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Witch’s Romance: Episode 14

The cute is back with a vengeance! And not a moment too soon, as I was beginning to fear we’d never return to the fun, zippy episodes of yore. Dong-ha gets most of the attention this time as Ji-yeon tries to help him reconcile with his father. She also finally remembers that she’s the ace Trouble Maker reporter as we turn our attention back to the workplace — but not too close attention, because Director Kwon is busy being adorable with Ji-yeon’s mother as they vie to become the show’s cutest couple.

Oh, and there may finally be some kissing. Finally.

EPISODE 14 RECAP

Dong-ha arrives at Ji-yeon’s apartment the next morning to give her a ride to work on his motorbike. Wait, so we don’t get to see what happened after the hug? There’d better be some flashbacks or I’m going to pout. Especially since he gets all googly-eyed at a couple in the car next to them who are sickeningly lovey-dovey (which makes him pull Ji-yeon’s arms tighter around his waist, ha).

At work, Ji-yeon’s got her witch-face on as the Trouble Maker staff bombard her with questions about why she never showed last night, and she tells them something came up. Thanking them for their efforts, she points out that they shouldn’t waste their time and money on something like a surprise party again. Then, almost as an afterthought, she drops the bomb that she’s not getting married, before spinning on her heel and marching confidently to her desk.

Everyone is appropriately stunned, but poor Young-sik is bewildered (and not a little broken-hearted) that the two people he idolizes have broken up. Ji-yeon cuts off his questions by reminding him she doesn’t talk about her personal life at the office, and instead focuses her team on the work at hand: the scandal at Dong-ha’s father’s hospital.

Dong-ha sits in his apartment, thinking back to the previous night (and oh thank goodness, a flashback): After he pulled her into the hug, he then told her that he saw the book, asking if what Polar Bear told him (that Ji-yeon shouldn’t be sorry, and that’s it’s not too late) is about them. Then we’re back in the present, where pensive Dong-ha now is grinning like an idiot. Clearly that was not enough of a flashback, because I need to know what Ji-yeon’s answer was. And if there was kissing.

Ji-yeon sends off her term to work on the hospital story when Team Leader Byun sashays up to her desk. He marvels at the fact she’s focusing on interviewing the bereaved family instead of digging up “sexy” dirt, asking if she’s lost her mojo since the wedding has been called off.

Ji-yeon coolly reminds him that a witch without blood or tears (which is what he called her earlier) wouldn’t be affected by something so frivolous as that. He scoffs that of course she wouldn’t feel anything about her wedding being called off — it’s “Phillip Noh” who’s the pitiful one. But Ji-yeon threatens that if he brings up that name in front of her again, she’ll reveal his secret. We don’t get to hear what she’s got on Team Leader Byun (darn it!), but apparently it’s enough to send him scurrying off, flustered that she remembers such a thing.

Just then her phone rings, and speak of the devil: It’s Shi-hoon. He’s on his way to the airport but stopped to give her a call because the twelve-hour flight seems intimidating (and I’m not sure I should be relieved or worried that he decided to call her from the Han river, since we know nothing good happens there). He gives her a bunch of advice that’s supposed to show how much he cares about her, but all we really care about is that he’s finally gone, and hopefully this will be the last time we see Ji-yeon cry.

After Ji-yeon fills her on about the phone call, Na-rae sighs as she says Shi-hoon came in like the spring breeze and went away like the wind again. I’d argue he came in like a typhoon and went away like a hurricane, but close enough, I guess. The point is he’s gone, and Ji-yeon feels like it was all just a dream. Na-rae (and the rest of the viewing audience): “Wake up!”

She reveals how depressed and mopey Dong-ha was while Ji-yeon was trying to make things work with Shi-hoon, and how sad it was to see him declare to Ji-yeon’s mother how much he still cared for Ji-yeon. Even Min-goo admits he thought he was going to die because Dong-ha was so pitiful. This only makes Ji-yeon sigh even more. Sigh.

Back at the apartment, Dong-ha’s father rings the doorbell, and this time, he answers. Papa Yoon skips the pleasantries and immediately asks that Dong-ha return home — he’s had three years to do whatever he wanted and now it’s time to grow up.

His father says everything’s prepared so that he can return to medical school next semester, but Dong-ha refuses to go back, either home or to school. He starts to ask if Dong-ha’s like this because of “a dead woman,” but Dong-ha angrily cuts him off, telling him not to bring up Young-chae. Calling him a “useless bastard,” his father leaves, but not before one last shot as he tells Dong-ha he can’t bear to see his sone living like a loser.

Ji-yeon arrived home just in time to catch all this, and Dong-ha greets her and tells her goodnight, clearly not in a good mood after the altercation with his father. With tentative hope, she asks if he’s eaten yet.

She’s so adorably happy to serve him dinner, but he grumbles that it’s just ramyun — so she takes back his chopsticks and spoon, saying that he doesn’t need to eat, then. Ha. He snatches his utensils back, and the two happily slurp down their noodles.

Over a blatant product-placement after-dinner coffee, Ji-yeon tries to get to the heart of the issue between Dong-ha and his father, asking why he left home. He doesn’t want to talk about it, though. Dong-ha asks if he seems like a loser without a future to her, too.

Soo-chul waits for Eun-chae to get home, and when he sees that she has a lightbulb out, he offers to change it for her. After all, he is the Master of Part-time Jobs, and lightbulb-changing is his specialty, apparently. He charms her into offering a snack as repayment, except she only has kiwi — but that’s ok, because he tells her he loves kiwi.

Dong-ha and Soo-chul listlessly lounge on their sofa, lost in their romantic woes. Soo-chul reveals that he’s actually allergic to kiwi and now suffers from a swollen tongue, which totally serves him right after the way he charmed his way into Eun-chae’s apartment. Dong-ha wonders what he’ll be doing in ten years.

They talk past each other as they figure out how to handle the women in their lives: Soo-chul frets that Eun-chae hasn’t called about a clogged toilet (since he stuffed it with tons of toilet paper, which doesn’t seem the brightest way to woo a woman, but this is Moldy Spinach we’re talking about). Dong-ha muses over how he could be a man worthy of Ji-yeon.

At the hospital, Ji-yeon is trying to get an interview, but to no avail. Until she brings up Young-chae — that gets Papa Yoon’s attention.

He seems more curious about how she knows Dong-ha than giving her an interview, and she admits that she overheard their conversation from last night. She doesn’t know what happened three years ago, but she does know that if he knew how Dong-ha has been living the past three years, he wouldn’t think his son was a loser. She leaves him the contact information for Young-chae’s mother.

At the Trouble Maker office, Director Kwon stealthily tries to sneak out, but Ji-yeon catches him, demanding to know where he’s going. He says it’s to meet with a vendor, but she’s still suspicious. She immediately calls her mom, asking where she is — only to have Mom insist that she’s meeting with her friends to dispel any rumors about Ji-yeon’s broken engagement. But Ji-yeon’s sure something’s up. And she’d be right, because Mom and Director Kwon have a dinner date. Aw.

After dinner, Director Kwon and Mom continue their date by going to the batting cages. Mom is pretty much horrified at the balls that keep hurtling towards her, but Director Kwon is more than happy to show her a proper batting stance (and little excuse for skinship, I’m sure!). With his help, she manages to hit a “home run.” As he celebrates her victory, he holds her hands and promises that he’ll never let her go.

When Eun-chae realizes that Ji-yeon has been investigated the case from three years ago, she reveals that she’s Young-chae’s younger sister. Ji-yeon is stunned to discover this, and Eun-chae explains that her mother stays at the orphanage because her sister used to volunteer there, and so it feels like she can still be close to Young-chae.

Ji-yeon arrives at Na-rae’s restaurant with a delivery of fruit juice “for the baby,” and is surprised when Dong-ha shows up just then, too. But Na-rae and Min-goo have decided to play Cupid in order to get the two of them to confess to each other, knowing they’re both too polite (Dong-ha) or stubborn (Ji-yeon) to do it on their own. Na-rae hands over her present: a set of the most ridiculous and delightful couple tees ever.

Just then, Mom and Director Kwon walk in, and they look like guilty teenagers caught out past curfew as Ji-yeon chides them for the lies they told her earlier. She demands to know where they’ve been all night and what sort of relationship they have, and Dong-ha leaps up to intervene, practically dragging Ji-yeon away.

Back at home, Dong-ha convinces Ji-yeon to wear the couple tees, and she steps outside, embarrassed at Na-rae’s elaborate designs. Dong-ha wears his proudly, and has a camera all set up to take photographic evidence. He takes photo after photo, and the two of them are so adorably giggly and smiley I’m not sure I can handle it.

Getting serious, Dong-ha asks her if she thinks he’s lacking as a man. He admits that he doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life — he was so focused on staying in the past, he didn’t have much desire to look to the future.

As he tells her to go inside and get some sleep, he suddenly grabs her and plants a kiss on her forehead, because apparently when you wear a couple tee, you have to say good-bye with a kiss (can we have them wear couple tees forever and ever, then?). Before he rushes back to his apartment, he kisses her on the forehead again, and she’s totally smitten.

The next day, Ji-yeon chases down Director Kwon, demanding to know about his relationship with her mother. He deflects her by saying that he just promised to treat her to a meal, since she’s so often brought lunch for the staff. Even though Ji-yeon puts on her best witchy glare to stare him down, he avoids her eyes and calmly holds his ground — and then laughs to himself after she leaves. I love that Ji-yeon and Mom make the men in their lives so giggly.

Dong-ha’s father observes Dong-ha cheerfully go about his part-time jobs. It seems he’s taken Ji-yeon’s words to heart and is trying to see how his son has lived the past three years.

Dong-ha shows up at the Trouble Maker office to immediately whisk her away on a midday ice-cream date at the playground. When she teases him about going to the playground again, he tells her that he’s just waiting for it to get darker and all the kids to go home, because then — he makes a kissing face in her direction, but she instead shoves ice cream in his mouth.

The fun and laughter subsides as Dong-ha admits that his father is a principled man who never liked that he had dated Young-chae, and after her death, Dong-ha could never forgive him. He goes into detail about what happened on that day with Young-chae, when he brought her to the hospital after the bus accident. He’d gotten down on his knees, desperately clinging to his father’s legs as he begged him to save Young-chae, only to be brushed off as his father entered the surgery for another patient.

When one of the other surgeons emerged to inform him and Young-chae’s mother that she didn’t make it, the two of them collapsed into heart-breaking and gut-wrenching sobs of grief. Dong-ha says that if his father had worked on Young-chae instead of the other patient, she could have lived that day. So he walked away from the hospital and his father, never looking back.

Dong-ha still blames himself for Young-chae’s death, because it was his fault they were on the bus in the first place. He especially feels guilty because Young-chae’s mother now must daily live with the fact her daughter is no longer alive, which is why he couldn’t in good faith return to medical school and the life he had before, pretending like nothing had happened.

He takes a deep breath as he tells Ji-yeon that, to his father, he’s just a wimpy loser who dropped out of school and rebelled after leaving home. Ji-yeon tells him that if his father knew how he’s been living all this time, he would be proud of his son.

She ruffles his hair, teasingly asking him if there’s ever been such a “cool loser” before. He protests her touching his hair, and the two of them get all giggly and adorable again as they try to muss up each other’s hair. I’m just disappointed we don’t get more kissing, because I still remember Dong-ha’s warning the last time she played with his hair. I mean, she’s clearly provoking him.

Soo-chul paces in the apartment, wondering if he didn’t put in enough toilet paper to clog up Eun-chae’s toilet. He calls her up and they meet for a coffee date, where he nearly spits out his drink when she tells him she unclogged it herself. Yeah, because she’s not totally helpless.

She asks him what Young-chae was like at school, and he lists off all of her attributes, saying she was the #1 ranked woman on campus. Everyone was surprised that she chose to be with Dong-ha. Then he says that he was the #1 ranked male, which, pffft. Returning home with stars in his eyes, Soo-chul joins Dong-ha on the sofa of love as the two of them continue their “talk past each other” conversation about the women they adore, until they they grab the sofa cushions to muffle their literal squees as they giggle at each other.

Dong-ha is on another part-time job — this time being a cute tiger as hosts a birthday party for one of the orphans. He spots his father meeting with Young-chae’s mother, who tells him how devoted Dong-ha has been about volunteering at the orphanage and donating money whenever he could.

As Dong-ha’s preparing to leave at the end of the day, she calls him over, letting him know that his father visited her. She tells him that his father was curious as to how he’s been living these past three years, since he hasn’t seen his son once in all that time.

That made her think of how she’s been living without Young-chae all this time and how much it must hurt his father, not knowing what his son as been up to. She counsels him to return home and go back to studying, since it would break Young-chae’s heart to know he gave it all up.

Director Kwon calls a staff meeting to let everyone know that he’ll be deciding on the editor-in-chief position soon, and who it will be all depends on what kind of articles Ji-yeon and Team Leader Byun write over the next month.

The two practically have an Old West standoff as they challenge each other, until she brings up the fact she knows his secret, which gets him to blusteringly back-off. Except now the rest of the office is curious about this “secret,” ha!

Dong-ha meets with his father, and while he’s stiff and formal, Papa Yoon appears relieved and delighted to see him. He apologizes for not calling his father after all this time, and says that he knows his father isn’t responsible for Young-chae’s death. He says that he’ll continue with the work he has right now, but he’ll think about going back to school.

His father suggests that they should have a meal together sometime, and Dong-ha agrees. When his father asks him to pass along his thanks to Dong-ha’s “magazine sunbae,” Dong-ha is surprised to learn that Ji-yeon met with him.

Ji-yeon’s apartment is an explosion of paper as she focuses on trying to track down the best article to beat out Team Leader Byun to become editor-in-chief. Dong-ha stops by to offer her chicken and beer, but since she’s busy, he’ll just eat it with Soo-chul. Not so fast — with her trademark “Stop!” and finger-gun, she gets him to stay, declaring that no chicken that entered her house has ever left with its meat intact (a sentiment I can totally get behind).

As she happily munches fried chicken, Dong-ha looks through all the research she’s done so far. He’s reminded of the work they did on the Kim Jeong-do article (that they never got to publish), and she suddenly gets the bright idea to see if Dong-ha is willing to become an exclusive part-timer for the next month. Ji-yeon’s desperate to totally crush Team Leader Byun, and Geoje Island just won’t cut it, assistant-wise.

She promises him double the pay if they make the front page, and a bonus if she gets the editor-in-chief position. He agrees on the condition of not only the double pay, but also a trip to Jeju Island for four days and three nights. She immediately agrees, and only then does he reveal the catch: She’s to join him on that vacation. Which she totally agrees to, despite her laughing protests. (We better get some footage of that vacation by the end of the show, or else.)

Dong-ha then admits he actually came to see her for another reason. He passes along his father’s thanks, saying that thanks to her, the father-son misunderstanding has been resolved. He adds his own personal thanks, and they toast with with their beers.

The next morning, Ji-yeon can’t hide her giggly smiles as she remembers Dong-ha dressed in his couple-tee, waiting for her to leave her apartment just so he could give her his homemade breakfast sandwiches. The rest of the Trouble Maker staff is understandably alarmed at the suddenly cheerful and friendly attitude of the witch.

Dong-ha takes a long moment to stare thoughtfully at his medical school textbooks. He’s totally going to re-enroll, isn’t he?

Later that night, Ji-yeon and Dong-ha arrive at Na-rae’s restaurant for their dinner date (where she’s determined to continue their “who can eat the most” competition). She’s a little confused why the restaurant is so dark and empty, until Soo-chul spins around from behind the counter, mic in hand, to announce a competition to find the most romantic couple. The prize is a “2014 vintage homemade fish cake stew,” and Na-rae and Min-goo pop up with to cheer along while waving the prize certificate.

The call-back to the first episode (and the first time Dong-ha and Ji-yeon kissed) is pretty adorable, but not as adorable as their trio of friends who continue with the program as seriously as they can. Soo-chul asks if there’s anyone here with the courage to confess (and Min-goo excitedly raises his hand, ha) until Dong-ha says that he would.

Turning to Ji-yeon, he looks her in the eyes, and says, “Starting today, let’s date.” He hands her a large bouquet of flowers and leans in to put a gold necklace around her neck. She’s been silent throughout the whole event, and he asks why she won’t answer his question: Will she agree to be in a relationship with him?

Ji-yeon: “Yes; even if you push me away, I won’t go anywhere.”

Soo-chul, Na-rae, Min-goo and the entire viewing audience cheer in delight, and then Dong-ha swoops in for a kiss.

COMMENTS

Finally, a kiss! An honest-to-goodness kiss!

Not a forehead kiss. Not a dead-fish drunken kiss. But a passionate kiss on the lips that’s made all the better because Ji-yeon kisses him back with no restraint.

The whole “event” Dong-ha set up was adorable, too — even though it made me shiver from the cheesiness of it all, I really do think Ji-yeon and Dong-ha needed something like that to cement their relationship. Something light and happy that also made it abundantly clear that he was serious about how he felt about her, and that he wanted to be in a relationship with her. No hiding behind words written in a book that might not be seen, or letting there be any confusion that it’s just an act put on to impress her friends.

But Dong-ha also needs the clarity — he’s known (and we’ve known) for some time that he likes her, but he hasn’t heard it from her. Even though he can see past all her bluffs, he needs to know, with a clear “yes” or “no,” that she wants to be with him.

Thank goodness she does!

And thank goodness for awesome friends who will do anything and everything to support them. Which makes me think that no matter whatever hurdles the two will face as they figure out their relationship, they have such an amazing support group. Really, I’m happy for just about every relationship on this show (now that you-know-who is gone) — I think I squeed for Mom and Director Kwon as much as I flailed over Dong-ha and Ji-yeon. I’m still giving Soo-chul the side-eye over his attempts to insinuate himself in Eun-chae’s life, but I have a feeling that she’s a “witch-in-training” and will be able to sift through his nonsense. Or at least I’m hoping she can, because I actually really do like them together.

I also love all the non-romantic relationships, such as the mentoring Ji-yeon continues to give Eun-chae, and the fact that Young-chae’s mother has finally forgiven Dong-ha, and the ever-adorable bromance between Dong-ha and Soo-chul, and — the kicker — Dong-ha and his father. Considering how much Shi-hoon practically ground this show down to standstill, I’m a little dazed that we suddenly got resolution with Dong-ha and his father in just one episode. I would have actually liked to have spent a little longer on it, at least enough for me to better appreciate the emotional beats. But I can’t complain too much, because I did enjoy how everything has handled, despite feeling a little rushed.

Really, I can’t complain about much of anything about this episode. Except for the lack of focus — I mean that literally. I don’t know if it’s just a result of live-shooting and the production crew is hurrying to put out episodes, but it was a little distracting to see some totally out-of-focus shots and some shots that looked like they were focused improperly (or focused on the wrong person).

But that’s really my only quibble about the episode. I can’t even do my weekly complaint about no kissing. Although I can always hope that the last week will be filled with nothing but adorable fluff as Ji-yeon and Dong-ha work together again on another investigative piece (“Lois Lane” Ji-yeon, I’ve missed you!).

With, y’know, lots more kissing.

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AAHHHHHHHH <3
I absolutely loved this episode.
Soo-chul and Dong-ha are just the cutest oh my god when Soo-chul bit Dong-ha's shoulder i literally screamed from the cuteness of their bromance.
This show is a lot better than I expected it to be. I love how unlike the traditional noona romances, the male lead in this one is actually mature, and gives the female lead some space to think about their relationship. Don't get me wrong, the earnest, flower giving, childish display of affections in other noona romances are cute, but this one has a realistic sense of maturity to it. It's actually difficult to even tell that the leads are supposed to be 14 years apart, they behave as if they're the same age.
I absolutely love this show, thanks for the recaps odilettante :D

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Yay first comment :)

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Yay back to the good old days of laughter and love.
As much as I love our main couple, I *adore* Mum and CEO!
The sneaking around is hilarious.
Also Jiyeon giggling like a schoolgirl in the office post Dongha breakkie sandwich was like sunshine on a rainy day!
I totally get you about the shots in this ep. Was it just me or did the daylight playground scene have some really creepy shots.
The close ups were ok but the long shots (I ain't know duh tecknickel term) look like it's from the POV of someone in the bushes.
I almost thought that the scary guy from the Pollie scandal in the first few eps was gonna come back. Yeesh!

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The brief scene with Polar Bear made him lose any points he might have gained from Ep 13 with me. Why can't he just be truthful? lies lies lies... i really hope that was the last scene with him.

I love all the cuteness between Dong Ha and Soo Chul, I love how they have full conversations with each other without really ever talking to each other and my goodness the giddiness they have with the pillows on the couch. I hope Spinach gets his girl, when Eun Chae gets to her full potential Spinach is going to be rendered helpless. I'm also glad that Eun Chae's character didn't turn into a bitchy second lead like I thought they would do.

Apart of Dong Ha that I liked that they addressed with his getting to the ok to live his life the way he was living it before Young Chae passed away. I mean the whole focus has really been ok he's stuck on his lost love and hates his dad for not saving her. But it wasn't just him losing the one he loved, but a feeling of guilt that he could still live on with his family and his dream (or at least the dream he was pursuing at the time). And that maybe all this time he was just waiting and hoping for someone to tell him "it's ok" to keep living the life he was and that he didn't have to give it all up, just like how he needed a sign to say it was ok to move on from Young Chae.

I also don't mind how simple the resolution between Dong Ha and his dad was handled. I mean the whole key to this drama is communication and honesty. That's why Ji Yeon and Dong Ha work so well.

I love how Ji Yeon turned right back to her old working witch self, but this time all with smiles. It just proves you can be a happy force at work. How giddy and happy she is with Dong Ha is something that was so sorely missing with Polar Bear. I'm so glad it's back with all its cuteness overload.

And my goodness how much I love Spinach, Traitor, and Big & Bright. They are the greatest friends ever.

Now the only thing left to do is get Ji Yeon and Dong Ha wasted and alone in an apartment.

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About Sihoon, I began with disliking him when he first (re)appeared several episodes back. But I ended up with higher opinion of him, now that he bid final farewell.

It is not Jiyeon who pulled the plug. Our Witch, who never wastes time letting you know her likes and dislikes, simply copped out. Yes, there are explanations aplenty for her timidity. But such explanations are reserved for mere mortals, not for our Witch. So the award for decisiveness and good call goes to Sihoon, not Jiyeon.

With more frequent appearances by Dongha's dad on screen, and after his scene with the witch this week, it occurred to me: what is the age difference between dad and Jiyeon? As little as 10 years!

Funny, the 14-year age gap between Dongha and Jiyeon matters far less than the small age gap (whatever that may be) between Dongha's dad and Jiyeon might!

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The age-gap in relationships does bother me - I realize that the whole point of this story is that it doesn't matter, but the story has not convinced me that it doesn't. I would add that I find big gaps to be a problem whether it is the male that is older or the female that is older.

In this story, Ji Yeon is 39, going on 40, and Dong Ha is 25, going on 26. If they want to have a family, they would have to start right away. If Dong Ha wants to go back to school this could be a problem. Also, if the gap between Ji Yeon and Dong Ha's fathet is indeed 10 years or so - how weird is that?

I have certainly enjoyed the cute dynamics of the various couples in this drama, but it really failed to convince me that Ji Yeon and Dong Ha are really a couple. When Ji Yeon gets all "cute" and "Child-like" around Dong Ha it seems so jarring when we know she is really a tough cookie at work and even with her best friend, so this "little girl" act just feels off.

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I know it is difficult to see things from another point of view, but as someone who is pretty close to Ji Yeon type, I can tell you that yes, it can happen.
I dated and fell in love with a guy a lot younger than me. It just happened, never looked for it, but never run away either. Life is short, so I accept happiness when it comes instead of looking desperately for someone to have children with, no matter what.
Also, there are women that don't want children, and a well established woman can take care of her children, no need for the man's money. A love provider is 100 times better than a money provider, so I can see why Ji Yeon would choose Dong Ha.

I know this story is not about average people, but people like them exist in real life.

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All I can think is that I'm so glad this show pulled out of the funk faster than My Queen did. And I don't think My Queen actually ever recovered.

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"I’m just disappointed we don’t get more kissing, because I still remember Dong-ha’s warning the last time she played with his hair. I mean, she’s clearly provoking him." I'm totally agree.... where's the kiss in this scene ? :-) the foto shoot really adorable....

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Tbh, I think the writers wanted cute happiness and kissing back as much as we did...they kind of wrapped up all the lingering problems as quickly as possible. But that leaves us with two full episodes of adorable, so how can I complain? Also that Han River phone call was totally stuck in there to make the writers feel less bad about wanting Shihoon to disappear. You don't have to be embarrassed; we're all in the same boat!

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The best bromance evah: Dong Ha and Soo Chul....

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I think I squealed all through the episode, it's like all the cutesy to make up all the angst from previous eps. Hurrayyyy for cute! Now it's time to get steamy! Com'n show!
I love ji yeon n dong ha. That conversation about whether he is man enough for me (whiele wearing scary neon pink t-shirt) is awesome. Yes you totally are Yoon dong ha! Waa no sulking no pouting he just flat out ask her and admits its also his inferiority complex! Yoon dong ha is THE perfect man! This is what I love about the writing of the show, except for polar bear n the crazy assistant, everyone is so honest and real. I love that he is unsure about his future. I mean he's only 25, it's normal. I know the show is setting up for him going back to med school, and I totally get that its a noble profession and goes well with dong ha's "lets rescue people" personality, but I wish somewhat that maybe there's an alternative for him. There are ways to help ppl without being a doctor. Maybe he can be a social worker or just keep doing Master of part time jobs and help ppl in this way. I guess I just dont want the traditional ending for dong ha, I want something unique and unexpected.

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"I know the show is setting up for him going back to med school, and I totally get that its a noble profession and goes well with dong ha’s “lets rescue people” personality"

I agree. I wish 'success' wasn't so narrowly defined in dramas, that the pairings weren't always so 'perfect' – everyone with a fancy job, fancy apartment, etc etc

The thing is that things happen in life. People drop out of med school and don't go back. And it's okay. Totally okay. I would really like to see Dong-ha go continue his life with something else. I mean, the Master of Part Time Jobs is going well, long-term it could evolve into a proper business and it would be nothing to ashamed of. That would be refreshing turn in a k-drama I think, not going back to the same-old perfect son-in-law that should be a doctor or lawyer or something of the sort (mind you, running a business could make him into a big shot anyhow!). Dong-ha's a wonderful person as he is, including if he spent his life delivering pizzas or cutting people's hair (in a non-fancy barbershop).

So yeah, I'd very much like a non-traditional job ending for dong-ha as well.

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nope he has to become a doctor. then he can save people and permanently make peace with Yoon Chae not being saved. his own feeling of guildt is what he needs to get rid of.
maybe something will happen next ep which makes him see how much he can really do for people and that the doctor cannot pick who to save. every life is equal, mercy, humanity and all. perhaps that bus driver....
thats what being a doctor means. let go of your personal wishes and treat everyone

and I think because of so many dilemmas there is also some restraint between DH and JY. If your mind is heavy and troubled you cant exactly be all kisses

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Cuteness overloaded.!!!!!!! I'm replaying that last scene (u know what scene~~~) over and over and over and over again...!!!!! Never get enough of them. Especially dong ha.!!! Why i never notice him before??? And Why only 16 eps???? Ughhh.!!!

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Right!...why only 16?! Here's hoping the last 2 episodes are as fun as this one was. I like the cuteness, and the more mature & realistically portrayed attraction between DH and JY. Yay show!

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"Why only 16 eps?"

Truth be told, narratively I don't think there's much left to say. All story lines have actually been or are almost resolved. Dong-ha made up with dad and his dead girlfriend's mom, Shi-hoon is out of the picture, our elderly couple hit a home-run, and Ji-yeon has agreed to date Dong-ha.

They just need to nicely tie up the ends now, which will probably mean Dong-ha going back to school, Ji-yeon becoming ed-in-chief, fishcake baby being born, and maybe one or the other couple's wedding (possibly with a time jump). And Soo-chul and Eun-chae perhaps actually getting together. But there isn't really any conflict left (I'm going to guess they'll throw in one last story for Troublemaker to cover so that Ji-yeon can get the ed-in-chief position.... which is totally a non-competition in any case).

I'm all for two episodes of cute fun, but even that works better when you actually have some sort of direction.

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Well yeah. I agreed with u. Short but managed to captured us to continue rooting and shipping fir them. If it follow TW drama then we'll get more pissed off at SH (even with almost 6 eps we already get very annoyed at him. Imagine if it get longer than that.haha) and Eunchae's role will turn to be like in MQ which is u know turn into a b***h..all thats left is like what u said. And i'm happy with only the sight of them being together..happily. ever. after. I'm frustated its only 16 mainly becoz i want to see more of dong ha. His character is just so hard to find in real world nowadays. Cant get enough of him. ~~please dont blame me~~

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I don't blame you, I think we all want more of Dong-ha.

Dramaland or real world, there are few Dong-ha's. I think of dramas where they had characters that were supposed to be like Dong-ha, but that I didn't like nearly enough (or stopped liking) because they were too perfect (e.g. the male lead in TW drama Pursuit of Happiness).

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"And Why only 16 eps????"

A lament oft heard between the recappers, as well :) We would both be willing to go on recapping Dong-ha/Ji-yeon cuteness forever!

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Thank you so much for all the wonderful recaps, lolly and odi! So happy we have this space to share with our fellow WR fans.

Unlike many dramas that have rushed endings or endings where the writer seems to suffer from a lobotomy (prime minister and i), I'm happy that Show just got better and better, and we get two more episodes of DH/JY cuteness!

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Much Thanks for giving us the recaps all this while, LollyPip and odilletante. I will miss reading them.

Yes, this is one drama where I want an extension!

Ep 13 ending - tension, build up, intensity, reaction - all perfectly executed and convincing, and they just hung it there?!?

Only to resume scene in Ep 14 by showing us NOTHING happened? NOT even a kiss??? Noooooo, c'mon.

Ep 14 was cute, but I enjoyed it somewhat less, maybe because of the cheesy, and yes some lack of direction. Somehow this episode didn't feel complete (for me anyway).

- The chicken and beer scene so should have ended in some smoochies, which didn't happen
- Cheesy couple tee time I didn't enjoy too much. It was a little too cutesy for my liking, that impaired connection. It also could have gone beyond cutesy with more, which didn't happen.
- But these 2 handle cheesy well.
DH managed to balance the cheesy with serious in the proposal scene , despite. And YJ responded well too, quietly ... all combined which gave this scene convincing sincerity (a scene which could have been made awkward and looked contrived, with some other actors).

Merely 2 episodes left for Dong-ha cuteness, quiet/communicative/exciting/steamy couple time and kisses? NOT enough.

That Jeju trip together should take up one episode. Moving in together, another episode.

Though since it's only 16 episodes, thankfully they didn't drag SH out for more than his 6 episode appearance, as they did in the T-version.
Or put in a whole bunch of side plots which dragged the show and even a storyline for Eun-chae.

Dong-ha's character is also rewritten better than the T-version. DH is so mature and sensitive, thoughtful and considerate and notices all the little details. While tactful, he's also direct and communicates really well. I like how he confronts what puzzles him immediately - without leaving viewers in agony for the next 2 episodes.

Is it really too late to rally for an extension?!? :(((

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I love this show. In the beginning I thought I would not be able to get past the age difference, but the acting really sold me. They are adorable. I do wonder what's going to happen in the next two episodes, since everything has already been tied up so neatly.

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Yup.! I wonder that too. But as long as the cuteness, the cheekiness, the cheesiness, the "steaminess" ( okay. I do want that to happen. Like common, wont u my dear writer,producer make them continue whats left hang

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Ooopps. Not finish yet. I'll continue
- make them continue what left hanging at the end of eps 2~~~
- whatever the ending is i dont care just please remain cute and adorable. But.! To be honest i dont want it to end like my queen did. Its nice but emm how i can say ah.. well i want them to get married.! There i said it. Yes he still maybe like 26 or 27 by the time he finished study and all but... still this is dramaland right the title is not even queen of no marriege like TW? Nothings impossible. Be it 14 years gap or 20. Who cares.! Love is main thing. Sorry it just i am a very fan of this drama. Huge fan of park seo joon of course..

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hmm I actually don't want to see them getting married. For me, the ending would be perfect if they are together. I mean I would like them to be married in the future, but married by the next 2 eps, I feel it's rushing it too much. Considering she is just getting over a 16 years relationship and he is still trying to get over his past as well. Unless the show does jump in timeline, like maybe 2-3 years in the future, and then show them getting married, then I wouldn't mind.

I guess I'm really hoping for a very un-traditional ending for this show. For Ji yeon, that getting married is not a MUST thing to do for a woman before she turns 40. You can be happy without being married to someone. For Dong-ha, that being a doctor is a good thing but Not being a doctor is also a good thing. You can contribute to society without being a doctor. That he is man enough for Ji Yeon without having the traditional job.
I guess I'm hoping the show will end on a positive note without giving a definitive ending for the characters, just the promise of a good future.

Actually maybe the wedding I'd like to see for the show ending would be Mom's wedding to CEO hahahaha. That'll be something :)

2 more eps to go, so sad. Writers, please pile on the cute and adorable!!

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Tumblr friend outside-seoul said it would be perfect if it had a Clueless style fake out, where we see a wedding and we think it's Ji Yeon and Dong Ha, but it's actually her mom and her boss! I think that would be so cute!

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I'm happy about it because Jiyeon and Dongha are getting together, although another part of me feels it's too soon and that Jiyeon has issues to resolve on her own still.

She's still total-meek-mouse the second that Shi-hoon calls (who's still a lier) and I also wish she were the one declaring her feelings. She was pulled into the relationship by Shi-hoon, dumped by Shi-hoon and now she's the one getting asked again – the passive agent. She's smiling now and clearly happier, but I wish she would have been the one to take the initiative.

I know the reason behind Dongha asking has to do in part with globally ingrained norm that men are supposed to do the 'proposing' (I know he didn't propose because it's too early, but it was totally set up like a proposal) – but I'm not fond of this ingrained notion of 'guy must ask, girl must sit around waiting hoping she'll be asked'.

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Technically their first kiss, Ji yeon initiated that :)
I think the lets date scene works in this case because Dong ha is just more the romantic type, whereas Ji yeon is more the let's get it on type hahaha (I'm on board with that approach).

During that scene, when she said i'm not going anywhere even when you try to push me away, isn't that what he said to her earlier?

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Technically. Their very first kiss is initiated by dong ha.remember the "white knight" kiss in first eps. But emotionally this is their first kiss coz both have feeling for each other.

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Totally agree.

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Sorry I just hovered around that kissing scene.. it made me having goosebumps.. Perfect shot, perfect angles, perfect kiss..

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It's because BOTH the actors here managed to balance the cheesy well to make it perfect and feeling sincere.

Because it could have gone awkwardly wrong, if not handled right.

I recall a certain proposal scene in another drama, where the grinning dude just stood there, offering his ring like some waiter. It just makes viewers not feel for a scene.
It was such huge let down, and discounted some of the previous chemistry, even if it was supposed to be a romantic conclusion.

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Can I just say that Dong-Ha & Soo-chul deserve to be nominated as The Best Couple this year. Bromance FTW! <3

The cuteness in this eps is no joke, eh? Keep it coming, show, along with alot of kisses to make it perfect ㅋㅋㅋ

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I just want to say that Dong-ha and Soo-chul deserve to be nominated as The Best Couple this year. Bromance FTW! <3

The cuteness in this eps is no joke, eh? Keep it coming, show, along with alot of kisses to make it perfect kkk~

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SO much cute in this episode! Loved it.

I'll have to say when the kiss happened I had a pang of sadness that I would not see these wonderful characters' hijinks after next week. :/

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It was a little cheesy - the event at the end. but somehow still sweet as it was celebrated among friends who cheered them on in the first place.

More kisses and whatnot please!

And am I the only one who thinks Dong Ha's father is so fineee? Lol

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Am I the only one who thinks Dong Ha's father is so fineee??? LOL

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Nope. I was thinking that, too. :) And since I am probably closer to his age than Dong Ha's . . .

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Appa Yoon is a very handsome ajusshi.

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I'm loving this show more and more. I like how they are able to keep the hope and the cute from the beginning till the end, even in the darkest parts.
This a refreshing change from the typical "rom-com" formula that Korean shows like so much: sparkling starting goes to angst in the middle and a disappointing end.
Hope Dong Ha and Ji Yeon keep giving us more sweetness next week. :D

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It was a little cheesy – the event at the end... i was thinking about that too....

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I just like how Jiyeon's voice got softer when Nae Ra told her she was the godmother ^^

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Omomomo.! I noticed that too. Na rae really know best how to get her to listen.
There's a bunch of cute moment this eps
1) when dong ha say she's pretty no matter what.
2) dong ha pulled ji yeon hand to show off too. Haha.! That sure much more cuter than the couple who kisses in the car.
3) when DH smiled after remembering back what happen last night..ughh that smile is sooo melting.
4) how DH take back what he said during eating ramen and coffee..he said *new world* haha.
5) DH and SC. Both picking up the phone the same way. Both all giddy talking about their girl.and that shoulder bite. I want to bite DH too.. ahaks.sorry.
6) that couple tee. Hillarious. Cheesiness overloaded yet cute. Again .Love the way DH said * yeppo.yeppo* to JY. And making the couple tee as excuses to kiss her. Ha. Just kiss her lips u puppy.!
7) DH said " morning filled with cuteness and at night filled with indecent desire." Ahah.! He didnt deny it when she said that he had indecent desire last night. Hol~~ u naughty2.
8) DH want to go on a trip with JY. Is it full of indecent desire again dong ha???
9) JY laugh at the taught of DH preparing her breakfast and still wearing the couple tee.
10) that proposal. Sooo cheesy. But. But soooo cute. Every time i watch i'll smile.His expression is well delivered. We can feel his honesty. I actually like the fact that JY being quiet during DH propose. She being shy just show that she actually really like him.
The witch had fallen for the the wizard (dong ha). He charmed her with his cuteness yet matured self. And he too of coursed charmed by her the very first moment he look her in the eye (the-beer-moment).
My god.! Thats long. Theres much more than i've listed actually. But. Its enough. Ermmm. Nope. Never get enough of them. I totally forgot the age gap. Never cross my mind that its a problem. Haha. See what this show had make me. I'm usually not so into noona dongsaeng except for IHYV and this drama. Their chemistry on screen is and forever jjang.!

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3) when DH smiled after remembering back what happen last night..ughh that smile is sooo melting.

I knowww!! This makes me think something more happen that night that they're not showing us, hahahaha or it's my indecent thought going rampant! hahahaha

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Other than I Hear Your Voice - other pretty successful noona-dongsaeng relationships were:

Still Marry ME aka The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry
Dalja's Spring

I felt somewhat shortchanged at what they did with the Ep 13 ending scene that night. It had potential for so much more, and would have been perfect with so much more.

Because the whole scene seemed so natural. Progression to something else would have been totally in line.

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I'm just happy they're being cute and adorable together again. That's all I ever wanted. Those couple tees are the best.

I love how the ending event makes things come full circle - it really helps emphasize how much things have changed and how much they've all grown and been fleshed out as people. Jiyeon and DongHa actually DO like each other and are now doing this because they want to! Narae and Jiyeon are bffs again! Now Jiyeon's even being nice to Big and Bright! And Soochul's not a jerk anymore!

Although I do want him to step back and give Eun-Chae some space - I'd love for them to get together but because she wants to be with him too, not just because he keeps hounding her. I like how Eun-Chae handles him though (a far cry from how she reacted to that douche-y chaebol kid) and I like the idea of the two of them palling around and maybe one day changing to something more. But these things have to happen naturally, Nice Guying someone is never a good idea.

I also like how reasonable Dongha's father was once he came to him and cleared things up of his own accord. I feel like this is a father who really cares about his son and wants him to live up to his great potential for himself as opposed to wanting him to succeed just so he can brag about it or so it doesn't reflect poorly on their family. This show actually has good parents who don't die?! It's a miracle.

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I was very surprised at how the father-dong ha issue got resolved and how the father reacted. As you said, we can totally see that he is a good father who wants him to be a good person in life, not just be a doctor to live up to the family name.

"This show actually has good parents who don’t die?! It’s a miracle."
Hurray for miracle! in IHYV, I don't think I ever recover from this.

As for Eun chae - Soo chul. Hmm I actually don't want them to end up together. Soo chul is too good for her hahahaha. Soo chul is like Barney, he should be free.

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Oh, what a nice, cute and warm episode.

I'm just wondering what they have in mind for the last two episodes?
Now, that nearly everything is settled and solved...

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I am very excited to watch EP 15 & 16 because EP 14 was so cute there were so many swooning moments.

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OMG, episode 15 made me swoon from beginning to the end !

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I wish they show the detective guy more. I feel that one character that could use more background and possibly can be used more in the storyline (for no other reason than because he looks cute hahahaha)

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Wondering why the detective guy is so co-operative and friendly with her. She's not exactly the type of personality you willing offer info too.

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maybe they are ex-classmates from college?

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no one has any comments about that black shirt/dress with the window?
i wish i could've gotten a better look at it...

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