Overused setting being: medical drama. ER, House, Scrubs, Grey's, and who knows how many other Asian ones. I'm not a fan of medical drama, except I loved House because Hugh Laurie was awesome. Well, I couldn't suppose Asian dramas to pull off a good medical theme for some weird Filipino mentality that I have but, I think for a rom-com and a premise like Emergency Couple had, the show was awesome and new.
The show started off with young Chang Min and Jin Hee running off to get married. Thus, Chang Min did not finish med school, and ended up as a med sales rep. It's pretty degrading, and he would come home to a housewife Jin Hee who couldn't seem to be capable of anything either. They divorced after a year.
Chang Min finally decided to finish med school abroad and returned to Korea to do his internship. And who would he end up to group with but Jin Hee, who also just finished med school to prove that she had more to her than just being the useless housewife. Enter: secret divorce in the workplace hijinks, and you got yourself one unique medical drama.
To cut this review short, let's just say I'm really thankful this came into the hands of tvN. I love tvN dramas in that, they are more daring with their content. They tend to include more moral and social issues in their shows, as well as keeping characters very real and relatable. For example, in this show alone, they touched on issues like divorce, early marriage, single parenting, and raising a baby without getting married. What I liked about the story most of all was how the supposed incapable Jin Hee turned out to be really good at being a doctor if she only had the courage to see outside of her insecurities from her ex-husband. Let's not forget that tvN is a cable network. Hello HD, hello higher budget. Beautiful cinematography, especially the ER scenes.
And I should mention great acting from Lee Pil-mo as the ER Chief Doctor Gook Cheon-soo. He had a super cool character as the rumored "Devil in the ER", who lived in the hospital, literally. He had a well-written script of being a severe mentor but was apparently aloof when it came to expressing kind feelings, especially love, when he would become the other corner of the triangle (or should I say, square?) in the show.
Wrapping up, Emergency Couple was very refreshing and pretty and entertaining, but I probably wouldn't recommend it to my sisters. This show would not suit the overthinking kind.
Original Air Date: January 24- April 05, 2014