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Hospital Playlist: Episode 10

Romance is in the air as unspoken feelings bubble up to the surface and shake some people’s worlds. While some gather the courage to take the first step forward, others stand in place, still conflicted over what to do. Placed at a crossroads, our protagonists must choose their future course, whether that means continuing down the path they’ve always walked or taking an unexpected turn into uncharted territories.

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

Ik-soon tells Joon-wan over the phone about Ik-joon’s visit, and both of them are surprised by his sudden show of emotions. Meanwhile, Chi-hong sits in a restaurant and waves at Song-hwa who joins his table. He’s attentive as always—pulling off a strand of hair from her jacket—and they talk about his chronic pain and residency. However, it turns out that this isn’t a date since Seok-min and Seon-bin join them as well.

Seok-min tells the group that he’s moving into a study room and wonders what “our” Seon-bin will do without him. Song-hwa and Chi-hong tease the two for their use of “our,” so Seok-min admits that they are dating. Song-hwa and Chi-hong laugh at the sudden declaration since they were only joking about the two and know that it could never happen.

Ik-soon invites Joon-wan to her club “I am a Gosu” (gosu means master), and Joon-wan worries about how he’ll fit with her group of martial arts experts when he’s at the same taekwondo level as Woo-joo. However, Joon-wan realizes that “gosu” was referring to cilantro when he arrives at the club and notices everything covered in the green herb.

She introduces him to the one who texted her while they were on their date, and Captain Hong apologizes to Joon-wan for his behavior. He learned his lesson after Ik-soon gave him a warning (aka, getting kicked in the shin), and she barks at him for revealing too much. As a token of his apology, Captain Hong hands Joon-wan some potted cilantro.

Ik-joon hangs out with Woo-joo over the weekend and buys him a sandwich. Woo-joo explains that he’s a regular at the restaurant—coming here with his girlfriend and mother-in-law—and his vocabulary astounds Ik-joon. While his dad praises him, Woo-joo uses this chance to ask for another sandwich. In return, Ik-joon asks him to act cute, so Woo-joo winks at his dad. He’s so adorable!

At the hospital, Ik-joon swings by Song-hwa’s office, letting her choose both their menus for lunch, but instead of two, she lists four items. He drops by Joon-wan’s office next, and his friend freaks out since he was on the phone with Ik-soon. After getting information about the Daddy-Long-Legs program, Ik-joon talks with the social service worker and wonders if the supporter is a doctor since he wants such detailed accounts of the patient’s condition.

Speaking of Daddy-Long-Legs, Jung-won sits at his desk and sighs while flipping through his calendar. December 29th is circled and the note “departure” is written on the date. Rosa calls to ask what he’s doing, and Jung-won tells her that he’s eating lunch with Song-hwa. She perks up at the news, fully in support of the pairing, but Jung-won tells her that she has it all wrong.

His word choice makes it sound like there’s someone else, but Jung-won tells her that it was merely a mistake on his part. He asks if he can visit her this weekend, but Rosa has plans with Jong-soo. She tells him to come the following week but rescinds her invitation if he’s going to talk about “that” with her.

Ik-joon returns to Song-hwa’s office and explains that only Jung-won is coming in a minute because the others are busy. As he stabs the food containers to open them, Song-hwa smacks him on the shoulders for being chaotic. She wonders who he takes after, and Ik-joon tells her that he gets it from Woo-joo.
Just as Song-hwa is about to eat, Ik-joon stops her and counts down from three. As promised, Jung-won comes in right after a minute, and Ik-joon acts shocked by his friend’s immaculate timekeeping.

Seok-hyung meets with his patient (the one who experienced miscarriages) and shares some concerning news. Her cervix is slightly open which can lead to a premature birth, so she should get surgery immediately. As she cries, he comforts her, telling her that this happens to others as well and promises to do his best to protect the child.

While the three friends each lunch, Jung-won tells them that Dr. Chun’s girlfriend broke off their engagement because her daughter was against the marriage. As for Dr. Chun, he doesn’t seem to have learned his lesson from this experience. During a meeting with a patient who refuses to take lasix, Dr. Chun simply tells him to do what he wants and leaves the room.

Song-hwa wonders why Dr. Chun doesn’t get more complaints when she only hears negative things about him, and Ik-joon tells her that he’s in charge of customer service. Cue Dr. Chun scanning the hospital forum and deleting any complaints lodged at him. Well, that explains a lot.

As they finish eating, Song-hwa receives a message about her package, and Ik-joon asks her what she bought. She tells him that she got a wood stove, and he immediately expresses his misgivings about her purchase. Jung-won intervenes, showing his support for her decision, and Song-hwa leans her head on his shoulders as he escorts her out. Heh.

While Rosa drives, she tells Jong-soo to speak his mind, so he does by telling her to keep her eyes on the road since he doesn’t want to die at the same time as her. As she laughs at his quip, Jong-soo asks if Jung-won is really quitting his job to become a priest. He tells a frustrated Rosa that she at least raised her kids well, but she calls them selfish for leaving behind their mother.

Jong-soo declines making further comments on her children, but does share that it’s a shame to have Jung-won leave since he’s a wonderful doctor. Rosa agrees that Jung-won’s disposition makes him a great fit with pediatrics, but even that couldn’t stop him from pursing his dream of priesthood.

If she’s so against him becoming a priest, Jong-soo advises her to avoid Jung-won until a new course of action presents itself. He believes that time is key, but his advice only makes Rosa question his management abilities.

While Jung-won carries Song-hwa’s package, he stops to meet with one of his patients, and on their way to her office, he can’t stop talking about them. Song-hwa turns to him and tells him to get married. He pauses at her comment since it sounds like she’s asking to marry him, but Song-hwa just wants her friend to marry someone and have kids. He tells her to get married since she likes kids, too, but Song-hwa says that she only likes her nieces and nephews, like Woo-joo.

In her office, Jung-won tells Song-hwa to sit since he has something important to say, and tells her that he’s Daddy-Long-Legs. She can’t believe he’s “Grandpa-Long-Legs” (pfft) and is impressed by her friend. He asks if she can take over the program, having secured funding through the VIP ward, and explains that he’s only staying at the hospital until the end of the year. Song-hwa is taken aback by this news even more, but Jung-won promises to answer her questions when everyone is together.

Though she clearly wants to talk about, she agrees to wait and asks about the program instead. She wonders if she should look for other sources of funding, but Jung-won tells her not to worry. Thanks to Ik-joon, a lot of patients have starting using their VIP ward.

Apparently Ik-joon’s friendliness has no bounds as even the prince of Dubai thanks him specifically for helping his mother. As the nurse explains the payment plans, the prince offers to pay the entire bill in cash. Guess Daddy-Long-Legs won’t have to worry about funds for a while.

In the general surgery department, Gyu-wool enters the office with a bouquet of roses, and the professors are more excited about the flowers than the actual recipient. While they celebrate the living proof that residents in their department can have a healthy work-life balance, Jung-won enters the room but doesn’t join in their cheers. When asked whose operation she’ll assist, Gyu-wool chooses Jung-won, and Ik-joon looks betrayed, mumbling that he hates her before leaving. Pfft.

While Joon-wan drives, Jung-won tells him that he sold his car, and Joon-wan is aghast at the news. Jung-won assumes that he’s mad about him selling his car, but it’s the opposite: Joon-wan calls his friend shameless for accepting money for that piece of junk. Hahaha!

They wonder what song they are playing tonight, and though Seok-hyung doesn’t answer their calls, he texts them back immediately. Joon-wan complains about Seok-hyung’s behavior, saying that he doesn’t fit with him while Jung-won says that he doesn’t understand Ik-joon. Joon-wan tells him not to overthink their friend: “He’s just crazy.”

Ik-joon drops by Seok-hyung’s office to ask about the song they’re playing, and wonders what he’s listening to on his phone. Seok-hyung says that it’s a famous song, and Ik-joon suddenly recognizes it… and imitates the voice from the subway. Though he’s kicked out, Ik-joon comes back in to repeat the English instructions, and Seok-hyung has no choice but to block the door—muttering under his breath about his crazy friend.

Dr. Chun meets with his noncompliant patient again, but despite the patient’s high level of potassium, he refuses to get an enema. Dr. Chun finally explodes, yelling at the patient that he warned him, and storms out of the room.

On his rounds, Jung-won checks up on a little girl and asks the mom if it’s time to change that. The mom doesn’t catch on to his trick, and tells him that her daughter is getting a shot which immediately makes the little girl cry.

Joon-wan eats with Song-hwa and announces that he has ten minutes left. She says that’s plenty of time to eat, drink coffee, and brush his teeth, and Joon-wan agrees that he has a lot of time left. These two crack me up.

Jae-hak interrupts their meal to ask about the patient who refuses an enema. He wonders if he should give up since Dr. Chun doesn’t care, but Joon-wan orders him to convince the patient using all his skills. He tells the chief resident that a doctor who gives up on their patients is no longer a doctor.

Later that day, Seok-min and Chi-hong find Jae-hak sitting alone in the office and ask about the patient. He tells them that he did it but by getting on his knees and begging. He assumes the others will think that he was pathetic, but Chi-hong calls him hyung and tells him that he did great. Hearing Chi-hong’s praise, Jae-hak finally smiles.

As Ik-joon checks on a patient, he learns that Gyu-wool has been on duty for three days and wonders why she chose such a hard department. He suggests calling Jung-won to have drinks, but she turns down the invitation. However, when Ik-joon asks about Jung-won’s whereabouts, Gyu-wool tells him that he’s in the pediatric ward, even knowing the exact patient’s room number.

As Gyu-wool predicted, Jung-won is in the room of the little girl who cried about her shot. Unlike before, she proudly presents her arm to Jung-won, and he praises her for getting her shot. She opens up her arms, asking for a hug, and Jung-won scoops her up without hesitation. From the doorway, Ik-joon watches his friend and smiles.

The two of them step out for a smoke, and they talk about how kids don’t lie unlike adults. Ik-joon asks if Jung-won lies and gets straight to the point: does he like Gyu-wool? Jung-won pauses before denying it and wonders why Ik-joon is always supporting her. He tells her that she does all the resident work by herself but never complains or runs away. Though she has trouble sympathizing, she’s working on that shortcoming, and he praises her mindset. He wants her to be happy… with his friend Jung-won.

As Ik-joon leaves, he tells Jung-won that God will understand if he doesn’t become a priest, and tapping his friend’s chest, he says that he should follow his heart when it doesn’t match with his brain. Unless Jung-won wants to end up like him (aw, Ik-joon… you’re killing me, here), he advises his friend to not assume everything will be fine because that’s just waiting for luck. Once his friend leaves, Jung-won crushes his cigarette and stares up at the sky as the camera zooms out from above.

Band practice that evening is Lee Seung-hwan’s “Confession is not Flashy” with Ik-joon as their lead singer. Once the first verse ends, the scene flashes back to the evening when Ik-joon asked Gyu-wool about her boyfriend. She told him that he got half of his deduction correct, and Ik-joon realized that the man who drove her wasn’t her boyfriend but her younger brother.

He asked if she still liked Jung-won, and if she did, he suggested that they keep up this misunderstanding. As it turned out, the roses were from Ik-joon to trick the others, which also explains why he felt so betrayed when she didn’t choose his surgery. Returning back the band, Jung-won takes over the vocals for the second verse, and Ik-joon looks over his shoulder at his friend.

As usual, Ik-joon stops by Song-hwa’s office for lunch, but she already ate without him. He deflates, but Song-hwa says that she can eat again and asks if Chi-hong can join them. Down in the cafeteria, Ik-joon makes Song-hwa repeat the spell before eating, and she tells herself that all the food is hers, no one will steal it, and she’s an intellectual. Pfft.

When lunch is almost over, Joon-wan joins them late and hands Chi-hong a clementine since he didn’t grab one. Song-hwa tells the resident to be nice to the intern (the one who shaved the patient’s head by mistake), but she’s clearly telling this to the wrong person. In the residents’ office, Seok-min tells the intern that Song-hwa was scolded by the other professors, and the intern hangs his head. To make matters worse, Dr. Min calls the intern out as well.

Back in the cafeteria, Joon-wan asks Ik-joon if they can talk today and even offers to go to his house if he doesn’t have time. Ik-joon wonders what the fuss is about, and Joon-wan says that it’s about life. Ik-joon deems it unimportant and tells his friend to text him instead. Heh.

He turns to Chi-hong to ask about his sister, and Chi-hong tells him that they talked last night around midnight. Joon-wan fails to hide his irritation, asking if that isn’t too late, but his comment backfires as Ik-joon calls him an old-timer. For his petty revenge, Joon-wan takes back the clementine he gave Chi-hong. Hehehe.

Chi-hong mentions Ik-soon’s acceptance into the doctorate program, which is news to Ik-joon who didn’t even know she was applying. As for Joon-wan, the acceptance must have been news to him as well as he sits alone at the table with his shoulders hunched.

Seok-hyung’s mom and Lawyer Pyun meet in Seok-hyung’s office—both are horrified by the dirty room—but Seok-hyung is used to the mess as he chucks a pair of pants across the room. The divorce is tomorrow, and Lawyer Pyun tells them that he’ll follow procedure and stop by her house in the morning to make sure she’s still okay with the decision. Seok-hyung is against the idea, but his mom tells him not to worry since she won’t change her mind.

Changing the topic, she asks about his marriage prospects, and Seok-hyung wonders why she keeps pressing people to get married when marriage isn’t even that great. Mom agrees that marriage stinks, but through it, she got a handsome and cool son. Lawyer Pyun admits that he does have a girlfriend, and tells them that she’s a prison guard (in the background, the music from Prison Playbook plays).

Jong-soo tells the hospital director that the Minister of Education asked specifically for Ik-joon for his wife’s liver transplant, but since it’s a difficult surgery, they consult Jung-won on the matter first. Jung-won reassures them that these things don’t pressure Ik-joon and offers to ask his friend about it.

While Dr. Kwon operates on the donor, he asks how the other operating room is doing, and the nurse tells him that Ik-joon is almost done. After the surgery, Gyu-wool finds Ik-joon, and both of them wait around to check on their patients. Right then, Jung-won drops by looking for Ik-joon, and when he sees Gyu-wool, he says, “Hi.”

Ik-joon notices his sudden drop of honorifics, but when he mentions it to his friend, Jung-won vehemently denies it. Getting back on topic, Jung-won informs him about the minister’s wife, and unlike the higher-up’s worries, Ik-joon goes straight to his calendar to see when he can operate.

Since the minister is wealthy, Ik-joon supposes the minister will donate a lot which would help Jung-won’s Daddy-Long-Legs program. Jung-won says that it will until he realizes his mistake and stares at his friend in bewilderment. Before he leaves, Ik-joon asks Jung-won if the minister could donate some expensive machines for his department as well.

Back when Jung-won left with Song-hwa to retrieve her package, Ik-joon stayed behind to clean and heard Jung-won’s phone ringing. He went to pick it up and noticed a text message from the social service worker and put the clues together.

As Song-hwa ends her meeting with her residents, they wonder if she ever swears or badmouths people since she even defends Dr. Min. She tells them that she can swear, and at their insistence, she demonstrates. However, even her swearing sounds adorable, and the others tease her for blessing them.

Seok-min comments on the intern having a date even though he was scolded, but Song-hwa tells him that she’s the one meeting him. The depths of her kindness amaze the residents, and they ask if they can join them. She agrees, and as they head out together, the group runs into Ik-joon who rushes off to a lecture. Seok-min comments on how many surgeries Ik-joon’s performs a month, and Song-hwa tells him that he’s always been busy.

Noticing the full moon, Song-hwa tells the others to make a wish, but the others sigh when she wishes for the intern to become a good surgeon. Seok-min asks if she doesn’t have more materialistic wants, and even these are adorable as Song-hwa admits to wanting a good deck when she goes camping.

Joon-wan sits alone in his office and stares at his phone, unable to make the call. Meanwhile, Jae-hak checks on his patient who refused to get an enema at first, and the patient’s guardian stops him in the hall to hand him something.

In the OB/GYN department, Min-ha hides behind a column and stares at Seok-hyung until he finally gets up to leave. She jumps out of her hiding place to cross paths with him, and asks for a ride to the subway station. Before Seok-hyung can say no, she thanks him for the ride and walks ahead.

Putting on a smile, Joon-wan finally makes the call to Ik-soon, and in a cheerful tone, he tells her that he heard the news from Chi-hong. He says that they can figure something out in person, but after he hangs up, he sits at his desk looking contemplative.

In his office, Jae-hak stares at a box of strawberries from the patient’s farm and finds a note inside. The patient wrote how thankful he was for Jae-hak not giving up on him and promised to remember his kindness forever. Jae-hak cries as he reads the short but thoughtful note, but the moment is ruined when Joon-wan barges in, inviting him out for drinks. Concealing his tears, Jae-hak hides his face in his arms. Heh.

During the car ride, Min-ha marvels at Seok-hyung’s clean and empty car, commenting on how he’s full of surprises. She answers a call from a guy friend, but tells him that she’s busy and hangs up. Seok-hyung tells her to take the call, but Min-ha brushes it aside since her friend calls her ten times a day. When Seok-hyung comments on the large number, Min-ha interprets his words differently and asks if he’s jealous.

In her matter-of-fact way, she asks if he likes her, and Seok-hyung laughs, saying that he doesn’t. To his surprise, she confesses her feelings instead, which leaves Seok-hyung at a loss for words. As Min-ha gets off at her stop, she turns to Seok-hyung and asks him to not pretend her confession didn’t happen. She doesn’t expect an answer and won’t make her crush obvious at work, but in exchange, all she wants is for him to acknowledge her feelings.

At home, Ik-joon takes care of sick Woo-joo by himself since their nanny is off, but an emergency at the hospital calls him away. In a pinch, he calls for backup, and after handling everything at work, he returns home and finds Song-hwa sleeping next to the Woo-joo. He watches them fondly before closing the door.

As Ik-joon makes breakfast, Song-hwa wakes up and joins him. While they eat, she tells him about Woo-joo and how she called her mom for help when his fever wouldn’t go down. She tells Ik-joon to sleep, and he finally agrees to take a nap if she wakes him up later.

Worried about her busy friend, Song-hwa asks what Ik-joon has done recently to treat himself, and he asks what she does. She tells him that she bought a rack for logs for her wood stove, and though Ik-joon doesn’t understand why she would need that, she tells him that she buys it because it brings her happiness. She asks again what he does for himself, and Ik-joon answers, “Eating with you and drinking coffee together. That’s how I treat myself.”

Song-hwa doesn’t know how to reply, so Ik-joon directs her attention to the rain outside. She perks up at that and opens the window to watch the rain. As Song-hwa makes coffee, Ik-joon cleans up, and the raindrops continue falling as if washing away the line that existed between them.

Nurse Song brings her daughter to visit Song-hwa since her daughter has lost her peripheral vision recently. Song-hwa asks if she has not experienced her first menstrual cycle yet, and Nurse Song wonders if the two are connected.

In the garden, Ik-joon, Seok-hyung, and Jung-won eat ice cream and talk about the divorce proceedings happening today. Seok-hyung tells the others that Lawyer Pyun is going to the courthouse this afternoon, but a dark cloud passes over his face as he looks down at his phone: Chairman Yang’s secretary is calling him.

Joon-wan rushes to the hospital for an emergency surgery, and Seok-hyung’s mom waits outside with Lawyer Pyun. Joon-wan comes out with Seok-hyung and tells Mom that the chairman’s aorta ruptured. They’ll have to wait a couple of days to see if the patient will wake up, but the chances are slim. In Seok-hyung’s office, his mom tells Lawyer Pyun that she won’t get the divorce, and Seok-hyung looks up in shock. However, what comes next seems to surprise him more: Mom admits that she still loves her husband.

 
COMMENTS

Camera angles and framing are also used to tell a story, and a great example of Director Shin’s meticulousness is the scene between Song-hwa and Ik-joon at his apartment. A reoccurring motif of their relationship is the line that separates them, signifying their friendship and how they do not cross this line that they established. However, the entire apartment scene is a buildup of Ik-joon’s “confession” as the camera shows him closing the gap between them. When Song-hwa comes to the kitchen to see Ik-joon, the glass wall acts as the divider, but once the camera switches angles, Ik-joon moves closer to Song-hwa and the line no longer exists. Then after breakfast and Ik-joon’s confession about treating himself, the audience sees them through the window as it rains, and the line between them seems to the wash away with the raindrops that Song-hwa loves.

While I adore Chi-hong and his earnest yet gentle approach, this episode convinced me that an Ik-joon and Song-hwa pairing is not only possible but may be the most desirable outcome for these characters. Though it is cute how they had crushes on each other back in college, that history was not enough to make me think that they should end up together in the present. In fact, it actually deterred me from jumping on their ship because I was worried about the implications their relationship would have on their decades-long friendship. Was the show going to take back what they said about friendships by making these two friends come together because they always harbored feelings? However, seeing them in this episode washed away these worries because the central concept portrayed was not about first loves or relationships that could-have-been. Thus, it was not about past Ik-joon finally having the courage to confess, but present Ik-joon following his heart and not wait for luck to make things right. It is because of their decades-long friendship and everything that happened in-between that leads their relationship to this moment.

If they do end up together, I get the impression that the focus is not on missed opportunities, but rather, how friendships can turn into family (sort of like the relationship between Taek and Sun-woo from Reply 1988 and their parents who cameoed in this show). While Song-hwa would brighten Ik-joon’s life, I would love to see her as part of their family for Woo-joo even more. Both son and father love each other immensely, but a part of me still feels bad for Woo-joo because of the way he internalized his mother’s absence as dislike for him. Even though he already has female figures in his life, seeing Song-hwa care for him that night made me wish that Woo-joo could have that sense of stability and love from her every day. To Ik-joon, his son is the most important person in his life, and adding Song-hwa to the picture does not take away from this love but multiples it. While his previous marriage caused Ik-joon a lot of heartache, I think he would agree with Seok-hyung’s mom that he was still blessed because his son was born through that relationship. As a result, any future romances Ik-joon may have is not just about him but his family as well, and in that regard, Song-hwa fits in perfectly.

Alongside Ik-joon’s confession (that wasn’t really a confession but totally was a confession) was Min-ha’s straightforward declaration that left no room for misinterpretation. Our blunt resident knows what she wants, and true to her character, she does not mince her words when telling Seok-hyung how she feels. Because the show took the time to develop her character, I found her confession endearing and bold rather than brash. Instead of another surprise birthday party moment all over again (where Seok-hyung’s feelings aren’t fully considered), Min-ha gives Seok-hyung room to process her confession and does not force him to act. She just wants him to know how she feels, making herself vulnerable without forcing him to do the same. For a bear like Seok-hyung, Min-ha’s direct approach is probably the best method to get him to notice her feelings, and unlike his response in the birthday party scene, Seok-hyung simply looks surprised. Unfortunately for Min-ha, I doubt their relationship will move forward at the moment because Seok-hyung really isn’t ready for a new relationship, and he does not seem like the type to jump into something without overthinking things.

I find it funny that the “opposite” guy friends are even different in their dating-styles. Joon-wan confesses his feelings right away, and is known to easily enter and leave a relationship. On the other hand, Seok-hyung has supposedly only been in a relationship with his ex-wife and still feels bad about their broken marriage. However, they also share similarities with Seok-hyung confessing his feelings to Song-hwa first and Joon-wan acting cautiously in his relationship with Ik-soon. As for Jung-won and Ik-joon, they both end up in situations where Ik-joon’s advice about following your heart applies to both of their lives, but they make different choices. Ik-joon decides to follow his heart while Jung-won remains conflicted and leans towards his brain. Though Ik-joon’s guess about Jung-won’s feelings for Gyu-wool seems accurate, the problem for this couple is that Jung-won still has to decide what he wants for himself. Though Ik-joon framed it as a choice between priesthood and Gyu-wool, it’s much more than that. Priesthood represents Jung-won’s childhood dream, and maybe a part of him thinks that becoming a priest would solve all his problems. On the other hand, not choosing priesthood would mean that he could realize his feelings for Gyu-wool, but more importantly, it would mean that he could stay in the hospital and still be a pediatrician. Jung-won may feel a lot of stress and heartache from his job, but he clearly loves what he does. He chooses to get close to his patients, and from the way he pours his heart out to every child under his care, it seems that Jung-won receives a lot of joy from his job even if he is not always aware of it. I don’t doubt that Jung-won would make a great priest, but it would be a shame to lose such an excellent doctor.

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Ik-jun brings me happiness 😍

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He always does. <3

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He always gets the parodies and silly stuff.
And he does them so well! Pick me pick me pick me up! Lol

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I watched all of the Reply series. Each of the series ended up with FL marrying the ML.

For Hospital Playlist…I hope the writer does not do the same thing. Let them be friends and marry someone outside of their circle. Or they can also choose to remain single.

I petition for long lasting platonic friendship!!! Also Songhwa x Chihong!!! And….I was never onboard the Jungwan x Iksun relationship, imo it came out of nowhere, so I hope they break up and Iksun will go further her studies and meet someone new who is not her brother’s best friend. Jungwan is very similar to JKH in Prison Playbook, please change it up a bit show. He’s the dongseng snatcher now 🤣.

cc: @ndlessjoie as requested

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I haven't watched all the Reply series, I've only read their recaps on DB. But I agree with you that I wish for something different from this PD-writer duo. And I also wish for a long-lasting friendship among them as the ending (also to keep my overthinking brain (aka sanity) from analysis). Their friendship is really endearing and their dynamics will differ once they get entangled with each other romantically.

While Ik sun and Jun wan are adorable, I agree with you that it was unexpected. I mean, when she was hospitalised, suddenly he's frequently visiting her. But where did that come from? Out of curiosity? Thankfully Iksun's character is adorable.

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I'm not sure if Jungwan's feelings for Iksun just came out of nowhere. I had inferred from the show's hints that there was history there and that he might have had feelings for her back when he and Ikjun were in high school and she was in middle school. He must have seen her a lot if he went over to Ikjun's house.

They do that a lot with this show, just jumping into where these characters are presently in there life with less background information than the typical show. They do a great job though of dropping hints. It's more work for us to infer things, but I like that I'm not being spoon fed all the information. It's one of the things I like most about this show right now. :)

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Well, I for one love them! I like that they are mature and talk things over and that Joon wan is so sweet (watch ep 11). I also love the role reversal - she's the tough army captain while he's the weakling (his taekwondo level is the same as WooJoo's . Haha. ) and how she's always falling down because she's so strong.

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Hi! What's FL and ML?

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Male Lead and Female Lead

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Fun tidbit about the song in ep 10.

The song they played was ‘Confessions That Are Not Splendid’ by Lee Seung Hwan. Did some digging and found out the song was the song played on the radio during a blackout in Reply 1994....in other words it's Chilbongie aka YYS song!!! (Note: if watched on netflix, the song has been replaced)

I’ve commented about this before, I feel that Hospital Playlist is doing a reverse of Chilbongie for YYS. In Reply94, he was the one chasing, now he’s the one being chased. Heh.

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Oh so now I see why they had YYS singing the song. Otherwise its only JJS who's singing

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Thank you for confirming what I was suspecting. I have wondered if Netflix was replacing songs. I REALLY hate that they do that. With this director, especially, the music always part of the storytelling. It makes me angry to have to watch Reply 1994 without any music from Seo Taiji. Is there a place I can watch the show where the soundtrack is intact?

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This is going to be long and I am ashamed of myself because I never thought I'd eventually get so invested in Hospital Playlist since I thought I was already jaded by the director and writer duo's track record of trolling(?) - they present their shows through the lenses of certain povs only, and deliberately hide and witheld the pov of certain others that are vital for the audience to make safe conclusions from. It might not be the Reply series and has a more similar vibe to Prison Playbook, but they still use the same formula of hiding povs which leads to very different interpretations and guessing games by the audience.

Do have in mind that this purely my own personal observations, they might be wrong and don't conform to others' view. After all, the showmakers themselves are making the show open for interpretations so these are my interpretations of it.

Seeing how the episode panned out and the song they performed, I think the theme of the episode is one sided loves and confessions.

The showmakers regarded the song "Confession is Not Flashy" as a one-sided love song, based on their usage of the song in Reply 1994, episode 8 when the lights was out because of the rain and the kids were listening to the radio at the living room. The DJ narrated:

"...This is a gift for those who are in a one-sided relationship and those who are lonely yet happy. It's 'Confession is Not Flashy' by Lee Seung Hwan. Everyone, end your one-sided love today. When the rain stops tomorrow, confess your love like said in the song. You never know, that person might be in love with you too."

I know this drama and Reply 1994 are totally different dramas, but I believe the writer-director's view on the songs they chose must still be the same. So when they use the same song in Hospital Playlist, their view on the song and what they represent should still be the same.

And true to their view about the song, this episode really is filled with one-sided loves and confessions (directly or indirectly) :

1. Chi Hong's one sided love towards Song Hwa, and his indirect confession despite the earlier rejection.

Still one-sided because when he picked up the strand of hair on Song Hwa's shoulder, it made her uncomfortable. Then he slipped in "I'll stay right by your side, Professor".

2. Min Ha's one-sided love towards Seok Hyeong and her direct confession in his car (she got the moves and I love it 😂)

3. Gyeo Wool's one-sided love towards Jeong Won and her indirect confession to him via her manager, Ik Jun. Haha.

Ik Jun is campaigning for Jeong Won to accept Gyeo Wool so hard. Why? Not really because of Jeong Won, but because of Gyeo Wool. He adores her as a doctor and as a person that he wants her to be happy and he said this himself. He knows that the thing that would make Gyeo Wool happy is by being with the person she likes, Jeong Won. As Jeong Won was looking at Ik Jun bemusedly for his suggestion, he was probably recalling...

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(con't) ...his conversation with Jun Wan about Ik Jun being a nutcase and how he and Ik Jun are not seeing eye to eye aka not like minded and he can't figure Ik Jun's mind at all sometimes. Jeong Won denied Ik Jun's assumption that he likes Gyeo Wool with a "NO".

4. Ik Jun's one-sided love for Song Hwa and his very smooth indirect confession.

The reason why I see it as one-sided from his side was because Song Hwa doesn't seem to view him romantically. Most of the time, the affection from her end towards him seems to be purely platonic. She always hit him, threatening to punch him and chided him for behaving like a kid. She even refused skinship(?) from his end by kicking him when his feet were touching hers under the cafeteria table. The scene where they look domesticated at his house really is heart fluttering, but when he (so smoothly) indirectly confessed to her, she was startled and looked away. She seems wanting to avoid it, turned her face away, pretending to look outside and then change the subject, asking him to continue eating. It doesn't look like a positive reaction after a confession. But I might be wrong though.

5. Song Hwa towards Jeong Won
(This one is actually so weak and I don't really think it's feasible but somehow there seems to be something, especially from Song Hwa's end that leaves some nagging feeling and suspicions)

Song Hwa doesn't come off as someone who would freely intiate affectionate and excessive skinships with the boys. She would just give them either some friendly touches on their arms, friendly pats (to Seok Hyeong and Jun Wan) or hitting and kicking them (to Ik Jun). But with Jeong Won, she seems to take the opportunity(?) to lean on his shoulder when he put his arms around her when supporting her purchase decision. But, this could also mean that they're so close that there's no personal boundaries between them, however, both of them were not portrayed to have that kind of dynamic. Song Hwa is a lot closer to the other 3 boys than Jeong Won but she was never shown to initiate such an intimate skinship with them.

And after witnessing Jeong Won being all cute with the little boy patient (look at how soft her gaze was) and enthusiastically talking about him and his brother, she proposed to him "Jeong Won, let's get married / marry me". He was startled, looking directly at her in surprise and after a few seconds of silence, then she backtracked(?), telling him to find a great woman and make babies as she imagined how cute it would be if he has his own children. Her random "proposal" might be brushed off as a joke, but Song Hwa doesn't seem like a person who would freely joke on such a matter either. If her proposal actually wasn't a joke as how she covered it to be, then it can be regarded as a type of confession too, no?

6. Jeong Won's non-romantic one-sided intention towards Song Hwa and his direct confession and proposal.

Jeong Won has one-sidedly intended...

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(con't) ...one-sidedly intended for Song Hwa to take over his Daddy Long Legs project since spring. He confessed to her that he is in fact Daddy Long Legs (Grandpa Long Legs to her, lol). He proposed for her to take it over, and she accepted it. That was my view on Jeong Won's part of confession in this episode.

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I totally agreed with your pov on
Jeong Won and Song Hwa I think they both are very comfortable with each other and SH doesn't behave like this with the other boys. Ik Jun sitation reminds me of jung hwan from reply 1988 he's harsh or try to pinpoint things with deok sun but she like someone who's gentle and accept her the way she is which is choi taek.

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The way I see the relationship between Jong Won and Song Hwas is it is a truly platonic relationship - such that she feels safe to lay her head on his shoulder and likewise he's readily put his arm around her - as they wouldn't do it with others. It's like a sibling closeness.

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Why would suddenly it be regarded as siblings like when she choose to have skinships with him? So does that mean she doesn't feel safe with the others... because she feel some sort of awareness towards them except for Jeong Won only? And with a siblings like dynamic, she would freely asked him to marry her (regardless of her intention - joking or not)? If you ask me, the closest to siblings like dynamic would be Song Hwa towards Seok Min, his chief resident.

But then again, as I said earlier, it is open to interpretations. Some might view things differently than the others because the showmakers purposely set it up as so.

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I also feel it's platonic. The skinship is more with Jong Won probably because she knows that with him the relationship will never be beyond friendship from both side. The fact that Jong Won has long to be a priest for a long time is no secret to anyone close to him. For myself, IsI'ma lot more comfortable doing skinship w my female friends and gay friends because i feel that my affection would not be misunderstood or evolve into something other than friendship.

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I think why Jung won asked Song Hwa to take over the daddy long legs programme is due to the following reasons:
1. He trusts SH to do a good job. The woman's super capable.
2. Ik Jun's too playful and too friendly - and he has Woo joo to look after.
3. Joon wan's in a relationship, hence may not be able to commit.
4. Both IJ and Joon wan are too money conscious.
5. Seok Hyung - busy with parental probs and knowing him, he might just give away all his inheritance to the programme.

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Hmm.. The way I see it, Song-hwa (and even the other guys, tbh) see Jwon as their maknae. He's like the youngest sibling who takes care of his older sibs, and in turn, the older ones care for him in a special way. One scene I remember is when Song-hwa meticulously explained her doctor's diagnosis to Jungwon. Like how a big sister explains to a very concerned younger brother.

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"This stop is Wangsimni. Wangsimni"
I'm not sure what else happened in the episode because I couldn't stop laughing and rewinding and laughing again at this scene 😂
My 2nd favourite part was Song-hwa's affirmation that she's an intellectual lol

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Ik-joon was hilarious when he got the Korean subway voice impersonation down pat all right! The whole scene was just hilarious, the way he was kicked out of the room by Seok-hyung and they continued across the glass panel of the door lol

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Hehe..yeah that scene and his subway lady tone was soo on point. Ik Jun really is a weirdo, but I love his brand of chaotic good. I also burst out laughing when he was trying to 'cure' Seong Hwa's food fighter ways by positive affirmations.

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I couldn't get that scene out of my head and would still LOL when thinking about it. Dying to know if this is ad lib by JJS or tailored written for JJS.

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Jo Jeong-seok made me laugh too, and also a bit teary-eyed as I miss hearing the lovely announcements in Korean and English (and the music!) while riding the Seoul Subway, whever at station or another - such as my dear 129.*__* ^__^'

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Ikjun being honest with his feelings is really the highlight of this hour for me. It wasn't a grand or flashy confession. It's the best mirror of their relationship. It's the little things in life--like eating lunch and having coffee together that makes him happy. And I think that was beautiful.

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BTW, this writer-pd really know how to play with endings. While everyone thought about how Songhwa went to see either ChiHong or Ikjun, they made it seem like she definitely went to CH. (At least in the first seconds) I was really to cry in frustration. I didn't expect them to troll me with a department meal. Gosh.

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I think that subtle "Hi" from Jungwon means a lot.

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I want to know what his change in behavior--the "hi" and getting in her personal space when he leant again the wall--means, gosh darn it! It was shocking because it is completely unlike how he has interacted with her before. Does it mean that he has made a choice and, whatever it is, is now at peace? Does it mean he is opening himself to having a choice?
WHAT? No, I am not obsessed. :)

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Thanks for the recap, @lovepark , was wondering whether you’ve stopped recapping, since it’s Thursday already, but so glad you’re still there :))

Jae Hak’s strawberry moment tugs my heart, so happy for him, he deserves moment like that after several mishap in his life, gah, rooting for him to have better days, jae hak, fighting!

Story of kids patient never fail to bring warmth to my heart, looking at how strong they are to bear severe illness in their so early life, this show making me felt so grateful too that my childhood was relatively sick-free, I’m so thankful for that..

lovelines:
it’s the 10th ep, and the development in some char’s relationship-non-relationship has made me enjoyed the drama more, kkk..
Now, I don’t watch R94, R88, PP, (but I watched R97 and loved it) so I don’t feel the ‘plot-twist and bread crumbs’ in their drama as my friend who is a hardcore fans of the writer-pd duo,
however, I tried to look back to ep 1, the char’s introduction, I didn’t know who as who, and by the time I finished watching the first ep I remember texted my friend ‘isn’t songhwa ikjoon’s wife, and that little kid is their child?’, my friend laughed and started to break down who is who :p
now, in the 10th ep, I told her “gosh, if not because of that ‘let’s get married’, I would firmly on ij-shwa ship! his confession-notreallyconfession to shwa was just soo sweettt,,but now I was waiting patiently for pdshin to turn table on the relationship chart and started building up the Jwon-Shwa ship,, am I weird??” She, a firm ij-shwa shipper, texted back and said ‘that leaning on his shoulder too, gahh, what was that? as the duo’s fans, I’m seeing things that it’s a possibility that ikjoon’s will be jungpaled” (i didn’t understand her reference, but now I do :D

can’t wait for tonight’s ep! :D

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Watching the first episode, I thought that Ik-joon and Song-hwa might be married. I think it was intentionally vague.

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I thought some of the conversations in this episode were longer drawn-out than necessary. This drama has always excelled with the witty dialogue, and then seamless editing cuts after that, but somehow, e.g. Rosa's conversation with Jong-soo in the car felt a tad too long and didn't seem to add any content.

But otherwise, still thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Thanks @lovepark for the insight about the lines and camera angles being used during Ik-joon's and Song-hwa's scenes! That was a genius touch and makes the directing great here.

And Ik-joon's impersonation of the Korean subway announcement voice was just gold. I keep replaying that scene and can't stop laughing!

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So are seok min and sun bin actually dating or not ?

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I knoww..I thought Seok Min was a bit interested in her in the first 2 episodes. Wasn't he asking if SM and Capt Ahn aren't a couple since they always seemed to hang out together? I can't be too sure if it was him or JaeHaek though!

At this point, we should really draw up a potential relationship map to keep track of the love lines :)

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Lol, so is nobody clear on their status ?
Yeah a map is really needed.

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Took me a second to remember who SM is but yes I think they’re dating. When they confessed and SH & CH laughed not believing them.. prolly it was intentional irony by the writer?
On a separate point, I really like how SM always looks exhausted and about to give up on his job but he never does and just soldiers on despite whatever challenges SH throws his way.

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Agree with both your points @parkchuna

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oh lord that train announcement was just amazing humor...and he kept continuing in different languages...hahhahaha....

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Love that Ik Jun commits to his gags. Remember when he was answering Joo Wan's 'mysterious' GF's call and how he continued to talk in that fawny way and finish the conversation even after JW grabbed the phone away from him? :)

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If u watch the bts, seems he’s always coming up with adlibs and the gang just teases him n prolly looks forward to his ideas as well.

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I waited to hear him translate it in Mandarin and Japanese!! That would have been even more hilarious. Language genius Lee Ikjun! Hahahaha!

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It's finally here!!
I was late to this show, but last week when I watched this episode I went back and watched all the episodes right from the beginning. He cares for her. Although a little bit, but it's the start . He didn't think much of her but when she pulled those maggots he started seeing her in a different light, acknowledging her hardwork. In earlier episode maybe ep 3 while in a meeting with seok hyung he keeps looking at her casually. He notices her giving snacks to other doctors and passes few after getting up. It was not a big gesture but he was not completely unaware of her.
The look ij gives jungwon when he is singing was so genuine. It was pure ❤

Where can I get me a woo hoo?? His winks are my vitamins and minerals

PS I wrote all this in advance so I would not forget the details of winter garden

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Thanks for the recap, @lovepark! I'm gunning for a completely different ship to set sail (Andrea and Songhwa), or rather I think that is more likely to set sail, than Ik-Joon and Song-hwa, so I read this episode very differently (especially the scene where they're lugging the carton back to the room). Some fanwall conversations around this have already happened, so I won't reiterate (e.g., http://www.dramabeans.com/members/waterhyacinth/activity/1057344/).

My favourite character of all five so far is JKH's Jun-wan, the only adult in the group IMO, but his character arc evolved so quickly that I feel sorta cheated.

This writer does vignettes really well, whether it's the little girl getting her shot, or in a previous episode, the father losing weight to be fit to be a live donor for his daughter... it's the mini-stories within the larger show that are especially endearing. Sort of like flash fiction/flash drama within the drama.

Beyond all this, suffice it to say, that like so many of you, what I'm enjoying the most is the friendships. I'm beginning to sound like a broken record, but the writer knows how to keep this real, and beautiful and happy at the same time. I hope this stays that way through to the end of the series.

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Thanks for the link to the JW-SH thread. For me, this would be the ship that'd be coming outta nowhere if this is the route show takes. But I'm definitely gonna go through the link to see what I have missed. Now I did momentarily consider this ship when back in ep 2, it came out that SH had a crush on one of the guys in college. It wasn't clarified who it was, so IJ and Andrea were my guesses. But then I saw that moony look she gave IJ when he was playing in their initial band practice and then continued to see no signs between JW and SH so I made the assumption that IJ-SH were the 'college couple that wasn't'.
There was that one moment in Bong cafe when he had started to answer GW's question if JW had a college romance but got cut off. I was expecting it to lead to an old love that broke his heart but may be not. So may be an old crush on SH is possible, given that nothing in this show is ever random.

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Given that we're in the penultimate week already, I don't think there are going to be any clear answers. I am quite certain we will be left with cliffhangers at the end of ep 12, enough to keep everyone going for the next one year (*sigh*) until the next season happens. So I won't be surprised if all ships are still up in the air. :D

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ik jun really shined in the past two episodes and im really rooting for him and song hwa pls don't be a red herring because i'm rooting for the winter garden couple to set sail.

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Thabks you for your thorough and thoughtful recall @lovepark. It's lovely to read.

I just adore how this drama takes it time to slowly and gently build the layers and complexity to our characters. It build solid foundation on the friendships and now the romance slowly takes place. Although i would love for all our gank to find love by the end of this drama, I think i would still be happy if not all romance materialise. Love doesn't always work out but at least they will always have each other.

Shipping for SongHwa and IkJun!!! 😍

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Omg thanks for the recap been waiting for days for this :) I have a feeling that song hwa will ended up with Andrea and it resembles so much like Reply 1988. Ik Jun and SH is a red herring.

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Winter-Garden:
I was pumped when IJ listed most of the things I found unusual about JW's interactions with GW during their convo. Now we could both be wayyy off the mark about JW's source of dilemma being GW. But I think we can all agree that JW is torn about something.
I particularly loved the latter end of their convo where IJ told JW it's ok to follow your heart. May be JW is really torn up about actually giving up his profession, may be it's GW that's shaking him up or may be it's the other ship (SH) that's giving him second thoughts. But for whatever reason, JW seems to be struggling with something and at such times, it's nice to be told by a close friend that whatever your decision may be , his god would understand.

After the talk and the band practice JW definitely seems lighter. I have notd in previous comments how after the first 3 episodes, he has always avoided greeting GW until she forces a Hello out of him by greeting him first and generally gets avoidy eye when looking at her in any non work related situation . But this time, he met GW with an easy smile and 'Hello' like he would with any other colleague. This could spell trouble for the ship(his different way of treating her vs others was the main marker for a potential liking in the absence of any sort of verbal communication from him on the romance front). Is it because JW has finally resolved his feelings for GW or is he at ease withe world in general because he has finally resolved any misgivings he has about joining the church? Only future episodes can tell.

I am a bit conflicted about IJ's interference in this line. He did make the same assumptions many of us have made that his friend likes GW but if he is wrong, he has created an uncomfortable situation for GW by building up a fake boyfriend myth. And I was bit confused why after really 'confessing' to JW on GW's behalf, he left out the part that she isn't actually engaged/seeing someone for real.

Didn't love that GW has passively gone ahead with IJ's plan but at-least she resisted his scheming to force JW and her into more manufactured interactions.

I am mainly rooting for JW and GW to have a 1-on-1 without any outside assistance(looking at you IJ,I know you mean well,but time to step back) and just talk about how they both feel about the other so that they could finally on the same page and move ahead as colleagues at the very least :)

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I feel sad that my ship is not sailing (Song-hwa & Chi-hong), I know it was a lost cause but it does not hurt to invest, right? That's what I thought. Oh well.

I hope Jun-wan and Ik-sun will find a way to still stay together while she pursues her masters. Giving up her masters and staying is definitely not a solution for the relationship to work out and I hope the writer does not go there. It did break my heart that Jun-wan said 'Me too' instead of 'I love you too'.

Woo-joo, we need more Woo-joo!! And bring back the twins! Also, can we get some scenes of the Neuro team aside from Chi-hong?

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No Ship has sailed until the last season!!

Jun-wan was clearly upset, but he put up a mature front because it was the right thing to do. He needs to speak up his feelings. This might be his shortcoming in relationships. He just suffers alone and breaks up when he is done?

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I actually made a mental note to be like Junwan in being mature in relationships

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I like that he is mature, but that shouldn't stop him from communicating his concerns. e.g Its ok to tell her that he was a bit bothered/jealous when he heard that she talks to her friend at midnight. Maturity is in not asking her to stop talking to her friend.
He was upset that he came to know about her admission through a colleague and he is worried about an imminent breakup. He doesn't have to get upset with her, but he needs to voice his concerns.

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I shall invest little on the ships because it's quite clear the one I'm shipping will never sail.

Yes, he clearly has to talk about how it made him upset. It does not have to be a confrontation. Based from the relationship he had with the PD/director, he did say his concerns so hopefully they will talk it out in this season.

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I am also on the songhwa & captain ahn ship! I am afraid captain ahn will get his heart broken cause it seems songhwa & ikjun are endgame. 💔

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Yes. Or another ship could be the endgame >.<

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I have not given up on the Song-hwa/Chi Hong ship :( . IJ/SH may have history on their side but I love Dr Ahn's quiet confidence and his gentle affection for Song-hwa. I'm also not sure I want the delicate balance of IJ/SH to change!

I like Jun-wan and Ik-sun together because they seem so mature and grown-up about their relationship. It's refreshing to see. I don't see her giving up her studies and I really hope the show doesn't go there.

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We still have season 2 and if this ship does not sail, I also won't mind if Song-hwa ends up to be alone. But if she does end up with Ik-jun, all good too.

It'll be nice if the show explores more on the mature relationship this two have and in a way compare it to the young couple. Like they've done in the previous ep

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I think I've changed from not caring which ship sailed, to wanting neither ship to sail.

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I am starting to feel this way a little since the show shifted its focus on the ships.

I kinda like how it was just on the side in the earlier eps. But now it feels like it's being shove to my face.

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Same. I liked it much more when it was subtle.

Now I want them to just stay friends or colleagues who respect and care for each other.

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Yes, and more scenes of them eating and bickering, though it makes me hungry each time.

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Andrea:
Amongst the core 5, he really is the character we know the least about. We know he is a dedicated & caring doctor, loving son, good friend ,closet philanthropist and does amazing jazz hands.
I think there's a general consensus among the core 5 that JW loves kids too much to not have a family of his own and they were treating his dream to be a priest as an idle one. To me, SH's adoring look when JW played with his kiddie patient looked the same as the one IJ gave him when he was bouncing the fuzzy li'l girl. When IJ and Joon Wan had found his priest referral letter a few eps back, they had both appeared shocked and were asking each other if JW really would go through with this. He has just confided in one of his friends about his passion project because he needs her to take over. Clearly this guy plays his cards super close to his heart. Him not confiding even in his closest friends about his struggles and ambitions until he has worked it out for himself shows that he is more close in nature to his childhood city friend SH than his tempestuous roomie Joon Wan.I was hoping that we'd finally get a peek into his thought processes this ep, but may be ep 11 will be the one.

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Several people (Rosa, Ik-joon, even Fr. Hyung (Sung Dong-il) seem intent on derailing Jung-won's desire to pursue a vocation to the priesthood even as he approaches age 40.
I personally think that is a big mistake and they should all back off. I am in the school of thought that if he does not at least try to follow his heart on this matter he will regret it the rest of his life.

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I think Ik-joon's point is that he doesn't know his own heart. He's had this dream about being a priest for so long that he hasn't stopped to really understand that his feelings have changed -- that he really does love being a doctor, that he does have feelings for a woman, that he could still love and serve God without becoming a priest.

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Totally agree it's not for any one else to decide JW's path. But it's completely normal for friends and family to pitch in with their thoughts. Based on my reading of the group dynamic so far, even though the group constantly teases his giving heart and calls him Fr. Ahn , they haven't seen it as a real path forward for him. It speaks to the way JW likes to keep his goals and thoughts close to his heart. This is why I was happy IJ had that talk with him. As @lindag has eloquently mentioned below, IJ has his views on JW's potential interest and so he made a case for JW to reconsider. when the others hear of this,they might also argue against him giving up his profession. But at the end of the day, I do think the friends would stand by him if he chooses priesthood, and communicating his reasons and thought process with his friends would probably strengthen his convictions if that's the path he ends up taking.
His mother ofc has been more clued in to her son's seriousness about pursuing priesthood. She wants to have atleast her youngest son close to her and lead the life of a happy family man. It's pretty normal to want that and communicate this desire to him. She does seem to realize that she's fighting a loosing battle and from her talk with JS in the car,she is preparing to accept the idea coz as per her once JW decides on a course of action, he doesn't give up. I do sympathize with her position, this is probably the 5th time she's going down this route. She's a wise woman and I believe she ultimately won't stand in the way of her son's true happiness.

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Agreed. It seems like everyone is imposing their assumptions on him and selfishly wants to decide on his behalf on what course should he be taking. They never take his words seriously or respect his own wishes.

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
2nd favorite ep after ep8

...ships are sailing ⛵⛵⛵
...good thing to see the husband (of the mom with frequent miscarriages) show care for his wife
...Dr Chun! grrr!

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Thanks for your insightful comments and recap @lovepark. Particularly enjoyed your analysis of the direction in IJ-SH scenes.
*That IJ - SH caused a serious twinge . Those words could end up shifting the balance in their beautiful relationship. I almost don't want them to try.It could be the subs and my limited knowledge of the language, but when IJ said his stolen moments of happiness were the times he shared food with SH, it almost sounded like a reluctant statement to me.The moment before that talk probably paved the way to his loosened tongue. IJ walked in worried to see his child safely and lovingly cradled in the arms of a friend and woman he has liked for decades. Given what little we have seen of his wife, she isn't the cuddly type so it might even be the first time he saw his kid held so lovingly. And we know the lack of a mother figure in WooJu's life weighs on IJ. SH was clearly taken aback and wasn't ready to really hear what he said there. IJ's interest in her has been clear but SH's current state of mind is a mystery. We have been shown moments where she was especially moved by IJ- he was the only one who showed up in person for her diagnosis consult and when he waited for hours after a tiring day coz he knew she didn't have an umbrella. But it's a delicate balance that they have and I'd totally understand if she is unwilling/uninterested in moving it to romantic territory.
*Cap Ahn ship isn't likely to set sail this season, but I feel that he's one character who could take the heartache in an equanimous way. Rooting for him to do well on his thesis.
*I was almost sad when I saw Min ah's bare face during the consultations. Ep 2 Min ah would never!! But then she showed that she hasn't been beaten by the grind by putting her war paint on. Happy for her that she was able to confess in a calm, respectful way. SH may be has too much going on right now to really consider romance, that too with a resident directly working under him. But I do think these two could be good for each other if a few things could shift.
*Lovvee Jae Haek's continued growth. He's no genius and life keeps handing him hard knocks but the guy always persists. Even if he has to work twice as hard as others to get something right, or debase himself to save a person's life, he is willing to do the work. I was happy his peers see the good in him. Capt Ahn's soft 'hyung' and the strawberry farmer's heartfelt note were just the things to have lifted his spirits this episode.
*Hope my fave nurse's daughter isn't going through anything serious.

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My LOL moments:
** U-ju and father having sandwiches!! can they get any cuter?? U-ju winking - Oh My heart!!
** “This stop is Wangshimni” - LOL!!
** This is all for me. No one will take my food. I am an intellentual" .. This was so random and I totally believe Ik-Sun came up with such a line..

I might be a minority here, but I prefer not to have any love line amongst the friends. I am ok if it happens, but I will like it better if they don’t go there. I just want to see a beautiful friendship that will last a life time, like Rosa and her friend.

I see how much Song-Hwa would mean to Ik-Joon and U-ju, but Song-Hwa is also an independent person with her own likes (like camping). I wouldn't want her to give up her life to be part of a 'family'. Until the writers show me this is what Song-Hwa wants, I find it hard to root for them, not yet!

Gyeol-Woo - How is she so adorable eating candies and looking like chipmunk!

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After reading this I think the sign that the show supports IJ would be if SH invited them to go camping with her.

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I'm not gonna buy the SongHwa Andrea ship. All the scenes people are reading into like the conversation about getting married and SongHwa leaning on his shoulder just seem like such friendly gestures that it would be weird for me if they end up as a couple. Same about Ik Joon and Gyeo Wool. I mean if the show goes there I would feel it's going backward on its own word and no relationship between men and women is platonic and no friendly and teasing gesture between men and woman should be considered as just what it is but instead they are all signs of something more.

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💯 with you on IJ-GW ship. These 2 in a romance would just be a huge betrayal of their relationship so far.
I am willing to buy that SH and JW might have had crushes on each other in the past not because of anything we've been shown but because this PD team loves to throw in those twists. (Plus there's still that convenient ambiguity about the obeject of SH's affection in college and JW's curiously blank romantic history) But I don't see any romantic feelings on either side in the present timeline. JW is more of a closed book and we are deliberately not being shown what he thinks but if it turns out that he is crushing on SH, the show would have to get us onboard via a ton of flashbacks and it's gonna scream narrative dishonesty for the sake of a twist,if that happens this season . As per my reading of her character, SH definitely only seems to see him as her close friend. She leaned into JW's shoulders because he was defending her against IJ's criticism of her constant camping supplies! And she seemed to be teasing him by telling him to get married and make babies coz she just saw how adorable he was being with his patient.
I have seen some comments based off some of the directorial choices and hidden gems that are supposed to foreshadow them as end game! Not familiar enough with this team to pick up on those cues so if they are working their way up to getting these two together in season 2, that'd be an interesting progression to watch.

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Honestly, I don't really care about the different potential ships. I don't want to have to analyze every discussions, cinematography, etc. to know who will date who. I just want to see the development of the relationship and then the actual relationship. It's why I'm not really invested in the couple JWan and IkSoon. It was too fast : he operated on her, he ate with her, she hit him, they date... But JWan taking back discretly his clementine was the cutest :p I really like this character, he's cold outside but pretty sensitive inside :p

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I don't want to have to analyze every discussions, cinematography, etc. to know who will date who.
This exactly is how I feel too. Like there is a whole blog dedicated to analyzing the SongHwa Andrea ship but what is the point of this ship sailing when for 10 episodes we haven't seen any romantic development between these two?

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Oh that orange scene was so funny! Guy was trying to be mature and accepting the GF’s best friend but jealousy struck n he took it back, maturity out the window!

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I'm totally with you about the ship guesses - just want to enjoy the show as we go.

On JW and IS, it's not as sudden as it seems as there were earlier scenes or dialogue about his having met her before - that he asked I J about his sister. By the way, I thought the Hawaii story would be disclosed in Ep 10 according to the preview.

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While the romance aficionado in me is frothing at the mouth at all the potential ships, given the nature of this show and how it’s carefully unfolded over the past 10+ weeks… I’d be perfectly content if they all stayed tucked neatly in their harbor.

I’m not familiar with this writer-PD duo’s work, but I have seen the notes about ‘husband-hunting’ etc, and I’m not sure I’m seeing that here. Especially considering the production team knew they wanted to do at least one or two more seasons.

To me, Ik-jun and Song-hwa make sense together. And I agree with @lovepark wholeheartedly that it’s not something that was a “long time coming”. They might’ve had a crush on each other way back when, but they’ve grown up significantly. They’ve experienced things, been through things, and they’ve done all of that both together and apart. So they make sense together, but they also make sense acknowledging that and then choosing to not pursue it romantically. I’m definitely seeing Ik-jun being more gung-ho than Song-hwa.

As for Jung-wan, he’s a brilliant doc and a great friend, but he’s kind of a moron. I’m failing to see how wanting to be a priest leads him to think he can do more for people than being a phenomenal Peds surgeon. I get that it’s a “childhood dream”, but it doesn’t seem quite selfless when he’s clearly doing “God’s work” or whatever at the hospital. I’m hoping he realizes that, with or without the help of his pals/Gyu-wool.

Oh, Gyu-wool. I would love for her ship to happen, but I kind of feel like they’re going to give her someone else to ponder over come season 2.

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Thank you for the awesome recap @lovepark! I live for U-ju and Ik-Jun scenes! They’re just adorable 😍 I was cracking up at that subway announcement imitation 😂 Ik-jun is hilarious. I am not going to ship anyone to Songhwa. I will just let the writer surprise me and accept it wholeheartedly.

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I'm not watching this drama (yet), but did a double take with the first photo of the two guys giving each other longing looks (don't know any of the characters' names, but if you get my drift) and then the first sentence reads "...romance is in the air as unspoken feelings bubble up..."
Think I kinda got the wrong idea from this. Although that would give the drama a more interesting complication for a change.

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Disregarding the potential romance for this particular doctor, I want Jung-won to not be a priest for now... I don't want him to be that steward in the Parable of the talents, the one who chose to bury what he was given. Jung-won is a devout Catholic, he should be familiar with that parable... It is still possible for him to be a priest later on, right? I mean like when his body fails him and he can no longer do surgery because his hands are shaking or something... Not everyone can be a great doctor as he is and his friends, they're the hands through which heaven-senr miracles can happen... I hope he realizes that...

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This is a side-note to all the goings-on in the drama but as soon as Jae Hak picked up the strawberries I said to myself: Please soak them in salt water first. TikTok has ruined life for me and I am trying to kick the habit.

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I love both Ik Joon and Chi Hong, but my heart bleeds more for IJ. Plus, it's Jo Jung Seok acting that made it impossible to not love that lovable, crazy basket. Song Hwa is perfect for IJ's family, and I sensed that, the whole gang might already know something brewing between this 2. What with SH loving all of his silly dry jokes! And SH' s confessions on not necessarily liking all kids but loving Woo Joo 😏

I'm hoping that AJW will not proceed with his priesthood dream, because he is perfect as pediatrist, all of his scenes with kids were so darn adorable, it will be a waste if they made him leave. Plus, the band will have no choice but to disband! That's too sad to think about it.

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Wow! The hattrick confessions.....at the 10th out of total 12 episodes?????????

REALLY? YOU ARE REALLY BAD, SHOW!

And you're fully aware of it, right? You sure know how to take us as hostages. But I'd like to tell you that even if you didn't do this, I'll still be with you all the way until the Nth season.

Okay, frustrations aside, let's talk about all different types of confessions we have this hour (and a half);

Kyeo-Wool & Jung-Won: Secret-and-Awkward Love
They both confessed their feelings, not to each other, but to a third person (a.k.a Captain Ik-Joon). But it's ok guys, you've come a long way already. I'm proud of you both.

Ik-Joon: Mis-timing Love
After lecturing Jung-Won about following what your heart tells you to do, he also decided to do the same. Considering Song-Hwa's reaction, I think it's not impossible, it just needs more time.

Min-Ha: Ingenuous Love
She is so brave. I wish I had half of her courage.
I couldn't help but be reminded of what Jung-Hwan from the Reply'88 said about 'Timing'.

But fate and Timing are not just coincidences that find you.
They're moments like miracles, that arise out of choices made of ardent desire,
Surrender and Decision, without hesitation, that is what makes timing.
Source: DB recap

Min-Ha didn't wait for timing, she created one. Muster up her courage and grab the opportunity. Like the Winter Garden couple, I find these two complement each other well. Though I still didn't get any signs of affection from Suk-Hyung's side, I feel he does really care for her as his sub-ordinate. Love could be developed right from there, couldn't it?

I cheer for them all but it seems like I have to do that in season 2.

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Let me take this time to pay my respect to Captain Ik-Joon of the Winter Garden Ship. He sincerely and only wants the BEST for both Jung-Won, his beloved life-long friend, and Kyeo-Wool, his precious student (and long-lost daughter ^^).

Like that song: "Introduce me to a good person".
Ik-Joon can see these two are perfect for each other. They have the quality one another lacks. Kyeo-Wool learns to be more compassionate with people and Jung-Won could learn to be insensitive (sometimes) and let go of things he can't control.

Ik-Joon admires Kyeo-Wool for her hard work, also he can see how great of a person she really is. For Jung-Won, he is best suited in the hospital not the church.

It's in Ik-Joon's character that he would always take it personal, pouring his heart out, sharing his experience, going all-in, trying to convince they still have a chance to live their lives the way their hearts desire just for THEMSELVES. (This reminds me of the patient who doesn't want to live with her cheated husband liver inside her body.)

Ik-Joon also didn't push them too hard. He has been testing the tide over and over. Once he confirmed these two shy lovebirds have feelings for each other, he took the wheel and moved the ship forward on full-speed.

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Oh nooooooo... i only just realised that it's a 12 episodes drama, not 16... So next week is finale? Huaaaa 😥

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I live for Woo Joo - appa dates. There is no explaining how pure and beautiful those moments are.

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keep the quality of the drama up for the finale, (ep 11 is great) and this show will win a spot in my top drama list I have ever watched...alongside Stranger, Reply series, Signal, My Mister..

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How excellent an actor is YYS that he smouldered onscreen in Mr Sunshine and has such a low-key gentle vibe in this show? I almost can't believe those two roles are played by the same actor.

I'm not sure about IJ's interference with GW and Jeong Won. It feels like he's fanning the flames of GW's crush without knowing if Jeong Won is ready to be there. And we know from the show that Jeong Won is uncertain about his future and his own desires. It feels like IJ is taking a major gamble here. I only hope it pays off!

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That's right, Ik Joon, follow your heart.

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Am I the only one who is freaking about these frequent headaches of Jung-won? This is the second of third time they have made a reference to it, and he keeps popping pills for it, but is this going to be a "headache of doom", aka a fatal brain tumor? Please don't have him change his mind about becoming a priest, admitting his growing feelings for Gyun-wool and then he has an aneurysm or something! That would be just too cruel!! Also, I don't think Jung-won and Song Hwa have any romantic feelings. When they linked arms to get the box together, that was really just like friends doing it (friend who is almost like a brother to you). I think Song-Hwa does restrain herself from that kind of relationship from the other guys because she does see them as "guys" whereas with Jung-won, I think she feels like she is with a brother. But will see where the writers will go with this.

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