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Hospital Playlist 2: Episode 1

The show is back and raring to go! We return to the lives of our five doctor friends as well as the stories of the various staff and patients who enter these hospital doors. Just as they were nearly a year ago, our motley cast of characters make mistakes but grow from them while experiencing the ups and downs of life. Thus, another journey begins as we explore the ordinary days of these extraordinary people.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

Continuing where the show left off in season one, YANG SEOK-HYUNG (Kim Dae-myung) receives a text from his resident, Choo Min-ha, inviting him out for a Christmas dinner. After multiple rough drafts, he decides to be blunt and declines the offer.

On his way out, he gets a call from Shin-hye, his ex-wife, and rushes to the emergency room. He crosses paths with Dr. Bong who introduces him to the new ER fellow, Kang So-ye. Seok-hyung asks about Shin-hye’s dad, and Dr. Bong gives him a brief description of his condition. He wonders how he knows the patient, but before Seok-hyung can explain, Shin-hye comes looking for him.

Alone at the restaurant, Min-ha pours her imaginary companion a glass of wine and bounces between the two seats, eating both plates of food. Her server brings out a pasta dish and a whole cake, which are gifts from the chef. Staring at the sudden dessert, Min-ha complains about the small size.

At home, KIM JOON-WAN (Jung Kyung-ho) answers a call from his girlfriend, Lee Ik-soon, who is studying abroad in London. She can tell from his voice that something is wrong and teases him for missing her.

Grinning from ear to ear, Joon-wan says that she is correct, but his smile disappears when he catches his friend and roommate, AHN JUNG-WON (Yoo Yeon-seok), staring at him from the doorway. After kicking him out, Joon-wan tells Ik-soon that the package he sent was returned, and she promises to look into it and get back to him.

Seok-hyung assures Shin-hye and her mom that the patient will be fine without surgery, and they express their gratitude towards him. Since they haven’t eaten yet, Shin-hye asks Seok-hyung to take her to a nearby restaurant, and he agrees. As they head out, Fellow So-ye hands them an umbrella and watches them leave with their arms linked.

Despite taking the night off, Min-ha returns to the hospital after her unsuccessful date. Standing outside the ER, she spots Seok-hyung exiting with Shin-hye and stares in shock. Grabbing her stuff—which includes a teddy bear meant for him—she turns around to hide from the couple.

Jung Rosa hosts a Christmas party at her house, and the whole older cast is there to celebrate: Joo Jong-soo, Hospital Director Joo, and Seok-hyung’s mom. In the kitchen, Rosa happily chats with her son over the phone, and Jung-won promises to visit her over the weekend for an important announcement. As soon as she hangs up, Rosa tells the others that Jung-won is not leaving and guesses that he might be dating someone as well.

Joon-wan bursts into Jung-won’s room to ask about their next song, and Jung-won recites the chorus for him. Hearing the lyrics, Joon-wan asks if he is dating someone. Jung-won’s eyes nearly pop out of his head, but to his relief, Joon-wan was talking about Seok-hyung. A call from his girlfriend causes Joon-wan to backpedal out of the room, and once he leaves, Jung-won rolls around his bed in a giddy mood.

Ik-soon tells Joon-wan what happened to the package, and he offers to send it again. She thinks it would be safer to get it in person, so he agrees to hold onto it until her next visit. Ik-soon apologizes for making him spend the holidays alone, and they go back and forth saying “I love you.”

Early in the morning, LEE IK-JOON (Jo Jung-seok) stretches in his biking gear and drops by his son’s room to say goodbye. Noticing Woo-joo’s sudden growth spurt, Ik-joon tells the nanny that his son grew bigger because it’s a new year. The nanny calls his logic preposterous, so Ik-joon parodies Men in Black and erases the nanny’s (and the audience’s) memory.

While biking to work, Ik-joon comes across a runner who suddenly throws up on the side of the road. When the man faints, Ik-joon immediately jumps into doctor-mode and checks the patient’s condition. He accompanies the man on the ambulance, and the paramedics inform him that they are headed to Yulje Medical Center.

Thus, Ik-joon ends up arriving to work much earlier than he expected, but thanks to this little rearrangement, he bumps into CHAE SONG-HWA (Jeon Mi-do) who’s suddenly back. She’s only here momentarily to prepare for a talk, but Ik-joon is glad to see her and invites her out to coffee.

Still awkward and shy, Seok-hyung lies to his coworkers in order to use the stairs instead of the crowded elevator. Things are also the same for Resident Jang Gyu-wool who hurries through the hall with wet hair, clearly haggard but working diligently.

While Joon-wan gets ready to leave, Jung-won steps out of the bathroom, asking if he used his shampoo. Joon-wan says that he hasn’t, grumbling under his breath about his stingy friend, but surprisingly, Jung-won tells him to try some since it’s great. Breaking into a smile, Joon-wan admits to using it, and a toilet paper roll hits his face. Pfft.

Gyu-wool visits a patient and instructs him to keep exercising in order to recover. Though he complains about the pain, she makes it clear that he needs to keep trying, and her stern lecture motivates (aka, scares) the others patients to practice, too.

During surgery, Joon-wan quizzes the intern about the patient’s history, but the intern fumbles for an answer. Joon-wan glares at him and warns him to study before stepping into his operating room next time.

After finishing a round with Dr. Kwon, Gyu-wool runs down to the pediatric ward and joins Jung-won on his. She informs him about a patient who is in a bad mood, so he goes to visit their pessimist in person.

Jung-won’s cheery attitude does nothing in improving the little girl’s glum expression, and she asks him directly how long she will live. Dropping down to her eye level, Jung-won answers, “I don’t know, but you will probably live longer than me.”

Min-ha is dressing a patient when Seok-hyung calls to give her instructions. Hearing the nurse in the background, he realizes that she is busy and tells her to call him back after she finishes. Min-ha finally notices her patient waiting awkwardly for her, and she apologizes for the delay.

Even after moving to a different city, somethings don’t change as Song-hwa continues operating at Yulje Medical Center to help out. Ex-chief resident Yong Seok-min drops by, taking a break from his studies, to see his old professor. Clearly, though, he is here to see his girlfriend, Heo Seon-bin, as well, and Song-hwa catches them acting lovey-dovey in the hall.

They talk about Chi-hong who is now working at a different hospital, and Song-hwa calls it a good opportunity to learn. Stopping mid-thought, Song-hwa realizes that she sounds like a boomer, but her residents assure her that she and her friends are no way near that level. She sighs in relief and tells them that she wants to be a villain instead. (Ik-joon, look at what you’ve done!)

Joon-wan gapes at the empty wrappers of his favorite snack littering the table. Sensing the impending doom, Ik-joon wipes off the crumbs and put on his most innocent face. When Joon-wan scolds him for eating his crackers, Ik-joon gasps and tells Jung-won to leave. Understandably confused, Joon-wan looks at the door to see if their friend is here, but Ik-joon was addressing him and sprinkles water over his head. Pfft.

Meanwhile, Song-hwa offers to ask Ik-joon about presenting at a conference on behalf of Seok-min but wonders why they want him in particular. The residents tell her that Ik-joon is super famous and charismatic, but as soon as Song-hwa enters her office, she finds the “charismatic” doctor engaged in a tickle-fight with Joon-wan. Shielding the residents from the childish sight, Song-hwa tells them that Ik-joon will attend the conference.

Still wet from the exorcism, Joon-wan only eats a bite of food before having to run to the ER. While Song-hwa devours a roll of kimbap, Jung-won struggles to open a bag of radishes and asks where Seok-hyung is. All-knowing Ik-joon informs him about Shin-hye’s dad and assumes he must be meeting his ex-wife.

Dropping by the OB/GYN station, Seok-hyung pulls Min-ha aside for a talk. He mentions the earlier incident and tells her to ignore his calls if a similar situation occurs in the future. He will let her off this once since everyone can make mistakes but will not excuse her a second time.

The pediatric nurses whisper to each other that Yeon-woo’s mom is here again even though her child passed away a while ago. After dropping off food, Yeon-woo’s mom asks about Gyu-wool who happens to walk by at that moment. She wonders why Yeon-woo’s mom is here, and she tells Gyu-wool that she was in the area for a birthday party.

Yeon-woo’s mom mentions the baby’s smooth skin which was so unlike her child’s, and her comment makes the group tense. Gyu-wool explains how they tried their best but still apologizes for all the scars. Yeon-woo’s mom knows how much they cared for her son, but in the middle of their conversation, Gyu-wool receives a call from a professor and needs to leave.

Min-ha grabs coffee with Nurse Han and admonishes herself for being dense. She lists off all her bad traits, but a call from the ER puts her self-criticism on hold since a patient needs her.

In the PICU, Joon-wan checks on his young patient, but Do Jae-hak and Jang Hong-do are already there watching over her. Joon-wan remembers Hong-do, and forgoing greetings, he throws him a pop quiz. When Hong-do hesitates, Jae-hak comes to his defense, but Joon-wan tells them both to study.

Intern Choi Sung-young finds an umbrella by the pediatric station, and one of the nurses recognizes it and calls Yeon-woo’s mom. Speaking of whom, a nurse wonders why Yeon-woo’s mom comes by so frequently to the place where her child died and worries about the possibility of a lawsuit.

After meeting with the emergency patient, Min-ha updates Dr. Yeom of the situation, and they inform the patient of her critical condition: she is too early in her pregnancy for her to safely deliver her baby. Dr. Yeom gives the patient space to process the news, and Min-ha follows after her with a heavy heart. At her desk, she writes up the chart and sighs over the unfortunate decision the patient must make.

A young traffic accident patient arrives at the ER, and Fellow So-ye calls Jung-won, going into detail about the patient’s condition. Dr. Bong snatches her phone and gets right to the point: they need him. Finishing up his surgery, Jung-won rushes down to the ER and checks the patient.

Min-ha’s emergency patient asks if she could change doctors since she read a blog post about Seok-hyung saving a baby in a similar situation to hers. She understands the taboo-nature of her request, but she refuses to give up her child without trying.

Put in an awkward position, Min-ha cautiously passes along the message to Dr. Yeom, but to her surprise, she tells her to switch without a moment’s hesitation. Min-ha drops by Seok-hyung’s office next, and after hearing about the patient’s condition, Seok-hyung agrees to see her. Though they finish their conversation, Min-ha sticks around until he specifically asks her to leave.

Seok-hyung meets with the emergency patient and tells the couple that the success rate is very low. However, he promises to do his best believing in those few percent, and the patient cries in gratitude. He explains all the positive things in her case, and Min-ha looks stunned by his analysis.

Gyu-wool dresses up and puts on contact lenses before heading out for the evening. She drops by the pediatric ward first to hand her bestie a bag of bread. Since Gyu-wool is here, Min-ha asks for her opinion on her charts, and Gyu-wool thinks the first patient has a good chance of success while the latter does not.

She wonders why Min-ha put two patients’ charts together, so she tells Gyu-wool that they are the same person. Only the primary physician changed, but the charts turned out completely different.

On his way out, Jung-won runs into a group of doctors, and Fellow So-ye grabs his arm, asking him out to coffee. Jung-won gently brushes her aside and gives her his ID badge to use.

Gyu-wool frowns at the rain since she blow-dried her hair, but a smile spreads across her face as Jung-won wraps her in a backhug. Holding her tightly, Jung-won covers them with his umbrella, and they head out to eat.

The new couple plans on keeping their relationship a secret except for their close friends, and Jung-won correctly guesses who Gyu-wool will tell. He nearly reveals the fact that he went to the ER when she was sick, but quickly covers it with a lie.

Jung-won noticed that Gyu-wool has the night shift this whole week and offers to stay with her. When she stares at him with a blank face, he adds that he will be in his room the entire time, and Gyu-wool grins. While he cannot help her directly, he can stay up with her, but Gyu-wool tells him that she can do her own work.

She does have a few questions, though, and asks Jung-won out on a movie date, which he gladly accepts. The next one is more serious as she describes the situation with Yeon-woo’s mom, and Gyu-wool looks towards Jung-won for advice. However, his response is unexpected: “Yeon-woo’s mom is coming to talk about Yeon-woo.”

In Yeon-woo’s case, he never got to experience life outside of the hospital, so no one besides the hospital staff remembers him. Jung-won explains how Yeon-woo’s mom is simply looking for people to talk to and hopes Gyu-wool can approach her first when she visits again. He says that the guardians eventually stop coming, but until then, he thinks they should treat them well.

At the hospital, Seok-hyung finds Min-ha pacing outside his office and makes her a warm cup of coffee. She giggles at the drink since Seok-hyung usually drinks his coffee cold, and he asks if she isn’t scared of him. Dropping her gaze, Min-ha admits to feeling terrified.

Seok-hyung wonders why she is here, and Min-ha tells him that she has two questions for him. He allows her to ask one a day—no exceptions—so she brings up the emergency patient and asks how he made that decision.

He says that he wanted to help the mother and child because they showed the will to fight, and Min-ha asks if he isn’t afraid of the patient resenting him if something goes wrong. He tells her that he is, but if he takes that into consideration, then he would never be able to move forward, which is why he focuses, instead, on doing his best.

He tells her to leave since it is midnight, but Min-ha realizes that it is technically a new day which means she gets another question. She asks who Shin-hye is, and Seok-hyung tells her that she is his ex-wife. Growing visibly chipper, Min-ha wonders what he plans to do tomorrow, and he tells her that he has band practice with his friends. Seok-hyung realizes that he is talking too much, and Min-ha scurries out of his office.

The guys wait outside for Song-hwa to come pick them up, and in the meantime, they talk about their dating lives. Seok-hyung shows no interest in the rumors surrounding him, and Jung-won tells Ik-joon to mind his own business when he asks about Gyu-wool.

Diverting their attention, Jung-won brings up Joon-wan’s girlfriend who is in London, and Joon-wan locks eyes with his girlfriend’s brother. Either completely unaware or feigning ignorance, Ik-joon tells Joon-wan to ask his girlfriend if she knows his sister and gets excited about the coincidence.

Thanks to Song-hwa’s arrival, the guys forget about their conversation, and they all marvel at her fancy, new car. They rush in to grab the best seats, and Joon-wan pushes Jung-won to sit in the middle.

While they wait for the truck in front to leave first, Song-hwa brags about buying her car yesterday, but to her horror, Ik-joon peels off the plastic wrap. She scolds him for taking it off, but Ik-joon changes the subject, pointing out that she is too close to the truck.

As Song-hwa leans back to check her blind spot before reversing, Ik-joon stiffens. The tension is effectively broken, though, when Jung-won complains about his seat, Seok-hyung calls his mom for advice, and Joon-wan mutters under his breath about his weird friends. Pfft.

Yeon-woo’s mom returns to the hospital with a cake since today is her son’s birthday, but the nurse on duty tells her to enjoy it with her family since no one is here to eat it. Gyu-wool interrupts, saying that she can eat it by herself, and invites Yeon-woo’s mom to join her for a cup of coffee.

The ’99 friends play “Rain and You” from the movie Radio Star, and the weather perfectly matches the mood.

At the café, Yeon-woo’s mom apologizes for her frequent visits, but Gyu-wool tells her to come any time she wants to talk about Yeon-woo. Her kindness brings the mom to tears, and she explains that this is the only place where people call her Yeon-woo’s mom. Though it may be small, she hands Gyu-wool a gift: hair clips to replace the binder clips she always uses.

After practice, the guys tease Song-hwa about her new car and give her tips on how to use all the newfangled technology. While everyone heads out, Song-hwa is left behind with Ik-joon and gives him a ride home. To fill the silence, Ik-joon turns on some music, and Song-hwa asks him to play the song they practiced earlier. In the morning, Song-hwa returns to Yulje Medical Center and calls Ik-joon, asking if he can meet her later today.

In the hospital cafeteria, Shin-hye eats with Seok-hyung, and he wonders why she asked him out. She assures him that everything is fine, so he questions why she called him then. Shin-hye says that she wanted to eat with him and asks if they can meet like this from time to time. Seok-hyung does not answer, and his silence weighs heavily between them.

Returning to his office, Ik-joon calls Song-hwa and suggests grabbing food together. She shoots down his idea and hurriedly says that she will come up to his office. Once they meet, she stands by the door, refusing to even sit down, and she tells Ik-joon that she has her answer.

She advises him to keep his feelings a secret from his friend because it would make their relationship awkward. She avoids naming herself as his crush and makes it clear that things would be better if he and his friend remain the same. All the while, Ik-joon listens to her response without saying a single word and watches her leave.

 
COMMENTS

The second season starts right where the first ended, and the show jumps into its story without any introductions. For anyone new to the show, joining from the second season is ill-advised since the creators are clearly assuming everyone already knows the characters and their relationships. It feels more like episode thirteen rather than episode one of season two, and in some ways, binging the first one before starting the new season seems to be the best way to appreciate the story and all its details. While there are some odd choices (like certain characters suddenly disappearing even though the timeline is the same), the overall transition between seasons is smooth, and it feels like the show is resuming its story after being on pause for a long break. The tone of the show—the humor as well as the heartwarming scenes—remains consistent from the past, and the characters are still their same loveable and quirky selves.

Compared to the beginning, Gyu-wool has grown a lot as a doctor. She has always been dedicated and responsible, but she struggled with connecting to others and being considerate. Her shortcomings naturally attracted her to Jung-won who was probably everything she hoped to be: a skilled and kind doctor. While Gyu-wool is still stiff and awkward, the story about Yeon-woo’s mom highlighted how much she has changed. In her own way, Gyu-wool is realizing that her responsibilities don’t necessarily end after the patients leave, and being a good doctor requires more than surgical skill and knowledge. The situation with Yeon-woo’s mom was unfortunate because the hospital became the only place where she found memories of her son’s existence. Unlike the nurses’ worries, Yeon-woo’s mom just wanted to hear her son’s name again; thus when Gyu-wool offered to be her talking buddy first, I’m sure it lifted some of the guilt and burden Yeon-woo’s mom must have felt for showing up so frequently.

Seeing Gyu-wool and Jung-won dating was adorable and that backhug was sublime. It’s cute to see how the two of them have changed in minor ways with Gyu-wool caring about her looks and Jung-won setting firm boundaries between him and the female staff. While keeping their relationship a secret is probably a good idea for the time being (especially for Gyu-wool), I doubt they’ll be able to hide it from everyone in the long run. They’re already hugging in public for anyone to see, and I doubt people won’t notice their changed behaviors soon. However, both of these characters are hardworking overachievers, so I would be surprised if other people give them grief for dating. The only potential consequence I can predict is Gyu-wool’s department doctors all giving Jung-won flak for seducing their one and only precious resident, but besides that, I get the impression that most people would be intrigued by the pairing but still support them.

The other resident harboring a crush on one of the five friends is Min-ha, and her lonely Christmas dinner was a sad affair. I do think Seok-hyung might have sent her the cake, and even though he draws a line between them, it feels like he unconsciously opens up to her. While the introduction of Shin-hye might hint at a love triangle, the show gives off the impression that Seok-hyung has no lingering feelings towards his ex-wife. She might be interested in maintaining a relationship with him, but Seok-hyung keeps a respectful distance with her and never engages her first. Though there is the possibility of romance between Min-ha and Seok-hyung, I’m glad the show focuses on their professional relationship. Min-ha still has a lot to learn from Seok-hyung, and she views him as a mentor more often than a romantic interest. The latest case was the emergency patient, and through this experience, Min-ha realizes how much influence a doctor’s perspective has on a patient’s outcome. Though the situation was dire and Dr. Yeom’s assessment was correct, the probability of success felt drastically different depending on the doctor’s focus. Knowing how much the mom was willing to fight for her child, Seok-hyung decided to bet on the low percent despite his fear of failure, and because of Seok-hyung’s willingness to try, Min-ha learns once more the importance of their roles in their patients’ lives.

The other major relationship this episode was between Ik-joon and Song-hwa. The previous season ended with Ik-joon indirectly confessing his feelings to her, and the audience was left to wait for her answer. Luckily, she gives him a response this episode, but unfortunately for any shippers, she turns him down. Song-hwa’s reluctance makes sense since they have been close friends for a long time, and the show never portrayed her as liking Ik-joon as a romantic partner in the present timeline. She might have liked him in the past, but that was decades ago and things change. Ik-joon’s uncharacteristic silence depicted how much her rejection affected him, and the inner turmoil raging inside him was evident in his eyes and body language. While I doubt this will be the end of their story, I think the only way for these two characters to get together is if Song-hwa changes her mind and makes the first move in the future. Since she gave him her answer, it would be rude of Ik-joon to force his feelings onto her, and if he tries pursuing her, it would come across as him disrespecting her decision. Even if the two of them just stay friends, I think their relationship is beautiful as is because the friendship between these five goofballs is the real heart of this show.

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It's finally back! I tuned in with my tissues for tears and my pillow to hit when laughing. I guessed these two assets were used to the maximum.
At first, Yeon-woo's mum had me thinking that she might actually sue the hospital as the nurses predicted, but she was just a bereaved mother who wanted to open up her feelings to someone aware of what she was going through. Gyu-wool's evident care and gentle touch made not her heart light but mine also.
Ik-jun is still the Ik-jun we knew and will always know. That mini exorcism got me almost ripping my pillow apart and Our Winter Garden couple made me hug my pillow like a Teddy Bear. Seeing the awkward air between them last season, I had doubts about their relationship, but that lovey-dovey moment at the hospital entrance was enough to clear them all.
I've been checking for this recap since last week. Many thanks for it.

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The sudden appearance of the new fellow seemed ackward (especially her being handsy with Jungwon) but otherwise I like the first episode. My only major complain is with Netflix's subtitles - I feel a lot is lost in translation (the same complaint I have with Run On).

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Netflix translations generally depend on who is subbing, some are generally worst than others. Instead of straight translating the words, sometimes they write what they think the writer meant instead. It is annoying.

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Also what's the deal with Netflix subs always saying "___, my foot?" I'm not very good at Korean, but I feel like they're usually saying "what __?" instead.

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The friends are back after so long yay!!

It’s like this show started exactly where it left of with its humour, heart and happiness. It felt unreal to finally see Gyeo wool and Jeong won dating and being adorable but sad for Ik Jun’s rejection. It’s not easy to turn a 20 yr friendship into love so I know Song Hwa just needs time to figure it out. But Ik Jun being Ik Jun will return to his hilarious self and I’m counting on his shenanigans to keep me afloat for the remainder of this show.

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If Gyeowool is the GS's Princess, Jeongwon is Yulje's Crown Prince. Who are those mere doctors and paramedics to complain about their date~

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I was hoping for a winter garden scene, rather desperately, but that back hug! Such a pleasant surprise 🥰 🥰🥰

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Loved how this episode continued from the last of Season 1 while focusing more on Min-ha and Gyu-wool's growth as residents!

This episode was such a roller coaster ride for Min-ha: her dinner invitation got rejected, got so confused that her mind is off somewhere so she made some mistakes, learned the importance of a doctor's role in a patient's life, and then gets cute near the end of the episode by asking more than two questions to Seok-hyung. Hehe. Min-ha eating all by herself was so cute that I understand if someone gives her a cake just because. Give Min-ha a happy ending, show!

Gyu-wool and Jeong-won going on a date and talking about Yeon-woo's mom showed how much they have grown to connect as lovers and as doctors who are passionate for their jobs and patients. Please give us more Winter Garden~

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I adore Minha and the way she reacts to her supposedly unrequited love. She’s a true professional: Never confuse the personal with the professional relationship.

The Winter Garden’s dynamic is very heart-warming. I would have dated Jung-won, too, based on how he treats his young patients.

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And Hospital playlist is finally here.
I really feel for chu min ha, but I sense a romantic pairing between the two. Besides she's the only resident asides the 4 friends who is able to crack a wall in his solid barrier and converse beyond a professional level.

While I was hoping IkJoonSongHwa sailed, the hope crash was realistic but I think could have been avoided. I hope they can finally sail that ship(my unfamiliar family sailed its own variant).

Talking about our friends, if only IkJoon knew he was asking the best person for information about his sister (I so giggled at the scene, that uncomfortable spot😂). I so giggled at the two red herrings we got this episode.
I was as well thinking a lawsuit was on the way but seeing the sincerity of Yeon-u's mom, it got me thinking about all the things that go into healing and grief. It got me thinking about loss between in-laws. While its uncomfortable, I get to see why at times, some spouses and family of the deceased spouse still keep on maintaining communication. It heals them and helps through the grief.
Jeong Won all giddy and all makes me think this is the first time he's having a girlfriend😁.

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Welcome back my friends, I’ve missed you so!!

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So much fun! I feel like this series’ strength is the way the characters wisely deal with each medical case and way the friends argue together rather than the romantic relationships. For me, those feel a bit unnatural?
Also, why send Song-hwa away only to have her come back every weekend? AMD what happened to Ik-Jun’s presentation in Spain?

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I assume that at some point Song-hwa will come back to Yulje full time again, but I agree that it's getting a bit ridiculous that she essentially always seems to be there now anyway. Though I wonder if this will play into the storyline later...they made a big deal about her new car, and her driving back and forth, making sure she gets enough sleep, drinking coffee, etc. It got me wondering if they're setting something up.

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Stress levels!

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I was thinking the only purpose of such scenes was for advertising the Mercedes Benz.

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This show is like meeting old friends -- you pick up where you left off without any awkwardness.

My strong feeling is they started off with Song-hwa's rejection so they can end in a different place. Otherwise, there would be no room to grow. She wants things to stay the same, but that is unreasonable to expect from Ik-jun. If he retreats or if she sees how sad and lonely he really is, she may start to see her own feelings differently. I'm looking for a last episode confession parallel to season one.

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Your comments were so perfect. I have nothing more to add other than I just adore this show so much.

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I will catch up with everyone later, when I have at least a few episodes to binge. Thanks for the recap @lovepark! It's not an easy one to recap, with all the medical jargon, so many characters and nuanced interactions.

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With some signs also shows in Ep. 2, I am pretty convinced that Songhwa is secretly crush with Ikjoon. The "Villain" comment is just one of the signs (about the translation, that word may not mean "Villain" in the sense of English, but some enthusiast on some subject). Songhwa also reacts some of those jokes Ikjoon makes from time to time, which others don't; as well I just wonder what is her secret crush and does she still love him, which was the reason when she rejected Seokhyung in their university years (S1E1).

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I wonder if Dr Bong will ever get much to do, I think he’s a cutie. And he may also be playing a detective on Mine.
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In Juk’s irrepressible nature is a constant delight portrayed by an actor who was made for the role. I like how they addressed his son’s growth between seasons as a New Years growth spurt.

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Hahaha I was laughing at that too

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The growth spurt portion was truly inspired!

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I love this gang so much! Thank you for the recap!
I wasn't surprised with Songhwa's confession. She's too level headed and risk averse (considering she's a top neurosurgeon) to immediately jump into a relationship with one of her best friends. Ikjun wears his heart and emotions on his sleeve, Songhwa contrasts him as a complete opposite...only letting few people into her life and problems (i.e even the breast biopsy in season 1 - the boys only found out about it the day before she was getting her results)....so I'm really really going to enjoy how she breaks down the walls. Friends to lovers is one of my FAV trope...I know the pay off for our IkSong ship is going to be worth it!

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I forgot to add! I was pleasantly surprised with our Andrea-nim and his new gf....these two with their little back hugs and comfy dinner dates!! So so cute.

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Lovepark, putting in the hours and getting the good shows to recap! 👍

I didn't watch the first season live, just binge watched a month or so ago. Live watching is hard, with only one episode a week. I was wondering how they would address the kid growing up between season, the way they did it was perfect! Haha. I sympathize with Ikjun, I can't stand it when people leave plastic wrap on things. I have to pull it off.

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That plastic wrap scene made me laugh so much. I'm such a Songhwa - bought my car two years ago and still have plastic wraps on my console *covers eyes*

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I am one that don’t normally take off any kind of plastic wraps. I feel like I can keep the thing ‘new’ by not pulling the plastic wrap off, and I’ll be so mad inside if someone ever peels it off without my permission. That someone is almost 100% my mother.

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LOL, my mom is the one who keeps the plastic wrap on everything. We need to switch moms!

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😂😂

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Poor Min-Ha... She wished to have a kiss on Christmas night

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The gang is back!
I marathoned Season 1 to refresh my memory. I'm still loving it.
I have watched episode 1 and decided to wait until airtime is finished before start watching the whole season 2.
Ikjoon was and still my favorite. He's a total goofball and Jo Jungsuk is excellent in potraying his character.

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I probably only ever fell in love twice: one time was as a resident. I wont say if he was a senior resident or fellow or professor, but he was definitely a teacher too. Probably why I root so much for Gyeoul and Minha. LOL.

Okay maybe i liked him as early as an intern first. He was very strict but kind. On his last day at the hospital, I asked for ice cream. In my twisted memory it was raining - but Im sure we were the only ones at the canteen.

I never confessed. But Im sure he knew. I don't think he liked me the same way, but he probably adored me.... like a kid.

Then he left, and that was it. The end.

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Okay, I'll be controversial and bah-humbug here and admit that I'm not a fan of any of the romantic relationships. There. I've said it. Apart from Jun-wan and Ik-soon, who I think are aces.

There's the two (or three?) female residents fancying or dating a professor which I ended up finding a bit troublesome and stereo-typical. Also, that there's the 'I bet Song-Hwa fancies Ik-joon even though she rejected him' undercurrent which I think is a little problematic and I seriously hope the drama won't go there. I like women's refusals to be sincere & accepted. Call me old-fashioned. They're such awesome friends so let them remain friends.

Still, I love the friendships and there's so much more to enjoy outside the relationships that I look forward to watching the next episodes.

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I have the same problem. I don't think a series like Hospital Playlist needs to go into romance, and I'm not interested in any of the couples.

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What kind of series Hospital Playlist do you think it is? All slice of life kdramas I've watched must have romance in it. Even for Misaeng, they add a sprinkle of romance. They told about life, romance is a part of life.

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Yeah I feel the same

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Too bad probably you missed it, the romance in this drama is the plot device of the character's development.

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I truly hope Ik joon is completely in the dark about his sister and Jun wan's relationship. He is such a busybody know it all concerning everyone around him, that it will be delicious karma when he finds out.
But poor Jun wan always looks so stressed every time he thinks Ik jun has put 2 and 2 together. That face of fear is great.

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Thank you for your wonderful recap lovepark!

I have just decided to begin this one after being a bit reluctant for quite some time. I’m glad I did pick it up. 🙂

I found myself smiling and shedding some tears together with certain characters. The one I ended up adore the most is Ik-Jun. He has such a sunny disposition, and wears his heart in his sleeves. For me, its easy to have a relationship with uncomplicated person. So I really like the way he indirectly confessed his feeling for Song-hwa. Even he got rejected, I believe in him and I’ll look forward to the development on this front.

Prof. Ahn is lovely and so sweet with kids. While watching, I thought I would have loved to date a pediatric doctor, too, if the person is so kind (but his ‘stingy’ and ‘complaining’ nature made me unsure). Anyway, both prof. Ahn and the resident formed a lovely couple. I like that he takes care of her and is not afraid of making their relationship public. For me, it shows his respect for her.

The character I disliked in the previous season but ended up liking so much here is Min-ha. She’s a hard-working person and always wants to improve herself. She is a good learner, and she doesn’t confuse personal feelings and professional duties. I really wanted to be her friend on that ‘date’, so she didn’t have to pretend to be 2 people there. This, ofc, is an offer if she ever needs a friend.

What I don’t like is the new Fellow that is too handsy, and the ex-wife. For the ex-wife, I just hate the way she tries to blur the line between her and Seuk-kyung. Lady, if you’re his ex, respect that boundary.

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Another thing I adore in this ep is the story about the dead child’s mother and dr.resident (her name is too difficult to spell). Many times, the world has formed us to become suspicious of people’s intentions, but it shows here that it’s not so in many cases. The scene when dr.resident was looking outside the hospital’s window after the mom had left, made my heart full. I think it’s my fav scene in this episode.

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Wow 🤩 I am so happy I decided to give Hospital Playlist a try . When it came out last year, I felt it was way too overrated based on what I read on dramabeans ( the recap posted). But damn was I wrong. It is a GREAT drama. I just finished season 1 and now heading to season 2 to watch. And I am loving every ounce of it.
By the way, it’s been a long time I came on dramabeans. There has been a lot of changes since then. Congratulations dramabeans 🎉🎉

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