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Dr. Slump: An Atypical Medical Drama & Mental Health Mojo With Swoon-Worthy Romance

Dr. Slump is like a juicy cocktail of heart, humor, and swoon-worthy Hyung-sik, where two genius school enemies-turned-doctors find solace in each other's chaos, making fans eagerly await new episodes like kids waiting for candy! 🌟📺

Dr. Slumo starring Park Shin Hye and Park Hyung Sik
Park Shin Hye and Park Hyung Sik | Image from JTBC

The Park Hyung Sik and Park Shin Hye starrer is taking us for the ultimate drama ride while playing with the strings of our hearts mercilessly. Dr. Slump is currently airing every Saturday and Sunday on JTBC, Tving, and Netflix at 10:30 PM KST.


Warning: Minor spoilers ahead!


Dr. Slump Is Full Of Scalpels, Scrubs, and Surprises


Nam Ha-neul (Park Shin Hye) and Yeo Jeong-woo (Park Hyung Sik) used to be top students and sworn enemies who eventually became brilliant doctors in their respective fields.


Jeong-woo was a brilliant and popular plastic surgeon who also ran a very successful YouTube (or Neotube) channel, garnering over a million subscribers. He was a star of the field and everyone looked up to him.

Dr. Sluno starring Park Shin Hye and Park Hyung Sik
Dr. Slump | Image from JTBC

On the other hand, Nam Ha-neul—despite being a hard-working anesthesiologist—was struggling to become a professor and was being ill-treated by her seniors.


Soon enough, as the plot unfolds, things take a turn for the worst and both doctors are faced with the worst slumps of their lives.

Jeong-woo was performing a surgery on a client from Macau, who mysteriously succumbed to a cardiac arrest. He is sued for medical negligence and faces penalties, which put him in a debt of billions. As a fate would have it, he sold all his assets and moved into a rooftop room, which coincidentally turns out to be Ha-neul's home.

Park Hyung Sik in Dr. Slump
Park Hyung Sik in "Dr. Slump" | Image from JTBC

Meanwhile, Ha-neul’s senior humiliates her for the nth time for not writing good papers. At this point, the young doctor has had enough and stood up against him. TBH, we low-key wanted to throw him out of the balcony but oh well!


She was also diagnosed with depression and was advised by the doctor to take a break. All of these things added up, leading her to burn out and eventually quitting her job.

This does not sit well with Ha-neul’s mom. Honestly, we don’t blame her as mental health for the previous generation is an alien subject, and she did not expect in her worst nightmares that her smart daughter would be so down in the dumps.



We cannot help but give a big shout-out to Haneul's super adorable and cute family. The mom is the epitome of interest while her brother is synonymous to mischievous and her uncle is so simple yet cool. 😍🐬

Jeong-woo overhears their conversation by chance while going down the stairs and realizes that even the smart and hard-working Ha-neul is going through a very tough time.

Isn't it wild how the kid who always aced everything and basked in endless praise could end up adulting so hard? Life's full of surprises, huh? 🤷‍♂️ Who knew the top dog might face a few rough patches along the way?


Hey there, ever wonder what happened to the top dogs from our school days? If you happen to stumble upon this, hope you're rocking it like the superstar we knew you were! 🌟 Just checking in, curious minds and all that jazz!

Park Shin Hye as Dr. Nam Haneul in "Dr. Slump" | Image from JTBC

Anyway, back to the drama review. Ha-neul catches every word and casually asks if Jeong-woo's up for a drink, sensing his mood shift. Surprised by his rival's unexpected support, Jeong-woo's spirits lift, and he fumbles to give Ha-neul a shout-out for her genius too.


Now, you might be wondering, “Oh! This is so predictable. They will end up falling in love, Jeong-woo will be proved innocent and Ha-neul will find another job as a professor and happy ever after awaits”.

Hold up now! If things were so easy, we wouldn’t be fangirling so hard (or we would, who knows?) The point is, the plot is not as easy as it seems.



We refrain from giving away too many spoilers but as someone who struggles with depression, anxiety and PTSD, let me tell you, dating is not a piece of cake. It is more like baking a cake from scratch, which can turn into a disaster if the ingredients went wrong.

While Ha-neul and Jeong-woo want to be each other's support and strength, they don’t want to become each other’s weakness and obstacles which keeps them from being together despite being madly in love.

This breaks our heart and while we were dealing with this grief, Jeong-woo’s senior in high school who also happens to be Ha-neul’s senior in her workplace Min Kyung-min (Oh Dong-min) makes us furious.


Betrayal ensues all courtesy of this super Sus guy. Sigh! If we could, we would have dealt with him ourselves, but we will let the writers do that while we await for the swoon-worthy romance of this playful couple.

Dr. Slump
Watch "Dr. Slump" on Netflix, JTBC, and TVING | Image from JTBC

The Mental Health Mojo Of Dr. Slump

Alright, gather 'round, folks! Let's talk about the mental health aspect of this series. It's like a spotlight on stress, grief, and all those heavy hitters that can knock us sideways.

But hey, here's the kicker: it's totally okay not to be the picture of perfection all the time. We're all on this wacky journey together, right?

Now, let's get real for a sec. Normalizing mental health chats should've been on our radar ages ago, but hey, better late than never! It's time to break down those walls and make talking about mental health as chill as a Sunday morning brunch.


Here's the deal: feeling blue, feeling lost, feeling like you're stuck in a sitcom gone wrong – it's all part of the human experience. So, let's swap stories, lend an ear, and remind each other that it's A-OK to not have it all figured out. After all, feelings make us human, and opening up about 'em? That's just good vibes all around! 🌟 #NormalizeMentalHealthChats


Dr. Slump is way more than your run-of-the-mill feel-good series! This baby's all about wrapping you up in warm fuzzies and showing you there's light at the end of even the darkest tunnels. It's like a big, comforting hug for your soul, reminding you to keep the faith and trust in yourself, no matter what life throws your way. And speaking of throwing, a new episode just dropped, so I'm off to catch it! Later, folks! 🌟📺


If you need more TV show recommendations, then here is the list of 10 must watch K-dramas in 2024.


 

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