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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim: Episode 12

This may be my favorite episode yet, and that’s including the steamy first episode. Dong-joo’s quandary puts him between a rock and a hard place as he struggles to make the right decision for both himself and his patient. But it’s his loving mother and her upstanding moral guidance that really shine this episode — for me, his devotion toward her redeems many of the unlikable flaws of his personality, and makes me love him more as a character.

 

 
CHAPTER 12: “Boiling Point”

Dong-joo reviews the document that Dr. Do handed him: It’s the death certificate of the deserter soldier stating that he died as a natural result of sickness (rather than from trauma) with Dong-joo’s name at the bottom as the signing physician. Dr. Do tells Dong-joo that he just has to initial his name. Dong-joo is taken aback, considering that the patient hasn’t even died yet. Dr. Song urges him to sign, saying it’s only a matter of time.

The insidious policeman, who had questioned Dong-joo about the deserter, pushes a manila folder in front of him, stating that it’s an official record from a military hospital showing the patient’s long history struggling with a medical condition. Dong-joo firmly declares that the patient’s injuries were not due to a chronic illness, but a physical trauma.

Dr. Do cuts in, telling Dong-joo to think about the ramifications of his actions – if he enters in the factual information, the case could become a national news story about bullying assault within the military, which would not be good for anyone.

Subtly threatening him, Dr. Do adds that Dong-joo could even get fired as a result. With incredulity, Dong-joo asks if Dr. Do expects him to lie on the death certificate. Dr. Do replies that he’s just nudging Dong-joo to make the wise decision, and that sometimes letting things slide is better than revealing the truth.

Disgusted, Dong-joo stands up to leave, but Dr. Do goads him to reconsider as he places the death certificate back in Dong-joo’s hands. That’s the scene Teacher Kim finds when he opens the door, but Dong-joo just brushes past him on his way out.

The parents of the deserter patient, PARK JOO-HYUK, arrive at the hospital and see him strapped to multiple machines. They start crying over his body when he goes into cardiac arrest for the second time. Dong-joo is called immediately, and Seo-jung starts CPR, but the patient still remains unresponsive.

Dong-joo, who was contemplating his distasteful meeting with Dr. Do, throws away the false death certificate in the break room trash can and rushes to the ER. Teacher Kim comes in and retrieves the document, and when he sees it, his expression turns to fury.

In the ER, Dong-joo defibrillates the patient in-between several rounds of CPR, desperately imploring him to live. But after several minutes with no sign of recovery, Nurse Oh gently prods Dong-joo to call the time of death.

To the mourning parents, the policeman acts sorrowful as he tells them that the military will take care of all the expenses related to the funeral. Joo-hyuk’s father bows his head and conveys his thanks and apologies for his considerate offer, even though his son was a deserter.

Unable to see this horrible farce play out any longer, Joo-hyuk’s friend, Yong-gyun, announces that his friend was murdered. He elaborates that almost every day, three superior military officers would beat Joo-hyuk on a whim, and that was why he deserted the army.

The policeman loses his calm and tells him not to say unproven things, but a seed of doubt has already been planted in the minds of Joo-hyuk’s parents. Yong-gyun claims that he overheard the conversation between the policeman and Dong-joo, who concurred that his injuries were due to trauma.

Dr. Song attempts to persuade Dong-joo that the best course of action, now that the soldier is dead, is to write off his death like Dr. Do said. Dong-joo looks conflicted by his choices, and Dr. Song makes an appealing argument: If Dong-joo concedes this one time, his golden future is guaranteed with Dr. Do.

Seo-jung comes in with Joo-hyuk’s parents, who plead for Dong-joo to provide evidence of their son’s assault. Joo-hyuk’s mute mother signs with frenzied motions, and his father translates to Dong-joo: “How did our son, who was healthy two months ago, become so ill? Please tell us what you know.” When Dr. Song prompts him, Dong-joo replies that he can’t give them an answer because there are still some loose ends to investigate.

The parents are dejected, while Dr. Song and the policeman look on approvingly. Completely baffled, Seo-jung demands answers from Dong-joo, but his mind is far away as he glances at the keys to the car that Dr. Do bought him. On his way out, he sees his new SUV again, but chooses to walk to his destination instead. Behind a pillar, a woman with a white barrette of mourning in her hair looks at his retreating form.

Dong-joo arrives at Dr. Nam’s batcave/restaurant, where Teacher Kim is already having a drink. Teacher Kim buys Dong-joo a drink, and somehow this turns into an all-out drinking battle. After their eighth bottle of soju, Dong-joo asks Teacher Kim when he recognized Dong-joo as the kid who made a ruckus at Geodae Hospital all those years ago.

Without replying, Teacher Kim counters with another question: Why did Dong-joo become a doctor? Dong-joo says he became one because Teacher Kim once told him that the best revenge is to win against his enemies, and to rise above them in skill.

Dong-joo continues, saying that he wanted to show the world that he’s a better, different type of person than his enemies. Teacher Kim interjects that Dong-joo’s choices don’t seem too different from what his enemies did to him.

Dong-joo explains that he only did those things because he needed to rise up, so that he could be on the same level as those he wanted to defeat. Teacher Kim asks whether Dong-joo believes that he will achieve true success by throwing away his conscience and pride, and by kowtowing to corrupt people like Dr. Do.

Still convinced that he has to bow to the ways of the world to achieve success, Dong-joo demands to know how he can afford to keep his pride and conscience without the power to back it up. Dong-joo asks if Teacher Kim knows how hurt and scarred one can become because one has nothing. Teacher Kim goes to the heart of the issue, and tells Dong-joo that in his eyes, it’s not Dong-joo’s conscience, but rather his ambition that has been hurt.

He reminds Dong-joo that although he has a dilemma, he should remember that he is a surgeon – someone who wields a person’s life in his hands – and that he should keep the burden of that responsibility in mind when he makes his decision. Teacher Kim then hands over the memory stick containing camera footage of Joo-hyuk’s surgery to Dong-joo and tells him to take care of it.

Meanwhile, Dong-joo’s mother has come down from Seoul to see him at Doldam Hospital. She takes a taxi to the hospital when Dong-joo won’t answer her calls, since he’s distressed and drinking with Teacher Kim. She comes to the front desk at Doldam where Ki-tae is manning the counter, and he starts to do his ridiculous “Window 1, Window 3” transition until she asks for Dong-joo.

Ki-tae takes her luggage and heads towards the doctors’ rooms, where they meet Seo-jung and In-bum in the hallway. Ki-tae asks where Seo-jung and In-bum are headed, and Seo-jung complains that they have been called by Dr. Nam to retrieve a very drunk Dong-joo. Although Ki-tae tries to interrupt, Seo-jung proceeds to rant about how much of an inconvenience Dong-joo is while In-bum nods in agreement with her sentiments.

When Ki-tae finally gets a word in, he introduces Dong-joo’s mother to them. Realizing that they’ve made a big faux pas, both Seo-jung and In-bum’s hands start to fold together in a respectful position. Suddenly changing her tone, Seo-jung makes a 90-degree bow to Dong-joo’s mother, who smiles in reply. Seeing her rapid attitude turnaround, In-bum stifles a giggle.

In the break room, Dong-joo’s mother and Seo-jung wait for Dong-joo to arrive, and Seo-jung stays in her hands-clasped, respectful pose while Dong-joo’s mother asks her about Dong-joo. When responding to her questions, Seo-jung accidentally refers to Dong-joo several times informally as “that rascal,” after which she winces and corrects herself, calling him the more respectful “Dr. Kang.” Detecting her jittery demeanor, Dong-joo’s mother tells Seo-jung to relax.

Yelling that he wants to go for another round at the karaoke place, Dong-joo crashes into the break room with Dr. Nam and In-bum holding him up. Seo-jung tries to shake him back to his senses, but upon seeing her, Dong-joo captures her in a drunken bear hug and calls her “My Pretty Seo-jung,” without any honorifics. Seo-jung attempts to pull him off her, but Dong-joo just holds her closer.

When he finally pulls back, he stops for a moment before grabbing her face in his hands. Right in front of his mother, he declares: “I really really like you, Sunbae.” Dr. Nam and In-bum both cringe at hearing his awkward confession, but drunk Dong-joo doesn’t care, and even repeats himself.

He goes in for a kiss, but Seo-jung kicks him down. He falls to the floor in an unconscious slump, and Seo-jung fears that she’s done some lasting damage. She shakes him frantically, but he starts making snoring noises and taking off his clothes – he’s just asleep.

On her way out, Seo-jung encounters Nurse Oh, who asks what’s wrong when she sees Seo-jung’s expression. Seo-jung replies in full deadpan as she tells Nurse Oh that she wants to disappear from the face of the earth. Dr. Nam, Ki-tae, and In-bum, who witnessed the entire scene, snigger knowingly behind her.

After putting him in bed, Dong-joo’s mother softly asks her son whether he likes Seo-jung. Half-asleep, Dong-joo replies in the affirmative. Dong-joo even holds his blanket closer and smiles while saying so, eyes still closed. Chuckling to herself, Dong-joo’s mother keeps vigil over him.

The next morning, Teacher Kim sees a red poster of Dong-joo on the front doors when he arrives at the hospital. Ki-tae, who has also just arrived at work, sees a hallway full of the same posters that read: “Kang Dong-joo is not a doctor. He is a murderer.” The whole hospital has been plastered with them, from the nurses’ station to all the bathrooms. An alarmed Ki-tae, Nurse Oh, and Teacher Kim assemble in Director Yeo’s office to deliberate on the matter.

Dong-joo’s mother has already discovered the posters attached near the break room, and rips several down to throw away. Dong-joo wakes with a killer hangover, wondering when his mother arrived. She fusses over him while pretending nonchalance, but he finds the posters that she threw away in the trash can.

Seo-jung confronts the young woman with a white barrette currently putting up the posters of Dong-joo. The woman responds that even if she is jailed, she’ll come back until Dong-joo is expelled from the hospital. That’s when Dong-joo appears to ask her who she is and why she’s putting up these posters.

She reveals that she’s the guardian of the Geodae patient that he rescheduled in order to make time for the VIP surgery that got him sent down to Doldam Hospital. She says that after Dong-joo rescheduled, her father was assigned a different attending physician. His surgery was pushed back even further, and he died due to acute sepsis while waiting for the operation.

She badgers Dong-joo for an explanation, asking whether he made his decision because the other patient was a VIP, while her father was someone without money or power. She screams that as a doctor, he should not have discriminated. Her accusation reminds him of his own adolescent anger-filled tirade when his own father died.

Finally, she adds that she can never forgive him, and that she will do whatever it takes to get his medical license revoked. Around the corner, Dong-joo’s mother has overheard everything, and her heart goes out to the young woman.

In Director Yeo’s office, Teacher Kim wants to let the matter play out and gives his opinion that if Dong-joo doesn’t confront this now, it will come back to haunt him later. Nurse Oh and Ki-tae think otherwise, and the police are called.

In a parallel discussion in Dong-joo’s office, Dr. Song tries to convince Dong-joo that the posters are no big deal. He says that if Dong-joo wraps up the death certificate situation according to Dr. Do’s wishes, everything will blow over soon.

Dong-joo is contemplating his decision when Seo-jung walks in asking him for the death certificate. Dong-joo repeats the same arguments that Dr. Do gave him earlier to Seo-jung, saying that the case could become a larger, more complicated issue.

She inquires suspiciously as to whether he’s being swayed by the offer of a salary raise and bonus from Dr. Do. He claims that that’s not the case, but Seo-jung tells him not to sell his conscience, adding that if he does, she would be deeply disappointed in him.

The police come to Doldam Hospital to take away the young woman. She struggles against them, and the posters in her hand fly everywhere. Dong-joo’s mother kneels down to help gather the posters for the young woman, and apologizes to the her for her son’s actions.

When Dong-joo reaches the scene, his mother reprimands him and tells him to beg for forgiveness. In a broken voice, she asks how he could have done the same thing that caused the death of his own father to this young woman. In reply, Dong-joo tells the police to leave the young woman alone.

With a bowed head, he apologizes to the young woman, saying that he is ashamed of his actions, and that he wishes he could go back to that moment to reverse his decision. She breaks down, pounding her fists against him as she tells him to bring her father back. Silent tears roll down Dong-joo’s face as the young woman cries out in grief.

Teacher Kim, who can hear the anguished lamentations from his office, gets up to go to Geodae Hospital. In the Geodae lobby, some of the older physicians recognize him, and they are all surprised to see Dr. Bu Yong-joo back in the flesh. But Teacher Kim just heads straight to Dr. Do’s office.

Slamming the door open against the protests of Dr. Do’s secretary, Teacher Kim barges in and punches Dr. Do in the mouth. Teacher Kim warns Dr. Do never to come back to Doldam Hospital again, and not to use young students to fulfill his own greed. He unfolds the fake death certificate from his pocket, throws it at Dr. Do’s face, and leaves after calling him a worthless fool.

Dong-joo hands Joo-hyuk’s actual death certificate to his grieving parents, who verify that it states the cause of death as an outside factor (not medical sickness). He gives them the memory stick containing their son’s surgery footage, and offers his testimony should they need it in court to prove that Joo-hyuk was assaulted during his military enlistment.

Joo-hyuk’s mother conveys her thanks through the father, and Dong-joo apologizes for the delay. Through the window, Yong-gyun bows his thanks at Dong-joo, and Dong-joo acknowledges it with a small smile. When Dr. Song checks Dong-joo’s computer for a record of the death certificate, he finds out that Dong-joo has gone against Dr. Do’s wishes.

He rages at Dong-joo when he sees him, demanding to know whether he realizes what he’s giving up by doing this. Dong-joo answers that he understands the repercussions, but he also knows how despicable the action would have been. He says he didn’t want to be caught being so dishonorable, and that he liked the idea of being a good guy.

At the bus station, Dong-joo sits with his mother as he waits to see her off. He apologizes to her for showing her this disgraceful side of him and says that he won’t be able to go back to Seoul for a while. She comforts him, saying that she’s happy for him to stay at Doldam Hospital. She goes on to say that she’s also very satisfied with his sunbae.

When he asks who she means, she specifies Seo-jung, and a surprised Dong-joo suddenly bursts into a coughing fit. He presses her for details, so she brings up the night of his drunken antics. Dong-joo blacked out and doesn’t remember what happened, and despite his questions, his mother just laughs and says to ask the lady herself.

Dong-joo tiptoes into the break room where Seo-jung is studying. He sits down next to her and tries to bring up his drunken actions from yesterday, but she quickly shuts him down. Disappointed, he slides back to his desk, and she asks him how he’ll cope with staying at Doldam now that he’s thrown away his chances for returning to Geodae Hospital.

With a sly smile, he says that he is already dreading the long winter at Doldam Hospital, and so he makes his second proposal to her: “Let’s date, Yoon Seo-jung.” She rolls her eyes, but he pulls her chair toward him and asks why she’s avoiding him when she already likes him.

She refuses him with a firm “No,” and leaves after saying that he only has one chance left to ask her again. With a crestfallen expression, Dong-joo puts his head in his hands. Outside, Seo-jung catches her breath after having her heart shaken again by Dong-joo’s impulsive confession.

Teacher Kim meets with CEO Shin to tell him that his surgery has been scheduled. CEO Shin is delighted that he will be hospitalized soon and expresses his satisfaction that the machines he bought will be put to good use. Meanwhile, In-bum gets a call from his father, who orders him to join the CEO’s surgery team at any cost.

In-bum protests that he is a general surgeon and not a cardiothoracic surgeon, so he has no justification for being in the operating room for that surgery. However, Dr. Do is adamant that In-bum watch and report everything that happens during that surgery.

Nurse Oh calls Teacher Kim to advocate for Seo-jung to be his assistant for CEO Shin’s surgery. Teacher Kim says that he hasn’t decided yet, and will mull it over for the next day or two.

That’s when In-bum enters his office and requests that he join Teacher Kim in the CEO’s surgery. Dong-joo overhears their conversation with interest, while in the ER, Nurse Oh and Ki-tae say that whoever gets chosen to assist Teacher Kim for that surgery will be a very lucky doctor indeed.

 
COMMENTS

I knew it! I knew Dong-joo had a heart of gold underneath all that self-absorbed muck. He really showed it this episode, but I think it was his mother that made him realize the magnitude of his actions. Had it not been for his mother’s presence, would he have made the same decision? I hope so, but I don’t know, because even throughout his whole soju battle with Teacher Kim, Dong-joo stayed stubborn in his conviction that the world was against people like him, who come from nothing. I fear that this good streak might crumple under greater duress, because Dong-joo looked like he could have easily swung the other way. But the way he referenced Doldam Hospital as a place where he believed he could be a good doctor in his conversation with Dr. Song gave me hope that this change might be permanent.

Clearly, Dong-joo was in the wrong when he postponed the Geodae patient’s surgery for the VIP, but I thought he made an admirable apology, enough to where his sincerity shone through to the patient’s daughter. But was that enough? He distinctly remembered her father and his misdeeds toward him, but would he have sought her out personally to apologize if she hadn’t come looking for him first? I don’t think so, but I believe this situation helped him to mature and learn about responsibility. By the young woman’s public denunciation of him, he realized that there were real consequences to his actions, and that if he did continue on the path that Dr. Do wanted to put him on, he would continue to face these painful recriminations and further damage his conscience.

On a different note, Drunk Dong-joo was embarrassingly adorable, but the best part was Dr. Nam and In-bum trying to suppress their snickers when they obviously wanted to tease Seo-jung about Dong-joo’s crush on her. I’ve replayed the scene over multiple times just to watch their grinning faces. I was on the Teacher Kim/Seo-jung ship for a brief moment way back at the beginning, but after this episode, I know it’s sunk, because who could pass up Dong-joo’s cheeky heart-stopping confessions?

But Seo-jung’s repudiation of his confession leaves me with one question: What’s going on with her? The best man candy at Doldam has been pursuing her with dogged devotion since his first day, and she has rejected him repeatedly despite her noticeable feelings for him. I’m afraid that her reluctance to evolve in her relationship with Dong-joo has to do with her PTSD. I know that the psych examiner cleared her for duty, but I never felt like that arc was satisfactorily concluded, and think that it might come back as the biggest hindrance to their romantic involvement.

The love story was a major highlight in this episode, but for me, the climax was when Teacher Kim stormed into Geodae Hospital to confront Dr. Do. I definitely let out a loud “HURRAH!” watching Teacher Kim take Dr. Do down with a clean right hook. I understand violence is not the right answer, but boy did it feel satisfying when Dr. Do was flattened to the ground. I loved that Teacher Kim is finally taking an active stance against Dr. Do — before, it just seemed like Teacher Kim was tolerating Dr. Do and egging him on while standing under CEO Shin’s influence. Now, he has bared his fangs, and I’m excited to see what happens next.

This may be a tangent, but I’m extremely curious. Where did Yeon-hwa disappear to? Is she ever coming back, or was that just a long extended cameo that ended without any real explanation? Do I have to give up hope that Nurse Assistant Park’s broken heart will be mended by her return? He is such a sweetie that I want him to get his happy ending too. But speaking of happy endings, I’m concerned for In-bum’s future. His heart seems to be on the right side, but his power-hungry father looks to be an insurmountable obstacle, at least for him. For now, I’ll try to have faith that Teacher Kim’s ways will rub off on him and get him to change for the better, like Dong-joo.

 

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Drunk DJ for the win!!! Ive bin blessed this week even saw drunk jun jae lol... can't all the leads be drunk most of the time? They are hilarious

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Drunk DJ, Drunk Heo Jun Jae, Drunk Bok Joo.

Who else was drunk this week? LOL

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This week my Hero/Heroine will get drunk theme drama...Shin missing the party

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He was drunk last week. He made flowers bloom. Maybe he's the trend setter. LOL.

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Its hobeas following gong yoo sunbae

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I'll drink as many bottles as I can just to join that party!

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Haha good point! They were all pretty good, hilarious drunk scenes too! We just need Do Min-Joon to top it all off with his drunk scene where he shuts the whole power grid down ?

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I'm always refreshing just to see what's db's thought on this show.

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I think what this episode really showed was that Dong joo is not a good person, he is just trying not to be bad. In this episode it worked out, it took a long ass time for him to decide on the right actions but it worked out in the end. Still, this doesn't feel yet like a fundamental personality change, like a deep-seated development of his character, no, it feels more like a dog that learned a new trick. He seems to adapt, that's what he does. He adapted to the hierarchy of his old hospital where he had to forsake morals for ambition and now he is adapting to his new hospital where he has to do the opposite for people to give him recognition. I hope that he can develop more though, so that I can feel confident in him, that he will someday not need any guidance or guilt trip to be able to hold on to his values, that he will be able to keep these values up, even when he gets thrown into a wolfs pit like his old hospital and that those values will always protect what's best for his patients and not his own ambition.

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Interesting because my view is quite the opposite.

I think of DJ as someone who is morally righteous deep down and who knows what is the right thing to do, but has been disillusioned by politics and the "real world" where the powerful get more powerful and to survive you must sell your soul to them. He also has a huge chip on his shoulder because he was poor with no connections growing up and he didn't have the maturity to realise he could buck the trend and still survive.

In fact he seemed the most insightful this episode where he finally faced up to his misdoings in his past and took responsibility, and I genuinely felt his remorse.

Him saying that he was trying to be a good person or thinking that Dolham is a place that he can be a good person struck me because he had acknowledged his past misdeed without excuses and can no longer see himself as "good". And him having insight and self awareness of his "bad" side, and a conscience, is what is going to make him into a great doctor. It's those who are delusional and constantly think they are perfect, or dare to call themselves "good" that are the most worrying. For the err is to be human, and our DJ is as human as they get.

But yes, I suppose it's still early times yet, but I do feel that DJ has turned the proverbial corner and it's only up from now on.

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I do agree with you.

I have been reluctant to judge Dong-joo despite being visibly impatient and inexperienced with hospital politics. I think he is aware of who's good and who is bad but he is frustrated and he thinks that if he has power now he'd be able to do the right thing with it no matter how he obtain it.

I'm rooting for him to hang in there and hope he remembers why he wanted to be a doctor in the first place.

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I agree with you too.
I've been in a similar situation back when I was a new teacher. The school I was teaching in wanted me to do some unsavoury things and I was threatened with a possible bad report that would affect my career. I understand Dong joo's dilemma and I'm proud that he did the right thing.

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I know everyone loved this episode, and I did too, was glued to my screen for its duration.

It been a long time coming, this maturation of DJ, and it would have almost been a deal breaker if DJ had not done the right thing. It's finally happened! I would have been terribly disappointed if he had chosen to cover up the army's indiscretions, almost to a point of him being unredeemable in my eyes.

As glad as I am that they tied in his first real moment of folly as a doctor, I must give props to the writer and DJ for 2 reasons-

One- the story was more believable because the daughter said after DJ postponed her dad's case and then left (he was actually forced to leave), her father's case was passed from person to person without anyone taking responsibility. And then he died. Meaning that DJ wasn't the only one 100% responsible, all the doctors there under Dr Do need to be smacked.

Two- despite the fact that DJ isn't actually fully responsible, he didn't give excuses, didn't try to justify his actions. He knew what he did at that time was wrong, and took it as only his responsibility and apologized as it were so. I'd like to think that first episode DJ wouldn't have been able to do this, and I'm proud of him. This redeemed him in my eyes, and gave me hope that despite Dr Do's worst intentions, DJ may be able to rise above the muck and learn that doing the right thing has its own reward, even if it may seem difficult at the time. And now I can support him chasing after SJ because she deserves someone who would do no less.

Hurrah for DJ's growth! Hurrah for Dr Do being punched! Hurrah for drunken confessions and forgiving mothers! Hurrah for moral compasses like SJ and Teacher Kim! Hip hip hurrah! ?

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Nodding all throughout your comment! I just love it that he made no excuses towards the daughter. Old DJ would like the defensive puppy that he is.

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Yes. It wasn't just DJ's decision to postpone the op...he didn't have that much power to do it all on his own, and the fact that the patient was passed on to another doc was entirely not his doing cos he was already posted to Doldam. And yes, I'm impressed that he didn't try to explain that others were to be blamed as well; the fact that he took full responsibility was a very noble and humbling thing to do. I think he realised that all of it resulted becos he was greedy in the first place to take President Do's challenge to operate on the VIP. And that greed of that kind will just snowball into greater issues. So I'm proud of him.

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Your comments are always so insightful! Haha. I totally agree with this! It's so great to see him maturing.

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He sure took his time turning that proverbial corner though. And I can't believe he made the parents of the dead soldier wait all night for their son's death certificate, apparently because his struggle with greed (Teacher Kim's word), ambition, chip on his shoulder, etc is more important than telling the truth to a couple of bereaved, heartbroken people. I do agree that he is not a bad person at heart, but ultimately he's just too self-absorbed for my liking. It's just "me, me, me" all the time.

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Perfectly said and I add my hurrah and Fighting!

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"The best man candy at Doldam"
Normally, I would agree so hard with this. But why has Kim Sabu captured my heart? Why do I swoon more at his smile than Dong-joo's?
No one can make a 31 year age gap work. Unless our romantic doctor is secretly a goblin or something..
I demand to see this drama.

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Romantic Goblin Doctor General Kim Shin.

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Me too!

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Ha, I was thinking the same. I can't stop swooning at him when he's calling out everyone bs though I find him equally hot when's he's channeling his antihero facade.

He is now my another ahjussi crush alongside Jo Jin Woong.

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He so freaking multi-talented it's hard not to crush on him even if he way older. If you haven't watch "Tree with deep Root" then you need to do it now. You'll get both of them and the best heartfelt bromance ever.

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I'm with you @Kiara!!! He captured my heart in Tree With Deep Roots and is 100% responsible (well, Han Suk-kyu AND the writer) for making me burst into tears when I stood in front of the Great King Sejong's statue in Seoul last year!!

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Great Sejong's statue included in future travel plans to Korea :). All the places I want to visit has something to do with their history.

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*go on to binge watch TWDR*

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Han Suk-kyu is love! I've been a fan of his distinctive acting style from his films. I haven't seen any actor that I would say, "hey he/she is kind of like Han Suk-kyu." None. Han is one of a kind.

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IMO Han Suk-kyu's film work is a lot more interesting than his dramas, especially during the last 10 years or so (e.g. the KCIA agent in The President's Last Bang, the Joseon porn writer in Forbidden Quest, the art thief in Villain and Widow). I really enjoy watching him in Romantic Doctor, but I can't help feeling that the role is hardly a stretch for him.

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Not even. It's drama land.

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True. And it’s a great pity, because a drama, when genuinely done well, provides room for performances that are more extensive and detailed than most films would allow. And a lot more people get to see them too. E.g. both lead and supporting actors in shows like The Chaser, Angry Mom, Punch and A Wife’s Credentials were given the time and space to really develop their characters.

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Hmmmm... anesthesiologist Dr Nam also seems to run the restaurant / soju-joint. He's the real specialist at numbing the pain one way or another.

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Ethanol, humanity's first anesthetic... Sláinte! ;-)

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I still need to see DJ's growth in the next episodes, still unable to conclude who is he ; good or bad doctor. He is probably working himself to be at least not a bad doctor while he may not a good doctor all the time. I keep arguing what if that woman didnt come to Doldam hospital - will DJ remember her and her father? If his mother was not around, what his reaction will be.

Not so much about Kim Sabu and Seo Jung this week - Kim Sabu, the punch was satisfying. And the romance - am I the only one who doesn't care about the romance? I just want it to happen when this drama is about to end. I shipped Kim Sabu - Seo Jung sometimes before because I just can't like Dong Joo (and still do even it is getting lesser). But I'm pretty sure SJ like DJ too.

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Agreed with you that I'm not sure about DJ's growth because his final decision seemed to be motivated by the girl and his mum, not necessarily through his growth through the time in Doldam, which is strange because I actually thought he has grown and learnt to stand on his own convictions.

While I'm generally ok with the romance elements taking a backseat, I thought we'd already had some progress last week when she allowed him to hold her hand during first snow. Why the rejection of him again this time round? I do hope, like many have commented, that this is rooted in something deeper like her PTSD.

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Agree with you about the daughter of the postponed-op guy. I have no doubt that Dong-joo will turn out okay - a "good doctor" - simply because he is the show's hero and heartthrob. But the fact is that, prior to the woman's arrival at Doldam, he seemed to think of the entire incident only in terms of how he had been victimised because he had no power or connections, and how unfair it was that he had been exiled to Doldam.

Still, I think the writer is finally done with poor DJ's flaws, and the guy will stick to the straight and narrow from now on.

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Just out of curiosity (and I hope this won't somehow come off as offensive), but does anyone know if the actress, who plays the mother of the deserter soldier, is actually mute? I remember she also made a cameo as Yoojin's mother in Reply 1994 who was also a mute character.

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Thank God, Dong-joo didn't fake that death certificate. Had he done that, I don't think I could have forgiven him.

The drunk scene was so hilarious. No one in that room even tried to stop Dong-joo. They're all just standing there... watching and "ooh-aaaha-ing". I couldn't help being hysterical during that scene. I was torn between wanting them to save Seo-jung from embarrassment and wanting them not to do anything at all :P.

Since we're done with Seo-jung and Dong-joo, It's gonna be In-bum's turn to be tested next week. I'm curious how it's gonna be played out.

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I adore the cute and sizzling scenes between Seo Jung and Dong Joo. But it really hit me when I saw Seo Jung's hesitation that she is still probably hung up on her guilt over Dr. Moon's death. I hope the show goes back to resolving that issue because Seo Jung hasn't fully healed and I don't think Dong Joo knows the whole story.

I loved that Teacher Kim said it out loud and directly to Dr. Do that he would protect his hoobaes!!

Dong Joo's character growth in this episode was good. He took a long time with that death cert. He was tempted by the bad side. I'm glad he's not an innocent, saint-like character. He acknowledged his mistakes. I think he is a good person overall. He has struggled from time to time in the past, but he has done the right thing in the end. His apology to the young woman was so sincere.

In Bum being pressured by his father again, ugh. His father only acknowledges him when he wants to use him. I hope I get to see In Bum defying his father and joining Teacher Kim's side before it is too late.

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First, it was Seo Joon; this last 2 episodes were Dong joo's; the next 2 would most probably be In Beom's. President Do is trying to take down Teacher Kim's people one at a time. But I'm very sure that he won't be successful with In Beom either.

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Seems like most people really loved this episode. I did like it, but I had my reservations too, which I shared in my blog post:

https://kdramaanalysis.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/romantic-doctor-teacher-kim-episode-12-the-boiling-point/

I was really proud of Dong Joo in this episode for his growth and glad he made the right decision. The best moment must have been when but Master Kim stepped into Geodae and gave President Do a punch, telling him not to touch Seo-jung and Dong Joo. That was the most outward expression of care for them thus far, particularly for Dong Joo. I was hoping at least for a line or two of affirmation from Master Kim for Dong Joo, or at least a conversation between the two of them to round off the incident.

I did have issues with the handling of the Dong Joo storyline and how they brought in his mum and the previous incident at Geodae. It did seem like his mum and the girl whose dad died were brought in at this point to reinforce to Dong Joo that following President Do's instructions were wrong, whereas I would have preferred if he came to his final decision simply through applying all that he had learnt in Doldam.

I'm hoping we learn more about Master Kim's backstory soon too! The show is moving so quickly ahead, which is great, but I'd like to learn more about Master Kim too and how he became who he is today.

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For the first time ever, I was too dumbstruck by the pretty actor to focus.

Black turtleneck with dark blue jeans and a bed head suits Yoo YeonSeok well. Very well.

But that's not the only reason I loved this episode.

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@peeps--I lol'd at your remark about the turtleneck and jeans. I just got done watching The Man Living in our House, and BOTH male leads wore A LOT of turtlenecks, blazers, and jeans, which I've decided should be the only thing Korean male leads should ever wear. I even told my husband to get out his old turtlenecks, pair it with jeans, and yes, at 6'2" he can pull it off too! Good thing it's winter here. ;)

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I retract my last statement after replaying the hospital ward scene in episode 14 about a million times. A white t-shirt with well sculpted arms underneath should be the only thing male Korean actors should wear. ☺️

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This episode is the best yet indeed! I was so worried about Dong Joo returning to his episode 2 self when I watched the preview but luckily, the preview was misleading. Dong Joo reached his 'boiling point' (title of episode) and had settled for the better side.

His mum is wonderful. She did not scold the lady who openly 'disgraced' Dong Joo just because that's her son. Instead, she understood that Dong Joo was in the wrong and scolded him for that, reminding him that he was doing the same exact thing that caused his father's death. He should know the best how the patient's daughter would have felt and yet, he became the person he did not want to be. I guessed at the moment, he finally understood what Teacher Kim told him that his pursuance of power was making him the same as his enemies. This revelation caused him to be firm in his decisions and no longer be swayed by President Do.

It was so satisfying to see Teacher Kim giving President Do a punch on his face. He was standing up for Dong Joo. He knew President Do was tainting Dong Joo's conscience and making him go through all sorts of moral dilemma and suffering from guilt and remorse, just for President Do's greed. Teacher Kim's care and concern for Dong Joo was way deeper than I thought.

Dong Joo's drunken stupor was so adorable. Such a huge contrast from his typical moody self. The way he pouted his lips to kiss Seo Jung was so hilarious and everyone who watched this unfolding was cringing in second-hand embarrassment.

The way Seo Jung treated Dong Joo's mother was as if she was meeting his mother as his girlfriend/potential daughter-in-law. She was so nervous that his mother would have a bad impression and trying to do everything to please her. Seo Jung still had feelings for Dong Joo, even though she tried to deny it.

I wonder how Seo Jung is going to tell Dong Joo about her guilt towards Dr. Moon. I have an inkling that Seo Jung was together with Dr. Moon because President Do told her to do so, as she told Dong Joo in the previous episode that there would be consequences if Dong Joo made decisions simply for his own personal gain, as if she was speaking from personal experience.

I could not wait for more Dong Joo-Seo Jung moments because this drama has been depriving us from any romantic scenes. It's already episode 12, other than the steamy kiss in episode 1, we only had 2 hand holding scenes. Other than the drunken hug, the closest they got were one head away. Sigh, I want MOAR.

The next few episodes are for Do In Bum to shine and stand up for himself against his father. I really hope that he will not simply become his father's puppet because he is far more superior than that. However, there is still a chance that Do In Bum may sabotage the surgery (PLEASE NO) and causes Chairman Shin to die, which President Do will use this to close down Doldam Hospital and suspend Teacher Kim's medical license.

This drama keeps me on tenterhooks ALL THE TIME...

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Thanks, tineybeanie, for yet another insightful recap!

“People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

This quotation has been attributed to various sources, but I think I first heard or read it from motivational speaker extraordinaire Zig Ziglar about 25 years ago. It has been floating around in the back of my mind as Kim Sa Bu has seemingly fiddled while his nemesis has pursued his divide-and-conquer strategy against the young physicians at Doldam.

While it was very satisfying to see Kim Sa Bu sock Dr. D'oh in the kisser and forbid him to set foot in Doldam to torment his prey, I'd love for his proteges to hear him directly express warm concern for them as human beings. That may be asking too much of him -- but Nurse Oh seems to think him capable of such expression. His homilies feel dryly rational, detached, and bloodless to me -- especially in contrast to the warmth expressed by Seo-jung or Dong-joo's mother, for example.

Speaking of which: Dong-joo's mom provided a lovely contrast to the mother of the drunk driver. Her insistence that her son immediately apologize to his deceased patient's daughter and seek her forgiveness was part of the wake-up call he needed. Seo-jung also repeatedly appealed to his conscience in a way that I believe she would have continued to do, had she not left Geosan after her accident. I don't think she realizes how much he was shortchanged professionally by her absence in the intervening five years.

I really felt for Dong-joo in this episode. It's only been two to three weeks since he was sent into exile after the VIP's table death. With all the mayhem since his arrival at Doldam, I honestly cannot see how he could be expected to know what happened to his sepsis patient back at Geosan (who is paralleled by the AWOL soldier). He has had to run the gantlet repeatedly with regard to the death certificate that Dr. D'oh, the military conspirator, and Dr. Song have attempted to coerce from him. That scene of him cornered in his office by the latter two when Seo-jung brought in the soldier's parents made it look like he was about to be dogpiled by the Green Bay Packers. With everyone breathing down his neck, I didn't blame him one bit for saying he needed time to review the military hospital records. Give the man some breathing room.

I, too, keep wondering whether Yeon-hwa will reappear.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Crazy Whale, who at last report was going for her cardio-thoracic certification, will be the one to assist Kim Sa Bu with Chairman Shin's battery replacement instead of In-bum. I'm hoping that Dong-joo puts in a good word for her with the boss, just as he did with the neuropsychiatrist. In-bum was making a big pitch with his own background... but has already fibbed once about having performed Boerhaave surgery when he hadn't. Is he just blowing smoke again?

I really like Dong-joo's mom, and hope we see more of her.

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In Boem has been too quiet these episodes so I'm glad next week is his turn to shine! I'm totally crushing on him and hope he doesn't let me down.

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That punch! Oh man, I've been replaying that punch all over again.
Well deserved!

I need to give kudos to Choi Jin-Ho acting, because I hate him so much right now, and used to love him in "Oh my Venus", where he was the cutest.

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I thought this episode was really packed. Comedy, romance, tragedy, violence. I thought the worst thing Dr. Kang would endure was the embarrassment of his confession while drink... in front of his mother! Then all hell broke loose. I just saw tonight's episode, and OMG, I can't believe I'm still hooked after 13 episodes and the plot hasn't totally imploded like so many Kdramas by this time. Also, where are my docs? I thought this episode was hard to watch by the end of it...but in a good way. I've never been manipulated by as evil a person as Dr. Do, but do feel like my administrators sometimes drive my decisions in not so patient-centered ways. Very well done, RDMK.

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I'm currently watching this drama and I've just decided to read the recaps right after watching an ep as if I'm live-watching, just so I can post my thoughts. Lol. Episode 12 was probably the most emotional roller coaster ride for me thus far. I've got 2 pillows on my bed and they're both wet because who can stop themselves from crying with our Kang Dong-joo? I admit I was annoyed at him for going to Doctor Song and letting him confuse him but had I been in the same position, I felt like I'd also not know what to do so, I just kept on hoping that he'd choose the right path. I love how Master Kim is direct in giving Dong-joon his piece but never shoves his opinions to him. He gives DJ the ball to decide for his own and lets him take responsibility for it. That's why I was so proud when Dong-joo made that decision. I also think that his mom's presence as well as his previous patient's daughter highly influenced his decision. It was something that had to happen for Dj to realize something that he probably never would've gotten had it not happened at that time.

I love Do In-beom and I hope that he won't stray from the right path. I see him as a good-hearted person only being torn by his desire to be acknowledge by his father. Aigoo, I hope he gets a happy ending too, I mean, like not necessary a lovelife, although I'm not against it. I just want him to be happy and satisfied too. I'm actually pretty glad I now see him smiling and laughing more. Heh.

Now, to our lovely *but not yet a* couple, that drunk Dj scene with everyone in the room was the most hilarious, although embarassing, thing ever! Dj was so adorable and funny, even my sister wondered why I was squealing and laughing in the middle of the night (it's around 3am in our side of the world). Ah, on Sj, I feel like she's hesitant because she might hear noises again if she starts dating Dj?? Idk, I feel like she's healed??? But really not sure also.

I'm also wondering where Yeon-hwa left to and if she'll come back. I hope she does and that she also sees Asst. Park the way he sees her and they'd have a happy ending cos he deserves it.

PS I LOVE THAT MASTER KIM WENT TO GEODAE AND SHOWED DR. DO. Man, I kinda felt bad that I was so satisfied when he punched Dr. Do but this Do is such a low person I decided not to feel bad for him. Ugh. Seriously, how does he even live??? Anyway, laters! Gon' watch ep 13!

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I know I'm rather late in posting this but I just couldn't stop myself after watching this episode. And I'm only halfway through. That woman who was going around posting flyers that Kang Dong Joo is a not a doctor but a murder is really just one crazy bit**. I don't even understand why she's blaming him for her father's death. She said so herself that after Dong Joo postponed her father's surgery, it was because the doctors-in-charge kept changing which was why her father didn't even get to have the surgery in the end. So it seems to me that Dong Joo postponing the surgery was not the actual cause of her father's death - if the next doctor after him had gone through with it, he could have been saved. Is it Dong Joo's fault that he was sent away to Doldam Hospital? Nope don't think so. Is it Dong Joo's fault that Geodae Hospital kept changing the doctors-in-charge of her father? Nope don't think so. She's so totally putting the blame on the wrong person. It's ironic how she even says 'doctors like Dong Joo' when he's not even half as bad as President Do. If she had only got the chance to meet him. It's always easier to blame others huh. ><

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Yoo Yeon Seuk for the wiiiin! I love his character on this one but I can’t help recalling in Chilbong character on him especially being a romantic! But good thing this drama he becomes the doctor now and also gets the woman!

Still waiting for that moment where KDJ will really have a change of heart and a change of character for that matter.

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