Hoon hits the nail on the head.
DRAMA CLUB: Doctor Stranger 15-16 (1/2)
Doctor Stranger ramped up the action and heartache in episodes 15 and 16. Emotions ran high in Drama Club as we watched Jae Hee execute her plan against the Prime Minister, Hoon hurt then hug Soo Hyun, and Jae Joon demonstrate real love in the face of abject rejection.
Janice: Doctor Stranger picked up speed this week and hurtled full steam ahead. It was a series of confessions and reveals that made my heart ache as I watched Soo Hyun, Jae Joon, and Jae Hee deal with a complicated love-mess.
Episode 15 continued where we left off in the surgery room, with Hoon deciding on the SAVER method when he finds out his patient has a blood disorder. Tensions rise as Nurse Min watches Dr. Yang and tries to prevent him from foiling Hoon’s surgery. Pretty soon, we see that Dr. Yang fiddled with the blade of the bone saw during prep, and it pops out in the middle of surgery to cut Hoon’s hand. However, this doesn’t stop Wunderkind Hoon as he switches to his left hand and finishes the surgery successfully. Ambidexterity has never looked so sexy.
We’re also allowed a moment of satisfaction when Nurse Min yells at Dr. Yang to get out of the operation room, because she can’t trust him. When the surgery’s over, Hoon goes around congratulating his team with a hug, and Jae Hee witnesses Hoon’s embrace with Soo Hyun. The expression on her face is indiscernible; it could be jealousy, but I speculate that it’s more of a sad acknowledgement on Jae Hee’s part. I think she knows Hoon better than he does, and recognizes his affection for Soo Hyun as more than platonic despite Hoon’s obliviousness to it, though sometimes I wonder if it isn’t really denial or avoidance.
In any case, I feel sorry for Jae Hee because she’s sacrificing so much for Hoon, and I’m not 100% sure they’re going to make it in the end.
Jae Joon’s love life is equally in shambles when Soo Hyun repeatedly chooses Hoon over him at every opportunity. She eventually tells Jae Joon to please forget her, because Hoon isn’t a passing fascination for her. Later on, when Soo Hyun confesses to Hoon that she likes him, and Hoon discourages her by revealing that Chairman Oh was responsible for sending his father to North Korea, Jae Joon is the one who goes to Soo Hyun to comfort her in her devastation. It’s hard to watch Jae Joon comfort the woman he loves while she’s crying her heart out over another man. As cold and calculating as Jae Joon is, the small slice of warmth and humanity that we saw a couple of episodes ago shows that Jae Joon could be a kind, caring person if the circumstances were different. Jae Joon deserves to have love in his life after all that he’s been through, and it’s hard to watch him get rejected by Soo Hyun all the time.
Soo Hyun visits Hoon’s office to apologize for what her father did to his father, but instead, in Hoon’s absence, she finds incriminating evidence that Dr. Han Seung Hee is really Jae Hee. Hoon and Jae Hee walk in hand-in-hand, further confirming Soo Hyun’s discovery, and Soo Hyun finally realizes what a fool she’s been. Hoon tries to talk to Soo Hyun, but only ends up hurting her even more, and Soo Hyun avoids both Hoon and Jae Hee like the plague. Hoon shows up at the hospital when he finds out Soo Hyun is working there, and he comforts her when she starts crying. Jae Hee catches Hoon in a lie of omission when she calls him asking about Soo Hyun, and he fails to say that he’s with her at the hospital. Jae Hee witnesses it all from the stairs that overlook the office they are in, and the look on her face is, again, one of sad acknowledgement.
Jae Hee meets with Prime Minister Jang and negotiates with him to have her replace Hoon in the mission. She proposes that Jae Joon be selected as the surgeon to operate on the President’s heart, and she will join his team to carry out the Prime Minister’s plan. She reminds him that he needs the North Koreans to cooperate in a successful summit meeting in order to be elected in the near future, and he needs Jae Hee to put the President into a coma so that he can assume temporary power. Either way, it’s the leverage Jae Hee uses to get Jang to agree to her plan. In return, she asks that Hoon and his mom be kept safe. Prime Minister Jang starts putting her plan into motion, though it seems he doesn’t intend to keep his end of the bargain.
Jae Joon receives a call from the Prime Minister, and is forced to meet him when he discovers the Prime Minister knows his real name. Prime Minister Jang tells Jae Joon that he wants him to be the winning surgeon, and he’d like Han Seung Hee to be on his team. Jang then dangles a carrot in front of Jae Joon to get him to agree: information that will make Chairman Oh crumble as quickly as Jae Il Hospital did.
In the meantime, Comrade Cha attempts to kill Hoon, but is saved by Jang’s bodyguard. The bodyguard tells Hoon that Jae Hee had requested the changes in the mission, and when Hoon questions his trustworthiness, the bodyguard reveals that he was the one who saved Hoon in Budapest all those years ago, and that he has been taking care of Hoon’s mom for the past 20 years.
Back at the hospital, Jae Joon tells Soo Hyun to please forgive him for everything he is about to do. And, to remember that he loved her with all his heart. This short scene made me love Jae Joon so much. Dr. Han, my heart already aches for what you will have to go through!
Another medical competition is set up by Chairman Oh and Jae Joon with assurances from the Prime Minister that Hoon won’t make an appearance at Myung Woo. Dr. Moon and Soo Hyun go crazy looking for Hoon, but he is nowhere to be found. Dr. Moon decides to step in for the surgery, but isn’t sure of himself when the operation starts. While Jae Joon successfully operates on his patient, Dr. Moon’s surgery encounters crisis after crisis. Chairman Oh orders Jae Joon to take over the operation just as Dr. Moon comes to the same conclusion. However, the doctor that enters the surgery isn’t Jae Joon, but Hoon. And with that, we’re left hanging as we wait for next week’s episodes!
Junggugeo Kaenada: Episode 15 may well be the worst episode of “Doctor Stranger”, because it was so easy to hate practically every character.
As always, there is the all-consuming competition to operate on the Prime Minister. Double crossing surgeon, Jung Han sabotages a bone saw being used by Hoon, and puts the patient’s life at risk. Regardless, Hoon succeeds in executing a difficult surgical technique, then has to contend with the patient’s hostile wife who was sicced on Hoon by the Chairman’s son. The patient’s wife accuses Hoon of murder and demands that her husband be woken from a medically induced coma for proof of life.
Soo Hyun continues to be in the grip of her crush on Hoon. She makes poor decisions, confessing her feelings for Hoon to boyfriend, Jae Joon, and waking Hoon’s patient to satisfy the wife’s ill-advised whims in order to save Hoon’s job. This results in cardiac arrest, and less than charitable feelings towards her from the object of her affections.
Jealous Jae Joon brings Hoon before a sham tribunal to answer stupid questions like whether any of his patients have ever died, and where he practiced surgery. Hoon must argue with Jae Joon to keep the patient in the medically induced coma for two more days. Unfortunately, the competition and preventing a malpractice lawsuit take precedence over what is best for the patient. After all the fuss, Hoon’s patient pulls through, and this latest round of competition ends in another tie.
The only bright spot in Episode 15 is how measured and reasonable Jae Hee and Hoon are. Jae Hee is patient with Soo Hyun stalking her boyfriend, and reprimands a nurse for unnecessarily alarming the patient’s family. Hoon becomes the voice of reason calling Jae Joon out on his bipolar behaviour, and his boss an evil bastard. Best of all, Hoon makes amends with Jae Hee, and decides to trust her plan regarding his mother.
Episode 16 is an improvement starting with Soo Hyun. She gains a sense of shame after learning Jae Hee’s true identity as the love of Hoon’s life, and stops crying to stand up for herself. In one fantastic scene, Soo Hyun protects a male colleague then returns the slap she receives from a belligerent thug in the emergency room. As the situation escalates, Hoon steps in, swinging a punch and being obnoxious. He and Soo Hyun are saved by the hilarious recurring mob boss character.
Jae Joon redeemed himself somewhat near the end of Episode 15 when he comforted Soo Hyun as she cried over another man. He continues to show real love for Soo Hyun in Episode 16 when he asks that she remember his feelings for her, and begs for forgiveness in advance of whatever he may do.
Jae Hee puts her strategy into action, convincing the Prime Minister to spare Hoon and his mother in favour of having her and Jae Joon execute his nefarious plan. She also arranges for the disposal of the trigger happy North Korean agent, securing Hoon’s safety. Too bad for Jae Hee that Hoon is always ready to swoop in to save a patient, thus rendering her carefully laid plans obsolete. However, thanks to Hoon’s trouble making, I am looking forward to Episode 17!
June: Well, weren’t this week’s episodes just filled with the emotional feelings of some of the characters? I’m honestly surprised I wasn’t annoyed by these episodes. I will say I was kind of torn between feeling sorry for some, and then feeling like they should just get over things.
Let’s just start with the part where I felt sorry for them. Haha. Well, the cat is out of the bag; Soo Hyun finally told Hoon the truth and got rejected. (Well, surprise there!) But, that’s not all, she also finally found out about Jae Hee’s real identity. I mean, I guess I can understand and see why she’s so hurt. Getting rejected isn’t fun at all, and working with said person everyday would definitely not help the situation. On top of that, finding out your roommate’s not who you thought she was, and she’s with said guy you like must really suck.
But, on the other hand, come on, Soo Hyun! Just get up, and get a move on. There’s more to life than pining after this guy who already has someone in his heart. Plus, there is someone else who loves you. I’m really rooting for her and Jae Joon to work things out, but I feel like the writers are going to end up making Hoon and Soo Hyun the couple. Also, I feel like Hoon isn’t even the main character anymore. There are just so many side characters and storylines that he kind of gets blurred in between. It’s like the writers just totally forgot what the whole premise of the show was even about. *end mini rant*
Anyways, we aren’t very far from the end of “Doctor Stranger” and I seriously hope we at least get a solid ending. I think we deserve that much!
DRAMA CLUB: Doctor Stranger 15-16 (2/2)
Noonas Over Forks on Fri, Jun 27, 2014
The Doctor Stranger Drama Club revels in satisfaction with episodes 15 and 16, roots for lovelorn Jae Joon, and speculates on Jae Hee’s true feelings regarding a Hoon and Soo Hyun coupling.
Junggugeo Kaenada: I sensed a high level of satisfaction with “Doctor Stranger” in Drama Club this past week. Am I right?!
June: I think so! Even though I had some mixed feelings, I strangely enjoyed these episodes this week. I’m not exactly sure why to be honest. I just kind of did. Haha.
Janice: Yes! For me, it was because things were moving along at a quick and steady pace.
June: That’s very true! I also felt like the episodes finally weren’t dragging along.
Janice: Mostly, anyway. I can see the political story line getting woven more tightly into the medical drama, so it doesn’t feel like two separate parts anymore. All the characters are getting equal story time, so it all feels balanced to me. That’s not to say that it isn’t full of problems.
Junggugeo Kaenada: I agree completely, because I am surprised at how satisfied I feel in the aftermath of episodes 15 and 16, considering how angry episode 15 made me while I was watching it.
Janice: What made you so mad?
Junggugeo Kaenada: The stupid competition! Once again, they were ready to sacrifice a patient for the sake of the competition to operate on the Prime Minister. They even mislead the patient’s wife and caused her undue worry just so they could create problems for Hoon.
June: I agree completely about episode 15! I wanted to smack my computer screen so many times when I was watching it! So many characters were making me so mad.
Junggugeo Kaenada: Jae Joon was such a villain, using his surgical team to gang up on Hoon for the sake of the competition, and possibly because of personal jealousy regarding Soo Hyun. Yet, I pitied him when Soo Hyun was crying over Hoon on his shoulder, because he was so compassionate towards her. That was just awful.
Janice: I was the same way! I’m not sure I would be as magnanimous if the person I loved repeatedly chose another over me, and then sobbed to me about being rejected. I feel oddly protective of Jae Joon in this week’s episodes and I am surprised by it, because I spent so much of “Doctor Stranger” ambivalent about him. I think his bromance with Hoon in the last few episodes opened up a different side of his character that I really enjoyed watching – he and Hoon were so funny together – and it’s making me root for him hardcore. He’s also the most interesting character to watch right now, in my opinion, and it makes my brain hurt when Soo Hyun acts deplorable around him.
June: It’s like I said in my thoughts for our first post, I did feel bad for Soo Hyun, but then again, I was like, girl, you got to get over it. I miss when Hoon was super in love with Jae Hee at the beginning of the drama. I feel like the writers are pushing the Soo Hyun/Hoon thing too much. Like, wasn’t this drama supposed to partly be about his love for Jae Hee??
Junggugeo Kaenada: The writers, and Hoon by extension, appear to have forgotten about his great love for Jae Hee. Though, in episode 15, at least Hoon is no longer acting like a brat towards poor Jae Hee; he has actually matured. Fortunately, Jae Hee has been pretty awesome, taking control of the Prime Minister’s plot, and turning the cheek when it comes to Soo Hyun’s obvious attraction towards her boyfriend.
June: Yeah, I don’t know if I would have acted the same if I was in Jae Hee’s shoes.
Janice: What do you guys think Jae Hee is going to do? I’m not sure if she’s jealous and just suppressing it, or if she is going to step aside, and let Soo Hyun and Hoon be together. Jae Hee reassures Soo Hyun that Hoon will return to where she is, but Jae Hee also tells Hoon that she will return to him when the mission is over. Two conflicting messages!
Junggugeo Kaenada: I think Jae Hee is ready to sacrifice her happiness in order for Hoon to have a normal life in South Korea. Of course, she feels twinges of jealousy when she sees Hoon and Soo Hyun interact, but then she reminds herself what her ultimate goal is. That would explain why she tells Hoon and Soo Hyun what each of them want to hear.
June: I agree. I feel like in the end somehow Hoon and Soo Hyun will end up together. I honestly just hope that doesn’t mean Jae Hee is literally going to sacrifice herself for this mission.
Janice: I’m torn. I, for the most part, am with you guys in believing that Jae Hee is taking herself out of the equation, but it makes me frustrated that Jae Joon and Soo Hyun won’t be together. I think I’m rooting for him more than anyone else now, even more than Hoon. Is that blasphemous?
Junggugeo Kaenada: I feel the same way about Jae Joon after this past week. Jae Joon shows an internal conflict that is sorely lacking in Hoon, and I think it makes him a compelling underdog that you want to root for.
Janice: Yes, exactly, and he’s starting to get ensnared in Prime Minister Jang’s machinations. I fear for Jae Joon, because he doesn’t realize that Jang intends for the President to be induced into a coma and that won’t bode well for Jae Joon’s medical career. Whoever ends up operating on the President will be unwittingly committing career-suicide when the President doesn’t recover from his surgery; it would be a malpractice suit of the utmost magnitude wouldn’t it?
Junggugeo Kaenada: Well, the malpractice suit would bring down Myungwoo Hospital, which was Jae Joon’s ultimate goal. In this, Jae Joon has much in common with Jae Hee: they are both willing to sacrifice their future for an objective. Jae Hee is obviously doing it for Hoon. Jae Joon is aiming to avenge his parents. I wonder if Jae Joon and Jae Hee will find out how much they have in common as they operate on the President.
June: I’m with you all, as well. I really want for Jae Joon and Soo Hyun to end up together! I’m seriously rooting for him, and I want him to set up his game and go get her. This Prime Minister literally makes me angry every time he comes onto the screen. I’m starting to wonder how he even became the prime minister in the first place!
Junggugeo Kaenada: That Prime Minister is such a despicably petty man that he will not leave Hoon alone, even if Hoon has nothing to do with his ambition. He is still dreaming of revenge instead of focusing on the Presidency.
June: This man really needs to just set out his priorities. lol
Janice: I think he plans to kill Hoon in the end, no matter what he promised Jae Hee, and is waiting for the mission to be done before he acts, or rather, before he sends his bodyguard, Tae Sool to do the job. Tae Sool, of course, will save the day again, like he did when Cha was about to shoot Hoon.
Junggugeo Kaenada: It took Tae Sool long enough to reveal his support for Hoon. I was beginning to wonder if the writers had forgotten about Tae Sool and Hoon bonding over a lollipop. I am glad that Hoon has more people in his camp other than Jae Hee. It makes the situation feel less desperate.
Janice: I had given up on Tae Sool being on Team Hoon last week so I was cheering ecstatically when Tae Sool finally stepped out of the shadows, and made a move to save Hoon.
Junggugeo Kaenada: As an aside, did anyone find it strange that the slutty surgeon, Chi Gyu’s sister suddenly appeared? A new character with only four episodes left?! And, the virginal surgeon, Bong Hyun is getting married to the chief anesthesiologist, Min Se? Where did that come from?
Janice: I totally laughed at the screen when Bong Hyun and Min Se abruptly announced their marriage. It was too neat of a way for Jae Hee to be switched over to Jae Joon’s surgical team. But, yes, I wonder what is in store for Chi Gyu and Chang Yi now that his sister has shown up. Is she going to play a part in their romance?
Junggugeo Kaenada: Well, I noticed that the sister is only combative with her brother. She was very respectful towards Chang Yi. Do we want to see Chang Yi get together with Chi Gyu?
Janice: I don’t, but the writers won’t quit it. If this is really where they are going, they better think fast to make me like Chi Gyu.
Junggugeo Kaenada: The end is fast approaching, so the writers better make the most of the remaining episodes. What do we hope for in episodes 17 and 18?
Janice: I want the next medical competition to be the last one. With Hoon showing up in the operating room at the end of episode 16, I think he’s going to win this round, and become the surgeon that operates on the President. With only four episodes left, I’m starting to think about my happy endings, who I think deserves one, who I’d be okay with not getting a happy ending though I want them to, and who should just drop off the face of the earth. Obviously, Hoon better get a happily ever after, but the writers still have a lot of convincing to do if that happy ending is with Soo Hyun. I don’t think she deserves Hoon at this point, I still want Jae Hee and Hoon to be together. I’d like to see some strong emotions happening between this couple next week! I want the misunderstanding between Hoon and Jae Joon to clear up, and for the two to exact their revenge on Prime Minister Jang and Chairman Oh, together. Also, I think it’s a shame that Soo Hyun’s half-brother wasn’t more developed. He could’ve been played against Soo Hyun more, and that would’ve centered her story around something other than Hoon.
June: I’m honestly just hoping the end of this drama doesn’t suck. I want no open-ended endings and I want happy endings for everyone. Okay, minus the Prime Minister. He can just go away forever.
Janice: Ha, June, me too!
Junggugeo Kaenada: My hopes for the show match up with yours. I would like to see the four leads team up against the Chairman, and the Prime Minister. It would be so satisfying for them to realize how much they have in common, as opposed to fighting each other for the sake of a stupid competition.
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