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She Was Pretty: Episode 15

With Most’s survival and Hye-jin and Sung-joon’s future on the line, there are some crucial decisions to be made. Most importantly, when do you cling to the one you love, and when do you let them go for their own happiness? When you truly love someone, there’s really only one answer, and they’ve fought too hard to find each other to lose each other now.

EPISODE 15 RECAP

Shin-hyuk shaves off his scruffy beard and dons a sharp suit in anticipation of revealing himself as Ten. He presents Sung-joon with an mp3 player that he claims has everything he needs to know on it — who he is, and why he lives like this. With this information, Sung-joon can write a feature article for the twentieth anniversary edition of Most.

Sung-joon seems skeptical that Shin-hyuk is really a world-famous author, and asks if he’s the one who stopped the issue going to press. Shin-hyuk just repeats that he can write an article based on the information on the MP3 player, and even offers to pose for some photos.

Still utterly serious, Sung-joon wants to know if he’s doing this to save Most from cancellation. There must be a reason for keeping the secret for so long, and breaking his silence now. Shin-hyuk only sighs that nothing stays secret forever, and the timing couldn’t be better.

He chides Sung-joon for hesitating – his professionalism is the reason he decided to reveal himself to him. In fact, he intended to tell Hye-jin first, so he warns Sung-joon not ot be offended when he listens tot he audio.. he thought he was talking to Hye-jin and spoke in banmal. Heh.

He explains that he didn’t pick Hye-jin because knowing his secret would have burdened her too much, and she wouldn’t have been able to reveal it. Sung-joon hesitates one more time, but Shin-hyuk begs him to do this. He wants to save Most. Sung-joon asks if it won’t change Shin-hyuk’s life too much to reveal that he’s Ten, but he just breezes that it will be crazy for a while, but he’ll make it through.

The Most staff go back to their office, reeling at the news that their own Poong-ho was the hidden heir to the company. Hee, Seul grins that she’s the only one who doesn’t feel bad at the news. Chief Editor Kim makes her usual loud entrance, now flanked by her nephew, who announced himself formally and makes everyone cringe in horror. But he’s only teasing, and they all ask if he can’t use his influence to save Most. But he already asked and was denied.

Hye-jin calls Sung-joon while he’s driving back home, to gleefully break the news that Poong-ho is the new vice-president. Sung-joon agrees wearily that there are a lot of surprises in this world.

He listens to the recording, seeming deeply troubled. We don’t hear Shin-hyuk’s words, but the longer Sung-joon listens, the more upset he becomes. When he’s finished, he calls the press crew and informs them that there will be no additional article for this edition of Most.

The next morning, Ha-ri takes an aptitude test and wails in despair at the results: she’s best suited to be a hotelier. She whines to Hye-jin that she quit that business because she was embarrassed, only to find out it’s what she’s best at. Hye-jin reminds her that she was embarrassed because her father got her the job, not because of the job itself. Ha-ri admits that she actually liked the job.

Sung-joon arrives at work to find the new edition being delivered, and his eyes grow huge to see the feature story – an exclusive interview with Ten. What?? He calls the printer but it’s too late, the magazines are already on the shelves. Apparently, Shin-hyuk could tell that Sung-joon was unsure, so he brought the article to the printer himself.

The Most staff are stunned to see that their own Shin-hyuk is Ten, and Hye-jin remembers how Shin-hyuk acted like their fun day together was the last. Shin-hyuk can’t be reached, having moved out of his hotel room, but he does send Sung-joon a text apologizing for the shock and saying goodbye.

Shin-hyuk’s identity as Ten is all anyone can think about, and even Ha-ri calls Hye-jin to tell her the news. Hye-jin only now finds out that Ha-ri knew her friend. She runs out of the building, running into Sung-joon on her way out, and asks what they should do now.

Sung-joon tells her it’s no use going to his hotel — he’s gone. He hands her the mp3 player and tells her that on it are Shin-hyuk’s last intended words for her.

This time we hear what Shin-hyuk says on the recording as Hye-jin listens. He tells her that he was adopted in America when he was twelve, and that he grew up loved by good parents. We see Shin-hyuk skyping with his American parents, and it’s obvious there’s a lot of love there on both sides.

He goes on to explain that he began writing online in high school, and caught the interest of a publisher. They wanted to publish a book, but they used the fact that he was an adopted Asian kid as a bookselling gimmick. They wanted to control him and change his writing, until soon his writing didn’t feel like his anymore. So he hid his identity, and began writing as Ten.

He laughs at the irony that the only way to write freely was to hide, but he emphasizes that he chose this way of life.

Then the seriousness is over, and Shin-hyuk teases Hye-jin by screaming into the recording, and singing her a silly song. Hye-jin laughs, but her eyes fill with tears.

Joon-woo finds a laptop on Shin-hyuk’s desk and opens it, which starts a video playing on their large screen. Everyone gathers to see Shin-hyuk’s farewells to them, and the noise even draws Sung-joon out of his office. He has a message for each and every person, and he particularly apologizes to Sung-joon for the surprise (and complains that he never gave him any of his “panties,” hee).

Just as everyone notices that he didn’t leave a message for Hye-jin, Shin-hyuk jumps back in front of the camera. They all breathe a sigh of relief, but he came back to ask Chief Editor Kim what she thought of his last gift. He wishes them all a happy life, and goes for real. Awww.

The anniversary edition is a success, and Most earns the number one spot, saving itself from cancellation. Somehow, it’s just not the same without Shin-hyuk, and the team mope around the office, missing him. They ask if Hye-jin is going back to the management team as planned, and she confirms that this is her last day, so they decide to throw her a farewell party.

Poong-ho gets lonely in his vice-president office, and decides to come back and work in the Most office on a regular basis. They all whine that it will be strange, now that he’s their boss, but they change their tunes when he offers to pay for Hye-jin’s party with his company gold card. Ha.

Sung-joon talks to his boss, who congratulates him on his success and tells him to prepare to come back to the States. He seems relieved to have the pressure off, but not happy at the thought of leaving.

He walks Hye-jin home after her farewell party, and he sends her to the park to wait while he gets them something to drink. HAHA, she slides down the slide and lands at his feet, just as he did once, making him laugh.

Sung-joon tells Hye-jin that he’s been recalled to Headquarters and offered a promotion. But he doesn’t feel right about being rewarded, because the success of the anniversary episode was due to Shin-hyuk, not himself. So he plans to refuse their offer.

He reminds Hye-jin that he was going to propose to her after making Most number one, wishing to be with her at his best moment. But he’s disappointed, because it’s not the moment he wished for. He tells her that he has to go back and wrap things up, and that he plans to start over from scratch.

He may not be able to give her that “best moment” as soon as he’d hoped, and Sung-joon asks Hye-jin a very serious question: Will she come to the States with him? She doesn’t even need to think about it, and promises to go with him. Sung-joon hugs her with a giant smile, but makes sure to tell her that this still isn’t the real proposal.

The next day, Hye-jin packs up her things to head back to the management team. The entire Most staff pout at her leaving, and she even gets a hug from Joon-woo (and Sung-joon pulls him off of her when the hug goes a little long, hee). Even Chief Editor Kim comes out to blow Hye-jin a kiss goodbye.

Back in the management office, she’s sent home at six pm, which is a big change from staying up half the night working at Most. Walking to the bus stop, Hye-jin thinks she sees Shin-hyuk walking into a pojangmacha, but it’s not him. She’s flustered, certain she saw Shin-hyuk. She starts to walk again, but she’s grabbed from behind — it IS him!

She immediately starts lecturing him for leaving so suddenly, and complains that she was the only one he didn’t say goodbye to. He says that’s why he came to say it in person, and pulls her in for a big bear hug. He holds her for a long time, as if he knows it’s the last time. He whispers something in her ear that makes her laugh, then backs away slowly, smiling, watching her for as long as he can.

Ha-ri realizes that she’s almost gone through all of her money, and she’s run out of things to sell. She says she’s glad that she and Hye-jin will have more time to spend together now that she’s not on the Most editing team, though Hye-jin seems to miss it already.

Ha-ri decides to go back to school to study hotel management. She’s decided that she enjoys that profession, and wants to study it properly and do it on her own. Good for her.

The children’s book author that Hye-jin interviewed for her article calls her, having read her article and thought it was wonderful. She’s disappointed to hear that Hye-jin isn’t on the editing team anymore, but invites her over some time if she wants a break. She starts to say something else, but we don’t hear what it is.

Whatever she said, it has Hye-jin heading to her town to see her now, and she calls Sung-joon on the way. They agree to meet for dinner later.

Hye-jin arrives at the author’s workplace, where her colleagues are working on a collaborative creative project for the next year. The author invites Hye-jin to join them — she feels like Hye-jin should consider revisiting her childhood dream of becoming a children’s author before her current job becomes too much of a habit. Hye-jin is terribly flattered, but she tells the author that she’s moving to the States soon, and probably getting married.

But at dinner with Sung-joon that night, she can’t stop talking about how wonderful it felt to discuss writing with those women. Sung-joon smiles and makes all the right supportive noises, and he asks if she wants to do that, too — he remembers her childhood dream of being a writer. When Hye-jin says that she can’t because she’s going with him to the States, he looks troubled.

Ha-ri studies hard at her new classes, making Hye-jin smile at her friend’s newfound passion. She tells Ha-ri how pretty she looks, all excited about her new life goals, but when she sees her own reflection, she doesn’t have that same glow. She looks at her signed copy of the author’s book, in which she’d written for Hye-jin to keep following her dreams.

Sung-joon invites her to his hotel for dinner, and looks at the ring he bought to make his third (and hopefully, finally official) marriage proposal to Hye-jin. But when he opens the door, Hye-jin’s first words are a desperate, “Let’s get married, Sung-joon-ah.” HAHA, his shocked face is the best thing ever. Hye-jin even bought rings, and puts them on them both with shaking hands.

But Sung-joon knows what she’s doing when she asks him to wait a year… she wants to be a part of that creative writing team, but she’s trying to let him know that she still intends to marry him. That’s so cute. Luckily Sung-joon completely understands, because of course he does.

He even says that he was worried she would give up her dream for him, so he’s a bit relieved. He doesn’t want her to come to America with him and have regrets. Hye-jin simply says that when someone is doing something they really want to do, that’s when they look the most beautiful, and she wanted to look beautiful to herself.

Sung-joon is completely supportive, though he joke-whines that he had his proposal all planned out. Hye-jin wants to see it and pouts when Sung-joon is all Let’s do a puzzle! Can’t blame her… show me the ring!

Hye-jin makes faces at Sung-joon the entire time they put the puzzle together, which of course is their favorite painting Dance in the Country. She tries to aegyo him into telling her how he was going to do it, but he keeps waving her off. Why do I feel like the puzzle is the proposal?

Sure enough, when Hye-jin leans over to pick up the final piece off the floor, Sung-joon puts the ring in the empty space. He says that this is how he was going to do it, and that he was going to say that before he met her, he didn’t know it was possible to be so happy. He would have said that he wants to make her as happy as she makes him.

He asks if she’ll marry him in a year, and of course Hye-jin accepts, and slides his matching ring on his finger. They giggle that they have two sets of engagement rings now.

Hye-jin gets ready to go later, but Sung-joon stops her and asks her to stay. She comes up with a million excuses, because apparently she’s out of her mind, and he agrees to take her home. But he forgets his car keys so she jumps in a taxi instead.

He sits up in his room grinning at his rings like a lovesick doofus, and jumps up when the doorbell rings. It’s Hye-jin… she changed her mind and wants to stay. She’s so nervous, it’s adorable, and Sung-joon just yanks her inside and kisses her cross-eyed. There’s a good boy.

Later, Hye-jin gets ready to move to the small town where she’ll be working for the next year. It makes Ha-ri cry, and she says it’s the first time they’ll be separated since the time her family lived in Japan. That sets off Hye-jin, and both girls wail about how much they’ll miss each other. And then they go nuts, drinking and dancing late into the night.

Sung-joon takes Hye-jin to her new place, and she asks him what time his flight to the States is tomorrow. He asks her if they can not have a teary airport goodbye, but just say farewell here. She wants to see him off, but he admits that he’s worried he won’t be able to handle it. So sweet.

He tells her that he’ll try to visit, and promises to call and email constantly. Reluctantly, he lets go of her hand, and walks away. Hye-jin watches him for a minute, then turns to begin her new life.

But Sung-joon runs back to Hye-jin, because he’s got one more thing to say: “I love you. I love you, Hye-jin-ah.” She sends him off with a teary, “Me too. I love you, too.”

Some time later, curly hair flying and cheeks glowing with health, Hye-jin bikes through the small town whooping with joy. A friend calls out to her, asking where she’s going, and she yells that someone has come. Smiling and happy, she nods and greets all her friends as she rushes to see her visitor.

COMMENTS

I had hoped that Sung-joon’s proposal to Hye-jin didn’t hinge on Most’s success, but I can understand why he wanted to ask Hye-jin to share her life with him at the best moment of his life. I have to say though, I’m disappointed in his reasoning for postponing his proposal. I think it’s a self-involved and immature of him to decide not to propose just because the magazine didn’t succeed entirely because of his efforts. I had thought that we’d already seen Sung-joon learning that no man is an island and that it took the whole team to make Most a success, so to see him decide not to propose just because it was Shin-hyuk’s article that propelled Most to number one is kind of disappointing.

The point is, the magazine DID make number one, under Sung-joon’s management, and in large part because he learned that lesson and asked each and every staff member to come back. So I’m confused that Sung-joon seemed to have a moment of forward motion in learning that he needed all of them to make this happen, then stalled out and pouted that he couldn’t propose to Hye-jin just because the magazine’s success wasn’t entirely because of him. But at least he finally did do it, and he supported Hye-jin’s decision to follow her dream instead of following him to America as if there was never a question that she would go. I do like about his character that he’s human — he makes bad choices and behaves badly, sometimes. But it doesn’t make him a bad person or unworthy of Hye-jin’s love, and he can still have her best interests at heart.

Interestingly, this is a story in which I feel that the forced-separation trope is being put to good use. Too often it’s used as a flimsy tool to stretch out the romantic tension another episode or two, but we all know the couple will find each other again and live happily ever after, so it never really works for me as a viewer. But in this case, I can agree that both Sung-joon and Hye-jin have things they need to do before it’s time to settle down together. Hye-jin is only just now rediscovering her passion for writing and realizing that it’s not really that crazy of a dream. And Sung-joon needs to wrap up his life in America and decide what he wants to do with himself, since let’s face it, he’s not very good at managing people. Hopefully he can do something with his love of art. So in this one case I’m willing to go along with the trope, because this way Hye-jin and Sung-joon can start their life together both having realized their dreams and supported each other through the journey.

I’m happy that Hye-jin and Ha-ri’s relationship not only survived this situation, but grew and become more mature. I have always loved their friendship, but it seems deeper now, and more mature. I think they both learned what their relationship means to them, and that they can make it through any hardship together, but they don’t have to be each other’s be-all-end-all like they’ve always thought. They can have independent lives and loves, and yet still be each other’s safe port in a storm. We should all be so lucky to have such a good friend in our lives.

Just as I suspected, Shin-hyuk broke my heart. I’m so glad he came back to say goodbye to Hye-jin, and yet I’m equally glad he kept it short and sweet. He was able to leave her to remember him with a smile on his face, and I’m not ashamed to admit that he left me crying in that moment. He was a trickster and a goofball, but he truly loved Hye-jin, and this is one of those cases where I think that if it hadn’t been for Sung-joon coming back into her life at just that time, she could easily have loved Shin-hyuk back. But in the end he wanted her happiness, and he didn’t cling to her or leave her feeling guilty for not loving him. And their goodbye was made that much more bittersweet knowing that Choi Siwon will be going to the army soon — we’ll miss him, and wish for him to come back safely and grace us again with his incredible talent. Hopefully next time, he’ll get the girl.

This episode really felt like it could have been a finale — I could go away happy at this point, knowing that everything will be fine. Sung-joon and Hye-jin will get married and have a long happy life together, Ha-ri will find her happiness in her career, and everything will turn out fine. It feels like the story is finished, and this could have been a cute, fun way to end the drama. So I’m equal parts curious and apprehensive to see what next week’s actual finale has in store. I know there have been some rumors that things may not end as we expect — and yes, it’s all just speculation at this point, but it does worry me a little that we could be in for a nasty surprise. I don’t normally say this, but if the drama gods are listening… just this once, I’d be happy with a finale that’s all filler. And maybe some more sexy against-the-wall kissing.

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First, my wishes: I wished Shin Hyuk had worn the hat Hye Jin bought him when they reunited on the street. I wished Hye Jin had gone home to retrieve peeping noona when she mind-bogglingly tore off in the taxi. I wished Hye Jin had punched in Sung Joon's door code when she realized what a fool she was to leave his apartment in the first place. I wished Sung Joon had ran back to kiss Hye Jin when he walked away just like he did at the airport when they were little. I wished our saranghae's had been said during Sung Joon's proposal. I wished Hye Jin had kept her curly hair and red checks throughout the drama.

Second, I don't care about those wishes because this episode happened. That proposal happened. That kiss happened. Ji Sung Joon happened. Is he for real? Perfect doesn't even begin to describe him. His proposal was weak-at-the-knees romantic, I would have moved in with him that night. Hye Jin choosing to stay in Korea and Sung Joon encouraging her to take the job, anyone could see coming from a mile away, so why was she so surprised he already knew? This man is your soulmate, of course he knows. It was precious how Hye Jin refused to let him live down his slide embarrassment.

I was positive Sung Joon would not be able to bring himself to out Ten, which would force Shin Hyuk to sacrifice himself. I was really thankful Sung Joon was big enough to give Shin Hyuk's recording back to its rightful owner. I cried learning Shin Hyuk's backstory, watching his goodbye message to the Most team sans Hye Jin, and at those unforgettable Jackson flashbacks.

This episode made me extremely hopeful the final episode will be extremely satisfying. Hye Jin will achieve her dream of being a fairytale author, what Shin Hyuk whispered in Hye Jin's ear will be revealed, Hari will graduate with job offers knocking at her door, Sung Joon will return with much fanfare and even more handsome, and we will get our long-awaited wedding. I love these characters and will miss them terribly. Thanks a bunch for the recap, LollyPip!

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Now I wish all those things you mentioned had happened!

Funnily enough, I didn't even realize that they hadn't even told each other they loved each other. The things that usually happen after an "I love you" (meeting the family, a gazillion proposals, moving to another country together, and (sometimes) sex!) totally happened before they said that to each other. I don't even mind it one bit because that just tells me they were already on another level of love. But if you're going to say one last thing to each other before you part, might as well be "I love you."

And I totally anticipate that last puzzle piece coming into play next week.

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Totally agree with your thoughts. However, if the scriptwriter does decide to screw us all over with some random unexpected ending, IM GOING TO BE SO MAD. The whole show Hye Jin has liked Sung Joon, so if they randomly make her go with Shin Hyuk, I will be SOOOO mad. Or if they kill someone off, ITS A ROM COM LET THEM BE HAPPY PLEASEEEE. The two main leads obviously like each other THAT MUCH, I mean they are like sole-mates, so please let them be happy forever!

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SURPRISE TWIST ENDING: it was all just the dream of a young Sungjoon on the plane after leaving Hyejin.

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NOO

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lol. That would make people throw things but it would be oh so...hilarious.

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My Korean friend has been telling me about a sad ending will probably happen for them. Like HyeJin is really dead, and this was all SungJoon dreaming. I think I'm going to cry if that is all true. But this was already a good finale actually. Please let it be not another Lovers in Paris or High Kick. But the scriptwriter is well-known for this kind of endings. HUHUHUHUHU

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OKAY I'M SO EXCITED FOR THIS EPISODE. CAN IT PLEASE COME!

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Didn't Ha Ri already gave Soong Joon the peeping girl puzzle piece in episode6? Then why does Hye Jin still have it in this episode? Did I miss something like Ha Ri returned it to Hye Jin or what? Am I the only one thingking about it?

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I mean Sung Joon

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I know that you wrote you were disappointed that Sungjoon didn't write ShinHyuk's article to save Most but I felt it showcased his growth as a person. I feel like three months ago, SJ wouldn't have cared about outing ShinHyuk with or without his involvement. I think the fact that he knew by writing about SH/Ten, it would change SH's life and it's part of why he didn't do it. He also wanted to make The Most #1 based on the work and talent of the team. He came to Korea already believing he had the best to work with so exposing one of their own makes the victory a little cheap and gimmicky.

I doubt we will ever know what SH whispered in HyeJin's ear like we never knew what Bill Murray whispered in Scarlet Johansson's ear in Lost in Translation but I guess it doesn't really matter. SH might not have gotten the girl but I think all of HJ's questions about Did he have a place to stay, had he eaten, was he taking care of himself, etc etc etc made he realize that he WAS loved. Maybe not the way he wanted but the love he put out was returned. I've tried to explain to my non-Korean friends the deeper meaning of "Did you eat?" because it was the thing that my grandmother constantly said versus "I love you" and how it has more weight for me.

Either way, can't believe we have one last episode left.

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Shin-hyuk and Hye-jin's friendship is beautiful. My favorite thing about it is that it didn't go to an awkward place, that they were still able to stay friends despite his feelings. In other shows, they try to too much to mirror the viewers' wishy-washy feelings in the main girl character. Does she like this guy or the other one? She gets kissed by both guys, both guys play tug-of-war (sometimes literally) with her, both guys hate each other, and blech! That kind of writing doesn't make me care much for any of the characters and can emotionally take me out of the show.

For me, there was never a doubt that Hye-jin wanted to be with Sung-joon, which made me enjoy her platonic friendship with Shin-hyuk that much more. She wasn't indecisive, she drew her lines, she didn't lead him on. She was always clear to Shin-hyuk about her feelings, and instead of feeling sorry for him, she accepted his friendship with respect to his feelings.

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"I know that you wrote you were disappointed that Sungjoon didn’t write ShinHyuk’s article to save Most but I felt it showcased his growth as a person. I feel like three months ago, SJ wouldn’t have cared about outing ShinHyuk with or without his involvement."

Ditto to this. I felt the reasons for MOST's success was bittersweet, in that it came at a price, and quite a hefty one at that - Shin Hyuk's own happiness. Personally, Sung Joon wasn't being immature about it, rather he felt sorry that Shin Hyuk had to give up his identity for the sake of increasing sales. And knowing that it couldn't have been an easy decision for him, it's the last thing Sung Joon would have wanted. For someone who'd grown to respect and value Shin Hyuk's presence, I can't imagine him feeling elated with the outcome of the reveal, because that would make him appear selfish. Even though Shin Hyuk braved the decision of his own free will, it's Sung-Joon's feeling of guilt and despondency that would drive him to start over or to reach the kind of success he'd be at ease with.

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My thoughts exactly.

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+1

I agree with you, tapioca pearl, and namedx! Love yall's commentaries! :)

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Awww I'm gonna miss siwon's cutesy facial expressions...sung joon and hye-jin's simultaneous proposal is...squeee. I wished shin-hyuk would end up with Ha-ri but this being the penultimate episode and the way things are for them, i totally doubt that.
I'm glad the MOST magazine supposed struggle for 1st place is over, it was beginning to bore me out. I love Ha-ri's determination, best second lead...#ever!!!

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I wished for Shin-hyuk and Ha-ri too, but they haven't had many scenes recently. If anything, I think it'd be nice to see the finale hint at a possibility.

I cannot stress how much I love and adore this show, but if you asked me what one criticism of it was, it's that they didn't showcase Ha-ri nearly enough at the end.

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Man, Sung-joon just can't catch a break with all the endless criticisms.

My interpretation of Sung-joon's non-proposal is that instead of feeling elated that Most got number one, it was bittersweet because of Shin-hyuk's sacrifice. He knew (and we all know) he would've failed his team without the Ten article, which really was the clincher for Most's success. He proposed anyway without that ego, and I think there's something to be said about how he wanted to be good enough for Hye-jin, which is a reversal of what she felt like at the beginning of this show. Like he said in his proposal, he wants to make her happy forever, and in order to do that, you need some confidence, right?

Anyway, I also felt like this would've been a proper finale. Everything was just perfect. The double proposal (love you, Hye-jin), Shin-hyuk's goodbye, Ha-ri's next step, the first night, the continuing honesty and support between our OTP--this is all very good. Next week, I expect a wedding, a drop-in on how Most is doing, Shin-hyuk's reappearance (although his sendoff in this episode was really, really beautiful and perfect), more girl power friendship, and goodbyes to all the other characters.

Also, I agree that Sung-joon should find a new profession where he'll have less stress and eat food. Wouldn't it be great if he became an illustrator? He and Hye-jin could collaborate on children's books together and be adorable together all the time. Now that I've thought that, I can't really picture that not happening.

And agree on the one-year time skip. They've only been together for a month, they know they're going to be married at some point, but they do need to figure out other things before they do it. I feel like they've got such a solid foundation of trust and loyalty, that I'm looking forward to seeing it pay it off and continue into the future.

Lastly, I can't imagine this drama ending on a sour note because it would be cheap to rob us all of all the emotions we poured into this show. This is not the kind of show that should destroy our souls!

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Agreed, I felt that SJ needed the confidence to know he can support and love HJ from here on out, and I love HJ for proposing to him too.

And yes to finding his passion/true calling. I'd say working for MOST was one of the reasons why SJ was stressed af (plus the trauma of his mom being triggered by it raining), and why at the beginning he did certain things that some viewers can never forget (or even forgive him for, even though he has shown it in his actions that he was sorry a million times over).

I miss Ha Ri where she at :( I love her and HJ's friendship, it seriously echoes my friendship with my bestie, and seeing them interact on screen just made me realize I'm so blessed to have a friend like that. We're there for eachother always, and even if our circle of friends changes we'll always be that pillar of support to eachother.

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"My interpretation of Sung-joon’s non-proposal is that instead of feeling elated that Most got number one, it was bittersweet because of Shin-hyuk’s sacrifice. He knew (and we all know) he would’ve failed his team without the Ten article, which really was the clincher for Most’s success. He proposed anyway without that ego, and I think there’s something to be said about how he wanted to be good enough for Hye-jin, which is a reversal of what she felt like at the beginning of this show. Like he said in his proposal, he wants to make her happy forever, and in order to do that, you need some confidence, right?"

Lol *snap* - I voiced the same sentiments in my comments just now. Ditto, you've worded it perfectly.

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Thank you. I swear, if this show and its characters were a family, Sung-joon would be the middle child because: "Nothing I do is ever good enough!"

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"He proposed anyway without that ego, and I think there’s something to be said about how he wanted to be good enough for Hye-jin, which is a reversal of what she felt like at the beginning of this show."

I definitely agree to this one. I am actually touched while he was telling Hye-jin about his thoughts that night in the playground. I can't understand why some people are taking his proposal as hinged on success, when it was clear in that moment that he just wanted to do the best for this girl that he plans to spend his lifetime with. If I am the girl and I have a guy like that who wants to succeed because he wants to be good enough for me (even if he is already enough for me), I'd feel like the luckiest girl. And the fact that he proposed to her anyway even if he feels lacking made it more resonant to me.

I love this couple so much. I love how they came together because we can all just see how much of a pay-off it was since we all know what they went through.

There's a mention of Lost In Translation up there with Shin-hyuk's whisper to Hye-jin. It did remind me of that, and what a nice scene that was. Oddly enough, I also associate this show with one of the most known quotes from that movie, "Sometimes, you have go halfway around the world to come full circle." This couple did go many ways. I really wish them the best. And may that finale be as awesome and magical as the 1st outing.

Show, I love you, Show!

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Please, Drama Gods! Please let everyone have a happy ending! They're all too nice to be hurt!

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I know I love shin-hyuk....

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Well I got to say this was a terribly satisfying episode. Like Lollypip said I would have been happy with this episode being the final one.
And I did cry my eyes out with Kim Reporter goodbyes, I felt like Siwon the actor and not the character was truly saying goodbye and that hit me hard since him was the reason that I discovered this wonderful world of korean drama and music.
But nevertheless, this drama has being extremely satisfying, something I was missing from this kind of dramas for a while...

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My Shinhyuk/Sungjoon bromance...such a pity it died before it could really live. ;__;

I think I've come out of these last couple of episodes, and this one in particular, realizing that Sungjoon doesn't really have a proper friend or supportive figure, outside of Hyejin (and maybe one or two moments he shared with Shinhyuk). And man, I have to wonder how different this drama would have been if Shinhyuk had stuck to Sungjoon instead of Hyejin, and we had a battle of the friendships with Hyejin/Hari and Shinhyuk/Sungjoon. Or at least more development on the their dynamic (and more Shinhyuk visiting Sungjoon and sleeping over, because those scenes were glorious). Thinking of how much more weight could have been added to Shinhyuk's Ten reveal if that had been the case makes me ache inside.

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This drama could have concluded because it almost felt like a finale episode. The next one will seem like just filler.
Will miss Choi Si Won..going into the military service. I hope he comes back and gets the lead role and the girl. He really added so much fun to this otherwise dull drama.
I wish Shin Hyuk final words to Hye Jin were something he could only tell her personally and in secret for her ears only, "I love you.", but we will probably never know.

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Aww! This episode made me fallen harder on Shin Hyuk!!

Almost crying when SH got his hug from HJ and when HJ got her flashbacks. And when he wishperred, SEXY!!!! (I just find it sexy.. is it weird??)

While watching the last two episodes I kept worrying and put myself sligthly on-guard because of the "dying rumors".. I am very glad that it seems to be just a marketing/ad trick/joke.......right??

Thank you for the recap!

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I don't know - I don't know - I don't know…I'm trying to ignore the bad feeling I have now. I was NOT in any way one of those people who were speculating that things in this drama would take a turn for the worse but we've been set up perfectly for that to happen. I was right on with my guess about the identities of Ten and the Chaebol nephew from many episodes back - just by observing their behavior - and now I'm hoping I'm not right about what I think the ending g MIGHT be. Although, if they do it right, it could be sweet and beautiful.

We just got WAY too set up with how much Shin Hyuk loves Hye-Jin - and how much she also enjoys their friendship…and we got WAY too set up with how Sung Joon walks into walls (brain tumor?) and then passes out from working too hard. For many reasons and the clues that have been put into place, I think that either Sung Joon is going to suffer from, and pass away from, an illness after they get married - or he will suffer that final blow before they get married - but be with Jye-Jin when it happens. Then, sometime later, or sooner, we will see Shin Hyuk back by her side just as support and she will appreciate his presence…then the drama will fade sweetly away and we will all know that Shin Hyuk and Hye-Jin will end up together down the road. What a way to finally let the second lead get the girl!!
Of course, I could be totally wrong about this and I'm hoping so for the sake of all the OTP fans out there who might not see the poetic beauty in a finale like this - but it could be like the unexpected things in real life - and that, if it happens, could be the most realistic end to a drama I've ever seen.

***LOVE*** this drama so much. Hoping for the OTP but???

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But we also got way too set up with Hye-jin and Sung-joon's romance to have that dissolve in the finale. His inattentiveness and passing out (which happened only ONCE, you guys, so let's not go crazy about his health!)--let's just call that stress and pressure and leave it at that.

Also, there would be nothing beautiful or sweet or poetic about Sung-joon dying! If the ending you describe happens, that only tells me that the meaning and sensibility of this show was sacrificed in order to please those Sung-joon haters and Siwon fans. Honestly, do I care if Siwon gets the girl before going off to the army? No, I do not because Siwon is going to the army, not Shin-hyuk, and I can separate the two.

Point is, Sung-joon and Hye-jin not being endgame does not make sense for this show. This show has never even flirted with the idea that Hye-jin could end up with Shin-hyuk.

Sorry, just getting my two cents in before the anti-Sung-jooners could jump in!

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Agreed, and even if that did happen I do not see SJ dying as a reason for HJ running to SH. She only ever saw him as a friend. She cares for him for sure, but not in the way that SH expected. And I think we all should be happy with that to be honest. They're still friends, and SH did a great thing by stepping aside for HJ's happiness.

People tend to forget about HJ in this triangle, and try to reason why one guy would be better over another.

Sometimes it's not about the guys' qualifications on paper, or who treated her out to a good time more often, but who was she happy with? Who did she have that connection with? Who did she say "I like you" and "I love you" to? Who did she propose to?

So for people to say that HJ deserves better because Sung Joon is the devil's spawn (no srsly), I say why? What in her behaviour with SJ, or her mannerisms to SJ, made it look like she wasn't happy at all? Everyone's definition of "happiness" is different, and in HJ's case it's being married to SJ, writing again, and being close to HR and SH too.

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Excellent point, Jackie. Hye-jin really is the heart and soul of this show. She deserves to be happy, and if it's with Sung-joon (I mean, it totally is), then let it be that way. She was the character I was completely with this entire journey, so the finale shouldn't manufacture something that negates that entire journey.

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I agree with your comments. I don't see the SJ haters. He is lovely in his uncompromising love for HJ. The point of the story is the sweet teen age romance that blossomed, in spite of the circumstances, when they met again. This not a Shakespeare drama. Therefore, for the writers to switch to a tragedy at this point is just a cheap attempt to be "deep with a twist" gimmick. Don't go there!

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I saw a picture of the Most team with makeovers and SJ was in it. Hope that means he's still very alive and well!!!!!!

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@lunatic4kid:I hear you! I have that (sinking) feeling as well. There's always been a slight air of melancholy around SJ - could be 'cos he is such a loner. It did dissipate as his relationship with HJ developed. But yeah, I am worried for him!

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It could be just me, but I do not see any chemistry between SJ and HJ. They look like mother and son to me, or two kids doing pretend play. If it was any other OTP that had this much of skinship, I would be watching those scenes over and over again, but with this couple, it did not do anything to me.

I think the production is also aware of this lack of chemistry, so they keep using the SH scenes to make a balance. SH decides to let her go, and then the next episode he comes back again saying "It ain't over till it's over", then let her go again, but the next episode they are having a fun date, and so on. Any other show that I have seen, when the main couple gets together, the second male lead fades out for us to be invested in the romance between the OTP. But here, they keep using the chemistry between the HJ and SH until the very end, because it is more exciting that of the OTP.

Together with the inconsistencies of the character development and back story of SJ, I do not like this show plot-wise. It was enjoyable, but not satisfying to me.

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what??? no chemistry? mother and son? in all fairness to HJE she doesn't look old, there are times that I see her more younger looking than PSJ, maybe because of the character is too serious, he looks like a big daddy to me.But to say that she looks like a mother to him...whoo... that's pure bashing. Doesn't make sense...

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It is not the age that creates the mother-son feeling. Just one example: She cut his fingernails. It was so weird that I fast-forwarded that scene. The only person that I can do this would be my own kids. She is like a mother figure to him, regardless of their ages or appearances.

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Because that is how her character was build up, she is like that to her friends like HR too and even to SH, when she said have you eaten? are you taking care of yourself? her character has a very accommodating heart that she even pampers HR when she was down. Even friends can be like that without being a mother figure.

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Agree with you, jam.

And I don't know how a scene of HJ cutting SJ's nails can get so many reactions from people. If you take it for what it is, HJ (who is sweet, good natured and puts everyone's needs above her own) is just cutting the nails of SJ. That's it.

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Maybe because nails are kind of disgusting. It is a personal hygiene routine that every adult does for themselves.

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That was the point of that scene, though. In Episode 4, Sung Joon told Hari his mother cut his fingernails for him because he is left-handed. While mothers take care of their sons, wives also take care of their husbands, so Hye Jin cutting Sung Joon's fingernails was not intended as his surrogate mother, but as his umbrella.

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yah , future wife, that is.

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I may be wrong but I don't think that @nes was talking about HJE looking old but rather the fact that HJ is sometimes really maternal with SJ (and that's certainly one of the reason why SJ loves HJ since she came into his life after his mother death).

I agree and disagree at the same time. I think that there is chemistry between SJ and HJ, but just not (in my opinion) in a passionate way. They love and care for each other, we can feel the deep affection between them, it's sweet and familiar. It's not the kind of love that gives me butterflies but it's sweet anyway.

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I feel the same exact way. I'm a fan of both the lead actor and Siwon (as much as I am a fan of anything, which is mostly a casual fan like 'oh, hey, I kinda like that person') so I don't really have a bias over one or the other, but I just felt like the two leads here had no chemistry. Heck, I felt like they had more chemistry in that show last year when he was playing her brother (well, they weren't really brother and sister).

I thought in this episode they really laid a lot of groundwork and hints for her to end up with the second lead after realizing she'd loved him more all along and was just with the main lead because of 'well, that's how it was supposed to end up with first loves', but it didn't happen and I was so disappointed. I'm hoping it still happens in the last episode.

I feel like as far as writing choices, that would actually be a better move. To show growth to all the characters. That your first love isn't always going to be the one you end up with and all that. Just my 2 cents though. :)

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But the point of the show isn't that your first love is your last love. It's that someone being your first love isn't a reason you should be with them. Sung-joon fell in love with Hye-jin before he knew the truth. He didn't have the glow of first love to help him do it. He fell for her all on his own. The truth just ended up being an extra special thing, but ultimately, he would've been with her regardless.

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Yeah, I agree that he did have feelings for her despite not knowing that it was his first love. I think some of it may have been intuitive though because he did have those flashbacks when she did things that she had done as a child (such as the way she crossed the street and such) and maybe he recognized it even before he knew. I'm not saying that their feelings aren't real, the way it's written in the show. Just that I don't feel the chemistry. Just because people are written as two characters in love, doesn't mean it will always come together on screen that way with actors. I don't know why it doesn't work for me here, but it doesn't.

I still think that they could have made that point (and better) by *not* having her end up with her first love. So, I guess we'll see though in the final episode how things turn out.

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That's fair. We both have different reactions to what we see on screen (I completely buy their relationship and find them to be quite precious). I get your point about how the first love trope won out anyway. I too could go through a year in dramaland without that trope. At least they did something different with it in this drama, that yes, they were first loves, but they became attracted to each other as adults. They'll always have their past to connect to, but it's really who they are now that matters to them both.

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While I don't think their chemistry is that of a mother and son , I do agree that there's lack of romantic chemistry between the leads. It felt more like a playful friendship or brother-sister relationship. It's not to say they were awful together it's just the spark wasn't there, for me at least. The male lead is very in-love with the female lead but I couldn't connect her love for him or the process of them loving each other.

BUT, this is a light-hearted and fun drama that should not be taken seriously. So, I'll just enjoy whats left!

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The male lead is very in-love with the female lead but I couldn’t connect her love for him

This is exactly how I feel. Show tells me Hye Jin is in love with Sung Joon, but Hye Jin doesn't show me she is in love with Sung Joon. Heck, Hye Jin doesn't even show Sung Joon she is in love with Sung Joon. He is in this intense, end-of-the-world, would-die-without-her love, while she, if push came to shove, could live without him.

dkaoru said something in Episode 12's recap that I really agreed with:

I feel there’s almost a weird tone – it’s like Sung joon and Hye jin are in 2 different drama. Sung joon is doing this angsty melo drama, while Hye jin is in a comedy show.

Is this due to Park Seo Joon overacting or Hwang Jung Eum underacting?

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Okay, the expression on Hye-jin's face when he found her in the street after discovering the truth was one of my favorite moments because of the pure love on her face. Please watch that scene again and tell me she doesn't love him. Or the way she said his name on the phone after he called her when he found out the truth. Or any time Sung-joon said sweet things to her. Her expressions are always full of emotion.

Hwang Jung-eum should never be accused of underacting. She can be understated, which is what I think this drama needs.

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Well, who she has no chemistry with Shin Hyuk. Her scenes with him have the fweling that she doesn't want to be there. And sometimes she says it, too.

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I originally watched this drama for the chemistry between Park Seo Joon and Hwang Jung-Eum, but for some reason, the writers have toned it down. Make no mistake, it's a writer's choice and they've made JSJ and KHJ's romance very sweet and syrupy. It's almost adolescent. There was all this potential but the writer's chose to keep JSJ fragile and KHJ the "umbrella" which makes me really tired. They had all this potential with those metaphors, and they didn't even really use it. Even the the love scene in this ep was done with a wide shot ( a distance away from the characters ) instead of a closeup on the kissing. Knowing the skill of kdrama in this area, this was done by choice and for a reason.

It's like the romance elements in this drama have been purposely cooled off. You've got these power player actors who can do chemistry when and how they need to if it's called on them to do it, but the production itself is just not doing it, not because they can't or it isn't there, but because it's not written that way. They are stuck in the playful zone.

Kim Shin Hyuk has a very non-stoic, affectionate way about him. He's warm and touch-focused--never hesitating to touch Hye Jin's hands, shoulders, hugs, etc. That was attractive for me. He is Hye Jin centered, and has a more western way about him (and in the story, he was raised in the United States).

Ji Sung Joon on the other hand, is all reserve. He doesn't losen up until he finds out that Hye Jin is his Hye Jin and then he's still rather reserved (which I believe is the Korean way).

I personally would rather forgo the syrupy mothering romance and let Shin Hyuk see if he can woo Hye Jin instead of being relegated to the friend zone, but with only one episode left, I'm pretty much done, deflated, and bemused, but I blame the story writers. I understand it's the writers' prerogative. It's their gig, not ours.

I've often felt frustrated with the writers of kdramas, and on the other hand, there are times when I'm elated. To me, this is one of those frustrating times.

The pattern of this drama is warm and fuzzy, with a childlike sort of love. For me, it's run it's course. Unless they show their writing skill to the max in one episode (which is highly doubtful), this will be one of those forgettable dramas I won't recommend to anyone. It will be a nice send off for Siwon for his military duty and when he returns, he'll be amazing. Park Seo Joon will always be a powerhouse - and hopefully he will be cast in more mysterious roles.

Hwang Jung-Eum was at her best in this drama and I thorougly enjoyed her. She's like the sun as the curly haired rosey cheeked Hye Jin-Na.

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I agree there is a huge lack of chemistry for this couple but it's pretty much why I don't like this actress, Hwang Jung eum. She gets good leading men but only seems to be able to drum up any chemistry with one of them, Ji Sung. I watched this drama to completion because she did not scream or cry through the entire thing. The supporting cast was also engaging. I also agree that they have backburnered the darling Park Seo joon to capitalize on the idol factor, Choi Siwon. Not that Siwon hasn't been derpy and totally adorable in this drama, he has. It's just they failed to use the main characters to good effect. Which is shallow and short sighted.

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Agree to these thoughts. I wonder what the purpose was in making such a blasting second lead and having the main couple share so few moments of couple intensity. Only to make us flutter? To bring Siwon to the top before he leaves for the army?

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I'm glad i'm not the only one who noticed the lack of chemistry between SJ and HJ. I cringed on the kissing scenes and cringed even more at the cheesy lines. I normally squee and feel all giggly if these scenes were acted with actors with a good chemistry.
Also, the storyline of MOST being discontinued if they didn't reach number 1 within 3 months confuses me. So they reached number 1, but what about if they did not make number 1 in the next publications?

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CSW shipper only see the non-chemistry of the leads,but to the OTP shippers its totally electrifying and satisfying.

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Yes, I like their chemistry for what this kind of show requires. They may have seemed to have more chemistry in Kill Me, Heal Me, but that show was more intense and more high-stakes than this show, so the level of everything had to be higher. So it was more apparent there than here.

This show is about two people reconnecting after years apart. They were getting to know one another as adults, so they were awkward with each other. Then they realized they were in love with each other and gently gravitated towards each other as they slowly opened up to one another.

I don't need passionate, strong, angsty chemistry in this show because it's not that kind of show.

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Why is it when somebody supports Shin Hyuk , the automatic assumption is this has to be a shipper of Choi Si Won? Don't assume that the only reason folks like Shin Hyuk is because he is played by Choi Si Won. Give some credit to the writing of this character and also the audience's ability to follow the drama.

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Out of curiosity, are these SH shippers fans of Siwon prior to this drama? I personally feel like HJ and SJ have so much chemistry. Their relationship is so awesome, and it's not just a pair of lovers, it's also a pair of best friends who know each other inside and out and WHO ARE WILLING TO TALK. I like Siwon as a character, but I feel like he's a bit immature at times and unwilling to show his true feelings. It's like he's hiding his true feelings in a joke all the time (Which has been mentioned before). Maybe it's because I'm older (Like 20, if you count that old) and just out of my teenage, omg all the idols are love, phase, but I feel SJ is the realistic choice. He listens, voices his opinions, and is respectful (Not cool when SH didn't let HJ explain she only liked him as a friend).

And while I agree SJ was a bit of a jerk in the beginning, it wasn't THAT bad. Let's be honest HJ was a bit of a mess in the beginning, I mean if you work for a fashion magazine should you not at least know how it works? In any other workplace, you're expected to know what the company does and their policies and goals. Yes, HJ was thrown into MOST, but you still gotta make the best of what you got and try. That's why I loved HJ starting to learn about the fashion industry, try her best, and even that makeover. You gotta look the part if you're acting the part. It's like she accepted she can do anything if she tried - she wasn't going down without a fight. And a boss has a right to yell at the employee if she sucks (And his style is the cold type not the warm friendly manager type). He's in a completely new company (not to mention culture/country) and has a super tight deadline, so he's gotta show hes the boss even if he feels out of his comfort zone. Yah, he was a bit mean at times, but he's not totally out of the line. He's in a professional work setting and you have to prove your worth before he starts to respect you. Not all managers are going to be super nice and friendly in life. We do see how he softened a bit during the show, and how he started to ask for input and care for people - which is a growth for him.

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Okay, I'm going to be honest: Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon have no "sexual" chemistry. They're cute (or maybe he's cute), but Hye Jin acts so nervous and awkward around Sung Joon sometimes when he ought to be the second most comfortable person in the world to her after Hari. My biggest gripe is Hwang Jung Eum does not kiss Park Seo Joon back. Her lips have not moved. I still love this couple, but feel Park Seo Joon's "talents" are being a bit wasted.

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HJ is such an innocent girl, in the BTS , the director told her to not move ,ep 13 lake scene , i think, so she is just there to accept the kiss. HJE even joked to PSJ that it is not very usual of her to not move while kissing.That scene is her first kiss (HJ), and do we expect her to kiss like a very experienced woman? HJE is just living up to her character.

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Hye Jin being inexperienced, I get that, I do. But at the same time, Sung Joon was always this emotionally closed person with zero friends, so I would venture to guess that he has never dated before neither, yet he kisses like a pro. I just wish Hye Jin could be more passionate about this relationship as I would be like her to be because he clearly seems more invested in the relationship than her.

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Isn't it about how the director wants to convey the message? I've seen time and time again where the male lead is into the kiss and the female lead just stands there. It’s the whole “innocent inexperienced female vs the male who can no longer control his feelings" trope. SJ is a good kisser because the director wanted him to be. I don't understand how that translates to HJ not being invested in the relationship or lack of chemistry?

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For some reason, we have it in our heads that Sung-joon was always pining for Hye-jin. But when I rewatched the beginning episodes, he clearly told Ha-ri (as Hye-jin) that he was moving and found a box with his puzzle and old letters to Hye-jin, reminding him that he once had a special friend. That was what prompted him to find her again.

So it wasn't like he was always holding out hope for Hye-jin (though he probably held her near and dear in his heart). He might as well as could've dated before. Just because he's emotionally closed off, does't mean he was physically unavailable as well.

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That's what I'm saying, though. I know Hwang Jung Eum can kiss; I've seen Secret. So the director forbidding her to move does a disservice to the relationship. Granted, in every relationship, one person will always love the other person more, but with this couple, it is obvious which person that is. If we were to rate passion on a scale of 1-10, Sung Joon would be an 11 because Park Seo Joon is always ON, while Hye Jin would be a 6? I want to see her lose control around him because she is madly in love. Has she not heard some of the things he says to her? Or seen the way he looks at her?

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Well, as a Jackson couple shipper, I think I can answer your first question: No, I am not a fan of Siwon. In fact, I have not seen anything that he is in it before. Also, I am not into kpop, so I have absolutely no information about him before. I think he is not quite an excellent actor, his acting feels shallow at times, and over the top sometimes. It is just the story, how his character and his relationship with HJ is written, how he is carrying the show that makes me feel like he is the main lead.

He loved HJ even before her make-up, he was all open about his feelings to both HJ and SJ, he was there for HJ every time she was having a bad time (mostly because of SJ). SJ, on the other hand, was too rude at the beginning. Saying someone "Are you retarded? Are you a kindergarten children?" etc. is not acceptable in my book. No matter he has a full list of excuses for his behavior, I cannot forget those sentences. He is inconsistent. He looks like a kid rather than a man. If I write everything that I dislike about him this willl be long post, so I will stop here.

I do not think it is only the Siwon fans that ship for HJ&SH. If you think about it, Hyun Bin has a lot fans, but still his latest show Jekyll&Hyde failed a big time. Also, I am a fan of Ji Chang Wook myself, and did not see Bachelor's vegetable store, because it is so out of my taste. Being a fan does not make you overlook the problems about the show.

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I'll say what I've always said throughout this show: Why do we have to hate one character in order to like the other? Sounds a lot like overcompensation.

I support Sung-joon's relationship with Hye-jin because that's the main romance, but I also really love Shin-hyuk. They both have their own special parts in the story. One of them just happens to be the love interest, the other one a friend. Why does one part have to be more significant than the other? Why is it a big deal who the heroine chooses to be in those roles?

And again with villainizing Sung-joon. He said some mean things! That he made up for in spades! We've all done that. He didn't commit adultery or slap a kid. Please move past that.

And again with the Shin-hyuk-loved-her-before-her-makeover argument. That's not even important to the story because the only thing that mattered was that SHE loved herself before and after her makeover.

And also, you can't use that argument and then go and bash Park Seo-joon for looking like a kid.

And if anyone's carrying this show (not that it needs to be carried because it's awesome), it's Hwang Jung-eum.

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Most of the things you said, and that are opposing what I wrote, is true. I admit that I was reading the SH character a little bit too much. And, yes, I actually like SJ too, he is kind of cute.

I also agree that Hwang Jung-eum is carrying the show, I take my previous statement about Siwon carrying this show.

It is just, if you forget that SJ is her first love, and consider that she met both of the guys at the Most for the first time, who would she fall for? Or, when I consider another show that is famous for creating a second lead syndrome, Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, I did believe that the second lead is a more mature, and reliable person. But, I was also convinced that she is in love with the main lead, I thought that it should not be logical when you love someone. However, I somehow could not get that point in this show. And this is mostly because of chemistry between SH and HJ being more effective than the main couple. Even with a distant hug, they can make my hearth flutter.

Thanks for these insights that made me rethink what I wrote before.

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Sorry for the grammar mistakes that I have made here and there. I am not a native speaker and not good at daily life English.

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I don't mean to come off aggressive. I just think both guys are great characters because they're good guys at heart who are also quite imperfect. But Sung-joon somehow gets all the criticisms while Shin-hyuk (deservedly) gets all the praise.

You can completely like Shin-hyuk more, which I understand because he is so great. I just want to stand up for Sung-joon because the bias against him can be so unfair.

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And your English is perfectly fine :) (future ESL teacher here!)

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Why would she fall for Shin Hyuk? That guy was an ass towards her most of the time.

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Oh my goodness!, I really feel like the viewers are watching two different shows! I just blows my mind on the opposite views that we are all seeing/interpreting. I have been going back and re-watching the episodes on DF while waiting for new episodes on Vicki to pop up. (I like to do this to see if there is any difference in translation). Anyways, what I see remains the same...

Tapioca Pearl, I agree with everything that you have said above and in all your other posts. "This SH loved her before..." argument is just killing me. And I keep seeing this over and over not just on this site but others as well. Maybe they are showing two different dramas, because apparently some people are missing certain clues that SJ was falling for her before her transformation. WARNING THE FOLLOWING WILL BE LONG, AND I'LL PROBABLY GET CUT OFF BUT I FEEL LIKE I NEED TO POINT SOME ADDITIONAL THINGS OUT

First of all, when SH comes to the realization that he likes HJ (which was very cute to see the wheels turning in his head btw), and tells her, SJ had already started developing feelings for her. But before I start with SJ, I'll stay with SH a little first:

YES, he told HJ that he thought she was pretty a couple of times. The situations that they were in allowed him that opportunity as they were talking as friends. He also said the same thing to HaRi.

He attached to HJ so quickly because she was so gullible, and he could have fun joking with her at her expense. I imagine that everyone else at Most magazine was so used to his antics that they just ignored him ( as evident with the spider thing-hilarious). So when HJ came to Most and fell for all his jokes, that brought some fun back for him. She was his amusement. If you go back and look at those beginning episodes, she was CLEARLY annoyed with him when he teased her. It was only until he told her that she reminded him of his "little sister" did she accept his teasing as a sibling thing although she still found it annoying.
So, when his source of amusement is gone on a business trip and no one is responding the way he wants them to with his spider gag, he's now missing her. Now when he finds out she and SJ are alone, and there could be a possibility of sparks happening, we see the first hint of jealousy as he rushes to meet them. Its even more evident when he thumbs through the pictures that SJ took of HJ on the beach. And then when she tells him she is going to tell SJ the truth, and now we are back to the wheels turning in his head and the confession.

Now for SJ:
I believe he starting looking at her differently after she told him off at the airport. You could see him starting to show signs that he is starting to care for her even before the business trip - ie: he was so busy watching HJ feed SH that he ran into the car ahead of him-a little jelousy there; How he tried to care for her on the DL when she got sick-cold medicine, the onion - the sincere smile he got when she drew a smiley...

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....... smiley face on it, catching her head before she fell over when she was sleep from the cold medicine (even though he later dropped it in order not to get caught, lol); getting on the bus to make sure she got home safely, allowing her to sleep on his shoulder; THE WHOLE BUSINESS TRIP - was it not evident there? AGAiN, they did a little montage of a good majority of these things in HJ's head, to show her the clues as well.

Then again, maybe we are getting different versions.....

One thing I think that maybe we all can agree on is that people who wanted a SH-HJ relationship do not see the chemistry between the main leads, and the people who are happy with the SJ-HJ relationship see lots of chemistry.

Sorry so long, I see there have been a lot of post since I started this. But just felt the need to write it.

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@ Tapioca Pearl,

I probably should have put all this in a separate post, but when I saw you address the ..."Before..." argument, I wanted to chime in as well, but I guess it turned into a bit of a rant.

I appreciate all your posts Tapioca Pearl :)

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@kdnotsonebie49, thank you, that's very kind of you to say. I try to be fair and thoughtful in my comments because I love this show to bits.

Nice breakdown of the two guys though. Wish we didn't have to defend Sung-joon so much!

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Bravo. Bravo. Couldn't have said it better myself.

There is much to be said for recognizing the healthier of the two characters.

Kim Shin Hyuk uses "clowning" to cover up his feelings. It's his way to keep from feeling vulnerable - to make everything a joke. But he can do serious well - his last scene with Jackson proved it.

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I just don't get why the viewers turn differences of opinion into a "war" between crazy Siwon's fans and PSJ lovers !

To answer your question, in my case being a "SH shipper" (don't really like to say it like that) has nothing to do with Siwon being an idol. Of course I heard about him before but I'm not into kpop and I've never seen him in any other drama. I started this drama because I like the two main leads and ended liking SH. :)

People often talk about how silly and immature SH is. Being adopted at twelve, he must have had hardships too but he's the kind of person who try to focus on the good things and enjoy life as it is. True, he makes silly jokes (but hey we're watching a comedy) but I don't think that he's immature. When the situation calls for it, he's also the one who takes care of things : not only about saving MOST, but also when HJ was fired he was the one to support her and to make SJ realise his own feelings, or in the situation between Ha Ri and Hye Jin. And the way he loves HJ is definitely not immature, in my opinion the way he loves her is really beautiful.
I think it's really important to have someone who will be there when you need him, someone who can listen to you and be attentive (and both SH and SJ are like that) but it's even better if that person can make you laugh when you're filling down. Maybe, it's because I'm older than you, or maybe it's just personnal preference... Life is not always rainbows and flowers, so having someone beside you who can make you smile on the worst day is a gift.

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Thank you! This is a really nice way to explain why you like Shin-hyuk better. A lot people on this board who like Shin-hyuk (whether or not they're Siwon fans) do it while tearing Sung-joon apart even though both guys are more similar than different.

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Agree with Tapioca_pearl! This is how you properly fangirl/boy over your favorite characters, take notes! You don't do it bringing down another char only to bring one up.

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Your thoughts explains really well why I liked SH's character. Thank you for this!

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I'm watching this drama now - and I'm very new to k-dramas and don't engage with Korean pop culture at all- I just came upon this one day when I was looking for something to pass the time, so I'm very uninformed. I only vaguely realized the actor for Shin-Hyuk had to be someone famous, because they did a reaction shot after apparently his band being mentioned in one episode?

But I just didn't find Sung-Joon respectful. He shows up at her parent's house abruptly to have yet another feelings conversation with her after her trying to shut that down a couple times already, he grabs her arm and pulls her around constantly, he forces her to stay places with her so he can corner her and have intense feeling talks that she's mostly just subjected to, and he's terribly mean to her at the beginning, because she "shares her name" with someone he cares about and he feels she isn't worthy of being associated with that person. Even after he realized it's her, there's still a lot of grabbing and jerking around. It might be a thing that I'm just unaware of as being part of k-dramas, but it makes me uneasy.

And for what it's worth, I've just derived a lot of joy from Shin-Hyuk as a character. I know it's a love story for the childhood romance, but I would have preferred SH and HJ ending up together. The most enjoyment I got out of the show was from each character individually and together. SJ's scenes were pretty unsatisfying for me.

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This episode reminded me a wee bit of my favourite drama- Coffee Prince. The shy and yet ever loving heroine came back and stayed the night. The man child male lead who's willing to let his love to leave him( temporarily) to pursue her dream. Love sometimes means it's better when the other half has no regrets( in her life for giving up the opportunity).
Also, this is my first Siwon encounter ( yeah, I live under a rock ?)Bravo, Choi Siwon- you're a rare breed- an idol who can act and does it so well.Your doofus character here made me cringe, LOL and cry ( such sad and yet loving goodbyes).
I'm going to watch your previous work( King of Drama) now.... Thank you for your performance .

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he was so funny in King of Dramas. He plays the crazy goofball character so well

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If the writer does decide to write a wtf finale for the last episode then I'm just gona consider ep 15 as the finale. Everything feels right and the sent off was beautiful. ?
Please be fluff fillers ep 16! More sizzling wall kisses please especially!

I'm so sad that it's ending! I've loved this drama since ep 1. Gona get major SWP withdrawal and have to rewatch it again and again.....?

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My heart breaks with Shin Hyuk's goodbye. What in the world did he say to her? Something he said made her chuckle a little bit as if it is so typical of him to say .. What would that be? "See you in one year's time?" "It is not over till it is over" ? "Jackson, you are pretty"??? "I am dying to know.

The writer truly loves Shin Hyuk. I have a feeling this has to be the writer's favorite character to write for. There is enough silliness, zaniness, love, passion, manic energy but at the same time, Shin Hyuk has his moments of weakness, love and friendships. Choi Si Won really scored big when he got this role. What a great character to play.

It is too bad Hye Jin never gave Shin Hyuk a chance - I think they would make an adorable couple. That last goodbye scene gave me hope. Shin Hyuk really loved her - and she loved him back as well. The tears in her eyes while she listened to the recording - as well as - when they were reflecting on their moments together.

I was not thinking about Siwon's pending military enlistment while watching the goodbye scene but after this recap, I see the resemblance. Siwon's bidding goodbye to the audience too. Bittersweet.

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the writer truly loves Shin Hyuk... me too, me too...

I kept thinking if there is another drama out there that would pair Si Won with what's her name... just like they did with this drama, pairing what's her name with what's his name since he didn't get her in the multiple personalities drama...

Sorry, only Si Won matters, I can't remember anyone else's names cause I too truly love Shin Hyuk...

But even if they were paired up, it wouldn't be the same... I truly love Shin Hyuk

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oops...
Early morning disconnection of fingers and brain:

I kept thinking while watching if there will be a drama somewhere in the future that would pair...

sorry...

back to bed...

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You really should learn their names.

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What Sung Joon did by letting Hye Jin go to realise her dreams was exactly what Yoon Dong Ha did (also played by Park Seo Joon) and reunite with her in one year's time. Park Seo Joon characters will be labeled best boyfriends ever!!! Just hope it will be a happy ending next week.

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I find this episode really, really sweet that it won't make sense to make the last episode heartbreaking. I could understand why people would want HJ and Shinyuk to end up together. They are fun together, they laugh and joke around and they have chemistry. But if the girl doesn't see him as a love interest and sees the other one as her true love then just let her fall in love with the guy that makes her truly happy inside. I love HJ and SJ relationship. It's mature, honest and sincere. The double proposal was very cute and symbolizes the reciprocation of their feelings. It might be boring for some and fortunately, I find it refreshing and their moments together makes my heart flutter. As for Shinyuk, I've laughed too many times because of him but I have only seen him as a really good friend to HJ. It is actually a beautiful relationship between the two of them. Shinyuk is a sweet character who truly loved HJ and too bad 'coz it wasn't reciprocated the way he wants it to be. It is very manly of him to let go of her even if it hurts him truly. It is not a sign of defeat but rather a sign of true love for her. Shinyuk exited beautifully in this drama and made a great impact. Siwon was given a nice role and he will not be forgotten. But the main leads have a good story too that needs a great ending. For SJ who longed for her for too long and for HJ who honestly and truly loved SJ during his bad and good moments, I'd say, let them be. Siwon will get his girl the next time he do his drama. They all worked beautifully together and I think everyone worked hard to make their characters believable. I love the chemistry of the two leads, I love the story, I love all the characters and I am so in love with this story. Hoping for a most like ending where the characters are all happy in the most deserving way. Thumbs up for PSJ for another wonderful performance!

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I love your comment, @Poison Ivy! And agree with everything you wrote.

I see PSJ & HJE's chemistry as two childhood friends-turned lovers is as perfect as it is. Theirs is not like those steamy-hot romances where two sides are equally crazy for each other and shows it to the world. I can see their love from their eyes, how they stare at each other. It's sweet. And the double proposal! I loved it! HJ's proposal really came out of the blue, and I was sure I had the same shocked expression as Sung joon before laughing at it.

I love how the show in the end (or one episode till the end) emphasize that a person is not necessarily deemed to be pretty only by their physical appearance or by how another person sees them. The most important thing is how we see ourselves. Like HJ said, that she wanted to look pretty to herself, by doing something she really want to do.

With that, I was thinking what if this show was given the title "She IS Pretty" instead of "She WAS Pretty", would it be more suitable for the message it is trying to convey to its audience? Well, this is just an afterthought, after watching this episode.

I am looking forward to how they'll really end this after showing us an episode which can be easily regarded as the final episode, with a happy note. I am also a little nervous for the possibility of a non-happy ending after this, but I guess we'll eventually see it next week. Filler or not, I love this show so far, and fingers crossed that the finale won't disappoint!

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Thank you for the recap LollyPip. I’ve been waiting for it since forever. Hehehe!

I just love the simplicity of this show. No overdramatic plots, just a simple and cute love story of two people who were besties when they were younger. I agree with people saying that this show is character driven rather than plot driven. I love everything about this show except for those moments when SJ was so rude to HJ but thank goodness he was able to earn my love for him later on. SJ may lack social skills but he was a sincere person and it was his sincerity that made me love him more.

In as much as I was squeeing for SH since he is a cutie, I still love SJ for HJ. There was never a moment in this drama where HJ or SJ’s love for each other wavered and that is true love for me. SH was a perfect boyfriend material. True! But there are instances in life wherein perfect people aren’t perfect for us.

SJ and HJ’s scenes were so romantic for me. Some maybe childish but I can perfectly understand them. They’ve been friends since they were young therefore being together gives them the nostalgia of being young. It was so natural. (That’s how I am with my childhood bestie you can never control your childish behaviour, it just comes out naturally. Hehehe! ) SJ’s love-lines totally captured my heart. This is my first drama of PSJ and I can say that the man can really act. SJ and HJ’s love story maybe simple but relatable and that is what I love about it.

Am I the only person here who thinks that writer’s intention in the time skip was not solely for the growth of SJ and HJ’s character but more on for HR? It was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the scene of HJ packing up her things. Those two have been together forever and HJ moving out from her house to fulfill her dreams is less painful than HJ moving out because she is marrying SJ. For me it was the writer’s way of preparing HR for their inevitable separation in the future. At least when the time comes where HJ and SJ marries, HR is already independent from HJ. Being away from each other doesn’t mean end of friendship right?

I agree that episode 15 would already pass as a beautiful ending for this drama but if they will give us a more romantic and a happier ending who am I to complain? The show is screaming of a happy ending and I hope that they will stick with their promise and not ruin the whole vibe of the drama. Some may want an open ending for it to end realistically but come’ on we are already in living in a realistic world; can’t we have an unrealistic and happy ending in a drama? Hahaha! They say that getting married is not really a guarantee of a happy life, THAT I AGREE but married life doesn’t also tantamount to a sad/bitter life. Marriage is not the end because it is definitely a beginning in the lives of two people inlove. I want to see our couple getting married, a MOST-like wedding that they truly deserve!

This is my first drama of the four main leads and I can say...

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This is my first drama of the four main leads and I can say that they nailed their characters on this drama. I’ll be looking forward for their next dramas for sure!

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YES HopelessRomantic!! I'm one too! Couldn't have said it any better!

"SH was a perfect boyfriend material. True! But there are instances in life wherein perfect people aren’t perfect for us."
TRUE! TRUE!

"It was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the scene of HJ packing up her things. Those two have been together forever and HJ moving out from her house to fulfill her dreams is less painful than HJ moving out because she is marrying SJ. For me it was the writer’s way of preparing HR for their inevitable separation in the future. At least when the time comes where HJ and SJ marries, HR is already independent from HJ. Being away from each other doesn’t mean end of friendship right?
I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING!

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That "preparing HR for being independent"... I like your being thoughtful in considering this matter...

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I feel that, too. She's too motherly. And the ending was a dead give away. She completely forgot about him when she turned after seeing him off. There was no regret, pain or turmoil on her face as she faces her new life. For her, this was her future, not him.

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I love both Park Seo Joon and Siwon before this drama. I felt Park Seo Joon has loads more chemistry with Uhm Jung Hwa in Witch's Romance despite the age difference than with Hwang in this show. Actually I didn't feel she had so much chemistry with Siwon either.

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hahaha yess! totally agree about the chemistry between Park Seo Joon and Uhm Jung Hwa.
I really misss the character Yoon Dong Ha - I just marathoned With's romance again! hahaha

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He had tons of chemistry with Uhm Jung-hwa, but man, the production wasted a lot of that chemistry by using soooo much of that drama's time with the other guy.

But referring to your last sentence, I think what you mean is that Hwang Jung-eum and Siwon's chemistry doesn't feel romantic because she doesn't reciprocate his feelings in the show. They definitely have a lot platonic chemistry. I believe they're very good friends in real life, and I'm happy to see that kind of chemistry played out in this show.

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Ok, Witch's Romance was RIDONK in the chemistry dept. It was oozing all over my tv screen. The middle part of the drama was I agree, wasted, on that ex of hers. It didn't help that Dong Ha was an emotional wreck of a rollercoaster. But mannnn did it all pay off in the end??!! Seriously am considering marathoning it.

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I just wished it had paid off earlier! (Read: more kisses, more happy Dong-ha, more sexy times.)

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@tapioca pearl - Definitely agree with you that it felt like platonic/ friendzone chemistry between Siwon and Hwang Jung-eum than romantic/sexual chemistry.

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Curly haired Hye Jin is baccckkk!Hurray

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I’m a silent lurker but I thoroughly enjoy reading all the comments here. It’s interesting to see it from other people’s perspective. Sometimes it feels like I’m watching a different show lol.

All the characters are oddly relatable and I think that what the made the show so enjoyable. As for the ships, I didn’t see the chemistry with SH. Honestly, he seemed more like a goofy older brother then a potential love interest. Usually I’m in love with the second lead, but the whole SH & HJ seemed too one-sided to me. HJ made it very clear it was always and it will always be SJ and she never led him to believe otherwise.

I can completely understand why SH fell for HJ, she’s a warm and caring person. If I can be honest, SH constantly pushing his feelings on her as a joke was a bit uncomfortable to watch. His forcefulness and his complete disregard for HJ’s feelings were bordering creepy imo. No means no. Not interested means not interested. It’s not cute even if it’s wrapped in a joke coming out of a gorgeous face. However, I do like SH as a character. He’s a bit weird, but he’s a nice guy.

I prefer SJ even with his flaws. He gets her and it’s absolutely adorable. He understands her even when she rambles incoherently, he knows what to say to encourage her, remembers all the little details about her, and most importantly he isn’t forceful with his feelings. When he first confessed, he only wanted to tell how he felt and that’s it. When she was avoiding him because HR liked him, he gave her the time she needed. He waited for her to come to him on her own time when she was ready. There are so many instances where he put his feelings aside for her.

With SJ there is a change in her and she actually feels something. The kiss scenes she seems nervous, when he smiles at her she is practically glowing, and when he is sad it affects her. There is a difference when SJ teases her and when SH teases her. With SJ’s it’s cute and playful but with SH it always felt he was making her the butt of the joke.
SJ and HJ just works for me. His confessions are genuinely sweet because he means every word. The proposal scene just show how much in tune they are that even their rings match lol.

Overall, it's a cute show and I liked it. All the actors are new to me, but I will definitely checking out all their future dramas. Hopefully, EP 16 will be a filler episode where everyone gets their own happy ending

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Oh, easypeasy - well said! Please de-lurk more often ?

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Park Seo Joon is getting a little overshadowed here by Siwon, but he's really done a great job in this role. Sung Joon was written in an incredibly unsympathetic manner at first, and frankly I'm not sure that the director and writer totally knew what they were doing with him at the start (seriously, he came off as an ass), but Park Seo Joon has done a wonderful job of really layering in a deep, abiding fondness for Hye Jin.

I'm sure the fact that it's Hwang Jung-Eum is a help, since they already have a close relationship, but PSJ is absolutely nailing the way he smiles almost to himself, when he's so delighted by her. In other dramas that one-year-separation makes no sense to me, but here I genuinely believed that he would not only accept that, but he knew it was coming, might have actually intended to do it himself, but also loves her so much that he wants her to be able to make the announcement/decision.

Shik Hyun clearly loves Hye Jin, but he is also constantly pushing her into things that she doesn't necessarily like doing. He likes her because she's fun, but if she decided to stop allowing him to mess with her... I don't know that we saw that side of him. Meanwhile Sung Joon just wants her to be beside him, because that fact alone makes him content. And while that's easily scripted, it is not always convincingly acted, but PSJ makes it look like the most simple thing in the world: she delights him, when she takes care of him he's touched, when she teases him he's happy, and when she finds something that makes her light up, he wants her to pursue it because he's got a longer game in mind: he wants to see her lit up for the rest of their lives.

To an extent he did this in Witch's Romance too, but there's definitely a subtle difference here. Anyhow: the ability to project that trait is a rarity, and I hope he gets a ton more work to show it off.

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That against-the-wall kiss though..
I won't complain if you give us hundreds of that before the curtain closes at the last episode :)

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I'm not watching this drama currently but can I ask one? IS there a majority second syndrome or its just me? just by reading the review`?

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Well I think it's about half and half, haha. Somehow this drama has a LOT of scenes that people interpret very differently...so depending on how you interpret the scenes, you'd fall into either of the two ships.

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I looooooooooooooooooooooove KKHH.. You shouldn't have reminded of that movie.. it gives me the feels

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I loved that movie when I first saw it. Still listen to that song, can sing it even though I don't speak Hindi.

But looking back, it's kind of a terrible premise! So no, this would be terrible to base a drama on, much less a sequel to She Was Pretty.

Siwon and HJE can just make a new drama, if that's what you really want. That's what she did with PSJ.

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what? are you kiddin? you seriously want Kajol with Salman khan.. we are so done here! I'm out!

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It's a cliche for a reason, right? We still love it.

It's so interesting that you had SLS in that movie though. The part that always creeped me out in KKHH was when Aman neck-hugged her from behind in like the dark woods (was it raining?) and proposed to her. The fact that it was Salman Khan didn't help either.

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I'm not Indian but I loved alot of SRK movies especially anything with him an Kajol is dope and seriously from the bottom of my heart these 2 are the best screen couple worldwide.. I have never seen a better couple then these 2.

I remember rewatching Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge again and again ang again..

I loved the story-line where he meets her kinda lost in switzerland and they develope this hilarious love-dovey thing with alot of comedy and jokingly flirty scenes. Kajol and SRK were made for each other to enter the screen together. I also enjoyed there other movies like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham OMG.. that movie was seriously one of the best.. where he rans away with her because his father is vicious

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I was SRK-fan from mid 2000 until late and still am huge fan but don't follow him around anymore because at the end of 2000s he gained age and faded becasue he can't continue to do these love-dovey that I liked about him then as the same time while 2000s were ending I found Go Jun pyo... who reminded me of srk because srk could love women on another dimension and level bc he has this insanity about him when he loves a woman and it comes across authenic, thats what I found in Go jun pyo.. he was madly and insanely in love with Jan Di, so it created a replay-srk emotions for me. since then I have been a LMH-fan..

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OMG. this brings memories back to me. I loved KKHH and anything with SRK by the way I'm arab and we watch everything that is good basically. SRK-Kajol pairing is the best I agree. use to ship them hard.

I also overlapsed to LMH-fan after I watched boys over flowers then jumped to Engin Akyurek a turkish actor in the popular drama Fatmagül'ün Suçu Ne? his character name is kerim he actully reminds of Jun pyo because of hairstyle and bad temper. SRK has similar character to these 2 in the movie Chalte chalte where he follows around this girl basically everywhere even to greece that was crazy and cute. I think SRK-LMH-Engin Akyurek have all strong resemblance about each other. they have charismatic aura and truely love in a obsessive ways that appears real and you got sucked into them. I believe that there fans have also overlapsed into each other example there is alot of srk-Akyurek fans who are LMH fans in turkey and in the middle east

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@Zah Kuch Kuch Hota Hai sounds so interesting - think someone else (maybe you?) mentioned it before in other comments on Dramabeans as well. Will look it up, thanks for taking time to describe it.

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Plus, SRK is one of very few actors who still looks cute to be paired with a lot younger actresses...

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Yes, to the last episode be completely fluffy and sexual situations lol come on, these people are in their 30s, it's okay for them to, you know, have sex lives. I loooooove the rare reality glimpses of the show ie. No useless misunderstands, endless noble sacrifices... It'd be nice to see mature, loving relationship from the OTP. Maybe they both quit their jobs and have an onion farm lol Onion couple fighting!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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"Maybe they both quit their jobs and have an onion farm lol Onion couple fighting!!!! ❤️❤️❤️"

LOL! XD

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This episode had a TON of great, squeeworthy moments that had me grinning like a maniac!
So many touching scenes too. I loveeeee seeing the good times between Hye Jin + Sung Joon and Hye Jin + Ha Ri! Glad I got to watch more Ha Ri scenes. Everyone is making their dreams come true.

Hye Jin looks so gorgeous in the ending scene! Love her hair. She looks so happy and bright!!!

This episode really felt like a finale. Everything feels so good that I don't know what to expect with the actual finale. Just please be good and sweet and happy!

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Am I the only one who was rooting for Shin Hyuk to get the girl? I mean he made so many sacrifices for Hye Jin and has liked her sincerely from the very beginning, even before the makeover. And his sacrifices were so deep and thoughtful that it just tugs at the heartstrings.

I get that that's probably not where the drama is going but I just feel for him...he deserves some validation after all he has done. And I hope the ending validates him in some way. Sung Joon's not bad but he wasn't the best person...especially in the beginning and he only became sincere towards Hye Jin when he started to suspect that she's his childhood friend. Am I the only one who finds the love conditional? Though...kudos to him for letting her go to be a writer. Sung Joon's character as it was written is a bit lacking as hero. I think they could have done more in the plot to help us want to sincerely really root for him.

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Everything you said about Sung-joon is wrong.

And do you think Shin-hyuk is deserving of someone who chooses him as a second choice? No, he should be with someone who chooses him first, like we all deserve to be. Why would it feel better for Hye-jin to be with him after being with Sung-joon?

I think his character is validated. He is someone that Hye-jin sees worth in and cares about. He's earned the respect of Sung-joon and the entire Most team. He's got loving parents and family to go home to. I love him. The audience loves him. Validation.

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Agree (again) with Tapioca on this. Even should HJ decide to leave SJ, that doesn't mean automatically that she'll run to SH. She never loved him, and they would remain as friends.

And agree with the validation part. Although SH didn't get the girl, that doesn't mean he's a loser. He saved the day and helped out his MOST friends.

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I agree with tapioca. It was just so unfair that the writer wasn't able to highlight that qualities of SJ that HJ fell inlove with at the very beginning that's why his character wasn't likable at first. I mean HJ loved him for a reason definitely not just because he was her first love. Each and everyone has his/her perception of who is a perfect for us. Yes SH was nice and fun to be with but I guess it wasn't the qualities of a man HJ was looking for. Just like HJ, I do not want someone who tells me what to do like SH but someone who gives me his opinion but still allows me to decide for myself just like SJ. :)

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@tapioca pearl: Ooh, my.... I'm speechless, I love the way you elaborate your description on things...

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I feel that if this were a real life situation then shin hyuk and hye jin would have ended up together !!!!

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Omo!

In the previous episodes, many viewers supported SH. Starting from episode 14, viewers have started to support SJ.

I personally loved PSJ's act in the previous episodes, but I kind of miss sparks in his eyes in this episode. Sorry, PSJ. I need that 'feel': smiling in front of my PC screen, unable to sleep because the scenes keep playing on my mind, laughing while doing laundry. It's silly of course, but a good execution can give me such effects.

And, this episode is like a finale to me. So, if they probably have a sad ending, but I want a happy one, I'll make this episode as an ending.

However, it's good to have a twist for this episode. I believe we didn't expect this show would turn HJ into her previous appearance. So, let's wait for whatever-the-ending-would-be-like.

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And, this is my first drama where the viewers divides themselves into two groups: SH lovers and SJ lovers as well as SH-HJ shippers and SJ-HJ shippers. Well, it's okay. It's just a drama, anyway, not a battlefield. lol. For me myself, it's not about "WHO the actor/actress is" but about "HOW they execute their roles; their facial expression, their intonation, their body language, and so on".

Maybe, just maybe, we have to clearly differentiate between these two things: CRITICIZING CHARACTER in a drama and CRITICIZING EXECUTION. Those are definitely two DIFFERENT things. So, we won't mix the former up with the latter.

Cheers.

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@Cinnamon

Of course, who an actor/actress is and how they execute a role are inseparable. But also, the character of a drama and the execution of that character are not separate either. Characters don't exist fully fleshed out on the page - they are largely interpreted by the actor. So, in some sense, if you don't like a character, it could be intentional on the part of the actor to create an unlikeable character, or it could be that you simply don't like the character because the actor's execution is lacking.

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Haha. I know, I even find it difficult to put what's on my mind into words. Okay, like this, I love PSJ as an actor and how he portrays his role/character here, but SJ is not my favorite character. He's lonely, depressed, though finally he can be back on track (as a normal person) after finding HJ. In this drama, I love HJ as a character because she is caring and forgiving (things that should be possessed by human beings to be considered kind), and how she handles her friendship with SH. If I were her, maybe I would just leave SH simply because I didn't love him but he confessed his feelings and kept lingering around and that made our friendship awkward and uncomfortable. But, she stays. I like SH as a character because he is spontaneous. Although to HJ sometimes he might be annoying (keeps doing pranks and pushing her to do what he wants), but having a friend like him is truly a gift.

Your "it could be that you simply don’t like the character because the actor’s execution is lacking" doesn't apply. I don't love villains because the actors portray the roles well. I would love the actors for succeeding in portraying their roles but villain is villain. That's not a character to be rooted because we have already had something in mind: good attitude or bad attitude. I might love a villain character because, let's say, although he is completely a jerk to women, he cares so much about his mom. That's a good side of a character no matter how lacking the execution might be (e.g. unconvincing facial expression).

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"Your “it could be that you simply don’t like the character because the actor’s execution is lacking” doesn’t apply."

It applies lots of times, because we're disappointed with a character when the actor's portrayal isn't very good - a great example would be Hye-Jin - her character was extremely hard to like in early episodes and is still occassionally because of HJE's relatively ridiculous performance at times. She can't do comedy, and when she tries, it falls very flat.

I think you are right that PSJ is a good actor - he's very watchable. There are a number of inconsistencies with his character that his acting helps us to forget about.

CSW is also quite wonderful in this role. I've not seen him before - so I don't know if he has range. He seems better suited to film than television - he's got a BIG presence!

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And, If I were HJ, I would choose SJ because I loved him and he's the one I wanted to be with. It's not because I love PSJ (actor) or how good PSJ portrays his role to be lovable so that I want them to be together no matter what. It's simply because their character fits each other.

It happens to SH. I love his character. SH is lovable and he might be a character we expect to meet in real life, but he doesn't fit HJ's need. We cannot expect HJ to accept SH only because we feel SH is perfect (from our perspective as viewers).

Thus, the more annoying, for example, a villain to us as viewers the more successful he is as an actor. Is the character likable? In conclusion: We might hate the character, but we (must) love the actor. No?

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Oooo! Well said cinnamon! :)

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I also think that the characters of SJ and HJ are well suited to each other. Of course, they were written that way! :-)

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i must say whole korea supporting sj, he is really popular, it doesn't meean sh is bad, but as actors CSW is far way from PSJ.CSW has to learn much more.as an actor they should able to act anything, comedy, thriller, melo,action any of these. CSW has improved here but we can see only comical side, if you watch Poseidon you may understand how far he has to go. but PSJ he never disappoints me, even in "choronicals of eveil" he did a great job, it proves he is versatile actor, i wish he will be a good actor who is unforgettable, not like other actors these days.
i am not CSW's anti fan, i really like him.and of course PSJ.

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Lucky for PSJ that, without exception, every man, woman and child in his home country supports him.

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Haha. I got your point. I'm neither an anti fan nor a fan (and hating other) of one of the male leads here since I like both of them (PSJ and CSW). I agree with you that CSW (compared to PSJ) still needs more dramas to explore different characters. I hope he'll get more role offers after finishing his military service. I still give PSJ a higher credit for his portrayal of SJ. Only, maybe it's just me, I don't really feel 'something' after exchanging ring scene. Or, maybe the writer and the director just wanted it that way. I don't know. Seems like I just have to look more on how love might be portrayed. It is apparently not a pit-a-pat love kind of thing. It's a mature (?) love.

However, the friendship between HJ and HR is