It’s no secret that Doctor Stranger is a drama with a lot going on but with only two weeks left until the end, this drams has kicked the intensity up to a whole new level of crazy! There’s so much going on, I can barely wrap my head around it all but I’m certainly going to try! Who’s with me?
It seems to be the trend, of late, to begin and end each week’s episodes with Hoon and Jae Joon competing in a surgery which would be fine if said surgeries weren’t full of dramatic pauses, intense stares and a whole lot of sabotage but they are and I’m left sitting here, trying not to fling my laptop across the room! I mean oh my goodness people! Really? Are we really so base that we’re perfectly okay with plotting the deaths of innocent people, just to get what we want? It would appear the answer to this question is yes, yes we are, and while it makes me think I should never get sick while visiting Korea, it also proves that the only decent human beings in this entire drama and Hoon and Soo Hyun because everyone else in that stinking hospital is willing to kill someone to get what they want!
I’m not gonna lie, I was completely disappointed in Jae Joon this week and not just because all of my hopes for him and Hoon getting together to take on the world were dashed into a million tiny pieces. In fact, that whole failed bromance thing paled in comparison to the disappointment I felt when Jae Joon decided to hold on to a completely ridiculous and unfounded grudge against Hoon and completely sell out to the Prime Minister. Ugh! Jae Joon! I had such high hopes for you! Now that Jae Joon has landed himself right in the middle of the Prime Minister’s sinister plot, I find myself wondering what he’s going to do when he realizes he’s been totally played. Is he even going to realize he’s been played and even more important, is he even going to care if it means he gets to take down Oh Joon Gyu? I’d really like to believe that there’s more to Jae Joon than bitter resentment and an over-developed sense of revenge but with the way things were left this week, I’m having a hard time seeing what that might be. I suppose his coming to understand his feelings for Soo Hyun might count in his favor but even that’s not going to make up for the fact that he’s now plotting with the Prime Minister to take down Oh Joon Gyu and Hoon at the cost of an innocent person’s life. Seriously? If anyone is a quack doctor in this drama, I’m pretty sure it’s Jae Joon.
Speaking of quacks… Poor Soo Hyun! She finally found the courage to admit to the world that she likes Hoon and seconds after she confesses to him, she learns that her dad is responsible for ruining his entire life! Talk about shocking! How does a person even begin to deal with that? The crazy thing is, the shocking revelations don’t stop there! Not even a day later, Soo Hyun discovers that Dr. Han and Jae Hee are the same person which means that, not only is Hoon taken, but she’s been confessing her feelings for him to the very person that holds his heart! Talk about mortifying! At least Soo Hyun had the gumption to call Hoon out on this one and I have to applaud her for it. Even if she’s taken a thousand years to admit that she has feelings for Hoon, it’s been apparent to the world for a long time and Hoon would have to be a complete idiot not to have noticed. It would have been so easy for Hoon to let Soo Hyun know that he’d found Jae Hee but he didn’t and now Soo Hyun feels like she’s dying of a broken heart.
I think I would be a bit more upset by the way things are going between Soo Hyun and Hoon if Hoon had completely forgotten about Soo Hyun after she learned Jae Hee’s secret identity but he didn’t. In fact, he was so worried about Soo Hyun that he had to have a rather adorable fight with his phone before setting out to find her on his own. (Sorry but that whole frustrated phone flipping was just so cute!) I’m not even going to try to deny that Hoon’s appearance in the ER, just in time to save Soo Hyun from those gangsters, made my heart skip a beat. I guess I’m just too sentimental or something but watching him step in to save her was just so great! Of course pretty much everything that happened afterwards made my heart skip a beat as Soo Hyun reveals her heart to Hoon and he comforts her without hesitation. When you add to all of that, the fact that Hoon lied to Jae Hee about being with Soo Hyun, I find myself feeling that there’s at least some part of Hoon that cares for Soo Hyun and that makes all of the heartbreak Soo Hyun’s dealing with at the moment, bearable. I refuse to give up hope for her and Hoon just yet, especially now that Jae Hee is starting to take herself out of the picture.
I have to admit, I’m still up in the air about Jae Hee. There’s so much of me that doesn’t want to believe that she’s good and yet there were a lot of things that she did this week that made me waver in my utter dislike of Jae Hee. For starters, Jae Hee confronted the Prime Minister with a proposition and a plan to save both Hoon and his mother, which makes me think that there may actually be a part of her that does love Hoon. I think this theory of mine gets a bit stronger when she plots with Sunglasses (Kim Tae Sool) to take out Cha Jin Soo. (Totally didn’t see that coming, by the way and all I can say is, that punk had better stay dead because if he comes crawling out of that lake, seeking revenge, I’m seriously gonna start flipping tables!) But the thing that really makes me think that Jae Hee’s love for Hoon is more than just an act, is the fact that she’s voluntarily taking herself out of Hoon’s life. By removing Hoon from the competition and herself from Hoon’s team, Jae Hee is slowly severing the ties she has with him because she knows that Hoon will never life a normal, happy life if he stays with her. I think it’s the fact that Jae Hee has come to accept the fact that Hoon would be better off with Soo Hyun, that makes me think that Jae Hee might not be as completely evil as I imagined.
As always, there’s still so much more I could talk about here but if I don’t shut up soon there won’t be much left for Tanya and I to discuss later so I’ll end here and ask you what you thought of this week’s episodes. What did you love? What did you hate? What took you by surprise and what frustrated you to no end? I’d love to hear all of your thoughts, plots and ideas so be sure to leave me a comment below!
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Episodes 15-16: [Part 1] [Part 2]