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Doctors: Episode 15

Brace yourselves — there’s a lot to handle in this episode, in a good way. Our doctors grow closer, each relationship with their nuances, as they figure out where they stand with each other and their patients. While we’re taking a break from Hye-jung’s “homework” to find the real reason for Grandma’s death, the story and interactions remain deeply personal. Empathy through personal experience starts to blur the line between doctor and patient, revealing that our doctors are also vulnerably human.

 

 
EPISODE 15 RECAP

Hye-jung yells at the boys’ father to stop and think about his children living in the shadow of guilt that their father died for them. She says that she won’t stop him from dying, but she demands that he explain to his boys that he’s not dying because of them. The father turns to Hye-jung and listens to her as he cries.

Hye-jung explains that a father’s absence cannot be compensated for, no matter how much people try to help — it was like that for her. She says that sometimes, she wants to die because of how her mother chose to die. Hye-jung asks if he wants to make Hae and Dal lead that sort of life. The boys’ father trembles and steps down from the ledge. He breaks down in tears, and Hye-jung looks at him with relief.

Ji-hong brings Hye-jung a warm drink and tells her she did well. He says that it’s ironic that her scars could be a source of healing for the father. Hye-jung says that the healing was mutual because her burdens about her own father became inexplicably lighter after convincing the boys’ father not to die. Ji-hong nods and says that he understands that feeling — it can’t be explained logically, but it’s mentally calming.

Hye-jung asks Ji-hong about his parents, and he tells her: They were both working teachers, so he was often at home alone on weekdays. He adds that he would come home alone even though his mother worked at his school, and that became a source of guilt after his parents passed. While they appreciate each other’s company and conversation, Myung-hoon accusingly looks at Hye-jung from afar. He tells his assistant to call her to his office the next day. Dun dun duuun…

As we watch a montage of surgeries, Hye-jung narrates: “Neurosurgeons are sensitive. Surgeries involve minute details and intense pressure to perform on regions thinner than paper. Our sensitivity is the principle that protects us.”

Hye-jung’s alarm wakes her up at 5:00 AM, and she covers Soon-hee with her blanket before leaving her room. Joong-dae opens Soon-hee’s bedroom door and then quickly slips back inside when he sees Hye-jung. She notices the noise and goes into Soon-hee’s bedroom while Joong-dae holds his breath behind the door. Hye-jung leaves, but Joong-dae’s relief is short-lived since Hye-jung returns to the room immediately to catch a poorly-hidden Joong-dae.

Myung-hoon tries to call Seo-woo, but she’s either too busy applying PPL makeup or doesn’t want to talk to her father. We know it’s the latter, and her mother knows as well. Her mother tells Myung-hoon that ambition isn’t for Seo-woo, so he should stop imposing it on her. She says that Seo-woo’s done enough trying to meet her father’s expectations.

At the hospital, Joong-dae insists on returning of his own accord, but Hye-jung says that it’ll look better if he gets dragged back. In the breakroom, Young-kook updates Kyung-joon on Dal’s improved condition and settled hospital payments, thanks to the documentary broadcast. Kyung-joon looks to Kang-soo for updates, but the first-year is too exhausted to respond. They desperately need Joong-dae to return, and just as they discuss plans to hunt him down, Hye-jung enters with Joong-dae trailing behind.

She gives them a stern order to work Joong-dae hard to scare him from ever running away again, and Kyung-joon delightfully agrees. She leaves them to their reunion, and Kyung-joon gives Joong-dae his white coat and badge, like he’s been waiting to return it all this time. He gives the prodigal resident a hug, and they all come in for a group hug. Aww.

Ji-hong and Seo-woo share their updates on Hae and Dal, and fortunately, they’re both healthy enough to be released from the hospital soon. Ji-hong leaves with Hye-jung, and Myung-hoon’s assistant approaches Seo-woo to bring her to her father’s office. But she refuses to follow orders.

Ji-hong and Hye-jung meet with the boys’ father to discuss post-operative care, and the father thanks them for helping him with the expenses through the broadcast. Ji-hong enters the hospital room, and the boys’ father stops Hye-jung to thank her personally. He’s gotten financial and moral support through the broadcast, and he says that he won’t ever forget this blessing and reminder that the world is still a warm place. Hye-jung says that his sons are lucky to have such a loving father, and he responds that all fathers are like this. She looks conflicted by his certainty but smiles back.

Myung-hoon watches the broadcast following Hye-jung at the hospital, where she speaks about her grandmother’s influence on her motivation to become a doctor. That clip reminds Myung-hoon of Hye-jung in her youth, and he seems to have finally realized who she is. He closes the browser as Hye-jung enters his office, and she asks why she was called in. He has no particular reason and says that he just wanted to have a quick chat over tea. Clearly, she’s too busy for such leisure and excuses herself as she answers a call from Kang-soo.

Before she leaves, Myung-hoon asks her how Seo-woo is doing, and Hye-jung responds that he should ask her himself. Director Jin enters the office just as she leaves and greets her with a wide smile, recognizing her from the broadcast. After she leaves, Director Jin further compliments Hye-jung for helping restore the hospital’s image, but Myung-hoon complains that he can’t fire her because of that. He doesn’t explain any further to his father, and they discuss Ji-hong’s upcoming investment proposal with smug grins.

Kang-soo briefs Hye-jung on an ER patient, a man brought from a gas explosion with a battery shard in his eye. She goes to check on the patient, and it’s not just a little irritation in the eye but (holy smokes) a battery driven into his eyelid. The patient squirms and screams in pain, and Hye-jung does a quick motor check before ordering a surgery room for Ji-hong. But according to Kyung-joon, Ji-hong isn’t taking patients until the afternoon.

Ji-hong and Tae-ho are busy getting their footing in this hospital power struggle. They meet with their investors and sign the contract for their new deep-brain-stimulation project.

Hye-jung looks over the scans and discusses the surgery plan with Yoon-do. They’ll need to collaborate with the ophthalmology department because of the battery location, and thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be too much bleeding. They wake a dozing Kang-soo to set up the surgery room, and Yoon-do asks Hye-jung why she called him and not Ji-hong. He assumed that she was exclusively Ji-hong’s fellow, but she refutes that she’s not exclusive at work. He jokingly asks what she’s exclusive in (implying that she is in dating), and Hye-jung apologizes.

She tells Yoon-do that Ji-hong is attending the board meeting, and he finds that unusual. She says you can’t always do everything you want in life, and he lightly teases her for taking Ji-hong’s side. Yoon-do receives a call from Myung-hoon but doesn’t pick up. He explains to Hye-jung that this is one of the moments that he’s happy to be his father’s son — even if he doesn’t pick up, Myung-hoon can’t do anything.

Hye-jung esteems his status and insists that she’s not teasing him. She understands that people don’t choose their backgrounds and says that a good circumstance is a good thing. Yoon-do figures that she’s the one who’s got it good right now, to which Hye-jung smiles and nods. He teases her some more by saying that he’s hurt by her honesty, but he says that he’s slightly comforted because his competition is as competent as Ji-hong. Aw, what a good guy.

At the board meeting, Myung-hoon continues to push for the geriatric center and insists that the hospital needs change. Ji-hong and Tae-ho agree that they need change, but they propose change in a different direction: reforming their welfare system and elevating their brand.

They show off their deep-brain-stimulation surgery grant, which will help their hospital gain recognition for research and give them capital to reform their welfare system. Ji-hong argues that a hospital is a place where doctors and patients coexist, so this reform is necessary. The members of the board nod in agreement, but Myung-hoon and Director Jin look threatened.

After the meeting, Myung-hoon compliments Ji-hong on his proposal, saying he’s learned a few things. They shake hands, acting like friendly competitors.

Seo-woo cautiously approaches Young-kook and asks for patient updates. She asks if he’s avoiding her and says that their relationship isn’t what it used to be. He finds that normal, since emotions are prone to change, and he asks if she’s afraid that he’ll confess his feelings to her. She denies it, and he pretends that Yoon-do is coming. Seo-woo thinks that he’s teasing her, but he says that he’s teasing himself.

After he leaves, Myung-hoon approaches Seo-woo and yells at her for not answering his calls. He leads her to his office and scolds her for not following his orders to give him the insider details on Ji-hong’s plans. Seo-woo says that she didn’t become a doctor to be her father’s spy and asserts that she has dreams to be a neurosurgeon. Myung-hoon insists he does everything out of love, and Seo-woo says that she’s tolerated her father up to this point out of love.

She gives the example of tolerating him when he dissed her in front of Hye-jung, but clearly not getting the point, he claims that everything he said was true. In return, Seo-woo starts to spill the truth about him: She went to the school he never got into, and she has the looks her father never had. Myung-hoon argues that everything she has now is because of him, and she wouldn’t have achieved her status if she had grown up in the same environment as Hye-jung. Giving it right back to him, Seo-woo says that he gained everything thanks to his father and adds, “At least I did well in school.”

That’s Myung-hoon’s tipping point to his inferiority complex, and he slaps Seo-woo. He freezes and immediately apologizes, but Seo-woo just storms out.

Hye-jung surprises Ji-hong in his office with vitamins and supplements for his health, and she nags him about not telling her about the board meeting. She asks him to take her home, but he says he can’t because of other plans. She eyes him for more details, and he explains that it’s just dinner with Tae-ho about their investment deal. Hye-jung realizes that her nagging could become annoying, but Ji-hong insists that he enjoys it.

Seo-woo visits Soon-hee’s cafe alone this time, and Soon-hee asks about Joong-dae’s return. Hye-jung didn’t reveal where he was caught, so Soon-hee’s secret is safe. Seo-woo asks Soon-hee why Hye-jung decided to come to Gukil hospital, since Soon-hee claimed that she and Hye-jung don’t have any secrets. Soon-hee gives the obvious answer that Gukil hospital is bigger and has a great cafeteria, but she mutters under her breath wondering what Seo-woo is asking about.

Tae-ho finds Ji-hong grinning at his phone in the lobby and says that he’s happy to see Ji-hong happy and dating. As they eat dinner, Tae-ho admits that he’s thought a lot about Director Hong lately, and Ji-hong says that Tae-ho was his father’s favorite student. Tae-ho says that Ji-hong understands a part of him better than his wife and friends — it’s the hard neurosurgeon life that he understands. Tae-ho jokingly tells Ji-hong to treat him well, since he’s older and will die sooner.

Ji-hong apologetically thanks Tae-ho for letting him act against his father’s last wish (since Director Hong had signed a DNR, but Ji-hong tried to resuscitate him anyway). Tae-ho says that he’ll apologize to Director Hong when they meet again, and Ji-hong jokes that his father will probably find it typical that they didn’t listen to him.

Yoon-do pulls into his apartment complex and sighs in anticipation of his two resident trespassers. He braces himself and gives himself a pep talk before entering his apartment, but it’s surprisingly quiet and dark. He cautiously walks around, and they’re nowhere to be seen. He does a little cheer but then, the doorbell rings, but it can’t be In-joo or Pa-ran since they both know his password.

He opens the door, and it’s tipsy Seo-woo ready to take residence at his place for the night. Yoon-do complains that his place already doesn’t feel like his home, which cues In-joo and Pa-ran to enter. They greet Seo-woo and welcome her to “homeless heaven” as they join her on the couch. Yoon-do demands that the three leave his home, but they somehow convince him to leave. To make matters more interesting, Pa-ran tips him with Ji-hong’s apartment password.

Ji-hong returns home and finds an unfamiliar pair of shoes by his door. Yoon-do pops out of the bathroom and explains to a surprised Ji-hong that he got kicked out of his home. And he’s here to stay because he’d rather get beaten up here than deal with the three beagles in his apartment.

Yoon-do says that he didn’t open Ji-hong’s refrigerator since they’re not that close, even though they’re supposedly close enough for Yoon-do to sleep over (ha). As the only humans in the building, Yoon-do says that they’ll get closer now and mimics a surgery procedure as he goes to open the refrigerator.

In-joo asks Seo-woo if she’s going through adolescent rebellion, and Seo-woo just asks how In-joo’s life is. In-joo responds matter-of-factly, “You don’t live asking how to live. You just live because you’re alive.” Seo-woo says that life’s getting worse for her, and In-joo comforts her saying that at least she knows it.

Pa-ran snores in his slumber, and as In-joo settles on the couch, she admits to Seo-woo, “When I was at my worst, I didn’t know it. I only realized it after the fact.” With that, she turns to sleep while Seo-woo takes another swig of her beer. She gets a call from Young-kook but doesn’t answer. She responds with a text clarifying that they’re friends and that she won’t risk losing him. In the hospital dorm, Young-kook looks dejected by her response while Joong-dae sleep-talks about Soon-hee Hawaii.

Yoon-do starts off the next morning with outdoor tai chi, and when he returns to Ji-hong’s apartment, he finds Ji-hong packing sandwiches. Yoon-do looks at him with disbelief and almost pleads that they eat breakfast together and go to work together. But Ji-hong doesn’t want to and leaves Yoon-do with the leftovers. Yoon-do asks to borrow a pair of Ji-hong’s underwear, and though Ji-hong doesn’t allow for it, he goes on a search as soon as Ji-hong leaves. Hee.

As they set up their breakfast, Ji-hong tells Hye-jung that he wants to eat a meal cooked by her. Though she’s hesitant about cooking, she admits that she’s been wanting to cook recently because she wants to make a meal for him. They talk about their plans for the day, and Hye-jung says she’ll work on her thesis as long as the ER isn’t busy, though Ji-hong predicts she won’t make any progress on her thesis.

As expected, the ER is bustling, and an injured groom helps wheel in his bride, who looks unconscious. Husband (cameo by Lee Sang-yub) explains that a car hit them on their way to their wedding and begs the doctors to save his wife, who’s also pregnant.

Hye-jung runs into the treatment room and checks on the patient’s consciousness. The patient isn’t responding, and her face falls when Kang-soo tells her that the patient is pregnant. Husband desperately watches outside the treatment room and cries as he thinks back to his loving interaction with his wife in her wedding dress.

Hye-jung calls Ji-hong about the patient, who seems to be suffering from a semi-coma. Though the OB/GYN confirmed that the fetus is healthy, it seems that the injuries sustained by the mother are too severe. Ji-hong asks his residents and fellow about their decision to operate, and they all seem hesitant and discouraged about the outcome. Hye-jung argues that the patient’s guardian should also have a say in the decision, but Ji-hong calls her an amateur for including that input in her decision. He decides that they will not operate on the patient because the chances of recovery are too low.

Ji-hong delivers the news to the husband and explains his informed decision. The husband pleads for them to try, since he and his wife have waited three years for their wedding — their wedding day can’t be her death date. Hye-jung and Kang-soo struggle to keep their composure while Ji-hong solemnly sticks to his decision.

As they leave the ER, Hye-jung says that she must be an amateur because she’s even more convinced that they should operate on the patient after meeting her guardian. Ji-hong insists that surgeons need to separate themselves from unclear emotions, but Hye-jung makes a sound argument that the guardian is the advocate for the patient, since she’s unconscious. Without a surgery, there’s no chance for a miracle, and Hye-jung asks him to give the guardian more time to decide.

Hye-jung offers to perform the surgery if Ji-hong won’t, and he warns her that she’s crossing the line between staff and a fellow. He asks if she’s leveraging their personal relationship to take this defiant stance, but she argues that she’s speaking as a doctor. He tells her to solidify her opinion before convincing him and walks away. Hye-jung then asks what he would do if that patient were her — would he give up on her? He turns around and calls that cheating, since she wasn’t persuading him as a doctor.

Myung-hoon’s politician buddy pulls up to the hospital with a sprained back from golfing, so Myung-hoon escorts him to the VIP room for treatment. The politician requests Ji-hong to treat him and also requests to meet Hye-jung after seeing her on TV. They stand awkwardly next to each other, coldly engaging as colleagues.

As they head down in the elevator together, Ji-hong asks Hye-jung if she’s sticking to her opinion. She says that she is and asks him the same question. He’s also sticking to his decision, and the stubborn lovebirds don’t exchange any more words.

The husband tearfully watches his unconscious wife in the treatment room, and Ji-hong arrives to check on the patient. Husband tells Ji-hong that he can’t live with himself if he doesn’t do anything. Even if he could only extend his wife’s life for ten minutes, he would do anything to give her those ten minutes with her child. Ji-hong enters the treatment room and thinks back to his desperation to save his father.

Ji-hong exits the treatment room and changes into his scrubs. After some thought, he enters the OR to operate on the pregnant patient with the OB/GYN on standby. As he carefully manipulates the minute movements in the operation, the fetus’s heart rate begins to drop. He needs to close up as soon as he can.

We jump to the neurosurgery department for a quick commercial break check-in, where Kyung-joon asks Joong-dae for updates on patient check-ups. He’s more lenient with Joong-dae this time, but they’re caught chatting by stern Yoon-do. They each get scolded — Joong-dae for running away and Kyung-joon for being so harsh to make Joong-dae run away — but the two team up against Yoon-do by comparing him to Ji-hong, who bought them a meal last time. They both ignore Yoon-do’s authority and walk off together to check on a patient.

In the OR, the fetus’s heart rate continues to drop, and Ji-hong sneaks in his last few movements before announcing his completion. The heart rate rises again, and Ji-hong works with Hye-jung to quickly close up the brain region.

Ji-hong and Hye-jung exit the OR, and the husband rushes to ask them the results. Ji-hong doesn’t let him keep his hopes up, saying that he can’t make any promises about recovery. The fetus is healthy, but the patient’s condition is still very poor. Even with very little good news, the husband expresses relief that he’s done everything he can and thanks Ji-hong.

As they walk, Hye-jung asks Ji-hong why he changed his mind. He says that he realized that he could be blocking the possibility of a miracle. She says that Ji-hong believes that doctors and miracles are incompatible, and he responds that it’s what he used to think.

Hye-jung watches him walk on and narrates: “Neurosurgeons and miracles are incompatible. We doubt and doubt again. But we hope for miracles regardless because we’re unstable.”

We jump forward a week, to where Ji-hong checks on the patient in the ICU. She shows no signs of improvement of consciousness, and Ji-hong heads out to meet the husband.

Ji-hong tells him that his wife is close to cerebral death, at which point she will gradually lose all organ function. He asks the husband to choose what to do. The chances of her survival are slim, and he may need to give up on her and their child. Hye-jung adds that the twenty-week-old fetus cannot survive outside the mother, and their only hope would be that the mother lives long enough to let the fetus mature. Ji-hong says that they’ll leave her on the ventilator for as long as possible, and the husband cries that his wife will hang in there, because she wouldn’t take their child and leave him in the world alone.

Hye-jung begins to cry and narrates: “A miracle didn’t happen. It’s normal for miracles not to happen. That’s why they’re miracles.”

 
COMMENTS

Hold up as I mop up my pool of tears. That has got to the saddest ending to an episode, but I’m impressed by the show’s execution of this depressing message. The emptiness I felt from the ending was purposeful, and I can appreciate that hopelessness through my tears. Miracles are rare, and Hye-jung’s point about the incompatibility of doctors and miracles was well made. Doctors can’t heal everyone no matter how skilled they are, and it’s definitely a defense mechanism to hold a strong disbelief in miracles. While miracles do happen, believing in them can be exhausting for a person whose job depends on them to save lives. And miracles require a heavy emotional investment — something doctors can’t do for every patient that enters the hospital.

I liked the gray moral ground that was explored through the wife patient, since it humanized our doctors more as emotional beings. Though I agreed with Ji-hong’s initial decision professionally, his change of heart didn’t make me trust him any less as a doctor or as a character. We already know that Ji-hong is crazy skilled as a doctor, and I actually thought it was interesting to see him doubt and question his emotional detachment. In fact, his questioning felt very cohesive in this episode, with the earlier discussion of his violation of his father’s DNR. It’s that personal investment that intrigued me more about his character, making me wonder where he draws the line before going down the slippery slope of too much emotional attachment.

Hye-jung also had her moment of personal connection in that powerful opening scene. She expertly pointed out the real reasons for the father’s attempt at suicide and cathartically shared her own scars in the process. The implications of his death might’ve painted him as a hardworking father who sacrificed everything for his sons, but his sons would live in the shadows of guilt and pity. While he has every reason to feel tired and hopeless, I completely agreed with Hye-jung that he needed to be honest with himself and to his sons about why he wanted to end his life. It’s not a simple answer, but she navigated the situation with fierce pathos, enough to make him realize the importance of his existence.

The mutual healing between Hye-jung and the father was something that worked well thematically, and it touched on a point made about doctors and patients relying on each other for their existence. Although Ji-hong made this point as more of a business argument, it definitely makes sense as a bigger existential concept. While doctors are easily more respected because of their vast knowledge and skill, their existence is inextricably linked to patients. It’s an interesting symbiosis to consider, if you ever need something to keep you up at night.

In-joo only made a brief appearance as resident intruder in “homeless heaven,” aka the Yoon-do dog pound, but she gave Seo-woo the right words of encouragement, something that Seo-woo severely lacks in her life. In-joo is delightfully simple, which is such a nice contrast from how complicated Seo-woo’s life is right now. I’m relieved and proud to see Seo-woo finally speaking up for herself. Even though her act of defiance resulted in a nasty slap from her father, I think it’s a nice wake-up call for her (and hopefully oblivious and power-hungry Myung-hoon) to redefine her life outside of her father’s expectations. Let’s just hope that also comes with redefining her relationship with Young-kook because I’m a fan of the pairing.

And that leaves Yoon-do as the one lone Siberian husky but also an all-around great second lead. Friendly and self-aware, he’s able to poke fun at himself while also teasing Hye-jung about her relationship with Ji-hong. A second lead that isn’t pushy? A second lead that practices tai chi in the morning? A second lead that wants to borrow underwear from his romantic rival? I strongly believe that if all second leads were like Yoon-do, dramaland would be a much more civil and fun place. Of course there’s also fun in intense jealousy and dramatic revenge, but it’s quite lovely to have a dorky tall dude just be his dorky tall self. He’s super endearing, and ugh, just look at that smitten smile. I luff you.

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Am I first to coment. Thank u Dramallama. Off to read the recap!!

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im not up to this episode yet but that thumbnail is so pretty

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This is funny. Me and my bestie...

Yongpal- how cm theyre treating someone on bed for over a years with tht beauty on her face without fading at all.

Good doctor- is it ok autistic child b a doctor? Did surgery (cz me and my bestfriend are special education teacher and we found ths issue unrealistic )

Dots- my friend argue, ah.. a dctor sit on her patient like tht b4 entering the emergency room and lucky some handsome soldier help her..

W- o mai gosh.. she supposed to do surgery but she is kissing someone right now?!

Doctors- to many cf here. Why their dress code like that? Shes wearing high heel & her fashion like she want to go to party.

After all the arguement, weirdly we decided to watch those drama until end. Cz ths is drama after all. Its more fun rather thn watching documntary.

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I'll give you some insight into the medical world.

For the most part, you are right, surgeons normally wear scrubs and sneakers or something like a Dansko. I've rarely seen the women wear lots of makeup. The exception maybe days when they just have clinic and no surgeries scheduled. Then they tend to dress up a bit.

Doctors who tend to dress nicely are the ones that don't do procedures, like internists, pediatricians, dermatologists, etc. However that is usually when they are done with residency.

My own anecdotal experience - most hospitals will have at most maybe one or two really good looking doctors (men or women). There are no love triangles, no real drama, people are too busy trying to get work done and then go home to sleep.

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Yoon Do doing Tai Chi was so random it just cracked me up. Never thought there would be a day I'd see a young person in a modern drama do Tai Chi.

How adorable is it that when other people annoy him his answer is to do Tai Chi? Haha. And super awkward Tai Chi at that. Lol!

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ways more hilarious is that those 3 bulldozed him out of his house......

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Ah but it's happened so often it's not so amusing anymore. The Tai chi was so unexpected I was like ? as though maybe I was hallucinating. Lol.

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Same hahaha I thought: "Why is he doing Tai Chi?" and then:
"Why is he doing Tai Chi in dress pants?"

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I thought it was a throw back to show off his other character Moo hyul from the Dragon drama.

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I loved Ji Hong's face after he got kicked out and came out of the bathroom of his house. Yoon Do was totally making himself at home ?

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Reminds me of SWP with Siwon crashing at the lead's flat. [WHY has that lead's name escaped me right now???? :-( Dang!] *hangs head in embarrassment*

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what an emotional ending...those two HV Neva failed a patient before, its gonna leave a scar....thank u drama beans for the recap

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If I started to watch this show because of Hong Hong Hong, I'm enduring it up to the finish line because of Yoon-do. I like this actor in Pinocchio but I love him more here in Doctors. The weight gain looks good on him too, makes me want to play pinch that chubby cheeks. ?

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RIGHT ? I hope the media / public does not overplay the weight loss thing and force him to lose weight drastically. It is PURRRFEECCCCCTTTTTTTT on him. I feel like he'd be an awesome cuddling partner. I just want to fondle with his butt ^^

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I Love Yoon kyun sang. Watch this show more for him. My forever Siberian husky ??????

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I like the actors on this show and some of the story lines but I think in the end, it is just an okay drama for me. I do think the grandma story is very weak as I have thought from the get go they admitted a mistake and paid off the family.

I am generally not a fan of love triangles, but this is the rare case where the writer is doing something different with the 2nd male lead so - oddly - it is working for me. Like that there is almost a bromance/competition between Hong and Yoon and Hong is not concerned at all. I actually like a lot of their scenes together.

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“At least I did well in school.”

BUUUUUUUUUUUUURN!

Hahahaha I might not have loved Seo Woo's char but her dad deserved that smackdown so so so much. Now wake up Seo Woo and please be happy because you actually don't lack anything in life right now.

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Yes! Anytime that Seo Woo's dad is upset is awesome, it's extra great when Seo Woo is the one dishing it out. He really is a despicable horrible father and human being. He doesn't deserve to be called a doctor or a dad.

Unfortunately there are so many more episodes left so I'm sure he still will have many more moments to be horrible and gloat before he gets his nasty ending. Urgh.

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I didn't understand that part - isn't her father also a doctor? Therefore didn't he do well in school?

I feel bad for Young-kook though, Seo Woo clearly doesn't feel the same way he does. I really wanted him to be with her, but I guess that is reality, while personality and character matter, looks do matter as well.

If I were him, I would be civil to her but cease any friendship. Don't fall into the friendzone.

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I got the impression that the dad wasn't much of an achiever (compared to other doctors or just some higher standard in their family.) Wasn't he having trouble being placed in a better hospital at the start of the series?

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I think dad didn't get into a good uni or get good grades- grandpa essentially "paid" or used his "influence" to get him where he is now. Compared to Seo Woo who did well at school and didn't need her dad to pull strings at all. To her, her family background is more of a burden than a help, compared to dad who would be nothing without his connections, yet has the audacity to make himself sound like a self made man *pfftttt*

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Wait, I just realized W is not crossed out! IS THIS REAL? IS THIS REALLY REAL? Everyone has been saying it will be preempted :(

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From what I've read here, they will air ep7 and will resume with the rest of the episodes on the 24th.

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Yoon-do doing Tai Chi is just him unleashing his inner power from his past life as Moo Hyul

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I super agree with the comment. Things that I love about the drama and the episode. Awww my siberian husky, i luff you!

One thing about Doctors, I love every single character except for Seo Woo's family lol but I like SW, hope she find her happiness and be friends with HJ as I miss their brief friendship alonh with SH.

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Just when I thought I had no more tears left after last week Lee Sang-yub entered the stage screen and of course had another heartbreaking story. I don't know why I'm even surprised, this guy always makes me cry even when he's playing a serial killer. ?

But I really like what the writer has been doing these recent episodes by emotionally connecting our doctors to the weekly medical cases who seemed to be omnipotent until now.
Before the cases felt more like fillers and just documenting day to day hospital proceedings, yes even Director Hong's death. Although it was sad it didn't really make the story move forward much aside from having HHH and Tae-ho getting more involved in the (still tiring) hospital politics. But in this episode we see how dad's death did change HHH and influenced him in his medical decisions which was as dramallama stated also portrayed in a believable way.

And I was totally cheering for Seo-woo for finally giving her dad a piece of her mind. It was about time and I hope she'll start living for herself.

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I almost give up on this drama and they make Lee Sang-yeob cameoing and I just have to watch this episode. This episode was just so heartbreaking and Lee Sang-yeob is doing an amazing job as the Husband in pain and at the very end, I almost cried with him. Miracles are rare, and he's left with such depressing choice.

Can't wait for next week episode!

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Same, I gave up on Doctors but the cameo brought me back. Hopefully there will be the day when we will see LSY being a first lead.

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This is healing drama.. but im surprised myself i cried .... for ep 13,14,15,16

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I'm all for Yoon Do!!!
Gosh...I loved him as Ki Jae Myung, I loved him as Moo Hyul, and now I love him as Yoon Do! Honestly, I'll pick him anytime over Ji Hong or Kim Rae Won in real life. He's such a cute adorkable tall guy. And he looks good with Shin Hye, too!

I have a hate vs sympathetic feelings towards Seo Woo, but I'll give her a chance to heal and mature. She's got a bestfriend and possible love interest in Young Guk, not to mention both of them look kind of alike.

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I don't Young kook should stick around as Seo Woo's friend. He should be civil to her but end any friendship.

He clearly has feelings for her, but she doesn't seem to feel the same. There is no point torturing himself in the friendzone. I hope he makes a clean break and moves on.

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YKS portrayal of YD reminded me of his portrayal of smittenly adorkable gawky puppy woodalchi Deok Man. Yes, thanks to Faith, he came to my radar. Poor puppy he was thrown out of his own home. I love to see how comfortably at home the other 3 intruders are. *LOL*

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Yes, I loved him in Faith and am glad he has been able to achieve his own stardom. Hope to keep seeing more of him!

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All I am here to say is that no one should touch Tae Ho. I notice he has an habit of dying in dramas, but no one touches him here or else..... *locates pitchfork*

And I don't know about you all, as heartbreaking as the last scene was, I don't think I want my doctor to openly weep with me like that. If my doctor is like that, then what should I do?

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*grabs pitchfork with you*

I think Tae-ho will be fine, but just in case...

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Yoon Do doing Tai-chi in dress pants was the highlight of this episode =)))))

Daddy Jin needs to get a hint.... HE'S NOT LISTENING TO ANYTHING!!!!! I mean, Daddy Jin and Seo Woo are both tools (Daddy Jin a tool to Grandpa Jin, and Seo Woo a tool to Daddy Jin.... sigh the karma), but at least Seo Woo is still has redeeming qualities in her =) THANK YOU, DR. PI YOUNK GOOK for that and thank you to the writers for holding back on the inferiority complex the last couple of episodes =))

Hye Jung, oh Hye Jung, honey.... She has to stop with the double standards she's always holding for Hong Hong Hong... As if asking him to 'change' for her, a couple episodes back, wasn't enough (yea, she apologized after, but still...), she's now pushing a patient's condition onto him and making this personal????? Where does she get this from?!??!?!?

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It didn't appear to be a situation of double standards on HJ's part, as the direction of the show indicates. In fact it appeared to be a "double standard" on HJH's part. She is being consistent (as I recall) as the first doctor to break her professional code to assist HJH in trying to resuscitate his father (a DNR patient) because she connected to him as a guardian.

His decision to operate (after flashback) appears to be his realization of his own feelings and actions that day when he went against his father's wishes as a guardian and how he wanted the doctor's around him to help him regardless of their professional duty. HJ is (likely) stung by his 'amateur' comment coming from someone who benefitted from her and Tae Ho's "amateur" behavior during that event to help him.

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Just an add on, more of a wish perhaps.

Will the drama also try to bring a 'life lesson' to HJ that, as a doctor, she may not be able to maintain an 'all in' emotional engagement style too often and not burn out. (Her exhaustion after the suicide attempt talk down could be a starting point)

There are only grey areas after all.

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Oh, no, that wasn't what I meant about her double standards... What I meant was how they interact and how they show their feelings toward each other as a couple:

She first asked him to 'change' a couple episodes back when she was the one having a hard time adjusting and getting used to the idea of having him around and having her in his life when she didn't feel like she had to do anything and was having trouble understanding that relationships take compromise and asking your other half to change just doesn't cut it...
Then in this episode with the case of the couple, Hye Jung completely goes off the rails and questions his professional integrity by asking what he would do if the situation turned personal and she was the one severely injured and considered to be untreatable.... that's how i see it DX

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I am here to just post my outrage I suppose...

I stopped watching this drama only because it was boring.

But, I am so annoyed with all those who are giving grief to actors for their fashion choices in the hospital.

I mean, Have you watched Kdrama? Where have you been? Have you watched Medical Kdrama? All of them have doctors wearing awesome clothes with awesome accessories with awesome heels looking awesome and badass...

Is that realistic? Possibly not. But who cares. When was Kdrama realistic really?

So, yeah, criticize Kdrama for acting, writing or directing. BUT never for fashion choices in a drama unless they were going to Oscars or something.

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Oh in case you miss my intent due to my passion -

I am referring to the articles that were written about her nail fashion and her subsequent apology - which kind of frustrated me a little more.

Did not mean any commentators here unless you too are complaining about that. Then that means you too. Sorry!

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You got it dramafan100! I enjoy the characters parading in all this gorgeous fashions - the attraction of Kdrama. Precisely because it has never been realistic that's why it is a feast to the eyes and entertaining. Who could like to see a PSH dress up as a boring ordinary medic - it will be a big yawn.

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Personally, I feel as if the story's a bit lacking. It was good at first, with all the "gangster doctor" factor in it but then it suddenly went haywire. On the side, I absolutely love the 'mini-stories' in between. It's a breath of fresh air from the slowly becoming too romantic love story of PSH and KRW. It's not necessarily bad, but I'm not a fan of overexposing their love line too much -- though probably that's where the story revolves around.

Oh well, everyone's doing a great job in their portrayals of these characters. Kudos to that.

Also, for this episode, LSY's cameo blew me away. I wasn't prepared for that ending. After NGM's story there's another heartbreaking story that gives the viewers a "taste of reality" which I wasn't prepared for.

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Team Yoon-do forever. Team Yoon-do for all time.

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