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Hospital Playlist 2: Episode 5

Life can be difficult and filled with unexpected consequences. One person’s blessing may be another’s tragedy, and someone’s luck could actually be a source of their woes. While the world can be a cruel and heartless place, it can also be surprisingly warm and gentle. There are kind people willing to help, and even the most daunting problems become feasible when individuals join forces to solve it.

 
EPISODE 5 RECAP

Ik-soon begs her brother to keep her condition a secret from Joon-wan, and he keeps his promise, though he looks stunned by the revelation. That night, Ik-joon mulls over what his sister told him—she started dating his friend last summer, but they broke up recently because of her.

Jung-won steps out in the middle of the night to grab some water and jumps back in fright when he sees Joon-wan drinking alone. He asks if something happened, but Joon-wan says that everything is fine. Jung-won wordlessly pats his friend before going to bed, and Joon-wan makes a call that goes unanswered.

On his rounds, Ik-joon meets with a liver cancer patient whose condition has worsened overnight. The husband wishes he could be sick in her place and presses his hand against her shoulder. The wife grimaces under his touch, and Ik-joon notes the odd reaction. After Ik-joon explains the upcoming procedure, the husband responds apathetically, which raises more flags.

At the hospital café, Rosa tells Seok-hyung’s mom that his son has changed a lot, and she agrees with her, adding on that she went through hell but at least has her son. She says that she is happy lately and only has one wish: her son’s remarriage.

Rosa scolds her for meddling into her child’s life again and ruining another relationship. Seok-hyung’s mom feigns ignorance, so Rosa describes, in detail, all the things she did to Shin-hye from calling her constantly about her dowry to forcing her to sign a prenup. She believes her ex-daughter-in-law was amazing for lasting a year under those circumstances, but Seok-hyung’s mom thinks differently.

Seok-hyung’s mom calls it a scam marriage and accuses her in-laws of tricking them before the wedding. She only approved of the union because the other family was supposedly rich, but once they looked under the covers, her in-laws were on the brink of bankruptcy.

Rosa says that she should not have treated Shin-hye as thief though, but Seok-hyung’s mom swears that her daughter-in-law stole the two-carat diamond ring (aka, her dowry). She explains how Shin-hye cleaned her room for the first and last time the day the ring disappeared, but Rosa calls her delusional.

Looking up, Seok-hyung’s mom stares in bafflement at the sight of Shin-hye, and the two of them lock eyes. Shin-hye walks away without acknowledging her, but Seok-hyung’s mom is shocked by something else: Shin-hye’s diamond necklace looks like her ring.

On behalf of a guardian, Min-ha asks if the husband can film the birth of their child, and Seok-hyung approves the request though he thinks the wife might hit her husband. Min-ha has a second question that she wants to ask over coffee, and it takes Seok-hyung a moment to process everything before agreeing to talk with her in private.

In the operating room, Dr. Chun berates the chief resident, and Jae-hak (who is now a fellow) comes to the rescue, explaining how the chief resident had to work all night. Dr. Chun scoffs at the excuse, claiming how back in his day he worked 180 hours a week. Jae-hak mutters under his breath that there is only 168 hours. Pfft.

Joon-wan’s surgery room has a much different atmosphere as the others call him “one percent.” After he leaves, they wonder amongst themselves if he ever gets mad, and a nurse explains how he does chide interns and residents, though even then, he remains respectful.

On their way to grab coffee, Min-ha asks Seok-hyung what kind of movie he likes, but she takes it back when he wonders if this is her allotted question of the day. Down the hallway, Gyu-wool waves at her best friend, but Min-ha motions at her to hide.

Too absorbed in his phone to notice anything, Seok-hyung tells Min-ha that she already used her question and includes a new condition: she can only ask work-related things. She begs him to reconsider, promising to never cross the line.

Cracking a smile, Seok-hyung relents to his resident’s wishes but tells her that she already used her one question. She lights up at the compromise and offers to buy him coffee still. Seok-hyung suddenly stops, causing Min-ha to bump into him, and they stand face-to-face with Shin-hye.

Disregarding the stifling air between them, Min-ha cheerily greets Shin-hye, and Seok-hyung introduces her as his resident. His choice of words elates Min-ha who turns away for a second to bounce around. As the ex-couple stare at each other, Seok-hyung takes his leave, and Shin-hye lets him go.

Song-hwa finishes up a surgery and uses this as a teaching moment for her younger surgeons. Meanwhile, Gyu-wool waits for the elevators with a bag of snacks and smiles when she sees Jung-won standing inside. He grins back and holds the bag for her.

Searching through her huge stash, he asks if this is for one meal, and she sheepishly answers, “Two?” The elevator doors open again, and Joon-wan stares at the couple. He offers to wait for the next one, but Jung-won tells him to get on. Though he rides with them, Joon-wan sticks to the farthest wall. Heh.

Ik-joon plays games in Song-hwa’s office since she called an emergency meeting and looks for a charger. Noticing her tired face, he asks if she wants to “recharge” and inserts the cable into her ear while the wall adapter goes up his nose. Joon-wan barges in, asking for a charger, and suppresses a laugh at the sight of them.

Once Seok-hyung arrives, the four friends turn to Song-hwa, waiting for the big news. Seok-hyung wonders if she is getting married and immediately apologizes when the others glare at him. She says that it is as important as marriage, effectively grabbing their attention—she bought snow crabs!

Ik-joon parodies Song Hye-gyo from Autumn in My Heart, and Joon-wan jumps in with Won Bin’s line. They high-five afterwards, clearly proud of their teamwork. Bwahaha!

Song-hwa tells them that she already bought ten crabs and sent them to Seok-hyung’s house. They gasp at the amount, and Jung-won points out that there is technically only four people eating since he is allergic. She says that they can share with their family and friends, except for Joon-wan since he can eat all his portion. Pfft.

Rosa and Jong-soo share a simple meal together, and she nags at him to get a health exam. He refuses, preferring to stay ignorant since everyone dies in the end. She tells him that he should live the rest of his life for himself, but Jong-soo finds nothing fun. His only highlight now is eating food with his best friend, and she offers to make him a meal every spring.

Though Jung-won cannot visit this weekend, another child is coming to see Rosa, and Jong-soo calls her lucky. She sighs at his comment since her life is a weekend drama, so he wonders if her oldest is part of a makjang storyline: is he the late chairman’s illegitimate son?

He always thought Dong-il looked too old, and Rosa chuckles because she cannot disagree though she calls him thoughtful as well. Her supposedly dependable oldest screams for his mom while eating ice cream and presents a small bouquet of flowers he found outside. She scolds him for plucking her daisies, and he plops them into Jong-soo’s cup.

The friends gather at Seok-hyung’s place and skip band practice to eat crabs. Ik-joon complains about their lack of concern for their main vocals since he needs a break from time to time. Song-hwa sees her chance to step in, but before she even finishes her statement, the others cheer and Ik-joon hits a high note. Ha!

Refusing to give up, Song-hwa targets Jung-won, and he starts to give in when she explains how much she practiced. Seok-hyung slaps him out of it, and Ik-joon puts down his foot. When the tide seems to gradually shift in Song-hwa’s favor, Joon-wan calls a time out.

The four guys hold a meeting while Song-hwa waits anxiously for their decision. With the conversation dragging on, Ik-joon leaves for a bathroom break and crab walks out of the room.

After much deliberation, the others decided to let Song-hwa sing but only on her birthday. She accepts the offer before they change their minds, but Jung-won tells her that this year does not count since she sang last year. Joon-wan says that it should be biennial, and Song-hwa agrees on one condition: they go to karaoke right now. Yeah!

Ik-joon sings “I Like You” by Weather Forecast with Song-hwa humming in the back, and Joon-wan looks appalled by her ad-libs. When they reach the bridge, Seok-hyung sings in falsetto like in the original, and twirls around a pole. Ik-joon finishes the song with a little a performance, and Jung-won joins in on the fun, too, tapping on grumpy Joon-wan’s chest. Heh.

Jung-won invites Gyu-wool over to his apartment and sets up the crab he deshelled for her. She is moved by the gesture, and he promises to buy her more while Song-hwa is in Sokcho. Gyu-wool tells him that Min-ha’s parents run a guest house there, and they make plans to visit after she passes her board exams.

She wonders if that day will come because anything can happen in a year, but he says that it will pass by in a flash. As her boyfriend, the only thing he wants is for Gyu-wool to share her worries with him. Gyu-wool, though, wants something different and kisses him on the cheek. She asks if he can show her affection at least once a day, and Jung-won fulfills her wishes right then and there.

Dong-il plants the flowers he picked back into the garden and throws question after question at Rosa. She pushes him to the ground for ruining her daisies again, but he laughs good-naturedly at her scolding. He raises his arms so she can help him up, but Rosa drops him again and giggles as she runs away.

While watering the plants, Jong-soo tells Rosa that all her kids are talkative. She says that they really are, wondering if it makes them look flippant, but he calls them thoughtful. He says that he is jealous, but Rosa gives him a skeptical look and points at her oldest who is making rainbows in the yard with the hose.

Gyu-wool gives an update on the liver cancer patient to Ik-joon, and to her confusion, he asks about her husband. Joining them, Nurse Song mentions the husband’s request for a medical certificate with a statement about his wife’s worsening health, but Ik-joon cocks his head since she is actually improving.

On her way out, Song-hwa runs into Min-ha who exits the bank with a complimentary doll. She tells the two neurosurgeons that she paid off her student loans, and they congratulate her. An emergency sends Min-ha away, and Seon-bin is awed that Song-hwa even knows an OB/GYN resident. Before she leaves, Song-hwa tells Seon-bin that she will not be coming to Seoul for a while, and Seon-bin clings to her arm, sad to see her go.

Ik-joon visits his patient and notices a new bruise on her forehead. He suddenly suggests an ultrasound, and Nurse Song catches onto his plan and plays along. The husband is wary of leaving his wife’s side, but Ik-joon’s friendly image comes in handy as he assures the husband to trust him.

In the delivery room, Seok-hyung tells the nurse to let the husband in since the baby is almost out. Elsewhere, Gyu-wool prepares for her trip to Busan to procure the transplant organ, and the coordinator tells her to call if anything happens.

While Joon-wan reads an article about Eun-ji’s donor, Jung-won enters the office and asks if he wants to have dinner with him. Joon-wan realizes that Gyu-wool must be busy, and Jung-won does not deny it.

Back in the delivery room, the husband walks in with a camera strapped to his forehead, and Min-ha gawks at him for a second before turning her attention back to the mother. Once the baby is out, Min-ha tells the husband to film their child, but he rushes to his wife’s side and thanks her for her hard work. Seok-hyung lets out a small laugh as he watches them express their love for one another.

After tidying his side of the office, Seok-hyung takes a break when Song-hwa drops by with some food from Jung-won. She keeps him company while he eats, and he tells her about the delivery from earlier. He learned from the couple that marriage might not be all bad and was even jealous of them. She suggests that he remarry then, but Seok-hyung tells her that people like him should not.

Seok-hyung fears that marriage will ruin another life like Shin-hye because his mom will never change. Song-hwa gently broaches the topic and asks what efforts he made in the relationship. Though it is not much, he did try to pay for her study abroad trip after he realized that she was on sleeping pills and even suggested that she move to her mom’s place when she was depressed.

The last thing he did was keep silent after he saw his wife steal from his mom because he thought looking the other way was the best option. He asks Song-hwa if she thinks he at least tried, but she tells him that he did not. She says that he ran away from his problems, and Seok-hyung concedes since he recognized his faults a long time ago.

Though Seok-hyung berates himself for being immature, Song-hwa points out that acknowledging the problem is half the battle. She offers him a solution now that they know the issue and tells him to talk more. She says that he needs to share even inconsequential things and suggests that he start with someone close to him.

Pausing their conversation, Seok-hyung answers a call from Min-ha, and she asks him to contribute more to a birthday fund since he is rich. To Song-hwa’s surprise, Seok-hyung takes her advice right away and asks his resident more questions.

In Busan, Gyu-wool notifies the coordinator about the delay, which means they will miss the train. The coordinator promises to find some way to bring them back, and Gyu-wool thanks her for her help.

Ik-joon and Jung-won take a smoke break, and Jung-won realizes that something is bothering his friend. Meanwhile, Gyu-wool and the fellow take an ambulance to Yulje Medical Center, and she sits in the front to keep the driver awake. Throughout the trip, she shares her snacks with him and asks to use the rest stop when she sees him dozing off. They arrive safely thanks to her efforts, and Gyu-wool gets ready for the transplant.

Despite the late hour, Gyu-wool gets a call from her mom who says that she wanted to hear her voice. Gyu-wool asks if she fought with Dad again, but her mom denies it. After making sure that her mom is alright, Gyu-wool hangs up since she needs to go into the operating room.

A guardian storms over to the nurses’ station and demands a room change for her mom. She suspects domestic violence between the liver cancer patient and her husband, but has no evidence since the curtains block her view. Hearing the accusation, Gyu-wool marches over to the patient’s room and finds the husband tucking in his wife. He greets her with a smile, and Gyu-wool walks away, unable to confront him without a proper cause.

In his office, Joon-wan eats two cup ramyuns when Ik-joon pops in to ask about his schedule. Joon-wan tells him that he is away at a conference this week and probably will not come back until the weekend. He wonders why he is asking, but Ik-joon leaves without explaining anything. Soon after, Jae-hak calls Joon-wan and tells him that Eun-ji’s mom requested a meeting with him.

Gyu-wool stays late to organize her charts, but in reality, she was waiting for the husband’s return. Noticing his drunkenness, she follows after him while Nurse Song rushes off in the opposite direction.

Eun-ji’s mom drops off cookies to the PICU nurses and remembers all of them by name. She thanks them for all their help these past couple of months, but there is someone else she feels grateful towards. Meeting Joon-wan in the hallway, Eun-ji’s mom hands him an envelope for the donor’s family. He says that he does not know the donor, but she saw the article about the young boy.

While she was praying for a miracle this entire time, a part of her felt troubled since it also meant wishing for another family’s misfortune. The gift she prepared is a donation under the donor’s name which she plans to continue for the rest of her life in remembrance.

As Jung-won steps out of the elevators, he spots Nurse Song frantically calling the security guards to come help her. Meanwhile, Gyu-wool confronts the husband alone, but the husband pushes her to the ground. Luckily, the guards arrive and apprehend the drunk man before anything worse happens. Jung-won follows right behind the guards and runs to Gyu-wool’s side.

In the ER, Dr. Bong scolds Gyu-wool for charging into things without thinking and advises her to rest until her shoulder fully heals. After he leaves, Jung-won closes the curtains and sits with Gyu-wool. She tells him that she cannot promise this will not happen again in the future since she refuses to overlook domestic violence. Jung-won says that Ik-joon suspected as much, too, which is why the guards were there.

During their smoke break, Ik-joon told Jung-won about his suspicions concerning the husband and requested additional security on their floor. Since he did not have concrete evidence, he tried to talk with the wife privately, but she was too afraid to speak up. She apologized to Ik-joon, but he told her that she was not the one at fault; she was the victim.

Gyu-wool wonders what will happen to the patient if the husband tries to discharge her, and Jung-won tells her that Ik-joon moved her to the ICU and prohibited visitors. She learns another valuable lesson about working together, but something about her reaction bothers him.

Jung-won lets her know that he will always be there for her if she needs him, and Gyu-wool assures him that she is fine. He reaches over to hug her, but stops when Ik-joon calls her name. They chuckle at his antics and ignore him as they hug behind the curtain.

Ik-joon picks up Ik-soon from the airport and teases her for wearing a cap to hide her face. He tells her that his friends will not be there, and she acts gruff to hide her embarrassment. While she gets her checkups, he paces outside in the hall, worried about his little sister.

In the evening, he goes over the results with her in his office, and she tells him that she misinterpreted the signs as a result of stress and old age. He says that the hepatocirrhosis is still in its early stage, so she can get treatment while living at home with their parents—he ignored this part of her request and informed them about her condition already.

Joon-wan returns to the hospital after the conference because of an emergency patient, but when he gets out of the taxi, he spots Ik-joon’s car parked on the side of the road. While waiting for her brother inside his car, Ik-soon gasps when she sees her ex-boyfriend walking towards her and holds back her cries. Before Joon-wan gets close enough to see her, Jae-hak takes him away.

While the band plays “Already One Year” by Brown Eyes, the scene switches back to the hospital. Ik-joon and Gyu-wool check up on the liver cancer patient who found the courage to separate from her husband. She thought no one would help her before but now realizes that there are a lot of kind people in the world.

Seok-hyung watches his favorite variety show on his phone, unaware of Min-ha standing outside the door contemplating on what to do. Having interpreted their previous conversation as a green-light, she enters the office and uses her one question: Can she confess to him five more times?

After getting over the initial shock, he tells her that it does not bother him; however, he will reject her every time. She finds it unfair that he turned her down before she even said anything, but undeterred, she uses one of her chances this instant.

She asks him out to the movies this weekend, but Seok-hyung made plans to go to the temple with his mom. As he gets up, he tells her that she only has four for confessions left, and Min-ha slumps in her seat.

Ik-soon cuts her hair shorter, and it is springtime when she transfers to a new base closer to her home. Much to her chagrin, Ik-joon visits her frequently to check on her health, and we see the seasons change through their food. He even comes down on Christmas, but their cheery mood turns serious when Joon-wan calls him. While he gets up to answer, Ik-soon is flustered by the thought of her ex-boyfriend and spills her cup.

A new semester has arrived, and Woo-joo tells his dad that he is excited to see his girlfriend at school today. Ik-joon wonders if he likes seeing her all the time, and Woo-joo says that he does, just like how he loves seeing his dad every day. They send each other hearts across the table, and Ik-joon turns it into a mini-battle.

As Ik-joon helps his son get ready, Woo-joo asks if hospitals have new semesters, too. He tells his son that they do and explains how lots of new people join their team. This year, though, an old friend is coming back, too, and the scene switches over to Song-hwa who cleans up her office.

Her friends drop by to greet her, and Jung-won hands her a daisy from her brother while Joon-wan gives her a swift handshake before heading off to another surgery. Seok-hyung comes in spinning and comments on how even the sky is crying. Ik-joon stops by last, inviting her out to eat, and only he appreciates the rainy day just like Song-hwa.

 
COMMENTS

This was a fun episode with lots of silly moments of the friends together, but besides that, it was mostly setup for the timeskip. The only major, new issue introduced this episode was the liver cancer patient and her abusive husband, but this also seemed to be more about laying some groundwork concerning Gyu-wool’s backstory. The other instance where Gyu-wool flung herself head-first into danger without thinking of the consequences was to chase after an abuser, and the parallelisms might not be coincidental. When Gyu-wool talks with her mom over the phone at four in the morning, the first thing she asks is if she fought with her dad. The fact that her initial thought was an argument between her parents suggests that Gyu-wool is used to these situations, though the severity of their fights is still unknown. While Gyu-wool might have not grown up in an abusive household, she is clearly hiding something from Jung-won when he asks if she is okay. She is a very independent person which is both her strength as well as her weakness. It makes her determined and diligent, but she struggles to find help when she needs it. She rushes into problems without considering better alternatives, and hurts herself in the process. However, Gyu-wool is open to criticism and listens to her teachers well, which means she can learn from her mistakes. While it might take a while, I think Gyu-wool will be able to share more about herself with Jung-won in the future, and the timeskip will probably help with this issue.

The other romantic pairing heavily focused in this season is Min-ha and Seok-hyung. After this episode, it feels like Min-ha might actually have a chance with our teddy bear since he is slowly recovering from his past relationship and warming up to the idea of love. His relationship with Shin-hye was rough, and all parties involved hold some responsibility for the marriage’s failure. Personally, I think Seok-hyung’s mom is the biggest offender even if her accusations against her in-laws are true. She was the reason (or at least partially) why the two of them married in the first place, and if she really thought they were scammers, she should have called off the wedding rather than harass Shin-hye while they were engaged. Seok-hyung is also at fault for their divorce since he clearly had no romantic feelings towards his wife and ignored her despite noticing her struggles. He only offered solutions that kept her distant from him because he didn’t see her as a partner, and likewise, I don’t think Shin-hye thought of him as family, either. Stealing the dowry was wrong, but it feels like Shin-hye did it out of spite because she hated the thought of gifting anything to her mother-in-law. In the end, Seok-hyung’s mom drove them apart, and neither he nor she loved each other enough to make it work. The difference between his present and past relationship, though, is Seok-hyung’s agency, and I think this will play a huge role in whether or not his remarriage will succeed. While Min-ha’s character is also a huge factor—her bubbliness allows her to slowly encroach upon his life and open his heart—it’s up to Seok-hyung to decide if he wants this relationship to be something more because he has to be the one to fight for it.

As usual, I love it when the five friends share a scene together because they have such great chemistry. It’s always chaotic when they are with each other, but it never feels too out of control because they’re all at ease. They can fully be themselves without any of the titles and not worry about keeping up a certain image. These five friends have been through thick and thin; and it shows in their actions and how they treat one another. There are so many little moments that I love about this show like Joon-wan jumping in to play Won Bin’s role so that Ik-joon does not feel lonely, Song-hwa turning to Jung-won because he’s the easiest target, and Seok-hyung full-on slapping his friend in order to snap him out of it only to be convinced himself seconds later. The karaoke scenes are also a hoot, and this one was another hilarious gem. Crabby Joon-wan refusing to participate was funny, but what made this little joke adorable was the fact that his grumpiness only made his friends want to drag him into their shenanigans even more because they knew he has been in a bad mood lately. Not only are the characters a riot, it also showcases their love for each other in a subtle way.

With the show taking a year timeskip, it seems the story has reached its half-way mark. For the most part, the first half of season two felt more like an extension or an epilogue of the previous one than a completely new season. It focused on similar themes, and while the show felt comforting and familiar, it lacked a certain charm that hooked me like it did during the first season. Hopefully with this timeskip and the introduction of new characters (or fleshing out old ones), season two will be able to bring that sense of originality to the show again, and possibly surpass the first one. It’s always hard to come back with a new season because of viewers’ expectations, but with this incredible cast and crew, I’m sure that there are still plenty of more fun and heartwarming stories left to tell.

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Thanks for the recap! I wasn’t expecting a time skip… at least, not this far in!
I loved how everyone came alongside Joon-wan, knowing how stressed he’s been. Ans that Ik-joon didn’t make a big deal out of him dating Ik-soon. (That said, although I like her new haircut, she has done some STUPID stuff and I’ll be disappointed if she ends up with Joon-wan again)

Loved Song-hwa‘a love counselling, too. Now we know why everyone is always going to her for advice.

Hoping for some really good stories in the second half of the drama. The first half has felt like filler. I guess that’s why I wanted a time skip at the beginning - we didn’t need to reexplore all the old relationships. The audience are clever enough to deal with new stuff. Just keep the friends the same (and Uju).

Less than enthusiastic about Winter Garden. x_x

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I was also surprised at the timing of the time skip, but then my next thought was that it's the most "Reply" thing they've done this whole drama. There are always artfully done time skips in the Reply shows and not always when I expect them.

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I think both the time skip AND the discussion about letting songhwa to sing will be a gateway to finally getting Jeon Mido singing (like actually singing) in character!! Yeay!

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Ok. I said this on my wall and Im saying it here: I dont like Gyu-Wool and Jung-Won. I dont like them together and I dont like her individually--shes boring af so I hated HATED that Ik-Joons story about how he was caring for/protecting the abuse victim storyline was told through GW/JW instead of through IJ. And I hate that the GW/JW romance has absolutely eaten this drama and now even more time is being devoted to her what with the potential abuse storyline.
I hope that Seok Hyung finds love this season but as adorable as Min-ha is I hope its not with her. 1. Shes his student. 2. I used to ship GW/JW and I basically hate them together.

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I have to say I agree, not sure why I'm feeling so lukewarm about the Winter Garden couple now when I was rooting so much for them in Season 1

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Hate is such a strong word but hmmkay..

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I agree with u on Min-ha and Seok hyung relationship. I don't want them to ship another professor and his resident again. One is more than enough

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I agree. I used to be okay with the whole thing but goodness by being in a relationship, JW lost the essence of why we love his character in the drama. I no longer see that compassionate paed who loves his patients and did complicated surgeries on kids, S2 changed him to just a loverboy who did menial works yet hiding behind the professor title. A typical chaebol boy.

There’s a time jump and also a gap in Ep 7 so probably the PD and writer will do better. For now, I’m throwing in the towel for GW/JW. Give them their own spin-off and let HP runs as Fab 4 with the chaebol dude occasionally comes in to play drums.

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Writing Song Hwa as a terrible singer and making this a running gag is the best thing HP did. I loved how seriously they were discussing whether Song Hwa should be given a chance or not. Seok Hyung slapping Jung Won out of it, Jun Wan's expression during the karaoke in addition to his utter opposition to SHwa as a lead singer, were cherries on top😂🌟

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The friends interacting really is just the highlight of this drama. At one point I thought to myself: you dont play in public let the girl sing! But if they just agrees to let her sing we would have lost those glorious and hysterical scenes!

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Having a legendary musical actress to play Songhwa the tone-dead singer, heaven.

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I loved the timeskip. The hinting was heavy handed as hell, but I thought it was important. The abuse storyline was a bit rushed I think and there was a better way to introduce Gyu Wol's story I think. Ik Joon continues to be the highlight of the show to me, he is so entertaining. I also agree the highlight of the show is when the 5 are together.

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What more can I say? I love Hospital Playlist a lot, but I'm sorry that I can't ignore what Ik- sun did to Joon-wan. I think it's better they stay apart cuz my Joon-wan did absolutely nothing wrong to be treated that way.
I don't want to use harsh words on Ik-Sun, but I'm pissed. The only thing I appreciated off MRIAG was the open communication and honesty between the leads which was mainly anchored by Lee Dam. Ik-Sun and Joon-wan are not kids but mature adults, irrespective of the LDR, if they had (Ik-Sun particularly) fleshed out their problems, they sure would love themselves smoothly without one thinking she is carrying the whole pain when she is not.
I'm sorry but I don't want them together. I value communication and mutual respect over Noble idiocy.

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Hear hear!

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Say it again! Who would ever think that causing the pain of believing the person youre in love with cheated on them is better than just telling the truth?

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I'm learning and I hope others also learn that sharing pain with your loved ones even if you think there is no way out is better than swallowing it all. The fact that someone knows *exactly* what you are going through and cares makes you feel less burdened. I hope she own up to her mistake, cuz with the time skip, I think she has decided to move on. Her health is no longer life threatening so if she really does still love him, she better own up b4 she gets to my list of less irritating characters.

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But this is what's confusing/bothering me....i still don't get WHY Ik-Jun lied. Was it to hide her health problem, OR is it because her brother inadvertently told her how the long distance relationship is really hard on JW. Not that either of those reasons are good, but even the show can't seem to figure out what they want the excuse to be. If you have grown up in a family with a doctor, who also has pretty much every "serious" specialty covered in his circle of friends, I don't think she would have taken her health situation that seriously to break off with JW. Personally, I think the it was Ik-jun's unknowing comment on the phone that propelled Iksun into her crazy lie. Maybe it brought back her insecurities that she is not someone who can make her boyfriends happy?????? I don't know! And that is the ONLY reason I want Iksun and JW to meet again after the time skip so that he can get some answers and closure. No one deserves the kind of lying/ghosting he got!

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The time skip killed a possible reunion between Joon-Wan and Ik-Soon for me. It meant she lied during month and honestly I wasn't touched by her crying in the car... She did it to herself all alone.

I want Joon-Wan to find somone esle.

For the GW, I don't understand why they didn't introduce the theme of abuse when she ran after a dad in the whole hospital. And she didn't seem to take this personally. For somone who should know the signs, she saw nothing, she reacted only when somone talked about it... Honestly, this couple is boring. I don't know why they made GW talking like she was a baby when she's with Jung-Won.

I was happy that Song-Hwa told Seok-Hyung that he did nothing for his ex-wife. I really pity her. She had to bear the mother-in-law and her husband did nothing except making her leave... His mother is really crazy and it's nice that Rosa told her she should consult!

Ik-Joon is very excentric but he can be very observant and discreet. He saw the abuse for his patient and he just took care of his sister without trying to arrange things or talk to Joon-Wan.

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Same thoughts!

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In regards to IS and JW I think yall have said everything that needed to be said. I felt nothing at her breakdown when she saw JW outside of the hospital.
But I will add I thought it was really crappy of both of them to hide their relationship from Ik-Joon for so long. Hes supposed to be her family and his best friend that hes so close almost like family. It's one thing to hide their relationship in the beginning but I think they should have fessed up when they got serious and I love yous were being tossed around. That they didnt feels disrespectful to him and their respective relationships with him.

As for GW--I agree that they are boring! But also, its ridiculous how much of a time suck this lame couple is! I was already irritated that so much time is being devoted to them but for that time to be used to tell IJs story of how he was helping his patient to set up MORE boring screen time for Gyu-Wul? NO THANK YOU

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I agree for Ik-Joon. JW bought a ring, it means a lot but he said nothing to his best friend. But Ik-Soon wasn't feeling the same... She left for a long distance relationship and came back like UK don't have good doctors (why did she leave in the first place?)

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I agree completely. Iksun and Junwan were very disrespectful to Ikjun.

Hiding their relationship and fearing being discovered made it seem like they saw Ikjoon as a overprotective, overbearing, controlling big brother who would react angrily to their relationship. That’s insulting! Ikjoon has proven time and time again that he is a very supportive and understanding brother and friend who just want to see the people he care about be happy. He was extremely open to the idea of Iksun dating Chilhong (although he was mistaken about their relationship) and he was not angry at Iksun for keeping her past relationships and her problems to herself. Instead he felt guilty for not knowing and for not being there to consol her...

I hope Iksun and Junwan realize that they have one of the best support system around and that they will stop keeping their feelings and problems to themselves.

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You're right, I found no valid reason for them hiding their relationship from Ik-jun. Ik-jun does not really give an analyzed damn on any decisions you make as long as it makes you happy. Looking back at Joon-wan backstory, he is a chronic dater whose relationship never goes beyond 3 months. He might have thought Ik-jun won't trust him with his sister and assumed that time would settle it. It was a big mistake on their part, if the writer bring them back together, I hope they will this time act and love maturely. They are in their 40's for crying out loud.

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I thought the timeskip was done really well and they sent up the episode to be one year in the future. Hopefully we will get to see all the relationships progressing after this year time skip. I think the time skip will help all of the relationships to be at a more natural stage of progression. In past timeline, Seok-hyung wasn't ready to start a relationship after his disastrous marriage, Gyu-Wool was too busy to go on a vacation perhaps too guarded to get closer to Jung-won, Joon-wan was in such pain over Ik-soon, and maybe Song-hwa wasn't ready to be with Ik-joon. Time skip made sense to me at this stage and will hopefully help the relationships not to feel rushed. Hopefully there is a new love in Joon-wan's life after a year, though I am a sucker for a love triangle so maybe it would be okay if Ik-soon was a part of that...

Gyu-Wool's reaction to the abuse she saw and the fact that she didn't tell Jung-won about her family made sense to me if she is in fact the the child of an abusive household. She has probably been told to keep this a secret by her mother and/or father and it is a source of shame and embarrassment for her. Hopefully, she will learn to trust Jung-won with this painful information.

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I don't understand why there are so many Winter Garden Haters. Honestly, the buildup of their relationship is a bit rush (even having one whole season to do so), but it is not having no hint at all. I guess this half season is setting stone on their relationship first, then giving them another task to solve in the second half (Gyuwool's family matter?). I guess the arrangement is good.

About Ikjun charging Songhwa with his own nose ... well ...

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The charging scene was absolutely funny and memorable

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I can explain my dislike of WG. And I was a shipper last season.
1. Their romance feels like its getting twice as much screen time as the other plots this season. Which would be fine but
2. They are BORING. (Which considering how much screen time they are getting is really bringing down my enjoyment of season 2 as a whole.
3. Not to disparage the actor or her choices but GW has resting grump face and that paired with her super serious persona at work (which she should be serious at work) just makes it hard to understand why JW wants to be with her. We see him with his friends so we see his personality and why she would like him but Im at a loss as to why he would like her. Especially since shes not particularly communicative about much of anything.
And finally: the fact that hes a professor and shes a student who is still being actively taught by his friends --which is something they are either doing more of this season or Im noticing more this season really sours me on the relationship which makes the excessive screen time much worse.

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I agree. We've seen nothing to explain why he likes her.

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Maybe he just likes her. She has something he doesn't. For example, she caught those worms by hand. He might be secretly admiring her because she is different and she's cute.

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I catch this one, too. I guess this is the starting point Jungwon starts paying attention to her, even admires her for doing such caring yet disgusting act for the sake of her patient. He may even notice her trying to catch that father who beat his son ... I do believe the show didn't show too many hints, but that doesn't mean no hint at all, and I guess I was starting to ship them around the middle of Season 1. They are the first ship that sail, and they are not terrible to watch. So I still don't understand why ...

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@imperialtitus Yes to all you said except from the part that you don’t understand why people don’t like them as much this season. I feel like people like to see the start of a relationship, when everything is sweet and hopeful and they want it to end there because they can relate to that much. However, upon seeing them date sweet and so cute and she is so well-taken care of, many people might not be able to relate to this anymore (at least I do). You might call it jealousy? It’s that in my case (just slightly, though). Not saying that this is so for everyone, but I think it’s this combined with so much screen time showing them so lovey-dovey that caused such criticism.

I don’t have trouble seeing why both of them like one another. They’re very different, and there are things that they desire in the other person. JW is too kind and emotional, whereas GW is quite stoic and practical. Being together their strengths and weaknesses maybe balance each other out.

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I didn't like them at all last season either. I'm watching for the friendships, interns learning, and for the father/son relationship I'm being mostly deprived of this season.

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I like the bear couple together, but the timing isn't right yet, I think. Seok-hyeong still needs to figure out a way to manage his mom, and a relationship with a subordinate is always problematic. Perhaps when she's a full-fledged doctor, and she still likes him (and hasn't used up her 4 remaining chances), that would be a good time.

Ik-soon has been frustrating. It seems quite apparent that she broke up with Joon-wan out of noble idiocy - fears of a LDR, her illness, and being a burden to him I guess - but it's quite clear that she's still harbouring feelings for him. If she can mature and be on the same page as him, they might still have a shot. (Aside - can totally see him as a crotchety old dude with a soft heart.)

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I hope he doesnt give her a second chance! Her brand of noble idiocy took the form of making him believe that she cheated on him/was leaving him for someone else. She could have broken his heart in a way that didnt hurt like that.

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While I wouldn't mind Joon Wan ending up with someone else, I won't have a problem if he is paired up with Ik Soon again.

It's fascinating to me how a lot of people hate her now because of her noble idiot act. She's a noble idiot, not an evil person! She makes bad decisions but that makes her human, and isn't this show overflowing with both humanity and goodness? Making a bad judgment call shouldn't be a deal breaker.

If we can forgive all those male leads who start off as arrogant jerks and then become sweet doofuses for love at the end of the show, we should be able to forgive Ik Soon for making such a stupid decision even though she had good intentions, right? I really do hope she has a good arc.

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Agree with lovepark, I hope the show brings back that charm we fell inlove in S1 with the time skip. New year, new challenges and hopefully more patient stories rather than focusing on the loveline bcs at this moment I’m not invested in any.

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This season is enjoyable mostly when all five are in the scene or even in pairs, non romantic pairs.

I was rooting for GW/JW pair in the previous season, but am indifferent now that I see them together. As to Seok Hyung and Min-ha, though I like them but still feel weird about their pairing. It's kind of forced given how indifferent Seok Hyung is and now knowing about his mother's temperament and behavior towards his ex-wife.

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Ah.. another beautiful. Hospital Playlist never fails to calm me down and at the same time i can't take my eyes off it. IT is my happy pill .. and weirdly this is the first drama i am actually learning something from it especially the emotional side.. coz it feels real.. nothing overdramatic.
Chu Minah is so adorable 🥺. Hope she never looses her bubbly side. I think she has a shot with our ObGyn Consultant 😬. Its hard to resist.
Ooo Gyeol has another learning moment. I saw a comment in YouTube which makes perfect sense of their relationship. Though Gyeol Fell for him first , Ahn Jeong is falling harder 😅. He is heads over heels for her. Wonder when we will see Gyeol's backstory coz there might be a reason for cool and stoic persona and when she will meet Rosa. I want more scenes of Winter Garden.. they barely show any.. Still ship them ❤️
I have to mention about our domestic abuse victim, as hospital playlist does beautifully with their learning moments , it highlights the importance of showing kindness to such people and letting them know there are people who care for them and not to be scared. Coz we have to understand they don't only go through physical trauma but mental trauma as well and they think they have no one else and they have to depend on their abuser so they just suffer through it...
I feel really bad for Seok Hyungs ex wife. She deserved so much better. Though i know what his mom went through and felt sorry for her , but she was so evil to the ex wife . Ugh. She tortured her coz of dowry ..eww.. it doesn't make sense especially coz they were like really rich.. 😒 but some people are just like that and i have to blame seok hyung as well , he should have stepped up and protected her wife.. but i can see he understood what he did wrong and he probably hasn't forgiven himself for that. He better protect our chu chu if they get together by any chance.
Ik soon.. ah.. one thing i was disappointed with hospital Playlist writer. They always manage to avoid stupid tropes but fell to the probably the stupidest of all tropes 'noble idiocy'. How does breaking up solve anything .. Jun wan would have loved to be by her side at this moment. He is such a caring soul. And ik soon needed someone like him , atleast she has ik joon .. ugh. Cant forgive her for her stupidity. I will be still cool if she apologizes and they get together. They still clearly love each other. I think jun wan lovers her more.. but anyways .. lets see. They already did a big time skip. But i am still hoping for Réunion 🥺. Hope this time they will learn from their mistake especially ik soon .. i hope its not a bad foreshadowing that iksoon would have to be transferred to yulje hospital coz her condition detiorate s and she would require a transplant and we get the reunion that time... Hope not...

The five of them together... Are just so beautiful 🥰. They act like children when they are together.. its so nice to see. Like shedding of their worldly worries and...

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I agree about every single thing you wrote.
Also I am glad to see another Winter Garden supporter still standing hehe.

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The story arc with Ik-soon was disappointing to say the least. And the time skip- was it really needed?

I am still enjoying the show but did not enjoy this particular episode as much.

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While I don't think I can say that I loved this episode, it had some really nice moments that I loved.

First of all, I think that this season is very different from the first season. I can say that it's actually my love from the first season that has kept me watching this one week after week. The charm of the first season has gone, sorry; but that doesn't mean that this is a bad show. Quite on the contrary, it's a very good one; but it just lost that kind of charm I was looking fore.

While the first season each episode seemed to be dedicated to a specific doctor's stories, every of our dear doctor's stories seem to happen all at the same time. That's why I have been feeling like the stories in each episode are fragmented; they are strange, inconsistent and scattered. While I still love the cast and most of the minor arcs, I am feeling like I can't say the same thing with regard to their acting. No, I don't think they are bad actors, but they naturally acted so exaggeratedly which I think it's the director's doing. I'm not sure if they have the same writer/group of writers and the director for this season, but in all I'd say that it's almost on the verge of being boring; and that's not something very nice to say to one of my most anticipated shows.

Though I do like the WG couple, I wondered sometimes whether too much screen time was dedicated to them being 'too cute' together. And when Jung-won kissed his resident girlfriend, I was panicking because I knew he was allergic to crabs. (Is this accurate? When you kiss someone when they are eating something you're allergic to, you'll still be all right?) The story of Eun-ji's mom is nice; however, I always thought it was a bit off-putting to have her cry that much and being that emotional. For this specific sub-story, I actually think that less is more -the concept that seems lacking overall in this season. Even when they moved to a karaoke (besides being very confused as to why they did have to move to that place), I also found Seok-hyung's singing with little voice unnatural. There were unnatural scenes and sub-stories here which I don't really understand why they were here in the first place.

There are certain things I like in this episode though. The first person is Ik-jun. I love him. He is caring and funny, and I don't think there are more that I can ask for from a person (he seems loyal, too). The scene when he was with U-ju was one of the best. We really need more scenes of them, period. I liked the scene that Jung-wan walking toward Ik-sun in Ik-jun's car before got interrupted very cliche, but Ik-sun's emotional face sold it for me. I LOVE every scene that there is food because they all looked savory. I like a daisy pot that Jung-won gave to Song-hwa because it's cute. I don't find the time skip disturbing, I actually quite liked the way they did it. These were the moments that kept me watching the show. The thing is that I truly hope that each episode...

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...is more consistent and coherent than this. Perhaps trying to move every so many love line in the story all at once and in every episode has proven not to be a very wise choice.

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Hospital Playlist Season 3 please

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