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Doctors: Episode 7

It’s time for reunions with the formative figures of Hye-jung’s past, and while Hye-jung may have succeeded in climbing the social ladder, her attitudes towards these people haven’t changed one bit. Apart from Grandma, family was never Hye-jung’s support, and though they’re now reaching out to make amends, she’s far too hurt and callused to reciprocate. But in the place of family, she’s always had other supportive figures — friends who’ve weathered the storms of her youth and stood with her in hardship. Friendships are what saved her from despair.

 

 
EPISODE 7 RECAP

Little Hye-jung sits outside and covers her ears as her parents fight inside. Her mother accuses her father of staying with that woman, and he barges out claiming that she doesn’t trust him. He angrily looks at Hye-jung and drives off in his truck. As Little Hye-jung cries, current-day Hye-jung narrates: “For me, love between a man and woman is fighting until one side dies. I don’t know how to love a man. As a woman, I don’t know how to receive love.”

After dancing in the rain, Ji-hong tells Hye-jung that he’s going to do something, as a man to a woman. Hye-jung recognizes that he’s going to kiss her and tells herself to avoid it, but he plants a kiss in her moment of hesitation. They pull apart, and Hye-jung runs away. She tells herself that she won’t let a man’s love kill her, like it did to her mom.

Ji-hong chases after her and tells her that he won’t ask her out a second time. He tells her to stay where she is, since he’ll go to her. “The person who knows love makes the first move, so don’t move. Don’t move until you know love.”

Seo-woo is still numb from shock after the sudden death of the restaurant owner, and Yoon-do tries to comfort her with a cup of coffee. He says it’s unexpected that she would be so emotionally invested in that patient, since she’s claimed previously that she doesn’t empathize with unfairness. She refutes that claim now and says that she holds in a lot before the point of exploding. Then she explodes, “I love you.”

Yoon-do responds that he never wanted to hear those words from her, even though he knew about her crush. He claims to be a really bad guy and says he doesn’t want to torture her with false hope. Seo-woo says that she doesn’t mind false hope, but Yoon-do still rejects her. She accepts it and tells him not to like anyone for the next six months out of respect for her, but he tells her that it’s too late. Seo-woo tries to figure out who it is and asks if it’s Hye-jung.

Yoon-do is impressed by her intuition, and Seo-woo looks dejected. She tears up and begins to cry just as Young-kook enters the office. Yoon-do called him to comfort Seo-woo, since he’s not in the place to comfort someone over the death of his patient. As Yoon-do leaves the office, Young-kook shakes his head at his arrogance, and Seo-woo throws her coffee. She asks, “Why do bad things happen all at once?”

While Yoon-do tries to figure out the cause of his patient’s death, Young-kook takes Seo-woo out for a drink at Soon-hee’s bar. When Seo-woo spots her old friend, she looks annoyed and ignores Soon-hee’s friendly greeting. Soon-hee complains about her rude friend, and Young-kook catches her lie — she’s not twenty-six, is she? That earns him some extra food, free of charge.

Soon-hee joins their table, and Seo-woo immediately disses her for being Hye-jung’s underling. Seo-woo orders her friend to pour her a drink, and Soon-hee obliges as Young-kook passes out. Seo-woo asks when she and Hye-jung started living together, and Soon-hee responds that they lived together right out of high school. Since there’s a gap between Hye-jung’s scandal and the end of high school, Seo-woo wonders if Hye-jung lived with that gangster boy (referencing Soo-chul) during that period.

Cue Soo-chul’s entrance, as he delivers a beer keg to Soon-hee’s restaurant. As he leaves, Seo-woo recognizes him and chases after him. She asks Soo-chul if he knows her, and he responds that he does. Seo-woo offers to give him Hye-jung’s contact information, but he declines. She figures that he’ll run into Hye-jung if he keeps working deliveries, and he gets offended by her derogatory comment about his job. He storms off, and Soon-hee shakes her head in disapproval of drunk Seo-woo.

Hye-jung thinks back to the kiss but quickly pushes it out of her mind. She begins to wash her hair, and Soon-hee enters the bathroom with updates on Seo-woo’s drunken fuss. Being the loving friend she is, Soon-hee steps in to wash Hye-jung’s hair for her.

Soon-hee continues to play with Hye-jung’s hair after washing it, and Hye-jung calls her out for using her as a doll. Soon-hee insists that she’s just practicing for her future husband, which reminds her about Hye-jung’s relationship status. She asks how much progress they’ve made, and Hye-jung instinctively touches her lips. Soon-hee realizes that they must have kissed, and Hye-jung acknowledges it without much denial.

Soon-hee hugs Hye-jung in celebration. She was afraid to get married and leave Hye-jung to live alone, since Hye-jung has never given herself a break. She then asks Hye-jung if she met with her father, and Hye-jung shakes her head. She only saw him from afar. Soon-hee decides that Hye-jung has to marry Ji-hong, but Hye-jung has other priorities before love.

Alone in her room, Hye-jung opens the envelope Ji-hong gave her and looks at Grandma’s medical records. She begins to cry and wipes away her tears as she thinks about Grandma.

The next morning, Yoon-do offers to drive Ji-hong to work. They ride together, and Yoon-do tries to overcome the awkwardness by playing music. Ji-hong takes out medical papers to study to ease the awkwardness, but Yoon-do says that’s unfair and changes the radio to the news.

The news reports on big hospital investment stocks, so Yoon-do turns it off, finding the news too political. He considers politics a show put on by people with nothing better to do (true), and Ji-hong says that they shouldn’t let politics encroach on society. Yoon-do finds his response political, but Ji-hong says he’s just being realistic.

As Director Hong enters the hospital, reporters crowd around him asking about the hospital’s investment in stocks. Director Hong denies any involvement in the business, though we know that Myung-hoon has been behind this plan.

Ji-hong finds Tae-ho in the hospital for updates on the news, and they go out for a meal to discuss this brewing war. Tae-ho asks Ji-hong to help him out with what he does best and shows him a clip of 2012 Olympic archery contestant Lee Soo-jung (cameo by Im Ji-yeon), who was disqualified for drinking alcohol before the competition. In the clip, she misses her target and her hands tremble after her shot.

Ji-hong says he’ll have to do more tests before making a diagnosis and asks what this case has to do with hospital politics. Tae-ho explains that after repeatedly losing to Myung-hoon, he now wants to win. Ji-hong notes how much Tae-ho has changed, but says he’s not opposed to power anymore. In fact, Ji-hong likes power now. Tae-ho lays out the plan: If Ji-hong can cure Lee Soo-jung, Tae-ho can use his fame to wield more power at the hospital.

Tae-ho gets a call, which signals another director meeting. He takes out his department card to pay for their meal, but it’s no longer valid because of the punishment for low revenue in his department. All the more reason to gain power.

Yoon-do receives a text message from Hye-jung thanking him for taking her stepmom as his patient. He seems disappointed at the mere text of gratitude and confronts her about it. She can’t do much else to please him and heads to the elevators. Yoon-do follows her and explains that he understands her situation — he’s had two stepmothers himself. Hye-jung bets that he wasn’t harassed by them like she was, and Yoon-do swoons with his hand on his chest. He tells her that she can’t just say these things without warning him, but she doesn’t understand. Hee.

They take the elevator down, and Yoon-do tries to elicit a more grateful response from Hye-jung by offering to do his best to treat her stepmom. But Hye-jung is completely apathetic to her stepmother’s illness and explains that she’s not more grateful because she doesn’t care about her stepmom’s recovery. She feels like an incompetent doctor, and the only thing that makes her feel better is that her stepmom is still a wretched person. But that doesn’t make her a better doctor.

Hye-jung notices a doctor running towards them in the hallway and pulls Yoon-do out of the way to save him from the crash. Yoon-do looks more smitten than ever, as he stands there stammering about the role reversal. Hye-jung heads to Ji-hong’s office, and she’s followed by Yoon-do, who’s followed by his Uncle Pa-ran. They all end up in front of Ji-hong, but only Hye-jung and Pa-ran are invited into his office to discuss special matters. Yoon-do deals with rejection by convincing himself that he’s busy and yelling at the closed door, “Ah, I’m so busy.”

In Ji-hong’s office, Pa-ran looks over the medical records and says that there’s not enough detail to show that anything went wrong during Grandma’s surgery. Ji-hong deduces that the anesthesia records could show something more, but those records weren’t on file. Hye-jung wonders if those records are still available at the hospital where the surgery was and runs out with a smile.

Ji-hong chases after her and offers to find the records for her, but Hye-jung declines his offer. She knows he wants to help, but this is her homework. She reminds him that he’s scheduled to oversee patient care right now, and he asks expectantly if she looked up his schedule. She says that it’s her job as his fellow to look up his schedule, and he deflates as he says that his heart almost skipped a beat. He yells about his almost fluttering heart, and Hye-jung runs away in embarrassment.

Yoon-do informs Hye-jung’s stepmom that he’s scheduling a surgery earlier than he would for regular patients, as per Hye-jung’s request. He’s cold and succinct with his interactions, probably because he knows there was bad blood between her and Hye-jung.

Olympic archery athlete Soo-jung enters Ji-hong’s office and explains her situation. Her hand began to tremble since last year and she drank alcohol before a competition once because it helped her hand stop trembling. She shows him her trembling hand and asks if he can fix it. Ji-hong isn’t sure and says that they need to run more tests for an exact diagnosis, but Soo-jung immediately rejects his services. She wants a doctor who’s confident in finding a cure. Ji-hong tells her to trust him because he’s unsure. He reassures her that the most skilled doctors are full of doubt, and that’s how they avoid mistakes.

Hye-jung’s stepmom asks for all the hospital perks of being related to Hye-jung, but she continues to badmouth Hye-jung in a meeting with Kang-soo. After their meeting, little sister Yoo-na asks Kang-soo for Hye-jung’s number because Dad wants to meet her.

Ji-hong and Hye-jung discuss the characteristics of archer Soo-jung’s tremor. When they discuss treatment options, Ji-hong tells Hye-jung to think like a neurosurgeon, and she cautiously suggests Deep Brain Stimulation. She’s right, and she gets very excited to be Ji-hong’s assistant in an awake surgery. She grabs his hand in her excitement, and he’s slightly taken aback by her reaction. She pulls away but can’t help smiling.

Hye-jung runs into Seo-woo and shares the news that she gets to assist Ji-hong in an awake surgery. That fuels Seo-woo’s jealousy, and she asks Ji-hong if she can also assist him in the surgery. He’s not sure if he can decide on his own, so he calls all parties involved to discuss the fellow assignments.

In the meeting, Seo-woo decides that she doesn’t want to be Yoon-do’s assistant, and he agrees to let her go. He wants to pick up Hye-jung instead, but she’s already decided to work with Ji-hong. After some back and forth, they decide that Seo-woo and Hye-jung will both assist Ji-hong in the awake surgery, and the fellows will receive training from both Ji-hong and Yoon-do as they see fit.

As they leave the meeting, Seo-woo tells Yoon-do that Hye-jung and Ji-hong like each other. He’s not fazed by the competition, but neither is Seo-woo. She won’t let Yoon-do go easily, especially if her competition is Hye-jung.

Soo-chul visits Soon-hee’s restaurant the next morning, now acting like a familiar friend. He admits that he drank too much the previous night out of embarrassment and got fired from his delivery job. When Soon-hee says that she mentioned him to Hye-jung, he’s suddenly interested to know her reaction. Soon-hee realizes that he must still like Hye-jung but warns him not to bother her. He figures that they must embarrassed by him, and his inferiority complex gets him fired up again.

Myung-hoon and Director Jin meet up with President Jung and Representative Na to celebrate their progress on the hospital. They seem optimistic with their plans to change the hospital funding laws, since trends always favor money anyway. Representative Na complains about having to worry about popularity, but Myung-hoon argues that the hospital has it worse. They have to be tactful while acting benevolent. Director Jin assures them that he’s taking care of their issues with Director Hong, and they toast to their future hospital money-making business.

Soo-chul wanders around the hospital and asks the neurosurgery staff for Hye-jung. The nurse is suspicious of him, so she tells him that Hye-jung isn’t in right now. He sits and waits just as Hye-jung turns the corner and joins the staff’s rice cake feast. Young-kook tries to block her view and protect her from the suspicious guy, but Hye-jung orders him to move.

Once Young-kook moves out of the way, Hye-jung spots Soo-chul and smiles, and he sends her a wink. They greet each other warmly as old friends, and the staff looks surprised by the unlikely friendship. Soo-chul asks if she’s embarrassed by him, but she finds his question ridiculous since they’re friends. They’re super friendly with each other, and Ji-hong comes upon them and watches their interactions with disapproval. He’s joined by Yoon-do, who doesn’t seem too fond of the interaction or Ji-hong’s pissy attitude.

Hye-jung brings Soo-chul into her office, and he says that he’s inspired by how far she’s come. She thanks him for treating her well during tough times and wants to return the favor by seeing him often from now on. He thanks her for acknowledging him, since he thought she would ignore him after becoming so successful. He’s actually here to say goodbye because he’s decided to go to his son. His son?! Yes, he has a son, but he’s divorced and needs to send them money. Soo-chul shows off a picture of his son and brags that the kid takes after him.

Soo-chul vows to work really hard to make it like Hye-jung did and wonders if it’s too late for him. Hye-jung assures him that it’s not too late and encourages him. They chat about old times, but their conversation is cut short by a call. It’s Dad, and he asks to meet with her. She tells Soo-chul that she has to leave but makes him promise to see her before he goes.

Dad gives Hye-jung an envelope with the new location of Grandma’s grave. He explains that he wanted to move Grandma to a better place. Trying to make conversation, he tells Hye-jung that he runs a restaurant named after Grandma’s old restaurant and invites Hye-jung to visit with her colleagues.

Hye-jung excuses herself to leave, and when Dad tries to convince her to stay, she asserts that she’s an adult now. Dad says that she can’t live freely while holding grudges against him, but Hye-jung claims that she holds no grudges. He wasn’t there in her childhood when she needed him, and now she’s grown used to living separately. Dad says that she’ll need him to walk her down the aisle when she gets married, but Hye-jung’s decided not to get married because she may need him. Oof. With that, she leaves and drives away.

The next morning, Hye-jung watches Dad and Yoo-na from afar as they anxiously wait for her stepmother’s surgery to end. Stepmother goes under anesthesia, and Yoon-do expertly conducts the surgery to eliminate the lateral spread response that was causing her eye twitch.

Ji-hong tells archer Soo-jung that her diagnosis is an essential tremor, a tremor with an unknown cause. Even with an unknown cause, he says that he can treat her with Deep Brain Stimulation. She’ll have to remain awake during surgery so they can check if her tremors stop, but she won’t feel any pain. He says that there’s no guarantee of a cure and lists the many potential risks, including a coma, cerebral hemorrhage, and nerve damage. But he also adds that there’s a 90% success rate.

Soo-jung thanks him in advance and asks if they can release a recording of the surgery. No matter the outcome of the surgery, she wants to show the world that she tried to her best to cure her tremor and clear the accusations of her alcoholism. Ji-hong happily agrees to do as she wishes.

Yoon-do visits Hye-jung in her office and updates her on her stepmother’s successful surgery. He asks her to treat him to a meal, but she says that she’s not that thankful. He downgrades to tea, but she’s not even that thankful. So he offers to buy her both a meal and tea, but she rejects him again because she’s not personally close with him enough to do that. Seo-woo enters the room and interrupts the conversation, and she quickly catches on that Yoon-do just got rejected. She calls his methods old, and he reminds her to respect his authority, before swiftly leaving the room.

Seo-woo and Hye-jung receive a message from Ji-hong to come to his office to review for the surgery. And because Seo-woo isn’t irritated enough, Hye-jung irritates her even more by pointing out that Ji-hong sent Seo-woo the message first.

Ji-hong updates his two assistants that the surgery will be the next day, and he’s all smiles for Hye-jung as he talks. Seo-woo notices the two sending sweet grins to each other and scornfully gasps at their obvious affection. Hye-jung leaves the room first and Seo-woo lingers, so Ji-hong utilizes her to help him lift his heavy boxes.

Hye-jung passes by as Dad and Yoo-na thank Kyung-joon for a successful surgery. Dad thanks her for making the surgery possible, and Hye-jung just gives him a polite nod before going about her day.

Later in the meeting room, Hye-jung takes a break while Kang-soo fetches some leftover rice cakes for her. Then, the door opens to Yoo-na, who’s delivering their family registry for Hye-jung to get them the discount perks. Yoo-na says she’s happy to have an older sister because she’s always been lonely, but Hye-jung responds that she likes how things are now. She doesn’t want to be involved with their family.

Soo-chul calls Hye-jung that night and says that he’s leaving Seoul tomorrow. He wants to leave with gusto, and she agrees to meet him for a proper send-off.

The next morning, Ji-hong prepares to drive his own car, which has finally been delivered. Yoon-do says that he’s relieved not to carpool anymore. He jokes that he was planning on finding a lover and taking her in his car just to kick Ji-hong out. Ji-hong finds Yoon-do’s reaction endearing and lingers on the word “lover.”

Hye-jung prepares to leave for work, and a motorcycle comes zooming in. It’s Soo-chul, of course, and he tells Hye-jung that he’s going to sell his motorcycle after this one last day. He asks where he can buy her food, and she suggests the hospital cafeteria because it’s cheap and delicious. He’s all for cheap and delicious, so they agree to meet there.

Ji-hong is smiling like a fool and repeats the word “lover” in high spirits. He calls Hye-jung, who’s watching Soo-chul ride his motorcycle ahead of her car, and soaking in her last day with her friend. She tells Ji-hong that she’s going to work with Soo-chul, and he tells her not to hang out with him. She chides that he shouldn’t tell her not to hang out with her friends, but it still makes Ji-hong jealous.

Soo-chul pulls up alongside Hye-jung and shows off his signature salute and wink. Then, he races ahead to the intersection, where an oncoming car collides with his motorcycle. Hye-jung screams, and Soo-chul rolls on top of the crashing car. He falls to the ground, unconscious.

In her car, Hye-jung remains frozen in shock and begins to cry. From other end, Ji-hong asks what’s going on. She narrates, “It’s always been like this. Love bred fear, and fear encroached on me.”

 
COMMENTS

Ack, I totally saw that coming, but my foresight still did not prepare me for that crash. I wanted to keep Soo-chul around for a bit longer, especially after seeing the precious friendship between him and Hye-jung. I loved seeing them pick up their friendship right where they left off, not allowing their external circumstances to define their relationship. Of all people, I think Soo-chul may understand Hye-jung’s motivations the best, having been by her side during her toughest moments growing up. The reunion was sweet and heartwarming, though I’d have to admit that I was surprised by Soo-chul’s marriage. But he’s also divorced, so is the show telling us that he’s still love interest #5?

It almost doesn’t matter anymore because I’m traumatized by the image of his crash. I almost forgot, in a moment of blissful ignorance, that this was a medical drama, and medical dramas don’t have mercy for any loved ones — they must all somehow end up in the hospital. I knew we had to keep Soo-chul for a little longer. I was just hoping it wouldn’t be in the hospital. Please show, keep him alive so we can savor more of his friendship, winks, and salutes!

Hye-jung is both the luckiest and unluckiest person in the world. First of all, almost every other character has a crush on her. I think she deserves all the love because she’s awesome, but she’s never allowed to soak in that love. Any good fortune is followed by bad fortune. That’s what makes her so cautious in loving and trusting others, and I think her guarded tendencies makes sense, given her past experiences with loss. She processes love as a sign of danger and immediately becomes defensive. I like how the short flashback in the beginning of the episode showed a slice of Hye-jung’s formative years that built the defense mechanisms she has now. It explained why she was so cold and heartless in her rejection of her father’s attempt at redemption, but I don’t think her response made her any more content. Though she may claim to be indifferent to her relationship with her father, I think Dad is right about her grudges against him. There are some deeply rooted grudges that hold her back from forgiving him and letting herself love freely.

Our main two doctors have such adorable crushes on Hye-jung, and I can’t help re-watching some of their swooning moments. It’s refreshing to see the guys being so smitten while Hye-jung remains largely unaffected by their adoration. I mean, it’s pretty clear that Hye-jung is more attracted to Ji-hong, but she’s not fully invested in their relationship quite yet. Ji-hong is still trying to win her love, and thank goodness he’s using his brakes to be more patient with Hye-jung. I was getting turned off by his excessively aggressive advances, and even though it’s really hard to make Kim Rae-won unlikeable, the writer was very close to striking out with his character. Yoon-do has such a strange crush on Hye-jung, and I’m thoroughly amused by how he’s so oddly turned on by girls with evocative backstories. He tries to be so smooth in asking her out, but he fails so miserably that it’s endearing. I already know he’s ultimately going to fail, but I’m looking forward to watching his stumbling journey through his puppy love.

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I can't get this drama.
Cliche and cheesy

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I know .. It's so sweet I'm gonna have cavity

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It's so cliché and cheesy I love it! I think this drama owes it all to its cast. Usually cliché and cheesy don't sit well with me but this time I'm enjoying the drama.

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On the contrary ... I love this drama so corny, I come from a country where the series usually rotate between deaths, drug trafficking and lots of sex, so you dramas like this make my heart happy <3

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Yeah, I get where you are coming from - it seems like most US and Latin American dramas are all about that. But that does not make this show any better for me - it is just TOO saccharine-sweet.

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exactly.

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And this is exactly why some people (like me) compare it to DOTS. Big, popular drama with cliche moments and overall cheesiness. Plus the male characters are similar in the way they pursue their love interest, straight shooters to the core. However, even though I never finished DOTS, I'm still sticking with this one because I like the female lead and some of the secondary characters. But I do fast forward through the hospital politics. Could care less about that.

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Yes, I absolutely see the similarities with DOTS, and I also fast forward through the hospital politics. This drama seems more structured than DOTS and the pacing is good. Where it lacks is with the instalove from the 2nd male lead which I find quite silly.

I'll stick with this one because I think PSH is doing quite well and KRW's character doesn't bother me at all. The only downside is they really haven't given him a more in depth character. All the conflict is on the female lead and that is very much like DOTS as well.

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I know, right? The first thing come to my mind when Hye Jung run after the kiss is " heeeyy your bag! And your grandma record! You left it at the british telephone booth that miraclously exist IN THE MIDDLE of the Korean park!"

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That's really bollywood movie.
Dancing in the rain and british telephone booth........

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Was it the same one as in Queen Inhyun's Man or am I imagining this?
I swear Ji Hyunwoo has been there...

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Yeah! I immediately had Queen In-hyun's Man flashbacks during that scene because of the phone booth AND the overall setting/location looked like it was the same place.

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Aha, same! I was like, "Don't forget your bag! And grandma's documents! Omg, go back!"

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LOL this comment made me laugh XD

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" british telephone booth that miraclously exist IN THE MIDDLE of the Korean park!”

You pick even the smallest thing. Haha. It's not that production purposely put it there. FYI but that phone booth appeared in so many kdramas already so i assumed that it's already there. Maybe in a park or something.

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The more it goes on, the less I like it, to the point of almost dropping it. Formula cliche-fest, and it seems that PSH's main talent is a big smile about everything that happens. For a drama that started out so good, this has totally gone downhill for me.

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Yes. just stopped watching this. there's a lot of good drama there. why waste time something you don't like. i get you.

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* watching something

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I keep picturing the writer at his/her computer:

"blah, blah, blah" red phone booth, dancing in the rain, pressing lips together in the rain, blah blah blah."

Did the same thing with DoTS:
"Noble doctors saving poor children who are SUCKING (I'm still scratching my head at this) on pieces of metal, blah, blah, blah, lead poisoning, blah, blah."

Done and done!

The only thing that saves this show for me is the passel of adorable puppies: Yoon Do, Soo Chul, Kang Soo, Pa Ran.

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The sucking on the pieces of metal absolutely floored me.

Using metal as spoons to dig SPAM out of a can? Sure. Using them as makeshift cups to drink water? I could see that. Clenching bits of metal in their teeth while pretending to be pirates? Fine, okay. But an obviously not-malnourished child happily licking a piece of metal as though it was a lollipop? WHAT ARE YOU DOING.

I'm still liking this drama purely based on the performances (and, frankly, I'm really impressed by PSH in the motorcycle crash aftermath). But... you need that purse, lady. Go back and get it.

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Miranda, that's why you and I (or at least I) will never be able to write a drama. Getting lead poising from drinking water or toys or paint? Why do that when there's sucking on pieces of blown up tanks?

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Lmao, thanks for reminding me of that scene.
Just when I thought it's ridiculous that food companies had to put a warning sign on basically anything (like take plastic wrapping off before consuming duh!) because apparently some people have no brain, there's KES who's basically saying the metal industry should also start putting a do not eat/non-edible warning on any pieces since starving kids will even lick a rusty piece of metal. I understand kids mistaking pills for candy but that was just....Shall I ever meet the writer I'll ask her what she was thinking in that moment. ;-)

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Thanks!

Shudder.

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I'm glad to deliver more cheese into your life. Per Yoondo: "At first they hate it, then they fall for it."

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better chessy drama than us or japan adult video drama just three word come out of the drama from beginning to the end, OH YES.... , OH NO..... , OH MY GOD.... haha maybe this is just stereotypes from asian countries about those drama but this THREE HOLY WORD engraves in each heart of asian people watching those drama

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Tbh Japan and US has their own version of cheesy drama not just adult video and I felt both of them has better side than this drama

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Thank u so much Dramallama!!! My heart is aching for Poor Jisoo!!!

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on the contrary i love this drama so much because it's cliche and cheesy <333 it's such a refreshing change from *cough* uncontrollably fond *cough*

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I don't know it's refreshing... because i watched the kind of cheesy drama like dots. Makes me bored.

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Def sounds like this is not the show for you.

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agreed with bbstl. Although i should prolly apologize for my jibe at suzy- just watched UF ep 3 and she's doing pretty decently

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First exposure to rain and now traffic accident...it's a miracle that there's only been 2 casualties so far lol

(#1 cause of death according to kdramaland: crossing the road)

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Actually in 9.9/10 dramas a person is going to collide/almost collide with oncoming traffic while crossing the road for sure. 100% sure. Crashes might be fatal, usually they serve as a plot device. :P

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And delivery-cycles and bikes always run down the sidewalks at high speeds and are incapable of avoiding any of the people walking, just so the hero can grab the heroine and pull her out of the way of the Mad Cyclist.

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I thought the 1# cause is terminal illness, preferably to be found out after an accident

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Terminal illness is indeed a close second. But there might be a reason why a car is often involved in the diagnostic (or that they have a terminal illness but the car gets them first...)

(SPOILERS)
What killed Yoo Seungho's mom and brother in Remember? Car
What killed Lee Jinwook in Nine?
Hint: Not his brain tumor
What almost killed Lee Jongsuk in IHYV?
Hint: Not the knife wound
What almost killed Eric in Oh Haeyoung again?
Car and Car and Car
What killed Lee Sungmin's son in Memory?
Hint: It had 4 wheels and was not a baseball bat
What killed Lee Minki in SFBB?
Giant truck of doom
What put Hwang Jungeum's sister in a coma and killed her parents and possibly injured Ryu Junyeol?
Vroom Vroom
What almost killed Kim Goeun in CitT?
Ok technically it was Baek Inha but there was a car involved
What almost killed Song Joongki and Moon Chaewon in Nice Guy?
Their cars and their issues
What killed Suzy's dad in...ok this is endless
(SPOILERS)

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Okay, you've convinced me. Guns should be banned in the US and cars should be banned on Korea. It gives me shivers to think that I actually crossed the street in Korea when I visited last year.

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seriously, though. The law is to wait for pedestrians to cross, but it definitely is NOT followed in Korea on a regular basis. I had the misfortune of living in front of a crosswalk that had no traffic light, so the fact that I managed to survive unscathed every morning for a year and a half (until THAT day) is a miracle. The part when Ji Soo got hit gave me a nasty sense of déjà vu.

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Don't forget Han Gi Tak and Lee Hae Joon in Come Back Ahjusshi!

I love your list hahaha. You could list this all night and still not be able to finish.

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LoL I think I will not cross any road if I ever visit South Korea!

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HAHAHAHA well done! Nice list.

Seriously, I see even a hint of the stripes in a pedestrian crosswalk in a drama now and my chest starts to tighten up.

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That is a pretty convincing list. Big question now is - with all those massive traffic jams, how do any of the cars get to a speed high enough to cause anything but minor scratches on the poor victims?

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What an awesome list! And like it makes my nerdy side want to go make a spreadsheet - all the dramas and the Cars of Doom to compile....

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At least the car of doom trend give DB materials to write 2016's Year in Review lol
It's only mid-year and yet there are so many car involved accidents. Hope it won't be as many for the rest of the year.

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"It had four wheels and is not a baseball bat"

HAHAHAHAHA, while trying hard not to wake my husband as he sleeps next to me. Hee hee, this list is awesome!

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So, to sum it up, to avoid Subway PPLs, watch sageuks, to avoid the car accident trope, watch sageuks. Got it.
But wait... they got horse carriages, dammit.

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Didn't you know? Wherever a drama detective goes, a murder/kidnap happens. Whenever a doctor boards the plane, someone's got to have a cardiac arrest.

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I too saw that crash coming a mile away and even grabbed a pillow. I started to think, "Great, Ji-soo gets to play an adult role instead of some angsty high school kid who gets hurrrttt oh crap he's on the bike alone." And then I JUST KNEW. This guy is like the ultimate Hurt/Comfort magnet I feel bad for him!

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NOOOOOOOO NOT MY PUPPYYYYYYY WAE YOU DO DIS. WAE?! #DontkillJisooplease

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#letjisoolive2016

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Am I the only one that really can't get on the Hong Ji-hong ship? No matter how hard I try I just can't buy the romance properly. I think it's cause the drama makes him quite unrealistic and hard to relate to. Every other character has a complex backstory and character flaws that most people can relate to but the writer has made HJH have no real depth. He's a top neurosurgeon who succeeds at all his difficult surgeries, his dad's the owner of the hospital he works in and he's well liked by everyone but he has no depth to him! Where's his character growth? The only 'problem' he went through that the drama has shown was not holding onto YHJ 13 years ago? I just can't connect with him!

And also, I still get the teacher-student vibe from HJH-YHJ which really irks me and possibly the main reason I can't board the ship. He's always the one doing all the talking. She has never admitted her feelings out to him (yes, I know the show is trying to say she likes him to) but from how she never properly reciprocates his advances both physically and in words, it bothers me that he only cares about his feelings and does what he wants.

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But he was the doctor who couldn't practice after losing a patient hence he became a tecaher. The thing here is that for some reason the writer decided to leave his back story, especially the part where he began practicing again for some reason. Maybe we'll get into his background in another few episodes. I have to agree tho HJH is almost unrealistically perfect. Between him and Je Su-ho my ideal guy is becoming even more unrealistic day by day. :p

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That's coz the writer wants to create a Yoo Shi-jin 2.0 who was also already perfect from the beginning thus no need to further develop the character. :-P

On a serious note I hope they'll let Hong Hong Hong show more depth in the future (maybe depending on how the story continues with his dad's hospital politics?). Can't imagine KRW signed up to play a one-dimensional happy go lucky character only.

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I would have to disagree. He lost both his parents from a devastating accident at a very young age. He then was adopted (luckily to what seems to be an amazing man). He grew up to be a doctor only to lose a patient in his surgery (which was traumatic), etc. So he has experienced a lot of hardships in his life but what I find fascinating about his character is that he overcomes them and isn't jaded by them. He has a sweetness and kindness about him, which I admire. He's almost the antithesis of Jin Seo Woo.

It's going to be interesting to see what happens to his character with all the shenanigans Seo Woo's dad and grandfather are doing to Hong's father because of their greed. And I foresee SW fully participating in.

Also, Hye Jung never really experienced unconditional love with the exception of her grandmother. But everything she has loved either was taken away from her or left. So I could see why she wouldn't put herself out there again. She's frightened which Hong understands. That's why he says to her, the person who knows love should be the person to move first. For her to wait there. And even though she hasn't said she liked him in return. You see it.

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Jihong actually reminds me of Enrique in FBND.

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I can see it... so you want him to wear a cute animal onesie??

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I've been reading a lot of comments regarding where is the backstory of a character or that JH and HJ need more time to grow as a couple. I think JH and HJ had a spark right away, and that is their connection. I am not bothered about when exactly did he fall in love with her etc. I think from the first episodes both JH and HJ had great chemistry and sometimes that's all you need, when you click you click. Yes at the time they were teacher and student, but they were also neighbors and shared Grandma. They were not romantically involved by then, but there definitely was a spark that JH recognized when she left him. Just like HJ and SC reconnecting right away after years apart as well, some relationships are like that, your experiences and time together makes you always close. You don't need to see each other everyday and after years can still connect. I don't need to see what they did together in the past to see that they are close. Some relationships take time to grow and evolve, others come upon you unexpectedly and are there to stay. That's life. What matters is the present and what people are doing or not about it. The past can slowly unfold (or not), personally I don't need to see it to feel their present selves.

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You are not the only one! For some reason I can't connect with Hong Ji-hong.. I just can't. I try to take him seriously but I don't quite understand him. I loved him when he was her teacher, but once he saw her and just jumped her 13/10? yrs later.. Idk. It did't work for me. It was all so fast in my mind and I couldn't get over it even though I tried. I do think his character seems unrealistic to me. I also dislike how timid she gets around him. And its only him. Drives me nuts. Lol. But hey maybe I am just way too damn picky. :)

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I wouldn't say jumped on her 13/10 years later. For him, she was never far from his mind in those years. He was searching everywhere for her. Although someone liked him, he never had anyone he liked but her. So bumping into her after so many years, he would be interested to see if she is still single or not. If she was single, it would be his chance to chase her since he lost his chance 10 years ago. To you it's fast because they skipped 10 years. For him, it was 10 years of yearning.

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I like that he does have missteps. When he tore up the note with Grandma's surgery case number on it I thought "ohhhh, you are in so much trouble" and I'd be interested to see if he trips over that faultline again. THAT sort of behavior makes it seem like he's still seeing her as a student, or at the very least as someone who needs to follow his lead.

It'll be interesting when they're at cross-purposes and he really does have to deal with her as a fully independent being.

...and I'll admit, I'm unexpectedly charmed by the second lead. I do not want him to end up with Seo Woo no matter how she may change, and I think he's just great. Bizarre, but great. I can absolutely see why Hong Hong Hong is a great guy, but I can also see that the second lead would be a ton of fun as well.

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Hope to see more oh JH back story in the upcoming episodes.

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The motorcyle scene sound effect was terrible. I can imagine Park Do Kyung be like "idiots! those sound are for nights, can you people differentiate motorcycle sound different in the morning!"

Yup, withdrawal feels..

I cannot deal with the cheese in this drama but still want to watch it.

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hahahaha, I giggled at this! Thanks to Park Do Kyung I can't help but pay attention to the way sound effects are done in every drama I watch.

See, Kdramas can be very educational ;)

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A bit off topic, but Park Do-Kyung for sounds, Anthony for PPL, soon we will amass the perfect critical drama team which will then produce the most perfect drama ever!

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Did anybody else think that the head-bath scene was there just for the shampoo promotion? lol

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It made me wonder why she only washed part of her hair. The promotion is the only viable answer.

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It's for PPL for sure, though I have a Japanese friend who only washes her hair every three or five days. When she needs to go out, she only washes a part of her hair, sometimes about half of it and not the top part. Lol

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Why is washing one's hair such a BIG deal in Kdramas? I've noticed that in several dramas, the heroines were concerned whether their hair smelled when they were in close proximity to the male leads. How hard is it just to wash hair at the same time they shower? Asian hair is not that hard to dry and style. I'm Chinese and I've NEVER gone more than 2 days before shampooing.

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Lol, exactly! I was like (to her friend), "Girl, don't just wash the tips! Lather up the rest of her head! What is this!" There was also more when she was blow drying her hair. I mean, at least it's Not Another Subway PPL. ;)

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Thats right.. its a cliché and cheesy drama and i dont like such drama basically.. But still, i enjoy watching it and excitedly waiting for the next eps, dont know why :))

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The acting from the cast is still stellar, and I'm liking the tough but vulnerable Hye Jung as always, but they seem to be piling on a lot of cliches. The evil stepmom, the previously *sshole dad now being sorry (but not sorry enough to not let his wife stomp all over HJ's feelings... Bleh) the bitchy second female lead, the bike crash for the newly reunited friends...

I also hope they don't make Seo Woo too one dimensional, because right now I have no clue what she is thinking, other than she is a bitter spoilt child who has the emotional maturity of a 3 year old. She isn't acting like a doctor, much less a soon-to-be-professor.

I guess that's my problem right now- I can't quite connect with the characters that are driving the plot forward like Seo Woo, and I don't particularly care about the hospital politics. So while HJ and her suitors are all so cute, it's not quite my crack drama.

I do really hate Seo Woo's dad though because he is abhorrent scum and so I'm just gonna stick around to see him overthrown from his high horse so I can cackle in glee when he metaphorically breaks his neck.

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I think the fact that Seowoo could identify and relate so much to the dead Ahjumma maybe lead to a point that she's not going to be 100% like her father.
But it's just an assumption tho.

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this drama reminds me of otome games,
everybody seems to like me/the protagonist but then Idk how they can stand my attitude,

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I'm a little distracted that the doctor is making conscious efforts to make herself look feminine every single time, like wearing heels and making sure her hair is neatly down (even after saving Yoon Do on the hall from crashing with another doctor).
I'm not saying that it is bad thing for girls to be feminine, but the field of work seems to require more tough looks, since doctors need to run fast here and there to save people's lives. Therefore flats or sneakers and ponytail might be more practical.
But .. tt could be me still get influenced by Descendant's Kang Mo Yeon's casual looks, or it could be envying Hye Jung's looks too. hehehheheheh...

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I work at a hospital and doctors are actually encouraged to dress up. The doctors who dress up casually are usy the new ones - those who are required to always run. But given that they are fellows already, meaning they finished residency and are in sub-specialty training, they don't have to run around. They have their juniors for that :)

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Same thing here at the hospital i work in too. We're encouraged to dressup, heels and all...at least for the doctors and clincal pharmacists.

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Given her position (fellow, not intern or resident)...it makes sense for her to be in heels because she's mostly doing rounds and prepping for big surgeries (in which case, she's usually wearing flats). The interns/residents do all the running around for her.

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I see..

Thanks @Melonsquare and Kay for the info! :)

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The Major Cringe Factor for me in this drama is all the stupid teenage type horseplay and grab-ass that goes on in what is supposed to be an elite hospital. It does not help that most of the "doctors" look about old enough to be university freshmen.

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eh, but they just look young, and that's something they can't help. most of the people, if not all, who play the doctors are older than your college senior.

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My mom is a doctor so I can only speak for her. She dresses up and wears heels and looks presentable. She almost never runs around actually. On most days, she would be making rounds or taking appointments in her office.

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I stayed in a hospital for almost a month and I recall most residents (who do the dressing and more squeamish stuff) look haggard and tired (like Kang Soo). While the ones who just visited and asked questions (surgeons) look cleaner, well fed and rested. They also wore heels and one doctor even wore jewelry all the time.

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I actually appreciate this aspect. I mean being a tough, gangster-type, "cold" doctor and then having the more conventional feminine side gives the character dimension and I like her all the more for it.

Doctors can wear heels, let their hair down and ALSO be competent and efficient. She just has to be appropriate, fit the situation which so far she has been. And in the dressing regard, even Seo Woo is appropriate (attitude is a different story).

I'm sure it was not a conscious decision in their part but I'm happy there is a well-rounded female character that is a lead in a popular kdrama. It somehow makes me think there is room in the society for feminine but not frail, as well as kickass but still cute women.

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I love this drama, is predictable and corny, but I kept smiling and moving, in each chapter, I am one of the few that did not come come the accident, still, I love, I love HJ, and as she has so many capable she parce cold and elusive, but is palpable pain feels to be abandoned, we need more HJ in the world ..... I have a problem with this chapter alone, I think there were many unnecessary scenes, scenes of filler, but even so that does not diminish my love for this drama
wwwiii sorry for my bad English, this is not my mother tongue

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seriously ... PSH needs to go to kissing school ... she's the most awkward kisser in the dramaverse. I'd volunteer to teach her for free ... but the wife vetoed that idea.

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I think the one who needs kissing lessons is KRW haha PSH is supposed to be surprised at the surprise kiss (which explains her facial expression), but KRW's lips were so limp!

haha if you could teach KRW too, please!

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Ahem... I say this as someone who has watched a few of KRW's more... "risque" movies, but the man definitely knows how to kiss (and can do a bit more than that as well).

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Does one of the movies have Plum in its title? Kekeke. Seriously when I first realized it was the 19year old him in that movie I was like...ok, nothing about Gangnam Blues surprises me anymore. lol

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Ha, you were going to take one for the team but your wife doesn't appricate your generosity.

Totally understand. My husband vetoed the idea of him and Siwon becoming brother-husbands (after I watched She Was Pretty) Sadly, he's rigidly opposed to polygamy. :(

But back to PSH, she wasn't bad in Pinocchio.

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KRW's angle tho, the ahjussi didn't know how to kissing. you kissing the girl but your face literally straight up 90¤

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I don't get why there are still comments putting down PSH for her kiss scene when the very opening of this episode is about why she never opened up to experience love. But let's ignore the character's personality and context to criticize her kiss maybe?

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+++ for reals, people

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Can't believe people are still talking about that kiss after a week. (I know they replayed it more often than they should have in this episode but still, let's get over it...)

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I don't get why still ppl putting down PSH for the kiss scene cause its clearly explained in the opening scene of this episode how her character wanted to avoid the kiss as she doesn't want to experience love. She even ran away immediately after the kiss. Did you watch this episode?

I take it that you haven't actually watched episode 7. Cause if you have, you would have got the answer by now. Or if you have atleast read the above recap again you would have found the answer in the second paragraph. But no, lets totally neglect how the character's personality and complain just because.. Its park shin hye. smh..

Last episode, during the liplock kiss both kim rae won and park shin hye had the same mirrored expression,even his angle was more weird than the girl. But yeah.. Lets blame PSH as usual..What's new..not even surprising anymore.

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Love this drama so much:)

I never knew Rae Won can smile so much like this.

I have watched his other dramas and movies but this drama's smile take the cake :)

PSH as usual doing a great job as well as the other actors in the drama

Thanks for the recap

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This drama has an over abundance of cute characters. I mean most of the residents alone are completely adorable. The heroine is like a women every women wants to be: completely badass, intelligent, beautiful, kind hearted, loyal, and good humored.

There is still very little of a cohesive plot, unless you count the hospital politics that I fastforward through.

I'm afraid things are going a little to fast and smoothly for our main couple...I fear terminal illness or some other lurking mechanism is in our near future.

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Oh yeah.. plot.. I guess the writers forgot about that part.

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unsurprisingly, though, despite HJ being a great character and really awesome woman, there are still people who nitpick her character and shit on her for small mistakes. i saw someone on another site bash her because she was shocked into inaction for maybe a minute after witnessing a treasured friend get hit by a car. some fans can never be satisfied with female protagonists.

imo this drama seems more character-driven than anything else. even with the grandma drama, i think we will see more development with HJ than actual plot development, but idk.

i feel like there will be some drama with the main couple. 99% of me hopes she will end up with yoon do, but i am sensible enough to know that will never happen :(

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Hye jung really needs closure from her past. She's too lovely to end up this way. And this is where Ji Hong comes in. I am not sure if she needs to start learning how to love first then let go of her past scars or Let go of her past scars and then start learning how to love first. I sincerely don't know which should come first. It is the case of the which comes first, "the egg or the chicken".

Loved hye jung rapport with both Yoon do and Ji Hong in this episode. Nothing overly romantic.

Kang soo reminds me of that friend that gives our phone numbers to anybody that ask. Two strikes!! I am watching him

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The second that I saw 3 people driving carefree through the streets of Seoul...I knew that one of them was getting into an accident and given that it's not time for amnesia (seriously drama if you give someone amnesia I am going to high kick you) it was likely going to be Soo-chul.

Also I've noticed this before in hospital-based dramas, but is there a reason why the medical terms sometimes pop up in the lower left part of the screen? And is there a reason why there's often an English translation too?

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I believe it's to help the average viewer understand the medical terminology without being confusing. Most viewers are probably not doctors or in the medical field, so I would assume it's to prevent getting lost in the scene.

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Every time I saw one of those long adorably smiling out the car window scenes I can't help but think "Hey!! watch the freaking road".

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Omg, same. I was so anxious and my heart was already in the pit of my stomach just awaiting the worse... and whoop, there it is.

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I know this episode has problems but the Hyejung/Soochul reunion alone was enough to put a smile on my face. I usually hate Mondays but having a new Doctors episode helps.

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Like seriously, nobody better touch my Jisoo!!?

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Was I the only one incredibly distracted by Hye-Jung's outfit at the end of this episode (and all the way through the next one)? It's like she decided to change outfits after getting dressed but forgot to take the first outfit off first...or decided to put her pajama shirt back on for some reason and just wore it on top of her other clothes...am I just that bad at fashion?

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Ha, I keep thinking the normal stylist for this show was out sick, and the stylist for Lucky Romance took over.

I was also thinking its summer there, and with her lab coat that's at least three layers of clothing.

My third thought was, if I was wearing that, I could probably hide my pregnancy and I'm over five months in.

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I'm running over Lucky romance stylist. Have got all the plans ready, I just need to enter S.Korea.

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I just busted out laughing (at work).
Let me know if you need a navigator/accomplice in this mission to save the world from grammy's nighties worn over a skirt worn over jeans.

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We could have the LR/Doctors Stylist Tour Bus of Doom! Sign me up!

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I busted out laughing too because I had thought, uh-oh, another case for Fashion Police Miranda!

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Hehehehehe!!! We may all end up in jail tho, but I think it will be worth it.

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I looked at that outfit and actually thought "see, that's nice, Bo Nui should wear that".

Confirming that Lucky Romance has permanently damaged part of my brain.

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Apparently it's a trend in SK this year since every recent kdrama female lead had this weird layering going on, Oh Hae Young, Gong Shim, Shin Bo-nui, Yoo Hye-jung and I bet we'll see it next week in W as well. (If DotS wasn't preproduced I bet we'd have seen SHK in 3 layers as well lol.)
I just don't get it...especially during summertime! This trend must die asap!!!!

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I got a marketing email yesterday titled "A Year of Denim, Denim, Denim!" Inside were a bunch of ways you can wear layers of denim.

I reported it for harassment and inappropriate content.

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How predictable?! What was the purpose of Soo chul character? I do not understand! He serves absolutely no purposed for the story what so ever! And Seo woo and Hye jung seem to behave like non trained medical profession (doctors). I know this is a drama, K-drama but still.. they behave like distraught helpless women.. aren't they supposed have gone through residency and now fellowship?? what is with turning heads and being squeamish! so dumb!

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I don't think Hye Jung turned her head because she was being squeamish about the blood but more so because she was upset to watch her good friend in pain? He was struggling to stay still because he was in so much pain and it must have tore HJ's heart to watch the scene. I believe that Soo Chul's character helped HJ to grow through his unconditional friendship for her, after all he's one of the few people from her teenage days who helped her.

I do agree that Seo Woo does not act like a professional at all. While I understand that doctors are only human after all, she's childish and spoilt even at the age of 31, and a complete turn off.

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i know some people will comment how HJ became un-doctor-like after SC's accident. But hello?! He's not just a goodfriend, he's one of the few people HJ actually liked. And FYI, i heard that Doctors are advised against taking their loved ones (and enemies) as a patient for fear of being subjective. So HJ's reaction is perfectly understandable.

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Are we just going to criticize Hyejung's character totally out of context? It doesn't matter whether she's a doctor, if her friend got crashed into a car, flew into the air, and got fatally injured, she has every right to panic and break down. Doctors are human too. They are not invincible to pain and loss.

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One of the reasons why I like this drama is because it doesn't explain everything to the viewers. They let us think and don't really insult our intelligence by telling us the reasons behind the characters' actions and motivations, except maybe for the female lead.

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A residency and fellowship training does not include having someone special in your life be in a road accident and then treating them calmly and reasonably. In real life, when a loved one gets into an accident, most people would panic, cry helplessly and wouldn't be able to think straight. Hye Jung's reaction is normal because Soo Chul is someone who she treasured like Soon Hee, and she has this trauma about people she loves leaving her behind.

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everyone else has pretty much said what i've said, but let me add on with an anecdote. my mom and dad are both medical professionals (mom is a nurse and dad is a doctor, both worked in hospitals for over 30 years). despite everything they have seen, they still got distraught when my siblings and i got very hurt growing up, and they continue to do so to this day if one of us gets seriously ill. as others have said, doctors are human. when loved ones are hurt, it is very possible that they could panic.

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To be honest, I'm meh over JH. I just get the feeling that every time he talks to her, he's giving off teacher/fatherly vibes, as though he's trying to teach her a lesson each time. Or even the way his tone becomes a cute growl at the end of his sentences make me feel like he's an adult telling off a child. Maybe it's just me feeling this way. On the other hand, YD seems more on the same level as HJ - he is just so adork-able! I just feel like after 13 years, nothing has changed - JH and HJ are still very much in a teacher student relationship which feels almost identical to what they had 13 years back (perhaps it is because HJ is emotionally stunted in a sense and this is all JH knows how to make her respond) and that makes me feel slightly iffy about it.

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i feel iffy about it, too. :/ i fully understand why people are behind this couple, and i see the points they make, but i just feel weird about it. JH just seems very fatherly/mentor-y.

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Agree @Lezah about Ji Hong. I find those scenes that you describe cringeworthy. I have no issues with the age gap - I have an issue with the character. But I still love KRW! They need to overhaul his character. STAT.

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Still loving this. I know it's full of cliches. But liked i always say. Majority of Movies/TV Shows are there to entertain you. If i don't like it. I won't watch it. And If i want a more realistic one. Maybe i'll just follow around my neighbor. Or film my life because that's what reality is. Haha!

And believe me. Most of the realities are no fun at all.

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I wholeheartedly agree with you !

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i welcome cliches as long as the drama/movie/game/whatever is cute, the characters are likable, and the writing isn't a 100% mess. does that mean i never enjoy more complex media? no. some of us just like our fluff, and there's nothing wrong with that.

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Yup, agree with you.
If this show can't entertain us, just drop it.
Why even bother to invest and write so much over something you iffy.

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I feel as if Hye-jung needs to get over her part with her parents before she can truly begin to love somebody. Clearly she doesn't think that she is a person capable of loving someone or being loved by someone. And I'm glad that Ji-hong knows that about her. However... I still think that kiss was unnecessary. What did he want to prove to her? That he likes her? I feel as if korean dramas get to kiss scenes within the first few episodes these days while before it was like "Aww they held hands!" at episode 10. Not that I'm complaining but I felt as if this one was unnecessary.

I think there is some character development for all of them. Ji-Hong promises to show Hye-jung what affection is, Yoon-do understands Hye-jung's past and sympathizes with her, and Seo-woo, while some would argue that she showed no development, showed growth as a doctor, impacted by the loss of a patient. Yes, she still has this thing against Hye-Jung but if we think about it, she has been pressured by her family to be the best and eventually take over the hospital. I'm Korean too so I understand how much pressure she faces constantly. But here comes this girl from a poor background who can easily get whatever Seo-woo wants without trying hard (although Hye-jung studied really hard but Seo-woo doesn't know that) whether it's studies, acknowledgement, or love. I'm not trying to say her actions are justifiable. But i can sympathize with her.

On a happy note, is anyone else having severe second lead syndrome??? Also I want a Soon-hee + Kangsoo thing to happen. The van be the Soon-soo/innocent couple :)

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Me ! me !
I am not really into Ji Hong character, at this point I care about Yoon Do more than other characters.
And I am excited to see Seo Woo's character development in the next episode. I really hope she won't be just a regular 2nd lead female.

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Typo there. Should be "they can be the..."

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Supporting character exists for plot and dies for plot. Check.

Well at least there was a lot of cuteness from the 2nd leads and my fav girl with the great hair.

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1. I love Jihong. I've said it before and I will say it again: I don't find him controlling or preachy. He welcomes differing opinions and civilized arguments while having solid support for his views. He's much like Hyejung in this, or maybe this is why they click so well. I enjoy the banter between Hyejung and Jihong because they clash in opinions all the time but neither seems oppressed by the other. If anything, they thoroughly enjoy each other's companion. In the past, Hyejung was put down by Jihong's college friend for her age, experience, and education, so it's nice to see her in the present as a successful woman and an intellectual equal to Jihong.

2. I'm totally behind Hyejung's reaction to her dad's attempt to reach out. Many may feel bad for him, but I don't. He's been absent since she was young, he (informally) disowned her when she was 18, he accepted hush money not to inquire about the circumstance of grandma's death, he moved grandma's ash to a new location, and he never reached out to Hyejung until his wife needs a brain surgery. I'm here hoping that drama wouldn't force a forgiveness from Hyejung.

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Yes I 100% agree on both points
one does not simply get over absent parents it hurts and the child will develop issues like, defensiveness (they feel the need to protect themselves from everything even things that could be good) hence her not knowing how to love, abandonment issues and a hatred for their parents.
I also never found Ji Hong preachy or controlling

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"...neither seems oppressed by the other." They do converse so well. When HJ converses with YD, it's so one-sided and it's just all about his interest in her, hoping she'd ask questions about him, and getting her to eat out with him. When JH talks to SW, it's like talking to a rock. She would neither budge nor take in his advises. When HJ and JH talks, we feel the mutual interest and understanding, and they both are learning from each other. I do hope we can get to this part soon, probably in the second half of the drama.

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This is why I'm not behind Yoondo's ship. He's a cute character on his own, but I have not yet forgiven him for betting a patient's life to kick Hyejung out of the hospital.

Much of the comedy comes from Yoondo and Hyejung's quick chitchat because it's so funny to watch them being on two totally different wavelengths. It's entertaining but not swoony. Just hilarious.

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I see a couple of commenters here criticized the drama over trivial things that pretty much exists in every drama in korea. my advice is the moment you see "cliches". Dropped the drama right away.

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The problem is not the cliches, it is the huge overuse of them. Every drama and movie has them, but this drama is filled with them.

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So... anyone thinks that SC's ex-wife may be In-Joo?? I'm going to make a bet on this coz In-Joo is also divorced with a son too!

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I don't think so because:

1. Injoo is the same age as Jihong and Jisoo is the same age as Hyejung. The age gap makes this unlikely because Injoo previously put down Hyejung for her age, experience, and education ("You are a hindrance to Jihong's career blah blah").

2. Injoo is in the US. Jisoo has a family in Korea.

3. Injoo is a doctor so I presume that she's well off. Jisoo needs to send money to his ex-wife and son so it's fair to assume they are not well off.

4. Simply too much coincidence.

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Nope.
But if so?

Damn, In Joo.

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I'm betting it's HyeJung's classmate from Ji Hong's class, the leader of the bullies.

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That's more likely. Pinocchio writers agree with you and me.

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Many are like,"Oh god..its so cliche,its so cheesy........buuuutttttttttt i will keep watching.(and probably keep complaining the same thing in all the reviews).. smh.. Funny.. They are the ones to comment first even before the fans of the show. lol.

Seriously, Its just a kdrama. Why think or bother so much.. Drop it if you don't like it instead of sticking around to say the same thing again n again. Why the need to compare it with DOTS which was a result of big budget,star writer with flower boy hero and heavily marketed image. Even if we compare it with the dots.. By story, Doctors wins in far margin for good characterization and a better script than DOTS and the cast is stellar.

Sigh.. Anyways.. Leaving aside that, episode 7 was totally fun and hilarious. Also to the few who complained about the kiss as if its girl's fault would have understood why it was supposed to be that way if they have watched this episode.The girl is not yet ready for love. Even while talking to soon hee, hyejung addressed it as, "We did..more like our lips touched each other."And if still they keep on with their pointless ranting,then they are just here to hate. No point arguing with those ppl.

I love Hyejung. She is just too good. I cannot accept how her dad want to be part of her life now that she is successful on her own. Hyejung is a victim of domestic abuse. So i can certainly understand even if she doesn't forgive him at all.. Ji hong's honey dripping smile whenever he is with hyejung is so adorable. He is just too cute whenever he is with hyejung. And yoon do's cute antics this episode was funny. And jisoo and shinhye's chemistry though.. They probably need their own drama together. Watching puppy hong and tall kitten yoondo being jealous of Shinhye-jisoo was so fun. That whole scene was hilarious. And yeah,the cliff-hanger,accident bound to happen with the way jisoo was riding.. The only thing i didn't like was im ji yeon's cameo.. I know she was just a cameo yet can't help but notice how awkward her acting was..

Anyways.. Finished watching both ep7 and 8 and i absolutely love this drama.

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Oh and add those people who said i'm dropping this drama. And then by the next recap. They roam around commenting the exact same thing. Lmao.

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Well said!!! I never finish DOTS but totally loving this drama.

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I've never watched a single episode of DOTS but I'm thoroughly enjoying this drama xD

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This is the first time I haven't liked the male lead. And that's saying something after watching Que Sera Sera. He seems pushy, as one commentator noted last recap he hasn't taken the time to reacquaint himself with her and it seems he never knew the entirety of her family situation either.

I went into this knowing I didn't ship them but actual prefer her with the second male lead and knew it wouldn't happen and still can't get behind the male lead. I'm watching it solely for Park Shin Hye's character with the added bonus of seeing interactions between her and her bestfriend.

The male lead always acts like he knows what's best for her and when she has to correct him, his attitude changes because he got in trouble and he's worried she'll stay upset with him. Another commentator noted his character doesn't seem all that fleshed out or full of much substance, so I wonder if that's why I can't seem to like him.

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I love Ji Hong and the little gestures he makes, like feeling the grass with his hand and feeling the breeze while he runs or cycles.

Unlike some commenters who think he's pushy, I think he's just honest and freely expresses his feelings. My definition of pushy would be Yoon Do, who pesters Hye Jung to go out with him using a patient as leverage. Ji Hong tells Hye Jung exactly what he feels for her and how she makes him feel, maybe so HJ will know just what kind of effect she has on him. He knows she's clueless about romance, so he lays bare all of his feelings for her to see, otherwise, she won't get it.

But more than anything, I like Ji Hong cause he's so good at what he does: being a doctor and a mentor. [SPOILER REDACTED] Unlike Seo Woo who doesn't know how capable Ji Hong is, Hye Jung already is very well aware of how good Ji Hong is as a doctor.

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Totally agree with u. I like the fact that JH let HJ go and win when he think that she needs it and make her happy instead of trying to upstage her by showing the Alpha male traits.

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Here are all these awesome and long and thoughtful comments and then there's me, who's been thinking about the Subway jokes on the Beanut Gallery ever since Kim Rae Won wore that yellow jacket and red tie... If not... Hot dogs anyone?

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I thought it was intentionally due to he is a doctor. So, fashion sense is a least of his worries. With his aloofness act n childish behaviour. It kinda mix well

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I'm enjoying Doctors, a lot. It's not plot heavy by any means, but I enjoy the characters and their interactions. The cheese and corn is all part of the parcel, and I relish it. I see why people compare it to DoTs, in that it's seemingly about the "moments" rather than the narrative as a whole, but unlike some, I do find the hospital setting and the underlying politics of it rather engaging. But who am I kidding, it's the romance we're all here for - team __________ - take your pick!

All the central characters are working for me so far. I do wish SW was a lot better developed, but in terms of chemistry, and acting, they're all doing a fine job.

I also like JH's character, and his relationship with HJ. It's definitely the pairing I root for the most. Interesting that some people find his character to be a tad "aggressive" - It's not a word that I would ever apply to his character. He's boldly confident, for sure, but nowhere near offensive. It's all in the connotation, I guess. He does come across as being pretty damn perfect, but more in that mundane way, whereby his experience outshine's HJ's. But I believe that's intentional. He's a lot older than her, but I love that he doesn't assert himself in a patronizing manner and nor does he use his experience to his advantage. He's actually been very kind and open to the opinions of others, and naturally falls into sync with HJ, making sure her voice is heard.

Despite the overt cliches, the character dynamics is what keeps me coming back. As so long as I'm entertained, I'm here to stay! Thank you ever so much for recapping!

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Thanks for the recap, dramallama!

So heartwarming to see HJ and SC reuniting!! I love their friendship and it just makes me very curious what happened over the past 13 years. What did they do after riding off in his bike back then and how did he help her/stay with him during her tough times? Then, somewhere along the way, how did they lose touch and each moved on with his/her life? I love how close they are and that they just pick things right back up after reuniting. =) Of course, those winks and salutes don't hurt. XD

Poor puppy... Knew the accident was bound to happen. And HJ's reaction is totally normal. Don't expect doctors would know what to do when in shock. Things don't make sense in such a moment. Not to mention, HJ knows that her fear overtakes her when someone she cares about is involved in harm/death. I hope that she will learn to let go of her past baggage so that she can truly be free to love and be loved.

JH being in love and all smiley is understandable. But I still thought that during the scene in his office, he shouldn't be so lovey dovey with heart eyes shooting out towards HJ as if SW was invisible. You know this girl is jealous of HJ and has an inferiority complex. You know this girl is capable of spreading false rumours to ruin someone. You really don't want to fuel her jealousy if you want her to get over all these ill feelings towards HJ. *sigh*

YD is so cute in his awkward, dorky, embarrassing interactions with HJ. And I love HJ's reactions cuz she is just that bad with social cues and really couldn't be bothered to pretend otherwise. =P

HJ's dad and stepmom are quite something... No wonder HJ grew up so traumatized and never looked back after being independent and successful.

SW's dad and co. are another bad bunch. I just wanna seem them go down down down, especially with the screw-up during Grandma's surgery.

This series is cheesy and cliché at times and doesn't require a lot of brain power, but I love HJ's character, puppy SC, and some of the side characters like KS, SH, even YK. Plus the comedic and cute moments. So, I'll keep going since I'm totally invested in HJ's growth.

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I honestly can't get over the fact that HJH and YHJ were teacher and student. Did no one find him getting off the helicopter extremely creepy. His facial expression seemed like that of a pedophile. And it doesn't help that teacher in highschool and teacher at the hospital is still saem.

Not quitting the drama or anything, because I like Yoon Do enough (although the amount of weight he gained since pinocchio). I just wish there would be a more mature level of relationship between the main cast so that I can actually start shipping them.

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I'm not sure about the "pedophile" reference but I thought to myself while watching that helicopter scene - WTH does he think he's entitled to