D-Day Episode 1

Korean Drama Recaps | September 7, 2015 | 403 viewed

Director: Jang Yong Woo
Genre: television series
Starring: Kim Young-kwang (Lee Hae Sung), Jung So-min (Jung Ddol Mi), Ha Seok-jin (Han Woo Jin)
Release Date: 07th September, 2015
D-Day: Episode 1 [Recap]
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The anticipation for doomsday begins. I don’t expect D-Day to be super revolutionary, but I am intrigued by our characters and how they will converge in face of disaster. We’re given a proper introduction to our characters before the real doomsday hits, and I am pleasantly surprised at how likable and developed most of them are. I can already sense how our medical squad comes together, with their respective personalities, strengths, and flaws. Be warned, you may find yourself equally enamored and frustrated with a particularly stubborn doctor who impulsively saves lives. But I guess it’s not the worst thing to do on impulse, especially with a deadly disaster looming.
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We follow a man in a doctor’s gown racing on a motorcycle, screeching to a stop in front of the court building. He’s the defendant in the case and raises his hand to clarify his position for the bickering lawyers.
The plaintiff was in cardiac arrest when he arrived at the hospital. He performed CPR, the purpose of which is to get the heart beating again no matter what. He continues intensely, “When performing CPR, I keep going even if bones break and pierce the lungs or the heart. Why? Because if you die, that’s the end.”
The gavel knocks with the decision, and he jumps back onto his motorcycle to race back to the hospital. Looking up at the Mirae Hospital building with large poster of a doctor promoting robot surgery, Motorcycle Doctor LEE HYE-SUNG (Kim Young-kwang) breathes a sigh of relief and breaks into a smile.
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In his office, Robot Surgery Doctor, HAN WOO-JIN (Ha Suk-jin) diagnoses a patient with early stomach cancer and suggests that he take a lung CT. The patient expresses skepticism, citing internet sources that told him that a lung CT was not necessary. Robot Doctor takes offense that his expertise is comparable to an internet source and gives the patient the option to gamble his life.
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Even with the next patient, Hye-sung skips the string of tests because he knows there’s a long wait, and the patient is at risk of cardiac arrest. He uses an ultrasound to diagnose the condition and orders a surgery room, but he’s stopped by the Director, who notifies him that all the surgery rooms are full.
Director Lee argues that the patient should be transferred, since they are a specialized hospital. The patient’s death risk is at 90%, but Hye-sung argues that the survival rate is 10%. Hye-sung defiantly blames the Director’s stalling for bumping it down to 9% and voices the Director’s real intention: As long as this time bomb patient doesn’t die here in Mirae Hospital, he doesn’t care what happens. That silences him, and Hye-sung wheels the patient into surgery.
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The hospital meeting sounds more like a finance meeting, and Director Lee emphasizes the budget and income from the various departments. He recognizes KANG JOO-RAN (Kim Hye-eun), the chief of the ER — we’ll call her Chief Kang — for bringing in the largest income.
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The Director first congratulates Hye-sung for making the 9% into 100% survival. Then he follows up with the image damage that Hye-sung has caused them and orders him to transfer to the Han River Mirae Hospital, a facility notorious for exceptionally bad medical service.
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Rumor spreads quickly that Hye-sung has been kicked out, and his nurse friend finds him to suggest other options. But Hye-sung knows of no other hospital who would take him and his mother as a package deal, so he rides off with his mother to their new home.
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At a public hearing for earthquake and disaster preparation, a scientist speaks about the possibility of a major earthquake striking the Korean peninsula. He’s followed by Assemblyman GU JA-HYUK (Cha In-pyo), who highlights the lack of earthquake-resistant buildings, particularly schools and hospitals. He’s interrupted by a phone call in the sparse audience, and he’s clearly dispirited when the man on the phone audibly complains about the boring hearing.
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The fire department receives a call about a suicide attempt, and firefighter Captain CHOI IL-SUB (Kim Sang-ho) seems to be annoyingly familiar with this person, who has repetitively attempted suicide. His team seems irritated that it’s this person again. One member of his team, LEE WOO-SUNG, receives a message from Hye-sung about him and Mom being transferred, which makes him hesitate before reporting for duty.
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She hilariously times the flushes with her excretion and looks through a magazine with Robot Doctor Woo-jin. She exits the stall on the phone, clearly expressing interest in Mirae Hospital, while getting well-deserved looks of bewilderment.
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Bathroom resident doctor delivers the patient to Mirae Hospital and takes a moment to admire the poster of Woo-jin on the building. She answers the phone from her superior as JUNG DDOL-MI (Jung So-min) and complains that she’s obviously going to be late since she drove all the way to Seoul from Busan. After hanging up, she asks the ambulance driver to wait another hour, since they’re late anyway. She’s got someone to meet.
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A nearby runner approaches the scene and assesses the man’s state. She’s Hye-sung’s nurse friend, PARK JI-NA (Yoon Joo-hee). She calls out to Ddol-mi, requesting to use their ambulance.
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