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Doctor Stranger: Episode 3

Welcome to the hospital where cardiothoracic surgeons reign supreme and countless lives hang in the balance every day. It wouldn’t be a medical show without some serious ethical flags being raised about its clinical practice, especially when a water delivery boy can go around treating patients better than the doctors themselves.

It’s as if this show likes to answer our questions two episodes later than we’d like it to, because while we learn why our hero is a practicing doc in the South, we’ve still yet to know exactly how. But what kind of hero has time to doctor around when he’s already too busy trying to find the love of his life?

Just like the numerous tonal shifts in this show, the ratings also shuffled around on Monday with Doctor Stranger pulling first with 12.1% while Big Man held onto second place with 9.7%, and Triangle brought up the rear with 7.5%.

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EPISODE 3 RECAP

After shedding tears over the digital evidence that Jae-hee is indeed alive, Hoon asks the smuggler how fast he can get her here. Although money is no object when it comes to saving his beloved, Hoon is still taken aback to hear that it’ll cost half a million dollars.

Jae-hee’s case is particularly expensive since she must be smuggled out of prison camp, but Smuggler Im figures Hoon will come up with the cash in no time on his doctor’s salary. You mean in that tiny clinic where he’s stitchin’ up mobsters (likely) illegally? Time to get crackin’.

Meanwhile in his office, Prime Minister Jang tosses aside hospital brochures like spam mail. He takes a gander at Myungwoo Hospital, however, and smirks at a photo of the chairman of the board of directors (whom we previously noted as director, whoops!), Chairman Oh. Hmm.

Speaking of, Chairman Oh sits down with a pair of reporters and chuckles at their praises of Jae-joon’s prestigious background at Harvard. Though Jae-joon’s mistake-free surgical record precedes him, it also properly introduces us to the newest cardiothoracic surgical department head.

At the same time, Doctor Moon blames the incompetent surgical mistake on one of his fellow surgeons, who quietly takes the blame—and slaps—like a champ. The suspension puts an end to Doctor Moon’s reign as surgical head doc, but maybe someone needs to learn how to assume responsibility like one first.

After seeing Chairman Oh off, Soo-hyun pulls up to Jae-joon in her fancy red car. He smiles. Oh, are you two an item?

They must be because when Soo-hyun drives him to the hospital, she urges him to give his workaholic nature a rest on his day off. There’s something else she’d like to tell him, but that’s when he swoops in to cut her off with a kiss. She accepts that as payment to pick up this conversation later.

Jae-joon’s unexpected visit to the hospital scares the bejesus out of first-year cardiothoracic resident KIM CHI-GYU (Lee Jae-won), with whom he gives the reminder to call him “hyung” when they’re in the on-call room. Aw, that’s adorable.

It seems that Jae-joon and Soo-hyun’s relationship is no secret in the hospital, and Chi-gyu chides the girl hiding underneath the covers on her admiration of Jae-joon before resuming sexy times.

So it appears that the scolded surgeon we saw earlier was following Jae-joon’s orders in Doctor Moon’s surgery, which sounds to me like a dangerous gamble. When asked if there’s an assistant professorship for him on the horizon, Jae-joon uses his wooden castle-building hobby to illustrate that a lord should reward his men handsomely.

Once Jae-joon is alone, however, a dark expression casts a shadow on his face as he mutters, “Trashy bastard.”

We check back in with Hoon, who’s on the brink of tears watching Jae-hee’s video on his computer. That’s when a much healthier Jae-hee pops out from behind him: “I’m right here!” she smiles. Oh man, I already know it’s a dream, but it’s still heartbreaking.

Fantasy Jae-hee marvels at his tiny clinic and asks if he really earned half a million dollars to get her here. Hoon says it was worth every penny. She happily digs into the curry he made for them, and Hoon just watches her eat with this goofy smile on his face.

But the sound of Jae-hee’s real voice calling out to him brings him back to the sad reality, where he’s sitting alone in an empty room.

Soo-hyun arrives home where she politely greets a man who scoffs at being called “oppa” by a concubine’s daughter. I assume he must be her douchey half-brother, who’s only interested in her expensive car. She tosses him the keys, and then returns with a rock in her hand and smashes the glass with it. Point taken—you don’t mess with her.

Soo-hyun keeps up appearances with her father Chairman Oh and his wife in their lavish home inside. Although the chairman’s wife makes her dislike towards Soo-hyun perfectly clear, it’s apparent that Chairman Oh regards his daughter more highly than his incompetent son.

Hoon brushes off Chang-yi’s request to cover her water deliveries to Myungwoo Hospital so that she can go sightseeing with her mother. She notes that he needs the money to save Jae-hee, but her aegyo pleas do little.

Yet one doe-eyed look from her mother gets him to agree reluctantly. Chang-yi’s mother seems to recognize Hoon’s name from somewhere, but Chang-yi brushes that aside.

So when Hoon arrives at the hospital, he walks past all the hospital director portraits, but stops in front of one depicting current director CHOI BYUNG-CHUL (Nam Myung-Ryul), whom Hoon recognizes as the ajusshi who promised him to take him to Dad years ago.

Oh, so that must be how Hoon ended up in the North the first time. I also think it’s worth noting that Director Choi has been in charge since 1994, the year of the nuclear scare in Episode 1.

Looks like the same little girl with the broken finger finally got herself checked at the hospital, where she’s told that whoever patched her up did a good job. Hoon runs into her and her father in the hallway, and the dad’s coughing fit grabs his attention.

Hoon asks if he’s had trouble breathing lately and places a hand on the man’s chest, about to tap into his genius medical skills… when the man pushes his hand away. Ha, the odd record-scratch effect accompanying the move cracks me up.

Hoon lights up to hear that they’re all on their way to the radiology department. They all follow the blue painted line in this stop animation-like sequence (and clarinet gypsy music. Oy the tonal shifts in this show), only to scratch their heads when it ends at an arbitrary destination.

After asking directions, they follow a different line but that leads nowhere, too. Hoon struggles with the water container he’s been lugging around all this time, and grabs another doctor for clearer instructions.

But it’s Soo-hyun he’s caught this time, and he sighs to be told to “follow the blue line.” The exasperated look on his face mirrors mine: But they’re ALL blue. She points to the actual sign that says “radiology” and walks away.

Hoon and the girl celebrate like they’ve reached Disneyland when they finally get to their destination. Returning to reality a minute later, Hoon advises the dad to get checked out.

We get another tonal shift back to the medical dramatics as Jae-joon and his dream team are informed of a flood of incoming patients due to a traffic accident. Jae-joon issues orders in the ER and walks out with his team to receive the accident victims.

At the same time, the little girl pulls aside a nurse, worried about her father who’s having difficulty breathing. And with all the chaos about to rush in those doors, something tells me that his case is going to go overlooked.

Hoon watches the medical drama unfold both outside and inside the ER and spots the young girl helplessly trying to grab someone’s attention. She lets out a bloodcurdling scream, which stops everyone for one long second before they start hustling again.

Soo-hyun kindly stops to explain the situation to her though, and then takes a minute to examine the girl’s father. She rules out a respiratory issue and Hoon pops up next to her to say it’s probably the heart.

Soo-hyun gets pulled aside to attend to another patient, leaving Chi-gyu to attend to the girl’s father. When Chi-gyu gives them directions again, Hoon grabs him to instruct him to escort the pair himself.

Feeling uneasy, Hoon tags along in the elevator and asks the girl about her father’s symptoms, which prompts Chi-gyu to ask if he’s a doctor. But just as Hoon answers “sort of,” the girl’s father collapses to the ground.

Chi-gyu runs for help as soon as they get the man out of the elevator. Now Hoon uses his genius without interruption, and says they have to perform CPR immediately. But when Chi-gyu ignores him, Hoon takes charge of the situation, calling out orders left and right.

By the time Chi-gyu realizes that they don’t have a heartbeat, the defibrillator Hoon ordered has already arrived. Hoon uses it to bring back the man’s heartbeat and says they have to operate immediately. Problem is, all the surgeons are busy attending to other patients in the ER.

So when Jae-joon gets the call about the girl’s father, he orders the operating room to stand by until he finishes with another patient. But of course Chi-gyu panics when the anesthesiologist warns that they’ll be in danger if the patient goes into cardiac arrest again.

With Jae-joon in surgery and the patient about to expire, Chi-gyu has no choice but to call up Doctor Moon, who barks back drunkenly that he’s suspended. Knowing that things are looking bleak, the little girl tearfully requests Hoon to perform the surgery.

Hoon answers that he’ll get in trouble for picking up his scalpel so recklessly, but he can’t ignore the girl’s pleas either. He jokes that his medical treatment is pretty costly, so she places the 500 won coin in his hand. “Is this enough?” she asks. Hoon: “Of course not.”

She cries that she wants to spend more time with her father, and Hoon’s heart softens. Oh no, don’t tell me that you’re going in there!

Chi-gyu returns to the operating room, still panicked, but he turns around to who he thinks is Jae-joon scrubbing up for surgery. We see that it’s actually Hoon, who scowls as he thinks back to Dad’s words never to forget the fact that he’s a doctor.

Even if Hoon is wearing a mask, his voice is a dead giveaway that he’s NOT Jae-joon. But before he can be questioned further, Hoon makes his first incision. Everyone in the OR (and Doctor Moon who watches from above) gapes in shock.

Soo-hyun is belatedly sent up to the operating room and left confused to see that someone else is performing what should be Jae-joon’s surgery. She demands to know who the operating surgeon is, but Hoon merely answers, “A doctor.”

When Soo-hyun calls a halt to the operation, Hoon steps back—he’ll move aside if Soo-hyun can handle it. She’s put off when the anesthesiologist says this procedure is beyond her abilities—they must save the patient first and worry about who did later.

Soo-hyun walks out to call for security and sees the little girl waiting outside. She walks back inside to see the patient being wheeled out already, surprised to be told that the mysterious surgeon works at lightning fast speed.

Still in his scrubs, Hoon saunters in the hospital but then quickens his step when his presence alerts the security guards and he quickly loses them.

Impressed, Doctor Moon pulls Chi-gyu aside to ask who that mysterious surgeon was, and the sight of the empty water container jogs his memory. Cut to: Hoon, walking in his normal clothes. He bends down to grab the rogue 500 won coin, but then comes to a (literal) screeching halt in front of Soo-hyun and the guards.

Soo-hyun rewards Hoon with a slap across the cheek, calling his fraudulent doctor actions akin to attempted murder. Hoon says that he is a doctor but then figures that he exactly isn’t one either, words that confuse her.

He points out that she was the one who ran away from a patient and leans in to say, “You know what they call people like you? A quack. A quack doc.”

He grabs her hand when she raises it to hit him again… and then she slaps him again with the other hand.

Right now they’ve got bigger problems to deal with because the girl’s father is crashing. This time, Jae-joon is on call to respond, and the situation gives Soo-hyun more reason to have Hoon arrested.

However to her surprise, Hoon identifies the exact symptoms. Both he and Jae-joon issue the same order and the patient stabilizes. Hoon smiles at the confirmation that he was right, then places both hands on his cheeks in defense. Snerk.

By the time Jae-joon joins them, Hoon is kicking and screaming against the guards’ hold on him. Hoon asks why he can’t just leave, to which Jae-joon answers that something could have happened to the patient.

Even if Hoon does possess a medical license, he needs prior authorization to perform procedures in establishments outside of his own practice. It doesn’t matter if it was an emergency either, because he could risk losing his medical license if something did go wrong. Thank goodness someone in this hospital is here to establish some medical ethical boundaries.

Jae-joon notes that it’s only been two years since Hoon obtained his M.D. (at least on paper), which answers why he can practice in the South, but still begs the question of how and at what school he acquired it from.

Hoon answers that question with a sarcastic response and accepts Jae-joon’s request not to show up at this hospital anymore with a smug smile. He turns back to collect his “surgical fee” from Soo-hyun, but she has no idea what he’s talking about.

Jae-joon is willing to let this incident go quietly, and Soo-hyun reaches into her pocket to discover the 500 won coin.

Hoon is still worked up when he runs into Chang-yi, who’s here with her mother. He’s almost offended that she came to a hospital when she’s got a doctor buddy, but he’s forced to run when he turns to see Doctor Moon & Co. trying to chase him down.

It’s only once Hoon’s gone that Chang-yi is asked to move aside by another doctor… a doctor who’s the spitting image of Jae-hee.

Even though Chang-yi recognizes her face, Hoon barely lets her get a word in before hanging up huffily. There’s a rapping at the clinic doors just then— it’s Doctor Moon, whose nose nearly get caught when Hoon slams it shut again.

Doctor Moon insists that he’s here to present Hoon with an opportunity. He sees a possible chance to get inside when Chang-yi shows up, only she gets pulled inside and the doctor slams into the door again.

Before Hoon can tear into her for his hectic day, Chang-yi asks to see Jae-hee’s face again. She thinks she saw someone who looks like Jae-hee at the hospital, and that convinces him to take a trip back with Doctor Moon (and his bloodied nose).

Jae-joon and Soo-hyun appeal to Chairman Oh to add a cardiothoracic surgeon to their dream team, to which they’re told that there are only a handful of specialists in the country. However, the chairman does acknowledge the need since Soo-hyun is preparing to transfer into hospital administration. Judging from the look on Jae-joon’s face, that’s news to him.

It appears that Soo-hyun’s half brother Sang-jin is an even bigger douchebag than we thought, as he hovers over a hospital bed. Turns out that the unconscious older woman is Soo-hyun’s mother, and he plans to surprise his half-sister with her existence, so she can’t die until then.

With that, he leaves and a doctor attends to the patient. Is that our Jae-hee doppelganger?

Suffice to say that Jae-joon is furious to hear about his girlfriend’s future plans from the chairman’s mouth, and storms off before she can get the chance to explain herself. Does this mean Jae-joon doesn’t know that she’s Chairman Oh’s daughter?

Sang-jin decides to show up just then, and Soo-hyun is in no mood to entertain him. So when he grabs her by the wrist to listen, she drops the tense polite act and warns him not to mess with her if he wants to stay in that cozy branch director position of his. “You still don’t know why I asked to transfer to hospital administration?”

Back in Soo-hyun’s mother’s room, we see Jae-hee’s doppelganger tie something to her wrist, telling the woman to keep it safe. It’s the same red threaded bracelet.

Hoon arrives back at the hospital with Doctor Moon and Chang-yi in tow, looking for a doctor named Song Jae-hee. He runs ahead to the pharmacy where he finds a white coat with her name.

He sees two people locking lips in a corner and slowly approaches… but it’s another doctor (making out with playboy Chi-gyu, at that) who goes by the same name. Hoon sighs in disappointment.

Dispirited, Hoon listens to Doctor Moon’s assurance that he has both the power and resources to find the person Hoon’s looking for. Doctor Moon can’t fork over the 500 million won Hoon demands in immediate payment, though, so Hoon turns to leave… and that’s when he sees Jae-hee’s look-alike inside.

Hoon can hardly believe his eyes as he sees the woman bearing Jae-hee’s features. He utters Jae-hee’s name before running off to find her. He calls out her name over and over and stops at the elevators as the music swells…

…then the music cuts out as Jae-hee’s doppelganger walks past behind him.

Hoon whips around at the sound of her heels just in time to see her figure turn the corner, and he runs to catch up to her.

 
COMMENTS

You have to hand it to Hoon when it comes to saving Jae-hee—we’ve seen it a number of times already, but there’s no geographical or moral boundary that bars him from finding his sweetheart. While wholly romantic in one sense, we’ve also been witness to how deeply dark Hoon can be if left to his own devices, making that one of the more compelling moments of this show.

To that end, I do think that it’s difficult to conceptualize a recklessly dangerous hero when Hoon is so outwardly cavalier about his present situation. Aside from the genius aspect, Hoon’s character trajectory makes you wonder what happens to a doctor’s competency when all bets are off because of love. A world where doctors are too busy being in love is nothing new, but I’m hoping that we don’t spend too much time on these comical-dramatic-comical medical shenanigans, and spend more time on the moral and ethical quandary over what the hell it means to be a doctor.

So you could say that I’m still confused because despite all the horrific things Hoon has been through, he’s still good to a certain degree. He’s still willing to help others (albeit reluctantly) and break a billion hospital rules to save a life. I feel like the answers to my looming questions of where Hoon draws the line and since when lies in that mysterious two-year gap. Or maybe risking a medical license in an emergency pales in comparison to the horrors he’s seen.

And now Hoon’s entire world is turned upside down because he’s seen someone who looks exactly like Jae-hee in his vicinity. It’s too early to tell how the show will deal with the doppelganger element, though seeing that red bracelet raises some questions. That clue suggests that she could be the same Jae-hee, which would make that video file of Jae-hee a dated one. Then there are a sea of questions that accompany that theory if it’s true, but I think it’s best to hold off on those until we see how the show plays this out first.

Moving on to the larger characterscape, I was disinterested in Jae-joon as the perfect and impeccable doctor (because we’ve all seen plenty of those) up until the moment we learned that he employs his colleagues to undermine his rivals. Not that I would put Doctor Moon’s incompetency on par with Jae-joon’s skills, but knowing this little fact now makes him an interesting enigma; it makes you wonder what kind of ulterior motive Jae-joon has to play a little dirty. Then you have Soo-hyun, whose character comes with mysterious questions of her own.

So even with the jarring tonal shifts and hodgepodge of genres that should come with its own surgeon general’s warning (’cause it looks like the crazy muzak is here to stay, folks), we still have less-than-perfect docs who are all battling all kinds of demons, I mean diseases.

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Thanks for the recap! Lots of plot holes. Yet highly entertaining :)

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I actually like early plot holes! Now it is slowly time to fill these and answer some questions.

Anyway, I truly hope it doesn't stay in the "Hospital-Love" department. The characters are set up to ask more ethical or moral questions. I guess, there will also be a political component, otherwise Prime Minister Jang's whole vedetta would have been pointless.

And please make Jae-hee more than just the tormented first love.

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I'm betting on brainwashed North Korean spy here to murder Prime Minister Jang during his upcoming surgery until the power of first love stops her.

Then again, I don't really care what explanation about her they come up with and how realistic it will be. As long as the show stays this fun and enjoyable and it doesn't veer in full melo mode, I'm going to be a happy viewer. :D

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I was hoping more along the lines of her finding out that Hoon took her father's kidneys/heart/whatever it was and is faking amnesia to exact revenge on him (that's why she probably decided to go into the health professions only to perhaps later discover she likes being a doc and saving lives). That kind of storyline would be pretty awesome as Hoon will have to deal with the consequences of going dark for love.

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That could be an awesome plotline.

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The biggest hole for me is immortal Jaehee. I know it's a drama but man is Jae Hee resilient (if that is indeed her). First, she survives the prison camp, then thr risky kidney surgery, then she makes it through being shot and possibly drowning and another prison camp. It seems that everyone's a superhero in this drama lol. Hoon's super doc and she's cockroach woman.

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Episode 3 is heeeeereeeeeee!!!
Here we go, the [possibly] twins [?]

Thanks for the recaps...

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no.. she is the same woman..

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sldkfjkslffjsjd you almost killed me with the first screencap.

Too.
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Cute.

*heavy breathing*

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Yes! Jaehee is back!!
I like the music in this show. Especially the instrumental whenever jaehee's around, like in this ep when she was giving dr oh's mother the red bracelet, or when she got shot.
Now time to check out ep 4.....

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Me too. I also like the OST of this drama by Bobby Kim.

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I like the music but they need to tone it down for some bits, I wish they had Oh Jun-seong composing the score for this like he did for the PD's previous work (City Hunter, Master's Sun) because at least his music is slightly better integrated with the overall work.

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Oh, he was the PD for Master's Sun? That explains the Tae Yang's Unnie and the Security Guard make out reunion. It was so short I wasn't sure if I saw it correctly.

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Music is awesome, you should listen to the new OST at the end of Episode 4, it is really great i wonder who is the singer

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Okay, still following just the recaps . . . but have there been any clues suggesting Jae Hee is a cyborg? Or anyone else in the cast?

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Cyborg sounds a good explanation.

Also, I'm sure it's JaeHee herself, even if she's had some sort of memory cleansing a la Men In Black.

This episode saved the show for me. Now I feel fully invested in a) cute little girl, b) Lee Jon Suk, and c) cute little girl plus Lee Jonsuk.

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Apparently, being cold, reserved and secretive for Ji-yeon means being a cyborg. Aish, this girl....I defend her because I thought she received some unnecessary flak but then she does nothing to improve her acting.

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It's kinda hard to judge her as of now. She barely had any lines as Seung hee and pretty much the imaginary version was supposed to be an LJS centric act anyways.

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True. Still, within what she was required to do, she really did nothing. Like that scene when she was on the motorcycle behind LJS in Budapest. She was mostly expressionless if you looked closely...like a complete straight face; no teeth clenched, no squinting as the wind hit her face, etc.

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I slightly agree with the motorcycle bit. Although she just barely woken up from an induced heart arrest so I would still say that her being groggy is the right expression.

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@ Scientia:

Hahaha, a blank expression is not what I would call a groggy expression. Besides, let's say she did look groggy....in between she looked very much alert so that wasn't consistent either.

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If she did look alert then she's not as emotionless as a cyborg after all?

Otherwise I do agree that she shouldn't have been as 'awake' as she was during that time.

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I concede. She might not be a cyborg after all. ;)

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Now give me my 500 won back. :D

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The tonal shifts are a bit much and kind of disrupt the flow of the show (imo). But honestly speaking, I am sort of getting into the drama despite the obvious plotholes & lack of believability surrounding the operation. SURELY someone would've stopped him upon realising that he's a random water deliverer and not the surgeon they were waiting for...
Though despite my complaints, I really do like this show. Can't wait for tomorrow's ep!

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I liked that they all quickly recognized he wasn't a doctor from their hospital and that he was in fact a water delivery guy (hate long misunderstandings and doctors taking credit during said misunderstandings for like three episodes or so). And one of them was even laid back to say, "Hey, as long as the patient is being taken care of who cares." That's unethical....but I feel it's better to be upfront about it than act fearful and let him take the brunt of the consequences.

Anyways, I don't know much about surgeries, medicine, and whatnot. So not sure how well the procedures are being portrayed. As long as I can understand the overall storyline (Hoon bursts into operation room and genius-ly operates, saving the day, and now the idiot doctor will use him to keep his position in the hospital while Hoon will stay to keep an eye on Jae Hee, etc). That's all that matters.

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I can handle tonal shifts and WTF script if at least it's not boring. I don't care for the medical stuff cause I know it's just the background setting, like the courtroom scenes in IHYV. Let me admire LJS's acting: Enough for me.

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Amen. It's all about LJS. This guy is great.

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yeah, puppy may have made the shift to proving his chops in lead roles last year but I'm impressed by him here because unlike in IHYV and School 2013**, the actor who plays his love interest isn't really forming a competent supporting act and he's the one going all out to establish the Hoon/Jaehee thing.

(ok Kim Woobin wasn't a love interest but he was every bit as important to Nam-soon if not more, you know what I mean!)

**and this is NOT shade against those two series, they were great and rewatching old eps last week made me wish even harder that LJS had just had a competent actress cast opposite him.

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I totally agree. Lee Jong-seok is shining brilliantly in this drama because he alone is making the Hoon/Jae Hee narrative work to the point that I'm excited for it. He is also showing many facets of his character in a very organic way.

I enjoyed LJS's past two works a lot. But in them, I never was so into him as I was into the people he was paired with (Woo-bin, Lawyer Jang). Not that I'm saying he wasn't great....I just couldn't squee over him as much. Here, I'm all for LJS. Scenes without him bore me.

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I know, I feel the same.

Let me put it this way, the fact that he can and does carry those scenes is a plus point to him as an actor, but for the sake of making the the show feel more organic I wish he didn't have to and at least had a half-competent costar. I'm far more into his other scenes though.

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He's really good in this high school movie with Park Bo Young. Blanking on the name, though.

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Hot Blooded Youth

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I fall in love with LJS ever since he was in Prosecutor Princess. I like him even more then because he looks really cute naturally without the plastic surgery. I was like who is this cutie and had predicted that he will soon be the the lead guy. Love him in this drama and I don't watch medical drama normally but had to check this out. Now I am hook and sinker...:-D

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Isn't Soo Hyun the annoying lead from Dream High 2? I still have shivers from that show, so I hope I don't see her much, though I expect she'll be switching her affections to Jon Suk.

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yep, that's her. Though she's a better actress than that show would suggest, try her in Sunny (2011), Fourth Period Murder Mystery or Ugly Alert for a better idea of what she's capable of.

DH2 was just horribly written, and I'm impressed at anyone who can come out of it with an acting career somewhat intact. Let's put it this way, if Suzy was the lead of that series, she wouldn't have any roles on the table afterward.

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Fourth Period Murder Mystery sounds interesting.

Do you have a link? :-)

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I know I've seen it on g**ddrama(dot) net, not leaving the link because I know it sometimes gets caught in the spam filter.

Also, her costar there is Yoo Seung-ho. Just in case this information is relevant.

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Yoo Seung Ho is always relevant.

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P.S. For what it's worth, I'd actually rec Sunny ahead of 4PMS. It's a good movie.

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thanks pogo for pointing that out.

I really liked her AND Jeong Jin-woon, even in DH 2..... It's sad Kang Sora is the only one who survived it -.-

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Since finding out that Lee Jong Suk is my age range drooling over him feels so much better.

I don't care about plot holes I'm too busy keeping my smartphone dry.

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You're so lucky he's your age.

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haha yeah, it must be great to be young enough to perv freely on these pretty boys - but even being noona-age didn't stop us making Woobie Our Wuv ;)

Though SK thankfully produces enough cute young things each generation, that no age group needs to feel left out or pervy.

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Woooobbbieeee!!!

Wuvly.

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The tonal shifts are pretty drastic, but they get to me. I don't find it too jarring and I see myself laughing at the drama one moment and frowning at it the next.

Not going to lie, I cried at the part where the little girl gave the 500won and begged Hoon to do the operation.

I wouldn't mind if they cut down on the romance and more on the inner struggle Hoon is having. (because I don't see myself caring enough about Jaehee, and Hoon probably won't end up with Soohyun or Changyi so yeah) I liked how Hoon scowled at his dad's words about not forgetting how he is a doctor. Honestly I'd like more of this.

And Doctor Moon is the cutest. Hoon and his line of ajusshi admirers xx

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I loved that scene too, Hoon prepping for surgery. After the emotional flashback, I was ready for a "Dad please watch over me, I'll never forget your last words!" moment.
The scowling was unexpected and totally hilarious.

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the scene is hilarious and make me laugh. But some scene involving LSJ used a magic touch to make a diagnosis actually remind me about his previous drama. LSJ acting is superb as usual and the scene with the little girl really touch my heart. Even tough the drama have many plot holes, but still entertaining. LSJ fighting.

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Ha, I'm like that too when I don't want to do something and I remember my parents telling me to do it.

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I'm just really glad everyone is lee jong suk :D 'nuff said

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*everyone is loving Lee Jong Suk :D

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Crazy drama indeed but having a blast watching it. Personally, it's the Lee Jong-seok show. He's really carrying the weight of the drama and making it worth the watch. I could care less about hospital politics, dramatic surgical procedures, or medical ethics. I'm more invested in Hoon getting his Jae Hee back and doing what he can for it, even as far as doing unethical things. Jong-seok brings an intensity that I enjoy seeing. My heart grips at his reactions when he missed Jae Hee and when he found her.

I really hope the doppelganger is the real Jae Hee. I hate it when shows make doppelgangers for no true reason (ie, twins, plastic surgery). The bracelet gave me hope as well as the assumption that the video must have been an outdated one.

Regarding tonal shifts, I felt they weren't that bad in this episode, or you could say I've gotten used to them. I cracked up at the scene where Hoon and the little girl finally found the x-ray department and had this slo-mo moment of rejoicing with dramatic music. So silly but it resonated with me....I could understand their feelings of having to crazily follow lines to find a room. And that scene was funny too when Hoon placed a hand on the girl's father's chest only to have it yanked away before he could do his genius stuff. Speaking of his genius brain thing, am I the only one who thought of Jimmy Neutron when they show that?

All in all, fun show....I wish less time would be spent in hospital-related shenanigans and more time on spy/romance/thriller. But with a title like that, I guess not.

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I have come to the conclusion that this series is a parody, so I can live with all the really strange things just for the laughs.

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Ha! Aren't you perhaps giving the show more credit than it deserves? I don't think it's a parody....the show takes itself more seriously than that. Still, in a way, I guess it would help to think of it like that rather than all the flaws.

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If I took it seriously, I would spend all my time screaming WTF!! and throwing large heavy objects, so this is better.

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That hair...Park hoon's hair
It is required for a doctor to get perm??:)
It resembles Joo won's hair in Good Doctor..Oh either way, that hair style suits them both..
~fighting Jong seok :))

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I guess the hair is a symbol of being an outsider and rebel. All the doctors have professional-looking cropped hair or perfect slicked hair. Hoon is set apart from all that. It's like Kim Woo-bin's change in Heirs from pompadour style to a more boyish cut to resonate with his changed personality/image.

But yeah...the perm suits Jong-seok.

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It’s like Kim Woo-bin’s change in Heirs from pompadour style to a more boyish cut to resonate with his changed personality/image.

I hated a lot about Heirs but I loved that that hairstyle change was openly made fun of (kind of) by Rachel telling him to put his hair back up again. It's one of the funnier moments of that series.

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You know who the perm reminds me of? Sung Joon in Shut Up Flower Boy Band. Which is funny to me considering SJ's character there even had a thing with lollipops :)

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I previously stated that if there is one thing that can compel me to stay on board with this (mostly flawed) drama, that it will be no other than the romance. And to that extent, the show has been doing a fine job in convincing me. How can I resist when both Hoon and Jae Hee (or her specter to be precise) has been successfully drawing me in with their bittersweet romance, be it imaginary or otherwise. To that point, I especially liked that particular scene with Hoon daydreaming of Jae Hee and their imaginary dinner. It’s also narratively a focal point, for it accomplishes a two-fold objective: it serves not only as a window to his consciousness, but as a peek into the past (future) as well. On the previous episodes, we’ve witnessed how both Hoon and Jae Hee met, how they (partly) consummated their romance through Hoon’s proposal, and ultimately how they were separated. What we didn’t see however, is how both of them fell in love. And that is what makes this particular scene axial and at the same time that much sweeter, as it builds off to what the bicycle ride showed us in the earlier episode, expanding and giving us a sense of how both Hoon and Jae Hee are as a normal loving couple.

And surprisingly, I found that I was more absorbed with this scene as compared to the previous episode’s much stylized red-thread-of-fate bridge scene. Coupled with Lee Jong Suk’s masterful execution, the end product was impressive. Okay, yes, I once did mention that LJS as an actor doesn’t evoke much emotion from me. At most times I do find him from decent to good, but nothing award-winning (by a longshot) as most of his fanbase makes it to be. However, I do believe that LJS shines the most when he is able to act with subtlety. Being able to bottle the emotions and letting the eyes do the speaking, is an effective and powerful technique. From longing then being happy and back to sadness, the shifts were on point. It was a short but powerful scene.

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As good as LJS is in shifting from one emotion to another, I don't think that the show itself however is able to keep up just yet. I get the melo part, the political part, the romance part, what is jarring though is the humor part. Again, there is power in subtlety. When the show invests like a good minute or two just to tell a joke (I'm looking at that blue line schtick) it comes off as being forced if not pretentious. It’s especially showing, when LJS himself has to carry the humor too—which is not a problem if the focus of the show was humor. But it isn’t. I sincerely hope that they just maintain the innate light personality of Hoon but not make it a point to have him doing silly stuff just to give a total of all three people in the audience a short snicker.

Meanwhile on the other side of the border, we have Jae Joon and Soo Hyun, who in their first moments together is already sharing a passionate and equally deep kiss. Though no matter how much they sizzled, the jury is still out however on how sincere Jae Joon is to Soo Hyun. Is he merely using her as a stepping stone for his ambitions? As far as romance goes, there is still very little to go by with these two, and that doesn't help in me rooting for them to be together. And at this point, I think there is more potential between Hoon and Soo Hyun, which is a shame, as it may result to Jae Joon getting relegated as the villainous rival instead of the sympathetic second lead male.

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i really think the light moments is fine

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@ Silverteen

Yep, the romance is the major draw for me here even though Jin Se-yeon is kinda bland. LJS is doing a marvelous job quite singlehandedly in creating this narrative of their bittersweet romance. I can only hope that Jae Hee is more substantive in the upcoming episodes than what we've seen.

That wishful dream sequence also hit me in the gut. I enjoyed how happy they seemed together, what it makes Hoon feel, and how empty he feels without her. For Hoon-ah, I'd like a romantic happy ending.

You mentioned the stylized red thread of fate from last episode. I confess that I thought that was pretty nifty and made the romance seem so epic. (Yeah, I'm a bit of a romantic sap at times, watchoo gonna do?)

Regarding the second leads, I saw in promotional descriptions that Jae Joon does have ulterior motives regarding Soo-hyun. The whole kissing-to-make-her-stop-saying-what-she-wanted-to-say pretty much confirmed it.

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isn't the one who shared the same name as song jae hee is tae gong shil's sister? the one that caught by hoon kissing in pharmacy.

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HA, yes. You're absolutely right. Yay for dramaverse loveline crossovers!

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I recognized her too! Lots of familiar faces from the supporting cast from CH & MS. I love it!

I'm probably gonna hate Jae-hee's storyline, and hope that Soo-hyun's arc would make up for it. I love Dr. Oh! She's so awesome so far. Really wish she's the lead.

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I agree - Kang Sora would have been a better lead, but maybe her character will win Joon's heart? I like Kang Sora as an actress so much more than Jin Se-yeon. Dream High 2 was awful but I liked her in Sunny (and loved Her in We Got Married with Leeteuk from Super Junior.).

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That's Hoon not Joon. Typos, sorry.

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yeah, and Secretary Kim the resident Beanut Gallery comrade/ajusshi shipper of Joogun/Taeyang, is now Professor Moon. He's adorable <3

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Haha, yeah, that made me laugh so hard!

Especially because I was thinking so hard from where I knew the actor who's playing Chi-gyu and only remembered a bit earlier that he was the security guy in MS... xD

(Now only to find out from where I know lollipop bodyguard...)

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The entire episode is a breath of fresh air for me, not too much romantic and tragic. I like how Hoon has chemistry with all the person him mingle with. Anyway I know it's a tragic if you let a not so surgeon in your hospital to operate, there is a protocol. But what the heck I could overlook that because of the fun and sweet moments happen here. Sadly I could relate. :)

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This is Lee Jong Suk's charm: he has amazing chemistry with everyone in his scenes.

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he does esp with that kid and she is so amazing in that role i hope we get to see more of her in the preceeding episodes but i don't see how thats gonna happen until they have some more script lieing around with her in it....... i could truly connect to her made me almost break down in that hospital scene...

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It was nice to see the child actress Kim Ji Young play the role of Jung-Min and showcase her acting talents.

A welcome surprise to see Kang Tae-Hwan play the bad brother Oh Sang-Jin after watching him as Secretary Kim in Bride of the Century.

Although TWWMT [aka The Woman Who Married Three Times aka Thrice Married Woman / She Gets Married Thrice] had a WTF type ending, Kim Ji Young was really good as Jung Seul Gi and remained one of the few good things about that drama.

It's unfortunate that Lee Jong-Suk still ends up having to do the heavy lifting and overcompensate in scenes with a certain main character (squared).

Positives:
Lee Jong-Suk as Park Hoon (embodies and fully embraces his character...you know for a fact that this is not Park Soo-Ha, Go Nam-Soon, Han Tae Sun, or Lee Woo-Hyun)
Park Hae-Jin as Han Jae-Joon
Kang So-Ra as Oh Soo-Hyun
Choi Jung-Woo as Moon Hyung-Wook (fun to see him in a sidekick/comedic role again after Master's Sun)
Yoon Bo-Ra as Lee Chang-Yi
Kim Ji Young as Jung-Min

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@August - I'm totally with you on LJS, Park Hae-jin and Kang Sora. We don't have as much of the latter two as we do of Hoon, but the actors have great presence and great chemistry.

And I'm really enjoying LJS but like you, I think it sucks to see him doing all the heavy lifting in certain scenes with a certain character. It's not even an Heirs-like case of the writer not finding the correct key to establish chemistry between an OTP, it's just straight-up lack of skill from that actor.

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Let's not pretend that this drama will be heavy on jae hee/seung hee anyway. She is at this point a glorified love interest-lead. For most parts, she's either in the brink of death, unconscious, or without lines. I don't know how you can claim that LJS carry the scenes for her, when most of the scenes that they were together was meant to make LJS shine in the first place. It doesn't demand any heavy acting on her part as the focus is LJS. So your criticism is a bit off base.

And you don't need to bring up PHJ and KSR as if you're truly smitten by their performance yet, when they have just as little screentime as any of the other side character are.

You simply dislike Jin Se Yeon. No need to act coy about it.

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Let’s not pretend that this drama will be heavy on jae hee/seung hee anyway. She is at this point a glorified love interest-lead. For most parts, she’s either in the brink of death, unconscious, or without lines.

Despite my feelings about Jin Se-yeon's acting, I do wish the drama will progressively be heavier on Jae Hee/Seung Hee. The character itself is shrouded with so much mystery that I want to know more. What exactly happened to her? Why the amnesia (assuming they're not different people)? What's her big secret that promotional materials have been talking about? How is Hoon going to bring the old her back?

I think the producers/writers of the show purposely made her appearances rare to make her mysterious and then slowly flesh out her story. At least I hope so. It would suck to anticipate so much only to not have these expectations met.

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I don't know why some Jin Se-yeon fans are fond of mind-bending twists of logic to excuse her poor acting and accuse everyone who criticises it of disliking her personally, but LJS has had no problems delivering good acting performances in the past even with costars who were as good or better than him, he doesn't need a costar to suck in order for him to shine. And a good actor can establish their presence with as little as a single scene, so sorry to say, Park Hae-jin and Kang Sora have done that even with less screen time than JSY.

I personally thought the bits where she was awake and saying things were poorly acted, but if believing that we dislike JSY is what makes you happy, you can carry on.

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I've been following the threads about dr stranger. It comes to no surprise that everytime you post pogo it's going to always be a slight on JSY. It's been an ongoing thing.

Clearly you also have some fascination in comparing her with LJS everytime. Or with KSR, as if it validates anything.

There is nonlea

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I have been following the dr stranger thread both here in Dramabeans and other sites, and everyime you post pogo, it's always the same thing: a slight on JSY. It's not very hard to come into a conclusion that you especially dislike her. Otherwise you wouldn't be so a-retentive about pointing her out everytime. It's not just once either, it's an ongoing thing, in fact it goes way back to Age of Feeling threads too.

It's also becoming apparent that you like to compare her with LJS or KSR for that matter, as if it validates anything. These actors are different from one another, so I don't know what your intentions are, but you're stirring things up between fans and it makes it uncomfortable for the respective fanbase especially when all they want is to support the drama of their favorite actors.

It's not just her 'acting' that you keep on prodding about either. So no, it's not really hard to come into a conclusion that you simply dislike her. And I don't think there is anything particularly wrong with that either, except you only have yourself to trouble with, because no matter what happens, JSY will keep getting casted on roles no matter how many 'chokful of 20 somethings' (who btw are all busy in their respective projects too) in Korea are. Nor will her fans stop posting to defend her either. It's a natural response.

And no, it's no leap of logic either, as my points are valid. It is true, she has very limited acting lines and for most parts she is either a) acting all bubbly and giddy with Hoon (to establish their romance, what else?) or b) hanging around Hoon, and letting Hoon 'save the day' (which is meant to let the hero shine: who else? LJS/Hoon). I'm not bending anything, I'm merely pointing out facts.

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Sure, I think her skills are basically limited to being a pretty face and, going back further, I think her behaviour surrounding this casting was highly unprofessional. I've said so quite clearly.

You're basically trying to say it's ok for her acting to be bad because she has very little to do here....but you have a problem with me saying her acting is lacking? That's very strange logic, to me.

And as for the comparisons, it's as simple as the fact that LJS and KSR are her costars and they are in the same drama. She may continue to get work, of course, lack of talent has never stopped a number of actors and probably won't stop her either.

I'm not sure where in the dramabeans commenting rules it says that one can only praise a drama or actor, and I don't know what gives you the impression that holding and stating a certain opinion is 'stirring things up', but like I said below, I, unlike you, do not feel the need to attack commenters personally for expressing that they think my biases are lacking.

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**You’re basically trying to say it’s ok for her acting to be bad because she has very little to do here….but you have a problem with me saying her acting is lacking? That’s very strange logic, to me.**

All I'm saying is that you've been judging her acting in this drama despite without any real basis for it to begin with. I'm not advocating that she is allowed to act bad or anything to that effect.

**I’m not sure where in the dramabeans commenting rules it says that one can only praise a drama or actor, and I don’t know what gives you the impression that holding and stating a certain opinion is ‘stirring things up’, but like I said below, I, unlike you, do not feel the need to attack commenters personally for expressing that they think my biases are lacking.**

You're free to continue to comment about her both positively and negatively as much as you want. I'm not preventing anything (I'm not even a mod, lol), nor did I say that it was wrong for you to comment negatively about her. However, I merely pointed out your obvious predisposition in singling her out, negatively, all the time. It's an observation, and not a "personal attack" as you're framing it to be.

And yes, I also happen to dislike other actors too, but unlike you, I do not feel the need to obsessively point the same actor over and over again, and not expect people to react.

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I make no secret of the fact that I think her acting skills are lacking, especially compared to other actors in her age range and her costars here (LJS and KSR).

If you want to interpret that as a 'slight', go right ahead. I'm not sugarcoating my opinions for the likes of you - there are plenty of commenters here who dislike my biases and say so quite frequently but I don't feel the need to make personal comments against them for that.

And this is a drama recap site, not an actor fan cafe. If you don't like what I or any of the others here have to say about JSY, you are quite free to create your own blog or fansite for her where only praise is allowed. Your call.

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I disagree with your assertion that one is acting coy and/or has to dislike Jin Se-Yeon simply because a different point of view is expressed about her acting skills (i.e. Her ability to emote and make each of her characters unique/distinctive in their own way).

The character’s emotions whether explicitly described or implicitly conveyed and reaction to the character's position are relevant factors to discuss and have an opinion about.

Proof #1: Kim Ji-Young vs. Jin Se-Yeon

Jung-Min (DS) vs. Jung Seul-Ki (TWWMT)
(1) Love their father dearly and have a good father/daughter relationship.
(2) Are in situations where they are primarily surrounded by adults
(3) Are left to deal with the actions/non-actions and decisions/choices of adults
(4) Are confronted with effectively communicating with and getting the attention of the adults in environments that are demanding and somewhat difficult.

Conclusion: They have a similar backstory but Kim Ji-Young made her characters distinctive. She succeeded at playing both characters with different personalities, mannerisms, and emotional reactions to their own particular predicament.

Song Jae-Hee (DS) vs. Kim Ok-Ryeon (AOF) vs. Mok Dan (BM)
(1) Arrested and Subjected to Torture
(2) One True Love (First Love) was a childhood friend
(3) Lived during the period of Japanese occupancy in South Korea or in an isolated country like North Korea
(4) Immediate family is killed
(5) Emotionally supported by friends and coworkers
(6) Killed on Wedding Day

Conclusion: With Jin Se-Yeon there isn’t much difference in the way she portrayed each of the three characters. You could swap-out each of these particular characters with one another and it wouldn’t make much difference although her 3 back-to back roles existed in separate and distinct dramas. On the other hand, there was no doubt about which character her leading man was bringing to life on screen.

Proof #2: Kim Myung-Min vs. Jin Se-Yeon

Pre Amnesia Kim Seok-Joo vs. Amnesiac Kim Seok-Joo (ANL) vs. Anthony Kim (TKOD)
In Episode 3, the scene at the hospital where Amnesiac Kim Seok-Joo walks past Cha Young-Woo and Lee Ji-Yoon as he looks directly at them.

Song Jae-Hee vs. Han Seung-Hee (DS)
In Episodes 3 & 4, the hospital scenes with Dr. Han Seung-Hee getting coffee, walking the corridors, answering the phone, and talking to the person outside of the hospital entrance.

(1) Character Self vs. Actor Self
(2) Just learning the lines, blocking, and zeroing in on the camera vs. Finding the character within
(3) Character traits and presentation
(4) Feeling the emotion vs. Portraying the emotion of the character.

Conclusion: Characters can share a set of common traits but it is the actors'/actresses' job to showcase a contrasting identity and set of traits in their performance.

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I have a nary clue of what you're trying to say or prove. But for posting that entire wall of text, I'll upvote you.

Good job. I guess?

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@august hi im september..nah i have to disagree with you i didnt see mokdan in ok ryeon or in jae hae and btw you forgot to mention dami and kkot nim..thank you for mentioning the 3 character now im certain jsy can act..there must be something in jsy that made you go through with this.i guess is her luck in casting department..you might be supporting an actress whom you have to wait for years before you can see her again on screen..for me the most versatile actress in south korea is hajiwon.han hyo jo is good i think..and i have a great respect for lee young ae..for postng this long i clap for you.

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Oh, is that where I recognize her from? I didn't like the Seulgi character much, but I always found her cute. And I like this Doctor Stranger little girl's character a lot. So, looking forward to seeing her more. :=)

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exactly right it just amazes me how one actor can play drama back to back almost and give such range of characters which look or act in no way similar but is in actuality played by the same person......... you failed to mention joong gil of movie hot young bloods in which he again is truly sensational as well i was a bit skeptical about that movie cause following the preview he was sketched as this silly a bit clownish kind of hilly billy but in the movie his carried it off so well that you cannot imagine anyone better for that particular role,,, i was actually quite taken aback since i never thought that he would make me into believing that kind of a character but he truly does.... the movie is quite good and for me lee jong suk resonated similarly in hot young blood like in IHYV and DS in respect to his presence in the project and his acting capablities.

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That's Lee Jong Suk for you. That's one of the reasons why I think he is an amazing actor. He seriously puts in a lot of effort to act his role very well. And yes, many tend to dismiss the acting due to the genre of the show. But I find that he was fabulous in Hot Young Bloods. I always find myself wondering is that the same guy in the last drama? lol... and of course there is the Ceci bts video. Try convincing me that they are the same person!

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let's not get started on the Ceci BTS video because damn, he's hot. in all honesty i've always associated him with cute but damn, that video was a killer. i died.

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ikr... I don't know how many times I died...

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I'm leaning towards the theory that premier Jang got a spy/doctor to get plastic surgery to look like Jae Hee to draw Hoon in. And also picked up the red bracelet from the camp somehow, or else his body guard always had it. He did ask his body guard about Jae Hee at the very start of the show.

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Shaping up to be a good watch. Not as movie like as the first two episodes but I like it. It feels like a whole different drama but one I still want to watch.

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I didn't care much for the first two episodes but this was awesome. And the "follow the blue line" was hilarious.

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Funny, because it was true.

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where i can download the drama?

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doramax265 but if i recommend you higher definition its in doctor stranger soompi

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I'm so glad they came at number one in ratings (don't why I care about that), because I was wondering why /_\ was, until I saw it, my reaction " eiga boya? ssulma! it can't be!" . anywho.

I really like the tonal shifts, love it. I really do. When you look back, the last 2 or 3 medical dramas were rather serious/or boring for some. Medical is fascinating stuff (Doctor X anyone) heh. so jjang! ^_^

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true medicine and anything related to medicine is actually very fascinating intriguing and is never boring,,,which this drama has been able to show so precisely unlike many of the previous medical korean dramas which made medicine look so lame and irritatingly boring...... but most of the credit goes to lee jong suk whose made himself so believable as a professional doctor it just baffles me truly,,,, only time medicine and romance synchronized so well was in greys anatomy

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Just a thought.

Why is female violence against a man "hot", but male violence against a woman "appalling"? That's a lot of double standard.

I had a hard time digesting the fact that So Hyun slapped Hoon, because if the shoes were turned we would all be screaming "MURDER" and especially since, imo,it was totally unwarranted.

If he did an unauthorized surgery, there are other ways of dealing with it, than getting violent.

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You make an excellent point about the double standard(s) that exist in regards to male on female violence vs. female on male violence. No one should be acting violently toward anyone else without provocation. Period, end of story, full stop. You drag someone into the chief of the department's office over an unauthorized surgery, not slap them. Anger management class for SH, STAT!

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Loved this episode. I welcome the light moments because they are lot of fun. LJS is the boss!

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I really love the pace and cinematic treatment of the first two episodes, so the change in pace subsequently was a little uncomfortable to me. However, it is of course expected and I am glad the director uses humor to introduce the new chapter.

LJS's acting, as usual, is fantastic though I prefer there's more of his subtle acting. His hair came off better than I expected but I still prefer his other styles.

As for love interest, looks like it's going to be a 3 girls 1 man show but I'm a romantic at heart so I'm betting my dollar on him with Jae Hee eventually. I do think that the girl in the hospital is Jae Hee, likely brainwashed.

I love how LJS is finally given a chance to carry the whole show. He totally deserves it. He was more than ready since School 2013. Even if the drama somehow turn out bad in later episodes I know LJS will be good in it. So yeah, I waited all this while for this drama because I know the guy can deliver and would be happy just to watch him.

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I watched episode four so you're right about it looking like a "3 girls 1 man show." Park Hoon is really working the charisma on the ladies.....but like you, the romantic in me also wants him with Jae Hee. The guy went through so much for this girl....it's only fair they get together.

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am i the only one who got so nervous the whole time i was watching this episode? and not just this one, but the two previous ones as well. (okay, except those scenes when they try to be funny)
oh no. there may be a lot of technical wtf in this drama as people say, but i can't seem to care less. as often said in dramas, "i must be crazy." lol

if dr. jae hee is the original jae hee after all, then them writers should at least explain her survival in the most believable way. one that the viewers can accept as 'realistic' somehow.

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thank you for the recap, i just love love this drama it keeps getting better and better

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i love this show so much I don't care whateva the other say about it I just love it I dont' think I have been so so invested in any drama since I hear your voice and nine nine time travel after that dramas only intrigued me enough to see how it started but then lost interest after some few episode but this one I am sticking to it until the end .......... lee jong suk makes me believe in every thing in everything in this drama... kang sora is amazing in this drama too..... she certainly doesn't fit in genre like dream high 2 she is more fit for something like this or sunny.... she's got potential it seems I wish she were to get in the right project only then we could see her true strength... anywez I just loved this episode I have already watched it three times and don't know how many more times it will be until the next two episodes airs.... the last scene when he is following the girl I was literally shrieking I wanted him to see her so badly,,,, there is so much going on so many question floating around,,, this drama is truly testing my patience ,,, and lee jong suk's unwavering confidence in the drama is so flattering but at times it gets me be a bit apprehensive(I care for him so much that I feel like I am more scared of him if he flips,, it won't probably happen but its sukkie-ness in me) if he just in case will lose it or he might just shudder any second to turn back into young boy park so ha of IHYV ,,,,,,, after seeing him in hospital scene I am wondering if he was a doctor in his previous life,,, since his command as a doctor and how his uses appliance is flawless I wonder which surgeon studied to act so well as them..... lee jong suk has completely got hold of me to this drama and I probably will get stuck to it as solid as I was in IHYV...

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all in all the last bit just killed me how he keeps running after her hoping it is her,,, i was completely on the edge wanting him to reach out for her call or her name or may be run faster than he was in the drama(dramas truly know how to ingrain that itch by making the moment that you have waiting so long to be the slowest clip every in the history of drama)....my anticipation was almost parallel to that of park hoon i was as excited and nervous like park hoon in that circumstance that's how soaked i am in park hoon and in this drama...... how he almost loses her (i was getting furious thinking that he actually lost her again) and is able to catch up with her by a split second getting only a second glimpse of her oh my god that felt like a score which actually made me shout out "YES".

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Since I decided in my own mind that this show is actually a parody, not a drama I have come to terms with it :D

Oddly enough perhaps, the most WTF moment for me was when Jae Joon got that standing ovation for .. being a doctor??

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Hahaha. True. Perhaps they want to see an encore?

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I am still wondering why when a few years ago I stepped on a nail, that MY doctor did not get an ovation :(

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Sometimes when we are fooling around inside the ER. We really do that....

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i am quite hooked despite the numerous inconsistencies of the plot but i was wondering : am i the only one to find Lee Jong-seok to young to play a surgeon?. I mean unless they have a speedy student program in NK there is no way you can achive this at smthg like 24. Though he looks even younger than that.
That being said he is a good actor.

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Actually he is 28 in the drama, KSR 32, PHJ 35 & JSY 27
and he is a genius so he can learn things faster than others, plus his father was a surgeon so he trained him to do surgeries and treat people

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I wonder if they can change female leads I really like the illegitimate rich girl. I just finished episode 4 and Hoon and Soo Hyun have a lot of chemistry I can see it working please writers role reversal lol. I never thought I would get second female lead syndrome.

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I actually thought I was watching a comedy drama and not a melo one, half of this episode cracked me up. Particularly the "follow the blue line" with the adorable little girl and Prof Moon's bloody nose scenes. But seriously, what's with the music everytime geeenius Jae Joon heads to the operating room? And though I admire Hoon's love for Jae Hee, I am starting to find it unrealistic.
Thanks for the recap gummimochi. :)

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I'm just captivated by LJS' acting! This drama, so far so good. I'm not only hooked on the acting AND hotness, but the storylines play really well with each other as well. First 2 episodes had me gasping for air LOL. Episode 3 was just asdhfjdkslsoxjd. Your recaps are perfection. I just re watched it and now going onto episode 4. Honestly, it's been quite a while since I'm hooked onto something. I have such high hopes for LJS and JSYs' relationship, but I don't mind him with the second lead either. Sora was terrible in dream high 2, but has redeemed herself in my perspective so far. Park Hae Jin is just hot. SMOKIN DOC. Loving this drama to the max.

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I think the new hair is starting to grow on me. I'm kinda starting to like it. I actually think this show is pretty good even though I burst out laughing every time he uses his "X-Ray vision superpower".

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is that a kiss? it looks like he kiss kang sora's below her lips. duh~

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This drama confused me to no end, but I'm so curious! Guess I'm here to stay. Thanks for the recap! No time to actually watch it so it's nice to still read the story :)

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grrrrrrrr this drama is awesome. I agree with the plot wholes and the drastic change of tone, but it just works, i don't know how, but it does.

I saw someone in the comments above saying this drama should be called "The Lee Jong Suk's show" and I totally agree, he is just a great actor. Definitely above the other actors of the same age.

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Never mind love. Surgeons are notoriously drunks ands psychos it goes with the territory.

They are like pilots, the high pressure nature of the profession both attracts and encourages bad behavior. There was a study in the 90s speculating that it was the crude surgical banter that patients internalized and led to post surgical depression.

Read MASH and you see how surgeons were stereotypically characterized. Sexual harassment and daredevil isn't (including stitching your name into patients) were not unknown

What makes medical dramas unrealistic is the fact that all medical dramas portray doctors as problem solvers or brilliant deduces. Aside from surgeons, all doctors are essentially technicians. Risk taking is extremely discouraged, innovation and deduction are heavily penalized. You're basically given a textbook protocol and you follow it in case after case. Deviating means you get sued. There is basically no upside trying new procedures or following hunt he's, and there is no downside to following procedure (even if that means the patient dies)

That not this other crap is what makes medical dramas laughable and fanciful. Doctoring is typically mind numbing rule following. What makes good doctors is usually an attention to detail, emotional detachment and the ability to derive satisfaction not from results but adherence to the process

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I don't think it is quite as bad as you portray, but to a large extent you are right.

But I don't blame the medical profession entirely - society and politicians should also take some of the blame for putting them on a pedestal on one hand while waiting with a lawsuit in the other hand. People expect miracles, and doctors are not miracle-doers.

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Yes this is definitely the Lee Jong Suk show.

First two episodes had shown us his ability to handle different emotions in a short time frame. And the 3 ladies are written in such a way to show his acting range too:

Jae Hee showcases his sweet and romantic side, Dr Oh shows us he can be more matured than some thought while Changyi shows us how spunky he can be.

Seems like a lot for a character but why is everything so believable? It's hard for me to imagine other actors handling such a role.

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I really love the LJS acting.

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I really really want Oh Soo-Hyun (KSR) & Park hoon (LJS) to end up together, is that too much to ask ?!

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would I sound mad when I say that I feel like I am in a relationship with this drama I just love it so much,,, is it the drama or lee jong suk I just can't understand........ oh this agony of wait feels like a million years..... watching Nashville which is amazing as well but every song that the series has makes me think of lee jong suk aka park hoon(people may hate me for bringing Nashville greys anatomy in the middle of a converstion of a Korean drama but for me drama is a drama irrespective of which industry which language and how big they are,,, if they fullfill their purpose to entertain the audience it becomes a good drama or a series for me)....... evrytime they show that bridge scene how he screams her name in dismay and sadness and anger that is so heart wrenching... oh drama you are stupendously amazing.... I dont' understand why the ratings are not adding up it should have reached more higher than it has......

I wonder if there is anyone amoung this crowd or anywhere whose watching the show whose come across similar kind of feeling like I have toward the drama..... I wish the drama was a human who embodied everthing in it but then lee jong suk practically does whose made the drama that it is for me so I guess it is my affection towards lee jong suk that has got me having bufferlies even for this drama..

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Thank you, waiting for EP 4 recap

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BTW that little girl is amazing, she’s adorb, hope she ll have more scenes in the upcoming episodes

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Just a note: 'g*psy' (in 'g*psy clarinet music) is an ethnic slur. I figured you weren't aware, so I wanted to mention it.

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The tonal shifts really aren't that unusual or jarring. I don't get why ppl keep complaining.

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