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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim: Episode 1

SBS’s new Monday-Tuesday drama Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim premiered this week, and though veteran actor Han Seok-kyu has top billing, this first episode is really all about our two cheeky apprentices. Together they battle against life and death, irate sunbaes, and mainly each other, as they try to survive the numerous obstacles of working in the ER.

 

 
CHAPTER 1: “How to put an elephant in a refrigerator”

In voiceover, a man depicts a bleak medical landscape: “In an era of injustice. An era of inequality. An era full of discontent and distrust. It became an era in which patients were discriminated against.”

During the narration we see a teenage boy desperately begging someone to save his dying father, who has been waiting hours for treatment. Sadly, he never does get the help he needs, and dies there in the ER. Nearby, Dr. DO YOON-WAN (Choi Jin-ho) exits the operating room to inform an assemblyman’s family that the surgery was a success. Enraged, the boy screams at Dr. Do, asserting that his father arrived before the assemblyman and should have been treated first. He rushes forward to attack, but is immediately restrained, as Dr. Do looks on impassively.

Later, the boy returns to the emergency room with a metal bat, and begins wreaking havoc on everything in sight, as payment for the injustice he feels. At that moment, a mysterious man enters the scene, and in an impressive display of dexterity, he disarms the boy using only a scrub shirt. Though we never get a clear shot of his face, we can safely assume this to be BU YONG-JOO (Han Seok-kyu), otherwise known as our titular Teacher Kim.

He pulls out a syringe and swiftly injects the boy with it, then counts down. The next moment, the boy opens his eyes as Teacher Kim treats his various wounds. He tells the boy that venting his frustrations will not satiate his desire for revenge. If he really wants to get revenge on those that caused him pain, he says, he must become a much better human being than those people. “Don’t get revenge with anger, but with skill. Got that? If you don’t change, then nothing will,” he says. Then the doctor disappears into the crowd.

After a few waves of self-doubt, the boy clenches his fists, and walks through the hospital door with a determined look in his eyes. He emerges anew and as an adult in 2011, wearing a white doctor’s coat—this is KANG DONG-JOO (Yoo Yeon-seok).

Elsewhere in the hospital, seasoned ER doctor YOON SEO-JUNG (Seo Hyun-jin) gets the latest on a sassy new genius intern that just showed up. To top it off, word around the block is that this intern pays little regard to seniority, and liberally mouths off to his seniors.

Which is the exact scene Seo-jung walks into, as a sunbae doctor rags on new intern Dong-joo for refusing to make him coffee. Dong-joo fails to see the correlation between making him coffee and being a good doctor. The sunbae asks Dong-joo why he became a doctor and he responds sincerely, “To fix people,” an answer that earns him sneers from the doctors around the room, but a look of interest from Seo-jung, who watches on quietly. Dong-joo then walks out declaring that he will not be anyone’s little errand boy.

Seo-jung attempts to comfort the humiliated sunbae, when suddenly someone shouts that there was an accident at a construction site, and four patients are on their way.

The staff rushes to assess the injuries of the new arrivals, and Dong-joo runs out to join them when a student shouts at him that her mother came first and needs immediate medical attention. Staring at a reflection of his past, he tries to call over Seo-jung, but she’s got her hands full, and brushes him off. When he continues to badger her, insisting that the other patient is also very ill, Seo-jung shouts at him that this patient’s condition is more critical.

She barks at someone to get Dong-joo out of her face, when suddenly a man with a metal rod through his abdomen rolls into the ER. Beside the patient, a paramedic holds a large slab of cement that the rod is attached to, as everyone gasps and crowds around the grisly sight. Oof.

In a surgical room, a senior physician, DR. MOON, operates on another patient. Using a cell phone, Seo-jung updates him on the man with the metal rod. Dr. Moon instructs Seo-jung to do a “FAST” (Focused assessment with sonography for trauma), which will provide a quick ultrasound of the patient, to check for internal bleeding that may be occurring and stabilize his vitals. Dr. Moon intends to take over from there and perform the surgery, once he’s done with his current one.

As Seo-jung and her team prepare the patient for the FAST, in a moment of frankly shocking foolishness, one of the hospital staff bumps into the paramedic holding the concrete and he drops it. Oh no!!! Seo-jung springs forward to grab the rod before it slips out, but it falls to the floor and blood begins gushing out.

As the situation rapidly spirals out of Seo-jung’s control, she is lost in a daze unable to move. Her team shouts at her to get her attention, including a now furious Dr. Moon, but she is still trapped in her own fear, unable to register anything around her. After a few slow-moving beats, she suddenly snaps back into time.

Rattled but ready, Seo-jung finally responds in a shaky voice, and Dr. Moon screams at her to keep this patient alive no matter what for the next ten minutes until he is done with his surgery.

Seo-jung fights off her nerves and jumps back into the fray. With the patient’s blood pressure going out of control, Seo-jung suits up for surgery right then and there. Against the advisement of her team, she cuts right into the patient’s chest with a scalpel, and forces her hand in through the opening.

Dong-joo, who is watching from outside, can’t believe what he is witnessing. She fishes around for several moments until suddenly the wild beeping of the vital machine stops—she’s grabbed an artery! This ballsy move stabilizes the patient’s vitals, and the team lets out a collective sigh of relief.

Even Dr. Moon sounds impressed when he hears what she did to stop the bleeding. Initial crisis averted, they roll the patient to the OR with Seo-jung riding along, her hand still stuck inside the patient’s abdomen, as Dong-joo watches on in awe.

To celebrate, Seo-jung and her co-workers stuff their faces with jajangmyun, and bask in their victory. However, their merriment is cut short by a senior physician, who comes in demanding to know why Seo-jung ignored the patient Dong-joo had pointed out to her earlier.

Seo-jung tries to defend herself by explaining that the woman only had a slight fever, but the senior staffer isn’t convinced. He tells her that the patient has acute respiratory distress syndrome, which occurs when fluid builds up in the air sacs of the lungs, resulting in oxygen deficiency. Additionally, this patient developed pneumonia, which leads to sepsis.

He says Dong-joo’s quick thinking is what saved the patient’s life. To top it off, he heard that Seo-jung ignored Dong-joo’s requests not once but twice, berating her for partying when someone nearly died because of her poor judgment.

Thoroughly reprimanded, Seo-jung heads right over to confront Dong-joo for tattling on her and to put him in his place. She asks for his name, which he gives, but then corrects him—his name is “Intern.” He tries to protest, but she hammers his new name and position on the totem pole into his brain, repeatedly calling him Intern.

She mockingly praises him for saving a person’s life even though he’s just an intern, saying that he must really be ah-mazing. To reward his efforts, she assigns all the most annoying patients to him, which causes those around them to snigger in delight.

Seo-jung follows up with Dong-joo after a particularly long day dealing with a slew of drunken, fussy, and belligerent patients. She asks how things are going, and he acts like it’s no big deal but his face and hair say otherwise. LOL. She smiles widely and says as expected, “You’re on a different level,” then steals his can of coffee from the vending machine.

She isn’t done tormenting him just yet—a little later she calls Dong-joo over to remove several large golf balls stuck up a man’s bum. She asks with a shit-eating grin if he’s eaten, before strolling away and saying that it’s too bad if he has. Okay, yuck.

Left with no other options, Dong-joo begins extracting the objects from the vessel. After the second pop, he manages to dislodge the balls, but it’s accompanied by some projectile excrement. Oh god. Oh god. I’d like to unsee that please.

Post-procedure, Dong-joo heads immediately over to report to Seo-jung covered in crap, and accuses her of picking on him. She feigns ignorance, but he scoffs at her denial. She crosses her arms and asks, “Hey intern, how do you put an elephant in a refrigerator?”

He’s confused by her strange question, so she follows up with an explanation: “The answer is, you tell the intern to do it. Here, interns have to do whatever the hell we tell them to. You can’t discriminate against patients here, and you can’t refuse to see anyone.”

She invites him to leave if he has a problem with the way things work.

But he doesn’t back down, he demands to know what he did that was so wrong. He saved a patient’s life while she was putting on a “performance” grabbing arteries with her hands, he argues. He accuses her of having a big ego, and being thirsty for acknowledgement. He calls her overly dramatic, and she shoots back that he’s a total psycho that thinks he’s hot shit. They both storm off in a huff, and he washes up in an angry snit.

She stomps into the hall, where a line of upper management doctors pass by, including Dr. Moon. She briefly exchanges glances with Dr. Do, who leads the pack; his face is blank when he sees her. Dr. Moon, who walks behind him, also casts her a glance and his expression is soft. Then when he turns away, he smiles to himself.

Alone, Seo-jung muses wistfully that “he” (Does she mean Dr. Do?) never acknowledges her. She then repeats Dong-joo’s accusation of her thirst for acknowledgement and concurs that he’s probably right.

In the cafeteria, Seo-jung sits down in front of Dong-joo who eats alone, immediately stealing his yogurt drink from his tray. He isn’t in the mood to chat, but she inquires about his personal life anyway, wondering why he has no friends and whether he has a girlfriend.

Ready to make peace, she tells Dong-joo that in the ER it isn’t about who arrives first, but who needs help first. She admits that she believed his patient to not need immediate attention, and was in no way purposefully ignoring Dong-joo in order to put on a “performance.”

She leaves after finishing his drink, but then returns to give him a can of coffee as payment for the one she stole previously. Then, she ruffles his hair like the grumpy little puppy he is.

Later, she confesses to a colleague that she admires the way Dong-joo is putting up with all the abuse she throws at him. Back with Dong-joo, another of their colleagues tries to explain Seo-jung’s behavior to him. He clarifies that her giving Dong-joo a hard time is the way she expresses her affection, and her faith in his abilities.

Just then, a patient with a fever comes in complaining of chest pains, and Dong-joo orders an EKG to check on the electrical activity of his heart, but the moment his back is turned, the patient falls into cardiac arrest. Dong-joo commences CPR, and when one of the staff recommends calling Seo-jung, he ignores then. Eventually, she comes over anyway, and guesses the patient might have myocarditis, which would explain the sudden heart attack. She takes over for Dong-joo and relentlessly tries to resuscitate the patient, but nothing she does seems to be working.

As she administers CPR, from the corner of her eye she watches the young family of the patient crying out for their loved one. Determined, she calls for an ECMO, a machine which will prolong the patient’s life by imitating the functions of the heart and lungs.

Her co-workers think she’s crazy, since clearly they don’t have the authority to make that kind of call. They’ll have to wait for a sunbae to free up. One suggests they just keep trying with CPR and if it doesn’t work, then “it can’t be helped.”

Seo-jung takes issue with their indifference, and furiously asks how they would feel if they were the ones dying in a hospital while the doctors trying to save them spoke like that. She vows to take full responsibility and shouts at them to haul ass. But nobody moves, so she turns around to get it herself, but Dong-joo is already there rolling the machine toward her. Oh puppy!

She studies him for a long moment as if seeing him in a different light, then gets to work.

Together they work quickly to connect the ECMO catheters to the patient’s arteries. Seo-jung seems impressed with Dong-joo’s competence as her assistant—handing her tools even before she calls for them—and she sneaks a few glances at him. Their perfect teamwork pays off and the procedure is successful.

Afterwards, Seo-jung explains what occurred to the unconscious patient, who can still hear despite his state, and assures him that he will be all right now. As she speaks, Dong-joo looks on, deeply moved.

The sunbae they were waiting for finally shows up, and after ascertaining that the patient is okay, he calls Seo-jung out for some rebuking (including a totally uncalled for kick to the shin).

He basically repeats all the risks her colleagues had previously laid out for her. But she’s unfazed by his shouting, since everything worked out and the patient survived. The sunbae warns her that she won’t get away with it this time, then leaves. Dong-joo has overheard everything and watches, troubled.

He later finds Seo-jung alone in a storage room, telling herself that she did the right thing as tears run down her face. After a minute, she wipes her tears and readies herself to face the world again, but notices Dong-joo standing near the door. She tries to play it cool, asking him what’s up, but he only wants to apologize to her.

He admits that he realized after watching her today, how lacking he is as a doctor. When faced with the real thing he underperformed, and because of him she ended up getting into trouble. She shakes her head and tells him the same thing she chanted to herself—the patient survived and that’s all that matters.

She tells him not to be scared, and says he did well in assisting her during the procedure. He seems to yearn for her approval, and asks her to confirm that she means it. She smiles and nods, then declares that he’s gotten “one elephant toenail into the door.”

As she moves to leave, he grabs her by the arm and spins her around, and then leans down to kiss her. Rawr.

Seo-jung is as surprised as we are, and asks if he’s crazy, still a bit dazed. He looks her directly in the eyes and asks if it’s not okay for him to be crazy about her.

They kiss again and though she tries once to push him away, he doesn’t let her, and then slowly she yields to the passion of the moment as the warm, orange light surrounds them.

Finally, she breaks away, gathers her senses, then begins to walk off. But before she leaves the room she announces that she’s dating someone, and also, how dare he. Astonished, she leaves him alone, unable to hide how affected she is. He chuckles to himself once she’s gone.

A little later that evening, Dong-joo sees Seo-jung waiting outside for her ride, and joins her. She decrees their kiss to be an accident, blaming the intense emotional ordeal of the day. But he doesn’t play along, and goes on to explain that he probably fell for her that day she grabbed the artery and rolled to the OR with a man’s life literally between her fingertips.

She tries to tell him again that she’s already with someone, but he just bulldozes ahead sincerely, declaring that he wants to date her and sleep with her. Hey buddy, simmer down. That kiss was hot and all, but you’re moving too fast.

She’s rightfully aghast by his declarations and stares at him gobsmacked. Forgivingly, Dr. Moon (her ride) rolls by at that exact moment and honks his horn. Seo-jung tells Dong-joo that Dr. Moon is the man she’s in a serious relationship with. And with that she leaves, as his unrealized feelings are left hanging in the air.

Dr. Moon drives in the rain until they reach a stoplight, and he picks up Seo-jung’s finger, worshipping it for grabbing that artery. He then pulls out a diamond ring and slides it on that same index finger, suggesting that they marry after she finishes her residency.

Then, without appearing to hear her answer, he makes a turn right into the path of a large truck barreling towards them. Noooooo!

Back at the hospital, Dong-joo receives word of Seo-jung’s accident. Soon after, an unconscious Seo-jung is rolled into the ER on a stretcher with Dr. Moon in tow, who is clutching his head but walking. He immediately begins firing off instructions for her treatment.

The nurse that prepares Seo-jung notices the ring on her index finger, and a strange look crosses her face as her eyes travel over to Dr. Moon, who is turned away.

The ultrasound shows some bleeding in Seo-jung’s peritoneal cavity, so Dr. Moon decides to do the surgery on her himself, a statement that causes Dong-joo to pause. He stands up and glares at Dr. Moon, asking if he drank before driving tonight. Dr. Moon’s hesitation says it all and Dong-joo rejects him as Seo-jung’s surgeon, vowing to find someone else.

Dong-joo takes Seo-jung away for a CT scan when she regains consciousness. Straightaway she inquires after Dr. Moon, much to Dong-joo’s annoyance. Dong-joo insists Dr. Moon is fine, but Seo-jung demands that Dong-joo go down and check on him because he hit his head hard during the accident. He tries to protest, but Seo-jung is adamant and begs him to go check on Dr. Moon, breaking Dong-joo’s heart in the process.

He heads downstairs, and spots Dr. Moon speaking with that same nurse in the stairwell. Though we can’t hear what is being said, their body language suggests some sort of disagreement.

When they leave, Dong-joo is there waiting to confront Dr. Moon and asks what is going on. Dr. Moon deflects his question and asks after Seo-jung’s condition, but Dong-joo just walks away with a disgusted look on his face.

As he makes his dramatic exit, Dr. Moon suddenly falls to the ground behind him, and Dong-joo realizes he’s made a big mistake. Soon after, Dr. Moon dies of brain hemorrhaging, and the hospital staff attends his funeral.

Later, Dong-joo goes to check on Seo-jung, but she’s disappeared from her room.

We find her hiking through the woods with her broken arm in a sling, thinking back to Dr. Moon’s proposal. He had asked why she didn’t seem excited. She admitted that someone confessed to her today, and worse, she felt swayed by it. Those ended up being the last words she ever said to him. Tormented by the memory, she trips and falls down a hill, injuring her ankle in the process. It’s then that her grief and guilt hit her full force, and she breaks down sobbing all alone.

Night falls, and a man hikes through the dark woods when he spies Seo-jung’s flashlight in the distance. He finds her passed out on the ground and promptly starts feeling around to check for injuries and she yelps once he squeezes her ankle. He moves to realign her dislocated ankle when she works up the nerve to shine a light on his face. It’s Teacher Kim, whose face we see clearly for the first time.

After counting down, Teacher Kim forces her ankle back into place and Seo-jung passes out from the pain. Sighing to himself, he hoists her onto his back and takes her down the mountain.

 
COMMENTS

Any drama that manages to entice Han Seok-kyu is bound to have sky high expectations. Throw in Yoo Yeon-seok and Seo Hyun-jin and it’s enough for people (like me) to start frothing at the mouth. It’s too early to see if it lives up to the hype, and does justice to the talent of its cast, but I’d say this was a very good opener. I was hoping to get more than a glimpse of our titular Teacher Kim, but it was equally important to spend this quality time with our two puppies, so I’m happy to wait until Episode 2. Looking back, I think that decision actually worked out well, since it really heightened the mystery surrounding the character. The music they chose for Teacher Kim as he was walking around in the forest was so cute. Love it!

I found it very interesting how the opening scenes set Dong-joo up in the classic hero/underdog role, but then handed this episode off to Seo-jung, who absolutely ran away with it. Yoo Yeon-seok did well enough, I mean that kiss scene was fantastic, but Seo Hyun-jin really brings so much more life and love to Seo-jung. It’s clear that she’ll be the beating heart of our story.

Speaking of the kiss scene…it came out of nowhere! Not that I’m complaining, because I definitely watched it a few (many) times. You can feel a palpable attraction between the two characters that pretty much exploded in that room. I looove the way the camera played with the lighting in those shots; everything about it was so well executed. There was this deep sense of warmth that radiated from every angle. Dong-joo was being a tiny bit too forceful, but at no moment did I feel unsafe for Seo-jung.

Now, that follow-up scene, however, the part when he was talking about sleeping with her and what not—that skeeved me out. Yoo Yeon-seok delivered it in such an earnest way that I fully believed this was the character’s way of expressing his overwhelming feelings for her, and just kind of mucking it all up, but how do you go from talking about falling crazy in love with her, then jumping right to begging for sex? Worse, she already turned him down several times by then, so it came off a little obtuse. Fingers-crossed that they don’t ruin this!

Regarding the pacing, those last fifteen-to-twenty minutes really kicked everything into high gear. I practically had to catch my breath by the end of it. It contrasted sharply with the pace of the rest of the episode, which was a little more amble overall. It felt as if the moment Dong-joo decided to make his move, everything hit the fan. But, I think overall, the pace of the show will probably reflect the earlier part of this episode, which is preferable.

Not to be blithe about Dr. Moon’s death, but I have to say that was probably the fastest I’ve ever seen a show eliminate a love rival. I’m sure the lingering effects of his death will be profound and widespread, but I expected to see him hang around a little bit longer. If anything, it will intensify the paralyzing fear Seo-jung feels from time to time, and ultimately help her heal.

Based on how things were unfolding, I don’t think that Dr. Moon was actually cheating on Seo-jung. The way his character is portrayed doesn’t really lend itself to that theory completely. There’s a sincerity in this character that comes through. Especially because I’ve seen this actor play some pretty giant assholes before, so I know he’s totally capable of getting that across, but with Dr. Moon there’s a sweetness there. That said, I think it’s important to our story that Dong-joo thinks Dr. Moon is a big fat, drunken cheater, so that he can justify his interference in their tragic love story.

All in all, a strong episode with so much potential for the future. I can’t wait!

 
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@murasakimi,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for recapping ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM!!!!! Yippee!!! You just made my day!!!

*Off to read*

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Omg yaaaas you recaped it! Aight Imma start reading it now hehehe

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I'm so bored with hospital dramas. I hope it's good but I don't know yet if I'll keep watching it.

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So who is the main man lead here dr Kim or dr dung go?

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Yay!!! Romantic Doctor Kim – is a crazy stupid title for an astonishingly dark, romantic and intense drama. But I am stunned! It's not your normal, run-of-the-mill hospital scene and certainly NOT your normal doctors. This is an AMAZING drama! The first episode was startling and sudden and utterly surprising and the twists didn’t just happen in the middle of the episode. The second episode took even more twists and I feel like I’m watching a well crafted Stephen King novel a la K-drama style. Best of all? Han Suk-Kyu as the Master teacher. The moment I realized he had played the king in Tree with Deep Roots, I burst into tears. This is an A=class drama, people. And we owe it to ourselves to pay close attention. Brilliance ahead. No doubt about it.
I'm so happy you're recapping it!

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Thank you for saying that, I thought I was the only one thinking this felt like a Stephen King novel, I absolutely loved the first two episodes, gripping, dark and lots of surprises, excited for what to come!

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In 1st episode itself writer threw all kinds of kdrama clches. Nope. Not refreshing or original at all.

Dr. Kim reminded me of japanese eccentric characters who have amazing skills and talents. Dr. Kim really felt like japanese imported character. We can count more than 1 dozen similar characters present in J-doramas. Its just that Dr. Kim looked more normal and less of weird.

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Yes, they are certainly NOT your normal doctors !! For these reasons and I speak as a real-life doctor.

1. Doctors HATE blood on themselves. We will NEVER examine any bloody patients's face with our bare hands.

2. Any blood splatter on any part of our bodies will be IMMEDIATELY washed and scrubbed off. In my hospital, we will be required to raise a case to the authorities explaining how and why the platter on our bare skin? It's ridiculous that they had major trauma patients in the ER and yet there was no face masks and shields ?

3. This is the most laughable : in a real-life ER dealing with serious life-threathening trauma, there is very little shouting, screaming and glaring of eyes. It will be severely frowned on. A definite NO-NO ! We will be usually very calm (though quacking inside), very focused and orders maybe barked out but never screamed out. Hysterical Drs and nurses will only add to the panic and confusion.

4. Bystanders will NEVER be allowed to gawk at the resuscitation efforts. There will be non-medical staff who will cordon/screen off the area.

Having ranted, I LOVE the show and wish that all Drs are so handsome though without the screaming. Thank you Korean dramaland and Dramabeans :-)

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I agree with your rant.

I really can't stand seeing blood on their faces. It doesn't take long to wipe it off and wear a mask!

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laura,
thank you for sharing the facts.
i was thinking the same things when i watched the drama.
i've been in the ER and yes, the staff were calm and no shouting whatsoever happened. i guess, the crew just want to make it more dramatic. ;-)

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Hope you're not really "quacking" on the inside"... ;)

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Yoo Yeon Seok should stop playing characters who declare they want to sleep with the girl in a span of minutes after meeting them because I'm caught up everytime! Seriously though, no matter how convincing he acts the role - I'm still bothered with the pace of I kiss you, I like you, I want to date you and then sleep with you.

Seo Hyun Jin's characters should never get engaged and just elope immediately instead. Every time (ok just ohya and this time) she gets engaged, tragedy occurs for the fiance.

Also, how can I be SHJ for a day? Hot kisses with LJW, Eric and now, YYS?

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superficial rant done, sorry about that. Thank you for the recap!

I am intrigued by Teacher Kim and would stick with the show until maybe ep 4 to hopefully see if it is worth it to watch yet another medical drama.

Tonewise, I feel the first ep is still a bit unsure - gritty medical drama, romcom, workplace comedy then whimsical. I wish they'd go more all out and be more certain in future eps.

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I loved your rant.

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YYS should stop acting, period. Poor guy is like a blackhole in this drama. Sucking the energy out of this show. Why any director Korea thinks this guy can act, I will never know.

He needs to meet his "Truck of Doom." It's not too late for this PD to find a better replacement.

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Subjectivity, period. As you think that he can't act, at the same time there are also people who think that your favourite actor or actress can't act, either.
He was pretty good, stop with your personal vendetta.

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Absolutely agree, he s so stoning! Make the whole love story and confession so ridiculous. I believe with a good actor, from lots of looking at huyn jin we could have felt much more passion and chemistry and hence cld somehow believe the super fast development. However, its so laughable now. Im juz watching for huyn jin and dr kim and the cases!

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Liking the show, but the trip-and-roll-down-the-hillside bit has been done too many times before. Why couldn't they have her get hit by a meteorite, or be attacked by an amnesiac chaebol heir swinging a lightsaber, or get run off the trail by a demented high-school bicyclist, or.... actually, almost anything.

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If you watch enough K-Dramas you start thinking that Koreans need stay out of the woods. ?

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LOL hit by a meteorite has been done before in Mr. Baek!

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I had forgotten about Mr. Baek. I *thought* I was making that one up. It's all my fault :)

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Getting hit by space junk re-entering the atmosphere, i.e., a toilet seat...

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"get hit by a meteorite, or be attacked by an amnesiac chaebol heir swinging a lightsaber, or get run off the trail by a demented high-school bicyclist"

at first glance I thought you made them up, but no, as I read them, these things all happend only in the last month (well, I'm only sure about the second and third one.. don't hit me with a lightsaber if I'm wrong).

Korea is a strangely dangerous place...

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My laugh for the day, thank you!

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So glad for the recap! Been waiting for it :)

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Oh Yes! Thank you for the recap!! Its one of the best premier episodes I have ever scene. They did an awesome job with the background score... I could feel the tension rise during the hospital scenes... omo... I cried out in pain when that metal rod came out... that scene was that realistic. The kiss, his feelings, her regret, everything felt so real, it was like I was going through all those emotions. Frankly speaking I was little prejudiced about the show... "Another medical drama.. I will skip, it no thanks." was my thought and I didn't even bother watching the previews. But yesterday I was kinda with nothing else to watch, and thought I might as well try it... then one minute into it, I was hooked. I was impressed, really impressed by thr direction... PD nim, three cheers for you.

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I absolutely love the background music, too. I hope they'll release a full OST with all the music tracks. :D

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Seo Hyun Jin and YYS chemistry is so good! I'm surprise. LOL... in terms of plot, it seems absurb and haphazard. But their emotion is soo believable I can turn off mydisbelief , and all their attraction each other from the start seems makes sense... and it's help that Yo Yeon Suk has a better perfomances here compare to any previous Seo Hyun Jin partner.
God I already want them throw into each other's arm for real and make out for the scond time already LOL

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This premiere left a great impression. It wasn't boring; it moved fast. It felt like a ton of stuff happened in one short hour.

The scenes with young Dong Joo didn't really make me emotional, but the present times had my attention. The guy with the rod in his abdomen had me so worried... like close to tears, probably because I was half grossed out by his problem and half scared that he wouldn't make it. The different medical cases were interesting to watch. There were such critical ones that I was holding my breath often.

I like that Dong Joo is honest. He is firm about his beliefs and he seems to want to heal all of his patients. Before watching this drama, I thought Yoo Yeon Seok looked like a pretty average actor. He didn't stand out to me before. But wow, he was just oozing with charisma. His chemistry with Seo Hyun Jin was electric! Shocked that we already got a first kiss in the first episode!! His line about wanting to sleep with her was surprising. But I also think DJ is a guy who is blunt and not the type to play games.

He was the new intern, but I thought they have seen each other or worked in the same group in this hospital for a while now.

Excited to see them being mentored by Teacher Kim and to see more of Teacher Kim's personality. His bgm during the forest scene was so quirky, lol! I feel like his character will make me laugh.

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His bgm during the forest scene was so quirky, lol!

I was half expecting to see faeries, nymphs, and fireflies flitting, with baby bunnies gamboling about in a cuteness overload... Then it slid into the outro, Billy Joel's "The Stranger." I haven't heard that one in a dog's age.

Music trivia: For kicks, check out Crack The Sky's "We Want Mine" from the Animal Noises LP, which came out in 1976 -- a year before "The Stranger." Hmmmm.

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LOL IKR, faeries and bunnies! xD

I didn't recognize that song. Thanks for sharing. I'll look it up.

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The lyrics to "The Stranger" by Billy Joel, aka The Piano Man, are very apropos for this drama. It will be interesting to see if different verses are used as the plot and romance unfolds...

In the outro we only heard one verse. Here's the entire song, recorded live at Carnegie Hall in NYC the year the album was released.

Billy Joel - The Stranger (Live 1977)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdLPI6XhEN8

http://www.metrolyrics.com/the-stranger-lyrics-billy-joel.html

Well, we all have a face
That we hide away forever
And we take them out
And show ourselves when everyone has gone
Some are satin, some are steel
Some are silk and some are leather
They're the faces of a stranger
But we'd love to try them on

Well, we all fall in love
But we disregard the danger
Though we share so many secrets
There are some we never tell
Why were you so surprised
That you never saw the stranger
Did you ever let your lover
See the stranger in yourself

refrain:

Don't be afraid to try again
Everyone goes south every now and then
You've done it
Why can't someone else
You should know by now
You've been there yourself

(more lyrics...)

songwriter: Billy Joel
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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Thanks for the lyrics! My heart leaped when I heard the whistle at the beginning of the song! It was like "Awesome!"

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So similar both songs are. Thanks for sharing this.

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this first episode was like WHIPLASH... i didn't think i would like it, i almost stopped watching because of the graphic blood, etc... and THEN... it just was changing up all over the place, and so fast, and so intriguing......

and, the chemistry -- whoa...

i'm in....

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I feel like the comments about the kiss and the asking for sex scene were maybe a bit prudish. I didn't feel like he was being "too" forceful. I mean maybe you don't like slightly forceful dudes but yah hell I looove it. So preferences I guess. And you guys are aware that people want to have sex because they have strong feelings for people right? The way you wrote it made it sound like all he wanted was sex, when in contex and the way he asked it doesn't ipply that whatsoever. I mean even I felt hot with their damn chemisty in that room, so him being direct and straightforward doesn't mean he is only in it for the sex. If anything it showed how young he was at the time.

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I was wondering about that too....

"I want to sleep with you" --> is is considered as swoonworthy / declaration of love now in Korea??

Maybe I am oldfashioned, but if a guy said he wants to sleep with me (let say I have a boyfriend or that guy and me are not dating/close), I would be offended... Even if the guy is hot, I can't help but thinking "does he really love me or he just wanna have fun with me?"
I don't understand about this trend of a Male main lead wanting to sleep with the female main lead without proper courtship...

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I think his declaration was supposed to be shocking - as in normal people would NEVER say that out loud with their mouth, even though they are thinking it. I felt like she was trying to figure out how someone who seemed so earnest would dare to say that. Kinda like he seemed like such a nice boy, but would a nice boy be so forceful? Or did he really really love her like he said?

She definitely was still reeling from the kiss, and he tried to keep that momentum going. Her sciencing away the shared attraction they both felt was accurate.
It could have just been the rush of working so closely in a life and death circumstance, or was there something else?
Hmmm...

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@jomo,

I like how you're thinking.

After mulling it over and dissecting the interactions that day that led up to The Kiss Incident (see 29.1), I'm coming to the conclusion that he may have interpreted her question at lunch as to whether he had a girlfriend as an expression of interest on her part... whereas she was was acknowledging his five years of academic achievement thanks to having zero social life. She also admitted to screwing up with the sepsis patient, then patted him on the head like a little kid. It felt like mixed messages to me. I was brought up to keep my paws to myself, so I found her touseling his hair either demeaning (treating him like he's a little kid or a pet), or inappropriately intimate, especially at work. Her female colleague razzed her for it, too.

Their collaboration during the ECMO installation felt like a turning point. I got the feeling that they became aware of their mutual admiration for each others' technical prowess, and he appreciated her compliment. Later, when he overheard her getting reamed out in the stairwell by the chief surgeon, he recognized that they're on the same wavelength when it comes to doing whatever it takes for their patients. He supported her when everyone else in the ER was telling her to not risk getting fired. He learns he's not the only one fighting against bureaucracy, etc. And he also learns that even someone with her capabilities gets harassed for doing the right thing for their patient by those higher up the food chain.

When he finds her weeping and giving herself a pep-talk, he sees she's as frustrated with the unfairness of the system as he is... and maybe he suddenly realizes she's a kindred spirit. The guy who never apologizes to anyone apologizes to her for putting her in that position. Did he get struck by lightning and no one noticed?

It's not clear whether he never dated in high school... but I suspect he didn't. He has no social graces. First he tells her he wants to date her... then ups the ante by stating he wants to jump her bones. He strikes me as a no-nonsense person... and he doesn't mince words. I think that was his way of stating his seriousness. It may be common knowledge that she is dating Dr. Moon... but the intern wouldn't waste bandwidth on non-essential social stuff, and therefore has no way of knowing her dating status.

That's what I've been able to grok so far.

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I watched ep 2, and now I'm hooked. I need ep 3 stat.. @[email protected]

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Thanks for the recap and really glad dramabeans picked up this series!

Looks like views are quite divided on how quickly the romance unfolded with some really loving the kiss and others finding it progressed too fast. I for one was quite bothered by the sudden tragic turn of events. Did not like that the love rival was just killed off so suddenly..

agree with fangirl sy that the show still seems to be finding its tone.. even with the 2nd episode. however I found the 2nd episode much more compelling than the first.. I was contemplating not following the show but was more hooked after meeting Dr Kim.

Have shared my thoughts on the premiere of the show here: http://wp.me/p7U37n-eB

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OH MY GOD! Thank you for recapping! I was getting itchy with this show. Can we fangirl over how the wonderful Seo Hyun Jin? She's so freaking good! I really wanna fan girl over a woman before Lee Min Ho comes along and takes all of my available brain space.

Also, that kiss. Yeah. Seo Hyun Jin. Queen of Kisses. I bow to you.

SQUEEEEEE!

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@silentbeluga,

Pleased to meet a fellow SHJ fangirl. ;-)

I first saw her in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK-HYANG, one of my first Kdramas. 108 episodes gave her plenty of screen time. Her range of expressiveness was so broad, and her chemistry with the rest of the cast was so warm and genuine that I wanted to keep an eye open for her future projects. Her character is an underdog Everywoman with guts and determination, and a tomboy streak. I love it when she kicks butt in the Baekje equivalent of the Secret Service. Her comic timing is great, too.

I loved her in OH HAE YOUNG AGAIN... and am thrilled out of my shoes that I get to see her in another production this year.

I'm still recovering from live-watching both MOONLIGHT and MOON LOVERS... but have ceased twitching enough to live-watch RDTK and MAN LIVING IN OUR HOUSE. God/dess help me when GOBLIN starts up with Gong Yoo...

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Hi! Nice to meet you too, fellow fangirl!

I feel you. To be honest, I'm really happy she's back in dramaland because I need to watch actors do great to get over the waste of acting talent otherwise known as Moon Lovers. So yeah, Seo Hyun-Jin is a godsend.

She was so good in Another Oh Hae Young. SO GOOD. The fierceness, the vulnerability, the human-ness. She made me cry and laugh and hope, and there wasn't a single moment in this show that I wasn't in her corner. Rooting for her all the time. Oh, and the Three Musketeers. Granted, I have an unhealthy passion for the book but... oh my god she was so great. I mean, the show was really good as well, but she definitely was the highlight. Just like she is now as a badass doctor lady. My little fangirl heart has been doing non-stop backflips since I've watched Episode 1.

Eagerly anticipating Goblin as well. December will be oh so fun :)

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I still haven't gotten around to watching THREE MUSKETEERS... It's good to have one in reserve for a rainy day. Or maybe I could make it a double-header with JOSEON GUNMAN...

Did you catch SHJ in the film THE PEACH TREE w/ Cho Seung-Woo and Ryu Deok-Hwan playing Siamese twins? Their resemblance is uncanny. She plays their mother. Lee Joon-Hyuk plays dad. It's not a rom-com by any stretch.

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I wanna join you in this fangirling fest too!

SHJ is legit my girl-crush, she's so talented and mesmerizing everytime she's on screen. I've been a fan since Let's eat 2, OHYA, and her performance in RDTK is just awesome.

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Yay! SHJ fangirls of the world assemble!

*goes off to stitch little hats*

:)

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Welcome, maya!

Pull up a rock...

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Thanks for the recap. I did catch the first episode but what threw me off was Dong Joo walking away from Dr. Moon after he was told he had suffered possible head trauma. It just like me back up from his character. Especially considering how his father died, and his statement earlier about being in the hospital to save lives. Well even if Dr. Moon was cheating his life still has value, and Dong Joo not taking the time to inquire about his condition, I stepped away from him at that point as a character to root for at this point. I will take a look at episode two to see if my opinion changes, minus that it was a solid beginning, which is why I'm giving it until eppy 2 to revise my opinion.

JV

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Thank you for recapping this murasakimi!

I loved the first two episodes, I thought they had a different feel to them and then realized that they felt like something of A Stephen King novel and got absolutely excited!

Yoo Yeon Seok is back! YAY!

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Sorry to be a party pooper but I am undecided about this drama. Will probably end up reading recaps instead of watching because I was hoping for a LITTLE bit more medical realism but... nope.

Why oh why doesn't anyone wear masks outside of the operating theatre?! Even to do super sterile stuff like cut open abdomens... not to mention the blood spraying everywhere into people's Eyes! Also, why didn't super Intern or Nurse do CPR or call for help when Dr Moon collapsed?! They are still in hospital so it's not like help and resuscitation equipment wouldn't be able to help. Also, you do not die instantaneously from a bleeding in the brain. And don't get me started on the resuscitation scenes- so many things were wrong I can't even...

And I couldn't understand the reason why Seo Jung had to go trekking in the mountain alone with a busted arm. I mean I know she is traumatised but.... it made little sense other than to put her conveniently in the path of Teacher Kim.

I like smart plots and characters that do things that make sense so this show isn't winning points at the moment. Episode 2 I didn't feel was much better. Will probably hang on till episode 4 and then finalize my verdict. But for now I'm sadly disappointed.

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Having absolutely no idea about medical world makes me immune to all the medical mistakes they make...
and about her going hiking, I didn't think it was unrealistic. To feel completely alone in the world, and to forget the mental pain by physical excretion... that's why she did it, I think. And that the woods she chose to hike must have some significance for her... I am thinking so... they might show it afterwards...

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You bring up good points! I think that scene makes more sense now. Honestly the acting has been good so far it is just the plot and the medical stuff is annoying me a bit.... Though I think i just have to adjust my expectations :)

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@aqua♡JCW,

Your interpretation makes sense to me... Although it would have made a lot more sense for her to use a lightweight hiking staff in such hilly, uneven terrain... Not telling anyone where she was going was not very bright -- but then she wouldn't have gotten to meet Doc Kim, would she?

@michykdrama,

Yeah, that's it, adjust your expectations downward a bit, and suspend your disbelief a skosh more... There you go. I'd miss reading your considered opinions. ;-)

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I think she wanted to punish herself in a way. She felt very guilty. ANd yes, she wanted to be alone and most definitely did not want to see Dong Joo or her friends who must have known that she was engaged to Dr. Moon.

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I got the impression that no one else (aside from the ER nurse and anyone who saw the ring -- hmm, did Dong-Joo notice it?) would have known that Doc Moon had just proposed to her, or that she had actually turned him down.

Unless she said something, there's no way for anyone else to know exactly what was really going on between her and Doc Moon. There was a scene after the ECMO episode, I think -- or was it the rebar incident? -- where the senior docs were all walking in a herd through the open area near the ER, and Doc Moon glanced briefly at her with a tiny smile. I think they were being very discreet and professional in their public behavior.

Agree that she's got a good case of survivor's guilt. I'm not so sure that it was a matter of punishing herself, so much as her needing to get away from a pressure-cooker environment that held too many memories... Someone suggested the hiking area might hold significance for her/them. Or, it might just be a beautiful wild area where she could get out in fresh air and sunlight so nature could start mending her heart and spirit.

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I am not a dr, have the slightest medical knowledge, but I am also bothered by the blood spraying everywhere and operation without mask scenes. When blood got everywhere, I just kept thinking "what if this person has a blood transmitted disease? How can all these Drs being so ignorant?!"

But of course, I am still sticking with the drama. It's fast paced and so far still pretty intriguing, the leads have good chemistry, the acting is good... I personally even like how the so called love rivalry was killed off so soon. It's almost like Yong Pal in which the fiance of the female lead died in the first episode. Judging from ep 2, Dr Moon's death, being the cause of Seo Jung's trauma and psychological break down, is what really hinders the relationship between the two leads. There is no more powerful love rivalry than the lover that died before one's eyes right after proposing...

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It’s almost like Yong Pal in which the fiance of the female lead died in the first episode.

Not only that. YONG PAL started off with such a bang... Holy cow, the car chases! Reminded me of Steve McQueen's epic car chase in BULLITT. Gangster brawls and shoot-outs! Patching up gangsters in filthy environments! Evading police! Jumping off a bridge into the Han with the injured gang boss, and both living to tell the tale! One of the most intense openings I'd seen at that point in my Kdrama watching career... only to have it fizzle out. Joo Won was great (and got a Daesang for his performance), but then the show got into hospital chaebol revenge territory and, for me, lost its mojo along with his medical license.

[Aside: SHJ's crown prince co-star from SU BAEK-HYANG, Jo Hyun-Jae, played the evil chaebol brother in YONG PAL. I wish to heck he'd make another sageuk. He looks terrific in Three Kingdoms-era hanbok. Very regal.]

There is no more powerful love rivalry than the lover that died before one’s eyes right after proposing…

You got that right! Such was definitely the case in YONG PAL... until the truth came out.

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I feel the same as you...The doctor in me cannot stand the scenes in the hospital..Totally unreal..
I love both Yoo Yeon-seok and Seo Hyun-jin.. I'll probably stick around for a couple more episodes though, to see the progress of their story (I just have to remind myself not to expect any medical realism)

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haha every time they get sprayed in blood I am irritated! and it happens a lot! XD

It's made worse by the fact that these Emergency Department doctors seem to be able to do anything and everything... even cutting open people's abdomen to put their finger on a bleeding artery (when not be able to see anything too!)

But yes... I am suspending my medical sense of disbelief for now and giving it another week to see how it goes. :)

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What was the fluid that sprayed on face of Dong Joo!!? All of medical scenes were made too dramatic to affect the audience. Then we had idle hospital staff acting as audience watching live shot.

It feels like more of Melo Romance sub-medical drama. Professions of Doctors is just a big tool here.

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<Then we had idle hospital staff acting as audience watching live shot.

Yep, even the lead. One moment he's ranting about the sepsis patient, then he just watches Seo-jung tackle the steel rod patient – as do lots of others. As if there were nothing else to do and no one else to attend to.

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Shout and panic expression,i think they should calm.
"I want to sleep with you?"
*run*

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I dunno, I guess I didn't feel skeeved out by it. The kiss, while a tad bit aggressive, didn't feel forced. He did say he wanted to date her first? I will admit, it may have had something to do with it being Yoo Yeon-seok, but....I don't know. I thought it was pretty sexy.

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*waves at Michykdrama*

Good to see you!

I agree that with all that arterial spray -- and other bodily fluids, ahem -- everyone should have been wearing full face protection, for crying out loud. HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis C are all compelling reasons to keep infectious matter out of one's eyes, nose and mouth.

It never ceases to amaze me how airbags simply do not function in Kdrama car crashes... Had they deployed on impact with the Dump Truck of Doom, side curtain airbags would have prevented Dr. Moon's noggin from hitting the window, and the one in the steering column would have kept his head from bouncing off the steering wheel. Paging Ralph Nader!

On the positive side, I remembered ECMO from BEAUTIFUL MIND. ;-)

Hopefully they'll get their act together in the realism department. Ah, the burden of being a medical professional. This is one time for me when ignorance is truly bliss. I'm mainly watching for SHJ anyway. ;-)

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Hello!!! :)

Haha yes ECMO was one of the few more accurate things in the episode ;) They keep getting sprayed by blood which is annoying me because so far both episodes have it.. and more than once! (You would think they would learn....)

My expectations were too high I think.... I shall tone it down for next week and see how... but this one definitely is more about the story that happens to be set in a hospital, rather than about the hospital/medical situations.

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That's the way to do it. Reframe it. It's not a medical show, it's a romance or whatever that takes place in a hospital setting. ;-)

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I am usually good at suppressing my disbelief when it comes to medical dramas. And I've watched a lot of them. But I was cringing everytime they made a medical decision or action in this drama. I said to myself, okay, maybe, they need impact for the pilot, I'll be forgiving. Then bam, 15minutes into episode 2, [SPOILERS SPOILERS]

ヽ( ̄д ̄;)ノ=3=3=3

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My grouse with that wasn't actually that- what amused me was that actually Dong Joo was doing the right thing!

I won't say more since it's technically a spoiler, so I'll keep it for the next recap.

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My take-away from the first two episodes was that it's the typical medical drama (tired politics and all), with a whole bunch of ridiculous scenes already.

But commenters on the site where I watched seemed to focus exclusively on the swoon-worthiness of the kiss. Yeah, no....

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First episode and the two main leads kissed. It's a big turn off for me. Another medical drama which I should have known would bore the hell out of me. Since there's no strong competition with "Man Living in Our House" and "Woman With Suitcase", so I decided to check this one only to regret it. Sorry drama, I am dropping you off.

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Melo with a side of doctor. SO much happens in each episode that I found it silly and soapy. I think if it was toned down and simplified it could be really great, the performances are solid, but I don't think this drama got the memo that it's not cool to try too hard. If I do keep watching it will only be because Seo Hyun Jin is aces.

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Still, I'm feeling less swamped than during the opening week of MOON LOVERS...

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Whoa. Kiss scene from Episode 1. And I used to be elated when they held hand at Episode 10.

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Or episode 30 if it was a sageuk. ;-)

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Dying of laughter here, you guys :) :) :)

I'd do a lot for Han Seok-kyu but I'm not sure I can stand any more of these aggressive young doctors with chips on their shoulders.

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I've been hoping this gets recapped so yay!! This episode was insane. So much has happened in the first episode alone! We even got a visit from the Truck of Doom! I like it though. Can't wait until next week!

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Haha, with you on the Truck of Doom cameo - and yet it still works. SHJ so impressive in this - her subtlety and range of expression (which someone else also mentioned) just amazing. Never really watched YYS in anything but their chemistry so far is amazing. I'm not a med drama fan but this one had an impressive beginning. Did anyone else notice that a couple of the sets appear to be reused from recent dramas? I'm referring to the resident office which I would swear is a dead ringer for one from Doctors ...

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This drama is kind of boring. It's hard to get passed the first episode. Not sure what it is, but it might get better. I won't be sticking with it, though.

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I wasn't impressed by the first episode...
Didn't watch the 2nd episode yet i will read the recap first.

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Other than feeling eh and ugh at Dong Joo's confession, I like ep. 1! It's fast paced, and I love the whimsical vibe the show gave, as well. I'm happy because as a person who is not into medical dramas and tune in just because of YYS my love and HSK as well as SHJ, I came to like and watch this show's first episode until the end without feeling bored?

And I feel fascinated by the 3 characters - Teacher Kim was cool when he appeared to both young leads' rescue when they were at their lowest; Seo Jung who became so easily rootable as a passionate doctor and big hearted senior; and the very peculiar, with low emotional intelligence Dong Joo (who needs some major fixing with himself)

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Waiting for the recap for days.. and yes, I found one.. Thank you for recapping. I can say they have a strong premiere. And...and.. they kissed! On the very first episode! Woah. That was intense. I agree that the show has the fastest in eliminating the love rival. I thought the rival will run til the fourth ep.

So far so good.. Something to root for..

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So this the most realistic medical drama that been promoted like non stop? Can I laugh? They promote this drama by making down other medical dramas but turn to the most silly and ridiculous medical drama ever.
1. Doctors should be in calm mode on not in panic, no shouting, debate or fighting during handling the patients (it's hospital where other patients were taking rest or having treatments, how can they debate like no end?). I feel like those doctors and nurses were in the market instead of hospital lol.
2. Blood is one of the factor that can transfer any disease. But in this drama, blood is one of the factor to make more dramatic. We see the doctors come here and there while the blood were in their face XD.
3. During any surgery, doctors or other medical workers CAN'T receive any calls. The room should be sterile. But here, when they were doing surgery, suddenly another doctor came with hurry to make Dr. Kim received a call just to make Seo Jung 'back to the reality world' lol. He even yelling at her in operation room XD.
4. To handle one patient (even in emergency room), usually just need one doctor and some nurses, but in this drama usually one patients is handled by at least three doctors + more nurses. Even security ahjussi/ police (not sure) can enter the room XD.

The acting is too overact. Either the female and male lead. None of doctors are shouting or debating with high pitch of voice in front of patients or other colleagues. The doctor should be calm but move faster if not how can they handled the situation.

So, please stop claim as the most realistic medical drama before the writer at least do some searching, discussing and research to what actually happen in the hospital. It's kinda insult for doctor profession. Especially confessing by kissing wearing lab coat and work. Huffttt..

Until now, the closest one to medical activities was Beautiful Mind and Good Doctor. Other than that nope.

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Actually doctors do receive phone calls in the operating theatre. I'm certain because I've answered the phone for many of the surgeons while they are operating and I've put the phone to their ear exactly like in the drama. (I'm an anesthetist)

It doesn't break sterility because everything above the neck and below the hip/waist isn't considered sterile. The mask and cap they wear aren't sterile. Only the gown and gloves (and of course the drapes and equipment) are sterile.

Doctors have to remain contactable at all times in case of an emergency. That includes when they are operating. They may not be able to pick up the phone themselves but what they showed in the drama in this case was correct.

Just to clarify. :)

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I don't know if your hospital has different rules. But in our case (and most of hospitals I know), during an operation no one can receive any calls because it will influence the concentration of doctors during surgery (and danger to the patients). Some of doctors can talk but not in the case of having heavy surgery. Even before doing the surgery, doctors are prohibited for having alcohol drink. If there's emergency case, usually medical workers won't contact the doctors in surgery room but other doctors available outside operation room. And we usually button-up the white coat not open it like most of dramas. And blood that spread over the faces of doctors and they like move here and there also ridiculous.

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Oh! that's interesting. Which country is this? Im genuinely curious. You guys are lucky then because where I work at least at night it's impossible to never call the doctor operating because their aren't that many doctors around.

And as doctors we don't wear white coats, only the students do. It's interesting to hear about the differences between countries.

I suppose in Korea its different as well. Sadly I don't know any Korean doctors to ask :)

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I'm from Australia, and I had my clinical placement in operating theatre, mostly anaesthetist or anaesthetic nurse pick up the call but they rarely disturb the surgeon. And we don't use personal mobile, the call is made via internal phones.
I don't know if doctors really use mobile phone as main contact mean in korea because in Australia, if the doctors are in hospital, we use pager or portable hospital phones. We only contact mobile number if they are out of hospital, out of normal working hours.

And we don't use white coat either, theatre staffs wear their scrub outfit (no white coat over), regular doctors just wear normal semi formal clothes, ward nurses wear nursing uniform. Those white coat is kinda banned because we have bare below the elbow policy to minimise risk of infection

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The surgeon is prohibited to receive any calls during doing the surgery. of course they can be contacted freely outside the operation room. And during surgery, it is also prohibited people come and go so freely in the surgery room. But in this drama, one doctor suddenly interupted the surgeon when he was doing surgery, and the surgeon even yelling and shouting in the phone while he's doing an operation. I think, no matter from which country we are, shouting and yelling in front of other doctors, patients and even in operation room are prohibited. This is a hospital after all.

This drama should stop use so many medical scenes and just focus on the romance or something else. I'm afraid they will get complaints from medical workers later on. Just saying.

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I’m in iran and we are prohibited to receive any calls during the surgery.

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I would just like to say after watching the first two episodes, I wasn't ready for how intense and dark this drama actually is.

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Can't comment on the realistic aspect of this medical drama because I'm not in the medical profession. Putting that aside, I'm quite pleased at the thrill the drama was giving me. Can't wait for episode 3 to be honest.

I felt that the kiss was too abrupt in episode 1. I didn't feel the 'attraction' between the leads and then suddenly the male lead told the female lead that he was 'falling head over heels'. What I saw is just him being 'angry' and unhappy about the injustice he received, not infatuation.

I think the kiss was necessary to show the female lead was swayed by him though, and how it would affect her (episode 2). How this kiss was the 'cause' of the female lead's problems. Whether the attraction to the male lead would overpower the guilt she felt in indirectly causing the death of her fiance.

I am looking forward to how the characters develop, overcome their inner monsters, and becoming better than before.

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Re: smooching

There was subtle foreshadowing of the kiss in episode 1, following the rebar incident. Newbie intern Dong Joo tells resident Seo Jung she's got histrionic personality disorder, and she retorts that he's got narcissistic personality disorder and is a damn psycho. Just like two little kids bickering.

Then the dead-fish medical director marches by leading his platoon of more senior docs, and she admits to herself that Dong Joo may have been right about her seeking acknowledgement.

Cut to the cafeteria, where Seo Jung and colleagues are eating together and chattering away while Dong Joo sits by himself at another table to study while he eats. She goes over to him and notes he has no friends to eat with, and asks if he has a girlfriend. When he replies that he has no time for relationships, she says that's probably why he was at the top of his class for five years straight... but what is he living for if he doesn't have anyone at all in his life? While filching a second drink from him, she proceeds to mend fences regarding her judgement about the woman with pneumonia... then leaves.

Seo Jung returns and plunks down a can of coffee to replace the drink she'd earlier filched from him at the vending machine, and ends up tousling his hair like a little kid as she leaves. He looks put off. In my book, that's her making the first move.

Her female colleague observes this, and even asks if she's getting revenge on Dong Joo or mildly flirting with him. Seo Jung replies that she just admires his academic achievement and single-minded tenacity in spite of the hazing he's been getting at her hands. Colleague insists she's got stars in her eyes.

When the patient with undiagnosed myocarditis arrives in the ER, Dong Joo orders an EKG. The male nurse who is assisting tells him that he's worked with Seo Jung long enough to know that she's not spiting him, but is actually expressing her admiration and affection towards Dong Joo for his good work. Her nickname might be "Crazy Whale," but she has a tender heart... I'm watching Dong Joo's eyes, but I don't see any indications of what he's thinking or feeling about this revelation.

Then the patient starts thrashing, and there's the whole scene of bickering about ECMO with the head surgeon unavailable. While everyone else argues with her about acting outside her purview and risking her job, Dong Joo fetches the machine unobserved, then expertly assists her, even anticipating her directions as if he's reading her mind. He appears to be touched when she speaks to the unconscious patient to reassure him.

Later, when he overhears her getting reamed out in the stairwell by the head surgeon, she counters that the dying patient has survived... I could see in Dong Joo's eyes that that struck a chord with him. When he later finds her weeping, it's more of the same.

I see a progression as he realizes that he's falling for her. The iceberg thaws.

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I commented above also, but think its because the acting wasnt good that we dont believe in the development. As u analyzed, there s plenty of chance for him to express/ act but it was so bad that we cldnt feel the attraction/ chemistry enough to believe

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Nicely written PakalanaPikake. Very nice analysis of the foreshadowing of that highly sensual kiss. I agree with you. It was foreshadowed quite clearly to me too. When they kissed I was surprised, not because it hadn't been developed enough, but because this is a Korean drama and they just don't have the couple kissing in the first episode (most certainly not as sex laden as that kiss was), unless one or the other characters is doomed to die. It's interesting how they did the ol' switcher-roo with the death part.

There is a lot of energy between Seo Jung and Dong Joo even when they are arguing. It's obvious they are both physically aware of each other. He's just more honest about it. It's almost like they enjoy arguing because that's engaging and connecting, even if it's hostile. I have to say that these two have similar goals in why they became doctors; one of the other commenters mentioned that Dong Joo sensed that Seo Jung was a "kindred spirit." I believe her priorities are to the patient, not her personal career advancement and this is what Dong Joo zeroes in on. This theme remains even in later episodes (sorry for spoilers).

Thanks again PakalanaPikake for that awesomely written analysis!! Well done!

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I'm also in the Medical field, find some of the scenario unrealistic and a lot of hospital protocols not being observed. Still there are some instances which is very seldom that I get to be splashed with blood and other body fluids during procedures. The only instances that we wear protective garment is when patient are in isolation or during procedure that we need to maintain a sterile field or aseptic technique. Of course during surgery and other invasive procedures we have to.

So If I'm watching soap opera I just ignore these break of protocols just enjoy the story and the characters,the romance, the drama, the suspense and the craziness.

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I understand you. Totally. Drama is drama. But I just got annoying by the promotion of this drama telling the most realistic medical drama and saying they came after research bla..bla..bla.. But when I watched the 1st episode. MEH. I mean, why should putting down the other medical dramas while this drama still the same or even worst (in terms of medical scenes) though. I just hope no people think this is actually happen in the hospital XD.

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I'm not surprise if the plot turn out to be dramatic. This is the writers from baker kim tak gu. The character are overact compare to happen in real lfe situation. but not the scting though

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Well, THAT explains everything!
There is something essentially BKTG in the first episode where I actually paused the vid to see who wrote it.

BKTG both attracted and repelled me. It was a drama I consumed in a short period of time, hate/loving every moment. I may have even rewatched for some Joo Won.

What was good about BKTG was awesome, what was bad was still watchable - but in a way that I was shouting at the screen, or peering between my fingers because it was too too much for me to believe. Realism is RIGHT out, btw.

All that being said, I will be watching RDTK, which also coincidentally, has four words in the title that are not easy to say quickly.

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I cannot be the only one who enjoyed the first two episides ?? well I'm not from medical field so I don't really pay attention to the medical procedures etc. Han Suk Kyu ahjusshi and Seo Hyun Jin are enough to draw me in, and I like the dark setting of this drama. More than the accuracy of medical procedures, I am into the plots. No offense to medical practitioner here though. ?

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It's because the promotional stuff said that it was aiming to be realistic and they talked about how they talked to real doctors etc.

So expectations are high- then we see completely crazy things that could be EASILY fixed- they should have worn masks when doing procedures in the emergency department. They should have been wearing protective googles especially during that poop ejecting scene. It wouldn't have made it any less gross, because poop sprayed around is gross regardless of what protective stuff you have on, but made it 100% more believable.

Anyway most of us are carrying on to watch, we don't mean to rain on everyone's parade, and we will see what happens next week! ?

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Aaaa. Honestly I didn't read the synopsis and see those promotional stuffs. When I first heard about this, oh another medical drama again (medical drama is so not my thing but sometimes my favourite actors are in the drama). In this case when I heard Han Seok Kyu and See Hyun Jin will be among the main casts, then I already in without giving so much attention to the promotional stuffs. ? But I get your disappointments. Hope things getting better. For me, epi 1 was OK but I didnt find anything interesting. The confession was OK until the guy said want to sleep with her. Sigh. But epi 2 attracted me more because I have been a fangirl to Han Seok Kyu Ahjusshi from long time ago ?? Seeing him only can make me smile a lot??

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You and I are in the same boat, STMT. ;-)

I haven't paid any attention to the hype about medical realism, blah, blah, blah. As for synopses, they seem to be used so often as tools of misdirection that I don't pay them much heed. There are going to be plot twists... unless there aren't. I'm looking at you, MOON LOVERS, har.

I'm watching for the cast, mainly SHJ... I've seen YYS in ARCHITECTURE 101 and TWO WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL. Have not yet seen TREE WITH DEEP ROOTS, so am looking forward to meeting HSK in the title role.

My condolences to medical folk whose suspension of disbelief muscles are overworked already.

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Yes agree with you. ;)

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Not enough of Han Suk Kyu. I don't like medical dramas (kind of gross me out) but I'm watching this for the cast.

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We probably have enough of HSK in epi 2. Same, the casts are interesting and among the favourites that I just cannot say no.

Initially i was hoping there will be romance between HSK and SHJ lol, but i believe the direction will not go there.

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Anyone knows why the teacher is "teacher kim"? I think his last name isn't Kim?

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In the title 'Kim Sabu', Sabu means Teacher.

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All of characters are overact and so noisy. I was like watching a musical than a drama XD. Can they just a bit calm while discussing or working on something? Plot is weak and too cliche. I hope next time no more medical drama. Enough already. Saw BTS and I felt that Seo Hyun Jin a bit scared of Yoo Yeon Sook (reminds me Ha Ji Won who looked a bit uncomfortable with Lee Jin Wook in Times With You).

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There are Doctors and DOTS about doctors already, same subject in such short period of time. Even if this is good but the timing isnt right. Ill pass it for something else different. Sweet stranger and me gets a bit more interesting.

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So many doctors this year. DOTS, Doctors, W, Beautiful Mind and now this. Same and same again. But this drama like combining all the drama scenes for 1st episode lol.

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Thanks! Ive been waiting for the recap, and finally its here! I thought ive watched the finale hahaha so early for the kissing scenes but im not complaining! And Seo Hyun Jin never fails to amaze me everytime, Yoo Yeon Seok too and Han Suk Kyu is a legend!
I'll choose this for my Mon-Tue drama.

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I'm not interested in medical dramas in general so I'm certainly not watching this one. But I was scanning through the recap and from the POV of someone in the medical field, Seo-jung's treatment of Dong-joo counts as bullying. It happens and it's fairly common, but in my country it's not the norm and doctors who behave like this are not liked or respected. I don't buy the reasoning that it's her way of expressing her faith in his abilities. So I find it hard to like the female lead, even after both of them make up and make out.

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It came across as bully to me, also. Power-tripping by a 4th-year resident over a brand new intern. Shades of frat hazing... Blechhh.

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Whe the he was a kid and the word "revenge" pop out, I was really scared if another "Doctor Crush" started out of nowhere.

And I glad it wasn't the matter.

It was a totally Grey's Anatomy style for me, and I love it. Even the scene of her on top of the patient reminded me some GA's good old days.

This kissing scene was spot on too. Come on guys, this is 2016. Even when he said he wanted to sleep with her. It was a flirting thing, and I liked.

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I think Dr. Moon was cheating - when the ER nurse saw the ring on Seo-jung's finger she immediately looked at Dr. Moon and looked pissed.

Plus it seems like a thing in dramas for a "high status" guy to cheat with a "lower status" woman and not think it's a big deal. Dr. Moon was a doctor while the nurse was "just" a nurse, and Seo-jung was going to become a doctor. So many dramas are populated by guys who cheat and then can't seem to understand why either woman might be upset. "She was just a nurse! A mere peon! A simple fling with a nobody loser. You're the one I want to marry, plus you're more educated, so just get over it! What? Still mad? It must be your anger issues that drove me away." Grrrrrrrrrr.

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Finally its recapped! Wow, this show wasnt even on my radar and now I have another Mon-Tue drama to watch! Im a med student too but I dont expect realism from kdramas, though a glove or mask would be helpful.
Loved our 2 leads today. The chemistry built up and then exploded in that kiss and confession. I loved how direct he was. The looks these two kept giving each other... I was sold.

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OMG, is that my Oh Hae Young??? I am watching because of her. Loved her with Eric :P

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did anyone notice that the doctor that kicked Seo-Jung in the shin is Michael, the doctor with Garbage in Reply 1994 (which Yoo Yeon-Seok was also in)? Yay for drama crossovers!

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this is likely one of the best premiere episodes ever. i am by no means a medical drama fan. I've been rewatching this episode over and over. i loved the lighting when they kissed. i'm in it for yys and shj.

the blood spraying all over her face really bothered me...and she kept biting her lip too!!!

**caution: i have no medical knowledge. i have no idea of the medical realism portrayed here.

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Great Recap - I found this a 1st episode that made me unsure about whether to continue, but definitely drew me into the characters (though for now, I am also a little reluctant to jump into a hospital drama...). There was a mix of corny plot device with some really incredible acting (and that Kiss! Whew!). I totally agree with the comment that there was a little too much force there, though the chemistry and her participation muted it a little, I'm aware more and more these days how this is a bad move (unless you are wanting to set the character up as an abusive character, which I don't think was the plan). On the other hand, I didn't find it at all creepy that he would say "I want to sleep with you". traditional behavior - talking back to his seniors, making medical decisions on his own, calling it as he sees it. In this situation it at least shows he is consistent! I am sensing a set up for an opposite reaction to a future opportunity. I am invested in the characters though dubious about the story at this point (Talk about Replacing Scarlet Heart Ryeo!)

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Been waiting for this drama to finish so I don't have to wait weekly bt after watching half of ep1 found out my anticipation was wasted. I don't know where to start. It's too far gone into chlicheland for me to even watch for any favored cast. I just hope their next projects are better. Found out the writer is one from Baker Kim Ta Gu.. figures. First episodes of that were ok bt ended up watching it most of it on fast forward. I can't imagine this one mixed with melo it would be torture to watch. That's just my two cents lol. If you like the drama though enjoy!

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Perhaps I'll be the last one here, I think. It's just so good to come back here and read all the recap and comments regarding what happened in the first ep.

Unlike many here, I found YYS absolutely handsome in the first ep, hence when he was still an intern. That might be influenced by my personal experience though (one doctor who was so good to me when my condition was so bad looked very much like YYS in this ep.) Call me crazy but I found the kissing scene and that super famous line 'I want to sleep with you' very alluring .. I mean for YYS it might not be real love but some kind of super strong chemistry AT THE MOMENT. That, apparently, was appealing to SYJ as she confessed to her fiancé afterwards how vulnerable she was after being confessed to.

All in all, love the fair ep. Just got me hooked.

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