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Oh My Venus: Episode 2

We learn a bit more about our leads in this hour, about their pasts and their present, and how our heroine isn’t the only one in an uncomfortable situation — our hero may need her as much as she needs him. But that doesn’t mean that forming an alliance will be easy — with two people as prickly and defensive as these two, just coming to an agreement might be more difficult than following it through.

EPISODE 2 RECAP

After seeing her ex-boyfriend embracing another woman, Joo-eun wanders the streets and finds herself being pursued by a strange masked man. Someone grabs her and she collapses to the pavement, crying out, “Save me!” But it’s Young-ho who answers her, wryly quipping that she’s always asking him to save her.

As it turns out, he also saw Woo-shik hugging that woman, and he asks if Joo-eun wants to go back there and pull their hair or something. But if not, he offers her a ride home, because getting a cold now would just add insult to injury. He holds out his hand with her bandage from her IV on it, as if that’s the real reason he followed her.

He makes a big deal about what a nice guy he is, always helping people in need, and it’s adorable how matter-of-fact he is. But Joo-eun is oblivious to him, and begs him to just leave — though Young-ho pulls her to his car anyway.

He admits again that he has a soft spot for people in danger. Joo-eun thanks him, but insists on getting herself home. He’s still not willing to just leave her in the street in the rain, so she takes his umbrella and is all Now I’m armed with a weapon and a bad mood, ha. She takes her bandage, saying that she’s not a woman who leaves her things behind, and Young-ho gives in and lets her go.

Distracted, Young-ho drives himself to the Han River to think. He remembers a day when he was a child, in a wheelchair with an injured leg, and his great-grandmother had sent him away for surgery. It’s a simple scene, but both Young-ho and his great-grandmother are heavy-hearted, as if this moment means more than it seems.

Young-ho signs into his hotel under an assumed name, but that doesn’t stop Great-Grandma’s minion, Manager Min, from finding him in the morning. Of course, this means that Great-Grandma knows he’s back in Korea despite his attempts at stealth, and Young-ho wearily agrees to meet with her.

Somehow he ended up with Joo-eun’s purse, and he frowns at her phone when her friend Hyun-woo tries to call her (assuming that “Hyun-woo” is the ex). At Hyun-woo’s house, breakfast is a gloomy affair, as her young son Min-joon seems to be in a bad mood and reluctant to eat. Apparently, his little girlfriend called him fat. Hyun-woo goes straight into Mama Bear mode, ready to follow him to school and kick some kindergarten butt, but Min-joon’s caretaker says she’ll go with him.

Joo-eun is late to work and tries to slink into an in-progress meeting, failing spectacularly. They’re joined by the new deputy president of the law firm, who strolls into the room in a skin-tight suit and power heels, and is introduced as OH SOO-JIN (Yoo In-young).

The two ladies recognize each other — they had been friends in law school, where it was Soo-jin who was overweight, and reclusive despite getting the best grades in the class. Joo-eun had overheard some students making fun of Soo-jin within her earshot, and had come to her defense.

Now their roles are reversed, with Soo-jin the sleek, confident one and Joo-eun feeling frumpy and uncomfortable. Soo-jin seems friendly enough, and glad to see her old friend, though both admit to being a bit shocked at how much the other has changed. Soo-jin, to her credit, says that her shock is from seeing that Joo-eun’s become a lawyer.

But then Soo-jin takes offense to being called Joo-eun’s friend, correcting her secretary that she’s actually Joo-eun’s sunbae. Then she adds that she’s only allowed to make organic coffee from now on. Okay, I was considering liking you, but I take it back.

Nervous at her old friend’s suddenly-cold demeanor, Joo-eun knocks over her photo of herself and Woo-shik while taking a call. Soo-jin looks at the photo while righting it, and she keeps a neutral expression, but somehow it seems a bit too neutral.

Young-ho leaves his hotel to find himself faced with a whole squadron of Great-Grandma’s minions. Embarrassed, he pulls up his hoodie and asks Manager Min to let him go — he’s just here for a short visit and doesn’t even have appropriate clothes. To which Manager Min holds up a suit for him. Crap.

Young-ho submits and gets suited up, asking Manager Min if he’s going to be scolded. He even shoots Min a little finger-heart to butter him up, but Min is a master at the poker face and only says that he looks pretty, ha.

They arrive at Grandmother’s house, but a pair of stylish heeled boots clues Young-ho in to the real purpose of this meeting — he’s being set up on a marriage date. But he puts on a brave face and goes inside, to find a beautiful young woman waiting for him.

Joo-eun and Soo-jin find themselves in the same elevator later that day, where Soo-jin says in a sickly-sweet voice that it doesn’t look good for Joo-eun to be leaving early, even though it’s her half-day. Joo-eun tries to say something to her old friend, but she’s cut off by a backhanded non-compliment.

Young-ho plays along with his surprise date, who’s relieved that the rumors about him aren’t true. Her face falls though, to hear that he plans to go back to the States. They’re interrupted when he gets a text, a string of photos of Anna Sue — the star he’s rumored to be carrying on an affair with — but he ignores it.

Manager Min is there ready to usher Young-ho to his next engagement as soon as lunch is over, but suddenly a sleek sports car screeches into the driveway, and Young-ho jumps in and they’re gone before Min’s men can even react. HAHA, it’s Joon-sung and Ji-woong, here to rescue him.

And then the best thirty seconds of my drama-watching career occurs, as Young-ho takes his friends for a Pretty Woman makeover, complete with theme song. Too bad they’re shopping for bulky cold-weather clothes!

Young-ho is carrying Joo-eun’s phone around, and he sees multiple calls from Hyun-woo and tries to guess the swipe code. The phone gets a text that he CAN read, from Joo-eun offering a reward for its return. He manages to get into the phone and call her, and admits he would have picked up sooner if he’d known the Hyun-woo that kept calling was a woman.

Joo-eun goes from grateful to snippy when she realizes who has her phone, but he jovially offers to replace her corset that he cut on the airplane. Young-ho makes her wait while he has a discussion with a salesperson, which has Joo-eun snorting into the phone, but he’s blithely nonapologetic.

They arrange to meet at his hotel so he can return her phone and purse. Hyun-woo thinks his voice sounded sexy and squeals, but Joo-eun is embarrassed, and Hyun-woo assumes it’s to see Young-ho again after he saw her bare belly.

But she’s really upset over seeing Soo-jin again, and that she didn’t say she was happy to see her. Even if she couldn’t say that she looked great, she should have at least been able to say that much. Joo-eun regrets not mentioning their physical role reversal, moaning that they could have laughed about it.

Young-ho and his friends are cut off by Manager Min’s minions as they try to leave the shopping center parking lot, and Min is immune to his pleas for sympathy. Young-ho reminds Min that he’s only in Korea for a short while, but Great-Grandma has other ideas, and is having his things shipped from America as we speak.

Manager Min just holds up his phone, showing that he was also texted the photo of Young-ho with Anna Sue, who is apparently trying to blackmail him. They paid her double her asked-for amount to shut her up, and for now only Manager Min and his grandmother know about this. He says that Director Kim, Young-ho’s father, is probably still unaware, but Young-ho sighs that he’ll know soon enough.

Great-Grandma holds a meeting to announce that she’s bringing in the president of the American branch, her great-grandson Young-ho, to run the company. Her grandson and Young-ho’s father, KIM SUNG-CHUL, is there looking decidedly unhappy about this turn of events.

The executives express reservations, since Young-ho is young, has no Korean connections, and is a stranger to them, but Great-Grandma begs their indulgence. One of the executives blows off steam in his office later, accompanied by none other than Woo-shik, who also works for the company.

He assures his coworker that if the prodigal great-grandson really wanted the company, he’d have made a move before now. Later Woo-shik makes a call to someone, and tasks them with finding out any and all information related to Young-ho.

Young-ho is late to meet with Joo-eun, and she runs into Soo-jin in the hotel lobby. Woo-shik approaches her and casually slides an arm around her. He also sees Joo-eun there, and after a moment of shock, starts to approach her. Joo-eun just says quietly, “Don’t come.”

Stunned, she tries to flee, only to run smack into the glass door and fall to the ground. She lays there whimpering, cringing as everyone stares and she realizes she’s lost her shoe, and whimpers, “Save me.”

Which is, of course, Young-ho’s cue. He picks up her shoe, and when Woo-shik starts to approach again, holds up an imperious hand to stop him. With a look of contempt, he says that the lady told Woo-shik to stay away.

It’s pretty swoony, though he shatters his own hero moment by crouching down to ask Joo-eun why she’s always saying “save me,” ha. He actually apologizes for not being able to beat up her ex for her, since he’s a blackbelt and could seriously hurt him, but Joo-eun just clutches his pants leg and begs him to take her away from here. Off the planet, if possible.

He just helps her up, offers her his arm, and says, “Let’s go!” He puts his arm around her waist to pull her in close, tenderly straightens her hair, and walks her right past the gaping Woo-shik with a “so there, jerkface,” glare. And with that, I officially love Young-ho.

He takes Joo-eun to his suite, saying that to her, being in a suite with a guy like him is the same as being off the planet. She takes him up on his unspoken dare, and it’s interesting how closely he watches her once they get inside. He notices something strange and puts a hand on her shoulder, and asks softly if it hurts a lot.

Joo-eun breathes that it does, but again Young-ho ruins the moment — he didn’t mean her feelings, he meant her actual shoulder. HAHA. She shoves him off irritably, but then cringes when she finally feels the pain.

Young-ho asks if they should “do it” on the sofa or the bed, and again Joo-eun gets the wrong idea. He’s just talking about adjusting her shoulder, which is dislocated. Ha, her shrieks and cries that she’s not ready, coupled with his assurance that it will only hurt for a second and to be still or it won’t fit, sure do sound different from the outside of his hotel room door.

After what sounds like an awkward date, Woo-shik tells Soo-jin not to do anything about Joo-eun and let him handle it. He promises not to hurt Soo-jin like he’s hurt Joo-eun, and she smirks that it’s not so bad, being the bitch.

Joo-eun and Young-do sit on his bed, clothes askew and gasping for breath, looking like a lot more went on than a shoulder relocation. Wow, she nearly ripped his shirt off. They discuss how Joo-eun wants revenge on Woo-shik while Young-do sweetly wraps her in a blanket, and he fusses over her temperature and pulse being too low.

He tells her to see a doctor about her shoulder… that though it may look fine, some scars are hard to see. Suddenly I don’t think he’s talking about her shoulder anymore.

When Joo-eun makes it downstairs she finds Woo-shik waiting for her, and he offers to take her somewhere that she can scream at him. They go to a restaurant where he tells her not to misunderstand what she saw, and Joo-eun counters that he shouldn’t misunderstand her going into a hotel suite with a strange man, either. When he says that he knew she was injured and didn’t misunderstand anything, it angers Joo-eun that it wouldn’t occur to him that she was doing anything illicit in there. It does sound insulting, put that way.

She surprises Woo-shik by officially breaking up with him, and telling him to get lost. He actually has the nerve to ask her not to blame Soo-jin for this, and she tells him to shut up. She’s a lawyer, after all…

But now Woo-shik loses his calm attitude, and he lashes out — she wanted to be a lawyer who had brains and beauty, and she’s gotten her wish, but she’s lost a lot in the process. She spits that her good looks may be gone, but her intelligence is intact, and that she’s trying very hard to hold back and not lose her temper.

She dismisses him again, and he seems disappointed. He says that he’s as unhappy about this as she is, and at that, she storms out of the restaurant. She grabs a taxi and asks to be taken to the airport. She retrieves her own car, grumbling that she should have thrown a drink at Woo-shik, and she tries to smash a little framed photo of the two of them.

That only makes her shoulder hurt, and reminds her of Young-ho saying that some thing hurt more than they look. She realizes she’s still wearing her couple ring, and rips it off and throws it in a trash bag with her ruined corset.

As she drives home, Joo-eun remembers telling Woo-shik a long time ago that it was her dream to become “the Cinderella of the legal profession.” He’d asked why Cinderella, when she has a mother and sister, not to mention her adorable dimples. She’d told him that her father gave her the book as a child, and she loved how it ended, with a happily ever after.

Woo-shik had pouted that he’d better be her happily ever after, and given her his ice cream when she finished her own. Now older and wiser, Joo-eun thinks of the Cinderella story from a different angle, and realies that there’s no happily ever afters in this world.

The next day Joo-eun fumes in her office, since it’s noon and Soo-jin still hasn’t come to talk to her directly. She storms into Soo-jin’s office, saying that she remembers that it was her in the bathroom at that restaurant a few nights ago, when Woo-shik broke up with her. Soo-jin claims it was a coincidence, and invites the furious Joo-eun to lunch.

They go to Hyun-woo’s restaurant, and the friends both sneer when Soo-jin orders a plain salad, saying with a superior air that she doesn’t eat for the taste. Hyun-woo doesn’t hide her comtempt and tells Joo-eun to commit whatever violence she wants, ha.

Joo-eun grows even angrier watching Soo-jin pick at her salad, and she asks Soo-jin if she did aomething wrong. She reminds Soo-jin that she’s a straight talker herself and can handle the truth, but Soo-jin just demurely mutters that Woo-shik told her not to do anything.

But if Joo-eun wants an excuse, Soo-jin is willing to give one. She says that you can’t help who you fall in love with, but that she hasn’t done anything yet to apologize for. Joo-eun reminds her who she’s talking to, but Soo-jin just laughs in her face. She tells Joo-eun that it’s understandable for her to act this way based on who she used to be, but it’s time to face the facts.

She may have been beautiful and able to do anything she wanted, and had Woo-shik following at her heels, but those days are past. Now it’s Soo-jin who has everything she wants, and she’s not about to let it go.

Joo-eun asks if this is about Ji-hoon, the boy that Soo-jin liked back in law school. Soo-jin pretends not to know who she means, and laughs a bit too hard when she “remembers.” She offers to pay for lunch and quickly leaves, but that little act didn’t fool anyone.

The truth comes out when she’s alone, and the tars starts to fall as Soo-jin whines that she liked Ji-hoon so much. In flashback we see a younger Soo-jin, starstruck by Ji-hoon, as she’d gone on his radio show to thank someone for impacting her life. She’d admitted to being overweight and friendless, but had mentioned her one friend who told her that you lose weight because you’re either lonely or troubled, or both.

As Joo-eun had watched, Soo-jin had thanked her for being there for her. But as soon as Ji-hoon had leaned in close to say she did a good job, Soo-jin had passed out, ha. Later after coming to, Soo-jin had seen Ji-hoon giving Joo-eun his number, and it had crushed her.

Joo-eun broods in her office, until a smiling tornado of Ji-woong comes in, grinning ear-to-ear to see her. It’s so cute how he calls her “Ma’am,” and he says he was worried about her and has been trying to text her. He proudly presents her with a contract to look over for him, and she thanks him for helping her on the plane.

He sees some diet aids she’s been taking and chastises her, saying sweetly that she’ll get sick and lose her pretty face using those. He reminds her of the woman from The Stella Show who got in shape and changed her life, and asks why Joo-eun doesn’t do the same thing.

Cut to: Joo-eun that night, chowing down on a mountain of delivery food. HAHA.

Young-ho gets a surprise visit from his father, and Young-ho knows that this mean he knows about the scandal. But Dad isn’t here to catch up, and he asks if Great-Grandma has spoken to Young-ho yet. What he really wants to know is whether Young-ho intends to make his father step down from the company for him. Young-ho just gives a noncommittal answer.

The hospital sends Joo-eun her belongings that were left in the ambulance, and with them is Ji-woong’s coat that he lent her on the plane. Somehow she also ends up with a wallet, which is full of cash and a credit card with the name “J Kim.” An ID badge with the name John Kim gives the final clue, and Joo-eun realizes that she knows the famous John Kim.

Suddenly, a lot of things that the bouncy Ji-woong has said to her make sense, and his offer to change her life like the woman on The Stella Show seems a lot more interesting now. She goes to talk to Ji-woong (whose attack-hugs, I hope, are getting to be a habit) and swears him to tell the truth… he’s John Kim, right? Ha, so close.

Ji-woong is baffled, but Young-ho is there with him, and says that Joo-eun has indeed found John Kim. Ji-woong and Joon-sung both give him silent “What are you doing??” looks, while Joo-eun beams in triumph.

COMMENTS

While the plot seems simple, and I don’t anticipate many surprises from Oh My Venus, I’m really enjoying it more than I expected to. Like javabeans, I’m here for the pairing of Shin Mina and So Ji-sub, and so far I’m getting exactly what I hoped from them — witty banter, snarky attitudes, and lots of crackling chemistry. As characters, they seem evenly matched in the wits and brains departments. I appreciate that much more because I expected the character of Joo-eun to be more disappointed in how her life turned out, in the sense that she’s no longer the most beautiful woman wherever she goes. I expected her to be shy, withdrawn, apologetic for “letting herself go” (though let’s face it, she’s not that overweight, and still gorgeous). But instead I’m pleasantly surprised that she’s kept her core personality, in that her looks were never what she considered her most valuable asset in the first place, they were just a convenient bit of luck. Even when young and “perfect,” she always had big dreams of being a lawyer, and the conviction that she could do anything if she put her mind to it. I liked that about her when she was young, and I love that she still carries that mantra with her now. She doesn’t let her looks define her, and she gets angry when others try to boil her down to little more than her body type.

And on Young-ho’s side, my favorite thing about him is that, so far, he’s barely mentioned Joo-eun’s weight except to express concern about her health. And even then, only after seeing that she was already trying to lose weight — I get the feeling that if he hadn’t seen her diet aids, he wouldn’t have even mentioned it. He doesn’t seem concerned about her weight, only about helping a woman in need and making sure she’s safe. But he’s not a total white knight, and he gives her back the same verbal barbs she shoots at him. I notice though, that he never starts it, he always just follows Joo-eun’s lead. He seems like a nice and civil guy, and though he’s not about to take any abuse from her, he’s not mean about it, either. But when she genuinely needed him to help her out in front of the man who just dumped her for another woman, and he stepped up like he was not only willing but proud to do so? That’s when he won me over completely. Even though he keeps insisting he doesn’t care about her feelings, it’s obvious from his actions that he does.

I was definitely worried about the premise of the show, and any hint of unrealistic fat-shaming would have had me calling the show out to the woodshed in a heartbeat. But I’m happy that, aside from the reality of society labeling anyone who seems less than ideal as “other” and open for comment, the show doesn’t seem to be giving Joo-eun’s size any more weight (no pun intended) than she gives it, herself. I love that, rather than shrink in shame when it’s mentioned, Joo-eun bristles and defends herself. She doesn’t accept that being a bit overweight makes her less in any way, and I adore her for that. Even when her old friend shows up, svelte now while she’s gained a little, she doesn’t initially feel embarrassed — only sad that she didn’t mention it and use it as a point on which to bond again. That right there says something pretty positive about Joo-eun’s core values.

I’m finding Soo-jin a bit less interesting than our main leads, mostly because she (as a character) hasn’t yet fully embraced her role as the villain. She’s still pretending, for the most part, to be friends with Joo-eun, though we’re starting to see flashes of her capacity for selfishness. She’s only just realizing the power she feels as the beautiful woman who can take a man from the beautiful Kang Joo-eun, which is starting to feel like the real reason she’s pursuing Woo-shik. I wouldn’t be surprised if she only wanted him because he was with Joo-eun, if indeed she’s really just trying to have the perfect life she saw Joo-eun living back in school, and I suspect she’ll drop Woo-shik like a hot potato once Joo-eun no longer wants him back. She seems more in love with the feeling of using her looks to get what she wants, than whether she truly wants him. So, though she feels a bit toothless at this point, it seems more that she just doesn’t have experience being the bad girl, and that she’ll learn how as she goes. Knowing Yoo In-young and her ability to embrace the dark side of her characters, I anticipate a lot more evil to come from Soo-jin.

So, while I’m still reserving the right to have some words with the show should it take any shaming or offensive turns, I’m cautiously hopeful that that’s not the direction we’re going in. Joo-eun’s loss of her figure may be the central line around which the basic story revolves, but so far it hasn’t used this one thing about Joo-eun to define her, or make her less of who she is at the core. Though the whole “get in shape and you’ll be happy” line some of the characters are pushing still feels potentially problematic, I’m counting on Joo-eun’s strong sense of self, and refusal to let this one part of her life defeat her, to be the driving force of her change. It’s one thing for the world to tell someone to alter themselves to fit in (or worse, to get a man, because ugh), and quite another for someone to be their own motivation, and to change for themselves. As long as Joo-eun’s wish to regain her sense of self is her primary motivation to get back in shape, I’m totally on board.

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Thanks lollypip!!! Love this episode and love the heroine!!!

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yay first! thanks for the recap!

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Sorry to disappoint you. You are not first. *evil laugh*

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I am loving their chemistry so far!! I do have one request though, can we give Sung Hoon more screen time pretty please??!! As of So Ji Sub wasn't enough, I'm just greedy damn it!!!

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I haven't had time to watch it yet, but Shin Min Ah is . . . just . . . so . . . beautiful . . . and expressive she is radiant even in her jowls in stills.

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I'm glad they didn't overdo it with the fat suit, honestly. It's not particularly noticeable and Henry is absolutely right that she's got a pretty face.

I was ready to hate this one, but unbelievably, they seem to be treating this right! The female lead is fat but intelligent and knows it, and she is understandably dispirited by her weight gain but not beaten down by it. The male lead notes she's unhealthy, but more clinical than anything and he clearly doesn't find her repulsive. And you know what? Henry! Henry helps! He seems to like her a lot, and he compliments her, and he doesn't come off as a smarmy liar!

I genuinely didn't think they'd be able to pull this off, what with all of the Korean fat-shaming that crops up in other shows. But it's incredibly refreshing that her weight gain is seen as symptomatic of something, but not the end of the world.

Keep going, OMV! Don't fall into the easy trap!

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That's one thing I really liked about this show, that they didn't make her so unrealistically overweight that any subsequent weight loss would seem drastic and over the top. Instead it seems very natural considering what we know about her job and how physical fitness tends to fall by the wayside when a job becomes demanding. I have experience with that myself, since my job has crazy hours and crazier deadlines, and I've made a habit of choosing to catch up on sleep instead of hitting the gym, so I like that her becoming thinner (if that's where this is going) won't seem as absurd as the idea of a 200 pound woman becoming the size of a model.
I also love that it isn't a factor AT ALL in the way the people around her see her and that's endearing the show to me just as much as the characters.
Keep up the good work, show!

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Weirdly, her "friend" seems to be the one who is most crappy to her regarding her weight - and it's strange because she then flies off the handle when her son's friend does the same thing to him that she's been doing to Joo Eun. Hopefully that clicks for her at some point.

But everyone else just treats Joo Eun like a human. Her boss doesn't mock her eating habits, the boys seems to view her with a mix of curiosity and affection, and she doesn't beat herself up. Truly, I was very wary of Shin Min Ah taking this on, but she's pulling it off because she's acting exactly like a normal woman, just a normal woman whose clothes are bigger.

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"...it’s strange because she then flies off the handle when her son’s friend does the same thing to him that she’s been doing to Joo Eun. Hopefully that clicks for her at some point."

I really do think that's where this is going. I don't know why they would have put in that scene otherwise.

This show is shaping up to be a lot better than I expected! I hope I'm not being optimistic for no reason.

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I love that shoe scene.. :)

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If you can help me find the title of the song used in that scene. The tune is really addicting.

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I'm liking this show a lot more than I thought I would...I actually only tried it because of Shin Mina, because she's great. Hopefully it stays good! *crosses fingers*

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I am surprisingly charmed by Henry (in that way that a puppy you thought would be incredibly annoying when you saw it yapping from a distance turns out to be pretty cute when you spend enough time with it).

"MA'AM!" "MA'AM!" I bitched elsewhere about Henry saying "I came!" when entering an American apartment, but the "Ma'am" thing strikes me as a hilariously awkward balance between American-English and Korean. He knows he can't call her by name, they're not remotely close enough to be a noona, even his boss got snarled in ahjumma/ahgasshi - so he just defaults to the closest cross-section of all of those things in English and picks "Ma'am". And then hugs her, because it's hard to keep ALL the social and cultural cues straight all at once. Ha!

I am very interested to see if Henry's encouraged to bring a blended Korean-North American flavor to the show. I'd really like to see him making typical mistakes a newcomer to Korea would make.

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I think it's awesome that they've kept Henry's awkwardness with social cues as a part of the character. I remember watching an interview somewhere where he mentioned that he had trouble with greeting people the right way when he first got to Korea. It's a hilarious thing to watch, and kind of speaks to his character in real life that no one seems to have taken too serious offence to his tendency to slip up.

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Henry/Ji Woong also leans out the car door and sticks his tongue out at Secretary Min when they're stealing Young-ho, which actually took me aback - cheeky in North America, but is Secretary Min going to murder him next time they see each other? What level of disrespect is that?

It would be kind of cute if Ji Woong helps Joo Eun with training and she helps him with etiquette and culture lessons.

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:). I liked it. Gaining weight is a common thing faced by so many women, now d problem is how they take it eventually, it's a very sensitive issue but we should learn the right way to deal with this and a little acceptance would be nice as well. I hope this does let us see the other side of this "problem" nd learn how to take care of this. Thanks Venus hope you shed lots of light on this. xoxoxo. Love u casts

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The first episode wasn't really impressive or mind-blowing, but this episode was better. More fun. Story got moving. I'm liking the main leads a lot. :D

It was funny hearing Pretty Woman as the guys were the ones trying on new clothes.

The hotel suite scene with Joo Eun and Young Ho was hilarious too.

The second leads are despicable. It's not gonna be hard to dislike them.

Ji Woong is freaking adorableeeeee. I like his cheerfulness and random bits of English.

So Ji Sub is so fine. First time watching him act and I just like looking at his face and all his lil expressions. His eyebrows! Lol

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oh man how is this your first time watching so ji sub?? you're missing out! go watch all his dramas! he's too swoony~

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Oohhh!! You should TOTALLY see him in Master's Sun. His expressions in there...priceless! What more with the constant touchy feely act he had with Gong Hyo Jin. Sigh... hoping for more skinship between him and SMA in the coming episodes

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Haha, totally going to look that up now! :D

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The second episode was much better than the first, and i love the leads chemistry! hope the drama wil get better and better.

i love SMA character, at least she's not sunk into self pity and she still go on in her life no matter what. SJS is so cool and i hope his character stays nice and vibrant and not turn into jerk chaeol suddenly.

speaking of jerk, JKW continues his jerky cheating guy from BOAB but it seems he's nicer here? i bet if soo jin really stole him to take revenge on JE for flirting with her first love and will dump him, he's going to run like puppy to joo eun and than - she spits on him like dirt! haha

Yeap i agree on soo jin, from watching her previous dramas she is only starting her evil cycle lol.

I must admit i stared at SH when he had his scenes..he's hot! but not much screen time! it seems henry has a bigger role (not that it bothers me cause he's cute!)

Overall 2 first episodes were nice. it seems the ratings were not bad either? (the power of SMA and SJS OTP!)

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Dear LollyPip, thanks for the Recap!. The show is so far, good. I had a very funny very male moment when I realized after a while that your comment in the first episode: "On the upside, he does bathe", wasn't about a dude keeping his hygiene on check after sweating but about ladies's eyecandy.

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lol, for both realisations and that comment, you just have been placed in the top 5% of "men who really get women".
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I also had a lot of reservations before watching the show but the 2 episodes is giving me hope that this would be a good show.

The interactions between Shin Min Ah and So Ji Sub is really great and I can't wait for the next episodes

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Why is there always a bitchy 2nd lead lady?! WHY? ;A;
SJS's character loses weight and treats others with understanding and respect. Girl loses weight and she acts lofty and bitchy.

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... Uhm... Because usually writers doesn't have the subtlety in their craft to tell a compelling story without adding artificial drama?.

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K-film writers do. Some K-manhwa writers do (Cheese in the Trap adaptation, please be good). J-drama writers do. etc.

I'm sure at least some K-drama writers have the subtlety and skill too, but somehow the industry (producers? directors? viewers?) are not letting them exercise it.

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eh, not all j-drama writers can do it either, btw, just like how not all k-film writers can. they're not ALL exponentially better than k-drama writers. i've seen some reaaaaally awful j-dramas throughout the years..

i do agree that k-drama writers might get a bit less freedom, though. i think it could have to do with the creators thinking the audience prefers a specific formula because said formula garnered success in the past. that does work out for them sometimes, but i wish there were more healthy, loving female friendships in dramas.

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I never said all jdrama writers can do it. Obviously there are a lot of crap ones.

The point I was making is that I absolutely believe that any Korean writers (whatever genre they work in: film, drama, novel, manhwa) are just as capable of subtlety in their writing, though for some reason they are hindered when comes to kdramas.

I'm guessing FGB4877 was being sarcastic in any case...

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@alua lol yeah i figured that after i commented. i think i'm too used to weeaboos saying jdramas are always awesome and superior to other e. asian dramas that i projected some of my annoyance onto your comment. sorry about that!

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What do you mean? That overweight girls are always good? I hate it when ugly or obese are presented all nice. It's plain not true. Overweight people have fought for years with their complexes, so figure what that does to one's "psyche" (borrowing the platonic term used by one of our friends here).

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I don't think that's what she said.

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I kind of like the juxtaposition that the fat girl first got thin and then got bitchy. Too often fat girls are only allowed to be good-natured comedians. I kind of like it that she was friends with, and was treated kindly by Hyun Woo, and STILL, when she loses weight and gets "looks," is mean.

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i love chubby SMA. she's so adorable~
and the second lead.. whats her name? why she have to be a bitchy woman?! why cant they make her a lovable second lead that we want them ends hapily ever after??!!

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i hope she ends up not being that bad. i think she has a weird new sense of power because she's now attractive in the eyes of society. maybe she'll grow? we saw that she had a nice personality in the past, so maybe it's not totally gone. she's just on a power trip right now.

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K dramas dont like Lovable FEMALE second leads for some reason!!! And oh so yes!!!!! I love love love chubby SMA, even I am feeling now she would be more gorgeous if she would be little chubby :) :)

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I kind of like that by mentioning her low body temperature and slower heart rate the story is leading us towards a medical problem, probably a thyroid problem. It would be great to see that the show presents a story were weight problems can be medically related, not just a losing battle with yourself.

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i agree! i think they could be setting up for a health angle. it would've been weird for the writers to devote time to her asking the cab driver to turn the heat up if they weren't going to make anything out of it. plus, sjs's character keeps telling her to see a doctor..

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IKR! I'm guessing that health issues would be the main drive for her to lose her weight. I think it should be THE concern for everyone too. Having the ideal weight sure can make one look better and boost one's confidence but ultimately is our health that's most important.

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Exactly what I was thinking. While a thyroid problem can be addressed with medication, I am hoping it becomes a wake up call to take better care of herself, no matter what weight she ends up. She seems so busy taking care of clients, friends, and worrying about her career that she started neglecting herself. Like that the show seems to be going in that direction, becoming healthy for herself, instead of the For A Guy ploy.

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That's exactly what I thought when she asked for a blanket in episode 1, and then the heart rate in this episode.

I had hair loss/dry skin/weight issues until I was diagnosed with hashimoto's at 23 (I knew about it so we caught it early), and while the medication helped it just made me think about my health in a way I hadn't before. It was a wake up call for me, and it would be kind of awesome to see that here - if that's where they're getting at.

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And a medical problem can make it impossible to lose the extra weight you put on after you get ill. Explains why Joo Eun had already tried to lose weight numerous times in the past unsuccessfully. She should live healthier, but that doesn't necessary equal losing weight.

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I confess I was... bored.

The whole chaebol storyline is boring as hell. It's so way out there – and it must be a genius chaebol to top it off – and, frankly, I just don't care. Tied by expectations of your overly-rich family, it's been in too many dramas and is always done the same way. I just started skipping those scenes.

The love triangle is also boring as hell. The two second leads are so black-and-white right now, presented to us to hate them only – Soo-jin in particular. Why oh why? Why must there be a love triangle at all cost? Why can't we have some more complex, interesting characters? I already want to skip all scenes with Soo-jin in them, and the ex is just completely uninteresting.

I do like Joo-eun as a character; Young-ho, tbh, isn't a very real person so...

<the show doesn’t seem to be giving Joo-eun’s size any more weight (no pun intended) than she gives it, herself

I'm not sure I quite agree with that. I'm not digging some of the jibes that at her weight for no reason, and I'm still shaking my head over the airplane emergency scene (which airline would let several people wander around during turbulence?) with two super-fit men struggling to lift JE.

Bottom line: thumbs up for Joo-eun, but not sure there's enough for me otherwise. I'll give it one more episode.

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I'm with you! I was actually hoping the second episode would be better and it was, just a l-i-t-t-l-e bit better. Again, all the tropes have been played over and over. Everything has been predictable so far. It also doesn't help that the actor and actress playing the second leads (cheater & b*tchy) are repeating their roles. Henry seems like he's just acting as himself if you've seen him in variety shows.

Gosh, I really am not hating on this drama and really want to enjoy but so far, it has fell flat and I'm soo disappointed because we've got two amazing leads!!! Shin Min Ah and So Ji Sub's chemistry is saving me from giving up on it.

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I have never seen Henry in anything so at least he's a sort of amusing (but so far highly inconsequential) character to me.

This drama (and well, pretty much everything else I've tried recently) just makes me wish yet again that there were at least ONE director in kdrama land that did realistic, slice of life dramas. Kdramaland can have 99 chaebol-genius-love-triangle stories (in whatever packaging they wish to have), but give me one that does something else....

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Have you tried Reply 1988 yet? If you can put aside the husband mystery, it is a slice of life drama, w a heavy dose of nostalgia.

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I've tried a bit of the first episode, but I have read so much about all the Reply's (and everyone's rather wide-ranging opinions on them) that I can't quite get into them. I might try in a few years, when my memory's been wiped.

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Do try Miss Korea. It's not really slice-of-life 'cos it's about ...well, the female lead becoming Miss Korea! But, it's really lovely.

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I'm so totally with you on being bored.

Obviously SJS and SMA are fine as fine can be, but the story lines are so old that I can't help but yawn watching, esp. ep 2. I didn't know what to expect in ep 1, so it had my attn. But ep 2 is all tropes, all cliches. I skipped all scenes w Soo Jin, as I find her irritating as a char, while her BF is uninteresting even for a cheater.

Did the show blow its budget on the 2 mega stars that it had little left over for a better script? Wouldn't be the 1st time if that's the case.

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I thought it was just me...I'm underwhelmed and I can't put my finger on why, except to say everything is just meh to me...gonna give it another try next week!

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I completely agree with being bored with the Chaebol set up. The whole thing is ridiculous. I don't know as of now whether I like the male lead character here. I really like Shin Min Ah potrayal of the lead female. I love that she has a healthy sense of self outside her weight. And about her weight: sigh really she's not big enough I feel. The past Soo jin was bigger than the now Joo-Eun. I suppose they can't have the heroine be that big and still be in a relationship. Gah what a load of crap. And what's with the whole please save me thing? I hope this is not what the drama is trying to accomplish, to have Young Ho just save her every time. She needs to save herself and she can totally do that too!

There are really cute moments in this episode that I love though: the pretty woman make over of the boys wakakaka and the hotel room was hilarious. So I'm not sure if I'll be following this drama all the way, but will stay tuned for now.

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<I hope this is not what the drama is trying to accomplish, to have Young Ho just save her every time. She needs to save herself and she can totally do that too!

That's why I'm not finding Young Ho a particularly real character – it was all rich-and-handsome-prince-from-fairytale-save-the-damsel.

Though gotta give Joo-eun the heads up for confronting her ex and then later Soo-jin face to face. So I don't think she's all damsel – it's okay to need help sometimes (we all do). Just hoping Young Ho will be more than what he's been so far.

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I believe that's exactly the point. After the numerous "savings" by the guy, it'll come the time where he'll be asking to "be saved". Cliche? Hell, yeah, but don't we love our cliches?

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Well, I don't. I get bored when you overload on clichés because too many things become too predictable.

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I agree alua. These stories have been getting pretty old pretty fast. I think it's time I tune to BBC until I can work up some enthusiasm for the same old tropes.
'She Was Pretty' was sweet and occasionally funny.
I'm liking 'Six Flying Dragons' and 'The Merchant: Gaekju' so I get some break.

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about Joo-eun's weight, I think it may be worth keeping in mind that East Asia (and I've found this to be true across countries) has rather different standards on what constitutes "fat", even for ordinary people.

77 kg on a 5'6" frame (which is Shin Mina's height) may not sound more than slightly overweight/chubby to many of us, but in Korea she'd be considered practically a whale so the 'not big enough' part isn't really true. I don't think the actual size matters so much as its effect on her psyche/how it makes her feel, and that's the angle I hope this drama pays attention to.

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I find the whole chaebol setup somewhat similar to KMHM (which I just finished watching, btw) in that the chaebol was in America the whole time and had no intention of coming back to SK but was forced by the grandma and is chased around by the minions etc. Yaawnnnn!
Thankfully I am able to look past that (for now) thanks to the fast forwarding technology ... and the two wonderful companions Young-ho has. I'm so hoping they would minimise the whole company/daddy issues and focus more on the main leads and the cute and wonderful sidekicks.

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It's not just KMHM. There are many more KDs in which the chaebol heir is forced to come back to Korea and is taken to see grandma, grandpa, or dad by a host of minions, as in a kidnapping. We can actually play a game to name them.

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Even non-chaebols have to go through it sometimes like Biscuit teacher star candy.

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oooooh I hope Javabeans and Girlfriday would cover this for their Thing vs Thing! "Which chaebol had the most ridiculous background story" or something.

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Ahhhaha that just made me LOL.

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Yes! I totally second that! *looks round for more supporters*

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OMG I'm totally with you!!!! I'm sooooo looking forward for their podcast on this. Please please make it happen Javabeans and Girlday XD

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I personally love that Kdrama are not realistic (chaebol, gorgeous brilliant & gifted male lead etc...) ; I'm looking for that kind of escapism.

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I also like escapism in KDs. Only I don't like the exact same route of escapism every time.

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Exactly, shake it up a little! At least give us a male lead who's not an asshole! Or a chaebol who's not a jerk! (KMHM did it, now this one seems to be going that route too).

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I wasn't planning to watch this but Shin mina is too cute fat.off to download this episode

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Its as if the writer wrote Henry's character after they had casted him :p

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So true! He just seems a little like his real self. The whole setup reminds me of Gook Ju and Jackson in Roommate, if you have seen that variety show.

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And given the usual quality of America-as-seen-through-Kdrama, I am totally okay with that! I just hope they actually ask him about how to play some of the cultural bits - for instance, saying "I came!" when walking into your friend's house is just a flat-out error ("I'm here") and showed that a Korean was writing dialogue for an American character. It's a direct translation instead of colloquial.

But then having Henry constantly call Joo Eun "Ma'am" made me burst out laughing because for an American, Korean forms of address are really complicated (we basically have "John"/"Mr Smith"/"Sir" as the three options for addressing someone). So watching him default to "Ma'am" cracks me up, since it reads to me like an American who knows there's a ton of stuff he CAN'T say, so he's retreating to "Ma'am" until someone can help him figure out this situation.

I hope they really mine Henry's experiences for this character, it would be really interesting to expose the culture gaps.

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So I skipped the first episode, but this one is actually not bad? Sure the plot is basically tissue-paper thin, but they just need enough of it to give the leads an excuse to be in close proximity.

And the leads are the best thing about this drama, hands down. Shin Mina is both adorable and totally believable as Joo-eun, and I'm really not seeing Joo Joong-won in SJS this time - his body language and line deliveries don't sound anything like he did in Master's Sun, and Young-ho is MUCH nicer than JJW, ha. (but does he really have to be a secret chaebol, smh).

I also agree about the weight issue - so far, they haven't boiled Joo-eun's character down to just feeling bad about her weight, and I hope they handle it properly.

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I also don't see Young-Ho as JJW. There're so many reasons for this. One clear example: JJW defensively describing his body as the finest marble vs. YH snarkly saying "No, you aren't in heaven" to Joo-eun when she gets handsy in her sleepy (the best line in ep. 1). While Yh exhibits incredible self-mastery over his body in the gym, he also cracks jokes about being pretty with his grandmother's henchmen. He's throwing off the image of the handsome chaebol because there are other things that matter to him.
(Though I admit the whole Chaebol/Doctor/celebrity trainer would be a bit much if it weren't for the humor in some of the scenes.)
What gives me hope about the development of this character is his relationship with the Manager and with the "Korean Snake". He comes across as an intensely present trainer/mentor. There's a brief scene in the first episode where there is a very male understated interaction between Sung Hoon's character and Young-Ho, which conveys care, concern and support. I want to see more of this kind of male friendship. Because, just as I don't like women's worth being only equated to a certain physical standard of beauty, I also don't like it when their male counterparts are treated in the same way.
Joo-eun comes across to me as someone who has been a bit disconnected or detached from her life (maybe because of dissillusionment with her job and a boyfriend who does
n't see her and even undermines her innate desire to do the morally right thing). While still fiesty, perhaps, her health has suffered because she feels alienated from her own life, her own body. Ill health might be a symptom of a deeper pain.

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loving the drama, loving the main couple, in love with sjs and so thankful for these recaps.. you made my day (night)

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Thank you, thank you, thank you for the recap. I watched this episode without subtitles due to technical difficulties with my DramaFever app??. Thankfully, one does not need to understand Korean to fully embrace So Ji sub's hotness.

By the way, is anyone else having issues with DF's mobile app? I can't watch any videos at all; the app crashes everytime i press play. ?

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I enjoyed the lighthearted moments and eyecandy in this episode so much that I'll have to rewatch it again.

So Ji Sub and Shin Mina are the new OTC of moment for me.

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the plot is a bit wonky, but i enjoy it. i mean, i thought Sassy Go Go was going to be ridiculous because of the plot but it ended up being one of my favorites. i'm not saying it's going to be as good as SGG, but my hopes are decently high. maybe i'm just too optimistic because the leads are two people i love and don't want to see fail in awful dramas lmao.

i can see ways they can develop the story and characters to make them more realistic and multifaceted (soo jin's on a major power trip right now and it'd be cool to see her develop into someone more accepting because she's been on both ends, so she should get it), but i'm sure the writers have a different direction. i also don't think the boyfriend is quite as bad as the ex-husband in Birth of a Beauty. he still pisses me off, but i think one of his main problems is that he's shallow, which.. is a common fault that i'm sure many people in the world have. i mean, part of the reason i'm even watching this is because SJS is hot, so..

i'm cautious about the show, but i think it has potential to be a good one. the writers just need to not mess it up lmao. why waste two amazing leads?

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On a side note, after episode 1 I thought I'd use this drama watching time as my exercise time as well. So while watching episode 2 I was on the treadmill (not the whole time, just 45 min).
note: am not trying to loose weight to plan a revenge on my ex, or to attract the attention of some imaginary chaebol. Just lost my job and been spending too much time on the sofa watching drama, need some exercise to get some energy.
So I hope this drama picks up :)

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you can do it!!! Just keep thinking positive things and having fun while getting healthy. i'm rooting for you

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Good for you! It helps to have something distracting you while you exercise. Fighting!

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"not... to plan a revenge on my ex" :))
I like your sense of humour :D FIGHTING!

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Have to admit after watching so ji sub in master's sun,watching him here,mostly felt I was watching a tv commercial with so ji sub and shin minah.I really want the story to have some essence,not just prettiness.And honestly,why the male lead always have to have some confusing multi dimensional expert? So he's an oriental doctor,a trainer 'aand' works for/inherits his grandmother's big big company too.It just sounds so good to born as kdrama heroes.
Only good thing about the drama yet is shin mina's fat suit,and it strangely makes me connect to her.Somehow,the sleek and pretty girl she is actually,I would not be able to find out how any of the insecurities could work considering how pretty she is.But,seeing her as any less normal person who could be pretty but also chubby makes her down to earth shin minah version.And,I dare her not to loose those fats.

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For Young-ho's multi-dimensional talents, I can buy that he's interested in stuff connected to health/fitness....but yeah, if they try to make him an ace pilot or something, I think I'm out.

I don't recall Cha Do-hyun of Kill Me Heal Me having any hidden extra talents, but well, he was multi-dimensional on a whole other level (having seven personalities will do that to you, i guess)

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Just watched the first two episodes and I want to say one thing:

SUNG HOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whattttttt....he's in this drama!?!?! How did that miss my radar!!

So Ji Sub is cute but Sung Hoon is just hot...*whew* fans self.

Alright, now that I'm done with that. I have to echo the sentiments of others here that the first episode was SLOW...and episode 2 was BETTER. I won't say I'm completely onboard with this plot, because after all, I feel like I'm watching Birth of Beauty 2.0 but hey, I'm willing to go with the shenanigans see how this turns out.

And ofcourse...SUNG HOON's in it!!!!! Give me MOAR please!

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Shin min ah is so cute and chubby !!! I so want to pinch her cheeks !!!

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very typical kdrama elements, but shin mina and so ji sub are worth it.
cringe and eye rolls at the eyejerking product placement at the coat store. ugh....

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@Kay,

How on earth did you miss SUNG HOON on your radar? He's definitely in on this awesome drama and as our hero SJS's sidekick. You'll see more hotness from him as he'll be acting as a competitive boxer. Looking forward to his boxing scenes without shirt. He's beefing himself up real hard for this role after Cool Kiz Swimming series. Am glad he isn't acting as the ex of SMA.

Thank you Lollipop for the recap!

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I have no clue!!!!!

I just recently finished Noble My Love and was thinking of watching New Tales of Giseang again because he was so smexy in Noble but now I'm watching this show for him!

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Oops!
I'm sorry, LollyPip, for the typo error!

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Great leads. Pretty good characters. Henry. I'll keep watching.

But.

Worse than being a tired retread of countless other K-dramas, after episode 2, this almost seems like a re-make of Birth of a Beauty. Or at least the chaebol part of it ... Down to Jung Kyeo-woon working for the company and trying to prevent the lead from gaining power (because it seems like that is clearly going to happen). He is literally playing the same character, down to being the cheat who rejects his fat partner.

(Also, what's up with JKW? He was the lead in two charming dramas, Romance Town and Dr. Champ, and was an interesting and complex second lead in History of a Salaryman. But since then he's been playing one-dimensional jerks. Why?? He's better than that.)

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I agree about Birth of a Beauty. Birth of a Beauty flirted with the looney at first (which was an excellent thing) and then it became totally ridiculous. This one seems very well written so far and I wish there were more dramas to do-over badly executed but great ideas in dramas, so no complaints.
JKW was doomed by his character in Romance Town. The ex-chubby now is the tormentor of the chubby ladies I guess.

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As I learned recently, sometimes it's best to take dramas on their own merits regardless of trope use. So far, the story has given Joo-eun more of a spine than BoaB, jerky second lead notwithstanding.

I hope it doesn't devolve into complete stupidity like that drama did (and unlike Sa-ra of BoaB, it's made pretty clear that at least some people consider Joo-eun pretty even with the extra pounds), but I won't assume at this early stage that that's what is going to happen.

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Lollypip is correct on all counts i.e. the weight issues and how it is not central to the plot(thank god!). Yes, the "get in shape and you'll be happy" parts were iffy but I'm sure we've heard some of these things being said in REAL life before.

I think the show will try to address all issues on body image even the really shallow bits of only caring about looks. I hope the show can throw some light realistically on the multitude of attitudes that people can adopt toward those who are overweight (or perceived to be overweight) and those who aren't.

So far, there's hints in the show that those who are svelte or "beautiful" aren't necessarily so when matched with poor character/personality/values.

If they keep an even keel on these matters, I think it just might work. Let's hope next week is a winner!

Ok now that the serious stuff is out of the way, please allow me to squee for a bit:-
The leads are so adorable....yay to SMA and SJS! More please! Oh and also more bromance with those two adorable kids following SJS around :-), Sung Hoon is too dreamy! Go watch him in Noble, My Love (typical kdrama story but watch it just for him!). Henry - what can I say....makes me wish I had a younger brother like him, I would spoil him rotten!

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Ice cream ... in the winter ... outside ... and than a second one ... comon!

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so much to love this drama, first SJS is one of my fav actors, and Henry Lau is my utter darling and the drama is turning out to be really such a delightful one ! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

What a wonderful premise! Can't wait for MORE!

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Thank you for the recap, been waiting for it. Some things are clarified like it's his great-grandmother not his grandmother. She looks like a ghost though with too much bbcream. Love the 2nd episode. The ratings up a bit too.

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So far the drama is mediocre, but I'll stick with it solely for SJS and SMA, as long as they handle the weight issue in a good way.

Joo-eun isn't that fat, she is awfully dressed, her round glasses are wrong for her round face (the team overdid this aspect of her body) and the hair could be better. Basically having some time to care for these things would make her look much better already.
And John Kim seems to see it, too, because he is clearly subconsciously interested in her. He thinks he wants to help her healthwise, but some looks of his are more curious and interested than diagnosing.

Joo-eun's character basically represents what a lot of career oriented men would look like, if they weren't married to a wife taking care of the apartment, clothes, and good food.

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Honestly, as a lawyer myself, I think her hair and shoes are pretty spot-on (especially the shoes - I really appreciate that they are mid-heeled oxfords and not 5-inch platform stilettos or something) for office style.

The clothes aren't too bad either, somewhat ill-fitting but overall ok for office wear. (though I do question why her trousers are so short, that cut leaves your ankles freezing in winter.

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Maybe she can't afford to get her clothes tailored since she's still 14 months away from paying off school--and it's better to wear shorter pants than longer ones on which you can trip? I know I've been there myself in my early 20s haha.

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yeah, she's dressed pretty realistically for her field of work and her stage in life - her clothes look like they're good quality/not cheap, but at the same time I can believe she doesn't think it's worth the money to get things tailored.

I don't want her to wear long trousers, but at least they should cover her ankles/hit the top of the foot. That's normal trouser length! But I can also believe Joo-eun might try out an ill-advised trendy thing or two.

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I actually like this drama a lot, so far. I love that Joo eun is fiesty, not a doormat, is self confident despite her weight gain, realistic about life, and with a snarky sarcastic sense of humor. She gained weight over the years due to job stress, lack of sleep and eating at odd hours. I can totally relate, I'm in the same boat myself.

Another thing I like about this drama is that it totally throws the "first love so we'll be together for life" trope out of the window. It shows a realistic side to relationships, that it needs work, constant care and maintenance to keep a relationship going after 15 years. And couples CAN and often DO grow apart when life gets in the way.And sometimes, they have multiple break ups along the way.

I don’t think Joo eun's boyfriend is an utter card because he DID try to break things off with Joo eun before starting things with Soo jin, but Joo eun wasn't ready to hear it. So technically he didn't cheat on her. And I think he tried to do it in the kindest way he knew how. I don’t hate him yet. Time will tell if he's continues to have shades of gray or if he completely moves over to the dark side. However, I like Joo eun's no-nonsense demeanor with him, she wears the pants in their relationship and doesn't put up with his crap.

This drama is shaping up nicely and I'm in for the ride!

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I think they've left room for Joo Eun's boyfriend and Soo Jin to not actually be in a relationship. I think he might be trying to get her attention, since she's been so wrapped up in work, and maybe ignoring him. He keeps trying to tell Joo Eun what the problem is/was, and she keeps not listening to him. I could easily see the plot circling back to her being too quick to let him go.

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Did anyone know what the song title when "shoe scene" at the hotel?

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Thus far, a formulaic K-drama - of which certain tropes have really started to bug me.

- the son/grandson of chaebol being in the US for some reason (usually exiled); kinda interesting that it's halmonie who is more and more the "ruler of the roost."

- typical "baddie" guy and "baddie" female rival (w/ the stereotypical super-short bob coif.

- some convoluted reason for chaebol heir to come back to Korea and in the process, bump into the heroine.

- the whole premise of how they meet seems more unrealistic than time travel, a gumiho, an alien, etc.

Chubby SMA/Joo-eun is still hot and may be even more cute (pretty good job w/ the facial prothetics - looks pretty natural; can't say about the extra padding on the body - seems a bit off).

How much body fat a person has is different from facial beauty; a "chubby" SMA looks more gorgeous than the homewrecker client or her sunbae/rival.

Both the story and the dialogue have been just barely adequate so I hope it improves (now that they have set the background and introduced the characters).

Basically, SMA has been carrying the show (haven't yet seen the charm in SJS's character like in "Master's Sun).

Feel bad for Yoo In-young tho - seems like she's doomed eternally into having that horrible super-short, page boy coif.

I know she's the baddie, but can't she get at least shoulder-length hair once in a while?

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How much body fat a person has is different from facial beauty

Exactly. Fat doesn't cancel out beauty or vice versa.

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Underwhelmed... Typical chaebol set-up. Can't stand the Korean nepotism.
I hope SMA will be more crazy
Why is there so many extremely fat people in drama?
Anyways.. I hope something fun will start to happen......
Please, I hope the fashion gets better, SJS in Tom Ford is way over done. Too much product placement. It is getting distracting.

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She was Pretty didn't have a bitchy second lead. The wo-mance was just beautiful- one of m favourite things about the drama.

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Sorry, the above was meant in response to the earlier comment about k-dramas always having bitchy second leads. Somehow the comment appeared at the end rather than as a reply to that earlier comment. Lollypip - tks for the recap!

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I'm here just to say that I'm hoping to see Sung Hoon's character more active.

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I feel like Joo-eun is me right now. I was and still am confident that i can achieve something if i put my mind to it. Except, my mind is too focus on my full time job, my family that i let myself go. I became chubby/fat like Joo eun. I work overtime lately, eating junk just to keep me full while working. coming home at 8:30 pm then cook and have dinner at 9, 9:30 or even 10. And because i was already exhausted from work, i just want to sit do nothing after cooking and doing dishes. The result, i got fat(i always thought my body would stay the same), and my health is suffering. Shortness of breath, throat problem, persistent cough. My husband encourage me to change lifestyle for me and my children.

Now, I feel like i will be taking the same journey as Joo-Eun. Her smile at the end of this episode also gives me hope and courage.

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So far, I'm enjoying it, and episode 2 has me more on board now that there has been more interaction with the two main leads. I found myself laughing aloud a few times, too, especially during the scene where Young-Ho is trying to put Joon-Eun's arm socket back in. I also love how strong and "herself" Joon-Eun is with herself. She breaks up with her boyfriend and doesn't let him dictate the terms; her sadness over her initial meet again with Soo-Jin is more about the loss of camaraderie instead of feeling like she's "not the pretty one" anymore; she seeks out John Kim for the transformation not because she is trying to win her ex back or trying to one-up Soo-Jin or because friends and family are telling her she needs to lose weight to be worth something--because she already knows and feels that--but because it is something she is seeking for herself.

I don't need high-concept and complicated plot twists to enjoy a rom-com so long as the characters are strong and the story is able to self-maintain. Two of my favorite rom-coms are Dal Ja's Spring and My Name Is Kim Sam Soon, and they were along these lines. (Though I do love a high-concept here and there, too, like The Master's Sun--still, it's all in execution.)

I think the show is hinting at a lot more with characters like Young-Ho and even Soo-Jin. With Young-Ho, so far he has been a bit perfect, but then what SJS is also playing him with this bit of melancholy that makes me want to know more about him and what his deep scars are. And Soo-Jin, with the moment where she thinks back to her memory at the radio station when she thanks Joon-Eun for being her friend--I hope that that plays more into her arc, where maybe she realizes her jealousy all this time has poisoned who she is, and maybe by the end we can have a strong female friendship rise from these ashes?

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Haven't see this. Real life trap me so hard. Will be watch this on the first available opportunity. Sigh.........

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I loooooveeeeee Henry caracther here sssooooo muuuuccchhhh......

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I know there are only 2 eps out and so it's too early to judge if the drama is actually worth watching and "good" or not, but honestly the first two episodes weren't that special at all to me, maybe it's because I was so looking forward to the drama and then it turned out not to satisfactory :\

I don't really know why but I haven't found the spark in this drama yet, but I'm still hoping that the future episodes will have much better plots than the first two episodes...

Come on, we've got SJS and SMA working together in this production, so I'm expecting so much to come about in the next episodes.

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episode 2 downhill for me. it failed to engage me.

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i'm pretty sure she has hypothyroidism!

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@ Lollypip - 1st things 1st, thanks for the recap.

My main concern of a "100-pounds beauty" deja vu in this drama has not come to fruition and I thus kinda look forward to following this series.

The young man that Soo-Jin happens to crush on is Lee Ji-Hoon, a singer. Therefore my take on the radio scene was that he cameoed as himself, as guest to a radio show. Not the student-next-door or some random guys, but THE celeb she had fantasized over for a long period of time.

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Exactly! it was the ever adorable Lee Ji Hoon. His appearance was such a nice treat for me. I hope to see him more often in dramas.

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