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Trot Lovers: Episode 6

Chun-hee begins her ascent as a popular and beloved trot singer, while Soo-in looks into the face of what her future may be: namely, becoming as conniving as her mother in order to survive. Everyone seems to have some mommy issues, though — the memories of her mother cause Chun-hee to bring hope and healing to another, while Joon-hyun is reminded that sometimes blood relatives aren’t as reliable as the misfit adopted family he’s found himself a part of. And Geon-woo, well, we’ll just assume his mother is the part of the reason he remains so perfectly adorable and quirky.

EPISODE 6 RECAP

After Joon-hyun rushes to the hospital to check on Chun-hee, he stops short at the sight of Geon-woo tending to her. Soo-in follows him in, and is also not at all happy to see Geon-woo. She quietly (and without notice) leaves in a huff, but Joon-hyun quickly takes his place next to Byul, who reminds him that the only reason Geon-woo took Chun-hee to the hospital was because he didn’t answer his phone.

When the nurse asks for Chun-hee’s guardian, both Joon-hee and Geon-woo leap up. But it’s Geon-woo the nurse wants, and Byul pulls down the sputtering Joon-hyun (“But I’m Choi Chun-hee’s manager, I mean, producer!”), reminding him that Geon-woo’s the president of the company. The difference between the men is further highlighted when Geon-woo expresses his relief that the doctors found nothing wrong with Chun-hee, whereas Joon-hyun chides her for making them worry over nothing.

Geon-woo gives the two Choi sisters a ride home (an invitation that Joon-hyun was purposefully excluded from, ha!), but because Byul is fast asleep, Geon-woo volunteers to carry her into the house. From the cheeky little smile on Byul’s face as she looks at her sister (before she quickly pretends to be sleeping again), it looks like we’ve got a pint-sized matchmaker on our hands.

Begging him to wait a few minutes “because she needs to clean up a mess,” Chun-hee hurries past him into the house. The “mess” she needs to clean up is Joon-hyun and his things, and she ignores his protests as she shoves him into a wardrobe. From his hidden vantage point, he watches (and pouts) as Geon-woo tucks Byul into bed.

Over a glass of water (where Geon-woo uses Joon-hyun’s specially selected cup), he reassures Chun-hee that no matter what the result was in the singing competition, she did really well. The audience fell for her while she was onstage — and he did, too. Swoon.

Attempts at further conversation are halted by the constant interruption of text messages from Joon-hyun, who is spying on them from the bedroom. Geon-woo is amused at how popular she is, but Chun-hee dismisses the messages as just spam. Although she at least takes seriously Joon-hyun’s complaint that Geon-woo is using his cup, and she goes to the cupboard to get a new glass.

As she’s reaching for one, the cupboard door starts to fall, and Geon-woo leans in as her ever-present savior to keep it from falling on her (and he gets his own epic sweeping music of heroism).

Joon-hyun is ready to barge on out there and break up the moment between them, but a very-much awake Byul drags him back into the bedroom and blocks the door. She thinks Geon-woo and her sister look cute together, and if he sees Joon-hyun there, he might get the wrong idea. He’s stopped short when she tells that since he’s family now, he should want to play along with Byul’s matchmaking scheme.

After Chun-hee sees Geon-woo off (and his father quickly does a 180 back into his own house when he realizes his son is right outside), she returns to find Joon-hyun noisily trying to fix the broken cupboard (which he only seems to make worse). She thinks his petty complaints about Geon-woo are really due to him being disappointed that she didn’t win the competition.

He seems genuinely taken aback that she would think that way (although considering how he’s treated her before, you can’t really blame her). Reassuring her that he’s not disappointed in her, he adds that he’s convinced that director and PD of the program must have somehow rigged it, because by rights she should have won.

She’s not concerned about winning though — she’s just thankful that she got a chance to appear on television and send out a message to her father. Who did get a chance to watch it, as he stands enthralled in front of a small restaurant television, listening to his daughter sing and tearing up at her message to him.

As Soo-in and her mother primp for a celebratory dinner with the director and PD from Survivor Immortal Classics, Yang Joo-hee reminds her daughter to take care of her vocal cords and make sure they heal quickly. After all, that “newbie upstart” would have won if she and Director Wang hadn’t intervened.

Soo-in, already reeling after hearing on the news that the songwriter preferred Chun-hee’s version, is stunned to discover that her win wasn’t legitimate. Angrily, she tells her mother that she could have won on her own talent, without interference. Yang Joo-hee just sighs and says it doesn’t matter because she was supposed to win anyway, so Soo-in is getting worked up over nothing.

But Soo-in decides to rebel, and doesn’t go to the celebratory dinner. Instead, she’s playing hooky at Lotte World, because she was never allowed to go to the amusement park when she was a child. She isn’t prepared for people to recognize her, though, and as she hides out on a ride to avoid all the camera phones, she calls Geon-woo for help.

Of course he comes to dramatically save her, because he is our knight in shining armor. Or in a cute headband, as Soo-in convinces him to stay and play with her. Despite how cool he acts, he’s soon having just as much as she is as the play around on all the rides and eat junk food. (And maybe about to lose some of that junk food on a particularly spiny ride. Urp.)

As they leave the amusement park, Soo-in asks if he knew that her mother rigged the win. But he says that this is the first he’s heard of it. In order to cover up her embarrassment, he reassures her that everyone said her performance was flawless — her mother and Director Wang just overreacted. She marvels at how even difficult problems seem easy when he’s around.

When he drives her home later, she offers to take him dinner to thank him for his kindness during the interview, when he said he liked her honest answers. It was the first time in her life she’d ever been praised for something that wasn’t singing. He continues to praise her for growing up so well despite her strict mother. Latching onto this, she asks how he thinks she is “as a woman,” but her delight at his answer fades when she realizes he’s talking in generalities.

They arrive at the restaurant for dinner, and surprise, surprise — Chun-hee and Joon-hyun are also there, bickering (of course) as Chun-hee hungrily stuffs her face with noodles. Geon-woo is delighted to see them. Soo-in and Joon-hyun, not so much, but neither protest when Geon-woo decides the two couples should eat together.

Geon-woo devotes most of his attention to Chun-hee, and Joon-hyun gets a well-earned kick under the table just he’s about to blurt out that he fixed the cabinet because he lives with Chun-hee. Soo-in just looks miserable.

Afterwards, Geon-woo hands over the headband Soo-in bought him at the amusement park, telling Chun-hee to give it to Byul. Soo-in looks genuinely hurt that he would give away her gift (and memory of their “date”) so easily. But Chun-hee thinks it’s pretty, and puts it on just to annoy Joon-hyun. The sassy little head-bobble as she walks away from him is just so perfect.

At home, Chun-hee and Joon-hyun continue their sibling-like squabbling as she tends to a burn from her spilled noodle broth. He points out how she went from gulping down mouthful after mouthful of noodles to suddenly discreetly slurping them as soon as Geon-woo arrived. “Do you maybe… like him?”

Chun-hee thinks he’s talking nonsense, and Joon-hyun tries to convince her that Geon-woo looks like a psychopath, with his shifty eyes. (Pfft — seems like someone must have watched You Who Came From the Stars!)

The next morning, Geon-woo overhears them discussing Chun-hee’s inaugural fan-club meeting (thanks to the efforts of our favorite loan-shark ahjussis) and wonders why they didn’t say anything to him before. To be fair, they only found out about last night themselves, but even so, Joon-hyun scoffs, because it’s not like the company would pay for it. But Geon-woo’s like, “Of course we will, oh, and can I come, too?”

The loan-shark ahjussis have decorated Coach Bang’s restaurant with balloons and are cheerfully greeting everyone who arrives. Aw, it looks like Tae-song is a fan! He talks himself out of walking in, though, afraid that Joon-hyun would be there and how he would react to seeing his “traitor” ex-manager again.

But Lee Chul-man spots him and escorts him in — and he looks uncertain about staying until Coach Bang cheerfully greets him (calling him a “young one,” ha!). He’s immediately smitten.

Guitar chords suddenly ring out, and Joon-hyun marches out, only to surprise everyone when Chun-hee pops out from where she was hiding behind him. She cheerfully greets her newly established fan club (comprised primarily of ahjussis and ahsjummas), and Tae-song looks like a nervous chicken as he tries to keep Joon-hyun from spotting him.

As Geon-woo’s about to head out for the fan-club meeting, he gets a call from Soo-in, saying that she thinks someone has broken into her house. He rushes over to find her huddled in a corner of her room, her belongings strewn about the room.

Relieved to see him, she throws her arms around him and tells him she doesn’t know what happened, but people have been leaving her scary messages online since they think the singing contest was rigged. She cries and tells him she’s so scared, she can’t even sing. But when he pulls out his phone to call the police, the look on her face seems to imply that wasn’t the response she wanted. She totally made it up, didn’t she?

Chun-hee cheerfully says goodbye to her new official fans, and Joon-hyun can’t help but tease her about the fact Geon-woo never showed up. He spots Tae-song (because he’s pretty much the last person in the restaurant, and pretty hard to miss), and when Tae-song begs for forgiveness, Joon-hyun knocks him down and angrily asks the “traitorous bastard” to get out of his sight.

As Geon-woo tucks the exhausted Soo-in into bed, he glances at his watch, aware of how late he is to Chun-hee’s fan-club meeting. But Soo-in grabs his wrist, weakly asking if he will stay just a little longer. Just then her mother shows up with her ever-perfect timing, shocked at the disarray and the fact that anti-fans came to the house.

Geon-woo leaves her with her mother, and hurries over to the restaurant. Chun-hee and Joon-hyun are busy taking down the fan-club banner when he shows up, apologizing for being so late. Annoyed, Joon-hyun throws down his side of the banner, which Geon-woo catches with a majestic sweep of his arm so it doesn’t land in her face. Because he’s destined to save her, no matter what, it seems.

She offers to make him a cup of coffee, but before he goes inside, Joon-hyun rants at him for arriving so late. Geon-woo asks if Joon-hyun likes Chun-hee, which only causes him to sputter that Geon-woo is crazy to even think that. Geon-woo: “If you don’t then it’s better for me.” Which is an answer that makes Joon-hyun even more sputtery.

Chun-hee’s super cute as she happily makes Geon-woo his cup of coffee, even stopping to check her reflection in the microwave glass. Coach Bang seems to approve of Geon-woo’s good looks, as she hurries over to get an introduction.

Later, Geon-woo meets with his father (who refuses to tell him where he’s living, ha!), and says that it’s time for Chun-hee to put out an album. His son points out that they’d have to hire all new staff, because Joon-hyun has no trot experience. But President Jo already has someone in mind to help out: composer Go Eun-tae.

When Geon-woo tells them the good news, Chun-hee and Joon-hyun are astonished that they’ve been given the go-ahead to make an album of remade trot songs. Joon-hyun gazes longingly at his guitar case that rests in the corner of Geon-woo’s office, and he promises Joon-hyun that it’ll be returned if the album is successful.

This is all news to Chun-hee, of course. She’s surprised to discover that Joon-hyun used his prize possession as collateral so she could sign her contract, but he just shrugs it off, confident he’ll get it back soon. They just need to convince Go Eun-tae to work with them.

When they meet with him, he asks Chun-hee why she sings trot. She admits that originally it was for just her family, but once she learned that it made other people happy, it made her happy, too. He wonders if she can make his wife happy — she hasn’t smiled since dementia started to take over.

If Chun-hee can make his wife smile in the next twenty-four hours by singing trot, then he will agree to compose the songs for her album. She immediately jumps right in, exercising her trot jukebox skills to their utmost ability — but Go Eun-tae’s wife remains expressionless.

On the bus ride back home, Chun-hee worries that she might not be able to make Go Eun-tae’s wife smile by tomorrow, because that means no songs and therefore no album. But on the radio, a DJ reads in a story sent in by a father for his two daughters, who wants to know that he’s living well, and to not worry about him, and that he loves them.

Just then “Hot Pepper” starts playing, and Chun-hee begins to cry as she realizes that this must mean her father saw her on television and is communicating with her with her mother’s song.

All this talk about family makes Joon-hyun attempt to reach out to his mother, who lives in California. At first she doesn’t answer, just as he expected — but she calls him back and cheerfully chatters on about how much she’s enjoying living in the States and that she’s thinking about having a child with her American husband (boyfriend?). Aw, his sad little puppy face at hearing that news is made all the sadder as he watches Chun-hee happily sing “Hot Pepper” to lull Byul to sleep.

The next morning, Chun-hee has a renewed spirit as she meets with Go Eun-tae’s wife again. She tells her about hearing from her father, which made her feel happy and stronger. She begins to sing a beautiful a cappella version of Na Hoon-ah’s “Ripe Persimmon (My Mom),” which is all about how the singer misses the mother that did so much to provide for her child. But still Go Eun-tae’s wife remains expressionless.

Chun-hee apologizes to Go Eun-tae that she couldn’t make his wife smile, but she realizes that she perhaps needs to amend her statement. She thought she sang trot because it made other people happy, but she now believes she sings trot to make herself happy. People who listen to her songs will only become happy if she’s happy, too.

When Joon-hyun mentions that the album is now gone (but he says it with a smile on his face, so there’s not hard feelings there), she smiles and says there will be another chance. But there’s no need for another chance, because Go Eun-tae discovers his wife quietly singing “Ripe Persimmon” and is overcome with joy at seeing her smile again.

Joon-hyun and Chun-hee set to the hard work of recording an album, and Joon-hyun makes good on his declaration that he’s her producer as he ruthlessly corrects her vocal technique and pronunciation as they spend hour after hour working in the studio. He notices that she eventually falls asleep on the sofa, and gently covers with a blanket — and then notices all the angry comments about him she wrote on her lyrics sheet that she couldn’t say while they were recording. Hahahaha!

But finally he skips down the Shine Star steps to surprise Chun-hee with the finished album, and she freaks out in total excitement to hold her own CD in her hands.

Someone else has noticed the CD — Soo-in, where it sits on Geon-woo’s desk.

Tae-song peers awkwardly into Coach Bang’s restaurant until she finally steps outside to invite him in. She gives him some advice on how to get Joon-hyun to eventually forgive him (basically “keep apologizing”). But he’s thinks that it will be easier to have more chances to keep apologizing to Joon-hyun if Coach Bang hires him on part-time. And not just because he’s got a crush on her, I’m sure.

Yang Joo-hee has managed to acquire Choi Myung-sik’s address, but scurries into hiding when she sees Chun-hee and Byul leaving the house. She’s confused at first, until Director Wang calls her and lets her know that Chun-hee is “Myung-sik Oppa” and Oh Sung-joo’s daughter.

She returns home to find Soo-in weeping into a glass of wine, and she she takes the glass from her, scornfully telling her daughter to just ignore all the hateful netizen comments. But it’s Chun-hee that has Soo-in in tears, and her mother tells her that she’s seen scores of talented newbies in her time, but she survived alone against all of them.

Or possibly ran over them with her car, which seems highly likely as she gives a little tough love that seems more “tough” than “love,” yelling that Soo-in will never survive being a singer if she’s this weak now. Yang Joo-hee meets with a PD, and it’s clear she’s got another crafty plan up her sleeve.

Chun-hee and Joon-hyun happily go around to various businesses, handing out copies of her album to encourage the stores to play it. At one music and gift shop, Chun-hee is thrilled to discover the merchant is selling copies of her CD.

He recognizes her from the picture on the front, and soon she’s performing for a small audience, who all eagerly buy her album.

Later, Chun-hee walks into the lion’s lair as she meets with Yang Joo-hee, grateful and happy that she recommended her for a music show. As a rookie, she runs around the dressing room handing out copies of her CD for all the sunbaes who are waiting to perform.

One such sunbae is Shin Hyo-yeol, who reaffirms how much we hate him by purposefully spilling coffee all over the CD she gave him. He then commands her to clean it up. Joon-hyun takes the mop from her, telling her she needs to prepare for the stage instead.

But when Hyo-yeol smirkingly demands Joon-hyun clean the coffee off his shoe, he grabs Hyo-yeol’s collar as if to hit him. A word from Chun-hee (and the realization that it’d be career suicide if he did), Joon-hyun silently cleans off what was once his rival’s shoes.

The next act is Chun-hee and Joon-hyun tries to help calm her nerves with encouragement:

You’re a singer. You stand here as a singer. Your song — nobody can sing it as well as you do. Let’s go out and knock ’em dead.

One of the PDs calls him over, and as soon as he leaves, Chun-hee gets a message on her phone: It’s a photo of her father, with the the threat that if she doesn’t come right now, she might never see him again.

She looks anxiously at the exit sign, and then the “On Air” sign.

COMMENTS

Oh nooooooooooo! What will she choose?!?! Stupid cliffhanger.

I’m sure this “your father or the stage!” decision is part of Yang Joo-hee’s cunning plan to use Chun-hee’s family against her in order to… sneakily kick her out of the company? Make her a disappointment to everyone? Run her over with a car?

I don’t fully understand why we’ve pitted these ladies against each other, except for the fact they’re signed under the same company and they’ve “debuted” at the same time. It’s not like they’re fighting for the same market share: Chun-hee’s trot probably introduces a larger market with the ahjussi’s and ahjumma’s that are more likely to buy her CD and attend her concerts, versus Soo-in’s pop-ballad style that would cater to a younger audience.

But it’s not so much about the music as it is the attention, really. Soo-in has been groomed from a young age to expect that she will succeed as a singer no matter what, and so to see the upstart with no training or even strong desire to become a pop star suddenly become a hit has got to rankle. Especially when this rookie also has the full attention of the handsome president of the company. I get the feeling that Soo-in has always just gone along with whatever her mother wanted her to do, but Geon-woo is one of the few things she’s ever wanted just for herself, and no matter how hard she tries, she can’t have him. He’s polite and caring and totally supportive of her, but she’s been “friendzoned” by him and can’t seem to escape it.

So I can understand her jealousy there, because, seriously: how adorable is Geon-woo? I love the fact he just rolls with whatever weirdness Chun-hee throws his way (like the “cracked” cup). For the first time, too, I’m finally getting a sense that he’s interested in her as a person, and not just as a project that his father assigned to him. Not to mention I like the fact she gets a little giggly about him (despite her protests that she doesn’t “like” him), and that her attraction to him is actually warranted. Because he seems like a genuinely good guy, and I’m all about the leads falling in love with those oft-abused perfect-but-ignored second leads.

Yet, oddly enough, I still don’t have an inkling of Second Lead Syndrome. Nor, for that matter, am I all that convinced about a love-line with Joon-hyun (as much as I love him). Honestly, I think I’m mostly on Team Chun-hee.

This drama is beginning to feel less like a rom-com to me and more like a workplace drama, because I care more about her reuniting her family as she works her way up to becoming a trot star. The drama has made clear that what is important in Chun-hee’s life is her family, and then her music (hello, cliffhanger of important signage decision) — anything else is a distant third. That includes romance.

That said, I adore the leads, and don’t regret a second we spend with them. In fact, I think I wish could have even more of that bickering sibling-like interaction between Chun-hee and Joon-hyun. It was difficult to accurately portray in the recap because there were just so many little moments between them, like elbowing each other in the ribs, or kicking each other under the table, or “tattling” on each other, or just the little faces they would make at each other. I also loved when he put on his producer (or manager?) hat and was serious about working hard to create her album and promote it. Not to mention those words of encouragement at the end, and letting go a little of his pride to make sure she could walk away from that asshat Hyo-yeol and focus on preparing on her performance.

Maybe it sounds a little crazy, but I keep picturing Joon-hyun as the Stitch to the Choi sisters Lilo (Byul) and Nana (Chun-hee). He’s this destructive force nobody wants, who’s been exiled to the planet Trot, and only uses the sisters at first for his own gain, until he begins to become their fiercest defender and protector as he makes sure this little family can be reunited and stay together.

This little family that becomes his family, too.

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Can I just say how much I love Jung Eun-ji's vocals?

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Me too =) She has such a great voice and I love to hear her sing! She just gets me right in the heart. When she was singing to the wife of the composer I ... Well lets just say I was cutting onions :D

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The moment Soo-In trashed her house to keep him from going to the party I lost any sympathy I had for her.
I don't care that her mom is a uber-witch you don't fake crimes just because you are a jealous...witch.

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True, there's no good reason to be a b*tch to anyone, let alone someone who has done nothing to you in the first place.
But the good thing is I'm pretty sure Geon-woo knows it was a setup. The way he kept glancing at her laptop was mighty suspicious.
And if Chun-hee runs off without telling anyone, I'll have to slap her upside the head.

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I agree! I don't think he bought it! I really hope that Soo-in and Geum-woo don't end up together romantically, but that she realizes what kind of person she's becoming and starts to live better, and they remain friends. It'd be nice to have a conclusion that didn't end with romance for once, especially since it seems like every other character has already got a potential love interest on the show.

As for Geum-woo though, I can tell that he's a kind person, but maybe it's just because he's so eccentric - it's hard for me to tell when he's being truly genuine with anyone, it kinda seems like he's playing games with Chun-hee rather than really get to know her honestly. I really want to see his character fully open up to another character on the show at some point, because at this point he might be dashing, but he's really hard to relate to.

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this is def my problem with him and i can understand Soo-In being frustrated because he acts very sweet on her but then he lavishes similar attentions on Chun-Hee like is he really that dense that he can't see this could become a serious problem especially as he knows that Soo-In's mother is using underhanded methods.

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can't more agree that this couple is adorable
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every scene is meaningfulll and full of cherish

always waiting Chun Hee sing trot's scene

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love your metaphor of their relationship to Lilo and Stitch! I think I like Joonhyun even more now, since I can totally see the Stitch in him and Stitch is my favourite cartoon character.. LOL

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I was totally not getting any attraction between tae-song and coach bang, I really just feel like he's a pathetic puppy who is totally earnest about being forgiven and is doing it the only way he knows how.

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when are they going to release JEJ'S version of all these songs?!

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These recaps have been very consistent! But, one mistake. The love line is between Coach Bang and the loan shark ahjussi. This will be a cute one to see it progress later on hahaha.

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I love this drama SO MUCH. Especially our ass-hero-that-is-in-denial-but-falls-in-love-with-Eunji and then our BADASS HEROINE JUNG EUNJI and also JAEKYUNG OPPA! Why is he so so so so so so so damn adorable ugH. The first 10 minutes of this episode i was squealing CUS HELLO JAEKYUNG OPPA. *swoons* Soo-in can trip and fall i dont care about her LOL ㅋㅋㅋ.

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I love the Lilo and Stitch analogy and I love Geun-woo. First second lead I've seen who isn't annoyingly perfect but perfectly weird.

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I hope chun hee and jun hyun get paired....as much as I love geon woo I would lyk those two be paired.....fingers crossed....; )

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Our leads are my favourite thing about this show~ <3

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Thank you so much for the wonderful recap odilettante. I LOVE your comparison of Joon-hyun to Stitch. It makes perfect sense to me, and makes excited to see how his character will progress even more.

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Thank you. I've been waiting for this. And i must say that boy is so adorable. Joon hyun is such a darling. I cant believe it every time he sacrifices his pride for her sake. Its a good thing we have Geon woo. He will definitely help make Joon hyun realize his feelings for chun hee. I am all team Joon hyun. Fighting!

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lol soo in is basically me back in middle school... on steroids. hahaha i was such a brat too so i kinda get her. especially with that kind of mom, life is crazy. but no one taught her properly ever, so maybe girl just doesnt know that faking crime is not appropriate.

i still have hope for her, hopefully her interaction with geun woo and the rest will ease her in socializing better.

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What bothers me about Soo In is that once again the 2nd lead has ended up as some conniving bitch. That trope is SO over-used, and I was really hoping that her character would not go there, but it did.

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LOL at the Stitch analogy, totally appropriate! This episode showed that i can start to hate Soo In whole-heartedly. Still hoping somehow that Geun Woo is Chun Hee's half brother, so he can still shower her with brotherly love even when she ends up with Joon Hyun, hehe.
On a side note, the guy who played *sshole actor is also playing Seung Gi's (maybe) half brother in You Are All Surrounded, it made me feel better seeing him upset there since his smug here face is yarrgh!

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Oh, I love the Lilo & Stitch comparison! (The elder sister's name is actually Nani - which means heavenly or lovely, by the way). I'm from Hawai'i and both in that movie and on our islands we really believe that your 'ohana are people that you've chosen to love and share your lives with. We have an expression for it, we say "calabash family." Because so much of our biological families move away from the island for variety of circumstances, we gather up people we care for and throw 'em in our calabash bowls to form our own families.

I love this theme in media, that sometimes you go pick your own families. Even though there are many differences between Korean and Hawai'i culture (most noticeable to me on first glance is how we interact with our friends and family - with much "skinship" and what we call "talk story" - which works a free-flowing dialogue which people layer over each other to contribute to, completely the opposite of the hierarchy so fundamental to Korean language) the family is such an important unit throughout the world, it's one of the essential features of our humanity.

And just to add, I LOVE this show, I am literally grinning like an idiot to myself the entire time I'm watching it. Thanks for the recaps!!

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Ahhhhh! Yes, of course Nani, that's who I meant.

*hides under the blanket of autocorrect shame*

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My main problem with the drama is exactly what odilettante said, it was billed as a rom-com and it's leaving that rom-com element behind... I need to see why Joon-Hyun really fall for her (because in this case that's what will happen, she's too into keeping her family to be in the love mindset). That being said, I can see the acting being done well and that the writer has a direction their taking us in, which is nice... Except when it comes to the Soo-In Chun-Hee "drama" which should not even exist, we can presume and understand Soo-In was brought up to be a singer, but she does not have the talent or the personality to make it big... Every time they say she sings flawlessly I am cursing the heavens because I can hear ALL the mistakes and the horrible technique. I said this in the last recap or the one before, this girl should not sing. I can understand they needed to show of Chun-Hee's vocal ability but that could still be accomplished with a real singer (singing blandly but correctly), specially when you take into consideration that Eun-Ji has great vocals.... Because, THAT GIRL CAN SING!

I conclusion (as my dead Eun De-Gu would say) I'm curious to see where the drama is headed, but the love I had in the first chapters is fading fast.

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I meant DEAR!!! Lord, when did I kill Eun Dae-Gu....?

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I am glad you clarified as i thought u just posted a SPOILER for next week's finale of YAAS!

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Shin Sung Rok <3

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Hmmm.. the radio voice in the bus scene is the same as the radio voice in Answer Me 1997 when she was trying to win those designer jeans. Right?

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Am I the only one worried about Joon Hyun's nosebleed in epsiode.... think it was 4? What's that?

Don't gimme the sick/die thing again, kdrama! Growl...

I, too, would love to see more Eun Ji singing scenes. She's too darn good!

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The nosebleed thing went away for a while as a common trope in dramas, but lately it has been making a comeback. It usually means nothing except that the unimaginative writer apparently cannot figure out any other way to show that a character is stressed out.

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Or that they are physically attracted/'excited' by another character, lol.

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Lilo & Stitch is one of my fave movies, so your final analogy there made me just love Trot Lovers even more!!!

Thanks for the recap.

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I love the show, but the cliffhanger is really obvious. I mean, of course Chun Hee will fall for it -- but my goodness, doesn't the timing seem just a bit of a coincidence? I would hope she would be smarter and stop and think before rushing out to "save" her father, or at least do something where it isn't all kdrama standard plot.

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Loving the second lead...but then I've always loved quirky rich/chaebol kind-hearted guys. Wishing the secrets weren't there though. I wanted to see tons of perfornances and musical competitions in far-flung places... will see.

Thanks for the recap.

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I like him too but I feel he was much more quirky in the first chapter and now he is just another knight in shining armor second lead who always reacts instead of acting. He spends all his time rescuing the girls and has no life of his own. Where is the clumsy cheeky guy from ep1???

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True that. I liked his forgetfulness and idiosyncrasies. But he still has moments of cluelessness and being way-too-blunt. It might be that the writer will bring us more of what we liked ...but now is just too busy getting all the plot machinations in. Which is why I'm hating the secrets/murder/old rage angle. It's the old kdrama habit of not trusting characters to generate enough plot simply by being good characters.

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Yes, I want to see more interaction with his father.

Both he and Joon-hyun were given a "mission" by President Jo, and I want to see Geon-woo get more proactive instead of just cheerily "hanging round" (although I admit he certainly has spot-on timing when it comes to rescuing damsels in distress). And what's the mystery behind Chun-hee's mother? I know it's not like CH really is GW's long-lost sister, but...

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Still finding GeunWoo creepy.

Dropping this drama: somehow I couldn't get past the first 7 minutes of this episode, so I guess I'll check in on recaps.

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That's a shame... But at least listen to Choi Choon Hee's songs and performances. Those are definitely worth watching, since Eun Ji's voice is just so amazing :D

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Thanks for the recap!
Am still enjoying the drama.

Jung Eun Ji voice is daebak! I always enjoy her singing scenes. Hope they release her version of 'Hot Pepper' '

Geon Woo is an intriguing character - from his indulgent interaction with his father, teasing Dad about his 'first love' - his kind consideration for the employees like Soo-In and Chun Hee - his budding romantic interest in Chun Hee - and being such a straight-shooter with people he deals with for now. Have a feeling he can be badass if/when crossed later.

I now can see the 'stitched-up' family being knitted - the sisters, Joon-Hyun, Geon-woo, his dad, coach bang, tae-song anf gangster ahjussis and Choi appa.

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Odilettante -

Thanks for the recap. Love Eun-Ji. Wish there was less evil second lead girl plot.

**sigh** C'mon writers can't we be just a little bit more original?

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Chun Hee Totally likes Geon Woo, and I love it and hate it at the same time. Team Joon Hyun! Team Geon Woo! This is what it feels like to be in love with two men! My heart just can't take it!

I will admit, the whole bit with the trot composer's wife is the first time the drama has felt a little cliche to me. I realize there haven't been too many original, unique elements to this drama so far, but up til now, nothing has felt too cliche or boring. It's just been a fun ride so far. But the whole 'gotta make this person Smile with your singing' part just didn't do it for me. Part of me kept hoping she wouldn't smile. (That sounds kind of terrible, lol.)

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I wish I had her voice!

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Her cappella version of Na Hoon-ah’s “Ripe Persimmon (My Mom) brought tears to my eye. Where can I hear the original version?

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TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH.
he said that. did nobody notice? when Geun Woo was leaving Chun Hee´s house in the beginning of the episode.

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With such a stupid, trite, overdone "cliffhanger, I am worried that the writers just don't have the skill to pull off this story.

That last scene "dilemma" -barf-barf-barf......

Seriously...I hope they can do better than that.

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I worry also. I am mainly watching this for the singing and the lead actress. But it seems like the past 2 or 3 episodes the writer has fallen back on all the common clichés instead of .. well, actually writing anything original.

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Finally had time to marathon and catch up on Trot Lovers (aka Lovers of Music). :)

Merci Beaucoup Odilettante and LolyPip for always mentioning the name of the Trot songs sung and Artists referenced in your recaps. I am thoroughly enjoying learning about Trot music.

Jung Eun-Ji has a very lovely voice. Listening to her sing at least one Trot song each episode is always a highlight.

A refreshing change to have a spunky no nonsense leading lady character like Choi Choon-Hee. I relish the styling choices Choi Choon-Hee sports in her every day life. Her wardrobe is refreshing and a welcome change from what first lead females normally wear and are subjected, relegated, and limited to.

It's endearing that in each episode of Trot Lovers we are shown the joys and bonds of sisterly love, encouragement, and affection.

Much appreciation for the fact that the character Coach Bang is female, Choi Choon-Hee's mentor, and literally her "Life Coach."

Shin Sung-Rok is such a hoot as Jo Geun-Woo. Glad that he is able to showcase his comedic talents and acting range with this role and avoid being typecast as the psychopath Lee Jae-Kyung from YFAS (aka MLFTS).

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The last sentence of your recap made me go "awwwwww"

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Soo-in and her Manipulative Momma are now headed straight into Bride of the Century territory ... eek!

I've been spoiled lately with so many great female second ledas - Soo-in isn't cutting it for me right now. Hope they raise their game soon!

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I am sorry to everyone that loves Geon-Woo (though, y'know, I also really adore him) but I am already fiercely shipping Joon-Hyun and Chun-Hee. No regrets! :D

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Team Geon -Woo!!! I can't help but love him

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Shin Sung-Rok, aka the President, is great in this. It is the first time I have seen him really acting well.... Maybe partly because he is given a role with a real personality to play.

The whole drama is pretty funny also. I don't usually like the whole let's turn someone into a celebrity theme but this is really funny and quirky.

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I find it interesting that all of the main characters are children of single parent households. CH is the only one we know what happened to her other parent, and that is her mother has passed away. I don't know if this will have any significance to the story I just found it of interest. Or I could just be imagining this.

I see GW as more of the romantic interest mostly because I'm sick of seeing people supposedly falling in love after spending all of their waking moments together fighting, I often use myself as my role model for other's and I can't remember ever falling for someone I constantly fought with.

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I hate that I ship Geonwoo - Chunhee more than Joonhyun - Chunhee. And as per usual rom-com drama where there revolves between four people, there is almost zero possibility that the second male lead gets the first female lead. It's always getting the second female or nothing at all (or at least he can always understand what love is -_-) and no, I don't want Sooin to be with Geonwoo. No. No. Just no. Joonhyun is well, kinda okay but Geonwoo is just a perfect black knight. Gah, I'm torn.

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