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Doctors: Episode 11

While Ji-hong and Hye-jung’s relationship has met a bump in the road, Ji-hong’s relationship with his father continues to be tender and brimming with love. In a dramaverse filled with incompetent parents who lower their children’s self-esteem, Director Hong remains a shining beacon; proving, again, that good parents exist. Nevertheless, having a good father won’t solve everything, since Ji-hong will have to fix his relationship woes by himself.

 

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP

On the hospital roof, Hye-jung confronts Ji-hong and asks why only she has to change. To her, this is a “nuisance love,” and Hye-jung walks away. Ji-hong watches her leave and narrates, “Sincere love lets you meet a sincere person. It touched a part of me I didn’t know. I didn’t know I was this kind of man.”

He chases after Hye-jung, who’s already inside the hospital. She receives a call, and it’s from Myung-hoon, though he hangs up the phone without talking. Hye-jung recognizes that the number is from the hospital and puts the clues together when Myung-hoon calls again.

Hye-jung answers his call, and from behind, Ji-hong calls out her name. She momentarily looks, but having more pressing issues, Hye-jung turns the corner to continue her call. She knows that it’s Myung-hoon, and tells him that she’s surprised that he called her himself. Myung-hoon is startled to be found out, and hangs up on Hye-jung again.

Myung-hoon is puzzled over Grandma’s guardian’s identity, and his secretary enters the office to hand him a disciplinary action resolution. Myung-hoon tosses aside the file on Hye-jung, frustrated to be bothered with (what he deems) a minor issue, but his secretary informs him that Seo-woo was the informant.

The emergency room is in chaos with patients crying from every corner and doctors running to and fro. Kang-soo wonders where the staff doctor is, and on cue, the doctor arrives: It’s In-joo!

She immediately checks on a nearby patient who’s been in a car accident, and she rattles off orders to a resident. Another patient is wheeled into the emergency room, and Joong-dae looks over the unconscious patient as her husband (cameo by Jo Dal-hwan) begs him to save her.

Kang-soo checks over the unconscious patient (oh my goodness, it’s a cameo by Han Hye-jin), and Joong-dae blocks the husband from barging into the restricted area. Joong-dae tries to get the crying husband to explain how she lost consciousness, and the husband says, between sobs, that she fell down the stairs.

Ji-hong quietly drops off some food for his father, but Director Hong wakes up. He thinks Ji-hong is visiting too frequently, but Ji-hong is more than happy to be by his father’s side. Director Hong starts to tear up, and apologizes to Ji-hong for not being a better father.

Director Hong wistfully says that he wants to see Ji-hong married, and Ji-hong reassures his father that he’ll live long enough to see his grandchildren, too. Allowing the moment to control him, Ji-hong decides to do something out of character and hugs Director Hong (a mirror image of Hye-jung hugging Grandma at the hospital).

Pa-ran runs up to In-joo in the hallway, cheerful as always. In-joo asks why he kept Director Hong’s surgery a secret, and he reminds her that she told him not to bother her before her official arrival. Pa-ran suggests drinks with Ji-hong after work, but In-joo wants to visit the director first.

Hye-jung is checking on the director, and he mentions that Ji-hong was here just moments ago. She ignores the comment and asks him, on a scale of one to ten, how much his scar hurts. Director Hong laughs at the situation, now being the one to hear the words he so often asked his patients.

In-joo walks in to visit Director Hong, and recognizes Hye-jung. She scolds Director Hong for letting his condition go unchecked, and Director Hong changes the topic and introduces the two of them.

In-joo greets Hye-jung familiarly and comments on how she’s grown a lot. Though In-joo acts friendly, Hye-jung squirms on the spot, clearly feeling awkward around her. Luckily, Hye-jung gets a call, and Director Hong tells her that the patient always comes first.

Kang-soo explains to Hye-jung that the patient lost consciousness after falling down the stairs, but Hye-jung wants more details about the accident. The husband is crouched on the ground in front of the restricted zone, and he gets up when Hye-jung approaches. He tells her that it’s his fault for calling his wife to his office, where she fell down the stairs.

Hye-jung examines the patient and tells the general surgery resident to contact their staff doctor. In-joo receives the call and quickly heads over. Meanwhile, Hye-jung looks over the scans when Ji-hong enters. They share a terse conversation filled with formal, curt questions and answers. Ji-hong asks about the general surgery doctor, and from the hallway, they hear In-joo yell at the resident for not informing her about the patient’s head injury.

In-joo comes in and high-fives Ji-hong, their relationship still filled with friendly banter as it was thirteen years ago. Hye-jung excuses herself to get ready for the surgery, and Ji-hong tells In-joo that they’ll perform surgery first. She agrees, as long as they finish in two hours.

Ji-hong meets with the husband to inform him about the upcoming surgery. Afterwards, the husband walks into the restricted area, and kneels down next to his wife. His demeanor changes in a flash, and his expression hardens as he leans in close.

In a menacing voice, he whispers in her ears that she can’t escape from him, and her finger twitches at his threat. The doctors arrive and reprimand the husband for walking into a restricted area, but he returns to his act of the caring husband.

Hye-jung washes her hands for the surgery, and Ji-hong approaches her in his usual, casual manner. She asks him if his concept is the “Giving Tree” or perhaps “Daddy-Long-Legs” because she can’t understand his placid attitude. Ji-hong admits that he is a little mad at her, but it doesn’t satisfy Hye-jung.

Hye-jung gets the patient ready for Ji-hong, and in the balcony, Pa-ran and In-joo watch. In-joo asks if Ji-hong is dating Hye-jung, and Pa-ran is surprised to hear the news. During the surgery, the patient’s vitals start to drop.

Nurse Su-jin and Kang-soo stand in front of Tae-ho’s office, unable to knock on his door, but Tae-ho catches them idling outside. Nurse Su-jin and Kang-soo tell Tae-ho that they’re the ones who convinced Hye-jung to let them ride the expensive car. Tae-ho dismisses them, and Nurse Su-jin and Kang-soo think all will be well now. However, the look on Tae-ho’s face doesn’t look too promising.

Back in the surgery, the patient’s blood pressure continues to drop, but Ji-hong remains calm while giving out orders. He continues the surgery, and once the patient’s vitals stabilize, Hye-jung lets out a sigh of relief.

In the balcony, In-joo notes that Ji-hong is the same, and Pa-ran playfully asks if In-joo’s affections are still the same. She nudges his finger-heart sign away, and says she’s not in her twenties anymore. Ji-hong orders a nurse to contact In-joo, but In-joo turns on the microphone to let him know she’s here.

Director Jin visits Myung-hoon in his office, and notices Myung-hoon’s slightly disheveled look. He scolds his son for giving up so easily. Myung-hoon explains that he kept all the files of his medical malpractices over the years, and Director Hong took one out recently. Unfazed by his son’s confession to multiple malpractices, Director Jin tells Myung-hoon that he should have thrown those files away, and orders him to visit Director Hong with him.

In-joo washes her hands, and Ji-hong tells her that he finished on time, as promised. In-joo corrects him since the surgery isn’t completely finished, but Ji-hong is confident that Hye-jung will be out within five minutes. Less than a second later, Hye-jung comes out, and In-joo flicks water into Ji-hong’s gloating face.

In the waiting area, Hye-jung talks with Psycho Husband, telling him the surgery was a success, and she lets him know that he can see his wife later. If it wasn’t already obvious that the husband was crazy, the creepy background music indicates that he’s evil.

In his office, Ji-hong calls Tae-ho and asks about Hye-jung’s disciplinary action punishment. Tae-ho is going to meet the director later, and tells Ji-hong to be more familiar with him since they’ll be butting heads frequently.

Myung-hoon and his father visit Director Hong, and Director Hong asks Myung-hoon if he’s upset at him. Myung-hoon admits that he is, and whines about the unfair treatment. Before Myung-hoon can embarrass himself further, Ji-hong comes in, and as they leave, Director Jin rebukes Myung-hoon for groveling in front of Director Hong, and tells his son to trust him.

Ji-hong pours his father a cup of tea, and Director Hong explains that Director Jin and Myung-hoon are supported by President Jung and Representative Nam. Ji-hong asks if he can help with the stock scandal, but Director Hong wants his son to just be a doctor.

Myung-hoon calls Seo-woo to ask why she reported on her department’s fellow for taking bribes, and tells her to come meet him. After Seo-woo hangs up, Hye-jung enters the fellows’ office, and Seo-woo tells her that she was the one who reported her. Hye-jung admits that the situation is ultimately her fault, but her mild response only riles Seo-woo.

Seo-woo says that she hates Hye-jung because she gets everything easily. Hye-jung doesn’t mind Seo-woo hating her—in fact, she prefers Seo-woo’s outright dislike—but she won’t stand to listen to Seo-woo assert that Hye-jung gets everything easily. She explains that she can’t control whether Seo-woo chooses to hate her, so neither can she control whether Seo-woo chooses to like her. Thus, why does she have to receive Seo-woo’s misplaced anger? Seo-woo admits that Hye-jung is correct, but doesn’t understand why she’s still like this.

In Myung-hoon’s office, Seo-woo explains that she reported Hye-jung because taking bribes is against hospital policy. Myung-hoon is frustrated at Seo-woo’s close-minded approach, and rips up Hye-jung’s file. He wants Seo-woo to be friends with Hye-jung since, in his mind, a doctor who receives bribes is destined for greater things. This is why Director Hong wants to fire you, Myung-hoon!

Psycho Husband sits next to his wife and holds onto her hand. Ji-hong and Hye-jung come by to check on her, and In-joo arrives with her resident in tow to check on the patient, too. Ji-hong tells the resident to check diligently, and In-joo tells Ji-hong not to nag her resident since that’s her job. Ji-hong playfully pushes her, which Hye-jung notices.

As they leave the ICU, In-joo invites Hye-jung to their party this evening, but Hye-jung declines. In-joo wonders aloud if the two of them fought, and Ji-hong explains that Hye-jung picks fights with him. In-joo thinks that’s a good sign since that’s what she used to do, and comments on Ji-hong’s tendency to push people away.

She muses that, in a relationship, if one party isn’t allowed in the other’s life deeply, then he or she will be lonely. In-joo turns to leave, but remembers one last thing to tell Ji-hong. She admits that she made a mistake with Hye-jung in the past and apologizes.

Hye-jung receives a call from Tae-ho, and meets him in his office. He called her because of the disciplinary incident, and Hye-jung apologizes for causing trouble. Tae-ho smiles and says that Myung-hoon decided to let it go. Hye-jung thanks Tae-ho, and he tells her to give her gratitude to Ji-hong because he went out of his way to ask for a favor; something Tae-ho’s never seen him do.

Hye-jung visits Ji-hong and asks about the favor he asked in her behalf. He tries to change the subject, but Hye-jung won’t let him. She tells him that she tried to stop him from entering the darkest parts of her life because she didn’t want him to be hurt.

She knows that Ji-hong gives everything for her, but she doesn’t like how he doesn’t let her do the same. She wants to be a part of his life, just like how he’s taken over her life, because she’s afraid of what will happen when he stops loving her. Ji-hong says that it’ll never happen, but Hye-jung believes nothing is certain in life.

Hye-jung tells him that the thing she’s most afraid of in life is being abandoned. Ji-hong asks what he can do, then, and Hye-jung gives him a simple yet difficult answer: “Change.”

Yoon-do exercises alone at home, thinking back to Hye-jung’s words that if she started to love, it would only be with Ji-hong. He tries to collect himself but keeps thinking of her. At home, Hye-jung gets a call from Yoon-do, and he says that her words from before mean that she isn’t in love right now. He admits that, regardless of Hye-jung, he’s going his way, even if it’s ignoble.

Hye-jung stares at the dolls Ji-hong got her from the arcade, and in his home, Ji-hong listens to the CD Hye-jung got him. He thinks back to earlier when Hye-jung told him to change, and Hye-jung holds onto her doll.

The next morning at the hospital, Hye-jung and Ji-hong act awkwardly, and they run into Yoon-do, who asks Hye-jung when she’s eating lunch. She says that she doesn’t know, and Yoon-do’s latest attempt to pursue Hye-jung fails.

Ji-hong and Hye-jung meet the wife who’s now awake. She blinks in response to Ji-hong’s questions and can even follow his movements with her eyes. However, she can’t speak or move her body, and Ji-hong orders MRI scans immediately.

Looking over the scans, Ji-hong guesses that it’s locked-in syndrome, and Hye-jung asks if the patient can recover. He says that the success rate is very low, and tells Hye-jung to inform the guardian.

Ji-hong takes Director Hong out for a stroll. Director Hong jokes that it feels like Ji-hong is treating him like a person who’s about to die (You’re jinxing yourself!), and Ji-hong jokes that he won’t show his face anymore. It would be a sweet moment if I weren’t sitting on pins and needles.

Young-kook walks with Hye-jung to meet Psycho Husband, and wonders what the husband will do. Hye-jung says that the patient is still alive, which means that there’s still hope. Young-kook then mentions how the husband is popular among the nurses because he’s so devoted to his wife.

They meet Psycho Husband in front of the ICU, and he confronts them about his wife’s condition. Hye-jung tells him to calm down, but he yells at them, asking how he could be calm in this situation. Hye-jung and Young-kook are caught off-guard by the outburst, but Hye-jung quickly composes herself.

Psycho Husband returns to his wife’s bedside and softly chuckles. The doctors told him that she can still hear and feel emotions but can’t move, which he thinks isn’t so bad since he won’t have to see her flirting with other men anymore. Psycho Husband tells her to look at him, but when she refuses, he whispers that he loves her. The wife opens her eyes and stares at him while he gives a triumphant smile.

Seo-woo is at the front desk with Young-kook when Yoon-do arrives. She notices him trying to leave and calls him out. Psycho Husband passes by, and the nurses squeal over him as the devoted husband who only loves one woman. The nurse next to Su-jin even turns a bright red color and hides her face.

Seo-woo says that she knows someone like that, and Nurse Su-jin asks if she’s talking about Yoon-do. Seo-woo scoffs and calls Yoon-do garbage. Yoon-do has heard enough and excuses himself, and Seo-woo leaves in the opposite direction.

Young-kook follows Seo-woo and reminds her that this is her workplace. He doesn’t like hearing her being the topic of gossip. Seo-woo asks why she’s getting so hung up on a boy, and Young-kook says that it’s because she’s a girl.

Ji-hong takes his friends to Soon-hee’s café, and Pa-ran uses the exact same pick-up line he used on Hye-jung on Soon-hee. In-joo drags Pa-ran away, and Soon-hee asks why Hye-jung didn’t join him. He tells her that she’s mad at him, and like a true best friend, Soon-hee says that he must have done something wrong.

Hye-jung visits the wife and holds her hand. She knows the wife can hear and feel, and tells her that she has to fight to get out. The wife blinks rapidly at Hye-jung and internally begs Hye-jung to help her.

Director Jin rummages through Director Hong’s desk, wearing gloves to hide his fingerprints, and looks for his file. Later, Director Jin confronts Director Hong and asks why he kept another copy of his slush funds. He asks Director Hong how they became this way, but Director Hong wants to ask him the same question.

Director Jin declares war between them and their sons, but Director Hong is shocked to hear Ji-hong’s name. He begs his friend to keep Ji-hong out of their fight, but Director Jin won’t let Myung-hoon be the only son involved. Director Hong tries to chase after him, but collapses to the floor.

Ji-hong is drinking when he gets a call from Tae-ho, who tells him to hurry to the hospital. Ji-hong runs as fast as he can, and at the hospital, he looks at Director Hong’s scans with Tae-ho and discuss surgery. They walk down the hall, but then suddenly hear a code blue.

They rush towards Director Hong’s room, and Yoon-do and Hye-jung are already there, helplessly standing next to Director Hong. Ji-hong asks for a defibrillator, but Yoon-do reminds him that the director didn’t want to be resuscitated.

Ji-hong ignores Yoon-do, and desperately attempts CPR. Watching Ji-hong struggle, Tae-ho barks at them to bring a defibrillator, and Hye-jung complies. Tae-ho sends two shocks, but Director Hong’s heart doesn’t restart. Ji-hong continues CPR, but everyone in the room knows that it’s futile. Ji-hong narrates, “To a man, the existence of his father is the same as himself. To lose your father is like losing yourself. That day, I lost myself.”

 
COMMENTS

I love In-joo, and I’m glad that they brought her back. She’s bubbly and straightforward, and I did secretly cheer for her to be with Ji-hong. It’s also great to see her with Pa-ran because they have a great friendship with one another, though it mostly consists of Pa-ran joking around and In-joo keeping him in check. I’m also glad that In-joo didn’t get a personality switch during the time jump and is still her cheerful self. It was nice to see her greet Hye-jung warmly, and she also seems to be pushing Ji-hong and Hye-jung together. I’m a little wary about the “mistake” In-joo made with Hye-jung, because it can’t just be about the comment she made to Hye-jung about being a stumbling block in Ji-hong’s life, right? I feel like that’s such a non-issue because, in a sense, Ji-hong getting caught in a scandal with Hye-jung would have been damning. Nonetheless, her approach was tactless, and I’m sure In-joo didn’t have the purest of intentions back then. However, she must have done something else to have this be brought up, and it would explain Hye-jung’s awkward behavior around In-joo. Needless to say, I’m glad In-joo is back, and my only complaint is that it took too long.

I’m pleased to see the show introduce a new case this episode. It’s doubly exciting because it’s cameos by Jo Dal-hwan and Han Hye-jin, whom I love from previous works. I must admit that I knew the husband would be evil once he mentioned that she fell at his workplace, but that was probably just my skepticism kicking in. I found Jo Dal-hwan’s performance chilling, and though I find him to be sort of a goofy, thoughtful actor in real life, that previous image only heightened the change in his character for me. I got goosebumps when he smiled, and I wanted to scream at everyone for falling for his doting-husband routine (Do you people not watch dramas? Those guys are always the shadiest!). Han Hye-jin was also brilliant in the limited amount of space and action she was given. With just her eyes, you could see her fear when she was with her husband, and her look was so pleading in the scene with Hye-jung. I look forward to this case and their acting.

Ji-hong and Hye-jung’s relationship slowed to a crawl this episode, as they each separately brooded about the other. I don’t mind the separation since, as I mentioned previously, I think it’s good for them to reflect and address this issue. Some people might like being protected, but Hye-jung, most definitely, doesn’t want to be in a lopsided relationship. She understands Ji-hong’s standpoint because she’s similar to him, but I agree that if he wants her to change, he should also be willing to change. However, I don’t want them to be moody by themselves, and continue watching them walk on eggshells around each other. I want them to communicate more and talk about what they each want from their relationship. Luckily, Ji-hong seems to be reflecting, and (fingers crossed) they’ll get back together in the next episode. I would much rather see them being adorable around each other, and dancing like fools in the rain or running on soccer fields like lunatics.

I really like Hye-jung as a character, and seeing her expose her vulnerability so openly to Ji-hong this episode made me love her even more. Having been abandoned continuously during her formative years has left a scar in Hye-jung’s heart, and as a result, she involuntarily triggers defense mechanisms when people try to approach her. Thus, now that there’s a chance someone is passing her defenses and entering her life, Hye-jung is worried about abandonment again. She admits that Ji-hong would have that power over her, which makes her cautious in starting a relationship. Though Hye-jung is a brave and strong woman, she harbors deep insecurities when it comes to relationships. However, by opening up to Ji-hong and being vulnerable, she’s shown a bit of herself she hides to the public, which is a daunting task.

A part of me knew that they were going to kill Director Hong after seeing that hugging scene with Ji-hong (it was exactly like the scene between Grandma and Hye-jung before her surgery), but I wanted to hold onto a small sliver of hope that he’d last a couple of more episodes. It was sad to see Director Hong die because he was a great dad, but it was Ji-hong’s desperate attempt to revive him and his final narration that made it heartbreaking. I can’t even image what it would be like to lose a parent, but to be a doctor and witness your parent die in front of you must be extra devastating. Dramaland seems to like to kill off good parents, and bad parents seem to have a better survival rate. This might make me cruel, but I wouldn’t have shed a tear if Stepmother died, and I definitely wouldn’t be this heartbroken if Director Jin died instead. Hopefully, no more kind characters will die, but since this is a medical drama, someone could suddenly have a fatal accident or be diagnosed with a terminal disease. I’m just going to be in my corner shielding Tae-ho from any harm because I don’t think I’ll be able to continue if anything happened to him. You can’t hurt him, writer-nim! Not only would it make no sense, but he’s the best side character on this show! Plus, Jang Hyun-sung doesn’t need more dramas where he dies; he already has enough of those.

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I like Injoo but I would totally forgive her for telling Hyejung she was a hindrance to Jihong's life and career years ago, but it was not anything to be taken lightly. What she said was hurtful and offensive enough on its own. It's true that Hyejung was young, inexperienced, and not a good match to Jihong, but Injoo didn't have to tear down a child's self-esteem. When Injoo visited, Hyejung just got accused to be in a pedophiliac relationship, got kicked out of school, and lost her only family. The last thing she needed to hear at that point is she could ruin someone's life.

I'm sure now that Hyejung is a successful woman and she's older than Injoo back then, she would easily understand why Injoo said what she said. Still, it's not something to easily brush aside when the two meet again.

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You summed that up so well :o Hye-Jung has had adults not only walk all over her but tear her down and their lack of sympathy or concern years later is inexcusable; their unapologetic and I hate that.

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OMG, that ending....I thought I was mentally prepared that dad's gonna die sooner or later but HongHongHong or rather KRW killed me in that scene. :..(

I'm also glad In-joo's back and more importantly she's back as Ji-hong's friend and not part of the love triangle! (or pentagon/octagon/whatever shape :-P )

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i kind of want in joo to be paired with uncle pa-ran even though they've been long-time friends haha

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They look good together! But I mean, who doesn't look good together in this drama anyway...

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I'm secretly shipping Injoo and Yoondo. Think about it, their age difference is less than that between the OTP, Yoondo likes women who have been through a lot of ups and downs, Injoo is divorced. Both of them are pretty privileged and can be full of themselves sometimes. That'd be a pair I'm excited to root for.

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Having seen episode 12, I want her with Yoon Doo.........a bit noona love can't hurt.

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Speaking of the love polygon, what exactly is it? Before watching this drama you'd think it'd be a love square between the main characters, but now it's all Ji Hong Hye Jung <- Yoon Do <- Seo Woo <- Young Gook(?) <- Soon Hee <- Joong Dae, not to mention Kang Soo's crush on Hye Jung and the other two ships he has. And if I'm not looking too deep into the scene, it seems that the other nurse might have a crush on Young Gook too?

Maybe this episode with the "husband" shows just how painful/complicated love is, lol.

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huh, the double arrow between Ji Hong and Hye Jung disappeared in my comment. Whoops. I also forgot to mention Soo Chul's crush on Hye Jung. Double whoops!

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Lol at the loveline arrows. Looks like we have a loooong train. Choo choo!

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This drama is like a roller coaster for me, sometimes love more Ji Hong, sometimes less, sometimes I want Hye Jung finished with Yoon Do, but at times want to give your heart to Ji Hong, with all my mental tasks love how each chapter leaves you a teaching, a small lesson, it is not the most intriguing and the most meticulous drama ... but it needed to be perfect for me

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Kinda off-topic, but I noticed from the screenshots that Director Hong is also Chairman Choi in Police Unit 38? Or is that a different actor?

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yup! same guy [:

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Why can't they fade Seo Woo out like they did to Ji Soo. She adds nothing and even Hye Jung is saying wtf is wrong with you. Either fix the character or disappear.it's ruining the show for me.

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I really like Seo Woo's character and I believe she's an important part of the show. Every time I see her on screen, I feel bad for her but I want to give her a good scolding as well. Yes, she chooses her own path but her environment is just not suitable for her to become a better person.

I wish that in the end, she sorts things with Hyejung. She needs a true friend and both of them needed closure. Seo Woo only needs a good slap or two so she can open her eyes, see what she has, and be happy with life.

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" her environment is just not suitable for her to become a better person."

Do you mean literally everyone at the hospital telling her over and over that she's talented and special and has no reason to be jealous or hateful of Hye jung so she should stop? Or do you mean her dad who has barely any screen time with her and told her to drop the bribe thing. albeit not for the right reason but even her dad doesn't tell her to do the stuff she does. Stop blaming her dad when he has no control over her decisions, she has always done everything on her own. Her dad is always protecting her, not telling her to be evil. So wake up and smell the crazy. Seo Woo is not the product of her parents. She just isn't a good reasonable person. If her decisions were dictated by her dad she would hesitate or at least feel guilty but she doesn't.

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I like Seo Woo, its a shame that the writers can't explore her character more in a way that will make it meaningful. I also want to give her a good scolding like Mama Oh in Another Miss Oh followed by a tight hug. That's the sort of character she is, I am going to give credit to the actor for that.

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Was just about to say the potential of seowoo as a character could have been better explored the way our OHY was handled. For a long time, she too felt that the other OHY was the cause of her pains - suitors, friends, only liking the other OHY, etc. if we look in that perspective Seo woo could have been a more palatable character.

I guess the only deviation is that our OHY never did anything to intentionally harm the other OHY.

I hope yongkook could get through to her like a good friend that he is and help her be more remorseful. But never as a romantic interest please. Heehee

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She grew up being told to do stuff. She has to be nice to everyone, to fake it. Her mom discriminates her friends. Her dad wanted her to drop the complaint because he thinks that bribery is okay and that he might be able to use Hyejung in the future.

I know that what she does is still up to her. That's why I wish she would wake up and realize that she doesn't have to be jealous of anyone and just live for herself. I like her because I see that she has potential to change and part of the reason why I watch this show is to see her get better in the end.

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Seo Woo is clearly competing for the pettiest drama character of the year award.

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Can't believe I caught up and was able to comment. I'm always late the past weeks.

Anyway, Kim Raewon!!!!!!! He's so freaking good. It was too much for my heart. Even the cameos are so good. The acting in this show is worth every second of my time.

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Im reading the recaps of this drama and its quite boring to me

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Why do you keep reading the recaps then? It's already 12 episodes in and you're still reading recaps. You obviously enjoy it a little bit if it's piqued your interest for the last 12 episodes. Lol

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I don't particularly favor the drama but I still read the recaps because sometimes when I watch a drama and it isn't my cup of tea, I still watch it. I just cant stop watching it even though I don't like it. It's weird but that's just me.

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lol..exactly my thought.

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This episode is getting boring & the pace is too slow..i dunno what i'm watching anymore..i keep fast forward the scene...i think i'm going to drop this drama..n start watching W

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There a few issues here: first, not all tv series rely on plot as the main driver of the drama and second, the recap style, although very good, may not suit every reader especially if they are not also watching the series.

'Doctors' relies more on the development of character and a detailed examination of how a couple's love grows than on plot. Smaller one or two episode plots are being used which allows for guest cameos and also reflects the temporary nature of most hospital patients. Personally, I find these complement the exploration of the numerous characters very well indeed. However, it does mean that the overarching plot gets less emphasis.

On the question of the role of the recap and recapper, different readers use recaps for different purposes. I sometimes use them to check whether I want to watch, sometimes when I want to check how others are reacting and sometimes when I don't want to watch a section but want to continue for the rest of a series. I'm sure there are plenty of further ways in which they are used, too. Unfortunately, writers can't please everyone all of the time and this one might just not be for you.

I would like to say a big thank you to all the recappers though. I might not always agree with you but I appreciate your work and enjoy reacting to it.

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Have you watched the show yet? I don't think this show can truly enjoyed through recaps. I know this show isn't for everyone because it focuses on the characters and doesn't have a very interesting plot like W and squad 38. What I personally like about this drama is that the characters are different than typical kdrama characters. They're super honest and straightforward. Many of the character quickly admit when they're wrong and confess their feelings. As a result, there's not much conflict. So far, it's a very comfortable watch.

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My reaction to In Joo returning was the exact opposite - she feels like nothing more than a plot devise to try and add some more drama to the OTP's relationship. And in the worst possible way, by adding another woman to make Hye Jung jealous - ugh! Basically the second I saw her on screen all I could think is that the writer knew there was basically no "drama" in this Drama and they had to force more into it with this character. So artificial and blunt. More terrible writing from an already terribly written show. But I do still love the lead female character and the OTP chemistry - it's the only reason I don't drop it.

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I agree! I feel like her come back is totally out of the blue and she is still best friends with JH and PR??? Like they are still in college? With the flashback of her in tears because she knows who is in JH's heart and her recent divorce, and JH solemn face as he remembered that scene I felt to bring her back all bubbly, best buddies, high 5, as if nothing happened just was off. I like that yes, she has come back as a friend and not a rival, but the execution felt forced. Just like a lot of things lately. I still enjoy watching Doctors but feel like it has just become fan service now and PPL of course. It's like either they think we are dumb and need to have things pointed out or they are just telling us instead of the audience figuring out things and getting it from watching the scene. Like the creepy music, ok we get it he is evil, do they think we won't get it it that the actor is so bad they need to let us know it's supposed to be scary hence the over the top creepy music??? And JH and HJ having a misunderstanding do they have to be sulking all episode?? We get it, there is discord there. I feel like they are maybe making it too easy to watch, the audience does not need to think anymore just squeal...ok...

All that honest talk I just don't know if they are just spelling it out for us or if it's to show how open the characters need to be/are becoming, the reason for their "fight" or lesson to be learned. I feel like JH " apparently we fought/had an argument"... There is just something off in these last episodes... I don't know if it's to show a shift in the story/characters or if there is really a shift in the production/direction. Still love the OTP and hope they don't change too much, I actually like how they were.

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Just need to watch next episode before making conclusion about Injoo's comeback...... I thought it was brilliant of the writer how Injoo is portrayed after 13 years! ?

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We'll probably have more discussion on this , on the next episode. But either both JH and HJ should attempt to change, or neither of them should change and just adapt to each other. I can see why HJ is asking JH to change, but she's been stubborn as well. Again, I'll wait for next recap.

I'd actually like to see both HJ and JH team up, rather than investigating GrandMa's case separately. Together, they could bring down SW's dad and grandpa.

As for SW, would there be any progress at all in her character development? Please, Show, don't just let her have a sudden change of character to redeem her.

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I'll admit to getting a bit bored in episodes 9 & 10 so 11 & 12 got this drama going again with stuff going on as well as movement in the relationships.

Because this is a case of instalove with the leads, I was glad to see some reflection in episode 11. I still don't quite know what they are going to do with 8 more episodes as this definitely seems like 16 episode territory, but I still find this an easy to watch drama.

Oh, a bit embarrassed about taking so long to recognize the actress; finally I thought Jumong! That's it! It was driving me crazy. I immediately recognized the guy from Sweet Savage Family, a very underrated drama.

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i still love this drama but i feel like time is running out and they haven't tackled other issues like Halmi's death. And now they added that Slush fund thingy on the mix. I hope the 8 remaining episodes will be enough for all of this. I hate rushed endings.

I also have same observation with UF.

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I knew that husband was up to no good! I just felt it as soon as I saw him! I knew there was something off about him. Just his mannerisms alone gave me chills. Ugh. I hope they catch him before he does anything stupid. Btw, I'm so happy to see a cameo by Han Hye Jin. I love her and I've missed her!

I think this episode was a great halt for our OTP. I'm glad Hye Jung isn't afraid to tell Triple Hong exactly what is on her mind. She just wants him to be honest and upfront with her. And I absolutely understand how she feels knowing her history of abandonment. She is giving Triple Hong the power to rip her to pieces with just one act so it only makes sense she's afraid to put herself on the line. I know she wants him to change, but Hye Jung has to as well. They are both stubborn and if they want to understand each other more, they must learn to trust each other.

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Wait a minute, this drama is 20 episodes?? I had 16 in my head all this while thinking they going to wrap up soon and my OTP will live happily ever after. But what? 20 episodes? Then there is still time for noble idiocy between my OTP or truck of doom.... *deep sigh*

Seo Woo is a lost cause. She's just background noise now. Its like no one's even giving her any audience. Hye jung is busy with her grandma's case and love life. Ji hong is busy with his father and love life. Yoon Do is busy crushing on another girl.

Writer-nim, can't we just send Seo woo to Antarctica to study some more?

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Seowoo caracter was so bitchy and her face looks sooo evil, honestly i don't like the 2 second lead on this drama, just looks at the poster feels like lee sungkyung and yoon kyun sang is disturbing and looks ugly, the poster will be good with the 2lead park shin hye and kim raewon who looks pretty good in the poster only.

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The disturbing thing is your comment, disrespectful to the actors and downright rude and childish........looks aren't all that a person has to offer.

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I'm glad the main couple took time to reflect so that they can figure out what they will do next if they were going to be in a long-term relationship. The break and honesty were necessary for them to realize that they both need to change their ways. So, even though it is awkward and a bit cold right now, it's a good phase to go through early on instead of sometime down the road when things explode. They need to reflect, talk calmly, and hash this out.

IJ's return was a bit neutral to me. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. It felt like a ploy to make HJ jealous and uncomfortable by observing IJ and JH's close friendship firsthand after all these years. It just makes me wince cuz of HJ and JH's current sensitive situation. But IJ has always been good friends with JH and PR, and it's not like that's gonna change. So, no matter what, HJ will need to accept her eventually if she plans to remain in JH's life. At least IJ is regretful of her hurtful words to the young HJ and seems like she does wish to see JH and HJ together.

Poor JH who has to experience the heartbreak of losing a father. I knew they were gonna kill off Director Hong's character, but wished it didn't have to be so soon. I wanted more heartwarming scenes with him and JH. That final scene was a tearjerker and you can feel how desperate and helpless JH felt in that moment.

SW continues to get on my nerves and even her dad thought it was dumb of her to report on HJ. This girl seriously has no sense. At least her dad has some financial mindset to generate revenue for the hospital. Does he truly expect SW to follow his footsteps and do likewise?! She's eons away from possessing such skills. She's just pitiful right now the way she carries herself and thinks that HJ's had things easy. She lives in her own delusional bubble.

YD, you're a cute husky, but you don't stand a chance. XD

Psycho Husband up to no good was pretty obvious. (Just saw him as Heo Ok in Mirror of the Witch. =P) He is just an act and so dangerous cuz no one suspects him since he does such a good job portraying this role. Glad to see these two cameos to bring in a new case. Looks like they plan to add more cameos in later episodes. ;) Can't wait!

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My first thought when I saw the husband wailing is "Wow Heo Ok got himself a pretty lady..." Lol.

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Ahhh, thank you Lisa! I couldn't place the psycho hubby and couldn't remember why I recognize his face since I saw the preview haha. Thank you for pointing out he's from mirror.

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And I thought only critical people visit dramabeans, I didn't know that there are people who are seriously hating on the two second leads while I'm here analyzing, comparing their situation with the two leads. Whether you like them (Lee Sung Kyung and Yoon Kyun Sang) or not, they are important in this drama. PS. I am one of their spectator and I can't wait to see their development just like how I am with the two leads.

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Even though I love Doo Sik and was sad to see him go, I'm kinda glad that they wrote it this way, especially during the tension between Ji Hong and Hye Jung. This is probably the best way to give Ji Hong some character development - by exposing his vulnerabilities. And that's exactly what Hye Jung wants in order to keep their relationship intact.

I was worried that In Joo would be the same from 13 years ago - Seo Woo probably made me think that way, haha - but I'm glad she matured quite a bit. Owning up to your mistakes is very difficult to do so I admire her for admitting that.

Also with you on Taeho. They better not kill him off or give some face-heel twist. Maybe he can even overthrow Director Jin and become the new president... Ah, my hopes are too far off.

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Another fantastic episode. Right after their love became mutual,i thought we will be having some light,fluffy,romantic scene in episode 9 & 10. But it wasn't so. I commend the writer for keeping it realistic and not giving into the pressure even though korean audiences have been requesting/pressuring for more jihye scenes since they are in so much love with the couple. I love that doctors is sustaining its high ratings even with such heavier episodes. Their love for the otp and the story is unquestionable.

Coming to this episode, I really love hyejung. Yes,she is right. If he wants her to change,he should also be willing to change. I love how she confronts her feelings to the person she loves,how she shows her vulnerabilities,how she tells about the insecurities she have. Hyejung is the real oppa in this drama.First from holding the man's hand to confessing her love to the man she loves. She is one of a kind indeed. I really loved the conversation that took place between seo woo and hyejung especially. Her words were gold. I was like, "Yes hyejung yes girl. How can you keep getting more cool,like is that even possible as you are already way too perfect". And also this little break/seperation and honest confrontation at the very early stage is actually best and necessary as they could address,communicate and figure things out rather than pushing it to later just to add some typical drama as kdramas usually are. But Doctors breaks out of that routine which makes it unique. I love how the characters are straight-forward,honest and realistic in their approach.

And as usual, i loved pa ran flirtations. And though the return of in joo is expected to make hyejung jealous,i am happy that she is her bubbly self and has no devious intentions. So it was refreshing. I loved especially how jihong proudly boasted about hyejung to in joo after the surgery even though they were actually giving cold shoulder toward each other. And i am also loving the way how writer has written yoon do's character. He is really cool and not the typical 2nd lead. Also this time the cameo is satisfying and refreshing. Jo dal hwan definitely doing justice for his part as a psycho husband. And han hye jin and hye jung's scene was really touching.

And yeah, coming to the end scene, damn..It made me so emotional. I actually wanted Director hong to be alive and see the marriage of ji hong and hyejung. Bt this had to happen and seeing ji hong helplessly trying to revive his dad was just so heartbreaking. And hyejung's emotional turmoil seeing jihong's struggle. I was able to feel the emotions of the characters which clearly indicates good acting of the actor/actress. Also, i noticed how park shin hye is using a different and a mature tone for portraying her character as a 31yr old hye jung. I commend her for her hardwork and her awesome portrayal.

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@Julie thats me for you.if i like the actor or actress even though i find the drama boring,i still read the recaps.

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I don't know guys. Am I the only one who did not feel anything when director Hong died?

I thought it was lost opportunity to have him die on the operation table instead of now. Imagine the conflict for honghonghong who knows very well the risks of every surgery but still as a son would feel conflicted that his rival and his love interest were the ones he entrusted with his father's life.

Also a lost opportunity for our lead characters to have semblance of deeper conflict that they are fully involved - not hospital politics or parents' grudges. It is already ep 11 and all of our lead characters are still superhero doctors who have 100% success rate in surgery.. So it would have given at least youngdo and hyejung a layer of human imperfectness.

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That being said, kudos to Kim Rae Won for such a powerful performance that still made me connect with him in that scene of desperation to save his dad!

And... I am still of course rooting for this drama to finish well. ?

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