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Good Doctor: Episode 20 (Final)

And so we must bid farewell to our pediatrics team with whom we’ve come to know and love through their dedication and devotion to the lives they save each day. Any good surgeon knows that one must close up cleanly to speed up the recovery process. But there are always unforeseen factors that serve to complicate the situation, and then one can only hope that time will heal all wounds.

Good Doctor finished its run with a 19.0% and 19.2% for its penultimate episode and series finale, respectively.

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FINAL EPISODE RECAP

Do-han gathers his team together to confirm the worst when In-hye doesn’t wake from her surgery as planned. All they can do at present is to replenish her blood with constant transfusions until the bleeding stops while Jin-wook lies to unni that all is well.

In this crucial time period, Doctor Choi tells them there is one last treatment they must do as doctors: to cling onto the hope that their patient will recover.

Yoon-seo considers these turn of events as another cruel twist of fate, but Shi-on remains optimistic. He thinks of all their happy memories together as he stands by In-hye’s bedside.

When Shi-on goes to see his father next, Dad gives him another I Have No Son speech for not visiting him often enough. Jeez Dad, you should be happy that he comes to see you while you’re still alive.

This time Shi-on calls the old man out, admitting that he still hates Dad, but he’d be sadder if he died because of his hate. “Please let me like you just a little, Father, so that I can be less sad later.”

Dad’s stone-cold heart is moved at this as his eyes actually well up with tears.

Now we learn about the former assistant chief’s plan to save the hospital when he instructs Chae-kyung to continue to apply for loans from foreign banks. He assures her that she won’t run into any difficulty since they know he’s working against Creepy Chairman.

Chae-kyung wonders why he’s helping them now, and the assistant chief honestly answers that he doesn’t know.

Shi-on confides in Nurse Jo, still bothered by the gossip about his relationship. He doesn’t want the hurtful remarks to reach Yoon-seo’s ears, and the nurse offers up his fists to beat those knuckleheads down. Aww.

Elsewhere, Yoon-seo’s friend mentions an upcoming get-together, adding that their mutual friends are dying to meet Yoon-seo’s new boyfriend even though they have no idea “what kind of person he is.” Yoon-seo takes issue with that phrase, and confirms that they’ll both be there.

Shi-on isn’t keen on the idea, however, and when Yoon-seo asks for a reason why, Shi-on isn’t able to give on. She misinterprets this as a lack of confidence in their relationship, which is when Shi-on asks why she doesn’t consider his feelings on the matter. I’m with Shi-on on this one, sister. She relents and drops the subject.

Recalling Doctor Choi’s words to earnestly wish for In-hye to wake, Do-han takes Chae-kyung to a church where he sits awkwardly until she instructs him on how to pray.

At the hospital, Shi-on thinks about the Peter Pan tale and ignores a call from Yoon-seo (saved under the nickname “God-given body,” ha) as Yoon-seo sits up in her bed, troubled by the fortuneteller’s words that there’s only one bridge supporting their relationship.

Doctor Pomade presents his evil brother-in-law with the list of doctors to terminate from the hospital, but the man immediately finds it strange. Then a flashback teaches us that Doctor Pomade previously showed the list to Doctor Choi, identifying the listed doctors, including himself, as those who enjoyed pharmaceutical cutbacks over the years.

He tells his brother-in-law that he’s a doctor first and foremost, and advises him to get his act together as a better husband before marching out. Dayum.

In more surprising and daring news, Assistant Chief outs himself as a traitor to Creepy Chairman. Throwing the chairman’s words that children are the future back at him, he levels that one cannot gambles with children’s lives. With a final bow, he calmly walks out.

Yoon-seo asks why Shi-on is ignoring her calls, and she grows frustrated at the answer that he had a lot on his mind, wondering what could occupy his thoughts so much.

Shi-on likens their relationship to Peter Pan and Wendy, saying that they’re from different words. Yoon-seo asks if that means he plans to take her home and never see her again. But her angry response scares him, and he says she wasn’t like this before.

Things are different now, she says; they’re not in a noona-dongsaeng relationship any longer. Shi-on sadly notes that perhaps it was better for them then. Bah.

Shi-on says it’s hard for him to endure all the gossip Yoon-seo faces because of him, but Yoon-seo couldn’t care less about what other people think of them. Near tears, Shi-on says it affects him and it feels like someone is scratching at his heart to see her as the target of such undeserved abuse.

It’s more bad news bears for In-hye, who is now in danger of becoming brain dead in the coming days. Jin-wook reads In-hye’s journal of happy memories with a sigh while Yoon-seo sits by her bed, holding her hand.

As Shi-on lies in bed, he thinks out loud: “In-hye, I still have a lot of things to say to you. Who will I confide in if you go?” He then dreams the same dream of In-hye, but this time she’s joined by the little girl who died in Yoon-seo’s hands. Oh noes, does this mean she’s dead?

The girls play in the meadow together, until the little girl bids goodbye to In-hye, who walks away as Shi-on wakes the next morning.

…and then In-hye’s finger shows the slightest movement of life. Yoon-seo wakes up in a start as In-hye’s eyes open a crack. In a tired voice, In-hye ekes out, “Doc.” Ohthankgod.

Everyone is astounded by her miraculous return, and Shi-on tells her, “I missed you, In-hye.”

President Lee breathes a relieved sigh at the news that the hospital is out of imminent danger, all thanks to the assistant chief. And this time, Chae-kyung is the one to suggest that they go out for a meal together.

As Assistant Chief Kang sits with Doctor Choi, we finally learn the reason behind the man’s change of heart:

Assistant Chief Kang: “The pediatrics department possessed the most outstanding treatment method, something no pharmaceutical company can create. But this treatment disappears if you try to buy it with money, because you cannot exchange its worth by monetary means.”

Do-han catches the assistant chief on his way out, and asks the man what he plans to do now. Assistant Chief Kang answers that he’d like to remain as a father. He leaves Do-han with a final word of respect and a smile, his head held high.

Shi-on rushes over to see Dad, who has chosen to return home to spend his final days there. He tells Shi-on that he doesn’t have the strength to hit his mother anymore, let alone stand on his own two feet. He asks that Shi-on prepare his memorial in exchange.

Doctor Choi appears a moment later, and Dad gruffly thanks the good doctor for raising his son. Then Shi-on spends a quiet moment alone, hoping to be left with at least one good memory of his father before he passes.

Nurse Jo has another go at asking Nurse Nam out, who gets all flustered. She involuntarily slaps him and feels immediately bad about it afterwards, but Nurse Jo takes her hand, saying she’s the first woman to ever hit him. Another smack.

Yoon-seo pulls aside the gossiping docs (Dr. Kim’s minions, to be exact) when she catches them chatting away by the stairwell. She puts them in their place—how dare they ridicule Shi-on when they’ve never held a scalpel before?

She heads downstairs to find Shi-on standing there, having overheard the entire lecture. Frustrated, she asks why Shi-on didn’t confront them himself before dropping the matter again.

Back at the staff room, Shi-on broaches the topic of heartache with Jin-wook, saying that he’s beginning to understand what it means now: “I thought that love was a perfect painkiller, but it hurts too.”

Jin-wook clarifies that in his experience, there exists a difference between the two kinds of love. While love may be a painkiller, painful love is like a disinfectant: “It hurts at first, but the wound heals cleanly later.”

“In the end, painful love heals you too.” Jin-wook concludes. So he advises that Shi-on bear the pain and wait for it to heal.

While Yoon-seo is out on a hike, she stops to help an injured hiker. Yoon-seo recognizes her as the fortuneteller from the previous episode, who confesses that everything she said at their visit was due to her incredible powers of observation and that she feeds the “one bridge” metaphor to every couple to keep them on their toes.

Yoon-seo beats herself up over her own gullibility, but the fortuneteller thinks that Shi-on is a good man, words that bring a smile to Yoon-seo’s face.

Chae-kyung wonders why Do-han is so anxious at home, asking if there’s something he wants to say. He corrects her by saying that there’s something he must do, and then presents her with a ring. D’aww, you could do better than that Super Doc!

Chae-kyung remains silent for a long minute, and then notes how entirely unromantic his proposal is. You and me both, hon. So Do-han adds a few more phrases, and asks what more he needs to do. Would it be too much to ask for at least an “I love you” right now?

But Chae-kyung smiles, saying that’s enough for her and hugs him.

Yoon-seo arrives at a restaurant with Shi-on in tow that evening, much to her friends’ delight. Her doctor friend asks for a moment alone (and Yoon-seo tells the others to “be nice,” heh) and advises her to keep their appearance short for their own benefit. Yes, yes, words of concern I would find meddlesome if only you didn’t show up at the eleventh hour, supposed dearest friend. But alas!

But then their attention is drawn back inside where Shi-on is busy regaling the group with the story of how they first met. Looks like he’s doing just fine on his own.

At the question of what Shi-on likes most about Yoon-seo, he answers: “She’s like a Christmas present. I miss her when I don’t see her, and I’m so happy when I do. She makes me sooo happy whether she’s here or not.” Awww.

One friends ask about their first kiss, to which Yoon-seo realizes they haven’t shared one yet. I love how Shi-on just pouts back at her.

And at that moment, Shi-on swoops in to kiss her. Eee! Well, I guess you can mark that day as today then!

Yoon-seo pretends to be upset about the surprise kiss afterward, joking that he should have at least given her a sign. He promises to wink next time, and she laughs, saying that it’s too weird.

She then pegs him with questions about how he felt during the kiss. Shi-on describes it as a short, dizzying experience. He places a hand on his lips… then giggles and shuffles away as Yoon-seo chases after him. Cute.

As Do-han sits in his office, he thinks back to his memories with Shi-on from his first day to how far he’s come now. Holding the solved 12-sided Rubik’s cube in his hand, he smiles.

The pediatric team sits Doctor Choi down to talk about Shi-on’s future at the hospital. They note that it’s been three months since Shi-on joined them and they’ve arrived at a decision. Doctor Choi braces himself for the worst, only to hear a chorus of praise from everyone, including Il-kyu, who hopes to be a better sunbae.

Filled with joy, Doctor Choi tearfully reads the board’s decision to overturn Shi-on’s medical probation and induct him as an official resident.

When the day of induction ceremony arrives, Shi-on fumbles with his tie. Do-han steps in to help and asks if Shi-on remembers the challenge to surpass him. Shi-on nods, and Do-han says, “You’ve already surpassed me… because you overcame everything.”

Then Shi-on is called to accept his certification in the presence of the hospital board and pediatric team. The entire room applauds this momentous occasion and Shi-on gives a word of thanks:

Shi-on: “I’m still… a little different than other people. My mannerisms are also a bit different, which is why I worked hard to overcome them. However, it did not work out well; it only hurt the harder I worked. That’s why I thought I would be different until the day I die. But a lot of good people covered for me, which is why I’m able to stand up here today.

“Thank you for covering for me; thank you for not avoiding me,” And then smiling at Yoon-seo, he finishes, “And also thank you very much for loving me.”

Afterward, Yoon-seo praises him on a job well done, and they take turns thanking the other before sharing a tender embrace.

A little later, Shi-on stands in the observation deck, twirling his toy green scalpel in his hand. This is where Do-han finds him, and he smiles at Shi-on’s explanation that this precious toy was what made him become a doctor.

Shi-on asks about Do-han’s “green scalpel,” and when Do-han answers that it was his younger brother, Shi-on blurts out that he heard the story from Yoon-seo. He apologizes for his mistake, but Do-han says it’s okay because his brother was as precious to him as this scalpel.

Shi-on shoots Do-han his trademark thumbs-up, to which Do-han asks, “Do you do this with Yoon-seo too?” Heh.

Then Do-han calls him, “Shi-on ah” for the first time and asks if they should have a hyung-dongsaeng relationship. Omo, it’s a bromance invitation! Eee, take it!

It catches Shi-on off-guard, but calls Do-han “hyung” a moment later. Why am I most excited about this pairing in this show? Then Do-han warns him not to call him “hyung” in public. Hee.

But their blissful moment tumbles down to Earth just then as Shi-on receives a call from Mom informing him that Dad has passed away. He returns home and silently comforts his mother.

One Year Later. We see a group of children gather around a 3-D TV, courtesy of—who else?—Shi-on. Aww, so he did fulfill his wish for the kiddos.

As for Shi-on, he gives Mom a quick hug before he heads off to work where he scolds the newbie resident as the others sit nearby. Why helllooo there Park Ki-woong!

Shi-on is a no-nonsense sunbae, and Yoon-seo tells him to go easy on the rookie, thoroughly entertained. As Shi-on continues the lecture, I love how Yoon-seo points to herself, all, He learned that from me. Hehehe.

Doctor Pomade finds Ki-woong sitting alone outside and… takes out an ice cream? Ha. He fails to break it evenly however, and then Ki-woong asks for the bigger half. Muhahaha.

The team sees In-hye off when she’s finally discharged for hopefully the last time. They invite her to come back to visit and Shi-on reminds her to be careful. She in turn tells Shi-on to handle his relationship issues on his own now.

After another surgery, Shi-on shares Yoon-seo’s words that a good person becomes a good doctor. He asks Do-han what he thinks on the subject, and Do-han answers, “Every doctor who reflects on what kind of doctor is a good one.”

In the show’s final moments, we see Do-han lay flowers at his brother’s ashes and a glimpse of Shi-on and Yoon-seo sitting in the surgical observation desk.

Shi-on: “Now that I think about it, I think that’s right. Every doctor who wonders what kind of doctor is a good one is a good doctor, and also also good people. But to become a good person, I realized that one must have a lot of scars. If one is to heal another person’s wounds, one must first understand what being hurt is. So I’ll be hurt everyday but even so, I think I’ll be okay. Because I’ll be among people and I’ll be loved by someone.”

COMMENTS

A sweet yet grounded open-ended ending for a contemplative show that had us wondering about issues of life, love, and happiness. It’s this humanistic quality in the show that makes me appreciate the philosophical lessons in each episode often described in poetic metaphors. Indeed, you could say that these same idealistic principles are what kept this show rooted in an virtually picturesque dramaverse that paints a world where nearly all of our characters can find a happy ending. And if the goal is to portray the journey of reconciliation, forgiveness, and acceptance in our characters, then the show certainly achieved that end.

We see how the highlight of the series remains with our ever-changing character relationships on numerous occasions throughout the series, be it within the romantic, familial, or professional relationships. I love that our hero is the agent of that change of heart whether he is aware of it or not with that innocent and childlike perspective on life. Furthermore, I appreciate that we explored all levels of acceptance to Shi-on and his autistic condition with the rest of our cast from his grumpy father to the fellow medical residents and with Yoon-seo and Do-han. There were times that I felt that some of his habitual expressions fluctuated depending on whatever case-of-the-week we were currently dealing with or to drive the narrative forward, leaving me confused about the boundary of an accurate portrayal of the condition versus creative license. But through it all, it was still Joo-won‘s commitment to the role that brought Shi-on to life as a hero you want to root for.

Conversely, the main conflicts and evil in this drama can only be described as laughable, issuing empty threats that never ventured further or resolved with little to no consequences. For instance, Assistant Chief Kang is the one man who both sets the hospital takeover into motion and stops it singlehandedly with his change of heart. But even though the swift and simplistic move should upset me more, the hospital politics was never a pressing matter that grabbed my attention at any given moment. Then of course, Yoon-seo’s friend is practically forgettable, though the conflict of facing societal scrutiny because of the couple’s relationship as a whole still holds true.

As for the main romance itself, I was prepared for our leads to swing in either direction, though I enjoyed their platonic relationship more than their romance, which was still wonderfully sweet. On one hand, you want to see a hero fall in love with the girl of his dreams. And yet it came so late in the game, that the transition also seemed rather abrupt and rushed to face the societal obstacles the couple would meet each day. Though of course, I was more inclined to believe Shi-on and Yoon-seo’s relationship more than our actual romantic pairing between Do-han and Chae-kyung… and to this day I can’t explain why or how they got together in the first place.

But where the romance fell short, the bromance rose to the occasion. I love that Shi-on gains a set of surrogate hyungs through Do-han and Doctor Pomade by the end of this series. Shi-on’s quiet conversations with Hyung are still some of my favorite moments by far along with Doctor Pomade’s hilarious comic relief scene-stealers. His character is among one of the most surprising and his turnaround most rewarding in what seems like a long time in dramaland. And then you can’t forget the long list of cameos that give a nod to the writer’s connections (Ryu Deok-hwan from God’s Quiz) and the Gaksital reunion. Even Park Ki-woong‘s character is named Woong-ki! Hee.

In retrospect, I still loved how our medical cases intertwined with our narrative that often mirrored our current character conflict, no matter how dramatic (or not) the medical aspect the show got at every turn. Despite the broad strokes writing style, I can see how some of those early cases earned the show a recent screenwriter award (though it makes me wonder how one can win such an award before the ending), and how that transitioned towards one patient’s case we did care about. But if Good Doctor has taught us anything, it’s that life is but a great adventure.

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so cute, Park Ki Woong cameo, couldn't stop myself
from bursting into laughter right in the museums'
souvenir shop, 15 clients looking in wonder, I must
have seemed crazy, I had that scene on repeat 5 times.
my lips were literally twitching trying to hold back
a psycho smile, sighing, groaning, biting my lip, whining, squeezing my nose,
clients thought I was just being a polite shop assistant
all smiles, but I couldn't have cared less, I was smiling @ the screen only.
then one lady who was near, asks "What's so funny?" and then sees
the screen and SHE KNEW who PKW is, an then we are squeeling
TOGETHER, shoppers be da*ned and then her husband approaches to ask -
she translates it as:
"IS THIS THE GUY YOU ARE CHEATING ME WITH?",
meaning she just watches dramas at home, haaaa
never actually MET any fans before. Her name was
Gunilla and she was from Sweden, about 26-28 maybe?
I need to watch it again, haa, Joo Won yelling, ah,
laughing SO hard.
and now I have melted under the counter. hopeless puddle.
goodness gracious, I am still grinning, even though 3 hours have passed.
get it together, fool *cheek-slaps* pheeef fuu fuu fuu
even the security guard is looking at me funny gotta stop.
and there is even a hole in my pants jeez
ah it's ok baby, get over it

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i love how you're a total fangirl and so am i, just wondering where are you from?

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Estonia, Tallinn, Kalamaja

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Nice, i totally had moments like that when i watch a drama on a public place and you're story is hilarious. Thanks for sharing!

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Its such a small world! My best friend is Estonian and from Tallin (but sadly not a drama lover) :-D

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it is a small world indeed! greetings to your friend.

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and you are right, total fangirl haha. Park Ki Woong is one that I just adore as an actor.

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Hahahah CALM DOWN LOLOLOL xD PKW's character's name is woong ki....? lol so cute

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I am trying, I am!

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Have I ever told you redfox how very much I adore your posts? Squeeeeel!

Melting here in Massachusetts.

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haha thanks! if i can brighten someones day, it is better to do it posting on Dramabeans rather than accidentally blind them with a camera flash.

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I too really enjoy your posts. Loved that you meet a fellow kdrama fan at work and the husbands reaction. Have a great day!

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OMG, I love it!!! Hilarious!!!
Two kdrama fans serendipitously discovering one another at a museum giftshop and fangirling together. Love it!

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BEST. CAMEO EVER.

I <3 Park Woong Ki!!!

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Agreed!

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I agree :)

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I love them both.

http://moonjunworld.blogspot.sg/2013/10/joo-wons-twitter-updates_8.html

I just had to share this, they are so cute just like real blood brothers! <3

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thanks for posting it...

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Omg! why are they so adorable? Thank you.

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I love how cute they are! I must watch Gaksital now (since I haven't seen it yet!)

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That was too cute. Love that they still keep in touch and was really happy about his cameo.

Although I had to stop watching Gaksital midway (too heartbreaking) and just watched the last episode, because I had to see how it ended, I thought there bromance was great.

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OMG, park ki woong oppa appeared????? wow, the bromance keep going on... <3 must watch this ep!

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cute. I miss shunji....

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Dr. Cha got the cutest Dr. in the hosp; also the nicest, the warmest, the purest. In Young got the second cutest, but also similarly nice and warm.

Of course In Hye didn't die. But without that scare, the last ep. wouldn't be as anticipated, and then the drama would only be 19 eps. long.

I like Joo Sang Wok the actor; Dohan the char, not as much. That wasn't much of a proposal either. Can't imagine it'd be fun to live with him. "Get married. Let us". "Take off clothes. Lights out".

Perhaps it's a cultural thing, I don't get Mom clutching Dad's picture, slumped on the floor, looking distraught. I can understand it as a charity act to bury him. But looking soo distraught is not part of her "wifely duties", is it? Nor is sitting by his death bed, IMO.

Joowon should be getting some major award for this. Moon CW is sweet and lovely in this.

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Eeeeeeee!! Someone else who likes Jin-wook!! (I've been trying to convince my mum that he's the second cutest, but she still doesn't agree...sigh) Jin-wook is sooooooooo cute. Period.

Yes, In-hye! I'm so relieved they didn't kill my favourite patient off.

After that scene, I was like, "Wait...so he proposed??" LOL, didn't realise that for a moment there. I pretty much thought he was just giving her a ring at first. :P

Meh, I don't get it either. I live in Asia, but I seriously don't get why Mom's so attached to Dad. Why on earth should she be all distraught over her abusive husband's death? Burying him and shedding a few tears; I understand. But crying and slumping on the floor like that? Nope, she must have been brainwashed. (In my opinion, at least... Maybe other viewers have different opinions? I'd like to hear from you!)

YES. YESYESYESYESYES. I really doubt other actors could pull off Shi-on as wonderfully as Joo Won. Brilliant acting. <3

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The funeral picture of her husband that she was holding was turned away from her. I see it as the indication that her tears were not those of doggish devotion or deep love to her husband. Most likely she was pondering over her unhappy life with this man, mentally going through all the hardships she had to have with him.

Actually, it is very difficult to say what kind of tears people shed at funerals. Most people think 'one day it's going to happen to me too', so they plunge themselves into a teary repentant mood. But, of course, as days go by, they quickly forget those thoughts.

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I think she might have thought "I am completey aone now" but as we saw, Shi On actually lived with her a year later. and she looked happy. people wouldrather take hardships than lonelyness. but when they are free from those hardships they see life has better things to offer.

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It's a thousand times better to be alone than to be yoked to a wife beater. That was why she left him And her young son in the first place, right? After so many years of separation, where her devotion to this dying man and that sad face of hers come from is a total mystery to me.

Better to focus on the happy fact of Park KW's cameo. Much more fun and entertaining!

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I'm with Kumi in that I didn't really see it as a "oh poor him" sort of scene. But he was her husband, the man she married with hopes and dreams and had two kids with. It all turned to ashes and now he is dead. All is over now, what could have been, the trials that were, that whole portion of her life.

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It'd seem to me that "All was over" between the marital pair when she left that family unit to escape his beatings, leaving her young son to the care of the kind doctor.

20 years down the road, the death of a worthless man, unrepentant to the end, is something to be distraught over? Perhaps the actress overplayed it. Perhaps the director wanted to communicate some deep hurt and feelings that just don't compute to this viewer.

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My dad's little brother, a.k.a my uncle, he died around 42/45 years old. And while he was alive, he really like drinking, to the point of getting drunk, and behaved badly towards his family, wife & children.

But my aunt said, that once he passed away, all she could think about, is my uncle's goodness, how he liked to crack jokes, and he could behave nicely. She didn't remember all his bad behaviors. I know, my uncle is a funny guy when he was sober.

That said, I think I can understand ShiOn's mom.
She's hurt, yes, but she already decided to forgive him. You can see that from her decision to take him home to spend his final days there.

Though, ShiOn's father is described as abusive father, but I believe there was a time when he was a good man, and that's why ShiOn's mother married him, right?

**the power of positive thinking....:D

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Lol! "Take off clothes" " Lights out" Ha!

I too did not get the mom's funeral scene until I read KUMI's thoughts.

@kumi Thanks, your interpretation helped me make peace with that scene that I originally thought was just... wrong.

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I understand how the mom felt. I was just thinking the other day that there must have been a time when he wasn't abusive and angry all the time. She had to have fallen in love with him and had two sons with him, right? I think the birth of Shi-on and life in general changed him, made him angry at the world. And, from experience, I can tell you that alcoholism changes people's personalities. My birth father was the nicest, funniest, most charming guy in the world before alcohol took a hole of his life. When I was 8, he tried to straighten out his life and overcome his addiction. He'd be incredibly great for 5 or 6 months and then go on a binge and become a monster again. He finally beat it in his late 40's and became a really caring grandpa to my kids. He died this year. I didn't hate him at all, despite the bad memories. So, I understand Park Shi-on's mom and also Park Shi-on's wish to have good memories of his father.

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I had the same reaction as you when looking at the widow. But then I had a different feeling. She's not distraught and crying over her loss, but over her own wasted life, her shattered dreams, all the hardship she had to go through, the "what ifs", the good life that they could have had as a family if he wasn't such a jerk etc etc. "See how we all ended: you dead, me a middle-aged woman who hasn't had a happy moment for decades, our son scarred from your abuse, the other one dead".
This sort of mourning.

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omo, so it was really true he ddid have a cameo. that was so awesome and so meta. ki woong's older and his being scolded by his dongsaeng.. hahhaha, i would love to see the BTS clip of that scene.

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That cameo was just soooo adorable, I LOLed when I watched it. I too, would love to see the BTS of that cameo. It would be hard for me to keep a straight face, if I had to do it.

I loved that they did not give SO's dad a redemption or a redemptive heart in the last minute. He stayed mean :-( and rejected his son till the end. That felt more in tune and organic to the drama. Thank goodness for the adoptive family SO gained while being at the hospital.

I loved how they showed SO being hesitant to go to YS's reunion, and how they worked through it. I thought that SY, who was not sensitive to SO's feelings, acted like a girlfriend might act. I didn't agree with her, however I appreciated that they did not make her the all understanding and perfect girlfriend all the time. She was ahead of SO's, regarding their relationship, and she was ready to bring him into her world, while he needed more time to get used to the idea.

I loved the kiss (at the reunion), and how that came to be. I loved how SY kept questioning SO about how he felt (after the kiss), because it is such a girlie thing to do, and like SY, I wanted to hear what SO had to say about his last confession (when he said he was too embarrassed to say it, hee). I also loved that SO defended kissing SY at the reunion with, "you said a kiss could happen whenever and wherever." That was a good comeback, and that was cute.

I loved the two nurses, the head nurse and the one who liked her, and I loved the rest of the staff (of nurses and doctors).

This last episode was a nice wrap-up: it was sweet, heartwarming and funny...

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Haha, Shi-on has become similar to Do-han now... ;)
Good Doctor was definitely a fun ride, and I'm thankful I picked it up! I was really debating over whether to watch it or not since I have a strong aversion to blood and surgery scenes. In the end I watched it for Joo Won (cuteeeeee), and I don't regret watching it at all! (Well...except for the hospital politics, which I really didn't care much about, haha...)

Thanks gummimochi for sticking with this show! I'm sure I speak for most, if not all, of you when I say that we will dearly miss this show! Good Doctor, jjang! <3

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I ended up like the surgery scente--they were funny, w/o meaning to be.
In the final ep, when all the docs in that dept were working on 1 patient, there is an open 'wound' the size of Montana, and it looked like everyone had their hand inside it!!! hahaha. The 'blood' looked like cherry sauce that u pour on ice cream.

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Yes, agree with you.I love how they shoot the surgery scene,it makes me not scared with blood. I think it's because the target audience is children too so they're making surgery scene with less blood, so that's why medical top team is criticsed the surgery scene, they're scarying audiences because too much blood

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Oh I really miss that bromance between Joo Won and Park Ki Wong!!!! Thanks for the recap ^_^

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The drama gods really wouldn't want me to forget Gaksital. 5 actors from BM have been on this drama and that cameo by Ki Woong(who will be forever Kimura Shunji for me) was priceless!!!! :)

Thanks a ton gummi!!!

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Actually they are 7 from Gaksital :): Kang-to, Kimura Taro, Abe, Young Mokdan, Comrade Jeokpa, Kye-soon (the circus spy) and Shunji ^^

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Lol! I love how your username is Rie. Was that intentional?

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The long-awaited OST, thanks, Gummy!!!

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i thought i was the only one! been trying to search hell and back for the OST! its SUCH a refreshing song! ♥

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The ending is how i liked it to be. i really enjoyed the whole drama, i even had my teary-eyed moments.

And Joo Won had given justice to Park Si-On's character. He was quite consistent and convincing..

Hoping for more dramas with Joo Won and Moon Chae Won together.. ^_^

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I hope the next drama - Top Medical will be as good as this one..

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Waaahhhh!!! excuse the annoying fan-girling but OMG!!! Park Ki Woong and Joo Won together again. My life is complete. LOL!!!!

Thanks for the recap gummimochi and i will miss this drama a lot.

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He he, they gingerly call praying for somebody's recovery 'hope' for somebody's recovery. I'm glad though that Chae Kyoung has finally come off taking Do-han out to church for praying. :)

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Thanks very much, Gummimochi, for your wonderful recaps! Your thorough, engaging and insightful comments added much to my enjoyment of this drama. :)

I loved this drama...such delightful characters, interactions, pairings and relationships.

As much as I enjoyed the relationship between Shi On and Yoon Seo, my favorite pairings (tied) are the "hyungmances" between Shi On and Do Han and Shi On with Dr. Pomade!! The storylines with these gents tugged my heart continuously.

One scene I would have liked to see and wasn't shown on the show:

Shi On and Do Han taking on the other young Docs from the competing pediatric team on the basketball court. Would have thoroughly enjoyed watching Shi On, with his incredible mental talent for memorization, ace shot after shot of three-pointers, with Hyung Do Han showing agile blocks and passes...

Good Doc Part 2 perhaps...sigh wishful thinking and hoping...

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You know, I could see a Good Doctor 2, I'm with you on that. And males on the basketball court - such shirtless potential there!

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oh, I would love if "Park Woong Ki" stayed as a character, thn add a new woman doctor who he has a crush onwhile she casts eyes on Shi-On, which makes Yoon Seo jealous, and then maybe some new male nurse would have a hots for PWK, which is double awkward for him, and later we'd get an adorable Shi-On - PWK autistic bromance.
but da*n the army service

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and the female would be very dominating so all guysrun from her, and nurse Jo would tell the new male nurse to act like a man...

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been refreshing for a while now, thank you so much

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First thank u so much for the recap.
I just can't believe it was the last ep.
Just happy with the happy ending:)))

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t's sad that the drama has come to an end. totally luv the cameo part of Park Ki Woong. he's older than Joo Won. but he had to be his hoobae. i hope they'll be in a drama again. lastly, i hope this drama & the casts will win a lot of awards(:

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Thank you for the recap.

Cute Park Kiwoong cameo, although it seemed out of character for Shion to be scolding someone in that way :) Perhaps it was meant to represent another aspect of his growth? I did like how he became overheated afterwards, as if it wasn't like him to be that way :)

This wasn't the most subtle of shows, but it did have a lot of heart (I particularly loved Ryu Deokhwan's cameo!). As for the overall happy ending...I guess sometimes we need shows like that in our lives.

There were some cute moments between Dohan and Chaekyung, but overall, that relationship did not convince me. I can understand him being a gruff personality type, but the two of them always seemed awkward together. Sometimes, I wish there wouldn't be an obligatory romance in a drama. Some parings just do not seem convincing.

I also couldn't buy Yoonseo's friend, introduced in the penultimate episode. I thought that she merely served as another source of conflict to the couple's relationship. Where was she in the previous eighteen episodes? Lol! I do understand, however, the larger significance of societal prejudice and misunderstanding when it comes to the couple's relationship.

Anyway, this show was cute and heartwarming. I am not sure how to judge the overall portrayal (and consistency of that portrayal) of someone with autism spectrum disorder. I do feel, however, that Joowon put a lot into his performance. I wish him all the best with his musical, and hope to see him again on the small screen in the near future!

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Right, Yoon soo's friend was a nothing. What I wish they would have filled out for us was YS and here mother. The friend mentioned YS's mother as a potential obstacle to overcome in terms of YS's and SO's relationship (all we really got about the mother was the date set up with Prosecutor Voldemort), so I would have liked it if YS and her mother had discussed her relationship.

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When Shi-on was scolding a rookie, it was definitely not like him to be that way. He was simply trying "to follow in the footsteps" of his guru Do-han.

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awww. this is the end. thank you for your recaps. thank you for these great adventures.

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don't get me wrong. this is a good drama but i felt like it wasted some potential namely the actors. Kim Min Seo is a great actress and whenever she's on screen i'm amazed by how gorgeous she is, that's why it's a shame that she got stuck on that 2nd female lead territory who basically added nothing to the main plot. the hospital politics storyline we could have done without and the romance arc was just too rushed.

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Agree about Kim min seo, she was great in METS even better than the lead and here she didn't get enough screentime. I hope she lands a main role soon.

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PARK KI WOONG’s APPEARANCE WAS EPIC. :) )

‘Twas a good ending, except I feel a ‘lil robbed. It would have been nice if this drama has like 30 episodeesss. Haha. I love Joo Won and Chae Won. I’m gonna miss them.

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i think the option to extend the drama was not possible because of joo won's upcoming musical.

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Yeah. He even dropped 1n2d :/

I always get this feeling at the end of a good drama. Haha.

Demmit. Dunno why Im so addicted with K-dramaaaas!

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because they're addicting? must be another kind of drugs hahaha

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Thanks so much for recapping this show gummimochi.
It never did rise to my expectations i had before this show. I expected Good Doctor to be all slick with multiple surgeries and a focus in the doctoring world. What it lacked in cool it made up with inspiration, dreams, heartfelt moments, etc, and we ended up focusing more on the relationships between these wonderful characters that all had their moment to shine (thanks, writer).
I guess the trade-offs aren't really that bad, considering a show like this is rare nowadays.
I've taken away with me so many life lessons from this show (even if some were a bit far fetched), and I will always remember that little drama called Good Doctor that had enough heart that i would watch week-to-week.
Thanks everyone for the journey!

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Didn't Moon Chae Won and Park Ki Woong star in a movie together, i believe it was something about hunting or something. LOL! That was some cameo. Ki Woong as usual is adorable, Joo Won and Ki Woong - i will always love this two, they really have a great friendship to even take some time of his busy schedule to cameo in his friend's drama.

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Yep, they were in the movie - War of the Arrows. He was Prince Dorgon who captured her from her village during the Qing dynasty invasion of Korea.
Surprisingly, the actor Kim Moo Yeol who played MCW's husband in the movie is JW's sunbae from their musical days. When KMY had an injury and had to quit from the musical Spring Awakening, JW who was an understudy at that point of time stepped in and completed the remaining runs.

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Thanks for that info. so detailed!!!

Oh so Kim Moo Yeol was the guy Joo Won was talking about when he guest on win win, the one he replaced for the musical.

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BINGO (sorry couldn't resist :D ) !!!!!! The very same person...

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Ahhh Kang To's bingo. ^_~

Don't you just love the Gaksital reunion/reincarnation? And wouldn't it be great to have them (Gaksital casts) cameo-ing in every drama Joo Won will be in? :p

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Park Ki-woong!!!!! Hahahahaha i love these two together. Thanks for all the recaps!!!!! :)

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I enjoyed the series & the recaps. I agree, the Dr. Cha & Shi On romance was rushed. She went from somewhat patient noona to pushy girlfriend a bit too quick. I totally get that her needs and expectations changed because she became the gf and believed in him, but wish there was had been more development. Forgiveness is a good thing, especially for the one forgiving another, but mother's vigil was odd to me. I did like how the present day child abuse storyline was handled.

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What a nice show. I can completely ignore the irrelevant hospital politics. I mean the whole story about an autistic being a doctor is already a big story to tell and would not need the taking over plot. And now towards the end, its laughable, though it the show showed how some have a change of heart.

Joowon is daebak as usual! His acting and the OST!

Its nice to see Park Ki-woong! I was screaming at my screen waiting for his cameo.

Still wishing this show to have more episodes...
Thanks for the recap!

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Thanks for all the recaps. This drama turned out to be more enjoyable than not. I had stopped watching after about 6 episodes, but continue to follow with your recaps and because of your wonderful recaps, started watching it again.

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i like it that it ended showing SO and YS being still together after a year. it somewhat indicates that they overcame whatever disapproval/disgust society might have thrown into their relationship. or it could also mean that people around them have become more understanding of them that they learned to accept/embrace the relationship.

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Thank you gummy for recap, I only watch raw video without subtitle but I enjoyed so much. I think yeonseo and shion romance is not rush from character of yeonseo,it's understable why she act that. maybe their relationship should be explore how their families perspective,but it's okay for me because this drama is about shion's journey so the romance part get little amount. I like how drama end, and I get it the writer's message.and I like bromance part too (shion-dohan and shion-chief go) lol

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Just want to share joowon interview
Joo Won: “I Was Afraid How I Would Affect Those With Autism and Their Families”
http://www.soompi.com/2013/10/10/joo-won-i-was-afraid-how-i-would-affect-those-with-autism-and-their-families/

“I was afraid how I would affect those with autism and their families if I didn’t express or portray the character properly. However, I also received letters and messages of support from people saying that they were really encouraged and more hopeful because of Park Shi On, and because of everyone’s support, I, as well as Park Shi On, were able to successfully finish out the drama. Thank you!”

I remember before this drama aired there are some comments in dramabeans who hesistant to watch this drama because they have family who have autism, I hope this time they can change their perspective because this drama is trully amazing

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Great drama!!!
What stole my heart in the very last moment for the bromance! The whole Si Onaa and Hyung scene did it more for me than the romance (honestly, I really wanted Do Han and Yoon Seo together, lmaoo) but I'm happy!
Didn't watch Joo Won's Drama with Park Ki Woong, but I was also squealing at the reunion especially since PKW was very supportive of the drama on twitter!

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i didnt watch gaksital too, but i know PKW from Slingshot (he was ahn kyung tae; the stocks genius) and he absolutely nailed the weird nerdy character in there and in GD too!

Si On as Do Han's Dongsaeng made me smile to my ears!!! i was so happy that FINALLY Si On will have someone to be a hyung to him too.

gahhh this drama is too heartwarming. i'm going to watch this over and over and over again i'm sure.

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My crying heart. Thanks Gummi for recapping until the end!! I really enjoyed your insights to the drama.:)

Man, this final episode is epic! I haven't been this hooked in a series for a while. Park Ki Woong's cameo is just the cherry on top. Or maybe the whipped cream AND the cherry (with candy sprinkles).

I love the bromances more than the real pairing, though the lovelines were just cute fluff. I could do without them though, but it was pretty nice. And can I just praise writer-nim for redeeming Il-gyu not directly by Shi-On? I thought it was a nice touch, that.

Okay rave over. Let me go watch the whole thing again and cry good tears.

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Thanx gummi for the recaps.. 1st of all I never watch gaksital but I know park ki woong from kbs star date with secretly and greatly cast (kim soo hyun and lee hyun woo) and he's kinda funny in his way.. so I know him from there.. and I even read some article he compliment joo won acting in good doctor.. and I do agree one of the best cameos in drama land..
Looking forward to mirae choice and tonight the heirs...

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c-can we have season 2? please? pretty please with a cherry on top? but joowon's doing a musical, so he'll be pretty busy.... *pout*

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At Least I Got A Happy Ending. SO And YS Are Very Cute. Characters Are Also Nice. A Big Thank You For The Show's Crew And For The Recap.

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I LOVED this drama! It made me laugh and it made me cry. And it was so heartwarming.

Thoroughly enjoyed watching Si On's growth in this story. I only wished that they extended the show - I hear that extensions sometimes slows down the pace of the drama and can be potentially damaging to the story as a whole - but I think episode extensions would have really made this show shined even more!

Joo Won was excellent in portraying such a character, I can't think of any other kdrama actor who would be able to pull it off as well as he did. Definitely MORE than just a pretty face! *fangirling*

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I am totally all for bromance. Whenever there's bromance, I'm in. Love seeing the Good Doctor's bromance and Gaksital's bromance all in one place.
This drama is really heartwarming with heartwarming characters saying some heartwarming lines.
And Joo Won does another good job as an actor. I really look forward for his musical too. Joo Won oppa, saranghaeyo <3

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The kiss is just ummm..
Can i have joo won in i need a romance season 3 Drama God? Pleaseeeee
a girl can dream, right? oh and let park ki woong be there too :D

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Thanks for the recaps gummi! It's been a long ride. Though I also agree that the writing is overly idealistic at times and the antagonists, which we don't really care about anyway, overall this drama gives alot of hope and warmth. Definitely one of the better dramas this year.

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I want to say that I love this drama very much and I am happy with the ending. Will rewatch this drama for sure, there is such a warm heart in it, it’s so touching, so inspiring.
I think Joo Won did an amazing job here and proved that he is a really great actor. I cried and laughed with SO and rooted for him the way that I never root for any character before.
Also I am happy with ratings, it’s 18% average, actually it’s the most successful medical drama for recent years. Awesome.
And I already miss them…

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Re: Mom mourning her abusive husband's death. I have volunteered with a Woman's Group Home for years and I can tell you that even in severe cases, many battered women think, "well yeah. He's dangerous and harmful, but when he's nice, he's so nice." They want SO badly to remember the good times and they think something like, "if only he could have acted like he did when he was 'good.'"
I know it doesn't make sense. I can't even type out the words without thinking, "this is ridiculous." But often (not always) abused women still love their abuser. Not necessarily when he was beating them, but afterwards, they remember the times he wasn't. So her actions were true to what I have seen in real life. Sad.

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I thought the same thing. I did like how Si On and his father's relationship was one of distance even when they met after so many years. There was no way for Si On to bridge the relationship when the father wasn't remorseful or willing to change. There was no regret on the father's part for the way he treated Si On or his mother. I was so angry at the comment, "In exchange for not hitting your mother, you make the memorial meal" ~

I was reminded of a book, Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer, where a young woman had to come to grips with the (non) relationship she had with her absent, neglectful alcoholic father and how she chose distance because of his failure/refusal to change.

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maybe mom's sadness was not for herself but for the fact that the husband has not repented from his wrongdoings to his son and wife. and that the son and father did not reconcile so the son is left with no good memories of his dad. perhaps that is the cause of mom's sadness.
it is very sad too that the dad never had a happy life because of his abusive ways. doing wrong never produces any good fruit but misery. so yes, he had a very sad and miserable life to the end and that is a cause of sadness to the wife left behind. she has to feel relief for herself after that moment of sadness because at last she can live free of that man.

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I like your reasons, Luvs.

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@wag-a-muffin
See my reply to 3.1

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Wonderful thing this drama was ! I lovd it it was realistic and amazing !
Annnnnnd heirs started !

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uh I gotta warn you don´t let this fuzzy emotion from Good Doctor and Greatest Cameo Ever be ruined by watching Heirs. I am into the 3rd minute and already I am jumping behing the sofa threatening the computer with a fly swat like Raoul Duke vs bats. what did I...that SONG!!!!! AND and ugly white people with bad hair! UGLY. and WHITE. WITH hair. and that english. the americans have it worse than LMH much worse. omo.

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should be called Hairs.
ok,opk, endure at least 5 minutes. endure it.
at least I have a Park Ki Woong cameo if I should need ...uh...therapy.

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nope. nope *crawls back behind the sofa. banglish. badair. banglish. badair.

ooooooooh save me... puts Park Ki Woong cameo on repeat. "Medicine, medicine!"

good doctor, good doctor. safe place. no Heirs. please. prrrr.

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omg, i love your commentaries. I have no plans to watch Heirs until halfway through but if the first ep is that bad, i might not even watch it at all. I have a pet peeve with non-americans talking with horrible english so i might skip this one.

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Great drama....it's always heartwarming and feel-good. I'm pretty much satisfied with the way the ending wrapped up. The romance may have been slightly rushed but I still felt it plausible. I'm only saddened that it took this long for the bromance between Do-han and Shi On to get started. I practically did a major squee when Shi On called Do-han hyung. If only there were tons more scenes between these two.

And omg, Park Ki Woong!!! I don't know why, but I was kind of expecting him to do a cameo with his orange hair, lol. So for a moment I was surprised to see him looking normal, hehehe. But yeah, so happy to see him and Joo Won in a scene together. May the onscreen bromance between these two live forever, lol.

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Forgot to add....thanks a lot Gummimochi. Enjoyed reading your comments and recaps. :)

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"But through it all, it was still Joo-won‘s commitment to the role that brought Shi-on to life as a hero you want to root for."

Agreed, I couldn't think of another actor perfectly suited for the part.

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Doctor pomade - the only character that I hated at the beginning of the drama with such passion that I almost stopped watching the drama entirely that totally redeemed himself before it was too late and never again joined the dark or evil side which made me root for him and earnestly love his character at the end.

Seriously, doctor pomade was awesome.

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He was perfectly cast - not just anybody could play a sinister, despicable worm-turn-little-mermaid-in-a- children's-ward-play character (which paralleled his scrupulous turn in real life). Three cheers for Dr. Pomade!

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Love, love, love your description of Dr. Pomade! He became one of my favs, when at first I actually hated him appearing on the screen. I guess this means he's a really good actor.

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Thank you.Actually the script has some flaws,especially towards the end.But when you are watching the drama at the time,you can't see them.All you will feel is heart warming and you heart will be healed.This is because of PREFECT acting.JW acting as park shi on is beyond perfect.He totally owned it.Here,we don't see any traces of his previous roles,he is just Shi On.JW deserve awards.

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I totally enjoyed the show because of Joo Won and Moon Chae Won. And I always looked forward to all your recaps. I must say that you write beautifully and I am amazed at how you can bring out the deep emotions of the show through your words. Splendid job and thanks!

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Thanks for the recap Gummi. What this show had that made it so great was a whole lot of 'heart'. The hospital politics were laughable and something I brushed aside and we really could've done without it and just focused on the day to day lives of the doctors.

But that's just a small drop in the bucket. I thoroughly enjoyed this drama. The characters were memorable, the interactions were great and it ended with a lot of smiles. I've been a fan of this writer from God's Quiz (excellent must-watch series) and I wasn't disappointed...for the most part.

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It's a wonderful drama. I cried a lot during the 2nd part of the last episode. I will miss Shi-on & his friends so much... and also your recaps and insightful comments...Thank you Gummi for recapping this show :)

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Did anybody else like the fortuneteller girl in this drama? I did! The first decent fortuneteller amongst a good bunch of weird and crazy shamans I've seen in other dramas. :)

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Oh god, I'm laughing, smiling, etc" because of reading this recap and all you guys thoughts here

OMG OMG! :D
Uber cute park kii wong! ;D
He's brighten my day
haha :D
Thanks for recap gummimochi :)

But wait, so Do Han is not Shi On real brother?
at first i thought he is lost or something, adopted by rich family and finally met Shi On again after being a doctor

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Loved the surprised cameo of Park Ki Woong! His Gaksital / Bridal Mask buddy.

Will miss Joo Won.He was cute as Peter Pan. He is one of the more fortunate young actors who is picking out good roles for his career.
I hear he's doing a musical next?I love his versatility. I hope he does another drama soon!

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I'd never seen Joo Sang-wook (Dohan) in an acting role before. I only knew him from his time on Qualifications of Men, where I remember that he was introduced as "the visual" (which I found a bit demeaning). He was always smiling, was very athletic, and seemed like a great guy. That's why it was a surprise and a pleasure to see what a great actor he is. He's totally believable as a doctor.

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Forgot to add, thanks gummimochi for your dedication and the great recaps!!! :D

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