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Hospital Playlist: Episode 9

Doctors are humans, too, and like every other profession, failures are inevitable when people are starting out. Even the experienced and the seemingly perfect make mistakes at times, but rather than let these blunders hold them back, the characters learn from their mistakes and strive to improve themselves. Though our main characters have been working and studying for years, it’s a constant battle to do better for the sake of their patients.

 
EPISODE 9 RECAP

A father yells at the nurses for not letting him donate his liver, so Ik-joon jumps in to defuse the situation. Sitting the father down, Ik-joon explains that the father is too old to donate and has a fatty liver, as well. He suggests waiting for a brain-dead donor, and the father seems to accept Ik-joon’s recommendation.

After dealing with the irate father, Ik-joon and Nurse Song talk about their kids, and Nurse Song worries about her daughter’s health. As they get on the elevator, she invites Ik-joon to lunch with the others, but he has the next “shift” (aka, keeping Seok-hyung’s mom company). He relieves Song-hwa of her duties—thankfully, just in time since she almost had to marry Seok-hyung—and Ik-joon tells Seok-hyung’s mom that her son is adopting him. Hahaha!

Seok-hyung visits his mom after work, entering the room with a spin and a dazzle, and Jung-won greets him back in kind. As soon as Seok-hyung notices the nurse in the room, he reverts back to his calm demeanor, acting as if he didn’t just make a grand entrance.

All of his friends have been checking up on his mom with Joon-wan even bringing her a humidifier, so she tells her son to buy his friends dinner. Seok-hyung refuses to leave her side, but Rosa comes in, both hands filled with food, and ushers the sons to leave. Seok-hyung wonders if their friends would be available on such short notice, but Jung-won already texted the group.

At the restaurant, the friends order more food since Ik-joon’s “dad” is paying for the meal, and Seok-hyung silently judges his friends but doesn’t stop them. Once the meat arrives, all eyes are glued to the grills, and food fighter Song-hwa reaches for a raw piece of meat. All four friends whip their heads around and take turns scolding her. With a pout, Song-hwa returns the piece of meat to the grill. Heh.

During the meal, the friends ask about Seok-hyung’s mom, and he tells them that she finally agreed to a divorce after he cried on his knees. He feels good about her divorce unlike his own, which caused him some heartbreak, and the others tease him for still having feelings for his ex-wife. Seok-hyung explains that it’s not love but a sense of guilt and affection, and calls the others immature children.

Joon-wan admits that it’s still a shame that Seok-hyung won’t inherit his father’s company, but Seok-hyung refuses to accept it anyways. Ik-joon tells him to take the money and give it to them instead, and Seok-hyung chuckles, agreeing to the plan.

Seok-hyung asks the others if they heard about Jong-soo and his early symptoms of depression. At the hospital, Rosa and Seok-hyung’s mom discuss the same thing, and Seok-hyung’s mom empathizes with the chairman since she wrote a suicide note, too. Rosa asks if she cursed her husband in it, and she says that he’s not worth the paper. Ha!

Seok-hyung’s mom asks if Jong-soo will seek therapy, but much to Rosa’s annoyance, he refused. Even now, in his stubbornness, Jong-soo sits in the parking lot, waiting for a call from his second son after their canceled dinner date.

With no word from his son, Jong-soo calls first and learns that his grandson is feeling well now. The conversation is short but friendly, and once he hangs up, Jong-soo smiles. However, his face falls in a flash, and in the end, he looks lonely in his car. Luckily for the chairman, he still has Rosa who calls and orders him to come upstairs to eat.

Early in the morning, Gyu-wool leads the intern to an operating room and describes Ik-joon as chaotic but skilled. To her surprise, he is already in the room studying and overhears her comments. Proving Gyu-wool correct, though, Ik-joon predicts the exact time of arrival for their biopsy results. The rest of his friends are in surgeries as well, and the scene changes to the various operating rooms from the chilly temperatures required for cardiothoracic surgeries to the faint-inducing heats of pediatric rooms.

After his operation, Ik-joon runs into the nurses who are leaving for the day and asks about the father from the beginning of the episode. One of the nurses tells him that the father has stopped visiting a week ago, but Ik-joon already foresaw this outcome. After working for over a decade in this field, Ik-joon can tell that the father won’t come back.

Nurse Song tells Ik-joon that it’s raining, and he smiles before running off. In her office, Song-hwa watches the rain when Ik-joon stops by and invites her out to eat. At the restaurant, they talk about their families, but an emergency calls sends Song-hwa back to the hospital. Ik-joon drives her, and in her hurry, she leaves without closing the door. Ik-joon jumps out of his car and runs around to close it, heh.

The emergency patient is a thirteen-year-old girl, and Song-hwa orders Chi-hong to get an operating room ready. Meanwhile, Jung-won withdraws some money from the atm, and Ik-joon appears behind him to ask for 10,000 won (roughly $8). He also asks for some cigarettes and a lighter, and Jung-won hands him all the items, though he’s set on getting them all back.

Ik-joon plays a little prank, calling out Gyu-wool’s name, and when Jung-won looks up, he gives his friend a look. Before Jung-won leaves, he repeats all the things Ik-joon borrowed, and Ik-joon parodies the “Jessica jingle” from Parasite and scurries away.

Jung-won steps out of the hospital just as Gyu-wool returns, and the man in the car tells Gyu-wool that he’ll see her at home. From inside, Ik-joon and Dr. Bong watch everything and wonder who Gyu-wool’s new boyfriend is. Thus, when Gyu-wool walks passed them, Ik-joon offers to buy her coffee. He meets her outside the PICU and hands her not one but two BTS edition coffee drinks. He asks if her boyfriend is a car dealer, and she tells him that he’s right about one thing but wrong about the other.

Joon-wan calls Ik-soon to tell her goodnight, and goes into the office room for a quick dinner. He finds Yoon-bok still there and offers his credit card so she can take a taxi. Yoon-bok declines, explaining that her boyfriend is here to pick her up, and Joon-wan sheepishly takes back his card.

Song-hwa finishes her emergency surgery and tells the parents that they’ll have to wait and see how the patient recovers. After changing out of her scrubs, she receives a text from Chi-hong, telling her that he left an umbrella at her door. As she leaves her office with the umbrella in hand, Ik-joon calls her and tells her to come down since he’s been waiting this entire time. Awww, they’re both so sweet!

While Ik-joon waits for Song-hwa, he notices Yoon-bok in a nearby car. She’s fighting with her boyfriend over a text message from a guy, and her boyfriend insists on looking at her phone. Yoon-bok feels uncomfortable with his request and refuses to show him her phone.

Later that weekend, Joon-wan meets with Ik-soon and a similar situation befalls them. Ik-soon quickly explains her nonromantic relationship with the text sender, offering to show him her messages as proof, but Joon-wan says that there’s no need since he trusts her.

Instead, they talk about her doctorate plans which would take her abroad for three to five years. Joon-wan wonders if this means that they’ll have to break up since Ik-soon has no plans on getting married. She stares back at him, unable to answer.

While Ik-joon grabs Song-hwa to go eat at the cafeteria, Gyu-wool explains the upcoming procedure to a guardian. However, her use of technical jargon leaves the guardian confused, so Jung-won comes in and uses easier terms. As she watches him speak, she realizes her mistake.

The friends meet in the garden, and Jung-won asks if they know Dr. Chun. Ik-joon remembers him as the guy Joon-wan reported, and right then, Joon-wan appears. Ik-joon waves, and Joon-wan waves back until he realizes that his friend was saying hi to Jae-hak. Hahahaha!

Joon-wan asks if he’s friends with his chief resident, and Ik-joon explains that he’s friends with a lot of the residents from all the departments. He says, “Everyone loves me.” Pfft.

Jung-won tells the others that Dr. Chun is dating a female CEO who’s also their foundation’s board member and a close friend of Jong-soo. The chairman is currently debating on whether or not he should intervene, and Ik-joon asks Joon-wan if Dr. Chun is really as bad as they say he is. Joon-wan calls him a “villain” (using the English word), and Song-hwa asks what that means. Ik-joon lies to her, saying that it’s a hard worker.

Song-hwa leaves the group to make her rounds, and the last patient she meets is the thirteen-year-old and her parents. The patient is now able to speak, and the parents are thankful for Song-hwa’s help. The mom is opening a yoga center, and they invite Song-hwa to visit anytime since she’s like their family’s lucky charm.

Down in the ER, Song-hwa checks a patient’s scans and orders Seok-min to shave the patient for the operation. Since Seok-min and Chi-hong are busy, they toss the task to the intern. In the hall, Ik-joon runs up to Song-hwa and asks if she’ll be late to practice. She tells him that she’ll make it despite her surgery, and unlike busy Song-hwa, Ik-joon is off to chat with Nurse Seonwoo since he’s free this week.

A line of patients waits outside Joon-wan’s office while Dr. Chun has only one. During Dr. Chun’s consultation, the guardian asks him some questions based on what she learned online, but Dr. Chun derides her, suggesting that they go elsewhere and not share internet facts with him. Wow…he really has no redeeming qualities.

Unlike Dr. Chun, Joon-wan is thorough with his patients during their meetings and gives a guardian detailed advice. With five more patients left, Jae-hak mentions how Dr. Chun is already finished, and Joon-wan balks at the news.

In the ER, the neurosurgeons check on the patient, and Seok-min yelps—the intern is shaving the patient’s head. They report the mistake to Song-hwa, and though Seok-min tries to come up with a plausible excuse, Song-hwa tells him to be quiet.

The patient from the beginning is worsening, so with no other option, Ik-joon asks the nurses for the father’s address. Nurse Song suddenly gasps, and when Ik-joon turns around, his mouth falls open as well.

In the OB/GYN department, a patient is wheeled in, and a nursing student worries about the mother’s condition. Nurse Han assures her that the patient will live as Seok-hyung marches into the room.

The father from the beginning is back and looking much slimmer. He begs Ik-joon to let him donate his liver because he doesn’t care if he dies as long as his daughter can live. Ik-joon tells him that the regulations don’t allow the father to donate, and in all honesty, Ik-joon didn’t have much hope, either. However, seeing the father today has given him courage, and Ik-joon agrees to operate. The father thanks him, and Ik-joon’s voice cracks as he thanks the father for coming back.

Song-hwa explains that they needed to shave the groin area instead of the head, and takes responsibility for the mistake. However, both the guardians and the patient don’t make it into a big deal, and the patient even asks Song-hwa not to scold the intern too much.

Joon-wan pops into Ik-joon’s office to ask about the song they’re playing tonight, but notices his friend’s low spirit. Ik-joon tells him that he’s repenting since he hastily judged the world and thought that he knew everything. Though Joon-wan is confused about his confession, Ik-joon kicks him out since Chi-hong is here to talk. Joon-wan obeys though he glares at them as he closes the door.

In the PICU, Gyu-wool notices the guardian from before peeking through the door and invites her in. The guardian explains that she already saw her child but asks Gyu-wool if the surgery went well since she was too frazzled to comprehend the doctor.

This time, Gyu-wool explains the operation in simple terms and even uses drawings. Hearing the good news, the guardian hugs Gyu-wool in thanks, and Jung-won watches from across the room with a smile on his face.

Back in Ik-joon’s office, Chi-hong tells him that his sister dated a guy for five years, and though she didn’t want to get married, her boyfriend did so she eventually changed her mind for him. However, one day they went to a fortune teller for fun, but the fortune teller called Ik-soon a roadblock for her boyfriend.

Though she didn’t believe it, the boyfriend claimed that his mother didn’t like the news and wanted them to break up. While she was dazed, her boyfriend’s mother called to make plans with Ik-soon. In the end, the boyfriend was lying about his mother and just wanted to end things with Ik-soon. Dang, these siblings had the worst luck with significant others.

Because of this breakup, Ik-soon had insomnia for six months and lost a lot of weight. However, she seems recovered, so Ik-joon decides to keep this a secret. At the end, Chi-hong reiterates that he and Ik-soon are just friends and asks if he can see Ik-joon’s band someday.

Ik-joon asks if he likes Song-hwa—though he meant to say admire—but Chi-hong admits his feelings for Song-hwa without hesitation. Ik-joon tries to maintain his composure, though his jokes don’t carry their usual jovial air.

Once Seok-hyung finishes his surgery, the nursing student nervously asks if the patient survived. He tells her that she did, and she beams at him. As the friends get dressed and leave their offices, Seok-hyung bumps into the nursing student on his way out. However, without his scrubs or gown, she doesn’t recognize him at all. Heh.

Nurse Han tells the student not to be embarrassed since all of them are just regular people without their gowns, which is why they should try to be understanding of their patients. Meanwhile, the friends slowly converge in the lobby, and just as Nurse Han said, once they intermingle with the crowd, they’re indistinguishable from everybody else.

As they eat ramyun in Seok-hyung’s basement, Song-hwa tells them that she invited some guests: Jong-soo and Rosa. The two friends arrive, adorably dressed up for the private concert, and Jong-soo acts grumpy while Rosa is excited. The song for the day is “Chance Encounter” by Song Gol Mae.

While they play, the guardian from before finds Gyu-wool and hands her a coffee (another BTS edition) with a knowing wink. We also see Ik-joon’s patient, and the father dotes on his daughter before her surgery. As for Dr. Chun, he smiles at his girlfriend walking towards him, but his face falls when he recognizes the woman behind her as the guardian he was rude to earlier. Oh sweet, sweet karma.

Maybe due to their audience, the friends add a few more flourishes than usual, and Rosa claps along to the beat. Though Jong-soo acts like he’s bored, he taps along in secret, and Ik-joon catches on to his shy enthusiasm.

Woo-joo comes out in his pajamas, asking Ik-joon if he can tag along, but Ik-joon tells his son that they’ll hang out in the evening. They do their good-bye dance (so adorable), and Ik-joon moonwalks out of the apartment.

Chi-hong waits in a restaurant while Song-hwa also leaves her apartment, but she ends up at the yoga center run by her patient’s guardians. She congratulates them on their new business but only has time to greet them since she has plans today. At the restaurant, Chi-hong waves at someone, and the camera cuts to Song-hwa who waves, too—though they might not be waving at each other. (Darn you, show!)

At the news of a handsome, male visitor, Ik-soon skips to the gate, but her excitement turns to disappointment when she notices her brother instead of her boyfriend. Ik-joon hands her some food, but his sudden visit makes Ik-soon wonder if he’s getting remarried or if a family member is sick.

Ik-joon explains that he stopped by because it was “on the way” and apologizes for not visiting her sooner. He hands her some money to use as allowance, and Ik-soon bursts into tears. Like any good brother, Ik-joon mocks his little sister for crying, but tells her to call him anytime if she needs him because he isn’t busy. As he drives away, Ik-soon holds back her tears and watches him leave.

 
COMMENTS

This episode was on the lighter side with most of the patients’ stories getting happy endings. One theme that popped up in multiple patient encounters was the idea of making mistakes and fixing it. For Gyu-wool, it was her use of technical jargon while explaining an upcoming surgery to a guardian, but unlike the case in the ER back in episode two, Gyu-wool’s lack of experience rather than lack of sympathy was the main cause of her mistake. It wasn’t until Jung-won came and explained the same ideas in a simpler manner that Gyu-wool realized what she did wrong and learned where she could improve. Since she’s only a second year, it makes sense for her to still be unaware of how she should act, but we see how much Gyu-wool has grown by how quickly she puts these new skills into practice. Then there was the intern who shaved the patient’s head, and though the patient could have been angry, he was understanding of the young doctor because people make mistakes, especially when they’re new.

On the other hand, Ik-joon’s mistake came from his experience. After years of working as a doctor, Ik-joon had fallen into a rhythm around the hospital—knowing exactly when results come in and how guardians will react—but this time around, he was wrong. The father did come back, and even changed himself so he could donate his liver. The father’s actions seemed to really shake Ik-joon, and it forced him to reevaluate his beliefs and recognize his own prejudice. While Gyu-wool and the intern’s mistakes were a result of their lack of knowledge, the show reveals how experience can act as a double-edged sword if you’re not careful. Everyone makes mistakes, even those who seem perfect like Ik-joon, but one’s character is determined by how you respond to these failures. While Ik-joon repents after this incident (and probably becomes an even better doctor than the one he is already), we see another character repeat the same mistakes without any signs of remorse or willingness to change. On multiple occasions, Dr. Chun belittles his patients and their guardians, showing contempt towards others. However, his mistakes and lack of change eventually bite him in the butt when his behavior is revealed to his CEO girlfriend. It probably wasn’t a coincidence that one of his patients was related to his girlfriend (it wouldn’t have been weird for her to tell her friends and family to see her boyfriend who’s a doctor for treatment), and I’m glad he was the cause of his own downfall. Contrasting with the others, Dr. Chun had no desire to fix his mistakes, and in the end, the show reveals what happens to those who don’t acknowledge their shortcomings.

So far, the only romance that has blossomed in this show is the one between Joon-wan and Ik-soon. I love the portrayal of two adults in love—no need to be shy about physical intimacy with these two— which really contrasted well with Yoon-bok and her boyfriend this episode. Similar scenarios occurred to both couples (a male texted the girlfriend), but the responses were totally different. Part of it is due to their personalities, but I think experience also influenced how they reacted. While Yoon-bok’s boyfriend immediately got mad and tried to pry into her phone, Joon-wan acts like it doesn’t bother him to show that he trusts his girlfriend. As for Yoon-bok, she gets defensive when her boyfriend acts possessive and keeps her words vague, while Ik-soon prattles off details about the colleague to Joon-wan to avoid any misunderstandings. In the older couple’s case, they communicate with each other and try to nip any issues that can lead to a fight right away while for the younger couple, they let their emotions control them in that moment and instead of defusing the situation, they escalate the fight. Since Joon-wan and Ik-soon are more mature, the obstacles in their relationship reflect that as well. Rather than late-night texts from opposite-sex friends, they talk about their career goals and thoughts on marriage. Ik-soon possibly moving abroad for years does put a wrench into their relationship, and it’s refreshing to see two adults talk about these issues in a calm manner because sometimes couples break up even though they’re still in love. Just like how Seok-hyung holds some affection for his ex-wife, a relationship between two people isn’t necessarily cut and dried.

Besides a few successful couples, the romance department is currently filled with one-sided crushes (mainly by our residents). Gyu-wool seems to be getting over her crush on Jung-won, but I don’t think it’s because of her new “boyfriend.” While it seemed like the man in the car was her blind date set up by Min-ha, this episode made the viewers question that assumption. When Ik-joon asks about the boyfriend, Gyu-wool tells him that he’s right about one thing but wrong about another, which makes it seem that he is a car dealer but not her boyfriend. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was actually her brother since he talked to her very comfortably and said that he would see her at home. For the most part, the show has been very clear about Gyu-wool’s feelings, but opaque about Jung-won’s. I get the impression that Jung-won is somewhat aware of her feelings and Ik-joon’s actions, but he seems to be fond of her as his junior rather than a love interest. When he saw her draw pictures for the guardian, he looked proud instead of lovestruck, and as some viewers have pointed out, Gyu-wool seems to idolize Jung-won to a degree and loves him like a fan loves their idol. As the two characters are right now, I like them more as a mentor and mentee, but since there are many more episodes left, there’s still a chance for something to happen down the road.

Another major crush in this show is by Chi-hong, and in this situation, Ik-joon is thrown into the mix. Everyone loves Song-hwa (for good reason), and in this case, I wouldn’t mind her ending up with either of these two men or by herself (being single is great, too). Both Chi-hong and Ik-joon are charming and considerate, and I feel like both of them could make Song-hwa happy in their own way. Chi-hong is steady and soft—showing his love in small ways that doesn’t overbear on Song-hwa and force itself on her. He gives her space but lets his presence be known. As for Ik-joon, he’s known Song-hwa for so long which is both his advantage and disadvantage. He can act comfortably around her and be there for her when she needs him, but so many years have passed since their initial crushes and their relationship has morphed into a strong friendship that might hinder them from moving beyond that point. If either of them still has feelings, then I can see a romantic relationship occurring, but as of right now, they still feel like old friends, even when they’re alone together. However, I love that the show emphasizes friendship and portrays it as a worthy relationship equal to (if not better than) a romantic one. Thus, if Ik-joon isn’t the end game, it doesn’t make their relationship pointless because their friendship is already beautiful.

The thing I love most about this show is how it delves into different types of relationships. Not being romantically involved doesn’t make a relationship less strong or amazing, and I’m so happy to see the show hammer this point again and again each episode with the five friends. The way they still act like kids around each other will never get old. Besides friendship, this episode also dealt with family through Ik-joon and Ik-soon. Though their relationship isn’t perfect, there’s a lot of love between them, and while they might not express their emotions outright, it was obvious from Ik-soon’s tears that she understood what Ik-joon was trying to say without having to hear it. The different stages of Ik-soon at the end was hilarious because it so perfectly captured the sibling relationship. It’s a mix of disappointment to see them and skepticism when they act nice, but in the end, they’re also the ones who have your back when you need them, which can feel overwhelming. Ik-joon’s response was also great—mocking her for crying but showing that he was her older brother who would take care of her if she needed him. Overall, their relationship really captures what the creators do best: balancing humor with the heartfelt.

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Lee Ik Jun and Jessica's legendary scene were sooooo satisfying ! 😆

Another favorite is Ik Jun and Ik Sun, somehow their scene has made me remembering my own siblings. If my brother or my sister did the same thing to me, I would have cried too, a lot (but in secret, because it would be awkward to show them my emotions 😅)

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This series is the most I have ever liked Lee Ik jun as an actor. I could not put my finger on what it was with him because everything I have seen him in is just so...extra. This series showed that he does have the chops so maybe his past material I can review with a different light.

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That is so funny, I've only ever disliked him in other dramas too, so this is nice.

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Out of all JJS dramas I've watched, I think his character in his debut drama 'What's Up' is one of the best. Timid musical actor wannabe. He's like Ikjun but in a different setting 😅.

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I love JJS's performance in What's Up - so memorable and that voice when he sings.

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I'm so disapointed they didn't release the OST. His duo with Kim Jin Won was really nice.

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I feel the same, Jo Jung Seok's most memorable character for me isn't his role as main character (not even his chef role in Oh My Ghost) but his supporting role in King's 2 Heart as a timid bodyguard. But now I really like him as Lee Ik Jun and I will be remembering him for a looong time

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I realized that I used his character name instead of his real life name and you know, it works :).

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Oke, you reminding me of jo jung seek in that role just transported me back to when I was 16 and that show shattered my heart to pieces

But you are right, he was definitely a spotlight stealer in King 2 Heart.

Kind of happy I get to make a more light-hearted memory with him in hospital playlist though ^^

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Oh yes, Jo Jung Seok as "Earnest Bot" in The King 2 Hearts was very memorable. But I certainly would not call him timid. He was straight-lace and very conventional, unbending to the point where both the king and princess called him boring. But he was such a sweet-heart in that role.
If any of you haven't watched the drama yet, do so. It's not perfect but it's so good. I just re-watched a week ago. So satisfying.

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Everytime IkJun is wearing his glasses, it reminds me Jealousy Incarnate when the FL told him he was sexy with glasses and she doesn't want him to wear them in front of another girl :p

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I love that sibling moment too! Made me missed my sisters even more 🥺

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"Perfectly balanced. As all things should be."

Rather than shipping the couples, I am just in awe with the story telling. The actors act so well it seems like I'm watching a documentary show. The writing is so well thought out, they really made it for "smart" and over analyzing viewers like us in mind. There's so many details and easter eggs you continue to miss things even on your third watch. I also love how subtle and absent any ppl is. Regardless of how it ends, I can already tell it's going to be on my "must rewatch" list! Kudos the the cast and crew for making such an uplifting and entertaining drama at a time we need most!

Hospital Playlist Hwaiting!

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mention some of those interesting tidbits that you noticed on 2nd / 3rd watch

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Thanks for the recap. This show never disappoints 😊

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It was a nice episode. They're friendship goal! The way they all wached the meat being cooked, they're so funny.

I'm curious how JWan and IkS will deal if she gets the job. It's not one year but 4-5 years, it's pretty long.

The OST reminds me Heartstring with the canon rock and “Met You By Chance”. In Heartstring, they did “Met You By Chance” too but more rock'n roll and for the classic piece, it was Carmen by a rock band and korean instruments.

The father of the patient who needed a liver transplant is Maximus guardian !

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"The father of the patient who needed a liver transplant is Maximus guardian".

Yes, he is been in just about everything.

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I know. That thought popped up in my mind right away when I saw his face clearly in HP: XD

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Yup. he was also the random ahjushi in 'When the weather is nice' and my brain was briefly short circuiting trying to remember who he was supposed to be in this one😂

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We are find a partner who looks at us the way song hwa looks at meat😂😂😂😂

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*should

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I guess the French expression "Te manger tout cru" (eat you raw aka eat you alive) takes all its sense now :p

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😂😂

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Totally..I guess we found her only flaw! Forgetting that you shouldn't eat raw red meat when tempte with said possibility. To think she's a brilliant brain doctor 😂😂 😂

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AAAhhh I'm so happy i was not the only one reminded of Heartstrings. I remember listening to that cover on loop back in the days :)

I'm torn which version i like more

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Heartstring had a good OST :)

I like the both versions.

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I can really tell how much you love this show, as the comments section keep getting longer @lovepark. Enjoy reading your thoughts on this!

The beauty of the show is in portraying relationship, people and their challenges in a very realistic yet poetic way. Its not too over-the-top yet it manages to bring in the right emotion.

Having the 'old' friends still the picture, shows that a man and woman can remain friends until the end of their life. I love watch these two bickering like school kids!

I love this show, but I live for the last part where the band gets together for a song. I loved this weeks song! It just made me so happy!

Am already sad that we only have 3 more episodes this season..

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How 3 episodes? It is 12 ? Nooooooooo whyyyyyyyy its soooooo short why not 20 or 50 😢😢😢

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I'm just enjoying this chill ride every week. :D

When this drama started, and given what we know about the writer/producers, I think we were all going in expecting another 'mystery'. Some were giddily anticipating, and some met the prospect of a 'mystery' with an eye roll...but when the 1st episode dropped, we all dove in scavenging for clues for the possible mystery.

For me, I think it took me about 3 episodes or so before I thought, "... wait... am I crazy here? Or maybe like.. there's no series-long mystery??? What whaaaat??" I was confused, skeptical, mildly irritated... then on a casual rewatch one Wednesday evening, noticed little clues and hints sprinkled throughout the previous episodes, and I just felt pure appreciation on how much of a treat this show is.

I especially love watching the previews every week because it really shows the creators are lovingly messing with us. There's so much Drama! in the previews, but only for us to find the Drama! presented in the least Dramatic! way. All the conflicts are just dealt with, in a responsible, mature manner.

Perhaps if I had watched this show in another time, in a non-pandemic world, or when I was younger, I might see the show as too neat? But it's perfect for me right now. It's a comforting quiet little gem. I'll be sad when it ends.

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As soon as it was revealed that the director of the foundation and the director of the hospital were relatives and *checks notes* caring, competent doctors who do their jobs, I too wondered, what am I watching. :)

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Haha.. me too. I double-checked what I was watching too. But this actually did come at the right time - as I had been watching too many kdramas and had grown cynical about the tropes.

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Yeah, when I realized that they're good bosses that care about people my brain kinda froze for a second. I'm so used to evil doctors & directors.

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Haha I agree with you on the previews. When I saw them I used to think, "uh-oh, someone's getting in trouble.." but when the same lines were used on the actual episode, I ended up saying, "Ah, that's it?" hahaha. Then I got used to it :p

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I really like how this drama portrays the consistency in our love able doctors’ personalities. Because of that the characters are richer and their relationships as friends are deeper.

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ha ha.,, i just realized!
Look at the poster above..

JW and SHwa are looking at each other. It is an interesting choice for photop, with IJ in the middle but looking far away (kind of like his character - we see this is recurring theme and in every dinner scene - he is the center of the group, leader but he is the one who is always most disconnected and last to know what is happenining)

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SH is next to Shwa, but comfortably looking at JWan - he likes SHwa but knows nothing there

JWan is the most jolly .. and he is.. he is stable outside of the group.. no confusions within group and does joke a lot with JWan

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and JW and Shwa.. purposely placed so far away..shouldn't he have been closer to SH (after all SH is his best friend, whom he tells everything first)

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I guess I am the only one who thinks that Jung Won does in fact like Gyu-Wool, he just likes God more. He is still determined to be a priest, so even if he liked her, for him it is irrelevant and that is why he doesn't do anything with it. Otherwise, why lie about the weekend plans. Aside from that, I just like the storytelling, where ever it ends is good enough for me.

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I think the same. Atleast he is aware of some 'feeling' that is different. If he hadn't refused the 'dinner' date, which he supposedly had done with other doctors/nurses, I would think otherwise.
And his friend wouldn't tease him if he didn't see some signs (when Ik-Jun calls her name to check his reaction)
Am not on any ship either!

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I wonder if his lack or dating has something to do with it. It has been mentioned that he was adored by the ladies all though college and nothing ever came to be and In jook stated in a conversation with him and Joon wan that Jung won is a virgin.

This is a serious commitment to God and the priesthood and I just don't see Gyu-wool being the reason to break that commitment. And I say this as someone who adores Gyu-wool.

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I think there is some 'catch' to this. The first episode, we see his brother dissuade him from joining priesthood year after year (Not sure why a family of priests would be against this).
I want to know if its something he feels strongly about, or is it something he thinks will bring him contentment whenever there is trouble in his life.
I have nothing against his commitment to god, but I feel there is something they have not told us.

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Very well could be. I just want it to be a progression like the rest of his character and not a last minute, final episode 'gotcha' write in.

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I think because they want someone in the secular world to do God's work. He's a really good doctor & they know that, so they would rather him do that than become a priest.

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At the start of Bong cafe, newly love sick GW wanted to know about JW's college loves and Bong preface by saying he was popular but before he could elaborate on his love life, he gets cut off. (Unless I am misremembering terribly) show has purposefully kept that aspect of JW vague IMO but with this show they could just be red herr-ing us.

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One can also serve God in a secular job, especially as a doctor. I know of a person who became a doctor so that he could serve God that way. He and his family went to the remoter parts of China to teach the doctors there and help out the villagers for years.

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You're not the only one, though. Let me sit beside you and share some 🍿. Let's watch them together. I think it would be hard for JW to give up GW and smoking. Lol

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I'm not going to lie, the smoking caught me by surprise. I was like you are doctor sir. Then I remember many doctors smoke and many men in S.Korea smoke. SIGH, lmao.

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Not only because he is a doctor..for someone who wants to be a priest I'm surprised he hasn't stopped smoking yet

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You're not alone. But yes, he likes God more, poor GW. That's why I'm not investing too much in this OTP, it's hard to beat God.

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I think his brother knows that priesthood to JW is some sort of a "go to / escape plan" whenever he feels emotionally drained. But JW's true calling is being a doctor who saves lives and on the side helps disadvantaged patients (Daddy-Long-Legs program). While it gives him the emotional roller-coaster rides , but he is at his happiest when his patients are doing well (reference - "poo" scene). I can understand this at some level with my current job, which gives me a lot of frustrations, and everytime I get frustrated I keep telling my husband I am quitting and will find a new job , but then I dont.. and I notice I am still super immersed in what I do. I am neutral re the couple, but it would be nice to also see some more background about JW - so far, his character and background is not yet fully explored.

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You have a point.
Jung-Won is a very emotional person. Whether his patient is doing better or worst, he got affected easily. He must be pretty exhausted on the inside.

Also, having all of his brothers and sisters serving God must also have some effect on him. He might think priesthood can help him find peace.

(TMI, I remember myself as a kid growing up thinking I really wanted to be a doctor. Turns out it was actually my dad's dream, not mine.)

By far he's the happiest when his patients are getting better.

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i agree with JW choosing priestood is esacape plan...also his hobby was photography but after seeing lost patient smily faces he abandoned that nd now its marathon.. its kind of him not able give proper closure to things that being resulted him emotionally exhausted.

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Those are some excellent points and are totally aligned with how I also thought priesthood was JW version of pressure release and assumed that's why his brother kept asking him to push it off a year. However he has now taken active steps to pursue this course. It's a bit confusing because apart from taking him away from his chosen profession (albeit may be for a short while) it also jeproadizes the financial program he is so passionate about.(If my understanding is correct, he does use his family money but his dad has given most of it away and he is largely supplementing his acts of giving with his generous doctor's pay as well?) can think up a few possibilities for finally pursuing priesthood now:

1) May be he always meant to take up the cloth but was waiting to put a financial plan in place to keep supporting his charities? Seen as how he's a lover of deposits, may be he finally has enough to step away and still keep those programs going?may be mooching off Joo wan all these years and guilt tripping SH to pay was to fund future "daddy long leg" funds😂
2)he was just waiting to get to a stage with his profession before turning to the church. Although this one's most unlikely coz Catholic church definitely supports academics+priesthood but may be he felt the focus would be split and wanted to go hard on the doc route when he was young and energetic 🤷
3)This is what my shipping heart would like but we'll see.. he had always used priesthood as a vague ideal but having started to catch feelings for GW, he panicked and is now going full steam ahead with this option. 😅

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I think that Jung wan is better off as a doctor. He is skilled at what he does, he empathises with his patients and their parents and he knows how to handle them well. God knows the world NEEDS doctors like him!

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I think the same too. I also think that Jeongwon needs to figure out first whether his calling is indeed in being a priest or a doctor before anything else. We might get more progress in Winter Garden romance in S2 while Jeongwon deals with his calling first in S1. I love me a nice otp romance but I am willing to wait for next season to see it in a full swing.

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Thanks for reminding me about season 2. Also good point.

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Yes.his struggles thi season are too weighty. Not to mention it' be extremely to have any thing start up between them when JW ha unresolved erm God issue. Although I woul like some clarity on how he views GW . I think there are sparks of interest outside of the mentor-mentee relationship but at this point I am just trusting the show to tell the story it wants to in it's own time. At thi point we are due a JW deep dive

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I totally agree with you. The passion is just too great for him ya know? I also think it's his first time experiencing these feelings so he's like in an internal battle.

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I think Jung-won likes Gyeo-wool as well, but he's just in denial. Jung-won's goal of becoming a priest has almost come to define his identity and who he is; it has become a constant for him. It's scary for Jung-won to lose sight of this goal; he wouldn't know who he is any longer without it.

I theorize that in order to avoid such an identity crisis, he is avoiding his feelings for Gyeo-wool. By doing so, he can put off the heartbreaking realization that his goals and desires have changed. That can be scary for all of us. Who are we now if the dreams we've clung onto for decades has morphed into something entirely different? It's scary when we realize the narrative we've written about ourselves isn't true anymore.

But someone wise once said: "Do not surrender all your joy to an idea you used to have of yourself that isn't true anymore."

I think it's time Jung-won chooses joy. But hey, who knows what the writers will throw at us?

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This was so eloquent. In addition he may also feel like he is betraying God in some way if he chooses to fully realize his feelings, which is its own battle.

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This was great and yeah I also think he's divided because he might see this as a huge betrayal to his religious commitment but clearly his yearning to become a priest became his identity and now he's perplexed. I have actually been in the situation where ones goals change (exactly the way you described it) and yes in that case you aren't really mentally prepared to take up sth else because that's what you've known about yourself.

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Omg. Thanks for this recap. You've mentioned almost all of the great points in this episode. Indeed this was another lovely episode that highlighted the different ways we respond to difficult and often unexpected disruptions in our routines/lives. "To err is human..." One thing I also love about Ikjoon and Gyeowool is that they are quick to reflect on their actions and then apply it going forward. They're both sensitive. In contrast, our NS chief resident seems to still find poor reasons to get away from difficult situations like the intern's mistake. Songhwa showed her leadership by being honest and taking responsibility, which was of course reciprocated with understanding on the patient's part. What could've happened if they lied about it..
Now that I've seen it again, I think SH's door kind of shows a darker background while in CH's it's still bright outside. And there's glare on SH's glasses. Uggh stop playing with me, writer-nim.

Anyways, other small details I loved in this ep:
-Jessica jingle from parasite (JJS seems to be getting all those funny stuff, and he does them so well, like the frog song)
-the goodbye dance
-the band song (probably my fave so far)
-Kim Gab Soo being so perfect for this role and his pretend "bored face" while silently getting into the groove
-Ikjun running in the rain around his car to close the door lol

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This drama... I mean . This drama is probably going to be the highlight of this f'd up year. Its so beautiful and the pd and writer is so good in highlighting the small things without overbearing the audience. This dramas proves that you dont need over the top stuffs to make you fall in love with a drama but its really hard to do. Every little detail in this drama has a significance. I feel so protective of the 5 friends. Their friendship is so beautiful and at the same time i care for the secondary characters as well.
Rooting for winter garden and song hwa and ik joon !
I hope we see some ships sailing before this season ends . Really hope they dont end the series with a big cliffhanger which they definitely will.

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From what I 've heard Ilsan seems like a place where many wealthy people live? I was actually surprised Dr Chun would slight a potentially rich patient in that way.

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Thank you,@lovepark for this and all of Hospital Playlist recaps so far. I am curious, you mention that there are still many episodes left. I thought there are only 12. Am I missing something?

I too love how this show delves into relationships, especially those between the five friends. It is heartwarming.

Of course, I am a sucker for romance so I can't say I am not enjoying the romances, mutual and one-sided. I am in the minority opinion: I believe Jung-won is attracted to Gyu-wool. I wouldn't go so far as to say he has "feelings" though. I think he doesn't allow the possibility because he is unwilling or scared to jeopardize his dream of going into the Priesthood. I am not sure if he is doing this out of habit, fear, or simply to pursue his dream. As for her side, I do agree that she sees him with rose glasses. I hope that she is able to truly see him clearly.
Love is a choice. I am just not sure if Jung-won would make the choice to love a woman romantically at this point even if he has some attraction to her. So right now I don't see this couple moving forward. Something would have to shake up our tender pediatric Dr.

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I thought there are only 12. Am I missing something?

This drama will have at least 2 seasons, last I heard it will have 3 seasons. The 12 episode count is for season 1 :)

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oh this just made my day i thought we were running out of time

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Oh, wow! Like @sorayalatina, you made my day with this news. Thank you!

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I hope the main cast fr S1 will be the same for next season. In fact i want all the side kicks too. I hate it when they keep a character but have to change the actor due to scheduling conflicts or whatever.

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I don't think the actors will let go of their roles. Hahaha

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You don't have to worry about it bacuase Shin PD and Lee woo jung writer contracted with actors from the first meeting that they will have at least 3 seasons and actors need to be aware of this fact.

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Seriously
If this is true this will be heaven
The scariest thing about seasons is changing actors and i dont think i will watch if these 5 friends change

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Sorry for the confusion! As mentioned above, I was referencing the multiple season format. I get the impression that the romances may develop more in S2 rather than in the remaining 3 episodes. Hence, why I was saying that there's still plenty of time for things to develop.

Also, love your comment that love is a choice. In a sense, it matters less whether or not Jung-won is attracted to Gyu-wool since it depends more on what Jung-won wants to do with his life.

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Agree.. he first has to find out what his true calling is.

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No worries @lovepark! Thank goodness you mentioned it or I would still be in the dark.
I would be absolutely fine if they hold off on romantic development until the next season (now that I know we will have a second season).
I hope we get insight into why Jung Won wants to be a Priest. Yes, his family has a strong Catholic tradition, but why is it so personal to him? Or are we just to understand that he feels the call? Thankfully, I trust this creative team to reveal those details at some point.

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Ik-jun and Ik-soon's scene resonated a lot and made me miss my brother. He's not the affectionate nor am I but once in awhile he does act like the big brother, giving allowances (best part) and taking care of me when I'm sick.

I know this writer-PD team when it comes to OTP, but like, I want Chi-hong to be happy! I love Ik-jun and adore his friendship with Song-hwa so much. Ultimately though, it's Song-hwa's decision and here's to hoping we'll know this season. (though probably not)

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Same here.. i think it is ok for IJ and SW to remain as best friends.. just like Rosa and Jung-Soo. Chi-hong deserves a happy break (even though I hated the actor's character in One Spring Night.)

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Yeap. I finished OSN after putting it on hold and remembered he was there! But his role in Prison Playbook remains to be heartbreaking, so I want him to be happy! And yes, a break for the actor too.

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Maybe it's just me, but I felt the pace of this eps slowed down a lot. Yes, everyone has to deal with their respective problematic patient, but their personal problems took a backseat for once. It felt almost like a calm before storm. Like a periodic silence at the in-between stages where potential problems bubbling just under the surface, waiting for enough force before finally burst violently in the open. Like the marriage issue between Jun-wan and Ik-sun, Jeong-won's priesthood dream, or Seok-hyung's family problem. I wonder how chaotic everything will be this week.

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So on point! I'm excited but anxious. But I do trust that this production team will only give us the best outcomes for their respective scenarios.

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Thank you @lovepark for your thoughts in this recap! I really enjoyed your insights on this episode :)

There's just so much about this episode and this Show that generates all the right feels in me. Woojoo's little dance with Ik-joon was so cute, and the never-ending gif of his hilarious round-the-car sprint in the rain to close the passenger door for Song-hwa has been replaying on my phone and I just can't help but chuckle lol. And the last scenes of him visiting Ik-soon, that's such a realistic and heartwarming portrayal of the brother-sister relationship :)

I also like how the Show explores the different angles of learning. It's not just the young residents learning from the experienced professors, but it shows that even the experienced professors are fallible. Ik-joon's prejudice about the father, thinking he'd seen enough to know, reminded me of some real experiences a few of my doctor friends shared before. They said that while the younger doctors are less experienced, a good thing about them is that they make sure the patient undergoes different types of checks to find out the exact cause of any illness before coming to a conclusion on their diagnosis. However, for the experienced doctors, they could just take a cursory look and decide on a diagnosis pretty quickly, thinking it's what they usually experience and they know enough. Whilst most of the time their experiences serve them right and the diagnosis is spot-on, there have also been incidents whereby they were wrong because they did not consider other potential causes of the illness, thinking they already knew it all from their experience. So letting experience get to your head has its pitfalls too.

So I like how Show portrays that even though our 5 friends are all excellent doctors, they possess that common humbling trait to keep wanting to learn and improve themselves (Ik-joon reflecting on his prejudices, or Joon-wan wanting to do more research and learning into rare diseases etc). And this is what makes all of them good doctors in their own ways. These are all realities of life, we stumble, no matter how experienced or good we are in our careers, but what matters is that we learn, take lessons, and become better versions of our past selves :)

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Thank you for the recap @lovepark!

And I really like the progress with Gyeo Wool this episode. After more than one month being rejected and taking a step back, I saw a positive transition when it comes to her character. Before this, she seems to idolise Jeong Won like a fangirl, but as she took a step back after the rejection, the idolisation / fangirling toned down significantly. While the feelings she has for Jeong Won does continue, but it seems to have also transformed / branched out into a role model admiration too.

Other than the reason her GS fathers didn't mentor her objectively, it could also possibly be that she didn't really feel strongly for them as her role models as a doctor that she didn't really pick up many things from them through her 3 years of residency.

But now with Jeong Won, it is different. Laced with her feelings for him, he is someone she always look at, and now becomes someone look up to, especially when it comes to doctoring.

She came to a realisation that she should do better to explain to the layman mother based from Jeong Won's explanation, and she even improved Jeong Won's method one level higher with the visual explanation. I am so proud of her, like Jeong Won did. This time she didn't even pause expecting any form of acknowledgement as she only thinks about helping the mother, but she naturally earns both acknowledgement from the mother and Jeong Won's proud approval. I think in Jeong Won's eyes, she has now level-ed up to Dr. Bae's level, based on his same proud, approval smile to her.

I like it how her one step back from Jeong Won results in a step forward in breaking the uncomfortableness Jeong Won had with her all of this time. He seems to be more relaxed around her now and I like it because I am invested to see the growth of their mentor - mentee relationship. Ep. 9 made me more convinced that Jeong Won is vital in Gyeo Wool's arc to grow as a doctor and that is why their pairing is set. I think Gyeo Wool will become one great doctor with the potential she already has should she fix her mistakes (she is already doing this well now), learn more from great examples, improve and level herself up.

For their romance, I can't say much because Jeong Won is so closed off and opague so it's hard to put meaning to his reaction and action. Plus, as someone who has been following YYS for years now (😂), I have yet to see him give his trademark soft, thoughtful gaze and bashful smile whenever his character likes someone in this drama. That smile he gave to Dr. Bae and Gyeo Wool are the proud sunbae smile, not romantic. The most affection and happiest smiles he ever gave in this drama are all directed to his patients and his mom. Lol. Plus I think his will to be a priest issue needs to be settled first and foremost before the romance can naturally comes in for his character's arc.

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I retrieved my old account just to tell that I weekly look forward to your comment aside from the recap. Though, I live for the more dramatic fan-related drama than the drama itself (signature of Shin-Lee duo). It is still refreshing to see objective and unbiased POVs. I mostly agree with your sentiments regarding Gyeoul and Jeongwon's current status in terms of romance. I've been around the net and read all sorts of things regarding this drama. I think that because of the shipping some fans tend to get mixed up the constructive criticism to her character as slander or a pure hate comment. Though I've read unreasonable bad comments about her (again, bec. of the shipping) I think that this drama is treading towards her growth as a doctor and a person. In terms of romance, I certainly do agree that we are still in murky waters and I won't make assumptions until Jeongwon's POV is shown but I'm open to all the possibilities. Lastly, thanks lovepark for the wonderful reviews! ♥♥♥

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Another best friendship in this story is Rosa and Jong soo... I love how she doesn't let him ignore his health... And also the fact that they are calling him out for not seeking help for depression.... Rosa and Jong soo are friendship goals👫

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Thank you for the lovely recap and the insightful comments. Your comments are getting longer with each recap and I am loving it. I just want to say that this drama is absolutely pure love. I am enjoying every bit of it.

I would like to give extra shoutout to our fab five friends. Tvn released a video of their band practice and I am just so blown away by their dedication. I have fallen in love with them even more. Their "Canon" practice was hell and "Met You By Chance" was also difficult but they pulled through. I hope they release Mido and Parasol full album!

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I know..how awesome is that on top of their awesome acting, we are also treated to our own mini concerts every week by this talented group of entertainers. And my admiration for JJS rose leaps and bounds to know he voluntarily took a pay cut to be part of this cast and is giving us his wonderful vocals on top of his on-point IJ every week. Ofc the other 4 are fabulous as well

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I'm not really good at recognising faces, so I thought that the guy who picked up Gyeo-ul was the same guy as Yoon-bok's boyfriend (since they were on the topic of her talking to 'another guy' but it's possible that he was actually the one two-timing, plus him being a car dealer/having different cars so it's totally possible for him to have different cars for different girlfriends). Can anyone clarify this for me? :P

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Pretty sure It is aa different actor. I think for Gyeo Ul, she seems to imply the guy she was with in the car, is her family member who deals with cars and not someone she is dating.

Yoon Bok's part they showed to contrast younger couple dating and older couple (Iksoon-JunWan) dating differences.

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This is one show i look forward to every week. Last week amidst all the movement restrictions Covid 19 and all, i rewatched the series up to ep7, although i have watched up to ep9. I love everything about this drama. the cast all really shine in their roles. But I do wonder if all cast members can be committed for all 3 seasons that is in planning for remainder two.

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Wow
Are they gonna make 3 seasons seriously?
This is like a dream comes true

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I love this show so so much. I don't know if it's just me but I've been shipping Joon-wan and Song-hwa since like episode one. But I love the way the show is portraying his relationship with Ik-Soon. It's so mature and beautiful. This show gives me such Reply vibes so I AM JUST BATHING in the nostalgia. Such a warm feeling in my heart :)

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Kyeo-Wool is the one who draws me into this show from the first place so I've been watching her closely. What I love the most about her is that she uses her crush as an inspiration to improve herself. She's gradually but steadily improves. Her character growth is the most apparent among her peer.

For me, she's that smart-straight A-but-blunt-and-insensitive-model-student who believes getting the FACT out straightforwardly would be the best approach. She's like that with everyone, be it her patient, her friends, or even her professors. She doesn't know how to beat around the bush.

While I agree that as a third-year resident, what she lacks (compared to Jung-Won and the other professors) is experience, I honestly think what she lacks the most is SOMEONE who'd point out to her that her personality could potentially be or lead to a bigger problem than she thought.

Jung-Won is that someone. He's the first (and the only one so far) who points it out to her directly, in her face, that there're lots of possible better ways. She's impressed with what he did to her (that no one else has) and this leads to her crush on him.

As a GS princess, ah I mean daughter, ah I mean the one and only resident, she's been adored and pampered by all her 13 dads. (Of course, she must also be a really hardworking and competent resident, otherwise, there wouldn't be 7 professors proposing her to attend their surgery.) She hasn't been told what her weak point is before.

Take the drug-addicted patient case as an example, when she dealt with him bluntly, Ik-Joon defense on her behalf stating he didn't think she did anything wrong. He even told her that had anything like this happen again, she should go with her (same) judgment.

But Jung-Won, on the other hand, seems unpleased. (My interpretation is that because going face-to-face with a drug-addicted like that could potentially lead to violent responses, hence jeopardize her own and everyone's safety.) Even though he also went to the director's office on her behalf, he didn't console her as Ik-Joon did.

I can't say exactly how Jung-Won feels about her because it hasn't been revealed by the show. But I do really feel that there's something unusual in the way he treats her. I have a long list of events that I found quite "intrigued" which has a romantic connotation. But will not discuss them here.

I've come to adore Kyeo-Wool as an individual to the point that I don't care about the love line anymore. Just seeing her grow and become a great doctor makes me happy already.

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I have fallen in love with her character too. I never expected to coming into the drama. Something about her vulnerability and caring heart that shows through her logical, blunt, fiercely intelligent personality gets to me.

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thanks for recaps..
i am really enjoying this show right now.
liked d progess shwn by dr.gyeol...she is steadily learning how to communicate wth gurdian nd patient . regarding her one sided crush on dr.ahn i think he does feel something for her either its attractn or curiosity. wheather he likes her or not answer lies in ep .2 when ikjun asked him what does he think of gyeol.

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Food fighter Song Hwa 😂😂
We want more U Ju and appa please writernim!

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Thanks for another excellent recap @lovepark. Most of my fave scenes were covered by many beanies. But because it's this show, here's a list of a lot more 😅

*LOL'd at how Joon Wan spectacularly flubbed being Mr.Smooth this hour. First failing to account for alternate arrangements for the med student's return home and then wrongly intercepting and returning IJ's enthusiastic wave meant for Jae-Haek. His awkward card tuck-in after hearing that this seeming infant had a BF waiting to pick her up was just adorable.
But then ofc he went and was all mature ,non-clingy yet open about the future of their relationship in the face of IS's career aspirations. And I loved how he pumped her up and didn't stand for her fake modesty. Damn it JKH, can't you be non-swoony for an ep atleast ♥️
*Loorved SH and JW's little jazz number in SH's mom's hospital room. I am discovering a weakness for YYS acting cute and my replay button isn't liking it.
*Ik Soon's tear up after her oppa's sudden show of love was so touching. She's about to make some major life changing decisions and hearing her oppa's got her back must have been so meaningful at this point in time.
*Missed Min ah this hour.Can we have footage of IJ,Min ah and GW's ttebokki date,show? Pretty please

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Also GW doesn't look to be any close to getting her date at new year with a worthy guy at this point. I was so hoping the mystery guy was Min ah's blind date set up but seeing how casually he talked to her and how uncomfortable she looked with JW listening to that convo and then IJ's bringing him up as her BF, I guess we are not there yet!
Oh well, the show did give us excellent growth arc with how she is now learning to communicate better by catching JW's example. And after last episode's incident with the drug patient,I was happy to see she hasn't given up on improving her major problem area aka communication . I have mentioned in previous comments,but the thing I love most about GW's character is how positively she takes criticism and tries her best to move on. This was apparent in last week's episode as well. When it became apparent that her first direct attempt at moving their relationship forward was met with rejection (in lieu of a lie, from her perspective) she simply accepted it and is trying her darnest to move on. Here's hoping she will be in a much healthier place by end of this season. GW,fighting. Oh and if nothing pans out for you and Min ah on the romance front by new year, you both could always go on a ladies night and paint the town red. ♥️

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I'm surprised that Song-hwa doesn't know what villain means in English. As doctors don't they have to have a good command of English as most of their medical texts are written in English? - this I summise from watching a lot of korean medical dramas. Whenever the doctors are studying, I notice that their book are all in English.

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This seemed out of character to me too.

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Perhaps it is because of how different Jun Wan pronounced it from its original English word? He pronounced it according to the Korean spelling - 빌런 (billeon) or as Ik Jun put it "Bill Run". Maybe it didn't cross her mind that its Villain at that moment?

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I highly doubt it, unless Song Hwa studied in the US or somewhere else and is not familiar with the way that Koreans pronounce some English words. In her case, it's not. i think it's just a loophole.

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Thanks for the recap.

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I am loving every minute of this drama, the happiness, sadness, laughter & tears. I especially enjoy their band to Mrs!
A question - what is that container of candy/snacks thathey keep showing? It has "1200" on it plus "79" I think - I can't see anything else. It's been in a few scenes, it's been offered to people and now I'm curious. Thanks!

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Oops. "to Mrs" should read "times"

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Love this show to pieces
Its the only show i'm watching

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Can ik joon and song hwa end up together plz plz plz ?
Also can this series continue forever ? It suerly relieves the pandemic stress and i can see it can go on forever like many medical series
Love their band performances soooo much
They all have great voices
Love jjs so much

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I cant seem to stop talking about this jem ❤❤
The recaps are really late for HP don know why
The fabulous about this series is that i cant believe we have all these legendary actors together on my screen , u know its always in dramas one or 2 good actors and the eithers are so-so that i always fast forward the scenes but her no all of them are professionals that every scene is a treat
And i love in their songs they zoom on their hands playing meaning they are playing themselves , its impressive
The only killing thing is that its 1 episode a week , to be able to wait i went to watch jealousy incarnerate since i lovesd jjs so much here and man he is on hell of an actor , seriously he is a full package yet i think he , here in HP, hasn't shown his full range of acting , the awesome range i saw in JI
And i'm planning on watching OMG until new episodes of HP come
Though late, happy ramadan everyone

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I agree with many of you and I just want to add that I particularly like this episode's scene of our main characters doing operations almost at the same time. I always love it when each of them are shown doing their thing, but here they were shown one after the other, emphasizing the unique aspect of their fields 😍

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