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D-Day: Episode 18

Do you hate sunshine, puppies, and happiness? Then this is the episode for you! Prepare your hankies, because there’s a lot of snot and tears to deal with as our heroes struggle with the pain of potentially losing someone near and dear. At least there’s only one more week left and then we (and everyone else at Mirae Hospital) will be put out of our misery. Figuratively speaking, I hope. But you never know with this show.

EPISODE 18 RECAP

Ddol-mi pleads with Hye-sung to perform surgery on her father since she doesn’t trust Myung-hyun to handle such a tricky procedure. I can’t blame her, knowing what a lazy coward he is, but Hye-sung tells her that he can’t do it — he has his own surgery to attend to.

The firefighters beg Captain Choi to rethink his decision about going into the utility tunnel, since they know it’s an incredibly dangerous mission. Aren’t they there to save lives instead of mindlessly sacrificing their own?

But Captain Choi refuses to hear any more, pointing out that if they can get the electricity going again, they’ll be able to save countless lives (and, of course, the monetary hub of the nation). He also refuses to let anyone else go in his stead. He’s the captain — he’ll only risk himself.

Perhaps it was wise for Ddol-mi to want someone other than Myung-hyun operating on her father, because he doesn’t seem all that confident in the OR, asking the rest of the staff if his next step seems like a good idea. Then he tries to stitch up a rip in her father’s spleen, but only ends up making it worse.

Meanwhile, Hye-sung’s patient is no easier, but at least Hye-sung is a better surgeon and can smoothly overcome similar obstacles that have Myung-hyun panicking and Ddol-mi yelling at him when he nicks an artery. Blood shoots into Myung-hyun’s eyes and he staggers back from the table to kneel on the ground, in a full-blown panic attack.

Ddol-mi yells at Ji-na to get Hye-sung since that’s her only hope of saving her father’s life, but Hye-sung’s busy trying to save his own patient’s life and is in no position to leave. When Ji-na returns, bearing the bad news, Ddol-mi frets that her father is going to die and they can’t save him.

Taking matters into her own hands, Ji-na talks Dae-gil through clamping down the artery to stem the blood loss and buy them some time, and it’s a success! Just then Chief Kang walks in, ready to take over the operation. Yay!

Captain Choi studies the blue prints of the utility tunnel, trying to figure out the path, when Ja-hyuk drives up. He’s there with the Fire Chief to present Captain Choi with a generous gift of money as a way of saying “thank you” for the service he’s going to perform the nation. Ha, I love the way Captain Choi politely kicks Ja-hyuk out so he and his team can focus on their work. Even though that work is a suicide mission.

Thanks to Chief Kang, Ddol-mi’s father’s surgery was a success. An emotional Ddol-mi tearfully thanks Dae-gil, too. If it weren’t for him helping to clamp down the artery, they might not have been able to save her father’s life.

Aw, she buries her face in the handkerchief he loans her, weeping as she says she won’t forget that her father almost died because Hye-sung wouldn’t perform the surgery.

Myung-hyun’s got himself hooked up to an IV, recuperating from his mental breakdown in the OR. Sister glares at him as she gets him set up, telling him that he’s proof that not just anyone can perform surgeries like Hye-sung. Chief Kang is ready to drag him out from the hospital bed but Ye-sul holds her back, reminding her that Myung-hyun tried his best and probably feels bad about what happened.

Overhearing their conversation, Myung-hyun turns his face away so no one can see him cry as he whispers that he wanted to do well, too. Yeah, you’ll get no sympathy from me, bub.

As Hye-sung oversees his patient being wheeled into the ICU, he asks Ddol-mi about her father. She pointedly ignores him, though, despite his awkward attempts to engage her in conversation, and when he returns to his patient, she stomps out of the room. Watching her go, Hye-sung stumbles into a table and faints.

Ji-na and Chief Kang get him settled into a hospital bed, chiding him for working so hard despite having a high fever. But there aren’t enough surgeons right now, so how could he stop working? He asks after Ddol-mi, and then realizes that his bed is next to Myung-hyun’s.

Dragging the curtain between them open, he demands to know if Myung-hyun apologized to Ddol-mi for nearly making her see her father die in front of her eyes. Myung-hyun says he didn’t — if he apologized for every mistake he made during a surgery, he wouldn’t be able to perform any surgeries.

Besides, it’s only a cruel rumor that he sat trembling on the floor in the corner. The truth is that Ddol-mi’s father has unusual arteries and spleen that are just hard to work with. He’ll open his patient up and show it to Hye-sung to prove it to him, really!

Ji-na finds Ddol-mi in the break room, trying to play the peace-maker as she tells her that Hye-sung is looking for her. Ddol-mi doesn’t care, though, and doesn’t want to hear whatever it is he has to tell her. Even though Ji-na understands how she feels, she tries to tell Ddol-mi that Hye-sung’s actions were completely understandable. Maybe so, but Ddol-mi still can’t accept it.

Decked out in his diving gear, Captain Choi readies himself to enter the utility pipe. The team salutes him and he salutes them back, and then slips into the underwater tunnel. It’s dark and murky as he swims his way to the blocked valve.

Ddol-mi tells Chief Kang that as soon as her father’s condition is stable enough, she’ll be going back to Busan with him and transferring him to a hospital there. Chief Kang wonders if it’s because she can’t trust the other doctors here at Mirae Hospital. She apologizes, knowing how Ddol-mi has gone through, but she still thinks it would be best to keep her father here so they can care for him. Ddol-mi politely refuses.

A groggy Hye-sung wakes up from his sedated rest to see Ddol-mi and calls out to her, but she ignores him. He scrambles out of the hospital bed to chase after her, grabbing her arm and turning her around. Why is she acting like he’s invisible?

It’s because even though she knows Hye-sung can’t give up on a patient, her father is a patient, too. If Hye-sung had performed the surgery originally, would her father have nearly died? Yes, her father is alive now, but Ddol-mi berates herself for being a daughter — and a doctor — who wasn’t able to save him. Even though she knows Hye-sung really had no choice, she still can never forgive him for pushing her father away.

Director Park’s sister is transferring her husband to a nursing center. Since it’s too late for surgery, he’ll be better off somewhere that might be able to slowly help him eventually recover. Director Park vows his revenge on Hye-sung, who he continues to blame, of course. But it looks like his brother-in-law is attempting to speak as the ambulance drives away, so maybe there’s hope that Hye-sung will be saved from Director Park’s evil clutches.

The firefighters wait as Captain Choi continues to weld through the broken pump. There’s about ten minutes left of air in the oxygen tank, and everyone’s restless with worry, wondering if they should prep a rescue team.

Meanwhile, the Fire Chief has gotten word from pump technician that if it’s started up again, it will cause a current so strong that there’s no way Captain Choi will be able to survive. Ja-hyuk is momentarily angry that they didn’t have this information before, but then his greedy businessman side kicks in, and he points out there are only three people who know about this: the Fire Chief, the pump technician, and himself.

He makes the Fire Chief promise to keep this a secret, since it’s too late to stop the mission now. Even though Captain Choi will die, at least he will die with the honor of saving the country, and no one will ever know about the truth of his death.

Except for Woo-sung, hidden behind a tent as he retrieves bottles of water, who’s heard all. He sprints to one of the fire trucks to retrieve gear to go rescue Captain Choi, and as he does, a news reporter begs him to wear a camera on his helmet, since the news team is desperate for some interesting footage.

The rest of the firefighters are surprised to see Woo-sung burst in, ready to go dive after Captain Choi. But when he explains how dangerous the current will be once the valve opens, they agree to let Woo-sung, the best diver among them, go in. He ties a rope around his waist, letting them know he’ll signal when they should start pulling him and Captain Choi out.

It’s difficult making his way through the underwater tunnels, but he manages to find Captain Choi, who’s oblivious to the certain fatal danger that will result in him opening the valve. He manages to get the captain’s attention and they swim up to where there’s an air pocket.

Woo-sung begs Captain Choi to stop what he’s doing, explaining what will happen when the pipe opens. It’s not just a matter of fighting against the current — even if they could swim against it, they don’t have enough oxygen to last that long. He yells that they have to get out, now!

But Captain Choi’s drunk enough the kool-aid to insist that they have to empty the utility tunnel of water before the pipes explode and the buildings above collapse — and then they can save lives and the nation’s economy. Woo-sung surrenders, knowing of course Captain Choi would be like that. As he ties the rescue rope around his captain’s waist, he grumbles that no one ever will appreciate their hard work, and once they get out, Captain Choi is buying everyone a fancy dinner.

Between the two of them, they’re able to open the pump. Above ground, the firefighters — along with Ja-hyuk and the Fire Chief — wait anxiously for any signal along the tow rope. But as predicted, the strong current makes it impossible to swim upstream, and the two men fight to move forward.

Hye-sung tends to his mother, still outside in one of the triage tents. He teasingly tells her that Woo-sung said he should dye her hair to hide the grey, and as he cheerfully preps the dye, he accidentally bumps into her bed-side table.

The happy family picture of her, Hye-sung, Woo-sung, and their father falls to the ground, shattering the glass in the frame (probably due to the weight from the Anvil of Symbolism).

Back at the utility tunnel, there aren’t any other oxygen tanks charged, so the other firefighters can’t send in a rescue team. There’s only two minutes of oxygen left in Captain Choi’s and Woo-sung’s tanks, and the other firefighters feel helpless as they wait for a signal.

As the two men struggle against the current, Woo-sung cuts off the rope holding him and Captain Choi together, and then tugs on it, signaling to the crew to pull them up. It’s difficult, because not only are they pulling agains the current, but Captain Choi is struggling to cling on to Woo-sung.

He loses his grip as his crew continue to pull him along the tunnel, and can only helplessly watch as Woo-sung gives him one final salute good-bye. Nooooooooooo.

They drag Captain Choi up, and once they realize that Woo-sung is left behind, they scream helplessly after him. Now alone in the gloomy tunnel that is gradually collapsing around him, Woo-sung removes his helmet to face the camera the news reporter had fastened to it.

An unconscious Captain Choi is rushed to the tent, but he quickly regains his senses and staggers to his feet. Ja-hyuk is ready to celebrate Captain Choi’s achievement, but the captain is focused only on his lost crew member.

He literally fights off his crew as they tell him it’s impossible to go after Woo-sung, and it takes all of them to hold him back from returning to the tunnel in a hopeless rescue effort. They all weep at the realization that one of their men — a brother and comrade — has sacrificed his life.

Ja-hyuk formally apologizes to Captain Choi, reminding him that the nation will never forget the firefighter’s sacrifice. In response, Captain Choi punches Ja-hyuk in the face, twice. Oh, I wanna try, too!

Captain Choi asks — even though he knows the answer — if Ja-hyuk knew that it would be a fatal mission. So what is he going to do about it? He grabs Ja-hyuk by the collar, demanding he save Woo-sung — he has the money and connections, so why can’t he save them? Why is it always the cruel ones with power that send them off to die?

Ja-hyuk seems more concerned that his shirt is torn than actually being apologetic about knowingly sending someone on a suicidal mission. But that’s no surprise to anyone.

Back at Mirae Hospital, Ddol-mi tries to take over from Hye-sung, who’s checking on her father. He promises to look after him very carefully, so she doesn’t need to return to Busan. He’ll make sure her father returns to good health and he can continue his volunteer rescue work — but she just ignores him and walks away.

Just then, another doctor rushes up — it’s about Woo-sung. Running to his motorbike, Hye-sung immediately gets ready to drive to the utility tunnel. Ji-na runs out after him, telling him to be rational and wait until he’s in better condition and they can confirm the rumor. But all he knows is that his brother is supposedly dead, and he roars off on his bike, skidding through the streets as he makes his way to the utility tunnel.

He begs to know if it’s true and the fireman can only apologize, explaining how it happened. The water is nearly gone from the pipe and they’ll be able to pull out Woo-sung soon.

Wiping tears from his face, Hye-sung stubbornly says that Woo-sung won’t die. He can’t die. He promised to not get hurt until after their mom got better. Hye-sung tries to go to the tunnel himself but the fireman stops him, and through gasping, broken-hearted sobs, he says that maybe his brother is still breathing and he, as a doctor, can still save him.

Ddol-mi sits alone in one of the hospital waiting rooms until Ji-na finds her and quietly asks if she’s okay. But Ddol-mi is more worried about Hye-sung, and she cries as she says that she had yelled at him and blamed him for her father almost dying on the operating table. She resented him, but if his brother…. Unable to finish that thought, she lowers her face and weeps.

Chief Kang is trying to convince Director Park to hold the funeral at the hospital, but he’s a heartless evil money-grubbing robot who can only think about the burden it will place on the hospital’s resources. His answer is to instead just give Hye-sung some money so he can go elsewhere.

As Hye-sung waits, he remembers his and Woo-sung’s promise to look after their mother. Just then, the firefighters slowly arrive with Woo-sung’s body, and as Hye-sung gently pulls back the blanket to reveal his brother’s face, he breaks down in gut-wrenching sobs.

The firefighters tearfully look on as Hye-sung cradles his brother’s head and calls out his name, begging him to open his eyes.

Ja-hyuk is delighted to know that the electricity will now be returned, and he and his team cheer that they — and the country, of course — will not go bankrupt.

Ddol-mi checks on her father, who’s conscious now, and he tells her that her father won’t die that easily. He wonders about “that long-legged doctor,” asking if he went somewhere. But Ddol-mi tells her father that she does’t think she can see Hye-sung again.

The firefighters load Woo-sung into the ambulance and Hye-sung sits next to him as it drives off, trying to warm his brother’s cold fingers. As they watch the ambulance drive away, the reporter asks Captain Choi if anyone told them that the current would be that strong once the pump was opened.

In response, Captain Choi hands over the camera that had been attached to Woo-sung’s helmet, adding that he’ll never be able to look at the Yeouido street lamps the same way ever again (after knowing what it cost to get the electricity working).

As the ambulance makes its way to the hospital, Hye-sung gently rubs his brother’s hands and body, promising he’ll keep him from getting too cold.

COMMENTS

I think I ought to be sad. I liked Woo-sung well enough. With what little screen time he got, I could get a sense he was just angry that he felt his big brother had been bought off by the hospital instead of demanding justice for the way their mother ended up. Plus it was sweet how the brothers were starting to reconcile once again (not to mention Woo-sung’s cute crush on the nurse).

But it’s a bitter taste in my mouth, that cuteness. And not in the way the writer hopes it will be. Instead of being bitter that a greedy politician destroyed a young man’s hopeful life, I’m bitter because it feels a cheap ploy to garner emotion for a character who was unnecessarily killed off. Yes, unnecessarily. While I understand it would be impossible for everyone to live happily-ever-after in a disaster drama, this is a still a drama, and a not very realistic one, either, so why can’t our heroes have a happy ending? I know that the video Woo-sung took will end up destroying Ja-hyuk (fingers crossed!), but did he have to die for it?

So instead of me weeping at Woo-sung’s death, I have the urge to punch something. (Like a punching bag with a picture of Ja-hyuk’s face on one side and Director Choi’s on the other, perhaps? Because that sounds just about perfect.) It seems like this production team wanted to tell us how we ought to feel about all the characters instead of allowing us to come to those conclusions naturally through the use of well-fleshed out characters and a script that actually makes sense and respects the viewers.

Honestly, our heroes are too good for this production team — even if they created the characters, they still don’t deserve them. There is so much more we could have explored with everyone, especially in the wake of a city-destroying earthquake, but no. Instead we get endless scenes of eeeeeeeeevil Director Park, and now Ja-hyuk and his greedy schemes. And surgeries. So many surgeries. No matter how you try to hide the makjang elements behind the slick CGI and unique backdrop of an earthquake, this is still just a hospital drama ruled by the egos of ridiculous men.

Yes, I’m angry, because these characters — and these actors — deserve so much better than what they were given. Despite moments of brilliance, most of this drama has been plodding along, held up primarily by the few stand-outs of the show (like my personal faves, Ddol-mi and Captain Choi — with a nod to Hye-sung and especially his ugly-crying this episode). But strip these characters away, and there’s nothing innovative or even particularly compelling here.

Which makes me angry because I care just enough about the characters to want them to have a happy ending, but I’ve checked-out of the drama thanks to the mindless, repetitive script that does itself no favors when trying to pretend it has emotional depth. Or maybe I’m being overly cranky because my expectation for this show rose after last week but it’s back to the usual nonsense of eeeeeeeeevil men ruining our heroes lives. Now where’s that punching bag…

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A very sad episode...but I've a couple of questions.
1) Why are there only 2 minutes of oxygen left in both Capt Choi and Woo sung's tank? WS went into the tunnel later, so technically, he has more oxygen than Capt Choi.

2) Why can't he tug at the rope and get the team to pull both of them up?

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1. The oxygen tank Woo-sung used was not charge!
2. The rope was tangled with pipes / valve with steering wheel (it looks like that).. :(

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"with a nod to Hye-sung and especially his ugly-crying this episode"

I don't really know what odilettente meant by this, but I think that Kim Young Kwang did the crying the scenes very well. It was not over the top wailing, and it was done rather tenderly and poignantly.

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I think that's what ugly-crying means: an actor committing to crying, and not caring that their face naturally wrenches into unpretty patterns. It's a good thing (well, unless there's lots of snot. I think everyone agrees that torrents of spit and snot can be a step too far.)

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I meant it as a compliment! Instead of crying prettily with thoughts on how to look best for the camera, I respect Kim Young-kwang for committing to the emotion in the scene and portraying very realistic expressions grief.

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Thanks for the clarification!

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i didn't care much how fugly they've cried coz i was crying along with them myself.

it was the build up of emotion that carried me away, not only did i sympathize with the characters but also empathized along with them that i did not pay much attention on how ridiculous they look — for all i know i may have looked far worse than Kim Young Kwang…

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This show has made me really concerned for the level of emergency response in South Korea. If this is true to life that is so crazy.

I hold on (and fast forward) for Ddol Mi

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Yes, please check out. I actually like this drama and in spite of director Choi, whose evil character isn't all that unique in dramaland, I find the other characters and their stories compelling. Sorry you didn't feel it, but I cried buckets over Woo-Sung's sacrifice & death. My son is a firefighter & ex-Marine. He would have done the same for a brother. Your recaps have become so biased that they aren't worth reading. I read recaps for further enlightenment. You don't deliver.
And javabeans, if you happen to read this, why so much love to Bubblegum? Seriously, I love the lead actor (My Girl, Blade Man), but zero chemistry here. Whereas I usually can't wait for the next episode (like D-Day), I take my time watching Bubblegum because it is almost as boring as She's Lovely. What saves it for me is the side characters.

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Who pissed in your cereal. What has Bubblegum have to do with this, and by the by I found this a decent episode.

I've been reading D-Day in general and when I decided to pick it up, I really couldn't grasp the story anymore. It was genuinely infuriating to see the rescue workers being repeatedly denied or making unnecessary sacrifices that could've been averted and I do agree with Odi that the sacrifice of Hyesung's brother seemed to exist exclusively for angst (even if I could understand why it happened). Hopefully the show picks up, with 2 episodes left to go. Fingers crossed for Woojin's return- god knows he's the only other competent doctor out there in this show.

Tl;dr, if you don't like the show and its recaps, just don't read it. Don't piss on other shows or insult the recapper's work because you 'happened to disagree'.

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What's been driving me crazy is that the rescue workers and the doctors didn't team up and form their own proxy hospital.

That's what I've experienced in actual emergencies: there are the people with the authority during normal times, and then there are the people who actually get things done. When everything hits the fan, many of the first category kind of lose it - they freeze or they look for guarantees or they try to control things out of their scope. And then there are the others who say "screw it, I can do X Y and Z, if we add that to what you already have, what do we get?" Those MacGuyvers are the ones I look for in an emergency, because we get things done fast.

So in the absence of the military (who are more organized and capable and whenever they show up, I just do what they say), it boggles me that the more intuitive doctors didn't start allying with the rescue teams. They had an entire tent city out there! I assume that most men in Korea have been through military training and that the men inclined to become doctors probably were very interested in the mechanics of setting up a field hospital!

This show took place in an alternate universe where Korea doesn't have mandatory army service, where America doesn't have major allied bases in-country, and where a single hospital director can make criminally negligent decisions while keeping his entire staff frozen. Sucking Woo Sung down a water main was both telegraphed and unsurprising.

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<This show took place in an alternate universe where Korea doesn’t have mandatory army service, where America doesn’t have major allied bases in-country, and where a single hospital director can make criminally negligent decisions while keeping his entire staff frozen.

I'm cracking up here... but you're spot on. The only part you didn't mention "where international NGOs and specialised rescue teams don't offer assistance in the case of a major disaster".

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Totally agree! This show could have been so much more than what it has turned out to be, and that frustration and realization that this is NOT what could really happen, at all, has taken me out of the story. And once you are out of a story, looking at it dispassionately as a piece of fiction, you see manipulative writing - like the sacrifice of the Noble Young Firefighter, for what it is - just a cheap ploy.

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Man, that's awful. I was actually pretty excited to watch it but got side-tracked down the road due to school and now that it's boiled into this I'm more than surprised and perhaps a little disappointed it turned out that way.

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LOL. I don't know if you realize it (probably not,) but you sound crazy. Nut.Job.

Like you really bitched about the recaps of a recapper not liking a drama, THEN turned around and addressed an entirely different recapper, about an entirely different show and complained because that recapper likes the drama they're recapping. *shakes head in amused disbelief*

I only wish I'd come across your brand of crazy in these comments sooner. ??

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LOL dude. you okey? javabeans is not the one recapping bubblegum. FYI gummimochi and lollypip are the one recapping it.

why so much hatred? don't stress yourself. heheh!

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Let me tell you, this is sooo not realistic. I didn't see this because I gave up on it way before.

Exactly my thought. Why did they wait for the water to go down before getting him out? They could've pulled just like they did with the captain.

If he drowned in cold water, which I assume he did since it's cold now and his face was all blue, they technically can't pronounce him dead. The coldness reserve the organs so there's a chance of his heart beating again after he is warmed up. And it's a freaking drama I'm sure they would've been able to pull it off.

All I can say is that I'm sooo I stopped watching.

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(*psst* Cold does indeed slow the dying rate of a body's cells but water-clogging the lungs and those cells aggravates it. And a person doesn't stay alive after freezing for very long. In surgeries, reduced body temperature generally only gives surgeons 45 mins max.)

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If they had saved him earlier, performed CPR, and got him to a hospital earlier, which they didn't, they could've removed the water from his lungs and save him. That's what I meant.

Another thing is that the protocol, as far as I know is that a person is not dead unless he is warm when pronounced. So even if he was dead already and there is no chance of him leaving, they were still required to perform CPR.

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I haven't watched this episode but from what I've read in this recap is that he removed his rescue rope and wrapped it around Captain Choi, so Woosung didn't have a rope tied around his waist.

Although, I have to agree with you that some plots in this drama are not realistic enough but then again, when did k-drama ever be realistic? This was the first disaster-themed drama I've ever seen, so I forgive them for giving us a not-so-good one. Not bad, but it's not that good. There are rooms for improvement, and I hope, the next time a drama production decided to do another disaster drama, the plots are to be better than this.

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There is very little in this drama that is realistic. There is a lot that could have easily been realistic (or a bit more realistic) if the writer had done some research. By the looks of it, writer-nim didn't even try.

I disagree with setting the bar low just because it's the first disaster-themed Korean drama and because many other dramas are not realistic either. That doesn't mean at all that this drama gets to be crap and unrealistic if it wants to be a good drama (which, personally, is always what I hope we're aiming for: a good drama). It could have done better: there was money AND it was pre-produced.

Except for the CGI in eps 1 and 2, this drama doesn't do disaster. It's all hospital politics, romantic entanglements and a couple of accidents that are handled by the ONE fire team/rescue team and ONE doctor that is capable of operating. Damn, they could have called this "Dr. Lee Hyesung" (like "Koudonori", a currently airing medical j-drama focused on Dr. Koudonori. A pretty decent drama where the writers did do research btw.). Or maybe "The Life, Loss and Love of Dr. Lee Hyesung as He Battles the Evil Director".....

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“The Life, Loss and Love of Dr. Lee Hyesung as He Battles the Evil Director”

LOL... +100000

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Woo-Sung's & his captain got tangled up with the water surge & the only way to get free was to cut the rope. I didn't see anything that indicated that they had the same amount of oxygen. Might be a recapper mistake.

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Can't pull someone out without a rope. .

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"It feels a cheap ploy to garner emotion for a character who was unnecessarily killed off"- exactly how I felt. The crush on the nurse an episode or two before he dies was just clumsy writing to make viewers feel worse. I was ready for some light-hearted romance after all the pain and misery in this show- but nope, the nurse's only purpose was to make his death even more sad. No one wants to watch 20 episodes of nothing but suffering. There's got to be an upturn somewhere or it gets boring and feels manipulative.

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Perhaps the recapper doesn't understand the disaster genre and the concept of sacrifices. I suggest watching the original Poseidon Adventure or even reading the book.

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The entire show has skimped on the concept of sacrifice. As for disaster genre - this wasn't a disaster show, this was a hospital drama with occasional water and electricity shortages.

Woo Sung's sacrifice isn't a surprise to anyone, it's just massively contrived.

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Methinks the writer doesn't understand disasters. If this were a properly written disaster drama, I'm sure odilettante wouldn't be complaining about the sacrifices.

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I said that too in another episode. It's unrealistic because the writer has never seen an earthquake disaster situation since it just doesn't happen in south korea... And he obviously did too little research

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best comment ever

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Perhaps the next time you want to complaint about a recapper's work, you should also mention what areas that they need to improve on. Don't just send hate, give a constructive feedback too. So that they know what they could improve on with the next writings. Recapping a drama is not an easy job! At least you should appreciate their effort!

It's your own fault that you don't find this drama recap interesting. Even if you don't, others might not even feel the same. I wish you'd stop leaving comments like this.

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I think the recapper understands disaster genre enough to realize that this is a spectacularly awful, silly, and emotionally manipulative example of it.

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I really only watch this for Ddol-mi, who is absolutely adorable

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Up until now, no first responders had died. THAT'S unrealistic. Does anyone remember 911 & the stories of sacrifices made? As much as I hate that Woo-Sung died, I know that it was a realistic portrayal. In a disaster life & death are random. That's one of the truths that make an event a disaster. In the event of a real disaster I know with certainty that my son would be front & center regardless of politics or personal risk. That's his job. I don't know what candy coating you expect from a show like this. Maybe you just aren't ready for it.

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Pretty sure everyone remembers 9/11. (What a weird thing to say.)

I think this was a pretty crappy show. Woo Sung dying wasn't the most unrealistic thing in it by a long shot - the total lack of military support, foreign aid, foreign intervention struck me as pretty damn unrealistic. What was crappy about Woo Sung is that it was poorly handled, with very weird dramatic build-up and a very contrived final act. But that really has been the story behind the entire show.

"I don’t know what candy coating you expect from a show like this. Maybe you just aren’t ready for it."

This kind of remark drives me nuts. I was an EMT and I don't say crap like this to other people. This show wasn't a faithful representation of first responder experiences in a crisis. THE SHOW wasn't "ready for it".

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Co-sign.

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+1

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+1. This show doesn't get to be ridiculous fluff for 18 episodes and then get a free pass for fridging a character in the name of "realism."

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say it, juniper! totally agree.

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@Miranda

Well said.

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One last comment. I choose to watch the final two episodes without the snarky recaps. I hope you can recap something you like next time.

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If you disagree so much with a recap, writing your own may help you put your perspective out there. But I just want to say I love reading recaps here because even if I disagree with the recap or comments, I know I can have a nice interesting discussion about it in the comments. It's unnecessary to insult the quality of a recap because the writer has a different opinion than yours.

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YES.

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hahahah! chill! and i hope you read recap from someone you like next time. *peace out*

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Good luck to you. If the recaps upset you this much, maybe it's better if you don't read them.

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Sad episode. I skip this.

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This drama would have been so much better if they kept it at medical drama without putting in that romance that totally ruins it. I do not like the OTP as a couple. In fact - I cannot stand them. I totally dislike the leading lady and her disgusting character.

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omg! i cracked-up reading this ►“with a nod to Hye-sung and especially his ugly-crying this episode” hahahah! you've just read what's in my mind. but don't get me wrong, it's not that it's not convincing. in fact, i love his performance it's just that i find his crying awful. because let's accept it, in real life, there are some who cries bad.

i was hating LHS in this episode because the way he justifies to JDM why he did not do her father's surgery is kinda annoying. his judgement is absolutely correct but i didn't feel that he's sorry that couldn't do it no matter how much he wanted to. i didn't even hear him said sorry to her. rather than that, he seems to be imposing her to understand the situation which i expected she already knew being a doctor herself. it's just a matter of saying sorry and feeling regretful. but then when LWS died, i cried for him knowing he's having so much burden and nothing can compare the agony of losing a family member. so this episode is annoyingly depressing. lol

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Wasn't it the male nurse who came to tell hyesung about his brother? The same one who was holding onto woo-sung's note.

Both captain and woosung could have made it out if they weren't tangled up (they had to return to the pipe to untangle). Woo-sung cut the rope to save the captain and sacrifice himself. By the time the captain was out, he was out of air. No one else could go in bc there was no full (or charge) o2 tank. Jahyuk and that other dude was just as dumb to send someone in with having a rescue team on standby....like literally ON STANDBY..

From a commenter "The coldness reserve the organs so there’s a chance of his heart beating again after he is warmed up".....that's highly unlikely bc 1)he drowned, his lung was filled with fluids...2)he was underwater until they could drain the conduit which could have been hours.

Eventho some may have checked out of the show earlier, i can't believe you wouldn't be affected by the death scene. I cried buckets at the end..it didn't matter if it would have been the captain but i think it hurt more bc it was woo-sung. Hyesung went around trying to save everyone he can during the aftermath but he couldn't save his own. We have seen him save almost every single person but it just hurts to see ppl you invested in for 18 episodes go...?

I watched the rest raw to see if the evil-doers get their comeuppance. ..and errrr!!! Show!!!!!

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I meant that if only he was saved earlier, they would've been able to save him. I missed the part where he cuts the rope, so I didn't understand why they had to wait until they got him out.
Sorry, should've made that clear.

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I don't want to believe that the whole scenario about D-Day is real (i think no one would like it too), except the reality of what Ddol-Mi feels when Hye-Sung insist not to do the surgery of DM's father. Call it childish and not-like doctor, but it's real you can't help but feel rejected. Those moments where HS was trying to conversed with DM. ouch! it hurts!

Two more episodes! Please give us some love, drama-god. HS-DM shippers.

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Great recap and I agree with your comments, odilettante. I was hoping for an exciting disaster series but that is not what we got.

A few things that drive me crazy about tv shows in general are characters who stick around long after they should be gone. In this drama we have two, the Director of the hospital and the cowardly doctor, Myung-hyun.

With regards to the director, it is not even that he so one dimensionally evil, it is that I can't believe in a severe crisis like this someone just didn't kick his ass and tell him to shut up. Then booted him out of the hospital altogether so that real doctors could get things done.

As for Myung-hyun, first off how is this guy a doctor in what is supposed to be a prestigious, private hospital. I can't believe that the people doing the hiring at Mirae hospital would have even hired this guy in the first place. Second, just like the director why hasn't somebody kicked this guy's ass and sent him packing. I just don't get it.

Thankfully, there are only two episodes left. I should have given up on this trainwreck a long time ago, but I have this thing, call it a mental disorder (lol), where no matter how bad something is, be it a book, tv show or movie, I just have to see it through until the end. As much as I like Jung Ddol-Mi, that isn't enough to save this drama.

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Is there a category in the end of year poll for unnecessary deaths? We need one!

I am no longer happy with this show. It definitely feels more medical Makjang then disaster; which is strange because I would accept his brother's death in a disaster, especially being a firefighter.

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Ja Hyuk should have gathered first all the important facts concerning that faulty pipe and consult the responsible officer who's more knowledgeable about it. He should have planned it well and do the precautionary measures knowing it's a dangerous mission. What it looks like to me is that he just sent captain Choi just because it needs to be repaired since the financial core of Seoul depends on it. His business is well affected too so his personal concern drove him crazy to do that impulsive order. This episode is so heartbreaking that I cried a bucketful of tears.

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Wow! That was a tearful ride *sniff sniff* :'(
Although I wasn't much attached with woo sung, i just felt bad for Hyesung. Its like the whole world is after making him sad. I am done with the show, i only skip to Dolmi & hyesung's interactions. I hope they at least try to give it a good ending in the remaining two episodes.

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Ja hyuk is giving Director Park a run for evil guy award of the year ?
But director Park has been doing his best wearing the evil crown gracefully and Ja hyuk is a lil bit too late but working in gaining that hatred( though he has managed to off a guy a tho not directly but well )

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It's just sad..sad..sad how they produced everything in last minutes

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I was pissed off with Woo Sung's death.

I agree so much with Miranda and Alua.

This show could have being so much better if so many things were done to make it happen.

My mistake was to watch Dr Dmat at the same time and doing comparisons. Crazy me I know.

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Thanks for the recap.... Opinions always differ and finding how everyone has different takes on this drama, opens my eyes-like every other recapped drama. The impending death-sacrifice of a member was coming. It was sad that WS was the one!!! I cried buckets and buckets that he had to be the one to go and my heart still aches at the loss of his character. I waited for each episode, yes there were many missing elements that would have made this drama more realistic but I'll accept it. I enjoyed this very much... Thanks everyone

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I feel like the writers haven't decided if they want to do medical or dissaster drama. There is a lot of medical stuff, but then we see some rescuing by firefighters (but not any other rescue teams or enough situations with firefighters to be called dissaster drama). It is fine if they want to look more closely on the hospital part but then they should either make it only about hospital part and just mention what is going on outside or take all parts of rescuing. This way its making me wonder what is going on outside (they're not telling!) and by the time they show the firefighters the only ones I remeber are chief and Woo sung.
I'm dissapointed since the drama looked really promising and my heart wouldnt feel so heavy if it didnt have the first episodes which I loved, since it made me want more. I'm greedy like that when it comes to kdramas :D
I could stomach darker drama (loved Secret) which hurts in a good way or drama where the sad is countered by funny, but I feel like the drama promissed and didn't deliver, which is a shame.
Anyway I still like d-day, though not love anymore, will watch it till the end as to know what will happen, but my heart will make up MY ending for the characters, and I can tell you that Woo sung will miraculously survive (I dont care it doesnt make sense medically, there were stranger illnesses and sudden cures in dramaland) and the brothers will learn to bicker and live together. Also I want Woo sung to date that nurse crush of his and tease Hye sung about future sister in law aka Dol mi. :D
Love (oh its like from now on. You cant expect me to give you my love after killing someone Hye sung loves- thats a big no after what you are putting him through every week show), si like this, the characters and the concept of the show, but I'm gonna be plaing the fate and changing some lives and deaths in my d-day universe. The characters will get what they deserve, be it good or bad, and I'll be happier. :D
Thank you for letting me rant here, was all bottled inside and I heard it's not good for your mental health (my colleagues already look at me strangely when I say I'm watching kdramas, no need to appear any more crazy). :D

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What's with all the negative comments about the recapping? I don’t understand!

If anything, the drama SUCKS. Not because Woo sung died, but the manner and timing of how he died was so unnecessary and contrived. Woo sung didn't die because he was a first responder, trying to save lives, he died because some greedy politician was trying to save infrastructure at the risk of a person's life without disclosing all the details that would've helped the fire fighters make an informed decision. I agree with odilentatte completely on her recap. It was a cheap ploy to garner tears from the audience at the 11th hour. I'm not saying it didn't work, but it doesn't mean I can't see that it's sloppy writing.

If anything, I want to give the recappers of this drama kudos, for remaining positive even when the writing of this drama went south. Odilentatte and Dramallama are doing a great job recapping this mess.

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On another note: are the writers trying to make Hye-sung into a martyr or something? Or are the writers just trying to break him?? How many more disappointments or deaths can he withstand???? How about letting the good guys win for once?!

Arrrgh! How frustrating! I. Give. Up.

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ya! why of all the people, Woo Sung should be the one to die?! just because he's the brother of Hye Sung?! so it's not enough that his mother was thrown-out of the hospital and his medical license is about to be cancelled?! ya, writernim, if you're trying to make Hye Sung to be the most unfortunate man in seoul, you should have also sent back Ddol Mi to busan right after his father's surgery. i agree with miranda that this is a hospital drama not a disaster drama. but still, i have to see the end of it since i invested time already. that's how idiotic i am. lolz

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This show is about to end and with two remaining episodes, the main villain keeps on winning. Even Ddol-mi, his only sunshine, is not talking to him. How about giving a break to poor Hye Sung?

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I know there are so many flaws in this little show, but surprisingly, I have enjoyed most of it. Mainly due to the cast, they are really charming. I love seeing the actor playing Hae Sung stretch his acting wings, Ddol Mi in her Busan accent etc.

Also enjoyed that these are ordinary people for the most part.

As for all the lapses of real infrastructure and common sense, fantasy works for me.

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*ugly-cries with my babies*

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