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Trot Lovers: Episode 4

The show continues to delight as it balances humor with heartache, as the plot continues to move along in the quick pace we’ve grown to expect. Chun-hee tries to return to original plan of working part-time jobs to pay off her father’s debt — however she rethinks that decision when she realizes she could could reunite her little family much sooner. Or maybe she’s just influenced by Joon-hyun, who becomes her shadow, willing to do whatever it takes to convince his little trot-ticket back to stardom that he can make her a successful singer by being her manager. Pardon me: by being her producer.

EPISODE 4 RECAP

In the nightclub alleyway, Joon-hyun gets down on his knees, begging Chun-hee to forgive him and give him just one more chance. He tells her that she doesn’t have to work at the nightclub anymore and that he’s talked Shine Star about signing a contract, promising that he’ll work hard to make her into a singer.

She angrily asks him if he’s only coming to her now that she’s hit rock bottom, adding that someone who has always been successful and well-off like him can’t understand how it feels to perform in a room salon. With tears her eyes, she tells him that she wants to quit, and walks away.

But Joon-hyun knows how miserable it is to work room salon, because he’s now in disguise and playing back-up guitar for drunken businessmen who would rather spit out their gum in his hand instead of giving him a tip.

In the morning, Chun-hee is taking Byul to school when they find Joon-hyun sleeping on the platform outside, exhausted after working in the nightclub all night (and Byul is adorably concerned about him, especially since he reeks of alcohol). He quickly wakes up and follows them, asking if Chun-hee’s changed her mind about working with him. She hasn’t.

Joon-hyun dons his disguise as he follows her around all day, including to job interviews (where he butts in to try and “helpfully” let the interviewer know Chun-hee’s debt situation with the loan sharks).

She finally can’t stand it anymore, and calls him out for following her and ruining her day just for the fun of it. He tells her that he’s not doing it because he’s bored — it’s because he’s serious about his promise to make her a singer.

Chun-hee reminds him that he’s not exactly the most trustworthy person, considering he sold her to the nightclub and ran off with the money. Even though he sincerely apologizes, she wants nothing more to do with him and asks him to stay out of her life.

But of course that’s not going to happen, as he follows her to her new job at her coach’s mother’s restaurant, where she’s been hired on as a server. His attempt to hide behind a menu is not exactly successful, but Chun-hee just rolls her eyes when her coach asks her about him.

A group of customers recognize Chun-hee from her audition that went viral, and soon as Joon-hyun hears them ask her about it, he leaps up and confirms that she’s indeed the “Hot Pepper” girl. When the men ask for an autograph, he puts her audition video on the restaurant’s television and cheerfully dances along with it. This catches the attention of the rest of the patrons, who are delighted to recognize her.

Chun-hee dies of embarrassment, but her ex-coach reminds her that it’s pretty special to be able to do something that makes so many people happy.

Later that night when Chun-hee returns home, she sees bags of groceries on her doorstep. She’s a little confused because she didn’t order a delivery, but she and Byul are thrilled to find the bags hold their favorite snacks, and now they won’t have to eat expired kimbap for dinner.

The mystery behind the grocery delivery becomes clear when Chun-hee discovers an envelope full of cash and a note from her father, which says that he’ll work hard to make money and he’ll come back for them soon. She rushes out of the house, screaming for her father as she frantically runs around the neighborhood.

But he’s not to be found, and Chun-hee returns home, deflated. Byul also read the note and hands over her piggy bank of change, asking if it will help bring their father home sooner. Aw.

Chun-hee works through her emotions the best way she knows how — by running at the track (with Joon-hyun running behind her as her ever-present shadow). She thinks back to when she was a young child and her father was trying to unsuccessfully sell vegetables at the market. In order to attract attention, young Chun-hee stood up and started singing “Hot Pepper,” and soon everyone wanted to buy vegetables from the cute little girl singing trot.

She finally stops running, and an exhausted Joon-hyun stumbles to a halt behind her, gasping and looking like he’s about to be sick. But he immediately perks up when she asks if she’ll be able to pay back her father’s debt if she signs a contract with Shine Star. If money is the only thing that will bring her father back, then there seems to be no other way.

But she makes it clear to Joon-hyun that she’s not agreeing to work with him because she forgives him — she’s aware that he might betray her again at any minute. She’s going to use him like he’s using her. He’s just happy she’s agreed to finally become a singer.

At the Shine Star office, they meet with Geon-woo to sign the contract. Joon-hyun’s pride balks at being called her manager instead of producer, but a phone call with President Jo reminds him that his return to a music career is riding on her success, no matter what his job title is.

Yang Hoo-jee is busy with charity work as she hands out food to the homeless, but she’s shocked and (suspiciously) distressed when she sees Chun-hee’s father, calling him “Myung-sik Oppa.” But it was too brief of a glimpse of him for her to be sure.

Now that Chun-hee is part of the Shine Star family, Joon-hyun begins to teach her how to act as a trainee and hoobae (while still calling himself a “producer,” ha). There are three main rules she must follow: (1) to greet everyone with a deep bow; (2) to always have a bright smile for her sunbaes as she cheerfully asks them to take care of her; and (3) to always eat anything her sunbaes give her, even if they’ve already chewed it.

Chun-hee’s strong personality balks at his lessons, but she still tries her hardest, and eventually gets her first test when Pil-nyeo beckons her over to eat ramyun together. Chun-hee greets her with an absurdly wide smile, pretending that she’s hungry and loves ramyun.

While Chun-hee’s busy eating, Pil-nyeo “accidentally” drops her chopsticks on the floor. When Chun-hee jumps up to get them, Pil-nyeo also “accidentally” spills ramyun broth all over Chun-hee’s shirt.

As Chun-hee undresses in an empty recording studio, Pil-nyeo pretends to hand her a new set a clothes — before snatching them back and locking her in the studio. Pil-nyeo dumps the soiled clothes in the trash, pleased that her plan to prevent Chun-hee from attending Soo-in’s party (celebrating her album debut) has worked.

Joon-hyun is worried because he can’t reach Chun-hee on the phone — because it’s on the other side of the studio door. But her ringtone can be heard from the hallway, and Geon-woo pauses briefly as he’s walking by — and then continues walking.

Only to return to discover a pitiful Chun-hee huddled in the corner of the dark and empty studio. He’s amused to find her in such a strange situation, but he covers her up with his jacket while he goes to find her some clothes to wear. He takes one of the dresses that Soo-in has in her practice room, and Chun-hee makes quite the fashion statement with her sporty trainers and borrowed pink dress.

At Soo-in’s party, everyone cheers for her debut success, only no one clinks glasses with Chun-hee. Pil-nyeo hands her a glass of beer, laughing off the fact she locked her in the studio as just an initiation prank. She then snidely points out that there’s no one else from Chun-hee’s trainee year because Chun-hee is a “parachute” (as in, she’s only there because of her connections, and not because she earned it).

But Geon-woo cheerfully points out that there’s another in her year: him. After all, he’s only there because of his father. He toasts her with a cheer for the “parachute class.”

Meanwhile, Joon-hyun is getting another stamp in his debt-book as he gets ready for another night as back-up guitar player in the room salon. He reminds the shady nightclub owner that he only has to work three more times and Chun-hee’s debt will be cleared. He also makes the nightclub owner promise he won’t tell Chun-hee that he’s working off her debt. (And we know he’s working hard because he gets a nose bleed.)

At Soo-in’s party, Geon-woo notes Pil-nyeo putting powder into a glass of beer before handing it to Chun-hee (who must drink it, as per hierarchy rules). He intercepts it, declaring himself to be her black knight — and then straight-out asks Pil-nyeo if she put a laxative in it.

When she denies it, he says that there will be no problem if she drinks it, then. Which of course she does, because even if she’s Chun-hee’s sunbae, Geon-woo is her boss, and so the hierarchy rules come back to bite her.

Joon-hyun is busy looking for Soo-in’s party, and tries to stop a waiter in the hallway of the nightclub. But it’s his ex-manager Tae-song, who hurriedly scurries away, afraid of being seen. He ends up hiding in a stall in the women’s restroom, and in the stall next door is Pil-nyeo, suffering from her laxative.

She discovers that her stall has no toilet paper, and politely knocks on the stall wall to ask for some from who she assumes is another woman (but is Tae-song). He keeps quiet for fear of discovery, and her polite demeanor becomes rude as she pounds on the wall until he finally slips some under the wall for her.

As she’s leaving, though, she notices that those are men’s shoes under the door, and when he opens the stall door to come out, she throws a bucket of mop water in his face. She’s surprised to see that it’s the same guy who stole her ddukbokki. He just silently and wearily takes his tray of drinks as he squelches out the door.

Pil-nyeo emerges from the stall a second time (the laxatives continuing to do their job), and finds Soo-in at the mirror, touching up her makeup. She’s full of complaints about Chun-hee, but Soo-in tries to support the newbie by saying Chun-hee’s actually talented.

When Pil-nyeo says it’s strange that a trainee is better-dressed than the person of honor, Soo-in admits that pink dress is actually hers, and she was planning on wearing it at her concert. But since it was Geon-woo who took the dress, there was probably a good reason Chun-hee needed it, even though she was surprised to see it on her. Pil-nyeo thinks Soo-in is too nice and promises she’ll fix it for her.

Pil-nyeo puts her mean girl skills to work as she confronts Chun-hee in an empty hallway. She asks if she made it into Star Shine by sleeping with Geon-woo, since she’s wearing clothes he gave her. But Chun-hee’s not taking any of her crap, and reminds her that the only reason she needed another set of clothes was because Pil-nyeo locked her in the recording room.

As she reaches out to slap Chun-hee, Pil-nyeo stumbles, and once she sees her trainee minions down the hallway, fakes a fall while shouting that Chun-hee pushed her. Both her minions believe her, and so does Joon-hyun, who’s just arrived.

But once she and Joon-hyun are alone, Chun-hee cuts off his lecture about not acting like a proper hoobae. She asks him what kind of manager (or producer) he is to not only believe her when she says she didn’t push Pil-nyeo, but also to disappear without notice. When she asks what was so urgent that he couldn’t be there for her that night, he says he can’t tell her (because it’s about him paying off her nightclub debt).

She walks away, disappointed with him because he thinks she’s always to blame. Unnoticed, Geon-woo stands in the hallway, having overheard everything.

Back at the party, Chun-hee chugs down glass after glass of whiskey while Joon-hyun looks on with concern and tries to get her to stop. But she reminds him that she was a marathoner, so once she starts, she has to go all the way to the end.

A drunken Director Wang tells her that he hates parachute people, and Geon-woo takes that opportunity to suggest they play Yaja Time, the game where people get to ignore honorifics for a set time. Everyone else is drunk by this point, and even though Pil-nyeo protests, he says that this is their chance to tell him what they really think about him.

Chun-hee immediately leaps up (and tells Pil-nyeo to “shut up!” when she tries to interrupt, ha!). Geon-woo can’t hide the grin on his face as she chooses Director Wang as her first target, asking why he only told her that he hates “parachutes” when Geon-woo is one, too.

But Geon-woo isn’t safe from her drunken truth-telling, as she points a finger at him, asking if they’re really in the same class since his connections are of a much higher status than hers.

And then she sits back down and immediately passes out. HA.

After the party is over, Joon-hyun tries to guide a happily blitzed Chun-hee outside. Geon-woo notices her barely-able-to-stand drunken state and offers to give her a ride home, much to the envy of all the other Shine Star ladies. Joon-hyun doesn’t seem so thrilled either as he watches Geon-woo drive off (but there seems little cause for jealousy, since Geon-woo spends most of his time trying to keep her from vomiting all over his car).

Chun-hee tipsily thanks him for driving her home and saving her when she was locked in the recording studio, and he exaggerates his astonishment that he’s always saving her when he sees her, because he’s not the type to help people. Joon-hyun looks thoughtfully on as Geon-woo drives off, and when he tries to get Chun-hee’s attention, she just waves him off, telling him to go sleep on his platform.

When Soo-in arrives home, her mother wakes up with a start from a nightmare about a car accident that happened long ago. She brushes off the lingering memory to ask Soo-in how her party went, surprised that the new president seems to be taking an interest in the company.

The next morning, Chun-hee returns the dress to Soo-in, apologizing that she didn’t know it was hers. Soo-in says it’s okay, but as soon as Chun-hee leaves, Soo-in tosses the dress into the trash.

Geon-woo announces to the entire staff that Shine Star’s annual market performer this year will be Chun-hee (who is just as surprised as anyone). This will also be a chance to prove that she belongs to the Star Shine family, because she will need to convince five hundred people at the market to vote for her by dropping a ball in a box. By the end of the day, if all five hundred balls are in the box, then she will be allowed to debut.

The ever-egotistical Joon-hyun confidently swaggers that they could move a thousand balls if needed. Pil-nyeo and Director Wang immediately jump on this, saying they should raise the limit to a thousand then, if it seems like it will be so easy. A thousand balls it is, and Chun-hee shoots daggers out of her eyes at Joon-hyun.

At the market, Chun-hee begins performing, but her only audience is the chickens for sale. Joon-hyun shoves her out the way to try his hand as the “king of busking.”

But Chun-hee immediately drags him away and gets the Star Shine crew to move further into the market, where she dons an adorable animal costume head (and makes Joon-hyun wear one, too), and goes around asking the market ahjummas for song requests. Finally she gets one, and as Joon-hyun accompanies on her guitar, she becomes a walking trot jukebox.

Everyone in the marketplace is enjoying singing along and dancing to Chun-hee’s singing. Pil-nyeo looks on in disgust as ball after ball is put into the box, until she realizes that every single ball has been used. This won’t do, and she takes matters into her own hands by causing a diversion with firecrackers, which gives her a chance to “accidentally” spill the box and send the balls rolling across the market.

The Shine Star crew (except for Pil-nyeo and Manager Wang) frantically try to collect all the scattered balls and return them to the box. Joon-hyun spots a man taking a ball with him as he rides off on his bicycle, and Joon-hyun runs after him.

Meanwhile, Soo-in is the middle of a television interview for her debut album, and Yang Hoo-jee stage-mothers off-camera, trying to correct answers and requesting other answers be edited out. When she berates her daughter later for not giving “proper” answers, Geon-woo jumps in to say that it was refreshing to hear Soo-in’s honest responses rather than the perfect answers everyone expects. Her mother may not appreciate him butting in, but Soo-in is totally thrilled at his support.

Joon-hyun finally catches up with the man outside his small farm, and as he reaches for the Star Shine ball, a grandmother accuses him of being a thief. When he’s recognized as a famous singer, the grandmother promises to return the ball to him if he sings something.

He starts in on a ballad, but she cuts him off — she wants a trot song. Joon-hyun is vehemently opposed to singing trot, insisting that he’s Korea’s best singer and an artist.

Once he realizes that it’s the only way to get the ball back, he tells her that this is the first and last time he’ll sing trot, so she should be aware of how special it is. Grandma’s just like, “Shut up and sing already.” Which he does, despite his initial pouting, and soon the whole family is singing and clapping along.

Pil-nyeo is counting the balls and fakes sadness when there are only 989 of them. But just when Chun-hee thinks she’s lost, members of the merchant association rush up to give their thanks for revitalizing what was a slow day for them. They also found a few more of the Shine Star balls, which is handed over to Pil-nyeo to count: 999, one ball short.

Just then Joon-hyun comes running up with the last ball. Director Wang tries to argue that it’s cheating if Joon-hyun puts it in the box himself, but one of the merchants snatches it away and declares it to be from them as he puts it into the box.

Everyone (except Pil-nyeo and Manager Wang, of course) is all smiles when Geon-woo declares that Chun-hee has completed her mission. Chun-hee and Joon-hyun are so overwhelmed with joy that she’s managed to prove she’s worth being a part of the Shine Star family, they excitedly embrace each other in a happy hug — until they remember that they don’t actually like each other and quickly break apart.

But that doesn’t stop their giddy celebration at her success.

 
COMMENTS

I love this show. I don’t care that the plot is a predictable rom-com because the characters are so. Much. Fun.

Chun-hee is perfection. I love that Jung Eun-ji has managed to keep an undercurrent of spunk beneath everything she does (which is why when Chun-hee breaks down over her father, it hurts more since you know how strong she is). And I’m really looking forward to when Chun-hee eventually takes down Pil-nyeo, and on her own terms — no assistance from her ever-present savior, Geon-woo.

Although, to be fair, I think Pil-nyeo is a riot, and I enjoy her as the mean girl. She’s hard to hate when all her plans are foiled, and maybe she’s hard to hate because Shin Bora is hilarious. But I also can understand her motivations — after all, Pil-nyeo has been at Shine Star for the longest, and has yet to debut. Yet here comes this no-nothing upstart who’s suddenly incredibly popular, as well as the president’s favorite.

Which does make me wonder how long it will be until Soo-in has her own mean girl transformation. I’ve enjoyed the fact she’s appeared genuinely nice and supportive to Chun-hee, but when she threw out the pink dress, I was like, “Uh-oh, the competition starts now.” Not to mention there’s definitely something shady about her mother’s past with Chun-hee’s father. Thanks to that car-accident dream flashback, I’m assuming Yang Hoo-jee was responsible for Chun-hee’s mother’s death. But that doesn’t explain why she’d call him “Myung-sik Oppa.” Since Chun-hee’s mother was a professional trot singer, it makes me wonder if there was some rivalry between the women, and how that will play out within the younger generation.

Speaking of rivalry, I am enjoying that there seems to be growing fight for Geon-woo’s affections. Soo-in is clearly smitten, and not just because he’s more likely to help her succeed in her career. I think she genuinely appreciates his weirdness and the fact that he isn’t taken in by her charms. After his multiple opportunities to rescue Chun-hee, I’m also thinking she’ll eventually be swayed by the handsome, rich man who is constantly amused by her. As someone who chronically suffers from Second Lead Syndrome, it’s refreshing to know that the ladies on the show appreciate the second lead, too.

But I have to admit I’m totally loving Joon-hyun (and his ridiculous — or possibly hawt — disguise). Yes, he’s still an ass who longs for an easy life of the celebrity — but there are strong promises of character growth, which I find reassuring (not to mention Joon Ji-hyun’s excellent portrayal of a burgeoning glimpse of a conscience). I also still believe he’s better suited for Chun-hee because they both have similar (or at least complimentary) temperaments. Their motivations may be different, but when they put their minds to it, they work extremely hard to achieve success. Music is his life and his passion — when he contemplated never being able to do music again, his first thought was suicide. For Chun-hee, music is her family and her heart.

Not to mention, for a guy who refused to run the marathon in the beginning of the show, he’s sure done a lot of running in this episode.

This is why I’m still not completely sold on the second lead, as delightful as I find him. At least not for Chun-hee, because I think he and Soo-in are well-matched. Because even though he’s taken an interest in her, and by default the company, he’s not the passionate hard-worker that Chun-hee is. He’s there to work for a year because his father told him to, and then he’s happy to find something new to entertain himself.

Really, that’s the big reason why I haven’t gone all Second Lead Syndrome over Geon-hee yet: he’s entertained by Chun-hee. The looks he gives her are often of pure amusement. True; he’s saved her over and over. But he also saves Soo-in (his awareness of how uncomfortable she was with her mother berating her for her interview answers was totally a “knight in shining armor” moment).

Chun-hee is the type of girl that needs someone to be passionate about her and fight for her. Or, rather fight along side her. Right now, I’m not getting the sense the Geon-woo is a fighter. But Joon-hyun definitely is, even if he still needs to learn how to fight for her and with her, and not just use her for his own gain.

But there are still plenty episodes left for them to bicker and fall in love (and bicker some more!). As well as hopefully sing lots more trot. Because that little performance for Grandma can’t be the last time he sings trot, it just can’t!

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OMO Is that Shin Bora?? I haven't seen this drama yet so I decided to take a peek and look who I've stumbled upon here! My favorite comedienne! So that's why I haven't been seeing Bora in GagCon lately... So happy for her!!!

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Bo Ra Unnie is doing a great job!!! She has me in laugh fits every time she comes up...

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Really? I think i'm the minority then, I dislike shin bora so much here, and think she's annoying and not funny. I don't laugh at her scene and hope for less boraxeunji scene.

Am i the only one feeling there are too many characters in this drama for 16 eps. the 3 parents drama, two rivals and the manager. how can they solve the situation for this many characters. I hope i'm wrong and it will be good.

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Laughing fits on Shin Bora's character? I find her character annoying and i feel like punching her face lol. I guess we aren't really the minority, lol.

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That's exactly why I laugh, she's supposed to be the super annoying character that everybody hates, and the funny moments always are with her interactions with the "traitor manager". Everyone has their own likes and dislikes....

I don't think there are too many characters in the drama, most of them are foils, characters that are needed to accomplish certain elements but we all know their not going anywhere in terms of being developed. If the writers work right (they were still introducing some of the main players this week) they can resolve all the issues and have a good drama in 16 episodes. As a kdrama watcher you have to know that not everything will be tied in a nice little package in the end, the main characters will (hopefully) get their resolution and the rest will be a "let the chips fall where they may" kind of thing.

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Every time I talk to someone about this show they mention how they're going to have second lead syndrome. Am I the only one seriously getting behind the main couple? They're so cute. Especially that hug at the end.

Also does anyone know why this show is getting basically no love from tumblr? I'm trying to find blogs or posts or anything but the tag is almost empty.

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I found some Trot Lovers love on tumblr with the "Shin Sungrok" tag. YEAHHH IM HAVING THE SECOND LEAD SYNDROME TOO LMAO XD. I rarely have a second lead syndrome but he's too adorable, le Jaekyung oppa ㅠㅠ.

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I'm already infected with second lead syndrome too LOL. I guess coz right now it's so hard to love the first lead character (beside his chemistry w/ lil sis) he just so hateful and don't deserve her at this point. His good point almost nonexistence right now. I hope the writer do his justice before make chunhee fallinlove with him. please make it reasonable at least.

Moreover, shin sung rok character are just so lovable, how can one not love him. he's so unique, not your typical rich boy and the way he said he's on the same league as eunji as "parachute" LOLOLOL. his chemistry with eunjiiii... I haven't see eunji chemistry w/ the first lead yet.

Please writer, if you gonna end first leads together, at least try to make it believable, don't just shove them together.

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I know; I'm preparing for my heart being broken cus the chances of Eunji ending up Jaekyung oppa is like 0.01% BUT STILL I'LL HAVE SOME FAITH ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ. And yeah, I don't really have ANYTHING i like about the Main Guy yet and Yeah, i hope they give us a reasonable scene/moment if our 2 main characters fall in love or something.

#TeamJaekyungOppa

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Second Lead Syndrome is basically just setting yourself up for major disappointment because kdramas NEVER deviate from the rule of having the designated first leads be the OTP even if they have to resort to half-assed storylines and second lead character assassinations in the absence of any real compelling reasons why the OTP should be together.

.....but I still have it anyway, damn you Shin Sung-rok.

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Haha true, but it think it happened at least twice before when second lead be the OTP. If i'm not mistaken park shi hoo in queen of reversal and Kim nam gil in queen seon duk (this one is questionable LOL)

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That's a sad truth and lets blame Shin Sung-rok!

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"... damn you Shin Sung-rok"

Ahahaha, my thoughts exactly! He's pretty irresistible at this point, and his straight-talking, cut-the-BS mannerisms are very refreshing for a rich playboy - he even thanks his father for letting him live off his money!

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You're not the only one. I love Joon Hyun too.

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I have second lead syndrome in that I just enjoy him more...as in I love every second he's on screen. I don't have it in the sense that I want them to end up together.

I know who she'll end up with but I'm not "getting behind" him. He sunk pretty low and flip flops too much for me. I have trouble liking him for a relationship although I know they'll be working hard to prove me wrong.

Is it bad that I don't particularly want her with either of them? *hides*

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I have been refreshing non-stop for the recap LOL.

Anyway this episode is back with its comedy! And really Jaekyung oppa (Jo Geunwoo) is my favourite thing EVER. He's so adorable like when he gives his coat to Eunji when Shin Bora's b*tchy character locked her up the room. SWOON.

And whenever he steal glances at Eunji and does his most ADORABLE smile EVER. And protecting Eunji from the diarrhea drink + giving her the chance to vent her frustrations against those b*tchass sunbaes.

The Seyoung girl has not on her b*tch radar yet so far but Shin Bora is pissing me off, i guess thats great acting?

And also is it too much if i want Jaekyung oppa to end up with Eunji CUS THEY ARE SO ADORABLE TOGETHER

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Did anyone else notice that Pil-nyeo went back into the stall that had no toiletpaper? Hilarious.

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YES! I totally noticed that. Plus, she didn't wash her hands after. Gross. This always happens in dramas, drives me nuts.

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Ahhh the washing hands thing was killing me too! SO GROSS. And we can't pretend that that scene just happened on camera because they show her walking out of the stall and directly moving on without any breaks to imagine she washed her hands then. eeew

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Great episode.

Really curious on how much CH and EH owe to their respective people?

We have what?

1. CH owing x millon won to the President of Heo (due to EH's scam and jacking which he is now paying him off with his money)

2. Her family or rather, her Dads debt. How much are they actually needing to pay with the Interest?

3. Doesn't EH actually owe CH back also the amount he scammed? #1 is stating he's paying off the debt from the contract termination with Heo, but not the actual money he scammed from Eunji.

I am pretty sure it will show in the next few episodes but I guess the Second Lead Syndrome will start to kick in? Right now it just seems like Jaekyung (yes im calling him by his YFANS name) is just having fun and being curious of what Eunji is capable of. Really glad he didn't really bother questioning her entering into Shine Star though. I am pretty sure if he was aware of her families situation, he would probably have no problem paying off her father's debt (granted he has to actually get the money from his dad also?)/

Speaking of his dad, President Jo, although we don't know his relation with Eunji's mother yet, it's probably a long the lines of a saseng fan and he wants to help Eunji out due to the unfortunate? (Maybe on purpose, not yet known) accident that caused her mother to pass away.
Did he pay off their room's rent or something? Surprised she's not curious or questioned on why all the sudden the owner is letting her and Byul stay.

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I am still not sold on Joon-Hyun just because up until now, all he's done so far was for his own benefit (nosebleed and all). Yes, he's paying off her nightclub debt (actually, it was his debt to begin with since he spent all that money that he STOLE). Yes, he's decided to take her under his wing (but not because he wants to but because it's the only way for him to get back on track). I want to see him do something for Chun-Hee that doesn't involve helping himself in the process. That's the only way I can start seeing him in a new light.

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yeppp, same here. He feels bad for Byul but Chun-hee herself, he still sees her as a means to an end for him.

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Nope. Still not behind the first lead, well, not much. This episode had the adorkable Geon Woo smiling and being a victim to Chun Hee's drunken truth bombs (Yoon Jin anyone?), but he was still amused by her. I'm still loving Geon Woo so much more than Joon Hyun but- gasp! There's a "but", I know! But what odilettante said is true. Geon Woo is the white night and would save even the meanest girl on earth from destruction. And he finds our heroine amusing. That is not exactly the standard love awakening, but understood, he has yet to fall in love with her. That's unlike Joon Hyun, who is rather passionate about who he chooses to save. Yes, he still has the arrogant idol personality, but he's starting to care about someone that is not himself. And Chun Hee needs someone like that. Someone who could see past her mistakes and accept her for who she is. Me, the ultimate second lead shipper, has to grudgingly admit that Joon Hyun is the one for her. See what I'm doing? I'm trying to prepare myself for the impending doom by trying to get behind the lead and see things from his perspective. Geon Woo would be annoying if he wasn't so adorable and cute. He has definitely grown on me. Don't tell me that I'm the only one! And I can't hate Pil Nyeo. She's an adorable mean girl... And she's obviously paired up with Tae Song (Haitai baby), so how can I hate her?

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Just what I was thinking, Zoey!

I'd love to see playboy Geon Woo get serious about something/someone (and I think Shin Sung-rok can turn on the intensity, no problem at all)!

But I agree, from all the promos, posters etc, the OTP is already set. Chun Hee's probably not the type to feel 100% comfortable with GW - she and Joon Hyun make a prickly pair, but I'm resigned to the fact that they're our OTP...

Love a drama with a great supporting cast, so I wholeheartedly ship Haitai (I mean Tae Song) with Pil Nyeo. Sure, she's petty and immature, but I'm sure Soo In will take scary to a whole new level!

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Part of what I love about Chun Hee so far is that she's legitimately kick ass. She doesn't respond to some situations like I would (like when gangsters kidnap you, etc. I would be screaming.), but she doesn't pussyfoot around either. When she slapped, punched, and kicked Joon Hyun last episode I. Was. In. Shock. I can't remember ever seeing a female lead beat up a male lead for being a complete ass before.

It's officially one of my favorite drama moments ever.

I'm fully on board with the main couple, and I don't see that changing. Even if I do think Geon Woo is a fabulous character and would be perfectly okay with him getting the girl. I just really like Joohn Hyun.

A lot.

Side note: I want Tae Song and Pil Nyeo together. NOW. Seriously, does anyone else get a 'possible loveline' feeling with those two? I can just imagine them stealing the show like Oh Dong Hoon and Kim Seul Gi did in Flower Boy Next Door. In fact, I hope they do.

That would be fabulous.

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This is like the 5th KD I've watched in the past couple years in which a good-for-nothing dad runs off leaving the children to hold the bag. Is this a thing in SK?

IFF we go by what we see in KDs, we'd think that 90% of its citizens are chaebols, the rest are gangsters; most dads r deadbeats; most older women r super nasty mother-in-laws; a lot of young men grew up in orphanages, and half the young girls r candies, w the other half being evil wannabes.

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I'd take it all with a grain of salt.. I'd start believing in the Kdrama cliches when I start believing that a low incomed job character can afford to live in a huge apartment in New York.

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.....and if there isn't a huge apartment, there are piles and piles of expensive designer clothes and accessories (a la Sex and the City).

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One big plus I will give to Japanese dramas is that they very seldom use such clichés - the portrayals of how people act are much closer to real life.

In Korean dramas, family trumps all - no matter what the evil dad or mother has done, up to and including multiple murders. Not realistic at all, and not sure why the dramas persist in taking such a one sided approach to family problems.

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That's probably because, in real life, family really does trump everything else in Korea. Koreans will put up with a lot from their family members. There are many reasons for that including how patriarchal of a society it is, the need to save face (yours and those around you), etc. Korean dramas are very over exaggerated, but a lot of it still has some basis in truth.

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I have seen a lot more derelicts than 5, if you include not just dad, but mom, or both, and brothers (I can only vaguely recall one where it was the sister).

While I think it is way overused as a plot device, what annoys me most is that 99% of the time the victim (usually the candy girl) will forgive them, no matter what horrible things they have done. And somehow those alcoholic, gambling, thieving, scamming criminal relatives always manage to redeem themselves.

Almost zero relation to what happens in real life - I really wish that dramas would stop sugar coating such situations, but I doubt that will happen soon.

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I'm just loving this drama more and more as it progresses. :D

Drunk Eunji is the greatest. HEE. :3

When SSR and Eunji had their cute moment in front of her house, I went "EEEP! :D I SHIP THEM." But at the end when JHW and Eunji hugged, I was like, "...oh no, I ship them too D:"

Too bad there was no preview. :( But it's okay because another episode is coming out in a couple days!

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Which does make me wonder how long it will be until Soo-in has her own mean girl transformation.

I'd say it was underway well before that, Soo-in is a type I recognise very well - i.e. will be nice on the surface but get others to do all her dirty work the instant she feels threatened. Like she got Pil-nyeo to do here - her words say one thing, but her demeanour and actions another. I do sympathise with her for feeling stifled under her mother's thumb, but this girl is career-minded and will do anything to make that happen.

I thought Lee Se-young was bland before, but now the blandness actually reads as a deliberate part of Soo-in's facade to come across as a nice innocent rookie singer while removing all obstacles in her way. (oh and her mother totally killed Chun-hee's, I buy it).

Eunji us killing it again. It's a damn shame the ratings are so low though I never expected a show themed around trot to be highly popular to begin with. But she is a natural actress who doesn't need scripts to be retooled to accommodate a lack of emoting ability, and who more than holds her own against costars who have almost a decade in age and experience over her.

And I'm also happy to see that she's improved even more since 1997 - she's retained her lively charm but definitely not suffering from any lack of emoting ability, and if anything she's strongest in her more emotional scenes in Trot Lovers - whether it was her scene with her sister and discovering the new shoes last ep, or her telling Joon-hyun off here. She's really hit her stride as an actress, and I'm so happy to see it. (I noted last ep that she has better chemistry with Shin Sung-rok than Ji Hyun-woo, and that is still the case - there's a spark of genuine interest or at least reaction between her and SSR, that I find a little lacking with her and JHW - even if that last hug was cute, I was into it more for her than him).

And also, I adore Byul. Yoo Eun-mi is the true dark horse of this series, her scenes with Eunji are the best of this episode - that kid just brings out the best in her costars, she's not only adorable but seems to have wisdom beyond her years.

(and I want to see more of Tae-song too, he and Pil-nyeo are funny and I swear if him and Eunji had a scene together I'd be squealing over the 1997/94 crossover, ha)

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About the ratings, the drama just started. KBS Big Man started off slow too but ended up #1 on its Finale episode, finally breaking the 10% ratings for the Monday-Tuesday timeslot ever since Mirae's Choice ---- Half a year!

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Whenever I see people worrying about low ratings for the first couple of episodes, I point to "Secret" - which started out around 5 and ended up close to 20, even while going up against Heirs. http://www.koreandrama.org/?p=29260

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true, that.

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Definitely second lead syndrome for me! Geon Woo is just so adorable and funny, and has amazing chemistry with Chun Hee. I do see slight potential with Joon-hyun, but it will take a lot of excellent writing and acting convince me they are meant to be.

I just don't, really don't want Geon Woo to end up with Soo-in :-((

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Hm, I disagree about Soo In - she's already a mean girl.

She's a passive-aggressive manipulator, as evidenced by her conversation with Pil Nyeo in the bathroom. She oh-so-innocently says that she hadn't known Choon Hee was going to wear it, and that she, Soo In, had planned on wearing during a concert (but now she can't *sad face*).

After Pil Nyeo has been manipulated into 'taking care of it' and tells Soo In so, Soo In smiles.

I think any mean girl behaviour by Soo In will be of this sort: underhanded, covered with sugar, and hard to prove.

Anyway, thanks for the recap! :)

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yeah, I agree about Soo-in. She won't be mean overtly, she'll find another person to do the hazing and take the blame, like Pil-nyeo here. Totally passive-aggressive.

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Thanks for the recap!! I'll have to find time to watch all of the geon woo scenes aka the only thing I care about in this drama. In real life, I think he'd actually be infuriating, but it's entertaining watching him being entertained. Whatever happened to his kleptomaniac tendencies?

Oh wait...he did steal a dress...

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Went back and watched all of his scenes. He didn't exactly steal the dress...he did at least inform the owner that he was taking it. I want more scenes like the beginning where he randomly has other people's belongings. Too funny!

And I LOVE how he smiles after everything he does like he's saying 'heh, I did something to make someone annoyed and they can't do ANYTHING about it.'

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I LOLed when Joon-hyun tried singing trot!

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I'm ready to sink with the Chun-hee and CEO ship.

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odilettante ~

Thanks for the recap. Chun-hee is at her best when she smiles, but that's just Eun-ji's natural self. Squee.

I'm hoping Shin Bora turns a new leaf and helps Chun-hee. She's a talented singer in her own right and it would be a shame if we don't get a song or two from her.

Eye roll at Yang Hoo-jee's " death flashback". C'mon, show. I wanna hear these folks sing trot songs, leave the death secret thingie for some other show.

Geon-woo is stealing the show as our quirky CEO. Second lead! Second lead ! Second lead ! Let Joon-hyun get back together with Soo-in, they deserve each other.

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I'm predicting a moment where Chun-hee helps Bora, and then they'll be besties for the rest of the drama. It'll probably happen when Soo-in starts being more outwardly malicious.

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I can't ship the second lead with Chun Hee...it's not just the fact that I can't quite shake his Evil Villain image from YFANS.....

Didn't Geon Woo say at one point, "Are you my lost little sister?" or something like that?

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I suspect the "lost sister" story on the plane was NOT made up.

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Are you confusing this drama with Fated to Love You?

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Yes, he did. He was curious as to why his father is so interested in her, and was musing as to whether she is a long-lost half-sister. It does seem as if President Jo has some old connection with Chun-hee's mother since he was looking for her family, and that's why he's interested in helping her, we just don't know what that is yet.

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Phew! THANK YOU LollyPip! I was starting to doubt that he actually said that..... "Are you my long-lost half-sister."

I took that statement at face value...like he really did have a half sister he was looking for.....(not too far out of the realm of k-drama possibilities)

So I read the translation wrong...what he actually said was "Are you A long-lost half-sister"

~~~~~~"A" vs. "my"~~~~~~

...which makes it more of a joking, sarcastic statement.

I'm still not ruling out the possibility of lost sibling story, but I'd prefer Soo-In to be the lost sister instead of Chun Hee.

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Phew! THANK YOU LollyPip! I was starting to doubt that he actually said that..... "Are you my long-lost half-sister."

I took that statement at face value...like he really did have a half sister he was looking for.....(not too far out of the realm of kdrama possibilities)

So I read the translation wrong...what he actually said was "Are you A long-lost half-sister"

~~~~~~"A" vs. "my"~~~~~~

...which makes it more of a joking, sarcastic statement.

I'm still not ruling out the possibility of lost sibling story, but I'd prefer Soo-In to be the lost sister instead of Chun Hee.

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I basically watch this drama now just fast forwarding through it for the Geun Woo moments. My favourite this episode was after the mother-daugher interview when he sneaks up behind their argument, then pushes himself between them, and then walks towards the camera, smirking like mad. It felt like he was breaking the fourth wall, almost; it was hilarious and I watched it over and over again.

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Love it! Thanks for the recap!

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Hoping it'll be good. Am not hating on it, but not loving on it too much. Will see how intrusive the "I was the one responsible for the hit-and-run" angst gets and how much it pushes the competition fun trot world aside.

Thanks for the recap.

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I think the real evil person in all of this will be Soo-in's mother. It is pretty obvious that she is the total control type, and thinks of her daughter as an extension of her own vanished career.

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I didn't quite like the first episode. But after 4 episodes, I find it quite fun. Hope they get to sing a trot duet together although joon Hyun keeps saying this will be the last time he sings trot =)

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I agree with you, Thursdaynexxt, we are gonna be in a ship heading to doom. *hugs*

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Luckily for us, looks like we're not the only ones! Might as well get comfy with my soju and snacks and prepare for the ride.

I don't totally hate Joon Hyun - it's just that he's been such an ass to Chun Hee so far that he's got a long way to go until he redeems himself in my eyes ... and then we'll see!

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this drama is so good!!! I saved it for last among all the new shows to check out and now im regretting it. EunJi is amazing in it as expected & this is the first time I have ever liked both 2nd leads. That scene with Joon Hyun on the brink of tears for having to sing trot was hilarious!!!

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