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Dating Agency Cyrano: Episode 16 (Final)

Oh phew, this series ends on a high note. I was worried when yesterday’s episode took a precipitous dip into crazy dramatic territory, but the resolution is full of sweet and cute, which is really what Dating Agency Cyrano is all about. It’s a big relief to see the show getting back to the rom-com, and doing it in a thematically resonant way as it ties up the Cyrano connection.

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FINAL EPISODE RECAP

Min-young wakes up in the theater, still tied up, still gagged—only now there’s a flashing countdown clock hanging around her neck. Must be Mr. Crazy’s bomb. She’s been stuffed behind a grate into what looks like a crawlspace in the main theater wall.

Seung-pyo arrives first and runs in, but sees nobody. He calls Byung-hoon, who’s en route and directs him to look on the roof, while Min-young watches him run off helplessly, trying to make some kind of noise.

Seung-pyo finds the roof empty too, and while his back is turned Mr. Crazy rushes him with a baseball bat. Byung-hoon can hear the sounds of the scuffle over the phone and drives faster, though thankfully Seung-pyo can hold his own. Thank you, gangster past.

Mr. Crazy laughs in his face and calls him stupid for going to such lengths for a woman in love with someone else, but Seung-pyo just wants to know where Min-young is. The fight heads indoors and Mr. Crazy tosses out a few lies about where he’s hiding Min-young. Thankfully Seung-pyo is on his guard after that cabinet blew up in his buddy’s face, and he pushes the perp along ahead of him.

Min-young manages to make a thump with her foot, and that’s enough to get Seung-pyo’s attention. He sees her shoved behind the grate… and turns his back on the perp—and his knife. Ack! Don’t ever turn your back on Crazy!

Byung-hoon arrives at the theater, staggering from the ordeal of forcing himself to drive, and Moo-jin joins him. Not soon enough, though, because Seung-pyo gets a knife to the side. Eeeeek. I didn’t think they were actually gonna stick him!

Seung-pyo fights back and knocks Crazy aside, then collapses clutching his abdomen. When Byung-hoon and Moo-jin rush in, he gasps out where Min-young is hidden, and they find the opening to the crawlspace.

They’re so fixated on pulling her out that they don’t see Hawaiian Shirt reaching into his pocket to pull out his bomb remote—what did I say about turning your back on Crazy?. Seung-pyo does and tries to make a grab, but he’s weak and bleeding. Crazy gets Byung-hoon’s attention, announces the “beginning,” and presses the button. Beep. The timer starts counting down—ten minutes till boom.

Byung-hoon orders him to disarm it, but Crazy laughs that he doesn’t know how—he just learned how to make it. Moo-jin gets busy examining the bomb and says he may be able to stop it… but since he’s not sure, they’d all better get out.

Those words heighten Min-young’s panic, and Byung-hoon sits by her side and says reassuringly that it’ll be okay. Poor Seung-pyo, bleeding on the floor watching, while his heart gets trampled for good measure.

Moo-jin manages to disable the bomb with a few minutes to spare, and Min-young rushes to check on Seung-pyo. He tells her he’s fine, obviously not fine, and adds that he’s glad that she’s safe.

Soon the police arrive and Seung-pyo is loaded into the ambulance. Now it’s Byung-hoon’s turn to look sad when she goes in the car as Seung-pyo’s guarantor.

Mr. Crazy is escorted out in handcuffs, and tells Byung-hoon that it’s not over because guys like him will have to pay for messing with people’s lives. Byung-hoon just agrees with him, though, saying that it’s a tough job moving people’s hearts, especially when he can’t even move his own. What really moves the target’s heart is the client’s sincerity. Ha, Min-young wins this round, even if she’s not around to witness it.

Everyone convenes at the hospital while Seung-pyo undergoes surgery, and his two goons rush in crying about hyungnim’s plight. At least Junior Goon is, but Senior Goon chides that there’s no shame in a man begging on his knees or getting stabbed to save his woman.

The surgery is successful, and now they can relax. When Byung-hoon returns to the theater after his trip to the police station, he finds Min-young asleep at the table, having waited up. He thinks of Yi-seol’s prodding—that Min-young was the reason he was spurred into action—but also of her emotional reaction to Seung-pyo’s injury.

In the morning, she wonders where he is and hears that he’s already out and about. Arang tells her how worried Byung-hoon was when she went missing, and encourages her to not give up on her feelings.

Seung-pyo’s faithful goons are at his bedside, and inform him that the gangster boss dropped by—he’s not going to hold him to the earlier promise.

They adorably clear out in a flash when Min-young drops by. She’s grateful and thankful, naturally, but he jokingly warns her against saying that any more than she already has. Aw, and then his face falls a bit when she asks if Byung-hoon has been by, disappointed.

Byung-hoon is currently visiting Do-il’s grave, where the headstone is marked with a Cyrano de Bergerac quote. He says Do-il has a cool kid brother, then adds, “I think I’m going to end up repeating the same thing.” Aw. Let me guess—you’re going to stand aside and let the other guy get the girl?

Byung-hoon drops by the hospital later that night, and now that the big drama is over I find it pretty cute how they’re back to their gruff ways—they still don’t like each other, but it’s rather unsporting to continue the antagonism in light of things, isn’t it? So Byung-hoon manages to say an apology, with a straight face and everything, but he does it quickly and with his face averted. Seung-pyo can’t quite believe it and asks him to repeat himself, so Byung-hoon restates his apology—quickly and with his face averted. Haha.

Seung-pyo comments that it’s just about worth being stabbed, just to hear him saying he’s sorry. Heh. And now Byung-hoon declares it time to head into the final stage of their mission. Seung-pyo points out that he’s already been rejected, but he isn’t going to argue against it, though he does ask why—is it because he feels sorry?

Byung-hoon answers, “No. It’s because I don’t think she’ll be able to find a better man than you.”

Min-young catches Byung-hoon outside the theater on his way in, and thanks him for his help. She tries to broach the topic of their relationship (or, at least, their feelings), but he’s back to his curt mode, diverting her thanks to Seung-pyo instead of himself.

She tells him she heard his conversation with Yi-seol during her kidnapping, when Yi-seol had urged him to come clean with his feelings. He tells her soberly, “I can’t be a good person for you.”

On to the final step. Byung-hoon sets the stage with beautiful scenery and watches grumpily from his van while Seung-pyo and Min-young take a walk. Arang and Moo-jin wonder if he’s really going to go through with this, then both refuse to participate. Aw.

Seung-pyo begins his confession speech by recalling the day they met, and how he’d watched her hovering outside the agency and laughed. “That was the when you first came into my heart,” Seung-pyo recites. It’s Byung-hoon feeding him the lines from his own heart:

Byung-hoon/Seung-pyo: “Before I met you, I thought loving someone was something I didn’t need in my life, because I was living as though tied up in my past. But thankfully, you found me first. I didn’t let on, but seeing you every day made me happy. After you arrived, every day was enjoyable. That feeling—that somebody I might’ve lived never knowing was becoming more precious than myself…”

By this point we get intercutting scenes of both men and their encounters with Min-young, since the speech really does suit Seung-pyo’s trajectory, even if he isn’t the one crafting it. And Byung-hoon finishes up by saying, “If not for you [Rockhead], I might never have felt that.”

Seung-pyo pauses before taking that last line… and it’s with a bitter smile that he repeats it word for word. Aw! He purposely keeps Byung-hoon’s nickname for Min-young intact—he’s throwing the match.

She realizes what’s happening and starts looking around for the camera, finding it in the lamppost. “Coward,” she calls him, for ignoring what she said and doing this anyway.

He says into his mic, “Because I want you to be happy.”

Seung-pyo chimes in, “Coward is right. If you really want the person to be happy, shouldn’t you do as they want? And not as someone else plans?” The words may as well be directed toward himself as much as to Byung-hoon.

He gets up and says to the camera that maybe Byung-hoon needs to lose her in order to come to his senses… and then the camera screen blacks out and Min-young screams. Byung-hoon panics and runs out of the van to charge in…

…while the two conspirators smile at each other, totally having planned this. Oh cute, they out-Cyranoed Cyrano.

Byung-hoon finds them standing there perfectly fine, and Seung-pyo says that he was all set to go along with the plan if Min-young seemed at all partial to him. But nope, he’ll have to give up. He tells Byung-hoon to be honest with her directly, and not hide behind his mission.

What endears me to Seung-pyo in this moment is that he’s totally playing the hero role, but not accepting the hero praise/sympathy that comes with the move. He just warns Byung-hoon that he’d better not assume Min-young will stay with him forever, and that he might lose her if he gets complacent. And if he really wishes for her happiness, he ought to consider what she wants. Then he makes his cool not-a-hero exit.

Byung-hoon tells her that she’ll regret letting a man like Seung-pyo go. She replies cheekily, “If you let a woman like me go, you’ll regret it too.” Touché.

Even now, he can’t do the cheesy romantic thing and concedes, “If being with me makes you so happy, then do that.” Lol. She has to scoff in his face, “That’s it?”

She pesters him for something, some kind of romantic declaration that she can remember forever. Arang and Moo-jin put in a bicycle drive-by to shove them together, and he concedes, telling her to listen up good since it’s just this once. So Byung-hoon leans in to whisper into her ear, and whatever he says makes her glow and throw her arms around him.

Aww, and then the goons chime in with their two cents, by skulking close with their huge cloud of balloons, which they release behind the hugging couple. The goons sigh that it’s too bad Min-young didn’t respond to Seung-pyo’s grand confession, but Junior Goon says that Seung-pyo at least looked super cool today. Senior Goon corrects: “Hyungnim is always cool, always!”

Arang wonders what would’ve happened if Seung-pyo hadn’t taken action, but Moo-jin supposes it would have still worked out for the couple, “Because her sincerity would have moved his heart.”

Back at the theater, Byung-hoon collects the agency files to put away, now that he’s shutting down their services. Min-young prods him to keep it going, arguing that they do good work. He rejects that flat, saying that he’s going to focus on new stage productions exclusively from now on. She can be his assistant, he says, and then bans her from his office for the next month while he works.

Pouting, Min-young heads out with the files to be trashed and pauses to read the bulletin board with all their mission plans on it. She gets a little teary-eyed to think it’s over now.

Seung-pyo moves on with his new career and gives cooking lessons, and from the way his class is packed with admiring young ladies, I’m gonna guess they’re not very much interested in the cooking part.

Moo-jin has been trying to call Hye-ri to no avail, and she’s moved out of her apartment as well. He finds her working at a new restaurant, saying that while he likes cute girls, he’s not too fond of the ones who run away. But he’s willing to overlook that, and assures her that he doesn’t hate her. He makes her promise not to disappear again, and hands her theater tickets… and her pink bike helmet. Cute.

The show is, appropriately, Cyrano de Bergerac. Both Seung-pyo and Yi-seol arrive on opening day, as do Moo-jin and Hye-ri. The two goons have roles in the play, which is sweet given how much they enjoyed acting during the missions. So does Arang, who attracts the notice of his co-star, who confirms that he’s single.

Byung-hoon watches as the play gets underway, and from the audience reaction it’s a hit. He wonders where Min-young went…

…just as a woman enters the theater from the back entrance and asks, “Is this the Cyrano Agency that makes love come true like magic?” HA! Min-young’s totally gone rogue, and even tweaked the Cyrano catchphrase (which used to be “so secret that no mouse or bird will hear it”).

Min-young welcomes the prospective client, just as Byung-hoon interrupts to remind her that they’d closed shop. She chides him not to turn away a client who’s already here, and when he starts grumbling his protests, she shuts him up with a kiss.

Min-young’s ending narration echoes the voiceover that started the series, with her statement that all people have in common the dream for romance. As we see clips from all the cases they’ve worked on, she allows that while the dream sometimes ends sweetly for the pair who come together to create their own universe, sometimes it ends in pain and hardship.

She concludes, “But giving up is prohibited! Because when you gather those moments together, in the end they’ll bring you to your true mate. And at Cyrano Agency, I made my universe, my romance.”

And when she ends the kiss, Byung-hoon grabs her close for another.

 
COMMENTS

Yesterday’s detour into kidnapping and bomb threats was a decided low point, yes, but thankfully it was a one-episode stop to Crazytown before we got back on track for the much improved finale. As I said, yesterday’s developments felt in keeping with the plot progression, so it was really the sudden tone shift that was jarring. Too much whiplash, going from upbeat romance to crime thriller in one forty-five-minute chunk.

What the finale does that Episode 15 faltered at is wrap up the thematic elements and resolve our character arcs in a neat and satisfying way without sacrificing tone. I really did enjoy how the romance played out, and while it wasn’t hugely surprising, I like that there was a bit of a twist on the twist—that Byung-hoon would repeat his prior decision and then get outmaneuvered by everyone. Ha!

Let’s take that in pieces. First, Byung-hoon’s decision to ultimately withdraw. Aside from being nobly stupid (a familiar hero’s affliction), it does fit with his character and sets him up for tragic fool-dom. The first time he stepped aside, you could see why he chose that path and lived with it, and even though he later regretted it, he didn’t know in the moment how he would come to feel later. Plus, I don’t think he would have chosen differently even in retrospect. The second time, he knows exactly what he’s setting himself up for since he’s lived it once already, which makes the decision both stupider and sweeter—it’s a conscious sacrifice, albeit misguided. Because it’s always annoying when people decide things for other people “for their own good.”

But thank goodness everybody else has better plans, and they conspire against the mastermind. The mission-within-a-mission wasn’t a mind-blowing twist of Keyser Soze proportions, but it was a nice tweak to an expected conclusion. In fact, it single-handedly makes the kidnapping plot less terrible (mind you, it’s still terrible) because the ending beat is no longer “Boy almost loses girl, realizes he loves girl, keeps girl.” That’s fine and all, but rather simplistic. Instead we develop an added character layer when you have “Boy almost loses girl, realizes he loves girl, decides he loves her so much he’ll send her away, then is outsmarted by girl and friend and foe because boy really needs a severe kick in the pants. Kiss and fin.” I like version 2 much better.

Overall, Dating Agency Cyrano was a really refreshing summer romance that always breezed by in a flash and was super easy to watch. It felt perfect for the moment and was just the thing to mitigate the stress of a packed season, drama- and life-wise. The tvN rom-coms have been pretty solid across the board, but I admit to being wary of the endings; when Cyrano hit its last-stretch lag I had flashbacks to Flower Boy Next Door’s finale slow-down. So I absolutely don’t take for granted that I got a fizzy, gratifying end to a series that made me smile for the couple and wish good things for all its characters,from the lonelyhearts second lead down to the doofy loan sharks who just want to act. Except Mr. Crazy, that is. He can get dumped away into the Never Happened Nope file. At least for this drama, it’s a pretty slim file.

Granted, not all the romances ended well, and we didn’t ever see a resolution to Chef Mi-jin’s blow-up after discovering the agency’s role in her romance. It’s likely that doesn’t end with a kiss and a smile, but I’m okay with that, and perhaps that beat was a necessary one to allow us to have the agency up and running again—they’ll have a fresh reminder to keep in mind that while they do engineer scenarios, sincerity is always the goal. Nobody’s interested in manufacturing love out of thin air, not that it’s even possible. And even when you succeed in conveying those feelings, it’s up to the couple to keep the romance alive, day by day.

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thanks for doing/finishing the recaps, javabeans!

I definitely enjoyed the last half of episode 16. I was kind of pissed off at the first half, though, so, I wasn't able to fully enjoy the last half. Maybe I'll re-watch the episode starting from the hospital scene.

I hated the "thriller" parts with chase and the bomb which was so easily solved.

But I REALLY hated how a gangster, who's supposed to know better, let's go of the person who IS NOT HINDERED AT ALL just because he sees the girl he likes tied up.

Or noticing that someone is stabbed, but not doing anything about it besides comforting a girl (nor calling 911).

Just the outride stupidity in those scenes made me not want to watch the rest. I'm glad I DID watch the rest, but it was so aggravating to watch the first part of the episode....

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I have a question, though.

When Master was saying the words fed to him, did he actually change any of them from what Byung Hoon was saying?

In the dramafever English translations, it made it seem like he was modifying them a little bit in parts, and then when Byung Hoon gets so into the emotion and says Gong Stone, and then Master pauses and repeats THAT SPEECH word-for-word, it made it obvious that Master knew exactly what he was doing in repeating that word-for-word.

Or is that just a mis-translation on dramafever's part?

Thanks!

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LAWL ...I understand korean but I like to also sometimes re-watch it with subtitles so I can get a better understanding / gives me an excuse to rewatch the ep...)

but dramafever also missed some lines here and there when I was watching it also.

I don't think Master changed the speech. I think he only deviated from what ByungHoon was saying to him when he heard ByungHoon say Gong-Stone. (aka her nickname).

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Wait, so Master changed the last part of the speech where Byung Hoon says Gong-Stone?

I thought that the point was he repeated that part word-for-word?

Now, I'm confused....

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I was confused with that too... did he add gong stone at the end?
Also the Master guy was awesome. My favorite 2nd lead ever. He was not perfect... like most other 2nd leads and he had dimension instead of just serving the 2nd lead purpose.
I liked this drama feel :)

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no no no what I meant was.... when I said deviated I meant that byunghoon slipped when he said Gong-Stone and Master deviated from the original plan of him being hooked up with MinYoung to have ByungHoon confess to Minyoung.

sorry for the confusion.

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Gong Stone is the nickname of Min Young only used by Byung Hoon. He made Master recite lines for the confession but lines after lines, he thought about his own feelings and so Master's confession was more like Byung Hoon's confession to his love for Min Young.
When he said "Gong Stone" at the last line, he was caught up by his own feelings and didn't realize it but Master did and decided to repeat Gong Stone because he know that Min Young will understand indirectly that Byung Hoon was giving instructions to Master. In a way, Master made Byung Hoon's confession. Master even said that he wasn't Byung Hoon's avatar lol.

I don't know if I said things clearly xD.

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Don't worry, you seem to understand the scene despite the confusing subs - you were spot on. :)

One thing I haven't noticed anyone mentioning much, is that when Master is repeating the lines fed to him by Byung-hoon, it's actually *twisting* the play Cyrano's agency is based on (Cyrano de Bergerac). In the original play, it pretty much follows what actually happened between Byung-hoon, Do-il, and Yi-seol (Cyrano helped his friend woo the woman he loved, but after realizing he loves her himself, he finally decides to confess; however, his friend dies suddenly, and he loses the chance to tell her.) It's not actually a romance with a happy ending like many movie adaptations have you believe; if anything it's a tragedy disguised as a comedy.

But true to form, Byung-hoon intends to be Cyrano right to the end and decides to give up his love a second time. Master, however, is not having any of that. Rather than continue on with the charade, he graciously steps aside after hearing Byung-hoon's unintentional confession (calling her Gong Stone shows he was speaking from his heart, not simply feeding lines to Seung-pyo). I'm not entirely sure if that was his intention all along, but either way, Master realizes he's lost and purposely repeats "Gong Stone" so she'll know who the real wooer is (Cyrano). Thus, Cyrano's tragic fate is changed, the theater is finally reopened, and everyone is ridiculously happy.

Now aren't you glad they didn't stick to the original play? ;)

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Ok, thanks. Glad I wasn't just dreaming this stuff up.

Thanks again for the confirmation!

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I understand, of course, that it's different for everyone but I don't consider Seung-pyo's actions to be outright stupidity, mainly because I would ALSO have paid more attention to confirming the person I love is safe and a-okay rather than be hyper-vigilant of all other possible dangers that could happen to us.

It's an emotionally-driven response and completely irrational, but it's not stupid. It's a logical reaction to have given the situation after all and entirely human.

And unless Seung-pyo's gangster background made him completely clinical, it really has no bearing on how he would have reacted in that situation. SP's a pretty emotional guy from what we've been shown and that was a completely emotional response. It's pretty much in-character of him to do so.

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Eh, we'll just have to agree to disagree.

Even taking into account emotional caring about the well-being of someone else, from a fight-or-flight standpoint, there's nothing that would make me think anyone would go from fighting someone who was a threat to suddenly "Hey, I'm going to ignore you completely, and present my back to someone who I was just fighting with" just because I hear someone who I love say something and I thought she was in danger previously.

And for a gangster, or any fighter really, you HAVE to detach from emotions to survive. It's very, very dangerous to be doing things emotionally as it'll often cloud your judgment at key important moments. And with a gangster, doubly so, since you'll often be doing things which you might have emotional issues with (threatening nice people, hurting other nice people, etc.).

Basically, it's really, really, really unrealistic to believe someone could be that bad at surviving and yet supposedly be a bad ass, too. Heck, it's really hard for me to believe that of a normal person, also. Hence, "stupidity." But really, it's just very, very poor plotting, IMO.

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I liked the drama...it was light and breezy and the cameos were awesome!

I have to agree that some parts were odd. The most odd to me was the one you mentioned, "Or noticing that someone is stabbed, but not doing anything about it besides comforting a girl (nor calling 911)." Every time the camera cut back to him laying there I was screaming at the TV, "HELP HIM!"

But, overall I had a smile on my face from start to end...an end I can live with. **cough** Gu Family Book *cough**

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I was the exact same way. Sure, saving Min-young was important, but there were TWO people there (one of which was doing nothing but staying close to comfort her). Instead of watching someone slowly bleed to death in front of them, you'd think Byung-hoon could've picked up a phone to call 911 or the bomb squad or something, lol.

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What a satisfying ending to such a satisfying drama! :D
I'm glad I watched this - it's been a lot of fun~ Thanks for recapping the whole series, javabeans and gummimochi too! I love the recaps. ^_^

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Thanks for recapping this series! I really enjoyed it, and it was a nice breezy watch with lots of cute in it.

The detour to terror town was a little annoying, but I went with it, because it did have some nice character points in it. I hadn't connected Byung Hoon's not driving at all with trauma from his best friend dying in a car accident, and him overcoming that I thought was nice.

The whole Seung Pyo lying on the floor bleeding without anyone administering emergency care was silly, and I think that they could have had Arang there somehow for that role, or at least BH checking on him. I get that Moo Jin was a little bit busy trying to immediately disarm a bomb, and that BH was trying to keep MY calm, but he totally could have spared a moment for SP, even if it was shown by SP leaning up against a wall or something when the bomb was diffused.

Anyway, really enjoyed the last half of this episode, and the series overall!

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YAY! thank you for the recap.

and thank goodness it ended well. I was sincerely scared after ep. 15 that they would drop the ball but it ended up alright. although the kidnapping arc was tiring overall this drama was really a refreshing drama!
loved that everyone outsmarted Byunghoon. teehee

thank you for your hard work in recaping the series!

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CDA reminded me of how I felt watching Full House 2(second male lead noble idiocy, a choose your own tragedy variation, male lead who would not affirm his own feelings toward female lead, and satisfactory but not over the top ending). Yep, it was a fun summer rom com of the lighthearted sort. Moo jin all the way - yo, mysterious man of the highest good manners and sincere but understated (and hot) passion!

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Well, Javabeans, you've summed up pretty much how I felt after the finale. The show was light, breezy, and (thankfully) short. It was the first show in the Flower Boy series that I've watched and it was fun. I wish it had more depth than just skimming the surface of things but it's alright. About the kidnapping....I don't know if I missed it, but the show never dug into the Hawaiian Shirt guy's past, right? I mean, what exactly did the Agency guys do that made him such a psycho? The love of his life or girlfriend was taken away by another/client? How did Hye Ri know him before? Was it like a sudden meeting and they discovered that both of them felt hurt by the Agency? Also, what about Master's sour feelings towards Byung-hoon? Didn't Master hold him responsible for his brother's death? That stuff didn't even get cleared up between them since Byung-hoon implied that it wasn't his fault. I feel a bit cheated by these loose ends since the show made such a big deal of them before.

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Yeah, a lot of unanswered questions there, but I guess Master had a change of heart about Byung-hoon due to two things: 1) He saw the letter showing that Byung-hoon had helped his brother initially win Yi-seol's heart, and 2) Byung-hoon was willing to give up Min-young, even though it was clear how much he cared about her, because he thought Master would be a better man for her. So in the end, Master ends up with a big case of noble idiocy (if you consider it idiocy to hand over the girl you got stabbed for to the man she really loves).

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Eh, it wasn't my favorite ending. The first half of this series was soooo strong it set my hopes too high.

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I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels that the ending was not as good as the start...

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I really loved how the ending reverses the traditional kdrama cliche of "girl getting surprised by kiss and doesnt know what to do".. and instead have Minyoung pulling in for a kiss and have Seobyung frozen in shock haha.

Cyrano, overall, was a top notch drama. That dramatic detour in episode 15 was kinda out there but I felt that it was needed to convey the reality of their profession and their clients' romances. Its not always idealistic, ending in a happily ever after. As much as the agency is able to bring people together, life does go on, and circumstances kicks reality back in.

What I love the most is how the female protagonist was written. She also reverses the traditional kdrama cliche of a normal female lead. Her character is solid and honest, which is good to see. Sooyoung did really well. By far, one if the most talented idol-actresses. She's a natural talent. Props to her.

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Sooyoung was wonderful. I have to admit I felt a little teary when Master said "Gong Stone" haha.

DA:C was a cute show but it was rather boring to watch at times, sorry! Also, I was screaming at my screen for someone to call emergency services for Master; damn it writers.

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I don’t think this drama was without flaws, but I could overlook them while watching. In fact, I hated the whole kidnapping thingy and the Hawaiian shirt cray cray dude... And even that wasn't a detour to Improvisation Town 'Cause We're Out of Ideas because there were clues all along the drama. So since the beginning, it was part of the plan. I guess I can live with that and the good thing is that they made it up to me with The Cute. Overall it was a nice, breezy watch.

Dating Agency: Cyrano made me laugh, made my heart warm up in some of the cases, and made me swoon and squeal in others. I wish it had hooked me more in emotional terms, but I guess that this is the equivalent of a summer beach read so it's a no thinking/no attachments kind of drama.

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I freakin' giggled like a little girl when they kissed.
I was so worried the entire episode, I thought that because of the age difference between the two actors, they wouldn't let a kiss but guess what, I was wrong, hahahahaha :D
Seriously, it was amazingly hot. It didn't come as a surprise that Min Young was the one to kiss him because heck, it is Min Young. But it felt so refreshing in dramaland where it seems like every heroine has some kind of disease when it comes to kisses (O.O).
I wish they didn't cut the second kiss though. It was deeper and way hotter ... Oh well, I would imagine it ^^

I ain't kidding when I say that Dating Agency Cyrano is the only drama of 2013 where I didn't skip any parts.
After being a fan of dramas for so long, I guess I became very picky and got bored easily. But I don't lose faith lol.
Anyway, it was a really great "feel-good" drama. It doesn't have that addictive feeling that some dramas give you and so, it may be one of the reasons why the drama isn't that popular but I'm just happy it didn't feel in the stereotype/expected.

I really love Min Young because she isn't your naive/innocent heroine. She had boyfriends before and so, I feel like her loving Byung Hoon is more realistic than most dramaland's lovestories because she had experience and she could tell and be honest with her feelings. A trait where I wish writers would put in their female characters more often.

I didn't like Master because I thought he was just creepy at first but gosh', I've to admire him when he helped Byung Hoon and Min Young's couple. I clapped like a crazy. He was cool until the very end :D

In the late episodes, I really wanted to slap Byung Hoon because of his stupid noble-idiocy thing. Like seriously, making the same mistakes twice is just ... IDIOT ! Luckily, there is Min Young to wake him up. I really love how he whispered his confession to her ear. It is just soo them <3
I agree with Sooyoung though. No other actor could have played Byung Hoon better than him. I was a little bit taken aback by the age difference when they presented the casts but seeing how both of them worked the chemistry so well, I'm feeling so happy and proud :D

If I was to name one of the drama's flaws, it would be the lack of developpement of Ah Rang and Moo Jin's characters. Luckily, we did get some insights of their lives but for me, I really wanted to know how they met Byung Hoon and what made them decide to join his dating agency. In this aspect, I felt that the drama was too short. A lot of things still needed to be answered.

I like the fact they didn't show us the continuation of the couples. The Agency was never about meeting your soulmate and staying with him/her until the very end but help you to begin your romance. After, it is up to you to make it last.
Though, I wanted to know if Chef Dokko forgave her lover for the manipulation. I think she really reflected and saw his sincerity but at the same time, giving her character lol.

Anyway, I'm writting too much as usual but I just want to finish by saying that overall, the drama was great and I'm feeling so proud as a Sooyoungster that she chose that project and that she got acknowledged for her acting skills by critics and viewers alike. The only pity will be the low ratings but quality is more important in the long term, right ?
Thank you so much for your recap and for the comments. I found out about your site a few months ago and I'm very glad to be part of that community because it is full of different persons with different opinions. Really refreshing.
Thanks for your hard work ^^

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I also liked it and didn't have to skip parts (my problem is not that I find kdrama boring, I just don't have patience any more, in general), but where did you find the ratings? I'm really curious, but since it's a private channel...

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Before, even if there were some overdramatic or "makjangs" elements, I tolerated it. Like in some kind of mindset that this is why a drama is called a drama.
But after watching so many dramas, I just don't have the patience anymore especially when they are the kind of plot-lines which make you roll your eyes by their stupidity :)

I find the ratings for the drama and others in enewsworld. This is an accurate source but somehow, I find it a little bit weird that the drama got low ratings whereas it was talked a lot on TV and featured many articles. Oh well, I'm just thankful for tvN to produce such great drama and they didn't change the story because of ratings like some ...

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This is one drama I could just never get interested in. Not that it is really bad, or aggravating, like YTBLSS, I just found the first couple of episodes kind of been-there-done-that "bleh" and never went back. I tried to watch the finale just to see how it ended up, but it just got too much over the top for me, so never got past 20 minutes or so.

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Stupid kidnap and rescue scene...

Love the sweet and cute scene.

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I liked the ending. Ep.15 was disappointing but on the whole, the series delivered with lots of cute and fluff and wonderful cameos plus the ending was satisfying unlike other 2013 dramas. Why are there fewer dramas that end with viewers smiling.

I love Soo-young and Junsu's dad Lee Jong-hyuk. Chun-hee finally grew on me during the last episode.

Hope the next tvN Oh Boy series will be as good as this. That's 3 out 4 in my book.

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wow soromantic :) iloveu & thanks share ^0^

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Aw. Cute ending. I like this series - Crazy Man took it off the rails for a bit but it was still easy and fun to watch. I wish they could have tied up the loose ends in the form of the clients who found out they had been engineered into relationships, but aside from that I'm happy. Thanks!

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The last couple of episodes were disappointing, and although episode 16 was better, it wasn't that good. I'm sad because I expected more, given its strong start. To the meh pile it goes.

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Despite the weird kidnapping plot – which I will definitely skip if I ever rewatch this drama – this finale was really solid. I agree that the sudden change in trajectory felt jarring and reminded me way too much of FBND, but I'm glad that Cyrano managed to keep it to a minimum and dodged making me feel like that last-stretch fatigue brought the show too far down.

This wasn't a show that needed to be taken too seriously, and it never asked for that. But I am really glad they addressed the whole "fabricated love" thing, because that threw me off from reading the premise. Because in the end, it's sincerity that will make romance work.

I liked the whole epilogue bit – it wrapped up our characters nicely, but it didn't feel as wrapped-up-with-a-bow as it could have. In a way, these characters are still alive, still getting into hijinks and still relying on each other. The makeshift family trope is one of my favorites, and I'm just glad to see all the characters come out of this drama feeling a little less burdened, a little more whole than they were at the beginning. I enjoyed this show as a breezy summer rom-com, and that was enough.

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I think this was one of the rare instances where I liked the drama a little bit more overall than the original movie!

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16 left a few unresolved threads which made it a bit less satisfying overall, as an ending, however, I'm glad they put in the cute.

The good:
- The cute, and the romance scenes. I also like the set ups, especially towards the beginning.

The unresolved:
- They are effectively making out in front of a client. I feel bad for the client. =P Anyone realize this?
- It's not quite clear why BH doesn't think he's worthy for love. I think it's more that than noble idiocy. I mean he says, he thinks the SP will be better, but not quite enough of why.
- I kinda want to know what he said to her too.

The bad:
- Kidnapping
- A girl without a use within the agency (besides being a girl)/lack of feminism??

Really, BH, you want your girlfriend to give up everything for you and change her profession just because you want to give up the agency? I red flagged that. I wasn't sure if he was kidding either. She didn't exactly learn enough to run it on her own. I thought she would take it over.

If she made decisions without the need for men to make them first, that would also be good. It felt as if the writers were fighting the character all the way through.

So last episode cute, kinda made the landing from the jump off the uneven bars, but I think there is a little bit of a hop, even though it sticks. Plus it's clear the main female character got coached all along the way without really deciding things for herself. (And compensating for that by plain stating it, but even towards the end the writers didn't even believe it. Haha.)

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ETA: Movie over drama since the woman in the movie had more self decision, had talent, wasn't coached half so much, had some really good one liners, and decided to do her own set up initiated by herself rather than everyone else.

If you stick on I'll Teach You Love onto the end of Cyrano movie, it's a pretty good version overall. Lalalalalala not the same character names.

I like the cute here, though...

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Thank GOD the finale redeemed itself from the previous episode. I'm glad it didn't veer too much into the dramatic antics plus The finale was pretty darn adorable. Just what I expected from this fluffy, cute drama. :D

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I loved this show.....my favorite drama of the year (haven't seen Monstar and IHYV yet)...

What I liked the most was the main pair...with all their interactions..be it the bickering or the romantic eye locks ;-)
And the light and breezy....and yes fast paced tone of the show....the soundtrack...adorable characters.....it had the right amount of depth and heart.....

I am a Lee Jong Hyuk fan now.....Sooyoung was a surprise....she acted really well....and they had a crackling chemistry....didn't expect the romance between them as the movie didn't have one.....yay for that...

Finally....it has become one of my all time favorite dramas...

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This was a cute show, but I felt like the two leads had zero chemistry. I never really felt like he was really into her, even in the final kiss scene.

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They did have chemistry. They just messed it ALL UP in the last few episodes what with the love triangle and Byung-hoon's noble idiocy. I think they were going for the "cyrano the movie" type ending.. with the little twist.( the movie has that very same scene but with a different ending!)

Overall this drama was a nice rom-com. And I liked that they had a different couple to focus on each week without losing out on the others and building on each character and its story.
Everything upto the point where Min-Young saves Byung-Hoon out of the water and their mutual realisation then was so neat and nicely fell into a good rom-com. After that they messed up. But its a good thing that they wrapped it up nicely with a bow.

While I'm a little disappointed with the last few episodes I'm not completely disapponited. And overall it was a nice -breezy summer romance and I'm glad I stuck eith it till the end. :)

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I stopped watching after like episode 10/11.
It's not because I didn't like it, (Actually Cyrano was a really nice dose of Rom/Com I haven't seen in dramas this year) but I didn't really want the love triangle. I liked how everything was before it so much, I didn't want actual conflict between the character.
However, I stuck to recaps so thank you for that!
Soo Young did well, and how can Chun Hee and Lee Jong Hyuk specifically be that hot? Honestly, it wasn't even the flower boys that got my attention (arang, moo-jin) it was definitely Lee Jong Hyuk!

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Phew! Episode 16 was SO much better than 15.
And since Moo's girl friend had enough shame to run away and since he found her, I'll even accept and like that part of the story.

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Awwwwwww such a sweet ending.

Thank so much for the recaps :)

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While better than 15 I was disappointed with 16 honestly when Byung Hoon again tried to force Min Young off on The Master I was pissed. I would have preferred the ending I came up with last week or the week before in which Min Young kicks Byung Hoon in the nuts and walks off telling him too little too late.

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That would mean that she could make her own decisions... which this drama showed that she couldn't. Besides the cast listings spoiled it already.

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I completely disagree because as far as we know, Min Young has always acted in her own even if others disagreed.
In the first episode, she set the class F guy with the class A woman when her boss told everyone not to do that. She got fired and even if her boss decided to give her another chance, she decided to walk away on her own.
The same with the first case when she thought that the Agency wasn't sincere enough, she decided to act on her own and got fired again.
And at the end, Byung Hoon kept telling her to shut the Agency down and she didn't.

Min Young has always been understanding with others' feeling like when she witnessed Master's fight with gangsters, she told him that everyone has a dark past and that she knows he is still a good person.
The same with her ex when he treated her like sh*t after they broke up. She cope with rumors and bullying during her college education because she thought that the good moments outnumbered the bad ones so she let it go.
It doesn't come as a big surprise that she waited and waited for Byung Hoon because she knew how broken he is and she still loved him.

Unlike the movie, the role of Min Young isn't as defined but she wasn't useless at all. Yeah, she had to play a high school student to befriend with Se Kyung, work as a female cooker because Chef Dokko doesn't accept men in her kitchen and all but as cheesy as I'm going to sound, she is the heart of the Agency. The boys acknowledged the fact they were robots when she scolded them about their lack of romance/feelings so for me, her character would be more on the emotional side than physical (it does sound weird, sorry).

But in some point, I think it would have been really cool if the operation involved lot of disguise/transformation ... etc. Like in spy operation where Min Young could have been more involved.

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I love your ending.. I feel the same way.. :) Since Min-Young was bold enough to be honest about her feelings.. She should've been made to do that. I've never shipped the master-MinYoung couple...but I kinda wavered when he got knived. On the other hand, I've always shipped Min-Young and Byung-Hoon..but I also want her to kick him in the nuts and walk away for being a jerk. Well lets face it. That would have made sense in reality.. But its K-drama land and this drama wouldn't end as a rom-com. LOL... :D

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i initially had a lot of fun watching this show, but i started losing interest around the nurse and fireman storyline... and i just felt everything was sort of slowing down. overall, it wasn't a very dramatic ending. like the author of yesterday's recap said, you just know that nothing bad would happen. i wasn't even remotely worried about the kidnapping plot, and actually yawned and skimmed my way through it.

oh well. it was cute and fun while it lasted.

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Thank you very much for the recaps! I really enjoyed them as always and they're part of what encouraged me to start watching this entertaining show.

The ending still gave me the warm fuzzies, although I didn't care for the kidnapping/bomb deviation. I also couldn't understand why no one was calling emergency services for Seung Pyo after they had disarmed the bomb and knocked out crazy dude. Like hello, the man was stabbed - that's kind of a big deal!

Still once that part was wrapped up, I think that the show returned to its original light, refreshing tone and I enjoyed the ending. I was a little disappointed that Byunghoon decided to give up Min Young again, although I can understand stepping aside because you think you're not good enough for someone (even if I didn't agree that he wasn't good enough for her and I also didn't think Seung Pyo was a 'better man') but I like the way that everything worked out in the end. I was also glad that Moo Jin didn't give up on HyeRi.

I do wonder what Moo Jin and Min Young will do now that the agency is now a regular theatre. They don't seem to be involved in it any longer. I hope Minyoung can find a way to continue helping people in love that isn't necessarily keeping the agency alive.

I also want to say that I think Sooyoung did a good job here. This is her first major acting role (besides a supporting one in Soonjung Manhwa) and I think she did well. She's not the best actress but she was decent and I think she has a lot of potential. I hope she continues to get interesting opportunities to grow as an actress in the future. And I really liked seeing Lee Chunhee here. I think he brought a lot to this character.

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Thank you for the recaps. They are enjoyable to read. The series itself - Meh!

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I'm confused... maybe because I didn't physically watch this show. But what was Crazy Jung's actual beef with the Agency. From what I gather he wasn't a disgruntled client or target. Did he just disagree ideologically with manipulating people's feelings? I feel like I missed something.

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No you didn't miss anything. That's the really big plot hole of the whole kidnapping debacle, the baddie's motivations. it's hinted that the agency had set up his love interest with someone else, but nothing confirmed. but i feel that since the kidnapping plot was such a throwaway, and it was wrapped up quickly enough, it doesn't really matter. I think the show was so well executed frm start to finish, i'm willing to forgive the kidnapping shenanigans!

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From what I understood, Jung Il Do, the kidnapper was mad to the Agency for setting the person he loved with another.
But what makes it worse is that he didn't just love the person but stalked her too with tons of pictures of her and her family in his house.
So in that sense, it explains the kidnapping because it is coming from someone as psycho and dangerous as him who firmly believed that if the Agency wasn't involved, she would have been his.

But in the drama's genre, it felt a little bit out of the place whereas the story of the kidnapping in itself is logic and right. I just feel there isn't any need to push it as hard because it is a rom com :D

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I loved the episode so very much because it felt like the first half of it was the real ending and the latter half was the epilogue. It didn't end with some 'And they lived happily ever after'-esque ending with a big fat wedding etc and that was really nice.

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Noooo..Junsu Appa..why did you betray Junsu Omma by kissing Sooyoung..x_x

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Noooo..Junsu Appa..why did you betray Junsu Omma by kissing Sooyoung..x_x
I hope the next drama of LEEJONYOK will bring Taksu or Junsu as cameo..#crossedfinger

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I had the exact same thoughtttt!!!

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LOL I love it. I will totally ignore the previous episode and focus my entire heart on this. Thanks for the recap!

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Thanks so much for recap this wonderful drama
Love the ending <3

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Can't wait for Lee Chun Hee's next drama~

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Thanks for the recaps.
I enjoyed the drama (minus the kidnapping part) and am glad for a nice satisfying ending (second kiss way better than the first one ;--) ).

It is a pity they wasted time on the crazy kidnapper instead giving more time to the past and present relationships.

Sooyoung was a nice surprise.

Loved the two loyal minions of Seung Pyo.

... and Lee Jong Hyuk was pretty attractive :--)

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Thanks for the recaps, JB. I marathoned the first half of the series, but started to lose interest later, and didn't like the ending. I'm picky, picky, picky. Think I'm the only one who didn't see LJH and CSY as OTP...think he looks too old for her, or she looks too young for him...

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I liked it, fun, breezy and sweet. It could still have been very much better but I'm happy it ended in a nice way.

PROS

- Good casting! Everybody was almost perfect for me. Really surprised by Master, did not know that actor. SY was a nice surprise too and LJH was as good as expected. Wish producers had given him a better haircut like in the poster.:)

- Good side stories that felt real and natural.

- Good production value. Nice OST.

CONS

- What was up with HyeRi getting romantically involved with a guy she's supposed to hate? That would have never happened in such a careless manner in real life. It's like writer decided to rewrite her story later, biggest plot hole for me.

- Little character development. If the relationships were well depicted the same did not go for the characters. How did Moo Jin and Arang began working at the agency? Why Moo Jin always seemed so aloof? Why SBH thought he was not such a good a guy and could not drive? The whole incident with his friends felt dragged and rushed at the end.

- The romance was underdeveloped for me too. It was too sudden like often happens in kdramaland. Sometimes the actors and characters have enough chemistry to make up for lack of story but this time I didn't feel they had it.

Still, I'm happy to have watched it, now what can replace it???? :)

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I think Moo Jin's aloofness ties into his genius status. He understands technology perfectly but he doesn't understand people or their emotions well at all, not even his own. In addition to that, he could just be stoic. Some people are like that without any special reason like a tragic circumstance in their past.

As for HyeRi and MooJin, I think getting close to him was part of her plan to infiltrate the agency (because he didn't seem to have any problems talking to her about cases once they got to know each other) but I don't think she was supposed to actually develop feelings for him which was her real mistake.

Seo Byung didn't drive due to his guilt/trauma over Do-Il's accident. Even though he wasn't in the car when it happened, he still heard the accident over the phone and he carried that guilt with him to this day. Also he thought he wasn't a good enough person because he felt that anyone who got close to him would get hurt, namely due to what happened to Do-Il and Yi-Seol. And he felt like he couldn't be a real support to MinYoung due to his baggage/gruffness/general personality.

Finally, they explained why Arang started working at the agency in the episodes with the love triangle between him, Ray and that girl. He saw a play (by Seo Byung maybe, I can't remember) and was inspired by it to become an actor so he came to the city to join the Cyrano troupe, only there was no active troupe due to the agency so he started working at the agency for experience/a place to stay (because his family lives in the country)/to wait until it became an actual troupe where he could act.

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Thanks soprection, I remembered the explanation about Arang! It was a nice touch, the idol story was one of my favorite romances on the show.

I got that SB trauma had to do with the accident, I guess because he wasn't there it felt a bit over the top for me. Like the whole everybody will get hurt, is often a drama trope and it's fine when it works but SB didn't have enough reason to believe that, at least for me. I liked his gruff and cynical personality, I think I'd have liked it more if the show had put more emphasis on how difficult it would be for them to work as couple being so opposite.

The HyeRi explanation could make sense, if that was what the writer was thinking I wish he/she had left a few hints, like something MJ said being useful to HR.
About his aloofness, I love characters like that but his was very over the top, he's too old to not even know when he likes a girl.:) The explanation didn't need to be another trauma, it could be something simple.

Anyway, I still liked it, for me it was miles better than FBND and I hope we get another Flower Boy series in the future.

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Oh yeah....the writers definitely need to craft better endings definitely. I loved FLower Boy Next Door too and the ending was sweet . But..the build up to the ending was one big mess. Just like this drama's ep 15. Gotta like Min Young's spunkiness! I shall just forget the Hawaiian shirt guy scenes...

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I’m a happy ending junkie. But this one didn’t work for me. There were too many stories left unfinished. Was poor Dorky Baker still in the doghouse? Why was Deranged Hawaiian Shirt so bent on destroying everyone? I even wrote a blog post on all the holes if anyone wants to commiserate or disagree with me (dramarookie.blogspot.com).

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P.S. Thanks as always, JavaBeans, for the recaps : )

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To be really honest, I only watched this drama because of, and solely because of Hong Jonghyun aka Moojin. I wasn't even going to pay attention to anyone else. But then, man.. this drama got me hooked. I thought I was going to spend my time fast-forwarding the drama till it get to Moo Jin but the first episode was really good.

And my goodness, Sooyoung did really well. She actually became my second reason to watch DAC after the first episode. Proud of you Sooyoung. :')

Arang is so so so so cutee... took me a while to realize that the actor is a 91-liner. I'd like to see more of him.

It kills me for a bit when Moojin has really few lines and no scene that gives impact to his character, but I got over it because of MasterxMinyoungxByunghoon love triangle. Gave me blood pressure that one. Byunghoon you idiot.

overall, it's a cute drama. loved it. p/s i will pretend to like you hyeri

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Lee Jong Hyuk is so lucky he kissed a Girls Generation!!!

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sooyoung's lucky to be able to kiss lee jonghyuk in my opinion thoughh haha

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just wanted to say that i have very much enjoyed reading your recap and i always looked forward to it every week. thank you so much for giving such open, honest and comic views on the drama which some i could not have thought of my self. tbh sooyoung a.k.a gong minyoung is my bias, and i was very happy that she got positive feedback for this drama.

again thank you so much ♥♥♥♥

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I was pleasantly surprised with sooyoungs acting. Actually, very impressed knowing she's a idol and a rookie actress. LJH and her chemistry made the age difference barely noticeable, which im so greatful for. Episode 15 and half way through 16 were such a waste, but the ending is super adorable and breezy- like it should be, so wheee ♥♥

THANKS FOR THE RECAP!

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Really loved the show, the way they set people up and the way they analyze people and situation. It was interesting and funny.

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Ah, such a easy and breezy watch, despite some faltering towards the last couple of eps. It might not have been the best of 2013, but the fact that I stuck with it throughout till the end is positive testimonial in itself.

I don't exactly feel attached to any of the characters here (I did come into the show because of a piqued interest in HJH) but I do like the main and supporting cast (sans cameos) pretty evenly across the board. One complaint though: I felt Arang should have gotten more screen time and character development - everyone else's was congruent with their respective roles but Arang's one felt a little lacking. As supporting third lead as HJH/Moo-Jin was, I felt that he had adequate screen time for his character. Even the goons had adequate screen time.

One thing that puzzled me is - how in the world did Crazy manage to get their hands on that letter, the very source of Cyrano's first setup? If it was shown only to make Master read it, eventually leading him to decide to incepsetup MY and Sherlock, I would be a very disappointed viewer. I prefer to think that Crazy was actually in love with Sherlock's first love too - though it doesn't make much sense, lolol. And that weak justification for ex-gangster boss to know his address - oh, he conveniently was an ex detective -_-"

Otherwise, I liked DAC and found the whole idea of a theatre producer orchestrating romantic scenes as if they were individual plays quaint and logical in a drama sense!

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I'm going voting crazy!

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