"Emergency Couple" Episode 19

This episode is devoted to Chang-min's hands. It's pretty much exactly as dirty as it sounds too. The humor in "Emergency Couple" can get crude sometimes, but it helps a lot that ithe drama's heart is in the right place, even if Chang-min is not very good at finding Jin-hee's. The same brand of cheesiness as usual, then. But now that I can empathize with the leads the general tone comes off a lot better

I do think Chang-min and Jin-hee have learned a little bit from their ordeals. Note Chang-min's immediate reaction to the patient with a dirty mind. It has the same echos of his abrasive impulsive character as before, but he quickly gets it under control and finds a way to deal with the guy that doesn't necessitate another appearance in front of the ethics board. It may not be nice to tell lies but in this case it sure beats the alternative.

This also lends some credence to Jin-hee's insistence that her desire to start again is coming from somewhere genuine. Chang-min is making more of an effort, not to impress her, but because he really seems to want to improve. Take the entire story hook involving the baby. Chang-min could have refused the request pretty easily. He chooses to help out because that's the nice considerate thing to do. Considering he's working in an ER Chang-min could have pretty easily come up with an excuse to just do something he wanted to do instead.

The only trouble with all this is that this is the first episode I can recall actually seeing any evidence of this character growth. Up until now the trajectory has been jerk, moony-eyed over Jin-hee for no apparent reason, worrying about his dad, and now, finally, progressing somewhat into becoming a competent physician. That's a rather sudden direction take with only two episodes to go. Still, it's effective characterization that I enjoy, so I'm not going to begrudge the drama for shifting gears in the right direction.

As for Cheon-soo...I'm not really sure what to make of him. The guy's the second romantic lead, yet has little apparent interest in actually doing anything about it. This makes Ji-hye's sudden outburst all the stranger. Even in the fantasy sequences Cheon-soo is awfully laid back about his participation in the storyline. I think expecting him to put a whole lot of effort into pushing the narrative forward might be asking a bit too much, even if it's the only real obvious conflict the drama can finish with.

Review by William Schwartz

"Emergency Couple" is directed by Kim Cheol-gyoo, written by Choi Yoon-jung and features Song Ji-hyo, Choi Jin-hyeok, Lee Pil-mo, Choi Yeo-jin and Clara.

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"Emergency Couple" Episode 16

Almost the entirity of this episode is built around the drama of whether or not Chang-min's father is going to survive his stay at the hospital. The ability of this conflict to inspire any kind of real tension is greatly damaged by how long the action goes on- there are multiple false starts that end up inconclusive. Also I'd have a much easier time caring about this person if the drama actually explored his character in much detail. Oh Tae-seok is played by the always excellent Kang Shin-il but that's about all that's going on here.

I suppose as basic dramatic medical tension goes this episode is all right. There's nothing in this episode that's unintentionally comical. We see people frightened at the thought that this man, who is important in all their lives, might soon die without a proper goodbye. That's a scary idea to consider. It's not a terribly original one and there's not really any twist, but at least it's competently executed.

In terms of levity, there's not really much here. There's one funny joke. I could see it coming from a mile away, but hey, some drama cliches never get old. That's about the only praise I can offer "Emergency Couple" at this point. It does everything in a mostly competent manner. While the action may get tiring or eyeroll inducing, lately it's never been so bad as to inspire a great deal of frustration.

But the themes? What are the themes supposed to be here? As far as I can tell, it's thinking about what really matters in a life partner. The crisis with Tae-seok makes a lot of characters think about where they've been resting their hopes and insecurities lately. It's nice for "Emergency Couple" to dealing with emotions aside from romantic love when covering relationships. At the same time, I again have to note that hospitals don't generally let doctors attend to their own family members, for very good reasons.

If "Emergency Couple" were a better drama, I might be able to forgive little dramatic flourishes like that. But the fact of the matter is it simply isn't. The divorce angle is the only aspect of the narrative that's particularly interesting, and while that is directly addressed in this episode, the matter isn't discussed engagingly enough to make the proceedings that exciting- or detract from the general agony of Tae-seok's medical emergency. As usual the drama gets close to good concept, but fails to grab hold due to an uninspiring production.

Review by William Schwartz

"Emergency Couple" is directed by Kim Cheol-gyoo, written by Choi Yoon-jung and features Song Ji-hyo, Choi Jin-hyeok, Lee Pil-mo, Choi Yeo-jin and Clara.

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Emergency Couple Extends by One Episode due to Viewer Requests

Emergency Couple Extends by One Episode due to Viewer Requests

After skipping out on one broadcast to create better content, tvN’s Emergency Couple decided to extend one more episode to fill in that empty broadcast day..

‘Emergency Couple’ Extends by One Episode due to Viewer Requests

On March 21, tvN stated that Emergency Couple end with a total of 21 episodes on April 5.

We decided to extend the drama by one episode due to the support from the viewers. We haven’t decided yet whether or not Song Ji Hyo and Choi Jin Hyuk will meet again or whether or not they’ll have a fresh start together," said director Yoon Hyun Gi. "Regardless of what kind of love it is, we wanted to send out the message of love with Emergency Couple. We hope you’ll continue sending us your interest.”

Emergency Couple is about a man and woman who marry at a young age, only to divorce a year later. Six years later, they meet again as interns in the emergency room of a hospital.

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