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Doctors: Episode 20 (Final)

The end has arrived, and Hye-jung reconciles with her past in order to live in the present and look towards the future. While the show might not leave with a bang, the final episode was as stress-free as the rest of the show. All in all, it’s a fitting good-bye to our lead couple who will march on ahead, hand in hand.

 

 
FINAL EPISODE RECAP

The scene starts with a flashback from Hye-jung and Ji-hong’s first separation after Grandma’s funeral, then it cuts to their reunion on the hospital rooftop thirteen years later, and finally, ends with a flashback from their first interaction outside the music store. Hye-jung narrates, “I met him again. I didn’t know I would meet him again like this. If I think about it, it was like this when we first met. It started as a coincidence, and it became something inevitable. Then it turned into fate.”

Hye-jung and Seo-woo check on Myung-hoon who’s been admitted to the ER, and once Ji-hong arrives, Seo-woo’s mother finally recognizes the familiar faces. She addresses Hye-jung informally and asks why she’s here. Seo-woo interrupts and says that Hye-jung is her friend which immediately silences her mother.

Seo-woo suggests relocating her father, and Ji-hong orders that Myung-hoon be moved to a VIP room. Kyung-joon enters to wheel Myung-hoon away, but he insists that he walk there. In the back, Seo-woo looks away with a pained expression.

Tae-ho examines Myung-hoon’s scans with Ji-hong and Hye-jung, coming to the same conclusion that Myung-hoon lost consciousness due to sleeping pills rather than his tumor. Ji-hong asks why he was called since Yoon-do would be better, and Tae-ho tells him that he’s been reinstated to the neurosurgery department.

In the VIP room, Seo-woo’s mother argues that Myung-hoon get treated by Yoon-do or go to the US for treatment. Seo-woo tells her that Ji-hong is a capable surgeon, and even Myung-hoon says that he’ll be treated by Ji-hong.

Tae-ho enters and lets Myung-hoon know that nothing has changed concerning his condition. Myung-hoon, on the other hand, is more curious as to why Tae-ho is here. Surprised, Tae-ho asks if Myung-hoon wants Ji-hong as his doctor.

In the hallway, Ji-hong asks why Hye-jung called him, and she matter-of-factly states that he’s the best. She asks why he doesn’t want to operate on Myung-hoon, and Ji-hong explains that their relationship has strained recently. Therefore, Myung-hoon probably won’t trust him, and Ji-hong considers trust an important element in a doctor-patient relationship.

A call from Tae-ho interrupts their conversation, and soon, Ji-hong finds his way to Myung-hoon’s VIP room. Tae-ho excuses himself, and though Myung-hoon attempts to stop him from leaving, Tae-ho bluntly tells him to settle matters between themselves.

Seo-woo enters the fellows’ office, and pauses for a moment before thanking Hye-jung for calling Ji-hong. She knows that Hye-jung hates her father, and while Hye-jung admits that she doesn’t like him, Myung-hoon is still her patient. Hye-jung’s objective stance spurs Seo-woo to admit that she can’t objectively look at her father because he’s still special to her.

Ji-hong informs Myung-hoon about the dangerous location of his tumor. Thus, even if the surgery succeeds, Myung-hoon will suffer motor loss, and if the surgery fails, he could be paralyzed. Though clearly unsettled, Myung-hoon tells Ji-hong to operate because he trusts his skills as a surgeon. Ji-hong agrees but only if Hye-jung is his assistant. Instantly, Myung-hoon shouts his disapproval, asking if Ji-hong just wants to annoy him. Ji-hong explains that he works best with Hye-jung, so he won’t perform this surgery without her.

Hye-jung visits her father getting a checkup at the hospital, but merely watches him from a distance. In a café, Hye-jung’s father meets her, and is happy that she called him first. On the other hand, Hye-jung refuses to share in his enthusiasm, and asks straightforwardly why he settled on Grandma’s case.

Her father explains that he asked for the medical records back then, but he could neither understand the forms nor financially afford to drag the case out in court. As a result, he had no other option than to settle since he needed the money to live.

While his logic isn’t unreasonable, Hye-jung still feels betrayed that he settled, and confesses to her father that she has no good memories with him. Despite that, she still felt worried after hearing about his illness since he’s her father. While Hye-jung says that she’s willing to take care of him if he’s sick, if that’s not the case, then she never wants to see him again.

She tells him that she wants to make a family, but needed to resolve her issues with her father before taking that step. Her father asks if she’s getting married, and she replies, “Eventually, but I won’t be contacting you.”

She tells her father to live a long and healthy life, and he apologies for being absent and making her life difficult. A mix of emotions flood Hye-jung, and she thanks her father for apologizing. As his parting words, her father says that he’ll not be sick and tells her to be happy—his way of accepting her reconciliation and parting.

In his room, Myung-hoon nags at his wife to leave because he needs to talk with someone, but when that someone turns out to be Hye-jung, Seo-woo’s mother harrumphs. Derisively, she comments on Hye-jung’s success, and Myung-hoon whines at her to stop.

Once they’re alone, Myung-hoon asks Hye-jung if she heard from Ji-hong about being his assistant during the surgery. This is the first she’s heard of it, and declines the offer. Myung-hoon agrees that she shouldn’t do it, but after Hye-jung leaves, he can’t even lift his teacup.

Seo-woo researches her father’s condition, and misses a call from Yoon-do. Thus, he visits her in the fellows’ office; here to give her some comfort. Seo-woo confesses her worries about her father, and Yoon-do places a hand on her shoulder. Just then, Young-kook arrives, and disappointment washes over his face. He plasters on his usual smile and quickly excuses himself from the room.

However, Young-kook is waiting outside for Yoon-do, and confronts him about his feelings towards Seo-woo. Yoon-do tells him that he’s like a brother to her, and asks if Young-kook likes Seo-woo. Young-kook admits that he’s recently developed feelings, but to his surprise, Yoon-do gives him his support. At that, the hostility is dispelled, and they start exchanging compliments to one another.

Kang-soo checks on his webtoon with Kyung-joon watching over his shoulder, and Kang-soo complains of a recurring troll named “KJ.” It suddenly dawns on Kang-soo that Kyung-joon is “KJ,” and though he attempts to deny all accusations, Kyung-joon ends up slipping and confesses.

Joong-dae arrives to check on Kang-soo, but ends up bickering with Kyung-joon as usual. Talk turns to Myung-hoon and his probable dismissal when Seo-woo enters the interns’ office looking for Young-kook. She notices how they all turned quiet when she entered, and calls them out for gossiping about her again.

She visits Young-kook who’s in his bunk bed, and tells him she’s hungry. They end up at Subway (again), and Young-kook casually wipes away a crumb on Seo-woo’s face which flusters her. She asks why he left the fellows’ office like that, and Young-kook takes her outside, knowing full well why she came to him.

They walk outside holding hands, and Young-kook comments about how he’s always been by her side. She acknowledges his constant presence, but Young-kook confesses that he’s changed ever since the day he did something “bad” to her (when he hugged her). Seo-woo admits that she doesn’t when she’s changed, but when she learned of her father’s illness, she wanted his comfort he most. Aw, they’re so cute!

Hye-jung visits Ji-hong who’s settling into his office, and welcomes him back by giving him PPL presents. She informs him of her new plan to become a multi-tasker, and tells him that she won’t be assisting him in Myung-hoon’s surgery. Ji-hong reads between the lines and correctly interprets her words to mean that she’s concerned with the operation and is trying to cope by dividing her attention.

She’s amazed that he understood her, and Ji-hong brags that it’s because he’s her man. He tries to convince her to assist because he’s not confident without her given the patient and the risk associated with the surgery, but Hye-jung still can’t forgive Myung-hoon.

Hye-jung checks on her patient (the pregnant wife from before) and Kyung-joon informs her about the high levels of stress hormones. Hye-jung orders him to continue monitoring, and clasps the wife’s hand in her own.

Ji-hong delivers the bad news to Myung-hoon that he can’t operate on him, and in his typical fashion, Myung-hoon whines and slumps into his bed. Afterwards, Ji-hong visits Tae-ho who’s busy searching for a replacement surgeon. However, everyone is either busy or has a bad relationship with Myung-hoon. Ji-hong asks if Tae-ho could do it, but Tae-ho admits that he’s lost a lot of his precision.

In Myung-hoon’s room, Seo-woo’s mother complains about Ji-hong, but Seo-woo defends his decision. She believes Ji-hong and Hye-jung have the highest rate of success, but Myung-hoon argues that Tae-ho is looking for a replacement.

With impeccable timing, Tae-ho arrives, but with bad news: the operation will have to be moved back. Myung-hoon accuses him of not trying his best, and Tae-ho reminds him to respect their boundaries. However, Myung-hoon continues to whine, much to Seo-woo’s chagrin.

Seo-woo calls Hye-jung late in the evening, and visits Hye-jung at her house. She asks Hye-jung to assist Ji-hong in her father’s surgery, but Hye-jung apologizes for refusing her request. Undeterred, Seo-woo pleads with Hye-jung again, and Hye-jung appears genuinely conflicted.

Director Jin visits Myung-hoon for the first time, and Myung-hoon allows himself to cry and express all his pent-up worries to his father. Between sobs, Myung-hoon cries that he doesn’t want to die, and Director Jin yells at his son for thinking negative thoughts. Though they’re both awful humans, I can’t deny that they have a strong father-son relationship.

Hye-jung stares at a photo of her with Grandma, and flashes back to her last moment with Grandma when she praised her doctor before her surgery. In the present, Hye-jung replaces her smile with a determined look.

Ji-hong receives a call from Kyung-joon, notifying him of Myung-hoon’s headache. Ji-hong rushes to his room, and orders for additional CT scans. Still vexed, Myung-hoon requests for Yoon-do to be his new doctor, but Ji-hong reminds him that it’s against hospital policy to switch doctors.

Kang-soo runs into Hye-jung at the elevators, and learns that she’s heading to the VIP floor. Before meeting Myung-hoon, Hye-jung runs into Ji-hong, and she informs him about her change of heart because she’s a doctor. Ji-hong is pleased to hear her decision, though Hye-jung adds that it’s possible that Myung-hoon might still reject her.

Hye-jung tells Myung-hoon that she’ll try her best and assist Ji-hong, but Myung-hoon doesn’t believe her, thinking that she’ll use this chance to exact revenge. Hye-jung tells him that she’ll do her best to minimalize nerve damage, and Myung-hoon grumpily acknowledges that she’s skilled.

Hye-jung asks him if he knows what her grandma’s last words are, and tells him that she trusted him until the very end. She figures that Grandma’s last moments were at least peaceful, and thanks Myung-hoon for instilling trust in his patients. She firmly states that he’s now her patient, and therefore, she’ll save him and hear his thanks afterwards. As Hye-jung turns to leave, Myung-hoon tells her to inform Ji-hong to pick the earliest surgery date.

Ji-hong and Hye-jung get ready for the surgery, and Hye-jung stares at a picture of her and Grandma taped inside her locker. Before Hye-jung enters the operation room, Ji-hong gives her a silent nod, and once inside, Hye-jung begins the surgery. Tae-ho, Young-kook, and Joong-dae watch from the balcony, while Seo-woo waits outside with her mother. Yoon-do stops by the waiting room and places a hand on Seo-woo’s shoulder.

Ji-hong enters the operation room while Yoon-do joins the spectators in the balcony. Tae-ho and Yoon-do note that the surgery is going well, but just as Ji-hong enters the final stages of removing the tumor, Myung-hoon starts to bleed.

Though Ji-hong remains calm, Joong-dae and Young-kook fret in the balcony. Ji-hong manages to remove the tumor successfully, but the bleeding continues. They’re forced to damage a nerve in their attempt to staunch the bleeding, and fortunately, the bleeding stops. The surgery is a success, and Ji-hong congratulates Hye-jung for her hard work.

They inform Seo-woo and her mother of the good results, but also tell them that they’ll have to wait until Myung-hoon wakes up to see the possible side-effects since there was nerve damage during the surgery. Afterwards, Hye-jung and Ji-hong walk down the hallway, and she grabs his hand—both unafraid to display their affection for one another.

Kang-soo brings coffee for the department, and Ji-hong joins them at the front desk. They decide to celebrate Ji-hong’s return tonight, but Kang-soo reminds Kyung-joon that he’s on call this evening. Hye-jung joins the group soon after, and Ji-hong hands her a coffee in front of everyone. She smiles at his gesture, neither of them trying too hard to keep their well-known relationship a secret.

Yoon-do drinks by himself in his apartment, and thinks back to when Hye-jung taught him some fighting techniques. Pa-ran’s arrival interrupts his alone time, and he immediately teases Yoon-do for being an outcast in his department. Yoon-do says that he chose not to attend Ji-hong’s welcome back party which prompts Pa-ran to ask why Yoon-do likes Hye-jung. He says that he likes everything about her, and though Pa-ran shakes his head at Yoon-do’s one-sided love, Yoon-do thinks any type of love is worth experiencing.

A nurse checks on the wife patient, and frantically makes a phone call after noticing the wet sheets. Meanwhile, the small group from earlier are celebrating at Soon-hee’s café, and Kang-soo asks Ji-hong how long his relationship with Hye-jung has been. Ji-hong dodges the question, but the playfully mood is disrupted when Hye-jung receives a call about the wife’s water breaking.

She and Ji-hong quickly leave for the hospital, and the rest of the crew realize what’s happening and follow suit. Soon-hee yells after Joong-dae, and he turns around to blow kisses before heading off. Well, their relationship escalated quickly off-screen.

Hye-jung notifies the husband about his wife’s condition, and he rushes over to the hospital. The baby is safely delivered, and Hye-jung sheds a few tears. The husband arrives and sees his newborn child, but his wife’s vital signs are plummeting. He and Hye-jung hurry to her bedside, and the husband makes it in time to see her before she parts.

Holding her hand, he finally tells her that he loves her, and seconds later, the wife passes away. Through tears, Hye-jung declares the time of death, and in voiceover, expresses her belief that the wife saw her husband’s last moment, and though she could be dreaming, she saw the wife smile at the end.

It’s a new beginning for the hospital as Tae-ho is appointed the director of the hospital. In his speech, he says that the hospital needs a time for reflection and reevaluate its purpose, and in the audience, Ji-hong applauds enthusiastically.

Myung-hoon remains unconscious much to his family’s worry. Ji-hong comes to check up on him, but is surprised when Myung-hoon suddenly coughs and wakes up. Ji-hong and Hye-jung happily notice his fingers moving, and Seo-woo gives a silent look of thanks to Hye-jung.

As they leave, Ji-hong complains about the long day, and Hye-jung asks if he’s been taking his vitamins. He teases her for nagging, and invites her to go fishing with him. Hye-jung mentions how “Father” would be disappointed to see Ji-hong wanting to go fishing now when he complained so much in the past, and Ji-hong beams at her for addressing Director Jin as “Father.”

Sporting a white jacket, Ji-hong packs his fishing gear, and heads out. Meanwhile, Hye-jung prepares for their date, but receives a call from Myung-hoon. She calls Ji-hong to head out first because she’s meeting Myung-hoon, but he says that he’ll wait for her.

Hye-jung visits Myung-hoon in his room, and though shaking, Myung-hoon is able to lift his cup and drink this time. Hye-jung asks if he’s undergoing rehabilitation, and Myung-hoon says that he’s receiving treatment. After a moment of silence, Myung-hoon, in the most formal tense, thanks Hye-jung properly. She thanks him, too, for recovering, and they exchange bows to one another.

Hye-jung strolls down a path under a canopy of trees, and the ground changes— now covered in white petals. A few feet ahead, Ji-hong tosses the petals into the air, and Hye-jung smiles at the goof. He brandishes his hand: a ring on his ring finger and a matching one on his pinky.

He asks her to marry him, and Hye-jung takes her ring and places it on her finger. Ji-hong complains that he was supposed to do that, but Hye-jung states that she’ll wear hers on her own. He thinks that’s unromantic especially given how she wanted this moment to be romantic, and then for the first time, Hye-jung tells Ji-hong, “I love you.”

She asks him to call her right now, and she displays her phone screen with his name saved as “Hong Hong Hong.” She explains that this expresses how she feels about him, but Ji-hong doesn’t understand. Hye-jung mimics laughing by saying “Hong Hong Hong,” and Ji-hong laughs at her cheesiness.

They kiss one another, no-holds-barred, and once they break away, Ji-hong adorably blurts, “So embarrassed!” He twirls her around as the camera pans away, and in her final narration, Hye-jung says, “I don’t know when I started to love. I don’t know when I started to love, but I was continuously falling in love. This once in a lifetime love, I don’t know when it started.”

 
COMMENTS

It’s over! *throws flower petals*

Hye-jung and Ji-hong continue to be charming until the end, and the final scene was a satisfactory send-off to our adorable couple. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that they’ll lead happy lives, and while they might bicker and nag one another, their love and mutual respect for each other will help them overcome any obstacle that may come their way. It was interesting to watch them grow both together and individually over the course of the show because there really was no other source of tension for the drama. I don’t think the show ever wanted to pose the question of Hye-jung and Ji-hong possibly breaking up as a couple (no noble idiocy for our couple), but merely wanted to display their growth and the stages of a relationship beyond the initial courtship. Romantic dramas usually only portray the beginning, and then skips to the “happily ever after” part. However, I enjoyed how the show focused more about them learning from each other as they dated. While their character growth may have been unequal, that’s what happens in life. Ji-hong is older and wiser than Hye-jung because of his life experiences, but he’s still able to reflect on himself thanks to her words and actions. While, the show clearly had many weaknesses, its undeniable strength was in its main characters and their relationship.

I appreciated the conclusion to Hye-jung and her father’s relationship this episode. She found her own conclusion concerning her past and her father, that didn’t necessarily reflect a “traditional” reconciliation. While she accepts him as her father, she rejects their informal relationship because being a parent isn’t a guaranteed title. Due to his absence during her formative years, he’s lost the chance to reap the benefits of having a daughter, and finally, this truth has dawned on him. He assumed that he could return to her side simply because he supposedly longed for her and is her biological father. However, a father is a complicated figure that encompasses more than sharing DNA. Seo-woo’s relationship with Myung-hoon contrasted this very nicely, and revealed the other side of that coin. Even when Seo-woo wanted to examine her father objectively, she couldn’t because of their relationship. Just as Hye-jung couldn’t see her father as a parental figure in her life, Seo-woo couldn’t dismiss years of admiration and love she held for her father. The show raised interesting questions about family ties and relationship through conventional and unconventional families. Ji-hong’s father was Director Hong, Hye-jung’s only family was Grandma, and Seo-woo had a nuclear, close-knit family. The show tries to portray that a family requires presence, support, and mutual love regardless of blood-ties or relationships, and as a result, it can come in a plethora of different fashions. However, just as family can you support, they can also be a source of heartache and sorrow. Despite that, as Yoon-do aptly stated about his one-sided love, I also think it can be applied with families, too. It’s better to have experienced familial love and the sadness that accompanies it, rather than to have never experienced it at all.

I almost wish there were more episodes, but purely in a “sitcom” format with shorter episode lengths. On the other hand, I don’t understand why Doctors was twenty episodes long when sixteen would have sufficed. My contradictory position results from one of the fundamental problems I had with the show: Its weak plot. While I enjoyed the side characters and mini-arcs, I felt that the show lacked a cohesive plot which sometimes made it feel boring or tedious. The whole overarching narrative of Grandma’s case and Hye-jung’s revenge was meandering and fizzled out towards the end. The show spent episodes on Hye-jung convincing Chief Kim, who was a weak and inconsequential character, and in the end, it didn’t even matter that she had the record because she couldn’t do anything with it. A lot of that plot could have been condensed, and though I still think the ending worked well in terms of Hye-jung’s resolution with Myung-hoon, the journey there could have been tighter.

Besides the slow-paced arc of Grandma’s case, the show also included too many unnecessary side stories that either never developed or was left underdeveloped. The most obvious example is Yoon-do and his character story. To be honest, besides being a cute, bumbling, and loyal Siberian Husky, we don’t know a lot about Yoon-do and what makes him tick. We know him almost as much as Kyung-joon or Kang-soo, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because I liked the interns, but it did leave me asking for more. I was actually more disappointed with how they handled random side stories and characters because I couldn’t help but wonder why the creators include little hints like the other nurse’s crush on Young-kook or Hye-jung half-sister. It’s these cases that make me think the show would have worked as a sitcom because I get the impression that the writer wanted to develop the side characters and stories, but either didn’t have the time or abilities to actually flesh it out. Hence, I’m left feeling cold and wondering why time was even wasted introducing these now meaningless foreshadowing.

While I have many complaints concerning the writing and execution, the actors did their part, and at least, the main couple was given some nuance. I will admit that I enjoyed the first four episodes more than the latter half since I didn’t come in with high expectations. Nevertheless, Doctors was still an easy and breezy watch. There isn’t much conflict, the comedic bits are funny, and the main leads are charismatic. I may not remember much about Doctors in the future (or even next week), but despite its ups and downs, it was a serviceable romantic and slice-of-life drama fueled by engaging performances and an awesome heroine (for the most part). If nothing else, at least we can all still chuckle at the blatant PPL this show was so good at not hiding.

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Applause, Applause!!!!! You shall be missed Doctors (Kim rae Won and his smiles).....

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Really I need a Kim Rae Won (Hong Hong Hong) to appear in my life............Will that even be possible???????

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Probably not, he was fictional

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Me need hong ji hong aka hong hong hong too.. omo shin hye's voice when she sweetly voicing "hong hong hong" makes my heart flutter. Lol. Im a girl no way to lesbi...

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Ok, so that's it. I only watched ep 1 but after the awkward kiss, I decided this isn't worth my precious time. Now I just read recap for ep 20, really not that interesting.

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same here ... lol

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I really didn't like this drama but i'm gonna say one thing- i'm glad it happened so people would stop saying PSH only rides the coattails of her hot young male costars. This was her drama from beginning to the end, she was the front and center , heart of the story, and her performance determinate the success or failure of this drama. She showed she is bonafide top star in her own right without the help of anybody. Congrats to PSH and entire cats i guess.

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Absolutely agree. Even with such a weak plot she still pull it off, that's say a lot of her acting skill. Good work, well done!

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Hear, hear!

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Exactly. I would have probably not liked Hye Jung (or Seo Woo) if they were acted out by different actresses. I think the women shone in this drama favorably with their acting and interpretation of their respective characters, not to mention the insane chemistry the whole main cast showed.

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THSI!

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I disliked this show quite a bit - dropped it around ep7. But I don't blame the actors - I blame the writer. There was just about enough plot in it for a 12 or even 10 episode drama.

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I think PSH did ok, but her acting still has a long way to go to be considered solid. Kim Rae Won has clearly showed that he's a quite a few levels up on Park Shin Hye, but she has definitely grown in this series. She's been in the business to long to be at this level. I look forward to her improvement.

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This show was an easy watch for me. It didn't build the tension and anticipation I usually expect from Kdramas, but I found a lot of the weekly patient stories compelling and moving. To me, doctors felt more like an episodic American show (a more mellow Grey's Anatomy?) than a Kdrama.

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What ever happened to Ji Soo's character after his accident? Did the show ever address if he got much better? Or was he never to be heard from again? I tried to stick it out on this show, but it was so hard for me to care about after 10 or 11 episodes.

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He was never heard from again T.T If I had to nitpick, that was the only real issue I had with this show...

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Well that's some bullshit. Couldn't they have just showed him getting physical therapy or being pushed in a wheel chair? Oh well, we get a double dose of Ji Soo with Moon Lovers and Fantastic.

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+1 I've also had the same question

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Epilogue - I fly to Korea and nurse Ji Soo's character back to health. And occasionally give him sponge baths.

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your comment made my day!

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+100!!

What happened to poor Ji Soo's character, the friend who unconditionally supported her in her time of need?! We didn't even get to see her visit him in rehab!

We could have spared Soon-hee a few more minutes to get a proper happy ending, too, without losing any of the main storyline.

It was a nice show with smart characters, sweet relationships and minimal angst, and it had a solid OTP, but I agree it was definitely a bit too long, and some of the fizz evaporated from the Coca Cola!

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What ever happened to In-joo? She was an interesting character but went in and out of the story. I don't even know now what her main purpose was.

To me the most moving stories of this drama were the patient arcs - esppecially Namgoong Min's and Minseok's. As much as I want to feel more strongly about the main leads, they just so...mature(?) They're like self-cleaning ovens who resolve their own conflict by themselves before I could even feel for them. Maybe that's just me though

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"They're like self-cleaning ovens who resolve their own conflict by themselves before I could even feel for them."

Haha what an apt way to describe them! I like healthy relationships in dramas as much as the next guy, but with this couple I was like "Too healthy! Too healthy!"

In all seriousness though, I think the problem was that conflict often gives dramas their spark, and here the plot was pretty weak/conflict-free and with the couple being so mature about solving their problems as well, there wasn't much room left for oomph

I'll admit I lost interest by the end of the drama, but to give credit where it's due, this cast did a fantastic job and I hope to see them all again soon on my tv!

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or the problem is not hard enough to give a glimpse onto their vulnerable side much more so viewer can feel more about them,
they played it safe and round to the end of the goal,
the only problem is the road is clear of people or any other vehicles so we didn't know the if the driver is truly good or just normal skill that having a good day,

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Yeah. Not to mention that as doctors were sort of perfect as well. Didn't actually *wish* that someone would die on the table, but maybe mess up a little to realize they're not so great after all? Their hospital problems were political in nature - bribery, power struggle, etc.

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i agree, im all about healthy relationships and mature ways to resolve things but in a drama its quite boring to watch and it also diminishes the tension or should i say sexual tension. there is no fun, we may get frustrated at the main couple going through conflict together but i personally like the angst and like seeing them go through ups and downs and all the longing. it loses its spark if everything is safe, nice and sweet, i've never been a fan of those typs of romance. i wanna be swept off my feet and go through all the ups and down with the otp, i wanna get angry, sad and happy at them.

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Doctors was like watching an American TV series. It was simple but this series allowed me to see how good of an actor Kim Rae Won was. After seeing him in Love Story in Harvard, it made want to run away every time I see his name mentioned in a drama. I was glad to see PSH into a true adult role and in which the story truly revolved around her.

I was disapointed that Yoon Kyung-sang didn't get to do too much in this series. His character was a far cry from Lee Bang Won's loyal bodyguard -- Mu Hyung. Such a waste.

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Doctors was a " healing " drama. Guess it did that as I snort- laugh my way through the medical scenes.

I can't believe it but in the end I was more invested in seeing Seo Woo's growth and her romance.

HJ wasn't really sparkling enough- personality wise. It feels like yet another PSH's drama role. I dare say it on DB since I am fairly confident I won't be bashed here. I think as a Kdrama fan- one should be allowed to express how they feel- without being trodden or cursed. PSH acted the same as she did... in the last 4 dramas I've seen. Nothing new there. KRW and her did have good chemistry.

As a drama itself- it wasn't a medical drama since their tense moments were laughable. Barring NGM's cameo which made me cry buckets. Neither was it a romance romance since it was so low key as to almost have no conflicts. Prof Hong almost invites a comparison to a- I've never said anything poetic in my life- a swaying young sapling that bents to the wind. That goes back upright rooted deep in the soil. Don't know how else to say it. With no rich family background conflicts thrown in, parental opposition etc... there is or was nothing massively big to focus on.

Don't even know if I like LIKE it. I did watch it to the end... it was a " doesn't hurt my brain and heart " drama. Hands down though- PSH's clothes in this drama. Been having a serious case of work clothes envy. I have plenty of people who wear branded clothes at work and conference. But heck if I see any of us looking that feminine, distinctive and yet professional. And there are plenty of good looking, good toned physiques at work. But man we obviously don't know how to be fashionable at work. Glamour, femine fashionable.Vs just well tailored clothing

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@Ck1Oz, I bet you are doctor like myself but giggling and laughing my way through medical scenes in kdramas is fun. lmao. I am disappointed with PSH acting in drama. Its like a downgrade from her previous role in pinocchio, she had a better range there except probably she can kiss better here. Anyway, glad this has ended. It should have ended at epi 12 to 16 imo as this drama practically has no plot lol. its still a mystery to why it gather very high ratings.

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I was laughing so hard when I saw dr. jin's bandage. Where was it they operate him on??

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Love your comments about PSH's wardrobe and the clothes worn by other actors in this drama. They were great, but to be honest I wondered why everyone was "model-like" beautiful with such great clothes. It kind of felt unreal to me, like I was watching a soap opera, where people wore make up to bed rather than a slice of life drama.

In real life, do doctors really look that glamorous? I imagine doctors probably look and dress more like Oh Yeon Joo in W who hardly has time to shower after grabbing some sleep. Or resemble the doctors in Beautiful Mind, average looking, some older, some younger, or dress as simply as Kang Mo Yeon in DOTS.

I mean Hye Jin even wore heels and skirts to go fishing with boyfriend, go figure! I kind of understand the netizens when there was an outcry over her long painted fingernails in this drama!

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Ahem. Back when I wss younger and that was yonks ago people wrre coming to work in Cerrutti, YSL, Ferragamo, Chanel, Hugo Possible etc. And that's the residents. There are such things as residents drinks night etc you know where you dress properly.

Have you SEEN what ENT, plastic surgeons, psychiatric consultants dressed dressed as? Not to mention private practice dressing? And OYJ in W is a resident. Residents dress for comfort. But beautiful people anywhere dress well if they have the taste.

I've plenty of long legged beauties at work. And I don't know about neurosurgeons but some disciplines need muscles ie othopaedics. I would admit to saying some of the Scandinavian or Belgians over for a year or 2 are model good looking. And PSH's clothing would look exceptional for a confident female consultant from 30 and over.

And I am shutting my gab after this. But above all else you need good clothes for conferences.

@Amyonn the actor said 500ml levociteram bd in the drama. That was so funny. Corrected it to mg. But every time they flashed the pen torch even on an unconscious trauma patient- who was fully dressed mind you. With cot sides down I died laughing.

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Are you are a doctor? Wow.. I am amazed you have time to watch kdramas.. Actually it is my dream to become a doctor too.

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This may sound rhetorical but I'm quite serious about this question coz I wouldn't know. Do surgeons have time to bicker at the table or just stop operating like Yoon-do did in one of the episodes? Or can a doctor just give his patient to someone else minutes before the operation?

If so I'm gonna be really scared to get hospitalized again for the risk of getting caught in between some powerplay

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Yeah.. that actually happens, and even worse may happen TT. I say this as I come from a doctor family. Not to say that all doctors are like that, but cases like this as you mentioned, they happen...

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The thought isn't very reassuring but i guess people are people. I'm someone who's undergone am operation and it really makes you realize how your life is in the hands of your doctors

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doesnt hrut my brain and heart" exactly how i feel, i think for me its more about whether or not it grabs my heart and shakes it all about, a emotional roller coaster to put it another way. if a drama cant do that for me then i usually drop it or its forgettable. i wanna laugh,cry,get angry and frustrated and feel the sexual tension and root for the otp.

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Good point. Now I don't know how can I get through my monday-thursday without hyejung's amazing wardrobe.

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I also found Seo Woo's story in the end more interesting. It was in fact the only reason, why I could convince myself to watch the final episode. Somehow I just wasn't invested into Hye Jung's story anymore.
I'm not sure, if this is because of PSH's acting. Often times I just didn't believed her performance. During the episodes with NGM's cameo, her interaction with the kids just didn't feel genuine to me. On the other hand LSK's scenes with the kids really touched me as they felt so real. Even though Seo Woo was scolded in this scene from this moment on I started to root for Seo Woo's happiness more than for Hye Jung.

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I quit watching after episode 11. Nothing happened. The biggest problem was the writing.

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I think other problem with this drama is The romance didn't built up well. At Ep 4 It clear that Jihong and Hye Jun were smitten with each other. it's such a wonder they didn't just announced their engagement already.

I like Park Sinhye charachter here, She is spunky, strong. grounded female charachter thru and thru wich is rare in K-Drama.

Ji hong on the other hand is too...how can I say it better....Flat? I know..i know.. He had past and different personality back then, but its developed off screen. Ji hong that we knew at ep 1 is the same person that appear once again at ep 2, then stay relatively constant until the end. His feeling unchaged, unwavering. Its a good-healthy charachter..Its not entertaining to watch tho...

On the other hand, I love Yoon Do. If He is the male lead instead of 2nd lead, this will be just another K-Drama with force full hand grab and flirty bickering. After watching this, I thought this kind of classic Male lead will benefit greatly if paired with Grounded female charachter and Strong Rival with equally strong chance of winning. Of course I am not discredit the actor who really capable of playing out stuck up dorky charachter and really2 cute at that too.

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Team Yoon do represent! I loved his straightforwardness and refusal to lie to anyone, even himself. And how he spoke to Hye Jun as an equal, not a perpetual student. Team Yoon do forever!

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Dramallama, lovepark and festerfaster, thanks for your hard work on providing the recaps.

I enjoyed “Doctors,” and I’m sorry to see it end. The show had flaws, and I can understand why some viewers didn’t like it, but I looked forward to watching it every week. It had a lot of good points and a strong cast— I thought Park Shin-hye did a great job — but I’d like to focus on some things that the writer is responsible for.

First, as other people have mentioned, I’m grateful that Yoo Hye-jung was created as such a strong character. She’s smart, capable, loyal to her friends, able to stand up for herself, and willing to take responsibility for her actions. What more could you ask for? I hope we see similar strong female roles in other dramas.

I was also impressed by HJ’s honesty, one of her defining characteristics. In fact, she’s so honest and straightforward that it can be jarring at times — it’s a level of honesty that you seldom encounter in dramas, or in real life. And HJ is willing to be honest even when it doesn’t reflect well on her. And when her honesty is directed at someone else, she’s not using it as a weapon, just telling the truth as she sees it. In the final episode, when she speaks to her father, I didn’t think she was trying to make him feel bad, but just wanted to be honest about her feelings: I’ll help you if you’re in trouble, but after the way you treated me we can never be close.

And finally, I appreciated the way HJ and Ji-hong communicated with each other as they tried to transform their relationship from teacher-student to an equal partnership. Instead of hiding their feelings, they told each other when they were angry, unhappy, or unsure of what to do. The writer didn’t pretend that talking would instantly fix everything, but showed that it could provide a path toward dealing with their issues.

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Her honesty is nice, but her delivery was too jarring. She seemed abrasive and unpleasant at times.

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Ahh the end! I stuck through doctors And while it is not the most epic drama out there, it had been consistently feel good and light.

I'm one of the few people who doesn't really get the heavy criticisms this show had been getting throughout its run. I mean I know we deserve smart and riveting dramas but this one never posed itself as one in the first place. I am chucking it to the column where we expect more from people we like and/or getting so much popularity.

Having said that, I wish yoondo was given more to do and was given a side story more developed than he had here; wish there was a follow through for the cameo characters we have come to care about (puppy jisoo and beagle injoo) and the female characters friendship resolved earlier.

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I think its criticisms were valid. On the other hand, you're right it was lighthearted drama. Its cotton candy, not a real meal.

I have a feeling it won't be remembered after a few years.

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Not discounting all the comments, some are valid... and I do agree it would be forgotten after just a few weeks.

What I don't get is the hate and the intensity of the criticism. But I guess to each his own really.

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Criticizm is fine, and to say, I agree with some of it too. Like there were some characters that were wasted and not explored enough (like Yoon Do, In Joo, Pa Ran) and some characters just disappeared very oddly (like Soo Chul and half-sister). The plot was very thin, and I only enjoyed good acting, nice chemistry and mature relationship and character development.

But most comments I've seen were downright rude and disrespectful. Such as, them not understanding why the show got high ratings and then proceeding to bash South-Korean ahjummas and their tastes. Then saying that X show was better because of better acting and that certain shows not getting as high ratings was due to doctors etc.
And finally nitpicking the lead actresses kissing scenes to the point of ridiculousness, it's as if what ever kissing she will do in her future dramas, people are constantly going to remind you of the kisses she did when she played a typical innocent k-drama female lead (a nun turned into a singer, a student living with a strict, conservative grandpa and a poor high-school girl who was downright assaulted by her 'love interest') and forget and invalidate the whole context of her respective characters and proceed to credit the male lead actor.
So all in all, the hate you see is because of salty fans, who stay pressed b/c their faves could never basically. And it certainly doesn't help that popularity also brings out the worst delusional fans to make the non-fans detest the actress, even if it isn't her fault...

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@Fangirl sy, Agree. @HPfangirl, well said! I couldn't have said it better myself. There were times I would avoid reading the recaps because of the comments. While I understand the criticism on this show and that people have their own preferences, I feel it does not deserve the intensity of hate it is getting. I don't need more stress in my life when I am watching, so I appreciate a light breezy watch like this. Life can be tiring, so I appreciate this sweet, stress-free slice-of-life drama.

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Lets see if people will forgt ths drama few years after ths. LOL. But i guess people will not forgt it for bad and good. Cz the star already pin their name for ths drama.
Like park shin hye's heirs. Many ifans hate ths drama but 'heirs' still everywhre...
Doctors, if u d

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If u (oewyn) and the other didnt like ths "boring" drama, but knetz love it so much and i thnk even if 3 years passes, they still write articles abt it , park shin hye doctors star... kim rae won (doctors).... etc
Please dont judge ths drama's ability beyond your view only.. peace~

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Wow. That parting with Hye-jung's Dad. That's a different one! I'm glad they didn't gloss over the fact that he was a horrible dad. Hye-jung found her peace. It's like she forgave people but she never forget. (Which always strikes me as the best way, because really, if you forget, how can you learn not to be hurt by such things again?)

Also love how she plucked that ring for herself. And they explained what "Hong Hong Hong" meant too. :D

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I totally agree with Hye Jung's conclusion with her father. One of the things I hate about abusive parents in stories is that they're usually forgiven in the end like they never did anything wrong. I'm glad the father apologized, but Hye Jung was in the right to not mend their relationship.

And I totally thought Hong Hong Hong was just a cute name pun! But then again, our OTP is known for eating truckloads of cheese, lol

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Those subway PPLs, gotta love those?

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I feel like Young Gook taking Seo Woo out of Subway during the meal is some kind of metaphor, like breaking free from the curse of the PPL. I bet that what was going on through his head was something like "Wait a second, something feels very off here. Why is she feeling even more down than before we came here?... That's it. Seo Woo, no more Subway for you, ever. That goes for everyone else in the hospital too, Kang Soo wouldn't have gotten a tumor if we didn't go here..."

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Love your analysis in your recap, Livepark. It sums up everything I think about the show.

Thank you.

I just wanted to add that Hye Jin has little "yield" in her personality. She doesn't forgive easily, if at all, and she holds on to her hurts for a long time. I'm not referring to how easily she forgave Seo woo for smearing her reputation in high school, because I suspect that while she was angry with Seo woo, she wasn't really hurt by her the way she was by Seo woo's father's response to her grandmom's death, or by her dad and step mother.

I couldn't help feeling sorry for Hye jin's dad at the end. Because, let's face facts, Hye Jin was a difficult child. Rebellious, argumentative, she ran with a tough crowd and got expelled from school often. I am in no way giving her dad a free pass for neglecting and abandoning her, but I can understand how difficult it might have been for him, as he struggled with the demands of making a living, a rebellious child, and a wife who could hardly tolerate her step child.

I can't help thinking that if her personality were different, maybe the outcome would have been different. Maybe she never would have had a great relationship with either parent, but at least she might have had a relationship that isn't as estranged as the one she currently has with her family. I can't help feeling sorry for her younger half sister who might have benefitted from having an older sibling around.

I am not blaming Hye Jin at all, because her nature was formed when her mother died early, and she was put in the care of a cruel and abusive step mother with a neglectful or absentee father, she really was given little or no breaks. I believed if either parent had shown love to her the way her grandmother did, the story would have been a different one. I'm grateful that she found someone to love her unconditionally in her formative years as her grandmother did.

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Hey, lovepark, you're right to not doubt their happy future, especially if you take into account the first poster where they're living together in the house that they stayed in the first few episodes. (I knew that it was an epilogue thing all along! I'm so happy~)

Anyways, thanks a ton for the recaps! It's definitely not perfect, but it was the first drama to catch my eye when I studied abroad in Korea, so it's something.

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This drama is a drama that require only one viewing then you will forget about it like it never exist. At least it does not depress you like what UF does to me. That one is literary brain-sinking.

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Doctors, UF and W disappointed me teribbly. I just hope Scarlet, Legend and Diary won't.

Signal is still the best for me this year.

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try watching beautiful mind. ??

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Doctors is one of those shows that makes me smile and squee. With so many overly dramatic/depressing/crazy shows out there, a cute little drama about real people dealing with real life while looking fly is all I need :)

Also, to Kim Rae-won, please go back to a rom-coms because Hong Hong Hong was 110% my favorite part of Doctors.

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Absolutely loved the final commentary. Summed up most of my thoughts for the show as well. Really enjoyed the main characters' growth, but I feel quite disappointed by the lack of a well structured plot. The drama introduced me to Kim Rae Won, so I give it that. And I'm glad that the writer ended off HJ and her dad the way she did (a lot more believable, a lot less cliche, and overall stills show some concern for her father).

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This must be the most bland drama to get more than 20% in ratings. If W is a cocktail, this is plain water. Something that you drink everyday, without much concern or emotions and somehow everyone is just drinking it despite its lack of taste.

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Let's put it this way - there's a reason why people recommend drinking water along with the alcohol~

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W is tequila. It's more fun than water, but not everyone can handle it. :-)

Doctors was an easy watch, and was ok to watch off and on like I did without missing much. I think what lovepark said is right, it would be great as a sitcom, when you want a few laughs and not too much angst.

Thanks for recapping!

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I don't know if water really fit,
we have to drink water but we don't really have to watch this drama to knew K-drama essential,
how about tea (preferable in many places)?
or can juice (easy to drink and always taste the same, it's a good taste but also can feel bland if it too much and you didn't drink from a variety of brand)
so one brand can juice?

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yes. Water is necessary.

I'd say Soda because it's my guilty pleasure. Lol.

But W, for me, is like a concoction that sounds interesting but once i tried i will never drink it again.

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This. I love W bt didnt feel like to watch it again.
I prefer sky juice, milk, chinese tea... Didnt drink any carbont drink / soda( last time i drink crbonte whn i was kid, now my stomach and tongue seem reject those drink immediately) but wait, why i told you my water preference? Lol..

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Doctors was an easy breezy watch. Not too much plot. Not too much to think about. We all pretty much knew how it was going to end... I feel like the backstory was more interesting than the hospital plot lines. It got me all excited for the time skip but then I think it just fizzled out from there. I think I was off and on watching and reading the recaps just to keep up with the drama.

As always, thanks for the recaps! You all help me keep my watching schedule to a manageable load! :)

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This is th3 only show that the villains were more lovable where they were more prettier, less ego, more forgiving n have more loving relationships with other human n family wheres the hero n heroin were too busy being upstuck ego hihihi

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Thanks Dramallama, lovepark and festerfaster.

I agree with most of the comments here about the show.

In addition, what is noteworthy about this show, is that the character of Hye Jung remained extremely consistent. Even in her character growth, the growth was consistent with the personality given to her character. So there was no becoming 'stupid' or 'weak' when she fell in love like in some shows. Her forthrightness and rigidity remained, she did not change to start blaming others, feel sorry for herself or fail to take responsibility even when she was not to blame.

I guess we viewers are a hard bunch to please. Too much conflict and we call the show a melo or makjang. Too little and it's bland and forgettable. But at least this show made sense, was sufficiently consistent, respectful of the viewers and a pleasant watch, so thank you to the production team and crew!

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I don't think viewer are being hard to please,
because people acknowledge this is a good drama,
it just has too many episodes,

like a soup with too much soup than the ingredient (not balance in quantity), at 1st it's tasty but then you realised the meat+ingredient is already eaten and you only have the soup which is still good but too much in quantity so you end up didn't finished it all,

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That's an interesting analogy @lana and quite apt when we find that we drop a show (didn't finish the soup).

I feel that we generally will not care for either extreme and will call a show out for it.

Soup, if tasty (spicy kimchi soup?)... perhaps we'll be happy to have more of. Soup that's lacking in condiments, we'd prefer to have in balanced quantity to the rest of the dishes. It has it's role, to wash away the over saltiness perhaps, but just enough and not too much, as you say. :)

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Agree with both Growingbeautifully and lana :D

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U+1F44D :)

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Let's try that again ? :)

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LOL GB, I love the way you used the unicode sign than the emoji itself. It's so nerdy... LOL

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@ Gaeina Lee

Actually I have a smart, tech savvy friend who uses them and gave me the codes. I forgot how to use them!!! I'm the opposite of nerdy heheheh!

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can't believe all the surgeries were successful for the main leads...

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Lmao, should ask PSH to do operation on Kim woo bin brain....as cameo in UF, may be we can get happy ending?

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I believe theres some surgery not succesful cz dr jin sae woo mentioned in doctors.. like ep 18? 19? Tht she want hyejung not holding grudge like she never failed in her surgery before. Means the failed one didnt show up. But remember, lee sang yeob's wife die after having their baby~

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Not since Yongpal have I seen such a bait and switch with a character.

But at least Yongpal replaced with an angry female character hellbent on ironwilled revenge. Doctors just replaced with ZZZZZZZZZZZZ....I'm sorry, did you say something?

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Since i am more into romance, i loved this drama and enjoyed it. W is a good drama but chemistry between leads are more like acting than real thing. Lee Jong Suk was good with Park Shin Hye and Lee Bo Young. In W, i dont feel it.

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Watching W is just a part of my life... and im quite curious when yeonjoo always disappear from real world. How abt her patient? Since i watch doctors, now i thnk tht every doctors have their own patient to incharge. Hing~ let me remind my self tht W is fantasy...

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hehe...It's different for me...I never really felt LJS's chemistry with LBY and PSH as a couple and saw them merely as acting...but in W I am so sold with his chemistry with HHJ...so I think it's just a matter of preference......anyways Doctors is an easy to watch drama...not that great but not bad either....

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Thank god this show is over!!!

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My one take away from this show:
I need men like Hong Hong Hong, Yoon Do, and Young Kook in my life.... *sigh*

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Dr Kang soo!! *Raised my hand*

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These guys were fictional. Drama fantasy, nothing more. Its just like the ripped guys with six pack abs we see in dramas - just an illusion.

Multiple actors have stated they train for months to get those abs and then film the shirtless scene and shortly thereafter -POOF! - the abs are gone. A similar illusion is created with these "perfect" guys' personalities and mannerisms.

Hence, the popularity of these dramas......you can't find real men and women like them in real life.

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I know I can't. I'm not that disillusioned by my drama watching and can still decipher between drama and reality, thanks.
I wasn't really thinking that I could find men like that in reality. I know there's a difference between a want, a need, and what I can have in practicality and in reality.

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This drama should be shorter...

Speaking of it, what other drama that should be kept short?

Beautiful Gongshim and oh my venus comes to mind

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One that comes to mind for me is 'Faith'. I enjoyed it, but the plot meandered in places. It would have been far more thrilling at 16 episodes. Also, 'Oh Hae Young Again'. By episode 15 I just wanted some happiness! The extension just resulted in episode after episode of torturous pain. 'Boys Over Flowers' could have stood to be shorter and 'Heirs' as well. 'Love Rain' was just one looooooong train of tears and angst. I wish I'd never watched 'Love Rain'.

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But, but.... the cinematography of Love Rain was so good, so picturesque especially the flashback (the parents' era).

Love Rain, Faith and Thorn Birds are my guilty pleasure.. LOL

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I almost wish there were more episodes...

Lovepark im with u. Just want to peak jihong hyejung life after marriage! Lol...

I was so satisfied! Glad im enjoying doctors like no other drma can beat this storyline. I love hong hong hong so much. Fall in love with his charm... also yoo hyejung, she is tough lady. She looks so matured and beautiful. Sadly i must breaking with all cute characters here. ?
The innocent yoon do really made my day, he looks so smart but he annoy with the beagles yet he didnt change his password~ lol!

And ths story end beautifully! *SPRINKLE THE PETAL FLOWERS*

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Aww, what a sweet and stress-free ending. Though it's not best or near good in writing, one thing that I love from this drama: the personal growth, self acceptance and redemption. That's the strength of this drama that lured SK audience, I guess.

Lesson is learned, writer-nim. We have to make peace with our heart first for us to be able to move on happily.

The most memorable scene to me was when they reunited at the helipad when JH bluntly asked HJ her marital/dating status. It's so awww...

The second best was when the seek refuge from the rain at a train station when they were still teacher-student. It reminded me of The Classic.

Thank you, Lovepark and other DB staff who had religiously recap this drama. Your perseverance to finish what you started no matter how weird the drama goes is commendable. *claps* *throw confetti to the air*

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What an ending. Felt kinda rushed but still satisfied. I laughed so much when JH threw the petals in the final scene , kinda cheesy but funny as hell LOL. Fairly easy and fluffy watch, normally this kind of shows are not my cup of tea but i'll give an exception to this one. Did I learn alot from this show? Guess you can say that, it made me understand human relations alot more, coming from an introvert, and also made me understand relations with my girlfriend more too. Seriously tho think the show made her nuts, she be bugging me everytime while watching Doctors , "WHY CAN'T YOU BE LIKE JI HONG HUH HUH??" As much as it is sometimes annoying ( and cute since we usually laugh it out ) , it kept me wondering when can this introvert heart of mine be willing to open up to her more? Kind of a point to takeaway. Other than that, the casts perfectly slayed their roles and KRW and PSH became my 1st OTP. Will be looking forward to their movies , especially KRW's Resurrected Victims.

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This drama made me a PSH’s fan. Love her acting here and love her Hye-jung.

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Somebody PLEASE tell me what PPL is!

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Product placement, seriously, there were too many of those in this drama, and they weren't even subtle..

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A way of advertising the products of the show's sponsors within the show by placing them in the show or using a sponsor's 'place'/restaurant etc' as the setting for scenes. ie Product Placement as mentioned by @HPfangirl.

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this drama should be just 12 episode. the plot so week that gets me more bored and more bored as I watch is. at first it was fun but then meh...at least they try.

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Well everything has been said about this drama.It may not be the best drama of all time but honestly I enjoyed it so much because of Kim Rae Won and Park Shin hye.They are so adorable.This show has many flaws and I don't care as long as the lead actors acted very well and that's enough for me.Maybe it would not be good for other people that's their choice.We have different taste when it comes to drama and we cant deny the fact that this show make Park Shin hye and Kim Rae Won on top of their game and their followers become bigger all over the world so that make sense.and we are sure that their paycheck will become bigger also.Ratings is really huge on monday and tuesday timeslot.The last drama with 20 plus ratings was Empress Ki.So it means Doctors achieved that 2 years hiatus .Congrats again and more power to Raeshin.couple in their future project

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I agree with the recapper closing comments 100%. I'll just add one more thing: No more need to diss PSH's kissing skills. We're all done with that now. Right?!

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Hong hong hong woow 100%
the lesson I learnt from Doctors is for us as an individual to give ourselves opportunity to be loved PARK SHIN HYE FOR LIFE

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Is it just me or does anyone else finds park shin hye extremely thin in doctors? She almost looks sick to me..I know actresses have maintain a certain body type but is it necessary to do it at the expense of their own health?..

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Do you even watch the drama? PSH is no where close to extremely thin in the last ep

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the only reason to see doctors until the end was Seo Woo ???❤?

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I agree with loveparks' conclusion. Thank to her, dramallama & festerfaster for the reviews.

Doctors is a feel good drama which I can watch over and over again. Lots of heartwarming scenes and just the right amount of angst for me.

I like the opening & ending voice overs. Enriched with real life situations which I can relate to such as relationship with grandma, dreaming & studying for your future, real and passing friends, a people who challenges, mentor who inspires you and relationship goals like JH & HJ.

While the plot is serviceable, the actors were so engaging and delivered more than what is expected from them. Appreciate their effort really amidst live shootings.

KRW & PSH were brilliant as Jihong & HyeJung. They really excel in romcom and drama scenes plus their chemistry is evidently undeniable. They work cohesively as a pair.

It's fun to see KRW was back to his playful and romantic chops after 10 years of dark and serious roles. He does it effortlessly and as great as ever.

PSH is slowly but surely leveling up her character choices. She did a fantastic job as YHJ.

YKS, LSK, KMS, BSK, MJI, KYA & JS along with the the rest of Neurology Team were endearing, the show would not be complete without them. I just wish the drama is not yet done to explore these wonderful characters. There's so much to tell yet like the 13 years gap.

Cameos Nam Goongmin, Lee Sangyeob, Jo Dalhwan & Han hyejin were solid despite their limited screen presence.

Doctors could have been better but overall i enjoyed its run. i'll miss the profound discussions and squeals over at another thread. I'm just glad i was able to watch it fully :)

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While I did enjoy the first half of this show, the latter left so much to be desired. I do share the same sentiments with lovepark for the most of it.

The plot was too weak and the motivations of the characters weren't sufficient, to say the least, that the whole character building suffered.

There's so much more that could've been improved, plenty of gaps in between but the actors did well to make up for it. How much better would it have been if it was complemented with a good story?

I just somehow feel bad for the other characters (especially the second leads) because they could've had more impact than what they've already had.

To be honest, Lee Sangyeob's brief cameo made much more impact than the other main stay casts that was in the show.

Will I re-watch it? Highly unlikely. Well, I enjoyed it, to say the least. Looking forward to more dramas. PSH never disappoints anyway.

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sorry but beautiful mind is better than this drama.

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I love Doctors as it is just the way ou loved Beautiful Mind. People who enjoyed Doctors never claimed it better than others. In fact, majority are aware of it's weak plot. There's something in it that people liked to see that's why they keep coming back. Of course, only those who watched it fully can understand and appreciate it.

People have their own reasons for watching a drama. Not everyone are watching because of conflict. It just happened that more viewers liked something light, heartwarming & less stressful drama.

No need to be defensive and insecure. Afterall, rating is just a number and doesn't necessary equate to quality. What's important is you enjoyed the drama and it affected you in a positive way.

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Well said! Lets everyone enjoy dramas without fan wars and mocking others for liking different dramas, okay?

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Very well said. I liked watching the drama. Did I rate it above or below others? Nope. I just enjoyed it for what it was, and that was enough for me.

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Hmmmm. Well I'm relatively new to KDrama world (ikr) but honestly some of the older dramas I've seen had a story. Good, bad, ugly..... Irrespective; most of them had a storyline. Somewhere. And I loved them for it.

With Doctors, I feel like someone popped my balloon. One I thought was plump pregnant with some juice but turns out it was a dying flat one. Now, I feel listless. Fizzled. Incomplete. Vacant. Like I'm still waiting for the story to unfold.

I went into this one with so many expectations. But then again, maybe that is the secret to enjoying a drama. Don't have any. And you'll actually enjoy a charming show with some incredible characters, romance and friendships galore. And a certain Dr. Kim's rap in a sparkly hat.

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I like Park Shin Hye, which is what got me started watching the show. I also don't really need deathly cliffhangers or too much melodrama, which is probably why I was able to continue watching the show. I liked watching the surgeries, which seemed pretty realistic, and I liked the guest stars that brought their problems to the hospital. I think Dr. Yoo's stepmother was rather silly. She has this horrifying tic and she's threatening her stepdaughter and acting all high and mighty, LOL.

The villains were bad but not too bad, although seriously, why is Chairman Jin around at the end, shouldn't he be in jail for embezzlement? He took a truckload o' money and put it into a slush fund. Still, I liked lots of things about this show, like the two girl roommates who would do anything for each other, even better than some of the romantic relationships. I liked Hye Jung's attitude, "I'm straightforward, accept it or don't, I don't hide anything." I like straightforward people, they are easier to understand. It sort of explains why Yoon Do likes her as well, and his contempt for President Jin, who is super phony. The only thing I can't figure out is why I always seem to have a craving for Subway after watching the show . . .

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oh you're not alone. after the show ends, i want a subway. It doesn't help that my colleagues are eating it the following day.

if that's the result then good for PPL. Even the show in my country are using PPL and i can't help but roll my eyes :)

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I would have gladly watch a drama based purely around the first 4 eps than the rest of the drama. I found Hye Jung so much more interesting in the beginning. Though i will admit, I stopped watching around episode 10 and then just kept up with the recaps.

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I really love this drama.it has good cast
But i agree the writer waste the cast!!!
the main lead couple really save the drama.

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Nothing happened to Director Jin for his wrongdoings and embezzling hospital funds

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Doctor's Director's Cut DVD/Blu-ray pre-order ongoing!!
you can see behind scene and director's cut.
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If the number of orders in pre-order does not meet 1,000 sets, the production of Director’s Cut will be canceled.
Please be aware of it!

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It is the best serial/story I ever watched.

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very good story and the character.

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I don't like this movie for one reason and that is the fact that the movie plot was too predictable. I would have preferred if hye sung dated yoon do to spice things up ...it got boring at some point because you already know that is going to happen next .

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