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Pinocchio: Episode 3

It’s another zippy episode that sets the stage for our characters to find their calling in life, and takes us from the teen years into young adulthood, and off the island into the big city. For our heroine, chasing her dream means coming to grips with the mother she’s idolized her entire life, and that reunion turns out to be a formative experience for more people than we might’ve guessed.

 
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EPISODE 3: “Snow queen”

Dal-po stirs awake to the sound of Mom’s voice calling him to breakfast, and he asks for five more minutes… until he remembers that Mom isn’t supposed to be alive. He runs out to the kitchen, only to be shocked even further by the sight of Dad sitting at the table with a big smile on his face.

Even Hyung is in the next room, though his face is cleverly kept hidden as he dresses for work like a regular salaryman. The first thing that Dal-po does is pinch Dad’s cheek (ha, I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to pinch your own), and asks if this isn’t a dream.

They act as if Dal-po is the crazy one and ask what on earth he dreamt that has him so riled up. His voice gets shaky as he says, “A bad dream. It was a bad dream. Dad caused a big accident and ran away, and Hyung left me and Mom and ran away too. And Mom…”

He can’t even finish the last part, and says that’s why he lived hating Dad and Hyung, and never looked for them. Mom pets him on the head like he’s a little boy telling them a silly story, and Dal-po clutches her hand to his face with such relief.

But suddenly a new voice cuts in, and In-ha is standing in the kitchen asking cheerily about what’s for breakfast. Dal-po shoots up to ask angrily what she’s doing here, but everyone acts like this is perfectly normal and Hyung calls her their pretty little niece. Dal-po sinks in his seat and realizes that it’s a dream after all, and mutters teary-eyed that he doesn’t want to wake up.

Breakfast continues on around him, and Dal-po starts grasping at straws—technically the tablecloth—to convince them that if he can feel the texture of the lace, this can’t be a dream.

In actuality, we’ve fast-forwarded to October 4, 2013, and Dal-po is grabbing at a corner of In-ha’s lacy skirt as he sleep-talks aloud that this isn’t a dream. He pulls her closer and starts rubbing his face all over her skirt, and she yelps, “Pervert!” before slugging him with a right hook.

Thus breakfast (at the family’s city apartment) starts off with a black eye for Dal-po, and Grandpa yells at In-ha for being impudent to her uncle. They may have moved off the island, but the family dynamic remains pretty much the same. Grandpa says that In-ha’s smart mouth is why she gets called Blunt Witch, and she just argues, “I’m smart and I’m pretty. If I’m nice on top of that, isn’t the world just too unfair?” LOL.

Dad and In-ha are apparently giving each other the silent treatment, which of course means that they spend the morning talking through Dal-po (“Hyungnim, will you tell your niece,” “Uncle, will you tell Dad”), and saying whatever they please. The point of contention is In-ha’s employment, or lack thereof, and Dad can’t believe she has the nerve to criticize her uncle when he at least is gainfully employed as a taxi driver.

She guffaws that this time, she’s made it to the last round of interviews to be a reporter, and Dad counters that studying for three years just to make it to the final round of interviews isn’t a thing to be proud of.

As Dal-po cuts out his egg yolk to pass In-ha the whites and she does the reverse (that’s so cute), he says that if she fails again this’ll be the thirty-sixth time. She corrects him that it’s the thirty-fifth, and she’ll really make it this time.

Dad says that if she fails, he’s going by the letter of the law, and we see that a contract has been taped up to the wall. It’s a contract concerning In-ha’s employment after graduating college, which states that she gets to apply to be a reporter for a period of three years, after which she’ll drop that career path.

If she fails, on top of picking a new field, she’s also contracted to go on blind dates on Dad’s orders. It’s signed and dated October 5, which means she has one more day to make good on her end of the deal, or it’s blind dates and a new career for her.

It turns out that In-ha’s last-hope interview is at MSC, where her mother Song Cha-ok is now a department chief and anchor. Her long-time coworker Kim Gong-ju (really, his name is Princess?) waits to pick her up at the airport with another staffer.

Princess says that one of the new interviewees has Pinocchio syndrome, but she’s Cha-ok’s daughter so they have to take her, no matter how absurd it is to have a reporter who can’t lie. Mom arrives from a trip overseas and is as cold as ever, ready to go straight back to work.

Dal-po spends the morning rubbing Grandpa’s shoulders, while Grandpa flashes him a picture of the pizza place’s daughter (ha, it’s Kim Min-jung ), wanting him to date her now that he’s broken up with his last girlfriend. Dal-po quickly says he already has a new girlfriend, and clearly invents one on the spot.

Dad and Grandpa ask about her, so he says her name is Hye-sung, and that she’s got a good voice, hee. Dad points out that he described his last girlfriend Se-yeon in exactly the same words: nice, smart, and has a good voice.

Dal-po just tries to wave it off, and In-ha figures that it must be his type. She advises him to fix up his style a little, because he’s clearly getting dumped because of his appearance. Grandpa seems interested in that tidbit, and asks In-ha if Dal-po’s style is really that bad. She says it’s downright rotten.

Dal-po doesn’t seem the least bit concerned, and says he wouldn’t date a girl who’d leave him for superficial reasons anyway, and then follows In-ha to her room to ask quietly where her last interview is. Her answer is the last thing he wants to hear: MSC, where her mom works. She sent Mom a text letting her know that she’d be coming.

As they clear a path in the parking lot for Dal-po’s car (with a banner for the Fireworks Festival waving in the background), he asks if she really thinks that the number she’s been texting all these years is really her mom’s. He argues that no response for ten years means that she either changed her number, or she doesn’t care.

In-ha gets defensive and says that her mom is busy and has been abroad, but Dal-po says that she’s just setting herself up for disappointment. She just thinks he and Dad are the same and asks if he’s ever met her mother. Of course he can’t answer that question honestly. In-ha says she only believes in things she can see, just like she believed in him eight years ago.

He gets into his cab with a long sigh, remembering how In-ha came to his defense when they were in school. He starts the car, and LOL—the screen on his dash pops up as Hye-sung Navi(gator), and Lee Bo-young voice-cameos to tell him to put on his seatbelt. Dal-po asks his new girlfriend, “Hye-sung-ah, what should I do?” Hye-sung Navi: “Drive safely!”

Dad finds Dal-po’s wallet on the floor on his way out, and picks it up to try and catch him before he leaves. But when he opens it up, he finds a picture of In-ha inside, which gives him pause. And when he looks down toward the parking lot, he sees Dal-po staring at In-ha as she walks away from him.

Dal-po ends up swinging by the bus stop to give In-ha a ride, and she puts up a fight until he offers not to charge her. She sits in the backseat like a customer just to spite him, and he softens a little and asks if she wants to buy his dream. He says it’s a good dream where he met people he’s been wanting to see for a long time, and maybe it’ll bring her a happy reunion with her mother.

She can’t resist that, and bargains him down to 5000 won to buy his dream, so he snaps a button off of his shirt as a receipt of payment. She calls him immature, but immediately threads the button onto her necklace for safekeeping. When she asks who the people in his dream were, he brushes it off as something she doesn’t need to know.

YGN reporter Gyo-dong hangs out at the police station pressroom and notes to Princess (who’s busy repeatedly entering the ridiculous combination of search terms: “handsome reporter Kim Gong-ju”) that Cha-ok has wasted no time—she’s only just returned to the country, and already she’s MSC’s nightly news anchor and section chief.

Princess doesn’t hesitate one beat before agreeing wholeheartedly with Gyo-dong, who calls Cha-ok’s brand of showmanship nothing short of a con job. Princess confirms that Cha-ok is as much an image-conscious entertainer as she is a reporter, and recounts all the times she’s faked things for the camera, like going out to buy a pair of children’s shoes so she could hold it up at the scene of a bus crash, or kneeling in a flash flood to appear waist-deep in water when really everyone else is walking past her only soaked to their knees.

The rival station reporters are a little surprised that Princess is so quick to trash his boss, but he argues that he’s a reporter so he’s just speaking the truth. Gyo-dong just stares and wryly calls him out on his one-man quest to make “handsome reporter Kim Gong-ju” a popular search term.

In-ha heads to the beauty salon and asks the makeup artist to make her look like her mother, pointing to her picture in the paper. I love that the stylist just rolls her eyes at In-ha’s a-reporter-is-not-an-announcer speech, and tells her assistant to give her the announcer interviewee special.

A text makes In-ha jump out of her chair, and she re-reads it to make sure she didn’t imagine it: It’s a text from Mom, the first in thirteen years. All it says is, “Fighting.” In-ha’s face lights up, and she swoons as if it’s the best present she’s ever received. The stylist just stands there confused, as In-ha says over and over, “Can you believe it?! My mom texted me!”

She calls Dal-po to tell him the news, and he starts to argue against the likelihood that it was really her mother, but catches himself and just says unconvincingly that she’s right and he’s sure she’ll get hired today. She kisses the button around her neck and says his dream was lucky after all.

Dal-po asks his navi-girlfriend if In-ha is innocent or stupid, and Hye-sung Navi replies that he’s entering a children’s safety zone. He nods and answers that she’s right—In-ha IS a child. It turns out that he’s had a customer in the backseat this whole time, and the foreigner says into his phone in English that his cabbie seems like a crazy person.

After dropping him off, Dal-po notices a grandpa across the street looking troubled, and stops to ask if he needs help. The grandpa accidentally rolled his wheelbarrow into a truck, and doesn’t know how to contact the truck owner since he doesn’t have a cell phone. Dal-po sweetly offers to take care of the problem and sends the grandpa on his way, and leaves a note for the driver to call him, taking the blame for the accident.

He crosses the street and takes a call from Dad (ha, saved in his phone as the hilariously incongruent “Dongseng-nim”) and finds out then that he dropped his wallet at home. Meanwhile, the truck driver comes out, and omo, it’s Hyung! Omo. Turn around! Turn arouuuund!

Hyung reads the note and checks the dent in his bumper, and thinks the scratch too minor to make a fuss over. Ack, of course you’d be too nice to call. Dal-po is too distracted by the thought that Dad might’ve opened up his wallet, and rushes off without ever turning around to see Hyung.

Dad sits in his real estate office pondering the picture of In-ha, and thinks back to that rainy night on the island when the kids returned home wearing traffic cones as hats. He’d opened the door and seen the way Dal-po looked at In-ha then, as he playfully towel-dried her hair and stole little glances.

He remembers the time that he told In-ha that they could only afford to send one of them to college. In-ha had said that if they go by academic performance, Dal-po should be the one to go. But Dal-po joined them with the news that he was headed to the army, and by default, In-ha would be the one to go to college.

Back in the present, Dal-po arrives to pick up his wallet, and Dad holds up In-ha’s picture to ask directly what it’s doing there. Dal-po makes up the excuse that he just forgot about it after delivering the pictures for In-ha’s employment application, and asks Dad not to misunderstand. Dad is clearly unconvinced, and says he’ll return the photo himself since Dal-po’s new girlfriend might see it and get the wrong impression.

In-ha arrives at MSC for her interview and stands in the lobby with her eyes closed and her arms outstretched in front of Mom’s banner, looking a little bit like a crazy person. Fellow interviewee YOON YOO-RAE (Lee Yubi) arrives behind her and notes In-ha’s behavior with some amusement.

In-ha grabs Yoo-rae after her turn to ask if Song Cha-ok was among the interviewers, and seems like a total weirdo to everyone in the room when she lights up, despite Yoo-rae’s description of her as an ice queen.

Her turn comes around, and In-ha can barely contain her nervous excitement at seeing her mother, who doesn’t even look up to greet her. It kills me that In-ha takes Mom’s cold and dismissive, “Sit down” as a sign of affection. They ask her the obvious question—why she thinks it is that no one with Pinocchio syndrome has ever been hired as a reporter before.

But In-ha counters that it’s a benefit in this field rather than a flaw, and says that a reporter’s job is to convey the truth; who better than someone who can only speak the truth? Mom calls her an idealistic rookie and simply offers up a test. She puts two restaurant business cards on the table and says that they’re covering a story on restaurants violating the no-smoking law.

Mom asks In-ha to pick a card, and then calls the other one, posing as an executive secretary. She makes a reservation and asks if it’s okay if they smoke, and the receptionist says it’s fine. Mom instructs In-ha to go ahead and call the other place to confirm the same thing, without hiccupping.

So In-ha makes the call… and totally blows her cover by telling the truth. Mom’s point is made handily, and she says that this is the reason why someone with Pinocchio syndrome can never be a reporter—because you have to tell lies to get at the truth, which eventually surfaces like oil floating in water.

After that stone-cold rejection, In-ha sits in the lobby in a daze, until Mom completes all the interviews and comes out. Mom stops to talk to In-ha, though she remains distant and continues to use jondae with her own daughter.

In-ha just asks to see her phone and tries calling Mom’s number. She waits, but Mom’s phone never rings, and it finally sinks in that Dal-po was right. Still, In-ha screw up the courage to say that she missed her, and Mom surprises her with a hug. It suspiciously seems like it’s for the benefit of her bosses, who note that at the end of the day, Cha-ok is still a mother.

In-ha breaks into a smile and reaches up to hug her, but then we catch a glimpse of Mom’s true face, as she whispers back, “I’m sorry. I didn’t have the spare time to miss you.” Ugh.

In-ha tries to tamp down her tears and texts “Mom” to say, “You’re worse than a thief.” We see that it’s a young man, SEO BEOM-JO (Kim Young-kwang), who gets the message, and has been getting all her mom-texts all this time.

Her last message makes him pick up the phone and call her, and In-ha answers on the verge of tears, demanding to know why he intercepted all those texts and never once sent a simple reply that he wasn’t her mother.

She breaks down right there in the lobby, screaming into her phone, “Because of you, like an idiot, I expected, and expected… for ten years! Why did you do it? Why did you intercept those texts and make me so pathetic?!” Beom-jo just listens to her sobbing without a word, and once the line goes dead, he says shakily, “I’m sorry… I’m really sorry. Really…”

Dal-po waits outside the station to pick In-ha up, and sees her coming out in tears. From across the street, he watches her ignore his call and then answer via text the obvious lie that she’s with her mom right now.

He knows full well that she’s lying and hiccupping right now, but plays along for her sake and lets her lie that Mom hugged her and said she missed her and was sorry for not calling. She says his dream worked like a charm and he’ll probably meet the people in his dream too.

She tells him she’s fine to get home on her own, so he lets her save face and leaves without her. The lady next to her asks if she’s okay, and she cries that she thinks she’ll never stop hiccupping.

Dal-po drives off and tells himself that she’ll be fine, but can’t manage to listen to his own advice and swings a U-turn. But when he arrives outside MSC, In-ha is gone, and her mother is standing in the street hailing his cab. He freezes at the sight of her, but gets it together long enough to pick her up.

As he drives her across town, Dal-po acts like an eager fan who recognizes her from the TV, and then mentions that someone he knows interviewed at MSC today. He asks if she can tell him if Choi In-ha passed, and Mom looks up with a start but keeps her composure and says she failed because of her Pinocchio syndrome. Dal-po waits a beat before asking, “So it’s not because she’s your daughter?” Mom demands to know who he is, and he readily tells her that he’s In-ha’s uncle.

Meanwhile, In-ha gets home and goes straight for all her books and fills a suitcase full of every last remnant of her dream job. She clears out her shelves and grabs a lighter as she drags the suitcase outside.

Dal-po stops the cab at Mom’s request, and she says that In-ha doesn’t have an uncle. Dal-po clears up the new family tree for her, and when she hears that Grandpa adopted him, she scoffs and says if he wants to play uncle, he should be stopping In-ha from chasing an impossible dream.

He asks why, and she says that there isn’t a single reporter in the country with Pinocchio syndrome. He points out that a statistic isn’t a reason, while she argues that it’s a statistic for a reason.

That night, Hyung gets around to calling the person who left a note on his truck, and sends a text saying that there’s hardly any damage and it’s fine. Dal-po reads the message with a smile. Hyung’s coworker asks about the family picture he saw on his dashboard, and he explains that Mom and Little Bro died. He still believes that Dad is alive, and has driven that truck all over the country looking for him, to no avail.

The conversation at the next table over gets loud enough for them to overhear, and it turns out to be the chemical factory trio—the ones who lied about sending Firefighter Dad into the building by mistake. They’re in a heated argument over the manager who owes the other two money, while the manager argues that they shouldn’t treat him that way when he covered up the fire that they started.

That gets Hyung’s attention, and his eyes widen to hear that they’re talking about a fire that’s ten years old. One of the men even says that they might’ve started the fire, but it was the manager’s fault that all those firefighters died and their captain took the fall. They get into a tussle and one of them burns his hand, so they rush off to the hospital in a cab.

By the time Hyung gets it together to chase after them, they’re gone, but he does have a contract that they crumpled up and threw in his direction, so maybe it’ll be a lead? His hand shakes as he realizes the truth for the first time: “They lied?” And back inside, Hyung’s coworker checks the text that arrives from “Bumper,” asking him to call if any problems do show up, giving his name, Choi Dal-po.

When Dal-po gets home, Grandpa is beside himself with worry that In-ha has run away from home. Dad has been searching the neighborhood for hours with no luck, and Dal-po runs out too. The noise of fireworks overhead makes his blood run cold, and he flashes back to that awful night when his mother took him to see the fireworks and then jumped to her death.

He runs through the neighborhood until he discovers a shower of papers coming from the roof of their apartment building, and picks one up to find that it’s a shred of In-ha’s resume. Worried for the worst, he races up the stairs in a panic.

In-ha is up on the roof, but she’s there to burn her journalism books, and piles them into a trashcan before dropping the lighter in and saying goodbye to her dream. Her big dramatic moment is deflated, however, when the books fail to catch fire and the lighter just goes out. She reaches in to grab it, but falls headlong into the trashcan instead, and has a hilarious moment of just hanging upside-down and cursing the universe.

Of course Dal-po doesn’t know any of this, and reaches the door to the rooftop in utter panic, screaming her name and pounding on the door for an answer. She scrambles to hide, mostly because she’s mortified, so by the time he gets there, the rooftop looks empty and he starts scanning the street down below while screaming her name.

She takes a peek and wonders why he’s gone so overboard, and he finally calms down long enough to hear her tiny hiccups. He sighs in relief to know that she’s okay, and says he can see her hiding. He confesses that he knows all the stuff that happened to her today, and she says he should’ve just let her lie—sometimes she wants to lie and pretend to be fine just like anyone else.

But he has the best answer for her: “You don’t have to pretend to be okay around me, because I know how upset you are.” He pulls the tarp off of her and falls silent to see her in tears. He sees his button on her necklace and says he’s sorry—his dream must’ve been a bad one after all.

At the same time, Beom-jo scrolls through the texts he’s gotten over the years from “Pinocchio,” all addressed to Mom and telling her about all the big events in her life. He comes home to his palatial estate and greets his mother (Kim Hae-sook) with the sudden declaration that he wants to meet “her.” Chaebol Mom: “Who, Pinocchio?”

Back on the roof, Dal-po repacks all of In-ha’s books, and she lies that she wants them burned. He asks if she’s really giving up, and she says she doesn’t have the courage to look him in the eye, when she knows full well that he gave up college for her.

We go back to Dal-po’s conversation with Mom. He asks how she can be so sure that In-ha can never be a reporter, and asks how many lives she’s destroyed with her prejudice and her so-called knowledge. She actually laughs at him and says that wolves don’t bark at lions—only day-old puppies do. She asks if he even knows what a reporter is, or if he’s just barking at her.

On the roof, Dal-po holds In-ha by both wrists to stop her from burning the books, and finally says, “I need them. I want to become a reporter.”

We go back to Dal-po’s answer—he apologizes to Mom and watches her go, only to call out after her that he’ll find out what a reporter really is and come find her: “As a wolf, and not a day-old puppy.” His face turns into a snarl as he adds, “I’ll bark properly then.”

And at Chez Chaebol, Beom-jo’s mother coos at her son like he’s five, and asks if he wants her help—should she have Pinocchio brought here so he can meet her? He says with a big smile that he’ll go find her himself. Ha, these two are gonna be SO weird.

It’s only after Dal-po says that he wants to be a reporter too that In-ha’s hiccups stop, and she smiles up at him as fireworks go off in the distance.

 
COMMENTS

I don’t find it that believable that a person who loathes broadcast reporters with such visceral enmity could put that aside so quickly to prove a point, but I do think that Dal-po is more motivated by helping In-ha achieve her dream than anything else. I’m not really sure what he could do to bring Mom down from the inside that he couldn’t do from the outside, if for instance revenge is his ultimate game plan. He actually seems more concerned with showing her that she’s wrong, which is maybe why she has a point with the day-old puppy metaphor—he’s still that child who feels wronged, and wants to prove that the blame lies with her. I’m not sure if his sudden decision to be a journalist works on all levels for me, since his hatred of broadcast news was made so evident, but I can at least buy that he loves In-ha enough to help her, and that he’s idealistic enough to want to prove that it’s not the world that’s askew, but Mom’s view of it that’s twisted. Maybe the point will be that he starts for all the wrong reasons, which would frankly make more sense to me.

In-ha’s arc with her mother in this episode was a really satisfying one, because it’s frustrating to think that she held Mom up on that pedestal for no less than thirteen years. Her optimism in the face of a decade of unanswered texts says a lot about her, and despite the pain it caused, I’m glad she got to see Mom’s true face today. It’s probably only one percent of her true coldness, but In-ha needed to stop defending her blindly. It was so sweet to see Dal-po holding back and encouraging her when he knows deep down what a horrible woman her mother is, and letting her lie to him when he knows the truth. If the revelation that Mom wasn’t the one who answered her text was enough to break her down this much, I worry for the heartbreak she’ll encounter when she learns how much of Mom’s career is built on lies.

There’s an awful lot of coincidence in this drama, and I get that you can call it six degrees of separation and make a thing of it, but some plot maneuvers are pretty glaring if left entirely to chance. I’m fine with Mom’s old number belonging to Beom-jo, since it had to belong to somebody and he purposely seeks In-ha out because of that connection. But Hyung happening upon the plant workers who are responsible for framing Firefighter Dad was laughable. Really, they just happen to be eating at the next table over, and they happen to be having a conversation about the fire? I like that Hyung is on the right track now, but I’m a little underwhelmed at how he got there. Let’s hope he’s good at the sleuthing, and can come up with the rest of the leads through good ol’ fashioned legwork.

At the end of the day, it’s the central relationship that has me on the hook because it’s heartwarming and funny, and built on two engaging characters and their witty banter. It already kills me that Dal-po hides his one-sided love with a string of fake girlfriends, and thinks it a given that he should give up his future for hers. I know they’re the same age, but he does really seem like her uncle sometimes, like he’s just out to protect her from all the heartache out there in the world because he wants her to keep dreaming. And hey, if worse comes to worst and the family puts the kibosh on your romance, you could always just ride off into the sunset with Hye-sung Navi.

 
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I really love these two leads together. They are so cute!

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love the couple but too many 'plot maneuvers' ...too forced

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I just have one doubt. When in ha and dal po were small, wasnt in ha said to be older then dal po? I mean it surely looked like that and she even saud that she doesnt want to call someone younger than her, uncle. I mean then how the hell did they end up in the same classroom? Can someone help me out here?!

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I totally agree. The whole scene with Hyung and the old factory workers seemed stretched but I'll take it if it speeds up the plot.

Can't wait for Dalpo to get his haircut. These past 3 episodes have been torture.

Pleasantly surprised by Park Shin Hye. I like that her character has sass. Looking forward to how she develops now that she's got Dalpo by her side.

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ME TOOO. I don't like his long hair

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I smell a love triangle between In Ha-Dal Po-Beom Jo

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Oh yes. Can't wait for when she finds out he's the one behind the fake text message.

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I really enjoyed it. Thank you for recap.

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Lee Jong suk! Aww

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*facepalm* everytime I endured Dal po 's janitor mop hairstyle. Plss, how long do u want us to get tortured with laughter with his hairstyle. Somebody plss take off his wig! Well, a award to lee Jong suk for the dramaland - worst ever hairstyle

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I would argue that Full House 2 takes that award, but yes Dalpo's haircut is horrible. I have the intense urge to whip out an electric shaver every time he appears on screen.

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dal-po's hair is tame compared to song sam dong's ;)

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just wait for episode 4, he'll have a new haircut and he's so handsome!

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I loved Song Sam-dong's hair!

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Me too. That country bumpkin hairstyle suited sam dong quite well. I found dalpo ugly. But as i started watching the drama,that feeling left. I certainly enjoy both of their acting.

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I agree, I thought his hair was oddly endearing.

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me too, i actually liked his wig in this hairstyle- it was a little less wild, and i thought it suited him. his new hair is the exact same style as su-ha's.
to be perfectly honest, i'm not addicted to this drama like i was with i hear your voice from the very start, which i can't quite pinpoint why, seeing as the subject matter (distrust of the media), the cast, and the characters are very interesting. i mean, it's the same writer, too. i wish they'd made a more natural transition to the post-high school years though, the time jump was a bit jarring. oh well. hopefully the drama will get better and better. i'll enjoy this on its own without making comparisons from now.

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okay, i take back part of my first comment, which i wrote as i was watching like the first 15 minutes of episode 3- as most other people, i was a bit disgruntled by the implausible coincidence of his brother overhearing the factory workers' conversation- i mean, sure, it's not unlikely that they tend to talk about their dirty history when they're drunk, but it's just too convenient that the brother happened to be there. but okay, i'll swallow that at least, i guess. i'm okay with dal-po suddenly wanting to become a reporter though despite his hatred and cynicism towards the media, because it's more for in-ha's sake and a desire to prove her mother wrong than anything. i trust that the drama will properly explain why it is that the brothers never sought each other out, instead of just expecting us to believe that dal po simply had believed that he'd been abandoned, and also, a satisfying storyline with the mother- i'm not sure what i'm expecting yet. i don't think it's going to be a dark sort of revenge, but i expect her to experience a downfall at the hands of one of the brothers, a scandal.
i conclude that i like the pacing, i like the characters, so i think i'll enjoy the drama too.

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GF you're supeeerrr fast!
*off to watch*

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I hope there's a good story behind Beom Jo because right now he and his mother are creeping me out. When we first met him, I thought it was so cute how she had been unknowingly texting a handsome stranger for thirteen years and said handsome stranger was in love with her (would make a good movie unless there already is one). Then when his mother offered to bring her to him and called her "the Pinocchio" like she's some freak in a freak show was just weird (always great to see Kim Hae Sook though).

But no mater how Beom Jo turns out, I love Dal Po entirely too much to develop Second Lead Crush Syndrome. His guardian angel-ing her today was so sweet. I especially loved their pretend-to-be-happy vs. pretend-to-not-know-she's-unhappy text conversation. Su Ha can tell people are lying by reading their thoughts; Dal Po can tell In Ha's lying not only from her hiccups but because he knows her. Dad better not get in the way of their happiness. The coincidence of Hyung finding out so soon is hard to bear, but I really like Hyung and can't wait to see him clear Dad's name. He is such a nice person to not care about the dent.

Thanks for the recap, girlfriday!

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Lol yes to your first paragraph. I was all set to find the relationship really sweet...and then that last scene happened and I found myself having to actively convince myself that I wasn't a little creeped out. Hopefully, with more context, they'll seem less so.

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Yes, Beom Jo and his mum were super creepy *_* I would be super creeped out if the person I thought I was talking to for 10 years was a complete stranger. He might think he knows her but a what a terrible way to learn about a person.

Another thing that annoyed me was how everyone and their mothers seemed to know Inha had Pinocchio syndrome. Does she wear a label on her forehead? What happened to confidentiality?

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Beom Jo and his mom just strike me as one of those extreme mommy's boy types. he mustve been doted on and babied his whole life by his mother -- they've been living a secure and wealthy life and he seems like he's the spoiled type that gets whatever he wants but has no idea what he wants. what gives his character an interesting angle is that he's silently been on the receiving end of in-ha's texts all these years and he seems to be intrigued by this gal who no where near has the same relationship with her mother as he does with his.

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Re;Dad better not get in the way of their happiness.

Are you talking about In-ha's dad? I wonder if he knows that true identity of Dal Po. He must have watched his wife( ex wife) reporting the Dal po family's tragedy( thus he knows that his wife is the instigator for the family's tragedy).... Somehow In-ha's dad thought that Dal Po lost his memory and he convinced himself that he should not tell the truth to anyone.
If he knows the truth that In-Ha's mom is a big reason for Dal Po's family tragedy and their fate is twisted and entangled, then he has a valid reason to concern their relationship.

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While that could be really interesting, Dad doesn't need any of those reasons to oppose the relationship. They are legally uncle and niece, so of course he can't allow them to have feelings for each other.

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I completely agree on the too many coincidences thing. That's exactly what I was thinking throughout this whole episode. It's a bit frustrating.

That also has to be the most inventive and random way to introduce the second lead. Just....what?!

I'm liking the lighter moments in this show and I'm pretty sure I'm down for the ride, but it's not blowing me away at all. Although I still have high hopes once the makeover and actual reporter jobs start.

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i m deciding whether to drop this drama, it doesnt hook me like IHTV. The casts have good chemistry and the characters are likable, but i feel nothing for the story. maybe i had high expectation for the writer, and she doesnt create the same magic this time like she did with her previous drama. I will watch tomorrow ep to see if i will continue.

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I do feel you. If the expectations are really high and not lived up to, the disappointment is equally deep. It's unfortunate that it can ruin the whole drama experience. If that happens, I do not force myself and postpone the drama for later. As for the magic, if I'm not in the right mood, no magic works on me either. So I can't get hooked or even connected to certain drama.
If I would see Pinocchio through IHYV-glasses I wouldn't enjoy the drama as much as I do right know. To compare and contrast them at the moment doesn't do them justice. And to force yourself just because you love the previous drama, could be a waste of your time

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you are right, i should not judge this drama via IHTV-glasses. However, it s hard for me to do that when LJS is in both dramas.

I may take you advice and postpone the drama for later, since there are so many dramas that i picked up after dropping them the first round and many of them become my favorite like Reply 1997

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Chemistry - double check
Actors - check
Director - check
Writer - hmmmmm let's see but I'm loving every characters.

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Aw, the moment they exchange their favorite parts of the eggs I got flashbacks to Shi-won & Yoon-jae and 'Answer Me 1997' <3 How cute <3

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"you could always just ride off into the sunset with Hye-sung Navi." --GF

oh you make me miss hye-sung even more. we probably wouldn't want to let lee bo young go if she made an actual physical cameo. It was nice though, to be able to see some of that arrogant spunk hye sung had running through in-ha's veins with her line "I’m smart and I’m pretty. If I’m nice on top of that, isn’t the world just too unfair?" There are familiar touches this writer is giving in both in-ha and dal-po. Once the wig goes it'll be trickier to discern su-ha from dal-po but i don't think it's necessarily bad because i absolutely loved the whole protector role. Su-ha was a love sick puppy who protected his noona but dal-po is a love sick "uncle" protecting his same age "niece". The dynamic is different but the same kind of feeling is there.
Also, both Dal-po and su-ha know their ladies inside-out which makes for close to zero misunderstandings between each other. That's what i so love about this writer's character relationships. Those long, drawn out typical character misunderstandings don't make its way into her show; she instead utilizes her time to flesh them out and develop them -- so that we really care when it matters.

our boy is looking SO fine in the preview for the next episode. the whole world cheered upon seeing the moppy wig die.

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Hurrah for the death of the wig! Although I thought the Mop was styled a bit in this episode.

Yes, I will cry if Lee Bo Young makes a cameo and leaves. Maybe I can live if she makes a fleeting cameo...the crazy lawyer running in the far background, chasing after someone. Maybe the grandpa who collects the papers.

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So sweet of Lee Bo Young sending food trucks and doing voice cameo... I'm sure I'll scream Jang Byeon if I see her cameo here! LOL

Agree with you, can't wait for ep 4 to end the mop hair.

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i love this drama....love their chemistry....it is so natural and comforting...i am seriously into this drama....thank for the recap.....=_=

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Cheesiness aside, I laughed and cried in some parts. Touched me to the core: the text message between the two brothers. How they are both so kind.

One topic that I like was about prejudice and pre-conceived notions about who should be a great reporter. some people tend to form their own ideas and believing it to be true without proof and experience.

Do not care much about the chaebol second-lead though. I am tired of chaebol second-leads. Do they ever get the girl? Should have swapped the chaebol character with maybe..a cameraman. who is NOT a chaebol in disguise. Just to make things a little different. LOL.

Lastly, love the IHYV alumn. Waiting for the next episode.

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And oh, I laughed out loud after figuring out Dal Po's girlfriend with the nice voice is his GPS.

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LOL I agree with everything u said about the chaebol second leads!!

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aren't the chaebol tend to be the first leads in all kdramas?? stereotyped chip on their shoulder arrogant misogynist ie heirs, blade man,lovely girl and any flower boy drama etc.
I am actually happy to see a first lead who is not a chaebol, but a normal dude who drives a taxi.

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Agreed, chaebol is usually the first lead...so it's a nice turn around that the first lead is a taxi driver :P

I really like the episode, totally LOLed when PSH said the reason she cried so hard was she didn't think she could ever stop hiccuping. (I dread that she has to cry so soon into a drama, but having a mom like that? Goodness...that woman doesn't deserve a child!) The girl is so spunky!

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'Hye Sung navi' had me in stitches xD This show is so full of meta that I have to be careful not to miss anything^^ (I did actually miss the Se Yeon reference)

You know I don't care how convinient some of the things are in this drama universe. I'm totally on board and it's just so much fun to watch especially Dal Po + In Ha and family that I can overlook everything else (for now at least)^^
I'm just having a ton of fun watching this drama and at the end of the day that's what counts!

Also I really like Park Shin Hye here. She does a great job and she ans Lee Jong Suk definitely have great chemistry.

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I missed both the Hyesung and Seyeon reference!

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LOVE them together. But yeah, my jaw dropped at the hyung-overhearing-plant-workers scene. Wow. Just wow. They couldn't make the discovery more organic?

Anyways, love them together!

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Thanks for the recap, GF! I lovvvvved this episode!

"I don’t find it that believable that a person who loathes broadcast reporters with such visceral enmity could put that aside so quickly to prove a point, but I do think that Dal-po is more motivated by helping In-ha achieve her dream than anything else."

- Well, I actually really liked this turn because I look at it as him trying to understand for himself why the system works the way it does. He doesn't find their actions excusable, but he also doesn't really know whether he wouldn't become the same way. He wants to prove that reporters shouldn't have to use the methods that they've become bent on using.

In fact, I actually think it's cool that this isn't necessarily about revenge for him (so far) because he seems rather laid-back about everything. I like the maturity he's exercising. Sure, perhaps he hates the broadcast reporters that did this to him, but I think that it isn't uncommon to want to try to become a reporter that doesn't put people through the same hardships he went through. At least, that's exactly the kind of reaction I'd have so I didn't find it unbelievable. I think In-ha definitely sparked this, but that it was actually his conversation with her mom that got him genuinely wanting to figure it out for himself: whether broadcast reporters really need to lie or not.

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I thought last episode was the deal-breaker that made Dal-Po want to be a reporter. I expected him to say to In Ha that both of them will ace the reporter job at the breakfast table. I didn't anticipate him to be a taxi driver at all. (To me, good job writer for surprising me).

You made a good point. Initially I too thought that his reason to be a reporter in this episode was just not strong enough for me.

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I was convinced, Dal po likes proving arrogant people who think their ways are always right, that they may be wrong instead. It is in his personality as explored in episode two when he joined the quiz show.Plus he isn't written as 1 dimensional character bent on revenge, like previous stereotyped kdrama revenge characters. He is a person who is not filled with bitterness and hatred and can differentiate between those he blames and those who are not responsible, as seen when he treats In ha. Therefore he doesn't hate reporters as a job, but those who misuse it to fulfill their selfish ambitions.

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Sorry but do we know Beom Jo? Is he by chance the cocky kid that liked pinocchio before? And yes he and mom are beyond weird-i can't even find them amusing!
but yay! For the IHYV cast reunion, so far we've got bad wig guy, mom and of cuz hilarious judge! And apparently, LBY is up next for a cameo after creepy killer!

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I was thinking this too! It may very well be the case, although how did he trick Inha into thinking she was speaking to her mum? Also, if it was for 10 years, I think that was before the cocky kid starting liking her (which was ~4-5 years ago in drama time)

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I don't think he is the cocky kid. He is just a stranger who happens to be the owner of the phone number that In Ha was wrongly given.

For all the years that she is texting her 'mom', she has never gotten a reply. His 'fighting' message is the first time she receives a reply. It was explained clearly in the conversation between In Ha and Dal Po and at the salon scene.

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LBY's cameo was just a voice appearance. It's in this episode. She is the voice of the GPS, the one Dalpo is having a conversation with in the taxi.

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Ah thats a shame! Thanks for informing me.

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It's actually quite creative. "I hear your voice" on the GPS. Hyesung is his "girlfriend."

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Man, I love those scenes with two major characters walking right pass each other or standing right next to each other but don't notice each other. Honestly the most compelling relationship right now for me is between Dal-po and his brother.

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I thought of this as well!

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"He actually seems more concerned with showing her that she’s wrong, which is maybe why she has a point with the day-old puppy metaphor—he’s still that child who feels wronged, and wants to prove that the blame lies with her." -GF

Good point! It's a vicious cycle. Dal Po may just be grief-stricken boy who needs someone to blame, just like the rest of his village community. Or should the reporter be blamed?

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I think the grandpa who hit hyung's truck with his cart probably collects rubbish to recycle for a living, if he is too poor to afford a handphone. Which makes it easier to explain why Dal Po said he would take care of the settlement.

and hyung overhearing those 3 bad guys is too much coincidence but as long as he does the work to solve dad's case it's ok.

I like Dal po/In Ha, they have chemistry that comes from being really comfortable with each other and in scenes like him pulling her off the brakeless bike last ep, the writer doesn't do things like make it so they fall on top of each other and get uncomfortable. I like the second leads too, Lee Yubi's expression is exactly the one I would have if I saw someone standing in a lobby like In Ha lol. And i like Kim Young Kwang and his weird mom.

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Great episode and emotionally heart-wrenching. I felt so bad for In-ha, her mom is a terrible person.

Loved Dal-po's interaction with In-ha's mom and I'm already looking forward to his journey.

Thanks for the recap!

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like many have said Korean mothers are one adorable or two evil incarnate, but i am guessing if she lives through the drama all will be forgotten and forgiven as in the last ten minutes of the final episode she see she is wrong and of course every one forgives her...

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Love this show, plot holes and all! Even IHYV also full of plot holes but the show totally managed to grab my heart. Just like Pinocchio here.
Time just flies by when I watch this episode and I want MOAR!! More interaction between In Ha and Dal Po please!! I can watch their cute bickering forever!

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Didn't we expect plot holes coming in? The writers works are always, well the three I've seen, filed with plot holes but ultimately they're so charming that the plot holes don't matter.

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I personally think In-ha's mother is going to be more of an obstacle between In-ha and Dal-po than any resistance her father may or may not put up.

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I think Dal Po's decision to become a reporter was 10% love of In Ha and 90% Impulse. lol

I read that scene as him arguing with Garbage Mom and getting increasingly frustrated that she always has a rebuttal. As if when she presented the whole "You're not a reporter, you don't have the right to say this." argument, he blurted out "Well, I'll become a reporter then! See how you like that!"

You're right, it feels very childish but considering this is his first face-to-face confrontation with her after 13 or so years, I can see him floundering.

I also think his journey as a reporter is gonna start off being targeted at Garbage Mom but ultimately be about cleaning up the news industry in general. I def wanna see that happen.

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There's no mention of his name here but before the next mention, I really hope the writers of Dramabeans begin to use the standardized spelling of Lee Jong Suk instead of 'Seok'. The spelling in English has been standardized for 2 years, if I'm not wrong. Wiki uses 'Suk', so do his official fansite, agency, magazines, BTS shoots etc, so why not dramabeans?

Back to this drama, I have to say it's ep 3 but it has yet to get me very excited. It's fine but guess I was hoping for a lot more. There was so much focus on the light-hearted part I wish I see more of the torment the child and grown Dal Po goes through. So far it's always dipping of the toes into the water and abruptly withdrawn for something funny. So I find it's hard to fall right into the story, though that 60 minutes breezes past.

Dal Po's story is appealing to me much more than the Pinocchio syndrome. Maybe I prefer the drama behind his story. It's heartbreaking for the child to survive alone knowing that his mother committed suicide and brought him along. To know that he resents his father and brother because of his mother's death and refuses to look for them and instead hide his life as a less than bright adopted child, aww... that's just too painful.

Lee Jong Suk's acting once again shines here. The scene of his dream sees so many subtle changes in expression I can't help but feel bad for him.

PSH is ok but the scene at the rooftop made me realize why IHYV seems so much more appealing. Starting from the time she fell into the drum (maybe earlier), I realized that it would be so much more funny if Lee Bo Young is acting out the scene. I didn't take to LBY until IHYV, and throughout the rooftop scene, I come to realize one thing. It's either PSH has a long way to go or LBY is simply a very good actress. And that says a lot about how chemistry and good acting can make or break a drama.

So that's why for me the equation (see some comments of ep 2) is

PSH/LMH<PSH/JGS=PSH/JYH<PSH/LJS<LJS/LBY<LJS/KWB

As for 2nd lead, I don't like Kim Young Kwang because of his mean personality. Google his name and 'scandal'. He has in the past repeatedly said some nasty stuff. However, I like the story of him and PSH so far. I hope they become a loveline instead of Dal Po and In Ha! But I'm sure the writer will make sure we'll prefer the first pair.

Regarding the bad hair, well, it's on purpose to make him look bad. But it's not the worst in dramaland. I still remember KWB's in A Gentleman's Dignity. But, yes, LJS's going to look so super cute and handsome after his hair cut! Maybe more so than Park Soo Ha in IHYV!

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This post gave me ebola. Nearly everything about is was complete and utter bullshit.

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lol… gave you ebola? Maybe some people who commented on ep 2 will cheer with me.

Sorry I am also one of those who don’t agree with your comment that PSH is Korea’s No. 1 actress, just like those people thought.

I don’t believe you are a troll though, like some implied before. Just crazily in love with PSH?

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Lol I wasn't even paying attention to what you said on PSH. For starters, both Lee Jong Suk and Lee Jong Seok are right and both are used, DB is not the only only one to use it. And to hate KYK for that? Such prejudice lmao. If you were to be like that for every actor, I guess you wouldn't have anyone left to support LOL

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Lol, not paying attention to what I said? Yet you said that EVERYTHING in my post was complete and utter bullshit? Please, make up your mind. Yes, please pay attention if you haven't, because, as I've mentioned, the spelling has been standardized. Go check out recent history of Korean language. Oh, I guess you won't bother. If others choose to remain wrong, it doesn't make them right.

And, pay attention again. I've never said I hated KYK. Or is it in your vocab 'don't like' and 'hate' have the same meaning? If you find what he said previously is totally fine, well, I'm not too surprised, from how you are here. But that don't work for many. It was a fact there were lots of furor over what he said and he also lost many fans because of that.

Please try to argue in a sensible and logical way or I'll really begin to believe what others say about you.

Btw, why do I need to support anyone? If an actor/actress did a good job I'll admire their effort and like them. If they don't I move on. Needing to find someone to support? That sounds juvenile.

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You may have missed my post, somewhere down below. The spelling has indeed been standardized; the character in Lee Jong Seok's name has been standardized as eo.

I'm curious though, which site(s) state the standardization of that character as u? I'm very interested in the Korean language, and am studying it (sort of), that's why I'd like to know;).

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I am not buying PSH's character yet as well. Maybe cute is not my type. She is very pretty that I agree.

Your comment on LBY made me remember that scene where Soo Ha grabbed Hye Sung's wrists and she struggled to free them after counting down Hana Dul Set!That simple scene cracked me up until today. She can be so naturally funny. **Off to watch IHYV** But I laughed nonetheless when In-Ha threw that lighter in but even that didn't work out for her.

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your comment don't make sense at all. She is cute but not your type so you don't buy her character.... OK lol

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How much difference it'd make if LBY was in place of PSH, I don't know. But she won daesang for a reason and PSH hasn't.

So there is no point comparing them. PSH is a lot younger than LBY as well so she has a long way to go... But I know she has made me laugh a lot in YB and Pinocchio or whenever she need to.

Also I noticed you are a LJS hardcore fan but please stop comparing this and IHYV. It's 2 completely different drama, scripts and even chemistry. Do you want LJS to pair with LBY for the rest of his life? Why can't you just simply enjoy his work without bring down others while you don't want people talk bad about him?

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I'm not sure if you are correct to classify me as a hardcore fan. But I certainly like his acting, or his potential to be a very good actor.

Out of so many paragraphs I mentioned in one that I imagine a scene would have been so good if LBY was to be in it and suddenly I am told that I kept comparing this with IHYV? You probably forget the fact that this drama has the same writer, director and actor as the other so it may be inevitable that people would compare the two? You may not have noticed too that this drama itself kept making reference to the other?

You mentioned about the age of the actresses. Well, I don't judge acting capabilities by age. If this logic is correct, the best acting award should always go to the oldest actor/actress. And seriously, if you haven't noticed, my intention was not to compare the two actresses. Maybe it came across as that but no, it was purely because I was reminded of the other, possibly because some speech patterns were similar in both scripts. Not too surprising as it's the same writer behind both dramas.

I am here to discuss the drama from my view and would hate if my opinion is taken as purely due to being a fan of LJS. Would you consider a person as a hardcore fan if she can tell you what exactly is his problems/weakness in acting?

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while LBY is older but shouldnt we judge them based on experience/talent and not age? If based on experience alone, LBY and PSH are on the same page, they both started acting since 2003, so they have the same amount of experience. Thus it s not impossible for some to compare these two.

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I actually get annoyed when it's spelled as Suk, 'cause then it would mean it's this vowel ㅜ u; while his name uses this vowel ㅓ eo. So I hope Dramabeans continue to write it as Lee Jong Seok;)

I guess the reason most prefer Lee Jong Suk is because in English the combination of eo seems a bit weird; but the correct way to right his name (at least the last syllabus) would be Seok.

Just my 2 cents; as usual;)

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p.s. there's a difference in pronunciation as well, that's another reason why I prefer Seok.

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Park Shin Hye is much more lovely than she was in The Heirs. This role suits her so much. She seems so natural. Chemistry between the leads is good too.

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Apologies...but the guys in this drama are all "bad-looking". I'm not inspired to look.

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My first time to watch LJS. Man... he is ugly looking. Not good to watch and I don't care about his acting. Ditto with the rest of the guys. Hurtful to the eyes. Too painful to watch.

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Excuse me while I rofl. Oh, it's your first time watching him. ok. Still, if you had said he is not handsome, I may think you are right. Honestly I don't classify him as handsome. Now, if it's pre...^^

But ugly? lol... don't even try to look at how he normally looks. Skip tonight's episode too.

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I agree with you. no matter how much I try, I cant watch any LJS drama, I'm confused on how he's fans looking at him? I skip this drama not because of PSY, at least she's easy on eyes, but both lead actors are too awful.

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I am liking Park Shin Hye's character here so far. In ha is sassy and blunt and talkative but she has heart. Im hoping and praying that she stays like that...

Lee jong Suk is really good... And i am very excited to get rid of that hideous mop of a hairdo...

Hoping that the episodes to come will be much greater but then im keeping my expectations low so as not to dissapoint myself. For now im satisfied that this drama is giving me all sorts feels....

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Cha ok is not just a ruthless reporter, but a heartless mother. How can she be this cold to her only daughter? It makes me wonder whether there is a story behind such coldness.

I loved choi in ha's confrontation with her mother. It made me teared up. Poor girl, she was idolizing her mother for this many years that she even went to the beauty parlor to get a make-over to look like mom, her breakdown on the phone call with bum jo and her coming in terms of realization that her mother is not what she thought her to be,like she doesn't even know who she is... It made me sad. Park shin hye is always good with such emotional scenes, that she easily makes me feel it too.

Also i love the fact that choi in ha is not clueless. She knows her uncle dalpo has sacrificed everything for her to have her dream. She knows it,feels guilty about it and wants to payback for it. Dalpo doent really hides his love for in ha. Even in ha's dad is starting to notice it. His dream sequence with his family and in ha was so telling how precious she is to him. All the people he love in one dream,it was beautifully shown.

Actually i find it nice that in ha gives him that push, that motivation to become a reporter..because without it, he might have left it in the sideline. He wouldn't have taken the risk.

I feel really bad whenever i see dalpo's brother. Poor guy, his perfect life once is ruined. Its not fair. Atleast dalpo has got some emotional support from his adopted family.

I really love how well-paced this drama is. And i can feel the warmth of the family of four. The feeling is so cozy. Loved the whole dinning scene..grandpa beating in ha and dad, in ha and her dad's cute bickering and anything and everything with dalpo and in ha.

I can watch Dal-in couple all day. Great chemistry. Out of all the leading ladies he had, i feel lee jong suk has the best chemistry with park shin hye. They look beautiful. Love both their acting.

Looking forward to today's episode. That ugly wig will be gone. :)

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I don't think there's any need for cameos. IHYV doesn't have a cameo/parody before but still a commercial success. They should just fill the wasted scenes with something that actually can make the plot move forward.

And as LJS hair, I think it's quite unique. It's somehow shows his inner honest self, and his personality.How I wish he keep that hairstyle for 10 eps, and only change it after :)

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The meta for Jong Suk and the reunion of I Can Hear Your Voice in this drama are amazing!
I love Min Joon Gook-cameo in the earlier episode, Mom and Hyesung here... Miss them all!

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I was racking my brain for a while trying to remember where I had seen Hyung´s face before and then da-da! Wodalchi! He was such a noble dork in Faith:D As for Pinocchio, I´m so onboard with In-ha´s character, she just broke my heart this episode with "sometimes I want to lie that everything´s ok too, can´t you just leave me alone?" PSH is doing a great job as In-ha, couldn´t picture anyone else!

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ooo, you're right, loved him in Faith! :3

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I'll have to say, after a lot of years watching dramas, pask shin hye finally have chemistry with her leading man.

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like this drama better than Heirs. LOL on the person who commented that the guys are ugly so they won't bother watching. No wonder this show doesn't get high ratings. maybe they should put douche bags who are good looking and rich to boost the ratings.

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Handsome morons who can not act ... that would raise the ratings ... =)

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I can't help but mention this....Lee Jong-seok looks exactly like Go Ara did in Reply 1994 :D

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looks exactly like Go Ara did in Reply 1994

LOL

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The resemblance is hilarious, only if until the makeover in Epi 4 :P

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Okay did Beom Jo and his mom come off weird or am I alone with that feeling? It read strange but I wonder if watching them will change that perspective or just cement it.

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I'm surprised at how much I'm liking this series....granted I had no expectations at all, but I'm liking the chemistry with the leads, and the pacing is breezy and fresh. There are some far fetched scenes - like the one where the hyung "coincidently" overhears the perpetrators that caused his family havoc (like really?) - but hey, I've seen worse trope in kdramas, that it didn't bother me THAT much.

Looking forward to how the story takes off from here =)

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When In-ha's mom said she was too busy to miss her, aaghhh, i just about died with grief. Like seriously? What kind of mother says that?

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I love that Dal Po is becoming a reporter for revenge. It's the only way he can face In Ha's mom--that's how he would know what a reporter actually does.

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Is Beom-Jo a new character or we've already seen him in other episodes? I'm a little confused..

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I think we're so used to revenge dramas that it seems weird that Dal-po would give up on his hatred of broadcast journalism so suddenly, but I find it refreshing and realistic. Most people don't carry such clearly defined categorical grudges as we often see in dramas (and, honestly, in most dramatic media), and Dal-po is the kind to let certain things (his identity, his education) go almost on a whim. He's almost unprincipled, which is refreshing and complex. He does things in the moment which would plague another character for at least an episode. I hope he continues making such rash decisions.

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Thank you dramabeans :)

I dont know if anyone notice but the VOICE NAVIGATION name: Hye-sung is actually name after: Jang Hye-sung from I Can Hear Your Voice (2013) and Soo-hyun (his ex-girl friend he says) is none other than: Oh Soo-hyun (daughter of Myungwoo Hospital's chairman)

HAHAHAHA!!! This is so cool! and actually it was stated that Lee Bo-young was cast as Hye-sung car navigation (voice, ep 3)

^_^

So cool! :)

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It very hard for me to get rid the Park Soo Haa image from Lee Jong Suk. I know this is good drama too. But I really loves Park Soo Ha. OMG...

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5 stars for this episode

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