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Doctors: Episode 10

Hye-jung continues to attract attention, both positive and negative. While it must be nice to have eligible bachelors pining after you, the jealousy it can cause in others might not be worth it. However, Hye-jung is strong, and doesn’t care for a knight in shining armor to come and save her. She has other priorities, so she won’t be heedlessly falling into a romantic relationship, much to her suitors’ dismay.

 

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

A series of past events—from Hye-jung’s high school days to the recent attack at the hospital—play onscreen, and Hye-jung narrates, “A genuine meeting can change a person. The person I am with right now could change my life. That’s why a person can be both hope and despair.”

Hye-jung spots Yoon-do and Ji-hong talking together, and watches from afar. Ji-hong tells Yoon-do that he trusts him as a doctor but not as a guardian. If something happens during his father’s surgery, he says he’ll kill Yoon-do, but Yoon-do laughs since his fortune says he’ll live a long life.

Yoon-do is starting to like Ji-hong, and declares that they’re rivals. However, Ji-hong doesn’t consider Yoon-do a rival since he hasn’t even eaten at the cafeteria with Hye-jung. Yoon-do mumbles that he’s touched a sore spot.

Hye-jung follows Ji-hong, and grabs his hand once they’re outside. Hye-jung comments on his large hands, and Ji-hong playfully places his hand on her head, agreeing that his hands are quite big. Smiling, they walk together holding hands.

It’s a new day, and Soon-hee makes packaged chicken soup at home. Hye-jung joins her at their dining table, and Soon-hee says that she made food with the “heart of a mother-in-law” for Hye-jung to bring to Ji-hong. The food isn’t for free, though, since Soon-hee wants Hye-jung to bring Young-kook to the café in exchange.

Ji-hong is running on a treadmill when he gets a call from Hye-jung, and he tells her the passcode to his office. Before Hye-jung can get inside, Yoon-do appears, and he notices the bag she’s carrying. He whines about when they can eat together, and Hye-jung proposes that they have lunch today. Immediately, Yoon-do smiles, and Hye-jung laughs at his simplicity. Once she leaves, Yoon-do places a hand over his racing heart and tells it to stop overreacting.

Hye-jung instinctively starts to tidy Ji-hong’s messy desk, but puts everything back when she remembers the last time she tried to clean his messy pile of books, which he’d insisted were in some kind of purposeful order. Ji-hong arrives, and is charmed by her thoughtfulness in bringing him food. He asks about Grandma’s anesthesia records, and Hye-jung wonders to herself how he can still be taking care of her despite his situation.

At his prodding, she informs him that the records were deleted. Ji-hong asks her how she’s so confident that Grandma’s death was due to medical malpractice, and Hye-jung tells him her reasons, like the low-risk surgery that Grandma had and the fact that it was so quickly covered up, clearly having thought this through. Ji-hong stares at her, and then asks if he can help.

Thinking to herself that he should take care of himself, Hye-jung says that he can’t help. She asks Ji-hong if he’s happy, and when he says that he is, she asks how he knows. Smiling, Ji-hong tells her that he’s alive and enjoying a meal with the woman he loves.

Myung-hoon gets a report from his secretary that Director Hong was the one who accessed Grandma’s file. However, Director Hong’s whereabouts are currently unknown. Meanwhile, Ji-hong examines Grandma’s files, and then makes a call to meet Chief Kim at Namyangju Hospital.

Hye-jung takes a handful of equipment from the ICU, which doesn’t go unnoticed by Kyung-joon. He asks Kang-soo if they recently admitted a VIP patient, but Kang-soo tells him that they don’t have access to such information. Kyung-joon pretends to hit Kang-soo, and Kang-soo sticks out his tongue before running away.

Ji-hong meets with Director Hong in his private room, and they share a tender moment together. Director Hong says that it’s nice to have his child by his side in times like these.

Hye-jung runs up to Yoon-do, who’s waiting for her. When he tries to help her carry the supplies, she fumbles and drops them since his sudden friendly attitude makes her feel uncomfortable. Ji-hong watches their exchange from down the hall, clearly jealous.

Hye-jung notices him, and Ji-hong asks her if she wants to have lunch together. Yoon-do interjects that Hye-jung promised to eat with him, so Ji-hong tries to make dinner plans. Unwilling to let them be together, Yoon-do interrupts again, this time saying that Ji-hong should buy him dinner since he’s the one performing surgery on his dad. Ji-hong half-heartedly agrees, aware of Yoon-do’s ploy to stop his plans.

Hye-jung and Yoon-do check on Director Hong, and Hye-jung says that they should go fishing again. Director Hong is delighted to hear that, and happily declares that he likes Hye-jung. He notes that Ji-hong doesn’t like fishing but seems to tolerate it better when Hye-jung is around.

Director Jin tells Myung-hoon that Director Hong is in the hospital, getting ready for a secret surgery. Ji-hong discusses the same topic while walking with Tae-ho, and tells Tae-ho that he’s against the idea of keeping the surgery a secret. Tae-ho agrees with Ji-hong, and they decide to forgo the secrecy, willing to fight the battle themselves rather than hide behind Director Hong.

Young-kook comes up to Ji-hong to inform him about one of his patient’s condition, and Ji-hong orders Young-kook to tell Seo-woo to prepare to assist in his surgery. Ji-hong gets a call from Hye-jung telling him that the lab results for Director Hong are in, and he tells her that the surgery is no longer a secret.

Young-kook tells Seo-woo that she’s assisting Ji-hong in his upcoming surgery, which surprises her. She asks about Hye-jung, and Young-kook informs her of Director Hong’s surgery. She mumbles that Hye-jung was given such an important task, but Young-kook corrects her: Hye-jung was given the surgery because it suited her. Seo-woo looks up at Young-kook, and asks if she was mean just now. Young-kook says she was, and Seo-woo calls it a success.

Kang-soo confronts Nurse Su-jin, and tells her to pay half of the repair cost for Hye-jung’s sports car. She refuses since he was the one driving, and Seo-woo overhears their conversation. The nurse complains to Seo-woo about the situation, and Kang-soo also whines about losing his paycheck for months. Seo-woo offers to handle the matter for him.

She reports over the phone that Hye-jung took a bribe, and then runs into Myung-hoon in the hall. He’s happy to hear that Seo-woo was chosen to attend an upcoming conference, appreciative that Tae-ho takes care of Seo-woo. On cue, Tae-ho comes walking down the hallway towards them.

In Myung-hoon’s office, Tae-ho tells him of Director Hong’s surgery, and Myung-hoon exaggerates his concern. Tae-ho thinks to himself that Myung-hoon’s pretenses are boldfaced, but keeps the meeting civil.

Director Jin visits Director Hong, bearing his old friend’s favorite cookies as a gift. Director Hong tells Director Jin that he’s known about his slush funds for a long time, but he waited for Myung-hoon to resign himself. Director Jin asks him to hand over the slush fund files for the sake of their friendship, and tells Director Hong to start the succession process with Ji-hong instead of Myung-hoon.

Seo-woo meets with Ji-hong as he’s washing his hands for surgery. She doesn’t greet him first, so Ji-hong initiates the conversation. He asks if she’s reflected, and Seo-woo promises to not let this happen again. He reminds her that he was her teacher, so he sincerely wants her to succeed.

Yoon-do talks to his reflection, anxious and happy that he’s finally having cafeteria food with Hye-jung. He practices his smile, and then sends himself winks and finger guns in the mirror. He’s such an adorable, giant dork.

Hye-jung and Yoon-do sit down in the hospital cafeteria, and Yoon-do asks if she didn’t understand his confession. Hye-jung wants to change subjects, but Yoon-do doesn’t see why they can’t talk about love. Sighing, Hye-jung tells him that she doesn’t believe in love between a man and a woman, but if she ever started that kind of love, then it would be with Ji-hong. Yoon-do’s heartbreak momentarily flashes across his face, and Hye-jung apologizes.

Yoon-do takes the rejection graciously, and says that she has nothing to apologize for—though he appreciates the sentiment since it means she at least likes him. Hye-jung tries to leave, but Yoon-do stops her since they can still eat together. He realizes that the atmosphere is awkward, and quickly changes his mind. He stays in the cafeteria watching Hye-jung leave, and sits by himself at the table, looking dejected.

Nurse Su-jin answers a call from the audit and investigation team, looking for Hye-jung. She’s worried that it might have something to do with the car from Boss, and Kyung-joon orders Kang-soo to tell Hye-jung in person. Begrudgingly, Kang-soo runs through the halls until he finds Hye-jung, and tells her about her summons. From across the room, Seo-woo watches the scene unfold.

Hye-jung meets with the auditor who asks about the car she recently received. She explains that the patient left it, and she was planning to return it. Unfortunately, the car is damaged; making it look like Hye-jung drove it. She shows him a picture of her actual car, and explains that she doesn’t need to covet the other car.

Ji-hong prints out a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) form, and in voiceover, Director Hong says that he’s old and doesn’t want to forcibly prolong his life. Ji-hong stares at a photo of him and Director Hong, a mix of emotions on his face.

In Myung-hoon’s office, Director Jin hands him a flash drive containing his slush funds. He tells Myung-hoon that he had to bargain Myung-hoon in order to buy them more time. Myung-hoon lets his true feelings (wanting Director Hong’s surgery to fail) slip out, and Director Jin scolds his son.

Ji-hong hands his father the DNR form, and wonders if he has to go this far. Director Hong wants to prepare for the worst-case scenario, and tells him not to think too hard about it.

The day of the surgery arrives, and Ji-hong and Director Hong take turns lecturing Yoon-do. Hye-jung can’t help but laugh, and says that they match so well. Tae-ho comes in to check on Director Hong before his surgery, and offers to lift the director’s spirits. Director Hong asks for a song, and Tae-ho initially says that it would be too embarrassing in front of his juniors… but then starts to clap and sing.

Yoon-do and Hye-jung prepare for the surgery, while Ji-hong waits outside like a regular guardian, and Tae-ho watches from the viewing balcony. Once the surgery starts, Tae-ho turns on the microphone and starts micromanaging, giving them directions on every move. Even Hye-jung notices his interference, and finally, Yoon-do snaps, throwing aside his surgical tools.

Tae-ho yells at Yoon-do for suddenly stopping, but Tae-ho tells him to do it himself if he’s going to continue shouting commands from above. After a pause, Tae-ho apologizes, and the surgery resumes. In the meantime, Ji-hong nervously waits outside, wringing his hands.

Back in the surgery room, Yoon-do’s first attempt yields no results, but in his second try, the procedure works. Soon, Hye-jung comes out to tell Ji-hong about the results, but he doesn’t need to hear it since it’s written on her face: The surgery was a success.

Tae-ho comes out with Yoon-do right behind him, and Ji-hong shakes Yoon-do’s hand. He offers to buy dinner, since he promised, but glancing at Hye-jung, Yoon-do says that he doesn’t need it. Tae-ho interrupts, asking if he’s included in the offer, and Ji-hong jokes that he isn’t.

Young-kook calls Hye-jung to update her on a patient, and Hye-jung asks where he is. She enters the residents’ office, and sends Joong-dae on menial tasks which he finishes quickly, much to her disgruntlement. Unlike Joong-dae, Young-kook is quick on the uptake, and tells her to come out with it.

Hye-jung asks Young-kook to visit Soon-hee’s café frequently, acting like she’s doing this to promote her friend’s business and that she’s making the suggestion to all the residents. She knows that this is an absurd request, but Soon-hee’s her best friend. Hye-jung quickly excuses herself, completely mortified. On the other hand, Young-kook and Joong-dae find this new side of her charming.

After checking on Director Hong, Yoon-do and Hye-jung wait for the elevator together, and the doors open to reveal Seo-woo and Young-kook. After an uncomfortable silence in the elevator together, Seo-woo asks if Yoon-do is all right. He doesn’t know what she’s asking, but replies in the affirmative.

Seo-woo says that he’s fine after stabbing someone in the heart, and tells Hye-jung that this is the level of the person who likes her. The elevator finally reaches Hye-jung’s floor, but Yoon-do also gets off with her. Hye-jung reprimands him for following her, but Yoon-do says his actions were in self-defense.

Hye-jung doesn’t understand why he rejected someone like Seo-woo, but Yoon-do turns the question back to her: Why did she reject someone like him, then? He understands that she’s in a complicated position because of Seo-woo, but says she shouldn’t push him on Seo-woo just to save herself.

Back in the elevator, Seo-woo tells Young-kook that she’s done living her life for other people: She’s going to seduce men and become a femme fatale. Young-kook doesn’t believe she can do it because those kinds of people don’t make announcements; they just do it. Seo-woo says that Young-kook doesn’t know her very well because she’s already done it.

Ji-hong visits Director Hong, who’s sleeping, and he exits with Tae-ho to let his father rest. They joke with each other outside, but the mood turns somber when Tae-ho takes a phone call concerning Hye-jung. After hanging up, Tae-ho tells Ji-hong that Hye-jung was reported to the disciplinary committee.

Ji-hong meets with the auditor from before, and wonders why the situation was overblown. The auditor wanted to make things easy, too, but the informant was too powerful. Ji-hong asks if the informant was more powerful than him, and he tells Ji-hong that it’s Seo-woo.

Hye-jung meets with Tae-ho in his office, and he asks about the bribery charges against her. She explains the situation, and Tae-ho believes her, though he doubts others on the disciplinary committee will be as understanding as him. He tells Hye-jung that it’s better to avoid actions that can incite misunderstanding, and warns her that, in the worst-case scenario, she’ll be fired.

Hye-jung walks down the hallway and notices Ji-hong staring out into space. When he sees her, he tells her not to worry too much over the hearing, but she’s not worried since staying at this hospital was never her end goal.

She asks him if everything about her is okay for him, and he says that it is. She calls that a fantasy, and Ji-hong wonders why she’s acting prickly towards him all of a sudden. She says, “Just because,” and leaves Ji-hong looking troubled.

Nurse Su-jin runs up to Kang-soo to let him know about Hye-jung and the trouble she’s in because of the car. Kyung-joon thinks that Hye-jung is reaping what she sowed, but Young-kook warns that Kyung-joon might be hit with a boomerang.

Yoon-do arrives just then, and yells at everyone for gossiping at work. Yoon-do catches Kyung-joon mumbling to himself, and asks him about a patient. When Kyung-joon can’t answer, Yoon-do rebukes him, and orders Kyung-joon to follow him.

Once around the corner, Yoon-do asks what’s so important, and Kyung-joon explains Hye-jung’s situation, which surprises Yoon-do. Walking to his office, Yoon-do meets Ji-hong and asks if he knows. Ji-hong says that he does, knowing that Yoon-do is talking about Hye-jung.

Yoon-do also admits that he was rejected today, and after seeing Ji-hong’s lack of surprise, asks if he knew that was going to happen. Ji-hong explains that he’s known Hye-jung for a long time but he’s still in a “some” (flirting and not yet dating) phase with her. Yoon-do murmurs that Ji-hong is at a high level, and they both agree that it’s amazing that Ji-hong is at least in the “some” stage. Yoon-do asks Ji-hong to buy him dinner as consolation, but Ji-hong ditches him because he’s busy today.

Ji-hong meets with Chief Kim, who quickly panders to him. Meanwhile, Kang-soo updates his blog, which contains photos from their department celebration and his ongoing webtoon titled “Gangster Female Doctor.” His webtoon is popular, much to Joong-dae’s surprise.

Joong-dae and Kang-soo visit Soon-hee’s café, and Soon-hee greets Kang-soo as the “cute doctor.” She’s disappointed that Young-kook is absent, and leads them to a table. Being his normal, awkward self, Joong-dae tries to help Soon-hee by coming up from behind, but she’s only startled by his proximity. She tells him he can help by putting his face away. Kang-soo chuckles as he tries to pat Joong-dae, but he doesn’t want Kang-soo’s sympathy.

Ji-hong asks Chief Kim about Grandma’s surgery, and Chief Kim lies that he doesn’t remember. Ji-hong calmly states that it was an unusual case, so Chief Kim should surely remember it. His face falls, and he asks Ji-hong if he knows the guardian who barged into his office. Ji-hong lies that he doesn’t, and explains that he was close to the deceased, and Chief Kim makes an excuse that he’s suddenly very tired.

The next morning, Hye-jung visits Chief Kim, who’s upset to see her. He asks her about her relationship to Ji-hong, and she says that he has nothing to do with this case. Chief Kim scoffs that her answer differs from his, and tells her to leave because he finds her methods, of threatening him through Ji-hong, unpleasant. Incensed by this news, Hye-jung confronts Ji-hong at the hospital, asking why he interfered when she asked him not to.

Chief Kim reports to Myung-hoon and tells him that he can’t continue if this case involves Director Hong. Myung-hoon tells him to just listen to him, but Chief Kim only cares for his own livelihood. After hanging up, Myung-hoon wonders why Ji-hong is now involved in this.

On the roof, Ji-hong asks Hye-jung if she’s mad about him meeting Chief Kim. He thinks working together would be better, but Hye-jung asks why he doesn’t share his troubles with her, then. He says he doesn’t want to worry her, but Hye-jung argues that she feels the same way.

Ji-hong tries to reason with her that it’s his habit to solve his problems by himself, and tries to brush it off as an unimportant issue for their relationship. However, Hye-jung thinks this is crucial if they’re to start as a man and woman. She asks why she has to change while he’s allowed to continue his habits.

Hye-jung calls that a “nuisance love,” and she refuses to be a nuisance to someone else. She walks away from Ji-hong, and thinks to herself that in the past, he instilled an ambition in her to become a good person. However, a good person is different from a good man or woman.

 
COMMENTS

I’m so relieved that Director Hong survived, because his character seemed to have “death” written all over him. Granted, the show has only completed half its run, so he still has “death” written all over him. I hope that if the writer chooses to have him die, his death won’t be used as a plot point to further the hospital politics. Rather, I’d much prefer it to be a moment of character growth for Ji-hong, and a reflection about death and loss. Speaking of hospital politics, they continue to be a weak point compared to the overall story, but hopefully, if Tae-ho enters the fray and starts to be more active in that plotline, my interest will go up, too.

I felt like one of Episode 10’s weaknesses was the overly dramatic and manufactured tension. For me, it was most prominent during Director Hong’s surgery scene. I thought the conflict between Tae-ho and Yoon-do was interesting because I could relate to both, and have seen (in other medical dramas, so correct me if I’m wrong) things like that happening before. Thus, I think it’s the director—not the writer or actors—who’s responsible for the poor execution of that scene. It was portrayed as this tension-filled event where Yoon-do and Tae-ho are butting heads while a patient lies on the operating table, metaphorically, between them.

However, given the nature of Tae-ho’s character, it’s obvious that he’d quickly realize his mistake and apologize. Thus, the tension feels forced because this situation isn’t about Yoon-do and Tae-ho fighting with each other, but rather, Yoon-do confronting Tae-ho about his internal strife. It seems that Tae-ho was, almost subconsciously, dictating the surgery because he wants to do it himself, but emotionally couldn’t because the patient is someone he deeply admires. As a result, Yoon-do’s outburst helped Tae-ho relinquish his need to intervene as a surgeon and put his faith in another doctor like every other guardian.

I appreciated the conflict between Hye-jung and Ji-hong in the ending scene, and thought Hye-jung’s concerns were valid. Ji-hong always tells her to change and learn how to rely on others, but he continues to keep his own troubles bottled up. Ji-hong might think this is a non-issue, but I agree with Hye-jung that this needs to be addressed if they’re to start dating. The underlying problem Hye-jung is hinting at is the power imbalance in their relationship, which Ji-hong probably notices less than Hye-jung because he’s always the one in power. While their power dynamic might have been appropriate in their past relationship as teacher and student, it becomes problematic (especially to Hye-jung) if they want to shift to a romantic relationship. Despite Ji-hong’s many gallant actions, his interactions with Hye-jung are tinged with a teacher-like quality.

I think Hye-jung’s final statement about a good person not necessarily meaning a good man or woman applies to both of them. Just because Hye-jung has tried to become a good person, it doesn’t mean she thinks she’s a good woman. Vice versa, just because Ji-hong is a good person, that doesn’t mean that he’s a good man for her. Hence, it seems like a natural break in their courtship to confront this issue and get to know each other better. I see this temporary conflict and break as a healthy step in their relationship, and through communication and understanding, they’ll come out a stronger couple after this, both together and individually.

I also enjoyed Yoon-do’s response to rejection in this episode. I think that part of the appeal of good second-lead characters is their ability to accept defeat. While Hye-jung’s confession that she’d probably only start a relationship with Ji-hong clearly broke Yoon-do’s heart, he didn’t lash out at her or act clingy. He was understanding and didn’t force his feelings onto her. As a result, we got to see an inkling of a bromance forming between Yoon-do and Ji-hong. Now that Yoon-do has learned that he can’t rival Ji-hong for Hye-jung’s affection, he’s starting to feel a mutual bond with him over the hardships of falling in love with someone as amazing, and amazingly hardheaded, as Hye-jung. I also thought it was adorable how Yoon-do said that Ji-hong was at a much higher level than him. If this were Pokémon GO, Hye-jung would be Gyarados, and Yoon-do has only just started catching Magikarps while Ji-hong has at least 200 of the 400 required. Sorry, I had to slip at least one reference in here; it’s my inner nerd showing.

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after all the long screen time for jisoo last week, and the previous episode ending voice-over narration about emotions of being a family vs. a doctor, i really thought that they were going to kill of papa director hong and was ready to go “ OH no you didn’t” and i’m so glad that didn’t happen. BUT, ugh you did not just wish for an unsuccessful surgery and death on hong hong hong’s father, president jin. now i want ki ha-myung to cross over and do an exposé on this shady doctor.

i really want to root for seo-woo and understand that it stems largely from her over sheltered childhood and coddling as a child, but her inferiority complex is just really petty and (as a 30 year old doctor!) does she not think about the consequences? reporting hey-jung for the car is like a redux of her spreading the rumours in high school, except that jobs are now on the line.

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Totally disappointed by Seowoo's immaturity. It's really pitiful.

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I agree with you on your comments about Seo Woo.
The fact that:
- she thinks reporting Ji Hong Hye Jung then, and reporting Hye Jung now,are the right things to do... and
- her decisions happen because others treat her badly
really bothers/irritates/annoys me!

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Falling in love with the second lead! Adorbz Siberian Husky! *kyaamode*

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LOL at the pokemon go metaphor

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*clapping so much for Hye-jung's speech in that last scene*

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me two! it totally stood out for me. hye-jung fighting!

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love this and that last scene she did made an impact hye-jung fighting

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One of the (many) reasons why I enjoy this drama so much...yes, there might be a lot of cheese but the voice-overs inserted in and at the end of the episodes are just so so true to life.

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Urgh, I need to double check before posting because apparently my brain works faster than my fingers today. Should be "but scenes like this and the voice-overs..."

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I always see people compared about the cheese in this drama but isn't it like that in most kdramas?
And the drama barely even focuses on the romance at this point... so I'm quite confused.

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Me three!

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so do i.it isnt that cheesy.are we watching the same drama?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Seo Woo. Ugh. I want this girl to wake up so bad! I feel like someone she cares about and trusts needs to shake her very hard and yell 'wake up! You're doing this to yourself!' in her ear. She's infuriating.

Loved the end conversation, well done Hye Jung. It needed to be said for the couple to have a chance at an equal relationship.

Please don't push Soon Hee and Joong-dae together. I just can't.

I'm really not interested in the hospital politics plot but I accept that it has to happen for antagonists to move us all along. Whatever happens please let Daddy Hong last the distance.

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Though I do not condone SW's behavior, I can understand why she acts in this way. She mistakenly thinks that the world is revolving around her, and when she is not getting what she wants, she blames those around her for intentionally causing her sufferings.

She did give HJ a final chance to reconcile, but was misled by HJ's silence as the ultimate rejection, as she thought HJ's main purpose of coming to work in the hospital was to spite her. It is really foolish of her to inflict pain on herself by setting her mind to be a femme fantale when she doesn't have what it takes to be really evil.

Luckily Young Gook has always been by her side to counsel her and provide an impartial view of things. He genuinely has her interests at heart when he sternly criticized her for not looking like a doctor. So she is probably not beyond redemption, but I'm not totally sure how she will react when her dad and grandfather eventually get their comeuppance.

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The fact that breezy Young Gook is looking more and more solemn whenever he's around Seo Woo is pretty telling. I don't know how he's going to do it, but it looks like he's going to be the key to snapping her out of her self-absorption.

I appreciate that Young Gook's role in Seo Woo's life is not clear-cut. He might have romantic feelings for her, he might not. She's driven by a need for recognition in her career, while he's apparently happy to take the slow road. And he is stating his support for her in a way that she's taking as her due, but sound a lot more like a warning when you take a look at his face. I think Seo Woo has been taking Young Gook lightly, and she's in for one hell of a wakeup when he decides she's gone too far and he's ready to torch their friendship in order to save her from herself.

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Seo Woo's idea of reconciliation would have been total capitulation on the part of Hye Jung. She said before that she saw Hye Jung turning up at the hospital as an attack on her and if it wasn't her intent she should prove it by leaving. What?! This isn't a tussle over the last tube of fuchsia lipstick on the shelf. Hye Jung is a professional adult with career and education goals. Why would she invest any effort in a 13 year old rivalry over a crush and a midterm grade. Seo Woo is so self centered that it is infantile. Holding on to every resentment and petty grudge is so unattractive.

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I didn't take her conversation as a final chance to reconcile. SW has no intention of reconciling and knew when she strongarmed HJ into telling her the "real reason" she's at the hospital that HJ would not tell her. And why would she? To me it was just more manipulation because now she can say, to herself and others, that she extended an olive branch (covered in spikes) and HJ refused.

I want to like SW more than I do, but they're not doing much with her character. I guess we're supposed to feel like she's a product of her upbringing and her dad, but at this point she's just annoying and uninteresting. At least the "evil" girl in Sassy Go Go showed some remorse, and we were reminded that it was her mom who kept steering her towards the wrong path. This is just a case of everyone around her who keeps brushing aside her immaturity and illogical thinking. Even when someone speaks up, she doesn't take anyone seriously.

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i agree that they're not doing that much with her character. while her upbringing does provide insight into how she developed into who she is, i do not feel like she is nearly as complex or interesting to watch as Chae Soon Bin's character in Sassy Go Go. i initially hated that character so much that i kind of refused to truly understand her until i rewatched the show.

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" She doesn't have what it take to really be evil." hahahahahaha You have to be joking? She purposely tried to ruin three peoples lives all because her teacher gently rejected her. She allowed Hye Jung to get arrested and was going to let her rot in jail out of spite and then was going to let Soon Hee rot in jail for sticking up for Hye Jung. She ruined Ji Hongs career and labeled him a pedo all over the schools website. She has never once admitted or even thought for one second that she was wrong. She is always the victim, poor Seo woo. People need to stop babying her and saying oh its just because her daddy blah blah blah. No one forced her to do anything she always made her own choices. Even now as an adult her immediate response to Hye Jung working at the hospital was Poor Seo Woo once again being attacked by Hye Jung. On her first day Seo Woo was trying to spread rumors about Hye Jung. She has been called out by multiple people and told to grow up and stop being so vindictive to Hye Jung but she doesn't listen. Obviously they are wrong and don't see how tortured she is, even though Hye Jung doesn't even speak to her. Her character is one dimensional and shows no growth or depth. The actress is fine, its just the script.

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Scariest thing about SW is her inability to take rejections or any perceived slight. Danger to all who dare to refuse her affections. She reminds me of guys who can't take no and gets even more violent to push what they want. She might not be evil 'evil', but this type of self entitlement is dangerous because she can't control herself, is beyond logic or sound mind, and the scariest thing imho is the underlying urge to spread her hurt around, magnified by the tenfolds if she can do it. If SW can't be happy because you can't give what she wants, she'll make you suffer and you have to be even more miserable than her. Misery loves company.

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Agreed, the part that boggles my mind is that Hye Jung doesn't even pay attention to Seo Woo. She talks to her in a professional sense but for the most part they don't interact. Seo Woo is doing all of this for no reason. She is literally keeping a flame alive form high school and using it to justify her actions as a 30 yr old woman!

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Yes. It is character building by the writer.

I have to compare Seowoo to my favorite highschool friends-turn-lady-frenemies pair in I Hear Your Voice. Hye Sung and Do Yeon hates each other but they compete head on and fight fair. They have history that bonds them strongly and one moment makes their lives turn apart. But deep inside they both care for the other's well being and appreciate the other as lifetime rivalry (or I might say - "Bff" but they are both too proud to admit haha). I can understand Do Yeon and her choices and why she hates Hye Jung. I never hate her. I wish they wrote Seowoo into similar type of 2nd lead and let the woman frenemy friendship blossoms. In this drama, Seowoo is indeed 1dimensional and so unreasonable, Hye Yung doesnt even care about Seowoo anymore. Nor do I.

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I'm a bit puzzled about soo chul disappearance this week. where is he? was he transferred somewhere else after the surgery? did I miss something?

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He might being transferred to the rehabilitation place, or something like that

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Maybe he's just gone without a closure :/

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LOL... I hope not!
We must see another HJ and SC reunion pls...

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Is it wrong for me to say that I'm only watching this drama for ji soo even if it's just a glance of his face ? *sigh*

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you and me both honey *hides face*

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Haha you're not alone! Though I like PSH, Jisoo is the main attraction for me in this series and his scenes are always the highlight for me. XD

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+1 ME TOO that's like the only thing I comment about, legit

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Urgh, please no, no mediocre storylines for my puppy. ?

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They thanked him for his guest appearance, you have to go to a certain male harem in an era long gone to find him, I believe. You also will find many more hot men there and a very lucky girl name IU surrounded by them.

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Lol at pokemon go reference...love that hyejung called out jihong's actions..

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I really appreciate how loyal Siberian Husky Yoon-Do is. He's such a different second lead than all the others I have seen. I love how determined and persistent he is and how he's not afraid to back down from things he feels strongly about. I love how he insisted on telling Hye Jung his feelings even though he knew he had a slim chance and that she probably wouldn't give him a chance. His reaction to her rejection was so refreshing. I love how he even though he was hurt by her rejection, he still understood her and respected her decision instead of forcing himself onto her.

I was very surprised at Yoon-Do and Triple Hong's interaction when Yoon-Do told Triple Hong that he was going to pursue Hye Jung. It's so refreshing to see the two main guys not butting heads and at each other's throat for a change. I love how honest Yoon-Do is and Triple Hong's reaction to him pursuing Hye Jung was just awesome! It's unlike any male lead I've seen before. I love how confident Triple Hong is and how much he appreciates Hye Jung especially after knowing he's not the only one after her.

I appreciate Yoon-Do because he's not a typical second lead. He has so much respect for Triple Hong and Hye Jung. Even after getting shot down, I love how he's still able to talk with Triple Hong and regard Triple Hong as being on a higher level than he is. It's okay, my Siberian Husky! You are in a very high level on my scale! ❤

(As you guys can tell, I love Triple Hong, but am suffering from second lead syndrome)

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I just need to ask, but is there any significance as to why Dr Hong is Hong Hong Hong in Hye Jung's phone? Is this a Korean slang for something? Really, really curious.

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I don't know Korean but thought she just saved it as Hong Hong Hong because his name already has two Hongs, so why not make it 3....just because. Hehe. I find it quite endearing. <3

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Someone needs to fire all these doctors cause all they do all day is flirt and fight...and what happened to my badass Hye Jung who don't take no crap from nobody?? I mean it's cool to be in love, like you do what you gotta do, but I feel like we lost Hye Jung like a few episodes ago?

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The drama is about humanity and growth. It's normal to see a lot of interactions between them.
Characters are one of the strongest point of this drama. They are multi-dimensional and their struggle and interaction feel real.

Hyejung is still badass self. She rejected 2 guys in 1 episiode. When will your other female lead? Does she have to hit people all the time to be baddass?

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Loving yoon do - I mean, who wouldn't? he's mature, direct and is not your typical overtly kind or scorned second lead.

On the extreme other end of the spectrum is Seo woo who is just being such a nuisance right now. I would hate her if I cared for her character but I don't. Sadly. :(

In an alternate doctors universe, I hope Seo Woo grew up from the high school fallout and had become so proudly excellent in her own way.

Also, what are the odds that both Seo Woo and Hye Jung majored in neuro? If Hye Jung's end goal was to get in the hospital, she could have been a general surgeon?

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I disagree, the whole confrontation at the end was not really about power balance. Ji Hong may be a sunny person but he is exactly like Hye Jung. Orphan, has fought the whole world alone and continues to do so. Its a very good and mature move on Hye Jung's part to ask him to start trusting her instead of trying to protect her all the time. If she has to accept his feeling of care, love and protection same goes for him, he has to let her be there for him when its time. They are taking baby steps forward and both have their fair share of flaws, its good that they are addressing it instead of avoiding it. It will and can only make them stronger. I was surprised by how Hye Jung seemed more mature than him for once. She is so far my favorite Park Shin Hye character and Kim Rae Won is love, always and forever will be my love.

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I love Hyejung character. She is everything a female lead should be- So real strong and sassy yet vulnerable with those she loves at the same time

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The best scene was definitely the last one. It's refreshing to see a tilt to a more balanced equilibrium in the budding relationship. For me, it has been too much I told you so I am your teacher by Triple Hong. Looking fwd to how the relationship will unravel in the next two episodes.

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This episode seem have a slow pace, which is good.
Many comments said it contains too much cheesiness, now it lessen but take more serious story lines.
After all still love my fave heroine HJ, and triple Hong as OTP they show us many sparks each episodes.

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People always complain there is too much romance and cheese when the OTP barely has their moments the last 4 episodes ...

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I just dropped by to fangirl over Yoon Do in this episode.
Mature and no-nonsense, yet frank and open like a child. Adorable.
*squeeeeeeeeeeeee*

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I actually am a little confused about the ending scene. I guess I didn't really see what the "argument" is about. I understand it is about trust and letting one care for another, but at the same time isn't it what they are doing already? The whole thing of doing things together, being there for each other, but she is mad that he wants to help her with gradma case? Did she not help him with his dad (held his hand, brought him food, surgery...). I don't think he rejected her help like she rejected his help. I agree both have to lean on each other but it seems to me that's what they're doing? They need to trust each other, but don't they already? It's like arguing but really you agree?

Anyways, maybe it's to show they need to evolve from "teacher/student" to man/woman, but it felt like a forced confrontation. There was no build up/tension to it.

Yes, being a good person is not the same as being a good woman/man/wife/husband/mother/father..etc. Those are roles that you have to grow into as well. Well, bring it on! I want to see them be a man and woman!

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in many comments you see people say hong is so superficial and has no depth to himself~ always all smiles like nothing has happened.
i think its just because hes more guarded than HJ and it makes a barrier between them that is bothering her.
she is like an open book to him yet he dosent let her see him through.she just want him to be more open to her and show her every piece of himself and not just his cheerful side because thats what real life is about.

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I'm liking all the characters except SW.

HJ is maturing and learning to trust JH. So, likewise, she expects JH to do the same. I can understand why she blew up at him at the end scene. Not only did he interfere when she told him she didn't want him to, but at the same time, Chief Kim thought that she had used JH to threaten him to get the info she wants. So, that basically made it look like JH purposely lied to Chief Kim about not knowing her and makes him think that she put JH up to this. I would be very frustrated and upset as well if someone accused me of doing something I didn't do. Also, since JH didn't tell her what he planned to do, they couldn't corroborate on the story and Chief Kim immediately discovered the lie that JH didn't know her. That's really bad and JH shouldn't have acted that way without consulting HJ. So, I'm glad she confronted him on these issues and that communication and trust should be two-way. If he's asking her to open up, yet he continues to keep things to himself, that's not fair. He needs to understand that if he expects her to lean on him, he should do the same.

I like HJ's character and when she tried to promote SH's restaurant, I found her cute and endearing like JD and YK. People are just naturally drawn to her. But why is KJ acting the way he does? What happened that made him not like HJ and almost seemed glad she got the audit?

YD is a refreshing second lead. I love his straightforwardness and simple mind in the sense that he quickly accepts the situation as is. He's not going to whine and cling to you for rejecting him. I like that he respects HJ and JH. I think they can develop a great comaradie while working together.

SW's actions disgust me. She hasn't changed one bit from high school and continues to feel entitled to the world and all the men's affections if liked by her. She's got a lot of growing up to do and pushing things with the audit just shows how petty and immature she is. Not gaining much sympathy from me. I can't stand people who set out to ruin others' lives no matter the circumstances. Her dad disgusts me even more by saying he's ambitious and would rather that Director Hong dies during his surgery. No moral compass whatsoever. Waiting for him and his dad to go down.

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OTT, I want Lee Sung Kyung's skin so much.

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first I like beautiful mind better than this drama BM deserves more credit any way not trying to defend sw but I kind of see where she is coming from she is a girl who have it all both of her crush fall for hj and everyone likes hj still she is a brat and I don't like her.I wish this drama good rating go to BM.

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You post in a wrong drama recaps then. Why bother post it here? BM will shorten into 14 episodes, you should cry it loud now!

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After seeing this episode, I see that their love life (or dating) is doing a 1 step forward, 2 steps back. It is good that HJ expressed her feelings of not sharing his worries with her. I liked the part where she expressed that she does not want to be in such kind of love which is torturous. But I see that she did not reflect about her actions either. She went to the abandoned building to help him rescue his honor and / or name / reputation. Did not disclose about the pain of her step mom and dealing with her father. Never said a word. How can she say that only he did not disclose? Maybe the writers knock some sense into her also. She cannot act high and mighty.
She was right about the things that need to change. not just from him, but also from her.

SW is nothing but petty about complaining about HJ. She cannot stand that HJ can achieve things that she could not. This is how she was raised by her parents. Even love is like a business. Most girls look up to their dads, and both the fathers imho are scum. HJ father allowed her step mom to abuse her, abandoned her and finally want to be respected by her. SW father treats everything like a businesss - as long as he gets rich irrespective of who or what he tramples on , he is just fine. Life should trample on him and his family. I vote for death to the sr. Jin, suspension to both Jr. Jin and Ms SW Jin. How about that? His wife should file for divorce and move out and let these two scums deal by themselves.

Why did the disciplinary committee only question HJ? Why not SW ? How did she hear about it. How does she know that HJ kept the car? What actions did she see that prompted her to think that HJ kept the car? In the comittee, I wish Hong bring out all these questions and punishes SW for reporting without any basis along with HJ (if she gets punished). Everybody should share the pain.

Where is Injoo ? I want to see her and HJ realize that JH loves her and learn to accept his love. I want to HJ being jealous of JH spending time with Injoo. I like that JH being overprotective of her, and is endearing. I wish I had someone like that - protecting my back and being a team player.

I also want JH truly apologize to HJ and ask her help on how to share both his worries and his happiness. I wish there is some forward movement in their love dating with this coming forward and their bond getting stronger.
Why would anyone want to pair the Boss (mafia) or Jisoo (bum with a child) with HJ. She is pretty successful in a profession and loves JH and their love is mutual. Both are not a good match for HJ.

Waiting for the next one....

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YD- a big siberian husky, so lovable! I would take him home to cuddle.

JH-a happy and energetic beagle. He would be fun to play with in the park.

HJ-deciding between which dog to play with and throwing them a bone here and there. What a lucky girl! :)

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I want to have the white printed long sleeve Jung yoon do wore in the elevator (episode 10) but it seems to be very rare. Can you suggest a store for me?

Sorry in advance for ruining your mood.

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