Romantic Doctor Kim Sabu – Season Two Episode 1 Recap


Hi everyone! After a very long hiatus, DRAMAFEED is back! I am only following one korean drama at this point and it’s the nice feel good drama of Romantic Doctor Kim Sabu. I loved Season 1 and the first four episodes of Season 2 looks like it will deliver as well.


In the middle of a busy Seoul street, Seo Woojin (Ahn Hyoseop – Abyss, Father is Strange, etc)) faithfully directs traffic until his late replacement arrives. Cue running to get dressed for his second part time job at the hospital as a pay doctor. But opportunity for us viewers to see a nice shot of Woojin’s abs. Mhmmm who knew doctors stayed so fit both mentally and physically? 😉

Meanwhile, perfect Cha Eunjae (Lee Sung Kyung – Weightlifting Fairy Kim BokJoo) waits patiently in an auditorium filled with important doctors for Professor Park’s whipple operation (the removal of the head of a pancreas, the gallbladder and the bile duct). Unknown to her, Kim Sabu is in town and dropped by. He sits a couple of rows behind her, albeit looking a bit dodgey in a hat and trenchcoat.

At the same time, Woojin barely misses his train and gets assaulted by what appears to be a day drunk salaryman. As others back away, Woojin notes the man’s amonia scent, behavior and self- victimization. The man knocks Woojin off before security guards arrive and Woojin tells them to call 911 and not the police.

Back to the surgery, there is sudden massive bleeding and the blood pressure drops. Professor Park acts swiftly but it doesn’t seem to fix it. In the audience, Kim Sabu drums his fingers for a couple of minutes and then interrupts Eunjae for a pen and paper He scribbles something down and tells her to run quickly to the surgery room. She takes one look before jumping up and running…She gives the note (stating tension pneumothorax – a condition where air is trapped in a space likely due to a punctured lung) to Professor Park who switches tactics to listening for trapped air…They find an area of extra air and pull it out – stabilizing the patient. Kim Sabu sees the stabilization and leaves.

Doctor Park walks out of the surgery exhausted and finds Eunjae waiting. He immediately asks her how she knew it was tension peunmothorax. She’s surprised that it was correct and tells him that it was a doctor from Doldam Hospital called Kim Sabu.

Kim Sabu then goes to the emergency room to wait and chances upon our other new Doldam family to be: Yoon Areum (So Joyeon) and Woojin. Areum tells an exhausted Woojin that assault cases should go to the police and doubts Woojin when he tells her that the man is suffering from an alcohol induced issue affecting liver functions. Woojin pulls out his hospital ID and Areum changes her tone to respect as Woojin is a full general surgeon while Areum is a fourth year resident. ^_^ Kim Sabu perks up at Woojin’s diagnosis… Areum is told to set up the man in preparation for surgery…

Then all chaos breaks loose! An older gentleman is brought in with pain and another middle-aged man who cannot stand because of pain…Areum cries for the nurses to call the doctor on duty as she circles around in stress of three emergency patients.

Meanwhile Eunjae goes to the vending machine while telling her mother the story of the legendary doctor who was able to tell a tension pneumothorax within minutes…Then Woojin gets tired of waiting and chooses his drink…cue flashback…They know each other…lovey dovey music and Woojin almost kissing Eunjae… She has no idea what happened to him and why hes’s at her hospital. Thanks to Eunjae getting info from her senior we find out that Woojin blew the whistle on a high up doctor for delegating his surgery and taking bribes. Then he became a full outcast….

More history. Since med school and internship/residency. They had been ultimate rivals…and ended with Eunjae slapping Woojin. For what?

Back to the present. Woojin is a pay doctor on consultancy and given 5 hemorrhoid surgeries…Another senior doctor rubs Woojin’s nose in the fact that Woojin also has a part time job at a bar. He also blames Woojin for the fact that the corrupt doctor had to close his hospital and got divorced. Woojin takes the high road and offers to give the senior doctor a discount at his bar before walking off.

At the same time, Kim Sabu gets tired of watching Eunjae circling around. He tells Eunjae to call for the department head doctor if the responsible doctor is not available. He gives orders and brings some normalcy with tests being run and medicines being prescribed… One patient gets taken care off and Sabu attends to the second of the third while the head doctor arrives… In 30 minutes… to yell at Sabu for practicing unauthorized in another hospital… The doctor on call comes back and it turns out his lunch went bad and he was in the bathroom. XD Sabu sighs at the disorganized emergency room and compliments Eunjae for doing well before leaving.

Eunjae runs after Kim Sabu in the hallway and happily asks how Kim Sabu knew that what was the problem in Doctor Park’s surgery. Kim Sabu frowns and asks if Eunjae didn’t hear that the patient was an aortic dissection…How could she just wander around when she has her own patients to look after. He walks off.

The small small world of kdrama! Doctor Park also knows Kim Sabu. They had been on the same bus which overturned in the rain… Wires falling all over the place with electric sparks as people evaucate the bus… Only three people remain. Kim Sabu doing CPR while something on the bus ceiling looks like it will fall and Doctor Park staring at Kim Sabu doing CPR in disbelief. Doctor Park also evacuates in fear but Kim Sabu stays and is eventually hit on the shoulder by a metal panel.

On the side Jang Gitae (admin head of Doldam Hospital) has fun with Michael Jackson music as he prepares for a medical professionals event. But from the stalls, Do Yoonwan walks out… It turns out that he has become the head of the hospital system fundation that includes Doldam Hospital. (For those new to the Romantic Doctor Kim Sabu world, he was big bad in the last series – head of the main hosptial to Doldam Hospital).

Kim Sabu meets with Song Hyeongchul (the main hospital head). Sabu demands that the main hospital sends down at least one general surgery doctor. Song Hyeongchul snaps back that even the main hospital does not have anyone and none of the young doctors would last under Kim Sabu anyways… He tells Kim Sabu to come back to the main hospital as one of the senior doctors.

Kim Sabu walks out just as Doctor Park storms over to fire Woojin for bringing down the reputation of the hospital…the cause being that Woojin has a part time job at a bar. Woojin asks how they are firing him when they are understaffed and he would have only been giving the worst surgeries that no one wants… So why not use him. But, Doctor Park tells Woojin that he does not care what the head of the hosptital center thought. He does not want someone ruining their hospital’s reputation. Of course the snake senior tells Woojin to finish the emergency surgery before he goes. Kim Sabu hears this all from the corner of a hallway.

Woojin goes to finish the surgery and Kim Sabu watches from the observation deck. They realize after the surgery finishes that there is a tear in the diaphram. Woojin calls for a doctor from cardiac surgery since this is not his area…the doctor on call is Eunjae.

Interestingly, Eunjae took some pills before the surgery and the main doctor warns her that she will be in trouble if she falls asleep in his surgery. When Woojin calls, the doctor sends Eunjae. Eunjae walks out hitting her chest and gagging. She manages to get to a toilet before throwing up… takes more pills and walks into the surgery with Woojin. Eunjae skillfully sews up the tear and then starts to blink as her vision gets blurry.
The other staff look at Eunjae in concern when she naps that the body is moving because they are not carefully holding him. Suddenly blood splurts and Woojin takes over to stop the bleeding. It turns out that it was not a new tear but a clot.

Eunjae apologizes that she needs to take a breather and falls. Suddenly, she is literally snoring on the surgery room floor.

Flashback. Eunjae is back in medical school about to work on a corpse. She has her eyes closed as if praying and looks like she might puke when the sheet is taken away. She starts hitting her chest and gagging while the others begin the procedure. Woojin is calm and collected by many other students run out and Eunjae almost pukes on him before fainting… Woojin ends up carrying her and running… To where? Who knows? All we know is there is a lovely ballad playing and the wind blows in the sun while Woojin manages to carry her all the way down the stairs. But Eunjae is not satisfied that she got the full kdrama female main treatment – do you know how hard it is to find a guy who can carry a grown woman four flights down and hold on without huffing and puffing? We are in storybook land! But, nope! She sobs due to her hurt pride. C’est law vie of those who have and do not realize what they have.

Back in the present, Woojin is standing at the hospital entrance staring at the rain. Kim Sabu asks if Woojin needs a job. They need a general surgeon at Doldam Hospital. Woojin asks why Kim Sabu is giving him a job when he knows the background. Kim Sabu throws Woojin’s words at Doctor Park back at Woojin. They are overwhelmed with patients and understaffed. At this point, they can pretend to be nice while giving Woojin all the surgeries no one wants.

On the side, little Areum watches this all with a smile and the wheels turn in her head.

Eunjae wakes up to her department head in the resting area. He throws down her bottle of pills and demands to know when she started taking them. She lies that it was the first time…but the head doctor sighs that this is the reason he did not want to use a female doctor.

Eunjae glares that this is her personal failure and not because she is a woman. The head doctor gives her a choice. She can either get an official punishment or she can go to the countryside at Doldam Hospital. Eunjae remembers her last interaction with Kim Sabu and begs for something else.

Eunjae arrives at Doldam Hospital to see construction going on… Head Nurse Shim yelling at Gitae. And two traffic accident patients calling Kim Sabu, Doctor Park Moonjung (oh hai Shin Dongwook!) and Doctor Jung Insoo come along. The three jump into action with Eunjae and Areum staring. Areum explains that she came because she heard Doldam Hospital was looking for doctors.

At the same time, Woojin is working at one if his other jobs – admin at a public computer lab. The loan sharks find him and beat him up…and he runs out into the middle of the street… Only to find himself in a cab to Doldam Hospital where Eunjae and Areum wait as they fall asleep in the waiting area.

Kim Sabu finishes his surgery just as Woojin stumbles in. Woojin tells Kim Sabu that he needs money. Kim Sabu tells Woojin that Woojin sounds like Woojin would work on people for money. Woojin answers that he will and Kim Sabu laughs.


My initial reaction was disappointment that the old Doldam Hospital crew would not be returning as they had such a great team chemistry in season 1. It also did not help that both Ahn Hyoseop and Lee Sung Kyung are objectively eye candies… Can they pull off flawed baby doctors that get chewed up by the demands of the medical profession that become whole in their experience helping people at Doldam Hospital? Or will they cling to protecting their eye candy image?

Fortunately, Ahn Hyoseop proved me wrong within the first ten minutes. He did a great job looking like a good looking average guy who fell on hard times… angry but knowing that he needs to keep his head down in order to survive.

I am a little worried about Lee Sung Kyung. She plays the excited honor medical student who only cares about succeeding well. She is also believable in her surgery anxiety. However, I have a hard time beleiving that a cardiac surgeon doctor at a main hospital can take care of her looks like she does… She does not seem as exhausted as I would expect from a young doctor trying to make it in the world of medicine – underslept and overworked.

In contrast, I found So Juyeon’s Areum adorable. She’s still bushy-tailed and bright eyed as a final resident. She has the confidence of someone who is in her last year of residency but the safety of knowing that she would still work under more senior doctors directing her for a while. Her crush on the legendary doctor Kim Sabu and decision to work for the best makes sense.

All in all, I miss the old crew and what they had. But, I see potential in falling for the new Doldam family. The writer Kang EunKyung also wrote Gu Family Book and Baker King Kim Tak Goo, which were both amazing as well as Hotelier way back when. Here, I already feel intrigued at the hint of romance and rivalry between Eunjae and Woojin. I want to know what put Woojin in so much debt… He’s clearly talented and this show highlights a relevant problem in society. It is not talent alone that is necessary to succeed. Woojin had talent and a conscious but he has no family support or money. As a result, he was quickly made an outcast. At the same time, Eunjae has succeeded all her life but how the heck did she become a doctor when she has such severe anxiety in surgery? Is this even the right profession for her? Let’s see what happens next. 

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