on runs off without giving her an answer.

The pediatric team gathers to watch the finished documentary together. At a clip of Shi-on, Il-kyu complains the viewers will think that they’re “just like him.” Do-han warns him to watch his mouth, something Shi-on and Yoon-seo doesn’t miss.

But Dad sees the same documentary, and his eyes grow wide with shock to see his son on TV. OH NO.

Do-han brings Shi-on back in for another round of imaginary surgery. This time, Yoon-seo is standing outside and Do-han lays out another emergency situation with a stern reminder they cannot lose this patient like last time.

But Shi-on panics in this round too, and Do-han barks they’ve lost another child. Breathing hard, Shi-on asks to take a break but Do-han says they’ll continue, adding that it won’t make a difference if Shi-on practices on his own.

He points out that Shi-on isn’t the type to give up easily, to which Shi-on asks, “How can I keep doing something that won’t work out?”

Do-han: “Then quit. If you keep this up, you won’t be a surgeon with a scalpel and no different than a murderer holding a knife.” Damn, that’s harsh, but true.

Yoon-seo comes inside to console him, but Shi-on refuses her offers to go out to blow off some steam. Shi-on: “I’m not a child who only likes to eat!” He storms out.

Yoon-seo trails behind him, calling out that she knows he’s upset. She eventually catches up to him to explain Do-han’s tough teaching ways, but Shi-on says he knows all of that already.

She asks why he’s upset then, and Shi-on admits that he feels embarrassed around her these days. She doesn’t understand why on earth he’d feel ashamed around her of all people, so Shi-on blurts out: “Because… I like you!”

Holding back tears, Shi-on hollers: “Because I hiccup and my heart races whenever I see you! I don’t want to look dumb in front of someone I like!”

Shi-on shuffles away but soon runs into trouble when he encounters a pair of drunken young’uns. They wonder if he’s not right in the head, and then proceed to beat him.

Do-han pulls up in his car along the street just then, and jumps out to deal with the punks. As Do-han fists fly at their jaws (and mine punches the air), Shi-on is reminded of how Hyung once came to his rescue as a boy.

The punks insist to the police that Do-han came at them first, and claim that Shi-on just hurt himself because he already looks like a half-wit. Do-han rises in anger at the insult.

When Yoon-seo comes to collect them later, Do-han marches up to Shi-on to ask why he didn’t fight back. Shi-on says he doesn’t hit other people. Do-han asks how long he plans to let others beat him and hurl insults at him, to which Shi-on says that he isn’t what they say.

So Do-han tells him to prove it or Shi-on will be stuck in that same cycle for the rest of his life.

As they walk back home, Yoo-seo broaches the topic about his confession, but Shi-on cuts her off to say sorry. He says there seems to be so many things that require the right credentials in this world: to become a student; to become a doctor; to become a man; or to like and love someone.

Shi-on says that there are a lot of things he must learn to acquire those various certificates, and he can’t do anything without them. He asks to walk by himself today.

A mysterious person arrives at the hospital the next day, but his profile looks rather familiar…

Yoon-seo mentions to Do-han that she thinks Shi-on’s pride was hurt last night, which Do-han considers as the first step. Then Shi-on joins them to announce that he’s ready to face the imaginary surgery again.

They’re interrupted by an arrival of a guest—it’s Dad. Accckkk. He yells at Shi-on for not recognizing his own father.

Which is when the memories of being beaten by Dad come flooding back to him, and Shi-on collapses onto the floor.

COMMENTS

Ohnonono. I knew Mom’s mention about Dad would be bad news. I was content knowing that Dad was somewhere out there and that he wouldn’t come knocking at Shi-on’s door. It makes sense that the source of the trauma, the abuser, would trigger that response. So I do appreciate how his character is a narrative catalyst for Shi-on’s memory to return, though we have yet to learn how much has returned just yet.

Grah, it bugs me that Dad is going for the my-son-is-a-doctor-therefore-he’s rich approach. This is where I’m glad that both Yoon-seo and Do-han are aware of Shi-on’s abusive past. On one hand, this allows them to step in to prevent Dad from overstepping his boundaries, and on the other hand… this is dramaverse, which means characters will let conflict play out and wrestle with them for a few episodes until they are resolved, if ever.

At first, I thought that we had made some headway for Do-han as he dialed down the yelling and assumed a more caring (well, more caring for him anyway) type of teacher towards Shi-on. But at the end of the day, he’s still a surgeon who is responsible of who will handle a life in the operating room. Looking through the lens of a medical professional perspective, I agree with where Do-han is coming from—a surgeon must be knowledgeable about his work, anticipate the worst-case scenario, and act accordingly within the operating room. Performing a surgery is more than just going in to fix something and stitching them back up; you’re fighting against the clock, trying to cheat death from taking another life.

In that respect, his stern teaching style lacks that sympathetic, compassionate quality that Yoon-seo has, which is turning out to be failing her at present. We can see that there is merit in the little changes of his changed behavior towards Shi-on, and that Do-han will still swoop in to Shi-on’s aid. He brings up a fair point that Shi-on must go beyond merely acknowleding his limitations and seek out a way to overcome them if he hopes to make it in this field, where others will be far more unforgiving than he is. But at least we know that there’s a soft underbelly lying beneath that strict sunbae exterior, even if you have to dig deep, deep down in order to get there.

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Thanks for the recap, G!

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i'm totally anticipating the Bromance that will come soon =)

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That's right. Let's get YS out of the way and ship the Shi On- Do Han bromance coz god knows they need each other. Shi On needs a hyung figure and Do Han needs to do all the hyung-y stuff that he wanted to with his own saeng. This pair totally floats my boat. I loved the way Do Han stood up for Shi On in this episode. And the raging was totally hot :P

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I swear when Do Han ran out of that car and just railed on those guys I literally stood up and cheered. When Shi On got flash backs of his hyung I cried. Screw the romance. Bromance forever.

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I love the bromance and the romance! Who said we can't have both?

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Oh gosh, Bad Dad has got into the view...

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I like how Shi-on has no difficulties addressing people around. He even asked Chae-kyung out for dinner! Let's see ... now he can drink, curse and date hot women, haha ;)

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SO is waiting for SK outside her office. Next thing we see, they r sitting down at dinner. We don't know who asked whom to dinner.

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Shi-on asked her out. Shortly before that dinner he learnt that Do-han and Chae-kyung were a dating couple; so, he wanted to know the proper way to propose; that is, how his 'guru' did it.

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The last couple minutes of this ep, when SO's father shows up in front of him, how he swivels up, backs up, has severe emotional stress, before falling down unconscious--is there a better showcase for Joo Won's acting prowess?

It's a difficult role. I hope he gets lots of love, recognition and awards for it! Joowonnie, fighting!

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Yeah, I'm confident that he's gonna get the top excellence at kbs awards this year.

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Yup, it is a difficult role.
How some people can say he has bad acting is beyond me.
An aversion to his style of acting, on the other hand, i can understand. I guess it all comes down to personal opinion.
But you know what's really bad acting? Taecyeon. He tops the cake in Who Are You. But good thing his character isn't annoying.

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Who says he has bad acting? A (wo)man needs a name. *sharpens knife*

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Err.. I meant Joo won (being a loyal Joowoner and all) not Taecyeon. I don't really care for him.

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That was a great moment, but for me the highlight of his acting this ep was when he confessed he liked YS. The mix of vulnerability, hope, hurt, and earnestness, all the while having to balance Shi On's childlike behavior w his growing maturity....I tell ya it was fantastic.

I still just cannot believe this is Kang To from Gaksitaaaal. I think that every episode still. He's really improving w every episode, and I, too, hope he gets some recognition.

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Yah, that scene too.

If you've seen JW in Win Win, you'd know that he comes across as being really simple, and childish in person, so much so that one of the MCs kept laughing at him in that ep. How can sb who seems so unaware of the complexities of life and the human heart portray those myriad changes of emotions so well?
Simply amazing.

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One reason why Joo Won can act Si On so well is because in real life Joo Won has one of the most endearing personality I have ever seen in a celebrity or for that matter in a person.

Before this drama aired, I was afraid that Si On was written as a childish man, that would be simply awful. Thanks to Joo Won's superb acting, we can see now that Shi On is more child-like than childish. There is a world of difference between the two.

Yes, Joo Won is simple but not a simpleton. I doubt he is unaware of the complexities of life, being an entertainer in Korean showbiz and all. I think it is more of his outlook in life that is simple rather than not knowing.

Joo Won is also child-like like Shi On. He likes to be the maknae and is always at his aegyo best with his hyungs. However, he is more mature than many 25 year old celebrities out there.

Joo Won's awesome portrayal of Si On has made this character so lovable and believable.

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Yeah,that's why I love joowon in person and all of his character in drama and movie even in baker king I pity and root for him

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Agree. Joo Won predicted to be on top 5 actors, replaced Joong Ki position after he entering the military. I saw on Arirang TV, Pop in Seoul tv show. They discussing about it.

Joo Won is a rising star, showed by the acting on Good Doctor. You can see how nice he is on Happy Together variety show on KBS World. How his mother supporting him after knew her son got a savant syndrome role. His mother collecting all the information about savant syndrome. He lives in a loving family.

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Happy Together episode 310 on KBS

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When Shi On took out the hammer to show to Yoon Seo..I almost died from laughing. LOL I can't believe he actually bought it. And lol at Taeyang Hardware. These two are so cute together

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LOL I can't believe that he actually bought the hammer.

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You know, I've found the depiction of DH's guilt towards his brother when he comes face to face w SO to be unconvincing or unreasonable. So I'm very happy to see in this ep that DH doesn't hesitate to fight off two hooligans to defend SO, and how mad he gets when they call SO dim-witted.

DH yelling at SO didn't make sense to me, but this does.

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It only makes sense, when it's done out of sincere concern, compassion or love. Those can be hidden deep inside, but that doesn't matter.

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Also, I think that at this point Shi-on sort of 'allowed' Do-han to chastise him.

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When Do Han smiles...gah!

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Do Han wae my crush ever since the day i watch the drama with TVXQ guy...now i am watching all his drama...whew this guy is so manly...have you watch his win win interview...he's freakin' cool guy...hmmmm...day dream wish i could see him accidentally when i get back in SK...

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I'm glad Lousy Dad is back. He is the hurdle that SO has to overcome, in order to not be cowed, n to be able to handle stress, in the OT and out. If he remains out of the picture, SO won't have that chance for transformation.

It is apparent that Dr. Cha cares for him a great deal, but those are not romantic feelings yet. Perhaps, just perhaps, later, when he grows as a person and doc, she'll see him differently, not as a puppy that kinds nurturing, protecting and encouraging, but as a man she respects and wants to grow old with??

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I agree about 'those are not romantic feelings yet', and I think that Dr. Cha also should 'upgrade' herself a little bit in the sense of femininity and become more aware of other mens' feelings for her.

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What do u figure that baby they operate on is made of? Is it dough? Plastic? Silicon? Hand-made? Made in a mould?

It is not a doll. And it is custom-made to show a tumor on the neck. I don't know how to react to it. Is it creepy? Disgusting? Scary? Funny? Cute?

Stumps me.

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I looked away at my screen too!

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My only thought was that the baby really looks like his farther. And he was cute.

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Looked lik canned ham gel - shivery.

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The baby dummy in the operating room is fake (of course), but I think they must have custom-made it based on real model. I saw some documentary and actually met some children with disability before. The baby dummy doesn't look 100% normal, but I don't find it creepy or disgusting :)

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Silicone mostly. There are companies that make things like that, mostly for med schools etc, but a lot also sell them for use in movies. For example http://www.angelusmedical.com/PropsMovieandTV.htm

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I give them props cause it was way more realistic than gummi fetus in Dr.Jin.

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This is the grand-daddy of the Dr, Jin gummy bear fetus. I've been thinking abt that connection all day! :P

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Thanks for the mention of the Jin fetus - after all the tears of the last two days as I watched the first 12 episodes to catch up I needed a good laugh! What an outstanding series this has been so far, the first one I've ever watched while airing, and I really picked a winner.

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That baby didn't look real at all lol. It creeped me out. When the mom was like aww my baby is cute..I was like ummmm.

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i like seeing shi on and chae gyung together. i think they'd make a cute couple too LOL does this sounds weird?

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I feel the same LOL

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agreed! I like their interactions so far XD

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I do think that would be weird.

But if, let's say, Shi-on would give Chae-kyung a rose with secret intention of proposal, I'm sure she would put two and two together right away, unlike Yoon-seo.

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Never thought that Shi-on will actually confess to Yoon-seo. My heart broke on his confession and realizing to himself that he lacks in a lot of things especially in the dating department. sniff sniff

Again this show made me teary eyed again, with Do-han playing as his new hyung. Waaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!

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Loved the recap. Show why you make me finish Kleenex boxes? They're expensive nowadays ya know! I want more bromance!

I kinda teared up all over again just reading your recap. I think this episode was great in that its brought together the deeper layers the characters need to face. Maybe it was only me but I was impressed with SO that he acknowledges there's a license to gain anything in life even to like someone. And he knew he still had to gain a few and kind of didn't have a right to like or even have her. That blew me away since he acknowledged that he has to work harder so people won't look down on him (reiterating what DH constantly screams at him to do). I think there are some guys in real life who don't even acknowledge this in themselves. That totally made me switch my thoughts that he's becoming into a man. As for DH after SO gave him that stethoscope he began to embrace him like his dongseng brother. And when those drunk yards called him a half wit it also was a personal comment to his feelings ah la his dead younger brother.

Return of dad.... What a guy. Your first words to your son was screaming don't you know dad? Ugh..... * throwing tomatoes at screen * I agree with gummimochi, I am definitely thankful that DH and YS know the truth about dad. Will mom come forth and protect her son? Or will SO remember her? Dun dun dun..... What a huge obstacle for Shi on to overcome. If he can get through this he can probably get through the panic of a surgery. I smell a turning point.

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That scene where lays out all the certificates he needs was the one that stuck out to me most, too. SO can be so darn perceptive and wise, it's amazing. I agree also that he showed a huge step in maturity this episode, starting with the scene where and he told her he's not just a little kid who likes to eat food. I can see him slowly starting to transform into someone who can get that man certificate!

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I totally agree, that scene where he listed all the licences and how he doesn't have them yet showed a level of self-awareness that many grown, so-called "normal" men don't have. He is showing so much growth and I can really see him with Yeon-seo once he gets his "man certificate". Haha can that be a thing now? I know a lot of chaebol heirs that still need to earn their Man Certificate. Someone needs to open a hagwon.

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Most men and women, not of only normal intelligence, but even of superior intelligence, have no clue as to where they are lacking, or even to the fact that they are lacking. Try suggesting to sb that they r lacking in sth, they react like u r telling them that the Martians have landed.

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So true.

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You hit it on the nail.
That scene where he acknowledges that he still has a ways to go... its like in the last episode where He had to deal with survivors guilt.
He is completely aware of himself. Which is sad because a lot of people spend years without fully being aware of the workings of their heart (a.k.a. All those dramas where denial is SO apparent but they have NO. idea. WHY... my gosh)
But HE IS AWARE, and He knows he has to take the steps toward there.... Totally. Broke. My. Heart.

I wonder how YS would continue to act around him... I mean he did rat out that she is the cause for the hiccups... and being she's still in "noona" mode...
I can't predict anything. ::sigh::

And is anyone else anticipating how the Director will react to the dad's appearance? I mean He is the Parent that Si On's biological parents never were....
I sense a smack down waiting to happennnnn.

P.S Believe it or not... I think it would actually be really awesome if CK came to SO defense. I mean she knows about his childhood too... and she's warming up to him...
Yup. Smackdown waiting to happen.

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I feel the same way, that scene which you've mentioned made me tears. Joowon's acting is very superb

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Does anyone wish Dr. Dohan would yell, scold, and teach them like that?!? Man I've become obsessed with this guy. With all seriousness aside, I would kick to be in Shion's position. I can't help but imagine what it'll be like to have a teacher/tutor like him.

Love this episode. I like how the doctors are becoming more emotional tangled into each other. This drama has so much heart.

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Somehow I like SO-CK so much. How SO can make CK laugh freely. I think it's not only DH who needs to laugh, but CK too :) okay, everybody needs to laugh :D

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Call me slack, but I'm loving the one sides noona romance Shi On has for YS. I don't really want them to end up together, it's very sweet as a first love never eventuates scenario.

I'm waiting for DH to break off the engagement because he has so much chemistry with YS. When I see her smile then he smiles at her smile, it makes me smile.

So if part of Shi On's child like symptom is because of his suppression of past memory and remaining in his child state (happy memories with Hyung). Does that mean, once he regains the memory, he'll be more nature and more eligible for romance?

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Thank you gummy for recap. Ack I don't like his father come,from text preview next ep,shi-on will lose his skill because of his father. I like rating come up, based on Tnms it's 20% for nationalwide. Let's pray next ep rating will come up & story will be more interesting

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Good Episode. Nice End Paving The Way For A Major Change (In My Opinion) In SO Character.Beating This Obstacle (MOM & DAD) Means Kicking Ass At Surgery (Do-Han Watch Out! There Is A New Super-Doc In The House).
As Far As YS, DH, SO Storyline: SO Deserves Better Than YS In Fact. SO Needs To Be Appreciated. Reaching This Stage Is HUGE. Those Around Him Need To Be More Attentioned!
Thanks For The Recap! SO Rocks!

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Wow too much favorite toward SO. He can't never reach this stage without DH&YS support.

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Why Not? He Proved That He Is Capable Of Doing What They Do And May Be Better!
He Truly Struggled And Desrves An Appreciation At Least!
"Too Much Favorite" I Don't Think So!

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The reason why you reached that stage was because of YS. She showed him unwavering support and believed in him and that's why he likes her. He doesn't just like her randomly. That's why although she would be better with Do Han, I think Shi On needs her.

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Maybe I am the only one but I don't feel any chemistry btw Do Han and YS. All I see is her looking up to him and those two ppl being close friends, since the past.

Nothing more, DH had his chance in the past but he chose his Fiance over her, even though he knew exactly her feelings.

Shi-on, on the other hand has a good chemistry with her. It might be true that YS only sees him as a younger brother right now, but he himself attmited that he still lacks at lot when it comes to loving someone, which makes me assume her feelings might change at the end. And we all know how determined Shi-on is when he wants to achieve something.

Every moment they share with each other, is either beautiful, romantic, cute or heartbreaking which makes them a beautiful and realistic couple. I really hope Shi-on gets her in the end, he deserves her the most. He should be happy.

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I don't think YS wants to be romantically in the middle of the Professor and General Manager, even if Professor initiates it all the time.

I also like the possibility that Si On might have to step into an protective adult son role for his mother now that Bad Dad has appeared.

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It's not only you,I hope shi-on will end up with yeonseo because I want to see autistic man being relationship with woman because I haven't watch movie or drama with theme like this.

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I happened to watch one movie long time ago. em not sure if the male lead was adam sandler or ben stiller. the two main characters were both autistic who fell in love with each other. they were about to be married and move in a separate house away from the people who always supported them. the movie showed the situations that the leads and their support groups encountered during such stage.

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What's the movie's title? I want to watch it :)

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What about Forrest Gump? Forrest is an autistic man, and his love interest, Jenny, is a normal girl. You should watch it if you haven't.

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DH smiles? Ack! So cute! The chemistry, man, DH and YS have so much chemistry. SO was cute with CK, really cute. At SO's confession, I was like 'AWWWWW'. The feels. Yay for the bromance. The hyung-doseung r'ship was AWESOME! Wasn't it? Love this drama. Yay for the love triangle!!!

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While I dislike the way that Dohan frequently yells in his attempts to get his points across (and I can tell that others here agree :)), I am glad that his inner emotions came out when he defended Shion. This was definitely one of this show's better episodes. I really think that Joowon is a good actor and that he can be quite subtle when the situation calls for more nuanced acting. Unfortunately, since I am not knowledgeable about autism spectrum disorder, I cannot criticize the show on that front (which is why I have not be active on this drama thread).

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What got me in tears in this episode is when Do-han broke of the bullying to rescue Shi-on (hyung-like style). I feel hurt for Shi-on, of course, he cannot defend himself in a situation like that. But also, for Do-han, when he jumps into the fight, he must have thought of his brother. If his brother was still in this life, he might have been hurted the same way when Do-han or his parent were not around. Back to the present, Shi-on is actually alone. I think it's certain now to say that I'm rooting for Do-han and Shi-on bromance more than any romance in this drama :)

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And OMG, his trash-like bio father!!!! (Yes, I refuse to call him Shi-on's dad since he didn't play dad's role for Shi-on even for 1 day). Years after abandoning his son, he came to find Shi-on the first thing he said is a curse. Everytime I saw a father like that, I just wanna slap my desk out of frustration.

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I think Mom and Doc will be stepping in here. Mom will overcome her fear in order to stop that evil asshole from putting his alcoholic hands on her boy. What I'm worried about is if he regresses into himself. I think Mom will be the only one able to bring him out of it. I hope the AA-hole is only there for one episode, two tops.

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Do-Han And YS Have Chemistry! Why Not!
It's A Student And Teacher Fascination And So What! Let DH And YS Be Togather.
BUT SERIOUSLY, Is It Me OR THAT EVERYONE ARE FORGETTING THAT DO-HAN HAS A FIANCéé OR WHAT!

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Yay! Loved this episode! loved all the Do-han/Shi-on moments. I love that Do-han is warming up to Shi-on, and he's finally becoming a character I can root for. I don't really mind it if he and Yoon-seo end up together, I'll just feel so bad for Shi-on.

Can't believe Dad is back. I really hope Do-han and Yoon-seo try and get him to stay the hell away from Shi-on. He doesn't deserve to be with his son, especially if it's only for money.

Thanks for the recap, Gummimochi!

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You know now that Shi On has confessed his feelings this early in the game, I am pretty sure Yoon Seo will end up with him. If he had hidden his feelings, she would have never known. But now, it will give her time to realize that she has some too. Yeah she might be confused with her feelings for Do Han, but it is a matter of time before she starts seeing Shi On in a different light. This loveline is like a "Dream High" type of thing.

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I was thinking that as well. As this episode ended I realized that the drama won't end in a satisfactory manner to me if Yoon Seo ends up with Do Han (that is, if Shi On is alive). When Shi On worked up the courage to confess, and THEN let her know that he recognized that he still has a log way to go in order to be good relationship material, it was a way of pulling us viewers way in to invest in his feelings. And then he went through a ton of crap in this episode, from being beaten up to the shock of his dad coming back into his life.

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If there was a like button...
I would have totally clicked it for your comment cause I agree whole heartedly. ^_^

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I Hope So.

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I love the moments In Hye has with her oppa, Shi On. I think there is puppy love involved. I enjoy how she tries to wheedle the name of the person he likes and by trying to give him her expert romantic advice.How would she know since she's inexperience like Shi On?Were they watching Kdramas? LOL. They are so cute and adorable together.

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I just finished the ep, I love this show, I am always laughing of things that Si On does. I think he came to the hospital to change everyones lives. I couldnt stop laughing when he met CK and asked how DH confessed his love, he is so freaking cute, o my gosh. She is so cold, and I think she kind of started feeling more comfortable toward SO. About a romance btw SO and SY, I dont know, I dont think she loves him as a man or as a brother. But I dont think she will end up with DH. I think DH likes CK, and she likes him, it is just that they are together for so long that they kind got used to the relationship :)

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awww i love it when they're brotherly. I hope Dohan kick's the dad's butt too.

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It's like none of you here including Gummimochi realize that SO's dad wasn't yelling at him.....he was talking softly and regularly but SO was imagining the whole shouting and cursing aspects due to his childhood trauma with the dad.....

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Ah yes...i was about to comment on that. Shi On's memory was superimposed over the actual memory of his father. I'd suggest that persons rewatch the scene. The actor who plays the dad did it well too. :D

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Actually He was yelling at Shi On at first.
He even cursed him out, which is the same curse he used when he was abusing Shi On and his mom way back.
That was what caused the overlap in memory. He used the same words that was the trigger...

AND THEN he started to speak softly (I can already imagine him pulling the "I just want to be a part of your life now that I've found my son... and He's a doctor... so he must be well off" approach -____- )

But he does yell at him as to why He doesn't come and greet him properly.

(still think he's a jerk but yeah. I can't wait to see how the smack down happens. Especially since the Director [Assistant director? crap... eh technicalities-] The one who really acts like Shi On's Father finds out the bio dad is in the pic.... oooo I sense it comiiing) LOL

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Urgh this sucks.. I love Joowon,
but Yeon Seo and Do Han have so much chemistry *_*... It doesn't help the fact that Do Han is so hot.

Haha im so shallow.

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tq gummi !

ODD COUPLE VERSUS IDEAL COUPLE !!

Dear director, you tease our eyes with shi-on/YS

and then with DH/YS,

wow ! You're very playful with us the VIEWERS!

So director, who will get the first full kiss ?.

There is no moving love story between CK and DH,

scriptwriter why wrote a plot about them ?. when

there is many PERSONAL interations between DH/YS ?.

Curious to know the dress that she chosed, will she wear it for him ? or put aside !.

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typo error

there are many personal interactions between DH/YS

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i wish dh and ys end up togetherrrrrrr

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This episode was so heartwarming. The writer of God's Quiz has not disappointed me at all. So many memorable scenes but my favourite was when Do Han beat the crap out of those bastards.

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Thanks Gumm !

Noticed that during the brawl DH and Shi-on wore the same color tone shirt - GREY.

BIG BROTHER AND YOUNGER BROTHER !

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Yeah, i am truly amazed with Joo Won...and gummimochi as well... Your recap made me cry and laugh, it felt like i was actually watching it...thanks again and again...

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Great recap, gummi, thanks! Some of your asides had me laughing out loud. ^^

So much to love in this episode! The bromance, it has come! Finally, we see Do-han softening toward Shi-on. Took him long enough. But I can forgive him a lot for that one look and "Well done" he gave Shi-on after the surgery. Now he is being a tough and exacting teacher and not just an ass.

I loved Shi-on's journey toward confession in the last two episodes. He went from discovering his own feelings, to wanting to hide them, to realizing how they change his world and his relationships, to finally gaining the courage to confess - and then, more painfully, to admit that he's not ready for a relationship. He even figured out how to lie, haha. He showed a lot of growth in the last two eps, but it's believable, because part of why he's stayed stuck in that naive state is the Peter Pan syndrome Dr Choi mentioned, where he's kind of afraid to grow up. But romantic love is something only an adult can do, so his awakening in that sense is part of how he can get out of that time warp he's been in. We also saw his hyung come to him last week, for the first time in grown up form, which was another sign that Shi-on's internal landscape is changing.

The most crucial and major step in overcoming his trauma, though is his father. Which is why as terrible as it is that his dad showed up, it needed to happen. Although the ending of the episode totally broke my heart. I wanted to catch him in my arms. (Why yes, I am getting a little too involved, why do you ask? Don't get between a girl and her Joo-wonhie...)

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I really liked how the show potrayed DH and his current fiance, it's really mature how they just lay it out there, that they kinda of just fell out of love, there's no drama, no one was shouting or anything, it was just is...

I'm shipping Shi-on with the manager. That scene where she's smiling was so cute ...

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I Hope That The Writer Won't Disappoint Us In The End. No Matter How The End Will Be, SO Must WINNNNNNNNN
Supporting SO Too MUCH! I Know

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I'll give YS to DH instead. Because SO will be mine. Shi On ah saranghae. Let's eat onigiri and chocopie together. Lol

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What SO said to General Manager about forgetting the good things when trying to forget the bad things might be the key to healing her and DH's dying relationship. They are creating bad memories over things withing their control, and losing their love in the process. So if they can realize this, she can stop the overbearing business behavior, especially where it directly affects DH and he lets her know how much he hates it. And he can better manage his time and responsibilities, set better priorities, and be there for her more. SO has healed more than one heart so far in this show. I can see him healing their love.
I hated DH's approach to teaching SO. He misdiagnosed SO's 'illness' and plunged in with his scalpel, like a fool. I see that he has good intentions because he's projecting his much loved brother onto SO, but just like with his brother, he fails to diagnose correctly, and prescribes the wrong treatment. He has lots to learn as a physician himself, and he's in danger of losing yet another 'patient' if he doesn't wake up. Ironic that everything DH is barking at SO applies to himself. Has he even taken SO's 'history', or read up on the research having to do with SO's condition? No. He just jumps to conclusions and acts on them with force. I'm hoping that seeing the meeting with the father and witnessing SO's reaction, he comes to his senses. He hasn't got a clue what he's dealing with in SO, and DH is handicapped by his own past. These two have a lot to offer each other in becoming better men and better surgeons.

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i'm glad Si On is seeing in some way his "hyung" in Do Han just like Do Han sees his dongsaeng in Si On! we still have a loooooooooooooong way ahead us before we see some sort of hyung-dongsaeng relationship but that's a start!
Just for his smile and that "You did well" I dont really feel that angry with do Han's behavior but my ears, that were really pleased with DH's tone of voice last ep.- are not happy with all his yelling this ep.!
Even when I dont think Do Han would be merciful with Si On's -or our/my- ears, I hope now that the source of Si On's trauma is infront of them he can understand why yelling, fighting, hitting distress Si On. We all know he's doing it for Si On as his teacher but he obviously lacks touch...

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... So he (Do Han) can smile afterall!

Do Han's drill sergeant approach to teaching Shi-On how to do surgery is all wrong. His reasoning was that he'd received compassion from others all this time, so he needed tough teaching.
The problem with that is that he probably DIDN'T receive compassion from most folks, just like the reaction he first got from the resident doctors.
Also, Shi-On didn't get to where he is now (genius savant) by the director /father figure yelling at him. He couldn't even talk right, according to the director. The director's approach was gentle, helping him to earn Shi-On's trust.

Do-Han = Dodo bird

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Great episode and recap. The imagined surgery morphing into an actual was cool. It's tough to watch Shi On cringe, but the Professor has to push him to change if he's going to be a surgeon. I'm glad he didn't reverse after learning about Shi On's traumatic childhood. The Director can't help him get to that level because he's nurtured Shi On from his chilhood. I know he HAS to deal with his evil Dad and memories. I'd rather have him regain those awful ones so he won't get duped by evil Dad.

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Feel so sorry for shi on, wished he could triumph somewhere

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I hope YS will end up with DH... Team DH all the way!!

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awwh!!! tnx for the recap

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