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Hospital Playlist: Episode 11

After decades of working and being friends, things might be changing for our group. While some deal with family drama, others have romantic issues to face, but despite the problems that loom in the horizon, there’s always time for a good meal, a karaoke session, and a little nighttime band practice.

 
EPISODE 11 RECAP

Nurse Song brings her daughter So-mi to Song-hwa, who shows them the MRI scans. It looks like a pituitary tumor, but luckily, it’s treatable. Nurse Song remains calm despite the news, and comforts her scared daughter. However, when Song-hwa asks why they didn’t come sooner, Nurse Song finally tears up and apologizes for not knowing about her daughter’s condition sooner.

During the meeting, Song-ha receives a call from Ik-joon and learns about Chairman Yang—he might not make it. Later that night, she brings Seok-hyung a jacket and sit with him in the hall. He tells her about his muddled feelings, unsure of what to do, but she assures him that it’s okay to just stay still. As the rest of the friends join them, they tell Seok-hyung to go home, but even Song-hwa’s words can’t convince him to rest. Though he isn’t superstitious, Seok-hyung has a bad feeling and wants to stay.

Unfortunately, his premonitions come true, and Seok-hyung watches over the chairman’s funeral. Rosa and Jong-soo come to pay their respects, and Seok-hyung stops by their table to thank them for coming. Rosa asks about the others, and he tells them that his friends already visited in the afternoon.

Despite having surgeries, the rest of the gang show up again to be with Seok-hyung, and Jung-won hands him some toiletries and useful items. While they eat, the friends hear about the mistress coming to the funeral, and to their indignation, Seok-hyung let her pay her respects. He tells them that she talked about her pregnancy and how her child would have a nice, older brother. Seok-hyung let her ramble since the baby isn’t at fault, but his friends yell at him unison for not taking a tougher stance.

Staff and patients bustle about in the General Surgery department, and in the center, guiding everyone, is Nurse Song. From the corner, So-mi films the scene with her phone, but the intern catches her and assumes that he’s the subject of her video. So-mi corrects his misconception and continues filming down the hall as Hong-do walks past.

Song-hwa’s herniated disc bothers her even more as of late, but she puts off taking medicine while meeting her outpatients. It isn’t until she gets a call from the emergency room that she finally takes a few pills before running off.

In the director’s room, Jung-won tells the hospital director that he’s leaving at the end of the year, which is very bad news for the hospital. Since the other pediatric surgeon went down to the Sokcho branch, Jung-won’s departure means the entire ward will have to shut down. Despite the negative impact his resignation would bring, Jung-won seems set on leaving.

Song-hwa checks on the emergency patient and informs the guardian that surgery is the only option. She goes over the high possibility of brain damage, but the guardian begs Song-hwa to at least save her husband’s life—as long as he lives, she doesn’t care if he is paralyzed.

Resting after his surgery, Joon-wan talks with Ik-soon on the phone when Ik-joon enters the lounge. While Ik-soon tells him about her plans to stay at her brother’s place this weekend, Joon-wan answers back vaguely to keep his friend in the dark. However, nothing can stop Ik-joon as he climbs on top of Joon-wan to eavesdrop.

Once Joon-wan hangs up, Ik-joon comments on how he’s meeting this person for a long time, guessing that she’s great, and Joon-wan drops all the jokes and says that she is. Ik-joon orders his friend to stop acting serious, so Joon-wan scrunches up his face at Ik-joon. Heh.

Not soon after, Ik-soon calls her brother to tell him that she’s coming up to see him and asks for crabs. Ik-joon complains about her sudden request, but the next day, Joon-wan rings his doorbell with a box of crabs on his shoulder. He claims that the crabs are for Woo-joo since he likes them so much, and Ik-soon makes her nephew play along.

As they eat the crabs, Joon-wan explains that his water stopped working at his apartment, which is why he came over. Ik-joon calls him out on his lie, pointing out his stylized hair, but Joon-wan says that he woke up like this. Changing the subject, he asks why Ik-joon is going to the hospital when he’s not on call, and Ik-joon tells him that he’s studying for his symposium.

Ik-joon tells the two not to fight before leaving, and as soon as he’s gone, Joon-wan hugs Ik-soon and asks for a kiss. Just as they get cozy, Ik-joon pops back in, and Joon-wan scrambles to the floor. While Ik-joon moves Woo-joo to his room, Joon-wan wipes the ground furiously with one eye on his friend, but Ik-joon catches his odd behavior and mutters under his breath about Joon-wan cleaning the same spot.

After tidying things up, Ik-soon talks with Joon-wan about her brother and how much he changed after getting married and having Woo-joo. Though she’s glad he didn’t end up on the streets, on the other hand, it makes her sad that he’s no longer living his life for himself. Joon-wan sees the situation differently and calls it blessing since it means Ik-joon loves Woo-joo that much more.

While Chi-hong goes to the hospital despite it being his birthday as well as his day off, Ik-soon tells Joon-wan that Chi-hong has always been diligent. Everyone thought he would become a general, so when he got sick and was discharged from the military, it left everyone in tears—including Chi-hong.

She was worried about her friend going to medical school at first, but was relieved when his mentor turned out to be Song-hwa. Joon-wan brags about his friend, and Ik-soon agrees that just looking at Song-hwa makes her happy. She asks if there really isn’t something between her brother and Song-hwa, and Joon-wan waves aside her conjectures.

At the hospital, Seon-bin marvels at Chi-hong’s dedication, but he brushes aside the compliments, claiming to work out of habit. A couple of patients enter the elevator with them, and Chi-hong correctly guesses which floor they want.

Chi-hong goes to check on the ER patient who’s now in the ICU, but Song-hwa is already monitoring him even while wearing a neck brace. He waits outside for her and asks if they can have dinner together. She refuses at first, worried that he would make the atmosphere awkward, but Chi-hong promises to keep it casual. Elsewhere in the hospital, Ik-joon plays games on his computer when his sister calls for help with Woo-joo.

In the elevator, Chi-hong asks Song-hwa if she remembers the first day he met her, but before he can explain, Ik-joon enters. He stands right next to Song-hwa—their shoulders touching—and the three of them stand in awkward silence for the entire ride. When they arrive at his floor, Ik-joon pats Song-hwa on the shoulder before getting off, which Chi-hong notices.

Joon-wan and Ik-soon walk outside and discuss her upcoming move next month. They agree that the distance will inevitably lead to the fights, but Ik-soon takes it a step further, contemplating their eventual breakup as well. Joon-wan tells her to not worry about things that haven’t passed, but Ik-soon knows that he wants to get married eventually. She doesn’t want him to waste his time, but he corrects her:

“What I want isn’t marriage. It’s to be with you for a long time. Of course, I want to marry you, but if you don’t want it, we won’t. I’m already so happy now. Ik-soon, three years will go by fast. Forty years went by fast, too.”

He asks her to put out her hands, and Ik-soon immediately reminds him that she said no presents. To her embarrassment, Joon-wan pulls out earbuds, and they laugh at her overreaction. They listen to “Emergency Room” by Izi as they walk, and Joon-wan claims that every doctor dislikes this song. (Fun fact: Kim Joon-han, the actor playing Chi-hong, was the drummer in Izi.)

Song-hwa drives Chi-hong back to the hospital since he usually sleeps there, and during the ride, Ik-joon calls Song-hwa to ask what she’s doing. Though Ik-joon hangs up almost immediately, the conversation seems to bother Chi-hong. He tells Song-hwa that it’s his birthday once they arrive at the hospital, and when she offers to buy him a present, he asks if he can speak to her casually.

She agrees after he promises to not cross the line, and turning towards Song-hwa, he tells her to drive home safely. She smiles at his comment, but it disappears in a flash when Chi-hong pats her on the shoulders. As soon as he leaves, she heaves a big sigh.

Lunch today is in Jung-won and Joon-wan’s office, and the menu is meat. The food fighters stare at the food in joy, which triggers warning bells for the others who share knowing glances. Ik-joon and Jung-won volunteer to set up the table and get in a couple of bites before letting the food fighters back into the room. All the while, Joon-wan and Song-hwa stare through the small window in the door looking betrayed by the friends for keeping them away. Ha!

As soon as they start eating, Song-hwa and Joon-wan get excited over the different side dishes and feed each other food. The others suggest that the two of them should meet for meals even after they get married, but the food fighters don’t hear their friends’ taunts. During lunch, Jung-won gets a call from Gyu-wool about an operation since he’s assisting on her first lead surgery today.

In the operating room, the others congratulate Gyu-wool since it’s rare to lead a pediatric surgery, and Gyu-wool thanks Jung-won for the opportunity. As they begin, Jung-won guides her from time to time, and Gyu-wool performs the operation without any problems. Meanwhile, the hospital director notifies Jong-soo and Rosa about Jung-won’s resignation. In a whisper, he asks if there’s something wrong, but doesn’t receive an answer as Rosa leaves the room for a smoke.

In his office, Ik-joon meets with a patient, and tells him that he has liver cancer. Though a living donor is their best option, the patient says that he doesn’t want to burden his family. His parents and younger brother reassure him that they aren’t burdened, and as soon as the patient leaves the room for some tests, they turn towards the wife and pressure her to donate. Unable to disagree, the wife complies.

Sensing the tension, Ik-joon sends the rest of the family out of the room to run some errands, and gives the wife privacy to tell the truth. He tells her that it’s a difficult decision and no one can criticize her if she refuses, especially since she has a young son. With tears pooling in her eyes, the wife asks Ik-joon to lie to the family that her liver doesn’t match, and Ik-joon agrees to talk with the others about it.

Sensing Rosa’s sullen mood, Jong-soo tells her that it might be time to let Jung-won go and offers to play with her instead. She doesn’t react to his comment and asks for directions to the garden since she’s supposed to meet Jung-won. Taking her hand, Jong-soo leads the way.

They find Jung-won in the garden with Gyu-wool, where the two of them are talking about her first, solo surgery. When Gyu-wool gets up to leave, Jung-won watches her with a smile, and from inside, Rosa watches him with a twinkle in her eye. In a much chipper mood, she tells Jong-soo that she’s going to make an all-or-nothing gamble, and takes her friend out to eat instead of meeting her son.

Joon-wan is worried about a baby patient whose only option is a heart transplant. He informs the parents about the situation, but the mother refuses to give up hope. She mentions how their child is still alive because of Joon-wan and begs him to not give up, either. Joon-wan says that he hasn’t and promises to do his best.

Min-ha stands outside of Seok-hyung’s office and practices what to say until Joon-wan and Jung-won catch her. She hastily greets them before running away in embarrassment, and Seok-hyung comes out, none the wiser. As for the other two friends, Song-hwa is at the neurosurgery department party, and Ik-joon tagged along. Pffft, of course he did.

At the party, the younger crowd plays spin the bottle where the chosen person must answer a question or drink a shot of soju. They do a practice round, asking Seok-min what he thinks of Seon-bin, and when he tries to get out of answering, Ik-joon takes interest and shows the group some pointers. When the game begins, they take Ik-joon’s advice and use it against him: did he ever consider Song-hwa as more than a friend?

Ik-joon refuses to answer and drinks instead. As the game continues, Ik-joon is chosen again, and Seon-bin asks about his first love. He reaches for the glass, but Chi-hong intercepts and acts as his “black knight.” Since he took the punishment, he gets one wish, so he asks Ik-joon to answer the previous question. Song-hwa sits uncomfortably between them, and after a long pause, Ik-joon admits that he has.

After the party, Song-hwa rides a taxi with Ik-joon who’s passed out, and gets a call from Jung-won who shouts at her to join them. In the karaoke room, Joon-wan sleeps on a couch, Jung-won sings as he spins around a pole, and Seok-hyung plays along until he crawls to the back to sleep.

As the only sober person in the room, Song-hwa orders her friends to go home and steals the remote from Jung-won. With only a minute left, Ik-joon wakes up from his slumber and inputs a new song: “I Knew I’d Love You” by Shin Hyuo-bum. As he sings, we flash back to April 1994 when Ik-joon bought a ring for his girlfriend—the same box he threw away on Song-hwa’s birthday.

Back in the karaoke room, Joon-wan wakes up and thinks back to his date with Ik-soon. He shared about his Hawaii trip, and she told him about her ex-boyfriend. At the end of their conversation, she asked him to be forthright if he ever wanted to break up because she only wants to keep good memories of him. As Joon-wan reflects on her words, he takes out a set of rings from his pocket.

The scene transitions to Seok-hyung’s basement as the band plays the same song. After Ik-joon finishes, the song continues in the background, but this time, Jeon Mi-do (the actor playing Song-hwa) sings.

Spring of 2016. Chi-hong arrived at Yulje Medical Center for his first day as an intern and met Song-hwa on the elevator. He watched her press the buttons for the other passengers before they asked, and when they got off at the same floor, he assumed she was an intern, too.

Song-hwa smiled at his comment, and Chi-hong soon realized his mistake when he saw her in the neurology department—not as an intern but as a professor. In the present, Chi-hong sits on his bunk bed; the memory of that day bringing him a mix of emotions.

Joon-wan is notified of a donor for his infant patient, and he paces in the hall, waiting for an update. He turns to Jae-hak, making sure he kept the news a secret from the parents, and Jae-hak tells his nervous mentor that he knows that much. Once the donor is confirmed, Joon-wan notifies the parents, and though it won’t be easy, he promises to give it his all.

As Joon-wan leaves for the day, he checks his forehead and worries about a fever. He calls Jae-hak over to check as well, and the chief resident places his hand on Joon-wan’s forehead. Rather than find a thermometer, the two of them touch each other’s faces and even put their foreheads together to check Joon-wan’s temperature. In the end, Joon-wan seems to be fine as he goes into the operating room.

Nurse Song is busy as usual when the other staff members call her over to watch So-mi’s new video. It’s a video dedicated to Nurse Song (with Hong-do as clickbait, heh), and using a play on words with the show’s title, So-mi cheers on all the nurses like her mom.

Chi-hong updates Song-hwa on the ER patient’s improvements, and she’s relieved to hear the news as she goes to check on him. Contrary to their positive outlook, the patient is angry about his paralyzed arm. Though Song-hwa tells him that rehabilitation will help, the patient shuts out her advice and expresses his wish to die.

After the transplant operation, Joon-wan explains what happened to the parents, and actively tries to put them at ease while delivering the news—seems like Jae-hak has influenced him for the better. Once the parents leave, Joon-wan drops his composed act and asks his chief resident to monitor the patient. Jae-hak smiles and nods, unable to take his eyes off his mentor.

The test results for the liver donor match are in, and Ik-joon tells the family that the wife’s liver is too small. Unlike the rest of the family, the husband says that it’s a relief and comforts his crying wife.

In the garden, Chi-hong brings Song-hwa coffee and calls the patient out of line. Despite his attempts to raise her spirit, Song-hwa keeps her emotions bottled up, and instead, places the patient’s need first. She asks Chi-hong to tell the guardian about rehabilitation and offers to answer any questions she might have.

With all her friends gathered in her office, Song-hwa tells them that she’s moving to the Sokcho branch for a year to rest and fix her neck problem. The friends respond in turn—though Ik-joon is uncharacteristically silent—and though they hate to see her go, she assures them that she’ll still come by frequently.

She changes to the topic to Seok-hyung’s mom, and he tells her that she’s just staying the hospital because she’s been feeling weak recently. Later that day, he visits her in the VIP ward with Lawyer Pyung, but there isn’t time for idle chitchat since people from Chairman Yang’s side are coming over to talk about his will.

In the hospital garden, Rosa meets Gyu-wool, who tells her that she’s nothing to Jung-won. Rosa disagrees, and explains how she saw them together. With one look at her son, she knew that Gyu-wool was special to him. Though she could be wrong, Rosa wants to hold onto this last strand of hope and asks Gyu-wool for a tough favor: will she ask Jung-won to stay at the hospital?

 
COMMENTS

With only one episode left in this season of Hospital Playlist, it doesn’t feel like the show will give us a lot of closure to the questions raised so far. In some ways, this penultimate episode was like a preparation before the actual goodbye as characters are slowly planning their departures. Song-hwa might move to Sokcho, Ik-soon is going to the UK, and Jung-won is leaving to become a priest. I love when all five friends are together, so the thought of even one of them moving away leaves a hole in my heart. However, as much as I want them to stay, I would understand if the group breaks apart for a while. Having the friends deal with separation would raise a new set of questions and problems for the show to tackle. Much like love, friendship is a choice that all parties involved need to actively pursue, and just as long-distance relationships are hard, the same applies to friendships. I know their friendship remained intact even when Seok-hyung went to the United States for a couple of years, but maybe that was possible because it was Seok-hyung. What happens when the nurturing one (Jung-won) and the emotional pillar (Song-hwa) are both gone? Will the guys be okay with just Ik-joon, Joon-wan, and Seok-hyung? Granted, there’s no guarantee that any of the friends will leave, but it does make the audience wonder what would happen to this group as they face new challenges.

Besides physical separation, there is also the issue of romance. Though it hasn’t been explicitly stated, it’s clear as day that Ik-joon likes Song-hwa, and she is somewhat aware of his feelings. While I said in the previous episode that I could see the two friends ending up together, if it does happen, I highly doubt it will come into fruition this season. As much as I like Ik-joon and Chi-hong, I love Song-hwa as much or even more than them, and from the way these two acted this episode, I don’t think Song-hwa is ready to accept either of them as a love interest. Their attempts to show their feelings for Song-hwa came across as selfish and prideful, as if it was more about “outdoing” their competitor than actually caring for Song-hwa. Chi-hong’s wish could have been a touching moment if he let it end with just the first comment—a show of endearment without being pushy or making the mood awkward. Even Song-hwa laughed at first at his sweet and innocent attempt to step closer to her as a person rather than a junior. However, when he patted her on the shoulder, it immediately ruined the mood, and I couldn’t help but shake my head at Chi-hong for forgetting his first promise to not make things awkward. Part of my distaste for Chi-hong’s pat was that it didn’t feel natural. Chi-hong looked like he was trying to force a connection and mimic what Ik-joon did in the elevator. If he doesn’t realize his mistake and pushes Song-hwa into these uncomfortable encounters, I wouldn’t be surprised if she drew an even firmer line between them. As for Ik-joon, I didn’t find him much better than our resident. Following them to the party was fine because it fit his character, but instead of answering the questions with wit and not putting Song-hwa in an awkward position, he seemed to accept Chi-hong’s challenge. The alcohol probably caused a lapse in judgement, but in that moment, Ik-joon wasn’t thinking about Song-hwa but himself and Chi-hong. In that regard, jealousy may have spurred Ik-joon to action, but if he’s not careful, it could also be his downfall.

Though Song-hwa and Jung-won might leave, it’s really Ik-soon who is the most likely to go away. While three years might be short in the grand scheme of things, a long-distance relationship is still a huge hurdle for any couple. However, more than the separation, a different problem nagged at me throughout the entire episode concerning Joon-wan and Ik-soon. A terrible, past relationship has scarred Ik-soon, and though she loves Joon-wan enough to start dating again, it seems that the hurt from her ex-boyfriend hasn’t mended fully. I get the impression that Ik-soon is dating Joon-wan with their end in mind. Presently, she loves him, but in the back of her head, she can’t get rid of the thought that eventually their love will fizzle out because it happened to her before. In an attempt to protect herself from heartache, she’s mentally preparing for their breakup, which hinders their relationship. Joon-wan seems to be aware of this problem as well, and repeatedly lets Ik-soon know that he’s not like her old boyfriend. On one hand, I want him to be honest about his wants and give her the rings to symbolize his commitment to her (not proposing marriage), but I also understand his hesitation because if he pushes her too quickly, she might retreat into her shell. While Ik-soon is worried about Joon-wan breaking up with her, I’m more worried about her breaking up with him. Hopefully they can work through these problems because I really do believe that they love each other, and unlike his previous relationships, Joon-wan seems willing to stick around rather than bail at the first signs of trouble.

While I love a good romance, my favorite parts of these creators’ work (including Prison Playbook) has always been the family ties and friendships, which continues with this show, as well. I love the portrayal of friendship in this story, and the five friends never fail to make me laugh. Though I sound like a broken record, I adore them—flaws and all. Despite their busy schedules, they make time for each other, and their friendship feels genuine. No matter what storm passes through, I trust that these five individuals will always love one another and be there for each other in their times of need. In addition, they act comfortably around each other even if they don’t always see eye to eye. In fact, I think it’s because they are so different that their friendship has lasted this long. They all bring something to the relationship, and though they might complain about each other and claim not to match, that doesn’t hinder their friendship.

There were so many great moments this episode between the friends like the scenes where the group comforted Seok-hyung as he went through this family drama. Even though they already visited, the friends joined him at the funeral at night after all their surgeries. Then when he shared the story about the mistress, they got mad on his behalf (even Jung-won got angry). We also got the hilarious karaoke scene with drunk Jung-won, who’s a riot. I love the repeated use of the two food fighters and the way they get excited over their meals—but their relationship is even funnier by how the others accommodate their fast-eating friends. I also love the way Jung-won takes care of the others, bringing them stuff or asking how they are. I love the way Ik-joon shows no boundaries and can cuddle up to Joon-wan like it’s the most comfortable spot on the couch, and I love that Seok-hyung was the one who brought the band back together even though he’s a self-professed homebody and sociophobe. More than any romantic relationship, I ship their friendship and hope that nothing comes between them.

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#SongHwaRemainSinglePleaseThankYou

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Amen. Can we for once not have any romance between close friends from this writer-director duo?

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Yeah...please..Amen....I was on board Ik Jun ship until this episode when it reduced a terrific neurosurgeon with grest skill to just another love interest...not cool

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The Ik-Joon/Joon-Wan "cuddling session" scene was so hilarious, I've watched it numerous times. Haven't found any BTS footage yet, but it must have been even more hectic. ^^
Also, are we seeing some tiny progress on the Rosa/Jong-Soo romantic front? **

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Me too. I was sad when the making film came out and no clip of this scene. :( I bet they had crazy fun doing it.

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If you ever find it, let me know. ;-)
And for those interested in a short BTS clip of the noraebang drunken scene with English subs, here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6rmhCSfmDc

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Rosa and Jong Su. The way he took her hand to comfort her was so sweet and natural. Their friendship is simply the best(in my Tina Turner voice). I'm sad Song Hwa is leaving, she is such a great sunbae and I'm sad her interns are losing her. The romance for her isn't that interesting, if anything I hope she finds someone outside of this group, possibly while she is camping.

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Yes to this. If the writer-director decided to give Song-hwa a romantic relationship, I hope it will be with someone outside the hospital. I don't think she would feel comfortable with everyone knowing them as a couple, especially given how hard it was for her to be the first female professor in NS. I imagined that the constant commentaries about her ended up "only" finding a husband after all the hardworks would be so uncomfortable to hear.

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This drama is saving me from lockdown depression! I absolutely love the friendships. I like how they clearly show that your friends can know everything about you and still not know your heart. There have been some clues that lead me to believe Song Hwa's heart has been broken by Ik Joon before and that's why she is reluctant to accept him now. One of these is when Jun Wan tells Song Hwa that he thinks Ik Joon is going through something (back when his wife asked for a divorce), her usual response as seen with Seok Hyeong is to ask questions and offer comfort. But in that instance she backs off and says that if he has a problem he will talk about it himself. Also there are a few signs that Song Hwa did have a small crush on Ik Joon back then like her following him out during orientation. I just hope they talk it out and resolve it either way. I didn't realize how much I would come to love this show, and the fact that it has a second season in the works make me so happy!
Also props to the writer, this is a lovely recap.

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My favourite scenes were JWan's :
They way he eats with SHwa. I don't know why they couldn't marry each other because of that.
When he has fever and he asks Jae-hak to verify for him, they're a comic duo! Not surgeons.
If I'm still sad I couldn't see the progression of his relationship with ISoon, I like how they're trying to find a solution.

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I dislike people who say one thing when they mean another or who say they want something when they want something else. Don't tell me you don't want the last cookie if you WANT it. Just eat the damn cookie instead of pouting when I eat it. That's why I am mad at Chihong. I'm not mad that he has this unrequited love thing going on. The heart does weird things sometimes. I'm not even mad that he is holding on to someone who has made it clear she is not interested. What gets my blood boiling is that he says one thing then does another. After he made his confession and got turned down, he promised not to make things weird for her then proceeded to make things weird. He asked her out to dinner on his birthday, promised again not to make things weird, and went back on his word! His actions are bad enough, but I hate how he keeps breaking his word. I hope he gets some character growth by the end of the season or sometime early next season.

Rant over.

I wonder how long Junwan can be ok with Ik-sun's "no marriage" rule. He clearly wants to marry her and she is adamant about not getting married so I wonder if they can keep this up. I hope we do get some sort of resolution and not the crapfest that was the leads' relationship in Search WWW.

I had a bit of a problem with how Jungwon's mom chose to try and keep him from becoming a priest. I do get how scared she is that her youngest child won't live a "normal" life, but using Gyeowool seems manipulative and a bit much.

While I love my WinterGarden ship, a part of me wants Jungwon to go and be a priest or at the very least go and see if it really is for him. The people who have been telling him to stay rarely seem to be focusing on what he wants but what they want. Maybe he'll go and realize that being a doctor is his true calling after all. If he does come back, I want it to be because he felt it was the best thing for him to do.

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Practically speaking, the show needs to have a reason for us to tune in next season. If Jung-won leaves to be a priest, we have to see if he changes his mind and comes back. Song-hwa is leaving -- what will it mean for her relationship with Ik-joon? They're going to miss each other so much, and....? It's an interesting thought that maybe Ik-joon broke Song-hwa's heart, because I thought the subtext was that he married just anyone when he couldn't have Song-hwa. Was it all a big misunderstanding all along? He was a night clubber, she loves camping. Maybe age has smoothed out differences that would have been a bigger deal when they were younger? I bet next season will throw other people at them before it lets them discover whether they are just friends deep down, or whether they belong together.

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Oh please dont left so many loose threads in season finale... The main attraction of kdrama for me is the definite start and end of the story. This kind of split my heart... In one end i want to seem more of them but in the other end I want to know the ending of these plots now, not 1 year from now.

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I totally agree. I would much rather see all threads wrapped up nicely and not be left hanging. But they are planning second season....

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Exactly. From the moment Chi Hong touch Song Hwa shoulder, i'm starting to dislike him. I think he really cross the boundary there.

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Thank you, @lovepark, for the summary. I didn't know there would be a season 2 for this show. Yes, the way things are now - the last episode wouldn't make me be satisfied, what with all the upcoming cliff-hangers, most probably. I adore Joon-wan, the way he doesn't push Ik-soon into anything. I understand Seok-hyung for thinking about the mistress' baby. Yes, it's not the baby's fault. I love Ik-joon for his empathy with the patient's wife.

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We don't have to like the same thing or have the same interpretion. I thought I was wrong about how these recaps excluded Jeong won and Gyeo ul's relationship development narrative. Whether it was when it was ambiguous or now, that it becomes a bit obvious. I guess there is a bias towards this ship. They're not in Lovepark's liking.

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Unfortunately, i agree. I thought only me that feels this way 😅. Most of their part of is (mostly) just mentioned slightly and there are not many comments about them. I starting to look at other channel, to see more review about them.

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I don't really know what to say about their relationship because it would mostly be speculation on my part, so I don't really touch on the ship. I love both of them as characters and could see them together, but the show is deliberately vague about their romantic pairings. (Again, I'm pretty neutral when it comes to shipping.) I would love to read your comments about the two, though! That's what this space is for, so if you see things the recap doesn't include (which is a lot because the show has a ton of content to discuss) please do share. I love reading the comments and hearing different opinions :)

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I think you did a great job, @lovepark , since in my opinion, speculation or prediction would hinder a recap, and you made your choice for not commenting on (possible) relationship/lovelines, which like you said, DB readers could have commented here about the Jwon-Gaeul ship..thanks for recapping!

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Thank you for explaining you stand point, though. I understand, really appreciate it 👌.

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That scene with the truth and dare game made me uncomfortable for our girl Song Hwa. When Chi Hong crossed the line after promising he won't, I was angry at him and here when both boys fought over Song Hwa to mark her, I was angry at them. We don't know how song hwa feels about Ik jun but I think we can say she was frustrated by his behaviour as evidenced when she lolls IJ's head away in the car ride and when she avoids meeting his eyes during the band practise.
I was a firm IJ×SHwa supporter but after this episode I have sold a few stocks..
So as a result I think I'll be okay even if IJ and SHwa aren't end game(If they keep going at this rate it will be easy to sell all the stocks) but then I wouldn't want SongHwa to end up with any of the guys from the group because that basically would mean that all guys sans Jun wan have had feelings for Song Hwa at one point and that just throws out what they themselves established in episode one that there can be a completely platonic friendship between opposite genders . If IJ is not the end game then please someone else from outside the group!
This being out of the way, I like how you have analysed Jun wan's and Ik Sun's relationship. Really hope their relationship can make it intact to the season finale and beyond.
Also eventhough most part of my comment is talking about end games I'm kinda disappointed that it turned out to be more of a guessing game not unlike the reply seasons. When the drama was initially announced i thought it would be more like Prison Playbook and as that is my favourite drama ever I was really excited. This is not to say I haven't enjoyed the run, it's just that the enjoyment has been a little tainted with the guessing game again. I would have preferred that we know from the start who everyone is going to end up with like it happens in any another drama where we have clear leads [so even if second leads are very swoony we are smart enough to know that our FL isn't going to end up with him] and then we follow their journey and see their developing romantic and individual arcs!!
Nevertheless, like the recap comment says, I love the drama for the family ties and friendships established. These parts are always the highlight of an episode.

Final episode, I'm ready for you!!

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Or JWan and SHwa could also be the end-game.

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I thought I was the only one a bit miffed with Ik Jun's drinking antics in this episode. Also Ch Hong, dude....she is your boss...you don't do that to your boss no matter what....he invades her space, I find is seriously inappropriate and given, Seong Haw's character, I imagine it makes her uncomfortable as well. I think she is partly leaving the hospital to avoid this drama. Ik Jun and Chi Hong both. I feel for Jun Wan but I wish he was more honest with Ik Sun. I felt Seok Hyung is a strangely calm and rational person given his parents. He was right, his unborn doongsaeng is at no fault and should not be blamed for this mess. I see why the friends reacted otherwise because they do not want the mistress to take advantage of him. But Seok Hyung was right here. Also his mother is responsible for directly prohibiting the child to not be legally recognized by law as child of the family. That was just wrong on many levels. I hope they sort it out. Not much thought on Jung Won. His love story with Gyeo Wool is the most unnatural part of this drama especially nowa Rosa randomly using her to prevent her son from becoming a man of God, I shook my head at that......I want them as a couple but not this way..... I hope they do these two justice next season.

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Also the friendship will survive. Ik Jun and Jun Wan are school buddies and have worked and been around each other the longest.. judging by bits and pieces of their conversation the five friends have spent significant amount of time away working in different places before. If the friendship survived that distance, it will survive this as well. Also lets be honest Jung Won is not becoming priest. He loves his job wayyy too much for that. He will come around, we have to just see how.

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Sorry @gem28,
Jung Won has already booked his flight to Rome on Alitalia where he will be met by his older cousin Fr. Ahn (cameo of THE DIVINE FURY's Exorcist Fr. Ahn) Ahn Sung-gi who will be his mentor.

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Well, I know but I don't buy it.

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He's not becoming a priest. He'll sure go to Italy, he'll start the journey but drop out.

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LOL.. will he become an exorcist apprentice too?

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Regarding Ik-jun's actions with SHwa. Well, I'm actually glad that he is finally showing her that he likes her. In a way, he is also doing 'something for himself'. Ik-sun told J-wan that since IJ got married, he changed and she wondered if he has done anything for himself. We all know that he was the partying kind, but this all changed when he got married and had Woo-joo. I think that IJ, despite his somewhat cavalier and 'jokey' nature is a person who puts others before himself. In their med school days, he gave up his relationship with SHwa when he found out that SH liked her. He had already bought her a ring, they had already arranged to meet up, but he sent her a text to cancel it - all because he did not want his affection for SHwa to be a wedge in his relationship with SH.

And it is not that she did not return the feelings. I feel very strongly that she did like him back then. Firstly, she agreed to meet him alone on her birthday. Secondly, when she saw the birthday cake during their band practice that day, she smiled and looked at IJ. Thirdly, her eyes lit up with such admiration and adoration when IJ jazzed up Canon in D.

Soooo, all this while, he has actually been holding a torch for her but hid it. (It is interesting to note that the 2 guys who liked SHwa were the only 2 who got married... I wonder why) Anyway, now that he sees competition again, I'm glad that he is not making another sacrifice. The last time, it was for the sake of a good friend. This time, CH is no close friend, and I think that IJ fears that if he does not tell SHwa how he feels, he will forever be in friend-zone.

I want this nutty but caring man and this amazingly sweet and capable woman to be together.

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Same! I'm rooting for IJ and SW. I love how quietly he confessed to her when it was only the two of them eating breakfast. Granted, that scene with SW's team was a bit cringey, but I can forgive that. CH crossing the line, however, left a very bad taste in the mouth. He shouldn't force it. It will only drive SW farther away. I wonder if she will eventually tell him off bcs I don't think CH has backed down yet.

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It's always the small thing that get to me. Like Chi-hong who unconsciously picked up Song-hwa's "superpower" into his own thing. Though I have to admit I don't really like the way this eps put Song-hwa at the center of love triangle problem. There are so many other things they can explore with character as awesome as her, and it disappointed me that she only ended up as the token love interest in this story. Maybe it's a good thing that she decided to go to the branch hospital for a while. Besides the health problem, I bet she must felt quite uncomfortable with the constant display of romantic feeling from both Ik-jun and Chi-hong. I just hope she get to have another kind of character development in the next season.

One of the reason I like the romantic development in this series (despite it happening all at the same time, which could be eye-roll inducing) was because of how the writer-director explore that as a private matter between the 2 people involved. Whether it about established couple like Jun-wan and Ik-sun or the ones that has only started talking about their feelings like Min-ha and Seok-hyung, each step of their relationship felt private. They never have to confront their feelings towards each other within other people's presence. And that allowed them to respond truthfully in a way most comfortable to them, without having to maintain "certain images" in front of others. The complicated matters between Ik-jun, Song-hwa, and Chi-hong also used to be dealt in the same manner for the last 10 eps. Which is why I was so disappointed (read: almost angry) with the latest development. It felt out of character somehow to have Chi-hong be that pushy in public, or to have Ik-jun unable to give a witty distracting answer to avoid putting Song-hwa on the spot in front of all her subordinates. Come on, writer and director-nim, we know you are more than capable of doing much much better than this. Please don't ruin the finale eps with a cheap move like this again.

As for the medical story of the week, my heart goes to the wife of the liver transplant patient. The way the husband's family pressured her to donate her liver in a way that left her no room to object was just too painful to watch. Thankfully Ik-jun is the doctor in charge who knows how to read the situation and give her a graceful way out. What a dilemmatic position she found herself in, and her regretful and guilty sobs when Ik-jun told the news to the family later just broke my heart.

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Yes, the family of that liver transplant patient was just incredible. Not one of them loved him enough to volunteer as a donor, but they all were ready to volunteer the wife. It was really heartwarming when the patient was relieved that she couldn't donate and told his family to leave her alone.

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The patient's extended family..ughh..
What made it worse was how they all were like ofc, we will donate,family comes first blah blah in front of the son and then turned as one at the poor wife once he left. Urgh,hypocrites,the lot of them. The way they talked to her, you can see it's not the first time they have made demands of the docile daughter in law.
The patient however turned out to be so sweet. Having his wife's back. Which made the poor thing feel extra bad. But he made the right call. They can't take risks with the wife's health as well when they have a young child to care for. Bet he knows his 'loving' family ain't gonna be much help to them if something goes wrong with the surgery.

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My hart actually went out to the wife of the liver patient. I'm from India and we have a similar culture of putting way too much pressure on the wife in any situation. Her pain felt so real.to me because I've seen the daughter in law of a family be asked to sacrifice a lot without any say in the matter. I loved it when her husband said that it was between the three of them

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Also the bizarre automatic assumption that she would be a match. I was so happy when I Jun wasn't having any of it . Terrible people. I also totally agree on the Song Hwa front, she is so interesting with her camping and five brothers. Give us more of that and less uncomfortable silly love triangle.

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It's gonna be the last episode today but I'm not ready.. I'm going to miss our bffs while waiting for the second season. Wherever everyone ends up tonight, I hope it'll be in a good place. I'm lowering my expectations so as not to get hurt.

And BTW, so happy that Jeon Mido got to sing an OST and top music charts with it. Way to go!

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I think Ik-joon knows about Joon-wan and Ik-soon. I think he just pretended to leave the house when Joon-wan came over. Than he pretended to reenter the house so he can left the house for real.

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Yes, of course he knows. He claims that he went back to the hospital to study, but we all saw him playing on his computer! It's his way of giving them some space. He's sweet in this way.
Ans Joon wan couldn't be any more obvious - bringing over the crabs when he heard that Ik-soon wanted crabs, lying about the water problem in his house and cleaning the same spot on the floor over and over. Ik-joon is not stupid or blind, so I'm sure he knows about them. I also notice that whenever Joon-wan and Chi-Hong are in the space/room, he will always ask CH about his sister - this is Ik-jun being his annoying self, just to provoke Joon-wan to jealousy.

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At this point IJ would have to be a priced idiot not to have figured it out! JW made a date to meet his GF for dinner in front of him and then showed up to his house with snow crabs that his sister was craving. And then what was that reference to our universe aka Ujju in front of Ik Joon?? I have decided to believe that this is JW's master plan. He did try to talk to IJ but kept getting rebuffed. So now he has decided to be blatantly obvious so that if IJ still doesn't get it, it's on him for being thick. Although that race to the ground when IJ re-entered tells us that JW 's scaredy cat instincts are alive and thriving :)

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I really liked Kim Dae Myung's acting in that scene where Seok-hyung was conveying to Song-hwa that he didn't know what he should be feeling about his dad's illness - elation, or sadness. The very subtle changes in his facial expressions, a little movement of the jaw etc, all conveyed his confusion about his own feelings and state of mind so well. The acting was really superb.

I also liked how this episode gave some highlight (although snippets have been peppered throughout earlier episodes too) to the hard and good work that the nurses do too, other than the doctors. Nurse Song is so calm, so competent and so reassuring at her work that these are exactly what facilitates the doctors' work and also provides comfort to the patients.

Another scene-stealer from Ik-joon climbing on top of Joon-wan and essentially lying on top of him. I cannot. stop. laughing. Lol need the BTS of this scene! I have a feeling the actors probably just added their own ad-libbing actions here haha.

And that little detail about Joon-wan learning from Jae-hak's feedback in the earlier episodes about re-packaging his words to the patient's family so as to give them a summary reassurance at the start first (before going into the specifics). I like how the script-writing continues tying up such character developments in a consistent manner, and cements my earlier comment that I think Joon-wan would make an ideal mentor and a great doctor - strict for his juniors' good, but willing to step up quietly to take on responsibilities he didn't like but for his juniors' sake, and being so competent yet always willing to learn from everyone else.

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I too like how Joon-wan learnt to give more assuring feedback to his patients. For one, it's not always the juniors learning from their professors, but that learning and growing is both ways. It also shows that Joon-wan for all his blustery ways, is humble and respectful enough towards Jae-hak to learn from him. I love how their relationship has grown over the episodes.

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I keep saying it again and again that this duo has the best professor×resident dynamic!

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Thank you for the recap!!
I remember reading few comments on chi-hong's behaviour coming across as creepy and this episode confirmed it. All the care I felt for him went out with the wind when he patted her shoulder. Way to make it awkward, dude.
But ikjoon.. I know he was wrong at the game. But I also took it as his confession to song hwa and chi-hong, that she has been more than a friend to him. He wanted to make it clear, coz we have seen how ch's closeness to song hwa bothers him. Then again, now it seems this ship won't be sailing in the near future.
Rosa and jong-soo have pure friendship, nothing else.
Mama knows the best. Winter garden ❤❤

Song hwa temporarily moving might have something to do with the truth and dare game..

Why is it ending 😭😭
Next season won't be airing soon. How can I live without them now??
What am I gonna do now(chun song to style)????

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Thanks for another wonderful recap @lovepark
IJ-SH-CH : Well the guys sure made it about themselves this episode. Both of them respect and adore SH but at crucial points they let the other's presence in SH's life and their growing insecurity over it color their actions and ended up making SH super uncomfortable.
SongHwa: SH had already said that moving to a small place and practicing and studying at her own pace is her dream life. I think the ungrateful patient made her think about what she's offering at a more holistic level as a doctor. Her own recent health scare+the increased toll the surgeries are taking on her must have also contributed to the decision. And she definitely needs some space away from IJ and CH.
Joo Wan: Poor JW is seeing too many good byes right now. He was totally about to say who else would I eat with when SH announced her plans to leave but in the end got embarrassed and switched it to band practice :)
JW-IS: His relationship with IS is at a critical juncture. Like @lovepark pointed out, IS is still not completely over her past hurt and keeps anticipating an end. JW knows that the physical distance between them is probably gonna exacerbate the problem, but there isn't anything he can do about it. He is always busy trying to soothe her anxieties but for this relationship to stand the test of time, he should also let her know about his actual hopes and anxieties as well.

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Seok Hyeong : SH was a real adult this episode. He was honest about his mixed feelings for his father and I loved how he supported his mother’s decisions even when he didn’t fully understand them. I was a bit confused that even saintly Jung Won was against letting his unborn half sibling get a part of their inheritance. Yes it’s super vexing that the girl friend ends up profiting but surely there are ways to set up trust in a way that it benefits the child alone. SH certainly has the right attitude in not carrying any grudge against the unborn child for the indecencies it’s father and mother propagated.
Rosa Winter Garden: Jong Won’s finally comfortable and light with GW and I’m glad to see it. Was also happy to see that GW hadn’t read any romantic interest into his newfound closeness. But I am really shocked that Rosa is pressuring GW to ask JW to stay back. I get why she wants to hold onto her youngest child but she should talk to JW first if she suspects he has feelings for this woman. We still haven’t been shown that JW has had any second thoughts about priesthood.

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Thank you for the recap @lovepark!

I was a bit disappointed about the lack of Jung-won And Gyueo-wool in this ep.

(But, I've been binge watching the PDs past works (Reply 1994, 1988) and I guess it is just his style to touch on a lot of things with just a few seconds of screen time. And I am not complaining, I think it is a great talent. Some dramas can't even get the feeling across even with minutes of footage.)

That is why even if there are a lot of great scenes this ep, I will focus on JW and GW. 😁

I have sooooo many different theories about what could happen after rewatching their scenes over and over again. But I am almost 100% sure none of them will be right. 😂

It is more logical to think JW will surely become a priest.. it runs in the family, it has been his lifelong dream.
BUT he has shown some out of character behavior with regards to GY.
BUT it might just be because he feels GY can be a PedSurgeon and take his place.
BUT his long time friend Ik Joon and his mother senses something, or is it just wishful thinking on their part.
BUT... So many more buts 😂

Sidenote: I really loved Yoo Yeon Sook's version of "Confession is not flashy."
I was actually thinking if JW will confess, it is by way of a dinner invite since they say he is usually the one being invited out, not the other way around. But in the preview, he did suggest it if the surgery was successful... 🤔

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It was interesting to note the 4 guy's response to SH's departure news. It was pretty much in line with how they reacted when she had revealed her impending biopsy few episodes back.
Joo won's concern coming out in violent OTT outbursts , Jong Won and Seok Hyung silently hearing her out and expressing solidarity with her choices. Last time Ik Jun had made throwaway remarks and pretended to take SH up on her word,but this time he was silent. Last time he had shown up in person to be a pillar of support to SH but this time I really hope he senses her need for space and follows JW and SH's mode of support.

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I like that these characters are written well to the point that we see their personalities by looking at how they react to different situations, big or small. My fave is Junwan. He is always the one to make blunt comments and outbursts (even if he is coming from a place of concern). Hehe!

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Love everything you said about the 5friends together, @lovepark , I felt so attached to them because I feel that their friendship look and felt genuine, props to cast and writer+pd..
Jaehak continued to be one of the highlight for me, his scene with jwan in that ‘do I have a fever or not’, hahaha..Thermometer will do, guys!

I have my preference on the lovelines, but I chose not to mention it here, but I read somewhere that pdShin said this drama is a mesh of Friends and Grey Anatomy, so as a fans of the two dramas referred to, here is my attempt to find similarity of characters:
in Friends
- stylish Rachel (chu min ha) bestfriended geek Monica (Gaeul)
- comedic Chandler (ik joon) and flustered Ross (Seokhyung)

in Grey Anatomy:
- ‘righteous’ with flaws Meredith (songhwa), playboy and ‘rude’ Alex (Jwan)
- ‘dreamy’ well McDreamy (jwon), sassy Izzi (iksoon),,

hmm..what do you think of my attempt here, writer Lee and PDShin?
:D

ep 12, I’m so ready but also not ready for you!

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I was always on Team Chi-hong ever since he went to the camping site and I was still on Team Chi-hong went he requested the banmal but that pat on the shoulder was not it. I'm sad that the writer has turned this episode into a competition between the men without even giving us a glimpse of how SH feels. Yes, she felt uncomfortable in all those scenes and it seems right that she wanted to leave all that. She became a tool of some sort when in fact SH is great and awesome as she is, well, that's probably why men are after her. Anyways, I'm all for SH not ending up with anyone. And if she does, like one beanie said, outside from the hospital.

Also, that's a lot of responsibility given to Gyu-wool when it's still not sure how Jung-won really feels.

Lastly, every scene with the five of them makes me miss my friends who I haven't met in a looooong time and still unsure as to when we will meet again.

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This episode left me with a bit of anger for Ik Sun. As @lovepark has put it accurately, Ik Sun is dating with the end of the relationship in mind. For her, she already feels like it's going to end and for her, it's just a matter of when. While I understand that she has been scarred by a previous relationship, she should realise that her approach to her current relationship is unfair to Jun Wan. He has done everything in his power to reassure her that he isn't like her previous boyfriend and that he doesn't mind if she doesn't want to get married, but Ik Sun is uncomfortable with even a token of commitment, like couple rings. It just vexes me that she always talks about their breakup as if it's a certainty, which can be really hurtful for Jun Wan.
On a side note, Jae Hak and Jun Wan are so adorable. They go on to prove that teachers also learn a lot from their students. Them checking their temperatures was so adorable.
I'm not gonna get into our love triangle because a lot has already been said about it and I have nothing to add except that Ik Jun might finally be starting to move on after his divorce and do things for himself. I don't condone what he did with Song Hwa but I feel like she is gonna want to remain friends and he will finally learn to move on and open his heart to love ( even though we all know taht the love of his life will always be U Joo)

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Thank you for the recap @lovepark. This show is my happy pill ... and I am so not looking forward to the break between seasons.

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Ikjun started the pissing match with the elevator shoulder pat and call in the car, like he was marking his territory in front of the Captain. Call me crazy and delusional, but I’m still on the Songhwa-Captain Ahn ship.

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He was totally marking his territory. He didn't like it when Chi Hong dropped by for lunch in the past episodes too. I adore Chi Hong and I also adore Ik Joon. I wouldn't know who to choose so if were in Song Hwa's shoes, it's best to go to seokcho

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It's ok to be crazy and delusional,but have a life vest handy.....

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Were Song Hwa and Ik Joon in a relationship during med school? I found it strange that Ik Joon bought the rings so confidently. He even describes his girlfriend to be neat. So they were in a relationship already? I also fins it odd that Song Hwa was not shocked nor bothered by Ik Jun's breakfast confession and even during the spin the bottle. It's like she has always known. The way Ik Joon stared at here when she announced her leaving, Ik Joon behaved like he knows exactly what she's thinking. It's probably a more complicated past for these two.

I see why SH is leaving. It's the easiest and best solution. She knows Chi Hong is acting up and so is Ik Joon. She's tired. When she said she prefers to be alone, I think she meant it.

The best part about this drama is definitely the friendship. And I like that we're not shown everything. This way, I feel like i'm one of the gang and i'm just picking up cues from my group of friends.

LMAO ik Jun could have a formal fall back career as a fortune teller.

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It’s amazing how this drama doesn’t really have a clear plot, but it’s just good as it is and I keep wanting for more episodes. There’s something about this drama that somehow heals the soul.

I think Ik Joon knows that Ik Soon is dating Joon Wan if he’s clever enough because on the phone JW said something like I’ll come up with excuse to come over and he did come over to IJ place bringing the food that IS is craving. It’s just weird how IJ came back just to put U-Ju inside bedroom.

I’m not totally invested and a big fan of Winter Garden couple, but I like their progress. I just hope that Jung Won will change his mind. While being a priest is a noble move, but with him helping out kids and people in need are already good enough. Plus, I kinda pity his mom.

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I ship their friendship too! that last shot of Jeung Won is awful-funny!

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DIED during jung-won's karaoke... especially since yoo yeon-seok is singing the SAME song he sang for the reply 1994 ost except he just acted drunk

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Delegating the task (to GW) in persuading JW to abandon his desire to join the clergy, or just live a normal earthly life .... is downright pathetic and insensitive to the girl and her family. Rosa is too selfish here.

This could easily appear as asking GW to....give him ecstasy...spread it or give him whatever he wants....practice the art of seduction whatever....stop him by any means.

Fast forward, assuming it worked and they got married...then that union better last forever without any problems. I can't imagine the ensuing blame game if things go south.

I will not blame GW's parent...if they get fuming mad 100 times more.

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I also concur some actions of Chi Hong seems out of place of his character. But I really like how these bunch of friends managed to keep hold of their friendship through 20years of many other events in their lives.Kudos, not many people in real life can do that, especially when one find other life commitments.

Waiting for season 2, hopefully 5 friends all still intact at the same hospital and SongHwa gets better.

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I just logged in to rant about CH hahahaah....just like many of you, I was angry with the shoulder squeeze and violating SH's boundaries and not keeping his word. I've always thought he was low key creepy where SH was concerned and now I really dislike him...and even more when I watched ep 12....the guy has no respect for SH's boundaries or consideration for how uncomfortable he is making her feel
I mean he appears to be a good friend / reliable colleague etc but I can't help wondering if he is motivated to do well at work partly because of his huge crush on SH...
This drama is quite progressive for a kdrama I think in showing how men and women can be close platonic friends..I love Rosa and Jongsu's friendship where skinship is supportive and not romantic.I mean that's rare for a kdrama!
Then you have CH..who's a regressive character where it comes to romance, like those chaebol jerks who are pushy and disrepectful....yucks.
On a happy note, you can watch the BTS of Mido and Parasol practicing here!
https://tv.naver.com/v/13762450#

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Joon Wan's 'speech' to Ik Soon was so sweet.

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I binged this drama over the weekend and have only one more episodes to go! I have a few thoughts on the relationships so far:

On Joo-wan and Ik-sun

I definitely ship them and had a big grin on my face when Joo-wan danced around the hallways before. Everyone was rosy. Reality is now setting in, and my heart breaks for both of them. Joo-wan has found someone he wants to marry, and he loves her enough to wait for her. Ik-sun is not on the same wavelength yet. The way she talked about Ik-jun doing nothing for himself after marriage suggests that she doesn't want to be "tied down". Her nickname is "bird", and she will indeed fly away to do her PhD. While Joo-wan calls marriage and kids a blessing, Ik-sun wants to live her own life before sharing it with someone else. Long-distance relationships have their own set of issues, and I'm both nervous and interested to see how the show will resolve this (or not, since we have more seasons to go). If it were any other show we'd just gloss over this and have a silly time skip, and Ik-sun would come back in 3 years. I'm glad to see this show addressing their relationship difficulties head-on.

On Ik-jun and Song-hwa
It's been clear to me from the beginning that something happened during their college days. The moment they first met in the storage room and took that photo, Ik-jun looked bashful sitting next to Seong-hwa. Now we know that he meant to confess to her, and that she followed him out from the gathering. I think they both missed the boat, as you do sometimes, but remained steadfast friends. Ik-jun shouldn't have joined in the truth game with the residents, because he got drunk and felt challenged by Chi-hong to spill the truth. That put Seong-hwa in an uncomfortable spot, not to mention her resident has been crossing the line repeatedly with her. So, I understand her desire to move away and take a break. She doesn't want things to change, in my view. Her worsening cervical pain suggests that she is stressed and tired, but she's such a strong person that people didn't notice it before.

On Jung-won and Gyu-wool
I don't really get the "Winter Garden" couple, as beanies call it. I think Gyu-wool's crush is cute and understandable (I mean, who wouldn't crush on such a handsome sunbae!) but after her dinner date was turned down she has not tried to confess or anything. I actually like that they both keep the relationship professional, like mentor and mentee. If there is any romance in store for them, it will take time. Mama Rosa might jump the gun by asking too much of Gyu-wool. I also think that Jung-won does not have a vocation for the priesthood, but he needs to realise that on his own. I want him to stay at the hospital because he realises that he has a gift for treating kids (and dealing with parents!), not because wuv will make him change his mind.

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This episode was honestly so awkward. I liked Chi-hong at first, but I think he's making Songhwa uncomfortable without knowing it. However, I don't think Ik-joon was trying to make Songhwa uncomfortable because he WAS just gonna drink to the personal questions and not answer. It was Chi-hong who wanted Ik-joon to answer in the first place by acting as his "savior." That makes it two times Chi-hong made Songhwa uncomfortable. Let's be real here, they plan for 3 seasons, so I wouldn't be surprised if there were unexpected pairings like in the Reply series (not that I want it to happen). I just hope HP doesn't turn away from the medical aspect of this drama and the friends are still a nice squad.

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IkJun es una persona inteligente y considerada, incluso a puesto a los demás primero que a el, no creo que haya sido intencional hacer sentir incómoda a SongHwa en el juego de la botella( el realmente la ama); creo que fue producto del alcohol y la situación en la que los puso ChiHong con su inconsciente torpeza.
Creo que todos merecen ser felices.
Me encantaría ver a SongHwa compartir dulce y divertidamente las citas de sandwiches con el adorable Uju y su papá, me gustaría que fuesen una familia; pero aceptaré la decisión que tome SongHwa tal ves su año afuera sea beneficioso para ella, se lo merece.

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