Doctor Cha is a Great Kdrama! – Doctor Cha Ep 1 – 5 Kdrama Recap

After 20 years of being a housewife, Cha Jung Sook is ready to reenter the medical field. However, her husband’s infidelity threatens to upset her new life.

Doctor Cha is a fantastic medical Kdrama and this is coming from somebody who doesn’t even like medical shows.

What is the Doctor Cha Kdrama About?

So basically, Doctor Cha follows med school graduate turned housewife Cha Jung Sook.

After a hepatitis diagnosis leaves her near death, her husband, her husband’s mother, and her husband’s mistress Choi Sung Hee are all delighted at her possible demise. Taking the experience as a prophetic warning, Jung Sook decides to reclaim the 20 years she’s wasted at home by living for herself and entering the medical field once more.

Doctor Cha Episode 1 – 5 Recap & Review

The doctor who performed her liver surgery, Dr. Roy Kim, seems to have taken a liking to Jung Sook. It is also refreshing to see a male lead who has no interest in pushing the female lead beyond her natural boundaries.

After fainting while taking care of a wealthy patient, Jung Sook has doubted her initial suspicions of an affair between her husband Seo In Ho, and his former girlfriend and current mistress, Sung Hee. It doesn’t help that Sung Hee also threw a tantrum after confronting In Ho about buying a similar bracelet for his wife after Jung Sook found the receipt in his coat pocket.

While I can understand the two’s history and how Sung Hee feels ‘entitled’ to In Ho because she “had him first” before Jung Sook met him and got pregnant, Sung Hee really needs to stop. It’s bad enough that she tried bullying Jung Sook on the job and (invertedly) caused the prisoner patient to escape based on her outlandish fetch-quest distractions, but Sung Hee even had a child with the married man, In Ho.

Infidelity is the Core of the Doctor Cha Kdrama Plotline

Seo In Ho's wife and mistress stand together in an elevator at their collective workplace
Seo In Ho’s wife and mistress stand together in an elevator at their collective workplace

Now, said child is buddies with In Ho’s legitimate daughter, coming over to their home while staring up at the family portrait and making snide remarks to Jung Sook about infidelity. Choi Eun Seo seems very angry that her mother Sung Hee is nothing but In Ho’s mistress, and somewhat jealous of her half-sister Yi Rang’s ‘charmed life’.

Eun Seo stares up at her half sister Yi Rang's family portrait seemingly jealous of her 'perfect life'
Eun Seo stares up at her half-sister Yi Rang’s family portrait seemingly jealous of her ‘perfect life’

At first, I was worried about Yi Rang causing problems due to her adjustment of her mother’s new working life, but now I think her (half-sister and) friend Eun Seo is going to be the catalyst to further fracture the family’s relationship and dynamic. Then we have the episode 6 teaser where Dr. Roy may have saw In Ho and Sung Hee together, and tries to tell Jung Sook about the infidelity.

Since Jung Sook is a good wife putting up with a bad husband and shaky marriage, I don’t know if she will readily accept this information. If her son Jeong Min can verify and back it up, Jung Sook may then have the courage to act on the allegations.

Especially if it comes out that Eun Seo is her husband’s daughter with a mistress she didn’t even know he had – I finally think Jung Sook will have the strength to divorce In Ho.

Seo family photos taken in what looks to be happier times
Seo family photos taken in what looks to be happier times

But, what do you think about the storyline of Dr. Cha so far?

Do you think Jung Sook will actually divorce In Ho and leave him for Dr. Roy?

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I write in my personal time and I haven't published much at all. I don't know if that qualifies me as a writer or not, but I'd like to change that. I have a deep passion for travel, cinema and (mainly) East Asian things, but I plan on writing various things to keep it spicy. Let's prosper together ~ よろしくおねがいします。

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