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Hospital Playlist: Episode 8

Everyone makes mistakes, even doctors, but not everyone accepts responsibilities for their faults. Some choose to run and others even push the blame onto others. However, the show reminds its viewers that there are still decent people in the world who take their responsibilities seriously, and it is thanks to these individuals that the world isn’t so bad.

 
EPISODE 8 RECAP

Gyu-wool asks Jung-won to buy her dinner, emphasizing how she wants to eat with just the two of them. His face tenses at her declaration, and after a pause, he turns her down because he’s visiting his mom this weekend.

In the neurosurgeon residents’ office, the residents express their worries over Jae-hak since he was scammed out of his deposit by his real estate agent. Meanwhile, the hospital director hounds Joon-wan to accept the chief position of his department, but he refuses and goes to his operating room. During the surgery, he reprimands Jae-hak for coming unprepared and warns him to keep his personal life outside of work.

Seok-hyung makes his rounds sans Eun-won who disappeared after a patient died. He’s sympathetic to the resident’s struggles since the work is difficult yet the department is short-staffed. However, this means Min-ha has to pull double-duty, and she yawns in the back—her face looking uncharacteristically bare.

Ik-joon meets with a patient whose charts shows signs of liver cancer. They need to run additional tests to verify his prognosis, but Ik-joon tells the crying family to stay optimistic since the cancer may be operable.

While Jung-won watches over a baby in the PICU, Joon-wan finds Song-hwa stretching in the hospital garden. As they eat bread, she asks about his girlfriend, and Joon-wan says that he’ll introduce her to them later.

Jung-won skips towards his friends and tells them that his patient has improved. He describes his patient’s poop in more details than the eating friends want, and in retaliation, they hide Jung-won’s bread. Song-hwa: “It is turning into poop right now.”

Joon-wan meets with some guardians and informs them of their baby’s rare heart condition. He has no explanation for the disease, and though there is only a 50% chance for success, surgery is the only option.

At the bank, Jung-won offers the bank teller some advice on good posture while picking up his matured savings account (nicknamed, “Mom’s 70th Birthday Trip”). Before he heads out, he asks if the rumors are true and asks for a doll. How is this forty-year-old so adorable?

While Rosa cuts flowers in his office, Jung-won brings her a glass jar he got from Song-hwa. Rosa gushes about Song-hwa—proving that all the moms love her—and she wonders why such a great person isn’t interested in her son. He changes the topic to Rosa’s upcoming birthday, but Rosa just wants a trip with the four of them: her, Jung-won, Song-hwa, and Jong-soo. Ha!

Speaking of Jong-soo, he slurps cup ramyun in his cousin’s office, covered in bruises after falling in the bathroom. The hospital director asks if Jong-soo’s sons know, but Jong-soo kept his accident a secret since his sons are busy. He asks about the open chief position, instead, and suggests a young professor should take the position. The director sighs over the lack of prospects since no one wants to take on extra duties.

Jung-won forgets his phone as he leaves for an operation, so when the chief priest calls him, Rosa answers it. The priest shares the good news about Jung-won’s recommendation letter being accepted, but Rosa’s face hardens. She tells the priest that her son won’t schedule an interview, and hangs up just as Jung-won comes back for his phone. Rosa passes along the message, but looking at her son, she begs him to stay by her side and live a normal life.

A nurse sighs over an angry patient asking for stronger painkillers, so Gyu-wool checks on him. His wound is clean, so when his insists on a particular drug, Gyu-wool asks if he’s an addict. She states the facts of his current situation, and the patient huffs at her accusation and hides under the covers.

An elderly guardian shouts at Jae-hak over the phone for not checking on his wife, and Jae-hak apologizes before hanging up. Chi-hong asks why Jae-hak chose cardiothoracic surgery when it’s such a busy department, and Jae-hak tells him that the CS department offered more money. As for Chi-hong, he chose neurosurgery because he saw a documentary where the surgeon operated while sitting down.

The daughter of the elderly guardian calls Jae-hak, apologizing for her father’s call, but instead of graciously accepting the apology, Jae-hak tells the daughter that her father is rude. The neurosurgeons exchange worried looks with each other as they overhear Jae-hak’s call.

Song-hwa makes coffee in her office when Ik-joon drops by to ask if she’s coming to dinner. She tells him that she’s going after attending an acquaintance’s wedding and wouldn’t miss the chance of a Jung-won paid meal.

Just as Song-hwa warns her friend not to touch the pot, Ik-joon shows her his burned fingers. Pfft. She wraps up his burns—including his unhurt pinkie—but goes overboard with the bandages. Ik-joon complains about looking like Demetan Croaker, but Song-hwa leaves him behind since she’s late.

At a café, Rosa meets with Jong-soo and asks if he’s been to the hospital. He jokes about being at the hospital everyday because of work, and tells her that he’s fine. Rosa scolds him for not telling his family and then berates his sons for only visiting their sick mom once during the seven years she was hospitalized. Seems like someone has his own family troubles.

Jung-won buys his friends tteokbokki for dinner, and Seok-hyung tattles to his mom about the cheap meal. Joon-wan notices Ik-joon’s gloves and wonders if he’s parodying Inside Men. Ik-joon responds by quoting the movie and mimicking the iconic scene, though Only Song-hwa laughs at his joke. Heh.

The others ask Jung-won if his father really didn’t leave his son anything, and Jung-won admits that he did receive something. Everyone perks up in their seats, and Jung-won tells them that his father secretly donated money to an orphanage every month. Of course, secretly-an-angel Jung-won decided to uphold his father’s tradition.

After hearing about his friend’s saintly deeds, Seok-hyung offers to buy dinner instead. Jung-won protests, claiming to have money, but the others feel more comfortable mooching off their actual rich friend and start adding more to their orders.

After the food fighters finish eating, they ask about Seok-hyung’s mom, and he tells them that she refuses to get a divorce even if the chairman offers her the entire company. They wonder if this means Seok-hyung will inherit all of his mom’s properties, and Ik-joon asks if Seok-hyung might adopt Woo-joo and him. He then asks his dad about his runaway resident, and Seok-hyung comments that his son is nosy. Hahaha!

Nurse Han brings a snack to Min-ha, and during her break, she cracks open a non-alcoholic beer. She whines about Eun-won and laments her situation: her colleague is the sliest fox and her supervisor is the dimmest bear. She vows to confront Seok-hyung about only treating Eun-won nicely, but the next day, Min-ha enters the office with a smile and gives Seok-hyung a drink.

Unable to wash his face because of his bandaged fingers, Ik-joon goes to Joon-wan for help, but his friend shoots him down since he hates touching other men. Next is Jung-won, but Ik-joon runs away first when his friend jokes about being thorough and caresses his face. His last hope is Song-hwa, and he barges into her office. Noticing his unkempt look, she offers to wash his face, and Ik-joon gratefully accepts.

The hospital director meets with Gyu-wool’s supervisors—which includes Ik-joon and Jung-won—since a patient posted a complaint about her comment. While they were able to solve this issue with an apology and a discount (plus the fact that the patient was actually a drug addict), the director asks the professors to warn their residents to be more careful.

Gyu-wool waits outside the office for the verdict, and though Jung-won exits first, he acts a bit stiff around her and leaves quickly without telling her much. She turns to Ik-joon for an explanation, and he informs her that everything is fine.

Seok-hyung meets with his patient—the one who experienced miscarriages before—and tells her that there’s blood in her uterus. He prescribes her some medicine, but tells her not to worry since he’ll keep monitoring her situation. Reassuring the nervous patient, he says that they’ll protect the baby this time.

Ik-joon offers Gyu-wool a drink and tells her that he texted Jung-won to come. Gyu-wool knows that he won’t, though, and Ik-joon sighs, commenting on how his friend should treat her half as nicely as he treats Woo-joo. He tells her that Jung-won was at his place this weekend, and Gyu-wool deflates, realizing that Jung-won lied about his weekend plans. She decides that it’s time to give up her crush if the other party is lying to avoid her.

Eun-won returns to the hospital, and the professors tell her to take it easy for a while. She says that she’ll fulfill her duties, though she asks Min-ha to take over her night shift, again. A nurse comes by to tell the others that the preterm mother is here, and Seok-hyung orders Eun-won to take special care of the patient. After he leaves, the nurse passes along the patient’s note with a list of requests to Nurse Han.

Ik-joon visits his patient, and the room is gloomy since they’re worried about their father’s test results. He wonders how the daughters are there, but both of them are taking time off their work and studies to be with their father. In the hall, Ik-joon suggests to Nurse Song about moving the family to a six-person room, and she agrees with his idea.

The hospital director sits in his office, commenting on the sense of deva ju. Another guardian complained—this time about Jae-hak—but Dr. Chun “fixed” the problem by suggesting a 3-month pay cut for Jae-hak to the guardians.

In the hospital garden, Jae-hak tells Seok-min that he only causes harm to those around him and asks his friend to remember him after he leaves. Seok-min shouts at Jae-hak to not quit, and Jae-hak admits that he can’t quit… because he has the night shift today.

In the OB/GYN department, Eun-won asks the nurses to tell Min-ha to watch the preterm patient since she has to go to an operation, and the nurses are baffled at her request. The operating room isn’t even ready when Eun-won arrives, and Seok-hyung asks what she’s doing there since the chief resident is supposed to assist. Eun-won asks to observe, and Seok-hyung agrees.

As predicted, the preterm patient is testy and calls for Min-ha to check on her multiple times, even asking for the monitor to be taken off. Meanwhile, in the PICU, Jae-hak jerks awake when the monitor beeps, and he calls Joon-wan for help.

Joon-wan wakes up in bed with Ik-soon sleeping next to him, and tells Jae-hak that he’ll be there even though Dr. Chun is supposed to be in charge of the patient. Before he leaves, Joon-wan kisses Ik-soon, and she smiles to herself. At the hospital, Joon-wan checks the baby and tells Jae-hak that he did a good job monitoring the patient. As he leaves, jae-hak stops him and asks if they can talk.

Min-ha offers to set up Gyu-wool with an ex-colleague to help her get over her crush, but Gyu-wool rejects the idea. Unfortunately, Min-ha already made plans, so Gyu-wool agrees to meet the person. With that settled, the two residents fall asleep at the table. Heh.

Joon-wan operates on the patient with the rare heart condition, but despite his best efforts, the valves are still leaking. Though things have improved, it’s not good enough, and Joon-wan closes his eyes as he sighs.

As Seok-hyung leaves for the day, Nurse Han asks him if he’s going on a date, and he tells her that he’s meeting his mom. After receiving an update on a patient from Min-ha, he tells her to work hard, and she seethes while watching him leave since she’s the only one working.

Joon-wan checks on his patient after the surgery, and then asks the parents if they can talk. Back in the OB/GYN department, Min-ha looks at a template for a resignation letter and sighs at another checkup request from the preterm patient. She goes to patient’s room but gasps when she notices the blood-soaked sheets. She frantically calls Seok-hyung who rushes back to the hospital, and with shaking hands, Min-ha makes the necessary calls to get an operating room ready.

As Seok-hyung takes a taxi back to the hospital, he talks with Min-ha over the phone, telling her that she might have to take the baby out. Min-ha says that she’s only a second-year, but Seok-hyung shouts at her, asking if she’s going to let the patient and baby die.

With Seok-hyung guiding her, Min-ha grabs a scalpel and makes the first cut. Righ then, Seok-hyung arrives and takes over the surgery. He successfully takes the baby out, and the infant’s cries fill the room. Crisis averted.

Joon-wan meets with the guardians and tells them that there’s nothing more that they can do for their baby. The mother asks if their child is in pain, and the parents weep as they agree to let their baby go. Oof, it’s always hard to see parents lose their children.

Min-ha visits Seok-hyung in his office, bearing coffee, and apologizes for badmouthing him these past couple days. Seok-hyung admits that he knew about the situation going on in the department but didn’t know how to interfere with problem between residents. He apologizes for his shortcomings, promising to step in next time, and Min-ha accepts his apology since she did curse at him a lot. Hehehe.

Seok-hyung tells her that he prefers responsible people over smart ones, and during the ride over, he was worried that she might quit if the patient died. He says that she will become a good doctor because she didn’t run away and faced her problems.

Min-ha thanks him for the food the other day, and wonders why he didn’t say something sooner since she would have cursed him less. Seok-hyung tells her that she needs to relieve stress somehow and tells her to go rest.

Flashing back to the day the friends ate tteokbokki, Seok-hyung paid for the food and ordered takeout for Min-ha. He went back to the hospital, and asked Nurse Han to watch over the resident since she’s having a hard time.

Jae-hak calls his wife and tells her about the patient they’re sending off today, and they make plans to see each other over the weekend since they’re living apart while they fix their apartment situation. Seok-min and Chi-hong join him in the hall, and ask him about his resignation letter and Joon-wan’s response. Jae-hak tells them that his professor doesn’t care about other people’s personal lives, which is why he went to say something cruel to parents who just lost their child.

Joon-wan bows the devastated parents, and though he understands that they’re experiencing something painful, he asks for them to donate their son’s heart to the hospital. He promises to not let another baby die like their child and asks them to kindly consider his request. In the PICU, the parents caress their baby’s head one last time before Joon-wan declares the time of death.

Jung-won talks with a priest over the phone about scheduling an interview, and says that he’s still in the process of convincing his mom. In the hospital director’s room, Jae-hak asks about his resignation letter, but the director has no clue what he’s talking about. He tells him that the pay cut issue was resolved by his department chief, and when Jae-hak points out that there’s no chief, the scene flashes back to the night Jae-hak asked to speak with Joon-wan.

After their conversation, Joon-wan called the director and accepted the chief position. Back in the present, the director tells Jae-hak that Joon-wan apologized to the guardians and promised to take responsibility for his resident. With tears brimming his eyes, Jae-hak knocks on Joon-wan’s door, but Joon-wan doesn’t even acknowledge his resident’s tears and orders him to change into a black suit and meet him downstairs. Heh.

Ik-joon tells the patient with liver cancer that it hasn’t spread which means they can operate as planned. The family rejoices—the father finally able to eat again—and the other people in the room congratulate them on the good news. The eldest daughter thanks everyone for cheering them up during these hard times, and they decide to throw a party with everyone to celebrate.

Seok-hyung and Min-ha visit the preterm patient, and she thanks Seok-hyung for saving her and her child. He directs her gratitude towards Min-ha, instead, and the patient apologizes for her behavior earlier. Min-ha says that she understands since she would have acted the same way and is just glad that the patient and child are healthy. As the patient cries, her husband holds her hand, and Seok-hyung watches the lovely couple with a smile.

Jung-won sees Gyu-wool waiting by the curb and asks what she’s doing. She tells him that she has plans and a car with a man pulls up to her. He watches her leave and doesn’t notice his friends arrive until they call out to him in unison, “Hi, Andrea!”

During their car ride, Ik-joon tells his friends about the loving family and party they’re throwing. Seok-hyung says that he’s envious of the happy family and tells his friends about the couple he saw today, too. Ik-joon tells him to get married, then, but Seok-hyung throws his words right back at him.

Jung-won isn’t with them because of other plans, so Song-hwa wonders if they should skip practice on account of Ik-joon’s injuries as well. Ik-joon says that he’s all healed and complains about his injuries lasting longer because of Song-hwa’s overboard aid. They bicker back and forth and end up banning the other from their offices. Ha!

The song of the day is “With My Tears” by Seo Ji-won, and as Ik-joon sings, the scene changes to Joon-wan who attends his patient’s funeral. The mother cries into his shoulders, and Joon-wan silently comforts her.

An ambulance arrives at the hospital, and a woman is carted inside. As Dr. Bong performs CPR, Seok-hyung runs through the halls and bursts into the emergency room. He can barely breath as he sees his mom lying in the hospital bed.

 
COMMENTS

Jae-hak’s story this episode showed the importance of good leadership. If it wasn’t already clear before, Dr. Chun is a piece of work who I find to be slier than Eun-won (our resident fox), so it wasn’t a surprise when he threw the chief resident under the bus without a second thought. After getting off lightly from his bribery charges, Dr. Chun doesn’t show any of the mercy he received to his subordinate, and instead, he acts like he was the one who helped the hospital by suggesting a pay cut to the daughter. From what he said, it seems that the daughter wanted a suitable punishment for Jae-hak that showed the hospital taking responsibility, but Dr. Chun’s suggestion was more about saving the hospital’s (and his own) face rather than meeting the guardian’s wishes. While a pay cut may show the hospital taking the complaint seriously, it doesn’t necessarily assure the guardian that the doctor has learned his lesson, which makes it a superficial solution.

On the other hand, Joon-wan takes responsibility as Jae-hak’s supervisor and apologies to the guardian, promising to watch over his resident. Joon-wan goes out of his way to help Jae-hak, even taking on the role of chief which he rejected, but what I loved most about Joon-wan’s behavior was that he never flaunted it. Joon-wan isn’t the type to clear up people’s misunderstandings about him because he doesn’t seem to care about other’s opinions. He attends a patient’s wedding or funeral because he genuinely cares about others, even if his intentions are misinterpreted. However, I’m glad Jae-hak knew what Joon-wan did for him because I think our chief resident needed reassurance that Joon-wan cared for him, too. Even though Joon-wan yells at him, Jae-hak never really complained about the scoldings like he did about Dr. Chun, so he seemed hurt when his favorite professor showed no signs of concern when he told him about his resignation. Thus, when he learns about Joon-wan’s apology, it tells Jae-hak that his mentor likes him, too, which is all he really needed in that moment. Also, I think Joon-wan knew that as well, which is why he didn’t reprimand Jae-hak when he called him in the middle of the night and even praised him for watching over the patient well.

Besides Joon-wan, the hospital director is also a good leader who knows how to take care of his subordinates and doesn’t abuse his powers. Though he’s only a side character, I love his scenes every episode because he breaks the usual stereotypes of a power-hungry director who cares more about money than people. He lets his doctors speak freely—letting Joon-wan call him out for not investigating Dr. Chun further—and shows respect to everyone, even in tense situations. His relationship with Jong-soo is adorable, and overall, knowing that the top two leaders of the hospital are honorable people puts me at ease. It’s also nice to see a variety of older side characters who don’t necessarily have everything figured out, either.

Like Jae-hak, Min-ha considered quitting her job. More than the workload (which I’m sure was still a contributing factor), Min-ha’s complaints stemmed from a lack of acknowledgement from her superiors—particularly from Seok-hyung. While her sly colleague received comfort after shirking her responsibilities, Min-ha felt like no one was paying attention to her hard work and diligence. However, just as Jae-hak changes his mind after learning about Joon-wan’s actions, Min-ha feels better after learning that Seok-hyung was on her side this entire time. He tells her that he was worried about her quitting—something he never says about Eun-won even though she left—and apologizes for not helping her out sooner. Though on one hand I’m glad Seok-hyung and Joon-wan don’t brag about their good deeds (probably because they have a saintly friend who does even bigger acts of charity in secret, heh), Min-ha and Jae-hak’s stories showed the importance of expressing your feelings once in a while because sometimes people need verbal recognition and words of comfort.

I completely understood Min-ha’s frustration with Eun-won because her actions made my blood boil, too. I didn’t care that much about her running away (if she needed a break for her mental health, she could have gotten it through the proper channels, but I get it, sometimes you need to run away for a while), but her actions after she came back irked me. Right off the bat, Eun-won acts apologetic, telling a professor that she’ll fulfill her duties, but then asks Min-ha to take over her night shift (again, since Min-ha covered for her during her absence which she didn’t even thank her for) in front of people which forces her colleague to agree unless she wants to look like a jerk. To make matters worse, Eun-won proceeds to avoid her duties by going to the OR for a surgery she’s not even a part of so she doesn’t have to deal with the irritable patient. It’s frustrating that no one calls her out for it, but in the end, Eun-won’s actions are only causing her more harm. It’s clear from this episode and the previous one that Seok-hyung and the nurses trust Min-ha and turn to her for help rather than Eun-won. Though Eun-won may act sly, everyone sees through her act, so while Min-ha might have to work extra hard for now, at least she’ll reap the fruits of her actions in the future.

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The downside of this episode is that there's no moments from my favorite ship, Ik-Joon x U-ju.

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I missed U-ju and the twins this episode.

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“How is this forty-year-old so adorable?”
Yes, lovepark, How?? Like, How??

This episode was a hard watch. A lot of emotions.

Joon-wan really shined silently this episode. He cares. About everyone around him. His friends, his subordinates and his lover (how sweet was it that he came back to kiss her goodbye).

Also, I want to know more about Jong-soo and his children. He seems like an amazing human, so am not sure why he is so distant with his own children.

Gyu-wool - Am glad she made a decision to move on after finding out about the lie. Am sure Jung-won is going through some emotions which he is running away from, but am ok with whatever is the outcome. I truly think his calling is being a doctor helping thousands of children and those who can’t afford treatment. I am curious about where his journey will go.

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Kyeo-Wool is such a strong, capable, honest, grown-up woman. That's why I love her from the start.

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Re: Jong soo, dollars to donuts, his career took him away from parts of the family dynamic for long clips at a time. You don't move up the way he did without some kind of sacrifice. The man went to work after his wife's funeral for god's sake.

His wife was bedridden for seven years and he might have slowed down but not enough and the kids probably moved on at that point. His face when he told Rosa that he did not have one son's new phone number, who moved to LA, yeah, he lost his wife and sons and the loneliness is starting to take shape.

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I love how this episode focused on the two most misunderstood professors and their residents. Junwan is seen by others, especially of his chief resident, as a jerk but he never cared for what others think of him, while Seokhyung was thought to be extremely socially inept. I'm glad both of them had their honest moments with their resident. I love the honest conversation between Seokhyung and Minah. For Junwan and Jaehak, they have a clear understanding now without needing words because that is how Junwan rolls. Hehe!

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I'm so grateful that these people are so REAL. With real flesh, sweat, and blood. I love to see the residents interact with each other. They might come from the different ground. They are not even the same age. Yet, they really really care for each other.

I'm even more grateful for Min-Ha's bare face. She's absolutely beautiful without green eyelid and super tanned skin.

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That green eye shadow was horrendous. lol.

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I didn’t like it. But now I miss it!!

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LOL!

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NOOOOOOOOO! Please dont bring it back. She's good now. A fashion people dont recognize is not a fashion. HEE.

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I know. It felt like she lost a part of her fun personality alongside her bright makeup.

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Also, this show is such a tease. Open an episode with the Winter ❤ Garden. End it with the Winter ❤ Garden.

They sure know the couple's popularity these day.

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I was heartbroken for them in the beginning of the episode, then cheered for Gyeo-wul in the middle when she agreed to the blind date that Min-ha set up her for, and then cheered for the Winter Garden couple in the end.

Gosh just this episode and I'm going through a rollercoaster of emotions hahaha

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Why are they called the winter garden couple?

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Her name literally means Winter and His means Garden.

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hahah i thought it was cos both of them are as cool as winter, but turns out it's their names.. :)

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Interestingly, she looked more beautiful stressed lol

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Hahahaha. Agreed.

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I really felt for Min Ha this episode. I wanted her to physically leave OB just for a little while so Seok Hyung could actually feel her absence. You can't neglect the people you rely on the most and coddle the unreliable. It causes friction amongst subordinates and you lose the ones you need the most.

Jun Won is letting his relationship with Ik Sun progress too far without telling her brother. This is going to go over like a fart in church. 🤦‍♀️

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I think In jook knows and would okay with it. Joon wan, I don't think, would get involved with one of his best friends sibling just to have a fling.

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I do think he is serious about her. More serious than he's been about anyone else. I don't think Ik Joon knows though and I think he'll be mad about it being kept secret more so than anything else.

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I've watched a really cool review on youtube about Minha and Eunwon. She said it might look like Eunwon is having the time of her life thinking she's fooling everyone but if you look closely, she doesn't have a time on Minha. Even when she was there sitting close, all the nurses reported and asked Minha instead. Even Seokhyung goes to her for confirmation about patients. It's because subconciously, they know she's reliable and more capable than Eunwon. Because Minha has been doing so much, she's the only one learning the ropes. Even when she was in a panicked state, she was able to call everyone that she'd need for the operation.

I do agree about her needing validation and a bit of encouragement which I'm so happy Seokhyung gave her. The ddeokbokki was a nice surprise too!

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Agree about the director. He is a competent, pleasant person who staff can feel comfortable speaking with. Since he doesn't walk about with a lackey and isn't spending the entire episode trying to have Dr Kim fired, I was wondering what show I was watching 😉

And you know what else I like about this show, the realistic conversation/ relationships between superior and subordinate. There is not romantic overlay/ clearly power dynamic, especially between the opposite sex. It is so great to see that and know that the work place is actually alright.

And Eun won, yeah, she only got into this to marry up. She ain't focused on a long standing medical career but the education sure helps on the resume when interviewing for Mrs.

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The nice yet very human director felt like an "alien" in k-drama. That's when I realized how far and deep the stereotype of power-hungry people in the seat of power has run. It's relieving that this hospital is a nice workplace for a change.

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Having kind and competent leaders in the hospital puts me at ease. This way the show can focus on the essentials of their life and work. Our doctors have a lot to deal with as it is. I cannot imagine what it would be like if we went the route of dirty hospital politics. I am having scary flashbacks from Doctor Stranger. Yikes. Hehe!

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Celine, everything about Doctor Stranger should be scary. Calling that show a trainwreck is being kind.

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Apparently, I have misunderstood Chu Min-ah all this time. Yes, I have grown to like her in the last few eps. But I always pictured her as this superficial, outspoken girl with lots of complains. And I never bothered to look past that first impression to the real hard-working and responsible doctor who tried hard not to inconvenience others. This eps opened my eyes wide, and I have to admit I quite love how blunt she is, how she never minced her words, how she can straightforwardly said what she feels and means even to her senior. For the first time, I actually entertained the idea that she make for a good pairing with Seok-hyung, whether romantically or not.

This is also the eps that opened my mind that the hospital also need people like Junwan with his seemingly cold, aloof, and uncaring persona in impirtant position. It would take someone like him to solve complicated problems (like Jae-hak's unfortunate situation and asking the baby's grieving parents to donate the baby's heart) quietly and effectively because he makes sure not to let his emotion get the best of him or rule the way he made his decisions.

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I made a comment on the fan wall about the doctors having a bit of apathy when talking to guardians. You have to be stoic and even a bit indifferent sometimes.

I could never imagine myself having those conversations.

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You've articulated well how I felt about Min-ha!! I loved how she's honest about how she feels and even told her supervisor that she badmouths him lol. I can never be that honest with my superiors haha.

And agree with Junwan! I love his interactions with Jae-hak!!

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Tvn released a relay/behind the scenes video and there Do Jaehak joked that Junwan will be the director in the following season. He might be joking but honestly, I think Junwan and Songhwa are the best candidates for higher managerial position. They have a good mix/balanced personality needed to take that kind of responsibility.

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I have learned to never underestimate a character from this writer-director team.

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Eunwon!!!!! 😤

I feel for Minha this ep. I, too, experienced burn out and the conversation she had with Seokhyung also reassured me.

Btw, who else thinks the husband of the patient with multiple miscarriages is a bit weird? He just sits there and does not even comfort his wife. 🤔

Junwan's case had me bawling. Good acting all around - from Jaehak to the parents.

The tteokbokki dinner had me laughing out loud.

Also, WinterxGarden y'all.

This is my new fave ep. Rollercoaster ride of emotions.

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The husband read to me like he was being the strong one for his wife. He is probably hurting as well after the multiple miscarriages and it preparing himself for another storm so to speak if another miscarriage were to occur.

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Knowing this show's love for flouting expectations , this very well could be the case, @larelle79. I also found him super disconnected in their first appearance @dee23 and this time didn't even register he was there. Was also wondering of the cultural context, if she was being blamed for her inability to carry and birth a child in a society that definitely puts a lot of emphasis on blood lines? Would love it if the show provides any sort of commentary on how a woman's worth can be tied to her reproductive abilities in her eyes and the society's and how that plays out in this modern context.

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I always think of the nurses I use to work with who gave birth to their children. One in particular was always a hoot and she said the best thing her husband ever did when she was in labor was to sit there, be quiet and watch tv. There are husbands who listen to their wives and do what is asked of them.

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and now we know from the last ep, he really did trying to be strong for his wife :')

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This episode really made me think about the relationship between Gyeo-wool and Jeong-won. Honestly what Jeong-won did to Gyeo-wool was wrong. If he didn’t want to start anything with her he should straight out rejected her right there and then instead of lying. It’s so frustrating because it’s such a despicable thing to do but at the same time it is totally in Jeong-won’s character to act in such a way. He is someone who avoids confrontation. This is demonstrated when he advises Song-Hwa on her patient’s situation in Ep 2.

It was honestly so satisfying to see him watch Gyeo-wool get into another man’s car towards the end. I understand it was vital for us viewers to give us a glimpse of what Jeong-won may feel towards Gyeo-wool. But it was also vital for Jeong-won to perhaps confront whatever feelings he has for Gyeo-wool. (I must say major acting props to Yoo Yeon Seok to be able to capture Jeong-won’s subtle nuances.)

And although I do want to punch Jeong-won for lying to Gyeo-wool, this action does give me hope for their relationship. As seen in Ep 7, the response Jeong-won gives Gyeo-wool for her request is an outlier when looking at his other responses. What I interpret out of this is that Jeong-won may or may not have feelings for Gyeo-wool, and is trying to avoid those feelings due to his long-time dream of priesthood.

And that is understandable, right now what he may feel towards Gyeo-wool is probably just a tiny crush and his dream of priesthood is definitely greater. That being said, there are ways to stop your budding feelings without being an a**hole. It is almost as if he is giving himself a window of opportunity to maybe pursue her if he ever changes his mind. Instead of straight up shutting the door, he leaves a tiny crack open “just in case”.

If that is really the case, then Jeong-won needs to realise that Gyeo-wool is not going to like him forever if he continues to give signals like these. Sooner or later she is going to move on and by that time, it won’t be Jeong-won shutting the door, it will be Gyeo-wool.

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What makes you think he wanted to start something with her? It’s always been unrequited (one sided) love from her end? Thus far I have yet to see anything that even hints at him liking her in return? If anything she’s still not his cup of tea. He acts super awkward and uncomfortable and cold towards her. That’s not how a person who likes someone else acts? He was probably hoping his cold attitude would throw her off the chase without needing anything to be said. She’s the one to throw herself at him? He refused her. He tried to couch it with a lie/excuse to let her down easy. It was just that she accidentally found out through IJ that it was an outright lie? She should’ve moved on ages ago. She still clung on despite MinHa telling her there’s nothing there.

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It's absolutely Jung wan's perogative to accept/reject GW or anyone else's advances, ofc. Except that's not what he did. JW is shown to be this perceptive, empathetic guy and GW just straight up asked him out. If he has no interest in her, the adult thing to do would have been telling her thanks,no thanks. He absolutely could have let her know that he's not interested in her romantically while also being clear and gentle about it. Instead he seems to have choked and taken the easy way out. I agree with @yellowphoenix's point that the way he handled that isn't cool.
And GW is the one who's had a mature response after finding out about his lies. She hasn't magically stopped liking him but has now acknowledged outright to her wing man IJ that she should give up her one sided crush and is taking steps (albeit super reluctantly) to start anew. Everyone gets over rejection and heart break at different paces and as we can see she's not being clingy or insistent on the face of apparent rebuff. I am rooting for her to have a first kiss with someone who truly appreciates and accepts her by the new year's eve. GW, fighting💪

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I disagree. Gyeo Wool asked him out to dinner. Yes, given her nature as a straightforward person, Jeong Win quite possibly has inkling about that. But she did not confess to him. So, he did the next most polite thing that can be done here. He rejected the offer professionally. He treated her like a colleague but also set firm boundary. He wants to be priest. Given that, I don't see why it was a bad thing. He absolutely doesn't owe her anything more here. Forget having feelings or being friends, Jeong Won has strictly maintained an amicable professional relation with her thus far. Given all that, anything more would be massively out of character. And I know Gyeo Wool's awkwardness is a quirk viewers like, myself included but Jeong Won has only shown to be unamused and even mildly irritated by that on occassions. Bluntly speaking she doesn't impress him professionally is the impression I get from their interactions. As it is, I am not sure how they plan on turning it into a believable relationship as two adults who are attracted to each other. Its not impossible but it would need more build up from Jeong Won's side with his ambitionss of priesthood firmly put behind him for good. So, maybe next season they can finally give us this pair as we all know they have 3 seasons planned.

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Ahh, reading @gem28 and @daydreamer11 ‘s comments, I see where the defensiveness on behalf of JW is coming from. See, for me GW asking JW out on a 1-on-1 dinner date clearly states her romantic interest in him and so it wasn’t cool of him to lie instead of straight forwardly/professionally telling her that he’s not interested in her that way. I see their point of her lack of ‘confession’ in that she didn’t explicitly say that ‘I like you’ but I just assumed that the intent was implied. Now if we see it as JW just receiving a dinner invite and being taken aback at spending some time with a junior colleague he isn’t comfortable with, yeah his white lie might have been the kinder thing to do. But this is where we’ll have to agree to disagree coz I do not think JW is unimpressed/unaware of GW.
The first time we see them interact, he was absolutely disgusted by her handling of the poor mum and rightfully called her out on it. Like many beanies have pointed out, he also states that he is unimpressed with her to IJ . But later on she definitely earned his grudging respect by unflinchingly going on to clean up the maggot infested feet of the patient. From then on, we haven't heard him comment on her work but he hasn't shown any discomfort in having her assist with many of his surgeries. His uncharacteristic lack of feedback on her recent escapades (running to catch the abusive dad/get the transplant liver in faster/truth attack on the druggie) is definitely what’s fueling many of our shipping hearts. But it looks like this non-reaction is also being read as him being indifferent to GW by many.
He is under no obligation to give her a pat on the back or course-correct her every move but to me it’s evident that he seems to feel differently about her than the others. Case in point his easy acceptance of dinner with the other ER doc and many other staff. Now there's no telling if his feelings are romantic in nature at this point or if he is even aware of his different treatment of her. And given that JW is dealing with the weighty subject of having to choose between taking up the clothe vs fulfilling his filial duty, I’d be totally fine with him not exploring anything with GW IF there are other seasons in the pipeline(Not coz I feel JW owes GW a romance but the show owes her closure and us clarity on what JW actually feels for GW if it ain't meant to be). It sure looks like we will at-least get some context on JW’s thoughts on GW based on his reaction to her date at the end of this episode .

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I read them and their interaction the same way you did and I agree 100% with you.

@ashes2ashes I'm not sure if stating the fact as how it is is "defensiveness", but nevermind.

Jeong Won might seem all fluff and cheery, but as a senior and Professor, he is a strict one and he sure is not like the other "fathers" Gyeo Wool has in GS who did not mentor her objectively.

In ep. 2, when he said to Ik Jun that she is not his cup of tea, he mentioned it was /after a few times/ working with her in the ER (should also include the incident with the poor traumatic mother). So it was not based on one occasion only and she truly did not impress him professionally.

Then come the maggot situation, when he heard about it and knew she was going to be there too, he followed Dr Bong because he was afraid she would mess up, again. But she didn't and in fact she was unflinching and I think at this point, Jeong Won might see that she is not that bad and has the potential.

But afterwards with the abusive father situation, she was so slow and failed to follow Jeong Won's order, twice, to call the police. And then she started a reckless and an unnecessary chase instead. This caused him to feel exasperated with her action. However, he probably did not think it is something worth a scolding because 1) she did not that crossed any line with a patient; 2) they were surrounded by people and Jeong Won's style is to address mistakes in private; 3) they are in a hurry for a surgery.

He brought up the issue of her running with the liver, possibly to suggest that she might not being careful, she caught it on and quickly fix it as her walking fast and being very careful. And he is glad that that was not the case hence the approval smile. Ik Jun, being the true one of the 13 fathers in GS who coddle her and treat her like a princess, immediately complimented her.

About the druggie, I don't know what there is for him to say to her other than the short greeting outside the door. The matter happened and it's resolved.

From the way I see it, their pairing is set up for Gyeo Wool to have her growth professionally and learn well under him.

As for romance, @gem28 said exactly as what I was thinking.

"As it is, I am not sure how they plan on turning it into a believable relationship as two adults who are attracted to each other. Its not impossible but it would need more build up from Jeong Won's side with his ambitionss of priesthood firmly put behind him for good." - THIS.

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@daydreamer11 -- Didn't mean for my comment to read that your comments and @gem28 comments were defensive in nature. What I meant to communicate was that they helped contextualize a lot of the defensiveness I was seeing on behalf of JW across many platforms but clearly failed to put it in writing correctly. I am also with you both on the non-feasibility of any relationship between these two this season. The only difference is that in my view, JW's current outlook towards GW isn't as uninterested. I seemed to have missed GW failing to call the police twice on the abuser dad and I certainly don't remember JW warning her for running with the liver transplant. Thanks for pointing these out, would certainly be fun to pick these up in the inevitable marathon-ing I'll be doing after the show's over. This show has purposefully kept JW's story line ambiguous. As I said in the above comments, this causes different people to gauge his actions towards GW in different ways since we are very clearly shown GW's side of the story but his reactions towards her have been mainly curiously blank stares, and non-actions for the last few episodes. Anyhoo waiting for the show to reveal more in the last few episodes.

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How is he supposed to outrightly reject her when she has yet to confess to him? Would he be putting the cart before the horse and confidently rejects her when she herself hasn't told him that she likes him? He might have an inkling, but he is not the type to jump the gun. Him rejecting the private dinner with an excuse is the best he could do so as not to put her on the spot, and discourage her.

He is not obligated to return her feelings so why is everyone so mad at him for not accepting her? And how confident are you that he is just stringing her along "just in case"? And wanting to punch him, really? That is a projection and entitlement problem from the way I see it.

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*sigh* really... seriously.... that is the most polite he can do to stop her infatuation, people. I agree with @daydreamer11 absolutely. Why does he have to be a cool guy to please people's expectation? He is not a cool guy, IJ is. Jwon has his own principles which he stands fast, unchanging. And he observed people. If he finds something is off about a person unless that person shows a better side of her/him, he may change his perception but thus far he may not yet see that. That is Jwon. Just look at how his perception was conjured on Shyeong's dad. A simple act of asking him to buy a pack of cigarette years ago but JWon's reading into his personality was deeper than that. And Jwon still maintains that perception about the dad. Again why is it his fault for not entertaining feelings that he himself doesn't reciprocate? Should I be comfortable around someone I am not fond of? No, normal reaction would be to minimise as many casual confrontations as I can so that I won't send out any wrong signal, intentionally or not. I know this is a drama, but a shin pd and LWJ writer drama is as realistic to real life as it can ever be. I can say that because personally, I have been in similar situation. But no. I don't go forcing my feelings on that person. Why? Because I use common sense and I value myself more. I was around Jang's age too at the time. Yes, she is not a teenage girl. People need to stop treating her as if her is, that what she did is good for her. It is not healthy for her to be acting like that. She should just let the acquaintance-ship grows naturally, like Minha and Jaehak. If the person likes you back he will reciprocate in due time. If he doesn't, move on rather than disgracing youself over and over again. But blaming him for naught, for not reciprocate? *palm face*

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Thanks for the recap @lovepark
I love how the show feels so lived in and gives the residents their time to shine.
*Our CS chief resident is surely going through an all time low. I almost couldn't fault him when h told the patient's father that he was rude,coz ye know he was! And then to have that one moment of outburst blow up on ya..on top of all the financial worries.. especially when he was the one who's always lecturing JW to act nice around the patients and guardians..poor JH. Dr. China's blase attitude bout his junior taking a 3 month pay cut was just 😤. I'm glad the hospital's run by people with nough foresight to know that Chun's absolutely a no-no as a leader.
And then JW stepped in to take an admin role he hates to get make fav resident's life Les painful .
*But that wasn't the most touching moment of JW this EP. The way the baby's mother kept her bowed head on his shoulder..ooff 😭. She knew how much he fought for her baby and that quiet moment was soo powerful in relating her gratitude in such a devastating moment and really spoke that true care shines through even when you're not parading it for the world to see.
*That also shines through in everyone's assessment of Min ah. She was such an adult this episode. She's not the sweetest talker but all her superiors know that she's the real deal. I was constantly frustrated with SH for stepping in and giving the girl a break but atleast he apologised in the end. Silently delivering tteboki for his reliable resident is nice and all but it would have been nicer if he had let her know how much they value her before she almost reached her breaking point. But it does allow for Min ah to test her own motivations and dedication to the job and I loved that she decided to stick with this tough yet sometimes ungrateful profession even before getting any external validation. We can tell she'll be a gem of a doctor as well, SK 🙂 Also how great was it that even in the midst of her professional unravelling, she's looking out for her office bestie and giving her solid advice and an action course. 👍

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Random musings:
*IJ really is good at whatever he does, isn't he??♥️ He made a good call moving the worried patient and family to a room where they could interact and seek comfort from people going through similar struggles. It was heart warming to see how they all cheered about his hopeful prognosis.
*I really adored how he's also available to his subordinates. He spoke up for GW and even advised her to continue letting her principles and conviction guide her. She needs to find a balance between speaking her mind and being mindful of her oath to care and serve but I'm glad IJ is stepping up as her work mentor in addition to his wingman duties.
*I am a bit peeved with JW right now w.r.t. GW. He can have nothing to do with her in their personal time but was really surprised that he had no words of advice/rebuke for her professionally. Yeah he was in a hurry to leave but he's been acting as though GW is invisible the last few episodes. What happened to the JW who called her out on her behavior in the first ep and schooled her on her duties as a doctor? Have also noticed that he doesn't even greet her nowadays. Always gives her this stare followed by avoidy eyes and then a reluctant acknowledgement when she says hello. Went back to the EP where he confronted IJ about their supposed affair and he definitely was greeting her first then, you know the way humans are wont to do. Either he's aware of her feelings and find them burdensome or he has feelings for her that are difficult to process. Either way he should address them sooner rather than later and not allow their professional relationship to fester.
*I adore Joon Wan and SH's food fighter bond. Initially was thinking JW had feelings for SH but I am super glad that they are two platonic friends with grey chemistry and a shared desire to annihilate any food within reachable radius. He's also a bit of a softie when it comes to the ladies in his life,isn't he? When he's not yelling at her or trying to compete for food,he really has this indulgent tone with SH. I also loved how SH had no part in the mob frenzy about his new gf last ep, but took a private moment to ask him straight forwardly about his love life and JW responded much more openly. It's almost like she knows that people respond better when you don't jump down their throats for info. Who would've thunked😂

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I respect and admire Ik-Joon as a person. He's a very decent human being. It treats everyone nicely and jumps in everytime anyone is in need. He's someone who'd never say: "this is none of my business".

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Joon wan is a planner and thinks about the future. His area of medicine already has a tough time getting residents (remember when he said to get the twins agreement in writing before they change their mind) and is short staffed. They work at a teaching hospital and for the most part he has no one to teach. The director was absolutely right about Dr Chin and how he can never be in a leadership role and that is why the director asked Joon won to take it on because the man has all the qualities and more to be the chief of the department and more. This decision was not all about Jae hak (who honestly said he took up this area because it paid more) as Joon wan is not that sentimental.

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Absolutely agree with you , Joon wan's decision to take up the role isn't solely based on JaeHak's dilemma. JW was shown to be reluctant to take up the role as it means more time admin-ing and less time in the surgery room but JH's sitaution seems to have forced his hand as he realized that he needs to be in a position of power to better protect himself and his residents. I was expecting him to eventually take up the post for the extra pay but ofc the show pulled one over me. This is the guy who chose CS after being emotionally swayed by the power of a beating heart but outwardly claims to have chosen it simply based on a senior doc's advice to maintain his tough guy street cred :) . Yes the guy is money conscious (with his spendy omma he has to be,poor thing) and pragmatic but as we have come to see JW's ultimate driving force is always people not material things.

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FYI, the chief in Korea is not a good position as much as you expected because it doesn't pay high enough than before but increases workloads more unlike other countries would treat. Thus, the assumption that it paid more is far from the reality in Korea.

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I am not surprised that Joon-wan is the first of the five to become a Chief. I said from the beginning (and not because I am a JKH fan lol) that although they are all excellent doctors Joon-wan would be my first pick followed by Song-hwa. When is comes to medicine Joon-wan is all business in the sense that he doesn't mess around. A straight shooter.

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Although I'm not a doctor, I'm a nurse, I totally connected with Minha in this episode. I felt her stress, frustration, physical and mental breakdown because of the demands of her job. I understand that most patients are in pain and scared that's why they can become demanding and rude to the medical staff. But knowing that doesn't lessen the physical and mental stress we feel when patients are yelling and cursing because we are not giving them the drugs they want. Or when that little old lady calls for the 100th time because she needs her pillow to be fluffed and position properly. I cheered and cried with Minha during the successful CS and when the mother apologized and thanked her.

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Absolutely, this really was MH's moment to shine. Poor thing was stripped bare of any make up and constantly hanging on to the end of her tether. But the fact that she pushed through her valid concerns and fears of inadequacy and always kept her patient's best interests at heart shows that she really is cut out for this profession. I was mentally shouting for any one around her to give the poor girl a pat on the back or a moment of respite. We know that they all respect and rely on her but as @lovepark so clearly pointed out, sometimes a physical touch or a word said out loud could make such a difference.

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Oh and I totally missed your first line in the first read through. Thanks a lot for all that you do , especially during these trying times @theigorot 🙏🙏🙏. Hope you remain safe and healthy, fighting 💪 💪💪

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Thanks and stay safe as well. I was happy that Seokhyung verbally acknowledged Minha's effort. As you said it probably made all the difference between Minha staying and quitting. Minha was not my favourite character but now I'm interested with her story. Good job show for giving everyone their own story and not focusing only on the five friends.

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Thank you for all that you do~~

And this is what I love about this writer-PD team, they give the side characters time to shine and tell their story.

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Im becoming more and more uneasy about my ultimate OTP. Huhu. My Junghwan feels. I think this writer is playing again with my feelings. There are a lot of hints that point out to Ikjun as Songhwa's partner. They even showed him liking her in the past. But will that happen? Won't she suddenly go "oh, Songhwa and Jungwon had feelings for each other all along. hoho"?
The initial subtle hint at Joonwan being SH's potential lover also happened in R1988. But he ended up with DS' sister. And Joonwan ended up with Iksoon.

Joonwan = Sunwoo
Dongryong=Seokhyung
Ikjun=Junghwan
Jungwon=Taek????

I hope not. 😭

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This drama is such a gem. I am not a fan of medical drama genre but this one is truly special thanks to how we get to know these fleshed out characters within and beyond their work. I have watched so many drama for so long but the way the team-up of Shin PD and writer Lee Woojung creates characters and brings them to life on the small screen is still unparalleled in my book. The setting feels truly lived in and as a viewer, I feel like I am part of it.

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I wasn't a big fan of Jae-hak. He's the one who spends the most of the time JWan and seems he never understands him. I mean JWan is strict as a doctor with himself and others but he's never unfair. He cares about his patients and their family. But Jae-hak always acts like JWan was the worst person in the hospital, his reaction of fear in the elavator or now when he said JWan was cruel with parents. Jae-hak never really questionned himself... What JWan did was really nice and he will be a good chief.

I don't think Seok-hyung is a good chief, he doesn't like conflict and his excuse "residents handle themselves their issue" was really bad. It's his role to manage the employees and if one is missing you must set the record straight, but he didn't nothing, just gave a "carrot" to Mina for make her forget everything.

IJ as Demetan was the cuttest part! It reminded me the Tawainese drama Channel X without the kissing scene (sadly because JJS doesn't have anything to envy to Joe Cheng in this department :p).

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Seok-Hyung is not the Chief of OB/GYN. You should watch the review from the channel  Doctor Sisters in YouTube to understand about why Seok Hyung acted like that.

Aparently, it's very common for residents to run away so in that situation it's the work of the other residents to try to convice their fellow resident to comeback. Other residents try to convice the run away resident to comback partly because they have run away but also because those who've remained have to work so hard because of them. That's the meaning of leave "residents to handle their issues between themselves" and the reason that when Eun Won returned everyone treat her good, cuddling her, without any punishment because they don't want her to run away again.

In the end he thanked Mina for her hard work and apologized.

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I meant chief as superior.

I already wacthed their reaction and the fact that a lot of residents run away doesn't change the fact I think Seok Hyung could say something about it.
For the apologies, their reaction showed that Mina accepted it pretty fast compared to what she suffered.

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He also admits that he wasn't a good supervisor and promise to interfere next time should anything like this happen again in the future.

In my (humble) opinion, I think what he lacks is experience. He has been studying abroad for a long time and when he's back in Korea he has been spending time with his mom. Remember the 1st episode when Jung-Won recruited him? He turned down the offer. I get a sense that this is his first professor position. Also he's an stereotipical introvert and this personality trait prevents him from meddling in someone else business (be someone else I mean anyone but himself). Anyway he's at fault and he also acknowledges it.

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I agree. I do think letting the residents handle it themselves was the right action at that time. If it was going to get worse, then I think SH would have interfered. He knows the situation and did give support to Min-ha in ways that he can. Also, for Min-ha to be able to express herself that way to her Professor means that SH is open to criticisms. I do hope that SH won't let Eunwon get her way next time.

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I do think letting the residents handle it themselves was the right action at that time.

@neener
In my workplace we experience this ALL the time. Conflicts between subordinates are not easy to resolve or interfere. As we don't know one's background or what they're going through that well, our action might drive them into more despair.

As we see, the department has been trying to contact Eun-Won but she is unreachable. When she's back with that face, instead of reprimanding her or calling her a fox in her face and makes her run away again. They try to comfort her in the hope that she will have strength to continue working. I just hope there'll be no second time.

What Suk-Hyung should've done more in this case is to let Min-Ha know that he and everyone appreciates her hard work. I honestly think that's all she needs.

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Exactly. Min-ha did need more reassurance and encouragement that she is doing a good job esp from SH since he's the direct supervisor/mentor during Eun-won's absence. That's why, I was glad that they had that conversation after the operation. SH praised and assured her that she was responsible in her job. And that Min-ha was given a chance to express her frustrations also.

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It might seem like they have been working together for a long time but Joon-Wan and Jae-Hak actually spend just 6 months as Professor and Resident. Also, Joon-Wan is not someone who spend time explaining himself to anyone whether it's his colleagues, his patient or their guardian. He'd just do anything he sees right without telling anyone. Remember when he went to the patient's daughter wedding in that swordfish suit? He didn't make himself or his good intention known (the bride even commented that he was there just to have a meal).

As we were told in this episode on Min-Ha case that sometimes action doesnt speak louder than words because each of us interpret each action differently.

Verbal communication is also crucial for human-human interaction. Words of appreciation and consolation are still needed for those who are going through their lowest time.

Jae-Hak is having a difficult time, it 's clouding his judgement. Also Joon-Wan has not been quite opened up to him. That leads to his misunderstanding. I'm glad he found out through the director's WORDS just like how Min-Ha who learned that her supervisor actually cares for her through Suk-Hyung and the nurse words.

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Yeah, Jae Hak is suffering because his personnal problem but JWan doesn't have to explain everything neither. He always has been very professional and fair and it should be enough. Jae Hak wants a more personnal relationship but no need to be a genius to understand that JWan is not the type :p

For Mina's situation, I need SH to act and not just words. I understand that he's introvert and it's not easy for him but Mina was suffering a lot of becaus of that and it's unfair.

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See, I don't see that of Jae hak with Joon wan because he is comfortable around Joon wan and can call him out when he is being a bit too on the nose with things. Like the parents that just wanted the hear that the surgery was successful for their child. Joon wan was on auto pilot and Jae hak just gave the condensed version and said the kid is gonna be alright and the mood lightened quite a bit.

After Jae hak lead his first surgery and they were snacking after changing clothes and joking with one another. He knows Joon wan more than Joon wan thinks and if Joon wan had a problem with him, he would tell.

Joon wan was more than correct when he told Jae hak to get in head in the operating room and live his personal life out of it. They work on the hearts of newborns and young children so that statement, to me, was apt for the situation. When he said the other residents that Joon wan does not care about peoples personal lives, that was just tunnel vision on his part and his world has been shook for the moment.

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This was my favourite episode thus far. Especially liked the way how Joon Wan dealt with Jae Hak's incident, that is a real leader there leading by example, competency, professionalism, stepping up to take on responsibilities for his subordinates, caring for them quietly while yet being firm and strict with them in terms of substantive skills, because this is for their own good, even if certain ppl do not understand that on a superficial level and may just complain about his strictness / coldness. I'm glad that Jae Hak recognizes that Joon Wan is strict with him for his own good, but still cares for him :)

Really felt for Minha in this episode. I like how Show threw a little curveball there by making viewers think that she was the "fox" and Eun Won the "bear" at first, and then turning the tables on that. But Minha turned out to be the responsible and hardworking one. And I'm glad that "letting her consistency, diligence and work ethic" do the talking for themselves worked, in that all her colleagues all recognize her capabilities and trust her instead. Seok Hyung was right, she'd make a good doctor in the future. Eun Won really made my blood boil with her scheming ways.

Love the slice-of-life and realistic portrayals of normal working life, doctor or not, by Show.

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I agree. The show give us insights on how it is going on in the hospital. As per the review by actual Korean doctors couple, what shin pd and writer nim did in this drama is presenting a hyper-realism to the viewers, esp on the lives of medical staff. It's so real that their past memories were brought back to life again by watching Hospital Playlist. This is one of the main things I appreciate about a slice-of-life drama such as this and another one of my favorite is Be Melodramatic. In the latter, you got to see the working environment surrounding drama writing, and directing. Also included dealing with product placements. Characters can be flawed because human is not all perfect. But to continuously turn a blind eye and refuse to see the flaws or treat them as they are, are what really concern me. Anyway, agree to disagree, I guess. Better to save myself from such malady.

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It's true. Im not super smart. But I worked hard and I didn't quit. (Even when I wanted to so much)

That's my post of the day, back to academic writing. huhu.

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I am always moved by this director's work, and this show is no exception. But I was extra moved by ep.8. I don't know what it is exactly.

I like how doctors are portrayed as both agents and observers in this show. They do their best to treat/ save their patients, but in the end, they are also witnesses. Witnesses to life and death, to the bonds between humans (and often how those are tested), to the cruel and the humane.

I think that these contrasts are well explored in this episode. There are the obvious cases of birth and death that Seokhyeong and Junwan deal with. Both culminating with our doctors at the mercy of the situation, though one is better than the other. Ultimately, one doctor bears witness to one family's gratitude and love; and the other, the pain and grief of another. Similarly, these contrasts highlighting the cycle of life are also reiterated in Ik-jun's cancer patient and Jeong-won's recovering baby in the PICU.

I particularly liked the scene leading up to the baby’s unfortunate end, when Junwan asked the parents if they could donate his heart. The lighting and staging were perfect and evocative. The colour palette of blues and greys reflects the bleakness of that moment. In the empty hallway where he joins the parents, light and shadow merge to form distinct shapes, the room is only illuminated with minimal streams of light, which form diagonal shadows that divide the room in two distinct visual fields of light versus dark. The baby’s parents symbolically sit in a corner, away from the light. The camera initially presents us with this scene in a zoomed-out shot, the characters motionless, highlighting their helplessness. Things become more intense as Junwan utters the question of donating the heart, and we get close-up shots, bringing us closer to the dilemma. Junwan’s dialogue is shot in a tilted angle, mirroring the heartbreak and burden that falls on him for asking this difficult action of the parents. This scene alone could be a testament to director Shin Wonho’s virtuosity.

For me, the core of this episode was really Seokhyeong and Junwan, but I’ll talk about Junwan, because he fascinates me the most. He is a tough cookie on the outside and often gruff, but essentially thoughtful and caring. Overtly, we see this in his tender treatment of his girlfriend. Yet I also love how his humanity shines in subtle ways, but with maximum impact. Like choosing to protect Jaehak from the pay-cut or going to his patient’s funeral and sharing in the family’s grief. Jung Kyungho is playing this character with confidence and ease, and once again injects earnestness and his unique brand of liveliness in a character that could otherwise be bland in the hands of a less-skilled actor.

By the end of the episode, I think I know why I was so moved by it. While it ended on a dramatic note (and another cliffhanger! I was left gasping along with Seokhyeong), it reminded us that life is fleeting, fragile and uncertain. A...

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... (Continued)

By the end of the episode, I think I know why I was so moved by it. While it ended on a dramatic note (and another cliffhanger! I was left gasping along with Seokhyeong), it reminded us that life is fleeting, fragile and uncertain. A sentiment that is especially resonant in this time of global pandemic.

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This is a wonderful compare and contrast essay you shared. 😍 One of the many reasons why I love this PD-writer team is their attention to detail and how they balance and layer the themes they present, making sure to portray as much wide a spectrum as they can so it's never one note.

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Min-ha, oh, Min-ha! A hug for everything you went through this episode!

I love how detailed this PD-Writer team. How it was establish in the earlier episodes that Seok-hyung liked his ice coffee cold, and that the next morning during their outpatient time, Min-ha went inside greeting SH with a wide smile and a hot coffee. SH's bewildered look in that moment, heh. Then that night, when they talked in the office, after the operation, Min-ha gave SH an iced coffee. Details *clap clap clap*

Thanks to the YT reviews and comments that caught this moment!

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This may be for me ITAEWON CLASS redux but honestly I have not seen anything that leads me to believe that Jung-won has any romantic interest in Gyu-wool. He has had his heart set on the priesthood for years. Jung-won's oldest brother Fr. ? (Sung Dong-il) is the one who has been putting the breaks on this. Remember, "Andrea, hang in there (as a Doctor) for another year" or something close to that. Perhaps he knows Jung-won is not really cut out for the priesthood. On the other hand if after all these years he still feels the call it probably is what is meant to be. Sorry mom.

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I was today years old when I found out Hospital Playlist was being recapped. I should have known since it's the hottest drama rn, & many people were raving about it but somehow I just never knew that I could spazz & talk about it in yet another place 😆😅

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Jong Won may not be lying to Gyuwoel with regards to his plans - there seem to be some kind of misunderstanding that the drama is hiding from us, and will be revealed later when it is decided that he cares for her after all. That is, if they are supposed to be end game.

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Thanks for the recap.

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Did anyone notice Jung-Won was in pain as he watch the baby? It was before the poo scene. Could it be related to him want to quit his job?

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