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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim: Episode 6

This hour was all about Seo-jung, which gives us a good and much-needed opportunity to get to know her better. We come to know why she became a doctor in the first place, and what her core driving principles are. Regrettably, that means less time for Dong-joo and his character growth, which I was looking forward to. But hopefully, now that the background info has been laid into place, more focus will be put on their current struggle to become more humane doctors.

 

 
CHAPTER 6: “Motivation”

A rain-soaked high school student stares through the mortuary doors as a doctor covers her mother in a white sheet. The doctor is a young Dr. Do, who offers her a soda and sits down to comfort her. The girl is still in shock from discovering her mother on the floor with a slit wrist.

After he asks for her name, she introduces herself as Yoon Seo-jung. She pulls out a letter from her mother that says to find Dr. Do at Geodae Hospital should anything happen to her. Young Seo-jung then asks Dr. Do, “Are you my father?”

In the present, Dong-joo reveals Do In-bum as Dr. Do’s son to Seo-jung. The animosity between Dong-joo and In-bum is self-evident as they trade insults back and forth. Seo-jung seems oblivious to it, since her attention is focused only on In-bum. With a warm smile, she asks if he remembers her.

Scratching his chin exactly as he did in their first meeting, In-bum recalls his father presenting her to him as his “Noona.” However, he lies and says he doesn’t remember. Still grinning, Seo-jung says that she isn’t offended because it’s been a long time — and she almost didn’t recognize him either.

She asks after Dr. Do, but In-bum avoids the question by saying he’s been too busy to see him. He leaves the laundry closet, feigning to search for the hospital’s exit.

Seo-jung calls after In-bum to request that he keep her presence at Doldam Hospital a secret for just a while longer, but he doesn’t answer. Dong-joo displays clear signs of jealousy as Seo-jung continues to ignore him. Pretending nonchalance while asking all the questions a possessive boyfriend would, Dong-joo tries to grill her on her relationship with In-bum, but she just brushes him off.

Meanwhile, Dr. Song, the chief surgeon at Geodae Hospital, attempts to convince Teacher Kim not to do CEO Shin’s heart surgery. Dr. Song tells Teacher Kim that it’s a better deal to continue living quietly than to do the surgery and be targeted by Dr. Do all over again. Teacher Kim asks if Dr. Song thinks doctors only focus on making money without a conscience or if they only prize talent without a purpose.

Teacher Kim says that he remembers a time he was good at those things, and if it is because of those reasons, he’s even more determined to take on CEO Shin’s surgery. Teacher Kim goes on saying that this would be his perfect comeback opportunity, since CEO Shin is Geodae Hospital’s board chairman. Dr. Song starts protesting, but Teacher Kim shuts him down by telling him to relay a message to Dr. Do that starting now, he will only take deals that benefit him.

Back at Doldam hospital, Dong-joo is wandering about when he runs into his senior from Geodae Hospital, In-soo, who is followed by Dr. Song. Behind the receptionist’s counter, Ki-tae watches the encounter unfold.

While Seo-jung debates on whether she should call Dr. Do, In-bum waves down a taxi to go back to Seoul. Unbeknownst to him, the driver winces in pain — it seems that he meant to go to the hospital as a patient, not to pick up more passengers. However, he does not contradict In-bum, and chooses work and money over his immediate discomfort.

Teacher Kim bursts into CEO Shin’s office and slams a brown envelope down. When CEO Shin asks what it is, Teacher Kim replies that he’s increasing his demands to include another ultrasound and CT machine, as well as a portable X-ray. CEO Shin asks for the reason behind the sudden change, saying that if he’s agreed on a deal, he should stick to the original terms.

Teacher Kim claims that he made that deal on false premises. He now knows that CEO Shin is the chairman of the board for Geodae Hospital. According to Teacher Kim, as someone who put Dr. Do in charge of the hospital only to sit back and reap the profit, CEO Shin should pay more. CEO Shin asks what gives Teacher Kim the confidence to be so rash, and Teacher Kim replies that he doesn’t have anything but a dream that he wants to realize.

At the Doldam ER, Nurse Assistant Park shyly asks the cute homeless patient (the one who they took in to feed last episode) to fill in her paperwork. Seo-jung comes in with an armful of blankets just in time to see Nurse Oh deal with some testy guardians. They want to move their patient to a big hospital in Seoul, and complain loudly that they don’t feel comfortable having a country hospital like Doldam treating their relative.

Initially, Nurse Oh points out calmly that the patient needs absolute rest after his surgery, and that a transfer would do more harm than good. Shouting that he knows people in high places who could fire the entire hospital staff, the guardian continues to be difficult. Seo-jung steps in and tries to calm him down, but he just bowls her over with demeaning remarks about her gender, adding that he wants a real doctor.

When Nurse Oh tries to usher the irate man away from the ER, he slaps her hand away, and the situation grows tense. Nurse Oh finally reaches her boiling point and shoves a telephone in front of his face yelling for him to get his high-and-mighty friends on the line, since she’d like to talk to them. At this, the man grows mute. In a priceless moment, Seo-jung even offers to press the number for him, but when he’s unable to carry out his bluff, the burly orderly escorts him out.

Afterward, Seo-jung massages Nurse Oh’s shoulders like a prize fighter as the nursing assistants fan her with clipboards to cool her down. It’s at this point that they realize both their board-certified doctors, Dong-joo and Teacher Kim, are out. The only doctor staffing the ER is Seo-jung, so they all frantically try calling the two. But Teacher Kim has left his cell phone in his office and doesn’t answer.

Dong-joo doesn’t even see his phone vibrate because he is at lunch with In-soo Sunbae and his former department head, Dr. Song. They discuss Teacher Kim’s true identity as Bu Yong-joo, and Dr. Song warns Dong-joo that Teacher Kim has a psychopathic personality. Dong-joo asks why Dr. Song is telling him this, and Dr. Song replies that he doesn’t want to lose another promising student to the inhuman Teacher Kim.

After lunch, Dong-joo rises first to leave so that he can get back to Doldam, but Dr. Song tells him to think again about which of them is the rotten rope, and which is the ladder to success. On his way out, Dong-joo checks his phone and realizes that he has thirteen missed calls from Seo-jung. Ki-tae, who has overheard the entire conversation from next door, eagerly steps into the room that Dong-joo just vacated.

Teacher Kim hacks away at a chicken with a thick butcher’s knife in what looks like a hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Beside him, Dr. Nam watches him warily as he asks him what’s wrong. Teacher Kim wonders if he may have taken a step too far with CEO Shin when he told him that he’d ask for a whole new hospital from the chairman if he could.

Just then, the casino’s general manager walks into the kitchen. They step outside to have a conversation while Dr. Nam peeps interestedly from afar. The general manager tells Teacher Kim that he should have tried harder to get CEO Shin on his side, but Teacher Kim says that he likes to be clear without the use of flattery. She then hands him Dr. Do’s hospital management plan, instructing him to read it.

Dong-joo calls Seo-jung back as he hails a cab to go back to Doldam. She berates him for not answering his phone when an emergency patient has just arrived at the ER. It’s In-bum’s taxi driver, who suddenly collapsed on the road. The patient needs surgery, but Seo-jung can’t give the order because Teacher Kim revoked her authority as a doctor due to her wrist-slitting incident. She needs Dong-joo to come in ten minutes, but he says he’s forty minutes away.

Apparently, there’s been a miscommunication. Dong-joo thought Teacher Kim was still at the hospital and vice versa, resulting in neither of them being there for this emergency. Dong-joo tells Seo-jung to do the surgery or keep the patient alive for at least thirty minutes while he tries his best to get there fast.

In-bum shakes Seo-jung, asking why she won’t treat the patient when she is a doctor. She remembers Teacher Kim telling her that a person who has inflicted harm upon herself has no right to treat anyone, but with a dying man right in front of her, she can’t turn away. She proceeds to order the patient to be prepped for surgery, and since the patient’s gallbladder needs immediate attention, she calls for anesthesiologist Dr. Nam to help her.

Thinking that Dong-joo has called him in for another emergency operation, Dr. Nam leaves Teacher Kim brooding over his problems in the abandoned shack/kitchen.

CEO Shin meets with Dr. Do in his office and hands over the manila folder that Teacher Kim brought earlier before telling Dr. Do to turn over all the items on the list inside to Doldam Hospital. Dr. Do confirms that Teacher Kim is Bu Yong-joo and asks the CEO why he wants to hand over all this state-of-the-art equipment to a disgraced doctor. CEO Shin tells him to just do as he says.

Ki-tae shows us that fawning is an art as he wine and dines Dr. Song and In-soo Sunbae with his own brand of panache. Slyly, he asks his real question: What they were trying to do with Dong-joo? But just then, Dr. Song receives an urgent call from Dr. Do, telling him that he’s needed at Doldam Hospital right now.

Dong-joo impatiently stares out the window of his cab, when suddenly, the driver hits the brakes. A frantic woman asks for their help to save her husband, who is lying crushed underneath a farm wagon. Dong-joo gets out to survey the situation. EMTs arrive then, and he pitches in to help stabilize the patient.

Seo-jung keeps calling Dong-joo, but he doesn’t answer because his phone is still in the cab. There’s no other general surgeon at the hospital who can perform the laparoscopic operation. As the taxi driver’s vitals tank, In-bum offers to do the surgery himself.

Nurse Oh states that technically, it’s against hospital policy for an unregistered doctor to perform surgery under its jurisdiction. However, In-bum insists that he must step in because the patient is about to expire. Seo-jung and Nurse Oh make the executive decision to go ahead with the surgery, which means that when Dong-joo calls back in to tell them that he will be arriving soon, it’s too late. Seo-jung and In-bum are already past the point of no return in the operating room.

Dong-joo rushes into the ER with his partially crushed patient. He runs to the OR where he meets Teacher Kim, who realizes for the first time that a non-Doldam doctor is operating in his hospital. Teacher Kim frantically heads into the OR, but thankfully, In-bum has everything under control. Teacher Kim is even surprised by In-bum’s skillful maneuvering of the delicate instruments. In-bum finishes the surgery successfully as Teacher Kim watches on, but as they leave the operating room, Teacher Kim tells In-bum and Seo-jung to follow him.

Dr. Do arrives at Doldam Hospital at the same time as Dr. Song and Ki-tae. He demands to see Dr. Bu Yong-joo immediately, and in the hallway, Dr. Do sees the person he so wanted to meet with the last two people in the world he wanted to see by his nemesis’s side.

The two men share cold, tense greetings before Dr. Do is told that his son has performed an unauthorized surgery in Teacher Kim’s hospital. When he yells at his son for it, Seo-jung tries to pacify him by insisting it was her fault. However, her words fall on deaf ears, and Teacher Kim takes this as his cue to brush past his old rival in order to deal with Seo-jung and In-bum.

In Teacher Kim’s office, Seo-jung and In-bum both try to take responsibility for the violation of hospital policy. Teacher Kim just asks In-bum how long it took him to perform the surgery as he glances down at In-bum’s fingers, noticing a slight erratic tic. Resigned, he says that he’ll make a decision after conferring with other hospital authorities.

Seo-jung explains that the patient was in critical condition, but Teacher Kim shoots back: “What kind of orderly allows an unregistered doctor to treat a hospital patient?” She says that she’s sorry, but adds that if she were to go back in time, she would still make the same decision.

Furthermore, she says, “I will do all that I can for the patient. No matter if you [Teacher Kim] recognize me for it, no matter if I have talent or not, because I am a doctor.” Ki-tae enters then, because Dr. Do is waiting for Teacher Kim in Director Yeo’s room. As soon as they leave, Seo-jung collapses onto the floor, reeling with disbelief that she dared to cross her godlike mentor.

Scratching his head, Nurse Assistant Park peers uncomprehendingly at the Chinese characters on the cute homeless girl’s personal chart. It seems she’s an immigrant who can speak some basic Korean, and she asks him for a favor: She has no money to pay for her treatment, so she wants to work it off by doing odd jobs at the hospital. He relays this to Nurse Oh and gets her to acquiesce, but through their conversation, Nurse Oh catches a whiff of infatuation in the air. Nurse Assistant Park adamantly insists that he’s only helping because of his motto: “We are the world.”

In Director Yeo’s office, Teacher Kim and Dr. Do become reacquainted with each other and find that nothing has changed. Dr. Do is still trying to make a profit rather than look out for patients, and in his plans (which Teacher Kim received from the casino manager), Dr. Do had outlined a proposal to turn Doldam Hospital into a retirement community for the wealthy.

Teacher Kim gives him statistics about how many lives Doldam Hospital saves in a given week, but Dr. Do doesn’t seem to care. Teacher Kim then threatens to make In-bum’s unauthorized surgery an issue, causing Dr. Do to capitulate as he asks what Teacher Kim wants. Teacher Kim tells him that he wants his son so that he can turn him into a proper doctor.

As Dr. Do leaves, he notices Seo-jung waiting nervously outside. Seo-jung hesitantly explains that Dr. Do was the first adult to ask her what her dreams were when she was young. And in flashback, we see that she replied that she wanted to be a doctor, though she only really wanted to be someone he could be proud of. In the present, however, Dr. Do says he’s disappointed in her.

Outside, In-bum waits for his father, only to be greeted with a hard punch to the face. The company car drives away, leaving poor In-bum in front of Doldam. How’s that for a heartless father?

At the intensive care unit, an ajumma has come to see the gallbladder patient who Seo-jung and In-bum operated on. Seeing her weep lovingly over her husband, Seo-jung tells herself that no matter what happens, it’s all right because the patient got to live.

Dong-joo tries calling all the nearby hospitals to take his crushed hip patient because Doldam doesn’t have an orthopedic surgeon, but after being rejected numerous times, Teacher Kim walks up and grabs the phone. In just one call, he gets the patient transferred, and they load the patient onto the helicopter.

On their way back, Dong-joo asks what Teacher Kim will do about Seo-jung. Asking what Dong-joo thinks he’ll do, Teacher Kim says that Seo-jung did a great job under the circumstances, which were partially his fault anyway. He tells Dong-joo not to leave the hospital without notifying him, and that he’ll do the same. Seeing Teacher Kim being so reasonable takes Dong-joo by surprise, and he can’t help but be reminded of Dr. Song’s warning about Teacher Kim being a psychopath.

When Nurse Assistant Park notices the homeless girl, WOO YEON-HWA, working hard around the hospital, he offers her a Snickers bar. She pockets it gratefully, but the object of her affections is actually Dong-joo, who she peeks wistfully at from behind a corner as he fills out charts.

It’s the end of the work day, and Dr. Nam and Teacher Kim have returned to their shack/restaurant. Dr. Nam is upset at Teacher Kim for not turning off the stove when he rushed to the hospital for the emergency gallbladder patient, which ruined the meal he was making.

When Nurse Oh arrives for dinner all dolled up, Teacher Kim tells them about how Seo-jung stood up to him. Dr. Nam is surprised at how far Seo-jung has come, but Nurse Oh says that she expected it, because she knows how principled Seo-jung is.

We find the subject of their conversation fast asleep atop some thick medical textbooks in the break room. Dong-joo comes in and thoughtfully drapes his gown over her. Taking the chair across from her, he places his hand over hers and lays his head on his arm while gazing at her sleeping face. Soon enough, he’s asleep as well.

Alone at a bus stop, In-bum reflects on how his father punched him in the face earlier that day while that same father contemplates Teacher Kim’s demands in his own office.

The next day, Ki-tae wakes Teacher Kim, all abuzz about something. The Doldam staff gathers around them as they step into the lobby, where a team of doctors from Geodae Hospital — including In-bum and Dr. Song — have arrived for an extended stay.

 
COMMENTS

Dun dun dun. I’m worried that with the arrival of the Geodae team, the plot might devolve into being all about hospital politics, which have mired many a lesser medical drama down. So here’s hoping that the Geodae vs. Doldam face-off might become a really awesome underdog-team-wins-the-battle story. To be honest, I wish Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim would go back to the heart of the drama and make our main characters actually build relationships with the patients, so that instead of viewing them as transient bodies that need fixing, they will see them as fellow humans who need healing.

Because we haven’t been given enough information about the patients to build sympathy for their plights, there’s less of an emotional impact when Seo-jung, Dong-joo, or Teacher Kim treat them successfully. Even the scene where Seo-jung witnesses the tearful reunion between the wife and the taxi driver fell flat, because while I knew she felt something for the couple, I didn’t. I was just glad she was so mature about sticking to her principles and accepting the consequences. But now that Geodae Hospital is involved, it seems like we’ll have less time to invest in the patients’ stories.

On a happier note, I’m loving the side romance between Nurse Assistant Park and cute-as-a-bunny immigrant Woo Yeon-hwa. Unrequited love is my favorite, and I can’t wait to see how cluelessly Dong-joo will respond to her affections, and whether poor, sweet Nurse Assistant Park will ever catch on. It seems that Dong-joo’s fire for Seo-jung is still going strong, despite their having a lack of screen time together, so for now, these two will do.

Most of the progress we got this hour was in Seo-jung’s character arc, since we got to see that her initial impetus to become a doctor came from her wish to be acknowledged by her father, but now she’s grown beyond that. Instead, her motivation is in helping the patients no matter what. The details on her time between her fiancé’s death and Dong-joo’s arrival are still murky, so at this point, I don’t know if they’ll ever get back to it to flesh out how Teacher Kim shaped her current ideology.

After re-inventing himself as Teacher Kim, I’m not sure if he’s much of a mentor based on what we’ve seen of him. It actually seems like he’s in the learning process himself, because while he recognizes his students’ strengths and faults, he has a strange way of reinforcing good behavior and discouraging bad behavior. Even until the end of the episode, Seo-jung didn’t know whether Teacher Kim approved or disapproved of her swift decision with the gallbladder patient. It would have been nice if Teacher Kim were to at least let her in on his thoughts.

The central medical ethical dilemma highlighted in this episode was whether hospital policy was absolute, even though it’s there to protect patients from potentially unqualified doctors. At times, sometimes it’s better to wait for a better solution than to take drastic measures that cannot be reversed. Imagine if In-bum’s surgery had failed because of his shaking hand tremor — that would have been a malpractice nightmare. However, I think this show is taking the mainstream approach, which is the idea that taking some action is better than doing nothing at all.

 

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Iv experienced training in both a small (semi-boonies?) hospital & a big name hospital. I believe both has its pros & cons in terms of what u can learn as a trainee. But of course thats not what its drama is about. I am curious as to how SJ and IB will interact here... does he resent his noona? does he miss his noona? Is his fingers curling because he really doesnt want to be a doctor? Or is he planning to quit as a doctor? I loved their collaboration laparoscopy though. And if they become closer, the jealousy will drive DJ insane. Haha.

I wonder if Teacher Kim knows SJ is also President Dodo's daughter... That hallway scene where Dodo saw his children with his arch nemesis must drive him insane. (as if hes not cray enuf)

Nurse Oh is my favorite nurse ever. ?

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Well, it hasn't confirmed whether Seo-jung is President Do's daughter or not. My gut tells me that she's not.

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Me too. Maybe SJ's mother was his close friend or maybe ex gf, who knows.

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That's right. I wonder why they have all the time back then but it never occurred to them to confirm it.

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Hemm... I think President Do and Seo-jung has already confirmed it. It just that the show still hides the answer from us, the viewer.

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Hi all!

I just commented in ep 5 recap about the finger curling but I think more people will read it here! -

I think it’s a korean thing to “curl their fingers and toes” when they see/hear something cringeworthy, from what I learned from k-variety. So in ep 5, the son was probably cringing to seojung’s crazy little dance. Correct me if I am wrong!

I'm loving this show so far because I am taking a clinical course now and could relate to many things in it :D

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@asuwakurukara,

Thanks for your insight into k-variety viewer cringe responses... I was completely in the dark as I don't usually watch such shows and their studio audiences. Interesting.

So do Koreans actually use finger and toe gestures to indicate embarrassment on another's behalf, or do they just say it, the way an American might say, "That puce horse blanket plaid suit of yours really curls my toes"?

The only actual finger curling gesture I can think of is "air quotes."

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Hi PakalanaPikake!

Thanks for replying to my comments, I didn't notice I was replying to your comment too in ep 5 recap.

I am not 100% sure about it, but what I've seen from variety shows were that they actually curl their fingers and toes to indicate that they were having "goosebumps"/cringing. I couldn't find much written explanation online, but here's one: https://bringinguptheparks.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/how-to-react-to-corniness-overload-the-korean-way/

It's more specific to corniness though.

Any Koreans here to clarify this? (:

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I really don't think that was a cringe-reaction to her performance to Loser.. If it was, his expression would have been like that as well, but his face was completely passive, as if he didn't know how to feel after having seen her after so many years..

Now whether that was a finger-curling of 'oh-my-gawd-it-really-is-my-noona-oh-how-I-missed-her' or was it was more along the lines of 'oh-my-gawd-it-really-is-my-noona-oh-I-really-didn't-want-to-see-her-again-in-my-lifetime-i-wish-I-could-just-strangle-her-to-death', we'll have to wait for the drama to reveal that.. But it was definitely not a reaction to her cringe..

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I don't think she is his daughter.. He may have introduced her to In-beom as 'noona' because she was older than him and was definitely close to him, but I don't think they are related by blood.

I also think that he may have feelings for her.. Like, maybe he found out that she was not his real-blood-related noona and he just started this one-sided crush on her; that finger-curling thing in the last episode may have been like his instinctive reaction to..maybe..hug her or reach out to her or something..

Anyways, I don't think that Seo-jung and In-beom are related by blood and that he may have a little adorable crush on his badass 'noona'..

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Thank you for the recap tineybeanie! Agreed with everything you said about wishing for less politics (please oh pretty please!) and more emotional connection between the leads and their patients and more time with SJ and DJ.

But ultimate hands-down favourite moment this episode was the smack down Nurse Oh gave that obnoxious patient's relative. Yelling angry and unreasonable relatives are unfortunately not uncommon in real life, but we don't get the satisfaction of witnessing them being chastised and getting chased out with their tails between their legs. Medical staff have no choice but to smile and bear it, be empathetic, and give them the benefit of the doubt that they are just anxious and worried for the patient and reacting badly. But it doesn't mean we don't secretly want to yell back. Thank you Show for letting us live vivaciously through Nurse Oh! ?

I also wrote a short post on my blog about how my medical colleague and I were chatting about RDTK's medical accuracy (or lack thereof), coupled with some eye rolls, even while we continue to stick around and watch every week like true drama addicts. ? The link is below, if anyone wants to check it out.
Hoping for less hospital politics next week! ?

https://mydramalesslife.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/medical-review-romantic-doctor-teacher-kim/

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Loved ur blogpost! I also do some eyerolls medically but I love kdrama so I continue on! I hope theres no big hospital vs small hospital politics next week because I really look forward to the character's developments!

Who knows, maybe along with their character developments, they'll also develop the habit to finally practice good infection control. ??? LOL.

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Thanks so much for this post! It's very useful :)

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First off, thanks for the recap, tineybeanie!

@Michykdrama,

And thank you for your blog post and insights a la BEAUTIFUL MIND. Your reality checks never bounce. ;-)

In particular, thanks for pointing out just how long Dong-joo tried to resuscitate the poisoning patient. I noticed the clock on the wall as the hours ticked by.

But ultimate hands-down favourite moment this episode was the smack down Nurse Oh gave that obnoxious patient’s relative.

As delicious as it was to see Nurse Oh hand that verbally abusive twit his derriere in the ER, I cackled with glee when I saw the look on Dr. D'oh's face when he realized that his nemesis pwned In-bum -- as well as Crazy Whale, who may or may not be his daughter. Kim Sabu is finally in a position to "D'oh unto others" just as D'oh has done unto him. I love the smell of payback in the air... and the prospect of Kim Sabu taking Crown Prince In-bum hostage in the finest sageuk manner. Yay for highly-principled (and educational) revenge!

Could you clear up something for me? I don't know if it's the subtitles or what, but is Mr. Park a nurse, a nurse assistant, or what? As for Mama Bear Oh, she seems to be a Nurse with a capital N and advanced qualifications.

Is there a nurse in the house to comment on the realism, etc., of the nursing aspects of the show? Thanks in advance. ;-)

As always, thanks for being one of our esteemed Beanie Professional Voices of Reason(TM). ;-)

Lastly, what is it with the Secret Hideout? I can't figure out whether Doc Nam and Kim Sabu have their own Batcave as an alternative to cafeteria food, or are maybe running a job-training program for reformed gangsters like the guys in the casino kitchen. Or maybe they just go there to chill out after work so they can work out their frustration on dead meat -- the surgeon's version of "kneading dough." Nurse Oh had a dinner invite, which didn't surprise me, given Doc Nam's high esteem for her. (He was so cute when she went ballistic the first time.) I wonder how long it will be before Dong-joo and Seo-jung get invited to the Inner Sanctum...

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Nursing aspect was pretty minor in this drama(as it focuses on surgeon) so there's not much shown to be commented it on, but it quite accurate. But for most korean medical drama with general ward setting, nurse role seemed to be undermined (unless that how nurses are in korea). But then again, most medical drama is about doctors, so writers tend to make the doctors shine in every way.

If I am to apply australian nursing system, nurse Park seem to be a registered nurse, nurse Oh is nurse unit manager, probably also with post-grad qualification to specialise in emergency/theatre.

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@Anh,

Many thanks for your insights! Every little bit helps. ;-)

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Awww thanks pakalanapikake! I too am feeling a bit nostalgic for BM and my medicaps now.

Regarding Nurse Park, I agree with Ahn about what his role is, being junior to Nurse Oh. Nurse Oh is what we would locally call a Sister, which is the rank of head nurse.
Nurse Park could be a Registered Nurse or Assistant Nurse. A registered nurse is higher rank and can do more specialized medical things like administer medication, compared to an assistant nurse who does more "routine" (but no less important!) things like the day to day care of patients. Ahn- I'm not sure if such a system exists in Australia?

And since they are in a rural hospital, he probably wears more than one hat- in the operating theatre he probably functions as a nurse plus orderly.

And I like how you named the Secret Hideout! I too am looking forward to when they allow DJ and SJ into their inner circle.

As a random point of interest- Dr Nam is an anesthetist and seems to be a cook as well- in my country many anesthetists are known for being good bakers or cooks! Lol. So it totally amused me that he was whining to Teacher Kim about his spoilt broth because I could imagine one of my colleagues doing the exact same thing! ?

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*waves to Michykdrama*

Thanks for the pointers on nursing ranks, etc. With everyone pitching in as needed due to insufficient staffing, it was kind of confusing. Nurse Park it is...

That's hilarious about so many anesthetists in your country being renowned as cooks and bakers. Once again, art seems to be imitating life in this drama. And now for the obligatory "Too many docs spoil the broth." ;-)

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The nursing system in Australia is like this:

Assistance In Nursing (AIN) or Patient Care Assistance (PCA): Mostly work in nursing home, residential retirement, palliative unit but sometimes work in general ward to watch over aggressive patients. They mostly assist with feeding, showering, transferring. They can't give any medications, perform formal observations and documentation.

Enrolled Nurse(EN): Able to care for patients, do formal observations such as vitals, ECG, etc but can not give medication. Most EN would do extra study to become medically endorsed aka EEN so that they can give medications. But there are limitations to what they can do with meds, such as PICC line, setting up ketamine infusion, etc. Normally EN graduated from 18 months diploma. They can become RN after doing nursing degree.

Registered Nurse (RN): Able to provide complex care for patients, administer medications via various routes (IV, IM, oral, etc), able to delegate tasks to EN, AIN. RN graduated from 3 years university course, but some graduated with 4 years course as it combines with midwifery, so they can be a midwife as well. RN can go on and study further into specialized areas.

Assistant Nursing Unit Manager (ANUM) or Nursing Unit Manager (NUM): Both are senior RN, have done post-grad study and act as the one in charge of the overall ward during a shift. ANUM is a bit lower than NUM and usually, only 1 is needed to be present during a shift. They allocation nurses to patients, help out when there's shortage, do DD check (opioids need to be checked by 2 nurses), contacting other hospitals if there's transfer or new admission, they will give instructions if there's emergency, assess risks and hazards, quality control, etc

Nurse Practitioner: Have all quality of RN, but able to prescribe medications (I don't know to what extend) and give some diagnostic. Quite close to the level of doctor, but not there yet.

In rural areas, most nurses would be RN that do extra stuffs because lack of man power, so they have a lot of skills that metro nurses don't usually have.

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@Anh,

Thanks for such a detailed overview of the nursing profession Down Under. (I'm in the USA.) ;-)

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Wait... In-bum has shaking hand tremor? I don't know that. In what scene was it shown?

Anyway

I never thought that In-bum's gonna be such an interesting character. I thought he's gonna be that typical incapable spoiled little brat whose purpose in this drama is to annoy the main characters occasionally. Turned out, he's very capable, enough to impress Kim Sa-bu, and willing to take a risk at being punished in order to save someone's life.

Plus, his interest to Seo-jung really pique my curiosity. I just can't decipher his cryptic expression when he saw Seo-jung. What is it, really? Crush? Jealousy? Guilt? Resentment? Anger?

There are so many mysteries around Seo-jung. I'm dying to know what Dr. Moon was talking about with the nurse when he's about to die, why that nurse kept him update with Seo-jung in hospital, why she seemed upset when she saw the ring, and what kind of relationship President Do had with her mother.

I really like Seo-jung and Dong-joo's romance here. They probably don't have much screen time together, but their chemistry is explosive. Seeing their romantic moments always make my heart flutter and not so many recent dramas succeed in doing so.

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Yeah I didn't notice his hand tremor/tic either.

But maybe it's meant to be that he can encourage SJ that he can still be an awesome surgeon despite his tic, and so she can too as well! The girl needs a boost of confidence for sure- want her to be her awesome Crazy Whale self again! ?

in bum still is a semi jerk though- that arrogant I'm-a-surgeon-and-therefore-super-important-please-bow-to-me attitude after his hand got bumped by Teacher Kim really grated on my nerves. Can't wait till he gets put in his place by Teacher Kim. *cackles*

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@Michykdrama, @nchoe,

I just watched the KissAsian subbed version, and spotted it at about 38:35 when Kim Sabu is debriefing Seo-jung and In-bum after that delightful first smackdown of Dr. D'oh in the hallway. It's immediately after In-bum states he would have finished five minutes sooner if the equipment were better. Kim Sabu looks down at his left trigger finger, which flexes ever so slightly.

A question for our Beanie recap-attending physicians: Could/Does using laparoscopic instruments provide a bit of support or stability for tired or compromised hand and arm muscles that would not be available when directly holding a scalpel? I understand the rationale for minimally-invasive surgery, and am thinking along the lines of how it might enable a surgeon to operate.

Truth to tell, when I spotted Kim Sabu sneaking a peek, all I could think of was that he just twigged to the early stages of MS or Parkinson's or some other muscle or nerve issue. After all, he IS Kim Sabu... he can't help but notice stuff. Just follow his gaze for clues to what is making his wheels (and the plot) turn.

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I noticed that too, but his index finger movement didn't seem as something serious and nothing looked like tremor. But I don't know, I'm no expert in this matter. Maybe @Michykdrama could give her expert judgement? :)

Plus, I think Kim Sa-bu took a little peek at In-bum's hand since he impressed with In-bum's fast and precise work. So he automatically wanted to see the hand who did that incredible work (especially after that earlier incident in which In-bum was freaking out about his hand getting injured since he's such a super important surgeon), not because he noticed that In-bum has early stage of some sickness. If he thinks In-bum is sick, I don't think he's gonna ask him to be sent to Ddoldam Hospital to help him.

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It hadn't occurred to me that Kim Sabu might be paying attention to fingers as fast as his own... or sizing up the competition with that glance. And it could just be a red herring from Writer-nim...

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Not sure about the "hand/finger twitch" but I went back to rewatch and it doesn't look like anything sinister currently. Certainly no tremor. It's a really weird twitch if it is one.

I find it's hard to tell what is going on with In bum because his face is often pretty blank. I have not seen this actor before so I'm not sure if it's due to lack of acting talent, or that his character is truly like that. So it's easy to think that his hand movements are involuntary, because his facial expression doesn't change.

But a neurologist I ain't so I could be wrong. But I agree with nchoe about Teacher Kim just glancing at In Bum's hands because he was impressed with his skills.

(as a side note, Parkinson's doesn't happen so young and MS is quite rare in asians, though I suppose since it's a drama anything is possible. Lol)

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@Michykdrama,

I find it’s hard to tell what is going on with In bum because his face is often pretty blank. I have not seen this actor before so I’m not sure if it’s due to lack of acting talent, or that his character is truly like that. So it’s easy to think that his hand movements are involuntary, because his facial expression doesn’t change.

Same here. I have a feeling that it is the way the character is written. I just took a gander at DramaWiki, and learned that this is Yang Se-Jong's first TV drama role. (Then he'll be playing young Lee Gyum to Mr. Hand Towel's adult version in SAIMDANG, LIGHT'S DIARY, beginning in late January on SBS.) It says he went to Korea National University of Arts (Theater and Film), so that reinforces my suspicions about the character being inexpressive. Another Lee Young-O, minus the frontal lobe injury?

In the flashback, the younger version of the character was standoffish when introduced to Seo-jung Noona, and did not shake hands with her. He put his hand up to his face instead, and he's done that as an adult, too. (Was that when he saw SJ in the linen room?) In-bum jumped out of his skin when Daddy D'oh screamed at him in the hallway -- he really cringed, as did SJ. Makes me think he was on the receiving end of a lot of verbal and emotional abuse when he was growing up. So maybe what looks like smugness and superiority is really guarded defensiveness.

(as a side note, Parkinson’s doesn’t happen so young and MS is quite rare in asians, though I suppose since it’s a drama anything is possible. Lol)

Yeah, I know that Parkinson's wouldn't manifest in such a young person. Didn't know about the rarity of MS among Asians. Interesting.

As long as Writer-nim keeps the makjang in check, I'll be happy. ;-)

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There's a theory that the closer you live to the equator, the less likely to get MS. Maybe it gets to do with climax? like warm weather all year round is better for your neurons than cold?
Statistic has shown that there more cases of MS in USA and Australia compare to Asian countries.

And coming from an Asian country myself, motor neuron disease, MS, asthma and food allergies are very rare. Almost unheard of but in Australia, it seems like 1 out 4 people would have one of the mentioned condition. So my personal theory is never live too cleanly and try to live in warm condition (that make you sweat)

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Hahahaha... Nobody is perfect in this show. That's one of the reasons why I love it.

The only perfect one in this show is Nurse Oh, my Queen <3

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The chemistry is as explosive as an atom bomb.
That kiss in the 1st episode , with the background lighting , it was electrifying. Really , I am never ever forgetting that one. Never..

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Yes, I love that scene too! My other favorite scene is when he pulled Seo-jung's blanket. Her expression under the blanket though... I can totally relate to that. Her heart must be beating like super fast. LOL.

Oh... I love that romance in this show is not too cheesy and not over the top.

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I heartily agree about the artistic backlighting of the kiss, and the look on Seo-jung’s face after Dong-joo covered up her tootsies... Both are memorable scenes.

In episode 5, I got a kick out of her asking him why he decided to stay at Doldarned, and his second reason.

D-J, looking her in the eye: "You said you missed me. If I were to go somewhere else, I wouldn't be able to find out why you missed me. That's why, it's a win-win situation."

S-J: "This is a hospital. Don't bring romance into this."

D-J: "Why can't there be romance?"

S-J: "You must be crazy. If you have time for that, go get more sleep. Or go eat some more."

D-J: "Let's go together. We can go eat together and sleep together. That's all there is to romance. It's nothing special, you know?"
[-- Transcribed from OnDemandKorea.com subtitles.]

That was a nice set-up for the scene near the end of episode 6 in which Dong-joo covers her with his lab coat before placing his hand over hers as he settles down for a snooze on his book-pillow, just as she has already done. (My neck hurts just looking at that. Truth to tell, Kim Sabu's practice of sleeping in an empty bed in the ER looks a whole lot more comfortable to me.)

I would love to be a fly on the wall to see her expression if she wakes up to find his hand still on hers, har.

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I hope the arrival Geodae team initially because of the politics, but eventually they all want to be good doctor.

Less politic, less romance. Give us more of the interactions between doctor-patient.

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I agree..I think, in the end, not only Doctor Kim will be popular (in terms of ability) but the whole hospital as well. :)

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i dont get this in bum character and where the show is heading with bringing all these new characters to the hospital???

is in bum a love rival? half brother? I DONT KNOWWW

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From the little shown, I think, he was always compared to his noona in that she is better, by dr do, n that sort of has grown into a resentment as the father favours her than his own son. I think this has been playing on since childhood. I may be wrong but I could feel this. :)
As well, liked how oblivious seo Jung was to the two boys sparring having eyes only for ib. It was funny.
I think all the three leads need stamps of approval from influential people , in varying degrees though. That's what ties them together. Ib n an from dr do, dong joo- from dr kim, from dr do, from the system, God, this boy has to grow up!

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Ib n sj from dr do...

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When I was an intern, i did a rotation at the ER of a small local hospital. Complete basic amenities, functions relatively ok for a local ER. Nearest cafeteria/canteen/restaurant was 2 blocks away. One day a relative of a patient went ballistic because the patient wanted to drink something....

...and we didnt have a straw.

"What kind of a *bleeping bleep bleep* hospital doesnt provide straws?!!" ? Im gonna report you all blah blah blah incomplete amenities blah blah im the head of blah blah blah...."

My sunbae just said, "ok mam we will look for a straw." Then proceeded to attend a trauma case.

Afterwards my sunbae slept in the callroom. ?

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Sadly, art imitates life. SMH...

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Maybe I'm the odd one, but I don't see the need to develop a closer relationship with the patients. As it is, they are mostly working in the ER and there's literally only time to save the patient! I think having the right frame of mind is so much important. I so look forward to seeing Dong Joo find his own personal gratification in his capabilities rather than seeking acknowledgment from his seniors. I believe he has a heart of gold. He's just lost his way...

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Why build a relationship with a patient? Because being a doctor is so much more than just giving medicine or performing an operation. It's also about the human touch, the empathy, the smiles and the comfort.
Patients trust doctors with their confidential medical history, allow doctors the privilege to see them at their sickest and worst and trust doctors not to judge them.
And personally I want to make a connect with my patients, just because I can. All it takes sometimes is a kind word, a comforting touch and a well timed joke for them to relax before they go for surgery (I'm an anesthetist), and I'd like to believe I made it just that little bit less scary for them.
Of course doctors should be competent too, but I would like to have a drama highlight this more human aspect, rather than dwell on crazy hospital politics and vindictive nutcases like Dr Do.
But I agree with you about seeing DJ learn to stop seeking his seniors approval. Boy needs to grow into himself for sure.

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I agree with Michy about building relationship. There is a major aspect in health/medical about therapeutic relationship between patient and health care professionals (dr, nurse, ot, physio, etc). (Heck, I even have to do 2 units in uni for that)

@Rose And ER isn't always chaotic with all super critical patients. You need to calm the non-urgent ones as well or else riot can break out.

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I'm such a healthy person and rarely get sick, but when I do and need a doctor 's help... I want my doctor to make me feel like he/she genuinely cares for me. I don't like it when my doctor treat me like I'm just another work to be done. That kind of doctors makes me wonder whether I should trust them or not. I'd end up wondering whether they even make a right diagnosis since they don't seem like pay a proper attention to me.

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Thanks Tinybeanie for the recap. Interesting what you mentioned regarding the patients. For me, the emotional core for the show has always been the surgeons and their personal journeys. Some insight into the patients' story may be helpful, but I do not think the show will go too much down that route given that there's already so much to cover in terms of character dynamics between the doctors - which is a good thing.

However, like you, I am very hesitant about the entry of the staff from Geodae Hospital into Doldam because I worry it will dilute our very tight focus right now on Dong Joo, Seo-jung and Master Kim. I have grown to be personally invested in their journeys, especially like you said, what happened to Seo-jung in those 5 years. Am really hoping that the show can still maintain that focus moving ahead.

I've shared more of my thoughts on this episode here:
https://kdramaanalysis.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/romantic-doctor-teacher-kim-episode-6-motivation/

I was initially hesitant about starting this show because I felt it was way too melodramatic, but it's really starting to grow on me!

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The closing scene looked like the D-Day invasion to me. Or an impending shoot-out on the Chisholm Trail. It wouldn't surprise me if Kim Sabu sends most of them right back to Geodae, aside from In-bum and possibly In-soo, who has always struck me as a decent guy subjected to political pressure, and more with it socially than Dong-joo. I'd like to see him escape the snake pit.

As for the rest of them -- they're all a bunch of potential spies, saboteurs, and fifth columnists for Dr. D'oh. Reject the delivery, Doldam! Or screen them with a fine-tooth comb.

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As a doctor who had done my trainee in ER and now a laparoscopic surgeon, most of medical scenes in this drama are pretty good. Of course there will always be eye-rolling moments but I can accept those because this is a drama and some scenes need to be overdramatic, nevertheless it's a good drama to watch. Looking forward to the next episode.

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@amyonn: I totally agree. The laparoscopic cholecystectomy was exactly how I remembered in med-school, residency, and because I'm not a surgeon or ER doc now, I can overlook the rest of the incongruencies, of which there aren't that many. The acting is superb, the leads are easy on the eyes, the story is compelling.

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Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim Ep 7 Preview with Eng Sub - 낭만닥터 김사부
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSnV2A0Q_qc

Just as I suspected...

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I'm surprised that Master Kim and the administration of Doldrum hosp. have not done more to force Seo Jung to get some counseling. They are all aware that she has these "episodes", one of which lead to her slicing her wrist. Now we see that apparently her mother committed suicide by cutting her wrists. That, coupled with the survivors guilt over the death of Dr. Moon, seems to be a whole lot of unaddressed emotional trauma Seo Jung is carrying around. But so far, she appears to be pretty even keeled until pressured romantically and that brings out ghost hallucinations. I'm just wondering which one of those new doctors is a psychiatrist and how is the show going to deal with SJ's mental health.

On another note, is it possible In Bum is showing signs of some kind of muscle or nerve disorder because of the subconscious contracting of his hands. Master Kim definitely was paying attention to his hands.

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Exactly my thought. Why she doesn't get professional help regarding her mental health issue. I'm quite surprised too that nobody but Kim Sa-bu sees danger in her treating patients. She occasionally looses control over her own body, not to mention she also has shaking hand tremor. I love her, but If I were a patient, I don't want to be treated by her.

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@toodles,

Doldrum hosp. -- ROFLMAO!!

I used to call it DolDamned while Dong-joo actively hated the place, but once he decided to stay, I thought of upgrading it to DolDarned...

I’m just wondering which one of those new doctors is a psychiatrist and how is the show going to deal with SJ’s mental health.

I wouldn't trust anyone from Geodae / the mothership. I fully expect them to be up to no good. The last thing I want to see is someone pulling a CUCKOO'S NEST on Seo-jung. And for heaven's sake, don't let that quack from MAN LIVING IN OUR HOUSE anywhere near her.

There are a couple of perfectly fine shrinks she's already met. If only Mr. Jang can somehow shanghai The Inappropriate Psychiatrist and Dr. Yoda from OH HAE YOUNG AGAIN... ;-)

On another note, is it possible In Bum is showing signs of some kind of muscle or nerve disorder because of the subconscious contracting of his hands. Master Kim definitely was paying attention to his hands.

I definitely think so -- see 3.1.1. Carpal tunnel might be a possibility, too...

What blows my mind is the fact that it's only been one week since Dong-joo went into exile at DolDarned. In-Soo Sunbae said so in episode 5 when he first met his old buddy in his new workplace.

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That struck me too. One week? Non, doesn't make sense.
I hope this show keeps things serious n doesn't get frivolous in usual k drama mode. K stopped watching my wife is having this week bcz the writing had gone really strange, the wife 's character n it doesn't make sensible viewing anymore. I hope this doesn't do anything absurd.
Advice, I find kim so attractive, he's such a man. Men these days are so rare to find. He's super at was he does, self aware , doesn't flinch in the face of disasters , n doesn't care about what the world thinks of him. Rude and cocky at times, yes, but ahh, attractive hot is he so!

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Aside not advice.

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The last two episodes have been pretty uptight about certain things like for example Dong Joo's development of a character, Seo Jung's PTSD episodes, Kim Sabu's past etc. We're given snippets of these which keeps the curiosity going. With the introduction of Geodae's staff, I am afraid that alot politics will start to weave into the story. I hope for mine and everybody sake, I am wrong. Especially since it's a 20 episodes drama. I want to see the relationship blossom b/w the two leads, how they will get over SJ episodes together, and DJ reinforcement of his r/s with his mum and his beliefs. i believe he is sincerely a good doctor at heart, maybe led astray. But so far, it had me rooting for all the way. ?

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First off, rather than building look patient doc relationships, the docs sound be superbly capable and empathetic in an er scenario with minimal dependency on gadgets and stuff. Kim is such a doc, whether he is in a rundown Hosp like doldam or the Seoul lavish one where Do nests.
And this is exactly dong joo n seo Jung are not, and working with kim hope to become their own versions of the very capable like kim n nurse oh. Both b are Ali sorts of messed up. That's what's the focus was film now n it will be with more hostility n tired war v with the new team coming in. How does one still remain principled n ethically right in doctoring with temptations galore around you. This esp for dong joo. For seo Jung, to stop seeking affirmation from such a system n getting her mental problem sorted. These are in focus n now with the new untagged team will be under arclights.

Also, I saw kim impressed with Do s son so much so that he asked for him. Liked this move, making these second lead, better skilled than our hero. Kim looked as his hands bcz he wanted to see the novice hands that calmly operated a trauma er surgery. N he Isnt even the highest scorer I. Exams as his classmate dong joo is.

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I'm not in medical field so I'm not sure myself but I think the operation done by In Beom in ep. 6 and the operation done by Dong Joo in ep. 5 could be of 2 different levels. So I'm not sure if that could simply determine that IB is better skilled than DJ in surgeries.

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Skills as in the temperament included. I'd consider a simpler one better done if the doc is calm, prepared for uncertainties like when ib says it's after he makes the incisions he'd know if complications arise. That surgery wasnt just an easy one. Ding joo, is bookish , on the table I've never seen him work well on any patuent in complete. He needs All sorts of support systems, be it machines, be it rules, be it being like dr kim. Ib just came in n make did with what was there. That's y kim was impressed with him n asked for him.

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YAYYY RECAP! Late to post, but been busy this past holiday break~ ^^
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At first, I thought Do In Bum was going to be a second lead doctor who was cocky, but unskilled. So it was a bit surprising to see him doing a good job during that surgery. It'll be interesting to see him matched up against Dong Joo. I really couldn't tell if he felt animosity towards Seo Jung or not after I saw his fingers curling in the previous episode. I don't feel like he has affection for her too. Maybe something more like envy or curiosity at the moment.

Nurse Oh is SUCH a refreshing character to watch! It's awesome seeing her being tough and clever.

The scene with the gallbladder patient and his wife still touched me. It was a sad scene, but I'm glad that we and Seojung saw it.

The homeless girl, Woo Yeon Hwa, kinda makes me nervous. I just don't want to see her be too clingy to Dong Joo. Then get her heart broken and possibly cause a ruckus at the hospital.

This episode didn't have many moments between Seo Jung and Dong Joo, but that was okay. It was important to see more of Seo Jung's story and history. I liked her doctor speech to Teacher Kim and that she stood up for herself. Oh, but SJ and DJ's nap scene was super cute and sweet.

That ending shot/cliffhanger was great! I was only expecting In Bum to be the newbie joining the Doldam staff so the introduction of a whole new crew will shake things up some more. :)

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I should've realised this as soon as ep. 1 cuz it was already shown but didn't know why I didn't until just now :

Dong Joo became a doctor to win over someone, while
Seo Jung became a doctor to gain acknowledgement / be recognised by someone.

And that 'someone' is President Do. luls.

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Haha I didn't realized this til you mentioned it.

They are better than him so I hope they will gradually figure out this fact.

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out of all the long comments and such i just want to say "i am loving this show more than LOTBS". hah

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patiently waiting for the recap of ep 7. i can't waaaaaaait

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Unpopular Opinion - I do not like Seo Jung. :/

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