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Cheese in the Trap: Episode 2

Another strong episode continues the positive momentum from yesterday’s premiere, and we get much more of a lot of things: a deepening of the relationships, an intriguing glimpse of the hero’s backstory, cuteness, and a heavier undercurrent of angst.

And now that we see more of the developing plotline, I start to see a little of why Cheese in the Trap has amassed its fanbase. It’s not something you can get from the setup alone or hearing it described, because the appeal of the story is in the interactions and characters, and how they fit goether—there’s a loose, episodic feel to the surface events, which are rooted in a stronger emotional base. So the characters and the world grows on you the more you see of them, but describing the day-to-day plots don’t convey the actual feeling of the show.

The good news is, the cast and director have already shown they know how to work with the material to preserve that effect, so I feel my confidence growing in the show. It’s a tentative faith, but on the right trajectory.

(Side note: If you’re experiencing some wonkiness on the site today, we apologize! We’ve been coming across glitches too, and hope they’ll be resolved soon. They’re driving us nuts too.)

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EPISODE 2 RECAP

Jung materializes in Seol’s class unexpectedly, throwing Seol into a panic. As the professor starts wrapping up the lecture, Seol quickly packs her belongings, bolting out of her chair the instant class is over. Jung calls after her, but she zooms off before he can even finish saying the word “lunch.”

He tries again another day as she walks across campus, catching up to her to invite her to lunch. She mutters an excuse, but he continues walking behind her for a spell, spiking her indignation. But when she whirls to confront him, she starts to argue before realizing he’s already left, ha.

“The suspicious sunbae began acting in suspicious ways,” Seol tells us.

One day he squeezes his way onto her elevator, and she lies that she’s already eaten while clutching a meal ticket and trying to hide a growling stomach. She shrinks in mortification, while he seems to find her amusing.

“No matter how I struggled to avoid him, I’m certain he’s doing this on purpose,” she thinks as she spots him in the stairwell, bolts in the other direction, and knocks over a group of students.

She finally decides it’s time to talk it out, and starts by bowing deeply at the waist, apologizing for accusing him of canceling her class, and asking him to forgive her. Jung withholds his forgiveness until she agrees to eat a meal with him, which is how, finally, he gets that dinner together.

She picks the simplest option—store-bought triangle kimbap—despite him wanting to buy her something nicer. She notices that Jung doesn’t know how to unwrap his properly, having never had it before, and gives him hers. When he thanks her, she’s struck for a moment before warning herself firmly not to be taken in by his smile. “That guy is just like a snake,” she thinks, “all sly—”

“I’m sorry,” Jung says, taking the wind out of her sails. He admits he’s pestered her a lot about eating together, but he’d only wanted a chance to talk. He says he understands her reaction to the class snafu, and he’s so nice that Seol has to keep reminding to herself to stay firm, even as her thoughts get confused: “He’s sly, like a snake! He’s sly. Is he?… Is he not?”

She tells him it’s okay, and that she should have bought this dinner, and Jung just tells her to buy the next time. She finds herself agreeing despite herself, and is once against convinced of his snake-like charms.

As they head out, Seol deliberately picks the direction opposite to his, eager to get away. Just then, she runs into a hoobae friend who just started school, AH-YOUNG, who’s immediately smitten by Jung’s good looks.

Seol grudgingly makes the introductions, then pulls the girl away, warning Ah-young to be wary of guys who look nicer than they are. “I just want you to pick a guy carefully,” she says. Ah-young asks, “How do I pick a guy?” Something tells me she’ll figure it out.

That night, our rumpled drifter Baek In-ho arrives on campus, having heard this is where Jung goes to school. He wanders for a while and asks a man where to find the business administration building. The man instructs him to follow him and In-ho does, wondering if he’s a professor, apparently missing the signs (grimy appearance, rank smell) that point more to homeless.

Seol starts dreaming that Jung keeps asking her to eat together, and wakes up to his voice with a groan. She heads to campus and bumps into the homeless man, and notices that he’s set up camp off to the side—where In-ho apparently slept the night like a fellow hobo.

In-ho calls out to her to ask for directions and is affronted when she ignores him, which makes him even pushier as he asks where to find the business department. He tries to hold her back and she falls to the ground, just as campus police come running to catch the homeless ajusshi.

The homeless man orders In-ho to run, and the two men end up running across campus, taking cover behind piles of trash.

Seol rushes to class feeling frazzled, unable to print out a report for class thanks to the run-in with In-ho. But her laptop broke in her fall, and when she asks her classmates to borrow theirs, they all turn her down.

Jung notices her predicament and offers his computer to her, and she needs it too much to refuse. As the professor begins class, Seol madly retypes her report, not even registering when the professor is ready to single her out for not paying attention to the lecture.

Jung jumps in before Seol gets scolded and asks a question about the material that impresses the professor enough that she continues with her lecture, allowing Seol to continue writing. She’s still not done by the time class is over, so Jung steps in again, offering to be the one to collect the reports and deliver them to the professor’s office.

With twenty minutes till he has to hand in the stack, Jung sits by quietly as Seol writes. The attention is distracting, and she tells him that his staring bothers her.

“I’m glad,” he replies, to her surprise. “Because you bother me a lot too,” he adds. (“Bother” in this sense suggests something like “I keep thinking about you.”)

It startles her, but there’s no time to dwell on it. She rushes to print, only to find her account is too low on funds, which makes her wail (internally) in frustration. Jung leans over her to log in with his ID, totally calm while Seol has a minor freak-out about being trapped in his arms.

She thanks him sincerely for his help today, and Jung adds to his list of helpful gestures by offering his notes from today’s class. Jealous Joo-yeon happens by to witness their exchange, clocking Jung’s niceness and Seol’s gratitude with slitted eyes.

After he leaves, she makes catty comments to Seol about being a hypocrite to act disinterested while flirting on the downlow, and tells her not to get her hopes up. Jung’s just nice to everyone.

In-ho wanders campus aimlessly, not sure why he bothered coming. He takes a call from a friend at a construction site, who warns him to lie low from the boss. In-ho’s not worried, though, saying he quit that job and has nothing to worry about.

This conversation informs us that In-ho didn’t finish high school—his friend calls it an expulsion, while In-ho calls a voluntary quitting. He eyes the students on campus with something like wistfulness, then takes a slip of information from the student job board.

Jung turns in the reports to the office, and the assistant professor asks about his plans to graduate early and go abroad. Jung says he won’t be graduating early after all, and intends to attend every semester he has left: “In all the time I’ve been attending school, right now is the most fun.”

Joo-yeon drops by the office later and sees the reports sitting on the counter, and in a moment of spite, she swipes Seol’s from the pile. Agh, like you weren’t hateable enough already? She’s surprised at herself for doing it, and does a bad job hiding it when Seol comes across her path and sees the paper in her hand.

Caught red-handed, Joo-yeon says it wasn’t right that Seol should benefit from Jung’s help, assuming Seol didn’t write it herself. Seol asks if she likes Jung so much that she’d stoop this low, and Joo-yeon retorts that yes, she does. Furthermore, if Seol thinks that dangling after Jung will get him to pay her special attention like he does to Joo-yeon, she’s mistaken.

Too bad for her, Jung overhears this conversation, and he tells Joo-yeon that he’ll forget what he heard—but he never paid her special attention.

The professor refuses to accept Seol’s late paper, but Jung arrives and takes the blame for leaving it behind accidentally. The professor accepts the story and the paper, with the caveat that she can’t give it more than a B+ grade considering its tardiness. It’s mostly a relief, though Seol worries that she has to pull perfect scores on the remaining assignments now.

She thanks Jung yet again for his help, and Jung encourages her to buck up, promising to help her on the remaining grades. She wonders if he’s being sincere, just as Jung starts to ask her to eat lunch with him. But he catches himself, remembering that she doesn’t eat lunch. Aw, something tells me he could’ve asked her today.

The boys of the department take a vote of which girl in their department has the prettiest face, and Eun-taek is adorably biased in Bora’s favor, and happy when she wins. Bora storms in and breaks up the vote, calling it childish, and is affronted to hear that Seol was at the bottom of the vote pile. She decides she has to do something about it, and settles upon a blind date. The logic is a little sideways, but I suppose it’s to show Seol’s appeal to men.

Eun-taek is all set to be upset that Bora got set up to go out with a really hot guy, but brightens in a flash when she says she’ll set up Seol instead. Seol is more concerned with studying, but her friends pester her to agree to go.

Their trio comes across Jung’s trio in the library lobby, and Jung pulls his arm free of Jealous Joo-yeon and offers to find Seol a seat inside, declining the one Joo-yeon saved for him.

But Seol thinks of another idea and asks to borrow Eun-taek’s club’s empty room, studying all day in there. Later that night Joo-yeon walks by to see her out on the terrace, and she’s still feeling spiteful; when she’s accosted by the drunk homeless man for money, she directs him to Seol’s building, promising that the girl there will give him what he wants.

The man stumbles inside the dark building, dropping his bottle in the hall with a loud crash. Seol starts at the sound of the shattering glass and hears the loud mumbling, which spooks her.

Joo-yeon finds Jung and feigns concern over Seol’s safety, telling him that she’d seen Seol get into an altercation with a homeless man. Jung initially alerts to Seol’s name, but his face hardens as Joo-yeon goes on with the lie and says Seol was upset yesterday because she couldn’t handle that Joo-yeon and Jung were close.

Jung gets into his car and says Seol will be fine, and Joo-yeon smiles at his lack of interest. But he adds that she ran all the way across campus to find him, rather than next door to campus security: “You caused a situation, you solve it.” Hm, that’s a chilly way to respond.

Seol tries to slip quietly out of the building without running into the drunk hobo, but he catches her on the stairwell and grabs her arm. Seol recoils as he waves around his broken bottle and struggles against his grip, but the glass cuts through the air and into her arm.

Thankfully, security guards arrive in time to apprehend the man and help her up.

The next day, Jung finds Seol and asks about her bandaged arm, which she says is a minor scrape from a can of tuna. Jung must know it’s a lie, and he just leads her outside and insists on tending to her arm. (The song punctuates the moment: “Oh, you must always hate me, I sometimes hate myself too…”)

As Jung dresses her injury, he asks why she suffers for the sake of others—she ought to take care of herself first, before thinking of the other person: “I’m saying this because I’m concerned. If you’re going through something difficult, don’t keep it inside and say so. I’ll help you.”

Seol thinks, “This feels different now from all the other times.”

He mentions Joo-yeon, but before he can say anything, Seol says that Joo-yeon likes him a lot, so it must’ve upset her to see Jung’s attention toward Seol. She asks if she’s been too forward in saying that, but he smiles and remarks, “You’re interesting.”

Bossy sunbae Sang-chul bullies his classmate into letting him see his project from his class last year, snatching his laptop away and handing it to Seol, telling her to find the files for him. She starts looking, but finds instead a folder containing incriminating photos—the party receipts that outed Sang-chul as a thief last year. The laptop owner grabs the computer away and they exchange stricken looks, and she promises not to say a word.

That confirms that she was wrong in suspecting Jung of being the informant, which fills her with new guilt. She finds Jung and returns his class notes, and surprises him by lingering, working up the nerve to say something. He’s even more surprised when she offers to buy him a meal.

“I think I’ve misunderstood you a lot,” she says. “Last year, and this year too. I’m a little sensitive, so I sometimes judge people and misunderstand them…”

He agrees with that, and she promises to fix that about herself. Jung pulls out his phone and suggests a sel-ca together, ignoring her ineffectual protests. The picture comes out less than attractive (he insists it’s cute), but he cheerfully refuses to delete it.

The computer owner/informant happens by to see them looking friendly, and it sends him flashing back to last year, when he’d left that drinking party fuming about Sang-chul and his bullying ways.

Jung had caught him on his exit, saying sympathetically that he understands how he feels, and that everyone knows Sang-chul’s in the wrong. He’d even prodded, “Are you going to keep letting him pick on you?” He’d offered him the receipt for the party, merely asking him to pass it along to Sang-chul and letting the informant figure out the rest.

Seol’s hoobae Ah-young calls to suggest lunch together, then asks Seol if she could help set her up with Jung. Seol thinks it over, and agrees.

The next day, Bora and Eun-taek ambush her on campus, attacking her with a makeover to make her ready for her blind date at 6 o’clock. She wobbles to class feeling highly self-conscious, hiding her face behind notebooks. Jung looks at her in surprise, but seems to find her pretty.

Hoobae Ah-young texts her about meeting up, and Seol decides today’s a good a day as any to set them up. She checks that Jung is free after class for their dinner date and gives Ah-young the okay, and the girls feign surprise when they “coincidentally” run into each other in the cafeteria.

So Ah-young joins them and they converse lightly before Seol moves into matchmaker mode. She goes conspicuously overboard, heaping on the flattery so much that it gets a little uncomfortable. When she suggests, “The two of you would suit really well,” it goes over like a lead balloon.

Seol excuses herself early, and Ah-young comments how pretty she looks today. She mentions Seol’s blind date today and hopes the guy is nice, and Jung suddenly looks rather unhappy about it.

In-ho applies for a job at a fancy restaurant, barreling forward in the interview in his straight-spoken, blunt way that’s one part refreshing, five parts jarring. He’s an interesting contradiction, displaying a lack of social graces despite having a direct line to money (courtesy of “the chairman”), although he seems penniless at the moment.

In-ho is rejected for the job, then recognizes one of the diners—it’s Seol, on her date with a rich guy who’s busy blowing smoke up his own ass. The date asks questions that are really just excuses for him to brag about all the far-flung places he’s been and all the exotic hobbies he enjoys, throwing around names of classical pieces and bits of English.

He finds her boring and provincial, and the date is going nowhere fast. It’s In-ho who steps in, tired of hearing the date blather on about himself, and he freely insults both the guy and Seol’s taste. The men almost come to blows, but Seol jumps in to point out that he can’t afford the ramifications of messing with this guy.

She starts to leave, but her date stops her with a scornful comment about her unfashionable style. At that, she storms up to him and gives him what-for, and points out all the mistakes he made while bragging (using the wrong words), and tells him not to use English lest he embarrass himself. In-ho chuckles, calling her nuts (apparently a plus in his book), and the date beats a hasty retreat, unnerved by the two of them.

Seol limps painfully home in her heels, and stops short to see Jung standing outside. She asks about his dinner with Ah-young, which makes Jung laughs to himself, maybe a little bitterly.

“I thought we’d gotten to be good friends lately,” he says. “But there was a reason you approached me.” His face shutters, and he says bitingly, “You’re just like everyone else.”

Taken aback and unable to say anything, Seol is dismayed as he continues, “It’s quite difficult to eat a meal with you.” He walks off.

In-ho finds Seol’s phone left behind at the restaurant, and flips through the address book intending to return it. He pauses at the name “Yoo Jung sunbae,” though he figures there are tons of people with that name. But then sees that photo of Seol and Jung together and gapes in shock at the sudden smallness of his world.

He assumes Seol is Jung’s girlfriend and decides to give the ol’ bastard a surprise, and calls. Jung sees her name pop up on the display and steels himself before answering, only to hear In-ho’s voice, which he recognizes straightaway.

When the old friends (?) meet up, the air is thick with tension. In-ho comments on the lack of friendly greeting after years apart, and Jung retorts that their relationship isn’t that kind. That clearly hurts In-ho, though he agrees.

Jung wants the phone, while In-ho wants to know what Seol is to him. Jung declines to explain, and In-ho supposes he’ll just ask her directly: “But does she know? What kind of bastard you are?”

Jung warns In-ho to stay away from the people in his life. In-ho challenges, “What if I do? What, you’ll pull the same stuff you did before?”

Jung scoffs, “Are you still on about that? I thought you’d have come to your senses when you returned, but you haven’t changed a bit.”

“You’re the one who hasn’t changed,” In-ho retorts. “You turn somebody’s life into a mess and show no guilty conscience about it.”

Flashback. A schoolyard fight, In-ho battered and bloody. Jung looking cold and unfeeling. In-ho clutching a wrist in pain. Later, In-ho in a hospital gown, shedding a tear.

Jung asks, “Guilty conscience? Why should I?”

He tells In-ho that when he graduates, he’ll work at his father’s company, and their financial support for the Baek siblings will be over. He’d been lenient till now, considering In-ho pitiable, but won’t continue.

“And tell your noona too,” he adds. “There aren’t a lot of years left. Find your way before then.”

Jung drives off, leaving In-ho dealing with his emotions. It triggers another flashback—this one of Jung, In-ho, and In-ha laughing together, looking happy.

In-ho’s eyes are shiny as he sighs, “Ah, what were you expecting?”

 
COMMENTS

There are lot of aspects to Cheese in the Trap that I like, like its solid cast and its quirky tone, but I think most of all I am drawn to the characters, all of whom I find interesting and developing in intriguing ways. Okay, perhaps the secondary tier is less complex than the main cast, but I really like that the main characters are, so far, evading categorization as standard cliches.

They all have elements of the usual types, of course—Jung is the cold hero who just needs a nice girl to warm his heart, Seol is the plucky poor heroine who doesn’t know her own appeal, In-ho seems poised for that doomed (but oh-so-sympathetic) second lead trajectory. But they’ve all got so much going on beyond those boxes that I don’t feel like I’ve got them all figured out, or that they’re ticking off boxes on some character checklist. They’re quirky and unpredictable, which I really like since I enjoy not knowing how someone will react and being surprised at the outcome.

That element of surprise gives me a thrill of discovery as we get to know these people. In-ho is particularly intriguing for me, and his emotions are more readily accessible to us as viewers even though he seems to live out his carefree, unfettered existence as a sort of emotional shield. I’ve read his character description so I have an idea of the history, but until the show discloses anything I’m taking things as they are depicted, so we are left to wonder about the dark history between them, and why they’re both clearly not over it. Jung doesn’t seem the greedy kind, so cutting In-ho off can’t be about the money, but the extent of his coldness is a little unnerving—I don’t believe Jung hates In-ho because what kind of story would we have then, but if he’s suppressing his feelings under that coldness, well, I have to marvel at how in command he is over his feelings.

I’m inclined to see his reaction to In-ho as similar to his reaction to Seol—that he was hurt, so he shut down and cut them off. What I’m wondering is whether it’s pure self-defense, or whether he really does have a darker underbelly.

For instance, just when we think we’ve got Jung’s number—that Seol just misunderstood him and he was a helpful nice guy all along—the show hints that we don’t know him at all. I was expecting him to either come to Seol’s aid with the homeless man or to not believe Joo-yeon’s story, because surely he wouldn’t have believed the story and walked away anyway… But he thwarts our “rules” for hero behavior by leaving Seol in that situation, whatever it may be (even if the director adds some narrative subtext by narrating his actions with that “I hate myself sometimes” song lyric later). Just as he left her computer logged on the other time—he didn’t hurt her, but he didn’t help her, either. He just kind of lets things be much of the time, occasionally steering things along with a word or two (as in the receipt incident).

So while he may be interested in Seol, he’s not some pure knight character who’ll do anything for her—he still strikes me as selfish or maybe just self-interested, and I’m intrigued by the seeming contradictions of him stepping in to help her sometimes, but not universally.

Mostly I’m pleased that our drama has lightness and darkness and also plenty of shadows, and that somehow, when you mix up all its disparate parts, it comes together in a compelling flow. I’ll be waiting impatiently for next week, I’m pretty sure.

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Kim go eun is really different from the hong seol i read but she is adorable

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Is she? I think she's pretty spot on. (I've read the webtoons too) Do you mean physically or mentally?

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She is spot on...She makes the character live and breathe and she is awesome. Couldn't have asked for any better. In fact, she made me realize that Seol's character more and I identified with the freak-out aspect of it much more. She will make the Webtoon re-reading better for me.

So, yeah. She is more than spot on. She is hong Seol.

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I can see a difference! I've only read some of the webtoons (english limitation), but I get a different feel from the drama too.

Maybe not "really different," it still feels like an iteration of seol imo, but this version seems warmer than the seol of the webtoon, and more forthcoming. IDK if it's intentional or just the natural residue of the actress, but it gives her a different feel. More adorable for sure, like Lala said.

(Not to disparage either. I'm really loving this drama's take on the characters, and I also have a lot of appreciation for the original.)

And definitely physically different, but who cares.

The cartoons don't translate that specifically for me since none of the features look strictly realistic anyway. Like I didn't even think I COULD recognize a real-life version of the toon's physical traits, past hair color and body shape, until I saw drama-In-Ho's eye makeup. Then I was like damn, I get it.

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You said exactly what's in my mind
seol in the drama gives me more gullible, careless, and warm vibes just different from the webtoon
But who cares.. It would be bad if Kim go eun tried to copy the webtoon. She is doing a good job in making her own Seol..

Really love how adorable she is

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ah, I get it, Seol in the webtoon is a bit more morose than the Seol in the drama. She's less...weary and dreary I guess.

Seol in the webtoon was exhausted mentally that she'd rather quit school than deal with him. Seol in the drama has a bit more spunk to her.

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Nah, she is different. The Seol in the manga is more somber and maybe a bit depressed? Like she always has this chip on her shoulder but that makes her more relatable as a character.

I wish the portrayal is similar because Seol in the manga doesn't feel one dimensional like in the drama now.

The drama Seol is more gullible and seems like typical kdrama heroine. Adorable maybe, but still cookie cutter.

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I totally agree.

I'm getting a strong whiff of Too-STupid-To-Live from the drama heroine. I didn't read the webtoon, so I thought maybe it was in the original material.

I like a lot about this production in terms of the technical execution, but I'm having a hard time getting past the stupidity and needless self-sacrifice. And I really am not into the hero right now. That could be a function of the mysteries not yet laid out, but as of now, that's a lot of stalker behavior going on.

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Yeah, the hero was indeed creepy and I won't reveal much but he's much more than a stalker later which is why I prefer Inho million times although I know Seol will ends up with Jung anyway.

The main couple relationship in the manhwa feels like a psychological thriller but that's why it's different with other manhwa with similar candy and rich asshole storyline.

So when the drama reducing Seol character to usual gullible heroine, I gave up watching the drama. I think it's cool if some people prefer this Seol, but saying KGE portrayal was spot on made me thinking they didn't really read the manhwa.

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Please where can i read the Cheese in the Trap webtoon in eng???

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You can download, 'Line webtoon' app from the playstore or app store. It is there, but not the complete series, it's way behind the actual Korean Manhwa. Still you can read it there.

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So I couldn't stand the wait and went and read all the chapters of The webtoon...

I don't know if it's because I read it with KGE in mind but I found she fit it perfectly!

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I am debating on whether to read it or not. If I can wait maybe after. However patience is not one of my virtues. Arghhh

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having read a bit of the source material, i think bora is more different?
KGE is killing it imo

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I like Bora in the drama quite a bit, but I agree that she gives off a bit of a different vibe than Bora in the webtoon.

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I do find KGE a good fit for Seol but in the webtoon Seol comes off stronger. Like in the blind date scene when Seol called out her blind date KGE acted out her lines pissed but frightened way. In the webtoon Seol went berserk yelling at the blind date. Still loving KGE tho :D

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i read the korean webtoon and i agree. i really enjoy watching kim goeun (pretty big fan of hers) but the character feels sort of different. not really a bad thing but seol seems a lot more 'human' in the drama version. she seems much more gullible, she's easier to read and she doesn't seem nearly as exhausted and weary as seol always looks and acts in the webtoon. i'm still really enjoying this.

and when i first read that seo kang joon was cast as baek inho i wasn't sure it'd suit him because on variety shows he's sort of...weird? lol (i am a fan of his as well so i'm not trying to insult him) and his roles in dramas are like swoony and stuff but i really like him as baek inho now! inho's my favorite character in the actual webtoon so i was anticipating him in the drama version and i really like it.

(park minji is so cute why is this my first time watching her lol)

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I actually have to agree to some extand. The cast in my eyes is the most spot on I could have ever dreamed about. I wanted Hae Jin to get the role because I thought he fitted pretty well from the beginning since he can play the occasionaly real bad guys but also the good ones. I love Go Eun as Sul. I love the cast overall, they are all pretty spot on. I guess what makes me sometimes miss something in Sul are her thoughts probably. The drama gives us Sul's thoughts to some extend, but nothing compared to the manwha of course which sometimes makes me miss something with Drama Sul. Maybe it is only because it is the beginning, but idk.
But I totally love her. As of right now all are pretty spot in appearence and personality wise.

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I'm loving this more and more, the directing just gives you enough to keep you on your toes anticipating the next episode. There's so much mystery, I'm dying to know why Jung is so cold. There must be a reason, and I feel like In-ho is his step-bro...hmmm.

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I'm getting major School 2013 feels from the jung-in ha storyline don't you think?

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*in ho i mean

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Yeah! me too! I think when InHo was beaten up, they focused on his hand, and then later InHo corrected the arrogant blind date about a piano piece that was playing.

I'm putting two and two together and I see school 2013 right away.

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It's getting darker and more dynamic! The plot moves veeeeeeery fast too compared to the webtoon. I like it that it's not the same with the original story. What's the point of remake if it's just a rip-off, right?

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Amen! I don't think it's possible to convey the time frame as it is in the webtoon in a drama serial whose life blood (ratings) depends on pace and audience engagement. So far, I think it has managed to convey the subtle changes and nuances in character relationships over time very effectively - and in just two episodes!

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I never read the original source, but as a drama all in its own merit, is quite engaging, Seol's character is so far my favorite, I really like her inner monologues, the way she portrays the fact that she sees past his outer shell, is very un'Korean like for a lead character, that I find it very refreshing...Thanks for the recap...

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And she does her inner monologue so well. I can totally feel her confusion, hesitation, and nervousness. I think it would be a great idea if more dramas make good use of inner monologues.

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I think I'm like Seol, going crazy trying to figure Jung out. @[email protected]

I'm so curious about the story but don't want to check out the webtoon to keep my expectations low.

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Same here, I'm hoping my curiosity doesn't get the better of me because I really want to save the webtoon until I finish the drama. But....Jung is just so dang mysterious, ugh

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I've read the webtoon until Season 2, but Jung is still mysterious *LOL* . I think that it's better to watch the series until the end, coz they will give the explanation faster than the webtoon *LOL*

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Hahahaha I gave up.... Just finished reading the webtoon till the most recent....

Don't do it!! Soo many spoilers I'm gonna regret knowing now!

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Thanks for the warning! *runs away from internet*

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The "Let's take a selfie" moment was adorable.

And In Ho's comment that it's a small world after finding Jung's picture in Sul's phone-- come on, it's Kdramaland. Of course coincidences are going to be here and there. :P

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It's a kdrama moment – the webtoon doesn't have that scene. Inho approaches Seol because he wants info about Jung – because apparently he has seen them somewhere before together. He makes no assumption about them being bf/gf and he sees the photo only much, much later.

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I definitely love TVN, thank you for doing a good job with this adaptation: the pace, the cast and the script are spot on!
I started reading the webtoon when the news of the drama came out and I can't get enough...thanks for the recap :)

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This episode actually clarifies the hero to be not only unnerving but having a darkness due to some trauma at his younger age. That shows how spot on hong soel is in her instincts:)) but unfortunately she moves away from her gut feelings with the situations happening around her, not sure where that's going to lead her. At least we know she wasn't paranoid before. She started the episode with "what's with this guy"!! And I ended with the same on the end, when he got upset with her.

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Ahhhh me too jb! Impatient already.

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I've read the webtoon and so far I like the drama. I was curious about how the flashbacks would translate on screen. The webtoon utilizes them a lot throughout the entire work. That homeless scene bit where Seol was attacked was actually rearranged to become a present day scenario. While it was one of my favorite scenes in the webtoon, I think the behavioral context of the characters in the webtoon vs. drama gets lost.

Also, I looked up the wiki for "Trap". Only 16 episodes? Holy crap because there is a ton of material (and counting) left.

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maybe we'd get seasons like American television? I mean, the webtoon itself isn't over so...

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I doubt that this drama will have multiple seasons. This is after all Korean drama land we are talking about. A second season would be veeeeeeery unusual.
even though I also wish for a second season...

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I am a bit worried about the scene rearrangement too. I don't mind it for the most part and even welcome it if it's going to help the drama cover all the webtoon material in 16 eps. But because that scene in particular played a huge part in Seol wanting to leave school (not to mention, it led to Nam Joo Yeon actually leaving, so she isn't even supposed to be attending in the 'present' time-frame) I'm left wondering whether we're still going to explore the events of that year or not. I really hope they do because it's pretty necessary to explaining why Yoo Jung is suddenly so taken with Seol.

That said, I'm still loving the adaptation to bits. I don't mind them making changes as long as they're capturing the aspects that made the webtoon so appealing and so far they're doing just that. But I will be a bit disappointed if they skirt the issues Seol faced the year before. Simply because it's so much more compelling to watch Seol and Yoo Jung grow closer in the present, as we're shown just what went on between them in the past. The flashback with Jae Woo this episode has me optimistic. But having Nam Joo Yeon in the present time-frame does worry me a little when her jealous actions were supposed to be confined to the time-frame before Seol's leave of absence attempt. I'm hopeful that it all will still unfold in a satisfying way though. Luckily, there are many more 'incidents' of the past for the drama to address so I'm not too worried :)

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You're right...it has already been a while since I last read the webtoon so while I was watching this drama, I was wondering why Joo Yeon was being too much(?) in the present. Then you make me remember that her cruel actions were before Seol had her loa.

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You're right, Joo Yeon had a major role to play in the stalking incident which made Seol even more on guard. I think it is why I felt the story was moving too fast in this episode

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He's too self-interested, she protects others at her own expense. They'll need to learn to balance each other out.

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It is interesting how he chooses to deal with conflict. He maneuvers behind the curtain while presenting a helpful good guy face. Whether he is seeking to get someone in trouble like the bossy sunbae or out of trouble in several instances for Seol he operates in the same way.

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I am officially in LOVE with the drama and the lead casts!!!
THis episode gave me many "thud" moments in my heart... hehehehe.... After a very long time...I've found a roamntic drama, I can actually root for esp. the lead female who is fantastic in her role!!! LOve her hair and fashion!

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I'm feeling exactly the same as you do tbh. Love the lead actress, love her hair and fashion, love everything about this drama so far.

The only thing I have an issue with is that Jung looks and seems so much older than the others. I wonder how old he's supposed to be in this drama vs real life.

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Javabeans, I am eternally grateful for the work that you put into your recaps. They have been giving me such pleasure since the days of BOF madness. So I hope you'll forgive me for pointing out a wee mistake in your recap (and the previous one)?

The 'assistant professor' guy is a '조교' which is something akin to a departmental secretary. I think you might have confused '조교' with '조교수', the latter being an assistant professor.

Sorry for being so pedantic, but you would never get away with treating a professor in such a way.

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I'm a huge fan of the webtoon and I plan on starting to watch when there are a few more eps out but so far it looks good! The webtoon is so interesting because Jung is so mysterious. On the surface he looks and act like the typical drama male lead but there's so much more going on and you can't help but read into his actions more because you KNOW there's more there

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I've read the webtoon and I'm so excited for this adaptation.

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This drama is my new crack. I am enjoying it so much more than I did the webtoon. This drama moves fast (the do have A LOT to cover so I get why) and I enjoy that cause the webtoon is too slow at times: I adore Seol to bits and pieces and love and kind of fear Jung. PHJ is perfection because in the span of one line in the after date scene, I went from fearing him (you're just like everyone else) to poor puppy (it's so hard to eat a meal with you). His eyes and demeanor goes from cold and steely to a bit tear rimmed and vulnerable, near perfection.

Thank you for the recap and I can't wait for the next episodes.

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Oh yes, I think so too. He's amazing in this role. I think the character also gives him lots of material to portray on screen, which is great.

Am I the only one who thinks that Seol looks prettier in her everyday wardrobe than the one she was forced to wear for the date? The dress wasn't really flattering in any way imo.

I LOVE her orange? cabled sweater though. It made me want to get one for myself as well. Oh, and the blue knitted outfit - gorgeous (I'm a knitter myself and love those patterns and stuff - made me want to knit all of those garments for myself).

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Yeah she looked more cute and pretty with her everyday look even if for some was more messy let's say,even if i actually like her hair as messy as it might seem...i also loved that orange/mustard sweater to bits(i want one now)...i found the make-up and dress ugly,for my taste at least,and also many time sin kdrama i found myself not liking the makeover or choice of styling/clothes the heroine chooses for a date/important date...I undersatnd the clothes are the latest fashion sometimes etc but some are really really ugly....in here even the Rich dude comented on the ugly outfit,if Bora knew...

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I also preferred the way she looked pre-makeover. The only thing I found flattering about the makeover was that it showed off her pretty legs.

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yeah, the pretty legs! I suppose the hairdo was supposed to show off her face .. or something. The colour of the makeover dress was OK but the design was meh and the makeup was a bit too over the top? the cheeks??
Anyways, I hope they won't do this to her again :D

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I haven't read the web-toon but this drama is already amazing! The characters are so interesting. We don't have the stereotypical hero here, even though the heroine is kinda along expected kdrama narratives. And I like the secondary characters too. I am looking forward to next week's episodes now :)

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Thanks so much for recapping this, jb. I also had never seen the webtoon, but wanted to watch the drama because of all the hype with netizens being so critical/particular of the actors who would portray the characters in the story. Have to admit I'm finding this drama really enjoyable. I like how Seol is not another candy, but she is actually a believable character - a hard-working, smart college student who works part-time to pay her way thru school. I really like how Jung is mysterious and hard to read and predict. He's kinda cold, calculating, and creepy in some moments, but in that last scene, you actually are made to feel a little sorry and a little sad for him because of his disappointment in what he perceived his relationship with Seol to be. And because I have no foreknowledge of the webtoon, I have no idea where all this will lead, which direction it will go. So I am eagerly looking forward to next week's episodes! We're off to a great start!

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Loving this drama! Fun and great acting from the leads. And OST. Love the breezy rom-com feel. Pls continue to be good.

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This drama couldn't have come at a better time. Reply is ending soon, which I don't even want to think about, so I'm hoping this will ease the pain.

Today's episode, especially the last scene left me feeling just a littleeee afraid of Jung. The end was intense. Park Hae Jin does such a great job of giving us juuust the right amount of emotion beneath that cool demeanor and its enough that its intriguing and confusing over what kind of person he is. What are your intentions, Jung?! All this random bumping into each other and the going out his way to help her out has me suspecting that there's way more going on than a crush. (And how does he know her job schedule and where she lives...?) Especially now that we know he wasn't the person behind the receipt thing but the catalyst, I'm just wondering if he did that knowing Go Eun was going to suspect him and/or if he was giving that computer guy a way to get back at Sangchul.

Also, anyone notice he was playing with an ant??

Last note: I LOVE her clothes, like I need to find me those black boots asap.

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Yeah, the bug part actually had me a little nervous--I kept waiting for him to kill it, but in the end he just puts it back on the plant. Very odd, but kind, behavior. Or it suppose to speak to how he looks at other as insects? So many questions with this one.

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I also notice the bug-playing scene. Yes, I also think that it shows Jung's soft and gentle side, but also odd (unique?) . It's surprising how this short little gestures like this can be memorable, well .. at least for me. Kudos to Park Hae Jin's acting.

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Yeah, I'm really impressed with Park Hae Jin's acting (and pretty much everyone's). It makes Jung that much more interesting because I can't really tell who he is

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I know! I was expecting that too. I found it funny because the background music was all swoony and Seol's starting to see Jung in a new light---then Jung's just standing over there playing with an ant, like no big deal. I could definitely see that, "how he looks at others as insects" cause we've seen that he does seem to have influence over people. I'm guessing the writers put that scene in there for a reason, but lol the script: Stand next to a tree and play with an ant

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If I recall, in the webtoon, Jung is doing something else near the tree . Then again, I like him playing with an ant better. It makes him looked more mysterious and weird

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Yea, that is, in the webtoon - Jung was taking selfies, and she caught him doing that. There was no ant scene lol.

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HAHA. I wondered if PHJ just improvised it, but ur right, it probably was in the script. That's hilarious.

Her clothes tho. Major props to the actress for pulling off ensembles that could look devastatingly bad. And the hair. She perfectly toes the line between fashion mag status and dowdy commoner.

If I could look that good in a midi denim skirt, I'd find one and buy one and wear it once a week just to show everyone I can.

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Haha that actually really perfectly describes her outfits. I do like them though, moreso yesterday's episode than today's, like the cardigans and cuffed jeans
But yeah they would be hard to pull off in real life esp that very questionable knit dress

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Actually, I really liked the knit dress. She pulled it off real good.

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gosh, I love her clothes. The colours and the cuts, they're really hipster and cool.

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I love how the costume designers on this drama dress Seol in colours that make for maximum contrast with her bright red hair - it's like her hair itself is part of her outfit, in a really good way.

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YES! I love her hair too! Actually in the webtoon, her hair was similar color to the color in the drama. Im glad they decided to keep her hair similar to the toon.

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I love the tone and texture, that shade of red looks so perfect against Kim Go-eun's skin tone (not too harsh, not too orange) and it has just enough gloss to look pretty but not TOO pretty, if that makes sense.

My favourite was when she was wearing the yellow sweater, it looked beautiful with her red hair but so casually done, like she has this innate style without even thinking about it (her body language helps to establish that impression).

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Did you find the song information?

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I've been looking for it too! No luck. sigh

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THANK YOU! You're a peach!

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Curiouser and curiouser.

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Do you smell that guys?

Yes, that's the fresh scent of some new kdrama crack.

LOVED THIS EPISODE!

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Well, I was deciding whether to watch this or not. And I am definitely watching it. It is totally awesome! And from the little bit that I have read (and understood) grommets webtoon, the characters are spot on. I just sadly haven't found the place to read the webtoon free in English. Is that asking to much? It probably is. Hee.

I have been waiting patiently to watch this and I'm glad to say I am not disappointed. :D
Fighting!
Although itll be interesting how they end this since the webtoon is still continuing, right? The series hasnt ended yet from what I know??..
+100
(with JB) :D

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You can read the webtoon in English for free on Naver's site http://www.webtoons.com/en/romance/cheese-in-the-trap/list?title_no=99 ^^ They also have an app called LINE Webtoon and there are some awesome webtoons there (I'm totally obsessed with Untouchable and Noblesse)

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Actually last year I have real season 1-3 in English, and yeah it was free and legal from oddsquad. But now I've heard we must pay...

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You can actually read it legally and for free in English here: http://www.webtoons.com/en/romance/cheese-in-the-trap/list?title_no=99

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OH, THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS!(sorry for the capitals)
I had only found one that stopped after so many chapters so I was just stuck there.. left to pain since I couldn't continue the webtoon till up to date.. Can you do that? Is this the legal website I can go and see all the latest ones that come out?? Free? Or is that asking to much??

But still, thanks so much!! :D :D :D

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*of the, not grommets or whatever autocorrect said. Whoops!

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In my opinion, Jung isn't necessarily a bad person, and I think that he does honestly have feelings for Sul. But he does have some pretty major flaws. He's definitely manipulative, in that he has such an easy command of social interactions, of other people, and often uses this (and them) to his own benefit in a rather cold, calculating way (which definitely doesn't cohere with his outward pleasantry, a dissonance that is giving Sul the heebie jeebies). And I think he also has a pretty strong vindictive streak, given the underhanded way he got back at that obnoxious senior, and is most likely prone to making quick judgments about other people (such as Sul) based on first impressions.
So, he's mildly sociopathic?
Haha, I feel like I'm undermining my initial claim that he isn't a bad person. But so far, we haven't seen him use his "abilities" to do anything too terrible or at least against a character that the audience wouldn't mostly agree had overstepped (though it remains to be seen what role he played in Inha's flashback).

I actually think that this makes Sul and Jung a weirdly compatible pairing. Given that she's pretty sensitive, in her head, over-analytical about other people and every little social situation and circumstance, it makes her able to detect the subtle social game that Jung plays without anyone usually noticing.

Anyway, long random thoughts aside, I'm loving this drama. I love that, with someone like Sul as the narrator (or main perspective), I'm given permission to read into every character, their motivations and personalities, and social interaction. It gives the standard rom com kind of the edge of a psychological thriller. Fun stuff.

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i had fun reading your comment and i totally agree with you

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Did you already read the manhwa? Cause you've hit Yoo Jung almost on the head. I love that kid, petty and manipulative as he is.

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you nailed Jung's character perfectly. He reminds me a lot of Ju Ji Joon's character in Mawang aka 'The Devil'. There, his character didn't commit the crimes per say, he just gave others the opportunity and choice to commit the crimes. Also it was crimes against people who had it coming/did it to themselves/weren't good people and they kind of deserved it.
The same is true with Jung. He's a puppet master control everything around him. Can we really blame him if Jae Woo chose to post up the receipt? I merely gave it to you, you didn't HAVE to post it, that was your choice to do so. Throughout the webtoon he really skirts that line and I'm enjoying how well PHJ is portraying him and leaving me questioning the very idea of right and wrong, good and bad, acceptable and unacceptable....

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All the actors are killing it. Didn't see as much here but I like how In-Ha's actress gives her all that flair. If I think about it, her expressions probably do look a little too exaggerated sometimes, but she's just pulling it off too well for me to care. Plus she has the charisma In-Ha needs I think. I kinda love this actress, I almost watched more of It's Okay, That's Love for her scenes.

In-Ho's actor is doing great too. I think I expected more mature hotness than this (much appreciated <3) cuteness, and I hope he hits all the aspects of Inho's emotional-vagabond-talented-scamp. (What a weird balance.) I love everything he's doing so far though, so yay! I particularly loved his delight in the restaurant scene. AND last scene with Jung. He matched PHJ seriously well there in terms of portraying all these flickering and contrasting emotions.

Main leads are also amazing, I think I've said above. I'm even enjoying how Eunteuk and Bora are played! LOL. IK they don't have all that much depth, but they're charming and I like their energy. At this point in the drama that's good enoguh for me. NJH is better here than traumatic school 2015 already.

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(2/2) Urghhh didn't finish my comment, how lame.

Anyway, acting is awesome, and I'm happy it's moving faster than the webtoon, which is lovely but plodding.

Only thing I was unhappy with this epi though was the slight changes to Joo Yeon's arc. She comes off as way more manipulative here. Pretty sure in the webtoon she 1. assumes no harm would come as there's a security guard close by 2. genuinely regrets it (mostly for selfish reasons tho) and goes back in worry 3. runs into jung accidentally, not by tracking him down 4. more or less admits the truth to jung and doesn't make up a shitton of lies about seol.

She's not a great person in the webtoon either, but the drama played up the manipulative parts for no good reason? Idk what that's supposed to add, esp since she was already unlikeable.

Idk I'm also just tired of the scheming hellion-bitch type that does anything for her goal man. Sexism aside, it's really just boring. Joo Yeon is basically this type in the webtoon too, but she had at least a sliver of dimension. It's a cheap move on the drama's part to take that away.

(On the sexism tho, it is tiring to see such a shallow type. Also it's annoying how rich, good-looking, unattainable men w/ standoffish personalities are consistently glorified while rich, unattainable, good-looking women are portrayed as man-stealing hell-spawns that exist solely to beat every other woman down.)

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<Only thing I was unhappy with this epi though was the slight changes to Joo Yeon’s arc. She comes off as way more manipulative here. Pretty sure in the webtoon she 1. assumes no harm would come as there’s a security guard close by 2. genuinely regrets it (mostly for selfish reasons tho) and goes back in worry 3. runs into jung accidentally, not by tracking him down

I don't know. I think she was pretty manipulative in the webtoon (remember the diarrhoea pills? That's seriously scary.).

That said, I do think the homeless guy scene seemed a lot more contrived in the drama, because Seol was in a locked room (if she heard weird noises, why didn't she call security right away herself rather than venturing out into the dark hallway???) and because she tracks down Jung and invents some wild story (??? It's not like she can foresee what exactly what will happen?) – it's too fake.

<4. more or less admits the truth to jung and doesn’t make up a shitton of lies about sell.

Yes, but she does so, but this is revealed only much later in the webtoon so I wouldn't necessarily expect to see that at this point. But I guess they chose to eliminate the flashback and immediately reveal (most of) the truth. Her lies make no sense though, it makes the whole scenario really contrived and a lot less compelling.

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You're right about the pills, Joo Yeon was seriously manipulative and scary at times. But I'm not asking that the drama make her into less of a bad person, just that they represent her as a person.

The scene was worse like you said, but I think the changes definitely changed the character of Joo Yeon for the worse.

As far as the scheming bitch type goes, Joo Yeon was one in the comic as well - but with some more dimension. I think the scene where we see her worried (terribly, about what would happen to her if something happens to Seol) was important in establishing my perception of her. It didn’t make her less villainous at all, but it granted her more than one note of emotion, so it was a better character.

Plus, her interaction with Jung then was more meaningful. His coldness in the face of her obvious lies is pretty standard. But his coldness in the face of her worry (selfish or not) was much more impressive & compelling.

(Ya, even if they don’t eliminate the flashback entirely, I think they did move that portion of the comics up - otherwise we’d get just the attack scene without JY or Jung’s involvement. We’ll prolly revisit it when Seol learns about it but that wouldn’t change this scene.)

The changes were unnecessary, and they made the story weaker. The villain became cartoonish, flatter & more forgettable, Jung’s part was less powerful & interesting, and the general world was a little less complex and dynamic. And, as you said, the scene itself was more contrived, less compelling.

I’m not such a purist to believe that every aspect of the drama should match the webtoon, but I think this alteration was a definite step back in style and substance, not just a variation. Still a great drama so far, just a regrettable change imo.

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I totally agree about the whole alcoholic incident. It messes up the timeline and that worries me in terms of how it's gonna be dealt with. Also, Nam Joo Yeon was more petty than she was malicious in the webtoon. The diarrhea pill would more likely embarrass Seol than fatally harm her so I doubt it constitutes to manipulation and malice. The alcoholic scene was, imo, used to scare Seol than harm her. In the webtoon, Joo Yeon was certain that the security guards would take care of everything and then she started to panic because she might actually harm someone. The feeling of guilt and fear of discovery made her a more real character. In this version, she just seems unnecessarily (and pretty stupidly) evil. The Nam Joo Yeon in the webtoon was, at least, cleverer about the situation.
Other than this though, the drama is amazing. I feel like the actors portray just enough of the original characters to give me the feels and add enough of their own interpretation into the role to make it interesting. So far, I'm in love with everyone (except for Nam Joo Yeon, mostly due to the script writing).

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< It didn’t make her less villainous at all, but it granted her more than one note of emotion, so it was a better character.

I don't disagree with you, but I think even in the webtoon the "dimensions" to her character aren't immediately apparent. They are revealed only slowly – I don't know if the drama will do this, or if they've just taken a shortcut and simply made her the manipulative, evil girl (which definitely would be a loss).

<I think this alteration was a definite step back in style and substance, not just a variation

I totally see where you are coming from. It depends a bit on where the drama goes from here and how it handles characters, but these kind of changes are the ones I always fear myself.

@Visitor: I don't know, when people think it's okay slip something into another person's drink, that sort of thing always crosses a line for me. Seol might have an allergy to an ingredient in the pill, or maybe she's taking medication which can't be combined with this pill. Probably it would have done her no real harm, but medicating other people without their knowledge and consent... it's creepy.

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HAHA dunno why but I love the idea of arguing how bad slipping somebody diarrhea pills really is.

Like regularly I'd feel similarly to Visitor that it's not like fatally harmfully just fatally embarrassing - but yeah the idea of slipping things in drinks (when put in those words, especially) provokes a pretty visceral reaction from me. Eugh. Creepy is right.

...Then again maybe that reaction comes from a subconscious association with slipping things in drinks and roofies. Huh.

But yeah either way, creepy as hell, at least toeing a line. (Though admittedly, when City Hunter was trying to slip Nana laxatives in City Hunter, it was kinda cute and funny LOL. Power of Lee Min-Ho maybe. And City Hunter.)

Also, wow, anyone else scouring this page a week later cos dramafever is being a huge tease about CITT episode 3? I want it please. Want good drama.

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Totally agree with all the assessments here. What's been falling flat (and succumbing to the fast forward button) for me is Nam Joo Yeon. I have a lot of distaste for female characters written only as men-stealing/jealous/petty people, with no redeeming qualities toward others. Joo Yeon seems to be falling into that character. Everything about her is spiteful and way too one-dimensional.

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Again, this exceeded my expectations. I really like the way they convey their characters! Especially Yoo Jung sunbae, woah, really. I still can't depict him even though I was already a reader of CITT webtoon. I love the OST's too~ It gives me that warm feeling I get whenever I watch their scenes together. I especially love Seol's clothes and I have seen a couple of her clothes in Naver and dang, they were expensive *___*. Kim Go-Eun is really a perfect fit for Hong Seol! Everyone is.

I can't wait for the next episode! We have yet to see Young-gon on too, and Joon too! The story is really intriguing, and I really love it! <3

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The first two episodes was really really good! Cant get enough, and now impatiently want the next episodes to come!

Kim Go Eun is cute. Park Hae Jin? need i say more? ;)

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anyone knows about the rating???

DEAR DRAMAGOD, PLEASE MAKE IT HIGHER!!!! i love Six Flying Dragon to pieces, while for OMV im getting less interest but thank God it finished last night hehe... so this one is one of my fave. sooooooooo.... hope it can get good rating and recognize in Korea and worldwide <3

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On first episode it got 4.1. Episode 2 not yet released, but wish that rating will be higher. Considering this on TvN, i think it is a good starter ;)

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I wasn't ready when Jung told Seol she's just like the rest of them. And then just walked off. That struck look on her face, like "what, wait?!" That scene cut me to the quick and I knew then that this drama is crack.

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Oh God, I'm dying of second-hand embarrassment for Seol. I just want to hug her and take her far, far away from that weird-mysterious sunbae who has a crush on her.

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wow, I think the drama is going faster than the webtoon

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what i like about this drama so far it's giving me such a new feeling .. it's not an action drama tho it's so tense
i really hop they don't tern the drama to something typical like one of the characters has Schizophrenia or "kill me heal me" stuff

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Soe Kang Joon looks quite similar with Lee Min Ki in SUFBB. Anyway, I'm sure I'm gonna have an unavoidably chronic second lead syndrome...

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I had the exact same thought about SUFBB! I can already tell he's going to tug at the heartstrings, just hope he has a happy ending.

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I read some of the english translation of cheese in the trap because of the amount of articles dramabeans have about the hype this drama is getting.
And i agree that seol is quite different and honestly i like the drama version better because shes more relatable. Webtoon seol is more difficult to relate to and is an even more unreliable narrator to the story especially when the story is told through her pov

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Ok, for those of you who hate webtoon/drama comparisons, skip this comment (though it contains no spoilers).

Verdict after ep 2: It's a decent drama so far, but episode 2 veered away from the webtoon – a lot. Obviously the pacing was always going to be a lot faster and obviously some scenes will change in an adaptation – I don't have an issue with that per se. But I'm seeing some changes that do make me worry, because they are changing some of the core of story/characters – and that always makes me doubt whether the writer/director have understood the core material (which is IMO crucial to a successful adaptation).

Like, Seol's suspicion of Jung has dropped significantly in this episode, compared to the first one. It's like she's already quite interested in Jung and warming up to him.

One significant change in her personality: the blind date. While Bora pushes her to go on the date also in the webtoon, it's Seol who agrees to go and dresses her herself on the day. Being force-dressed by your friend (other than the fact that I don't find it very convincing and a bit disturbing) makes her suddenly really passive and it changes also the significance of the Jung/Ayoung date. It's no longer "I'm going on my own date because I've decided to do so myself/I'm setting up my friend with you b/c I have zero interest in you", it becomes "I'm totally forced on a date/I'm setting up my friend with you b/c she has just called and it's convenient". It's a small, small difference, but I don't think it's negligible, because you can no longer say as clearly that she has zero interest in Jung.

Note also the physical change: Seol makes up an excuse so that Jung/Ayoung sit next to each other (symbolic pairing/closeness – reinforcing Seol wanting them together but distancing herself from Jung), but Seol and Ayoung are sitting next to each other in the drama.

<in -ho seems poised for that doomed (but oh-so-sympathetic) second lead trajectory

I really hope not! If that's the vibe people are getting (and I can't say I'm not getting it either), then I think the adaptation is going the "usual" kdrama way. Although I haven't read all of the webtoon, from what I have read (up to Season 2, ep 36), In-ho doesn't come across as the typical second lead (without spoilers, I would just describe him as another guy who has a prominent role in the story). And this is certainly where I'm not liking the changes in this episode, e.g. the fact that In-ho realises that Jung/Seol know each on the basis of a photo, from which he assumes that they are boyfriend/girlfriend. This is a significant change of dynamics.

Where's Seol's neighbour? Have they cut him? I know his role isn't that important in the webtoon either, but I'd be disappointed if they have removed (or changed) him.

General comments on the drama: Do people have no respect for personal space??? WTF with Jung almost holding her hostage when he helps her print...

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(cont.)

... her report? If someone did that to me, I'd be punching him. That's seriously intimidating, particularly if you KNOW that that girl isn't that into you, but rather has been running away from you a lot? I hate it when guys don't take a "No" seriously (and there's a lot of that in this drama/also in the webtoon) but keep pushing their own agenda. It's probably one of the reasons why even in the webtoon I have some serious issues with Jung. I really hope Seol keeps her strength to call him out on these things also in the drama adaptations, because that's what makes her so awesome.

Bottomline: The drama is enjoyable on its own, but as an adaptation I'm having some concerns that changes made are insensitive to what makes the webtoon fantastic and not "standard" story. I want a complex web of human relations, not an OTP + clear second leads. Don't lose this!

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I think these 2 episodes show the staff has a great understanding of the source material. They have kept the core feeling of CITT alive while fitting in their own time constraints and adding their own distinctive touch. I think Soonkki-nim is probably very pleased with the direction that the show is taking.

It's mostly filmed anyway if I understand correctly so I think you (and other webtoon readers) will be better off shaking out all but the pivotal plot points from your mind because there's nothing we can say or do to change it. Let's just enjoy the ride. :) ^^

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I wonder why they had filmed most of this series. Is that the way it is in cable tv ?

Personally, I like it better if the had filmed all / most of the series before it airs. I don't like it if a story changes based on viewers' requests and ends up disappointing. If they had filmed things beforehand, then the story should be well-considered and thoughtfully prepared, and it just feels more 'original' *at least for me*

Really looking forward for the next episodes.

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I love comparisons without spoilers! Please keep them coming. :)

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As a writer, I always prefer the primary/source of the story. Esp if that primary source is for an intimate audience that accepts the often undepicted complications of real life. To me, it always feels as I a lot of uniqueness -- and truth-- gets lost when a story is made to be devoured by the masses. Not dumbed down specifically, but "made comprehensible and acceptable" to the ideas and ideals of a wider audience. I didn't see the webtoon and I'm not rigid so I'll probably accept this as is. I just hope it works out to my satisfaction. A couple times while I watched I almost gave up on it because of what were typical kdrama-ness. But I plowed through. Will see.

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One thing that I noticed in the Webtoon RE: invading personal space and wrist grabbing. Seol FREAKS out at a certain point about being grabbed.

RE: Jung being cold when told Seol was being accosted by a drunk/homeless man. I think it will flash back to Jung calling security. Another case of him maintaining an image of neutrality.

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But I’m seeing some changes that do make me worry, because they are changing some of the core of story/characters – and that always makes me doubt whether the writer/director have understood the core material (which is IMO crucial to a successful adaptation).

I disagree on both accounts. Episode 1 was just as, and even more, a deviation from the comic than the second episode.

I'm pretty sure the show-runners understand and appreciate the comic. But they also understand that they have to change the plot, the genre, every single character and then some to adapt the concept of the comic for K-drama.

I don't agree with every single decision they made (in fact, I found myself rolling my eyes at several of them), but I am convinced they know exactly what they are doing.

One significant change in her personality: the blind date. While Bora pushes her to go on the date also in the webtoon, it’s Seol who agrees to go and dresses her herself on the day. Being force-dressed by your friend (other than the fact that I don’t find it very convincing and a bit disturbing) makes her suddenly really passive and it changes also the significance of the Jung/Ayoung date.

I didn't find the scene particularly ill-fitting, because it is entirely in line with show-Seol's character in the way she was established in episode 1.
Show-Seol is a scatty klutz with only limited grasp of reality and not too much self-efficacy towards her own life.

The show needs to include some slapstick action comedy scenes (as established in episode 1), and this scene is perfect for it. Show-Seol is already unconsciously swooning over Jung (while comic-Seol would never do anything unconsciously in the first place), by K-drama standards rejecting him in the way she did in the comic would mean that she is a two-timing slut.

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<by K-drama standards rejecting him in the way she did in the comic would mean that she is a two-timing slut

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It's made pretty clear in the show that Seol is attracted to Jung already. By the code of conduct for female leads, she is at this point no longer allowed to pursue romantic activities of her own volition with other men. A K-drama who wants to send the female lead on a blind date must make sure that an overwhelming external force is to blame for it, and not the intention of the female lead.

It's entirely different from the comic, where comic-Seol and comic-Jung were different characters, had a very different relationship to begin with, and were at a very different point in their relationship.

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<It’s made pretty clear in the show that Seol is attracted to Jung already. By the code of conduct for female leads, she is at this point no longer allowed to pursue romantic activities of her own volition with other men.

Yeah, that's what it felt like to me – she's attracted. Which puts her on a much more typical-heroine road and that wasn't what I loved about the webtoon.

<It’s entirely different from the comic, where comic-Seol and comic-Jung were different characters, had a very different relationship to begin with, and were at a very different point in their relationship.

Which was actually what was intriguing and real about it.

*sigh*

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LOL! ah, that two-timing slut comment. Had to laugh. A bit extreme but yeah...once kdrama establishes a crush, the loyalty to the object of said crush is pretty dug in.

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"The show needs to include some slapstick action comedy scenes (as established in episode 1)..."

Omg yes please. I love slapstick comedy in general, but it totally suits this drama perfectly. Awesome observation. +100

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Meh, I like Seo Kang Joon and would love to watch a drama with him in it, but whyyy does this show have such a plain female lead...?

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I see a lot of nitpicking with silly and small differences from the manhwa. If you came into this not expecting differences, you came in wrong. Go back outside, shake out all but the major plot points, and then you can return and enjoy with the rest of us. ?

I LOVE the way this is going and believe that even with differences, it's staying true to the heart of my beloved 치즈인더트랍 and I'm very excited for next week.

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I'll have to agree.

I understand how difficult it is for fans of the webtoon (I have my own personal preferences in mangas and so on). However, it's best to see adaptations in different platforms as separate entities IMHO.

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Knowing this was a drama adapted from manga doesn't make much difference to me. It is well-done so far.

I didn't read the manga before episode 1. I was completely sucked in by the TONE and the characters. The drama was compelling enough to pique my curiosity. I am reading the manga because I WANT to see the differences.

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i like this show a lot better than i expected to. netizens were so vocal about it and seemed to insist upon such specific visions that i didn't expect the result to be particularly good. i'm still reserving full judgment, but i like the sort of relaxed, flowy, dreamy-ish tone of the show. it's not plot driven, which surprised me. given the considerable fan base, i'd always assumed there was an over-the-top storyline to go with it. still not sure what the show will be about, so again, reserving full judgment for next week or week after next :)

i hope this show does good things for park hae-jin. he needs to be on primetime series more often, and as the leading man! he's always been a good actor, and dreamy looking to boot. i'm happy to see him with dark hair, versus the lighter hue he sported in you from another star. it makes him look a lot fresher and younger. i REALLY lamented his hairstyle/hair color in you from another star, because i knew how good looking he was, and the hair really didn't do him justice.

seo kang-joon was a surprise. i think i've only seen him in gentlemanly roles, so seeing him pull off something like this was a nice surprise. makes me like him better than i did.

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I don't know about him being dismissive when...(i forgot her name) the clingy secondary female character told him about the homeless man fighting with Seol.

If you notice, he said "you caused it it's your problem". Then she walks back to the building and she sees two campus police officers running inside saying "hurry, there's a homeless guy attacking a student" (paraphrasing).

I feel like it was him who called the campus police tipping them off ...or maybe it's just me hoping he's not so mean >< lol

p.s. i don't know HOW i can wait another week for this show, I'm rarely so quickly attached to a show but this one has me itching for more! Or maybe it's also my love for Park Hae Jin ~.~

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@909 I feel the same way. I think he tipped of security immediately and "clingy" was also testing his reactions.

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yeah, that's how i interpreted the scene as well. the officers said something that seemed to suggest that someone (i.e. yoo jung) had reported it to the police. yoo jung's still a manipulative, calculating guy though (which i appreciate because it makes things so much more interesting haha).

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To be honest, I like the drama version more than the web toon. I tried to read the webtoon once it was told that this drama is adapted from the webtoon. However, I think the webtoon plot is not really good,,even in season 2, I still can't get the idea why Jung is very mysterious and there are many unnecessary stories,,,I skipped many scenes a lot when I read the webtoon,, I started doubting this drama after I read the webtoon,, but I gathered my courage to watch the drama version and I fell in love right away :)

I admit I have been traumatized by the bad webtoon adaptation like orange marmalade which totally left me in despair due to the most ridiculous additional sageuk plot in the adaptation, if only the drama version of orange marmalade had been in faith to the first format, it would have even beaten the popularity of School 2015

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Thanks for the recap, JB!

This is my new fave for recent series! Still reading the webtoon, so it's interesting to see how they use the ideas from the source material and not necessarily film those scenes in the same order or with the same detail. Totally loving all the characters, especially the 3 leads and Bora/Euntaek. Really making the characters come alive.

Jung is so mysterious and you keep on wondering what he is really like while reading the webtoon. So, it's awesome to see PHJ portraying him in all the right ways and while watching the drama, it also makes you ponder what are the layers beneath the surface. I find it intriguing that he acknowledges that incidents are happening, but even if there is potential or actual danger, he remains distant and does not act in any way to prevent or stop the harm. Case in point would be upon hearing about Seol in the club building with homeless man and also the past incident with Inho. Anyway, really great to see how things are unfolding in terms of character portrayal.

KGE is also wonderful as Seol. You can really identify with how she's feeling from her perspective. What's with this guy??? Creepy one minute and stalkerish another, constantly pestering her for a meal. But in this ep, which must have been her worst day ever, it was easy to see why she would be confused why he is so nice and helpful. Love the blind date scene that she just told the stupid guy straight up how she felt.

I'm quite liking SKJ as Inho as well. You can get a sense of his personality already and there's definitely a lot of history between Inho and Jung. Definitely wanna find out more about both of their back stories.

The final scene between Seol-Jung when he told her he thought she'd be different from the rest was something that I was anticipating. But it did come much faster than expected since the plot is not going in the same order as the webtoon. In any case, you could really feel his disappointment and Seol's surprise. And Jung is very much the type that seems to shut down and be an island when he's hurt. It does seem like he has a facade and most of the time, he gets tired of the people around him who may seem to just oogle at his handsome features or may be want something from him (he always pays for their meals). That's why with Seol who doesn't want anything from him, and in fact, wants to stay as far away as possible from him, is piquing his interest and amusement. So, the set-up with Ah Young was a letdown to him, perhaps a betrayal of trust even from his perspective, thinking she got closer to him for the sake of her friend. Not to mention, he was probably happily thinking that Seol was finally asking him to a meal. I did like the selca scene. So cute and the playing with ant was random. XD Jung does have a manipulative side and likes to set things into motion (receipt). Love the layered characters. Ep. 3, I can't wait already!

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I'm pretty sure he called the security guards who eventually saved her, so i don't think that he just selectively comes to her aid.I also think that so far all the questionable acts of his were a kind of a misguided attempt to administrate justice or something. I guess we'll find out as we go!

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Yeah, when I saw the two security guards running into the building, I assumed that he was the one that had tipped them off. But I haven't read the webtoon, so I don't know.

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JB ~

Thanks for the recap. Seol needs to take some self defense classes! *

So far:

In-ho has grabbed her arm.
Drunk bum has cornered her, waving a broken bottle .
Jung traps her while she's sitting down.

Seol needs to punch Joo-yeon in the nose for meddling with her report. She should have settled that **** right then and there.

Why Seol didn't tell the professor what happened is beyond me. While Jung did persuade the professor, he still lied about what happened. WTH?

Jung was correct when her told her "she ought to take care of herself first".

*Sorry, been watching too much wuxia lately with bad ass female heroes.

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Thanks for the recap Javabeans ;)

Mixed feelings, so many mixed feeling regarding Yoo Jung. And I LOVE IT! Hahaha!I feel like he's toying with my expectations, making me doubt him but at the same time root for him, liking him!

I feel for Seol! I get her confusion and why she's treading carefully... then he's just outright charming to her, constantly, the "truth" comes out (receipt incident) and how can she not start to trust the guy? Tricky, very tricky!

Super excited for next week! Keep it up show! I'm loving it ;)

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May I know why did Jung treat Seol bad for a year and changed so drastically the year after? Like when they first met, he didn't appear as kind as he was to others. Was it because of Seol noticing his smirk?

Also, why has this year been the most fun and not the year where Seol was apparently facing hell in school? Even if I enjoyed both episodes, I still feel so lost :(

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Don't worry about feeling lost about Jung's intentions and behavior, lol, it's normal, and you should be feeling that way, haha. XD

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As someone who has read up to the latest webtoon chapter subbed in English, I can tell you that your first question is basically one of the primary questions of the webtoon. I haven't read the entire story but you're asking the right questions that will gradually be answered through the story.

TL;DR: that's basically the mystery of the story.

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Overall I really am enjoying the casting and flow of the drama so far. I understand the faster pace - they don't have the time for Seol to be as suspicious of Jung for as long as she was in the webtoon, but I appreciate that they're showing that she's at least still conflicted about improving her image of him. I also hope that the faster pace is so that they have adequate time to properly cover certain events that I will not mention here, lol. To add, I think they've made some good replacements in terms of storyline, like what they did with Jooyeon taking Seol's essay, as opposed to what Jooyeon did (where Jung still ended up overhearing and all that) in the webtoon. To me, their replacement felt more realistic in the situation of what an angry/jealous student may do to another.

Lastly, I'm hoping to see Seo Kang Joon portray Inho with more anger - or well, fire I guess, rather than kicked puppy. To me, he looked teary eyed while talking to Jung at the end of the episode, when I think he should have responded with more bite. If Lee Sung Kyung is not holding back at all, I think he's holding back a bit too much, lol, at least in this point of the show. I want to see more of Inho's fiery side, especially since his hotheaded behavior is a pretty big quality of his (and his sister's lol). Though, I think we're getting more of it with the car scene next week, so I hope to see more!

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I was thinking there was a heavy Pride and Prejudice subtext with In Ho being a Wickhamesque character who felt entitled even though hero's family had helped him and his sister. But hero seems more dangerous than Darcy. Darcy was wounded and sensitive to being used but he wasn't indifferent to his friends. Am thinking our hero's sensitivity can be not just coldness but dangerously cruel and judgmental to the point of being spiteful...even if passively so. Passive aggression as retribution. Will see. I'll keep watching. Thanks for the recap.

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Yes, I was just thinking the same!!

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I have often thought there should be a Kdrama remake of Pride and Prejudice...similar to the Bollywood style remake, Bride and Prejudice. So many elements would fit with Kdrama tropes..i.e. Icy chaebol Darcy....catty rich women...etc. In any case I can see what you are saying. There seem to be many opportunities to misunderstand the characters' behavior as in P and P.

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The thing is, when reading the webtoon, I never thought Jung really felt they were his friends. Instead, it presented him and his situation of being "popular" - ie. he had an entourage of people who hung around him because they wanted things from him. Sang Chul usually wanted his money and power, Joo Yeon wanted to be his girlfriend, Jae Woo wanted to be with the smart, powerful crowd. Most of the time, I think he just tolerated this because it always happened, and he takes the path of least resistance as it is is his social circle. But the story shows us he is very aware of how they perceive him and talk about him and what they want out of him, and that detachment and his silent opinion on who they are, is what makes him come across as cold.

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