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Doctors: Episode 17

We get back on track with Hye-jung’s homework in finding the truth behind Grandma’s death, but the importance of the truth seems relative. After all these years, Hye-jung must decide how to deal with the facts from a distant yet formative moment in her past. While she makes progress on her homework, our doctors are busy taking care of lil’ puppy Kang-soo. Puppies Doctors get sick too, but Kang-soo causes everyone to care a little too much. It’s kind of adorable.

 

 
EPISODE 17 RECAP

We begin with a quick throwback to Myung-hoon’s surgery on Grandma. Hye-jung narrates: “A truth that cannot be punished through law, a truth that relies on good conscience — I have come this far for a sincere apology.” While Myung-hoon performs surgery, Grandma’s blood pressure begins to drop. He orders his assistants to cut open her abdomen, causing the Grandma to go into cardiac arrest. Though (then assistant) Chief Kim tries to resuscitate her, Grandma loses her life on the table.

As the line goes flat, Myung-hoon closes his eyes in disappointment, and Hye-jung continues: “I don’t know how my life will change after knowing the truth.”

Back in the present, Hye-jung faces the board in her disciplinary hearing and starts out with an unexpected expression of gratitude. She thanks the board for allowing her to realize that she holds an important position in Guk-il Hospital’s public image. She considers it an honor.

Ji-hong smiles briefly and continues with the hearing. When asked about her absence when the VIP politician lost consciousness, Hye-jung defends her actions by explaining the urgency of her surgery. She asserts that she acted appropriately and does not believe she committed any wrongs. The rest of the board nods in agreement, sans Myung-hoon, of course.

The neurosurgery department nurses and Joong-dae discuss Hye-jung’s unfair hearing, pointing out that Seo-woo is immune to punishment thanks to her father. The nurses stop Joong-dae from speaking any more just in time for Seo-woo to walk into the conversation. She notices their awkward silence, and Joong-dae explains that they were just lamenting Hye-jung’s situation. Seo-woo sends Joong-dae away to check a patient, and she’s called into her father’s office.

Myung-hoon tells Seo-woo of his plans to reveal a file right before Hye-jung’s hearing decision. Seo-woo opens the file and sees their past scandal in high school. She demands that her father cover this up, but he wants to use this trump card. Trying to convince her, Myung-hoon says that he couldn’t sleep after he slapped her and that he loves her very much. Unwilling to relive painful memories from her youth, she says that she’ll die if he reveals any of this past scandal.

Seo-woo walks into the fellows’ office as Hye-jung packs up her things, in case of an unfavorable hearing decision. She asks Hye-jung if she blames her, and Hye-jung surprisingly confirms that she does. But she adds that blaming her doesn’t fix the problem, so rather, she’s blaming it on bad luck.

Seo-woo admits that for a moment, she thought Hye-jung was just like her with her emotional response, but alas, she acknowledges that Hye-jung is different. Hye-jung wonders if everyone around Seo-woo responds with resentment in these situations, and Seo-woo nods. Hye-jung asks that Seo-woo not criticize her for being different from those around her, and Seo-woo denies this. In fact she says that even in the past, she’s aspired to be like her. She half-jokes that it must be great to be a good person and leaves her to her packing.

Director Jin enters Myung-hoon’s office to ask if the hearing was really necessary (it really wasn’t). Myung-hoon claims that it’s just a reminder to the staff to be more alert, but Director Jin doesn’t have a good feeling about this. He’s been feeling antsy ever since they caused the audit and warns his son to be careful. That, sir, is called your conscience.

The board members begin their discussion on the decision. Tae-ho argues that a warning would suffice, but Myung-hoon demands that they fire Hye-jung. Ji-hong says that it’s unfair to use Hye-jung as a scapegoat for the whole neurosurgery department, and Myung-hoon pointedly asks if Ji-hong is including personal feelings in this discussion. Ji-hong gives the question right back to him, and that shuts him up.

Kang-soo enters the break room, and Kyung-joon immediately reminds him to take a patient’s CT scan. As Kang-soo turns around to follow orders, Kyung-joon rubs more salt on the puppy’s wound — asking if he forgot again, criticizing him for leaving his mind elsewhere and drawing webtoons. Instead of arguing back, Kang-soo remains silent and attends to his duties.

Ji-hong greets Chief Kim in the lobby, and Chief Kim notes his friendliness. He asks Ji-hong if his offer still stands, and Ji-hong responds favorably.

Hye-jung receives a call from Ji-hong, who tells her that he has two pieces good news and one piece of bad news. They meet, and Hye-jung asks for the good news first. He starts with the first piece of good news — he’s telling her the hearing decision, since it’s better to hear it from him. But bad news: She’s suspended for a month.

Hye-jung remains optimistic and says that the suspension is much shorter than expected, and Ji-hong compliments her composure during the hearing. She says that she wanted to show Myung-hoon that she’s matured over the years. For the second piece of good news, they decide to move to another location, and Hye-jung quickly stops by the ICU to check on the pregnant patient.

When she arrives at the ICU, Kang-soo is already checking on the patient. Hye-jung tells Kang-soo not to feel too bad and reassures him that her month-long suspension is nothing. She tells him to take good care of the patient while she’s gone, and Kang-soo forces a smile.

Yoon-do yells at Kyung-joon about a patient’s wound inflammation, and Kyung-joon claims to have ordered Kang-soo to redress it. Joong-dae quickly runs off to take care of the situation, and Yoon-do continues to scold Kyung-joon for his incompetence as Chief Resident.

Kang-soo sees this and runs over to claims responsibility, but Kyung-joon pulls him aside and scolds him even more. He blames Kang-soo for Hye-jung’s suspension, and when Kang-soo remains silent, Kyung-joon demands a response. After holding in all his emotion, Kang-soo erupts at Kyung-joon to stop and apologizes. He says that he’s been remaining silent because he’s too sorry.

Kang-soo walks away, but his vision begins to blur and falls into a seizure. Kyung-joon and Yoon-do urgently rush to his side. Later in the meeting room, Yoon-do looks over the brain scans of Kang-soo’s meningioma with the residents, who suddenly realize Kang-soo’s symptoms in retrospect — the painkillers, his zoning out, and passing out at the department dinner.

Yoon-do checks on Kang-soo with Young-kook and Joong-dae as he wakes up. Kang-soo smiles with embarrassment and remains a lovable lil’ puppy despite the pain above his left eye. He self-diagnoses his absences seizure and presumes that he experienced one when he answered the call from the VIP nurse, since he has no recollection of the call. They let him rest, and Young-kook holds Kang-soo’s hand in encouragement before they leave.

Ji-hong and Hye-jung go on an evening walk, and Hye-jung jokingly comments on the perks of unemployment. She asks for the second piece of good news, but Ji-hong wants to wait a little longer for the suspense. Meanwhile, Yoon-do has returned to his apartment and prepares a drink for himself. Uncle Pa-ran enters, and Yoon-do asks about Auntie In-joo. Turns out, she’s returned to her home since all her interior work is finished.

Pa-ran shows sympathy for the Yoon-do’s department and Hye-jung’s unfortunate suspension, but Yoon-do doesn’t worry about Hye-jung since he knows she’s resilient. Pa-ran asks how Yoon-do ended up liking Ji-hong’s girlfriend and offers to introduce him to the prettiest of his connections. But Yoon-do declines and says that he’s enjoying his feelings right now. Pa-ran nods and figures that love is no common emotion.

He asks Yoon-do how strongly he feels, and Yoon-do explains that he’s even wanted to join the hospital board, despite his aversion for politics. Pa-ran cracks a smile, saying that Ji-hong should be nervous, and they toast to that.

Ji-hong and Hye-jung sit on the dock in silence as they fish, and Ji-hong notes that he always wanted to go home during these prolonged silences. He constantly needed to be doing something, but now he likes the silences and can understand his father. Hye-jung wonders why they understand people better when separated than when together, and Ji-hong just reminds her to be good to him while he’s around.

Ji-hong finally shares the second piece of good news that Chief Kim reached out to negotiate. Hye-jung asks what Chief Kim wants in exchange for Grandma’s anesthesia records, and Ji-hong says that Chief Kim has been given an option to choose a different path in exchange for the records. He says that Hye-jung should just accept the records to ask Myung-hoon for an apology and leave the rest to Ji-hong.

Hye-jung can’t accept this set-up easily and gets up to walk away. Ji-hong chases after her and tells her that Grandma pleaded that he take good care of Hye-jung. He says that he wants to ask Grandma if he’s doing well. Hye-jung turns to him and tearfully affirms him for doing a good job.

Ji-hong shows Hye-jung the key chain he always hung on his backpack and explains that it was the key chain for the apartment he lived in before his parents passed away. He says that his parents died because the delay caused by those involved in the accident resulted in his parents missing the golden time for treatment. He says he wanted to destroy the world for destroying his happy family.

Ji-hong says that he doesn’t believe in tomorrow — only this moment right now is important because he could die tomorrow. He presumes that Grandma wanted Hye-jung to be happy, not give up today to reveal the truth behind her death. Hye-jung says seeking this truth is living today for her, and Ji-hong knows. That’s why he’s been helping her and says that it’s almost at the end.

Kang-soo wanders around the hospital and asks Joong-dae for something to do because he’s so bored. Kyung-joon looks at him regretfully, and when Kang-soo asks him for any orders, he says that he’s got nothing and walks away.

Ji-hong calls Kang-soo into his office and scolds him for lying about the MRI he showed him before. He suggests surgery, and though Kang-soo voices his concerns about the risks, Ji-hong tells him not to think about the negatives. Then, Kang-soo receives a call from Yoon-do, who offers to schedule a surgery this week, especially for him. Kang-soo comes out of his office and looks at both offices, conflicted about whose offer to take. He decides to go into Tae-ho’s office and ask for advice.

Ji-hong calls Chief Kim about his decision. It comes off as impatient, but Ji-hong argues that a fast decision is best in this situation. Chief Kim says that he’ll think about it for a bit longer, since Myung-hoon’s offer also still stands. Ji-hong advises that he think it through long and hard, since this decides the next twenty years.

Yoon-do orders Kyung-joon to schedule Kang-soo’s surgery, and Young-kook notifies him that Ji-hong already scheduled a surgery for Kang-soo. They’ve both taken on the responsibility, so it’s up to Kang-soo, who’s now looking up the surgical procedure in the break room. Kyung-joon enters the room and tries to avoid him, but Kang-soo catches him before he leaves. He asks Kyung-joon why he’s been avoiding him, and Kyung-joon apologizes. He’s sorry for hitting his head all those times, especially now that he knows of his condition.

Joong-dae and Young-kook enter the room and greet Kang-soo. Joong-dae asks who he’s going to receive surgery from, and Kyung-joon scolds him for his inappropriate excitement for surgery. He silences them by asking which one of them will be entering the surgery, and Kang-soo tries to lighten up the mood by asking for volunteers to raise their hand. No one does, and Kang-soo jokes that he’s a bit disappointed. They don’t have the heart to operate on their first-year and apologize, making Kang-soo tear up again.

Hye-jung works at Soon-hee’s cafe, and Ji-hong arrives with the long-awaited records. He says that he’s done everything he can for her and hopes that she will become more at ease. She smiles and thanks him.

Kang-soo looks at himself in the mirror and compliments his looks before cutting his hair himself. He cries and gives himself words of encouragement before shaving his head, but he can’t hold back his tears as the reality of his surgery sinks in.

The next morning, Hye-jung meets with Pa-ran and brings him the records. He narrates the surgery for her: After a major vein ruptured, they opened the abdomen. This was followed by a cardiac arrest, which was caused by excessive bleeding. Then the cardiac arrest resulted in a table death.

Hye-jung says that she knows how to read the records up to that point, so Pa-ra gives her a professional reading. He says that the laparoscopic surgery was an experimental decision, since the procedure wasn’t standardized then. He finds it strange that they didn’t cut open the abdomen soon after the vein rupture despite all the bleeding. Hye-jung asks if it was based on the doctor’s judgment, but Pa-ran doesn’t know and suggests that she talk to the surgeon in person.

Based on his interpretation, Pa-ran says that the surgeon tried a new surgical procedure, accidentally ruptured a major vein, but didn’t resolve it in time to save the patient. Hye-jung has heard what she needs to hear — that the surgeon made a wrong decision that resulted in Grandma’s death.

As Hye-jung exits the hospital, she runs into Myung-hoon in the lobby. He comments on her great passion as a doctor, seeing that she visits the hospital while on suspension. Hye-jung says that she’s visited the hospital to finish up the homework that Myung-hoon assigned and reminds him of her identity from thirteen years ago.

Myung-hoon invites Hye-jung into his office and says that he’s been waiting for her to reveal herself. Hye-jung catches Myung-hoon speaking in banmal to her and requests that he speak to her in jondaemal because she wants to keep her distance. She continues by reminding him of the challenge to prove his guilt in the surgery in order to get an apology and shows him the anesthesia records. Even with this records on the table, Myung-hoon refuses to accept that his guilt. He claims that he tried his best in the surgery and says that people can make mistakes.

Myung-hoon continues to argue that he made an honest mistake despite trying his best and tells Hye-jung that she should have a more mature mindset as a neurosurgeon now. He decides to apologize, since mistakes are still wrongdoings and figures that he’s settled the debt between them. He continues the conversation by commending her relationship with Ji-hong and advising her to live life happily.

His shameless lack of remorse appalls Hye-jung, and she admits that she underestimated Myung-hoon. She naively thought that an apology would suffice, but she feels even more offended after he apologized. She says, “My expectation of a beautiful apology from the offender to the victim must have been wrong.” Hye-jung decides to leave for today, and Myung-hoon says that Ji-hong and everyone else will respond in the same way. He adds that it would be better if she never return to the hospital, asking if she really wants to work at a hospital that he runs.

Hye-jung rages in the bathroom and decides that she’ll have to play it his way. Outside, she finds Ji-hong waiting to hear about the encounter and asks him if he knows any capable lawyers. She’s decided that she needs to find any possible legal consequences. Ji-hong crosses his arms and asks if she can just stop here because Grandma’s unresolved death seems to hold her back. Hye-jung becomes defensive and says that Myung-hoon predicted that Ji-hong would respond just like him. She feels frustrated that no one can understand her, even Ji-hong. In response, Ji-hong offers to introduce her to a lawyer and tells her to do it her way.

Before she leaves to meet with the lawyer, Hye-jung gets a text from Kang-soo that he’s getting surgery, joking that it’s because he made her go to a hearing twice now. Hye-jung responds with an apology that she can’t be there and promises to visit after his sugery.

Ji-hong finds Kang-soo in the stairwell and asks why he chose him as his surgeon. Kang-soo reasons that his surgery risks include loss of vision, so Yoon-do’s proposal for total removal of the tumor could be a greater risk. Ji-hong honestly tells him that the surgery doesn’t have major risks on his life, but it could end his career as a neurosurgeon if he loses his vision. Kang-soo pleads that Ji-hong prevent that from happening, since he’s survived up to this point with his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon. He wonders why life is so difficult for him, and Ji-hong pats him on the shoulder with encouragement.

Hye-jung meets with the lawyer and shows him the documents from Grandma’s surgery. He tells her that the case will be dismissed because the expired statute of limitations, but Hye-jung asks if there is any way to legally prosecute against Myung-hoon. The lawyer coldly states that she should have come to him earlier if she was this desperate.

Tae-ho finds out that Kang-soo postponed his surgery, so he goes to find out why. Kang-soo explains that he’s waiting for his younger brother and wants to see him before the surgery, since he could possibly lose his vision. Tae-ho assures him that the surgery will go fine, but Kang-soo says that he’s used to thinking about the worst case scenario.

Tae-ho reminds him that he’s not alone and says that this surgery is a fight against time — both he and the surgery team will have to endure twelve hours of operation. He nods and then hears his younger brother call out to him. Younger Bro salutes that he’s reporting to vacation time from the military, and Kang-soo salutes back.

In the hospital room, Younger Bro brags to Kang-soo about his culinary certificates and then asks if the surgery won’t allow Kang-soo to be a surgeon anymore. He says that he’s still proud of Kang-soo even if he’s not a surgeon and apologizes for all the times that he’s caused trouble. Kang-soo says that Younger Bro never caused trouble and takes a good look at his handsome brother. Aww, these two.

Ji-hong enters the operation room and tells his team to prepare for this long surgery. They begin, with Seo-woo serving as the assistant, and the neurosurgery staff wait anxiously. Younger Bro waits nervously, and while the department staff come and go from the viewing room, they constantly check the clocks thinking about Kang-soo. Almost eight hours into the surgery, Ji-hong is sweating and the team is understandably tiring out.

Meanwhile, Hye-jung continues to search for lawyers willing to represent Grandma’s case in court. The next lawyer she speaks to tells her the same thing — that the statute of limitation restricts any legal action. Plus, her family settled with the compensation, which lessens her credibility in trying to pursue legal action.

Ji-hong and Seo-woo take a break from the surgery to stretch, and from above, Young-kook points out that Seo-woo looks tired. Yoon-do orders him to replace her, but when he goes down to offer his help, Seo-woo insists that she’ll continue. She suggests that Ji-hong drink some water, but he refuses because he’ll have to use the bathroom. The dedicated duo continue with the surgery with more focus in the final stretch and finally complete the operation, much to the relief of their colleagues.

After the surgery, Ji-hong calls Hye-jung to tell her that Kang-soo’s surgery went well, but Hye-jung can’t hold back tears after a discouraging day. Ji-hong comes over to her place, and Hye-jung says that she misjudged her priorities and regrets not seeking legal action right after Grandma’s death. But she couldn’t do anything in her youth, and after waiting all this time to gain power, she can’t do anything now.

Ji-hong gets real with her and says that Hye-jung wouldn’t have gotten this far if she had lived solely trying to avenge Grandma’s death. He tells her that expecting a sincere apology from a person like Myung-hoon is asking too much. His fake apology to her is comparable to giving a lollipop to a crying child, and Ji-hong says that a sincere apology requires a fair compensation. Hye-jung vows to get that fair compensation: “I’m going to kill him. To catch a monster, I’ll have to become a monster.” Ji-hong cringes, and so do I.

Ji-hong offers to do the dirty deed for her and asks for time to wrap up his life, since he’ll have to spend the rest of it in prison. Hye-jung knows that he’s trying to talk her out of this, and he calls her smart for understanding his message. Trying to convince him, Hye-jung points out the time between Director Hong’s loss of consciousness and the nurse discovering him. Ji-hong knows and admits that he’s suspicious as well, but he doesn’t let that consume his life because he knows his father wouldn’t want that for him.

Hye-jung challenges his assumption, but Ji-hong asserts that parents want their children to be happy. He says, “Revenge, destruction, punishment — I’m not absorbed by these things. I already feel wasteful trying to do everything I love today. Because there’s no tomorrow for me.”

Hye-jung just stares back at Ji-hong and narrates: “I thought the world would change when the truth came out. But the world did not change.”

 
COMMENTS

Well, there we have it: an uncharacteristic climax of angst for our heroine. The last scene was particularly strange for me, watching Hye-jung vow to kill Myung-hoon for fair compensation. I didn’t believe for a second that she was serious because the overall character arc of Hye-jung wouldn’t permit her to commit such a deed. Plus, the music didn’t set the mood that she was actually serious. But her conviction to eye-for-an-eye revenge is something new, and I’m not a fan. We’ve known that Hye-jung has been dedicated to finding the truth behind Grandma’s death to receive proper acknowledgement of wrongdoing from Myung-hoon, but you can’t expect such moral things from such an indecent human. She set the bar too high, and I was expecting her to elevate herself as opposed to stooping to his level. I’m frustrated with Hye-jung as a character and hope this is just a phase in her realization of Myung-hoon’s proud incompetence. Hye-jung knows better than to go down that rabbit hole of angst — she’s been doing so well!

It’s a good thing Hye-jung has a level-headed partner hypothetically willing to go the prison for her, but more importantly, a partner who knows how to communicate effectively with her. Though I wasn’t a big fan of Ji-hong’s direct and aggressive romantic advances, I’ve generally approved of his direct — sometimes blunt — communication. He’s willing to butt heads with Hye-jung and play devil’s advocate a little bit all while supporting her. And in this particular case, I’m with Ji-hong in persuading Hye-jung to let it go. He’s lived through his fair share of unfair experiences, and I found that his maturity stood out particularly in this episode. He’s accepted the fact that he’s unable to change his past, so he lives authentically in every moment. Of course, it must have taken him time to get to this point, and I think the wisdom he’s trying to instill into Hye-jung can only be learned through personal experience and over time.

It was interesting to watch Kang-soo’s surgery unfold in parallel to Hye-jung’s story. I actually think Kang-soo’s surgery storyline made me even more frustrated with Hye-jung because it showed how disconnected she was with the present. Everyone in the neurosurgery department was deep to their necks with worry for the surgery while Hye-jung kept beating a dead horse trying to find legal representation for Grandma. I just wished she cared a little more because it was so heartwarming to see the care and investment from the neurosurgery crew.

Kim Min-seok really showed off his acting chops in this episode, and I was especially impressed with his commitment to shaving his head. That kind of scene is a one-take sort of deal, and he nailed the puppy dog tears. He’s emotionally present with his character, and I rarely find a moment of awkwardness seeing him as Kang-soo (though I did have a quick déjà vu moment with that military salute). He balanced his character with playful charm and a relatable fear of uncertainty. Get better soon, puppy, before you make your hyungs worried sick!

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ah rushing off to watch it

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so grandma appear in the early ep and bear the ending,
hope we'll get a flashback, I like the grandma

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I ❤️❤️❤️ my darling KimMin Suk! He totally owned this episode. My heart just about broke in the scene where he shaved his hair off. And the scenes with his donsaeng were too cute for words!

Btw - the actor that plays his younger brother was the prince in MoTW, right?

Well, one of the good things about Doctors is that it is a forum for lesser known actors to shine. If anything, I'm grateful for that.

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@Adal yep Kang Soo's dongsaeng was played by the same actor who was YH's twin brother (crown prince) in Mirror of the Witch. His name is Yeo Hoi Hyeon. You can check his bio here for other drama appearances http://mydramalist.com/people/9758-yeo-hoi-hyeon :) call me shallow but the first time I saw him on MotW, I thought he looks so handsome ? hope to see him in more roles in the future.

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@Bongsookie

Oooohh! Thanks for this link. I do agree he's so handsome, I'm developing a little crush on him lol. I hope to see him in more productions in future as well ;-)

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Haha me too! I think I have too many actor crushes lately - so many talented actors out there :P but he's definitely someone to watch out for with his looks and acting talent. I heard he did quite powerful performance in Memory. I have not watched the drama yet but his role impressed some people there! I think he has what it takes to make it big so I'm rooting for this guy :)

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Heavy.. heavy...
I felt sooo many emotion in ep 17. I was so angry. I felt for hyejung side. If i was her i will tke whatever way to make mH cry on the ground. Such a j*rk! Dont know if shin hye's acting wre so good to make me so upset like this or MH acting md me want to punch his face like thousand time.

Lucky im not hyejung who cn hold her grudge and anger. Arghhh!

I watched this ep for abt 20 minutes ago on sOne and i still have hard feeling and moody. T.T (and im a bit angry towards prof. Hong... ? even i know he is true after all)

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One more thing.. is gonna something bad ? Im not comfortable with some of ths writer dialog. Something abt, 'i dont believe tomorrow.' 'i could die tomorrow!'
'i dont want to feel regret...'
Please dont make Hong ssaem sick or whatever. Jjaeballl...
Enough with my little kitty --} kim min seok breaks my heart with his tears.. ?

Thank u dramallama!

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I think Kim Minsuk is having a great year. First, he was cast in two rating hits dramas and now he is gaining recognition for his acting. He was certainly a scene-stealer in the last two episodes and thus proved that he can do more than play the cute and funny puppy. I loved him since Shut Up Flower Boy Band, and I am excited to see him grow even more as an actor!

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On the contrary, I don't see Director Jin actions is due to his conscience but more to saving his n his son asses n scared people will know he is cause of papa Hong passed away

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I agree with the frustration on Hye Jung on this episode. I hoped the writers made her seem to care more of Kang Soo's situation. The puppy adores her so much, he deserves to be reciprocated. They tried to salvage it, I think, with the message he sent, but it's not enough. I actually found myself itching to press fast forward the episode to the scenes where it's just Kang Soo. I don't even care if I'll not understand the storyline about the homework. I even cared more of Seo Woo than Hye Joo, if I'll be honest. Dad needs to back off 10 kilometers away and I need my puppy to be okay. Not blind, tumor-free and just smiling giddily at all of us.

The concern of the whole Neurosurgery staff really bought it for me. And Kim Minseok, gawwwd. That scene where he was shaving his head? I can't bear to see it. I feel pain radiating all over my screen. I've always been rooting for him since SUFBB, but he shone best on this one. I hope to see him on a lead role soon.

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Not really getting this drama's legal/moral stance.

KS roamed around with full cognisance he had a life threatening tumor and put patients and his superior's job in jeopardy. We are supposed to forgive him cos he is an adorable puppy. Aww

MH committed an error during surgery. I presume a peer review panel revealed this which resulted in compensation being paid, which she took. Corporations/companies acknowledge liability this way. I know she was dismissed and not given proper notification by MH as a young girl but the pursuit of a 'sincere' apology seems a bit far fetched to me.

A crusade to prove that MH has been consistiently and criminally negligent, well that I can understand.

The plot/mystery of uncovering grandma's death is not thrilling enougn at this point.

Cat is cute but PSH is carrying this drama on sheer star power alone and I am impressed!

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The whole issue with MH was a non-issue. I know viewrs want him to pay for his mistake but the thing is in real world and in medical world Hye Jung's lawsuit will most likely always be settled with financial settlement which the parents graciously accepted and they were the adults in the picture. MH is an ass, granted but he is smart about worldly matters. So, this probably means, he has some iron-clad paper work protecting him should the can of worms in his past be opened again. Hye Jung, having been in the medical field for as long as she has is a bit to naive in that sense. Doctors make mistakes and for some of them the patient has to pay. It is unacceptable from the point of view of the party who was wronged but it is not uncommon in our reality and it does get settled with most of the times the concerned party paying for the damages and a non-disclosure agreement whether you like it or not. Did anybody here watch House anyway, remember when Chase screwed up royally or thirteen did during their test run as possible fellow under House or House crossed a line which was more often then you'd like to happen if you're at the receiving end of it or cleaning up his mess.
Its the harsh truth, the sooner she can let it go and accept that somethings are truly beyond our control and life's a damn bitch at times the better for her. I also agree that Ji Hong probably learned his lesson the hard way and with age after making his fair share of mistakes so I will cut her some slack. With age and more experience comes wisdom, I just had a hard time swallowing her reaction as a doctor who is supposedly 31.

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Thank you Moose. You have said exactly what has stuck in my craw about the whole KS situation. I know he's in shock from his diagnosis, but as soon as he found out he was having absence seizures he was obligated to remove himself from duty to protect his patients. What would have happened if he'd had another attack in a life-threatening situation? I don't care how cute people find him. He could have killed someone. From day one I've though he was irresponsible and coasted by on people thinking he was adorable. For example driving HJ's car without a licence. Deeply, deeply annoying. And now he's bemoaning life being unfair to him. Take a look around. Yes you've had it hard, but look at JH, HJ, not to mention all the patients you see every day. None of them have had it easy.

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I agree.

Watched this episode in much frustration ... KS putting patients in danger, HJ doing the martyr act in the hearing (seriously, how hard would it have been for Ji Hong to push the coverage-during-surgery question), a supposedly close neurology dept not stepping up to help HJ (shame on Young Kook in particular - you lost your good-guy badge), revenge-blind HJ not bothering to see KS in the hospital, HJ supposedly an adult AND a doctor not understanding malpractice & compensation, etc etc

Add in the overly heavy foreshadowing & weird angst at the end... ugh.

I should have been weeping along with the characters rather than banging the remote against my head.

Hoping (against hope?) for a strong finish.

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I completely understand. I am often confused or torn with what the drama is trying to say in terms of morals/ ethics. It seems strange that on one side, the negligence in Grandma's surgery is overemphasized as a horrible wrong (which it is, but thats another topic), especially with the characterization of MH. However, on the other side we see doctors who were designed for us to root for also act questionably and irresponsibly. We've seen some of our "good guys" focus on pride over patients and more. What does this tell us? That its okay is make mistakes as long as we're nice, cute people who feel sorry about it. Think about it. If it had been a character we liked who made a mistake that ended in a patient death and felt bad about it, would we still be as upset as we are at MH? Definitely not. In fact, I'd see some of the audience instead feeling for that character and saying that everyone makes mistakes. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this.

However, I will say that while I was also annoyed at KS lack of urgency in telling people about is diagnosis, I do understand why he didn't. Its hard to tell people. In a way, he might have just been in denial. I've experience this. If you start telling people, it becomes more real. In that moment you feel like its easier if its just in your head. If only you know. Once everyone else knows it becomes a big deal and then you have to start thinking about what your next steps will be and what the impact is. It was only after he told that they started to explore how this might affect his life and his ability to be a doctor. Having said that, I was also shouting at screen for him to TELL SOMEONE. ARGH. But still, props to KMS for his performance.

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Accepting the fact that you have tumor is a bit hard, Doctors are Human too, these are what are the basic thing that these Drama is showing us. They maybe can save lives but they cannot choose what kind of lives they will be having because of their own circumstances.

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Minsuk is killing it with his performance. The hair will grow back, Kang Soo-ah. And you have bromances to last a lifetime.

Not the best Hye Jung episode but as always I felt for her. Though, I can't tell if Seo's dad made a mistake during the surgery. But he is a jerk for not being sympathetic. I can't believe 18 was pre-empted.

I can barely look at my wallpaper. Who knew 12 pictures of KMS could be a sad thing?

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Honestly, in terms of mistakes, I don't really think Seo's dad made a mistake that would warrant any kind of legal consequence. From watching the episode, the only things he did wrong were not responding in time when the grandma was bleeding out and feeling unsympathetic toward Hye Jung. I think he had that huge ego, and with it being an experimental procedure that wasn't really common 13 years ago, he thought he could fix anything. When grandma started bleeding too much, you could see that he kept going with the procedure for a few seconds, or maybe minutes. They kept telling him she was bleeding way too much, and he finally told them to cut her open. I think his ego got in the way and he didn't want to acknowledge that he messed up. That's why he also covered up his other cases that went wrong, if you recall from a couple of episodes ago. His ego also prevents him from acknowledging or believing he did anything wrong. I hope, in the last 3 episodes, that he and his father get what's coming to them.

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I almost didn't watch this episode because the main storyline is just not grabbing my interest anymore. But the Kang-Soo storyline is the reason I tuned in this week, and I am glad I did. Kim Min-Seok's acting honestly made me really feel for the predicament of his character, and I just want Kang-Soo to have the happiest ending possible. I do wish he had actively made the choice to receive treatment though, rather than being "caught" and then getting treatment because he had to. Because if we are being honest, he was putting patients at risk because of his own stubbornness. But that is more to do with the writing (which if i don't like the main storyline, then I can't expect much from a side-story) than it is to do with the acting, which is what I tuned in for.

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Huh, it seems like some current dramas are trying to connect past dramas with theirs. First you have Woo Bin repeating his lines from Heirs to children in Uncontrollably Fond, now you have Min Seok with a brother from an army like he could be from Descendants of the Sun! Interesting throwbacks there...

That's it. Gi Baum changed his name and resigned from the military to become a doctor so that his brother could take his place. That's my headcanon.

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Kim Ki Bum did have an awful lot of questions about being an army surgeon if I recall correctly.

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Looks like this episode brought in a mix of opinion, to side Hye Jung or Ji Hong. And i gotta say i'm gonna side with Ji Hong 100% here. I mean she's not really thinking of killing him right?... She's supposed to be more mature and stronger than that.
(1) if you kill him, will anything change? Nope, then why bother? He will die , you end up in jail, you will be seperated from ji hong and will lead a lonely life again. Same situation faced 13 years ago.
(2) I'm pretty sure you as a doctor, swear by a hippocratic oath to save lives and not the other way around.
(3) I am actually kinda pissed off that she decides to visit the lawyers instead of seeing Kang Soo. I know that you'll have to pursue the revenge but make time for the people around you, for soon they may just dissappear before your last words.

Which brings me to JiHong, there's been a lot of foreshadowing lately, i'm hoping nothing really bad happens b/w them. Just let them be happy, go the countryside and settle there. About Kang Soo not informing anybody about his condition, it's pretty rough really to tell anyone about it, coming from me who had near death experience too. His brother is in military, and i think he states that he has his brother only which means his parents passed on. He should have just admitted to ward anyway although i really don't blame him for not telling anyone. It's not as easy as everyone thinks, as I too myself did not tell anyone about my condition at that particular time.

Lastly, just wishing to wrap up everything soon, hope it will be a strong ending. Who knows? Maybe they'll both return as teachers and be like, "Kids, did you know that Teacher Hye Jung was actually my student? And 13 years later, guess stuff just happens." Haha, would be kinda cute actually.

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Hmm.. I think that by killing, HJ rather meant that she is going to ruin MHs carrier or that sort. And by prison JH probably meant the ethical and moral consequences after lowering to the level of that sleaze ball. I don't think she's actually planning to murder a person. I mean, HJ is a fighter but I've noticed that she's only ever used martial arts for self-defense

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Not watching the show anymore, just reading the recaps.. but overall, a possible mistake that happened 13 years ago seems like a pretty thin premise to revolve the whole plot around. And at this late stage, even if she proves it was malpractice - so what? It is long past the time where she could really do anything about it.

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Really gotta agree with you on that. The only thing that really saved this drama was great acting from the cast and refreshing characters. KRW and PSH were way too good for this drama tbh and they (and puppies and cameos) basically kept the audience watching this drama. Had the leads been other actors, I doubt that they would have broken the 20% ratings or w/e. And the script-writer isn't exactly known to be that great.

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An addition: I still think that this was a good move from both KRW and PSH to accept this drama.

This was a different character for her and she really proved that she can shine alone (and she is not famous because of hot hallyu oppars). In addition, she carried 70% of the first third of the drama which was the time of rapid growth in ratings, and she got acknowledged for that, which hopefully will open up better acting opportunities for her.

As for KRW I know he did sweet rom-coms in the begging of his career, however after acting heavier roles lately, this was the perfect opportunity to display his skills as a leading romantic guy capable of making cheesy lines heart-fluttering.

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If you think about it if she proves it, she can help Ji Hong kick those two corrupt father and son off the board and out of the hospital cause they covered up the case and probably many cases so he never really got disciplined by the board well that's how I think of it

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She have to bypass this wonderful thing in the law : Statute of Limitations of cases. But as Ji Hong knew, and i guess everybody knew, the Statute of Limitations has expired so you can't do it by law. In 2015, SK abolished the law of Statute of Limitations on murder but i'm not sure if it is valid for cases such as medical practice cum murder.

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Yes, they keep saying Hye Jung's a doctor, and she's smart and savvy, and I've agreed wholeheartedly. Up till now.

She knew about the Statute of Limitations, she didn't know if any useable evidence would turn up in the report about her grandmother's operation, but for some reason, she thinks that she's entitled to a loophole? I'm pretty sure even a Google search would tell you you're out of options.

She didn't have to wait until she became a doctor at Guk-il Hospital - she could have asked these questions before the deadline expired, to cover her bases.

Please don't disappoint me next episode, Hye Jung. And go visit Puppy Kang Soo.

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+1

The writer is not afraid to put HJ in a bad light and show she has more growing to do. A good departure from the "perfect" hero/heroine stereotype.

Another departure is the "bad guy" isn't a "super villain" willing to go to extreme lengths like hiring assassins etc. what MH is or has done is not atypical in real life: big ego, cover up, unwilling to admit mistake. Even his supposed "crime" is pretty arguable even if HJ had all the facts 13 years ago. What we see hasn't really risen to the level of malpractice (IMHO, not a lawyer). A riskier laparoscopic procedure which has the benefit of less trauma to an elderly patient versus the risk of not having as good a visibility as open surgery. It is a grey area at best.

I feel that HJH is being a bit too "perfect". it may be better to have him also have some development and growth rather than literally being helicoptered into the present day already "perfect"

This is a slice of life romance so it is understandable that the major plot arc isn't some "save the world against super villain" scenario. Agreed with many commenters that, as an experienced doctor and surgeon, HJ should have had a more realistic approach despite her obsession over her grandmother's death. She behaves as though she had never made a difficult decision as a surgeon and have a bad outcome. Or made any mistakes either...

Drama is being carried by "star power" but it isn't badly written, acted or directed. Wishing for a bit more dramatic buildup towards the climax but a welcome change from overly dramatic plots (multiple personality disorders, super rich chaebol, evil mothers/uncle/cousin, hidden births, terminal illness, accident/amnesia, spunky but clueless heroines, etc etc) however, this is a major problem too, either string out the resolution of the major story line (boring) or (horrors!) throw in a last minute twist to add to the dramatic finish (sudden terminal illness, life threatening accident, ninja assassins)

Good ensemble cast, with fleshed out characters (as evidenced by the various comments on the different characters) With only 3 more episodes though, it is hard to see how the different character arcs get some resolution (although in keeping with slice of life, this may be the intent)

A good comeback drama for PSH (at 20%) which should solidify her position as a top bankable actress. Not quite the JJH level tour de force performance in MLFAS. I enjoyed this more than DotS (way too many contrived plot arcs and over the top "romance to end all romance" plot)

Sorry for rambling post.

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Kinda agree with the writing. It isn't bad but I feel that they forgot to thicken the story line along the way. Don't get me wrong, I like the drama, it's refreshing to see such a drama in a while. I always loved melo/revenge drama so i have never watched rom-com/med but I decided to give this a shot and it's actually good i gotta say. Just was hoping the story thickened abit faster like during ep 14 onwards and they take a realistic approach on how to actually take down MH. Because she is definitely not going by her grandma's case that's for sure. Hope the show wrap it up nicely in 3 episodes ; gonna be quite a challenge really but i'm just praying it does. And yes, like you, i enjoyed it way more than DotS ( no offence to DotS fans here ).

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Even though Hye Jung momentarily transformed into "Dark Willow", I'm hoping that the timing of it (3 eps left) means Hye Jung's going to spend that time learning to let go of her desire for revenge. I would much rather see that than watch her plotting to take down MH, even if there was a way to succeed in it.

Sure, I'd find it satisfying to see MH go down, but only because he ends up tripping over his own ego - not at Hye Jung's hands.

I want her to continue being a wonderful neurosurgeon, with buddies Seo Woo and Yoon Do and Kang Soo, and Prof Hong Hong at her side!

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@sealedheart my reply for your comment.

1. I don't think Hye Jung will literally trying to kill MH.

2. Same as no. 1

3. She already told HIm She will visit Him and saying that She cannot do anything she's she's suspended and cannot operate as well.

For closing:

I envy these Hye Jung and Ji Hong relationship.
I am patiently waiting for the episode tonight.

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Kim Min Seok! Loved him in Descendants of the Son, but this show and this episode killed!!!! His acting was some of the best I've seen in a while. Had me crying at every scene. So cute and lovable like a lil bro that's hurt. All my protective instincts came out. Which is why I didn't like the Hye Jung storyline. I wanted her to be at the hospital supporting Kang Soo.

The scenes with Kang Soo's lil bro.. the feels.... . They only have each other :(. Of all people that could understand, Hye Jung and Ji-hong would.

I kind of wish Yoon-do had done the surgery instead. His character has been subdued lately and I miss watching him. He could have been the Hyung/Doctor with more support then distracted Ji-hong. If you see the Instagram pics Yoon Kyung Sang puts up, he and Kim Min Seok have a cute friendship.
Hoping for more Yoon-do screen time and a healthy recovery for Kang Soo!!

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I'm only reading recaps because like those above have mentioned, this whole issue with MH is handled very strangely and I suspect that I would be gashing my teeth in frustration if I watched it.

I don't see how they are going to have Hye Jung resolve her grudge in a vaguely satisfying manner. MH's character is a downright jerk/ass/immoral but he hasn't done anything illegal per say. No lawyer is going to take up the case and the chance of getting MH becoming self aware of his disgusting behavior and giving HJ a sincere apology will require him to have a personality transplant.

And this revelation of HJ to realise that getting a non-apology from MH isn't enough seems about 4 episodes too late. She spends 10(?) episodes chasing after the truth about grandma's surgery only for the "big revelation" to be kind of a huge anti-climax. The truth about grandma has been sold by the writer the whole time as being the thing that will "set HJ free" from her emotional baggage but after wandering around so long when she finally gets it, it feels like her character had NO GROWTH at all, because she lands up bitter and angry again, like she was immediately after grandma's surgery.

Hye Jung- no growth, Seo Woo- no growth, MH- no growth. Yoon Do's character as well! He is still stuck in forever-pining-after-Hye Jung-land and it's getting strange.

Why show? Sigh. I hope the last 3 episodes will somehow resolve everything and prove me wrong though. Please?

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I think there is more to the death of Grandma than meets the eye, because as per Dr. Jung Pa Ran, there is so much bleeding during surgery and if they decided to open the Grandma's stomach during that time they might have save the live Hye Jung grandma.

Also, Her being alone abandoned by a Mother who committed suicide, A father who favored Her step mother. The only person who has shown her unconditional love is her grandmother, died/killed by the doctor that they trust. All her energy and zest for life is that one day She can avenge Her Grandma's death, I fully understand her.

But I think that now that Ji Hong is there She will eventually will be able to let go.

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Sigh, am I only the one waiting for Seo-woo and Young-kook mometns?

There's nothing much going on between them in this ep...

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Ahhhhhh I was hoping for it too. ;___; I'll have hope for next week's episodes. I'm really liking them tbh.

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Despite the script, I just love it how everyone can act in this drama. I was sucked in a week ago and caught up on all episodes in a week. Looking forward to the end and hoping for a good ending.

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I've been following Doctors in great detail and I would say Hye Jung displayed the characteristics of an INFJ. The script was actually well written in my honest opinion with regards to the character development. Her sudden need to kill is an expression of her anger. She's not actually going to kill him. She's anguished over the unfairness of the world (INFJ - Idealist). The monologue actually expresses her real thoughts inside (That the world doesn't change even with the truth). There actually is a development to her character, through Hong's love. Hong knows how stubborn she is, and tries to approach her softly instead so that she slowly realises to let go of her views. *am a fellow INFJ* She's just an under-developed INFJ who has gone through so much pain. INFJ are caring individuals, they always heal from the core. But they often do not understand themselves and require another to heal them through.

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Hi...please entertain my theory :D
I believe Hye-jung's reaction to this was due to what happened between her and Seo-woo at the burning building. Perhaps Myun-hoong did take out his anger on what happened to Seo-woo on the grandmother and actually let her die on the operating table. Remember that hospital scene when grandmother visited Seo-woo to apologize on behalf of Hye Jung? Who knows what actually went in his head then...
Hye-jung being the involved party must have felt that the death was deliberate so the issue lies beyond whether Myung-hoon did a mistake as a doctor. If that is so, it would also be painful when she realizes that she has a hand in her grandmother's death...the guilt would be painful and harsh. As for the years taken to take action, she couldn't have done it being in another hospital so she had to build her name as a neurosurgeon before being accepted at Kukil...

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It seems that these drama makes people different reaction, people who hate it and get bored but still watching it and people like us who really enjoy it.

For once, I found a drama that doesn't require kissing for them to show their Chemistry. I love my OTP. I love the conversation, the interaction, the staring and all that comes to it. Although, the peck and later the kissing made me swoon more it's not the primary reason to stick on these drama for me. I love that these Drama want me to find someone to whom I can have conversation and discuss everything. Love both of them to pieces.

The cast camaraderie has grown and mature especially, Yoong Do. Love Kang Soo, He's exceptional in these drama more than When He does DOTS.

Anyway! Good Luck to the Cast and Crew for the remaining 3 Episodes. Let us all enjoy the show and forget the haters... They are also contributor to the success of the show by putting effort to comment. Anyway as they say PUBLICITY Good or Bad is still publicity.

DOCTORS Fighting!!! Park Shin Hye and Kim Rae Won Fighting!!! Wishing for another Drama for both of you (of course together)

Hye Jung & Ji hong (Lovely OTP) Yoon Do Sae Woo Kang Soo Seon Hee Inn Joo and Pa Ran (OTP for Me)

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Episode 18 (?)

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Saranghe from all the cast of Doctors especially kim rae won angd park shin hye.

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How come Kang Soo's looks younger than his lil brother xD

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