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Discovery of Romance: Episode 4

There’s not a whole lot of plot development in this episode, though the rivalry between Tae-ha and Ha-jin begins in earnest. Even though Tae-ha claims to be disinterested in Yeo-reum, his actions are a different story – and as Ha-jin says, guys only need a minute to size each other up. Ha-jin’s got his eye on this man who seems to be running into Yeo-reum a bit too often for his comfort, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s pushed too far to keep his suspicions to himself.

EPISODE 4 RECAP

As Yeo-reum sings her song onstage, Ha-jin and Tae-ha stare at each other, each man sizing up his competition. The song finishes and the guys shake hands and comment on how often they see each other lately. Sol makes introductions, and Ha-jin keeps it to himself that he knows this is the man that Yeo-reum spent the night with.

He asks Tae-ha how he and Yeo-reum ended up working together, and Tae-ha gives a professional answer without revealing their personal relationship. Yeo-reum drags Sol to the bathroom to fuss at her for inviting Ha-jin, and Sol assures her that she made Tae-ha promise not to mention they used to date.

The guys exchange business cards and stand there awkwardly, and Ha-jin thinks how women can become instant friends but men need to size each other up first. Tae-ha asks if Ha-jin plays pool and suggests a game. You know, for fun.

Both men try to fool the other by saying they haven’t played in a while, but the game gets intense pretty quickly. Soon they’re talking smack and “accidentally” body-checking each other, as both of them admit to being competitive. Ha-jin gets a boost of confidence when both girls cheer for him, and he wins handily when Tae-ha flubs a few shots. Ha-jin says they should have laid a bet on the game, and Tae-ha challenges him to another game next week.

Yeo-reum’s mother arrives at her workplace to find Producer Bae there using her shower, and she throws out his nasty shoes. She tells Gi-eun to buy him a new pair, which is kind of sweet despite her grumpiness about it.

At the bar, Yeo-reum offers herself and Ha-jin to wait until Tae-ha’s designated driver arrives, and he glowers when he notices the couple ring she wears. Haha, I love the western-shootout background music as the guys send each other bland I’m totally not jealous of you at all glares.

Ha-jin drives Yeo-reum and a drunk Sol home, and demands to know how Yeo-reum ended up in a business partnership with Tae-ha. She’s reluctant to explain and he says he’ll let it go if she doesn’t, but warns her against letting him come up with explanations on his own.

She still won’t talk, so Ha-jin angrily pulls over and reminds her that she slept over at Tae-ha’s house. She hotly denies that anything happened, and Ha-jin says he can accept all the coincidences of them meeting at the hotel, switching phones, and her falling asleep at his place – but asking him to accept that their working together is another coincidence is too much. Yeo-reum apologizes for not telling him, but says that she’s innocent, and her proof is that they invited Ha-jin out with them tonight. If she were guilty, wouldn’t she try to hide?

Tae-ha takes care of his bunny and complains to her that Yeo-reum hasn’t changed, falling head over heels whenever she meets someone new. He asks the bunny (whom he’s named Han Yeo-reum, cute) if all girls are like that. If Bunny Yeo-reum knows, she’s not talking.

Ha-jin is still complaining about Tae-ha when he drops Yeo-reum at home, saying he was much too intense for a friendly game of billiards. Yeo-reum assures him that Tae-ha is just like that – he’s arrogant and hates losing. Ha-jin grumpily asks for a kiss, but Yeo-reum says he should kiss her since he suspected her for nothing, and he adorably sulks that he always loses.

Ha-jin starts to drive off but Sol pops up out of the backseat, scaring him (and me!) half to death. She assures him that everything Yeo-reum said was true and goes inside, and he leaves feeling a bit more reassured. Tae-ha texts Yeo-reum to complain that she spoke to him formally in front of her boyfriend, and she asks him to speak formally too next time, since Ha-jin is feeling insecure.

Producer Bae is upset about his missing shoes, because they were the last thing his deceased wife bought for him. Awww. Mom asks if he liked his wife that much when she was always accusing him of cheating, and he says earnestly that she’s the only woman he’s ever loved. WHAP, script to the face. Mom reminds Producer Bae that he did cheat on his wife… ten years ago, with her. Oh, interesting.

Sol tells Joon-ho that Ha-jin knows more about Tae-ha than they hoped, but he still doesn’t know that he and Yeo-reum dated for five years. Joon-ho warns the girls not to let him know since men can’t be cool about their girls’ exes, and can be really childish when confronted with a girl’s romantic past.

The girls do some “research” by watching movies (of course) and even foreign ones, and they conclude that all over the world, men are nuts. Sol asks if Yeo-reum thinks Ha-jin is different, and Yeo-reum imagines him freaking out and throwing a hissy fit when he finds out that she dated Tae-ha for five long years and slept with him.

At the clinic, Ha-jin brings Joon-ho to the roof to apologize to him for kicking him in the shin, then kicks him in the shin. HA. He throws out the name Kang Tae-ha and notes that Joon-ho knows it well. He demands the info on Tae-ha, but he knows Joon-ho is lying when he says Tae-ha is just working with the ladies and there’s nothing more to it.

Sol hasn’t given up on Eun-kyu and drunk-texts him to hang out as friends, but she’s not happy when he agrees to her suggestion. Joon-ho grabs her phone and, like the good oppa he is, calls the jerk to ream him for playing with Sol’s feelings. He hands the phone back to Sol and says, “That’s what you should tell him.” Haha, why am I not surprised he didn’t actually call him?

Tae-ha and Yoon inspect a construction site, and Tae-ha asks if Yoon plays billiards and whether he knows an instructor. He wants to take lessons for a week… oh, that’s cute. And hilarious.

The ladies arrive at Tae-ha’s workplace for their presentation, and Sol is impressed with the size and success of the company. Tae-ha tries to throw wrenches into their design plans, but they manage to field his questions deftly, impressing everyone but Tae-ha who says they need to work on the plans some more. They plan a marathon work session, and Sol voluntells Yeo-reum to work it while she mans the shop.

Unused to the long hours, Yeo-reum keeps nodding off during the work marathon and Tae-ha is ruthless about keeping her awake. She finally falls asleep for good on the work table, and he covers her with his jacket and smiles at her ability to fall asleep anywhere.

Sol gets drunk (again) at their restaurant hangout, and a friend of the owner (the cab driver who caught his daughter outside a motel) objects to Joon-ho trying to take her home, assuming he’s going to take advantage of her. He hits Joon-ho over the head repeatedly, telling him to treat her right if he wants to date her. Joon-ho finally wrangles Sol home and into bed, and it seems to hit him right in the feelings when she whispers, “Oppa, thank you. There’s no one but you.”

Joon-ho wanders into another of Ah-rim’s jobs and thinks back to their childhood after her accident, when he’d held her hand as she got her stitches out. The nice doctor comments on how brave she is, and she says that when she’s with her brother she never cries (as pointed out in the previous recap comments, it’s still unclear whether they’re blood-siblings or not, but for now I’m going with the relationship they claim which is brother and sister).

The doctor says she’ll have a big scar, but Ha-jin declares that he’ll become a doctor and fix it for her. Adult Ha-jin trails after Ah-rim, and she certainly seems to be a happy person as she skips and sings her way home that night.

Producer Bae attends a support meeting for people who have been hurt by their partners (haha, his nametag says “ghost husband”) and tells them all how his dead wife follows him around nagging so much that he can’t sleep. A woman whose tag identifies her as part of a “silent couple” says she envies him because at least his wife talks to him.

The morning after the marathon work session Tae-ha brings in PPL smoothies, and a rumpled Yeo-reum demands to know how he can work long hours and still be awake. He says he sleeps when he sees his girlfriend (remembering sleeping on the train with her). She says that’s why he got dumped, but he says he’s never been dumped. He reminds her how she begged him to come back after breaking up with him.

Ha-jin visits Ah-rim at work again, and this time she sees and recognizes him. He claims to be there to buy a bike but just buys the first thing she shows him. He asks her if she plans to get her scar fixed but she says that she can’t, since there’s someone who might recognize her by it. He wouldn’t know her face, but he would know that scar. Ha-jin looks shocked for a moment, then gives her his card and offers to fix it for free whenever she’s ready.

Yeo-reum rides the weird bike around Ha-jin’s apartment and falls, causing him to cluck over her like a mother hen. She takes advantage and claims that eeeeverything hurts, but her lips are fine… Ha-jin obliges but tells her she can’t stay the night, since he’s playing hard to get.

Tae-ha shows up for his billiards lesson and whines to Yoon that it’s a woman instructor (cameo by billiards player Cha Yoo-ram), but she makes some great shots and impresses him. She gives him some good pointers but when he goes in for a high-five, she totally leaves him hanging. LOL.

Yeo-reum brings Tae-ha the final plans, but he says nothing is final, causing her to complain about his controlling work habits. They sign the contract and she invites him to eat, and they head to the mall where Tae-ha holds Yeo-reum’s hand to avoid losing her in the crowd (though he accuses her of getting split up from him on purpose to have an excuse to hold hands).

Ha-jin and his mother are shopping at the same mall, and Ha-jin spots Tae-ha and Yeo-reum on the escalator still holding hands. He sends his mother home and chases after them.

When they get to the restaurant, Yeo-reum asks for her hand back, but Tae-ha holds it up like he did on the island and says they’re like that two-in-one tree again. Ha-jin watches them eat and calls Yeo-reum to ask where she is, but her honest answer that she’s eating with Tae-ha seems to reassure him somewhat that she’s not hiding anything. He still seems jealous but he can’t exactly do anything about it now.

Tae-ha asks Yeo-reum if her boyfriend has any faults like cheating, gambling, or bad breath, but she says he’s pretty much perfect. She asks why he’s curious and he states that he has to know his enemy if he wants to win. At pool… or whatever.

Tae-ha and Yeo-reum shop for wood, and they argue over whether to get the domestic wood or reclaimed. Yeo-reum says the customer won’t know the difference, but Tae-ha insists it’s still important to provide the best. Yeo-reum asks for a ride to Ha-jin’s office and to stop for ice cream on the way.

Later as he leaves work, Ha-jin is surprised when Ah-rim finds him to show him a picture of a boy with a cleft lip, and ask him to treat the boy for free instead of her. He easily agrees, and she runs with it by asking him to treat another boy. He keeps agreeing and she keeps thinking of more people who need free plastic surgery to correct injuries and birth defects. She’s so sweetly earnest, and he laughs as he tells her to bring everyone and he’ll fix them all for free.

Overcome, Ah-rim grabs Ha-jin in a big hug, which is right when Tae-ha drives up with Yeo-reum. He guns the motor so she doesn’t see her boyfriend hugging another girl, but just drives around the block since he has no explanation for his behavior. When they get back, Ha-jin and Ah-rim are gone and Yeo-reum gets out to go find Ha-jin.

Ha-jin takes Ah-rim for ice cream and buys some for each of her friends who need surgery. Tae-ha passes and sees Ha-jin now having ice cream with the girl he was hugging, and jumps to the wrong conclusion. Later, at home, Ah-rim looks at a photo of herself as a child with her orphanage friends, and makes a call to one of the nuns. Aw, were all of her “friends” in need of surgery from the orphanage?

Ha-jin’s nurse tells Yeo-reum he went home, which confuses her since his car is still downstairs and he’s not answering his phone. She leaves to find Tae-ha waiting for her again, and they sit in the park and eat the ice cream she bought (and now I’m jonesing for ice cream, thanks Show).

Yeo-reum asks Tae-ha how he knew Ha-jin had gone home, and he deliberately gives her vague answers. He asks why she’s dating that jerk since she should be sick of bad guys after dating him, but she insists Ha-jin is a good man. She gets mad when he brings up Ha-jin’s blind date and confiscates Tae-ha’s ice cream spoon, and he predicts that later she’ll be crying since the innocent-looking guys are the worst ones.

Tae-ha says at least he didn’t cheat on her, but Yeo-reum says that she knows he used to go clubbing when he claimed to be asleep. She gives his spoon back but warns him not to speak badly of her boyfriend again, and Tae-ha throws a hilarious ice-cream tantrum and refuses to eat any more.

The next day he goes for a last-minute billiards lesson and makes plans to meet Ha-jin that night for their challenge game. Ha-jin tells Yeo-reum that tonight is the night, promising to win, and she says she’ll be there to cheer him on.

When the guys meet, Tae-ha goes first, and Ha-jin clocks that he seems to have improved. When it’s Ha-jin’s turn, Tae-ha rattles him by commenting on the size of his practice, saying that he saw it when he dropped Yeo-reum off. Ha-jin grouchily mutters that they’re just full of coincidences.

Tae-ha says that was work, not a coincidence – the coincidence was that he saw Ha-jin with a girl. He tells Ha-jin that he should end things with that girl… or even better, end things with Yeo-reum. Ha-jin flatly asks if Tae-ha likes Yeo-reum, and we switch to interview style where Tae-ha insists he doesn’t like her and has no intention of getting back with her; he just doesn’t like that Ha-jin is seeing other women. But back at the billiards game, Tae-ha says to Ha-jin, “Why? I’m not allowed to like her?”

Now Ha-jin tells us from his interview that he doesn’t mind losing, but he won’t tolerate being provoked. He stares at Tae-ha from across the billiards table, then drops his cue and leaps over the table to kick Tae-ha square in the chest. Whoa, I did not see that coming.

Ha-jin stands on the billiards table and Tae-ha sweeps the leg, then jumps on him and starts pummeling him. They roll off the table and throw punches, and Yeo-reum arrives in time to see Tae-ha get Ha-jin on the floor and kick him in the stomach. He gets ready to punch Ha-jin one more time but Yeo-reum cracks a cue across his back, and the three of them freeze.

COMMENTS

So this was an interesting episode in which not much plot development happened, other than Ha-jin finally approaching Ah-rim instead of just following her around. I know there’s been quite a bit of discussion in the comments over their actual relationship, but it’s really hard to tell since the show is being deliberately vague at this point over whether they’re blood relations or simply consider themselves siblings because they lived in the same orphanage.

It’s true they have different family names in the present, but that could be for any number of reasons, not least of which it seems like Ha-jin was eventually adopted. Since his first name is different now too (the nuns called him Jin-soo as a child), it’s likely he also took the family name of his new family. So until the show tells us exactly what their relationship is, I’m calling them brother and sister since that’s the relationship they identified with as children. If it’s proven later that they’re not actually related, I’ll formally retract my assumption!

Speaking of Ah-rim, I find myself wishing she got more screen time since I find her character appealing. She’s sweet and generous, and seems willing to put others before herself. I hope she gets to do more within the story soon, because I think she can add a lot to the plot and to Ha-jin’s character development. I do actually hope she’s not his biological sister, since I think she’d make a cute second-lead-to-the-second-lead.

Mostly this episode doled out crumbs of information that I’m sure will lead to more later, such as the fact that Yeo-reum’s mother once had an affair with Producer Bae. I confess that I’m a bit confused at the focus on Mom and Bae, because it feels like the story wants us to anticipate… something, I just don’t know what. My only complaint about Discovery of Romance so far is that it’s giving us this information in such tiny snippets that it’s not enough to make me genuinely interested; I’m just sort of wondering why I should care. I know, we’re only four episodes in, but most of the characters feel so full of life that it seems like we’ve known them a lot longer. So the stingy bits of scenes we’re given about some of the side characters seem jarring and out of place.

I’m definitely interested in how Joon-ho is possibly realizing he may feel something more for Sol than just as an oppa, but again it feels like this development is flawed in its presentation. Every time Sol pines for her ex I just roll my eyes, because seriously, two years without kissing (much less sex) and you didn’t once think that maybe he didn’t like you as more than a friend? I’d rather see Sol stop getting drunk and texting the ex and start tempting Joon-ho, because knowing these actors, that would be comedy gold right there. I know I’m being impatient but come on, you’ve had these brilliant comedians for four episodes and you’ve barely used them, Show! Get it together!

But truly, I do love this show so far and these are just nitpicky things I bring up for lack of any plot to discuss for this episode. I do love the developing rivalry between Ha-jin and Tae-ha, and I can’t wait until Ha-jin knows the whole story of Tae-ha and Yeo-reum so the jealous antics can truly begin. The tense billiards games and fistfights are a great start, and if they’re this contentious this early on, I can’t wait to see where events take them.

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thanks for the recap. After your recaps, i might keep watching this.

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Thanks for the recap.

Do Joon-Ho and Yoon Sol are comedy gold.

Wowzers! Nam Ha-Jin actually leapt over the billiards table and kicked Kang Tae-Ha squarely in the chest. For a brief moment there, I questioned whether this was really happening or was this just another standard kdrama dream sequence. Hopefully Discovery of Romance will continue to surprise us with the boldness of its characters.

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Yeah, that fight was INTENSE. I usually just skip fight scenes, but I couldn't not see that one.

Agree about Joonho and Sol. Great characters, great actors.

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I'd be happy to watch a romcom with just Joonho and Sol as leads

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Me too!

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Me three!

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Me four!

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Love them!

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Me four!

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I hope theres gonna be an epic fight later in the show since Yeo Reum interrupted xD

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! I also wondered if it was going to turn out to be some kind of an imaginary sequence. Like they both thought they were having this epic brawl... while everyone else in the bar was watching a slap-fight out of Bridget Jones' Diary.

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I'm actually really enjoying this drama. Not sure why it's not getting more attention. I don't see a lot of people watching this one :(

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I think you refer to AGB rating which shows less TV ratings? Don't worry dear. Many people actually enjoy this drama in korea or outside Korea. Especially in Korea, many media revealed how contrast the ratings from TV and SNS. DoR has the highest ratings in all program at the same time slot based on live streaming (around 30%). But sadly, only TV ratings got recorded, where the target of audiences mostly using internet facilities nowadays for watching it.

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Thanks for the recap! After 4 episodes, I'm thinking that the story probably isn't going to be anything especially novel, but I like the characters (not just the leads) and their interactions enough to keep watching. I don't mind the leisurely development of the plot; I enjoy the vibe of the characters being given space and time to interact and banter back and forth without their having to be major stuff happening. I mean, we more or less know where it's going anyway, so I don't mind if it takes its time to get there. I'd actually prefer it to be steadily paced like that, rather than to go headlong in the first half and end up dragging in the second.

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After INR3, I liked Sung Joon, but I find his character unlikeable in this drama.

Therefore, despite the fact that Eric puts me to sleep and he has two faces (happy face and blank face), I am rooting for Eric.

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lol

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@Lollypip Thanks for the recap.... I'm still missing my KoHS popcorn couple but I guess the wooden rings couple would do for now....

@samsooki The only time that I've watched Sung Joon was the bratty little brother of KJH in Lie to Me, so yeah... Reserve my judgement for now.
As for Eric- since I got hives from his so called acting in Strongest Chil Woo, I actually see improvement from him* going get yell now by his fans... Sowwy

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aigoo samsooki is watching DoR! I'm glad he put you to sleep or else we'll be in trouble ^_~

adding puppy loving face, a bloody fierce face, and a sexy gaze... ok you don't need that sexy gaze

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Oh and Lolly, really nice recap. Well done.

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I loved the Alpha Male Stare Down!

I am enjoying this drama and thankful for this drama and Secret Hotel seeing that Fated to Love You will end next week...and can I say this drama has its own bucket of secrets...

I am very curious why Ha-jin did not tell Ah-rim that she is waiting on someone to recognize the scar...I am thinking perfect timing and setup...especially because he has known her identity for several days....hmmmm

I conclude with I LOVE MANLY MALE...that Eric is something special:)

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Sung Joon how I love thee! Let me count the ways:
- I love how you stand head and shoulders above your co-actors
- I love watching you act sweet and dreamy
- I love watching you act sexy
- I love the way you kiss
- I love your smile and your dreamy eyes
- I love you when you are romantic
- I love you when you are manly and domineering
- but I really, really love you in fight scenes.
Down and dirty, no holds barred fight scenes.

Is it hot in here?

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i just love his voice.. Soo manly & sexy..!

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I think when Ha Jin finds out about their past, it would not be a matter of petty jealousy anymore bcos she and her friends have been lying to him all this while making him a fool in the situation....Although it's a funny drama but i always feel very sad for him......

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Right, why is Ha Jin observing Ah Rim, and really in an obvious way? I wonder what he's waiting for. I'm interested in the Mom and Bae relationship, and also what it means that the support group lady whose husband ignores her is Ha Jin's mom. I like that almost nothing but character development happened in ep 4. But that fight was a lulu!

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"Every time Sol pines for her ex I just roll my eyes, because seriously, two years without kissing (much less SEX) and you didn’t once think that maybe he didn’t like you as more than a friend? "

Do koreans usually anticipate sex before marriage?
Is virginity under-rated in Korea?

I like the this drama overall though.

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See? Taeha isn't the jerk that people think he is otherwise he would just stop the car when they arrive at Hajin's work place and let Yeoreum see Hajin hugging another girl. He didn't do that.

That is why when he said he doesn't want to get her back romantically, just curious to know how she lives now. I believe that. So far the reason he want to work with Yeoreum or 'provoking' Hajin is because he thinks Hajin cheated on Yeoreum (a blind date at the hotel, now seen hugging with another girl in front of the office). As viewers we know it wasn't that, but Taeha doesn't know and is why he's keeping going at Hajin.

Poor Taeha, he wants to protect Yeoreum from getting hurt but she doesn't know and keep thinking Taeha is a jerk for bad mouthing her good boy friend. I feels like telling him to drop it and don't bother.

Agree with the recap that I'm not too sure of the significant of Yeoreum's mom and PB Bae in this drama. Their scene keeps appear randomly in every episode. So far, everything are well thought out that makes me think mom & PD Bae will add more to the story....

lastly, "the innocent-looking guys are the worst ones" ~ There is some truth to this. ( and I'm saying that not just in this drama context ^^)

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Oh, and after that awesome fight scene, the drama staff must drop this to tease us huh? XD

http://33.media.tumblr.com/fc9bf2390a53a4f238c1a49c0e89a55c/tumblr_naxzy0MPY51tdfbrho2_1280.jpg

Ahoy! RicJoon ship any one?! :D

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I ship Tae Ha with the billiards instructor or anyone else for that matter. I don't know why but main lead (female) irks me to no end. Also, just waiting for my Joon Ho/Sol ship to leave port and sail to the ocean blue.

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Same here. I can't deny the chemistry and funny scene when Yeoreum-Tae Ha together, but since I feel Yeoreum no more interested to Tae Ha, it's better to give him another love interest. And my first choice is that pretty billiard teacher….hmmm…They look good together….^^

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I am enjoying this drama. I love all the showdown between Ha Jin and Taeha especially when they're just staring at each other. LOL.

And I'm okay with Yeoreum, but she annoys me sometimes, she is manipulative and sometimes when she gets mad at Ha Jin when Ha Jin should be mad at her it is annoying. It's like she steals Ha Jin's thunder, which I totally can understand when that happens (on his part). So in a way she is also winning. But regardless, their relationship is blooming so much that I'm worried for Taeha getting a chance because so far Yeoreum and Ha jin are perfect for each other. They're drama free (before Taehae came along).

And for Eric, he's the main reason I'm watching this show because he's so good and perfect. I love when he says the things he says and I'm literally floored.

So, I'm rooting for both couple.

And Ahrim is an interesting character, I think she is Ha Jin's first love, and it seems that she might like Ha Jin right now. Because she's already feeling giddy with him, I think once she realizes who Ha Jin is, then it'll get more complicated.

Thanks for the recap and it's true, why isn't this drama being watched more? I like it!

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Love competitive businessman versus hot doctor taking swings when provoked.

This kdrama stands on its own for me after this episode and is no longer just a conglomerate of characters from other dramas played by the actors. I like it.

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I give this episode credits to Eric despite Kang Tae Ha isn't my favorite character (at least untill episode 4). I found Kang Tae Ha is a complicated person, so I prefer to have a boyfriend like Do Joon Ho....XD

Okay, lets stop paising Eric's appearance and start to give him something more compliments on his acting. From episode 4, I can tell that Eric gave his roller coaster emotion which is really raw. He becomes flirty, cute, silly and dorky whenever yeoreum arounds. Confident, straight forward, energetic and strict in his company. But suddenly showing anger, cold, hate, jealous and evil look when looking at Nam Ha Jin.

And the billiard scene was my favorite after all. Look how his face when he tried to provoke Nam Ha Jin, which make me understand why nam Ha Jin attack him suddenly. And in the fighting scene, he was so brutal (but I realized something, the man not only can act but fight...!!! I'm sure he has capability to fight in real life from the move he shows, I mean maybe taekwondo, karate...whatsoever...) and then his face suddenly becoming speechless knowing Yeoreum the one that hit him is Han Yeo Reum...All I can say is WAW...!!! So many extreme emotions change in only few minutes...and that brutal look, I saw before when I was watching Jo In Sung in Dirty Carnaval. But Eric with his manly look makes it more reasonable. When he said "wae??? I can't like her?" God...I suddenly think the man should act as the worst villain, bandit, mafia...or the most jerk person, just because I think he has the kind of 'Don Corleone' look. Sorry for Eric's fans, but I think he's much more suit for the role of mafia boss rather than sweety lovey dovey scene, even though it means we can't see the smexy bed room eyes or shower scene anymore...XD

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hahaha yeah people often spazz over his handsomeness first. :D

I'm glad in this drama, we get to see a whole range of emotions from him. Like you said, from cute, silly, charming, to being a tease, to being sexy (yes those bedroom eyes & bedroom voice), then we see his anger & protectiveness of Yeoreum turns frustration (thinking Hajin cheats behind her back). Then we see the competitiveness he has toward Hajin (gazing & sizing up each other at the bar when they 1st meet). A whole range of facial expression & emotions. oh and as Javabeans puts it "eric's eyes are like big shiny marbles of emotion" ~ Can't agree more, his eyes also do the talking.

Eric does the sweety lovey dovey scene just perfect and he can send sizzles through my screen with the gaze at the chair scene. But yep, I think he would do even better in villainous, mafia, bandit, deranged, or even psychopathic villain roles. His deep voice, ability to crack an evil smirk/grin or a cold stare that would send chill to the spine..... (oh and Mix Martial Art is one of his hobbies, so fight scenes won't be a prob! ;) )

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Wanna add one more thing. I saw in 2nd episode when Yeoreum asked him whether they slept or night, and he replied: "You don't remember anything. I like it. Yesterday night." Gosh…the way he said it to Yeoreum while he was drinking coffee like the best flirting/ teasing/ seducing whatsoever scene ever in k-drama even without trying.

I think Mr. Mun will make myself becoming acting critics soon…LOL

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Eric's a decent looking chap, but hardly one of the best looking Korean male film/TV stars.

His acting has improved (not from his past work, but in this ep.).

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Honestly, I'm not familiar with his acting. This is the first time I see his work (I'm Yoo Mi's die hard fan) and I think he's one of the great k-drama actor I've seen so far. I like how he maintains all emotion feels. About his looks, hmmm…please let me say this, he doesn't look like korean guy….I mean, he looks like mmmm…latino??? Or …don't know, but just doesn't look like korean. Actually, his 'strange' looks make me interested to observe his acting at first…Don't blame me, it just happen…LOL

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I re watch the fight scene dozen times, so cool. remind me Eric-Kim dong wan brawled at tv studio, the brawl that according to Yoo Jae Suk was legendary...Lol

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I like this drama, it has lots of interesting characters. I feel like the Tae Ha/Ha Jin rivalry will start shipping and fanwars. lol.

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We all know how this love triangle is going to be resolved, but I'm more interested in the secondary couples - namely Sol/Joon-ho and potentially Ah-rim/Ha-jin.

Sol/Joon-ho hits all my boxes for the friends-turning-to-lovers thing, the two brief scenes where he pretend-yells at Eun-gyu for her and when she's drunk and he reacts to what she said in her sleep, are pretty great imo. And Yoon Hyun-min/Kim Seul-gi have great chemistry too - very comfortable, but with the chance to turn into sparks really easily.

Ah-rim/Ha-jin..... I still don't think they're actual siblings (their vibe - and more obviously, the bckground music - doesn't feel that way), but I do think she's adorable and there's a sweetness to them together that is nice to see. I hope she doesn't turn into standard boring Candy girl though - Yeo-reum and Sol are more interesting to me because they're not like that. I don't want her to become a standard second lead bitch either, just maybe a character rather than a trope.

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Thank you scriptwriter for adding Ah Rim to the show. Now i wouldn't be so sad for Ha Jin when Tae Ha finally gets back with Yeo-Reum. GOOD JOB!

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so far im not feelin' the main female lead, male lead, and second male lead...

seul gi tho. she's rocking this. for now i'm watching for seul gi but hopefully i'll like the main plot soon!

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Don't care Kang Tae Ha or Nam Ha Jin. I just care how to get a guy like Eric Mun in real life, someone please let me know….XD

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I don't wanna eat ice cream! Lol taeha oppa

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If Ha Jin and Ah Rim are siblings, why didn't Ha Jin say something immediately? Why is he staying silent?

...If they aren't blood siblings, again, why is he staying silent? What does he have to hide, really?

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I'm thinking it's because it will make his life more complicated if he restarts a relationship with her, so he needs to think about it, and make sure it wouldn't be messing up a good situation for her. He's adopted into a family where they have a lot of ambition for him. Adding responsibility for a childhood friend is a big thing to take on. If her life seems like it's ok without him, he could just proceed as a daddy long legs instead. So better to think about it all first before jumping in.

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The 'silent couple' wife from the support group meeting, isn't that Ha Jin's mom? Are we gonna have a love triangle between the parents too?

And also, dies anyone know what was the 1st movie the girls were watching, the one with the always hilarious Oh Jung Se?

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The movie was "How to Use Guys with Secret Tips", good movie ^^

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"Tae-ha tries to throw wrenches into their design plans, but they manage to field his questions deftly, impressing everyone but Tae-ha who says they need to work on the plans some more." ~ TaeHa was actually very professional with his questions during Sol & Yeoreum's design presentation, and he actually looks impressed with their responses.

When director Yoon questioned if the Sol & Yeoreu's slanted design of tables would go together, it's TaeHa that said he think Sol & Yeoreum have the slanted design on purpose to make it look natural. Sol then said, "President (TaeHa) you have eyes like a pro"

I don't see him nit piking or throwing wrenches in Sol & Yeoreum's designs just to give them hard time. He was professional with his questions.

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Totally agree….People always misunderstand with Tae Ha…wae???? He has his own way to protect someone he loves indirectly even that girl always remembering bad things about him. What an unfair life. Tae Ha needs a better girl…wtf….

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Well sorry, but is it only me who don't find this show interesting? the story is so predictable haysss blah blah blah.... I only keep watching this because of kim seul gi and yoon myun min.

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Yes, I think it's only you….hahaha…Sorry, I'm just kidding… Everyone has their own taste. For you maybe not interesting for me and others it's good story to catch...^^

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I'm shocked at the lack of people talking about YR's problematic behaviour. Some of you have pointed it out that she has learned from the past and is only being so manipulative to get what she wants. I think it's nice that we're finally getting a female lead who learns and is assertive, but the show isn't doing anything to point out that it's..well..wrong. A relationship is not a game, as YR keeps saying. She was hurt before because she was genuine and put her all in the relationship with TH, but it really does not give her an excuse to be so dishonest in this relationship. Until YR evolves to become a woman who gracefully fights for what she wants, I'm not shipping her with anybody.

I don't think HJ is all that innocent and nice either. He is clearly hiding something (doesn't seem to be all that trivial either) and is aggressive behind YR's back. I'd rather have a man who is up front about his aggression than a man who hides it so he can keep up the "nice guy" image. He tries really hard to not have any conflict in his relationship with YR, which is ridiculous, because what kind of couple doesn't fight every now and then? They're not communicating at all and I'm absolutely shocked that both of them think it's okay to get married to each other.

That said, I'm really shipping Sol and Joon ho, they can't get more adorable!! And I'm falling more and more in love with Kim Seul Gi *_*

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Finally caught up.

I like Jun Yumi's lead character - yeah, she has some issues, but w/o them, the lead female character would be boring (as would the story which is moving along a bit too slow).

Don't care for Eric's character too much and Sung Joon's is a bit boring.

If Ah-rim is not a blood sister and become a possible love interest for Ha-jin, I'm going to roll my eyes (really hard).

Nice to see that the PDs actually used a real billiards pro (Cha Yu-ram) as the teacher).

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Sol & Joon-ho? Could they be a future couple - they've known each other all of their lives why shouldn't they connect or is their relationship just pseudo-sibling relationship. I hope not. I really think he could possible be good for either a love interest or as the person who could to help over "boyfriend who apparently wasn't her boyfriend".

That fight scene at the end was amazing and I can't wait to see YR's reaction to them fighting.

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I like this show, i soo love her friends and I just want ha jin and yeo rum to stop lying to each other that thing is what is going to break them appart

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One of my fav scenes in this episode: Ha Jin & Yoon Ho at the rooftop, especially at the end of it when Ha Jin bumped into the lamp. LOL. Wonder if it was unintentional...

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