Hospital Playlist Season 1, Review and Ending Explained

Hospital Playlist

Rating: 10/10

Plot: The series follows five doctors in their 40s who have been best friends since they entered medical school in 1999. The story revolves around the friend group as they embark on hospital adventures involving medicine, music, and relationships.
(Actors: Jo Jung-suk, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jung Kyung-ho, Kim Dae-myung, Jeon Mi-do)

Thoughts: I knew I would like this one, but just hadn’t gotten around to seeing it before now. Jo Jung-suk is one of my favorite actors and the drama was written by the same writers as the Reply Series, which I also loved. With Season 2 coming out, I told myself I should get down to business and watch this. And what a great drama it was.

There’s Lee Ik-jun (Jo Jung-suk), an associate professor in general surgery and liver transfer specialist. He’s goofy, upbeat, and very confident. He’s a social butterfly and makes friends with doctors in every department when he joins the hospital. He’s also a loving father and his son is adorbs! Don’t tell me you didn’t giggle when the kid winked! He sniffs out Geol-wul’s secret pretty early on and I love how he helps her in little ways.

Next up is my favorite character Chae Song-hwa (Jeon Mi-do), an associate professor in neurosurgery. At first, you think she might be like Christina in Grey’s Anatomy (brilliant but cold), but she is not. She is brilliant and warm. She cares for her friends, her patients, her residents all in the same cheerful manner. Does a person like her exist in real life?

Ahn Jeong-won (Yoo Yeon-seok) is an associate professor in pediatric surgery. He is a great surgeon and truly cares for his patients but also has a calling to become a Catholic priest. The whole series is him pretty much trying to convince everyone to let him to go Europe to become a priest. We as the viewer can understand his dream but also feel sorry for the kids who wouldn’t be able to get treated by him if he stopped becoming a doctor.

Then there’s Kim Jun-wan (Jung Kyung-ho), an associate professor in cardiothoracic surgery. They show him as very brusque and formal with patients and guardians, but later in the series, he’s significantly softer, possibly due to him falling in love with someone. He’s actually shown to be supportive of his residents and patients, rather than someone who is unfeeling and cold. I actually liked his character a lot.

Lastly, there’s Yang Seok-hyung (Kim Dae-myung), an associate professor in obstetrics & gynecology. He’s the socially awkward guy of the group, enjoying being alone and doting only on his mother. He’s got a lot of family drama throughout the series. As a doctor, he’s very caring and dedicated to his patients. The residents think he’s dim-witted due to his aloof personality, but are proved wrong when emergency situations come up.

I’m glad they did a Season 2 because so many things were left hanging and unfinished.

Spoiler Alert

For me, it was pretty obvious that Ik-jun liked Song-hwa. He doted on her a little more than a normal friend would. And I’m surprised he has yet to find out about his sister and Jun-wan. I totally thought they would see them that night at 2 am when they were making out in front of the ER! I love how Jun-wan got so insecure about his relationship. I’m not sure what it meant when he got the package returned – was the address wrong or did she refuse the delivery? He seemed to react as if it were the latter.

Song-hwa is so amazing, of course, everyone would be in love with her, including her resident Ahn Chi-hong. He got a little clingy when he said he would move hospitals with her. It’s not like she even liked him back! I can’t tell if she has feelings for Ik-jun or not. She played it very platonic the whole series.

I really enjoyed Jeong-won & Geol-wul’s storyline. You think he really dislikes her due to her brusque manner with guardians, but then it became apparent that he was being cold to her because he liked her. Her character arc was so nice – she’s a smart, dedicated doctor and truly tried her best to become more personable with patients & guardians as the series went on. I just love that scene when she confesses.

And what’s up with Seok-hyung’s ex-wife calling him in the last scene?! How could they end the series on that scene? Why is she calling him? It’s been so long since they were divorced! So many questions…. looking forward to Season 2.

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