Finally, guys, here’s my Doctors Kdrama review. And just to make sure we’re talking about the same drama (since there’s so many kdramas about doctors), I’m talking about the awesome new show by Park Shin-Hye and Kim Rae-Won.
If you like really badass females, success stories, and a sweet romantic drama, Doctors is perfect for you.
Doctors Kdrama Trailer
Happiness! I found a good trailer. Most kdramas leave awful teasers or trailers on YouTube. Give us bloggers some love, networks!
I really love this teaser because it shows off our female lead’s badassery and her potential love interest as well. Enjoy!
Doctors Kdrama Summary
Doctors is the story of Yoo Hye-Jung (Park Shin-Hye), a young highschool student who has a tough family situation. She’s lost her mother and her father’s offloaded her to her maternal grandmother. Her predisposition to violence is a reflection of her environment and her troubled mental state. Spiralling almost out of control, she nevertheless overcomes her difficulties in order to emerge as a doctor.
Hong Ji-Hong (Kim Rae-Won) is one of the main turning points in Hye-Jung’s life. Initially just the nosy ahjussi who tries to teach her some manners, Ji-Hong is actually her grandmother’s boarder. And as Hye-Jung suddenly finds new possibilities for her life, Ji-Hong finds himself charmed by Hye-Jung’s unique personality.
Here is Hye-Jung kicking Ji-Hong. It really hurt and he’s thrown to the ground hard! The latter gets back at her by pretending to be so taken with her that they gotta date.
Doctors Kdrama Trivia
Did you know that the initial working title of Doctors was “Yeoggangpae Hyejung” or Female Gangster Hye-Jung? I do wish they’d stuck to it. Doctors is so so so generic! Hello, are you trying to bury your drama under all the other famous and popular doctor kdramas that came before you?
Because there’s Dr. Stranger starring Lee Jong Suk. It was a train wreck but it made big waves!
And then there’s Good Doctor who is headlined by the popular Joo Won. Another great drama.
There’s more but I’ll just mention the genius young doctor in Blood. He’s a vampire so excuse him for being a teen doctor. (Okay, I exag. But only by a little!)
I love Park Shin-Hye! There was some debate when she was cast for this role because of some PSH bashers. They always talk about her kissing scenes. Granted, she and her partner are always fish-kissing (eyes open in shock and lips pressed tightly together). However, I always do look forward to her dramas. I enjoyed You’re Beautiful, Pinocchio, and Flower Boy Next Door.
I hated her character in Heirs. It was very poorly written as she did nothing but mope, cry, and be a puppet for the two guys. Too bad.
Park Shin-Hye has mentioned in interviews before that she wanted to do an action flick. She always plays Candy characters though so this is a first for PSH. She even learned martial arts for the role hence those amazing punches, kicks, and stunts!!
(I’m just throwing this out there because I don’t want you to miss out but if you enjoy Park Shin-Hye kicking ass, then you gotta see Killer Girl K.)
And then of course there’s Kim Rae-Won oppa. Again, more debates about the teacher-student relationship and age gap but more on that later. KRW is practically an icon as a kdrama actor but because I don’t watch too many melos, I haven’t really watched a lot of his works. I do remember him in My Little Bride, Love Story in Harvard, and Cat on the Roof. That last makes me sad. Because I loved his female lead on there but she offed herself. (Sighhhhh….)
Doctors Kdrama Commentaries
I wasn’t going to do commentaries but I’m hooked! If you want full recaps, my fave site Dramabeans has them. I can only do commentaries because working. (I wish watching dramas was a full-time job hehe!) Keep away if you don’t want spoilers!
Episode 1 and 2
The first few minutes of Doctors did NOT disappoint! Wow. I replayed that ER scene like a gazillion times. Some of those times, I was staring at Lee Ki-Woo. He plays an injured gang boss. (I hear it’s a cameo but for a while there, I thought he was second lead! Kyaaa!)
I hated him in Flower Boy Ramen Shop because he almost got the girl and I was rooting for the OTP but he’s looking mighty fine here!
Some of those times I replayed, I was watching Park Shin-Hye’s awesome bitch moves. Hah! Shell out more pain, girl! I was totally cheering her on as she beat those gang members’ asses. And that flip! Holy moley! I wish Show filmed Park Shin-Hye’s behind-the-scenes or her trainings. I am just dying of curiosity!
Omg omg omg! The Drama Gods have heard me! Here is the behind-the-scenes of this ACTUAL scene. Puahahahaha! PSY rocks! No stunt person. It’s all 100% by our actors. (Now if only it had English subs!)
That aside, there are some really nice gems in Show. The funny and clueless friend is refreshing. And of course, I make no secret that I LOVE Ji-Soo. I loved him since I first saw him in Angry Mom and up to his latest drama, Page Turner. (Puppy, when are you gonna get the girl???!)
I also enjoyed all the Park Shin-Hye fights. If I were younger, I’d daydream I’m that cool in a fight. What the heck, I still daydream that now!
I admit to being bored and irritated by the jealous friend trope. You got better grades and you’re getting my man so I shall destroy thee both. I could see it a mile away and I’ll say it again, irritating.
Episodes 3 and 4
I didn’t expect to be doing commentaries so I’m going to have to race through this commentary. (Doctors Ep 5 is up and I can’t wait!!!)
The last two episodes were great. Show is on point and is staying its course. I like that. I love where this show is taking me. Well, not all the time because Evil Bitch is super irritating but everything else is Love.
I’ll keep to three things that I loved most about the last two episodes.
First, I loved how Soon-Hee didn’t leave Hye-Jung. She was terrified but she also committed herself to owning up and saving her friend. It touched me when Soon-He said, “Listen. I didn’t leave you behind. Just remember that.”
I’m not sure if Soon-Hee knows it but it’s EXACTLY what our girl needs. People in her life who will show her that she is loved and that they won’t cast her aside.
Gosh, I’m crying again remembering that scene. Wasn’t it so cute when the police officer was witness to the two girls’ loyalty? No wonder he wryly said, “Are you two lovers? Your love for each other is very touching.”
Second, I am surprisingly getting fluttery thinking of Hye-Jung and the second male lead Kang-Soo. Hah! Who knew I’d kinda ship her with the Mr. Grumpy Pants? Or maybe I just wanna see him go down? Their verbal skirmishes were exciting like each of them trying to get the upper hand.
So, it was very satisfying to see Kang-Soo apologizing to Hye-Jung later on. Man, I can totally see him falling for her. I can see it as another excuse for Seo-woo to play the blame game again.
Third, now that I mentioned Seo-Woo, I want to mention something that has been bugging me about her. It’s all good to be born rich and beautiful and brainy but if it’s just going to warp you anyways and make you an entitled (and somewhat small-minded) princess, I suddenly see the benefits of being born poor and constantly challenged by your environment.
I said three things but I can’t end this post without adding in two squee-worthy moments for me. This has been circulating around the Internet. I guess I wasn’t the only one who squeeed to high heavens.
I loved loved loved the reunion scene. The slow-mo effects, the grand scene of alighting from a helicopter (and he looking so dashing!), the beautiful background music all cohesed into one heart-wrenching scene.
PSY looking particularly beautiful and emotive here as she realizes who she’s coming face to face with.
It’s so unforgettable how he cuts through the small talk crap to ask…
Ji-Hong: Are you married yet?
Ji-Hong: Do you have a boyfriend?
Ji-Hong: Then we’re all set.
Now, some say that Ji-Hong is displaying stalkerish tendencies. How he comes on too strong. I’ll say this in defense. Remember love blossoming between you and one special person. Even without words, you KNEW what was happening. That something was special between the two of you.
I believe it was like that for our two main leads. Even way back then, they felt their connection and how happy they were around each other. And because the timing wasn’t right, it was exactly why they pulled away especially Ji-Hong. (She was in highschool, hello!)
I loved the whole string of emotions that played through Kim Rae-Won’s face when he alit from the helicopter and saw Hye-Jung for the first time. He was really shaken but he had hope too.
Oh wow, look at how much I’ve written. And I didn’t even mention Ji-Soo puppy!
How about you, guys? What do you think of Doctors?
Episodes 5 and 6
I just realized we aren’t even halfway through Show. Happily, still loving it though it’s far from perfect. It has its flaws but there’s a lot to keep me loving it so enjoy it I shall. (I got a bit bothered by the latest review on Dramabeans. There should be a rule that recappers who hate certain shows shouldn’t recap them!)
Okay enough venting. Woosh!
My three things for these last two episodes are….
First off, Yoon-Do. I NEVER thought I’d get second lead syndrom what with KRW around. However, with Ji-Hong being such an alpha male, I am finding Yoon-Do’s bumbling cuteness adorkable. I also love how he fell for Hye-Jung’s charms. Oh how the mighty have fallen puahahahahaha!
I can’t count anymore how many times he’s clutched his heart around Hye-Jung.
Secondly, Seo-Woo’s favorite patient dies on her. I think girl can take it two ways. Either she’ll take the ajhumma’s advice and keep on hating and being angry. Or, she can recognize that bitter old women die alone. Sadness…
And lastly, I have been hearing murmurings of the “awkward kiss” at the end of Episode 6. I trust my fellow drama addicts’ judgments so I was prepared for the worst — another fish kiss by Park Shin-Hye. It did happen and cough… it looked like a mature man kissing a high schooler (Because she’s so thin and he’s so tall!). But I shall keep the good vibes and banish unnecessary bad thoughts.
(P.S. I was reading the forums and apparently, there is advice going around that Park Shin-Hye should only kiss Lee Song-Juk of Pinochio. I was so intrigued I actually You-Tubed them kissing. Not too bad. Methinks she should do a drama with kissing god Park Seo-Joon haha!)
Oh right! I was going to talk about how I was pleasantly surprised by the rain dance that preceded the kiss. I did NOT get the memo so I came in unprepared. I was giggling like a gradeschooler when I saw it. I can imagine that if that happened to me (KRW goofily dancing in front of me and then twirling me around in the rain), I’d be laughing too.
Beyond anything, I love Hye-Jung’s face at that moment. It was the first and single time I had seen her THAT happy and carefree. Ji-Hong is right when he says that she’s gotta start living and enjoying her life.
Chin up, Hye-Jung! And no matter what some bad-vibes recapper says, I still luff you, Show.
Episodes 7 and 8
To everybody who was wishing for more Ji Soo time, well, we got it! I wanted to bitch slap Seo-Woo to Pluto when she was talking garbage to my puppy Soo-Chul at the cafe. I felt a sense of satisfaction when Soo-Chul lost his temper and threw a rag (?) at the girl-brat.
Was I the only one distracted by that cut-off tee that showed Ji-Soo’s bod? Oh my gosh… *wipes away drool*
And wasn’t it so cool and funny when Hye-Jung and Soo-Chul meet again at the hospital? That wink killed me!
Hye-Jung surprised everybody by welcoming her old friend with open arms. Thanks Writer-Nim for making sure that the two besotted doctos were there too. They were so funny looking on in chagrin.
What made the hospital reuniting scene so awesome was that you’d think Hye-Jung would be embarassed of Soo-Chul because she’s now a doctor but nope, Hye-Jung really cherishes her friends. So much so that when he gets in an accident (no truck of doom but we knew it was coming!!!), Hye-Jung was crying her heart out. Fellow drama fans, I was sobbing right along with Hye-Jung. Her desperation broke my heart.
To anybody who says Park Shin Hye can’t act, well, I’ll beg to disagree. 🙂
As usual, there was an overload of cuteness for these episodes. There was Ji-Hong being pranked. He thought he was gonna get kissed! lol
Hyun-Do continues to wins more hearts with his adorkableness and straightforwardness. (And wasn’t it awful that Seo-Woo just won’t leave the poor guy alone??? If she were a guy, she can be reported for stalking!)
But what really got my goat this week was Hye-Jung’s stupid dad. I thought he was on the right track when he told Hye-Jung to resolve her grudge against him so she could live her life more freely. However, my blood started boiling when he later confronts his daughter to say:
What did I do so wrong? You left home. You tore my heart before you left. I never slept comfortably since you left. I wondered if you were eating…
Whoa! Whoa! WHOA, there Dad! Did you have amnesia? The kind where you reconstruct past events? I don’t know if he was referring to the scenes from Show but I especially him remember dumping highschooler Hye-Jung on her grandmother. Hye-Jung was crying but still he left without a backward glance.
And when Hye-Jung was in prison and grandmother asked for help, Dad just cut off the call and really didn’t come at all. And that’s not even mentioning the fact that Dad and Stepmom took the hospital bribe money so they wouldn’t sue the hospital over grandmother’s death.
I wanted to reach out into my screen and punch him for Hye-Jung.
All in all, Doctor’s on track and I’m enjoying everything except the hospital politics. It’s super cheesy and cliched but hey, I love cheese and I love cliches! (After more than a decade of watching dramas, everything is practically a cliche!)
But does it make my heart beat a little faster? Does it make me fall in love? Yes. And that’s why I can’t wait for the next installment. See ya, friends!
Episodes 9 and 10
I’m back, guys! Bet you thought I’d jumped ship because you know, W happened. (Man, it’s the best thing!) But of course, I can’t leave my favorite doctors hanging so here I am.
W or not, I have to say these two eps were kinda slow. The papa-Ji-Hong parts were super cute. I loved seeing the back story of how Papa adopted Ji-Hong, and I was also super touched when Ji-Hong would hold Papa’s hand or lay his head down on sick Papa’s chest. To think they’re not even blood-related.
For all of you peeps out there, go and give your parents a good hug now before it’s too late!
As usual, I hated the hospital politics. Still, I was happy when the other old fart (Seo-Woo’s grandpa) wouldn’t hear of his old friend’s accidental demise. It was just Seo-Woo’s dad who has the morals of an earthworm.
We usually have “planned” hospital “accidents” so I’m glad it’s not the case in this dramaverse.
Despite finding this week slow, I nevertheless got my weekly dose of 2nd lead syndrome thanks to Yoon-Do.
And was I the only one cheering for Yoon-Do when he gave Seo-Woo a piece of his mind? I’m glad he didn’t hold back too much when he was telling her off cuz you know Seo-Woo be one mean princess-biatch.
And Mr. Grumpy Pants Yoon-Do is back! In the middle of berating the resident though, he loses his cool when he hears that Hye-Jung is in trouble for accepting a bribe.
His resulting convo with Hong Hong Hong was funny too.
Puppy: Dr. Yoo rejected me. You probably knew she’d do that.
Hong: Yes. Do you know how long I’ve known her? But she’s still not my girlfriend.
Puppy: I see. She is a tough one. I have huge respect for you. You’re very patient.
Hong: I know, right? I’m amazed at myself too.
Puppy: I’ll continue to like her though. I won’t hit on her because I feel pathetic but I’ll wait for the right moment to take my chances.
Thanks writer-nim for making Yoon-Doo character accept rejection much better than others.
P.S. Where’s my Ji Soo???
Episodes 11 and 12
I just suddenly realized why I’d felt like the last couple of episodes have been draggy. Seeing the crazy stalker and the locked-in-body-woman case made me realize I’d missed the medical cases. Or maybe, I just don’t want too much hospital politics and/or nice characters getting killed off.
That fake husband was super creepy. I swear I did not see that coming!
I have to admit. Things have been in a sort of haze for me since our OTP had their “lover’s spat” up till the time they got back together again.
I DID chuckle much too loudly to my chagrin (in-laws were sleeping and I didn’t want to be heard suddenly cackling in the middle of the night; they’d think I was cuckoo!) when our pair went for another kiss. I just thought, “Ha! What would the internet think of this kiss now?”
Fortunately, it wasn’t the cringefest that it kinda was the first time. It’s loads better thanks to some neat camera angles and serious effort from the actors.
Some netizens say the BTS is hotter than the actual drama footage. See for yourself.
Episodes 13 and 14
I jumped the gun last time and finally, I could place below scene where it belongs. I guess I was so excited to be proven right. Huh, who knows who Seo-Woo would end up with?
In the meantime, Young-Gook has his moment with his Seo-Woo. Lost princess can learn so much from our happy-go-lucky ultra-loyal relaxed resident. Just wait a little bit more, YG! It’ll be your turn soon.
Most unforgettable in these episodes is the absolutely wonderful performance given by our (literally and metaphorically) poor dad Namgung Min. He’s an awesome actor! (But I kinda know that because I’d been watching Beautiful Gong Shim which I shall pick back up once my schedule goes a bit less cray cray.)
I betcha you cried when he was on the rooftop. I mean, what can you expect from a man who has had no sleep and rest for days, who’s buried in debt, and can’t provide a stable future for his kids? Extreme exhaustion and depression can really take a toll.
And when Hye-Jung yelled for him to stop, I swear! I jumped out of my skin!
The last few episodes have been slow for me but I feel like we’re finally building more momentum with the reintroduction of the medical cases, Seo-woo appearing to leave the dark path, Director Jin finally discovering Hye-Jung’s identity (man he’s so dense; I can see why he didn’t get into the best schools), and some hints about Kang-Soo’s condition.
(Omgeeee… what’s gonna happen to our puppy?? Okay that was a lie. I couldn’t take it so I peeked at the recaps. I’m so pumped for the next eps now!)
My love to you,