Romantic Doctor Kim Sabu – Season Two Episode 2 Recap

Growing pains ensue as our ducklings adjust to Doldam. Meanwhile, a general gets into a car crash.

Episode 2

The tension continues as Kim Sabu smirks that Woojin is literally selling himself for money. Woojin does not back down as he looks Kim Sabu straight with his tearfilled eyes and answering in the affirmative.

Suddenly we switch to a 911 call. A child asks for help. He is coughing and all he can eek out is that he needs help…

We turn to Kim Sabu and Woojin back in Kim Sabu’s office. The tension has decreased and Sabu gives Woojin a bag of ice. He also asks Woojin why Woojin asked for a combination surgery and did not stich up the diaphram tear himself. Woojin answers that he chose not to stich up the tear since he was only a pay doctor – he had no reason to take on additional liability.
Sabu laughs and asks why Woojin blew the whistle then. Woojin sighs that he was just naïve. Do to his naïve judgment, he lost his reputation.
Sabu stands up and tells Woojin to sleep the night at a nearby hostel and go back to Seoul. Woojin gets up in shock and yells how Sabu could tell him to go back… Sabu had said they needed help. Sabu responds that they need doctors.

Meanwhile Eunjae is about to leave because she was kept waiting when Doctor Moonjung walks by. Jang Gitae doesn’t miss the look and squats nearby informing Eunjae that Moonjung has been with their hospital for one month and is recently divorced. He offers to look into the matter further for her. LOL Eunjae declines additional information but interesting music plays and she sits back down. HAH! Do we smell a crush?

Moonjung seems to be adorkable. He is in his office and greets his skeleton as “Elizabeth” asking if she missed him.

Woojin pauses while leaning against the wall. He sighs and then barges into SAbu’s office. He asks for 1 week. He will show Sabu that he is worth it within 1 week with his surgerical skills… He just needs $10,000. A flashback shows that Sabu heard everything about Woojin in Seoul but still offered him the spot. Sabu sits down and looks at Woojin with interest.

The next day, the General of the Korean army is being transported somewhere when the driver suddenly collapses. The car veers off course and flips upside down.

Meanwhile, Areum happily walks down the new corridors stretching when she runs into EunTak. She greets him heartily and he responds without looking up at first. But when he does… cue romantic music >_<

Areum meets the rest of the team through Doctor Insoo’s explanation. In it, he barely survived taking care of the emergency room alone…for two months. When EunTak introduces himself, Areum happily notes that he’s good looking making everyone pause… They continue on until Areum sighs that there are no patients in the emergency room. The Head Nurse comes back to seriously tell her that they have a rule – you cannot say that there are no patients in the emergency room. It’s a jinx. Whenever someone says that, they get overwhelmed. Within a minute, the phone rings.

Back to our other doctors. Woojin and Eunjae share a moment when Woojin walks over closely just to note that she has something in her eye. OMG the CHEMISTRY. SOMEONE GIVE ME A TUB OF POPCORN AS I PAUSE AND SQUEAL. Moonjung walks in and introduces himself – they all attended the same school…But, introductions are cut short. The general and a security guard are brought in with half of the army. The general sustained major trauma because he was not wearing a seatbelt.

A flurry of activity ensues. The General can barely speak because of pain and the internal injuries… Woojin and Eunjae make a good team in identifying a myriad of problems…all of which are serious but that this recapper will not name ^^;;; Just note that there’s a lot of internal bleeding and problems and time is off an essence. Woojin pulls through his own soreness to get the general breathing tube set up. They are on track to get CT scans when Sabu comes in and orders that the general is taken to the surgery room immediately. He received a call from the General’s primary doctor and made the decision that time is the most important thing for this surgery.

Woojin is told that he would be the first doctor assisting. Meanwhile, Eunjae finally gets to introduce herself. Sabu warns her that he will kick her out if she falls asleep in the middle of his surgery room. She promises that it will never happen again but the other stare at her. HAH! I love the honor student characters with a major flaw. <3

What would be Korean Drama without political drama? In the background of trying to save the two patients, we have a fight with junior generals and Sabu where the junior generals wanting to transfer the general to a more prestigious hospital. Sabu insists that the loss of time would kill the probability of success of surgery and wins with a call to the General’s primary doctor. Even Do Yoonwan is told about the situation. But he’s not a complete monster. He states that he will stay out of this problem because Sabu won’t let the general die. They can take care of the credit afterwards between the main headquarters hospital and Doldam.

Back to the surgery – Woojin spends a full minute frozen in awe as Sabu finds and sews up hears. Sabu has to literally tell Woojin to focus. Among some motivational music, Woojin and Sabu get through one organ within five minutes.

Woojin then shows his own skill with the next problem. Awww, the music also changed to one that is supportive as the oldies watch in pride with the newbie showing skill. And…my heart swells! Meanwhile, Sabu is taking liberties as he continues on with new problems being found along with heavy bleeding. Literally, it’s like whack-a-mole with them trying to find out all the sources of tears and sew it up before the general can internal bleed out.

At one point, everyone pauses because the bleeding has not slowed down even though they have sewn up all of the known problems. Woojin worries that the surgery failed … Sabu determines that it’s an intercoastal vessel and they have to open up the area around the heart as the general took aspirin which is causing the bleeding to be worse.

More problems. As the bring up the blankets, suddenly Eunjae remembers the first time they worked on a dead body. Nausea hits her like a wave and she can barely keep herslef from puking. Sabu switches out Eunjae with Woojin and Eunjae runs out. Sabu ignores it all and finds the vein that is the problem while Eunjae finds refuge in a bathroom…

When the surgery ends, the politics starts up again. Do Yoonwhan sends Dr. Park to Doldam to finish up the second follow up surgery – which is basically just tying up loose ends but would get all the credit.

On the side, Woojin waits for Sabu and asks how Sabu could have gone after the intercoastal vessel without following the proper procedures and tests. He thinks that it was too risky to rely on Sabu’s instincts alone. But Sabu answers that his directive is to save people.

Sabu laughs that Woojin is far from the true answer if Woojin only saw Sabu working with instinct and luck. He tells him to work harder and walks off.

However, it is sweet to see Sabu speak with the General’s primary doctor. Somehow, this primary doctor was the one who spoke with Sabu about Woojin. Sabu sighs that Woojin has skill but that’s about it…and, he’s not sure if Woojin is a true doctor. The other doctor answers that it is their job as senior doctors to turn these juniors into real doctors.

Meanwhile, Eunjae lurks outside of Sabu’s office and peeks in before literally crawling under the door’s window. She gets stopped by the head nurse and goes into apologize to Sabu for running out of the surgery as she had indigestion due to what she ate for lunch.

Sabu asks what Eunjae did wrong to get suck in Doldam. Eunjae lies that she chose to come down. Sabu sighs and tells her that she must not know what she’s doing if she lives like that. Then he tells her never to enter into his operating rooms again. A doctor who leaves a patient on the table and runs away is not a doctor and she should immediately quit. Eunjae tears up but she does not say anything… She goes back the rec room as tears flow and packs up… And, this is the truth about working on in a high stress environment that I love to see being reflected. Character development as the characters who are undeniably good and skilled work through because, after all, life is a journey of working through our flaws, is it not?

At the same time, head nurse asks Sabu why he’s so harsh… Sabu sighs that the two newbies are terrible. One operates on people for money and the other runs out of operations due to nausea and anxiety. Head nurse worries that they would lose both of the doctors since the younger generation is not used to such harsh conditions… She reminds him that he scouted both of the doctors after a lot of effort.

In the rec room, Areum lets Eunjae cry it out before bringing over water. Eunjae sighs that she tried so hard in medical school and even as a resident. She even graduated in the top and scored in the top with the boards. Eunjae cries that she regrets it all.

Areum tells her that Eunjae should not be so harsh on herself…She’s a model for the juniors. Doctor Oh in cardiac surgery was known for hating females but Eunjae somehow survived under such a head doctor…and, she got scouted by Sabu… Eunjae asks who scouted her.

Cue flashback, Doctor Oh, sighs next to a vending machine that Eunjae is such a troublesome doctor. She’s smarter than most of the guys and also scored in the highest percentile but seems to lose it every time she goes into an operating room. Sabu nonchalantly asks if he can take Eunjae…and follows Doctor Oh persistently…all caught by Areum.

That night, Moonjung tells Woojin to get himself x-rayed and gives him some medications. Sabu noticed that Woojin was in a lot of pain during the operation and they should check and see if there was a bone fracture. The angry genius head doctor has a heart for the new ducklings…

The ducklings pause next to a coffee vending machine. Eunjae asks Woojin what he thinks of Sabu. Woojin answers that he does not care as long as he’s paid…

Now… we get back to office politics. Dr Park arrived from the main hospital with his whole entourage of junior doctors, senior anathesiologist, and nurses. They came to take care of the general. Sabu asks why the general is being transferred from one doctor to the other. He even laughs when Do Yoonwhan pulls rank. Do Yoonwhan gives Sabu an ultimatum. If Sabu does not transer the patient, he’s fired.

On the side, there is a complication with the general He goes out to call Sabu and runs into Dr. Park. But Woojin stands firmly in front of the patient’s room. He refuses to give up the patient until the responsible doctor gives such a release.

Wow, sorry for the long time between recaps. Life seems to keep getting in the way?

However, I LOVE Sabu 2 and I promise that I will get through this drama because I feel like it’s the type of feel good-encouraging drama that we can all appreciate. Additionally, I love how it’s not just about politics or just about romance. It also sheds light into socio-economic issues, as well as, the grass isn’t always greener.

As much as I was worried about Eunjae’s character, I really liked how they portrayed her struggle in this episode. It brings up a good question. Just because you are smart enough to ace the exams and you are skilled enough to ace the boards, what if you are temperamentally not as suited to a job? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we should all be going for a passion if that passion doesn’t pay. After all, if work was fun, why would they have to pay you? But, this is an interesting question that this drama poses and I know there are many answers to it. I would love to watch how Eunjae comes to her own answer because it is clear that being a good doctor is a source of pride for Eunjae… maybe, not just to save her patients but just to continue excelling.

As for Woojin, I lvoe how it shows that he was beaten down but he still has a core view of what it takes to be a doctor. He’s a mirror to Eunjae because he’s great at being a doctor but his circumstances have made him a pyriah. YET, he is not afraid to push back when he thinks that a doctor is not doing what is in the best interest of a patient. Even when Sabu is his only hope for staying a doctor in good standing, he is willing to confront Sabu for not following best practices. While Eunjae pretends that she cares about what Sabu is like as a person or a doctor and Woojin spouts that he does not care as long as he is paid. Their actions show that it is the opposite, Eunjae does not care as long as she can stay a prestigious doctor. Woojin, however, would be willing to risk his tenuous position if he doesn’t believe in the doctor he works for. His storyline is one that I feel is going to be the cliché – he learns how good Sabu is and reconciles his values driven doctor perspective with his practical side of having to sell his skills for survival to become more of a Sabu junior.

Now, onto the next episode. Let us watch and let us enjoy. 


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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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